D3 Hoops Weekend Notebook: Tufts Snaps Amherst’s Home Winning Streak, Flannery Leads Babson Past WPI In Double OT

Tufts University junior Michaela North netted a three-pointer with 49 seconds left to lift the eighth ranked Jumbos past No. 2 Amherst on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Boston Globe)
Tufts University junior Michaela North netted a three-pointer with 49 seconds left to lift the eighth ranked Jumbos past No. 2 Amherst on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Boston Globe)

By Matt Noonan

Saturday was yet another exciting day in the NCAA Division III college basketball world as eighth ranked Tufts University snapped second-ranked Amherst College’s 121-game home winning streak. The loss was Amherst’s first defeat on their home court since January 31, 2009.

Amherst entered yesterday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash eight victories away for tying the NCAA record for all divisions with 129 home wins – a mark that was established by the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team from 1943 to 1955.

With yesterday’s 52-51 victory over the Purple and White, Tufts slides into first place in the conference, improving to 20-2 overall and 9-0 in league play.

Josie Lee helped the Jumbos pick-up a critical road win with a late fourth quarter layup that extended the Powder Blue and White’s lead to three-points (50-47). Michaela North drained a three-pointer minutes later – 49 seconds to be exact – to secure the team’s 20th victory of the season.

Joey Flannery and the Babson College men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to five games as the Beavers outlasted 19th ranked WPI in Babson Park in double-overtime. Flannery, who played all 50 minutes, netted a game-high 41 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds. Clyde Niba paced the Engineers with 23 points, while Sean Doncaster added 20 points.

Jashanti Allen‘s trifecta with five seconds remaining helped WPI force an extra session before Flannery and Charlie Rice each converted one free throw during the final seconds of the second overtime to secure a win for the Green and White.

Babson currently sits atop the NEWMAC with a 9-1 league record, MIT is in second at 8-2, while WPI checks in third at 6-4.

In Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play, the 17th ranked Johnson & Wales men’s basketball team ran its winning streak to 20 games as the Wildcats defeated Anna Maria in Providence, Rhode Island by a score of 98-63.

Johnson & Wales – now 20-1 overall and 14-0 in league play – had a trio of players post 20 points or more in the win. Quarry Greenaway netted 24 points and registered 10 rebounds, while Tom Garrick chipped in 22 points, 13 caroms and a three blocks.

Trinity College’s Jaquann Starks registered 14 points, four assists and a pair of blocks to lead the Bantams to a 78-66 victory over Bates College. With the win, Trinity improves to 16-6 overall and takes over first place in the NESCAC with a 7-1 league mark with two games remaining.

Nina Davenport totaled 22 points and 15 rebounds, while converting six of her 11 attempts from beyond the arc to lead the Bates College women’s basketball team to a 77-61 road victory against Trinity.

UMass Boston’s Quadry Allen scored the game-winning layup with 0.9 left to provide the Beacons with an exciting 64-63 win over Rhode Island College. The was was also head coach Jason Harris‘ initial victory against his alma mater. (Allen’s layup is below – courtesy of UMass Boston Athletics).

Mass. College Football Notebook: Week Two Notes & Takeaways

Boston College's Troy Flutie registered one touchdown pass in his team's 76-0 win over Howard last Saturday. (Photo Credit: BCEagles.com)
Boston College’s Troy Flutie registered one touchdown pass in his team’s 76-0 win over Howard last Saturday. (Photo Credit: BCEagles.com)
By Matt Noonan 

The second week of the college football season in Massachusetts was a wild one. There were some interesting outcomes and upsets, along with numerous teams stretching its win total to two games.

Here are a few notes and takeaways from the second weekend of the season:

* Boston College made headlines this weekend, routing Howard, 76-0. The Eagles held the Bison to just 11 yards of total offense, while quarterback Troy Flutie – the former Natick High School signal-caller – completed seven of eight passes for 88 yards and one touchdown.

The Eagles, winners of back-to-back contests, host Florida State University on Friday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. This will be Boston College’s first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) clash of the season.

* UMass head coach Mark Whipple wasn’t too pleased with his team’s performance against Colorado, stating in a press release, “Give Colorado a lot of credit; they played better in all phases.”

The Minutemen dropped their season-opener to the Buffaloes by a score of 48-14. They registered one touchdown in the first and second quarter, respectively, while Colorado ended the game with 558 yards of total offense.

The Minutemen will look to rebound on Saturday when they host Temple at Gillette Stadium – the team’s home opener.

* As noted in the Northeast-10 Conference weekly report, Assumption College kicker Cole Tracy broke a pair of conference records this past weekend – most field goals in a game (six field goals) and most points by a kicker (19 points). Tracy is in his second season with the Greyhounds and has converted seven field goals this season.

