But despite not being able to compete against additional conference foes this spring, coach Sean McDonnell seems excited — perhaps optimistic? — about his team’s upcoming campaign, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 2 when the Wildcats visit Stony Brook for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
Speaking with members of the media during this morning’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) virtual media day, the tenured coach noted that the team has some “very good football players coming back.”
One of those players is Evan Horn, a senior safety from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, who was named to the CAA Football Preseason All-Conference Team. Horn recorded four tackles and a pass break-up in his team’s lone spring contest against the University at Albany in March and was selected to the CAA All-Conference Second Team in 2019 when he led the Silver and Blue in solo tackles (51) and total tackles (70).
Niko Kvietkus, who is a junior defensive tackle, received honorable mention — the Southington, Connecticut native, who played football locally at Xavier High School (Conn.) and Deerfield Academy, played in 11 games in 2019 and recorded career-highs in solo stops (24), total tackles (45), tackles for a loss (eight for 36 yards), and 5.5 sacks for a loss of 34 yards.
Horn and Kvietkus are just two student-athletes to watch this fall, but as McDonnell explained, “I feel very good where we are as a program depth-wise.”
Can you believe this weather? I may call in sick and head to the beach – it is going to be close to 60 degrees today, which makes me pretty happy!
Before you head out to soak in some Vitamin D, enjoy a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – it is the best way to start your day!
Boston heads to Tampa Bay for an important early week match-up
The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening for an important match-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is the first of two meetings this week – Tampa Bay will visit Boston on Saturday for an important contest.
Boston currently leads Tampa Bay in the standings by seven points so this would be an ideal night to pick up some more points with a win over a team the Black and Gold will most likely see in the postseason.
The Boston Celtics will attempt to erase the memories of last Saturday’s one-point setback to the Houston Rockets when they entertain the Brooklyn Nets, who enter tonight’s contest with a 26-33 overall record.
Tom Brady may not divorce the New England Patriots
We’re anxiously waiting to find out where Tom Brady will play next season. I think he will return to the New England Patriots. And I also think he is not ready to divorce a team that he has enjoyed so much success with over the past 20 seasons.
Boston College wins its 17th Hockey East regular-season crown
Boston College has won seven-straight contests and one of those wins (against rival Boston University) helped the men’s ice hockey team clinch its 17th Hockey East regular-season title. The Eagles will be at home for the quarterfinals, which begin next weekend.
This weekend, BC will play a home-and-home series with the University of New Hampshire.
The 18th Hockey East Women’s semifinals will take place this weekend
The 18th Hockey East Women’s semifinals will take place this Saturday, March 7th at Merrimack College with Maine and Northeastern University skating in the first game at 12 p.m. followed by New Hampshire vs. Connecticut in the second game at 3:30 p.m.
UMass welcomes Albany to Amherst for an afternoon clash
Fresh off an impressive three-goal (13-10) win over Yale University last Saturday, the UMass men’s lacrosse team will look to continue their momentum this afternoon when they host Albany for a 3 p.m. face-off.
UMass has won three of five contests this season, including two of their last three outings.
It’s the first day of April, which means we’ve officially past the midway point of the lacrosse season, so let’s take a trip down memory lane and catch up on some of the news and notes from the current season, as well as this past weekend.
* First, congratulations to Cori Murray, who recorded her 100th point in an UMass uniform on Saturday against La Salle. Murray recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in her team’s 20-11 victory, while teammate Lauren Terracciano registered five strikes. UMass started the season with a 16-4 setback to Northwestern, but has won nine of their last 10 contests.
* Boston University’s women’s lacrosse team is coming off a dramatic win against Harvard on Friday evening as the Terriers netted a free possession strike with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win. Their next game is in two days, as the Terriers will host Albany for a critical conference match at 4 p.m. BU dropped their first America East game two weeks ago to UMBC in overtime, but defeated Albany once last season.
* Boston College’s women’s lacrosse team concluded the month of March with an impressive win against Virginia and according to the release, the Eagles have now beaten the Cavaliers twice in the past three seasons. BC’s victory marked the first time they’ve defeated a top-10 squad since 2011, too. Also, Sarah Mannelly, who scored three goals on Saturday, has now registered at least three or more strikes in four games this season.
* Merrimack College’s men’s team hasn’t appeared in the loss column since suffering a 13-10 setback to Limestone on Mar. 9. The Warriors have won their last four contests, which include victories against Lake Erie and Le Moyne. Corey Lunney leads the unit with 21 points (17 goals, four assists), while teammate Greg Melaugh has contributed 17 points (14 goals, three assists).
* Melaugh’s brother, Ben Melaugh, has made an impact with the Salem State Vikings as the first-year leads the squad with 26 points (17 goals, nine assists).
* Merrimack’s women’s team snapped a six-game skid with a double-overtime win on Saturday against Dowling, a squad that’s currently the seventh best team in the country. Mia Rapolla netted the game-winning strike for the Warriors in the first overtime period, which sealed the win.
* Bentley University’s women’s lacrosse team will host a Coaches vs. Cancer game on Saturday, April 6. The Falcons will host Southern Connecticut for a Northeast-10 Conference match, which is slated for a 12 p.m. start. According to this morning’s release, the team will be collecting used equipment and cash donations, but for more information – HOP HERE.
* Sticking with the Falcons, the men’s team will host St. Michaels on Wednesday for a critical NE-10 matchup. Bentley is coming off a tough loss to Pace on Saturday, but received some help from Tim Matheson, who recorded a hat trick, as well as Brendan Murphy, who finished with two points (one goal, one assist).
* Stonehill College’s women’s team saw their six-game winning streak conclude with a 12-5 loss to Adelphi, a squad that hasn’t lost a game since 2012. The Skyhawks, who’re currently ranked 10th nationally, will attempt to rebound with a road victory on Wednesday against Southern New Hampshire.
* After sustaining two back-to-back losses to start the season, Tufts University’s men’s team has won five straight. Beau Wood, who is in his third season with the Jumbos, leads the squad with 20 points (13 goals, seven assists), while Cole Bailey leads all players with 10 assists.
* Finally, one last congratulations, this time to Wheaton College’s women’s lacrosse team, who defeated Springfield College for the first time since 2007. Charlotte DeSantis recorded a game-best four points (three goals, one assist), while teammate Melanie Sharick finished with a hat trick.