The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team, which captured last season’s NEWMAC regular season crown, will look to earn its first win of 2014 tomorrow when the Lyons host Salve Regina at 3 p.m.
Below is a season preview video, featuring Noontime Sports’ Matt Noonan, who caught up with head coach Emily Kiablick to discuss the Lyons’ season outlook. The video can be found on Wheaton College Athletics’ YouTube Channel.
The Northeast-10 Conference commenced its 2014 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this evening and below are the local scores and summaries.
So. NH 68, AIC 53: Trailing 25-20 at the break, the Penmen rallied by outscoring the Yellow Jackets, 48-28, en route to a 13-point first-round victory. With the win, Southern New Hampshire will travel to Southern Connecticut State University on Sunday, March 2 for a 3 p.m. tip-off. AIC was led by Spencer Braithwaite, who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Jason Perrier and Janek Schmidkunz each recorded 12 points, respectively.
Bentley 93, Saint Rose 79: Keegan Hyland poured in a game-best 25 points, while Andrew Shaw added 24 points as the Falcons soared past the Golden Knights. Bentley will return to the hardwood on Sunday, as they travel to New Hampshire to take on St. A’s, tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Gordon College and Nichols College will contend for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown tomorrow when the Bison host the Lord Jeffs for a 1 p.m. tip-off in Dudley. Below is a game preview, courtesy of the Nichols sports information department:
DUDLEY, Mass. – The Nichols College men’s basketball team will play for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship for the first time in school history Saturday afternoon when they host Gordon College at 2 p.m. at the Nichols Athletic Center.
Fresh off last night’s thrilling 83-80 overtime win against No. 4 seed Salve Regina, the top-seeded Bison welcome a Fighting Scots team which defeated Roger Williams in the quarterfinals on Tuesday and Wentworth in the semifinals last night. Gordon – which is seeded No. 3 in the tournament – brings a record of 16-10 to Dudley.
Nichols, meanwhile, is riding a seven-game win streak and continues to extend its program-record for wins, which stands at 22 entering tomorrow’s tilt. The Bison defeated Western New England 73-54 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday before rallying from a 10-point second-half deficit to eliminate the Seahawks, who ended the Bison’s season in both 2009 and 2012. Senior and CCC Player of the Year Ryan Sheehan (North Attleboro, Mass.) poured in a team-high 24 points while classmate Sam Horning (Falmouth, Maine) added 14 points – including the go-ahead three-pointer midway through overtime.
The Fighting Scots are led by junior and CCC Defensive Player of the Year Hans Miersma (Whittinsville, Mass.), who tallied eight points and 11 rebounds against the Leopards. Junior Jason Dempsey (Wallingford, Conn.) led all Gordon student-athletes with 18 points while senior Park Thomas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) registered 12 points and seven dimes.
The winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Nichols is asking all fans to wear black and help ‘Blackout’ the gymnasium.
Our weekly Noontime Sports Lacrosse Podcast returned for a second season as host Matt Noonan and Regis College men’s lacrosse head coach Josh Blumenthal recapped the past few weeks, as well as looked ahead to tomorrow’s slate.
Noonan and Blumenthal chatted about the various Division 1 teams, which have already played two or three contests, as well as some of the Division 2 or 3 teams, which have recorded a game or two, too. Also, the guys discuss the Pride’s outlook for 2014.
The next lacrosse podcast will be posted next Tuesday, March 4. As always, make sure to circle back for scoreboards and roundups throughout the weekend and week.