Clark’s Paul Phillips To Retire After 2018-19 Season

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By Matt Nooonan | @MattNoonan11

Clark University men’s basketball coach Paul Phillips announced late Wednesday evening that he will be retiring at the conclusion of his team’s 2018-19 season.

Phillips, who is in his 21st season with the Cougars, enters his team’s current holiday break with a career record of 438-360, which includes wins from his previous stop at Anna Maria College.

The Cougars’ long-time bench boss has guided the Red and White to 273 wins since arriving on campus prior to the start of the 1996-97 campaign, which is the most wins by any coach in the Clark men’s basketball program history. Additionally, Phillips has led the Cougars to four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and conference tournament championships, along with five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Clark last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

As of Thursday morning, Phillips has guided his current squad to four wins, including a pair of recent victories earlier this month against Framingham State and Regis College.

Clark, which sits at 4-5 overall, is off until Saturday, December 29th when they host Curry College on the opening day of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic.

In a statement last night to the media, which was also seen through the Clark athletic website, Phillips said he has been “contemplating” his retirement for “for quite a while,” but feels its best to walk away after his team’s current season concludes.

“I truly appreciate everything that Clark has done for me and everything that the institution has allowed me to do,” Phillips said in last night’s press release. “I will miss the student-athletes the most, but will also miss the action and camaraderie that is developed on and off the court.”

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Paul Phillips is currently the all-time winningest coach in Clark University men’s basketball program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Phillips was tabbed the 1999-2000 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while earning the Paul N. Johnson Memorial Award from Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) in 2016.

Prior to his arrival at Clark, Phillips enjoyed a successful 10-year stint (1986-96) with the Anna Maria men’s basketball program, which included six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crowns, along an appearance in the 1995-96 NCAA Division III Tournament’s ‘Sweet Sixteen.’

Phillips’ 1995-96 AMCATs squad set the program’s current record for most wins (25) in a singles-season, which was almost matched by the 2012-13 squad that finished its season with 21 victories.


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Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 7-9)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Welcome to Friday, everyone – we made it!

Friday’s usually mean 10 Games to Watch on Noontime Sports, so let’s kick-off a brand new weekend with new slate of games we will be watching this weekend (Dec. 7-9).

Last Week: We finished 7-3, which isn’t bad, but we hold ourselves to high standards, so let’s see if we can improve on that mark this weekend and go 10-0! 


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Corey Sherman and the Brandeis Judges host Wesleyan in an important December clash on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sportspix.com / Mike Broglio)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan Univ. at Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Judges’ starting five has been impressive this season, especially Collin Sawyer, Corey Sherman and Chandler Jones. Look for this trio to carry the Blue and White to an important non-conference win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Brandeis Univ. 

Men’s Basketball: WPI at Salem State (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Engineers scored a hard-fought win earlier this week against Framingham State, thanks to Jake Wisniewski‘s double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Look for the junior to carry the Red and White to their eighth win on Saturday. PREDICTION: WPI 

Men’s Basketball: Pine Manor at St. Joseph’s (Conn.) (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1p.m.): Since falling to Rhode Island College, the Blue Jays have won three-straight, including a 108-63 win over MCLA. Look for Jim Calhoun‘s squad to pick-up their sixth win of the season against the Gators. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (CT)

Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Western Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): The Colonials scored an impressive win earlier this week over Eastern Connecticut, which should provide the Blue and Orange with enough momentum to slow down the Beacons. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 

Men’s Basketball: Trinity College at Anna Maria (Saturday, Dec. 9th | 2 p.m.): The Bantams will place twice this weekend, including Sunday when they visit Anna Maria. Trinity has won three-straight, including a 69-52 win over Springfield College. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

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MIT’s Taylor V’Dovec netted a season-best 22 points on Wednesday in her team’s win over WPI. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Silverman)

Fitchburg State at So. Vermont (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 12 p.m.): Daniel Nagle‘s Falcons almost defeated Suffolk University on Thursday, but fell short (the Falcons lost to the Rams, 74-71). Look for the Green and Gold to bounce back on Saturday. PREDICTION: Fitchburg State 

Conn. College at Trinity College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): This one won’t count in the NESCAC standings, but it is a BIG one for both teams. The Bantams enter the game with some momentum, while Connecticut College will also enter the important clash with some momentum from a recent win over Roger Williams. PREDICTION: Conn. College 

Framingham State at Suffolk University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): These two teams needed an extra session last season to determine a winner, so don’t be surprised if some extra basketball occurs on Saturday in Boston. PREDICTION: Suffolk Univ. 

