Around The Rim with Bob Whitney

Around The Rim Whitney Social

By Bob Whitney 

Some random thoughts after looking around at the local and national basketball landscape.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)/Big Ten Conference (B1G) Basketball Challenge is always at the top of my viewing list each year – I love channel surfing.

This year, the Big 10 Conference reigned supreme with some impressive showings by Maryland, Purdue, Ohio State, and Penn State.

Purdue absolutely dismantled Virginia and exposed the ‘Hoos offensive shortcomings while Ohio State throttled North Carolina. It’s early but Ohio State is looking like they have the horsepower to make a run to the Final Four next April.

Speaking of the ACC, Boston College is on a four-game losing spin and facing a rigorous conference road trip this Saturday at Norte Dame. A highly-touted freshman class must grow up in a hurry or the Eagles will once again reside in the ACC’s bottom quartile.

Save the date: current No. 1 Louisville will visit Conte Forum on Jan. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m.

Carl Pierre, who played high school basketball at Boston College High School, is having an excellent season at UMass. The 2017 Catholic Conference MVP and two-time conference all-star selection is currently averaging 12 points per game.

Pierre and the Minutemen will visit Harvard on Saturday, December 7th with tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m. UMass will attempt to snap a four-game skid, which began prior to Thanksgiving with a 58-46 setback to Virginia. Harvard enters the non-conference clash at 4-4 – the Crimson have lost two-straight since beating Texas A&M last Thursday. 

Newton North’s Ethan Wright has seen an uptick in playing time this season with the Princeton Tigers. The second-year guard has logged 93 minutes in six contests this season – he even started a game last month against Indiana. Wright has scored 13 points on 5 of 21 shooting, including 3 of 14 from beyond the arc. He has pulled down 13 rebounds, including two offensive caroms to go along with five assists and two blocks.

Wright and the Tigers sit at 1-6 and are scheduled to compete next Tuesday, December 10th against Monmouth. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Coach Trish Brown and the Stonehill College women’s basketball team are off to an impressive 6-2 start. Sure, their lone setbacks have come against Bentley and Molloy, but they have been fun to watch, especially in their last two contests against Assumption College and Franklin Pierce.

Emily Bramanti, who played locally for Westford Academy, credited all of her teammates in their most recent win against the Ravens for stepping-up and making plays when needed.

“That is just the greatness of our team is that any night anybody can step-up and play, so it’s really exciting to see how far we can get going,” she said following the Skyhawks’ 68-59 win over the Ravens.

Bramanti concluded her team’s eighth contest with a team-high 16 points.

Stonehill hosts Saint Anselm College on Saturday before heading to Daytona Beach Florida two weeks later to compete in the Daytona Beach Shootout.

Finally, the Babson College men’s basketball team scored an exciting and impressive win last night over Amherst CollegeFrank Oftring, who grew up in North Attleboro, Massachusetts netted a career-high 30 points in the win to go along with 10 rebounds.

Babson’s Andrew Jaworski finished with 23 points with four of those points being recorded during the final 30 seconds of the second half.

Babson, which is 12-3 against the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) dating back to the 2016-17 season, will look to continue its early-season momentum this weekend when they compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge at Salem State University.

I’m getting ready to head back to warm and sunny Florida so I’ll be writing from the Sunshine State next week.

KEEP SHOOTING, Everyone!

The Early Preseason Outlook: Curry Colonels

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage resumes with a closer look at the Curry College Colonels, who begin their season on Friday, September 6 when they host Stevenson University at 7 p.m.

The Colonels’ 2018 Season: After finishing its 2017 campaign with an impressive 8-3 mark, the Colonels took a step back last fall due to some key graduation losses. They ended the season with a 3-7 mark after beginning their 2018 campaign with wins against Anna Maria College and Dean College.

The Colonels mustered just one conference victory last fall, beating Becker College by a score of 22-6. But the win was followed with an end of season loss to Nichols College, which should provide the Purple and White with some motivation heading into the 2019 season.

