New England High School Notebook: Highlighting Four State Championships

NE HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOKS

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was an exciting weekend for a few New England high school lacrosse teams that captured their respective division or class championships.

Here is a recap with some links of what you missed from this past weekend’s finales in ConnecticutNew Hampshire, and Vermont, as well as what occurred earlier this month when Rhode Island crowned six state champions.

Connecticut Boy’s Lacrosse 

Connecticut Girl’s Lacrosse 

New Hampshire Boy’s Lacrosse 

  • In Division I, Pinkerton Academy scored its second-straight two-goal championship win over Bishop Guertin this past Saturday at Bill Ball Stadium. The Cardinals of Bishop Guertin defeated the Astros earlier this season when the two teams met in mid-April. After losing to Hingham in mid-May, the Astros returned to the win column to finish their 2019 campaign on a 10-game winning streak.
  • In Division II, Derryfield finished its 2019 campaign with some hardware by defeating Winnacunnet, 9-1. The two teams met earlier this season with the Cougars claiming a hard-fought 9-8 win. Derryfield lost just once this season but finished its season on a seven-game winning streak.
  • In Division III, Hopkinton capped its season with a 15-5 championship over top-seed Pelham. The Hawks fell to Pelham earlier this season by a score of 9-5. Hopkinton would rebound, though, finishing their regular season slate on a five-game winning streak.

New Hampshire Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • In Division I, the third-seed Bishop Guertin outlasted Pinkerton, 12-11, to claim their second-straight championship (BG needed overtime to beat Bedford last June). Prior to edging the Astros, the Cardinals beat both Bedford (10-9) and Merrimack (19-6).
  • In Division II, Portsmouth, the top seed in this year’s tournament, defeated Winnacunnet, 10-5, to claim its third-straight championship. The win was also Portsmouth’s second victory against Winnacunnet in the title round in three seasons.
  • In Division III, Hopkinton celebrated its first-ever championship in program history with a 12-11 win over Derryfield. The win erased memories of last season, which saw Hopkinton fall to Laconia, 10-6.

Rhode Island Boy’s Lacrosse (Championships occurred earlier this month)

  • In Division I, top-seed La Salle finished its season with a 7-6 championship win over Moses Brown, which entered the postseason as the second seed. Prior to beating Moses Brown, La Salle knocked-off Bishop Hendricken, 17-7, in the semifinals.
  • In Division II, second-seed South Kingstown needed to score a trio of wins, including a title round victory over top-seed Portsmouth to secure a 12-10 championship win. Curtis Rasmussen highlighted his team’s win with 17 saves, while Max Willette added seven points on five goals and two assists. The championship victory was the first for SK.
  • In Division III, fourth-seed Westerly outlasted second-seed Narragansett, 8-7, to cap its season with a 16-3 record. Prior to beating Narragansett, the Bulldogs scored wins over PCD/SRA Co-op (15-3) and Burrillville (11-10).

Rhode Island Girl’s Lacrosse (Championships occurred earlier this month

Vermont Boy’s Lacrosse 

Vermont Girl’s Lacrosse


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Lax Notebook: Weekend Takeaways From PLL & WPLL

NS Lacrosse Notebook

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

This past weekend, I made the trek to Gillette Stadium to witness the start of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), as well as the second season of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL).

Both leagues enjoyed successful starts to their respective seasons, especially the PLL, which needed overtime to decide two of their three contests.

The PLL is a new men’s professional league that was founded by Paul Rabil and his brother Mike Rabil and is touring the country this summer with games being played in major cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles. The league consists of six teams and can be seen on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) or NBC Sports Gold.

The WPLL, which competed for the first time last summer, is also touring the country, but playing a shorter schedule than the PLL. They will, however, share the same field later this month when the two leagues collide at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Maryland.

WPLL consists of five teams and features some of the best women’s lacrosse players in the country, including Kaya TreanorTaylor Cummings, and Kylie Ohlmiller.

Here are some thoughts from what I witnessed this past weekend from both leagues, specifically their social media presence, broadcasts and fan engagement.

