New England Football: Players To Watch In 2018 Coming Soon!

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By Noontime Sports | @NoontimeSports 

It maybe early July, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about football, right?

As we inch closer toward a brand new season of New England college football, Noontime Sports will begin to generate a list of players and teams to watch for the upcoming season, as well as our first of many Top 10 polls, too (our first poll will be a preseason poll, which will be posted later next month).

So, consider this an early plug for our 2018 preseason football coverage – yes, we are eager for football to return, but are enjoying some down time before camps and games officially commence.

If you do crave some football then make sure to check out our Football Friday Podcast – we do have a few new podcast interviews, including a recent conversation with the new Bates College coach Malik Hall and Western New England‘s Jason Lebeau.

Additionally, you can click FOLLOW to our new football Twitter handle, as well: @Noontime_FB. Trust us, you will want to follow this handle as we inch closer to football season – we will be producing some fun content that you won’t want to miss.

Our preseason football coverage will officially begin in a few weeks, but in the meantime, enjoy these long, summer days – the weather is pretty nice today in Boston!

D3 Football: Malik Hall Tabbed Bates College Football Coach

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Malik Hall was named the new head football coach at Bates College on Monday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Monday was an exciting day for Malik Hall, who was tabbed the 20th head coach of the Bates College football program.

Hall arrives in Lewiston, Maine after spending the past three seasons with the Penn Quakers football team, serving as the defensive line coach. He helped Penn secure back-to-back Ivy League championships in 2015 and 2016. Penn finished its 2017 campaign 6-4 by winning its final four contests, including a pair of wins over Harvard and Princeton.

In addition to his time with the Quakers, Hall has also served as an assistant at Central Connecticut StateFordhamHofstra, UMass Amherst and Wagner.

Hall graduated from UMass in 2003 and was a two-year letterman and starter for the Minutemen, helping them capture the Atlantic 10 Championship his senior season. He would return to Amherst eight years later to assist former head coach Kevin Morris as the team’s defensive line coach.

“We are delighted to welcome Malik Hall to the Bobcat family,” Bates Athletic Director Jason Fein said in a statement. “Once we interviewed him, it was crystal clear that Coach Hall has both the experience and vision to take Bates football to the next level. We’re excited to see what happens on the field.”

“It’s my great honor to accept the head coaching position at Bates,” said Hall via yesterday’s press release. “I am very much looking forward to building upon Bates’ traditions of academic excellence and relentlessness on the field. The Hall family can’t wait to join the Bates family.”

Hall takes over a program that was guided by Mark Harriman for the past 20 seasons. Harriman, who recently stepped down in April, guided the Bobcats to seven Colby-Bates-Bowdoin titles, including his final one last fall when Bates topped the Polar Bears, 24-17.

Bates opens its season on September 15th when they host Amherst College at 1 p.m.

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D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Amherst College once again remains the top team in New England after a few important wins last week, including a 7-3 victory this past Saturday against Bates College. The Mammoths’ defense has been extremely impressive over the past few weeks, while the offense has provided multiple problems for opposing units. Amherst is averaging close to 14 goals per game.

Middlebury College swapped spots with Tufts University, checking-in second overall this week after appearing in the third position a week ago. The Panthers scored back-to-back wins this weekend over the Jumbos and Hamilton College – they will be the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which officially begins on Saturday, April 28th.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 23rd 2018

1. Amherst College13-1, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
2. Middlebury College12-2, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
3. Tufts University11-3, 7-2 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
4. Trinity College10-4, 6-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
5. Bowdoin College11-3, 6-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
6. Wesleyan University9-5, 5-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
7. Colby College8-6, 3-6 NESCACLast Week: No. 7
8. Bates College7-7, 2-7 NESCACLast Week: No. 8
9. Williams College6-8, 2-7, NESCACLast Week: No. 9
10. Springfield College11-5, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (8-7, 5-1 NEWMAC), Endicott College (11-3, 7-0 CCC), Framingham State (12-2, 4-1 MASCAC), Hamilton College (5-9, 3-7 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (12-2, 9-0 GNAC), MIT (9-5, 5-1 NEWMAC) and Roger Williams (12-3, 7-1 CCC).

D3 Lacrosse: NCAA North & South Regional Rankings (Thursday, Apr. 19th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The NCAA unveiled its initial Regional Rankings for Division III lacrosse and below are both the North and South rankings:

NORTH

  1. RIT
  2. Amherst College
  3. Tufts University
  4. Wesleyan University
  5. RPI
  6. Ithaca College
  7. Stevens
  8. Connecticut College
  9. Coast Guard Academy
  10. Bowdoin College
  11. Middlebury College
  12. Springfield College
  13. Union College
  14. Williams College
  15. Bates College
  16. St. Lawrence

South 

  1. Gettysburg College
  2. York College (Pa.)
  3. Ohio Wesleyan
  4. Salisbury University
  5. Denison University
  6. Washington & Lee
  7. Cabrini University
  8. Roanoke College
  9. Christopher Newport
  10. Dickinson College
  11. Franklin & Marshall
  12. Hampden-Sydney
  13. Colorado College
  14. Lynchburg College
  15. Muhlenberg College
  16. Rhodes College
  17. Berry College
  18. Aurora University
  19. Stevenson
  20. Illinois Wesleyan
  21. Washington College

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 9th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Tufts University secured the top spot with a convincing win last Saturday over Wesleyan University, thanks to a strong second quarter that helped the hosts push ahead for good. Danny Murphy highlighted his team’s win over the Cardinals with two goals and five assists.

The Jumbos have yet to lose a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash this season – they face some tough challenges over the next few weeks, including Amherst CollegeBates College, Bowdoin College and Middlebury College. All four teams appeared on this week’s poll with the Panthers reappearing on our Top 10 for the first time in weeks.

Bowdoin made one of the biggest leaps in the poll, jumping up three spots to the fourth position, while Connecticut College rounded out the top five in the fifth position. Bates also moved up a few spots as well, checking-in seventh overall after securing the ninth position one week ago.

Finally, Coast Guard Academy remains the top team in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), while Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conference) held onto the 10th position for the second-straight week with a hard-fought 7-5 win over Endicott College.

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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 9th, 2018

1. Tufts University9-0, 6-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
2. Wesleyan University9-2, 5-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
3. Amherst College9-2, 5-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
4. Bowdoin College8-2, 4-2 NESCACLast Week: No. 7
5. Conn. College8-3, 4-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
6. Coast Guard Academy8-2, 3-0 NEWMACLast Week: No. 5
7. Bates College7-5, 3-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 9
8. Middlebury College5-5, 3-4 NESCACLast Week: NR
9. Williams College4-6, 3-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 8
10. Western New England7-5, 4-0 CCCLast Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (5-5, 2-0 NEWMAC), Clark University (6-4, 1-1 NEWMAC), Keene State (5-4, 2-0 LEC), MIT (6-4, 2-1 NEWMAC), Springfield College (6-4, 1-1 NEWMAC) and UMass Dartmouth (6-5, 1-1 LEC)