Daily Noontime: Monday, March 23rd, 2020


By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Monday, which means its time for a brand new week. Are you ready?

As usual, we’re here to put a smile on your face and take some time away from news of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which is exactly what we will start doing … now!

Today’s Weather in Boston (and the Greater Boston Area): After a nice weekend with some sun and wind, it will be a bit cooler today – look for temperatures hovering between 34 and 38 degrees. It will be overcast for the majority of the day – maybe we’ll see the sun for a few minutes? – but then a wintry mix arrives later this afternoon, which will turn to rain for most of us this evening. 

Luckily, tomorrow will be warmer and include the sun, but there seems to be a lot of rain in the forecast this week, which means we should all just stay indoors (and be safe, of course!).

The Noontime Headlines for Monday, March 23rd, 2020 

In Case You Missed It: 

  • We started our first theme week here at Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) yesterday – we are producing content on Boston and New England sports teams from the past decade. And we began with our All-Decade Boston Bruins team.

On This Date in History 

  • 1948: Kansas topped Baylor in the 10th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship to claim the program’s first-ever national title.
  • 1957: North Carolina beat Kansas, 54-53, in triple-overtime in the 19th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Wilt Chamberlain, who played for Kansas, became the fourth player to be named the tournament’s most valuable player despite not being on the championship squad.
  • 1963: Loyola-Chicago beats Cincinnati, 60-58, in overtime in the 25th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, providing the Ramblers with their initial title in their first-ever finals appearance.
  • 1994: Wayne Gretzky sets the NHL record with 802 goals scored.

Around The Rim with Bob Whitney

Around The Rim Whitney Social

By Bob Whitney 

Some random thoughts after looking around at the local and national basketball landscape.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)/Big Ten Conference (B1G) Basketball Challenge is always at the top of my viewing list each year – I love channel surfing.

This year, the Big 10 Conference reigned supreme with some impressive showings by Maryland, Purdue, Ohio State, and Penn State.

Purdue absolutely dismantled Virginia and exposed the ‘Hoos offensive shortcomings while Ohio State throttled North Carolina. It’s early but Ohio State is looking like they have the horsepower to make a run to the Final Four next April.

Speaking of the ACC, Boston College is on a four-game losing spin and facing a rigorous conference road trip this Saturday at Norte Dame. A highly-touted freshman class must grow up in a hurry or the Eagles will once again reside in the ACC’s bottom quartile.

Save the date: current No. 1 Louisville will visit Conte Forum on Jan. 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m.

Carl Pierre, who played high school basketball at Boston College High School, is having an excellent season at UMass. The 2017 Catholic Conference MVP and two-time conference all-star selection is currently averaging 12 points per game.

Pierre and the Minutemen will visit Harvard on Saturday, December 7th with tip-off scheduled for 1 p.m. UMass will attempt to snap a four-game skid, which began prior to Thanksgiving with a 58-46 setback to Virginia. Harvard enters the non-conference clash at 4-4 – the Crimson have lost two-straight since beating Texas A&M last Thursday. 

Newton North’s Ethan Wright has seen an uptick in playing time this season with the Princeton Tigers. The second-year guard has logged 93 minutes in six contests this season – he even started a game last month against Indiana. Wright has scored 13 points on 5 of 21 shooting, including 3 of 14 from beyond the arc. He has pulled down 13 rebounds, including two offensive caroms to go along with five assists and two blocks.

Wright and the Tigers sit at 1-6 and are scheduled to compete next Tuesday, December 10th against Monmouth. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Coach Trish Brown and the Stonehill College women’s basketball team are off to an impressive 6-2 start. Sure, their lone setbacks have come against Bentley and Molloy, but they have been fun to watch, especially in their last two contests against Assumption College and Franklin Pierce.

Emily Bramanti, who played locally for Westford Academy, credited all of her teammates in their most recent win against the Ravens for stepping-up and making plays when needed.

“That is just the greatness of our team is that any night anybody can step-up and play, so it’s really exciting to see how far we can get going,” she said following the Skyhawks’ 68-59 win over the Ravens.

Bramanti concluded her team’s eighth contest with a team-high 16 points.

Stonehill hosts Saint Anselm College on Saturday before heading to Daytona Beach Florida two weeks later to compete in the Daytona Beach Shootout.

Finally, the Babson College men’s basketball team scored an exciting and impressive win last night over Amherst CollegeFrank Oftring, who grew up in North Attleboro, Massachusetts netted a career-high 30 points in the win to go along with 10 rebounds.

Babson’s Andrew Jaworski finished with 23 points with four of those points being recorded during the final 30 seconds of the second half.

