D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 13th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Tufts University remained the TOP team in our seventh New England D-III Women’s Basketball Top 10 after winning a trio of games last week, including their conference opener against Wesleyan University. The Jumbos will be on the road this week with contests at Hamilton College on Friday, January 17th and Amherst College on Saturday, January 18th.

The Mammoths of Amherst opened conference play with back-to-back wins over Middlebury College and Williams College to extend their current winning streaks to 10-games. Amherst is in action three times this week, including Tuesday, January 14th when they host Wesleyan.

Similar to Tufts, Bowdoin College enters the week riding an impressive 14-game winning streak, which will be put to the test three times this week against Maine-Presque Isle, Middlebury, and Williams.

WPI joined the poll this week following a few impressive regional wins over Westfield State, Williams, and Western New England. The Engineers will host Middlebury on Tuesday before hopping into conference play eight days later against Clark University.

And finally, Rhode Island College checked-in fifth overall after picking up their tenth-straight win this past weekend against Keene State. RIC visits ninth-ranked Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday for an important conference clash.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Five Poll| Monday, January 13th, 2020

1. Tufts University 14-0, 1-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  14-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College 13-1, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. WPI  10-4, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked
5. Rhode Island College 13-1, 6-0 LEC Last Week: No. 8
6. Brandeis University 10-2, 0-1 UAA Last Week: No. 6 
7. Williams College 12-2, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
8. Smith College 13-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
9. Eastern Connecticut 11-2, 5-0 LEC Last Week: No. 9
10. Western New Eng. 11-3, 4-1 CCC Last Week: No. 7

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Bates College, Emmanuel College, Middlebury College, Springfield College, Trinity College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and Wesleyan University,


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

 

New England Basketball Weekend Watch (Jan. 10th-12th)

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Another busy weekend of New England D-III college basketball is set to tip-off this afternoon and evening – hope you are ready for some great games to watch and follow!

Let’s begin with one game to watch in Medford, Massachusetts this evening as the Tufts University women’s basketball team welcomes Wesleyan University to Cousens Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Friday’s clash between the Cardinals and Jumbos marks the official start of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play.

Tufts enters tonight’s contest riding an impressive 13-game winning streak, which has included recent wins over UMass DartmouthSUNYIT, and Wheaton College. Emily Briggs highlighted the Powder and Blue’s effort against the Lyons on Wednesday by connecting on 7 of 10 field goals for 19 points – she also made all three freebies. Erica DeCandido chipped in 13 points on six of eight shooting.

Wesleyan should certainly provide Tufts with some challenges on both ends of the court – the Cardinals have won eight of 11 contests thus far, including an early January clash with Babson College. The Cardinals began their 2019-20 campaign with six-straight wins.

In their last outing against SUNY Geneseo, last weekend, Caleigh Ryan and Katy O’Connor combined for 24 points, while Emma Roush added 10 points off the bench. 

A few other NESCAC women’s games to watch tonight and this weekend include Bowdoin College at Trinity College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), Amherst College at Middlebury College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), and Amherst at Williams College on Saturday, January 11th at 3 p.m.

On the men’s side of the NESCAC, keep an eye on Friday’s clash between Middlebury and Amherst. The Panthers have won 13-straight contests, including three consecutive 2020 meetings with Colby-SawyerSpringfield College, and Plattsburgh State. This particular outing should be a good test for the Panthers, but also the Mammoths, who began the new year with a 116-44 win over Lesley University before falling to Wesleyan three days later by a score of 79-77.

My prediction for Friday’s Amherst-Middlebury game is the following: The Mammoths will prevail and receive some major contributions from Grant Robinson, Fru Che, and Eric Sellew.

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 11th), WPI will entertain Babson in a very enticing New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. The Engineers began conference play earlier this week against MIT, while the Beavers were edged on Wednesday by Springfield.

It’s too early to say this a must-win for the Beavers (or Engineers) as all eight teams play each other twice in a single-season, but this could be a potential preview of the conference championship game next month.

