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Noontime’s Small College Basketball Team of the Week (Feb. 1, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week of small college basketball in the northeast is in the books, which means it is time to share this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week for Monday, February 1, 2021.

Similar to last week, our team is made-up of NCAA D-III student-athletes from the northeast, including one student the Liberty League (LL) in New York.

As noted last week, our teams will highlight student-athletes from our region that have either returned to the court or been playing for the past few weeks. Submissions for each team can be sent to our general email: NoontimeSports@gmail.com.


In case you missed it, here is our first Noontime Sports Small College Basketball Team of the Week from Monday, January 25, 2021.


Noontime’s Men’s Basketball Team of the Week (Feb. 1, 2021)

Shion Darby (Rhode Island College): Darby secured his initial Little East Conference (LEC) co-player of the week honor with Cory Muckle on Monday after leading the Anchormen to a 79-75 win over Eastern Connecticut this past weekend. The second-year guard tallied 23 points with eight assists, three rebounds, two blocks, and two steals in 39 of 40 minutes.

Dante Law (Rhode Island College): Law secured his second-straight LEC Rookie of the Week honor after scoring a game-high 26 points last Saturday in his team’s four-point win over Eastern Connecticut. The first-year guard from Taunton, Massachusetts connected on 10 of 15 field goals while tallying six boards and two steals.

Cory Muckle (Eastern Conn.): In his team’s lone contest of the week against Rhode Island College, Muckle led the Warriors with a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds to go with one steal. Muckle was tabbed a co-player of the week with RIC’s Shion Darby.

Jason Phelps (Clarkson): Phelps averaged 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, and one steal in a 1-1 week for the Golden Knights. Against Villa Maria last Wednesday, the senior from Tully, New York netted 26 points to go with two boards, five assists, and two steals before posting 18 points, six rebounds, five assists, and one block on Saturday against Bryant & Stratton.

Tyreice Woods (Eastern Conn.): Against Rhode Island College this past weekend, Woods produced 13 points on five of nine shooting to go with four assists, three rebounds, and one block.

Noontime’s Women’s Basketball Team of the Week (Feb. 1, 2021)

Jalen Cook (Plymouth State): Cook led the Panthers this past Saturday against Rhode Island College by scoring a game-high 25 points on 9 of 16 shooting to go with four rebounds. She connected on both free throw attempts and finished the game five of seven from beyond the arc.

Sophia Guerrier (Rhode Island College): Named this week’s Little East Conference (LEC) Player of the Week, Guerrier averaged 13 points, 9.5 rebounds and four assists in back-to-back games against Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth. Against UMass Dartmouth, Guerrier posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds along with three assists and one steal before tallying 14 points, nine caroms, two steals, and two blocks against Plymouth State.

Jordan Moretti (UMass Dartmouth): The Johnston, Rhode Island native came close to tallying a triple-double last Wednesday when the Corsairs hosted Rhode Island College in their first contest of the 2020-21 school year. Moretti stuffed the stat sheet with 10 rebounds, nine points, and five steals in 40 minutes. She connected on three of four freebies.

Kelly Walsh (Babson College): In a pair of games this past weekend against Fisher College, Walsh averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. In her team’s initial game of the 2020-21 school year, Walsh scored a game-high 20 points on seven of nine shooting to go with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals before stuffing the stat sheet on Sunday with 11 points, four assists, and three rebounds.

Brooke Young (Rhode Island College): In a pair of games last week, Young averaged 12.5 points and three rebounds as the Anchorwomen scored back-to-back wins against Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth. Against the Corsairs last Wednesday, Young tallied 13 points on 5 of 15 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, and one steal before posting 13 points, two steals, one carom, and one assist on Saturday against the Panthers.

LEC Set To Tip-Off Its 2020-21 Basketball Season This Weekend

The LEC is set to tip-off its 2020-21 college basketball season this week. (PHOTO COURTESY: bobert1980 on Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC)

By NoontimeSports.com

The Little East Conference (LEC) basketball season is set to begin this weekend. And this is certainly good news for New England small college basketball fans.

As of this evening, three men’s basketball games are scheduled to tip-off this Saturday, January 23, along with one women’s contests between Keene State and Rhode Island College. More games will occur both later this month and next month, along with a four-team playoff in early March. And pending a national postseason does occur, the winner of their respective conference tournament would represent the league in the NCAA D-III playoffs.

