NEWS: Noontime Sports To Produce Mass. High School Lax Podcast In 2018

Mass HS Lax Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was announced earlier today on Twitter that we will be producing a brand new podcast series next year – that is 2018, to be exact! – on Massachusetts High School Lacrosse!

Our goal for these podcasts is to highlight the numerous programs across the state – yes, this includes Berkshire County, along with the Springfield and Worcester areas, too – through interviews with coaches and players, along with an occasional feature or two.

We’re really excited to provide additional coverage this spring for the sport and look forward to working with all the coaches, student-athletes and programs in Massachusetts.

If you have an idea for a possible feature or upcoming episode, please let us know by sending us a Tweet to @NoontimeSports or an email to our editor and founder Matt Noonan (MattNoonan@NoontimeSports.com).

In the meantime, make sure to check-out our podcast page, which features a trio of shows, including our longest-running show Noontime Sports the Podcast.

 

Boston Cannons Unveil 2018 Schedule

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The Boston Cannons unveiled their 2018 schedule this morning. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reid Smith/Boston Cannons)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Boston Cannons unveiled their 2018 scheduled this morning, which includes 14 games, including seven home contests at Harvard Stadium.

Boston will begin its campaign on the road with a pair of late April contests against Atlanta and Charlotte before playing their initial game at home on Saturday, May 5 against the Dallas Rattlers.

The Rattlers re-located this offseason to Dallas, but spent the past six years competing in Rochester.

After hosting the Rattlers, Boston will visit Florida five days later on Thursday, May 10 before returning home for their next three contests.

The Cannons will compete twice in the month of June with their lone home contest scheduled against the New York Lizards on Saturday, June 23.

Following a home date with the Lizards, the Cannons will play three of their next five games on the road, including a July 4th tilt at Denver before playing their final two games at home. Their season finale pits the Cannons against the Ohio Machine, which captured the 2017 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Championship in August.

Boston will be idle twice this season in weeks six and nine, but should have a few members of the team compete in the 2018 MLL All-Star Game on Thursday, June 28. A location for the All-Star Game, as well as the Championship will be announced at a later date. Last year, the All-Star Game was held in San Diego, California.

New England College Wins Second-Straight NAC Men’s Lax Title

By Matt Noonan  (@MattNoonan11) 

For the second-straight season, the New England College men’s lacrosse team captured the Northeast Athletic Conference (NAC), defeating Castleton in tournament final this afternoon, 12-3.

New England’s Matt Richard led all scorers with five points on three goals and two assists, while Daniel Medvetz concluded the contest with a trio of assists one goal.

The Pilgrims, who led the Spartans 4-2 at the break, pushed ahead for good with a six-goal third quarter, which provided the hosts with a commanding 10-2 lead. Richard and Sean Largay would net New England’s final goals in the fourth quarter to secure the team’s second-straight conference crown.

Similar to last season, the Pilgrims secured an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which will commence next week. The pairings for this year’s tournament will be announced tomorrow evening at 9:00 p.m.

Endicott’s Tommy Hughes Keeps The Focus On ‘Getting Better’ Everyday

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Endicott College senior Tommy Hughes has been dominant at the face-off X this season, winning a league-best 260 face-offs. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Le)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Endicott College senior Tommy Hughes prides himself in one thing: to get better every day.

Getting better every day is a tribute to both past and current coaches, including Eric Hagarty, who have preached those words to Hughes, who has become a stand-out face-off specialist with the Gulls.

“All season, Coach has harped to (my teammates and I) that it’s all about getting better,” said Hughes, who was tabbed this week’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Specialist of the Week for the sixth time this season.

“If you better yourself every day then the proof will just show itself,” he added.

Since arriving to campus in the fall of 2013, Hughes has been an integral part to the men’s lacrosse program, capturing an impressive 1,142 face-offs, while scooping 719 ground balls. This season, he led all all CCC face-off specialists with 260 face-off victories, while scooping a league-high 184 ground balls.

Hughes’ success at the face-off X helped the Gulls capture eight league games this spring, along with a regular season crown. The eight wins provided Endicott with the top seed in this year’s CCC Tournament, which began this past weekend with a pair of first-round contests.

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Endicott College’s Tommy Hughes keeps his focus on ‘getting better’ each day. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Le)

Endicott, which returns to the field tomorrow evening, will host Curry College in a semifinal match-up with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Gulls and Colonels met earlier this season with Endicott claiming a 20-11 victory.

