D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball 2018 End Of The Year Awards


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another season of New England D3 Basketball in the books, it is time to dish out our end of the year Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball awards, including our Coach, Player and Rookie of the Year, along with our first, second and third teams.

As always, stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter – also, make sure to follow our brand new basketball handle on Twitter at @Noontme_Hoops!

Kate Kerrigan POY BOWDWomen’s Player of the Year: Kate Kerrigan (Bowdoin College): Kate Kerrigan enjoyed an extremely impressive senior season with the Polar Bears as she guided the program to its second appearance in the national semifinals last weekend. Tabbed the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III National Player of the Year last week, Kerrigan concluded her time in Maine by becoming the only player in Bowdoin women’s basketball history to tally more than 900 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals in a career. In addition to being honored by the WBCA, she was also named the NESCAC Player of the Year, NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, the NEWBA Player of the Year and the D3hoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year.

JOIE Grassi ROY UMASSWomen’s Rookie of the Year: Joie Grassi (UMass Boston): Joie Grassi enjoyed an impressive first season with the Beacons, averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 29 games. She guided the Blue and White to its first-ever Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament Championship last month as UMass Boston stunned top-seed UMass Dartmouth. Grassi was tabbed the LEC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after netting 26 points, while pulling down nine rebounds in her team’s win over the Corsairs. Grassi earned seven LEC Rookie of the Week honors, while tallying a team-best six double-doubles. Grassi was tabbed the D3Hoops.com Northeast Region Co-Rookie of the Year, while also earning a spit on the Northeast Region’s Fourth Team. Grassi joined senior Lydia Vital on the LEC First Team – she also accompanied classmate Shania Osborne on the conference’s All-Rookie Team.

GP Gromacki AMHERST COACHWomen’s Coach of the Year: G.P. Gromacki (Amherst College): G.P. Gromacki guided the Mammoths to its second-straight NCAA Division III championship this season, while earning his second consecutive D3Hoops.com Coach of the Year honors. Amherst enjoyed another impressive season, winning 33 consecutive contests, including a national championship and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown. Last weekend marked the third time Gromacki has guided the Mammoths to a national championship – he has led the Purple and White to eight Final Four appearances since arriving in Amherst prior to the start of the 2007-08 season. In addition to being honored by D3Hoops.com, Gromacki earned his third-straight NESCAC Coach of the Year honor prior to the start of this year’s national tournament.

Noontime Sports First-Team

Kate Kerrigan 

Bowdoin College 

Wellesley, Mass. 

Madeline Eck

Amherst College 

Rye, N.Y. 

Hannah Fox

Amherst College

Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Melissa Baptista

Tufts University

Somerville, Mass.

Kelsi McNamara 

St. Joseph’s (Maine)

Westbury, Mass.

Noontime Sports Second Team

Abby Kelly

Bowdoin College

Bombay, N.Y.

Olivia Bolden 

Albertus Magnus 

South Windsor, Conn.

Alicia Kutil

UMass Dartmouth

Franklin, Mass.

Nakira Examond

UMass Dartmouth

New Bedford, Mass.

Kennedy Guest-Pritchett

Smith College

Fairburn, Ga.

Noontime Sports Third Team

Lauren Dillon 

Tufts University 

Wellesley, Mass.

Mikayla Hodge

Lyndon State 

Newbury, Vt. 

Ama Biney


Worcester, Mass.

Payton Ouimette

Babson College

Medfield, Mass.

Mary Kate O’Day

Framingham State

Berlin, Mass.

Noontime Sports All-Rookie Team

Joie Grassi 

UMass Boston

Plymouth, Mass. 

Kristen Curley 

Southern Maine 

Gorham, Maine 

Emily Briggs

Tufts University 

Canton, Conn.

Kylie Gallagher


Upton, Mass.

Jaymesha Sanders

Newbury College

West Haven, Conn.

Mikayla Pucci

Wheaton College

Hopkinton, Mass.

Mikaela Mitchell 

Fitchburg State 

Millbury, Mass.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball 2018 End Of The Year Awards


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another season of New England D3 Basketball in the books, it is time to dish out our end of the year Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball awards, including our Coach, Player and Rookie of the Year, along with our first, second and third teams.

As always, stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter – also, make sure to follow our brand new basketball handle on Twitter at @Noontme_Hoops!

