The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) unveiled its Division III All-American Honors this morning and a variety of local players earned spots on its First, Second or Third Teams, while others received honorable mentions.
Below is the list of local players that earned spots on one of the three teams or were honorable mentions.
Cole Bailey (Tufts University) – First Team
John Uppgren (Tufts University) – First Team
Beau Wood (Tufts University) – Second Team
Quinn Moroney (Amherst College) – Third Team
Harrison Cotter (Endicott College) – Third Team
Kane Delaney (Tufts University) – Third Team
Devin Acton (Amherst College) – Honorable Mention
Adam Knapton (Western New England) – Honorable Mention
Amherts’ Matt Killian and the Lord Jeffs will opening NCAA Tournament play on Wednesday against Colorado College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
By Matt Noonan
The NCAA Division 3 Tournament commences on Wednesday with 30 teams vying for the national championship. Massachusetts will have six teams contending for the crown, and below is a quick preview of each local first round contest.
Colorado College @ Amherst College: The Lord Jeffs never gave up against the Jumbos yesterday, but did fall short in their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship appearance. Amherst, which will be making its second trip to NCAA Tournament, will look to rebound on Wednesday when they welcome the Tigers to campus.
The Lord Jeffs, who’re one win shy of matching their program’s all-time win mark (15), earned 14 victories this season. They defeated Endicott, Western New England and Wesleyan (twice), and Bowdoin in the conference tournament quarterfinals.
Head coach John Thompson will rely on his senior class – his first graduating class – to guide the Lord Jeffs to their third tournament win (The Jeffs are 2-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play). Quinn Moroney leads the Purple and White with 100 points on 75 helpers and 25 goals, while Kane Haffey and Devin Acton have combined for 103 tallies. Greg Majno, the team’s goaltender and Acton’s high school teammate from Lincoln-Sudbury, will be counted on to stop the Colorado attack, which compiled 174 strikes in 15 games this season (that’s 11.60 goals per game).
Western New England @ Springfield College: Earlier this season, the Pride needed a fourth quarter rally to defeat their cross-town rival, 9-7. Springfield head coach Keith Bugbee told NoontimeSports.com that his team regrouped in the second half, which was a big reason why they were victorious.
Since their last meeting, both teams have improved their play and managed to acquire conference tournament championship hardware.
Western New England will look for its defense, including their backstop Brandon Body, to challenge the Springfield attack. Against the Gulls of Endicott on Saturday, the Golden Bears defense managed to shutdown their opponent’s offense and yielded just two second half markers. The Golden Bears offense, however, clicked into gear in the third quarter and was led by Colton Craig, who finished the contest with five strikes. Craig has recorded 41 points this season on 35 goals and six helpers, while Adam Knapton leads the Blue and Gold in points (64), goals (45) and assists (19).
Similar to the Golden Bears, the Pride relies on its upperclassmen to carry both their offense and defense. Springfield’s Bryce Serriello leads the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in goals with 40, while Ryan Murphy is fourth with 32 strikes. Connor Nash, Springfield’s goaltender, is third in saves (163) and fourth in save percentage (57.4).
Both teams can go on runs, so expect defense to be the key component in this particular matchup.
Endicott’s Harrison Cotter has recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists this season. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Keene State @ Endicott College: Similar to the Lord Jeffs, the Gulls received an at-large bid to this year’s tournament and will open play against an Owls squads that captured the Little East Conference crown.
The Gulls, who finished with 14 wins, managed to earn a 6-4 halftime lead on Saturday against the Golden Bears before their opponent used a 9-2 second half run to claim the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship. So, expect Saturday’s contest to be motivation for head coach Sean Quirk’s Gulls.
Endicott finished its regular season conference slate undefeated, as well as earned impressive non-conference wins over Connecticut College, Eastern Connecticut State, Middlebury, Bowdoin and Stevens. The Gulls are led by Harrison Cotter, who recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists, and goaltender Cameron Bell, who posted an 8.07 goals against average with 178 saves.
The Gulls have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. They’ve faced-off against Keene State four times in program-history, winning three meetings, including an 11-10 tournament win against the Owls in 2005. Keene State enters their first round matchup on a nine-game winning streak.
