Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Nov. 30th-Dec. 2nd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new weekend of New England D3 basketball has arrived, which means it is time to unveil our first edition of 10 Games to Watch for the season, along with some predictions, too – who doesn’t love predictions?

Make sure to stay connected with @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter throughout the weekend for in-game updates, scores, news and more!


Women’s Basketball: Smith College at Babson College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 12 p.m.): The Beavers fended off a late rally by the Engineers to score an important (and yes, impressive) early season win on Wednesday. Look for the Green and White to continue their mid-week momentum on Saturday against the Pioneers. PREDICTION: Babson Beavers 

Women’s Basketball: Clark University at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 1 p.m.): The Engineers enjoyed an impressive start to its 2018-19 campaign, but have recently struggled in their last two outings. Expect coach Sonia Raman‘s squad to bounce back on Saturday against the Cougars in Cambridge. PREDICTION: MIT Engineers 

Women’s Basketball: Univ. of New England at Roger Williams (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 1 p.m.): Can we call this game a must-win? Both teams have struggled over the past few weeks, but this is always a must-see/must-follow contest. Look for Sam Leone and Gabby Jerahian to lead the Hawks to a much-needed win. PREDICTION: Roger Williams Hawks 

Women’s Basketball: Conn. College at FDU-Florham (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 2 p.m.): The Camels have been one of a few teams to watch thus far – they enter Saturday’s non-conference clash riding a five-game winning streak. Look for the Blue and White to continue their current trend and pick-up their sixth win of the season. PREDICTION: Conn. College Camels 

Women’s Basketball: Bowdoin College at Colby College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 2 p.m.): Bowdoin’s Cordelia Stewart had a big game against MIT last Sunday and should once again be a player to watch in this match-up. PREDICTION: Bowdoin College Polar Bears 

Men’s Basketball: Keene State at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 3 p.m.): The Panthers have enjoyed a very successful start to their 2018-19 campaign and should continue their early-season momentum against the Owls. Look for a big game from Middlebury’s Matt FolgerPREDICTION: Middlebury Panthers

Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Eastern Conn. State (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 3 p.m.): The Warriors have rebounded since an opening day loss to William Patterson, winning four-straight, including a 77-70 win over Rhode Island College earlier this week. PREDICTION: Eastern Conn. Warriors 

Men’s Basketball: Salem State vs. Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 3 p.m. | Babson College): First-year coach Jean Bain has the Judges in position to snatch a Big 4 Challenge crown this weekend, especially after scoring recent victories over Bates College and Lasell College. PREDICTION: Brandeis Judges 

Men’s Basketball: Tufts University at Babson College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 5 p.m.): The Beavers finished last season’s Big 4 Challenge as the runner-up, but expect the Green and White to once again be in contention for some hardware this weekend, especially if Brandon Johnson continues his impressive play from earlier this week. PREDICTION: Babson Beavers 

Men’s Basketball: Endicott College at Nichols College (Saturday, Dec. 1st at 6 p.m.): This is a BIG one for both teams as a win would provide the winner with an inside track for the conference crown in February.  PREDICTION: Nichols Bison 

D3 Hoops: Cardoso Leads Worcester State Past Clark In Midnight Meeting

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Chris Cardoso of Worcester State recorded his first double-double of the season as the Lancers defeated Clark University shortly after midnight on Thursday morning. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Chris Cardoso registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as Worcester State commenced its 2018-19 campaign with an 87-81 win earlier this morning against Clark University in the fourth annual Midnight Madness.

The early morning win for the Lancers was the program’s first against the Cougars in the Midnight Madness series, which began in 2015 with Clark scoring an 83-78 win at home that season.

Tyler Dion led the Lancers with a team-high 21 points, while Clark’s Biko Gayman tallied a game-high 23 points. Brendan Kittredge chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Red and White.

Worcester State led Clark, 39-30, at the break, while the Cougars outscored the hosts, 51-48, in the second half.

The Lancers return to the hardwood on Sunday when they visit Roger Williams for a 2 p.m. tip-off, while Clark heads to Newbury College on Monday for a 7 p.m. start.


Games to Watch in New England D3 Hoops (Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2018) 

MBB: Albertus Magnus at Anna Maria, 6 p.m.

WBB: Stevens at Western Connecticut, 6 p.m.

