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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The NCAA Tournament is set to begin this week so this will be our second to last poll of the 2019 New England D3 men’s lacrosse season. We will post our final poll after championship weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) on Tuesday, May 28th.
Additionally, we will also post our end of the year All-Noontime Sports New England D3 Teams during the final week of May, as well.
But in the meantime, here is our newest Top 10 New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Poll heading into the first week of the NCAA Tournament – best of luck to all teams competing this week!
New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, May 6th, 2019
Tufts University (17-1, 9-1 NESCAC)
Williams College (15-3, 8-2 NESCAC)
Amherst College (14-3, 8-2 NESCAC)
Wesleyan University (12-3, 8-2 NESCAC)
Bates College (10-5, 7-3 NESCAC)
Middlebury College (8-9, 4-6 NESCAC)
Western New England (14-5, 8-0 CCC)
Springfield College (10-9, 5-2 NEWMAC)
Coast Guard Academy (14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC)
Keene State (11-5, 8-0 LEC)
On The Rise: Endicott College, Lasell College, New England College, and Norwich University
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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax
Happy Monday, everyone. And welcome to a BUSY conference tournament week, which will feature some amazing games (and moments), along with some automatic qualifiers (and at-large bids, as well) for the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.
While conference tournament play has begun for some, it’s never too last to dish out some predictions for who will win their respective tournament.
Below are the teams Matt Noonan believes will win their respective conference crown.
Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men’s Tournament: Western New England. The Golden Bear marched through their conference tournament schedule without a single loss and will have no problem topping Curry College on Tuesday and then Endicott College in the final round.
Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women’s Tournament: Endicott College. The Gulls will repeat as conference champions this week behind solid efforts from Jackie Healy and Jennifer Lacroix.
Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Tournament: Lasell College. The Lasers breezed by Rivier University earlier this spring and should do the same in the semifinals before beating the winner of Johnson & Wales-Norwich University.
Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women’s Tournament: Johnson & Wales. There is no way the Wildcats lose this week. Simmons College will provide some early challenges in its semifinal meeting, but in the end, they will find a way past the Sharks before topping Regis College in the championship round.
Little East Conference (LEC) Men’s Tournament: Keene State. The Owls struggled from the get-go but will secure their conference crown on Saturday with either a win over Plymouth State or Western Connecticut.
Little East Conference (LEC) Women’s Tournament: Plymouth State. The Panthers are a safe prediction to win the LEC title, but they will need to get past Southern Maine to secure the automatic bid. Additionally, I would not overlook Castleton University in the LEC Tournament, as well.
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women’s Tournament: Framingham State. The Rams finished the regular season with a 7-0 mark in conference play to secure the top spot in this year’s MASCAC Tournament. They will surely find a way past Massachusetts Maritime Academy or Worcester State in the semifinals to secure a spot in the championship round.
New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)/ North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men’s Championship Prediction: New England College. The Pilgrims can move up and down the field at ease and should find a way past SUNY Canton in the 2019 NECC/NAC Finals.
New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Women’s Tournament: Becker College. The Hawks secured the top seed and should have no problem winning the NECC title. Expect the championship game to be between Becker and New England College.
New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men’s Tournament: Tufts University. Since falling to Wesleyan University, the Jumbos have scored some impressive wins over Amherst College, Bates College, and Middlebury College. Their semifinal tilt with the Panthers won’t be easy – Middlebury knocked-off last year’s national champion Cardinals and will certainly provide challenges for the Jumbos. But in the end, I see the Powder Blue and White competing for a championship against Williams College, which I think will find a way to beat Amherst in the other semifinal matchup. Williams topped Amherst earlier this spring by a score of 13-11.
New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women’s Tournament: Tufts University. Yes, I am picking the Jumbos to beat Middlebury College in the championship. Their semifinal match-up against Wesleyan won’t be easy, but Tufts will find a way to outlast the Cardinals before taking down Middlebury, which should beat Amherst in its semifinal matchup.
New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Tournament: Coast Guard Academy. The Bears will advance to the NCAA Tournament but will face some stiff competition along the way to snatching its conference crown. The winner of Babson College-Clark University will provide the Blue and Orange with challenges, as well as whoever wins between MIT and Springfield. But in the end, the Bears will prevail by at least one or two goals.
