New England D-III Hoops Notebook: Brandeis, Emmanuel Score Impressive Mid-Week Victories


By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

For the first time since 2005, the Emmanuel College women’s basketball team scored a win over the top team in Division III as the Saints beat Amherst College last night by a score of 60-55.

The Saints, who beat Bowdoin College 14 years ago when they were the top team in D-III, were led by Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, who recorded a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Cambridge, Massachusetts native connected on 10 of 20 shots from the field, while sinking five of eight freebies.

Emmanuel led Amherst, 23-19, at the break – they would outscore the Mammoths, 26-19, in the final session to secure their fourth win of the season.

The setback snapped an early three-game winning streak for the Mammoths, which scored early-season wins against Babson CollegeIthaca College, and New Jersey City. Amherst is scheduled to face Eastern Connecticut on Saturday before heading to Las Vegas, Nevada three weeks later to compete in the Classic.

Emmanuel, which has won four of seven contests thus far, visits MIT on Saturday before hosting Rhode Island College next Monday, December 9th. The win over the Mammoths should provide the Blue and Gold with some momentum heading into their next two contests before heading to Nevada, as well, to compete in two days of the D3Hoops Classic at the end of the month.

Keep your eyes on Ramirez-Tejeda over the next few weeks – the senior guard is averaging 20.7 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Additionally, she is averaging 2.9 assists per game and sinking 64.4 percent of her free throws.

Brandeis University scored an exciting 99-88 overtime win last night against Babson, thanks to a pair of impressive performances by Hannah Nicholson (19 points and 16 rebounds) and Camila Casanueva (19 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists).

The Judges outscored the Beavers, 25-14, in the extra session – Brandeis utilized an 8-2 run to begin the overtime period, which provided them enough momentum to secure their fifth win of the season.

Brandeis has enjoyed a successful start to its 2019-20 campaign – they won their Tip-Off Tournament early last month with wins against Framingham State and Nichols College while scoring non-conference wins over Roger Williams and Salem State. The Judges’ lone setback came against Tufts University late last month – the Jumbos outscored Brandeis, 41-29, in the second half to secure an 81-77 win.

The Judges will visit Clark University and Johnson & Wales later this week before hosting Becker College next Monday.

Since falling to New England College last month, the WPI men’s basketball team has looked unstoppable as they have now won seven consecutive contests, including a 72-62 win on Tuesday against Tufts.

WPI’s Garrett Stephenson stuffed the stat sheet against the Jumbos with a game-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Colin McNamara contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Reid Walker added 10 points, three rebounds, and one assist.

The Engineers will attempt to stretch their winning streak to eight games on Saturday when they visit Albertus Magnus for a 5 p.m. tip-off.

WPI has scored some impressive regional victories thus far against Tufts, Salem StateFitchburg State, Eastern Connecticut, and Brandeis. After their visit to the Falcons, WPI will be off for the holidays before visiting Framingham State on Saturday, January 4th for its final non-conference clash.

As of this morning, the Engineers are the only New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) team that has won eight games thus far. Babson has won all six of its contests, while Springfield College has won five-straight.

Speaking of the Beavers, they host Amherst this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. Babson has been a team to watch thus far, but Wednesday’s meeting with the Mammoths will certainly be a good test for the Green and White.

Following their non-conference clash with the Mammoths, Babson will compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge this weekend – their first game is against Salem State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Big 4 Challenge is always a fun tournament to watch – the two day, the four-game tournament features Babson, Tufts, Brandeis, and Salem State.

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 2019)

WACBABy | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our third Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

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WPI’s Garrett Stephenson averaged 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 65.4% from the floor last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Week: Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): One week after being named the MVP of the Paula Titus Memorial Tournament at UMass Boston, Stephenson continued his strong start to the 2019-2020 campaign by averaging 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 65.4% from the floor. The junior posted his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds as the nationally-ranked Engineers went on the road and defeated Worcester State, 68-47, last Tuesday. before adding 17 points and seven boards, last Saturday as the Engineers bested visiting Fitchburg State 89-74. 


