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
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)
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 89: For 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 40: UNE 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 80: The 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 59: A 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 56: The 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 72: The 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 51: The 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.
With a brand new season of New England D3 lacrosse underway – yes, a few non-New England schools have already competed at least once this season – it is time to dish out our women’s lacrosse teams to watch in each conference.
Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott College will certainly be the favorite once again, but don’t sleep on Roger Williams or University of New England – both teams will certainly provide challenges to the Gulls, as well as the entire conference.
Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): Can Johnson & Wales University continue its impressive run from a year ago? Sure, they may have graduated some key pieces to a historic season, but don’t overlook these Wildcats.
Additionally, keep an eye on Lasell College – the Lasers will certainly be a team that could challenge the Wildcats come late April/early May.
Little East Conference (LEC): Plymouth State secured six of seven first-place votes in this year’s preseason coaches poll, so once again, keep an eye on the Panthers. Additionally, keep an eye on both Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State – two teams that will certainly challenge the Panthers for the top spot in the conference tournament.
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Westfield State will again be the team to beat this spring, but what about Bridgewater State and Framingham State? Both teams could be in for an exciting spring and will provide challenges for the Owls, both in conference play and the tournament.
North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Can Castleton University make it back-to-back conference champions? Or maybe, we will see the Pilgrims of New England College earn a trip to the big dance? Both teams are scheduled to meet in late April – expect this contest to decide the top seed in the NAC Tournament.
New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Elms College is certainly the favorite, but maybe this is the year Southern Vermont breaks through? Southern Vermont collected a pair of first-place votes on the preseason coaches poll and will certainly be a team to watch this spring.
New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Colby College will have a target on its back after winning the NESCAC crown last year, but don’t overlook Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College and Tufts University. Additionally, let’s not forget about Amherst College, too – they will provide challenges for all five squads listed above.
New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Babson College will be the favorite, but keep an eye on MIT and Springfield College – both teams will be in for exciting springs. Additionally, one shouldn’t sleep on Wheaton College or Wellesley College – both teams tied for fourth on the preseason coaches’ poll.
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 Tuesday, February 20th, 2018!
This week’s poll – similar to the past 10 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, February 20th, 2018
1. Amherst College
25-0 | NESCAC
Last Week: No. 1
2. Bowdoin College
24-1 | NESCAC
Last Week No. 2
3. Tufts University
22-3 | NESCAC
Last Week: No. 3
4. UMass Dartmouth
22-3 | LEC
Last Week: No. 4
5. Saint Joseph’s (Maine)
24-1 | GNAC
Last Week: No. 6
6. Smith College
20-5 | NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 7
7. Univ. of New Eng.
20-5 | CCC
Last Week: No. 8
8. Roger Williams
21-4 | CCC
Last Week: No. 5
9. Wesleyan University
17-7 | NESCAC
Last Week: NR
20-5 | MEWMAC
Last Week: 10
On The Rise: Babson College (17-8 | NEWMAC), Castleton University (21-4 |NAC), Emmanuel College (19-6 | GNAC), Middlebury College (17-8 | NESCAC), Springfield College (18-7 | NEWMAC) and UMass Boston (22-3 | LEC)