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Catching Up With Brandon Linton (Nichols College Men’s Basketball)

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Brandon Linton was recently named the 20th men’s basketball coach in Nichols College program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

Last month, Nichols College announced the hiring of Brandon Linton, who becomes the 20th men’s basketball coach in program history.

Linton arrived at the Dudley, Massachusetts campus after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Army West Point where he helped the Cadets with numerous tasks, including scouting reports to working with the wing players at practice to assisting with in-game strategy.

Before assisting the Army West Point men’s basketball program, Linton spent time as an assistant at both his alma mater, Clarkson University, and Bowdoin College.

Coaching a program like Nichols certainly intrigued Linton, who is excited “to continue building on what has already been established” with the Nichols men’s basketball program.

“The chance to take over a program that represents excellence, both on and off of the basketball court was important to me,” said Linton when asked about becoming the new men’s basketball coach at Nichols. “Also, the growth potential of the program was equally intriguing, (as well).”

Nichols concluded its 2018-19 season with an impressive 28-3 mark. The Bison advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament earlier this year, thanks to postseason victories against Amherst CollegeMiddlebury College, and Rowan University.

Additionally, Nichols also captured the 2019 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title with a 105-90 victory over Gordon College.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Coach Linton to discuss his excitement for the upcoming season.

As a former Division III, men’s basketball player did you always want to coach or become a head coach at this particular level? 

Absolutely.  I had the great fortune to play for Adam Stockwell during my first three years at Clarkson. I remember sitting in his office as a freshman and sophomore, and him telling me that I would be a college basketball coach one day.  Prior to that, I had casually thought about the idea of it, but after (those conversations) I began to own that reality. Everything I’ve done since was aimed at this goal of becoming a Division III head coach.

What do you know about the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)? Are you excited to coach in a very competitive league? 

I’m extremely excited to coach in this league.  I know that it is made up of high-level coaches that have built some of the best and most competitive programs in New England.  The talent across the board is impressive and something that I notice has improved since my departure from Division III.  This is a conference that I believe should be a multiple bid league to the NCAA tournament (every season). I look forward to the challenge of being in that mix.

How did your experience with Army West Point shape you into the coach you are today? 

I couldn’t be more grateful for my time at Army.  The development that I was able to take part in both on and off of the basketball court was truly remarkable.  It is the preeminent leadership development institution in the world. From the faculty to the cadets and all the variety of guest speakers that came through West Point, it truly was a hub for leadership development.

Basketball-wise, being able to coach at the Division I level just provides an amazing amount of time that you get to spend coaching and teaching the game to your players.  We also fielded a junior varsity team at West Point, which allowed us as (to gain experience) being a head coach as assistants to the varsity. More than anything, being around the people day in and day out was the number one takeaway that I believe will shape me into the coach I am and hope to be.

Great coaches are great leaders. And great leaders are great people first.

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Coach Brandon Linton inherits a Nichols College men’s basketball team that finished the 2018-19 season with an impressive 28-3 record. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

What are some of the biggest goals/objectives you (and the men’s basketball program) hope to accomplish between now and the team’s first practice? 

The biggest thing will be developing the framework for meaningful relationships with each other. That is from new staff to players and vice versa. It will also be amongst the current players as well. Acclimating the newcomers into the fold, while also continuing to develop even stronger bonds with your returning teammates (will be a must, as well). That will be our biggest focus prior to our first practice on October 15th.

A few quick-hitters, beginning with your all-time favorite memory of playing basketball. 

Without a doubt, it has to be back in 2008 when I was a part of Clarkson’s first-ever Liberty League (LL) championship. We advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a fourth-seed in our conference’s tournament, which made it even sweeter.

Legitimately, no one believed we could get it done because there was honestly no prior reason to think so, but only the individuals in our locker room believed (we could win a conference championship) and that’s all that mattered. It’s something that has stuck with me ever since (and proves what) the power of belief can accomplish.

Who was a player you idolized growing up? 

Tracy McGrady. Unfortunately for me, my teammates and coaches, however, I played nothing like McGrady, but when I got to college, I really enjoyed watching Rajon Rondo when he first started playing for the Boston Celtics. I enjoyed watching Rondo as a student-athlete with the Celtics – he was a big part of their resurgence. I played the point for Clarkson and I really respected how he played that position. And that’s probably why my three-point percentage was what it was, too.

Finally, if you could coach any basketball player, both current or past, who would it be and why? 

Growing up in New York City, I was and still am a big fan of the New York Knicks. We’ve fallen on hard times for a good 15-20 years, however, as a kid, there were some awesome teams for me to follow.

I fell in love with basketball by watching John Starks play.  I would always wear his number (three) whenever I could in youth tournaments and recreational leagues.  The passion and swag that he played with was everything to me. He embodied what it meant to be a New Yorker, as well. He was hard-nosed, did whatever it took for the greater good of the team, and took the challenge of guarding the best players on the other team. He also jacked three-pointers, too, which was still a newer thing for the game during the 1990s.

