SAN ANTONIO -- The Williams College men’s soccer team knew it would have its hands full in an NCAA Division III semifinal against defending national champion Messiah College.
The Ephs didn’t get their first shot on goal until midway through the second half as the Falcons beat the Ephs 4-0 in the second semifinal Friday night.
Messiah will play Rutgers-Camden today for the Division III title after Rutgers-Camden battled back to beat Loras 3-2 in overtime.
The Falcons led 2-0 at halftime and were up by four goals with 27 minutes to play. Four different Messiah players scored goals, and none of them were leading goal scorer Joshua Wood.
Brian Ramirez’s goal in the 8th minute was the game winner.
Messiah goalie Brandon Wood didn’t make his first save until he stopped the shot by Jonathan Westling in the 57th minute.
Williams men 1, Hamilton 1
CLINTON, N.,Y. -- The ninth-ranked Ephs remained undefeated, as they battled back to tie host Hamilton 1-1.
The Ephs (4-0-2, 3-0-2 in NESCAC) dominated the game from the drop of the puck, but couldn’t get on the board until the third period.
The Continentals (2-3-1, 1-3-1) were outshot 24-17 through two periods, but Williams trailed 1-0 on Marco Brelih’s goal at 14:50 of the second period.
The Ephs got a break when Hamilton’s Nick Vassos was whistled for hooking at 4:22. Exactly 32 seconds later, Craig Kitto got his team-leading fifth goal to tie the game. Williams outshot Hamilton 14-6 in the third period but Hamilton goalie Joe Quattrochi stopped 13 shots. The five-minute overtime solved nothing.
Sean Dougherty made 19 saves for Williams.
RPI 110, MCLA 100
NORTH ADAMS -- In the first game of the Tri-State Shootout Friday night, five MCLA players scored in double figures and the Trailblazers broke 100 points. But visiting RPI scored 67 points in the first half to earn its first win of the season.
John Jones had a team-high 24 points and eight rebounds for MCLA (2-4), while Jeremic Bennett came off the bench to score 22.
Nick Keefe had 26 points for RPI (1-5).
It was a wild game where each team took 87 shots from the floor. RPI made almost as many 3-point shots (13 of 35) than MCLA attempted (5 for 16).
Williams women 4, Sacred Heart 0
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Freshman goalie Margaret Draper made 18 saves to get a shutout in her first varsity start.
The Ephs led 1-0 after one period but scored three times within a five-minute span midway through the second period to break the game open.
Natalie Bernstein had a goal and an assist for the Ephs (3-4-0).
Saint Joseph 64, MCLA women 61
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Kaitlyn Chenevert led MCLA (2-6) with 13 points as the Trailblazers blew a double-digit lead in the second half.
MCLA led 52-40 with 7:36 to play, but the hosts held the Trailblazers to 9 points the rest of the way.
Shauna Sullivan led Saint Joseph (5-4) with a career-high 16 points and 13 rebounds.