Mass. College Lax: Conference Tourney Scoreboard (#d3lax)

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the results from today’s Division 3 conference tournament games.

Men’s Lacrosse

* Lasell 12, Rivier 1

* Becker 9, St. Joe’s (Maine) 5

* Norwich 11, Mount Ida 7

* Emmanuel 13, JWU 3

Women’s Lacrosse

* MIT 18, Mount Holyoke 17

Mass. College Lax: Glover’s Five Tallies Helps Wentworth Top UNE, 12-10

By NoontimeSports.com 

Steve Glover netted five goals, including the go-ahead marker with 12:37 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Leopards defeated UNE in its final regular season contest. Both teams will meet against in the CCC Tournament, which begins on Saturday. Below is the release from this evening’s clash, courtesy of the Wentworth sports information department:

BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Steve Glover (Marstons Mills, Mass.) scored five goals – including scoring the go-ahead goal with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter – and assisted on three others to help pace the WentworthInstitute of Technology men’s lacrosse team to a 12-10 win over the University of New England.

With the win the Leopards improve to 7-8 overall and finish CCC play with a 4-4 record. Wentworth will travel for a CCC Tournament opening round game on Saturday against an opponent to be determined. The Nor’Easters see their season end with a 5-12 (2-6) record.

Glover broke a six-plus minute scoring drought when he scored with 8:52 left before UNE senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine) tied the score 38 seconds later. Junior Michael Cushera (Waltham, Mass.) gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with 6:51 left, however the Nor’Easters responded with a freshman Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.) goal 1:29 later. Junior Ryan Coakley (Flemington, N.J.), who assisted on Cushera’s goal, scored from Glover with 2:19 left in the quarter to give Wentworth a 3-2 edge.

The Nor’Easters scored the next two goals and took a 4-3 lead with 9:14 left as senior Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and Wolfe scored 2:25 apart. Coakley scored with 8:59 left in the half and assisted on a sophomore Nick Parent (Windham, N.H.) goal 7:13 left to give the Leopards a 5-4 lead. Coakley’s assist was the 85th of his career, which sets the program record for career helpers. With 2:02 left, Wolfe tied the game at 5-all.

Senior Dan O’Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) gave UNE a 6-5 lead with his goal 34 seconds into the second half before the Leopards responded with four straight goals and took a 9-6 lead on a Glover marker with 8:49 left. Glover scored three of the four goals while senior Chris Kipp (Scarborough, Maine) had the other.

UNE battled back to score the next three goals – all coming in a span of 2:09 – to tie the game at 9-all. Freshman Andy Curro (Niskayuna, N.Y.) scored once and Gross added the next two.

Glover broke the tie with an unassisted tally 2:23 into the fourth quarter before, on a clear attempt, freshman Sean Farmer (Billerica, Mass.) carried the ball into the offensive zone and scored his first collegiate goal with 9:22 left.

Coakley scored from Glover with 5:53 left to make it a 12-9 game before Nor’Easter sophomore Sam Cloutier (Lewiston, Maine) rounded out the scoring with a goal with 4:27 left.

Coakley finished with three goals and two assists while Parent also had a multiple-point game with a goal and an assist. Parent also scooped up seven ground balls. Senior Jeff Bathalon (Harvard, Mass.) made the start between the pipes, making one save in 3:54. Classmate Jared Proulx (Nashua, N.H.) made 16 saves over the final 56:06. Proulx also picked up six ground balls.

Wolfe and Gross had three goals apiece for UNE, while Auger and Curro had a goal and an assist each and junior Jeff Bruno (Durham, Conn.) had two assists. O’Gorman and freshman Connor Leggett (Sunderland, Vt.) won nine and eight face-offs, respectively. Leggett had nine ground balls and O’Gorman eight. Cloutier caused three turnovers. Sophomore John Dusel (Wilbraham, N.H.) made 17 saves.

UNE held a 39-36 shot advantage and a 47-40 advantage on ground balls.

Mass. College Lax: Low, Bunick Lead Babson Past MIT, 14-6

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Babson College men’s lacrosse team earned its eighth straight win — a program-record — as the Beavers defeated MIT this evening, 14-6. Below is the release, courtesy of the Babson Athletics Communication Department:

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) scored a game-high three goals and junior Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) added two goals and two assists, lifting Babson College to 14-6 victory over visiting MIT in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday night at MacDowell Field.

