D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Three (Sept 14-15th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The third week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Three, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Two): We went 7-3 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week.

Season Predictions: Through two weeks, our prediction record stands at 13-7.

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Coast Guard Academy at Nichols College (Friday, Sept. 14th at 7 p.m.): The Bears put up a fight against Union last week and should carry that momentum (despite losing to the Dutchmen) into this week’s tilt against the Bison. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy 28, Nichols 21 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): This one will come down to the final drive. We think quarterback Adam Wojenski will win it for the Rams on a QB-keeper. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Bridgewater State 17 

MIT at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): The Brian Bubna era is off to a great start and we certainly believe it will continue on Saturday in Beverly. PREDICTION: MIT 17, Endicott 10 

Middlebury at Wesleyan (Saturday, Sept. 15th at1 p.m.): There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding both teams entering the initial week of NESCAC football, but we expect the home team (Wesleyan) to win this important match-up. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 33, Middlebury 24 

Western Conn. at Plymouth State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who have aspirations of winning the MASCAC this fall. We’ll give the edge to the Panthers (home field advantage). PREDICTION: Plymouth State 30, Western Conn. 28 

Amherst College at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): A new era of Bates football will begin on Saturday under the direction of first-year coach Malik Hall. This is a tough opening day match-up for the Bobcats, but they should certainly keep it close with their new offense. PREDICTION: Amherst 35, Bates 24 

Trinity College at Colby College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): The Bantams open their season against a new-look Colby squad, which will be led by the former UMaine sideline boss Jack Cosgrove. Similar to Bates, this is a tough season-opener for the Mules, who will need to find a way to slow down Trinity halfback Max ChipourasPREDICTION: Trinity 28, Colby 10 

Tufts University at Hamilton College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald highlighted his team’s opening day win last year, so can he do it again this year on the road? PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Hamilton 20 

Western New England at Husson University (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Husson will lean on first-year running back Soloman Hassen, who was tabbed this week’s ECFC Rookie of the Week. The California native has rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. PREDICTION: Husson 27, WNE 21 

Union College at No. 25 Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 2 p.m.): Chad Shade did not rush for six scores last week, but did help his team score an important road win over Kean. This week, Shade and the defense will be tested, but we expect them to find a way past the Dutchmen. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Union 21 

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 9th)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Tufts University secured the top spot this week by winning its sixth-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) contest last Saturday over Wesleyan University.

As of now, the Jumbos appear to be the front-runner in the conference, but they will face some challenges down the stretch, including Amherst College and Middlebury College.

The Panthers, who occupied the top spot in our weekly poll for the past few weeks, fell to the second position due to a recent setback to Colby College. The Mules returned to our poll after not appearing in the Top 10 one week ago.

Trinity College and Wesleyan rounded out the top five positions, while the Mules checked-in sixth overall with a 6-4 overall ledger. Similar to Tufts, the Blue and White (Colby) will face some challenging tests down the stretch, including an important match-up against Trinity in two weeks.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 9th, 2018

1. Tufts University10-1, 6-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
2. Middlebury College9-2, 5-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
3. Amherst College9-1, 5-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
4. Trinity College9-2, 5-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
5. Wesleyan University7-4, 3-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
6. Colby College6-4, 2-4 NESCACLast Week: NR
7. Bowdoin College8-3, 3-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
8. Springfield College7-5, 2-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 7
9. Hamilton College4-6, 2-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 8
10. Bates College7-5, 2-5 NESCACLast Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (6-5, 3-0 NEWMAC), Endicott College (8-3, 4-0 CCC), Roger Williams (8-3, 3-1 CCC) and Williams College (4-6, 1-5 NESCAC)

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 2nd)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Middlebury College secured the top spot for the second-straight week – since falling to TCNJ (10-6), the Panthers have rebounded with back-to-back wins, including a hard-fought win this past weekend over Amherst College, which moved up one spot to the third position.

Tufts University continues to be a team to watch – they remained in the second position for the second consecutive week after closing out the month of March with some big wins over Connecticut College and Endicott College. The Jumbos host Williams College on Wednesday – the Ephs became the newest member of our weekly poll, checking-in ninth overall.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 2nd, 2018

1. Middlebury College8-1, 5-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University7-1, 4-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College7-1, 3-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
4. Wesleyan University7-2, 3-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
5. Trinity College6-3, 2-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
6. Bowdoin College6-3, 2-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
7. Springfield College5-5, 1-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 7
8. Hamilton College4-5, 2-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 10
9. Williams College4-4, 1-3 NESCACLast Week: NR
10. Bates College6-4, 1-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 9

ON THE RISE: Babson College (5-4, 2-0 NEWMAC), Bates College (6-4, 1-4 NESCAC), Endicott College (6-3, 2-0 CCC) and Roger Williams (7-2, 2-0 CCC)


D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, March 26th)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which finds Middlebury College at the top followed by Tufts University and Trinity College. The Panthers, who were slotted in the second position last week, moved up one spot, along with the Jumbos, while the Bantams dropped two spots.

Amherst CollegeWesleyan University and Bowdoin College remained in the same portions from a week ago, while Colby College and Springfield College each moved up a spot to the seventh and eighth positions, respectively. The Camels enter a new week riding a three-game winning streak, which will be tested Tuesday, March 27th against Union College and Saturday, March 31st against Wesleyan.

Bates College and Hamilton College secured the final two positions on this week’s poll, while Williams College became the newest member to earn ON THE RISE mention.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, March 26th, 2018

1. Middlebury College6-0, 4-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
2. Tufts University5-1, 3-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
3. Trinity College 4-2, 2-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
4. Amherst College7-0, 3-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 4 
5. Wesleyan University6-1, 2-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
6. Bowdoin College6-2, 2-2 NESCACLast Week: No. 6 
7. Colby College4-3, 1-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 8
8. Springfield College5-3, 1-0 NEWMACLast Week: No. 9 
9. Bates College5-3, 1-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 10
10. Hamilton College2-5, 1-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 7

ON THE RISE: Babson College (4-4, 1-0 NEWMAC), Endicott College (5-2, 1-0 CCC), Roger Williams (5-2, 1-0 CCC) and Williams College (3-4, 1-3 NESCAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Final Top 10 (March 20th, 2018)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2017-18 New England D3 Basketball season concluded last weekend with Springfield College competing in the semifinals – a.k.a. the “Final Four.”

The Pride enjoyed an exciting run to Salem, Virginia, scoring a quartet of wins, including a third-round victory over Hamilton College, which earned the third position in our final poll.

MIT checked-in second overall – the Engineers also enjoyed an exciting postseason run as well, but saw their bid for a spot in the semifinals come-up short against Ramapo College in the Sectional Finals.

Middlebury College and Williams College rounded out the top five spots, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

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Men’s Basketball Top 10 – Final 2017-18 Poll 

1. Springfield College

22-9, 12-2 NEWMAC

2. MIT

25-6, 10-4 NEWMAC

3. Hamilton College

24-5, 7-3 NESCAC

4. Middlebury College

21-7, 7-3 NESCAC

5. Williams College

23-6, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Eastern Connecticut St. 

26-4, 13-1 LEC

7. Wesleyan University

22-7, 7-3 NESCAC

8. Nichols College

25-4, 16-2 CCC

9. Salem State 

22-4, 12-0 MASCAC

10. Amherst College

17-9, 7-3 NESCAC

ON THE RISE: Johnson & Wales (19-10, 13-3 GNAC) and Southern Vermont (22-6, 12-2 NECC)