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New England D3 Women’s Lax Top 10 (Monday, May 6th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Monday, everyone!

The NCAA Tournament is set to begin this week so this will be our second to last poll of the 2019 New England D3 women’s lacrosse season. We will post our final poll after championship weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) on Tuesday, May 28th.

Additionally, we will also post our end of the year All-Noontime Sports New England D3 Teams during the final week of May, as well.

But in the meantime, here is our newest Top 10 New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Poll heading into the first week of the NCAA Tournament – best of luck to all teams competing this weekend!


New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, May 6th, 2019 

  1. Middlebury College (17-1, 9-1 NESCAC)
  2. Tufts University (16-2, 9-1 NESCAC)
  3. Wesleyan University (14-3, 8-2 NESCAC)
  4. Amherst College (12-5, 6-4 NESCAC)
  5. Bowdoin College (9-7, 5-5 NESCAC)
  6. Colby College (9-6, 5-5 NESCAC)
  7. Trinity College (9-7, 4-6 NESCAC)
  8. Endicott College (14-5, 8-0 CCC)
  9. Springfield College (13-6, 6-2 NEWMAC)
  10. Babson College (13-6, 8-0 NEWMAC)

On The Rise: Bates College, Johnson & Wales, New England College, Plymouth State, ad Westfield State. 


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New England D3 Lacrosse: Welcome To Conference Tournament Week!

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

Happy Monday, everyone. And welcome to a BUSY conference tournament week, which will feature some amazing games (and moments), along with some automatic qualifiers (and at-large bids, as well) for the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.

While conference tournament play has begun for some, it’s never too last to dish out some predictions for who will win their respective tournament.

Below are the teams Matt Noonan believes will win their respective conference crown.


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men’s Tournament: Western New England. The Golden Bear marched through their conference tournament schedule without a single loss and will have no problem topping Curry College on Tuesday and then Endicott College in the final round.

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women’s Tournament: Endicott College. The Gulls will repeat as conference champions this week behind solid efforts from Jackie Healy and Jennifer Lacroix.

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Tournament: Lasell College. The Lasers breezed by Rivier University earlier this spring and should do the same in the semifinals before beating the winner of Johnson & Wales-Norwich University.

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women’s Tournament: Johnson & Wales. There is no way the Wildcats lose this week. Simmons College will provide some early challenges in its semifinal meeting, but in the end, they will find a way past the Sharks before topping Regis College in the championship round.

Little East Conference (LEC) Men’s Tournament: Keene State. The Owls struggled from the get-go but will secure their conference crown on Saturday with either a win over Plymouth State or Western Connecticut.

Little East Conference (LEC) Women’s Tournament: Plymouth State. The Panthers are a safe prediction to win the LEC title, but they will need to get past Southern Maine to secure the automatic bid. Additionally, I would not overlook Castleton University in the LEC Tournament, as well.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women’s Tournament: Framingham State. The Rams finished the regular season with a 7-0 mark in conference play to secure the top spot in this year’s MASCAC Tournament. They will surely find a way past Massachusetts Maritime Academy or Worcester State in the semifinals to secure a spot in the championship round.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)/ North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men’s Championship Prediction: New England College. The Pilgrims can move up and down the field at ease and should find a way past SUNY Canton in the 2019 NECC/NAC Finals.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Women’s Tournament: Becker College. The Hawks secured the top seed and should have no problem winning the NECC title. Expect the championship game to be between Becker and New England College.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men’s Tournament: Tufts University. Since falling to Wesleyan University, the Jumbos have scored some impressive wins over Amherst CollegeBates College, and Middlebury College. Their semifinal tilt with the Panthers won’t be easy – Middlebury knocked-off last year’s national champion Cardinals and will certainly provide challenges for the Jumbos. But in the end, I see the Powder Blue and White competing for a championship against Williams College, which I think will find a way to beat Amherst in the other semifinal matchup. Williams topped Amherst earlier this spring by a score of 13-11.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women’s Tournament: Tufts University. Yes, I am picking the Jumbos to beat Middlebury College in the championship. Their semifinal match-up against Wesleyan won’t be easy, but Tufts will find a way to outlast the Cardinals before taking down Middlebury, which should beat Amherst in its semifinal matchup.

