Colleges: Local athletes in NCAA tourneys

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Two teams with Berkshire County connections remain alive in the NCAA Division III lacrosse tournament. If both teams win today, they'll face each other in the national semifinals on Sunday.

St. Lawrence will host Amherst while two-time champion Tufts will host top-ranked Ithaca.

The Jumbos (18-2) advanced with a 19-6 win over SUNY-Cortland on Saturday. Pittsfield native A.J. Enchill had a goal for the Jumbos in the win. It was the second goal of the year for the senior midfielder. He also scored a goal in Tufts' 19-11 win over Williams in the NESCAC semifinals.

Enchill's younger brother Auric is a sophomore middie with Tufts. A.J. went to Governor's Academy while Auric went to Trinity-Pawling.

In another quarterfinal, Amherst will play at St. Lawrence, where former Mount Greylock standout Brett McCormack plays.

The junior midfielder did not score in a 12-9 tourney win over Springfield, but had a goal and three assists in a win over New England College. The former Mountie, son of Williams lacrosse coach George McCormack, has 11 goals and 9 assists.

If St. Lawrence and Tufts win, they'll play each other on Sunday. The winner advances to the Division III championship game in Philadelphia on May 29.

DIVISION III BASEBALL SEEDS

Three Division III baseball teams with Berkshire County athletes on the roster will begin playing for an NCAA championship today.

Castleton University, the former Castleton State College in Vermont, will be playing as the No. 6 seed in the New York Region. In the first game of the double-elimination tournament, the Spartans will play host SUNY-Cortland, the No. 1 Division III team in the nation. Those games will be played at Falcon Park, home of the New York-Penn League's Auburn Doubledays, in Auburn, N.Y.

Castleton has Ryan Wadsworth of Williamstown and Dillon Benham of Lenox on the roster. Benham has been quite the revelation.

The freshman, who transferred after attending Endicott College in the fall, is No. 2 on the team with a .372 batting average and he has driven in 18 runs. Benham started his season 0 for 18, but is batting .464 in his last 23 games.

UMass-Boston was sent out of New England to the Mid-Atlantic Region. The fifth-seeded Beacons will open against No. 4 Haverford, in the regional hosted by Misericordia University in Moosic, Pa. Sophomores Steve Witkowski and Alex Carusotto, graduates of Taconic, are on the Beacons roster. Witkowski and Carusotto, both pitchers, are both 0-1.

Mike Koperniak of Adams is a pitcher on the Wheaton (Mass.) team that is the top seed in the New England Regional, which will be played at Eastern Connecticut State in Willimantic. Wheaton will play eighth-seed Salem State in the opener.


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