Tufts Secures Top Spot In Second NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

For the second-straight week, the Tufts University women’s basketball team secured the top spot in the NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings.

The Jumbos, who have won 24 consecutive contests, will look to continue their current momentum on Saturday, February 22nd when they host Wesleyan University in the opening round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament.

Amherst College checked-in second this week – the Mammoths will also be competing in the opening round of the NESCAC Tournament this weekend against Bates College.

Western New England, which is currently the top team in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) secured the third position followed by Bowdoin College (fourth) and Eastern Connecticut (fifth).

Williams College checked-in sixth overall. The Ephs will host Trinity College in the NESCAC Tournament this weekend – the Bantams secured the 12th position on this week’s rankings.

Springfield College checked-in seventh overall while Rhode Island CollegeBabson College, and UMass Boston placed eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively.

Smith College secured the eleventh position – the Pioneers are currently one of the top five teams in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) heading into the final Saturday of the regular season.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Feb. 17th, 2020)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Tufts University women’s basketball team remained our top team for yet another week – the Jumbos concluded their regular-season slate this past weekend with back-to-back wins over Middlebury College and seventh-ranked Williams College to secure the top spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament.

Amherst College secured the second position for the second-straight week, as well as the second spot in the NESCAC Tournament. Bowdoin College remained the third team in our weekly poll for the second-straight week while Western New England moved-up to the fourth position after they scored their fifth-straight win this past weekend over the University of New England.

Rhode Island College rounded out the top five, checking-in fifth, thanks to back-to-back wins last week over sixth-ranked Eastern Connecticut and Keene State.

Babson College moved up one spot while Springfield College and Smith College secured the final two spots, checking-in ninth and tenth, respectively. Babson and Springfield will meet on Wednesday, February 19th with first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on the line.

New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week 12 Poll| Monday, Feb. 17th, 2020

1. Tufts University 24-0, 10-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Amherst College  21-3, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Bowdoin College 22-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
4. Western New England 20-4, 13-2 CCC Last Week: No. 5
5. Rhode Island College 20-4, 12-3 LEC Last Week: No. 6
6. Eastern Connecticut 19-4, 12-2 LEC Last Week: No. 4
7. Williams College 17-7, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Babson College 17-6, 8-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
9. Springfield College 16-7, 8-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
10. Smith College 19-4, 5-3 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked 

ON THE RISE: Framingham State, Emmanuel College, Hamilton College, and Trinity College 

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D3 Basketball: Tufts Secures The Top Spot In Wednesday’s Regional Rankings


By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

The Tufts University men’s basketball team secured the top spot in the first NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings this afternoon followed by Middlebury College (second) and Springfield College (third).

Tufts is one of seven teams on today’s list that has won 17 or more contests this season.  Additionally, the Jumbos are the top team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) heading into the final weekend of the regular season for the league.

Colby College secured the fourth position – the Mules are 19-2 overall but have lost two of their last four outings. They entered the final month of the regular season with an 18-game winning streak but had it snapped on the initial day of February at Tufts.

Babson College checked-in fifth overall followed by WPI, which secured the sixth position. Both teams will meet this evening in Babson Park for an important New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. Babson won the initial meeting between the two teams last month.

Brandeis UniversitySt. Joseph’s (Conn.), and Amherst College secured the seventh, eighth, and ninth positions, while Endicott College and Albertus Magnus rounded out the rankings, checking-in tenth and eleventh, respectively.

Brandeis is currently in a three-way tie for first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with Emory University and Washington University. Emory secured the top spot in the South rankings while WashU checked in second in the Central behind Wisconsin-Plattville.

Today’s Regional Rankings are the first of three sets – we will see two more over the next two weeks before the pairings for the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament is announced on Monday, March 2nd.

Noontime’s Sunday Shootaround: Tufts Continues Its Winning Ways


By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Tufts University women’s basketball team is inching closer to securing the top seed in the upcoming New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament.

Tufts, which scored back-to-back wins this past weekend against Connecticut College and Trinity College, will close out its regular-season slate next weekend when they host Middlebury College on Friday, February 14th and Williams College on Saturday, February 15th.

One week after hosting the Ephs, the Jumbos, who currently reside in the top spot in the conference as of this afternoon, would most likely host a quarterfinal contest. And a win over their quarterfinal opponent would provide the Powder Blue and White with the opportunity to host both the semifinals and championship one week later.

Against the Camels, Erica DeCandido netted a game-high 27 points on 13 of 19 shooting to go along with six rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Emily Briggs added 18 points while Cailin Harrington led all players with 10 rebounds. 

Tufts’ next opponent – Middlebury – has won just one conference game this season. The Panthers defeated Hamilton College last month, thanks to a double-double from Kira Waldman of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Since their win over the Continentals, they have struggled, both in and outside the conference. 

