Noontime’s Senior Salute: Jake Wisniewski (WPI)

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Jake Wisniewski averaged 9.0 points and 6.4 rebounds this past season with the Engineers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was just last month when WPI senior Jake Wisniewski was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Engineers to a 20-win season, along with an appearance in the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament.

For the second-straight year, the West Brookfield, Massachusetts native averaged 9.0 points per game to go with 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 28 contests. Wisniewski netted 10 points or more 11 times this past winter while scoring a season-best 23 points on 10 of 16 shooting against Wheaton College in February.

Named a second-teamer by both the NEWMAC and Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA), Wisniewski concluded his career with 958 points in 107 contests along with 552 rebounds, 161 assists, and 35 blocks.

We recently caught up with Jake Wisniewski to discuss his four-year career with the Engineers, as well as his future plans after graduation later this spring.


What will you remember most about your final season with the Engineers? 

Conference play, but also getting to play with my classmate Lou Doherty.

Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they? 

Before our senior season tipped-off last November, I would say our NEWAC semifinal contest against MIT last winter when Colin McNamara sank the game-winning basket at the buzzer.

As for this past season, I would say our home games against Emerson College and Wheaton College. Against Wheaton, I got into a rhythm (and scored 23 points), but the best part of both games (as well as other home contests) was getting to spend time with our families and friends after the final buzzer sounded.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for your team/program these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

I will miss battling and competing with these guys on a daily basis. I will miss the games because there probably will never be another contest I play that I can get as competitive as I did with the Engineers these past four years. But most of all, I will miss my teammates and hanging out with them off the court.

Do you hope to stay involved with your sport in the future? Any interest in being a coach? 

Definitely. I want to stay involved with basketball in some way, and I am certainly interested in being a coach in the future.

Tell me about your major/concentration. How did you choose it and what do you plan to do with it after graduation? 

I chose to concentrate on project management because I like to work with people to solve problems.

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 2, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone! Also, a happy second day of March, too – spring is on the way, which makes me VERY excited!

Let’s kick-off a brand new week with a ‘Daily Noontime,’ which I hope you tell your friends about because it is a great way to get caught up on the news (and start your day, of course!).

Monday will be an off night for Boston Sports 

  • Both the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics will enjoy a night off before returning to action tomorrow. The Bruins will visit the Tampa Bay Lightning for an important game while the Celtics will entertain the Brooklyn Nets on Causeway Street.

Chris Sale threw 15 pitches in batting practice on Sunday 

  • It was great to learn (and hear) that Chris Sale threw 15 pitches yesterday during batting practice yesterday after ending his season last August with inflammation in his left elbow. Sale won’t start immediately for the Boston Red Sox when they begin their 2020 campaign later this month, but will eventually return the rotation, which is music to my ears.

Tom Brady is headed where …? 

  • As of today, we are 14 days closer to the start of the 2020 NFL Free Agency period, which means we should know where Tom Brady is headed (and will be playing in 2020). Will he stay with the New England Patriots? Will he join the Indianapolis Colts? Will he just hang it up and announce his retirement from football?

Tufts Men’s Basketball wins its first NESCAC Tournament Championship 

  • The Jumbos needed two overtime periods on Sunday to knock-off Colby College and claim their first-ever New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament Championship.
  • Eric Savage sent the game to overtime with a long-range three-pointer during the final seconds of the second half – he almost lost the ball but was able to maintain his dribble before firing a shot that resulted in bedlam at Cousens Gymnasium.
  • With the win, the Jumbos secured the conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament – they will enter the playoffs with some serious momentum from Sunday’s win over the Mules.

Smith College wins its first-ever NEWMAC Basketball Championship 

  • The Pioneers of Smith College are headed to the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament, thanks to a 70-56 win yesterday over MIT. The victory provided Smith with its initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championship.
  • Smith needed to beat three teams in five days to win the conference tournament crown, including Springfield College last Friday.

Coast Guard Academy rallied to beat WPI in Sunday’s NEWMAC Championship 

  • The Bears of Coast Guard Academy erased a 25-point deficit at the break to not only force overtime but then beat WPI in the 2020 NEWMAC Championship.
  • Coast Guard won all three playoff games on the road, including two early last week against Emerson College and Springfield College. The victory provided the Bears with their third conference tournament championship in program history.

D3 Basketball: Sunday’s Conference Tournament Roundup

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It took two overtime sessions, but in the end, the Tufts University men’s basketball team was able to outlast Colby College, 102-94, to secure their first-ever New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament Championship.

With the win, the Jumbos secured the conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament – the Powder Blue and White will find out their first-round opponent tomorrow when the pairings are released.

Eric Savage, who sent the game to overtime with a late three-pointer at the end of regulation, led all players with 27 points to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists. Luke Rogers also recorded a double-double of 25 points and 19 caroms while Brennan Morris finished with 16 points and six rebounds.

Tufts, which entered the 2020 NESCAC Tournament as the top seed, beat Colby last month, halting an 18-game winning streak that began with a 103-97 win over Ramapo in November. The Mules rebounded after their initial loss of the 2019-20 season by winning four of their final five regular-season contests before beating Bates College in triple-overtime in the NESCAC quarterfinals and Amherst College last night in the semifinals.

Dean Weiner paced the Mules with 23 points off the bench while Noah Tyson registered a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds to go with two steals and one assist. Matt Hanna concluded the game with 21 points on 7 of 13 shooting.

Despite the setback, the Mules should receive an at-large bid to the national tournament after winning 24 of 27 contests and securing the second seed in the NESCAC Tournament.

The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team captured their first NESCAC crown since 2009 earlier this afternoon by defeating Tufts, 70-60. With the win, the Polar Bears secure the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA D-III Tournament.

