Mass. College Lax: NEILA Announces 2014 All-New England Teams

By NoontimeSports.com

The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) released its All New England Team for Division 1, 2 and 3 this afternoon, and below are the coaches and players that were honored for either yearly awards or were selected to the First or Second Teams.

Division 1 – Yearend Awards:

Coach of the Year: Chris Wojcik (Harvard)

Rookie of the Year: Nick Mariano (Massachusetts)

Division 1 First Team:

Devin Dwyer (Harvard)

Peter Schwartz (Harvard)

Ryan Izzo (Massachusetts)

Brian Fischer (Harvard)

Stephen Jahelka (Harvard)

Bobby Duvnjak (Harvard)

Division 1 Second Team:

Nick Mariano (Massachusetts)

Connor Mooney (Massachusetts)

 

Division 2 – Yearend Awards:

Player of the Year: Jimmy Holland (Merrimack)

Rookie of the Year: Tucker Schwarz (Merrimack)

Division 2 First Team:

Garrett Smith (Assumption)

Paul Jones (Merrimack)

Mike Perdie (Merrimack)

Nick Guarino (Assumption)

Connor Whittemore(Merrimack)

Jimmy Holland (Merrimack)

Division 2 Second Team:

Cutler Dimond (Bentley)

Ian Mack (Assumption)

T.A. Demoulos (Bentley)

Billy Sweeney (Bentley)

Josh Gagnon (AIC)

Josh Baker (Bentley)

 

Division 3 – Yearend Awards:

Player of the Year: Cole Bailey (Tufts)

Coach of the Year: Sean Quirk (Endicott)

Rookie of the Year: Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Division 3 First Team:

Cole Bailey (Tufts)

Quinn Moroney (Amherst)

Beau Wood (Tufts)

John Uppgren (Tufts)

Harrison Cotter (Endicott)

Aaron Mathias (Amherst)

Bryce Serriello (Springfield College)

Conor Helfrich (Tufts)

Stephen Upton (Williams)

Ryan Cassidy (Amherst)

Matt Giannelli (Springfield)

Cameron Bell (Endicott)

Division 3 Second Team:

Devin Acton (Amherst)

Ryon Lynch (Springfield)

Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Sean Lawton (Western New England)

Brandan Fernandez (Springfield College)

Peter Erickson (Endicott)

Nicky Donovan (Western New England)

Ryan Hamilton (Williams)

Breck Merritt (Endicott)

Jack Liacos (Western New England)

Mass. College Lax: Local Players Earn USILA D3 All-American Honors

By NoontimeSports.com 

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) unveiled its Division III All-American Honors this morning and a variety of local players earned spots on its First, Second or Third Teams, while others received honorable mentions.

Below is the list of local players that earned spots on one of the three teams or were honorable mentions.

Cole Bailey (Tufts University) – First Team

John Uppgren (Tufts University) – First Team

Beau Wood (Tufts University) – Second Team

Quinn Moroney (Amherst College) – Third Team

Harrison Cotter (Endicott College) – Third Team

Kane Delaney (Tufts University) – Third Team

Devin Acton (Amherst College) – Honorable Mention

Adam Knapton (Western New England) – Honorable Mention

Ryon Lynch (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Chris Schoenhut (Tufts University) – Honorable Mention

Aaron Mathias (Amherst College) – Honorable Mention

Bryce Serriello (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Conor Helfrich (Tufts University) – Honorable Mention

Matthew Giannelli (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Breck Merritt (Endicott College) – Honorable Mention

Cameron Bell (Endicott College) – Honorable Mention

Mass. College Lax: Men’s D3 Lax NCAA First-Round Matchup Preview

Amherts' Matt Killian and the Lord Jeffs will opening NCAA Tournament play on Wednesday against Colorado College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Amherts’ Matt Killian and the Lord Jeffs will opening NCAA Tournament play on Wednesday against Colorado College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The NCAA Division 3 Tournament commences on Wednesday with 30 teams vying for the national championship. Massachusetts will have six teams contending for the crown, and below is a quick preview of each local first round contest.

Colorado College @ Amherst College: The Lord Jeffs never gave up against the Jumbos yesterday, but did fall short in their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship appearance. Amherst, which will be making its second trip to NCAA Tournament, will look to rebound on Wednesday when they welcome the Tigers to campus.

The Lord Jeffs, who’re one win shy of matching their program’s all-time win mark (15), earned 14 victories this season. They defeated Endicott, Western New England and Wesleyan (twice), and Bowdoin in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

Head coach John Thompson will rely on his senior class – his first graduating class – to guide the Lord Jeffs to their third tournament win (The Jeffs are 2-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play). Quinn Moroney leads the Purple and White with 100 points on 75 helpers and 25 goals, while Kane Haffey and Devin Acton have combined for 103 tallies. Greg Majno, the team’s goaltender and Acton’s high school teammate from Lincoln-Sudbury, will be counted on to stop the Colorado attack, which compiled 174 strikes in 15 games this season (that’s 11.60 goals per game).

