D3 Basketball: Brandeis will attempt to win its second-straight New England Big 4 Challenge this weekend

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Brandeis University will attempt to capture its second-straight New England Big 4 Challenge championship this weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY: Babson College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Brandeis University captured the 2018 New England Big 4 Challenge last season with a commanding 74-49 win over Babson College and will attempt to win the title again this weekend when they compete in the two-day, four-team tournament at Salem State University.

The Judges will begin their title defense against Tufts University on Saturday, December 7th at 12 p.m. Babson and Salem State will square-off afterward at 2 p.m. The winner of both contests will advance to Sunday’s championship game at 2 p.m. which will follow the consolation game at 12 p.m.

Brandeis will certainly be a team to watch this weekend after beginning their current campaign with a 5-2 mark, but the same could be said for the Beavers of Babson, which enter the weekend tournament with an impressive 7-0 record. The Green and White’s seventh win – an 87-82 victory over Amherst College earlier this week – was highlighted by Frank Oftring, who netted a career-high 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds. 

Tufts saw its five-game winning streak to start its 2019-20 campaign snapped earlier this week against WPI. The Jumbos scored some impressive non-conference wins prior to their initial setback last month against MIT and UMass Dartmouth.

Salem State will attempt to snap its current five-game losing streak this weekend when they face Babson in the opening round. The Vikings have not appeared in the win column since last month when they defeated Anna Maria College, 89-76.

The winner of the tournament will receive the Crotty Cup, which is named after Michael Crotty Sr., who was the Founder and Director of the Middlesex Magic.

“The tournament features four very good teams from four different leagues, to celebrate the game of basketball and a dear friend to each of us in Michael Crotty Sr., Founder, and Director of the Middlesex Magic AAU Club, who left us far too soon,” said Salem State coach Chris Harvey, via the tournament preview.

While Brandeis has won four New England Big 4 Challenges, Babson has won three – their last came during the 2016-17 season when they captured the program’s first-ever NCAA championship. Tufts has won two titles, while Salem State captured its first-ever tournament crown two years ago.

New England D-III Hoops Notebook: Brandeis, Emmanuel Score Impressive Mid-Week Victories

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

For the first time since 2005, the Emmanuel College women’s basketball team scored a win over the top team in Division III as the Saints beat Amherst College last night by a score of 60-55.

The Saints, who beat Bowdoin College 14 years ago when they were the top team in D-III, were led by Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, who recorded a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Cambridge, Massachusetts native connected on 10 of 20 shots from the field, while sinking five of eight freebies.

Emmanuel led Amherst, 23-19, at the break – they would outscore the Mammoths, 26-19, in the final session to secure their fourth win of the season.

The setback snapped an early three-game winning streak for the Mammoths, which scored early-season wins against Babson CollegeIthaca College, and New Jersey City. Amherst is scheduled to face Eastern Connecticut on Saturday before heading to Las Vegas, Nevada three weeks later to compete in the D3Hoops.com Classic.

Emmanuel, which has won four of seven contests thus far, visits MIT on Saturday before hosting Rhode Island College next Monday, December 9th. The win over the Mammoths should provide the Blue and Gold with some momentum heading into their next two contests before heading to Nevada, as well, to compete in two days of the D3Hoops Classic at the end of the month.

Keep your eyes on Ramirez-Tejeda over the next few weeks – the senior guard is averaging 20.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Additionally, she is averaging 2.9 assists per game and sinking 64.4 percent of her free throws.

Brandeis University scored an exciting 99-88 overtime win last night against Babson, thanks to a pair of impressive performances by Hannah Nicholson (19 points and 16 rebounds) and Camila Casanueva (19 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists).

The Judges outscored the Beavers, 25-14, in the extra session – Brandeis utilized an 8-2 run to begin the overtime period, which provided them enough momentum to secure their fifth win of the season.

Brandeis has enjoyed a successful start to its 2019-20 campaign – they won their Tip-Off Tournament early last month with wins against Framingham State and Nichols College while scoring non-conference wins over Roger Williams and Salem State. The Judges’ lone setback came against Tufts University late last month – the Jumbos outscored Brandeis, 41-29, in the second half to secure an 81-77 win.

The Judges will visit Clark University and Johnson & Wales later this week before hosting Becker College next Monday.

Since falling to New England College last month, the WPI men’s basketball team has looked unstoppable as they have now won seven consecutive contests, including a 72-62 win on Tuesday against Tufts.

WPI’s Garrett Stephenson stuffed the stat sheet against the Jumbos with a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Colin McNamara contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Reid Walker added 10 points, three rebounds, and one assist.

The Engineers will attempt to stretch their winning streak to eight games on Saturday when they visit Albertus Magnus for a 5 p.m. tip-off.

WPI has scored some impressive regional victories thus far against Tufts, Salem StateFitchburg State, Eastern Connecticut, and Brandeis. After their visit to the Falcons, WPI will be off for the holidays before visiting Framingham State on Saturday, January 4th for its final non-conference clash.

