D3 Lax: Johnson & Wales Women’s Lacrosse Picked To Capture The GNAC

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 13th) that the Johnson & Wales University women’s lacrosse team was projected to capture the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), per the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.

The Wildcats secured seven of 11 first-place votes while Lasell College, which checked-in second overall, secured a pair of first-place nods. Saint Joseph’s (Maine) also earned a pair of first-place nods, too – the Monks slid into the third position, while Mount Ida College and Emmanuel College rounded out the top five, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Simmons College, Regis College and Norwich University secured the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, while Rivier and Alberts Magnus checked-in ninth and 10th overall. Saint Joseph (Conn.) secured the final position, checking in 11th overall.

Johnson & Wales captured the GNAC crown last season by defeating Simmons, 19-5, thanks to an impressive nine-point performance (five goals, four assists) from Maria Patane, who was selected to the All-Touyrnament Team. Lydia Knapp was also named to the All-Tournament Team, while also being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) after recording five points on four goals and one assist.

The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first-time in program history last May, but saw their historic 2017 campaign conclude against Babson College. Johnson & Wales concluded its season with a school record 16-5 mark and will certainly be a team to watch in New England this spring.

Johnson & Wales will commence its 2018 campaign on Saturday, February 24 with a trip to UMass Dartmouth – opening draw is scheduled for 12 p.m.

D3 Lax: Lasell College Men’s Lacrosse Picked To Capture The GNAC

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

After capturing its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown last spring with a 13-12 win over Mount Ida College, the Lasell College men’s lacrosse team was picked to win its conference again this season, per the league’s preseason poll, which was posted Wednesday, February 14th.

Lasell collected seven of 10 first-place votes, while Johnson & Wales, Norwich University and Mount Ida each earned one first-place nod – all three teams checked-in second, third and fourth, respectively.

Emmanuel College rounded out the top five positions, while Saint Joseph’s (Maine) and Regis College slid into the sixth and seventh spots.

Rivier University, Albertus Magnus and Anna Maria rounded out the final three spots, checking-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

The Lasers captured all eighth of their conference games last season before defeating Mount Ida and Norwich in the conference tournament.

Following their win against Mount Ida, Lasell competed in its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, but fell to Misericordia by a score of 9-7.

Lasell kicks-off its season on Wednesday, February 28 when they travel to Roger Williams for a 4 p.m. face-off.

D3 Hoops: Women’s Basketball Games To Watch This Week (Jan. 29th – Feb. 3rd)

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

As usual, it is another BUSY week of New England D3 basketball and below are a few women’s basketball games to watch this week, including a pair of Monday (Jan. 29th) tilts between Babson College at Tufts University and Williams College at UMass Dartmouth.

The rankings (next to certain teams on our list) is from our recent Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll from Monday, Jan. 29th. 

Games to Watch (Monday, Jan. 29th to Saturday, Feb. 3rd):

  • Williams College at No. 4 UMass Dartmouth | Monday, Jan. 29th at 6 p.m.
  • Babson College at No. 3 Tufts University | Monday, Jan. 29th at 7 p.m.
  • Endicott College at Western New England | Tuesday, Jan. 30th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Suffolk University at Emmanuel College | Tuesday, Jan. 30th at 7 p.m.
  • Eastern Conn. at Conn. College | Tuesday, Jan. 30th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Framingham State at Worcester State | Wednesday, Jan. 31st at 5:30 p.m.
  • Smith College at WPI | Wednesday, Jan. 31st at 7 p.m.
  • Regis College at No. 7 St. Joseph’s (Maine) | Thursday, Feb. 1st at 6 p.m.
  • Trinity College at Wesleyan University | Friday, Feb. 2nd at 7 p.m.
  • No. 3 Tufts University at No. 1 Amherst College | Friday, Feb. 2nd at 7 p.m.
  • No. 10 Middlebury College at No. 2 Bowdoin College | Friday, Feb. 2nd at 7 p.m.
  • No. 4 UMass Dartmouth at Southern Maine | Saturday, Feb. 3rd at 1 p.m.
  • Williams College at No. 2 Bowdoin College | Saturday, Feb. 3rd at 3 p.m.
  • MIT at WPI | Saturday, Feb. 3rd at 3 p.m.

