UMass Dartmouth’s Buzzer-Beater Makes SportsCenter

UMass Dartmouth's Chris Mendes sank a buzzer-beater trifecta on Tuesday evening, which was later featured on ESPN. (PHOTO CREDIT: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

UMass Dartmouth’s Chris Mendes sank a buzzer-beater trifecta on Tuesday evening, which was later featured on ESPN. (PHOTO CREDIT: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

It’s been an exciting season for the UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball team.

Earlier this month, the Corsairs provided head coach Brian Baptiste with his 600th win by defeating Bridgewater State, 77-71.

Two days later, they handed Keene State it’s first Little East Conference (LEC) setback of the season – the Owls defeated the Corsairs in last year’s conference championship game en route to the NCAA Tournament. The game also featured senior Jon Robinson netting a career-high 23 points, too.

10 days after their impressive win over Keene State – last night, to be exact – UMass Dartmouth scored a dramatic 72-70 win over MIT, which featured a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Chris Mendes.

ESPN’s SportsCenter featured the game-winning trifecta – HOP HERE to watch (and hear the game-winning call by John Cabral).

The Corsairs return to action at the end of the month when they take on Connecticut College on Friday, December 30th at the 2016 Springfield College Tournament.

For more on the UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball team – HOP HERE

New England D3 Hoops: Sectional Semifinal Live Stats/Video (LINKS)



The second weekend of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament is set to begin later today. There are currently eight New England teams remaining – five men’s and three women’s – and below are links to each contest’s live stats and video.

Make sure to check-in on Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11) this afternoon and evening for updates, scores and yes, a blog post, too!

Sectional Semifinals – Men’s Games

No. 15 Amherst vs. No. 16 Babson  (@ Tufts) – 5 p.m.


No. 12 Johnson & Wales vs. No. 20 Tufts  (@ Tufts)- 7:30 p.m. 


Keene State vs. No. 4 Christopher Newport (@ Oswego St.) – 5:30 p.m.


Sectional Semifinals – Women’s Games

No. 16 Rochester vs. Bowdoin (@ Amherst) – 5 p.m.


Stevens at No. 4 Amherst (@ Amherst) – 7 p.m. 


No. 7 Tufts vs. No. 9 Albright (@ Scranton) – 5 p.m.


Upperclassmen Leadership, Depth Paying Off For WPI Women’s Basketball

WPI sophomore Ama Biney currently leads the Engineers with 69 points, including nine trifectas. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

WPI sophomore Ama Biney currently leads the Engineers with 69 points, including nine trifectas. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Following their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season on Wednesday, WPI women’s basketball head coach Cherise Galasso admitted she was content with her squad’s victory, but knows her team’s season is far from over.

The Engineers are off to an impressive start, winning six of seven games, including four straight, dating back to last month. WPI begins a six-game road trip tomorrow when they travel to MIT, which has won three of five contests thus far.

“The key for us has been our preparation and focusing on getting better every day,” said Galasso.

“Staying in the moment, not getting too high or too low, and we try to focus on process versus the outcome. I think if we can buy into that mentality, the system and each other then we have a chance to truly compete at a higher level.”

WPI has clearly ‘bought into the system,’ relying on every player to contribute, both on offense and defense. Sophomore Ama Biney, who also competes for the Engineers’ softball team, leads WPI with 69 points, including nine trifectas. Classmate Stasha Greenalch and senior Lisa Mendez have proven they can connect from beyond the arc, netting six triples, respectively.

On defense, junior Tess Nogueira leads the unit with six blocks, while Biney has snatched 31 defensive rebounds. Junior Priscilla Dunphy has recorded the most rebounds – 41 boards to be exact – while Nogueira has helped the team set-up second or third opportunities with a team-high 19 offensive caroms.

“It’s been pretty exciting for us to see different players stepping up each night whether it’s on the boards or with steals or assists and scoring,” said Galasso.

“We thought coming into the season we had the potential to be pretty deep and be able to utilize various lineups in each game. I think that is still a work in progress for us with so many players stepping into new roles, but our upperclassmen have done a terrific job of setting the tone and being consistent with the little things we value in our system, especially on defense.”

WPI’s upperclassmen will be counted on over the next few weeks as the Engineers look to continue their early season momentum.

Following their visit to MIT, the Engineers will make a short trek to Fitchburg State next Tuesday, December 8 before competing in the Daytona Shootout on Sunday, December 20 and Monday, December 21 against King’s (Pennsylvania) and Alvenia (Pennsylvania) in Dayton, Florida.

The Engineers conclude their six-game trip with visits to Simmons College on Saturday, January 2 and Wellesley College on Wednesday, January 6 before returning home to face Wheaton College on Saturday, January 9.

“This group has done a great job of not looking ahead and not looking back. They are a very motivated team who really care about each other, so I don’t think it will be hard to keep them focused (during this six-game stretch),” said Galasso. “I think getting positive results has helped, but this next stretch will be a good challenge.

“Overcoming adversity is what it’s all about, so we will focus on what we can control and keep working on staying positive mentally. If we give energy to each other consistently then we will be able to withstand the tough moments that come up in games whether they are home or on the road.”

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Hoops Conference Tournament Scoreboard


Various Division 3 conference tournaments commenced this evening and below are the outcomes.

