Mass. College Hoops: Wheaton Picks Up Fourth Straight Win, Tops Colorado College, 84-68

By NoontimeSports.com

The Wheaton College women’s basketball team extended their current winning streak to four games, defeating Colorado College in Emerson Gymnasium this evening. Here is the release, courtesy of the Wheaton College Sports Information Department:

NORTON, Mass. – Fueled by a career-high 33 points from senior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline), the Wheaton College women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to four-straight games with an 84-68 non-conference triumph over Colorado College on Friday night inside Emerson Gymnasium.

Brickley poured in her career-high 33 points on 14-for-19 shooting, which included a 5-for-6 performance at the free throw line, and also hauled in a game-high 14 rebounds to pace the Lyons. Brickley’s 33 points against the Tigers tonight ranks third all-time in a single game in program history. Terri Salinetti ’92 holds the school record with 35 points against Wesleyan on January 25, 1992, while current volunteer assistant coach Bri Smith ’09 ranks second with 34 points, which occurred on December 7, 2005 versus Salem State.

Wheaton junior forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) posted 17 points, eight rebounds, a career-high six blocks, two assists and one steal. Senior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) collected four points, a game-high eight assists, three points and one steal, while classmate Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary’s) registered six points, five rebounds, four assists and two swipes.

Colorado College had three student-athletes in double-figures highlight by junior forward Danielle Davis (Boxford, Mass.) who notched a team-high 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. First-year guard Malia Shappell (Lakewood, Colo.) contributed 14 points, five boards, and a pair of blocks, assists and steals, while sophomore forward Korbyn Ukasick (Windsor, Colo.) chipped in with 11 points and three rebounds.

The Lyons shot 48.5-percent (32-for-66) from the field, 31.3-percent (5-for-16) from beyond the arc, 78.9-percent (15-for-19) at the free throw line, assisted on 22 made baskets and won the rebounding matchup 47-33. Wheaton also held a 52-32 differential in points in the paint and a 19-14 margin in bench points. Colorado College tallied a slight 19-17 edge in points off of turnovers.

Tied 12-12 at the 15:48 mark of the contest, Wheaton used a 33-18 run to close out the remainder of the half and take a 45-30 advantage into the break. Brickley led the charge with 12 points, which included two old-fashioned three-point plays, and Shoemaker turned in eight points to aid the offense. The Lyons also received five points from junior guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell), a trey by Ferrari, a layup from first-year Oppie Morris (Ware, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) and another three-point by classmate Emily Cuthbertson (Hudson, N.H./New Hampton School) that capped the run with 52-seconds left to go in the stanza.

Wheaton led by as many as 28 points with 7:09 remaining in the final half of play. Colorado College kept the game under ten points until the 3:01 mark of the first stanza when Brickley slipped by her defender and canned Pierce’s feed home for her final points of the opening 20 minutes of action.

Wheaton (4-0) hosts Tufts University on Monday, December 1 inside Emerson Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The Lyons, who are receiving votes in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today Division III Preseason Poll, will face a Tufts University that is coming off of a NCAA Tournament Final Four appearance from a season ago next month. Colorado College (0-3) continues its East Coast swing with a non-conference game against Bridgewater State University tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Men’s D3 Lax NCAA First-Round Matchup Preview

Amherts' Matt Killian and the Lord Jeffs will opening NCAA Tournament play on Wednesday against Colorado College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Amherts’ Matt Killian and the Lord Jeffs will opening NCAA Tournament play on Wednesday against Colorado College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The NCAA Division 3 Tournament commences on Wednesday with 30 teams vying for the national championship. Massachusetts will have six teams contending for the crown, and below is a quick preview of each local first round contest.

Colorado College @ Amherst College: The Lord Jeffs never gave up against the Jumbos yesterday, but did fall short in their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship appearance. Amherst, which will be making its second trip to NCAA Tournament, will look to rebound on Wednesday when they welcome the Tigers to campus.

The Lord Jeffs, who’re one win shy of matching their program’s all-time win mark (15), earned 14 victories this season. They defeated Endicott, Western New England and Wesleyan (twice), and Bowdoin in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

Head coach John Thompson will rely on his senior class – his first graduating class – to guide the Lord Jeffs to their third tournament win (The Jeffs are 2-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play). Quinn Moroney leads the Purple and White with 100 points on 75 helpers and 25 goals, while Kane Haffey and Devin Acton have combined for 103 tallies. Greg Majno, the team’s goaltender and Acton’s high school teammate from Lincoln-Sudbury, will be counted on to stop the Colorado attack, which compiled 174 strikes in 15 games this season (that’s 11.60 goals per game).

