Commissioner Joe Walsh made the announcement yesterday morning.
A current member of the New England College Conference (NECC) since 2011, the Pride collaborated for six league championships this past school year (2015-16).
The Chargers, which compete in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), have captured 22 titles since 2011, according to the GNAC release.
“Colby-Sawyer and Regis both have a track record of commitment to the GNACS’s core values and are like-minded academically, athletically and geographically with our current member institutions,” Walsh said in the conference press release.
“Throughout the application process, it was clear that these two institutions are very much committed to their athletic programs, student-athletes and coaching staffs.”
The GNAC is a 12-team conference, which was founded in 1995.
Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about Nicole Lowe, who set the new AMCAT record for career assists in field hockey’s program history:
NEW LONDON, N.H. – August 31, 2013 – Junior Nicole Lowe (Saugus, Mass.) delivered three assists and sophomore Kylie Dalbec (Portland, Maine) notched two goals as the Anna Maria College field hockey team captured a 4-0 victory over host Colby-Sawyer College in a season opener for both teams.
With the three helpers Lowe set the new AMCAT record for career assists. Lowe’s 21 assists bested the record of 19 set by Jen Hurley (2003-05).
The AMCATS, who were picked to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) this season, received three goals in the first half and added another early in the second.
Sophomore Kayla Lapierre (Worcester, Mass.) put Anna Maria on top 1-0 at 8:48 when she found the back of the cage off a feed from Lowe.
Seven minutes later, the AMCATS doubled the lead on a goal from sophomore Kylie Dalbec.
Dalbec added her second tally of the game at 29:52 on an assist from Lowe.
Anna Maria put the game away early in the second half after junior Luigina Cerro (Beverly, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season. Lowe was credited with her third assist of the game.
Sophomore goalie Mary Kate Breen (Londonderry, N.H.) made three stops to earn the shutout victory. Colby-Sawyer sophomore Jodi Dumayne (Claremont, N.H.) had ten saves, which included stopping a penalty stroke.
Colby-Sawyer travels to Becker tomorrow for a 1:00 pm start. Anna Maria will host Wheaton on Tuesday at 3:00 pm.
Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release from the men’s tennis match against Colby-Sawyer in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Bison will face nationally-ranked host Williams college tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.:
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Graduate student captain David Drucker (Bellmore, N.Y.) delivered the decisive fifth point as the Nichols College men’s tennis team blanked Colby-Sawyer, 5-0, in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship First round hosted by Williams College on Thursday morning. The squad’s second NCAA tournament victory also sets the program record for single-season wins as the Bison improve to 19-5 on the year. Nichols will face nationally-ranked host Williams tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.
Drucker, already the program’s all-time singles and doubles record holder, extended his lead with his 64th singles victory to clinch the match with a 6-1, 6-0 decision. Earlier in the contest, Drucker teamed with senior Justin DeLuca (Mashpee, Mass.)to post an 8-1 win for his 57th doubles triumph.
Sophomore Brandon Roode (Griswold, Conn.) and first-year Eduardo Irizarry (Lajas, Puerto Rico) did not surrender a game and posted the first Bison point in their second-straight match with an 8-0 decision over Nathan Taschereau and Reeve Fidler. The rookie duo of Carlos De La Cruz (Santo Domingo, Dominican Repuiblic) and Josh Halpern (Secaucus, N.J.) then finished off Clay Allen and Paul Holland 8-1 at the third flight. Drucker and DeLuca closed out the doubles session with an 8-1 victory of their own as Nichols staked a 3-0 lead.
Irizarry raced out to a 6-0, 6-0 win at the third flight to set the stage for Drucker to send the Bison into the second round for the team’s second appearance in as many years.
“It was another great win for us,” remarked head coach Paul Brower. “The guys played very, very well today. It was a great start in doubles. We came out hot and really took it to them. In singles we closed fast. The level of play was high. Hopefully we can carry it into tomorrow against one of the toughest teams in the nation. We’re looking forward to the challenge and I think our guys are going to have a strong showing against some of the best out there.”
