Noontime Top 10 Poll: WNE Captures Top Spot In Final Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports

For the final time this season, Noontime Sports has released its New England Division III Football ‘Noontime Top 10’ Poll with Western New England, Trinity College and Salve Regina University earning the top three spots.

The Golden Bears – this year’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) regular season champions – finished their 10-game slate undefeated. WNE is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season and will host fourth-ranked Husson University on Saturday, November 19th in the first round.

Husson captured the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown for the second time in three seasons after ending their campaign with a convincing win over Mount Ida College. The Eagles head into the NCAA Tournament riding a nine-game winning streak.

Trinity – the second-best team in the region – captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown with an impressive 45-21 victory over Wesleyan University. The win provided the Bantams with their seventh conference crown since the league began recognizing champions in 2000.

Salve Regina checked-in third overall – the Seahawks’ season will conclude this weekend when they host the inaugural New England Bowl against seventh-ranked Framingham State.

Bridgewater State rounded out the top five and will be in action this weekend when they visit Alfred University in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title by defeating the Rams of Framingham State two weeks ago on the road in overtime.

Tufts University secured the sixth position after capping their season with an impressive win over ninth-ranked Middlebury College. The Jumbos, who were led by senior tailback Chance Brady, capped their season with seven wins. The seven wins are the most a Tufts team has accumulated since winning six of eight contests in 1998.

Wesleyan, Middlebury and WPI secured the final three positions, checking in eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively. The Engineers, who commenced the season ranked eighth in our poll, provided challenges to every Liberty League squad, including Hobart and St. Lawrence University.

D3 New England Men’s Preseason Hockey Team

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the first-time in NoontimeSports.com history, we are unveiling our initial Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Ice Hockey Preseason Team.

The 2016-17 season kicks-off tomorrow/this weekend and we wish all skaters and teams best of luck!

Forwards

Ryan Cole (Trinity)

Colin Larkin (UMass Boston)

Brady Fleurent (Univ. of New England)

Trevor Fleurent (Univ. of New England)

Sean Orlando (Trinity)

Anthony Sabitsky (Trinity)

Tim Searles (Babson)

Garrison Sanipass (UMass Boston)

Matt Volonnino (Plymouth State)

Tyler Young (Williams)

 

Defense

Mitch Barrington (Bowdoin)

Tyler Bishop (UMass Boston)

Ryan Dougherty (Endicott)

Carter Horwitz (Endicott)

Tucker Ross (Univ. of New England)

Brian Rowland (Norwich)

Ryan Sullivan (Wentworth)

Patrick Thornton (Castleton)

 

Goalies

Kevin Aldridge (Endicott)

Braeden Ostepchuk (Norwich)

Michael Pinios (Williams)

Blake Wojtala (Salve Regina)

Marcus Zelzer (Salem State)

D3 New England Women’s Preseason Hockey Team

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the first-time in NoontimeSports.com history, we are unveiling our initial Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Ice Hockey Preseason Team.

The 2016-17 season kicks-off tomorrow/this weekend and we wish all skaters and teams best of luck!

Forwards

Kaleigh Beauregard (UMass Boston)

Aimee Briand (Castleton)

Jordan Cross (Conn. College)

Lexi Klein (Endicott)

Maggie Layo (Endicott)

Hannah Rose (Castleton)

Alex Toupal (Amherst)

Maddie Winslow (Middlebury)

Jessica Young (Middlebury)

Elizabeth Wulf (Middlebury)

 

Defense

Kat Armstrong (UMass Boston)

Maren Brown (UMass Boston)

Julie Beattie (Conn. College)

Ellen Carter (Endicott)

Grace Jennings (Middlebury)

Haley LaFontaine (Middlebury)

Caitlyn Ryan (Amherst)

Lynndy Smith (Amherst)

 

Goalies

Katherine Chester (Conn. College)

Vendela Jonsson (Endicott)

Rachel Myette (UMass Boston)

Julia Neuburger (Middlebury)

Celeste Robert (Norwich)

New England College Hockey: Predicting D3 Contests At Frozen Fenway

Will UMass Boston men's ice compete for a second time in program history at Frozen Fenway?  (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

Will UMass Boston men’s ice compete for a second time in program history at Frozen Fenway? (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

By Matt Noonan 

A few thoughts – or ideas – on possible Division III hockey contests that could take place in January (2017) at Frozen Fenway …

* I wouldn’t be surprised if we see another round of Babson College and Norwich University. Both teams competed at the historic ballpark in 2012 and 2014, and this game is always a ‘must-see’ contest. Plus, Babson head coach Jamie Rice is an avid Red Sox fan, so you know he would love to lead his Beavers out of the Boston dugout.

