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Noontime’s D-III Lacrosse Championship Predictions

Middlebury College’s Emma White and the Panthers defense has been a unit to watch this postseason. (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Costello)

By Matt Noonan

The time has come to crown not one, but two NCAA Division III lacrosse champions.

This weekend, six teams – four women’s and two men’s – will contend for the ultimate prize of a national championship.

But before the games commence, it is time to share my picks – well, more my thoughts, to exact, as to who I think will win this year’s titles.

Let’s begin with the four teams competing for the women’s national championship in Salem, Virginia.

NCAA D-III Women’s Semifinals & Championship Predictions

Middlebury College over Gettysburg College: It’s too bad this matchup had to occur in the semifinals – it would have been great to see both teams square off on Sunday in the championship.  

This weekend will be the last time Carol Cantele and Barb Jordan will pace the Gettysburg sidelines – the Bullets enter the last weekend of the season with a 13-game winning streak.

Cantele credits the opponents her team faced two months ago to prepare her squad for a challenging postseason run, which began with an extra session win over Roanoke College in the second round.

Jordan Basso is the player to watch on Gettysburg – the sophomore attack from Rye, New York leads the Orange and Blue in goals (65) and points (101).

Middlebury was idle last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but their championship momentum from 2019 has remained with the Navy Blue and White, which is seeking its eighth title in program history, as well as its third crown since 2016.

The Panthers’ defense has been a unit to watch this postseason. They have limited its three postseason foes to six goals or less, and have received a major boost from goalie Annie Enrietto, who has turned aside 21 shots in her team’s last three contests. She denied 11 shots on Sunday during her team’s second meeting of the season with Colby College.  

Jennifer LaRocca and the TCNJ women’s lacrosse team scored back-to-back wins last weekend over Salisbury University and SUNY Cortland. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jimmy Alagna/TCNJ Athletics)

Tufts University over The College of New Jersey (TCNJ): TCNJ’s path to championship weekend wasn’t an easy one.

The Lions had to beat three teams, including Salisbury University and SUNY Cortland in back-to-back games last weekend, which is not an easy task. But perhaps their wins over the Red Dragons and Sea Gulls will provide TCNJ with enough momentum to beat Tufts, a squad that has ended the Lions’ last two postseason trips.

Like TCNJ, Tufts enters its semifinal matchup with a great deal of momentum, which began after the team’s last setback to Amherst College in April. After losing to the Mammoths in overtime, the Jumbos have been on a roll, winning their second-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament crown while scoring three impressive postseason wins.

Perhaps the Jumbos’ most impressive win of the postseason came on Sunday evening as Tufts converted seven of 12 free position goals against Franklin & Marshall to clinch its third trip to the semifinals since 2019.

Last season, the Jumbos came close to winning their first-ever national title but saw their hopes dashed by an extra Salisbury tally by Delaney Hill. Tufts would respond, netting three-straight goals in less than two minutes, but its final marker by Caroline Walter concluded the Jumbos’ comeback.

The loss to Salisbury, along with an extra session defeat to Amherst might be enough motivation for Tufts to find a way to beat TCNJ for the fourth time in the last three years.

Middlebury over Tufts in the 2022 NCAA D-III Title Game: Get ready for an all-NESCAC championship.

Middlebury and Tufts almost met in the title round three years ago when both teams appeared in the national semifinals. But Tufts saw its season conclude against Salisbury, which would then fall to Middlebury in the championship.

So, let’s try this again.

Middlebury beat Tufts earlier this spring by seven goals, thanks to a four-point (three goals, one assist) effort from Jane Earley, along with a hat trick by Susan Rowley.

Tufts would win the next meeting by one goal when the two teams met in the NESCAC Championship earlier this month. The Jumbos’ defense highlighted the win, especially at the very end as the unit denied a pair of free-position attempts by Hope Shue.

The Jumbos’ 9-8 win over the Panthers snapped Middlebury’s 42-game winning streak, which began with a 16-1 victory over Springfield College on March 8, 2019.

