New England D3 Lacrosse: Welcome To Conference Tournament Week!

NS Lacrosse Notebook

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

Happy Monday, everyone. And welcome to a BUSY conference tournament week, which will feature some amazing games (and moments), along with some automatic qualifiers (and at-large bids, as well) for the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.

While conference tournament play has begun for some, it’s never too last to dish out some predictions for who will win their respective tournament.

Below are the teams Matt Noonan believes will win their respective conference crown.


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men’s Tournament: Western New England. The Golden Bear marched through their conference tournament schedule without a single loss and will have no problem topping Curry College on Tuesday and then Endicott College in the final round.

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women’s Tournament: Endicott College. The Gulls will repeat as conference champions this week behind solid efforts from Jackie Healy and Jennifer Lacroix.

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Tournament: Lasell College. The Lasers breezed by Rivier University earlier this spring and should do the same in the semifinals before beating the winner of Johnson & Wales-Norwich University.

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women’s Tournament: Johnson & Wales. There is no way the Wildcats lose this week. Simmons College will provide some early challenges in its semifinal meeting, but in the end, they will find a way past the Sharks before topping Regis College in the championship round.

Little East Conference (LEC) Men’s Tournament: Keene State. The Owls struggled from the get-go but will secure their conference crown on Saturday with either a win over Plymouth State or Western Connecticut.

Little East Conference (LEC) Women’s Tournament: Plymouth State. The Panthers are a safe prediction to win the LEC title, but they will need to get past Southern Maine to secure the automatic bid. Additionally, I would not overlook Castleton University in the LEC Tournament, as well.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women’s Tournament: Framingham State. The Rams finished the regular season with a 7-0 mark in conference play to secure the top spot in this year’s MASCAC Tournament. They will surely find a way past Massachusetts Maritime Academy or Worcester State in the semifinals to secure a spot in the championship round.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)/ North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men’s Championship Prediction: New England College. The Pilgrims can move up and down the field at ease and should find a way past SUNY Canton in the 2019 NECC/NAC Finals.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Women’s Tournament: Becker College. The Hawks secured the top seed and should have no problem winning the NECC title. Expect the championship game to be between Becker and New England College.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men’s Tournament: Tufts University. Since falling to Wesleyan University, the Jumbos have scored some impressive wins over Amherst CollegeBates College, and Middlebury College. Their semifinal tilt with the Panthers won’t be easy – Middlebury knocked-off last year’s national champion Cardinals and will certainly provide challenges for the Jumbos. But in the end, I see the Powder Blue and White competing for a championship against Williams College, which I think will find a way to beat Amherst in the other semifinal matchup. Williams topped Amherst earlier this spring by a score of 13-11.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women’s Tournament: Tufts University. Yes, I am picking the Jumbos to beat Middlebury College in the championship. Their semifinal match-up against Wesleyan won’t be easy, but Tufts will find a way to outlast the Cardinals before taking down Middlebury, which should beat Amherst in its semifinal matchup.

New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Tournament: Coast Guard Academy. The Bears will advance to the NCAA Tournament but will face some stiff competition along the way to snatching its conference crown. The winner of Babson College-Clark University will provide the Blue and Orange with challenges, as well as whoever wins between MIT and Springfield. But in the end, the Bears will prevail by at least one or two goals.

New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Tournament: Babson College. The Beavers are the top seed and favorite – they will most likely face MIT, which I think should outlast Springfield in its semifinal tilt.

North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women’s Championship Prediction: SUNY Canton. SUNY Canton had its way with Husson University on Sunday in the conference tournament semifinals and will have no problem topping UMaine-Farmington in Saturday’s championship.


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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.


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Mass. College Lax: GNAC Women’s Quarterfinal Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com

It was another busy day in the Division III lacrosse world as eight teams competed in four Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) quarterfinals, including a quartet of teams from Massachusetts.

Emmanuel College – the defending conference champions – scored a 22-6 victory over Mount Ida College at Clemente Field in Boston this evening. The Saints outscored the Mustangs, 15-4, in the first session to secure a quarterfinal victory and a date with Saint Joseph’s (Maine) on Friday.

Sarah Wootten recorded nine points on five goals and four assists, while Kristen Tuleja netted a hat trick and dished out three assists for the Saints. Lauren White faced eight shots between the pipes and registered just two stops.

Mount Ida received a pair of goals from Rebecca Beaulieu and Amanda Bowen, while Sydney Fredette turned away nine shots.

Lasell College extended its season by defeating Norwich University in Newton this afternoon, 18-6. Toni Minelli and Bridget Doherty combined for eighth goals and seven assists and Alexa Katsigianis stopped 13 shots between the pipes.

Greer Gilbert netted five goals for the Sharks, but it wasn’t enough to lift Simmons past Johnson & Wales, which claimed a 15-9 victory in Providence.

Mass. College Lax: GNAC WLAX Tournament Preview & Schedule

By Matt Noonan 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s lacrosse tournament begins this afternoon with three local squads competing for a championship.

One of the teams – Emmanuel College – enters the tournament as the top seed after concluding its conference slate 10-0. Kristen Tuleja leads the Saints in points (72) and goals (48). She recorded eight points in two games this season and matched Sarah Wooten with 24 helpers. Lauren White, the team’s goaltender, saved 102 shots this season and yielded 113 goals. White also won 12 games this season, too.

The Saints will begin tournament play against University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) at 7 p.m. in Boston. Emmanuel defeated the Blue Jays earlier this season, 16-12. Emily Baker led the Blue and Gold with a hat trick, the first of her collegiate career, while White picked up her 10th career victory.

