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Noontime’s Five D3 Men’s Lacrosse Teams to Watch in April

Cross Ferrara and the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team have won 11-straight contests this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brad Boardman)

By Matt Noonan

We’re a few days into the final month of the regular season for NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse, which seems hard to fathom. But luckily, there is still plenty of lacrosse to be played – don’t worry, the season is not over yet!

However, I believe there are a few teams – may be more than a few? – that we should certainly keep our eyes on down the stretch and possibly next month once the postseason begins.

Yet, before we look too far down the road, allow me to share the five teams I’ll be watching this month.


Salisbury University: I believe the Sea Gulls are the best team in Division III. But that’s my opinion.  

Salisbury secured 23 first-place votes for this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) D-III Top 20 Poll after capping the second month with three big wins over Colorado College, Whittier College, and Stevenson University.

Their most recent matchup with Stevenson was a challenging one, which saw the Mustangs outscore the Sea Gulls, 5-3 in the third quarter (Salisbury led 9-4 at the break).  

The Sea Gulls will certainly be challenged over the next few weeks with upcoming matchups against a pair of ranked teams, including Christopher Newport, which secured the second position on this week’s USILA Top 20 Poll after checking in fourth one week ago. Neither team has dropped a game this spring, so their matchup next Saturday, April 16 could feature a pair of unbeaten squads.

Christopher Newport: The Captains looked impressive in their last outing, beating Williams College by a score of 15-2.

The non-conference meeting with the Ephs was highlighted by a career-high 18 saves by Zac Hanway. Andrew Cook tallied six goals, which is the most any member of the team has recorded against a nationally-ranked opponent.

Christopher Newport will compete later today against Southern Virginia University before turning its attention to Salisbury, along with the University of Mary Washington and Colorado College.

The Captains have scored five wins this season against nationally-ranked foes and will certainly look to continue their momentum over the next few weeks.

Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears head into this evening’s meeting with Bates College riding a nine-game winning streak.

Bowdoin has won five New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchups, along with a pair of regional victories over Babson College and Western New England.

I believe the Polar Bears are the best team in the NESCAC, however, I am interested to see how they do against Tufts University later this month. But given the way they have played these last few weeks; I find it hard to see this team losing its current momentum down the stretch.

Keep an eye on Will Byrne, a sophomore from Darrien, Connecticut, that tied the school’s single-game program record with 11 points (five points and six assists) last month against Western New England.

RPI: The Engineers have certainly bounced back following a 12-9 setback to Williams last month with a pair of wins, including a 13-12 victory last weekend against RIT.

Cooper Urban concluded his team’s meeting with the Tigers with three goals and three assists while Joseph Perry recorded 23 saves.  

The win over RIT provided RPI with the top spot in the Liberty League (LL) with a 3-0 record (the Engineers currently boast a 9-1 overall record).

RPI has certainly been on my radar this spring by commencing its current campaign with seven-straight wins. They will certainly face some challenges down the stretch, beginning next Saturday with a big matchup with Union College.

Union College: The Dutchmen have scored some impressive wins thus far, including recent victories over Middlebury College, St. Lawrence University, and Tufts.

Their next three matchups will certainly tell us more about a team that I believe can compete for both a conference crown and national championship.

Union will visit St. John Fisher College this afternoon (face-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.) and RIT this Saturday, April 9.

Keep your eyes on goalie Dan Donahue, who was recently named the Liberty League’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week for the fifth time this spring.

Amherst, Middlebury Look To Continue Their Recent Momentum

PJ Clementi and the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team scored two impressive wins last week at the Mustang Classic. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clarus Studios)

By Matt Noonan

Following a pair of impressive wins this past weekend, Amherst College heads into tonight’s non-conference meeting with Springfield College with a great deal of momentum.

The Mammoths bounced back from an 18-14 setback to Tufts University earlier this month with a pair of wins against Bates College (22-10) and Gettysburg College (18-14) last Friday and Saturday.

PJ Clementi highlighted his team’s win over the Bullets by netting a career-high six goals on nine shots to go with three ground balls. The senior attack from Huntington, New York is currently second on the team in goals (14).

Nicholas Kopp was also a player to watch against Gettysburg as he won 27 of 36 face-offs while scooping a game-high 14 ground balls.

Coach Sean Woods said Kopp’s impressive showing against Gettysburg is a result of he and his coaching staff challenging the first-year face-off specialist “over the last couple of weeks.”

“Nick just did a great job keeping his nose over the ball,” Woods said following his team’s second matchup from last weekend’s Mustang Classic, which was held at Stevenson University.   

The 27 face-off wins are the most Koop has recorded in four games this spring – he currently ranks second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in face-off wins. Bowdoin College’s Ethan Barnard leads the conference with 107 victories at midfield.  

Following tonight’s meeting with Springfield, Amherst will head to Rochester, New York on Saturday to compete against St. John Fisher.

