Mass. College Hockey: Amherst Men’s Hockey Tops ‘Noontime Top 5’ Week 1

By NoontimeSports.com 

For the first-time in NoontimeSports.com history, we will be producing a weekly top-5 team poll that will highlight NCAA Division III hockey (men and women) in the state of Massachusetts.

With the 2015-16 season set to commence this week, we kick-off our weekly and first-ever poll with Amherst College, topping our Men’s Hockey ‘Top-5’ for Week One. Babson College, Williams College, Nichols College and UMass Boston rounded out the five-team poll with second, third, fourth and fifth placements, respectively, while Curry College and Endicott College each earned votes.

PROGRAM NOTE: As stated above, we will be posting our ‘Top-5’ poll every Tuesday throughout the season, however, we encourage you to engage with our weekly projections by tweeting your weekly picks to @NoontimeSports. 

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Week One (Oct. 27 – Nov. 2):

1. Amherst College: The Jeffs came within one game of the NCAA Division III National Championship last season, but should be one of the top teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), along with defending national champion Trinity College (Conn.). The Jeffs ranked second in the conference in defense and third in scoring offense last season. Sophomore David White returns after an impressive freshman year, which concluded with 20 goals and 15 assists. Amherst will commence its 2015-16 season on Friday, November 20 when they Hamilton College for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.

2. Babson College: The Beavers have turned the page from their overtime setback to Norwich University last season in the conference tournament championship. Babson returns senior goaltender Jamie Murray, who enjoyed a few days of N.H.L. experience in July at the Tampa Bay Lightning Development Camp, so expect that few-day period of summer hockey to be on display all season. Additionally, Babson returns senior Mike Vollmin (four goals, 19 assists) and junior Bill Seligman (15 goals, nine assists). Babson begins its season on Friday, October 30 against Hobart at home at 7:00 p.m.

3. Williams College: A one-goal setback in the conference championship to rival Amherst concluded Williams’ season last March. Seven months later, the Ephs will look to rebound, beginning their season on Saturday, November 21 against Bowdoin College in Williamstown at 7:00 p.m. Sophomore David Italiano returns after finishing second on the team with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists).

4. Nichols College: Picked to capture the ECAC East crown, the Bison will kick-off their season on Friday, October 30 by traveling to Vermont to face Norwich for 7:00 p.m. face-off. First-year head coach Parker Burgess inherits an impressive unit, which features senior goaltender Alex Larson, who finished last season first in the nation in save percentage (.952). Additionally, the Bison’s offense will be fueled by seniors Tyler BeasleyFrank Butler and Paul Prescott 

5. UMass Boston: Following one of their most successful seasons in program history, the Beacons return to the ice with questions on offense, especially with graduation losses of Stephen Buco (16 goals, 32 assists) and Mike Kuhn (12 goals, 20 assists). Sophomore Colin Larkin finished fourth on the team in points (10 goals, 17 assists) and will be counted on to guide the offense, while senior Billy Faust and Zach Andrews split time between the pipes. UMass Boston begins play on Friday, October 30 when they host Curry College at 7:00 p.m.

Receiving Votes: Curry College and Endicott College

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols Prepares For ECAC Northeast Semifinals On Wednesday

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release on the men’s hockey team, who’ll host Salve Regina on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at June Rockwell Levy Rink in Burrillville, R.I in the ECAC Northeast semifinals:

DUDLEY, Mass. – The Nichols College men’s ice hockey team earned the No. 2 seed in the 2012-13 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Hockey League Championship tournament and will host fifth-seeded Salve Regina in the semifinal round on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at June Rockwell Levy Rink in Burrillville, R.I.

The Bison, making their second consecutive ECAC Northeast semifinal appearance and first under the league’s Co-Coach of the Year Kevin Swallow, finished the regular season with a 16-8-1 overall record and the most wins since the 2008-09 ECAC Northeast Championship season while sporting a 9-4-1 ledger in league play. In the conference opener on Nov. 10, Nichols edged Salve Regina 4-3 courtesy of first-year Frank Butler’s (East Haven, Conn.) game-winner with 3:45 left in the third period. The Jan. 23rd meeting saw ECAC Northeast Rookie of the Year Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) deliver the lone goal early in the second period and conference Goalie of the Year rookie Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) post 32 saves in his first collegiate shutout, a 1-0 victory.

