New England Hockey Notebook: Endicott Picked To Capture Comm. Coast Conf.

Sophomore Forward John Carricato (11)
John Carricato and the Endicott College men’s ice hockey team were picked to capture the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) this winter. (Photo Credit: David Le ’10)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

One year after securing the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title, the Endicott College men’s ice hockey team was picked to capture their second consecutive  conference crown this winter, according to this afternoon’s release.

The Gulls collected nine first-place votes for 99 points, while Salve Regina (78 points) earned one first-place vote – the Seahawks checked-in third on the preseason poll. University of New England tallied 85 points for a second-place projection, while Nichols College (74 points) and Curry College (55 points) rounded out the top five.

Wentworth Institute of Technology and Johnson & Wales were tied for sixth in the poll, while Western New England, Suffolk University and Becker College checked-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

Last season, the Gulls made their initial appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament after defeating University of New England in the conference tournament finals by a score of 5-4. The Gulls defeated Hobart, 4-3, in the opening round, but fell to Trinity College in the second round, 2-1 (OT).

Endicott completed its second season with a program-best 24 wins, which included a 12-game winning streak, spanning January to March. The Gulls never lost a game in February, winning seven games, including a conference tournament quarterfinal clash against Western New England.

In addition to winning 24 games one year ago, the Gulls concluded their 2016-17 campaign in the top 10 in multiple statistical categories, including first in scoring offense (4.83 goals per game) and scoring margin (2.87).

Additionally, Endicott was one of the top power play teams in the country. They were third on the power play (28.1 percent, 43/153) and 12th in penalty kill (86.5 percent, 147/170).

Endicott begins its season next Friday, October 27th when they host Plymouth State at 7 p.m. Following their season-opener against the Panthers, Endicott will visit Wentworth on Thursday, November 2nd for a 7 p.m. face-off before entertaining the Leopards on Saturday, November 4th at 2 p.m.

New England D3 Football: Week One Predictions

10 Games To Watch

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Ah, the first official week of the college football season is here, which means it is time to dish out 10 games to watch, as well as 10 predictions, too.

Let me know what you think – did I choose the right team or score? –  by sending me a tweet to @MattNoonan11 or @NoontimeSports.

Happy College Football season, everyone!

Alfred State at Coast Guard (Thursday, August 31st): Quarterback Ethan Goldcamp should have a solid debut under center, which will help the Bears commence its season with a win. Coast Guard 28, Alfred State 10 

Mount Ida at UMass Dartmouth (Friday, September 1st): The Mustangs are one of my teams to watch in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) this season, and I think they will pull this one out by at least a touchdown (maybe six points?). Keep an eye on quarterback Mike Pina, who will certainly be a player to watch this fall. Mount Ida 24, UMass Dartmouth 17 

Anna Maria at WPI (Friday, September 1st): Welcome back, Coach Dan Mulrooney! Mulrooney and the AMCATs will be a fun program to follow this fall – Coach joined me on the initial Football Friday Podcast and will do great things for the Anna Maria Football program – but I am going to take the Engineers in this one. Expect a big game from tailback Sean McAllen and linebacker Sam MalafronteWPI 30, Anna Maria 14 

Westfield State at Nichols (Friday, September 1st): Coming off an impressive season, the Bison of Nichols will look to continue its momentum from a year ago when they host the Owls on Friday evening. My player to watch in this one is Nichols linebacker Brett McEvoy, who is refereed to as the ‘Tom Brady‘ of the defense. Nichols 21, Westfield State 13  

Fitchburg State at Curry (Friday, September 1st): I picked against the Colonels last season in their opener, so I will take them this time. Curry will need some new wide-outs to step-up this season – the squad graduated some key receivers last spring. Curry 21, Fitchburg State 14 

Framingham State at Endicott (Saturday, September 2nd): This is always a must-see, must-attend game in the opening week. One of the match-ups I am interested in watching is Endicott fullback Lavante Wiggins against the Framingham State front seven. Additionally, keep an eye on both quarterbacks, too. Framingham State 28, Endicott 14 

Springfield at Western New England (Saturday, September 2nd): It’s the Battle of Springfield this weekend as the Pride make a short trek to the Golden Bears’ home field. As I said on today’s season-preview podcast with James Baker, I will take the ‘underdog’ in this game: Springfield. Springfield 28, WNE 27 

