Noontime’s Top 10 Men’s Lacrosse Poll (Monday, February 17th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

A brand new Massachusetts D-III Lacrosse season began this past weekend with Clark University competing against Salve Regina University in an overtime clash, which saw the Seahawks edge the Cougars, 14-13.

Yet, despite falling to the Seahawks last Saturday, the Cougars still secured a spot in our initial Noontime Sports Massachusetts D-III Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.

Amherst CollegeWilliams College, and Tufts University secured the top three spots – all three teams will begin their respective campaigns later this month. Amherst was the national runner-up from one year ago, while Williams saw its national postseason run conclude against the Mammoths in the semifinals of the D-III Tournament.

Springfield College and Western New England rounded out the top five, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively, while Endicott CollegeMIT, and Babson College secured the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions.

Curry College earned the final spot on this week’s poll – the Colonels, who were picked to finish fourth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) will commence their 2020 campaign at the end of the month against Norwich University.


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1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

2. Williams College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

3. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

4. Springfield College 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

5. Western New England 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

6. Endicott College 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

7. MIT 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

8. Babson College 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

9. Clark University 

0-1, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

10. Curry College 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

On The Rise: Lasell University, Mass. Maritime Academy, Nichols College, UMass Boston, and Wheaton College

Noontime’s Top 10 Women’s Lacrosse Poll (Monday, February 17th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Lacrosse season has officially returned to Massachusetts – sure, we’re a few days away from some teams beginning their respective campaigns, while other squads have competed once, twice or three teams.

So, with a brand new season of lacrosse upon us, Noontime Sports is excited to unveil our first Massachusetts D-III Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.

Tufts University, which plays its first game later this month at Colby College, secured the top spot followed by Amherst College second and Springfield College third. Both Tufts and Amherst will be teams to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this spring while the Pride of Springfield were picked to capture the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Endicott College and Babson College rounded out the top five while MITWestern New England, and Williams College each secured the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions.

Wheaton College checked-in ninth overall while Framingham State secured the final spot in our ten team poll.


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1. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

2. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

3. Springfield College 0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
4. Endicott College 0-0, 0-0 (CCC)
5. Babson College 0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
6. MIT 0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
7. Western New England  0-0, 0-0 (CCC)
8. Williams College 0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)
9. Wheaton College  0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
10. Framingham State 0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

On The Rise: Curry College, Regis College, Smith College, Wellesley College, and Westfield State 

 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Tufts University remained our top team after picking up a pair of conference wins this past weekend, including a one-point victory last Friday over Hamilton College.

One day after their dramatic win over the Continentals, the Powder Blue and White found a way to outlast the Mammoths of Amherst College in overtime.

Tufts will host Babson College on Wednesday before resuming conference play in Maine with a Saturday afternoon tilt against Bates College.

Bowdoin College, which remains our second team in this week’s poll, has won 17 games this season, including four conference match-ups. This past weekend they defeated Middlebury College and Williams College. The Polar Bears will visit Colby College on Saturday before hosting Tufts in a very important conference clash on Friday, January 31st at 7 p.m.

Western New England secured the fourth spot with an important conference win over the University of New England. The Golden Bears have won three straight and will host Curry College and Endicott College this week in Springfield.

Finally, we welcomed Trinity College to this week’s poll – the Bantams have won three-straight after falling to Bowdoin, Smith College, and WNE earlier this month. They host Connecticut College on Saturday before visiting MCLA on Sunday.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Eight Poll| Monday, January 20th, 2020

1. Tufts University 16-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  17-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College 15-2, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Western New England 13-3, 6-1 CCC Last Week: No. 10
5. WPI  10-5, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Trinity College 12-4, 2-1 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
7. Rhode Island College 14-2, 7-1 LEC Last Week: No. 5
8. Smith College 14-2, 0-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Brandeis University 11-3, 1-2 UAA Last Week: No. 6
10. Eastern Connecticut 13-3, 6-1 LEC Last Week: No. 9

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Emerson College, Middlebury College, Springfield College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and Williams College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek SixWeek Seven 

 

New England Football Offseason Notebook: FSU’s Kelley Announces Retirement

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Weeks after guiding his team to a ninth Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title, along with an appearance in the NCAA D-III Football Tournament, Framingham State University football coach Tom Kelley announced his retirement on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020.

Kelley, who is an alum of the program, coached the Rams for 13 seasons. He guided Framingham State to five NCAA Tournaments and four bowl victories, including a 3016 New England Bowl championship.

“I cannot express how grateful I am to have been the head coach of the football program at Framingham State for the past 13 seasons,” Kelley said via Wednesday’s announcement on the Framingham State athletics website.

“As a former player, I could not be more proud of our teams and all the fine student-athletes who have come through the program. I was lucky to be surrounded by great coaches on our staff throughout the years that helped lead our teams to so much success.

“At this point, it is time for me to step away from coaching with the program sitting in a great spot coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.  It’s time to put the horse in the barn.”

Framingham State won 107 games under the direction of Kelley, including 100 games in the last 13 seasons. Kelley has coached two AFCA All-Americans while being named the coach of the year eight times by five different organizations, including the New England Football Writers in 2012 when he led the Rams to a New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship, NEFC Bogan Division title, a MASCAC crown, and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Kelley will remain in his current role as the school’s Director of Athletics while an announcement of a new coach should be coming within the next few weeks.

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Endicott College’s Nick DiCairano will represent the Gulls in The Dream Bowl on Monday, January 21dt, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)

Endicott College senior kicker Nick DiCairano will be representing the Gulls’ football program next Monday, January 21st, 2020 at The Dream Bowl in Salem, Virginia at the Salem Football Stadium, as announced earlier this week on the athletic department’s website.

