Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 7-9)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Welcome to Friday, everyone – we made it!

Friday’s usually mean 10 Games to Watch on Noontime Sports, so let’s kick-off a brand new weekend with new slate of games we will be watching this weekend (Dec. 7-9).

Last Week: We finished 7-3, which isn’t bad, but we hold ourselves to high standards, so let’s see if we can improve on that mark this weekend and go 10-0! 


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Corey Sherman and the Brandeis Judges host Wesleyan in an important December clash on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sportspix.com / Mike Broglio)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan Univ. at Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Judges’ starting five has been impressive this season, especially Collin Sawyer, Corey Sherman and Chandler Jones. Look for this trio to carry the Blue and White to an important non-conference win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Brandeis Univ. 

Men’s Basketball: WPI at Salem State (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Engineers scored a hard-fought win earlier this week against Framingham State, thanks to Jake Wisniewski‘s double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Look for the junior to carry the Red and White to their eighth win on Saturday. PREDICTION: WPI 

Men’s Basketball: Pine Manor at St. Joseph’s (Conn.) (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1p.m.): Since falling to Rhode Island College, the Blue Jays have won three-straight, including a 108-63 win over MCLA. Look for Jim Calhoun‘s squad to pick-up their sixth win of the season against the Gators. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (CT)

Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Western Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): The Colonials scored an impressive win earlier this week over Eastern Connecticut, which should provide the Blue and Orange with enough momentum to slow down the Beacons. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 

Men’s Basketball: Trinity College at Anna Maria (Saturday, Dec. 9th | 2 p.m.): The Bantams will place twice this weekend, including Sunday when they visit Anna Maria. Trinity has won three-straight, including a 69-52 win over Springfield College. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

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MIT’s Taylor V’Dovec netted a season-best 22 points on Wednesday in her team’s win over WPI. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Silverman)

Fitchburg State at So. Vermont (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 12 p.m.): Daniel Nagle‘s Falcons almost defeated Suffolk University on Thursday, but fell short (the Falcons lost to the Rams, 74-71). Look for the Green and Gold to bounce back on Saturday. PREDICTION: Fitchburg State 

Conn. College at Trinity College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): This one won’t count in the NESCAC standings, but it is a BIG one for both teams. The Bantams enter the game with some momentum, while Connecticut College will also enter the important clash with some momentum from a recent win over Roger Williams. PREDICTION: Conn. College 

Framingham State at Suffolk University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): These two teams needed an extra session last season to determine a winner, so don’t be surprised if some extra basketball occurs on Saturday in Boston. PREDICTION: Suffolk Univ. 

Skidmore at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 2 p.m.): The Panthers have certainly been a team to watch thus far and should continue their early season success  against the Thoroughbreds. Keep an eye on Middlebury’s Catherine Harrison in this match-up. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Emmanuel College at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): Since falling to Amherst College last month, the Saints have appeared unstoppable, winning three-straight, including a 79-67 win over Connecticut College. They should certainly provide some challenges for the Engineers, who will need big games from Kara Holinski and Taylor V’Dovec to secure an important non-conference win. PREDICTION: MIT 


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week 11 (Nov. 10th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The eleventh week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week 11, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week 10): We went 4-6 last week, which wasn’t our finest performance, but hopefully we can rebound this week!

Season Predictions Records: 69-31 (looking to finish strong!).

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


Husson University at Plymouth State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): The Eagles are headed back to the NCAA Tournament next week, but cannot overlook this week’s opponent, which should provide the Green and Gold with some challenges on both sides of the ball. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Plymouth State 18 

Mass. Maritime Academy at Bridgewater State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Anyone smell cranberries? We do! The 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl is set to kickoff tomorrow with the Bears looking to cap their season on a high note. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, Mass. Maritime 14 

Framingham State at Worcester State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Rams would send the Black and Gold back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three seasons. PREDICTION: Framingham State 24, Worcester State 14 

Coast Guard Academy at Merchant Marine (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Merchant Marine currently leads the all-time series, 32-14, but needs a win against the Bears to keep their postseason hopes alive. They should find a way to get past the Bears on ESPN3. PREDICTION: USMMA 22, Coast Guard 13 

Springfield College at MIT (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Springfield enters this week’s contest with some serious momentum following an exciting ‘Senior Day’ win last Saturday over Maine Maritime. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, MIT 14 

