D3 Lax: Western New England Men’s Lacrosse Picked To Capture The CCC

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was announced today – Wednesday, February 14th – that the Western New England men’s lacrosse team was picked to capture the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown, per the conference’s release.

The Golden Bears collected five of nine first-place votes, while Endicott College, which checked-in second overall, earned a quartet of first-place nods.

Both teams last met in the 2017 CCC title game with the Gulls defeating the Golden Bears, 12-9. Endicott then advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament, but fell to SUNY Cortland in the opening round.

University of New England, Roger Williams and Curry College rounded out the to five, checking-in third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Nichols College, Salve Regina and Wentworth Institute of Technology each slid into the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, while Gordon College earned the final position, checking-in ninth overall.

WNE concluded its 2017 season 8-10 overall, including 7-1 in CCC play. The Golden Bears entered the conference tournament as the second seed and defeated UNE in the semifinals.

Nick Beauchamp and Jared Ward will be counted on to lead the Golden Bears this season, who begin their 2018 campaign on Tuesday, February 27 when they visit Keene State for a 4 p.m. face-off. Four days later, they will host Lasell College on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. before making the short trek to Amherst College the following Tuesday (March 6th) for 6 p.m. face-off.

D3 Lax: Johnson & Wales Women’s Lacrosse Picked To Capture The GNAC

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 13th) that the Johnson & Wales University women’s lacrosse team was projected to capture the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), per the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.

The Wildcats secured seven of 11 first-place votes while Lasell College, which checked-in second overall, secured a pair of first-place nods. Saint Joseph’s (Maine) also earned a pair of first-place nods, too – the Monks slid into the third position, while Mount Ida College and Emmanuel College rounded out the top five, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Simmons College, Regis College and Norwich University secured the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, while Rivier and Alberts Magnus checked-in ninth and 10th overall. Saint Joseph (Conn.) secured the final position, checking in 11th overall.

Johnson & Wales captured the GNAC crown last season by defeating Simmons, 19-5, thanks to an impressive nine-point performance (five goals, four assists) from Maria Patane, who was selected to the All-Touyrnament Team. Lydia Knapp was also named to the All-Tournament Team, while also being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) after recording five points on four goals and one assist.

The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first-time in program history last May, but saw their historic 2017 campaign conclude against Babson College. Johnson & Wales concluded its season with a school record 16-5 mark and will certainly be a team to watch in New England this spring.

Johnson & Wales will commence its 2018 campaign on Saturday, February 24 with a trip to UMass Dartmouth – opening draw is scheduled for 12 p.m.

D3 Lax Roundup: Four NESCAC Teams Appear On USILA/Nike Preseason Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

A brand new season of New England Division III lacrosse is right around the corner, so get excited!

And to get us even more eager for a brand new season, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) released its 2018 preseason coaches poll yesterday, which found four New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams earn spots on the 20-team list.

Wesleyan University checked-in second overall, while Salisbury University and and RIT earned the first and third positions, respectively.

Tufts University slid into the eighth position, while Amherst College earned the 10th spot. Bates College was the final NESCAC team to earn a spot on the poll as they checked-in 11th overall.

Denison University and York College rounded out the top five spots, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Wesleyan captured last season’s NESCAC crown by defeating Middlebury College in the conference tournament final before advancing to the NCAA Division III semifinals. The Cardinals would see its season conclude against RIT, which advanced to the championship game to face Salisbury at Gillette Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the Tigers, 15-7, to capture their second-straight title and fourth since outlasting Tufts in 2011.

The NESCAC lacrosse season officially kicks-off next month on Saturday, February 24 with Bates facing RIT in Amherst, Massachusetts with face-off scheduled 4 p.m. The Bobcats will then return to action four days later when they host Babson College on Wednesday, February 28 at 5 p.m.

New England College Wins Second-Straight NAC Men’s Lax Title

By Matt Noonan  (@MattNoonan11) 

For the second-straight season, the New England College men’s lacrosse team captured the Northeast Athletic Conference (NAC), defeating Castleton in tournament final this afternoon, 12-3.

New England’s Matt Richard led all scorers with five points on three goals and two assists, while Daniel Medvetz concluded the contest with a trio of assists one goal.

The Pilgrims, who led the Spartans 4-2 at the break, pushed ahead for good with a six-goal third quarter, which provided the hosts with a commanding 10-2 lead. Richard and Sean Largay would net New England’s final goals in the fourth quarter to secure the team’s second-straight conference crown.

Similar to last season, the Pilgrims secured an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which will commence next week. The pairings for this year’s tournament will be announced tomorrow evening at 9:00 p.m.

