SPRINGFIELD >> Thrust into his first game action at Springfield College, former Pittsfield High School standout Chad Shade made the most of his time on the football field Saturday afternoon.
Shade threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Nick Valles with 14:52 left in the fourth quarter, and ran for a pair of touchdowns as Springfield (2-2) rallied to beat Worcester Polytechnic Institute 28-23.
The Pride went down 17-0 at halftime. But Shade put Springfield on the board when he scored on a 50-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. It led to a 26-point run for the Pride.
Shade had 240 of Springfield's 344 yards in total offense. He ran the ball 20 times for 164 yards, and was 2 of 3 passing for 76 yards.
Shade's former PHS teammate Dom Traversa had six tackles for Springfield.
WILLIAMS WOMEN 1, AMHERST 1
AMHERST >> Kristina Alvarado's goal in the 66th minute helped the top-ranked team in the nation earn a 1-1 draw against Amherst (3-2-1, 1-1-1 in NESCAC).
Williams (5-0-1, 3-0-1) had the better of play all day, but Amherst goalkeeper Chelsea Cutler was equal to the task with 10 saves. Williams had 22 shots to seven for Amherst and had 10 corner kicks to three.
Amherst's Hannah Guzzi scored just 51 seconds into the first half.
The Ephs travel to Bates for a game this afternoon.
"We call it the Amherst hangover and we're aware of it. We know it can creep up on us," Williams coach Michelyne Pinard said. "In all honesty, I think that this result is going to make us really hungry."
AMHERST 4, WILLIAMS MEN 2
AMHERST >> Third-ranked Amherst (5-0-1, 2-0-1) handed Williams (5-1-1, 2-1-1) its first loss of the season, scoring twice in the final 17 minutes to snatch the victory.
Mohammed Rashid scored at 46:25, tying the game at 2. But Jackson Lehnhart and Weller Hlinomaz got on the board for Amherst to claim victory.
Williams had 18 shots and 10 shots on goal to 12 and seven for Amherst. Lee Owen had five saves for Amherst, while Christian Alcorn managed only three saves for the Ephs.
MCLA MEN 1, SALEM STATE 1
NORTH ADAMS >> At Shewcraft Field, Issa Jalloh's goal in the 79th minute gave the Trailblazers (4-4-1, 1-0-1) a 1-1 draw with Salem State (2-1-3, 0-0-3).
MCLA had a 19-3 shot advantage in the first half but trailed 1-0 on Kevin Gallo's penalty kick goal at 28:46. The Trailblazers were whistled for a handball in the box.
Jalloh, who had just entered the game before scoring, collected the rebound of a shot by Romeo Gray and put the ball past Salem keeper Greg Enos.
Enos had seven saves while Kam Anderson had six for MCLA.
SALEM STATE 2, MCLA WOMEN 0
SALEM >> A pair of second-half goals gave Salem State (1-7, 1-1) its first MASCAC victory, and handed MCLA (2-3-2, 0-1-1) its first conference loss.
Salem blanketed the Trailblazers on offense, holding them to three shots. Salem keeper Amanda Backe had one save.
MCLA keeper Megan Richardson, meanwhile, had 12 saves as she faced 14 shots on goal.
Ashley Leboeuf's goal at 59:21 broke the scoreless tie.
PURPLE VALLEY CLASSIC
WILLIAMSTOWN >> The annual Purple Valley Classic was held at Mount Greylock High School. The Williams men finished second and the Eph women were third.
In the men's 8-kilometer race, SUNY Geneseo had 48 points to 64 for Williams. Mit was third with 89. Geneseo's Isaac Garcia-Cassani won the race in a time of 25 minutes, 24.9 seconds. The top Eph finisher was Ben Decker, fourth in 25:32.2, while teammate Peter Hale was fifth in 25:33.1.
SUNY Geneseo also won the women's race with 65 points. MIT was second with 71, and Williams was third with 100.
Megan McCandless of MIT won the 6-k race in 21:58.3, two seconds ahead of Middlebury's Abigail Nadler. Willilams' Emma Zehner was third in 22:06.7.
ROCHESTER 3, WILLIAMS 0
POTSDAM, N.Y. >> In the first match of the Golden Knight Invitational at Clarkson, Rochester (10-5) beat Williams (4-6) 3-0. The set scores were 25-23, 25-13, 25-20.
Tori Jasuta led the way with 12 kills and 10 digs for Williams, while Alex Newton had 28 assists.
AMHERST 5, WILLIAMS 3
AMHERST >> Williams took an early second-half lead against Amherst, but the Ephs (3-3, 1-2) gave up three unanswered goals as Amherst (4-2, 1-2) rallied for a win.
Meredith Wright's goal at 49:51 broke a 2-2 halftime tie. Almost a minute later, Amherst's Sara Culhane scored, and the home team never trailed again.