Four local squads claimed conference tournament championships today, along with an automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Division 3 Tournament. Below is the four outcomes and summaries.
No. 7 Amherst 93, No. 9 Williams 82: Tom Killian poured in a career-best 31 points, while Aaron Toomey finished with a triple-double of 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Ephs in Amherst and claimed its third straight NESCAC crown. Duncan Robinson paced Williams with 26 points.
MIT 67, Springfield 56: Andrew Acker recorded a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, which helped the Engineers defeat the Pride in Worcester, as well as claim its third tournament crown in four seasons. Acker was also named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, too. Robbie Burke led Springfield with 24 points.
No. 6 Tufts 62, No. 9 Amherst 46: The Jumbos earned their first NESCAC championship by defeating the Lord Jeffs for the second time in Medford this season. Tufts’ Hayley Kanner led all scorers with 21 points, while teammate Michela North recorded 14 rebounds. Marley Giddins led Amherst with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Springfield 51, Smith 43: Jaimie Bickelhaupt recorded 14 points, while Emily Gins recorded 14 rebounds as the Pride defeated top-seed Smith College in Northampton and claimed its first tournament championship since 2006. Smith’s Rosa Drummond finished the contest with 14 points, too.