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Noontime’s D3 Lacrosse Weekend Watch (March 18-20)

Caleb Holdridge and the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team have won three-straight contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brad Clift/CGA Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Happy Friday, everyone – if you’re in Massachusetts (or some part of New England), hopefully, you’re taking advantage of the gorgeous spring weather today.

While March Madness might be the focus of many, both today and this weekend, I do want to share (and highlight) a few New England NCAA Division III lacrosse games to follow this weekend, beginning with an important conference meeting in Babson Park.

Babson College will host Coast Guard Academy on Saturday with the two teams meeting for the first time since last season’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament final (the Beavers beat the Bears to secure their first-ever conference tournament crown).

The Beavers enter Saturday’s meeting with some momentum from last week’s overtime win against Endicott CollegeLee Sipes scored the game-winner while finishing the non-league tilt with two goals and one assist to go with one ground ball.

Prior to their exciting win against the Gulls, Babson won two of three contests, including a season-opening win against Roger Williams University.  

Coast Guard Academy has rebounded from an 0-2 start, winning three-straight non-league tilts this month, including an 18-7 victory on Wednesday against Maritime College (N.Y.). Caleb Holdridge, a junior attack from Waterford, Connecticut, highlighted his team’s win over the Privateers with four goals and four assists to go with one ground ball and one caused turnover.  

Holdridge has been a player to watch on the Bears this season, tallying 28 points on 11 goals and 17 helpers in five contests.

Babson is 4-2 all-time against Coast Guard with the series between the two programs beginning in 2015. They have won one of two meetings with the Bears at MacDowell Field.

If the Beavers are going to be victorious, they will need to win most of the face-offs and scoop more ground balls. So far this season, the Green and White are 2-0 when they win both categories.

Another NEWMAC game to watch tomorrow features Wheaton College, the team that currently sits atop the league standings with a 7-0 record. The Lyons will visit Springfield College, which has won one of four meetings thus far – they recently lost a heartbreaker to Endicott on Tuesday in overtime.

Saturday’s meeting between the Lyons and Pride will be a good test for coach Kyle Hart’s squad, which has edged its last two opponents by one goal.

While Wheaton has been an exciting story this spring, the same could be said for Emerson College, a team that has won seven of eight contests this season. The Lions will host Eastern Connecticut State tomorrow with a face-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Finally, don’t overlook MIT – the Engineers have won all five of its early-season contests and will attempt to claim its first league win tomorrow when they welcome Clark University to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ryan Gebhardt has been the player to watch on MIT this spring as the graduate student has scored 30 goals in five contests while tallying 10 assists. He currently leads the conference in goals but is second in points behind Emerson’s Birk Swan, who has produced 43 points on 19 goals and 24 helpers.  

A few other men’s lacrosse games to watch this weekend:

Williams College at Bowdoin College on Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Polar Bears have won four-straight contests, including two New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) meetings. They will look to win their fifth game against an Ephs squad that lost to Union College last Thursday.  

Wesleyan University at Colby College on Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Cardinals have produced 22 goals or more in all four contests this season. Can they continue their early-season momentum against a Mules squad that is seeking its first conference win? We’ll have to wait and see.

Curry College at Western Connecticut on Sunday at 2 p.m.: The Continentals saw their four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday against The College of Wooster. Keep an eye on Kai Bruneau, the first-year attack from West Haven, Connecticut, who could help the home team return to the win column on Sunday.    

D3 Lax Notebook: Make It 22-Straight Wins for Salisbury University

Salisbury University women’s lacrosse has now won 22-straight contests, dating back to their first win of the 2021 season last February. (PHOTO COURTESY: Joey Gardner, FotoJoe Photography)

By Matt Noonan

Another busy Saturday of NCAA Division III lacrosse is in the books.

Salisbury University women’s lacrosse cruised to its 22nd straight win against Catholic University, thanks to Erin Scannell, who registered her second hat trick of the season to go with one ground ball. Meredith Price also recorded three goals against the Cardinals while Mary Claire Hisle registered eight saves on 12 shots.

