WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College men's lacrosse team handed defending champion Tufts its only NESCAC loss of the year. The Ephs look to do it again Saturday in the conference tournament semifinals.
Williams (10-6, 6-4) and Tufts (14-2, 9-1) will play in the first game of the semifinal doubleheader at noon in Medford.
The second game follows and features a Little Three battle between Amherst and Wesleyan. The winners play for the championship Sunday at noon.
When Williams and Tufts played on April 1, the Jumbos led 5-3 after one quarter. Williams outscored them 12-3 the rest of the way in a 15-8 win.
"To be successful this weekend," said Williams coach George McCormack, "we need to continue to improve from our last game, start fast and finish strong."
MASCAC honors MCLA duo
WESTFIELD -- Two MCLA baseball players from Berkshire County have been named to the All-MASCAC second team.
Junior outfielder Chase Preite of North Adams and junior third baseman Rory Slattery were the only Trailblazers named to the All-MASCAC teams.
Preite finished fourth in MASCAC with a .403 batting average, which was a team high for MCLA. He had .524 on-base percentage, a .537 slugging percentage, and his OPS was 1.061. Preite hit nine doubles this season, reaching base safely in 21 of 24 games for the Trailblazers.
Slattery was the only other Trailblazer to hit over .300. He had a .301 average, driving in eight runs this season. His season highlights included a game-winning triple to lead MCLA past Becker.
MCLA's season ended Monday.
Salem State's Richard Fecteau is the player of the year and teammate Ryan Hyjek is the pitcher of the year. Fitchburg's Steven Drury Jr. and Framingham's Mike Andrews are the co-rookies of the year, while Worcester State's Dirk Baker is the coach of the year.
HADLEY -- Fourteen members of the Williams College women's track and field teams earned All-NESCAC honors. Seventeen men were also named. The top three finishers in each event get All-NESCAC recognition.
Amina Avril was named the meet's Most Outstanding Female Performer. She won the shot put, discus and hammer throw. Avril is the first Eph to win the award since Elise Johnson won back-to-back awards in 2009 and 2010.
The other All-NESCAC team members are Jenna Adams, Shayna Barbash, Hannah Cole, Kaleigh Kenny, Annie Lynch, Brianne Mirecki, Amanda Murashige, Jessica O'Brien, Maggie Peard, Margaret Richardson, Chloe Rogers, Lacey Serletti and Grace Wetherall.
The men honored are: Andrew Beaudoin, Samuel Burrington, Youle Chen, Colin Cotton, Paul Deaderick, Aldis Inde, Chris Lee, Bijan Mazaheri, Jared Nowell, Katakyie Ofori-Atta, Keith Owiti, Kevin Persons, Nolan Raimo, Eric Schneider, John Sutton, Nick Wolf and Steven Yannacone.