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Mass. High Schools: MIAA Hockey Pairings

MIAA TOURNEY PAIRINGS

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS 

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) unveiled its pairings for the upcoming state hockey tournaments, including the Central and West brackets.

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MIAA D1 North Tournament will be posted Monday after both Super 8 play-in games are complete. 

MIAA D2 North Boy’s Hockey| Top Seed: Masconomet

MIAA D3 North Boy’s Hockey | Top Seed: Newton South

MIAA D2 South Boy’s Hockey | Top Seed: Canton 

MIAA D3 South Boy’s Hockey | Top Seed: Hanover 

MIAA D1 Girl’s Hockey | Top Seed: Austin Prep

MIAA D1 Girl’s Hockey | Top Seed: Walpole

MIAA D3A Central | Top Seed: Worcester

MIAA D3A West | Top Seed: Amherst 

MIAA D3 Central | Top Seed: Hudson 

MIAA D3 West | Top Seed: Longmeadow


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Mass. High School Football: Sectional Semifinal Predictions (MIAA D5)

NS HS FOOTBALL

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The sectional semifinals for Massachusetts high school football are upon us, which means it is time to dish out some picks for this week’s games, specifically Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) D5 games.

Contests for this weekend begin tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd – make sure to stay connected on social media, specifically Twitter (@MattNoonan11) or (@NoontimeSports) for scores, updates and news.


D5 North Playoffs

(5) Newburyport at (1) Lynnfield | Friday, Nov. 3rd, 7 p.m.
PICK: Lynnfield 28, Newburyport 14

(6) Watertown at (2) Somerville | Friday, Nov. 3rd, 7 p.m.
PICK: Somerville 26, Watertown 16


D5 South Playoffs 

(5) Foxboro at (1) Dennis-Yarmouth | Nov. 3rd, 6 p.m.
PICK: Dennis-Yarmouth 30, Foxboro 15

(3) Scituate at (2) Medfield |Nov. 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
PICK: Medfield 28, Scituate 20


D5 Central Playoffs 

(4) Northbridge vs. (1) Nipmuc | Nov. 4th, 2:30 p.m. 
PICK: Nipmuc 23, Northbridge 14

(3) Auburn at (2) Oakmont | Nov. 3rd, 7 p.m. 
PICK: Auburn 24, Oakmont 17


D5 West Playoffs

(4) Amherst at (1) West Springfield | Nov. 3rd, 7 p.m.
PICK: West Springfield 31, Amherst 14

(3) East Longmeadow at (2) Longmeadow | Nov. 3rd, 7 p.m. 
PICK: Longmeadow 28, E. Longmeadow 20

10 Games To Watch In Week 4 (New England & Northeast)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

It’s Friday, which means it is time to dish out 10 games to watch this week in New England and Northeast Division III football.

As always, make sure to stay connected with us on Twitter throughout the weekend, as well as our friends at In The D3FB Huddle, too.

Utica at Brockport: Who is going to slow down these Golden Eagles? Seriously, who? The Golden Eagles soared to an impressive third-straight win last week over St. John Fisher and should bump their record to 4-0 after their late afternoon tilt with Utica concludes. PICK: Brockport 30, Utica 10

Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Framingham State: Ah, the Kelley Cup, this is always a fun one. Who will prevail? Father (Tom Kelley of the Framingham State Rams) or son (Mike Kelley of the Mass. Maritime Academy Buccaneers)? We’ll find out tomorrow, but this game pits two of the MASCAC’s best tailbacks in Quron Wright (FSU) and Richie Phillips (MMA). PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Mass. Maritime Academy 17 

MIT at Catholic: MIT has found ways to win games this season in all phases (offense, defense and special teams), while the Cardinals have relied on some young talent, including second-year quarterback Alejandro Ros to secure a pair of wins thus far. Don’t expect a high-scoring contest, but perhaps a late touchdown or field to decide this one’s outcome. PREDICTION: Catholic 22, MIT 17 

Amherst at Hamilton: This will be an offensive showcase as both offenses looked pretty impressive last week against Bates (Amherst) and Tufts (Hamilton). However, Amherst is the team to watch this season in the NESCAC, so look for perhaps another solid outing from quarterback Ollie Eberth, who tossed four touchdowns a week ago. PICK: Amherst 35, Hamilton 30 

Tufts at Wesleyan: For the second-straight year, these two teams will square-off under the lights. It should be a fantastic game, however, this is almost a must-win for both squads that look to remain in the mix for this year’s NESCAC title. Keep an eye on Tufts’ Ryan McDonald, who was able to convert points a week ago with his arm and legs. PREDICTION: Tufts 31, Wesleyan 24 

