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D3 Lacrosse: 2018 Men’s Midseason Report

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to April, New England D3 Lax fans! We have officially made it to the mid-way point of the 2018 season – crazy, right?

With just a few weeks remaining before conference tournaments begin, let’s take a spin around the New England landscape and check-in on every conference.

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Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): It should come as no surprise that Endicott College and Western New England remain the top two teams in the CCC. Both squads will meet on Saturday (Apr. 7th) in a pivotal regular season match-up. The winner will most likely be the top seed in the upcoming postseason tournament.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Western New England. The Golden Bears seem to be the team to beat in the CCC this spring and should take care of business on Saturday against the Gulls. Maybe they get tripped up down the stretch by Roger Williams or Salve Regina, but the Golden Bears are my pick to win the regular season crown and host the 2018 CCC Tournament.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): This is an interesting conference to watch – there really isn’t a favorite. Lasell College captured the GNAC crown last season, but appears to have rebounded from a difficult start. The Lasers boast a 2-0 ledger in league play and can really push ahead for good with a win this weekend over Mount Ida College. The Mustangs are certainly in contention for the regular season crown, as well as Johnson & WalesNorwich University and Rivier University.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Despite a slow start, I still like Lasell College, especially if they can find a way past Mount Ida this weekend.


Little East Conference (LEC): Keene State will remain the favorite in the LEC, but it will be interesting to watch a few teams over the next few weeks, including UMass Dartmouth, which is riding a three-game winning streak. The Corsairs will meet the Owls this weekend in New Hampshire.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Let’s go with … Keene State! The Owls will secure the top seed. Sure, they may get tripped up once (or twice?) down the stretch, but they will be the team to beat in the LEC postseason.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Dean College appears to be the team to beat in the NECC. They currently boast a 5-3 overall ledger and will begin conference play this Saturday, April 7 when they host Mitchell College at 1 p.m.

All three NECC teams will qualify for the tournament later this month, but as of now, it appears the Bulldogs have the upper hand against Mitchell and Becker College.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): The Dean Bulldogs should most likely be the team that hosts the championship game on Saturday, April 28.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): As expected, the NESCAC has been a fun conference to follow this season – a majority of their team’s have continued to appear in our weekly Top 10 poll.

My guess, as of now, is Amherst College will find a way to secure the top seed, but I wouldn’t rule out Tufts University or Wesleyan University. All three teams will meet over the next few weeks, which will help determine the regular season champion.

Keep an eye on Bowdoin CollegeConnecticut College and Williams College over the next few weeks, as well.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): I think Amherst College is the team to beat in the NESCAC this season. They remain our top team in the latest Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll and will most likely be the squad that hosts the semifinals and championships next month.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Coast Guard Academy has been the team to watch – can they continue their March momentum this month against MIT and Springfield College? Their mid-week match against the Pride in two weeks will most likely determine the top seed in the NEWMAC.

Springfield has enjoyed another successful regular season campaign, as well. They boast a solid 6-3 ledger, which includes some non-conference wins over SUNY CortlandNazareth and Union College.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): I think Coast Guard Academy will find a way to get past Springfield to secure the top seed in the NEWMAC.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Once again, New England College appears to be the favorite – I am not sure if Castleton University will catch the Pilgrims, but we shall see.

NEC has rebounded from an 0-4 start with seven-straight wins, including some non-league victories over University of New EnglandMount Ida and Norwich University.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): The New England College Pilgrims will finish its conference slate undefeated and secure the top spot in the NAC playoffs.

D3 Lax: Johnson & Wales Women’s Lacrosse Picked To Capture The GNAC

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 13th) that the Johnson & Wales University women’s lacrosse team was projected to capture the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), per the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.

The Wildcats secured seven of 11 first-place votes while Lasell College, which checked-in second overall, secured a pair of first-place nods. Saint Joseph’s (Maine) also earned a pair of first-place nods, too – the Monks slid into the third position, while Mount Ida College and Emmanuel College rounded out the top five, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Simmons College, Regis College and Norwich University secured the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, while Rivier and Alberts Magnus checked-in ninth and 10th overall. Saint Joseph (Conn.) secured the final position, checking in 11th overall.

Johnson & Wales captured the GNAC crown last season by defeating Simmons, 19-5, thanks to an impressive nine-point performance (five goals, four assists) from Maria Patane, who was selected to the All-Touyrnament Team. Lydia Knapp was also named to the All-Tournament Team, while also being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) after recording five points on four goals and one assist.

The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first-time in program history last May, but saw their historic 2017 campaign conclude against Babson College. Johnson & Wales concluded its season with a school record 16-5 mark and will certainly be a team to watch in New England this spring.

Johnson & Wales will commence its 2018 campaign on Saturday, February 24 with a trip to UMass Dartmouth – opening draw is scheduled for 12 p.m.

D3 Lax: Lasell College Men’s Lacrosse Picked To Capture The GNAC

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

After capturing its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown last spring with a 13-12 win over Mount Ida College, the Lasell College men’s lacrosse team was picked to win its conference again this season, per the league’s preseason poll, which was posted Wednesday, February 14th.

