New England D3 Football: What Teams To Watch In 2017?

NOONTIME FB 2017 EARLY PREDICT

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Sure, football season seems like a ways off, especially with next weekend being Memorial Day Weekend.

Yet, before we know it, another season of New England D3 Football will be back!

As promised – I mentioned it a few times on Twitter this week – below are the teams I will be watching this upcoming season in all five conferences.

Let me know what you think – do you agree or disagree? If so, send me a tweet or email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. And make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports) and Facebook!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Western New England will once again be the favorite, but who challenges the Golden Bears? Three teams: EndicottNichols and Salve Regina. One other team to keep an eye on is Curry College.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)Husson University will be the ‘team-to-beat or watch this fall, however, who challenges the Eagles? My thoughts: Castleton State and SUNY Maritime. One other team to watch would be Dean College.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Bridgewater State should be the favorite, especially after rebounding from a slow start. Yet, who challenges the Bears for the conference crown? My thoughts: Fitchburg StateFramingham StatePlymouth State and UMass Dartmouth.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)This conference produced an exciting final few weeks of football. And now that every team will play each other, it should be interesting to see what squad can take down the favorite, which is Trinity College. And while the Bantams maybe the favorite, don’t overlook the following: Tufts UniversityMiddlebury College and Wesleyan College. One other team that could contend for the crown is Amherst College, which concluded its season with a convincing win over an up-and-coming Williams College squad.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Springfield College has to be the favorite heading into a brand new league, but keep an eye on WPI and Norwich University. All three should be in the mix for the inaugural NEWMAC title, but don’t overlook Merchant Marine Academy.

Endicott’s Tommy Hughes Keeps The Focus On ‘Getting Better’ Everyday

Senior Captain Midfielder Tommy Hughes (12)

Endicott College senior Tommy Hughes has been dominant at the face-off X this season, winning a league-best 260 face-offs. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Le)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Endicott College senior Tommy Hughes prides himself in one thing: to get better every day.

Getting better every day is a tribute to both past and current coaches, including Eric Hagarty, who have preached those words to Hughes, who has become a stand-out face-off specialist with the Gulls.

“All season, Coach has harped to (my teammates and I) that it’s all about getting better,” said Hughes, who was tabbed this week’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Specialist of the Week for the sixth time this season.

“If you better yourself every day then the proof will just show itself,” he added.

Since arriving to campus in the fall of 2013, Hughes has been an integral part to the men’s lacrosse program, capturing an impressive 1,142 face-offs, while scooping 719 ground balls. This season, he led all all CCC face-off specialists with 260 face-off victories, while scooping a league-high 184 ground balls.

Hughes’ success at the face-off X helped the Gulls capture eight league games this spring, along with a regular season crown. The eight wins provided Endicott with the top seed in this year’s CCC Tournament, which began this past weekend with a pair of first-round contests.

Senior Captain Midfielder Tommy Hughes (12)

Endicott College’s Tommy Hughes keeps his focus on ‘getting better’ each day. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Le)

Endicott, which returns to the field tomorrow evening, will host Curry College in a semifinal match-up with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Gulls and Colonels met earlier this season with Endicott claiming a 20-11 victory.

Hughes highlighted his team’s win over Curry, tallying a season-best 24 face-off victories. He also recorded 24 face-off wins in his team’s 15-10 win over Roger Williams.

And due to his squad earning a first-round bye, he, along with his teammates, were able to keep the focus on ‘getting better’ with additional practices the past few days.

“I took more and more face-offs every day (to prepare for this week’s game), while our offense kept shooting more and more every single day,” said Hughes.

Hughes, who hopes to guide his squad to this Saturday’s championship game, knows he and his teammates will have to play their best lacrosse tomorrow evening to extend their season for a few more days.

Of course, Hughes would love to end his career with some hardware – a CCC crown and NCAA Tournament – but instead of thinking about hoisting a trophy, he is keeping the focus on ‘getting better’ every day.

“My focus is to keep getting better and bettering myself, so I can be prepared for upcoming games,” said Hughes.

 

 

 

 

 

Endicott Finishes CCC Play Undefeated, Secures Top Sports In Tournament

c6af2cb0cc48660a79fe3174028eb46dBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Following a 15-4 win this afternoon over Gordon College, the Endicott College men’s lacrosse team capped its regular season with a perfect 8-0 ledger in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play, along with the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

The CCC Tournament will commence this Saturday, April 29th with a pair of first-round games with the winners advancing to next Wednesday’s (May 3rd) semifinals.

The championship will occur a week from this Saturday – that would be Saturday, May 6th, to be exact – with the winner securing the conference’s automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Will Jennings highlighted his team’s final regular season outing, netting five goals, while dishing out a pair of assists. Colin Bannon concluded the contest with two goals and two assists, Will Clark recorded a hat trick and Tommy Hughes won 15 of 17 face-offs.

Endicott outshot Gordon, 45-37, while scooping 48 ground balls, including 15 in the second session.

Gordon, which concluded its 2017 season this afternoon, received a team-high two goals from Thor Rasmussen.

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D3Lax Weekend Watch (Apr. 22nd-23rd)

D3MLAX WKND Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s the weekend! As part of our remaining regular season (and soon-to-be tournament coverage), here are the games we’ll be watching this weekend in New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse.

Remember to stay connected with us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports) for scores, updates and news from around the New England D3 lacrosse world.

  • Curry at Salve Regina, 12 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Endicott at Bowdoin, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Mount Ida at Anna Maria, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Johnson & Wales at St. Joseph’s (Maine), 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Clark at Babson, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Tufts at Wesleyan, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Amherst at Williams, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Regis at Mitchell, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Husson at Lyndon State, 1:30 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Becker at Daniel Webster, 3 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Plymouth State at UMass Boston, 3 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Maine Maritime at New England College, 4 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Johnson State at Husson, 2:30 p.m. (Apr. 23rd)

Games to Watch This Week In D3 Lax (Apr. 18th-23rd)

D3Lax Games To Watch

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

We’re closing in on the final few weeks of the regular season, which means the race for final conference tournament spots is on … in fact, it is so on!

Below are some games you should follow this week – of course, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter for game updates, scores and news from around the New England Division III men’s lacrosse world.

Lasell College at Trinity College, 5:30 p.m. (TODAY | April 17th) 

Bates College at Tufts University, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, April 18th) 

Roger Williams at Western New England, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th)

Plymouth State at Keene State, 4 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th) 

Coast Guard Academy at Springfield College, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th) 

New England College at Lyndon State, 7 p.m. (Thursday, April 20th) 

Endicott College at Bowdoin College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd)

Roger Williams at University of New England, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd)  

Clark University at Babson College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Tufts University at Wesleyan University, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Amherst College at Williams College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Plymouth State at UMass Boston, 3 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

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

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.