Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Nov. 30th-Dec. 2nd)

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A brand new weekend of New England D3 basketball has arrived, which means it is time to unveil our first edition of 10 Games to Watch for the season, along with some predictions, too – who doesn’t love predictions?

Make sure to stay connected with @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter throughout the weekend for in-game updates, scores, news and more!


Women’s Basketball: Smith College at Babson College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 12 p.m.): The Beavers fended off a late rally by the Engineers to score an important (and yes, impressive) early season win on Wednesday. Look for the Green and White to continue their mid-week momentum on Saturday against the Pioneers. PREDICTION: Babson Beavers 

Women’s Basketball: Clark University at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 1 p.m.): The Engineers enjoyed an impressive start to its 2018-19 campaign, but have recently struggled in their last two outings. Expect coach Sonia Raman‘s squad to bounce back on Saturday against the Cougars in Cambridge. PREDICTION: MIT Engineers 

Women’s Basketball: Univ. of New England at Roger Williams (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 1 p.m.): Can we call this game a must-win? Both teams have struggled over the past few weeks, but this is always a must-see/must-follow contest. Look for Sam Leone and Gabby Jerahian to lead the Hawks to a much-needed win. PREDICTION: Roger Williams Hawks 

Women’s Basketball: Conn. College at FDU-Florham (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 2 p.m.): The Camels have been one of a few teams to watch thus far – they enter Saturday’s non-conference clash riding a five-game winning streak. Look for the Blue and White to continue their current trend and pick-up their sixth win of the season. PREDICTION: Conn. College Camels 

Women’s Basketball: Bowdoin College at Colby College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 2 p.m.): Bowdoin’s Cordelia Stewart had a big game against MIT last Sunday and should once again be a player to watch in this match-up. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College Polar Bears 

Men’s Basketball: Keene State at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 3 p.m.): The Panthers have enjoyed a very successful start to their 2018-19 campaign and should continue their early-season momentum against the Owls. Look for a big game from Middlebury’s Matt FolgerPREDICTION: Middlebury Panthers

Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Eastern Conn. State (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 3 p.m.): The Warriors have rebounded since an opening day loss to William Patterson, winning four-straight, including a 77-70 win over Rhode Island College earlier this week. PREDICTION: Eastern Conn. Warriors 

Men’s Basketball: Salem State vs. Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 3 p.m. | Babson College): First-year coach Jean Bain has the Judges in position to snatch a Big 4 Challenge crown this weekend, especially after scoring recent victories over Bates College and Lasell College. PREDICTION: Brandeis Judges 

Men’s Basketball: Tufts University at Babson College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 5 p.m.): The Beavers finished last season’s Big 4 Challenge as the runner-up, but expect the Green and White to once again be in contention for some hardware this weekend, especially if Brandon Johnson continues his impressive play from earlier this week. PREDICTION: Babson Beavers 

Men’s Basketball: Endicott College at Nichols College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 6 p.m.): This is a BIG one for both teams as a win would provide the winner with an inside track for the conference crown in February.  PREDICTION: Nichols Bison 

Introducing @NoontimeSB On Twitter

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The Noontime Sports social media family expanded earlier today with @NoontimeSB (Noontime Softball) joining our Twitter family.

Noontime Softball becomes the newest handle under our Noontime brand, which joins other accounts, including Noontime Baseball, Noontime Football and Noontime Hoops (Basketball).

Our goal is to use this handle to promote news, notes and scores from the New England softball world, specifically college and high school. Additionally, we will use the channel to share softball content we aim to create here on NoontimeSports.com.

Finally, be on the lookout for our first-ever Noontime Softball New England D3 Top 10 Poll next spring – for those interested in helping us with our weekly poll, please reach out to NoontimeSports@gmail.com.

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Boston Cannons Unveil 2019 Schedule

 

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The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) unveiled its 2019 schedule earlier today, which includes 16 contests with eight games taking place in Massachusetts.

Boston will begin its new campaign on Saturday, June 1st when they host the Ohio Machine (no time or location for the game has been announced as of late this afternoon).

Following the conclusion of their season-opener, the Cannons will hit the road for a pair of games before concluding the month with back-to-back home dates against the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Saturday, June 22nd and the Denver Outlaws on Saturday, June 29th.

Denver captured last season’s MLL championship by defeating the Dallas Rattlers, 16-12.

This year’s 16-game schedule is a first for both Boston and the MLL, as all nine teams competed in just 14 contests previously with the top four teams advancing to the postseason.

In addition to two more games next year, the 2019 season will begin later than it has previously with its opening week beginning a few days after Memorial Day (May 31st-June 2nd).

The 2019 regular season, which will include an All-Star Game on July 27th at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, will conclude the third weekend of September (Sept. 20-22nd) with championship weekend taking place one week later (Sept. 27th-29th).


