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Noontime’s D3 Men’s Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2022

By NoontimeSports.com

Yesterday, we unveiled a few NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse teams to keep an eye on this upcoming season.

Now, let’s switch gears to the men’s side, however, let’s highlight some teams that are starting to take that “next step” in their journey to competing with RIT, Salisbury University, and Tufts University for the national crown.  

All three teams (listed above) will once again be in the mix of the 2022 national championship — the same being be said for Christopher Newport, York College, Cabrini University, and the University of Lynchburg — but there is a slew of other programs that could certainly surprise some small college lacrosse fans in 2022.


Babson College: The Beavers’ 2021 season concluded in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament – the Green and White entered their postseason match with Tufts riding a five-game winning streak, which included a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship.

Babson averaged 15.17 goals per game and should once again be the favorite in the NEWMAC — sure, they will be challenged by Clark University, Coast Guard Academy, and Springfield College, but coach Rocky Batty will welcome back some key members of the 2021 squad next spring, including goalie Mac Mowat and Ryan Donovan, who led the squad in assists (eight) and points (18).


Centre College: The Colonels enjoyed perhaps their best season in program history, capturing both the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) regular season and tournament crown while winning the program’s initial national postseason win with a 12-11 victory over Denison University.

Can Centre continue its success in 2022? That is the question, but perhaps they can, especially with some key members of its 2021 squad returning, including goalie Wills McCutcheon and Will Hubbs. Both student-athletes received end-of-year honors from the SAA while coach Grant Zimmerman was tabbed the SAA’s Coach of the Year.


Colorado College: Coach Sean Woods and the Tigers came close to advancing to the NCAA Division III semifinals this past May but lost to RIT in the quarterfinals.

Despite the setback, CC was a team to watch (and yes, follow) in 2021 as they ended their season with 13 victories, which is tied for the fourth-most in a single season. The Tigers earned its eighth trip in program history to the national tournament and scored a pair of wins against Centre (19-6) and Transylvania University (20-12). 

This season, Woods won’t be pacing the sidelines as he accepted the head coaching role at Amherst College, but CC will be in good hands with Mike Horowitz, who played lacrosse at Muhlenberg College, but recently spent time as an assistant with Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Anders Erickson returns for his senior season — the Lone Tree, Colorado native led the team last spring with 86 points on 42 goals and 44 assists to go with 105 shots and 23 ground balls. Winston Chodnicki is also back and will be spotted at midfield taking faceoffs.


Denison University: A new era of Big Red lacrosse will begin next spring with Eric Koch being named the new head coach – the former Washington & Lee assistant head coach replaces Mike Caravana, who this past May that he would be stepping down and departing a program he oversaw for 28 seasons.  

Denison captured its 19th North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) crown with a 12-10 win over Kenyon College but saw their run toward a national title conclude in the opening round with a 12-11 setback to Centre.

The Big Red produced eight wins in 10 games this past spring but will once again be in the mix for not just an NCAC crown, but also a deep playoff run.

Camden Bowdy returns for his team’s 2022 campaign and will certainly be a player to watch after leading the team with 23 assists. He established a new single-game record in April by tallying 12 assists in his team’s 29-2 win over Wabash College.


Hope College: The Flying Dutchmen captured their second Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) this past spring to go with their first-ever NCAA Tournament win (Hope defeated Benedictine University in the opening round).

Hope has become a team to watch in the Midwest as they have won at least 10 games or more in four of their last five seasons.

Jack Radzville will be the player to watch in 2022 after producing a career-best 104 points on 56 goals and 48 assists to go with 39 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.


Illinois Wesleyan: Last season, the Spartans did what no team in program history has done: advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Illinois Wesleyan saw it’s impressive 2021 campaign conclude with a 30-5 setback to Salisbury, but their momentum should continue next spring, especially with some key members of their 15-win squad returning, including Rick Smith, who led the unit with 74 points on 49 goals and 25 assists.

Connor Kiichle returns, as well — the Vancouver, Washington native placed second on the team in points with 66 while Blake Muschewske is back after finishing second on the team with 21 caused turnovers (Jesse Prettner also recorded 21 caused turnovers last season but has graduated).

Illinois Wesleyan concluded its previous campaign one win shy of matching their program record for wins in a single season with 16 (the Green and White won 16 games in three consecutive seasons: 2017, 2018, and 2019).


UMass Boston: The 2021 season was one to remember for the Beacons, which not only captured their first-ever Little East Conference (LEC) crown but also made their debut in the NCAA Tournament.

