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The third week of the New England D3 Hockey season has officially concluded, which means it is time for usto dish out our latest Men’s Top 10 Poll!
UMass Boston remains our top team for the second week by scoring important league wins over Castleton University (6-1) and Norwich University (4-2).
The Beacons will look to continue their early season momentum later this week when they visit Johnson & Wales on Friday and Suffolk University on Saturday.
Salve Regina and University of New England secured the second and third positions, respectively, while Colby College and Norwich University switched spots.
Babson College remained the ninth best team in our poll following an impressive win over Norwich, while Curry College finished its weekend series with Salve Regina 0-1-1. The Colonels and Seahawks tied 4-4 on Friday before John McLean (three goals) and Matthew Dillon (three assists and one goal) powered Salve Regina to an 8-5 win.
Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 11th, 2018)
1. UMass Boston
5-0, 4-0 NEHC
2. Salve Regina
2-1-1, 2-1-1 CCC
3. University of New England
3-1, 3-1 CCC
4. Colby College
0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
5. Norwich University
2-2-1, 2-2 NEHC
6. Nichols College
3-1, 3-1 CCC
7. Endicott College
3-1-1, 3-1 CCC
8. Trinity College
0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
9. Babson College
4-0-1, 3-0-1, NEHC
10. Curry College
3-1-2, 2-1-1 CCC
ON THE RISE: New England College (3-1-1, 2-1-1 NEHC) and Plymouth State (4-0-1, 2-0-1 MASCAC).
Happy Monday, New England D3 Football fans and friends!
We are a few weeks away from unveiling our first Noontime Sports New England Top 10 Football Poll for the upcoming season, so get excited! Additionally, we are about to kick-off our preseason coverage, too.
So, in honor of a brand new season of coverage, it is time to unveil our first-ever ‘Early Preseason Poll,’ highlighting our early 10 teams to watch heading into camp in a few weeks, along with what teams are ‘on the rise.’
Noontime Sports New England Top 10 Football Poll | Early Preseason Poll Monday, July 30th, 2018
1. Springfield College
2017 Record: 10-1 (NEWMAC)
2. Framingham State
2017 Record: 10-1 (MASCAC)
3. Trinity College
2017 Record: 8-1 (NESCAC)
4. Western New England
2017 Record: 8-3 (CCC)
5. Husson University
2017 Record: 10-2 (ECFC)
2017 Record: 9-2 (NEWMAC)
7. Plymouth State
2017 Record: 9-2 (MASCAC)
8. Amherst College
2017 Record: 7-2 (NESCAC)
9. Curry College
2017 Record: 8-3 (CCC)
2017 Record: 7-3 (NEWMAC)
ON THE RISE: Middlebury College (2017 Record: 7-2 NESCAC) & Williams College (2017 Record: 6-3 NESCAC)
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Noontime Sports recently caught-up with the new coach of the Colonels to discuss his excitement for the upcoming 2018-19 season, which begins on Saturday, Nov. 10 when Curry hosts Rivier with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.
What interested you in becoming the next head coach of the Curry men’s basketball team?
The biggest draw for me was the culture and the atmosphere that surround the school and the athletic department. I fell in love with the people and the facilities when I initially stepped on campus. The facilities here are at Curry, in my eyes, are one of the best in D3 athletics. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Curry College and I am extremely fortunate to be attached to this community
What do you know about Curry or the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)?
I have become pretty familiar with the CCC, specifically the competitive nature of the conference. I have had the pleasure of seeing Nichols, Roger Williams and Western New England play during my two years at Manhattanville College. Having a nationally ranked team like Nichols in our conference is incredible. There is nothing like conference play and I’m excited to go up against some great coaches and teams in this conference.
It may sound cliche, but what got you into coaching? Also, who has helped shape/mold you into the coach you are currently?
I would say it was two things: playing basketball at Misericordia and being around my former head coach Trevor Woodruff. I did not know how much time and effort went into the daily grind, but I absolutely love it. From in-depth scouting reports to practice plans to skill and development session to watching film helped me realize how much I wanted to stay involved with the game of basketball.
Coach Woodruff demanded perfection from all of us, but he was extremely approachable when it came to dealing with any issue, both on or off the court. Coach Woodruff is still someone that I stay connected with and my hope is if I can become half of the coach he is, then I know I am doing something right.
Being from New York, what do you know about New England basketball?
New England basketball has some extremely smart the players. Their IQ is on another level and it is something that I absolutely fell in love with while recruiting prospective players to Manhattanville. I am really looking forward to centering my recruiting classes around the six New England states.
What is the biggest priority for a new basketball coach with taking over a program?
Developing relationships. It is so important to develop relationships with the athletic department, the college’s administration and alumni, along with high school and AAU coaches, too. Additionally, I look forward to building relationships with parents and prospective student-athletes, as well. And by building these relationships, it will help elevate our program to new heights.
What is one of the biggest goals for both you/the team between now and mid-October, so you can get off and running?
I hate to sound redundant, but my biggest goal is to develop relationships with each members of our program. It’s so important for me to gain these guys’ trust and show them I care for them outside of the gym. Without built-in trust, the season can become long, as well as be seen as more of a job than something that should be fun. If we have that built-in trust by mid-October then we will be in for a very special year.
Being from New York, how do you feel about being in Boston sports territory? Will you eventually become a Boston/New England sports fan?
I think the correct answer to this question is yes, of course I will embrace the teams out here in Boston. But being a life-long New York Knicks, New York Jets and St. John’s fan, I am not sure if I am ready to switch allegiances. Perhaps I can be persuaded to become a fan of the Boston Bruins or Boston Red Sox, though.
All-time favorite basketball movie is …?
Through the Fire. Being from New York, I was enamored with Sebastian Telfair; he was one of the best high school basketball players ever to play in my home state. His story from high school to the NBA was incredible.
Finally, who is your all-time favorite basketball player and why?
LeBron James. I know this answer may not be popular in the New England or Boston, but the way he goes about the game is incredible. The way he is able to take over a game in more than one way is a truly special gift. In a world where athletes’ mistakes are blasted all over the news, you never seem to hear any bad publicity attached to his name. I love the fact that he married his high school girlfriend, goes to his sons’ travel basketball games, and sends kids to colleges through his foundation.
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It was announced today – Wednesday, February 14th – that the Western New England men’s lacrosse team was picked to capture the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown, per the conference’s release.
The Golden Bears collected five of nine first-place votes, while Endicott College, which checked-in second overall, earned a quartet of first-place nods.
Both teams last met in the 2017 CCC title game with the Gulls defeating the Golden Bears, 12-9. Endicott then advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament, but fell to SUNY Cortland in the opening round.
University of New England, Roger Williams and Curry College rounded out the to five, checking-in third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Nichols College, Salve Regina and Wentworth Institute of Technology each slid into the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, while Gordon College earned the final position, checking-in ninth overall.
WNE concluded its 2017 season 8-10 overall, including 7-1 in CCC play. The Golden Bears entered the conference tournament as the second seed and defeated UNE in the semifinals.