Xavier Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game last week for the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Xavier Betancourt (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Tampa, Fla.): Betancourt averaged 14 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block per contest in two games for the Falcons last week. He posted 12 points, four rebounds, and two blocks in a 73-67 triumph over Becker College on Monday before adding 16 points, two caroms, two assists and two steals in an 89-74 setback to WPI on Saturday.

Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Jr. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow spearheaded the Bison’s come-from-behind win at Trinity College on Sunday to keep them a perfect 5-0 on the season. He led all student-athletes in both points (17) and rebounds (20) to record his third double-double of the season, while also adding two blocks in 34 minutes. Morrow, who played the remaining 4:04 of the contest with four fouls, recorded a put-back layup with 29 seconds remaining pushed the NC lead to four against the Bantams. He is currently averaging a double-double this season at 13.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. 

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Junior | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Becker’s 73-67 loss at Fitchburg State on Monday, to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, and a steal. The junior kept the Hawks in the hotly contested game between cross-county rivals.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Dec. 2nd, 2019)


By | @NoontimeNation

Middlebury College moved into the top spot in our weekly Noontime Sports New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 this week after picking up their sixth and seventh wins against Northern Vermont-Johnson and Endicott College, respectively.

Against the Gulls on Sunday, the Panthers erased a six-point deficit at the break and outscored the hosts, 54-28 in the second half to secure a 98-78 win.

Hamilton College and Nichols College each moved-up – the Bison improved to 5-0 yesterday with a win over Trinity College. Nichols, which checked-in fourth one week ago, hosts Wentworth Institute of Technology on Wednesday, December 4th. It should be an interesting conference clash.

Tufts University moved-up two spots following a recent (and hard-fought) win over MIT while Colby College jumped three spots after concluding Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of road wins.

Finally, we welcomed Brandeis University to this week’s poll – the Judges have won four of six contests thus far and will face Lasell University on Tuesday before competing against Tufts in the New England Big Four Challenge.

New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Four Poll| Monday, December 2nd, 2019

1. Middlebury College 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Hamilton College 6-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
3. Nichols College  5-0, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 4 
4. Tufts University 5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
5. Colby College 7-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
6. Amherst College 3-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
7. Springfield College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
8. Babson College 6-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7 
9. WPI  7-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Brandeis University 4-2, 0-0 UAA Last Week:  Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Emmanuel College, Rhode Island College, and UMass Dartmouth

Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week Three


D3 Basketball: Men’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019)


By | @NoontimeNation

Amherst College remained our top team in our latest Noontime Sports Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll, while Hamilton College and Middlebury College each moved-up.

Nichols College remains a team to watch – the Bison, who checked-in second last week, moved down two spots, but remain a squad to keep an eye on heading into next month’s contest against Trinity College.

Colby College and WPI joined our poll this week, checking-in eighth and ninth, respectively. Colby has scored some impressive wins thus far and will certainly be a squad to watch this weekend when the Mules tip-off against New Jersey City and Kean.

New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Three Poll| Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019

1. Amherst College

3-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Middlebury College 5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Hamilton College 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
4. Nichols College  4-0, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
5. Springfield College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Tufts University 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7 
7. Babson College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9 
8. Colby College 5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
9. WPI  5-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Williams College 3-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8 

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams, and UMass Dartmouth

Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two 

D3 Football: The Final Noontime Top 20 Poll (Nov. 25th, 2019)


By | @NoontimeNation 

It’s time to unveil our final New England D-III Football Top 20 Poll of the 2019 season.

The 2019 season was an exciting one, filled with some new storylines, along with some teams that will certainly be on our radar next fall.

Thanks for a great season and enjoy our final poll (and breakdown, too).

1. Western New England (9-2, 7-0 CCC): The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) champions may have fallen short to The College of Brockport last Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, but did not lose to a single game to a D-III squad this season.

2. WPI (10-1, 6-1 NEWMAC): The Engineers of Worcester were impressive in all three phases this year, but will certainly miss their senior class next fall.

3. Endicott College (9-2, 6-1 CCC): Despite falling short to the Golden Bears a few weeks ago, these Gulls proved they can compete with some of the best teams, both in and outside the region. Endicott finished its season with nine wins for the first time since 2012.

