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Noontime’s Five D3 Men’s Lacrosse Teams to Watch in April

Cross Ferrara and the Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team have won 11-straight contests this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brad Boardman)

By Matt Noonan

We’re a few days into the final month of the regular season for NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse, which seems hard to fathom. But luckily, there is still plenty of lacrosse to be played – don’t worry, the season is not over yet!

However, I believe there are a few teams – may be more than a few? – that we should certainly keep our eyes on down the stretch and possibly next month once the postseason begins.

Yet, before we look too far down the road, allow me to share the five teams I’ll be watching this month.

Salisbury University: I believe the Sea Gulls are the best team in Division III. But that’s my opinion.  

Salisbury secured 23 first-place votes for this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) D-III Top 20 Poll after capping the second month with three big wins over Colorado College, Whittier College, and Stevenson University.

Their most recent matchup with Stevenson was a challenging one, which saw the Mustangs outscore the Sea Gulls, 5-3 in the third quarter (Salisbury led 9-4 at the break).  

The Sea Gulls will certainly be challenged over the next few weeks with upcoming matchups against a pair of ranked teams, including Christopher Newport, which secured the second position on this week’s USILA Top 20 Poll after checking in fourth one week ago. Neither team has dropped a game this spring, so their matchup next Saturday, April 16 could feature a pair of unbeaten squads.

Christopher Newport: The Captains looked impressive in their last outing, beating Williams College by a score of 15-2.

The non-conference meeting with the Ephs was highlighted by a career-high 18 saves by Zac Hanway. Andrew Cook tallied six goals, which is the most any member of the team has recorded against a nationally-ranked opponent.

Christopher Newport will compete later today against Southern Virginia University before turning its attention to Salisbury, along with the University of Mary Washington and Colorado College.

The Captains have scored five wins this season against nationally-ranked foes and will certainly look to continue their momentum over the next few weeks.

Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears head into this evening’s meeting with Bates College riding a nine-game winning streak.

Bowdoin has won five New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchups, along with a pair of regional victories over Babson College and Western New England.

I believe the Polar Bears are the best team in the NESCAC, however, I am interested to see how they do against Tufts University later this month. But given the way they have played these last few weeks; I find it hard to see this team losing its current momentum down the stretch.

Keep an eye on Will Byrne, a sophomore from Darrien, Connecticut, that tied the school’s single-game program record with 11 points (five points and six assists) last month against Western New England.

RPI: The Engineers have certainly bounced back following a 12-9 setback to Williams last month with a pair of wins, including a 13-12 victory last weekend against RIT.

Cooper Urban concluded his team’s meeting with the Tigers with three goals and three assists while Joseph Perry recorded 23 saves.  

The win over RIT provided RPI with the top spot in the Liberty League (LL) with a 3-0 record (the Engineers currently boast a 9-1 overall record).

RPI has certainly been on my radar this spring by commencing its current campaign with seven-straight wins. They will certainly face some challenges down the stretch, beginning next Saturday with a big matchup with Union College.

Union College: The Dutchmen have scored some impressive wins thus far, including recent victories over Middlebury College, St. Lawrence University, and Tufts.

Their next three matchups will certainly tell us more about a team that I believe can compete for both a conference crown and national championship.

Union will visit St. John Fisher College this afternoon (face-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.) and RIT this Saturday, April 9.

Keep your eyes on goalie Dan Donahue, who was recently named the Liberty League’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week for the fifth time this spring.

Amherst, Middlebury Look To Continue Their Recent Momentum

PJ Clementi and the Amherst College men’s lacrosse team scored two impressive wins last week at the Mustang Classic. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clarus Studios)

By Matt Noonan

Following a pair of impressive wins this past weekend, Amherst College heads into tonight’s non-conference meeting with Springfield College with a great deal of momentum.

The Mammoths bounced back from an 18-14 setback to Tufts University earlier this month with a pair of wins against Bates College (22-10) and Gettysburg College (18-14) last Friday and Saturday.

PJ Clementi highlighted his team’s win over the Bullets by netting a career-high six goals on nine shots to go with three ground balls. The senior attack from Huntington, New York is currently second on the team in goals (14).

Nicholas Kopp was also a player to watch against Gettysburg as he won 27 of 36 face-offs while scooping a game-high 14 ground balls.

