Noontime Sports D3 Men’s Basketball Preseason 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 Men’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 Men’s Basketball Poll | Nov. 6th, 2018 

1. MIT

2. Williams College 

3. Hamilton College

4. Springfield College 

5. Middlebury College

6. Keene State 

7. Endicott College

8. Nichols College

9. Tufts University 

10. Eastern Connecticut

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Johnson & Wales, Salem State, Wesleyan University and WPI 


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D3 Hockey: 10 Games to Watch in Week One (Nov. 2nd & 3rd)

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The Suffolk University women’s ice hockey team will attempt to capture its first win in program history on Friday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Suffolk University Athletics/Dan McHugh

By Kyle Prudhomme | @Kyle_Prudhomme

Another weekend of New England Division III hockey is upon us with a slew of action-packed games to watch or follow.

Four of the seven conferences in the six-state region are on display this weekend, including a few rematches from the 2017-18 postseasons. In total, there will be 38 games to follow in our area, including 10 contests that I have highlighted below.

My predications were a lackluster 5-5 for the opening weekend, but the show must go on, so without further ado, here are my 10 Games to Watch (and predications) for the second weekend of the season.


MEN’S GAMES (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)

BABSON over New England College (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): I predicted against both of these teams last week, but now they both sit at 1-0 after earning hard fought wins, respectively. This one should be a great contest to watch, but I’ll give Babson the edge in their home-opener.

LIVE STREAM: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/babson/

SALVE REGINA over University of New England (November 2 at 7:05 P.M.): It is pretty amazing to see how far these programs have come since their first meeting in 2009. The Seahawks are looking to extend a 4-2 hold on the series, which includes three consecutive victories. Expect plenty of goals in this home-and-home series.

LIVE STREAM: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYC-E3ecwHpWe1zPiJ4-Xsw/live

NICHOLS over Wentworth (November 2 at 6:40 P.M.): Nichols was idle last weekend, but you can bet they were itching to get onto the ice after being bounced in the NCAA quarterfinal last march. The Bison have been in control of this particular series with a 14-3 advantage in goals and a 3-0-1 mark since 2016.

LIVE STREAM: https://nicholsathletics.com/sports/2015/8/26/MICEHOCKEY_0826150819.aspx

Curry over BECKER (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): The Colonels began their season by winning the Buffalo State Tournament last week. On the other side, the Hawks struggled in their first two games, but will attempt to rebound when they entertain Curry this evening. Expect the Colonels to continue their recent momentum in this home-and-home series.

LIVE STREAM: https://boxcast.tv/view/mens-ice-hockey-becker-vs-curry-182869

Suffolk University over SALEM STATE (November 3 at 2:00 P.M.): Salem State and Suffolk have skated to ties in their most recent outings, but one should expect these Rams to pull out a much-needed victory on the road, which should provide the squad with a boost heading into their upcoming New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) contests.

LIVE STREAM: http://mascac.boxcast.com/#/ 


 WOMEN’S GAMES (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)

Morrisville State over NICHOLS (November 2 at 3:40 P.M.): The last time these two teams met was in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) semifinals nine months ago with the Mustangs skating to a 6-0 (they would go onto beat Endicott in the championship). Morrisville State enters the early season clash 5-0 in the all-time series.

LIVE STREAM: https://nicholsathletics.com/sports/2015/8/26/WICE_0826151204.aspx

Suffolk over ANNA MARIA (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): The Suffolk women’s hockey team endured a pair of tough setbacks one week ago to Nichols, but this young Rams squad should be able to erase those memories by earning the program’s first win against the AMCATs.

LIVE STREAM: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/annamaria/

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND over Becker (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): The Nor’easters hold a 5-0 edge over Becker in the all-time series, but this year’s meeting will have a different feel with both teams competing in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC).

LIVE STREAM: https://athletics.une.edu/sports/2015/2/2/whock_watch.aspx

No. 2 Norwich over PLYMOUTH STATE (November 3 at 2:00 P.M.): The Cadets, who also play Friday against New England College, will be looking to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to Elmira last weekend in a conference semifinal rematch from earlier this year.

LIVE STREAM: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/plymouth/portal.htm?eventId=450634&streamType=video

Salem State over NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE (November 3 at 4:00 P.M.): The Vikings and Pilgrims will be meeting for the third time in each program’s respective history with New England College scoring wins against the Orange and Blue in their first two outings. I feel a momentum swing coming for these Vikings on Saturday.

 LIVE STREAM: https://athletics.nec.edu/watch/?Live=199&type=Live


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D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Final Top 10 (March 20th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2017-18 New England D3 Basketball season concluded last weekend with Springfield College competing in the semifinals – a.k.a. the “Final Four.”

The Pride enjoyed an exciting run to Salem, Virginia, scoring a quartet of wins, including a third-round victory over Hamilton College, which earned the third position in our final poll.

MIT checked-in second overall – the Engineers also enjoyed an exciting postseason run as well, but saw their bid for a spot in the semifinals come-up short against Ramapo College in the Sectional Finals.

Middlebury College and Williams College rounded out the top five spots, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

As always, stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter, and make sure to toss our new basketball Twitter handle (@Noontime_Hoops) a follow, too!


Men’s Basketball Top 10 – Final 2017-18 Poll 

1. Springfield College

22-9, 12-2 NEWMAC

2. MIT

25-6, 10-4 NEWMAC

3. Hamilton College

24-5, 7-3 NESCAC

4. Middlebury College

21-7, 7-3 NESCAC

5. Williams College

23-6, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Eastern Connecticut St. 

26-4, 13-1 LEC

7. Wesleyan University

22-7, 7-3 NESCAC

8. Nichols College

25-4, 16-2 CCC

9. Salem State 

22-4, 12-0 MASCAC

10. Amherst College

17-9, 7-3 NESCAC

ON THE RISE: Johnson & Wales (19-10, 13-3 GNAC) and Southern Vermont (22-6, 12-2 NECC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 26th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past 11 polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 26th, 2018

1. Williams College 

22-5 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

2. Eastern Conn. St.

25-3 | LEC

Last Week: No. 1

3. Wesleyan University

21-6 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College

22-4 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. MIT

22-5 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 10

6. Nichols College

25-3 | CCC

Last Week: 8

7. Middlebury College 

19-6 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Amherst College

17-9 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

9. Springfield College

18-8 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

10. Salem State 

22-4 | MASCAC

Last Week: No. 5 

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (21-6|GNAC), Johnson & Wales (19-9 |GNAC), Keene State (19-9|LEC), New England College (NAC) and Tufts University (17-8|NESCAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 20th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Tuesday, February 20th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past 10 polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

1. Eastern Conn. State

22-3 | LEC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Williams College 

20-5 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Wesleyan University

20-5 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College 

22-3 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Salem State Univ. 

22-3 | MASCAC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Amherst College

17-8 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 8

7. Springfield College

18-7 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Nichols College

22-3 | CCC

Last Week: No. 7 

9. Middlebury College

19-6 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

10. MIT 

20-5 | NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (19-5 | GNAC), Keene State (17-8 | LEC), Tufts University and Wheaton College (16-9 | NEWMAC)