Mass. College Lax: Wednesday D3 Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

There were a slew of Division 3 contests that occurred this afternoon and below is the various scores and summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

No. 11 Endicott 14, UNE 5: Harrison Cotter recorded a hat trick, as well as provided the Gulls with the lead for good as he broke a 5-5 tie at halftime with a strike in the third quarter, which sparked a 9-0 run. Kyle Weber also recorded a hat trick, while Cameron Bell stopped five shots.

Regis 9, Anna Maria 4: Nicky Rodrigo registered five points (four goals, one assist) and provided the Pride with the lead for good when he netted an early second quarter strike, which sparked a 5-0 run. Lucas Stralka paced the AMCATs with three goals.

Babson 14, Medaille 7: John Harrison registered a hat trick, while Spencer Low, Scott Doten and Kyle Barsalou combined for six goals as the Beavers snapped a three-game skid.  

Women’s Lacrosse

No. 2 Trinity 10, Springfield 4: Emily Fowler recorded two goals, while Heather Raniolo and Michelle Dorsey each recorded one strike, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Pride past the second-ranked Bantams. Raniolo finished with four draw controls, while Dorsey added two helpers.

No. 4 Cortland State 17, Tufts 7: Caroline Ross recorded four points (three goals, one assist), while Kali DiGate and Gabby Horner each recorded two goals, but it wasn’t enough to slay the Red Dragons.

Wesleyan 10, Wheaton 5: Katy Ananian deflected a season-best 16 shots, while Leila Mills registered two goals, but it wasn’t enough for the Lyons to overcome 7-3 halftime deficit.

  

Mass. College Hoops: Locals Earn Spots In Women’s NCAA D3 Tournament

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NCAA released its pairings for the upcoming women’s Division 3 tournament this afternoon, which begins later this week. Six squads from Massachusetts earned spots in the tournament and will begin their quest toward Stevens Points, Wisconsin on Friday, March 7.

Below is a breakdown of each matchup, along with what teams they’ll be facing in the first or second round.

Regis College, which captured its second-straight NECC crown this past weekend, will travel to Montclair State for their first-round contest. If the Pride earns an opening round win, they’ll face the winner of Cabrini-Moravian.

Scranton, Pennsylvania will be the host site for Bridgewater State and Williams College. The Bears will take on Scranton, while the Ephs battle Vassar. The winner of each contest will meet in the second round on Saturday, March 8. Bridgewater State earned an automatic bid to the tournament following a MASCAC Championship win over Framingham State.

Tufts University, which claimed its first NESCAC crown yesterday by defeating Amherst College, will host the first and second rounds. The Jumbos will play St. Joe’s of Maine in the opening round, and of Tufts defeats the Monks, they’ll then take on the winner of University of New England vs. New York University.

Finally, Amherst and Springfield College will square off in the opening round at Hartwick. The Pride earned an automatic bid following yesterday’s win over Smith College in the NEWMAC Championship. The winner of Amherst-Springfield will take on the winner of Hartwick-Baruch.

Mass. College Hockey: ECAC East Unveils Men’s Tournament Pairings

UMass Boston's men's ice hockey team will begin its quest toward an ECAC East crown on Saturday when they host University of New England. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
UMass Boston’s men’s ice hockey team will begin its quest toward an ECAC East crown on Saturday when they host University of New England. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The ECAC East men’s ice hockey tournament pairings were released today and two local squads (Babson College and UMass Boston) will be participating in the eight-team playoff. 

Babson secured the second spot and will face-off against No. 7 Southern Maine on Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at the Babson Skating Rink.

UMass Boston earned the third seed and will host University of New England on Saturday at 3 p.m. Similar to Babson, UMass Boston will host the game at the Clark Athletic Center.

The winner of both contests will meet in the semifinals on Saturday, March 1. No location or time has been announced for that game.

Babson enters the tournament with a 13-3-2 conference mark, while UMass Boston finished with a 9-5-4 record against ECAC East foes.

Mass. College Hockey: UMass Boston Claims Second Straight Manchester P.A.L./Stovepipe Classic Championship

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the UMass Boston sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s ice hockey team, which captured its second straight Manchester P.A.L./Stovepipe Classic Championship against University of New England:

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded the second hat trick of his career and 10 Beacons recorded points to lead UMass Boston men’s hockey (4-1-2) to their second straight Manchester P.A.L./Stovepipe Classic Championship, with a 5-2 win over the University of New England (3-6-1) Sunday afternoon.

The Tournament Most Valuable Player scored two first-period goals to give UMass Boston an early lead and added a goal early in the third period to help the Beacons earn their fifth title in the Stovepipe Classic in the past six years and second straight title win over the Nor’Easters.

