College roundup: Williams men's hockey goes 2-0 over opening weekend

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mike Monti era has gotten off to a pretty good start.

C.J. Shugart's goal late in the second period broke a tie and the Williams men's hockey team beat Colby 3-2 to go 2-0 in the Ephs' opening weekend. Williams beat Bowdoin 4-3 in Saturday night's home opener.

On Sunday, Williams dominated play from the drop of the puck. The Ephs had a 13-5 shot advantage but had only a Max Fuld goal to show for it. In the game, Williams held a 37-19 shot advantage.

Despite that advantage, the game was tied 2-2 when Cam MacDonald beat Eph goalie Michael Pinios at 10:55 of the second period.

Colby's Mario Benicky was whistled for a five-minute major for grasping the face mask at 16:30. Exactly one minute, 47 seconds later, Shugart's deflection of a shot from the point by Colby Cretella put the Ephs ahead for keeps.

Pinios had 17 saves in the win, while Sean Lawrence had 34 saves for the Mules.

Saturday night, goals by Keanu Hilaire and Marcus Mollica broke a 2-2 tie for the Ephs. Hilaire made it 3-2 on a goal at 6:34. Then with Bowdoin's Bradley Ingersoll off for hooking, Mollica got the power-play goal at 11:59, making it 4-2.

Ingersoll made it interesting on a goal at 16:09, but the Polar Bears could not get the equalizer.

Williams outshot Bowdoin 23-20. Stephen Morrissey had 17 saves for the Ephs, while Peter Cronin stopped 19 shots for Bowdoin.

Williams women's basketball

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williams women improved to 2-0 with a 72-54 win over Husson.

The Ephs held a 38-30 halftime lead, and put the game away by outscoring Husson 15-5 in the third quarter.

It took the Eagles until the 1:41 mark of the third to get on the board, thanks to a Kenzie Worcester layup. Until the basket, the Eagles (0-2) had been 0 for 13 from the floor, 0 for 2 from the foul line, and had four turnovers.

Kristin Fechtelkotter had 17 points and six rebounds for Williams, while Amanni Fernandez had 11 points, six boards and three assists. Emily Chang came off the bench to score 15 points. She was 5 for 6 from three-point range.

In 17 minutes of play, Emily Peckham only scored two points but had a game-high nine rebounds.

Worcester had 22 points for Husson.

Tournaments

In NCAA Division III tournament competition on Saturday, the Williams women finished eighth in cross country and the men were 13th.

Victoria Kingham ran six kilometers in 21 minutes, 21 seconds, good for 15th place as the top Williams finisher. Johns Hopkins won the D-III title with 96 points. Tufts was seventh at 294 and Williams was eighth at 310.

Carleton College finished fifth. Williamstown's Emily Kaegi was 45th in 21:42.20. The senior from Carleton was 93rd last year, and 130th two years ago.

On the men's side, North Central won its 18th championship, with the Ephs way back in 13th.

Ben Decker was the top Williams finisher, taking 45th in 25:12.55 over 8k.

Springfield College's perfect football season came to an end Saturday, as the Pride dropped a 23-21 decision at home in an NCAA Tournament game to Husson.

Dom Traversa and Jonny Bianchi both played their final college football games for Springfield. Traversa, a Pittsfield graduate, had five solo tackles and eight assisted tackles at linebacker to lead Springfield. Bianchi played safety and had three solo tackles and four assists.

Ethan Wells, a Wahconah graduate, saw his college football career end in Delaware. Host Wesley outscored RPI 28-7 in the second half to win 45-27 in the NCAAs. Wells had 11 yards on two carries.

In women's soccer, Springfield won its second ECAC Division III championship in as many years. The Pride and NYU played to a scoreless draw, but Springfield took the title by winning penalty kicks 3-0.

Pittsfield's Amanda Wright had two shots in the match, and one shot on goal. She did not score.


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