Boston Cannons Remain Focused On Winning A MLL Championship

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Members of the Boston Cannons pose for a picture during the team’s Media Day, which was held on Monday, March 26th at the Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. (PHOTO CREDT: Reed Smith’s Photography)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Coach Sean Quirk said on Monday that the Boston Cannons’ focus for the 2018 season is to compete for a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) championship.

Boston hasn’t won a MLL crown since defeating the Hamilton Nationals in 2011 (the Cannons scored a 10-9 win in Annapolis, Maryland), but Quirk and his team seem optimistic about accomplishing their goal this upcoming season.

“Our number one focus, challenge and goal going into (a new) season is to compete for a MLL championship, “said Quirk during Monday’s Boston Cannons Media Day.

“It is certainly a realistic goal (and) one that we know our staff and players believe they can achieve.”

For Boston to achieve its preseason goal of winning its first MLL crown since 2011, they will need to get off to a strong start. Boston is one of nine teams that competes in the MLL, so early season wins are critical for any squad in the league that hopes to compete for a title in late August.

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Boston Cannons coach Sean Quirk speaks to members of the media during the squad’s Media Day, which was held on Monday, March 26th at the Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reed Smith’s Photography)

“It’s critical,” Quirk said of getting off to a good start.

“In any sport (or) any league, but particularly in the MLL because there are nine teams (in the league and) four make the playoffs, so those early games before teams start to get their NLL (National Lacrosse League) guys and their draft pick guys are critical, so those early season wins are important just like any game throughout the season.”

Last season, Boston secured an opening day win over the Florida Launch, but struggled over the next few weeks, dropping close games to the Atlanta Blaze, Chesapeake Bayhawks and Rochester Rattlers (now the Dallas Rattlers) before returning to the win column in its fifth game against the New York Lizards.

Boston did defeat the Denver Outlaws a few weeks after its second win over New York, but never returned to the win column afterward – the squad would drop its final five contests, including a 21-9 setback to Rochester in mid-July.

An opening day win next month against the Charlotte Hounds would certainly be a great way for the Cannons to start a new campaign.

Boston recently began preparations for its upcoming season last weekend at Endicott College, but will reconvene in a few weeks for two more practices before heading to Charlotte on Saturday, April 21st.

“We certainly feel really good going into any new season, but I think that training camp from this past weekend showed that we have a lot of pieces there to certainly compete for a championship and keep getting better,” said Quirk.

Following the team’s opener against the Hounds, the Cannons will visit Atlanta on Saturday, April 28th before welcoming Dallas to Harvard Stadium on Saturday, May 5th.

Noontime’s 2018 MLB Season Predictions

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Ah, the return of baseball – welcome back, Major League Baseball (MLB) … you have been missed!

In anticipation of a brand new season, which gets underway tomorrow with the Chicago Cubs visiting the Miami Marlins, here are my picks for the 2018 year, including who will win the World Series – or at least an attempt. Please be kind on social media, everyone! 🙄

Make sure to follow our brand new baseball Twitter handle: @Noontime_BSB


American League Predictions 

New York Yankees

American League East

Cleveland Indians 

American League Central

Houston Astros

American League West

Boston Red Sox 

American League Wild Card (1)

Minnesota Twins

American League Wild Card (2)


National League Predictions 

Washington Nationals

National League East

Chicago Cubs 

National League Central 

Los Angeles Dodgers 

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks

National League Wild Card (1)

New York Mets 

National League Wild Card (2)


American League Postseason Predictions

Boston over Minnesota 

AL Wild Card 

New York over Boston

AL Divisional Round 

Cleveland over Houston 

AL Divisional Round 

New York over Cleveland 

AL Championship Series 


National League Postseason Predictions

Arizona over New York

NL Wild Card 

Washington over Arizona 

NL Divisional Round

Los Angeles over Chicago Cubs 

NL Divisional Round 

Los Angeles over Washington

NL Championship Series 


World Series Prediction

New York over Los Angeles

Six Game Series: 4-2 Yankees 

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, March 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which finds Amherst College in the top position followed by Tufts University and Wesleyan University. The Mammoths secured the top spot for the second-straight week with convincing wins over Endicott College and Hamilton College. This week, Amherst will face-off against both Middlebury College and Springfield College.

Tufts scored a pair of weekend victories, including an exciting overtime win on Sunday against SUNY Cortland, while Wesleyan secured a pair of non-conference wins over Roanoke and Skidmore. The Cardinals will cap their initial month of play in Maine this Saturday, March 31 when they take on Colby College at 1 p.m.

Coast Guard Academy was this week’s biggest mover as they leaped three spots to the fifth position, while Springfield College moved up one spot to the sixth position. Both teams are scheduled to face-off next month.

Clark University is the newest member of the poll – the Cougars have been idle since their 8-7 win over Western New England last weekend, but return to the field this week with a pair of road contests against Bowdoin College and Coast Guard Academy.

Stay connected with New England Professional, College and High School coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Lax

Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, March 26th, 2018

1. Amherst College  6-1, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University 6-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Wesleyan University  6-1, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Conn. College 6-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4 
5. Coast Guard Academy 5-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
6. Springfield College 5-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
7. Williams College 3-3, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
8. Middlebury College 3-3, 1-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
9. Bates College 4-4, 1-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
10. Clark University 4-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Bowdoin College (4-2, 2-2 NESCAC), Keene State (3-3, 0-0 LEC), MIT (4-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) and Western New England (3-5, 0-0 CCC).