Lasell College will host Rivier University at 3:30 p.m. in Newton. The Lasers concluded its regular season slate 9-7 overall and 7-3 in conference play. Lasell defeated Rivier earlier this season, 18-9. Britney Wuorio led all players with 10 points on six goals and four assists, while Ashlee Pechulis netted five goals on five shots.

Wurio is fourth in the conference in goals (48), but the top point scorer with 96. She’s posted 11 points in two games this season, along with 10 points, which occurred against the Raiders. The Bolton, Mass. native has compiled 415 points over four seasons with the Lasers and will look to extend her team’s season with a win this afternoon.

Simmons College, which earned the sixth seed for the tournament, will travel to Norwich University for its first-round contest at 7 p.m. The Sharks won three of its final four contests, but fell to the Cadets earlier this month, 12-3. Norwich led Simmons at the break, 7-3, but pushed ahead for good by scoring five more goals in the second session.

Crystal Derosier, Simmons’ goaltender, is fourth in the conference in save percentage (46.6%). She posted one shutout earlier this season against Anna Maria and deflected a season-high 21 shots in a 15-11 win over Regis College.

The final GNAC contest pits St. Joseph’s (Maine) against Johnson & Wales (R.I.). That particular clash is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.

GNAC Women’s Lax Tournament Schedule:

QUARTERFINALS

* Rivier @ Lasell, 3:30 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* St. Joe’s (Conn.) @ Emmanuel, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* Simmons @ Norwich, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* JWU @ St. Joe’s (Maine), 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

SEMIFINALS

* Emmanuel/St. Joe’s (Conn.) vs. Lasell/Rivier (Thursday, Apr. 24)

* Norwich/Simmons vs. JWU/St. Joe’s (Maine) (Thursday, Apr. 24)

FINALS

* Winner of 1st Semifinal vs. Winner of 2nd Semifinals (Saturday, Apr. 26) at the highest seed

Mass. College Lax: Afternoon Roundup (#d3lax)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are a few scores and highlights from this afternoon’s Division 3 contests.

Men’s Lacrosse

Tufts 17, Wesleyan 11: John Uppgren and Cole Bailey each recorded five points on three goals and two assists, while Chris Schoenhut registered four points on three goals and one helper as the Jumbos defeated the Cardinals and remained undefeated in the current month. With the win, Tufts improves to 12-2 overall and 8-1 in NESCAC play.

Emmanuel 8, Lasell 7: Tony Cibelli‘s marker at 8:25 in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Saints defeated the Lasers in Newton and finished its conference slate 10-0. Cibelli paced Emmanuel with two strikes, while Austin Lauzier turned away 14 of 21 shots. Andrew Suh paced Lasell with three points on two goals and one assist.

With the win, Emmanuel earned the top spot in the upcoming GNAC playoffs, which begins on Wednesday, April 23.

Endicott 18, Bowdoin 10: Sam Scoba‘s tally with 2:14 remaining in the opening stanza provided the Gulls with the lead for good as the Gulls soared past the Polar Bears in Beverley. Harrison Cotter led all players with eight points on seven goals and one assist, while Cameron Bell turned away 12 of 20 shots. 

WNE 14, UNE 9: Adam Knapton‘s man-up strike at 8:44 sparked a 5-0 run, which helped the Golden Bears pick up its sixth conference win. Knapton finished with six points on four goals and two assist.

Women’s Lacrosse

Lasell 18, Albertus Magnus 3: Jen LemoineBridget Doherty and Stefanie Welch each recorded hat tricks as the Lasers concluded its regular season slate with a victory over the Falcons. Lasell will return to action on Tuesday when they take on Rivier University in the first-round of the GNAC playoffs. The winner will face either Emmanuel or St. Joseph’s (Conn.) on Thursday in the semifinals.

Simmons 11, St, Joe’s (Maine): Greer Gilbert scored on a free position with 5:13 remaining in the second session as the Sharks defeated the Monks and closed out its regular season slate with a win. Gilbert recorded a team-high four goals in the win. Simmons will return to the turf on Tuesday when they travel to Norwich University to take on the Cadets in the first-round of the GNAC playoffs. The winner will meet St. Joe’s (Maine) or Johnson & Wales on Thursday, April 24. 

Amherst 13, Williams 6: Priscilla Tyler‘s goal at 26:48 in the second half jumpstarted an 8-0 run to seal the win as the Jeffs defeated the Ephs in Williamstown. Tyler finished with six points on five goals and one assist, while Williams received two tallies from Alyssa Amos

Tufts 7, Wesleyan 5: Kali DiGate initiated 4-0 run by recording a strike at 17:34 in the second half, which helped the Jumbos pick up an important conference road win. DiGate finished with two goals, while Caroline Ross registered three points on two strikes and one helper. 

Wheaton 14, Smith 7: Leila Mills netted four goals, Brooke Sabol recorded four points on three helpers and one marker as the Lyons defeated the Pioneers and earned the top seed for the NEWMAC playoffs. The Lyons will play the winner of Mount Holyoke-MIT next Saturday, April 26 in the semifinals at 12 p.m. Jessica Lillquist and Rachel Silveria both recorded hat tricks for Smith.

WNE 19, UNE 11: Taylor Scialdone recorded six goals and one helper, while Jessica Scannapieco registered four assists and three strikes as the Golden Bears picked up a conference road win and improved to 16-0 overall. This particular win also was WNE’s 22nd consecutive regular season victory (streak began last season).