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Checking-In On New England D3 Lacrosse

Salve Regina University’s Ethan Robson netted a season-high five goals in last Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Roger Williams. (PHOTO COURTESY: George Corrigan/Salve Regina Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

It may sound hard to believe, but the New England NCAA D-III lacrosse regular season is slowly approaching the finish line – don’t worry, we still have a few more weeks of games before the conference tournaments commence, so there is still time to watch your favorite teams compete, both this week and later this month.

Before we embark on yet another busy week of games – and yes, practices, too! – let’s revisit the last week of New England lacrosse, which featured some exciting outcomes, including a come-from-behind win by the Salve Regina University men’s lacrosse team last Saturday against Roger Williams University.

Ethan Robson highlighted the win for the Seahawks, netting a season-high five goals off 11 shots while Brendan Kelly added four goals and Liam Cooney tallied three assists. Goalies Ryan Chambers and Connor Cunningham combined for 15 saves. Cunningham would conclude the contest with his initial win between the pipes.

The come-from-behind win was the Seahawks’ second-straight victory of the 2021 season – as of this morning, Salve Regina is one of two teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) with a 2-1 league mark. Endicott College, which defeated Salve Regina in its season-opener, has won five of six contests, including four-straight conference matchups. The Gulls currently occupy the top spot in the conference standings.

Endicott and Salve Regina are scheduled to compete again on Wednesday, April 14 at 4 p.m.

Staying in the CCC, Endicott remains the top team in the women’s standings with a 3-0 conference mark. The Gulls have won three straight after falling to Trinity College in their season-opener and are currently led by Maya Feigenbaum, who has produced 11 goals and three assists in four contests. Kiana Napolitano, who is in her second season with the Green and White, has recorded 11 points on eight goals and three assists.

Bryce Adam, who played high school lacrosse locally at Newton North High School, secured his first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week honor of the 2021 season yesterday after leading Tufts University to a 29-11 win last Saturday against Colby College. Adam tallied nine points on five goals and four assists against the Mules – the Jumbos’ 29 goal was a school record.

Two days after the impressive win over Colby, Tufts moved up one spot in the Nike/ US Lacrosse Division III Men’s Top 20 to the second position behind Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), which remains the top team for the second-straight week. Williams College checked in 15th overall while Bates College and Wesleyan University received consideration for this week’s poll.

The Tufts women’s lacrosse team also beat Colby this past weekend, thanks to Catherine Lawliss, who also earned this week’s NESCAC Player of the Week honor. Lawliss recorded sis points on five goals and one assist while scooping two ground balls in the Jumbos’ second-straight conference win. Tufts is the only team in the NESCAC with a perfect record (2-0) and they will attempt to secure a season-sweep of Connecticut College on Saturday, April 17.

The Babson College men’s lacrosse team commenced their season with a commanding 20-2 win over Wheaton College last Saturday. Ryan Donovan, who played high school lacrosse at Cohasset Hig School, led the Green and White with five points on four goals and one assist while Grey Sunderland and Jack Gregory combined for 20 face-off wins.

Babson will play two more times this month, including this weekend against Emerson College before closing the month of April by welcoming Springfield College to Babson Park. The Beavers and Coast Guard Academy are the only two teams in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with perfect marks.

As for NEWMAC women’s lacrosse, Coast Guard and Springfield remain the only teams without a loss – both squads boast identical 2-0 records – while Babson sits one game back with a 2-1 record. Wheaton is currently in third place with a 2-2 mark.

Other news and notes from the New England D-III Lacrosse World:

Mass. College Lax: NCAA Tournament Weekend Schedule

By Matt Noonan 

Four local teams will be competing this weekend in the NCAA Tournament and below is each squad’s schedule.

Men’s Lacrosse

* Tufts @ RIT, 2 p.m. (Sunday, May 18) – NCAA Div. III semifinal

Women’s Lacrosse

* Boston College @ Syracuse, 1 p.m. (Saturday, May 17) – NCAA Div. I Quarterfinals

* Colby vs. Williams @ Cortland, N.Y., 2:30 p.m. (Saturday, May 17) – NCAA Div. III Third Round – winner advances to Sunday’s quarterfinals against the winner of SUNY Cortland-Redlands

* York (Pa.) @ Amherst, 4 p.m. (Saturday, May 17) NCAA Div. III Third Round – winner advances to Sunday’s quarterfinals against the winner of TCNJ-Washington & Lee

Mass. College Lax: Previewing RIT-Tufts (NCAA Div. III Semifinals, Sun. May 18)

Tufts will travel to Rochester, New York this weekend to take on the RIT Tigers in the NCAA Div. III Tournament semifinals. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Tufts will travel to Rochester, New York this weekend to take on the RIT Tigers in the NCAA Div. III Tournament semifinals. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The Tufts University men’s lacrosse team will attempt to extend its current campaign to next Sunday, May 25 – the NCAA Division III National Championship. However, before the Jumbos book their plane tickets to Baltimore, Maryland, they’ll need to defeat the top team in the country: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Below is a quick preview of the Jumbos’ NCAA Division III semifinal contest, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

The Matchup: For the fourth straight season, the Jumbos and Tigers will meet in the playoffs. And similar to 2011, this particular meeting will decide who advances to the title round.

Prior to the start of this year’s NCAA Division III Tournament, the Tigers were ranked number one in the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll, while the Jumbos checked in as the sixth best team in the country (the last poll was released on Monday, May 5).

Tufts is coming off an impressive 15-5 win over SUNY Cortland, who earned a trip to Medford on Wednesday following a 14-10 victory against Springfield College. The Jumbos relied on its defense, including goaltender Patton Watkins, while the number one scoring offense in Division III (Tufts is averaging 18.75 goals per game, according to NCAA.com) did its job in helping the Powder Blue and White extend its season to Sunday.