Williams College at Amherst College (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Its a bounce-back week for the Mammoths, who will look to cap their season with a rivalry win over Williams on their home turf. PREDICTION: Amherst 27, Williams 14 

Trinity College at Wesleyan University (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Bantams would provide the Blue and Gold with their third-straight conference crown. PREDICTION: Trinity 28, Wesleyan 16 

Anna Maria at Dean College (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Dean needs one more win to cap its second season as a NCAA Division III member with a .500 record. A victory over the AMCATs should certainly provide a boost for the young program heading into the offseason. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Anna Maria 10 

Salve Regina at Endicott College (Nov. 10th at 1 p.m.): The Gulls rallied to score an exciting win last week over Western New England, but now needs to beat Salve Regina for a chance to compete in the NCAA Tournament. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Salve Regina 17 

Bowdoin College at Colby College (Nov. 10th at 1 p.m.): A CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) trophy is on the line this week as both teams beat Bates College earlier this season to set-up a de-facto championship game. Bowdoin won the CBB in 2010, while Colby last celebrated a three-letter victory in 2005. PREDICTION: Colby 24, Bowdoin 14

D3 Hoops: Cardoso Leads Worcester State Past Clark In Midnight Meeting

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Chris Cardoso of Worcester State recorded his first double-double of the season as the Lancers defeated Clark University shortly after midnight on Thursday morning. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

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.


Stay connected with our New England Basketball coverage by following @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter! 

D3 Hockey: 10 Games to Watch in Week One (Nov. 2nd & 3rd)

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The Suffolk University women’s ice hockey team will attempt to capture its first win in program history on Friday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Suffolk University Athletics/Dan McHugh

By Kyle Prudhomme | @Kyle_Prudhomme

Another weekend of New England Division III hockey is upon us with a slew of action-packed games to watch or follow.

Four of the seven conferences in the six-state region are on display this weekend, including a few rematches from the 2017-18 postseasons. In total, there will be 38 games to follow in our area, including 10 contests that I have highlighted below.

My predications were a lackluster 5-5 for the opening weekend, but the show must go on, so without further ado, here are my 10 Games to Watch (and predications) for the second weekend of the season.


MEN’S GAMES (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)

BABSON over New England College (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): I predicted against both of these teams last week, but now they both sit at 1-0 after earning hard fought wins, respectively. This one should be a great contest to watch, but I’ll give Babson the edge in their home-opener.

LIVE STREAM: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/babson/

SALVE REGINA over University of New England (November 2 at 7:05 P.M.): It is pretty amazing to see how far these programs have come since their first meeting in 2009. The Seahawks are looking to extend a 4-2 hold on the series, which includes three consecutive victories. Expect plenty of goals in this home-and-home series.

LIVE STREAM: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYC-E3ecwHpWe1zPiJ4-Xsw/live

NICHOLS over Wentworth (November 2 at 6:40 P.M.): Nichols was idle last weekend, but you can bet they were itching to get onto the ice after being bounced in the NCAA quarterfinal last march. The Bison have been in control of this particular series with a 14-3 advantage in goals and a 3-0-1 mark since 2016.

LIVE STREAM: https://nicholsathletics.com/sports/2015/8/26/MICEHOCKEY_0826150819.aspx

Curry over BECKER (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): The Colonels began their season by winning the Buffalo State Tournament last week. On the other side, the Hawks struggled in their first two games, but will attempt to rebound when they entertain Curry this evening. Expect the Colonels to continue their recent momentum in this home-and-home series.

LIVE STREAM: https://boxcast.tv/view/mens-ice-hockey-becker-vs-curry-182869

Suffolk University over SALEM STATE (November 3 at 2:00 P.M.): Salem State and Suffolk have skated to ties in their most recent outings, but one should expect these Rams to pull out a much-needed victory on the road, which should provide the squad with a boost heading into their upcoming New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) contests.

LIVE STREAM: http://mascac.boxcast.com/#/ 


 WOMEN’S GAMES (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)

Morrisville State over NICHOLS (November 2 at 3:40 P.M.): The last time these two teams met was in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) semifinals nine months ago with the Mustangs skating to a 6-0 (they would go onto beat Endicott in the championship). Morrisville State enters the early season clash 5-0 in the all-time series.

