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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Which D3 New England Teams Are Going Dancing?

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

Monday brought some exciting news to a slew of New England D3 basketball teams that learned they will be headed to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament, which officially tips-off this Friday, March 1st.

Below are the teams from New England that will be competing for a national championship beginning this Friday.

Men’s Basketball 

  • Husson University at Williams College (Williams will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Albertus Magnus at Christopher Newport (Christopher Newport will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Penn State-Behrend at Hamilton College (Hamilton will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Keene State vs. Moravian College (Hamilton)
  • Amherst College vs. Rosemont College (at the University of Rochester)
  • Emerson College vs. Rowan University (Rowan will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Middlebury College vs. Nichols College (Rowan)
  • Mitchell College at Swarthmore College (Swarthmore will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • MIT vs. Skidmore College (Swarthmore)
  • Salem State at Oswego State (Oswego State will be hosting the first and second rounds)

Women’s Basketball 

  • New England College at The University of Scranton (Scranton will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Eastern Connecticut vs. Johns Hopkins (Scranton)
  • Westfield State vs. Mount Saint Mary (Gettysburg College)
  • Western New England at Tufts University (Tufts will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Hunter College at Bowdoin College (Bowdoin will be hosting the first and second rounds)
  • Smith College vs. Merchant Marine (Bowdoin)
  • Emmanuel College vs. Hartwick College (at SUNY New Paltz)
  • MIT vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) (at Ithaca College)
  • Middlebury College vs. John Carroll (at DeSales)
  • Husson University at Amherst College (Amherst will be hosting the first and second rounds)

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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Amherst, Tufts Win NESCAC Crowns

Noontime Hoops Notebook

By Matt Noontime | @MattyNoonz11

A busy weekend of conference championships has come to an end today with Amherst College beating Hamilton College in the men’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship, while Tufts University topped Bowdoin College in the women’s title game.

With their respective wins, Amherst and Tufts are headed back to the NCAA Division III basketball tournaments – we will learn the pairings tomorrow for the opening round games, which will take place next Friday, March 1st.

Here are some news and notes from both today’s championship, and what you need to know heading into tomorrow’s selection show.

Tufts hands Bowdoin its first loss of the 2018-19 season: Coach Carla Berube led the Jumbos to their third conference crown in five seasons this afternoon with an exciting 75-69 win in Maine.

With the win, the Jumbos have now won six games since falling to Amherst earlier this month at home. The victory also provided Bowdoin its first setback of the season – the Polar Bears entered the contest riding a 26-game winning streak.

Tufts’ Jac Knapp paced all scorers with 25 points, while Erica DeCandido contributed 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting, along with five assists, two steals, one block, and one rebound.

Maddie Hasson led Bowdoin with 20 points – she finished the game 10 of 10 from the stripe, while Abby Kelly added 16 points. As a team, Bowdoin ended the game 20 of 21 from the charity stripe.

Tufts led by one (52-51) heading into the final stanza but relied on Knapp down the stretch to sink some key freebies to secure the win.

The victory provided the Jumbos with the conference’s automatic bid for the upcoming tournament, while Bowdoin will wait to hear its name called as an at-large tomorrow.

Amherst tops Hamilton to win its first title since 2014: After defeating Williams College in yesterday’s semifinal, the Mammoths secured the conference’s automatic berth to the upcoming postseason tournament with a 62-56 win over the Continentals. Fru Che and Granton Robinson each netted 16 points, while Devonn Allen added 14 points, six rebounds, two steals and one block.

The Mammoths led Hamilton, 36-31, at the break before padding its lead with 26 points in the final stanza.

Peter Hoffmann paced Hamilton with 15 points, while Kena Gilmour added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Amherst has now won eight NESCAC crowns dating back to its initial in the current stretch in 2001 when coach David Hixon led the Mammoths to an 86-75 win over Trinity College.

Who is headed to the NCAA Tournament from New England? So, what schools secured an automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Tournament? The answer is below!

Men’s Basketball Teams 

  • Nichols College
  • Albertus Magnus
  • Keene State
  • Salem State
  • Mitchell College
  • Amherst College
  • Emerson College
  • Husson University

Women’s Basketball Teams

  • Western New England
  • Emmanuel College
  • Eastern Connecticut
  • Westfield State
  • New England College
  • Tufts University
  • MIT
  • Husson University

Who could receive an at-large bid? So, who could receive an at-large bid? Well, here are some thoughts on which teams we think could get into the tournament (below again!).

