New England D3 Football: What Teams To Watch In 2017?

NOONTIME FB 2017 EARLY PREDICT

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Sure, football season seems like a ways off, especially with next weekend being Memorial Day Weekend.

Yet, before we know it, another season of New England D3 Football will be back!

As promised – I mentioned it a few times on Twitter this week – below are the teams I will be watching this upcoming season in all five conferences.

Let me know what you think – do you agree or disagree? If so, send me a tweet or email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. And make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports) and Facebook!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Western New England will once again be the favorite, but who challenges the Golden Bears? Three teams: EndicottNichols and Salve Regina. One other team to keep an eye on is Curry College.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)Husson University will be the ‘team-to-beat or watch this fall, however, who challenges the Eagles? My thoughts: Castleton State and SUNY Maritime. One other team to watch would be Dean College.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Bridgewater State should be the favorite, especially after rebounding from a slow start. Yet, who challenges the Bears for the conference crown? My thoughts: Fitchburg StateFramingham StatePlymouth State and UMass Dartmouth.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)This conference produced an exciting final few weeks of football. And now that every team will play each other, it should be interesting to see what squad can take down the favorite, which is Trinity College. And while the Bantams maybe the favorite, don’t overlook the following: Tufts UniversityMiddlebury College and Wesleyan College. One other team that could contend for the crown is Amherst College, which concluded its season with a convincing win over an up-and-coming Williams College squad.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Springfield College has to be the favorite heading into a brand new league, but keep an eye on WPI and Norwich University. All three should be in the mix for the inaugural NEWMAC title, but don’t overlook Merchant Marine Academy.

Saturday Roundup: Babson Sinks MIT, Colby Stuns Middlebury In NESCAC Quarterfinals

By Brian Willwerth (@BriWillwerth) 

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Babson’s Nick Comenale’s go-ahead triple with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted the top-ranked Beavers past MIT. (PHOTO CREDIT: Babson College Athletics)

It was a BUSY Saturday of college hoops and below are recaps from some important contests, including the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) quarterfinals.

MEN

No. 1 Babson 70, MIT 67: Nick Comenale drained a three-pointer with one second left as the top-ranked team in the country stayed undefeated in conference play. It was the second time this season the Beavers rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to beat the Engineers.

No. 10 Middlebury 88, Bates 84: Behind 34 points from Matt St. Amour, the Panthers defeated the visiting Bobcats in a quarterfinal of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament. Second-seeded Middlebury advances to next weekend’s semifinals.

No. 13 Tufts 81, Hamilton 63: The top-seeded Jumbos held serve on their home court to advance to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. Vincent Pace scored 18 points to lead four Tufts’ players in double figures.

Williams 76, No. 18 Amherst 69:  Daniel Aronowitz scored 22 points as the Ephs knocked off their rivals in Amherst. Williams is the No. 6 seed in the NESCAC tournament, and lives to see the semifinals next Saturday.

Trinity 51, No. 24 Wesleyan 49:  The fourth semifinalist in the NESCAC tourney is Trinity. Ed Ogundeko hit a jumper with two seconds left to give the Bantams the victory on the road. Ogundeko also pulled down 13 rebounds.

WOMEN

Babson 59, Springfield 35: Giovanna Pickering led all scorers with 17 points, and the Beavers broke open a tight game by outscoring the Pride 20-3 in the third quarter. Babson improves to 14-2, and holds on to the top seed in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

WPI 72, MIT 47: WPI followed up its victory over Babson with a win over MIT, to create a three-way tie for second in the NEWMAC. Ama Biney scored 21 points and Priscilla Dunphy added 17.

Bowdoin 72, Connecticut College 47. In this NESCAC quarterfinal, the hosts broke open a close game in the second half. Marle Curle led the Polar Bears with 13 points.

No. 3 Tufts 58, Williams 40: The Jumbos had a 26-6 advantage in points off turnovers in this one. Tufts advances to next week’s semifinals.