Coach Sean Woods said Kopp’s impressive showing against Gettysburg is a result of he and his coaching staff challenging the first-year face-off specialist “over the last couple of weeks.”

“Nick just did a great job keeping his nose over the ball,” Woods said following his team’s second matchup from last weekend’s Mustang Classic, which was held at Stevenson University.   

The 27 face-off wins are the most Koop has recorded in four games this spring – he currently ranks second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in face-off wins. Bowdoin College’s Ethan Barnard leads the conference with 107 victories at midfield.  

Following tonight’s meeting with Springfield, Amherst will head to Rochester, New York on Saturday to compete against St. John Fisher.

Amherst is just one of many NESCAC teams to watch, both this week and weekend – the same could be said for the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team, which scored its 30th consecutive victory yesterday against York College. The impressive winning streak dates back to Middlebury’s second game of its 2019 season.

The Panthers, who defeated the Spartans by a score of 11-5, outscored the hosts in the second half, 7-2, thanks to Hope Shue (four goals, one assist) and Kelcey Dion (two goals). Five players concluded the non-league meeting with one goal. Middlebury’s defense held York scoreless in the third quarter.

While the Middlebury attack – and yes, its midfield – did its job, the same could be said for goalie Annie Enrietto, who secured her fifth win between the pipes with six saves on 14 shots.

Through five contests this spring, Enrietto has recorded 29 saves on 94 shots. She recorded a season-high of 12 saves in her squad’s season-opener against Bowdoin earlier this month.

Tomorrow, Middlebury will compete against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in a game that will pit two of the top 10 teams in the country.

What We Learned From The Second Week of the 2022 NCAA D3 Lacrosse Season

Brett Gladstone recorded nine points in his team’s non-conference clash with Colorado College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Hunter Martin)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first two weeks of the 2022 NCAA Division III lacrosse season are in the books.

Perhaps most exciting story of the young season is the Grove City College men’s lacrosse team, which scored a pair of impressive wins this past weekend against Colorado College and Rhodes College.

Both wins were highlighted by an offense led by Brett Gladstone, who tallied 13 points on eight goals and five assists on 23 shots, including 15 shots on goal.

Zachary Hougan added 11 points on eight goals and three assists while Grant Evans won 28 of 41 face-offs.

Saturday’s opening day win against the Lynx was certainly impressive, but perhaps the Red and White’s best showing of the weekend came one day later with an eight-goal win against a Tigers squad that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals last May.

Gladstone highlighted the Wolverines’ win against Colorado College with nine points on seven goals and two assists while goalie Jack Petit recorded nine saves.

The Wolverines led the Tigers, 13-6, at the break before tacking on nine more goals during the final 30 minutes, including six in the final session.

Grove City entered the 2022 season with high expectations after winning 35 of 51 contests over the last four seasons, including two Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) titles. The Wolverines have competed in the NCAA postseason twice, but have yet to record their first tournament win in program history (Grove City has lost back-to-back opening-round games to Cabrini University and SUNY Maritime).

Following an impressive start to the 2022 season, coach Alec Jernstedt tweeted the following: “This weekend was big for the story of our program and our guys. They’ve had an unrelenting belief and work ethic for (five) seasons now and got their first win over a ranked opponent. I know (it’s) just the start and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Love this team.”

The Wolverines will be idle this week but will return to action next Saturday, February 26 when they visit Baldwin Wallace University.

Salisbury women’s lacrosse extends its winning streak

Make it 21-straight victories for the Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team, which scored an opening day victory over Stevenson University on Saturday.

Salisbury, which won the NCAA Division III championship last May, has not lost a game since falling to Gettysburg College on March 11, 2020.

Erin Scannell and Delaney Hill each recorded hat tricks in the win while Mary Claire Hisle turned aside seven of 12 shots in the Sea Gulls’ ten goals (15-5) victory over the Mustangs.

Caroline Murphy led Stevenson with four goals on eight shots to go with one caused turnover.

As a team, the Sea Gulls registered 10 ground balls, completed 18 of 19 clears, and fired 38 shots.

Salisbury will visit Catholic University on Saturday, February 19. Like the Sea Gulls, the Cardinals secured a spot on 2022 Inside Lacrosse/Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) preseason poll after concluding its 2021 season with a 10-1 record.

