Mass. College Hockey: Boston College Men’s Picked To Capture Hockey East Crown

Hockey East Pre-Season Coaches Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston College men’s ice hockey team was picked to capture the Hockey East regular season crown this upcoming season, as reported by the league on Monday, September 21.

BC received seven first-place votes, while rival Boston University, which was picked to finish second, earned a trio of first place votes. Providence College – the reigning national champion – was picked to finish third and earned a pair of first-place votes, while UMass Lowell was projected to place fourth and Northeastern University fifth.

New Hampshire, Notre Dame, Vermont and Connecticut rounded out the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth place positions, while Maine was picked to finish 10th. Merrimack College and UMass completed the 12-team poll, earning 11th and 12th place projections, respectively.

Mass. College Lax: NCAA Championship Weekend Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The final weekend of the college lacrosse season is upon us.

Two local squads – Amherst College (women’s lacrosse) and Tufts University (men’s lacrosse) – along with a handful of Division I, II and III teams will be competing for national championships over the next few days. Below this weekend’s schedule, which does include non-Massachusetts teams, too.

Men’s Division I Schedule (Games on ESPN2, both Saturday & Monday):

* Denver vs. Duke, 1 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Maryland vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Denver/Duke vs. Maryland/Notre Dame, 1 p.m. (Championship), Monday, May 26

Men’s Division II Schedule (Watch on NCAA.com):

* LIU Post vs. Limestome, 4 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25  

Men’s Division III Schedule (Watch on NCAA.com):

* Tufts vs. Salisbury, 1 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25

Women’s Division I Schedule (Watch on ESPN3 & ESPNU):

* Virginia vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. (Semifinal) Friday, May 23

* Northwestern vs. Maryland, 7:30 p.m. (Semifinal) Friday, May 23

* Virginia/Syracuse vs. Northwestern/Maryland, 8:30 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25  (Game will be on ESPNU)

Women’s Division III Schedule:

* Trinity (Conn.) vs. SUNY Cortland, 1 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Amherst vs. Salisbury, 4 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Trinity/SUNY Cortland vs. Amherst/Salisbury, 2:30 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25

Quick Note: The Division II Women’s Lacrosse Championship was decided last weekend as Adelpi capped a perfect season by defeating Lock Haven, 7-5. Adelphi concluded the regular season 21-0.   

Mass. College Lax: Saturday NCAA Tournament Scoreboard

Williams College's women's lacrosse team survived a late rally by Wheaton College to claim a 9-6 second round NCAA victory. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Williams College’s women’s lacrosse team survived a late rally by Wheaton College to claim a 9-6 second round NCAA victory. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

A variety of college lacrosse teams competed this afternoon in either the first or second round the NCAA Tournament and below is each outcome.

Men’s Lacrosse

* Notre Dame 13, Harvard 5:

* Union 17, Amherst 11

* SUNY Cortland 14, Springfield 10

* Tufts 10, Endicott 9

Women’s Lacrosse

* Williams 9, Wheaton 6

* Middlebury 19, Endicott 7

* Amherst 20, Bridgewater State 4

Mass. College Lax: Locals Advance To The NCAA Tournament (First Round Schedule)

Endicott and WNE are just two of 30 teams that'll be competing in this year's NCAA Div. 3 Tournament. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Endicott and WNE are just two of 30 teams that’ll be competing in this year’s NCAA Div. 3 Tournament. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The college lacrosse season isn’t done yet as a few local squads (Division 1 & 3 teams) earned spots in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which commences on Wednesday, May 7.

Here is the first round schedule for each squad. We’ll have more on each bracket tomorrow and Tuesday, so make sure to circle back for posts!

Men’s Lacrosse:

* Harvard at Notre Dame (Saturday, May 10)

* Colorado College at Amherst (Wednesday, May 7)

* Western New England at Springfield (Wednesday, May 7)

* Keene State at Endicott (Wednesday, May 7)

* Emmanuel at Tufts (Wednesday, May 7)

Women’s Lacrosse:

* Bryant at Boston College (Friday, May 9)

* Loyola (Md.) vs. UMass (Friday, May 9) at Newton, Mass. (Boston College)

* Emmanuel at Wheaton (Wednesday, May 7) Winner advances to second round matchup against Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

* Endicott at Middlebury (Saturday, May 10)

* Bridgewater State at Amherst (Saturday, May 10)

Mass. College Hockey: UML Tops Notre Dame In Hockey East Semis, 4-0

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, Mass. – The UMass Lowell men’s ice hockey team is headed back to the Hockey East Championship.

The River Hawks, who’ll compete for their second consecutive conference title tomorrow evening against either New Hampshire or Providence College, blanked Notre Dame, 4-0, in the Hockey East semifinals on Friday evening at the TD Garden.

“It was a great win,” said UMass Lowell head coach Norm Bazin, who guided the River Hawks to 24-10-4 overall record this season.

“I felt the guys were on cue this morning in the pregame skate and they certainly were. I thought we were sharp, our special teams capitalized and that’s always a big factor.”

Christian Folin provided the River Hawks with the lead for good in the opening session by firing home a pass from A.J. White from the nearside circle, which bounced of Notre Dame’s Kevin Lind’s skate and trickled into the Fighting Irish net at 10:13.

Derek Arnold doubled his team’s advantage roughly three minutes later when he raced down the nearside wing and rifled a shot past Steven Summerhays (18 saves), which provided the River Hawks with a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

“Notre Dame had a line rush and we were back-checking. Zack Kamrass made a great play standing up with a great stick, a poke check and I was coming back and picked up that puck from Zack and I just went off to the races,” Arnold said of his first period goal, which was his 11th tally of the season. “I saw little daylight, so I went with it.”

