Noontime’s Senior Salute: Caty Flagg (UMass Boston)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For Caty Flagg, this past season was all about enjoying the moment, while making memories of both home and away contests.

The Methuen, Massachusetts native, who played goalie for the UMass Boston women’s ice hockey team, says her goal was to not just “live in the moment,” but cherish time with her friends and teammates.

“I’ll always remember the fun times we had throughout this past season,” said Flagg, who started 25 of 26 games for the Beacons this past winter. “I’ll remember our team practices, lifts, and preseasons, but most importantly, our team dinners to hanging out (off the ice with everyone) while enjoying each other’s company.”

With Flagg between the pipes, the Beacons won 12 games while making an appearance in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) playoffs. UMass Boston won eight conference games while capturing seven of 12 road contests.

Flagg, who backstopped Austin Prep to a state championship in 2016, became the Beacons’ first-ever netminder to be named the goaltender of the year by the NEHC in February. The senior goalie earned first-team honors, as well, and finished the season second in the conference in goals-against average (1.84) and save percentage (.942). She posted career-bests in wins (12), winning percentage (.519), and saves (800).

Prior to her team’s postseason clash with the University of Southern Maine, Flagg helped the Beacons beat Colby College, 2-1, behind 45 saves. The win over the Mules was the Beacons’ first against a nationally ranked opponent since 2016 when UMass Boston edged Norwich University in the NEHC Championship.

We recently spoke with Caty Flagg about competing for the UMass Boston women’s ice hockey team, as well as her plans beyond graduation this spring.


Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior or junior season with the Beacons? If so, which game(s) are they? 

I have two memorable games. One from last season and one from this season.

Last year, we were the seventh-seed in the NECH playoffs and drew second-seed Suffolk University in the quarterfinals. We had tied and lost to Suffolk earlier in the season but for this particular game, we came in with some confidence that helped us beat them by one goal (2-1). The energy everyone exerted on this particular day was unbelievable and it was definitely one of the most exciting games I’ve ever played in.

Another memorable game was earlier this year against Colby. At the time, Colby was undefeated and ranked tenth in the country. We knew before the game that we were the underdogs, so we went in with the mindset that we had nothing to lose. And we won the game, too. It was unbelievable.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for the UMass Boston women’s ice hockey program these past two years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

I would have to say, my teammates. Waking up every day and going to lifts or practices with them before a long day of classes, but everyone was always there for each other, both on and off the ice.

I am going to miss waking up every day and getting to play the game I love. It was always the best way to start off my day. I have been playing hockey since I was younger and it is going to be different not lacing up the skates each morning in the winter. I do look forward to staying in touch with my teammates, who have become great friends and will be back next year to cheer them on from the stands. 

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it and what do you plan to do with it after graduation? 

I’m an exercise and health sciences major so I am thinking of becoming a personal trainer after graduation.

I became interested in this subject when I attended the University of New England as a freshman and sophomore. I was able to apply what I had learned at UNE when I arrived at UMass Boston as a junior last school year.

Due to COVID-19, my summer internship with a local gym has been shifted to online courses, but I have been able to create in-home workouts, along with a health and wellness program for someone in my family, which keeps me motivated.

This particular time has allowed me to identify what I truly want to do and that is personal training as well as some coaching.

D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, Jan. 20th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

The Colby College men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to 15 games this past weekend by defeating both Middlebury College and Williams College on the road.

Colby, which improves to 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, has been an impressive story this season – can they continue their momentum later this week against Husson University on Tuesday, January 21st and Bowdoin College on Saturday, January 25th? We’ll have to wait and see.

Brandeis University was this week’s biggest mover, checking in third overall after securing the tenth position one week ago. The Judges scored an exciting 75-73 win yesterday over Emory University, handing the Eagles their second setback of the 2019-20 season, along with their initial loss against a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA).

The Judges are currently tied for first in the UAA with Washington University – the two teams will meet on Friday, January 24th in a VERY important match-up.

Tufts University moved into the fifth position after rebounding from an early week loss to Suffolk University with back-to-back wins over Amherst College (No. 10) and Hamilton College.

