Mass. College Lax: NCAA Championship Weekend Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The final weekend of the college lacrosse season is upon us.

Two local squads – Amherst College (women’s lacrosse) and Tufts University (men’s lacrosse) – along with a handful of Division I, II and III teams will be competing for national championships over the next few days. Below this weekend’s schedule, which does include non-Massachusetts teams, too.

Men’s Division I Schedule (Games on ESPN2, both Saturday & Monday):

* Denver vs. Duke, 1 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Maryland vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Denver/Duke vs. Maryland/Notre Dame, 1 p.m. (Championship), Monday, May 26

Men’s Division II Schedule (Watch on NCAA.com):

* LIU Post vs. Limestome, 4 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25  

Men’s Division III Schedule (Watch on NCAA.com):

* Tufts vs. Salisbury, 1 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25

Women’s Division I Schedule (Watch on ESPN3 & ESPNU):

* Virginia vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. (Semifinal) Friday, May 23

* Northwestern vs. Maryland, 7:30 p.m. (Semifinal) Friday, May 23

* Virginia/Syracuse vs. Northwestern/Maryland, 8:30 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25  (Game will be on ESPNU)

Women’s Division III Schedule:

* Trinity (Conn.) vs. SUNY Cortland, 1 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Amherst vs. Salisbury, 4 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Trinity/SUNY Cortland vs. Amherst/Salisbury, 2:30 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25

Quick Note: The Division II Women’s Lacrosse Championship was decided last weekend as Adelpi capped a perfect season by defeating Lock Haven, 7-5. Adelphi concluded the regular season 21-0.   

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

It was a busy Saturday in the lacrosse world and below are various outcomes and results.

Men’s Lacrosse

Towson 6, UMass 5: Joe Seider‘s third quarter tally pushed the Tigers ahead for good. UMass trimmed the deficit with a Jeff George goal roughly five minutes after Seider’s marker, but that was the closest the Minutemen would get.

Army 8, BU 7: Trailing 8-4 in the fourth quarter, the Terriers rallied, but only scored three goals, which wasn’t enough to defeat the Black Knights. Adam Schaal paced the Terriers with two goals and one helper, while Christian Carson turned away six shots.

Merrimack 15, So. N.H. 6: Tim Towler paced the Warriors with four strikes, while Mike PerdieCorey Davidson and Max Allen each netted two goals as the Warriors cruised to their sixth win of the season.

Tufts 18, Hamilton 3: John Uppgren netted seven goals and dished out one assist, while Cole Bailey recorded five points (two goals, three assists) as the Jumbos cruised to their eighth win of the season.

Amherst 14, Colby 7: Leading at the break, the Lord Jeffs extended their lead by outscoring the Mules, 9-4, in the second half, which helped them earn their eighth win of the season. Amherst’s Quinn Moroney finished with nine points on four goals and five helpers, while Devin Acton netted four goals.

Wesleyan 8, Williams 7: Quentin Dellafera‘s unassisted strike with 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter propelled the Cardinals to a one-point win over the Ephs. Thomas Fowler paced Williams with two goals, while Dan Whittam turned away eight shots.

Springfield 10, MIT 8: Trailing 8-7 with 7:24 remaining in the fourth quarter, Springfield rallied with two goals from Dylan Sheehan and one from Ryon Lynch to secure their second conference win of the season. Lynch and Sheehan each recorded two goals and two helpers, while MIT received two goals and two assists from Harris Stolzenberg.

Regis 14, Johnson & Wales 9: Nicky Rodrigo and Peter Leighton combined for eight goals and five assists as the Pride picked up their eighth win of the season.

Endicott 26, Gordon 6: Kyle Weber recorded nine points on six goals and three assists, while Harrison Cotter and Colin Bannon combined for eight goals and four assists as the Gulls soared past the Fighting Scots in Beverley. Jordan Heckelmann and Roger Evans each scored two goals for Gordon.

Women’s Lacrosse:

BC 13, Duke 11:  Sarah Mannelly and Covie Stanwick each netted five goals as the Eagles edged the Blue Devils in North Carolina.

Stonehill 7, Le Moyne 6: Kelsey Shannahan‘s free position strike at 18:08 in the second half pushed the Skyhawks ahead for good. The Dolphins did net two additional tallies after the strike, but were unable to tie the contest. Stonehill’s Lizzie Lane and Mikayla Couch each recorded two goals in the win.

