GLOUCESTER >> Williams College hockey coach Bill Kangas is one of 11 finalists for the Edward Jeremiah Award, given to the best NCAA Division III hockey coach in the nation.
The award will be presented at the American Hockey Coaches Association Convention in Naples, Fla., on April 27, and will be announced Thursday night at the NCAA championship banquet in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Kangas was the NESCAC coach of the year.
Included in the list are the four coaches whose teams are playing in Lake Placid this weekend: Chris Schultz of SUNY-Geneseo, Chris Brooks of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Peter Belisle of UMass-Boston and Tim Coghlin of St. Norbert.
NOLAN IS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
WESTFIELD >> MCLA's Liam Nolan is the MASCAC basetball player of the week.
Nolan, a sophomore from Taconic High School, hit .400 with a triple, home run, six runs scored and 11 runs batted in for the Trailblazers in six games. He had a .650 slugging percentage in those six games.
BERGHELA HONORED AGAIN
WESTFIELD >> For the second time this season, MCLA's Katie Berghela has been named the MASCAC softball Rookie of the Week.
Berghela, a freshman outfielder from Watervliet, N.Y., batted .444 in six games for the Trailblazers. She had eight hits including two doubles, and drove in two runs. She had a .500 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage.
CLERMONT, FLA. >> Four games, four wins.
The Williams softball team (4-0) won the second doubleheader of its spring trip, beating Whitworth (Cal.) 7-6 in the first game and downing Eastern Connecticut 4-3 in the second.
It was a big day at the plate for Taylor Donze. The Eph outfielder went 5 for 6 in the doubleheader with four runs scored.
Freshman Alejandra Magana registered her first varsity win by going the distance against Eastern Conn. She scattered three runs on eight hits.
Williams broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh against Eastern Conn. Williams parlayed two hits and an intentional walk into a run. Priscilla Pino's RBI single with the bases loaded and two outs plated Donze with the go-ahead run.
In the home seventh, Magana gave up a two-out single to Alyssa Hancock but got Krystyn Ryan to pop out and end the game.
Williams rallied with three unanswered runs in the final two innings for a walk-off win against Whitworth.
As it happened against Eastern, Donze and Pino combined to score the winning run. Donze reached second on an infield single and an error by shortstop Tessa Matthews. After Erica Li walked, Pino singled home the game-winning run.
Freshman Mackenzie Murphy got the win, pitching four innings of one-run relief.
WILLIAMS WOMEN'S LACROSSE
CLERMONT, FLA. >> The Williams College women's lacrosse team opened its spring break with a big win.
The Ephs scored seven goals in the final 13 minutes of the second half to beat Rochester Institute of Technology 17-16.
Williams (3-2) was paced by Jenna Chodos' seven-goal game. Suzanna Penikis added four goals. Emily Livecchi had six goals for RIT, while Sage Sarkis had five goals and three assists.