Get In The Game: What You Can Expect From Our Noontime Coverage This Fall

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Happy Wednesday, Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) fans!

It’s an exciting time these days – not just because football has returned – but our site has been updated with some new features, including an easy way to join our email list (you can sign-up on the right side of the screen if you’re on a laptop or tablet or at the bottom of the page on mobile).

Additionally, we have introduced a brand-new podcast for the upcoming football season – Football Friday – which has been a great addition to our New England D3 coverage. We have had some great guests thus far – thank you to those that have taken the time to join us! – and will have more interviews with coaches, student-athletes and media members before, during and after the season, so make sure to circle back every Friday for a new show.

Quick ‘Football Friday’ Plug for this week (Aug. 9th): There will be now show this week, but we will return next week after a quick (and brief) one-week hiatus! 

In addition to a brand new looking site and podcast, we will also unveil some new content this season (and school year). Most of this content you may or may not have seen in the past, but it will include longer-form features on student-athletes, coaches and teams, more videos, including a weekly Facebook Live Show, and new guests for Noontime Sports the Podcast. 

We will also expand our reach (or audience, technically), adding some Division I and II coverage in New England, and we may even sprinkle in some high school stories, too.

All in all, the biggest goal going forward for our site (and social network channels) is to produce unique and engaging content for you, the reader (and fan). We want to shed a different light on a player, and perhaps a play or series from a game. We want to take you inside the minds of some of your favorite programs – perhaps some film studies or a day in a life? – while producing content that you won’t always see on national or local site.

And as we begin to embark on an exciting new chapter, we want to hear from you, the fans and readers. We want to know what you think, as well as what you want to read and view, both here on our site and social media channels, too. Send us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com or connect with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube).

All in all, this is an exciting time for our site and I am really looking forward to providing unique and engaging content this upcoming school year!

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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.