College Roundup: Williams men, MCLA women pick up soccer wins; UMass star signs with Atlanta Hawks
ATLANTA — C.J. Anderson was the "glue guy" for Matt McCall in the coach's first season at the University of Massachusetts. Now, Anderson may get a chance to be a "glue guy" in the National Basketball Association.
The Atlanta Hawks announced Tuesday that the team has signed Anderson to a contract. The signing comes a day after Atlanta had waived forward/center Isaac Humphries.
McCall tweeted his congratulations to the former Minuteman, writing "@cjanderson_23 really happy for you man! Congrats!!"
Anderson played in all 32 games for UMass last year, starting 28 times. He averaged 10.6 points, five rebounds and 5.2 assists per game, averaging 35.2 minutes of play. Anderson was fourth in the Atlantic 10 in assists.
If Anderson does not make the Atlanta roster, it is quite possible that he ends up with the Hawks' G-League affiliate in Erie, Pa. If that happens, he would be a teammate of Raphiael Putney, another former Minuteman. Putney played for former UMass coach Derek Kellogg. The forward averaged nearly 17 points per game last year in Erie.
Williams women's soccer
WILLIAMSTOWN — After going 1-0-1 this past weekend, the Williams College women's soccer team dropped one spot in the latest United Soccer Coaches national Division III poll.
Williams (9-0-2) fell from second to third in this week's poll. Washington University of St. Louis (11-0-0) remained the No. 1 team in the nation, but Messiah (10-1-0) moved up from third to second.
Williams is one of four NESCAC teams in the Top 25. Middlebury (10-0-1) is ranked fifth, Amherst (8-1-1) is 11th and Tufts (6-2-2) is 23rd.
The Ephs already battled Amherst to a 0-0 draw. Williams will be at Tufts on Oct. 20, and at home to Middlebury on Oct. 23.
In the New England Region, Williams, Middlebury and Amherst are 1-2-3 in the rankings. Tufts is ranked fifth, while Connecticut College is ninth.
Springfield is currently ranked seventh in New England. Pittsfield's Amanda Wright, a senior forward, is second on the Pride in scoring with six goals.
Williams men's soccer
WILLIAMSTOWN — Greg Andreou's second goal in as many games gave Williams a hard-fought 1-0 win over Coast Guard in a non-league game on Tuesday. It was the second straight win for the Ephs (5-5-3). Coast Guard is now 5-4-1.
The Ephs outshot Coast Guard 16-5, including 11-2 in the second half. Coast Guard goalkeeper Dakota Harich had five saves, including four in the second half.
But three minutes and 22 seconds into the first, 10-minute overtime, Andreou converted Chris Fleischer's corner kick for the winning goal.
Williams is now 1-1-1 in overtime games.
"Today was an achievement for us, we had not won in overtime yet," Williams coach Erin Sullivan said in a release. "There is still work to be done, but I think this group has it in them to succeed."
Williams field hockey
CLINTON, N.Y. — For the second time in a week, the Williams field hockey team lost a game in the second overtime period.
Michaela Giuttari's goal 1:56 into the second overtime gave 14th-ranked Hamilton a 3-2 win over No. 16 Williams.
Molly Lohss scored the tying goal late in the second half for Williams (6-3, 4-2 in NESCAC).
Julia Booth had 15 saves for Hamilton (10-2, 6-2), while Abby Lloyd had five saves and Emma Santucci had six for the Ephs.
MCLA women's soccer
NORTH ADAMS — MCLA scored three goals in the first half en route to a 3-1 win over Northern Vermont-Johnson.
The Trailblazers (4-8-0) have now won three of their last four.
Kayla Baker's shot from deep outside the 18-yard mark proved to be the game-winning goal against NVJ (7-6-0). Baker assisted on a goal by Taconic product Lauren Mangiardi, while Caitlyn Maloney had the third goal.
MCLA keeper Megan Richardson missed out on her shutout bid when Kelsey Cauchon scored on a penalty shot with 40 seconds remaining.
NORTH ADAMS — Tessa Sestito had 31 assists and 20 digs to lead MCLA, but visiting Westfield State scored a 3-1 win. The set scores were 25-18, 25-22, 25-27, 25-10.
Lee's Ahna Schlaefer had a team-best eight kills for MCLA (6-13, 0-4 in MASCAC), while Natasha Stewart had a team-best 23 digs.
Hanna Simpkins had 13 kills for Westfield 4-17, 3-1). Ally Rega had 40 assists and Jess Haradon had 25 digs.
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