Daily Noontime: Friday, February 28th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today is the final Fri-Yay of February, which might be bittersweet (to some people), but I think it is awesome news because it means we’re another day closer to spring (and warmer weather, of course!).

Make sure to bundle up – I hear it is VERY CHILLY outside today!

The Boston Bruins return to the win column 

  • After a few tough outings, including a six-goal setback to the Vancouver Canucks, our hometown Boston Bruins returned to the win column last night with a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars. Four different Bruins lit the lamp, including three that skaters that finished with one goal and one assist.
  • With the win, the Bruins improve to 40-13-12 overall and will be one state over tomorrow afternoon for an important Eastern Conference clash with the New York Islanders. Puck drop is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Boston Celtics set to host the Houston Rockets 

  • The Boston Celtics will entertain the Houston Rockets tomorrow evening at the TD Garden – tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Boston has won its last two outings, including an impressive win earlier this week against the Utah Jazz.

Don’t leave us, Tom Brady! 

  • According to various reports, both yesterday and this week, it doesn’t sound like Tom Brady will be returning to New England this fall. It seems more likely that the six-time Super Bowl champion will leave the area to play for another team next season. But do you really think that will actually happen? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
  • Tom Brady will officially become a free agent on March 16th, so we should know if he will stay or go pretty soon.

Albertus Magnus men’s basketball edges Lasell University to advance to the GNAC Championship 

  • Terry Dawkins recorded a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks of Albertus Magnus edged Lasell, 95-94, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinals last night to secure a spot in Saturday’s conference championship game.
  • EJ Day paced the Lasers with a game-high 38 points while Jonathan Friberg added 13 rebounds and nine points. Lasell earned a trip to New Haven, Connecticut last night by beating Emmanuel College in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Arsenault’s late bucket sends Endicott men’s basketball the CCC Championship 

  • Billy Arseneault netted the game-winning basket during the final seconds of Thursday’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) semifinal which helped the Gulls of Endicott College edge Wentworth Institute of Technology, 63-62.
  • With the win, the Gulls will now host Nichols College in the CCC Championship tomorrow with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. Nichols is seeking its fourth-straight conference crown after beating Gordon College last night in its semifinal contest.

Both Worcester State teams will be competing for a MASCAC crown on Saturday 

  • Saturday will be an exciting day for both Worcester State University basketball teams, who will be competing in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championships.
  • The Worcester State men’s basketball team will visit Westfield State for a 1 p.m. tip-off. The Owls beat Salem State University last night in their semifinal contest while the Lancers topped MCLA.
  • Framingham State women’s basketball will entertain Worcester State – both teams scored convincing wins last night in their respective semifinal contest. Framingham State beat Bridgewater State while Worcester State outlasted Westfield State on the road.

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, February 24th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

For the second-straight week, Springfield College secured the top spot – the Pride, who have won 22 of 25 contests this season are not just the team to beat in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), but also the region, too.

Springfield will host the winner of Emerson CollegeCoast Guard Academy on Friday, February 28th in what could be an interesting semifinal match-up. A win over either the Lions or Bears would allow Springfield to host the NEWMAC championship two days later on Sunday, March 1st.

Colby College remains the second team on our poll for another week after outlasting Bates College in triple-overtime this past weekend in the opening round of the New England Small College (NESCAC) Tournament. Colby will tip-off against eighth-ranked Amherst College on Saturday, February 29th – the winner will face either third-ranked Tufts University or tenth-ranked Trinity College in the NESCAC Championship on Sunday.

Fourth-ranked Babson College and seventh-ranked WPI will meet in the NEWMAC semifinals on Friday evening in Worcester – the outcome could possibly end both teams’ chances of reaching the upcoming NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid.

Finally, St. Joseph (Conn.) moved-up two spots to the fifth position this week – they will be a team to watch (and follow) this week in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) – while ninth-ranked Brandeis University needs to beat New York University on Saturday, February 29th to have a chance to possibly secure an at-large bid to the postseason.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week 13 Poll| Monday, Feb. 24th, 2020

1. Springfield College  22-3, 11-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Colby College 23-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Tufts University  19-6, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
4. Babson College 20-5, 10-4 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
5. St. Joseph (Conn.) 23-2, 11-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 7
6. Middlebury College 20-5, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
7. WPI  19-6, 10-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
8. Amherst College 18-7, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
9. Brandeis University  16-8, 8-5 UAA Last Week: No. 8
10. Trinity College 17-8, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Endicott College, New England College, Nichols College, and Western Connecticut 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine | Week Ten|Week 11|Week 12 

 

Middlebury Secures Top Spot In Second NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings

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By NoontimeSports.com| @NoontimeNation

The Middlebury College men’s basketball team secured the top spot in this week’s NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings after placing second one week ago.

