Daily Noontime: January 31st, 2019

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It’s going to be COLD in Boston today, Thursday, January 31st, 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY: Farmers Almanac)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Greetings, everyone, and welcome to a frigid Thursday here in New England where it feels like 10 or 15 below outside our window! But luckily, warmer weather is on the horizon as it is supposed to be close to 60 degrees next week, which would be ideal for a New England Patriots championship parade!

Anywho, in honor of a brand new day, here is a brand-spanking new Daily Noontime – stay warm, everyone!


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Video of the Day: In honor of the arctic blast, here is a song we are dancing to in the Noontime Sports office today (hint: it may be a song from Disney’s Frozen!).

New England D3 Football Teams Of 2018

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By NoontimeSports | @NoontimeSports 

Earlier this week, SB Nation posted its college football ‘Teams of 2018 for all 50 states,’ including six teams that represented our New England region.

MIT was tabbed the team of the year from Massachusetts, while Salve Regina represented Rhode Island and Middlebury College secured the nod for Vermont.

This particular post had us thinking who would we pick as our 2018 New England D3 Football Teams of the Year?

Well, we gave it some thought and have provided the answers below!

Let us know what you think by posting a comment or sending us a tweet to @NoontimeSports or @Noontime_FB. 


Connecticut Team of the Year: Trinity College. Once again, the Bantams captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown with an 8-1 record. They should once again be the team to beat next fall.

Connecticut Honorable Mentions: Coast Guard Academy and Western Connecticut. 

Maine Team of the Year: Husson University. In his final years with the Eagles, coach Gabby Price guided the Green and Gold to an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown, as well as a second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Maine Honorable Mentions: Colby College. 

Massachusetts Team of the Year: MIT. In his first year as head coach, Brian Bubna guided the Engineers to their first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title, as well as an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Engineers finished its 2018 campaign 9-1 and 6-1 in league play.

Massachusetts Honorable Mentions: Amherst College, Bridgewater State, Endicott College, Framingham State, Springfield College, Tufts University and Western New England. 

New Hampshire Team of the Year: Plymouth State. The Panthers are the lone New England D3 team in the Granite State, so they automatically receive our special honor. Plymouth State concluded its past campaign 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). Their signature win of the 2018 season came on a rainy day in Framingham last October.

Rhode Island Team of the Year: Salve Regina. Similar to Plymouth State, Salve Regina is the lone D3 team in the Ocean State, so they get the nod from us as well like they did from SB Nation. Coach Kevin Gilmartin‘s unit overcame a 2-3 start to finish the 2018 season with a 7-4 record. They secured a spot in one of the three New England Bowl games following an exciting win in November over Endicott College.

Vermont Team of the Year: Middlebury College. The Panthers secured the nod from SB Nation and now us, too, after for posting the best record among all three teams in the Green Mountain State. Their biggest win from 2018 came last October when Will Jernigan led the Blue and White to a 21-10 win at Williams College.

Vermont Honorable Mention: Norwich University. 


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Daily Noontime: Jan. 30th, 2019

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

Happy Wednesday or as the Geico camel says, “It’s Hump Day!”

Yeah, we love that commercial – who doesn’t?

Let’s enjoy Wednesday even more with a brand new edition of the Daily Noontime – be good, everyone!


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Video of the Day: In honor of Wednesday, here is a remix of our favorite ‘Hump Day’ commercial, enjoy! 

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 11 (Jan. 29th)

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WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

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

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Catherine Coppinger averaged a double-double last week for the Fitchburg State women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Fitchburg State Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Coppinger (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Boston, Mass.): Coppinger averaged a double-double of 14.7 points and 13.3 rebounds per contest as well as one assist and 3.7 steals per game for the Falcons. The junior posted a double-double of 18 points and 14 boards in addition to one assist and three steals in a 99-68 setback to Westfield State on Tuesday before adding another double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to go along with two assists and six steals in a 71-65 loss to Bridgewater State on Thursday. She finished the week with eight points, 12 rebounds and two steals in a 90-63 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

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Emily Sifferlen enjoyed a successful week for the Clark University women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clark University Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Emily Sifferlen (Clark University | Fr.| North Andover, Mass.): In a 1-1 week for the Cougars, Sifferlen averaged 18 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Sifferlen matched her career-high of 23 points in an 81-61 setback to Wheaton College last Saturday before pouring in a team-high 13 points off the bench in Clark’s 60-56 win over Wellesley College. Head into the new week, Sifferlen ranks third on the team in points per game (10.7) but leads the Red and White in three-pointers made (32) and three-point percentage (37.2).

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Adrianna Dowdy became the eighth player in Becker College women’s basketball history to net 1,000 points. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Milestone: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Adrianna Dowdy became the eighth player in Becker College women’s basketball history last week to reach 1000 points for her career in the Hawks’ 66-54 win over Newbury College. Dowdy entered the game with exactly 999 career points but reached the milestone on a jumper with 3:31 remaining in the first quarter. Dowdy would finish the game with 15 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | So. | Blackstone, Mass.): In a 1-1 week for the Cougars, Favaloro registered averaged 11.5 rebounds and 9.5 points. Against Wellesley College last Wednesday, Favaloro recorded a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Cougars to an important conference win over Wellesley College. Three days later against Wheaton College, the sophomore forward produced eight points on 3 of 11 shooting, while snatching a team-high 10 rebounds in an 81-61 setback.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 16 points this past week, along with 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds. The junior scored 12 points in Becker’s 66-54 win over Newbury College before pouring in 20 in a 75-50 setback to New England College last Saturday.

