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.

Mass. College Hoops: Weekend Schedule (Dec. 13-15)

By NoontimeSports.com 

There maybe a snowstorm on the way, but as of this afternoon, here is this weekend’s schedule.

Friday, Dec. 13: 

* Worcester State at Springfield College, 7 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Springfield College at Worcester State, 7:30 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

Saturday, Dec. 14: 

* Framingham State at St. Joe’s (ME), 12 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Anna Maria at Elms College, 12 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* TCNJ at Westfield State, 12:30 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Marist at Boston University, 1 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* UMass Boston at Rhode Island College, 1 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Southern Maine at Salem State, 1 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Lesley University at Gordon College, 1 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Lasell College at Plymouth State, 1 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Keene State at No. 14 WPI, 1 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Wheelock at MIT, 1 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Merrimack at So. New Hampshire, 1:30 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* American International at Saint Rose, 1:30 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Framingham State at Elms College, 2 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Maine-Farmington at Wentworth Institute of Technology, 2 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* UMass Boston at Rhode Island College, 3 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Lesley University at Gordon College, 3 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Southern Maine at Salem State, 3 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Northern Illinois at No. 22 UMass, 3:30 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Merrimack at So. New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* American International at Saint Rose, 3:30 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

Sunday, Dec. 15: 

* Philadelphia at Boston College, 12 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Norfolk State at Boston University, 1 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Northeastern University at Fairfield, 1 p.m. (Men’s Hoops)

* Maine at Northeastern University, 2 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* New Hampshire at Boston College, 3 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* UMass Lowell at Central Conn. State, 4 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

* Western Conn. State at Regis (Mass.), 6 p.m. (Women’s Hoops)

Mass. College Soccer: NCAA D3 Pairings

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NCAA released the 2013 Division 3 men’s and women’s soccer tournament pairings this afternoon and below is the first round schedule, which features a variety of local teams that either won their conference tournament or were an at-large bid.

Men’s Soccer: 

* Johnson & Wales at Brandeis

* Elms at Williams

* Western New England at MIT @ Williams College

* Wheaton vs. Plattsburgh State @ St. Lawrence

* Bridgewater State State at Amherst

* Gordon vs. East Conn. State @ Amherst College

Women’s Soccer:  

* MIT vs. Rochester Inst. @ TCNJ

* Lasell at Messiah

* Amherst vs. Springfield @ Messiah

* Endicott vs. Scranton @ Middlebury College

* Bridgewater State at Middlebury

* Lesley at Williams

Mass. College Softball: Locals Earn Sports In NCAA D3 Tourney

Five local squads will be competing in this year's NCAA Div. III Tournament! (Photo Credit: Active.com)

Five local squads will be competing in this year’s NCAA Div. III Tournament! (Photo Credit: Active.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The 2013 NCAA Division III Softball tournament will commence this week with 62 teams vying for eight spots in the final bracket. And five of those squads hail from Massachusetts.

Babson College, Bridgewater State, Lesley University, Springfield College and Tufts University each earned spots in the Babson Regional, which begins on Thursday at 10 a.m. All five teams have competed for a national championship, but have never won.

Below is the teams’ history, as well as their first round game.

Babson College – The Beavers make their first appearance since 2006 and are 3-4 overall.

Bridgewater State – The Bears return to the bracket for the first time since 2006. They’re 26-40 overall, and last appearance in the championship in 1994 as they lost to TCNJ.

Lesley University – The Lynx will make their third straight appearance and have never won a tournament tilt.

Springfield College – Similar to the Bears, the Pride return to the tournament for the first time since 2009, and are 5-12 overall.

Tufts University – The Jumbos will make their 13th appearance and will attempt to build off their 29-24 mark.

First Round: Thursday, May 9

* No. 1 Tufts vs. No. 8 Lesley @ 10 a.m.

* No. 4 Springfield vs. No. 5 St. Joe’s of Maine @ noon

* No. 3 Babson vs. No. 6 Bridgewater @ 2 p.m.

The other matchup, which features two non-Massachusetts teams, will take place at 4 p.m. as No. 2 Rowan squares off against No. 7 Husson.

For more information on the Babson Regional – HOP HERE