D3 Lacrosse Mid-Week Notebook: CGA Outlasts Wesleyan, Emerson Off To 3-0 Start

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Anthony Wyler’s game-winning goal in overtime on Tuesday helped the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team top Wesleyan University in an exciting non-conference clash. (Photo Credit: Paul Duddy)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was an exciting finish last night in New London, Connecticut as the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team stunned the second-ranked Wesleyan University Cardinals in overtime by a score of 10-9.

The win was the Bears’ third-straight of the 2018 season. Prior to defeating the Cardinals, CGA topped Eastern Connecticut (15-7) and Norwich University (17-1).

“The guys are pumped,” Coast Guard Academy coach Ray Le Forte said one day after his team’s exciting win. “(And) so is the campus, too.”

Coast Guard led Wesleyan, 9-8, with 5:24 remaining in the final session, but the Cardinals evened the score (9-9) and forced an extra session, thanks to a man-up goal from Christian Barker.

The Bears would counter 32 seconds into the extra session with Anthony Wyler, who rifled a shot from the top of the zone to secure an exciting and impressive one-goal victory.

Wyler concluded the contest with three goals and one assist, while Riley McNulty chipped in four goals and one assist. The game-winning goal was set-up by Matty Johnson, who concluded last night’s contest with one goal and one assist.

Courtesy of Coast Guard Academy Athletics, here is the game-winning goal, which has been a must-see on social media today! 

Tuesday’s win is certainly impressive one for a fourth-year program that has grown tremendously since its initial collegiate season in 2015.

Coast Guard Academy is coming off a 10-6 win season from a year ago, which saw the Bears win a program-best four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games.

The Bears will look to continue its early season momentum on Saturday, March 10 when they face Goucher College at 1 p.m. A few days later, the Bears will take on Ithaca College on Tuesday, March 13th at 1 p.m. with the contest taking place in Virginia Beach.

The Bears will begin conference play later this month when they host Clark University on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.

And one team the Bears will see later this season is Emerson College, which is also off to an impressive 3-0 start.

The Lions began their 2018 campaign with an impressive and hard-fought 13-12 win over Mount Ida College in double-overtime before defeating Lyndon State (7-4) and Albertus Magnus (10-9).

Emerson was initially scheduled to compete against Nichols College tomorrow (Thursday, March 8th), but due to this week’s nor-easter, the game has been postponed.

The Lions will return to action next Tuesday (Mar. 13th) when they host Thomas College at 6 p.m.

“We’re definitely starting to get there,” said Emerson coach Matt Colombini. “We have a lot of young talent and the returners that have been through it for a year now and know what we’re really expecting (of this program) and what being a college lacrosse player is, and they have turned the corner with that stuff.”

Colombini seems quite content about his team’s early season success, but knows his squad must keep the focus on playing a complete 60 minutes.

“I am excited to see in a couple weeks as we keep (working toward our goal of playing a complete game) where we end up and what our final product really looks like,” he said.

So far, Emerson has received some solid contributions from Jared Brush (13 goals, three assists) and Cameron Radenberg (two goals, nine assists). Additionally, a pair of first-years, Joe Meyers and Stevie Powers, have also contributed on the offensive end – the duo has combined for 12 points on seven goals and five assists, while Bailey Kennedy has also performed quite well between the pipes with 24 saves.

Following the team’s contest against Thomas, Emerson will face some challenging non-conference foes in Dean CollegeWentworth and UMass-Dartmouth. All three games – and yes, four, counting Thomas – will be good tests for the Lions, who hope to keep their early season momentum going later this spring.

“I think this year we have made the schedule much more challenging to get ready for NEWMAC games,” said Colombini. “The teams we have played (thus far) have been pretty good, but they have all been close, grind-it-out type of games, so at least we are finding a way to win right now, which is good.”

The team’s initial win over Mount Ida was certainly impressive – perhaps it could be   a game these Lions will look back on as motivation for more success later this season.

Weekend Watch: Games To Watch In New England D3 Hoops (Jan. 5-7th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s FRIDAY – wahoo! – but it is also quite cold outside, so make sure to head to one of these gyms this weekend to enjoy some quality New England Division III basketball!

As usual, make sure to stay connected with us on social media throughout the weekend for scores, news and more – and make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11, too).


