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Rhodes Women’s Lacrosse Seeks Its Seventh-Straight SAA Title

Baylee Barker and the Rhodes College women’s lacrosse team will attempt to win its seventh-straight SAA crown on Sunday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rhodes College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Since their inaugural season in 2014, the Rhodes College women’s lacrosse team has been a squad to watch in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).

Rhodes has captured six-straight league crowns and recently clinched its fifth-straight undefeated conference season when they defeated Berry College earlier this month by a score of 24-3.

The 21-goal victory over the Vikings was followed by an impressive 26-3 win this past weekend against Birmingham-Southern College, which provided Rhodes with a spot in Sunday’s SAA Finals.

Rhodes will meet Sewanee in this year’s SAA Championship with the winner advancing to next month’s NCAA Division III Tournament.

Sunday will mark the second time the Lynx and Tigers square off in the SAA Championship as Rhodes defeated Sewanee in 2015 to claim its initial title in program history. The three-goal (13-10) victory would be followed by Rhodes’ first-ever national postseason win against Meredith College.  

Franklin & Marshall defeated the Lynx in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Rhodes enters its seventh-straight conference championship riding a six-game winning streak, which began last month with a 19-8 victory over Transylvania University. Prior to their win over the Pioneers, Rhodes scored some impressive non-league wins against Colorado College (11-10 OT) and Illinois Wesleyan University (18-5). Additionally, Rhodes survived a shootout last month with Rowan University (17-15).

Emily Bruner is one of many players to watch on the Lynx – the junior attack from Gaithersburg, Maryland leads the team in points (103) and assists (90). Baylee Barker leads the squad in goals (62) while Payton Bennett has chipped in 51 goals and 21 assists.  

Bruner’s 103 points are the most recorded by any SAA student-athletes while Barker and Bennett are in the Top 10 goals scored.

Sewanee’s Hattie Fogarty is also in the SAA Top 10 in goals and points and will certainly be a player to watch on Sunday after leading her squad to a 14-9 victory over Centre College in the SAA semifinals.

Fogarty concluded her team’s contest with the Colonels by tallying five goals on 11 shots to go with a season-high six ground balls.

Fogarty and the Tigers rank second in the SAA in goals scored with 287 but will face a challenging test on Sunday against the league’s best defense, which has yielded 124 goals in 16 contests (that is an average of 7.75 goals per game). Rhodes’ defense held Sewanee to a season-low six goals in last month’s meeting with the Tigers being shut out in two frames (second and third quarters).  

In addition to Rhodes’ impressive attack and midfield, fans should certainly keep their eye on the squad’s goalies: Emma Bradley and Olivia Wood. The duo combined for nine saves in this previous meeting with Sewanee, and lead all SAA goalies in goals-against average.

Sunday’s championship, which will take place at Mason Field in Memphis, Tennessee, is scheduled to commence at 1 p.m. eastern.

Noontime’s Five D3 Men’s Lacrosse Teams to Watch in April

Cross Ferrara and the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team have won 11-straight contests this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brad Boardman)

By Matt Noonan

We’re a few days into the final month of the regular season for NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse, which seems hard to fathom. But luckily, there is still plenty of lacrosse to be played – don’t worry, the season is not over yet!

However, I believe there are a few teams – may be more than a few? – that we should certainly keep our eyes on down the stretch and possibly next month once the postseason begins.

Yet, before we look too far down the road, allow me to share the five teams I’ll be watching this month.


Salisbury University: I believe the Sea Gulls are the best team in Division III. But that’s my opinion.  

Salisbury secured 23 first-place votes for this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) D-III Top 20 Poll after capping the second month with three big wins over Colorado College, Whittier College, and Stevenson University.

Their most recent matchup with Stevenson was a challenging one, which saw the Mustangs outscore the Sea Gulls, 5-3 in the third quarter (Salisbury led 9-4 at the break).  

The Sea Gulls will certainly be challenged over the next few weeks with upcoming matchups against a pair of ranked teams, including Christopher Newport, which secured the second position on this week’s USILA Top 20 Poll after checking in fourth one week ago. Neither team has dropped a game this spring, so their matchup next Saturday, April 16 could feature a pair of unbeaten squads.

Christopher Newport: The Captains looked impressive in their last outing, beating Williams College by a score of 15-2.

The non-conference meeting with the Ephs was highlighted by a career-high 18 saves by Zac Hanway. Andrew Cook tallied six goals, which is the most any member of the team has recorded against a nationally-ranked opponent.

Christopher Newport will compete later today against Southern Virginia University before turning its attention to Salisbury, along with the University of Mary Washington and Colorado College.

The Captains have scored five wins this season against nationally-ranked foes and will certainly look to continue their momentum over the next few weeks.

Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears head into this evening’s meeting with Bates College riding a nine-game winning streak.

Bowdoin has won five New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchups, along with a pair of regional victories over Babson College and Western New England.

I believe the Polar Bears are the best team in the NESCAC, however, I am interested to see how they do against Tufts University later this month. But given the way they have played these last few weeks; I find it hard to see this team losing its current momentum down the stretch.

Keep an eye on Will Byrne, a sophomore from Darrien, Connecticut, that tied the school’s single-game program record with 11 points (five points and six assists) last month against Western New England.

RPI: The Engineers have certainly bounced back following a 12-9 setback to Williams last month with a pair of wins, including a 13-12 victory last weekend against RIT.

Cooper Urban concluded his team’s meeting with the Tigers with three goals and three assists while Joseph Perry recorded 23 saves.  

The win over RIT provided RPI with the top spot in the Liberty League (LL) with a 3-0 record (the Engineers currently boast a 9-1 overall record).

RPI has certainly been on my radar this spring by commencing its current campaign with seven-straight wins. They will certainly face some challenges down the stretch, beginning next Saturday with a big matchup with Union College.

Union College: The Dutchmen have scored some impressive wins thus far, including recent victories over Middlebury College, St. Lawrence University, and Tufts.

Their next three matchups will certainly tell us more about a team that I believe can compete for both a conference crown and national championship.

Union will visit St. John Fisher College this afternoon (face-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.) and RIT this Saturday, April 9.

Keep your eyes on goalie Dan Donahue, who was recently named the Liberty League’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week for the fifth time this spring.

Amherst-Tufts Headlines Another Big Weekend of NESCAC Lacrosse

PJ Clementi and the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team will visit Tufts University on Sunday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour)

By Matt Noonan

Another busy weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse has arrived – let’s celebrate!

Despite some unsettled weather moving through the Northeast, there are plenty of games to watch (and follow, of course), including Sunday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash between Amherst College and Tufts University.

Tufts enters its second league meeting with a two-game winning streak – the Jumbos scored an impressive win last night against Springfield College, thanks to Mac Bredahl, who scored six goals on seven shots.  

Bredhal will certainly be a player to watch against the Mammoths as the senior attack has enjoyed a successful start to his squad’s 2022 campaign by tallying 16 points on 12 goals and four helpers to go with 18 shots and one ground ball.

In addition to Bredhal, fans should keep their eyes on Jack Boyden (nine goals and five assists), Kurt Bruun (seven goals and three assists), and Camden Kelleher (six goals and four assists).

Amherst, which did not compete last spring, scored its first win of the season last Saturday in a come-from-behind win against Hamilton College. The Mammoths outscored the Continentals, 7-4, during the final two sessions.

Brock Gonzalez highlighted the opening day win with four goals, one ground ball, and one caused turnover while PJ Clementi tallied four goals and two helpers.

Last Saturday’s win was the first for coach Sean Woods, who previously paced the sidelines at Colorado College.

Tufts topped Amherst in its last regular-season meeting two years ago before the lacrosse season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. One year earlier, the Jumbos edged the Mammoths in the regular season by a score of 15-14 before Amherst beat the Jumbos one month later in the NCAA Tournament.

Amherst would advance to the national championship in 2019, but see its title hopes dashed by Cabrini University.

Wesleyan University will look to win its third-straight contest on Sunday when they welcome Stevens Institute of Technology to Middletown, Connecticut.

The Cardinals have outscored their first two opponents by a score of 47-13, thanks to a slew of contributions on both ends of the field.

Matt Gill currently leads the Cardinals in points (14) and assists (nine) – he has also scooped six ground balls.

Justin Hazard leads Wesleyan in goals with seven and Tyler Campbell has won 28 of 39 face-offs.

Sunday’s non-conference meeting between the Cardinals of Wesleyan and Ducks of Stevens is a good early-season test for the Cardinals, which will be in action twice next week against Salve Regina University and Colby College.

Revisiting The Opening Weekend of NESCAC Lacrosse

Erin Nicholas and the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team scored an opening day win against Bowdoin College this past weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY: Colin Bourque)

By NoontimeSports.com

The winning streak continues for Middlebury College women’s lacrosse.

Middlebury, which captured the 2019 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse championship, extended its current winning streak to 26 games with a 19-12 victory this past weekend against Bowdoin College.

Erin Nicholas stuffed the stat sheet with six goals, eight draw controls, and two ground balls to go with a caused turnovers in her team’s first win in two years.

Jane Earley recorded five goals, three draw controls, and two ground balls against the Polar Bears while Grace Getman and Hope Shue combined for five goals and two helpers.

