Weekend Watch: Games To Watch In New England D3 Hoops (Jan. 5-7th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s FRIDAY – wahoo! – but it is also quite cold outside, so make sure to head to one of these gyms this weekend to enjoy some quality New England Division III basketball!

As usual, make sure to stay connected with us on social media throughout the weekend for scores, news and more – and make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11, too).


Weekend Watch: Games to Watch Jan. 5th-7th

(MBB) No. 11 Williams at No. 14 Wesleyan (Friday, Jan. 5th | 7 p.m.): Can Wesleyan make it two-straight against their Little Three rival? Keep an eye on Williams’ James Heskett, who could be the difference in this one. PICK: Wesleyan 

(MBB) Amherst at Trinity (Friday, Jan. 5th | 7 p.m.): The Mammoths will look to bounce back from an early week setback to Eastern Connecticut. Trinity enters the contest riding a five-game winning streak, which includes a recent victory over Keene State. PICK: Trinity 

(WBB) Conn. College at Middlebury (Friday, Jan. 5th | 7 p.m.): The Panthers have enjoyed a successful start to their 2017-18 campaign. Can they begin New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play with a win over the Camels? PICK: Middlebury 

(MBB) Wheaton at Springfield (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): The Lyons began New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a six-point (79-73) win over Clark. Can they keep it rolling against a talented Springfield squad? Wheaton enters the contest riding a six-game winning streak. PICK: Wheaton 

(MBB) Albertus Magnus at Suffolk (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): A five-game winning streak has these Rams thinking optimistically about the second half of their season. PICK: Suffolk 

(WBB) Brandeis at New York University (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): Can these 8-2 Judges find a way past the Violets? Brandeis enters the conference clash riding a five-game winning streak. PICK: Brandeis 

(WBB) Castleton at Lyndon State (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): A win for the Spartans would help them in their quest of eventually locking-up the top seed in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament. PICK: Castleton 

(WBB) No. 4 Tufts at No. 11 Bowdoin (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): An early NESCAC semifinal preview – maybe a finals preview? Tufts’ Melissa Baptista could be the difference in this contests. PICK: Tufts 

(MBB) Bowdoin at Tufts (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): Can a Polar Bear outlast an Elephant or vice versa? Who knows, but this will be a good one to follow or attend.  PICK: Tufts 

(MBB) Salem State at Worcester State (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): Can the Vikings win the re-match of last year’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament Championship? PICK: Salem State 

(MBB) Endicott at Wentworth (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): An important Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) clash that will could eventually determine tournament seeding next month. PICK: Endicott  

(MBB) Hamilton at Trinity (Sunday, Jan. 7th | 2 p.m.): Who is going to slow down these  Continentals? Hamilton looks like the team to beat in the NESCAC this year. PICK: Hamilton 

D3 Basketball: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Mon. Nov. 27th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England NCAA Division III Basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll (Week Two: Monday, November 27th), as well as our teams on the rise.

Men’s Basketball Poll (Week Two: Monday, November 27th, 2017) 

1. Williams College (8)

Last Week: No. 1 

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

2. Middlebury College (2)

Last Week: No. 2

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

3. Eastern Conn.  (1)

Last Week: No. 8

Record: 5-0 (LEC)

4. Bowdoin College 

Last Week: NR 

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

5. Wesleyan University 

Last Week: NR

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

6.  Amherst College 

Last Week: No. 9 

Record: 3-0 (NESCAC)

7. MIT 

Last Week: No. 6 

Record: 3-1 (NEWMAC)

8. Babson College 

Last Week: No. 5 

Record: 3-2 (NEWMAC)

9. Nichols College 

Last Week: No. 7 

Record: 3-1 (CCC)

10. Endicott College

Last Week: No. 4

Record: 2-1(CCC)

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (1-1), Conn. College (2-2), Hamilton College (3-0), Husson University (2-0), Keene State (2-2), Roger Williams (5-0), Southern Vermont (4-0), Springfield (2-0), Trinity College (3-1), Tufts University (1-2) and WPI (2-2).

PROGRAM NOTE: The NoontimeSports.com Top 10 New England Poll is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball Committee, which is made-up of athletic communications directors, coaches and media members. Stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter, while subscribing to our YouTube Channel! 

