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D3 Basketball: Men’s Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Tuesday’s in November usually means one thing: a brand new Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

As noted in our preseason poll, we will be posting a weekly Top 10 Poll this month on Tuesdays before switching to Mondays once the New England D-III Football season concludes.

This is a BUSY week for many teams as most squads begin their respective campaigns, while others take part in early season tournaments. Additionally, some teams will be competing in their second (or third) game of the season, too.

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week One Poll| Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 2019

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Nichols College

0-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Middlebury College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. WPI 

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Hamilton College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Eastern Connecticut

0-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 7

7. Salem State 

1-1, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 6

8. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 8

9. Williams College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 10

10. Babson College

2-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Colby College, Endicott College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Gordon College, Keene State, Springfield College, and Trinity College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll

 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Tuesday’s in November usually means one thing: a brand new Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

As noted in our preseason poll, we will be posting a weekly Top 10 Poll this month on Tuesdays before switching to Mondays once the New England D-III Football season concludes.

This is a BUSY week for many teams as most squads begin their respective campaigns, while others take part in early season tournaments.

UMass Dartmouth joins this week’s poll following an overtime win over MIT, which is one of eight teams ‘on the rise.’

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week One Poll| Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 2019

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Middlebury College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Eastern Connecticut

0-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Emmanuel College

0-0, 0-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 6 

7. Babson College

0-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

8. Smith College

0-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 8

9. Springfield College

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 9

10. UMass Dartmouth

1-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Conn. College, MIT, Saint Joseph’s (Maine), Trinity College, UMass Boston, Wesleyan University, and Western New England 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll

D3 Football: Week 11 Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to the final week of the New England D-III Football regular season!

Western New England remained the top team for a second-straight week, while Framingham State and Middlebury College swapped spots, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively. Both squads captured their respective conference crowns this past weekend.

MIT moved-up one spot following an important win over Norwich University, while Wesleyan University moved-up five spots following an exciting win over 13th ranked Trinity College.

And finally, with their win over 15th-ranked Amherst College this past weekend, Williams College moved-up one spot to secure the ninth position.


New England D-III Football Week 11 Poll| November 11th, 2019

1. Western New England 8-1, 6-0 CCC Last Week: No. 1 
2. WPI  8-1, 5-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Endicott College  7-2, 5-1 CCC Last Week: No. 3
4. Framingham State  7-2, 7-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 5
5. Middlebury College 9-0, 9-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Springfield College 6-3, 5-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
7. MIT  6-2, 5-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
8. Wesleyan University 8-1, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 13
9. Williams College 7-2, 7-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10
10. Western Connecticut  7-2, 5-2 MASCAC Last Week: No. 11
11. Bridgewater State  5-4, 5-2 MASCAC Last Week: No. 7
12. UMass Dartmouth 6-3, 4-3 MASCAC Last Week: No. 9 
13. Trinity College 5-4, 5-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 12
14. Nichols College 6-3, 4-2 CCC Last Week: No. 17
15. Amherst College 4-5, 4-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 14
16. Norwich University 5-4, 2-4 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 15
17. Coast Guard Academy 5-4, 2-4 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 16
18. Mass. Maritime Acad. 6-3, 4-3 MASCAC Last Week: No. 19
19. Husson University 4-5, 4-2 CCC Last Week: Not Ranked
20. Plymouth State 6-3, 4-3 MASCAC Last Week: No. 18 

On the Rise: Dean College, Salve Regina University, and Tufts University


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll| Week Five Poll|Week Six|Week Seven |Week Eight |Week Nine |Week Ten 


As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 

 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Nov. 9th, 2019)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It’s Friday – why do people call it ‘Fri-yay?’

If anyone has an answer, please let me know, but in the meantime let’s get ready for another important week of New England D-III Football with our weekly edition of ’10 Games to Watch.’

Last Week: I went 5-5, which is OK, but not great, so my current record heading into the second to last week of the regular season is 60-30. Let’s see if I can at least pick six, seven or eight games correctly this weekend! 

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB.

