Additional D3 Sports Coverage To Be Produced Through NoontimeSports.com

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

As we slowly close the book on the 2017-18 school year – well, the past nine to 10 months of coverage, to be exact – I thought this would be a good time to dish out some exciting new content news for Noontime Sports!

As seen in our Twitter poll below, it appears you, the fans and friends of our blog, would like to see some additional D3 coverage that includes some non-New England schools. And yes, I oblige!

So, starting in late-June/early-July, we will begin our preseason football coverage with getting to know some non-New England squads, while still continuing to produce blogs and podcasts on teams from our New England/Northeast region.

We may also sprinkle in some soccer coverage, too, so make sure to stay connected with us on social media as we begin the next phase of our content creation journey!

Finally, be on the lookout for some high school coverage going forward, too. We will aim to have some postseason tournament coverage on the site over the next few weeks in Massachusetts as local teams begin their quest for winning the ultimate prize: a state championship.

As always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and SnapChat! 

D3 Lacrosse: Women’s NCAA Tournament First & Second Round Pairings

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament officially begins this Saturday, May 12th with first round contests following by second round games the following day on Sunday, May 13th.

Below is a list of all the first and second round matches:

First Round (Saturday, May 12th)

Meredith vs. Merchant Marine
Springfield College vs. Elms College
Westfield State vs. Morrisville State
Wesleyan vs. Messiah
SUNY Cortland vs. Plymouth State
Catholic vs. Johnson & Wales
Washington & Lee vs. Cabrini
Babson College vs. Castleton University
Tufts vs. FDU-Florham
William Smith vs. Endicott College

Second Round (Sunday, May 13th)

TCJN vs. William Smith or Endicott
Bowdoin College vs. Stevens Inst.
Franklin & Marshall vs. Tufts or FDU-Florham
Colorado College vs. Claremont Mudd Scripps
Middlebury College vs. Babson or Castleton
Illinois Wesleyan vs. Hamline
York (Pa) vs. Washington & Lee or Cabrini
Rowan vs. Catholic or Johnson & Wales
Amherst vs. SUNY Cortland or Plymouth State
St. John Fisher vs. Wesleyan or Messiah
Mount Washington vs. Mount Union
Gettysburg vs. Westfield State or Morrisville State
Rhodes vs. Transylvania
Trinity College vs. Springfield or Elms
Denison vs. Calvin
Salisbury vs. Meredith or Merchant Marine

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Middlebury College takes over as our top team in the region following an opening round win this past weekend in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament. The Panthers will take on third-ranked Trinity College this Saturday, May 5th in one of two semifinals – second-ranked Amherst College will take on fifth-ranked Bowdoin College. Both semifinals will occur in Middlebury, Vermont with each winner advancing to Sunday’s (May 6th) championship. The winner will secure the NESCAC’s automatic qualifier for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Springfield College was the biggest mover, jumping up three spots to the seven position after previously checking-in 10th one week ago. The Pride enter the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament as a third-seed, but will certainly be a team to watch. They will face Smith College in the opening round on Wednesday, May 6th.

Finally, Endicott CollegeMIT and Westfield State made their initial debut on our weekly Top 10 Poll – all three teams will certainly be squads to keep an eye on this week in their respective conference tournaments.

Stay connected with New England Professional, College and High School coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Lax

Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 30th, 2018

1. Middlebury College 14-2, 9-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Amherst College 15-1, 9-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
3. Trinity College 11-5, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
4. Tufts University 12-4, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
5. Bowdoin College 12-4, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Wesleyan University 10-6, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
7. Springfield College 12-5, 7-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
8.  Endicott College 12-3, 8-0 CCC Last Week: NR
9. MIT 11-5, 7-1 NEWMAC Last Week: NR
10. Westfield State 15-2, 7-0 MASCAC Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Babson College (10-7, 7-1 NEWMAC), Framingham State (15-2, 6-1 MASCAC) and Johnson & Wales University (15-2, 10-0 GNAC).

