Colby College Secures Our New England D-III Men’s Basketball Team of the Month

Colby_Mules_logoBy Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Following an impressive first month of the 2019-20 New England D-III men’s basketball season, we have selected Colby College as our ‘Team of the Month’ for November.

The Mules, who recently improved to 7-0 this past weekend with a 106-102 win over Kean University, recently moved-up three spots in today’s New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 2nd, 2019.

Colby has scored some impressive regional (and non-regional) wins thus far, including a 103-97 season-opening victory against Ramapo CollegeAlex Dorion led the Mules with a team-high 23 points, while Noah Tyson pulled down 10 rebounds.

Despite scoring eight points less than the Roadrunners in the second half, Colby managed to outscore Ramapo, 16-10, in the extra session to secure their first of seven consecutive wins.

Including their most recent win over Kean, the Mules boast a 4-0 record in Waterville, Maine, a 2-0 mark away from campus and a 1-0 record in neutral sites.

Two of the team’s six wins last month came against Gordon College (95-77) and New England College (103-67) in the Colby Classic.

This week, the Mules face Thomas College on Tuesday, December 3rd followed by a visit to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, December 7th. Colby will then break for the holidays before visiting Southern Maine on Tuesday, December 31st.

Players to Watch: 

  • Sam Jefferson: 181 points through seven contests … has netted 61 of 90 field goals, including 28 of 48 three-pointers … He is first on the team in three-point percentage (58.3%) … Jefferson is 31 of 34 from the free-throw line … Jefferson has also recorded 23 rebounds, 37 assists, and 10 steals.
  • Matt Hanna: Second on the team in points (121) and fourth on the team in rebounds (24) … Leads the Mules in assists with 37 … Hanna has converted 14 of 17 free throws (82.4 %).
  • Noah Tyson: Leads the Mules with 56 rebounds through seven contests … Tyson has also recorded 11 assists and seven steals … Ranks fourth on the team in points (83).
  • Alex Dorion: Dorion has come off the bench to net 92 points on 33 of 58 shooting, including 24 of 44 from beyond the arc … The senior guard has registered 16 rebounds, 14 assists, and two swipes.

The Early Preseason Outlook: Springfield College Pride

Springfield Pride

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the Springfield College Pride, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Western New England at 1 p.m. The winner of this week one clash will claim Pynchon SAW trophy.

The Pride’s 2018 Season: Springfield concluded ist 2018 campaign with an 8-3 record, along with its first-ever New England Bowl victory, too.

The Pride’s win over Maritime (N.Y.) in the New England Bowl was highlighted by a pair of rushing touchdowns by Hunter Belzo, three interceptions by Jonny Bianchi and a team-hight 12 total tackles from Nick Giorgio.

Prior to scoring an exciting end of season win, Springfield scored early-season victories against Western New England and Kean University, as well as a gritty conference victory at WPI.

Springfield bid farewell to 24 student-athletes from last year’s squad this spring, including Bianchi, Giorgio, and linebacker Tom Casey, but do return a slew of talent that will keep them in the mix for their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship this season.

The 2019 Outlook: While the Pride’s defense will look a bit different this season with some key graduation losses, the unit does return linebacker AJ Smith, who posted career-highs last fall in total tackles (68.0), tackles per game (6.2), sacks (four), and tackles for a loss (nine).

Smith, along Jack Pavelchak (linebacker) and Grayson Heyward (defensive line), will be the leaders of the defense, which yielded 16.3 points per game one year ago.

Quarterback Chad Shade and halfback Hunter Belzo will be the focal points of the Pride’s offense – the duo combined for 23 touchdowns last season and should receive some help fullback Tim Callahan, who finished 2018 with 642 rushing yards on 146 carries and three scores.

Nick Bainter returns to anchor an offensive line that helped the offense rush for 295.2 yards per game last fall. Bainter will receive some help upfront from Jeremy Lipsky, who appeared in 10 games last season, along with John Cox.

Springfield is certainly a team to watch this season – they will definitely contend for the NEWMAC crown – but one of the biggest questions facing this unit is their defense. The offense should have no problem continuing its success on the ground from one year ago.