Salve Regina at Western Conn. State: The Seahawks have won some hard-fought contests this season, including a 26-20 win over Montclair State. They secured a third-straight win over Dean a week ago, but must find a way to slow down Western Connecticut quarterback Quinn Fleeting, along with wide receivers Austin Calamita and Duane Gary. Salve Regina’s defense is tied for third in the country in scoring touchdowns (two). PREDICTION: Salve Regina 35, Western Conn. 28 

WPI at Springfield: This is an intriguing match-up that pits the nation’s best rushing attack (411.7 yards per game) against a defensive unit that is tied for third in scoring touchdowns (two). This has the making for a sensational NEWMAC clash and should come down to the final drive. PREDICTION: Springfield 20, WPI 17 

RPI at Buffalo State: The Engineers are proving they won’t be an easy team to take down this fall in the Liberty League. And after picking-up a third-straight win last week over Western New England, RPI has appeared to have gained some serious momentum heading into this weekend’s clash with the Bengals. PREDICTION: RPI 28, Buffalo State 20 

Husson at Western New England: Coming off the bye week, Gabby Price and the Husson Eagles will be ready for this NCAA Division III Tournament re-match. Look for a big game from the Eagles’ defense – they must contain WNE quarterback Anthony Service – and John Smith, who will leads the Husson rushing attack. PREDICTION: Husson 27, WNE 24 

Union at Curry: The Colonels enter this non-conference clash riding an impressive three-game winning streak. Skip Bandini told us before the season that everyone needs to step-up this fall, and so far, they have, so look for that trend to continue for another week. PREDICTION: Curry 23, Union 16 

Brandeis’ Mike Coven Announces Retirement After 44 Seasons With The Judges

Brandeis men's soccer coach Mike Coven announced his retirement on Friday, December 9th following 44 years on the sidelines with the Judges. (PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Mark Vieira)

Brandeis men’s soccer coach Mike Coven announced his retirement on Friday, December 9th following 44 years on the sidelines with the Judges. (PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Mark Vieira)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

It was announced yesterday that Brandeis University men’s soccer coach Mike Coven would be retiring from the sidelines, effectively Saturday, December 31, 2016.

Coven, who coached the Judges for 44 seasons, concludes his career ranked sixth all-time in Division III men’s soccer coaching with 526 wins.

His 526 victories rank him 10th among all NCAA soccer coaches regardless of division, according to the athletic department’s release.

Over the past 44 seasons, Coven guided the Judges to 14 NCAA Tournaments, including a quartet of final four appearances and one national championship in 1976. Additionally, Coven led Brandeis to four Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships (1994, 2006, 2010 and 2011), while earning a trio of University Athletic Association (UAA) Coach of the Year Awards.

“Brandeis has been a special place for me,” Coven said in the athletic department’s release. “The support I’ve seen over the years – from the administrators, from alumni and from the student-body – has made this place into a real soccer school. I will miss it tremendously.”

This past season, Coven navigated the Judges to a 13-6-4 overall record, along with the program’s fourth appearance in the final four – their first since 1984. Brandeis edged last year’s champion, Amherst, in the round of 16 (won in PK’s) before defeating Rutgers-Newark the following day (4-2) en route to the national semifinals.

Brandeis’ run toward the program’s second national crown came up short against Calvin last Friday, December 2 as the Knights defeated the Judges, 1-0.

“We had fans out there: alumni, the student body, the vice president of the University, all sorts of administrators, and we had tremendous support,” Coven said following his team’s one-goal deficit in the national semifinals. “Vocal, and great. And it’s not just this year. I’ve been very fortunate to work at a school … where soccer has been a main priority.”

Mass. College Football: Afternoon Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the scores from today’s afternoon contests. 

* Harvard 34, Columbia 0 

* Lehigh 34, Holy Cross 20 

* Assumption 37, LIU Post 27 

* New Haven 54, Bentley 10 

* Stonehill 26, Merrimack 14 

* AIC 33, So. Conn. 14 

* Becker 20, Castleton 3

* Gallaudet 35, Anna Maria 7

* SUNY Maritime 16, Mount Ida 7

* Springfield 35, RPI 28

* WPI 31, Rochester 21 

* Westfield State 38, Worcester State 20 

* Mass. Maritime 46, Plymouth State 44

* Framingham State 35, Bridgewater State 28 

* Fitchburg State 25, UMass Dartmouth 20 

* Curry 34, Nichols 13 

* Amherst 20, Williams 7 

* Middlebury 52, Tufts 10 

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