NORTH ADAMS -- Drury was within five minutes of its first win on Saturday before Mount Anthony’s Dylan Prazak scored.
Connor Meehan tied the game for the Blue Devils on a redirected ball in the 32nd minute before Jacob Groves put Drury up 2-1 20 minutes later.
Williams men’s soccer
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Goals from Matt Kastner and Michael Madding propelled the Ephs past Bates 2-0 in the NESCAC opener for both teams Saturday at Cole Field.
The win was the second in a row for the Ephs who opened their season with a 2-1 comeback victory over Westfield State last Wednesday.
Neither team controlled play in the first half, but both failed to cash n on valuable scoring opportunities. In the 14th minute, Bobcats midfielder Wes Shrewsbury made a strong push down the left flank and sent a cross through to Lee Sandquist, whose point-blank shot was turned away by Williams’ keeper, Than Finan. Meanwhile, Williams’ best chance came off the head of Matt Ratajczak on a cross, but keeper Joe Maffly-Kipp was equal to the task.
The Ephs finally broke through in the 42nd minute. Ratajczak sent a long ball to Timothy Marchese down the right sideline. A quick pass to Chris Seitz allowed for a cross, that after pinballing around, was tucked home by Kastner. Twenty minutes later, Williams doubled the lead on a series of crisp passes that allowed Madding an easy passing shot into the side netting.
CHICOPEE -- The Trailblazers notched their first win, 4-3, of the early season in a comeback, double-overtime thriller versus Elms College on Saturday.
MCLA junior Jennifer Ferrari collected a hat trick, including the game-winner three minutes, 46 seconds into the second overtime period, while Lindsay Borbolla added a goal and three assists.
The win improves MCLA’s record to 1-2.
The Trailblazers were trailing 2-0 just 33 minutes in, but Borbolla’s tally off a free kick cut the deficit in half in the 62nd minute. MCLA used that energy boost to tie the game three minutes later when Ferrari scored her first of the season off a Borbolla corner kick.
Elms retook the lead at the 79:04 mark, but MCLA drew even for the second time 56 seconds later with Ferrari’s second of the game, again taking advantage of the Borbolla to Ferrari corner kick. Ferrari then won it in the second overtime period with her hat trick-completing goal.
Williams women’s soccer
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Ephs opened their weekend set with a 2-0 win over Bates on Saturday in the NESCAC opener.
Abby Morss put Williams on the board in the first half just 18:30 into the game with an unassisted goal. Two minutes later, Alison Magruder finished an excellent through ball from Samantha Vilaboa.
The goals weren’t the first offensive chances for Williams, though. In the 15th minute, Magruder nearly chased down a through ball behind the Bates defense, but the keeper beat her to it. Then Vilaboa had an opportunity in the box after settling a cross, but sent the shot wide.
In Sunday’s game, Williams fell behind by two in the first half, and a late goal by Louisa Costa wasn’t enough. Williams fell 2-1 to Wheaton (Mass.) to bring its record to 1-2.
Wheaton scored off its first good opportunity. Julia Cipriano crossed the ball into the box from the right sideline. Williams keeper Hannah Van Wetter came off her line to play the ball, but couldn’t handle it. Lauren Corigliano found the loose ball and quickly found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Wheaton doubled its lead off a free kick from 25 yards out when Cat Amick rocketed the ball off the crossbar. Laila Razzaghi controlled the rebound in the middle of the box and beat Van Wetter for the insurmountable 2-0 lead.
KEUKA PARK, N.Y. -- The Trailblazers’ woes continued Saturday with a pair of losses at the Keuka Invitational. In their first match, the ‘Blazers fell to host Keuka 3-1, before losing to SUNY Canton 3-0 later in the day.
MCLA did enjoy a 1-0 lead over Keuka after winning the opening set 25-22, but couldn’t capitalize on the momentum. Keuka rallied to take the next three games. In the final two, MCLA scored just nine and seven points, respectively.
