Noontime Sports Men’s D3 Hockey New England Top 10 (Monday, Oct. 29th)

D3 MENS HOCKEY POLL GRAPHIC

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

A brand new season of New England D3 Hockey has officially begun, which means its time for Noontime Sports to dish out our first official Men’s Top 10 Poll of the season.

Our Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Top 10 Poll, which is produced with the help of coaches and media members throughout the region, will appear every Monday on our site throughout the season, as well as seen on social media, as well.

Fans of New England D3 Hockey are encouraged to click FOLLOW to our Noontime Sports Hockey Twitter handle (@NoontimePuck) for updates on the various teams, coaches and student-athletes we will be covering and highlighting this winter.

So, without further ado, here is our initial poll of the New England D3 men’s ice hockey season!


Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Monday, Oct. 29th, 2018) 

1. Salve Regina 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

2. UMass Boston 

1-0, 0-0 (NEHC)

3. University of New England 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

4. Colby College 

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

5. Trinity College 

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

6. Norwich University

0-0-1, 0-0 (NEH)

7. Nichols College

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

8. Endicott College

0-0-1, 0-0 (CCC)

9. Curry College 

1-0-1, 0-0-0 (CCC)

10. Babson College 

1-0, 0-0 (NEHC)

ON THE RISE: Fitchburg State (0-1, 0-0), New England College (1-0, 0-0) and Plymouth State (1-0, 0-0)

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Eight (Tuesday, Jan. 23rd)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged a double-double of 21.3 points and 15 rebounds in a trio of games last week as Anna Maria went 1-2 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. He netted 22 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in a 105-87 victory over Rivier before tallying 19 points and 11 caroms in a 64-55 setback to Lasell. Two days later against St. Joseph’s (Maine), the sophomore recorded 23 points and 15 rebounds in a five-point setback to the Monks. Rapoza has now recorded 13 double-doubles this season.


Jacob Grandison

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison scored nine points in the victory over Army last week, including a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes to bring Holy Cross back from a two-point deficit for the win. He tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists at Bucknell and tied his career-high for rebounds in the same game, while coming up just one point short of his career high in scoring. For the week, he averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the week, while hitting five of 11 three-pointers.


Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another stellar week for the Hawks, averaging 24.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over three games. The senior shot 57.7 percent from the floor and averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals on the defensive end. The highlight of his week came on Thursday at Newbury, when he went the distance playing 55 minutes and scoring 32 points as Becker prevailed in triple overtime.

Brandon Harris (Fitchburg State | Jr. | San Bernardino, Calif.): Harris averaged 16.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, three assists and 0.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He posted 13 points, one rebound, one assist and one block in a 77-64 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding a team-best 20 points, two rebounds and five assists in a 91-88 win over Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week by averaging 24.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 26 points to go with a pair of rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 79-76 win at Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two more steals in an 82-79 win over Roger Williams. For the week, he shot 41.4% (12-of-29) from the field, 52.6% (10-of-19) from beyond the arc, and 87.5% (14-of-16) from the charity stripe.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy led all scoring Saturday (Jan. 20) with 32 points, going 12-for-16 (75%) from the field and 8-for-9 (88.9%) from the charity stripe. He also recorded five rebounds and four assists in the setback to Fitchburg State.

10 Games To Watch In D3 Football This Weekend (New England & New York)

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Trinity’s Max Chipouras and the Bantams travel to Middlebury for a big-time NESCAC clash on Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Trinity College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s Friday, which means a brand new weekend of New England and New York D3 Football is on the horizon – wahoo!

Let’s dish out this week’s (week nine) 10 Games to Watch in D3 Football (New England an New York) – as always, make sure to stay connected with us on social media throughout the weekend for news, notes and scores.

Also, make sure to follow our friends at In The (D3FB) Huddle, too!

Fitchburg State at Western Connecticut (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): As of this week, Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials are in the driver seat for the MASCAC crown. However, they certainly should not overlook this Falcons squad, which beat them last season, 17-14PREDICTION: West Conn. 27, Fitchburg State 17 

WPI at MIT (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): This is a big one for both teams, which will look to keep the pressure on Springfield – the Pride currently remain atop the NEWMAC with an impressive 8-0 record. A win for the Engineers of WPI would keep their regular season title hopes alive, while a victory for the Engineers of MIT could set-up a potential de-facto championship game in two weeks. PREDICTION: WPI 28, MIT 25 

Framingham State at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): Last season, the Corsairs defeated the Rams, but can they do its again this season? We’ll see – the Rams need a win to keep their conference championship hopes alive! PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, UMass Dartmouth 21

Becker at Nichols (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): We have a unique Worcester rivalry in the making here, especially after a hard-fought win by the Bison last fall (16-13). Can the Bison make it back-to-back seasons with a win over the Hawks or will Becker soar past Nichols in this meeting? PREDICTION: Nichols 30, Becker 20 

Trinity at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Can the Bantams’ momentum continue this weekend against a solid Panther squad that has rebounded from a last-second setback to Williams College? We’ll find out – the Panthers must find a way to slow down the Bantams’ rushing attack, specifically Max Chipouras, who has rushed for nine touchdowns this season. PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Middlebury 24 

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Brandon O’Neill and Salve Regina will invade Western New England on Saturday for a big Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) clash. (PHOTO CREDIT: Zan Carver)

Salve Regina at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): The Golden Bears appear to have found their groove, but can they continue their current momentum against a Seahawks squad that appears eager to snatch the inaugural Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 26, Western New England 21

Ithaca at Utica (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.):  A convincing 34-12 win over Buffalo State last week has us thinking this Pioneers squad will provide some serious challenges for these Bombers. PREDICTION: Utica 30, Ithaca 25

