D3 Hoops: Brandeis Men’s Basketball Returns To Postseason

I4CwSboa_400x400By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

For the first time since 2011, the Brandies University men’s basketball team will be competing in the postseason.

The Judges, who concluded their 2018-19 campaign with a 14-11 record, secured a spot in the 2019 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). Brandeis was tabbed one of the four top teams in this year’s tournament, along with Hood CollegeDrew University, and Wilkes University.

As noted in today’s release, Hood secured the top spot in this year’s tournament and will host one of four quarterfinals this Friday, March 1st at 11 a.m.

Brandeis, which last captured an ECAC crown during the 2010-11 season, will host John Jay College on Wednesday, February 27th at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to Friday’s quarterfinal against either Marywood University or Medaille College.

Following Friday’s quarterfinals, Hood will host the semifinals (3 p.m. & 6 p.m.) on Saturday, March 2nd and championship (1 p.m.) on March 3rd.

For more on this year’s ECAC Tournament — HOP HERE

For more on the Judges’ first postseason appearance since the 2010-11 season — HOP HERE 

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Brandeis’ Mike Coven Announces Retirement After 44 Seasons With The Judges

Brandeis men's soccer coach Mike Coven announced his retirement on Friday, December 9th following 44 years on the sidelines with the Judges. (PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Mark Vieira)

Brandeis men’s soccer coach Mike Coven announced his retirement on Friday, December 9th following 44 years on the sidelines with the Judges. (PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Mark Vieira)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

It was announced yesterday that Brandeis University men’s soccer coach Mike Coven would be retiring from the sidelines, effectively Saturday, December 31, 2016.

Coven, who coached the Judges for 44 seasons, concludes his career ranked sixth all-time in Division III men’s soccer coaching with 526 wins.

His 526 victories rank him 10th among all NCAA soccer coaches regardless of division, according to the athletic department’s release.

Over the past 44 seasons, Coven guided the Judges to 14 NCAA Tournaments, including a quartet of final four appearances and one national championship in 1976. Additionally, Coven led Brandeis to four Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships (1994, 2006, 2010 and 2011), while earning a trio of University Athletic Association (UAA) Coach of the Year Awards.

“Brandeis has been a special place for me,” Coven said in the athletic department’s release. “The support I’ve seen over the years – from the administrators, from alumni and from the student-body – has made this place into a real soccer school. I will miss it tremendously.”

This past season, Coven navigated the Judges to a 13-6-4 overall record, along with the program’s fourth appearance in the final four – their first since 1984. Brandeis edged last year’s champion, Amherst, in the round of 16 (won in PK’s) before defeating Rutgers-Newark the following day (4-2) en route to the national semifinals.

Brandeis’ run toward the program’s second national crown came up short against Calvin last Friday, December 2 as the Knights defeated the Judges, 1-0.

“We had fans out there: alumni, the student body, the vice president of the University, all sorts of administrators, and we had tremendous support,” Coven said following his team’s one-goal deficit in the national semifinals. “Vocal, and great. And it’s not just this year. I’ve been very fortunate to work at a school … where soccer has been a main priority.”

VIDEO: Endicott College Training Camp

By NoontimeSports.com 

BEVERLEY, MA – Last week, Noontime Sports traveled up North to visit the Endicott College football team.

The Gulls are coming off their best year in program history, as they earned 10 wins last season, along with an ECAC North Bowl championship, too. This year, according to the New England Football Conference coaches’ poll, Endicott is expected to finish second in the Boyd Division behind Western New England College.

For more information on the Gulls football team — HOP HERE!

Below we’ve provided our video, which features interviews with head coach JB Wells, along with all four senior captains — Jared DiBiaseCraig Lussier, Oscar Moore and Ian Sutter.

ECAC Announces Div. III 2012 New England Men’s Lax All-Stars

Tufts University’s Cole Bailey (right) was named Co-Rookie of the Year on Wednesday by the ECAC. Bailey led the Jumbos this past season with 68 points and 42 assists. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Wednesday, June 20, the ECAC, (Eastern College Athletics Conference) unveiled its 2012 New England region men’s lacrosse All-Star team.

12 players from various Massachusetts schools were selected to the team, and three of them earned individual awards.

