College roundup: Williams men's golf wins NESCAC Fall Qualifier, will host NESCAC Championships
MIDDLEBURY, VT. >> The Williams men's golf team won the NESCAC Fall Qualifier in a tiebreaker over Trinity College on Sunday, meaning the Ephs will host the NESCAC Championships this spring after three consecutive years of Middlebury hosting.
The Ephs edged Trinity on the fifth-player tiebreaker on Sunday. Both teams scored a 585, while Amherst finished one stroke back at 586. Middlebury will be the final team in the NESCAC Championships, after finishing fourth with a two-day total of 587.
Williams won the Fall Qualifier at Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
Amherst's Cameron Clark was the medalist on the weekend, shooting a two-under 69 on Saturday and a 70 on Sunday. Williams was led by freshmen duo Will Kannegieser and Sam Goldenring on Sunday, as the two shot scores of 71 and 73, respectively. Seniors Grant Raffel and Jacob Watt-Morse added a 75 and 76. Senior Ross Hoffman's 79 ended up being the tiebreaker score, as the Williams senior edged out Trinity's Cam O'Connell by one shot.
Williams rounds out the fall season on Oct. 11 with a tri-match against Middlebury and Trinity at Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vt.
MCLA Weekly Honors
MOORE, CLARK COLLECT MASCAC AWARDS
NORTH ADAMS >> MCLA senior men's soccer forward Jesse Moore and women's volleyball senior Allison Clark earned MASCAC Player of the Week awards for their respective sports.
Moore earned his first player of the week honor this week. He scored the game-winning goal in double overtime on Saturday as MCLA beat Westfield State 2-1. The forward is currently tied for the team lead with five goals, good for third in the league, and he leads the Trailblazers with 12 points, which also places him second in the conference.
Clark put on an offensive showing last week to win the volleyball award. The honor is the first this year for the senior, although she won the award multiple times in 2015.
Clark averaged 18 kills, 16.5 digs, and hit a solid .326 in a 2-2 week for MCLA. She notched a career-high 32 kills in a five-set win over William Patterson. She also collected 22 digs in that match. She added 18 kills and career best 26 digs in a loss to Anna Maria last Tuesday as well.
In a pair of other non league matches, Clark was in double figures in both kills and digs for the Trailblazers. She currently leads the team in kills and is second in digs. Clark leads the conference in hitting percentage and is second in kills.
WILLIAMS WINS AT HOME
WILLIAMSTOWN >> The Ephs won their own Williams Fall Classic over the weekend, shooting a two-day total of 625 at Taconic Country Club to beat second-place Amherst by 13 strokes. NYU finished third, Middlebury was fourth and Le Moyne College was fifth.
Williams had three golfers place in the top 5 overall. Sophomore Cordelia Chan finished first overall, shooting a two-day total of 148, which was six strokes over par. Junior Liz Gudas finished third, and senior Sophie Kitchen finished fourth.
WILLIAMS 8, CASTLETON 0
CASTLETON, VT. >> The Ephs traveled to Vermont on Sunday and returned home with a comfortable win over the Spartans.
Williams (8-0-1) had six different players score, but it was Kristi Kirshe who stole the show.
Kirshe had one goal and three assists in the win, and she is now the school's all-time leader in points. Alison Lu recorded a hat trick in the shutout, while goalie Olivia Barnhill made one save.
HUSSON 5, MCLA 4
BENNINGTON, VT. >> The Trailblazers needed a win over Husson on Sunday to qualify for the NAC postseason tournament. MCLA came close, but fell one match short of the postseason.
MCLA ends the season at 6-5, and 4-3 in the NAC.
The match was decided at sixth singles. Husson's Marisa Brown held off Shelby Gauthier in three sets to clinch the match for the Eagles.
MCLA took two of the three doubles matches, with Emily Deaso and Mariza Sfakianaki winning their match and Meridith Blessard and Katie Pratt winning theirs.
In singles play, Deaso won at second singles. Sam Gawron won at fourth singles, as well.
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