Around The Rim with Bob Whitney

Around The Rim Whitney Social

By Bob Whitney 

Some random thoughts after looking around at the local and national basketball landscape.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)/Big Ten Conference (B1G) Basketball Challenge is always at the top of my viewing list each year – I love channel surfing.

This year, the Big 10 Conference reigned supreme with some impressive showings by Maryland, Purdue, Ohio State, and Penn State.

Purdue absolutely dismantled Virginia and exposed the ‘Hoos offensive shortcomings while Ohio State throttled North Carolina. It’s early but Ohio State is looking like they have the horsepower to make a run to the Final Four next April.

Speaking of the ACC, Boston College is on a four-game losing spin and facing a rigorous conference road trip this Saturday at Norte Dame. A highly-touted freshman class must grow up in a hurry or the Eagles will once again reside in the ACC’s bottom quartile.

Save the date: current No. 1 Louisville will visit Conte Forum on Jan. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m.

Carl Pierre, who played high school basketball at Boston College High School, is having an excellent season at UMass. The 2017 Catholic Conference MVP and two-time conference all-star selection is currently averaging 12 points per game.

Pierre and the Minutemen will visit Harvard on Saturday, December 7th with tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m. UMass will attempt to snap a four-game skid, which began prior to Thanksgiving with a 58-46 setback to Virginia. Harvard enters the non-conference clash at 4-4 – the Crimson have lost two-straight since beating Texas A&M last Thursday. 

Newton North’s Ethan Wright has seen an uptick in playing time this season with the Princeton Tigers. The second-year guard has logged 93 minutes in six contests this season – he even started a game last month against Indiana. Wright has scored 13 points on 5 of 21 shooting, including 3 of 14 from beyond the arc. He has pulled down 13 rebounds, including two offensive caroms to go along with five assists and two blocks.

Wright and the Tigers sit at 1-6 and are scheduled to compete next Tuesday, December 10th against Monmouth. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Coach Trish Brown and the Stonehill College women’s basketball team are off to an impressive 6-2 start. Sure, their lone setbacks have come against Bentley and Molloy, but they have been fun to watch, especially in their last two contests against Assumption College and Franklin Pierce.

Emily Bramanti, who played locally for Westford Academy, credited all of her teammates in their most recent win against the Ravens for stepping-up and making plays when needed.

“That is just the greatness of our team is that any night anybody can step-up and play, so it’s really exciting to see how far we can get going,” she said following the Skyhawks’ 68-59 win over the Ravens.

Bramanti concluded her team’s eighth contest with a team-high 16 points.

Stonehill hosts Saint Anselm College on Saturday before heading to Daytona Beach Florida two weeks later to compete in the Daytona Beach Shootout.

Finally, the Babson College men’s basketball team scored an exciting and impressive win last night over Amherst CollegeFrank Oftring, who grew up in North Attleboro, Massachusetts netted a career-high 30 points in the win to go along with 10 rebounds.

Babson’s Andrew Jaworski finished with 23 points with four of those points being recorded during the final 30 seconds of the second half.

Babson, which is 12-3 against the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) dating back to the 2016-17 season, will look to continue its early-season momentum this weekend when they compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge at Salem State University.

I’m getting ready to head back to warm and sunny Florida so I’ll be writing from the Sunshine State next week.

KEEP SHOOTING, Everyone!

Mass. College Lax: NCAA Championship Weekend Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The final weekend of the college lacrosse season is upon us.

Two local squads – Amherst College (women’s lacrosse) and Tufts University (men’s lacrosse) – along with a handful of Division I, II and III teams will be competing for national championships over the next few days. Below this weekend’s schedule, which does include non-Massachusetts teams, too.

Men’s Division I Schedule (Games on ESPN2, both Saturday & Monday):

* Denver vs. Duke, 1 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Maryland vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Denver/Duke vs. Maryland/Notre Dame, 1 p.m. (Championship), Monday, May 26

Men’s Division II Schedule (Watch on NCAA.com):

* LIU Post vs. Limestome, 4 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25  

Men’s Division III Schedule (Watch on NCAA.com):

* Tufts vs. Salisbury, 1 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25

Women’s Division I Schedule (Watch on ESPN3 & ESPNU):

* Virginia vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. (Semifinal) Friday, May 23

* Northwestern vs. Maryland, 7:30 p.m. (Semifinal) Friday, May 23

* Virginia/Syracuse vs. Northwestern/Maryland, 8:30 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25  (Game will be on ESPNU)

Women’s Division III Schedule:

* Trinity (Conn.) vs. SUNY Cortland, 1 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Amherst vs. Salisbury, 4 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Trinity/SUNY Cortland vs. Amherst/Salisbury, 2:30 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25

Quick Note: The Division II Women’s Lacrosse Championship was decided last weekend as Adelpi capped a perfect season by defeating Lock Haven, 7-5. Adelphi concluded the regular season 21-0.   

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

There were a variety of contests this afternoon and below are the scores and outcomes.

Men’s Lacrosse

Endicott 26, Nichols 8: Mitchell Tapley paced the Gulls with four tallies, while Kyle Webber netted a hat trick. Anthony Verville led the Bison with four goals.

