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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: 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.

Make sure to stay connected with our New England lacrosse coverage on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax!


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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D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch In Round Two Of The 2019 NCAA D3 Tournament

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

Welcome to day number two of the 2019 NCAA Division III men and women’s basketball tournaments!

Let’s get you all set for another busy day of games, which will tip-off later this afternoon and evening.

As always, make sure to stay connected with @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.  


Haverford College vs. Tufts University (WBB) @ 5 p.m.: The Fords rolled the Ravens in round one, but today’s match-up with the Jumbos will be a tougher challenge for the Red and White. Tufts clicked into gear in the second half of last night’s game to beat Western New England for a round one victory. PREDICTION: Tufts University 

Emmanuel College vs. SUNY New Paltz (WBB) @ 6 p.m.: After guiding his team to a GNAC championship last week, coach Andy Yosinoff worked his magic again last night, leading his Saints to an opening round win over Hartwick. Look for the tenured coach to continue to find a way to lead his team to another victory this evening. PREDICTION: Emmanuel College 

Amherst College vs. SUNY Geneseo (WBB) @ 6 p.m.: This has the chance to be a very close game from the start, but the Mammoths should pull away in the second half to secure a spot in next week’s third round. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Bowdoin College vs. Smith College (WBB) @ 7 p.m.: This is a VERY enticing match-up – we are excited to tune in! Smith could pull the upset here, but slowing down Maddie Hasson and the Polar Bears may be a tall task for this Pioneers squad, which topped Merchant Marine in round one. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College 

DeSales vs. Middlebury College (WBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Panthers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. They scored a solid opening round win over John Carroll and should find their way once again into the win column tonight with a victory over DeSales. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Nichols College vs. Rowan University (MBB) @ 7 p.m.: We picked against the Bison when they faced Western New England last week. And we were wrong. Nichols rallied to beat WNE before beating Gordon College and Middlebury College in back-to-back games. The Bison should once again find a way to top Rowan on the road this evening to secure a spot in next week’s third round. PREDICTION: Nichols College 

MIT vs. Swarthmore College (MBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Engineers are one of a few New England teams that are equipped for a deep postseason run. They scored an impressive opening round win last night against Skidmore and should find a way past Swarthmore this evening. PREDICTION: MIT 

Amherst College vs. Rochester (MBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Mammoths cruised to an opening-round win last night, defeating Rosemont, 84-53. Amherst should find a way past the Yellow Jackets this evening, but it won’t be easy. Rochester’s Ryan Clamage will be a player to watch in this match-up. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Hamilton College vs. Moravian College (MBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Continentals edged Penn State-Behrend last night to secure a date with Moravian. The Greyhounds have won four straight, including an opening round win over Keene State last night, and should find a way to top the Continentals on the road. PREDICTION: Moravian College 

Gwynedd Mercy University vs. Williams College (MBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Ephs topped the Eagles of Husson University last night by netting 86 points. When the Purple and Yellow score 80 points or more, they normally win, so Williams must net that amount again this evening to beat the Griffins in Williamstown. PREDICTION: Williams College 

D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch In Round One Of The 2019 NCAA D3 Tournament

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to the 2019 NCAA Division III men and women’s basketball tournaments, everyone!

In honor of the opening round, it is time to unveil a special edition of 10 Games to Watch in round one, including predictions, too.

As always, make sure to follow @Noontime_Hoops for in-game updates, scores and more from rounds one and two this weekend.


MIT vs. Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (WBB) @ 5 p.m.: The Engineers scored three wins last week, including a pair of road tournament wins over Babson College or Springfield College. They have a tone of momentum heading into this year’s tournament and should find a way to outlast the Monks. PREDICTION: MIT 

Merchant Marine vs. Smith College (WBB) @ 5 p.m.: The Pioneers are back in the ‘big dance’ for the first time since the 2012-13 season. They should find a way past the Mariners, who are coming off a conference tournament finals victory. PREDICTION: Smith College 

Rosemont College vs. Amherst College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: The Mammoths are one of the hottest teams in New England – they recently captured the NESCAC crown last weekend on the road, and probably have a shot of making the semifinals in a few weeks. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Keene State vs. Moravian College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: The Owls rallied to beat Eastern Connecticut last week in the LEC Championship. We are NOT picking against this crew, which should once again work its magic against the Greyhounds. PREDICTION: Keene State 

Middlebury College vs. Nichols College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: Nichols enters today’s contest with a lot of momentum after scoring wins last week over Gordon College and Western New England. Look for their momentum to continue against the Panthers. PREDICTION: Nichols College 

MIT vs. Skidmore College (MBB) @ 5:30 p.m.: Despite losing in the semifinals last week in the NEWMAC tournament, these Engineers have the pieces to make a deep run. Skidmore topped Hobart in its conference championship, but we are not sure if they have what it takes to topple MIT on a neutral site. PREDICTION: MIT 

Bowdoin College vs. Hunter College (WBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Polar Bears saw their 26-game winning streak conclude last weekend in the NESCAC finals. Look for a new one to begin this evening on their home court. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College 

Tufts University vs. Western New England (WBB) @ 7 p.m.: The Jumbos appear to be clicking on all cylinders since losing early last month to Amherst. They should find a way past the Golden Bears, who needed to win a trio of conference tournament games last week to secure their first-ever tournament berth. PREDICTION: Tufts University

Husson University vs. Williams College (MBB) @ 7:30 p.m.: The Ephs received an at-large bid to this year’s postseason and should be able to pull out a win with its home crowd cheering them on. PREDICTION: Williams College 

Emerson College at Rowan University (MBB) @ 7:30 p.m.: The Lions have been a fun team to watch this winter, but Rowan may have the advantage being in their home gym this evening. PREDICTION: Rowan University


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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Which D3 New England Teams Are Going Dancing?

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

Monday brought some exciting news to a slew of New England D3 basketball teams that learned they will be headed to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament, which officially tips-off this Friday, March 1st.

Below are the teams from New England that will be competing for a national championship beginning this Friday.

Men’s Basketball 

  • Husson University at Williams College (Williams will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Albertus Magnus at Christopher Newport (Christopher Newport will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Penn State-Behrend at Hamilton College (Hamilton will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Keene State vs. Moravian College (Hamilton)
  • Amherst College vs. Rosemont College (at the University of Rochester)
  • Emerson College vs. Rowan University (Rowan will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Middlebury College vs. Nichols College (Rowan)
  • Mitchell College at Swarthmore College (Swarthmore will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • MIT vs. Skidmore College (Swarthmore)
  • Salem State at Oswego State (Oswego State will be hosting the first and second rounds)

Women’s Basketball 

  • New England College at The University of Scranton (Scranton will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Eastern Connecticut vs. Johns Hopkins (Scranton)
  • Westfield State vs. Mount Saint Mary (Gettysburg College)
  • Western New England at Tufts University (Tufts will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Hunter College at Bowdoin College (Bowdoin will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Smith College vs. Merchant Marine (Bowdoin)
  • Emmanuel College vs. Hartwick College (at SUNY New Paltz)
  • MIT vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) (at Ithaca College)
  • Middlebury College vs. John Carroll (at DeSales)
  • Husson University at Amherst College (Amherst will be hosting the first and second rounds)

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