Jim Calhoun is headed to the NCAA D-III Tournament this weekend – well, Friday, March 6th, to be exact.
The legendary college basketball coach, who guided the University of Connecticut to three NCAA D-I Championships, just helped the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) win its first-ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crown on Sunday while securing a spot in the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament.
USJ will face Hobart at Springfield College on Friday with tip-off scheduled for 5 p.m. The winner will face either Springfield or SUNY Canton in the second round on Saturday, March 7th.
Calhoun, who is in his second season with the Blue Jays, has led the Blue and Gold to 25 consecutive wins since falling to Tufts University last November. The loss to the Jumbos seems to be a distant memory for the Blue Jays, who posted a perfect mark in conference play this season while securing two wins over in-state rival Albertus Magnus.
Calhoun was named the program’s first coach prior to their initial season last school year. The Blue Jays concluded their inaugural season with a 16-12 overall record, as well as an appearance in the GNAC Championship.
Jim Calhoun will be spotted on the hardwood this winter as the initial head coach of the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball program, which will play its first-ever NCAA Division III contest on Friday, November 9th against William Paterson University.
It was recently announced by multiple sources, including the Hartford Courant that Hall-of-Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun will serve as a consultant to the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball program.
The University of St. Joseph’s will play its first men’s basketball game in school history next year during the 2018-19 school year.
Calhoun, who retired from coaching in 2012 after winning 873 games during a 40-year coaching career, guided the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team to trio of national championships, including a 2011 title against Butler. The former UConn bench boss is still under contract until March of 2018.
When introduced to the media on Thursday, Calhoun told reporters he’s a “part-time employee for now.” However, Calhoun doesn’t consider his new position with the Blue Jays as part-time because his main focus going forward is finding student-athletes to compete for the program next season.
Here are the scores and game summaries from the various Division 1 lacrosse games today.
Canisius 9, Boston University 3: Cal Dearth, Ryan Johnston and Sam Tenney each scored goals in the Terriers’ inaugural game at Nickerson Field. Christian Carson deflected 14 shots between the pipes, including five shots in the first quarter.
UMass 7, UConn 5: Katie Ferris recorded two goals and two helpers, while Sam Rush scored two goals on two shots as the Minutewomen ballooned 5-1 first half lead into a 7-5 victory, their second win of the season.
No. 1 North Carolina 18, Boston University 8: Mallory Collins recorded four goals on four shots, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Terriers past the reigning national champions.
The NCAA released all six brackets (Division I, II and III) this evening for the upcoming men and women’s lacrosse tournaments, which start this week, and below are the squads that earned a spot, along with their first round matchup.
Men’s Division III
* Eastern Conn. State at Western New England (Wednesday, May 8) TBA
* Norwich University at Tufts University (Wednesday, May 8) TBA
* Springfield College at Cabrini College (Wednesday, May 8) TBA
Women’s Division I
* Boston College vs. Dartmouth College (Friday, May 10) @ 4 p.m. Game will be played at Syracuse University.
* UMass vs. UConn (Friday, May 10) TBA. Game will be played at Penn State.
Women’s Division II
* Stonehill College at LIU Post (Saturday, May 11) @ 12 p.m.
Women’s Division III
* Bridgewater State at Bowdoin College (Wednesday, May 8) @ 7 p.m.
* Lasell College at Colby College (Wednesday, May 8) @ 7 p.m.
* Springfield College at Endicott College (Wednesday, May 8) @ 7 p.m.