Against SUNY Canton, the Trailblazers couldn’t get much going through the first two games, losing 25-11 and 25-13. They found some momentum in the third, but lost 25-18.
BEVERLEY -- After a disappointing opening to the Endicott Invitational on Friday night, the Ephs regained their swagger Saturday with consecutive wins over Susquehanna (3-1) and Endicott (3-2) to bring their record to 3-1.
In the first game, Williams lost the opening set, 23-25, but seemed to rebound in the second with a 19-11 lead before Susquehanna roared back to tie the set at 23. Williams did buckle down, though, and came away with a 25-23 win. In the third, Williams was able to pull away with clutch serving by Emily Doll, which let the Ephs take the set 25-20. The fourth was back and forth through the early going, but another serving run by Droll gave the Ephs a slight 14-12 lead, and that was enough.
Against Endicott, a team Williams always plays tight matches against, this one was no different. Williams lost the first set, 25-18, but won the second, 25-23. The teams traded the third and fourth sets before Williams proved too much in the fifth, winning 15-8. Raea Rasmussen led the way for Williams with 14 kills. Emily O’Day had 20 digs on defense.
MCLA cross country
CASTLETON, Vt. -- Junior Athony Cancilla finished at the front of the pack at the Castleton Invitational meet Saturday in a time of 30:21, good for a 6:07 mile pace. MCLA finished second as a team.
The Pittsfield native picked up the win by defeating Green Mountain’s Forest Teutsch by 16 seconds.
Keith Desilets was the next Trailblazer to cross the finish line. He came in sixth with a time of 33:06. Following Desilets in the pack was Travis Smith, who finished 10th and two seconds ahead of teammate Peter Mayotte.
Other MCLA finishers include Jack Guerino (37:35), Brendad Peltier (40:06) and Nick Henigle (43:27).
On the women’s side, sophomore Claire Simmons paced MCLA with a seventh-place finish, crossing the line in 24:17. The result helped the team to a third-place showing. Monica Conlin came in 11th in 25:29.
Other MCLA finishers included Haley Amenta (27:13), Jessica Gamari (27:15), Brittany Galipeau (27:36), Martha Pratt (27:37) and Katie Johnson (27:46).
Williams cross country
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Eph men dominated the Ron Stonitsch Invitational, hosted by Vassar College, totaling just 15 points. Vassar was second with 57 points.
Williams claimed the top six spots and seven of the top eight. Cole Townsend won the race less than two seconds ahead of teammate Wade Davis. Townsend crossed the line in 19:56.01, while Davis was 19:57.92. Michael Cahill, who finished in seventh, was only 13 seconds behind Townsend.
On the women’s side, the Ephs placed all seven scoring runners in the top 10, giving them a team-best 21 points. Amelia Ortiz won the 5K race in 19:11. Teammate Talia Calnek-Seguin finished 15 seconds behind in second place. Meg Richardson finished her first collegiate race in eighth place for Williams.
Williams men’s golf
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- After holding the overnight lead, the Ephs returned to the course and dropped six shots to finish first at the Bowdoin Invitational this weekend.
Ross Bowen and Jake Abrahams each shot a 75 for Williams on the first day to lead the Ephs to a first-round best 306. Bowen dropped three strokes Sunday and Abrahams held steady and Williams won the tournament by 14 strokes over Husson.
Jake Golding shot a 76 and a 79 for Williams, while Dylan Dethier shot an 82 on Saturday before regaining form with a 74 on Sunday.
MCLA women’s tennis
NORTH ADAMS -- Visiting Bay Path earned a decisive 8-1 victory over MCLA in the Trailblazers’ home opener Sunday afternoon.
Bay Path earned a pair of doubles victories before sweeping the singles matches. MCLA’s Megan Holmes and Danielle Wiencek earned the lone point in the No. 2 doubles slot, winning 8-5 in the pro style set.