Mass. College Lax: D3 Conference Semifinals Roundup (#d3lax)

By NoontimeSports.com

There were a few Division 3 conference tournament semifinals that took place this afternoon and below are their outcomes and game summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Endicott 25, Salve Regina 5: Kyle Weber and Nick Pinciaro combined for eight goals and five helpers as the Gulls soared past the Seahawks and punched their ticket to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship on Saturday.

Western New England 16, Roger Williams 12: Leading the Hawks by seven goals after three quarters, the Golden Bears were forced to fend off a late rally, which secured them a spot in Saturday’s conference championship against the Gulls. Keegan Dudeck paced Western New England with seven points on four assists and three tallies.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Endicott 15, Gordon 7: Callie Murphy registered six points on three goals and three helpers as the Gulls defeated the Fighting Scots and secured a spot in the CCC Championship on Saturday. Anna Blomberg led Gordon with four points on three goals and one assist.

Roger Williams 19, Western New England 11: Deven Machette recorded seven points on five goals and two assists, as the Hawks defeat the Golden Bears in the CCC semifinals and punched its ticket to the conference finals on Saturday. Western New England’s Jessica Scannapieco and Taylor Scialdone combined for seven goals and one helper.

Regis 20, Elms 8: Teresa Busiek recorded four goals and one assist as the Pride defeated the Blazers in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) semifinals. Elms’ Jillian Pirog and Kayla Narey each netted hat tricks in the setback. With the win, Regis advances to the conference championship on Saturday.

Becker 13, Wheelock 7: Ashley Mossey jumpstarted a 5-0 run at 18:26 in the second half, which helped the Hawks go onto defeat the Wildcats in NECC semifinal action. Victoria Belcher led Becker with a hat trick, while Wheelock’s Molly Centore led all scorers with four tallies.

Mass. College Lax: Babson, Springfield To Meet In The NEWMAC Championship

Babson's Brendan Coan recorded one of two first quarter goals for the Beavers. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Babson College’s Brendan Coan netted one goal against MIT on Wednesday evening in the NEWMAC semifinals. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Babson College men’s lacrosse team punched its ticket to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship with a 10-6 victory over MIT on Wednesday evening in the rain.

“They’re a strong team,” said Babson’s Alex Packer, who finished the contest with three points on two helpers and one strike. “It was definitely a good win for us, we worked hard (this evening).”

Babson’s Matthew Logan and Alex Bunick netted two tallies, respectively, while Adam Daroff and Giles Ober combined for five stops.

Harris Stolzenberg, who leads the conference and MIT in goals (39), recorded three points on two assists and one strike, while Graham Francis netted two tallies, both coming in the second half. Eric Bartell, who leads the NEWMAC in saves (181), concluded the evening with 11 stops.

The Beavers earned a 2-0 lead thanks to back-to-back first quarter tallies from Spencer Low and Brendan Coan before MIT sliced the deficit with a marker from Luke Verdi. Babson responded at 4:25 in the second quarter with a Scott Doten strike, which provided the hosts with a 3-1 lead at the break.

MIT evened the score at 3-3 with early third quarter strikes from Graham Francis and Stolzenberg, but Babson answered with back-to-back goals by Logan and Packer that pushed the Beavers ahead 5-3.

Henry Merrow brought the Engineers within one with 13:24 remaining in the final session, but that’d be the closest MIT would get as Babson used a 4-0 run, sparked by Bunick that pushed the Beavers ahead for good.

“The looks were there and they were open, but we weren’t catching them in the first half, but the second half we really clicked back in and put them in the goal,” said Packer.

Babson outshot MIT, 41-21 and won the battle of groundballs, 45-39. The Engineers won 10 of 18 face-offs, highlighted by Britt Cyr, who led all players at X.

“We played reasonably well, but we just couldn’t make enough plays in the end,” said MIT head coach Walter Alessi. “(Our guys) played to their ability and even above, but (Babson) just made a few more plays… but the kids played hard right to the end.”

With the win, the Beavers will travel to Springfield on Saturday to face-off against the Pride in a Pilgrim League Championship rematch from last season.