UML added to its total by potting two more goals in the second period. Evan Campbell netted a rebound in front of the Notre Dame cage before Kamrass blasted an attempt from the nearside circle. Both goals were power play strikes.

“I thought we capitalized on our chances,” Bazin said. “It’s always important to do that against good competition and in (the) playoffs you don’t get that many opportunities, so when you can capitalize on two power plays and start with a lead that helps.”

According to the Hockey East website, UMass Lowell has registered 31 power play goals on 148 attempts this year, while Notre Dame has stopped 144 of 171 attempts. The Fighting Irish had one power play in this evening’s contest, but was unable to push the puck past UML’s Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 35 shots and earned his 11th career shutout.

“It’s a great feeling, it’s definitely a milestone in my life and I am very thankful for the opportunity that Lowell’s give me and I don’t think I would be setting any records if it wasn’t for the team I have in front of me too,” said Hellebuyck. “It’s not just me it’s them too.”

With tonight’s setback, Notre Dame falls to 23-14-2 overall. The Fighting Irish are now 0-3 this season against the River Hawks, as they dropped back-to-back contests in Lowell in November.

Notre Dame will most likely continue its 2013-14 campaign next weekend, but won’t know its next foe until the NCAA Division 1 bracket is released on Sunday, March 23.

“It’s not easy getting (to the semifinals),” said Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson. “You have to take advantage of it when you do.

“Getting to the Boston (TD) Garden, it should be everything and that’s what we all should be striving for and having a chance to win in this environment…so when you get here you have to enjoy the experience and take advantage of it.”

UMass Lowell will look to even its conference championship mark at 2-2 tomorrow with a win. They hadn’t won a Hockey East crown until they defeated Jack Parker’s Boston University Terriers last March, 1-0.

“The first time’s hard, but the second time is even harder,” said Arnold, who netted the game-winner last year against the Terriers. “We put ourselves in a position to go after another championship and we’re going to prepare properly tonight and tomorrow and go for that.”

Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Evening Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

A variety of regular season and conference tournament contests occurred this evening and below is their outcomes.

Men’s Ice Hockey: 

* Notre Dame 2, Boston College 1 (OT)

* UNH 5, Merrimack 2

* BU 4, Northeastern 2

* Vermont 3, UMass Lowell 2

* Bentley 4, AIC 1

* Cornell 3, Harvard 2

* No. 8 Babson 4, No. 13 UMass Boston 2 — Babson advances to next Saturday’s ECAC East Championship vs. Norwich University

* Curry 4, Salve Regina 1 — Curry advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals vs. Nichols College

* Williams 7, Colby 3 — Williams advances to next Saturday’s NESCAC Semifinals against Amherst College.

* Johnson & Wales 7, Suffolk 0 — J&W advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals vs. Wentworth Institute of Technology

* Westfield State 1, Worcester State 0 — Westfield State advances to Tuesday’s MASCAC Semifinals vs. Plymouth State

* Amherst 4, Conn. College 2 — Amherst advances to next Saturday’s NESCAC Semifinals against Williams

* Framingham State 7, Fitchburg State 1 — Framingham State advances to Tuesday’s MASCAC Semifinals against Salem State

Mass. College Hockey: Five Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, which means the weekend is finally here!

Below are a few college hockey games to watch this weekend. And as always, make sure to check back throughout the weekend for scores and roundups.

Men’s Ice Hockey:

No. 8 UMass Lowell vs. No. 7 Providence College (Fri-Sat): This weekend series will feature two of the top three goalies in the country ranked by save percentage, according to the Hockey East weekend preview. UML’s Connor Hellebuyck ranks first in Division 1 in save percentage (.946 save percentage), while Providence’s Jon Gillies is third (.936).

No. 11 Northeastern at No. 15 Notre Dame (Fri-Sat): The Irish enter this weekend’s tilt on a four-game winning streak, while the Huskies have won four of their last five. Both teams are in the top three in scoring offense in the conference. Notre Dame ranks second with 3.43 goals per game, while Northeastern is third with 3.38.

Bentley at Holy Cross (Sat. 7 p.m.): The Falcons will take their 12-8-3 overall mark on the road Saturday and look for their 13th win against the same squad they defeated at Citi Frozen Fenway a few weeks ago. Keep an eye on Bentley’s Brett Gensler, who enters the contest on a 12-game scoring streak (he’s netted at least one goal in seven of his team’s last night outings). On the opposite end, make sure to watch Matt Vidal and Adam Schmidt, two players that lead the Crusaders in points (14).

No. 6 Babson vs. No. 9 UMass Boston (Fri-Sat): The Beavers and Beacons rank second and third in the ECAC East conference, so expect a great weekend series, which begins in Boston and ends at Babson Park. Since falling to Norwich at Frozen Fenway, Babson has won its last three outings, while UMass Boston has won six of its last seven, including its matchup at Fenway Park against Salem State. Last season, the Beacons were 1-1-1 against the Beavers, including a 4-3 loss in the conference tournament.

Women’s Ice Hockey:

New Hampshire at Boston College (Sat-Sun): The Wildcats are the only Hockey East squad that’s defeated the Eagles this season, but since then BC has rebounded by winning 10 of their last 11 contests, while outscoring opponents, 46-19. Keep an eye on BC’s Haley Skarupa, who ranks fourth in the conference in points scoring (14 goals, 12 assists).