Union at Husson (Saturday, September 2nd): John Smith‘s senior season should be a fun one to follow. He’s coming off his best year with the Eagles and will certainly be a student-athlete to watch in this contest. Additionally, keep an eye on Coach Gabby Price‘s defense – seven starters are back from last year’s unit. Husson 28, Union 17 

Castleton at Plymouth State (Saturday, September 2nd): The Panthers enjoyed perhaps their best season in years last fall, but can they continue that momentum this season? PSU welcomes back eight starters on offense, while the defense will be looking for a few new student-athletes to step-up – the unit returns just five starters. Castleton will receive a big boost in this contest from wide-out Ryan BarryCastleton 22, Plymouth State 21 

Bridgewater State at Buffalo State (Saturday, September 2nd): The Bears were picked to capture the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), but can they make claim their second-straight league crown without some key members of last year’s defense? This will be a difficult test for the Bears, but certainly one that could help them once they hop into conference play in two weeks. Buffalo State 24, Bridgewater State 14 

Western New England Picked To Capture Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)

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WNE Quarterback Anthony Service and the Golden Bears should be in for an exciting 2017 campaign. (PHOTO CREDIT: Western New England Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The Western New England Golden Bears’ football team was picked to capture the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league this fall, according to the conference’s release this afternoon.

WNE, which captured the final season of the New England Football Conference (NEFC) last fall, secured five of the six first-place votes. Endicott College, which checked-in third overall in this year’s preseason poll, collected one first-place vote.

Salve Regina, which was the runner-up last season in the NEFC, was picked to finish second, while Curry College, Nichols College and Becker College rounded out the final three spots, checking-in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. The Hawks of Becker spent the past few season competing in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

WNE captured 11 of 12 games last fall, including a pair of important league tilts against Endicott and Salve Regina. They captured the program’s initial NCAA Division III Tournament win with a 44-27 win over Husson University in the opening round before falling to Alfred University one round later.

The Golden Bears welcome back 15 of 24 starters from last season, including all five members of the team’s o-line, along with quarterback Anthony Service. Also back this season for the Blue and Yellow is Dante Aiken (running back), Dillon Martin (o-line), Sam Edouard (d-line) and Sam Olsson (safety).

WNE begins its campaign against cross-town rival Springfield College on Saturday, September 2 before visiting Westfield State six days later on Friday, September 8. The Golden Bears will conclude its non-conference slate with a visit to RPI before hosting Husson and St. Lawrence.

Prior to being picked to capture the first-ever season of CCC Football, the Golden Bears checked-in 24th overall in the D3Football.com Preseason Poll, which was posted earlier this summer.

New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The CCC In 2017

Players to Watch Noontime

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

We’re another week closer to kicking-off a brand new season of New England D3 Football, so that means it is time highlight a brand new group of student-athletes that we will be watching this season in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC).

In case you missed it, Noontime Sports began its countdown to training camp coverage last week with our ‘Players to Watch in the MASCAC in 2017.’ We’ll be highlighting a new conference every week leading-up to our preseason coverage in mid-to-late August, so make sure to stay tuned to both our blog and social channels for updates, news, links and much more!

So, without further ado, here are the student-athletes we will be eyeing this upcoming season in CCC Football – make sure to use their hashtag (#CCCFB) on social media (Twitter and Instagram)!

OFFENSE 

Zach DeNike

Endicott 

Wide Receiver 

Lavante Wiggins

Endicott

Fullback 

Hakim Fleming

Endicott

Fullback 

Joe Kalosky 

Endicott 

Quarterback 

Mark Dietrich

WNE

Wide Receiver 

Josh Henry 

 WNE 

 Tight End 

Anthony Service

WNE 

 Quarterback 

Dante Aiken

WNE 

Running Back 

James Dawson

Salve Regina 

Running Back

Tommy Seaver 

Salve Regina 

Tight End 

Steve Croce

Salve Regina 

Wide Receiver 

Alex Corvese

Curry 

Quarterback  

 D’Aundray Burcy

Curry 

Running Back 

Tony Martignoli

Nichols 

Wide Receiver 

Chris Mullins

Nichols 

Quarterback 

Michael Caban

Becker 

Wide Receiver 

DEFENSE 

William Rivera

Endicott

Inside Linebacker 

Christian Filonow

Endicott 

Free Safety 

Jesse Simoni

Endicott

Cornerback 

Kurtis Jolicoeur

WNE

Bear 

Sam Olsson

WNE 

Defensive Back 

Sam Edouard

WNE 

Defensive Line 

Kevin McLaughlin 

WNE 

Bear

Angel Flores

Becker 

Linebacker 

Luc Zikianda

Curry 

Defensive Line 

Devin Williams

Curry 

Linebacker 

Steven Grogan

Curry  

Linebacker 

Brandon O’Neill

Salve Regina 

Defensive Line 

Francisco Hardacker

Salve Regina 

Defensive Back 

Tyler D’Errico

Salve Regina 

Linebacker  

John Salute 

Salve Regina 

Defensive Line

Brett McEvoy

Nichols 

Linebacker 

 

