Ellis Cooper, Franklin Pierce reach NCAA Division II Elite 8
Ellis Cooper, left, of Northampton, and Franklin Pierce teammate Eric Jean-Guillaume pose with the NCAA Division III East Regional championship Tuesday. Franklin Pierce beat Bridgeport 57-52 to advance to the Elite 8. Purchase photo reprints »
Ellis Cooper is headed to the NCAA Division II Elite 8.
The Northampton native sank two free throws with 1.1 seconds left to seal Franklin Pierce University’s 57-52 victory over Bridgeport, Tuesday in the East Regional championship in Manchester, N.H.
The Ravens (24-8) will play Metro State (30-2) at noon on March 28 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.
Cooper finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. He was named East Regional Most Outstanding Player.
Amherst College 11, Swarthmore 8 — Elizabeth Ludlow had three goals, while Mia Haughton, Priscilla Tyler and Meghan Mills each had two as the Lord Jeffs (2-2) moved to .500.
Katelyn Salerno made six saves in the win.
Pacific 21, Smith College 11 — Jessica Lillquist had four goals, Jenny Estes added three and Kate Detrick chipped in with two but the Pioneers (1-4) fell in Forest Grove, Ore.
Rowan 16, McDaniel 10 —Anna Beaudry of Amherst had a goal and Kate Goldstein, also of Amherst, made two saves in goal but the Green Terror (4-2) fell in Glassboro, N.J.
Framingham 4, Amherst College 1; Amherst 11, Framingham 4 — Nolan Stewart had two hits in each game as the Lord Jeffs (4-2) split a doubleheader in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Auburndale, Fla.
Brendon Hardin, Taiki Kasuga and Mike Odenwarlder each had two in Amherst’s win.
Amherst 9, William Paterson 5; Amherst 2, Framingham State 1 — Idalia Friedson had five hits over the two games as the Lord Jeffs (4-2) won twice in the NTC Games in Clermont, Fla.
Amherst 5, Cerritos 4; Vanguard 6, Amherst 3 — Phillip Qu, Daniel Koelasy and Karan Bains won their singles matches for the Lord Jeffs against Cerritos, while Justin Reindel and Surain Askokaraj won theirs against Vanguard in Southern California.