New England D3 Hoops Round-Up: Saturday Highlights (LINKS)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Saturday was a crazy day in New England D3 Hoops with upsets, new records and yes, even a coach earning 100 wins – congrats Coach Santa Fe!

Here are the highlights from what was an exciting and busy day of D3 Hoops!

Let’s congratulate (once again) Coach Angela Santa Fe on reaching 100 wins as the Regis College  women’s basketball team defeated Suffolk University in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play.

Johnny McCarthy and the Amherst College men’s basketball team cruised to an impressive win over Hamilton College this afternoon. The win – the Mammoths’ 10th of the season and second in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play – halted the Continentals’ 15-game winning streak, which dates back to last November!

The Amherst College women’s basketball team established a new program for consecutive wins – 51, to be exact – as they also defeated Hamilton this afternoon, too.

Nick Gilpin recorded a layup with 13 seconds remaining, which helped Bates College stun Tufts University, 77-75. The win snapped a three-game losing streak, too.

Abby Kelly scored a team-high 17 points as the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team cruised to a 74-33 win over Colby College to improve to 17-0 overall.

David Reynolds netted a career-high 29 points to lead the Bowdoin men’s basketball team past Colby, 83-77. The Polar Bears led the Mules, 46-33 at the break, but relied on its defense to secure the win as Colby outscored the hosts, 44-37, in the second half.

MIT erased a five-point deficit at the break to defeat Babson College in overtime by a score of 80-78. Bradley Jomard (MIT) recorded a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds in the win – he almost recorded a triple-double, but finished with eight assists.

The UMass Dartmouth women’s basketball team netted 31 points in the third quarter en route to defeating Plymouth State, 78-64.

The UMass Boston women’s basketball team rebounded from a mid-week setback to defeat Keene State this afternoon to secure a season sweep for the second time in program history.

Thanks to 15 points from Alex Goslin, the Springfield College women’s basketball team was able to defeat Babson College for an important New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory.

The WPI men’s basketball team collaborated for 13 trifectas this afternoon to defeat Clark University.

A 28 point third quarter helped the Castleton University women’s basketball team defeat Thomas to improve to 10-0 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play.

Despite a 58-49 setback to Gordon College, Curry College’s Emily Irwin recorded her 1,000th point, while pacing the Colonels with a game-high 20 points.

Olivia Bolden became the third member of the Albertus Magnus women’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points.

Sam Maglione netted six triples and tallied 26 points as Worcester State women’s basketball top Fitchburg State to even its record at 8-8.

A second half surge helped Nichols College men’s basketball rally to defeat Roger Williams (82-79) and extend its current winning streak to five-games.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Tuesday, Jan. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for January 16th, 2018.

This week’s poll – similar to the past five polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 

1. Amherst College 

16-0, 3-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

15-0, 3-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Tufts University 

15-2, 3-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

11-3, 5-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

11-3, 5-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Conn. College

11-4, 2-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Middlebury College

12-4, 2-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

8. Univ. of New England

10-3, 6-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 8

9. UMass Boston 

14-1, 5-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 9

10. Brandeis University

9-4, 1-2 UAA

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (11-5, 7-1 NEWMAC), Castleton University (11-2, 7-0 NAC), MIT (10-5, 6-2 NEWMAC), Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (13-1, 6-0 GNAC), Smith College (10-4, 4-2 NEWMAC), Springfield College (12-5, 6-3), Williams College (10-6, 2-2 NESCAC) and WPI (12-4, 5-2 NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday Jan. 8th)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for January 8th, 2018.

This week’s poll – similar to the past four polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, January 8th, 2018 

 1. Amherst College 13-0, 1-0 NESCAC Last Time: No. 2
2. Bowdoin College  13-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Time: No. 3
3. Tufts University 11-2, 1-1 NESCAC Last Time: No. 1
4. UMass Dartmouth 9-2, 3-0 LEC Last Time: No. 7
5. Middlebury College 11-2, 2-0 NESCAC Last Time: No. 9
6. Conn. College  8-3, 1-1 NESCAC Last Time: No. 8
7. Roger Williams  8-3, 2-2 (CCC) Last Time: No. 4
8. Univ. of New England 8-2, 4-0 (CCC)  Last Time: No. 5
9. UMass Boston 11-1, 3-0 LEC Last Time: NR
10. Springfield College 10-3, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Time: NR 