Tufts 21, Conn. College 13: Chris Schoenhut led the Jumbos with seven tallies, while Cole Bailey recorded 11 points (three goals, eight assists) as Tufts defeated the Camels and improved to 7-1.

Springfield 13, Wheaton 5: Bryce Serriello paced the Pride with four goals, while Dom Roberto, Ryon Lynch and Dylan Sheehan each recorded two tallies as Springfield defeated the Lyons in its NEWMAC opener. Barrett Jenness led Wheaton with a hat trick.

Middlebury 8, Amherst 7: Jack Rautiola’s final goal, his third of the contest, provided the Panthers with the lead for good as Middlebury defeated the Lord Jeffs in Vermont. Amherst’s Kane Haffey and Devin Acton combined for five points.

Mitchell 11, Regis 10: The Pride’s five-game winning streak concluded in Connecticut as Regis’ comeback fell short following back-to-back man-up goals from Peter Leighton and Chris Campbell. Leighton led the Pride with four goals, while Billy Stewart netted a hat trick.

Rivier 6, Becker 5: Tom Johnson‘s lone goal with 3:50 remaining the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Raiders defeated the Hawks in Leicester. Myles White and John DeAngelis each netted two goals for Becker.

Women’s Lacrosse

Maryland 10, Boston College 9: Erin Collins‘ second goal of the contest provided the Terps with the lead for good as Maryland edged the Eagles at College Park. Sarah Mannelly paced the Eagles with four points (three goals, one assist), while Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix each netted two goals.

Adelphi 10, Stonehill 4: The Panthers raced out to 6-1 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Skyhawks and earned its ninth consecutive win. Stonehill, which is 4-4 overall and 3-2 in NE-10 play, received goals from Rebecca MathesonKelsey Shannahan and Mikayla Couch.

Amherst 11, Middlebury 10: Elizabeth Ludlow‘s goal with 3:35 remaining in the second half lifted the Jeffs past the Panthers in Amherst. Mia HaughtonDevin O’ConnorKrista Zsitvay and Meghan Mills each netted two goals in the win.

Endicott 17, Nichols 3: Callie Murphy recorded three goals and three assists, while Ryan Socolow picked up her seventh win between the pipes as the Gulls defeated the Bison in Dudley. Nichols’ Alexa Smith record two goals.

Springfield 17, MIT 4: Connie Nielsen netted a team-high four, while Michelle DorseyEmily RodgersEmily Fowler and Kelly Gallo each recorded hat tricks as the Pride defeated the Engineers in Springfield. Isabella DiDio paced MIT with two tallies.

Tufts 11, Conn. College 9: Gabby Horner and Caroline Ross combined for seven goals, while Rachel Gallimore turned away five shots as the Jumbos defeated the Camels in Connecticut.

Mass. College Lax: Wednesday Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the scores from today’s contests.

Men’s Lacrosse

* Roberts Wesleyan @ Assumption – postponed to tomorrow (2/20) at 4 p.m. 

* Springfield @ Gordon – postponed to tomorrow (2/20) at 4 p.m. 

Women’s Lacrosse

* Maryland 18, BU 8

* UMass 12, Holy Cross 6

* UNH @ BC – postponed to tomorrow (2/20) at 4 p.m. 

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com  

Here are Saturday’s scores and highlights.

Men’s Basketball 

Florida State 60, No. 22 UMass 55: The 10-game winning streak came to a screeching halt as the Minutemen converted 1 of 15 shots from beyond the arc, while going 14 of 24 from the charity stripe. Derrick Gordon led UMass with a team-high 12 points, while Chaz Williams and Cady Lalanne netted 10 points, respectively.

Boston University 83, Maryland 77: D.J. Irving registered a game-best 25 points, along with two assists and two steals as the Terriers defeated Maryland on the road.

Holy Cross 74, NJIT 55: Malcolm Miller scored a game-high 18 points, as well as registered nine rebounds, seven blocks, three assists and one steal, which helped the Crusaders cruise to their sixth win of the season.

Harvard 74, Vermont 68: Siyani Chambers poured in 27 points in 39 minutes, while Kyle Casey netted 11 points as the Crimson defeated the Catamounts in Cambridge.

Northeastern 62, Milwaukee 59: The Huskies six-game skid came to an end this evening as Northeastern rallied to earn its third win of the season. Scott Eatherton finished with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Bentley 99, Golden-Beacom 65: Tyler McFarland connected on 8 of 14 shots from the field, including two triples for game-high 18 points as the Falcons soared to their eighth win of the season.

Women’s Basketball

Harvard 60, Hofstra 41: Temi Fagbenle registered a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Erin McDonnell poured in a team-high 17 points as the Crimson defeated Hofstra to earn its eighth win of the season.

Bentley 71, LIU Post 59: Jen Gemma scored a team-high 20 points and recorded 12 caroms in 17 minutes, which helped the Falcons defeat the Pioneers. With the win, Bentley improves to 11-0 and remains the number one-ranked team in the USA TODAY Sports/ WBCA Division II poll.

Assumption 80, Bloomfield 70: Shannon Ray netted a game-high 17 points, as well as recorded five boards, four assists and one steal in the Hounds’ seventh victory of the season.

AIC 76, Chestnut Hill 52: Krista Ferrentino scored 16 points and recorded six boards, one assists and one steal in the Yellow Jackets’ seventh win of the season.