MIDDLETOWN, CONN. — For the second time this weekend, the Williams men spotted their opponent two goals in the first period. For the second time, it turned out to not matter that much.
The Ephs rallied with four unanswered goals and then hung on as Wesleyan pulled its goalie with in the final minute of a 4-3 win Saturday afternoon.
Williams, ranked ninth in the latest USCHO.com national Division III poll, picked up its fourth 4-point weekend of the season. The Ephs maintain a one-point lead over No. 4 Trinity in the NESCAC standings after the Bantams beat Middlebury 4-1.
Williams (15-4-1, 11-2-1) got a pair of goals from freshman Roberto Cellini, including the game winner in the third period. Linemates Tyler Young and David Italiano both got assists on the goal at 7:17 of the third period. That made the score 4-2. Cellini had two goals and an assist while Young had a goal and two assists.
Wesleyan scored on the power play as Williams' Michael Lata was serving a minor for slashing. Vincent Lima got the power-play tally at 14:35.
Wesleyan pulled goalie Dawson Sprigings with 1:04 remaining, but the Cardinals (2-10-8, 2-5-7) could not get the tying score.
Williams got 31 saves from goalie Noah Klag.
WILLIAMS WOMEN 4, TRINITY 0
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Less than 24 hours after dropping a 4-2 decision to Trinity, the Ephs turned around and shut out the Bantams.
The Williams defense kept Trinity from putting a lot of shots on goal. Eph goalie Christina Cleroux had to make only 22 saves.
With the win, Williams is now 12-8-0 and 8-6-0. Trinity falls to 10-8-1, 4-7-1.
After a scoreless first period, Annie Rush scored at 9:37 of the second period and the Ephs never trailed. Alex Lovaas put the exclamation point on the win by scoring an empty-net goal at 17:08 of the third period.
SALEM STATE 72, MCLA WOMEN 61
SALEM >> In the first game of a MASCAC doubleheader, the Trailblazers (11-10, 3-6) were outscored 15-0 in the fourth quarter as the Vikings pulled away.
Karina Mattera had 20 points to pace MCLA, while Courtney Pingelski came off the bench to add 18. Kayla Houtaling had only seven points, but she pulled down 10 rebouinds and had five steals. McKenzie Robinson got the start at point guard and she had five points and six assists.
Kaitlyn Bryan had a game-high 28 points for Salem, who as a team, outrebounded MCLA 52-34.
SALEM STATE 96, MCLA MEN 72
SALEM >> A 54-point first half put Salem State well on its way to a victory over MCLA's men.
The Trailblazers (5-16, 1-8), after trailing by 27 at the break, pulled within nine in the second half and were still within a dozen with just under four minutes remaining, but it wasn't enough.
Dakari Hannah-Wornum led MCLA with 16 points and 14 rebounds. For Salem State (14-8, 8-1), Shaquan Murray had 23 points while Marcus Faison contributed 17 points and 14 rebounds.
High School Wrestling
EASTHAMPTON >> The Taconic wrestlers went 2-1 at the State Duals on Saturday. The Braves beat Sandwich 47-18 and Hanover 48-22, but lost to Somerset/Berkeley 41-40.
"We have some fine tuning points and we have some injuries we have to heal up," Taconic coach Jeremy Tetreault said. "I think these guys are ready" for the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament, to be held this coming weekend at Southwick.
Tanner Hastings, wrestling at 170 pounds won three times. Taconic wrestlers Zabian Powell (132), Isiah Williams (152), Austin Houghtaling (182), Zach Mathes (106), Taylor Hiestand (220), Dalton Peck (285) and Marky Perras (160) all won twice.
FRANKLIN TECH DUALS
TURNERS FALLS >> Monument Mountain finished with a 2-1 record at the Franklin Tech Duals.
The Spartans defeated Franklin Tech, 40-33, while also defeating Athol, 45-24. Monument fell to Tri-County, 57-18, finishing the season with a 17-11-1 overall record.
Eli Jones (113), Nate Cormier (145) and Sean Schaeffer (160) each registered undefeated 3-0 records for the Spartans.
"I thought everybody wrestled well, the whole team," Monument coach Simon Jones said. "We're looking good for Western Mass. next week."
High School Girls Basketball
MONUMENT MOUNTAIN 51, QUABOAG 44
WARREN >> Anika Helmke scored 22 points to lead Monument Mountain to a victory over Quaboag.
Meredith Powell added 10 points for a Spartans team, now 6-10, that stayed alive for a Western Mass. berth.
"They were aware of that going into the game," Monument coach Steve Soule said about the playoff picture. "The first half we were getting outrebounded pretty heavily. We talked about rebounding and boxing out at halftime, and we did a much better job in the second half."
Monument went 15-for-16 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. The Spartans return to action Monday night at Pittsfield.
MONUMENT MOUNTAIN (51)
Hu. Hassett 0-0-0, Troiano 3-1-8, Kelly 0-0-0, Powell 1-8-10, Saporito 0-0-0, Cormier 0-0-0, Higgins 1-0-2, Rada 0-1-1, Ha. Hassett 1-0-2, Dupont 2-1-6, Helmke 7-6-22. Totals 15-17-51.
S. Dorman 5-1-11, C. Paquette 0-0-0, L. Paquette 7-7-21, Stanton 3-1-7, Routhier 0-0-0, K. Dorman 2-1-5. Totals 17-10-44.
Monument 11 8 14 18 — 51
Quaboag 14 9 7 14 — 44
3-point goals: MM (Helmke 2, Dupont, Troiano).
Friday's late results
TURNER FALLS 54, MCCANN GIRLS 34
TURNERS FALLS >> The Hornets hung around in the first half against Turners, but the Hornets were outscored 19-8 in the third quarter to end any chance of an upset.
Alanza Quinones had 18 points to lead McCann. Turners was paced by Maddy Chmyzinski's game-high 33 points. She was 10 of 15 from the line in the game.
McCANN TECH (34)
Budaj 0-0-0, Dobbert 1-1-3, Dowling 0-2-2, Tassone 0-0-0, Quinones 6-2-18, Dean 0-1-1, Gibeau 4-0-8, Malloy 1-0-2, Felton 0-0-0. Totals 13-6-34.
TURNERS FALLS (54)
Lacey 0-0-0, Hasan 0-2-2, Loynd 0-0-0, Bogusz 1-3-5, Chmyzinski 9-10-33, Miner 1-2-4, Ellis 1-1-3, Sanders 3-0-7, Waldron 0-0-0. Totals 9-18-54.
McCann 6 8 8 12 — 34
Turners 14 11 19 10 — 54
3-point goals — MT 4 (Quinones 4). TF 6 (Chmyzinski 5, Sanders).
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. >> Visiting Taconic fell behind 5-1 after one period and Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa went on to score a 12-5 win.
Brandon Pealsee and Kevin Quinto each scored two goals for the Braves, while Brian Henault had a goal and an assist. Luke Maynard and Shane Tierney had an assist each.
Santino Benamati and Dom Monterroso each scored a hat trick for the winners, while Geordan Buffoline had two goals and two assists and Nick Koszelak and Sam Swingruber each had a goal and three helpers.