Around The Rim with Bob Whitney

Around The Rim Whitney Social

By Bob Whitney 

Some random thoughts after looking around at the local and national basketball landscape.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)/Big Ten Conference (B1G) Basketball Challenge is always at the top of my viewing list each year – I love channel surfing.

This year, the Big 10 Conference reigned supreme with some impressive showings by Maryland, Purdue, Ohio State, and Penn State.

Purdue absolutely dismantled Virginia and exposed the ‘Hoos offensive shortcomings while Ohio State throttled North Carolina. It’s early but Ohio State is looking like they have the horsepower to make a run to the Final Four next April.

Speaking of the ACC, Boston College is on a four-game losing spin and facing a rigorous conference road trip this Saturday at Norte Dame. A highly-touted freshman class must grow up in a hurry or the Eagles will once again reside in the ACC’s bottom quartile.

Save the date: current No. 1 Louisville will visit Conte Forum on Jan. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m.

Carl Pierre, who played high school basketball at Boston College High School, is having an excellent season at UMass. The 2017 Catholic Conference MVP and two-time conference all-star selection is currently averaging 12 points per game.

Pierre and the Minutemen will visit Harvard on Saturday, December 7th with tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m. UMass will attempt to snap a four-game skid, which began prior to Thanksgiving with a 58-46 setback to Virginia. Harvard enters the non-conference clash at 4-4 – the Crimson have lost two-straight since beating Texas A&M last Thursday. 

Newton North’s Ethan Wright has seen an uptick in playing time this season with the Princeton Tigers. The second-year guard has logged 93 minutes in six contests this season – he even started a game last month against Indiana. Wright has scored 13 points on 5 of 21 shooting, including 3 of 14 from beyond the arc. He has pulled down 13 rebounds, including two offensive caroms to go along with five assists and two blocks.

Wright and the Tigers sit at 1-6 and are scheduled to compete next Tuesday, December 10th against Monmouth. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Coach Trish Brown and the Stonehill College women’s basketball team are off to an impressive 6-2 start. Sure, their lone setbacks have come against Bentley and Molloy, but they have been fun to watch, especially in their last two contests against Assumption College and Franklin Pierce.

Emily Bramanti, who played locally for Westford Academy, credited all of her teammates in their most recent win against the Ravens for stepping-up and making plays when needed.

“That is just the greatness of our team is that any night anybody can step-up and play, so it’s really exciting to see how far we can get going,” she said following the Skyhawks’ 68-59 win over the Ravens.

Bramanti concluded her team’s eighth contest with a team-high 16 points.

Stonehill hosts Saint Anselm College on Saturday before heading to Daytona Beach Florida two weeks later to compete in the Daytona Beach Shootout.

Finally, the Babson College men’s basketball team scored an exciting and impressive win last night over Amherst CollegeFrank Oftring, who grew up in North Attleboro, Massachusetts netted a career-high 30 points in the win to go along with 10 rebounds.

Babson’s Andrew Jaworski finished with 23 points with four of those points being recorded during the final 30 seconds of the second half.

Babson, which is 12-3 against the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) dating back to the 2016-17 season, will look to continue its early-season momentum this weekend when they compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge at Salem State University.

I’m getting ready to head back to warm and sunny Florida so I’ll be writing from the Sunshine State next week.

KEEP SHOOTING, Everyone!

Noontime Top 5 D2 Poll: Assumption Secures Top Spot (WK 3)

Assumption College secured the top spot in our Noontime D2 Top 5 after an impressive first two contests. (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)

Assumption College secured the top spot in our Noontime D2 Top 5 after an impressive first two contests. (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Noontime Sports is happy to unveil our first regular season (Week Three) D2 Top 5 Poll.

Our D2 Poll is a part of our blog’s new coverage plan, which we are slowly unveiling over the next few days and weeks.

So, without further ado, here is this week’s (Week 3) Noontime D2 Top 5 Poll.

