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Amherst, Emmanuel, and MIT march on in D3 tourney

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  March 9, 2012 10:28 PM

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By Craig Larson, Globe Staff

The Amherst and Emmanuel women, along with the MIT men were the lone New England entrants to survive the round of 16 in the NCAA Division 3 tournament Friday night.

* Walpole's Caroline Stedman (20 points) paced four players in double figures as defending national champion Amherst (30-0) rolled over visiting York College, 79-55, at LeFrak Gymnasium. Lem Atanga McCormick added 18 and Marcia Voight contributed 17.

* On the same floor in Amherst, junior forward Fiona O'Dwyer (11 of 17) poured in 24 points while senior guard Meghan Kirwan of Melrose delivered 18 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists in a tremendous 40-minute performance as Emmanuel (25-6) pulled out a 67-56 win over King's College.

On Saturday night at 6, Amherst and Emmanuel will tangle at LeFrak, with a spot in the national semifinals on the line. The Lord Jeffs beat Emmanuel, 84-60, on Dec. 12, in Amherst.

* The third-ranked MIT men continued their remarkable run, sinking Staten Island 83-67 in Lancaster, Pa. behind 29 points from junior point guard Mitch Kates and a sizzling 25-point effort from senior guard Jamie Karraker, who drained 7 of his 10 3-point attempts.

Junior forward Will Tashman regisered his third straight double-double of the tournament with 11 points and 13 rebounds while senior forward Noel Hollingsworth added 13.

"All year long, we've tried to have a balance [offensively]," said MIT coach Larry Anderson. "It was their (Kates and Karraker] tonight and maybe tomorrow night our big guys will be the focal point."

The Engineers (28-1) will take on host Franklin & Marshall Saturday night at 7, with the winner advancing to the national semifinals in Salem. Va. F&P ousted Amherst, 80-71.

Bowdoin (Georgia Fox, 71-55) and Tufts (St. Thomas, 50-47) were eliminated from the women's tourney, while Amherst, Middlebury (Scranton, 58-55), and Eastern Connecticut (Cabrini, 72-65) were ousted in the men's round of 16.

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