Babson, Brandeis Advance to Big 4 Challenge Championship

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For the first time since 2012, the Brandeis University men’s basketball team will have a chance to win a Big 4 Challenge, thanks to a late afternoon win over Salem State.

The Judges, who defeated the Vikings by a score of 77-69, will face host Babson College, which defeated Tufts University, 94-73.

Babson competed in the Big 4 Championship last season – the game was held at Tufts – but fell to Salem State, which captured the four-team, two-day tournament crown for the first time in program history.

The Beavers captured the 2016 tournament with back-to-back wins over Tufts and Salem State.

Babson and Brandeis will meet tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. – the game will be held in Babson Park – while Salem State and Tufts will square-off at 2 p.m.

Brandeis 77, Salem State 69: Corey Sherman scored a team-high 24 points, while Colin Sawyer added 18 points to lift the Judges to their third-straight win. Salem State led Brandeis, 32-29, at the break, while the Judges outscored the Vikings, 48-37, in the second stanza to secure their fourth win of the season. Salem State’s Sean Bryan led all scorers with 27 points on 7 of 21 shooting, including 5 of 11 from beyond the arc and 8 of 10 at the free-throw line.

Babson 94, Tufts 73: Three Babson starters netted double-figures, including Brandon Johnson to send the host Beavers past Tufts for the Green and White’s third-straight win. Johnson led the Beavers with 21 points, while also adding five rebounds, two assists and one steal. James Welch netted 14 points off the bench on 5 of 10 shooting, including 4 of 6 from downtown. Tyler Aronson paced the Jumbos with 17 points, while Eric Savage added 13 points off the bench. Babson led 50-29 at the break, while both teams netted 44 points, respectively, during the final 20 minutes.


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Tufts Looks To Continue Its Momentum Against Amherst On Saturday

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Ryan McDonald and the Tufts University football team will look to continue their winning ways on Saturday against Amherst College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tufts University Athletics)

By Brian Willwerth | @BriWillwerth 

With three games left in the season, the Tufts University football team sits at 5-1 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), one game behind undefeated Amherst College.

As the Jumbos prepare for Saturday’s big game against the Mammoths, we caught up with Tufts football coach Jay Civetti to discuss the Powder Blue and White’s current success this fall on the gridiron, which recently included a hard-fought 28-21 win over Williams College last Saturday in Somerville.

With their seven-point victory last week over Williams, Tufts has now posted four straight winning seasons for the first time since 1988-1991.

“Anytime you beat Williams, that’s a big deal, and I’m certainly proud of the effort last week,” said Civetti.  “There’s a lot of great accomplishments that came from that win.

“We’ve got a lot of ahead of us, and this weekend we have as good of a challenge as we’ve had all year.”

One of the players who’s stepped up defensively against the Ephs was junior linebacker Greg Holt. The senior linebacker had a game-high 13 tackles in the victory over the Ephs, which earned him the Gold Helmet award and NESCAC defensive player of the week honors.

“Greg’s just a tremendous competitor,” said Civetti. “He’s a very smart player. He’s got a great knack for the ball, and he just plays the game incredibly hard.”

“I think all the hard work he puts in during the week shows on Saturday.”

On offense, quarterback Ryan McDonald is having a solid senior season, throwing ten touchdown passes, while adding an additional six scores on the ground.

“The one thing about Ryan’s game is he’s a runner first before he’s a thrower,” said Civetti. “(He’s) managing the game in different ways, but at the same time, when he has to make moves…he’s doing everything he can to do that.”

McDonald and Holt will certainly be counted on this Saturday when the Jumbos visit the Mammoths of Amherst with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.


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New England D3 Football Players of The Week (Sept. 17th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the third week of the New England D3 football season in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Players of the Week for Offense, Defense and Special Teams.

Every week, we will be unveil our players of the week on offense, defense and special teams – fans, coaches and athletic communication offices are welcome to nominate student-athletes by sending us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week and make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB!


D3 New England Players of the Week: Week One | Week Two 


Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan McDonald (Tufts Univ. | Annandale, N.J.): The senior signal-caller tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns as the Jumbos topped Hamilton College, 29-2, in its season-opener. McDonald finished Saturday’s contest 13 of 23 for 89 yards, while rushing for 86 yards on 13 carries (6.6 yards per carries).

