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Three-Point Heroics Lifts Lesley Past Regis in NECC Quarterfinals

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Lesley’s Devon Mayo sank the game-winning trey on Tuesday evening, which lifted the Lynx past Regis in the NECC Quarterfinals. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lesley University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

By now you probably know that the Lesley University men’s basketball team will be competing in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) semifinals on Thursday – the Lynx are scheduled to visit Becker College with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Yet, how did the Lynx advance to their first conference semifinal in six years?

Simple: a game-winning trey from Devon Mayo with three seconds remaining, which lifted the Lynx past Regis College, 69-68.

Courtesy of Michael Crotty (@CoachCrotty), here is the game-winning basket from last night’s NECC quarterfinals, which was seen on Twitter:

Mayo concluded the contest with 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

Following the contest, the Lynx men’s basketball team shared the game-winning basket on Twitter, which fans can also see on the Lesley Athletics website:

NECC Men’s Basketball Conference Play Heating Up

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Becker College first-year Antonio White Jr. and the Hawks currently occupy first place in the NECC. (PHOTO CREDIT: Foley Photography)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

We have an interesting conference race taking place (and heating up) in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) – it has been one of the various leagues we have been eyeing the past few weeks.

As of this afternoon, the Becker College men’s basketball team appears to be in the driver seat for the top spot. Yet, they still have some important games remaining, including a late afternoon/early evening clash with the Wildcats of Wheelock College – that game is scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m.

Wheelock enters the game in a two-way tie for fourth place with Daniel Webster College – the Eagles are 2-2 in their last four games, but scored an impressive win over Lesley University 10 days ago (to be exact!).

The Lynx have been a fun story this season – they’re currently in sole possession of third place with a 6-3 conference ledger and have won 12 games, which matches their win total from the 2007-08 season.

Let’s also not overlook Southern Vermont, which has won five-straight contests. They’re idle this evening, but return to action on Thursday against Mitchell College. The Mountaineers captured the NECC crown last season en route to their second trip in program history to the NCAA Tournament.

The Mountaineers defeated Becker in tournament finale – could we be headed that way again? It’s possible – the two teams are scheduled to meet next month. Southern Vermont will host the initial meeting on Monday, February 6 before traveling to Becker on Wednesday, February 8. Both games will be must-follow!

Finally, keep an eye on Regis College and Mitchell – both teams could make some late season surges and make the positioning for the six-team tournament quite interesting!

Lesley Women’s Soccer Looks To Turn NECC Winning Streak Into NCAA Tournament Success

Lesley University women's soccer has not dropped a single New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) match since October 2008. (Photo Credit: Lesley University Athletics)

Lesley University women’s soccer has not dropped a single New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) match since October 2008. (Photo Credit: Lesley University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Since joining the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) in 2008, the Lesley University women’s soccer team has posted a 63-1-1 ledger, capturing a quartet of conference tournament championships, while making three straight NCAA tournament appearances since 2012.

Currently, the Lynx find themselves atop the NECC standings with a perfect 5-0 mark in league play. Their most recent win – an 8-0 victory over Wheelock College – marked the program’s 57th straight match they haven’t lost since October 2008.

“I am not a big follower of this whole (winning) streak to begin with,” said Lesley head coach Paul Vasconcelos. “This is a rarity, so we should appreciate it, but we’re just focused on winning as many games as we can.”

Creating a winning culture was the goal for Vasconcelos, who inherited a 2-15-2 squad heading into the 2007 season. Since his initial match on the sidelines, Lesley has posted nine consecutive double-digit win seasons, along with a pair of 18-win campaigns in 2013 and 2014.

Additionally, Vasconcelos has scheduled strong non-conference foes, including Brandeis University – currently ranked 12th in the country – Babson College, MIT, Tufts University and Wellesley College, which has helped the program continue to get stronger.

“We’re not fazed anymore by playing (tough non-conference foes) because we face top-10 teams in the country every season,” said Vasconcelos. “Playing these teams has helped us know we can compete with the best.”

Lesley University celebrates following its exciting overtime win over Tufts University last month. (Photo Credit: Lesley University Athletics).

Lesley University celebrates following its exciting overtime win over Tufts University last month. (Photo Credit: Lesley University Athletics)

Strong competition is also been the reason Lesley hasn’t dropped a game since their two-goal setback to Emerson College last month. Lesley is currently riding a seven-game winning streak and will attempt to capture its eighth straight match when they host Mitchell College tomorrow evening at 8:00 p.m.

Lesley is led by freshman Jordan Mitchell, who has registered seven goals and eight assists. She is currently in a two-way tie for fourth place in the conference in points (22) with with Becker College freshman Lindsey Keith.

Senior Hayley Wirth and junior Julie Essick have each contributed five goals, while sophomore Sarah Pochobradsky has tallied a trio of markers.