Defensemen Cody Dixon (Hales Corner, Wisc.) and Andrew Crawford (Medford, Mass.) joined MacIntyre on the All-Tournament Team.

In a matchup of last year’s tournament final, the Beacons knocked off their ECAC East Conference foe for the second straight season and moved to 11-0-1 against the University of New England all-time. The two teams played four times last season, with UMB finishing 4-0-0, including a 5-2 win in the ECAC East Quarterfinals.

This year’s contest was never in doubt, as UMass Boston raced out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back in extending their winning streak to five in a row.

MacIntyre kicked off the scoring four minutes into the contest, when he took passes from Nathan Milam (Westland, Mich.) and Crawford and roofed it home for an early 1-0 lead.

The Beacons’ leading scorer added his second goal of the game and team-leading seventh-tally of the year on the power-play at 15:56 of the first period. MacIntyre received passes from Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) and Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) and wristed a shot past Nor’Easters goalie Craig Ryan.

Dixon scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal at 2:42 of the second stanza, when he beat Ryan, after taking passes from Sitterley and Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.). The game-winning goal was the first of Dixon’s career and his second goal in seven career contests.

The University of New England got on the scoreboard less than four minutes later, when Cassidy April cut the Beacons’ lead to 3-1 at 6:02 of the period.

UMass Boston pushed the lead back to three at 3:53 of the third, when Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season, off of passes from Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Dan Cornell (Abington, Mass.). After coming into the tournament scoreless in five contests, Kuhn finished the tournament with three points (one goal and two assists).

MacIntyre capped off the Beacons’ five-goal scoring outburst at 6:34, when he beat Ryan to finish off the second hat trick of his career. Sitterley and Daniel each were credited with assists on the play.

Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) moved to 4-1-2 with the win by making 31 saves on 33 shots. Andrews stopped 31 shots in both games of the tournament and allowed just three goals on 65 total shots.

Ryan fell to 0-1-0 after making 30 saves on 35 shots.

UMass Boston and the University of New England won’t have to wait too long for a rematch, as the two teams will meet for the second time in six days, with a Friday night matchup in Biddeford, Maine.

D3 New England ECAC Tournament Weekend Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

A variety of local teams will be competing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) in field hockey, soccer and volleyball semifinals and finals this weekend, and below is this weekend’s schedule.

Field Hockey – Semifinals and Finals will be held at Plymouth State: 

* Semifinal:  No. 1 Plymouth State vs. No. 5 Worcester State, 11 a.m. (Nov. 16) 

* Semifinal: No. 2 UNE vs. No. 3 Bridgewater State, 2 p.m. (Nov. 16)

* Championship: Plymouth State/Worcester State vs. UNE/Bridgewater State, 12 p.m. (Nov. 17)

Men’s Soccer – Semifinals and Finals will be held at Springfield College: 

Semifinal: No. 1 Springfield College vs. No. 4 Norwich University, 12 p.m. (Nov. 16)

Semifinal: No. 2 Lasell vs. No. 3 Worcester State, 2:30 p.m. (Nov. 16)

* Championship: Springfield/Norwich vs. Lasell/Worcester State, 12 p.m. (Nov. 17)

Women’s Soccer – Semifinals and Finals will be held at Albertus Magnus:

Semifinal:  No.1 Roger Williams vs. No. 5 Albertus Magnus, TBD (Nov. 16)

Semifinal:  No. 7 Castelton State vs. No. 3 Wheaton College, TBD (Nov. 16)

Championship: Roger Williams/Albertus Magnus vs. Castleton State/Wheaton (Nov. 17)

Volleyball – Semifinals and Finals will be held at Western New England: 

* Semifinal:  No. 1 Salve Regina vs. No. 4 Smith College, 11 a.m. (Nov. 16)

Semifinal:  No. 2 Western New England vs. No. 3 Endicott College, 1 p.m. (Nov. 16)

* Championship: Salve Regina/Smith College vs. Western New England/Endicott (Nov. 17)

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon/Evening Scoreboard

By Matt Noonan 

There were some very important conference games that occurred this afternoon and below is our afternoon and evening roundup.

Men’s Lacrosse 

Yale 11, Harvard 10 – Despite two late tallies each by Ian Ardrey and Jack Walker, the Crimson still couldn’t complete their comeback as the Bulldogs defeated Harvard in Cambridge. With the loss, Harvard’s season concludes with a 6-8 overall mark.

No. 7 Merrimack 16, Assumption 11 – Greg MeLaugh tied a school-record with nine goals in three quarters as Warriors defeat the Greyhounds and claimed a share of the regular season Northeast-10 crown with Adelphi.