Men’s Basketball 

  • Gordon College: The Fighting Scots should hear their name called tomorrow, but as of now, it appears as if they are on the bubble.
  • Eastern Connecticut: The Warriors will certainly be considered by the committee, however, if their name is called, then it will most likely be at the end.
  • Hamilton College: The Continentals have been one of the NESCAC’s top teams this year, so they should get an invite tomorrow.
  • Middlebury College: An early round exit in the NESCAC Tournament left me wondering if their season was over, but similar to Hamilton, they have been one of the top teams in their conference and region, so expect the Panthers to hear their name announced tomorrow.
  • Williams College: The Ephs should be in the tournament this year, but Hamilton and Middlebury should hear their name called before Williams, though.
  • MIT: Despite falling to WPI last Thursday in the NEWMAC semifinals, the Engineers have done enough to secure an at-large bid. They will certainly hear their name called.

Women’s Basketball 

  • St. Joseph’s (Maine): Despite falling to Emmanuel College, they most likely have done enough to secure an invite to the ‘big dance.’
  • UMass Dartmouth: If the Corsairs hear their name called on Monday, they will most likely be one four teams into the tournament.
  • Amherst College: The defending champions will be in.
  • Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears saw their 26-game winning streak conclude this afternoon, but they will get an invite as one of the top teams in the country.
  • Middlebury College: Advancing to conference championship weekend may be enough for the Panthers to get into the postseason.
  • Trinity College: Their loss last week to Middlebury may hurt their chances, but anything is possible, so maybe they sneak in as one of the last teams in.
  • Smith College: Despite a heartbreaking loss to Springfield College earlier this week, these Pioneers have appeared to have done enough to get a look from the committee.
  • Babson College: Similar to UMass Dartmouth and Trinity College, they will be waiting to hear if they are one of the last four in.

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D3 Hoops: Saturday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

NS CONF TOURN SCOREBOARD 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s been an exciting Saturday in the New England D3 hoops world with upsets galore, along with some impressive conference championship finishes. Additionally, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) resumed its postseason tournament this afternoon, as well, so let’s get you ALL caught-up on a busy day of basketball.


CCC Men’s Championship: Nichols College 105, Gordon College 90: Marcos Echevarria and DeAnte Bruton combined for 63 points to power the Bison to a third-straight CCC title.

CCC Women’s Championship: Western New England 69, Endicott College 55: Courtney Carlson led the Golden Bears with 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting to lead Western New England past Endicott on the road.

GNAC Men’s Championship: Albertus Magnus 81, St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 77: Damian Grant paced the Falcons with a team-high 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting, while Jahmerikah Green-Younger clinched the win with a late layup. Green-Younger concluded the contest with 12 points, including four freebies.

GNAC Women’s Championship: Emmanuel College 65, St. Joseph’s (Maine) 64: Maddie McLaughlin netted a pair of freebies with seven seconds left to lift the Saints past the Monks in an exciting GNAC championship. McLaughlin concluded the contest with 10 points.

LEC Men’s Basketball Championship: Keene State 72, Eastern Connecticut 69: Ty Nichols poured in a game-high 37 points on 13 of 21 shooting to lead the Owls past the Warriors on their home court.

LEC Women’s Basketball Championship: Eastern Conn. 77, UMass Dartmouth 72: Mya Villard recorded a double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds as the Warriors outlasted the Corsairs in a thriller in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

MASCAC Men’s Championship: Salem State 66, Westfield State 57: Sean Bryan posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Vikings back to the NCAA Tournament. Bryan’s 18 points were the most recorded by all scorers.

MASCAC Women’s Championship: Westfield State 84, Worcester State 73The Owls outscored the Lancers, 58-38, in the second half to secure the MASCASC’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Kierra McCarthy led the Owls with 22 points off the bench.

NECC Men’s Basketball Championship: Mitchell College 77, Newbury College 69 (OT): Domenico Santiago registered a game-high 25 rebounds to go along with 16 points as the Mariners outlasted the Nighthawks in overtime.

NECC Women’s Basketball Championship: New England College 61, Becker College 40Rene Hudson paced all scorers with 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting to lead the Pilgrims past the Hawks on their home court.

