Noontime’s Senior Salute: Caty Flagg (UMass Boston)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For Caty Flagg, this past season was all about enjoying the moment, while making memories of both home and away contests.

The Methuen, Massachusetts native, who played goalie for the UMass Boston women’s ice hockey team, says her goal was to not just “live in the moment,” but cherish time with her friends and teammates.

“I’ll always remember the fun times we had throughout this past season,” said Flagg, who started 25 of 26 games for the Beacons this past winter. “I’ll remember our team practices, lifts, and preseasons, but most importantly, our team dinners to hanging out (off the ice with everyone) while enjoying each other’s company.”

With Flagg between the pipes, the Beacons won 12 games while making an appearance in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) playoffs. UMass Boston won eight conference games while capturing seven of 12 road contests.

Flagg, who backstopped Austin Prep to a state championship in 2016, became the Beacons’ first-ever netminder to be named the goaltender of the year by the NEHC in February. The senior goalie earned first-team honors, as well, and finished the season second in the conference in goals-against average (1.84) and save percentage (.942). She posted career-bests in wins (12), winning percentage (.519), and saves (800).

Prior to her team’s postseason clash with the University of Southern Maine, Flagg helped the Beacons beat Colby College, 2-1, behind 45 saves. The win over the Mules was the Beacons’ first against a nationally ranked opponent since 2016 when UMass Boston edged Norwich University in the NEHC Championship.

We recently spoke with Caty Flagg about competing for the UMass Boston women’s ice hockey team, as well as her plans beyond graduation this spring.


Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior or junior season with the Beacons? If so, which game(s) are they? 

I have two memorable games. One from last season and one from this season.

Last year, we were the seventh-seed in the NECH playoffs and drew second-seed Suffolk University in the quarterfinals. We had tied and lost to Suffolk earlier in the season but for this particular game, we came in with some confidence that helped us beat them by one goal (2-1). The energy everyone exerted on this particular day was unbelievable and it was definitely one of the most exciting games I’ve ever played in.

Another memorable game was earlier this year against Colby. At the time, Colby was undefeated and ranked tenth in the country. We knew before the game that we were the underdogs, so we went in with the mindset that we had nothing to lose. And we won the game, too. It was unbelievable.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for the UMass Boston women’s ice hockey program these past two years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

I would have to say, my teammates. Waking up every day and going to lifts or practices with them before a long day of classes, but everyone was always there for each other, both on and off the ice.

I am going to miss waking up every day and getting to play the game I love. It was always the best way to start off my day. I have been playing hockey since I was younger and it is going to be different not lacing up the skates each morning in the winter. I do look forward to staying in touch with my teammates, who have become great friends and will be back next year to cheer them on from the stands. 

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it and what do you plan to do with it after graduation? 

I’m an exercise and health sciences major so I am thinking of becoming a personal trainer after graduation.

I became interested in this subject when I attended the University of New England as a freshman and sophomore. I was able to apply what I had learned at UNE when I arrived at UMass Boston as a junior last school year.

Due to COVID-19, my summer internship with a local gym has been shifted to online courses, but I have been able to create in-home workouts, along with a health and wellness program for someone in my family, which keeps me motivated.

This particular time has allowed me to identify what I truly want to do and that is personal training as well as some coaching.

Noontime’s Senior Salute: Joey Rogers (UMass Boston)

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Joey Rogers started 23 games for the UMass Boston baseball team from 2017 to 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Boston Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Joey Rogers cherished every moment with the UMass Boston baseball team.

From his initial season with the Beacons in 2017 to just a handful of games earlier this year, the Dighton, Massachusetts native says he will look back fondly on his time with the Blue and White, which averaged 37 wins from 2017 to 2019.

“I will cherish all of the time and hard work we put in as a team during the offseason,” said Rogers, who appeared in 31 games with the Beacons.

“We pushed each other every single day in the weight room and on the field to get better, and ultimately achieve another championship.”

Rogers and the Beacons won quite a few championships these past few years. In fact, they won a trio of Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament titles while making a pair of appearances in the D-III College World Series (2017 and 2019).

The left-handed pitcher won ten games for the Beacons while recording 111 strikeouts. He concluded his career with a 3.90 earned run average and made 55 plate appearances where he recorded eight runs nine hits, one home run, and six RBI.

We recently spoke with Rogers to discuss his career and time spent with the UMass Boston baseball team, as well as where he is headed after graduation later this spring.


Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years?  If so, which games are they?

Winning the NCAA D-III Super Regional Championship during my junior year. The atmosphere during the three-game series was unreal. We had so much support from friends and family, and it was very special to win a championship in front of them while sharing a very cool moment with my teammates.

Also, I will always remember winning the New England D-III Regional Championship my first season with the Beacons. Again, it was another memorable moment for my teammates and me. We competed for the title on Cape Cod against some of the best teams in New England. 

Both wins sent us to the College World Series, which were played at different locations. But being able to compete on the national stage was unbelievable.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for the UMass Boston baseball program these past four years?  What will you miss most after graduation?

I am grateful for the opportunity that Coach (Brendan) Eygabroat has given me. I’ll cherish the time spent with this program for the rest of my life. I’ll also look back fondly on time spent with teammates, both on and off the field.

The relationships that I built, along with the team chemistry we established was a big part of our success. I will miss running out on that field after graduation, but I am so happy I got to play a game I absolutely love for the past four years.

Do you hope to stay involved with your sport in the future? Any interest in being a coach?

I am planning to pursue a career in the United States Army as an officer after graduation, but I could see myself coaching this game I love in the future.

Tell me about your major.  How did you choose it and what do you plan to do with it after graduation?

I majored in exercise and health science because I have always been interested in athletics and sports from a young age. I also like helping others achieve their fitness goals, which is something that interested me in studying this particular topic.

I have been fortunate to gain a slew of real-life experience these past four years through internships with Geoff Ebbs, who is our athletic department’s strength and conditioning coach. The internship taught me so much in regard to exercise science to programming as well as coaching and teaching athletes proper techniques.

Following graduation, I will be joining the United States Army – I was accepted into the Officer Candidate School.

Noontime Sports D3 Men’s New England Hockey Top 10 Poll (Nov. 11th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The third week of the New England D3 Hockey season has officially concluded, which means it is time for us to dish out our latest Men’s Top 10 Poll!

UMass Boston remains our top team for the second week by scoring important league wins over Castleton University (6-1) and Norwich University (4-2).

The Beacons will look to continue their early season momentum later this week when they visit Johnson & Wales on Friday and Suffolk University on Saturday.

Salve Regina and University of New England secured the second and third positions, respectively, while Colby College and Norwich University switched spots.

Babson College remained the ninth best team in our poll following an impressive win over Norwich, while Curry College finished its weekend series with Salve Regina 0-1-1. The Colonels and Seahawks tied 4-4 on Friday before John McLean (three goals) and Matthew Dillon (three assists and one goal) powered Salve Regina to an 8-5 win.


Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 11th, 2018) 

1. UMass Boston

5-0, 4-0 NEHC

2. Salve Regina 

2-1-1, 2-1-1 CCC

3. University of New England

3-1, 3-1 CCC

4. Colby College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

5. Norwich University

2-2-1, 2-2 NEHC

6. Nichols College

3-1, 3-1 CCC

7. Endicott College

3-1-1, 3-1 CCC

8. Trinity College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

9. Babson College

4-0-1, 3-0-1, NEHC

10. Curry College

3-1-2, 2-1-1 CCC

ON THE RISE: New England College (3-1-1, 2-1-1 NEHC) and Plymouth State (4-0-1, 2-0-1 MASCAC). 

 

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball 2018 End Of The Year Awards

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another season of New England D3 Basketball in the books, it is time to dish out our end of the year Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball awards, including our Coach, Player and Rookie of the Year, along with our first, second and third teams.

As always, stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter – also, make sure to follow our brand new basketball handle on Twitter at @Noontme_Hoops!


Kate Kerrigan POY BOWDWomen’s Player of the Year: Kate Kerrigan (Bowdoin College): Kate Kerrigan enjoyed an extremely impressive senior season with the Polar Bears as she guided the program to its second appearance in the national semifinals last weekend. Tabbed the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III National Player of the Year last week, Kerrigan concluded her time in Maine by becoming the only player in Bowdoin women’s basketball history to tally more than 900 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals in a career. In addition to being honored by the WBCA, she was also named the NESCAC Player of the Year, NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, the NEWBA Player of the Year and the D3hoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year.


