Williams hockey teams are No. 3 in NESCAC hockey tourneys


WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College men’s hockey team had the chance to avoid a team it went 0-1-1 against in the regular season by beating Amherst on Sunday. It didn’t happen.

The Lord Jeffs scored four goals in the third period to beat Williams 4-1 and that gave Amherst the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Tournament.

With the loss, Williams (14-7-3, 10-5-3) is now the No. 3 seed, and will play sixth-seeded Colby at Lansing Chapman Rink on Saturday.

It will be part of a doubleheader with the Williams women, and the men’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

Williams opened its season with a 1-1 tie against the Mules, and then lost 2-1 on Jan. 24 in Maine.

Trinity earned the top seed in the tournament and will host No. 8 Wesleyan, a team it swept in two games over the weekend.

Second-seeded Amherst will host No. 7 Connecticut College while fourth-seed Middlebury hosts No. 5 Bowdoin.

NESCAC women’s hockey

HADLEY -- The Williams women get to host a NESCAC Tournament game for the first time since 2010, after earning the third seed.

The Ephs (12-9-3, 9-4-3) will host sixth-seeded Trinity on Saturday at 1 p.m., in the first game of a NESCAC tourney twinbill.

It’s the highest seed for Williams since 2006, when the Ephs earned the No. 3 seed. Williams has been to one championship game, 2002, when the Ephs lost to Bowdoin.

In other first-round games, top-seed Middlebury willl play eighth-seeded Connecticut College, No. 2 Amherst hosts No. 7 Colby and fourth-seed Bowdoin hosts No. 5 Wesleyan.

Both the men’s and women’s semifinal rounds will take place on March 8, at the home of the highest remaining seed.

MASCAC basketball

NORTH ADAMS -- The MCLA men, who made a spirited comeback to reach the MASCAC Tournament, earned a fifth seed and will travel to No. 4 Westfield on Tuesday night.

Regular-season champion Salem State got the top seed and will receive a first-round bye along with No. 2 Bridgewater State.

The other first-round game features No. 3 Worcester State hosting No. 6 Framingham.

NEPSAC basketball

PITTSFIELD -- The Miss Hall’s School basketball team claimed the fifth seed in the NEPSAC Class C Tournament.

Miss Hall’s, coached by Matt Ward, will travel to Brookline on Wednesday, to play fourth-seeded Beaver Country Day.

The winner of that game gets the winner of the contest between top-seeded Kimball Union Academy and Berwick Academy.


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