Defensive Player of the Week: Owen McKenna (Norwich Univ. | Attleboro, Mass..): McKenna turned in an impressive performance on Saturday, which helped Norwich defeat Castleton University, 40-0, to secure the Maple Sap Bucket. The junior linebacker registered a season-high seven total tackles, including one sack for a loss of seven-yards, while recording two interceptions for 22 yards. Additionally, he recorded one pass break-up, too, which was his first of the season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Norwich University Athletics)

Special Teamer of the Week: Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College | Longmeadow, Mass.): Schreibstein, who was tabbed this week’s NESCAC Special Teamer of the Week, enjoyed a successful collegiate debut against Bowdoin College by finishing his team’s season-opener with 11 points on seven kicks. He connected on all five of his extra point attempts, while drilling a pair of field goals, including a 23-yard boot at the end of the first half, which provided the Ephs with a 31-0 lead at the break.


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D3 Lacrosse: Final Noontime Top 10 Women’s Lax Poll (Wednesday, May 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Mother Nature extended the NCAA Division 3 Women’s Lacrosse season an extra day and fans were treated to an exciting final contest between Gettysburg College and Middlebury College on Monday morning at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Virginia.

Middlebury stormed back to close the gap from a five-goal deficit to two, but Gettysburg managed to halt the rally with its defense to secure its second-straight national crown. Prior to facing Gettysburg in the national championship, Middlebury defeated TCNJ in the semifinals last Saturday.

The Panthers enjoyed an exciting postseason run, which began with a late-second half surge to beat Bowdoin College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) finals before knocking-off Babson CollegeIllinois Wesleyan and York College (Pa.). Middlebury will graduate some key players from this year’s squad, but will certainly be back in the mix next season.

Amherst College provided some serious challenges to this year’s national champion – in fact, it almost appeared as if the Mammoths were going to beat Gettysburg and advance to the national semifinals. Unfortunately, that did not happen, but this young squad will certainly be a team to keep an eye on next spring.

Rounding out the top five positions is Trinity College, Bowdoin and Wesleyan University – all three teams appeared in this year’s national tournament. Bowdoin and Wesleyan were not easy outs in the playoffs, so expect both teams to be back in the mix next year for both a NESCAC and national crown.

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Women’s D3 New England Top 10 Poll | Weds. May 30th, 2018 

1. Middlebury College

20-3, 9-1 NESCAC

2. Amherst College 

17-3, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Trinity College 

13-7, 6-4 NESCAC

4. Bowdoin College 

14-6, 6-4 NESCAC

5. Wesleyan University

12-7, 6-4 NESCAC

6. Tufts University 

13-5, 8-2 NESCAC

7. Babson College  

13-8, 7-1 NEWMAC

8.  Springfield College 

15-7, 7-1 NEWMAC

9.  Endicott College 

14-4, 8-0 CCC

10. Westfield State 

18-3, 7-0 MASCAC

ON THE RISE: Castleton (11-7, 7-0 NAC), Johnson & Wales (17-3, 10-0 GNAC), Plymouth State (14-0, 6-0 LEC)

D3 Lacrosse: Final Noontime Top 10 Men’s Lax Poll (Wednesday, May 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2018 NCAA Division 3 Men’s Lacrosse season officially concluded this past weekend with Wesleyan University winning its first-ever national title with an 8-6 win over Salisbury University at Gillette Stadium.

With the two-goal win, the Cardinals secured the top spot in our final Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll. Wesleyan began the season as a top team in our poll, but was forced to share the top position with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes Amherst College and Tufts University. The Jumbos secured the second position in our final poll, while the Mammoths slid into the third spot.

Springfield College, which captured this year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown, checked-in fourth overall, while Williams College rounded out the top five, checking-in fifth overall.

Conn. College and Coast Guard Academy – two teams we watched more closely this season – secured the sixth and sevenths positions, respectively. We expect both teams to be back in the mix next spring, despite some key graduation departures.

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Men’s D3 New England Top 10 Poll | Weds. May 30th, 2018 

1. Wesleyan University 

19-3, 10-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University 

18-2, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Amherst College 

15-4, 9-1 NESCAC

4. Springfield College 

13-6, 6-1 NEWMAC 
5. Williams College 

9-8, 6-4 NESCAC

6. Conn. College 

10-6, 5-5 NESCAC

7. Coast Guard Academy 

14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC

8. Middlebury College 

9-7, 5-5 NESCAC

9. Bowdoin College 

8-7, 4-6 NESCAC

10.   Western New England 

13-7, 8-0 CCC

ON THE RISE: Babson College (9-7, 6-1 NEWMAC), Bates College (8-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (9-12, 5-4 GNAC), Keene State (12-5, 7-0 LEC) and New England College (16-5, 7-0 NAC)