Colby College Secures Our New England D-III Men’s Basketball Team of the Month

Colby_Mules_logoBy Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Following an impressive first month of the 2019-20 New England D-III men’s basketball season, we have selected Colby College as our ‘Team of the Month’ for November.

The Mules, who recently improved to 7-0 this past weekend with a 106-102 win over Kean University, recently moved-up three spots in today’s New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 2nd, 2019.

Colby has scored some impressive regional (and non-regional) wins thus far, including a 103-97 season-opening victory against Ramapo CollegeAlex Dorion led the Mules with a team-high 23 points, while Noah Tyson pulled down 10 rebounds.

Despite scoring eight points less than the Roadrunners in the second half, Colby managed to outscore Ramapo, 16-10, in the extra session to secure their first of seven consecutive wins.

Including their most recent win over Kean, the Mules boast a 4-0 record in Waterville, Maine, a 2-0 mark away from campus and a 1-0 record in neutral sites.

Two of the team’s six wins last month came against Gordon College (95-77) and New England College (103-67) in the Colby Classic.

This week, the Mules face Thomas College on Tuesday, December 3rd followed by a visit to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday, December 7th. Colby will then break for the holidays before visiting Southern Maine on Tuesday, December 31st.

Players to Watch: 

  • Sam Jefferson: 181 points through seven contests … has netted 61 of 90 field goals, including 28 of 48 three-pointers … He is first on the team in three-point percentage (58.3%) … Jefferson is 31 of 34 from the free-throw line … Jefferson has also recorded 23 rebounds, 37 assists, and 10 steals.
  • Matt Hanna: Second on the team in points (121) and fourth on the team in rebounds (24) … Leads the Mules in assists with 37 … Hanna has converted 14 of 17 free throws (82.4 %).
  • Noah Tyson: Leads the Mules with 56 rebounds through seven contests … Tyson has also recorded 11 assists and seven steals … Ranks fourth on the team in points (83).
  • Alex Dorion: Dorion has come off the bench to net 92 points on 33 of 58 shooting, including 24 of 44 from beyond the arc … The senior guard has registered 16 rebounds, 14 assists, and two swipes.

D3 Basketball: Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 18th, 2019)

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For the third-straight week (and the second consecutive week of the New Egland D-III basketball season), Amherst College remains our top team followed by Tufts University and Bowdoin College second and third, respectively.

All three teams were in action this past week and scored at least one or two wins. We’ll be keeping our eyes on all three squads, along with the other teams both on this week’s poll and ‘on the rise.’


New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Two Poll| Monday, Nov. 18h, 2019

1. Amherst College

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Middlebury College

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Eastern Connecticut

2-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Springfield College

3-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9
7. Western New England  3-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: Not Ranked
8. Smith College 3-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
9. Babson College  1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
10. UMass Dartmouth 3-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, Southern Maine, Trinity College, UMass Boston, University of New England, Westfield State, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One

 

New England D3 Lacrosse: Welcome To Conference Tournament Week!

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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 Lacrosse: Players To Watch In Maine In 2019

Tufts defeats Bates 20-12 at Bates on April 17, 2018.

Bates College’s Matt Chlastawa will be one of many players to watch this season in Maine. (PHOTO COURTESY: Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

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Our D3 Lacrosse preseason coverage rolls on with a trip to the Pine Tree State to highlight some student-athletes to watch this season in Maine.

Last week, we highlight student-athletes to watch in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Texas

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Tufts defeats Bates 20-12 at Bates on April 17, 2018.

Rocco Fantoni will be a player to watch on the Bates College defense this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Maine Men’s D3 Lacrosse Team

Matt Chlastawa (Attack) Bates College Westfield, Mass.
Rocco Fantoni (Defense) Bates College  Hauppage, N.Y.
Sam Carlin (Face-Off) Bowdoin College  New Albany, Ohio
Jimmy Young (Attack) Bowdoin College  Exeter, N.H.
C.J. Hassan (Midfield) Colby College Miami, Fla.
C.J. Layton (Goalie) Colby College  Wakefield, Mass.
Charlie Lynch (Attack) Colby College Bethesda, Md. 
Noah Regalado (Defense) Southern Maine  Plymouth, Mass. 
Adam Race (LSM) University of New Eng. Cazenovia, N.Y.
Alex Zadworny (Attack) University of New Eng. Florence, Mass. 

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Keara Dwyer will certainly be one of many players to watch on the University of New England offensive end. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Bates/UNE Athletics)

Maine Women’s D3 Lacrosse Team

Katie Allard (Attack) Bates College Ridgewood, N.J.
Eliza Denious (Midfield) Bowdoin College  Wilton, Conn.
Kara Finnerty (Midfield) Bowdoin College Hopkinton, Mass.
Katie Miller (Attack) Bowdoin College Rye, N.Y.
Natalie Rudin (Midfield) Bowdoin College Baltimore, Md
Emma Banks (Attack) Colby College North Haven, Conn.
Grace Langmuir (Midfield) Colby College  Providence, R.I.
Kara Kelly (Attack) Saint Joseph’s College York, Maine
Kayla Kelly (Midfield) Saint Joseph’s College York, Maine
Keara Dwyer (Attack) University of New Eng. Cazenovia, N.Y.

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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Jan. 28th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Bowdoin College continues to be our top team in New England following an impressive come-from-behind win this past Saturday over Amherst College. The Mammoths, who entered the previous week as our second best team in the region, remained in the same spot, while Tufts UniversitySaint Joseph’s (Maine) and Babson College rounded out the top five spots.

Below the top five, we did see some movement, including UMass Dartmouth and Middlebury College switching spots – the same could be said for Trinity College and MIT.

Springfield College secured the tenth and final spot for the second-straight week, but its time to keep an eye on all four of our teams ‘on the rise,’ including Smith College and Emmanuel College.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Jan. 28th, 2019 

1. Bowdoin College

19-0, 6-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Amherst College 17-2, 6-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
3. Tufts University 19-1, 6-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine) 19-0, 7-0 LEC Last Week: No. 4
5. Babson College 16-2, 10-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
6. UMass Dartmouth 15-2, 4-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
7. Middlebury College  17-3, 4-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 
8. Trinity College 16-4, 3-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
9. MIT 14-5, 8-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8
10. Springfield College 13-6, 9-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Emmanuel College, Smith College, Southern Maine, and Worcester State 


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week Three| Week Four|Week Five| Week Six | Week Seven |Week Eight 


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