Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 7-9)

By | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Welcome to Friday, everyone – we made it!

Friday’s usually mean 10 Games to Watch on Noontime Sports, so let’s kick-off a brand new weekend with new slate of games we will be watching this weekend (Dec. 7-9).

Last Week: We finished 7-3, which isn’t bad, but we hold ourselves to high standards, so let’s see if we can improve on that mark this weekend and go 10-0! 

Corey Sherman and the Brandeis Judges host Wesleyan in an important December clash on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: / Mike Broglio)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan Univ. at Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Judges’ starting five has been impressive this season, especially Collin Sawyer, Corey Sherman and Chandler Jones. Look for this trio to carry the Blue and White to an important non-conference win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Brandeis Univ. 

Men’s Basketball: WPI at Salem State (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Engineers scored a hard-fought win earlier this week against Framingham State, thanks to Jake Wisniewski‘s double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Look for the junior to carry the Red and White to their eighth win on Saturday. PREDICTION: WPI 

Men’s Basketball: Pine Manor at St. Joseph’s (Conn.) (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1p.m.): Since falling to Rhode Island College, the Blue Jays have won three-straight, including a 108-63 win over MCLA. Look for Jim Calhoun‘s squad to pick-up their sixth win of the season against the Gators. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (CT)

Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Western Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): The Colonials scored an impressive win earlier this week over Eastern Connecticut, which should provide the Blue and Orange with enough momentum to slow down the Beacons. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 

Men’s Basketball: Trinity College at Anna Maria (Saturday, Dec. 9th | 2 p.m.): The Bantams will place twice this weekend, including Sunday when they visit Anna Maria. Trinity has won three-straight, including a 69-52 win over Springfield College. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

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MIT’s Taylor V’Dovec netted a season-best 22 points on Wednesday in her team’s win over WPI. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Silverman)

Fitchburg State at So. Vermont (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 12 p.m.): Daniel Nagle‘s Falcons almost defeated Suffolk University on Thursday, but fell short (the Falcons lost to the Rams, 74-71). Look for the Green and Gold to bounce back on Saturday. PREDICTION: Fitchburg State 

Conn. College at Trinity College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): This one won’t count in the NESCAC standings, but it is a BIG one for both teams. The Bantams enter the game with some momentum, while Connecticut College will also enter the important clash with some momentum from a recent win over Roger Williams. PREDICTION: Conn. College 

Framingham State at Suffolk University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): These two teams needed an extra session last season to determine a winner, so don’t be surprised if some extra basketball occurs on Saturday in Boston. PREDICTION: Suffolk Univ. 

Skidmore at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 2 p.m.): The Panthers have certainly been a team to watch thus far and should continue their early season success  against the Thoroughbreds. Keep an eye on Middlebury’s Catherine Harrison in this match-up. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Emmanuel College at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): Since falling to Amherst College last month, the Saints have appeared unstoppable, winning three-straight, including a 79-67 win over Connecticut College. They should certainly provide some challenges for the Engineers, who will need big games from Kara Holinski and Taylor V’Dovec to secure an important non-conference win. PREDICTION: MIT 

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Noontime Sports D3 Men’s New England Hockey Top 10 (Nov. 19th)


By | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The fourth week of the New England D3 Hockey season has officially concluded, which means it is time for us to dish out our latest Men’s Top 10 Poll!

Trinity College enjoyed a successful start to its 2018-19 campaign by outscoring Connecticut College and Tufts University by a combined score of 7-0. Sophomore Nichols Fiorentino registered four points on three goals and one assist in his team’s first two contests, while junior Barclay Gammill added two goals.

This week, the Bantams visit Nazareth on Tuesday before returning to the ice this weekend with home dates against Aurora and Saint Anselm. The Bantams will then cap their first month of play next Friday, November 30th with a home game against Hamilton College, which is one of three teams ‘on the rise.’

