D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 13th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Tufts University remained the TOP team in our seventh New England D-III Women’s Basketball Top 10 after winning a trio of games last week, including their conference opener against Wesleyan University. The Jumbos will be on the road this week with contests at Hamilton College on Friday, January 17th and Amherst College on Saturday, January 18th.

The Mammoths of Amherst opened conference play with back-to-back wins over Middlebury College and Williams College to extend their current winning streaks to 10-games. Amherst is in action three times this week, including Tuesday, January 14th when they host Wesleyan.

Similar to Tufts, Bowdoin College enters the week riding an impressive 14-game winning streak, which will be put to the test three times this week against Maine-Presque Isle, Middlebury, and Williams.

WPI joined the poll this week following a few impressive regional wins over Westfield State, Williams, and Western New England. The Engineers will host Middlebury on Tuesday before hopping into conference play eight days later against Clark University.

And finally, Rhode Island College checked-in fifth overall after picking up their tenth-straight win this past weekend against Keene State. RIC visits ninth-ranked Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday for an important conference clash.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Five Poll| Monday, January 13th, 2020

1. Tufts University 14-0, 1-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  14-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College 13-1, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. WPI  10-4, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked
5. Rhode Island College 13-1, 6-0 LEC Last Week: No. 8
6. Brandeis University 10-2, 0-1 UAA Last Week: No. 6 
7. Williams College 12-2, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
8. Smith College 13-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
9. Eastern Connecticut 11-2, 5-0 LEC Last Week: No. 9
10. Western New Eng. 11-3, 4-1 CCC Last Week: No. 7

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Bates College, Emmanuel College, Middlebury College, Springfield College, Trinity College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and Wesleyan University,


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek Six 

 

New England Basketball Weekend Watch (Jan. 10th-12th)

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Another busy weekend of New England D-III college basketball is set to tip-off this afternoon and evening – hope you are ready for some great games to watch and follow!

Let’s begin with one game to watch in Medford, Massachusetts this evening as the Tufts University women’s basketball team welcomes Wesleyan University to Cousens Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Friday’s clash between the Cardinals and Jumbos marks the official start of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play.

Tufts enters tonight’s contest riding an impressive 13-game winning streak, which has included recent wins over UMass DartmouthSUNYIT, and Wheaton College. Emily Briggs highlighted the Powder and Blue’s effort against the Lyons on Wednesday by connecting on 7 of 10 field goals for 19 points – she also made all three freebies. Erica DeCandido chipped in 13 points on six of eight shooting.

Wesleyan should certainly provide Tufts with some challenges on both ends of the court – the Cardinals have won eight of 11 contests thus far, including an early January clash with Babson College. The Cardinals began their 2019-20 campaign with six-straight wins.

In their last outing against SUNY Geneseo, last weekend, Caleigh Ryan and Katy O’Connor combined for 24 points, while Emma Roush added 10 points off the bench. 

A few other NESCAC women’s games to watch tonight and this weekend include Bowdoin College at Trinity College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), Amherst College at Middlebury College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), and Amherst at Williams College on Saturday, January 11th at 3 p.m.

On the men’s side of the NESCAC, keep an eye on Friday’s clash between Middlebury and Amherst. The Panthers have won 13-straight contests, including three consecutive 2020 meetings with Colby-SawyerSpringfield College, and Plattsburgh State. This particular outing should be a good test for the Panthers, but also the Mammoths, who began the new year with a 116-44 win over Lesley University before falling to Wesleyan three days later by a score of 79-77.

My prediction for Friday’s Amherst-Middlebury game is the following: The Mammoths will prevail and receive some major contributions from Grant Robinson, Fru Che, and Eric Sellew.

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 11th), WPI will entertain Babson in a very enticing New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. The Engineers began conference play earlier this week against MIT, while the Beavers were edged on Wednesday by Springfield.

It’s too early to say this a must-win for the Beavers (or Engineers) as all eight teams play each other twice in a single-season, but this could be a potential preview of the conference championship game next month.

