New England College Lacrosse: Hartford, Vermont To Meet In America East Conference Tournament Final

Hartford and Vermont will contend for the America East Conference Tournament crown on Saturday morning in Albany, New York. (Photo Credit: AmericaEast.com)

Hartford and Vermont will contend for the America East Conference Tournament crown on Saturday morning in Albany, New York. (Photo Credit: AmericaEast.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Saturday’s America East Conference men’s lacrosse championship will have a New England feel to it as the University of Hartford will take on University of Vermont in Albany, New York with face-off set for 10 a.m.

The Catamounts overcame a two-goal deficit at the break to defeat Stony Brook, while Justin Huggins netted the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Hawks past the Great Danes. Huggins concluded the contest with a career-high five goals.

Tomorrow’s championship will be Hartford’s most recent appearance in the conference final – the Hawks captured the AE crown in 2011 when they defeated Stony Brook, 11-10.

Vermont’s win over Stony Brook was their first in program history, while the victory provided the unit with their initial conference tournament victory. Saturday’s final will be the Catamounts first appearance, too.

Mass. College Lax: Noontime Top 5 (Division 1, Week 1 Poll)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of the Division 1 College Lacrosse in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s poll – our #NoontimeTop5 – highlighting the local squads.

Men’s Division 1

1.) Harvard (1-0) – The Crimson began their 2015 campaign last Saturday, downing the Minutemen in the snow. Harvard travels to Duke on Saturday for what could eventually be a NCAA Tournament clash later this spring.

2.) Holy Cross (2-0) – The Crusaders made some serious “noise” last weekend, defeating Loyola (Md.), 13-12. Holy Cross has won-back-to-back contests by one-goal. This week, they host Navy, which is coming off back-to-back setbacks to Maryland and Bucknell. Can the Crusaders keep on rolling?

3.) Boston University (2-1) – The Terriers look to rebound following their initial of the season against Providence College on Tuesday. This is the second of four road games for the Terriers, and it would be great for BU to capture at least one or two contests before returning to Nickerson Field.

4.) UMass (0-3) – This hasn’t been the ideal start for the Minutemen, who lost by one on Saturday to the Crimson. UMass is desperate for a win, but can they clam their first victory against Brown, which defeated Quinnipiac, 17-6, last weekend?

5.) UMass Lowell (0-2) – After a tough Division 1 debut against Yale, the River Hawks kept pace with Siena before falling, 13-9. They’re close to their program’s initial Division 1 victory and it could come this weekend against Wagner.

Women’s Division 1

1.) Boston College (3-0) – Coach Acacia Walker’s squad is off to another fast start, claiming local wins against UMass Lowell and Vermont, along with a 9-5 season-opening road victory at Johns Hopkins. This week, they open ACC play on the road at Syracuse, which is a big contest.

2.) Harvard (1-0) – The Crimson commenced their 2015 season with a non-conference win against Hofstra, which included 11 stops from goalie Kelly Weis. Harvard will enjoy a short break before taking on Virginia, Columbia and Syracuse in a span of 11 days, starting on March 3.

3.) UMass (3-0) – The “New England” tour continues this week with games against Boston University and Holy Cross. Back-to-back wins would provide UMass with five local victories heading into their next home tilt against Drexel.

4.) Boston University (1-1) – After registering their first win of the season, the Terriers fell to Vanderbilt, 16-9. Can they rebound against UMass later this week?

5.) Holy Cross (0-3) – It hasn’t been an ideal start for the Crusaders, who have dropped three straight, including a tough season-opening game against Bryant, 9-6. Holy Cross will look to snap its skid on Saturday against UMass at home.

Mass. College Lax: Recapping The Weekend of Lacrosse (LINKS)

By Matt Noonan

Despite the snow – even additional snow from yesterday – we had some lacrosse games this weekend. Below is a roundup of the various games.

Men’s Lacrosse

BU 13, Canisius 9Trailing 6-4 at the break, the Terriers used a 5-0 run, sparked by a Cal Dearth strike that helped BU go onto claim their second win of the season and first-ever victory at Nickerson Field.

Holy Cross 10, Fairfield 9: Terry McKenna netted the game-winning goal – his only strike of the contest – which lifted the Crusaders to their first win of the season.

Yale 19, UMass Lowell 4: Cory Highfield scored two goals in the River Hawks’ first-ever  Division I era contest.

