SAN ANTONIO -- Williams scored the first goal Friday, but three straight from Ohio Northern assured the Polar Bears of a 3-2 victory in the Division III men’s soccer Final Four.
Ohio Northern (25-2) will play Messiah for the national championship today at 2:30 p.m. Messiah will play for its ninth national championship in 13 years.
Williams finishes 16-2-4. Ohio Northern won its 18th consecutive game.
User Kushaina put the Ephs ahead in the ninth minute but Nate Bascom answered in the 16th for Ohio Northern to ensure a halftime tie.
Williams trailed 3-1 in the second half before Peter Christman made it 3-2 with less than two minutes to go. The Ephs, though, would not score again.
Than Finan made eight saves for Williams, which had not surrendered three goals in a game all season until the national semifinals.
Williams 68, RPI 52
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Ellen Cook scored 15 points and Grace Rehnquist added 11 off the bench to lead the Ephs to the win. Danny Rainer chipped in with 10 points.
Williams built a 17-point lead after scoring 38 points in the first half. The Ephs shot 40 percent from the field.
MCLA 78, Lehman 71
SALISBURY, Md. -- Danielle Scolpino scored 20 points, one of four Trailblazers in double figures for this win.
Danielle Beauchamp had 19 points off the bench for MCLA. Kait Chenevert had 15 while Lucy Tremblay added 13.
The game was tied at halftime but MCLA scored nearly 50 points in the second half to pull out the win. The Trailblazers shot better than 50 percent from the field in the second half.
MCLA 98, S. Vermont 86
TROY, N.Y. -- Vernon Cross’s 21 points helped the Trailblazer to a big offensive night in the win. Ruben Delrosario and Paul Maurice added 14 points each off the bench.
MCLA scored 51 points in the second half after taking an eight-point lead into the break. The Trailblazers finished with 51 rebounds, seven from John Jones who also had 11 points. MCLA scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed.
Williams 5, Tufts 3
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Ephs scored two goals in each of the last two periods to pull away for the win. Williams fired 41 shos on goal, getting goals from five different players. David Jarrett’s power play tally in the second put Williams up for good. Eric Rubino and Evan Dugdale added third-period goals.
Utica 3, Williams 0
UTICA, N.Y. -- The hosts scored a goal in each period for the win.
Williams managed just seven shots over the first two periods, finishing with 19 for the game. Rachel Nguyen made 29 saves for the Ephs in the loss.