Sunday October 14, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The 17th-ranked Williams College men’s soccer team put its 10-game unbeaten streak on the line against Tufts on Saturday afternoon, and left with it intact.

Peter Christman’s second-half goal broke a scoreless tie and Williamstown’s Than Finan had six saves for the shutout as the Ephs (8-0-2, 6-0-2 in NESCAC) beat the Jumbos 1-0 in a battle of two of the top teams in New England.

While Tufts (6-2-3, 3-2-3) is not rated nationally, it is sixth in New England and Williams is No. 3.

Zach Grady got the assist for Williams, putting the ball to the back post where Christman volleyed it home.

Williams women’s soccer

WILLIAMSTOWN -- NESCAC leader and 22nd-ranked Williams (8-2-1, 7-0-1) took a two-goal lead midway through the second half and hung on for a 3-2 win over Tufts (3-6-3, 1-6-1).

Williams’ Abby Morss, reigning NESCAC player of the week, scored two goals in the first half. Alison Magruder’s goal in the 78th minute made it 3-1. Anya Kaufman scored with 4:10 left for the Jumbos, but they could not get the tying goal.

MCLA men’s soccer

NORTH ADAMS -- West field State’s Mike Stack house got a rebound goal at 67:51 to break a tie and hand MCLA a 2-1 loss at Shewcraft Field.

Joe Mecca got his fourth goal of the year at 63:51 for MCLA (4-7, 1-3 in MASCAC) to tie the score at 1-1.


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Exactly four minutes later, Stackhouse put a rebound past MCLA goalie Shawn Willis for the game winner. All three goals were scored in the second half.

MCLA women’s soccer

WESTFIELD -- Host Westfield (13-0-1, 5-0) got goals by four players and bet MCLA 4-0. The Trailblazers (5-8, 2-3), gave up two goals in each half. Danielle Heinsohn made eight saves for MCLA.

Williams cross country

AMHERST -- The Williams men and women swept the Little Three championships.

The men won their 24th straight Little Three title with 23 points. Amherst had 46 and Wesleyan 61.

Williams’ Chris Lee won the race, covering the 8-kilometer course in 26 minutes, 11.8 seconds. Teammate Wade Davis was second.

The Eph women finished with 24 points to 45 for Amherst and 70 for Wesleyan.

Williams’ top finisher was Allison Smith who was second in 19:20.

MCLA cross country

POULTNEY, Vt. -- Anthony Cancilla’s third-place showing helped the MCLA men’s cross country team claim the Green Mountain Invitational title on Saturday.

The Trailblazers had 61 points and Hudson Valley Community College was second with 62. Sage was third with 76 points. Cancilla ran the 8-kilometer course in 27:14. The winner was Paul Cox of Hudson Valley in 26:50.

The Trailblazers finished fourth in the women’s event.

Williams field hockey

WILLIAMSTOWN -- In a defensive struggle, Tufts beat Williams 1-0. Rachel Gerhardt’s goal at 61:09 was the only tally of the game, giving the Jumbos (11-1, 7-1) the win.

Williams (5-8, 3-6) was outshot 12-7.