Springfield’s Schedule: As usual, the Pride will challenge themselves immediately with a trio of non-conference games in the first three weeks before hosting WPI on Saturday, September 28th for a 3 p.m. kick-off. All four September contests are winnable, but they certainly aren’t easy.

A week three match-up with Union College is one to circle – the Pride lost to the Dutchmen last season before rebounding one week later with a hard-fought conference win over WPI.

Springfield will entertain Norwich University in the first week of October before hitting the road for two more important conference meetings with Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine.

Weeks after their visit to Merchant Marine, the Pride will cap their 2019 campaign with a visit from MIT, which defeated Springfield last fall to secure their initial NEWMAC crown.

Players to Watch: Chad Shade (Quarterback/Pittsfield, Mass.), Hunter Belzo (Halfback/Middletown, Conn.), Tim Callahan (Fullback/Enfield, Conn.), Ryan Deguire (Halfback/Schenectady, N.Y.), Nick Bainter (Offensive Line/East Bridgewater, Mass.), Jeremy Lipsky (Offensive Line/Glen Rock, N.J),  John Cox (Offensive Line/Stratford, Conn.), AJ Smith (Linebacker/Rahway, N.J.), Jack Pavelchak (Linebacker/Patchogue, N.Y.), and Grayson Heyward (Defensive End/Albany, N.Y.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Dean Bulldogs

Dean Bulldogs

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

We continue our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ with a closer look at the Dean College Bulldogs, who begin their season on Friday, September 6 against Nichols College at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs’ 2018 Season: After concluding its first season as Division III football team with a 4-6 record, the Bulldogs took a step forward last fall, finishing its 2018 campaign with a 5-5 record. Dean was competitive in all 10 games, including a trio of non-conference tilts against Curry CollegeSalve Regina, and Western Connecticut. Despite ending all three games with setbacks, the Bulldogs proved they belong with some of the best teams in New England.

Dean capped its 2018 season with a trio of conference wins, which should provide the unit with some momentum heading into its initial game of the 2019 season.

The 2019 Season Outlook: Dean graduated just two student-athletes from last year’s unit, which means this squad should be ready to contend for an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown. Finding replacements for Bret Williams (defensive line) and Rickey Benson (offensive line) will be one thing coach Steve Tirrell and his staff must do once preseason practices commence, but luckily the team returns a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, which should help with filling both voids.

Quarterback Terrell Watts and wide receiver Errol Breaux will be two players to watch on offense this fall, along with halfback DeAndre Grange, who led the rushing attack with 721 yards on 183 carries for 10 touchdowns.

London Chambers will be a linebacker to watch this fall – the rising junior led the defense last fall in total tackles (67.0) and tackles for a loss (12.5). Additionally, Nicholaus Grimaldi should be in for a successful second season in the secondary, along with Shannon Moxey, who will look to cap his senior season with hopefully some hardware.

Dean’s Schedule: We’ll learn a lot about the Bulldogs in the first four weeks as they face a trio of New England squads that will be in the mix for their respective conference crown. Additionally, the Bulldogs will entertain Kean University on Homecoming Weekend – the final weekend of September – which will be another game to watch, as well.

After sitting idle during the fifth week of the season, Dean will host SUNY Maritime in an important conference clash before traveling to Anna Maria College and Gallaudet University.

The Bulldogs end its 2019 campaign with back-to-back contests against Alfred State and Castleton University.

Players to Watch: Terrell Watts (Quarterback/New Haven, Conn), DeAndre Grange (Running Back/Teaneck, N.J.), Errol Breaux (Wide Receiver/Marietta, Ga.), London Chambers (Linebacker/New Britain, Conn.), Nicholaus Grimaldi (Defensive Back/Valrico, Fla.), Khoury Simmons (Defensive Line/Taunton, Mass.), Shannon Moxey (Defensive Back/Austell, Ga.), Gene Baisden (Linebacker/Tampa, Fla.), Nazere Jones-Clarke (Offensive Line/ Syracuse, N.Y.), Justin Elekwuma (Offensive Line/Atlanta, Ga), and Jordan Reyes (Offensive Line/ West Roxbury, Mass.).