Gavin Admirand recently became the program’s first student-athlete to secure preseason All-American honors from Lacrosse Magazine — the Mansfield, Massachusetts native led UMass Boston last spring with 54 goals and 68 points while placing second on the team with 23 assists.

Admirand will be one of a few Beacons to watch in 2022, but the biggest question facing UMass Boston heading into a new season is can they repeat as conference champions?

Other teams to watch: Endicott College, Wesleyan University, Western New England, Transylvania University, Union College, Babson College, Coast Guard Academy, SUNY Cortland, John Carroll, Gettysburg College, and St. John Fisher

Noontime’s D3 Women’s Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2022

By NoontimeSports.com

Believe it or not, a brand-new season of NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse is quickly approaching – are you ready for some lacrosse?

Yes, we know it is late December, but games (and yes, practices, too) will be starting up in a few weeks. And we are excited for another season of coverage.

Before we officially begin a new season, allow us to highlight a few teams’ fans of small college lacrosse that should keep their eyes on in the coming weeks and months.


Denison University: The Big Red made its initial appearance in the NCAA semifinals this past spring but saw their championship bid conclude with a 20-10 setback to Salisbury University.

Despite the setback, Denison will once again be a team to watch next spring – the Big Red have won 43 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) games, including five in 2021.

Casey McTague returns after being named the conference’s midfielder of the year – the Arlington, Virginia native recorded 41 points on 36 goals and five assists in 12 contests to go with a career-best 56 draw controls and 18 ground balls.

Coach Amanda Daniels and her squad will begin its 2022 campaign against Butler University on Saturday, February 19 before visiting Gettysburg College one week later.


Messiah University: 2021 was a historic season for the Falcons, which had its 18-game winning streak snapped in the national quarterfinals.

Despite ending its season with a four-goal setback to St. John Fisher in May, Messiah should once again be back in the mix, not only for a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) crown but also a deep postseason run.  

Rachel Delate returns for her third season with the Blue and White – she was named the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year this past season after producing a team-high (and yes, conference-best) 63 goals and 60 assists for a new single-season record of 123 total points.

The Falcons will begin their 2022 campaign at home against the University of Scranton on Saturday, February 19.


Middlebury College: After a year away from the field due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Panthers will certainly be a team to watch next spring — their season officially begins Saturday, March 5 with a visit to Bowdoin College.

When we last saw the Blue and White compete, Middlebury was celebrating a 14-9 victory in the national championship game against Salisbury University.

Middlebury has appeared in the national title game three times since 2016 and will look to make its fourth trip in six seasons.

Jane Earley is expected to lead the attack – the North Falmouth, Massachusetts native was a player to watch in 2019 as she concluded her team’s championship season with 68 points on 51 goals and 17 assists while registering 50 draw controls and 26 ground balls.


Salisbury University: After posting a 20-0 overall record this past season, it will be hard to overlook this Sea Gulls squad that returns some key pieces from its championship unit, including Lydia McNulty, who was named to the USA Lacrosse Magazine’s first team.

The Annapolis, Maryland native enjoyed her best season with Salisbury this past spring, tallying a career-high 72 points on 62 goals and 10 assists to go with 18 ground balls and three draw controls. McNulty, along with Caroline McKenna, Erin Scannell, and Lauren Valenti are just a few players to watch on this Sea Gulls squad, which should be in the national championship mix again next May.

Salisbury will commence its 2022 season by visiting Stevenson University on Saturday, February 12.  


St. John Fisher: The Cardinals’ historic season concluded in the national semifinals, but Fisher’s 2021 campaign did include 18 wins, including four wins against nationally-ranked opponents.

Fisher’s 18 wins were the second-most victories a Cardinals squad has recorded in program history – can they duplicate that performance next spring?

Sydney DeGirolamo will be the player to watch on the Maroon and White next spring after becoming the program’s first-ever First-Team All-American. DeGirolamo led Division III in draw controls (155) while pacing the Cardinals in assists (41) and points (78).  

Fisher will visit Stevenson University on Saturday, March 5 for its first game of the 2022 season.


Tufts University: An impressive 2021 campaign concluded with a heartbreaking defeat in the national championship — the Jumbos’ 10-game winning streak was snapped with a 14-13 setback to Salisbury.

Tufts had never competed in the championship game in previous seasons, but perhaps this defeat will fuel the Powder Blue and White to return to the national finals next spring.

The Jumbos will return some key pieces from its 2021 squad, including Anna Clarke, who produced a career-best 19 points on 16 goals and three assists in 11 contests to go with 43 draw controls, and Molly Laliberty, who was named the 2021 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Goalie of the Year.  

