Weekend Watch: Games To Watch In New England D3 Hoops (Jan. 12-14th)

NS WEEKEND WATCH

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s kick-off a LONG weekend with another editor of ‘Weekend Watch,’ highlighting New England D3 basketball games to watch over the next few days!

For starters, Wesleyan University men’s basketball will make the trek to upstate New York this evening to face Hamilton College in an important New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash. The Continentals enter the game riding a 12-game winning streak – they also secured their initial conference win earlier this week when they defeated Trinity College, 78-55. The Cardinals fell to Williams College in overtime last Friday, but rebounded with a 10-point win over Middlebury College. Against the Panthers, three players recorded 12 points or more, so look for a team effort against the Continentals this evening.

Other games to watch tonight include Tufts University at Williams (men’s basketball) at 7 p.m. and Trinity at Bowdoin College (men’s basketball) at 7 p.m. On the women’s side, keep an eye on Amherst College at Connecticut College at 7 p.m. and Williams at Tufts (also at 7 p.m.).

As of this morning, Bowdoin and Middlebury (women’s basketball) are both 2-0 in conference play, while Amherst and Hamilton are 1-0, respectively.


Turn the page to Saturday and we have a boat-load of games to watch, including UMass Boston at West Conn. – can the Beacons win their fifth-straight Little East Conference (LEC) tilt? UMass Boston has been a tremendous story thus far, thanks to 13 impressive first-year players.

Games to Watch on Saturday, Jan. 13th 

Salem State at Framingham State (WBB) at 1 p.m.
UMass Boston at West Conn. (WBB) at 1 p.m.
Western New England at Univ. of New England  (WBB) at 1 p.m.
WPI at MIT (WBB) at 2 p.m.
Middlebury at Tufts (WBB) at 3 p.m.
Bridgewater State at Westfield State (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Wesleyan at Amherst (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Tufs at Middlebury (MBB) at 3 p.m.
UMass Dartmouth at Keene State (MBB) at 3 p.m.
New England College at Husson (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Roger Williams at Endicott (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Lasell at Johnson & Wales (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Nichols at Wentworth (MBB) at 3 p.m.


Just a few games to watch on Sunday, including Colby College (women’s basketball) at Trinity – the Mules will look to return to the win column after falling to Maine Maritime earlier this week by a score of 67-59. The Bantams will be coming off a Friday evening tilt  against Polar Bears.

Also on Sunday, Colby-Trinity (men’s basketball) will face-off in Maine. The Mules won back-to-back games this weekend, including an 87-79 win over Pine Manor, thanks to 11 points and 12 rebounds from Dean Weiner.

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Noontime 2017 Year In Review: Revisiting The New England D3 Football Season

2017 Football Rewind

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Earlier this season, we unveiled our Noontime Sports 2017 Team of the Year, but now it is time to re-visit the New England Division III season once more!

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 YearFor 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 … AWESOMEThe 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 CollegeMiddlebury 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 CollegeBowdoin 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 PodcastAs 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 ThoughtsIt 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!

D3 Hoops Roundup: Tufts Tops Brandies, Conn. College Upends Babson

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The Tufts University women’s basketball team picked-up its fourth-straight win of the 2017-18 season this afternoon as the Jumbos defeated Brandeis University, 62-41, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Erica DeCandido paced the top-ranked Jumbos, as well as all scorers with 19 points, while Melissa Baptista stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Tufts led Brandeis, 28-22, at the break and 49-33 after three quarters, thanks to a DeCandido jumper and triple from Lauren Dillon. Dillon would help the Powder Blue and White extend their lead early in the fourth with a jumper and trifecta, which kept the momentum on the Jumbos’ side.

Four members of the Brandies squad concluded the contest with six points, while a pair of student-athletes netted four points, respectively. Hannah Nicholson finished the game with six points and 10 rebounds for the Judges.

Tufts (4-0) will return to the hardwood on Friday, December 1 when they host Rochester at 6 p.m., while Brandeis (3-2) is back in action on Tuesday, November 28th when they host Salem State at 6 p.m.

Connecticut College received 17 points from Casey Walsh and 16 points from Mairead Hynes as the Camels upended the Beavers of Babson College, 73-62.

The Camels entered the contest riding a two-game winning streak after dropping their season-opener to St. Thomas. Conn. College has now secured wins over Babson, FDU-Florham and Skidmore. 

