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D3 Hoops: Friday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard

CONF TOURN SCOREBOARD

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was another busy late-afternoon/evening of New England D3 Hoops and below are the outcomes from both the Little East Conference (LEC) and North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semifinals.


Little East Conference (LEC) 

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Eastern Conn. 92, No. 4 Western Conn. 82
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Keene State 95, No. 3 UMass Boston 84
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 UMass Dartmouth 76, No. 4 Eastern Conn. 63
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 UMass Boston 61, No. 3 So. Maine 46

North Atlantic Conference (NAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 New England College 71, No. 5 Maine-Farmington 56
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 3 Colby-Sawyer 89, No. 2 Husson 76
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 4 Maine Maritime 57, No. 1 Castleton 49
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Husson 54, No. 2 Colby-Sawyer 49

Games to Watch This Week In D3 Lax (Apr. 18th-23rd)

D3Lax Games To Watch

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

We’re closing in on the final few weeks of the regular season, which means the race for final conference tournament spots is on … in fact, it is so on!

Below are some games you should follow this week – of course, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter for game updates, scores and news from around the New England Division III men’s lacrosse world.

Lasell College at Trinity College, 5:30 p.m. (TODAY | April 17th) 

Bates College at Tufts University, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, April 18th) 

Roger Williams at Western New England, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th)

Plymouth State at Keene State, 4 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th) 

Coast Guard Academy at Springfield College, 7 p.m. (Wednesday, April 19th) 

New England College at Lyndon State, 7 p.m. (Thursday, April 20th) 

Endicott College at Bowdoin College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd)

Roger Williams at University of New England, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd)  

Clark University at Babson College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Tufts University at Wesleyan University, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Amherst College at Williams College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Plymouth State at UMass Boston, 3 p.m. (Saturday, April 22nd) 

Noontime Sports 2016 Year In Review

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Ah, the final day of 2016 has arrived.

And just like past years, it’s time to revisit some of our favorite stories from the past 12 months.

Yet, unlike past years, this year’s ‘year in review’ is made-up of a variety of stories from ‘Catching Up’ to features on the Amherst College and Endicott College football programs to Wheaton women’s basketball providing Coach Melissa Hodgdon with her 200th win as a head coach.

I also made sure to highlight a few podcasts from the past few months – yes, Noontime Sports the Podcast returned this summer and I am super excited to host the 16th episode, which will be posted later next week.

So, sit back, relax, and re-read or listen to some of our biggest posts from 2016, and have a wonderful and safe Happy New Year!

See you in 2017!

Catching Up With Charlie Mason (New England College Men’s Basketball Coach)

Charlie Mason's New England College men's basketball team has enjoyed an impressive start to their 2016-17 season, winning seven of nine games. (PHOTO CREDIT: New England College Athletics)

Charlie Mason’s New England College men’s basketball team has enjoyed an impressive start to their 2016-17 season, winning seven of nine games. (PHOTO CREDIT: New England College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports

New England College men’s basketball has enjoyed an impressive start to their 2016-17 campaign, winning seven of nine games, including three-straight contests heading into the holiday break.

One of the Pilgrims’ three consecutive wins came against Husson, which captured the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) last season. First-year Izaiah Winston-Brooks highlighted the outing against the Eagles, tallying 24 points, while classmate Alonzo Cooper netted 17 points.

Winston-Brooks, who has been tabbed the NAC Rookie of the Week four times this season, leads the Pilgrims with 18.3 points per game, while Cooper is sixth in points (72) and fifth in total rebounds (25).

New England College returns to the hardwood on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 when they visit Johnson State with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. And despite not playing a game since Saturday, December 10th, Charlie Mason, the team’s head coach, believes the lengthy break will bode well for his squad heading into the second semester.

“With such a young team, I think the break was really needed for all of us,” said Mason, who is in his 15th year with the men’s basketball program.

“We have nine first-year players, so having a chance to go home and recharge (is essential). And to finish the semester on such a positive note will hopefully get the guys excited to get after it when we get back to campus.”

Noontime Sports caught up with Coach Mason to discuss his team’s exciting start, his various first-year players that have stepped-up thus far, as well as what his squad learned from a late November setback to Castleton.

From your perspective, how has the season gone thus far?

“We have gotten off to a good start and a big part of it is the buy-in from our guys. And what we have been trying to preach to them is the next game is the only game that counts, but we don’t have a single upperclassman on our roster, so I didn’t know what to expect (heading into the season). We worked really hard last year with our recruiting class and I thought we identified some really good players, but how they were going to respond and pick things up as quick as we needed them to buy-in has been a very positive experience.”

Izaiah Winston-Brooks has helped New England College men's basketball enjoyed an impressive start to their 2016-17 campaign. (PHOTO CREDIT: New England College Athletics)

Izaiah Winston-Brooks has helped New England College men’s basketball enjoyed an impressive start to their 2016-17 campaign. (PHOTO CREDIT: New England College Athletics)

Izaiah Winston-Brooks has been really impressive this season. He has earned four NAC Rookie of the Week honors thus far, so how has he helped the team enjoy an impressive start?

“I think what stands out about Izaiah is not just his production, but his efficiency every night – he is playing less than 30 minutes per game. He is leading the country in free throws made (75 of 97), while defending the best players on opposing teams. He is rebounding the ball really well – he has done a lot of different things very well, and that is definitely a big part of our early season success.”