North Carolina 20, UMass 8: Nick Mariano recorded his seventh career hat trick in the Minutemen’s second setback of the season.

Women’s Lacrosse

BU 13, Siena 9: Mallory Collins and Ally Adams each netted four goals as the Terriers won their first contest of the season in Queensbury, New York.

No. 7/6 BC 9, Johns Hopkins 5Caroline Margolis tied her career-high of three goals, Mikaela Rix netted a pair and the Eagles won their initial contest of the season.

Bryant 9, Holy Cross 6: Kristie Voswinkel recorded a hat trick and one helper to lead the Bulldogs past the Crusaders in their first contest of the season. Laura Ryan registered a hat trick for Holy Cross.

UMass 18, UMass Lowell 4: Hannah Murphy paced UMass with a hat trick, while five players scored twice in their initial win of the season. Taylor Sokol registered two goals for UMass Lowell in their season debut.

Mass. College Lax Notebook: BU, UMass Commence 2015 Season

By Matt Noonan 

Ah, lacrosse season has officially begun. And despite the snow, we have some news and notes to share from the opening weekend.

Boston University commences second season with 18-6 win over Mercer: The BU men’s lacrosse team started their 2015 campaign with an 18-6 win over Mercer.

Due to the snowy conditions, the Terriers played their season-opener in Cambridge at the Harvard Stadium Bubble.

Freshmen Jack Wilson and Ryan Hilburn combined for six goals and four assists – 10 points – while Christian Carson-Banister turned away 10 shots, including four attempts in the opening session.

BU jumped out to a 6-0 lead, which ballooned into an 11-1 advantage at the break.

Wilson finished with a team-high 13 shots, while Sam Talkow scooped 10 ground balls.

The Terriers will look to continue their early season momentum on Saturday, February 14 when they travel to Canisus for a 1:00 p.m. face-off.

UMass Falls in Season-Opener: The UMass men’s lacrosse commenced their season with a 12-7 setback to No. 20/20 Army in Amherst. Nick Mariano paced the Minutemen with four points – a hat trick and one helper – while Peter Lindley netted two goals, while assisting on one strike.

Army jumped out to a 5-0 lead and led 7-3 at the break. The Black Knights extended their advantage to 11-3 after three quarters before the Minutemen trimmed the deficit with four fourth quarter goals, including a pair by Lindley and Mariano, respectively.

UMass returns to action next Saturday when they travel to North Carolina for a 12 p.m. face-off.

Season-Openers Upon Us: Don’t worry, fans! More lacrosse is upon us. Here are few games to keep an eye on this week, which are scheduled for Saturday, February 14.

* UMass (men’s lacrosse) travels to North Carolina for a 12 p.m. face-off.

* UMass (women’s lacrosse) and UMass Lowell will tangle in Amherst on Saturday; opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

* Holy Cross (men’s lacrosse) travels to Fairfield for a 12 p.m. face-off, while the women’s team travel to Bryant University for a 1:00 p.m. start.

* Boston College (women’s lacrosse) travels to Johns Hopkins on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. opening draw.

* UMass Lowell (men’s lacrosse) will commence its season on the road against Yale; face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

* Boston University (men’s lacrosse) heads to Canisius for a 1:00 p.m. face-off, while the women’s team heads to Siena for a 2:00 p.m. start.

* Merrimack College (men’s lacrosse) and Springfield College will tangle in an exhibition tilt that will take place in Springfield. The exhibition is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Merrimack will also scrimmage against Skidmore at 1:00 p.m.

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Tops UML In Fourth Annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders”

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Lisa Mifsud’s (Erie, Pa.) 3-pointer with less than four and a half minutes to play ignited a 14-1 outburst to help lift Holy Cross to a 78-63 victory over visiting UMass Lowell in a non-conference women’s basketball matchup on Monday morning.

The game was part of the fourth annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders” event that saw a record crowd of 2,824, including an estimated 2,700 Worcester Public School children from 19 schools. The previous Get Fit record of 2,134 was set on January 8, 2013 against Brown. In all, the event has boasted 7,971 attendees, or approximately 1992 per game, in four years.

“As a Worcester Public school alum, this day is very special for me,” said head coach Bill Gibbons. “I want to thank everyone who helped make this day possible and would also like to thank the kids who supported us throughout the game. This was our biggest crowd yet for the ‘Get Fit Game’ and it was a great atmosphere for our team!”