With its eighth straight win, which marks the longest winning streak in program history, Babson is now 10-5 overall and 5-0 in conference play, while MIT, which had won four straight games, drops to 8-7 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Bobby MacCune (Braintree, Mass.) and sophomore John Harrison (Pembroke, Mass.) each had two goals for the Beavers, while sophomore Scott Doten (Western Springs, Ill.) scored once and chipped in with two assists. First-year Zach Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) led all players with nine groundballs and five caused turnovers, both career highs, and junior Christian Cattaruzza (Guilford, Conn.) contributed six groundballs and four caused turnovers to go along with his second goal of the season.

Sophomore Paul Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) had two goals and first-year Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla.) added a goal and an assist for the Engineers.

The Green and White got off to a fast start with three goals in the opening 4:51 of the first quarter. Doten and senior Alex Packer (Hudson, Ohio) scored 48 seconds apart to grab a 2-0 lead at the 12:13 mark and Cattaruzza worked a give-and-go with Packer for a transition score to make it 3-0 with 10:09 left in the period.

The Beavers killed off a pair of penalties early in the second quarter and senior goalkeeper Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) and his counterpart, sophomore Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif.) of MIT, took turns denying multiple scoring chances. The Engineers finally got the on board with 7:45 left in the stanza as first-year Zak Psaras (Monroe, Conn.) scored in transition to cut the deficit to 3-1. Stolzenberg made it a one-goal game just 55 seconds later, intercepting Daroff’s clearing pass and scoring on a breakaway, but Low converted the first of his three goals with 2:23 remaining to help Babson regain a 4-2 lead at the break.

Tallies by Harrison and Bunick gave the Green and White a four-goal edge 3:26 into the third before the teams traded the next four goals, capped by sophomore Alex Youngwall’s (Huntington, N.Y.) 10th marker of the year to put the hosts in front 8-4 with 4:23 left in the period. Harrison struck for his second score of the night with 47 seconds to go in the third, and Bunck and Low added back-to-back goals just 12 seconds apart to start the fourth as Babson pushed its lead to 11-4 with 14:12 to go in the game.

Low used a feed from Bunick to complete his hat trick and cap a five-goal run, giving the Beavers their biggest lead of the game at 12-4 with 10:02 remaining. Both teams added a pair of goals over the last 7:32 for the final margin.

Daroff  made five of his eight saves in the first half for Babson, while Bartell made six of his eight stops over the first 30 minutes.

The Green and White held a 42-24 advantage in shots and had a 54-37 edge in groundballs. Each team won 12 face-offs and the Beavers forced 31 turnovers on the night.

Both teams will conclude the regular season on Saturday as Babson welcomes Springfield to MacDowell Field for a 1 p.m. start, while MIT hosts Mass. Maritime Academy at 11 a.m.

GAME NOTES: Babson is now 25-12 all-time against MIT and has won five consecutive meetings going back to 2010…Wednesday’s victory was the 50th for head coach Brendan Gorman, who has now won 10 games in each of his first five seasons at the helm…the win means that the Beavers will either finish first or second in the NEWMAC and will host a conference tournament semifinal contest next Wednesday against either Clark or MIT…Babson has allowed six goals or less in each of the last seven games…a win over Springfield on Saturday would give the Beavers their most wins since 2003 and their first conference title since 1990.

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton Concludes 2014 With A Victory Over Emerson

By NoontimeSports.com

The Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team concluded its 2014 regular season slate with a 19-7 victory over Emerson College. Courtesy of the Wheaton sports information department, here’s this evening’s release:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team concluded its 2014 campaign with a 19-7 victory over Emerson College on Wednesday evening in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Nordin Field.

Wheaton freshman Barrett Jenness (Edmond, Wash./The Overlake School) paced the Lyons with a career-best six points on four helpers and two tallies, while classmate Will Morrison (Osterville, Mass./Salisbury School) netted three goals. Senior Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth), sophomores Brian Teague (Cross River, N.Y./Salisbury School) and Kyle Rumberger (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) and freshmen Kyle Neale (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint James School) and Casey Buchholz (North Granby, Conn./Granby Memorial) each finished with a pair of goals.

Freshman Graydon Cook (Garrison, N.Y./The Masters School) capped the Lyons’ scoring with his first collegiate strike with 3:37 remaining in the final stanza, while classmates Devin Higgins (Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket) and Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Texas/St. Michael’s Catholic Academy) and junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) finished with one goal, respectively.