Babson received 14 points from Tea Spellacy in the setback, along with nine points and 11 rebounds from Payton Ouimette

Both teams return to action on Wednesday, November 29th with Babson (2-1) hosting Wheaton College at 7 p.m., while Conn. College (3-1) entertains Worcester State at 7:30 p.m.

Amanni Fernandez netted a game-high 25 points to lead Williams College (4-0) past Smith College, 71-60. Smith (4-1) received 10 points and 13 rebounds from Kennedy Guest-PritchMaddie Bledsoe recorded a double-double of 11 points and 16 rebounds as Wesleyan University (3-1) handed Drew (3-1) its initial setback of the season … Trinity College (3-0) picked-up its third-straight win of the season, thanks to 15 points and 13 rebounds from Peace Kabari, which helped the Bantams top St. Joseph’s (Conn.), 67-54.

In men’s basketball action this afternoon, Bowdoin College defeated Babson College, 80-71. Jack Simonds concluded the contest with 22 points for Bowdoin (4-0), while Hugh O’Neil added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Babson’s (3-2) Bradley Jacks led all scorers with 32 points … Eastern Connecticut State University improved to 5-0, while capturing Sunday’s Colby College Classic Championship by a score of 83-77. Tarchee Brown led all scorers, including the Warriors, with 25 points, while Ethan Schlager paced the Mules (4-1) with 21 points … Nichols (3-1) scored an impressive non-conference win by defeating Trinity College (3-1), 89-75. The Bison, who led 49-31 at the break, received 23 points from Marcos Echevarria and 21 points from Tyler Dion. Joe Bell led the Bantams with 17 points off the bench … Nick Tarantino recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jack Daly netted a game-high 19 points to lead Middlebury College (4-0) past Endicott College (2-1), 78-67. Keith Brown led the Gulls with 15 points … Williams College improved to 4-0 with a 78-65 win over Yeshiva, thanks to 28 points and eight rebounds from Kyle Scadlock

D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch In Week 11 in New England

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s the final week of the regular season, D3 Football fans, so let’s get it started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post!

As always, make sure to stay connected with us on social media (Facebook and Twitter), while following our friends from In The (D3fb) Huddle, too (@D3FBHuddle).

Western Connecticut State at Westfield State (Friday, Nov. 10th at 7 p.m.): After coming-up short against the Rams last week, look for quarterback Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials to cap their season with a win on the road. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 27, Westfield State 14

Curry at Salve Regina (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Colonels would match their win total from 2009 (eight), but also provide the Purple and White with some serious momentum heading into the offseason and next season. PREDICTION: Curry 28, Salve Regina 20 

MIT at Springfield (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): A Pool B bid is on the line for the Pride, while MIT will look to end its season with a seventh win. Look for another solid defensive performance from Springfield in this game. PREDICTION: Springfield 30, MIT 21

Mount Ida at Husson (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): John Smith and the Eagles are headed back to the postseason, but a game against the Mustangs will be a must-see (or must-follow) – Mount Ida will certainly provide Husson with a good test before the tournament begins next weekend. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Mount Ida 22 

Worcester State at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Lancers’ offense has put up some serious points this season, but will certainly be challenged by a Rams’ defense that managed to slow down Western Connecticut for most of last week’s game. Expect another big day on the ground from Framingham State tailback Quron WrightPREDICTION: Framingham State 35, Worcester State 31 

Merchant Marine at Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): We spoke with Coach Bill George and Cam Cecchini about this game on this week’s podcast, and both are excited for this must-see rivalry game, which will be seen on ESPN 3. The Bears want to end their season on a high note, but must find a way to slow down the Mariners’ rushing attack, which will once again be led by quarterback Brice MoorePREDICTION: Merchant Marine 34, Coast Guard 27

Amherst at Williams (Saturday, November 11th at 12 p.m.): Amherst enters the contest with a great deal of momentum following wins over Wesleyan, Tufts and Trinity. Can they continue it against Coach Mark Raymond‘s squad, which is searching for its first Amherst-Williams win since 2010? PREDICTION: Amherst 25, Williams 17

Bridgewater State at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): Who will capture the Cranberry Bowl this season? The Buccaneers will look to rebound from a 37-14 setback a week ago to UMass Dartmouth, while the Bears will look to cap their season with a win after falling to Worcester State last weekend. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, Mass. Maritime 14. 

