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New England High School Notebook: Highlighting Four State Championships

NE HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOKS

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was an exciting weekend for a few New England high school lacrosse teams that captured their respective division or class championships.

Here is a recap with some links of what you missed from this past weekend’s finales in ConnecticutNew Hampshire, and Vermont, as well as what occurred earlier this month when Rhode Island crowned six state champions.

Connecticut Boy’s Lacrosse 

Connecticut Girl’s Lacrosse 

New Hampshire Boy’s Lacrosse 

  • In Division I, Pinkerton Academy scored its second-straight two-goal championship win over Bishop Guertin this past Saturday at Bill Ball Stadium. The Cardinals of Bishop Guertin defeated the Astros earlier this season when the two teams met in mid-April. After losing to Hingham in mid-May, the Astros returned to the win column to finish their 2019 campaign on a 10-game winning streak.
  • In Division II, Derryfield finished its 2019 campaign with some hardware by defeating Winnacunnet, 9-1. The two teams met earlier this season with the Cougars claiming a hard-fought 9-8 win. Derryfield lost just once this season but finished its season on a seven-game winning streak.
  • In Division III, Hopkinton capped its season with a 15-5 championship over top-seed Pelham. The Hawks fell to Pelham earlier this season by a score of 9-5. Hopkinton would rebound, though, finishing their regular season slate on a five-game winning streak.

New Hampshire Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • In Division I, the third-seed Bishop Guertin outlasted Pinkerton, 12-11, to claim their second-straight championship (BG needed overtime to beat Bedford last June). Prior to edging the Astros, the Cardinals beat both Bedford (10-9) and Merrimack (19-6).
  • In Division II, Portsmouth, the top seed in this year’s tournament, defeated Winnacunnet, 10-5, to claim its third-straight championship. The win was also Portsmouth’s second victory against Winnacunnet in the title round in three seasons.
  • In Division III, Hopkinton celebrated its first-ever championship in program history with a 12-11 win over Derryfield. The win erased memories of last season, which saw Hopkinton fall to Laconia, 10-6.

Rhode Island Boy’s Lacrosse (Championships occurred earlier this month)

  • In Division I, top-seed La Salle finished its season with a 7-6 championship win over Moses Brown, which entered the postseason as the second seed. Prior to beating Moses Brown, La Salle knocked-off Bishop Hendricken, 17-7, in the semifinals.
  • In Division II, second-seed South Kingstown needed to score a trio of wins, including a title round victory over top-seed Portsmouth to secure a 12-10 championship win. Curtis Rasmussen highlighted his team’s win with 17 saves, while Max Willette added seven points on five goals and two assists. The championship victory was the first for SK.
  • In Division III, fourth-seed Westerly outlasted second-seed Narragansett, 8-7, to cap its season with a 16-3 record. Prior to beating Narragansett, the Bulldogs scored wins over PCD/SRA Co-op (15-3) and Burrillville (11-10).

Rhode Island Girl’s Lacrosse (Championships occurred earlier this month

Vermont Boy’s Lacrosse 

Vermont Girl’s Lacrosse


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Under The Helmet With Endicott College Quarterback Joe Kalosky

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A last second touchdown pass by Endicott College quarterback Joe Kalosky helped the Gulls score an exciting week two win over Bridgewater State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s been an exciting week for the Endicott College sophomore signal-caller Joe Kalosky, who guided his team to an improbable comeback last Saturday against Bridgewater State.

Kalosky’s last second heave – a 31-yard touchdown pass to Sheilan Velazquez – helped the Gulls pick-up their initial win of the season, as well as gain some exciting traction, both on television and social media. Kalosky, along with coach Kevin DeWall, appeared on SportsCenter AM five days ago to discuss the exciting win, which had New England D3 football fans eager for more football this week.

This week, Kalsoky and the Gulls will visit MIT on Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The two teams met last season with Endicott claiming a 21-9 win, thanks to the now sophomore quarterback, who completed the game with 145 passing yards, along with a rushing touchdown in the opening session.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Kalosky to discuss his team’s exciting week two victory over the Bears of Bridgewater State.

It’s been a few days since your team’s exciting win over Bridgewater State, so tell me what the past few days have been like? 

The weekend was an exciting time for both our school and football program. However, after our Sunday meetings, our team completely shifted our focus to MIT. We’re not dwelling on the past. We are focused on MIT.

Have you ever led a game-winning drive like you did last Saturday in high school or perhaps in the backyard with friends? 

