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.
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.
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.