D3 Basketball Notebook: Clark-Worcester Set To Tip-Off At Midnight

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

A brand new season of New England Division III basketball is set to tip-off tomorrow morning – in fact, it will be an early morning clash, to be exact, between Clark and Worcester State.

For the third-straight season, the Cougars and Lancers will meet a minute after midnight to compete for that initial win of the season.

Last year, the Cougars edged the Lancers, 77-74, thanks to a late triple from Luca McCormick, who concluded the contest three of eight from beyond the arc.

McCormick returns this season – he is a junior small forward – and will certainly be one of many players to watch on the Cougars this season. Additionally, keep an eye on senior John Pisacreta, who led the Red and White with 12.2 points per game.

Clark graduated a trio of seniors that paced the teams in rebounds, but perhaps McCormick will be a player to watch on the glass this winter.

Worcester State, which was chosen to finish fifth in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) this season, will be led by Cal Howes, who was honored four times last season as rookie of the week. Howes competed in 27 games last year (stared in seven) and averaged nine points per contest. He tallied 244 points, while pulling down 59 rebounds (51 defensive caroms).

Following their early morning meeting, Worcester State will head to Babson College this weekend for the Babson Invite – will include Babson, Endicott and Regis – while Clark will  compete in the NYU Tournament in New York City. The Cougars’ initial game of the tournament will be against Haverford on Saturday, November 18th at 9:30 p.m.

Larry Anderson and the MIT men’s basketball season begin their New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title defense later tomorrow – 7 p.m., to be exact – when they welcome Bridgewater State to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Engineers competed in the annual MIT-Harvard game last Friday, but came up short against Tommy Amaker‘s Crimson. Harvard defeated MIT, 73-64, but the Engineers provided the Crimson offense and defense with some challenges in both halves.

“They beat us,” Anderson said shortly after his team’s nine-point setback to Harvard. “It’s an exhibition game for us and a regular season game for them, but I just thought in some areas we competed well, (while) other areas we were disappointed in … I was hoping we would (have) done a little bit better (from looking at the post-game stats).”

Harvard’s Seth Towns netted a game-high 20 points, while MIT received 17 points from Bradley Jomard. According to Anderson, Jomard will certainly be a player that will help the Engineers this season, especially in conference games against Babson, Springfield and WPI.

“Brad brings a lot to us. Being a 6’6″ point guard, he can guard one through five on the defensive side of the basketball and (for his height) he is a pretty smooth ball handler,” said Anderson.

“(Brad) fills the stat sheet, but even the things that don’t show up in the stat sheet that we always talk about, getting yourself in the invisible newspaper is doing things that don’t show up in the stat sheet, and he brings that level of calmness that we really covet.”

Look for Jomard to have a big impact on the Engineers this season, who will also receive contributions from AJ JurkoTim RobertsIan Hinkley and Cameron Korb.

Following their opening day tilt with the Bears of Bridgewater State, the Engineers will host Eastern Nazarene on Saturday before visit Tufts University next Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. The Engineers will conclude the month of November with games against Keene State, Salem State and UMass Boston. Keene State and Salem State both advanced to last season’s NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Husson women’s basketball team was picked to captured the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), while Castleton and Colby-Sawyer checked in second and third, respectively.

Husson, which is led by coach Kissy Walker, is optimistic about the upcoming season, but also believes they have what it takes to contend for a conference crown, especially after capturing it the past two seasons.

“We have high expectations,” Walker explained in her team’s season-preview video.

The Eagles collected six first-place votes in the NAC preseason poll, while Castleton garnered a trio of votes. Colby-Sawyer earned one first-place nod.

Kenzie Worcester will certainly be one of many Husson players to watch on this year’s squad.

The Eagles will head to Williamstown this weekend to compete against St. Lawrence on Saturday (Nov. 18th) before facing Williams on Sunday, November 19th. The Eagles’ home-opener is set for Tuesday, November 28th when they host Thomas (Maine) at 5:30 p.m.


Games to Watch on Opening Day: If you’re up early – or perhaps late – make sure to check-out Clark-Worcester State at 12:01 a.m., but here are a few games I’ll be keeping an eye on tomorrow evening.

Brandeis at Roger Williams, 5:30 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Southern Maine at University of New England, 5:30 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Western New England at Springfield, 6 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Keene State at Southern Vermont, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Brandies at Suffolk, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Bridgewater State at MIT, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Lasell at Babson, 7:30 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Western New England at Springfield College, 8 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)


The Noontime Sports Basketball Podcast (Episode One)Matt Noonan chats with John  Cabral on the first-ever edition of the Noontime Sports Basketball Podcast about the upcoming season, as well as what he expects from both Babson College and UMass Dartmouth this winter.