Since falling to Tufts, Middlebury has looked impressive. They tallied 22 goals in back-to-back games against SUNY Geneseo and the University of Chicago, before relying on its defense to slow down a Colby squad that had produced 33 goals in back-to-back postseason contests.  

While Tufts’ run to the national semifinals has been exciting – and yes, impressive, too – it just seems like their luck or momentum will disappear in the third meeting with Middlebury, which seems determined to conclude its current campaign with some hardware.


NCAA D-III Men’s Championship Predictions

Ryan Puglisi and the Union College defense shined last Sunday against York College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clara Lodice)

Union College over Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT): Who doesn’t like an underdog story?

Union may not be the favorite, but it seems as if many within the D-III world are pulling for the Dutchmen to win their initial national championship.

The Dutchmen have enjoyed an impressive season, winning 18 of 20 contests with perhaps their most exciting wins occurring last weekend over Gettysburg College and York College. Both wins were exciting but also proved this year’s Dutchmen can win a championship.

For Union to complete its storybook season with a title, they will need to find a way to slow down an RIT squad that has produced 20 goals or more in four postseason contests this spring.

The Tigers won their first-ever championship last year by outlasting Salisbury in double-overtime.

RIT has beaten Union in its last 20 meetings, including an NCAA Tournament clash in 2019. The Tigers won both meetings last spring, including an 11-9 victory in the Liberty League (LL) semifinals.  

Marley Angus highlighted RIT’s one-goal win over Union last month as the senior midfielder concluded the game with four goals, two assists, and two ground balls. Keaton McCann led Union with five goals on eight shots.

McCann has been a player to watch on Union this postseason. The senior attack from Briarcliff, New York has recorded three goals or more in four contests while netting the game-winner last Saturday against Gettysburg.   


NCAA D-III Championship Weekend Schedule

WLAX D-III Semifinal: Middlebury vs Gettysburg on Saturday, May 28 at 12 p.m.

WLAX D-III Semifinal: Tufts vs. TCNJ on Saturday, May 28 at 3:00 p.m.

MLAX D-III Championship: RIT vs. Union on Sunday, May 29 at 1 p.m.

WLAX D-III Championship: Middlebury/Gettysburg vs. TCNJ/Tufts on Sunday, May 29 at 3:30 p.m.

All three women’s games will occur in Salem, Virginia while the men’s championship will take place in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Noontime’s D3 Lacrosse Games to Watch (Feb. 25-27)

Ryan Puglisi will be a player to watch this spring on Union College’s defense. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clara Iodice)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to another busy weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse.

We have a slew of games to watch (and follow), beginning with a non-conference clash between Babson College and Union College.

The Babson men’s lacrosse team has won back-to-back contests, including its home-opener against Bates College, thanks to Matt Stucchi, who registered a game-high four goals. Chi Chi Price added two goals and one assist while Mac Mowat finished with 13 saves between the pipes.

Babson’s momentum will be tested against a Union squad that was picked to finish second in the Liberty League.

When we last saw the Dutchmen, they were making their 12th appearance in the Liberty League tournament but saw their bid toward a conference crown fall short to RIT.

But like Babson, Union is certainly a team to watch this spring with some key members from last year’s 5-3 squad returning, including Ryan Puglisi, Keaton McCann, and Kieran McGovern.

Union has won all 12 meetings with Babson, dating back to their initial contest on March 7, 2009, when the Dutchmen topped the Beavers, 14-2. The two teams last met on February 29, 2020, with Union scoring a 15-7 victory over Babson, thanks to Kerry Lyne and Brian Davis, who combined for six goals and three assists.

Babson and Union are scheduled to meet in Schenectady, New York on Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m.

The Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team will look to cap the opening month with their third-straight win on Saturday when they welcome Washington and Lee to campus for a 12 p.m. opening draw.

The Sea Gulls and Generals have met 16 times with Salisbury winning 11 matchups. However, Washington and Lee have won the last two meetings, including a March 1, 2020, matchup in Maryland.

Erin Scannell enters the non-conference clash as Salisbury’s leading goal scorer with six while Caroline McKenna has captured six draws.

Salisbury’s Mary Claire Hisle has enjoyed a successful start to her senior season with 15 saves. She is yielding roughly four goals per game.

