NCAA D3 Tournament: Saturday’s Second Round Recap


By (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s onto the round of 16!

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 StateJack 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
  • Men’s Basketball: Hamilton vs. Springfield
  • Women’s Basketball: Amherst vs. Montclair State
  • Women’s Basketball: Bowdoin vs. Scranton
  • Women’s Basketball: Tufts vs. Messiah

NCAA D3 Tournament: Opening Round Roundup


By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to the official start of ‘March Madness!’

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 CollegeBowdoin 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 CollegeWesleyan UniversityEastern 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.
  • Men’s Basketball: Swarthmore at Wesleyan, 7 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Springfield at Cabrini, 7 p.m.

D3 Hoops Roundup: Tufts Tops Brandies, Conn. College Upends Babson

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By (@NoontimeSports) 

The Tufts University women’s basketball team picked-up its fourth-straight win of the 2017-18 season this afternoon as the Jumbos defeated Brandeis University, 62-41, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Erica DeCandido paced the top-ranked Jumbos, as well as all scorers with 19 points, while Melissa Baptista stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Tufts led Brandeis, 28-22, at the break and 49-33 after three quarters, thanks to a DeCandido jumper and triple from Lauren Dillon. Dillon would help the Powder Blue and White extend their lead early in the fourth with a jumper and trifecta, which kept the momentum on the Jumbos’ side.

Four members of the Brandies squad concluded the contest with six points, while a pair of student-athletes netted four points, respectively. Hannah Nicholson finished the game with six points and 10 rebounds for the Judges.

Tufts (4-0) will return to the hardwood on Friday, December 1 when they host Rochester at 6 p.m., while Brandeis (3-2) is back in action on Tuesday, November 28th when they host Salem State at 6 p.m.

Connecticut College received 17 points from Casey Walsh and 16 points from Mairead Hynes as the Camels upended the Beavers of Babson College, 73-62.

The Camels entered the contest riding a two-game winning streak after dropping their season-opener to St. Thomas. Conn. College has now secured wins over Babson, FDU-Florham and Skidmore. 

Babson received 14 points from Tea Spellacy in the setback, along with nine points and 11 rebounds from Payton Ouimette

Both teams return to action on Wednesday, November 29th with Babson (2-1) hosting Wheaton College at 7 p.m., while Conn. College (3-1) entertains Worcester State at 7:30 p.m.

Amanni Fernandez netted a game-high 25 points to lead Williams College (4-0) past Smith College, 71-60. Smith (4-1) received 10 points and 13 rebounds from Kennedy Guest-PritchMaddie Bledsoe recorded a double-double of 11 points and 16 rebounds as Wesleyan University (3-1) handed Drew (3-1) its initial setback of the season … Trinity College (3-0) picked-up its third-straight win of the season, thanks to 15 points and 13 rebounds from Peace Kabari, which helped the Bantams top St. Joseph’s (Conn.), 67-54.

In men’s basketball action this afternoon, Bowdoin College defeated Babson College, 80-71. Jack Simonds concluded the contest with 22 points for Bowdoin (4-0), while Hugh O’Neil added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Babson’s (3-2) Bradley Jacks led all scorers with 32 points … Eastern Connecticut State University improved to 5-0, while capturing Sunday’s Colby College Classic Championship by a score of 83-77. Tarchee Brown led all scorers, including the Warriors, with 25 points, while Ethan Schlager paced the Mules (4-1) with 21 points … Nichols (3-1) scored an impressive non-conference win by defeating Trinity College (3-1), 89-75. The Bison, who led 49-31 at the break, received 23 points from Marcos Echevarria and 21 points from Tyler Dion. Joe Bell led the Bantams with 17 points off the bench … Nick Tarantino recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jack Daly netted a game-high 19 points to lead Middlebury College (4-0) past Endicott College (2-1), 78-67. Keith Brown led the Gulls with 15 points … Williams College improved to 4-0 with a 78-65 win over Yeshiva, thanks to 28 points and eight rebounds from Kyle Scadlock

D3Hoops Notebook: Four New England Teams Appear On (MBB) Preseason Poll


By (@NoontimeSports) 

A quartet of New England teams appeared on the initial (men’s basketball) Top 25 Preseason Poll, which was posted on Wednesday, November 1st.

Williams College, a squad that appeared in last season’s NCAA Division III semifinals, checked-in third overall, while Whitman and Augustana secured the top two spots, respectively.

