By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax
Wednesday was a special evening for two Massachusetts Maritime Academy lacrosse players, including sophomore Anna Deely, who became the Buccaneers’ all-time leader in draw controls.
Deely, who has recorded 177 draw control wins in 28 contests, concluded last night’s 14-7 setback to Bridgewater State with seven draws, two ground balls and one caused turnover.
“It felt good to break the record,” said Deely, when asked about becoming the program’s all-time leader in draw controls earlier today.
Establishing a new mark for draw controls is certainly an impressive feat for the second-year player that never attempted to win draws when she competed for Barnstable High School.
“I never really took the draws until I came to Massachusetts Maritime,” she said, “(but) I think I have a better understanding of the game since playing midfield.”
Listed as an attacker and defensive winger, Deely has been spotted at various ends of the field this spring, helping the Buccaneers to a 7-6 overall mark with three games remaining. Deely has certainly been a player to watch on the Buccaneers through 13 contests – she currently ranks second on the team in points (37), but first in caused turnovers (27).
From a quick glance at the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) statistical leaders, Deely ranks first among all student-athletes in draw controls.
Her impressive play, both this season and last spring, is a testament to her teammates, says Deely, who credits every member of the Buccaneers for her “improvements.”
Said Deely, “It’s a hardworking team and we all put in so much effort, (so) it’s rewarding when you get to see records being broken.”
As for coach Marc Palombo, a Massachusetts Maritime Academy alum and former lacrosse player, he seemed very happy for Deely with establishing a new program record that should certainly grow over the next two years.
Said Palombo, “Anna has been a great addition to our program. What she has accomplished in two years on and off the field makes us very optimistic of what is to come in her junior and senior seasons. She is a great teammate, a tough player and someone who always wants the ball.
“Becoming the program’s all-time leader in draw controls is a wonderful achievement and I know that she will continue to break and set records as a Buccaneer.”
In addition to celebrating Deely’s impressive milestone last night, the Massachusetts Maritime men’s lacrosse team honored Benjamin Avakian for recording his 100th point last night in a 17-2 win over Albertus Magnus.
Avakian concluded the game with six points on four goals and two assists with his first marker being his 100th career point with the Buccaneers.
Similar to Deely, Avakian has been a player to watch this spring on the Buccaneers – he has tallied a career-high 48 points on 40 goals (also a career-high) and eight assists.
By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops
Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.
This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.
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For the second-straight season, Bowdoin College women’s basketball coach Adrienne Shibles guided the Polar Bears to an NCAA “Final Four” appearance. (PHOTO COURTESY: CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)
Coach of the Year: Adrienne Shibles (Bowdoin College): Shibles guided the Polar Bears to the program’s second perfect regular season, along with a repeat appearance in the NCAA Division III “Final Four.” Bowdoin occupied the top spot in multiple polls this winter, including D3Hoops.com and WBCA, and matched the school record for wins (31) in a single-season. Shibles was recently named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year.
Abby Kelly guided the Polar Bears to its second perfect season in program history this winter. PHOTO COURTESY (CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)
Player of the Year: Abby Kelly (Bowdoin College): The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and D3Hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year guided the Polar Bears back to the NCAA “Final Four” for the second-straight season after averaging 15.4 points per game in 33 contests. Kelly connected on 76.8 percent of her free throws while averaging 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Kelly became the 15th player in program history this winter to reach 1,000 points when she netted a game-high 27 points in a 72-59 win over Colby College in January.
Caleigh Ryan became the second Wesleyan University women’s basketball player to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year. PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin/Wesleyan University Athletics)
Rookie of the Year: Caleigh Ryan (Wesleyan University): Ryan became the second Cardinal in program history to be named NESCAC Rookie of the Year after averaging 10.6 points per game in 25 contests, along with 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. The New York, New York native posted double-figures in 12 contests, including 22 points in her team’s regular-season finale against Bowdoin. Ryan also helped Wesleyan qualify for the NESCASC Tournament for the second-straight winter with the Cardinals earning a trip to Amherst College.
The second day of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament saw some exciting outcomes, including a third quarter rally in Amherst, Massachusetts, which helped the Mammoths top St. Joseph’s (Maine). With the win, Amherst College will advance to the third round of the women’s tournament where they will face Montclair State, which defeated Gettysburg College earlier this evening by a score of 70-45.
Kelsi McNamara (St. Joseph’s) led all scorers with 30 points, while Amherst received a boost from Hannah Fox, who concluded the contest with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Bowdoin College and Tufts University will also join Amherst in the third round as both teams earned second round wind this evening. The Polar Bears topped FDU-Florham, 79-57, in Maine, while the Jumbos rolled past Ithaca College, 61-39, in Medford, Massachusetts.
Kate Kerrigan (Bowdoin) was a big part of tonight’s win for the Polar Bears as she concluded the contest with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Melissa Baptista (Tufts) tallied a game-high 19 points – she also chipped in six rebounds, four blocks and two assists.
Bowdoin will face Scranton in the third round, while Tufts will take on Messiah.
On the men’s side: Springfield College extended its season to next Friday with an impressive 96-88 win over Cabrini. Jake Ross stuffed the stat sheet for the Pride with 31 points (game-high), nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Andy McNulty chipped in 19 points, while Cam Earle added 17 points.
The Pride will face Hamilton College, which defeated York College (Pa.) this evening, thanks to Kena Gilmour, who tallied 20 points in the win. The Continentals trailed the Spartans, 40-39, at the break, but rallied to edge York by a score of 69-66. Andrew Groll clinched the win with a late freebie with seven seconds remaining.
Middlebury College also punched its ticket to the third round with a convincing 83-58 victory over Eastern Connecticut State. Jack Daly almost recorded a second-straight triple-double as he concluded the game with 12 rebounds, 11 points and seven assists.
The Panthers will tip-off against MIT, which earned a hard-fought 62-54 win over Johns Hopkins.
Ramapo concluded Williams College‘s season with a 66-62 win in Williamstown, Massachusetts, while Swarthmore outlasted Wesleyan University by a score of 97-75, in Connecticut.
NCAA D3 Tournament: Third Round Schedule
Men’s Basketball: Middlebury vs. Johns Hopkins/MIT