Wheaton’s three goalkeepers – senior Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I./Trinity Pawling) and sophomores Ryan Clair (Bloomfield, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) and Nico Falla (East Lyme, Conn./Salisbury School) – combined for nine stops.

Emerson senior Eric Colleran (Fairfield, Conn.) matched Jenness with six points on five goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Zoe Fisk finished with a game-best 21 saves.

The Lyons won the battle of ground balls, 70-39, and outshot the Lions, 58-24. Emerson converted 18 of 32 clears, while Wheaton went 17 for 26. The Lyons won 23 of 28 face-offs, highlighted by Neale who won a career-best 17. Sophomore Liam Williams (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) won six of eight face-offs. Wheaton finished the contest with two man-up markers and Emerson recorded one tally with an extra attacker.

Morrison initiated a 5-0 run with a wraparound strike at 14:16 in the first that provided the Lyons with the lead for good. Wheaton led Emerson at halftime, 12-5, and tacked on three additional tallies in the third quarter to earn a 15-5 advantage heading into the final session.

The Lyons end their season at 5-9 overall and 2-4 in NEWMAC play. Emerson (1-11, 0-5 NEWMAC) hosts Clark University this Saturday for a NEWMAC matchup at 1 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: BC’s Walker Talks About Upcoming ACC Tourney (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston College women’s lacrosse team will be hosting the upcoming ACC Tournament, beginning on Thursday, April 24 when they compete against North Carolina in the first round. The Tar Heels are last year’s National Champions and enter the conference playoffs as the third seed.

Prior to their second meeting with the Tar Heels this season, BC head coach Acacia Walker met the media today to chat about the Eagles’ most recent win against Vermont, as well as their first-round matchup in a video we posted below. The video is from the BC athletic department’s YouTube Channel.

Mass. College Hoops: Springfield Men’s Basketball To Travel To Japan This Summer

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College athletic communications office, here’s this afternoon’s release about the men’s basketball team, which will travel to Japan this summer to play several games against the Japanese young Men’s National team squad: 

Springfield, Mass. – March 17, 2014 - The Springfield College men’s basketball team has been invited by the Japan Basketball Association for a six day trip this July in which the Pride will play several games against the Japanese young Men’s National team squad.

“The Springfield College men’s basketball program and the entire Springfield College community is very excited and honored for the opportunity to travel to Japan and play three friendly games,” said head coach Charlie Brock. “We look forward to playing against international competition, celebrating the Japan Basketball Association’s 100 year basketball anniversary, and promoting the sport of basketball.”

Springfield College's men's basketball team will travel to Japan this summer. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

Springfield College’s men’s basketball team will travel to Japan this summer. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

The Pride will arrive in Japan on July 17 and play three games in Japan from July 19-July 21 in the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. Springfield College was invited on this trip because of its rich history with the YMCA, as well its reputation worldwide as the Birthplace of Basketball.

Springfield will send over a squad of 12 players to compete on the international stage. Over the past two seasons, Springfield has owned a record of 39-17 and made consecutive trips to the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time since 1998.

“Springfield College is honored that the Japan Basketball Association has invited our men’s basketball team to participate in a series of friendly games this summer in preparation for Tokyo hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020,” said Springfield College President, Mary-Beth Cooper. “ Our student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete against Japan’s national basketball team and will be exposed to a diverse culture. Springfield College has demonstrated strong international relations with universities in Japan for many years and the College is proud to assist with the promotion, development, and strengthening of basketball in Japan.”

The last time that the Springfield College men’s basketball program traveled overseas was in 1991 during a trip to Ireland, as it participated in the Limerick Treaty 300 International Basketball Tournament as part of the “100th Anniversary of Basketball” at Springfield College.

Mass. College Lax: GNAC MLAX Tournament Preview & Schedule

Jeffrey Candee and the Becker Hawks begin GNAC conference tournament play tomorrow against St. Joe's (Maine). (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Jeffrey Candee and the Becker Hawks begin GNAC conference tournament play tomorrow against St. Joe’s (Maine). (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s lacrosse tournament begins tomorrow with four local squads competing for a championship.