Other Games to Watch (and Follow) this Weekend: 

  • WBB: Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Rams can begin conference play with a win on the road against an Owls team, which has not won a game since beating Plymouth State in mid-to-late November.
  • WBB: Western New England at Wentworth Inst. of Technology (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): Look for the Golden Bears to bounce back after losing to WPI earlier this week. A win over the Leopards would provide WNE with their fourth conference win and keep them within at least one or two games of the University of New England.
  • WBB: Brandeis University at New York University (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): The Judges face another 10-1 squad in an important conference meeting. Brandeis has won 10 of 11 contests this season so I expect that momentum will help them against the Violets.
  • MBB: Keene State at Rhode Island College (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 3 p.m.): This is an important meeting for both teams as the Anchormen and Owls are in a three-way tie with Western Connecticut for the top spot in the conference. Look for the Anchormen to bounce back after losing to Western Connecticut earlier this week.

D3 Basketball: Men’s Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Tuesday’s in November usually means one thing: a brand new Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

As noted in our preseason poll, we will be posting a weekly Top 10 Poll this month on Tuesdays before switching to Mondays once the New England D-III Football season concludes.

This is a BUSY week for many teams as most squads begin their respective campaigns, while others take part in early season tournaments. Additionally, some teams will be competing in their second (or third) game of the season, too.

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week One Poll| Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 2019

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Nichols College

0-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Middlebury College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. WPI 

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Hamilton College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Eastern Connecticut

0-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 7

7. Salem State 

1-1, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 6

8. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 8

9. Williams College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 10

10. Babson College

2-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Colby College, Endicott College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Gordon College, Keene State, Springfield College, and Trinity College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll

 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Preseason Poll (Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England D-III basketball is set to tip-off this week – in fact, one team will play its initial game of the 2019-20 season this evening when MIT visits Harvard University at 7 p.m.

Most teams will begin their respective campaigns later this week (or this weekend), as well as next week, too, so let’s get you ready for a brand new season with our first Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 20 Poll.

Our weekly poll will be posted every Tuesday this month but will transition to Mondays in December once our New England D-III Football coverage concludes.

Fans of our New England D-III (and other regional basketball coverage) can follow @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Preseason Poll | Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019

1. Amherst College 

2018-19 Record: 25-5, 7-3 NESCAC

2. Nichols College 

2018-19 Record: 28-3, 15-1 CCC

3. Middlebury College 

2018-19 Record: 18-8, 7-3 NESCAC

4. WPI 

2018-19 Record: 19-9, 8-6 NEWMAC

5. Hamilton College 

2018-19 Record: 25-5, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Salem State University

2018-19 Record: 18-10, 10-2 MASCAC

7. Eastern Connecticut 

2018-19 Record: 20-7, 13-3 LEC

8. Tufts University

2018-19 Record: 12-14, 4-6 NESCAC

9. Brandeis University

2018-19 Record: 18-11, 7-7 UAA

10. Williams College 

2018-19 Record: 23-7, 6-4 NESCAC

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus, Babson College, Colby College, Endicott College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Gordon College, and Keene State

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

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

The 2019 NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse season concluded this past weekend with Cabrini University capturing its first-ever national championship with a 16-12 win over Amherst College.

Despite the setback, the Mammoths conclude the 2019 season as our top team in New England following an impressive run through the national postseason tournament, which included a trio of wins against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes, along with a convincing 21-9 win over Elizabethtown College in the second round.

Williams College, which finished second in our New England Divison III Top 10, came within one game of advancing to its first-ever NCAA championship after defeating Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in double-overtime earlier this month to secure a date with the Mammoths in the semifinals.

Williams defeated Amherst twice this spring, including once in the NESCAC Tournament.

Tufts University secured the third position followed by Wesleyan University (fourth) and Bates College (fifth).


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

1. Amherst College 

18-4, 8-2 NESCAC

2. Williams College 

18-4, 8-2 NESCAC

3. Tufts University

19-2, 9-1 NESCAC

4. Wesleyan University 

13-4, 8-2 NESCAC

5. Bates College 

10-5, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Middlebury College

8-9, 4-6 NESCAC

7. Springfield College

11-10, 5-2 NEWMAC 

8. Western New England 

14-6, 8-0 CCC

9. Keene State College

11-6, 8-0 LEC

10. Coast Guard Academy 

14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC

On The Rise: Babson College, Clark University, Colby College, Endicott College, Lasell College, MIT, New England College, Norwich University, and Roger Williams.   


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