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D3 Lacrosse Notebook: Deely, Avakian Establish New Milestones

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

Wednesday was a special evening for two Massachusetts Maritime Academy lacrosse players, including sophomore Anna Deely, who became the Buccaneers’ all-time leader in draw controls.

Deely, who has recorded 177 draw control wins in 28 contests, concluded last night’s 14-7 setback to Bridgewater State with seven draws, two ground balls and one caused turnover.

“It felt good to break the record,” said Deely, when asked about becoming the program’s all-time leader in draw controls earlier today.

Establishing a new mark for draw controls is certainly an impressive feat for the second-year player that never attempted to win draws when she competed for Barnstable High School.

“I never really took the draws until I came to Massachusetts Maritime,” she said, “(but) I think I have a better understanding of the game since playing midfield.”

Listed as an attacker and defensive winger, Deely has been spotted at various ends of the field this spring, helping the Buccaneers to a 7-6 overall mark with three games remaining. Deely has certainly been a player to watch on the Buccaneers through 13 contests – she currently ranks second on the team in points (37), but first in caused turnovers (27).

From a quick glance at the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) statistical leaders, Deely ranks first among all student-athletes in draw controls.

Her impressive play, both this season and last spring, is a testament to her teammates, says Deely, who credits every member of the Buccaneers for her “improvements.”

Said Deely, “It’s a hardworking team and we all put in so much effort, (so) it’s rewarding when you get to see records being broken.”

As for coach Marc Palombo, a Massachusetts Maritime Academy alum and former lacrosse player, he seemed very happy for Deely with establishing a new program record that should certainly grow over the next two years.

Said Palombo, “Anna has been a great addition to our program. What she has accomplished in two years on and off the field makes us very optimistic of what is to come in her junior and senior seasons. She is a great teammate, a tough player and someone who always wants the ball.

“Becoming the program’s all-time leader in draw controls is a wonderful achievement and I know that she will continue to break and set records as a Buccaneer.”

In addition to celebrating Deely’s impressive milestone last night, the Massachusetts Maritime men’s lacrosse team honored Benjamin Avakian for recording his 100th point last night in a 17-2 win over Albertus Magnus.

Avakian concluded the game with six points on four goals and two assists with his first marker being his 100th career point with the Buccaneers.

Similar to Deely, Avakian has been a player to watch this spring on the Buccaneers – he has tallied a career-high 48 points on 40 goals (also a career-high) and eight assists.


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Catching Up With MIT’s Ravenne Nasser

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Ravenne Nasser became the first pitcher in MIT softball history to record back-to-back shutouts in the same day against the same team last weekend. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Silverman)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s been an exciting few days for Ravenne Nasser. 

The Methuen, Massachusetts native, who is a senior on the MIT softball team, recently became the first-ever Engineers to record back-to-back no hitters in the same day when she led the Engineers to a pair of wins this past Saturday against Clark University.

Nasser retired 17 batters in a span of 14 innings against the Cougars to bump her overall record to 8-3 in the circle.

Her impressive effort against Clark, as well as earlier in the week against Emerson College and Wheaton College resulted in her being named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Pitcher of the Week, along with the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Pitcher of the Week, too.

The news of Nasser being tabbed the NFCA Division III Pitcher of the Week was announced this morning – she is the first MIT softball player to earn this special honor.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Nasser to discuss her historical outing from this past weekend, as well as what she and the team must do over the next few weeks to gain some momentum heading into the NEWMAC Tournament.

What does it mean to you to become the first member of the MIT softball program to record back-to-back no-hitters against the same team on the day?

It’s really an honor. There have been so many great pitchers and players to come through this program and to be even close to being among them is truly just something I never expected. I know I could never be in this position without all the people who have come before me, my teammates, and everyone who has supported me so this is really just a representation of all their work.

What was your mindset heading into this past Saturday’s doubleheader with Clark University?

I was just trying to come out strong for the rest of the team. I had a rough outing the day before and my team really picked me up so I just wanted to have their back and make their jobs a little easier on Saturday.

Did you think about each no-hitter as both games progressed? Did anyone mention it to you in the dugout?