New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Tournament: Coast Guard Academy. The Bears will advance to the NCAA Tournament but will face some stiff competition along the way to snatching its conference crown. The winner of Babson College-Clark University will provide the Blue and Orange with challenges, as well as whoever wins between MIT and Springfield. But in the end, the Bears will prevail by at least one or two goals.

New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Tournament: Babson College. The Beavers are the top seed and favorite – they will most likely face MIT, which I think should outlast Springfield in its semifinal tilt.

North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women’s Championship Prediction: SUNY Canton. SUNY Canton had its way with Husson University on Sunday in the conference tournament semifinals and will have no problem topping UMaine-Farmington in Saturday’s championship.


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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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Lax Chat With Wentworth’s Brooke Paradis

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

Last Saturday, Brooke Paradis netted her 200th career goal as Wentworth Institute of Technology defeated Nichols College for their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) victory.

In addition to netting her 200th goal – she currently has netted 207 in her four-year career with the Leopards – she also established a new program record with 11 tallies in a single-contest against the Bison.

Paradis and the Leopards host Endicott College tomorrow in an important conference clash at 2 p.m. Paradis, along with her senior teammates will be honored prior to opening draw as Wentworth will celebrate ‘Senior Day’ in Boston.

Noontime Sports caught-up with Paradis to discuss her 200th goal, as well her team’s current campaign, which finds the Leopards at 7-3 overall with five games remaining.

Tell us about netting your 200th goal last weekend. What was that like? 

After scoring my first goal of the game, a teammate of mine shouted “nine more,” which caught everyone’s attention on my team. Once they found out that I needed nine more goals to reach 200, they all proceeded to inform me the following: let’s get you to 200 (goals) today. Going into the game I did not think I would hit this particular milestone, but with the help and encouragement of my teammates, I got it done. My 200th goal was on a free position shot, which is ironic because I am not the best at them so I couldn’t help but laugh when I hit the back of the net.

In addition to netting your 200th goal, you also established a new single-game record for goals in a game with 11, so what was working for you last Saturday against Nichols? 

Last year I had a few high scoring games that I impressed myself with​, so beating that was never really a thought. My teammates wanted me to get 10 during that game to get me to 200, and I was just lucky enough to put ​an additional one in.

Your team has enjoyed a successful 2019 season thus far, so from your perspective, what has been the difference this season compared the past seasons? 

Every year we have improved, but I think the drastic success this year was having a few more players joining the program. The more numbers we have, the more ​competitive it is to get for a starting spot on the field. Most of us are returners from last year and incorporating the freshmen into the mix was easy. We click as a team, both on and off the field, so the team bonding is naturally there for us. We work hard and have fun together, so the rest has been flowing.

What have you enjoyed most about playing lacrosse for Wentworth? What are a few favorite memories of being a member of the program? 

Working hard for wins is fulfilling. Being the underdog is never fun and that is what most teams view us as, so it is always interesting to go into every game and upset teams (when we can). I have enjoyed the growth of ​the program, and it has been rewarding being a part of it. All my best memories are with my teammates. Whether we win a big game, have an awesome practice, cook team dinners together, or hang out on the weekends I will never forget the good times.

Additionally – and we know it seems like ages ago – but what excited you about attending Wentworth and pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering? What do you hope to do with your degree after graduation?  

Both of my brothers went to Wentworth and I saw them enjoy successful paths, so it was always on my radar for schools. Many of my family members are engineers so in high school the profession always caught my eye. Being able to play a sport, going ​to school with my brother, and ending up with a great degree brought me to my final decision. After traveling around the world for a few months​, I hope to get a job with a Civil Engineering firm in Boston.

Your team has five games left, including an important conference game on Saturday against Endicott College. What must your team do to finish the regular season strong, so you can head into the CCC Tournament with some momentum? 

Four of our five last games are conference games, so the last few weeks are very important for us. If we all show up together to play, we can beat anyone. If we play like we just played against the University of New England then we are going to have a safe spot in the CCC Tournament, and teams are going to know who we are. I am excited to see what we can do over the next few weeks. I’d love for us to make history.

Finally, do you hope to remain involved with lacrosse after graduation this spring? 

I plan on playing in a summer league with some of my other teammates and hopefully my coaches, as well. I would like to come back next year to help out with the team as much as I can because I am not ready to let go of my teammates yet. I think the next few years for Wentworth women’s lacrosse will be interesting and the other teams in the CCC definitely should not sleep on this team.

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