It was announced today – Wednesday, February 14th – that the Western New England men’s lacrosse team was picked to capture the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown, per the conference’s release.
The Golden Bears collected five of nine first-place votes, while Endicott College, which checked-in second overall, earned a quartet of first-place nods.
Both teams last met in the 2017 CCC title game with the Gulls defeating the Golden Bears, 12-9. Endicott then advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament, but fell to SUNY Cortland in the opening round.
University of New England, Roger Williams and Curry College rounded out the to five, checking-in third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Nichols College, Salve Regina and Wentworth Institute of Technology each slid into the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, while Gordon College earned the final position, checking-in ninth overall.
WNE concluded its 2017 season 8-10 overall, including 7-1 in CCC play. The Golden Bears entered the conference tournament as the second seed and defeated UNE in the semifinals.
The CCC Tournament will commence this Saturday, April 29th with a pair of first-round games with the winners advancing to next Wednesday’s (May 3rd) semifinals.
The championship will occur a week from this Saturday – that would be Saturday, May 6th, to be exact – with the winner securing the conference’s automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament.
Will Jennings highlighted his team’s final regular season outing, netting five goals, while dishing out a pair of assists. Colin Bannon concluded the contest with two goals and two assists, Will Clark recorded a hat trick and Tommy Hughes won 15 of 17 face-offs.
Endicott outshot Gordon, 45-37, while scooping 48 ground balls, including 15 in the second session.
Gordon, which concluded its 2017 season this afternoon, received a team-high two goals from Thor Rasmussen.
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Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)
By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
Happy 2017, everyone!
I hope the New Year is treating you (and your family and friends) well.
It has been a while since I pumped out a New England D3Hoops notebook, so my goal for the remainder of the season to publish at least one (maybe two) per week.
One of Lindo’s 21 points happened to be his 1,000th point of his career.
Lindo became the program’s all-time leading rebounder last month when the Warriors defeated Southern Maine. He currently leads the unit with 159 caroms.
Eastern Connecticut has won four consecutive contests, dating back to an 89-72 win last month over Eastern at the Hoop Miami Holiday Slam. Additionally, the Warriors have captured six of their last seven games and will look to extend their current winning streak to five-straight wins when they host Plymouth State on Saturday, January 7 with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
Could the Babson College women’s basketball team be the ‘team to beat’ in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)?
I think so!
The Beavers rebounded after a tough loss a few days ago – technically, last year (December) – by starting the New Year with a 65-47 win over WPI.
The game, which was held in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a rematch of last year’s tournament final.
Junior Brenna LeGacy led the Green and White with 18 points, while the Beavers combined for 12 of 13 free throws en route to their 10th win of the season. Babson is now 34-21 all-time against WPI and has won 16 of their last 18 meetings against the Engineers, according to yesterday’s release.
Babson will look to capture their fifth-straight NEWMAC contest on Saturday when they host Mount Holyoke.
First-year Jake Ross helped the Pride earn their initial league win by netting 29 points (that matched his career-high point total), while adding seven rebounds, five steals and a quartet of swipes.
Ross was tabbed this week’s NEWMAC Co-Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.
Springfield also received career-best 25 points from junior Andy McNulty – 15 of his 25 points came from beyond the arc.
Springfield is my pick to challenge Babson for the NEWMAC crown – I am expecting the Pride and Beavers to reach the league championship, but let’s not forget about MIT and WPI – both teams could also appear in the league’s finale, too.
The Endicott College men’s basketball team has yet to lose a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tilt this season. Recently, they defeated Wentworth, 76-67, to bump their league record to 4-0.
This evening, the Gulls host Gordon College, which lost a heartbreaker to Nichols College on Tuesday. Nichols and Endicott are tied for first place in the conference, but keep an eye on the Fighting Scots over the next few weeks.
Following their contest against Gordon, Endicott will hit the road for a pair of league tilts, beginning Saturday at Western New England followed by a visit to Salve Regina next Wednesday.
Senior Bridget Quilty and junior Anna Walther have paced the Blue and Gold’s offense, netting 151 and 128 points, respectively. Quilty also leads the team in rebounds with 67, while junior Mariah Nichols is second with 59.
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There were a few Division 3 conference tournament semifinals that took place this afternoon and below are their outcomes and game summaries.
Endicott 25, Salve Regina 5: Kyle Weber and Nick Pinciaro combined for eight goals and five helpers as the Gulls soared past the Seahawks and punched their ticket to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship on Saturday.
Western New England 16, Roger Williams 12: Leading the Hawks by seven goals after three quarters, the Golden Bears were forced to fend off a late rally, which secured them a spot in Saturday’s conference championship against the Gulls. Keegan Dudeck paced Western New England with seven points on four assists and three tallies.
Endicott 15, Gordon 7: Callie Murphy registered six points on three goals and three helpers as the Gulls defeated the Fighting Scots and secured a spot in the CCC Championship on Saturday. Anna Blomberg led Gordon with four points on three goals and one assist.