Western New England @ Springfield College: Earlier this season, the Pride needed a fourth quarter rally to defeat their cross-town rival, 9-7. Springfield head coach Keith Bugbee told NoontimeSports.com that his team regrouped in the second half, which was a big reason why they were victorious.

Since their last meeting, both teams have improved their play and managed to acquire conference tournament championship hardware.

Western New England will look for its defense, including their backstop Brandon Body, to challenge the Springfield attack. Against the Gulls of Endicott on Saturday, the Golden Bears defense managed to shutdown their opponent’s offense and yielded just two second half markers. The Golden Bears offense, however, clicked into gear in the third quarter and was led by Colton Craig, who finished the contest with five strikes. Craig has recorded 41 points this season on 35 goals and six helpers, while Adam Knapton leads the Blue and Gold in points (64), goals (45) and assists (19).

Similar to the Golden Bears, the Pride relies on its upperclassmen to carry both their offense and defense. Springfield’s Bryce Serriello leads the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in goals with 40, while Ryan Murphy is fourth with 32 strikes. Connor Nash, Springfield’s goaltender, is third in saves (163) and fourth in save percentage (57.4).

Both teams can go on runs, so expect defense to be the key component in this particular matchup.

Endicott College's Harrison Cotter has recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists this season. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Endicott’s Harrison Cotter has recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists this season. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Keene State @ Endicott College: Similar to the Lord Jeffs, the Gulls received an at-large bid to this year’s tournament and will open play against an Owls squads that captured the Little East Conference crown.

The Gulls, who finished with 14 wins, managed to earn a 6-4 halftime lead on Saturday against the Golden Bears before their opponent used a 9-2 second half run to claim the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship. So, expect Saturday’s contest to be motivation for head coach Sean Quirk’s Gulls.

Endicott finished its regular season conference slate undefeated, as well as earned impressive non-conference wins over Connecticut College, Eastern Connecticut State, Middlebury, Bowdoin and Stevens. The Gulls are led by Harrison Cotter, who recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists, and goaltender Cameron Bell, who posted an 8.07 goals against average with 178 saves.

The Gulls have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. They’ve faced-off against Keene State four times in program-history, winning three meetings, including an 11-10 tournament win against the Owls in 2005. Keene State enters their first round matchup on a nine-game winning streak.

Emmanuel College @ Tufts University: It’ll be offense vs. defense in this particular matchup, as the Saints will rely on its back line and goaltender Austin Lauzier to stop the nation’s top scoring offense (Tufts leads the nation with 19.00 goals per game, according to NCAA.com).

Tufts' Chris Schoenhut is fourth on the squad in points (79). He'll be one of many players to watch against Emmanuel College on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts’ Chris Schoenhut is fourth on the squad in points (79). He’ll be one of many players to watch against Emmanuel College on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Emmanuel, who will be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, captured its initial Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) conference and regular season crowns with wins over Lassell College (regular season de-facto championship) and Becker College (tournament final). The Saints have received contributions from every player on their roster, but are led by Chris Curtis, who leads the Blue and Gold in points (45). Curtis and Kaile Maclean-Daley have netted 31 goals, respectively, and Ryan Sabuda leads the unit in helpers with 21.

Similar to Emmanuel, Tufts has received contributions from everyone on their roster, but have been paced by John Uppgren, who leads the Powder Blue and White with 105 points on 54 goals and 51 assists. Beau Wood leads the unit with 55 goals, while Cole Bailey is first in helpers with 55.

Tufts will be making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament, its sixth straight, according to their athletic department’s website. The Jumbos are 16-2 overall and have won one national title, which occurred in 2010.

Mass. College Lax: Conference Tourney Roundup (Championships & Semifinals)

Western New England captured its second straight CCC Crown with a 13-8 victory over Endicott this afternoon. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Western New England captured its second straight CCC Crown with a 13-8 victory over Endicott this afternoon. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

It was a busy Saturday in the lacrosse world with conference tournament championships and semifinals. Below is a quick roundup of today’s contests.

Men’s Lacrosse:

WNE 13, Endicott 8: The Golden Bears rallied from a two-goal deficit at halftime to defeat the Gulls for the second straight year in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship. WNE’s Colton Craig and Endicott’s Harrison Cotter each netted five goals.

Springfield College 12, Babson 6: Bryce Serriello sparked a 5-0 run, spanning the third and fourth quarters, which helped the Pride secure the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. Springfield’ Devin Abad paced all scorers with five points on four goals and one assist, while Spencer Low recorded two goals for Babson.

Tufts 17, Williams 6: John Uppgren recorded six points on four goals and two assists, Chris Schoenhut tallied four goals and Cole Bailey handed out seven assists as the Jumbos cruised past the Ephs in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals. Jack Lauroesch paced Williams with three points on three assists.

Amherst 12, Wesleyan 8: Kane Haffey netted four goals, Devin Acton registered a hat trick as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Cardinals in the NESCAC semifinals.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Endicott 14, Roger Williams 13: Siri Mason buried a feed from Callie Murphy with one second remaining in regulation to lift the Gulls past the Hawks in the CCC Championship. Murphy led all players with eight points on four goals and four helpers.