Beasley paces the Bison offense with 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points including five power play goals and three game-winners. Butler became the second first-year Nichols student-athlete in as many years to lead the league with four game-winning goals in ECAC Northeast action. Senior captain Wil Brown (Hershey, Pa.), an All-ECAC Northeast second team selection, guided a defense that allowed only 2.21 goals per game trailing only Wentworth (2.14). Larson (10-6-1) ranked second in the league with a 2.02 goals against average and a .932 save percentage and claims the most wins (10) by a Bison rookie goaltender since Keith Fink ’09 in 2005-06. Senior Zach Kohn (Delafield, Wis.) currently sits in third-place in the Bison record books with 82 assists and ninth-place all-time with 115 points. The forward is one point shy of tying Zeke Costello ’10 for eighth place and two assists away from sharing second place with Will Munson ’11. Senior Danny Greiner (Columbus, Ohio) looks to skate in his 100th game on Wednesday.

Salve Regina (9-13-3, 5-7-2), led by the other Co-Coach of the Year Andy Boschetto, defeated fourth-seeded Western New England 8-4 in the opening round of the ECAC Northeast Hockey League Championship tournament on Saturday.

Sophomore John Scorcia (Tampa, Fla.), an All-ECAC Northeast Second Team selection, leads the Seahawks with 18 assists and 28 points while freshman Marc Biggs (Dallas, Texas) claims the goal lead with 14 this season. Biggs along with classmates Cameron Gaudet (Burlington, Mass.) and Peter Gintoli (Monroe, Conn.) as well as sophomore Michael Naso (Londonderry, N.H.) all have 24 points apiece for Salve Regina. All-ECAC Northeast honorable mention rookie Lucas Sousa (Billerica, Mass.) rounds out the double-digit point producers with 14 on the year. Fifteen of the 24 power play goals have come off the sticks of Biggs (six), Gaudet (five) or Scorcia (four) while Scorcia opened the Nov. 10th game with a shorthanded marker just 1:51 into the contest. Senior goaltender Mike McDonald (Whitby, Ontatrio), the backstop in both games against the Bison, split time between the pipes with rookie David Chiokadze (Langhorne, Pa.) this season. McDonald (4-8-2) sported a 3.53 goals against average (GAA) and a .877 save percentage in league play while Chiokadze (4-5-1) posted a 2.80 GAA and a .911 save percentage in ECAC Northeast contests.

The other semifinal matchup features top-seeded Wentworth (14-8-3, 10-2-2 ECACNE) hosting No. 6 Johnson & Wales (10-15-1, 5-8-1 ECACNE) at Matthews Arena.  The championship game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on either Saturday or Sunday

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols Beats WNE, Clinches Second Place In ECAC Northeast

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s ice hockey team that topped Western New England College and claimed second place in the upcoming ECAC Northeast tournament:

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – Sophomore Joe Sposit (Cleveland, Ohio) and first-year Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had a goal and an assist as the Nichols College men’s ice hockey team defeated visiting Western New England, 4-1, in an ECAC Northeast showdown at Levy Rink. With the win, Nichols (16-7-1, 9-3-1 ECACNE) clinches second place in the league standings and a bye in the first round of the conference tournament. The Bison will host a home game on Wednesday, Feb. 27th at 8:10 p.m. against an opponent to be decided during the opening round on Saturday, Feb. 23. Western New England claims a home game in the first round and will wait until the end of Tuesday’s games to learn their opponent.

First-year Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) made 14 saves en route to his 10th victory of the season (10-5-1) for the most victories by a Bison rookie goaltender since Keith Fink ’09 won 16 games in his inaugural season in 2005-2006. Sophomore Brett Jackson (Larchmont, N.Y.) pitched in with a pair of helpers.

Sophomore Chris Gularte (Salinas, Calif.) potted a power play goal with a wrister from the point that found its way through traffic. Jackson and senior Danny Greiner (Columbus, Ohio) each had a helper on the tally at 5:13 in the first. Later in the frame, junior Brian Prost (Parma, Ohio) buried a shot from the left circle off a feed from junior John Kelly (Staten Island, N.Y.) to even the game with a power play goal at 15:51. Nichols claimed a commanding 22-4 lead in shots as each side capitalized on an extra man opportunity.