Amherst is just one of many NESCAC teams to watch, both this week and weekend – the same could be said for the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team, which scored its 30th consecutive victory yesterday against York College. The impressive winning streak dates back to Middlebury’s second game of its 2019 season.

The Panthers, who defeated the Spartans by a score of 11-5, outscored the hosts in the second half, 7-2, thanks to Hope Shue (four goals, one assist) and Kelcey Dion (two goals). Five players concluded the non-league meeting with one goal. Middlebury’s defense held York scoreless in the third quarter.

While the Middlebury attack – and yes, its midfield – did its job, the same could be said for goalie Annie Enrietto, who secured her fifth win between the pipes with six saves on 14 shots.

Through five contests this spring, Enrietto has recorded 29 saves on 94 shots. She recorded a season-high of 12 saves in her squad’s season-opener against Bowdoin earlier this month.

Tomorrow, Middlebury will compete against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in a game that will pit two of the top 10 teams in the country.

Noontime’s D3 Lacrosse Games to Watch (Feb. 25-27)

Ryan Puglisi will be a player to watch this spring on Union College’s defense. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clara Iodice)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to another busy weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse.

We have a slew of games to watch (and follow), beginning with a non-conference clash between Babson College and Union College.

The Babson men’s lacrosse team has won back-to-back contests, including its home-opener against Bates College, thanks to Matt Stucchi, who registered a game-high four goals. Chi Chi Price added two goals and one assist while Mac Mowat finished with 13 saves between the pipes.

Babson’s momentum will be tested against a Union squad that was picked to finish second in the Liberty League.

When we last saw the Dutchmen, they were making their 12th appearance in the Liberty League tournament but saw their bid toward a conference crown fall short to RIT.

But like Babson, Union is certainly a team to watch this spring with some key members from last year’s 5-3 squad returning, including Ryan Puglisi, Keaton McCann, and Kieran McGovern.

Union has won all 12 meetings with Babson, dating back to their initial contest on March 7, 2009, when the Dutchmen topped the Beavers, 14-2. The two teams last met on February 29, 2020, with Union scoring a 15-7 victory over Babson, thanks to Kerry Lyne and Brian Davis, who combined for six goals and three assists.

Babson and Union are scheduled to meet in Schenectady, New York on Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m.

The Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team will look to cap the opening month with their third-straight win on Saturday when they welcome Washington and Lee to campus for a 12 p.m. opening draw.

The Sea Gulls and Generals have met 16 times with Salisbury winning 11 matchups. However, Washington and Lee have won the last two meetings, including a March 1, 2020, matchup in Maryland.

Erin Scannell enters the non-conference clash as Salisbury’s leading goal scorer with six while Caroline McKenna has captured six draws.

Salisbury’s Mary Claire Hisle has enjoyed a successful start to her senior season with 15 saves. She is yielding roughly four goals per game.

Allie Schwab and Hanna Bishop have been two players to watch on Washington and Lee – the duo has combined for 14 points on 11 goals and three assists, while Eugenie Rovegno has won eight draw controls.

Like Salisbury, Washington and Lee will enter its non-conference meeting with some momentum following exciting wins over Franklin & Marshall (10-9) and Mary Washington (14-7).

Other games to watch this weekend (Feb. 26-27):

Oglethorpe University at Brevard College (MLAX) Friday at 7 p.m.: The Tornadoes will look to bounce back from a two-goal setback to Ferrum College when they welcome the Stormy Petrels to North Carolina.

Oglethorpe has won two of four contests and will look to capture its second win against Brevard since their inaugural meeting last February.

Bates College at University of Chicago (WLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Maroons return to the field following an impressive 2021 campaign, which saw them advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

The expectation is UChicago should be back in the mix for a national title this spring with some key members of last year’s squad returning, including Ali Sheehy, who tallied 35 goals and eight helpers in 13 contests.

Bates will look to bounce back from a 2-3 season last spring, which included wins against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) and Connecticut College.  

Lasell University at UMass Boston (MLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Beacons were picked to repeat as Little East Conference (LEC) champions — they recently outlasted Nichols College, 11-10, in overtime, thanks to Darragh Fahey, who netted the game-winner.

Lasell seeks its first win for coach Dieter Treusdell, who joined the program last September. The Lasers dropped their season-opener to MIT by a score of 18-4.

Methodist University at Berry College (MLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Vikings are off to a 3-0 start, thanks to Tyler Banfield, who leads the Blue and White with 13 points on eight goals and five assists.

Berry has won all three meetings with Methodist, which enters the non-conference meeting with a 1-1 record.

Oswego State at William Smith (WLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Herons and Lakers will meet for the third time on Saturday with William Smith leading the all-time series, 2-0.

