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Noontime’s Basketball Notebook: Familiar Faces In New Places


By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It has been a busy few days in the D3 basketball world with some coaching changes, especially here in New England.

For starters, we learned a few days ago that Tom Glynn will be taking over the Rhode Island College men’s basketball program after guiding Nichols College to a pair of Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championships the past two winters.

Glynn turned the Bison into a very solid New England program and is expected to work his magic with the Anchormen this upcoming season.

The news of Glynn’s departure from Nichols to RIC was announced last Wednesday, June 20th.

“Rhode Island College is a special place and I consider myself extremely fortunate to be part of this community,” said Glynn via the RIC release.

“This basketball program has a winning tradition and great support from the campus and local community.  I look forward to working with the talented group of student-athletes in our pursuit to hang the next banner in The Murray Center.”

Glynn takes over for coach Michael Byrnes, who guided the Anchormen to an 8-18 overall record, including a 5-9 mark in the Little East Conference (LEC).

Also being named a new head coach last Wednesday was former Middlebury College assistant Jessica Turner, who takes over a talented Skidmore College women’s basketball team.

Turner, who played basketball at Castleton University, spent five seasons with the Panthers, assisting them to a 17-8 ledger this past winter, along with an appearance in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament. She was instrumental in helping Catherine Harrison earn the conference’s Rookie of the Year honor at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

“It is truly an honor to be selected as the next women’s basketball coach at Skidmore,” Turner said via the Skidmore press release last week. “I am humbled and incredibly excited by this amazing opportunity!

Skidmore captured the Liberty League (LL) crown this past winter before making its second appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in program history.

Additional Coaching News

Joseph Busacca will lead the Curry College men’s basketball team this winter after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at Manhattanville College

Charles “Guy” Rancourt will oversee the Western Connecticut men’s basketball team this winter. Rancourt coached Lycoming this past winter, but is an alum of Western Connecticut. 

Danny Lawson, who was recently an assistant at Endicott College, recently was named the third men’s basketball coach at Emmanuel College.

Worcester State announced at the beginning of the month that Tyler Hundley will oversee the Lancers this upcoming season. Hundley was recently an associate coach with the Keene State men’s basketball team. 

Stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage by following @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter. 

New England D3 Notebook: Eastern Conn. State Starts New Year With Win Over Amherst

Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy 2017, everyone!

I hope the New Year is treating you (and your family and friends) well.

It has been a while since I pumped out a New England D3Hoops notebook, so my goal for the remainder of the season to publish at least one (maybe two) per week.

Let’s kick off this notebook with a big win from Connecticut earlier this week where the Eastern Connecticut State University men’s basketball scored an impressive win over Amherst College. Senior Hugh Lindo helped the Warriors secure their eighth win of the season by tallying 21 points, while pulling down 14 rebounds.

One of Lindo’s 21 points happened to be his 1,000th point of his career.

Lindo became the program’s all-time leading rebounder last month when the Warriors defeated Southern Maine. He currently leads the unit with 159 caroms.

Eastern Connecticut has won four consecutive contests, dating back to an 89-72 win last month over Eastern at the Hoop Miami Holiday Slam. Additionally, the Warriors have captured six of their last seven games and will look to extend their current winning streak to five-straight wins when they host Plymouth State on Saturday, January 7 with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Could the Babson College women’s basketball team be the ‘team to beat’ in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)?

I think so!

The Beavers rebounded after a tough loss a few days ago – technically, last year (December) – by starting the New Year with a 65-47 win over WPI.

The game, which was held in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a rematch of last year’s tournament final.

Junior Brenna LeGacy led the Green and White with 18 points, while the Beavers combined for 12 of 13 free throws en route to their 10th win of the season. Babson is now 34-21 all-time against WPI and has won 16 of their last 18 meetings against the Engineers, according to yesterday’s release.

Babson will look to capture their fifth-straight NEWMAC contest on Saturday when they host Mount Holyoke.