Tufts 9, Hamilton 8: Caroline Ross recorded four points on three goals and one helper, Brigid Bowser recorded two goals and two assists as the Jumbos defeated the Continentals in Medford.

Endicott 10, Gordon 4: The Gulls extended their current winning streak to eight games as they defeated the Fighting Scots in Beverley. Emily Whitney and Kirsten Thor combined for six goals and one assist, while Ryan Socolow turned away eight shots.

Amherst 12, Colby 5: Rachel Passarelli netted a hat trick, while Christy Forrest recorded nine saves as the Jeffs defeated the Mules and extended their current winning streak to nine games.

Williams 13, Wesleyan 5: Nancy Palmer recorded five points on four goals and one assist as the Ephs defeated the Cardinals in Connecticut.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Roundup

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points, which helped the Bison top the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points as the Bison topped the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another Saturday of lacrosse is in the books and below is various game summaries from across the state.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Bucknell 16, Holy Cross 9 – Michael Ortlieb, who is the Crusaders goaltender, scored two goals, but that wasn’t enough to spark the visitors as the seventh-ranked Bison improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League.

Saint Joseph’s 7, UMass 6 – Matt Whippen and Ryan Izzo netted two goals, respectively, while Will Manny recorded two points (one goal, one assist), but that wasn’t enough to help the Minutemen defeat Hawks in Philadelphia.

Duke 12, Harvard 11 – The Blue Devils sealed the win with a 4-0 run in the fourth as Duke defeated Harvard for the second time three seasons. Murphy Vandervelde recorded a hat trick in the setback, while Peter Schwartz finished with two strikes and two helpers.

Merrimack College 19, Saint Rose 2 – Greg Melaugh recorded a game-best five points (five goals) as the Warriors cruised to their fourth victory of the season.

Pace 9, Bentley University 6 – Jason Knight’s fourth quarter strike brought the Falcons within one with 8:37 remaining, but the Setters responded with two tallies, which secured the win.

Tufts University 16, Trinity College 12 – Andrew Fiamengo recorded five points (three goals, two assists), Beau Wood recorded a hat trick as the Jumbos defeated the Bantams and earned their fifth straight win.

Amherst College 11, Hamilton 6 – The Lord Jeffs three-game losing streak is history as Quinn Moroney’s four points (two goals, two assists) lifted the visitors to their third win of the season.

Wheaton College 11, Clark University 4 – Matthew Hillman recorded a game-best five goals as the Lyons defeated the Cougars and earned their first Pilgrim League victory of the season.

Springfield College 11, WNEC 10 – Ryan Murphy netted four goals, while Ryon Lynch and Bryce Serriello recorded two goals, respectively, as the Pride defeated the Golden Bears.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Boston College 10, Virginia 7 – Sarah Mannelly recorded a hat trick, Mikaela Rix netted two strikes as the Eagles soared past the ninth-ranked Cavaliers in Newton.

Holy Cross 15, Colgate 14 (OT) – Sara Hennessey (three goals, one assist) netted the game-winner on a free possession with one second remaining in the extra session as the Crusaders snapped their four-game skid.

UMass 20, La Salle 11 – Cori Murray, who finished with three goals and three assists, recorded her 100th career point as No. 16/11 UMass defeated La Salle and extended their current winning streak to six games.

Adelphi 12, Stonehill College 5 – The Panthers raced out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Skyhawks and improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in NE-10 play. Heather Sullivan and Kelsey Shannahan led Stonehill with two goals apiece.

Trinity College 13, Tufts University 4 – The Bantams ballooned an 8-0 advantage at the break into a nine-point victory against the Jumbos in Connecticut. Trinity, the reigning NCAA Division III champion, extended its winning streak to 15 games. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three points (two goals, one assist).

Amherst College 15, Hamilton College 6 – Priscilla Tyler recorded a game-best four points (three goals, one assist) as the Lord Jeffs extended their winning streak to four games.

WNEC 16, Castleton State 11 – Kaitlynn Stevens netted four strikes, while Megan Doyle and Jessica Scannapieco each recorded hat tricks as the Golden Bears topped the Spartans in a non-conference clash.