First-year Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) snapped the 1-alll tie midway through the second period as he finished off a series of rebounds after shots by classmate Frank Butler (East Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Joe Sposit (Cleveland, Ohio) at 10:46. The Bison outshot the visitors 18-5 in the frame and took advantage of a power play opportunity.

Sposit and sophomore Mike Schwartz (Long Beach, N.Y.) struck 1:31 apart to extend the Bison lead. At 6:10, Beasley and sophomore Kyle Shapiro (Ambler, Pa.) as Schwartz beat the goaltender on the stick side for his first goal of the season. Jackson and senior Bryan Gill (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) each had a stick Nichols fourth goal of the evening with 12:19 left in the game.

Western New England junior Eric Sorenson (Fairport, N.Y.) turned aside 48 shots in the setback for the Golden Bears as he fell to 5-7-0 on the season.

Nichols closes out the regular season with a 7:35 p.m. game at Curry on Tuesday night.

Mass. College Sports: Wednesday Night Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another evening of college basketball and hockey are in the books, and below are their summaries.

Men’s Ice Hockey:

Salve Regina 7, Becker College 1 –Peter Gintoli netted three goals and recorded one assist for the Seahawks, while David Graham scored a power play goal for the Ice Hawks in the second period. The loss drops Becker to 1-10-1 in the ECAC Northeast and 10-12-1 overall.

Nichols College 3, Johnson & Wales 0 – Alex Larson recorded his second shutout of the season with 27 saves, while Frank Butler recorded one goal and one assist. With the win, Nichols improves to 15-7-1 overall, 8-3-1 in ECAC Northeast play.

Men’s Basketball:

Boston College 66, Wake Forest 63 – Joe Rahon sank two free throws with seven seconds left, which capped an 8-0 run and provided the Eagles with their 11th win of the season. Patrick Heckmann paced the Eagles with 14 points, while Rahon and Ryan Anderson netted 12 points, respectively.

Delaware 76, Northeastern University 74 (OT) – The Huskies four-game winning streak concluded with their first setback since January. Jonathan Lee paced Northeastern with 23 points and Quincy Ford added 21 points.

UMass Lowell 74, Stonehill College 63 – The River Hawks secured a 12-point lead and never looked back, as they defeated the Skyhawks in Easton. UMass Lowell’s Akeem Williams registered 22 points, five assists and three rebounds in the win, while Jack Cole and Brian Hamor each netted 16 points for Stonehill.

New Haven 70, Assumption College 64 (OT) – Tim Beinert’s tip-in at the buzzer forced an extra session. However, the additional five minutes didn’t help the Hounds, as the Chargers charged past the visitors for their 15th win. Assumption’s Kevin Donahue led all scorers wit 21 points.

MIT 69, WPI 60 – The Engineers from Cambridge ballooned a six-point lead at the break into a nine-point victory. Mitchell Kates led MIT with 16 points, while Marco Coppola registered a game-high 22 points.

Regis College 79, Newbury College 66 – The Pride extended their current winning streak to five games by defeating the second place Nighthawks at home. Newbury’s Tim Young scored a game-high 21 points, while Regis’ Carlos Bermudez-Glean poured in a team-high 18 points.

Women’s Basketball:

Navy 59, Holy Cross 39 – The Crusaders struggled to contain Navy’s Alix Membreno, who finished the contest with 11 points and 11 rebounds, which helped the Midshipmen to their 15th win of the season. Holy Cross’ Christine Ganser led the unit with nine points and four rebounds.

Stonehill College 103, UMass Lowell 93 – Bianca Simmons scored a game-high 35 points, but that wasn’t enough for the visitors, as the Skyhawks soared to their 19th win of the season. Asia Ewing and Tori Faieta each netted 22 points in the win, while Mary Louise Dixon added 19 points.

Assumption College 78, New Haven 69 –Gabrielle Gibson tallied a career-high 32 points, along with 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Hounds defeated the Chargers in Connecticut.

Babson College 71, Clark University 46 – Sarah Collins matched her career-high with 30 points, Kristen Ferola and Alicia Wilde each netted 10 points and the Beavers extended their current winning streak by beating the Cougars. Clark’s Emily Reilly led her unit with 19 points.

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols, Wentworth Skate To 2-2 Tie

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening release pertaining toward the men’s ice hockey team that skated to a 2-2 tie with ECAC Northeast foe Wentworth Institute of Technology:

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – The Nichols College and Wentworth Institute of Technology men’s ice hockey teams battled to a 2-2 tie on Wednesday night in a key ECAC Northeast tilt played at Levy Rink. With the result, the Bison move to 12-7-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the conference while the Leopards (10-8-2) continue to pace the league with a 6-2-1 ledger.

