Prior to their initial Monday contest of 2020, the Tufts University women’s basketball team checked-in first overall in our weekly Monday New England D-III women’s basketball Top 10 poll followed by Bowdoin College (second) and Amherst College (third).
Both Bowdoin and Tufts have won 11 consecutive contests – the two squads will meet at the end of the month in Maine. Tufts concluded the month of December with some impressive wins over Christopher Newport and TCNJ, while the Polar Bears ended 2019 with back-to-back victories against Cal Lutheran and Chapman.
Since falling to Emmanuel College early last month, the Mammoths of Amherst have been impressive to watch – the Purple and White have recently scored wins against Chapman, Widener, and Stevens. Amherst will entertain Albertus Magnus on Tuesday, January 7th before visiting Middlebury College on Friday, January 10th and Williams College on Saturday, January 11th.
The Ephs commenced 2020 with a win this past weekend against Skidmore College – prior to their win against the Thoroughbreds, Williams scored wins against Babson College, Delaware Valley, and Ursinus.
New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Six Poll| Monday, January 6th, 2020
1. Tufts University
11-0, 0-0 NESCAC
Previously: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College
11-0, 0-0 NESCAC
Previously: No. 2
3. Amherst College
10-1, 0-0 NESCAC
Previously: No. 3
4. Williams College
11-0, 0-0 NESCAC
Previously: No. 4
5. Smith College
12-0, 0-0 NEWMAC
Previously: No. 7
6. Brandeis University
10-1, 0-0 UAA
Previously: No. 5
7. Western New England
9-2, 2-1 CCC
Previously: No. 6
8. Rhode Island College
10-1, 3-0 LEC
Previously: No. 8
9. Eastern Connecticut
8-2, 2-0 LEC
Previously: No. 10
10. Wesleyan University
8-3, 0-0 NESCAC
Previously: Not Ranked
ON THE RISE: Middlebury College, Springfield College, Trinity College, UMass Boston, University of New England, and WPI
Tufts University becomes our new number one team this week in New England D-III women’s basketball – the Jumbos, who enter the new week with a 7-0 record, moved into the top spot, which had been occupied by Amherst College, which dipped two spots to the third position.
The Jumbos capped their post-Thanksgiving week with wins over Emerson College and WPI (receiving votes). This week, they visit Bridgewater State on Tuesday, December 10th before heading to Stevens Institue of Technology at the end of the month to compete against Christopher Newport (Dec. 28th) and TCNJ (Dec. 29th).
Bowdoin College also moved up – the Polar Bears checked in second with an 8-0 mark, while Williams College and Brandeis University rounded out the top five positions.
Rhode Island College and Trinity College both joined this week’s poll – the two teams enter the second week of December with a combined 15-2 record. RIC is currently the top team in the Little East Conference (LEC) and will compete two more times this month against Emmanuel College (Dec. 9th) and Johnson & Wales (Dec. 18th).
New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Week Five Poll| Monday, December 9th, 2019
1. Tufts University
7-0, 0-0 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 2
2. Bowdoin College
8-0, 0-0 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 3
3. Amherst College
4-1, 0-0 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 1
4. Williams College
Last Week: No. 6
5. Brandeis University
7-1, 0-0 UAA
Last Week: No. 7
6. Western New England
7-2, 2-1 CCC
Last Week: No. 4
7. Smith College
7-0, 0-0 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 10
8. Rhode Island College
7-1, 2-0 LEC
Last Week: Not Ranked
9. Trinity College
8-1, 0-0 NESCAC
Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Eastern Connecticut
4-2, 1-0 LEC
Last Week: No. 8
ON THE RISE: Babson College, Middlebury College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, University of New England, Wesleyan University, and WPI
Keep your eyes on Tufts University: The Jumbos recorded their second shutout of the season on Sunday with an 18-0 win over Plymouth State to bump their overall mark to 17-2.
Tufts has become one of my teams to watch in this spring, especially after an impressive regular season, which saw the Powder Blue and White lose just once before falling to Middlebury College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship.
The Jumbos have what it takes to advance to championship weekend, but face a tough task this Saturday against a talented TCNJ squad, which outlasted Colby College on Sunday in its second-round match-up.
TCNJ lost to Tufts earlier this season but rebounded with some important New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) wins, including a conference championship victory against Rowan University.
The Lions advanced to the semifinals last season but fell to Middlebury Colleg after beating Bowdoin College, Franklin & Marshall, and William Smith in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
If the Jumbos are going to beat the Lions and advance to the sectional finals, they will need a big performance from Emily Games (67 points on 52 goals and 15 assists) and Colette Smith (54 points on 40 goals and 14 assists).
