D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 9th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Tufts University secured the top spot with a convincing win last Saturday over Wesleyan University, thanks to a strong second quarter that helped the hosts push ahead for good. Danny Murphy highlighted his team’s win over the Cardinals with two goals and five assists.

The Jumbos have yet to lose a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash this season – they face some tough challenges over the next few weeks, including Amherst CollegeBates College, Bowdoin College and Middlebury College. All four teams appeared on this week’s poll with the Panthers reappearing on our Top 10 for the first time in weeks.

Bowdoin made one of the biggest leaps in the poll, jumping up three spots to the fourth position, while Connecticut College rounded out the top five in the fifth position. Bates also moved up a few spots as well, checking-in seventh overall after securing the ninth position one week ago.

Finally, Coast Guard Academy remains the top team in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), while Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conference) held onto the 10th position for the second-straight week with a hard-fought 7-5 win over Endicott College.

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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 9th, 2018

1. Tufts University 9-0, 6-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Wesleyan University 9-2, 5-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Amherst College 9-2, 5-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
4. Bowdoin College 8-2, 4-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
5. Conn. College 8-3, 4-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Coast Guard Academy 8-2, 3-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
7. Bates College 7-5, 3-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
8. Middlebury College 5-5, 3-4 NESCAC Last Week: NR
9. Williams College 4-6, 3-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
10. Western New England 7-5, 4-0 CCC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (5-5, 2-0 NEWMAC), Clark University (6-4, 1-1 NEWMAC), Keene State (5-4, 2-0 LEC), MIT (6-4, 2-1 NEWMAC), Springfield College (6-4, 1-1 NEWMAC) and UMass Dartmouth (6-5, 1-1 LEC)

D3 Football: UNE Football Unveils 2018 Schedule

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(PHOTO COURTESY: UNE Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Earlier today, the University of New England athletic department unveiled its first-ever varsity football schedule, which will see the Nor’easters compete in five home games next fall, beginning with a September 8th clash against Husson University.

Prior to welcoming the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) champions to Biddeford, Maine, the Nor’easters will make the trek to New London, Connecticut where they’ll compete against Coast Guard Academy in their first-ever varsity contest on Thursday, August 30th.

Two weeks after their first-ever varsity tilt, the Nor’easters will head to Hampden-Sydney for a week three meeting before enjoying a bye week prior to their initial Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) game against Nichols College, which will take place on Saturday, September 29th in Dudley, Massachusetts. One week later, the Nor’easter will entertain Curry College on Saturday, October 6th, which will be their first home conference game in program history.

Weeks after their final CCC meeting against Becker College on Saturday, November 3rd, UNE will conclude its regular season slate with a home date against Alvernia on Saturday, November 10th.

The first round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament will begin a week later on Saturday, November 17th.

Coast Guard Academy Unveils 2017 Football Schedule

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The Coast Guard Academy football team will begin its 2017 campaign on Thursday, August 31 against Alfred State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Coast Guard Academy football team unveiled its 2017 schedule yesterday, which includes six home contests, including the annual battle for the Secretaries’ Cup against Merchant Marine Academy – the game will be broadcasted by the ESPN Family of Networks, according to Tuesday’s release.

This season, the Bears will be competing in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) after spending the past 11 seasons as a member of the New England Football Conference (NEFC).

Coast Guard will officially begin NEWMAC play Saturday, September 23 when they visit Norwich University before hosting Catholic University a week later on Saturday, September 30th (Parents’ Weekend).

Coach Bill George will lead the Bears into action on Thursday, August 31st when they host Alfred State with kick-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Bears will then travel to Union College on Saturday, September 9 for a 1:00 p.m. start before hosting Nichols College on Saturday, September 16th at 1:30 p.m.

Last season, the Bison defeated the Bears in Dudley, Massachusetts by a score of 24-14.

Weeks after their final non-conference tilt against Nichols, the Bears will compete in a trio of games in October, beginning with a Saturday, October 7th clash with Springfield College. The Bears will then visit Maine Maritime Academy (Oct. 14th) before closing out the month with a ‘Homecoming Game’ against MIT on Saturday, October 21st.

Coast Guard will conclude its regular season slate with a pair of November tilts against WPI (Nov, 4th) and Merchant Marine (Nov. 11th).

Last season, the Bears finished 3-7 overall and 2-5 in league play.

We’ll have more on the Bears’ 2017 outlook once the season gets closer! 

