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Noontime’s Teams To Watch in NCAA D-III Region 2

Michael Hnatkowsky and the Muhlenberg College football team will be a team to watch this fall in NCAA Division III Region 2. (PHOTO COURTESY: Muhlenberg College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Our early preseason college football coverage continues by highlighting 10 teams we will be watching this fall in the NCAA Division III’s second region.

Yesterday — Tuesday, July 20, to be exact — we highlighted the first region, which included teams in our backyard here in New England, along with a few squads in Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

Alright, without further ado, let’s share our list (below) with teams from Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Brockport: Since 2016, Jason Mangone and the Golden Eagles have tallied seven wins or more — they posted a 13-1 record in 2017 and advanced to the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III postseason after edging Western New England, 33-28. Brockport did graduate some key pieces from its 2019 squad, including linebacker Alex West, but should certainly be a team to watch in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference.

Cortland: It’s hard to rule out the Red Dragons on a yearly basis, which have averaged 7.2 wins since 2015. They produced an eight-win season in 2019 but ended with a setback in the New York Bowl to Hobart. The two teams are not scheduled to compete in the regular season, but could perhaps see each other later this year in the postseason.

Franklin & Marshall: The Diplomats have produced seven wins or more since 2016, as well as finished atop the Centennial Conference (CC) in 2017 with a 10-1 overall record. They will look to continue their momentum two years after posting a 7-4 mark in 2019, which was capped by a bowl victory against Misericordia University.

Hobart: After posting a 5-4 record in 2018, the Statesmen bounced back with a nine-win season in 2019, which was capped with a New York Bowl victory. One should expect the Purple and Orange to continue their momentum from two years ago when they commence their 2021 campaign at Alfred University on Friday, September 3 at 7 p.m.

Ithaca College: The Bombers have produced a trio of eight-win seasons in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and will look to continue that momentum this fall when they commence their 2021 campaign against Bridgewater State on Saturday, September 4 at 1 p.m. 2019 was a special season for the Blue and White as they not only won the 60th Cortaca Jug Game against Cortland at MetLife Stadium, but saw Will Gladney become the program’s all-time leading receiver in receptions, yards, and touchdowns.

Johns Hopkins: The Blue Jays capped their 2019 campaign with a 51-28 Centennial-MAC Bowl game victory over Stevenson University — quarterback David Tammaro highlighted the win by completing 22 of 33 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a career-high 101 yards on 11 carries and concluded his career as the program’s record holder in total offense (11,369 yards), touchdown passes (85), 200-yard passing games (34), and 300-yard passing games (13). He also recorded three 400-yard passing games, too — crazy, right? — but this season, fans of the Blue Jays will see someone different under center, but expect the program’s recent success to continue.

Muhlenberg College: Quarterback Michael Hnatkowsky will be spotted under center this fall — the Philadelphia Pennsylvania native, who was named the Centennial Conference (CC) offensive player in the year in 2019, will look to continue his previous success after an impressive third season with the Mules that saw him record career-bests in completions (270), touchdown passes (46), passing yards (3,640), and efficiency (175.81).

Salisbury University: The Sea Gulls competed twice this year, beating Christopher Newport and Wesley College in back-to-back contests in March to gain some momentum heading into their 2021 season-opener at Albright College on Friday, September 3 at 6 p.m. Quarterback Jack Lanham accounted for three touchdowns in both spring games, including a pair of rushing scores, and will once again be a player to watch this fall after being named the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) co-offensive player of the year with Ruhann Peele of Wesley.

Susquehanna University: The River Hawks concluded their 2019 campaign by capturing their third consecutive Centennial-MAC Bowl with a 88-24 win over Wilkes University. Susquehanna was one of two teams in the Centennial Conference to post 10 wins or more in 2019, and will once again be in the hunt for a league title as quarterback Michael Ruisch returns after finishing third in the conference in passing yards per game (215.9). Halfback Da’Avian Ellington is also back this season — the New Jersey native led all CC rushers with 112.3 yards per game in 2019.

Union College: 2019 was a very successful season for Jeff Behrman‘s Dutchmen — the sixth-year head coach guided the Maroon and White to an 11-1 season, which included a 33-0 shutout against RPI in their regular-season finale. Despite not playing last season, Union will once again be a team to watch this fall in the Liberty League (LL) as quarterback William Bellamy returns for his final season — he will be joined by a slew of other key pieces from the 2019 squad, including halfbacks Ike Irabor, who played locally at Xaverian Brothers High School, and Joseph Ferreira, a Rocky Hill, Connecticut native that rushed for a career-high nine touchdowns in 2019.

D3 Lacrosse: Wesleyan Wins First-Ever NCAA Championship

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For the first-time in school history, the Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team captured the national crown, defeating Salisbury University, 8-6, on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in the 2018 NCAA Division III championship.

