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Noontime 2012 Countdown: Revisiting Amherst-Williams Basketball Games

By Matt Noonan

One of my fondest memories from this past year was covering the Amherst-Williams men’s and women’s basketball games in Williamstown.

This is a rivalry that certainly lives up to the hype. Its Harvard-Yale, Ohio State-Michigan, and Notre Dame-USC all in one. And on a bone-chilly January evening, I was treated to some great basketball, as well as an exciting ending in the men’s game.

Below I have provided links to my game stories, as well as video interviews and packages from that evening.

Game Stories

Amherst 80, Williams 58 (Women’s Hoops)

Amherst 67, Williams 65 (Men’s Hoops)

Videos

* The final seconds of the men’s game:

* Amherst College’s Aaron Toomey talks about his heroics at the end of the game:

* Both men’s coaches provide their take on the 67-65 outcome:

* Amherst College’s Caroline Stedman talks about her team’s enormous win:

Mass. College Hoops: NESCAC Preview (LINKS)

By Matt Noonan 

Our preseason basketball coverage continues with more links from the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Three teams from Massachusetts (Amherst, Tufts and Williams) compete in this conference, so those are the links we’ve provided below.

Men’s Basketball

* Amherst College — After securing their fifth consecutive NESCAC crown, the Lord Jeffs season concluded in the third round of the March Madness tournament against Franklin & Marshal. This year, expect great things from  Aaron Toomey and Willy Workman, as well as Peter Kaasila and David Kalema. Amherst has a great deal of depth, which will certainly come in handy against Brandeis and Williams.

* Tufts University — Bob Sheldon knows what it takes to be successful, especially in a very competitive conference. Last season, the Jumbos concluded their campaign with 16-9 record, as well as a quarterfinal loss in the NESCAC tournament to Bates College. So, after this season last year, it’s expected that the men sporting the blue and white will be hungry for more wins this winter.

* Williams College — The Ephs will begin another season tomorrow when they host the Williams Tip-Off Tournament. Their first game is against So. Vermont. Williams will rely heavily on senior co-captains Nate Robertson and James Klemm.

Women’s Basketball

* Amherst CollegeThe 2012-13 season will certainly be an interesting one for the Lord Jeffs. Caroline StedmanLem Atanga McCormick and Kim Fiorentino all graduated, so that means some new players will have to step-up and fill the void immediately.

* Tufts University — Nine Letter-winners will anchor the Jumbos this season following their second straight trip to the March Madness tournament. Expect great things from Kate Barnosky and Bre Dufault this season.

* Williams College — Pat Manning knows that NESCAC is a tough conference year in and year out. So, to counter their competition, the Ephs will rely heavily on their senior class this winter.

Mass College Hoops – D3Hoops Saturday Tournament Predictions

Can the Babson Beavers keep their playoff hopes alive against MIT on Saturday? (Photo Credit: Babson College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

The Division III college basketball season in Massachusetts is slowly dwindling down, and on Saturday, a few conferences will crown some champions, while others will attempt to punch their ticket to the title match on Sunday.

So, without further ado, here are my predictions for Saturday’s various affairs.

NEWMAC Men’s Semi-Finals:

MIT vs. Babson College If the Beavers want to keep their postseason hopes alive, they’ll have to play flawless basketball against a team that very rarely makes a mistake. However, the Beavers defense has struggled this season against an Engineers offensive unit that can score in and outside the paint. PREDICTION – MIT 72, Babson 63

WPI vs. Springfield College – Both teams have beaten each other once this year, but now, one win will decide who goes on and who goes home. WPI’s senior Matt Carr will be a challenge for Charlie Brock’s team, who’ll need his squad to limit the his offensive production in the paint. PREDICTION – WPI 59, Springfield College 56

NEWMAC Women’s Semi-Finals:

Babson College vs. Wellesley College – The Beavers should have no problem getting past the Blue, who earned an impressive victory on Wednesday against Springfield College. Yet, against seniors Kathleen King and Nicki Wurdeman, as well as junior Sarah Collins, Wellesley will most likely struggle on both offense and defense. PREDICTION – Babson 79, Wellesley 48

Smith College vs. WPI – It’s hard to believe that WPI has made it this far, especially since they’ve endured some tough stretches this year. However, against a well-coached Pioneers team, I’m expecting the Engineers to keep things rather close. PREDICTION – Smith 58, WPI 51

