New England Basketball: Colby Looks To Continue Its Momentum Against Tufts

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

The Colby College men’s basketball team has won 18-straight contests this season, including six consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) match-ups. They will attempt to extend that streak to 19 consecutive victories this afternoon when they visit Tufts University.

Colby, which defeated Bates College last night, is tied with Tufts for the top spot in the NESCAC with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season. A win over the Jumbos would provide them with the inside track to the top spot in the conference tournament later this month.

Similar to Colby, Tufts has not dropped a conference clash this winter as they have won five consecutive league meetings, including one last night against Bowdoin CollegeEric Savage netted a career-high 35 points against the Polar Bears while Tyler Aronson chipped in 15 points and five rebounds.

If Tufts is going to beat the Mules, they must find a way to slow down a very impressive Colby offense, which is averaging a league-best 92.8 points per game. Additionally, they will need to stop Sam Jefferson, who is averaging a league-best 23.5 points per contest.

Colby beat Tufts last season, 103-93, at home, thanks to a game-high 32 points from Sam Jefferson, but have not beaten the Jumbos in Medford since February 14, 2014.

The Tufts women’s basketball team scored a big road win last night, defeating Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine, by a score of 97-88. With the win, the Jumbos have secured the top spot in the conference, along with an inside track to hosting the NESCAC Tournament later this month in Medford.

Emily Briggs led the Jumbos with a team-high 23 points, while Calin Harrington netted a season-high 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting.

“It was just an awesome game,” Tufts first-year coach Jill Pace said via The Portland Press Herald.

The Jumbos outscored the Polar Bears, 24-18, in the final session to improve to 19-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play. Tufts will visit Colby this afternoon with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m. Their meeting with the Mules will be their final regular-season road contest as their next four games will take place on campus.

Other News and Notes from the New England D-III Basketball World

  • The Trinity College men’s basketball team scored an impressive 82-76 win last night over Middlebury College. Kyle Padmore and Colin Donovan each netted 20 points in the win. The Bantams host Williams College this afternoon at 3 p.m.
  • The Babson College women’s team has won two-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests and will attempt to win a third against Smith College this afternoon at 1 p.m. Despite falling to Emerson College, the Pioneers have been a team to watch this winter – they enter today’s important meeting riding a three-game winning streak.
  • Framingham State women’s basketball has won six-straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) meetings, including an early January contest against Westfield State. A win this afternoon against the Owls would provide the Rams with a season-sweep, as well as the inside track to the top spot in the conference tournament.
  • Eastern Connecticut women’s basketball has won 15 of 18 contests this season, including an early January meeting against UMass Boston. A win today against the Beacons would secure a season-sweep. UMass Boston has not beaten the Warriors since February 3, 2018. The Beacons’ last home win against the Warriors occurred on January 6, 2018.
  • The Endicott College men’s basketball team will attempt to win their seventh-straight contest when they visit Gordon College for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Gulls edged the Fighting Scots earlier this season, 88-86, in overtime. A win today over Gordon would provide Endicott with its tenth conference victory.
  • Finally, St. Joseph (Conn.) men’s basketball will look to extend their winning streak to 16 consecutive wins when they visit Johnson & Wales for a 3 p.m. tip-off. The Blue Jays enter the game with a great deal of momentum following an impressive win earlier this week against Albertus Magnus.

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D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Dec. 9th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Tufts University becomes our new number one team this week in New England D-III women’s basketball – the Jumbos, who enter the new week with a 7-0 record, moved into the top spot, which had been occupied by Amherst College, which dipped two spots to the third position.

The Jumbos capped their post-Thanksgiving week with wins over Emerson College and WPI (receiving votes). This week, they visit Bridgewater State on Tuesday, December 10th before heading to Stevens Institue of Technology at the end of the month to compete against Christopher Newport (Dec. 28th) and TCNJ (Dec. 29th).

Bowdoin College also moved up – the Polar Bears checked in second with an 8-0 mark, while Williams College and Brandeis University rounded out the top five positions.

Rhode Island College and Trinity College both joined this week’s poll – the two teams enter the second week of December with a combined 15-2 record. RIC is currently the top team in the Little East Conference (LEC) and will compete two more times this month against Emmanuel College (Dec. 9th) and Johnson & Wales (Dec. 18th).


