The Engineers, who were the lone New England squad to appear on the list, checked-in seventh overall, while Brockport secured the top spot for the second-straight week followed by Frostburg State and RPI at second and third, respectively.
Delaware Valley and Ithaca College rounded out the top five by checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.
MIT enters the final week with an overall record of 8-1 record and needs to beat Springfield College this Saturday (Nov. 10th) for a chance to compete in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which will kick-off next weekend.
Ashton Robinson powered the Engineers to their eighth win of the season last Saturday over Norwich by rushing for 87 yards on 12 carries and one score, while Sam Cantrell and Ben Wolz each tallied seven total tackles, respectively, Wolz also finished the game with two tackles for a loss of six yards and one sack for a five yard loss, while Tyler Ray registered six total tackles, along with a trio of pass break-ups.
Kickoff for Saturday’s must-see meeting between the Pride and Engineers is scheduled for 12 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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It was an exciting finish last night in New London, Connecticut as the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team stunned the second-ranked Wesleyan University Cardinals in overtime by a score of 10-9.
The win was the Bears’ third-straight of the 2018 season. Prior to defeating the Cardinals, CGA topped Eastern Connecticut (15-7) and Norwich University (17-1).
“The guys are pumped,” Coast Guard Academy coach Ray Le Forte said one day after his team’s exciting win. “(And) so is the campus, too.”
Coast Guard led Wesleyan, 9-8, with 5:24 remaining in the final session, but the Cardinals evened the score (9-9) and forced an extra session, thanks to a man-up goal from Christian Barker.
The Bears would counter 32 seconds into the extra session with Anthony Wyler, who rifled a shot from the top of the zone to secure an exciting and impressive one-goal victory.
Wyler concluded the contest with three goals and one assist, while Riley McNulty chipped in four goals and one assist. The game-winning goal was set-up by Matty Johnson, who concluded last night’s contest with one goal and one assist.
Tuesday’s win is certainly impressive one for a fourth-year program that has grown tremendously since its initial collegiate season in 2015.
Coast Guard Academy is coming off a 10-6 win season from a year ago, which saw the Bears win a program-best four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games.
The Bears will look to continue its early season momentum on Saturday, March 10 when they face Goucher Collegeat 1 p.m. A few days later, the Bears will take on Ithaca College on Tuesday, March 13th at 1 p.m. with the contest taking place in Virginia Beach.
The Bears will begin conference play later this month when they host Clark University on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.
And one team the Bears will see later this season is Emerson College, which is also off to an impressive 3-0 start.
The Lions began their 2018 campaign with an impressive and hard-fought 13-12 win over Mount Ida College in double-overtime before defeating Lyndon State (7-4) and Albertus Magnus (10-9).
Emerson was initially scheduled to compete against Nichols College tomorrow (Thursday, March 8th), but due to this week’s nor-easter, the game has been postponed.
The Lions will return to action next Tuesday (Mar. 13th) when they host Thomas College at 6 p.m.
“We’re definitely starting to get there,” said Emerson coach Matt Colombini. “We have a lot of young talent and the returners that have been through it for a year now and know what we’re really expecting (of this program) and what being a college lacrosse player is, and they have turned the corner with that stuff.”
Colombini seems quite content about his team’s early season success, but knows his squad must keep the focus on playing a complete 60 minutes.
“I am excited to see in a couple weeks as we keep (working toward our goal of playing a complete game) where we end up and what our final product really looks like,” he said.
So far, Emerson has received some solid contributions from Jared Brush (13 goals, three assists) and Cameron Radenberg (two goals, nine assists). Additionally, a pair of first-years, Joe Meyers and Stevie Powers, have also contributed on the offensive end – the duo has combined for 12 points on seven goals and five assists, while Bailey Kennedy has also performed quite well between the pipes with 24 saves.
Following the team’s contest against Thomas, Emerson will face some challenging non-conference foes in Dean College, Wentworth and UMass-Dartmouth. All three games – and yes, four, counting Thomas – will be good tests for the Lions, who hope to keep their early season momentum going later this spring.
“I think this year we have made the schedule much more challenging to get ready for NEWMAC games,” said Colombini. “The teams we have played (thus far) have been pretty good, but they have all been close, grind-it-out type of games, so at least we are finding a way to win right now, which is good.”
