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.

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!

Stay connected with Matt Noonan on social media, follow him on Twitter (@MattNoonan11) and Instagram (@MattNoonan11). Matt is also on Snapchat, you can add him by typing in the following username: NoontimeSports. And if you want to email Matt, you can reach him at MatthewJNoonan@gmail.com. 

Noontime Sports 2016 Year In Review

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Ah, the final day of 2016 has arrived.

And just like past years, it’s time to revisit some of our favorite stories from the past 12 months.

Yet, unlike past years, this year’s ‘year in review’ is made-up of a variety of stories from ‘Catching Up’ to features on the Amherst College and Endicott College football programs to Wheaton women’s basketball providing Coach Melissa Hodgdon with her 200th win as a head coach.

I also made sure to highlight a few podcasts from the past few months – yes, Noontime Sports the Podcast returned this summer and I am super excited to host the 16th episode, which will be posted later next week.

So, sit back, relax, and re-read or listen to some of our biggest posts from 2016, and have a wonderful and safe Happy New Year!

See you in 2017!

Brandeis’ Mike Coven Announces Retirement After 44 Seasons With The Judges

Brandeis men's soccer coach Mike Coven announced his retirement on Friday, December 9th following 44 years on the sidelines with the Judges. (PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Mark Vieira)
Brandeis men’s soccer coach Mike Coven announced his retirement on Friday, December 9th following 44 years on the sidelines with the Judges. (PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Mark Vieira)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

It was announced yesterday that Brandeis University men’s soccer coach Mike Coven would be retiring from the sidelines, effectively Saturday, December 31, 2016.

Coven, who coached the Judges for 44 seasons, concludes his career ranked sixth all-time in Division III men’s soccer coaching with 526 wins.

His 526 victories rank him 10th among all NCAA soccer coaches regardless of division, according to the athletic department’s release.

Over the past 44 seasons, Coven guided the Judges to 14 NCAA Tournaments, including a quartet of final four appearances and one national championship in 1976. Additionally, Coven led Brandeis to four Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships (1994, 2006, 2010 and 2011), while earning a trio of University Athletic Association (UAA) Coach of the Year Awards.

“Brandeis has been a special place for me,” Coven said in the athletic department’s release. “The support I’ve seen over the years – from the administrators, from alumni and from the student-body – has made this place into a real soccer school. I will miss it tremendously.”

This past season, Coven navigated the Judges to a 13-6-4 overall record, along with the program’s fourth appearance in the final four – their first since 1984. Brandeis edged last year’s champion, Amherst, in the round of 16 (won in PK’s) before defeating Rutgers-Newark the following day (4-2) en route to the national semifinals.

Brandeis’ run toward the program’s second national crown came up short against Calvin last Friday, December 2 as the Knights defeated the Judges, 1-0.

“We had fans out there: alumni, the student body, the vice president of the University, all sorts of administrators, and we had tremendous support,” Coven said following his team’s one-goal deficit in the national semifinals. “Vocal, and great. And it’s not just this year. I’ve been very fortunate to work at a school … where soccer has been a main priority.”

Noontime Sports D3 Men’s Basketball Preseason Team

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The NCAA Division III Basketball season officially tips-off next Tuesday, November 15th and in honor of a brand new season, we’re dishing out our Noontime Sports D3 Men’s Basketball Preseason Team.

Congratulations to the student-athletes that landed on our inaugural team and best of luck this season!

Forwards/Centers

Jordan Cooper (Brandeis)

Jason Ganley (Wentworth)

Marcus Faison (Salem State)

David George (Amherst)

Hugh Lindo (East Conn.)

Isaiah Nelsen (Babson)

Ed Ogundeko (Trinity)

Tom Palleschi (Tufts)

Nick Portelance (UMass Dartmouth)

Jack Simonds (Bowdoin)

 

Guards

Daniel Aronowitz (Williams)

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State)

Jayde Dawson (Amherst)

Sean Doncaster (WPI)

Joey Flannery (Babson)

Bradley Jomard (MIT)

Johnny McCarthy (Amherst)

Matt Ozzella (Keene State)

Matt St. Amour (Middlebury)

Kamahl Walker (Endicott)

New England D3 Soccer: Williams Earns Top Spot In NSCAA Women’s Preseason Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com 

A trio of Massachusetts Division III women’s soccer teams earned spots on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll yesterday, including Williams College, which earned the top spot following a 1-0 national championship victory last fall against Washington University in St. Louis.

The Ephs captured their sixth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship with a 2-0 win over Bowdoin College en route to claiming the program’s first-ever women’s soccer title last December. As noted in last year’s championship release, the Ephs’ title was the first national championship won by a member of the NESCAC.

Williams begin its title defense on Wednesday, September 7 when they travel to Hamilton College for a 4:30 p.m. kick-off.

Brandies University and Amherst College checked in 13th and 19th, respectively. Both teams met in the NCAA Tournament last fall with the Judges prevailing in penalty kicks. Michaela Friedman netted the game-winning goal during the shootout, which sent the Judges to the Round of 16.

The Judges’ initial game of the 2016 season is slated for Thursday, September 1 when they host MIT at 7:00 p.m. The Purple and White begin their campaign on Tuesday, September 6 when they entertain Mount Holyoke at 7:00 p.m.

New England D3 Soccer: Amherst Earns Top Spot In NSCAA Men’s Preseason Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Another season of Division III soccer is right around the corner. And on Tuesday, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released its national preseason poll for all three divisions, which included the top 25 teams from each division.

Amherst College earned the top spot in the men’s Division III poll – the Purple and White captured the national championship last fall with a 2-1 win over Loras.

Eight spots below Amherst is Brandies University, which enters this season as the ninth best team in the country. Brandeis will kick-off its 2016 slate at home next month when they host John Carroll and sixth-ranked Haverford at the Brandeis Invitational on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3.

MIT and Tufts also earned preseason rankings, checking in 13th and 16th, respectively, while Bowdoin College and Gordon College each begins their respective campaigns receiving votes.

The 2016 Division III soccer season officially begins Thursday, September 1st.