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D3 Lacrosse: Five Teams To Watch This Weekend (Feb. 12-13)

Rick Smith will be one of a few student-athletes to watch on the Illinois Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Naprstek)

By NoontimeSports.com

The second week of the NCAA Division III lacrosse season began Sunday — February 6, to be exact — with more teams returning to the field this weekend.

Like we did last fall during football season, we will be highlighting five teams to watch every week this spring, so without further ado, let’s highlight the squads will be keeping our eyes on this weekend!

Colorado College (men’s lacrosse): A new chapter of Tigers men’s lacrosse begins this weekend with coach Mike Horowitz leading the Black and Gold into not one, but two contests.

Colorado College will travel to Memphis, Tennessee to compete against Illinois Wesleyan University on Saturday and Grove City College on Sunday.

Anders Erickson returns for his senior season after leading the team in goals (42), assists (44), and points (86) last spring where he became the second student-athlete in program history to record at least 40 goals and assists (or more) in a single season.  

Illinois Wesleyan University (men’s lacrosse): After an impressive 2021 campaign, which saw the Titans advance to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals, the Green and White return with expectations of not just winning the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) but perhaps contending for a national title.

IWU has the potential of a deep playoff run, but before the Green and White think about postseason lacrosse they will focus their attention on this weekend’s opponents: Colorado College and Rhodes College.

Saturday’s non-conference clash between the Titans and Tigers is what we would call a must-see, must-watch contest, which will feature some talented student-athletes on both ends of the field, including Rick Smith and Max Bousky, who were named the 2021 CCIW Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Smith produced 74 points on 49 goals and 25 assists while Bousky tallied a career-best 178 groundballs in 15 contests, which is an average of 11.86 ground balls per game.

The Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team clinched its second perfect season in program history last spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Joey Gardner, FotoJoe Photography)

Salisbury University (women’s lacrosse): After clinching its second perfect season in program history last May, coach Jim Nestor’s squad hopes to make a triumphant return to the national semifinals with hopes of contending for their second-straight championship.

Salisbury will take it one game at a time, the team’s motto for the 2022 campaign, which begins Saturday at Stevenson University. The two teams have not met since February 15, 2020, when the Sea Gulls soared past the Mustangs by a score of 14-2.

As expected, the Sea Gulls will be the team to watch this year, thanks to some key returners from last year’s squad, including Lydia McNulty, who produced career-highs in goals (62), points (72), ground balls (18), and caused turnovers (12). Additionally, McNulty was one of two student-athletes to locate the back of the net 11 times on 18 free position shots (Erin Scannell also converted 11 of 18 free position shots).  

Mary Clair Hisle returns between the pipes after starting all 20 games last spring.

Rhodes College (men’s lacrosse): Picked to finish second in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) inaugural preseason poll, the Lynx will once again be a team to watch, both in and outside of their conference, as well as this weekend against Grove City and Illinois Wesleyan.

Rhodes won five of nine games last spring, but lost to Centre College twice, including the conference championship.

Matt Leone and Ryan Dancy return after leading the Red and White in scoring while Tyler Pellegrino is back – he led the unit with 10 assists.

Virginia Wesleyan University (women’s lacrosse): After producing a 2-12 season last spring, the Marlins will look to begin its 2022 campaign with a win when they welcome Methodist University to campus for a Sunday matinee.

The Marlins and Monarchs have met four times with each squad winning two matchups.

Last season, Virginia Wesleyan trimmed a 12-4 deficit at the break with 10 second-half goals, which unfortunately was not enough to defeat Methodist, which tallied eight markers during the final 30 minutes.

Mikayla Callahan returns after leading the squad with 36 draw controls while Helen Kennedy-Butler is back after an impressive first season, which saw the Bel Air, Maryland native produce a team-high 21 goals and 27 points on 41 shots (Natalie Dunn also recorded 41 shots last spring).

Noontime’s D3 Women’s Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2022

By NoontimeSports.com

Believe it or not, a brand-new season of NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse is quickly approaching – are you ready for some lacrosse?

Yes, we know it is late December, but games (and yes, practices, too) will be starting up in a few weeks. And we are excited for another season of coverage.

Before we officially begin a new season, allow us to highlight a few teams’ fans of small college lacrosse that should keep their eyes on in the coming weeks and months.

Denison University: The Big Red made its initial appearance in the NCAA semifinals this past spring but saw their championship bid conclude with a 20-10 setback to Salisbury University.