As a team, Salisbury scooped 23 ground balls and completed 22 of 28 clear attempts while tallying 30 shots, including 21 shots on goal.

Grace Hill highlighted Catholic’s effort with two points on one goal and one assist.

Salisbury, which has not lost a game in two years, will look to continue its early-season momentum on Saturday, February 26 when they welcome Washington and Lee to Sea Gull Stadium for a 12 p.m. opening draw.

Speaking of Washington and Lee, the Generals commenced their 2022 campaign with an exciting one-goal win over Franklin & Marshall.

Allie Schwab scored the game-winner with 11.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to clinch the Generals’ first win against the Diplomats since February 23, 2019.

Hanna Bishop concluded the contest with a team-high four points on three goals and one assist while Katherine Faria added two goals and one helper.

Faria provided the Generals with an early lead, which they did not relinquish, despite the Diplomats pulling within one goal seven times. Washington and Lee finished the game with 31 shots, including 21 on net compared to Franklin & Marshall, which tallied 25 shots.

Franklin & Marshall’s Marissa McGarrey led all players with four goals on eight shots to go with three draw controls. All four of McGarrey’s tallies came on free-position attempts.

Coach Peter Toner earned his initial win with Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse on Saturday as the Bullets defeated Eastern University, 16-4.

Gettysburg, which has beaten Eastern nine times, was led by Kieran Ward (three goals, one assist, and five ground balls) and George Raymond (one goal and four assists).

Saturday’s win marked the first time Toner guided a Division III squad to a regular-season victory since 2008 when Wheaton College beat Babson College, 11-7.  

Other highlights from the third busy Saturday of the 2022 college lacrosse season:

Noontime’s D3 Lacrosse Games to Watch (Feb. 17-18)

Kate Olsen and the Catholic University women’s lacrosse team will begin their 2022 campaign on Saturday against Salisbury University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Stumme)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another busy weekend of lacrosse has arrived — are you ready?

We are, especially with more teams competing for the first (or second) time this season.

Every Friday, we will be highlighting a few games to watch in NCAA Division III, beginning with a possible postseason preview between Catholic University and Salisbury University.


FEATURED GAME: Salisbury University at Catholic University: Saturday, February 19 at 1 p.m. (Women’s Lacrosse): The Sea Gulls head to Washington D.C. with hopes of extending their 21-game winning streak, which dates to their initial win of the 2021 season.

Last weekend, Salisbury began its title defense with a 15-5 win over Stevenson University, thanks to Erin Scannell and Delaney Hill, who combined for six goals and one assist. Mary Claire Hisle concluded the contest with seven saves and was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Defensive Player of the Week.

Catholic will compete for the first time since since their second-round postseason matchup last May with St. John Fisher, which saw an impressive 10-game winning streak snapped.

Prior to an early exit in the national playoffs, the Cardinals captured their seventh-straight Landmark Conference crown before beating Becker College in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Kate Olsen returns for her junior season after leading the Cardinals with 33 goals to go with nine assists, 10 ground balls, and seven caused turnovers. She will be joined on the offensive end by Caroline Beckett (attack) and Clare Richards (midfield).


Whittier College at Rhodes College: Friday, February 18 at 8 p.m. (Men’s Lacrosse): After dropping a pair of non-conference games last weekend, the Lynx will look to score their first win of the 2022 season against a Poets squad that is returning to the field for the first time in two years. Drew Downes (four goals) and Jonathon Hazlehurst (two goals and two assists) will be two players to watch on Rhodes this evening.

Washington and Lee at Franklin & Marshall: Saturday, February 19 at 12 p.m. (Women’s Lacrosse): A pair of Top 10 teams will square off in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Saturday in what could be a potential postseason preview. Allie Schwab returns for her junior season with the Generals after leading the Blue and White in points (69) last season while placing third in goals (35). Mary Pat McKenna, who was the Centennial Conference (CC) Defensive Player of the Year last season, will be one of many players to watch on the Diplomats this spring.  

