College roundup: Pinard and Mitsuyama earn national honors for Ephs


KANSAS CITY, MO. — Williams College women's soccer coach Michelyne Pinard and midfielder Mai Mitsuyama have been named the best at what they do.

Pinard has been named the national women's coach of the year by, while Mitsuyama was named the midfielder of the year.

Pinard coached the Ephs to an NCAA Division III championship, the first women's soccer title in school history. Williams is 26-8-2 in NCAA Tournament competition under Pinard, and the Ephs have 10 NCAA tourney appearances in her 14 seasons at Williams.

Mitsuyama, a senior from Natick, scored two goals in her career, both on penalty kicks in regulation during the 2016 postseason. Mitsuyama started in 84 games during her four years at Williams.

Mitsuyama was also a three-time Academic All-NESCAC selection, a three-time All-NESCAC first team pick, and a repeat NSCAA All-American, among her many accolades.

Women's Basketball


SPRINGFIELD >> Emily Gins scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, leading Springfield over MCLA. The Pride out-rebounded the Trailblazers 41-27, leading to a 17-5 second-chance points advantage. Karina Mattera led MCLA with 17 points off the bench.

MCLA will stay on the road, travelling to Bridgewater State for a 5:30 p.m. tip on Wednesday.


WESTFIELD >> Former St. Joseph basketball standout Joe Wiggins was named the MASCAC rookie of the week for the week ending Jan. 24. It's the second time this season that the MCLA sophomore from Pittsfield earned the honor.

Wiggins averaged 15 points, three rebounds and 2.5 steals in two games for the Trailblazers. His highlight game was a 23-point, three-rebound, four-steal performance in a loss to Fitchburg State.


HADLEY >> Williams athletes Amanni Fernandez and Alex Lovaas have been named NESCAC players of the week in their respective sports.

Fernandez, a sophomore guard from Queens, averaged 19 points, four assists, four steals and 2.5 rebounds per game in a pair of come-from-behind wins this past weekend. The Ephs rallied to beat Hamilton 59-50 and then beat Middlebury 66-49 on Sunday.

Lovaas, a sophomore forward from Wayzata, Minn., scored a goal in each of Williams' three wins in the last week. She scored a goal in each of Williams' wins over Connecticut College, a weekend sweep that moved the Ephs to third in NESCAC with a 7-3 record. Lovaas is third on the team in scoring with five goals and four assists.


WILLIAMSTOWN >> Despite going 1-1 last weekend, the Williams men are still nationally ranked in both Division III polls.

In the Top 15, Willliams (11-4-1) dropped from ninth to 10th. In the Top 15, Williams was 11th after being eighth last week.

There are three NESCAC schools in the Top 15. Trinity is ranked fourth and Hamilton is 15th, along with Williams. In the poll, Trinity is ranked seventh.

Williams is, by the way, 3-3 against teams in the two national polls. The Ephs lost games to No. 1 (in both polls) Adrian, to Hamilton and SUNY Geneseo, while having beaten ranked teams Trinity, Manhattanville and SUNY Plattsburgh.


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