NCAA Championships Update


HADLEY, Mass. - The Bowdoin women's basketball team will compete in the NCAA Final Four for the second straight year. Additionally, 93 athletes are headed to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships that begin March 21 in Greensboro, N.C. Finally, congratulations to the Williams women's indoor track & field team for capturing the NCAA title last week in Boston. Student-athletes from Middlebury, Wesleyan, and Williams also won individual titles at the championship meet.

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Bowdoin jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the opening quarter and eased to an 81-50 victory over SUNY New Paltz in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Morrell Gymnasium. Junior Maddie Hasson (South Portland, Maine) posted a double-double with game-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Polar Bears. Bowdoin outscored Ithaca, 28-12 in the fourth quarter to post an 87-61 victory over the Bombers in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Senior Taylor Choate (Nashua, N.H.) led Bowdoin with 21 points and six assists, while Hasson collected 11 rebounds. The Polar Bears advance to the NCAA Final Four for the second straight year and will meet St. Thomas (MN) on Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. in Salem, Va.
Amherst, the two-time defending NCAA Champion, fell in overtime at St. Thomas (MN), 61-58. Junior Cam Hendricks (Glastonbury, Conn.) sank a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to force overtime. The Tommies outscored the Mammoths 10-7 in the extra period to pull out the win. Hannah Spaulding led all scorers with 28 points to help St. Thomas record its 19th straight victory. Junior Madeline Eck (Rye. N.Y.) led Amherst with 26 points. Amherst finished the season with a record of 25-4.
Tufts used a strong second half to earn a 55-41 win over Messiah in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Junior Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists to lead Tufts. In an NCAA Quarterfinal game, Scranton scored the final 15 points of the fourth quarter to rally and post a 44-40 win over Tufts. Sophomore Emily Briggs (Canton, Conn.) led the Jumbos with 13 points. Tufts finished the year with a record of 28-3.
Friday, March 15 - NCAA Semifinal
Bowdoin (30-1) vs. St. Thomas (30-1) - 5 p.m. (ET)
Thomas More (31-0) vs. Scranton (29-2) - 7 p.m. (ET)
National championship game will be Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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Marcos Echevarria scored a game-high 22 points to lead Nichols past Amherst, 62-58, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bison built a seven point lead late in the second half and would not relinquish the lead. Amherst cut the deficit to one with 36 seconds left, but Nichols sealed the win at the foul line. Junior Eric Sellew (Carlisle, Mass.) led Amherst, posting a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Mammoths finished the season with a record of 25-5.
Christopher Newport scored 55 points in the second half as the Captains rallied from a double-digit deficit to post a 75-67 win over host Hamilton in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior Peter Hoffmann (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) led the Continentals with 19 points. Hamilton finished the season with a 25-5 record.
Williams overcame a late charge by Whitman and held on for an 84-81 victory in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Hamilton. The Ephs shot an impressive 67.4 percent from the field, including 63.6 percent from 3-point range in the victory. Senior Kyle Scadlock (Twinsburg, Ohio) paced Williams with 15 points. Williams faced Christopher Newport in the NCAA Quarterfinal at Hamilton. The Captains came away with a 79-70 win over the Ephs as they scored 27 points off of 17 turnovers by Williams. Senior Bobby Casey (Scranton, Pa.) led the Ephs with a team-high 18 points. Williams finished the season with a record of 23-7.

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Tyler Seltenreich scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 19:45 of the second period to lift the University of New England to a 2-1 victory over Trinity in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Junior Taggart Corriveau (New Britain, Conn.) sliced the lead to one with a goal for the Bantams at 9:34 of the third period, but that would be as close as Trinity could get. The Bantams finished the season with a record of 19-4-5.

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Williams claimed its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a 3-1 win over defending champion Norwich at Lansing Chapman Rink. Sophomore Brynn Puppe’s (Northfield, Minn.) slapshot gave the Ephs a 2-1 lead at 5:39 of the third period and sophomore Avery Dunn’s (Anchorage, Alaska) power-play tally at 11:50 sealed the victory for Williams. Plattsburgh State scored two third-period goals eight seconds apart to break a 3-3 tie and post a 5-3 victory over visiting Williams in an NCAA Quarterfinal matchup. Williams finished the year with a record of 21-5-3.

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).