Eastern University at Gettysburg College: Saturday, February 19 at 1 p.m. (Men’s Lacrosse): A new chapter of Gettysburg lacrosse begins this weekend with coach Peter Toner leading the Bullets into their initial contest of the 2022 season against an Eagles squad that has lost its last eight meetings with the Blue and Orange. Toner, who spent the last 11 seasons with Penn State, played lacrosse at Springfield College and coached two seasons at Wheaton College (Mass.).  

Babson College at Roger Williams University: Saturday, February 19 at 1 p.m. (Men’s Lacrosse): The Beavers were picked to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and will certainly be a team to watch this spring. Babson beat Roger Williams in its season-opener two years ago by a score of 13-1, thanks to Owen Allen, who tallied six points on four goals and two assists.

The University of Redlands at George Fox: Saturday, February 19 at 8 p.m. (Women’s Lacrosse): Picked to win the Northwest Conference (NWC), the Bruins will look to commence their season with their first-ever win against a Bulldogs squad that has defeated the Navy Blue and White twice. George Fox returns 11 of 12 starters from last year’s squad, including Carleigh DeLapp, who led the squad in goals (58) while placing third in points (61).  

What We Learned From The Second Week of the 2022 NCAA D3 Lacrosse Season

Brett Gladstone recorded nine points in his team’s non-conference clash with Colorado College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Hunter Martin)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first two weeks of the 2022 NCAA Division III lacrosse season are in the books.

Perhaps most exciting story of the young season is the Grove City College men’s lacrosse team, which scored a pair of impressive wins this past weekend against Colorado College and Rhodes College.

Both wins were highlighted by an offense led by Brett Gladstone, who tallied 13 points on eight goals and five assists on 23 shots, including 15 shots on goal.

Zachary Hougan added 11 points on eight goals and three assists while Grant Evans won 28 of 41 face-offs.

Saturday’s opening day win against the Lynx was certainly impressive, but perhaps the Red and White’s best showing of the weekend came one day later with an eight-goal win against a Tigers squad that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals last May.

Gladstone highlighted the Wolverines’ win against Colorado College with nine points on seven goals and two assists while goalie Jack Petit recorded nine saves.

The Wolverines led the Tigers, 13-6, at the break before tacking on nine more goals during the final 30 minutes, including six in the final session.

Grove City entered the 2022 season with high expectations after winning 35 of 51 contests over the last four seasons, including two Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) titles. The Wolverines have competed in the NCAA postseason twice, but have yet to record their first tournament win in program history (Grove City has lost back-to-back opening-round games to Cabrini University and SUNY Maritime).

Following an impressive start to the 2022 season, coach Alec Jernstedt tweeted the following: “This weekend was big for the story of our program and our guys. They’ve had an unrelenting belief and work ethic for (five) seasons now and got their first win over a ranked opponent. I know (it’s) just the start and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Love this team.”

The Wolverines will be idle this week but will return to action next Saturday, February 26 when they visit Baldwin Wallace University.

Salisbury women’s lacrosse extends its winning streak

Make it 21-straight victories for the Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team, which scored an opening day victory over Stevenson University on Saturday.

Salisbury, which won the NCAA Division III championship last May, has not lost a game since falling to Gettysburg College on March 11, 2020.

Erin Scannell and Delaney Hill each recorded hat tricks in the win while Mary Claire Hisle turned aside seven of 12 shots in the Sea Gulls’ ten goals (15-5) victory over the Mustangs.

Caroline Murphy led Stevenson with four goals on eight shots to go with one caused turnover.

As a team, the Sea Gulls registered 10 ground balls, completed 18 of 19 clears, and fired 38 shots.

Salisbury will visit Catholic University on Saturday, February 19. Like the Sea Gulls, the Cardinals secured a spot on 2022 Inside Lacrosse/Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) preseason poll after concluding its 2021 season with a 10-1 record.