“We’ve got to continue to fight and continue to claw and try to go for 60 minutes and give them every little bit that we have because if we don’t we won’t have another opportunity,” said Babson head coach Brendan Gorman.

Springfield 13, Clark 3: The Pride used a 6-0 run spanning the first and second quarters that helped Springfield overcome a 2-0 deficit and go onto defeat the Cougars in the NEWMAC semifinals.

Bryce Serriello led Springfield with four tallies, while Dylan Sheehan registered two goals and two assists. Connor Nash, who started the game in net, turned away seven of nine shots.

Clark’s Nick Johnson and John Goracy combined for three helpers and one tally in the setback.

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton’s Kiablick, Soucier Highlights NEWMAC WLAX All-Conference Honors

By NoontmeSports.com 

The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team received some exciting news today as head coach Emily Kiablick was selected as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year, while senior co-capatin Devon Soucier was selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference first team. For more on these exciting achievements, here’s this afternoon’s release courtesy of the Wheaton sports information department:

NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College women’s lacrosse senior Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) was named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference first team and head coach Emily Kiablick was selected as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year to highlight the list of honorees for the Lyons.

Kiablick claims her second career NEWMAC Coach of the Year award after guiding Wheaton to its second-straight undefeated regular season title (14-0) and first conference championship since 2004, third overall. In six seasons at the helm of the program, Kiablick has compiled a 56-52 overall record and a 24-13 mark in conference play. The Lyons have also qualified for the NEWMAC Tournament in every season Kiablick has coached and captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship in 2012.

With her third career selection to the All-Conference first team, Soucier becomes just the sixth student-athlete in program history to earn three All-Conference selections joining Lauren Maynes ’04Vanessa Pisano ’05,A.J. Vasiliou ’05Meredith Hurt ’08 and Hailey Colburn ’12 on the list. Maynes, Pisano and Vasiliou are the only student-athletes in program history to claim four-career All-Conference accolades.

Soucier will enter the NCAA Tournament later this May ranked second all-time in draw controls (165), third in caused turnovers (122) and ninth in ground balls (167). Among all NEWMAC student-athletes this season, Soucier ranks third in caused turnovers (26), fourth in draw controls (65) and fifth in ground balls (42).

Seniors Hayley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) and Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) round out the list of award winners for Wheaton as the trio was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference second team.

Bright was a key component to the Lyons’ success on the defense this season as the senior collected 28 ground balls, caused 12 turnovers and won four draw controls in addition to scoring five goals on six shots on offense. In her career, Bright has played in 71 games, amassed ten goals and eight assists for 18 points, scooped up 71 ground balls, caused 35 turnovers and registered 26 draw controls.

Mills picks up her second-career NEWMAC All-Conference selection after earning Player of the Year honors and a first team nod last season. In 2014, Mills tallied 33 goals and eight assists for 41 points to finish 12th, 21st and 18th in the NEWMAC, respectively.

Sabol, the 2014 NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, ranked in the top-10 in several offensive and defensive categories this past season to claim her first-career NEWMAC All-Conference selection. Offensively, Sabol ranked third in points (74) and assists (24) and seventh in goals (50), while she also ranked third in ground balls (45), seventh in caused turnovers (21) and 14th in draw controls (36) on the defensive end.

In two games played in the NEWMAC Tournament, Sabol notched three goals, two assists, nine ground balls, 12 draw controls and three caused turnovers. In the championship game alone, Sabol netted one goal, dished out two assists, scooped up four ground balls, won nine draw controls – including seven-straight to begin the contest – and caused two turnovers.

Wheaton (13-6, 7-0 NEWMAC), who has has earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, now awaits its seeding fate on Sunday, May 4 when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 9:30 p.m. (EST). The Lyons will enter the NCAA Tournament one victory shy of tying the second highest wins total in a single season set in 2012 (14-6).

Mass. College Football: Nine Harvard Scholar-Athletes Tabbed To NFF Hampshire Honor Society

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Harvard University Athletic Communication office, here’s yesterday’s release about nine Scholar-Athletes that were selected to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society:

DALLAS, Texas – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2014  NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. Harvard y was well-represented as nine Crimson players earned recognition.

