Tufts Looks To Snatch The Top Spots In The Upcoming NESCAC Tournament

Tufts Jumbos LogoBy Matt Noonan 

Both Tufts University basketball teams have a chance to secure the top spot in the upcoming New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournaments as long as both squads beat Middlebury College this evening (Friday, February 14th) and Williams College (Saturday, February 15th) tomorrow.

The Tufts men’s team positioned themselves for the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament earlier this month with an 80-67 win over Colby College followed by back-to-back wins at Connecticut College and Trinity College. The loss to Tufts was Colby’s first of the 2019-20 season. 

The Tufts women’s team, which has yet to drop a single game this season, has been the top team in the NESCAC over the past few weeks, thanks to wins last month over Amherst College and Bowdoin College, two teams that will most likely secure the second and third seed in the conference tournament.

The Tufts men’s basketball team last secured the top spot in the NESCAC Tournament in 2017 with an end of season win against Williams. Tufts beat Hamilton College on its home court eight days later in the quarterfinals before falling to Williams in Medford in the semifinals. Tufts did make the NCAA Tournament that year as an at-large but saw its bid toward a national championship conclude against Babson College, which went onto beat Augustana eight days later in the D-III Championship.

The Tufts women’s team secured the top seed in the tournament in 2016 but lost to Amherst in the finals. Tufts rebounded from the one-point setback to the Mammoths by winning five consecutive postseason games as an at-large bid before falling to Thomas More in the national championship game.

We will learn the pairings for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament later this weekend, as well as which teams will face Tufts next weekend.

D3 Football: Endicott, WNE Secure Spots On East Regional Rankings

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

For the second-straight week, two New England D-III football teams appeared on the most recent NCAA East Regional Rankings, which were posted (and announced) earlier today.

Western New England, which checked-in fifth one week ago, secured the sixth position in this week’s rankings, while Endicott College checked in tenth overall.

WPI, which secured the ninth position last week, did not appear on the ten-team list.

Salisbury University remained the top team in the East region for a second-straight week, while Wesley College and Delaware Valley checked in second and third, respectively. Union College, which boasts an impressive 9-0 record, slid into the fourth position while the College of Brockport checked-in fifth.

SUNY CortlandHobart, and Stevenson University secured the seventh, eighth, and ninth positions.

Endicott and Western New England conclude their respective regular-season campaigns this Saturday, November 16th with the Golden Bears hosting Husson University and the Gulls visiting Nichols College.

WNE, which defeated Endicott earlier this season, secured the conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament – we will learn who their first-round opponent will be on Sunday, November 17th.

The Gulls of Endicott will most likely represent the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in the New England Bowl. Endicott competed in its initial New England Bowl last fall but lost to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, which competes in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Daily Noontime: January 25th, 2019

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to Friday or as we call it … Fri-Yay!

Let’s kick-off the weekend with a brand new edition of the Daily Noontime with some news, links and more from the wonderful world wide web!


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Video of the Day: In honor of our first Daily Noontime on a Friday – the first Friday edition in quite some time! – let’s jump back in time and jam out to … “Friday!” 

Football Friday Notebook: NCAA Tweaks Redshirt Rule For D1 Football, Plus D3 Football Captains & More

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Let’s kick-start your weekend with some football news and notes from the D3 world to the pros and high schools.

The NCAA recently made some tweaks to its redshirt rules, which should make college football fun to follow this season, as well as a little unpredictable, too.

More on the NCAA redshirt rule change from Sports Illustrated – this will certainly help coaches get first-year players even more ready for future success, both at the college and pro level.

On Thursday, the Maritime (N.Y.) Privateers announced on their Instagram account their captains for the upcoming season. Congrats to Payton Campbell, Liam Bailey and Dean Lynch – best of luck this season, gents!

The St. John Fisher College football unveiled on Twitter its uniform combos for the upcoming season. Thoughts?

Also announcing captains for this upcoming season was Gettysburg College earlier this week – congrats to Chase FeeMiles McKnight and Nick Rella!

A feel-good feature from the USA Today on how a school, fatherhood and football connect former Temple University teammates. It may get a little dusty in your room after reading it!

What should Dallas Cowboys fans expect from their offense this season? A massive amount of rushes from Ezekiel Elliott … duh!

Speaking of the Cowboys, make sure to check-out Charles Robinson‘s piece from Yahoo! SportsDallas needs to have a bounce back season, per his report. Otherwise, things could get pretty interesting in Big-D!

Finally, Mike Pereira told PFT Live the following: “If at the end of this year there are more concussions on kickoffs, forget it. It’s gone.” Clock is ticking, NFL rules committee!

Have a great weekend, everyone and make sure to stay connected with our Football handle on Twitter: @Noontime_FB 

D3 Lacrosse: Men’s NCAA Tournament First & Second Round Pairings

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament pairings were announced this evening – the postseason officially begins Tuesday, May 8th with four first-round games followed by a full slate of second round games on Wednesday, May 9th. The third round will take place on Saturday, May 12th, while the quarterfinals are slated for Wednesday, May 16th.

The final four teams remaining in the tournament will compete in the semifinals on Sunday, May 20th with each winner advancing to the national championship on Sunday, May 27th at Gillette Stadium.

Here are the opening round and second round pairings – no times have been announced as of Sunday evening.

First Round Pairings (Tuesday, May 8th)

Albion vs. New England College
Merchant Marine vs. Johnson & Wales Univ.
Eastern vs. Morrisville
Elizabethtown vs. John Carroll

Second Round Pairings (Wednesday, May 9th)

Albion/New England College vs. RIT
Stevens vs. Springfield College
York (Pa.) vs. Western New England
Amherst College vs. Keene State
Wesleyan vs. SUNY Cortland
Cabrini vs. Colorado College
Ithaca College vs. Stevenson
Merchant Marine/Johnson & Wales vs. Tufts
Eastern/Morrisville State vs. Salisbury
Roanoke vs. Christopher Newport
Washington & Lee vs. Transylvania
Dickinson vs. Lynchburg
Denison vs. Illinois Wesleyan
Ohio Wesleyan vs. Aurora
Rhodes vs. Huntingdon
Gettysburg vs. Elizabethtown/John Carroll