Staying in the NEWMAC, the Springfield College men’s basketball team scored an impressive win last night, defeating WPI, 71-63. The win was the Pride’s fourth-straight victory, dating back to their initial win of their current steak over Amherst.

First-year Jake Ross helped the Pride earn their initial league win by netting 29 points (that matched his career-high point total), while adding seven rebounds, five steals and a quartet of swipes.

Ross was tabbed this week’s NEWMAC Co-Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.

Springfield also received career-best 25 points from junior Andy McNulty – 15 of his 25 points came from beyond the arc.

Springfield is my pick to challenge Babson for the NEWMAC crown – I am expecting the Pride and Beavers to reach the league championship, but let’s not forget about MIT and WPI – both teams could also appear in the league’s finale, too.

The Endicott College men’s basketball team has yet to lose a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tilt this season. Recently, they defeated Wentworth, 76-67, to bump their league record to 4-0.

This evening, the Gulls host Gordon College, which lost a heartbreaker to Nichols College on Tuesday. Nichols and Endicott are tied for first place in the conference, but keep an eye on the Fighting Scots over the next few weeks.

Following their contest against Gordon, Endicott will hit the road for a pair of league tilts, beginning Saturday at Western New England followed by a visit to Salve Regina next Wednesday.

Prior to their win over Wentworth, Endicott captured the Salem State Holiday Classic, defeating both Regis College and Southern Maine. The win over the Pride provided head coach Kevin Bettencourt with his 50th career victory with the Gulls.

Looking for a good game to watch online (or follow via live stats) this evening? Tune into Roger Williams versus University of New England women’s basketball with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

A few coaches have told me the Hawks should be a ‘team to watch’ over the next few weeks – don’t be shocked if they crack our Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

A win over the Nor’easters would be Roger Williams’ first win since edging University of New England in overtime on February 21, 2015.

Senior Bridget Quilty and junior Anna Walther have paced the Blue and Gold’s offense, netting 151 and 128 points, respectively. Quilty also leads the team in rebounds with 67, while junior Mariah Nichols is second with 59.

Have a question or thought or opinion? Let us know by sending us either a tweet or tweet message to @NoontimeSports or @MattNoonan11

New England D3 Basketball: 2016-17 Conference Predictions


By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

Another NCAA Division III New England basketball season officially tips-off this evening.

Earlier today – I mean, very early this morning – Clark University commenced its campaign with a midnight victory over Worcester State. It was the second time in two years that both schools tipped off after midnight.

In honor of a brand new season, it is time to dish out my Noontime Sports conference predictions – who wins the conference crown, as well as what team(s) will contend for the title.

Commonwealth Coast Conference (MBB)

Conference Champion: Endicott

Contenders: Gordon, Nichols and Wentworth

Dark horse: Western New England

Commonwealth Coast Conference (WBB)

Conference Champion: University of New England

Contenders: Roger Williams, Western New England and Endicott

Dark horse: Salve Regina

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (MBB)

Conference Champion: Albertus Magnus

Contenders: Johnson & Wales, Lasell and Emmanuel

Dark horse: Mount Ida

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (WBB)

Conference Champion: Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

Contenders: Johnson & Wales, Norwich and Emmanuel

Dark horse: Suffolk and Lasell

Little East Conference (MBB)

Conference Champion: Keene State

Contenders: Eastern Conn., UMass Dartmouth and Plymouth State

Dark horse: Southern Maine

Little East Conference (WBB)

Conference Champion: UMass Dartmouth

Contenders: Keene State, Eastern Conn. and Western Conn.

