The loss to the Hawks has fueled an amazing comeback by the Nor’Easters, who are now one game behind Roger Williams for the top spot in the conference.
If the CCC Tournament were to commence today, UNE would be the second seed and host Gordon College (the current seventh seed), while Roger Williams would be the top seed and entertain Salve Regina.
Both teams have three games remaining, so some serious scoreboard watching will be necessary to find out if the Nor’Easters will leapfrog the Hawks for the top seed or if Roger Williams will be able to hold on and finish the regular season in first place.
So, could UNE enter the conference tournament as the top seed? Sure, it is possible, but they’ll need to take care of business and get some help along the way. Either way, we’re in for a fun final few weeks of CCC basketball!
One of Lindo’s 21 points happened to be his 1,000th point of his career.
Lindo became the program’s all-time leading rebounder last month when the Warriors defeated Southern Maine. He currently leads the unit with 159 caroms.
Eastern Connecticut has won four consecutive contests, dating back to an 89-72 win last month over Eastern at the Hoop Miami Holiday Slam. Additionally, the Warriors have captured six of their last seven games and will look to extend their current winning streak to five-straight wins when they host Plymouth State on Saturday, January 7 with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
Could the Babson College women’s basketball team be the ‘team to beat’ in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)?
I think so!
The Beavers rebounded after a tough loss a few days ago – technically, last year (December) – by starting the New Year with a 65-47 win over WPI.
The game, which was held in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a rematch of last year’s tournament final.
Junior Brenna LeGacy led the Green and White with 18 points, while the Beavers combined for 12 of 13 free throws en route to their 10th win of the season. Babson is now 34-21 all-time against WPI and has won 16 of their last 18 meetings against the Engineers, according to yesterday’s release.
Babson will look to capture their fifth-straight NEWMAC contest on Saturday when they host Mount Holyoke.
First-year Jake Ross helped the Pride earn their initial league win by netting 29 points (that matched his career-high point total), while adding seven rebounds, five steals and a quartet of swipes.
Ross was tabbed this week’s NEWMAC Co-Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week.
Springfield also received career-best 25 points from junior Andy McNulty – 15 of his 25 points came from beyond the arc.
Springfield is my pick to challenge Babson for the NEWMAC crown – I am expecting the Pride and Beavers to reach the league championship, but let’s not forget about MIT and WPI – both teams could also appear in the league’s finale, too.
The Endicott College men’s basketball team has yet to lose a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tilt this season. Recently, they defeated Wentworth, 76-67, to bump their league record to 4-0.
This evening, the Gulls host Gordon College, which lost a heartbreaker to Nichols College on Tuesday. Nichols and Endicott are tied for first place in the conference, but keep an eye on the Fighting Scots over the next few weeks.
Following their contest against Gordon, Endicott will hit the road for a pair of league tilts, beginning Saturday at Western New England followed by a visit to Salve Regina next Wednesday.
Senior Bridget Quilty and junior Anna Walther have paced the Blue and Gold’s offense, netting 151 and 128 points, respectively. Quilty also leads the team in rebounds with 67, while junior Mariah Nichols is second with 59.
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Earlier today, we released our first-ever Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll with Tufts University, Amherst College and Bowdoin College earning the top three spots. University of New England and Babson College checked-in at fourth and fifth, respectively.
Here is our our preseason poll, which you may have seen on Facebook and Twitter this morning:
After our initial preseason poll was released, our guy – the editor/founder of NoontimeSports.com, Matt Noonan – broke down the ten teams that made our list.
The Wheaton College men’s lacrosse season concluded last month, but first year head coach – soon to be second-year head coach – Kyle Hart is optimistic about the program’s future.
“We have a ton of potential and we are excited about the future,” said Hart, who guided the Lyons to a 7-9 overall record, including an appearance in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament.
Under Hart, the Lyons scored some impressive wins, including a dramatic opening day victory against the University of New England. Matt Morgan deposited the go-ahead/game-winning strike with 1:29 remaining in the fourth quarter to send the Lyons past the Nor’easters, 7-6.
“The win against UNE was a good boost for our team,” said Hart. “Our goalie Ryan Clair had a fantastic game and led our defensive effort the entire way.”
In addition to their non-conference win against UNE, Wheaton also registered some impressive victories against Castleton State – this year’s North Atlantic Conference (NAC) runner-up – and UMass Dartmouth.
Against the Corsairs, the Lyons needed to overcome a one-goal deficit at the break to secure a 13-10 victory. Scott Whear and Ryan Gjerset highlighted the win, netting a hat trick, respectively.
“I think our come from behind win against UMass Dartmouth gave us confidence that we could work through adversity and overcome challenges,” said Hart.
The wins against UNE, Castleton State and UMass Dartmouth were just a few moments that stick out to Hart, but he truly believes Wheaton’s best performance came in a 10-8 win over conference foe U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
The NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse season concluded a few weeks ago, but Hart and assistant coach Kyle Hayes have already turned the page to 2017. Wheaton will return a majority of this spring’s roster, including rising sophomore Mike Doucette, who led the Blue and White at the face-off X by winning 105 of 237 face-offs.
In addition to Doucette, classmate Mike Morgan will return after leading the unit with 32 points on 23 goals and nine assists. Rising senior Will Morrison will be a player to watch as well – he finished the year second on the team in points (31) – along with classmate Devin Higgins and rising junior Victor Moitinho.
“Our goal is to first qualify for our conference tournament. If we are able to qualify for NEWMAC’s then we want to win the conference tournament and advance to the NCAA’s,” said Hart.