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Five Poll| Monday, December 9th, 2019

1. Tufts University 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
2. Bowdoin College  8-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Amherst College 4-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
4. Williams College  8-0, 0-0 Last Week: No. 6 
5. Brandeis University 7-1, 0-0 UAA Last Week: No. 7 
6. Western New England  7-2, 2-1 CCC Last Week: No. 4
7. Smith College 7-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
8. Rhode Island College 7-1, 2-0 LEC Last Week: Not Ranked
9. Trinity College 8-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Eastern Connecticut 4-2, 1-0 LEC Last Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Middlebury College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, University of New England, Wesleyan University, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four 

 

New England D-III Hoops Notebook: Brandeis, Emmanuel Score Impressive Mid-Week Victories

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

For the first time since 2005, the Emmanuel College women’s basketball team scored a win over the top team in Division III as the Saints beat Amherst College last night by a score of 60-55.

The Saints, who beat Bowdoin College 14 years ago when they were the top team in D-III, were led by Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, who recorded a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Cambridge, Massachusetts native connected on 10 of 20 shots from the field, while sinking five of eight freebies.

Emmanuel led Amherst, 23-19, at the break – they would outscore the Mammoths, 26-19, in the final session to secure their fourth win of the season.

The setback snapped an early three-game winning streak for the Mammoths, which scored early-season wins against Babson CollegeIthaca College, and New Jersey City. Amherst is scheduled to face Eastern Connecticut on Saturday before heading to Las Vegas, Nevada three weeks later to compete in the D3Hoops.com Classic.

Emmanuel, which has won four of seven contests thus far, visits MIT on Saturday before hosting Rhode Island College next Monday, December 9th. The win over the Mammoths should provide the Blue and Gold with some momentum heading into their next two contests before heading to Nevada, as well, to compete in two days of the D3Hoops Classic at the end of the month.

Keep your eyes on Ramirez-Tejeda over the next few weeks – the senior guard is averaging 20.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Additionally, she is averaging 2.9 assists per game and sinking 64.4 percent of her free throws.

Brandeis University scored an exciting 99-88 overtime win last night against Babson, thanks to a pair of impressive performances by Hannah Nicholson (19 points and 16 rebounds) and Camila Casanueva (19 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists).

The Judges outscored the Beavers, 25-14, in the extra session – Brandeis utilized an 8-2 run to begin the overtime period, which provided them enough momentum to secure their fifth win of the season.

Brandeis has enjoyed a successful start to its 2019-20 campaign – they won their Tip-Off Tournament early last month with wins against Framingham State and Nichols College while scoring non-conference wins over Roger Williams and Salem State. The Judges’ lone setback came against Tufts University late last month – the Jumbos outscored Brandeis, 41-29, in the second half to secure an 81-77 win.

The Judges will visit Clark University and Johnson & Wales later this week before hosting Becker College next Monday.

Since falling to New England College last month, the WPI men’s basketball team has looked unstoppable as they have now won seven consecutive contests, including a 72-62 win on Tuesday against Tufts.

WPI’s Garrett Stephenson stuffed the stat sheet against the Jumbos with a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Colin McNamara contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Reid Walker added 10 points, three rebounds, and one assist.

The Engineers will attempt to stretch their winning streak to eight games on Saturday when they visit Albertus Magnus for a 5 p.m. tip-off.

WPI has scored some impressive regional victories thus far against Tufts, Salem StateFitchburg State, Eastern Connecticut, and Brandeis. After their visit to the Falcons, WPI will be off for the holidays before visiting Framingham State on Saturday, January 4th for its final non-conference clash.

As of this morning, the Engineers are the only New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) team that has won eight games thus far. Babson has won all six of its contests, while Springfield College has won five-straight.

Speaking of the Beavers, they host Amherst this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. Babson has been a team to watch thus far, but Wednesday’s meeting with the Mammoths will certainly be a good test for the Green and White.

Following their non-conference clash with the Mammoths, Babson will compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge this weekend – their first game is against Salem State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Big 4 Challenge is always a fun tournament to watch – the two day, the four-game tournament features Babson, Tufts, Brandeis, and Salem State.

New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Final Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, May 28th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

The 2019 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse season concluded this past weekend with Middlebury College capturing its seventh national title in program history with a 14-9 win over Salisbury University.

Sunday’s win over the Sea Gulls capped an impressive 2019 campaign for the Panthers, who finished with an impressive 22-1 record for the second time in four seasons.

In addition to winning 22-straight contests after falling to Bates College in their opener, the Panthers established a new program record for goals in a single-season with 330. They netted 30 goals this past weekend, including 16 against Wesleyan University in their semifinal match-up with the Cardinals.

Tufts University ended the season in the second position, while Wesleyan checked-in third overall. Both teams advanced to their first-ever national semifinals following impressive Regional Final victories against Gettysburg College and York College.

Amherst College checked-in fourth overall, while Bowdoin College secured the fifth position.