  1. Assumption (2-0) – Bob Chesney’s squad is off to an impressive start. Through two games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 52 points per game. Can they keep this momentum going against Southern Connecticut State on Friday evening? We’ll find out.
  1. Bentley (1-1) – The Falcons enjoyed a bounce-back game against Saint A’s, thanks to a pair of touchdown strikes by quarterback CJ Scarpa, who concluded the contest 14 of 20 for 185 yards. Joey Piatnik did his job on defense, tallying five total tackles, including four solo stops and one sack. Bentley will look to keep things going at home Friday against Merrimack.
  1. Merrimack (1-1) – Following a tough opening day loss to Bryant, the Warriors rebounded with a come-from-behind win over American International. Give the game ball to quarterback Nick Davis, who helped the Warriors erase a 13-0 deficit en route to claiming a 16-13 victory.
  1. So. Connecticut (1-1) –Quarterback Robert Nittolo enjoyed his best game under center, tossing a trio of touchdowns, while completing 17 of 25 passes for 287 yards. Additionally, he rushed for a season-high 41 yards, along with one score.
  1. American International College (0-2) – Give credit to the Yellow Jackets’ defense, which was led by Azeem Cooper, who finished this past week’s contest against Merrimack with 11 total tackles, two sacks and one quarterback hurry. The Yellow Jackets are showing signs that they’ll crack the win column sooner than later.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

It was a gorgeous Saturday for lacrosse and below are various scores and game summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

No. 1 Loyola 15, Boston University 6: Alex Paroda‘s first goal in the opening session provided the Terriers with its only lead before the Greyhounds responded with a 4-0 run, which provided them the lead for good. BU’s Cal Dearth finished with two points (one goal, one assist), while Tyler Zickel recorded 14 saves.

Merrimack 11, Pace 10 (OT): Andrew Vivian‘s second goal at 1:08 in overtime sealed a road win for the Warriors. Vivian finished with three points on two goals and one assist. Dom Madonna finished the contest with a season-best 17 stops.

Bentley 8, Assumption 7 (OT): Cutler Dimond‘s strike with 3:26 remaining in overtime provided the Falcons with an exciting win in Waltham. Diamond recorded three points on two goals and one assist, while David Phelps netted a hat trick. Peter Gersbeck paced Assumption with a hat trick. 

Tufts 25, Amherst 12: John Uppgren recorded five goals and two assists and Beau Wood registered four goals and three helpers as the Jumbos defeated the Lord Jeffs in Medford. Aaron Mathias netted four goals for Amherst, while Quinn Moroney recorded two goals and three assists

Women’s Lacrosse:

No. 6 Boston College 20, Virginia 9: Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix recorded a game-high six points to lead the Eagles past the Hokies in Newton.

LIU Post 11, Stonehill 9: Kelsey Shannahan netted a hat trick and Brooke Rudden recorded three points on one gold and two assists, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Skyhawks to a non-conference win.

Bentley 11, Assumption 8: Taylor Lunden sparked a 5-0 run in the second half that pushed the Falcons ahead for good. Bentley received four goals from Ellie Shuman, while Assumption’s Amy McNeil netted a game-high and season-high seven tallies.

Amherst 15, Tufts 9: The Lord Jeffs extended their current winning streak to 11 as they defeated the Jumbos in Amherst and improved to 8-0 in NESCAC play. Krista Zsitvay paced Amherst with five goals on five shots, while Tufts’ Caroline Ross finished with four tallies.

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 

Mass. College Football: Afternoon Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the results from Saturday’s early contest.

(QUICK NOTE: We will have the later contests posted as soon as they go final).

* Princeton 51, Harvard 48 (3OT)

* Lafayette 41, Holy Cross 23

* Western Michigan 31, UMass 30

* North Carolina 34, Boston College 10

* Stonehill 38, LIU Post 28

* AIC 41, St. A’s 21

* Merrimack 40, Bentley 34

* Assumption 55, Pace 21

* Mount Ida 36, Becker 25

* Merchant Marine 26, WPI 14

* Mass. Maritime 34, UMass Dartmouth 21

* Framingham State 41, Plymouth State 9

* Bridgewater State 26, Westfield State 20

* West Conn. 55, Worcester State 35

* Springfield 21, St. Lawrence 20

* Maine Maritime 63, Nichols 52

* Endicott 33, Coast Guard 7

* MIT 17, WNE 14

* Amherst 17, Tufts 7

* Williams 24, Hamilton 0