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Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Four (Trevor Paul | The Legacy Chronicle: The Sword)

Noontime Sports Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com 

For the fourth episode of Noontime Sports the PodcastMatt Noonan caught up with a former Noontime Sports blogger – yes, he did contribute back in the day! – Trevor Paul (T.H. Paul) to chat about his new book: The Legacy Chronicle: The Sword 

In addition to learning more about the book and Paul’s writing process, Noonan and Paul also talked some sports – yes, we had to throw some sports talk in, right? – discussing what it is like to coach prep school athletics, as well as Maine hockey (and some NESCAC hockey, too).

Noonan: It Should Be An Exciting Final Few Weeks Of D3 Hockey

By Matt Noonan 

A few intriguing questions and thoughts facing a few Division III hockey teams – both men and women – heading into the final few weeks of regular season.

* Let’s begin in the ECAC Northeast Conference where Suffolk University is currently in first place. The Rams, who ended the month of December on a three-game winning streak, have won three contests in January, but have also dropped three non-conference tilts to Stonehill College (4-2), Tufts University (7-4) and New England College (7-0). Yet, the Rams rebounded with back-to-back victories against Franklin Pierce (4-1) and Assumption College (6-5).

Suffolk returns to the ice this weekend for an important conference clash against Johnson and Wales – a team that is currently two spots below the Rams – on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Walter Brown Arena. The Wildcats fell to the Rams earlier this season, 2-1, but have won five of their last six contests.

* In the ECAC East Conference – men’s ice hockey – Norwich University currently sits atop the standings with a perfect record (12-0-0) in league play. Below is UMass Boston (10-2 in conference play) and Babson College (9-2-1). The Beacons and Beavers split their weekend series, but could meet again in their conference tournament’s quarterfinals, semifinals or finals.

UMass Boston has recently won five of their last six contests, including a 4-3 win on Saturday against the Beavers, which featured an overtime goal by Colin Larkin – his first collegiate game-winning strike. The Beacons are on the road this weekend, competing against Skidmore on Friday (7:00 p.m. start) and Castleton State on Saturday (4:00 p.m.).

* In the MASCAC, Westfield State and UMass Dartmouth are currently looking up at Plymouth State, which owns the top spot with a 7-2-1 conference record. The Panthers are coming off a 3-2 win over Worcester State on Sunday, which snapped their two-game skid against Fitchburg State and UMass Dartmouth.

Plymouth State, Westfield State and UMass Dartmouth may appear to be the favorites in the MASCAC, but don’t count out Fitchburg State and Salem State, two teams that have captured eight conference games, respectively.

* Let’s return to the ECAC East Conference – the women’s ice hockey conference – and put the spotlight on Holy Cross, which has won seven of nine conference games, and is 11-5-1 overall. The Crusaders, who commenced their season with four consecutive wins, have won two of their last three matchups, including a 5-0 win over New England College and 5-1 victory against Southern Maine.

Holy Cross recently skated against Amherst College – currently sixth in the latest D3Hockey.com Poll – but lost to the Jeffs, 3-1. The Crusaders, who fired eight shots in the opening period, held the Jeffs to just five shots, but none of those attempts landed in the net. Amherst eventually got on the board, scoring three goals during the final 40 minutes, while allowing the Crusaders to capitalize on the power play (Holy Cross finished the game 1-for-1 with an extra skater).

The game against Amherst proves that the Crusaders will be a tough challenge for their remaining opponents, including Norwich, which travels to Worcester on Saturday, February 21 for a 2:05 p.m. contest.

* Finally, let’s take a look at the NESCAC, starting with the men’s division. For the second straight season, Trinity (Conn.) is on a roll. They’ve won 10 straight contests and currently ranked third in the D3Hockey.com poll. Amherst is ranked 12th, Williams 14th, and Middlebury is receiving votes. If Amherst or Williams wants to advance to the NCAA Tournament, it will most likely entail defeating the Bantams.

Amherst and Trinity face-off on Friday, January 30 – the game will take place in Amherst. A win for the Lord Jeffs would provide them with momentum going forward. As for Williams, they travel to Connecticut College on Friday and Tufts University on Saturday.

In the women’s division, Amherst remains a spot below Middlebury, which has won seven of 10 conference tilts. The Jeffs, who are 6-0-2 in conference play, recently tied the Panthers in back-to-back contests by scores of 2-2 and 1-1. This weekend, the Jeffs will host Connecticut College in back-to-back home contests.

Mass. College Hockey: Tufts Featured In Boston Herald’s ‘In The Neighborhood’

By Matt Noonan

Happy Monday, everyone!

We kickoff the week with a Division III Hockey notebook from today’s Boston Herald, featuring the connection between Tufts University’s men’s ice hockey team and the town of Arlington.

Seven members of the Jumbos’ hockey team hails from Arlington – the neighboring town to Medford (Tufts’ home) – including head coach Brian Murphy and assistant coach Matt Keating. Shawn Power, Brian Ouellette, Aidan HartiganDan Kelly, and Luke Griffin are the five skaters from Arlington, and have combined for nine goals and seven assists.

“I grew up in Arlington. That’s where I played my youth hockey and it’s where I learned the game of hockey. I’m from the Menotomy Rocks Park section,’’ Murphy told the Herald. “All these kids played at various places but I feel I’m fortunate in that they do a great job in Arlington Youth Hockey. But, it’s certainly an interesting mix.’’

The Jumbos own a 5-8-1 mark and are 2-5-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play. They recently fell to Amherst College (ranked 11th in the latest D3Hockey.com poll), 3-2, but will look to rebound on Friday, January 23 when the travel to Wesleyan University for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.

Mass. College Hockey: Williams To Face Plattsburgh State In The NCAA D3 Tournament

By Matt Noonan 

Williams College’s women’s ice hockey team made history yesterday as the Ephs knocked off Bowdoin College in Williamstown and claimed its first-ever NESCAC Championship.

With the win, the Ephs are headed to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament.

The Ephs will face Plattsburgh State in the first-round of the tournament on Saturday, March 15. Face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., according to NCAA.com. The Cardinals won its second straight ECAC Women’s West Conference crown yesterday by rallying to defeat last year’s champion, Elmira College, 4-3. Plattsburgh State is currently on an eight-game winning streak and is 13-0-0 at home this season.

If the Ephs are able to get past the Cardinals, they’ll advance to the following weekend’s semifinals. Williams would face the winner of St. Thomas (Minn.) vs. Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The Division 3 National Championship contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 22. According to D3Hockey.com, the Frozen Four will be held at the campus site of one of the four remaining teams.

Mass. College Hockey: NESCAC Tournament Championship Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

The NESCAC men’s and women’s ice hockey championships occurred this afternoon and two local squads competed in both contests (Amherst in the men’s game and Williams in the women’s contest). Below is the outcomes and game summaries.

Men’s NESCAC Championship: Bowdoin 3, Amherst 2 (2OT): John McGinnis‘ second shot of the contest happened to be the game-winning goal as the Polar Bears skated past the Lord Jeffs and claimed their second straight NESCAC crown. With the win, Bowdoin earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament, which will commence later this week.

Danny Palumbo provided the Polar Bears with a 1-0 lead in the opening session before Amherst tied the contest in the second period with a power play goal by Elliot Bostrom.

Bowdoin retained the lead at 12:25 in the third following a goal from Kyle Lockwood, but Amherst countered with Brian Safstrom, which tied the game at 2-2 and forced an extra session.

Neither team was able to locate the back of their opponent’s cage in the first overtime, but Bowdoin managed to seal the win 22 seconds into the second extra session when McGinnis fired home the game-winner.

Amherst outshot Bowdoin, 43-33, and converted on one of six power plays, while the Polar Bears finished without a power play or shorthanded goal.

Women’s NESCAC Championship: Williams 4, Bowdoin 1: Hanna Beattie and Chelsey Stevenson netted back-to-back goals in the first period, which provided the Ephs with the lead for good as Williams defeated Bowdoin and captured its first-ever NESCAC crown. Williams will continue its season later this week in the NCAA Division 3 Tournament.

Beattie, Stevenson, Gabrielle Vukasin and Cristina Bravi each netted one goal, while Emily Krueger recorded three helpers in the win.

Bowdoin outshot Williams, 29-26, but finished 0-for-2 on the power play. Williams capitalized on 1-of-2 power plays when Vukasin netted her team’s third tally of the contest in the second period.