By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck
The second week of the 2018-19 Northeast D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second poll of the season.
However, this week’s poll will begin to include not just New England squads, but teams from New York, as well. We’re excited to add an additional state (our seventh, to be exact) to our weekly poll and encourage fans to stay connected with our hockey coverage by following @NoontimePuck on Twitter.
Our weekly hockey polls are produced with the help of coaches and media members from the New England and New York D3 hockey world.
So, without further ado, here is our second poll of the season, highlighting squads from both New England and New York.
Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 4th, 2018)
1. Elmira College
3-0, 2-0 UCHC
2. Norwich University
2-1, 2-0 NEHC
3. Plattsburgh State
2-0, 2-0 NEWHL
4. Middlebury College
0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
5. Amherst College
0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
6. Conn. College
0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
7. Bowdoin College
0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
1-0-1, 1-0-1 UCHC
9. Williams College
0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
10. Endicott College
1-0-1, 0-0 CHC
ON THE RISE: Morrisville State (3-1, 1-1), Nichols College (3-1, 1-1), University of New England (3-0, 2-0) and Utica College (4-0, 2-0 UCHC)
Ah, it’s Friday, which means a brand new weekend of New England and New York D3 Football is on the horizon – wahoo!
Let’s dish out this week’s (week nine) 10 Games to Watch in D3 Football (New England an New York) – as always, make sure to stay connected with us on social media throughout the weekend for news, notes and scores.
Fitchburg State at Western Connecticut (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): As of this week, Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials are in the driver seat for the MASCAC crown. However, they certainly should not overlook this Falcons squad, which beat them last season, 17-14. PREDICTION: West Conn. 27, Fitchburg State 17
WPI at MIT (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): This is a big one for both teams, which will look to keep the pressure on Springfield – the Pride currently remain atop the NEWMAC with an impressive 8-0 record. A win for the Engineers of WPI would keep their regular season title hopes alive, while a victory for the Engineers of MIT could set-up a potential de-facto championship game in two weeks. PREDICTION: WPI 28, MIT 25
Framingham State at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): Last season, the Corsairs defeated the Rams, but can they do its again this season? We’ll see – the Rams need a win to keep their conference championship hopes alive! PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, UMass Dartmouth 21
Becker at Nichols (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): We have a unique Worcester rivalry in the making here, especially after a hard-fought win by the Bison last fall (16-13). Can the Bison make it back-to-back seasons with a win over the Hawks or will Becker soar past Nichols in this meeting? PREDICTION: Nichols 30, Becker 20
Trinity at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Can the Bantams’ momentum continue this weekend against a solid Panther squad that has rebounded from a last-second setback to Williams College? We’ll find out – the Panthers must find a way to slow down the Bantams’ rushing attack, specifically Max Chipouras, who has rushed for nine touchdowns this season. PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Middlebury 24
Salve Regina at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): The Golden Bears appear to have found their groove, but can they continue their current momentum against a Seahawks squad that appears eager to snatch the inaugural Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 26, Western New England 21
Ithaca at Utica (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): A convincing 34-12 win over Buffalo State last week has us thinking this Pioneers squad will provide some serious challenges for these Bombers.PREDICTION: Utica 30, Ithaca 25
Brockport at Buffalo State (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Defense wins championships, and as of now, the Golden Eagles’ defense is legit. This will be a tough test for the Bengals’ offense! PREDICTION: Brockport 34, Buffalo State 14
Amherst at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1:30 p.m.): Despite a loss to Middlebury, these Mammoths still remain in the hunt for a NESCAC crown. And to remain in the hunt, they’ll need to defeat a Tufts squad, which is flying high after an exciting win a week ago in Williamstown. PREDICTION: Tufts 21, Amherst 20
SUNY Cortland at St. John Fisher (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 2 p.m.): Since falling to Brockport last month, these Red Dragons have been on a roll, winning three consecutive contests. Can they keep this momentum going, especially against a St. John Fisher? PREDICTION: Cortland 27, St. John Fisher 15
Ah, it’s Friday, which means it’s time to dish out some weekly picks! It also means a brand new weekend of college football (and high school and professional) is upon us, too.
Any who, here are 10 Games to Watch this week in New England and Northeast D3 Football, as always, make sure to stay connected on Facebook and Twitter throughout the weekend for news, scores and updates!
Brockport at Cortland: The Golden Eagles have soared to four-straight wins this season, including an impressive 38-7 win over St. John Fisher two weeks ago. Their momentum should certainly continue this week against the Red Dragons. PREDICTION: Brockport 28, Cortland 21
Buffalo State at Alfred: This is a big-time test for the Bengals, who are a perfect 1-0 in Empire 8 play this season. Buffalo State scored an impressive win last week, tallying 24 unanswered points over the final two frames to beat RPI. They certainly will need to play their best against a quality Saxons foe, which has yielded at least two touchdowns per game this season. PREDICTION: Alfred 30, Buffalo State 21
MIT at Merchant Marine: If the Engineers are going to secure another NEWMAC win, their offense will need to match the Mariners’, who have scored 31 points or more in three games this season. Slowing down Brice Moore won’t be an easy task, but this Engineers defense should be up for the challenge. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 38, MIT 26
Husson at Endicott: Endicott clearly gave Hobart a challenge last week, but can that momentum continue this week, especially against a talented Husson squad that is coming off a disappointing setback to Western New England one week ago? If Endicott is going to win this one, they must find a way to slow down John Smith. PREDICTION: Husson 21, Endicott 17
Williams at Trinity: A pair of 2-0 squads are set to meet in Hartford on Saturday in what should be an interesting NESCAC affair. Trinity’s offense has put up a lot of points in its first two contests, so the Ephs must find a way to slow down their passing and rushing attacks. Keep an eye on Williams quarterback Bobby Maimaron and wide receiver Justin Nelson in this one. PREDICTION: Trinity 30, Williams 20
Alfred State at SUNY Maritime: Conference play officially begins for the ECFC and this could be an interesting contest to follow, especially since Alfred State did provide a challenge to Rochester a few weeks ago. The Privateers were off last week, but have scored some important wins this season, including a 38-31 win over Merchant Marine. PREDICTION: SUNY Maritime 28, Alfred State 14
St. Lawrence at Western New England: The Golden Bears returned to the win column last week by defeating the Eagles of Husson, thanks to 21 unanswered points over the final two frames. This week, they must continue that second half momentum against a talented St. Lawrence unit, which provided challenges to Ithaca College two weeks ago. PREDICTION: St. Lawrence 28, Western New England 20
Hobart at Ithaca: The Bombers were off last week, but return to action this week against a solid Hobart squad that relied on its passing game to defeat Endicott. Ithaca must find a way to slow down Shane Sweeney, who ranks second in the Liberty League in touchdown passes (eight). PREDICTION: Hobart 24, Ithaca 21
Union at Morrisville State: Since falling to Husson, these Dutchmen have found ways to grind out wins, including last week when they squeaked out an exciting third-straight victory over Curry College. This week, they must rely on all units – offense, defense and special teams – to defeat Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Morrisville State 30, Union 20
Hartwick at Utica: Can the Pioneers win their initial Empire 8 contest of the season? If they do, it will entail finding a way to slow down an impressive Hartwick passing attack. PREDICTION: Hartwick 31, Utica 22