Note From The Editor: Announcing Some New Coverage Plans for Noontime Sports

Note From Editor

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

Hey Everyone,

Happy Tuesday (and almost Fourth of July)! Hope everyone has some great plans in-store to celebrate America’s Birthday with family and friends tomorrow.

It has been a while since I did a quick check-in, so I thought, why not today?

The sports world is somewhat in a holding pattern as we anxiously await the start of another football season, but there is some news from the NBA about two well-known players changing teams: LeBron James is now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers while DeMarcus Cousins inked his name to a contract with the Golden State Warriors.

Sure, more news will come from the NBA world over the next few days and weeks, and hopefully my Boston Celtics can lock-up Marcus Smart for another year or two, so he can help the Green and White take down the Philadelphia 76ers in next year’s Eastern Conference Finals.

But enough about the NBA, let me switch gears to an update on where Noontime Sports is headed over the next few months and what you can expect from both our blog and social media channels going forward.

  • More Feature Stories: We will be producing long-form stories from the New England (and northeast) baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse and soccer worlds, which will be similar to what I produced over the past three years on the Amherst College football and Babson College field hockey teams.
  • New England Top 10 Polls: The New England Top 10s on basketball, football and lacrosse will return once again this school year, so make sure to stay tuned for our initial poll of the 2018-19 school year next month.
  • Stay Social: In case you missed it (or did not know), we recently launched a few new Twitter handles that focus on baseball, hockey and soccer. You should definitely click follow because these channels will be producing content all about their sports. Additionally, these channels will be our go-to for game coverage, stories, links and videos. We will make sure to give you a heads-up on our main Twitter handle (@NoontimeSports) which handle you should follow for in-game updates, scores and news.
  • Pro, Prep School and High Schools will be included in our 2018-19 content coverage plan: When I first launched Noontime Sports in May 2009, my friends and I initially wrote blogs about pro sports. And while we used to include pro coverage before switching to just college sports, my thought is to welcome it back, but more in short or long-form pieces. Consider them more columns or opinion pieces. We also used to cover some high school sports when we launched, too, so one should expect some features on prep and high school teams this coming school year, as well. Our focus will remain on the college sports world, but expect to see some additional content on professional, prep and high school world.
  • We welcome story ideas or pitches for podcasts: Have a story idea or an idea for a podcast? Then let me know! Feel free to send me an email to MattNoonan@noontimesports.com. I would love to hear from you – any input is always welcome!

Well, that concludes my ‘editor’s note’ about some exciting content changes for Noontime Sports. I am really excited to branch out and tell some different stories, beginning later this summer. And as always, thank you for being amazing fans, friends and readers – I never would have imagined my tiny blog becoming what it is today, but that is due to the amazing support from all of you!

Have a great Fourth of July, as well as a wonderful summer, and I look forward to keeping you updated on the New England sports world later this week and beyond!

Stay connected with Matt Noonan on social media by following him on @MattNoonan11 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

MLL Commissioner Brown Is Excited For Thursday’s All-Star Game

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh poses with MLL Commissioner Alexander Brown (middle) and Davey Emala (right). (PHOTO CREDIT: Regan Communications)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star Game is scheduled for Thursday, June 28th at Harvard Stadium.

It promises to be an exciting evening of lacrosse – if you’re new to the sport, this would be a great introduction!

This year, 30 MLL All-Stars will compete against Team USA, which will be headed overseas in a few weeks to compete at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel.

Team USA edged the MLL All-Stars four years ago in this same contest before finishing second at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships, which were held in Denver, Colorado.

Some of the players headlining the MLL All-Star team include Davey Emala (Ohio Machine), Scott Ratliff (Atlanta Blaze) and Will Manny (New York Lizards).

MLL Commissioner Alexander Brown certainly seems excited for the upcoming contest – in fact, he told us last week that he “thinks it’s going to be a great game.”

“We’ve got two highly competitive teams that are going to be going up against each other and a number of interesting storylines associated with the game. I think it is going to be a great night for lacrosse,” said Brown.

