NECC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Preview: Can Regis Repeat?

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Regis College men’s lacrosse enters the NECC Tournament as the top seed, but also the defending tournament champions. (PHOTO CREDIT: Regis College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

After finishing league play undefeated, Regis College men’s lacrosse will look to capture its second-straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) postseason crown this week when they open tournament play tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th against fourth-seed Mitchell College.

Regis defeated Mitchell in its season finale last Saturday, thanks to a combined 12 points from AJ Karofsky (four goals and two assists) and Calvin Brault (four goals and two assists).

A win for the Pride would send them to Saturday’s (Apr. 29th) championship game against either Daniel Webster (second seed) or Becker College (third seed).

The Eagles and Hawks will also begin tournament play tomorrow, competing in New Hampshire with face-off set for 4:00 p.m.

Daniel Webster, which lost just one league contest this season, will face Becker for the second time in four days. The Eagles soared past the Hawks last Saturday by a score of 7-1, thanks to a pair of goals and assists from Gavin Abbott, who is current sixth in the league in goals (24). Tre Mason (Daniel Webster) leads all NECC scorers with 38 goals.

Last season, Regis captured its first-ever NECC Tournament crown, defeating Becker in the championship game by a score of 10-6. The four-goal victory capped the team’s best season in program history as Regis finished its campaign with 13 wins.

Noontime’s Prediction: Regis maybe the favorite heading into this year’s tournament, but I certainly would not overlook Daniel Webster or Becker, two teams that were edged by the Pride earlier this season by one goal. The Pride needed an extra session to beat the Hawks, while its defense dashed a fourth quarter rally against the Eagles.

I’ll take Regis over Mitchell and Daniel Webster over Becker. In the championship game, I’ll take the Eagles over the Pride. 

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NECC Men’s Basketball Conference Play Heating Up

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Becker College first-year Antonio White Jr. and the Hawks currently occupy first place in the NECC. (PHOTO CREDIT: Foley Photography)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

We have an interesting conference race taking place (and heating up) in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) – it has been one of the various leagues we have been eyeing the past few weeks.

As of this afternoon, the Becker College men’s basketball team appears to be in the driver seat for the top spot. Yet, they still have some important games remaining, including a late afternoon/early evening clash with the Wildcats of Wheelock College – that game is scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m.

Wheelock enters the game in a two-way tie for fourth place with Daniel Webster College – the Eagles are 2-2 in their last four games, but scored an impressive win over Lesley University 10 days ago (to be exact!).

The Lynx have been a fun story this season – they’re currently in sole possession of third place with a 6-3 conference ledger and have won 12 games, which matches their win total from the 2007-08 season.

Let’s also not overlook Southern Vermont, which has won five-straight contests. They’re idle this evening, but return to action on Thursday against Mitchell College. The Mountaineers captured the NECC crown last season en route to their second trip in program history to the NCAA Tournament.

The Mountaineers defeated Becker in tournament finale – could we be headed that way again? It’s possible – the two teams are scheduled to meet next month. Southern Vermont will host the initial meeting on Monday, February 6 before traveling to Becker on Wednesday, February 8. Both games will be must-follow!

Finally, keep an eye on Regis College and Mitchell – both teams could make some late season surges and make the positioning for the six-team tournament quite interesting!

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week One)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here is this week’s first official WACBA Honor Roll.

Remember you can nominate players via email (NoontimeSports@gmail.com), Facebook (Facebook.com/NoonSports) or Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog).

Phil Beans (Holy Cross) – The senior center has been clutch for the Crusaders thus far and against the University of Maine, Beans totaled 19 points (career-high), eight rebounds, one assist and one steal. His eight rebounds was his second-highest total of his collegiate career.

Ronson Quick (Assumption College) – Quick was clearly a factor this past week for the Hounds, who’re currently 3-0 and 1-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The junior averaged 16.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds in three games, and against Caldwell, he scored 20 points (8-of-13 shooting) and pulled down three rebounds.

Katy Howard (Assumption College) – Through three games this season, Howard is averaging 14.7 points per game. In her team’s first game of the season against American International, Howard recorded 17 points, five steals, and two assists. This past weekend, the Medway native was named to the Stonehill College Tip-Off Tournament Team after leading her squad to back-to-back victories.

Kayla Cummings (Anna Maria) – Against Newbury College at the Gordon Invitational, the junior led all players with 14 points and 12 rebounds in her team’s 50-46 setback.

Brad Peterson (Anna Maria) – In two games this season, Peterson has averaged 25.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds. Against Daniel Webster last Friday, Peterson led all scorers with 31 points. He also chipped in 16 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal. Peterson was named to the All-Tournament Team, too.

Lee Brocket (Becker College) – In his team’s second game of the season against Plymouth State, the sophomore led all scorers with 33 points. Brocket also concluded the game with six three-pointers, seven free throws, eight rebounds, and two steals.

Emily Reilly (Clark University) – After two games, the junior from Marlborough is averaging 18 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. Reilly, who was named the Worcester City Tournament’s MVP, paced the Cougars with 24 points and eight rebounds in her team’s Worcester City Tournament championship against WPI. Clark has now won the tournament 20 times.

Brian Vayda (Clark University) – After missing 20 games last season with an injury, the graduate student from Sturbridge provided the necessary spark for the Cougars, who captured the Eastern Connecticut State Tip-Off Tournament crown this past weekend. Vayda recorded his team’s final 10 points in the championship game against Bowdoin College, as well as the game-winning three-pointer with four seconds remaining, which provided Clark with their second win of the season.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – After two games, the junior from Athol is averaging 23.5 points per game, seven rebounds and 2.5 steals. Jobst earned all-tournament honors last weekend at the UMass Dartmouth Hampton Inn Classic following two impressive performances against Trinity College and Wheaton College. Against the Bantams, he recorded 29 points and nine rebounds, and against the Lyons he finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) – The senior from Warren was clutch for the Lancers, especially against Becker College in the Worcester City Tournament’s consolation game where she tallied 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block. O’Keefe earned all-tournament honors, too.

Dani Davis (WPI) – Through two games this season, the sophomore is averaging 15.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. In the Worcester City Tournament’s championship, Davis registered a career-best 18 points, including four three-pointers and nine rebounds in her team’s first loss to Clark.