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

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Amherst College once again remains the top team in New England after a few important wins last week, including a 7-3 victory this past Saturday against Bates College. The Mammoths’ defense has been extremely impressive over the past few weeks, while the offense has provided multiple problems for opposing units. Amherst is averaging close to 14 goals per game.

Middlebury College swapped spots with Tufts University, checking-in second overall this week after appearing in the third position a week ago. The Panthers scored back-to-back wins this weekend over the Jumbos and Hamilton College – they will be the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which officially begins on Saturday, April 28th.

Stay connected with New England Professional, College and High School coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Lax

Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 23rd 2018

1. Amherst College13-1, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
2. Middlebury College12-2, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
3. Tufts University11-3, 7-2 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
4. Trinity College10-4, 6-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
5. Bowdoin College11-3, 6-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
6. Wesleyan University9-5, 5-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
7. Colby College8-6, 3-6 NESCACLast Week: No. 7
8. Bates College7-7, 2-7 NESCACLast Week: No. 8
9. Williams College6-8, 2-7, NESCACLast Week: No. 9
10. Springfield College11-5, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (8-7, 5-1 NEWMAC), Endicott College (11-3, 7-0 CCC), Framingham State (12-2, 4-1 MASCAC), Hamilton College (5-9, 3-7 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (12-2, 9-0 GNAC), MIT (9-5, 5-1 NEWMAC) and Roger Williams (12-3, 7-1 CCC).

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, March 12th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for our weekly New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

This week, we welcomed a trio of new teams to the poll, including Coast Guard Academy, which scored an exciting overtime win over Wesleyan University. Additionally, we also welcomed a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams, too – make sure to keep an eye on both Connecticut College and Williams College this week.

Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, March 12th, 2018

1. Tufts University3-0, 1-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
2. Amherst College3-0, 2-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
3. Wesleyan University2-1, 2-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
4. Conn. College3-0, 2-0 NESCACLast Week: NR 
5. Middlebury College1-1, 1-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
6. Western New Eng.3-1, 0-0 CCCLast Week: No. 7
7. Coast Guard Academy4-0, 0-0 NEWMACLast Week: NR
8. Bates College 1-3, 0-2 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
9. Springfield College2-2, 0-0 NEWMACLast Week: No. 9
10. Williams College1-2, 1-1 NESCACLast Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Babson College (2-3, 0-0 NEWMAC), Clark University (3-2, 0-0 NEWMAC), Keene State (1-2, 0-0 LEC), MIT (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC), Roger Williams (2-2, 0-0 CCC), Trinity College (1-2, 0-1 NESCAC), University of New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC)

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, March 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

A brand new season of NCAA Division III lacrosse has officially begun!

And similar to our basketball and football coverage this school year, we will be producing a weekly Top 10 New England D3 Lacrosse Poll every week, which can be seen both here (below!), as well as through our Facebook page and Twitter handle, too.

Here is our initial New England Women’s Lacrosse D3 Top 10 Poll for Monday, March 5th.

1. Middlebury College 2-0, 1-0 NESCAC
2. Trinity College 0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
 3. Tufts University 1-0, 1-0 NESCAC 
4. Colby College 0-1, 0-1 NESCAC
5. Hamilton College0-1, 0-1 NESCAC
6. Bowdoin College  1-0, 1-0 NESCAC
7. Wesleyan University 1-0, 1-0 NESCAC
8. Amherst College 1-0, 1-0 NESCAC
9. Bates College 2-1, 0-1 NESCAC
10. Springfield College 2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

ON THE RISE: Babson College (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC), Endicott College (2-0, 0-0 CCC), Johnson & Wales (2-1, 0-0 GNAC), Plymouth State (1-1, 0-0 LEC) and Roger Williams (2-0, 0-0 CCC)