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.

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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.

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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)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

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 Monday, February 26th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past 11 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, February 26th, 2018

1. Amherst College

27-0 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

23-4 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

3. Bowdoin College 

24-2 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

4. Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

27-1 | GNAC

Last Week: No. 5

5. Univ. of New Eng.

23-5 | CCC

Last Week: No. 7 

6. MIT 

18-9 | NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

7. UMass Dartmouth 

24-4 | LEC

Last Week: No. 4

8. UMass Boston 

25-3 | LEC

Last Week: NR 

9. Roger Williams 

23-5 | CCC

Last Week: No. 8 

10. WPI 

22-6 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Husson Univ. (19-9|NAC), Smith College (20-6 | NEWMAC), Wesleyan University (17-8|NESCAC) and Westfield State (19-7|MASCAC)

D3 Hoops: Saturday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

A C-R-A-Z-Y day of conference tournament play is in the books – yes, we had some SERIOUS upsets and exciting finishes – and below are the various outcomes!


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) 

Men’s Basketball: Nichols 98, Endicott 89For the second-straight year, the Bison of Nichols College captured the CCC title thanks to team-high 33 points from Marcos Echevarria.

Women’s Basketball: UNE 59, Roger Williams 40UNE jumped out to 23-9 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Hawks in the CCC championship. Four different UNE players netted double-figures, including Sam MacDonald, who scored a team-high 17 points.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) 

Men’s Basketball: Johnson & Wales 84, Albertus Magnus 80The Wildcats erased a five-point deficit at the break to defeat the Falcons in Connecticut. Jarell Lawson (JWU) paced all scorers with 25 points, while pulling down eight caroms (two offensive rebounds, six defensive rebounds).

Women’s Basketball: St. Joseph’s 73, Suffolk 59A 25-6 run in the third quarter helped the Monks erase a one-point deficit at the break to defeat the Rams in the GNAC championship. Kelsi McNamara paced the Monks with 24 points. 


Little East Conference (LEC)

Men’s Basketball: Eastern Conn. 79, Keene State 62: Tarchee Brown poured in a game-high 21 points, while Carlos Gonzalez chipped in 19 points as the Warriors defeated the Owls to claim the LEC conference crown.

Women’s Basketball: UMass Boston 65, UMass Dartmouth 56The Beacons set the tone early, jumping out to a 19-12 lead before holding the Corsairs to just 13 points in the final frame as UMass Boston topped the Corsairs and claimed their first-ever LEC crown. Joie Grassi (UMass Boston) led all scorers with 26 points.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Men’s Basketball: Bridgewater State 77, Fitchburg State 72The Bears constructed a 13-point at the break before fending off a second half surge by the Falcons to secure the conference crown. Bridgewater’s Joseph Carty concluded the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Women’s Basketball: Westfield State 90, Framingham State 75: Lucy Barrett and Kierra McCarthy each netted 15 points as the Owls defeated the Rams for the second-straight year in the MASCAC championship.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

Men’s Basketball: So. Vermont 67, Becker 62: Mike Pierre netted a game-high 24 points, while Andre Hodo stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block as Southern Vermont topped the Hawks of Becker in the NECC finale.

Women’s Basketball: Becker 60, Newbury 50: Cassidy Harrison netted a game-high 23 points to lead the Hawks past the Nighthawks for a NECC championship win.  


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan 65, Amherst 63: Nathan Krill drilled the game-winning trey with seven seconds remaining as the Cardinals topped the top-seeded Mammoths in Amherst. Krill concluded the contest with a game-high 29 points. The Cardinals will face

Men’s Basketball: Williams 76, Hamilton 73: Four members of the Williams men’s basketball team reached double-figures, including James Heskett, who netted 19 points as the Ephs outlasted the Continentals in the NESCAC semifinals.  

Women’s Basketball: Amherst 58, Wesleyan 31: Jackie Nagle and Madeline Eck combined for 24 points as the Mammoths topped the Cardinals in the NESCAC semis.  

Women’s Basketball: Tufts 60, Bowdoin 48: Erica DeCandido netted a game-high 17 points, while Jac Knapp added 16 points as the Jumbos defeated the Polar Bears in Amherst to set-up a conference and national championship rematch with the Mammoths. 


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 

Men’s Basketball: WPI 84, Springfield 80 (OT): Reid Walker netted a team-high 23 points, including a lay-up and freebie in overtime as the Engineers defeated Springfield in the NEWMAC semifinals. The Engineers will now face MIT, which topped Babson in the other semifinal.

Men’s Basketball: MIT 70, Babson 61: AJ Jurko recorded a double-double of 23 points and 11 assists, while Tim Roberts added 15 points and nine rebounds as the Engineers topped the defending national champions in the NEWMAC semifinal.

Women’s Basketball: WPI 64, Babson 56 (OT)Ama Biney netted netted 14 points, including a pair of freebies and a layup in an extra session as the Engineers topped the Beavers en routes to tomorrow’s conference championship.

Women’s Basketball: MIT 64, Smith 51The Engineers overcame a seven-point deficit at the start, ending the game on a 26-15 run to defeat the top-ranked Pioneers in the NEWMAC semifinals. MIT’s Kara Holinski led all scorers with 25 points.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC)

Men’s Basketball: New England 72, Colby-Sawyer 56: Jason Jones finished a perfect six-for-six from the field with 16 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds as the Pilgrims captured their first-ever NAC crown.

Women’s Basketball: Husson 76, Maine Maritime 58: Sami Ireland was one of five scorers to reach double-figures – she concluded today’s championship with 21 points – as the Hawks soared past the Mariners in the NAC finale.

D3 Hoops: Friday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was another busy late-afternoon/evening of New England D3 Hoops and below are the outcomes from both the Little East Conference (LEC) and North Atlantic Conference (NAC) semifinals.


Little East Conference (LEC) 

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Eastern Conn. 92, No. 4 Western Conn. 82
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Keene State 95, No. 3 UMass Boston 84
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 UMass Dartmouth 76, No. 4 Eastern Conn. 63
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 UMass Boston 61, No. 3 So. Maine 46

North Atlantic Conference (NAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 New England College 71, No. 5 Maine-Farmington 56
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 3 Colby-Sawyer 89, No. 2 Husson 76
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 4 Maine Maritime 57, No. 1 Castleton 49
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Husson 54, No. 2 Colby-Sawyer 49