ON THE RISE: Babson College (9-4, 5-0 NEWMAC), Brandeis University (8-3, 0-1 UAA), Castleton University (10-1, 6-0 NAC), Hamilton College (10-2, 1-0 NESCAC), Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (10-1, 3-0 GNAC), WPI (10-3, 3-1 NEWMAC) and Williams College (9-5, 1-1 NESCAC)

UMass Boston Claims LEC Opener Over Western Conn. State, 11-8

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UMass Boston’s Calvin Lee recorded five points on four goals and one assist to lead the Beacons to an 11-8 win over Western Connecticut State University on Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: UMass Boston Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Snow, rain, sleet and April Fools weather would not get in the way of the UMass Boston men’s lacrosse team, which secured an impressive Little East Conference (LEC) victory over Western Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon at James Cotter Field.

Calvin Lee registered five points on four goals and one assist, while Matt Murphy won 11 of 22 face-offs as the Beacons claimed an 11-8 victory, as well as their first win over the Colonials in Boston since April 22, 2006.

Neither team gained much momentum throughout the opening two stanzas, but UMass Boston managed to secure a 3-2 lead at the break, thanks to an unassisted second quarter tally from Sam Matton.

Lee doubled the Beacons’ advantage early in the third quarter, netting his first goal of the contest after receiving a feed from Adam Cariveau.

The Beacons’ two-goal advantage, however, would disappear minutes later as Western Connecticut’s Eric Caldwell netted four consecutive goals to provide the Colonials with their first lead of the contest.

Clay Arnold would answer for the Beacons, jumpstarting a three-goal run that provided the hosts with a 7-6 advantage after three quarters.

The Colonials would even the score at 7-7 early in the fourth when John Ward converted a feed from Christian Sparacino.

Ward’s strike, however, didn’t provide the Colonials as the Beacons countered with three-straight goals that helped the Blue and White push ahead for good.

Arnold, Matton and Josh Holmes concluded the contest with two goals apiece, while Alex Surette turned aside eight shots en route to bumping his mark between the pipes to 3-3.

In addition to Caldwell’s four tallies, Western Connecticut received four points from Ryan Reuling, who dished out a trio of assists, while netting his lone goal with 5:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Saturday’s win was UMass Boston’s fourth of the season, they are now 4-4 overall and 1-0 in league play, while the Colonials falls to 3-4 and 0-1.

Both teams return to action next week as UMass Boston visits Wheaton College on Tuesday, while Western Connecticut heads to New England College on Wednesday.

 

Friday’s Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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Eastern Connecticut State University advanced to the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship following a semifinal win over UMass Boston on Friday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Here are the results from Friday’s conference tournament action with links to box scores, courtesy D3Hoops.com:

Thomas 71, Castleton 57 (MBB) 

Husson 98, Lyndon State 84 (MBB) 

Keene State 85, UMass Dartmouth 67 (MBB) 

Eastern Connecticut 86, UMass Boston 58 (MBB)

New England Coll. 52, Castleton 48 (WBB)

Husson 87, Colby-Sawyer 49 (WBB) 

Noontime Sports Men’s D3 Lacrosse Preseason Team

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports

A brand new NCAA Division III lacrosse season – here in New England, to be exact – is set to kick-off tomorrow. So, to get the 2017 season started, it is time to announce our Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse D3 Lacrosse Preseason Team!

Attack 

Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Austin Carbone (Tufts)

Graham Davis (MIT)

Michael Fahey (Williams)

Will Jennings (Endicott)

Brett Kujala (Bowdoin)

Sean Largay (New England Coll.)

Calvin Lee (UMass Boston)

Bryan Rotatori (Keene State)

Harris Stolzenberg (MIT)

Midfield 

Sam Carlin (Bowdoin)

Zach Cattaruzza (Babson)

AJ Core (Roger Williams)

Keegan Dudeck (Western New England)

Charlie Fay (Bates)

Jack Gould (Middlebury)

Justin Holl (Western New England)

Matthew LaCroix (Springfield)

Tommy Hughes (Endicott)

Zach Richman (Tufts)

Defense 

Chris Baglivi (Emmanuel)

Brendan Dooley (Springfield)

Tyler Hawley (Plymouth State)

Thomas Jenoski (Keene State)

Jack O’Donoghue (Babson)

Steven Patrie (Western New England)

Eric Rogers (Middlebury)

Trevor Ross (Eastern Conn. State)

Michael Ryan (Endicott)

David Sheehan (Lasell)

Goalie 

Will Ernst (Middlebury)

Peter Mumford (Bowdoin)

Jake Reynolds (Springfield)

Cody Tranbarger (Amherst)

Patrick Tynan (Western Conn. State)

Five Games to Watch This Weekend (Jan. 13-15th)

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Lydia Caputi and the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team will look to cap their three-day weekend with a win at Williams College on Sunday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bowdoin College Athletics/Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

Happy Friday the 13th, D3 Hoop Fans!

