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10 D-III Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2023

Jane Earley has won two national championships with Middlebury College. (PHOTO Courtesy: Will Costello)

By Matt Noonan

It’s been a few days – OK, a little over a week since the NCAA Division III college lacrosse season concluded, but before we officially say farewell to the 2022 season, I thought I would share a ten teams – five men and five women’s squads – that I believe could contend for a national championship next May.

Men’s D-III Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2023

Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears were a team to watch this spring — hey, I thought they were the team that was going to win the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown last month. Despite ending their season in the quarterfinals against RIT, Bowdoin is certainly a squad to keep an eye on next spring. Coach Bill Mason will welcome back some key members of this year’s team, including Will Byrne (68 goals, 33 assists), Patrick Fitzgerald (53 goals, 16 assists), and Ethan Barnard (342 face-off wins) that will certainly help Bowdoin contend for both a conference and national title.

RIT: Coach Jake Coon and the 2022 Tigers joined an elite group of teams that captured back-to-back titles in NCAA D-III lacrosse history, but could they really contend for a third consecutive crown next spring? I believe they can, despite losing some talented upperclassmen, but if the Tigers are able to win their third-straight title, they would become the first team since Salisbury University to capture three-straight championships (Salisbury won three consecutive NCAA titles in 2003, 2004, and 2005).

Tufts University: The Jumbos’ run toward a national championship was quite exciting with the Powder Blue and Brown scoring two impressive postseason wins against St. John Fisher College and Salisbury. Tufts’ season concluded in the semifinals with a 26-15 setback to RIT. Like Bowdoin, Tufts will return some key pieces from its 19-win squad next spring that will certainly be players to watch, including Jack Boyden and Tommy Swank.

Union College: The Dutchmen’s run toward its first-ever national championship was exciting — can I say entertaining, as well? Union should be in the mix again next spring, despite graduating some key members of its 2022 squad. Dan Donahue will return between the pipes next season after an impressive second year with the squad that saw the Weston, Massachusetts native record a career-best 240 stops and 17 wins.

York College: Despite ending its season in the national semifinals, the Spartans run toward a championship was highlighted by two postseason victories over Christopher Newport and Southern Virginia. They will lose some key veterans that were either graduate students or seniors this spring, but will welcome back Ben Mayer, a first-year attack from Palm Harbor, Florida that led the Green and White with 90 points on 58 goals and 32 assists.

Others to watch: Albion College, Amherst College, Christopher Newport, Denison University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, RPI, Salisbury University, St. John Fisher, Wesleyan University, and Western New England

Women’s D-III Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2023

Middlebury College: After being idle for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Panthers continued their previous momentum from 2019 and their first three matchups in 2020 by winning 22 of 23 contests this spring, including the national title game. Jane Earley guided Middlebury to its second title in three years, as well as its eighth in program history. Earley, who established new single-season records for goals (80) and points (99), will be one of many players to watch next year.

Salisbury University: Despite ending their 2022 campaign without some hardware, the Sea Gulls were once again a team to watch after finishing the 2021 season as national champions. Coach Jim Nestor will welcome back some key pieces from its 2021 and 2022 squads, including Erin Scannell, who led Salisbury with 55 goals, which should help Salisbury be in the mix for its fifth crown in program history.

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ): After scoring two impressive postseason wins over Salisbury University and SUNY Cortland last month, the Lions’ momentum vanished in the national semifinals with an 18-7 setback to Tufts. The loss, however, could help the Lions understand what they must do to contend for the program’s 14th national championship. TCNJ has not won a national championship since 2006.

Tufts University: For the second-straight season, coach Courtney Shute‘s Jumbos fell short of winning the program’s initial title. But perhaps this year’s defeat to Middlebury will be the inspiration to win the crown in 2023? Like every team, the Jumbos will graduate some key pieces from this year’s squad, including goalie Molly Laliberty and midfielder Anna Clarke.

