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Rhodes Women’s Lacrosse Seeks Its Seventh-Straight SAA Title

Baylee Barker and the Rhodes College women’s lacrosse team will attempt to win its seventh-straight SAA crown on Sunday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rhodes College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Since their inaugural season in 2014, the Rhodes College women’s lacrosse team has been a squad to watch in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).

Rhodes has captured six-straight league crowns and recently clinched its fifth-straight undefeated conference season when they defeated Berry College earlier this month by a score of 24-3.

The 21-goal victory over the Vikings was followed by an impressive 26-3 win this past weekend against Birmingham-Southern College, which provided Rhodes with a spot in Sunday’s SAA Finals.

Rhodes will meet Sewanee in this year’s SAA Championship with the winner advancing to next month’s NCAA Division III Tournament.

Sunday will mark the second time the Lynx and Tigers square off in the SAA Championship as Rhodes defeated Sewanee in 2015 to claim its initial title in program history. The three-goal (13-10) victory would be followed by Rhodes’ first-ever national postseason win against Meredith College.  

Franklin & Marshall defeated the Lynx in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Rhodes enters its seventh-straight conference championship riding a six-game winning streak, which began last month with a 19-8 victory over Transylvania University. Prior to their win over the Pioneers, Rhodes scored some impressive non-league wins against Colorado College (11-10 OT) and Illinois Wesleyan University (18-5). Additionally, Rhodes survived a shootout last month with Rowan University (17-15).

Emily Bruner is one of many players to watch on the Lynx – the junior attack from Gaithersburg, Maryland leads the team in points (103) and assists (90). Baylee Barker leads the squad in goals (62) while Payton Bennett has chipped in 51 goals and 21 assists.  

Bruner’s 103 points are the most recorded by any SAA student-athletes while Barker and Bennett are in the Top 10 goals scored.

Sewanee’s Hattie Fogarty is also in the SAA Top 10 in goals and points and will certainly be a player to watch on Sunday after leading her squad to a 14-9 victory over Centre College in the SAA semifinals.

Fogarty concluded her team’s contest with the Colonels by tallying five goals on 11 shots to go with a season-high six ground balls.

Fogarty and the Tigers rank second in the SAA in goals scored with 287 but will face a challenging test on Sunday against the league’s best defense, which has yielded 124 goals in 16 contests (that is an average of 7.75 goals per game). Rhodes’ defense held Sewanee to a season-low six goals in last month’s meeting with the Tigers being shut out in two frames (second and third quarters).  

In addition to Rhodes’ impressive attack and midfield, fans should certainly keep their eye on the squad’s goalies: Emma Bradley and Olivia Wood. The duo combined for nine saves in this previous meeting with Sewanee, and lead all SAA goalies in goals-against average.

Sunday’s championship, which will take place at Mason Field in Memphis, Tennessee, is scheduled to commence at 1 p.m. eastern.

Centre Looks To Capture Its Second-Straight SAA Title

Will Hubbs and the Centre College men’s lacrosse team are two wins away from capturing their second-straight SAA title. (PHOTO COURTESY: Teresa Poplin)

By Matt Noonan

Another busy and exciting weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse has officially arrived with the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) set to crown a men’s lacrosse champion.  

The six-team tournament, which began last Saturday with a pair of quarterfinal matchups will resume later today with two semifinal contests with the winners advancing to Sunday’s championship in Danville, Kentucky.

Top-seed Centre College, which won all its league matchups this season, is two wins away from capturing its second-straight league title.

The Colonels will welcome Rhodes College to campus this evening with a face-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Centre beat Rhodes earlier this month by a score of 11-4. Will Hubbs highlighted the win with four goals – he also scooped one ground ball – while Ridr Knowlton located the back of the net twice. In addition to the Colonels’ offensive output, Centre’s defense limited Rhodes to just one goal in two periods while pitching a shutout in the opening frame.

Since beating the Lynx, the Colonels have won two more games, beating Hendrix College (13-10) and Sewanee (16-9).

Centre has not competed in nearly two weeks, but perhaps the extra rest could help the Black and Gold, which captured its first SAA Tournament title since 2014 last spring when they beat Rhodes.

“It’s good in a sense that we get a little time to rest, recharge, and get healthy,” Centre coach Grant Zimmerman said, via CentreColonels.com.  

Rhodes has won two of its last four contests, including its SAA quarterfinal tilt with Berry College last weekend. The Lynx topped the Vikings, 19-10, and enter tonight’s semifinal matchup riding a two-game winning streak.

Coach Dave Zazzaro’s Lynx have won just four games this season but have faced some challenging competition that could help the Red and White attempt to claim its first postseason crown since 2018.

The other SAA semifinal pits Sewanee visiting Birmingham-Southern College with a face-off scheduled for 4 p.m. (ET).

Birmingham-Southern enters today’s semifinal match riding a four-game winning streak, which included an end-of-season victory over Rhodes.

Reid Harrison secured the two-goal (14-12) win over the Lynx by netting his second tally with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, which halted a three-goal run by Rhodes.

Like Centre, Birmingham-Southern has not competed since April 14, so it will be interesting to see if the squad’s momentum remains with the Panthers, which saw its bid toward an SAA crown conclude last April in the conference semifinals.

The Tigers of Sewanee have won six games this spring and defeated Hendrix in its opening-round matchup last weekend. Luke Valentine led Sewanee with four goals and one assist to go with three ground balls and one caused turnover. Davis Gillenwater notched a hat trick and Phelps Thomas stuffed the stat sheet with five points on three assists, two goals, and one ground ball.

