NESCAC NCAA Update - May 15, 2018

NESCAC NCAA Update - May 15, 2018

HADLEY, Mass. - Below is a summary of the teams and individuals representing the NESCAC in several NCAA Championship events. 

BASEBALL| Bracket

Amherst (24-12) won the NESCAC Championship for the first time since 2013 with a 3-2 victory over Tufts in Game 6 of the NESCAC Tournament. The Mammoths earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will play in an NCAA Regional in Auburn, N.Y. hosted by SUNY Cortland. Amherst will face Southern Maine (27-13) in the first game. The Huskies earned an at-large bid out of the Little East Conference.

WHAT'S NEXT...
2018 NCAA Division III Baseball New York Regional
at Falcon Park (Auburn, N.Y.)
(hosted by SUNY Cortland in conjunction with the Auburn Doubledays)

 
Regional Web Page

Thursday, May 17
Game 1: (#4 seed) Baldwin Wallace (31-12) vs. (#5 seed) Swarthmore (33-9), 10 a.m.
Game 2: (#1 seed) Cortland (32-10) vs. (#8 seed) Westfield St. (24-16-1), 1:15 p.m.
Game 3: (#3 seed) Southern Maine (27-13) vs. (#6 seed) Amherst (24-12), 4:30 p.m.
Game 4: (#2 seed) Salisbury (33-10) vs. (#7 seed) St. Joseph's (L.I.) (26-16), 7:45 p.m.
 
Friday, May 18
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10 a.m.
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:15 p.m.
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7:45 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 19
Game 9: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 10 a.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 1:15 p.m.
Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 4:30 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 7:45 p.m.
 
Sunday, May 20
Game 13: Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 12 p.m.
Game 14: Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 13, 3:30 p.m.
 
Monday, May 21
Game 15: Same teams as Game 14 (if necessary), TBD


MEN'S GOLF| Championship Central | Live Results

Trinity
is representing the NESCAC at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. The Bantams won the NESCAC Championship to earn an automatic berth in the field. The NCAA Championship runs from May 15-18.


MEN'S LACROSSE | Bracket | Game Recaps

Tufts
(18-1) and Wesleyan (16-3) will square off in a re-match of the NESCAC Championship game on Wednesday, May 16 at Tufts in an NCAA Quarterfinal contest. The Jumbos cruised to a 25-8 victory over the Merchant Marine Academy in the second round and posted an 18-11 win over Ithaca in the third round.

Wesleyan edged SUNY Cortland, 16-12, in the second round. In the third round against Cabrini, the Cardinals erased a 3-2 halftime deficit by outscoring the Cavaliers, 10-4, in the second stanza and went on to win 12-7. Wesleyan is in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second year in a row.

Amherst (15-4) rolled past Keene State, 24-7, in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament. The Mammoths held the Owls scoreless in the third and fourth quarters after building a 15-7 lead at the half. The Mammoths’ NCAA run was halted with a 13-11 loss to York (Pa.) in third round action. Amherst was unable to comeback from a two-goal deficit.

WHAT'S NEXT...
NCAA Tournament
Wednesday, May 16
Wesleyan at Tufts - 4 p.m.
York (Pa.) vs. RIT - 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 20
Wesleyan/Tufts winner vs. York (Pa.)/RIT winner - TBA


WOMEN'S LACROSSE | Bracket | Game Recaps

Five of the six NESCAC teams in the NCAA Tournament field have advanced to the third round. In first-round action, Wesleyan (12-6) won its first NCAA Tournament game in program history with a 13-10 victory over Messiah. The Cardinals added a second win with an 11-6 triumph over host St. John Fisher to move into the regional round. Wesleyan set a program record with its 12th win and will face NESCAC foe Amherst on Saturday, May 19.

Amherst (16-2) and SUNY Cortland were tied, 5-5, at the half, but the Mammoths outscored the Red Devils, 5-2, in the second stanza to earn a 10-7 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Amherst will play NESCAC rival Wesleyan in a third-round game at Gettysburg.

Bowdoin (14-5) hosted Stevens in a second-round matchup. The Polar Bears outscored Stevens, 10-3, in the second half to break open the game and went on to post an 18-8 victory. Bowdoin will travel to TCNJ for a third-round contest on Saturday, May 19.

Middlebury (17-2) cruised to an 18-5 win over Babson to open its NCAA Tournament run. The Panthers will host a regional and square off against Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday, May 19.

Trinity (12-6) defeated Springfield, 16-4, to move onto the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bantams will travel to Salisbury, Maryland to face Rhodes in the regional round.

Tufts (13-5) earned a 17-8 win over FDU-Florham in its opening NCAA contest, but Franklin & Marshall edged the Jumbos, 12-11, in a second-round contest to end Tufts’ season.

WHAT'S NEXT...
NCAA Tournament
Saturday, May 19
Bowdoin at TCNJ - 11:30 a.m.
Franklin & Marshall vs. Colorado Coll. - 2:30 p.m.
Illinois Wesleyan at Middlebury - 11:30 a.m.
York (Pa.) vs. Catholic - 2:30 p.m.
Rhodes vs. Trinity - 2:30 p.m.
Denison at Salisbury - 11:30 a.m.
Wesleyan vs. Amherst - 2:30 p.m.
Mary Washington at Gettysburg - 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 20
Franklin & Marshall/Colorado Coll. winner vs. Bowdoin/TCNJ winner - 1 p.m.
Illinois Wesleyan/Middlebury winner vs.York (Pa.)Catholic winner - 1 p.m.
Rhodes/Trinity winner vs. Denison/Salisbury winner - 1 p.m.
Gettysburg/Mary Washington winner vs. Wesleyan/Amherst winner - 2:30 p.m.


