Noontime’s Senior Salute: Keith Brown (Endicott College)

Senior Guard Keith Brown (24)

(PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10/Endicott College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the past four years, Keith Brown has been a player to watch on the Endicott College men’s basketball team.

The Pelham, New Hampshire native credits the program’s “competitive atmosphere” for making him a better player. “We all wanted to push each other to get better through practices, pick-up games, and (various) weight lifting sessions,” he said when asked about what he enjoyed most about competing for the Endicott men’s basketball program.

And that assistance from both current and past teammates allowed Brown to flourish under the direction of coach Kevin Bettencourt and conclude his career as the first-ever men’s basketball player to net 2,000 points.

Brown, who was named to the D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Third Team, and NABC All-Northeast Region second team last month, capped an impressive four-year run by scoring 2,046 points in 103 games to go with 540 rebounds, 207 assists, and 111 steals. He also tallied 52 blocks, including 24 this past winter, while leading the Gulls to a 19-8 overall record.

We recently spoke with Brown about his final season with the Gulls, as well as his future plans beyond graduation later this spring.


What will you remember most about your senior year? 

The friendships my teammates and I established. We are very close friends and did everything together, both on and off the court.

Looking back on the 2019-20 season, what game (or games) will you will remember most? Why these particular games? 

There are three games I will always remember from this past season. The first one is when we beat Nichols College on our home court. It was a (great game) with a packed crowd. It was also a great (college basketball) atmosphere.

The second game is when we traveled to the University of New England. I broke the all-time scoring record during the game while Matt McDevitt netted his 1,000th point.

And the third contest was our ‘Senior Day’ against Curry College. Not only was I able to share the court with my fellow seniors and roommates for the past four years, but I also became the first student-athlete in program history to score 2,000 points.

Once you officially graduate later this spring, do you plan to stay involved with the sport in some capacity? Any interest in coaching? 

I haven’t officially decided on what I am going to do after I graduate. I definitely want to remain involved with basketball in some capacity, but I do have an interest in coaching down the road.

What interested you in pursuing a degree in business management? What do you hope to do with your degree after graduation?

It’s a broad degree, in my opinion, which will allow me to do many things. I have been fortunate to gain some real-life experience with four internships, but my plan is to land a job within the sports world.

I am a determined person and believe that I will find the right job that is best for me (after graduation).

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.


Mass. D-III Lax Top 10 Poll | Monday, February 17th, 2020 

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.


Mass. D-III Lax Top 10 Poll | Monday, February 17th, 2020 

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.