What Teams To Watch In New England D3 Basketball In 2017-18

201718 Teams To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Sure, the 2016-17 Division III basketball season concluded last weekend with a pair of Massachusetts champions – congratulations again to Amherst College and Babson College! – but it is never too early to think about next season, the 2017-18 season, to be exact.

Below are some teams we’re already eye-balling for next season (2017-18) – let us know what teams you’re going to be keeping an eye on by sending us a tweet on Twitter (@NoontimeSports).

Men’s Basketball Teams to Watch in 2017-18

Amherst College

Babson College

Becker College

Eastern Connecticut

Gordon College

Husson University

Keene State

UMass Dartmouth

Middlebury College

MIT

Nichols College

Roger Williams

Springfield College

Tufts University

Wesleyan

Williams

WPI

Women’s Basketball Teams to Watch in 2017-18 

Amherst College

Babson College

Becker College

Bowdoin

Colby College

Eastern Connecticut

Emmanuel College

Endicott College

Keene State

UMass Dartmouth

Middlebury College

MIT

New England College

Regis College

Roger Williams

Springfield College

St. Joseph’s (Maine)

Tufts University

Univ. of New England

Western New England

Westfield State

Worcester State

WPI

Comei’s 5-for-5 Day Sends WPI Past Nichols For Fourth-Straight Win

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WPI’s Nick Comei went 5-for-5 on Tuesday as the Engineers defeated Nichols College in non-conference action. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

WPI senior Nick Comei enjoyed his best game of the 2017 season thus far, going 5-for-5 this afternoon as the Engineers defeated Nichols, 11-7, en route to their fourth-straight victory.

The Haverhill, Massachusetts native smacked a season-best five hits, while recording a trio of runs for the second consecutive contest. Additionally, he recorded a pair of doubles – it was the second time Comei reached second base twice in a game this season – while hitting his third home run of the season, too.

Comei also drove in a season-best four runs – he has now recorded 18 RBI, which is good for second on the squad. Sophomore Steven Gallagher leads the Engineers with 21 RBI.

WPI led, 3-1, after the opening frame before pushing ahead 6-1 after two innings of play. Comei tallied his initial RBI of the contest in the bottom of the second, driving home sophomore Ryan Tropeano. He would record three more RBI before the contest concluded.

The Engineers return to the diamond on Friday when they host Brandeis University before hopping into New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a Saturday double-header against Wheaton College. The first game of the double-header is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.

After a pair of games with the Lyons, WPI will close out the month with back-to-back home dates against Emerson College (Mar. 28th) and Fitchburg State (Mar. 30th).

All-Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Team Of The Year

All-Noontime Team

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Noontime Sports and NoontimeSports.com is pleased to unveil our first-ever All-Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Teams!

Men’s Coach of the Year: Ryan Cain (Keene State)

Men’s Player of the Year: Joey Flannery (Babson College)

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Jake Ross (Springfield College)

All-Noontime First Team 

Joey Flannery 

Babson College

Acton, Mass.

Matt St. Amour

Middlebury College

Swanton, Vt.

Daniel Aronowitz  Williams College Columbus, Ohio
Marcos Echevarria  Nichols College  Lynn, Mass.
 Hugh Lindo   Eastern Conn. State Univ.  Enfield, Conn.

All-Noontime Second Team 

 Jaleel Bell Fitchburg State Dorchester, Mass.
 Raheem Anderson  Husson University  Miramar, Fla.
 Kamahl Walker  Endicott College  Worcester, Mass.
 Matt Ozzella   Keene State  Medway, Mass.
 Ed Ogundeko  Trinity College  Brooklyn, N.Y.

All-Noontime Third Team 

 Jake Ross  Springfield College  Northampton, Mass.
Jaqhawn Walters  Albertus Magnus  Hartford, Conn.
 Johnny McCarthy  Amherst College  Medfield, Mass.
 Marcus Delpeche  Bates College  Wilmington, Del.
 Armin Omanovic  Lasell College  Wilkesboro, N.C.