Rob Gronkowski Will Compete For The New England Patriots In 2018

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Rob Gronkowski announced on Instagram this evening that he will be returning to the gridiron this fall with the New England Patriots. (PHOTO CREDIT: WCVB.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Rob Gronkowski announced this evening on Instagram that he will return to the gridiron this fall to compete for the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski wrote the following on Instagram: “I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run.
#bandsamakeherdance.

The announcement allows members of Patriots Nation to take a deep breath – yes, there was speculation following the Super Bowl that Gronkowski would retire and pursue other opportunities. However, today’s post squashes any rumors or thoughts that Gronkowski won’t be back for another season with New England.

Gronkowski concluded the 2017 season with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. He played in all three postseason games, too, hauling in 16 of 27 targets for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, he scored two touchdowns, while recording 116 receiving yards on nine receptions.

Lax Notebook: D3 Games To Watch This Week

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s the final week of the NCAA D3 Lacrosse regular season, so let’s dish out some games to watch, follow or attend this week in New England, which you know I will be tweeting about @MattNoonan11!

Men’s Lacrosse: Salve Regina at Curry College (Tues., Apr. 24th at 7 p.m.): Both teams enter tonight’s contest in a two-way tie for third place. This game could go either way, but I think Curry will find a way late in the game to pull out the W! PICK: Curry 

Men’s Lacrosse: Mitchell College at Becker College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4 p.m.): One goal by Becker in the fourth quarter was the difference in the initial meeting, but look for Mitchell to bounce back. The winner of this game advances to Dean College this weekend to contend for the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) crown. PICK: Mitchell 

Women’s Lacrosse: MIT at Coast Guard Academy (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4 p.m.): The Bears have enjoyed a VERY successful fourth season, but this maybe a tough one for them to snag – the Engineers enter the contest with a lot of momentum. PICK: MIT 

Men’s Lacrosse: Conn. College at Wesleyan University (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4:30 p.m.): The Cardinals will be a team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, but don’t expect the Red and Black to soar past a solid Conn. College squad, which has been an exciting story this spring. PICK: Wesleyan

Women’s Lacrosse: Amherst College at Trinity College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 6:30 p.m.): My pick is the Mammoths in this one. Their defense is legit and should be able to slow down the Bantams’ offense. PICK: Amherst 

Men’s Lacrosse: Bowdoin College at Tufts University (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): The Jumbos will look to cap their regular season slate with a solid win over a Polar Bears squad, which fell to Williams College this past weekend. PICK: Tufts 

Men’s Lacrosse: MIT at Babson College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): The Beavers’ final week of the regular season is certainly not an easy one, so expect the Engineers to provide some challenges for the Green and White in all four quarters. PICK: Babson 

Men’s Lacrosse: Clark University at Springfield College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Cougars, who will look to secure a spot in the upcoming New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament. The race for the final four spots will be fun to watch! PICK: Clark 

Women’s Lacrosse: Salve Regina at Framingham State (Thurs., Apr. 26th): The Rams appeared in last week’s regional rankings and will be a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). PICK: Framingham State 

Men’s Lacrosse: Coast Guard Academy at Babson College (Sat., Apr. 28th at 12 p.m.): The Bears will attempt to cap its regular season slate with a win over the Beavers, who appear to be the front-runner for the top seed in the NEWMAC Tournament. Pick: Coast Guard Academy

Bloggers Wanted: Come Join The Noontime Sports Team!

Bloggers Wanted

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Greetings, Noontime Sports Friends and Fans!

We are excited to announce that we are looking to add some additional bodies to our blogging team, so if you’re interested in guesting blogging, writing about Boston or national sports topics to covering the big college or high school game, we want to hear from Y-O-U!

Send us a note TODAY to NoontimeSports@gmail.com or MattNoonan@NoontimeSports.com and tell us why you want to join our blog, as well as what sort of content you would like to produce for our site!

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D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 23rd)

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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.

Amherst College remains the top team in New England for the second-straight week – this past weekend, the Mammoths scored an impressive win over Bates College, which is currently ‘On the Rise’ this week. The Mammoths appear to be the front-runner for the top seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) – we will know more about what teams are in and where they will be headed later this week.

Tufts University and Wesleyan University remain the second and third best teams in the region, while Williams College moved up four spots following an impressive and important win over Bowdoin College this past weekend.

Williams has been an interesting team to watch this spring, but the question we have is can their late season momentum continue over the next few weeks in the NESCAC Tournament?

Finally, Endicott College returns to our ‘On the Rise’ section – don’t be fooled by the Gulls’ overall record, they have provided some serious challenges to teams on both lists this season. They will be a fun team to follow in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament, which begins this Saturday, April 28th.

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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 23rd, 2018

1. Amherst College 12-2, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University 12-1, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Wesleyan University 11-2, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Williams College 8-6, 6-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
5. Conn. College 10-4, 5-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Bowdoin College 8-5, 4-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
7. Middlebury College 8-6, 4-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Springfield College 9-5, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
9. Coast Guard Acad. 11-3, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
10. Babson College 8-5, 5-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9

ON THE RISE: Bates College (7-7, 3-6 NESCAC), Clark University (8-5, 3-2 NEWMAC), Endicott College (5-10, 5-2 CCC), Keene State (8-4, 5-0 LEC), MIT (7-6, 3-2 NEWMAC) and Western New England (10-6, 7-0 CCC).

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 23rd)

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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.

Amherst College once again remains the top team in New England after a few important wins last week, including a 7-3 victory this past Saturday against Bates College. The Mammoths’ defense has been extremely impressive over the past few weeks, while the offense has provided multiple problems for opposing units. Amherst is averaging close to 14 goals per game.

Middlebury College swapped spots with Tufts University, checking-in second overall this week after appearing in the third position a week ago. The Panthers scored back-to-back wins this weekend over the Jumbos and Hamilton College – they will be the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which officially begins on Saturday, April 28th.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 23rd 2018

1. Amherst College 13-1, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Middlebury College 12-2, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Tufts University 11-3, 7-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
4. Trinity College 10-4, 6-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Bowdoin College 11-3, 6-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Wesleyan University 9-5, 5-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
7. Colby College 8-6, 3-6 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Bates College 7-7, 2-7 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Williams College 6-8, 2-7, NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Springfield College 11-5, 6-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (8-7, 5-1 NEWMAC), Endicott College (11-3, 7-0 CCC), Framingham State (12-2, 4-1 MASCAC), Hamilton College (5-9, 3-7 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (12-2, 9-0 GNAC), MIT (9-5, 5-1 NEWMAC) and Roger Williams (12-3, 7-1 CCC).