Similar to the women’s bracket, Emmanuel College earned the top spot with a 10-0 conference mark. It’s been an exciting season for the Saints, who’ll begin tournament play against Johnson & Wales University on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Boston. The Saints finished third in goals (152) and fifth in assists (91). They averaged 10.13 goals per game and haven’t dropped a contest since Sunday, March 9.

Chris Curtis paced the Saints through 15 games with 35 points (23 goals, 12 assists), while Tony Cibelli registered 33 points on 17 goals and 16 assists. Austin Lauzier, the team’s goaltender, has logged 803:33 in the cage and recorded 120 saves. The Bedford, New Hampshire native also owns a 60.9 save percentage, too.

Johnson & Wales trailed Emmanuel College in their first meeting, 3-2, before falling to the Saints, 11-4. Kaile Maclean-Daley netted four goals for the Saints, while Ryan Sabuda finished with two tallies and two helpers.

Norwich University will host Mount Ida in a tournament championship rematch from last year at 7 p.m. in Vermont. Last season, Josh Menge initiated a 3-0 late in the final session that helped the Cadets seal the win. Menge won’t be on the field during this particular matchup (Menge graduated at the conclusion of last season), but will be rooting for his Cadets, which finished their season on a four-game winning streak.

Mount Ida’s Kyle Cordaro is third in the conference in save percentage (64.6%) and recorded 11 saves against the Cadets. Zach Rosen leads the Green and White with 36 points on 20 goals and 16 helpers.

Becker will welcome St. Joseph’s (Maine) to Leicester for a 4 p.m. face-off. The Hawks recorded the second most overall wins (11) and went 7-3 in GNAC play. Becker has earned some impressive victories this season over Norwich and Mount Ida, but also defeated the Monks, 4-2. Matt Matson jumpstarted the 3-0 run that helped Becker overcome a 2-1 deficit.

Daniel Johnson and David Deschenes combined for 125 points (79 goals, 46 assists) in 15 contests for the Hawks, while Jeffrey Candee turned away 127 shots. Expect all three players to be a factor in Wednesday’s first-round matchup.

Finally, Lasell will welcome Rivier to Newton for a 3:30 p.m. start. The Lasers are coming off an 8-7 setback to Emmanuel last Saturday, but will look to rebound against a squad they defeated earlier this season.

Lasell finished with 161 goals (second amongst all GNAC squads) and first in assists (116). Pat Egan is currently fifth in the conference in helpers (21), but second on the squad. Andrew Suh and Casey Sullivan each recorded 49 points, but Sullivan is first in goals (33), while Suh leads all players in assists (26).

GNAC Men’s Lax Tournament Schedule:

QUARTERFINALS

* Rivier @ Lasell, 3:30 p.m. (Wednesday, Apr. 23)

* St. Joe’s (Maine) @ Becker, 4 p.m. (Wednesday, Apr. 23)

* Mount Ida @ Norwich, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, Apr. 23)

* JWU @ Emmanuel, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, Apr. 23)

SEMIFINALS 

* Emmanuel/JWU vs. Mount Ida/Norwich (Friday, Apr. 25)

* Becker/St. Joe’s (Maine) vs. Lasell/Rivier (Friday, Apr. 25)

FINALS

* Winner of 1st Semifinal vs. Winner of 2nd Semifinals (Saturday, Apr. 26) at the highest seed

Mass. College Lax: GNAC WLAX Tournament Preview & Schedule

By Matt Noonan 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s lacrosse tournament begins this afternoon with three local squads competing for a championship.

One of the teams – Emmanuel College – enters the tournament as the top seed after concluding its conference slate 10-0. Kristen Tuleja leads the Saints in points (72) and goals (48). She recorded eight points in two games this season and matched Sarah Wooten with 24 helpers. Lauren White, the team’s goaltender, saved 102 shots this season and yielded 113 goals. White also won 12 games this season, too.

The Saints will begin tournament play against University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) at 7 p.m. in Boston. Emmanuel defeated the Blue Jays earlier this season, 16-12. Emily Baker led the Blue and Gold with a hat trick, the first of her collegiate career, while White picked up her 10th career victory.

Lasell College will host Rivier University at 3:30 p.m. in Newton. The Lasers concluded its regular season slate 9-7 overall and 7-3 in conference play. Lasell defeated Rivier earlier this season, 18-9. Britney Wuorio led all players with 10 points on six goals and four assists, while Ashlee Pechulis netted five goals on five shots.