No. 1 Amherst 76, Bates 35. Undefeated Amherst jumped out to a big lead early on and never looked back. Emma McCarthy had 19 points and nine rebounds.

Colby 48 Middlebury 39: The Mules were the only road team to advance in the NESCAC tournament. MK Caverly had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead fourth-seed Colby to victory.

Noontime Sports Women’s D3 Lacrosse Preseason Team

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports

A brand new NCAA Division III lacrosse season – here in New England, to be exact – is set to kick-off tomorrow. So, to get the 2017 season started, it is time to announce our Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse D3 Lacrosse Preseason Team!

Attack 

Elyse Caiazzo (Saint Joseph’s Coll.)

Shelby Corsano (Springfield)

McKenna Everding (Roger Williams)

Taylor Graf (Keene State)

Clare Lyne (Trinity)

Kaitlin Nolan (Keene State)

Mary O’Connell (Middlebury)

Charlotte O’Halloran (Babson)

Lexie Perticone (Colby)

Emily Young (MIT)

Midfield 

Madison Barker (Conn. Coll.)

Claire Cagnassola (Amherst)

Kaelin Hogan (Roger Williams)

Evie Keating (Middlebury)

Lydia Knapp (Johnson & Wales)

Cecilia McCormick (MIT)

Karly Simpson (Trinity)

Megan Tingley (Plymouth State)

Meredith Weber (Emerson)

Jackie Wilson (Saint Joseph’s Coll.)

Defense 

Taylor Brown (Bridgewater State)

Abby Carnevale (Curry)

Delaney Carroll (Babson)

Leah Douty (UMass Dartmouth)

Heather Everett (So. Maine)

Lauren Hurley (Western New England)

Ann Mahoney (Springfield)

Amanda Makar (Keene State)

Delaina Smith (Middlebury)

Jacqueline Simmons (MIT)

Goalie 

Gabby Anderson (Springfield)

Meg Brault (Plymouth State)

Julia Eaton (Rhode Island Coll.)

Audrey Evers (Tufts)

Shannon McFadden (Western New England)

Noontime Sports D3 Men’s Basketball Preseason Team

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The NCAA Division III Basketball season officially tips-off next Tuesday, November 15th and in honor of a brand new season, we’re dishing out our Noontime Sports D3 Men’s Basketball Preseason Team.

Congratulations to the student-athletes that landed on our inaugural team and best of luck this season!

Forwards/Centers

Jordan Cooper (Brandeis)

Jason Ganley (Wentworth)

Marcus Faison (Salem State)

David George (Amherst)

Hugh Lindo (East Conn.)

Isaiah Nelsen (Babson)

Ed Ogundeko (Trinity)

Tom Palleschi (Tufts)

Nick Portelance (UMass Dartmouth)

Jack Simonds (Bowdoin)

 

Guards

Daniel Aronowitz (Williams)

Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State)

Jayde Dawson (Amherst)

Sean Doncaster (WPI)

Joey Flannery (Babson)

Bradley Jomard (MIT)

Johnny McCarthy (Amherst)

Matt Ozzella (Keene State)

Matt St. Amour (Middlebury)

Kamahl Walker (Endicott)

New England D3 Football: Husson, Trinity Highlight Week Nine Action

John Smith rushed for three touchdowns on Saturday as Husson defeated Becker College in an important ECFC clash. (Photo Credit: Husson University Athletics)

John Smith rushed for three touchdowns on Saturday as Husson defeated Becker College in an important ECFC clash. (Photo Credit: Husson University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Both Husson University and Trinity College flexed their muscles on Saturday, proving they will continue to be the team to beat in their respective conference.

The Eagles soared past Becker College (45-14), thanks to halfback John Smith, who rushed for a trio of touchdowns and 183 yards on 29 carries. Quarterback Cory Brandon connected on 16 of 26 passes for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns – both scores were hauled in by Kadeem Edge, who concluded the contest with six receptions for 158 yards. The 158 yards were a season-best for Edge, who matched his two touchdowns from a week ago against Anna Maria.