Allie Schwab and Hanna Bishop have been two players to watch on Washington and Lee – the duo has combined for 14 points on 11 goals and three assists, while Eugenie Rovegno has won eight draw controls.

Like Salisbury, Washington and Lee will enter its non-conference meeting with some momentum following exciting wins over Franklin & Marshall (10-9) and Mary Washington (14-7).

Other games to watch this weekend (Feb. 26-27):

Oglethorpe University at Brevard College (MLAX) Friday at 7 p.m.: The Tornadoes will look to bounce back from a two-goal setback to Ferrum College when they welcome the Stormy Petrels to North Carolina.

Oglethorpe has won two of four contests and will look to capture its second win against Brevard since their inaugural meeting last February.

Bates College at University of Chicago (WLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Maroons return to the field following an impressive 2021 campaign, which saw them advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

The expectation is UChicago should be back in the mix for a national title this spring with some key members of last year’s squad returning, including Ali Sheehy, who tallied 35 goals and eight helpers in 13 contests.

Bates will look to bounce back from a 2-3 season last spring, which included wins against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) and Connecticut College.  

Lasell University at UMass Boston (MLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Beacons were picked to repeat as Little East Conference (LEC) champions — they recently outlasted Nichols College, 11-10, in overtime, thanks to Darragh Fahey, who netted the game-winner.

Lasell seeks its first win for coach Dieter Treusdell, who joined the program last September. The Lasers dropped their season-opener to MIT by a score of 18-4.

Methodist University at Berry College (MLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Vikings are off to a 3-0 start, thanks to Tyler Banfield, who leads the Blue and White with 13 points on eight goals and five assists.

Berry has won all three meetings with Methodist, which enters the non-conference meeting with a 1-1 record.

Oswego State at William Smith (WLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Herons and Lakers will meet for the third time on Saturday with William Smith leading the all-time series, 2-0.

The Herons were picked to finish second in the Liberty League behind Ithaca College but have garnered a slew of preseason attention as a team to watch, both this weekend and throughout the season. Maddie Montgomery, who was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Year last spring, will be a player to watch tomorrow against a Lakers squad that is looking to bounce back from a 4-5 campaign.

Checking In On The D3 Football Coaching Carousel

Dan Swanstrom will be returning to the University of Pennsylvania after spending five seasons as the head coach at Ithaca College. (PHOTO COURTESY: University of Pennsylvania Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

The football coaching carousel never stops, especially in NCAA Division III.

As noted, both this morning and over the last few days by D3Football.com, three schools, including Ithaca College, will be looking for a new head coach to lead their respective program onto the gridiron this fall.

Dan Swanstrom, who guided the Bombers to 32 wins and 11 losses in five seasons, is returning to the University of Pennsylvania as the Quakers’ new offensive coordinator. His final day at Ithaca College is next Monday, January 31.

Penn head coach Ray Priore announced Swanstrom’s hiring on Monday and is excited to welcome back his former quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator that helped the Quakers share a pair of Ivy League crowns in 2015 and 2016.

“It’s great to have Dan rejoin the Penn Football Family after leading Ithaca to great success over the last years,” Priore said in a statement on Monday. “He returns with a tremendous work ethic, an incredible amount of football knowledge, and a passion for the game.”  

Swanstrom inherits a Penn offense that ranked last in the Ivy League in touchdowns (24) and points (191).

In his final season at Ithaca, the Bombers won eight of 10 contests, including five of six Liberty League (LL) matchups. Ithaca concluded its campaign with a heartbreaking defeat to SUNY Cortland in the 62nd meeting between the two schools last November.

According to D3Football.com, this year’s Cortaca Jug Game between Ithaca and SUNY Cortland will be played at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, November 12.

“I can’t put into words how special my time at Ithaca has been,” said Swanstrom, via D3Football.com. “I would like to thank the players, coaches, and fans for the cherished experiences and the meaningful relationships.”

Swanstrom isn’t the only one making a transition from Division III to Division I as it was announced yesterday that Chris Wilkerson, who guided the University of Chicago for the last nine seasons, has been named the new head coach at Eastern Illinois University.

