What Teams To Watch In New England D3 Basketball In 2017-18

201718 Teams To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Sure, the 2016-17 Division III basketball season concluded last weekend with a pair of Massachusetts champions – congratulations again to Amherst College and Babson College! – but it is never too early to think about next season, the 2017-18 season, to be exact.

Below are some teams we’re already eye-balling for next season (2017-18) – let us know what teams you’re going to be keeping an eye on by sending us a tweet on Twitter (@NoontimeSports).

Men’s Basketball Teams to Watch in 2017-18

Amherst College

Babson College

Becker College

Eastern Connecticut

Gordon College

Husson University

Keene State

UMass Dartmouth

Middlebury College

MIT

Nichols College

Roger Williams

Springfield College

Tufts University

Wesleyan

Williams

WPI

Women’s Basketball Teams to Watch in 2017-18 

Amherst College

Babson College

Becker College

Bowdoin

Colby College

Eastern Connecticut

Emmanuel College

Endicott College

Keene State

UMass Dartmouth

Middlebury College

MIT

New England College

Regis College

Roger Williams

Springfield College

St. Joseph’s (Maine)

Tufts University

Univ. of New England

Western New England

Westfield State

Worcester State

WPI

Babson’s Brennan Reflects On An Exciting National Championship Victory

Babson Men's Basketball

It was a special moment for Babson College coach Stephen Brennan and the Beavers when they captured the program’s first-ever NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship. (PHOTO CREDIT: Keith Lucas)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s been a few days since Babson College captured its fist-ever NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship and coach Stephen Brennan’s phone is still buzzing with text messages, phone calls and emails.

“I think that night after the game I had about 120 text messages,” said Brennan, who guided the Beavers to an exciting 79-78 victory over Augustana (Ill.) last Saturday in Salem, Virginia.

Everyone wanted to congratulate Brennan and the team, including past and current Babson presidents, friends from Bates College and current Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

Learn more about the connection between Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens and the Babson College Beavers, via MassLive.com

Even the New England Patriots expressed their excitement, tweeting out a congratulatory tweet to both Babson and Amherst College, which captured the women’s national title game last Saturday, too.

“When the Patriots sent a congratulator tweet, I was like ‘what’s that?’” said Brennan. “You don’t really expect that.”

The Beavers were also congratulated by Massachusetts Mayor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey.

Babson’s win provided a great deal of excitement to both Massachusetts and New England college basketball fans. They all feel touched by this particular victory, according to Brennan, including Babson’s conference foes and regional opponents.

“(This win) has touched multiple members of our community from alums to our opponents (in the northeast),” said Brennan, “so it’s certainly nice to touch so many people and share it with our friends and friends of our program.”

The win also touched a quartet of Babson alums – David MackTravis SheldonEric Dean and John Wickey – that positioned the Beavers over the past few years for a potential national title-run. And despite coming-up short two years ago in the national semifinals, Babson was able to avenge its disappointing setback with a dramatic one-point victory.

“The key for success is you have to pay the rent,” said Brennan, “and this team (especially the seniors) put in the time.”

The senior class certainly put in the time, they will depart Babson Park with 103 victories, which is the most wins in program history.

Joey Flannery, who was certainly a catalyst behind the Beavers’ run toward the program’s initial national crown, concluded his career with 2,620 points, which positions him eighth all-time in Division III history. Additionally – and as noted in the game’s release – he also scored 167 points in six NCAA Tournament games this season.

Brennan and the Beavers will continue to enjoy this special accomplishment, but know a new season will be here soon. And in order to continue their current success, the tenured coach knows his team will need to ‘pay the rent’ every day.

“Everyone will have to grow,” said Brennan. “We’ll need to continue our current work ethic and culture (moving forward, while continuing) our toughness and work ethic, too.”

Comei’s 5-for-5 Day Sends WPI Past Nichols For Fourth-Straight Win

Nick Comei

WPI’s Nick Comei went 5-for-5 on Tuesday as the Engineers defeated Nichols College in non-conference action. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

WPI senior Nick Comei enjoyed his best game of the 2017 season thus far, going 5-for-5 this afternoon as the Engineers defeated Nichols, 11-7, en route to their fourth-straight victory.

The Haverhill, Massachusetts native smacked a season-best five hits, while recording a trio of runs for the second consecutive contest. Additionally, he recorded a pair of doubles – it was the second time Comei reached second base twice in a game this season – while hitting his third home run of the season, too.

Comei also drove in a season-best four runs – he has now recorded 18 RBI, which is good for second on the squad. Sophomore Steven Gallagher leads the Engineers with 21 RBI.

WPI led, 3-1, after the opening frame before pushing ahead 6-1 after two innings of play. Comei tallied his initial RBI of the contest in the bottom of the second, driving home sophomore Ryan Tropeano. He would record three more RBI before the contest concluded.

