Ephs clinch No. 2 seed in NESCAC basketball tournament
Berkshire Eagle Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College men’s basketball team did its part Tuesday night, but the Ephs found out the road to the NCAA Division III tournament will go through Amherst.
Nate Robertson was one of four Ephs to score in double figures as the 10th-ranked Ephs clinched the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC tournament by beating Trinity 68-47.
The Ephs earned the No. 2 seed because Amherst beat Middlebury 104-101, in a game that took three overtimes. The second-ranked Lord Jeffs get the top seed by finishing 10-0 in conference play. Williams (21-3) was 9-1. Middlebury (21-2), ranked third, was 8-2 after losing to Williams and Amherst.
Williams will host seventh-seeded Bates Saturday at 2 p.m. Williams beat Bates 80-69 on Jan. 5.
Williams managed the victory despite having two starters out. Daniel Wohl and James Klemm did not play for the Ephs.
Fitchburg 65, MCLA men 57
FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg’s Tom Henneberry came off the bench to score 20 points to hand MCLA (12-11, 8-2) the loss.
MCLA women 63
FITCHBURG -- In the opener of the doubleheader, Amy Fahey had a game-high 21 points to lead Fitchburg (10-12, 3-7) to a win over MCLA (8-16, 0-11).
The Traiblazers fell behind 31-25 at halftime but scored the first four points of the second half. Fitchburg answered with a 9-2 run of its own and MCLA never caught up.
Lucy Tremblay had 20 points for MCLA and Kait Chenevert added 12.
Honors for Baecher
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Claire Baecher has been named the NESCAC and the New England Women’s Basketball Association player of the week, for her performance with the Williams women.
Baecher scored 30 points and had eight rebounds as Williams handed Amherst its first loss of the year. The 71-51 win on Sunday ended a 11-game Amherst winning streak.
With the win, the Ephs moved back into the D3hoops.com national poll at No. 17. That’s the highest jump for any team that was out of the Top 25. Amherst fell from third to sixth.
Williams men’s hockey
WILLIAMSTOWN -- A 1-1 week against traditional powerhouse Middlebury helped the Williams men rise to No. 11 in the USCHO.com national Division III poll.
Williams is one of three NESCAC teams in the top 15. Bowdoin is fourth and Amherst is 10th.