The Jumbos’ 2022 campaign will officially begin on Saturday, March 5 at Colby College.


University of Chicago: The Maroons were a team to watch this past spring, posting an 11-2 overall record, including a 4-1 mark against members of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). Additionally, Chicago claimed its first-ever conference tournament crown, as well as made its debut in the NCAA Division III Tournament.   
Chicago’s run toward its initial national title concluded in the quarterfinals against Dension University.

The Maroons will attempt to continue their 2021 momentum next spring — Lally Johnson (12 goals and 31 assists) and Ali Sheehy (35 goals and eight assists) both return after leading the squad with 43 points, respectively.

Chicago will commence its fourth season in program history on Saturday, February 26 when they host Bates College.  


Other teams to watch in 2022: Catholic University, Franklin & Marshall, Ithaca College, John Carroll, SUNY Cortland, TCNJ, Trinity College, Washington & Lee, William Smith, York College,

Noontime’s New England Small College Basketball Stories of 2021

Marcus Azor and the UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball team celebrated a Little East Conference (LEC) championship in March. ((PHOTO COURTESY: Kyle Prudhomme)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to pinpoint some of the best storylines of 2021 when it comes to New England small college basketball, but there have been a few, including two conference championship celebrations in March.

The biggest storyline has been the return to the court — like so many schools, teams, and student-athletes that did not compete this past winter due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been an exciting few weeks for so many that can finally play and practice again.

Here are a few storylines from the current year worth revisiting — yes, there are quite a few, but these are a few that we will certainly remember next year and beyond.

UMass Dartmouth wins the Little East Conference (LEC) crown: After losing to Eastern Connecticut in overtime in late February, the Corsairs rebounded with three straight wins, including a pair of conference tournament victories over Keene State College (108-68) and Rhode Island College (93-89).

UMass Dartmouth’s impressive victory over the Owls helped the Blue and Gold clinch their first conference crown since 2009.

Marcus Azor was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player — the Brockton, Massachusetts native averaged 21.0 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in two postseason contests.

Babson College competes against Harvard University: For the first time since 1996, the Beavers competed against the Crimson in an exhibition contest.

Harvard used a late rally in the second half to defeat Babson, 74-64 — the Green and White led the Crimson, 37-34, at the break.

Babson’s Spencer Cline led all players with 17 points on 6 of 17 shooting, including five of nine from beyond the arc, while Nate Amado recorded a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Harvard leads the all-time series, 6-1, with Babson’s last win coming in 1991.

Jim Calhoun departs the University of Saint Joseph: Following his team’s third contest of the 2021-22 season, coach Jim Calhoun announced his retirement from the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) men’s basketball program.

“It’s just the right time,” he said in a statement last month regarding his departure.

The former Division I bench boss with the University of Connecticut guided the Blue Jays to a 47-17 record in three-plus seasons, which included a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship last year to go with a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Calhoun was the program’s first-ever coach — he was succeeded by Glen Miller, who guided the Blue Jays to an exciting 75-62 win over Tufts University two days after the announcement.

Other stories from 2021:

Noontime’s Final D3 Football Top 20 Poll (Nov. 22, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to believe, but another season of New England NCAA Division III football has officially concluded — that was fast, eh?

Luckily, we still have plenty of end-of-season wrap-up content coming your way, so stay tuned for future posts and podcasts. But in the meantime, enjoy our end-of-season poll, which finds Williams College, Endicott College, and Framingham State in the top three spots.

1. Williams College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): The only New England team to finish without a setback, the Ephs concluded the 2021 season as the first team in program history to win nine games in a single season.

2. Endicott College (8-3, 5-1 CCC): Despite seeing its season conclude in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament, the future is very bright for a squad that features a slew of rising seniors and juniors.

3. Framingham State (8-3, 6-0 MASCAC): The Rams were a pleasant surprise this fall, rebounding from an 0-2 start to win their third outright conference crown.

4. Trinity College (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC): The Bantams could be the “team to beat” next fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) after ending its season with back-to-back wins over Amherst College and Wesleyan University.

5. Western New England (7-4, 5-1 CCC): The Golden Bears may have ended with a difficult setback to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, but this team was resilient, especially after a midseason loss to Endicott College.

6. UMass Dartmouth (9-2, 6-2 MASCAC): The Corsairs matched their win total from 2003 by winning their final six contests, including their first-ever New England Bowl.

7. Husson University (7-3, 4-2 CCC): These Eagles provided a lot of challenges for non-conference and conference foes this fall.