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New England D3 Softball Teams Headed To NCAA Tournament

NS Softball Social UPDATE

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The 2019 NCAA Division III Softball pairings for the opening weekend were announced this afternoon and a slew of New England teams will be competing this Friday and Saturday, and possibly Sunday if needed.

Below are the local teams that will be competing, as well as where they will be headed, too, along with their first match-up of the tournament.


Host Site: Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York) 

  • Brandeis University vs. Penn State-Berks (Friday, May 10th, 2019)

Host Site: SUNY Cortland (Cortland, New York) 

  • Framingham State vs. Williams College (Friday, May 10th, 2019)

Host Site: Tufts University (Medford, Mass.) 

  • Tufts University vs. St. Joseph’s College (Conn.) (Friday, May 10th, 2019)
  • Eastern Connecticut vs. WPI (Friday, May, 10th, 2019)

Host Site: MIT (Cambridge, Mass.) 

  • MIT vs. Husson University (Friday, May 10th, 2019)
  • Eastern Nazarene vs. Rowan University (Friday, May 10th, 2019)

Host Site: Kean University (Union, New Jersey) 

  • Endicott College vs. Kean University (Friday, May 10th, 2019)

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Two (Sept. 7th-8th)

10 Games Social WK 2

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The second week of the New England D3 football season is upon us – let’s go!

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for week two, as well as our predicted winners for each contest.

Last week, we went 6-4 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week (fingers crossed for a perfect 10)!

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Bridgwater State at Endicott College (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): The Bears fended off a late rally by Buffalo State to secure an opening day win last weekend, as well as some momentum heading into Endicott’s first-ever Friday Night Lights home contest. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 24, Endicott 14

Mass. Maritime at SUNY Maritime (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): Who wants some chowder? Perhaps the Privateers? SUNY Maritime captured the Chowder Bowl last year and should win it again this evening. PREDICTION: SUNY Maritime 37, Mass. Maritime 35 

MIT at Curry College (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): Coach Brian Bubna earned his first win on the sidelines as a head coach last Friday evening. Can he win his second game against a Curry squad, which produced 44 points in its opener last week? PREDICTION: MIT 28, Curry 21 

Salve Regina University at Montclair State (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): The Seahawks soared back to beat Worcester State last Saturday, so can they do it again on against a team they topped last year by a touchdown? PREDICTION: Salve Regina 24, Montclair State 20 

Western Conn. at Dean College (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs put up 41 points last week – is this a sign of things to come? Maybe, but can they do it against a solid West Conn. team? PREDICTION: Dean 35, West Conn. 31 

WPI at No. 25 RPI (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): This is almost a ‘must-win’ for the Engineers of Worcester, who have aspirations of winning its first-ever NEWMAC crown this fall. As usual, RPI-WPI is a must-see, must-watch game, so this is a big early season test for coach Chris Robertson‘s squad. PREDICTION: RPI 28, WPI 20 

Framingham State at SUNY Cortland (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): This is a big test for coach Tom Kelley and the Rams, who will look to slow down a Red Dragons squad, which rolled past Fitchburg State last Saturday. Framingham State has the offense to keep-up with the Red Dragons, but can their defense make the big stop when needed? PREDICTION: SUNY Cortland 38, Framingham State 28 

Springfield College at Kean University (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 1 p.m.): Junior quarterback Chad Shade stole the show last week, rushing for a career-best six scores in his team’s first-ever win at home against Western New England. He’ll probably have another big game this week against a solid Kean squad. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Kean 21 

Westfield State at Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Golden Bears will attempt to provide first-year coach Jason Lebeau with his first win on the sideline when they host Westfield State, which captured its first game of the season last Friday over Nichols. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Westfield State 21 

Castleton University at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 2 p.m.): Both teams will look to bounce back after week one setbacks. Our thought is Castleton will find a way to beat the Falcons on the road. PREDICTION: Castleton 24, Fitchburg State 17