Nichols College 20, Wentworth 17 (OT) – Alyssa Bufis recorded career-highs with seven goals, two assists and nine points, while teammate Erica Antonison recorded a career-best six goals as the Bison defeated the Leopards in overtime.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Memorial Day Weekend Championship Information

By NoontimeSports.com 

The 2012 NCAA Lacrosse Championship weekend is set to commence tomorrow, (Saturday, May 26) with two Div. I semi-final contests. At 2:30PM Loyola will face-off against Notre Dame, and at 5PM Duke will tangle with Maryland. The winner of both matches will advance to Monday’s championship, which is scheduled for 1PM.

On Sunday, May 27, the Div. II (Dowling vs. Limestone) and Div. III (SUNY Cortland vs. Salisbury) championships will be played.

For more information on this weekend’s events, such as parking maps and train schedules — make sure to check out Gillette Stadium’s lacrosse page by CLICKING HERE.

Men’s Lacrosse Final Four Set For Gillette Stadium

The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Final Four is scheduled to commence on Saturday, May 26, and conclude on Monday, May 28 at Gillette Stadium! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

All of Sunday’s men’s lacrosse games have concluded, which means eight teams punched their ticket to the Memorial Day Final Four weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Four Div. I teams – Duke, Loyola, Maryland and Notre Dame – will compete on Saturday, May 26, in the semi-finals. Both winners will then advance to Monday’s, (May 28) championship round, which will commence at 1PM.

On Sunday, May 27, the Div. II and III championships will be played. Dowling will face-off against Limestone at 1PM, while Salisbury will tangle with SUNY Cortland at 4PM.

For more information on the NCAA championships – CLICK HERE.

Massachusetts College Football: Saturday Afternoon Scoreboard

Mike Stanton turned in a career day Saturday, as he tossed three touchdowns against MIT! (Photo courtesy of Mass. Maritime Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With a majority of Saturday’s games in the books, here are the highlights and scores from this afternoon’s college football games.

Mass. Maritime 51 – MIT 13: The Buccaneers improved to [2-0], as quarterback Mike Stanton completed 12-of-18 passes and tossed three touchdowns in the win, while running back Matt White led all rushers with 99-yards on 19 carries, and receiver Jonathan Emond registered six catches for 127 yards. Massachusetts Maritime’s defense smothered the Engineers offensive line, as well as quarterbacks John Wenzel and Peter Williams, who combined for five interceptions in the loss.

WPI 55 – Becker College 0: The Engineers tallied 407 offensive yards against the Hawks, which helped WPI scoop up their second victory of the season. Pat McAuley tossed two touchdowns and rushed for 113 yards on five carries while WPI’s defense intercepted both Eagles quarterbacks twice.

Curry College 44 – Coast Guard 21: The Colonels Anthony Carnevale completed 11-of-18 passes for 139 yards, as well as tossed three touchdowns to Ryan Doherty, Skubie Mageza and Tyran Harrigan. Also, Curry’s Phil Bigelow rushed for 158 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns, while Coast Guard’s Jarrod Owens led the Bears ground game with 46 yards on 13 carries.

Salve Regina 28 – Framingham State 13: The Haws outscored the Rams in the second half, 21-7, as well as picked up their second win of the season Saturday afternoon in Middletown, Rhode Island. Framingham State’s Matthew Silva completed 23-of-39 passes for 300 yards and two interceptions, while Salve Regina’s Richie Edwards rushed for three touchdowns on 31 carries.

Holy Cross 30 – Harvard 22: Crusaders quarterback Ryan Taggard completed 22-of-35 passes for 322 yards and tossed one touchdown, as well as rushed for one score, while Harvard’s Collier Winters tossed two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Crimson’s first game of the season.

Other Scores from Saturday:

* Springfield College 63 – Husson 19

* Merrimack College 63 – Pace 7

* Duke University 20 – Boston College 19

* Endicott College 58 – Fitchburg State 7

* Maine Maritime 21 – UMass Dartmouth 13

* Bridgewater State 10 – Plymouth State 7   

Daily Noontime – April 7, 2011

When exactly will the Red Sox win?

Well, what do you know? It is officially Thursday and April is slowly flying by, well, not really flying, but somewhat. You get the gist, right? Any who, here is your Daily Noontime for April 7, 2011, have a terrific day everyone!