Finally, the Blues Jays of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) joined our poll at the ninth position – the Blue and Gold have not lost a game since falling to the Jumbos last November.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Eight Poll| Monday, January 20th, 2020

1. Colby College 15-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Middlebury College 16-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1 
3. Brandeis University 11-3, 3-0 UAA Last Week: No. 10
4. Springfield College 12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Tufts University 13-3, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. WPI  12-3, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
7. Babson College 12-3, 2-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
8. Albertus Magnus  12-2, 1-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 5
9. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 13-2, 1-0 GNAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Amherst College 11-5, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Emerson College, Endicott College, Hamilton College, Nichols College, Rhode Island College, UMass Boston, Wesleyan University, and Western New England


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven 

 

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

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For the third-straight week, Amherst College remained the top team in New England followed Nichols College (second) and Middlebury College (third).

The Mammoths of Amherst will play their first game on Tuesday, November 19th when they visit Lasell College before facing Elmira on Friday, November 22nd.

Springfield CollegeUMass Dartmouth, and New England College joined our poll following some impressive wins by all three squads.

Finally, Babson CollegeTufts University, and Williams College each moved-up.


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

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Nichols College

2-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Middlebury College

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College 

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

5. Springfield College

4-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: Not Ranked

6. UMass Dartmouth

4-0, 0-0 LEC

Last Week: Not Ranked 

7. Tufts University

1-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 7

8. Williams College

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 8

9. Babson College 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 10

10. New England College

2-1, 0-0 NEC

Last Week: Not Ranked

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Colby College, Endicott College, Fitchburg State, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams, Salem State, Suffolk University, Wesleyan University, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One 

 

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

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops

We head into the BIG conference tournament week with some movement, beginning with Hamilton College and Amherst College switching places in the top three spots, and Keene State jumping up two spots following their tenth win this past weekend over Eastern Connecticut.

Nichols College dropped one spot and must be careful heading into their conference tournament as the top seed. Wentworth Institute of Technology proved the Bison are beatable, but ‘Boys of Dudley’ should find a way to Saturday’s championship, thanks to its current 12-game winning streak.

Albertus Magnus has some serious momentum heading into their conference tournament, thanks to six consecutive victories, including an impressive 93-87 win this past weekend over Suffolk University, which is one of six teams on the rise this week. All six teams, including the Rams, have the potential to win their respective conference tournament.


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

1. MIT

22-3, 12-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Hamilton College 22-3, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Amherst College 21-4, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
4. Nichols College 23-2, 15-1 CCC Last Week: No. 3
5. Williams College 20-5, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Keene State  18-7, 13-3 LEC Last Week: No. 8
7. Middlebury College 18-7, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Albertus Magnus  17-7, 9-2 GNAC  Last Week: Not Ranked 
9. Gordon College  21-4, 13-3 CCC Last Week: No. 7  
10. Eastern Conn.  19-6, 13-3 CCC Last Week: No. 10

On The Rise: Emerson College, New England College, Salem State, Suffolk University, UMass Dartmouth, and WPI 


Previous Polls: Preseason | Week One | Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four | Week Five| Week Six | Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine|Week 10| Week 11 


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Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Feb. 11th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Bowdoin College continues to be the top team in New England following another BUSY week (and weekend) of D3 basketball. Amherst College and Tufts University remain our second and third teams, respectively, while Saint Joseph’s (Maine) and Babson College continue to occupy the fourth and fifth positions, too.

Smith College and Trinity College each moved-up, while UMass Dartmouth slipped two spots after falling in double-overtime Plymouth State. The Corsairs will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they visit UMass Boston (on the rise) for an important conference test. UMass Dartmouth will wrap-up its regular season slate on Saturday, February 16th when they host Castleton University.

In addition to UMass Boston, fans of New England D3 hoops should also keep an eye on Endicott College (secured a home playoff with their 47-44 win last Saturday over Roger Williams) and Emerson College. Additionally, one should certainly not overlook Suffolk University or Worcester State, as well.


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Feb. 11th, 2019 

1. Bowdoin College

24-0, 10-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Amherst College 21-2, 8-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2 
3. Tufts University 22-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
4. St. Joseph’s (Maine) 23-0, 10-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Babson College 19-4, 12-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Smith College 19-5, 12-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7 
7. Trinity College 19-5, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8 
8. UMass Dartmouth 19-4, 12-2 LEC Last Week: No. 6
9. Middlebury College 18-6, 5-5 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
10. Emmanuel College 18-5, 9-1 GNAC Last Week: No. 10

On The Rise: Emerson College, Endicott College, MIT, Suffolk University, UMass Boston, and Worcester State   


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


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