NESCASC Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Hamilton College 89, Tufts University 84: Tim Doyle sank a pair of free throws late in the second half to seal the win for the Continentals. Doyle finished the contest with a team-high 18 points.

NESCASC Men’s Basketball Semifinals: Amherst College 74, Williams College 69: Grant Robinson netted a game-high 33 points as the Mammoths defeated the Ephs to secure a date with the Continentals tomorrow in the NESCAC Championship. 

NESCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinals: Bowdoin College 84, Middlebury College 54: Samantha Roy was one of five Bowdoin players to net 10 points of more – she finished with a game-high 20 points – as the Polar Bears raced paced the Panthers to secure a spot in tomorrow’s NESCAC championship.

NESCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinal: Tufts University 47, Amherst College 46: Janette Wadolowski‘s netted the game-winning jumper during the final seconds of the fourth quarter to lift the Jumbos past the Mammoths in the NESCAC semifinals. Erica DeCandido led Tufts with 14 points.

NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Championship: Emerson College 93, WPI 75: Jack O’Connor exploded for a game-high 33 points on 11 of 17 shooting as Lions defeated the Engineers to secure an automatic berth for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. 

NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Championship: MIT 66, Springfield College 50The Engineers earned a return trip to the postseason, thanks to 22 points and 10 rebounds from Jocelyn Luizzi off the bench.

NAC Men’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 82, Thomas College 67The Eagles outscored the Terriers, 42-27, in the second half to secure the conference’s automatic berth for the NCAA Tournament. Justin Martin paced Husson with 26 points.

NAC Women’s Basketball Championship: Husson University 58, Maine Maritime 51: Kenzie Worcester and Megan Peach combined for 35 points as the Eagles defeated the Mariners in Newman Gym to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.


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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Conference Championship Weekend Predictions

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Welcome to the BIG conference tournament weekend – where did the time go?

It seems like yesterday multiple teams were posting photos on Twitter or Instagram from their initial practice of the 2018-19 season. But today, tomorrow and Sunday marks the end of an exciting week of conference tournament play before we head into the first week of the NCAA Tournament.

We have some enticing match-ups to follow tomorrow, including Gordon College vs. Nichols College in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship – I initially thought Western New England would be competing for the title, but a second-half rally helped the Bison secure a spot in the postseason – along with Emerson College hosting WPI and Newbury College visiting Mitchell College for the right to represent the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) in the NCAA Tournament.

On the women’s side, one should certainly not overlook Becker College traveling to New England CollegeSpringfield College entertaining MIT, and St. Joseph’s College (Maine) hosting Emmanuel College.

These are just a few games I will be eyeballing – yes, there are more – but now it is time to dish out my conference championship predictions. And as usual, feel free to send a tweet or note my way if you agree or disagree, but as always, thank you all so much for following along with our New England D3 hoops coverage and best of luck to all teams competing this weekend!


Noonan’s Conference Championship Predictions 

Commonwealth Coast Conference | Men’s Champion: Nichols College. I owe an apology to the Bison – I picked against you guys on social media (videos on Instagram and Twitter) – but from what I witnessed last night in the second half against the Golden Bears, I think this team has what it takes to beat Gordon.

Commonwealth Coast Conference | Women’s Champion: Endicott College. I thought Curry College had a chance to beat the Gulls on the road, but their match-up with Western New England should prepare the Green and Blue for hopefully a first (and second round) NCAA Tournament victory.

Great Northeast Athletic Conference| Men’s Champion: St. Joseph’s (Conn.). Coach Jim Calhoun‘s squad will make its first-ever appearance in the GNAC championship tomorrow against a really tough foe in Albertus Magnus. But something seems to be clicking for the Blue Jays, so let’s go with the Blue and Gold in this one.

Great Northeast Athletic Conference | Women’s Champion: St. Joseph’s (Maine). A source told us that Emmanuel College probably could have won this game a few weeks ago, but the Monks seemed to seal the win with some big plays in all four quarters, along with some key late freebies. The Saints will certainly challenge this Monks squad but in the end, we expect St. Joeseph’s to prevail.

Little East Conference | Men’s Champion: Keene State. The Owls are indeed one of the hottest teams in New England, so look for their current momentum to carry them to wins over Western Connecticut and most likely Eastern Connecticut.

