Jim Calhoun Is Headed To The NCAA D-III Tournament This Weekend

By Matt Noonan

Jim Calhoun is headed to the NCAA D-III Tournament this weekend – well, Friday, March 6th, to be exact.

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Jim Calhoun is back in the NCAA Tournament with the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: DAVE MARTIN/AP)

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.

Prior to their match-up against the Falcons yesterday, USJ provided Calhoun with his 900th win on the bench in January when the Blue Jays beat the Pratt Institute Cannoneers, 105-61.

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 Named Men’s Basketball Coach at Univ. of St. Joseph’s (Conn.)

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Jim Calhoun was named the first-ever men’s basketball coach at the University of St. Joseph’s College (Conn.) on Wednesday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Univ. of St. Joseph’s Conn.)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

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.

The Blue Jays’ initial game of the 2018-19 season will be played at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Trinity’s gymnasium, according to a report from yesterday, can seat 2,200 people, about 1,000 more than the gymnasium at Saint Joseph.

Calhoun was tabbed to lead the first-year program last September as a consultant, but was officially named the first-ever head coach in program history yesterday.

According to yesterday’s release, the announcement and signing took place in the O’Connell Center lobby with both the President Rhona Free and Athletic Director Bill Cardarelli in attendance.

Calhoun, as many know, was previously the men’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut for 26 seasons where he accumulated a record of 873-380.


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Jim Calhoun To Assist Univ. of St. Joseph’s (CT) Men’s Basketball Program

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It was announced on Thursday that former University of Connecticut (UConn) Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Calhoun will serve as a consultant to the Univ. of St. Joseph’s men’s basketball team. (PHOTO CREDIT: MassLive)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

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.

The University of St. Joseph’s announced earlier this summer that they would be admitting men, beginning in the fall of 2018. According to the school’s release, which was seen on the athletic department’s website earlier this summer, this was a unanimous decision made by the Board of Trustees.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the scores and game summaries from the various Division 1 lacrosse games today.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Canisius 9, Boston University 3: Cal DearthRyan 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.

Women’s Lacrosse:  

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.

Mass. College Lax: Locals Earn Spots In NCAA Tournaments

By NoontimeSports.com 

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.