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Catching Up With Sara Binkhorst (Wheaton Women’s Basketball)

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Sara Binkhorst was named the new Wheaton College women’s basketball coach last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brown University Athletics) 

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Sara Binkhorst is excited about her new job – she was recently named the new head coach of the Wheaton College women’s basketball program last month.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” said Binkhorst when asked about becoming the eighth head coach in program history.

“From the moment I stepped onto campus (as a candidate for the women’s basketball head coaching role) I was welcomed by the Wheaton community and the supportive (athletic) department, so I really am looking forward to all the things to come.”

Binkhorst arrives in Norton, Massachusetts after a successful four-year stint as an assistant coach with the Brown University women’s basketball program where she helped the Bears capture a pair of Ocean State Tip-Off Tournaments in 2017 and 2018 while assisting the squad to a spot in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament in 2017.

With Binkhorst, the Bears finished above.500 three times, including this past winter, while also competing in the 2017 Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) where they defeated the University of Maryland Baltimore County (81-75) in the opening round before falling to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (87-84).

Binkhorst speaks fondly of her time at Brown, including what she learned from head coach Sarah Behn, who welcomed her to the coaching staff a few months after she graduated Bowdoin College.

Said Binkhors, “I will always be grateful for Sarah Behn for taking a chance on me (as a recent college graduate) and developing me (into the coach I have become). Brown was an unbelievable experience and it definitely helped me prepare (myself) for what I am excited to do at Wheaton.”

Being able to coach the Lyons will certainly bring back some fond memories of competing for the Polar Bears from 2011-2015 for Binkhorst, who flourished under the direction of current Bowdoin head coach Adrienne Shibles. As a member of the Bowdoin women’s basketball program, Binkhorst earned a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) first-team honors while also being named the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Player of the Year in 2015.

In 2015, Binkhorst guided the Polar Bears to the NCAA quarterfinals – she averaged 14.4 points and 3.1 assists per game that season – and also became the 14th player in program history to net 1,000 points in her final regular-season contest against Tufts University.

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“Brown was an unbelievable experience,” Binkhorst said when discussing her past four seasons as an assistant with the Bears women’s basketball team. (Photo Courtesy: Brown University Athletics)

Noontime Sports recently spoke with Binkhorst to discuss her excitement for coaching Division III basketball, as well as what she will be doing over the next few months to prepare the Lyons for a successful 2019-20 campaign.

On becoming a D-III coach: “I am a true believer in a Division III experience. I played at Bowdoin and had an unbelievable experience playing for one of the greatest coaches, Adrienne Shibles, so I am a firm believer in what Division III promotes between the balance of athletics and academics. I love Division III and wanted to get into coaching after I graduated from Bowdoin (in 2015), and was extremely fortunate that I landed at Brown. I learned so much from that experience, including how to recruit high-academic student-athletes, which is similar to the type of students I competed with at Bowdoin.

I (always) knew I wanted to become a head coach (after I graduated Bowdoin), and I wanted to return to the Division III world, (so landing at Wheaton is a dream come true).  It is an unbelievable school that competes in a really competitive Division III conferences – I think (the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) is one of the best in New England. Additionally, knowing the possibility of how to recruit regionally and nationally to a school like Wheaton is very exciting.

On competing in the NEWMAC: So, we competed against a few schools in the NEWMAC when I was playing for Bowdoin, but I have a great deal of respect for the conference and coaches. I feel really humbled and honored to be taking over a program to compete in the NEWMAC against some unbelievable coaches that have great traditions of success. I think the Wheaton program will continue to work hard to establish itself as one of the premier programs in the NEWMAC and we’ll obviously begin (this process) once we convene on campus this fall.

I am really looking forward to our first day of practice, being in the gym with our team and start competing, so we can (reach our goal) of becoming a championship program.

On preparations for the upcoming season: First and foremost, (the most important goal) is getting to know the women on our team. I have been able to have some great conversations with all the women on our team – I look forward to continuing (our dialogues) this summer, too – but I am really looking forward to getting to know our players and build relationships with them.

When everyone is on campus, I look forward to getting together and discussing the culture that we’re going to build collectively.


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The Way Too Early New England D3 Football Top 20 Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Sure, it may not be September or October, but football is on our minds – yes, football, especially in late June when we should be watching baseball or enjoying some downtime at the beach.

But with football on our minds, we thought why not unveil a WAY TOO EARLY New England D3 Football Top 20 Poll to get you excited for the upcoming season.