Nichols was ahead at the four remaining singles flights when the match was concluded. Roode held a 6-1, 4-1 lead at the second flight while Halpern was up 6-3, 2-1. DeLuca took his first set 6-1 and De La Cruz posted a 6-2 initial set as both were up 1-0 in the second set.
WORCESTER, MA – Olivia Duncan recorded a season-best nine points (six goals, three assists), while Maddie Dugan added five points (four goals, one assist) as Adrian College defeated Worcester State University, 18-6.
Jaclyn Lawlor led the Lancers with a team-best two tallies, while Molly Kilday, Jackie Connors, Kalia Chase and Vicki O’Brien recorded one goal apiece in the setback.
“We kind of came out a little bit nervous (and) a little bit flat,” Worcester State coach Deb Draper said. “(We’ll) learn from this one and we’re just going to go into the rest of our games stronger (and) we know what we have to fix.”
The Bulldogs (8-2) jumped out to a three-goal lead before Kilday answered with an unassisted strike at 19:33.
Adrian responded with a pair from Dugan and one strike from Duncan, which prompted the Lancers to call timeout and stop their opponent’s momentum.
Once play resumed, Worcester State (4-1) trimmed the deficit with two free possession goals, which came off the sticks of Connors and Lawlor, but Duncan responded with her team’s seventh tally at 5:01.
Lawlor answered with her second goal of the afternoon roughly four minutes later before the Lancers marched into the break trailing the Bulldogs, 7-4.
Once the second half commenced, Adrian pushed ahead for good by netting eight strikes in a span of 20 minutes, which provided the visitor’s with their eighth non-conference victory.
Worcester State’s Chase and O’Brien each located the back of the net in the second, but neither goal halted Adrian’s offensive onslaught.
“It’s good to play somebody you have no clue of what’s coming (because) you’re getting different styles and all that and when you get into the big tournament, (it) could actually develop more poise (for your squad),” explained Draper.
“Anything that can be thrown at you can be thrown at you, and you can adapt and adjust for it, so being able to (play these) teams makes a big difference for you. It’s not the same old, same old.”
With the loss, Worcester State’s four-game winning streak concludes, but the Lancers will have a chance to return to the win column on Tuesday when they host Becker College at 7 p.m. After their contest against the Hawks, the Lancers will host Colby-Sawyer on Thursday before they travel to Bridgewater on Saturday for their first MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) duel.
“It’s going to be an interesting week,” said Draper. “We have to prepare and right now I’m not even thinking about Colby-Sawyer or Bridgewater State (because) we need to be focused on getting our legs back under us and getting ourselves ready for Becker.”
According to the latest D3Hoops.com poll, WPI’s men’s basketball team leaped one spot to no. 18. The Engineers were previously the 19th best team in the country, but following their recent victories against Fitchburg State and Rhode Island College, WPI is now a spot higher.
The Engineers did not begin the season on the website’s poll, but did receive votes. They debuted during the week of December 9 (third week of the season) and haven’t departed since.
Excluding victories against Fitchburg and Rhode Island, the Engineers have also defeated Becker College, Curry College, Husson College and Salem State. They’ll face two more non-conference foes (Colby-Sawyer on Dec. 30 and St. Joe’s (Maine) on Jan. 2) before they embark on NEWMAC (New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference) play against Babson College on January 5.
Other Notes:The two other Massachusetts schools that earned spots this week were Amherst College and Williams College. Amherst dropped from 22 to 25, while Williams re-emerged for the second time this season at 24.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference, (ECAC) announced on Monday that Wheaton College’s women’s lacrosse team earned the top seed in the Div. III New England tournament, which is slated to begin on Wednesday, May 9, and end on Sunday, May 13.
Wheaton, who’ll host the weekend’s final-four and championship, will face the winner of Wednesday’s match between No. 4 Framingham State – No. 5 Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, May 12 at noon.
No. 2 Lassell will face-off against No. 3 Smith College at 3pm on Saturday, too, and the winner will advance to Sunday’s championship, which will commence at 12pm.