WILLIAMSTOWN -- The road to the NESCAC men's soccer championship will go through Amherst, but Williams will be on that road.
Dan Lima's second-half goal broke a first-half tie and helped the third-seeded Ephs beat No. 6 Middlebury 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Cole Field.
With the win, the Ephs advance to the NESCAC semifinals, which will be played at top-seeded Amherst. That's because the Lord Jeffs beat No. 8 Hamilton 4-1, ensuring home field.
The match was 1-1 at intermission, but the Ephs broke the tie just five minutes into the second half. Matt Kastner passed to Lima on the right side of the penalty area, and Lima one-timed the ball into left corner of the net.
NESCAC women's soccer
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The second-seeded Ephs beat No. 7 Wesleyan 3-1 to earn a berth in Saturday's tournament semifinals.
The Ephs will play fourth-seeded Trinity in the second game of a doubleheader at Middlebury. The top-seeded Panthers will face No. 6 Tufts after Middlebury beat eighth-seeded Colby 3-1 while the sixth-seeded Jumbos upset No. 3 Bowdoin 2-1.
Williams scored twice in the first four minutes of the first half and never trailed. Carla Nicasio and Crystal Lewin got those early goals.
Hannah Van Wetter made four saves to get the win.
MCLA women's soccer
BUZZARDS BAY -- The MCLA women are going to the MASCAC tournament.
Jennifer Ferrari and Natalie Caney scored first-half goals and Danielle Heinsohn got the shutout in the 2-0 win over Mass. Maritime.
The Trailblazers (8-9, 3-4 in MASCAC) will be the No. 6 seed in the tournament and will play at Bridgewater State in Tuesday's quarterfinals.
Ferrari scored off a direct kick at 41:48, and Caney beat goalie Katie Levesque after getting behind the Maritime defense just two minutes later.
MCLA men's soccer
NORTH ADAMS -- The curtain came down on the MCLA men's season, as the Trailblazers gave up two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game as Mass. Maritime won 2-0.
Connor McInnis scored at 80:09 and Rob Robbs scored at 85:43.
It was a frustrating day for MCLA (5-9-1, 1-4-1), as the Trailblazers outshot Mass. Maritime 21-10. MCLA forced Maritime goalie Joe Cohen to make seven saves.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- It was a good weekend for Williams, scoring 3-0 wins over Trinity and Wesleyan to claim the top seed, and home court, in next weekend's NESCAC tournament.
Williams beat Little Three rival Wesleyan 25-12, 25-18, 25-18. Tori Jasuta had 12 kills and Emily Doll had 11. Ryan Farley had 38 assists in getting the Williams offense rolling.
On Friday, the Ephs beat Trinity 25-18, 25-23, 25-17. In that win, Farley had 42 assists and seven digs while Jasuta had 10 kills and 13 digs.
NESCAC field hockey
MEDFORD -- Williams was eliminated after Tufts scored a 3-0 win.
Tufts goalie Bri Keenan had four saves to register the shutout. Emily Cannon's first-half goal was the game winner for the Jumbos.