NESCAC NCAA Update - March 7, 2018

NESCAC NCAA Update - March 7, 2018

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

MEN'S BASKETBALL | Bracket | Game Recaps

Hamilton (24-4) advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003 with a pair of wins over Nazareth (86-72) and York (Pa.) (69-66). The Continentals will take on Springfield (20-8) on Friday, March 9 at Swarthmore. Sophomore Kena Gilmour (New Paltz, N.Y.) led Hamilton in both games. He posted his fifth double-double of the season with game highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Continentals to a win over Nazareth in the first round game. Gilmour added a team-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Continentals past York in the second round.

Middlebury (21-6) moved onto the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year behind wins over Lebanon Valley (83-63) and Eastern Connecticut (83-58). The Panthers will face MIT (24-5) in the third round at Ramapo on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Senior Jack Daly (Eastchester, N.Y.) registered his second triple-double of the season with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to lead Middlebury to the win over Lebanon Valley in the first round. Rookie Jack Farrell (Verona, N.J.) scored a team-high 19 points, while Daly added 12 rebounds and seven assists to pace the Panthers against the Warriors.

Wesleyan hosted first and second round games of the NCAA Tournament at Silloway Gymnasium. In the first round, the Cardinals defeated Southern Vermont, 101-71, behind a 33-point performance by first-year Austin Hutcherson (Freehold, N.J.). Wesleyan fell, 97-75, to Swarthmore in the second round. Swarthmore built a 21-point lead in the second half and the Cardinals were able to slice the Garnet advantage to three points, but could not take the lead. Junior guard Jordan Bonner (Houston, Texas) poured in 26 points on 11-of-23 shooting to lead Wesleyan. The Cardinals finish the season with a 22-7 record.

Williams faced Bridgewater State and Ramapo in first and second round NCAA Tournament games at Chandler Gymnasium. The Ephs defeated Bridgewater State, 56-45, in the first round, behind a strong second-half effort and a season-high 10 steals. Junior Bobby Casey (Scranton, Pa.) paced the Ephs with 17 points. Despite 21 points each from junior James Heskett (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Casey, Williams dropped a 66-62 decision to Ramapo in the second round. The Ephs held a 59-58 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the contest, but the Roadrunners scored eight straight points down the stretch to edge Williams. The Ephs finish the season with a 23-6 record.

NCAA Tournament - Third Round - Friday, March 9
Hamilton vs. Springfield (at Swarthmore) - 5:30 p.m.; Middlebury vs. MIT (at Ramapo) - 5:30 p.m.

NCAA Tournament - Sectional Final - Saturday, March 10
Hamilton/Springfield winner vs. Plattsburgh State/Swarthmore winner (at Swarthmore) - 7 p.m.; Middlebury/MIT winner vs. Franklin & Marshall/Ramapo winner (at Ramapo) - 7 p.m.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL| Bracket | Game Recaps

Amherst (29-0)
earned a pair of wins over Becker, 61-12, and St. Joseph’s (ME), 53-47, at LeFrak Gymnasium in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament Third Round for the 11th consecutive season. The Mammoths will host a sectional pod and face Montclair State (25-3) in the third round at 7 p.m. on Friday. Amherst, the defending national champion, used an impressive defensive effort to hold Becker without a field goal in the second half. Sophomore Madeline Eck (Rye, N.Y.) collected five of Amherst’s 16 steals, to go along with 10 points and five assists, while junior Emma McCarthy (Shelton, Conn.) scored a team-high 11 points. The Mammoths outscored St. Joseph’s (ME) 15-9 in the third quarter to break open a one-point game and were able to hold off the Monks. Sophomore Hannah Fox (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) scored a team-high 18 points and added 11 rebounds for the Mammoths.

Bowdoin (26-2)
advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in 18 years with wins over Husson, 94-32, and FDU-Florham, 79-57. The Polar Bears travel to Scranton, Pa. where they will face the Lady Royals (28-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. Junior Taylor Choate (Nashua, N.H.) was the leading scorer for the Polar Bears against Husson. She was one of three players to reach double figures, netting a game-high 14 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Senior Kate Kerrigan (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) posted a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while adding four assists and five steals, to lead Bowdoin past FDU-Florham.

Tufts (25-4)
defeated Westfield State, 71-54, and Ithaca, 61-39, at Cousens Gymnasium to move into the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season. The Jumbos will face Messiah (27-2) at 5 p.m. on Friday in Scranton, Pa. Sophomore Cailin Harrington (Westwood, Mass.) posted career-highs of 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the Jumbos past Westfield State. Senior Melissa Baptista (Somerville, Mass.) recorded 19 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals to lead Tufts past Ithaca. Classmate Lauren Dillon (Wellesley, Mass.) collected three steals to become the Jumbos’ all-time leader (260).

NCAA Tournament - Third Round - Friday, March 9

Montclair State at Amherst - 7 p.m.; Tufts vs. Messiah (at Scranton) - 5 p.m.; Bowdoin at Scranton - 7 p.m.

NCAA Tournament - Sectional Final - Saturday, March 10
Rochester/RIT winner vs. Montclair State/Amherst (at Amherst) - 5 p.m.; Tufts/Messiah winner vs. Bowdoin/Scranton winner (at Scranton) - 6 p.m.


In its first NESCAC Championship appearance, No. 6 Colby posted a 4-1 victory over top-seeded Trinity in the final to capture its first NESCAC title. The Mules took a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the second period and senior Cam MacDonald (Westford, Mass.) added two more goals in the third period to close out the scoring in the contest.

With the win in the NESCAC Championship game, the Mules earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Colby (15-10-2) will face the University of New England (20-5-3) in a first round matchup in Biddeford, Maine on March 10. The Colby/UNE winner will meet the winner of the Hobart/SUNY Geneseo game in the NCAA Quarterfinals on March 17.

NCAA Tournament - First Round - Saturday, March 10

Colby at Univ. of New England - 7 p.m.

NCAA Tournament - Quarterfinal - Saturday, March 17
Colby/Univ. of New England winner vs. Hobart/Geneso winner - TBA


Top-seeded Middlebury became the first team to win three consecutive NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey Championships with a 2-0 win over No. 3 Amherst in the final. After a scoreless first period, senior Jessica Young (Mission Hills, Kan.) scored in the second period and senior Elizabeth Wulf (Larchmont, N.Y.) added another goal, redirecting a shot by senior Haley LaFontaine (Summit, N.J.) into the net, in the third period to lift the Panthers to the win.

Middlebury will travel to Plattsburgh, N.Y. to face Plattsburgh State, the four-time defending national champions, in the first round of the nine-team NCAA Tournament. The Panthers are making their 15th NCAA appearance and have three national titles to their credit (2004, 2005, 2006). The Cardinals won the NEWHL title with a 6-1 win over SUNY Potsdam in the semifinal and a 6-0 shutout of Oswego State in the final. The Middlebury/Plattsburgh State winner will meet the winner of Elmira/Adrian in the national semifinals on March 16.

NCAA Tournament - First Round - Saturday, March 10

Middlebury at Plattsburgh State - 3 p.m.

NCAA Tournament - Semifinals - Friday, March 16
Middlebury/Plattsburgh State winner vs. Elmira/Adrian winner - TBA

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

The NESCAC will be represented by 54 women and 33 men at the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. This year's championships will be held March 21-24 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. Franklin College and the Indiana Sports Corporation will serve as co-hosts.