The Herons were picked to finish second in the Liberty League behind Ithaca College but have garnered a slew of preseason attention as a team to watch, both this weekend and throughout the season. Maddie Montgomery, who was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Year last spring, will be a player to watch tomorrow against a Lakers squad that is looking to bounce back from a 4-5 campaign.

D3 Lax Notebook: Babson Picked To Win The NEWMAC; Oglethorpe’s Impressive Start

Ryan Donovan and the Babson College men’s lacrosse team were picked to win the NEWMAC this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jon Endow)

By NoontimeSports.com

Babson College concluded its 2021 campaign by winning their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament title, along with a trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

The Beavers’ last appearance in the national postseason came in 1979.

Months after their season concluded with an opening-round setback to Tufts University, Babson was picked to win the league, according to Tuesday’s press release from the NEWMAC office.  

Coach Rocky Batty returns seven starters from last year’s squad, including Ryan Donovan, a Cohasset, Massachusetts native, that led the Beavers with 18 points on 10 goals and eight assists to go with eight ground balls and one caused turnover. Peter Chisholm also returns after placing second on the team in points with 12 goals and three helpers while Mac Mowat is back for his senior season after starting all six games between the pipes.

Babson’s 2022 season begins Saturday, February 19 with a visit to Roger Williams University, a team the Beavers defeated at the beginning of their 2020 campaign.

The Beavers’ initial home contest will take place next Wednesday, February 23 against Bates College. Babson edged Bates in overtime two years ago, thanks to Owen Allen, who located the back of the Bobcats’ cage with 1:05 remaining in the extra session.

Babson will conclude the opening month of the 2022 season with a trip to Union College next Saturday, February 26.

Oglethorpe women’s lacrosse begins its season with three-straight wins

Following a 4-4 record last spring, Oglethorpe University has commenced its season with three-straight wins, including a 22-8 victory yesterday against Erskine College.   

The 22 goals are the most the Petrels have recorded in a single contest since producing 21 goals last March against Birmingham-Southern College.

Ally Moir highlighted Oglethorpe’s third-straight win by registering seven goals and four assists while goalie Asia Williams tallied 14 saves. As a team, the Petrels forced 13 turnovers, scooped 32 ground balls, and were a perfect seven-for-seven on clears.

Oglethorpe’s three-game winning streak is their best start in program history, which should certainly provide the squad with some momentum heading into a pair of non-conference games later this month before their initial Southern Athletic Association (SAA) meeting with Hendrix College on Saturday, March 5.

Coach Autumn Johnson believes her squad has the potential to truly contend with some of the top teams in the SAA this spring but will need to focus their attention on the basics for a successful season.

“We’re trying to move up in the ranks, as well, (but) we know that starts with catching, passing, and communication, so those are the things we’re working on this season (by) trying to emphasize and perfect so that we have the ability to do that hopefully this season, but of course, the seasons following, as well,” said Johnson when discussing her team’s outlook earlier this month.

Coyne Named The 22nd Head Coach of Bates College Football

By NoontimeSports.com

Bates College has a new football coach. And his name is Matt Coyne.

Coyne, who has played and coached in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), becomes the 22nd head coach of the Bobcats — he was introduced as the team’s new leader earlier today by Bates Director of Athletics, Jason Fein.

Matt Coyne was named the next head coach of Bates College on Tuesday, February 8. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bates College Athletics)

“We are delighted to welcome Matt Coyne to the Bobcat family as Bates’ head football coach,” Fein said in a statement. “Matt’s experience as a player and coordinator in the NESCAC, as well as his impressive football acumen, impressed everyone on the hiring committee, from students to coaches to alumni, and his ability to inspire and lead makes him the perfect person to take Bates football into the future.”

A native of Bristol, Connecticut, Coyne played and coached at Wesleyan University while spending two seasons with Oberlin College where he oversaw the team’s quarterbacks, pass game, and offense.

Last season, Coyne oversaw the Cardinals’ defense and special teams while coaching the linebackers. Wesleyan’s defense finished third in the NESCAC in sacks (20) and yards per play (6.0) while leading the 10-team league with 14 interceptions.

Wesleyan’s Nick Helbig was named the NESCAC’s Defensive Player of the Year after the Groton, Massachusetts native produced a team-high 50 tackles while placing second in the league in tackles for a loss (11).

“I am extremely grateful and honored to be selected as the next head football coach at Bates College,” Coyne said in today’s release announcing his hiring. “It’s an incredible opportunity to work with this group of exceptional student-athletes while representing one of the leading institutions in the country.”

Coyne inherits a Bates squad that posted a 3-6 record last fall, which included a pair of end-of-season wins against Bowdoin College and Hamilton College. 54 members of the 2021 team will return this season, including quarterback Colton Bosselait, wide receiver Sean Bryant, and linebacker Tony Hooks.

Added Coyne, “We are going to build a championship culture that our campus, community, and alumni will be proud to support.”