D3 Basketball: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Mon. Nov. 20th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With the first official week of a brand new season of New England Division III basketball season in the books, it is time to dish out our initial Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll.

Our weekly poll will be posted every Monday throughout the season and will be put together with the help of a brand new Noontime Sports New England college basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors/sports information directors, coaches and media members.

As always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter, while subscribing to our YouTube channel.

Men’s Basketball Poll (Week One: Monday, November 20th, 2017) 

  1. Williams (7) (2-0)
  2. Middlebury (2-0)
  3. Tufts (1) (1-1)
  4. Endicott (2-0)
  5. Babson (2) 2-1
  6. MIT (2-0)
  7. Nichols (2-0)
  8. Eastern Conn. (2-0)
  9. Amherst (2-0)
  10. Keene State (1-1)

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (0-1), Bowdoin (2-0), Hamilton (2-0), Husson (1-0), Keene State (1-1) Trinity (2-0), Springfield (1-0), Roger Williams (3-0), Southern Vermont (2-0), UMass Dartmouth (2-1), WPI (1-1) and Wesleyan (2-0).

New England Hockey Notebook: Endicott Picked To Capture Comm. Coast Conf.

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John Carricato and the Endicott College men’s ice hockey team were picked to capture the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) this winter. (Photo Credit: David Le ’10)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

One year after securing the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title, the Endicott College men’s ice hockey team was picked to capture their second consecutive  conference crown this winter, according to this afternoon’s release.

The Gulls collected nine first-place votes for 99 points, while Salve Regina (78 points) earned one first-place vote – the Seahawks checked-in third on the preseason poll. University of New England tallied 85 points for a second-place projection, while Nichols College (74 points) and Curry College (55 points) rounded out the top five.

Wentworth Institute of Technology and Johnson & Wales were tied for sixth in the poll, while Western New England, Suffolk University and Becker College checked-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

Last season, the Gulls made their initial appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament after defeating University of New England in the conference tournament finals by a score of 5-4. The Gulls defeated Hobart, 4-3, in the opening round, but fell to Trinity College in the second round, 2-1 (OT).

Endicott completed its second season with a program-best 24 wins, which included a 12-game winning streak, spanning January to March. The Gulls never lost a game in February, winning seven games, including a conference tournament quarterfinal clash against Western New England.

In addition to winning 24 games one year ago, the Gulls concluded their 2016-17 campaign in the top 10 in multiple statistical categories, including first in scoring offense (4.83 goals per game) and scoring margin (2.87).

Additionally, Endicott was one of the top power play teams in the country. They were third on the power play (28.1 percent, 43/153) and 12th in penalty kill (86.5 percent, 147/170).

Endicott begins its season next Friday, October 27th when they host Plymouth State at 7 p.m. Following their season-opener against the Panthers, Endicott will visit Wentworth on Thursday, November 2nd for a 7 p.m. face-off before entertaining the Leopards on Saturday, November 4th at 2 p.m.

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Seven (New England & New York)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s Friday – congrats on making it to this marvelous day!

Let’s get the weekend started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, featuring games in both New England and New York.

Morrisville State at Brockport (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Who is going to slow down these Golden Eagles? Seriously, who? Maybe the Mustangs? We’ll see, but expect another solid performance from Brockport quarterback Joe Germinerio. PREDICTION: Brockport 31, Morrisville State 17

Alfred at SUNY Cortland (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): The Saxons don’t appear to be slowing down as the Purple and Gold currently boast an impressive 5-0 ledger. This week, their momentum from a 21-14 win over St. John Fisher should continue. PREDICTION: Alfred 28, SUNY Cortland 14

Framingham State at Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Our Noontime Sports Team of the Week will look to find a way to slow down Framingham State’s Quron Wright, while limiting passes toward Jaquan Harris, who finished last week’s game against Fitchburg State with a NCAA Division III record five interceptions. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Plymouth State 17 

Endicott at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Can the Golden Bears’ success from two weeks ago – you know, their big and exciting overtime win over St. Lawrence? – continue this week against Endicott? PREDICTION: WNE 31, Endicott 17

Castleton at Husson (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after a big win over SUNY Maritime, Gabby Price‘s crew will look to earn another important win when they welcome the Spartans to Maine. Look for a big game from both halfbacks, including Moe Harris of Castleton. PREDICTION: Husson 27, Castleton 17 

