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D3 Lax Notebook: Lynchburg Enters March With Some Momentum

Dylan Wolfe and the Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team will test their momentum on Saturday against Salisbury. (PHOTO COURTESY: Erin Farina/LynchburgSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

The second month of the 2022 NCAA Division III lacrosse season arrived yesterday.

Today, we have a slew of must-see, must-follow matchups. But before we settle into watching these games, let’s revisit some news and outcomes from the past few days.

Let’s begin with the University of Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team.

The Hornets enter the second month with a great deal of momentum as they won all three matchups in February, including one this past weekend against Cabrini University.

Lynchburg’s 15-9 win against Cabrini was their first since March 1, 2015.

Dylan Wolfe and Ryan Kenney highlighted the six-goal win over the Cavaliers – the duo combined for eight goals and two assists while Patrick Moore picked up his third win between the pipes with eight saves.  

Lynchburg will face a challenging test on Saturday when they visit Salisbury University in what could be a potential NCAA Tournament preview in Maryland.

“We love playing Salisbury,” Wolfe said shortly after his team’s win over Cabrini.

“If we can play a full game against Salisbury – we’re going to play them super tough (and hopefully) come out with the win.”

Wolfe, Kenney, along with other members of the Hornets will need to play their best against the second-ranked Sea Gulls, who will be in action this afternoon against Stevens Institute of Technology.

Salisbury has won two games thus far, including an 11-6-win last Saturday against Gettysburg College.

Speaking of Salisbury, their women’s team has been a team to watch these last few weeks — the Sea Gulls picked up their fourth win of the season yesterday with a 15-7 win over Rowan University, thanks to Erin Scannell, who netted a season-high four goals.  

Scannell has enjoyed a successful start to her junior season by scoring 13 goals in four contests while dishing out two assists. She currently leads the team in goals and points (15).

Payton Bennett and the Rhodes women’s lacrosse team recently defeated Colorado College for the first time in program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rhodes Collge Athletics)

Rhodes College women’s lacrosse bounced back from an opening day loss last month to The University of Alabama in Huntsville with a pair of victories this past weekend.

The Lynx scored their first-ever win against the Tigers (11-10 OT) on Friday before capping the weekend with an 18-5 victory against Illinois Wesleyan University.

Rhodes is in action this afternoon when they welcome the University of Mary Washington to Memphis, Tennessee.

Fans of the Lynx should keep their eyes on Baylee Barker and Payton Bennett, who have combined for 16 goals and three assists in three contests. Goalie Emma Bradley, who is also a player to watch, has turned aside 39 shots thus far and was recently named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Defensive Player of the Week.

Following Rhodes’ non-conference meeting with Mary Washington, the Lynx will visit Birmingham-Southern College on Saturday for their first league meeting of the season.

Finally, Abby Stoller enjoyed a successful debut with Simmons University as the Sharks topped UMass Dartmouth, 19-7, last night.

Stoller, a graduate student that previously competed for UMass Amherst, concluded her initial contest with the Navy Blue and Gold with a career-high six goals, including four in the opening session.

Simmons will welcome Salve Regina University to Daly Field on Friday.  

Noontime’s New England Small College Basketball Stories of 2021

Marcus Azor and the UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball team celebrated a Little East Conference (LEC) championship in March. ((PHOTO COURTESY: Kyle Prudhomme)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to pinpoint some of the best storylines of 2021 when it comes to New England small college basketball, but there have been a few, including two conference championship celebrations in March.

The biggest storyline has been the return to the court — like so many schools, teams, and student-athletes that did not compete this past winter due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been an exciting few weeks for so many that can finally play and practice again.

Here are a few storylines from the current year worth revisiting — yes, there are quite a few, but these are a few that we will certainly remember next year and beyond.

UMass Dartmouth wins the Little East Conference (LEC) crown: After losing to Eastern Connecticut in overtime in late February, the Corsairs rebounded with three straight wins, including a pair of conference tournament victories over Keene State College (108-68) and Rhode Island College (93-89).

