Mass. College Sports: Mid-Week Notebook (LINKS)

By Matt Noonan 

Happy July 1st, everyone!

The summer is usually a slower period, but also a time where some news and links are shared about the collegiate sports world. So, we have decided to initiate a once a week mid-week notebook to share stories and news. This will be a weekly post for the next few weeks before our fall sports preseason coverage begins.

Thanks again for circling back and remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports & @NoonSportsBlog)!

* In yesterday’s Boston Herald, we learned that UMass Boston honored former Boston State men’s ice hockey head coach, Ed Barry.

* Babson College alum,  Jenn Gottberg, will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. As noted in the release, “She will become the first player in program history to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015 ceremony at the DCU Center on August 8.”

* As noted in the Wheaton College Athletics’ Summer Baseball Update (Week 4), Mike Gibbons, a New York Mets draftee that is pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, picked up his second minor league victory on the bump. Chris Denorfia – also a Wheaton Baseball Alum – went 6-for-14 last week with the Chicago Cubs.

* The Northeast-10 Conference produced its 2014-15 highlight reel, which you certainly will want to check out! Lots of great highlights and moments from the past school year, enjoy!

* Smith College announced the hiring of Katie Moore, who has been named head coach of the lacrosse team for the 2016 season.

* The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) announced Westfield State University has named Colleen Bannister as the new head women’s softball coach.

Holy Cross’ Morrissey Is Excited For The Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic

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The Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team will be competing in the inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic in March 2013. (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Earlier this week, we learned the news from various sources about the upcoming Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, which will be hosted by the New York Mets at Citi Field on March 17, 2013.

One of the teams participating in the inaugural event is Holy Cross, a squad that’s coming off a 5-10 campaign. Jim Morrissey, who is the head coach, provided some insight on the upcoming event, as well as his outlook toward his team’s Patriot League contests against Navy.

Here are the highlights from the interview:

On receiving the news about Holy Cross being a participant: “My immediate reaction was excitement. Knowing you can still feel the butterflies in the belly is always a good thing. Our players will be very excited to play in a pro venue that’s for sure. One thing I stressed to the captains is this game is still a Patriot League game that has major implications on our league standings. We can’t lose focus on that. It is still a conference game despite the pro level excitement and venue that we will be playing in.”

On prior knowledge of the event: “I really did not know much behind the motive of the event, but I do know lacrosse is getting better and better at every level and many pro venues can see lacrosse as being a great way to draw fans and excitement to their venues.”

On how the event will grow the program: “This event will definitely help our program. The Mets organization is first class and these two lacrosse games will be represented by first class programs. We are honored to play the Naval Academy under such a big stage. And yes, I definitely think it will help with recruiting, as long as we play well and at the expectation level that we have set for ourselves.”

On playing at Citi Field: “Playing in the largest media market in the world does not hurt the growth of lacrosse. It definitely helps. Long Island has always and will always be a hotbed for lacrosse, so to be able to play in Long Island’s back yard is definitely important. Holy Cross as a school has always been and always will be an attractive option for Long Island student-athletes. We have 8 Long Island kids on the squad this spring, so it will be great for those kids to be able to play close to home.”

On his team’s outlook toward the game: “It is exciting for the players to be a part of an event like this, but I would not say it adds to their motivation. Navy is a Patriot League opponent, so our guys would be very motivated no matter where we are playing. Once we step on the field and the game starts we will be focused and motivated on the outcome of the game. We plan on going there and giving Navy a battle and will expect to come away from the game with a Patriot League win.”

Holy Cross To Play In Inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic

By Matt Noonan 

According to Inside Lacrosse, Holy Cross’ men’s lacrosse team will be one of four squads competing in the inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, which will be hosted by the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

This particular event will feature three members of the Patriot League — Colgate, Holy Cross and Navy, as well as University of Michigan.

As noted in the press release, Colgate and Michigan will tangle at 1:05 p.m. before Holy Cross and Navy take the field at 4:05 p.m.

Tickets for this event will go on sale Wednesday, December 19 at Mets.com/lacrosse, Tickets.com, and (718) 507-TIXX.

The Crusaders are coming off a 5-10 campaign, and will look to rebound this upcoming season with a revamped roster that features 19 freshmen. For more information on the men’s lacrosse team — HOP HERE.

Daily Noontime – July 28, 2011

The New England Patriots have officially acquired, Albert Haynesworth!

Happy Thursday everyone! Welcome to yet another Daily Noontime. Here’s the day’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The New England Patriots made a bold move, as they traded for Washington Redskins defensive end, Albert Haynesworth in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013.

