College roundup: Williams women's soccer team moves on in NCAAs
The Berkshire Eagle
CAMBRIDGE — The Williams College women's soccer team has reached the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
First-half goals by Claire Tolliver and Brianna Binder backed up a three-save performance by Chelsea Taylor as the reigning national champions beat Gettysburg 2-0 in a first-round game at MIT on Saturday.
"We've been practicing and playing with a focus and confidence that we haven't seen all year," Williams coach Michelyne Pinard said in a release. "All the team wanted was a chance to dance in the NCAA Tournament, and we're trying to make the most of it."
Williams (10-5-2) might have been the last of the four NESCAC teams to be placed in a tournament bracket, but as Pinard said, the Ephs are looking to keep things going.
Fans barely had time to settle into their seats when the Bullets (13-5-1) fell behind. Aspen Pierson chipped a pass ahead to Tolliver, who got behind the Gettysburg defense and her left-footed shot beat goalkeeper Maddie Cunningham.
Then, with nine minutes left in the half, Binder got credit for the goal that officials ruled had crossed the goal line.
Williams had a 24-6 shot advantage and had 13 shots on net.
The Ephs will play MIT, who beat Johnson & Wales 3-0 in the first game of the doubleheader. The Engineers beat Williams 3-1 in Williamstown back on Oct. 13.
Williams men 83, SUNY-Poly 48
WILLIAMSTOWN — Cole Prowitt-Smith had a pretty good day for the second game of his college basketball career.
Prowitt-Smith had 22 points and missed only one of 10 shots for Williams as the Ephs claimed the Tip-Off Tournament title with a lopsided 83-48 win over SUNY Poly on Saturday.
Prowitt-Smith was 5 for 5 from inside the 3-point line and 4 for 5 outside. He was one of three Ephs to score in double figures. Matt Karpowicz had 17 and Mickey Babek had 12.
For the second time in as many games, Williams (2-0) won the turnover battle. On Saturday, the Ephs forced 19 turnovers and they scored 29 points off of turnovers.
The Williams bench put 37 points on the scoreboard. Williams used a 13-0 run early in the first half to take SUNY Poly (1-2) out of the game.
Josh Gregory led Poly with 13 points and Averi Parker added 11.
In the consolation game, Colby-Sawyer beat Worcester State 85-71. Colby-Sawyer's Patrick Coffey and Dana Bean each had a team-high 20 points, while Tyler Dion had 24 for the Lancers.
Williams women 97, MCLA 45
WILLIAMSTOWN — Maggie Meehan and Mikaela Topper combined to score 45 points as Williams opened its basketball season with a lopsided 97-45 win over Route 2 rival MCLA on Saturday night.
The Ephs jumped out to a 25-13 lead after one quarter and never trailed.
Williams shot 52 percent from the floor and was a pretty impressive 14 of 30 from 3-point range. Meehan, who had a game-high 23 points, was 4 for 7 from outside the arc while Topper, who scored 22, was 5 for 9. Emily Chang chipped in with 11 points.
For MCLA (1-2), Kylah Langston had 14 points and Olivia Pressley added 10. Brooke DiGennaro had two points off the bench for the Trailblazers.
MCLA men 90, Medgar Evers 82
SPRINGFIELD — Mike Demartinis had a career-best 31 points as MCLA rallied in the second half to beat Medgar Evers 90-82 in the consolation game of the Western New England Invitational.
Demartinis scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half as the Trailblazers (2-2) came back from a six-point deficit early in the second half.
Noah Yearsley had 12 points and Quran Davis added 12. Ki-Shawn Monroe had nine rebounds to pace the Trailblazers, adding 15 points and four assists. Kelson McIntosh had 23 points for Medgar Evers (1-3).
Colby women 4, Williams 3
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Ephs took a one-goal lead on Delaney Szlezyngier's second goal of the game with less than four minutes remaining in the second period. But host Colby scored the last two of the game to beat Williams 4-3 and sweep the season-opening weekend series.
Meghan Halloran scored the other goal for Williams. Tess Dupre had two goals for Colby, including the game winner in the first minute of the third period.
Williams goalie Chloe Heiting had 30 saves, while Colby's Cierra San Roman had 21.
Eph men win New England title
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Both Williams cross country teams earned bids to next weekend's NCAA Division III meet by sweeping the New England D-III championships.
The Williams men had six runners finish in the top 10 and seven in the top 15 as they literally and figuratively ran away from the competition. Williams had 24 points to 93 for runner-up Colby. MIT was third at 107.
Williams' Aidan Ryan covered the 8 kilometers in 24 minutes, 51.6 seconds. Teammate Ryan Cox was next in 24:55.4.
On the women's side, Williams placed three runners in the top 10 and four in the top 20 to win the team title. Williams finished with 64 points, to MIT's 84. Tufts was third with 156.
Williams was led by Eva Borton, who ran the 6-kilometer course in 21:39.2. Eph Sarah Tully was next in 21:44.0 and Brianna Bourne was 10th in 21:46.9. MIT's Izzi Gengaro won the race in 21:19.1.
Monument Mountain graduate Grace Phair, running for Westfield State was 41st in 22:37.9. Alice Najimy from Lenox High School and Simmons College was 126th in 23:52.9.
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