Stefan Thompson is “looking forward” to coaching against Jim Calhoun

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Jim Calhoun will be making his first-ever NCAA D-III Tournament appearance on Friday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Univ. of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

In just two days, the Hobart men’s basketball team will tip-off against the University of Saint Joseph’s (Conn.) in the opening round of the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament. And the team’s head coach, Stefan Thompson, seems excited for his Statesmen to compete against Jim Calhoun‘s squad, which enters the national postseason riding an impressive 25-game winning streak. 

“As a coach, I am looking forward to it,” Thompson said, via Joe Sager of D3Hoops.com. “I know he is a competitor and that’s why he’s still in the industry and able to sustain such a great career.”

Calhoun has never coached in the D-III Tournament but has plenty of experience coaching in the postseason with both Northeastern University and the University of Connecticut. He won three national championships with the Huskies of UConn while guiding Northeastern to five March Madness appearances, including a pair of second-round contests in 1981 and 1982.

Last season, Calhoun and the Blue Jays came close to making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance but lost to Albertus Magnus in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament.

This season, the Blue Jays erased the memories of their 2019 conference tournament championship setback by beating the Falcons in the 2020 GNAC title game this past Sunday.

USJ, which is in its second season as a varsity program, only has one junior on its roster. A majority of the team is first-years and sophomores, who have turned the Blue and Gold into a team to watch over the past few weeks in both Connecticut and New England.

The winner of Friday’s match-up will advance to Saturday’s second-round against the winner of Springfield College and SUNY Canton.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Tufts University women’s basketball team remained our top team heading into the first week of February following an important conference win last Friday over Bowdoin College. With the win, the Jumbos secured the top spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

Bowdoin remains our second team while Amherst College continues to occupy the third position – the Mammoths defeated Wesleyan University last Friday and will host the Polar Bears this Friday, February 7th. The winner will most likely secure the second spot in the upcoming conference tournament, which will begin later this month.

Eastern Connecticut was our biggest mover, checking in fourth overall after winning four-straight conference meetings, including a 78-61 win this past Saturday over UMass Boston. The Warriors remain the top team in the Little East Conference (LEC) with six games remaining.

Finally, Babson College and Williams College both joined the poll this week after being tabbed ‘Teams on the Rise’ one week ago.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Ten Poll| Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2020

1. Tufts University 20-0, 6-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  20-1, 6-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College 17-3, 4-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Eastern Connecticut 16-3, 9-1 LEC Last Week: No. 8
5. Western New England 16-4, 9-2 CCC Last Week: No. 4
6. Williams College 16-5, 5-2 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
7. Trinity College 15-5, 4-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
8. Rhode Island College 16-4, 8-3 LEC Last Week: No. 6
9. Babson College 11-7, 4-0 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Smith College 17-3, 3-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Framingham State, Hamilton College, Springfield College, UMass Boston, and University of New England 


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

Western New England Secures Our New England D-III Women’s Team of the Month

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Emily Farrell and Meghan Orbann have been two players to watch on Western New England this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Western New England has enjoyed a very successful start to its 2019-20 season.

The Golden Bears have won six of seven contests and head into their final week of the semester with some serious momentum. And that momentum, as well as their impressive play has earned WNE our Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Team of the Month honor for November.

WNE secured the fourth spot in our weekly Top 10 New England D-III Women’s Basketball Poll yesterday for the second-straight week following a post-Thanksgiving Day win over Roger Williams.

Before their win over the Hawks, the Golden Bears picked-up some impressive regional wins against Babson CollegeEastern Connecticut State, UMass Dartmouth, and Worcester State.

WNE’s lone loss of the season came early last month against Springfield College.

This week, the Golden Bears will look to conclude the first semester with two more wins when they host Salve Regina University on Wednesday, December 4th before visiting Endicott College on Saturday, December 7th. Following their visit to Beverly, Massachusetts, the Golden Bears will be off until the first week of January when they host Westfield State.

WNE is currently third in field goal percentage (38.6%) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), but first in free throw percentage (75.9%). Meghan Orbann is seventh in the conference in points per game (13.1), while Emily Farrell is tied for eighth with 13.0 points per game.

Players to Watch on Western New England: 

  • Meghan Orbann: The senior is averaging a career-best 13.1 points per game – she has tallied 92 points in seven games this season on 29 of 69 shooting … Orbann has converted 14 of 31 three-pointers and has pulled down 45 rebounds … Through seven contests, Orbann has recorded 14 steals and 13 assists.
  • Emily Farrell: The senior guard is averaging 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in seven contests this season … Farrell is second on the team in points (91) and third in rebounds (33) … She leads the Golden Bears with 30 assists and is tied for second with eight steals.
  • Courtney Carlson: Carlson is third on the team in points (9.9), rebounds (4.7), and assists (2.0) per game … The senior forward’s 9.9 points per game is currently a career-best … Through seven contests, Carlson has recorded 32 rebounds, 14 assists, and 14 steals.

Bowdoin College Women’s Basketball Secures Top Spot In D3Hoops Top 25 Poll

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Bowdoin College Polar Bears.

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team checked-in first overall in the latest D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll (Week One), which was posted late Monday evening.

The Polar Bears, who checked-in second overall in the preseason poll earlier this month, slid into the top spot in this week’s poll, thanks its current four-game winning streak, which includes wins over MIT and University of New England.

Bowdoin collected 17 first-place votes, while Hope and St. Thomas garnered a trio of first-place nods. Chicago, which checked-in fifth overall, secured two first-place votes.

The Polar Bears are one of four New England teams on this week’s poll as Tufts University and Amherst College secured the sixth and seventh positions, respectively, while St. Joseph’s (Maine) checked-in 12th overall.

Bowdoin visits Colby College on Saturday, December 1st with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.


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D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 12th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 12th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past nine polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 12th, 2018

1. Eastern Conn. State

20-3, 11-1 LEC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Williams College 

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

3. Wesleyan University

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College 

20-3, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Salem State Univ. 

21-3, 11-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

6. Middlebury College

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

7. Nichols College

20-3, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 9 

8. Amherst College

16-8, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

9. Springfield College

16-7, 10-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

10. Albertus Magnus 

18-4, 15-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Babson College (14-9, 9-3 NEWMAC), Keene State (16-7, 10-2 LEC), MIT (18-5, 8-4 NEWMAC), Tufts University (17-7, 6-4 NESCAC) and Wheaton College (14-9, 6-6 NEWMAC)