D3 Hockey: 10 Games to Watch in Week One (Oct. 26-28)

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Worcester State’s Jake Karelas and Mitch Purdie will certainly be two players to watch this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State University Athletics)

By Kyle Prudhomme | @Kyle_Prudhomme

Its time to drop the puck on a brand new season of New England Division III hockey with plenty of notable matchups on the docket, which you certainly won’t want to miss.

From introductions to new coaches to a championship rematches and more, there is no shortage of excitement surrounding the opening weekend of the 2018-19 season.

Every week, we will be highlighting 10 New England Division III games to watch (five men and five women’s contests), while providing links to their respective video streams or live stats. Additionally, we will be dishing out predictions for each contest we highlight, as well.


MEN’S GAMES (HOME TEAM IN CAPS) |*neutral site

CURRY COLLEGE over Nazareth* (October 26 at 3:30 P.M.): The Colonels earned its highest win-total in eight seasons last year and will try to build on that in its opening round action of the Buffalo State Tournament.

 Live Stats: http://bscintra.buffalostate.edu/athletics/hockey/xlive.htm

WORCESTER STATE over Becker (October 26 at 7:00 P.M.): The Lancers and Hawks begin the season in a renewal of the cross-town rivalry. Bragging rights are on the line, but equally important is the cause as they skate to raise awareness for ALS (All proceeds go to the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association).

Live Stream: https://boxcast.tv/view/worcester-state-mens-ice-hockey-vs-becker-939432

No. 13 Norwich over ENDICOTT (October 27 at 4:00 P.M.): The Gulls are winless in their last five games against nationally-ranked opponents, so let’s see if that streak concludes on Saturday. The Cadets come in with extra motivation as it looks to start the post-Mike McShane era off with a bang.

Live Stream: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/ecgulls/

SAINT ANSLEM over Babson (October 27 at 4:00 P.M.): Saint Anselm returns seven of their top-ten scorers from last season, while Babson’s roster features a slew of underclassmen. Growing pains could be expected for these Beavers in the first few weeks.

Live Stats: https://www.saintanselmhawks.com/sports/mice/2018-19/boxscores/20181027_kydk.xml 

Fitchburg State over NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE (October 27 at 7:00 P.M.): The Falcons and Pilgrims open against each other for the sixth consecutive season. The two have traded wins in the last three meetings, but the Falcons should break the trend this time around.

Live Stream: https://athletics.nec.edu/watch/


WOMEN’S GAMES (HOME TEAM IN CAPS) 

CASTLETON over Morrisville State (October 26 at 4:00 P.M.): Castleton coach Mike Venezia seeks his first career win against Morrisville State after spending time as an assistant from 2015-17 with the Mustangs.

Live Stats: http://www.castletonsports.com/sports/wice/2018-19/boxscores/20181026_pxjp.xml

NICHOLS over Suffolk (October 26 at 6:40 P.M.): Women’s hockey officially begins at Suffolk University this winter as the Rams (21 underclassmen) matchup against a senior-laden Nichols team. Advantage goes to the Bison in this home-and-home weekend series.

Live Stream: https://nicholsathletics.com/sports/2015/8/26/WICE_0826151204.aspx

UMASS BOSTON over Stevenson (October 26 at 7:00 P.M.): The already established talent of UMass Boston shines through in this one as interim head coach Dom Lozzi goes for her first career victory on the bench.

Live Stream: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/umb/portal.htm?eventId=479798&streamType=video

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND over Southern Maine (October 26 at 7:00 P.M.): The Huskies hold a 14-13 lead in scoring in their last nine contests, but the Nor’easters have the advantage in this one by skating at home.

Live Stream: https://athletics.une.edu/sports/2015/2/2/whock_watch.aspx

Norwich over ELMIRA (October 27 at 3:00 P.M.): Didn’t take us too long for a rematch of the epic Div. III National Championship battle from last March, so this is a must watch on Saturday.

