College soccer: Williams' Danielle Sim is NESCAC player of the year

The Berkshire Eagle

HADLEY — The Williams College women's soccer team heads into NCAA Division III tournament play this weekend. The Ephs will host three other schools in the Williamstown Sectional. The Ephs will also be doing it with six All-NESCAC players on the roster.

Defender Danielle Sim, a senior from Bel Air, Md., was named the player of the year. It marked the first time a defender earned that honor.

Sim helped the Ephs win their eighth NESCAC tournament title, and anchored a defense that allowed eight goals all season.

She is the sixth Eph to be named player of the year, and this marked the second consecutive season that one of Michelyne Pinard's players was named player of the year. Forward Kriste Kirshe was the player-of-the-year in 2016.

Jill Caterer (1999), Gabrielle Woodson (2007), Brianna Wolfson (2009) and Sara Wild (2010) were the other Williams players of the year.

Joining Sim on the first team were her Eph teammmates Natasha Albaneze and Evan Gancedo. Albaneze is a first-time, All-NESCAC performer. She had a NESCAC-best 10 assists this season, and led the Ephs with 18 points. She is a senior from Northport, N.Y.

Gancedo, a senior from Pasadena California, was a second-team selection last year. She scored four goals and had nine points for Williams, starting every game for the Ephs.

Named to the second team were sophomore forward Alison Lu, junior forward Natalie Turner-Wyatt and junior goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill. Barnhill was also a second-team selection last year.

The NCAA Tournament begins Saturday at 11 a.m., when the Ephs (16-6-1) will host Lesley (16-2-3). In the 1:30 p.m. second game, Stevens (11-3-4) will play Brandeis (11-4-4). The championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students, and $2 for children ages 2-12.

NESCAC men's soccer

HADLEY — Two Williams men were named to the soccer All-NESCAC team.

Senior forward Mark Sisco-Tolomeo, from Franklin Lakes, N.J., started all 15 matches he played in and led the Ephs with nine points. He had four goals and an assist.

Tobias Muellers, a senior defender from Burlington, Vt., was named to the second team.

MASCAC soccer

WESTFIELD — Three players from MCLA have earned All-Conference honors in soccer. Two of the three played for the women's team.

Goalkeeper Megan Richardson, a sophomore from Adams, was named to the first team, while freshman midfielder Caitlyn Maloney was named to the second team.

Richardson started all 16 games for the Trailblazers, had a 2.40 goals-against average, and a save percentage of .790.

Maloney, from Troy, N.Y., had a goal and an assist, while helping anchor the midfield.

Oscar Castro, a senior from Middle Island, N.Y., was the only Trailblazer named to the men's team. He was a second-team selection. Castro, a captain this year, had four goals to share the club lead.


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