D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 13th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Middlebury College remained our TOP team in our seventh New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll after a 2-1 week for the Panthers, which saw the Blue and White beat Hamilton College and Plattsburgh State.

Yes, the Panthers did lose their conference opener to Amherst College, but they were able to turn around one day later and score a one-point win over Hamilton. Both Amherst and Hamilton remained on our weekly poll this week, checking in eighth and ninth, respectively.

Colby College stretched its winning streak to 13-straight, thanks to back-to-back conference wins last weekend over Connecticut College and Trinity College. The Mules visit Middlebury on Friday, January 17th in what should be a very exciting (and interesting) contest.

Babson College remained our third team, despite falling to fourth-ranked Springfield College in their conference opener. The Beavers rebounded with an impressive win on the road against WPI.

Finally, Brandeis University returned to the poll following a 76-71 win over New York University. The Judges, who have won four straight, will look to continue their recent momentum this weekend against both Rochester and Emory.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Six Poll| Monday, January 13th, 2020

1. Middlebury College 14-1, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Colby College  13-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
3. Babson College 11-2, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
4. Springfield College 11-2, 2-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
5. Albertus Magnus  11-1, 0-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 4
6. Tufts University 11-2, 1-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
7. WPI 10-3, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
8. Amherst College 10-4, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
9. Hamilton College 11-3, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Brandeis University 9-3, 1-0 UAA Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Endicott College, Nichols College, Rhode Island College, and Western Connecticut 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six

New England Basketball Weekend Watch (Jan. 10th-12th)

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Another busy weekend of New England D-III college basketball is set to tip-off this afternoon and evening – hope you are ready for some great games to watch and follow!

Let’s begin with one game to watch in Medford, Massachusetts this evening as the Tufts University women’s basketball team welcomes Wesleyan University to Cousens Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Friday’s clash between the Cardinals and Jumbos marks the official start of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play.

Tufts enters tonight’s contest riding an impressive 13-game winning streak, which has included recent wins over UMass DartmouthSUNYIT, and Wheaton College. Emily Briggs highlighted the Powder and Blue’s effort against the Lyons on Wednesday by connecting on 7 of 10 field goals for 19 points – she also made all three freebies. Erica DeCandido chipped in 13 points on six of eight shooting.

Wesleyan should certainly provide Tufts with some challenges on both ends of the court – the Cardinals have won eight of 11 contests thus far, including an early January clash with Babson College. The Cardinals began their 2019-20 campaign with six-straight wins.

In their last outing against SUNY Geneseo, last weekend, Caleigh Ryan and Katy O’Connor combined for 24 points, while Emma Roush added 10 points off the bench. 

A few other NESCAC women’s games to watch tonight and this weekend include Bowdoin College at Trinity College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), Amherst College at Middlebury College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), and Amherst at Williams College on Saturday, January 11th at 3 p.m.

On the men’s side of the NESCAC, keep an eye on Friday’s clash between Middlebury and Amherst. The Panthers have won 13-straight contests, including three consecutive 2020 meetings with Colby-SawyerSpringfield College, and Plattsburgh State. This particular outing should be a good test for the Panthers, but also the Mammoths, who began the new year with a 116-44 win over Lesley University before falling to Wesleyan three days later by a score of 79-77.

My prediction for Friday’s Amherst-Middlebury game is the following: The Mammoths will prevail and receive some major contributions from Grant Robinson, Fru Che, and Eric Sellew.

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 11th), WPI will entertain Babson in a very enticing New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. The Engineers began conference play earlier this week against MIT, while the Beavers were edged on Wednesday by Springfield.

It’s too early to say this a must-win for the Beavers (or Engineers) as all eight teams play each other twice in a single-season, but this could be a potential preview of the conference championship game next month.

Other Games to Watch (and Follow) this Weekend: 

  • WBB: Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Rams can begin conference play with a win on the road against an Owls team, which has not won a game since beating Plymouth State in mid-to-late November.
  • WBB: Western New England at Wentworth Inst. of Technology (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): Look for the Golden Bears to bounce back after losing to WPI earlier this week. A win over the Leopards would provide WNE with their fourth conference win and keep them within at least one or two games of the University of New England.
  • WBB: Brandeis University at New York University (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): The Judges face another 10-1 squad in an important conference meeting. Brandeis has won 10 of 11 contests this season so I expect that momentum will help them against the Violets.
  • MBB: Keene State at Rhode Island College (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 3 p.m.): This is an important meeting for both teams as the Anchormen and Owls are in a three-way tie with Western Connecticut for the top spot in the conference. Look for the Anchormen to bounce back after losing to Western Connecticut earlier this week.