Hughes highlighted his team’s win over Curry, tallying a season-best 24 face-off victories. He also recorded 24 face-off wins in his team’s 15-10 win over Roger Williams.

And due to his squad earning a first-round bye, he, along with his teammates, were able to keep the focus on ‘getting better’ with additional practices the past few days.

“I took more and more face-offs every day (to prepare for this week’s game), while our offense kept shooting more and more every single day,” said Hughes.

Hughes, who hopes to guide his squad to this Saturday’s championship game, knows he and his teammates will have to play their best lacrosse tomorrow evening to extend their season for a few more days.

Of course, Hughes would love to end his career with some hardware – a CCC crown and NCAA Tournament – but instead of thinking about hoisting a trophy, he is keeping the focus on ‘getting better’ every day.

“My focus is to keep getting better and bettering myself, so I can be prepared for upcoming games,” said Hughes.

 

 

 

 

 

Endicott Finishes CCC Play Undefeated, Secures Top Sports In Tournament

c6af2cb0cc48660a79fe3174028eb46dBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Following a 15-4 win this afternoon over Gordon College, the Endicott College men’s lacrosse team capped its regular season with a perfect 8-0 ledger in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play, along with the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

The CCC Tournament will commence this Saturday, April 29th with a pair of first-round games with the winners advancing to next Wednesday’s (May 3rd) semifinals.

The championship will occur a week from this Saturday – that would be Saturday, May 6th, to be exact – with the winner securing the conference’s automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Will Jennings highlighted his team’s final regular season outing, netting five goals, while dishing out a pair of assists. Colin Bannon concluded the contest with two goals and two assists, Will Clark recorded a hat trick and Tommy Hughes won 15 of 17 face-offs.

Endicott outshot Gordon, 45-37, while scooping 48 ground balls, including 15 in the second session.

Gordon, which concluded its 2017 season this afternoon, received a team-high two goals from Thor Rasmussen.

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NECC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament Preview: Can Regis Repeat?

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Regis College men’s lacrosse enters the NECC Tournament as the top seed, but also the defending tournament champions. (PHOTO CREDIT: Regis College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

After finishing league play undefeated, Regis College men’s lacrosse will look to capture its second-straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) postseason crown this week when they open tournament play tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th against fourth-seed Mitchell College.

Regis defeated Mitchell in its season finale last Saturday, thanks to a combined 12 points from AJ Karofsky (four goals and two assists) and Calvin Brault (four goals and two assists).

A win for the Pride would send them to Saturday’s (Apr. 29th) championship game against either Daniel Webster (second seed) or Becker College (third seed).

The Eagles and Hawks will also begin tournament play tomorrow, competing in New Hampshire with face-off set for 4:00 p.m.

Daniel Webster, which lost just one league contest this season, will face Becker for the second time in four days. The Eagles soared past the Hawks last Saturday by a score of 7-1, thanks to a pair of goals and assists from Gavin Abbott, who is current sixth in the league in goals (24). Tre Mason (Daniel Webster) leads all NECC scorers with 38 goals.

Last season, Regis captured its first-ever NECC Tournament crown, defeating Becker in the championship game by a score of 10-6. The four-goal victory capped the team’s best season in program history as Regis finished its campaign with 13 wins.

Noontime’s Prediction: Regis maybe the favorite heading into this year’s tournament, but I certainly would not overlook Daniel Webster or Becker, two teams that were edged by the Pride earlier this season by one goal. The Pride needed an extra session to beat the Hawks, while its defense dashed a fourth quarter rally against the Eagles.

I’ll take Regis over Mitchell and Daniel Webster over Becker. In the championship game, I’ll take the Eagles over the Pride. 

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D3Lax Weekend Watch (Apr. 22nd-23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s the weekend! As part of our remaining regular season (and soon-to-be tournament coverage), here are the games we’ll be watching this weekend in New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse.

Remember to stay connected with us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports) for scores, updates and news from around the New England D3 lacrosse world.

  • Curry at Salve Regina, 12 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Endicott at Bowdoin, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Mount Ida at Anna Maria, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Johnson & Wales at St. Joseph’s (Maine), 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Clark at Babson, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Tufts at Wesleyan, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Amherst at Williams, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Regis at Mitchell, 1 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Husson at Lyndon State, 1:30 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Becker at Daniel Webster, 3 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Plymouth State at UMass Boston, 3 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Maine Maritime at New England College, 4 p.m. (Apr. 22nd)
  • Johnson State at Husson, 2:30 p.m. (Apr. 23rd)