Lax Notebook: D3 Games To Watch This Week

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s the final week of the NCAA D3 Lacrosse regular season, so let’s dish out some games to watch, follow or attend this week in New England, which you know I will be tweeting about @MattNoonan11!

Men’s Lacrosse: Salve Regina at Curry College (Tues., Apr. 24th at 7 p.m.): Both teams enter tonight’s contest in a two-way tie for third place. This game could go either way, but I think Curry will find a way late in the game to pull out the W! PICK: Curry 

Men’s Lacrosse: Mitchell College at Becker College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4 p.m.): One goal by Becker in the fourth quarter was the difference in the initial meeting, but look for Mitchell to bounce back. The winner of this game advances to Dean College this weekend to contend for the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) crown. PICK: Mitchell 

Women’s Lacrosse: MIT at Coast Guard Academy (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4 p.m.): The Bears have enjoyed a VERY successful fourth season, but this maybe a tough one for them to snag – the Engineers enter the contest with a lot of momentum. PICK: MIT 

Men’s Lacrosse: Conn. College at Wesleyan University (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4:30 p.m.): The Cardinals will be a team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, but don’t expect the Red and Black to soar past a solid Conn. College squad, which has been an exciting story this spring. PICK: Wesleyan

Women’s Lacrosse: Amherst College at Trinity College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 6:30 p.m.): My pick is the Mammoths in this one. Their defense is legit and should be able to slow down the Bantams’ offense. PICK: Amherst 

Men’s Lacrosse: Bowdoin College at Tufts University (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): The Jumbos will look to cap their regular season slate with a solid win over a Polar Bears squad, which fell to Williams College this past weekend. PICK: Tufts 

Men’s Lacrosse: MIT at Babson College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): The Beavers’ final week of the regular season is certainly not an easy one, so expect the Engineers to provide some challenges for the Green and White in all four quarters. PICK: Babson 

Men’s Lacrosse: Clark University at Springfield College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Cougars, who will look to secure a spot in the upcoming New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament. The race for the final four spots will be fun to watch! PICK: Clark 

Women’s Lacrosse: Salve Regina at Framingham State (Thurs., Apr. 26th): The Rams appeared in last week’s regional rankings and will be a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). PICK: Framingham State 

Men’s Lacrosse: Coast Guard Academy at Babson College (Sat., Apr. 28th at 12 p.m.): The Bears will attempt to cap its regular season slate with a win over the Beavers, who appear to be the front-runner for the top seed in the NEWMAC Tournament. Pick: Coast Guard Academy

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 23rd)

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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.

Amherst College remains the top team in New England for the second-straight week – this past weekend, the Mammoths scored an impressive win over Bates College, which is currently ‘On the Rise’ this week. The Mammoths appear to be the front-runner for the top seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) – we will know more about what teams are in and where they will be headed later this week.

Tufts University and Wesleyan University remain the second and third best teams in the region, while Williams College moved up four spots following an impressive and important win over Bowdoin College this past weekend.

Williams has been an interesting team to watch this spring, but the question we have is can their late season momentum continue over the next few weeks in the NESCAC Tournament?

Finally, Endicott College returns to our ‘On the Rise’ section – don’t be fooled by the Gulls’ overall record, they have provided some serious challenges to teams on both lists this season. They will be a fun team to follow in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament, which begins this Saturday, April 28th.

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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 23rd, 2018

1. Amherst College 12-2, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University 12-1, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Wesleyan University 11-2, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Williams College 8-6, 6-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
5. Conn. College 10-4, 5-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Bowdoin College 8-5, 4-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
7. Middlebury College 8-6, 4-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Springfield College 9-5, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
9. Coast Guard Acad. 11-3, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
10. Babson College 8-5, 5-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9

ON THE RISE: Bates College (7-7, 3-6 NESCAC), Clark University (8-5, 3-2 NEWMAC), Endicott College (5-10, 5-2 CCC), Keene State (8-4, 5-0 LEC), MIT (7-6, 3-2 NEWMAC) and Western New England (10-6, 7-0 CCC).

D3 Lacrosse: NCAA North & South Regional Rankings (Thursday, Apr. 19th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The NCAA unveiled its initial Regional Rankings for Division III lacrosse and below are both the North and South rankings:

NORTH

  1. RIT
  2. Amherst College
  3. Tufts University
  4. Wesleyan University
  5. RPI
  6. Ithaca College
  7. Stevens
  8. Connecticut College
  9. Coast Guard Academy
  10. Bowdoin College
  11. Middlebury College
  12. Springfield College
  13. Union College
  14. Williams College
  15. Bates College
  16. St. Lawrence

South 

  1. Gettysburg College
  2. York College (Pa.)
  3. Ohio Wesleyan
  4. Salisbury University
  5. Denison University
  6. Washington & Lee
  7. Cabrini University
  8. Roanoke College
  9. Christopher Newport
  10. Dickinson College
  11. Franklin & Marshall
  12. Hampden-Sydney
  13. Colorado College
  14. Lynchburg College
  15. Muhlenberg College
  16. Rhodes College
  17. Berry College
  18. Aurora University
  19. Stevenson
  20. Illinois Wesleyan
  21. Washington College

D3 Lacrosse: Clark University To Add Women’s Lacrosse

teamPicThumb11731-4657-ubrd1aBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was announced earlier today that Clark University will be adding women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport, beginning in 2020.

The Cougars will compete in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and become the conference’s newest team since Coast Guard Academy elevated its women’s lacrosse program from club to varsity in 2015.

According to the Friday press release, the school will begin a search for the program’s first-ever head coach this spring with the recruiting process set to begin immediately.

“It is always exciting for an athletic department when we can increase the opportunities for students to participate at the intercollegiate level,” said Clark University Athletic Director Trish Cronin in the release.

“Women’s Lacrosse will be a great addition to our athletic program and we look forward to their inaugural season.”

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)