Noontime’s Sunday Shootaround: Tufts Continues Its Winning Ways

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Tufts University women’s basketball team is inching closer to securing the top seed in the upcoming New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament.

Tufts, which scored back-to-back wins this past weekend against Connecticut College and Trinity College, will close out its regular-season slate next weekend when they host Middlebury College on Friday, February 14th and Williams College on Saturday, February 15th.

One week after hosting the Ephs, the Jumbos, who currently reside in the top spot in the conference as of this afternoon, would most likely host a quarterfinal contest. And a win over their quarterfinal opponent would provide the Powder Blue and White with the opportunity to host both the semifinals and championship one week later.

Against the Camels, Erica DeCandido netted a game-high 27 points on 13 of 19 shooting to go along with six rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Emily Briggs added 18 points while Cailin Harrington led all players with 10 rebounds. 

Tufts’ next opponent – Middlebury – has won just one conference game this season. The Panthers defeated Hamilton College last month, thanks to a double-double from Kira Waldman of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Since their win over the Continentals, they have struggled, both in and outside the conference. 

Williams, which lost to Wesleyan University on Friday, has won five of eight conference tilts. They currently reside in the fourth position in the league standings.

If the conference tournament began today, the Jumbos would face Wesleyan, a team they beat last month. Erica DeCandido produced a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds against the Cardinals while Molly Ryan finished with 17 points.

The Tufts men’s basketball team is also the top team in the NESCAC – they have won eight consecutive league tilts, including some key match-ups over the past few weeks against Amherst College and Colby College.

Tufts beat Connecticut College and Trinity this past weekend to remain the top team in the league with two games remaining. The Jumbos will visit Middlebury on Friday followed by Williams on Saturday. If Tufts beats both the Panthers and Ephs, they will lock-up the top spot and host a quarterfinal contest.

Luke Rogers recorded a double-double of 11 rebounds and 10 points against Connecticut College on Saturday after stuffing the stat sheet against Trinity with 16 points, six rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist.

The Babson College women’s basketball team secured a two-way tie for first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) by beating Clark University this past weekend by a score of 78-64. Babson, which currently boasts a 6-0 mark in league play, is tied with Springfield College, a team they will face in two weeks (February 19th, to be exact).

Emily Bonifacic highlighted the Beavers’ 13th win against the Cougars by recording a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds.

Coach Jim Calhoun‘s team extended its winning streak to 18 yesterday as St. Joseph’s (Conn) defeated St. Joseph’s (Maine), 113-73.

The Blue Jays, who have won seven consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) matchups, appear to be in the driver seat for the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

St. Joseph’s has four games remaining, including an enticing match-up on Saturday, February 15th against Emmanuel College. The Saints have won six of seven league tilts and will visit St. Joseph’s (Maine) on Wednesday, February 12th.

As of today, Western Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball are the top two teams in the Little East Conference (LEC) while Rhode Island College is a half-game behind the two teams with three games remaining.

RIC, which has won back-to-back contests, including a dramatic 83-80 win on Saturday over UMass Boston, faces Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday, February 12th. It is an important game for both teams, especially the Warriors, who currently trail Keene State for the final spot in the upcoming tournament.

The Westfield State men’s basketball team has won three-straight match-ups, including a 72-55 win on Saturday against Fitchburg State.

With their second win over the Falcons, the Owls secured the top spot in the conference, but share an identical league mark of 7-2 with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. MCLA outlasted Westfield State last month in overtime, but the Trailblazers have only won once in their last three outings.

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, both MCLA and Westfield State remain in a position to secure the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament. The two teams are scheduled to meet in Westfield later this month with the outcome possibly deciding the top two spots in the tournament pending both teams win their respective next two contests.

Finally, Framingham State women’s basketball inched closer to securing the top spot in the MASCAC with a season-sweep of Worcester State yesterday. Flannery O’Connor highlighted the Rams’ eighth-straight win by recording a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds.

The Rams visit MCLA this week before hosting Salem State on Saturday, February 15th and Bridgewater State next Wednesday, February 19th. All three are winnable games for FSU, which has not lost a game since falling to Emerson College early last month.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Tufts University remained our top team after picking up a pair of conference wins this past weekend, including a one-point victory last Friday over Hamilton College.

One day after their dramatic win over the Continentals, the Powder Blue and White found a way to outlast the Mammoths of Amherst College in overtime.

Tufts will host Babson College on Wednesday before resuming conference play in Maine with a Saturday afternoon tilt against Bates College.

Bowdoin College, which remains our second team in this week’s poll, has won 17 games this season, including four conference match-ups. This past weekend they defeated Middlebury College and Williams College. The Polar Bears will visit Colby College on Saturday before hosting Tufts in a very important conference clash on Friday, January 31st at 7 p.m.

Western New England secured the fourth spot with an important conference win over the University of New England. The Golden Bears have won three straight and will host Curry College and Endicott College this week in Springfield.

Finally, we welcomed Trinity College to this week’s poll – the Bantams have won three-straight after falling to Bowdoin, Smith College, and WNE earlier this month. They host Connecticut College on Saturday before visiting MCLA on Sunday.