In net, Lesley has relied on senior Jackie Berard and sophomore Lilly Donovan – the pair has combined for 42 stops and one shutout.

“This team wants to compete and we couldn’t be more pleased with our freshman class, along with our returning players that worked very hard during the offseason because they knew their was a void being left by our graduating players,” said Vasconcelos.

With four matches remaining, along with the conference tournament, Lesley will look to continue the program’s success and hopefully capture their initial NCAA tournament game next month. Lesley fell to eighth-ranked Montclair State last season in the opening round by one goal, but suffered a 5-1 setback a year earlier to Williams College and 2-0 loss to Misericordia in 2012.

“When your first game is against either Williams or Montclair State that can be tough, however, last year we felt that we were prepared and it showed because our girls played phenomenal,” said Vasconcelos. “We felt we played toe-to-toe with them, we gave them some problems and obviously they’re a really, really talented team, but we’re really pleased (by the effort).”

Vasconcelos knows NCAA tournament success will come, however, he and the Lynx remain focused on their next opponent and will let the outcomes determine whether this is the year Lesley will finally clinch their initial national postseason tournament match.

“I would say that our team is not conscious about the conference winning streak, but instead they are very conscious about the fact that they have been one-and-out the last three years,” said Vasconcelos.

“If we’re able to capture (that NCAA victory), it would be a very rewarding and celebratory time for us. If we’re fortunate enough to go back to NCAA’s this year, we’ll do what we did last year, which is compete and hope for the best.”

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Hoops Games To Watch This Afternoon

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the college hoops regular season slowly winding down, today is certainly an important day for a variety of local Division 3 squads.

Here are a slew of games to keep tabs on as the day progresses. Make sure to check back for a roundup from these contests later this afternoon. Also, make sure to follow Noontime Sports on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog) for updates.

Men’s Basketball:

No. 3 WPI at Babson College (2 p.m.) – Since losing to the Engineers, the Beavers have won five of its last six games, including last weekend’s overtime thriller against Emerson College. Babson’s Joey Flannery has recorded 60 points in his team’s last two outings. He registered game-highs against Emerson College (43 points) and Wheaton College (17). The freshman forward was held to just nine points in 36 minutes against the Engineers, while teammate John Wickey led all players in that contest with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Engineers remain the top squad in the NEWMAC, despite falling to Emerson College on Wednesday. A win for the Beavers could certainly put them back in contention to host the conference tournament, but they’ll need help.

WPI’s Sam Longwell has recorded 34 points in his team’s last two contests. He scored 13 points in the Engineers’ 71-70 victory over Springfield and 21 points against the Lions.

Tufts University at No. 10 Williams College (4 p.m.) – With three games remaining, the Jumbos will look to reposition themselves in the standings with a victory against a talented Ephs squad that hasn’t lost since falling to Amherst in January. Tufts earned its first NESCAC win a few weeks ago when they defeated Bates College followed by a road win at Connecticut College.

With eight teams making the conference tournament, Tufts will need to capture this contest, as well as defeat Bowdoin College and Colby College at home next weekend. Williams would be the second seed if the tournament were to start today.

Duncan Robinson, who is seventh in the conference in points (120 points in NESCAC play), is averaging 16 points per game for Williams. He’s also a 90.9 percent free throw shooter, too. Tufts’ Hunter Sabety is 11th in the conference in points (107) and is averaging 14.6 points per game.

Other Games To Watch:

Nichols College @ Western New England (3 p.m.)  – Curry snapped Nichols’ winning streak (10 games), so can the Bison turn it around against the Golden Bears?

Wentworth @ Eastern Nazarene (3 p.m.) – The Leopards returned to the win column earlier this week by defeating University of New England. Can they earn win number 11 against a Lions squad that’s currently second in the conference? Eastern Nazarene has won five straight since falling to Gordon College on Jan. 18.

Becker at Lesley (2 p.m.) – The Hawks are making a push for first place in the NECC. They’re currently on a six-game winning streak and will look to earn a season sweep against the Lynx.

Salem State at Worcester State (3 p.m.) – Don’t count out the Lancers, who’re riding a four-game winning streak. Worcester State will look to avenge their earlier loss to the Vikings (71-62) and earn its fifth conference victory.

Women’s Basketball:

No. 6 Tufts University at No. 15 Williams College (2 p.m.) – Both teams have combined for 39 wins and two losses this season. Tufts will look to extend its winning streak to 21 games, while Williams, which is 19-2 overall and 5-2 in NESCAC play, will look to extend its current winning streak to eight games.

Similar to the men’s team, Williams hasn’t lost since falling to rival Amherst College. However, the Ephs split the season series with the Lord Jeffs by claiming a victory in Williamstown on January 22. Tufts handed the Lord Jeffs their first setback of the season by defeating Amherst in Medford, 63-56.

