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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 Hoops Recap: Regis 59, Wheelock 49

By Matt Noonan 

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Trailing Wheelock College by five points entering the second frame, Regis College used an offensive surge to lift them past the Wildcats, 59-49.

“We have a young group, and they’ve been losing close games all year, and the biggest thing was they didn’t hang their head and we actually learned from it,” said Regis head coach Nathan Hager, who was all smiles after his team’s first opening round NECC tournament victory on Tuesday.

The Pride were led by sophomores Ahmad Charles, (21 points) and Robert Edwards, (10 points, seven rebounds), who combined for 20 second half points, while freshman Ethan Peana ended the game with a team-high 10 rebounds.

“[It’s a] big win for our team,” said Edwards. “We’ve had some up and downs this year, [so] it’s good to come out, play hard in the playoffs, [and] get a win.”

Regis jumped out to a quick, 5-0 lead before Wheelock responded with a layup from senior Eric Rice, and a trifecta by senior Max Kaim, (17 points) before the Wildcats offense stalled, and allowed the Pride to grow their lead to 17-7 at 10:11.

Senior Elliot Hernandez rejuvenated Wheelock’s veteran squad with a layup a few minutes later, which set up a 21-6 run to end the half with a 28-23 advantage.

Entering the second half, Charles jumpstarted Regis’ offense with a pair from the free throw line before the Pride tallied 13 points in five minutes, which helped them relinquish the lead from Wheelock.

Edward extended his team’s lead with a layup before senior Jonathon Josselin knocked down two shots from the free throw line.

“In the second half, we didn’t make turnovers because we had 11 in the first half, [but] in the second half we had four, so we took care of the ball, we limited their second chance points [by] boxing out on rebounds,” said Charles.

Charles also made sure his team took preserved their lead, as he recorded a layup and then a three-pointer in front of his team’s bench with 5:49 remaining to give Regis a 49-39 advantage.

“Ahmad is a very confident guy, and is an unspoken leader on our team. He’s a guy who doesn’t say much, and his actions do the talking,” said Hager. “Him hitting a three, that’s great.”

Wheelock then began a small comeback when Kaim made a couple of free throws to bring the Wildcats within six points at 1:42, but their late rally was denied when Charles, Josselin and sophomore Ryan Chambers sank six combined free throws to help the Pride earn the win, and punch their ticket to the semi-finals in Worcester against Elms College on Friday evening.

“We just got to go out and practice the next couple days, get better, and prepare for Elms,” said Charles.