Roger Williams 19, Western New England 11: Deven Machette recorded seven points on five goals and two assists, as the Hawks defeat the Golden Bears in the CCC semifinals and punched its ticket to the conference finals on Saturday. Western New England’s Jessica Scannapieco and Taylor Scialdone combined for seven goals and one helper.
Regis 20, Elms 8: Teresa Busiek recorded four goals and one assist as the Pride defeated the Blazers in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) semifinals. Elms’ Jillian Pirog and Kayla Narey each netted hat tricks in the setback. With the win, Regis advances to the conference championship on Saturday.
Becker 13, Wheelock 7: Ashley Mossey jumpstarted a 5-0 run at 18:26 in the second half, which helped the Hawks go onto defeat the Wildcats in NECC semifinal action. Victoria Belcher led Becker with a hat trick, while Wheelock’s Molly Centore led all scorers with four tallies.
There were a slew of conference tournament contests that took place this afternoon, along with some regular season finales, and below is their outcomes and summaries.
Salve Regina 10, Wentworth 8: Nick LoCicero and Curtis McKeon netted back-to-back tallies in the fourth quarter, which pushed the Seahawks ahead for good. Steve Glover, who recorded four markers for Wentworth, brought the Leopards within one goal with 2:37 remaining, but Salve Regina responded with Chad Hollenshade to seal the win. Salve Regina will continue Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play on Wednesday when they travel to Endicott College for a semifinal matchup.
Roger Williams 22, Gordon 11: Will Siefert netted six goals, Tim Kelly recorded seven points on four tallies and three helpers as the Hawks defeated the Fighting Scots in the first round of the CCC tournament. Roger Williams advances to the semifinals on Wednesday where they’ll take on Western New England in Springfield. Gordon’s Ryan Utz matched McKeon with seven points on six goals and one assist.
MIT 8, Mass. Maritime 6: Paul Orrson recorded five points on three tallies and two helpers, Harris Stolzenberg registered two goals and two assists as the Engineers concluded its regular season with a victory over the Buccaneers. MIT will travel to Babson College on Wednesday to face-off against the Beavers in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals. Reed McLean paced Massachusetts Maritime Academy with two markers.
Springfield 14, Babson 3: Ryon Lynch and Dylan Sheehan combined for five goals and seven assists as the Pride defeated the Beavers and claimed the top spot in the NEWMAC. Springfield will host Clark University on Wednesday in the NEWMAC semifinals. John Harrison, Alex Bunick and Spencer Low each scored one goal for Babson.
Tufts 24, Colby 9: Chris Schoenhut and Cole Bailey combined for 12 goals and four assists as the Jumbos cruised to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals, which will take place in Medford next weekend.
Williams 13, Middlebury 9: Jack Lauroesch recorded five points on three goals and two assists as the Ephs defeated the Panthers and advanced to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals.
Amherst 13, Bowdoin 6: Quinn Moroney recorded 10 points on seven helpers and three strikes, while Kane Haffey scored a game-high six goals as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Polar Bears and advanced to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals.
Emmanuel 17, St. Joe’s (Maine) 7: The Saints claimed the GNAC crown thanks to a 7-0 run in the second half that helped the hosts push ahead for good. Kristen Tuleja paced the Saints with nine points on six tallies and three helpers, while Sarah Higgins finished with three goals and one assist. Emmanuel’s Lauren White concluded the championship tilt with 11 saves. Emmanuel, which earned its first-ever conference crown, earned an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division 3 Tournament, but won’t know their opponent until next weekend .
Wheaton 15, MIT 5: Jenna Tewksbury recorded four points on three goals and one assist as the Lyons defeated the Engineers for the first time in the NEWMAC Tournament since 2001. Hannah Levy paced the Engineers with a hat trick. The Lyons will contend for the conference crown tomorrow when they host Babson College at 1 p.m.
Babson 9, Springfield 7: Leading by one goal late in the second half, Babson’s Rachel Secrist secured her team’s NEWMAC semifinals victory with her fourth tally of the contest at 3:08. The Beavers, which led the Pride at halftime 5-2, will compete in its eighth straight conference championship tomorrow against Wheaton. Secrist led Babson with six points on four markers and two helpers, while Springfield’s Connie Nielsen match her opponent with six points on three strikes and three assists.
Amherst 11, Bowdoin 5: Meghan Mils netted a hat trick, Caroline Holliday, Priscilla Tyler and Krista Zsitvay each scored two goals as the Jeffs defeated the Polar Bears and advanced to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals next weekend. Amherst will meet archival Williams in the second game, which is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. The site for this year’s NESCAC semifinals is Trinity College.
Williams 11, Tufts 6: Bridget Malicki registered five points on three helpers and two tallies, while Rebecca McGovern netted a hat trick as the Ephs defeated the Jumbos in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. With the win, the Ephs advance to next Saturday’s conference semifinals. Tufts’ Lindsey Walker finished the contest with four points on three goals and one helper.
Gordon 12, Curry 7: Jane Dietrich recorded four points on three goals and one helper, Jessica Castelline netted a hat trick and the Fighting Scots defeated the Colonels in the CCC Quarterfinals. Haley Carey paced Curry with five points on four goals and one assist. Gordon will travel to Endicott College on Wednesday for the CCC semifinals.