As of this morning, the Engineers are the only New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) team that has won eight games thus far. Babson has won all six of its contests, while Springfield College has won five-straight.

Speaking of the Beavers, they host Amherst this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. Babson has been a team to watch thus far, but Wednesday’s meeting with the Mammoths will certainly be a good test for the Green and White.

Following their non-conference clash with the Mammoths, Babson will compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge this weekend – their first game is against Salem State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Big 4 Challenge is always a fun tournament to watch – the two day, the four-game tournament features Babson, Tufts, Brandeis, and Salem State.

D3 Lacrosse: Batty Earns First Win With Babson College Men’s Lacrosse

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Ethan Carpenter and Samuel Mishkind combined for six goals as the Babson College men’s lacrosse team scored its first win of the 2019 season this afternoon with an 11-2 victory over Roger Williams.

The win provided first-year coach Rocky Batty with his initial win on the sidelines with the Green and White – Batty was tabbed to lead the program last July after assisting coach Ryan Polley at Boston University for one season.

Babson secured an early four-goal lead after one quarter before entering the break with a 7-1 advantage. The Beavers would then tack on four more goals over the final 30 minutes, including a trio of markers in the final session.

The win was the Beavers’ second-straight win over the Hawks after edging Roger Williams last season, 11-10, in Babson Park.

Both Carpenter and Mishkind finished with hat tricks, while Brendan Duffy recorded three points on two goals and one assist. Niall Dillon concluded the game with one goal and one assist.

Tim Mullane and Chris Bova each located the back of the Babson cage twice for Roger Williams, while Peter Navarro concluded his team’s initial contest of the 2019 season with two assists.

Babson will look to continue its early-season moment on Saturday, February 23rd when they host Skidmore College at 1 p.m.


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Brandeis Tops Babson In Big 4 Challenge Championship,74-49

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Make it four-straight early season wins for the Brandeis University men’s basketball team, which defeated Babson College, 74-49, in the 2018 Big 4 Challenge Championship earlier this evening.

The championship win was the Judges’ first since beating Salem State in 2012.

Corey Sherman paced the Blue and White with 25 points, including six freebies and three trifectas, while adding six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block.

Chandler Jones chipped-in 18 points, six rebounds, one assist and one swipe, while Eric D’Aguanno netted 12 points off the bench.

Sherman was selected as the tournament’s most valuable player, while earning a spot on the all-tournament team, as well. Joining Sherman on the five player team was Jones, along with Babson’s Frank OftringSean Bryan (Salem State) and Brennan Morris (Tufts University).

Brandeis secured a 34-19 lead at the break before tallying 40 points in the final session. Babson, which netted just 30 points in the final 20 minutes, which was held to a season-low 49 points. Oftring paced the Beavers with 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting.

Prior to Babson-Brandeis, Salem State defeated Tufts, 90-84, to secure a third place finish. Last season, the Vikings defeated the Jumbos and Beavers to claim their first-ever Big 4 Challenge trophy.

The Judges will attempt to continue their early season momentum on Thursday, December 6th when they visit Becker College at 7 p.m.


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Babson, Brandeis Advance to Big 4 Challenge Championship

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For the first time since 2012, the Brandeis University men’s basketball team will have a chance to win a Big 4 Challenge, thanks to a late afternoon win over Salem State.

The Judges, who defeated the Vikings by a score of 77-69, will face host Babson College, which defeated Tufts University, 94-73.

Babson competed in the Big 4 Championship last season – the game was held at Tufts – but fell to Salem State, which captured the four-team, two-day tournament crown for the first time in program history.

The Beavers captured the 2016 tournament with back-to-back wins over Tufts and Salem State.

Babson and Brandeis will meet tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. – the game will be held in Babson Park – while Salem State and Tufts will square-off at 2 p.m.

Brandeis 77, Salem State 69: Corey Sherman scored a team-high 24 points, while Colin Sawyer added 18 points to lift the Judges to their third-straight win. Salem State led Brandeis, 32-29, at the break, while the Judges outscored the Vikings, 48-37, in the second stanza to secure their fourth win of the season. Salem State’s Sean Bryan led all scorers with 27 points on 7 of 21 shooting, including 5 of 11 from beyond the arc and 8 of 10 at the free-throw line.

Babson 94, Tufts 73: Three Babson starters netted double-figures, including Brandon Johnson to send the host Beavers past Tufts for the Green and White’s third-straight win. Johnson led the Beavers with 21 points, while also adding five rebounds, two assists and one steal. James Welch netted 14 points off the bench on 5 of 10 shooting, including 4 of 6 from downtown. Tyler Aronson paced the Jumbos with 17 points, while Eric Savage added 13 points off the bench. Babson led 50-29 at the break, while both teams netted 44 points, respectively, during the final 20 minutes.


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