Live Stream: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/elmira/


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D3 Hoops: Friday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard

CONF TOURN SCOREBOARD

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was another busy late-afternoon/evening of New England D3 Hoops and below are the outcomes from both the Little East Conference (LEC) and North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semifinals.


Little East Conference (LEC) 

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Eastern Conn. 92, No. 4 Western Conn. 82
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Keene State 95, No. 3 UMass Boston 84
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 UMass Dartmouth 76, No. 4 Eastern Conn. 63
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 UMass Boston 61, No. 3 So. Maine 46

North Atlantic Conference (NAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 New England College 71, No. 5 Maine-Farmington 56
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 3 Colby-Sawyer 89, No. 2 Husson 76
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 4 Maine Maritime 57, No. 1 Castleton 49
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Husson 54, No. 2 Colby-Sawyer 49

Mass. College Hockey: ECAC East Unveils Men’s Tournament Pairings

UMass Boston's men's ice hockey team will begin its quest toward an ECAC East crown on Saturday when they host University of New England. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
UMass Boston’s men’s ice hockey team will begin its quest toward an ECAC East crown on Saturday when they host University of New England. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The ECAC East men’s ice hockey tournament pairings were released today and two local squads (Babson College and UMass Boston) will be participating in the eight-team playoff. 

Babson secured the second spot and will face-off against No. 7 Southern Maine on Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at the Babson Skating Rink.

UMass Boston earned the third seed and will host University of New England on Saturday at 3 p.m. Similar to Babson, UMass Boston will host the game at the Clark Athletic Center.

The winner of both contests will meet in the semifinals on Saturday, March 1. No location or time has been announced for that game.

Babson enters the tournament with a 13-3-2 conference mark, while UMass Boston finished with a 9-5-4 record against ECAC East foes.

Mass. College Hockey: Afternoon Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com

Here are the scores from this afternoon’s contest. Remember to check back tomorrow for notes on the various weekend tilts.

Men’s Ice Hockey

* No. 17 Vermont 6, Boston University 2

* No. 6 Babson 3, No. 9 UMass Boston 2

* No. 7 Williams 2, Bowdoin 1

* Wentworth 4, Becker 3 (OT)

* Fitchburg State 8, Framingham State 2

* Stonehill 4, Southern New Hampshire 2

* UMass Dartmouth 6, Westfield State 3

Women’s Ice Hockey

* Vermont 5, No. 9/10 Boston University 1

* Northeastern 8, Maine 2

* No. 7 Boston College 5, New Hampshire 3

* No. 5 Harvard 3, Rensselaer 1

* Castleton State 6, Nichols 2

* Holy Cross 3, Southern Maine 0

* Williams 4, Colby 0

* UMass Boston 3, St. Michael’s 1

Mass. College Hoops: Late Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Below are the results of this afternoon’s late contests, which happened to be all men’s basketball games.

No. 22 UMass 80, N. Illinois 54: The Minutemen extended its current winning streak to nine games, as Cady Lalanne scored a game-best 17 points, while Chaz Williams and Maxie Esho each registered 12 points.

Merrimack 78, So. New Hampshire 73: Gelvis Solano poured in a game-high 35 points, while Kevin Regan recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors defeat the Penmen in New Hampshire.

Saint Rose 78, AIC 74 (OT): Bobby Harris netted a team-best 21 points, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Yellow Jackets past Saint Rose.

Salem State 70, Southern Maine 63: Andrew White registered a double-double of 11 points and 15 boards as the Vikings topped Southern Maine in Salem. Bryan Ortiz led the Vikings with 13 points.

Gordon 76, Lesley 68: Park Thomas led the Fighting Scots with 18 points –10 coming from the strip — as Gordon picked up its third win of the season. Trevonn Lewis led Lesley and all scorers with 21 points.

Rhode Island College 76, UMass Boston 50: Carl Joseph netted 24 points, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Beacons past RIC.