Mass. College Lax: NEILA Announces 2014 All-New England Teams

By NoontimeSports.com

The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) released its All New England Team for Division 1, 2 and 3 this afternoon, and below are the coaches and players that were honored for either yearly awards or were selected to the First or Second Teams.

Division 1 – Yearend Awards:

Coach of the Year: Chris Wojcik (Harvard)

Rookie of the Year: Nick Mariano (Massachusetts)

Division 1 First Team:

Devin Dwyer (Harvard)

Peter Schwartz (Harvard)

Ryan Izzo (Massachusetts)

Brian Fischer (Harvard)

Stephen Jahelka (Harvard)

Bobby Duvnjak (Harvard)

Division 1 Second Team:

Nick Mariano (Massachusetts)

Connor Mooney (Massachusetts)

 

Division 2 – Yearend Awards:

Player of the Year: Jimmy Holland (Merrimack)

Rookie of the Year: Tucker Schwarz (Merrimack)

Division 2 First Team:

Garrett Smith (Assumption)

Paul Jones (Merrimack)

Mike Perdie (Merrimack)

Nick Guarino (Assumption)

Connor Whittemore(Merrimack)

Jimmy Holland (Merrimack)

Division 2 Second Team:

Cutler Dimond (Bentley)

Ian Mack (Assumption)

T.A. Demoulos (Bentley)

Billy Sweeney (Bentley)

Josh Gagnon (AIC)

Josh Baker (Bentley)

 

Division 3 – Yearend Awards:

Player of the Year: Cole Bailey (Tufts)

Coach of the Year: Sean Quirk (Endicott)

Rookie of the Year: Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Division 3 First Team:

Cole Bailey (Tufts)

Quinn Moroney (Amherst)

Beau Wood (Tufts)

John Uppgren (Tufts)

Harrison Cotter (Endicott)

Aaron Mathias (Amherst)

Bryce Serriello (Springfield College)

Conor Helfrich (Tufts)

Stephen Upton (Williams)

Ryan Cassidy (Amherst)

Matt Giannelli (Springfield)

Cameron Bell (Endicott)

Division 3 Second Team:

Devin Acton (Amherst)

Ryon Lynch (Springfield)

Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Sean Lawton (Western New England)

Brandan Fernandez (Springfield College)

Peter Erickson (Endicott)

Nicky Donovan (Western New England)

Ryan Hamilton (Williams)

Breck Merritt (Endicott)

Jack Liacos (Western New England)

Mass. College Lax: Local Players Earn USILA D3 All-American Honors

By NoontimeSports.com 

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) unveiled its Division III All-American Honors this morning and a variety of local players earned spots on its First, Second or Third Teams, while others received honorable mentions.

Below is the list of local players that earned spots on one of the three teams or were honorable mentions.

Cole Bailey (Tufts University) – First Team

John Uppgren (Tufts University) – First Team

Beau Wood (Tufts University) – Second Team

Quinn Moroney (Amherst College) – Third Team

Harrison Cotter (Endicott College) – Third Team

Kane Delaney (Tufts University) – Third Team

Devin Acton (Amherst College) – Honorable Mention

Adam Knapton (Western New England) – Honorable Mention

Ryon Lynch (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Chris Schoenhut (Tufts University) – Honorable Mention

Aaron Mathias (Amherst College) – Honorable Mention

Bryce Serriello (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Conor Helfrich (Tufts University) – Honorable Mention

Matthew Giannelli (Springfield College) – Honorable Mention

Breck Merritt (Endicott College) – Honorable Mention

Cameron Bell (Endicott College) – Honorable Mention

Mass. College Lax: Men’s D3 Lax NCAA First-Round Matchup Preview

Amherts' Matt Killian and the Lord Jeffs will opening NCAA Tournament play on Wednesday against Colorado College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Amherts’ Matt Killian and the Lord Jeffs will opening NCAA Tournament play on Wednesday against Colorado College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The NCAA Division 3 Tournament commences on Wednesday with 30 teams vying for the national championship. Massachusetts will have six teams contending for the crown, and below is a quick preview of each local first round contest.

Colorado College @ Amherst College: The Lord Jeffs never gave up against the Jumbos yesterday, but did fall short in their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship appearance. Amherst, which will be making its second trip to NCAA Tournament, will look to rebound on Wednesday when they welcome the Tigers to campus.

The Lord Jeffs, who’re one win shy of matching their program’s all-time win mark (15), earned 14 victories this season. They defeated Endicott, Western New England and Wesleyan (twice), and Bowdoin in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

Head coach John Thompson will rely on his senior class – his first graduating class – to guide the Lord Jeffs to their third tournament win (The Jeffs are 2-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play). Quinn Moroney leads the Purple and White with 100 points on 75 helpers and 25 goals, while Kane Haffey and Devin Acton have combined for 103 tallies. Greg Majno, the team’s goaltender and Acton’s high school teammate from Lincoln-Sudbury, will be counted on to stop the Colorado attack, which compiled 174 strikes in 15 games this season (that’s 11.60 goals per game).