Harry Stanton capped his impressive four-year career with the Red and Black by netting a pair of goals, while setting-up his team’s final marker late in the third quarter, which provided Wesleyan with an 8-4 lead heading into the final session.

Wesleyan’s defense limited Salisbury to just a pair of goals during the final 15 minutes, while Otto Bohan halted the rally with his final save with 13 seconds remaining.

Bohan concluded the contest with 11 stops – he also ended the season with an impressive 17-2 record between the pipes.

The Cardinals secured a 4-0 lead to begin the game, thanks to goals from Stanton and Carter Hawthorne before Salisbury halted the short spurt with a Zach Pompea strike with two seconds remaining. Salisbury would close the gap with back-to-back markers in the second quarter from Corey Gwin before Stanton netted his final goal with 3:07 remaining in the stanza to provide Wesleyan with a 5-3 lead at the break.

Salisbury would again pull within one goal early in the third as Josh Melton buried a feed from Pierre Armstrong before Taylor Ghesquiere jumpstarted a three-goal run with 8:52 remaining in the session that helped the Cardinals enter the final stanza with an 8-4 advantage.

Wesleyan, which concludes its season at 19-3 overall, scored five impressive postseason wins this month, including a pair of victories against RIT and Tufts University to secure a match-up with the Sea Gulls. Wesleyan attempted to reach the finals last season, but saw their run conclude against the Tigers of RIT.

NCAA D3 Basketball Tournament Roundup: Husson, Nichols & UMass Dartmouth Make History

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UMass Dartmouth women’s basketball made history on Friday evening, defeating La Roche en route to the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory! (Photo Credit: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By Elaine Cavalieri (@ElaineCavSports) 

NCAA Div. III Men’s Tournament Bracket 

NCAA Divison III Women’s Tournament Bracket 

The first evening of NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball tournament came to a close late Friday evening, and below is the local first-round roundup.

SUNY New Paltz 62, Bowdoin 61: A late defensive stand helped the Hawks prevail past the Polar Bears and set-up second round match-up against host Ithaca. Abigail Kelly paced the Polar Bears off the bench, tallying 13 points, while recording six rebounds, two steals and one assist. 

SUNY Poly 80, Eastern Connecticut 72:  SUNY Poly’s Stevie Ray highlighted her team’s effort against the Warriors, pouring in 43 points, while tallying five steals, four rebounds and four assists. Eastern Connecticut’s Jordyn Nappi concluded the contest with 19 points.

Amherst 63, Regis 37: A big effort from the Purple & White’s bench helped Amherst defeat the Pride at home. Maeve McNamara led the hosts with 11 points.

Endicott 71, Salisbury 68:  Kamahl Walker scored the game’s biggest layup late in the second session, while tallying a game-high 32 points to carry to the Gulls to an exciting first-round victory.

Babson 59, Messiah 53:  Giovanna Pickering helped the Beavers extend their current winning streak to five-games, thanks to a game-best 20 points. Taylor Russell netted 11 points, while Jennifer Narlee recorded a double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds.  

Eastern Connecticut 86, MIT 70: Hugh Lindo recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds, Tarchee Brown added 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists as the Warriors defeated the Engineers in their first-ever meeting. AJ Jurko paced MIT with 19 points. 

UMass Dartmouth 71, La Roche 64: Nakira Examond recorded his 11 double-double of the season with 23 points (11 of 15 from the field) and 15 rebounds as the Corsairs made history, earning their first-ever NCAA Tournament win over La Roche. 

Babson 92, Husson 76:  Joey Flannery led the Green and White with 28 points, while Isaiah Nelson recorded a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, Babson converted 28 of 35 free throws. Husson’s  Raheem Anderson and Mitch Worcester each netted 17 points.

Nichols 96, Neumann 93:  DeAnte Bruton netted 28 points, while pulling down six rebounds as the Bison captured its first-ever NCAA Tournament contest. Their three-point win set-up a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship re-match in the second round.  

Husson 74, DeSales 72: The Eagles captured their first-ever NCAA Tournament game as they rallied to defeat the Bulldogs at Tufts University. Chandler Guerrette scored a game-high 28 points, including a trio of trifectas and 13 of 16 free throws.

New England D3 Lax: Tufts, Salisbury Set To Meet In NCAA D3 Championship

By Matt Noonan 

When the final horn sounded in Salisbury, Maryland, the Sea Gulls rushed the field to celebrate their 14-6 win over Gettysburg College in the NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse semifinals.

With a 23-12 semifinal victory over St. Lawrence, Tufts advanced to Sunday's national title against Salisbury. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)
With a 23-12 semifinal victory over St. Lawrence, Tufts advanced to Sunday’s national title against Salisbury. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.comse semifinals.

The win provided the Sea Gulls with their second trip in three seasons to the championship game where they’ll face Tufts University, which defeated St. Lawrence University, 23-12.