John Starks is definitely someone I would love to coach.


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D3 Lacrosse: 2019 All-Noontime New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

With another season of New England Division III women’s lacrosse in the books – the 2019 season concluded this past weekend with Middlebury College defeating Salisbury University in the championship game in Ashland, Virginia – it is time to unveil our All-Noontime Sports team, including our player, rookie, and coach of the year.


All-Noontime End of Season Awards 

Coach of the Year: Kate Livesay | Middlebury College: Livesay guided the Panthers to their second national championship since leading Middlebury to a title in 2016 when the Blue and White defeated Trinity College, 9-5. Middlebury concluded the 2019 campaign with the nation’s longest winning streak of 22 games, which matched the 2016 team’s mark for most wins in a single-season. Additionally, Livesay’s unit netted 330 goals, including 30 this past weekend in their semifinal and final match-ups, which is the most any Middlebury team has recorded in a single-season. Middlebury also captured its tenth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament crown, too.

Player of the Year: Abby Manning | Wesleyan University: Manning concluded her junior season by establishing a single-season mark in points (84) and goals (69) while tying Caitlin Wood with 16 free position goals. The 84 points and 69 goals were career-highs for the Wilmington, Delaware native – she also recorded a career-best 15 assists, too. Manning also recorded a career-high 79 draw controls, while scooping 16 ground balls. Manning and the Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time in program history, thanks to impressive postseason wins over Gettysburg CollegeMary Washington, and Washington and Lee.

Co-Rookie of the Year: Jane Earley | Middlebury College: Earley capped an impressive first season with the Panthers by netting four goals in her team’s 14-9 win over Salisbury in the 2019 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse championship. One day earlier, she tallied three points on two goals and one assist in a 16-8 win over Wesleyan in the semifinals. Earley finished the season with 68 points on 51 goals and 17 assists while earning a spot on the NCAA Division III all-tournament team. Prior to helping Middlebury capture its seventh national championship in program history, she recorded a season-best seven points on four assists and three goals in a 13-9 win over Hamilton College.

Co-Rookie of the Year: Colette Smith | Tufts University: The first-year attack enjoyed an impressive debut with the Jumbos, tallying 63 points on 48 goals and 15 assists. Tabbed the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Smith recorded seven points in a pair of contests this spring, while posting six points in a trio of games. Smith helped the Jumbos reach the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time in program history, thanks to national postseason victories over Plymouth State UniversityTCNJ, and York College (Pa.). Smith ranked second on the team in points and goals, and third in assists.


All-Noontime First Team

Claire Dunbar Amherst College Lutherville, Md. 
Katie Miller  Bowdoin College  Rye, N.Y.
Eliza Denious  Bowdoin College  Wilton, Conn. 
Emma McDonagh Middlebury College  Reading, Mass. 
Jane Earley  Middlebury College North Falmouth, Mass. 
Emily Barnard  Middlebury College Wayland, Mass. 
Dakota Adamec Tufts University Katonah, N.Y.
Colette Smith Tufts University Moorestown, N.J.
Abby Manning Wesleyan University Wilmington, Del.
Allegra Grant Wesleyan University Winnetka, Ill. 

All-Noontime Second Team

Maia Noise Amherst College Lexington, Mass. 
Kelly Siebert Amherst College Syosset, N.Y.
Lexi Lenaghan  Babson College  Hanover, Mass. 
Eva Then MIT Yarmouth, Maine
Addy Mitchell Middlebury College  Medfield, Mass. 
Erin Nicholas Middlebury College  Scarsdale, N.Y.
Julia Keith  Middlebury College  North Andover, Mass.
Hedy Veith Tufts University  Alexandria, Va.
Emily Games Tufts University  Wayne, Pa.
Abigail Horst Wesleyan University  Pomfret, Conn.

All-Noontime Third Team 

Sabrina Solow Amherst College Madison, N.J.
Georgia Salvatore Babson College Westwood, Mass. 
Kara Finnerty Bowdoin College Hopkinton, Mass.
Caroline Maxwell Bowdoin College Boxborough, Mass.
Jamie Navoni  Connecticut College Natick, Mass. 
Jennifer Lacroix  Endicott College  Wrentham, Mass.
Cecilia McCormick MIT Islip, N.Y
Annie Sullivan  Tufts University  Barrington, R.I.
Brooke Paradis  Wentworth Inst. of Tech.  Pelham, N.H.
Caroline Sgaglione Wesleyan University  Glen Head, N.Y.

 

New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Final Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, May 28th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

The 2019 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse season concluded this past weekend with Middlebury College capturing its seventh national title in program history with a 14-9 win over Salisbury University.

Sunday’s win over the Sea Gulls capped an impressive 2019 campaign for the Panthers, who finished with an impressive 22-1 record for the second time in four seasons.

