Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone. I hope you are ALL doing well and ready for another great day – I know I am!

It may not totally feel like spring (or summer) like it did yesterday, but I am confident the weather this morning and early afternoon will put a smile on your face. And you know what will also make you smile (and feel happy) is a brand new Daily Noontime, so let’s get started.

The TD Garden will be the go-to site for some great local high school basketball this afternoon and evening – here is today’s Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) schedule:

  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Matignon vs. Cathedral, 2 p.m. 
  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Snowden vs. Abington, 3:45 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Andover vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 5:30 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Lynn English vs. Mansfield, 7:15 p.m. 

As of this morning, it appears as if fans will be allowed to attend these four games, but if anything changes due to COVID-19, we will let you know! Fans can also stream all four contests through NFHSNetwork.com.

The Boston Bruins will return to the ice this evening when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for a 7 p.m. face-off. Boston is looking to return to the win column after losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning this past weekend.

Following their trip to Philadelphia, Boston will head to upstate New York for a Friday evening affair with the Buffalo Sabres before returning home on Saturday, March 14th for a 7 p.m. face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for three wins this week!

The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening, kicking off a three-game set in four days with a visit to the Indiana Pacers with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Boston is looking to return to the win column after being edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Following their visit to Indiana, the Celtics will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday followed by a home date Friday, March 13th against the Washington Wizards.

With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the New England region, as well as the country, the NBANHL, and MLB are preparing for the possibility of playing games without fans.

Speaking of games without fans, according to D3Hoops.com, Amherst College, which will be the host site of this week’s NCAA D-III Women’s Basketball Sectional semifinals and finals, will not allow supporters of the four teams in their gym after denying access last weekend for three games, including the Mammoths’ initial postseason contest against Framingham State University.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the Norwich University women’s ice hockey team will play its first NCAA Tournament game against Amherst on Wednesday, March 11th without any fans due to concerns of the coronavirus. And this may not be the first postseason college hockey game to not include fans.

Finally, we’re inching closer to learning where Tom Brady will play this season – will it be with the New England Patriots or somewhere else? Amy Trask of The Athletic thinks there are plenty of teams that would love to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Mass. High Schools: Games To Watch (Week Five)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The fifth week of the Massachusetts high school football season began a few days ago – Rivers was edged by Hamden (Conn.), while Kipp Academy and Stoughton scored wins last night.

This evening, we have some very intriguing (and important) matchups to follow, as well as some games to watch tomorrow, too.

Here are some predictions for games both today and tomorrow, including our Noontime Sports Game of the Week between Masconomet and North Reading.


Game of the Week: Masconomet at North Reading (Friday, Oct. 4th at 7 p.m.): The Hornets have been very impressive this season, scoring recent wins against Hamilton-Wenham (41-15) and Newburyport (28-14). North Reading quarterback Jack Keller will be challenged against a Chieftains defense, which is yielding an average of 8.6 points per game. Masconomet halfback Will Hunter will be the key for the Red and White as they look to score an important Cape Ann League (CAL) road win. PREDICTION: Masconomet over North Reading

Millis at Medway (Friday, Oct. 4th at 3:45 p.m.): After falling to Dover-Sherborn one week ago, look for Brian Kane and the Mohawks to find a way to bounce back on the road against the Mustangs of Medway. PREDICTION: Millis over Medway 

Wellesley at Natick (Friday, Oct. 4th at 4 p.m.): A pair of 4-0 teams are set to kick-off at 4 p.m. this afternoon- look for Natick to make one or two extra plays down the stretch s to secure a hard-fought and important conference win against the Raiders. PREDICTION: Natick over Wellesley 

Wakefield at Burlington (Friday, Oct. 4th at 4:30 p.m.): Burlington was impressive one week ago against Watertown – look for a similar effort this afternoon against Wakefield. PREDICTION: Burlington over Wakefield 

Medford at Everett (Friday, Oct. 4th at 5 p.m.): Medford has certainly shown improvements the past few weeks, but this will be a tough conference test for the Blue and White. PREDICTION: Everett over Medford 

Waltham at Cambridge (Friday, Oct. 4th at 7 p.m.): Carl-Heinz Renaudin highlighted the Hawks’ win last week against Newton South and will certainly be a player to watch against a Falcons squad that is eager to return to the win column. PREDICTION: Waltham over Cambridge 

Ipswich at Somerville (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 2:30 p.m.): Give the Highlanders credit for facing some tough competition in the first month. That experience should help them find a way to tame the Tigers of Ipswich at Dilboy Stadium. PREDICTION: Somerville over Ipswich 

Malden at Hamilton-Wenham (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 3 p.m.): Both teams enter Saturday’s mid-afternoon clash seeking a win. The Generals have the upper-hand in this match-up, but look for the Golden Tornadoes to provide them with some challenges in all four quarters. PREDICTION: Hamilton-Wenham over Malden. 