In addition to the Eagles’ offensive output, Husson’s defense was led by Logan Steward, who tallied five total tackles (four solo stops), and two interceptions. Ellis Throckmorton – a member of this week’s D3Football.com Team of the Week – registered six total tackles (three solo stops) and a pair of tackles for a loss.

Husson remains the top team in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) with an overall record of 7-1. The Eagles have won five-straight conference tilts this season and return to the gridiron next Saturday, November 5th when they host Norwich University for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

In New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action, Trinity scored an impressive win, defeating Middlebury College, 49-13. Quarterback Sonny Puzzo tossed two touchdowns and connected on 7-of-14 passes for 111 yards – he also rushed for one score, too. Halfback Max Chipouras rushed for a season-high three scores, while finishing the contests with 23 carries for a season-best 186 yards on the ground.

The Bantams’ defense concluded the afternoon with five interceptions and five sacks – the unit also collaborated for nine pass break-ups, too.

With the win, the Bantams occupy the top spot in the NESCAC – Trinity is currently 6-0 overall and return to action next Saturday, Nov. 5th when they host Amherst College with kickoff slated for 12:30 p.m.

D3 New England Men’s Preseason Hockey Team

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the first-time in NoontimeSports.com history, we are unveiling our initial Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Ice Hockey Preseason Team.

The 2016-17 season kicks-off tomorrow/this weekend and we wish all skaters and teams best of luck!

Forwards

Ryan Cole (Trinity)

Colin Larkin (UMass Boston)

Brady Fleurent (Univ. of New England)

Trevor Fleurent (Univ. of New England)

Sean Orlando (Trinity)

Anthony Sabitsky (Trinity)

Tim Searles (Babson)

Garrison Sanipass (UMass Boston)

Matt Volonnino (Plymouth State)

Tyler Young (Williams)

 

Defense

Mitch Barrington (Bowdoin)

Tyler Bishop (UMass Boston)

Ryan Dougherty (Endicott)

Carter Horwitz (Endicott)

Tucker Ross (Univ. of New England)

Brian Rowland (Norwich)

Ryan Sullivan (Wentworth)

Patrick Thornton (Castleton)

 

Goalies

Kevin Aldridge (Endicott)

Braeden Ostepchuk (Norwich)

Michael Pinios (Williams)

Blake Wojtala (Salve Regina)

Marcus Zelzer (Salem State)

Mass. College Lax: NCAA Championship Weekend Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The final weekend of the college lacrosse season is upon us.

Two local squads – Amherst College (women’s lacrosse) and Tufts University (men’s lacrosse) – along with a handful of Division I, II and III teams will be competing for national championships over the next few days. Below this weekend’s schedule, which does include non-Massachusetts teams, too.

Men’s Division I Schedule (Games on ESPN2, both Saturday & Monday):

* Denver vs. Duke, 1 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Maryland vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Denver/Duke vs. Maryland/Notre Dame, 1 p.m. (Championship), Monday, May 26

Men’s Division II Schedule (Watch on NCAA.com):

* LIU Post vs. Limestome, 4 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25  

Men’s Division III Schedule (Watch on NCAA.com):

* Tufts vs. Salisbury, 1 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25

Women’s Division I Schedule (Watch on ESPN3 & ESPNU):

* Virginia vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. (Semifinal) Friday, May 23

* Northwestern vs. Maryland, 7:30 p.m. (Semifinal) Friday, May 23

* Virginia/Syracuse vs. Northwestern/Maryland, 8:30 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25  (Game will be on ESPNU)

Women’s Division III Schedule:

* Trinity (Conn.) vs. SUNY Cortland, 1 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Amherst vs. Salisbury, 4 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Trinity/SUNY Cortland vs. Amherst/Salisbury, 2:30 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25

Quick Note: The Division II Women’s Lacrosse Championship was decided last weekend as Adelpi capped a perfect season by defeating Lock Haven, 7-5. Adelphi concluded the regular season 21-0.