Middlebury raced out to a 5-1 lead after one quarter with the four-goal advantage ballooning to an 11-6 lead at the break. The Panthers outscored the visiting Polar Bears, 8-6, over the final two sessions to clinch their second-straight opening day win dating back to a 16-12 victory against Bowdoin on February 29, 2020.

The opening day win for the Panthers should provide the Blue and White with some momentum heading into a pair of games this week against Connecticut College on Saturday, March 12, and Babson College on Sunday, March 13.

Middlebury wasn’t the only New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) squad to score an opening day win this past weekend as Colby College, Hamilton College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University each cracked the win column.

Tufts University, which dropped its season-opener to Colby (9-4), bounced back with a 13-9 victory yesterday against Williams College.

Connecticut College opened its season with a non-conference win against the United States Merchant Marine Academy and will be in action on Wednesday, March 9 when they visit Smith College.

Amherst College men’s lacrosse scored its first win in two years this past weekend with an 11-9 victory over Hamilton.

Brock Gonzalez and PJ Clementi highlighted the win by combining for eight goals and two assists.

The Mammoths overcame a one-goal (5-4) deficit at the break by outscoring the Continentals, 7-4, over the final two quarters to secure their first win since March 10, 2020.

Saturday’s win over Hamilton was coach Sean Woods’ initial victory with the Purple and White — Woods had previously coached the Colorado College men’s lacrosse team.

Bowdoin, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Williams each scored opening day wins while Connecticut College outlasted Endicott College, 11-10 in overtime.

The Camels will play their first league game on Saturday when they visit Middlebury for a 1 p.m. face-off.

D3 Lax Notebook: Lynchburg Enters March With Some Momentum

Dylan Wolfe and the Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team will test their momentum on Saturday against Salisbury. (PHOTO COURTESY: Erin Farina/LynchburgSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

The second month of the 2022 NCAA Division III lacrosse season arrived yesterday.

Today, we have a slew of must-see, must-follow matchups. But before we settle into watching these games, let’s revisit some news and outcomes from the past few days.

Let’s begin with the University of Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team.

The Hornets enter the second month with a great deal of momentum as they won all three matchups in February, including one this past weekend against Cabrini University.

Lynchburg’s 15-9 win against Cabrini was their first since March 1, 2015.

Dylan Wolfe and Ryan Kenney highlighted the six-goal win over the Cavaliers – the duo combined for eight goals and two assists while Patrick Moore picked up his third win between the pipes with eight saves.  

Lynchburg will face a challenging test on Saturday when they visit Salisbury University in what could be a potential NCAA Tournament preview in Maryland.

“We love playing Salisbury,” Wolfe said shortly after his team’s win over Cabrini.

“If we can play a full game against Salisbury – we’re going to play them super tough (and hopefully) come out with the win.”

Wolfe, Kenney, along with other members of the Hornets will need to play their best against the second-ranked Sea Gulls, who will be in action this afternoon against Stevens Institute of Technology.

Salisbury has won two games thus far, including an 11-6-win last Saturday against Gettysburg College.

Speaking of Salisbury, their women’s team has been a team to watch these last few weeks — the Sea Gulls picked up their fourth win of the season yesterday with a 15-7 win over Rowan University, thanks to Erin Scannell, who netted a season-high four goals.  

Scannell has enjoyed a successful start to her junior season by scoring 13 goals in four contests while dishing out two assists. She currently leads the team in goals and points (15).

Payton Bennett and the Rhodes women’s lacrosse team recently defeated Colorado College for the first time in program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rhodes Collge Athletics)

Rhodes College women’s lacrosse bounced back from an opening day loss last month to The University of Alabama in Huntsville with a pair of victories this past weekend.

The Lynx scored their first-ever win against the Tigers (11-10 OT) on Friday before capping the weekend with an 18-5 victory against Illinois Wesleyan University.

Rhodes is in action this afternoon when they welcome the University of Mary Washington to Memphis, Tennessee.

Fans of the Lynx should keep their eyes on Baylee Barker and Payton Bennett, who have combined for 16 goals and three assists in three contests. Goalie Emma Bradley, who is also a player to watch, has turned aside 39 shots thus far and was recently named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Defensive Player of the Week.

Following Rhodes’ non-conference meeting with Mary Washington, the Lynx will visit Birmingham-Southern College on Saturday for their first league meeting of the season.

Finally, Abby Stoller enjoyed a successful debut with Simmons University as the Sharks topped UMass Dartmouth, 19-7, last night.

Stoller, a graduate student that previously competed for UMass Amherst, concluded her initial contest with the Navy Blue and Gold with a career-high six goals, including four in the opening session.

Simmons will welcome Salve Regina University to Daly Field on Friday.