D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Final Top 10 (March 20th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2017-18 New England D3 Basketball season concluded last weekend with Springfield College competing in the semifinals – a.k.a. the “Final Four.”

The Pride enjoyed an exciting run to Salem, Virginia, scoring a quartet of wins, including a third-round victory over Hamilton College, which earned the third position in our final poll.

MIT checked-in second overall – the Engineers also enjoyed an exciting postseason run as well, but saw their bid for a spot in the semifinals come-up short against Ramapo College in the Sectional Finals.

Middlebury College and Williams College rounded out the top five spots, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

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Men’s Basketball Top 10 – Final 2017-18 Poll 

1. Springfield College

22-9, 12-2 NEWMAC

2. MIT

25-6, 10-4 NEWMAC

3. Hamilton College

24-5, 7-3 NESCAC

4. Middlebury College

21-7, 7-3 NESCAC

5. Williams College

23-6, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Eastern Connecticut St. 

26-4, 13-1 LEC

7. Wesleyan University

22-7, 7-3 NESCAC

8. Nichols College

25-4, 16-2 CCC

9. Salem State 

22-4, 12-0 MASCAC

10. Amherst College

17-9, 7-3 NESCAC

ON THE RISE: Johnson & Wales (19-10, 13-3 GNAC) and Southern Vermont (22-6, 12-2 NECC)

D3 Lacrosse Mid-Week Notebook: CGA Outlasts Wesleyan, Emerson Off To 3-0 Start

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Anthony Wyler’s game-winning goal in overtime on Tuesday helped the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team top Wesleyan University in an exciting non-conference clash. (Photo Credit: Paul Duddy)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was an exciting finish last night in New London, Connecticut as the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team stunned the second-ranked Wesleyan University Cardinals in overtime by a score of 10-9.

The win was the Bears’ third-straight of the 2018 season. Prior to defeating the Cardinals, CGA topped Eastern Connecticut (15-7) and Norwich University (17-1).

“The guys are pumped,” Coast Guard Academy coach Ray Le Forte said one day after his team’s exciting win. “(And) so is the campus, too.”

Coast Guard led Wesleyan, 9-8, with 5:24 remaining in the final session, but the Cardinals evened the score (9-9) and forced an extra session, thanks to a man-up goal from Christian Barker.

The Bears would counter 32 seconds into the extra session with Anthony Wyler, who rifled a shot from the top of the zone to secure an exciting and impressive one-goal victory.

Wyler concluded the contest with three goals and one assist, while Riley McNulty chipped in four goals and one assist. The game-winning goal was set-up by Matty Johnson, who concluded last night’s contest with one goal and one assist.

Courtesy of Coast Guard Academy Athletics, here is the game-winning goal, which has been a must-see on social media today! 

Tuesday’s win is certainly impressive one for a fourth-year program that has grown tremendously since its initial collegiate season in 2015.

Coast Guard Academy is coming off a 10-6 win season from a year ago, which saw the Bears win a program-best four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games.

The Bears will look to continue its early season momentum on Saturday, March 10 when they face Goucher College at 1 p.m. A few days later, the Bears will take on Ithaca College on Tuesday, March 13th at 1 p.m. with the contest taking place in Virginia Beach.

The Bears will begin conference play later this month when they host Clark University on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.

And one team the Bears will see later this season is Emerson College, which is also off to an impressive 3-0 start.

The Lions began their 2018 campaign with an impressive and hard-fought 13-12 win over Mount Ida College in double-overtime before defeating Lyndon State (7-4) and Albertus Magnus (10-9).

Emerson was initially scheduled to compete against Nichols College tomorrow (Thursday, March 8th), but due to this week’s nor-easter, the game has been postponed.

The Lions will return to action next Tuesday (Mar. 13th) when they host Thomas College at 6 p.m.

“We’re definitely starting to get there,” said Emerson coach Matt Colombini. “We have a lot of young talent and the returners that have been through it for a year now and know what we’re really expecting (of this program) and what being a college lacrosse player is, and they have turned the corner with that stuff.”

Colombini seems quite content about his team’s early season success, but knows his squad must keep the focus on playing a complete 60 minutes.

“I am excited to see in a couple weeks as we keep (working toward our goal of playing a complete game) where we end up and what our final product really looks like,” he said.

So far, Emerson has received some solid contributions from Jared Brush (13 goals, three assists) and Cameron Radenberg (two goals, nine assists). Additionally, a pair of first-years, Joe Meyers and Stevie Powers, have also contributed on the offensive end – the duo has combined for 12 points on seven goals and five assists, while Bailey Kennedy has also performed quite well between the pipes with 24 saves.

Following the team’s contest against Thomas, Emerson will face some challenging non-conference foes in Dean CollegeWentworth and UMass-Dartmouth. All three games – and yes, four, counting Thomas – will be good tests for the Lions, who hope to keep their early season momentum going later this spring.

