Daily Noontime: Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Hello ūüĎč Tuesday – how are you?

We hope everyone is doing well, having a great week (thus far), and enjoying this beautiful sunshine that is currently shining through our window this morning.

Let’s get after it today, everyone, but first, let’s enjoy a brand new ‘Daily Noontime!’


Noontime’s Headlines for Tuesday, July 2, 2020¬†

Noontime’s Senior Salute: Alex Goslin

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Alex Goslin averaged a career-best 13.9 points per game this past season for the Pride. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Alex Goslin¬†enjoyed a successful senior season with the Springfield College¬†women’s basketball team, averaging career-bests in points per game (13.9) and rebounds (4.6.).

The South Windsor, Connecticut native started every game for the Pride this past winter and concluded her team’s 2019-20 campaign with 374 points, 104 assists, 123 rebounds, and 56 steals. Additionally,¬†Goslin became the 16th student-athlete in program history to eclipse the 1,000th point mark when she netted a game-high 26 points in her team’s 106-62 win last December over Westfield State.

“It was pretty surreal,” Goslin said of her 1,000th point. “It was so loud and I think that just shows the family of Springfield College and how much support we have here from like my family and our Springfield College family.”

Named the¬†New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Year, Goslin concluded her four-year career with the Pride by netting scoring 1,220 points in 113 games to go with 367 rebounds, 369 assists, and 190 steals.

We recently caught up with Alex Goslin to discuss her impressive career with the Pride, as well as her plans after graduation.


What will you remember most about your final season with the Pride? 

All of the memories we made together. Not so much the wins or the losses, but more so the time we spent together in the locker room, on campus, and during practices. Additionally, I’ll remember the daily battles we had with each other on the court to competing and pushing each other to get better.

From a personal perspective, it was great to score my 1,000th point (last December), but that was only because of my coaches and teammates.

At the end of the day, it’s less about the personal accomplishments I had and more about the time I spent with the team. It’s hard to pinpoint one single thing that I will remember the most, but I think it would certainly have to be the people (I played with these past four years).

Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they? 

One game that really sticks out in my mind was when we beat Smith College¬†in last year’s NEWMAC¬†Tournament.¬†It was such a close and competitive game. Smith had some really skilled players on their team, but we battled the whole time and won as a team.

Another game I will remember is when we played MIT during my junior year at home. It was a game we won in the final ten seconds. It was another great win for us and it was one of those moments you dream about as a kid.

From this past season, I think it was our game against Westfield State. I scored my 1,000th point (during the game), and once my shot dropped in I was blown away by the support of both my teammates and our fans. It was our accomplishment, not a personal one, and it made me realize how grateful I was to be a part of such a special program, with the most amazing people.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for your team/program these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

I think I’ve enjoyed all of the connections I’ve made with my teammates, but also the memories I have made these past four years. My coaches and teammates have taught me a lot and enabled me to grow into a person I never knew I could become. I’ve learned life skills that will prepare me for future success while gaining lifelong friends that I know will always be there for me.

I think I will miss the little things such as team dinners, singing and dancing to music on the bus before games, and just being with my teammates off the court.

Do you hope to stay involved with your sport in the future?

I definitely plan to coach in the future. I would love to coach an AAU team at some point and definitely a high school squad, too.

As a future coach, I also hope to run clinics and summer camps to help young girls develop their skills, have fun while competing, and build a basketball community. I also want to continue playing in women’s basketball league.

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it and what do you plan to do with it after graduation? 

I am a math and secondary education major with a minor in athletic coaching. I chose this major because I want to make a difference to future generations, but also empower them to become leaders.

I will be teaching eighth-grade math in Bolton, Connecticut next fall, and as mentioned in your previous question, I would also like to coach (at some point soon). I am really excited to give back the others and take the mission of Springfield College, which is all about education of the whole person in spirit, mind, and body for leadership and service to others everywhere we go.

D3 Basketball: All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

With another New England D-III college basketball season in the books, it is time to unveil our end of season All-Noontime Women’s Team for the 2019-20 season.


All-Noontime Women’s Basketball First Team

Erica DeCandido Tufts University North Wales, Pa. 
Madeline Eck Amherst College Rye, N.Y.
Hannah Fox Amherst College Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Maddie Hasson Bowdoin College South Portland, Maine 
Samantha Roy Bowdoin College Stafford Springs, Conn. 

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Second Team

Christina Antonakakis MIT Holmdel, N.J. 
Anna Barry Eastern Connecticut Andover, Conn. 
Meghan Foley Gordon College Malden, Mass. 
Katelyn Pickunka Smith College Westhampton, Mass. 
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda  Emmanuel College Cambridge, Mass. 

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Third Team

Emily Bonifacic  Babson College Allendale, N.J. 
Alex Goslin Springfield College South Windsor, Conn.
Meghan Graff  Bates College South Portland, Maine
Mary Kate O’Day¬† Framingham State Berlin, Mass.¬†
Kaleigh Putnam Endicott College Wallingford, Conn. 

 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, March 17th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

TheTufts University women’s basketball team secured the top spot in our final New England D-III Top 10 Poll with an impressive 28-1 record, including a perfect 10-0 regular-season mark against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)¬†foes.

