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D3 Lax: Teams To Watch In New England Women’s Lacrosse This Spring


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With a brand new season of New England D3 lacrosse underway – yes, a few non-New England schools have already competed at least once this season – it is time to dish out our women’s lacrosse teams to watch in each conference.

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott College will certainly be the favorite once again, but don’t sleep on Roger Williams or University of New England – both teams will certainly provide challenges to the Gulls, as well as the entire conference.

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): Can Johnson & Wales University continue its impressive run from a year ago? Sure, they may have graduated some key pieces to a historic season, but don’t overlook these Wildcats.

Additionally, keep an eye on Lasell College – the Lasers will certainly be a team that could challenge the Wildcats come late April/early May.

Little East Conference (LEC): Plymouth State secured six of seven first-place votes in this year’s preseason coaches poll, so once again, keep an eye on the Panthers. Additionally, keep an eye on both Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State – two teams that will certainly challenge the Panthers for the top spot in the conference tournament.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Westfield State will again be the team to beat this spring, but what about Bridgewater State and Framingham State? Both teams could be in for an exciting spring and will provide challenges for the Owls, both in conference play and the tournament.

North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Can Castleton University make it back-to-back conference champions? Or maybe, we will see the Pilgrims of New England College earn a trip to the big dance? Both teams are scheduled to meet in late April – expect this contest to decide the top seed in the NAC Tournament.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Elms College is certainly the favorite, but maybe this is the year Southern Vermont breaks through? Southern Vermont collected a pair of first-place votes on the preseason coaches poll and will certainly be a team to watch this spring.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Colby College will have a target on its back after winning the NESCAC crown last year, but don’t overlook Hamilton CollegeMiddlebury CollegeTrinity College and Tufts University. Additionally, let’s not forget about Amherst College, too – they will provide challenges for all five squads listed above.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Babson College will be the favorite, but keep an eye on MIT and Springfield College – both teams will be in for exciting springs. Additionally, one shouldn’t sleep on Wheaton College or Wellesley College – both teams tied for fourth on the preseason coaches’ poll.

D3 Lax: Lasell College Men’s Lacrosse Picked To Capture The GNAC


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

After capturing its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown last spring with a 13-12 win over Mount Ida College, the Lasell College men’s lacrosse team was picked to win its conference again this season, per the league’s preseason poll, which was posted Wednesday, February 14th.

Lasell collected seven of 10 first-place votes, while Johnson & Wales, Norwich University and Mount Ida each earned one first-place nod – all three teams checked-in second, third and fourth, respectively.

Emmanuel College rounded out the top five positions, while Saint Joseph’s (Maine) and Regis College slid into the sixth and seventh spots.

Rivier University, Albertus Magnus and Anna Maria rounded out the final three spots, checking-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

The Lasers captured all eighth of their conference games last season before defeating Mount Ida and Norwich in the conference tournament.

Following their win against Mount Ida, Lasell competed in its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, but fell to Misericordia by a score of 9-7.

Lasell kicks-off its season on Wednesday, February 28 when they travel to Roger Williams for a 4 p.m. face-off.

Mass. College Hoops: Amherst, Tufts To Meet In NCAA D3 Sectional Final

Stephen Haladyna poured in a team-high 30 points as Tufts defeated Johnson & Wales in Friday's NCAA Division III Sectional Semifinals. (Photo Credit: Tufts Athletics)

Stephen Haladyna poured in a team-high 30 points as Tufts defeated Johnson & Wales in Friday’s NCAA Division III Sectional Semifinals. (Photo Credit: Tufts Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Tufts University men’s basketball head coach Bob Sheldon secretly wanted to play Amherst College in the Sectional Final.

His wish was granted on Friday evening following 101-85 victory over Johnson & Wales University at Cousen’s Gymnasium.

Tufts and Amherst will square off in Saturday’s Sectional Finals with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

“(The) Rubber-match tomorrow (with) the ‘elite eight’ on the line,” said Sheldon. “We’re excited.

“I think deep down inside I wanted to play Amherst to be honest with you. I wanted to have the rubber-match; I want to go at (them) tomorrow.

“They’re a great team. They shoot the ball well, they run, (so) I think it is going to be another game in the 80’s-90’s. We’re excited to play them – it is an Amherst-Tufts thing, and what is going to happen is a NESCAC team is going to be in the final four.”

Stephen Haladyna highlighted the Jumbos’ effort, netting a team-high 30 points, while Tarik Smith scored 25 points. As a team, the Jumbos collaborated for an impressive 29-of-36 from the charity stripe.

Senior Tom Garrick paced the visiting Wildcats with 30 points, while classmate Quarry Greenaway finished with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Tufts led 47-43 at the break before outscoring the visitors, 54-42 in the second session.

Johnson & Wales – this year’s GNAC champions – concludes its season 28-3 overall. The Wildcats earned a trip to Medford following first and second round victories against Trinity (Conn.) and Fitchburg State.

“(My team) gave everything they had,” said Johnson & Wales head coach Jamie Benton, “great year.”

Five members of the Amherst men’s basketball team registered double figures, as the Purple and White defeated Babson College, 88-76, prior to Tufts-Johnson & Wales.

Jayden Dawson poured in a game-high 19 points, Johnny McCarthy netted 15 points, including a trio of trifectas, while David George tallied 13 points and seven caroms.