When I played for Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, I had a similar win on Thanksgiving Day during my junior year against Wolcott High School. We received a kickoff after their go-ahead touchdown with about 40 seconds remaining – we were down by five points. We ran a few plays to get in arms distance of the end zone. We snapped the ball with less than 10 seconds left from the 41-yard line. We had a “Big Ben” play designed and ran it perfectly – technically, how it was drawn up. I threw it high and into the end zone and my receiver tapped it backwards to a trailing receiver which one-handed-it and walked into the end zone. We won 39-38.

Here is Kalosky’s game-winning touchdown pass from Thanksgiving Day 2013. 

How does a win like last week help the squad going into not just this week, but the next few weeks? 

I believe last week’s win helped us establish the mentality of never giving up. We played hard from the first to last snap. And its a win that will give us momentum (going forward) – is also a step forward for us in becoming the team we want to be, too.

Heading into this week’s clash with MIT, what are a few things you and the offense must do to be successful? 

Heading into the MIT game (this Saturday, September 16th), we need to clean-up the aspects that we can control (on both sides of the ball). We hurt ourselves offensively too much during the first two weeks, but we have talent and just need to put it all together, so all eleven guys are on the same page.

Who is your all-time favorite quarterback? 

Brett Favre. Growing up, I loved to watch his competitiveness and will to win. He had a strong arm and believed he could make any throw in the game (at any time). I admired his uncharacteristic and spontaneous plays, too. He made something out of nothing and the play was never dead in his mind.

Have you always played quarterback? If not, what other positions did you play growing up? 

Mostly, I have always played quarterback since I was younger, but I did play linebacker on defense.

It is a cliché question, but what do you enjoy most about the sport of football? How has it helped you be successful off the gridiron? 

I enjoy the competitiveness and camaraderie of the sport. Football has helped me be successful off the field by working well and communicating with others along with always having the competitive instinct.

You are majoring in Educational Studies. Tell me why you chose this major and what you hope to do with it after graduation in 2020? 

I chose this major because I want to make a difference in kids’ lives. After graduation, I would like to get a job as a teacher in either a fourth or fifth grade urban area classroom. I would like to help kids that may not have much outside of the classroom and build them up to become a successful person.

Finally, what is your all-time favorite football movie? 

My all-time favorite football movie is Friday Night Lights. This movie came out when I was playing youth football and it painted a picture of what football in my life would be like. This movie prompted me to play football in high school and eventually I made the decision to continue playing football at the collegiate level.

Connecticut High School Lax Round-Up: Darien Keeps On Rolling

Conn HS Lax RoundUp

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Noontime Sports is happy to unveil our first-ever Connecticut High School Lacrosse Round-Up, which will be posted once a week.

Our goal for this post is to highlight the state’s high school lacrosse scene with news, links, and scores.

If you are a coach, fan, parent or HUGE supporter of the nutmeg’s high school lacrosse scene, then let us know by dropping us a line at NoontimeSports@gmail.com.

Enjoy our initial post (below!) and make sure to follow-us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

Also, let us know via email (or social media) what we should publicize in next week’s Connecticut High School Lacrosse Round-Up! 

In case you missed it, 3D Rising released its State-By-State Rankings on Tuesday, May 2nd and Darien secured the top spot, while New Canaan (7-4) and Wilton (8-3) checked-in second and third, respectively.

The Blue Wave (10-0) recently scored its 10th win of the season, defeating Staples-Westport by a score of 19-3 on Tuesday.

Today (Thursday, May 4th), they’re visiting St. Anthony’s of New York before returning home this Saturday, May 6th against Ridgefield (7-2).

Darien boasts an impressive 3-0 ledger against New York squads this season. They defeated Yorktown in their season-opener by a score of 15-4 before beating Niskayuna and Manhasset.

The Blue Wave checked-in sixth this week on the USA Today Sports Super 25 Expert Ranking. Last week, they were also ranked sixth in the country.

Ridgefield, which has won four-straight, will also be competing today against a New York squad as they host John Jay-Cross River.

As noted in this past weekend’s News TimeWes Carpenter was the hero for the Tigers in a dramatic one-goal victory over Staples-Westport on Saturday, April 29th.

The victory over the Wreckers was followed-up with a 19-3 win over Westhill on Tuesday of this week.

Following their contest against Darien, the Tigers will visit Trumbull (8-3) and Brien McMahon-Norwalk (4-6) before turning on the May 13th against St. Joseph (4-7).

Avery Foye, Christian Paley and Dom Giachello each recorded a hat trick, while Chris Allen registered 14 stops in Somers’ 10th win of the season over Hall-West Hartford. The quartet has guided the Spartans to an impressive 10-0 record – similar to the teams above, Somers is in action today against Rocky Hill and tomorrow against Ellington.

Last season, Ken McCarthy‘s unit beat Ellington twice en route to a Class S Final victory.

