D3 Lacrosse: Batty Tabbed Babson College Men’s Lacrosse Coach


Rocky Batty, a former volunteer coach at Boston University and high school coach at Wellesley, was recently named the new Babson College men’s lacrosse coach. (PHOTO CREDIT: Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

Rocky Batty is returning to the Wellesley area.

The former Wellesley High School boy’s lacrosse coach was recently named the new men’s lacrosse coach at Babson College, taking over for Brendan Gorman, who spent nine seasons at Babson Park before resigning this past May.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” Batty said in Wednesday’s release via the Babson athletics website.

“Babson is a special place and I wouldn’t be here without the support of my family, my friends, former players and coaches, and all of the great lacrosse people I’ve been lucky to be around through the years. I’m also very thankful to coach Al Brown for giving me my first stick, introducing me to lacrosse, and instilling in me passion and respect for this great game.”

Batty spent this past season as a volunteer coach with the Boston University men’s lacrosse team, assisting head coach Ryan Polley and the Terriers to an appearance in the Patriot League semifinals. He was involved in all facets of the program, including the squad’s face-off unit where he helped rising sophomore Sean Christman go 34-of-49 in his final two contests against Duke University and Loyola Maryland.

Prior to joining the Terriers, Batty oversaw the Wellesley boy’s lacrosse program, coaching the Raiders for 10 seasons (2008-2017). The Raiders concluded their 2011 regular season undefeated, while the 2012 squad advanced to the MIAA East Division 2 finals. Batty concluded his time in Wellesley with a record of 148-63.

Prior to coaching the Raiders, he oversaw the Brookline High School boy’s lacrosse team from 1999-2006.

According to Wednesday’s release from Boston University, Batty becomes the program’s second coach to accept a head coaching role with another program. Drew Kelleher, a former assistant for the Terriers, will begin his fourth season this upcoming school year with Manhattan.

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Lax Notebook: MLL Announces New Commissioner, College News & Notes

NS lacrosse Notebook

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Lacrosse season has officially begun – well, technically it started in December with the National Lacrosse League (NLL) – but below are some news and notes from the Lax World, which you should know about or may want to know now that one of my favorite sports is back in action!

Let’s begin with some exciting news from Major League Lacrosse (MLL), which announced earlier this week that Alexander P. “Sandy” Brown has been named the second commissioner. Brown replaces Dave Gross, who was the league’s initial commissioner.

Marissa Ingemi has a great piece about the new MLL commissioner from US Lacrosse Magazine about his plans to increase the league’s brand through Digital Media, while collaborating with other leagues.

Keep an eye on Massachusetts’ Jake Horwath this season, who will look to guide the Bobcats of Frostburg State to a Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) crown. The Bobcats will certainly be a team to watch in Division III this season – great read from Ed Lee of the Baltimore Sun. Lee also had a great preview on the St. Mary’s (Md.) Seahawks, who will also look to contend for a CAC title, too.

The Boston College women’s lacrosse team was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Preseason Coaches Poll – North Carolina was picked to place first followed by Syracuse University. A pair of New England student-athletes – Dempsey Arsenault (New Hampton, N.H.) and Elizabeth Miller (New Canaan, Conn.) – were named to the Preseason All-ACC Team.

The Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team will look to continue its success from a year ago – the Crusaders won its first-ever Patriot League tournament game last spring – when they begin its 2018 campaign on Saturday, February 10 against Providence College.

Yale University was tabbed the favorite in the Ivy League, while Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania rounded out the top three spots.

Per US Lacrosse Magazine, the Division III women’s lacrosse game will be sped-up this season, thanks to some new rules, which will make the game faster.

Syracuse women’s lacrosse will open its season against the University of Connecticut – get excited, Big East fans!

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)! 

Earlier this month, Hendrix University captured its season-opener against Southwestern (Texas), thanks to a pair of goals and one ground ball from Lexington, Massachusetts native Garrett Brown.

The Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) unveiled its preseason coaches poll, which found Merrimack College atop the men’s poll and Adelphi atop the women’s poll.

Taylor Bastien was tabbed the new head coach of the Bentley University women’s lacrosse team last Friday. Bastien was recently the coach of the Simmons College women’s lacrosse team, but competed for the Falcons as a student-athlete at Bentley.

Mass. College Lax: BU Tops Canisius, Records First Win At Nickerson Field (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan 

The Boston University men’s lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season – and first on their home turf – topping Canisius College, 13-9, on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

Jack Wilson, Adam Schaal, Sam Talkow, Cal Dearth and Sam Tenney each netted a pair of goals, while Christian Carson-Banister turned away a season-high 13 shots.

BU trailed 6-4 at the break, but rebounded with a 5-0 run, sparked by Dearth that helped the Terriers claim their second win of the 2015 season.

Below is a highlight package of the game, courtesy of the Boston University Athletics’ YouTube Channel.

For a complete recap of the game – HOP HERE

Mass. College Lax: BU Men’s Lax Will Host Canisus On Saturday

By Matt Noonan 

Additional snow is headed toward Boston this weekend, which means schedule changes.

Below is a tweet from Boston University’s Athletic Department’s Twitter handle (@BUAthletucs), confirming the schedule change for this weekend’s non-conference meeting between the Terriers (1-0) and Golden Griffins (0-0). The game had been originally scheduled to take place in Buffalo, New York, however, according to the Canisus athletic department’s website, the site was changed due to negative wind in Buffalo.

Both teams met last season at Nickerson Field with the Golden Griffins claiming a 9-3 win over the Terriers.

BU began its second varsity season last weekend with an 18-6 win over Mercer.

For more information on the BU men’s lacrosse team — HOP HERE

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Announces Play 4Kay Charity Basketball Game

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Holy Cross women’s basketball team will play their annual Play 4Kay Game on Saturday, February 21 when they host Navy at the Hart Center. Tip off is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Below is the release about the game, courtesy of the Holy Cross Athletic Department’s Media Relations Office:

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s basketball program will host its first annual Play 4Kay game on Saturday, Feb. 21, during its 1:05 p.m. contest against Navy at the Hart Recreation Center.

The Worcester community is invited to attend the game, with proceeds directly supporting women’s cancer research through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund®. The community can also donate on behalf of Holy Cross at www.Play4Kay.org/HCWBB

As part of the celebration, tickets in the bleacher section of the Hart Center will be reduced to $4.00 when using the promo code “HCPINK.” Tickets for the game can be purchased online at GoHolyCross.com/Tickets or by calling the ticket office at (508) 793-2573.

The annual Play 4Kay initiative provides coaches and student-athletes around the country the opportunity to “come together as one” to raise awareness for breast cancer research on the court, in their communities and beyond.

Throughout February, high schools, universities and local organizations are dedicated to raise funds and awareness to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s (KYCF), mission of  supporting scientific research focused on women’s cancers, as well as projects assisting the underserved community.

In her 34-year tenure at North Carolina State University, the late Kay Yow became the first coach to win two Olympic gold medals, guided her teams to 20 NCAA Tournaments and was inducted into 11 Halls of Fame. However, Coach Yow’s legacy in the community extends far beyond the basketball court. Yow founded the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in 2007 before passing away in 2009 after her 22-year battle with breast cancer.

Coach Yow’s passion and leadership served as the catalyst for Play 4Kay, the KYCF’s flagship fundraising initiative. Since its inception, the Play 4Kay program has raised more than $3.93 million to support women’s cancer research.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.Play4Kay.org.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. www.KayYow.com.