Dark horse: UMass Boston

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MBB)

Conference Champion: Fitchburg State

Contenders: Salem State and Bridgewater State

Dark horse: Worcester State

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (WBB)

Conference Champion: Framingham State

Contenders: Westfield State, Bridgewater State and Worcester State

Dark horse: MCLA

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (MBB)

Conference Champion: Babson

Contenders: MIT, WPI and Springfield

Dark horse: Emerson

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (WBB)

Conference Champion: WPI

Contenders: Babson, Springfield and MIT

Dark horse: Coast Guard Academy and Wheaton 

New England Collegiate Conference (MBB)

Conference Champion: So. Vermont

Contenders: Regis, Daniel Webster and Becker

Dark horse: Elms 

New England Collegiate Conference (WBB)

Conference Champion: Regis

Contenders: Elms, Wheelock and Mitchell

Dark horse: Newbury

New England Small College Athletic Conference (MBB)

Conference Champion: Amherst

Contenders: Tufts, Williams, Trinity and Middlebury

Dark Horse: Colby

New England Small College Athletic Conference (WBB)

Conference Champion: Tufts

Contenders: Amherst, Conn. College, Bowdoin

Dark horse: Williams and Colby

North Atlantic Conference (MBB)

Conference Champion: Colby-Sawyer

Contenders: Husson, Thomas and Castleton

Dark horse: Johnson State and Green Mountain

North Atlantic Conference (WBB)

Conference Champion: Husson

Contenders: New England College, Maine Maritime and Castleton

Dark horse: Colby-Sawyer

New England D3Lax Notebook: Extra Sessions Provide Early Season Confidence For UMass Boston

Calvin Lee and the UMass Boston men's lacrosse team have won three overtime contests this season. (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

Calvin Lee and the UMass Boston men’s lacrosse team have won three overtime contests this season. (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

By Matt Noonan 

Tyler Low had never been apart of a five-overtime contest, but that was the way his UMass Boston men’s lacrosse team commenced its 2016 season.

Against Rivier, the Beacons needed five extra sessions before Calvin Lee deposited the game-winner, which provided UMass Boston with its initial win of the season.

“That was definitely the longest game I have ever been apart of in any sport,” said Low, who is in his sixth season with the Beacons.

Since their dramatic win against the Raiders, UMass Boston has won four straight, including a pair of overtime victories against Wentworth (10-9) and Nichols (9-8).

UMass Boston’s five consecutive wins matched the program’s start from the 2005 season.

“The theme all preseason was to compete for as long as it took to win,” said Low. “Whether it is 60 minutes or 90 minutes, my team puts in the work at practice.”

In addition to a fast start, the Beacons have received 33 points from Lee thus far on 17 goals and 16 assists. Low believes the senior from Hopkinton, Massachusetts inspires his teammates to elevate their game.

“Calvin is a special player,” said Low. “I believe his toughness on the field is what sets him apart and helps (jumpstart our attack). His poise and ability to make the next play regardless of any in-game adversity we may face is a testament to the type of player and leader he is.”

Sophomores Matthew Duggan and Conor Smith have highlighted the team’s offensive output, combining for 20 goals and 12 assists. First-year Michael Lund is fourth on the team with seven points on five goals and two assists.

UMass Boston will look to keep its momentum going tomorrow when they visit Emerson College for a 1:00 p.m. face-off. Following their visit with the Lions, the Beacons will compete against a trio of non-conference squads before opening Little East Conference (LEC) play against the Owls of Keene State on Saturday, April 2.

Low is optimistic about this year’s non-conference slate – he believes every team his squad has or will face will prepare the unit for a conference title run.

“Our goal with our non-conference play is to give our team as much experience as possible in different game situations,” said Low. “The hope is (our non-conference games) will be experiences our team can fall back on later in the season.”