Both Keene State squads have competed previously this school year in their Red vs. White contest while the men’s team squared-off last November against New Hampshire. The Rhode Island men’s basketball team competed last December against Bryant.

While the opening weekend will feature just six of the league’s nine members, Southern Maine is expected to play some games next month, according to a recent post from Al Bean, who is the school’s athletic director.

UMass Boston and Western Connecticut are the only two LEC members that won’t be competing this winter.

The Western Connecticut men’s basketball team captured the LEC crown last winter to secure a date with Tufts University in the opening round of the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament.

The Eastern Connecticut women’s basketball team, which won its second-straight LEC title last February, announced earlier this month that they would not play an abbreviated season due to “health risks surrounding COVID-19.”

Here is this weekend’s LEC men’s and women’s basketball schedule:

  • Keene State at Rhode Island College (WBB) | 12 p.m.
  • Eastern Connecticut at Plymouth State (MBB) | 1 p.m.
  • Castleton at UMass Dartmouth (MBB) | 2 p.m.
  • Keene State at Rhode Island College (MBB) | 3 p.m.

D3 Football: Week 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 4th, 2019

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Nine weeks of New England D-III Football is officially in the books. And today, the start of the tenth week, we find a new number one team in Western New England, which needs just one more win to clinch the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title.

With a big win this past Saturday against third-ranked Endicott College, the Golden Bears moved into the top spot in our weekly poll with some serious momentum heading into the final two weeks of the season.

WPI, which was our unanimous number one team for the past few weeks, dropped one spot following a heart-breaking defeat to eighth-ranked MIT, which beat the Engineers of Worcester for the first time since 1900. MIT, WPI, and Springfield College (sixth-ranked) are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Framingham State remains the fifth-best team in New England – they scored a hard-fought 16-6 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy this past weekend. The Rams host Bridgwater State on Saturday with the outcome most likely determining who will represent the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) in the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament later this month.

Finally, fourth-ranked Middlebury College matched its 1972 squad with its eighth-consecutive victory by beating Hamilton College, 14-7, in the “Rocking Chair Classic.” Middlebury can clinch the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown this Saturday with a win against Tufts University. A loss to the Jumbos and a  Wesleyan University victory over Trinity College would result in both programs sharing the 2019 title.

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New England D-III Football Week 10 Poll| November 4th, 2019

1. Western New England  7-1, 5-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3
2. WPI  7-1, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
3. Endicott College  6-2, 4-1 CCC Last Week: No. 2 
4. Middlebury College  8-0, 8-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Framingham State  6-2, 6-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Springfield College 5-3, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
7. Bridgewater State  5-3, 5-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 8
8. MIT  5-2, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
9. UMass Dartmouth  6-2, 4-2 MASCAC Last Week: No. 11
10. Williams College 6-2, 6-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
11. Western Connecticut  6-2, 4-2 MASCAC Last Week: No. 7
12. Trinity College 5-3, 5-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 13
13. Wesleyan University 7-1, 7-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 16
14. Amherst College  4-4, 4-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 12
15. Norwich University 5-3, 2-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 14
16. Coast Guard Academy 5-3, 2-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 17
17. Nichols College  5-3, 3-2 CCC Last Week: No. 15
18. Plymouth State  6-3, 4-3 MASCAC Last Week: No. 18 
19. Mass. Maritime Acad. 5-3, 3-3 MASCAC Last Week: No. 19
20. Dean College  4-4, 4-0 ECFC Last Week: Not Ranked

On the Rise: Husson University, Salve Regina University, and Tufts University


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll| Week Five Poll|Week Six|Week Seven |Week Eight |Week Nine 


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Oct. 19th, 2019)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It’s Friday, which means it is time to get ready for another jam-packed Saturday of New England D-III Football.

This week, we have some VERY important conference clashes, including Springfield College at Merchant MarineAnna Maria vs. Dean College, and Middlebury College against Wesleyan University. Of course, there are others, too, so let’s jump into another edition of 10 Games to Watch for week seven.

Last Week: I finished 9-1 – not bad, eh? – to bump my overall record to 41-19 with picks this fall. 

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Have a great weekend, everyone!