Friday Night Round-Up: Harvard Edges MIT Basketball, Westfield State Upends Western Conn. in Season Finale

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Bradley Jomard paced the Engineers in an exhibition setback against Harvard University. (PHOTO CREDI: MIT Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Harvard’s Seth Towns netted a game-high 20 points, while Chris Lewis recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Crimson defeated MIT, 73-64, in their season-opener on Friday evening at Lavietes Pavilion.

MIT, which was led by Bradley Jomard (17 points, six rebounds), trailed Harvard, 39-32, at the break, but used an 11-2 run minutes into the second half to pull within two-points (49-47) of the hosts with 11:02 remaining.

Harvard (1-0) counted with a six-point spurt, highlighted by a Rio Haskett jumper with 8:52 remaining to secure a 55-49 lead, but MIT clawed back, thanks to a pair of free throws from Nacho Nwana and a layup from Jomard to bring the visitors within four-points (57-53).

The Crimson would respond again with a pair of dunks, including one down the middle by Lewis, which provided the hosts with enough momentum to secure their initial win of the season.

MIT did close the gap late in the session with a pair of freebies from Ian Hinkley with 1:33 remaining, but Harvard dashed the Engineers’ comeback hopes with two free throws from Towns, along with a trifecta from Bryce Aiken.

Harvard concluded the game 21 of 51 from the floor, including 5 of 18 from beyond the arc. The Crimson also connected on 26 of 36 free-throws, too. MIT was 22 of 54 from the floor, but converted just 13 of 21 free-throw attempts.

Hinkley and Hamilton Forsythe each concluded the contest with 13 points apiece, while  Nwana added eight points, seven rebounds, three swipes and one assist off the bench.

The Crimson return to action Sunday, November 12 when they host UMass at 2 p.m., while the Engineers will officially begin their 2017-18 campaign next Wednesday, November 15 when they host Bridgewater State for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Westfield State capped its 2017 football season with a convincing 17-0 win over Western Connecticut at Alumni Field.

Travon Holder, who led all rushers with 187 yards on 38 carries, rushed for a pair of touchdowns, while Jake Cassidy rushed for another score, along with 53 yards on 14 carries.

On defense, Tyler Robbins highlighted the Owls’ effort with four total tackles, two interceptions, one pass break-up and one fumble recovery.

Western Connecticut quarterback Quinn Fleeting finished the game 11 of 21 for 107 yards.

Cassidy scored the game’s initial touchdown with 3:46 remaining in the first quarter before Holder located the end zone twice in the second quarter.

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D3Hoops: New England Men’s Basketball Top 10 Preseason Poll (Weds., Nov. 8th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s officially basketball season here in New England, which means it is time to unveil this week’s first Noontime Sports New England Division III men’s basketball poll.

  1. Williams College 
  2. Babson College 
  3. Tufts University 
  4. Middlebury College 
  5. Keene State 
  6. Nichols College 
  7. Amherst College 
  8. MIT 
  9. Eastern Connecticut 
  10. Wesleyan University

On the rise: Albertus Magnus, Becker, Endicott, Gordon, Husson, Lasell, Roger Williams, Salem State, Springfield, UMass Dartmouth, Wentworth and WPI.

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week 10 Poll (Sunday, Nov. 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football (week 10) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week 11) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (9-0, 6-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Plymouth State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 3
  3. Trinity College  (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 2
  4. Western New England (7-2, 4-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 6
  5. Framingham State (8-1, 6-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 4
  6. WPI (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 8
  7. MIT (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 9
  8. Amherst College (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC) | Last Week: 10
  9. Curry College (7-2, 3-1 CCC) | Last Week: No. 7
  10. Western Connecticut (7-2, 5-2 MASCAC). | Last Week: No. 6

ON THE RISE: Husson University (8-1, 6-0 ECFC), Middlebury College (6-2, 6-2NESCAC), Salve Regina (6-2, 3-1 CCC) and Wesleyan University (6-2, 6-2 NESCAC).

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend (New England & New York)

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Curry College will look to continue its momentum against Western New England this weekend. (PHOTO CREDIT: SportsPix, LLC)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you’re ready for a brand new weekend, as well as an extra hour of sleep, too – don’t forget to turn back your clocks on Saturday!

Let’s kickoff this brand new weekend with our weekly 10 Games to Watch in New England and New York Division III Football!

As always, make sure to stay connected with us throughout the weekend on Facebook and Twitter, as well as our good friends over at In The (D3FB) Huddle, too! 

