Football Notebook: What Are The Best New England D3 Football Rivalries?

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By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

What are some of the best New England D3 Football rivalries?

That is a tough one, eh?

You know the list includes a fair number of contests, including Amherst-Williams to Framingham State-Bridgewater State to Endicott-WNE.

But are there others? Of course!

Here are some of my favorite New England D3 Football rivalries (below!) – let me know what you think of my list by sending either a tweet to @MattNoonan11 or an email to MattNoonan@NoontimeSports.com.


Amherst vs. Williams: This has to be atop the list, right? This is one of the games to circle, no matter each team’s record. Last season, we saw the Ephs score an exciting win in overtime, thanks to an 11-yard burst by quarterback Bobby Maimaron. Amherst forced the extra session midway through the fourth quarter by scoring a pair of touchdowns in a span of 25 seconds. Both teams enjoyed successful 2017 campaigns, which means this year’s game in Amherst will be one to follow.

Framingham State vs. Endicott: This game has always been my welcome back to college football contest. Sure, they’re two different teams that are headed in different directions at the moment, but you know this is a game both players circle when schedules are released. Framingham State has dominated the series most recently, but this year could be different with Paul McGonagle pacing the Endicott sidelines.

Framingham State vs. Bridgewater State: This is has always been a go-to game in the MASCAC. A lot of the players on both rosters played either with or against each other in high school. So there is some bragging rights on the line. Bridgewater State needed some late heroics in 2016 to beat Framingham State – the win provided the Bears with the conference crown, along with an automatic invite into the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Jaquan Harris clinched the victory for the Rams with a late fourth quarter interception. Framingham State escaped Bridgewater with a six-point (19-13) win.

MIT-WPI: This has become a classic NEWMAC matchup – crazy to think it is a young rivalry, but it keeps getting better every season. Last fall, WPI managed to recover a crucial onside kick with with 20 seconds remaining to secure a 24-21 win over MIT. In 2016, Blaine Bursey kicked a 19-yard game-winning field goal in overtime to send WPI past the Engineers of MIT, 37-34. Bursey was also the difference in 2015 when the two teams met in Worcester as he booted a 26-yard field goal midway through the fourth to provide WPI with a 31-28 win.

Springfield-Western New England: Who will win this year’s Pynchon SAW? Springfield captured it last season, downing Western New England, 35-21. Perhaps this year’s game will be different – it is scheduled for Friday evening of Labor Day Weekend. Both programs are expected to be in the hunt for their respective conference crowns, so this is a great way to begin a new campaign with a solid win against a talented opponent.

Trinity vs. Wesleyan: It’s the battle of Connecticut! These two teams will once again be in the mix for a NESCAC crown this fall, so you know how important this game is, especially since it is the final contest for both squads. Trinity scored a convincing 28-3 victory last fall, so you have to wonder how the Cardinals of Wesleyan will respond this November.


Other Rivalries to Watch in New England D3 Football 

  • Salve Regina-Western New England: This game has often decided the conference championship.
  • Husson-Western New England: The Eagles of Husson proved they are a team to keep an eye on in New England last year with an impressive win over Springfield. These two teams met last year with WNE winning the game by a touchdown (21-14)
  • Becker-Nichols: If you’re looking for another ‘battle of Worcester’ then look no further than Becker-Nichols.
  • Bates-Bowdoin, Bates-Colby & Bowdoin-Colby (CBB Trophy): Bates captured last season’s CBB (Colby, Bates & Bowdoin) trophy with victories over Bowdoin and Colby. Can they do it against this fall?
  • Castleton-Norwich: It’s the battle for the Sap Bucket! Castleton won it last season, so can Norwich win it this year?
  • Coast Guard-Merchant Marine: This game was on ESPN last year and will continue to be a game to circle with both teams playing in the NEWMAC.
  • Fitchburg State-Worcester State: Looking for another Worcester rivalry? Then look no further than Falcons-Lancers.

