Tuesday November 6, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Both Williams College soccer teams will play in their respective NCAA Division III tournaments. The Williams men, however, won’t have to travel.

Head coach Mike Russo’s Ephs were awarded the right to host the first and second-round games this weekend. Williams (13-1-3), losers to Amherst in the NESCAC championship, will face Thomas College (Maine), the North Atlantic Conference champion on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Ephs will face a team that has players from seven different states and four foreign countries. Six players hail from Bermuda.

In Saturday’s second semifinal, Little East Conference champion Eastern Connecticut will play at-large team St. Lawrence at 1:30 p.m.

The winners will play on Sunday at noon.

Since the men are hosting this year, the NESCAC champion Williams women will hit the road. The Ephs will face Farmingdale (N.Y.) State in one game of the doubleheader. Farmingdale has won six consecutive Skyline Conference titles.

Although Wheaton lost in the NEWMAC championship to Springfield, the Lyons will be this weekend’s host school. Wheaton will play MASCAC champion Westfield State in the second game of the doubleheader. The times will be announced later this week. The final will be Sunday.

Westfield ran through the season with a 18-0-1 record. The Owls are coached by Todd Ditmar, whose father Art grew up in Pittsfield and had a nine-year major league pitching career.

Three Berkshire County athletes are on Ditmar’s team: Lauren McLaughlin from Pittsfield High School, along with Megan Lussier and Marisa Sprague from Wahconah Regional.

MASCAC honors

NORTH ADAMS -- Seven MCLA athletes earned All-MASCAC honors in soccer and volleyball.

Forward Jennifer Ferrari, back Tina Klich and goalkeeper Danielle Heinsohn earned first-team honors, while midfielder Lindsay Borbolla and back Ashlee Scofield were named to the second team.

Forward Jake McCall was named to the men’s soccer second team, while Julia Christian earned All-MASCAC volleyball honors.