This fall, we will be expanding our weekly poll to 20 teams instead of the usual 10, which will allow us to provide more coverage (and publicity) to teams in all six New England states. And we are excited to add 10 more teams to our weekly poll – hopefully, this excites you, too.

So, enjoy the unofficial start to our New England football coverage – we will have more blogs and tweets to come between now and the first weekend of the 2019 season, so get excited, everyone!


The Way Too Early New England D3 Football Top 20 Poll 

1. Trinity College 

8-1, 8-1 NESCAC

2. Western New England 

8-3, 5-1 CCC

3. MIT 

9-2, 6-1 NEWMAC

4. Husson University 

8-3, 6-0 ECFC 

5. Springfield College 

8-3, 5-2 NEWMAC

6. Salve Regina University 

7-4, 5-1 CCC

7. Framingham State 

8-3, 7-1 MASCAC

8. Amherst College 

8-1, 8-1 NESCAC

9. Coast Guard Academy  

7-3, 5-2 NEWMAC

10. Endicott College 

7-4, 5-1 CCC

11. Bridgewater State 

8-3, 6-2 MASCAC

12. Williams College 

5-4, 5-4 NESCAC

13. Tufts University

7-2, 7-2 NESCAC

14.  WPI 

6-4, 4-3 NEWMAC

15. Western Connecticut 

8-2, 6-2 MASCAC

16. Plymouth State 

6-4, 5-3 MASCAC

17. Nichols College 

5-5, 3-3 CCC

18. UMass Dartmouth 5-5, 4-4 MASCAC

 19. Westfield State  

5-5, 4-4 MASCAC

20. Dean College

5-5, 4-2 ECFC

On The Rise: Anna Maria College, Colby College, Curry College, UMass Dartmouth, and Westfield State.  

D3 Lacrosse: 2019 All-Noontime New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

With another season of New England Division III women’s lacrosse in the books – the 2019 season concluded this past weekend with Middlebury College defeating Salisbury University in the championship game in Ashland, Virginia – it is time to unveil our All-Noontime Sports team, including our player, rookie, and coach of the year.


All-Noontime End of Season Awards 

Coach of the Year: Kate Livesay | Middlebury College: Livesay guided the Panthers to their second national championship since leading Middlebury to a title in 2016 when the Blue and White defeated Trinity College, 9-5. Middlebury concluded the 2019 campaign with the nation’s longest winning streak of 22 games, which matched the 2016 team’s mark for most wins in a single-season. Additionally, Livesay’s unit netted 330 goals, including 30 this past weekend in their semifinal and final match-ups, which is the most any Middlebury team has recorded in a single-season. Middlebury also captured its tenth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament crown, too.

Player of the Year: Abby Manning | Wesleyan University: Manning concluded her junior season by establishing a single-season mark in points (84) and goals (69) while tying Caitlin Wood with 16 free position goals. The 84 points and 69 goals were career-highs for the Wilmington, Delaware native – she also recorded a career-best 15 assists, too. Manning also recorded a career-high 79 draw controls, while scooping 16 ground balls. Manning and the Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time in program history, thanks to impressive postseason wins over Gettysburg CollegeMary Washington, and Washington and Lee.

Co-Rookie of the Year: Jane Earley | Middlebury College: Earley capped an impressive first season with the Panthers by netting four goals in her team’s 14-9 win over Salisbury in the 2019 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse championship. One day earlier, she tallied three points on two goals and one assist in a 16-8 win over Wesleyan in the semifinals. Earley finished the season with 68 points on 51 goals and 17 assists while earning a spot on the NCAA Division III all-tournament team. Prior to helping Middlebury capture its seventh national championship in program history, she recorded a season-best seven points on four assists and three goals in a 13-9 win over Hamilton College.

Co-Rookie of the Year: Colette Smith | Tufts University: The first-year attack enjoyed an impressive debut with the Jumbos, tallying 63 points on 48 goals and 15 assists. Tabbed the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Smith recorded seven points in a pair of contests this spring, while posting six points in a trio of games. Smith helped the Jumbos reach the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time in program history, thanks to national postseason victories over Plymouth State UniversityTCNJ, and York College (Pa.). Smith ranked second on the team in points and goals, and third in assists.


All-Noontime First Team

Claire Dunbar Amherst College Lutherville, Md. 
Katie Miller  Bowdoin College  Rye, N.Y.
Eliza Denious  Bowdoin College  Wilton, Conn. 
Emma McDonagh Middlebury College  Reading, Mass. 
Jane Earley  Middlebury College North Falmouth, Mass. 
Emily Barnard  Middlebury College Wayland, Mass. 
Dakota Adamec Tufts University Katonah, N.Y.
Colette Smith Tufts University Moorestown, N.J.
Abby Manning Wesleyan University Wilmington, Del.
Allegra Grant Wesleyan University Winnetka, Ill. 