Western New England @ Springfield College: Earlier this season, the Pride needed a fourth quarter rally to defeat their cross-town rival, 9-7. Springfield head coach Keith Bugbee told NoontimeSports.com that his team regrouped in the second half, which was a big reason why they were victorious.

Since their last meeting, both teams have improved their play and managed to acquire conference tournament championship hardware.

Western New England will look for its defense, including their backstop Brandon Body, to challenge the Springfield attack. Against the Gulls of Endicott on Saturday, the Golden Bears defense managed to shutdown their opponent’s offense and yielded just two second half markers. The Golden Bears offense, however, clicked into gear in the third quarter and was led by Colton Craig, who finished the contest with five strikes. Craig has recorded 41 points this season on 35 goals and six helpers, while Adam Knapton leads the Blue and Gold in points (64), goals (45) and assists (19).

Similar to the Golden Bears, the Pride relies on its upperclassmen to carry both their offense and defense. Springfield’s Bryce Serriello leads the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in goals with 40, while Ryan Murphy is fourth with 32 strikes. Connor Nash, Springfield’s goaltender, is third in saves (163) and fourth in save percentage (57.4).

Both teams can go on runs, so expect defense to be the key component in this particular matchup.

Endicott College's Harrison Cotter has recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists this season. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Endicott’s Harrison Cotter has recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists this season. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Keene State @ Endicott College: Similar to the Lord Jeffs, the Gulls received an at-large bid to this year’s tournament and will open play against an Owls squads that captured the Little East Conference crown.

The Gulls, who finished with 14 wins, managed to earn a 6-4 halftime lead on Saturday against the Golden Bears before their opponent used a 9-2 second half run to claim the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship. So, expect Saturday’s contest to be motivation for head coach Sean Quirk’s Gulls.

Endicott finished its regular season conference slate undefeated, as well as earned impressive non-conference wins over Connecticut College, Eastern Connecticut State, Middlebury, Bowdoin and Stevens. The Gulls are led by Harrison Cotter, who recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists, and goaltender Cameron Bell, who posted an 8.07 goals against average with 178 saves.

The Gulls have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. They’ve faced-off against Keene State four times in program-history, winning three meetings, including an 11-10 tournament win against the Owls in 2005. Keene State enters their first round matchup on a nine-game winning streak.

Emmanuel College @ Tufts University: It’ll be offense vs. defense in this particular matchup, as the Saints will rely on its back line and goaltender Austin Lauzier to stop the nation’s top scoring offense (Tufts leads the nation with 19.00 goals per game, according to NCAA.com).

Tufts' Chris Schoenhut is fourth on the squad in points (79). He'll be one of many players to watch against Emmanuel College on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Tufts’ Chris Schoenhut is fourth on the squad in points (79). He’ll be one of many players to watch against Emmanuel College on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Emmanuel, who will be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, captured its initial Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) conference and regular season crowns with wins over Lassell College (regular season de-facto championship) and Becker College (tournament final). The Saints have received contributions from every player on their roster, but are led by Chris Curtis, who leads the Blue and Gold in points (45). Curtis and Kaile Maclean-Daley have netted 31 goals, respectively, and Ryan Sabuda leads the unit in helpers with 21.

Similar to Emmanuel, Tufts has received contributions from everyone on their roster, but have been paced by John Uppgren, who leads the Powder Blue and White with 105 points on 54 goals and 51 assists. Beau Wood leads the unit with 55 goals, while Cole Bailey is first in helpers with 55.

Tufts will be making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament, its sixth straight, according to their athletic department’s website. The Jumbos are 16-2 overall and have won one national title, which occurred in 2010.

Mass. College Lax: Locals Advance To The NCAA Tournament (First Round Schedule)

Endicott and WNE are just two of 30 teams that'll be competing in this year's NCAA Div. 3 Tournament. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Endicott and WNE are just two of 30 teams that’ll be competing in this year’s NCAA Div. 3 Tournament. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The college lacrosse season isn’t done yet as a few local squads (Division 1 & 3 teams) earned spots in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which commences on Wednesday, May 7.

Here is the first round schedule for each squad. We’ll have more on each bracket tomorrow and Tuesday, so make sure to circle back for posts!