Headlines:

* The Boston Red Sox have had worse starts in franchise history, but after Wednesday’s loss to Cleveland, things are certainly not looking up!  If things don’t change, Theo Epstein could make a gigantic splash.

* Miami Heat forward LeBron James is always causing controversy, but how does he feel about his mother getting arrested?

* It looks like Duke’s Kyrie Irving will enter the NBA Draft this June, but did he make the right decision?

* After an interesting session in court on Wednesday, it seems the message is simple to the NFL… GET BACK TO THE TABLE AND TALK!

* Did anyone see this coming? The Milwaukee Bucks knocked off the Miami Heat on Wednesday, 90-85.

*Are the Atlanta Falcons in the process of replacing their great tight end, Tony Gonzalez?

Games to Watch:

* Boston at Cleveland (MLB) – 12:05pm eastern

* Houston at Cincinnati (MLB) – 12:35pm eastern

* Tampa Bay at Chicago White Sox (MLB) – 2:10pm eastern

* Boston at Chicago (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day:

There may actually be one member of the Red Sox organization who is doing quite well, right? This guy is it!


Kilpatrick: Butler or VCU, Who wants it More?

The Rams have made it this far, so why exactly would their journey end Saturday against Butler?

By Stacey Kilpatrick

It’s the angry Butler Bulldogs and the ferocious Virginia Commonwealth Rams vying for a spot in the NCAA Championship finals. No one suspected an 8-seed and an 11-seed to be playing for the coveted chance. Not a person. Maybe those teams who were a 4 or 5 seed, but an 8 and 11 in the Horizon and the Colonial Conferences? No way!

No Atlantic 10, no ACC, no Big 12, no PAC 10, no Big Ten; the Horizon and the CAA. It’s a “Cinderella” run as many call it, but should #8 Butler and #11 VCU even have the opportunity to play for this title?

With this being the first EVER run where an 8-or-higher-seed is in the final four, it’s certainly grabbed a lot of attention. And since Butler fell to Duke last year in the Championship, with then-Bulldog Gordon Hayward narrowly missing the half court last-second shot, I’m sure the competition will be even heavier on April 2 at extreme ends; those crossing their foam fingers for the deprived to reign, and those shaking their heads and running their mouths, wanting the Bulldogs to fall once more.

Both teams have had exciting tournaments so far, but how do they stack up statistically?

Butler finished [27-9] overall and [13-5] in the Horizon. They held their breaths in the final seconds of two games. On March 17, Butler beat #9 Old Dominion, 60-58, after Matt Howard tipped in the game-winner at the buzzer. Two nights later, Howard’s free throw with 0:01 remaining put the team up, 71-70 over top-seeded Pittsburgh, ultimately knocking the Panthers out. In the Sweet 16 the Bulldogs beat #4 Wisconsin 61-54 and during Elite Eight play they booted the #2 Florida Gators 74-71 in overtime.

The Rams went [28-11] overall and [12-6] in the Colonial. In third round play, they upset #3 Purdue 94-76, securing their first visit to the Sweet 16. Bradford Burgess put VCU up, 72-71 with 6-seconds left in overtime against #10 Florida State, and when Chris Singleton couldn’t put down two points for the Seminoles with 0:02 remaining, the Rams won.

But the most shocking was when, I’ll say it again, #11 VCU upset #1 Kansas 71-61 on March 27. The Rams were up, 41-27 at the half and during the game they shot 48.0% from beyond the arc compared to the Jayhawks’ uncharacteristic and embarrassing 9.5%.

VCU is a team that, in contrast ranks 99th overall in points per game to Kansas’ 5th, 301st in rebounds to Kansas’ 19th, 83rd in assists to Kansas’ 2nd and 180th in field goal percentage to Kansas’…1st.

How, how, how did the Rams beat the Jayhawks and make it to the Final Four? They must have ridden in a pumpkin instead of a team bus and substituted fairy godmother dust over Gatorade.

With VCU’s push, it seems as if they can outlast Butler. But Butler did pull upsets of their own and they’re back again dribbling for victory that was so closely in their sweaty, calloused hands last year.

NCAA March Madness Day Five Wrap Up

Duke had no answers for stopping Williams, as he led Arizona past the Blue Devils for an important win.