Middlebury, which has won 20 of 24 contests this season, will begin its pursuit of a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament crown this Saturday, February 22nd when they visit Trinity College for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Bantams of Trinity, which are the fourth seed in the 2020 NESCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, did not appear on this week’s list.

Springfield College, which is currently the top team in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), checked-in second while WPITufts University, and Colby College rounded out the top five. Tuft was the top team last week in the initial Northeast Regional Rankings of the current season.

Babson College secured the sixth position, St. Joseph’s (Conn.) placed seventh while Amherst CollegeBrandeis University, and Albertus Magnus rounded out the top ten positions, checking in eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively.

Finally, New England College joined the list, checking in 11th overall with an 18-6 overall record. The Pilgrims, who compete in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), have won seven-straight contests and will wrap up their 2019-20 regular season slate this evening when they host Eastern Nazarene College at 7 p.m.

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, February 17th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Springfield College slid into the top spot in our weekly New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll after securing the second position one week ago. The Pride becomes our new top team after Tufts University secured the position last week.

Springfield, which has won 20 of 23 contests this season, heads into the final week of the regular season with some very important match-ups against third-ranked WPI and fourth-ranked Babson College. All three teams will compete in the upcoming New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament next week, but a loss to either squad could open the door for a new number one team in the league’s postseason.

Colby College moved up two spots this week – the Mules, who finished their conference slate with an 8-2 record, will be the second seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which begins this weekend. Tufts, which beat the Mules earlier this month, secured the top spot in the NESCAC Tournament despite ending its regular-season slate with back-to-back losses to fifth-ranked Middlebury College and Williams College.

St. Joseph’s (Conn.) clinched its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown this past weekend with a win over Emmanuel College. The Blue Jays have won 20 consecutive contests and will host a pair of games this week against Anna Maira College and Colby-Sawyer.

Brandeis University and Amherst College secured the eighth and ninth positions, respectively, while Trinity College returned to the poll, checking-in tenth overall.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week 12 Poll| Monday, Feb. 17th, 2020

1. Springfield College  20-3, 11-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 2 
2. Colby College 21-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
3. WPI  19-4, 10-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
4. Babson College  19-4, 10-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
5. Middlebury College 20-4, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Tufts University 18-6, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
7. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 21-2, 9-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Brandeis University 15-7, 7-4 UAA Last Week: No. 6
9. Amherst College 17-7, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 
10. Trinity College 16-8, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked 

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Endicott College, Emmanuel College, and Hamilton College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine | Week Ten|Week 11

D3 Basketball: Tufts Secures The Top Spot In Wednesday’s Regional Rankings

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

The Tufts University men’s basketball team secured the top spot in the first NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings this afternoon followed by Middlebury College (second) and Springfield College (third).

Tufts is one of seven teams on today’s list that has won 17 or more contests this season.  Additionally, the Jumbos are the top team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) heading into the final weekend of the regular season for the league.

Colby College secured the fourth position – the Mules are 19-2 overall but have lost two of their last four outings. They entered the final month of the regular season with an 18-game winning streak but had it snapped on the initial day of February at Tufts.

Babson College checked-in fifth overall followed by WPI, which secured the sixth position. Both teams will meet this evening in Babson Park for an important New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. Babson won the initial meeting between the two teams last month.

Brandeis UniversitySt. Joseph’s (Conn.), and Amherst College secured the seventh, eighth, and ninth positions, while Endicott College and Albertus Magnus rounded out the rankings, checking-in tenth and eleventh, respectively.

Brandeis is currently in a three-way tie for first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with Emory University and Washington University. Emory secured the top spot in the South rankings while WashU checked in second in the Central behind Wisconsin-Plattville.

Today’s Regional Rankings are the first of three sets – we will see two more over the next two weeks before the pairings for the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament is announced on Monday, March 2nd.