Williams, which lost to Wesleyan University on Friday, has won five of eight conference tilts. They currently reside in the fourth position in the league standings.

If the conference tournament began today, the Jumbos would face Wesleyan, a team they beat last month. Erica DeCandido produced a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds against the Cardinals while Molly Ryan finished with 17 points.

The Tufts men’s basketball team is also the top team in the NESCAC – they have won eight consecutive league tilts, including some key match-ups over the past few weeks against Amherst College and Colby College.

Tufts beat Connecticut College and Trinity this past weekend to remain the top team in the league with two games remaining. The Jumbos will visit Middlebury on Friday followed by Williams on Saturday. If Tufts beats both the Panthers and Ephs, they will lock-up the top spot and host a quarterfinal contest.

Luke Rogers recorded a double-double of 11 rebounds and 10 points against Connecticut College on Saturday after stuffing the stat sheet against Trinity with 16 points, six rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist.

The Babson College women’s basketball team secured a two-way tie for first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) by beating Clark University this past weekend by a score of 78-64. Babson, which currently boasts a 6-0 mark in league play, is tied with Springfield College, a team they will face in two weeks (February 19th, to be exact).

Emily Bonifacic highlighted the Beavers’ 13th win against the Cougars by recording a double-double of 33 points and 11 rebounds.

Coach Jim Calhoun‘s team extended its winning streak to 18 yesterday as St. Joseph’s (Conn) defeated St. Joseph’s (Maine), 113-73.

The Blue Jays, who have won seven consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) matchups, appear to be in the driver seat for the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

St. Joseph’s has four games remaining, including an enticing match-up on Saturday, February 15th against Emmanuel College. The Saints have won six of seven league tilts and will visit St. Joseph’s (Maine) on Wednesday, February 12th.

As of today, Western Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball are the top two teams in the Little East Conference (LEC) while Rhode Island College is a half-game behind the two teams with three games remaining.

RIC, which has won back-to-back contests, including a dramatic 83-80 win on Saturday over UMass Boston, faces Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday, February 12th. It is an important game for both teams, especially the Warriors, who currently trail Keene State for the final spot in the upcoming tournament.

The Westfield State men’s basketball team has won three-straight match-ups, including a 72-55 win on Saturday against Fitchburg State.

With their second win over the Falcons, the Owls secured the top spot in the conference, but share an identical league mark of 7-2 with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. MCLA outlasted Westfield State last month in overtime, but the Trailblazers have only won once in their last three outings.

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, both MCLA and Westfield State remain in a position to secure the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament. The two teams are scheduled to meet in Westfield later this month with the outcome possibly deciding the top two spots in the tournament pending both teams win their respective next two contests.

Finally, Framingham State women’s basketball inched closer to securing the top spot in the MASCAC with a season-sweep of Worcester State yesterday. Flannery O’Connor highlighted the Rams’ eighth-straight win by recording a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds.

The Rams visit MCLA this week before hosting Salem State on Saturday, February 15th and Bridgewater State next Wednesday, February 19th. All three are winnable games for FSU, which has not lost a game since falling to Emerson College early last month.

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2020)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Tufts University men’s basketball team secured the top spot in our tenth poll of the season following two conference wins last weekend, including an 80-67 victory over Colby College, which entered the game on an 18-game winning streak.

With the win over Colby, as well as Bowdoin College, the Jumbos secured the top spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with just four games remaining. Tufts will play its final four games away from Medford, Massachusetts, beginning this Friday, February 7th at Trinity College.

The Bantams of Trinity secured the tenth position on this week’s poll – the Blue and Gold have won four-straight, including back-to-back games against Middlebury College and Williams College. Trinity has won four of six conference games thus far but faces a tough stretch over the next two weeks.

Springfield College continues to be the team to beat in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic (NEWMAC) conference as they have won seven of eight league meetings. They host Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, February 5th followed by Emerson College on Saturday, February 8th. The Lions of Emerson defeated the Pride last month in Boston.

Finally, don’t overlook Brandeis University or St. Joseph’s (Conn.) as both teams enter the final weeks of the regular season with a great deal of momentum. The Judges boast their best conference mark at the midway point of league play, while the Blue Jays have won 16 consecutive contests dating back to November.

New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Ten Poll| Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2020

1. Tufts University 16-4, 6-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
2. Colby College 18-1, 6-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
3. Springfield College 16-3, 7-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Brandeis University 14-4, 6-1 UAA Last Week: No. 5
5. Babson College 16-3, 6-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
6. Middlebury College 18-3, 4-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
7. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 17-2, 5-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 8
8. WPI  15-4, 6-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
9. Amherst College 14-6, 4-2 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Trinity College 14-6, 4-2 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Endicott College, and Hamilton College

Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine