D3 Basketball Notebook: Clark-Worcester Set To Tip-Off At Midnight

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

A brand new season of New England Division III basketball is set to tip-off tomorrow morning – in fact, it will be an early morning clash, to be exact, between Clark and Worcester State.

For the third-straight season, the Cougars and Lancers will meet a minute after midnight to compete for that initial win of the season.

Last year, the Cougars edged the Lancers, 77-74, thanks to a late triple from Luca McCormick, who concluded the contest three of eight from beyond the arc.

McCormick returns this season – he is a junior small forward – and will certainly be one of many players to watch on the Cougars this season. Additionally, keep an eye on senior John Pisacreta, who led the Red and White with 12.2 points per game.

Clark graduated a trio of seniors that paced the teams in rebounds, but perhaps McCormick will be a player to watch on the glass this winter.

Worcester State, which was chosen to finish fifth in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) this season, will be led by Cal Howes, who was honored four times last season as rookie of the week. Howes competed in 27 games last year (stared in seven) and averaged nine points per contest. He tallied 244 points, while pulling down 59 rebounds (51 defensive caroms).

Following their early morning meeting, Worcester State will head to Babson College this weekend for the Babson Invite – will include Babson, Endicott and Regis – while Clark will  compete in the NYU Tournament in New York City. The Cougars’ initial game of the tournament will be against Haverford on Saturday, November 18th at 9:30 p.m.

Larry Anderson and the MIT men’s basketball season begin their New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title defense later tomorrow – 7 p.m., to be exact – when they welcome Bridgewater State to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Engineers competed in the annual MIT-Harvard game last Friday, but came up short against Tommy Amaker‘s Crimson. Harvard defeated MIT, 73-64, but the Engineers provided the Crimson offense and defense with some challenges in both halves.

“They beat us,” Anderson said shortly after his team’s nine-point setback to Harvard. “It’s an exhibition game for us and a regular season game for them, but I just thought in some areas we competed well, (while) other areas we were disappointed in … I was hoping we would (have) done a little bit better (from looking at the post-game stats).”

Harvard’s Seth Towns netted a game-high 20 points, while MIT received 17 points from Bradley Jomard. According to Anderson, Jomard will certainly be a player that will help the Engineers this season, especially in conference games against Babson, Springfield and WPI.

“Brad brings a lot to us. Being a 6’6″ point guard, he can guard one through five on the defensive side of the basketball and (for his height) he is a pretty smooth ball handler,” said Anderson.

“(Brad) fills the stat sheet, but even the things that don’t show up in the stat sheet that we always talk about, getting yourself in the invisible newspaper is doing things that don’t show up in the stat sheet, and he brings that level of calmness that we really covet.”

Look for Jomard to have a big impact on the Engineers this season, who will also receive contributions from AJ JurkoTim RobertsIan Hinkley and Cameron Korb.

Following their opening day tilt with the Bears of Bridgewater State, the Engineers will host Eastern Nazarene on Saturday before visit Tufts University next Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. The Engineers will conclude the month of November with games against Keene State, Salem State and UMass Boston. Keene State and Salem State both advanced to last season’s NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Husson women’s basketball team was picked to captured the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), while Castleton and Colby-Sawyer checked in second and third, respectively.

Husson, which is led by coach Kissy Walker, is optimistic about the upcoming season, but also believes they have what it takes to contend for a conference crown, especially after capturing it the past two seasons.

“We have high expectations,” Walker explained in her team’s season-preview video.

The Eagles collected six first-place votes in the NAC preseason poll, while Castleton garnered a trio of votes. Colby-Sawyer earned one first-place nod.

Kenzie Worcester will certainly be one of many Husson players to watch on this year’s squad.

The Eagles will head to Williamstown this weekend to compete against St. Lawrence on Saturday (Nov. 18th) before facing Williams on Sunday, November 19th. The Eagles’ home-opener is set for Tuesday, November 28th when they host Thomas (Maine) at 5:30 p.m.


Games to Watch on Opening Day: If you’re up early – or perhaps late – make sure to check-out Clark-Worcester State at 12:01 a.m., but here are a few games I’ll be keeping an eye on tomorrow evening.

Brandeis at Roger Williams, 5:30 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Southern Maine at University of New England, 5:30 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Western New England at Springfield, 6 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Keene State at Southern Vermont, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Brandies at Suffolk, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Bridgewater State at MIT, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Lasell at Babson, 7:30 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Western New England at Springfield College, 8 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)


The Noontime Sports Basketball Podcast (Episode One)Matt Noonan chats with John  Cabral on the first-ever edition of the Noontime Sports Basketball Podcast about the upcoming season, as well as what he expects from both Babson College and UMass Dartmouth this winter.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Players To Watch in 2017-18

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With a brand new season of New England Division III men’s basketball set to begin in a few days, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Preseason Team.

