One year after securing the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title, the Endicott College men’s ice hockey team was picked to capture their second consecutive conference crown this winter, according to this afternoon’s release.
The Gulls collected nine first-place votes for 99 points, while Salve Regina (78 points) earned one first-place vote – the Seahawks checked-in third on the preseason poll. University of New England tallied 85 points for a second-place projection, while Nichols College (74 points) and Curry College (55 points) rounded out the top five.
Wentworth Institute of Technology and Johnson & Wales were tied for sixth in the poll, while Western New England, Suffolk University and Becker College checked-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.
In addition to winning 24 games one year ago, the Gulls concluded their 2016-17 campaign in the top 10 in multiple statistical categories, including first in scoring offense (4.83 goals per game) and scoring margin (2.87).
Additionally, Endicott was one of the top power play teams in the country. They were third on the power play (28.1 percent, 43/153) and 12th in penalty kill (86.5 percent, 147/170).
Endicott begins its season next Friday, October 27th when they host Plymouth State at 7 p.m. Following their season-opener against the Panthers, Endicott will visit Wentworth on Thursday, November 2nd for a 7 p.m. face-off before entertaining the Leopards on Saturday, November 4th at 2 p.m.
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.