RIT, which earned a first-round bye to commence the tournament, defeated Ithaca College and Union College to setup a date with the Jumbos. The Tigers’ offense is ranked third in the country in scoring offense (16.80), so defense could be the key for both squads.

Tufts’ Chris Schoenhut is second amongst all Division III players in goals per game, as the attack is averaging nearly four strikes per contest and leads his unit with 79 tallies.

Meet The Tigers: RIT claimed its 20th victory earlier this week when they defeated Union, 11-6. The Tigers’ 20 wins are the most in program history (last season and in 2011 they won 19 games).

Ryan Lee leads the Orange and Black with 72 points on 45 goals and 27 assists, Casey Jackson is second in points with 53 markers and 17 helpers. RIT has relied on three goaltenders this season, including Pat Johnston, who has started 15 of 16 games. Johnston leads the trio in saves (202), wins (15) and minutes (801:45).

As a team, the Tigers have scored 95 first quarter goals, 89 strikes in the second and 86 markers in the third. They have outscored their opponents, 336-165. They’re also 24-for-55 on man-ups. They’ve held their opponents to just 28 man-up markers on 83 attempts.

Tyler Brooks-Lambert has won 275 face-offs, and will certainly challenge Tufts’ Conor Helfrich (285 face-off wins) and Ryan Le (54 face-off wins) at midfield.

The Tigers, who finished their season undefeated, captured its third-straight Liberty League crown on Sunday, May 4 when they defeated Union, 13-11. RIT, which has appeared in the semifinals seven times in program history and will be making its second-straight trip, third in four years.

The Series: Tufts is 2-1 against the Tigers with all three meetings occurring in the postseason. Last year, the Tigers defeated the Jumbos in the quarterfinals, 14-5, while Tufts earned back-to-back wins over RIT in 2012 (quarterfinals) and 2011 (semifinals).

Up Next: A win would send RIT or Tufts to Baltimore next Sunday to face-off against the winner of Salisbury-Washington (Md.). Salisbury earned a semifinal bid with a 15-5 win over Denison, while Washington edged Stevenson, 12-11.

Mass. College Soccer: NCAA D3 Pairings

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NCAA released the 2013 Division 3 men’s and women’s soccer tournament pairings this afternoon and below is the first round schedule, which features a variety of local teams that either won their conference tournament or were an at-large bid.

Men’s Soccer: 

* Johnson & Wales at Brandeis

* Elms at Williams

* Western New England at MIT @ Williams College

* Wheaton vs. Plattsburgh State @ St. Lawrence

* Bridgewater State State at Amherst

* Gordon vs. East Conn. State @ Amherst College

Women’s Soccer:  

* MIT vs. Rochester Inst. @ TCNJ

* Lasell at Messiah

* Amherst vs. Springfield @ Messiah

* Endicott vs. Scranton @ Middlebury College

* Bridgewater State at Middlebury

* Lesley at Williams

WPI’s McClune Reflects On First Golden Helmet Award

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – On Wednesday afternoon, WPI’s Mitch McClune was awarded this week’s Golden Helmet Award at the weekly New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon.

McClune, who had never won this prestigious award, was speechless when introduced to coaches and media members at Harvard University.

However, once the weekly gathering adjourned, the graduate student had no problem piecing together sentences about the award, as well as the season, too.

“This is all new to me,” admitted the Pembroke native.

Against St. Lawrence University last Saturday, McClune tallied four interceptions (a school record) against the Saints in his team’s first Liberty League victory.

“Things kind of worked out,” McClune stated. “They kept throwing the ball my way.

“It was pretty much the first time all year I’ve been challenged at corner and had the ball actually thrown at me, so that was kind of good to see it, but bad for them because the [opposing quarterback] kept throwing it at me.”

McClune recorded his first interception late in the second quarter, which resulted in touchdown three plays later.

Once the second half commenced, McClune became Saints quarterback Danny Metzgar’s favorite target, as the Natick native sailed three of his passes in the graduate student’s direction.

“We were pretty much sitting in Cover 2 [defense] a lot,” McClune said of his team’s defensive formation.

“The last play of the game was kind of just a fluke thing. [Metzger] just threw it up, I got lucky, but I’ll take it either way.”

Prior to his career day, McClune admitted the last time he came close to four picks was during a youth football game where he accumulated two interceptions. At Boston College High School, he admitted it was roughly one pick per game.

“It didn’t really set in until after the game that I had four,” explained McClune.

“[My teammates] were talking to me and I said if he throws it again, I’m going to pick it off, and I really wasn’t thinking about how many I had, but he threw it up on the last play and I figured I’d come down with it.”

Excluding the four interceptions and junior John Antonopoulos’s four touchdowns (three through the air, one on the ground) the victory provided an end to the Engineers’ six-game losing streak, as well as marked their first win in the conference, too.

WPI has two games remaining, and while they won’t be making the trek to a conference championship or tournament, McClune hopes their second win of the season will translate into successful outcomes against Rochester and Springfield College.

“We’ve been in a lot of tough close games this year where one or two plays go a different way we’d come out on top,” said McClune.

“[Being] able to get that win and put a great game together all around on offense and defense feels good, so hopefully we can carry that over to the last two weeks and get on kind of a roll to finish it out. It would be great.”

McClune is the second player this season from the Liberty League to earn this honor. Earlier this year, Springfield College’s Jonathan Marrero was named the Div. II/III recipient after registering seven touchdowns in two quarters.