Daily Noontime: Monday, March 9th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Monday – where did this past weekend go?

The good news about today is the weather: it is going to be gorgeous, so make sure to get outside and enjoy the sun.

Let’s kick-start a new week – well, a new work week, to be exact! – with a brand new Daily Noontime. Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile, too.

The Boston Celtics did not play their best basketball on Sunday as the Green and White were edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-104, at the TD GardenGordon Hayward led the Celtics with 24 points while Jayson Tatum added 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Marcus Smart recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston will attempt to return to the win column tomorrow – that would be Tuesday, March 10th, to be exact – when they visit the Indiana Pacers for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

As of this morning, the Celtics remain locked in the third position in the Eastern Conference but need to find their groove down the stretch in order to catch the Toronto Raptors for the second spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Hayward told reporters after his team’s loss to the Thunder that the Celtics were not going to blame the setback on Kemba Walker, who turned the ball over with 8.5 seconds remaining. Instead, Hayward told reporters that the Celtics “lost this game together.”

After a successful road trip down south, the Boston Bruins fell apart at home on Saturday, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-3. Tuukka Rask denied 20 of 24 shots in the setback while Charlie McAvoy tallied one goal and one assist.

Boston will visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Boston Red Sox will play another spring training game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Boston edged the Minnesota Twins on Sunday by a score of 7-6 after splitting two games on Saturday with the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

And just in case you were wondering, we’re roughly two weeks away from the start of a brand new season, which seems crazy, right?

According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Harvard University‘s Seth Towns will compete for another team next season as a grad student – he is considering multiple programs, including KansasVirginia, and Syracuse. Towns has not appeared on the court this winter due to an injury – he also missed last season, too, but was named to the Lou Henson Award watch list, though.

The Holy Cross women’s basketball team will host Lafayette College this evening in the Patriot League quarterfinals. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinals. Holy Cross has won three-straight contests, including its final game of the 2019-20 regular season.

Yale University secured the top seed in this weekend’s Ivy League men’s basketball tournament while Princeton University is the number one seed in the women’s tournament.

The Ivy League tournaments will begin on Friday, March 13th and conclude Sunday, March 15th.

Mass. College Football: Harvard Looks To Continue Early Season Success

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By Matt Noonan 

It has been quite the season for the Harvard University football team.

The Crimson posted their second shutout of the season on Saturday, defeating Lafayette College by a score of 42-0.

Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for a pair of scores and amassed 123 yards on the ground, while Ben Braunecker hauled in six passes for a career-high 123 yards to lift the Crimson to their fifth straight victory and 19th consecutive win.

As noted in Saturday’s release, the Harvard defense has yielded just three points in its last three contests – the last Harvard team to surrender three points over a three-game span was the 1930 squad.

Additionally, Harvard has not allowed a touchdown since Brown University reached the end zone in the fourth quarter during their Ivy League meeting last month.

Finally, Harvard’s offense has been very impressive thus far, tallying 221 points through five games. In 1892, the Crimson registered 231 points in a five-game span.

On Monday, quarterback Scott Hosch was one of 32 players selected to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2015 Midseason FCS National Performer of the Year Watch List. Hosch is the program’s first signal-caller to start her career 11-0 and is currently eighth in the country in passing yards per completion and 15th in passing efficiency.

Harvard will look to continue its momentum this weekend when they host Princeton University on Saturday, October 24 at 12:00 p.m. The Tigers currently sit third in the Ancient Eight standings, but head coach Tim Murphy knows this is an important game for his team.

“Our playoffs start with the Princeton game,” Murphy told the Harvard Magazine.

Mass. College Football: Harvard Football Singe Game Tix On Sale

By Matt Noonan

The college football season is right around the corner, and as noted in this morning’s Harvard University Athletics email, single game tickets for the upcoming football season are on sale now.

For more information on single game tickets — HOP HERE

The Crimson will kickoff their 2013 slate on the road against San Diego on Saturday, September 21, but will return home the following Saturday, September 28, to face Brown University at 7:30 p.m.

Harvard will also host Lafayette (10/19), Princeton (10/26), Dartmouth (11/2) and Penn (11/26) at historic Harvard Stadium this season.

Below is a video from the Crimsons’ YouTube Channel, which highlights great moments from their past season, as well as information on their single game tickets, too.

Mass. College Football: Saturday Scoreboard

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Here are the results from Saturday’s contests.

* Georgia Tech 37, Boston College 17

* Princeton 39, Harvard 34

* Lafayette 30, Holy Cross 13

* Bowling Green 24, UMass 0

* American International College 27, Bentley University 23

* Merrimack College 81, Saint Anselm 35

* Mount Ida College 24, Maritime (N.Y.) 21

* Gallaudet 48, Becker College 26

* Castleton 54, Anna Maria College 33

* Merchant Marine 28, WPI 13

* Springfield College 33, St. Lawrence 20

* Mass. Maritime 42, Maine Maritime 23 (40th Annual Admiral’s Cup)

* Endicott College 61, UMass Dartmouth 15

* Western New England College 23, Plymouth State 3

* Curry College 34, Nichols College 24

* Coast Guard 31, Worcester State 28

* Bridgewater State 44, Fitchburg State 14

* Framingham State 30, Westfield State 16

* Williams College 25, Tufts University 7

* Amherst College 17, Wesleyan 9

BU To Join Patriot League Starting In 2013-14

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As noted in a press release on Friday, Boston University has accepted an invitation to join the Patriot League on July 1, 2013 for the ’13-’14 season.

The Terriers will join American University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, The College of Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy as full-time members in the league. They’ll also be joined by Fordham University and Georgetown University during football season, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in women’s rowing.

“I am delighted to welcome Boston University to the Patriot League,” Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich said in the press release. “Boston University has a strong tradition of excellence in academics and Division I athletics, both of which reflect the core values of the Patriot League. They will strengthen the League both in the classroom and on the field of play.”

For more information the accepted invitation — CLICK HERE to read the press release courtesy of Boston University Athletics.