The 2019 Season Outlook: Coach Skip Bandini‘s squad graduated 12 seniors from last year’s unit, including linebacker Jeremy Eliades and fullback Daniel Delos.

Curry does return a slew of talent from last year’s unit, including quarterback Nick Juvelier, offensive lineman TJ Contalonis, and halfback Zach LevyHunter Atwood will be a player to watch on defense – the defensive lineman from Reading, Massachusetts led the unit with 57.0 total tackles last fall, while also recording a team-high five sacks.

The team’s experience from last year should help the Colonels be in the mix for a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title. The month of September is not an easy one for the Purple and White, who are scheduled to face three non-conference foes, but if Curry can beat Stevenson, Franklin Pierce, and Coast Guard Academy, then they will enter conference play with a great deal of momentum.

Curry’s Schedule: As noted above, the Colonels will play a trio of non-conference games from the get-go, including a week two match-up against Franklin Pierce, a Division II squad that will be competing for the first time in school history. Once the calendar turns to October, the Colonels will need to play their best football against three teams that will be competing for the top spot in the conference, including Endicott College and Western New England.

Curry will end their 2019 campaign with back-to-back contests against Nichols College and Salve Regina, two teams that should also be in the equation for the conference crown, along with newcomer Husson University.

Players to Watch: Nick Juvelier (Quarterback/Centereach, N.Y.), TJ Contalonis (O-Line/Tewksbury, Mass.), Zach Levy (Bellingham, Mass.), Hunter Atwood (Reading, Mass.), Mike DelGais (Slot Receiver/East Rockaway, N.Y.), Nick Villanueva (Wide Receiver/Hanson, Mass), and Nick Oliveira (Kicker/Punter/East Providence, R.I.).


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D2 Lacrosse: New England Top 5 Men’s & Women’s Polls (March 11th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

With a new season of New England Division II lacrosse underway, it is time to unveil our first men and women’s top five polls of the season, as well as our teams on the rise, too.

Our weekly lacrosse polls are powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are ready to get you set for a brand new lacrosse season with their FusionSport technology.

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New England Men’s D2 Top Five Poll | Monday, March 11th, 2019 

1. Merrimack College

2-1, 0-0 NE10

2. Saint Anselm 

0-1, 0-0 NE10

3. Bentley University

2-0, 0-0 NE10

4. Assumption College

2-2, 0-1 NE10 

5. Southern New Hampshire 

2-2, 1-0 NE10

On the Rise: Franklin Pierce and Saint Michael’s 


New England Women’s D2 Top Five Poll | Monday, March 11th, 2019 

1. Assumption College

4-0, 1-0 NE10 

2. Bentley University

2-0, 1-0 NE10

3. New Haven 

2-1, 1-0 NE10

4. Merrimack College

1-3, 1-0 NE10

5. Stonehill College 

3-1, 0-1 NE10

On the Rise: Franklin Pierce and Saint Anselm 

Prudhomme: Recapping An Exciting First Weekend of New England D3 Hockey

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Curry College celebrates a 3-2 victory over Buffalo State last weekend at the Buffalo State Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Buffalo State Sports Information Department)

By Kyle Prudhomme | @KylePrudhomme 

The opening weekend of New England D3 college hockey season saw 31 games played with some team’s already enjoying successful starts to their respective campaigns.

Assumption College men’s hockey is off to a quick 2-0 start. They have outscored its opponents, 12-2, including an eight-goal performance to close the weekend.

The Greyhounds were not the only team itching to find the net multiple times this past weekend as UMass Boston scored nine goals in its season-opener, while five other teams finished with five or more tallies.

In terms of my first week of predictions, they need some work as I finished 5-5 in my declarations with the tie coming from Endicott College and Norwich University (the two teams skated to a highly-contested 3-3 tie).

Also, regarding my predictions from last week, I am a bit surprised that the Cadets women’s team was knocked off 4-2 by Elmira College in a rematch of last year’s national championship, but I am holding onto the idea that we will get round three later this season.

