Endicott Softball Makes SportsCenter Top 10 List

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The Endicott College softball team was recently featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. (PHOTO CREDIT: Endicott College Gulls)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In case you missed it, the Endicott College softball team earned a spot recently on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 plays.

As seen on the Gulls’ Twitter handle (@ECGulls), both at the top of their page, as well as tweeted earlier today, the softball team checked-in second on the list. Host Neil Everett congratulated coach Mark Veilleux, who recently earned his 600th win.

Congratulations to Coach Veilleux on an impressive milestone – for more on the Gulls’ softball program, HOP HERE!

Tufts Lacrosse, Softball & Track/Field Honored By Boston Red Sox

By Matt Noonan 

After winning a pair of team championships (men’s lacrosse and softball), along with an individual Outdoor Track & Field Championship title in the 800m (Mitchell Black), the Tufts University Jumbos were honored last night by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox, who played a double-header against the Minnesota Twins, celebrated the Jumbos’ successful spring season prior to the start of the second game as members of each squad posed for a photo in front of home plate.

We are very proud to have another university from New England win more NCAA championships this year and we congratulate both the athletes and coaches,” the Red Sox wrote in their invitation, which was seen on the Tufts Athletics website. 

Below are tweets and photos from last night’s celebration.

Mass. College Sports: Recapping An Exciting 2014-15 Year in Div. III

By Matt Noonan 

It has been an extremely exciting 10 months of Division III College sports.

Tufts University highlighted the school year by winning a trio of championships in men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse and softball. The Jumbos’ softball team accomplished a feat that had never occurred in Division III, winning three consecutive World Series crowns (2013, 2014 and 2015). The men’s lacrosse team captured its second straight title (and third since 2010) by defeating Lynchburg, 19-11, while the men’s soccer team earned its first national championship with a 4-2 win over Wheaton College (Ill.).

Babson College also appeared in the headlines following its amazing come-from-behind win against Trinity College in the Sectional Finals. Trailing the Bantams, 41-33, entering the second stanza, the Beavers rallied by outscoring their opponent, 33-25, which extended the content into overtime. In the extra session, Joey Flannery converted three free throws, John Wickey sank a jumper, Matthew Droney scored a three-pointer and Sam Bohmiller hit a pair of free throws to clinch the victory and send Babson to its first-ever semifinal.

For the second year in a row, the Tufts women’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals. Carla Berube was presented the Pat Summitt Trophy as the 2015 United States Marine Corps/ Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in April. Under Berube, the Jumbos won back-to-back New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles (2014 and 2015).

MIT made its initial appearance in the NCAA Tournament and won its first-ever postseason contest against Husson College. Trailing the Eagles, 20-17, Tucker Cheyne booted a 38-yard field goal at the end of regulation that evened the score at 20-20. In the extra session, the Engineers secured the victory when Peter Williams hooked up with Seve Esparrago for a 13-yard touchdown strike.

The Amherst College men’s ice hockey team came within one game of the national championship. The Jeffs earned a semifinal matchup with Wisconsin-Stevens Point following a dramatic 4-3 victory over Norwich University. Mike Rowbotham extended the Jeffs’ season with an overtime goal – his ninth of the season (at the time) – that helped Amherst edge the Cadets. Trinity would up winning the national title, defeating Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 5-2.

A 1-0 victory against Johns Hopkins University sent the Williams College women’s soccer team to the finals. The Ephs, however, fell to Lynchburg in penalty kicks following a scoreless tie after two full halves of soccer, along with a pair of overtime periods. Audrey Thomas scored the lone goal in Williams’ win over Johns Hopkins in the semifinal. Prior to their semifinal and final appearances, the Ephs claimed tournament wins over Lasell College, Ithaca College, Roger Williams University and TCNJ.

Mass. College Sports: Highlights And Notes From The Weekend

By Matt Noonan 

There were a variety of local teams competing this past weekend in baseball, softball and lacrosse NCAA tournaments, and below are a few highlights and notes.

* Endicott College’s run toward the NCAA Division III World Series ended with a 9-0 setback to Southern Maine on Sunday. The Gulls set a program record with 35 wins this season, as well as won their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title since 2006.

* Endicott won three of their first New England Regional games against Saint Joseph’s (ME), Wheaton College and Southern Maine.

* Colin Sitarz and Tyler Hitchcock (Abington, MA) each represented Endicott on the All-Tournament team.

* Amherst College saw its season conclude, too, as the Lord Jeffs, who set a program record for wins, fell to Cortland in the New York Regional.

* Tufts University’s softball team will play for the Division III championship this afternoon against the winner of Cortland-Salisbury. The Jumbos haven’t lost a game in the championship bracket as they’ve defeated Texas-Tyler, Montclair State and Cortland. Tufts have only surrendered one run in all three contests, too.

* Finally, Westford’s David Lawson netted a game-best five goals, including the game-winner for Duke against Notre Dame in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse tournament. Lawson now has 32 goals and 15 assists for the Blue Devils this season.

Mass. College Sports: Friday’s Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com

A couple local squads will be competing in various NCAA tournaments this morning, afternoon and evening, and below are the times.

NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional:

* No. 4 Western New England vs. No. 6 St. Joseph’s (ME), 9:30 a.m. — Elimination Game

* No. 2 Wheaton College vs. No. 8 Daniel Webster, 1 p.m. — Elimination Game

* No. 1 Southern Maine vs. No. 3 Endicott College, 4:30 p.m.

* St. Joe’s/WNE vs. Daniel Webster/Wheaton, 8 p.m. — Elimination Game

NCAA Division III Ithaca Regional:

* No. 1 Ithaca College vs. No. 6 Amherst College, 4:30 p.m.

NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament:

* Tufts University vs. Texas-Tyler @ Eau Claire, WI, 5 p.m.