New England Basketball Weekend Watch (Friday, Jan. 17th)

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Friday, everyone – hope you are all staying warm on this bone-chilly (and windy) day in Boston.

Did I hear there was some snow in the forecast for tomorrow? When does the warm weather arrive?

Well, while we anxiously wait for temperatures that we had a week ago, let’s dish out a brand new ‘New England Basketball: Weekend Watch’ with some thoughts on a few local D-III games.


Colby College at Middlebury College (Friday, Jan. 17th at 7 p.m.): A battle between our top two teams in this week’s Noontime Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll.

The Mules of Colby enter the contest riding an impressive 13-game winning streak – they extended that streak last weekend with back-to-back wins over Connecticut College and Trinity College. Sam Jefferson is one of two players in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) averaging 22.8 points per game – he will certainly be a player to watch on Friday evening, as well as someone the Panthers will need to locate when he is on the court.

As for the Panthers, they enter this marquee matchup with a 15-1 mark – they lost last weekend to Amherst College but rebounded the following day with a one-point win over Hamilton College. Tommy Eastman highlighted the Blue and White’s win over the Continentals – similar to Jefferson, he will also be a player to watch in this contest.

Noontime’s Prediction: I think the Panthers’ win over Hamilton provided them with some momentum that not only helped them against Albertus Magnus earlier this week but should assist them to make a few more plays than Colby, especially down the stretch. Middlebury will beat Colby, 81-78. 

Tufts University at Amherst College (Saturday, January 18th at 3 p.m.): It may be too early to call this a ‘must-win’ game for both teams, but as two of the top three women’s basketball teams in the NESCAC, this is a VERY important contest.

Since falling to Emmanuel College last month, the Mammoths have won 11-straight – they will attempt to make it 12-straight wins when they host Bates College this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Amherst’s Madeline Eck was named the conference’s player of the week on Monday – she entered the week averaging 15.6 points per game. The senior guard, who has played and started in all 15 games this season, has converted 72.1 percent of her free throws while averaging seven caroms per contest.

First-year coach Jill Pace has enjoyed a very successful start with the Jumbos, who enter this weekend riding a 14-game winning streak. Before Tufts visits Amherst on Saturday, they will travel to Hamilton on Friday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Tufts opened conference play last week with a 78-60 win over Wesleyan University – it was a game that featured a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds by Erica DeCandido. DeCandido will be a player to watch on the Powder Blue and White against the Mammoths on Saturday.

Noontime’s Prediction: This will be a good test for both teams, but Amherst has been impressive since falling to the Saints and should find a way to beat the Jumbos on their home court by a score of 63-57. 


Time for some ‘extra picks’ for the weekend! 

MBB: Tufts (MBB) over Hamilton (Jan. 17th): After falling to Suffolk University earlier this week, the Jumbos will find a way to bounce back against the Continentals before hosting the Mammoths on Saturday afternoon.

MBB: Emmanuel College over Lasell University (Jan. 18th): Coach Danny Lawson and the Saints should continue their recent momentum at home against the Lasers and score their first conference win of 2020.

WBB: Smith College over Emerson College (Jan. 18th): The Pioneers scored an impressive road win earlier this week against the Ephs of Williams College and should be able to continue that momentum on the other side of the state against the Lions.

MBB: Endicott College over Roger Williams (Jan. 18th): The Gulls have rebounded nicely since falling to Nichols College earlier this month with back-to-back wins over Curry College and Gordon College. Look for a big game on Saturday from Keith Brown and Jalen Echevarria.

WBB: Rhode Island College over UMass Boston (Jan. 18th): RIC appears to be the team to beat in the Little East Conference (LEC) – they enter Saturday’s match-up riding an 11-game winning streak. RIC’s Willcia McBorrough will be the player to watch in this contest.

WBB: Westfield State over Bridgewater State (Jan. 18th): After surrendering 101 points to Framingham State last weekend, the Owls have rebounded with some important conference wins over Fitchburg State and Worcester State. Look for Blue and White to extend their current winning streak to three games on Saturday.

WBB: Eastern Nazarene at Mitchell College (Jan. 18th): The Lions appear to be the team to beat (and watch) in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) – this has the making of a potential postseason preview.


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New England D3 Softball Teams Headed To NCAA Tournament

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The 2019 NCAA Division III Softball pairings for the opening weekend were announced this afternoon and a slew of New England teams will be competing this Friday and Saturday, and possibly Sunday if needed.

