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D3 Lax Notebook: Wheaton Begins Its Season With Four-Straight Wins

Lou Mainella has recorded 16 points on nine goals and seven assists in four games this year with the Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Keith Nordstrom)

By NoontimeSports.com

The Wheaton College men’s lacrosse team will enter the first weekend of March with a great deal of momentum, thanks to an impressive win on Wednesday against Massachusetts Maritime Academy

The Lyons topped the Buccaneers, 15-4, to secure their fourth-straight win, thanks to Lou Mainella, who tallied a career and season-best five points on three goals and two assists. 

Shane Ross recorded a hat trick, Ben Stomberg added two goals and two assists, and John Drew earned his initial collegiate win between the pipes with nine saves. 

Wheaton is off to its best start in 31 seasons and will look to continue its winning ways on Saturday, March 5 when they compete against Johnson & Wales University, a team the Lyons beat two years ago by a score of 16-8

Johnson & Wales bounced back from an opening day setback to Roger Williams with back-to-back wins over Eastern Connecticut State University (11-9) and New England College (7-6)

Donny McInnis, a first-year midfielder from North Haven, Connecticut, enjoyed his best outing against the Warriors on Wednesday by tallying career and season-bests in goals (three), points (four), shots (five), and shots on goal (three). He, along with Tyler Drago (seven goals and five assists), and Chris Calisto (four goals and one assist) will be a few players to watch against the Lyons. 

Wheaton isn’t the only New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) squad that has enjoyed a successful start to its 2022 campaign as the same could be said for Emerson College (4-0) and MIT (3-0). 

Emerson outlasted the University of New England, 14-13, on Wednesday to gain some additional momentum heading into a non-league matchup with Vassar College on Saturday. 

Skyler Celotto is the player to watch on Emerson — he currently ranks second in the NEWMAC in points (18) and fourth in goals (10). 

MIT, which is off to a 3-0 start, has tallied 56 points in three contests after netting a season-high 20 goals yesterday against Wentworth Institute of Technology

Ryan Gebhardt has been the player to watch on MIT – the graduate student that previously competed at Stevens Institute of Technology leads the Engineers in goals (16) and points (21). 

Extra, extra from the D3 Lacrosse World:

  • Make it back-to-back wins for Union College as they topped Endicott College yesterday, 13-8, thanks to Brian Davis (three goals) and Hayden Frey (two goals and one assist).

  • The Springfield College women’s lacrosse team is off to a 2-0 start — yesterday, they topped Framingham State, 13-11. Maddy Roy concluded the non-conference meeting with three points on two goals and one assit while Taylor Pichel stuffed the stat sheet with two goals, three helpers, six shots, and ome ground ball.

  • Logan Posner recorded a game-high six goals as the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team picked-up its third consecutive win with a 15-5 victory over Stevens. The Sea Gulls will host the University of Lynchburg on Saturday in what could be a possible NCAA Tournament preview.

  • The FDU-Florham women’s lacrosse team scored its first win over Montclair State since March 10, 2010, as the Devils rolled past the Red Hawks, 20-2. Kylee Garcia led all players with eight points on six goals and two assits while Marissa Ross snatched a team-high five draw controls.

Noontime’s New England Small College Basketball Stories of 2021

Marcus Azor and the UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball team celebrated a Little East Conference (LEC) championship in March. ((PHOTO COURTESY: Kyle Prudhomme)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to pinpoint some of the best storylines of 2021 when it comes to New England small college basketball, but there have been a few, including two conference championship celebrations in March.

The biggest storyline has been the return to the court — like so many schools, teams, and student-athletes that did not compete this past winter due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been an exciting few weeks for so many that can finally play and practice again.

Here are a few storylines from the current year worth revisiting — yes, there are quite a few, but these are a few that we will certainly remember next year and beyond.