Wurio is fourth in the conference in goals (48), but the top point scorer with 96. She’s posted 11 points in two games this season, along with 10 points, which occurred against the Raiders. The Bolton, Mass. native has compiled 415 points over four seasons with the Lasers and will look to extend her team’s season with a win this afternoon.

Simmons College, which earned the sixth seed for the tournament, will travel to Norwich University for its first-round contest at 7 p.m. The Sharks won three of its final four contests, but fell to the Cadets earlier this month, 12-3. Norwich led Simmons at the break, 7-3, but pushed ahead for good by scoring five more goals in the second session.

Crystal Derosier, Simmons’ goaltender, is fourth in the conference in save percentage (46.6%). She posted one shutout earlier this season against Anna Maria and deflected a season-high 21 shots in a 15-11 win over Regis College.

The final GNAC contest pits St. Joseph’s (Maine) against Johnson & Wales (R.I.). That particular clash is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.

GNAC Women’s Lax Tournament Schedule:

QUARTERFINALS

* Rivier @ Lasell, 3:30 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* St. Joe’s (Conn.) @ Emmanuel, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* Simmons @ Norwich, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* JWU @ St. Joe’s (Maine), 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

SEMIFINALS

* Emmanuel/St. Joe’s (Conn.) vs. Lasell/Rivier (Thursday, Apr. 24)

* Norwich/Simmons vs. JWU/St. Joe’s (Maine) (Thursday, Apr. 24)

FINALS

* Winner of 1st Semifinal vs. Winner of 2nd Semifinals (Saturday, Apr. 26) at the highest seed

Mass. College Lax: Bentley’s Baker Named NE-10 Goalie Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about Josh Baker, who was named the Northeast-10′s Goalie of the Week:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior goalie Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) of the Bentley men’s lacrosse team has been named the Northeast-10’s Goalie of the Week, the conference announced Monday. It’s the second time this season he’s earned the award.

Baker excelled in between the pipes in two games last week as the Falcons split. He made a career-high 16 saves against So. New Hampshire on Wednesday night, a game in which Bentley was beaten 8-7. He then made 13 saves as the Falcons bounced back by beating Franklin Pierce 6-3 on Saturday night. Baker made 29 combined saves against 40 shots faced for a 5.50 goals against average and .725 save percentage.

Baker has started all 12 games for Bentley so far and has helped them to a 7-3 Northeast-10 record, and they have clinched a home playoff game in the first round of the Northeast-10 Men’s Lacrosse Championship. Baker’s season goals against average of 7.35 is third in the conference, and his save percentage of .604 is second. He’s also fifth in fewest goals allowed, despite playing more minutes than the four goalies ahead of him.

The Falcons will close out the regular season on Saturday when they visit Adelphi.

Mass. College Lax: Shuman, Brown Lead Bentley Past Franklin Pierce

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the women’s lacrosse game against Franklin Pierce:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) and freshman Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) each had five goals as Bentley University rolled to a 20-5 win over Franklin Pierce in a Northeast-10 women’s lacrosse game Saturday afternoon.

Both Brown and Shuman established career-highs for goals as Bentley won for the third straight time and fifth time in the last six games. The run has moved the team’s Northeast-10 record to 6-4 and 7-7 overall with two games in the regular season remaining.

Bentley scored the first two goals of the game from Brown and sophomore Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) to take a 2-0 lead after three-plus minutes. Franklin Pierce though responded by going on a 3-0 run that gave them its only lead of the afternoon. Junior Madeline Shopshire had two of the goals for the Ravens.

However, Shopshire’s goal at the 18:24 mark was the last goal Franklin Pierce scored for almost 43 minutes as Bentley scored 16 goals in a row, including 10 in a row over the rest of the first half.

Shuman had a run where she scored three of four goals and four of six, helping Bentley take a 9-3 lead with 7:05 left in the first half. Brown had three of her goals in the first half and the Falcons led 12-3 at halftime.

The Falcons scored six more in a row in the second half, featuring a man-up goal by Brown and goals by sophomores Tori Cerny (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) and Caitlin White (Irondequoit, N.Y./West Irondequoit). White’s goal with 7:07 to play made the score 18-3 and was the first of three goals she scored the rest of the way.

Nine different players in all had goals for Bentley.

With another win chalked up, the Falcons will go for four straight when they visit Merrimack on Tuesday night for a 7:00 pm game.