Emmanuel College @ Tufts University: It’ll be offense vs. defense in this particular matchup, as the Saints will rely on its back line and goaltender Austin Lauzier to stop the nation’s top scoring offense (Tufts leads the nation with 19.00 goals per game, according to NCAA.com).
Tufts’ Chris Schoenhut is fourth on the squad in points (79). He’ll be one of many players to watch against Emmanuel College on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Emmanuel, who will be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, captured its initial Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) conference and regular season crowns with wins over Lassell College (regular season de-facto championship) and Becker College (tournament final). The Saints have received contributions from every player on their roster, but are led by Chris Curtis, who leads the Blue and Gold in points (45). Curtis and Kaile Maclean-Daley have netted 31 goals, respectively, and Ryan Sabuda leads the unit in helpers with 21.
Similar to Emmanuel, Tufts has received contributions from everyone on their roster, but have been paced by John Uppgren, who leads the Powder Blue and White with 105 points on 54 goals and 51 assists. Beau Wood leads the unit with 55 goals, while Cole Bailey is first in helpers with 55.
Tufts will be making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament, its sixth straight, according to their athletic department’s website. The Jumbos are 16-2 overall and have won one national title, which occurred in 2010.
BEVERLY, Mass. – The Western New England men’s lacrosse team captured its second straight Commonwealth Coast Conference Crown (CCC) this afternoon as the Golden Bears rallied from a two-goal deficit at halftime to defeat Endicott College, 13-8.
Colton Craig led the Golden Bears with five tallies, Adam Knapton registered a hat trick and Brandon Body finished with eight saves.
Endicott’s Harrison Cotter matched Craig with five markers, while Colin Bannon recorded three points on two goals and one helper.
Cotter provided the Gulls with a 4-1 lead late in the opening stanza before the Golden Bears responded by scoring three of the next five goals to pull within two at the break.
Endicott and WNE swapped goals to commence the third quarter prior to Craig’s marker at 8:13 that initiated an 8-0 run, spanning the final two frames, which pushed the Golden Bears ahead for good.
With the win, the Golden Bears will make its second straight trip to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament, while Endicott will wait and see if their name is called tomorrow evening when the brackets are released.
Highlight package above was produced by Noontime Sports’ Matt Noonan
Here are a few scores and highlights from this afternoon’s Division 3 contests.
Tufts 17, Wesleyan 11: John Uppgren and Cole Bailey eachrecorded five points on three goals and two assists, while Chris Schoenhut registered four points on three goals and one helper as the Jumbos defeated the Cardinals and remained undefeated in the current month. With the win, Tufts improves to 12-2 overall and 8-1 in NESCAC play.
Emmanuel 8, Lasell 7: Tony Cibelli‘s marker at 8:25 in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Saints defeated the Lasers in Newton and finished its conference slate 10-0. Cibelli paced Emmanuel with two strikes, while Austin Lauzier turned away 14 of 21 shots. Andrew Suh paced Lasell with three points on two goals and one assist.
With the win, Emmanuel earned the top spot in the upcoming GNAC playoffs, which begins on Wednesday, April 23.
Endicott 18, Bowdoin 10: Sam Scoba‘s tally with 2:14 remaining in the opening stanza provided the Gulls with the lead for good as the Gulls soared past the Polar Bears in Beverley. Harrison Cotter led all players with eight points on seven goals and one assist, while Cameron Bell turned away 12 of 20 shots.
WNE 14, UNE 9: Adam Knapton‘s man-up strike at 8:44 sparked a 5-0 run, which helped the Golden Bears pick up its sixth conference win. Knapton finished with six points on four goals and two assist.
Lasell 18, Albertus Magnus 3: Jen Lemoine, Bridget Doherty and Stefanie Welch each recorded hat tricks as the Lasers concluded its regular season slate with a victory over the Falcons. Lasell will return to action on Tuesday when they take on Rivier University in the first-round of the GNAC playoffs. The winner will face either Emmanuel or St. Joseph’s (Conn.) on Thursday in the semifinals.