Also, subscribe to our podcast on iTunes – you will enjoy our hyperlocal sports chatter!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Ten)

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Top 20 Poll 

No. 1 Western New England at Becker College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Golden Bears can clinch the CCC title on Saturday with a win on the road. And after watching last week’s win against Endicott College, I think the Golden Bears will certainly be able to score an important win against the Hawks. PREDICTION: WNE 35, Becker 10 

Castleton University at No. 20 Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs need just one more win to secure the ECFC crown outright. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Castleton 10 

No. 7 Bridgewater State at No. 5 Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): Both teams enter this important clash riding impressive winning streaks, but in the end, the Rams should be able to make a few more plays on both offense and defense to secure a VERY important conference win. PREDICTION: Framingham State 24, Bridgewater State 17 

No. 19 Mass. Maritime Academy at No. 9 UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Corsairs looked impressive last week against Western Connecticut and should be able to throw and run the ball against the Buccaneers defense. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 26, Mass. Maritime Academy 14 

No. 14 Amherst College at No. 10 Williams College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): Williams enters Saturday’s must-see rivalry clash with an edge – they should be able to bounce back from last week’s setback to Wesleyan University by scoring an exciting season-ending win against the Mammoths. PREDICTION: Williams 25, Amherst 13 

No. 13 Wesleyan University at No. 12 Trinity College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Cardinals are still in contention to share the NESCAC crown, so this is a must-win against their rival. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 24, Trinity 20 

No. 16 Coast Guard Academy at No. 2 WPI (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Engineers need to win both this week and next week, but face a stiff test against a solid Bears defense. WPI should be able to squeak out a win, but don’t expect it to be an easy victory. PREDICTION: WPI 23, Coast Guard 16 

No. 15 Norwich University at No. 8 MIT (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Engineers have some serious momentum following an epic double-overtime win against WPI last week. Look for that momentum to help MIT score an exciting ‘Senior Day’ victory. PREDICTION: MIT 27, Norwich 21 

No. 6 Springfield College at Maine Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): With just two games remaining, Springfield knows this is a must-win. They have looked pretty impressive in their last few contests and should continue to their recent success on the road Saturday. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Maine Maritime 7 

No. 4 Middlebury College at Tufts University (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12:30 p.m.): At 8-0, these Panthers need just one more win to finish their nine-game slate undefeated. Tufts will provide the Panthers with some challenges, but in the end, I expect Middlebury to win. PREDICTION: Middlebury 20, Tufts 14 

Player Perspective: Brendan Costa (Bates College)

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Bates College quarterback Brendan Costa was a player to watch last weekend against Bowdoin College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brewster Burns for Bates College)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Brendan Costa credited his coaches, but also his teammates for last weekend’s win over rival Bowdoin College. It was what many would describe as a true team victory.

“Our guys did a great job of executing assignments, especially our big guys up front,” said the third-year signal-caller, who threw for a season-best three touchdowns against the Polar Bears.

“The offensive line really paved the way for our skill guys to make plays and the offense as a whole took a big step forward (last) week.” 

The win over Bowdoin has seemed to energize both Costa and his Bates College teammates heading into their final game of the 2019 season tomorrow (Saturday, November 9th) against Hamilton College. The hope it seems is for these Bobcats is to duplicate their performance against the Continentals, so they can head into the offseason with some much-needed momentum.

Prior to his team’s final contest, Noontime Sports caught-up with Costa to discuss the program’s first victory since 2017, but also what it meant to provide second-year coach Malik Hall with his initial win at Bates.

How important was it to rebound and score your first win of the 2019 season after falling short to Colby one week earlier? 

This was the first game we put together (a full) four quarters. Each phase of football we played at an exceptional level. We couldn’t let the Colby College game (from one week earlier) dictate our performance in the following games so we put it behind us quickly.

I am proud of us as a team to be able to bounce back in the way we did.

What was it like to celebrate Coach Hall’s first win with the program? Did he say anything to you/your teammates after the game concluded? 

 I was really happy for Coach Hall. He was long overdue for his first win as our coach (of the Bates football program). He works his butt off every day so we can be more successful as a program. Everything he does is for the “B.”

During his post-game speech, he just touched on how proud he was of us for putting together a complete game. You could tell he was just as happy for us, as we were for him.

How will this win help the team heading into the final game of the 2019 season against Hamilton College? Do you sense a different buzz in the air, especially at practice this week? 

There has been a different vibe in practice this week. We now know we can do it, so it is our expectation to put together great games from here on out.

Hamilton is a good squad with a lot of great players. This will be a test for our team to get a win on the road and to start stringing wins together heading into 2020. We are up for the challenge.

What would it mean for you (and your teammates) to cap your season with a win? Would it provide momentum (and some additional energy) heading into the 2020 season? 

It would mean a lot to close the year on a high note. There is no time for us to take steps back, we need to keep progressing and what better way to do that than grabbing a win on the road and gaining momentum for next year. We need to start taking big strides as a program so why not start now? I am very excited about our future.

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