UMass Dartmouth wins the Little East Conference (LEC) crown: After losing to Eastern Connecticut in overtime in late February, the Corsairs rebounded with three straight wins, including a pair of conference tournament victories over Keene State College (108-68) and Rhode Island College (93-89).

UMass Dartmouth’s impressive victory over the Owls helped the Blue and Gold clinch their first conference crown since 2009.

Marcus Azor was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player — the Brockton, Massachusetts native averaged 21.0 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in two postseason contests.

Babson College competes against Harvard University: For the first time since 1996, the Beavers competed against the Crimson in an exhibition contest.

Harvard used a late rally in the second half to defeat Babson, 74-64 — the Green and White led the Crimson, 37-34, at the break.

Babson’s Spencer Cline led all players with 17 points on 6 of 17 shooting, including five of nine from beyond the arc, while Nate Amado recorded a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Harvard leads the all-time series, 6-1, with Babson’s last win coming in 1991.

Jim Calhoun departs the University of Saint Joseph: Following his team’s third contest of the 2021-22 season, coach Jim Calhoun announced his retirement from the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) men’s basketball program.

“It’s just the right time,” he said in a statement last month regarding his departure.

The former Division I bench boss with the University of Connecticut guided the Blue Jays to a 47-17 record in three-plus seasons, which included a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship last year to go with a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Calhoun was the program’s first-ever coach — he was succeeded by Glen Miller, who guided the Blue Jays to an exciting 75-62 win over Tufts University two days after the announcement.

Other stories from 2021:

Noontime’s New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Nov. 1, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first of November means one thing: college basketball is back!

Indeed, a brand new season of New England NCAA Division III college basketball is set to tip-off this week — are you ready to cheer on your favorite team?

Like we have in the past, Noontime Sports will be producing a weekly New England D-III Top 10 Poll with some help from local media, coaches, and athletic communications offices every Monday throughout the 2021-22 season.

So, without further ado, allow us to share our first New England D-III Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll, which finds Tufts University in the top spot followed by Bowdoin College second and Amherst College third.

Noontime’s New England D-III Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, November 1, 2021

  1. Tufts University: The last time we saw the Jumbos, they produced an impressive 28-1 record, including a 10-0 mark in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play. We expect their previous success to continue this winter — their first game is is next Saturday, November 13 against Rowan University.

  2. Bowdoin College: Sacha Santimano will coach the Polar Bears for the first time this winter after being named the head coach of the program earlier this year.

  3. Amherst College: Coach G.P. Gromacki and the Mammoths will tip-off their 2021-22 campaign on Friday, November 12 against Oglethorpe University — the game will be played at Gordon College.

  4. Rhode Island College: After capturing the Little East Conference (LEC) regular season and tournament crown this past school year, the Anchorwomen enter the 2021-22 season as a squad to watch — they were picked to win their conference crown this winter.

  5. Smith College: The Pioneers have recorded 20 wins or more in their last three seasons — they will begin their 2021-22 campaign next Monday, November 8 against Castleton University.

  6. Eastern Connecticut: Picked second in the Little East Conference (LEC) preseason coaches poll, the Warriors, who garnered three first-place votes, will begin their season next Tuesday in Babson Park.

  7. Williams College: The Ephs concluded their 2019-20 campaign with 20 wins and eight losses — it was one of the better season for Williams since posting a 20-7 mark during the 2014-15 school year. Williams will host Skidmore College next Friday, November 13 at 2 p.m.

  8. Babson College: The Beavers won every game they played this past winter, including their initial game in January against UMass Dartmouth (66-64). Babson will begin its season next Tuesday, November 9 against Eastern Connecticut before heading to the Middlebury Tournament next weekend.

  9. Springfield College: Springfield competed once this past school year — they beat Wheaton College, 56-47 — and will once again be a team to watch in the New England and Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The Pride tip-off their season on Friday, November 5 against RPI.