Roger Williams 9, Wentworth 8 (OT) – Ian Powers scored the game-winner 3:08 in overtime to lift the Hawks past the Leopards in the first round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament. With the win, Roger Williams advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against Western New England. Alec Paradis paced Wentworth with five points (three goals, two assists).

Norwich 9, Mount Ida 7 – Ian Thomas halted the Mustangs rally with his third strike of the afternoon at 1:20 in the fourth as the Cadets defeated Mount Ida and claimed the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown. Nick YacuzziMichael Markevich and Phil Pichel netted two goals, respectively, for Mount Ida.

No. 9 Tufts 14, Bate 10 – The Jumbos outscored the Bobcats, 7-2, in the third as Tufts defeated Bates and secured a spot in next weekend’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals. Chris Schoehut led the Powder Blue and White with five goals, while Andrew Fiamengo finished with four goals.

No. 6 Middlebury 19, Amherst 9 – Jon Broome and Scott Redmond each scored two goals in the opening frame, which provided the Panthers the lead for good as Middlebury defeated Amherst and punched its ticket to the NESCAC semifinals. Devin Acton led Amherst with three goals.

UMass Dartmouth 11, Plymouth State 6 – Dennis Healy recorded four points (three goals, one assist), while Justin Lawless and Todd Davis each netted two strikes as the Corsairs defeated the Panthers.

Women’s Lacrosse 

University of New England 11, Gordon 10 – Hannah Tavella‘s 63rd goal of the season at 6:52 in the second lifted the Nor’easters past the Scots in the first round of the CCC tournament. With the win, UNE advances to Wednesday’s semifinals against Endicott College. Jessica Castelline led Gordon with six points (four goals, two assists).

Curry 14, Roger Williams 12 – The Colonels outscored the Hawks, 9-2, in the second half as Curry defeated Roger Williams and secured a date with Western New England on Wednesday in the CCC semifinals. Mel Brickley led Curry with five strikes, while Haley Carey and Deanna Monfredo each finished with hat tricks.

Babson 11, Wheaton 8 – Jameson Sprang netted the go-ahead goal with 5:30 remaining in the second as Beavers defeated the Lyons and punched their ticket to New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. Charlotte De Santis led Wheaton with five points (three goals, two assists), while Sprang finished with a hat trick.

Springfield 14, Mount Holyoke 9 – Michelle DorseyColleen Keeley and Meghan Flanagan each recorded a hat trick as the Pride defeated the Lyons in the NEWMAC semifinals. Mount Ida’s Molly Macdonald led all scorers with four strikes.

No. 1 Trinity 12, Tufts 8 – First-year Molly Cox scored a career-high four goals as the Bantams defeated the Jumbos and secured a spot in next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three strikes.

No. 8 Colby 11, Amherst 3 – The Mules outscored the Lord Jeffs, 8-2, in the second half, which helped them secure a first round win the NESCAC tournament and spot in the semifinals. Caroline HollidayElizabeth Ludlow and Hillary Densen each scored one goal for Amherst.

Worcester State 14, Fitchburg State 13 (OT) – Jackie Connors netted two of her four goals during the extra session as the Lancers defeated the Falcons in their final regular season contest. Jessica Bartlett and Lindsey White paced Fitchburg State with five tallies, respectively.

Mass. College Lax: Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

The Division III lacrosse world happened to be the main spotlight on Tuesday and below is the various afternoon matchup summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Hamilton 8, Williams 7 (OT) – Bryan Hopper scored the game-winning 14 seconds into overtime, which lifted the Continentals to their seventh victory of the season. Williams’ Steven Kiesel and Colton Growney each registered two goals in the setback.

Western New England 11, Wentworth 4 – Adam Knapton recorded a game-best six points (four goals, two assists), while George Knapp added three points (two goals, one assist) as the Golden Bears defeated the Leopards.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Wheaton 15, Babson 12 – Leila Mills poured in a season-high seven goals as the Lyons defeated the Beavers and claimed the NEWMAC regular season championship. Charlotte De Santis and Amy Moreira registered four tallies, respectively, while Jameson Sprang paced Babson with four strikes.

Endicott 20, University of New England 9 – Holly Davis paced all scorers with a season-best 10 points (eight goals, two assists), whole Kelly Tierney recorded six points (four goals, six assists) as the Gulls defeated the Nor’easters in Maine.

Curry College 21, Salve Regina 15 – Ana Bottary registered 10 points (seven goals, three assists), Haley Carey netted eight strikes as the Colonels defeated the Seahawks and earned their 11th win of the season.

Conn. College 8, Springfield 6 – The Camels erased a four-goal deficit at the break as they rallied past the Pride in Springfield. The Pride, who recorded six tallies in the first session, was held scoreless for the final 30 minutes. Michelle Dorsey led Springfield with a hat trick.