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10 D-III Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2023

Jane Earley has won two national championships with Middlebury College. (PHOTO Courtesy: Will Costello)

By Matt Noonan

It’s been a few days – OK, a little over a week since the NCAA Division III college lacrosse season concluded, but before we officially say farewell to the 2022 season, I thought I would share a ten teams – five men and five women’s squads – that I believe could contend for a national championship next May.

Men’s D-III Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2023

Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears were a team to watch this spring — hey, I thought they were the team that was going to win the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown last month. Despite ending their season in the quarterfinals against RIT, Bowdoin is certainly a squad to keep an eye on next spring. Coach Bill Mason will welcome back some key members of this year’s team, including Will Byrne (68 goals, 33 assists), Patrick Fitzgerald (53 goals, 16 assists), and Ethan Barnard (342 face-off wins) that will certainly help Bowdoin contend for both a conference and national title.

RIT: Coach Jake Coon and the 2022 Tigers joined an elite group of teams that captured back-to-back titles in NCAA D-III lacrosse history, but could they really contend for a third consecutive crown next spring? I believe they can, despite losing some talented upperclassmen, but if the Tigers are able to win their third-straight title, they would become the first team since Salisbury University to capture three-straight championships (Salisbury won three consecutive NCAA titles in 2003, 2004, and 2005).

Tufts University: The Jumbos’ run toward a national championship was quite exciting with the Powder Blue and Brown scoring two impressive postseason wins against St. John Fisher College and Salisbury. Tufts’ season concluded in the semifinals with a 26-15 setback to RIT. Like Bowdoin, Tufts will return some key pieces from its 19-win squad next spring that will certainly be players to watch, including Jack Boyden and Tommy Swank.

Union College: The Dutchmen’s run toward its first-ever national championship was exciting — can I say entertaining, as well? Union should be in the mix again next spring, despite graduating some key members of its 2022 squad. Dan Donahue will return between the pipes next season after an impressive second year with the squad that saw the Weston, Massachusetts native record a career-best 240 stops and 17 wins.

York College: Despite ending its season in the national semifinals, the Spartans run toward a championship was highlighted by two postseason victories over Christopher Newport and Southern Virginia. They will lose some key veterans that were either graduate students or seniors this spring, but will welcome back Ben Mayer, a first-year attack from Palm Harbor, Florida that led the Green and White with 90 points on 58 goals and 32 assists.

Others to watch: Albion College, Amherst College, Christopher Newport, Denison University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, RPI, Salisbury University, St. John Fisher, Wesleyan University, and Western New England

Women’s D-III Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2023

Middlebury College: After being idle for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Panthers continued their previous momentum from 2019 and their first three matchups in 2020 by winning 22 of 23 contests this spring, including the national title game. Jane Earley guided Middlebury to its second title in three years, as well as its eighth in program history. Earley, who established new single-season records for goals (80) and points (99), will be one of many players to watch next year.

Salisbury University: Despite ending their 2022 campaign without some hardware, the Sea Gulls were once again a team to watch after finishing the 2021 season as national champions. Coach Jim Nestor will welcome back some key pieces from its 2021 and 2022 squads, including Erin Scannell, who led Salisbury with 55 goals, which should help Salisbury be in the mix for its fifth crown in program history.

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ): After scoring two impressive postseason wins over Salisbury University and SUNY Cortland last month, the Lions’ momentum vanished in the national semifinals with an 18-7 setback to Tufts. The loss, however, could help the Lions understand what they must do to contend for the program’s 14th national championship. TCNJ has not won a national championship since 2006.

Tufts University: For the second-straight season, coach Courtney Shute‘s Jumbos fell short of winning the program’s initial title. But perhaps this year’s defeat to Middlebury will be the inspiration to win the crown in 2023? Like every team, the Jumbos will graduate some key pieces from this year’s squad, including goalie Molly Laliberty and midfielder Anna Clarke.

Washington and Lee: The Generals ended their season by matching their program record for wins with 19. Washington and Lee saw its bid toward a national title conclude in the quarterfinals against Gettysburg College, but the loss will certainly fuel the Blue and White next season, which returns some impressive talent that has guided the unit to 33 wins in its last 37 contests.

Others to watch: Capital University, Colby College, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg College, Ithaca College, Kenyon College, Pomona-Pitzer, Rhodes College, Roanoke College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY SUNY Geneseo, University of Chicago, Wesleyan University, and William Smith

RIT Looks To Continue Its Early-Season Momentum Against Stevens

RIT’s Quinn Commandant registered seven points last Saturday against York College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rich Barnes)

By Matt Noonan

It’s been a few months — well, close to a year since RIT men’s lacrosse celebrated its first-ever national championship (the Tigers outlasted Salisbury University in double-overtime last May).

And as expected, the winning ways have continued for the Tigers, who have not lost a game since falling to Williams College in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2019.

RIT’s momentum has continued over the last few weeks with impressive non-conference wins recently against Nazareth College (25-9) and York College (16-9).  

The win over the Spartans — the program’s third-straight since win against the Green and White — was highlighted by a seven-point (three goals and four assists) effort from Quinn Commandant, a senior attack from Rockwood, Ontario, that has tallied 10 points in two contests. Commandant also recorded one caused turnover and a pair of ground balls in his team’s third win of the season while Luke Pilcher led all scorers with five goals.

Drew Hutchison, a senior goaltender from Otonabee, Ontario, turned aside a season-best 16 shots to pick up his third win between the pipes.    

RIT’s win against York was impressive. The Spartans entered the non-conference meeting with some early-season momentum from back-to-back wins against Arcadia University and Washington and Lee. But now, the Tigers will look to continue its early-season momentum against Stevens Institute of Technology on Wednesday, March 9.

The face-off between RIT and Stevens is scheduled for 5 pm. eastern.

RIT and Stevens have only met once with the Tigers beating the Ducks in the NCAA quarterfinals in 2018. A win on Wednesday would provide the Tigers with not just their second win against the Ducks in program history, but their 22nd consecutive victory dating back to a 17-4 win against Ohio Wesleyan University on February 15, 2020.

Following a visit to Stevens, RIT will cap the week with a trip to Collegeville, Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 12 to compete against Ursinus College.  

RIT is one of five Liberty League (LL) squads to win three games thus far — as of early this afternoon, the Tigers are one of four squads to boast a perfect record.

RPI has also enjoyed a successful start to its 2022 campaign with the Engineers winning five-straight contests. RPI will host MIT this Saturday.

Union College has won three games and will look to score their fourth-straight win against a New England foe tomorrow when they visit Williams. The Dutchmen recently beat Springfield College by a score of 14-7.

Ithaca College and William Smith are two of three Liberty League women’s squads to begin their season with back-to-back wins. The same could be said for Clarkson Universitythe Golden Knights recently edged SUNY Cortland this past weekend by a score of 11-10, thanks to Sydney Roderick (two goals and three assists) and Julia Lavarnway (three goals and one assist).

Last Saturday’s win marked the first time the Golden Knights were victorious against the Red Dragons, a team that had won the last four meetings.

Clarkson will attempt to win its third-straight contest on Thursday when they visit SUNY Canton.

Noontime’s D3 Lacrosse Games to Watch (Feb. 25-27)

Ryan Puglisi will be a player to watch this spring on Union College’s defense. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clara Iodice)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to another busy weekend of NCAA Division III lacrosse.

We have a slew of games to watch (and follow), beginning with a non-conference clash between Babson College and Union College.

The Babson men’s lacrosse team has won back-to-back contests, including its home-opener against Bates College, thanks to Matt Stucchi, who registered a game-high four goals. Chi Chi Price added two goals and one assist while Mac Mowat finished with 13 saves between the pipes.

Babson’s momentum will be tested against a Union squad that was picked to finish second in the Liberty League.