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D3 Lacrosse: Saturday Predictions (Saturday, Apr. 7th)

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Springfield College takes on Babson College in an important NEWMAC clash on Saturday, Apr. 7th. (PHOTO CREDIT: Springfield College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy Saturday, everyone!

We have some big-time games to follow today in the New England D3 Lacrosse world, so grab your stick and buckle up your helmet because it is … GAME DAY!

Going forward, you can expect a Saturday prediction post on games to watch in New England D3 Lacrosse. You cal also stay connected with us on Twitter for college and high school notes, news and updates at @Noontime_Lax! 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (WLAX) at 10 a.m. – This is a BIG one for the Rams, who enter this morning’s clash riding an eight game winning streak. Sure, I picked the Bears of Bridgewater State to ultimately win the regular season crown, but a win for Framingham State will make the race for the top seed in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quite interesting! Framingham State 10, Bridgewater State 9 

Tufts University at Wesleyan University (WLAX) at 12 p.m. – The Jumbos are the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) down the stretch – they enter today’s tilt with the Cardinals riding a four-game winning streak. A win over Wesleyan would be a huge step forward for Tufts as they attempt to chase Middlebury College for the top spot in the conference. Tufts 10, Wesleyan 7 

Springfield College at Coast Guard Academy (WLAX) at 12 p.m. – The Bears will look to bounce back from their recent setback to Kean, while Springfield will look to pick-up an important conference road win. This is a good test for Coast Guard Academy, which has captured a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests. Springfield 16, Coast Guard 7 

Williams College at Amherst College (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – Both teams will look to rebound from mid-week setbacks, but I think the Mammoths will find a way to sneak past the Ephs late in the fourth quarter. Amherst 12, Williams 10 

Wesleyan University at Tufts University (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – The Cardinals rallied to beat the Mammoths of Amherst earlier this week, but can they work their late-game magic against a well-rounded Tufts team? Wesleyan 13, Tufts 12 (OT) 

Conn. College at Bates College (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – The Bobcats lost a heart-breaker to the Polar Bears earlier this week and certainly need this win, while Conn. College seeks its fifth conference victory. Conn. College 14, Bates 12

Western New England at Endicott College (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – The winner will most likely snatch the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) regular season crown. Both teams enter today’s important CCC clash with respective winning streaks, but I think the Golden Bears have a little more momentum than the Gulls do at this point in the season. WNE 13, Endicott 8 

Springfield College at Babson College (MLAX) at 3 p.m. – Both teams enter 1-0 in conference play, but who advances to 2-0? This is a must-win for the Beavers, who will be one of five teams to watch in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) down the stretch. Springfield 14, Babson 9 

D3 Lacrosse: 2018 Women’s Midseason Report

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to April, New England D3 Lax fans! We have officially made it to the mid-way point of the 2018 season – crazy, right?

With just a few weeks remaining before conference tournaments begin, let’s take a spin around the New England landscape and check-in on every conference.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports lacrosse by following us on Twitter: @Noontime_Lax


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott College and Roger Williams meet in an important Wednesday afternoon showdown – the winner of this game will most likely be the front-runner for the top seed in the CCC Tournament. Endicott will look to bounce back following a tough loss to Tufts University, while the Hawks will look to extend their winning streak to four games.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Roger Williams. The Hawks boast the best overall record in the CCC and should find a way to not only get past Endicott this afternoon, but also their remaining league foes.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): Despite an early season setback to Colby-Sawyer, the Mount Ida College Mustangs have been on a roll, winning eight-straight. They will face Johnson & Wales in two weeks – that game will most likely decide the regular season winner.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Mount Ida – let’s go Mustang City!


