NCAA Championships Update


HADLEY, Mass. - Eight NESCAC teams continue to compete in several NCAA Tournaments and 93 athletes are headed to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in two weeks.

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Three of four NESCAC teams advanced out of the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Amherst (25-4) and Hamilton (25-4) were selected to host sectional round games on March 8-9.
Amherst picked up its first NCAA Tournament win since 2016 by outscoring Rosemont, 51-28 in the second half to break open an eight-point game and ease to an 84-53 win in the first round. In the second round, sophomore Grant Robinson (McLean, Va.) scored 17 points to lead the Mammoths past the host, Rochester, 75-67.
NESCAC Player of the Year and junior Kena Gilmour (New Paltz, N.Y.) poured in 26 points to help Hamilton edge Penn St. Behrend, 72-70, in the first round. The Continentals moved to 25-4 with an 83-72 win over Moravian in the second round. Senior Peter Hoffmann (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) led Hamilton with 19 points and moved into ninth among the program’s all-time scoring leaders (1,469 points).
Williams (22-6) used a strong second-half effort and senior James Heskett (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored 19 points to lead four Ephs in double figures in an 86-60 victory over Husson in the first round. In the second round, Heskett poured in a game-high 30 points and the Ephs held Gwynedd Mercy to 35.2 percent shooting from the field to post a 90-56 victory and advance to the third round.
Middlebury (18-8) was edged by Nichols, 74-71, in first round action. The Bison converted a pair of free throws with 22 seconds remaining to secure the victory. Junior Matt Folger (Weston, Conn.) led the Panthers with his 12th double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
Friday, March 8 - Third Round
Williams vs. Whitman - Clinton, N.Y. - 5:30 p.m.
Christopher Newport at Hamilton - Clinton, N.Y. - 7:30 p.m.
Nichols at Amherst - Amherst, Mass. - 7:30 p.m.

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Junior Hannah Fox (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) scored 23 points, including 18 in the second half, and made five 3-pointers to lead Amherst (25-3) to a 66-45 victory over Husson in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mammoths advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament for the 12th consecutive year with a 58-46 win over SUNY Geneseo in a second-round game at LeFrak Gymnasium. 
Bowdoin (28-1) jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game and led wire-to-wire in a 93-73 victory over Hunter in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In the second round versus Smith, senior Taylor Choate (Nashua, N.H.) tied a school record with 38 points as the Polar Bears rallied to defeat the Pioneers, 87-78.
Middlebury (20-8) earned its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1996 with a 62-54 win over John Carroll. Junior Kira Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) paced the Panthers with 15 points. Middlebury dropped a 70-55 decision at DeSales in the second round. The Panthers finished the year with a 20-8 record, the most wins since the 2001-02 season.
First-year Janette Wadolowski (Southington, Conn.) led four players in double figures and junior Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) grabbed 10 rebounds as Tufts (27-2) posted a 70-44 victory over Western New England in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Jumbos earned a trip to the Sweet Sixteen for the eighth straight season with a 52-46 win over Haverford in the second round. DeCandido led Tufts with a team-high 20 points.
Friday, March 8 - Third Round
Messiah vs. Tufts - Scranton, Pa. - 5 p.m.
SUNY New Platz at Bowdoin - Brunswick, Maine - 7 p.m.
Amherst at St. Thomas (Minn.) - St. Paul, Minn. - 9 p.m.

MEN'S ICE HOCKEY | Bracket | Game Recaps

Trinity will represent the NESCAC in the upcoming NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The Bantams earned the conference's automatic bid after defeating Amherst for the NESCAC title on Sunday.

Trinity (19-3-5) will host the University of New England (20-6-2) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. The Bantams earned an automatic bid by virtue of winning the NESCAC title and are making their seventh appearance overall. Trinity won the NCAA title in 2015 and was the national runner-up in 2017. UNE is in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and second time overall after claiming its first Commonwealth Coast Conference title with a victory over top-seeded Salve Regina.

The winner of the Trinty/UNE game will face Norwich in the quarterfinal round on March 16. Semifinals are set for March 22 and the championship game will be played on March 23 at a site to be determined.

WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY | Bracket | Game Recaps

Williams will represent the NESCAC in the upcoming NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Tournament. The Ephs are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014 and third time overall.

Williams (20-4-3) will host Norwich (21-5-4) at Lansing Chapman Rink at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, marking the first time in program history the Ephs will host an NCAA Tournament game. Williams earned an automatic bid by virtue of winning its second NESCAC title. Norwich, the defending national champion, won the New England Hockey Conference title for the third straight year and ninth time overall. The Cadets are making their 10th NCAA appearance.

The Williams/Norwich winner will face the winner of the Plattsburgh State/Endicott game in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 9. The semifinals and championship game are scheduled for March 15 and 16 at a site to be determined.

MEN'S & WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING | Championship Central | Men's NCAA Psych Sheet | Women's NCAA Psych Sheet

A total of 93 swimmers and divers from NESCAC schools have qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving Championships which will be March 20-23 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

NESCAC Runner-Up Tufts leads the men's teams with 13 swimmers, while Amherst will send 10 athletes. Seven swimmers from Williams and five athletes from Bowdoin will also participate.

NESCAC Champion Williams will be the most represented team in the conference at the women's championship with 14 swimmers. Amherst and Tufts will send 10 swimmers to the championship, while nine Bates athletes will make the trip along with swimmers from Wesleyan (6), Connecticut College (5), and Bowdoin (4).