The PLL’s Social Media Experience: For starters, I really enjoyed scrolling through the PLL’s social media channels this past weekend. I thought the content they produced was awesome. Even though I wasn’t there for every second of the first or second day, I felt their social media presence made me feel as if I was on the field competing with the players or cheering them on from the sidelines or stands. 

The PLL’s Vlog, which is run by RJ Kaminski, is something I also really liked. Kaminksi’s videos were extremely innovative but also engaging, as well. I loved his interactions with fans in the parking lot to his chats with the players and former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi.

NBC Sports’ Innovative Broadcasts: Watching Sunday’s game between the Atlas and Redwoods brought back memories of what the network did when they produced the XFL. From micing-up players to watching Paul Burmeister interviewing those that were whistled for a penalty was extremely innovative for a television broadcast, but also more captivating than just showing goals, assists and replays over and over.

The NBC graphics were awesome, too – showing the line-ups, which look very similar to what fans of the National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) are used to seeing made it feel like a big-time production. And the Skycam, which provided another angle on the clears and goal-scoring opportunities was also a nice change from the typical side-to-side view.

Finally, I loved the interviews during the games, as well as the insight from players, too. Hearing what Myles Jones thinks about his upcoming opponent is a great way for NBC to bring its viewers even closer to the action, but also their favorite lacrosse players, too. And of course hearing Bill Belichick discuss his love for the sport and what position Tom Brady would play – goalie, for those that didn’t watch the interview – was something else I really enjoyed from Sunday’s broadcast.

WPLL on ESPN3: Having the WPLL’s games on an ESPN platform is an enormous victory for the league.

The WPLL deserves the same attention as any other professional league because it really does feature the best women’s lacrosse players in the country, and perhaps the world, too.

Fans of the game or perhaps general sports fans will certainly enjoy what they witness when they stream games over the next few weeks. Additionally, fans can watch games on their tablets or phones through the ESPN app.

The WPLL fan engagement: One thing the WPLL really wants to do this summer is to bring its game to its fans, as well as aspiring women’s lacrosse players, which they’re doing through clinics, including one this past Sunday, which was held at Gillette Stadium prior to the Fight edging the Pride, 6-4.

Engaging with new fans of the sport, as well as those that are playing, will certainly help grow the league’s recognition.

These are just a few thoughts from this past weekend, but I am certainly excited to produce more content on the PLL and WPLL over the next few weeks and months.

Mass. High Schools: MIAA Lacrosse State Tournament Pairings

NS MIAA PAIRINGS GRAPHIC

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has unveiled the pairings for the high school state lacrosse tournament with preliminary or first-round games beginning next week.

Below are links to the various regional brackets, as well as each section’s top seeds, as well.

We’ll be keeping you posted on the tournament with daily scoreboards and tweets, so make sure to stay connected with @NoontimeLax for our postseason coverage.


MIAA Boy’s Lacrosse Pairings 

D1 North | Top Seed: St. John’s Prep (Danvers)

D2 North | Top Seed: Winchester 

 D3 North | Top Seed: Pentucket 

 D1 South | Hingham

 D2 South | Hanover

D3 South | Norwell 

D2 Central/East | Medfield

D2 Central/West | Algonquin

D3 Central/East | Dover-Sherborn

D3 Central/West | Grafton 


MIAA Girl’s Lacrosse Pairings

East Division 1 | Walpole 

East Division 2 | Wayland 

North Division 1 | Reading 

North Division 2 | Ipswich 

South Division 1 | Westwood 

South Division 2 | Martha’s Vineyard 

Central/West Division 1 | Longmeadow 

Central/West Division 2 | Bromfield


Stay connected with @NoontimeLax on Twitter for in-game updates to scores and news from the 2019 MIAA state tournament! 

D3 Lacrosse: 2019 All-Noontime New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Team

ALL NOONTIME WLAX 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

With another season of New England Division III women’s lacrosse in the books – the 2019 season concluded this past weekend with Middlebury College defeating Salisbury University in the championship game in Ashland, Virginia – it is time to unveil our All-Noontime Sports team, including our player, rookie, and coach of the year.