* UMass Boston is another team that should skate at the historic ballpark – the Beacons made their Frozen Fenway debut two years ago when they competed against Salem State. Perhaps we see round two of Vikings-Beacons or maybe UMass Boston skates against Suffolk University or Wentworth Institute of Technology? I am sure the Rams or Leopards would love an opportunity to play a game at Fenway Park.

* It would be great to see at least one – perhaps two – women’s Division III games. Why not pit Amherst College against Middlebury College or have Endicott College take on Plymouth State? If Norwich men’s ice hockey competes against Babson, then invite the women’s team to play either before or after against Castleton State.

* A pair of teams represented the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) two years ago with Williams College skating against Trinity College. There should definitely be a NESCAC game at Fenway – again, it could be a men or women’s contest.

* How about a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) game – heck, it is the first year the conference is sponsoring hockey, so why not? Maybe Curry College plays Becker College or Endicott College faces-off against Salve Regina?

New England D3 Notebook: NCAA Tournament Basketball, Hockey Weekend Roundup

Johnny McCarthy and the Amherst College men's basketball team advanced to the semifinals following a sectional final victory over Tufts. (Photo Credit: Amherst College Athletics)

Johnny McCarthy and the Amherst College men’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals following a sectional final victory over Tufts. (Photo Credit: Amherst College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Amherst College’s Connor Green netted a game-high 25 points to lift the Purple and White past Tufts University in last night’s Sectional Final in Medford, Massachusetts.

With the win, the Purple and White advance to its third NCAA Final Four appearance in four seasons, and seventh appearance in program history. Amherst will face Benedictine University on Friday, March 18 at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.

David George and Johnny McCarthy combined for 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Michael Riopel came off the bench and netted 12 points.

Tom Palleschi and Stephen Haladyna paced Tufts, netting 20 points, respectively. Ryan Spadaford registered 11 rebounds, while pouring in seven points.

Amherst led by five points (40-35) at the break before outscoring the host Jumbos, 46-38, during the final 20 minutes.

George hit one of two free throws late in the second session to provide the visitors with the lead before Green converted a three-point play (layup and free throw) with 2:41 remaining to push Amherst ahead for good.

Tufts ended its season at 23-7 following a trio of NCAA Tournament victories, which all occurred in Cousen’s Gymnasium.

Amherst, Tufts advance to Women’s Semifinals: The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) will have a pair of teams vying for the national championship. Both Amherst and Tufts captured their respective sectional finals yesterday with the Purple and White defeating Rochester (78-50) while the Jumbos beat Scranton (57-48).

Amherst will now face Thomas More, while Tufts takes on Wartburg with both contests scheduled for Saturday, March 19.

Michela North highlighted the Jumbos’ effort, recording a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win, while Melissa Baptista netted a team-high 23 points.

All five starters netted double-figures for Amherst with Meredith Doswell pouring in 24 points, including six trifectas. She also recorded six rebounds, three blocks and one assist.

NCAA Division III Hockey Tournament: Williams College and UMass Boston extended its respective seasons, winning first round contests yesterday. The Ephs defeated Salem State, 7-1, while the Beacons dislodged the defending champion Bantams by a score of 4-0.

Both teams will compete in this upcoming weekend’s quarterfinals with Williams taking on SUNY Geneseo, while UMass Boston will head to Hobart for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.

SUNY Geneseo advanced to the quarterfinals following a 7-1 win over Salve Regina.

The Middlebury College women’s ice hockey team advanced to the semifinals after defeating UMass Boston in the quarterfinal round by a score of 4-0. The Panthers will face Plattsburgh State, which blanked Amherst College, 5-0.

The semifinals are scheduled for Friday, March 18 with the championship taking place on Saturday, March 19.

Mass. College Hockey: Amherst Women’s Hockey Remains No. 1In ‘Noontime Top 5’ Poll (Week 2)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the second straight week, the Amherst College women’s ice hockey team remained in the top spot of the Noontime Sports Top 5 Women’s NCAA Division III Ice Hockey poll, which began last weekend.

The Jeffs, which sat idle during the opening week, kickoff their campaign on Friday, November 20 with a weekend series at Connecticut College.

Williams College and Holy Cross remained second and third, respectively, while Endicott College jumped up to fourth and UMass Boston dipped to fifth.