I did think about it a bit in the first game but I was more focused on keeping people off the bases than how they had gotten on and then in the second game it didn’t even cross my mind. Also, no one mentioned it to me in either game so that definitely helped to keep it out of my mind.

It may sound cliche, but how hard is it to toss a no-hitter? What does a pitcher have to do to stay locked-in from one inning to the next?

It’s not easy. You have to stay focused on each pitch and move on from ones that didn’t go as well as you wanted them to. I’m lucky in that I have an awesome defense behind me that makes my job a lot easier and gives me a lot of confidence while I’m throwing.

When you finished game two with a second-straight no-hitter, what was the immediate reaction from your coach/teammates?

Honestly, not everyone realized it was two, myself included, but once we did they were all really excited for me. This team is full of amazing people who always support each other and celebrate each other’s successes so they were all really happy for me.

Your team has some important conference games looming in the distance, so what is the mindset/focus from both you and your teammates heading into this week’s games against Springfield College and Wellesley College?

We’re ready to go get them. We know they’re going to be tough games and that we have to come out strong to come away with (much needed) wins, but we’re really excited to play some really good competition.

From your perspective, what has been your team’s best outing of the season and how can you duplicate that performance over the next few weeks so you will have some momentum heading into the NEWMAC Tournament?

I would say the games against Coast Guard Academy were our best overall. We played them at the end of a long stretch of games and everyone adjusted well to everything they tried to do. Our defense, pitching and hitting over the two games were very solid and everyone on the team stepped up and contributed, both on the field and off. I think if we stick to playing our game and doing the small things right we will be able to execute and be successful for the rest of the regular season and into the postseason.


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D3 Lacrosse Notebook: Springfield Gains Momentum With Win Over WNE

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It was an important non-conference win on Tuesday for the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team, which gained some important momentum heading into it’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash this Saturday against Babson College.

The Pride netted 18 goals – the second most tallies they have recorded in a single game this season – to defeat Western New England (our seventh-ranked team in this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll) for their fourth win of the season.

Cameron Glover netted a season-high five goals in the win, while Zachary Schuette registered a hat trick and two helpers. Additionally, the Pride received a trio of goals from Jack Vail while Patrick Watson added five points on four assists and one goal.

For Springfield, the next few weeks are critical especially after enduring a difficult start to its current season. The Pride struggled in a trio of early March contests but did score an important non-conference win against Endicott College. They concluded the month with a 21-5 win over Emerson College before earning its first win of the new month yesterday against the Golden Bears.

With just seven contests remaining, including one non-conference contest with Middlebury College, every game is important for a unit that has made 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.

As of early today, the Pride is one of four teams with 1-0 marks in NEWMAC play, but their game against Babson certainly won’t be easy as the Beavers will also enter the Saturday meeting with hopes of improving to 2-0 in league play.

Sticking with the NEWMAC, Coast Guard Academy remains the top team with a 7-2 overall record (and 1-0 league mark). The Bears scored a hard-fought 14-13 win last Saturday evening against Clark University.

Coast Guard hosts UMass Dartmouth this evening at 7 p.m. before they visit Wheaton College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. face-off in Norton, Massachusetts.

Switching gears to the women’s game, fans of D3 lacrosse should keep an eye on a tight race in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) with Endicott CollegeRoger Williams, and University of New England locked in a three-way tie for first place.

The Gulls were my pick to win the conference this spring – I won’t change it, I promise! – but Endicott will certainly be challenged over the next few weeks when they take on their remaining conference foes, including Roger Williams and UNE. Both meetings will occur later this month. Wins over the Hawks and Nor’easters would help the Gulls secure the top seed for the conference tournament.

Becker College appears to be in the diver seat in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) with a 5-1 mark. They have rebounded from their lone setback of the season last month with back-to-back wins against Anna Maria College and MCLA. They will face Mitchell College this afternoon with hopes of earning their sixth win, but also their initial conference victory.

Dean College appears to be the front-runner in the NECC, thanks to five wins, including a 19-5 league victory last month against Becker. The Bulldogs are led by Anthony Trasacco, who has recorded 45 points on 30 goals and 15 assists. The Cheshire, Connecticut native has a chance to match his point total from last spring when he recorded 64 points on 45 goals and 19 assists.