Middlebury at Tufts (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12:30 p.m.): The Jumbos are focused on concluding their season with a win and received some solid advice at practice this week from New Hampshire’s own Chip KellyPREDICTION: Tufts 29, Middlebury 24

Colby at Bowdoin (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12:30 p.m): The Mules and Polar Bears are set to compete for the 129th time – that’s a lot of years my friends! PREDICTION: Colby 34, Bowdoin 23

New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The NESCAC In 2017

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Wednesday, New England D3 Football fans, which means it’s time to unveil a brand new team to watch this season.

This week – in case you haven’t seen our tweets – we’re highlight the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Below are the various student-athletes we will be watching this season, both on offense and defense.

Prior to this week’s NESCAC ‘Players to Watch’ list, we highlighted four other conferences:

Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football)

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) 

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

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OFFENSE 

Sonny Puzzo

Trinity

Quarterback 

Max Chipouras

Trinity

Runningback 

Bryan Vieira

Trinity

Wide Receiver 

Ryan McDonald 

Tufts 

Quarterback

Jared Lebowitz

Middlebury

Quarterback 

Conrado Banky

Middlebury

Wide Receiver 

Diego Meritus

Middlebury 

Runningback 

Mike Breuler

Wesleyan 

Wide Receiver 

Mark Piccirillo

Wesleyan 

Quarterback 

Frank Williams

Bates 

Wide Receiver 

Nick Morales

Amherst 

Quarterback

Jack Hickey

Amherst 

Runningback 

Sebastian Ferrell

Colby 

Wide Receiver 

Marcus Gutierrez

Hamilton

Runningback

Joe Schmidt

Hamilton

Wide Receiver 

Bryan Porter 

Bowdoin

Tight End 

DEFENSE 

Liam Kenneally

Trinity

Linebacker 

Shane Libby

Trinity

Linebacker

Doug Harrison

Tufts 

Defensive Line 

Greg Holt

Tufts 

Linebacker 

Tim Preston

Tufts 

Defensive Back

John Jackson

Middlebury 

Linebacker

Shayne Kaminski

Wesleyan 

Linebacker 

Brandon Morris 

Wesleyan 

Linebacker

Nate Taylor 

Wesleyan

Defensive Back

Grant Williams

Wesleyan

Defensive Line

Andrew Yamin

Amherst 

Linebacker

Ben Anthony

Williams

Cornerback 

Max Breschi 

Bates 

Linebacker

Joe Gowetski

Bowdoin

Linebacker

Don Vivian

Colby 

Defensive Back

Mickey Keating

Hamilton 

Linebacker

 

Saturday Roundup: Babson Sinks MIT, Colby Stuns Middlebury In NESCAC Quarterfinals

By Brian Willwerth (@BriWillwerth) 

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Babson’s Nick Comenale’s go-ahead triple with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted the top-ranked Beavers past MIT. (PHOTO CREDIT: Babson College Athletics)

It was a BUSY Saturday of college hoops and below are recaps from some important contests, including the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) quarterfinals.

MEN

No. 1 Babson 70, MIT 67: Nick Comenale drained a three-pointer with one second left as the top-ranked team in the country stayed undefeated in conference play. It was the second time this season the Beavers rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to beat the Engineers.

No. 10 Middlebury 88, Bates 84: Behind 34 points from Matt St. Amour, the Panthers defeated the visiting Bobcats in a quarterfinal of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament. Second-seeded Middlebury advances to next weekend’s semifinals.

No. 13 Tufts 81, Hamilton 63: The top-seeded Jumbos held serve on their home court to advance to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. Vincent Pace scored 18 points to lead four Tufts’ players in double figures.

Williams 76, No. 18 Amherst 69:  Daniel Aronowitz scored 22 points as the Ephs knocked off their rivals in Amherst. Williams is the No. 6 seed in the NESCAC tournament, and lives to see the semifinals next Saturday.

Trinity 51, No. 24 Wesleyan 49:  The fourth semifinalist in the NESCAC tourney is Trinity. Ed Ogundeko hit a jumper with two seconds left to give the Bantams the victory on the road. Ogundeko also pulled down 13 rebounds.