Other Games to Watch (and Follow) this Weekend: 

  • WBB: Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Rams can begin conference play with a win on the road against an Owls team, which has not won a game since beating Plymouth State in mid-to-late November.
  • WBB: Western New England at Wentworth Inst. of Technology (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): Look for the Golden Bears to bounce back after losing to WPI earlier this week. A win over the Leopards would provide WNE with their fourth conference win and keep them within at least one or two games of the University of New England.
  • WBB: Brandeis University at New York University (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): The Judges face another 10-1 squad in an important conference meeting. Brandeis has won 10 of 11 contests this season so I expect that momentum will help them against the Violets.
  • MBB: Keene State at Rhode Island College (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 3 p.m.): This is an important meeting for both teams as the Anchormen and Owls are in a three-way tie with Western Connecticut for the top spot in the conference. Look for the Anchormen to bounce back after losing to Western Connecticut earlier this week.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 6th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Prior to their initial Monday contest of 2020, the Tufts University women’s basketball team checked-in first overall in our weekly Monday New England D-III women’s basketball Top 10 poll followed by Bowdoin College (second) and Amherst College (third).

Both Bowdoin and Tufts have won 11 consecutive contests – the two squads will meet at the end of the month in Maine. Tufts concluded the month of December with some impressive wins over Christopher Newport and TCNJ, while the Polar Bears ended 2019 with back-to-back victories against Cal Lutheran and Chapman.

Since falling to Emmanuel College early last month, the Mammoths of Amherst have been impressive to watch – the Purple and White have recently scored wins against Chapman, Widener, and Stevens. Amherst will entertain Albertus Magnus on Tuesday, January 7th before visiting Middlebury College on Friday, January 10th and Williams College on Saturday, January 11th.

The Ephs commenced 2020 with a win this past weekend against Skidmore College – prior to their win against the Thoroughbreds, Williams scored wins against Babson College, Delaware Valley, and Ursinus.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Five Poll| Monday, January 6th, 2020

1. Tufts University 11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 2
3. Amherst College 10-1, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 3
4. Williams College 11-0, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: No. 4
5. Smith College 12-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Previously: No. 7
6. Brandeis University 10-1, 0-0 UAA Previously: No. 5
7. Western New England 9-2, 2-1 CCC Previously: No. 6
8. Rhode Island College 10-1, 3-0 LEC Previously: No. 8
9. Eastern Connecticut 8-2, 2-0 LEC Previously: No. 10
10. Wesleyan University 8-3, 0-0 NESCAC Previously: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Middlebury College, Springfield College, Trinity College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week Five 

 

Noontime Rewind: The Best New England D-III Football Teams of the 2010s

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Sunday, everyone! And welcome back for yet another Noontime Sports rewind post where we reflect on coverage from both the current year and decade (the twenty-tens!).

This particular post will highlight some of the best teams we covered in New England D-III football – let the debate and conversations begin.

As usual, if you have any thoughts (or inputs) please comment below, but again, thanks for stopping by and reading a brand new rewind – let’s go!


The 2010 Williams College Ephs: Williams secured its third outright title with a perfect 8-0 mark which was capped by an end of season win over Amherst College. Additionally, the Purple and Gold captured the Little Three crown while producing their seventh perfect season in program history.

The 2011 Endicott College Gulls: In 2011, the Gulls captured 10 of 11 contests while averaging 40.5 points per game. The offense, led by quarterback Phil Konopka, was impressive, but the same could be said for the Endicott defense, which limited opponents to 16.5 points per contest. Kevin Eagan, who played just one season for the Gulls at defensive line, tallied 104.0 total tackles in 11 contests, including 55 solo stops and 23 tackles for a loss of 87 yards. Endicott finished the season with back-to-back wins, including an ECAC North Atlantic Bowl victory over Mount Ida College.

The 2012 Framingham State Rams: After finishing their 2011 campaign with a 7-4 mark, these Rams flipped the switch following an opening day loss to Endicott College by winning ten-straight contests, including a New England Football Conference (NEFC) Championship against Salve Regina University. Salve Regina was projected to win this particular meeting, but the Seahawks struggled to contain FSU halfback Melikke Van Alstyne, who rushed for 96 yards and two scores. James Muirhead concluded the contest with eight total tackles, including six solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one forced fumble. FSU would advance to the NCAA D-III Tournament but see their bid toward a national title conclude at Cortland State.

