AMHERST — The Williams College men's lacrosse team picked an absolutely perfect time to get hot.
The Ephs came into the NESCAC Tournament with the No. 7 seed and will be heading to Tufts to play in the semifinals on Saturday. That's because the Ephs shocked second-seeded Amherst 11-10 in a quarterfinal.
Williams led 10-7 in the second half, but Amherst scored three times to tie the game. Chris Albanese's goal with 4:02 left made it 10-all. But with 2:06 left, Tanner McIvor shot the ball from 11 yards out and bounced it through the legs of Amherst goalie Thomas Gilligan, to get the game winner.
Peter Crane, Michael Fahey and Thomas Fowler all had three goals each for the Ephs (10-6). Miles McCarthy had 20 saves for Williams.
"Miles McCarthy is the center of our defense, which is improving every game," said Williams coach George McCormack.
Amherst (12-4) came into the game ranked sixth in the country, and marked the second consecutive game that Williams beat a ranked team. The Ephs defeated fifth-ranked Middlebury in the regular-season finale.
NESCAC women's lacrosse
WILLIAMS FALLS TO TRINITY
HARTFORD, CONN. >> Top-seeded Trinity scored 12 consecutive goals from midway through the first half and into the second, as the Bantams rolled past No. 8 seed Williams 18-4 in a conference quarterfinal.
Martha Griffin and Allie Barrett had four goals each for Trinity (14-2). Williams (5-11) ends its year as Alyssa Maddalone had two goals.
WILLIAMS SPLITS WITH HAMILTON
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Williams needed to sweep Hamilton in order to qualify for the NESCAC baseball tournament. Tyler Duff did his part with a one-hit, 3-0 win in the opener. But Hamilton scored four runs in the first and won the nightcap 8-1.
Duff was stellar in the opener. he gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Wolfsbe in the first inning and then retired the next 21 hitters he faced. Duff did not walk anyone and struck out seven.
Williams scored three in the first inning, two scoring on Adam Regensburg's base hit.
In the nightcap, Hamilton's Dan DePaoli and Brett Sandford combined to toss a four-hitter.
Williams is 12-18 and 6-6.
MCLA DROPS DOUBLEHEADER TO WORCESTER STATE
WORCESTER >> MCLA played Worcester State closely in the first game losing 4-1, but the Lancers' offense erupted for a 13-0 win in the second game.
Worcester pitcher Tyler Barrie led the Lancers to victory over MCLA in the first game. He threw a complete game, giving up seven hits and one run. Jake Ryan had two hits and one RBI. Nate Gutmann led MCLA with two hits and a RBI. In the second game, the Lancers used an eight-run second inning to earn the win. Jimmy Sheehan led the way with five RBI. Worcester starter Kyle Sullivan allowed only two hits in six innings for the win.
MCLA women's lacrosse
SALEM STATE 20, MCLA 9
NORTH ADAMS >> Salem State scored 13 first-half goals, sending MCLA to defeat in its final game of the regular season. The Trailblazers led by one goal early in the first half, before Salem State went on a 12-3 run. The Vikings' Erin Riley scored all five of her goals in the first half. Courtney Smith also had five goals. Natalie Caney led MCLA with four goals and an assist.
WORCESTER STATE SWEEPS MCLA
WORCESTER >> Worcester State dominated MCLA in the Trailblazers' final two games of the regular season, winning the first game of the doubleheader 9-0 and the second game 10-4.
Meghan Rich led Worcester to the shutout win in the first game. She struck out three and allowed only three hits. Haley Scola led the Lancers with two hits and three RBI.
In the second game, the Lancers used a six-run first inning to pull away from the 'Blazers. Courtney Salisbury started the scoring, coming home on a passed ball.
Dakota Smith-Porter followed with an RBI single and Taylor Daniels hit an RBI double. The visitors added two more runs on a ground out and a MCLA error, before Scola added an RBI single.
Worcester pitcher Marissa Avanzato, a product of St. Joseph, earned the save in the second game. She pitched three innings to close it out and allowed one earned run. She helped her squad to the MASCAC regular-season title, finishing with a 3.68 ERA in 26.2 innings. The senior also saw time at second base.