After 60 minutes of action, the game headed into a 4-on-4 overtime session that saw Leopard sophomore Seric Kapp (Scheafferstown, Pa.) almost sent everyone home but his shot glanced off the iron 3:25 into the frame. Wentworth peppered Bison first-year goaltender Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) with four shots as Nichols took two shots of its own.

Nichols sophomore Brett Jackson (Larchmont, N.Y.) dented the scoreboard first as he knocked home a feed from senior Danny Greiner (Columbus, Ohio) at 8:05 into the game. The play began as first-year Frank Butler (East Haven, Conn.) skated down the center of the ice and dished off to Greiner to setup the one-timer. The hosts held a 11-5 lead on shots as each team went 0-for-1 on the power play.

The second period saw each team find the back of the net with the Bison once again on top heading into the locker room. Leopard sophomore Ben Iwanowski (Dorval, Que.) sent in  a shot that glanced off junior Patrick Rice (West Des Moines, Iowa) to even the game at 1-1 just 2:42 into the stanza. At the 7:30 mark, senior Bryan Gill (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) fired a howitzer through traffic as Nichols claimed the 2-1 advantage. Jackson and first-year Sean Fleming (Eastampton, N.J.) were each credited with assists on the goal. Wentworth outshot the Bison 13-9 and had a pair of power play chances while the Bison had one.

The Leopards tied the game for good 47 seconds into the third when rookie Adam Frank (Clarkston, Mich.) took advantage of a power play that carried over from the previous period with help from sophomore Mike Domsodi (Kirkland, Que.) and senior Shaun Jameson (Long Beach, Calif.). Nichols claimed a slim 11-9 lead in shots for the frame and the visitors were on the power play twice early in the period.

Larson (6-5-1) turned away 29 shots for the Bison. Leopard rookie goaltender Joel Miller (Calgary, Alta.) finished the game with a game-best 31 stops as he moves to 7-2-1.

Nichols hosts Becker for the rubber game of the season series at 7:40 p.m. Wentworth entertains Johnson & Wales on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Nichols’ Butler Named ECAC Northeast Player Of The Week (Press Release)

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of our friends from Nichols College — here is today’s press release pertaining toward Nichols College’s Frank Butler being named the ECAC Northeast Player of the Week:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College first-year Frank Butler (East Haven, Conn.) garnered Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Player of the Week accolades for his play the week ending Sunday, January 13, 2013. Classmates Tyler Beasley (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) were named to the league’s honor roll.

Butler led the lineup with three goals over the weekend. The rookie potted a pair of tallies to help the Bison defeat Brockport, 5-2, on Friday. He finished the week by providing Nichols a 1-0 lead over #3 Hobart in the 2-1 defeat on Sunday. The forward has notched at least one goal in four of the last five games and was the only Bison to record at least a point against each of the four ranked opponents this season.

“Frank has a hot hand right now,” commented head coach Kevin Swallow. “He’s playing his best hockey of the year and consistently getting better. It’s great to see him come out strong in the second half.”

Beasley notched a career-high three points against Brockport. In addition to the game-winning goal, the forward recorded a pair of helpers as he capped a four-game point streak with his fourth multi-point outing of the season.

“Tyler has arguably been our most consistent forwards this year,” remarked Swallow. “Three points against Brockport was huge. He led the way and got us going offensively. Night in and night out we can rely on him to put some points up.”

Larson, averaged 36 saves in a 1-1 week for the Bison. On Sunday, the rookie goaltender stopped 40 shots in the setback to #3 Hobart. He began the weekend with a 32 save outing against Brockport. In a pair of games against top-10 teams this season, the Bison backstop has averaged 41 saves – including a career-best 42 at then-#9/10 Utica in December.

“Alex had a great game on Friday night, got the win,” said Swallow. “On Sunday he had 40 saves against one of the best teams in the country. Unfortunately we didn’t come out with the win but he played great and kept us in the game.

Nichols (10-6-0, 3-2-0 ECACNE) jumps back into ECAC Northeast play on Saturday when the squad travels to Pawtucket, R.I. to face Johnson & Wales at 7:45 p.m.