New England D3 Notebook: Eastern Conn. State Starts New Year With Win Over Amherst

Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

Eastern Connecticut State University kicked-off the second half of its 2016-17 campaign with an impressive win over Amherst College earlier this week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy 2017, everyone!

I hope the New Year is treating you (and your family and friends) well.

It has been a while since I pumped out a New England D3Hoops notebook, so my goal for the remainder of the season to publish at least one (maybe two) per week.

Let’s kick off this notebook with a big win from Connecticut earlier this week where the Eastern Connecticut State University men’s basketball scored an impressive win over Amherst College. Senior Hugh Lindo helped the Warriors secure their eighth win of the season by tallying 21 points, while pulling down 14 rebounds.

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.

Staying in the NEWMAC, the Springfield College men’s basketball team scored an impressive win last night, defeating WPI, 71-63. The win was the Pride’s fourth-straight victory, dating back to their initial win of their current steak over Amherst.

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.

Prior to their win over Wentworth, Endicott captured the Salem State Holiday Classic, defeating both Regis College and Southern Maine. The win over the Pride provided head coach Kevin Bettencourt with his 50th career victory with the Gulls.

Looking for a good game to watch online (or follow via live stats) this evening? Tune into Roger Williams versus University of New England women’s basketball with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

A few coaches have told me the Hawks should be a ‘team to watch’ over the next few weeks – don’t be shocked if they crack our Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

A win over the Nor’easters would be Roger Williams’ first win since edging University of New England in overtime on February 21, 2015.

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.

Have a question or thought or opinion? Let us know by sending us either a tweet or tweet message to @NoontimeSports or @MattNoonan11

VIDEO: Breaking Down Our Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

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:

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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.

Noontime Sports D3 Women’s Basketball Preseason Team

basketball-preseasonBy Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports)

The NCAA Division III Basketball season officially tips-off next Tuesday, November 15th and in honor of a brand new season, we’re dishing out our Noontime Sports D3 Women’s Basketball Preseason Team.

Congratulations to the student-athletes that landed on our inaugural team and best of luck this season!

Forwards/Centers

Alicia Brown (UNE)

Catherine Harrison (Middlebury)

Amanda Hawkesworth (Regis)

Kayla Hotaling (MCLA)

Mairead Hynes (Conn. College)

Angelique Martinez (Mount Ida)

Michaela North (Tufts)

Alycia Rackliffe (Framingham State)

Megan Ronaghan (UMass Dartmouth)

Brittany Stone (Regis)

 

Guards

Ama Biney (WPI)

Stephanie D’Annolfo (Keene State)

Ali Doswell (Amherst)

Amanni Fernandez (Williams)

Grace Geary (UMass Boston)

Kate Kerrigan (Bowdoin)

Hannah Hackley (Amherst)

Kara Holinski (MIT)

Giovanna Pickering (Babson)

Jill Valley (Westfield State)

D3 New England Men’s Preseason Hockey Team

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the first-time in NoontimeSports.com history, we are unveiling our initial Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Ice Hockey Preseason Team.

The 2016-17 season kicks-off tomorrow/this weekend and we wish all skaters and teams best of luck!

Forwards

Ryan Cole (Trinity)

Colin Larkin (UMass Boston)

Brady Fleurent (Univ. of New England)

Trevor Fleurent (Univ. of New England)

Sean Orlando (Trinity)

Anthony Sabitsky (Trinity)

Tim Searles (Babson)

Garrison Sanipass (UMass Boston)

Matt Volonnino (Plymouth State)

Tyler Young (Williams)

 

Defense

Mitch Barrington (Bowdoin)

Tyler Bishop (UMass Boston)

Ryan Dougherty (Endicott)

Carter Horwitz (Endicott)

Tucker Ross (Univ. of New England)

Brian Rowland (Norwich)

Ryan Sullivan (Wentworth)

Patrick Thornton (Castleton)

 

Goalies

Kevin Aldridge (Endicott)

Braeden Ostepchuk (Norwich)

Michael Pinios (Williams)

Blake Wojtala (Salve Regina)

Marcus Zelzer (Salem State)

New England D3 Lax: Wheaton’s Hart Optimistic About Program’s Future

First-year head coach Kyle Hart - soon to be second-year head coach - is optimistic about the Lyons' future. (Photo Credit: Wheaton College Athletics)

First-year head coach Kyle Hart – soon to be second-year head coach – is optimistic about the Lyons’ future. (Photo Credit: Wheaton College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

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.

Mass. College Hoops: Checking In On The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Nichols' Marcos Echevarria and the Bison host Wentworth on Saturday in a pivotal conference clash. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria and the Bison host Wentworth on Saturday in a pivotal conference clash. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Yesterday marked the beginning of the final weeks of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) basketball regular season.

On the men’s side, Endicott, Nichols and Wentworth are in a three-way tie for first-place, while University of New England occupies the top spot in the women’s standings.

All four teams return to action on Saturday, including Nichols and Wentworth, which will compete in Dudley at 12 p.m. A win for either team would keep them in first place, while Endicott would set-up a two-way tie with a victory against Eastern Nazarene.

Nichols defeated Wentworth earlier this season, claiming a five-point victory (82-77) on the road. Marcos Echevarria paced all scorers with 25 points, while Kyle Romich led Wentworth with 24 points.

Since their victory against the Leopards, Nichols has won eight of nine, including an 80-74 victory earlier this week against Salve Regina. Wentworth has won three-straight, including a two-point win against Endicott last week. Against Gordon on Tuesday, Jason Ganley netted a program-record 39 points.

Endicott has rebounded since their 77-75 setback to Wentworth, winning back-to-back games against Gordon and University of New England. Against the Nor’Easters, Max Motroni and Kamahl Walker collaborated for 43 points to guide the Gulls to the squad’s 10th win of the season.

UNE women’s basketball enters this weekend’s matchup against Western New England on a seven-game winning streak. On Tuesday against the Gulls, Olivia Shaw and Alicia Brown registered double-figures, tallying 18 and 16 points, respectively. As a team, they collaborated for 15 of 22 free throws, while converting four of six trifectas.

Mass. College Lax: Wednesday D3 Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

There were a slew of Division 3 contests that occurred this afternoon and below is the various scores and summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

No. 11 Endicott 14, UNE 5: Harrison Cotter recorded a hat trick, as well as provided the Gulls with the lead for good as he broke a 5-5 tie at halftime with a strike in the third quarter, which sparked a 9-0 run. Kyle Weber also recorded a hat trick, while Cameron Bell stopped five shots.

Regis 9, Anna Maria 4: Nicky Rodrigo registered five points (four goals, one assist) and provided the Pride with the lead for good when he netted an early second quarter strike, which sparked a 5-0 run. Lucas Stralka paced the AMCATs with three goals.

Babson 14, Medaille 7: John Harrison registered a hat trick, while Spencer Low, Scott Doten and Kyle Barsalou combined for six goals as the Beavers snapped a three-game skid.  

Women’s Lacrosse

No. 2 Trinity 10, Springfield 4: Emily Fowler recorded two goals, while Heather Raniolo and Michelle Dorsey each recorded one strike, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Pride past the second-ranked Bantams. Raniolo finished with four draw controls, while Dorsey added two helpers.

No. 4 Cortland State 17, Tufts 7: Caroline Ross recorded four points (three goals, one assist), while Kali DiGate and Gabby Horner each recorded two goals, but it wasn’t enough to slay the Red Dragons.

Wesleyan 10, Wheaton 5: Katy Ananian deflected a season-best 16 shots, while Leila Mills registered two goals, but it wasn’t enough for the Lyons to overcome 7-3 halftime deficit.