Four more teams earned themselves spots in the upcoming Division III basketball tournament and below are the highlights from the NEWMAC and NESCAC championships.
WPI 79, Springfield College 72 – Ryan Kolb scored a career-best 29 points, which helped the Engineers defeat the Pride in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship in Worcester. WPI’s Marc Coppola filled the stat sheet with 14 points, seven assists and five boards, while Zach Karalis netted 12 points off the bench. Springfield’s Robbie Burke connected on 7 of 13 shots from the field to conclude the contest with a team-high 18 points and nine boards.
Amherst College 74, Williams College 73 – Taylor Epley scored a game-high 22 points, but that wasn’t enough to fuel the Ephs as the Lord Jeffs defeated their rival in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship by one tally. Allen Williamson paced Amherst with a team-best 17 points, while Peter Kaasila scored 14 points and pulled down eight boards.
Babson College 66, Wellesley College 55 – Sarah Collins netted a career-best 32 points, which helped the Beavers claim their fifth consecutive NEWMAC championship. Babson led by 10 at the break, but Wellesley’s Malia Maier trimmed the deficit to three with a layup at 11:49. That would be the closest the Blue would get as Kristen Ferola‘s triple at 10:19 sparked the Beavers to go on a 14-7 run to secure the win. Ferola finished with 10 points, while Wellesley’s Leslie Leong concluded with a team-high 13 points off the bench.
Amherst College 53, Williams College 38 – Marcia Voigt scored 19 of her game-best 21 points during the final session to lift the Lord Jeffs past the Ephs in the NESCAC championship. Voigt also recorded five rebounds, five steals and three assists, while teammate Megan Robertson concluded with 12 points, seven points and two blocks. Ellen Cook led Williams with a team-high nine points.