D3 Lacrosse: 2018 Women’s Midseason Report

NS D3Lax Midseason Report

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to April, New England D3 Lax fans! We have officially made it to the mid-way point of the 2018 season – crazy, right?

With just a few weeks remaining before conference tournaments begin, let’s take a spin around the New England landscape and check-in on every conference.

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Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott College and Roger Williams meet in an important Wednesday afternoon showdown – the winner of this game will most likely be the front-runner for the top seed in the CCC Tournament. Endicott will look to bounce back following a tough loss to Tufts University, while the Hawks will look to extend their winning streak to four games.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Roger Williams. The Hawks boast the best overall record in the CCC and should find a way to not only get past Endicott this afternoon, but also their remaining league foes.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): Despite an early season setback to Colby-Sawyer, the Mount Ida College Mustangs have been on a roll, winning eight-straight. They will face Johnson & Wales in two weeks – that game will most likely decide the regular season winner.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Mount Ida – let’s go Mustang City!


Little East Conference (LEC): Plymouth State should remain the favorite in the LEC, but don’t be shocked if Keene State catches up to them. The Owls are currently riding a four-game winning streak, as of early Wednesday (Apr. 4th) afternoon, and will certainly be read for their showdown with Plymouth State in a few weeks.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): As much as I want to pick Keene State, I think Plymouth State will find a way to win the regular season crown.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Westfield State was my initial pick earlier this season, but I certainly wouldn’t overlook Framingham State, which is one of four teams that currently boasts a 1-0 league ledger. The Rams face a tough task this weekend against a talented Bridgewater State squad that is also 1-0 in MASCAC play. A win for Framingham State could certainly be a momentum boost for the Black and Gold, but the Bears should find a way to slow down their rival.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Bridgewater State. The Bears have done quite well outside the conference and should be the team to beat in late April/early May.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): At the moment, the race for the regular season crown is wide open, but perhaps this is the year Southern Vermont wins it all? The Mountaineers have appeared in the NECC playoffs the past three seasons and should certainly be a team to watch over the next few weeks.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Southern Vermont. The Mountaineers scored their first win of the season earlier this week over Newbury College and should be able to gain some momentum over the next few weeks, especially with a win over Becker College on Saturday, April 7th.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Middlebury College is clearly the favorite, but don’t count out the following: Amherst CollegeTrinity College and Tufts University. All three teams certainly has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the Panthers, but this maybe the year the Panthers win the conference and go deep in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Middlebury College. As much as I would like to pick Trinity or Tufts, I think the road to a NESCAC crown will go through Vermont.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Babson College scored an impressive win recently over Springfield College, which could help them claim the regular season crown. The Beavers still need to a few more wins to sew up the top seed – one game to circle will be a conference tilt with Coast Guard Academy next Saturday, April 14th. The Bears have been a great story this season, winning eight of nine contests thus far, as of early Wednesday (Apr. 4th) afternoon.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Babson College. The Beavers’ win over Springfield College last month was exactly what the Green and White needed to set themselves up for a successful final few weeks of the regular season.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC): As of now, it appears New England College is the front-runner, but make sure to keep an eye on Castleton University and Husson University over the next few weeks. This conference maybe run currently by NEC, but come tournament time, anything this possible!

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): New England College. The Pilgrims are averaging close tp 15 goals per game – they currently average 14.90 markers per contest. Their offense could provide challenges for Castleton or Husson, but a match-up in the final against Colby-Sawyer could be an interesting one.

D3 Lacrosse: 2018 Men’s Midseason Report

NS D3Lax Midseason Report

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to April, New England D3 Lax fans! We have officially made it to the mid-way point of the 2018 season – crazy, right?

With just a few weeks remaining before conference tournaments begin, let’s take a spin around the New England landscape and check-in on every conference.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports lacrosse by following us on Twitter: @Noontime_Lax


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): It should come as no surprise that Endicott College and Western New England remain the top two teams in the CCC. Both squads will meet on Saturday (Apr. 7th) in a pivotal regular season match-up. The winner will most likely be the top seed in the upcoming postseason tournament.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Western New England. The Golden Bears seem to be the team to beat in the CCC this spring and should take care of business on Saturday against the Gulls. Maybe they get tripped up down the stretch by Roger Williams or Salve Regina, but the Golden Bears are my pick to win the regular season crown and host the 2018 CCC Tournament.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): This is an interesting conference to watch – there really isn’t a favorite. Lasell College captured the GNAC crown last season, but appears to have rebounded from a difficult start. The Lasers boast a 2-0 ledger in league play and can really push ahead for good with a win this weekend over Mount Ida College. The Mustangs are certainly in contention for the regular season crown, as well as Johnson & WalesNorwich University and Rivier University.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Despite a slow start, I still like Lasell College, especially if they can find a way past Mount Ida this weekend.


