NEWTON— The momentum that the MCLA women's basketball team built up before Thanksgiving has not dissipated.
Pittsfield's Courtney McLaughlin scored a career-high 25 points as the Trailblazers pulled away midway in the first quarter and went on to beat Lasell 85-72 Monday night. It's the fourth straight win for MCLA (4-2).
McLaughlin had quite a night for MCLA. She scored her 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the floor. The junior from Pittsfield was 2 for 2 from beyond the 3-point arc and 3 for 3 from the foul line. She also had three assists and four steals.
Her previous best scoring night was on Nov. 20, 2014, when she scored 23 in a loss to Western New England.
Lasell's last lead came on a jumper by Madison Cota with 6:11 left in the quarter. MCLA's Ashley Clawson was fouled by Brianna Hoffman in the act of shooting and made both free throws to tie the game. It started a 13-0 run for the Trailblazers and when Courtney Pingelski made two free throws on a technical foul against the Lasell bench, it was 19-6.
Four MCLA players scored in double figures. In addition to McLaughlin, Ashley Clawson scored 17 points, Kayla Hotaling scored 15 and Courtney Durivage came off the bench to net 10.
Lasell (3-3) was led by Deanna Barrett's 28 points. Katie Stopera, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference player of the week, chipped in with 21.
EPHS' PINARD IS TOP COACH
As Williams College women's soccer coach Michelyne Pinard gets ready to take her Ephs to Kansas City for the NCAA Division III Final Four, she'll be bringing an award along.
Pinard was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America New England Division III coach of the year.
The Eph mentor is in her 14th season, and is taking Williams to a second consecutive Final Four. Williams will play Centre College in a national semifinal Friday afternoon.
"As a coach, it has been one of the most fulfilling seasons of my career, watching this team work toward playing their very best soccer each and every week," she said in a statement, "watching this team find its way competitively in November and watching this team enjoy the challenges of the journey together in such a supportive way."
Williams is 19-1-2 this year and ranked sixth in the nation.
ARONOWITZ GETS NESCAC NOD
Williams men's basketball player Dan Aronowitz is the NESCAC player of the week.
The junior swingman from Columbus, Ohio, averaged 24.5 points in a 2-0 week for the now 4-0 Ephs.
He scored a career-high 32 points in an 80-73 win over MCLA and then came back with a 17-point, 17-rebound day in the Ephs' 73-54 win at Manhattanville. Aronowitz shot 51.5 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range, and 84.6 percent from the free throw line.
Aronowitz is seventh in NESCAC in scoring with a 17.0-point average. He and Kyle Scadlock (12.8) are the only Ephs in the top 20.
EPHS BENNETT, GRAUBERGER HONORED
Two members of the Williams College field hockey team have earned All-New England West Region honors.
Sophomore forward Alex Bennett of Rye, N.Y., was a first-team pick, while senior midfielder Emma Grauberger was named to the second team.
Bennett scored four goals and had an assist, while Grauberger anchored the Williams defense.
Both were named second-team All-NESCAC.