“I think this year we have made the schedule much more challenging to get ready for NEWMAC games,” said Colombini. “The teams we have played (thus far) have been pretty good, but they have all been close, grind-it-out type of games, so at least we are finding a way to win right now, which is good.”

The team’s initial win over Mount Ida was certainly impressive – perhaps it could be   a game these Lions will look back on as motivation for more success later this season.

D3 Hoops: Saturday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard

CONF TOURN SCOREBOARD

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

A C-R-A-Z-Y day of conference tournament play is in the books – yes, we had some SERIOUS upsets and exciting finishes – and below are the various outcomes!


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) 

Men’s Basketball: Nichols 98, Endicott 89For the second-straight year, the Bison of Nichols College captured the CCC title thanks to team-high 33 points from Marcos Echevarria.

Women’s Basketball: UNE 59, Roger Williams 40UNE jumped out to 23-9 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Hawks in the CCC championship. Four different UNE players netted double-figures, including Sam MacDonald, who scored a team-high 17 points.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) 

Men’s Basketball: Johnson & Wales 84, Albertus Magnus 80The Wildcats erased a five-point deficit at the break to defeat the Falcons in Connecticut. Jarell Lawson (JWU) paced all scorers with 25 points, while pulling down eight caroms (two offensive rebounds, six defensive rebounds).

Women’s Basketball: St. Joseph’s 73, Suffolk 59A 25-6 run in the third quarter helped the Monks erase a one-point deficit at the break to defeat the Rams in the GNAC championship. Kelsi McNamara paced the Monks with 24 points. 


Little East Conference (LEC)

Men’s Basketball: Eastern Conn. 79, Keene State 62: Tarchee Brown poured in a game-high 21 points, while Carlos Gonzalez chipped in 19 points as the Warriors defeated the Owls to claim the LEC conference crown.

Women’s Basketball: UMass Boston 65, UMass Dartmouth 56The Beacons set the tone early, jumping out to a 19-12 lead before holding the Corsairs to just 13 points in the final frame as UMass Boston topped the Corsairs and claimed their first-ever LEC crown. Joie Grassi (UMass Boston) led all scorers with 26 points.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Men’s Basketball: Bridgewater State 77, Fitchburg State 72The Bears constructed a 13-point at the break before fending off a second half surge by the Falcons to secure the conference crown. Bridgewater’s Joseph Carty concluded the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Women’s Basketball: Westfield State 90, Framingham State 75: Lucy Barrett and Kierra McCarthy each netted 15 points as the Owls defeated the Rams for the second-straight year in the MASCAC championship.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

Men’s Basketball: So. Vermont 67, Becker 62: Mike Pierre netted a game-high 24 points, while Andre Hodo stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block as Southern Vermont topped the Hawks of Becker in the NECC finale.

Women’s Basketball: Becker 60, Newbury 50: Cassidy Harrison netted a game-high 23 points to lead the Hawks past the Nighthawks for a NECC championship win.  


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan 65, Amherst 63: Nathan Krill drilled the game-winning trey with seven seconds remaining as the Cardinals topped the top-seeded Mammoths in Amherst. Krill concluded the contest with a game-high 29 points. The Cardinals will face

Men’s Basketball: Williams 76, Hamilton 73: Four members of the Williams men’s basketball team reached double-figures, including James Heskett, who netted 19 points as the Ephs outlasted the Continentals in the NESCAC semifinals.  

Women’s Basketball: Amherst 58, Wesleyan 31: Jackie Nagle and Madeline Eck combined for 24 points as the Mammoths topped the Cardinals in the NESCAC semis.  

Women’s Basketball: Tufts 60, Bowdoin 48: Erica DeCandido netted a game-high 17 points, while Jac Knapp added 16 points as the Jumbos defeated the Polar Bears in Amherst to set-up a conference and national championship rematch with the Mammoths. 


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 

Men’s Basketball: WPI 84, Springfield 80 (OT): Reid Walker netted a team-high 23 points, including a lay-up and freebie in overtime as the Engineers defeated Springfield in the NEWMAC semifinals. The Engineers will now face MIT, which topped Babson in the other semifinal.

Men’s Basketball: MIT 70, Babson 61: AJ Jurko recorded a double-double of 23 points and 11 assists, while Tim Roberts added 15 points and nine rebounds as the Engineers topped the defending national champions in the NEWMAC semifinal.

Women’s Basketball: WPI 64, Babson 56 (OT)Ama Biney netted netted 14 points, including a pair of freebies and a layup in an extra session as the Engineers topped the Beavers en routes to tomorrow’s conference championship.

Women’s Basketball: MIT 64, Smith 51The Engineers overcame a seven-point deficit at the start, ending the game on a 26-15 run to defeat the top-ranked Pioneers in the NEWMAC semifinals. MIT’s Kara Holinski led all scorers with 25 points.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC)

Men’s Basketball: New England 72, Colby-Sawyer 56: Jason Jones finished a perfect six-for-six from the field with 16 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds as the Pilgrims captured their first-ever NAC crown.