The 2013 Endicott College Gulls: Drew FrenetteSpencer Walsh, and Nate Lewis, along with the Endicott defense highlighted an exciting end of season win over Salve Regina to secure the program’s second NEFC crown in four seasons, along with a spot in the NCAA D-III Tournament. Endicott recorded its first shutout of the season and finished 2013 with an 8-3 record. The Gulls entered the postseason with a seven-game winning streak after starting its 2013 campaign with a 2-2 record.

The 2014 MIT Engineers: MIT advanced to the postseason for the first time in school history and won an exciting opening round contest against Husson University before falling to Wesley College in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. The Engineers finished 10-1 in 2014 – they scored some exciting wins over Western New EnglandEndicott College, and Coast Guard Academy to secure their initial New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship in program history. MIT averaged 446.8 yards of total offense and 35.5 points per contest.

The 2015 Western New England Golden Bears: Western New England captured 10 of 11 contests in 2015, including a pair of conference victories against Endicott and Salve Regina. The Golden Bears produced 40 points or more in five contests and secured a spot in the NCAA D-III Tournament in late November.

The 2016 Western New England Golden Bears: Despite ending their season with a six-point setback to Alfred in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament, the 2016 Golden Bears were very impressive, winning 11 of 12 contests by an average score of 39.8 to 19.0. WNE averaged 460.1 yards of total offense in 12 contests and limited opposing offenses to just 110.1 yards on the ground per game. They scored impressive wins over Springfield CollegeUnion College, and Endicott College before beating Husson University in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament.

The 2017 Husson University Eagles: Coach Gabby Price led the Eagles to not just an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown in 2017, but also an upset win over Springfield College in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. Husson beat a very impressive Springfield team, which entered the postseason on a ten-game winning streak. Halfback John Smith rushed for a game-high 164 yards on 43 carries and two touchdowns while Elvin Suazo and the defense limited the Pride to a season-low 264 yards of total offense.

The 2018 Trinity College Bantams: The Bantams concluded their 2018 campaign not just with a 9-0 win over rival Wesleyan University, but also with their third consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship. Trinity won eight of nine contests and was able to win their ninth conference crown due to a 27-16 win earlier in the season against Amherst College. Trinity averaged 464.3 yards of total offense and 36.0 points per game while limiting opposing defenses to 67.7 rushing yards and 10.0 points.

The 2019 Middlebury College Panthers: Coach Bob Ritter led the Panthers to their first-ever 9-0 season in program history, along with a 2019 NESCAC championship. The team averaged 410.6 yards of total offense, including 227.4 passing yards while limiting opponents to 108.0 rushing yards per game. Middlebury scored some exciting wins this fall, along with some nail-bitters against Amherst College and Colby College. They scored 45 points against Wesleyan University in late October before producing 47 points one week later against Bowdoin College.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Dec. 9th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Tufts University becomes our new number one team this week in New England D-III women’s basketball – the Jumbos, who enter the new week with a 7-0 record, moved into the top spot, which had been occupied by Amherst College, which dipped two spots to the third position.

The Jumbos capped their post-Thanksgiving week with wins over Emerson College and WPI (receiving votes). This week, they visit Bridgewater State on Tuesday, December 10th before heading to Stevens Institue of Technology at the end of the month to compete against Christopher Newport (Dec. 28th) and TCNJ (Dec. 29th).

Bowdoin College also moved up – the Polar Bears checked in second with an 8-0 mark, while Williams College and Brandeis University rounded out the top five positions.

Rhode Island College and Trinity College both joined this week’s poll – the two teams enter the second week of December with a combined 15-2 record. RIC is currently the top team in the Little East Conference (LEC) and will compete two more times this month against Emmanuel College (Dec. 9th) and Johnson & Wales (Dec. 18th).


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Five Poll| Monday, December 9th, 2019

1. Tufts University 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
2. Bowdoin College  8-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Amherst College 4-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
4. Williams College  8-0, 0-0 Last Week: No. 6 
5. Brandeis University 7-1, 0-0 UAA Last Week: No. 7 
6. Western New England  7-2, 2-1 CCC Last Week: No. 4
7. Smith College 7-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
8. Rhode Island College 7-1, 2-0 LEC Last Week: Not Ranked
9. Trinity College 8-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Eastern Connecticut 4-2, 1-0 LEC Last Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Middlebury College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, University of New England, Wesleyan University, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four