WOMEN

Babson 59, Springfield 35: Giovanna Pickering led all scorers with 17 points, and the Beavers broke open a tight game by outscoring the Pride 20-3 in the third quarter. Babson improves to 14-2, and holds on to the top seed in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

WPI 72, MIT 47: WPI followed up its victory over Babson with a win over MIT, to create a three-way tie for second in the NEWMAC. Ama Biney scored 21 points and Priscilla Dunphy added 17.

Bowdoin 72, Connecticut College 47. In this NESCAC quarterfinal, the hosts broke open a close game in the second half. Marle Curle led the Polar Bears with 13 points.

No. 3 Tufts 58, Williams 40: The Jumbos had a 26-6 advantage in points off turnovers in this one. Tufts advances to next week’s semifinals.

No. 1 Amherst 76, Bates 35. Undefeated Amherst jumped out to a big lead early on and never looked back. Emma McCarthy had 19 points and nine rebounds.

Colby 48 Middlebury 39: The Mules were the only road team to advance in the NESCAC tournament. MK Caverly had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead fourth-seed Colby to victory.

Noontime Sports Week 7 Poll: WNE Remains Number One, Middlebury & Salve Regina Move Up

Western New England, Middlebury & Salve Regina highlight our week seven poll.

Western New England, Middlebury & Salve Regina highlight our week seven poll.

By Matt Noonan 

Ah, the seventh week of the New England Division III Football season has arrived. And earlier this evening, we released our poll for the week, which featured some movement, along with one newcomer, too.

Western New England earned the top spot again – the Golden Bears sat idle this past weekend, but return to the gridiron this Saturday, October 15th when they host MIT with kickoff slated for 1:00 p.m.

Quarterback Anthony Service has been one of many players to watch this season– through five games; he has tossed 16 touchdowns, while completing 79 of 116 pass attempts for 1,194 yards. The Golden Bears’ signal-caller currently leads the NEFC in yards per game (238.8) and touchdowns (16).

In addition to Service, wide-out Mark Dietrich – the team’s leading receiver with 24 receptions – has been a go-to target, hauling in six touchdown receptions, while registering 382 receiving yard.

On defense, the Golden Bears are led by defensive back Sam Olsson, who leads the Gold and Blue with 32 total tackles – he has also tallied 17 solo stops this season, along with one interception. Isaiah Berrios Smith leads the unit with a pair of interceptions and four pass-break-ups.

Below WNE is Middlebury College – moving up a few spots to the second position following an important win last weekend against Amherst College. The Panthers edged the Purple and White, 27-26. Amherst entered the contest riding a 21-game winning streak.

Carter Massengill this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Special Teams Player of the Week – helped Middlebury secure the win by booting his second field goal in the fourth quarter. Massengill connected on a trio of extra points, along with a pair of field goals.

Through three games, Massengill has tallied 14 points on eight extra points (8-for-8) and two field goals (2-for-2).

Next up for the Panthers: a trip to Williamstown, Massachusetts to face the Ephs of Williams College.

Below Middlebury is Salve Regina, appearing in the third position for the first time this season.

Similar to the Golden Bears, the Seahawks were idle this past weekend, but return to action Saturday when they entertain Nichols College at 12 p.m.

The Seahawks have been a great story this season, winning four-straight contests, along with an exhibition game against Dean College last month.

In their last outing against Curry College, halfback Sam Pascale led all rushers with 225 yards on 13 carries, along with a pair of scores. Tailback James Dawson also had a big day, registering 112 yards on 12 carries for three scores.

Through four games, Pascale has recorded 667 yards on 82 carries and nine touchdowns. He has also hauled in a trio of receptions for 38 yards and one score.

Pascale’s nine touchdowns are a career-best – his 667 yards and 166.8 yards per carry are both career-highs. Additionally, he is averaging 8.1 yards per carry – pretty impressive, eh?

Finally, let’s welcome Wesleyan University to the poll – the Cardinals check-in at number 10. This is the first time this season Wesleyan has cracked our poll.

Wesleyan is current 2-1 overall and has featured a high-powered offense this season, which has gained over 500 yards of total offense in back-to-back weeks.

This past weekend, the Cardinals soared past Colby College, defeating the Mules, 37-6. Devon Carrillo highlighted his team’s outing with three touchdowns, including a third quarter passing touchdown.

The Cardinals return to Maine this weekend to visit Bates on Saturday – kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

We’ll have more week seven coverage later this week, but make sure to follow-us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11) and on Facebook, too.