Women’s Basketball: Husson 76, Maine Maritime 58: Sami Ireland was one of five scorers to reach double-figures – she concluded today’s championship with 21 points – as the Hawks soared past the Mariners in the NAC finale.

Friday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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Eastern Connecticut State University advanced to the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship following a semifinal win over UMass Boston on Friday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Here are the results from Friday’s conference tournament action with links to box scores, courtesy D3Hoops.com:

Thomas 71, Castleton 57 (MBB) 

Husson 98, Lyndon State 84 (MBB) 

Keene State 85, UMass Dartmouth 67 (MBB) 

Eastern Connecticut 86, UMass Boston 58 (MBB)

New England Coll. 52, Castleton 48 (WBB)

Husson 87, Colby-Sawyer 49 (WBB) 

Five Games to Watch This Weekend (Jan. 13-15th)

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Lydia Caputi and the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team will look to cap their three-day weekend with a win at Williams College on Sunday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bowdoin College Athletics/Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

Happy Friday the 13th, D3 Hoop Fans!

Let’s kick-start this three-day weekend with five games – and five predictions – to watch this weekend.

QUICK NOTE: Rankings (numbers) next to teams are based on this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll, which is posted every Monday morning at 9 a.m. (Women’s Basketball) and 9:30 a.m. (Men’s Basketball) on Twitter (@NoontimeSports). 

No. 2 Middlebury at  No. 4 Tufts (MBB), Friday, Jan. 13th at 7 p.m. – This is the only meeting between the Panthers and Jumbos (this season). Yet, don’t be shocked if the two tangle in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament next month.

Tufts enters the game on a four-game winning streak, while Middlebury has won eight-straight, including a pair of conference tilts against Wesleyan University and Connecticut College. Middlebury’s Matt St. Amour will be one of many to players to watch this evening, but I think the Jumbos defense will find away to slow down the Panthers’ offense and escape with a two (or three or four) point victory. PREDICTION: Tufts 74, Middlebury 72 

Wheaton at No. 1 Babson (MBB), Saturday, January 14th at 2 p.m.: As a Wheaton College alum, I am pretty jacked-up – well, technically excited about their current three-game winning streak. Their win earlier this week over Springfield College was rather impressive. Can Coach Brian Walmsley‘s squad make it four-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) wins tomorrow by squeaking out a dramatic win over number one Babson College? Possibly, but they’ll need their defense to fuel their offense, as well as find a way to prevent transition baskets, too.

The Beavers’ transition game is quite impressive following a defensive carom, so keep an eye on not just Joey Flannery, but Sam Bohmiller, Nick ComenaleCharlie RiceMatthew Droney and Isaiah Nelsen. Prediction: Babson 74, Wheaton 66 

No. 7 Conn. College at No. 2 Amherst (WBB), Saturday, January 14th at 3 p.m.: Slowing down the Amherst College women’s basketball team has been a challenge this season for many squads. The Purple and White are a perfect 13-0, including 1-0 in NESCAC play. This game will be their third conference game of the season – this evening they host Little Three rival Wesleyan University with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Camels of Conn. College have enjoyed a successful 2016-17 campaign, capturing some impressive wins over Ithaca College, Roger Williams and Western Connecticut. Against Amherst, the Camels will need everyone, both their starters and reserves to step-up. Expect some big contributions from Mairead HynesPayton Ouimette and Liz MalmanPREDICTION: Amherst 75, Conn. College 65 

No. 6 Eastern Connecticut at UMass Boston (MBB), Saturday, January 14th at 3 p.m.: This has the making of a fast-paced, up-tempo and exciting contest, so if you’re looking for a quality pre-New England Patriots playoff game to watch, head to UMass Boston for a BIG Little East Conference (LEC) clash.

The Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University have been on a roll since starting 2-4 overall. Currently, they have won four-straight as well as seven of their last eight contests, including an impressive win over Amherst earlier this month. Hugh Lindo and Tarchee Brown are on a mission to extend their season beyond the end of February, but will need to keep playing their best, especially against a solid foe like the Beacons, which have won their last three contests, including a double-overtime win earlier this week at Plymouth State. PREDICTION: Eastern Conn. 75, UMass Boston 73 (OT) 

No. 3 Bowdoin at Williams (WBB), Sunday, January 15th at 3 p.m.: This will be a BIG test for Coach Pat Manning‘s Ephs as they host the third-ranked Polar Bears on Sunday afternoon. Williams enters the weekend 1-1 in NESCAC play – they defeated Trinity College, but fell to second-ranked Amherst College on the road. The Ephs will host the Purple & White later this month – keep an eye on that game.

A win for Williams would provide a boost for the Purple and Yellow heading into their next few conference games, but slowing down a Polar Bears squad that has netted 70, 43, 80 and 87 points over their past four games won’t be easy. Prediction: Bowdoin 68, William 60