Lax Notebook: D3 Games To Watch This Week

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s the final week of the NCAA D3 Lacrosse regular season, so let’s dish out some games to watch, follow or attend this week in New England, which you know I will be tweeting about @MattNoonan11!

Men’s Lacrosse: Salve Regina at Curry College (Tues., Apr. 24th at 7 p.m.): Both teams enter tonight’s contest in a two-way tie for third place. This game could go either way, but I think Curry will find a way late in the game to pull out the W! PICK: Curry 

Men’s Lacrosse: Mitchell College at Becker College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4 p.m.): One goal by Becker in the fourth quarter was the difference in the initial meeting, but look for Mitchell to bounce back. The winner of this game advances to Dean College this weekend to contend for the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) crown. PICK: Mitchell 

Women’s Lacrosse: MIT at Coast Guard Academy (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4 p.m.): The Bears have enjoyed a VERY successful fourth season, but this maybe a tough one for them to snag – the Engineers enter the contest with a lot of momentum. PICK: MIT 

Men’s Lacrosse: Conn. College at Wesleyan University (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4:30 p.m.): The Cardinals will be a team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, but don’t expect the Red and Black to soar past a solid Conn. College squad, which has been an exciting story this spring. PICK: Wesleyan

Women’s Lacrosse: Amherst College at Trinity College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 6:30 p.m.): My pick is the Mammoths in this one. Their defense is legit and should be able to slow down the Bantams’ offense. PICK: Amherst 

Men’s Lacrosse: Bowdoin College at Tufts University (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): The Jumbos will look to cap their regular season slate with a solid win over a Polar Bears squad, which fell to Williams College this past weekend. PICK: Tufts 

Men’s Lacrosse: MIT at Babson College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): The Beavers’ final week of the regular season is certainly not an easy one, so expect the Engineers to provide some challenges for the Green and White in all four quarters. PICK: Babson 

Men’s Lacrosse: Clark University at Springfield College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Cougars, who will look to secure a spot in the upcoming New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament. The race for the final four spots will be fun to watch! PICK: Clark 

Women’s Lacrosse: Salve Regina at Framingham State (Thurs., Apr. 26th): The Rams appeared in last week’s regional rankings and will be a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). PICK: Framingham State 

Men’s Lacrosse: Coast Guard Academy at Babson College (Sat., Apr. 28th at 12 p.m.): The Bears will attempt to cap its regular season slate with a win over the Beavers, who appear to be the front-runner for the top seed in the NEWMAC Tournament. Pick: Coast Guard Academy

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Amherst College once again remains the top team in New England after a few important wins last week, including a 7-3 victory this past Saturday against Bates College. The Mammoths’ defense has been extremely impressive over the past few weeks, while the offense has provided multiple problems for opposing units. Amherst is averaging close to 14 goals per game.

Middlebury College swapped spots with Tufts University, checking-in second overall this week after appearing in the third position a week ago. The Panthers scored back-to-back wins this weekend over the Jumbos and Hamilton College – they will be the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which officially begins on Saturday, April 28th.

Stay connected with New England Professional, College and High School coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Lax

Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 23rd 2018

1. Amherst College 13-1, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Middlebury College 12-2, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Tufts University 11-3, 7-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
4. Trinity College 10-4, 6-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Bowdoin College 11-3, 6-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Wesleyan University 9-5, 5-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
7. Colby College 8-6, 3-6 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Bates College 7-7, 2-7 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Williams College 6-8, 2-7, NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Springfield College 11-5, 6-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (8-7, 5-1 NEWMAC), Endicott College (11-3, 7-0 CCC), Framingham State (12-2, 4-1 MASCAC), Hamilton College (5-9, 3-7 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (12-2, 9-0 GNAC), MIT (9-5, 5-1 NEWMAC) and Roger Williams (12-3, 7-1 CCC).