When we last saw the Dutchmen, they were making their 12th appearance in the Liberty League tournament but saw their bid toward a conference crown fall short to RIT.

But like Babson, Union is certainly a team to watch this spring with some key members from last year’s 5-3 squad returning, including Ryan Puglisi, Keaton McCann, and Kieran McGovern.

Union has won all 12 meetings with Babson, dating back to their initial contest on March 7, 2009, when the Dutchmen topped the Beavers, 14-2. The two teams last met on February 29, 2020, with Union scoring a 15-7 victory over Babson, thanks to Kerry Lyne and Brian Davis, who combined for six goals and three assists.

Babson and Union are scheduled to meet in Schenectady, New York on Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m.

The Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team will look to cap the opening month with their third-straight win on Saturday when they welcome Washington and Lee to campus for a 12 p.m. opening draw.

The Sea Gulls and Generals have met 16 times with Salisbury winning 11 matchups. However, Washington and Lee have won the last two meetings, including a March 1, 2020, matchup in Maryland.

Erin Scannell enters the non-conference clash as Salisbury’s leading goal scorer with six while Caroline McKenna has captured six draws.

Salisbury’s Mary Claire Hisle has enjoyed a successful start to her senior season with 15 saves. She is yielding roughly four goals per game.

Allie Schwab and Hanna Bishop have been two players to watch on Washington and Lee – the duo has combined for 14 points on 11 goals and three assists, while Eugenie Rovegno has won eight draw controls.

Like Salisbury, Washington and Lee will enter its non-conference meeting with some momentum following exciting wins over Franklin & Marshall (10-9) and Mary Washington (14-7).

Other games to watch this weekend (Feb. 26-27):

Oglethorpe University at Brevard College (MLAX) Friday at 7 p.m.: The Tornadoes will look to bounce back from a two-goal setback to Ferrum College when they welcome the Stormy Petrels to North Carolina.

Oglethorpe has won two of four contests and will look to capture its second win against Brevard since their inaugural meeting last February.

Bates College at University of Chicago (WLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Maroons return to the field following an impressive 2021 campaign, which saw them advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

The expectation is UChicago should be back in the mix for a national title this spring with some key members of last year’s squad returning, including Ali Sheehy, who tallied 35 goals and eight helpers in 13 contests.

Bates will look to bounce back from a 2-3 season last spring, which included wins against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) and Connecticut College.  

Lasell University at UMass Boston (MLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Beacons were picked to repeat as Little East Conference (LEC) champions — they recently outlasted Nichols College, 11-10, in overtime, thanks to Darragh Fahey, who netted the game-winner.

Lasell seeks its first win for coach Dieter Treusdell, who joined the program last September. The Lasers dropped their season-opener to MIT by a score of 18-4.

Methodist University at Berry College (MLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Vikings are off to a 3-0 start, thanks to Tyler Banfield, who leads the Blue and White with 13 points on eight goals and five assists.

Berry has won all three meetings with Methodist, which enters the non-conference meeting with a 1-1 record.

Oswego State at William Smith (WLAX) Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Herons and Lakers will meet for the third time on Saturday with William Smith leading the all-time series, 2-0.

The Herons were picked to finish second in the Liberty League behind Ithaca College but have garnered a slew of preseason attention as a team to watch, both this weekend and throughout the season. Maddie Montgomery, who was named the Liberty League Rookie of the Year last spring, will be a player to watch tomorrow against a Lakers squad that is looking to bounce back from a 4-5 campaign.

NCAA Unveils D-III Women’s Lacrosse Championship Bracket

Messiah College, which captured the MAC Conference crown last Saturday, May 1, enters the national postseason with a 16-0 record. (Messiah College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

The road to Kerr Stadium in Salem, Virginia will begin for 37 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse teams this weekend with 10 teams competing in first-round matchups on Saturday, May 8.