Brockport at Buffalo State (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Defense wins championships, and as of now, the Golden Eagles’ defense is legit. This will be a tough test for the Bengals’ offense! PREDICTION: Brockport 34, Buffalo State 14 

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Andrew Yamin and Amherst travel to Tufts this weekend for an important NESCAC clash. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amherst College Athletics)


Amherst at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1:30 p.m.):
Despite a loss to Middlebury, these Mammoths still remain in the hunt for a NESCAC crown. And to remain in the hunt, they’ll need to defeat a Tufts squad, which is flying high after an exciting win a week ago in Williamstown.  PREDICTION: Tufts 21, Amherst 20 

SUNY Cortland at St. John Fisher (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 2 p.m.): Since falling to Brockport last month, these Red Dragons have been on a roll, winning three consecutive contests. Can they keep this momentum going, especially against a St. John Fisher? PREDICTION: Cortland 27, St. John Fisher 15 

10 Games To Watch In Week Six (New England & Northeast)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Happy Friday, everyone!

We have a busy weekend of games on tap, including a Friday Night Lights clash between Framingham State and Fitchburg State, so let’s get started with our weekly edition of 10 Games to Watch (in week six)!

As always, let us know what you think of our picks – send us a tweet to @NoontimeSports or @MattNoonan11. 

Framingham State at Fitchburg State, 7 p.m. (Friday, Oct. 6th): Last season, the Rams’ defense highlighted a 14-0 win. They’ll certainly need that unit to step-up against a talented Falcons offense. PREDICTION: Framingham State 17, Fitchburg State 10 

RPI at Hobart, 12 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): The Statesmen are looking for a bounce back game, while the Engineers will also look to return to the win column after falling to Buffalo State two weeks ago. PREDICTION: Hobart 28, RPI 24 

SUNY Maritime at Husson, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Our fans are pumped-up for this game – this is an important Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) clash that could determine the ultimate winner of the conference. The Privateers must find a way to slow down John Smith, while the Eagles defense will need to find a way to slow down quarterback Thomas WrightPREDICTION: Husson 28, SUNY Maritime 24

Dean at Alfred State, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Ricco Aaron was a big reason why Dean secured a hard-fought 10-3 win last week over Nichols College. He finished the contest with 20 total tackles, including a pair of tackles for a loss. Aaron will be needed again this week as the Bulldogs attempt to earn their first-ever ECFC victory. PREDICTION: Dean 17, Alfred State 13 

WPI at Catholic, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Both teams picked-up their first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win, but now the question is who will earn its second-straight conference win? Catholic’s defense was a big reason the Cardinals secured a 20-14 win over Coast Guard Academy, while WPI’s offense received a boost from Sean McAllen – he recorded three touchdowns, including two on the ground during the Engineers’ win over Maine Maritime Academy. PREDICTION: WPI 28, Catholic 21 

Bridgewater State at Plymouth State, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Coach Paul Castonia‘s squad is quietly putting together another successful campaign. Last week, they defeated Worcester State, 16-6. The win was a true team victory – look at the box score, everyone contributed. Bridgewater State is coming off its initial win of the season, but will that momentum continue this week in New Hampshire? PREDICTION: Plymouth State 21, Bridgewater State 14 

UMass Dartmouth at Curry College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Coach Mark Robichaud‘s squad scored an impressive, as well as shocking win a week ago when the Corsairs sailed by Western Connecticut, 17-13. Do they have more upset magic in them this week against a talented Curry squad that almost knocked-off Union College two weeks ago? PREDICTION: Curry 25, UMass Dartmouth 17 

Middlebury at Amherst, 2 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): The winner of this contest will most likely have the inside track toward a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title, but the biggest question is which defense will step-up/slow down the opposing offense? We could be in for an offensive showcase on Saturday!  PREDICTION: Amherst 35, Middlebury 34 

Alfred at St. John Fisher, 4 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Defense was the key for the Saxons last week, so can they continue that theme this week against the Cardinals? This is a must-win for St. John Fisher, which has yet to capture a single Empire 8 clash this season. PREDICTION: Alfred 28, St. John Fisher 17 

Worcester State at Western Connecticut, 6 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): The Colonials struggled a week ago, falling to UMass Dartmouth, 17-13. Can they bounce back, as well as slow down Worcester State quarterback Noah BrumPREDICTION: Western Conn. 23, Worcester State 16 

All-Noontime Sports Rookie Team of the Year

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Noontime Sports and NoontimeSports.com is proud to unveil our first-ever men’s and women’s rookie teams of the year!

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Jake Ross (Springfield College)

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State)

All-Noontime Rookie Team (Men’s)

Jake Ross

Springfield College

Northampton, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Jake Wisniewski

WPI

West Brookfield, Mass.

Antonio White Jr.

Becker College

Middletown, Conn.

Dana Bean 

Colby-Sawyer

Franklin, N.H.

Carlos Gonzalez

Eastern Conn. State Univ.

Springfield, Mass.

Matthew Karpowicz

Williams College

Wellesley, Mass.

Eric Savage

Tufts University

South Brunswick, N.J.

All-Noontime Rookie Team (Women’s)

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg State

Rockland, Mass.

Madeline Eck

Amherst College

Rye, N.Y.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Erica DeCandido

Tufts University

North Wales, Pa.

Sadie Nelson

University of New England

Windham, Maine

Meghan Orbann

Western New England

East Hampton, Conn.

Mya Villard

Eastern Conn. State Univ.

Cromwell, Conn.

Rene Hudson

New England College

Gallatin, Tenn.