Western New England @ Springfield College: Earlier this season, the Pride needed a fourth quarter rally to defeat their cross-town rival, 9-7. Springfield head coach Keith Bugbee told NoontimeSports.com that his team regrouped in the second half, which was a big reason why they were victorious.

Since their last meeting, both teams have improved their play and managed to acquire conference tournament championship hardware.

Western New England will look for its defense, including their backstop Brandon Body, to challenge the Springfield attack. Against the Gulls of Endicott on Saturday, the Golden Bears defense managed to shutdown their opponent’s offense and yielded just two second half markers. The Golden Bears offense, however, clicked into gear in the third quarter and was led by Colton Craig, who finished the contest with five strikes. Craig has recorded 41 points this season on 35 goals and six helpers, while Adam Knapton leads the Blue and Gold in points (64), goals (45) and assists (19).

Similar to the Golden Bears, the Pride relies on its upperclassmen to carry both their offense and defense. Springfield’s Bryce Serriello leads the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in goals with 40, while Ryan Murphy is fourth with 32 strikes. Connor Nash, Springfield’s goaltender, is third in saves (163) and fourth in save percentage (57.4).

Both teams can go on runs, so expect defense to be the key component in this particular matchup.

Endicott College's Harrison Cotter has recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists this season. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Endicott’s Harrison Cotter has recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists this season. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Keene State @ Endicott College: Similar to the Lord Jeffs, the Gulls received an at-large bid to this year’s tournament and will open play against an Owls squads that captured the Little East Conference crown.

The Gulls, who finished with 14 wins, managed to earn a 6-4 halftime lead on Saturday against the Golden Bears before their opponent used a 9-2 second half run to claim the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship. So, expect Saturday’s contest to be motivation for head coach Sean Quirk’s Gulls.

Endicott finished its regular season conference slate undefeated, as well as earned impressive non-conference wins over Connecticut College, Eastern Connecticut State, Middlebury, Bowdoin and Stevens. The Gulls are led by Harrison Cotter, who recorded a career-high 68 points on 55 goals and 13 assists, and goaltender Cameron Bell, who posted an 8.07 goals against average with 178 saves.

The Gulls have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments. They’ve faced-off against Keene State four times in program-history, winning three meetings, including an 11-10 tournament win against the Owls in 2005. Keene State enters their first round matchup on a nine-game winning streak.

Emmanuel College @ Tufts University: It’ll be offense vs. defense in this particular matchup, as the Saints will rely on its back line and goaltender Austin Lauzier to stop the nation’s top scoring offense (Tufts leads the nation with 19.00 goals per game, according to NCAA.com).

Tufts' Chris Schoenhut is fourth on the squad in points (79). He'll be one of many players to watch against Emmanuel College on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Tufts’ Chris Schoenhut is fourth on the squad in points (79). He’ll be one of many players to watch against Emmanuel College on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Emmanuel, who will be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, captured its initial Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) conference and regular season crowns with wins over Lassell College (regular season de-facto championship) and Becker College (tournament final). The Saints have received contributions from every player on their roster, but are led by Chris Curtis, who leads the Blue and Gold in points (45). Curtis and Kaile Maclean-Daley have netted 31 goals, respectively, and Ryan Sabuda leads the unit in helpers with 21.

Similar to Emmanuel, Tufts has received contributions from everyone on their roster, but have been paced by John Uppgren, who leads the Powder Blue and White with 105 points on 54 goals and 51 assists. Beau Wood leads the unit with 55 goals, while Cole Bailey is first in helpers with 55.

Tufts will be making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament, its sixth straight, according to their athletic department’s website. The Jumbos are 16-2 overall and have won one national title, which occurred in 2010.

Mass. College Lax: Conference Tourney Roundup (Championships & Semifinals)

Western New England captured its second straight CCC Crown with a 13-8 victory over Endicott this afternoon. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Western New England captured its second straight CCC Crown with a 13-8 victory over Endicott this afternoon. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

It was a busy Saturday in the lacrosse world with conference tournament championships and semifinals. Below is a quick roundup of today’s contests.

Men’s Lacrosse:

WNE 13, Endicott 8: The Golden Bears rallied from a two-goal deficit at halftime to defeat the Gulls for the second straight year in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship. WNE’s Colton Craig and Endicott’s Harrison Cotter each netted five goals.

Springfield College 12, Babson 6: Bryce Serriello sparked a 5-0 run, spanning the third and fourth quarters, which helped the Pride secure the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. Springfield’ Devin Abad paced all scorers with five points on four goals and one assist, while Spencer Low recorded two goals for Babson.