Noontime Top 5 (Week 2 Poll)

1. Amherst College (0-0): The Lord Jeffs occupied the top spot for the second week despite not starting their season until the middle of the month. Once the Jeffs begin play, they’ll be contending for their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown since the 2009-10 season. Amherst also captured the NCAA Division III National Championship that same school year, defeating Norwich University, 7-2.

2. Williams College (0-0): Similar to Amherst, the Ephs sat idle last weekend/this week, but kick-off their 2015-16 season on Friday, Nov. 20 when they host Hamilton College for a two-day/weekend series.

3. Holy Cross (2-0): The Crusader claimed a pair of wins this past weekend, defeating Sacred Heart in a home-and-home series, including a 5-3 opening night win on the road. Holy Cross host a pair of contests this weekend, beginning with a Saturday afternoon tilt against Manhattanville College. Freshman Julie Matthias was tabbed New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Rookie of the Week after potting a pair of goals – one in each contest.

4. Endicott College (2-0): The Gulls commenced their first season of varsity hockey with back-to-back wins last weekend, defeating Plymouth State and Nichols College in the Puck Drop Classic. This weekend, Endicott will host its first-ever contest on Saturday, November 7 against Johnson & Wales (R.I.) at 4:00 p.m. Prior to their home contest against the Wildcats, Endicott will travel to Rhode Island for a Friday contest against Johnson & Wales. Freshman Lexi Klein leads the Gulls with three points on two goals and one assist. Klein was tabbed the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) Rookie of the Week, while classmate Vendela Jonsson earned Goalie of the Week honors.

5. UMass Boston (0-2): The Beacons will look to bounce back from a pair of 4-2 setbacks last weekend when they host New England College on Friday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. UMass Boston received three points from last weekend’s setbacks to William Smith from sophomore Jane Morrisette on two goals and one assist.

Mass. College Hockey: Babson Picked First In Noontime Top-5 Men’s D3 Hockey Poll (Week 2)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

One full week of NCAA Division III men’s ice hockey is in the books and below is our weekly ‘Noontime Top-5’ Men’s Ice Hockey rankings.

Babson College claimed the top spot in our week two poll after picking up a pair of wins this past weekend, including an opening night win against Hobart, which fell out of the D3Hockey.com rankings this week. Amherst College, which sat idle, drops to second, UMass Boston moves up to third – the biggest mover of the week after earning a fifth-position spot last week – while Williams College and Nichols College falls to fourth and fifth, respectively.

Noontime Top-5, Week 2 Poll 

1.) Babson College (2-0): The Beavers move up one spot this week, claiming the first position after a pair of impressive victories last weekend against Hobart and Curry. Junior Bill Seligman and sophomore Bobby Hall each lit the lamp in the final frame of the Beavers’ opening night contest, which helped the Green and White defeat Hobart, 4-2. The win marked Babson’s ninth win against the Statesmen in program history. One day later, the Beavers received the game-clinching goal from freshman Tommy Munichiello  – his initial collegiate marker – that helped Babson defeat Curry, 3-1. The Beavers are off this weekend, but return to play next Friday, November 13 when they open conference play with a road contest against Skidmore.

2.) Amherst College (0-0): The Jeffs sat idle this week, but open play in two weeks from Friday with a 7:00 p.m. face-off against conference foe Hamilton College.

3.) UMass Boston (1-0): Last Friday evening was an exciting one for UMass Boston fans, as the Beacons escaped with 4-3 victory against Curry. Senior Frankie DeAugustine, who was tabbed the New England Hockey Conference Player of the Week, potted the game-winning goal late in the third to secure the win. Freshman Garrison Sanipass was tabbed the conference’s Rookie of the Week after netting the team’s first goal against the Colonels, which was also his initial college marker. UMass Boston is back in action this weekend as they travel to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, November 7 for a 4:00 p.m. face-off.

4.) Williams College (0-0): The Ephs remain idle after one week of competition, but commence their 2015-16 season on Saturday, November 21 with a home contest against Bowdoin College at 7:00 p.m.

5.) Nichols College (0-1): Senior Alex Larson turned away 33 of 35 shots in the Bisons’ season-opener against Norwich University, however, it wasn’t enough to lift Nichols to victory as the Cadets skated to a 3-1 win. Senior Paul Prescott netted the lone Nichols goal in the third period, which sliced the deficit from two goals to one goal. Norwich dashed the Bisons’ comeback with a late third period goal to clinch the two-goal victory. Nichols travels to Salve Regina University on Saturday, November 7 for a 2:35 p.m. ECAC Northeast tilt.