By Stacey Kilpatrick

The reigning champs have fallen. I repeat. The reigning champs have fallen. Let’s get right into the upset of the day, shall we? The first of two Sweet Sixteen days ended on a very sour note for the 2010 National Champions, Coach K’s #1 Duke Blue Devils. They were speared by the #5 Arizona Wildcats, 93-77.

In the first period, Duke was playing pretty cohesively, with solid running communication. They were keeping close with Arizona, but edged the Wildcats out entering halftime, 44-38. In that play, Blue Devil high-scorer freshman Kyrie Irving (28 points, 3 assists, 1 steal) had 14 points, 2 assists and the steal, while senior Kyle Singler (18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 fouls) also netted 14 with 2 steals, 1 block and 1 assist.

But in the second half Duke wasn’t Duke and Arizona was pouncing. They went 13-0 with just under 15 minutes, were up by 11, 66-55, at 12:02 and took a 71-59 lead at 9:15. Arizona continued dominating by moving up to a 24-6 run at 8:33, top-scorer Derrick Williams (32 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, 1 block) threw down a sick dunk improving to 30 points and 11 rebounds at 8:16 and Duke was acting their color – blue, cold, stalled. Jamelle Horne (7 points, 5 rebounds) smashed a left-handed dunk with 7:02 remaining, putting Arizona up 77-63. The Wildcats couldn’t be tamed on the court or their bench. In rebounds they were 22 to Duke’s 6 at 3:46, Singler and senior Nolan Smith (8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) were taken out with 2:01 remaining and it was nothing but jubilation for the Grand Canyon State and all its fans as Lamont Jones made a jumper with 39 seconds, in one of the grandest victories (and upsets) this March Madness has presented.

Enough about the blue and white, so now, let’s talk about the rest of the night. Three of the four lower seeds, including Duke, were beaten. Does this tournament keep getting better or what? #8 Butler (last year’s losers) kicked #4 Wisconsin to their locker room with heads hanging, 61-54 and #3 UCONN trumped #2 SDSU 74-67. But the game of the night — again, a wicked hard decision at this point in the tourney – was the meeting of Jimmer Fredette and the #3 BYU Cougars and the #2 Florida Gators.

It came down to 0:02. Florida had come from a 10-point lead and BYU only ever had 3. Gator senior Chandler Parsons (16 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block) was running up the right. He leapt, shoved his arm in the air and the ball went flying. But it didn’t sink. Fredette (32 points, 5 assist, 3 fouls, 2 rebounds) shook his fist in celebration for five more minutes of opportunity. But, Fredette wasn’t rejoicing once the buzzer alarmed and now all the Jimmer jokes are silenced. He missed two 3’s and caused a turnover and a foul in OT. He did make an assist on Kyle Collinsworth’s layup, but the Gators sunk their teeth into the Cougs, 83-74, advancing to the Elite Eight for the fifth time.

Alex Tyus of Gator fame earns the statistic of the day. The 6’8”, 220 lb. senior made a career-high 17 rebounds. He has averaged 5.7 this season; with his second-highest actually being in Florida’s previous game against UCLA on March 19, where he held 13 rebounds in the Gators’ 73-65 win.

Friday is the second and final day of the 16 Sweetness. Looking ahead, two number ones remain: Ohio State and Kansas.

In the East, the Buckeyes face #4 Kentucky in Newark and in the Southwest the Jayhawks play #12 Richmond in San Antonio. Seeing how games have gone, it really is a tossup, but I’m banking for Kentucky and Kansas.

#2 North Carolina tries to keep their fight alive as well, playing #11 Marquette in the East and #10 Florida State faces #11 Virginia Commonwealth in the Southwest.

Any predictions March Madness fans?

 

Snoop Dogg's March Madness Bracket (3/24/11)

 

How is your March Madness bracket looking? Are there a lot of marks from your pencil or that so called, “teachers red pen?” Are any of your Final Four candidate still alive?

Well, don’t feel so bad because musician and hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg has a bracket that is completely busted. Not only does he only have two potential Final Four candidate remaining, which are Duke and University of North Carolina, but he has indeed admitted that his bracket is “busted.”

Check out his personal thoughts on ESPN.com and enjoy his break down on his bracket, as well as the entire tournament thus far.