In addition to winning 22-straight contests after falling to Bates College in their opener, the Panthers established a new program record for goals in a single-season with 330. They netted 30 goals this past weekend, including 16 against Wesleyan University in their semifinal match-up with the Cardinals.

Tufts University ended the season in the second position, while Wesleyan checked-in third overall. Both teams advanced to their first-ever national semifinals following impressive Regional Final victories against Gettysburg College and York College.

Amherst College checked-in fourth overall, while Bowdoin College secured the fifth position.


New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Final Poll) | Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 

1. Middlebury College

22-1, 9-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University

19-3, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Wesleyan University

17-4, 8-2 NESCAC

4. Amherst College

14-6, 6-4 NESCAC

5. Bowdoin College

10-8, 5-5 NESCAC

6. Colby College

9-7, 5-5 NESCAC

7. Trinity College 

9-7, 4-6 NESCAC 

8. Bates College 

8-8, 4-6 NESCAC

9. Endicott College 

14-6, 8-0 CCC

10. Springfield College

13-7, 6-2 NEWMAC

On The Rise: Babson College, Framingham State, Johnson & Wales, MIT, New England College, Plymouth State, Roger Williams, and Westfield State.


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New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Final Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, May 28th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

The 2019 NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse season concluded this past weekend with Cabrini University capturing its first-ever national championship with a 16-12 win over Amherst College.

Despite the setback, the Mammoths conclude the 2019 season as our top team in New England following an impressive run through the national postseason tournament, which included a trio of wins against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes, along with a convincing 21-9 win over Elizabethtown College in the second round.

Williams College, which finished second in our New England Divison III Top 10, came within one game of advancing to its first-ever NCAA championship after defeating Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in double-overtime earlier this month to secure a date with the Mammoths in the semifinals.

Williams defeated Amherst twice this spring, including once in the NESCAC Tournament.

Tufts University secured the third position followed by Wesleyan University (fourth) and Bates College (fifth).


New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Final Poll) | Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 

1. Amherst College 

18-4, 8-2 NESCAC

2. Williams College 

18-4, 8-2 NESCAC

3. Tufts University

19-2, 9-1 NESCAC

4. Wesleyan University 

13-4, 8-2 NESCAC

5. Bates College 

10-5, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Middlebury College

8-9, 4-6 NESCAC

7. Springfield College

11-10, 5-2 NEWMAC 

8. Western New England 

14-6, 8-0 CCC

9. Keene State College

11-6, 8-0 LEC

10. Coast Guard Academy 

14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC

On The Rise: Babson College, Clark University, Colby College, Endicott College, Lasell College, MIT, New England College, Norwich University, and Roger Williams.   


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D3 Lacrosse: Middlebury Captures The 2019 NCAA D3 Women’s Championship

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Middlebury College’s Emma McDonagh netted four goals in her team’s 14-9 win on Sunday over Salisbury University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Costello – WillCImages)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Behind a combined eight goals and one assist from Jane Earley and Emma McDonagh, the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team captured its seventh NCAA Division III national championship this afternoon with a 14-9 win over Salisbury University.

With the win, the Panthers conclude their 2019 campaign with an impressive 22-1 record, which includes the nation’s longest winning streak of 22-straight victories dating back to a 16-1 win over Springfield College on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Middlebury began Sunday’s championship by racing out to a 3-0 lead before constructing a five-goal run minutes later as the Panthers entered the break leading Salisbury, 8-4.

Salisbury trimmed the deficit early in the second half with goals from Alexis Strobel, Lydia McNulty, and Emma Skoglund before McDonagh halted the three-goal burst with an unassisted strike with 14:50 remaining.

Kirsten Murphy helped Middlebury push ahead, 11-7, on a free position attempt with 12:03 remaining, but Salisbury responded with a strike from Courtney Fegan that was set-up by McNulty with 10:23 remaining.

The Panthers would counter with a trio of goals, including a pair from McDonagh before Skoglund netted the Sea Gulls’ final goal of the contest with 46 seconds remaining.

Sunday’s championship, which was held in Ashland, Virginia, was halted with 3:10 remaining in the second half due to inclement weather. The delay lasted roughly one hour before the game resumed around 5:40 p.m. eastern time.

Middlebury secured a date with Salisbury by defeating Wesleyan University, 16-8, in yesterday’s NCAA Division III semifinals. The Sea Gulls punched their ticket to the title game with an exciting 14-11 win over Tufts University.

Julia Keith scored her 20th win between the pipes with nine saves on 18 shots, while Salisbury’s Skye Graham concluded the contest with five saves on 19 shots.

Middlebury concluded the game with 14 draw controls, while Salisbury scooped a game-high 18 ground balls.

Sunday’s win provided coach Kate Livesay with her third national championship, including her second with Middlebury. Livesay guided the Panthers to their sixth national championship in 2016 when the Blue and White beat Trinity College, 9-5.

Livesay earned her initial Division III women’s lacrosse crown on the sidelines in 2012 when she led the Bantams of Trinity to an 8-7 win over Salisbury.

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