Isabella Nerney (Nichols College | So.| Guilford, Conn.): Nerney averaged 19 points in a pair of conference tilts last week, as the Bison concluded the seven-day stretch 1-1. She dropped in a career-high 31 points against Salve Regina on Saturday afternoon, including seven triples. The 31 points are tied for second most all-time in a game for the Bison. Meanwhile, her seven three-pointers on Saturday is tied for the most all-time in a game for Nichols with current head coach MaryLynn Skarzenski. Nerney recorded 38 points, seven rebounds and three assists across the two games, including an early week match-up with Endicott College.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 17.0 points this past week, while shooting 55.0% from the floor, 66.7% from beyond the arc and 83.3% from the foul line. She was leading scorer for the Hounds with 22 points, two rebounds and three assists against American International College and added 12 points and three rebounds against Saint Rose.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney averaged 11.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in a trio of games last week. Sweeney’s strongest outing occurred last Thursday when she recorded her second career triple-double with 17 points, 19 rebounds, and 11 assists as the Lancers defeated Westfield State, 94-79.

Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Jr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords was a key contributor in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In a tight defensive battle against Army on Wednesday, Swords had 11 points, six rebounds and a block in a 58-39 victory. In a close 75-71 loss to Patriot League-leading Bucknell on Saturday, Swords had a team-high 17 points and added in eight rebounds (including five offensive boards) while shooting 6-for-9 from the field.

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Soph. | New York, NY): In a 1-1 week for the AMCATs, Wilson averaged 16.5 points, six rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 blocks. She began the week netting 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting while recording six rebounds (two offensive), five blocks, two assists and one steal in an 87-61 setback to Suffolk University. Two days later against Lasell College, she netted 20 points on 5 of 8 shootings, while also adding six rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes. Wilson has netted 20 points or more twice this winter – she scored a season-high 25 points in her team’s two-point win earlier this month against Rivier University.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 11 (Jan. 29th)

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WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our men’s player and rookie of the week.

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

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Becker College senior Kareem Davis turned in a trio of impressive performances last week for the Hawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week: Kareem Davis (Becker College| Sr.| Lowell, Mass.): Davis continued to demonstrate why he was one of the most dynamic players in the region this past week, as he averaged 35.5 points per game in two games. The senior captain shot 60 percent from the floor, 57.1 percent from behind the arc and 86.7 percent from the free throw line. During last Tuesday’s 107-85 victory at Lesley University, Davis poured in a career-high 40 points with three steals. Facing Eastern Nazarene on Thursday, Davis became Becker’s all-time leading scorer with his 31-point outburst, passing Samuel Durodola, who concluded his career with the Blue and White last winter with 1,699 points.

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Matt Morrow averaged a double-double in a pair of conference games last week for Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | So. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow shot 68 percent from the field last week while averaging a double-double with 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds as the Bison went 2-0 and remained atop their conference standings. Morrow collected 10 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a road win at Endicott College last Tuesday before filling the stat sheet with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and two assists in a win at Salve Regina on Saturday.

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In a pair of games last week, Cal Connelly averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cal Connelly (Assumption College | Fr. | Rochester, N.H.): Connelly came through for Assumption in a 1-1 week, averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor. The forward posted 16 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in an 11-point win over American International College, before concluding the week with eight points, three rebounds and three assists in a loss to Saint Rose.

Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | So. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): Cardoso averaged 16 points and 6.6 rebounds in a trio of games last week as the Lancers went 1-2 with their lone win coming against Westfield State last Thursday. The sophomore guard tallied 11 points or more in all three games with his biggest output coming against the Owls with 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting while finishing the game with seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal. For the week, Cardoso recorded 48 points, 20 rebounds, nine assists, and five steals.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | So. | Webster, Mass.): In a pair of games last week against MIT and Springfield, the sophomore forward averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Against MIT, Davern tallied nine points and six rebounds before netting 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting in a 61-53 setback to Springfield. Davern concluded his team’s game against the Pride one rebound short of a double-double as he collected nine caroms while tallying one steal and one block.

Andre Ruff (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Chicago, Ill.): Ruff averaged 15.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, three assists and three steals per contest over three games for the Falcons. He posted 20 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals in a 79-77 win over Westfield State on Tuesday before adding 16 points, two boards, six assists and five steals in a 95-90 setback to Bridgewater State on Thursday. The junior concluded the week with nine points, five caroms, two assists and two steals in a 68-67 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): In just one contest last week, the Charlton native poured in a team-high 20 points on 10 of 14 shooting, while also recording a game-high 15 rebounds, including six offensive caroms.

Austin Butler (Holy Cross | So. | Latrobe, Pa.): Butler averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game on the week. After posting 11 points and six rebounds at Army, the sophomore totaled 22 points, three rebounds and three steals in the victory over Navy. He scored 17 of his points against the Midshipmen in the second half and received the Martin J. O’Malley Award as the MVP of Holy Cross’ Winter Homecoming game.

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Soph. | North Potomac, Md.): In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Kelly averaged 21.0 points with 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 57.7 percent from the floor and making 9 of 14 three-point attempts. The sophomore had 16 points and four rebounds in an 11-point win over American International College before tallying 26 points, seven assists and four steals in a tight seven-point loss to Saint Rose.

Ethan Harrell (WPI | So. | Wexford, Pa.): Harrell averaged 19 points and seven rebounds while totaling three assists, three blocks and a steal in the Engineers’ 2-0 week. After exploding for a career-high 26 points on 10-15 shooting, including 4-6 from beyond the arc, against Springfield College, the sophomore posted 12 points and a career-best nine rebounds at Wheaton College last Saturday.

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