The team’s initial win over Mount Ida was certainly impressive – perhaps it could be a game these Lions will look back on as motivation for more success later this season.
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
The NCAA Division III basketball tournament commenced today with some pretty exciting outcomes as St. Joseph’s (Maine) and Hamilton College each began the day with opening round wins. The Monks scored an exciting five-point (61-56) victory over UMass Boston women’s basketball team in Amherst, while the Continentals defeated Nazareth, 86-72, thanks to a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds from Kena Gilmour.
The Monks of St. Joseph’s played some impressive defense down the stretch, holding the Beacons just nine points in the third and fourth quarters. Julia Champagne led the Monks with 16 points – she also stuffed the stat sheet with six caroms, three steals and one one assist.
Joining the Monks in the second round of the women’s tournament is Amherst College, Bowdoin College and Tufts University. The Jumbos scored an opening round win over Westfield State, thanks to 17 points off the bench from Cailin Harrington, along with 15 points from Jac Knapp and Melissa Baptista.
On the men’s side: MIT scored an opening round win as the Engineers defeated Brockport, 81-67. Tim Roberts recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Middlebury College topped Lebanon Valley, 83-63, behind a triple-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists from Jack Daly.
Joining MIT and Middlebury in the second round is Springfield College, Wesleyan University, Eastern Connecticut and Williams College. The Pride scored an exciting opening round win as they edged Albright, 88-86, thanks to a pair of freebies from Jake Ross, along with a late free throw from Heath Post.
Bobby Casey helped the Ephs break-open a one-point (21-20) lead at the break to defeat the Bears of Bridgewater State, 56-45. James Heskett concluded the game with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Saturday’s Schedule | Round Two
Women’s Basketball: St. Joseph’s (Maine) at Amherst College, 6 p.m.
Women’s Basketball: FDU-Florham at Bowdoin College, 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball: Ithaca at Tufts University, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: Ramapo at Williams College, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: Middlebury College at Eastern Connecticut St., 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: MIT at Johns Hopkins, 8 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: Hamilton College at York (Pa), 7 p.m.
On offense, quarterback Joe Germinerio completed 14 of 17 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, while Christian Hollister clinched the win with a one-yard touchdown run late in the fourth.
The win provided the Golden Eagles with their ninth-straight of the season – they will attempt to finish 10-0 this weekend when they visit St. Lawrence on Saturday, November 11 for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.
Alfred, which falls to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Empire 8, will cap its regular season with a visit from Hartwick on Saturday. Hartwick enters the early afternoon clash on a three-game losing skid – their last win came early last month when they defeated Morrisville State, 52-34.
The Bombers held the Dutchmen to a just 188 yards of total offense, thanks to Dan Loizos, who led Ithaca’s defense with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops, one forced fumble and one tackle for a one yard loss.
Ithaca’s David Prudhomme concluded the game with eight points on a pair of field goals and extra points – his longest field goal of the contest was a 33-yard boot.
With the win, the Bombers head into the final week of the regular season with the best record in the Liberty League at 4-1. They’ll face SUNY Cortland this week, which is always a must-see, must-follow contest.
Union will cap its regular season slate with a visit from RPI. Both teams enter this week’s clash with identical 3-1 conference ledgers.
Other news and notes from the Empire State: Matthew Murphy highlighted his team’s come-from-behind win last weekend against Dean by booting a 20-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to help SUNY Maritime edge Dean, 17-14, in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play … the Privateers’ eight wins matches their record from 2011 when they SUNY Maritime won eight of 10 contests, including a 21-14 win over Gallaudet … Merchant Marine’s Brice Moore was tabbed this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive Athlete of the Week after leading the Mariners to a 62-27 win over Catholic University. Moore completed two of three passes for 81 yards, while rushing for a game-high 104 yards on 20 carries and two scores … the Mariners head to Coast Guard Academy this weekend to contend for the Secretaries’ Cup. The game will be streamed ive on ESPN3 at noon … Buffalo State returned to the win column last Saturday with an exciting 24-20 win over Hartwick, thanks to a late touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Hoppy to Had Bryant.