UMass Dartmouth’s impressive victory over the Owls helped the Blue and Gold clinch their first conference crown since 2009.

Marcus Azor was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player — the Brockton, Massachusetts native averaged 21.0 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in two postseason contests.

Babson College competes against Harvard University: For the first time since 1996, the Beavers competed against the Crimson in an exhibition contest.

Harvard used a late rally in the second half to defeat Babson, 74-64 — the Green and White led the Crimson, 37-34, at the break.

Babson’s Spencer Cline led all players with 17 points on 6 of 17 shooting, including five of nine from beyond the arc, while Nate Amado recorded a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Harvard leads the all-time series, 6-1, with Babson’s last win coming in 1991.

Jim Calhoun departs the University of Saint Joseph: Following his team’s third contest of the 2021-22 season, coach Jim Calhoun announced his retirement from the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) men’s basketball program.

“It’s just the right time,” he said in a statement last month regarding his departure.

The former Division I bench boss with the University of Connecticut guided the Blue Jays to a 47-17 record in three-plus seasons, which included a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship last year to go with a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Calhoun was the program’s first-ever coach — he was succeeded by Glen Miller, who guided the Blue Jays to an exciting 75-62 win over Tufts University two days after the announcement.

Other stories from 2021:

Noontime’s Final D3 Football Top 20 Poll (Nov. 22, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to believe, but another season of New England NCAA Division III football has officially concluded — that was fast, eh?

Luckily, we still have plenty of end-of-season wrap-up content coming your way, so stay tuned for future posts and podcasts. But in the meantime, enjoy our end-of-season poll, which finds Williams College, Endicott College, and Framingham State in the top three spots.

1. Williams College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): The only New England team to finish without a setback, the Ephs concluded the 2021 season as the first team in program history to win nine games in a single season.

2. Endicott College (8-3, 5-1 CCC): Despite seeing its season conclude in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament, the future is very bright for a squad that features a slew of rising seniors and juniors.

3. Framingham State (8-3, 6-0 MASCAC): The Rams were a pleasant surprise this fall, rebounding from an 0-2 start to win their third outright conference crown.

4. Trinity College (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC): The Bantams could be the “team to beat” next fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) after ending its season with back-to-back wins over Amherst College and Wesleyan University.

5. Western New England (7-4, 5-1 CCC): The Golden Bears may have ended with a difficult setback to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, but this team was resilient, especially after a midseason loss to Endicott College.

6. UMass Dartmouth (9-2, 6-2 MASCAC): The Corsairs matched their win total from 2003 by winning their final six contests, including their first-ever New England Bowl.

7. Husson University (7-3, 4-2 CCC): These Eagles provided a lot of challenges for non-conference and conference foes this fall.

8. Salve Regina University (8-2, 4-2): The 2021 Seahawks looked somewhat like the 2016 Seahawks that won eight games.

9. Springfield College (7-4, 6-0 NEWMAC): “The Brotherhood” bounced back from a 1-3 start with a six-game winning streak that resulted in a conference crown, along with an impressive showing against SUNY Cortland in the opening round of the postseason.

10. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2): The Bears concluded their season with a Cranberry Bowl win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which should provide the Red and White with some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.

11. Anna Maria College (7-3, 5-1 ECFC): The AMCATs were a tremendous story this fall as they not only captured their initial conference crown but also competed in their first national postseason.

12. Wesleyan University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC): These Cardinals provided a great deal of excitement with some dramatic come-from-behind wins this fall.

13. Castleton University (6-4, 4-2 ECFC): The Spartans were a fun team to watch down the stretch as they finished with six wins for the first time since posting an identical 6-4 record in 2017.

14. Plymouth State (5-5, 5-3 MASCAC): These Panthers were a team to watch during the second half of the season, especially mid-October.

15. MIT (5-4, 3-3 NEWMAC): Coach Brian Bubna’s squad ended its 2021 campaign with a much-needed win over the Engineers of WPI.

16. Amherst College (5-4, 5-4 NESCAC): These Mammoths exceeded our expectations and will certainly be a team to keep an eye on next fall.

