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Catching Up with Jackson Thiebes of Endicott College Men’s Rugby

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Endicott College’s Jackson Thiebes became the first student-athlete in men’s rugby history to sign a contract with the with the New England Free Jacks of Major League Rugby. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mike Connors)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeRugby 

Earlier this month, Jackson Thiebes became the first-ever Endicott College men’s rugby player to ink his name on a professional contract with the New England Free Jacks of Major League Rugby (MLR).

The Montana native led the Gulls to an 11-0 record this fall, along with a pair of championships, too. Endicott defeated Salve Regina in both the CCRC Championship and NSCRO Northeast Regional Championship by a combined score of 109-27.

Theibes, who is currently a grad student at Endicott College, earned a trio of postseason awards, including the NSCRO Northeast Region Championship Most Valuable Player and NSCRO Men’s 15s All-Star Championship Impact Player (Northeast).

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Theibes to discuss the exciting news about joining the New England Free Jacks, who will begin competing in the MRL in 2020.

What’s your first memory of the sport? How did you get involved with rugby? 

My first memory of rugby was playing with my three older brothers and cousins from England. My cousins taught my brothers and I both rugby and cricket, while visiting us in Montana.

Did you play rugby in high school or with a club team? 

I started playing rugby for coach Dave Kenkel my junior year of high school with the Kalispell Black and Blue, which is a club program. Unfortunately, my high school doesn’t have a rugby program (currently), but the popularity of the sport is continuing to spread throughout the state of Montana.

What interested you in playing rugby at Endicott? Additionally, did you imagine your team would enjoy a very successful 2018 campaign, which included both a CCRC and NSCRO Championship? 

After I graduated from University of Montana, coach Kenkel contacted me about playing rugby at Endicott College. At the time, I was trying to extend my football career beyond Montana – I was training in California and Atlanta at our school’s pro day – but did not catch the eye of a single scout, so I reconnected with coach Kenkel to begin the application process to attend Endicott’s graduate program.

As for our squad this year, they were truly unselfish and played for each other. The freshmen were enthusiastic and ready to learn, while our upperclassmen had high expectations (for the 2018 season). The (upperclassmen) were great leaders.

What interested you continuing to play rugby at the professional level with the New England Free Jacks? 

I fell in love with rugby again by coming to Endicott and playing for coach Kenkel. My teammates and coaches on the Free Jacks have been amazing (thus far). They push each other to play your best and compete everyday.

How much have you followed the MRL and what do you think of the league’s current growth/expansion? 

The 2019 season will be starting next month and should be even better than it was during its inaugural season this year.  I think the league’s expansion is great for the sport, especially for young athletes across the country that want to learn more about rugby, while having a local team to root for, as well.

What does it mean to become the first member of the men’s rugby program at Endicott to sign a professional contract?

It’s a great honor.  I wanted to become a professional football player, but life has a way of closing doors and opening new ones, so signing a professional contract with the Free Jacks wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my experience here at Endicott, along with my teammates and coaches.


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Noontime Sports D3 Men’s New England Hockey Top 10 Poll (Nov. 11th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The third week of the New England D3 Hockey season has officially concluded, which means it is time for us to dish out our latest Men’s Top 10 Poll!

UMass Boston remains our top team for the second week by scoring important league wins over Castleton University (6-1) and Norwich University (4-2).

The Beacons will look to continue their early season momentum later this week when they visit Johnson & Wales on Friday and Suffolk University on Saturday.

Salve Regina and University of New England secured the second and third positions, respectively, while Colby College and Norwich University switched spots.

Babson College remained the ninth best team in our poll following an impressive win over Norwich, while Curry College finished its weekend series with Salve Regina 0-1-1. The Colonels and Seahawks tied 4-4 on Friday before John McLean (three goals) and Matthew Dillon (three assists and one goal) powered Salve Regina to an 8-5 win.


Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 11th, 2018) 

1. UMass Boston

5-0, 4-0 NEHC

2. Salve Regina 

2-1-1, 2-1-1 CCC

3. University of New England

3-1, 3-1 CCC

4. Colby College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

5. Norwich University

2-2-1, 2-2 NEHC

6. Nichols College

3-1, 3-1 CCC

7. Endicott College

3-1-1, 3-1 CCC

8. Trinity College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

9. Babson College

4-0-1, 3-0-1, NEHC

10. Curry College

3-1-2, 2-1-1 CCC

ON THE RISE: New England College (3-1-1, 2-1-1 NEHC) and Plymouth State (4-0-1, 2-0-1 MASCAC). 