Amherst trailed Babson, 39-37, at the break, but outscored the Beavers, 51-37, in the second session.

“We tried to execute a little bit better,” Amherst head coach David Hixon said of his team’s second half effort. “We started the second half by going right inside to David George – that always helps your percentage so 52 percent is a great percentage inside.”

A trio of Babson players netted double-figures, including Bradley Jacks, who paced the Green and White with 15 points. Joey Flannery and Isaiah Nelesen each recorded 14 points, respectively.

“I feel very blessed to go 23-6,” said Babson head coach Stephen Brennan, who guided the Beavers to back-to-back New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championships.

New England D3 Hoops: Sectional Semifinal Live Stats/Video (LINKS)


By NoontimeSports.com 

The second weekend of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament is set to begin later today. There are currently eight New England teams remaining – five men’s and three women’s – and below are links to each contest’s live stats and video.

Make sure to check-in on Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11) this afternoon and evening for updates, scores and yes, a blog post, too!

Sectional Semifinals – Men’s Games

No. 15 Amherst vs. No. 16 Babson  (@ Tufts) – 5 p.m.


No. 12 Johnson & Wales vs. No. 20 Tufts  (@ Tufts)- 7:30 p.m. 


Keene State vs. No. 4 Christopher Newport (@ Oswego St.) – 5:30 p.m.


Sectional Semifinals – Women’s Games

No. 16 Rochester vs. Bowdoin (@ Amherst) – 5 p.m.


Stevens at No. 4 Amherst (@ Amherst) – 7 p.m. 


No. 7 Tufts vs. No. 9 Albright (@ Scranton) – 5 p.m.


Mass. College Lax: GNAC MLAX Tournament Preview & Schedule

Jeffrey Candee and the Becker Hawks begin GNAC conference tournament play tomorrow against St. Joe's (Maine). (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Jeffrey Candee and the Becker Hawks begin GNAC conference tournament play tomorrow against St. Joe’s (Maine). (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s lacrosse tournament begins tomorrow with four local squads competing for a championship.

Similar to the women’s bracket, Emmanuel College earned the top spot with a 10-0 conference mark. It’s been an exciting season for the Saints, who’ll begin tournament play against Johnson & Wales University on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in Boston. The Saints finished third in goals (152) and fifth in assists (91). They averaged 10.13 goals per game and haven’t dropped a contest since Sunday, March 9.

Chris Curtis paced the Saints through 15 games with 35 points (23 goals, 12 assists), while Tony Cibelli registered 33 points on 17 goals and 16 assists. Austin Lauzier, the team’s goaltender, has logged 803:33 in the cage and recorded 120 saves. The Bedford, New Hampshire native also owns a 60.9 save percentage, too.

Johnson & Wales trailed Emmanuel College in their first meeting, 3-2, before falling to the Saints, 11-4. Kaile Maclean-Daley netted four goals for the Saints, while Ryan Sabuda finished with two tallies and two helpers.

Norwich University will host Mount Ida in a tournament championship rematch from last year at 7 p.m. in Vermont. Last season, Josh Menge initiated a 3-0 late in the final session that helped the Cadets seal the win. Menge won’t be on the field during this particular matchup (Menge graduated at the conclusion of last season), but will be rooting for his Cadets, which finished their season on a four-game winning streak.

Mount Ida’s Kyle Cordaro is third in the conference in save percentage (64.6%) and recorded 11 saves against the Cadets. Zach Rosen leads the Green and White with 36 points on 20 goals and 16 helpers.

Becker will welcome St. Joseph’s (Maine) to Leicester for a 4 p.m. face-off. The Hawks recorded the second most overall wins (11) and went 7-3 in GNAC play. Becker has earned some impressive victories this season over Norwich and Mount Ida, but also defeated the Monks, 4-2. Matt Matson jumpstarted the 3-0 run that helped Becker overcome a 2-1 deficit.

Daniel Johnson and David Deschenes combined for 125 points (79 goals, 46 assists) in 15 contests for the Hawks, while Jeffrey Candee turned away 127 shots. Expect all three players to be a factor in Wednesday’s first-round matchup.

Finally, Lasell will welcome Rivier to Newton for a 3:30 p.m. start. The Lasers are coming off an 8-7 setback to Emmanuel last Saturday, but will look to rebound against a squad they defeated earlier this season.

Lasell finished with 161 goals (second amongst all GNAC squads) and first in assists (116). Pat Egan is currently fifth in the conference in helpers (21), but second on the squad. Andrew Suh and Casey Sullivan each recorded 49 points, but Sullivan is first in goals (33), while Suh leads all players in assists (26).

GNAC Men’s Lax Tournament Schedule:


* Rivier @ Lasell, 3:30 p.m. (Wednesday, Apr. 23)

* St. Joe’s (Maine) @ Becker, 4 p.m. (Wednesday, Apr. 23)

* Mount Ida @ Norwich, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, Apr. 23)

* JWU @ Emmanuel, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, Apr. 23)


* Emmanuel/JWU vs. Mount Ida/Norwich (Friday, Apr. 25)

* Becker/St. Joe’s (Maine) vs. Lasell/Rivier (Friday, Apr. 25)


* Winner of 1st Semifinal vs. Winner of 2nd Semifinals (Saturday, Apr. 26) at the highest seed

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