The setback to the Polar Bears was the first for the Jumbos, who entered the 2020 NESCAC Tournament Championship on a 26-game winning streak. Tufts will receive an at-large bid to the postseason and will learn their first-round opponent tomorrow afternoon.

Maddie Hasson helped Bowdoin win their 25th contest of the season by recording a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds to go with three assists and two steals. Sela Kay finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds. 

Erica DeCandido led the Jumbos with 27 points and 10 rebounds while also tallying three assists, two blocks, and one steal.

Men’s Basketball

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship: St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 88, Albertus Magnus 84: Coach Jim Calhoun is headed to the NCAA D-III Tournament, thanks to Delshawn Jackson Jr., who led the Blue Jays (and all players) with 46 points. Jackson, who recorded his 1,000th career point earlier in the title game, finished 16 of 23 from the field, including six of nine from beyond the arc.

St. Joseph’s led the Falcons, 44-25, at the break, but Albertus Magnus stormed back and closed the gap to four-points by outscoring the hosts, 59-44. Tyreek Perkins and Terry Dawkins combined for 47 points in the setback while Jahmerikah Green-Younger finished the game with 10 points.

New England Women’s and Men’s Basketball (NEWMAC) Championship: Coast Guard Academy 89, WPI 86 (OT): The Bears overcame a 25-point deficit at the break to not only force overtime but win their third NEWMAC Championship in program history. Coast Guard capped an impressive three-game, five-day tournament run that saw the Blue and Orange defeat Emerson College in the quarterfinals and Springfield College in the semifinals. Tyler Perez and Noah Baldez combined for 43 points while Packy Witkowski chipped in 19 points on 6 of 12 shooting. Garrett Stephenson paced WPI with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. 

Women’s Basketball

Little East Conference (LEC) Championship: Eastern Connecticut 49, Rhode Island College 44: Three members of the Warriors netted 12 points or more, including Danielle O’Brien, who finished with 15 points on five of nine shooting as Eastern Connecticut outlasted Rhode Island College and captured their seventh LEC title in program history. Maci Dorantes led Rhode Island College with 11 points off the bench.

NEWMAC (NEWMAC) Championship: Smith College 70, MIT 56: Elle Jo Whalen netted 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, including 12 defensive caroms while Jessie Ruffner added 15 points on 5 of 13 shooting as the Pioneers defeated the Engineers and claimed their first-ever NEWMAC Championship. Smith jumped out to a 21-4 lead and never looked back. Kylie Gallagher led MIT with 17 points while Jocelyn Luizzi added 16 points and 15 rebounds. 

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, February 24th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

For the second-straight week, Springfield College secured the top spot – the Pride, who have won 22 of 25 contests this season are not just the team to beat in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), but also the region, too.

Springfield will host the winner of Emerson CollegeCoast Guard Academy on Friday, February 28th in what could be an interesting semifinal match-up. A win over either the Lions or Bears would allow Springfield to host the NEWMAC championship two days later on Sunday, March 1st.

Colby College remains the second team on our poll for another week after outlasting Bates College in triple-overtime this past weekend in the opening round of the New England Small College (NESCAC) Tournament. Colby will tip-off against eighth-ranked Amherst College on Saturday, February 29th – the winner will face either third-ranked Tufts University or tenth-ranked Trinity College in the NESCAC Championship on Sunday.

Fourth-ranked Babson College and seventh-ranked WPI will meet in the NEWMAC semifinals on Friday evening in Worcester – the outcome could possibly end both teams’ chances of reaching the upcoming NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid.

Finally, St. Joseph (Conn.) moved-up two spots to the fifth position this week – they will be a team to watch (and follow) this week in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) – while ninth-ranked Brandeis University needs to beat New York University on Saturday, February 29th to have a chance to possibly secure an at-large bid to the postseason.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week 13 Poll| Monday, Feb. 24th, 2020

1. Springfield College  22-3, 11-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Colby College 23-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Tufts University  19-6, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
4. Babson College 20-5, 10-4 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
5. St. Joseph (Conn.) 23-2, 11-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 7
6. Middlebury College 20-5, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
7. WPI  19-6, 10-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
8. Amherst College 18-7, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
9. Brandeis University  16-8, 8-5 UAA Last Week: No. 8
10. Trinity College 17-8, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Endicott College, New England College, Nichols College, and Western Connecticut 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine | Week Ten|Week 11|Week 12 

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Feb. 10th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Tufts University men’s basketball team remains our top team in our latest New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 – the Jumbos have won four-straight, including back-to-back games against Connecticut College and Trinity College.

Tufts continues to be the top team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with two games remaining, but the Jumbos will face some challenges later this week when they visit Middlebury College and Williams College.

Springfield College moved into the second position after checking in third one week ago. The Pride has won six-straight contests dating back to a mid-January loss to Emerson College. Springfield visits Wheaton College on Wednesday before hosting MIT later this week.

Babson College moved up two spots – the Beavers have won six-straight and face a tough challenge on Wednesday when they host eighth-ranked WPI.

Colby College and Middlebury College rounded out the top five, while Emmanuel College joined the poll, checking, in tenth overall. The Saints have won six straight, but face a difficult challenge later this week when they host seventh-ranked St. Joseph’s (Conn.), which has won 18 consecutive contests.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week 11 Poll| Monday, Feb. 10th, 2020

1. Tufts University 18-4, 8-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Springfield College 18-3, 9-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Babson College 18-3, 8-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
4. Colby College 19-2, 7-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
5. Middlebury College 19-3, 5-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Brandeis University 15-5, 7-2 UAA Last Week: No. 4
7. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 19-2, 7-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 7
8. WPI 17-4, 8-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Amherst College 16-6, 6-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Emmanuel College 18-3, 6-1 GNAC Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Endicott College, Rhode Island College, and Trinity College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine | Week Ten