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Eight Poll| Monday, January 20th, 2020

1. Tufts University 16-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College  17-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Amherst College 15-2, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Western New England 13-3, 6-1 CCC Last Week: No. 10
5. WPI  10-5, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Trinity College 12-4, 2-1 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
7. Rhode Island College 14-2, 7-1 LEC Last Week: No. 5
8. Smith College 14-2, 0-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Brandeis University 11-3, 1-2 UAA Last Week: No. 6
10. Eastern Connecticut 13-3, 6-1 LEC Last Week: No. 9

ON THE RISE: Babson College, Emerson College, Middlebury College, Springfield College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and Williams College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek TwoWeek Three|Week Four Week FiveWeek SixWeek Seven 

 

D3 Lacrosse Notebook: Springfield Gains Momentum With Win Over WNE

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It was an important non-conference win on Tuesday for the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team, which gained some important momentum heading into it’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash this Saturday against Babson College.

The Pride netted 18 goals – the second most tallies they have recorded in a single game this season – to defeat Western New England (our seventh-ranked team in this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll) for their fourth win of the season.

Cameron Glover netted a season-high five goals in the win, while Zachary Schuette registered a hat trick and two helpers. Additionally, the Pride received a trio of goals from Jack Vail while Patrick Watson added five points on four assists and one goal.

For Springfield, the next few weeks are critical especially after enduring a difficult start to its current season. The Pride struggled in a trio of early March contests but did score an important non-conference win against Endicott College. They concluded the month with a 21-5 win over Emerson College before earning its first win of the new month yesterday against the Golden Bears.

With just seven contests remaining, including one non-conference contest with Middlebury College, every game is important for a unit that has made 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.

As of early today, the Pride is one of four teams with 1-0 marks in NEWMAC play, but their game against Babson certainly won’t be easy as the Beavers will also enter the Saturday meeting with hopes of improving to 2-0 in league play.

Sticking with the NEWMAC, Coast Guard Academy remains the top team with a 7-2 overall record (and 1-0 league mark). The Bears scored a hard-fought 14-13 win last Saturday evening against Clark University.

Coast Guard hosts UMass Dartmouth this evening at 7 p.m. before they visit Wheaton College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. face-off in Norton, Massachusetts.

Switching gears to the women’s game, fans of D3 lacrosse should keep an eye on a tight race in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) with Endicott CollegeRoger Williams, and University of New England locked in a three-way tie for first place.

The Gulls were my pick to win the conference this spring – I won’t change it, I promise! – but Endicott will certainly be challenged over the next few weeks when they take on their remaining conference foes, including Roger Williams and UNE. Both meetings will occur later this month. Wins over the Hawks and Nor’easters would help the Gulls secure the top seed for the conference tournament.

Becker College appears to be in the diver seat in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) with a 5-1 mark. They have rebounded from their lone setback of the season last month with back-to-back wins against Anna Maria College and MCLA. They will face Mitchell College this afternoon with hopes of earning their sixth win, but also their initial conference victory.

Dean College appears to be the front-runner in the NECC, thanks to five wins, including a 19-5 league victory last month against Becker. The Bulldogs are led by Anthony Trasacco, who has recorded 45 points on 30 goals and 15 assists. The Cheshire, Connecticut native has a chance to match his point total from last spring when he recorded 64 points on 45 goals and 19 assists.

Dean has just four games remaining before the NECC Tournament commences – they should be the favorite in their league’s postseason.

Finally, keep an eye on Wentworth‘s Brooke Paradis, who currently ranks 10th in NCAA Division III in goals per game (5.40). The Pelham, New Hampshire native is enjoying another successful season after posting career-highs in goals (62), assists (22) and points (84) one year ago.

This season, Paradis has notched 54 markers in 10 contests, along with 13 assists for 67 points. She has converted 17 free-position goals while snatching 55 draw controls and scooping 29 ground balls.

This past weekend, Paradais she netted her 200th goal in a 21-6 win over Nichols College while also setting a new program record for goals in a single game with 11.

Paradis and the Leopards have won seven of 10 contests this season. They will host Endicott this Saturday – it will be the teams’ ‘Senior Day’ with opening draw set for 2 p.m. A win over the Gulls would be a huge momentum boost for the Leopards heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.

D3 Hoops: 10 Games to Watch (Feb. 1st-3rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, New England D3 Hoops fans!

Also, happy February, too – we made it through January (rejoice!).

Let’s kickstart another busy weekend of hoops with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, including our predictions, too.

Last week, we finished 9-1 – we probably should have picked Wheaton College over Clark University, but at least we provided the Lyons with some motivation (insert emoji here!). 

Heading into this weekend, we own a marvelous record of 48-22!



