D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 11th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 11th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past three polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 11th, 2017 

1. Tufts University 

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Amherst College 

7-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College 

9-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Roger Williams 

8-2, 2-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 8 

5. Univ. of New Eng.

7-2, 3-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 6 

6. Brandeis University

6-2, 0-0 UAA

Last Week: NR

7. UMass Dartmouth 

6-2, 2-0 LEC

Last Week: NR

8. Conn. College 

6-2, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

9. Middlebury College

8-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

10. Hamilton College 

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Babson College (5-2, 3-0 NEWMAC), Castleton University (9-0, 5-0 NAC), MIT (4-2, 3-0 NEWMAC), Smith College (6-2, 2-1 NEWMAC), Springfield College (6-2, 3-0 NEWMAC), St. Joseph’s (Maine) (7-1, 2-0 GNAC), Trinity College (7-1, 0-0 NESCAC), UMass Boston (8-1, 2-0 LEC), Wesleyan University (6-2, 0-0 NESCAC) and Williams College (6-3, 0-0 NESCAC).

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 11th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 11th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past three polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England. 

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 11th, 2017 

1. Middlebury College

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Wesleyan University 

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2 

3. Williams College 

8-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

4. MIT 

9-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 5

5. Nichols College 

8-1, 3-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Hamilton College 

8-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Eastern Connecticut 

8-1, 2-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 3

8. Keene State 

7-2, 2-0 LEC

Last Week: NR

9. Amherst College 

6-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 9 

10. Salem State 

7-2, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (5-2, 2-0 GNAC), Babson College (5-4, 0-0 NEWMAC), Bowdoin College (8-2, 0-0 NESCAC), Endicott College (5-2, 2-1 CCC), Husson University (6-1, 4-0 NAC), Southern Vermont (6-1, 0-0 NECC), Springfield College (4-2, 0-0 NEWMAC), Trinity College (6-2, 0-0 NESCAC), Tufts University (6-3, 0-0 NESCAC) and WPI (5-4, 0-0 NEWMAC).

D3 Hoops Notebook: NEWMAC Squads Highlight First Few Weeks Of Play

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

We’re just a few weeks into a brand new season of New England Division III basketball – maybe I shouldn’t say a ‘new season’ since a few weeks of hoops have already been recorded!

While we are starting to see certain teams emerge from the pack, we are also seeing some of the usual squads like Babson and WPI begin to pick-up momentum at the right time.

Last night – Thursday, December 7th, to be exact – the Beavers and Engineers scored impressive regional wins by knocking off Amherst and Eastern Connecticut State.

Both Amherst and Eastern Connecticut State are Top 25 teams, per the latest D3Hoops.com Men’s Basketball Poll.

For Babson, it was clutch free throw shooting down the stretch – the Beavers concluded the game eight of nine as a team from the stripe, while Amherst finished four of six. Babson’s Shyheim Ulrickson connected on all three freebies, while Nick Comenale was a perfect two-for-two. 

WPI had five players net double-figures in their 75-70 win over Eastern Connecticut, including Kahleb Downing, who added 15 points off the bench. Downing concluded the game four-of-seven from beyond the arc, while also recording seven assists, six boards and one block.

The win was WPI’s fifth of the season, while the loss halted Eastern Connecticut’s seven-game winning streak.

WPI is back in action tomorrow – that would be Saturday, December 9th, to be exact – when they host Salem State at 2 p.m. The Vikings are coming off their initial New England Big 4 Challenge win this past weekend, which included wins over Babson and Tufts.

In addition to solid wins by Babson and WPI, the NEWMAC saw a few other teams pick-up some impressive non-conference victories last night as Wheaton defeated Lasell, 65-60, while MIT topped Rhode Island College, 76-63, thanks to a career-high 32 points from Cameron Korb, who connected on 10 of 16 shots, including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. 

As of today, MIT and Wheaton sit atop the NEWMAC with eight wins, respectively, while Babson, Coast Guard, Emerson and WPI have captured five games apiece.

News and Notes from New EnglandAs mentioned above, the Salem State men’s basketball team captured its first-ever New England Big 4 Challenge this past weekend when they defeated Babson and Tufts. I had a chance to PA Announce the game last weekend and wrote a few words about the Vikings’ win for D3Hoops.com.

The Middlebury women’s basketball team is off to a great start – they captured their eighth-straight contest last night by defeating Sage, 56-50. Middlebury’s Maya Davis led all scorers with 18 points. The Panthers take on Skidmore this evening at 8 p.m

As of this morning, Middlebury is one of five NESCAC women’s basketball teams that have yet to drop a single contest this season. Amherst, Bowdoin, Hamilton and Tufts remain undefeated as well, while Connecticut College and Williams have won six games, respectively.

Since falling to Wesleyan a few weeks ago, the Nichols men’s basketball team has won five-straight, including a 91-79 victory earlier this week against Roger Williams. The win against the Hawks was the team’s third-straight conference victory of the season. The two teams will meet again in January.