Noontime Sports D3 Women’s New England/New York Hockey Top 10 (Dec. 10th) Powered by Zelos Athletic

D3WOMENS HOCKEY POLL GRAPHIC

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The seventh week of the 2018-19 Northeast (New England/New York) D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our seventh poll of the season.

Our weekly poll is powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are using FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performances metrics during speed, agility and plyometric drills. Additionally, Zelos Athletics provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength and conditioning training, too.


Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Dec. 10th, 2018) 

1. Plattsburgh State  10-1, 6-0 NEWHL
2. Norwich University  10-2, 9-0 NEHC
3. Middlebury College 4-1-2, 3-0-1 NESCAC
4. Elmira College  6-2-1, 4-0 UCHC
5. Conn. College 4-2-2, 1-1-2 NESCAC
6. Utica College 9-2, 6-0 UCHC
7. Oswego State  6-3-1, 3-2-1 NEWHL
8. Williams College 6-2-1, 2-2 NESCAC
9. Manhattanville 7-2-1, 5-0-1 UCHC
10. Hamilton College 6-3, 3-1 NESCAC

On the Rise: Amherst College (2-41, 1-2-1 NESCAC), Colby College (3-2-2, 2-2 NESCAC), Morrisville State (9-5-1, 3-2-1 CHC), William Smith (10-0, 8-0 UCHC) and University of New England (10-2-1, 4-1-1 CHC) 


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Noontime Sports D3 Women’s New England/New York Hockey Top 10 (Dec. 3rd) Powered by Zelos Athletics

D3WOMENS HOCKEY POLL GRAPHIC

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The sixth week of the 2018-19 Northeast (New England/New York) D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our sixth poll of the season.

Our poll – similar to our New England D3 Football Top 10 from earlier this season – is now powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are using FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performances metrics during speed, agility and plyometric drills. Additionally, Zelos Athletics provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength and conditioning training, too.


Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Dec. 3rd, 2018) 

1. Plattsburgh State  8-1, 6-0 NEWHL
2. Norwich University  7-2, 7-0 NECH 
3. Elmira College  5-1-1, 4-0 UCHC
4. Middlebury College  3-1-2, 3-0-1 NESCAC
5. Conn. College 3-1-2, 1-1-2 NESCAC
6. Utica College 9-1, 6-0 UCHC
7. Manhattanville 7-0-1, 5-0-1 UCHC
8. Oswego State  5-2-1, 3-2-1 NEWHL 
9. Williams College 4-2, 2-2 NESCAC
10. Hamilton College 4-2, 3-1 NESCAC

On the Rise: Amherst College (2-2-1), Endicott College (4-2-2), Nazareth (10-0), University of New England (9-1-1) and Wesleyan University (3-2)


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Noontime Sports D3 Women’s New England/New York Hockey Top 10 (Nov. 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The fifth week of the 2018-19 Northeast (New England/New York) D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth poll of the season.

Plattsburgh State secured the top spot following an impressive 4-1 win on Sunday over Elmira College in Middlebury, Vermont. The three-goal win erased a 1-0 setback one day earlier to Adrian College, which defeated fourth-ranked Middlebury College by a score of 4-1.

The Cardinals’ impressive win over Elmira bumps their overall record to 6-1 – the win should certainly provide the Red and White with some momentum heading into an important weekend series with ninth-ranked Oswego State.

Despite falling to eighth-ranked Utica College on Sunday, the Continentals of Hamilton College joined this week’s poll following recent wins over tenth-ranked Williams College and Morrisville State. The Blue and Gold visit Colby College for an important conference series on Friday and Saturday.

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Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 26th, 2018) 

1. Plattsburgh State  6-1, 4-0 NEWHL
2. Elmira College 5-1-1, 4-0-0 UCHC
3. Norwich University 5-2, 5-0 NEHC
4. Middlebury College  2-1-1, 2-0
5. Hamilton College 2-2, 1-1 NESCAC
6. Conn. College 2-0-1, 1-0-1
7. Manhattanville 5-0-1, 3-0-1 UCHC
8. Utica College  9-0, 6-0 UCHC
9. Oswego State  5-0-1, 3-0-1 NEWHL
 10. Williams College 2-1-1, 1-1 NESCAC

ON THE RISE: Amherst College (1-1-1, 0-1-1),  Colby College (2-0, 2-0) Endicott College (3-2-2, 2-1-1 CHC) and University of New England (7-1-1, 4-1-1 CHC)