NESCAC Men’s Semi-Finals:

Bates College at Amherst College – The top-ranked Lord Jeffs will face a Bobcats team that they’ve already beaten once this season. Senior David Waller paced Amherst with 19 points in that particular win, and could certainly duplicate his performance on Saturday afternoon. PREDICTION – Amherst 60, Bates 47

Wesleyan University vs. Trinity College – This will certainly be a game that you’ll want to track because either squad is capable of winning this particular match. The Cardinals have contended quite well this year against Trinity, Amherst and Williams, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they maneuver a win past the second best team in the conference. PREDICTION – Wesleyan 62, Trinity 61

Caroline Stedman and Amherst College face Colby College on Saturday, which is a critical match for both squads!(Photo Credit: Amherst College/Amherst College Athletics)

NESCAC Women’s Semi-Finals: 

Colby College vs. Amherst College – Earlier this season, Amherst struggled from the charity stripe when they faced Colby, but still managed to find a way to beat them in Maine. Although, this particular matchup will be held in Amherst, and you can bet the Lord Jeff supporters will be the “sixth man” for the women sporting the purple, black and white. PREDICTION – Amherst 65, Colby 50

Bowdoin College vs. Tufts University – Prior to their last meeting, the Jumbos were on an 11-game winning streak, which the Polar Bears snapped when they invaded Medford. The Jumbos can avenge their heartbreaking defeat by playing solid defense, and limiting the Polar Bears second and third scoring chances. PREDICTION – Tufts 58, Bowdoin 56

MASCAC Men’s Conference Championship:

Bridgewater State vs. Salem State – This is certainly an enticing matchup, especially since both squads split the season series by winning on their home courts. However, Salem State will be the host in this particular clash, which might provide the extra advantage for the Vikings. PREDICTION – Salem State 88, Bridgewater State 79

MASCAC Women’s Conference Championship:

Bridgewater State vs. MCLA – The Trailblazers ended their season with an excruciating loss to the Bears in Bridgewater. MCLA has outscored their conference opponents this past week, 178-155, and will attempt to limit Bridgewater’s second and third opportunities on the glass, which won’t be easy. PREDICTION – Bridgewater State 76, MCLA 65

GNAC Women’s Conference Championship:

Emmanuel College vs. St. Joe’s (Maine) – The Saints earned their 12th conference championship berth on Thursday when they defeated the Rams of Suffolk University, 87-58. Emmanuel College has won the title match 13 of 16 times, while St. Joe’s last earned the crown in 1998. PREDICTION – Emmanuel College 80, St. Joe’s 65

NECC Men’s Conference Championship:

Becker College vs. Elms College – The Hawks earned an impressive win against Newbury College on Friday, which not only launched them into the conference championship, but also provided head coach Brian Gorman his 100th win. Becker College finished their conference slate 16-0, and should have no problem getting by a physical Elms College team. PREDICTION – Becker College 70, Elms College 60

NECC Women’s Conference Championship:

Daniel Webster vs. Elms College – The Eagles earned some serious momentum on Friday evening when they knocked-off top seeded Regis College, 66-63 in Weston. Now, they’ll try to keep their March Madness hopes alive against Elms College, who defeated Daniel Webster twice this season. PREDICTION – Daniel Webster 65, Elms College 63 oHoweve

Massachusetts College Basketball: Saturday D3Hoops Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com 

There were some rather intriguing Division III college basketball games in Massachusetts on Saturday, and here is a quick wrap from the day’s action.

Men’s Basketball

Wheelock 70, Mitchell 63 – The Wildcats picked up their sixth consecutive win on the road Saturday, thanks to Bashir Hudson, who tallied 17 points and 13 rebounds. Wheelock has won six of their last seven games, and currently resides in second place in the NECC behind Becker College, who is 14-4 overall and 9-0 against conference foes.

MIT 80, Coast Guard 55 – The Engineers picked up their 18th win of the season by holding the Bears to just 24 second half points. Noel Hollingsworth led all scorers with 23 points, and 11 rebounds.

Amherst 61, Trinity 30 – Amherst College finished off its four-game road swing with another impressive victory against Trinity. The Lord Jeffs have now won 17 games, and are 6-0 in NESCAC play.