Little East Conference (LEC): Keene State will remain the favorite in the LEC, but it will be interesting to watch a few teams over the next few weeks, including UMass Dartmouth, which is riding a three-game winning streak. The Corsairs will meet the Owls this weekend in New Hampshire.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Let’s go with … Keene State! The Owls will secure the top seed. Sure, they may get tripped up once (or twice?) down the stretch, but they will be the team to beat in the LEC postseason.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Dean College appears to be the team to beat in the NECC. They currently boast a 5-3 overall ledger and will begin conference play this Saturday, April 7 when they host Mitchell College at 1 p.m.

All three NECC teams will qualify for the tournament later this month, but as of now, it appears the Bulldogs have the upper hand against Mitchell and Becker College.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): The Dean Bulldogs should most likely be the team that hosts the championship game on Saturday, April 28.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): As expected, the NESCAC has been a fun conference to follow this season – a majority of their team’s have continued to appear in our weekly Top 10 poll.

My guess, as of now, is Amherst College will find a way to secure the top seed, but I wouldn’t rule out Tufts University or Wesleyan University. All three teams will meet over the next few weeks, which will help determine the regular season champion.

Keep an eye on Bowdoin CollegeConnecticut College and Williams College over the next few weeks, as well.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): I think Amherst College is the team to beat in the NESCAC this season. They remain our top team in the latest Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll and will most likely be the squad that hosts the semifinals and championships next month.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Coast Guard Academy has been the team to watch – can they continue their March momentum this month against MIT and Springfield College? Their mid-week match against the Pride in two weeks will most likely determine the top seed in the NEWMAC.

Springfield has enjoyed another successful regular season campaign, as well. They boast a solid 6-3 ledger, which includes some non-conference wins over SUNY CortlandNazareth and Union College.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): I think Coast Guard Academy will find a way to get past Springfield to secure the top seed in the NEWMAC.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Once again, New England College appears to be the favorite – I am not sure if Castleton University will catch the Pilgrims, but we shall see.

NEC has rebounded from an 0-4 start with seven-straight wins, including some non-league victories over University of New EnglandMount Ida and Norwich University.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): The New England College Pilgrims will finish its conference slate undefeated and secure the top spot in the NAC playoffs.

D3 Lacrosse Mid-Week Notebook: CGA Outlasts Wesleyan, Emerson Off To 3-0 Start

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Anthony Wyler’s game-winning goal in overtime on Tuesday helped the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team top Wesleyan University in an exciting non-conference clash. (Photo Credit: Paul Duddy)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was an exciting finish last night in New London, Connecticut as the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team stunned the second-ranked Wesleyan University Cardinals in overtime by a score of 10-9.

The win was the Bears’ third-straight of the 2018 season. Prior to defeating the Cardinals, CGA topped Eastern Connecticut (15-7) and Norwich University (17-1).

“The guys are pumped,” Coast Guard Academy coach Ray Le Forte said one day after his team’s exciting win. “(And) so is the campus, too.”

Coast Guard led Wesleyan, 9-8, with 5:24 remaining in the final session, but the Cardinals evened the score (9-9) and forced an extra session, thanks to a man-up goal from Christian Barker.

The Bears would counter 32 seconds into the extra session with Anthony Wyler, who rifled a shot from the top of the zone to secure an exciting and impressive one-goal victory.

Wyler concluded the contest with three goals and one assist, while Riley McNulty chipped in four goals and one assist. The game-winning goal was set-up by Matty Johnson, who concluded last night’s contest with one goal and one assist.

Courtesy of Coast Guard Academy Athletics, here is the game-winning goal, which has been a must-see on social media today! 

Tuesday’s win is certainly impressive one for a fourth-year program that has grown tremendously since its initial collegiate season in 2015.

Coast Guard Academy is coming off a 10-6 win season from a year ago, which saw the Bears win a program-best four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games.

The Bears will look to continue its early season momentum on Saturday, March 10 when they face Goucher College at 1 p.m. A few days later, the Bears will take on Ithaca College on Tuesday, March 13th at 1 p.m. with the contest taking place in Virginia Beach.