  10. Endicott College: Sure, the Gulls were picked to finish third in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) preseason poll, but they will certainly be a team to watch this winter. They will begin their 2021-22 season at home next Saturday, November 13 against Rhode Island College.

Others receiving votes: Emmanuel College, MIT, Roger Williams, Trinity College, and UMass Dartmouth

D3 Lacrosse Notebook: Centenary Looks To Build Off Its First Varsity Win

The Centenary College of Louisiana men’s lacrosse team celebrated their first varsity win on Sunday against the University of Dallas. (PHOTO COURTESY: Centenary Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

CJ Seling was beaming just two days after the Centenary College of Louisiana men’s lacrosse team scored its first varsity win over the University of Dallas. And he had a good reason to smile.

The Gents’ three-goal (7-4) victory over the Crusaders was the culmination of both commitment and hard work by a group of student-athletes that Seling welcomed to a school, which recently relaunched the men’s lacrosse program as a club team in 2019 before competing at the varsity level one year later. And despite playing just six contests last spring before the current Covid-19 pandemic sidelined the squad, Seling began to notice his unit improve from week-to-week – he considered this some serious growth for a young squad that is currently made up of two seniors, eight sophomores, and eight freshmen.

That growth, which Seling highlighted in a phone interview on Tuesday, was on display Sunday against a Dallas squad that was limited to four goals on 13 shots. The Centenary offense produced a season-best 56 shots while Mark Temple and Jacob Miller combined for four goals and three assists.

Said Seling, “To keep a team to four goals was huge for us … (it shows) the growth (from the past two seasons), but also the potential we have for moving this program forward.”

Indeed, Seling’s squad has potential for more success – perhaps Sunday’s win could be viewed as a turning point for the state’s only NCAA Division III program that recently returned to the practice field with smiles from ear to ear. Seling and his team know there is still a lot of work to be done, but winning that first game in program history is exciting.

“No win is ever easy as you still have to go out and execute,” Seling explained, “but our guys did that and we’re proud of them.”

The Gents will attempt to continue their recent momentum tomorrow, March 12 when they visit Huntingdon College with face-off scheduled for 8 p.m. eastern, 7 p.m. central time.


News and Notes from the NCAA D-III Lacrosse World

  • The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) announced plans to return to the field this spring, which means it is possible that we could see some lacrosse games played, beginning next month. However, for lacrosse games to occur, at least six schools must commit to a shortened season that would run from mid-April to mid-May.

  • It’s been roughly a year since the Alfred University men’s and women’s lacrosse teams competed, but the plan as of this afternoon is for both teams to return to the field this week.

    Both teams are scheduled to entertain Elmira College over the next two days – the men’s team will face-off against the Soaring Eagles at 4 p.m. this afternoon while the women’s team will play on Saturday, March 13 at 3 p.m.

    Following the conclusion of the 2021 season, both Elmira teams will be transition from varsity to club status for the 2021-22 school year.

  • The USA South men’s lacrosse preseason coaches polls were announced earlier today – Pfeiffer University is expected to win the East Division while Piedmont College is the favorite in the West Division. Greensboro College and LaGrange College each secured one first-place vote.

    Staying in the USA South, Meredith College, which won the conference tournament crown in 2019, was picked to win the women’s East Division while Averett University, which placed second in the preseason coaches poll, secured one first-place vote. Both Pfeiffer and Piedmont secured a two-way tie with two-first-place votes in the West Division.

  • The Capital University women’s lacrosse team recently scored their fourth-straight win on Wednesday with a 21-2 victory against Heidelberg University. Brianna Rampi highlighted the win with six goals while Brooke Delara recorded a season-best eight points on seven assist and one goal.

    Capital will attempt to capture its fifth-straight contest on Saturday when they visit John Carroll University for their fourth Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) meeting of the season.

  • The Centennial Conference (CC) announced its spring schedule today with men’s and women’s lacrosse games set to begin next Saturday, March 20.

