Wheaton College Returns Home From D3 Baseball Championship

Wheaton’s Baseball team returned to the Norton campus on Thursday, and celebrated their second place finish with friends and family! (Photo Credit: Dan Libon for Noontime Sports)

By Dan Libon 

NORTON, MA – Even though Wheaton College’s baseball team didn’t win their first Div. III National Championship, they were still winners in the eyes of their fans.

Greeted by friends, family, and members of the Wheaton College community on Thursday, the Lyons received a hero’s welcome as they returned to campus with a police and fire escort.

The 15th Lyons baseball season concluded with a conference and regional crown, but not a World Series victory. Wheaton finished the tournament in second place for the second time in six seasons, as the Lyons lost to Marietta College in two back-to-back contests.

Eric Podbelski addresses fans on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Dan Libon)

President Ronald Crutcher greeted the young men with some wise words once they returned to their home diamond, as well as commended all of their various accomplishments on and off the diamond, too.

“I just want to say to the members of the Wheaton baseball team how proud we all are of the way you represented us,” stated Crutcher. “I know you’ve all worked incredibly hard this year to accomplish what you’ve accomplished. I also know that you’re disappointed that you didn’t win the national championship but I want you to know [that] I’m incredibly proud of the way you’ve supported yourself. I’m incredibly proud of the skills that you’ve gained working as a team under the great leadership of coach [Eric] Podbelski.”

Crutcher also claimed that he tried to watch the game on his phone during a meeting of the NEWMAC presidents, but got caught after he was unable to mute the volume.

Eric Podbelski, who has been Wheaton’s skipper for all 15 seasons, was grateful by the support of the town and college community.

“I was overwhelmed while we were in Mansfield, Connecticut, and then Wisconsin with the amount of support [via] emails, [and] texts that we got probably from many of you that are here, but many others connected to Wheaton somehow that really seem to grab on to what his team was doing,” exclaimed Podbelski.

The Lyons earned three consecutive wins against St. Thomas, SUNY Cortland and Webster before falling to Marietta twice in the championship round.

Mass High School Lax: Framingham 7, Marshfield 6 2OT

By Brian Willwerth 

MARSHFIELD, MA – Wednesday afternoon’s boy’s lacrosse tournament game between Marshfield and Framingham had everything you could want: tension, great plays, great goaltending, and a flair for the dramatic.

It wasn’t until 27 remained on the clock in the second overtime that the Flyers defeated the Rams, 7-6.

This was a game in which Framingham never trailed.  The Flyers got three goals from Joe Igoe and two more from Mike Stearns. The duo tallied quick scores in the third quarter after Marshfield had cut the lead to one. But once Framingham got its three-goal lead in the third quarter, the rest of the scoring in regulation belonged to the home team. The Rams scored once in the third and twice more in the fourth to tie the game at six.

The overtime periods were filled with tense play – with players fighting for loose balls left and right.  The flyers goal in the closing seconds of the second OT period sends them to the next round, where they’ll face top-seeded Duxbury on Friday.

Daily Noontime – May 30, 2012

Daniel Nava drove in three runs on Tuesday, as Boston defeated Detroit, 6-3! (Photo Credit: CTPost.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s “hump day,” which means this week is somewhat over, right? OK… OK… here are some headlines, news and stories from the city of champions.

* The Boston Red Sox earned their 25th win of the season on Tuesday, as they defeated the Detroit Tigers, 6-3. David Ortiz cranked his 11th home run and 18th double of the season, while Daniel Nava recorded three RBIs. Also, Daniel Bard picked up his fifth win on the bump by tossing 5.1 innings and yielding five hits and two earned runs. Bard also recorded four strikeouts before he was relieved in the sixth for Rich Hill.

* Boston has now won 12 games at Fenway Park this season, and will attempt to even their home record on Wednesday against the Tigers — Jon Lester faces Drew Smyly — first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.

* According to reports — Carl Crawford is two weeks away from throwing. The Sox outfielder has apparently tallied 60 swings of a tee, but is 10 days away from being able to test the arm, which he believes will be the “true test.”

* The New England Patriots announced on Tuesday that they released the 2007 first-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts, Anthony Gonzalez. The wide out, who was a free agent this past winter, has been hampered by injuries and hoped to revive his career in New England.

* Finally, the Boston Celtics will attempt to even their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Miami Heat on Wednesday — tip is scheduled for 8:30PM.

Daily Noontime – May 29, 2012

Miami’s Dwyane Wade and LeBron stole the show in Game No. 1, as the Heat defeated the Boston Celtics, 93-79! (Photo Credit: WBUR.org)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into this Tuesday edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kickstart the four-day work week with some headlines and news from the city of Boston, and state of Massachusetts.

* Miami held Boston to 15 points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth, as the Heat defeated the Celtics in Game No. 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 93-79. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 54 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and five blocks, while Kevin Garnett paced the Celtics with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

* Miami and Boston will return to the hardwood on Wednesday for Game No. 2 at 8:30pm. With Monday’s win, the Heat currently lead the series, 1-0.

* After Monday’s contest concluded — Ray Allen told the media that he’s battling with his inner self to work hard and overcome the bone spurs in his ankle. He told WEEI’s Paul Flannery, “There’s nothing really to talk about. It’s like a battle within myself that I have to try and win. You always talk, if it was the playoffs would you play? It’s the playoffs.”

* The Boston Red Sox concluded their Memorial Day Weekend with a 7-4 victory against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. Felix Doubront earned his fifth win of the season on the bump, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia finished the contest 2-4 with two runs, a home run and an RBI.

* Boston is now 24-24, and will attempt to earn their 25th win of the season and 12th at home on Tuesday against Detroit — Daniel Bard opposes Justin Verlander — first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.

* Prior to Monday’s contests — the Red Sox continued their 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park by recognizing Trot Nixon. The original dirt dog sported his No. 7 home white jersey, and tossed the out the ceremonial first pitch.

PHOTOS: Men’s Lax Final Four At Gillette Stadium

By NoontimeSports.com 

The final weekend of men’s lacrosse season concluded on Monday at Gillette Stadium, as Loyola University defeated the University of Maryland, 9-3. The win marked the Greyhounds first National Championship in school history

Below are some pictures from the weekend’s final four matches, as well as the championship.

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