Smith netted the clincher late in the second half in Tufts’ initial meeting with TCNJ, which helped the Jumbos squeak out an exciting 8-7 victory.
If Tufts defeats the Lions on Saturday, they will then need to duplicate their performance against the winner of St. John Fisher versus York College (Pa.).
Middlebury to meet Bowdoin in Third Round: After falling to Bates College in its season-opener, the Panthers of Middlebury have ripped off 18-straight wins, including a 22-3 second-round win over Johnson & Wales.
Middlebury will attempt to stretch its winning streak to 19 when they host Bowdoin College on Saturday.
Similar to Middlebury, the Polar Bear secured a first-round bye and defeated William Smith, 13-5, thanks to six points (five goals and one assist) from Fiona Bundy and five points (four goals and one assist) by Katie Miller.
Bowdoin’s Erin Morrissey and Aaliyah Biondo combined for seven saves on 12 shots in the team’s 10th win over the Herons.
Earlier this season, the Panthers outlasted the Polar Bears, 21-18, so don’t expect Middlebury to run away from Bowdoin on Saturday.
Middlebury outscored Bowdoin, 12-8, in the opening session of their lone match-up in March, while the Polar Bears outscored the Panthers in the second half, 10-9. Bowdoin led Middlebury, 8-3, in the first half, but surrendered a nine-goal run that provided the visitors with a four-goal lead at the break.
Jane Earley helped Middlebury beat Bowdoin by netting a team-high five goals, so she will certainly be needed again in this match-up, especially if the Panthers would like to advance to Sunday’s sectional final.
The winner of Bowdoin-Middlebury will advance to semifinals – I think they both can defeat Illinois Wesleyan or Franklin & Marshall.
Which New England team will advance to the national semifinals?
I still believe Tufts has a chance to compete for a national crown over Memorial Day Weekend, but they must get past TCNJ, which will certainly be a tough test for the Powder Blue and White.
Bowdoin or Middlebury certainly have what it takes to advance to the semifinals, too – I would say Middlebury first, Bowdoin second – but I wouldn’t overlook Wesleyan University, as well.
Wesleyan, however, faces a really challenging path to the semifinals as they would need to beat Washington & Lee on Saturday followed by most likely Gettysburg College, which is scheduled to face Denison University in the third round.
Similar to Tufts, I have enjoyed following Wesleyan this spring, so if they somehow find a way to the semifinals, then I think they can make it to the championship round.
Amherst College may have an easier path to the semifinals, but they will need to play their best lacrosse against Catholic University on Saturday in order to secure a sectional final meeting with either Colorado College or Salisbury University.
Yosinoff, who has been coaching at Emmanuel since 1978, entered today’s non-conference tilt tied with the University of Scranton‘s Mike Strong, who retired in October 2014 with 815 wins.
“You can’t set a record like this without a lot of great players, coaches and support staff,” said Yosinoff via today’s release. “This win isn’t about me, it’s about the program. It’s for every player that has worn a Saints uniform and contributed to where we are today. I’m just lucky to have been along for the ride and have amazing coaches and administrators at Emmanuel who support what I do year after year.”
Yosinoff has guided the Saints to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2001 Final Four contest, along with a trio of Sweet Sixteen and two Elite Eight contests. Additionally, he has led the Blue and Gold to 15 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crowns.
Manny Payton became the 20th member of the Framingham State men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points yesterday during his team’s 66-57 setback to John Jay. The senior guard from Fitchburg netted a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting.
Clark University senior Sam O’Gara also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark yesterday, as well, by netting 17 points on 6 of 18 shooting, which helped the Cougars defeat Regis College, 70-65. O’Gara, who hails from Worcester, is now the 21st student-athlete in program history to net 1,000 points or more.
After falling 94-91 earlier this month to Salem State, the Gulls of Endicott College rebounded with back-to-back wins over Colby-Sawyer and Thomas College. Keith Brown highlighted his team’s win earlier today against the Terriers with a team-high 25 points, while Joe Shehadi added 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Both of Endicott’s games took place at Salem State, which was hosting a two-day, four-team holiday tournament.
The Babson College women’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to six games as the Beavers rolled past Salve Regina, 99-58, in the opening contest of the Judy Pearson ’85 Memorial Tournament. Nicole Hiller netted a career-high 16 points in the win, while Medfield’s Payton Ouimette added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Babson will face UMass Dartmouth in tomorrow’s championship game, which is scheduled to commence at 2 p.m. The Corsairs defeated St. Lawrence, 71-50, thanks to a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds from Nakira Examond. Examond, who hails from New Bedford, currently leads the Corsairs with 18.4 points per game.
