Western New England Secures Our New England D-III Women’s Team of the Month

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Emily Farrell and Meghan Orbann have been two players to watch on Western New England this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Western New England has enjoyed a very successful start to its 2019-20 season.

The Golden Bears have won six of seven contests and head into their final week of the semester with some serious momentum. And that momentum, as well as their impressive play has earned WNE our Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Team of the Month honor for November.

WNE secured the fourth spot in our weekly Top 10 New England D-III Women’s Basketball Poll yesterday for the second-straight week following a post-Thanksgiving Day win over Roger Williams.

Before their win over the Hawks, the Golden Bears picked-up some impressive regional wins against Babson CollegeEastern Connecticut State, UMass Dartmouth, and Worcester State.

WNE’s lone loss of the season came early last month against Springfield College.

This week, the Golden Bears will look to conclude the first semester with two more wins when they host Salve Regina University on Wednesday, December 4th before visiting Endicott College on Saturday, December 7th. Following their visit to Beverly, Massachusetts, the Golden Bears will be off until the first week of January when they host Westfield State.

WNE is currently third in field goal percentage (38.6%) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), but first in free throw percentage (75.9%). Meghan Orbann is seventh in the conference in points per game (13.1), while Emily Farrell is tied for eighth with 13.0 points per game.

Players to Watch on Western New England: 

  • Meghan Orbann: The senior is averaging a career-best 13.1 points per game – she has tallied 92 points in seven games this season on 29 of 69 shooting … Orbann has converted 14 of 31 three-pointers and has pulled down 45 rebounds … Through seven contests, Orbann has recorded 14 steals and 13 assists.
  • Emily Farrell: The senior guard is averaging 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in seven contests this season … Farrell is second on the team in points (91) and third in rebounds (33) … She leads the Golden Bears with 30 assists and is tied for second with eight steals.
  • Courtney Carlson: Carlson is third on the team in points (9.9), rebounds (4.7), and assists (2.0) per game … The senior forward’s 9.9 points per game is currently a career-best … Through seven contests, Carlson has recorded 32 rebounds, 14 assists, and 14 steals.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Dec. 2nd, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Amherst College remains our top team – they are followed by conference foes Bowdoin College and Tufts University – but this week, we welcomed Brandeis University to our weekly Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D-III Women’s Basketball Poll.

Brandeis has enjoyed a successful start to its 2019-20 season, winning four of five contests while their lone loss came against Tufts last month. The Judges rebounded from their four-point setback three days later with an 89-49 win over Salem State University.

This week, the Judges host Babson College on Tuesday, December 3rd before visiting Clark University on Thursday, December 5th. They will conclude the week with a visit to Johnson & Wales University on Saturday, December 7th.

UMass Dartmouth moved-up one spot – the Corsairs have won six of seven contests thus far and will face some challenges this week against Rhode Island College on Wednesday, December 4th followed by Castleton University on Saturday, December 7th.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Four Poll| Monday, December 2nd, 2019

1. Amherst College

3-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

5-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Western New England 6-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 4 
5. Middlebury College  5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Williams College  5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 
7. Brandeis University 4-1, 0-0 UAA Last Week: Not Ranked
8. Eastern Connecticut  3-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 6
9. UMass Dartmouth 6-1, 1-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10
10. Smith College  6-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Castleton University, Rhode Island College, Trinity College, UMass Boston, and Wesleyan University


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Dec. 2nd, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Middlebury College moved into the top spot in our weekly Noontime Sports New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 this week after picking up their sixth and seventh wins against Northern Vermont-Johnson and Endicott College, respectively.

Against the Gulls on Sunday, the Panthers erased a six-point deficit at the break and outscored the hosts, 54-28 in the second half to secure a 98-78 win.

Hamilton College and Nichols College each moved-up – the Bison improved to 5-0 yesterday with a win over Trinity College. Nichols, which checked-in fourth one week ago, hosts Wentworth Institute of Technology on Wednesday, December 4th. It should be an interesting conference clash.

Tufts University moved-up two spots following a recent (and hard-fought) win over MIT while Colby College jumped three spots after concluding Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of road wins.

Finally, we welcomed Brandeis University to this week’s poll – the Judges have won four of six contests thus far and will face Lasell University on Tuesday before competing against Tufts in the New England Big Four Challenge.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Four Poll| Monday, December 2nd, 2019

1. Middlebury College 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Hamilton College 6-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
3. Nichols College  5-0, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 4 
4. Tufts University 5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
5. Colby College 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
6. Amherst College 3-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
7. Springfield College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
8. Babson College 6-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7 
9. WPI  7-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Brandeis University 4-2, 0-0 UAA Last Week:  Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Emmanuel College, Rhode Island College, and UMass Dartmouth


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week Three

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Amherst College remained our top team in our latest Noontime Sports Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll, while Hamilton College and Middlebury College each moved-up.

Nichols College remains a team to watch – the Bison, who checked-in second last week, moved down two spots, but remain a squad to keep an eye on heading into next month’s contest against Trinity College.

Colby College and WPI joined our poll this week, checking-in eighth and ninth, respectively. Colby has scored some impressive wins thus far and will certainly be a squad to watch this weekend when the Mules tip-off against New Jersey City and Kean.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Three Poll| Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019

1. Amherst College

3-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Middlebury College 5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Hamilton College 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
4. Nichols College  4-0, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
5. Springfield College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Tufts University 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7 
7. Babson College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9 
8. Colby College 5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
9. WPI  5-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Williams College 3-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8 

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams, and UMass Dartmouth


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

For the fourth-straight week, Amherst College has secured the top spot in our weekly Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll. but we did see Western New England move-up following some impressive wins over Babson College and Eastern Connecticut.

Williams College joined our poll for the first time this season, checking-in ninth overall with a 4-0 record. The Ephs have scored two impressive wins thus far over Endicott College and Vassar College. Williams faces Springfield College on Tuesday, November 26th.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Three Poll| Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019

1. Amherst College

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Western New England 5-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 7 
5. Middlebury College  3-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4 
6. Eastern Connecticut 2-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 5
7. Babson College 2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9 
8. Smith College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
9. Williams College 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. UMass Dartmouth 5-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Hamilton College, Rhode Island College, Springfield College, Trinity College, University of New England, UMass Boston, and Wesleyan University


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek Two