All-Noontime End of Season Awards 

Coach of the Year: Kate Livesay | Middlebury College: Livesay guided the Panthers to their second national championship since leading Middlebury to a title in 2016 when the Blue and White defeated Trinity College, 9-5. Middlebury concluded the 2019 campaign with the nation’s longest winning streak of 22 games, which matched the 2016 team’s mark for most wins in a single-season. Additionally, Livesay’s unit netted 330 goals, including 30 this past weekend in their semifinal and final match-ups, which is the most any Middlebury team has recorded in a single-season. Middlebury also captured its tenth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament crown, too.

Player of the Year: Abby Manning | Wesleyan University: Manning concluded her junior season by establishing a single-season mark in points (84) and goals (69) while tying Caitlin Wood with 16 free position goals. The 84 points and 69 goals were career-highs for the Wilmington, Delaware native – she also recorded a career-best 15 assists, too. Manning also recorded a career-high 79 draw controls, while scooping 16 ground balls. Manning and the Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time in program history, thanks to impressive postseason wins over Gettysburg CollegeMary Washington, and Washington and Lee.

Co-Rookie of the Year: Jane Earley | Middlebury College: Earley capped an impressive first season with the Panthers by netting four goals in her team’s 14-9 win over Salisbury in the 2019 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse championship. One day earlier, she tallied three points on two goals and one assist in a 16-8 win over Wesleyan in the semifinals. Earley finished the season with 68 points on 51 goals and 17 assists while earning a spot on the NCAA Division III all-tournament team. Prior to helping Middlebury capture its seventh national championship in program history, she recorded a season-best seven points on four assists and three goals in a 13-9 win over Hamilton College.

Co-Rookie of the Year: Colette Smith | Tufts University: The first-year attack enjoyed an impressive debut with the Jumbos, tallying 63 points on 48 goals and 15 assists. Tabbed the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Smith recorded seven points in a pair of contests this spring, while posting six points in a trio of games. Smith helped the Jumbos reach the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time in program history, thanks to national postseason victories over Plymouth State UniversityTCNJ, and York College (Pa.). Smith ranked second on the team in points and goals, and third in assists.


All-Noontime First Team

Claire Dunbar Amherst College Lutherville, Md. 
Katie Miller  Bowdoin College  Rye, N.Y.
Eliza Denious  Bowdoin College  Wilton, Conn. 
Emma McDonagh Middlebury College  Reading, Mass. 
Jane Earley  Middlebury College North Falmouth, Mass. 
Emily Barnard  Middlebury College Wayland, Mass. 
Dakota Adamec Tufts University Katonah, N.Y.
Colette Smith Tufts University Moorestown, N.J.
Abby Manning Wesleyan University Wilmington, Del.
Allegra Grant Wesleyan University Winnetka, Ill. 

All-Noontime Second Team

Maia Noise Amherst College Lexington, Mass. 
Kelly Siebert Amherst College Syosset, N.Y.
Lexi Lenaghan  Babson College  Hanover, Mass. 
Eva Then MIT Yarmouth, Maine
Addy Mitchell Middlebury College  Medfield, Mass. 
Erin Nicholas Middlebury College  Scarsdale, N.Y.
Julia Keith  Middlebury College  North Andover, Mass.
Hedy Veith Tufts University  Alexandria, Va.
Emily Games Tufts University  Wayne, Pa.
Abigail Horst Wesleyan University  Pomfret, Conn.

All-Noontime Third Team 

Sabrina Solow Amherst College Madison, N.J.
Georgia Salvatore Babson College Westwood, Mass. 
Kara Finnerty Bowdoin College Hopkinton, Mass.
Caroline Maxwell Bowdoin College Boxborough, Mass.
Jamie Navoni  Connecticut College Natick, Mass. 
Jennifer Lacroix  Endicott College  Wrentham, Mass.
Cecilia McCormick MIT Islip, N.Y
Annie Sullivan  Tufts University  Barrington, R.I.
Brooke Paradis  Wentworth Inst. of Tech.  Pelham, N.H.
Caroline Sgaglione Wesleyan University  Glen Head, N.Y.