Men’s Basketball: 

* Lasell 80, Rivier 65

* UMass Dartmouth 81, Keene State 65

* Wentworth 81, Eastern Nazarene 78

* Regis 80, So. Vermont 72

* Worcester State 71, Framingham State 51

* Nichols 73, WNE 54

* Gordon 78, Roger Williams 59

* Johnson & Wales 92, Anna Maria 58

* MCLA 89, Westfield State 67

* East Conn. 61, UMass Boston 57

* St. Joe’s (ME) 80, Suffolk 72

* Becker 81, Daniel Webster 64

* Salve Regina 77, Endicott 76

Women’s Basketball:

* St. Joe’s (ME) 63, Lasell 50

* West Conn. 64, UMass Dartmouth 57

* Becker 79, Daniel Webster 66

* Salve Regina 56, Curry 49

* Mitchell 69, Bay Path 40

* Elms 79, Wheelock 57

* Endicott 72, WNE 68

* Norwich 84, Emanuel 78 (OT)

* UNE 58, Wentworth 43

* Roger Williams 71, Nichols 58

* Southern Maine 53, UMass Boston 45

* Framingham State 75, Worcester State 63

* Johnson & Wales 59, Suffolk 45

* Salem State 81, Fitchburg State 53

Mass. College Hoops: Checking In On The D3 Regional Rankings

By Matt Noonan 

Last week, the NCAA Regional Rankings became available on Yesterday, the rankings were updated for the second week and below are the local squads that earned spots on either the men’s or women’s list.  

Men’s Basketball

* Amherst College checked in as the top squad with a 21-3 overall mark. They’re currently the number one team in the NESCAC. 

* Williams College earned the second spot, while Babson College checked in as the third best team in the region. 

* WPI, which is currently 12th in the latest Poll, is fifth in the region, while NEWMAC foe Springfield College is seventh. Nichols College rounded out the 11-team list as the 10th best team in the region. 

Women’s Basketball 

* Tufts University earned the top spot with an overall record of 23-1. They’re currently the top team in the NESCAC. 

* Amherst earned the second spot, while archival Williams checked in third. 

* Wheaton College checked in this week as the sixth beth team in the region with a 19-6 overall mark, while Emmanuel College earned the 10th spot with 18-6 record. 

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday D3 Scoreboard


Here are the scores from the various Division 3 contests this afternoon.

Men’s Basketball

* No. 8 Williams 87, Wesleyan 70

* No. 12 WPI 56, Coast Guard 45

* Tufts 66, No. 24 Bowdoin 62

* Nichols 90, UNE 66

* Eastern Nazarene 72, WNE 63

* Roger Williams 62, Wentworth 56

* Salve Regina 88, Gordon 81

* Endicott 81, Curry 72

* Emmanuel 67, Rivier 62

* Lasell 77, Anna Maria 74

* Johnson and Wales 108, Mount Ida 41

* St. Joe’s (ME) 70, Suffolk 63

* Eastern Conn. 79, UMass Dartmouth 73

* Plymouth State 71, UMass Boston 70

* Bridgewater State 86, Fitchburg State 62

* Worcester State 62, Westfield State 58

* Salem State 91, Framingham State 67

* Babson 68, Clark 53

* MIT 72, Wheaton (Mass.) 58

* Lesley 62, Wheelock 59

* Daniel Webster 67, Becker 57

* Regis (Mass.) 66, Newbury 66

Women’s Basketball

* No. 5 Tufts 92, No. 21 Bowdoin 55

* No. 15 Williams 76, Wesleyan 71

* Eastern Nazarene 67, WNE 64

* Roger Williams 80, Wentworth 46

* Endicott 78, Curry 47

* Salve Regina 67, Gordon 49

* UNE 68, Nichols 62

* Anna Maria 85, Lasell 57

* Simmons 66, St. Joe’s (Conn.) 63

* Mount Holyoke 68, Emerson 60

* St. Joe’s (ME) 54, Suffolk 50

* Johnson and Wales 60, Mount Ida 47

* Emmanuel 81, Rivier 66

* UMass Dartmouth 54, Eastern Conn. 41

* UMass Boston 64, Plymouth State 54

* Fitchburg State 86, Bridgewater State 75

* Westfield State 62, Worcester State 51

* Framingham State 82, Salem State 77

* MIT 61, Clark 58

* Smith 59, Coast Guard 57

* WPI 55, Wellesley 45

* Babson 68, Wheaton (Mass.) 63

* Bay Path 46, Newbury 41

* Regis (Mass.) 83, Wheelock 57

* Elms 67, Daniel Webster 53

Mass. College Sports: Friday Scoreboard


Here are the results from this evening’s events.

Men’s Hoops: 

* RPI 110, MCLA 100

Women’s Hoops: 

* St. Joe’s (CT) 64, MCLA 61

* Bridgewater State 82, Bates 65

Men’s Ice Hockey: 

* BC 6, UNH 2

* Merrimack 3, BU 2

* Notre Dame 5, UMass 3

* Northeastern 3, Providence 3

* Brown 2, Harvard 1

* Bentley 4, Robert Morris 1

* Babson 5, So. Maine 2

* Hamilton 1, Williams 1

* Amherst 4, Middlebury 1

* UMass Boston 6, UNE 1

* WNE 6, SUNY Canton 3

* Tufts 5, Colby 2

Women’s Ice Hockey: 

* BU 6, Minnesota Duluth 5

* Harvard 5, UNH 0

* UMass Boston 3, Souther Maine 0

* Williams 4, Sacred Heart 0

* Nichols 4, Manhattanville 3