The Ephs graduated a pair of seniors from last year’s squad, including Daniel Aronowitz, who led the Purple and Gold with 17.3 points per game. Junior returns after checking-in second on the team in points per game (12.9) last season.

Tufts University, Babson College and Middlebury College slid into the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, while Washington University and UW-River Falls rounded out the top 10.

Babson captured their first-ever national title last season, edging Augustana, 79-78, in the title game. Joey Flannery led the Beavers with 23 points, while recording seven assists and six caroms in his final game with the Green and White. Look for contributions this season from seniors Chris LowryNick Comenale and Bradley Jacks.

Tufts bid adieu to some key players from last year’s squad, including Tom Palleschi and Tarik Smith, so look for seniors Vincent Pace and Everett Dayton to step-up this winter in both scoring and rebounding.

Middlebury graduated a quartet of seniors from last year’s squad, which captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown, including Matt St. Amour, who averaged 21.8 points per game. This season, the player to watch on the Panthers will be senior Jack Daly.

Outside the Top 25, Nichols College, Keene State, Amherst, MIT and Eastern Connecticut all received votes.

Hamilton College, which competes in the NESCAC, also received votes as well. The Continentals finished their 2016-17 campaign 16-9 overall.

Second Half Surge Sends Middlebury Past Williams in NESCAC Championship


Middlebury College men’s basketball celebrated its second-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Sunday with an

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Middlebury College men’s basketball coach Jeff Brown didn’t need to share any inspirational words at the break.

Instead, the tenured coach, who displayed his ‘calm demeanor’ in the locker room, told his team what they needed to correct in the second half.

And those corrections were fixed rather quickly as the Panthers overcame a four-point deficit (40-36) by commencing the second session on a 16-0 run, which carried the Blue and White to an 84-62 victory over Williams College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship on Sunday afternoon at Tufts University.

“We just told the guys exactly what we think and we just need to play better,” Brown said of his halftime talk with the Panthers.

“I told them it is really difficult to become champions, but we made it look pretty easy in the second half.”

Brown’s crew indeed made it look easy, especially when Matt St. Amour sank a few long-range three-pointers that helped the Panthers grow a lead the Ephs would not erase.

Not only did St. Amour sink back-to-back treys early in the frame, but added a layup and another triple minutes later to make it 57-43 with 12:39 remaining.

“My teammates kept telling me to be aggressive, play your game and (that) they had faith in me,” St. Amour said of his second half performance.

“They found me at such good sports and I started to get a couple to go.”

Middlebury’s second half run also featured baskets from Nick Tarantino, Adisa Majors, Eric McCord and Jack Daly.

In addition to an impressive second half surge, the Panthers also held the Ephs scoreless for 5:59. Williams would net its first second half basket with 14:01 remaining when Daniel Aronowitz sank one of two freebies.

Aronowitz’s lone free throw did not spark a second half rally – Williams did pull within 12 points (62-50) with 9:32 remaining, but that would be the closest they would get.

Middlebury would push ahead for good with back-to-back layups from Majors and McCord, who combined for 20 points.

“I think the big key was the start of the second half (when) we got multiple stops and that really helped us get some separation,” said Brown.

The Panthers recorded just five steals in the second half, but netted 20 of 36 field goals, including 6 of 17 from beyond the arc. They concluded the contest with 34 points in the paint, 17 second-chance points and 14 points off turnovers.

Sunday’s win erased the memory of an early season setback, which saw Williams outscore Middlebury, 50-28, in the second half en route to an 89-65 win.

Middlebury has not lost since falling to Williams on the road – they will enter the NCAA Tournament on an 11-game winning streak.

Said St. Amour of the Panthers’ 11-game winning streak, “Toughness is the biggest (reason) … we know we didn’t play the way we wanted to after (falling to Williams last month) and we didn’t want it to happen again.

“Every day, whether it is a practice or a game, we just want to come in, work hard and that really is what it is … this group is really close.”

St. Amour concluded the contest with 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and one block, while Jake Brown registered 20 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Williams’ Kyle Scadlock recorded a game-high 24 points, while also pulling down 11 rebounds. Aronowitz record 14 points, three caroms, one steal and one block.

The Ephs, who have now fallen to Middlebury twice in the NESCAC Championship, will have to wait and see if they earn an at-large bid to this year’s NCAA Division III Tournament.

The NCAA Division III men’s basketball selection show is scheduled for Monday, February 27 at 12:30 p.m. eastern.

Said Williams Coach Kevin App, “I want it for the guys … this group has done enough to compete in the national tournament, so I hope we get the opportunity.”