Men’s Lacrosse:

* Harvard at Notre Dame (Saturday, May 10)

* Colorado College at Amherst (Wednesday, May 7)

* Western New England at Springfield (Wednesday, May 7)

* Keene State at Endicott (Wednesday, May 7)

* Emmanuel at Tufts (Wednesday, May 7)

Women’s Lacrosse:

* Bryant at Boston College (Friday, May 9)

* Loyola (Md.) vs. UMass (Friday, May 9) at Newton, Mass. (Boston College)

* Emmanuel at Wheaton (Wednesday, May 7) Winner advances to second round matchup against Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

* Endicott at Middlebury (Saturday, May 10)

* Bridgewater State at Amherst (Saturday, May 10)

Mass. College Lax: Wednesday Afternoon/Evening Roundup

Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three goals and an assist on Wednesday against Vermont! (Photo Credit: Lacrosse Magazine)
Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three goals and an assist on Wednesday against Vermont! (Photo Credit: Lacrosse Magazine)

By Matt Noonan 

Another day of college lacrosse is in the books and below are the game summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

Amherst College 13, Eastern Conn. 9 – Devon Acton netted two of his four goals during the final frame, which helped the Lord Jeffs earn their first victory of the season. Danny Gold recorded a hat trick in the win, while Rob Dickinson recorded six saves.

Colorado College 9, Wheaton College 4 – Colorado College tallied five second quarter goals that helped them cruise past Wheaton at Washburn Field. Alex Keiver paced the Lyons with two goals, while Billy McNamara and Matthew Hillman each finished with one strike.

Curry College 8, Manhattanville 5 – Joseph Natale and Ronald Jensen each recorded four points (three goals, one assist) as the Colonels improved to 4-0 overall.

Women’s Lacrosse

UMass 16, Vermont 5 – Behind a second half surge of seven goals the Minutewoman defeated the Catamounts in Amherst. Sam Rush led all players with four goals and an assit, while teammate Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three strikes and an assist. She now has 203 career points.  UMass will look to extend its current winning streak to four on Saturday when they travel to Connecticut to face-off against Sacred Heart.

St. A’s 17, Merrimack College 16 (OT) – Three second half goals with less than seven minutes remaining helped the Hawks force overtime and setup the game-winning strike by Marissa Daly at 4:00 to seal the victory. Olivia Hule paced Merrimack with six points (five goals, one assist), while Aubrie Stouffer added four tallies.

Assumption College 15, Queens (N.Y.) 14 (2OT) – Amy McNeil‘s fourth goal of the game at 1:53 in the second overtime lifted the Hounds to their fourth consecutive victory of the season. Lindsay Hagerman matched her teammate’s effort with four goals, too.

AIC 15, Post 4 – The Yellow Jackets earned their first win of the season by tallying nine second half goals en route to a 11 point victory. American International’s Cheyenne Carden led all scorers with six goals, while Whitney McKay registered four goals and three helpers.

Bates College 12, Endicott College 7 – The Bobcats secured an 8-5 advantage at the break and never looked back as they snapped their three-game winning streak and handed the Gulls their first setback of the season. Holly Davis and Kelly Tierney each recorded two goals for Endicott.

Emmanuel College 15, Regis College 12 (OT) – The Saints tallied three goals during the extra frame that helped them defeat the Pride and claim their first win of the season. Madeline Leahy led the Saints with eight points (five goals, three assists), while Samantha Salamone led the Pride with seven points (four goals, three assists).

Bridgewater State 18, Wentworth 3 – Riley Cachelin recorded seven points (six goals, one assist), while Shelby Farland and Lauren Geary each recorded hat tricks as the Bears defeated the Leopards in their season opener.

Mass. College Soccer: NCAA Div. 3 Soccer Tournament Pairings

By Matt Noonan 

On Monday, the NCAA announced the pairings for the upcoming NCAA Div. III Men’s and Women’s soccer tournaments. And below are the various Massachusetts teams that have earned spots.

The tournament is set to kickoff on Nov. 8 and will conclude on Dec. 1 in San Antonio, Texas.

Men’s Soccer

* Elms College vs. Scranton (Nov. 10 at Babson College)

* Colorado College vs. Babson College (Nov. 10 at Babson College)

* MIT vs. Oneonta (Nov. 10 at Oneonta)

* Williams College vs. Thomas (ME) (Nov. 10 at Williams College)

* Tufts University vs. Vassar (Nov. 10 at Brandeis University)

* Brandeis University vs. Baruch (Nov. 10 at Brandeis University)

* Westfield State vs. Dickinson (Nov. 8 at Dickson College)

* Amherst College will play the winner of Dickinson-Westfield State on Nov. 11

Women’s Soccer:

* Westfield State vs. Wheaton College (MA) (Nov. 10 at Wheaton College)

* Farmingdale State vs. Williams College  (Nov. 10 at Wheaton College)

* MIT vs. Haverford (Nov. 10 at Haverford)

* Springfield College vs. SUNY Cortland (Nov. 10 at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges)

* Brandeis University vs. Union College (Nov. 10 at Amherst College)

* Lasell College vs. Amherst College (Nov. 10 at Amherst College)

* Lesley University vs. Misericordia (Nov. 10 at Middlebury College)

* UMass Boston vs. Ithaca College (Nov. 10 at Ithaca College)