Friday Feature: Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse Primed For Saturday Tilt With Merchant Marine Academy

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First-year Riley McNulty shattered the program’s record for points in a single-season on Wednesday in Coast Guard Academy’s win over Wheaton College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Duddy)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

For a third-year program, the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team has certainly exceeded expectations.

The Bears, who transformed from a club program into a varsity team two years ago, have shown great improvement under third-year coach Ray LaForte, who has his squad on pace to match the program’s record for wins in a single-season (10).

Not only have the Bears shown improvement since their initial campaign in 2015, but have scored some important wins this season, most recently a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over Wheaton College on Wednesday.

Their 15-5 triumph over the Lyons happened to be the Bears’ first-ever victory against Wheaton – it was also a contest that saw first-year Riley McNulty shatter the program’s single-season record for points (40).

In addition to their lone league win, the squad has also scored some impressive regional victories this season, defeating Lasell College (12-5), Eastern Connecticut State (18-5) and Norwich University (15-5).

This Saturday, the Bears will look to continue their current momentum when they compete against Merchant Marine Academy. Yet, unlike the past two seasons, this particular contest will be played at the United States Naval Academy following Army-Navy, which is scheduled to face-off at 12 p.m.

“It is really exciting,” LaForte said when asked about playing this weekend’s contest at the U.S. Naval Academy. “Our Athletic Director Tim Fitzpatrick did a great job in putting this game together and it is looking to be a great event for our academy.”

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Senior Blaise Curtis is excited to compete in front of family and friends on Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland! (PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Duddy)

According to LaForte, Fitzpatrick was looking to create a special event in the spring between the two academies and was able to set-up an opportunity for them to intersect in Annapolis, Maryland.

LaForte, who was quite excited when it was announced last November that the two programs would meet in Maryland, considers it a great opportunity to showcase both teams and their student-athletes

And one of those student-athletes that are eager for Saturday’s face-off is senior captain Blaise Curtis, who hails from Riverside, Maryland.

“There are a lot of guys that are really excited (about this game),” said Curtis. “There is a very big atmosphere change from us playing any other team with a lot more emotion and energy, so I expect Merchant Marine Academy to bring the same type of emotion and energy that we will bring for sure (on Saturday).”

Curtis is optimistic about his team’s chances this weekend despite the fact that the Mariners have captured the past two contests, including last season’s match-up, which saw Merchant Marine Academy push ahead for good with a five-goal spurt in the second quarter.

“I could see (this game) being a grind until the last quarter,” said Curtis.

Similar to Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy enters the contest with seven wins, including five victories in Skyline Conference play.

While the countdown has officially begun for face-off (tomorrow), Curtis, along with his teammates will keep the focus on playing their best lacrosse against a rival he has enjoyed competing against for the past two years.

“I think this will be one of the biggest rivalry games and stages I have been able to play on,” said Curtis. “I am really excited to get out on the field and give our best effort against Merchant Marine.”

Follow tomorrow’s contest between Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy via Live Stats and video! Make sure to stay connected with the Bears on Facebook and Twitter, too. 

No. 1 Babson Off To Best Start In Program History

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Babson’s 16 wins this season (out of 17 games) is their best-start in program history. (PHOTO CREDIT: Babson College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

A program-best 18 three-pointers, including seven trifectas from Joey Flannery helped the Babson College men’s basketball team defeat Coast Guard Academy this afternoon and improve to 16-1 overall and 6-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

The Beavers’ 16 wins (out of 17 games this season) marks their best start in program history, as noted in this afternoon’s release.

Babson has been extremely impressive this season, securing important wins against New England foes Tufts, Salem State, Endicott and Albertus Magnus – just to name a few! – while earning hard-fought NEWMAC wins, including a recent 71-65 victory over MIT earlier this week. The Beavers netted just 17 points in the opening session, but rallied back by scoring 54 points in a 20-minute span to defeat the host Engineers.

Their win over MIT matched the 1968-69 team for the best start in school history.

Today’s win over the Bears provided the Beavers with their 22nd consecutive conference victory. It was also their 51st win over Coast Guard Academy in the season-series, too.

Additionally, the Green and White’s 17-game conference winning streak is currently the longest in Division III – also noted in the game release (linked above!).

Babson will attempt to keep their momentum going on Wednesday when they entertain Clark University with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The Beavers are 9-0 at home this season.