New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Final Poll) | Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 

1. Middlebury College

22-1, 9-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University

19-3, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Wesleyan University

17-4, 8-2 NESCAC

4. Amherst College

14-6, 6-4 NESCAC

5. Bowdoin College

10-8, 5-5 NESCAC

6. Colby College

9-7, 5-5 NESCAC

7. Trinity College 

9-7, 4-6 NESCAC 

8. Bates College 

8-8, 4-6 NESCAC

9. Endicott College 

14-6, 8-0 CCC

10. Springfield College

13-7, 6-2 NEWMAC

On The Rise: Babson College, Framingham State, Johnson & Wales, MIT, New England College, Plymouth State, Roger Williams, and Westfield State.


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D3 Lacrosse Notebook: What We Learned From The Women’s Tournament

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The first weekend of the NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse tournament is in the books, which means its time to focus our attention on next weekend’s third round and quarterfinals.

Similar to our men’s lacrosse notebook from yesterday, here are a few thoughts and takeaways from the opening weekend, which saw a few New England teams advance to the third round.

Keep your eyes on Tufts University: The Jumbos recorded their second shutout of the season on Sunday with an 18-0 win over Plymouth State to bump their overall mark to 17-2.

Tufts has become one of my teams to watch in this spring, especially after an impressive regular season, which saw the Powder Blue and White lose just once before falling to Middlebury College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship.

The Jumbos have what it takes to advance to championship weekend, but face a tough task this Saturday against a talented TCNJ squad, which outlasted Colby College on Sunday in its second-round match-up.

TCNJ lost to Tufts earlier this season but rebounded with some important New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) wins, including a conference championship victory against Rowan University.

The Lions advanced to the semifinals last season but fell to Middlebury Colleg after beating Bowdoin CollegeFranklin & Marshall, and William Smith in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

If the Jumbos are going to beat the Lions and advance to the sectional finals, they will need a big performance from Emily Games (67 points on 52 goals and 15 assists) and Colette Smith (54 points on 40 goals and 14 assists).

Smith netted the clincher late in the second half in Tufts’ initial meeting with TCNJ, which helped the Jumbos squeak out an exciting 8-7 victory.

If Tufts defeats the Lions on Saturday, they will then need to duplicate their performance against the winner of St. John Fisher versus York College (Pa.).

Middlebury to meet Bowdoin in Third Round: After falling to Bates College in its season-opener, the Panthers of Middlebury have ripped off 18-straight wins, including a 22-3 second-round win over Johnson & Wales.

Middlebury will attempt to stretch its winning streak to 19 when they host Bowdoin College on Saturday.

Similar to Middlebury, the Polar Bear secured a first-round bye and defeated William Smith, 13-5, thanks to six points (five goals and one assist) from Fiona Bundy and five points (four goals and one assist) by Katie Miller.

Bowdoin’s Erin Morrissey and Aaliyah Biondo combined for seven saves on 12 shots in the team’s 10th win over the Herons.

Earlier this season, the Panthers outlasted the Polar Bears, 21-18, so don’t expect Middlebury to run away from Bowdoin on Saturday.

Middlebury outscored Bowdoin, 12-8, in the opening session of their lone match-up in March, while the Polar Bears outscored the Panthers in the second half, 10-9. Bowdoin led Middlebury, 8-3, in the first half, but surrendered a nine-goal run that provided the visitors with a four-goal lead at the break.

Jane Earley helped Middlebury beat Bowdoin by netting a team-high five goals, so she will certainly be needed again in this match-up, especially if the Panthers would like to advance to Sunday’s sectional final.

The winner of Bowdoin-Middlebury will advance to semifinals – I think they both can defeat Illinois Wesleyan or Franklin & Marshall.

Which New England team will advance to the national semifinals?

I still believe Tufts has a chance to compete for a national crown over Memorial Day Weekend, but they must get past TCNJ, which will certainly be a tough test for the Powder Blue and White.

Bowdoin or Middlebury certainly have what it takes to advance to the semifinals, too – I would say Middlebury first, Bowdoin second – but I wouldn’t overlook Wesleyan University, as well.

Wesleyan, however, faces a really challenging path to the semifinals as they would need to beat Washington & Lee on Saturday followed by most likely Gettysburg College, which is scheduled to face Denison University in the third round.

Similar to Tufts, I have enjoyed following Wesleyan this spring, so if they somehow find a way to the semifinals, then I think they can make it to the championship round.

Amherst College may have an easier path to the semifinals, but they will need to play their best lacrosse against Catholic University on Saturday in order to secure a sectional final meeting with either Colorado College or Salisbury University.