D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Tufts University remained our top team after picking up a pair of conference wins this past weekend, including a one-point victory last Friday over Hamilton College.

One day after their dramatic win over the Continentals, the Powder Blue and White found a way to outlast the Mammoths of Amherst College in overtime.

Tufts will host Babson College on Wednesday before resuming conference play in Maine with a Saturday afternoon tilt against Bates College.

Bowdoin College, which remains our second team in this week’s poll, has won 17 games this season, including four conference match-ups. This past weekend they defeated Middlebury College and Williams College. The Polar Bears will visit Colby College on Saturday before hosting Tufts in a very important conference clash on Friday, January 31st at 7 p.m.

Western New England secured the fourth spot with an important conference win over the University of New England. The Golden Bears have won three straight and will host Curry College and Endicott College this week in Springfield.

Finally, we welcomed Trinity College to this week’s poll – the Bantams have won three-straight after falling to Bowdoin, Smith College, and WNE earlier this month. They host Connecticut College on Saturday before visiting MCLA on Sunday.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Eight Poll| Monday, January 20th, 2020

1. Tufts University 16-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  17-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College 15-2, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Western New England 13-3, 6-1 CCC Last Week: No. 10
5. WPI  10-5, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Trinity College 12-4, 2-1 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
7. Rhode Island College 14-2, 7-1 LEC Last Week: No. 5
8. Smith College 14-2, 0-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Brandeis University 11-3, 1-2 UAA Last Week: No. 6
10. Eastern Connecticut 13-3, 6-1 LEC Last Week: No. 9

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Emerson College, Middlebury College, Springfield College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and Williams College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek SixWeek Seven 

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Colby College men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to 15 games this past weekend by defeating both Middlebury College and Williams College on the road.

Colby, which improves to 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, has been an impressive story this season – can they continue their momentum later this week against Husson University on Tuesday, January 21st and Bowdoin College on Saturday, January 25th? We’ll have to wait and see.

Brandeis University was this week’s biggest mover, checking in third overall after securing the tenth position one week ago. The Judges scored an exciting 75-73 win yesterday over Emory University, handing the Eagles their second setback of the 2019-20 season, along with their initial loss against a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA).

The Judges are currently tied for first in the UAA with Washington University – the two teams will meet on Friday, January 24th in a VERY important match-up.

Tufts University moved into the fifth position after rebounding from an early week loss to Suffolk University with back-to-back wins over Amherst College (No. 10) and Hamilton College.

Finally, the Blues Jays of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) joined our poll at the ninth position – the Blue and Gold have not lost a game since falling to the Jumbos last November.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Eight Poll| Monday, January 20th, 2020

1. Colby College 15-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Middlebury College 16-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1 
3. Brandeis University 11-3, 3-0 UAA Last Week: No. 10
4. Springfield College 12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Tufts University 13-3, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. WPI  12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
7. Babson College 12-3, 2-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
8. Albertus Magnus  12-2, 1-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 5
9. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 13-2, 1-0 GNAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Amherst College 11-5, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Emerson College, Endicott College, Hamilton College, Nichols College, Rhode Island College, UMass Boston, Wesleyan University, and Western New England


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

 

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 Football Offseason Notebook: FSU’s Kelley Announces Retirement

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Weeks after guiding his team to a ninth Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title, along with an appearance in the NCAA D-III Football Tournament, Framingham State University football coach Tom Kelley announced his retirement on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020.

Kelley, who is an alum of the program, coached the Rams for 13 seasons. He guided Framingham State to five NCAA Tournaments and four bowl victories, including a 3016 New England Bowl championship.

“I cannot express how grateful I am to have been the head coach of the football program at Framingham State for the past 13 seasons,” Kelley said via Wednesday’s announcement on the Framingham State athletics website.

“As a former player, I could not be more proud of our teams and all the fine student-athletes who have come through the program. I was lucky to be surrounded by great coaches on our staff throughout the years that helped lead our teams to so much success.

“At this point, it is time for me to step away from coaching with the program sitting in a great spot coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.  It’s time to put the horse in the barn.”

Framingham State won 107 games under the direction of Kelley, including 100 games in the last 13 seasons. Kelley has coached two AFCA All-Americans while being named the coach of the year eight times by five different organizations, including the New England Football Writers in 2012 when he led the Rams to a New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship, NEFC Bogan Division title, a MASCAC crown, and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Kelley will remain in his current role as the school’s Director of Athletics while an announcement of a new coach should be coming within the next few weeks.

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Endicott College’s Nick DiCairano will represent the Gulls in The Dream Bowl on Monday, January 21dt, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)

Endicott College senior kicker Nick DiCairano will be representing the Gulls’ football program next Monday, January 21st, 2020 at The Dream Bowl in Salem, Virginia at the Salem Football Stadium, as announced earlier this week on the athletic department’s website.

The Dream Bowl, which started seven years ago, “is a College Football All-Star Showcase of the best FCS, D-II, and D-III players from across the country.”

DiCairano will compete on the 2020 Crusaders team – he will be joined by a few other New England college football players, including Framingham State’s Dwayne Hunter-Parker.

Last month, DiCairano represented Endicott in the National Bowl College All-Star Game after producing an impressive senior season with the Gulls, which included career-bests in field goals (13), extra points made (57) and points (96). His longest field goal of the 2019 season was a 47-yard kick, which he recorded three times against Framingham State, Curry College, and Salve Regina University.

In addition to DiCairano, a few other New England college football players will be competing next Monday at The Dream Bowl, including Sacred Heart wide receiver Kezio Snelling, who was named to the Northeastern Conference (NEC) second team last November.

Also on the Crusaders is Derek Mountain and Corey Stefanik of Holy Cross and Momodou Mbye and Kevin Lawrence of Rhode Island College.

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 13th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Middlebury College remained our TOP team in our seventh New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll after a 2-1 week for the Panthers, which saw the Blue and White beat Hamilton College and Plattsburgh State.

Yes, the Panthers did lose their conference opener to Amherst College, but they were able to turn around one day later and score a one-point win over Hamilton. Both Amherst and Hamilton remained on our weekly poll this week, checking in eighth and ninth, respectively.

Colby College stretched its winning streak to 13-straight, thanks to back-to-back conference wins last weekend over Connecticut College and Trinity College. The Mules visit Middlebury on Friday, January 17th in what should be a very exciting (and interesting) contest.

Babson College remained our third team, despite falling to fourth-ranked Springfield College in their conference opener. The Beavers rebounded with an impressive win on the road against WPI.

Finally, Brandeis University returned to the poll following a 76-71 win over New York University. The Judges, who have won four straight, will look to continue their recent momentum this weekend against both Rochester and Emory.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Seven Poll| Monday, January 13th, 2020

1. Middlebury College 14-1, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Colby College  13-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Babson College 11-2, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Springfield College 11-2, 2-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
5. Albertus Magnus  11-1, 0-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Tufts University 11-2, 1-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
7. WPI 10-3, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
8. Amherst College 10-4, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
9. Hamilton College 11-3, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Brandeis University 9-3, 1-0 UAA Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Endicott College, Nichols College, Rhode Island College, and Western Connecticut 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six