8. Salve Regina University (8-2, 4-2): The 2021 Seahawks looked somewhat like the 2016 Seahawks that won eight games.

9. Springfield College (7-4, 6-0 NEWMAC): “The Brotherhood” bounced back from a 1-3 start with a six-game winning streak that resulted in a conference crown, along with an impressive showing against SUNY Cortland in the opening round of the postseason.

10. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2): The Bears concluded their season with a Cranberry Bowl win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which should provide the Red and White with some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.

11. Anna Maria College (7-3, 5-1 ECFC): The AMCATs were a tremendous story this fall as they not only captured their initial conference crown but also competed in their first national postseason.

12. Wesleyan University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC): These Cardinals provided a great deal of excitement with some dramatic come-from-behind wins this fall.

13. Castleton University (6-4, 4-2 ECFC): The Spartans were a fun team to watch down the stretch as they finished with six wins for the first time since posting an identical 6-4 record in 2017.

14. Plymouth State (5-5, 5-3 MASCAC): These Panthers were a team to watch during the second half of the season, especially mid-October.

15. MIT (5-4, 3-3 NEWMAC): Coach Brian Bubna’s squad ended its 2021 campaign with a much-needed win over the Engineers of WPI.

16. Amherst College (5-4, 5-4 NESCAC): These Mammoths exceeded our expectations and will certainly be a team to keep an eye on next fall.

17. University of New England (4-5, 2-4 CCC): The future is very bright for the Nor’easters, who concluded their season early this month with a dramatic win over Curry College.

18. Western Connecticut (5-5, 4-4 MASCAC): The Colonials head into the offseason with some momentum after ending its campaign with back-to-back wins over Fitchburg State and Worcester State.

19. Tufts University (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Jumbos ended their season with a four-game winning streak – they were certainly competitive with some of the top teams in the NESCAC this fall.

20. Colby College (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Mules concluded their season with the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) crown.

Noontime’s New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Nov. 1, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first of November means one thing: college basketball is back!

Indeed, a brand new season of New England NCAA Division III college basketball is set to tip-off this week — are you ready to cheer on your favorite team?

Like we have in the past, Noontime Sports will be producing a weekly New England D-III Top 10 Poll with some help from local media, coaches, and athletic communications offices every Monday throughout the 2021-22 season.

So, without further ado, allow us to share our first New England D-III Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll, which finds Tufts University in the top spot followed by Bowdoin College second and Amherst College third.

Noontime’s New England D-III Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, November 1, 2021

  1. Tufts University: The last time we saw the Jumbos, they produced an impressive 28-1 record, including a 10-0 mark in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play. We expect their previous success to continue this winter — their first game is is next Saturday, November 13 against Rowan University.

  2. Bowdoin College: Sacha Santimano will coach the Polar Bears for the first time this winter after being named the head coach of the program earlier this year.

  3. Amherst College: Coach G.P. Gromacki and the Mammoths will tip-off their 2021-22 campaign on Friday, November 12 against Oglethorpe University — the game will be played at Gordon College.

  4. Rhode Island College: After capturing the Little East Conference (LEC) regular season and tournament crown this past school year, the Anchorwomen enter the 2021-22 season as a squad to watch — they were picked to win their conference crown this winter.

  5. Smith College: The Pioneers have recorded 20 wins or more in their last three seasons — they will begin their 2021-22 campaign next Monday, November 8 against Castleton University.

  6. Eastern Connecticut: Picked second in the Little East Conference (LEC) preseason coaches poll, the Warriors, who garnered three first-place votes, will begin their season next Tuesday in Babson Park.

  7. Williams College: The Ephs concluded their 2019-20 campaign with 20 wins and eight losses — it was one of the better season for Williams since posting a 20-7 mark during the 2014-15 school year. Williams will host Skidmore College next Friday, November 13 at 2 p.m.

  8. Babson College: The Beavers won every game they played this past winter, including their initial game in January against UMass Dartmouth (66-64). Babson will begin its season next Tuesday, November 9 against Eastern Connecticut before heading to the Middlebury Tournament next weekend.

  9. Springfield College: Springfield competed once this past school year — they beat Wheaton College, 56-47 — and will once again be a team to watch in the New England and Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The Pride tip-off their season on Friday, November 5 against RPI.

  10. Endicott College: Sure, the Gulls were picked to finish third in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) preseason poll, but they will certainly be a team to watch this winter. They will begin their 2021-22 season at home next Saturday, November 13 against Rhode Island College.

Others receiving votes: Emmanuel College, MIT, Roger Williams, Trinity College, and UMass Dartmouth