Extra, extra:

D3 Lacrosse: Five Teams To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 12-13)

Rick Smith will be one of a few student-athletes to watch on the Illinois Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Naprstek)

By NoontimeSports.com

The second week of the NCAA Division III lacrosse season began Sunday — February 6, to be exact — with more teams returning to the field this weekend.

Like we did last fall during football season, we will be highlighting five teams to watch every week this spring, so without further ado, let’s highlight the squads will be keeping our eyes on this weekend!


Colorado College (men’s lacrosse): A new chapter of Tigers men’s lacrosse begins this weekend with coach Mike Horowitz leading the Black and Gold into not one, but two contests.

Colorado College will travel to Memphis, Tennessee to compete against Illinois Wesleyan University on Saturday and Grove City College on Sunday.

Anders Erickson returns for his senior season after leading the team in goals (42), assists (44), and points (86) last spring where he became the second student-athlete in program history to record at least 40 goals and assists (or more) in a single season.  

Illinois Wesleyan University (men’s lacrosse): After an impressive 2021 campaign, which saw the Titans advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals, the Green and White return with expectations of not just winning the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) but perhaps contending for a national title.

IWU has the potential of a deep playoff run, but before the Green and White think about postseason lacrosse they will focus their attention on this weekend’s opponents: Colorado College and Rhodes College.

Saturday’s non-conference clash between the Titans and Tigers is what we would call a must-see, must-watch contest, which will feature some talented student-athletes on both ends of the field, including Rick Smith and Max Bousky, who were named the 2021 CCIW Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Smith produced 74 points on 49 goals and 25 assists while Bousky tallied a career-best 178 groundballs in 15 contests, which is an average of 11.86 ground balls per game.

The Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team clinched its second perfect season in program history last spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Joey Gardner, FotoJoe Photography)

Salisbury University (women’s lacrosse): After clinching its second perfect season in program history last May, coach Jim Nestor’s squad hopes to make a triumphant return to the national semifinals with hopes of contending for their second-straight championship.

Salisbury will take it one game at a time, the team’s motto for the 2022 campaign, which begins Saturday at Stevenson University. The two teams have not met since February 15, 2020, when the Sea Gulls soared past the Mustangs by a score of 14-2.

As expected, the Sea Gulls will be the team to watch this year, thanks to some key returners from last year’s squad, including Lydia McNulty, who produced career-highs in goals (62), points (72), ground balls (18), and caused turnovers (12). Additionally, McNulty was one of two student-athletes to locate the back of the net 11 times on 18 free position shots (Erin Scannell also converted 11 of 18 free position shots).  

Mary Clair Hisle returns between the pipes after starting all 20 games last spring.

Rhodes College (men’s lacrosse): Picked to finish second in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) inaugural preseason poll, the Lynx will once again be a team to watch, both in and outside of their conference, as well as this weekend against Grove City and Illinois Wesleyan.

Rhodes won five of nine games last spring, but lost to Centre College twice, including the conference championship.

Matt Leone and Ryan Dancy return after leading the Red and White in scoring while Tyler Pellegrino is back – he led the unit with 10 assists.

Virginia Wesleyan University (women’s lacrosse): After producing a 2-12 season last spring, the Marlins will look to begin its 2022 campaign with a win when they welcome Methodist University to campus for a Sunday matinee.

The Marlins and Monarchs have met four times with each squad winning two matchups.

Last season, Virginia Wesleyan trimmed a 12-4 deficit at the break with 10 second-half goals, which unfortunately was not enough to defeat Methodist, which tallied eight markers during the final 30 minutes.

Mikayla Callahan returns after leading the squad with 36 draw controls while Helen Kennedy-Butler is back after an impressive first season, which saw the Bel Air, Maryland native produce a team-high 21 goals and 27 points on 41 shots (Natalie Dunn also recorded 41 shots last spring).