Men’s basketball final:
# 3 Middlebury College def. #2 Williams College, 63-54
The Middlebury Panthers claimed their second New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s basketball championship behind 14 points and 12 rebounds from Ryan Sharry. Middlebury earns a first-round bye in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship and will face the winner of Salve Regina University and Western Connecticut State University. Williams will face off against Husson University in the first round this coming weekend. Amherst College rounds out the NESCAC’s NCAA bid; the Lord Jeffs will face Skidmore College in the first round.
Women’s basketball final:
#1 Amherst def. # 3 Bowdoin College, 72-37
The Amherst women, ranked second nationally, dominated the first half en route to their third NESCAC title in the past four years. The Lord Jeffs were led by Jaclyn Daigneault ’11 (19 points, seven rebounds) and Caroline Stedman ’12 (23 points). Amherst will face Husson in the first round; Bowdoin will face Salve Regina.
Men’s hockey quarterfinals:
#8 Wesleyan University def. #1 Hamilton College, 5-2
Tony Salah ’12 scored two goals as the Cardinals upset Hamilton for their first ever playoff win. Matt Hadge ’13 made 33 saves in the win.
#2 Williams def. #7 Trinity College, 4-3
A two-goal third period earned the Ephs a semifinal berth. As the highest remaining seed, Williams will host the semifinal and final rounds this coming weekend.
#5 Bowdoin def. #4 Amherst, 4-3 (OT)
Amherst led three separate times, but Bowdoin battled back to take the road victory and advance to the NESCAC semifinals. Colin Downey ’14 scored the game-winner with less than two minutes in overtime.
Women’s hockey quarterfinals:
#1 Middlebury def. #8 Williams, 6-2
The Panthers advanced to their 11th consecutive NESCAC semifinal behind a goal and two assists from Madison Styrbicki ’13.
#3 Trinity def. # 6 Hamilton, 3-1
Celia Colman-McGaw ’12 scored two goals as Trinity improves to 18-3-4. The Bantams outshot Hamilton 39-19.
#4 Bowdoin def. #5 Connecticut College, 2-1
Dominique Lozzi ’12 scored both of Bowdoin’s goals, and sophomore goalie Tara Connolly stopped 24 shots as the Polar Bears move into the NESCAC semifinals.