I can say that I was spot on with Curry College as the Colonels began their season by winning the Buffalo State Tournament. In the opening round of last week’s two-day tournament, Vilhelm Peltonen netted his first collegiate marker in a 2-2 tie with Nazareth College before the Purple and White scored an exciting 3-2 win over Buffalo State, thanks to a game-winning strike from Viktor Jansson.

One thing I did notice from this past weekend was various men’s teams received multiple points (goals or assists), beginning with Mike Moran, who located the back of the net twice for Worcester State against Becker College (his final goal happened to be the difference in a 3-2 win).

Jack Kelly logged two goals for Suffolk University in a 7-0 rout of Franklin Pierce, while Justin Collins registered two goals and Aaron Clancy dished out three assists in Westfield State’s 6-3 triumph against Western New England.

On Saturday, Nick Rosa’s two goal-outing helped Babson College double up Saint Anselm, 4-2.

Of course, there were more multi-point skaters from this past weekend, but these were a few names that caught my attention.

Let’s highlight some women’s hockey from this past weekend, beginning with Franklin Pierceearning its 100th win in program history.

On Friday, the Ravens knocked off Plymouth State, 2-0, behind 24 saves from Kelly Turney before Nicole Amato’s hat-trick powered the team to a 6-1 win against Becker. The five-goal win over the Hawks lifted the Ravens to their 100th win in program history – congrats, everyone!

UMass Boston interim head coach Dom Lozzi picked up her first career win behind the bench as returners Jane Morrisette and Katie Leffler finished with two goals and two assists, respectively, in a 5-2 win over Stevenson.

Prior to her team’s three-goal win over the Mustangs, Lozzi praised her unit for being prepared for a successful first weekend. She also gave a nod to the program’s former coach Lindsay Berman, too.

“The last three years, coach Berman did an amazing job with them,” said Lozzi. “We are very experienced up front and they are a really great group of leaders. The fact this whole fall has not felt like much of a transition is a testament to that leadership.”

Suffolk University’s women’s hockey team competed in its first two contests in program history against Nichols College, and although the outcomes were not ideal, the effort from a freshmen filled team is certainly commendable.

Against Nichols last Friday, Haley Poloskey netted a pair of goals, including the program’s first goal at 11:32 in the opening frame. Shana Cote and Jesse Kennedy each recorded one assist in the setback, while Kristen Caporusso turned aside 27 of 32 shots.

On Saturday, Payton Dockus potted the first goal for the team’s first lead of the series before Nichols rallied to score a 2-1, thanks to a power play goal late in the third period by Jordyn McGuire.

Prior to the team’s second game of the season, Suffolk President Marisa Kelly dropped a ceremonial puck to celebrate the start of women’s ice hockey.

Suffolk coach Taylor Wasylk knows her team will endure some ups and downs this season, but is confident that the Rams’ effort and dedication will help them become the program they aspire to be down the road.

“If we show up and play our game then I think we can match up with any team on our schedule,” said Wasylk. “It is all about right now. We are a very, very young team so it is about maturing a little bit, we got a little bit of growing up to do on the ice.”


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Mass. College Hockey: Stonehill Clinches Share Of NE-10 Crown

By Matt Noonan 

With a 2-1 win over Franklin Pierce this evening, the Stonehill College men’s ice hockey team clinched a share of the Regular Season Northeast-10 Conference Championship for the second straight season.

Stonehill, which will enter next weekend’s conference tournament as either the first or second seed, will host a semifinal contest.

Anthony D’Elia and Thomas Jenkins each netted one goal – both coming in the second period – and goaltender Chris Tasiopoulos turned away 29 shots, including 11 shots in the second period and 10 in the third.

With the win, Stonehill improves to 13-5-4 and 7-0-2 in conference play. They’ll return to the ice on Saturday when they travel to Assumption College for a 4:35 p.m. face-off.

For more on this evening’s win – HOP HERE