  • Melissa Baptista (Tufts University | Forward)
  • Jac Knapp (Tufts University | Guard)
  • Emma McCarthy (Amherst College | Guard/Forward)
  • Nakira Examond (UMass Dartmouth | Forward)
  • Alicia Kutil (UMass Dartmouth | Forward)
  • Brenna LeGacy (Babson College | Forward)
  • Ama Biney (WPI | Guard)
  • Kara Holinski (MIT | Guard)
  • Taylor V’Dovec (MIT | Guard)
  • Mariah Nicholas (Roger Williams | Forward)
  • Kate Kerrigan (Bowdoin College | Guard)
  • Hannah Shaw (Endicott College | Forward)
  • Gabriella Coppola (Endicott College | Guard)
  • Mairead Hynes (Conn. College | Forward)
  • Kennedy Guest-Pritchett (Smith College | Forward)
  • Mya Villard (Eastern Connecticut State | Forward)
  • Sandi Purcell (Keene State | Guard)
  • Sam MacDonald (University of New England | Guard)
  • Olivia Shaw (University of New England | Forward)
  • Dorothy O’Neill (Western New England | Guard)
  • Olivia Bolden (Albertus Magnus | Forward)
  • Raquel Pederzani (Johnson & Wales | Guard)
  • Kelsi McNamara (St. Joseph’s (Maine) | Guard)
  • Alexis Hackett (Suffolk | Guard/Forward)
  • Alisha Fox (Emmanuel | Guard)
  • Britt Herring (Worcester State | Center)
  • Raegan Mulherin (Framingham State | Guard)
  • Brittany Stone (Regis College | Forward)
  • Kenzie Worcester (Husson University | Guard)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Players To Watch in 2017-18

BB Players to Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With a brand new season of New England Division III men’s basketball set to begin in a few days, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Preseason Team.

  • Kyle Scadlock (Williams College | Forward)
  • Vincent Pace (Tufts University | Guard)
  • Johnny McCarthy (Amherst College| Guard)
  • Jayde Dawson (Amherst College | Guard)
  • Jake Ross (Springfield College | Guard)
  • Nick Comenale (Babson College | Guard)
  • Bradley Jacks (Babson College | Forward)
  • AJ Jurko (MIT | Guard)
  • Bradley Jomard (MIT | Guard)
  • Chris Rodgers (WPI| Guard)
  • DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Guard)
  • Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Guard)
  • Garrison Duvivier (Gordon College | Forward)
  • Austin Coene (Roger Williams | Guard)
  • Joel Villa (Endicott College | Guard)
  • Jack Daly (Middlebury College | Guard)
  • Ty Nichols (Keene State | Forward)
  • Carlos Gonzalez (Eastern Connecticut State | Guard)
  • Tarchee Brown (Eastern Connecticut State | Guard)
  • Jordan Bonner (Wesleyan University | Guard)
  • Jourdain Bell (Colby-Sawyer | Guard)
  • Dana Bean (Colby-Sawyer | Guard)
  • Izaiah Winston-Brooks (New England College |Guard)
  • Alex Santos (Salem State | Guard)
  • Samuel Durdola (Becker College | Forward)
  • Jaqhawn Walters (Albertus Magnus | Forward)
  • Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Forward)
  • Jarell Lawson (Johnson & Wales | Guard)

D3Hoops: New England Women’s Basketball Top 10 Preseason Poll (Weds., Nov. 8th)

PRESEASON TOP 10

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s officially basketball season here in New England, which means it is time to unveil this week’s first Noontime Sports New England Division III women’s basketball poll.

  1. Tufts University 
  2. Amherst College 
  3. Bowdoin College 
  4. UMass Dartmouth 
  5. Babson College 
  6. University of New England 
  7. Keene State 
  8. Westfield State 
  9. St. Joseph’s (Maine)
  10. Husson University 

On the rise: Eastern Connecticut, Emmanuel, Endicott, Johnson and Wales, MIT, Regis, Roger Williams, Western New England and WPI.

D3Hoops: New England Men’s Basketball Top 10 Preseason Poll (Weds., Nov. 8th)

PRESEASON TOP 10

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s officially basketball season here in New England, which means it is time to unveil this week’s first Noontime Sports New England Division III men’s basketball poll.

  1. Williams College 
  2. Babson College 
  3. Tufts University 
  4. Middlebury College 
  5. Keene State 
  6. Nichols College 
  7. Amherst College 
  8. MIT 
  9. Eastern Connecticut 
  10. Wesleyan University

On the rise: Albertus Magnus, Becker, Endicott, Gordon, Husson, Lasell, Roger Williams, Salem State, Springfield, UMass Dartmouth, Wentworth and WPI.

D3 Soccer Notebook: New England Squads Set To Compete In NCAA D3 Tournament

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2017 NCAA Division III soccer tournament is set to begin later this week with various New England squads, both men and women’s, set to compete for the national championship.

On Monday, November 6th, the NCAA unveiled both brackets and below are the New England teams that will be competing in this year’s tournament.


NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament 

* Mitchell vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1 p.m. at Tufts (winner of this match will play host Tufts University on Sunday, Nov. 12th)

* Western Connecticut State at Brandies University | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 5 p.m.

* Bowdoin College vs. Rutgers-Newark (at Brandeis University) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 7:30 p.m.

* Castleton vs. Messiah (at Buffalo State) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 5 p.m.

* Stevens Inst. vs. Middlebury College (at SUNY Cortland) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* WPI at SUNY Oneonta | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Connecticut College vs. Rochester (at SUNY Oneonta) | Saturday, November 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Salem State at Amherst College | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Endicott College vs. Springfield College (at Amherst College) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.


NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament 

* Roger Williams at TCNJ | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Tufts vs. Virginia Wesleyan (at TCNJ) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Westfield State at Messiah | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11:30 a.m.

* Castleton at MIT | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Middlebury College vs. Western Connecticut State (at MIT) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Connecticut College vs. Wilkes (at Johns Hopkins) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Lesley at Williams College | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Brandeis University vs. Stevens Inst. (at Williams College) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Lasell College at William Smith | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

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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