Tufts University at Amherst College (MBB) | Friday, February 1st at 7 p.m.: This is a must-win for the Jumbos, who remain locked in the sixth seed for the upcoming conference tournament. Tufts gained a major boost last Saturday with a win over Wesleyan University but needs to maintain its momentum against the Mammoths. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Amherst College at Tufts University (WBB) | Friday, February 1st at 7 p.m.: Since falling to Bowdoin, the Jumbos have won seven-straight to gain some serious momentum heading into a very important game for both teams. Both Amherst and Tufts lost to Bowdoin so a win would most likely provide either the Mammoths or Jumbos with the second seed in the conference tournament. PREDICTION: Tufts University 

UMass Dartmouth at Eastern Connecticut (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: The Corsairs have quietly enjoyed another successful season, which included a win over the Warriors a few weeks ago. If UMD wants to secure the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament then they must win this game. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 

Saint Joseph’s (ME) at Emmanuel College (MBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: The Saints seem destined to secure the top spot in their upcoming conference tournament, but this is a must win against a team that beat the Blue and Gold at the end of December. PREDICTION: Emmanuel College

Wentworth Inst. of Tech. at Endicott College (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: The Gulls continue to be the team to beat in their conference – they have won 10 of 11 league tilts, including their last four. They outlasted the Leopards, 68-63, last month and should find a way to win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Endicott College 

Smith College at Wheaton College (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: After scoring an exciting win over Springfield, the Pioneers will look to continue their momentum once again on the road. Smith hasn’t lost since falling to Middlebury in the middle of January. PREDICTION: Smith College 

Bridgewater State at Westfield State (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 2 p.m.: Days after falling to Worcester State, the Owls rebounded with an 87-62 win over MCLA. Westfield beat Bridgewater earlier this year and needs a win to keep pace with the Lancers for the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

Middlebury College at Colby College (MBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 3 p.m.: The Mules highlighted the final weekend of January with two big wins over Amherst College and Hamilton College. They face Williams on Friday, which won’t be an easy task, but this is a game they could perhaps steal away from the Panthers. PREDICTION: Colby College 

Worcester State at MCLA (MBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 3 p.m.: The Lancers remain in the hunt for a top seed in their upcoming conference tournament, so a win over the Trailblazers to keep that dream alive is a must. PREDICTION: Worcester State 

Rochester at Brandeis University (MBB) | Sunday, February 3rd at 12 p.m.: The last time we picked against the Judges, they scored an exciting win over Chicago. This week – well, Sunday, to be exact – we will take the Blue and White in a close one against the Yellowjackets. PREDICTION: Brandeis University 


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D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Jan. 18th-20th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

Welcome to Friday, everyone!

A new weekend means a brand new edition of 10 Games to Watch, so let’s dish out some New England D3 basketball games to follow, watch or attend over the next few days.

Last week, we finished 7-3, which is not, but we know we can do better – we hold ourselves to high standards! Our overall record now for picks this winter is 35-15.


MCLA at Trinity College (WBB) | (Friday, Jan. 18th at 5 p.m.): The Bantams have rebounded from a difficult setback one week ago against Bowdoin with back-to-back wins over Colby and Western New England. Look for their recent momentum to continue on Friday. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

SUNY Canton at Husson (WBB) | (Friday, Jan. 18th at 7:30 p.m.): The Eagles should be fired-up for this one as a victory against the Kangaroos would provide coach Kissy Walker with her 500th win on the sidelines. PREDICTION: Husson University

Chicago at Brandeis University (MBB) | (Friday, Jan, 18th at 8 p.m.): The Maroons are one of the best teams in the Judges’ conference, so this will be a real test for Brandeis, which looks to win its 10th game of the season. PREDICTION: Chicago 

Babson College at Springfield College (WBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 10 a.m.): This could be a potential conference championship preview, so make sure to wake up early, grab your coffee and watch two talented teams compete for 40 minutes. PREDICTION: Springfield College 

Middlebury College at Williams College (MBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 1 p.m.): Sometimes you need just a little home cooking. Look for the Ephs to bounce back from their initial loss earlier this week on the road in Amherst with a win over the Panthers in Williamstown on Saturday. PREDICTION: Williams 

Babson College at MIT (MBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 2 p.m.): This is almost a must-win for the Engineers, who will attempt to derail the Beavers’ current momentum, which dates back to last month with a 74-65 win over Catholic. Look for a big game from Babson’s Brandon Jackson, who recorded a double-double earlier this week in his team’s sixth-straight win over Wheaton. PREDICTION: Babson College 

Saint Joseph’s (ME) at Johnson & Wales (MBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 2 p.m.): Both teams need a win to keep pace with Emmanuel and Suffolk. PREDICTION: Johnson & Wales 

Tufts University at Bates College (MBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 3 p.m.): After falling to Williams last Friday, the Jumbos bounced back with an impressive win over Middlebury. Will their momentum continue one week later up at Bates? We’ll find out! PREDICTION: Tufts University 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (WBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 3 p.m.): After suffering a heartbreaker the other night to Westfield State, coach Walter Paschal‘s Rams should find a way to bounce back against the Bears of Bridgewater State. PREDICTION: Framingham State 

WPI at Clark University (MBB) | (Saturday, Jan. 19th at 3 p.m.): This is a rivalry game, which should favor the Engineers once the final horn sounds. WPI has won three-straight since starting conference play with back-to-back losses to Babson and MIT. PREDICTION: WPI 


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