Below are the local teams that will be competing, as well as where they will be headed, too, along with their first match-up of the tournament.


Host Site: Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York) 

  • Brandeis University vs. Penn State-Berks (Friday, May 10th, 2019)

Host Site: SUNY Cortland (Cortland, New York) 

  • Framingham State vs. Williams College (Friday, May 10th, 2019)

Host Site: Tufts University (Medford, Mass.) 

  • Tufts University vs. St. Joseph’s College (Conn.) (Friday, May 10th, 2019)
  • Eastern Connecticut vs. WPI (Friday, May, 10th, 2019)

Host Site: MIT (Cambridge, Mass.) 

  • MIT vs. Husson University (Friday, May 10th, 2019)
  • Eastern Nazarene vs. Rowan University (Friday, May 10th, 2019)

Host Site: Kean University (Union, New Jersey) 

  • Endicott College vs. Kean University (Friday, May 10th, 2019)

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Hoops Games To Watch This Afternoon

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the college hoops regular season slowly winding down, today is certainly an important day for a variety of local Division 3 squads.

Here are a slew of games to keep tabs on as the day progresses. Make sure to check back for a roundup from these contests later this afternoon. Also, make sure to follow Noontime Sports on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog) for updates.

Men’s Basketball:

No. 3 WPI at Babson College (2 p.m.) – Since losing to the Engineers, the Beavers have won five of its last six games, including last weekend’s overtime thriller against Emerson College. Babson’s Joey Flannery has recorded 60 points in his team’s last two outings. He registered game-highs against Emerson College (43 points) and Wheaton College (17). The freshman forward was held to just nine points in 36 minutes against the Engineers, while teammate John Wickey led all players in that contest with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Engineers remain the top squad in the NEWMAC, despite falling to Emerson College on Wednesday. A win for the Beavers could certainly put them back in contention to host the conference tournament, but they’ll need help.

WPI’s Sam Longwell has recorded 34 points in his team’s last two contests. He scored 13 points in the Engineers’ 71-70 victory over Springfield and 21 points against the Lions.

Tufts University at No. 10 Williams College (4 p.m.) – With three games remaining, the Jumbos will look to reposition themselves in the standings with a victory against a talented Ephs squad that hasn’t lost since falling to Amherst in January. Tufts earned its first NESCAC win a few weeks ago when they defeated Bates College followed by a road win at Connecticut College.

With eight teams making the conference tournament, Tufts will need to capture this contest, as well as defeat Bowdoin College and Colby College at home next weekend. Williams would be the second seed if the tournament were to start today.

Duncan Robinson, who is seventh in the conference in points (120 points in NESCAC play), is averaging 16 points per game for Williams. He’s also a 90.9 percent free throw shooter, too. Tufts’ Hunter Sabety is 11th in the conference in points (107) and is averaging 14.6 points per game.

Other Games To Watch:

Nichols College @ Western New England (3 p.m.)  – Curry snapped Nichols’ winning streak (10 games), so can the Bison turn it around against the Golden Bears?

Wentworth @ Eastern Nazarene (3 p.m.) – The Leopards returned to the win column earlier this week by defeating University of New England. Can they earn win number 11 against a Lions squad that’s currently second in the conference? Eastern Nazarene has won five straight since falling to Gordon College on Jan. 18.

Becker at Lesley (2 p.m.) – The Hawks are making a push for first place in the NECC. They’re currently on a six-game winning streak and will look to earn a season sweep against the Lynx.

Salem State at Worcester State (3 p.m.) – Don’t count out the Lancers, who’re riding a four-game winning streak. Worcester State will look to avenge their earlier loss to the Vikings (71-62) and earn its fifth conference victory.

Women’s Basketball:

No. 6 Tufts University at No. 15 Williams College (2 p.m.) – Both teams have combined for 39 wins and two losses this season. Tufts will look to extend its winning streak to 21 games, while Williams, which is 19-2 overall and 5-2 in NESCAC play, will look to extend its current winning streak to eight games.

Similar to the men’s team, Williams hasn’t lost since falling to rival Amherst College. However, the Ephs split the season series with the Lord Jeffs by claiming a victory in Williamstown on January 22. Tufts handed the Lord Jeffs their first setback of the season by defeating Amherst in Medford, 63-56.

Both teams rank in the top three in points per game in the NESCAC as Williams is second with 65.9, while Tufts is third with 64.7. The Jumbos have held opponent to roughly 48-49 points per game, while the Ephs defense has yielded an average of 57-58 points per game.