The Bears will begin conference play later this month when they host Clark University on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.

And one team the Bears will see later this season is Emerson College, which is also off to an impressive 3-0 start.

The Lions began their 2018 campaign with an impressive and hard-fought 13-12 win over Mount Ida College in double-overtime before defeating Lyndon State (7-4) and Albertus Magnus (10-9).

Emerson was initially scheduled to compete against Nichols College tomorrow (Thursday, March 8th), but due to this week’s nor-easter, the game has been postponed.

The Lions will return to action next Tuesday (Mar. 13th) when they host Thomas College at 6 p.m.

“We’re definitely starting to get there,” said Emerson coach Matt Colombini. “We have a lot of young talent and the returners that have been through it for a year now and know what we’re really expecting (of this program) and what being a college lacrosse player is, and they have turned the corner with that stuff.”

Colombini seems quite content about his team’s early season success, but knows his squad must keep the focus on playing a complete 60 minutes.

“I am excited to see in a couple weeks as we keep (working toward our goal of playing a complete game) where we end up and what our final product really looks like,” he said.

So far, Emerson has received some solid contributions from Jared Brush (13 goals, three assists) and Cameron Radenberg (two goals, nine assists). Additionally, a pair of first-years, Joe Meyers and Stevie Powers, have also contributed on the offensive end – the duo has combined for 12 points on seven goals and five assists, while Bailey Kennedy has also performed quite well between the pipes with 24 saves.

Following the team’s contest against Thomas, Emerson will face some challenging non-conference foes in Dean CollegeWentworth and UMass-Dartmouth. All three games – and yes, four, counting Thomas – will be good tests for the Lions, who hope to keep their early season momentum going later this spring.

“I think this year we have made the schedule much more challenging to get ready for NEWMAC games,” said Colombini. “The teams we have played (thus far) have been pretty good, but they have all been close, grind-it-out type of games, so at least we are finding a way to win right now, which is good.”

The team’s initial win over Mount Ida was certainly impressive – perhaps it could be   a game these Lions will look back on as motivation for more success later this season.

Anna Maria’s Rapoza Receives Praise From Bob Ryan On Around The Horn

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On Tuesday, Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza went a perfect 18-for-18 from the floor, while netting a career-high 42 points against Mount Ida. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Maria College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Following a monstrous performance two nights ago against Mount Ida College, Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza received some love from Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan at the conclusion of last night’s (Wednesday, Feb. 14th) Around the Horn on ESPN.

Ryan, who has been covering basketball for nearly five decades, praised Rapoza – not just for converting all 18 of his field goals, but for “posting up, kicking butt and making every shot.”

“Way to go, Mike Rapoza,” he said with a fist pump. “You da’ man!”

Rapoza’s 18-for-18 performance was a Division III record, but also helped the AMCATs secure a spot in the upcoming Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament, which begins next week.

Anna Maria returns to the hardwood on Saturday, February 17 when they host Emmanuel College with tip-off scheduled for 12 p.m.

D3 Lax: Johnson & Wales Women’s Lacrosse Picked To Capture The GNAC

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 13th) that the Johnson & Wales University women’s lacrosse team was projected to capture the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), per the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.

The Wildcats secured seven of 11 first-place votes while Lasell College, which checked-in second overall, secured a pair of first-place nods. Saint Joseph’s (Maine) also earned a pair of first-place nods, too – the Monks slid into the third position, while Mount Ida College and Emmanuel College rounded out the top five, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Simmons College, Regis College and Norwich University secured the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, while Rivier and Alberts Magnus checked-in ninth and 10th overall. Saint Joseph (Conn.) secured the final position, checking in 11th overall.

Johnson & Wales captured the GNAC crown last season by defeating Simmons, 19-5, thanks to an impressive nine-point performance (five goals, four assists) from Maria Patane, who was selected to the All-Touyrnament Team. Lydia Knapp was also named to the All-Tournament Team, while also being named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) after recording five points on four goals and one assist.

The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first-time in program history last May, but saw their historic 2017 campaign conclude against Babson College. Johnson & Wales concluded its season with a school record 16-5 mark and will certainly be a team to watch in New England this spring.

Johnson & Wales will commence its 2018 campaign on Saturday, February 24 with a trip to UMass Dartmouth – opening draw is scheduled for 12 p.m.