Harvard seniors Andrew Berg, Joshua Boyd, Cameron Brate, Danny Frate, Reynaldo Kirton, David Mothander, Nnamdi Obukwelu, Michael Pruneau and Austin Taylor garnered nods.

“We continue to raise the bar each year for the number of student-athletes who qualify for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hampshire Honor Society plays an important role in highlighting that college football players clearly play a leadership role in the classroom as well as on the playing field. We congratulate each of these young men for their commitment to excellence.”

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,927 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007. The 2014 class of 838 players represents a new high water mark for members, eclipsing the old record mark by 117 student-athletes.

“We have honored more than 4,900 student-athletes in the last eight years thanks to Jon Hanson’s generosity,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, “We are grateful for his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow’s leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.”

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft)  at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;

  • Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
  • Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization’s rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach Earl “Red” Blaik, the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player’s combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $10.4 million to 787 top scholars and community leaders.

Currently, the NFF distributes more than $300,000 a year at the national level through the program to 16 individuals. Each winner of a National Scholar-Athlete Award receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Additionally, the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth and hosted at the New York Athletic Club, is given to one member of each year’s class as the absolute best. The winner of the Campbell Trophy, claimed by All-American guard John Urschel (Penn State) in 2013, receives a total scholarship of $25,000 and a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy. Through, its chapter network, the NFF also awards an additional $1.3 million to local high school student-athletes, bringing the NFF’s annual scholarship distribution total to more than $1.6 million.

Mass. College Lax: Bentley To Host So. N. H. In NE-10 First Round

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Bentley University men’s lacrosse team will host Southern New Hampshire tomorrow evening in the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament. And courtesy of the Bentley sports information department, here’s this evening’s release, a preview of the game:

WALTHAM, Mass. – The 2014 Northeast-10 Men’s Lacrosse Championship gets underway on Tuesday night, and the fourth-seeded Bentley Falcons will host fifth-seeded Southern New Hampshire at 7:00 pm.

The Falcons enter the postseason with records of 7-6 overall and 7-4 in the Northeast-10, and the Penmen sport marks of 7-7 and 6-5. Bentley is making its 12 appearance in the Northeast-10 playoffs in the last 14 seasons, and 16th time under head coach Jim Murphy.

The only previous postseason meeting between the two programs came in 2009, with Bentley winning a first round matchup 13-5. The Penmen won the regular season meeting this year, 8-7 on April 16. In that one, Southern attacker Cameron Joyce broke a 7-7 tie with 5:03 remaining for the winning goal.

Bentley enters the postseason with one of the stingiest defenses in Division II. They allow just 7.33 goals per game, which is seventh overall and second in the NE-10. A big part of that has been the work of goalie Josh Baker (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), whose .594 save percentage is fourth in the NE-10 and 7.98 goals against average is fifth. Also instrumental has been the play of, among others, Billy Sweeney (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City)Connor Raffety (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and T.A. Demoulas (Lowell, Mass./Middlesex School).

Offensively, attackers Cutler Dimond (Marblehead, Mass./Tabor Academy) and Matt Brigham (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey) lead the team in goals with 21 and 17, respectively. Freshmen David Phelps (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and John Wheeler (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) added to the attack with 15 and 10 goals each. Wheeler also boasts a team-high 10 assists.

Southern counters with two of the NE-10’s leading goal scorers in junior Jeremy Buckley and Joyce. Buckley ranks eighth in the conference with 33 goals, and Joyce is 12th with 27. Senior Rob Murray is the team’s top distributor with 18 assists.

In goal, senior Morgan Weireter has started all 14 games and sports a .583 save percentage with an 11.02 GAA.

The other first round game on Tuesday pits third-seeded Merrimack against sixth-seeded Saint Anselm. The top two seeds, Adelphi and Le Moyne, received byes to Friday’s semifinals. The Bentley/SNHU winner will head to Long Island to play Adelphi, and the Merrimack/Saint Anselm winner heads to Syracuse to take on Le Moyne. The championship game is Sunday afternoon.