All three student-athletes will be players to watch today in an important matchup with the Panthers.

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.

Look For Centre Men’s Lacrosse To Continue Its Momentum From 2021

Will Hubbs and the Centre College men’s lacrosse team were picked to capture the SAA crown this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Teresa Poplin)

By Matt Noonan

Last season, the Centre College men’s lacrosse team made history by winning their first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament game against Denison University.

The one goal (12-11) victory against the Big Red did not spark a deep postseason run but left an impression on many that Centre is indeed ready to compete for the ultimate prize: a national championship.

“I honestly believe that we put in the work necessary to win and it’s just an amazing feeling to actually see it come to fruition,” Coach Grant Zimmerman said shortly after his team beat Denison last May.

That hard work — and yes, effort, too — has translated into the Colonels securing the top spot in this year’s Southern Athletic Association (SAA) men’s lacrosse preseason poll, which was released last Friday. Centre collected four of seven first-place votes; Rhodes College garnered a pair of first-place nods while Berry College secured one tally.

Centre is deserving of four first-place votes — perhaps a few more, especially after an impressive 2021 campaign saw the squad win 12 of 14 contests while capturing its first SAA Tournament title since 2014.

But for the Colonels to duplicate their success this season, they will need to rely on some key members of last year’s squad, including Will Hubbs, a junior attack from Louisville, Kentucky, that led the SAA with 38 goals while registering eight hat tricks in 14 games.

Hubbs, who was named the SAA Offensive Player of the Year, is just one of a few players to watch on Centre this spring — fans of the Yellow and White should also keep their eyes on JR Brockman, Graham Robbins, and Will Morrison.

Centre will commence its 2022 campaign on Saturday, February 12 with a visit to Wittenberg University, a team that has won two of three meetings against the Colonels. Last March, the Yellow and White captured their first-ever win against the Tigers, thanks to Jack Shannon and Ridr Knowlton.

The victory over the Tigers was followed by seven consecutive league wins, including a pair of conference tournament victories against Berry and Rhodes.

Following their trip to Springfield, Ohio, Centre will conclude the first month with a pair of non-conference meetings with Elmhurst University and Ohio Wesleyan University. Both squads concluded their respective 2021 campaign with a winning record but did not qualify for the NCAA Division III Tournament.

As we know, every contest, both non-conference or conference, is important. And for Centre to continue its success from one year ago, scoring some early-season wins could help the squad to continue its yearly pursuit of winning a conference tournament title, along with a deep postseason run.

Noontime’s Monday Roundup: Berry Captures The SAA Crown

By Matt Noonan

Another busy weekend of spring football is in the books.

This past weekend featured a slew of exciting outcomes, including an NCAA D-III conference championship tilt that saw Berry College edge Hendrix College by a score of 21-20.

Last Saturday’s win over the Warriors capped an impressive spring season for a Vikings squad that needed overtime one week earlier to beat Centre College to secure a spot in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title game.

The Blue and White have now won seven consecutive meetings against the Orange and Black since 2014.

Gavin Gray and Jonahan Maisonave each recorded one touchdown in the win while the Berry defense finished with four interceptions and forced two fumbles. Devin Grier led the Vikings defense with three interceptions and Jack Carroll produced a team-high 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two tackles for a loss of seven yards.

Miles Thompson, Jacob Wood and Tajae White each recorded one touchdown for Hendrix.

Prior to Berry and Hendrix meeting in the SAA title game, Trinity University beat Birmingham-Southern College on the same field by a score of 38-15 – the game was played at War Memorial Stadium in Arkansas – while Centre College topped Austin College and Millsaps College beat Rhodes College on Sunday.

All eight teams will be idle until next school year, but Berry should be able to continue its spring season momentum into next fall, as well as be the early-season favorite to win its sixth-straight SAA title.

Other news and notes from a busy weekend of spring football:

  • The Wilmington College football team began its spring season with a come-from-behind win over Capital University. Quarterback Kyle Barrett capped a 16-play, 99-yard drive by tossing his second touchdown of the evening to Itika Wynn Jr. with 39 seconds remaining before the Wilmington defense denied Capital a chance to respond on its final series.

  • Bryan Moore, who is the head coach of the Wilmington football team, said it was “unbelievable to be back out there tonight” after the Quakers edged the Crusaders.

  • Jaedyn Prewitt recorded season-highs in passing yards (458) and touchdown passes (four) last Saturday as Whitworth University capped its spring season with a 56-23 win over Pacific Lutheran.

  • The Brevard College football team “christened the newly-expanded Ives-Lemel Family Field” last Saturday with a 27-3 win over Huntingdon College. The win evens the spring season series between the two schools at 1-1 – the Hawks beat the Tornadoes last month by a score of 26-18.

  • Brevard quarterback Eli Carr tossed a season-best four touchdowns in his team’s second-straight win over Huntingdon while completing 12 of 20 passes for 194 yards. One week earlier against Averett University, the Asheville, North Carolina native recorded a career-best in passing yards (212).

  • The Bluffton University football team scored its second-straight spring victory last Saturday, as well as third win of the 2020-21 school year as the Beavers topped Anderson University, 35-27. Bluffton’s current 3-0 mark matches its start from 2016, which saw the Purple and Gray finish its campaign with a 7-3 record.