After skating to a 2-2 tie earlier this month, Babson College has appeared unstoppable, winning some important conference games, including a pair this weekend against Johnson & Wales and Suffolk University. Five different skaters located the back of the net for Babson, while first-year Ryan Black registered two assists.

Finally, Williams College capped its first weekend with two important wins, including a 4-3 win over Colby College last Saturday, which saw senior Marcus Mollica record two goals, including the go-ahead (and eventual game-winner) on the power play in the third period.

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Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 19th, 2018) 

1. Trinity College

2-0, 2-0 NESCAC

2. Salve Regina 

4-1-1, 4-1-1 CCC

3. University of New England 

5-1, 5-1 CCC

4. UMass Boston 

7-0, 6-0 NEHC

5. Babson College

6-0-1, 5-0-1 NEHC

6. Williams College

2-0, 2-0 NESCAC

7. Norwich University

2-2-1, 2-2 NEHC

8. Plymouth State 

6-0-1, 3-0-1 MASCAC

9. Nichols College

5-1, 5-1 CCC

10. Colby College 

0-2, 0-2 NESCAC

ON THE RISE: Endicott College (3-3-1, 3-3 CCC), Hamilton College (1-0-1, 1-0) and Wesleyan University (2-0, 2-0) 


D3 Hockey: 10 Games to Watch in Week One (Nov. 2nd & 3rd)

The Suffolk University women’s ice hockey team will attempt to capture its first win in program history on Friday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Suffolk University Athletics/Dan McHugh

By Kyle Prudhomme | @Kyle_Prudhomme

Another weekend of New England Division III hockey is upon us with a slew of action-packed games to watch or follow.

Four of the seven conferences in the six-state region are on display this weekend, including a few rematches from the 2017-18 postseasons. In total, there will be 38 games to follow in our area, including 10 contests that I have highlighted below.

My predications were a lackluster 5-5 for the opening weekend, but the show must go on, so without further ado, here are my 10 Games to Watch (and predications) for the second weekend of the season.


BABSON over New England College (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): I predicted against both of these teams last week, but now they both sit at 1-0 after earning hard fought wins, respectively. This one should be a great contest to watch, but I’ll give Babson the edge in their home-opener.


SALVE REGINA over University of New England (November 2 at 7:05 P.M.): It is pretty amazing to see how far these programs have come since their first meeting in 2009. The Seahawks are looking to extend a 4-2 hold on the series, which includes three consecutive victories. Expect plenty of goals in this home-and-home series.


NICHOLS over Wentworth (November 2 at 6:40 P.M.): Nichols was idle last weekend, but you can bet they were itching to get onto the ice after being bounced in the NCAA quarterfinal last march. The Bison have been in control of this particular series with a 14-3 advantage in goals and a 3-0-1 mark since 2016.


Curry over BECKER (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): The Colonels began their season by winning the Buffalo State Tournament last week. On the other side, the Hawks struggled in their first two games, but will attempt to rebound when they entertain Curry this evening. Expect the Colonels to continue their recent momentum in this home-and-home series.


Suffolk University over SALEM STATE (November 3 at 2:00 P.M.): Salem State and Suffolk have skated to ties in their most recent outings, but one should expect these Rams to pull out a much-needed victory on the road, which should provide the squad with a boost heading into their upcoming New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) contests.



Morrisville State over NICHOLS (November 2 at 3:40 P.M.): The last time these two teams met was in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) semifinals nine months ago with the Mustangs skating to a 6-0 (they would go onto beat Endicott in the championship). Morrisville State enters the early season clash 5-0 in the all-time series.


Suffolk over ANNA MARIA (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): The Suffolk women’s hockey team endured a pair of tough setbacks one week ago to Nichols, but this young Rams squad should be able to erase those memories by earning the program’s first win against the AMCATs.


UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND over Becker (November 2 at 7:00 P.M.): The Nor’easters hold a 5-0 edge over Becker in the all-time series, but this year’s meeting will have a different feel with both teams competing in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC).


No. 2 Norwich over PLYMOUTH STATE (November 3 at 2:00 P.M.): The Cadets, who also play Friday against New England College, will be looking to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to Elmira last weekend in a conference semifinal rematch from earlier this year.


Salem State over NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE (November 3 at 4:00 P.M.): The Vikings and Pilgrims will be meeting for the third time in each program’s respective history with New England College scoring wins against the Orange and Blue in their first two outings. I feel a momentum swing coming for these Vikings on Saturday.


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Prudhomme: Recapping An Exciting First Weekend of New England D3 Hockey

Curry College celebrates a 3-2 victory over Buffalo State last weekend at the Buffalo State Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Buffalo State Sports Information Department)

By Kyle Prudhomme | @KylePrudhomme 

The opening weekend of New England D3 college hockey season saw 31 games played with some team’s already enjoying successful starts to their respective campaigns.

Assumption College men’s hockey is off to a quick 2-0 start. They have outscored its opponents, 12-2, including an eight-goal performance to close the weekend.

The Greyhounds were not the only team itching to find the net multiple times this past weekend as UMass Boston scored nine goals in its season-opener, while five other teams finished with five or more tallies.

In terms of my first week of predictions, they need some work as I finished 5-5 in my declarations with the tie coming from Endicott College and Norwich University (the two teams skated to a highly-contested 3-3 tie).

Also, regarding my predictions from last week, I am a bit surprised that the Cadets women’s team was knocked off 4-2 by Elmira College in a rematch of last year’s national championship, but I am holding onto the idea that we will get round three later this season.

I can say that I was spot on with Curry College as the Colonels began their season by winning the Buffalo State Tournament. In the opening round of last week’s two-day tournament, Vilhelm Peltonen netted his first collegiate marker in a 2-2 tie with Nazareth College before the Purple and White scored an exciting 3-2 win over Buffalo State, thanks to a game-winning strike from Viktor Jansson.

One thing I did notice from this past weekend was various men’s teams received multiple points (goals or assists), beginning with Mike Moran, who located the back of the net twice for Worcester State against Becker College (his final goal happened to be the difference in a 3-2 win).

Jack Kelly logged two goals for Suffolk University in a 7-0 rout of Franklin Pierce, while Justin Collins registered two goals and Aaron Clancy dished out three assists in Westfield State’s 6-3 triumph against Western New England.

On Saturday, Nick Rosa’s two goal-outing helped Babson College double up Saint Anselm, 4-2.

Of course, there were more multi-point skaters from this past weekend, but these were a few names that caught my attention.

Let’s highlight some women’s hockey from this past weekend, beginning with Franklin Pierceearning its 100th win in program history.

On Friday, the Ravens knocked off Plymouth State, 2-0, behind 24 saves from Kelly Turney before Nicole Amato’s hat-trick powered the team to a 6-1 win against Becker. The five-goal win over the Hawks lifted the Ravens to their 100th win in program history – congrats, everyone!

UMass Boston interim head coach Dom Lozzi picked up her first career win behind the bench as returners Jane Morrisette and Katie Leffler finished with two goals and two assists, respectively, in a 5-2 win over Stevenson.

Prior to her team’s three-goal win over the Mustangs, Lozzi praised her unit for being prepared for a successful first weekend. She also gave a nod to the program’s former coach Lindsay Berman, too.

“The last three years, coach Berman did an amazing job with them,” said Lozzi. “We are very experienced up front and they are a really great group of leaders. The fact this whole fall has not felt like much of a transition is a testament to that leadership.”

Suffolk University’s women’s hockey team competed in its first two contests in program history against Nichols College, and although the outcomes were not ideal, the effort from a freshmen filled team is certainly commendable.