Holliston at Westwood (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 3 p.m.): Holliston has looked very impressive in its first three games and should continue its recent momentum against Westwood on Saturday. PREDICTION: Holliston over Westwood 

St. John Paul II at Matignon/St. Joseph (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Warriors, who fell to Austin Prep last week on the road. St. John Paul cracked the win column last Friday with a 28-14 win over CathedralPREDICTION:. St. John Paul II over Matignon/St. Joseph 

Mass. High Schools: Week Two Picks

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The Belmont Marauders begin their season on Friday, September 13th against Wakefield. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Ah, another Friday evening (and weekend) of high school football has arrived – are you ready for some Friday Night Lights?

This evening, I’ll be covering Arlington Catholic at Watertownyou can follow our coverage on Twitter @Noontime_FB – and I certainly have a prediction for the non-conference clash below.

With kickoff quickly approaching, let’s dish out picks for week two and see if I can improve my mark from last week where I picked three of seven contests correctly.


Game of the Week: Arlington Catholic at Watertown (Friday, Sept. 13th at 7 p.m.): Both teams should be in contention later this fall for their respective sectional playoffs, but for Watertown to be successful they must find a way to slow down some key transfers from Pope John’s Super Bowl team last December. Arlington Catholic boasts some impressive talent on both sides of the ball but must stop Watertown halfbacks, David Manoukian and Karim MonroePrediction: Arlington Catholic 21, Watertown 13 


Tewksbury at Needham (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): A tough test for the Rockets against a Tewksbury squad that was idle one week ago. Look for Tewksbury to jump out to an early lead and not look back. PREDICTION: Tewksbury 28, Needham 10 

Martha’s Vineyard at Mystic Valley (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): Second-year coach Danny Kelly‘s squad is a year older – they gained some valuable experience last season as a young team, which should help the Eagles soar to an opening day win. PREDICTION: Mystic Valley 18, Martha’s Vineyard 14 

Stoughton at Medford (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): Coach John Curley seems optimistic about his Mustangs, who should be able to deliver the first-year coach his first win. PREDICTION: Medford 21, Stoughton 10 

Wakefield at Belmont (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): After sitting idle last weekend, expect coach Yann Kumin‘s squad to be ready to go come kickoff. Look for the senior leadership on both sides of the ball to carry the Marauders to an opening day win. PREDICTION: Belmont 24, Wakefield 14

Minuteman at Matignon/St. Joseph’s Prep (Friday, Septemeber 13th @ 7 p.m.): The Warriors will look to earn their first win of the season against a Minuteman squad that graduated some key pieces from last year’s 6-5 team. Quarterback Sam Wright should be able to lead the offense up and down the field this evening for a few scores. PREDICTION: Matignon 20, Minuteman 14 

Cambridge at Arlington (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): I didn’t expect the Falcons to win their season-opener against Boston Latin, but Cambridge proved me wrong. So tonight I’ll take the Falcons over the Spyponders. PREDICTION: Cambridge 28, Arlington 21 

Medfield at Dedham (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): After a tough loss to East Bridgewater last week, look for Dedham to bounce back with an opening night win against the Warriors. PREDICTION: Dedham 28, Medfield 14 

Falmouth at Somerville (Saturday, September 14th at 11 a.m.): The Highlanders capped their 2018 season with some serious momentum, which should carry into this season. But an opening day date with Falmouth is not an easy match-up. Falmouth is considered one of the top teams in Division 5 South and should certainly provide match-up problems for the Highlanders. PREDICTION: Falmouth 28, Somerville 13 

Mass. High Schools: Hill Is Ready To Coach The Lexington Minutemen

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Mike Hill, who previously coached the Matignon/St. Joseph football program will be coaching the Lexington High School Minutemen this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

For Mike Hill, Friday cannot come soon enough.

