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Mass. College Sports: Friday’s Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com

A couple local squads will be competing in various NCAA tournaments this morning, afternoon and evening, and below are the times.

NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional:

* No. 4 Western New England vs. No. 6 St. Joseph’s (ME), 9:30 a.m. — Elimination Game

* No. 2 Wheaton College vs. No. 8 Daniel Webster, 1 p.m. — Elimination Game

* No. 1 Southern Maine vs. No. 3 Endicott College, 4:30 p.m.

* St. Joe’s/WNE vs. Daniel Webster/Wheaton, 8 p.m. — Elimination Game

NCAA Division III Ithaca Regional:

* No. 1 Ithaca College vs. No. 6 Amherst College, 4:30 p.m.

NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament:

* Tufts University vs. Texas-Tyler @ Eau Claire, WI, 5 p.m.

Nichols Men’s Tennis Tops Colby-Sawyer In NCAA D3 First Round

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release from the men’s tennis match against Colby-Sawyer in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Bison will face nationally-ranked host Williams college tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.:

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Graduate student captain David Drucker (Bellmore, N.Y.) delivered the decisive fifth point as the Nichols College men’s tennis team blanked Colby-Sawyer, 5-0, in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship First round hosted by Williams College on Thursday morning. The squad’s second NCAA tournament victory also sets the program record for single-season wins as the Bison improve to 19-5 on the year. Nichols will face nationally-ranked host Williams tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Drucker, already the program’s all-time singles and doubles record holder, extended his lead with his 64th singles victory to clinch the match with a 6-1, 6-0 decision. Earlier in the contest, Drucker teamed with senior Justin DeLuca (Mashpee, Mass.)to post an 8-1 win for his 57th doubles triumph.

Sophomore Brandon Roode (Griswold, Conn.) and first-year Eduardo Irizarry (Lajas, Puerto Rico) did not surrender a game and posted the first Bison point in their second-straight match with an 8-0 decision over Nathan Taschereau and Reeve Fidler. The rookie duo of Carlos De La Cruz (Santo Domingo, Dominican Repuiblic) and Josh Halpern (Secaucus, N.J.) then finished off Clay Allen and Paul Holland 8-1 at the third flight. Drucker and DeLuca closed out the doubles session with an 8-1 victory of their own as Nichols staked a 3-0 lead.

Irizarry raced out to a 6-0, 6-0 win at the third flight to set the stage for Drucker to send the Bison into the second round for the team’s second appearance in as many years.

“It was another great win for us,” remarked head coach Paul Brower. “The guys played very, very well today. It was a great start in doubles. We came out hot and really took it to them. In singles we closed fast. The level of play was high. Hopefully we can carry it into tomorrow against one of the toughest teams in the nation. We’re looking forward to the challenge and I think our guys are going to have a strong showing against some of the best out there.”

Nichols was ahead at the four remaining singles flights when the match was concluded. Roode held a 6-1, 4-1 lead at the second flight while Halpern was up 6-3, 2-1. DeLuca took his first set 6-1 and De La Cruz posted a 6-2 initial set as both were up 1-0 in the second set.

Nichols Men’s Tenis Captures Second Straight CCC Crown

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information, here’s this afternoon’s release from the Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s tennis championship:

BRISTOL, R.I. – Sophomore Brandon Roode (Griswold, Conn.) clinched his singles flight 6-2, 6-1 to end the match as the second-seeded Nichols College men’s tennis team claimed its second consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men’s Tennis Championship with a 5-1 victory over top-seeded Roger Williams on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Bison (18-5) tie the program record for wins in a season and earn the conference’s auto bid to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship. Roger Williams ends its season with a 12-7 ledger.

Roode and first-year Eduardo Irizarry (Lajas, Puerto Rico) won their fifth straight match as they cruised to an 8-0 win over graduate student Kevin Erikson (Tolland, Conn.) and senior Jason Pacino (North Reading, Mass.) at the top flight. Graduate student captain David Drucker (Bellmore, N.Y.) and senior Justin DeLuca (Mashpee, Mass.) then moved to 10-0 against CCC competition this season as they topped freshman Jonah Schwartz (Orange, Conn.) and sophomore Ryan Swanson (West Newbury, Mass.), 8-1, at the second flight. Despite erasing a 5-2 deficit, first-years Carlos De La Cruz (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) (11-6) and Josh Halpern (Secaucus, N.J.) fell to sophomore Zack Bussiere (Colchester, Conn.) and freshman Eric Laboissonniere (Cumberland, R.I.), 9-8 (7-3).

The Bison carried a 2-1 lead into the singles session and claimed the second through fourth flights for the 5-1 triumph. Irizarry led the way as he rolled past Junior Taylor Webster (Bristol, Conn.), 6-3, 6-2, to remain undefeated with his 13th win this spring. Drucker followed with his 63rd career victory and 10th against CCC foes this season with a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Laboissonniere. Roode then captured his flight as the Bison earned their fifth overall CCC title.

“Today was another great win,” commented head coach Paul Brower, who has had a team in the national tournament each of the last three springs. “The guys played at a tremendous level from top to bottom. Guys like David Drucker and Justin DeLuca who have been doing it for years. We had freshman step up today. Guys like Eduardo and Josh. Brandon did another great job to close the match. The attitude was great, the play was great. I can’t say enough good things about the way the team played today and the way they handled themselves.

DeLuca was leading Bussiere, the CCC Player of the Year, 6-2, 4-1, while De La Cruz had a 6-4, 5-1 advantage at the conclusion of the match. Halpern and Sophomore Kyle Bull (Pleasantville, N.Y.) were tied at one set apiece when Roode provided the heroics.

The 2013 Bison roster also includes juniors Paul Armstrong (New Preston, Conn.)Paul Healy (Pomfret, Conn), sophomores Andrew Haas (Whitinsville, Mass.)Cam Lewis (Bolton, Mass.)Bradley Minton (Pelham, Ga.)Mathew Paulsen (Billerica, Mass.) and Dan Roman (Tolland, Conn.) as well as first-years Joseph Beasley (Eastham, Mass.)Joseph Munsey (Arlington, Mass.) and Jonathan Roy (Rowley, Mass.).

“I look forward to finding out where we’re headed for the NCAA tournament and hopefully making a run at nationals,’ added Brower.

The 44-team field, as well as Nichols destination, is expected to be revealed on NCAA.com at 7:00 p.m. on Monday. The initial rounds are slated to take place on campus sites beginning on Friday, May 10.