D3 Basketball: Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Monday, February 17th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Springfield College slid into the top spot in our weekly New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll after securing the second position one week ago. The Pride becomes our new top team after Tufts University secured the position last week.

Springfield, which has won 20 of 23 contests this season, heads into the final week of the regular season with some very important match-ups against third-ranked WPI and fourth-ranked Babson College. All three teams will compete in the upcoming New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament next week, but a loss to either squad could open the door for a new number one team in the league’s postseason.

Colby College moved up two spots this week – the Mules, who finished their conference slate with an 8-2 record, will be the second seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which begins this weekend. Tufts, which beat the Mules earlier this month, secured the top spot in the NESCAC Tournament despite ending its regular-season slate with back-to-back losses to fifth-ranked Middlebury College and Williams College.

St. Joseph’s (Conn.) clinched its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown this past weekend with a win over Emmanuel College. The Blue Jays have won 20 consecutive contests and will host a pair of games this week against Anna Maira College and Colby-Sawyer.

Brandeis University and Amherst College secured the eighth and ninth positions, respectively, while Trinity College returned to the poll, checking-in tenth overall.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week 12 Poll| Monday, Feb. 17th, 2020

1. Springfield College  20-3, 11-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 2 
2. Colby College 21-2, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
3. WPI  19-4, 10-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
4. Babson College  19-4, 10-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 3
5. Middlebury College 20-4, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Tufts University 18-6, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
7. St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 21-2, 9-0 GNAC Last Week: No. 7
8. Brandeis University 15-7, 7-4 UAA Last Week: No. 6
9. Amherst College 17-7, 7-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 
10. Trinity College 16-8, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked 

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Endicott College, Emmanuel College, and Hamilton College


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two | Week ThreeWeek Four| Week Five |Week Six |Week Seven |Week Eight|Week Nine | Week Ten|Week 11

Noontime’s Top 10 Men’s Lacrosse Poll (Monday, February 17th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

A brand new Massachusetts D-III Lacrosse season began this past weekend with Clark University competing against Salve Regina University in an overtime clash, which saw the Seahawks edge the Cougars, 14-13.

Yet, despite falling to the Seahawks last Saturday, the Cougars still secured a spot in our initial Noontime Sports Massachusetts D-III Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.

Amherst CollegeWilliams College, and Tufts University secured the top three spots – all three teams will begin their respective campaigns later this month. Amherst was the national runner-up from one year ago, while Williams saw its national postseason run conclude against the Mammoths in the semifinals of the D-III Tournament.

Springfield College and Western New England rounded out the top five, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively, while Endicott CollegeMIT, and Babson College secured the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions.

Curry College earned the final spot on this week’s poll – the Colonels, who were picked to finish fourth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) will commence their 2020 campaign at the end of the month against Norwich University.


Mass. D-III Lax Top 10 Poll | Monday, February 17th, 2020 

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

2. Williams College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

3. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

4. Springfield College 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

5. Western New England 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

6. Endicott College 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

7. MIT 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

8. Babson College 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

9. Clark University 

0-1, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

10. Curry College 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

On The Rise: Lasell University, Mass. Maritime Academy, Nichols College, UMass Boston, and Wheaton College

Noontime’s Top 10 Women’s Lacrosse Poll (Monday, February 17th, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Lacrosse season has officially returned to Massachusetts – sure, we’re a few days away from some teams beginning their respective campaigns, while other squads have competed once, twice or three teams.

So, with a brand new season of lacrosse upon us, Noontime Sports is excited to unveil our first Massachusetts D-III Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.

Tufts University, which plays its first game later this month at Colby College, secured the top spot followed by Amherst College second and Springfield College third. Both Tufts and Amherst will be teams to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this spring while the Pride of Springfield were picked to capture the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Endicott College and Babson College rounded out the top five while MITWestern New England, and Williams College each secured the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions.

Wheaton College checked-in ninth overall while Framingham State secured the final spot in our ten team poll.


Mass. D-III Lax Top 10 Poll | Monday, February 17th, 2020 

1. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

2. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

3. Springfield College 0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
4. Endicott College 0-0, 0-0 (CCC)
5. Babson College 0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
6. MIT 0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
7. Western New England  0-0, 0-0 (CCC)
8. Williams College 0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)
9. Wheaton College  0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
10. Framingham State 0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

On The Rise: Curry College, Regis College, Smith College, Wellesley College, and Westfield State 

 

Tufts Looks To Snatch The Top Spots In The Upcoming NESCAC Tournament

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Both Tufts University basketball teams have a chance to secure the top spot in the upcoming New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournaments as long as both squads beat Middlebury College this evening (Friday, February 14th) and Williams College (Saturday, February 15th) tomorrow.

The Tufts men’s team positioned themselves for the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament earlier this month with an 80-67 win over Colby College followed by back-to-back wins at Connecticut College and Trinity College. The loss to Tufts was Colby’s first of the 2019-20 season. 

The Tufts women’s team, which has yet to drop a single game this season, has been the top team in the NESCAC over the past few weeks, thanks to wins last month over Amherst College and Bowdoin College, two teams that will most likely secure the second and third seed in the conference tournament.

The Tufts men’s basketball team last secured the top spot in the NESCAC Tournament in 2017 with an end of season win against Williams. Tufts beat Hamilton College on its home court eight days later in the quarterfinals before falling to Williams in Medford in the semifinals. Tufts did make the NCAA Tournament that year as an at-large but saw its bid toward a national championship conclude against Babson College, which went onto beat Augustana eight days later in the D-III Championship.

The Tufts women’s team secured the top seed in the tournament in 2016 but lost to Amherst in the finals. Tufts rebounded from the one-point setback to the Mammoths by winning five consecutive postseason games as an at-large bid before falling to Thomas More in the national championship game.

We will learn the pairings for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament later this weekend, as well as which teams will face Tufts next weekend.

D3 Basketball: Tufts Secures The Top Spot In Wednesday’s Regional Rankings

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

The Tufts University men’s basketball team secured the top spot in the first NCAA D-III Northeast Regional Rankings this afternoon followed by Middlebury College (second) and Springfield College (third).

Tufts is one of seven teams on today’s list that has won 17 or more contests this season.  Additionally, the Jumbos are the top team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) heading into the final weekend of the regular season for the league.

Colby College secured the fourth position – the Mules are 19-2 overall but have lost two of their last four outings. They entered the final month of the regular season with an 18-game winning streak but had it snapped on the initial day of February at Tufts.

Babson College checked-in fifth overall followed by WPI, which secured the sixth position. Both teams will meet this evening in Babson Park for an important New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. Babson won the initial meeting between the two teams last month.

Brandeis UniversitySt. Joseph’s (Conn.), and Amherst College secured the seventh, eighth, and ninth positions, while Endicott College and Albertus Magnus rounded out the rankings, checking-in tenth and eleventh, respectively.

Brandeis is currently in a three-way tie for first place in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with Emory University and Washington University. Emory secured the top spot in the South rankings while WashU checked in second in the Central behind Wisconsin-Plattville.

Today’s Regional Rankings are the first of three sets – we will see two more over the next two weeks before the pairings for the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament is announced on Monday, March 2nd.