ROWING | Heats/Lane Assignments

Bates, Wesleyan and Williams were selected to compete in the NCAA Rowing Championship. The Bobcats, the defending national champion, won the NESCAC title for the second straight year to earn an automatic bid in the field. Wesleyan and Williams grabbed two of the four at-large spots.

The NCAA Championship will be held May 25-26 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, with the University of Central Florida and the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Association serving as hosts.

In 2017, Bates captured its second national title in three years at the NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Championships held at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. Bates put together a Second Varsity Eight Grand Final victory and a runner-up finish in the Varsity Eight Grand Final for the national title.

Bates is in the national championship for the 12th consecutive year and also won the NCAA title in 2015. Williams will be making its 15th straight NCAA appearance, 19th overall, this spring. The Ephs won the first-ever Division III event in 2002 before winning eight straight NCAA crowns starting in 2006. Wesleyan is making its fourth appearance in five seasons after earning its first trip to the NCAA Championships in 2014.


SOFTBALL | Bracket | Game Recaps

Amherst
, Tufts and Williams were selected for the NCAA Softball Championship and Williams was chosen as a regional host site. Amherst was placed in the Williams regional, while Tufts was sent to the regional at MIT.

Amherst (29-8) defeated Western New England, 2-0, in its opening NCAA game. In the second game, a matchup with rival Williams, the two teams had to deal with a 92-minute rain delay after two innings had been played. The Ephs scored three runs in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie and finished off the game with five runs in the seventh to close out an 11-0 victory. Amherst earned its second win over Western New England in the losers bracket game. The Mammoths kept their NCAA run alive with a 7-2 victory in nine innings. Western New England tied the game up 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth to force the extra innings, but a home run and triple highlighted a ninth-inning outburst to propel Amherst to the win.

Williams (38-6) posted back-to-back shutouts with a 6-0 victory over Husson and an 11-0 victory over Amherst to open its NCAA Tournament action. The Ephs advanced to the regional final and faced the Mammoths for a second time. Williams came away with a 3-1 victory and will play in a Super Regional for the second straight year.

Tufts (32-10) defeated UMass Boston, 6-1, in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament and then battled regional host MIT in an epic 14-inning contest, falling 2-1. Tufts bounced back with a 6-0 victory over Framingham State. In Game 6 of the regional, Tufts defeated MIT, 2-1, but the Engineers came back to earn a 7-0 victory in the decisive Game 7 and advance to the Super Regional.

MIT will face Williams in a Super Regional in Williamstown, Mass. on May 18-19.

WHAT'S NEXT...
NCAA Tournament - May 18-19

MIT at Williams


MEN'S TENNIS | Bracket Match Recaps

Bowdoin
, Middlebury and Williams have advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Polar Bears are in the Elite Eight round for the third straight year after handing RPI a 5-1 loss and will face Washington-St. Louis. Middlebury defeated Johns Hopkins, 5-1, to advance to the quarterfinals for the 15th time in the last 16 years. The Panthers will meet Whitman on May 21. Williams defeated rival Amherst, 5-2, to move onto the quarterfinals and will face Emory.

The NCAA Quarterfinals will be hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, Calif. on May 21-26 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. The individual championships will also take place at CMS on May 21-23.

NESCAC participants in the indivudal championship include: Sean Wei of Amherst, Ben Rosen of Bates, Luke Tercek and Grant Urken of Bowdoin, Lubomir Cuba and Noah Farrell of Middlebury, Steven Chen and Andrew Finkleman of Wesleyan and Brian Grodecki of Williams. Austin Barr of Williams is the first alternate.

Doubles teams in this year's tournament are Rosen and Jacob Kauppila of Bates, Tercek and Urken of Bowdoin, and Cuba and Kyle Schlanger of Middlebury. Tiago Eusebio and Princeton Carter of Wesleyan were tabbed as doubles alternates.

WHAT'S NEXT...
May 21
Bowdoin vs. Washington-St. Louis
Middlebury vs. Whitman
Williams vs. Emory


WOMEN'S TENNIS | Bracket Match Recaps

Amherst
, Middlebury, Wesleyan and Williams have advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Amherst defeated Mary Washington, 5-0, to move into the quarterfinal round for the 15th time since 1995. The Mammoths will meet NESCAC rival Williams in the next round. The Ephs, the defending NCAA Champion, blanked Johns Hopkins, 5-0, to advance to the quarterfinals for the second year in a row. Middlebury is in the quarterfinals for the fourth straight year after posting a 5-1 victory over Skidmore. The Panthers will meet NESCAC foe Wesleyan. The Cardinals are in the quarterfinals for the first time in program history, following a 5-1 victory over Carnegie Mellon.

The NCAA Quarterfinals will be hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, Calif. on May 21-26 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center. The individual championships will also take place at CMS on May 21-23.

NESCAC participants in the indivudal championship include: Camille Smukler of Amherst, Tess Trinka of Bowdoin, Heather Boehm and Katherine Hughes of Middlebury, Mina Karamercan of Tufts, Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu of Wesleyan and Juli Raventos of Williams. Rachel Cross of Williams is the fourth alternate.

Doubles teams in this year's tournament are Avery Wagman and Anya Ivenitsky of Amherst, Trinka and Izzy Essi of Bowdoin, Hughes and Skylar Schossberger of Middlebury, Karamercan and Otilia Popa of Tufts, Chong and Yu of Wesleyan and Raventos and Julia Cancio of Williams.

WHAT'S NEXT...
May 21
Wesleyan vs. Middlebury
Amherst vs. Williams