Lasell, Mount Ida Wrap Up Top Two Spots In Upcoming GNAC Tournament

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Lasell College clinched the top spot in the upcoming GNAC Tournament on Wednesday with an impressive 19-12 victory over Emmanuel College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Lasell College and Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse teams sewed-up the top two spots in the upcoming Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament yesterday after registering a win in their respective contest.

The conference’s six-team tournament begins next week with a pair of first round contests on Tuesday (May 2nd) with the winners advancing to the semifinals on Thursday. (May 4th).

Lasell (top seed) and Mount Ida (second seed) will each host a semifinal with the championship contest scheduled for Saturday (May 6th) at the highest remaining seed.

Lasell secured the regular season crown on Wednesday with a 19-12 victory over Emmanuel College. The contest was a re-match of last year’s conference title game, which saw the Saints edge the Lasers, 14-13, in Boston.

Austin Tomasetti highlighted his team’s seven-point victory by recording his 100th career point on his 16th goal of the season. Tomasetti concluded the contest with a team-high four assists.

Alex McCormack-Kuhman and Josh Gallant each netted four goals in their team’s 10th win of the season (seventh league victory).

The Lasers will celebrate ‘Senior Day’ this Saturday, April 29th when they host Anna Maria College with face-off scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Mount Ida stretched its current winning streak to six games yesterday with an 11-8 win over Rivier. Their sixth league win provided the Mustangs with the second seed for the second time in three seasons.

As noted on yesterday’s release, the Mustangs were the second seed in the 2015 GNAC Tournament. That season, they defeated Norwich University in the semifinals, but fell to Emmanuel College in the championship.

Kyle Ton (three goals) and Chad Coehlo (three goals and one assist) combined for seven points, while Cam Hayward deflected 12 of 20 shots between the pipes.

Mount Ida will conclude its regular season slate on Saturday when they entertain Saint Joseph’s (Maine) with face-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Endicott Finishes CCC Play Undefeated, Secures Top Sports In Tournament

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Following a 15-4 win this afternoon over Gordon College, the Endicott College men’s lacrosse team capped its regular season with a perfect 8-0 ledger in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play, along with the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

The CCC Tournament will commence this Saturday, April 29th with a pair of first-round games with the winners advancing to next Wednesday’s (May 3rd) semifinals.

The championship will occur a week from this Saturday – that would be Saturday, May 6th, to be exact – with the winner securing the conference’s automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Will Jennings highlighted his team’s final regular season outing, netting five goals, while dishing out a pair of assists. Colin Bannon concluded the contest with two goals and two assists, Will Clark recorded a hat trick and Tommy Hughes won 15 of 17 face-offs.

Endicott outshot Gordon, 45-37, while scooping 48 ground balls, including 15 in the second session.

Gordon, which concluded its 2017 season this afternoon, received a team-high two goals from Thor Rasmussen.

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NECC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Preview: Can Regis Repeat?

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Regis College men’s lacrosse enters the NECC Tournament as the top seed, but also the defending tournament champions. (PHOTO CREDIT: Regis College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

After finishing league play undefeated, Regis College men’s lacrosse will look to capture its second-straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) postseason crown this week when they open tournament play tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th against fourth-seed Mitchell College.

Regis defeated Mitchell in its season finale last Saturday, thanks to a combined 12 points from AJ Karofsky (four goals and two assists) and Calvin Brault (four goals and two assists).

A win for the Pride would send them to Saturday’s (Apr. 29th) championship game against either Daniel Webster (second seed) or Becker College (third seed).

The Eagles and Hawks will also begin tournament play tomorrow, competing in New Hampshire with face-off set for 4:00 p.m.

Daniel Webster, which lost just one league contest this season, will face Becker for the second time in four days. The Eagles soared past the Hawks last Saturday by a score of 7-1, thanks to a pair of goals and assists from Gavin Abbott, who is current sixth in the league in goals (24). Tre Mason (Daniel Webster) leads all NECC scorers with 38 goals.

Last season, Regis captured its first-ever NECC Tournament crown, defeating Becker in the championship game by a score of 10-6. The four-goal victory capped the team’s best season in program history as Regis finished its campaign with 13 wins.

Noontime’s Prediction: Regis maybe the favorite heading into this year’s tournament, but I certainly would not overlook Daniel Webster or Becker, two teams that were edged by the Pride earlier this season by one goal. The Pride needed an extra session to beat the Hawks, while its defense dashed a fourth quarter rally against the Eagles.

I’ll take Regis over Mitchell and Daniel Webster over Becker. In the championship game, I’ll take the Eagles over the Pride. 

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