Eph women finish second to Methodist in tourney


Berkshire Eagle Staff

WILLIAMSTOWN -- The one-stroke lead that the Williams College women’s golf team had on Saturday did not hold up on Sunday against Division III power Methodist.

Methodist outscored Williams 309-312 on Sunday for a two-stroke win. Methodist finished up with a score of 620, while Williams shot 622.

"It was a solid weekend for us overall and we have much to be proud of," Williams coach Erika DeSanty said. "Methodist outperformed us today."

Methodist had four golfers finish in the top 10, while Williams had only Tracey Kim and Georgiana Salant finish in the top 10. Kim was low scorer for Williams, shooting a 148 over two days to finish second. Salant was four strokes back. The top scorer for Methodist was Elizabeth Blomgren, who was fourth at 155. But the four Methodist golfers in the top 10 finished within four shots of each other.

Sharon Li of Ithaca was medalist, shooting 141.

NESCAC men’s golf

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Williams College men’s golf team made quite the charge on the second day of the NESCAC tournament. The Ephs, however, came up just a bit short.

Trailing leader Middlebury by 12 strokes after the first day, the Ephs cut 11 shots off that lead but the Panthers managed to hang on to claim their third NESCAC title in the last four years, 625 to 626. Trinity was third at 629.

Middlebury’s Fitz Bowen was medalist, shooting a two-day total of 7-over-par 149. Williams’ Cody Semmelrock came back to finish second at 153, 4 strokes back. Williams’ Dylan Dethier and Grant Raffel tied for sixth at 157.

Williams baseball

WILLIAMSTOWN -- For the first time since March 29, the Williams baseball team has won two straight.

The Ephs accomplished that by sweeping Hamilton 2-1 and 6-3. Back on March 29, the Ephs also scored a doubleheader sweep, beating NESCAC rival Middlebury twice in Arizona.

On Sunday, the Ephs won the opener by virtue of a walk-off infield single by Thomas Stephens. Jack Roberts, who hit a one-out single in the seventh, scampered home from third with the winning run.

Thomas Murphy went the distance, improving his record to 4-2. Murphy held the Continentals to a run on seven hits and three walks, while striking out eight.

The second game of the doubleheader was scheduled for nine innings and it took the Ephs almost every one of them to get the sweep.

David Rosas’ RBI single in the home sixth tied the score 3-3 and the Ephs went ahead in the seventh on an unearned run.

Williams pitcher Steve Marino retired nine of the final 10 hitters he faced in going the distance. Marino, now 2-2, gave up three runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out nine.

Williams is now 10-14 and 6-5 in the NESCAC West, while Hamilton is 9-14 and 2-9 in the division.

Williams tennis

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Williams tennis teams finished their regular seasons with decisive wins.

The Williams women (18-1, 7-1) rolled to a 9-0 win over Colby, while the men beat the Mules 6-1.

Four of the six singles matches for the women were won in straight sets and the other two were won in super tiebreakers. Freshman Hannah Atkinson had a day to remember, winning her match at No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-0.

In the men’s match, Williams took all three doubles contests and won three of the four contested singles matches.

Former All-Eagle tennis MVP Rohan Shastri had a big day for the Ephs. Shastri teamed with Jose Raventos at No. 2 doubles to beat Jack Bryant and Matt Carroll 8-4. Shastri came back and beat Sam Bachelder 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

NESCAC track and field

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Williams claimed the NESCAC women’s title on Saturday, winning a title it had lost last year after 12 straight crowns.

Amina Avril won the shot put, discus and hammer throw to earn 30 of Williams’ 179 points. Tufts was a distant second with 126 points while Middlebury (109.5) was third.

Williams’ Annie Lynch was the 200-meter dash champion, Amanda Murashige won the 400, and they joined Jessica O’Brien and Alyza Ngbokoli to claim the 1,600 relay title.

The Williams men, meanwhile finished fourth. Tufts won back-to-back NESCAC titles with 178.9 points. Middlebury was second at 166.5, while the Ephs had 105 points.

Williams’ Colin Cotton broke a 27-year old meet record by winning the 10,000 metes in 30 minutes, 15.63 seconds. He took nearly seven seconds off the record that dated back to 1987. Williams’ Aldis Inde won the 5,000.


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