New England D3 Hoops: Dana Barros Named Newbury College Men’s Basketball Coach

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By Matt Noonan 

Friday was an exciting day for the former Boston Celtic guard Dana Barros, who was tabbed the Newbury College men’s basketball head coach.

Barros will begin his initial season with the Nighthawks next Tuesday, April 19. He succeeds Jelani Townsell, who resigned at the conclusion of this past season.

“Dana brings a truly rare combination of passion, leadership, dedication to his community and basketball knowledge that set him apart from the pool of great candidates we spoke with,” Newbury College President Dr. Joseph L. Chillo said in the institution’s press release.

“Newbury is proud to welcome one of Boston’s best homegrown talents to our campus.”

Barros grew up in Boston, attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood and played college basketball at Boston College. He was a first-round draft by the Seattle Supersonics – now the Oklahoma City Thunder – in 1989, but spent five seasons with the Celtics (1995-2000).

“I love Boston. I was born here, I was raised here, I went to school here and I enjoyed my greatest professional successes as a member of the Celtics,” Barros said in the press release. “I have been looking for the opportunity to build a D-III program in the greater-Boston area, where I can impact the lives of local student-athletes and help shape their futures.”

Barros will inherit a young roster heading into next season, including rising junior Jeduan Langston, who paced the Green and Gold with 18.4 points per game. Rising sophomore Kyle Joseph led the unit with 9.5 rebounds per game.

New England D3Lax Notebook: Endicott, Western New England Highlight Busy Saturday Slate

Will Jennings and the Gulls will host Western New England on Saturday in a CCC Tournament Final rematch. (Photo Credit: Endicott College Athletics)

Will Jennings and the Gulls will host Western New England on Saturday in a CCC Tournament Final rematch. (Photo Credit: Endicott College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Saturday will be a jam-packed day of NCAA Division III lacrosse with some important conference tilts.

One game in particular to keep an eye on is Western New England visiting Endicott men’s lacrosse with face-off set for 3:00 p.m.

The Gulls enter this crucial Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tilt on a two-game winning streak after defeating Gordon (19-5) and Curry (14-8). The Golden Bears have won seven of 10 contests this season, including a trio of conference games.

Last season, the Gulls defeated the Golden Bears in Springfield before edging them in the conference tournament championship, 13-12. Kyle Weber netted the Gulls’ final goal with 2:09 remaining to provide the hosts with a 13-9 advantage.

Western New England trimmed the deficit during the final minute, netting a trio of markers in 29 seconds, but Endicott halted the comeback with a face-off win by Tommy Hughes.

The win marked the Gulls’ first conference crown since the 2011 season.

A win for either team would most likely position them for the top spot in the CCC tournament. Yet, an addition team to keep an eye on down the stretch in the CCC is Roger Williams, which has won three of four league games. The Hawks lone conference setback occurred earlier this week when they fell to the Golden Bears, 11-7.

Roger Williams is also in action tomorrow, facing Trinity in a non-conference clash with face-off scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Switching gears to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), Emmanuel and Saint Joseph’s (Maine) remain the two women’s lacrosse teams without a single conference blemish. The Saints of Emmanuel have won four straight, including a trio of conference tilts.

Sarah Higgins and the Saints host Norwich on Saturday in an important GNAC clash. (Photo Credit: Emmanuel College Athletics)

Sarah Higgins and the Saints host Norwich on Saturday in an important GNAC clash. (Photo Credit: Emmanuel College Athletics)

In their most recent win against Lasell, Sarah Higgins registered eight points on seven goals and one helper. The senior midfielder from Groveland, Massachusetts has had an extremely impressive season, tallying eight points in a pair of games, along with a season-high nine points (four goals, five assists) in a 19-0 victory against University of Saint Joseph (Conn.).

Higgins currently leads the Blue and Gold in points (41), goals (26) and assists (15). In addition to her offensive output, she is also first on the team in draw controls (46), ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (51).

Saint Joseph’s Elyse Caiazzo leads the conference with 38 goals. She has helped the Monks capture back-to-back contests against Maine Maritime Academy and Albertus Magnus where she combined for eight goals one helper.

As a unit, the Monks rank first in the conference in goals (138) and goals per game (13.80). Johnson & Wales is second in goals (125) and goals per game (12.50), while Lasell is third with 117 goals and 11.70 goals per contest.

Emmanuel and Saint Joseph’s will meet in Maine on Tuesday, April 19 with opening draw set for 8:00 p.m. That contest could determine the regular season champion.

New England D3 Lax Notebook: Keep An Eye On NEWMAC Play This Weekend

Clark's Will Mandracchia and the Cougars host Wheaton in a NEWMAC evening tilt Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Clark Athletics)

Clark’s Will Mandracchia and the Cougars host Wheaton in a NEWMAC evening tilt Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Clark Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

The first day of April usually marks the beginning (or return) to conference play in NCAA Division III lacrosse.

One particular conference to keep an eye on this weekend is the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), which features a men’s tournament championship rematch between Babson and Springfield in Babson Park. Face-off is scheduled for 12 p.m.

In addition to Babson-Springfield, Clark will host Wheaton, Massachusetts Maritime Academy will travel to Emerson, while U.S. Coast Guard Academy entertains MIT.

Clark has been an exciting story this season as the Cougars have raced out to a 7-1 record. And despite falling to Wesleyan one week ago, the Cougars have earned some impressive wins against UMass Dartmouth, Plymouth State and Skidmore.

The Cougars made history on March 16th when they became the initial team in program history to start a campaign with five straight wins. Clark defeated Salve Regina that evening by a score of 18-6.

Junior Nick Johnson has enjoyed a successful third season with the Scarlett and White, netting 16 goals, while dishing out a team-high 18 assists for 34 points. Sophomore Will Mandracchia is tied with Johnson for points, but leads the unit with 21 goals – the second most goals recorded by a NEWMAC player.

Keep an eye on Clark-Wheaton tomorrow – this game will be played under the lights with face-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Lyons enter their initial conference tilt at 4-4 overall, but earned an impressive come-from-behind win last weekend against UMass Dartmouth. Sophomore Scott Whear registered his initial hat trick of the season in the three-point victory over the Corsairs.

MIT and Springfield will square off in a women’s conference championship rematch with the Pride hosting the contest tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.

Senior Kira Schott shattered the MIT women’s lacrosse program’s record for points in a career by finishing her team’s last outing with four goals and two helpers. In three and a half seasons with the Cardinal and Gray, Schott has registered 217 points on 168 goals and 49 assists. She is currently third in the conference with 31 points this season.

Springfield concluded the month of March with a 12-6 win over Wellesley. The Pride are 2-1 at home this season and averaging close to 12 goals per contest.

Sophomore Shelby Corsano leads the unit with 29 points on 22 goals and seven helpers, while senior Bianca Raniolo is second with 27 points on 16 helpers and 11 markers.

In addition to MIT-Springfield, Babson visits Mount Holyoke, Emerson heads to Smith and U.S. Coast Guard Academy takes on Wheaton in Norton, Massachusetts.