Jake Ross POY 2018
Men’s Player of the Year: Jake Ross (Springfield College)Jake Ross enjoyed an impressive sophomore season with the Pride, earning a slew of postseason accolades, including the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to earning a spot on the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, Ross also received recognition from D3Hoops.com as the Northeast Player of the Year. He also earned a spot on the All-Northeast Region First Team, too. Ross concluded his second season by averaging 24.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He netted a career-high 39 points earlier this season against Wheaton College (Jan. 24th, 2018), while also recorded a career-best 10 assists against Coast Guard Academy seven days later (Jan. 31st, 2018).

Austin Hutcherson SHARPMen’s Rookie of the Year: Austin Hutcherson (Wesleyan University): Tabbed the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year, Austin Hutcherson enjoyed an impressive debut with the Cardinals by averaging 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game. He was recently selected as the 2018 D3hoops.com Northeast Co-Rookie of the Year alongside Hamilton Forsythe of MIT. Hutcherson started in 26 of 29 contests this season, netting double-figures in 16 of 29 contests. Hutcherson’s play helped Wesleyan enjoy a very successful campaign, which saw the Cardinals conclude the 2017-18 season with a program-record 22 wins. The Cardinals secured the Little Three title with key regular season victories over Amherst College and Williams College, while earning appearances in both the NESCAC championships and NCAA Tournament.


Charlie Brock COACH SPRMen’s Coach of the Year: Charlie Brock (Springfield College): Coach Charlie Brock led the Pride on an exciting postseason journey this month, which included a quartet of playoff victories, including three against nationally-ranked opponents. Brock guided the Pride to a first place finish in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season, while earning his initial D3Hoops.com Northeast Coach of the Year honor seven days ago.

Noontime Sports First-Team

Jake Ross

Springfield College

Northampton, Mass.

Tarchee Brown

Eastern Conn. State

Rockville, Conn. 

James Heskett 

Williams College

Cincinnati, Ohio

Jack Daly

Middlebury College

Eastchester, N.Y.

Jaqhawn Walters 

Albertus Magnus 

Hartford, Conn.

Noontime Sports Second Team 

Kena Gilmour

Hamilton College

New Paltz, N.Y.

Marcos Echevarria

Nichols College

    Lynn, Mass. 

Bradley Jomard


Paris, France

Keith Brown

Endicott College

Pelham, N.H.

AJ Jurko


 Weston, Fla.

Noontime Sports Third Team

Raheem Anderson

Husson University

Miramar, Fla.

Ty Nichols

Keene State 

Springfield, Mass.

Johnny McCarthy

Amherst College

Medfield, Mass. 

Bobby Casey

Williams College

Scranton, PA

Nick Comenale 

Babson College 

New York Mills, N.Y.

Noontime Sports All-Rookie Team

Austin Hutcherson

Wesleyan University

Freehold, N.J.

Hamilton Forsythe


Weston, Conn.

James Anozie

Keene State

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Michael Boyd

UMass Boston 

Malden, Mass. 

Noah Yearsley


Averill Park, N.Y.

Zach Tavitian

Western New England

Milford, Conn.

Jake Ashworth

UMass Dartmouth 

Fairhaven, Mass.

D3 Lacrosse: Bates Earns Top Spot On ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10

bobcat-primary-thumbBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In case you missed it: Bates College men’s lacrosse earned some national attention last night by earning the top spot on ESPN’s Top 10 on SportsCenter.

Bates earned the highest spot in the well-known Top 10 highlight package, thanks to a pair of behind the back looks from Brendan Mullally and Matt Chlastawa. The duo connected for an extremely impressive goal from the nearside during the Bobcats’ 21-8 win over Keene State.

Following the conclusion of yesterday’s contest, Chlastawa told the Sun Journal, “It’s nice to mess around out there and have some fun with it. That’s why we’re out here, because we love the sport.”

The Bobcats have won three-straight and will look to earn their fourth consecutive win when they host Williams College on Saturday, March 24th with face-off set for 1 p.m.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s basketball Final Top 10 (March 20th, 2018)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2017-18 New England D3 Basketball season concluded last weekend with Springfield College competing in the semifinals – a.k.a. the “Final Four.”

The Pride enjoyed an exciting run to Salem, Virginia, scoring a quartet of wins, including a third-round victory over Hamilton College, which earned the third position in our final poll.