 

Fan Vote: Noontime Sports Team Of The Week (Week Four)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

After earning an impressive and exciting win last Saturday over Hobart, the Endicott College football team was selected as our first Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

The Gulls, who were one of four nominees in our weekly Noontime Sports Twitter Poll, collected the most votes (59 percent) to secure the initial weekly honor.

Springfield College placed second in the poll, while UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut finished third and fourth, respectively. 205 voters participated in this week’s initial Noontime Sports Team of the Week poll.

Endicott scored its first win in program history against Hobart, thanks to third quarter touchdown by Anthony Whiteley and a career-high 10 total tackles (six solo stops) by George Balian. Balian and the defense limited the Statesmen’s offense to just 313 yards of total offense, including 19 yards on the ground.

Additionally, John Kenney rushed for a career-high 128 yards on 25 carries, while rushing for one touchdown. Endicott’s Shea McManaway led all receivers with 120 yards on seven grabs (17.1 yards per reception).

Endicott also received a boost from its kicker Nick DiCairano, who connected on all five of his attempts, including a season-long 41-yard field goal.

The Gulls return to action on Saturday, September 29th when they visit Curry College for a 1 p.m. kick-off.


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New England D3 Football Players of The Week (Sept. 10th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the second week of the New England D3 football season in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Players of the Week for offense, defense and special teams.

Each week, we will be choosing one player for each category – fans, coaches, players and athletic communication offices are welcome to nominate student-athletes for our weekly honor by sending an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com following the conclusion of their team’s contest.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week and make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB!

Patterson WEB2 Offensive Player of the Week: Khalil Patterson (Western Conn. | Hartford, Conn.): Patterson paced the Colonials offense by rushing for a game-high 124 yards on 22 carries for two touchdowns as Western Connecticut scored its first win of the season against Dean College. Patterson, who averaged 5.6 yard per carry, put Western Connecticut on the board first with a two-yard plunge in the second quarter before adding a second rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Patterson was tabbed this week’s MASCAC Offensive Player of the Week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Western Conn. Athletics) 
Chris Rice WEB Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Rice (Castleton University | Bethel, Conn.): Rice led the Spartans defense with 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards as Castleton University topped Fitchburg State on the road. Additionally, the second-year player recorded an 80-yard pick-six at the end of the third quarter, which helped Castleton push ahead for good. The 12.0 tackles is currently a season-best for Rice, who leads all ECFC defenders in tackles (23.0) and tackles per game (11.5) through two contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: CASTLETON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS) 
DiCairano WEB Special Teamer of the Week: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Trumbull, Conn.): DiCairano tallied five points during his team’s first-ever Friday evening contest last week, including a 25-yard field goal in the opening session, which helped Endicott top Bridgewater State. The junior booted his first extra point at the end of the opening session before registering his second and final kick late in the third quarter. Tabbed this week’s CCC Special Teamer of the Week, DiCairano has connected on all three extra points and field goals this season through two contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10) 

 

New England D3 Football Players of The Week (Sept. 4th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the first week of the New England D3 football season in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Players of the Week for offense, defense and special teams.

Each week, we will be choosing one player for each category – fans, coaches, players and athletic communication offices are welcome to nominate student-athletes for our weekly honor by sending an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com following the conclusion of their team’s contest.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week and make sure to stay connected with our football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today!

Shade Web Offensive Player of the Week: Chad Shade (Springfield College | Pittsfield, Mass.) The junior signal-caller enjoyed a successful debut last Friday, rushing for a career-best six touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Western New England, which helped Springfield defeat the Golden Bears at home for the first time in school history. Shade led all rushers with 247 yards on 22 carries, which was an average of 11.2 yards per carry. Both the 22 carries and 247 yards were career-best for the Pittsfield native. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics) 
William Rivera Web Defensive Player of the Week: William Rivera (Endicott College | Orangeburg, N.Y.) The senior linebacker led the Gulls defense last Saturday in their season-opener against Framingham State with eight total tackles, including a team-best seven solo stops. Rivera also recorded three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, including one sack for a loss of six yards. (Photo Credit: David Le ’10, Endicott College Athletics) 
Jake Wood Web Special Teamer of the Week: Jake Wood (Nichols College |Whitinsville, Mass.) Wood set a program-record with a pair of kickoff returns last Friday evening against Westfield State, beginning with an 84-yard return in the second quarter followed by a 90-yard sprint in the final session. Wood’s 90-yard return is the fourth-longest scamper in program history. The junior concluded his team’s contest with 174 total return yards. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics) 

 

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