Local Colleges: Williams women's soccer advances to second round of NCAA Division III tournament


WILLIAMSTOWN >> The Williams College women's soccer team successfully advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament on Saturday.

The Ephs got a goal and an assist from Natasha Albaneze en route to a 3-0 win over MASCAC champion Westfield State in a first-round game.

With the win, the NESCAC champions (17-1-1) will face The College of New Jersey (13-3-4) in today's second round. TCNJ beat St. Lawrence (13-5-2) 4-1 in the second game of the doubleheader at Cole Field.

"It was a great team effort today and it did feel great to get back on the scoresheet," said Albaneze, who hadn't scored since the second game of the season. "I think I had some great opportunities cutting in from the flank today."

Albaneze broke a scoreless tie at 36:06 and Williams made it 2-0 just four minutes later when Albaneze set up Crystal Lewin for the goal. Lindsey Vandergrift had a second-half goal for Williams.

Westfield State (10-7-3) was outshot 41-1 in the game. Anna Stack had 12 saves and Natalia Falcone had seven.

In the other game, TCNJ scored two goals in each half in the win. It was St. Lawrence's first tourney appearance since 1989. Marissa Scognamiglio scored a goal in each half for TCNJ.


In Waterford, Conn., the Williams cross country teams swept the NCAA Division III regional championships. Those wins earned them berths in the NCAA D-III championships, Nov. 21 in Winneconne, Wisc.

Williams beat archrival Amherst by a point, 67-68. Tufts was third with 80 and Wesleyan fourth at 114.

The Williams men had three top-five finishers in the 8-kilometer race. Bijan Mazaheri was second, Peter Hale fourth and Ben Decker fifth.

But the rivalry between Mazaheri and Amherst's Mohammed Hussein continued to percolate. Hussein beat Mazaheri by 3.8 seconds to claim the individual title. Hussein's time was 24 minutes, 39.8 seconds, while Mazaheri ran 24:42.

The MCLA men were 48th out of 55 teams. Christopher Gamble ran a 28:50.7 and Ryan McMahon ran a 29:30.

The Williams women had a much easier time, collecting 44 points to 107 for Tufts and 108 for Middlebury.

Maryann Gong won the 6-k in 21:36.3. Williams' Hannah Cole was second in 21:43.6. She was one of four Ephs in the top 10 as Victoria Kingham was fourth, Lacey Serletti was eighth and Anna Harleen was 10th.


In North Adams, the MCLA volleyball team (24-11) had the best season in school history end without a championship.

After beating Lesley (16-10) in the semifinals 3-2, the Trailblazers were shut out 3-0 by Endicott (24-10).

MCLA's Allison Clark, who had 20 kills in the win over Lesley, had only 11 kills against the Gulls. Endicott's Lauren Sheehan had 11 kills to pace her squad.

The set scores in the championship were 25-22, 27-25, 25-16.


In Northampton, Brayleigh Hanlon scored a team-high 15 points, but Rochester Institute of Technology pulled away in the third quarter and went on to beat MCLA 71-50 in the opening game of the Smith College Tyler Tip-Off Tournament.

Jessica Glaz had 21 points for RIT to lead all scorers, while Tara Lynch had 20 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Engineers.

MCLA will play Curry in today's 2 p.m. consolation game. Curry lost to host Smith 85-42 in the second game. The championship game will follow between Smith and RIT.


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