WBB: Bay Path at Mount Holyoke, 6 p.m.

MBB: Springfield College at Western New England, 7 p.m.

WBB: MIT at Simmons College, 7 p.m.

WBB: Fitchburg State at Rivier, 7 p.m.

WBB: Emerson College at Gordon College, 7 p.m.

MBB: Roger Williams at Coast Guard Academy, 7 p.m.

MBB: Fitchburg State at Rhode Island College, 7 p.m.


Stay connected with our New England Basketball coverage by following @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter! 

Noontime Sports D3 Women’s Basketball Preseason Top 10 Poll (Nov. 6th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

A brand new season of New England D3 hoops is set to tip-off next week, which means its time to unveil our first Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 poll of the season.

Similar to last year, our poll will be produced every Monday throughout the season with the help of our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made-up of coaches, athletic communication offices and media members in the six New England states.

So, without further ado, here is our first poll of the 2018-19 season – welcome back, basketball!


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Nov. 6th, 2018 

1. Amherst College 

2. Bowdoin College 

3. Tufts University 

4. St. Joseph’s Maine 

5. MIT 

6. UMass Dartmouth 

7. Smith College 

8. Middlebury College 

9. UMass Boston 

10. Brandeis University 

On The Rise: Babson College, Framingham State, Roger Williams, Springfield College, Wesleyan University, Westfield State, WPI and University of New England 


Stay connected with our New England basketball coverage by following @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter Today! 

D3 Lacrosse: 2018 Women’s Midseason Report

NS D3Lax Midseason Report

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to April, New England D3 Lax fans! We have officially made it to the mid-way point of the 2018 season – crazy, right?

With just a few weeks remaining before conference tournaments begin, let’s take a spin around the New England landscape and check-in on every conference.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports lacrosse by following us on Twitter: @Noontime_Lax


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott College and Roger Williams meet in an important Wednesday afternoon showdown – the winner of this game will most likely be the front-runner for the top seed in the CCC Tournament. Endicott will look to bounce back following a tough loss to Tufts University, while the Hawks will look to extend their winning streak to four games.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Roger Williams. The Hawks boast the best overall record in the CCC and should find a way to not only get past Endicott this afternoon, but also their remaining league foes.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): Despite an early season setback to Colby-Sawyer, the Mount Ida College Mustangs have been on a roll, winning eight-straight. They will face Johnson & Wales in two weeks – that game will most likely decide the regular season winner.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Mount Ida – let’s go Mustang City!


Little East Conference (LEC): Plymouth State should remain the favorite in the LEC, but don’t be shocked if Keene State catches up to them. The Owls are currently riding a four-game winning streak, as of early Wednesday (Apr. 4th) afternoon, and will certainly be read for their showdown with Plymouth State in a few weeks.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): As much as I want to pick Keene State, I think Plymouth State will find a way to win the regular season crown.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Westfield State was my initial pick earlier this season, but I certainly wouldn’t overlook Framingham State, which is one of four teams that currently boasts a 1-0 league ledger. The Rams face a tough task this weekend against a talented Bridgewater State squad that is also 1-0 in MASCAC play. A win for Framingham State could certainly be a momentum boost for the Black and Gold, but the Bears should find a way to slow down their rival.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Bridgewater State. The Bears have done quite well outside the conference and should be the team to beat in late April/early May.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): At the moment, the race for the regular season crown is wide open, but perhaps this is the year Southern Vermont wins it all? The Mountaineers have appeared in the NECC playoffs the past three seasons and should certainly be a team to watch over the next few weeks.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Southern Vermont. The Mountaineers scored their first win of the season earlier this week over Newbury College and should be able to gain some momentum over the next few weeks, especially with a win over Becker College on Saturday, April 7th.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Middlebury College is clearly the favorite, but don’t count out the following: Amherst CollegeTrinity College and Tufts University. All three teams certainly has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with the Panthers, but this maybe the year the Panthers win the conference and go deep in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Middlebury College. As much as I would like to pick Trinity or Tufts, I think the road to a NESCAC crown will go through Vermont.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Babson College scored an impressive win recently over Springfield College, which could help them claim the regular season crown. The Beavers still need to a few more wins to sew up the top seed – one game to circle will be a conference tilt with Coast Guard Academy next Saturday, April 14th. The Bears have been a great story this season, winning eight of nine contests thus far, as of early Wednesday (Apr. 4th) afternoon.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Babson College. The Beavers’ win over Springfield College last month was exactly what the Green and White needed to set themselves up for a successful final few weeks of the regular season.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC): As of now, it appears New England College is the front-runner, but make sure to keep an eye on Castleton University and Husson University over the next few weeks. This conference maybe run currently by NEC, but come tournament time, anything this possible!