Western New England College’s senior attack Patrick White was deemed the Offensive Player of the Year, while junior defensemen Aaron Harris was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

Tufts University freshman attack Cole Bailey was one of two players named as Co-Rookies of the YearLuke Aubrey, (Roger Williams University) also received the honor.

Excluding these various players, (listed above) here are the other names that were selected to the first or second team, (names were selected by coaches or his/her designee):

* Beau Wood, So. (Tufts)/ First Team

* Shane Furguson, Sr. (Springfield College)/First Team

* Kevin McCormick, Sr. (Tufts)/ First Team

* Tim Cimini, Sr. (Springfield College)/ First Team

* Nick Rhoads, Sr. (Tufts)/ First Team

* Brewster Knowlton, Sr. (WNEC)/ First Team

* Matt Callahan, Jr. (Tufts)/ Second Team

* Breck Merritt, So. (Endicott College)/ Second Team

* Joe Martin, Sr. (WNEC)

Mass College Lax Recap: Smith, Wheaton Punch Tickets To ECAC Finals

By Matt Noonan 

NORTON, MA – Smith College and Wheaton College each punched their ticket to Sunday’s ECAC Div. III/New England women’s lacrosse championship, as both schools defeated their semi-final opponent on Saturday at Keefe Field.

Smith College 22, Lasell College 18: Paced by sophomore Becky Bracken, (nine goals, two assists) and senior Meaghan Fileti, (five goals), the Pioneers ballooned a 13-6 halftime advantage into a four point victory.

Bracken, who led the team with six ground balls, was the catalyst for the Pioneers offense, as she won 14 draws at the face-off line, which resulted in 22 strikes in 60 minutes.

“It’s pretty much crucial to getting the balls, controlling the draw controls, and so just adapting to what’s going on, and realizing just how to get it,” said Bracken.

Fileti added, “I think the draw control [was] really key to our success today, and Becky does a great job of boxing out, and she won it and she played hard and that was really important to us.”

Smith jumped out to a quick two-goal lead before Lasell rallied off two back-to-back strikes to tie the game at 2 at 25:04.

Bracken responded a few minutes later, as the sophomore midfielder jumpstarted Smith’s attack with a 3-0 run followed by a 5-0 run late in the first half, which provided the Pioneers with a seven point cushion at the break, as well as a lead that they never relinquished.

“[We were] really just keeping the pace really fast,” Bracken explained of Smith’s 13 goal first half. “We worked really hard this past week on transitions, and it really clearly showed.”

Smith padded their lead early in the second with an unassisted strike by Bracken, and goal from freshman Mckenzie Hessel before Lasell junior Ashley Slattery, (nine goals, two-assists) sparked a 4-0 run for the Lasers.

The Pioneers answered by netting seven additional tallies in a 16-minute span, as well as relied on their defense to fend off a few various runs by the Lasers to preserve their 10th win of the season.

“We played really well, and we capitalized on our opportunities,” said Fileti.

Wheaton College 20, Framingham State 6: The Lyons registered 10 tallies in less than 12 minutes, and never looked back, as Wheaton earned a spot in the ECAC title game for the first time in school history.

Senior Hailey Coburn and sophomore Charlotte DeSantis combined for 10 goals and four assists in the win, while junior netminder Stephanie Hoomis recorded two saves between the pipes.

“We knew we had to come out here, and beat Framingham. We knew we couldn’t underestimate them, and [for] the past two weeks we’ve been working on our game,” said Coburn. “Coach said before the game [that] it was going to take our 100 percent, [along with] everyone to win it, and just focus on us, so we [could] get to tomorrow, which we did.”

“We had to come out, and play like we’ve always played, which is like hard, tough, [and] act like a family,” said DeSantis.

Wheaton netted 14 of 18 goals in the first half, and solidified their lead with a 4-0 run late in the second, as DeSantis started the rally, which concluded with junior Elizabeth Hickey’s only goal of match.

“This is my second to last game, but it’s this team, we actually made history today. Our team’s never been to the ECAC championship, the program, so it was kind of a chance for everyone, non-starters, starters to come together,” said Coburn. “As a captain, [and] as a leader, I really wanted to get everyone going, and fuel the fire, and get ready for tomorrow.”

“Today was all about the team effort because our awards for our conference have already come out, so all we’re working for is – as a team collectively, to win this tournament,” said DeSantis.