NORTH ADAMS -- Natalie Caney scored a natural hat trick in the second half as the MCLA women's soccer team rallied to beat Bridgewater State 4-1 in a MASCAC game on Friday.
The Trailblazers (7-9, 2-4) put themselves in a position to qualify for the conference postseason tournament. Right now, MCLA is in sixth place and the conference's top six earn tournament berths. MCLA has one more conference game and will play Mass. Maritime next Saturday.
Erica Jonasson's goal at 7:08 put Bridgewater (6-6-2, 3-1-2) up 1-0 at halftime. The Trailblazers' Justine Cozza tied the game at 60:20, which set the stage for Caney's heroics.
The freshman from Belchertown gave MCLA the lead exactly 32 seconds after Cozza scored, taking a through pass from Janelle Stannard and beat Bridgewater goalkeeper Kerry Condon for the game-winning goal.
Caney added two goals in the final five minutes, both from Brianna Dandurant, to give the freshman 16 goals this year. Caney is a goal shy of tying a school record for most goals by a freshman. Roberta Smith scored 17 in 1987.
On the single-season scoring list, Caney passed Jen Maloney, who scored 15 goals in 1994 and is tied with Christine Bonatti, who netted 16 in 1999.
Danielle Heinsohn faced 10 shots on goal and made nine saves.
NORTHAMPTON -- At the Volleyball Hall of Fame Tournament at Smith College, Williams fell to Springfield 21-25, 25-19, 21-25, 30-28 and 15-11.
Williams, now 19-3, lost for the first time in its last five matches. Springfield improves to 20-5.