Mass. College Sports: Tuesday Night Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

There were some exciting and interesting outcomes in the college basketball and hockey world on Tuesday, and below are those game summaries.

Women’s Ice Hockey:

Northeastern University 4, Boston College 3 – Katie MacSorley’s eighth strike of the season proved to be the difference, as the Huskies skated past the Eagles and earned their 16th Boston Beanpot championship at historic Matthews Arena.

Harvard 3, Boston University 0 – Samantha Reber finished the Beanpot consolation match with three points (one goal, two assists), as the Crimson defeated the Terriers. The loss marked the first time Boston University had dropped two straight games this season and also the first time they’ve finished fourth in the tournament.

Men’s Basketball:

Holy Cross 66, Navy 57 – The Crusaders tallied 43 of their 66 points in the first half, which helped them go onto to defeat the visitors in Worcester. Justin Burrell led Holy Cross with a team-high 14 points, while Dave Dudzinski added 13 points and pulled down eight boards. The Crusaders are now 11-13 overall, 3-6 in the Patriot League.

St. Michaels 66, Bentley University 62 Jasper Grassa and Tyler McFarland combined for 44 points, but that wasn’t enough to help the Falcons get past the Purple Knights in Waltham.

Amherst College 104, Middlebury 101 (3OT) – Willy Workman scored 30 points; Peter Kaasila netted 29 points, and the Lord Jeffs outlasted the Panthers in triple-overtime to earn their 16th consecutive win.

Williams College 68, Trinity College 47 – Nate Robertson scored a game-high 19 points, which lifted the Ephs to their 23rd victory of the season.

Westfield State 77, Framingham State 59 – Tyrone Figueroa netted a game-high 31 points, but that didn’t help the Rams top the Owls on Senior Night. Lee Vasquez paced the visitors with 28 points and eight steals.

Women’s Basketball:

Bentley University 79, St. Michael’s 49 – Every member of the Falcons squad netted at least two points, as Bentley rolled past St. Michaels and claimed their 22nd win of the season. Kelsey Roberson paced the Falcons with 12 points, while Courtney Finn added 11 points.

Emmanuel College 71, St. Joe’s (CT) 40 – Fiona O’Dwyer filled the stat sheet with 24 points, five rebounds, three assists and one block, which helped the Saints win their 18th game of the season.

Suffolk University 67, Mount Ida College 48 – Jacqueline Vienneau finished the game with 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and five steals, as the Rams defeated the Mustangs in Boston.

Bridgewater State 87, Salem State 55 – The Bears picked up their seventh consecutive win by downing the Vikings in Bridgewater. Michaela Cosby filled the stat sheet with 19 points, six rebounds, six steals, three assists and one block, while Elisha Homich recorded 16 points, six assists, three steals and two boards.

East Nazarene 56, Curry College 52 (OT) – Kylie Beltz netted a game-high 19 points, but that wasn’t enough, as the Lions stunned the Colonels in Quincy.

Mass. College Hoops: NESCAC Preview (LINKS)

By Matt Noonan 

Our preseason basketball coverage continues with more links from the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Three teams from Massachusetts (Amherst, Tufts and Williams) compete in this conference, so those are the links we’ve provided below.

Men’s Basketball

* Amherst College — After securing their fifth consecutive NESCAC crown, the Lord Jeffs season concluded in the third round of the March Madness tournament against Franklin & Marshal. This year, expect great things from  Aaron Toomey and Willy Workman, as well as Peter Kaasila and David Kalema. Amherst has a great deal of depth, which will certainly come in handy against Brandeis and Williams.

* Tufts University — Bob Sheldon knows what it takes to be successful, especially in a very competitive conference. Last season, the Jumbos concluded their campaign with 16-9 record, as well as a quarterfinal loss in the NESCAC tournament to Bates College. So, after this season last year, it’s expected that the men sporting the blue and white will be hungry for more wins this winter.