Hobart at Hartwick (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.):
It seems like Hobart is back to their winning ways following a win a week ago over RPI. This week, the defense must find a way to slow down a Hawks offense that put up 52 points against Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Hobart 31, Hartwick 29 

Ithaca at RPI (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after being shut-out by the Statesmen, the Engineers will look to bounce back against a Bombers squad that has been victorious in all three Liberty League games this fall. PREDICTION: Ithaca 28, RPI 21 

Trinity at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1:30 p.m.): An early season setback to Wesleyan seems to be a thing of the past for these Jumbos, who have cruised to back-to-back wins recently against Bates and Bowdoin. Can that success continue against a talented Bantams squad that tallied 594 yards of total offense a week ago in their 41-13 win over Hamilton? We’ll find out! PREDICTION: Tufts 31, Trinity 29   

Williams at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can the Panthers continue their early season success against a talented Williams offense, which is led by first-year quarterback Bobby Maimaron and first-year wide-out Frank Stola? We’ll see – the Ephs will also need to find a way to contain Middlebury signal-caller Jared LebowitzPREDICTION: Middlebury 35, Williams 32

Springfield at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can Springfield’s triple-option success, as well as its impressive defensive play continue this week against Merchant Marine? We’ll find out – we could be in for either a high scoring affair or a defensive battle. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, Merchant Marine 13 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Five (New England & Northeast)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Ah, it’s Friday, which means it’s time to dish out some weekly picks! It also means a brand new weekend of college football (and high school and professional) is upon us, too.

Any who, here are 10 Games to Watch this week in New England and Northeast D3 Football, as always, make sure to stay connected on Facebook and Twitter throughout the weekend for news, scores and updates!

Brockport at Cortland: The Golden Eagles have soared to four-straight wins this season, including an impressive 38-7 win over St. John Fisher two weeks ago. Their momentum should certainly continue this week against the Red Dragons. PREDICTION: Brockport 28, Cortland 21 

Buffalo State at Alfred: This is a big-time test for the Bengals, who are a perfect 1-0 in Empire 8 play this season. Buffalo State scored an impressive win last week, tallying 24 unanswered points over the final two frames to beat RPI. They certainly will need to play their best against a quality Saxons foe, which has yielded at least two touchdowns per game this season. PREDICTION: Alfred 30, Buffalo State 21 

MIT at Merchant Marine: If the Engineers are going to secure another NEWMAC win, their offense will need to match the Mariners’, who have scored 31 points or more in three games this season. Slowing down Brice Moore won’t be an easy task, but this Engineers defense should be up for the challenge. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 38, MIT 26 

Husson at Endicott: Endicott clearly gave Hobart a challenge last week, but can that momentum continue this week, especially against a talented Husson squad that is coming off a disappointing setback to Western New England one week ago? If Endicott is going to win this one, they must find a way to slow down John SmithPREDICTION: Husson 21, Endicott 17 

Williams at Trinity: A pair of 2-0 squads are set to meet in Hartford on Saturday in what should be an interesting NESCAC affair. Trinity’s offense has put up a lot of points in its first two contests, so the Ephs must find a way to slow down their passing and rushing attacks. Keep an eye on Williams quarterback Bobby Maimaron and wide receiver Justin Nelson in this one. PREDICTION: Trinity 30, Williams 20 

Alfred State at SUNY Maritime: Conference play officially begins for the ECFC and this could be an interesting contest to follow, especially since Alfred State did provide a challenge to Rochester a few weeks ago. The Privateers were off last week, but have scored some important wins this season, including a 38-31 win over Merchant Marine. PREDICTION: SUNY Maritime 28, Alfred State 14 

St. Lawrence at Western New England: The Golden Bears returned to the win column last week by defeating the Eagles of Husson, thanks to 21 unanswered points over the final two frames. This week, they must continue that second half momentum against a talented St. Lawrence unit, which provided challenges to Ithaca College two weeks ago. PREDICTION: St. Lawrence 28, Western New England 20 

Hobart at Ithaca: The Bombers were off last week, but return to action this week against a solid Hobart squad that relied on its passing game to defeat Endicott. Ithaca must find a way to slow down Shane Sweeney, who ranks second in the Liberty League in touchdown passes (eight). PREDICTION: Hobart 24, Ithaca 21 

