D3 Soccer: Williams Tops Chicago In 2017 National Championship Match

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For the second time in three seasons, the Williams College women’s soccer team is the Division III champions! (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

For the second time in three seasons, the Williams College women’s soccer team captured the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship, thanks to 1-0 victory this afternoon against the University of Chicago in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The championship win caps an impressive campaign by the Ephs, who won 22 of 24 contests this fall. Their lone setback occurred at the end of October when Middlebury College defeated the Purple and Gold by a score of 1-0. Williams would rebound from the loss, winning its next nine contests, including today’s national title game and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship.

Natasha Albaneze netted the game’s lone goal early in the second half, which provided the Ephs with the lead for good. Danielle Sim and Natalie Turner-Wyatt assisted on the strike – the goal was Albaneze’s 10th of the season.

Chicago attempted to answer multiple times over the next 35 minutes, but saw various attempts denied, including a late shot off a corner kick from Hanna Watkins sail wide of the Williams net.

The Maroons concluded the game with 14 shots, including six on net, while the Ephs tallied 12 attempts (four shots on goal). Williams’ Olivia Barnhill ended the match with six saves, while Chicago’s Katie Donovan and Miranda Malone combined for three stops.

Prior to today’s national championship win, Williams defeated Washington (Mo.), 1-0, in December 2015 to claim their first-ever NCAA Division III crown.

D3 Football: Delaware Valley Highlights NCAA East Regional Rankings

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Devauntay Ellis and the Delaware Valley football team secured the top spot on Wednesday in the NCAA Division III East Regional Rankings. (PHOTO CREDIT: Del

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

By no surprise, Delaware Valley secured the top spot in the NCAA Division III East Regional Rankings, as announced this afternoon via NCAA.com.

The Aggies enter the 10th week of play with an impressive 8-0 record – they are currently seventh in the latest D3Football.com poll.

DelVal visits Misericordia this weekend before capping its regular season with a 1 p.m. kickoff against Widener on Saturday, November 11th.

Brockport and Springfield, two teams that are also 8-0, checked-in second and third, respectively, while Wesley and Frostburg State rounded out the top five.

The Bobcats of Frostburg enter the week with a 7-1 ledger – they currently rank 14th on the latest D3Football.com poll, while Brockport is 10th, Wesley is 13th and Springfield is 22nd.

Springfield was idle this past weekend, but will look to continue its momentum this Saturday when they visit Maine Maritime for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

Husson, Union (N.Y.) and Western Connecticut secured the next three spots on the regional rankings, checking-in sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, while Plymouth State and Curry slid into the ninth and 10th positions.

New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The ECFC In 2017

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Wednesday, Noontime Sports fans, which means it’s time to highlight another New England Division III football conference to watch this season.

This week, we’re highlighting the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), an eight-team league that features squads from New England, as well as outside the region, too. All eight teams were represented on our ‘Players to Watch’ list below.

Prior to this week’s ECFC Players to Watch post, we highlighted the following conferences:

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) 

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 

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OFFENSE 

Cory Brandon

Husson

Quarterback 

John Smith

Husson

Runningback 

DJ Allen

Husson

Tight End 

Timel Benton

Gallaudet

Quarterback 

Dylan Mento

Gallaudet

Wide Receiver 

Lawrence Watson

Gallaudet

Wide Receiver 

Thomas Wright

Maritime (N.Y.)

Quarterback 

Matt Ward

Maritime (N.Y.)

Runningback 

Vincent Iaquinta

Anna Maria 

Tight End 

Mar-Keise Jones

Alfred State 

Runningback 

Moe Harris

Castleton 

Runningback 

Ryan Barry 

Castleton

Wide Receiver 

Travis O’Brien

Mount Ida 

Runningback 

Mike Elsey

Mount Ida 

Wide Receiver 

Nick Hewitt

Mount Ida 

Wide Receiver 

David Curry

Dean 

Wide Receiver 

DEFENSE 

Luke Washburn

Husson

Defensive Line 

Jean Gabriel

Husson

Defensive Back

Elvin Suazo, Jr. 

Husson

Defensive End 

Louie Akuffo

Gallaudet 

Defensive Back 

Mason Gooch

Gallaudet

Linebacker 

Jamie Cumberbatch

Gallaudet

Defensive Back

Solomon Worthey

Gallaudet

Defensive End 

Wesley Joseph

Maritime (N.Y.)

Defensive Line

Kendal Parker 

Maritime (N.Y.)

Linebacker 

Nick Conte

Maritime (N.Y.) 

Defensive Back

Jarius Ransom

Anna Maria

Linebacker 

Brandon Davis 

Alfred State 

Linebacker 

Jakob Trautwein

Castleton 

Linebacker 

Bubba Collins

Castleton

Defensive End 

Mike Obianigwe

Mount Ida 

Defensive Line 

Malik Webb

Dean 

Defensive Back

 

Mass. College Sports: Recapping An Exciting 2014-15 Year in Div. III

By Matt Noonan 

It has been an extremely exciting 10 months of Division III College sports.

Tufts University highlighted the school year by winning a trio of championships in men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse and softball. The Jumbos’ softball team accomplished a feat that had never occurred in Division III, winning three consecutive World Series crowns (2013, 2014 and 2015). The men’s lacrosse team captured its second straight title (and third since 2010) by defeating Lynchburg, 19-11, while the men’s soccer team earned its first national championship with a 4-2 win over Wheaton College (Ill.).

Babson College also appeared in the headlines following its amazing come-from-behind win against Trinity College in the Sectional Finals. Trailing the Bantams, 41-33, entering the second stanza, the Beavers rallied by outscoring their opponent, 33-25, which extended the content into overtime. In the extra session, Joey Flannery converted three free throws, John Wickey sank a jumper, Matthew Droney scored a three-pointer and Sam Bohmiller hit a pair of free throws to clinch the victory and send Babson to its first-ever semifinal.

For the second year in a row, the Tufts women’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals. Carla Berube was presented the Pat Summitt Trophy as the 2015 United States Marine Corps/ Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in April. Under Berube, the Jumbos won back-to-back New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles (2014 and 2015).

MIT made its initial appearance in the NCAA Tournament and won its first-ever postseason contest against Husson College. Trailing the Eagles, 20-17, Tucker Cheyne booted a 38-yard field goal at the end of regulation that evened the score at 20-20. In the extra session, the Engineers secured the victory when Peter Williams hooked up with Seve Esparrago for a 13-yard touchdown strike.

The Amherst College men’s ice hockey team came within one game of the national championship. The Jeffs earned a semifinal matchup with Wisconsin-Stevens Point following a dramatic 4-3 victory over Norwich University. Mike Rowbotham extended the Jeffs’ season with an overtime goal – his ninth of the season (at the time) – that helped Amherst edge the Cadets. Trinity would up winning the national title, defeating Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 5-2.

A 1-0 victory against Johns Hopkins University sent the Williams College women’s soccer team to the finals. The Ephs, however, fell to Lynchburg in penalty kicks following a scoreless tie after two full halves of soccer, along with a pair of overtime periods. Audrey Thomas scored the lone goal in Williams’ win over Johns Hopkins in the semifinal. Prior to their semifinal and final appearances, the Ephs claimed tournament wins over Lasell College, Ithaca College, Roger Williams University and TCNJ.