MCLA's Beckwith is ECAC volleyball's coach of the year


DANBURY, CONN. — It has been a historic season for the MCLA women's volleyball team. On Thursday, the Trailblazers had an addition to that history.

Head coach Amanda Beckwith was named the ECAC New England Division III coach of the year, while All-MASCAC first-team pick Allison Clark was named to the second team.

It was the first time in program history that the Trailblazers were honored by the ECAC.

"It was an honor to coach such a talented and dynamic team this fall," Beckwith said in a release. "I'm very proud of all the program accomplished this season."

Beckwith, who just finished her 10th season, led the Trailblazers to a 24-11 record. MCLA hosted the MASCAC and ECAC tournament finals. The 24 wins were a program record.

Clark, a junnior outside hitter from California, transferred in and etched her name into the record books as well.

She set a school record with 470 kills, and that helped earn her a first-team All-MASCAC selection.

She had double-digit kills in 28 matches including a career-high 26 in a playoff win over Bridgewater State.

"Her hard work, competitiveness and passion for the sport helped the program get to the next level this fall," said Beckwith.

One Williams volleyball player, senior setter Ryan Farley, was also named to the ECAC second team.

Over the course of her four years at Williams, Farley played in 119 matches and 438 setts, contributing 345 kills and 4,343 assists.


DANBURY, CONN. >> Three members of the NCAA Division III champion Williams women's soccer team have been named to the ECAC Division III New England All-Star team.

Senior Mai Mitsuyama, who earlier earned NSCAA All-American first-team honors, was named to the ECAC first team. She was also first team All-NESCAC and first team All-Region.

Mitsuyama scored two goals, both in the post-season, and they were the first two goals of her college career.

Named to the second team were juniors Kriste Kirshe and Audrey Thomas. Kirshe led Willliams with 33 points on 12 goals and nine assists. Thomas scored 12 goals and added four assists.


WESTFIELD >> Two MCLA basketball players are on this week's MASCAC honor roll. Khalil Paul and Courtney McLaughlin were named by the conference.

Paul, a senior forward from Troy, N.Y., averaged 22.3 points and 6.3 rebounds as the Trailblazers went 1-2 in the final week before the Christmas break.

He had a career-high 36 points and added five rebounds in a loss to WPI, and had 17 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Southern Vermont. The Trailblazers bounced back to beat Vermont Tech 77-65 in the second game of the Tri-State Shootout and Paul had 14 points and five boards.

McLaughlin, a junior guard from Pittsfield, averaged 14.5 points, 2.5 steals, 2 rebounds and 2 assists as the Trailblazers went 1-1. She scored 17 points, had 4 assists and 4 steals in a win over Mount Holyoke. The MCLA seven-game winning streak ended in a loss to Union, but McLaughlin had 12 points and 3 boards in that game.


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