Despite falling to Somers earlier this season, Ellington boasts an 8-3 record – they recently secured their eighth win earlier this week with a 15-4 win over Canton.

Finally, a BIG congrats is due to the New Milford High School (8-5) boy’s lacrosse team, which punched its ticket to the upcoming state tournament.

The Green Wave, guided by second-year head coach Evan Cassells, have scored some impressive wins this season, including a hard-fought 12-11 overtime win over Brookfield last month. Brookfield defeated New Milford twice last season.

Time for some ‘In Case You Missed It’ Stories

Mass. College Hockey: Boston College Men’s Picked To Capture Hockey East Crown

Hockey East Pre-Season Coaches Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston College men’s ice hockey team was picked to capture the Hockey East regular season crown this upcoming season, as reported by the league on Monday, September 21.

BC received seven first-place votes, while rival Boston University, which was picked to finish second, earned a trio of first place votes. Providence College – the reigning national champion – was picked to finish third and earned a pair of first-place votes, while UMass Lowell was projected to place fourth and Northeastern University fifth.

New Hampshire, Notre Dame, Vermont and Connecticut rounded out the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth place positions, while Maine was picked to finish 10th. Merrimack College and UMass completed the 12-team poll, earning 11th and 12th place projections, respectively.

NCAA Tournament: Field Hockey, Soccer & Volleyball Notebook

By Matt Noonan 

A variety of local teams competed this past weekend in various NCAA tournaments and below is a few notes from each bracket.

Field Hockey

* Both Boston College and Massachusetts saw their run toward a national championship conclude. UMass fell to Duke in the second round, 4-1, while UConn edged BC in the first round, 2-1.

The Huskies (UConn), who went onto defeat Michigan State in the second round, are the only New England squad in the Division 1 semifinals. They’ll take on North Carolina on Friday, November 22 with the winner advancing to Sunday’s championship against Duke or Maryland.

* In Division 2, Merrimack earned a spot in the semifinals by defeating Stonehill, 4-3. With the win, the Warriors will face LIU Post, the Northeast-10 champions, in the semifinals on Friday. The winner will advance to Sunday’s championship match against either Millersville or Shippensburg.

* In Division 3, Wellesley College saw its run toward the semifinals end as Salisbury defeated the Blue, 4-1. Wellesley, which secured a spot in the second round, defeated Ursinus College on Saturday, 3-0.

Bowdoin College is the only New England school in the semifinals. The Polar Bears, who take on Christopher Newport University this weekend, earned a semifinal spot by defeating SUNY New Paltz and Montclair State. If Bowdoin wins on Friday, they’ll face the winner of Skidmore-Salisbury on Sunday.

Men’s Soccer

* No local Division 1 school earned a spot in this year’s tournament, but Connecticut, Quinnipiac and Providence will be representing New England. All three teams kickoff their quest for some hardware on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

* Similar to Division 1, no local Division 2 team earned a spot in this year’s tournament. However, Southern New Hampshire, a New England squad and member of the NE-10, won its second round contest against Wilmington (Del.), 3-0. Their quest toward Georgia continues on Friday when they take on LIU post for a chance to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals.

* Finally, three Division 3 teams remain alive, as Amherst, Brandeis and Williams will continue their seasons this weekend. No times or locations have been announced for Brandeis-Williams or Amherst-St. Lawrence.

Women’s Soccer

* Four local squads earned spots in the Division 1 bracket, but only Boston College and Boston University remain. The Eagles defeated Northeastern University, 2-0, while the Terries beat Harvard University, 1-0. BU will return to the pitch on Friday when they take on Santa Clara, while BC will face Nebraska. The winners of each contest will advance to Sunday’s quarterfinals.

* American International College (AIC) will compete in the third round of the Division 2 tournament on Friday as they take on Saint Rose. The Yellow Jackets earn this particular matchup thanks to a 2-0 victory over Bridgeport in the second round. A win would guarantee AIC a spot in the quarterfinals on Sunday against California (Pa.) or Slippery Rock.

* Williams is the only Massachusetts squad remaining in the Division 3 bracket as the Ephs secured a spot in the quarterfinals by defeating Lesley and Keene State. Williams will travel to Middlebury, Vermont for their match against Johns Hopkins on Saturday, November 23. A win would extend the Ephs season to the regional finals against the winner of Middlebury-Misericordia.

Volleyball

* UMass Boston will contend for a Division 3 championship this weekend as the Beacons celebrated their New England Region victory last night against Williams. The victory marks the third time in the past four years that the Beacons have won the regional title. Next up, UMass Boston travels to Holland, Michigan to face Calvin in the quarterfinals. A win would secure the Beacons a spot in the semifinals, which will be played on Friday against the winner of Eastern-Emory.

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