The former Matignon / St. Joseph Prep football coach is eager to begin a new chapter in his coaching journey this Friday, August 16th with Lexington High School – the team is scheduled to commence their new season with an 11:30 a.m. practice.

“We are really excited about the beginning of the 2019 season,” said Hill, who is eager to be coaching in the Middlesex League.

Hill inherits a talented Minutemen squad that has competed in the last three Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 1 North playoffs and is expected to once again contend for a sectional title in November.

“Lexington has had a successful run over the last few years, and this group is determined to continue what the team has done during that span,” said Hill.

For Lexington to enjoy another successful campaign, they will need to lean on their upperclassmen, including senior halfback and linebacker Kevin Xiong, junior tailback and defensive back Mason Hatfield, and senior wide receiver and strong safety Justin Siri.

Additionally, the squad will also rely on seniors Charles MabardyEthan Xi and Nick Orf at wide-out, while Xi and Orf will also be expected to assist the Minutemen’s secondary.

Lexington’s depth at multiple positions will certainly help the Blue and Gold in their pursuits of a league title, but also a sectional and state championship, too.

Heading into the team’s initial practice, Hill says the focus will be on “the little things” – fundamental tackling, ball security on offense, and sustained drives – which he believes will help the Minutemen position themselves for a successful showing against Acton-Boxborough in week one.

“We certainly feel we have a talented bunch, but there are certain challenges we have to overcome,” said Hill. “We have a difficult challenge with the schedule this year (with two) tough non-league games against Acton-Boxborough and Concord-Carlisle, who are both well-coached and very talented.

“Additionally, the Middlesex Liberty division will be a challenge, too, so we need to focus on (playing) our best game week every week.”


Stay connected with our Massachusetts high school sports coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_HS

Mass. High Schools: Thursday Roundup

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11 

Weeks after scoring its initial win over Malden, the Medford boy’s lacrosse team found themselves needing to claw back from a two-goal deficit not once, but twice to secure hard-fought 8-7 overtime victory over the Golden Tornadoes on Thursday afternoon at the Edgerly Sports Complex.

Medford’s PJ Haberstroh netted back-to-back goals, including the equalizer with 4:44 remaining in the fourth quarter before Tom Connearney clinched the win for the Blue and White with a transition goal during the final seconds of overtime.

The win provided the Mustangs with a season-sweep of the Golden Tornadoes, who led for a majority of the contest, thanks to key contributions from Zach Rufo and Collin Wilcox.

Malden led 3-1 after one quarter before Medford stormed back to even the score at 4-4 at the break, thanks to a strike from Connearney, which was set-up by Joe Sargent.

Both teams would swap goals throughout the opening minutes of the third before Malden pushed ahead, 7-5, thanks to back-to-back tallies from Rufo and Wilcox.

Medford returns to action next Monday, May 6th when they visit Salem, while the Golden Tornadoes are scheduled to face Matignon on Saturday, May 4th at 1 p.m. Malden and Matignon were scheduled to compete earlier this spring, but the game was postponed to this weekend.


Thursday’s High School Lacrosse Scoreboard | May 2nd, 2019 

Boy’s Lacrosse

  • Braintree 15, Weymouth 6
  • St. John’s Prep 8, BC High 6
  • Beverly 9, Swampscott 2
  • Revere 11, Salem 6
  • Marblehead 16, Danvers 9
  • Peabody 13, Gloucester 4
  • Duxbury 22, Plymouth North 0
  • Xaverian Brothers 9, Bishop Guertin 4 (with tonight’s win, the Hawks qualify for the upcoming MIAA Tournament). 
  • Hingham 10, Needham 8
  • Natick 9, Wellesley 2(tonight’s win over the Raiders was the Redhawks’ first-ever in program history. Natick has been competing for the past 18 seasons). 

Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • Needham 17, Hingham 5
  • Wellesley 10, Natick 9
  • Walpole 20, Milton 4
  • Brookline 10, Framingham 9 (OT)
  • Winchester 16, Wilmington 4
  • Duxbury 20, Plymouth North 2

Stay connected with our Noontime Sports Lacrosse coverage on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax