Sunday April 21, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College men's track team brought the curtain down on the Tony Plansky track Saturday with a Little Three championship victory. It's Williams' 25th consecutive Little Three title.

The Plansky track, part of the Weston Field complex, will not be used next year because of the construction project involving the football stadium and lacrosse fields.

On this final Saturday meet, the Eph men scored 169 points, with Amherst getting 111 and Wesleyan scoring 97.

Stephen Simelchuk won the hammer throw and shot put for the Ephs. Katakyie Ofari-Atta doubled up with wins in the 100 and 200-meter runs.

Nolan Raimo and Williamstown's Greg Payton finished 1-2 in the high jump for the Ephs.

Williams softball

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Williams pitcher Emma Harrington stopped Middlebury's 14-game softball winning streak cold in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The Panthers came back in the nightcap to earn the split.

Harrington scattered four hits and gave up an unearned run in Williams' 4-1 win. The Panthers got 11 hits in the nightcap en route to a 10-2 win. She walked three and struck out four.

Williams (12-18) never trailed in the opener, scoring a run in the third inning, two in the fourth and one in the seventh.

In the nightcap, the Panthers scored a run in the first and erupted against starter Megan Casey for four runs in the second inning. Williams trailed 7-0 before scoring twice in the sixth.

Williams second baseman Theresa Legan was 4 for 7 with three RBI in the doubleheader.

Lacrosse
Amherst 10, Williams men 9

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Visiting Amherst broke a 7-7 tie by scoring the first two goals of the third quarter and went on to hold off the Ephs.

Patrick Routh's man-up goal with 6:18 left in the third quarter broke the tie and Ramsey Bates scored a minute later to give the Lord Jeffs a 9-7 lead they would not relinquish.

Jack Lauroesch had two goals and an assist to pace Williams (5-7, 2-5 in NESCAC). Kane Haffey led Amherst (5-8, 3-6) with two goals and an assist.

Amherst 16, Williams women 7

AMHERST -- Three unanswered goals by Amherst (9-4, 5-4) in the first half proved to be too much for Williams (8-6, 3-6) to come back from.

Amhest led 8-4 at halftime and outscored the Ephs 6-1 to open the second half and pull away.

Seven different Ephs scored goals in the game. Rebecca McGovern had a goal and an assist for Williams. Krista Zaitvay had four goals for Amherst.

Tennis
Williams men 7, Middlebury 2

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Williams men swept the three doubles points and won four of the six singles matches.

The match of the day was at No. 1 singles where Middlebury's Alex Johnston needed a super-tiebreaker win to beat Trey Meyer 2-6, 6-3, 10-7.

Williams' Zach Weiss had the most lopsided match in singles, beating Teddy Fitzgibbons 6-3, 6-0.

Amherst 5, Williams 4

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Top-ranked Amherst took the three doubles points from No. 3 Williams, putting the Ephs in a big hole.

Williams won four of the six singles matches, three of them three-set matches, but came up one point short.

Kathleen Elkins, Nancy Worley and Rebecca Curran all dropped their first sets before rallying to win in the third.

Williams women's golf

AMHERST -- The Williams women are third after the first day of the Jack Leaman Invitational.

Playing the first round at Hickory Ridge, Williams shot 325, five strokes behind first-round leader Ithaca (320) and two behind New York University (323).

Williams' Paige Whidbee is second after shooting a 4-over-par 78. Whidbee is one stroke behind NYU's Elaine Tse.