  • Finally, a quartet of Eastern Connecticut University men’s lacrosse players earned weekly honors from the Little East Conference (LEC) on Monday, March 8, including Shane Haggerty, who was tabbed the Rookie of the Week after tallying nine points on six goals and three assists in a pair of early-season contests.

Noontime’s Small College Basketball Team of the Week (Feb. 1, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week of small college basketball in the northeast is in the books, which means it is time to share this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week for Monday, February 1, 2021.

Similar to last week, our team is made-up of NCAA D-III student-athletes from the northeast, including one student the Liberty League (LL) in New York.

As noted last week, our teams will highlight student-athletes from our region that have either returned to the court or been playing for the past few weeks. Submissions for each team can be sent to our general email: NoontimeSports@gmail.com.


In case you missed it, here is our first Noontime Sports Small College Basketball Team of the Week from Monday, January 25, 2021.


Noontime’s Men’s Basketball Team of the Week (Feb. 1, 2021)

Shion Darby (Rhode Island College): Darby secured his initial Little East Conference (LEC) co-player of the week honor with Cory Muckle on Monday after leading the Anchormen to a 79-75 win over Eastern Connecticut this past weekend. The second-year guard tallied 23 points with eight assists, three rebounds, two blocks, and two steals in 39 of 40 minutes.

Dante Law (Rhode Island College): Law secured his second-straight LEC Rookie of the Week honor after scoring a game-high 26 points last Saturday in his team’s four-point win over Eastern Connecticut. The first-year guard from Taunton, Massachusetts connected on 10 of 15 field goals while tallying six boards and two steals.

Cory Muckle (Eastern Conn.): In his team’s lone contest of the week against Rhode Island College, Muckle led the Warriors with a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds to go with one steal. Muckle was tabbed a co-player of the week with RIC’s Shion Darby.

Jason Phelps (Clarkson): Phelps averaged 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, and one steal in a 1-1 week for the Golden Knights. Against Villa Maria last Wednesday, the senior from Tully, New York netted 26 points to go with two boards, five assists, and two steals before posting 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, and one block on Saturday against Bryant & Stratton.

Tyreice Woods (Eastern Conn.): Against Rhode Island College this past weekend, Woods produced 13 points on five of nine shooting to go with four assists, three rebounds, and one block.

Noontime’s Women’s Basketball Team of the Week (Feb. 1, 2021)

Jalen Cook (Plymouth State): Cook led the Panthers this past Saturday against Rhode Island College by scoring a game-high 25 points on 9 of 16 shooting to go with four rebounds. She connected on both free throw attempts and finished the game five of seven from beyond the arc.

Sophia Guerrier (Rhode Island College): Named this week’s Little East Conference (LEC) Player of the Week, Guerrier averaged 13 points, 9.5 rebounds and four assists in back-to-back games against Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth. Against UMass Dartmouth, Guerrier posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds along with three assists and one steal before tallying 14 points, nine caroms, two steals, and two blocks against Plymouth State.

Jordan Moretti (UMass Dartmouth): The Johnston, Rhode Island native came close to tallying a triple-double last Wednesday when the Corsairs hosted Rhode Island College in their first contest of the 2020-21 school year. Moretti stuffed the stat sheet with 10 rebounds, nine points, and five steals in 40 minutes. She connected on three of four freebies.

Kelly Walsh (Babson College): In a pair of games this past weekend against Fisher College, Walsh averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. In her team’s initial game of the 2020-21 school year, Walsh scored a game-high 20 points on seven of nine shooting to go with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals before stuffing the stat sheet on Sunday with 11 points, four assists, and three rebounds.

Brooke Young (Rhode Island College): In a pair of games last week, Young averaged 12.5 points and three rebounds as the Anchorwomen scored back-to-back wins against Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth. Against the Corsairs last Wednesday, Young tallied 13 points on 5 of 15 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, and one steal before posting 13 points, two steals, one carom, and one assist on Saturday against the Panthers.