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Seven) 

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

Curry College at No. 2 Endicott College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 12 p.m.): The Gulls return from the bye eager to continue their early-season momentum against a Colonels squad that needs a win to keep their conference crown hopes alive. PREDICTION: Endicott 35, Curry 24

Becker College at No. 17 Nichols College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 12 p.m.): The Bison are still in the mix for a conference crown and should be well-rested for this one following a much-needed bye week. PREDICTION: Nichols 30, Becker 17 

University of New England at No. 18 Husson University (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): This has the making for an offensive showcase. The Eagles’ offense has performed well the past two weeks and should continue against the Nor’easters in a battle of two Maine squads.  PREDICTION: Husson 42, UNE 40 

Dean College at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): Last week, the Dean defense registered 10 sacks to beat SUNY Maritime. Look for their defense to duplicate that performance against the AMCATs’ offense. PREDICTION: Dean 19, Anna Maria 14 

No. 10 Framingham State at No. 14 Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who are still in the mix for a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown. Framingham seems to be playing its best football, while the Panthers have quietly produced an impressive 5-1 campaign. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Plymouth State 17 

No. 16 Wesleyan University at No. 5 Middlebury College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): Somehow, the Panthers, who led by quarterback Will Jernigan, have found ways to win games against Amherst CollegeTrinity College, and Williams College. Additionally, they squeaked past Colby College last week, which makes me think they will once again find a way to beat the Cardinals at home. PREDICTION: Middlebury 23, Wesleyan 16 

Bowdoin College at Tufts University (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): The Jumbos have been a tricky team to gauge this season due to some key graduation losses from last year, but look for the Powder Blue and White to even their record with a win over the Polar Bears to provide the squad some momentum heading into their final three contests. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Bowdoin 18 

No. 9 Springfield College at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 2 p.m.): After starting their season with a 1-2 mark, the Pride have repositioned themselves for a chance to win their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. This is a must-win for Springfield, which has won two of its last three contests. Look for all three units – offense, defense and special teams – to make one additional play to help the Pride edge the Mariners in New York. PREDICTION: Springfield 26, Merchant Marine 22 

Castleton University at SUNY Maritime (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 2 p.m.): The Spartans came close to edging Gallaudet University last week in Vermont, but fell short in overtime. Last week’s finish will certainly motivate the squad to score an important road win. PREDICTION: Castleton 24, SUNY Maritime 14 

No. 7 UMass Dartmouth at No. 20 Bridgewater State (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 3 p.m.): Similar to most games this weekend, this is a must-win for both teams, who enter Saturday’s mid-day clash with one conference setback. The Bears have bounced back nicely after losing to Western Connecticut in week three, but will certainly have their hands full with containing both the Corsairs’ offense and defense. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 34, Bridgewater State 27 

D3 Football: Week Six Poll (Monday, Oct. 7th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another week of New England D-III football is in the books, which means its time to unveil a brand new Top 20 Poll, which once again finds WPI in the top spot followed by Endicott College (second) and Western New England (third). All three teams scored wins this past Saturday and will be idle this upcoming weekend.

Western Connecticut moved up one spot to the fourth position, while Middlebury College made the leap from ninth to fifth after an impressive overtime win against sixth-ranked Amherst College. With the win, the Panthers moved to 4-0 overall – they have scored some impressive wins this season against Trinity College (13th) and Williams College (12th).

Also on the move, this week was Framingham State and Springfield College, both teams moved-up following important conference wins over Norwich University and UMass Dartmouth. Both the Cadets and Corsairs remain in the Top 10 despite suffering setbacks.

Finally, keep an eye on Plymouth StateWesleyan University and Massachusetts Maritime Academy – all three teams are slowly moving up our poll and will be squads to watch the next few weeks.

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New England D-III Football Week Six Poll| October 7th, 2019

1. WPI  5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Endicott College  4-1, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
3. Western New England  4-1, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3
4. Western Connecticut  4-0, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 5
5. Middlebury College 4-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 
6. Amherst College 3-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
7. Norwich University 4-1, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
8. Coast Guard Academy 4-1, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7 
9. UMass Dartmouth  4-1, 2-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 9 
10. Framingham State 2-2, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 12
11. Springfield College 2-3, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 13
12. Williams College 3-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 14
13. Trinity College 2-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 11
14. Plymouth State  4-1, 2-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 8
15. MIT 2-2, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
16. Nichols College 3-2, 1-1 CCC Last Week: No. 15
17. Wesleyan University 4-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 18
18. Mass. Maritime Acad. 4-0, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 19
19. Univ. of New Eng. 2-3, 0-2 CCC Last Week: No. 17
20. Curry College 1-3, 1-0 CCC Last Week: Not Ranked

On the Rise: Husson University, Tufts University, and Salve Regina University


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll| Week Five Poll


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