Little East Conference (LEC): Plymouth State should remain the favorite in the LEC, but don’t be shocked if Keene State catches up to them. The Owls are currently riding a four-game winning streak, as of early Wednesday (Apr. 4th) afternoon, and will certainly be read for their showdown with Plymouth State in a few weeks.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): As much as I want to pick Keene State, I think Plymouth State will find a way to win the regular season crown.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Westfield State was my initial pick earlier this season, but I certainly wouldn’t overlook Framingham State, which is one of four teams that currently boasts a 1-0 league ledger. The Rams face a tough task this weekend against a talented Bridgewater State squad that is also 1-0 in MASCAC play. A win for Framingham State could certainly be a momentum boost for the Black and Gold, but the Bears should find a way to slow down their rival.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Bridgewater State. The Bears have done quite well outside the conference and should be the team to beat in late April/early May.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): At the moment, the race for the regular season crown is wide open, but perhaps this is the year Southern Vermont wins it all? The Mountaineers have appeared in the NECC playoffs the past three seasons and should certainly be a team to watch over the next few weeks.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Southern Vermont. The Mountaineers scored their first win of the season earlier this week over Newbury College and should be able to gain some momentum over the next few weeks, especially with a win over Becker College on Saturday, April 7th.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Middlebury College is clearly the favorite, but don’t count out the following: Amherst CollegeTrinity College and Tufts University. All three teams certainly has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the Panthers, but this maybe the year the Panthers win the conference and go deep in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Middlebury College. As much as I would like to pick Trinity or Tufts, I think the road to a NESCAC crown will go through Vermont.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Babson College scored an impressive win recently over Springfield College, which could help them claim the regular season crown. The Beavers still need to a few more wins to sew up the top seed – one game to circle will be a conference tilt with Coast Guard Academy next Saturday, April 14th. The Bears have been a great story this season, winning eight of nine contests thus far, as of early Wednesday (Apr. 4th) afternoon.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Babson College. The Beavers’ win over Springfield College last month was exactly what the Green and White needed to set themselves up for a successful final few weeks of the regular season.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC): As of now, it appears New England College is the front-runner, but make sure to keep an eye on Castleton University and Husson University over the next few weeks. This conference maybe run currently by NEC, but come tournament time, anything this possible!

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): New England College. The Pilgrims are averaging close tp 15 goals per game – they currently average 14.90 markers per contest. Their offense could provide challenges for Castleton or Husson, but a match-up in the final against Colby-Sawyer could be an interesting one.

D3 Hoops: Saturday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

A C-R-A-Z-Y day of conference tournament play is in the books – yes, we had some SERIOUS upsets and exciting finishes – and below are the various outcomes!


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) 

Men’s Basketball: Nichols 98, Endicott 89For the second-straight year, the Bison of Nichols College captured the CCC title thanks to team-high 33 points from Marcos Echevarria.

Women’s Basketball: UNE 59, Roger Williams 40UNE jumped out to 23-9 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Hawks in the CCC championship. Four different UNE players netted double-figures, including Sam MacDonald, who scored a team-high 17 points.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) 

Men’s Basketball: Johnson & Wales 84, Albertus Magnus 80The Wildcats erased a five-point deficit at the break to defeat the Falcons in Connecticut. Jarell Lawson (JWU) paced all scorers with 25 points, while pulling down eight caroms (two offensive rebounds, six defensive rebounds).

Women’s Basketball: St. Joseph’s 73, Suffolk 59A 25-6 run in the third quarter helped the Monks erase a one-point deficit at the break to defeat the Rams in the GNAC championship. Kelsi McNamara paced the Monks with 24 points. 


Little East Conference (LEC)

Men’s Basketball: Eastern Conn. 79, Keene State 62: Tarchee Brown poured in a game-high 21 points, while Carlos Gonzalez chipped in 19 points as the Warriors defeated the Owls to claim the LEC conference crown.

Women’s Basketball: UMass Boston 65, UMass Dartmouth 56The Beacons set the tone early, jumping out to a 19-12 lead before holding the Corsairs to just 13 points in the final frame as UMass Boston topped the Corsairs and claimed their first-ever LEC crown. Joie Grassi (UMass Boston) led all scorers with 26 points.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Men’s Basketball: Bridgewater State 77, Fitchburg State 72The Bears constructed a 13-point at the break before fending off a second half surge by the Falcons to secure the conference crown. Bridgewater’s Joseph Carty concluded the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Women’s Basketball: Westfield State 90, Framingham State 75: Lucy Barrett and Kierra McCarthy each netted 15 points as the Owls defeated the Rams for the second-straight year in the MASCAC championship.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

Men’s Basketball: So. Vermont 67, Becker 62: Mike Pierre netted a game-high 24 points, while Andre Hodo stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block as Southern Vermont topped the Hawks of Becker in the NECC finale.

