D3 Lacrosse: 2018 Women’s Midseason Report

NS D3Lax Midseason Report

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to April, New England D3 Lax fans! We have officially made it to the mid-way point of the 2018 season – crazy, right?

With just a few weeks remaining before conference tournaments begin, let’s take a spin around the New England landscape and check-in on every conference.

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Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott College and Roger Williams meet in an important Wednesday afternoon showdown – the winner of this game will most likely be the front-runner for the top seed in the CCC Tournament. Endicott will look to bounce back following a tough loss to Tufts University, while the Hawks will look to extend their winning streak to four games.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Roger Williams. The Hawks boast the best overall record in the CCC and should find a way to not only get past Endicott this afternoon, but also their remaining league foes.

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): Despite an early season setback to Colby-Sawyer, the Mount Ida College Mustangs have been on a roll, winning eight-straight. They will face Johnson & Wales in two weeks – that game will most likely decide the regular season winner.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Mount Ida – let’s go Mustang City!

Little East Conference (LEC): Plymouth State should remain the favorite in the LEC, but don’t be shocked if Keene State catches up to them. The Owls are currently riding a four-game winning streak, as of early Wednesday (Apr. 4th) afternoon, and will certainly be read for their showdown with Plymouth State in a few weeks.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): As much as I want to pick Keene State, I think Plymouth State will find a way to win the regular season crown.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Westfield State was my initial pick earlier this season, but I certainly wouldn’t overlook Framingham State, which is one of four teams that currently boasts a 1-0 league ledger. The Rams face a tough task this weekend against a talented Bridgewater State squad that is also 1-0 in MASCAC play. A win for Framingham State could certainly be a momentum boost for the Black and Gold, but the Bears should find a way to slow down their rival.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Bridgewater State. The Bears have done quite well outside the conference and should be the team to beat in late April/early May.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): At the moment, the race for the regular season crown is wide open, but perhaps this is the year Southern Vermont wins it all? The Mountaineers have appeared in the NECC playoffs the past three seasons and should certainly be a team to watch over the next few weeks.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Southern Vermont. The Mountaineers scored their first win of the season earlier this week over Newbury College and should be able to gain some momentum over the next few weeks, especially with a win over Becker College on Saturday, April 7th.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Middlebury College is clearly the favorite, but don’t count out the following: Amherst CollegeTrinity College and Tufts University. All three teams certainly has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the Panthers, but this maybe the year the Panthers win the conference and go deep in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Middlebury College. As much as I would like to pick Trinity or Tufts, I think the road to a NESCAC crown will go through Vermont.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Babson College scored an impressive win recently over Springfield College, which could help them claim the regular season crown. The Beavers still need to a few more wins to sew up the top seed – one game to circle will be a conference tilt with Coast Guard Academy next Saturday, April 14th. The Bears have been a great story this season, winning eight of nine contests thus far, as of early Wednesday (Apr. 4th) afternoon.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Babson College. The Beavers’ win over Springfield College last month was exactly what the Green and White needed to set themselves up for a successful final few weeks of the regular season.

North Atlantic Conference (NAC): As of now, it appears New England College is the front-runner, but make sure to keep an eye on Castleton University and Husson University over the next few weeks. This conference maybe run currently by NEC, but come tournament time, anything this possible!

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): New England College. The Pilgrims are averaging close tp 15 goals per game – they currently average 14.90 markers per contest. Their offense could provide challenges for Castleton or Husson, but a match-up in the final against Colby-Sawyer could be an interesting one.

D3 Hoops: Friday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was another busy late-afternoon/evening of New England D3 Hoops and below are the outcomes from both the Little East Conference (LEC) and North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semifinals.

Little East Conference (LEC) 

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Eastern Conn. 92, No. 4 Western Conn. 82
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Keene State 95, No. 3 UMass Boston 84
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 UMass Dartmouth 76, No. 4 Eastern Conn. 63
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 UMass Boston 61, No. 3 So. Maine 46

North Atlantic Conference (NAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 New England College 71, No. 5 Maine-Farmington 56
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 3 Colby-Sawyer 89, No. 2 Husson 76
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 4 Maine Maritime 57, No. 1 Castleton 49
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Husson 54, No. 2 Colby-Sawyer 49

Friday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

Eastern Connecticut State University advanced to the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship following a semifinal win over UMass Boston on Friday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Here are the results from Friday’s conference tournament action with links to box scores, courtesy D3Hoops.com:

Thomas 71, Castleton 57 (MBB) 

Husson 98, Lyndon State 84 (MBB) 

Keene State 85, UMass Dartmouth 67 (MBB) 

Eastern Connecticut 86, UMass Boston 58 (MBB)

New England Coll. 52, Castleton 48 (WBB)

Husson 87, Colby-Sawyer 49 (WBB) 

New England D3 Notebook: Colby-Sawyer, Regis To Join The GNAC

The GNAC will welcome Colby-Sawyer (2018-19) and Regis College (2017-18) as full-time members.
The GNAC will welcome Colby-Sawyer (2018-19) and Regis College (2017-18) as full-time members.

By Matt Noonan 

In case you missed yesterday’s announcement, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) announced that Colby-Sawyer and Regis College have accepted invitations to join the league, beginning with the Pride in 2017-18 and Chargers in 2018-19.

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.

For more information on the conference — HOP HERE

Mass. College Field Hockey: Anna Maria’s Lowe Sets Career Record

By NoontimeSports.com 

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.