Bridgewater State 19, Worcester State 7: The Bears secured their second-straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament crown by earning a 15-5 lead at the break. BSU’s Taylor Clancy finished with seven points on six goals and one assist, while Kalia Chase and Molly Kilday each netted two goals for Worcester State.

Regis 13, Becker 9: The Pride captured its second straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) crown by using three separate runs in the second half to propel them to a four-point victory. Grace Politis and Sam Salamone combined for nine Regis goals, along with five helpers. Tatum Fahs paced Becker with five points on three goals and two assists.

Amherst 9, Williams 4: Rachel Passarelli recorded five goals, including three in the second half, which helped the Jeffs defeat the Ephs in the NESCAC semifinals.

Mass. College Lax: Springfield Tops Babson, Captures The NEWMAC Crown

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College Athletics Communication Office, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse championship game against Babson College:

Springfield, Mass. – May 3, 2014 – Led by Most Outstanding Player Devin Abad (East Longmeadow, Mass.), the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team defeated Babson College, 12-6, to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Stagg Field Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Springfield improves to 14-3 and earns an automatic qualifying bid to the upcoming NCAA Championship. The entire 2014 NCAA Division III Championship field will be announced at 10:00 pm on Sunday evening on a selection show airing on NCAA.com. The loss drops Babson’s record to 11-7. For just the third time in the last 14 seasons, including twice in the last three years, Springfield has reached the 14-win plateau.

Springfield College's men's lacrosse team celebrates their NEWMAC Championship on Saturday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

Springfield College’s men’s lacrosse team celebrates their NEWMAC Championship on Saturday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

The victory marks Springfield’s 56th-straight win over league opponents as the Pride is headed to the NCAA Championship for the seventh-straight season. After winning the last six Pilgrim Lacrosse League titles, the Pride won the NEWMAC’s first men’s lacrosse title since it last offered the sport in 2004.

Springfield held a 46-26 edge in shots and won 17 of the game’s 22 face-offs. Abad netted a game-high four goals and added an assist, while Ryon Lynch (Frederick, Md.) registered three assists and a goal. Branden Fernandez (Warwick, N.Y.) dominated the “x”, winning 16-of-21 draws and picking up 11 ground balls.

For Babson, Kyle Barsalou (Longmeadow, Mass.) posted two assists and a goal, while Spencer Low (Natick, Mass.) found the back of the cage twice. Adam Daroff (Pepper Pike, Ohio) made 15 saves in goal and Alex Bunick (Millis, Mass.) caused three turnovers.

Just 1:07 into the game, Abad dodged to his left and stung a shot stick side high from 10 yards out to put the hosts on top. However, Babson answered back with the game’s next three goals and would take a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.

The Beavers run started at the 7:57 mark as Brendan Coan (Towson, Md.) let a bid fly from 15 yards that beat Springfield goalie Connor Nash (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), who was screened on the play. Barsalou put the visitors on top with 2:24 remaining as he blasted a low shot and Alex Youngwell (Huntington, N.Y.) added to Babson’s lead after he bullied his way towards the cage and struck just inside the left post with 46 seconds left.

Springfield came out with an offensive focus to start the second, netting three goals in the first 4:21 of the frame. Bryce Serriello (Cape Cod, Mass.) got things started in the second by blistering a shot off a feed from Dylan Sheehan (Massapequa, N.Y.) just 32 seconds into the stanza. Abad continued Springfield’s momentum with his second of the afternoon on a strike from 15 yards before Lynch delivered a gorgeous feed to Sheehan who finished inside to regain a 4-3 lead.

The Pride opened up a 5-3 cushion on Abad’s third of the afternoon as he connected on the run with 2:24 left in the half. However, after the Pride were flagged for slashing, Babson’s John Obadia (Port Washington, N.Y.) netted a man-up marker with 12 ticks left to make it a 5-4 game heading into the half.

Babson evened things at five apiece with 6:29 left in the third quarter as Low converted a beautiful finish along the crease off a pass from Barsalou.

From that point on, the Pride reeled off five unanswered to take control of the game with a 10-5 lead. Springfield went back ahead for good after Abad found a streaking Serriello, who teed one up from 10 yards for a laser of a strike with 3:58 on the clock in the third. Brendan Boss (West Springfield, Mass.) put the crowd on its feet after a goal in an unsettled situation in which he raced past defense and finished while being checked at the 2:34 mark. After scooping up a ground ball on a Daroff save, Matt Fleisher (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) found the top shelf on a jump shot just 32 seconds later to make it an 8-5 contest heading into the fourth.

Abad netted his fourth of the game just 52 seconds into the fourth to make it a four-goal game and Lynch snagged a critical ground ball at midfield and raced towards goal, only to deliver a perfect pass to an uncoming Colby Verge (Derry, N.H.) in transition for another marker at 11:24.

Low finally scored the Beavers first goal in over 10 minutes on a finish along the crease, but the Pride proved to strong down the stretch, as a man-up goal from Kevin Sainte (Belmont, Mass.) and Lynch goal off a Ryan Murphy (Mansfield, Mass.) put the exclamation point on the championship win.