VIDEO: Breaking Down Our Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Earlier today, we released our first-ever Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll with Tufts University, Amherst College and Bowdoin College earning the top three spots. University of New England and Babson College checked-in at fourth and fifth, respectively.

Here is our our preseason poll, which you may have seen on Facebook and Twitter this morning:

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After our initial preseason poll was released, our guy – the editor/founder of NoontimeSports.com, Matt Noonan – broke down the ten teams that made our list.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup (#d3lax)

By Matt Noonan 

There were a slew of conference tournament contests that took place this afternoon, along with some regular season finales, and below is their outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

Salve Regina 10, Wentworth 8: Nick LoCicero and Curtis McKeon netted back-to-back tallies in the fourth quarter, which pushed the Seahawks ahead for good. Steve Glover, who recorded four markers for Wentworth, brought the Leopards within one goal with 2:37 remaining, but Salve Regina responded with Chad Hollenshade to seal the win. Salve Regina will continue Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play on Wednesday when they travel to Endicott College for a semifinal matchup. 

Roger Williams 22, Gordon 11: Will Siefert netted six goals, Tim Kelly recorded seven points on four tallies and three helpers as the Hawks defeated the Fighting Scots in the first round of the CCC tournament. Roger Williams advances to the semifinals on Wednesday where they’ll take on Western New England in Springfield. Gordon’s Ryan Utz matched McKeon with seven points on six goals and one assist. 

MIT 8, Mass. Maritime 6: Paul Orrson recorded five points on three tallies and two helpers, Harris Stolzenberg registered two goals and two assists as the Engineers concluded its regular season with a victory over the Buccaneers. MIT will travel to Babson College on Wednesday to face-off against the Beavers in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals. Reed McLean paced Massachusetts Maritime Academy with two markers.

Springfield 14, Babson 3: Ryon Lynch and Dylan Sheehan combined for five goals and seven assists as the Pride defeated the Beavers and claimed the top spot in the NEWMAC. Springfield will host Clark University on Wednesday in the NEWMAC semifinals. John HarrisonAlex Bunick and Spencer Low each scored one goal for Babson.

Tufts 24, Colby 9: Chris Schoenhut and Cole Bailey combined for 12 goals and four assists as the Jumbos cruised to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals, which will take place in Medford next weekend.

Williams 13, Middlebury 9: Jack Lauroesch recorded five points on three goals and two assists as the Ephs defeated the Panthers and advanced to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals.

Amherst 13, Bowdoin 6: Quinn Moroney recorded 10 points on seven helpers and three strikes, while Kane Haffey scored a game-high six goals as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Polar Bears and advanced to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. 

Women’s Lacrosse:

Emmanuel 17, St. Joe’s (Maine) 7: The Saints claimed the GNAC crown thanks to a 7-0 run in the second half that helped the hosts push ahead for good. Kristen Tuleja paced the Saints with nine points on six tallies and three helpers, while Sarah Higgins finished with three goals and one assist. Emmanuel’s Lauren White concluded the championship tilt with 11 saves. Emmanuel, which earned its first-ever conference crown, earned an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division 3 Tournament, but won’t know their opponent until next weekend .

Wheaton 15, MIT 5: Jenna Tewksbury recorded four points on three goals and one assist as the Lyons defeated the Engineers for the first time in the NEWMAC Tournament since 2001. Hannah Levy paced the Engineers with a hat trick. The Lyons will contend for the conference crown tomorrow when they host Babson College at 1 p.m.

Babson 9, Springfield 7: Leading by one goal late in the second half, Babson’s Rachel Secrist secured her team’s NEWMAC semifinals victory with her fourth tally of the contest at 3:08. The Beavers, which led the Pride at halftime 5-2, will compete in its eighth straight conference championship tomorrow against Wheaton. Secrist led Babson with six points on four markers and two helpers, while Springfield’s Connie Nielsen match her opponent with six points on three strikes and three assists.

