College roundup: MCLA loses to Westfield in MASCAC softball tourney

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WESTFIELD — One year after making the NCAA Division III softball tournament, MCLA is one-and-done in the MASCAC Tournament.

The Trailblazers scored first and last, but Westfield scored more often and beat MCLA 5-3 in a tournament quarterfinal game.

Chelsea Coleman's two-run single in the first inning put the Trailblazers on top. Westfield took the lead with two runs in the third inning. Julia Sullivan's RBI base hit broke the 2-2 tie.

Sullivan scattered three runs on eight hits to get the win for Westfield (19-20). She set the Trailblazers down 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning.

Rachel Quackenbush struck out 11, but she gave up five runs on seven hits to get the loss for MCLA (11-22).

EPHS' DUFF GETS BASEBALL HONOR

DALLAS >> Williams College pitcher Tyler Duff is the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Division III pitcher of the week.

Duff, a junior right-hander, gave up a leadoff single against Hamilton last Saturday, and then set the next 21 hitters down in a 3-0 win.

Duff is 2-2 with a 3.70 earned-run average.

NESCAC LACROSSE HONORS

HADLEY >> Williams midfielder Emma Tenbarge is the NESCAC women's lacrosse rookie of the year.

The freshman scored 31 goals for the Ephs ahd had 47 draw controls. That was fifth in the conference. She was second in NESCAC with 30 ground balls.

She is the fourth Eph to be named rookie of the year, and the first since Sam Weinstein in 2010.

Williams long-stick midfielder Riley Hoffman was named to the All-NESCAC men's lacrosse first team.

Hoffman, a junior from Darien, Conn., is a repeat selection to the first team. He had 11 goals and four assists, while also recording 48 ground balls.

Junior attack Michael Fahey of Manhasset, N.Y., senior defender Ryan Hamilton of Ridgewood, N.J., and senior short-stick midfielder Peter Crane of Wellesley were named to the second team.

Tufts' John Uppgren was named the player of the year.

NCAA RANKINGS

INDIANAPOLIS >> Williams is the top-ranked team in the NCAA Northeast Region, and Eph No. 1 singles player Juli Raventos is also No. 1 in New England.

The defending national champion are one of six NESCAC teams in the top 10. Middlebury is second, followed by Amherst, Bowdoin, Wesleyan and Tufts.

Raventos and Linda Shin make up the No. 3 doubles team in the Northeast, while Ephs Julia Cancio and Hannah Atikinson are No. 7.

The Williams men are ranked third in the Northeast, behind Middlebury and Bowdoin, and ahead of Wesleyan, Tufts and Amherst.

The Williams doubles team of Brian Grodecki and Alexander Schidovsky is ranked seventh in New England.

In softball, Williams is ranked No. 2 in New England, behind WPI, and ahead of MIT, Tufts and Amherst.


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