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)

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

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III women’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.

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

1. Amherst College

24-0, 10-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

23-1, 9-1 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

21-3, 8-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

20-3, 12-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

20-3, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 5

6. St. Joseph’s (Maine)

22-1, 14-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Smith College 

18-5, 11-3 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

8. Univ. of New England

18-5, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: 8

9. Middlebury College 

17-7, 6-4 NESCAC

Last Week: 10

10. WPI 

18-5, 11-3 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (16-8, 12-3 NEWMAC), Castleton University (19-4, 15-2 NAC), Conn. College (15-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Emmanuel College (17-6, 13-1 GNAC), Springfield College (17-7, 11-4 NEWMAC), UMass Boston (20-3, 10-2 LEC) and Wesleyan University (16-7, 5-5 NESCAC).

D3 Hoops: NESCAC Unveils Men’s Basketball Tournament Pairings

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Following an exciting win on Saturday against Middlebury, the Amherst College men’s basketball team secured the top seed in the 2018 NESCAC Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amherst College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Following an exciting – and impressive – win over Middlebury College yesterday, the Amherst College men’s basketball team clinched the top spot in the 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which officially tips-off next Saturday, February 17th with a quartet of quarterfinal contests.

The Mammoths, who concluded league play with a 7-3 ledger, will host eighth seed Bowdoin College. The Polar Bears, who concluded NESCAC play at 4-6, edged Bates College for the final spot, thanks to better record against the top four teams in this year’s tournament, along with a pair of victories over the Bobcats earlier this winter.

Williams College, the second seed, will host seventh seed Trinity College, while third seed Hamilton College will welcome sixth seed Tufts University to Clinton, New York. Both the Jumbos and Continentals met a week ago in Medford, Massachusetts with Hamilton claiming an important league win, which was followed up by an impressive win over fifth seed Middlebury College last Friday. The Panthers will head to Connecticut on Saturday to face fourth seed Wesleyan University.

Following next Saturday’s quarterfinal match-ups, the tournament will shift to the highest remaining seed, which will be the host for both the semifinals and finals (Feb. 24-25th).


NESCAC Quarterfinal Schedule | Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2018

No. 8 Bowdoin College at No. 1 Amherst College, 4 p.m.
No. 7 Trinity College at No. 2 Williams College, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Tufts University at No. 3 Hamilton College, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Middlebury College at No. 4 Wesleyan University, 3 p.m.