Dean has just four games remaining before the NECC Tournament commences – they should be the favorite in their league’s postseason.

Finally, keep an eye on Wentworth‘s Brooke Paradis, who currently ranks 10th in NCAA Division III in goals per game (5.40). The Pelham, New Hampshire native is enjoying another successful season after posting career-highs in goals (62), assists (22) and points (84) one year ago.

This season, Paradis has notched 54 markers in 10 contests, along with 13 assists for 67 points. She has converted 17 free-position goals while snatching 55 draw controls and scooping 29 ground balls.

This past weekend, Paradais she netted her 200th goal in a 21-6 win over Nichols College while also setting a new program record for goals in a single game with 11.

Paradis and the Leopards have won seven of 10 contests this season. They will host Endicott this Saturday – it will be the teams’ ‘Senior Day’ with opening draw set for 2 p.m. A win over the Gulls would be a huge momentum boost for the Leopards heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.

D3 Lacrosse: New England Women’s Top 10 Poll (April 1st, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

As we head into the final stretch of the regular season, the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team remains our top team in this week’s New England D3 Women’s Top 10.

Since falling to Bates College (ranked sixth this week), the Panthers have won seven straight, including recent wins over Amherst College (ranked fourth this week) and York College (Pa.). Additionally, the Blue and White topped Salisbury University last week, as well.

Wesleyan University slid into the second position, while Tufts University rounded out the top three spots. Also moving up this week was Bowdoin College, which scored an impressive conference win over Trinity College (ranked eighth this week).

Finally, keep an eye on both Babson College (ranked tenth this week) and Endicott College (ranked ninth this week) over the next few weeks. Both teams seem to be gaining some serious momentum now that conference play has begun.

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New England Women’s D3 Top 10 | Monday, April 1st, 2019 

1. Middlebury College  7-1, 4-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1 
2. Wesleyan University  8-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Tufts University 8-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
4. Amherst College  6-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
5. Colby College 5-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Bates College  7-3, 3-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7 
7. Bowdoin College  4-4, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8 
8. Trinity College  6-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
9. Endicott College  7-3, 3-0 CCC Last Week: No. 9 
10. Babson College  6-3, 2-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Bridgewater State, Framingham State, Hamilton College, Johnson &Wales, MIT, Roger Williams, and Williams College 

Previous Polls: Week One | Week Two | Week Three


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D3 Lacrosse: New England Men’s Top 10 Poll (April 1st, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

Welcome to April, New England D3 Lacrosse fans and friends!

Once again, Amherst College and Tufts University remain our top teams in our six-state region, while Wesleyan UniversityWilliams College, and Bates College remain locked in the third, fourth, and fifth positions, respectively. All five teams have scored some important conference wins, and will continue to be squads to watch this month.

Despite falling to Amherst this past weekend, Middlebury College remains our sixth best team in New England followed by Western New England and Coast Guard Academy. Both teams moved-up this week, thanks to conference wins.

Bowdoin College and Endicott College rounded out our poll, checking in ninth and tenth, respectively. The two teams met last week with the Polar Bears needing an extra session to edge the Gulls, 8-7. Endicott rebounded with a conference win, while the Polar Bears saw its momentum vanish with a setback to Trinity College.

With a win over the Polar Bears, the Bantams joined our ‘Teams on the Rise,’ which includes two teams from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with Babson College and Clark University.

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New England Men’s D3 Top 10 | Monday, April 1st, 2019 

1. Amherst College  9-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University  9-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Wesleyan University 7-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Williams College  7-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Bates College  7-2, 4-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Middlebury College  3-5, 2-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6 
7. Western New England  6-3, 3-0 CCC Last Week: No. 8
 8.  Coast Guard Academy  7-2, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
9.  Bowdoin College  5-4, 2-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7  
10. Endicott College  3-6, 2-0 CCC  Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Babson College, Clark University, Keene State, and Trinity College 

Previous Polls: Week One | Week Two | Week Three


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