The Patriot League Will Play Football This Spring

By NoontimeSports.com

There will be a Patriot League football season taking place this school year.

Patriot League (PHOTO COURTESY: BU.edu)

As announced earlier today, the Patriot League plans to play a shortened season this spring, beginning Saturday, March 13 and concluding Saturday, April 14 with a championship game between the winner of the North and South Divisions. Colgate, Fordham, and Holy Cross will compete in the North Division while Bucknell, Lafayette, and Lehigh will makeup the South Division.

All six teams will play four contests, including two non-divisional games.

Georgetown won’t compete in the Patriot League’s spring season, but does hope to welcome back student-athletes to campus later this year to begin preparations for its 2021-22 academic year schedule.

The Patriot League scheduled a make-up date for Saturday, April 17.

Football is just one of many sports that is currently slated to occur this spring, pending it is safe to compete due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Other fall sports are expected to take place this spring, including field hockey, soccer, and volleyball.

BU Women’s Basketball Remains Perfect, Tops Holy Cross, 72-56

Katie Nelson netted a game-high 20 points on Tuesday as Boston University topped Holy Cross for its second-straight win. (PHOTO COURTESY: The Daily Free Press/HANNAH YOSHINAGA/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF)

By Matt Noonan

Make it two-straight for the Boston University women’s basketball team, which secured its first home-and-home sweep of the 2020-21 season this afternoon with a 72-56 victory over Holy Cross in Worcester.

Katie Nelson netted double-figures for the second-straight day, finishing with a game-high 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting to go with six assists, two steals, and one block. Maggie Pina chipped in 11 points while Kelsi Mingo added eight points, two assists, and one steal off the bench.

Cara McCormack led the Crusaders with 18 points on 6 of 14 shooting while Oluchi Ezemma led all players with 10 rebounds.

The Terriers led by five points after one quarter before securing a 35-17 lead at the break, but the Crusaders would reduce the deficit during the final two sessions, as well as outscore the visitors, 24-17, during the final frame. Boston University limited Holy Cross to just seven points in the second quarter, which was the lowest amount of points the Purple and White have produced in eight quarters this winter.

As of this evening, Boston University is one of three teams in the Patriot League without a setback – the Terriers will look to continue their early season momentum on Saturday, January 9 when they visit Colgate for a 1 p.m. tip-off.

Holy Cross is scheduled to compete in a home-and-home series with Army this weekend – the two teams will begin the series in New York on Saturday, January 9 with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m.

Butler’s Late Freebie Sends Holy Cross Past BU, 68-66

Austin Butler’s final basket of Tuesday’s contest – a free throw – helped Holy Cross win its first game of the 2020-21 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Austin Butler‘s final basket – a free throw with four seconds remaining in the second half – helped the Holy Cross men’s basketball team secure its first win of the 2020-21 season with a 68-66 victory over Boston University.

Butler finished his team’s second contest of the season with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting to go with seven rebounds, two steals, and one block, while Gerrale Gates netted a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting.

Holy Cross, which fell to Boston University yesterday in Worcester, led the host Terriers by a score of 38-37 at the break. They would outscore BU, 30-29, in the second half.

As a team, the Crusaders converted 27 of 59 shots while the Terriers netted 24 of 65 buckets. BU held an advantage in field goals beyond the arc, sinking 7 of 26 attempts. Holy Cross converted just 6 of 18 trifectas as a team. The Terriers did win the battle of the boards, however, by finishing with 44 caroms, including 16 offensive rebounds.

Jack Hemphill led Boston University with 16 points off. the bench while Javante McCoy finished with 15 points.

The two teams will meet later this month for their second home-and-home series.

Both teams will return to the hardwood this Saturday, January with Holy Cross hosting Army for a 2 p.m. tip-off while Colgate will visit Boston University for a 6 p.m. start. All four teams make-up the Patriot League‘s North Division.

Mass. College Sports: Sunday Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Sunday featured a variety of basketball games, along with one hockey game, and below are the outcomes and highlights.

Men’s Basketball 

Boston College 67, Philadelphia 50: Ryan Anderson’s double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds (12 defensive boards) helped the Eagles defeat the Rams and snap a three-game skid. Olivier Hanlan poured in 14 points and recorded six rebounds and four assists, while Alex Dragicevich netted 12 points.

Norfolk State 86, Boston University 82 (OT): Pendarvis Williams, who scored a game-best 27 points, netted six points during the final minute, which helped Norfolk State force an extra session. John Papale led BU with 18 points, while Maurice Watson Jr. finished with a double-double of 16 points and 12 assists.

Fairfield 64, Northeastern University 60: The Stags ballooned a 10-point advantage at the break into a four-point victory thanks to a game-high 23 points from Marcus Gilbert, who also registered six boards, two blocks and one steal. Scott Eatherton led the Huskies with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds (11 defensive boards).

Women’s Basketball

Northeastern University 81, Maine 55: Jewel Tunstull registered a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Kazzidy Stewart netted 14 points as the Huskies defeated the visiting Black Bears.

Boston College 65, New Hampshire 40: Kat Cooper netted a career-best 21 points, including five triples as the Eagles defeated the Wildcats and picked up their third straight win.

Regis 59, Western Conn. State 52: The Pride extended its winning streak to five games as an early 10-0 lead transformed into a seven-point non-conference victory. Regis’ Emilee Marro led all scorers with 15 points, while Amanda Hawkesworth netted 14 points.

Quick Note: UMass Lowell’s contest against Central Connecticut was cancelled due to the weather.

Men’s Ice Hockey

UMass 3, Colgate 2: The Minutemen relied on three special teams goals to earn not only a weekend sweep, but also their sixth win of the season. Steven Iacobellis scored two goals, including his first-ever shorthanded strike in the opening period. Michael Pereira netted his fifth goal of the season on a power play in the second period.

Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Evening Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the scores and results from this evening’s contests.

QUICK NOTE: All games below were men’s ice hockey tilts. No local women’s games were played today. 

UMass 2, Colgate 0: Troy Power and Conor Sheary each netted one goal, while Steve Mastalerz deflected 18 shots as the Minutemen defeated Colgate in non-conference action. Both teams will return to the ice tomorrow, face-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Bentley 4, Boston University 1: Brett Switzer recorded one goal and one assist, while Steve Weinstein registered two helpers as the Falcons shocked the Terriers in their first-ever meeting. BU’s Matt Lane lit the lamp for the fourth time this season in the third period, which trimmed the deficit to 3-1.

Maine 5, AIC 1: Chris Porter provided the Yellow Jackets with an early lead before the Black Bears netted five straight goals to secure a weekend sweep. AIC’s Ryan Kerpan finished the contest with 39 saves.