Simmons 11, St, Joe’s (Maine): Greer Gilbert scored on a free position with 5:13 remaining in the second session as the Sharks defeated the Monks and closed out its regular season slate with a win. Gilbert recorded a team-high four goals in the win. Simmons will return to the turf on Tuesday when they travel to Norwich University to take on the Cadets in the first-round of the GNAC playoffs. The winner will meet St. Joe’s (Maine) or Johnson & Wales on Thursday, April 24.
Amherst 13, Williams 6: Priscilla Tyler‘s goal at 26:48 in the second half jumpstarted an 8-0 run to seal the win as the Jeffs defeated the Ephs in Williamstown. Tyler finished with six points on five goals and one assist, while Williams received two tallies from Alyssa Amos.
Tufts 7, Wesleyan 5: Kali DiGate initiated 4-0 run by recording a strike at 17:34 in the second half, which helped the Jumbos pick up an important conference road win. DiGate finished with two goals, while Caroline Ross registered three points on two strikes and one helper.
Wheaton 14, Smith 7: Leila Mills netted four goals, Brooke Sabol recorded four points on three helpers and one marker as the Lyons defeated the Pioneers and earned the top seed for the NEWMAC playoffs. The Lyons will play the winner of Mount Holyoke-MIT next Saturday, April 26 in the semifinals at 12 p.m. Jessica Lillquist and Rachel Silveria both recorded hat tricks for Smith.
WNE 19, UNE 11: Taylor Scialdone recorded six goals and one helper, while Jessica Scannapieco registered four assists and three strikes as the Golden Bears picked up a conference road win and improved to 16-0 overall. This particular win also was WNE’s 22nd consecutive regular season victory (streak began last season).
It was another busy day in the lacrosse world, so let’s get caught up with a few afternoon scores and outcomes.
Williams 15, Tufts 8: Leading 8-5 at intermission, the Ephs used a 7-3 run, including five consecutive goals spanning the third and fourth quarters to defeat the Jumbos. Steven Kiesel paced Williams with four tallies, while Dan Whittam recorded a season-best 17 stops. Tufts’ Chris Schoenhut and Peter Bowers each netted two goals in the setback. The win snaps Williams’ two-game skid and improves their overall mark to 6-3, while Tufts falls to 7-2. Both teams are 4-1 in NESCAC play.
Endicott 13, Wentworth 2: The Gulls raced out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Leopards in Beverley. Endicott’s Harrison Cotter led all scorers with five points (four goals, one assist), while Wentworth received its two strikes from Alec Paradis.
Gordon 8, Curry 7: Trailing 7-5 heading into the final frame, the Fighting Scots rallied with three consecutive tallies to to defeat the Colonels in Wenham. Roger Evans paced Gordon with a hat trick, while Matt Dantona finished with two goals and three helpers. Curry’s Connor Arnold concluded the contest with a hat trick.
WNE 16, Nichols 4: Sean Lawton recorded a game-best five tallies as the Golden Bears defeated the Bison and extended its current winning streak to three games. Adam Knapton registered three goals and four assists in the win, while Nichols’ Tyler Sikich netted a hat trick in the setback.
Endicott 23, Wentworth 8: Emily Whitney recorded six points (four goals, two assists), while Meghan Lennon, Sofia Filippi, and Katie Tierney each netted hat tricks as the Gulls soared past the Leopards in Beverley. Brandie Holland led Wentworth with two strikes.
Gordon 11, Curry 10: Leading 6-5 at intermission, the Fighting Scots netted three straight goals to commence the second half, which helped Gordon push ahead for good. Curry did trim the deficit with five second half tallies, but it was Abby Illian and Bailey Grinnell that secured the win for Gordon as each player recorded a goal late in the session. Grinnell and Anna Blomberg each recorded hat tricks in the win, while Curry’s Haley Carey and Alli Schoff recorded hat tricks.
WNE 20, Nichols 8: Kaitlynn Stevens and Kelsey Sherman each netted five goals as the Golden Bears defeated the Bison in Springfield. Alyssa Bufis paced Nichols with a hat trick. Western New England extended its current winning streak to 10 and is now 10-0 for the first-time in program history.