It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.
Amherst College secured the top spot this week following an impressive win over Tufts University, which dropped one spot to the second position. As of now, the Mammoths and Wesleyan University (third this week!) boast identical conference ledgers, however, the Cardinals rallied to beat Amherst earlier this month, which should make the conference seeding quite interesting!
Coast Guard Academy returned to the top five with a 14-9 win over Merchant Marine this past weekend in West Point, New York. The Bears face a very important test on Wednesday – that would be tomorrow! – when they face-off against Springfield College, which returned to our poll this week after appearing ON THE RISE one week ago.
Babson College becomes our newest member of the poll – the Beavers seem to be riding some serious momentum at the moment since beating Springfield earlier this month.
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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 16th 2018
1. Amherst College
11-2, 7-1 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 3
2. Tufts University
10-1, 6-1 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 1
3. Wesleyan University
10-2, 7-1 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 2
4. Bowdoin College
8-4, 4-4 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 4
5. Coast Guard Academy
10-2, 3-0 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 6
6. Conn. College
9-4, 5-4 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 5
7. Middlebury College
7-5, 4-4 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 8
8. Williams College
6-6, 5-3 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 9
9. Babson College
6-5, 3-0 NEWMAC
Last Week: NR
10. Springfield College
7-5, 2-1 NEWMAC
Last Week: NR
ON THE RISE: Clark University (7-4, 2-1 NEWMAC), Curry College (8-4, 3-2 CCC), Keene State (6-4, 3-0 LEC), MIT (6-5, 2-1 NEWMAC) and Western New England (9-5, 6-0 CCC).
That’s right, it’s time for a Noontime 2017 Rewind as we look back on the past few months of coverage, while slowly looking ahead to what we can expect from the New England Division III Football world in 2018.
It was a great year of coverage and we certainly look forward to doing it again next season, so stay tuned, New England Division III football fans and friends!
Teams of the Year: For starters, we must begin with Husson University, which was led by senior tailback John Smith, who rushed for 31 touchdowns this season and 2,242 yards on 340 carries.
Smith, who was tabbed our Offensive Player of the Year, guided the Eagles to an exciting postseason victory over Springfield College before putting a scare into Delaware Valley in round two – the win over the Pride was the Eagles’ first-ever playoff win.
Despite falling short to the Aggies, the Eagles left a serious impression on us for the upcoming season and will certainly be one of our top teams to watch in 2018.
Springfield College also enjoyed an impressive 2017 campaign, winning 10-straight regular season contests, as well as the first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. The Pride scored an exciting opening day win against Western New England, which was followed-up with another impressive victory against Kean (28-8) in week two.
The Pride concluded their season with an impressive 435.2 rushing yards per game, while the defense held opponents to roughly 12 points per game. Senior halfback Jordan Wilcox was one of four nominees for this year’s Gagliardi Trophy.
Trinity College and Williams College are two other schools that deserve this particular honor – the Bantams captured another New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown this fall, while the Ephs enjoyed a bounce-back season under second-year coach Mark Raymond. The Ephs received a boost from first-year (and NESCAC Rookie of the Year) quarterback Bobby Maimaron, who led the Purple and Gold past Amherst College in the final game of the year – it was an overtime thriller!
Let’s not forget about Curry College or Framingham State – both teams met in the New England Bowl last month and will certainly be teams to watch in 2018. Additionally, we cannot overlook WPI, which won its first-ever postseason game against SUNY Maritime in the New England Bowl, too. The Engineers could certainly be a team that challenges the Pride for the top seed in the NEWMAC last year, so let the countdown to Springfield-WPI begin! Another team to watch in the NEWMAC next season … MIT!
Finally, a tip of the cap is due to Plymouth State, which again enjoyed another winning season – the Panthers captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown en route to a first-round playoff match-up against Brockport.
The NESCAC Nine Game Schedule was … AWESOME: The nine-game schedule in the NESCAC this season was awesome … seriously, we really enjoyed it!
Every week was must-see, must-follow and must-watch football – everyone had a chance to contend for the crown and a new storyline always unfolded after the final game concluded.
Trinity College may have been the team to beat again this season, but watching Amherst College, Middlebury College and Williams College compete with them for the top spot was extremely exciting. Additionally, let’s not overlook Tufts University and Wesleyan University, which also provided the Bantams with some challenges along the way to another league crown, too.
Outside the race for the crown, it was awesome to see the Maine triangle (Bates College, Bowdoin College and Colby College) continue their CBB rivalry.
We are really excited to see what happens next year, but all in all, the nine-game schedule was awesome!
The Football Friday Podcast: As sports media evolves, so does Noontime Sports and it seems like our weekly – and yes, sometimes bi-weekly – podcast on New England Division III football worked, so thank you all for tuning in/listening to our various conversations with coaches, student-athletes and media members.
We’ll continue it again next season, but certainly open to additional ideas or thoughts – maybe we should do a special segment like a ‘lightening round?’ Luckily, we have time to figure out some additional content ideas before a new season kicks-off, so keep your eyes out for season two of Football Friday, which will most likely begin next August.
ESPN D3 Coverage … MORE PLEASE:It was great to see the Coast Guard-Merchant Marine game streamed on ESPN3 last month – we need to see more games like this one on the four-letter network next year and beyond. Perhaps we could see more Division III (and some Division II games, too) on a new streaming service/platform, which ESPN plans to roll out next year? It is possible, so let’s see what happens, but that would be a great place for fans to go to watch and stream games.
Closing Thoughts: It was a great season – seriously, it was a tremendous year with some great stories and outcomes, which means 2018 should be even more exciting. We’re counting down the days to camp – yep, the clock is ticking in our office – and will look forward to bringing you coverage of New England Division III Football in 2018, so see you all on the gridiron soon!
Our early preseason New England Division III football coverage continues today with players to watch this season in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on offense and defense.
Prior to today’s post, we highlighted players to watch in the following conferences:
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.
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!
Matt Colombini – a former assistant at Colby and Wheaton – has been named the Emerson College men’s lacrosse coach. (Photo Credit: Wheaton College Athletics)
By Matt Noonan
Matt Colombini is excited to be back in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
The former Colby College and Wheaton College assistant coach recently accepted the men’s lacrosse head coaching position at Emerson College earlier this week.
“I am really excited to be back in the NEWMAC,” said Colombini.
“In the one year that I was gone, you saw Coast Guard take a huge jump into the playoff mix, MIT enjoy another successful season, and Babson and Springfield play to one-goal games. There is definitely some parody throughout the league, so it is very exciting to get back into it.”
Colombini inherits a Lions squad searching for its initial league victory since the school became the 11th member of the NEWMAC three years ago.
Emerson graduated a trio of players from last season’s roster, but return juniors Diego Rosende and Jack Bushell, who combined for 31 points on 24 goals and seven assists. Sophomore Cameron Radenberg will also be player to watch on attack after concluding his initial season with eight points on five goals and three assists.
The Lions also return a pair of goaltenders, including sophomore Bailey Kennedy, who started 11 games last season and finished seventh in the conference with 129 saves.
“We’re going to have to use the first week of fall ball to see where we’re at, while putting some guys in different positions,” said Colombini. “Afterward we will install various schemes and find offenses and defenses that fit best for our guys.”
It has only been a few days, but Colombini’s optimism and excitement could result in an exciting next chapter of the Emerson men’s lacrosse program.
“My biggest goal heading into this upcoming season is to help Emerson compete against each team in the league, while earning our first-ever NEWMAC win,” said Colombini.