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 Six 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

 

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 

 

Noontime Hoops Notebook: Welcome To The Sweet 16!

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Welcome back, NCAA Division III basketball – we missed you!

Well, we missed the tournament action, to be exact, but the good news is the postseason resumes this evening with a few New England teams still in contention for a national championship.

Here are some thoughts (and predictions) for this weekend, which should once again produce some exciting outcomes.

The winner of this weekend’s third round and quarterfinals will advance to next weekend’s semifinal and championship weekend. 


Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket | Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket 


Most Compelling Third Round Matchup 

  • Amherst College vs. Nichols College (MBB): The winner of this particular matchup should be able to get past Swarthmore or Randolph Macon in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Nichols is extremely deep and seems eager to keep on dancing, especially after coach Scott Faucher‘s dance moves were shared on social media. Amherst posses some unique challenges for these Bison, but in the end, I am expecting Nichols to pull out the win and secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
  • Bowdoin College vs. SUNY New Paltz (WBB): The Polar Bears are hands down one of the best teams in D3 basketball. They proved it last weekend by rallying to defeat Smith College in its second round contest to secure a date with the Hawks. Taylor Choate was a big reason the Polar Bears were able to beat the Pioneers last weekend – she finished the game with 38 points – so expect Bowdoin to rely on her in this one, along with Samantha Roy, Abby Kelly, and Hannah Graham.

Teams to Watch This Weekend 

  • Hamilton College (MBB): The Continentals scored two interesting wins last weekend, including an 11-point victory over Moravian. I think the Blue and White could be the darkhorse in their four-team pod, especially if they can beat Christopher Newport, which hasn’t lost since January 26th when they fell to York (Pa.). Kena Gilmour, Peter Hoffmann, and Tim Doyle must produce double-digits against both Christopher Newport and the winner of Whitman-Williams.
  • Tufts University (WBB): I was courtside for both games last weekend, including an exciting victory over Haverford University, which secured the Jumbos a spot in this weekend’s third round. Tufts seemed vulnerable from the get-go, struggling to contain the Fords’ offensive screens, but the Powder Blue and White’s free throw shooting down the stretch was a big reason why they scored a 52-46 win. Tufts hasn’t played well in Medford this season but seems to be a much different team on the road. Look for the Jumbos to provide challenges to Messiah, and possibly the winner of Scranton-Christopher Newport. Tufts will need a big effort this evening Jac Knapp, along with Erica DeCandido.

Weekend Predictions

  • Nichols will top Amherst in its third-round game before outlasting Swarthmore-Randolph-Macon to secure the program’s first-ever bid to the national semifinals.
  • Hamilton will find a way past Moravian, but will most likely fall to Whitman, which I believe will beat Williams.
  • Tufts will beat Messiah in its third-round contest, but I am unsure if they will be able to top the winner of Scranton-Christopher Newport to secure a spot in the semifinals.
  • Bowdoin deserves to be in the semifinals, but they do have a big challenge standing in their way with the Hawks of SUNY New Paltz. The winner of this game will represent its third round/quarterfinal pod in the semifinals.
  • St. Thomas (Minn.) is one of the best teams in D3. They will find a way to beat the two-time defending champion Mammoths in its third round game en route to a semifinal final appearance.

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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Which D3 New England Teams Are Going Dancing?

Noontime Hoops Notebook

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

Monday brought some exciting news to a slew of New England D3 basketball teams that learned they will be headed to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament, which officially tips-off this Friday, March 1st.

Below are the teams from New England that will be competing for a national championship beginning this Friday.