Weekend Watch: Games to Watch Jan. 5th-7th

(MBB) No. 11 Williams at No. 14 Wesleyan (Friday, Jan. 5th | 7 p.m.): Can Wesleyan make it two-straight against their Little Three rival? Keep an eye on Williams’ James Heskett, who could be the difference in this one. PICK: Wesleyan 

(MBB) Amherst at Trinity (Friday, Jan. 5th | 7 p.m.): The Mammoths will look to bounce back from an early week setback to Eastern Connecticut. Trinity enters the contest riding a five-game winning streak, which includes a recent victory over Keene State. PICK: Trinity 

(WBB) Conn. College at Middlebury (Friday, Jan. 5th | 7 p.m.): The Panthers have enjoyed a successful start to their 2017-18 campaign. Can they begin New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play with a win over the Camels? PICK: Middlebury 

(MBB) Wheaton at Springfield (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): The Lyons began New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a six-point (79-73) win over Clark. Can they keep it rolling against a talented Springfield squad? Wheaton enters the contest riding a six-game winning streak. PICK: Wheaton 

(MBB) Albertus Magnus at Suffolk (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): A five-game winning streak has these Rams thinking optimistically about the second half of their season. PICK: Suffolk 

(WBB) Brandeis at New York University (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): Can these 8-2 Judges find a way past the Violets? Brandeis enters the conference clash riding a five-game winning streak. PICK: Brandeis 

(WBB) Castleton at Lyndon State (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 1 p.m.): A win for the Spartans would help them in their quest of eventually locking-up the top seed in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Tournament. PICK: Castleton 

(WBB) No. 4 Tufts at No. 11 Bowdoin (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): An early NESCAC semifinal preview – maybe a finals preview? Tufts’ Melissa Baptista could be the difference in this contests. PICK: Tufts 

(MBB) Bowdoin at Tufts (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): Can a Polar Bear outlast an Elephant or vice versa? Who knows, but this will be a good one to follow or attend.  PICK: Tufts 

(MBB) Salem State at Worcester State (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): Can the Vikings win the re-match of last year’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament Championship? PICK: Salem State 

(MBB) Endicott at Wentworth (Saturday, Jan. 6th | 3 p.m.): An important Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) clash that will could eventually determine tournament seeding next month. PICK: Endicott  

(MBB) Hamilton at Trinity (Sunday, Jan. 7th | 2 p.m.): Who is going to slow down these  Continentals? Hamilton looks like the team to beat in the NESCAC this year. PICK: Hamilton 

Friday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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Eastern Connecticut State University advanced to the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship following a semifinal win over UMass Boston on Friday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Here are the results from Friday’s conference tournament action with links to box scores, courtesy D3Hoops.com:

Thomas 71, Castleton 57 (MBB) 

Husson 98, Lyndon State 84 (MBB) 

Keene State 85, UMass Dartmouth 67 (MBB) 

Eastern Connecticut 86, UMass Boston 58 (MBB)

New England Coll. 52, Castleton 48 (WBB)

Husson 87, Colby-Sawyer 49 (WBB) 

New England D3 Hoops Notebook: MIT Men’s Hoops Focused On Playing The ‘Right Way’

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A young and exciting MIT men’s basketball team, which has won 11 of 14 contests this season, is continuing to learn how to play ‘ the right way,’ according to Coach Larry Anderson. (PHOTO CREDIT: MIT Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

It’s been a learning process for the MIT men’s basketball team this season.

Larry Anderson’s squad is extremely young – six first-years and six sophomores, to be exact – but every player is eager to learn, both through practices and games. And that willingness to be the best has resulted in an impressive 11-3 overall ledger.

Senior co-captain Tim Butala is one of many players that have stepped-up this season for the Cardinal and Gray – he has netted a team-high 200 points, including 18 trifectas.

Sophomores Dakota Pierce, Cameron Korb and AJ Jurko have also contributed to MIT’s recent success on both ends of the court – all three can drive, pull-up and secure important rebounds, especially on defense.

“I am proud of my guys,” Anderson said following his team’s 84-59 win over Fitchburg State on Monday. “They’re finding a way to compete and figuring out how to play basketball the right way.”

Playing basketball the ‘right way,’ according to Anderson, starts with defense followed by success at the free-throw line. And the Engineers defense certainly did its job against the Falcons, forcing 15 turnovers that resulted in 20 points.

Additionally, the Engineers were successful at the stripe, converting 20 of 28 free throws, while locating quality shots, both inside and outside the half circle.