Wilkerson, who is an Eastern Illinois alum, guided the Maroons to an 8-2 record last fall, including a 7-2 mark in the Midwest Conference. UChicago’s offense shattered numerous single-season records while halfback Nicholas D’Ambrose placed second in the nation with a school record of 1,714 rushing yards.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the head football coach at UChicago for the past nine seasons,” said Wilkerson, via athletics.uchicago.edu. “I want to thank all the players and coaches for their commitment and passion for Maroon football.”

North Central will also have a new head coach — the school’s athletic director Jim Miller recently announced Brad Spencer will be taking over for Jeff Thorne, who recently accepted the offensive coordinator role with Western Michigan.

Thorne will reunite with Western Michigan coach Tim Lester as the two coached together at North Central under Jeff’s father John Thorne.

As the head coach of North Central, Jeff Thorne guided the Cardinals to the school’s first-ever championship in 2019. They fell short of winning their second title last month against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.  

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Noontime’s D3 Women’s Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2022

By NoontimeSports.com

Believe it or not, a brand-new season of NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse is quickly approaching – are you ready for some lacrosse?

Yes, we know it is late December, but games (and yes, practices, too) will be starting up in a few weeks. And we are excited for another season of coverage.

Before we officially begin a new season, allow us to highlight a few teams’ fans of small college lacrosse that should keep their eyes on in the coming weeks and months.


Denison University: The Big Red made its initial appearance in the NCAA semifinals this past spring but saw their championship bid conclude with a 20-10 setback to Salisbury University.

Despite the setback, Denison will once again be a team to watch next spring – the Big Red have won 43 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) games, including five in 2021.

Casey McTague returns after being named the conference’s midfielder of the year – the Arlington, Virginia native recorded 41 points on 36 goals and five assists in 12 contests to go with a career-best 56 draw controls and 18 ground balls.

Coach Amanda Daniels and her squad will begin its 2022 campaign against Butler University on Saturday, February 19 before visiting Gettysburg College one week later.


Messiah University: 2021 was a historic season for the Falcons, which had its 18-game winning streak snapped in the national quarterfinals.

Despite ending its season with a four-goal setback to St. John Fisher in May, Messiah should once again be back in the mix, not only for a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) crown but also a deep postseason run.  

Rachel Delate returns for her third season with the Blue and White – she was named the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year this past season after producing a team-high (and yes, conference-best) 63 goals and 60 assists for a new single-season record of 123 total points.

The Falcons will begin their 2022 campaign at home against the University of Scranton on Saturday, February 19.


Middlebury College: After a year away from the field due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Panthers will certainly be a team to watch next spring — their season officially begins Saturday, March 5 with a visit to Bowdoin College.

When we last saw the Blue and White compete, Middlebury was celebrating a 14-9 victory in the national championship game against Salisbury University.

Middlebury has appeared in the national title game three times since 2016 and will look to make its fourth trip in six seasons.

Jane Earley is expected to lead the attack – the North Falmouth, Massachusetts native was a player to watch in 2019 as she concluded her team’s championship season with 68 points on 51 goals and 17 assists while registering 50 draw controls and 26 ground balls.


Salisbury University: After posting a 20-0 overall record this past season, it will be hard to overlook this Sea Gulls squad that returns some key pieces from its championship unit, including Lydia McNulty, who was named to the USA Lacrosse Magazine’s first team.

The Annapolis, Maryland native enjoyed her best season with Salisbury this past spring, tallying a career-high 72 points on 62 goals and 10 assists to go with 18 ground balls and three draw controls. McNulty, along with Caroline McKenna, Erin Scannell, and Lauren Valenti are just a few players to watch on this Sea Gulls squad, which should be in the national championship mix again next May.

Salisbury will commence its 2022 season by visiting Stevenson University on Saturday, February 12.  


St. John Fisher: The Cardinals’ historic season concluded in the national semifinals, but Fisher’s 2021 campaign did include 18 wins, including four wins against nationally-ranked opponents.

Fisher’s 18 wins were the second-most victories a Cardinals squad has recorded in program history – can they duplicate that performance next spring?

