The Big Ten Conference Postpones Fall Sports

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(PHOTO COURTESY: Big Ten Conference Twitter)

By NoontimeSports.com 

After much speculation, the Big Ten Conference has announced its upcoming fall sports season, including football, has been postponed.

Today’s announcement also means there will be no regular season or conference championships and tournaments.

According to this afternoon’s release, which can be seen on the conference’s website, the league came to a decision to postpone the fall sports season through the advice they received from both the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.

“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, who chairs the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors.

Added Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, “The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward.”

While today’s news certainly derails hopes of seeing the conference’s 14 teams play football this year, it also means there will be no cross-country, field hockey, soccer, or volleyball.

As noted at the end of today’s announcement, “The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring.”

No decisions have been made about winter or spring sports.

Northwestern Women’s Lax Rallies To Beat Ohio State, 13-12 (OT)

By Hayden Bird

FOXBOROUGH, MA – The defending National Champion Northwestern women’s lacrosse team finally found their offense against conference rivals Ohio State Saturday afternoon, and it was just in time to pull out a 13-12 comeback win before a roaring crowd at Gillette Stadium.

The game was one of 2012’s best so far. And it even ventured into overtime following a dramatic last-gasp goal from Northwestern junior Erin Fitzgerald.

It began as an unmitigated shootout, with both teams trading goal after goal. In fact, neither side could claim more than a one goal lead for the entire first half.

“Their goalie played amazing, she was awesome and a lot of the shots we took she just came up with big saves,” noted Northwestern senior Alex Frank afterwards.

And Ohio State’s talented freshman goalie, Tori DeScenza, did everything she could to help the 14th ranked Buckeyes upset number one Northwestern. Making 16 saves; she was far busier than her opponent.

Yet it was the Buckeyes who were the first team to truly seize the initiative, at least for a period of time.

Starting with 10 minutes to go in the first half and lasting until just inside the 20 minute mark of the second half, Ohio State went on a 7-2 run which culminated in team points leader Alayna Markwordt assisting Kirsten Donahue to give her team an 11-7 lead.

“Towards the beginning of the second half we made some careless mistakes,” said Northwestern Head Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. “They caused some great turnovers and Ohio State was really able to capitalize on the opportunities that they had.”

At that moment in the second half, it certainly seemed like an upset was in the air. Yet Northwestern, led by Amonte Hiller, have never been the type to give up.

“When we got ourselves in a hole, we got pretty motivated,” Amonte Hiller asserted. “And some of our players really stepped up and made big plays.”

The comeback didn’t really get underway for almost five minutes after Donahue’s goal however (an eternity in lacrosse time).

And even after the momentum began to swing in their favor and Fitzgerald scored with just over nine minutes remaining to cut the deficit to one (11-10), the Wildcats could not muster the actual tying goal until there was seemingly no time left on the clock.

Unfortunately for Ohio State though, Northwestern finally did score. After a series of penalties, Fitzgerald once again netted for Northwestern, and their fans predictably went wild. With only 19 seconds remaining, it capped off the momentum shift that had slowly but surely slipped away from Ohio State.

Once in overtime, Northwestern’s defending Tewaaraton Award-winner Shannon Smith came to life. As her team’s leader in goals and points, it was little surprise that in clutch time she was the one who delivered.

Scoring two consecutive goals (including one unassisted), Smith helped to put the game beyond reach.

Even still, Ohio State never quit. They scored on a beautifully executed breakaway as Cara Facchina found Jackie Cifarelli with 1:46 left in overtime to make the climax of the game that much more exciting. Yet, a series of penalties cost the Buckeyes and in the end, the Northwestern powerhouse survived, bringing their record to an impressive 10-0.

And for Amonte Hiller, it was a result that wasn’t great, but good enough.

“We didn’t make it pretty” she added with a wry smile, “but we did it.”

Mass College Lacrosse: Lax Notebook (Mar. 29, 2012)

UMass senior Will Manny has been a major component for the Minutemen this season! (Photo Credit:Lax.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Catching up on some of the local lacrosse news from across the Bay State.