Middlebury 80, Williams 79 – The Ephs took the Panthers to the wire, but wound up earning their second consecutive loss. Taylor Epley led all scorers with 26 points.

Springfield 65, WPI 63 (OT) – The Pride outscored the Engineers, 8-6 in the extra frame to secure their 13th overall win, and fifth NEWMAC victory. Alex Berthiaume turned in 21 points for Springfield, while Matt Carr led WPI with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Women’s Basketball

Amherst 66, Trinity 44 – The Lord Jeffs earned their 38th consecutive victory, as well as their 19th of the season. Caroline Stedman led the Lord Jeffs with 16 points, while Lem Atanga McCormick added 14 points. Megan Robertson led all players with 11 rebounds. Amherst has now won 30 consecutive conference matches.

Williams 86, Middlebury 56 – Jennie Harding helped the Ephs overcome their loss on Wednesday with 23 points, while Jill Greenberg added 14 points, and eight assists in the team’s 17th win of the season.

Babson 85, Mount Holyoke 36 – The Beavers held the Lyons to 17 points in the first half, and 19 in the second, which secured the win, as well as their eighth consecutive victory, too.

Tufts 64, Bates 52 – Liz Moynihan finished the game with 14 points and three rebound, which helped the Jumbos earn their 17th victory of the season, and sixth consecutive win.

Smith 61, Wheaton 50 – The Pioneers picked up their 14th victory of the season, as well as their ninth conference victory against the Lyons in Northampton. Wheaton’s Abbie Brickley ended the game with 18 points, while Devon Quattrocchi led Smith with 12 points.

Mass College Hoops Recap: Amherst 80, Williams 58 (Women)

By Matt Noonan 

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Entering Wednesday’s contest against Williams College, the Amherst College women’s basketball team had won 36 consecutive games.

Once the match concluded, the Lord Jeffs chalked up their 37th consecutive win, and 18th victory of the season, as they defeated the Ephs, 80-58.

“This is always a big game, we’re always excited for it, we’re always preparing the best we can,” said Amherst head coach GP Gromacki.

“I just thought our defense kind of let us down tonight,” said Williams’ head coach Pat Manning. “Amherst is a team that you can’t make defensive lapses or mental mistakes [against], and we did a lot of that tonight.”

The Lord Jeffs used a 30-7 run halfway through the opening frame, which propelled them earn a comfortable 45-21 advantage at intermission that they never relinquished.

Amherst connected on 15 of 32 shots during the opening 20 minutes, which included five three-pointers. Senior Caroline Stedman paced the Lord Jeffs with 22 points, while freshman Megan Robertson added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

“This is always a big game against Williams, they’re one of our best rivals, one of the best teams in the league, so we were really prepared, and I think we executed our game plan, [and] did what we needed to do tonight,” said Stedman.

Williams kept things close after winning the tip, but 11 turnovers, and 15 missed shots allowed Amherst to earn the lead for good when junior Marcia Voigt sank a trifecta at 10:18 before Stedman connected on a three-pointers two minutes later.

“Those two, [Stedman and Robertson] got us going, and we kind of fed off that, [and took] it from there,” said Gromacki.

“In the beginning, we weren’t playing our game, we were playing a little sloppy, and coach told us we needed to pick it up, so that’s what we did,” said Stedman. “My players found me, and I hit the shot that sparked our run.”

Ephs senior Jill Greenberg recorded a jump shot with 4:34 remaining, but the Williams offense struggled to convert any points for the remainder of the half.

“We went down in the second half of the first half, and we stopped driving, we stopped attacking the hoop, and that coast us,” said Manning.

Williams attempted to rally, and erase Amherst’s rather large lead during the first few minutes of the second frame when they registered seven points, five of which were recorded by senior Lisa Jaris, but Amherst regrouped, as well as regained the momentum when senior Lem Atanga McCormick sank two free throws, and Stedman forced a steal that led to an open court layup.

The Lord Jeffs offense then tallied 29 points, which helped them capture their ninth consecutive victory against Williams, which dates back to January 26, 2008.

“We’re fortunate to have players who play hard, and do the things they need to do,” said Gromacki. “They’re a great team, this is a fun rivalry.”

Amherst will continue their seven-game road swing on Saturday when they travel to Trinity, while Williams will head to Middlebury; both games are slated for a 2:00pm tip.