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, March 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which finds Middlebury College at the top followed by Tufts University and Trinity College. The Panthers, who were slotted in the second position last week, moved up one spot, along with the Jumbos, while the Bantams dropped two spots.

Amherst CollegeWesleyan University and Bowdoin College remained in the same portions from a week ago, while Colby College and Springfield College each moved up a spot to the seventh and eighth positions, respectively. The Camels enter a new week riding a three-game winning streak, which will be tested Tuesday, March 27th against Union College and Saturday, March 31st against Wesleyan.

Bates College and Hamilton College secured the final two positions on this week’s poll, while Williams College became the newest member to earn ON THE RISE mention.

Stay connected with New England Professional, College and High School coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Lax

Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, March 26th, 2018

1. Middlebury College 6-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Tufts University 5-1, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Trinity College  4-2, 2-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
4. Amherst College 7-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4 
5. Wesleyan University 6-1, 2-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Bowdoin College 6-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6 
7. Colby College 4-3, 1-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
8. Springfield College 5-3, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9 
9. Bates College 5-3, 1-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10
10. Hamilton College 2-5, 1-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7

ON THE RISE: Babson College (4-4, 1-0 NEWMAC), Endicott College (5-2, 1-0 CCC), Roger Williams (5-2, 1-0 CCC) and Williams College (3-4, 1-3 NESCAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball 2018 End Of The Year Awards

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another season of New England D3 Basketball in the books, it is time to dish out our end of the year Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball awards, including our Coach, Player and Rookie of the Year, along with our first, second and third teams.

As always, stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter – also, make sure to follow our brand new basketball handle on Twitter at @Noontme_Hoops!


Kate Kerrigan POY BOWDWomen’s Player of the Year: Kate Kerrigan (Bowdoin College): Kate Kerrigan enjoyed an extremely impressive senior season with the Polar Bears as she guided the program to its second appearance in the national semifinals last weekend. Tabbed the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III National Player of the Year last week, Kerrigan concluded her time in Maine by becoming the only player in Bowdoin women’s basketball history to tally more than 900 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals in a career. In addition to being honored by the WBCA, she was also named the NESCAC Player of the Year, NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, the NEWBA Player of the Year and the D3hoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year.


JOIE Grassi ROY UMASSWomen’s Rookie of the Year: Joie Grassi (UMass Boston): Joie Grassi enjoyed an impressive first season with the Beacons, averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 29 games. She guided the Blue and White to its first-ever Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament Championship last month as UMass Boston stunned top-seed UMass Dartmouth. Grassi was tabbed the LEC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after netting 26 points, while pulling down nine rebounds in her team’s win over the Corsairs. Grassi earned seven LEC Rookie of the Week honors, while tallying a team-best six double-doubles. Grassi was tabbed the D3Hoops.com Northeast Region Co-Rookie of the Year, while also earning a spit on the Northeast Region’s Fourth Team. Grassi joined senior Lydia Vital on the LEC First Team – she also accompanied classmate Shania Osborne on the conference’s All-Rookie Team.


GP Gromacki AMHERST COACHWomen’s Coach of the Year: G.P. Gromacki (Amherst College): G.P. Gromacki guided the Mammoths to its second-straight NCAA Division III championship this season, while earning his second consecutive D3Hoops.com Coach of the Year honors. Amherst enjoyed another impressive season, winning 33 consecutive contests, including a national championship and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown. Last weekend marked the third time Gromacki has guided the Mammoths to a national championship – he has led the Purple and White to eight Final Four appearances since arriving in Amherst prior to the start of the 2007-08 season. In addition to being honored by D3Hoops.com, Gromacki earned his third-straight NESCAC Coach of the Year honor prior to the start of this year’s national tournament.


Noontime Sports First-Team

Kate Kerrigan 

Bowdoin College 

Wellesley, Mass. 

Madeline Eck

Amherst College 

Rye, N.Y. 

Hannah Fox

Amherst College

Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Melissa Baptista

Tufts University

Somerville, Mass.

Kelsi McNamara 

St. Joseph’s (Maine)

Westbury, Mass.


Noontime Sports Second Team

Abby Kelly

Bowdoin College

Bombay, N.Y.

Olivia Bolden 

Albertus Magnus 

South Windsor, Conn.

Alicia Kutil

UMass Dartmouth

Franklin, Mass.

Nakira Examond

UMass Dartmouth

New Bedford, Mass.

Kennedy Guest-Pritchett

Smith College

Fairburn, Ga.


Noontime Sports Third Team

Lauren Dillon 

Tufts University 

Wellesley, Mass.

Mikayla Hodge

Lyndon State 

Newbury, Vt. 

Ama Biney

WPI

Worcester, Mass.

Payton Ouimette
 

Babson College

Medfield, Mass.

Mary Kate O’Day

Framingham State

Berlin, Mass.


Noontime Sports All-Rookie Team

Joie Grassi 

UMass Boston

Plymouth, Mass. 

Kristen Curley 

Southern Maine 

Gorham, Maine 

Emily Briggs

Tufts University 

Canton, Conn.

Kylie Gallagher

MIT

Upton, Mass.

Jaymesha Sanders

Newbury College

West Haven, Conn.

Mikayla Pucci

Wheaton College

Hopkinton, Mass.

Mikaela Mitchell 

Fitchburg State 

Millbury, Mass.