All-Noontime Second Team

Maia Noise Amherst College Lexington, Mass. 
Kelly Siebert Amherst College Syosset, N.Y.
Lexi Lenaghan  Babson College  Hanover, Mass. 
Eva Then MIT Yarmouth, Maine
Addy Mitchell Middlebury College  Medfield, Mass. 
Erin Nicholas Middlebury College  Scarsdale, N.Y.
Julia Keith  Middlebury College  North Andover, Mass.
Hedy Veith Tufts University  Alexandria, Va.
Emily Games Tufts University  Wayne, Pa.
Abigail Horst Wesleyan University  Pomfret, Conn.

All-Noontime Third Team 

Sabrina Solow Amherst College Madison, N.J.
Georgia Salvatore Babson College Westwood, Mass. 
Kara Finnerty Bowdoin College Hopkinton, Mass.
Caroline Maxwell Bowdoin College Boxborough, Mass.
Jamie Navoni  Connecticut College Natick, Mass. 
Jennifer Lacroix  Endicott College  Wrentham, Mass.
Cecilia McCormick MIT Islip, N.Y
Annie Sullivan  Tufts University  Barrington, R.I.
Brooke Paradis  Wentworth Inst. of Tech.  Pelham, N.H.
Caroline Sgaglione Wesleyan University  Glen Head, N.Y.

 

New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Final Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, May 28th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

The 2019 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse season concluded this past weekend with Middlebury College capturing its seventh national title in program history with a 14-9 win over Salisbury University.

Sunday’s win over the Sea Gulls capped an impressive 2019 campaign for the Panthers, who finished with an impressive 22-1 record for the second time in four seasons.

In addition to winning 22-straight contests after falling to Bates College in their opener, the Panthers established a new program record for goals in a single-season with 330. They netted 30 goals this past weekend, including 16 against Wesleyan University in their semifinal match-up with the Cardinals.

Tufts University ended the season in the second position, while Wesleyan checked-in third overall. Both teams advanced to their first-ever national semifinals following impressive Regional Final victories against Gettysburg College and York College.

Amherst College checked-in fourth overall, while Bowdoin College secured the fifth position.


New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Final Poll) | Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 

1. Middlebury College

22-1, 9-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University

19-3, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Wesleyan University

17-4, 8-2 NESCAC

4. Amherst College

14-6, 6-4 NESCAC

5. Bowdoin College

10-8, 5-5 NESCAC

6. Colby College

9-7, 5-5 NESCAC

7. Trinity College 

9-7, 4-6 NESCAC 

8. Bates College 

8-8, 4-6 NESCAC

9. Endicott College 

14-6, 8-0 CCC

10. Springfield College

13-7, 6-2 NEWMAC

On The Rise: Babson College, Framingham State, Johnson & Wales, MIT, New England College, Plymouth State, Roger Williams, and Westfield State.


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New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Final Top 10 Poll (Tuesday, May 28th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

The 2019 NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse season concluded this past weekend with Cabrini University capturing its first-ever national championship with a 16-12 win over Amherst College.

Despite the setback, the Mammoths conclude the 2019 season as our top team in New England following an impressive run through the national postseason tournament, which included a trio of wins against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes, along with a convincing 21-9 win over Elizabethtown College in the second round.

Williams College, which finished second in our New England Divison III Top 10, came within one game of advancing to its first-ever NCAA championship after defeating Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in double-overtime earlier this month to secure a date with the Mammoths in the semifinals.

Williams defeated Amherst twice this spring, including once in the NESCAC Tournament.

Tufts University secured the third position followed by Wesleyan University (fourth) and Bates College (fifth).


New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Final Poll) | Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 

1. Amherst College 

18-4, 8-2 NESCAC

2. Williams College 

18-4, 8-2 NESCAC

3. Tufts University

19-2, 9-1 NESCAC

4. Wesleyan University 

13-4, 8-2 NESCAC

5. Bates College 

10-5, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Middlebury College

8-9, 4-6 NESCAC

7. Springfield College

11-10, 5-2 NEWMAC 

8. Western New England 

14-6, 8-0 CCC

9. Keene State College

11-6, 8-0 LEC

10. Coast Guard Academy 

14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC

On The Rise: Babson College, Clark University, Colby College, Endicott College, Lasell College, MIT, New England College, Norwich University, and Roger Williams.   


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