Tufts 17, Williams 6: John Uppgren recorded six points on four goals and two assists, Chris Schoenhut tallied four goals and Cole Bailey handed out seven assists as the Jumbos cruised past the Ephs in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals. Jack Lauroesch paced Williams with three points on three assists.

Amherst 12, Wesleyan 8: Kane Haffey netted four goals, Devin Acton registered a hat trick as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Cardinals in the NESCAC semifinals.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Endicott 14, Roger Williams 13: Siri Mason buried a feed from Callie Murphy with one second remaining in regulation to lift the Gulls past the Hawks in the CCC Championship. Murphy led all players with eight points on four goals and four helpers.

Bridgewater State 19, Worcester State 7: The Bears secured their second-straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament crown by earning a 15-5 lead at the break. BSU’s Taylor Clancy finished with seven points on six goals and one assist, while Kalia Chase and Molly Kilday each netted two goals for Worcester State.

Regis 13, Becker 9: The Pride captured its second straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) crown by using three separate runs in the second half to propel them to a four-point victory. Grace Politis and Sam Salamone combined for nine Regis goals, along with five helpers. Tatum Fahs paced Becker with five points on three goals and two assists.

Amherst 9, Williams 4: Rachel Passarelli recorded five goals, including three in the second half, which helped the Jeffs defeat the Ephs in the NESCAC semifinals.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

It was a busy Saturday in the lacrosse world and below are various outcomes and results.

Men’s Lacrosse

Towson 6, UMass 5: Joe Seider‘s third quarter tally pushed the Tigers ahead for good. UMass trimmed the deficit with a Jeff George goal roughly five minutes after Seider’s marker, but that was the closest the Minutemen would get.

Army 8, BU 7: Trailing 8-4 in the fourth quarter, the Terriers rallied, but only scored three goals, which wasn’t enough to defeat the Black Knights. Adam Schaal paced the Terriers with two goals and one helper, while Christian Carson turned away six shots.

Merrimack 15, So. N.H. 6: Tim Towler paced the Warriors with four strikes, while Mike PerdieCorey Davidson and Max Allen each netted two goals as the Warriors cruised to their sixth win of the season.

Tufts 18, Hamilton 3: John Uppgren netted seven goals and dished out one assist, while Cole Bailey recorded five points (two goals, three assists) as the Jumbos cruised to their eighth win of the season.

Amherst 14, Colby 7: Leading at the break, the Lord Jeffs extended their lead by outscoring the Mules, 9-4, in the second half, which helped them earn their eighth win of the season. Amherst’s Quinn Moroney finished with nine points on four goals and five helpers, while Devin Acton netted four goals.

Wesleyan 8, Williams 7: Quentin Dellafera‘s unassisted strike with 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter propelled the Cardinals to a one-point win over the Ephs. Thomas Fowler paced Williams with two goals, while Dan Whittam turned away eight shots.

Springfield 10, MIT 8: Trailing 8-7 with 7:24 remaining in the fourth quarter, Springfield rallied with two goals from Dylan Sheehan and one from Ryon Lynch to secure their second conference win of the season. Lynch and Sheehan each recorded two goals and two helpers, while MIT received two goals and two assists from Harris Stolzenberg.

Regis 14, Johnson & Wales 9: Nicky Rodrigo and Peter Leighton combined for eight goals and five assists as the Pride picked up their eighth win of the season.

Endicott 26, Gordon 6: Kyle Weber recorded nine points on six goals and three assists, while Harrison Cotter and Colin Bannon combined for eight goals and four assists as the Gulls soared past the Fighting Scots in Beverley. Jordan Heckelmann and Roger Evans each scored two goals for Gordon.

Women’s Lacrosse:

BC 13, Duke 11:  Sarah Mannelly and Covie Stanwick each netted five goals as the Eagles edged the Blue Devils in North Carolina.

Stonehill 7, Le Moyne 6: Kelsey Shannahan‘s free position strike at 18:08 in the second half pushed the Skyhawks ahead for good. The Dolphins did net two additional tallies after the strike, but were unable to tie the contest. Stonehill’s Lizzie Lane and Mikayla Couch each recorded two goals in the win.

Tufts 9, Hamilton 8: Caroline Ross recorded four points on three goals and one helper, Brigid Bowser recorded two goals and two assists as the Jumbos defeated the Continentals in Medford.

Endicott 10, Gordon 4: The Gulls extended their current winning streak to eight games as they defeated the Fighting Scots in Beverley. Emily Whitney and Kirsten Thor combined for six goals and one assist, while Ryan Socolow turned away eight shots.

Amherst 12, Colby 5: Rachel Passarelli netted a hat trick, while Christy Forrest recorded nine saves as the Jeffs defeated the Mules and extended their current winning streak to nine games.

Williams 13, Wesleyan 5: Nancy Palmer recorded five points on four goals and one assist as the Ephs defeated the Cardinals in Connecticut.