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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Mar. 18th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

The 2018-19 New England Division III women’s basketball season concluded this past weekend with the NCAA finals and semifinals, which means it’s time to unveil our final Top 10 poll of the season.

Bowdoin College secured the top spot with a 31-2 mark, while Tufts University and Amherst College rounded out the top three spots, checking-in second and third, respectively.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | March 18th, 2019 

1. Bowdoin College 31-2, 10-0 NESCAC Previously No. 2 
2. Tufts University 28-3, 8-2 NESCAC Previously No. 1
3. Amherst College  25-4, 9-1 NESCAC Previously No. 3
4. Saint Joseph’s (Maine) 28-2, 12-0 GNAC Previously No. 6
5. Smith College  22-7, 13-3 NEWMAC Previously No. 5
6. Middlebury College 20-8, 5-5 NESCAC Previously No. 10
7. Babson College 21-5, 14-2 NEWMAC Previously No. 8
8. Eastern Connecticut  19-9, 12-4 LEC Previously No. 4
9. MIT 21-8 NEWMAC Previously No. 5
10. Emmanuel College 24-6, 11-1 GNAC Previously No. 7 

On The Rise: Trinity College, UMass Dartmouth, and Western New England


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week Three| Week Four|Week Five| Week Six | Week Seven |Week Eight | Week NineWeek 10| Week 11Week 12 | Week 13


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D3 Lacrosse: New England Women’s Top 10 Poll (March 11th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

With a new season of New England Division III women’s lacrosse underway, it is time to unveil our first poll of the season, which finds Middlebury College in the top spot followed by Amherst College and Wesleyan University.

Our weekly lacrosse polls are powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are ready to get you set for a brand new lacrosse season with their FusionSport technology.

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New England Women’s D3 Top 10 Poll | Monday, March 11th, 2019 

1. Middlebury College  2-1, 1-1 NESCAC
2. Amherst College 3-1, 1-1 NESCAC
3. Wesleyan University  3-0, 2-0 NESCAC
4. Colby College  3-0, 2-0 NESCAC
5. Tufts University  2-0, 1-0 NESCAC
6. Trinity College  2-0, 1-0 NESCAC
7. Bowdoin College  1-1, 1-1 NESCAC
8. Endicott College  1-1, 0-0 CCC
9. Babson College 2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC
10. Bates College  3-2, 1-1 NESCAC

On the Rise: MIT, Plymouth State, Roger Williams, Springfield College, and Williams College


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D3 Lacrosse: New England Men’s Top 10 Poll (March 11th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

With a new season of New England Division III men’s lacrosse underway, it is time to unveil our first poll of the season, which finds Tufts University in the top spot followed by Amherst College and Bates College.

Our weekly lacrosse polls are powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are ready to get you set for a brand new lacrosse season with their FusionSport technology.

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New England Men’s D3 Top 10 Poll | Monday, March 11th, 2019 

1. Tufts University

4-0, 1-0 NESCAC

2. Amherst College 

3-0, 2-0 NESCAC

3. Bates College 

3-1, 2-0 NESCAC

4. Wesleyan University 

2-1, 1-1 NESCAC

5. Middlebury College

1-1, 1-1 NESCAC

6. Williams College 

1-1, 1-1 NESCAC

7. Western New England 

2-1, 0-0 CCC

8. Hamilton College

1-1, 1-1 NESCAC

9. Bowdoin College 

2-1, 1-1 NESCAC

10. Coast Guard Academy 

3-2, 0-0 NEWMAC

On the Rise: Babson College, Endicott College, Keene State, Springfield College, and Western Connecticut 


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D3 Lacrosse: 10 Games To Watch (March 8-10)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Lax

Another season of New England D3 lacrosse has officially begun, which means its time to unveil our first 10 Games to Watch (and predictions) for games this weekend.

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Springfield College at Middlebury College (WLAX) | Friday, March 8th at 3 p.m.: The Panthers were stunned one week ago against Bates, but they should crack the win column Friday against the Pride. Erica Barr could be a player to watch in this particular outing. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

UMass Dartmouth at Wheaton College (MLAX) | Friday, March 8th at 4 p.m.: Coach Kyle Hart‘s Lyons will look to continue its early-season momentum on Friday when they host a Corsairs squad that hasn’t competed since last month when they topped Emmanuel, 19-8. Keep an eye on Wheaton’s Pete Chisholm, who has enjoyed a successful first season with 13 goals and one assist. PREDICTION: Wheaton College 

Framingham State at UMass Dartmouth (WLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 11 a.m.: After falling to Springfield, Framingham State will look to bounce back with a win over the Corsairs on Saturday.  UMass Dartmouth opened its season one week ago with a 12-4 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Hanna McMahon will be a player to watch in this one for the Rams, who concluded her team’s initial contest with five points on four goals and one assist. PREDICTION: Framingham State 