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): New England College. The Pilgrims are averaging close tp 15 goals per game – they currently average 14.90 markers per contest. Their offense could provide challenges for Castleton or Husson, but a match-up in the final against Colby-Sawyer could be an interesting one.

D3 Lacrosse: 2018 Men’s Midseason Report

NS D3Lax Midseason Report

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to April, New England D3 Lax fans! We have officially made it to the mid-way point of the 2018 season – crazy, right?

With just a few weeks remaining before conference tournaments begin, let’s take a spin around the New England landscape and check-in on every conference.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports lacrosse by following us on Twitter: @Noontime_Lax


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): It should come as no surprise that Endicott College and Western New England remain the top two teams in the CCC. Both squads will meet on Saturday (Apr. 7th) in a pivotal regular season match-up. The winner will most likely be the top seed in the upcoming postseason tournament.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Western New England. The Golden Bears seem to be the team to beat in the CCC this spring and should take care of business on Saturday against the Gulls. Maybe they get tripped up down the stretch by Roger Williams or Salve Regina, but the Golden Bears are my pick to win the regular season crown and host the 2018 CCC Tournament.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): This is an interesting conference to watch – there really isn’t a favorite. Lasell College captured the GNAC crown last season, but appears to have rebounded from a difficult start. The Lasers boast a 2-0 ledger in league play and can really push ahead for good with a win this weekend over Mount Ida College. The Mustangs are certainly in contention for the regular season crown, as well as Johnson & WalesNorwich University and Rivier University.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Despite a slow start, I still like Lasell College, especially if they can find a way past Mount Ida this weekend.


Little East Conference (LEC): Keene State will remain the favorite in the LEC, but it will be interesting to watch a few teams over the next few weeks, including UMass Dartmouth, which is riding a three-game winning streak. The Corsairs will meet the Owls this weekend in New Hampshire.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Let’s go with … Keene State! The Owls will secure the top seed. Sure, they may get tripped up once (or twice?) down the stretch, but they will be the team to beat in the LEC postseason.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Dean College appears to be the team to beat in the NECC. They currently boast a 5-3 overall ledger and will begin conference play this Saturday, April 7 when they host Mitchell College at 1 p.m.

All three NECC teams will qualify for the tournament later this month, but as of now, it appears the Bulldogs have the upper hand against Mitchell and Becker College.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): The Dean Bulldogs should most likely be the team that hosts the championship game on Saturday, April 28.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): As expected, the NESCAC has been a fun conference to follow this season – a majority of their team’s have continued to appear in our weekly Top 10 poll.

My guess, as of now, is Amherst College will find a way to secure the top seed, but I wouldn’t rule out Tufts University or Wesleyan University. All three teams will meet over the next few weeks, which will help determine the regular season champion.

Keep an eye on Bowdoin CollegeConnecticut College and Williams College over the next few weeks, as well.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): I think Amherst College is the team to beat in the NESCAC this season. They remain our top team in the latest Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll and will most likely be the squad that hosts the semifinals and championships next month.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Coast Guard Academy has been the team to watch – can they continue their March momentum this month against MIT and Springfield College? Their mid-week match against the Pride in two weeks will most likely determine the top seed in the NEWMAC.

Springfield has enjoyed another successful regular season campaign, as well. They boast a solid 6-3 ledger, which includes some non-conference wins over SUNY CortlandNazareth and Union College.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): I think Coast Guard Academy will find a way to get past Springfield to secure the top seed in the NEWMAC.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Once again, New England College appears to be the favorite – I am not sure if Castleton University will catch the Pilgrims, but we shall see.

NEC has rebounded from an 0-4 start with seven-straight wins, including some non-league victories over University of New EnglandMount Ida and Norwich University.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): The New England College Pilgrims will finish its conference slate undefeated and secure the top spot in the NAC playoffs.