UMass Continues to Dominate

University of Massachusetts (Amherst) took a step closer toward the top spot in the USLIA Coaches poll with recent victories against Harvard and Penn.

The Minutemen are currently slated as the second best team in the country behind Johns Hopkins – a team that also hasn’t yielded a loss this season, too.

Junior Will Manny currently leads the team with 40 points, (26 goals and 14 assists), while senior Art Kell has tallied 26 points, (16 goals and 10 assists).

Also, senior goaltender Tim McCormack has recorded 470 minutes between the pipes, and has surrendered 55 goals off 241 shots. He’s also saved 85 shots thus far and is a major reason why the Minutemen are 8-0.

Merrimack Remains Perfect

Prior to their first home contest of the season this past Tuesday; the Merrimack Warriors men’s lacrosse team earned four critical wins – two on the road and two at neutral sites – before they tallied their fifth victory against Franklin Pierce.

Merrimack will attempt to preserve their perfect record on Saturday, Mar. 31, when they host the fifth best team in Division II… Adelphi.

Endicott’s Magic Ride

After beginning the season with a 1-3 record, the Endicott men’s lacrosse team changed gears, and spouted off four consecutive wins against Curry College, Springfield College, University of New England and Gordon College in the past 10 days.

Senior Brendan Eppley has led the charge with 11 goals and eight assists, while junior goaltender Tom Burke has saved 73 shots.

The Gulls four game road trip continues on Saturday, as they’ll travel to Wesleyan College for a 1pm face-off.

Gillette Stadium Hosts New England Women’s Lacrosse Classic on Saturday

Four women’s lacrosse teams will invade Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Mar. 31, as Harvard will face-off against No. 12 Syracuse at 12pm, while No. 1 Northwestern will square off against Ohio State at 2pm.

Expect a decent amount of local residents to come out and cheer on the Wildcats, especially since eight players hail from Massachusetts. Also, three of those eight players are from Westwood – a town that’s become known for its girls high school lacrosse program.

Massachusetts College Football – Labor Day Weekend Schedule (Week 1)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Labor Day Weekend happens to mark the beginning of a new year for a variety of colleges and universities, as well as their sports teams too. So, without further ado, here are some games to watch or follow this weekend, in case you’re looking for something to do with friends, family or peers.

Friday September 3, 2011 –

* Maritime (NY) at Bentley University (7:00pm)

* Curry College at Stonehill College (7:00pm) – 2011 Presidents’ Cup Kickoff Celebration

* Becker College at Fitchburg State University (7:00pm)

* Westfield State University at Nichols College (7:00pm)

Saturday September 3, 2011 –

* Northwestern University at Boston College (12:00pm)

* Framingham State University at Endicott College (1:00pm)

* Worcester State at Anna Maria (5:00pm)

* WPI at Merrimack College (7:00pm)

Daily Noontime – September 2, 2011

Chris Johns might be a happy man these days, right?

Happy Friday to everyone and of course, happy weekend too! Here’s our  daily headlines and news, so of course, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* It’s been a while, but finally, Chris Johnson has a brand new contract with the Tennessee Titans.

* Apparently the MLB seems a tad bit skeptical about a $1.2-billion bid to purchase the bankrupt Los Angles Dodgers.

* Once again, the New York Yankees made things interesting, as they beat the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, 4-2.

* The Boston College Eagles will kick-off their 2011 season on Saturday, as they host Northwestern University. Although, it seems pretty apparent that the squad is rather confident with quarterback Chase Rettig.

* Once again, the vocal Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs has asked for a trade, but will he get it?

* As of recently, researchers at Boston University are studying the brain of former New York Rangers Derek Boogaard and hoping to understand more about his recent death.

Games to Watch: 

* Chicago White Sox at Detroit (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Texas at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Florida (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* #14 TCU at Baylor (NCAA Football) – 8:00pm eastern  

* Arizona at San Francisco (MLB) – 10:15pm eastern 

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