JOIE Grassi ROY UMASSWomen’s Rookie of the Year: Joie Grassi (UMass Boston): Joie Grassi enjoyed an impressive first season with the Beacons, averaging 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 29 games. She guided the Blue and White to its first-ever Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament Championship last month as UMass Boston stunned top-seed UMass Dartmouth. Grassi was tabbed the LEC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after netting 26 points, while pulling down nine rebounds in her team’s win over the Corsairs. Grassi earned seven LEC Rookie of the Week honors, while tallying a team-best six double-doubles. Grassi was tabbed the D3Hoops.com Northeast Region Co-Rookie of the Year, while also earning a spit on the Northeast Region’s Fourth Team. Grassi joined senior Lydia Vital on the LEC First Team – she also accompanied classmate Shania Osborne on the conference’s All-Rookie Team.


GP Gromacki AMHERST COACHWomen’s Coach of the Year: G.P. Gromacki (Amherst College): G.P. Gromacki guided the Mammoths to its second-straight NCAA Division III championship this season, while earning his second consecutive D3Hoops.com Coach of the Year honors. Amherst enjoyed another impressive season, winning 33 consecutive contests, including a national championship and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown. Last weekend marked the third time Gromacki has guided the Mammoths to a national championship – he has led the Purple and White to eight Final Four appearances since arriving in Amherst prior to the start of the 2007-08 season. In addition to being honored by D3Hoops.com, Gromacki earned his third-straight NESCAC Coach of the Year honor prior to the start of this year’s national tournament.


Noontime Sports First-Team

Kate Kerrigan 

Bowdoin College 

Wellesley, Mass. 

Madeline Eck

Amherst College 

Rye, N.Y. 

Hannah Fox

Amherst College

Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Melissa Baptista

Tufts University

Somerville, Mass.

Kelsi McNamara 

St. Joseph’s (Maine)

Westbury, Mass.


Noontime Sports Second Team

Abby Kelly

Bowdoin College

Bombay, N.Y.

Olivia Bolden 

Albertus Magnus 

South Windsor, Conn.

Alicia Kutil

UMass Dartmouth

Franklin, Mass.

Nakira Examond

UMass Dartmouth

New Bedford, Mass.

Kennedy Guest-Pritchett

Smith College

Fairburn, Ga.


Noontime Sports Third Team

Lauren Dillon 

Tufts University 

Wellesley, Mass.

Mikayla Hodge

Lyndon State 

Newbury, Vt. 

Ama Biney

WPI

Worcester, Mass.

Payton Ouimette
 

Babson College

Medfield, Mass.

Mary Kate O’Day

Framingham State

Berlin, Mass.


Noontime Sports All-Rookie Team

Joie Grassi 

UMass Boston

Plymouth, Mass. 

Kristen Curley 

Southern Maine 

Gorham, Maine 

Emily Briggs

Tufts University 

Canton, Conn.

Kylie Gallagher

MIT

Upton, Mass.

Jaymesha Sanders

Newbury College

West Haven, Conn.

Mikayla Pucci

Wheaton College

Hopkinton, Mass.

Mikaela Mitchell 

Fitchburg State 

Millbury, Mass.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Final Top 10 Poll (March 20th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Another season of New England D3 Basketball concluded this past weekend with Amherst College claiming its second-straight NCAA championship as they defeated Bowdoin College in the final game of the 2017-18 season.

The Mammoths concluded their season without a single blemish for the second-straight year – Amherst has not dropped a single contest since March 2016. The Purple and White concluded the year as our top team in our final Noontime Sports poll, while the Polar Bears and Tufts University rounded out the top three positions.

As always, stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter for more New England D3 Basketball news and notes throughout the offseason. Additionally, toss a follow to our new basketball Twitter handle (@Noontime_Hoops), too!


Women’s Basketball Top 10 – Final 2017-18 Poll 

1. Amherst College 

33-0, 10-0 NESCAC

2. Bowdoin College 

29-3, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Tufts University

26-5, 8-2 NESCAC

4. Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

28-2, 16-0 GNAC

5. Univ. of New England 

23-6, 16-2 CCC

6. Roger Williams 

23-6, 15-3 CCC

7. UMass Dartmouth

24-4, 14-0 LEC

8. UMass Boston

25-4, 12-2 LEC 

9. MIT

18-10, 10-6 NEWMAC

10. Smith College 

20-6, 13-3 NEWMAC

ON THE RISE: Springfield College (20-9, 12-4 NEWMAC), Westfield State (19-8, 11-1 MASCAC), and WPI (22-6, 13-3 NEWMAC)