Who are some of the other first-year players that have stepped up this season?

“Alonzo Cooper, who played at New Mission, has started every game for us. He is averaging I believe 24 minutes a game and he had 17 points against Husson. We knew he could play, but he has exceeded our expectations. Brenndan Rogers, who played for Whitman-Hanson High School last year, is another first-year player that has stepped up. He is averaging 10.1 points per game.

“If you were to look at our overall statistics, we have Izaiah and sophomore Ricky Leonard both scoring a lot of points, but we also have four guys averaging roughly nine points per game, so we have a lot more balance than what our team has typically had in the past. And if you look closely, three of the five leading point scorers are first-year players, so that is something we are really excited about.”

Your team’s last win was against the NAC defending champions. How does a win over Husson help this young squad moving forward?

“The opportunity to compete against a team like Husson and be successful is great, it gives everyone confidence. We started the game off on an 11-2 run and they made a run of their own, but we were able to stay with them and not let them take over or impact the game. I don’t think they sustained a lead throughout the 40 minutes, but they did tie the game at 26-26. For us to come back and answer the challenges (was very important) because Husson is a great team, they have consistently been one of the best teams in our conference, so to be able to meet those challenges says an awful lot about our guys, especially their confidence and mindset moving forward.”

One of your two setbacks this season came against Castleton. Would you consider that a good learning lesson, especially for a young squad?

“Absolutely. I think the NAC is a very good conference – much better than people might assume, and Castleton is another squad that has consistently always been in it. We had our opportunities up there, but to their credit they out executed and out performed us in that second half, so I think that was a very positive eye opener for everyone.”

Finally, what makes the NAC so competitive?

The league has a very good competitive balance, particularly this year. I think we have a very competitive group of coaches and programs that take a lot of pride in competing, so I think that bodes well for everyone.”

New England D3Lax Notebook: Extra Sessions Provide Early Season Confidence For UMass Boston

Calvin Lee and the UMass Boston men's lacrosse team have won three overtime contests this season. (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

Calvin Lee and the UMass Boston men’s lacrosse team have won three overtime contests this season. (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

By Matt Noonan 

Tyler Low had never been apart of a five-overtime contest, but that was the way his UMass Boston men’s lacrosse team commenced its 2016 season.

Against Rivier, the Beacons needed five extra sessions before Calvin Lee deposited the game-winner, which provided UMass Boston with its initial win of the season.

“That was definitely the longest game I have ever been apart of in any sport,” said Low, who is in his sixth season with the Beacons.

Since their dramatic win against the Raiders, UMass Boston has won four straight, including a pair of overtime victories against Wentworth (10-9) and Nichols (9-8).

UMass Boston’s five consecutive wins matched the program’s start from the 2005 season.

“The theme all preseason was to compete for as long as it took to win,” said Low. “Whether it is 60 minutes or 90 minutes, my team puts in the work at practice.”

In addition to a fast start, the Beacons have received 33 points from Lee thus far on 17 goals and 16 assists. Low believes the senior from Hopkinton, Massachusetts inspires his teammates to elevate their game.

“Calvin is a special player,” said Low. “I believe his toughness on the field is what sets him apart and helps (jumpstart our attack). His poise and ability to make the next play regardless of any in-game adversity we may face is a testament to the type of player and leader he is.”

Sophomores Matthew Duggan and Conor Smith have highlighted the team’s offensive output, combining for 20 goals and 12 assists. First-year Michael Lund is fourth on the team with seven points on five goals and two assists.

UMass Boston will look to keep its momentum going tomorrow when they visit Emerson College for a 1:00 p.m. face-off. Following their visit with the Lions, the Beacons will compete against a trio of non-conference squads before opening Little East Conference (LEC) play against the Owls of Keene State on Saturday, April 2.

Low is optimistic about this year’s non-conference slate – he believes every team his squad has or will face will prepare the unit for a conference title run.

“Our goal with our non-conference play is to give our team as much experience as possible in different game situations,” said Low. “The hope is (our non-conference games) will be experiences our team can fall back on later in the season.”

News and Notes from around New England: The Clark University men’s lacrosse team is off to its best start in program history, winning four straight contests. Will Mandracchia highlighted his team’s last outing against Cazenovia, registering eight points on four goals and four assists. Next up for the Cougars is a Wednesday evening contest against Salve Regina … An 8-1 run during the opening session of Wednesday’s contest against Babson College helped the Bates College women’s lacrosse team go onto capture a 12-7 victory. The Bobcats – winners of four straight – matched the program’s start from 2003. Moriah Greenstein led the Bobcats with four goals … Babson’s Spencer Low matched his career high with six goals, while registering his 100th marker of his career as the Beavers rolled past Gordon, 22-3 … The Salve Regina University men’s lacrosse team is one win away from matching the program’s 7-0 start from 2014. The Seahawks recently claimed a 13-6 victory over Johnson & Wales. This weekend they commence Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play with a 12 p.m. face-off against Endicott College … Speaking of overtime, the Norwich University women’s lacrosse team needed triple-overtime to get past Thomas as the Cadets claimed a 9-8 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Sabine Field. Teresa Segreti netted the game-winner at 5:07 in the third extra session … Kasondra Moniz helped the New England College women’s lacrosse team capture its second straight victory by recording five points on three goals and two assists in a 16-0 victory over Bay Path. Moniz has recorded a pair of goals in four games this season.