Chris Cardoso registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as Worcester State commenced its 2018-19 campaign with an 87-81 win earlier this morning against Clark University in the fourth annual Midnight Madness.
The early morning win for the Lancers was the program’s first against the Cougars in the Midnight Madness series, which began in 2015 with Clark scoring an 83-78 win at home that season.
Tyler Dion led the Lancers with a team-high 21 points, while Clark’s Biko Gayman tallied a game-high 23 points. Brendan Kittredge chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Red and White.
Worcester State led Clark, 39-30, at the break, while the Cougars outscored the hosts, 51-48, in the second half.
The Lancers return to the hardwood on Sunday when they visit Roger Williams for a 2 p.m. tip-off, while Clark heads to Newbury College on Monday for a 7 p.m. start.
Games to Watch in New England D3 Hoops (Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2018)
MBB: Albertus Magnus at Anna Maria, 6 p.m.
WBB: Stevens at Western Connecticut, 6 p.m.
WBB: Bay Path at Mount Holyoke, 6 p.m.
MBB: Springfield College at Western New England, 7 p.m.
WBB: MIT at Simmons College, 7 p.m.
WBB: Fitchburg State at Rivier, 7 p.m.
WBB: Emerson College at Gordon College, 7 p.m.
MBB: Roger Williams at Coast Guard Academy, 7 p.m.
MBB: Fitchburg State at Rhode Island College, 7 p.m.
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A brand new season of New England D3 hoops is set to tip-off next week, which means its time to unveil our first Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 poll of the season.
Similar to last year, our poll will be produced every Monday throughout the season with the help of our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made-up of coaches, athletic communication offices and media members in the six New England states.
So, without further ado, here is our first poll of the 2018-19 season – welcome back, basketball!
Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Nov. 6th, 2018
2. Williams College
3. Hamilton College
4. Springfield College
5. Middlebury College
6. Keene State
7. Endicott College
8. Nichols College
9. Tufts University
10. Eastern Connecticut
On The Rise: Albertus Magnus, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Johnson & Wales, Salem State, Wesleyan University and WPI
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It was an exciting finish last night in New London, Connecticut as the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team stunned the second-ranked Wesleyan University Cardinals in overtime by a score of 10-9.
The win was the Bears’ third-straight of the 2018 season. Prior to defeating the Cardinals, CGA topped Eastern Connecticut (15-7) and Norwich University (17-1).
“The guys are pumped,” Coast Guard Academy coach Ray Le Forte said one day after his team’s exciting win. “(And) so is the campus, too.”
Coast Guard led Wesleyan, 9-8, with 5:24 remaining in the final session, but the Cardinals evened the score (9-9) and forced an extra session, thanks to a man-up goal from Christian Barker.
The Bears would counter 32 seconds into the extra session with Anthony Wyler, who rifled a shot from the top of the zone to secure an exciting and impressive one-goal victory.
Wyler concluded the contest with three goals and one assist, while Riley McNulty chipped in four goals and one assist. The game-winning goal was set-up by Matty Johnson, who concluded last night’s contest with one goal and one assist.
Tuesday’s win is certainly impressive one for a fourth-year program that has grown tremendously since its initial collegiate season in 2015.
Coast Guard Academy is coming off a 10-6 win season from a year ago, which saw the Bears win a program-best four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games.
The Bears will look to continue its early season momentum on Saturday, March 10 when they face Goucher Collegeat 1 p.m. A few days later, the Bears will take on Ithaca College on Tuesday, March 13th at 1 p.m. with the contest taking place in Virginia Beach.
The Bears will begin conference play later this month when they host Clark University on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.
And one team the Bears will see later this season is Emerson College, which is also off to an impressive 3-0 start.
The Lions began their 2018 campaign with an impressive and hard-fought 13-12 win over Mount Ida College in double-overtime before defeating Lyndon State (7-4) and Albertus Magnus (10-9).
Emerson was initially scheduled to compete against Nichols College tomorrow (Thursday, March 8th), but due to this week’s nor-easter, the game has been postponed.
The Lions will return to action next Tuesday (Mar. 13th) when they host Thomas College at 6 p.m.
“We’re definitely starting to get there,” said Emerson coach Matt Colombini. “We have a lot of young talent and the returners that have been through it for a year now and know what we’re really expecting (of this program) and what being a college lacrosse player is, and they have turned the corner with that stuff.”
Colombini seems quite content about his team’s early season success, but knows his squad must keep the focus on playing a complete 60 minutes.
“I am excited to see in a couple weeks as we keep (working toward our goal of playing a complete game) where we end up and what our final product really looks like,” he said.
So far, Emerson has received some solid contributions from Jared Brush (13 goals, three assists) and Cameron Radenberg (two goals, nine assists). Additionally, a pair of first-years, Joe Meyers and Stevie Powers, have also contributed on the offensive end – the duo has combined for 12 points on seven goals and five assists, while Bailey Kennedy has also performed quite well between the pipes with 24 saves.
Following the team’s contest against Thomas, Emerson will face some challenging non-conference foes in Dean College, Wentworth and UMass-Dartmouth. All three games – and yes, four, counting Thomas – will be good tests for the Lions, who hope to keep their early season momentum going later this spring.
“I think this year we have made the schedule much more challenging to get ready for NEWMAC games,” said Colombini. “The teams we have played (thus far) have been pretty good, but they have all been close, grind-it-out type of games, so at least we are finding a way to win right now, which is good.”
The team’s initial win over Mount Ida was certainly impressive – perhaps it could be a game these Lions will look back on as motivation for more success later this season.
With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 12th, 2018!
This week’s poll – similar to the past nine polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.
Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 12th, 2018
1. Eastern Conn. State
20-3, 11-1 LEC
Last Week: No. 1
2. Williams College
19-5, 7-3 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 4
3. Wesleyan University
19-5, 7-3 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 3
4. Hamilton College
20-3, 7-3 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 4
5. Salem State Univ.
21-3, 11-0 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 6
6. Middlebury College
19-5, 7-3 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 2
7. Nichols College
20-3, 14-2 CCC
Last Week: No. 9
8. Amherst College
16-8, 7-3 NESCAC
Last Week: NR
9. Springfield College
16-7, 10-2 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 7
10. Albertus Magnus
18-4, 15-0 GNAC
Last Week: No. 10
On The Rise: Babson College (14-9, 9-3 NEWMAC), Keene State (16-7, 10-2 LEC), MIT (18-5, 8-4 NEWMAC), Tufts University (17-7, 6-4 NESCAC) and Wheaton College (14-9, 6-6 NEWMAC)