Both teams have met in the title round before with Tufts winning two of three meetings.

The Jumbos defeated Jim Berkman’s squad, 9-6, in the 2010 championship game, which provided Tufts with its initial title in program history.

One year later, the Sea Gulls rolled past the Jumbos, defeating Tufts by a score of 19-7 en route to the program’s ninth national crown. Salisbury would defeat SUNY Cortland the following year – the 2012 championship game was played at Gillette Stadium – to earn their 10th national title in program history before falling to Tufts two years later in the 2014 championship.

Tufts captured the 2015 Division III crown, thanks to a 6-2 run in the third quarter that helped the Powder Blue, White and Brown roll past Lynchburg, 19-11.

A win for the Jumbos would be their third-straight national crown. No Division III squad has won a trio of national titles in a row since Berkman guided Salisbury to three-straight championship victories in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

“We are very fortunate and very excited to be heading to the championship,” Berkman said in yesterday’s press release. “I am proud of all 50 guys for enduring what is a long season and putting us in position to hopefully win our 11th national championship.”

Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday with the game being played at Lincoln-Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mass. College Lax: Amherst Looks To Capture First Crown Since 2003

By Matt Noonan 

Amherst College’s women’s lacrosse team will look to capture its first national title this weekend since defeating NESCAC foe Middlebury, 11-9, in 2003 at St. John Fisher.

In order for the Jeffs to reach the championship on Sunday, they’ll have to defeat Salisbury, who captured their second Division III crown last season with a 12-5 win over Trinity (Conn.).

Tomorrow’s semifinal matchup, which will take place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, will be the fourth meeting between the Jeffs and Sea Gulls, according to the Salisbury website/game preview. Their last meeting occurred in 2007 with Salisbury claiming an 11-4 win.

“Postseason – it’s about execution (and) it’s about decreasing your unforced errors and it’s about just playing smart,” Amherst head coach Chris Paradis said in an interview following the Jeffs’ 8-5 win over TCNJ last weekend. “I think we’re doing that.

“We’ve been talking about (how) every game is going to get more challenging from here on in, so you’ve got to increase your ability to read a situation and make sure you’re making the right decision before you have the ball leave your stick.”

The Jeffs, who commenced their current campaign winning 14 straight contests, have won 19 games this season, a program-record (their most wins in program history was 18, which was set by the national championship unit from 2003). Amherst punched its ticket to the NCAA Division III semifinals by defeating TCNJ in the quarterfinals, York in third round and Bridgewater State in the second round. The Jeffs earned a first-round bye, as well as an automatic bid to the playoffs.

According to the weekend preview, which can be accessed on the team’s athletic page, Amherst has participated in the NCAA Tournament 11 times, including this season. They’re 22-9 in postseason play and making their first trip to the semifinal round since 2004.

Rachel Passarelli leads the Purple and White in points (52) on 41 goals and 11 assists, while Krista Zsitvay, who’s registered 51 points in 20 contests, ranks first in goals (43). Against TCNJ, Zsitvay led all scorers with four markers. She recorded three points against York and Bridgewater State, netting two tallies and assisting on one strike in both contests.

Amherst has outscored their opponents this postseason, 40-12, and averaging 13 goals per game. They’ve also outshot their foes, 71-39. Goaltender Christy Forrest has turned away 20 shots, including 11 against York.

Excluding their point leaders, the Jeffs will lean on their senior class this weekend, according to Paradis, who commended each player for their effort this season, both on and off the field.

“I think they’ve set the tone all year,” said Paradis. “They’ve held each other accountable, they’ve set the bar high in terms of their leadership of vocally and how they carry themselves, and they’ve just all been just phenomenal – phenomenal leaders just right down the line, all five of them.”

The Amherst senior class is made up of Zsitvay, Alex Philie, Annelies O’Dea, Caroline Holliday and Elizabeth Ludlow.

Salisbury, which is ranked second in the nation, is making its seventh appearance in the semifinals in the last eight seasons. They’ve won championships in 2010 and 2013, but came up short in 2012 against the Bantams. The Sea Gulls concluded their regular season slate undefeated for the 12th consecutive year, and earned postseason wins against Farmingdale State, Augustana (Ill.) and Franklin & Marshall.

The winner advances to Sunday’s championship against SUNY Cortland or Trinity at 2:30 p.m. The Bantams and Red Dragons will meet in the first semifinal contest, which is scheduled for 1 p.m.

“I think all along this season we knew we had something special,” said Paradis. “We knew it was within our grasp (of reaching the semifinals). The challenge was to stay focused; one game at a time and this team has managed to do that. They’ve played with a lot of heart and a lot of determination.

“It’s a dream, but at the same time I think we knew it was also definitely that was something realistic for us.”

Quick Note: Quotes for this post were courtesy of the Amherst College Athletic Department’s YouTube Channel (AmherstSports). The video was ‘Amherst vs. TCNJ.’