The Engineers return to the diamond on Friday when they host Brandeis University before hopping into New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a Saturday double-header against Wheaton College. The first game of the double-header is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.

After a pair of games with the Lyons, WPI will close out the month with back-to-back home dates against Emerson College (Mar. 28th) and Fitchburg State (Mar. 30th).

Noontime Sports Set To Provide Massachusetts High School Lax Coverage

HS Lax Coverage

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Earlier this week – Sunday, to be exact – we polled you, the readers (and fans) of Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) about our content on Twitter (thank you to everyone that voted, by the way!).

And one particular poll we posted asked our readers and fans the following:

Would you like to see more high school coverage (here in Massachusetts), along with our New England NCAA Division III basketball and football coverage? 

Noontime HS Lax 2

The answer was a pretty confident ‘yes!’

So, we’re excited to team-up this spring with Mass. High School Lax (@Mass_LaxHS) to provide game coverage from various Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) boy’s and girl’s lacrosse games over the next few weeks and months.

We’re excited to kick-off a brand new season of high school lacrosse here in Massachusetts and welcome suggestions for games to cover, feature stories or ideas of how we can provide unique and enjoyable coverage for you the reader. Please feel free to contact us at NoontimeSports@gmail.com.

See you on the sidelines real soon, high school lax fans!

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 24 (John Cabral | Play-By-Play Broadcaster)

Noontime Podcast

By Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports)

Just days after the NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship concluded, Noontime Sports the Podcast host Matt Noonan caught-up with Babson College play-by-play broadcaster John Cabral to discuss and highlight the Beavers’ (men’s basketball) first-ever national championship.

Cabral and Noonan recap a pair of exciting contests, and yes, slowly look ahead (at the end of the podcast) to what teams could be in the mix for a title-run next season.

NCAA D3 Basketball: Championship Weekend Predictions

Champ Weekend Predictions

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s the final weekend of NCAA Division III basketball, so before today’s semifinal men’s and women’s games tip-off, let’s dish out some Noontime Sports predictions from our correspondents!

Men’s Division III Basketball Interactive Bracket 

Women’s Division III Basketball Interactive Bracket

Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

WBB Semis: Amherst vs. Christopher Newport

Amherst 

WBB Semis: Tufts vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

Tufts 

WBB Final: Amherst vs. Tufts

Tufts 

MBB Semis: Babson vs. Whitman

Babson 

MBB Semis: Augustana vs. Williams

Williams 

MBB Final: Babson vs. Williams

Babson 


Brian Willwerth (@BriWillwerth

WBB Semis: Amherst vs. Christopher Newport

Amherst 

WBB Semis: Tufts vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

St. Thomas (Minn.)

WBB Final: Amherst vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

Amherst 

MBB Semis: Babson vs. Whitman

Babson 

MBB Semis: Augustana vs. Williams

Augustana

MBB Final: Babson vs. Augustana

Babson

 

Elaine Cavalieri (@ElaineCavSports)

WBB Semis: Amherst vs. Christopher Newport

Amherst 

WBB Semis: Tufts vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

Tufts 

WBB Final: Amherst vs. Tufts

Tufts 

MBB Semis: Babson vs. Whitman

Babson 

MBB Semis: Augustana vs. Williams

Williams 

MBB Final: Babson vs. Williams

Williams 

 

Kyle Prudhomme (@Kyle_Prudhomme)

WBB Semis: Amherst vs. Christopher Newport

Amherst 

WBB Semis: Tufts vs. St. Thomas (Minn.)

St. Thomas (Minn.)

WBB Final: Amherst vs. Tufts

Amherst

MBB Semis: Babson vs. Whitman

Babson 

MBB Semis: Augustana vs. Williams

Williams 

MBB Final: Babson vs. Williams

Babson

All-Noontime Sports Rookie Team of the Year

All-Rookie team Hoops

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Noontime Sports and NoontimeSports.com is proud to unveil our first-ever men’s and women’s rookie teams of the year!

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Jake Ross (Springfield College)

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State)

All-Noontime Rookie Team (Men’s)

Jake Ross

Springfield College

Northampton, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Jake Wisniewski

WPI

West Brookfield, Mass.

Antonio White Jr.

Becker College

Middletown, Conn.

Dana Bean 

Colby-Sawyer

Franklin, N.H.

Carlos Gonzalez

Eastern Conn. State Univ.

Springfield, Mass.

Matthew Karpowicz

Williams College

Wellesley, Mass.

Eric Savage

Tufts University

South Brunswick, N.J.

All-Noontime Rookie Team (Women’s)

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg State

Rockland, Mass.

Madeline Eck

Amherst College

Rye, N.Y.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Erica DeCandido

Tufts University

North Wales, Pa.

Sadie Nelson

University of New England

Windham, Maine

Meghan Orbann

Western New England

East Hampton, Conn.

Mya Villard

Eastern Conn. State Univ.

Cromwell, Conn.

Rene Hudson

New England College

Gallatin, Tenn.