4. Middlebury College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): These Panthers found ways to win some hard-fought (and dramatic) games this fall and will certainly be on our radar going forward.

5. Framingham State (8-3, 8-0 MASCAC): After starting their season with back-to-back losses, Framingham State ripped off eight-straight wins to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

6. MIT (7-3, 6-1 NEWMAC): The Engineers’ improbable run to the postseason was impressive with some hard-fought (and important) wins over Coast Guard AcademySpringfield College, and WPI.

7. Springfield College (6-4, 5-2 NEWMAC): Losing to MIT was not an ideal way to end a season. Springfield overcame a 1-3 start to position themselves for a potential national playoff run, thanks to some key wins down the stretch.

8. Wesleyan University (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC): The Cardinals were one of the biggest surprises this season. Despite a lopsided loss to Middlebury a few weeks ago, Wesleyan proved they are (and will continue to be) one of the top teams in the conference going forward.

9. UMass Dartmouth (7-3, 5-3 MASCAC): The Corsairs enjoyed one of their best seasons, matching the 2004 squad with seven victories. UMass Dartmouth was impressive from the get-go and should certainly be in the mix for a conference crown in 2020.

10. Western Connecticut (8-3, 6-2 MASCAC): For the second-straight season, the Colonials ended their campaign with eight wins. Western Connecticut may have not been the juggernaut from last season (or past seasons), but should once again be in the mix for a conference title next season.

11. Williams College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC): Despite losing a heartbreaking to Middlebury in their season-opener, Williams proved they are (and will continue to be) one of the top teams in the conference. The squad returns some impressive talent next season, which should help the Ephs contend for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown.

12. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2 MASCAC): The Bears were tough to gauge this season, especially with so many seniors back from last year’s eight-win squad. BSU had a chance to win the conference and compete in the postseason, but saw their playoff hopes dashed with a week ten setback to the Rams of Framingham State.

13. Trinity College (5-4, 5-4 NESCAC): The Bantams’ four-peat never happened, but they did end their season winning three of their final five contests. It will be interesting to see how Trinity rebounds from a five-win season.

14. Nichols College (6-4, 4-3 CCC): The Bison won six games for the first time since 2003. They scored some exciting wins over Salve Regina and the University of New England and should be back in the mix for the conference crown next fall.

15. Amherst College (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Mammoths entered the 2019 season with hopes of winning a conference crown. Instead, they ended their campaign with four-straight setbacks, including a heartbreaking defeat to Hamilton College. Amherst won just four games in 2016 before rebounding with back-to-back winning seasons in 2017 and 2018.

16. Norwich University (5-5, 2-5 NEWMAC): The Cadets began their season with four-straight wins. And for a moment it appeared as if the Maroon and Gold would be the team to beat in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). But unfortunately, the team’s winning ways concluded over the next few weeks as the Cadets mustered just one victory in its final six contests.

17. Husson University (4-6, 4-3 CCC): The Eagles may have finished with four wins – all four victories came against conference opponents – but they looked pretty impressive against Nichols and Salve Regina.

18. Coast Guard Academy (5-5, 2-5 NEWMAC): Afer starting their season with a 4-1 mark, the Bears mustered just one win during their final five contests. The defense was impressive but struggled down the stretch against Merchant Marine and WPI.

19. Mass. Maritime Academy (6-4, 4-4 MASCAC): After a successful start to their 2019 campaign, the Buccaneers struggled to maintain their momentum by seesawing between the win and loss columns. The Bucs lost three of their final four contests but did score an impressive win on the road at UMass Dartmouth.

20. Salve Regina University (4-6, 3-4 CCC): The Seahawks may have finished with four wins this fall, but proved they are (and will continue to be) a team to watch every season in the CCC. They provided challenges for both Endicott and WNE before ending their season with wins over Curry College and UNE, which should provide the unit with some momentum heading into the 2020 season.

On The Rise: Dean College (4-6, 4-1 ECFC) and University of New England (4-6, 2-5 CCC).