17. University of New England (4-5, 2-4 CCC): The future is very bright for the Nor’easters, who concluded their season early this month with a dramatic win over Curry College.

18. Western Connecticut (5-5, 4-4 MASCAC): The Colonials head into the offseason with some momentum after ending its campaign with back-to-back wins over Fitchburg State and Worcester State.

19. Tufts University (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Jumbos ended their season with a four-game winning streak – they were certainly competitive with some of the top teams in the NESCAC this fall.

20. Colby College (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Mules concluded their season with the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) crown.

UMass Dartmouth, USMMA Capture New England Bowls

Dante Aviles-Santos tossed four touchdowns on Saturday in his team’s first-ever New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eric Ogden)

By Matt Noonan

Three days after being named the 2021 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Offensive Rookie of the Year, Dante Aviles-Santos concluded his sophomore season by recording six touchdowns, including two rushing scores as UMass Dartmouth rolled past Alfred State in one of two New England Bowls this afternoon.

The Corsairs, who beat the Pioneers by a score of 42-16, ended their season on a six-game winning streak to finish 9-2 for the first time since 2003.

Aviles-Santos, who recorded 339 yards of total offense, scored two of his six touchdowns in the opening frame, including a three-yard rushing score with 11:56 remaining that provided UMass Dartmouth with a lead that would eventually grow to 22-3 at the break.

Both teams would trade touchdowns throughout the third quarter – Alfred State did pull within three scores (34-16) when Jake Palmer capped a four-play, 58-yard drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown, but that would be the closest they would get. UMass Dartmouth would tack on one more score in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Aviles-Santos to Winston DeLeon.

Alfred State’s Aaron Jenkins, who was named the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Year, ended the game with 287 yards of total offense, including 215 yards passing and one touchdown. Mike Nushar led the Pioneers’ defense with a game-high 21 total tackles, including 12 solo stops to go with one forced fumble.

Despite the loss, the Pioneers concluded the season with six wins, which is the most they have recorded in a single season since their initial campaign in 2013.

Merchant Marine 63, Western New England 35: Coach Mike Toop won his final game on the sidelines as the Mariners jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back as the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) capped its season with a New England Bowl against the Golden Bears of Western New England.

Ian Blankenship recorded seven touchdowns in the win – he rushed for a game-high 137 yards on 30 carries for four scores while completing 4 of 11 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Talsen Smith caught both touchdown passes while finishing the contest with three catches for 120 yards.

Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak led all receivers with 130 yards on six grabs and caught three touchdowns.

As a team, USMMA recorded 579 yards of total offense on 83 plays compared to 412 yards on 85 plays for Western New England.

The Mariners end their season with a 9-1 record while setting a program record for points in a game with 63.

UMass Dartmouth, WNE To Compete In 2021 New England Bowl

Western New England’s football team will compete once more this fall as they, along with UMass Dartmouth secured spots in the 2021 New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com

The New England Bowl is back.

This weekend, four teams, including two Massachusetts squads will compete in it as Western New England will host the United States Merchant Marine Academy while UMass Dartmouth will entertain Alfred State.

Both games will be played this Saturday, November 20 with kickoff times to be announced later this week.

Merchant Marine will look to capture its second New England Bowl in program history after beating Endicott College in 2018 by a score of 38-22.  

The Mariners won eight of nine contests this season and finished second in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). This week’s contest will mark the final game for coach Mike Toop, who announced he would be retiring at the conclusion of the 2021 season last Friday. Toop has paced the sidelines for 45 years, including the last 17 in Kings Point, New York.

Alfred State, UMass Dartmouth, and Western New England will all be making their inaugural appearance in the New England Bowl series – all three squads placed second in their respective conferences.

The New England Bowl series began in 2016 with Framingham State and Salve Regina University competing in the inaugural contest, and features teams from the NEWMAC, Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

Endicott, Dean College, WPI, and Western Connecticut were the last four teams to compete in the New England Bowl series in 2019.