Springfield at Maine Maritime (Saturday, Nov, 4th at 12 p.m.): The Pride return to the gridiron after a bye week with hopes of securing another win en route to a potential Pool B bid. PREDICTION: Springfield 40, Maine Maritime 7 

Western Connecticut at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): This is a MUST win for the Rams, especially if they want to keep their postseason (and New England Bowl) hopes alive. Look for another big game from Western Connecticut quarterback Quinn Fleeting, who has scored 27 touchdowns this season, including 24 through the air. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Framingham State 20

Catholic at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): An intriguing match-up that pits two teams looking to gain some momentum heading into next week, as well as the off-season, too. The Cardinals scored a hard-fought win a week ago against Norwich (10-7) and should continue that momentum this week. PREDICTION: Catholic 25, Merchant Marine 21 

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Zack Edwards and the Plymouth State Panthers will look to cap their regular season slate with a victory on Saturday at Fitchburg State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Plymouth State University Athletics)

Plymouth State at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): The Panthers, who will be idle next weekend, will look to cap their regular season slate with a win, so they can keep their postseason (or New England Bowl) hopes alive. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 24, Fitchburg State 14

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Frank Williams and the Bates Bobcats will attempt to capture the CBB crown this weekend when they host Bowdoin. (PHOTO CREDIT: (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Bowdoin at Bates (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12:30 p.m.): A win for the Bobcats would provide the program (and its seniors) with a fourth-straight CBB crown (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin). It would also be the first-time in program history that a senior class has beaten both Bowdoin and Colby in all four years. PREDICTION: Bates 27, Bowdoin 13 

Alfred at Brockport (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Who is going to score on this Golden Eagles’ defense? Seriously, who? For the past two weeks, the Brockport defense has appeared unstoppable, and this week, they must find a way to slow down a quality Saxons offense. PREDICTION: Brockport 28, Alfred 17 

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Andrew Yamin and the Amherst College defense will look to contain the Trinity College offense on Saturday in a big NESCAC tilt. (PHOTO CREDIT: Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios Inc.)

Trinity at Amherst (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Consider this a de-facto New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship game. A win for Amherst would set-up an exciting final week in the conference (next week), while a victory for the Bantams would provide the program with their seven title in the 21st century. Look for a late touchdown (or field goal) to decide this cosntest. PREDICTION: Amherst 24, Trinity 21

Western New England at Curry (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Don’t count out these Curry Colonels, who enter the game on a four-game winning streak. Despite a 17-14 setback at home this fall, Curry has been rather impressive at home and will look to continue that momentum on Saturday against a very talented Golden Bears squad. PREDICTION: Curry 21, WNE 20

Williams at Wesleyan (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): The Ephs returned to the win column last week, defeating Hamilton, 24-6, but this week, they must find a way to slow down a talented Cardinals offense that has put up 17 points or more in every game this season. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 21 

Norwich at MIT (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 5:30 p.m.): Following a tough setback to WPI, MIT will look to bounce back against the Cadets in Cambridge. PREDICTION: MIT 27, Norwich 14 

D3Hoops Notebook: Four New England Teams Appear On D3Hoops.com (MBB) Preseason Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

A quartet of New England teams appeared on the initial D3Hoops.com (men’s basketball) Top 25 Preseason Poll, which was posted on Wednesday, November 1st.

Williams College, a squad that appeared in last season’s NCAA Division III semifinals, checked-in third overall, while Whitman and Augustana secured the top two spots, respectively.

The Ephs graduated a pair of seniors from last year’s squad, including Daniel Aronowitz, who led the Purple and Gold with 17.3 points per game. Junior returns after checking-in second on the team in points per game (12.9) last season.

Tufts University, Babson College and Middlebury College slid into the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, while Washington University and UW-River Falls rounded out the top 10.

Babson captured their first-ever national title last season, edging Augustana, 79-78, in the title game. Joey Flannery led the Beavers with 23 points, while recording seven assists and six caroms in his final game with the Green and White. Look for contributions this season from seniors Chris LowryNick Comenale and Bradley Jacks.

Tufts bid adieu to some key players from last year’s squad, including Tom Palleschi and Tarik Smith, so look for seniors Vincent Pace and Everett Dayton to step-up this winter in both scoring and rebounding.

Middlebury graduated a quartet of seniors from last year’s squad, which captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown, including Matt St. Amour, who averaged 21.8 points per game. This season, the player to watch on the Panthers will be senior Jack Daly.

Outside the Top 25, Nichols College, Keene State, Amherst, MIT and Eastern Connecticut all received votes.

Hamilton College, which competes in the NESCAC, also received votes as well. The Continentals finished their 2016-17 campaign 16-9 overall.

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week 10 Poll (Monday, Oct. 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football (week nine) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week 10) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (8-0, 5-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Trinity College  (7-0, 7-0 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 2
  3. Plymouth State (8-1, 6-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 3
  4. Framingham State (7-1, 5-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 5
  5. Western New England (6-2, 3-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 6
  6. Western Conn. State (7-1, 5-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 7
  7. Curry College (7-1, 3-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 8
  8. WPI (6-2, 4-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: NR
  9. MIT (6-2, 4-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 4
  10. Amherst College (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC) | Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Husson University (7-1, 5-0 ECFC), Middlebury College (5-2, 5-2NESCAC), Salve Regina (5-2, 2-1 CCC) Wesleyan (5-2, 5-2 NESCAC) and Williams College (5-2, 5-2 NESCAC).