College roundup: Lenox native Weaver earns coaching honor for UVM Nordic team
DENVER — Lenox native Patrick Weaver, the Nordic ski coach at the University of Vermont, has been named the Nordic coach of the year by the U.S. Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.
Weaver, a former U.S. Nordic Olympian, led UVM to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships, which Vermont hosted.
The Catamounts won 18 of the 24 Nordic events this year on the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association circuit. Weaver was also the EISA coach of the year.
Five of Weaver's Nordic skiers earned All-America honors.
Weaver, who just finished his ninth season at UVM, won an NCAA championship back in 2012.
Williams sweeps RPI
TROY, N.Y. — Williams celebrated its move into the NFCA Top 10 with a doubleheader sweep at RPI on Wednesday.
The Ephs (21-4) won the first game 4-3, and then took the nightcap 13-0 in five innings. That extended seventh-ranked Williams' winning streak to 10 games. RPI (18-6) fell out of the Top 25 this week.
Mackenzie Murphy was pretty dominant in the circle for the Ephs. The right-hander lost her perfect-game bid when Veronica DeStefano reached on an infield single in the fourth inning. Murphy did not walk anyone and struck out three.
Offensively, Williams scored in every inning and closed the game out with three runs in the fifth. Jessica Kim, Riley Salvo and Kirstin Mapes all homered in the nightcap.
In the opener, Williams led 4-0 after three innings, but had to hang on at the end for the win.
Winning pitcher Rebecca Duncan helped her cause with an RBI single in the first. The Ephs added three runs in the third, with Murphy hitting a two-run homer.
But in the RPI seventh, DeStefano made it 4-3 with a three-run home run off of Duncan. Duncan then walked Pittsfield's Allie Hunt, eventually loading the bases. But Duncan struck out Steph Cavallaro to end the game.
Kipnis was 5 for 5 in the doubleheader, with four runs scored and Kim was 4 for 6 with four runs scored. Murphy was 3 for 8, but drove in three runs for Williams.
Hunt was 1 for 4 in the doubleheader with a walk.
In the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25, Virginia Wesleyan moved up from second to first, followed by East Texas Baptist and Christopher Newport. Christopher Newport had been the No. 1 team.
Williams is the only NESCAC team in the Top 25. The other New England school ranked is Brandeis, 21st this week after being unranked.
MCLA splits doubleheader
WESTFIELD — Morgan Watson and Kara Adams combined to give up one run on seven hits, as MCLA scored a 5-1 win over host Westfield State in the second game of a MASCAC doubleheader. Westfield won the opener 8-4.
Watson held the Owls (5-17, 2-4 in MASCAC) scoreless for five innings, giving up four hits, and left the game with a 1-0 lead after Alanza Quinones had an RBI single in the first inning.
Westfield tied the game on Kayla Soucie's solo home run off of winning pitcher Adams in the sixth, tying the score.
But in the seventh, Quinones — who was 2 for 3 with four runs batted in — hit a three-run home run off reliever Emily Arredondo, to key a four-run seventh inning. Adams set the Owls down in the seventh as MCLA (6-18, 1-5) scored its first conference win.
In the opener, Westfield jumped out to a 6-1 lead after three innings and never looked back. Karly Mastello had three hits in the game for Westfield. Kaitlyn Berghela and Kaylyn Holliday had two hits and and RBI each for MCLA.
Williams men crack Top 10
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the first time this year, the Williams College men's lacrosse team has cracked the national Top 10.
When the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association released this week's coaches poll earlier in the week, the Ephs (9-2) had moved up from 13th to ninth place in the USILA Top 20. It was the largest jump of any school in the Top 20.
Williams moved up after beating then-No. 2 seed Amherst on Saturday. The Mammoths dropped from second to fifth.
Salisbury is this week's No. 1 team, and recorded all 22 first-place votes. RIT is second, followed by York, Wesleyan and Amherst.
Tufts is ranked sixth and Bates is ranked 12th, rounding out the NESCAC teams in the Top 20.
Williams will travel to Colby on Saturday.
Williams women 13, Hamilton 10
CLINTON, N.Y. — Williams outscored host Hamilton 6-2 to open the second half, and held on to score a win over the Continentals.
Williams (6-5, 2-5 in NESCAC) and Hamilton (4-6, 1-6) were tied at 3 midway through the second half, when Chloe Heiting scored an unassisted goal to break the tie, and Williams never trailed.
Emma TenBarge had a hat trick for Williams, while four other Ephs scored two goals each. Tatiana Bradley led Hamilton with three goals.
Bianchi honored by NFF
IRVING, Texas — Springfield College's Jonny Bianchi of Pittsfield and six Williams College football players have been named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's Hampshire Honor Society. The society is made up of college football players from all divisions, who maintained a cumulative 3.2 grade-point average or better throughout their college careers.
Bianchi was one of an all-time record 1,643 players who earned their way into the honor society. A record 424 schools were represented.
"For more than a decade, it has become a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically," NFF president and chief executive officer Steve Hatchell said in a release.
Williams players named to the Hampshire Honor Society are Jameson DeMarco, Christian Dumont, Jaelon Moaney, Brendan Rousseau, Austin Thomas and Joey Volpe.
Two UMass players, Andrew Ford and Peter Comaroto, are also members of the society.
Williams 8, Vassar 2
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — One day after dropping a one-run decision at Trinity, Williams (14-4) went back on the road and beat Vassar (11-14).
George Carroll picked up his second win of the season. Carroll went eight innings, holding Vassar to two runs (one earned) on eight hits. He walked one and struck out five. Nehemiah Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Ephs took the lead in the first inning with two runs on one hit, a walk, a passed ball and two errors. Williams added two more runs in the second, and were on their way.
Designated hitter Kellen Hatheway had three of Williams 10 hits. He was the Ephs' lone multiple hitter.
On Tuesday, Adams' Matt Koperniak was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 3-2 win over Williams.
Koperniak, who homered in the first inning, scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off RBI single by Ben Reinisch.
MCLA swept in Westfield
WESTFIELD — It was a tough day for MCLA (6-17, 0-8), as the Trailblazers dropped a 9-2 and 3-1 doubleheader at Westfield State (14-7, 7-2).
The Trailblazers had a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh. John Gegetskas, who pitched for the Pittsfield Suns last summer, came on in the seventh and promptly gave up singles to Jake Ferrara and Logan Rumbolt. Pinch hitter Dahndray Sistrunk sacrificed the runners to second and third. But Dan Buchanan struck out and Ben Durland flied out to end the game.
Ryan Ruef pitched well in the nightcap of the doubleheader. He gave up two runs on six hits and walked only one. But Westfield's Patrick Jordan gave up only one run on four hits in six innings.
In the opener, Westfield got to MCLA starter Mike Urbanski for nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings, and the Trailblazers could not catch up.
For MCLA, Austin Rachiele and Rumbolt each went 3 for 6 in the doubleheader. Rachiele had an RBI in the first game.
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