Let’s kick-start this three-day weekend with five games – and five predictions – to watch this weekend.

QUICK NOTE: Rankings (numbers) next to teams are based on this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll, which is posted every Monday morning at 9 a.m. (Women’s Basketball) and 9:30 a.m. (Men’s Basketball) on Twitter (@NoontimeSports). 

No. 2 Middlebury at  No. 4 Tufts (MBB), Friday, Jan. 13th at 7 p.m. – This is the only meeting between the Panthers and Jumbos (this season). Yet, don’t be shocked if the two tangle in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament next month.

Tufts enters the game on a four-game winning streak, while Middlebury has won eight-straight, including a pair of conference tilts against Wesleyan University and Connecticut College. Middlebury’s Matt St. Amour will be one of many to players to watch this evening, but I think the Jumbos defense will find away to slow down the Panthers’ offense and escape with a two (or three or four) point victory. PREDICTION: Tufts 74, Middlebury 72 

Wheaton at No. 1 Babson (MBB), Saturday, January 14th at 2 p.m.: As a Wheaton College alum, I am pretty jacked-up – well, technically excited about their current three-game winning streak. Their win earlier this week over Springfield College was rather impressive. Can Coach Brian Walmsley‘s squad make it four-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) wins tomorrow by squeaking out a dramatic win over number one Babson College? Possibly, but they’ll need their defense to fuel their offense, as well as find a way to prevent transition baskets, too.

The Beavers’ transition game is quite impressive following a defensive carom, so keep an eye on not just Joey Flannery, but Sam Bohmiller, Nick ComenaleCharlie RiceMatthew Droney and Isaiah Nelsen. Prediction: Babson 74, Wheaton 66 

No. 7 Conn. College at No. 2 Amherst (WBB), Saturday, January 14th at 3 p.m.: Slowing down the Amherst College women’s basketball team has been a challenge this season for many squads. The Purple and White are a perfect 13-0, including 1-0 in NESCAC play. This game will be their third conference game of the season – this evening they host Little Three rival Wesleyan University with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Camels of Conn. College have enjoyed a successful 2016-17 campaign, capturing some impressive wins over Ithaca College, Roger Williams and Western Connecticut. Against Amherst, the Camels will need everyone, both their starters and reserves to step-up. Expect some big contributions from Mairead HynesPayton Ouimette and Liz MalmanPREDICTION: Amherst 75, Conn. College 65 

No. 6 Eastern Connecticut at UMass Boston (MBB), Saturday, January 14th at 3 p.m.: This has the making of a fast-paced, up-tempo and exciting contest, so if you’re looking for a quality pre-New England Patriots playoff game to watch, head to UMass Boston for a BIG Little East Conference (LEC) clash.

The Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University have been on a roll since starting 2-4 overall. Currently, they have won four-straight as well as seven of their last eight contests, including an impressive win over Amherst earlier this month. Hugh Lindo and Tarchee Brown are on a mission to extend their season beyond the end of February, but will need to keep playing their best, especially against a solid foe like the Beacons, which have won their last three contests, including a double-overtime win earlier this week at Plymouth State. PREDICTION: Eastern Conn. 75, UMass Boston 73 (OT) 

No. 3 Bowdoin at Williams (WBB), Sunday, January 15th at 3 p.m.: This will be a BIG test for Coach Pat Manning‘s Ephs as they host the third-ranked Polar Bears on Sunday afternoon. Williams enters the weekend 1-1 in NESCAC play – they defeated Trinity College, but fell to second-ranked Amherst College on the road. The Ephs will host the Purple & White later this month – keep an eye on that game.

A win for Williams would provide a boost for the Purple and Yellow heading into their next few conference games, but slowing down a Polar Bears squad that has netted 70, 43, 80 and 87 points over their past four games won’t be easy. Prediction: Bowdoin 68, William 60