Bowdoin College and Amherst College secured the second and third positions, respectively, while Eastern Connecticut checked-in fourth for the second time this month. The Warriors captured the Little East Conference (LEC) tournament title this season and came close to advancing to the third round of the NCAA D-III Tournament.

Williams College¬†moved-up one spot, checking-in fifth while¬†Smith College¬†ended its season in the sixth position after advancing to the program’s first-ever “Sweet 16.” Prior to winning back-to-back NCAA Tournament games earlier this month, the Pioneers captured their first-ever¬†New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)¬†Championship.

Western New England concludes its season in the seventh position followed by Babson College, Rhode Island College, and Springfield College. 


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week 15 Poll| Monday, March 17th, 2020

1. Tufts University 28-1, 10-0 NESCAC Previously No. 1
2. Bowdoin College 27-2, 8-2 NESCAC Previously No. 2
3. Amherst College 24-4, 8-2 NESCAC Previously No. 3
4. Eastern Connecticut 24-5, 14-2 LEC Previously No. 4
5. Williams College 20-8, 6-4 NESCAC Previously No. 6
6. Smith College 26-4, 7-3 NEWMAC Previously No. 8
7. Western New England 21-6, 14-2 CCC Previously No. 5
8. Babson College 18-8, 10-0 NEWMAC Previously No. 9
9. Rhode Island College 22-5, 13-3 LEC Previously No. 7
10. Springfield College 19-8, 9-1 NEWMAC Previously No. 10

ON THE RISE: Emmanuel College, Endicott College, Framingham State, UMass Boston, and University of New England 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two| Week Three|Week Four | Week Five| Week Six| Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine | Week Ten |Week 11 |Week 12|Week 13|Week 14

Revisiting Some Exciting Moments From The NCAA D-III Basketball Tournament

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Today would have been the sectional finals for eight NCAA D-III women’s basketball teams. It would have also been a day of third-round men’s basketball action with eight teams vying for spots in next weekend’s quarterfinals.

Sure, we don’t know who would have extended their respective season an additional day or week, but the opening weekend of the 2020 NCAA D-III Basketball Tournaments did produce some exciting outcomes and finishes, as well as some dramatic moments, which I have highlighted below.¬†

Here are a few moments that I will remember from the opening weekend of both NCAA Tournaments, enjoy!

Tufts’ epic comeback against Western Connecticut.¬†Trailing the Colonials by 21 points at the break, Tufts leaned on Luke Rogers¬†and¬†Carson Cohen¬†to lead the Jumbos past Western Connecticut in an exciting opening round contest last Friday, March 6th in Medford, Massachusetts.

Rogers led the Jumbos with a double-double of 16 rebounds and 15 points while Cohen chipped in 14 points, including two three-pointers.

The win prompted an enormous celebration, which would continue the following day when Tufts beat RPI, 75-66, to secure a date with the College of Brockport in the third round.

Smith College advances to its first-ever “Sweet 16.”¬†The Pioneers entered the postseason with some serious momentum – they scored three-straight wins in the¬†New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)¬†tournament and had not lost a game since early February. That momentum carried the Pioneers to not just one, but two postseason wins last weekend over No. 20 DeSales¬†(81-72) and¬†SUNY New Paltz¬†(62-60).

Their win over SUNY New Paltz was highlighted by a late 10-0 run during the final minutes of the fourth quarter, which was capped by a go-ahead and eventual game-winning basket by Amelia Clairmont.

Jim Calhoun makes his initial NCAA D-III Tournament debut.¬†After leading the¬†University of Saint Joseph’s (Conn.) to its initial¬†Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)¬†title in just its second season as a varsity program, coach¬†Jim Calhoun¬†earned his first trip to the NCAA D-III Tournament. But unfortunately, the Blue Jays’ appearance in the tournament didn’t last long as Hobart¬†defeated the Blue and Gold, 78-74, in the opening round.

The setback to the Statesmen concluded an impressive second season by the Blue Jays, which was highlighted by a 25-game winning streak that stretched from late November to early March. Additionally, the 2019-20 season included an impressive milestone for Calhoun, his 900th win in January.

Eastern Connecticut’s defense highlighted its opening-round win.¬†It was the Warriors’ defense that helped Eastern Connecticut top¬†St. John Fisher, 60-43, in the opening round and score its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2015.

St. John Fisher was limited to 13 points or less in each frame, including seven points in the second quarter.

The 43 points were the lowest total Eastern Connecticut had surrendered “in 18 years of NCAA Division III competition.”

Williams College returns to its first NCAA D-III “Sweet 16” in seven years.¬†The Ephs were a team to watch this season – they won 20 of 28 contests and came within a few baskets of advancing to the 2020¬†New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)¬†championship last month. But despite losing in the NESCAC semifinals to Tufts University, the Ephs were able to bounce back as an at-large bid to this year’s “big dance” and win back-to-back contests against Albright College¬†and¬†Ithaca College.

Williams trailed Ithaca, 16-14, after opening quarter before outscoring the hosts in the final three sessions to secure a 69-61 win, along with a spot in the NCAA D-III “Sweet 16” for the first time in seven seasons. Maggie Meehan¬†led the Ephs with 18 points on 7 of 17 shooting while¬†Mikaela Topper¬†added 16 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.