Boston Cannons 2019 Schedule 

Ohio Machine at Boston Cannons | June 1st 

Boston Cannons at Charlotte Hounds | June 8th 

Boston Cannons at Florida Launch | June 15th 

Chesapeake Bayhawks at Boston Cannons | June 22nd 

Denver Outlaws at Boston Cannons | June 29th 

Boston Cannons at Dallas Rattlers | July 6th

Boston Cannons at New York Lizards | July 11th 

Atlanta Blaze at Boston Cannons | July 20th 

Boston Cannons at Chesapeake Bayhawks | August 3rd

Florida Launch at Boston Cannons | August 10th 

Boston Cannons at Ohio Machine | August 17th 

New York Lizards at Boston Cannons | August 24th

Boston Cannons at Denver Outlaws | August 31st 

Charlotte Hounds at Boston Cannons | Sept. 7th 

Boston Cannons at Atlanta Blaze | Sept. 14th 

Dallas Rattlers at Boston Cannons | Sept. 21st 


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Three (Nov. 27th)

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WORCESTER  Another busy week of Worcester area basketball has been recorded, which means its time to unveil our third Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Women’sPlayer of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis continued her impressive start to the season by posting back-to-back double-doubles for the Crusaders in a pair of wins last week. Against the University of Rhode Island, she had 17 points and 15 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. She followed that impressive showing a few days later with 16 points and 12 rebounds against the University at Albany. Manos has now posted four double-doubles in her first five games this year, along with a double-digit point total in all five contests, too.

LaBarbera WACBA WEB NS WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera’s stellar rookie campaign continued as she guided the Crusaders to a 2-0 week. Against the University of Rhode Island, she recorded 12 points – all in the second half – and four assists to guide Holy Cross in a come-from-behind victory. Against the University at Albany on Sunday, she chipped in 11 points, including three 3-pointers, along with a career and season-best seven rebounds. LaBarbera has now recorded double-digits in four of five games this year.

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Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College |Sr. |Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 62.1% from the floor, 66.7% from three and 64.3% from the foul line last week. In Assumption’s close loss against eighth-ranked Bentley University, O’Donnell led the team with 32 points, her second 30-point performance this year, along with three rebounds and one assist. In the Hounds’ victory over Georgian Court, O’Donnell contributed 15 points, five assists, and six rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark Univ.| Soph.| Douglas, Mass.): In her team’s lone outing last week against Anna Maria College, the second year forward posted a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds, while adding four steals, one assist and one block.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi netted a double-double of 25 points and ten rebounds to go along with two assists and five steals in a 67-63 setback to Curry College last Tuesday evening in the Falcons’ lone contest of the week.

Kate Surprenant (Worcester State | Sr. | Pelham, N.H.): Surprenant averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists in a pair of wins last week for the Lancers. The New Hampshire native started the week 12 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 66-54 win over Western New England before netting a season-high 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 2 of 4 from beyond the arc in a 55-36 win over Wellesley College. In addition to 17 points against the Blue, Surprenant also recorded three rebounds and three steals.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Jr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson came off the bench to score 11 points and haul in a career-high 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s home win over Nichols College. The junior currently leads the 4-1 Crimson and Gray in scoring (11.8 points per game), rebounding (8.8 rebounds per game) and blocks (4), while checking-in second in steals (5).


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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Three (Nov. 27th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means its time to unveil our third Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr.| Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 24 points and shot 52 percent from the field as the Bison took down a pair of NESCAC opponents and remained perfect on the season (4-0) – their best start since the 1959-60 campaign. He dropped in 19 points to go with six boards and three steals against Wesleyan University on Tuesday before netting 23 of his game-high 29 points in the second half of Sunday’s win over Trinity College. Echevarria also averaged 39 minutes and shot 50 percent from behind the arc (11-of-21).

CONNLEY WEB WACBA WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cal Connelly (Assumption College | Fr. | Rochester, N.H.):Connelly had a strong week for the Hounds, averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.6 percent overall and 58.3 percent from downtown. The first-year scored 16 points with four triples, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a tight loss at Georgian Court. Connelly followed it up with a career-high 17 points, including three triples and four rebounds in a 23-point win over NYIT.

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Tyler Davern (Clark University | Soph. | Webster, Mass.): In an overtime setback to Anna Maria College last week, the second year forward netted a team-high 25 points on 10 of 18 shooting, while adding eight rebounds (four offensive caroms), three assists and one steal.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Jr. | Southbridge, Mass.): Watkins Jr. was the Lancers’ leading scorer last week when Worcester State travel to WPI for a non-conference pre-Thanksgiving Day clash. The junior tallied 16 points, four rebounds, including a pair of offensive carroms, along with one assist and one steal.

Reid Walker (WPI | Soph. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker, the first-ever NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Defensive Athlete of the Week, notched 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in Tuesday’s successful meeting with Worcester State. The sophomore also handed out three assists and recorded a block. On the season, Walker leads the Engineers in both scoring (13.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.8 rebounds), and second on the team in assists with 15.


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