Against Nichols last Friday, Haley Poloskey netted a pair of goals, including the program’s first goal at 11:32 in the opening frame. Shana Cote and Jesse Kennedy each recorded one assist in the setback, while Kristen Caporusso turned aside 27 of 32 shots.

On Saturday, Payton Dockus potted the first goal for the team’s first lead of the series before Nichols rallied to score a 2-1, thanks to a power play goal late in the third period by Jordyn McGuire.

Prior to the team’s second game of the season, Suffolk President Marisa Kelly dropped a ceremonial puck to celebrate the start of women’s ice hockey.

Suffolk coach Taylor Wasylk knows her team will endure some ups and downs this season, but is confident that the Rams’ effort and dedication will help them become the program they aspire to be down the road.

“If we show up and play our game then I think we can match up with any team on our schedule,” said Wasylk. “It is all about right now. We are a very, very young team so it is about maturing a little bit, we got a little bit of growing up to do on the ice.”

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D3 Hockey: 10 Games to Watch in Week One (Oct. 26-28)

Worcester State’s Jake Karelas and Mitch Purdie will certainly be two players to watch this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State University Athletics)

By Kyle Prudhomme | @Kyle_Prudhomme

Its time to drop the puck on a brand new season of New England Division III hockey with plenty of notable matchups on the docket, which you certainly won’t want to miss.

From introductions to new coaches to a championship rematches and more, there is no shortage of excitement surrounding the opening weekend of the 2018-19 season.

Every week, we will be highlighting 10 New England Division III games to watch (five men and five women’s contests), while providing links to their respective video streams or live stats. Additionally, we will be dishing out predictions for each contest we highlight, as well.

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CURRY COLLEGE over Nazareth* (October 26 at 3:30 P.M.): The Colonels earned its highest win-total in eight seasons last year and will try to build on that in its opening round action of the Buffalo State Tournament.

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WORCESTER STATE over Becker (October 26 at 7:00 P.M.): The Lancers and Hawks begin the season in a renewal of the cross-town rivalry. Bragging rights are on the line, but equally important is the cause as they skate to raise awareness for ALS (All proceeds go to the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association).

Live Stream:

No. 13 Norwich over ENDICOTT (October 27 at 4:00 P.M.): The Gulls are winless in their last five games against nationally-ranked opponents, so let’s see if that streak concludes on Saturday. The Cadets come in with extra motivation as it looks to start the post-Mike McShane era off with a bang.

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SAINT ANSLEM over Babson (October 27 at 4:00 P.M.): Saint Anselm returns seven of their top-ten scorers from last season, while Babson’s roster features a slew of underclassmen. Growing pains could be expected for these Beavers in the first few weeks.

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Fitchburg State over NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE (October 27 at 7:00 P.M.): The Falcons and Pilgrims open against each other for the sixth consecutive season. The two have traded wins in the last three meetings, but the Falcons should break the trend this time around.

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CASTLETON over Morrisville State (October 26 at 4:00 P.M.): Castleton coach Mike Venezia seeks his first career win against Morrisville State after spending time as an assistant from 2015-17 with the Mustangs.

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NICHOLS over Suffolk (October 26 at 6:40 P.M.): Women’s hockey officially begins at Suffolk University this winter as the Rams (21 underclassmen) matchup against a senior-laden Nichols team. Advantage goes to the Bison in this home-and-home weekend series.

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UMASS BOSTON over Stevenson (October 26 at 7:00 P.M.): The already established talent of UMass Boston shines through in this one as interim head coach Dom Lozzi goes for her first career victory on the bench.

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UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND over Southern Maine (October 26 at 7:00 P.M.): The Huskies hold a 14-13 lead in scoring in their last nine contests, but the Nor’easters have the advantage in this one by skating at home.

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Norwich over ELMIRA (October 27 at 3:00 P.M.): Didn’t take us too long for a rematch of the epic Div. III National Championship battle from last March, so this is a must watch on Saturday.

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