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Catching Up With MIT’s Ravenne Nasser

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Ravenne Nasser became the first pitcher in MIT softball history to record back-to-back shutouts in the same day against the same team last weekend. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Silverman)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s been an exciting few days for Ravenne Nasser. 

The Methuen, Massachusetts native, who is a senior on the MIT softball team, recently became the first-ever Engineers to record back-to-back no hitters in the same day when she led the Engineers to a pair of wins this past Saturday against Clark University.

Nasser retired 17 batters in a span of 14 innings against the Cougars to bump her overall record to 8-3 in the circle.

Her impressive effort against Clark, as well as earlier in the week against Emerson College and Wheaton College resulted in her being named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Pitcher of the Week, along with the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Pitcher of the Week, too.

The news of Nasser being tabbed the NFCA Division III Pitcher of the Week was announced this morning – she is the first MIT softball player to earn this special honor.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Nasser to discuss her historical outing from this past weekend, as well as what she and the team must do over the next few weeks to gain some momentum heading into the NEWMAC Tournament.

What does it mean to you to become the first member of the MIT softball program to record back-to-back no-hitters against the same team on the day?

It’s really an honor. There have been so many great pitchers and players to come through this program and to be even close to being among them is truly just something I never expected. I know I could never be in this position without all the people who have come before me, my teammates, and everyone who has supported me so this is really just a representation of all their work.

What was your mindset heading into this past Saturday’s doubleheader with Clark University?

I was just trying to come out strong for the rest of the team. I had a rough outing the day before and my team really picked me up so I just wanted to have their back and make their jobs a little easier on Saturday.

Did you think about each no-hitter as both games progressed? Did anyone mention it to you in the dugout?

I did think about it a bit in the first game but I was more focused on keeping people off the bases than how they had gotten on and then in the second game it didn’t even cross my mind. Also, no one mentioned it to me in either game so that definitely helped to keep it out of my mind.

It may sound cliche, but how hard is it to toss a no-hitter? What does a pitcher have to do to stay locked-in from one inning to the next?

It’s not easy. You have to stay focused on each pitch and move on from ones that didn’t go as well as you wanted them to. I’m lucky in that I have an awesome defense behind me that makes my job a lot easier and gives me a lot of confidence while I’m throwing.

When you finished game two with a second-straight no-hitter, what was the immediate reaction from your coach/teammates?

Honestly, not everyone realized it was two, myself included, but once we did they were all really excited for me. This team is full of amazing people who always support each other and celebrate each other’s successes so they were all really happy for me.

Your team has some important conference games looming in the distance, so what is the mindset/focus from both you and your teammates heading into this week’s games against Springfield College and Wellesley College?

We’re ready to go get them. We know they’re going to be tough games and that we have to come out strong to come away with (much needed) wins, but we’re really excited to play some really good competition.

From your perspective, what has been your team’s best outing of the season and how can you duplicate that performance over the next few weeks so you will have some momentum heading into the NEWMAC Tournament?

I would say the games against Coast Guard Academy were our best overall. We played them at the end of a long stretch of games and everyone adjusted well to everything they tried to do. Our defense, pitching and hitting over the two games were very solid and everyone on the team stepped up and contributed, both on the field and off. I think if we stick to playing our game and doing the small things right we will be able to execute and be successful for the rest of the regular season and into the postseason.


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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.

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