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.

  

Mass. College Hoops: Locals Earn Spots In Women’s NCAA D3 Tournament

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NCAA released its pairings for the upcoming women’s Division 3 tournament this afternoon, which begins later this week. Six squads from Massachusetts earned spots in the tournament and will begin their quest toward Stevens Points, Wisconsin on Friday, March 7.

Below is a breakdown of each matchup, along with what teams they’ll be facing in the first or second round.

Regis College, which captured its second-straight NECC crown this past weekend, will travel to Montclair State for their first-round contest. If the Pride earns an opening round win, they’ll face the winner of Cabrini-Moravian.

Scranton, Pennsylvania will be the host site for Bridgewater State and Williams College. The Bears will take on Scranton, while the Ephs battle Vassar. The winner of each contest will meet in the second round on Saturday, March 8. Bridgewater State earned an automatic bid to the tournament following a MASCAC Championship win over Framingham State.

Tufts University, which claimed its first NESCAC crown yesterday by defeating Amherst College, will host the first and second rounds. The Jumbos will play St. Joe’s of Maine in the opening round, and of Tufts defeats the Monks, they’ll then take on the winner of University of New England vs. New York University.

Finally, Amherst and Springfield College will square off in the opening round at Hartwick. The Pride earned an automatic bid following yesterday’s win over Smith College in the NEWMAC Championship. The winner of Amherst-Springfield will take on the winner of Hartwick-Baruch.

Mass. College Hockey: ECAC East Unveils Men’s Tournament Pairings

UMass Boston's men's ice hockey team will begin its quest toward an ECAC East crown on Saturday when they host University of New England. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

UMass Boston’s men’s ice hockey team will begin its quest toward an ECAC East crown on Saturday when they host University of New England. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The ECAC East men’s ice hockey tournament pairings were released today and two local squads (Babson College and UMass Boston) will be participating in the eight-team playoff. 

Babson secured the second spot and will face-off against No. 7 Southern Maine on Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at the Babson Skating Rink.

UMass Boston earned the third seed and will host University of New England on Saturday at 3 p.m. Similar to Babson, UMass Boston will host the game at the Clark Athletic Center.

The winner of both contests will meet in the semifinals on Saturday, March 1. No location or time has been announced for that game.

Babson enters the tournament with a 13-3-2 conference mark, while UMass Boston finished with a 9-5-4 record against ECAC East foes.

Mass. College Hockey: UMass Boston Claims Second Straight Manchester P.A.L./Stovepipe Classic Championship

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the UMass Boston sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s ice hockey team, which captured its second straight Manchester P.A.L./Stovepipe Classic Championship against University of New England:

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) recorded the second hat trick of his career and 10 Beacons recorded points to lead UMass Boston men’s hockey (4-1-2) to their second straight Manchester P.A.L./Stovepipe Classic Championship, with a 5-2 win over the University of New England (3-6-1) Sunday afternoon.

The Tournament Most Valuable Player scored two first-period goals to give UMass Boston an early lead and added a goal early in the third period to help the Beacons earn their fifth title in the Stovepipe Classic in the past six years and second straight title win over the Nor’Easters.

Defensemen Cody Dixon (Hales Corner, Wisc.) and Andrew Crawford (Medford, Mass.) joined MacIntyre on the All-Tournament Team.

In a matchup of last year’s tournament final, the Beacons knocked off their ECAC East Conference foe for the second straight season and moved to 11-0-1 against the University of New England all-time. The two teams played four times last season, with UMB finishing 4-0-0, including a 5-2 win in the ECAC East Quarterfinals.

This year’s contest was never in doubt, as UMass Boston raced out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back in extending their winning streak to five in a row.

MacIntyre kicked off the scoring four minutes into the contest, when he took passes from Nathan Milam (Westland, Mich.) and Crawford and roofed it home for an early 1-0 lead.

The Beacons’ leading scorer added his second goal of the game and team-leading seventh-tally of the year on the power-play at 15:56 of the first period. MacIntyre received passes from Kit Sitterley (Mooresville, N.C.) and Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) and wristed a shot past Nor’Easters goalie Craig Ryan.

Dixon scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal at 2:42 of the second stanza, when he beat Ryan, after taking passes from Sitterley and Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.). The game-winning goal was the first of Dixon’s career and his second goal in seven career contests.

The University of New England got on the scoreboard less than four minutes later, when Cassidy April cut the Beacons’ lead to 3-1 at 6:02 of the period.

UMass Boston pushed the lead back to three at 3:53 of the third, when Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season, off of passes from Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Dan Cornell (Abington, Mass.). After coming into the tournament scoreless in five contests, Kuhn finished the tournament with three points (one goal and two assists).

MacIntyre capped off the Beacons’ five-goal scoring outburst at 6:34, when he beat Ryan to finish off the second hat trick of his career. Sitterley and Daniel each were credited with assists on the play.

Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) moved to 4-1-2 with the win by making 31 saves on 33 shots. Andrews stopped 31 shots in both games of the tournament and allowed just three goals on 65 total shots.

Ryan fell to 0-1-0 after making 30 saves on 35 shots.

UMass Boston and the University of New England won’t have to wait too long for a rematch, as the two teams will meet for the second time in six days, with a Friday night matchup in Biddeford, Maine.

D3 New England ECAC Tournament Weekend Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

A variety of local teams will be competing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) in field hockey, soccer and volleyball semifinals and finals this weekend, and below is this weekend’s schedule.

Field Hockey – Semifinals and Finals will be held at Plymouth State: 

* Semifinal:  No. 1 Plymouth State vs. No. 5 Worcester State, 11 a.m. (Nov. 16) 

* Semifinal: No. 2 UNE vs. No. 3 Bridgewater State, 2 p.m. (Nov. 16)

* Championship: Plymouth State/Worcester State vs. UNE/Bridgewater State, 12 p.m. (Nov. 17)

Men’s Soccer – Semifinals and Finals will be held at Springfield College: 

Semifinal: No. 1 Springfield College vs. No. 4 Norwich University, 12 p.m. (Nov. 16)

Semifinal: No. 2 Lasell vs. No. 3 Worcester State, 2:30 p.m. (Nov. 16)

* Championship: Springfield/Norwich vs. Lasell/Worcester State, 12 p.m. (Nov. 17)

Women’s Soccer – Semifinals and Finals will be held at Albertus Magnus:

Semifinal:  No.1 Roger Williams vs. No. 5 Albertus Magnus, TBD (Nov. 16)

Semifinal:  No. 7 Castelton State vs. No. 3 Wheaton College, TBD (Nov. 16)

Championship: Roger Williams/Albertus Magnus vs. Castleton State/Wheaton (Nov. 17)

Volleyball – Semifinals and Finals will be held at Western New England: 

* Semifinal:  No. 1 Salve Regina vs. No. 4 Smith College, 11 a.m. (Nov. 16)

Semifinal:  No. 2 Western New England vs. No. 3 Endicott College, 1 p.m. (Nov. 16)

* Championship: Salve Regina/Smith College vs. Western New England/Endicott (Nov. 17)