Lasell collected seven of 10 first-place votes, while Johnson & Wales, Norwich University and Mount Ida each earned one first-place nod – all three teams checked-in second, third and fourth, respectively.

Emmanuel College rounded out the top five positions, while Saint Joseph’s (Maine) and Regis College slid into the sixth and seventh spots.

Rivier University, Albertus Magnus and Anna Maria rounded out the final three spots, checking-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

The Lasers captured all eighth of their conference games last season before defeating Mount Ida and Norwich in the conference tournament.

Following their win against Mount Ida, Lasell competed in its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, but fell to Misericordia by a score of 9-7.

Lasell kicks-off its season on Wednesday, February 28 when they travel to Roger Williams for a 4 p.m. face-off.

Lasell College Makes History, Wins First-Ever GNAC Crown With 13-12 Win Over Mount Ida

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The Lasell College men’s lacrosse team captured its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown on Saturday with a 13-12 win over Mount Ida College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

NEWTON, Mass. – For the first-time in program history, the Lasell College men’s lacrosse team captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) men’s lacrosse championship with a 13-12 victory over Mount Ida College on Saturday afternoon at Grellier Field.

The Lasers (13-3), who entered this year’s tournament as the top team in the GNAC, secured its first-ever crown with a pair of impressive postseason victories, including a come-from-behind win earlier this week against Norwich University, which propelled the Blue and White into this afternoon’s title round.

“Our focus (all season) was to get here, but we (took it) one-step at a time and we didn’t focus on this moment, but instead the process to get here and it paid off,” said Lasell men’s lacrosse coach Bill Mason, who is in his second season with the Lasers.

“We just kept telling the guys to keep things small and stick to the level of our training, and I am so proud of them (that) they were able to do it.”

Lasell, which will be making its first-ever appearance in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament next week, received a big boost from senior Michael Susi, who concluded the contest with four goals, including a pair in the final frame.

“(Mike) has worked so hard all year and he’s got iced-cold veins to take some of those shots (that he did),” said Mason.

Susi’s third goal, an early fourth quarter strike, jumpstarted a three-goal run for the Lasers, which helped the hosts secure the lead for good  – the team’s third goal provided Lasell with a 12-9 advantage.

Mount Ida (14-5) trimmed the deficit not once, but twice, and came close to netting the equalizer in the final minute. However, Lasell’s defense, along with senior goaltender Jorge Salazar, closed the door on a possible Mustangs comeback, which could have sent the contest to overtime.

In addition to Susi, Lasell received multiple offensive contributions from senior Josh Gallant (two goals and two assists), junior Austin Tomasetti (two goals and two assists) and sophomore Ryan Madden (three goals), who was tabbed the conference tournament’s most valuable player.

“We got this win as a team and we could not be more happy about it,” said Madden. “To win this, all that work from last year and that work from this year, and we were able to take the ‘ship this year.”

Both teams swapped goals through the opening minutes of the initial session before Mount Ida secured a 5-2 lead after the first 15 minutes. The teams would enter the break tied at 7-7 before concluding the third quarter tied at 9-9.

Lasell will enter the upcoming NCAA Tournament riding a five-game winning streak, which dates back to a 13-4 win over Saint Joseph’s (Maine) last month.

Lasell, Mount Ida Wrap Up Top Two Spots In Upcoming GNAC Tournament

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Lasell College clinched the top spot in the upcoming GNAC Tournament on Wednesday with an impressive 19-12 victory over Emmanuel College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lasell College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Lasell College and Mount Ida College men’s lacrosse teams sewed-up the top two spots in the upcoming Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament yesterday after registering a win in their respective contest.

The conference’s six-team tournament begins next week with a pair of first round contests on Tuesday (May 2nd) with the winners advancing to the semifinals on Thursday. (May 4th).

Lasell (top seed) and Mount Ida (second seed) will each host a semifinal with the championship contest scheduled for Saturday (May 6th) at the highest remaining seed.

Lasell secured the regular season crown on Wednesday with a 19-12 victory over Emmanuel College. The contest was a re-match of last year’s conference title game, which saw the Saints edge the Lasers, 14-13, in Boston.

Austin Tomasetti highlighted his team’s seven-point victory by recording his 100th career point on his 16th goal of the season. Tomasetti concluded the contest with a team-high four assists.

Alex McCormack-Kuhman and Josh Gallant each netted four goals in their team’s 10th win of the season (seventh league victory).

The Lasers will celebrate ‘Senior Day’ this Saturday, April 29th when they host Anna Maria College with face-off scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Mount Ida stretched its current winning streak to six games yesterday with an 11-8 win over Rivier. Their sixth league win provided the Mustangs with the second seed for the second time in three seasons.

As noted on yesterday’s release, the Mustangs were the second seed in the 2015 GNAC Tournament. That season, they defeated Norwich University in the semifinals, but fell to Emmanuel College in the championship.

Kyle Ton (three goals) and Chad Coehlo (three goals and one assist) combined for seven points, while Cam Hayward deflected 12 of 20 shots between the pipes.

Mount Ida will conclude its regular season slate on Saturday when they entertain Saint Joseph’s (Maine) with face-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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