Little East Conference | Women’s Champion: Eastern Connecticut. All four teams have the capability to make big plays, play locked-down defense and do what is needed to pull out wins. But on this particular weekend, we think the Warriors will just make one or two more plays to secure the LEC’s automatic bid to the big dance.

Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference | Men’s Champion: Salem State. As long as Sean Bryan records a double-double, which he did against Bridgewater State, then I will take the Vikings. The Owls already beat the Vikings on their home court earlier this month, so don’t expect this game to be a runaway.

Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference | Women’s Champion: Worcester State. This is the Lancers’ best opportunity to advance to the NCAA Tournament, so I expect them to squeak past the Owls with a late freebie to secure the conference’s automatic bid.

New England Collegiate Conference | Men’s Champion: Mitchell College. Mitchell went on the road and beat the top team in the NECC in overtime. They also dislodged a quality Southern Vermont team two days earlier. Look for Mitchell to celebrate a conference crown on Saturday in New London, Connecticut.

New England Collegiate Conference | Women’s Champion: Becker College. A senior-led Hawks squad will manage to find a way past the Pilgrims to secure a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.

New England Small College Athletic Conference | Men’s Champion: Amherst College. An end of the season loss to Hamilton College has me thinking these Mammoths will not only beat Williams College but then Tufts University, which will find a way to knock off the home team (the Continentals).

New England Small College Athletic Conference | Women’s Champion: Bowdoin College. The Polar Bears secured home court with a win last week over Connecticut College. On Saturday, they will find a way past the Panthers of Middlebury College and then beat Amherst College, who I believe will take down Tufts University in the other semifinal tomorrow.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference | Men’s Champion: WPI. I love the Emerson College story, but I can’t keep picking against these Engineers. They already scored two impressive road wins, beating Babson College on Tuesday and MIT last night.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference | Women’s Champion: MIT. Sure, I may be biased to the Engineers, but from what I saw last night against Babson College has me thinking this team has what it takes to go on the road again for the second time this week and beat the Pride. Springfield College, though, will certainly be fired-up after their exciting win last night over Smith College.

North Atlantic Conference | Men’s Champion: Maine-Farmington. As the top seed in this year’s NAC tournament, I find it would be hard for the home team to not play twice in a weekend. They have a tough match-up with Thomas College in this evening’s semifinals, but if they can beat the Terriers than I expect them to top the winner of SUNY Canton-Husson.

North Atlantic Conference | Women’s Champion: Maine Maritime. The Mariners are the number two seed and should find a way past SUNY Canton before beating Husson University, which I believe will knock-off NVU-Lyndon. I think Maine Maritime will use a mid-to-late fourth-quarter run to beat the Eagles and advance to the NCAA Tournament.


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Feb. 18th)

NS HOOP WBB TOP 10

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Welcome to the BIG conference tournament week – the road the NCAA Division III Tournament has begun for some teams, but will officially begin for others tomorrow afternoon and evening.

By no surprise, the big three – Bowdoin CollegeAmherst College, and Tufts University – remain our top teams in the New England region, while Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) and Babson College continue to round out the top five positions.

Smith College, which delivered coach Lynn Hersey her 200th win this past Saturday, remains our sixth best team in New England followed by UMass Dartmouth (seventh), Middlebury College (eight) and Emmanuel College (nine).

Eastern Connecticut secured our tenth and final position – the Warriors enter their conference tournament with a lot of momentum and could be a tough out, along with Southern Maine and Rhode Island College.

Keep an eye on our team’s on the rise, including Endicott College, which secured the top spot in their conference tournament, along with Emerson College and Worcester State. Both Emerson and Worcester State could be sleepers in their respective conference postseason tournament.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Feb. 18th, 2019 

1. Bowdoin College

25-0, 10-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Amherst College 23-2, 9-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
3. Tufts University 23-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine) 25-0, 12-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Babson College 21-4, 14-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Smith College 20-5, 13-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7 
7. UMass Dartmouth 21-4, 14-2 LEC Last Week: No. 8 
8. Middlebury College 19-6, 5-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
9. Emmanuel College 20-5, 11-1 GNAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Eastern Conn.  17-8, 12-4 LEC Last Week: Not Ranked

On The Rise: Emerson College, Endicott College, MIT,  Trinity College, and Worcester State  


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week Three| Week Four|Week Five| Week Six | Week Seven |Week Eight | Week NineWeek 10| Week 11


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