College roundup: Williams men's hockey team enters national rankings

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WILLIAMSTOWN — A 5-0-0 start to the season has catapulted the Williams College men's hockey team into the Division III national polls.

Thanks, in part, to a weekend sweep at Tufts and Connecticut College, both the D3hockey.com and USCHO.com national polls have the Ephs in their Top 15s.

Williams is higher up in the D3hockey.com poll, going from unranked to 13th. The Ephs are one of three undefeated teams in the poll. Top-ranked St. Norbert, receiving all 20 first-place votes, is 9-0-1, while No. 3 Trinity — a NESCAC rival of Williams - is 6-0-1. Adrian is ranked second, and Trinity is followed by Oswego State and Endicott.

The Ephs went from unranked to 14th in the USCHO.com Top 15. St. Norbert received 19 first-place votes in that poll and is ranked No. 1.

In the USCHO.com poll, St. Norbert is No. 1, followed by Adrian, Trinity, Oswego and UMass Boston.

The Ephs will play the Beacons on Dec. 29 in the first round of the Codfish Bowl tournament in Boston.

Hamilton is ranked 10th in the D3hockey.com Top 15 and 13th in the USCHO.com poll, and the Ephs will visit the Continentals Saturday night. The return visit will be on Feb. 18.

Williams will play Trinity at home on Jan. 6, and in Hartford on Feb. 2.

MASCAC honor rolls

WESTFIELD — MCLA's Courtney Pingelski and Westfield State's Lucy Barrett were both named to the MASCAC women's basketball honor roll.

Pingelski averaged 18 points, four steals and six rebounds in a week where coach Loren Stock's Trailblazers went 2-0. Pingelski scored 26 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a win over Utica. The 26 points were a career high. She also had six 3-point baskets. Pingelski, a junior guard from Mechanicville, N.Y., also had 10 points and six steals as the Trailblazers, now 3-3, beat Southern Vermont 65-29.

Barrett, a junior guard from Williamstown, averaged 17.3 points, 2.7 boards and 1.7 steals in a 2-1 week for Westfield. She shot 54 percent from the floor, on 19-of-35 shooting, for the week.

She had 23 points in a 109-76 win over Plymouth State and 18 in a 95-65 win over the University of Valley Forge. She was 8 for 8 from the line last week, extending her school-record free throw streak to 28 straight makes.

Eph swimmer honored by NESCAC

HADLEY — Williams swimmer Laura Westphal was named the women's swimming and diving performer of the week.

Westphal, a freshman from Northville, Mich., won all four of her events in a meet against Boston College. She won the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle, and was a member of Williams' 400 free relay team.

Mullers earns soccer nod

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williams soccer player Tobias Muellers has been named to the Best XI list by the New England Soccer Journal.

Mueller, a senior from Burlington, Vt., was named to the publication's Best XI second team.


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