The Dream Bowl, which started seven years ago, “is a College Football All-Star Showcase of the best FCS, D-II, and D-III players from across the country.”

DiCairano will compete on the 2020 Crusaders team – he will be joined by a few other New England college football players, including Framingham State’s Dwayne Hunter-Parker.

Last month, DiCairano represented Endicott in the National Bowl College All-Star Game after producing an impressive senior season with the Gulls, which included career-bests in field goals (13), extra points made (57) and points (96). His longest field goal of the 2019 season was a 47-yard kick, which he recorded three times against Framingham State, Curry College, and Salve Regina University.

In addition to DiCairano, a few other New England college football players will be competing next Monday at The Dream Bowl, including Sacred Heart wide receiver Kezio Snelling, who was named to the Northeastern Conference (NEC) second team last November.

Also on the Crusaders is Derek Mountain and Corey Stefanik of Holy Cross and Momodou Mbye and Kevin Lawrence of Rhode Island College.

D3 Football: The Final Noontime Top 20 Poll (Nov. 25th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s time to unveil our final New England D-III Football Top 20 Poll of the 2019 season.

The 2019 season was an exciting one, filled with some new storylines, along with some teams that will certainly be on our radar next fall.

Thanks for a great season and enjoy our final poll (and breakdown, too).


1. Western New England (9-2, 7-0 CCC): The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) champions may have fallen short to The College of Brockport last Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, but did not lose to a single game to a D-III squad this season.

2. WPI (10-1, 6-1 NEWMAC): The Engineers of Worcester were impressive in all three phases this year, but will certainly miss their senior class next fall.

3. Endicott College (9-2, 6-1 CCC): Despite falling short to the Golden Bears a few weeks ago, these Gulls proved they can compete with some of the best teams, both in and outside the region. Endicott finished its season with nine wins for the first time since 2012.

4. Middlebury College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): These Panthers found ways to win some hard-fought (and dramatic) games this fall and will certainly be on our radar going forward.

5. Framingham State (8-3, 8-0 MASCAC): After starting their season with back-to-back losses, Framingham State ripped off eight-straight wins to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

6. MIT (7-3, 6-1 NEWMAC): The Engineers’ improbable run to the postseason was impressive with some hard-fought (and important) wins over Coast Guard AcademySpringfield College, and WPI.

7. Springfield College (6-4, 5-2 NEWMAC): Losing to MIT was not an ideal way to end a season. Springfield overcame a 1-3 start to position themselves for a potential national playoff run, thanks to some key wins down the stretch.

8. Wesleyan University (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC): The Cardinals were one of the biggest surprises this season. Despite a lopsided loss to Middlebury a few weeks ago, Wesleyan proved they are (and will continue to be) one of the top teams in the conference going forward.

9. UMass Dartmouth (7-3, 5-3 MASCAC): The Corsairs enjoyed one of their best seasons, matching the 2004 squad with seven victories. UMass Dartmouth was impressive from the get-go and should certainly be in the mix for a conference crown in 2020.

10. Western Connecticut (8-3, 6-2 MASCAC): For the second-straight season, the Colonials ended their campaign with eight wins. Western Connecticut may have not been the juggernaut from last season (or past seasons), but should once again be in the mix for a conference title next season.

11. Williams College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC): Despite losing a heartbreaking to Middlebury in their season-opener, Williams proved they are (and will continue to be) one of the top teams in the conference. The squad returns some impressive talent next season, which should help the Ephs contend for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown.

12. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2 MASCAC): The Bears were tough to gauge this season, especially with so many seniors back from last year’s eight-win squad. BSU had a chance to win the conference and compete in the postseason, but saw their playoff hopes dashed with a week ten setback to the Rams of Framingham State.

13. Trinity College (5-4, 5-4 NESCAC): The Bantams’ four-peat never happened, but they did end their season winning three of their final five contests. It will be interesting to see how Trinity rebounds from a five-win season.

14. Nichols College (6-4, 4-3 CCC): The Bison won six games for the first time since 2003. They scored some exciting wins over Salve Regina and the University of New England and should be back in the mix for the conference crown next fall.

15. Amherst College (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Mammoths entered the 2019 season with hopes of winning a conference crown. Instead, they ended their campaign with four-straight setbacks, including a heartbreaking defeat to Hamilton College. Amherst won just four games in 2016 before rebounding with back-to-back winning seasons in 2017 and 2018.

16. Norwich University (5-5, 2-5 NEWMAC): The Cadets began their season with four-straight wins. And for a moment it appeared as if the Maroon and Gold would be the team to beat in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). But unfortunately, the team’s winning ways concluded over the next few weeks as the Cadets mustered just one victory in its final six contests.

17. Husson University (4-6, 4-3 CCC): The Eagles may have finished with four wins – all four victories came against conference opponents – but they looked pretty impressive against Nichols and Salve Regina.

18. Coast Guard Academy (5-5, 2-5 NEWMAC): Afer starting their season with a 4-1 mark, the Bears mustered just one win during their final five contests. The defense was impressive but struggled down the stretch against Merchant Marine and WPI.

19. Mass. Maritime Academy (6-4, 4-4 MASCAC): After a successful start to their 2019 campaign, the Buccaneers struggled to maintain their momentum by seesawing between the win and loss columns. The Bucs lost three of their final four contests but did score an impressive win on the road at UMass Dartmouth.

20. Salve Regina University (4-6, 3-4 CCC): The Seahawks may have finished with four wins this fall, but proved they are (and will continue to be) a team to watch every season in the CCC. They provided challenges for both Endicott and WNE before ending their season with wins over Curry College and UNE, which should provide the unit with some momentum heading into the 2020 season.

On The Rise: Dean College (4-6, 4-1 ECFC) and University of New England (4-6, 2-5 CCC).