Union at Morrisville State: Since falling to Husson, these Dutchmen have found ways to grind out wins, including last week when they squeaked out an exciting third-straight victory over Curry College. This week, they must rely on all units – offense, defense and special teams – to defeat Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Morrisville State 30, Union 20 

Hartwick at Utica: Can the Pioneers win their initial Empire 8 contest of the season? If they do, it will entail finding a way to slow down an impressive Hartwick passing attack. PREDICTION: Hartwick 31, Utica 22 

D3 Football Saturday New England & Northeast Round-Up (Week 4)

Saturday RoundUp

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Saturday’s are ALWAYS a busy day, especially in the D3 New England and Northeast college football world, so let’s get you caught-up on some of the games you’ll be talking about, both the rest of this weekend and this upcoming week.

PROGRAM NOTE: We will update some of the late games later this weekend, so make sure to circle back for both game summaries and scores! 

Dean 25, Becker 10: Matt Bethel rushed for a game-high 119 yards on 17 carries and one score, while Justice Taylor tallied five solo stops, including three tackles for a loss as the Bulldogs claimed their first win of the season.

MIT 38, Catholic 21: John Robertson rushed for a career-best 185 yards and three scores as the Engineers overcame a seven-point (21-14) deficit at the break en route to defeat the Cardinals in their initial NEWMAC game of the season.

Merchant Marine 56, Maine Maritime 31: Brice Moore rushed for a game-high 137 yards and four scores, while Joseph Bellomo added two touchdowns on the ground as the Mariners earned its first-ever NEWMAC win in Castine, Maine. Maine Maritime’s Corey Creeger recorded 232 yards of total offense, while recording four scores, including three on the ground.

Fitchburg State 31, Bridgewater State 29: Nelson Valerio tossed three touchdowns, Jevon Brown-Simpson rushed for 70 yards and Jovon White recorded a team-high 12 total tackles, including six solo stops as the Falcons picked-up its initial MASCAC win of the season. Bridgewater State’s Jack Lavanchy led all receivers with 166 yards on 10 receptions and two scores.

Buffalo State 33, RPI 21: Antoine Holloman‘s go-ahead touchdown with 31 seconds remaining in the third quarter provided Buffalo State with the lead, which they would not relinquish as the Bengals picked-up their third win of the season. Holloman concluded the game with 24 yards on 11 carries, while quarterback Kyle Hoppy completed 22 of 34 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown. Hoppy also rushed for 46 yards on 13 carries.

Western New England 21, Husson 14: WNE’s Josh Henry hauled in the go-ahead touchdown – a 28-yard reception – with 52 seconds remaining as the Golden Bears squeaked past the Eagles in Springfield. John Smith (Husson) led all rushers with 128 yards on 32 carries.

Hobart 34, Endicott 17: Shane Sweeney completed 22 of 32 passes for 321 yards and tossed four touchdowns, including a 41-yard strike to Ray Conley with 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter to send the Statesmen past the Gulls for their third win of the season. Will Genaway led Endicott’s receiving core with five catches for 74 yards and one touchdown.

Hartwick 24, St. John Fisher 21: Brian McGovern’s 21-yard field goal with three seconds remaining helped the Hawks secure their initial Empire 8 victory of the season. Billy Pine tossed three touchdowns in the win, while completing 26 of 41 passes for 375 yards. James Chambers (St. John Fisher) led all rushers with 173 yards on 18 carries and two scores.

Wesleyan 24, Tufts 17 (OT): Mark Piccirillo tossed three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime – a 14-yard strike to Mike Breuler – which helped the Cardinals defeat the Jumbos in Middletown, Connecticut. Ryan McDonald (Tufts) amassed 277 yards of total offense, including 155 yards through the air.


New England & Northeast Scoreboard

Frostburg State 24, Rowan 10

Springfield 42, WPI 10 

Framingham State 50, Mass. Maritime Acad. 7 

Morrisville State 44, Nichols 22 

Middlebury 41, Bowdoin 14 

Williams 24, Colby 7 

Amherst 36, Hamilton 6 

Trinity 51, Bates 0 

Plymouth State 37, UMass Dartmouth 7 

Worcester State 34, Worcester State 10 

Union 17, Curry 14 

Alfred 45, Rochester 7 

Western Conn. 37, Salve Regina 23

Coast Guard 13, Norwich 9