* Sticking with special teams, the NE-10 weekly report also highlighted Bentley University’s Tyler Ford, who matched the Falcons’ program record for the longest punt, a 68-yard boot. Ford, who hails from Amherst, New Hampshire, registered five punts last Friday in his team’s heartbreaking defeat to New Haven. He did, however, record a quartet of punts that landed between the Chargers’ 20-yard-line and goal line.

* Stonehill College won its second consecutive contests, defeating Merrimack College, 24-20. Quarterback Matt Foltz, who was tabbed the NE-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Week, engineered his first career fourth quarter comeback, while finishing the contest 22-of-36 for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Foltz also rushed for 25 yards on 11 attempts.

* Becker College’s Jacob Holmes was tabbed the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Week after an extremely impressive performance against MIT. Holmes set and tied eight program records, while averaging 13.6 yards per carry en rote to 232 rushing yards and 279 all-purpose yards. He rushed for a 93-yard touchdown in the third quarter – the longest run of the season by any collegiate football player in the country at any level, according to the ECFC weekly report.

Besides his impressive ground game, Holmes also made headlines by booting a trio of field goals and four extra points for a single-game record of 13 points.

* Nichols College quarterback Michael McCourt was tabbed New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week following his team’s initial win against Anna Maria College.

McCourt, who made is first collegiate start at quarterback, concluded the contest 21-of-26 for a school-record 444 yards and six touchdowns. According to the Nichols College Athletics website, McCourt concluded the first quarterback with five completions for 165 yards and three touchdowns.

* WPI picked up its second consecutive ‘Friday Night Lights’ victory, defeating cross-town rival Worcester State University, 27-13. Quarterback Dan Eckler completed 21-of-31 attempts for 381 yards and one touchdown – he did not toss an interception. Zach Grasis rumbled for 74 yards and Brandon Eccher recorded a season-high 168 receiving yards and one touchdown.

QUICK HITS:

 * Harvard University kicks-off its season next Saturday, September 19 when they travel to URI for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off. The Crimson was picked to capture the Ancient Eight this season, as noted in the preseason poll.

* We’re two weeks away from starting another New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season. Amherst, Tufts and Williams each begin its campaign on the road, Saturday, September 26.

Mass. College Lax: Amherst, Williams To Compete In NCAA Third Round

Williams' defense will be ready to challenge Colby in the third round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Williams’ defense will be ready to challenge Colby in the third round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Amherst College and Williams College women’s lacrosse teams will be competing this weekend in the NCAA Division III Tournament’s third round. Both teams earned second round victories last Saturday as the Ephs defeated Wheaton College, while the Jeffs topped Bridgewater State.

Amherst will be the host of the third and quarterfinal rounds, beginning Saturday, May 17. The Jeffs will play York (Pa.) at 4 p.m. with the winner advancing to Sunday’s (May 18) quarterfinals against either TCNJ or Washington & Lee.

Williams will travel to Cortland, New York to take on New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foe Colby College. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals and face either SUNY Cortland or Redlands.

Below is the third round schedule, courtesy of the NESCAC website. Check back later this week for Sunday’s times.

NCAA Third Round Schedule (Saturday, May 17): 

* York @ Amherst, 2:30 p.m.

* Colby vs. Williams @ Cortland, New York, 2:30 p.m.

Mass. College Football: Williams Says Farewell To Cole Field (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Williams College’s football team will say good bye to Weston Field tomorrow afternoon, along with the Cole Field Complex following their final regular season finale against Amherst College.

The Ephs and Lord Jeffs, who will meet for the 128th time tomorrow afternoon, have met 65 times on the grass field.

In honor of the team’s final contest, the athletic department produced a short video, which we’ve provided below courtesy of the Ephs’ YouTube channel.

For more information about the 128th meeting — HOP HERE

Tufts Football Ready To Kick-Off (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

This Saturday, Tufts University’s football team will begin their 2012 season against Wesleyan University, a squad they haven’t faced since the 2009 season. The Cardinals won the last meeting against the Jumbos, but Tufts head coach Jay Civetti is optimistic about his team’s chances this time around, as well as this season, too.

Below is a message from Civetti via the Jumbos YouTube page, as well as his thoughts on Saturday’s contest.

Amherst College Football Season Preview (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The fourth week of college football is upon us. However, teams from the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) officially begin their season this weekend.

Amherst College, the league’s defending champion, will begin their title defense on Saturday at home against Hamilton College. Below is a YouTube video from the college’s athletic department, which highlights the team and the season.

Amherst College Football — The Perfect Season/Amherst-Williams Recap

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Amherst College Lord Jeffs football team finished their season undefeated, as well as captured their second NESCAC title, (New England Small College Athletic Conference) in three seasons.

On Saturday, they ended their season with a triumphant 31-18 win at Williams College, and recorded their fourth [8-0] season in school history.

Here’s a video recapping the 126th meeting between Amherst-Williams courtesy of the Amherst College Athletic department.