* It’s been an exciting past few weeks for Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury, who have been major contributors for the Boston Red Sox offense.

* Well, apparently Carlos Beltran is going to leave the New York Mets and heading west to join the defending World Series champions, San Francisco Giants.

* For the first time in his career, Ervin Santana pitched a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Yep, the Los Angles of Anaheim Angels were rather happy once the final out was recorded.

* According to reports, the Miami Dolphins will acquire former New Orleans Saints running back, Reggie Bush.

* Donovan McNabb must be  a happy man these days, as he was acquired by the Minnesota Vikings.

Games to Watch: 

* Florida at Washington (MLB) – 12:35pm eastern 

* Los Angels of Anaheim Angels at Detroit (MLB) – 1:05pm eastern 

* Kansas City at Boston (MLB) – 1:35pm eastern 

* San Francisco at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:07pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

I’m sure Tom Brady will be happy to have Albert on his side this time! 

Daily Noontime – July 19, 2011

Get excited NFL Fans because the lockout is close to over!

It’s Tuesday morning in America, how are you? Well, again, it’s Tuesday, which means the work week continues, so here’s the headlines and news you need to know to have a super day! 

Headlines: 

* Monday was yet another important day for the NFL, but yet, one has to wonder, when will this particular lockout actually end?

* Apparently some believe that Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett needs veteran players to help his team be successful.

* Good news NBA fans, Michael Jordan can still dunk at the ripe old age of 48.

* Well, it seemed there was a potential deal in place for the Boston Celtics to earn some stake in Comcast Sports New England, which is intriguing news.

* According to sources, Jose Reyes is expected to rejoin the New York Mets lineup on Tuesday.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Seattle at Toronto (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 8:05pm eastern 

* Atlanta at Colorado (MLB) – 8:40pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is something you don’t see that often, right? 

Daily Noontime – July 13, 2011

Prince Fielder and the National League took care of business at the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday!

Good Wednesday to EVERYONE and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime! It’s going to be a swell, but also, amazing day, right? OK, enough motivational advice, here’s Wednesday’s headlines and news! 

Headlines: 

* Apparently Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is about to add another endorsement deal to his resume.

* Tuesday was an interesting day for Milwaukee Brewers Price Fielder, who apparently was booed at the 82nd MLB All-Star Game.

* The New York Mets have made an interesting trade recently, as they sent Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers for a player to be named later.

* So was it a good or bad thing that New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter didn’t appear at the MLB All-Star Game?

* The NBA Lockout continues and well, apparently the league announced Tuesday they’ll give players back their money they’ve earned.

* Apparently the fan who caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit this past weekend is in trouble, but why?

Games to Watch: 

USA vs. France (Women’s World Cup) – 11:30AM

Video of the Day: 

Want more MLB All-Star Game stuff? Well, here’s a behind the scene look at the FOX Sports broadcast! 

Daily Noontime – May 24, 2011

The Cleveland Indians are HOT, but how HOT?

Happy Tuesday to everyone and welcome to the Daily Noontime. We’ve got some great news to share from the sports world, so sit back, relax and enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The Cleveland Indians have surprised a great deal of baseball fans this season, but just like they have done earlier this season, they beat the Red Sox on Monday at home, 3-2.

* For the Boston Bruins, the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs has indeed been exciting, but also incredibly frustrating at times. Yet, why do I say, “frustrating” because that would certainly be the word to describe their power play. However, against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday, the Black and Gold succeeded and earned their third win of the series, as Boston won 3-1.

* It’s not official, but it certainly seems that those die-hards in Winnipeg want the Jets to return to the NHL next season. Will it happen, who knows?

* According to reports, some believe that the NFL players and owners should leave the courtroom and return to the negotiating table, but again, will that happen, who knows?

* Good news for Dallas Cowboys fans, they had 45 veteran players show up for a workout on Monday, but no rookies.

* Before the 2011 MLB season began, the media reported the state of the New York Mets, which was rather awful. Now, more information seems to be available in regards to their financial woes and yes, it’s not good.

Games to Watch: 

* Arizona at Colorado (MLB) – 3:05pm eastern

* Boston at Cleveland (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* New York Mets at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 8:05pm eastern

* Chicago Bulls at Miami (NBA Playoffs) – 8:30pm eastern

* San Jose at Vancouver (NHL Playoffs) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Guy Boucher is a very intense coach, but in this particular video, we learn how nuts he can be, so watch!