New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Tournament: Babson College. The Beavers are the top seed and favorite – they will most likely face MIT, which I think should outlast Springfield in its semifinal tilt.
North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women’s Championship Prediction: SUNY Canton. SUNY Canton had its way with Husson University on Sunday in the conference tournament semifinals and will have no problem topping UMaine-Farmington in Saturday’s championship.
By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Lax
Another season of New England D3 lacrosse has officially begun, which means its time to unveil our first 10 Games to Watch (and predictions) for games this weekend.
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Springfield College at Middlebury College (WLAX) | Friday, March 8th at 3 p.m.: The Panthers were stunned one week ago against Bates, but they should crack the win column Friday against the Pride. Erica Barr could be a player to watch in this particular outing. PREDICTION: Middlebury College
UMass Dartmouth at Wheaton College (MLAX) | Friday, March 8th at 4 p.m.: Coach Kyle Hart‘s Lyons will look to continue its early-season momentum on Friday when they host a Corsairs squad that hasn’t competed since last month when they topped Emmanuel, 19-8. Keep an eye on Wheaton’s Pete Chisholm, who has enjoyed a successful first season with 13 goals and one assist. PREDICTION: Wheaton College
Framingham State at UMass Dartmouth (WLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 11 a.m.: After falling to Springfield, Framingham State will look to bounce back with a win over the Corsairs on Saturday. UMass Dartmouth opened its season one week ago with a 12-4 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Hanna McMahon will be a player to watch in this one for the Rams, who concluded her team’s initial contest with five points on four goals and one assist. PREDICTION: Framingham State
New England College at Coast Guard Academy (MLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 12 p.m.: The Bears and Pilgrims will meet at Tierney Field in Sparks, Maryland for an important early season meeting. Both teams need to gain some momentum as they head into mid-to-late March clashes. Coast Guard should find a way to bounce back after losing to Wesleyan earlier this week. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy
Wesleyan University at Bates College (MLAX) | Saturday, Mach 9th at 1 p.m.: Since falling to RIT, the Bobcats have scored two important wins, including a conference victory against Middlebury, but they will be tested on Saturday against the defending national champion Cardinals. PREDICTION: Wesleyan University
Colby College at Hamilton College (MLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 1 p.m.: The Mules lost their conference-opener to Amherst before netting 28 goals days later against Thomas College. That offensive output will be needed against a Continentals squad, which looks to bounce back from an opening day loss to Tufts. PREDICTION: Colby College
Plymouth State at Lasell College (MLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 1 p.m.: The Panthers fended off a late rally to beat University of New England but will need its defense to play a tad bit better against Lasell, which looks to bounce back from a recent setback to Roger Williams. PSU’s Chase Mercier will certainly be a player to watch after recording six points (three goals, three assists) against the Nor’Easters. PREDICTION: Plymouth State
Williams College at Trinity College (WLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 1 p.m.: The Bantams are quite young this year. In fact, they have 13 first-years on their roster, but coach Katy Dissinger has total faith in her squad, especially after a solid opening day win on Thursday over Skidmore. PREDICTION: Trinity College
Endicott College at Babson College (WLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 1 p.m.: This could be a potential first-round (or second round) NCAA Tournament preview as both teams are expected to capture their respective conference crown. Babson is coming off an impressive win earlier this week against Bates, thanks to seven goals and two assists from Lexi Lenaghan.
MIT at Roger Williams (WLAX) | Saturday, March 9th at 3 p.m.: MIT’s Cecilia McCormick and Ana Flooks will be two players to watch in this one as both seniors will attempt to lead the Engineers to their second-straight win. PREDICTION: MIT
Hundely, who is no stranger to the New England D3 basketball world, arrives in Worcester after spending three seasons with the Keene State Owls. Keene State concluded its recent campaign 19-9 overall – the Owls advanced to the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship in February, but fell to Eastern Connecticut State, a program Hundley competed for as a student-athlete.
Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Hundley to discuss his first-ever head coaching position with the Lancers, as well as his outlook for team’s upcoming 2018-19 campaign.
What interested you in becoming the Worcester State men’s basketball coach?