Holy Cross head strength and conditioning coach Jeff Oliver, along with several Holy Cross student-athletes, gave a presentation at halftime about eating healthy foods and exercising. The official attendance number was the most for a Holy Cross home women’s basketball game since the all-time record of 4,000 was set on Feb. 11, 2006 against Bucknell.

The Crusaders, who are undefeated (4-0) in Get Fit games, pick up their third win of the season (3-8) while the River Hawks slip to 5-6 in its second season as a Division I program.

Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) opened the game with six for the Crusaders while Jasmine McRoy (Gaithersburg, Md.) canned a 3-pointer for the guests in the first four-plus minutes of action.  The River Hawks eventually took a 7-6 advantage following a triple by Shannon Samuels (Windsor, Conn.) only to have Holy Cross reclaim the lead with a pair of freebies by Emily Parker(Johnston, Iowa) moments later.

“Coach Gibbons said before the opening tip that there should be an investigation if we don’t have energy,” commented Misfud. “I think the kids brought us a lot of energy. We came out [and] we executed well.”

UMass Lowell pushed ahead twice more before the hosts went on a 15-4 run to take a 26-16 lead with 7:56 left in the frame.  Holy Cross went on to increase its margin to 16 courtesy of a Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) layup with 4:40 showing on the scoreboard. Brianna Rudolph (Lynn, Mass.) and Lindsey Doucette (Hopkinton, Mass.) each sank a 3-pointer during an 8-3 run to whittle the River Hawks deficit to 11 twice before the break.

McRoy opened the second half with the seventh UMass Lowell triple of the contest to pull within single digits (8) for the first time since 6:15 in the opening frame. Scott answered for the hosts and bookended another personal run, this time with an 8-1 outburst, with a pair of old fashioned three-point plays to increase the lead back to 14. After a pair of free throws by Kayla Gibbs (Teaneck, N.J.), the River Hawks cut the deficit back to single digits with 14:38 remaining. UMass Lowell continued to chip away and eventually pulled within a pair following Samuel’s layup with 4:30 to play. Ten seconds later, Mifsud canned a trey and later converted a pair of freebies before Scott finished things off with a pair of layups in the final 1:16.

“I think there were points in today’s game where it felt like our shots weren’t dropping or maybe they were getting their hands on loose balls,” remarked Scott. “Being a team and coming together, we controlled the ‘controllables’ today.”

Scott led all players with 26 points and 10 boards while Kate Gillespie (Washington, D.C.) scored 19 and Mifsud added 14 to go along with a game-best seven helpers. Katie Doherty (Holbrook, N.Y.) chipped in with eight and Hourigan tacked on six while Parker scored all five of the Crusaders bench points.  Hourigan also filled the stat sheets with three blocks, two assists and two swipes.

“After the UMass game, we had to regroup a little bit and I think this game was good for us because we played well and we played together as a team,” added Gillespie.

McRoy led a quartet of River Hawk double-digit scorers with 14. Rudolph came off the bench to sink 13 while Samuels (six assists) and Doucette (eight rebounds) each tallied 11 to go along with three steals apiece.

Holy Cross held advantages in the paint (38-18), off turnovers (24-19), second chance points (17-6) and fast break points (10-8). UMass Lowell enjoyed a 27-5 bulge in bench points.

The Crusaders travel to Stony Brook to face Norfolk St. and Western Michigan at the Seawolves Holiday Classic on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Both games are slated for 12:00 p.m. The River Hawks, meanwhile, host St. Francis (NY) at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30.

Portion Courtesy Holy Cross Media Relations

Mass. College Hoops: Weekend Schedule (Dec. 13-15)

By NoontimeSports.com 

There maybe a snowstorm on the way, but as of this afternoon, here is this weekend’s schedule.