Sydney DeGirolamo will be the player to watch on the Maroon and White next spring after becoming the program’s first-ever First-Team All-American. DeGirolamo led Division III in draw controls (155) while pacing the Cardinals in assists (41) and points (78).  

Fisher will visit Stevenson University on Saturday, March 5 for its first game of the 2022 season.


Tufts University: An impressive 2021 campaign concluded with a heartbreaking defeat in the national championship — the Jumbos’ 10-game winning streak was snapped with a 14-13 setback to Salisbury.

Tufts had never competed in the championship game in previous seasons, but perhaps this defeat will fuel the Powder Blue and White to return to the national finals next spring.

The Jumbos will return some key pieces from its 2021 squad, including Anna Clarke, who produced a career-best 19 points on 16 goals and three assists in 11 contests to go with 43 draw controls, and Molly Laliberty, who was named the 2021 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Goalie of the Year.  

The Jumbos’ 2022 campaign will officially begin on Saturday, March 5 at Colby College.


University of Chicago: The Maroons were a team to watch this past spring, posting an 11-2 overall record, including a 4-1 mark against members of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). Additionally, Chicago claimed its first-ever conference tournament crown, as well as made its debut in the NCAA Division III Tournament.   
Chicago’s run toward its initial national title concluded in the quarterfinals against Dension University.

The Maroons will attempt to continue their 2021 momentum next spring — Lally Johnson (12 goals and 31 assists) and Ali Sheehy (35 goals and eight assists) both return after leading the squad with 43 points, respectively.

Chicago will commence its fourth season in program history on Saturday, February 26 when they host Bates College.  


Other teams to watch in 2022: Catholic University, Franklin & Marshall, Ithaca College, John Carroll, SUNY Cortland, TCNJ, Trinity College, Washington & Lee, William Smith, York College,

Noontime’s Black History Month: Bobby Marshall

By Matt Noonan

As we announced yesterday, Noontime Sports is celebrating Black History Month with a post every Monday through Friday on the men and women that have or continue to make an impact on the sports world.

Bobby Marshall was the first Black letter winner in the Big Ten. (PHOTO COURTESY: Star Tribune)

Today, we’re highlighting Bobby Marshall, who similar to Fritz Pollard, was one of the first African American’s to play professional football.

Getting to know Bobby Marshall:

  • Bobby Marshall was born on March 12, 1880, and is known for playing professional football, as well as five other sports, including baseball and hockey.
  • He guided his high school baseball team – Minneapolis Central High School – to a pair of championships in 1900 and 1901 while playing first base.
  • Marshall attended the University of Minnesota where he played for both the baseball and football teams. Additionally, he was the first African American letter winner in what would later become the Big Ten Conference.
  • As an active member of numerous Gophers athletic department, Marshall earned a pair of All-American awards as an end for the Minnesota football team where he led the Maroon and Gold to a 27-2 record over three seasons (1904-1906). Additionally, he was an all-conference baseball player, as well as a member of the school’s track and field, boxing, and hockey teams.
  • As noted by most historians, one of Marshall’s most impressive games with the Gophers’ football team occurred in 1906 when he kicked a field goal, which at the time was worth fourth points, that helped Minnesota edge the University of Chicago, 4-2.
  • Following his graduation, Marshall and Fritz Pollard became the first two African Americans to play in what is now the National Football League (NFL). Marshall competed in the league’s (American Professional Football Association) first game on September 26, 1920 as a member of the Rock Island Independents.

    The Independents concluded the APFA’s initial season with a 6-2-2 record while Bobby Marshall was named a Third Team All-Pro.
  • While Bobby Marshall is remembered for being one of the first African American’s to play football, he was also the first Black athlete to play semi-professional hockey. He would also become the first African American to coach at his high school and as a football assistant with the Minnesota football team.
  • Outside of coaching and playing football, Marshall competed in the Negro League with the St. Paul Colored Gophers and Chicago Leland Giants. He also played semi-professional baseball, too.
  • Bobby Marshall practiced law when not playing sports, however, it appears as if he did not spend much time away from football or baseball – in fact, he played football until he was 56-years-old. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

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