New England College at Coast Guard Academy (MLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 12 p.m.: The Bears and Pilgrims will meet at Tierney Field in Sparks, Maryland for an important early season meeting. Both teams need to gain some momentum as they head into mid-to-late March clashes. Coast Guard should find a way to bounce back after losing to Wesleyan earlier this week. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy 

Wesleyan University at Bates College (MLAX) | Saturday, Mach 9th at 1 p.m.: Since falling to RIT, the Bobcats have scored two important wins, including a conference victory against Middlebury, but they will be tested on Saturday against the defending national champion Cardinals. PREDICTION: Wesleyan University 

Colby College at Hamilton College (MLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 1 p.m.: The Mules lost their conference-opener to Amherst before netting 28 goals days later against Thomas College. That offensive output will be needed against a Continentals squad, which looks to bounce back from an opening day loss to Tufts. PREDICTION: Colby College 

Plymouth State at Lasell College (MLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 1 p.m.: The Panthers fended off a late rally to beat University of New England but will need its defense to play a tad bit better against Lasell, which looks to bounce back from a recent setback to Roger Williams. PSU’s Chase Mercier will certainly be a player to watch after recording six points (three goals, three assists) against the Nor’Easters. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 

Williams College at Trinity College (WLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 1 p.m.: The Bantams are quite young this year. In fact, they have 13 first-years on their roster, but coach Katy Dissinger has total faith in her squad, especially after a solid opening day win on Thursday over Skidmore. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

Endicott College at Babson College (WLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 1 p.m.: This could be a potential first-round (or second round) NCAA Tournament preview as both teams are expected to capture their respective conference crown. Babson is coming off an impressive win earlier this week against Bates, thanks to seven goals and two assists from Lexi Lenaghan.

MIT at Roger Williams (WLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 3 p.m.: MIT’s Cecilia McCormick and Ana Flooks will be two players to watch in this one as both seniors will attempt to lead the Engineers to their second-straight win. PREDICTION: MIT


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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Welcome To The Sweet 16!

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Welcome back, NCAA Division III basketball – we missed you!

Well, we missed the tournament action, to be exact, but the good news is the postseason resumes this evening with a few New England teams still in contention for a national championship.

Here are some thoughts (and predictions) for this weekend, which should once again produce some exciting outcomes.

The winner of this weekend’s third round and quarterfinals will advance to next weekend’s semifinal and championship weekend. 


Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket | Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket 


Most Compelling Third Round Matchup 

  • Amherst College vs. Nichols College (MBB): The winner of this particular matchup should be able to get past Swarthmore or Randolph Macon in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Nichols is extremely deep and seems eager to keep on dancing, especially after coach Scott Faucher‘s dance moves were shared on social media. Amherst posses some unique challenges for these Bison, but in the end, I am expecting Nichols to pull out the win and secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
  • Bowdoin College vs. SUNY New Paltz (WBB): The Polar Bears are hands down one of the best teams in D3 basketball. They proved it last weekend by rallying to defeat Smith College in its second round contest to secure a date with the Hawks. Taylor Choate was a big reason the Polar Bears were able to beat the Pioneers last weekend – she finished the game with 38 points – so expect Bowdoin to rely on her in this one, along with Samantha Roy, Abby Kelly, and Hannah Graham.

Teams to Watch This Weekend 

  • Hamilton College (MBB): The Continentals scored two interesting wins last weekend, including an 11-point victory over Moravian. I think the Blue and White could be the darkhorse in their four-team pod, especially if they can beat Christopher Newport, which hasn’t lost since January 26th when they fell to York (Pa.). Kena Gilmour, Peter Hoffmann, and Tim Doyle must produce double-digits against both Christopher Newport and the winner of Whitman-Williams.
  • Tufts University (WBB): I was courtside for both games last weekend, including an exciting victory over Haverford University, which secured the Jumbos a spot in this weekend’s third round. Tufts seemed vulnerable from the get-go, struggling to contain the Fords’ offensive screens, but the Powder Blue and White’s free throw shooting down the stretch was a big reason why they scored a 52-46 win. Tufts hasn’t played well in Medford this season but seems to be a much different team on the road. Look for the Jumbos to provide challenges to Messiah, and possibly the winner of Scranton-Christopher Newport. Tufts will need a big effort this evening Jac Knapp, along with Erica DeCandido.

Weekend Predictions

  • Nichols will top Amherst in its third-round game before outlasting Swarthmore-Randolph-Macon to secure the program’s first-ever bid to the national semifinals.
  • Hamilton will find a way past Moravian, but will most likely fall to Whitman, which I believe will beat Williams.
  • Tufts will beat Messiah in its third-round contest, but I am unsure if they will be able to top the winner of Scranton-Christopher Newport to secure a spot in the semifinals.
  • Bowdoin deserves to be in the semifinals, but they do have a big challenge standing in their way with the Hawks of SUNY New Paltz. The winner of this game will represent its third round/quarterfinal pod in the semifinals.
  • St. Thomas (Minn.) is one of the best teams in D3. They will find a way to beat the two-time defending champion Mammoths in its third round game en route to a semifinal final appearance.

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