MIT checked-in second overall – the Engineers also enjoyed an exciting postseason run as well, but saw their bid for a spot in the semifinals come-up short against Ramapo College in the Sectional Finals.

Middlebury College and Williams College rounded out the top five spots, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

As always, stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter, and make sure to toss our new basketball Twitter handle (@Noontime_Hoops) a follow, too!

Men’s Basketball Top 10 – Final 2017-18 Poll 

1. Springfield College

22-9, 12-2 NEWMAC

2. MIT

25-6, 10-4 NEWMAC

3. Hamilton College

24-5, 7-3 NESCAC

4. Middlebury College

21-7, 7-3 NESCAC

5. Williams College

23-6, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Eastern Connecticut St. 

26-4, 13-1 LEC

7. Wesleyan University

22-7, 7-3 NESCAC

8. Nichols College

25-4, 16-2 CCC

9. Salem State 

22-4, 12-0 MASCAC

10. Amherst College

17-9, 7-3 NESCAC

ON THE RISE: Johnson & Wales (19-10, 13-3 GNAC) and Southern Vermont (22-6, 12-2 NECC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Final Top 10 Poll (March 20th, 2018)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Another season of New England D3 Basketball concluded this past weekend with Amherst College claiming its second-straight NCAA championship as they defeated Bowdoin College in the final game of the 2017-18 season.

The Mammoths concluded their season without a single blemish for the second-straight year – Amherst has not dropped a single contest since March 2016. The Purple and White concluded the year as our top team in our final Noontime Sports poll, while the Polar Bears and Tufts University rounded out the top three positions.

As always, stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter for more New England D3 Basketball news and notes throughout the offseason. Additionally, toss a follow to our new basketball Twitter handle (@Noontime_Hoops), too!

Women’s Basketball Top 10 – Final 2017-18 Poll 

1. Amherst College 

33-0, 10-0 NESCAC

2. Bowdoin College 

29-3, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Tufts University

26-5, 8-2 NESCAC

4. Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

28-2, 16-0 GNAC

5. Univ. of New England 

23-6, 16-2 CCC

6. Roger Williams 

23-6, 15-3 CCC

7. UMass Dartmouth

24-4, 14-0 LEC

8. UMass Boston

25-4, 12-2 LEC 

9. MIT

18-10, 10-6 NEWMAC

10. Smith College 

20-6, 13-3 NEWMAC

ON THE RISE: Springfield College (20-9, 12-4 NEWMAC), Westfield State (19-8, 11-1 MASCAC), and WPI (22-6, 13-3 NEWMAC)

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, March 19th)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for our weekly New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

This week, Amherst College slid into the top spot following an impressive win over Denison last Friday before falling to top-ranked RIT. The Mammoths boast an impressive 4-1 ledger, which also includes wins over Bowdoin College and Western New England.

Bates College, Springfield College and Williams College each moved-up in the poll, while the Golden Bears of WNE fell to the final position.

As always, stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and news on New England D3 Lacrosse!

Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, March 19th, 2018

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

ON THE RISE: Babson College (3-3, 0-0 NEWMAC),Bowdoin College (2-2, 1-2 NESCAC), Clark University (4-2, 0-0 NEWMAC), Keene State (3-2, 0-0 LEC), MIT (4-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) and University of New England (4-1, 0-0 CCC)

D3 Hoops: NEWBA Announces 2018 Senior All-Star Classic Participants

8h1lwup4uhzm0c0pBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) announced today the following student-athletes will be participating in this year’s 2018 All-Star Classic, which will take place at Smith College on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m.

Amanda Beatty, Castleton
Madison Beck, WPI
Maddie Bledsoe, Wesleyan
Georgia Bourikas, Suffolk
Leah Douty, UMass Dartmouth
Teagan Dunn, Roger Williams
Makayla Farrara, Castleton
Kayla Guest, St. Joseph (Conn.)
Chelsea Houlihan, UMass Dartmouth
Heather King, Springfield
Alicia Kutil, UMass Dartmouth
Sam MacDonald, UNE
Paige Marquez, Smith
Chanelle Melton, Bridgewater State
Raegan Mulherin, Framingham State
Mariah Nicholas, Roger Williams
Dorothy O’Neill, Western New England
Olivia Shaw, UNE
Destiny Spears, Newbury
Brittany Stone, Regis
Anna Walther, Roger Williams

For more information on NEWBA – HOP HERE!