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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Feb. 25th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

The Tufts University women’s basketball team secured the top spot in this week’s poll after handing Bowdoin College its first loss of the season yesterday in the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship.

Bowdoin, which held the top spot for a majority of the winter, slides to second overall, while Amherst College dropped one spot to the third position.

Eastern Connecticut was our biggest mover, leaping six spots to the fourth position after capturing the 2019 Little East Conference (LEC) championship last Saturday in overtime against UMass Dartmouth. The win secures the Warriors a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which begins Friday, March 1st.

MIT was not ranked last week – they were on the rise – but this week they secured the fifth spot after scoring three big wins last week, including a semifinal win over Babson College, which was followed by a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship victory over Springfield College. The win provides the Engineers with a second-straight appearance in the national postseason.

Saint Joseph’s (Maine) and Emmanuel College secured the sixth and seventh positions, respectively, while Babson, Smith College, and Middlebury College rounded out the 10-team poll, checking-in eight, ninth, and tenth, respectively.

Finally, keep an eye on Western New England, which is one of our teams on the rise after capturing the program’s first-ever Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown last Saturday.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Feb. 25th, 2019 

1. Tufts University

25-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
2. Bowdoin College 26-1, 10-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
3. Amherst College 23-3, 9-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
4. Eastern Conn.  19-8, 12-4 LEC Last Week: No. 10
5. MIT 21-7, 12-4 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked
6. Saint Joseph’s (Maine) 27-1, 12-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 4
7. Emmanuel College 23-5, 11-1 GNAC Last Week: No. 9 
8. Babson College 21-5, 14-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
9. Smith College 21-6, 13-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
10. Middlebury College 19-7, 5-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8

On The Rise: Endicott College, New England College, Springfield College, 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 


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Feb. 25th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

A busy week (and weekend) of conference championships have concluded. And Amherst College enters the new week not only as the winner of the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship but also our top team in New England.

Nichols College, which captured its third-consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown, moved up two spots to the second position, while Hamilton College dropped one spot after finishing second in the 2019 NESCAC Tournament.

MIT and Keene State rounded out the top five, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively, while Williams College, Middlebury College, and Albertus Magnus secured the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions.

Gordon College checked-in for a second-straight week at the ninth position, while Emerson College earned our final spot after beating WPI last Saturday to claim its first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. The win secured the Lions an automatic berth for the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which will begin on Friday, March 1st.

Joining the Lions in this year’s national postseason are two teams on the rise, Mitchell College and Salem State, which both captured their respective conference crowns last Saturday.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Feb. 25th, 2019 

1. Amherst College

23-4, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
2. Nichols College 25-2, 15-1 CCC Last Week: No. 4
3. Hamilton College 23-4, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
4. MIT  22-4, 12-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
5. Keene State  20-7, 13-3 LEC Last Week: No. 6
6. Williams College 20-6, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
7. Middlebury College 18-7, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Albertus Magnus  20-7, 9-2 GNAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Gordon College  23-5, 13-3 CCC Last Week: No. 9
10. Emerson College 16-11, 9-5 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked 

On The Rise: Eastern Conn., Mitchell College, Salem State, Wesleyan University, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four | Week Five| Week Six | Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine|Week 10| Week 11| Week 12


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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Amherst, Tufts Win NESCAC Crowns

Noontime Hoops Notebook

By Matt Noontime | @MattyNoonz11

A busy weekend of conference championships has come to an end today with Amherst College beating Hamilton College in the men’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship, while Tufts University topped Bowdoin College in the women’s title game.

With their respective wins, Amherst and Tufts are headed back to the NCAA Division III basketball tournaments – we will learn the pairings tomorrow for the opening round games, which will take place next Friday, March 1st.

Here are some news and notes from both today’s championship, and what you need to know heading into tomorrow’s selection show.

Tufts hands Bowdoin its first loss of the 2018-19 season: Coach Carla Berube led the Jumbos to their third conference crown in five seasons this afternoon with an exciting 75-69 win in Maine.

With the win, the Jumbos have now won six games since falling to Amherst earlier this month at home. The victory also provided Bowdoin its first setback of the season – the Polar Bears entered the contest riding a 26-game winning streak.

Tufts’ Jac Knapp paced all scorers with 25 points, while Erica DeCandido contributed 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, along with five assists, two steals, one block, and one rebound.

Maddie Hasson led Bowdoin with 20 points – she finished the game 10 of 10 from the stripe, while Abby Kelly added 16 points. As a team, Bowdoin ended the game 20 of 21 from the charity stripe.

Tufts led by one (52-51) heading into the final stanza but relied on Knapp down the stretch to sink some key freebies to secure the win.

