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D3 Hoops: The 2018-19 All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.

This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.

As always, make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Hoops. 


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For the second-straight season, Bowdoin College women’s basketball coach Adrienne Shibles guided the Polar Bears to an NCAA “Final Four” appearance. (PHOTO COURTESY: CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Adrienne Shibles (Bowdoin College): Shibles guided the Polar Bears to the program’s second perfect regular season, along with a repeat appearance in the NCAA Division III “Final Four.” Bowdoin occupied the top spot in multiple polls this winter, including D3Hoops.com and WBCA, and matched the school record for wins (31) in a single-season. Shibles was recently named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year.


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Abby Kelly guided the Polar Bears to its second perfect season in program history this winter. PHOTO COURTESY (CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)

Player of the Year: Abby Kelly (Bowdoin College): The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and D3Hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year guided the Polar Bears back to the NCAA “Final Four” for the second-straight season after averaging 15.4 points per game in 33 contests. Kelly connected on 76.8 percent of her free throws while averaging 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Kelly became the 15th player in program history this winter to reach 1,000 points when she netted a game-high 27 points in a 72-59 win over Colby College in January.


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Caleigh Ryan became the second Wesleyan University women’s basketball player to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year. PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin/Wesleyan University Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Caleigh Ryan (Wesleyan University): Ryan became the second Cardinal in program history to be named NESCAC Rookie of the Year after averaging 10.6 points per game in 25 contests, along with 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. The New York, New York native posted double-figures in 12 contests, including 22 points in her team’s regular-season finale against Bowdoin. Ryan also helped Wesleyan qualify for the NESCASC Tournament for the second-straight winter with the Cardinals earning a trip to Amherst College.


All-Noontime Women’s Basketball First Team 

Madeline Eck  Amherst College  Rye, N.Y. 
Abby Kelly  Bowdoin College  Bombay, N.Y.
Kelsi McNamara Saint Joseph’s College West Newbury, Mass.
Jac Knapp Tufts University  Westfield, N.J.
Nakira Examond  UMass Dartmouth New Bedford, Mass.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Second Team 

Hannah Fox  Amherst College  Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Maddie Hasson  Bowdoin College South Portland, Maine
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda Emmanuel College  South Boston, Mass.
Lauren Bondi Smith College  Burnaby, BC, Can.
Erica DeCandido  Tufts University North Wales, Pa.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Third Team 

Payton Ouimette Babson College  Medfield, Mass.
Taylor Choate Bowdoin College  Nashua, N.H.
Emily Pratt  Endicott College  Gardner, Mass.
Kenzie Worcester Husson University  Washburn, Maine
Kennedy Guest-Pritchett Smith College  Fairburn, Ga.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Rookie Team 

Keagan Dunbar Colby College Middlebury, Vt.
Peyton Perine Curry College  Fairfax, Va.
Christina Antonakakis MIT Holmdel, N.J.
Amina Wiley Mitchell College New Rochelle, N.Y.
Caleigh Ryan  Wesleyan University New York, N.Y. 

D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Jan. 25-27)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeHoops 

Welcome to Friday – let’s go!

In honor of a new weekend – well, the final weekend of January, to be exact – it is time to dish out a brand new edition of Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch, including our picks, too.

Last week, we struggled. We picked four of ten games correctly, so now our overall record is 39-21. Let’s see if we can bounce back this week!


Wesleyan University at Bates College (MBB) | Friday, January 25th at 7 p.m.: The Cardinals appear to be soaring in the right direction, which may not bode well for the ‘cats of Lewiston, Maine. Bates has certainly provided challenges to its recent opponents, but we think the Cardinals will make a few big plays down the stretch to secure an important road win. PREDICTION: Wesleyan University 

Clark University at Wheaton College (WBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 1 p.m.: If the Cougars are going to keep their postseason hopes alive, they must score some late-season wins, including this one against the Lyons. Clark edged Wheaton earlier this month by a score of 52-50. PREDICTION: Clark University 

Endicott College at Curry College (WBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 1 p.m.: Despite falling to Salve Regina earlier this month, the Gulls remain the team to beat in their conference. Endicott ran away from Curry in its initial meeting in Beverly and should certainly find a way past the Colonels in Milton. PREDICTION: Endicott College 

Norwich University at Suffolk University (MBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 2 p.m.: The Rams suffered their first home loss of the season earlier this week against the Pride of Regis College. On Thursday, their game against Saint Joseph’s (Conn.) was postponed, so you know this group will be eager to return to action on Saturday with hopes of returning to the win column. PREDICTION: Suffolk University 

Emerson College at MIT (MBB)| Saturday, January 26th at 2 p.m.: The Lions have certainly provided challenges for its conference foes this month, but the Engineers have a lot of momentum on their side since falling to Emerson earlier this month. Their recent overtime win against Babson has us thinking they will find a way to beat the Purple and Gold on Saturday. PREDICTION: MIT 

Amherst College at Bowdoin College (WBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 3 p.m.: The Polar Bears remain the top team in New England, but can solidify their spot atop the rankings with a win over the Mammoths. Amherst beat Bowdoin last year in the national championship, so you know this is a game the Polar Bears have been eager to play since last March. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College 

WPI at Wheaton College (MBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 3 p.m.: The Engineers seem to be in a groove similar to earlier this season. WPI has rebounded from back-to-back losses earlier this month with a five-game winning streak. We expect that winning streak to continue on Saturday in Norton, Massachusetts. PREDICTION: WPI 

