Three Williams athletes earn NESCAC player-of-the-week honors


WILLIAMSTOWN -- When the Williams and Amherst College basketball teams hit the floor in Chandler Gym on Wednesday night, the reigning NESCAC players of the week and four nationally ranked teams will be on the court.

The women will open the doubleheader up at 6 p.m., led by freshman forward Lauren McCall, who earned the women's basketball player of the week.

The men will follow at about 8 p.m., with co-players of the week Duncan Robinson of Williams and Aaron Toomey of Amherst on the floor against each other.

"I think [Robinson is] one of the most talented first years we've ever had here," Williams men's coach Mike Maker said after Saturday's 69-62 win over Colby. "I think he's a go-to player as a first-year player and his teammates and the staff have a lot of confidence in him."

Robinson averaged 25.5 points for the Ephs in wins over Bowdoin and Colby. He was an incredible 17 for 20 from the floor (85 percent) and 10 for 13 from outside the 3-point arc (77 percent).

In the win over Colby, the freshman from New Castle, N.H., was 9 for 9 from the floor, 3 for 3 from 3-point range and 6 for 6 from the foul line.

Robinson is 12th in the conference with a 13.7 scoring average, and second on the team behind center Mike Mayer (14.4).

The leading scorer in NESCAC is Amherst's Toomey (21.2 points per game).

The senior from Greensboro, N.C. averaged 21 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in a 3-0 week for the Lord Jeffs. Amherst beat Wesleyan 76-62, Tufts 75-67 and Bates 82-71.

The Amherst men enter Wednesday's game ranked sixth in the latest poll, while Williams is ninth. Wisconsin-Stevens Point is ranked No. 1 this week.

On the women's side, Amherst enters Wednesday's game ranked 10th and Williams is 16th. Defending national champion DePauw is No. 1.

McCall earned the women's player of the week honors by averaging 20.5 points per game coming off the bench in a pair of Williams victories.

She had a career-high 24 points in a 69-55 win over Bowdoin last Friday, and followed it up with 17 points in a 71-54 win over Colby.

In hockey, the Ephs moved up in the national polls after beating traditional powers Manhattanville and Plattsburgh State.

Williams is now ranked seventh in the latest poll and eighth in the poll. Adrian (Mich.) is the top-ranked team in both polls.

Williams heads on the road this weekend to play at Colby Friday and Bowdoin on Saturday. The Ephs will take with them the reigning NESCAC hockey player of the week in goalie Sean Dougherty.

Dougherty made 21 saves in a 4-1 win over Manhattanville and made 35 more in Saturday night's 5-1 win over Plattsburgh. Dougherty had to make 19 in the third period to preserve the win.

The senior from Smithtown, N.Y., is the top goalie in NESCAC. He leads the conference with a 1.59 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.


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