The victory provided the Jumbos with the conference’s automatic bid for the upcoming tournament, while Bowdoin will wait to hear its name called as an at-large tomorrow.

Amherst tops Hamilton to win its first title since 2014: After defeating Williams College in yesterday’s semifinal, the Mammoths secured the conference’s automatic berth to the upcoming postseason tournament with a 62-56 win over the Continentals. Fru Che and Granton Robinson each netted 16 points, while Devonn Allen added 14 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block.

The Mammoths led Hamilton, 36-31, at the break before padding its lead with 26 points in the final stanza.

Peter Hoffmann paced Hamilton with 15 points, while Kena Gilmour added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Amherst has now won eight NESCAC crowns dating back to its initial in the current stretch in 2001 when coach David Hixon led the Mammoths to an 86-75 win over Trinity College.

Who is headed to the NCAA Tournament from New England? So, what schools secured an automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Tournament? The answer is below!

Men’s Basketball Teams 

  • Nichols College
  • Albertus Magnus
  • Keene State
  • Salem State
  • Mitchell College
  • Amherst College
  • Emerson College
  • Husson University

Women’s Basketball Teams

  • Western New England
  • Emmanuel College
  • Eastern Connecticut
  • Westfield State
  • New England College
  • Tufts University
  • MIT
  • Husson University

Who could receive an at-large bid? So, who could receive an at-large bid? Well, here are some thoughts on which teams we think could get into the tournament (below again!).

Men’s Basketball 

  • Gordon College: The Fighting Scots should hear their name called tomorrow, but as of now, it appears as if they are on the bubble.
  • Eastern Connecticut: The Warriors will certainly be considered by the committee, however, if their name is called, then it will most likely be at the end.
  • Hamilton College: The Continentals have been one of the NESCAC’s top teams this year, so they should get an invite tomorrow.
  • Middlebury College: An early round exit in the NESCAC Tournament left me wondering if their season was over, but similar to Hamilton, they have been one of the top teams in their conference and region, so expect the Panthers to hear their name announced tomorrow.
  • Williams College: The Ephs should be in the tournament this year, but Hamilton and Middlebury should hear their name called before Williams, though.
  • MIT: Despite falling to WPI last Thursday in the NEWMAC semifinals, the Engineers have done enough to secure an at-large bid. They will certainly hear their name called.

Women’s Basketball 

  • St. Joseph’s (Maine): Despite falling to Emmanuel College, they most likely have done enough to secure an invite to the ‘big dance.’
  • UMass Dartmouth: If the Corsairs hear their name called on Monday, they will most likely be one four teams into the tournament.
  • Amherst College: The defending champions will be in.
  • Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears saw their 26-game winning streak conclude this afternoon, but they will get an invite as one of the top teams in the country.
  • Middlebury College: Advancing to conference championship weekend may be enough for the Panthers to get into the postseason.
  • Trinity College: Their loss last week to Middlebury may hurt their chances, but anything is possible, so maybe they sneak in as one of the last teams in.
  • Smith College: Despite a heartbreaking loss to Springfield College earlier this week, these Pioneers have appeared to have done enough to get a look from the committee.
  • Babson College: Similar to UMass Dartmouth and Trinity College, they will be waiting to hear if they are one of the last four in.

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D3 Hoops: Saturday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s been an exciting Saturday in the New England D3 hoops world with upsets galore, along with some impressive conference championship finishes. Additionally, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) resumed its postseason tournament this afternoon, as well, so let’s get you ALL caught-up on a busy day of basketball.


CCC Men’s Championship: Nichols College 105, Gordon College 90: Marcos Echevarria and DeAnte Bruton combined for 63 points to power the Bison to a third-straight CCC title.

CCC Women’s Championship: Western New England 69, Endicott College 55: Courtney Carlson led the Golden Bears with 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting to lead Western New England past Endicott on the road.

GNAC Men’s Championship: Albertus Magnus 81, St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 77: Damian Grant paced the Falcons with a team-high 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting, while Jahmerikah Green-Younger clinched the win with a late layup. Green-Younger concluded the contest with 12 points, including four freebies.

GNAC Women’s Championship: Emmanuel College 65, St. Joseph’s (Maine) 64: Maddie McLaughlin netted a pair of freebies with seven seconds left to lift the Saints past the Monks in an exciting GNAC championship. McLaughlin concluded the contest with 10 points.

LEC Men’s Basketball Championship: Keene State 72, Eastern Connecticut 69: Ty Nichols poured in a game-high 37 points on 13 of 21 shooting to lead the Owls past the Warriors on their home court.

LEC Women’s Basketball Championship: Eastern Conn. 77, UMass Dartmouth 72: Mya Villard recorded a double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds as the Warriors outlasted the Corsairs in a thriller in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

MASCAC Men’s Championship: Salem State 66, Westfield State 57: Sean Bryan posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Vikings back to the NCAA Tournament. Bryan’s 18 points were the most recorded by all scorers.

