HADLEY, Mass. - Below is a summary of the teams and individuals representing the NESCAC in several NCAA Championship events during the last week of competition of the 2017-18 season.
MEN'S LACROSSE | Game Recap | Highlights l Full Replay
Wesleyan (19-3) captured its first national championship in program history with an 8-6 victory over Salisbury at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday. The Cardinals raced out a 4-0 lead and held off the Sea Gulls. Senior Harry Stanton was named the Most Outstanding Player after scoring twice and adding an assist. The NCAA title was the first team championship in Wesleyan's athletic history.
Middlebury (20-3) defeated TCNJ, 13-9, in the NCAA Semifinals to advance to the title game for the second time in the last three seasons. Junior Emma McDonagh and senior Georgia Carroll scored four goals each to lead the Panthers.
Gettysburg, the defending NCAA Champion, edged Middlebury, 11-9 in the NCAA final. The Panthers were playing in their seventh championship game in program history. McDonagh led Middlebury with three goals.
ROWING | Highlights
The Bates women's rowing team captured its second straight NCAA Championship Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla. It is also the Bobcats third title in four years.
The Bobcats swept first place in both varsity eight races. Bates' second varsity eight won its fifth consecutive gold medal with a winning time of 6:52037, outdistancing runner-up Wellesley. The first varsity boat posted a winning time of 6:40.13 and was four seconds faster than runner-up Ithaca.
Williams took third in the second varsity eight race, recording a time of 7:02.157, while Wesleyan followed in fourth at 7:08.352. In the first varsity eight race, the Cardinals placed fifth with a time of 6:56.695.
A NESCAC team has won 13 of the 16 NCAA Division III Rowing titles since 2002.
In an all-NESCAC NCAA Championship match, Middlebury won its third NCAA Championship (2004, 2010) with a 5-3 victory over Bowdoin (23-2). The championship match took place at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. The Panthers finished their spring with a single-season record 25 wins (25-4).
Two NESCAC institutions brought home titles on Saturday at the 2018 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. Bowdoin junior Grant Urken won the men’s singles championship, while the Middlebury duo of Lubomir Cuba and Kyle Schlanger won the men’s doubles title. Senior Brian Grodecki of Williams advanced to the quarterfinal round and Amherst rookie Sean Wei played in a semifinal match. The Bates duo of Ben Rosen and Jacob Kauppila advanced to the quarterfinals in the doubles competition.
In the team competition at the NCAA Championships, Middlebury (17-4) fell to Emory in one semifinal match, 5-4, while Williams (21-1) dropped a 5-3 decision to eventual champion and host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the other semifinal match.
Wesleyan senior Eudice Chong made history as she won the women's singles title for the fourth time in her collegiate career while the Williams pairing of Julia Cancio and Juli Raventos won the women's doubles title by defeating Chong and Victoria Yu in the championship match at the 2018 Individual Championships.
In the singles championship match, Chong faced her doubles partner Yu for the title. A close first set ended with Chong winning a tiebreaker 7-3. She ultimately won the match, and her fourth singles title in as many years, 7-6 (3), 6-2. Chong became the first player in any division to win four NCAA Singles Championships. In doubles, the tandem of Chong and Yu faced Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Bridget Harding of Emory in the semifinals, winning 6-2, 7-6 (4). In the other semifinal, two NESCAC teams met for the chance to advance and face Chong and Yu. The Williams pairing of Cancio and Raventos dropped only two games in dispatching the Amherst team of Anya Ivenitsky and Avery Wagman.
TRACK & FIELD | Recaps
In the NCAA Track & Field Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in La Crosse, Wis., Bates senior Katherine Cook’s national runner-up finish in the women’s 10,000-meters highlighted the performances of NESCAC on the first day of competition. Cook set a new PR in the women’s 10,000 meters, fishing with a time of 35:17.48 to place second overall. She earned the fourth All-America honor of her career and became the second Bates athlete to earn All-America honors in the 10,000 meters. Cook’s second-place time was 40.9 seconds better than the third-place finisher.
On day two, Williams senior Tobias Muellers won the decathlon with 6,969 points earned his fourth All-American honor. The final day of competition featured Colby junior Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik winning the 100-meter hurdles. She became the third Colby athlete to win a national title. Overall 22 NESCAC athletes garnered All-America honors.
The Williams men's and women's squads led the NESCAC in the team standings, finishing 11th and sixth, respectively.