Mass. College Hoops: Men’s Teams To Watch This Weekend

By Matt Noonan

With the holiday celebrations in the rearview mirror, a majority of local teams will be returning to the court this afternoon and evening for various tournaments or non-conference games.

Here are a few teams that you should keep an eye on as the weekend progresses.

* Holy Cross will invade Boston College’s campus on Saturday afternoon for a non-conference tilt. The Crusaders have won three of their last five and four of their last seven, and have relied heavily on junior Dave Dudzinski, who currently leads the squad with 15.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds.

* Harvard’s experienced a great deal of ups and downs this season, and hasn’t strung together more than two wins. They have a chance to earn their longest winning streak on Saturday evening when they travel to California to face the Golden Bears. Wesley Saunders’ play has improved since last year, and he currently leads the Crimson in points per game (15.8).

* Boston University started their season with five straight losses, but ever since they’ve won five of their last seven. The Terriers netted 24 points in both halves in their most recent loss to Belmont, but will try to rebound with a win on Saturday against Howard in the University of Central Florida Holiday Tournament.

* Northeastern recently snapped its five-game skid with a victory against Central Connecticut State before Christmas. Now the Huskies will look to even their record when they travel to University of Alabama at Birmingham on Saturday.

* Can anyone stop UMass? The Minutemen are on a roll, and have won four of their last five contests. On Saturday they’ll attempt to earn their eighth win against Northern Illinois.

* Assumption College remains the top squad in the Northeast-10, and they’ll attempt to remain where they are with wins against Holy Family and Philadelphia University at the East Region Classic at Stonehill College.

* UMass Lowell is 2-1 in the current month, and will seek to conclude their 2012 slate with a win on Sunday against the University of the District of Columbia.

Noontime 2012 Countdown: 10 Great Moments From Lacrosse Season

Tufts' men's lacrosse team enjoyed a very successful campaign this past year! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts’ men’s lacrosse team enjoyed a very successful campaign this past year! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

One sport that I truly enjoyed covering this past year was lacrosse. And for those that haven’t experienced the “fastest sport on grass,” here are some of my favorite games and headlines from the past few months.

Tufts Claims Their Fourth Consecutive NESCAC Crown: The best word to describe this particular match would be “wild.” It was one of those back-and-fourth contests, which provided two extra sessions, as well as an exciting game-winning goal that lifted the Jumbos past Bowdoin College, 9-8.

Tufts Defeats Amherst, 15-5: This was certainly one of those “statement” wins, as the Jumbos men’s lacrosse team earned a lead, which they never relinquished, and went onto defeat the visiting Lord Jeffs of Amherst College, 15-5.

Curry Wins Frostbite Classic: This was the first lacrosse game we covered in the spring, but it certainly was an exciting contest to kick-start our coverage, as the Colonels netted four goals off 22 shots in the final two frames, and went onto defeat Mount Ida College, 8-5.

Northwestern Rallies Past Ohio State At Gillette Stadium: On a chilly March afternoon, correspondent Hayden Bird and myself were treated to an exciting match, which saw the Wildcats claw past the Buckeyes in overtime.

Endicott Storms By Curry: Against one of the more prolific teams in New England, Curry’s men’s lacrosse team battled the Gulls up to halftime. And despite a one-point differential at the break, the Gulls managed to score seven unanswered goals in the second half en route to their fifth win of the season.

Catholic Memorial Rallies Past Xaverian Brothers: Besides covering college lacrosse, we also covered high school, and behind a strong second half performance, the Knights of Catholic Memorial were able to rally past Xaverian Brothers, 10-6.

Newbert, Spence and Polk Each Record Hat Tricks For Dover-Sherborn: This was certainly a fascinating game, as three members of the Raiders each recorded a hat trick in a non-conference tilt against Cohasset.  

The Former Westwood Wolverine Notches Her 204th Point: Joan O’Neill, who was a member of Westwood High School’s girl’s lacrosse state championship squads in 2005 and 2008, recorded her 204th career point in a Bates College uniform against Tufts University in April.

Wheaton’s Colburn Matches Single-Season Record: Lyons senior Hailey Colburn finished the regular season with 112 points, which matched Therese Ross’ single-season record.

Wheaton Earns First ECAC Crown: They didn’t capture their conference crown, but managed to earn their first ECAC title, as the Wheaton women’s lacrosse team capped off their 2012 campaign with a 20-5 win against Smith College.

Noontime 2012 Countdown: Revisiting Amherst-Williams Basketball Games

By Matt Noonan

One of my fondest memories from this past year was covering the Amherst-Williams men’s and women’s basketball games in Williamstown.

This is a rivalry that certainly lives up to the hype. Its Harvard-Yale, Ohio State-Michigan, and Notre Dame-USC all in one. And on a bone-chilly January evening, I was treated to some great basketball, as well as an exciting ending in the men’s game.

Below I have provided links to my game stories, as well as video interviews and packages from that evening.

Game Stories

Amherst 80, Williams 58 (Women’s Hoops)

Amherst 67, Williams 65 (Men’s Hoops)

Videos

* The final seconds of the men’s game:

* Amherst College’s Aaron Toomey talks about his heroics at the end of the game:

* Both men’s coaches provide their take on the 67-65 outcome:

* Amherst College’s Caroline Stedman talks about her team’s enormous win:

Noontime 2012 Countdown: Program Note

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good morning to everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday and getting excited for 2013!

Over the next few days, including today, we’ll be revisiting some of our favorite games and memories from the past year, but we would love to get your feedback, too.

Was there a certain game we covered that you truly enjoyed? How about an interview or video? If so, let us know via email (NoontimeSports@gmail.com), Facebook or Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog).

Happy Holidays once again and keep your eyes peeled for our first list, which will appear later on the blog!