MASCAC Women’s Championship: Westfield State 84, Worcester State 73The Owls outscored the Lancers, 58-38, in the second half to secure the MASCASC’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Kierra McCarthy led the Owls with 22 points off the bench.

NECC Men’s Basketball Championship: Mitchell College 77, Newbury College 69 (OT): Domenico Santiago registered a game-high 25 rebounds to go along with 16 points as the Mariners outlasted the Nighthawks in overtime.

NECC Women’s Basketball Championship: New England College 61, Becker College 40Rene Hudson paced all scorers with 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting to lead the Pilgrims past the Hawks on their home court.

NESCASC Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Hamilton College 89, Tufts University 84: Tim Doyle sank a pair of free throws late in the second half to seal the win for the Continentals. Doyle finished the contest with a team-high 18 points.

NESCASC Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Amherst College 74, Williams College 69: Grant Robinson netted a game-high 33 points as the Mammoths defeated the Ephs to secure a date with the Continentals tomorrow in the NESCAC Championship. 

NESCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinals: Bowdoin College 84, Middlebury College 54: Samantha Roy was one of five Bowdoin players to net 10 points of more – she finished with a game-high 20 points – as the Polar Bears raced paced the Panthers to secure a spot in tomorrow’s NESCAC championship.

NESCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinal: Tufts University 47, Amherst College 46: Janette Wadolowski‘s netted the game-winning jumper during the final seconds of the fourth quarter to lift the Jumbos past the Mammoths in the NESCAC semifinals. Erica DeCandido led Tufts with 14 points.

NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Championship: Emerson College 93, WPI 75: Jack O’Connor exploded for a game-high 33 points on 11 of 17 shooting as Lions defeated the Engineers to secure an automatic berth for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. 

NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Championship: MIT 66, Springfield College 50The Engineers earned a return trip to the postseason, thanks to 22 points and 10 rebounds from Jocelyn Luizzi off the bench.

NAC Men’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 82, Thomas College 67The Eagles outscored the Terriers, 42-27, in the second half to secure the conference’s automatic berth for the NCAA Tournament. Justin Martin paced Husson with 26 points.

NAC Women’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 58, Maine Maritime 51: Kenzie Worcester and Megan Peach combined for 35 points as the Eagles defeated the Mariners in Newman Gym to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.


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D3 Hoops: Tuesday Night Conference Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com| @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeHoops 

The road to the 2019 NCAA Division III men and women’s basketball tournaments continued this afternoon and evening with a slew of local conference match-ups. Below are the outcomes from today’s quarterfinal contests.

As always, stay connected with our New England basketball coverage by following @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter! 

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) | Men’s Basketball 

  • Roger Williams 102, University of New England 87
  • Gordon College 94, Wentworth 77
  • Western New England 70, Endicott 65

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) | Women’s Basketball 

  • Curry College 64, Roger Williams 61
  • Western New England 64, Salve Regina 52
  • University of New England 64, Gordon College 39

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) | Men’s Basketball 

  • St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 95, Suffolk 84
  • St. Joseph’s (Maine) 83, Johnson & Wales 80
  • Emmanuel College 90, Colby-Sawyer 83
  • Albertus Magnus 99, Lasell College 79

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) | Women’s Basketball 

  • Suffolk 68, Anna Maria 58
  • Emmanuel College 61, Colby-Sawyer 39
  • Albertus Magnus 82, Regis College 74
  • St. Joseph’s (Maine) 99, Johnson & Wales 75

Little East Conference (LEC) | Men’s Basketball 

  • UMass Dartmouth 83, Plymouth State 65
  • Western Conn. 97, UMass Boston 77

Little East Conference (LEC) | Women’s Basketball 

  • Rhode Island College 66, UMass Boston 44
  • Southern Maine 63, Castleton 40

Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) | Men’s Basketball 

  • Bridgewater State 101, Framingham State 84
  • Fitchburg State 67, Worcester State 55

Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) | Women’s Basketball 

  • Framingham State 70, Salem State 47
  • Bridgewater State 89, Fitchburg State 68

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) | Men’s Basketball 

  • Newbury College 96, Dean College 90
  • Mitchell College 64, Southern Vermont 53

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) | Women’s Basketball 

  • Mitchell College 66, Elms College 49
  • Becker College 57, Newbury College 49
  • Eastern Nazarene 70, Dean College 66
  • New England College 85, Southern Vermont 85

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) | Men’s Basketball 

  • WPI 70, Babson 66

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) | Women’s Basketball 

  • MIT 76, Emerson College 58
  • Smith College 75, Wellesley College 38
  • Springfield College 66, Clark University 44
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