* Williams College — The Ephs will begin another season tomorrow when they host the Williams Tip-Off Tournament. Their first game is against So. Vermont. Williams will rely heavily on senior co-captains Nate Robertson and James Klemm.

Women’s Basketball

* Amherst CollegeThe 2012-13 season will certainly be an interesting one for the Lord Jeffs. Caroline StedmanLem Atanga McCormick and Kim Fiorentino all graduated, so that means some new players will have to step-up and fill the void immediately.

* Tufts University — Nine Letter-winners will anchor the Jumbos this season following their second straight trip to the March Madness tournament. Expect great things from Kate Barnosky and Bre Dufault this season.

* Williams College — Pat Manning knows that NESCAC is a tough conference year in and year out. So, to counter their competition, the Ephs will rely heavily on their senior class this winter.

Saturday Afternoon D3Hoops Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are some scores and highlights from various Massachusetts D3Hoops games on Saturday, Feb 4.

Men’s Basketball: 

MIT 69, Springfield College 67 – The Engineers picked up an important NEWMAC conference win on Saturday afternoon in Springfield, as MIT handed the Pride their seventh overall loss. MIT tallied 39 first half points, but yielded 38 to the Pride, which wasn’t enough for the home team to earn a victory. Will Tashman led all scorers with 17 points, while Noel Hollingsworth added 16 for the Engineers.

WPI 82, Coast Guard 76 – The Bears tallied 43 second half points, which wasn’t enough to overcome the visiting Engineers, who earned their 16th victory of the season, as well as six conference win. Matt Carr finished the afternoon with 25 points for the Engineers, while Kevin Sowers and Trip Fernandes scored 14 points each for the Bears.

Amherst College 74, Tufts University 65 – David Hixon‘s crew picked up their final road victory of the season, as well as clinched a home quarterfinal NESCAC game too. Aaron Toomey led all scorers with 18 points.

Bowdoin College 89, Williams College 84 (OT) – The Polar Bears held the Ephs to just five points in the extra frame, which helped the home team pick up their fourth conference win of the season. Nate Robertson helped Williams force overtime when he sank two free throws and recorded a layup with with 24 seconds left in the second half.

Bridgewater State 68, Westfield State 59 – The Bears earned an important conference victory on Saturday, as they defeated the Owls in Westfield by nine points. Bridgewater State has now won three of their last four games, and currently resides in first place in the MASCAC.

Women’s Basketball: 

Babson College 79, Wheaton College 54 – The Beavers earned their 10th consecutive victory, and preserved their undefeated record in the NEWMAC on Saturday afternoon in Norton. Sarah Collins led the Green and White with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Nicole Cullinane paced the Lyons with 14 points.

Smith College 73, Coast Guard 51 – The Pioneers earned their sixth consecutive victory by defeating the Bears in Northampton. Smith College has now won 11 conference games, and will hit the road for a two-game swing, which starts in Worcester on Wednesday evening against the Clark University Cougars.

Wellesley College 58, Clark University 53 – The Blue entered halftime with a five-point lead, which proved to be the difference against the Cougars, who tallied 31 points in the second half. Wellesley remains one game back of Clark, who currently resides in third place in the NEWMAC.

Amherst College 48, Tufts University 31 – Lem Atanga McCormick led the Lord Jeffs with 13 points, as Amherst defeated Tufts in Medford and earned the top spot in the upcoming NESCAC tournament.

Williams College 67, Bowdoin College 55 – The Ephs snapped their one-game losing streak with a commanding conference victory in Maine. Williams is now 5-3 in the NESCAC, and 18-4 overall.

Fitchburg State 71, Framingham State 69 – The Falcons snapped a four-game losing streak with a two-point victory at home on Saturday against the Rams. Amy Fahey led all scorers with 34 points in Fitchburg State’s 15th victory of the season.

Regis College 74, Wheelock College 29 – Head Coach Julie Plant picked up her 100th career victory with the Pride, who routed the Wildcats for their fifth consecutive victory.