Western New England at Univ of New England (MBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 3 p.m.: When these two teams last met, they combined for 226 points. Both teams can put up some points, so expect more fireworks on Saturday. PREDICTION: WNE 

Albertus Magnus at Emmanuel College (WBB) | Saturday, January 26th at 3 p.m.: Both teams enter this important conference clash with winning streaks – Emmanuel has won six-straight, while Albertus Magnus has captured its last four contests. The Saints relied on its defense in its last outing to beat Norwich and will need that unit to step-up against a Falcons squad that is averaging 82.5 points per game. PREDICTION: Emmanuel College 

Middlebury College at Trinity College (WBB) | Sunday, January 27th at 2 p.m.: The Panthers have already scored a road in Connecticut this month, but can they make it two in January? Trinity appears to have some serious momentum heading into this important conference clash. PREDICTION: Trinity College 


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Clark’s Paul Phillips To Retire After 2018-19 Season

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By Matt Nooonan | @MattNoonan11

Clark University men’s basketball coach Paul Phillips announced late Wednesday evening that he will be retiring at the conclusion of his team’s 2018-19 season.

Phillips, who is in his 21st season with the Cougars, enters his team’s current holiday break with a career record of 438-360, which includes wins from his previous stop at Anna Maria College.

The Cougars’ long-time bench boss has guided the Red and White to 273 wins since arriving on campus prior to the start of the 1996-97 campaign, which is the most wins by any coach in the Clark men’s basketball program history. Additionally, Phillips has led the Cougars to four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and conference tournament championships, along with five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Clark last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

As of Thursday morning, Phillips has guided his current squad to four wins, including a pair of recent victories earlier this month against Framingham State and Regis College.

Clark, which sits at 4-5 overall, is off until Saturday, December 29th when they host Curry College on the opening day of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic.

In a statement last night to the media, which was also seen through the Clark athletic website, Phillips said he has been “contemplating” his retirement for “for quite a while,” but feels its best to walk away after his team’s current season concludes.

“I truly appreciate everything that Clark has done for me and everything that the institution has allowed me to do,” Phillips said in last night’s press release. “I will miss the student-athletes the most, but will also miss the action and camaraderie that is developed on and off the court.”

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Paul Phillips is currently the all-time winningest coach in Clark University men’s basketball program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Phillips was tabbed the 1999-2000 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while earning the Paul N. Johnson Memorial Award from Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) in 2016.

Prior to his arrival at Clark, Phillips enjoyed a successful 10-year stint (1986-96) with the Anna Maria men’s basketball program, which included six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crowns, along an appearance in the 1995-96 NCAA Division III Tournament’s ‘Sweet Sixteen.’

Phillips’ 1995-96 AMCATs squad set the program’s current record for most wins (25) in a singles-season, which was almost matched by the 2012-13 squad that finished its season with 21 victories.


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Noontime Sports D3 Men’s New England Top 10 (Dec. 10th) Powered by Zelos Athletics

D3 MENS HOCKEY POLL GRAPHIC

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The seventh week of the 2018-19 New England D3 men’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our seventh poll of the season.

Our weekly is now powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are using FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performances metrics during speed, agility and plyometric drills. Additionally, Zelos Athletics provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength and conditioning training, too.


Noontime Sports New England Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Dec. 10th, 2018) 

1. Salve Regina  8-3-1, 6-1-1 CCC
2. UMass Boston 11-2, 8-0 NEHC
3. University of New England 7-3, 5-3 CCC
4. Endicott College  7-3-1, 5-3 CCC
5. Trinity College 4-2-2, 2-1-1 NESCAC
6. Babson College 8-3-1, 6-1-1 NEHC
7. Williams College 5-2-1, 4-1-1 NESCAC
8. Nichols College  6-4-1, 6-2 CCC
9. Curry College  6-4-2, 4-3-1 CCC
10. New England College  6-3-2, 4-3-2 NEHC

On the Rise: Amherst College (3-3-2, 1-2-2 NESCAC), Norwich University (6-4-1, 4-4 NEHC) and Plymouth State (8-1-1, 5-0-1 MASCAC) 


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ICYMI: Marcos Echevarria Netted His 2,000th Point In Nichols’ 85-64 Win Over Endicott

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Marcos Echevarria netted his 2,000th point on Saturday, Dec. 1st in his team’s big win over Endicott College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

Marcos Echevarria netted 22 points last night, including his 2,000th point of his collegiate career as Nichols College defeated Endicott College, 85-64.

Echevarria became the third student-athlete in program to net 2,000 points when he connected on a made three-point attempt late in the second half.

The made three-point attempt allowed Echevarria to become the third student-athlete in program history to net 2,000 points or more in a four-year career – he currently trails Ryan Sheehan (2,106) and Bills Collins (2,014) on the all-time list.

Through six games this season, Echevarria leads all scorers with 127 points. He has sunk 25 of 64 three-point attempts and has averaged 21.2 points per game. He scored a season-high 29 points in his team’s win over Trinity College last month, while registering his first double-double of the season on 23 points and 10 rebounds last week against Salve Regina.

Echevarria and the Bison are 6-0 for the first time since Nichols began its 1959-60 season with seven-straight wins. Nichols will have a chance to match that start when they travel to Curry College on Tuesday, December 4th. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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