HADLEY, Mass. - Below is an update of NESCAC teams competing in several NCAA Championships.
Williams led the NESCAC contingent at the 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky as both Eph teams finished third in their respective races.
Pomona Pitzer won the men’s race, claiming its first national title with 164 points. North Central (182 points) finished one point ahead of the Ephs (183 points) to round out the top three teams. Patrick Watson of Stevenson was the individual winner of the men’s race, clocking a time of 24:13.9, nearly six seconds ahead of the runner-up. Aidan Ryan, the 2019 NESCAC Champion, finished 10th with a time of 24:40.1,
Johns Hopkins won the team title in the women’s race. The Blue Jays won their third title in the last four years compiling 125 points and were followed by Washington University (138 points) in second and Williams (168 points) in third, the Ephs best result since 2015. Ithaca sophomore Parley Hannon won the individual title by 18 seconds (20:53.8). Tufts’ Danielle Page, the 2019 NESCAC Runner-Up, placed sixth with a time of 21:25.5 to lead the NESCAC runners.
NESCAC Team Finishes
3 – Williams, 183 points
16 – Colby, 381 points
23 – Amherst, 572 points
29 – Middlebury, 672 points
32 – Bates, 795 points
3 – Williams, 168 points
8 – Tufts, 310 points
14 – Bates, 388 points
15 – Middlebury, 406 points
23 – Wesleyan, 569 points
Middlebury won the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive year and fourth time in five years with a 1-0 victory over Franklin & Marshall. Marissa Baker scored the lone goal of the game in the 54th minute to lift the Panthers to the victory. Middlebury advanced to the championship game with a 1-0 victory over Salisbury. Katie George netted the game-winner in the 37th minute as the Panthers outshot Salisbury 13-4 in the contest.
Amherst, Connecticut College, and Tufts all earned third-round victories to advance to the Elite 8.
The Mammoths blanked Rowan, 2-0, behind a pair of second-half goals and four saves from Bernie White, to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the sixth time in program history. The Mammoths faced RPI in an Elite Eight match and took control quickly with three goals in the first half and went on to win 3-1 to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 2015 when the Mammoths won their last NCAA title.
Connecticut College defeated host Swarthmore, 1-0 in overtime, to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in program history. Steve Yeonas scored with 2:07 remaining in extra time to lift the Camels to the win. Connecticut College faced NESCAC foe Tufts in the Elite 8 match. The Jumbos also needed overtime to reach the quarterfinal round. Zach Seigelsten scored 74 seconds into overtime to give Tufts a 2-1 victory over Washington & Lee.
In the quarterfinal match, the Jumbos struck quickly, scoring 1:13 into the game and held a 3-0 lead at the 58-minute mark. The Camels scored in the 78th minute, but could not get any closer the rest of the way as Tufts posted a 3-1 victory to advance to the Final Four for the second year in a row.
Amherst will face Centre College (20-3-1) in the first semifinal on December 6 in Greensboro, N.C., while Tufts will play Calvin (23-1-1) in a rematch of the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Championship games. Tufts is the defending national champion, while Amherst won the title in 2015.
Tufts and Williams traveled to Messiah in Grantham, Pa. to face each other for the second time this season in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Ephs scored twice in the first 32 minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Tufts sliced the lead to one with a goal in the 33rd minute, but Williams held off the Jumbos for the remainder of the game. With the win, the Ephs advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the sixth straight year.
In the Elite Eight match, Williams met the sectional host, Messiah. The Ephs held a 2-0 lead at the half, but Messiah came back to even the score at 2-2 and neither team was able to score in the two overtime periods. The Falcons outscored Williams, 3-2, on penalty kicks to advance to the Final Four. Williams ended its season with an 11-5-4 record.
Playing in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second time in program history, Bowdoin dropped a 3-0 decision to Carthage (25-18, 25-14, 25-22). Caroline Flaharty and Ashley Williams led the Polar Bears with 11 kills each, while Ella Haugen posted 19 assists. Bowdoin finished the year with a 21-8 record.