Washington and Lee: The Generals ended their season by matching their program record for wins with 19. Washington and Lee saw its bid toward a national title conclude in the quarterfinals against Gettysburg College, but the loss will certainly fuel the Blue and White next season, which returns some impressive talent that has guided the unit to 33 wins in its last 37 contests.

Others to watch: Capital University, Colby College, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg College, Ithaca College, Kenyon College, Pomona-Pitzer, Rhodes College, Roanoke College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY SUNY Geneseo, University of Chicago, Wesleyan University, and William Smith

Noontime’s Mid-Season All-New England D3 Lacrosse Men’s Team

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to believe, but we have reached the halfway point of the 2022 NCAA Division III lacrosse season. Crazy, right?

So, before we turn the page to the “second half” of the New England D-III lacrosse season, we are excited to share our first-ever All-New England Men’s Team, which features student-athletes from 15 different schools from Maine to Connecticut.

Noontime’s Mid-season New England D3 Lacrosse Team (Men’s Lacrosse)

Attack: Ryan Gebhardt (MIT), Birk Swan (Emerson College), Matt Gill (Wesleyan University), Nick James (Southern Maine), Parker Campbell (Norwich University), and Zac Schuette (Springfield College)

Midfield: Matthew Sardis (MIT), Scott Ehrenberg (Nichols College), Quint Bartush (New England College), Tyler Benedetto (Dean College), and Jack Boyden (Tufts)

Defense: Jacob Wharton (Wheaton College), Mike Catuosco (Johnson & Wales University), Connor Dubzinski (Springfield College), and Matt Griffin (Western Conn.)

Goalie: Brendan Grove (Western Conn.), Colin Hanley (Wesleyan University), Cooper Yaccino (Trinity College), and Colin Liscomb (Gordon College)

Amherst-Tufts Headlines Another Big Weekend of NESCAC Lacrosse

PJ Clementi and the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team will visit Tufts University on Sunday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour)

By Matt Noonan

Another busy weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse has arrived – let’s celebrate!

Despite some unsettled weather moving through the Northeast, there are plenty of games to watch (and follow, of course), including Sunday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash between Amherst College and Tufts University.

Tufts enters its second league meeting with a two-game winning streak – the Jumbos scored an impressive win last night against Springfield College, thanks to Mac Bredahl, who scored six goals on seven shots.  

Bredhal will certainly be a player to watch against the Mammoths as the senior attack has enjoyed a successful start to his squad’s 2022 campaign by tallying 16 points on 12 goals and four helpers to go with 18 shots and one ground ball.

In addition to Bredhal, fans should keep their eyes on Jack Boyden (nine goals and five assists), Kurt Bruun (seven goals and three assists), and Camden Kelleher (six goals and four assists).

Amherst, which did not compete last spring, scored its first win of the season last Saturday in a come-from-behind win against Hamilton College. The Mammoths outscored the Continentals, 7-4, during the final two sessions.

Brock Gonzalez highlighted the opening day win with four goals, one ground ball, and one caused turnover while PJ Clementi tallied four goals and two helpers.

Last Saturday’s win was the first for coach Sean Woods, who previously paced the sidelines at Colorado College.

Tufts topped Amherst in its last regular-season meeting two years ago before the lacrosse season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. One year earlier, the Jumbos edged the Mammoths in the regular season by a score of 15-14 before Amherst beat the Jumbos one month later in the NCAA Tournament.

Amherst would advance to the national championship in 2019, but see its title hopes dashed by Cabrini University.

Wesleyan University will look to win its third-straight contest on Sunday when they welcome Stevens Institute of Technology to Middletown, Connecticut.

The Cardinals have outscored their first two opponents by a score of 47-13, thanks to a slew of contributions on both ends of the field.

Matt Gill currently leads the Cardinals in points (14) and assists (nine) – he has also scooped six ground balls.

Justin Hazard leads Wesleyan in goals with seven and Tyler Campbell has won 28 of 39 face-offs.

Sunday’s non-conference meeting between the Cardinals of Wesleyan and Ducks of Stevens is a good early-season test for the Cardinals, which will be in action twice next week against Salve Regina University and Colby College.