Keep an eye on Williams College’s Ellen Cook, who is averaging 14.2 points per game. Tufts’ Hannah Foley has connected on 41.8 percent of her shots from three-point land.

Other Games To Watch:

Emmanuel College at St. Joe’s (Conn.) (1 p.m.) – The Saints will look to extend its current winning streak to five games when they travel to Connecticut to take on the Blue Jays, who’ve won three straight. Emmanuel is currently second place in the GNAC, while St. Joe’s is fifth.

Wheaton at WPI (2 p.m.) – The Lyons will look to earn their fourth straight win against the Engineers, which dates back to last season. A win would be back-to-back season sweeps for the Lyons, who recently claimed the top spot in the NEWMAC on Thursday with their win over Coast Guard.

MIT at Smith College (2 p.m.) – Since falling to Williams, the Pioneers have rebounded with three consecutive victories, including a 56-51 win over Wellesley last weekend. They’ll look to keep pace with the Blue, Coast Guard and Wheaton by attempting to earn their fourth straight victory against a talented MIT squad.

Eastern Connecticut at UMass Boston (1 p.m.) – The Beacons will attempt to close out the week with back-to-back wins. UMB lost earlier this season to Eastern Connecticut, 67-47.

Framingham State at Bridgewater State (1 p.m.) – The Rams, who’re currently second in the MASCAC, will look to earn an important win against a Bears squad that’s won four straight. Bridgewater defeated Framingham earlier this season, 81-76, thanks to 29 points from Jenna Williamson.

Mass. College Hoops: Thursday Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Despite some snow (or a lot of snow!) there were indeed a few basketball games that occurred this afternoon, and below are their outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Basketball

Boston University 70, Holy Cross 60: The Terriers picked up their first Patriot League win, thanks to Maurice Watson Jr., who led the Terriers with 12 points. Dom Morris and John Papale notched 12 points, respectively, while Cullen Hamilton led Holy Cross and all scorers with 16 points.

Eastern Nazarene 75, Maine-Presque Isle 56: Eric Lynch led the Lions with a game-best 21 points, which helped Eastern Nazarene earn their seventh win of the season.

Brandeis 81, Roger Williams 74: Derek Retos scored a team-high 19 points off the bench in 18 minutes, while Alex Stoyle notched 12 points as the Judges defeated the Hawks.

Women’s Basketball

Holy Cross 69, Boston University 59: Raquel Scott recorded her fifth double-double of the season with a career-best 24 points and 10 rebounds, which helped the Crusaders cruise to their first Patriot League victory. Meghan Green, who registered a double-double of 11 points and a game-high 12 caroms, led BU.

Eastern Nazarene 70, Maine-Presque Isle 61: Katy Teare posted her first double-double with career-highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds, which helped the Lions claim their fourth overall victory.

UMass Boston 60, Salve Regina 54: Kirsten Morrison scored a game-high 18 points off the bench, while Olivia Murphy netted 14 points and recorded seven boards, as the Beacons defeated the Seahawks and earned their eighth overall win.

Wheaton 72, Roger Williams 59: Kiley Shoemaker recorded a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds (11 defensive boards), while Abbie Brickley registered 24 points and seven caroms as the Lyons defeated the Hawks and improved to 10-0.

Emmanuel 68, Bridgewater State 62

Postponements

* Wheaton College at Gordon College (MBB)

* Western Conn. at Western New England (MBB)

* Nichols College at Westfield State (MBB)

* Plymouth State at Wentworth (WBB)

* St. Joe’s (CT) at Westfield State (WBB)

Mass. College Hoops: Thursday Schedule Changes

By NoontimeSports.com

Due to weather, there have been changes for tomorrow’s men’s and women’s basketball game times. Below is an updated list of time changes.

We will make sure to update any changes that may be announced between now and tomorrow.

Men’s Basketball: 

* Holy Cross at BU, 1 p.m.

* Wheaton at Gordon, 1 p.m.

* Maine-Presque Isle at Eastern Nazarene, 2 p.m.

* Worcester State at Regis, CANCELLED

Women’s Basketball: 

* Maine-Presque Isle at Eastern Nazarene, 12 p.m.

* UMass Boston at Salve Regina, 1 p.m.

* BU at Holy Cross,  3 p.m.

* Roger Williams at Wheaton, 3 p.m.

* Curry at Coast Guard, CANCELLED

* Plymouth State at Wentworth, POSTPONED