Babson, which is 12-3 against the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) dating back to the 2016-17 season, will look to continue its early-season momentum this weekend when they compete in the New England Big 4 Challenge at Salem State University.

I’m getting ready to head back to warm and sunny Florida so I’ll be writing from the Sunshine State next week.


Mass. College Lax: BC’s Walker Talks About Upcoming ACC Tourney (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston College women’s lacrosse team will be hosting the upcoming ACC Tournament, beginning on Thursday, April 24 when they compete against North Carolina in the first round. The Tar Heels are last year’s National Champions and enter the conference playoffs as the third seed.

Prior to their second meeting with the Tar Heels this season, BC head coach Acacia Walker met the media today to chat about the Eagles’ most recent win against Vermont, as well as their first-round matchup in a video we posted below. The video is from the BC athletic department’s YouTube Channel.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the scores and game summaries from the various Division 1 lacrosse games today.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Canisius 9, Boston University 3: Cal DearthRyan Johnston and Sam Tenney each scored goals in the Terriers’ inaugural game at Nickerson Field. Christian Carson deflected 14 shots between the pipes, including five shots in the first quarter.

Women’s Lacrosse:  

UMass 7, UConn 5: Katie Ferris recorded two goals and two helpers, while Sam Rush scored two goals on two shots as the Minutewomen ballooned 5-1 first half lead into a 7-5 victory, their second win of the season.

No. 1 North Carolina 18, Boston University 8: Mallory Collins recorded four goals on four shots, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Terriers past the reigning national champions.

Mass. College Football: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

Before the first score of any game this weekend is recorded, let’s roll out our 10 Games To Watch!

Princeton at Harvard: This is a big game for the Crimson, who enters the contest 5-0 for the second year in a row. Harvard, Princeton and Pennsylvania (Penn) are in a three-way tie for first place in the Ancient Eight, so the winner will most likely be in the drivers seat for the rest of the season. Keep an eye on running back Paul Stanton Jr., who rushed for 113 yards last weekend and two touchdowns.

Boston College at North Carolina: This is certainly a winnable game for the Eagles, who’re coming off their bye week, as well as a 24-14 loss two weeks ago to No. 3 Clemson. First-year head coach Steve Addazio told reporters recently that he expects his offensive line to step up.

Western Michigan at Massachusetts: Consider this a winnable game for the Minutemen, who will celebrate their homecoming for the second year at Gillette Stadium. A win would not only improve UMass to 2-6 overall, but 2-2 in the MAC.

LIU Post at Stonehill: After earning two impressive wins on the road, which included a victory last weekend against New Haven, Robert Talley’s Skyhawks will look to keep their momentum going against a talented Post squad, which defeated Pace last weekend, 58-0. Stonehill enters the game 5-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference and is currently in a three-way tie for first place with AIC and New Haven.

Bentley at Merrimack: The Falcons will look to rebound this weekend on the road in North Andover against quarterback Joe Clancy, who leads the conference in touchdown passes (34) and passing yards per game (421.4). Bentley quarterback Danny Guadagnoli ranks third in passing yards per game (261.4), and has tossed 13 touchdowns this season.

Mount Ida at Becker: The Mustangs will take their two-game winning streak on the road this weekend against a Hawks squad that’s hungry for their first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) victory. A win would help Mount Ida in its quest toward capturing its second conference title. Yet, they do need help, though, and luckily there are a few more weeks of the season remaining.

Westfield State at Bridgewater State: Both teams need this victory to keep their conference championship hopes alive. The Owls defense has performed quite well over the past few weeks and even shut down the Massachusetts Maritime offense last weekend, which did manage to score 27 points. This weekend, Westfield State’s defense will need to contain quarterback Mike McCarthy, who finished last weekend’s contest with seven touchdowns.

UMass Dartmouth at Mass. Maritime: The Corsairs have strung together two impressive victories and will attempt to earn their third straight win, something they haven’t accomplished since the 2008 season. That third consecutive victory won’t come easy, as they’ll have to contain Mike Stanton and the Buccaneers offense, which has tallied 237 points in six games.

Merchant Marine at WPI: It’s back to football for the Mariners, who will look to earn their first Liberty League victory of the season against WPI, a team they defeated last year, 28-13. The Engineers will look to snap a two-game skid and even their mark in conference play.

Amherst at Tufts: Going out on a limb here, but this has the making of a possible upset. The Jumbos recorded 35 points last week in a loss to Williams. It was the most points they’ve totaled this season. Tufts has also lost five straight to Amherst, but did defeat the Lord Jeffs at home in 2007. A win for the Jumbos would snap their 28-game losing streak and provide the Powder Blue and White with their first victory since September 2010.