Other notes from the weekend:
Coach Jim Calhoun and the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball team capped its December slate with a 92-68 win over Salve Regina on Saturday. Three players, including Delshawn Jackson Jr. finished in double-figures.
MIT women’s basketball capped its December slate with an impressive 56-46 win over TCNJ on Saturday. The Engineers’ fifth-straight win was highlighted by Upton’s Kylie Gallagher, who led all MIT scorers with 12 points. TCNJ was held to just 19 field goals on 57 attempts.
After falling to Bowdoin College yesterday, the Wheaton College women’s basketball team bounced back with a 67-36 win over Cedar Crest to move to 6-5 overall. Wheaton jumped out to a 20-5 advantage after one quarter and never looked back. Sara McLeman highlighted her team’s win with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The St. Joseph’s College (Maine) men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to 10 games as the Monks outlasted Emmanuel College, 107-102, earlier this afternoon. Four St. Joseph players finished in double-figures, includingJack Casale, who finished with 31 points on 11 of 22 shooting.
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It’s FRIDAY, which means … (drum roll please) … it is NOW time for a brand new edition of 10 Games to Watch this weekend in New England D3 Hoops!
Yes, it has been a few weeks since our last 10 Games to Watch, but entering this weekend’s contests, we have predicted 12 of 20 contests correctly (two posts), so let’s see how we do this weekend. (Last time we made predictions, we finished 5-5.)
Nichols College vs. Eastern Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 3 p.m.): The Bison enter the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic as the team to beat. Nichols has won nine-straight and should find a way to pick-up their 10th victory against the Warriors. The winner of this match-up will face either host Springfield College or Salisbury University on Sunday. PREDICTION: Nichols College
Endicott College vs. Colby-Sawyer (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 5 p.m.): This game certainly has potential to be a high-scoring affair. Keep an eye on Endicott’s Keith Brown and Colby-Sawer’s Patrick Coffey as both players should provide their respective unit with a boost on the offensive end. PREDICTION: Endicott College
Salem State vs. Thomas College (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 7 p.m.): The Vikings scored an exciting win over Endicott earlier this month to provide the Blue and Orange with some momentum heading into their holiday tournament. Expect that momentum from their three-point win to continue against the Terriers. PREDICTION: Salem State
WPI vs. Maryville (TN) (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 7 p.m.): It’s been a few weeks since we last saw these Engineers in action – they scored an 86-71 win over Husson University in their last outing. Sure, the game feels like ages ago, but one should expect coach Chris Bartley‘s squad will be ready for this particular contest, along with a potential championship contest, too, at this weekend’s Tampa Bay Shootout. PREDICTION: WPI
Emmanuel College vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 3 p.m.): This early season GNAC clash has potential for an exciting finish as both teams enter the Catholic Classic Tournament with some momentum. The Saints have won four-straight, while the Monks haven’t lost since falling to Tufts University last month. Both teams will be in action Saturday with St. Joseph’s facing Rivier University, while Emmanuel will take on Regis College. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (Maine)
Trinity College vs. Lehman (Friday, Dec. 28th at 2 p.m.): The Bantams enter the CUNYAC Coaches v. Cancer Tournament with some momentum, which they earned earlier this month by defeating both Connecticut College and Stevens. As of this morning, four players on the Trinity roster, including Courtney Erickson, are averaging 10 points or more. PREDICTION: Trinity College
TCNJ at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 2 p.m.): This will be a good test for the Engineers, who will resume NEWMAC play one week later when they visit Smith College. MIT has been rather successful this month, but so have the Lions of TCNJ, who enter the non-conference clash on a six-game winning streak. MIT is averaging 72.9 points per game, while TCNJ’s offense averages 66.5 points. PREDICTION: MIT
Babson College vs. Salve Regina (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 1 p.m.): Babson will host the Judy Pearson ’85 Memorial Tournament on Sunday and Monday – we expect them to find a way past the Seahawks to secure a championship match-up against the winner of St. Lawrence-UMass Dartmouth. Babson enters the two-day tournament on a five-game winning streak. PREDICTION: Babson College
UMass Dartmouth vs. St. Lawrence (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 3 p.m.): As noted above, this will be one of four games taking place at Babson College on Sunday and Monday, but this is certainly an enticing match-up. Since falling to Bowdoin College, the Corsairs have rebounded with two important wins over Keene State and Johnson & Wales. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth
Bates College vs. Springfield College (Monday, Dec. 31st at 1 p.m.): The Pride will attempt to defend their Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic championship when they host the Bobcats of Bates College on the first day of their holiday tournament. The winner of this match-up will face either Newbury College or Vassar College on Tuesday. PREDICTION: Springfield College