Men’s Basketball 

  • Husson University at Williams College (Williams will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Albertus Magnus at Christopher Newport (Christopher Newport will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Penn State-Behrend at Hamilton College (Hamilton will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Keene State vs. Moravian College (Hamilton)
  • Amherst College vs. Rosemont College (at the University of Rochester)
  • Emerson College vs. Rowan University (Rowan will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Middlebury College vs. Nichols College (Rowan)
  • Mitchell College at Swarthmore College (Swarthmore will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • MIT vs. Skidmore College (Swarthmore)
  • Salem State at Oswego State (Oswego State will be hosting the first and second rounds)

Women’s Basketball 

  • New England College at The University of Scranton (Scranton will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Eastern Connecticut vs. Johns Hopkins (Scranton)
  • Westfield State vs. Mount Saint Mary (Gettysburg College)
  • Western New England at Tufts University (Tufts will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Hunter College at Bowdoin College (Bowdoin will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Smith College vs. Merchant Marine (Bowdoin)
  • Emmanuel College vs. Hartwick College (at SUNY New Paltz)
  • MIT vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) (at Ithaca College)
  • Middlebury College vs. John Carroll (at DeSales)
  • Husson University at Amherst College (Amherst will be hosting the first and second rounds)

Stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage by following @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter! 

10 Games To Watch In Week 3 (New England & Northeast)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Friday, New England (and now, Northeast) D3 Football Fans!

This week, we’re dishing out 10 games to watch – short and sweet predictions – as well as a video, courtesy of our friends from In the D3 Football Huddle. Earlier this week, our guy Matt Noonan joined hosts James Baker and Frank Rossi for a lighting round prediction of games to watch this week, including a few non-New England games.

So, without further ado, here is our own “lighting round” version of Games to Watch in Week Three – have an awesome weekend, everyone!

Framingham State at Bridgewater State (Friday, Sept. 15th at 7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears, but a HUGE game for the Rams. Framingham State picked-up a big win last week, defeating Cortland State at home, thanks to its defense. PICK: Framingham State 23, Bridgewater State 17 

Frostburg State at Christopher Newport (Saturday, Sept. 16th at 7 p.m.): Don’t sleep on these Bobcats, who have scored back-to-back wins this season, including a season-opening victory against Stevenson. These Bobcats should continue their offensive success again this weekend against the Captains. PICK: Frostburg State 30, Christopher Newport 21 

Randolph-Macon at Catholic (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): An impressive week two win over Utica has provided Catholic with some momentum. This week, they face a Randolph-Macon squad that has relied on both its offense and defense to win back-to-back games. This will be a good test for the Cardinals before entering New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. PICK: Randolph-Macon 28, Catholic 16 

Wesleyan at Middlebury (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): The Cardinals are one of our teams to watch this fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and they should certainly find a way to slow down the Panthers’ passing and running games en route to an opening day win. PICK: Wesleyan 27, Middlebury 14 

Hamilton at Tufts (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): Coming off their best season in years, these Jumbos enter the 2017 season with optimism, but also some questions, too. Who will step-up at tailback with Chance Brady gone to graduation? That is one question, but we’ll certainly learn more about the Powder Blue and White once the final whistle is sounded. PICK: Tufts 26, Hamilton 21 

Endicott at MIT (Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m.): Can quarterback Joe Kalosky and the Gulls continue their magic from a week ago? It is certainly possible, but these Gulls will need to find a way to stop MIT’s Andrew DeNucci, who will be a player to watch on defense this week. PICK: Endicott 17, MIT 14 

Brockport at St. John Fisher (Saturday, September 16th at 6 p.m.): Brockport State quarterback Joe Germinerio has been quite impressive this season, but can he continue his success against a solid St. John Fisher squad that is searching for its initial win? We think so! PICK: Brockport State 24, St. John Fisher 17 

Western New England at RPI (Saturday, September 16th at 12 p.m.): This is a BIG game for the Golden Bears, who scored a bounce-back win a week ago against Westfield State. This would be a HUGE win for the Blue and Gold, but RPI has looked extremely impressive the past two weeks. PICK: RPI 27, Western New England 24 

SUNY Maritime at Merchant Marine (Saturday, September 16th at 2 p.m.): SUNY Maritime is proving they can win games in all phases – offense, defense and special teams. They will certainly need every unit to be ready for this one, but Merchant Marine is coming off a bye week, which means Coach Mike Toop‘s squad will be ready to go come kick-off. PICK: Merchant Marine 39, SUNY Maritime 35