Sunday May 6, 2012

Berkshire Eagle Staff

WILLIAMSTOWN -- One Williams College tennis team will be playing today for a NESCAC championship.

The Williams women, ranked No. 1 in the Inter collegiate Tennis Asso ciation’s national Div ision III poll, lived up to its top billing by beating Bowdoin 5-1 in Saturday’s semifinals.

Williams will play Amherst at 9 this morning in the championship match.

The Williams men, ranked third in the country heading into the semifinals, were upset by 10th-ranked Bowdoin 5-3 on Saturday.

In the women’s match, the Ephs led 2-1 after doubles against the 12th-ranked Polar Bears. Williams quickly won three consecutive singles matches to claim victory.

Caroline Capute, playing at No. 6 singles, was first off after beating Susannah Howard 6-0, 6-2. Kathleen Elkins won next, beating Emily Lombardi 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.

Kristin Alotta, Williams’ No. 1 singles player, clinched the match by defeating Kellen Albertstone 6-3, 6-4.

In a battle of the nation’s No. 3 and 4 teams, Amherst beat Middlebury 5-3.

The Jeffs clinched the victory when Safi Aly beat Middlebury’s Katie Paradies 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 6 singles.

In the men’s semifinal, Williams led 2-1 after the doubles. Things started to go south for the Ephs when Bowdoin’s Casey Grindon beat Zach Weiss 7-5, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.

Williams’ Trey Meyer needed a first-set tiebreaker against Oscar Pena but won 7-6, 6-1 to tie the match at 3-3.

However, Bowdoin’s Chris Lord beat Mat Micheli in three sets and when the Polar Bears’ Noah Bragg rallied after losing the first set to beat Byran Chow 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, Bowdoin had its victory.

MASCAC honors

BUZZARDS BAY -- Two MCLA spring athletes are second-team picks on their respective All-Conference teams.

Daniel Gaines was named the the All-MASCAC baseball second team. The senior left-hander from Holyoke was 5-5 this year. He had seven complete games and shut out Fitchburg State.

Sean Riley of Bridgewater State was named the player of the year and his coach Rick Smith is the coach of the year.

Riley was one of three Bridgewater players to make the All-NESCAC first team. The Bears won the regular-season championship.

Salem State had five first-team selections, the most of any team in the conference.

Kendra Hobbs earned second-team honors in softball. She hit only .238 but led the Trailblazers with 10 extra-base hits. She hit four home runs, drove in 14 and led the team with 20 runs scored.

Bridgewater’s Jennifer Shaw is the MASCAC player of the year while Worcester State’s Jennifer Kapenas is the coach of the year.

Maddy Tomich of Alford, a pitcher at Westfield State, earned second-team honors.

Bridgewater and Framing ham each had the most first-team softball selections. The two schools had three players each on the first team.

High school lacrosse
Taconic 6, St. Joe’s 5

PITTSFIELD -- Paul Green’s goal with two minutes, 42 seconds to play lifted the Braves to a 6-5 wn over St. Joseph’s.

Green scored his third and final goal of the game off an assist from Zack Conklin, who had three points on the day.

"[Green] really stepped up," said Taconic coach Bill O’Brien-Garvey. "I think our defense played a great game. Zack Conklin played the game of his career. We dominated ground balls. We had 21 ground ball pickups in the fourth quarter alone."

The game was tied at 3 at the half. St. Joe’s took a 4-3 lead after Cody O’Dowd scored his first of two goals. Green and Matt Duane gave Taconic a 5-4 lead before O’Dowd tied it up in the fourth. That set up Green’s winner.

Tyler Gaudette made 16 saves for Taconic while Wyatt Porter had 10 for St. Joe’s.

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St. Joseph’s 1 2 1 1 -- 5

Taconic 1 2 2 1 -- 6

First Quarter

SJ -- Ben Pecor (UA), 9:40.

T -- Zack Conklin (Glenn Bona), :58.

Second Quarter

T -- Paul Green (Conklin), 7:21.

SJ -- Brendan Faas (Cody O’Dowd), 4:21.

SJ -- Sam Thomason (Josh Kelly), time unavailable.

T -- Matt Duane (Green), 3:29.

Third Quarter

SJ -- O’Dowd (Faas), 9:32.

T -- Green (UA), 3:22.

T -- Matt Duane (UA), 1:52.

Fourth Quarter

SJ -- O’Dowd (Pecor), 6:32.

T -- Green (Conklin), 2:42.

Saves -- T: Tyler Gaudette 16; SJ: Wyatt Porter 10.

Correction

A story on page C1 of Saturday’s edition should’ve given Pittsfield’s Brady Aitken credit for four goals and Tom Curry two assists against Lee High School. The Eagle regrets the error.