Worcester State interested me for a number of different reasons. The first being that I know that the Worcester community has a rich and storied basketball history, but also being able to join a community like this one felt like an honor in itself. The investment Worcester State made in its athletic facilities was extremely appealing to me as well and will benefit our program in numerous ways.
Who have been some of your coaching icons over the years that have helped you, both as a player and assistant/associate coach over the years? Do you plan on consulting with them throughout the upcoming season?
I consider myself lucky to have worked with such a variety of coaches with unique coaching styles, dating back to my high school days. Ron Johnson, who is a local high school coaching legend in North Carolina, really sparked my interest in basketball. His attention to detail in coaching and teaching the game was extremely important in my development as a student-athlete, as well as a young coach.
Kevin Kehoe at Cheshire Academy was instrumental with providing me some college exposure, while finding the right college program for me, as well.
Bill Geitner, who I played for at Eastern Connecticut, is one of the best basketball minds I’ve ever worked with in my opinion. I learned so much from him and his sustained success proves how intelligent he is.
Sean Foster gave me my first coaching opportunity at Salve Regina – both he and Matt Adams set the tone that first year, which allowed me to realize that I wanted to pursue coaching as a career.
Aaron Galletta, who is the men’s basketball coach at Lasell College, is a great offensive coach that really helped me look at the game from a different perspective. He also allowed me to speak and have a platform to coach on the fly.
Lastly, Ryan Cain, who is the men’s basketball coach at Keene State– he certainly made a mark on my young coaching career. We both came to Keene State at the same time – it was his first-ever head coaching gig. We hit it off immediately and he really taught me how to recruit, which has become one of my biggest strengths. He truly empowered me, while allowing me to have a lot of responsibility and influence on the Owls’ program. We had a ton of success, especially during the postseasons, which was a testament to the level that we were able to play at, but also the work that we put in, too.
I plan to consult with all of my coaches during the upcoming season, but I see myself consulting Ryan quite frequently, especially in year number one.
What is the most important thing you need to concentrate on heading into your first season with the Lancers?
The most important thing for this season is to build a culture and camaraderie, both on and off the court, while creating a sense of pride for Worcester State basketball.
Do you have a certain basketball philosophy you plan to implement with the team/program? If so, what is it?
I am inheriting a team that gave up over 85 points per game last winter. I have been a part of, as well as learned from some of the best defensive coaches in our region, so our biggest goal (heading into the upcoming season) will be to significantly improve our defense.
What do the next few months look like from a new coaching perspective? How will you get both yourself and the team/program ready to go come mid-October?
I have already begun building relationships with returners and incoming recruits. They need to feel comfortable and confident in me – vise-versa. We will have numerous team activities and fundraisers planned in the fall before October 15th (our first practice day as a team) comes around. I plan to maintain constant communication with our strength and conditioning team to ensure that our team is physically ready to go, so that way we can spend more time on basketball and less on getting their bodies ready for a season. (Also), I will make sure (to use this time currently) to make sure I am well-prepared for my initial season as a head coach.
A few fun questions, beginning with your all-time favorite basketball player: who is it and why?
I was a big Kevin Garnett fan growing up. He was a tremendous teammate and played with passion that seemed to forced his teammates to play at his level.
How much of the NBA Finals have you been watching and who are you cheering for to win this year’s crown?
I’m not a fan of either team that played in this year’s NBA Finals. I really just like to see a good, competitive series. LeBron James is the best player of this generation and is fascinating to watch. On the other hand, the Warriors have the three of the most unique players on the planet in Steph Curry, Kevin Durrant and Draymond Green, who are just as entertaining to watch.
What is your all-time favorite basketball movie?
I’m not a big movie guy, but I really like a lot of the ESPN’s 30 for 30’s, along with their basketball documentaries, too. I see them as learning opportunities.
Finally, what was the greatest advice you were given as a young basketball player that has helped you become a successful student-athlete and coach?
I grew up Davidson, North Carolina and went to multiple sessions at Bob McKillop‘s Davidson Basketball Camp. He was very prominent at his camps and at times would talk to each camper individually. He always seemed to explain things very clearly and helped me improve my basketball IQ.