 

D3 Lacrosse: 2019 All-Noontime New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Team

ALL NOONTIME MLAX MAY 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

With another season of New England Division III men’s lacrosse in the books – the 2019 season concluded this past weekend with Cabrini University defeating Amherst College in the championship game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – it is time to unveil our All-Noontime Sports team, including our player, rookie, and coach of the year.


All-Noontime End of Season Awards 

Coach of the Year: Jon Thompson | Amherst College: Thompson’s Mammoths made history this spring by advancing to the program’s first-ever NCAA Division III championship game. Despite falling to Cabrini, Thompson’s crew matched the 2015 Amherst squad with 18 wins, while scoring some impressive victories over a trio of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCASC) squads in the NCAA Tournament, including Williams College, which beat Amherst twice this season. Amherst concluded its 2019 campaign with an 18-4 record, 386 goals scored, and 244 assists.

Player of the Year: Evan Wolf | Amherst College: Wolf enjoyed his best season with the Mammoths, tallying career-highs in goals (75), assists (43) and points (118) while leading Amherst to its first-ever NCAA Division III Championship appearance. Additionally, Wolf and the Class of 2019 helped Amherst match its win total from 2015 with 18 victories this spring. Wolf departs Amherst with a slew of postseason honors while becoming the first-ever Division III student-athlete to earn a spot on the  Tewaaraton Watch List.

Rookie of the Year: Jake Haase | Williams College: The 2019 NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Year enjoyed a very successful first season with Williams College, tallying 99 points on 67 assists and 32 goals to lead the Ephs to their best season in program history. Haase posted a season-high 10 points in a late March win over Colorado College while netting a season-high four goals in Williams’ 16-9 win over MIT. Haase’s 99 points were the most recorded by any member of the Ephs this spring.


All-Noontime First Team

Colin Minicus 

Amherst College 

Darien, Conn. 

Evan Wolf  Amherst College  Wynnewood, Pa.
Matt Chlastawa Bates College  Westfield, Mass. 
Riley McNulty  Coast Guard Academy Annapolis, Md.
Scott Morgan Trinity College East Grand Rapids, Mich.

Danny Murphy 

Tufts University 

Hauppauge, N.Y. 

Max Waldbaum 

Tufts University

Denver, Colo

Otto Bohan

Wesleyan University

Westlake, Ohio

Brendan Hoffman 

 Williams College

Darien, Conn.

Jake Haase 

Williams College 

Wayland, Mass. 

 


All-Noontime Second Team

Rod Castro

Amherst College

Bryn Mawr, Pa.

 Matt Solberg

Amherst College 

East Grand Rapids, Mich.

Rocco Fantoni

Bates College 

Hauppage, N.Y. 

C.J. Layton 

Colby College

Wakefield, Mass. 

PJ Kelleher 

Conn. College

Walpole, Mass. 

Matt Treiber

Tufts University 

Medfield, Mass. 

Ben Connelly  Tufts University 

Kenilworth, Ill.

Jared Ward

Western New England

Littleton, Mass.

Cory Lund

Williams College

El Segundo, Calif. 

Kevin Stump

Williams College

Allentown, PA 

 


All-Noontime Third Team 

Juan Gonzalez 

Amherst College 

Sarasota, Fla.

Samuel Mishkind

Babson College 

Chappaqua, N.Y.

Nathan Maselek

Clark University

Marblehead, Mass. 

Derek Yannone 

Endicott College 

Lynnfield, Mass.

Joe Nutting 

Keene State College

Amherst, N.H.

Ryan Madden 

Lasell College

Hingham, Mass. 

James Santoro 

MIT

Tewksbury, N.J.

Connor Smith

New England College

Oakland, Maine

Jack Vail 

Springfield College

Franklin, Mass.

Joe Hawley

Springfield College

Poulsbo, Wash.

 

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