LIVE STREAM: https://nicholsathletics.com/sports/2015/8/26/WICE_0826151204.aspx

Suffolk over ANNA MARIA (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): The Suffolk women’s hockey team endured a pair of tough setbacks one week ago to Nichols, but this young Rams squad should be able to erase those memories by earning the program’s first win against the AMCATs.

LIVE STREAM: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/annamaria/

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND over Becker (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): The Nor’easters hold a 5-0 edge over Becker in the all-time series, but this year’s meeting will have a different feel with both teams competing in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC).

LIVE STREAM: https://athletics.une.edu/sports/2015/2/2/whock_watch.aspx

No. 2 Norwich over PLYMOUTH STATE (November 3 at 2:00 P.M.): The Cadets, who also play Friday against New England College, will be looking to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to Elmira last weekend in a conference semifinal rematch from earlier this year.

LIVE STREAM: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/plymouth/portal.htm?eventId=450634&streamType=video

Salem State over NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE (November 3 at 4:00 P.M.): The Vikings and Pilgrims will be meeting for the third time in each program’s respective history with New England College scoring wins against the Orange and Blue in their first two outings. I feel a momentum swing coming for these Vikings on Saturday.

 LIVE STREAM: https://athletics.nec.edu/watch/?Live=199&type=Live


Stay connected with our New England D3 Hockey coverage by following @NoontimePuck on Twitter! 

D3 Football: Week Eight Highlights

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It wasn’t easy, but somehow MIT made a few more plays than Coast Guard Academy, especially on offense as the Engineers defeated the Bears, 13-0, in Cambridge to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the NEWMAC.

The win was highlighted by a pair of MIT touchdowns, including an early fourth quarter two-yard plunge by Cole Baker, which capped a 13 play, 90 yard drive.

Coast Guard attempted to answer on its next two series, but mustered just 10 total yards on nine plays. MIT’s defense also sacked quarterback Ethan Goldcamp on the Bears’ final two offensive plays of the contest.

Sam Gozelski highlighted the defensive effort for the Engineers with six total tackles, including a pair of sacks for a loss of 18 yards. John Robertson and Ashton Robinson powered MIT’s rushing attack by combining for 148 yards on 33 carries, while quarterback Udgam Goyal connected on 13 of 25 passes for 108 yards and one touchdown (his lone touchdown pass was to Eddy Garcia-Montes in the second quarter).

MIT will look to continue its current momentum next Saturday when they visit WPI.

Speaking of WPI, the Engineers saw their 24-0 lead erased by Merchant Marine comeback, which was capped by a late two-yard touchdown run by Krystian Abbott, as the Mariners picked-up an important conference win to keep their title hopes alive.

Abbott concluded the USMMA-WPI contest with a game-high 127 yards on 33 carries and one touchdown.

In Somerville, Tufts University scored a hard-fought 28-21 win over Williams College, thanks to a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dom Borelli to Jack Dolan. Borelli rushed for one touchdown, along with 31 yards on nine carries, while Ryan McDonald completed 17 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns.

Greg Holt paced the Jumbos’ defense with 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops, two tackles for a loss of three yards and one fumble recovery.

Amherst College picked-up its sixth-straight win by scoring early and often against Wesleyan University. The Mammoths, who are now 6-0 overall, defeated the Cardinals, 33-3, thanks to two rushing touchdowns from Biafra Okoronkwo, who concluded the contest with 119 yards on 18 carries.

Despite falling to their Little Three rival, Wesleyan’s Brandon Morris finished his team’s sixth contest of the season with 11 total tackles, including five solo stops, one sack for a loss of 11 yards, one pass break-up and one forced fumble.

Springfield College picked-up an important road win our nation’s capital by defeating Catholic University, 23-11. Hunter Belzo tossed one touchdown, while rushing for another, while Skyler Bateman rushed for one touchdown late in the opening frame.

Endicott College and Western New England each scored conference wins, defeating Becker College and University of New England, respectively, while Husson University soared past Anna Maria, 54-14.

Framingham State kept its hopes of a MASCAC crown alive with a 27-2 win on the road at Westfield State.

Finally, Terrell Watts accounted for four touchdowns, including three through the air, as Dean College rolled past Gallaudet University, 53-21. Watts concluded his team’s contest with 372 yards of total offense, including 306 passing yards.


Our New England D3 Football week eight highlights were compiled by Matt Nooonan (@MattNoonan11) and Brian Willwerth (@BriWillwerth)