Amherst 11, Bowdoin 5: Meghan Mils netted a hat trick, Caroline HollidayPriscilla Tyler and Krista Zsitvay each scored two goals as the Jeffs defeated the Polar Bears and advanced to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals next weekend. Amherst will meet archival Williams in the second game, which is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. The site for this year’s NESCAC semifinals is Trinity College.

Williams 11, Tufts 6: Bridget Malicki registered five points on three helpers and two tallies, while Rebecca McGovern netted a hat trick as the Ephs defeated the Jumbos in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. With the win, the Ephs advance to next Saturday’s conference semifinals. Tufts’ Lindsey Walker finished the contest with four points on three goals and one helper.

Gordon 12, Curry 7: Jane Dietrich recorded four points on three goals and one helper, Jessica Castelline netted a hat trick and the Fighting Scots defeated the Colonels in the CCC Quarterfinals. Haley Carey paced Curry with five points on four goals and one assist. Gordon will travel to Endicott College on Wednesday for the CCC semifinals. 

Mass. College Lax: Conference Tourney Scoreboard (#d3lax)

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the results from today’s Division 3 conference tournament games.

Men’s Lacrosse

* Lasell 12, Rivier 1

* Becker 9, St. Joe’s (Maine) 5

* Norwich 11, Mount Ida 7

* Emmanuel 13, JWU 3

Women’s Lacrosse

* MIT 18, Mount Holyoke 17

Mass. College Lax: GNAC WLAX Tournament Preview & Schedule

By Matt Noonan 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s lacrosse tournament begins this afternoon with three local squads competing for a championship.

One of the teams – Emmanuel College – enters the tournament as the top seed after concluding its conference slate 10-0. Kristen Tuleja leads the Saints in points (72) and goals (48). She recorded eight points in two games this season and matched Sarah Wooten with 24 helpers. Lauren White, the team’s goaltender, saved 102 shots this season and yielded 113 goals. White also won 12 games this season, too.

The Saints will begin tournament play against University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) at 7 p.m. in Boston. Emmanuel defeated the Blue Jays earlier this season, 16-12. Emily Baker led the Blue and Gold with a hat trick, the first of her collegiate career, while White picked up her 10th career victory.

Lasell College will host Rivier University at 3:30 p.m. in Newton. The Lasers concluded its regular season slate 9-7 overall and 7-3 in conference play. Lasell defeated Rivier earlier this season, 18-9. Britney Wuorio led all players with 10 points on six goals and four assists, while Ashlee Pechulis netted five goals on five shots.

Wurio is fourth in the conference in goals (48), but the top point scorer with 96. She’s posted 11 points in two games this season, along with 10 points, which occurred against the Raiders. The Bolton, Mass. native has compiled 415 points over four seasons with the Lasers and will look to extend her team’s season with a win this afternoon.

Simmons College, which earned the sixth seed for the tournament, will travel to Norwich University for its first-round contest at 7 p.m. The Sharks won three of its final four contests, but fell to the Cadets earlier this month, 12-3. Norwich led Simmons at the break, 7-3, but pushed ahead for good by scoring five more goals in the second session.

Crystal Derosier, Simmons’ goaltender, is fourth in the conference in save percentage (46.6%). She posted one shutout earlier this season against Anna Maria and deflected a season-high 21 shots in a 15-11 win over Regis College.

The final GNAC contest pits St. Joseph’s (Maine) against Johnson & Wales (R.I.). That particular clash is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.

