WNE men’s soccer falls in NCAA tournament’s second round

Nov. 20, 2013
WILLIAMSTOWN – The Western New England University (WNE) men’s soccer team’s postseason run came to an end on Nov. 17 as the Golden Bears fell to host Williams College 4-1 in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship’s second round.

WNE finished 24th in the final regular-season Division III rankings in the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America poll after making their eighth NCAA tournament appearance since 2004. They took an early 1-0 lead, but couldn’t hold it and ended their season with a 16-5-3 record.

The Golden Bears earned a second-round appearance a day earlier as East Longmeadow’s Jake Bartnik scored a goal in the second half in WNE’s 2-0 first-round shutout of Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Nov. 16.

Bartnik’s team-leading 12th goal, extending his career best, came on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.

Skiffington dominant, but Bay Path can’t find ways to win

PAXTON – Senior Kayla Skiffington of East Longmeadow notched 18 rebounds and was a force on the boards, registering 19 rebounds, but the Bay Path College women’s basketball team fell to Yeshiva College 71-67 in the consolation game of the AMCAT Classic Tip-Off Tournament at Anna Maria College on Nov. 17.

Skiffington also went 10-for-19 from the floor, scoring a game-high 26 points in a 92-70 loss to Pine Manor College in the opening round of the tournament on Nov. 16.

Mickiewicz just misses double-double

NEW LONDON, Conn. – East Longmeadow, Mass., native Ryan Mickiewicz dished out 10 assists to go with his nine points and five rebounds in the Golden Bears’ season opening 95-84 loss to Suffolk University in the first day of the Camels Coaches Versus Cancer Tournament on Nov. 16.

Adamopoulos contributes off the bench

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ava Adamopoulos of Ludlow, Mass., continued to produce off the bench for the Springfield College women’s basketball team with 12 points, nine boards, and three blocks in a 72-61 setback to host New York University (NYU) in the championship game of the NYU Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 16.

Phillips powers Pride to tri-meet win

SPRINGFIELD – Callie Phillips of East Longmeadow took first in the 1,000-yard freestyle, clocking in at 10:48.98, and also went on to place first in the 500-yard freestyle after touching in 5:15.51 as the Springfield College women’s swimming and diving team were victorious at a tri-meet in the Art Linketter Natatorium on Nov. 16 with Keene State and Wheaton. The Pride breezed past Wheaton 214-74 and defeated Keene State 160-133.

Phillips also touched first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.30 and Christiana Greco of Wilbraham picked up a win in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.10.

Melanie Avdoulos of East Longmeadow scored a 254.95 on the one-meter board as Springfield College dominated the diving portion of the meet.

Springfield’s Michael Normoyle won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.44 as the men’s team was edged by Wheaton 155-143 and were defeated by Keene State 212-88. Normoyle also took second place in the 200-yard breaststroke touching in 2:14.45.

Pessolano paces Golden Bears past Skidmore

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Senior Ali Pessolano of Hampden, Mass., scored a team-high 14 points as the WNE women’s basketball team won its season opener 64-52 over Skidmore College in the opening round of the Skidmore College Classic on Nov. 15.

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