Women’s Basketball: Becker 60, Newbury 50: Cassidy Harrison netted a game-high 23 points to lead the Hawks past the Nighthawks for a NECC championship win.  


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan 65, Amherst 63: Nathan Krill drilled the game-winning trey with seven seconds remaining as the Cardinals topped the top-seeded Mammoths in Amherst. Krill concluded the contest with a game-high 29 points. The Cardinals will face

Men’s Basketball: Williams 76, Hamilton 73: Four members of the Williams men’s basketball team reached double-figures, including James Heskett, who netted 19 points as the Ephs outlasted the Continentals in the NESCAC semifinals.  

Women’s Basketball: Amherst 58, Wesleyan 31: Jackie Nagle and Madeline Eck combined for 24 points as the Mammoths topped the Cardinals in the NESCAC semis.  

Women’s Basketball: Tufts 60, Bowdoin 48: Erica DeCandido netted a game-high 17 points, while Jac Knapp added 16 points as the Jumbos defeated the Polar Bears in Amherst to set-up a conference and national championship rematch with the Mammoths. 


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 

Men’s Basketball: WPI 84, Springfield 80 (OT): Reid Walker netted a team-high 23 points, including a lay-up and freebie in overtime as the Engineers defeated Springfield in the NEWMAC semifinals. The Engineers will now face MIT, which topped Babson in the other semifinal.

Men’s Basketball: MIT 70, Babson 61: AJ Jurko recorded a double-double of 23 points and 11 assists, while Tim Roberts added 15 points and nine rebounds as the Engineers topped the defending national champions in the NEWMAC semifinal.

Women’s Basketball: WPI 64, Babson 56 (OT)Ama Biney netted netted 14 points, including a pair of freebies and a layup in an extra session as the Engineers topped the Beavers en routes to tomorrow’s conference championship.

Women’s Basketball: MIT 64, Smith 51The Engineers overcame a seven-point deficit at the start, ending the game on a 26-15 run to defeat the top-ranked Pioneers in the NEWMAC semifinals. MIT’s Kara Holinski led all scorers with 25 points.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC)

Men’s Basketball: New England 72, Colby-Sawyer 56: Jason Jones finished a perfect six-for-six from the field with 16 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds as the Pilgrims captured their first-ever NAC crown.

Women’s Basketball: Husson 76, Maine Maritime 58: Sami Ireland was one of five scorers to reach double-figures – she concluded today’s championship with 21 points – as the Hawks soared past the Mariners in the NAC finale.

D3 Hoops: Thursday Night Conference Tournament

CONF TOURN SCOREBOARD

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another evening conference tournament play in the books, it is time to unveil the Thursday Night Conference Tournament scoreboard!


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) 

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Nichols 89, No. 4 Roger Williams 75
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 3 Endicott 86, No. 2 Gordon 70
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Univ. of New England 77, No. 4 Western New England 60
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 Roger Williams 58, No. 3 Endicott 50

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Albertus Magnus 97, No. 4 Lasell 86
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Johnson & Wales 80, No. 6 Suffolk 74
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 St. Joseph’s (Maine) 78, No. 5 Albertus Magnus 65
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Suffolk 73, No. 2 Emmanuel 68

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 4 Fitchburg State 90, No. 1 Salem State 81 (OT)
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Bridgewater State 102, No. 3 MCLA 93
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Westfield State 105, No. 4 Worcester State 80
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 Framingham State 71, No. 3 Bridgewater State 50

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 So. Vermont 71, No. 4 Lesley 51
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Becker 78, No. 3 Mitchell 73
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Newbury 61, No. 4 Elms 53
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Becker 75, No. 2 Mitchell 50