Thursday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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Worcester State scored an exciting win on Thursday, defeating top-seed Fitchburg State in the MASCAC Semifinals. (PHOTO CREDIT: Worcester State Athletics/Matt Wright)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Another busy evening of conference tournament basketball is in the books, and below are the results (with links to their box score, courtesy D3Hoops.com).

Albertus Magnus 108, Mount Ida 68 (MBB) 

Lasell 68, Johnson & Wales 61 (MBB) 

Worcester State 71, Fitchburg State 68 (MBB) 

Salem State 69, Bridgewater State 68 (MBB) 

Southern Vermont 82, Wheelock 71 (MBB) 

Becker 64, Lesley 62 (MBB) 

Endicott 84, Eastern Nazarene 66 (MBB) 

Nichols 83, Wentworth 74 (MBB) 

Saint Joseph’s (Maine) 91, Johnson & Wales 90 (2OT) (WBB) 

Emmanuel 74, Norwich 67 (WBB) 

Elms 63, Becker 61 (WBB) 

Regis 66, Wheelock 45 (WBB)

Framingham State 60, MCLA 59 (WBB)

Westfield State 97, Bridgewater State 95 (2OT) (WBB)  

Univ. of New England 75, Eastern Nazarene 59 (WBB) 

Western New England 44, Roger Williams (WBB) 

Southern Vermont Stretches Win Streak to 11, Sweeps Becker To Secure NECC Playoff Home Game

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Southern Vermont’s Rayshawn Taylor became the 11th student-athlete in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark during yesterday’s win over Becker College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bennington Banner)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Make it 11-straight wins for the Southern Vermont men’s basketball team as they defeated Becker College for the second time this season on Wednesday by a score of 97-78.

The win secures a season-sweep over Becker – the two teams met last year in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Tournament final with the Mountaineers earning the conference’s crown, along with an automatic qualifier to the 2016 NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament.

Additionally, the victory provides Dan Engelstad‘s crew with a conference tournament home playoff game in a few weeks – the Mountaineers will host either a first-round or semifinal game, as noted in yesterday’s release.

Southern Vermont’s Rayshawn Taylor highlighted his team’s outing against the Hawks by netting his 1,000th point – he finished the contest with 19 points. Taylor is now the 11th student-athlete in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.

“I could not be more proud of Rayshawn’s accomplishment and his development on, and off, the court,” Engelstad said via Wednesday’s game release. “He’s come a long way in his career at SVC. He’s one of the best scorers of the basketball in the country, and for him to do this in just three years is quite a feat. He’s playing basketball at a very high clip and has had arguably one of the better careers at Southern Vermont.”

Taylor and the Mountaineers are back in action Saturday, February 11 when they host Wheelock College on Senior Day.

NECC Men’s Basketball Conference Play Heating Up

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Becker College first-year Antonio White Jr. and the Hawks currently occupy first place in the NECC. (PHOTO CREDIT: Foley Photography)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

We have an interesting conference race taking place (and heating up) in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) – it has been one of the various leagues we have been eyeing the past few weeks.

As of this afternoon, the Becker College men’s basketball team appears to be in the driver seat for the top spot. Yet, they still have some important games remaining, including a late afternoon/early evening clash with the Wildcats of Wheelock College – that game is scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m.

Wheelock enters the game in a two-way tie for fourth place with Daniel Webster College – the Eagles are 2-2 in their last four games, but scored an impressive win over Lesley University 10 days ago (to be exact!).

The Lynx have been a fun story this season – they’re currently in sole possession of third place with a 6-3 conference ledger and have won 12 games, which matches their win total from the 2007-08 season.

Let’s also not overlook Southern Vermont, which has won five-straight contests. They’re idle this evening, but return to action on Thursday against Mitchell College. The Mountaineers captured the NECC crown last season en route to their second trip in program history to the NCAA Tournament.

The Mountaineers defeated Becker in tournament finale – could we be headed that way again? It’s possible – the two teams are scheduled to meet next month. Southern Vermont will host the initial meeting on Monday, February 6 before traveling to Becker on Wednesday, February 8. Both games will be must-follow!

Finally, keep an eye on Regis College and Mitchell – both teams could make some late season surges and make the positioning for the six-team tournament quite interesting!

Endicott Men’s Volleyball Soars Past Southern Vermont, Remains Perfect In NECC

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Southern Vermont sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the Endicott College men’s volleyball team, who defeated Southern Vermont in three matches. The Gulls have now won four consecutive contests and remain undefeated in the New England Collegiate Conference:

BENNINGTON, Vt. – A strong block presence at the net helped carry the visiting Endicott College men’s volleyball team over Southern Vermont College Tuesday night, 3-0, to remain undefeated in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

EC won with game scores of 25-20, 25-19, 25-14.

The Mountaineers drop to 5-8 overall on the season, 2-2 in the conference, while the Gulls improve to 10-4 and 5-0 in NECC play.

Endicott recorded hitting averages of above .300 in each set with junior Travis Netherton (Waukegan, Ill.) leading the way at 11 kills; he committed only two hitting errors on 15 swings for a .600 hitting percentage.

The Mountaineers took a brief lead in the opening set, but EC was quick to answer as the teams went back-and-forth. The Gulls took a late lead which they would not relinquish while taking the frame 25-20.

Endicott grabbed four-straight points early in the second game to gain a quick advantage. The Gulls would slowly increase that margin before SVC tried to storm back later on in the set. EC remained tough and focused, however, to close it out 25-19.

In the final set, Southern Vermont would again take an early lead and used the momentum to jump out 4-1, but Endicott came right back with four unanswered of its own to go on top. The Mountaineers grabbed a momentary 6-5 lead, but the Gulls went on an 11-3 run and left SVC with a deficit it would be unable to overcome through the remainder of the match, falling 25-14.

Mountaineer junior outside hitter Anthony Barahona (Eagle Rock, Calif.) and sophomore middle Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) each led the team with nine kills while Barahona, sophomore setter Herson Canta (Los Angeles, Calif.) and sophomore libero Florentino Escovedo (Fresno, Calif.) recorded eight digs apiece. Canta also had 21 assists for SVC.

Following Netherton on the Gulls was junior middle blocker Mike Coniglione (Glenville, N.Y.) who put down 10 kills, only notching two errors on 21 attack attempts for a .381 hitting percentage. Junior Josh Anderson (La Canada, Calif.) had six kills to go along with a match-high five block assists; Netherton also contributed four block assists and a solo for the Endicott defense. Freshman setter Tyler Bacon assisted on 30 of the 43 Gull kills. The team hit .393 on the night with 43 kills and 10 errors on 84 attack attempts.

The Mountaineers return to action Friday with a 4 p.m. NECC home match against Newbury College, and Endicott is off until Saturday’s rematch against SVC at 1 p.m. on the Gull’s home court.

Wheelock College vs. Southern Vermont (12/7/10)

Noontime Sports was in attendance for two intriguing NCAA Division III/NECC College Basketball games on Tuesday December 7, 2010, which featured Wheelock College vs. Southern Vermont (both men’s and women’s). Here is our reports from the game.

Wheelock College vs. Southern Vermont (NECC/Women’s Basketball):

 

Wheelock College vs. Southern Vermont (NECC/Men’s Basketball):