Lasell, Mount Ida Wrap Up Top Two Spots In Upcoming GNAC Tournament

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Lasell College clinched the top spot in the upcoming GNAC Tournament on Wednesday with an impressive 19-12 victory over Emmanuel College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Lasell College and Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse teams sewed-up the top two spots in the upcoming Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament yesterday after registering a win in their respective contest.

The conference’s six-team tournament begins next week with a pair of first round contests on Tuesday (May 2nd) with the winners advancing to the semifinals on Thursday. (May 4th).

Lasell (top seed) and Mount Ida (second seed) will each host a semifinal with the championship contest scheduled for Saturday (May 6th) at the highest remaining seed.

Lasell secured the regular season crown on Wednesday with a 19-12 victory over Emmanuel College. The contest was a re-match of last year’s conference title game, which saw the Saints edge the Lasers, 14-13, in Boston.

Austin Tomasetti highlighted his team’s seven-point victory by recording his 100th career point on his 16th goal of the season. Tomasetti concluded the contest with a team-high four assists.

Alex McCormack-Kuhman and Josh Gallant each netted four goals in their team’s 10th win of the season (seventh league victory).

The Lasers will celebrate ‘Senior Day’ this Saturday, April 29th when they host Anna Maria College with face-off scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Mount Ida stretched its current winning streak to six games yesterday with an 11-8 win over Rivier. Their sixth league win provided the Mustangs with the second seed for the second time in three seasons.

As noted on yesterday’s release, the Mustangs were the second seed in the 2015 GNAC Tournament. That season, they defeated Norwich University in the semifinals, but fell to Emmanuel College in the championship.

Kyle Ton (three goals) and Chad Coehlo (three goals and one assist) combined for seven points, while Cam Hayward deflected 12 of 20 shots between the pipes.

Mount Ida will conclude its regular season slate on Saturday when they entertain Saint Joseph’s (Maine) with face-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

D3 Lax RoundUp: Bates Upends Middlebury, MIT Tops Babson

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Bates men’s lacrosse team scored its 10th straight win of the season, as well as its seventh consecutive New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC) victory this afternoon with a 15-12 win over Middlebury College.

Kyle Weber powered the Bobcats’ attack, netting five goals, while dishing out one assist on seven shots. Charlie Fay recorded recorded a hat trick and Mitchell Drake registered 14 stop.

Bates jumped out to a three-goal lead before extending its advantage to 11-4 at the break Middlebury countered in the third, netting seven consecutive goals to pull within one (12-11), but the Bobcats answered with three tallies in the final session to secure the win.

The Bobcats return to the field next on Tuesday, April 18 when they visit Tufts University for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.

The Jumbos extended its winning streak to 11 games by defeating Hamilton College, 18-6. Danny Murphy paced the Powder Blue and White with five goals and four assists, while Robert Treiber deflected six shots.

Tufts visits Amherst College next Saturday with face-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

MIT overcame a three-goal deficit at the break to defeat Babson College in Cambridge by a score of 13-10. Jack Kelly netted four goals for the Engineers, while Graham Davis finished with three goals and three assists.

The win bumps the Engineers to 2-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, while the Beavers fall to 0-2.

Ben Farrell netted five goals, including the game-clincher with 17 seconds remaining in the final stanza to lift Johnson & Wales past Emmanuel College, 11-10. Farrell netted a pair in the third and fourth stanzas, along with his initial strike in the second quarter, while Bradley Morris deflected 10 shots to improve to 8-2 between the pipes.

Johnson & Wales currently currently occupies the top spot in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), while Lasell College sits below them at 2-0 in league play. The Lasers defeated Albertus Magnus by a score of 21-7, while Mount Ida edged Dean College, 10-6.

Lasell and Johnson & Wales will meet against each other on Tuesday, April 11th in Newton, Massachusetts with face-off scheduled for 4 p.m.

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