Mother Nature extended the NCAA Division 3 Women’s Lacrosse season an extra day and fans were treated to an exciting final contest between Gettysburg College and Middlebury College on Monday morning at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Virginia.
Middlebury stormed back to close the gap from a five-goal deficit to two, but Gettysburg managed to halt the rally with its defense to secure its second-straight national crown. Prior to facing Gettysburg in the national championship, Middlebury defeated TCNJ in the semifinals last Saturday.
The Panthers enjoyed an exciting postseason run, which began with a late-second half surge to beat Bowdoin College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) finals before knocking-off Babson College, Illinois Wesleyan and York College (Pa.). Middlebury will graduate some key players from this year’s squad, but will certainly be back in the mix next season.
Amherst College provided some serious challenges to this year’s national champion – in fact, it almost appeared as if the Mammoths were going to beat Gettysburg and advance to the national semifinals. Unfortunately, that did not happen, but this young squad will certainly be a team to keep an eye on next spring.
Rounding out the top five positions is Trinity College, Bowdoin and Wesleyan University – all three teams appeared in this year’s national tournament. Bowdoin and Wesleyan were not easy outs in the playoffs, so expect both teams to be back in the mix next year for both a NESCAC and national crown.
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Women’s D3 New England Top 10 Poll | Weds. May 30th, 2018
1. Middlebury College
20-3, 9-1 NESCAC
2. Amherst College
17-3, 9-1 NESCAC
3. Trinity College
13-7, 6-4 NESCAC
4. Bowdoin College
14-6, 6-4 NESCAC
5. Wesleyan University
12-7, 6-4 NESCAC
6. Tufts University
13-5, 8-2 NESCAC
7. Babson College
13-8, 7-1 NEWMAC
8. Springfield College
15-7, 7-1 NEWMAC
9. Endicott College
14-4, 8-0 CCC
10. Westfield State
18-3, 7-0 MASCAC
ON THE RISE: Castleton (11-7, 7-0 NAC), Johnson & Wales (17-3, 10-0 GNAC), Plymouth State (14-0, 6-0 LEC)
The 2018 NCAA Division 3 Men’s Lacrosse season officially concluded this past weekend with Wesleyan University winning its first-ever national title with an 8-6 win over Salisbury University at Gillette Stadium.
With the two-goal win, the Cardinals secured the top spot in our final Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll. Wesleyan began the season as a top team in our poll, but was forced to share the top position with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes Amherst College and Tufts University. The Jumbos secured the second position in our final poll, while the Mammoths slid into the third spot.
Springfield College, which captured this year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown, checked-in fourth overall, while Williams College rounded out the top five, checking-in fifth overall.
Conn. College and Coast Guard Academy – two teams we watched more closely this season – secured the sixth and sevenths positions, respectively. We expect both teams to be back in the mix next spring, despite some key graduation departures.
As always, you can stay connected with @Noontime_Laxon Twitter for lacrosse news, notes, scores and more!
Men’s D3 New England Top 10 Poll | Weds. May 30th, 2018
1. Wesleyan University
19-3, 10-1 NESCAC
2. Tufts University
18-2, 9-1 NESCAC
3. Amherst College
15-4, 9-1 NESCAC
4. Springfield College
13-6, 6-1 NEWMAC
5. Williams College
9-8, 6-4 NESCAC
6. Conn. College
10-6, 5-5 NESCAC
7. Coast Guard Academy
14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC
8. Middlebury College
9-7, 5-5 NESCAC
9. Bowdoin College
8-7, 4-6 NESCAC
10. Western New England
13-7, 8-0 CCC
ON THE RISE: Babson College (9-7, 6-1 NEWMAC), Bates College (8-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (9-12, 5-4 GNAC), Keene State (12-5, 7-0 LEC) and New England College (16-5, 7-0 NAC)
Harry Stanton capped his impressive four-year career with the Red and Black by netting a pair of goals, while setting-up his team’s final marker late in the third quarter, which provided Wesleyan with an 8-4 lead heading into the final session.
Wesleyan’s defense limited Salisbury to just a pair of goals during the final 15 minutes, while Otto Bohan halted the rally with his final save with 13 seconds remaining.
Bohan concluded the contest with 11 stops – he also ended the season with an impressive 17-2 record between the pipes.
The Cardinals secured a 4-0 lead to begin the game, thanks to goals from Stanton and CarterHawthorne before Salisbury halted the short spurt with a Zach Pompea strike with two seconds remaining. Salisbury would close the gap with back-to-back markers in the second quarter from Corey Gwin before Stanton netted his final goal with 3:07 remaining in the stanza to provide Wesleyan with a 5-3 lead at the break.
Salisbury would again pull within one goal early in the third as Josh Melton buried a feed from Pierre Armstrong before Taylor Ghesquiere jumpstarted a three-goal run with 8:52 remaining in the session that helped the Cardinals enter the final stanza with an 8-4 advantage.
Wesleyan, which concludes its season at 19-3 overall, scored five impressive postseason wins this month, including a pair of victories against RIT and Tufts University to secure a match-up with the Sea Gulls. Wesleyan attempted to reach the finals last season, but saw their run conclude against the Tigers of RIT.
As we slowly close the book on the 2017-18 school year – well, the past nine to 10 months of coverage, to be exact – I thought this would be a good time to dish out some exciting new content news for Noontime Sports!
As seen in our Twitter poll below, it appears you, the fans and friends of our blog, would like to see some additional D3 coverage that includes some non-New England schools. And yes, I oblige!
So, starting in late-June/early-July, we will begin our preseason football coverage with getting to know some non-New England squads, while still continuing to produce blogs and podcasts on teams from our New England/Northeast region.
We may also sprinkle in some soccer coverage, too, so make sure to stay connected with us on social media as we begin the next phase of our content creation journey!
Finally, be on the lookout for some high school coverage going forward, too. We will aim to have some postseason tournament coverage on the site over the next few weeks in Massachusetts as local teams begin their quest for winning the ultimate prize: a state championship.
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