The game also featured glimpses of what this squad could become – again, the Engineers are young, but constantly learning from Anderson and the coaching staff on how to play basketball ‘the right way.’

“I saw a few plays that we made on both ends that I was pleased with,” said Anderson.

Those few plays Anderson highlighted will be needed throughout the remainder of the season, especially over the next few weeks.

MIT, currently 3-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, is set to host Springfield College on Saturday before entertaining top-ranked Babson College on Wednesday.

“We’re 0-0 right now. That is the way we have always approached it,” said Anderson. “Our guys understand that each game is different, each matchup is different and we try to prepare that way, so we’ll see what we can do.”

Extra, Extra: Earlier this week, I saw an exciting Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) clash between Mount Ida College and Lasell College (men’s basketball).

The game was billed as a must-see contest and it lived up to the hype.

Lasell captured the game, improving to 6-0 in league play and 9-4 overall. Their win snapped Mount Ida’s longest win-streak in league play of six-games.

Senior Armin Omanovic was quite impressive; netting a game-high 35 points, while sophomore Tim Blair sank a season-best eight three-pointers. Blair was on a roll after his initial trifecta in the opening session, knocking down three-pointer after three-pointer. He finished the game 8 of 14 from beyond the arc.

Mount Ida did not back down after the opening tip, receiving contributions on both ends from senior Ethan Dujon and juniors Jayson Clark and Errald Jordine.

Both teams will play again later this month, so if you’re looking for a quality mid-week clash, head over to Mount Ida on Wednesday, January 25.

* The Endicott College men’s basketball bounced back from a 74-70 setback to Western New England with an 82-66 win over Salve Regina on Wednesday. The Gulls will host Nichols College on Saturday – if you’re around, head to campus to watch a very important Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) clash. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

* The Roger Williams University women’s basketball secured the top spot in the CCC with a 57-47 win over Western New England on Wednesday. Both teams entered the game undefeated.

Senior Bridget Quilty led the Hawks with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Anna Walther netted 15 points and dished out a trio of assists. Roger Williams visits Gordon on Saturday.

* The Eastern Connecticut State University men’s basketball captured its sixth-straight contest last night by defeating UMass Dartmouth to bump its conference ledger to 4-0. Both teams last met in the Little East Conference (LEC) semifinal last season, a game the Corsairs captured en route to the league championship.

The Warriors of Eastern Connecticut return to the hardwood on Saturday when they visit UMass Boston. The Beacons have won three-straight, including a double-overtime win last night against Plymouth State.

* New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play just started, but I have a few teams – or technically thoughts on some squads worth keeping an eye on over the next few weeks.

The Bates College men’s basketball team could be a tough out in the league tournament; they’re off to their best start in league play since 2011 (the Bobcats are currently 2-0). The Bobcats have a challenging weekend ahead – they will face Hamilton tomorrow (Friday, January 13) and Middlebury College on Saturday.

Middlebury visit Tufts University on Friday evening – that game should be a must-watch or attend if you’re in the area. Could this game be perhaps a semifinal or championship preview? Possibly, but I also think we shouldn’t overlook Williams College, too.

As for some women’s NESCAC teams to watch, keep an eye on Bowdoin College, Connecticut College and Middlebury. All three will challenge Amherst College and Tufts for the top spot.

* The Husson University women’s basketball team has been unstoppable this season, winning nine of ten games, including six North Atlantic Conference (NAC) tilts. They could distance themselves in the standings this weekend with wins over Johnson State and Lyndon State.

Keep an eye on Lyndon State junior Mikayla Hodge, who was tabbed this week’s conference player of the week after posting a three double-doubles last week. She averaged 16.7 points per game, 14.7 caroms and 1.3 blocks.

Mass. College Hoops: Div. III Men’s Basketball Winning Streaks

By Matt Noonan 

Courtesy of our friend Matt Tittle, who is the sports information director at Becker College, here is an updated tally of the local New England Div. III men’s basketball conference winning streaks:

New England Collegiate Conference: Becker College, 36 games

Great Northeast Atlantic Conference: Albertus Magnus, 26 games

New England Small College Athletic Conference: Amherst College, 10 games

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference: MIT, 7 games

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference: Salem State, 7 games 

Commonwealth Coast Conference: Salve Regina, 6 games  

Little East Conference: Rhode Island College, 4 games

North Atlantic Conference: Castleton State & Lyndon State, 2 games

University Athletic Association: Many with 1