GNAC Women’s Lax Tournament Schedule:

QUARTERFINALS

* Rivier @ Lasell, 3:30 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* St. Joe’s (Conn.) @ Emmanuel, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* Simmons @ Norwich, 7 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

* JWU @ St. Joe’s (Maine), 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday, Apr. 22)

SEMIFINALS

* Emmanuel/St. Joe’s (Conn.) vs. Lasell/Rivier (Thursday, Apr. 24)

* Norwich/Simmons vs. JWU/St. Joe’s (Maine) (Thursday, Apr. 24)

FINALS

* Winner of 1st Semifinal vs. Winner of 2nd Semifinals (Saturday, Apr. 26) at the highest seed

Mass. College Lax: Afternoon Roundup (#d3lax)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are a few scores and highlights from this afternoon’s Division 3 contests.

Men’s Lacrosse

Tufts 17, Wesleyan 11: John Uppgren and Cole Bailey each recorded five points on three goals and two assists, while Chris Schoenhut registered four points on three goals and one helper as the Jumbos defeated the Cardinals and remained undefeated in the current month. With the win, Tufts improves to 12-2 overall and 8-1 in NESCAC play.

Emmanuel 8, Lasell 7: Tony Cibelli‘s marker at 8:25 in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Saints defeated the Lasers in Newton and finished its conference slate 10-0. Cibelli paced Emmanuel with two strikes, while Austin Lauzier turned away 14 of 21 shots. Andrew Suh paced Lasell with three points on two goals and one assist.

With the win, Emmanuel earned the top spot in the upcoming GNAC playoffs, which begins on Wednesday, April 23.

Endicott 18, Bowdoin 10: Sam Scoba‘s tally with 2:14 remaining in the opening stanza provided the Gulls with the lead for good as the Gulls soared past the Polar Bears in Beverley. Harrison Cotter led all players with eight points on seven goals and one assist, while Cameron Bell turned away 12 of 20 shots. 

WNE 14, UNE 9: Adam Knapton‘s man-up strike at 8:44 sparked a 5-0 run, which helped the Golden Bears pick up its sixth conference win. Knapton finished with six points on four goals and two assist.

Women’s Lacrosse

Lasell 18, Albertus Magnus 3: Jen LemoineBridget Doherty and Stefanie Welch each recorded hat tricks as the Lasers concluded its regular season slate with a victory over the Falcons. Lasell will return to action on Tuesday when they take on Rivier University in the first-round of the GNAC playoffs. The winner will face either Emmanuel or St. Joseph’s (Conn.) on Thursday in the semifinals.

Simmons 11, St, Joe’s (Maine): Greer Gilbert scored on a free position with 5:13 remaining in the second session as the Sharks defeated the Monks and closed out its regular season slate with a win. Gilbert recorded a team-high four goals in the win. Simmons will return to the turf on Tuesday when they travel to Norwich University to take on the Cadets in the first-round of the GNAC playoffs. The winner will meet St. Joe’s (Maine) or Johnson & Wales on Thursday, April 24. 

Amherst 13, Williams 6: Priscilla Tyler‘s goal at 26:48 in the second half jumpstarted an 8-0 run to seal the win as the Jeffs defeated the Ephs in Williamstown. Tyler finished with six points on five goals and one assist, while Williams received two tallies from Alyssa Amos

Tufts 7, Wesleyan 5: Kali DiGate initiated 4-0 run by recording a strike at 17:34 in the second half, which helped the Jumbos pick up an important conference road win. DiGate finished with two goals, while Caroline Ross registered three points on two strikes and one helper. 

Wheaton 14, Smith 7: Leila Mills netted four goals, Brooke Sabol recorded four points on three helpers and one marker as the Lyons defeated the Pioneers and earned the top seed for the NEWMAC playoffs. The Lyons will play the winner of Mount Holyoke-MIT next Saturday, April 26 in the semifinals at 12 p.m. Jessica Lillquist and Rachel Silveria both recorded hat tricks for Smith.

WNE 19, UNE 11: Taylor Scialdone recorded six goals and one helper, while Jessica Scannapieco registered four assists and three strikes as the Golden Bears picked up a conference road win and improved to 16-0 overall. This particular win also was WNE’s 22nd consecutive regular season victory (streak began last season).