New England D3 Notebook: Eastern Conn. State Starts New Year With Win Over Amherst

Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy 2017, everyone!

I hope the New Year is treating you (and your family and friends) well.

It has been a while since I pumped out a New England D3Hoops notebook, so my goal for the remainder of the season to publish at least one (maybe two) per week.

Let’s kick off this notebook with a big win from Connecticut earlier this week where the Eastern Connecticut State University men’s basketball scored an impressive win over Amherst College. Senior Hugh Lindo helped the Warriors secure their eighth win of the season by tallying 21 points, while pulling down 14 rebounds.

One of Lindo’s 21 points happened to be his 1,000th point of his career.

Lindo became the program’s all-time leading rebounder last month when the Warriors defeated Southern Maine. He currently leads the unit with 159 caroms.

Eastern Connecticut has won four consecutive contests, dating back to an 89-72 win last month over Eastern at the Hoop Miami Holiday Slam. Additionally, the Warriors have captured six of their last seven games and will look to extend their current winning streak to five-straight wins when they host Plymouth State on Saturday, January 7 with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Could the Babson College women’s basketball team be the ‘team to beat’ in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)?

I think so!

The Beavers rebounded after a tough loss a few days ago – technically, last year (December) – by starting the New Year with a 65-47 win over WPI.

The game, which was held in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a rematch of last year’s tournament final.

Junior Brenna LeGacy led the Green and White with 18 points, while the Beavers combined for 12 of 13 free throws en route to their 10th win of the season. Babson is now 34-21 all-time against WPI and has won 16 of their last 18 meetings against the Engineers, according to yesterday’s release.

Babson will look to capture their fifth-straight NEWMAC contest on Saturday when they host Mount Holyoke.

Staying in the NEWMAC, the Springfield College men’s basketball team scored an impressive win last night, defeating WPI, 71-63. The win was the Pride’s fourth-straight victory, dating back to their initial win of their current steak over Amherst.

First-year Jake Ross helped the Pride earn their initial league win by netting 29 points (that matched his career-high point total), while adding seven rebounds, five steals and a quartet of swipes.

Ross was tabbed this week’s NEWMAC Co-Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.

Springfield also received career-best 25 points from junior Andy McNulty – 15 of his 25 points came from beyond the arc.

Springfield is my pick to challenge Babson for the NEWMAC crown – I am expecting the Pride and Beavers to reach the league championship, but let’s not forget about MIT and WPI – both teams could also appear in the league’s finale, too.

The Endicott College men’s basketball team has yet to lose a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tilt this season. Recently, they defeated Wentworth, 76-67, to bump their league record to 4-0.

This evening, the Gulls host Gordon College, which lost a heartbreaker to Nichols College on Tuesday. Nichols and Endicott are tied for first place in the conference, but keep an eye on the Fighting Scots over the next few weeks.

Following their contest against Gordon, Endicott will hit the road for a pair of league tilts, beginning Saturday at Western New England followed by a visit to Salve Regina next Wednesday.

Prior to their win over Wentworth, Endicott captured the Salem State Holiday Classic, defeating both Regis College and Southern Maine. The win over the Pride provided head coach Kevin Bettencourt with his 50th career victory with the Gulls.

Looking for a good game to watch online (or follow via live stats) this evening? Tune into Roger Williams versus University of New England women’s basketball with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

A few coaches have told me the Hawks should be a ‘team to watch’ over the next few weeks – don’t be shocked if they crack our Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

A win over the Nor’easters would be Roger Williams’ first win since edging University of New England in overtime on February 21, 2015.

Senior Bridget Quilty and junior Anna Walther have paced the Blue and Gold’s offense, netting 151 and 128 points, respectively. Quilty also leads the team in rebounds with 67, while junior Mariah Nichols is second with 59.

Have a question or thought or opinion? Let us know by sending us either a tweet or tweet message to @NoontimeSports or @MattNoonan11

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