News and Notes from around New England: The Clark University men’s lacrosse team is off to its best start in program history, winning four straight contests. Will Mandracchia highlighted his team’s last outing against Cazenovia, registering eight points on four goals and four assists. Next up for the Cougars is a Wednesday evening contest against Salve Regina … An 8-1 run during the opening session of Wednesday’s contest against Babson College helped the Bates College women’s lacrosse team go onto capture a 12-7 victory. The Bobcats – winners of four straight – matched the program’s start from 2003. Moriah Greenstein led the Bobcats with four goals … Babson’s Spencer Low matched his career high with six goals, while registering his 100th marker of his career as the Beavers rolled past Gordon, 22-3 … The Salve Regina University men’s lacrosse team is one win away from matching the program’s 7-0 start from 2014. The Seahawks recently claimed a 13-6 victory over Johnson & Wales. This weekend they commence Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play with a 12 p.m. face-off against Endicott College … Speaking of overtime, the Norwich University women’s lacrosse team needed triple-overtime to get past Thomas as the Cadets claimed a 9-8 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Sabine Field. Teresa Segreti netted the game-winner at 5:07 in the third extra session … Kasondra Moniz helped the New England College women’s lacrosse team capture its second straight victory by recording five points on three goals and two assists in a 16-0 victory over Bay Path. Moniz has recorded a pair of goals in four games this season.

D3 Hoops Weekend Notebook: Tufts Snaps Amherst’s Home Winning Streak, Flannery Leads Babson Past WPI In Double OT

Tufts University junior Michaela North netted a three-pointer with 49 seconds left to lift the eighth ranked Jumbos past No. 2 Amherst on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Boston Globe)

Tufts University junior Michaela North netted a three-pointer with 49 seconds left to lift the eighth ranked Jumbos past No. 2 Amherst on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Boston Globe)

By Matt Noonan

Saturday was yet another exciting day in the NCAA Division III college basketball world as eighth ranked Tufts University snapped second-ranked Amherst College’s 121-game home winning streak. The loss was Amherst’s first defeat on their home court since January 31, 2009.

Amherst entered yesterday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash eight victories away for tying the NCAA record for all divisions with 129 home wins – a mark that was established by the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team from 1943 to 1955.

With yesterday’s 52-51 victory over the Purple and White, Tufts slides into first place in the conference, improving to 20-2 overall and 9-0 in league play.

Josie Lee helped the Jumbos pick-up a critical road win with a late fourth quarter layup that extended the Powder Blue and White’s lead to three-points (50-47). Michaela North drained a three-pointer minutes later – 49 seconds to be exact – to secure the team’s 20th victory of the season.

Joey Flannery and the Babson College men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to five games as the Beavers outlasted 19th ranked WPI in Babson Park in double-overtime. Flannery, who played all 50 minutes, netted a game-high 41 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds. Clyde Niba paced the Engineers with 23 points, while Sean Doncaster added 20 points.

Jashanti Allen‘s trifecta with five seconds remaining helped WPI force an extra session before Flannery and Charlie Rice each converted one free throw during the final seconds of the second overtime to secure a win for the Green and White.

Babson currently sits atop the NEWMAC with a 9-1 league record, MIT is in second at 8-2, while WPI checks in third at 6-4.

In Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play, the 17th ranked Johnson & Wales men’s basketball team ran its winning streak to 20 games as the Wildcats defeated Anna Maria in Providence, Rhode Island by a score of 98-63.

Johnson & Wales – now 20-1 overall and 14-0 in league play – had a trio of players post 20 points or more in the win. Quarry Greenaway netted 24 points and registered 10 rebounds, while Tom Garrick chipped in 22 points, 13 caroms and a three blocks.

Trinity College’s Jaquann Starks registered 14 points, four assists and a pair of blocks to lead the Bantams to a 78-66 victory over Bates College. With the win, Trinity improves to 16-6 overall and takes over first place in the NESCAC with a 7-1 league mark with two games remaining.

Nina Davenport totaled 22 points and 15 rebounds, while converting six of her 11 attempts from beyond the arc to lead the Bates College women’s basketball team to a 77-61 road victory against Trinity.

UMass Boston’s Quadry Allen scored the game-winning layup with 0.9 left to provide the Beacons with an exciting 64-63 win over Rhode Island College. The was was also head coach Jason Harris‘ initial victory against his alma mater. (Allen’s layup is below – courtesy of UMass Boston Athletics).

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