Games to Watch this WeekendAs always, Friday and Saturday will be busy days here in New England, so make sure to stay connected with both myself (@MattNoonan11) and (@NoontimeSports) on Twitter for scores and updates. Here are a few games I’ll be watching this weekend:

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Middlebury at No. 16 Skidmore | Friday, Dec. 8th at 6 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Middlebury at Skidmore | Friday, Dec. 8th at 8 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Brandeis at No. 18 Wesleyan | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Springfield at Worcester State | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: West Conn. at UMass Dartmouth | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Springfield at No. 2 Williams | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Salem State at WPI | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: UNE at Tufts | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Western Conn. at UMass Dartmouth | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 3 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Conn. College at Roger Williams | Sunday, Dec. 10th at 2 p.m.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 4th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 4th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past two polls – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 4th, 2017 

1. Tufts University

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Amherst College 

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

7-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Connecticut College

5-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

5. Middlebury College 

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 7 

6. Univ. of New England

6-1, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: NR

7. Babson College 

4-1, 2-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 10 

8. Roger Williams 

5-2, 1-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 5

9. Williams College 

5-2, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

10. Smith College 

5-2, 1-1 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR 

ON THE RISE: Brandeis (4-2, 0-0 UAA), Castleton (6-0, 2-0 NAC), MIT (3-2, 2-0 NEWMAC), Springfield (4-2, 2-0 NEWMAC), St. Joseph’s (Maine) (6-1, 1-0 GNAC), Trinity College (6-0, 0-0 NESCAC), UMass Dartmouth (4-2, 1-0 LEC), Wesleyan University (5-1, 0-0 NESCAC), Westfield State (5-2, 0-0 MASCAC) and WPI (5-1, 1-1 NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 4th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 4th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past two polls – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England. 

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 4th, 2017 

1. Middlebury College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

2. Wesleyan University

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

3. Eastern Connecticut 

6-0, 1-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Williams College 

5-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1 

5. MIT 

6-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Hamilton College 

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

7. Nichols College 

5-1, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Amherst College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

9. Bowdoin College 

6-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

10. Roger Williams 

7-0, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (3-1, 1-0 GNAC), Babson College (4-4, 0-0 NEWMAC), Colby College (6-1, 0-0 NESCAC), Endicott College (3-2, 1-1 CCC), Husson University (4-0, 2-0 NAC), Keene State (5-2, 1-0 LEC), Salem State (6-2, 0-0 MASCAC), Springfield College (4-0, 0-0 NEWMAC), Southern Vermont (5-0, 0-0 NECC) and Tufts University (4-3, 0-0 NESCAC)

D3 Hoops Roundup: Salem State Captures First New England Big 4 Challenge

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Shaquan Murray recorded a game-high 26 points, Drew Healy added a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds as the Salem State University men’s basketball team defeated Babson College, 75-70, on Sunday afternoon in the New England Big 4 Challenge Championship at Tufts University.

The win – the Vikings’ sixth of the season – was the program’s first-event tournament championship.Babson and Brandeis have captured the tournament crown three times, respectively, while host Tufts has won the championship twice.

The New England Big 4 Challenge officially began in 2009 with Brandies defeating Tufts in the initial title game, 54-41.

Babson and Salem State entered the break tied at 43-43, but a jumper early in the second session by Alex Santos helped the Vikings establish a small lead – 55-49, to be exact – which would eventually balloon into a 63-53 advantage with 8:59 remaining.

The Beavers would trim the deficit with a triple from Julian Alexis, which brought the Green and White within eight points (64-56), but the Vikings would respond with back-to-back trifecta’s from Murray and Rayshaw Matthews, which provided Salem State with a 70-56 lead with 5:38 remaining.

Babson would close the gap, pulling within two points (72-70), thanks to a late lay-up by Andrew Jaworski before the Vikings countered with three more points, including a pair of free throws by Sean Bryan to secure the win.

Matthew was tabbed the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), while Healy was named to the All-Tournament Team. Nick Comenale and Bradley Jacks represented Babson on the All-Tournament Team, while Vincent Pace (Tufts) and Semih Say (Brandeis) secured the final two spots.

Pace sank the game-winning three-pointer in the consolation game against Brandeis (1-5), which provided the host Jumbos (4-3) with an exciting fourth victory of the season (Tufts defeated Brandeis, 76-74). Pace concluded the contest with a game-high 21 points, while Smith tallied 16 points on five of eight attempts from the field.

The Wheaton College men’s basketball team improved to 6-2 overall with an 80-63 win this afternoon over Lesley University. Liam Bruno netted 27 points in the wine, while Ryan Fogarty registered 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Chris Cardoso netted 15 points, including a pair of freebies late in the second session, as Worcester State claimed its first win of the season against Norwich University. Worcester State’s Will Watkins Jr. led all scorers with 37 points, while Shaun McCarthy recorded a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jesse Davis paced the Cadets with 20 points off the bench.

The Coast Guard Academy men’s basketball team improved to 4-1 overall this afternoon as the Bears defeated Connecticut College, 84-69. Coast Guard’s Packy Witkowski led all scorers with 27 points, while Justin Kane concluded the contest with 20 points and 14 rebounds. David Labossiere led the Camels with 26 points.

D3 Soccer: Williams Tops Chicago In 2017 National Championship Match

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For the second time in three seasons, the Williams College women’s soccer team is the Division III champions! (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

For the second time in three seasons, the Williams College women’s soccer team captured the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship, thanks to 1-0 victory this afternoon against the University of Chicago in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The championship win caps an impressive campaign by the Ephs, who won 22 of 24 contests this fall. Their lone setback occurred at the end of October when Middlebury College defeated the Purple and Gold by a score of 1-0. Williams would rebound from the loss, winning its next nine contests, including today’s national title game and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship.

Natasha Albaneze netted the game’s lone goal early in the second half, which provided the Ephs with the lead for good. Danielle Sim and Natalie Turner-Wyatt assisted on the strike – the goal was Albaneze’s 10th of the season.

Chicago attempted to answer multiple times over the next 35 minutes, but saw various attempts denied, including a late shot off a corner kick from Hanna Watkins sail wide of the Williams net.

The Maroons concluded the game with 14 shots, including six on net, while the Ephs tallied 12 attempts (four shots on goal). Williams’ Olivia Barnhill ended the match with six saves, while Chicago’s Katie Donovan and Miranda Malone combined for three stops.

Prior to today’s national championship win, Williams defeated Washington (Mo.), 1-0, in December 2015 to claim their first-ever NCAA Division III crown.