“Boston has had a lot of success with this game and I think the weather is going to cooperate with us. There is nothing like getting to see the absolute best in any sport on the field in any one time, especially in a competitive environment, and I think that is going to bode well for our game.

“If you’re a sports fan, it is worth coming out to see (this game on Thursday) because it is a very reasonable ticket and there will be a lot of things around the game, so it should be very much a festival atmosphere, so I would encourage fans to make their way to Harvard Stadium.”

Noontime Sports will be at this year’s MLL All-Star Game – you can follow our in-game coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Lax.

For more information on Thursday’s MLL All-Star Game, as well as ticket information – HOP HERE

MLL Unveils Roster For All-Stars Vs. Team USA Rematch

Major_League_Lacrosse_logo.svgBy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced its 30 man roster for their upcoming All-Stars vs. Team USA rematch, which is scheduled to take place Thursday, June 28th at Harvard Stadium at 7 p.m.

The MLL All-Stars faced-off against Team USA four years ago prior to the Americans finishing first at the World Lacrosse Championship, which was held in Denver, Colorado. This year’s championship will take place in Israel.

Team USA edged the MLL All-Stars, 10-9, thanks to Rob Pannell‘s game-winning goal with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Rice (Atlanta Blaze) and Will Manny (New York Lizards) headlined the MLL All-Star roster, while the Boston Cannons will be represented by Will SandsBrandon Mullins and Sergio Perkovic.

Joe Walters of the New York Lizards was also named to this year’s MLL All-Star roster – this will be his ninth appearance in the league’s All-Star Game, while Kyle Harrison and Brian Karalunas, who play for the Ohio Machine, will be appearing in the contest for the seventh time, respectively.

“We are thrilled to invite 30 of the best players in the world to represent MLL in this year’s All-Star Game,” MLL Commissioner Alexander Brown said in a statement earlier today.

“Not only will the best players in the world be on display, but this grudge match has historically proved to be one of the most exciting events our game has to offer. For any lacrosse fan, this game is one that they will not want to miss!”

MLL Announces Site For 2018 Championship

Major_League_Lacrosse_logo.svgBy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

It was announced earlier today that the 2018 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Championship will be held in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, August 2018 at MUSC Health Stadium.

According to this morning’s press release, this will be the first-ever game in MLL history held in South Carolina.

“The Championship Game presents a great opportunity to showcase the top talent our sport has to offer, and we are very excited about bringing this unique event to the beautiful city of Charleston,” MLL Commissioner Alexander Brown said in today’s release.

“I would like to thank the Charleston Battery and the Charleston Sports Commission for their support of this event and for hosting us at a tremendous venue in MUSC Health Stadium.”

The MLL championship has been previously held in a neutral location, including last season when the Denver Outlaws and Ohio Machine met at The Star in Frisco, Texas, which is the current home of the Dallas Rattlers.

MUSC Health Stadium is currently the home of the Charleston Battery, a professional soccer team that competes in the United Soccer League. The stadium has the largest jumbotron in the Southeast at 3,000 square feet.

MLL began its 2018 season this past weekend with the Charlotte HoundsFlorida LaunchNew York Lizards and Dallas earning opening week wins.

Boston Cannons Announce High School Rivalry Series

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Boston Cannons Helmet. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reed Smith’s Photography)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

The Boston Cannons announced this morning their High School Rivalry Series, which will take place before select home games later this season.

The High School Rivalry series is presented by Plymouth Rock Assurance.

Catholic Memorial and Malden Catholic will be the first two teams to compete in the series – the two squads will face-off at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, May 5th at 3:30 p.m. before Boston entertains the Dallas Rattlers at 6 p.m.

Governor’s Academy will square-off against St. Sebastian’s one week later on Saturday, May 12th at Harvard Stadium with the game scheduled to commence at 3 p.m.

The final two matchups with take place in Hingham on Saturday, May 19th with the girls team hosting Braintree at 12 p.m. followed by the boy’s team entertaining Needham at 2 p.m. Boston and the Chesapeake Bayhawks will also compete in Hingham that same day with face-off scheduled for 6 p.m.

For more information on the upcoming High School Rivalry Series – HOP HERE!