Despite the setback, Denison will once again be a team to watch next spring – the Big Red have won 43 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) games, including five in 2021.

Casey McTague returns after being named the conference’s midfielder of the year – the Arlington, Virginia native recorded 41 points on 36 goals and five assists in 12 contests to go with a career-best 56 draw controls and 18 ground balls.

Coach Amanda Daniels and her squad will begin its 2022 campaign against Butler University on Saturday, February 19 before visiting Gettysburg College one week later.

Messiah University: 2021 was a historic season for the Falcons, which had its 18-game winning streak snapped in the national quarterfinals.

Despite ending its season with a four-goal setback to St. John Fisher in May, Messiah should once again be back in the mix, not only for a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) crown but also a deep postseason run.  

Rachel Delate returns for her third season with the Blue and White – she was named the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year this past season after producing a team-high (and yes, conference-best) 63 goals and 60 assists for a new single-season record of 123 total points.

The Falcons will begin their 2022 campaign at home against the University of Scranton on Saturday, February 19.

Middlebury College: After a year away from the field due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Panthers will certainly be a team to watch next spring — their season officially begins Saturday, March 5 with a visit to Bowdoin College.

When we last saw the Blue and White compete, Middlebury was celebrating a 14-9 victory in the national championship game against Salisbury University.

Middlebury has appeared in the national title game three times since 2016 and will look to make its fourth trip in six seasons.

Jane Earley is expected to lead the attack – the North Falmouth, Massachusetts native was a player to watch in 2019 as she concluded her team’s championship season with 68 points on 51 goals and 17 assists while registering 50 draw controls and 26 ground balls.

Salisbury University: After posting a 20-0 overall record this past season, it will be hard to overlook this Sea Gulls squad that returns some key pieces from its championship unit, including Lydia McNulty, who was named to the USA Lacrosse Magazine’s first team.

The Annapolis, Maryland native enjoyed her best season with Salisbury this past spring, tallying a career-high 72 points on 62 goals and 10 assists to go with 18 ground balls and three draw controls. McNulty, along with Caroline McKenna, Erin Scannell, and Lauren Valenti are just a few players to watch on this Sea Gulls squad, which should be in the national championship mix again next May.

Salisbury will commence its 2022 season by visiting Stevenson University on Saturday, February 12.  

St. John Fisher: The Cardinals’ historic season concluded in the national semifinals, but Fisher’s 2021 campaign did include 18 wins, including four wins against nationally-ranked opponents.

Fisher’s 18 wins were the second-most victories a Cardinals squad has recorded in program history – can they duplicate that performance next spring?

Sydney DeGirolamo will be the player to watch on the Maroon and White next spring after becoming the program’s first-ever First-Team All-American. DeGirolamo led Division III in draw controls (155) while pacing the Cardinals in assists (41) and points (78).  

Fisher will visit Stevenson University on Saturday, March 5 for its first game of the 2022 season.

Tufts University: An impressive 2021 campaign concluded with a heartbreaking defeat in the national championship — the Jumbos’ 10-game winning streak was snapped with a 14-13 setback to Salisbury.

Tufts had never competed in the championship game in previous seasons, but perhaps this defeat will fuel the Powder Blue and White to return to the national finals next spring.

The Jumbos will return some key pieces from its 2021 squad, including Anna Clarke, who produced a career-best 19 points on 16 goals and three assists in 11 contests to go with 43 draw controls, and Molly Laliberty, who was named the 2021 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Goalie of the Year.  

The Jumbos’ 2022 campaign will officially begin on Saturday, March 5 at Colby College.

University of Chicago: The Maroons were a team to watch this past spring, posting an 11-2 overall record, including a 4-1 mark against members of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). Additionally, Chicago claimed its first-ever conference tournament crown, as well as made its debut in the NCAA Division III Tournament.   
Chicago’s run toward its initial national title concluded in the quarterfinals against Dension University.

The Maroons will attempt to continue their 2021 momentum next spring — Lally Johnson (12 goals and 31 assists) and Ali Sheehy (35 goals and eight assists) both return after leading the squad with 43 points, respectively.

Chicago will commence its fourth season in program history on Saturday, February 26 when they host Bates College.  

Other teams to watch in 2022: Catholic University, Franklin & Marshall, Ithaca College, John Carroll, SUNY Cortland, TCNJ, Trinity College, Washington & Lee, William Smith, York College,