Friday, Dec. 13: 

* Worcester State at Springfield College, 7 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Springfield College at Worcester State, 7:30 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

Saturday, Dec. 14: 

* Framingham State at St. Joe’s (ME), 12 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Anna Maria at Elms College, 12 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* TCNJ at Westfield State, 12:30 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Marist at Boston University, 1 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* UMass Boston at Rhode Island College, 1 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Southern Maine at Salem State, 1 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Lesley University at Gordon College, 1 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Lasell College at Plymouth State, 1 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Keene State at No. 14 WPI, 1 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Wheelock at MIT, 1 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Merrimack at So. New Hampshire, 1:30 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* American International at Saint Rose, 1:30 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Framingham State at Elms College, 2 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Maine-Farmington at Wentworth Institute of Technology, 2 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* UMass Boston at Rhode Island College, 3 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Lesley University at Gordon College, 3 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Southern Maine at Salem State, 3 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Northern Illinois at No. 22 UMass, 3:30 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Merrimack at So. New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* American International at Saint Rose, 3:30 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

Sunday, Dec. 15: 

* Philadelphia at Boston College, 12 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Norfolk State at Boston University, 1 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Northeastern University at Fairfield, 1 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Maine at Northeastern University, 2 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* New Hampshire at Boston College, 3 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* UMass Lowell at Central Conn. State, 4 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Western Conn. State at Regis (Mass.), 6 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

NCAA Tournament: Field Hockey, Soccer & Volleyball Notebook

By Matt Noonan 

A variety of local teams competed this past weekend in various NCAA tournaments and below is a few notes from each bracket.

Field Hockey

* Both Boston College and Massachusetts saw their run toward a national championship conclude. UMass fell to Duke in the second round, 4-1, while UConn edged BC in the first round, 2-1.

The Huskies (UConn), who went onto defeat Michigan State in the second round, are the only New England squad in the Division 1 semifinals. They’ll take on North Carolina on Friday, November 22 with the winner advancing to Sunday’s championship against Duke or Maryland.

* In Division 2, Merrimack earned a spot in the semifinals by defeating Stonehill, 4-3. With the win, the Warriors will face LIU Post, the Northeast-10 champions, in the semifinals on Friday. The winner will advance to Sunday’s championship match against either Millersville or Shippensburg.

* In Division 3, Wellesley College saw its run toward the semifinals end as Salisbury defeated the Blue, 4-1. Wellesley, which secured a spot in the second round, defeated Ursinus College on Saturday, 3-0.

Bowdoin College is the only New England school in the semifinals. The Polar Bears, who take on Christopher Newport University this weekend, earned a semifinal spot by defeating SUNY New Paltz and Montclair State. If Bowdoin wins on Friday, they’ll face the winner of Skidmore-Salisbury on Sunday.

Men’s Soccer

* No local Division 1 school earned a spot in this year’s tournament, but Connecticut, Quinnipiac and Providence will be representing New England. All three teams kickoff their quest for some hardware on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

* Similar to Division 1, no local Division 2 team earned a spot in this year’s tournament. However, Southern New Hampshire, a New England squad and member of the NE-10, won its second round contest against Wilmington (Del.), 3-0. Their quest toward Georgia continues on Friday when they take on LIU post for a chance to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals.

* Finally, three Division 3 teams remain alive, as Amherst, Brandeis and Williams will continue their seasons this weekend. No times or locations have been announced for Brandeis-Williams or Amherst-St. Lawrence.

Women’s Soccer

* Four local squads earned spots in the Division 1 bracket, but only Boston College and Boston University remain. The Eagles defeated Northeastern University, 2-0, while the Terries beat Harvard University, 1-0. BU will return to the pitch on Friday when they take on Santa Clara, while BC will face Nebraska. The winners of each contest will advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals.

* American International College (AIC) will compete in the third round of the Division 2 tournament on Friday as they take on Saint Rose. The Yellow Jackets earn this particular matchup thanks to a 2-0 victory over Bridgeport in the second round. A win would guarantee AIC a spot in the quarterfinals on Sunday against California (Pa.) or Slippery Rock.

* Williams is the only Massachusetts squad remaining in the Division 3 bracket as the Ephs secured a spot in the quarterfinals by defeating Lesley and Keene State. Williams will travel to Middlebury, Vermont for their match against Johns Hopkins on Saturday, November 23. A win would extend the Ephs season to the regional finals against the winner of Middlebury-Misericordia.

Volleyball

* UMass Boston will contend for a Division 3 championship this weekend as the Beacons celebrated their New England Region victory last night against Williams. The victory marks the third time in the past four years that the Beacons have won the regional title. Next up, UMass Boston travels to Holland, Michigan to face Calvin in the quarterfinals. A win would secure the Beacons a spot in the semifinals, which will be played on Friday against the winner of Eastern-Emory.