Tuesday May 11, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College women's lacrosse team, fresh off clinching the first NESCAC title in school history, will open the NCAA Division III tournament at home.

The Ephs (12-6) will host Babson College (14-3) Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Renzie Lamb Field.

Babson, the NEWMAC champion, is led by player of the year Anna Collins and rookie of the year Jamie Spang.

Collins, a senior midfielder, won her second consecutive award by scoring 56 goals and adding 21 assists. She has 214 career goals for the Beavers.

Spang, a freshman midfielder, is the sixth consecutive Babson player to be named rookie of the year. She is fifth on the team with 25 goals.

The Beavers have scored 245 goals while giving up only 164. They enter the game with a six-game winning streak. That will be quite a challenge for Eph goalie Julia Schreiber, the NESCAC player of the week.

The Ephs, meanwhile rallied from losses to Bowdoin and Middlebury, to win three games in the NESCAC tournament and claim the title.

Williams beat Bowdoin one week after the loss, and then upset top-seeded Trinity and beat Colby for the crown.

Freshman Sam Weinstein has 49 goals to lead the team, while Margie Fulton is second with 29 goals and Kaitlin Ellis leads with 30 assists.

Tickets for Wednesday's game are $3 general admission and $2 for students with identification.

The winner plays at Gettysburg on Saturday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m.


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Williams crew

WORCESTER -- The Williams men's first varsity eights made history over the weekend, winning its first ECAC National Invitational Regatta title.

Williams was the last boat off the start in the final, but 1,000 meters into the race, the Ephs found their stroke and started catching the other boats.

The Ephs sprinted with 500 meters to go, passing Michigan and just beating out Trinity for the title.

The men's second varsity eights were third overall and the Novice eights also claimed third place.