Williams women's soccer, field hockey teams move up in national rankings

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Two Williams College sports teams have moved up in their respective top-25 rankings. The Williams women's soccer team has cracked the top five, while the field hockey team has moved into the top 15.

The Eph soccer team (3-0-0) went 2-0-0 over the weekend, moving from seventh to fourth in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III national ranking.

Williams is one of two NESCAC teams who are listed in the Top 25. Amherst (2-0-0) is ranked 12th, up from 14th. Connecticut College was in the group of "also receiving votes."

The Williams field hockey squad (1-0) began the year as the No. 19 team in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's Top 25. But after knocking off then 10th-ranked Trinity, the Ephs rose to 13th. Trinity, meanwhile, fell from 10th to 12th.

There are five NESCAC teams in the Top 25. Tufts (1-0) is the No. 2 team behind Messiah, Middlebury (2-0) is ranked fifth, while Amherst (2-0) was ranked seventh. The Jumbos had three first-place votes while the Mammoths had one.

Scire earns NESCAC honor

HADLEY — Williams forward Sarah Scire is the women's soccer player of the week.

The sophomore forward from Wyckoff, N.J., had three goals and an assist in Williams' 3-0 start to the season. She scored a goal in the opening win over Hamilton, assisted on the game-winner against Trinity and had a pair of goals in a non-league win over Skidmore.

Williams will be at Colby and Bowdoin this weekend.

Ex-MCLA athlete gets extension

BOSTON — David Flint, who played hockey at MCLA, has signed a contract extention to continue coaching the women's hockey team at Northeastern through the 2020-21 season.

Flint graduated from MCLA in 1993. As a goalie, he was the team's MVP in his senior season.

"Coach Flint's body of work over the last eight years has resulted in a return to national prominence for our women's ice hockey team," Northeastern athletics director Peter Roby said in a statement.

Flint has guided Northeastern to a 156-103-28 record in eight years. He was also an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympic Team that won a silver medal in 2010.

He has coached former Berkshire School standout Kendall Coyne at Northeastern. Coyne is a member of this year's Olympic team.

Flint graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, formerly North Adams State, in 1993 with a degree in Biology and a concentration in Sports Medicine. A goaltender on the ice hockey team, he was named the team's MVP following his senior season.

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