Both teams rank in the top three in points per game in the NESCAC as Williams is second with 65.9, while Tufts is third with 64.7. The Jumbos have held opponent to roughly 48-49 points per game, while the Ephs defense has yielded an average of 57-58 points per game.

Keep an eye on Williams College’s Ellen Cook, who is averaging 14.2 points per game. Tufts’ Hannah Foley has connected on 41.8 percent of her shots from three-point land.

Other Games To Watch:

Emmanuel College at St. Joe’s (Conn.) (1 p.m.) – The Saints will look to extend its current winning streak to five games when they travel to Connecticut to take on the Blue Jays, who’ve won three straight. Emmanuel is currently second place in the GNAC, while St. Joe’s is fifth.

Wheaton at WPI (2 p.m.) – The Lyons will look to earn their fourth straight win against the Engineers, which dates back to last season. A win would be back-to-back season sweeps for the Lyons, who recently claimed the top spot in the NEWMAC on Thursday with their win over Coast Guard.

MIT at Smith College (2 p.m.) – Since falling to Williams, the Pioneers have rebounded with three consecutive victories, including a 56-51 win over Wellesley last weekend. They’ll look to keep pace with the Blue, Coast Guard and Wheaton by attempting to earn their fourth straight victory against a talented MIT squad.

Eastern Connecticut at UMass Boston (1 p.m.) – The Beacons will attempt to close out the week with back-to-back wins. UMB lost earlier this season to Eastern Connecticut, 67-47.

Framingham State at Bridgewater State (1 p.m.) – The Rams, who’re currently second in the MASCAC, will look to earn an important win against a Bears squad that’s won four straight. Bridgewater defeated Framingham earlier this season, 81-76, thanks to 29 points from Jenna Williamson.

Mass. College Hoops: Early Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan

There were more than a handful of contests that took place earlier this afternoon and below are their outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Basketball 

No. 14 WPI 88, Keene State 69: Sam Longwell netted a game-best 22 points, along with seven rebounds, four steals and one assist as the Engineers defeated Keene State in Worcester and improved to 9-1 overall.  Zach Karalis scored 15 points off the bench, while Ryan Kolb and Aaron Davis scored 12 points, respectively.

TCNJ 71, Westfield State 66: Grant Cooper led the Owls with 20 points and 17 rebounds, but that wasn’t enough for Westfield State, which saw its six point lead at the break disappear in the second half.

MIT 81, Wheelock 51: Andrew Acker and Justin Pedley each netted 20 points as the Engineers defeated the Wildcats in Cambridge. Acker also registered 16 rebounds, 12 on defense. Joe Reedy led Wheelock with 14 points.

Elms 73, Framingham State 57: Jerry Buchanon scored a game-high 27 points, as well as recorded seven rebounds, five steals and four assists as the Blazers defeated Framingham State in Chicopee. Charles Collins led the Rams with 17 points.

Women’s Basketball

Marist 76, Boston University 65: The Red Foxes outscored the Terriers, 40-27, in the second half, which helped them earn a non-conference victory in Boston. BU’s Sarah Hope led all players with 19 points, while Melissa Gallo contributed 12 points and Danielle Callahan scored 10 points.    

Anna Maria 72, Elms 49: Trafficia Warburton recorded a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds, along four assists, three steals and one block as the AMCATs defeated the Blazers in Chicopee. Gianna Youngblood led Elms with 20 points, while Denisha Parks registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

St. Joe’s (ME) 69, Framingham State 57: Morgan Cahill recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Mackenzie Dufour scored 15 points as the Monks defeated the Rams in Maine. Kristen Hoffman led Framingham State with 17 points.

Rhode Island College 48, UMass Boston 30: Olivia Murphy and Andrea Suffredini combined for 23 points in the Beacon’s first conference setback of the season.

Southern Maine 63, Salem State 34: Rachel Carter scored 10 points, while Jessica Kuzmickas registered six points off the bench, but that wasn’t enough to spark the Vikings to victory.

Gordon 67, Lesley 31: Fredi Nielsen poured in a game-high 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Fighting Scots picked up their third win of the season. Tara Coleman led Lesley with 15 points.

Lasell 64, Plymouth State 59: Kayla Vincelette, Molly Lauver and Alexis Chappell each scored double figures as the Lasers beat the Panthers in New Hampshire.  

Wentworth 66, Maine-Farmington 61: The Leopards snapped their four-game skid thanks to 19 points from Rachael Camara and a double-double by Carly Rogers, who tallied 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Saint Rose 76, AIC 72: Alyssa Roach tallied 16 points, while Sarah Noble notched 14 points, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Yellow Jackets past Saint Rose.

Merrimack 67, So. New Hampshire 58: Chloe Rothman led the Warriors with 15 points, as well as recorded six assists and five rebounds, as Merrimack defeated Souther New Hampshire on the road.