D3 Lax: Teams To Watch In New England Women’s Lacrosse This Spring

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With a brand new season of New England D3 lacrosse underway – yes, a few non-New England schools have already competed at least once this season – it is time to dish out our women’s lacrosse teams to watch in each conference.


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott College will certainly be the favorite once again, but don’t sleep on Roger Williams or University of New England – both teams will certainly provide challenges to the Gulls, as well as the entire conference.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): Can Johnson & Wales University continue its impressive run from a year ago? Sure, they may have graduated some key pieces to a historic season, but don’t overlook these Wildcats.

Additionally, keep an eye on Lasell College – the Lasers will certainly be a team that could challenge the Wildcats come late April/early May.


Little East Conference (LEC): Plymouth State secured six of seven first-place votes in this year’s preseason coaches poll, so once again, keep an eye on the Panthers. Additionally, keep an eye on both Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State – two teams that will certainly challenge the Panthers for the top spot in the conference tournament.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Westfield State will again be the team to beat this spring, but what about Bridgewater State and Framingham State? Both teams could be in for an exciting spring and will provide challenges for the Owls, both in conference play and the tournament.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Can Castleton University make it back-to-back conference champions? Or maybe, we will see the Pilgrims of New England College earn a trip to the big dance? Both teams are scheduled to meet in late April – expect this contest to decide the top seed in the NAC Tournament.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Elms College is certainly the favorite, but maybe this is the year Southern Vermont breaks through? Southern Vermont collected a pair of first-place votes on the preseason coaches poll and will certainly be a team to watch this spring.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Colby College will have a target on its back after winning the NESCAC crown last year, but don’t overlook Hamilton CollegeMiddlebury CollegeTrinity College and Tufts University. Additionally, let’s not forget about Amherst College, too – they will provide challenges for all five squads listed above.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Babson College will be the favorite, but keep an eye on MIT and Springfield College – both teams will be in for exciting springs. Additionally, one shouldn’t sleep on Wheaton College or Wellesley College – both teams tied for fourth on the preseason coaches’ poll.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 20th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Tuesday, February 20th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past 10 polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

1. Eastern Conn. State

22-3 | LEC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Williams College 

20-5 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Wesleyan University

20-5 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College 

22-3 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Salem State Univ. 

22-3 | MASCAC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Amherst College

17-8 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 8

7. Springfield College

18-7 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Nichols College

22-3 | CCC

Last Week: No. 7 

9. Middlebury College

19-6 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

10. MIT 

20-5 | NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (19-5 | GNAC), Keene State (17-8 | LEC), Tufts University and Wheaton College (16-9 | NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 12th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 12th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past nine polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 12th, 2018

1. Eastern Conn. State

20-3, 11-1 LEC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Williams College 

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

3. Wesleyan University

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College 

20-3, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Salem State Univ. 

21-3, 11-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

6. Middlebury College

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

7. Nichols College

20-3, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 9 

8. Amherst College

16-8, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

9. Springfield College

16-7, 10-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

10. Albertus Magnus 

18-4, 15-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Babson College (14-9, 9-3 NEWMAC), Keene State (16-7, 10-2 LEC), MIT (18-5, 8-4 NEWMAC), Tufts University (17-7, 6-4 NESCAC) and Wheaton College (14-9, 6-6 NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 12th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 12th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past nine polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 12th, 2018

1. Amherst College

24-0, 10-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

23-1, 9-1 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

21-3, 8-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

20-3, 12-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

20-3, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 5

6. St. Joseph’s (Maine)

22-1, 14-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Smith College 

18-5, 11-3 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

8. Univ. of New England

18-5, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: 8

9. Middlebury College 

17-7, 6-4 NESCAC

Last Week: 10

10. WPI 

18-5, 11-3 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (16-8, 12-3 NEWMAC), Castleton University (19-4, 15-2 NAC), Conn. College (15-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Emmanuel College (17-6, 13-1 GNAC), Springfield College (17-7, 11-4 NEWMAC), UMass Boston (20-3, 10-2 LEC) and Wesleyan University (16-7, 5-5 NESCAC).

D3 Hoops: NESCAC Unveils Women’s Basketball Tournament Pairings

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After finishing the 2017-18 regular season undefeated, the Amherst College women’s basketball team secured the top spot in the 2018 NESCAC Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amherst College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

After completing its 2017-18 campaign without a single blemish, the Amherst College women’s basketball team secured the top spot in the upcoming New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which tips-off next Saturday, February 17th with a quartet of quarterfinal contests.

The Mammoths will entertain eighth seed Trinity College, which earned the final spot in this year’s tournament thanks to a victory earlier this season over Colby College. Both the Bantams and Mules finished with identical 3-7 league records, but the win by Trinity secured them a trip to the postseason for the first time in three seasons.

Second seed Bowdoin will host seventh seed Williams College on Saturday, while sixth seed Connecticut College will head to third seed Tufts University. Fourth seed Middlebury College will host fifth  seed Wesleyan University.

Following next Saturday’s quarterfinal match-ups, the tournament will shift to the highest remaining seed, which will be the host for both the semifinals and finals (Feb. 24-25th).


NESCAC Quarterfinal Schedule | Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2018

Quarterfinals: Saturday, Feb. 17th
No. 8 Trinity College at No. 1 Amherst College, 2 p.m.
No. 7 Williams College at No. 2 Bowdoin College, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Conn. College at No. 3 Tufts University, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Wesleyan at No. 4 Middlebury College, 3 p.m.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 5th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past eight polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 5th, 2018

1. Eastern Conn. State 

19-2, 10-0 LEC Last Week: No. 2

2. Middlebury College

18-3, 7-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

3. Hamilton College 

19-2, 6-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

4. Williams College

18-4, 6-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4

5. MIT 

18-3, 8-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 1

6. Salem State

19-3, 9-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 7

7. Springfield College 

15-6, 9-1 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 8 

8. Wesleyan University

16-5, 5-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5 

9. Nichols College

18-3, 12-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 9

10. Albertus Magnus  16-4, 13-0 GNAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Amherst College (14-7, 5-3 NESCAC), Babson College (13-8, 8-2 NEWMAC), Endicott College (15-6, 10-4 CCC), Keene State (15-6, 9-1 LEC) and Tufts University (16-7, 5-4 NESCAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 5th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past eight polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 5th, 2018

1. Amherst College

22-0, 8-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

21-1, 7-1 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

20-3, 7-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

17-3, 10-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

18-3, 12-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 5

6. St. Joseph’s (Maine)

20-1, 12-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 7

7. Smith College 

16-5, 11-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 6 

8. Univ. of New England

16-5, 12-2 CCC

Last Week: 8

9. Springfield College

17-5, 11-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: 9

10. Middlebury College

16-6, 5-3 NESCAC

Last Week: 10

On The Rise: Babson College (15-7, 11-2 NEWMAC), Brandeis University (12-7, 4-5 UAA), Castleton University (17-3, 13-1 NAC), Conn. College (13-7, 3-5 NESCAC), UMass Boston (19-2, 9-1 LEC), Wesleyan University (15-6, 4-4 NESCAC) and WPI (16-5, 9-3 NEWMAC)