Skidmore at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 2 p.m.): The Panthers have certainly been a team to watch thus far and should continue their early season success  against the Thoroughbreds. Keep an eye on Middlebury’s Catherine Harrison in this match-up. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Emmanuel College at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): Since falling to Amherst College last month, the Saints have appeared unstoppable, winning three-straight, including a 79-67 win over Connecticut College. They should certainly provide some challenges for the Engineers, who will need big games from Kara Holinski and Taylor V’Dovec to secure an important non-conference win. PREDICTION: MIT 


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Noontime Sports D3 Men’s New England Hockey Top 10 (Nov. 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The fifth 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!

Trinity College remained our top team for the second-straight week after scoring a pair of post-Thanksgiving Day wins over Aurora and St. Anselm‘s. Their seven-goal victory over the Hawks was their biggest win of the season, which included a two-goal performance from Andy Chugg.

This week, the Bantams will host tenth-ranked Hamilton College, which made its initial appearance on our poll, followed Amherst College, which is one of four teams ‘on the rise.’

Salve Regina and University of New England continue to be the second and third best teams in the region, while Plymouth State moved-up following back-to-back wins over Castleton University and Salem State. The Panthers return to the ice on Thursday when they host Framingham State for the Teddy Bear Toss (fans attending the game are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal and throw them on the ice following the home team’s initial goal. The toys will be collected after the goal is recorded and will be donated to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD)).

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Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 26th, 2018) 

1. Trinity College

4-0-1, 2-0 NESCAC

2. Salve Regina 

6-1-1, 4-1-1 CCC

3. University of New England 

7-1, 5-1 CCC

4. UMass Boston 

8-1, 6-0 NEHC

5. Norwich University 

4-2-1, 2-2 NEHC

6. Plymouth State 

6-0-1, 3-0-1 MASCAC

7. Williams College

3-1, 2-0 NESCAC

8. Babson College

7-2-1, 5-0-1 NEHC
9. Nichols College  5-3, 5-1 CCC
10. Hamilton College 3-1, 1-0 NESCAC

ON THE RISE: Amherst College (2-2, 0-1) Endicott College (4-3-1, 3-3) and Middlebury College (2-2, 1-1)

 

Noontime Sports Final New England D3 Football Top 10 (Nov. 19th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

Another season of New England D3 football has concluded with Framingham State securing the top spot in our final Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll.

The Rams, who captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown, returned to the postseason for the first time in three years where they provided a slew of challenges to Brockport State. Despite the outcome, the Rams certainly proved they have what it takes to compete with one of the best teams in New York D3 Football and should be back in the same position next fall.

Trinity College and MIT rounded out the top three spots, while Western New England and Amherst College secured the fourth and fifth positions, respectively. MIT made its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in four seasons after capturing its initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown.

The Bantams of Trinity captured their third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown with back-to-back wins over Amherst and Wesleyan University.


Noontime Sports New England D3 Football Top 10 (Nov. 19th, 2018)

1. Framingham State 

8-3 (7-1) | MASCAC

2. Trinity College 

8-1 (8-1) | NESCAC 

3. MIT 

9-2 (6-1) | NEWMAC 

4. Western New England 

8-3 (5-1) | CCC

5. Amherst College 

8-1 (8-1) | NESCAC

6. Husson University 

8-3 (6-0) | ECFC 

7. Endicott College 

7-4 (5-1) | CCC

8. Tufts University 

7-2 (7-2) | NESCAC

9. Springfield College 

8-3 (5-2) | NEWMAC
10. Coast Guard Academy  7-3 (5-2) | NEWMAC 

On The Rise: Bridgewater State (8-3, 6-2) and Salve Regina (7-4, 5-1)


2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll | Week Three Poll | Week Four Poll | Week Five | Week Six | Week Seven | Week Eight | Week Nine | Week Ten | Week Eleven | Week Twelve 


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New England Sends Four Teams to NCAA D3 Football Tournament

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Framingham State’s Joshua Smiley and the Rams are headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Four New England D3 football teams secured spots in the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament, which officially begins Saturday, November 17th with 16 opening round contests.

32 teams were selected to compete in this year’s tournament, including a trio of local teams (Framingham StateHusson University and Western New England) which captured their respective conference crown.

MIT, which also earned a spot in this year’s tournament, secured an at-large bid following an exciting 22-7 win yesterday over Springfield College to secure the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown (the NEWMAC title was the Engineers’ first in program history).

All four teams will hit the road this week with Framingham State visiting Brockport, Husson traveling to RPI, MIT heading to Johns Hopkins and Frostburg State entertaining Western New England. All four match-ups will commence at 12 p.m. eastern.

Both Husson and WNE advanced to the tournament last year, while Framingham State is making its first appearance in three seasons (the Rams last competed in the national postseason in 2015). MIT is making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history after making an impressive debut four years ago with an opening round win against Husson.

We’ll have more on all four match-ups later this week, but as always, stay connected with @Noontime_FB on Twitter for news, notes and more from the New England football world!