All five opening-round contests will take place at Colby College, along with eight second-round tilts, which will be played on either Saturday, May 8, or Sunday, May 9. Regionals – semifinals and finals – will also take place in Waterville, Maine on May 15 and 16 while additional matchups – second-round meetings, along with regional semifinals and finals – will occur on the campus of Washington and Lee.

33 teams secured automatic qualifiers for the 2021 NCAA D-III Women’s Lacrosse Championship while four squads – the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Carroll University (Wisconsin), Illinois Wesleyan, and Ithaca College – earned at-large bids. 14 teams enter the national postseason with perfect records, including Messiah College, which boasts an impressive 16-0 ledger.

The 37-team playoff will occur over the next three weekends with a champion being crowned on Sunday, May 23.

The 2020 NCAA D-III Women’s Lacrosse Championship was canceled last March due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Middlebury College captured the 2019 championship with a 14-9 win over Salisbury University, while Gettysburg College claimed the 2017 and 2018 titles.

D3 Lacrosse Notebook: Lynchburg Looks To Continue Its Early-Season Success

Nicki Santora netted five goals, including the game-winner in double-overtime in Lynchburg’s 13-12 win over Mary Washington last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: University of Lynchburg Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

It’s been an exciting few days for the University of Lynchburg women’s lacrosse team, which scored an impressive double-overtime win last Saturday against the University of Mary Washington before securing the final spot in this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) D-III poll.

The Hornets’ win over the Eagles was their first in their last 13 attempts and should provide Lynchburg with some additional momentum heading into their next contest on Wednesday, March 24 against Christopher Newport.

Lynchburg’s 3-1 start is a testament to a trio of graduate students – Kelsi Trevisan, Carly Sandler, and Nicki Santora – who have combined for 44 points on 32 goals and 12 assists. Additionally, senior Leah Dumas has been a player to watch, especially last weekend when the Kennebunk, Maine native posted season-bests in points (five) and goals (four).

As a team, the Hornets are averaging 21.5 points per contest – they produced season-highs in goals (22), assists (11), and points (33) in their season-opener against Averett University last month before combining for 17 goals earlier this month against Meredith College.

Lynchburg is currently one of four teams in the Old Dominion Conference (ODAC) that has won at least three games thus far – Ferrum College has won four of seven matchups while Washington and Lee and Roanoke College each boast identical 3-0 records.

Washington and Lee, which is ranked third in the latest IWLCA poll, has also enjoyed a successful start to its 2021 campaign, as well, winning three-straight contests while averaging 22.00 goals per game.

The Generals, who are currently in first place in the ODAC, will look to extend their early-season winning streak to four games on Saturday when they visit Mary Washington for a 12 p.m. opening draw.

Allie Schwab is one of many players to watch on the Generals this season – she currently leads the Blue and White with 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists, and is second in the ODAC in that same category behind Ferrum’s Erin Reynolds (16 goals and five assists).

Washington and Lee might be the favorite to win the conference crown later this spring, but Lynchburg is one of a few teams in the ODAC to watch over the next few weeks – the same could be said for Randolph-Macon College, Shenandoah University, and Roanoke College.


News and Notes from the NCAA D-III Lacrosse World

  • Franklin & Marshall is this week’s top team in the latest IWLCA Poll – the Diplomats, who were previously ranked second in the Top 25 coaches poll, will play their first game of the 2021 season next Saturday, March 27 against Ursinus College.

  • The Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team has enjoyed an impressive start to their 2021 season, winning five-straight contests, including back-to-back games against ranked opponents: Mary Washington and St. Mary’s (Md.). Salisbury will host The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) on Saturday, March 20 with opening draw set for 1 p.m. TCNJ enters the game with a 1-0 record.

  • As of this afternoon, it appears as if just two members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) will be playing games this spring. And they are the following: the University of Redlands and Chapman University. Both schools will play each other four times next month – it is possible we could see a fifth match-up on Saturday, May 1 – but as of now, the Bulldogs of Redlands will keep their focus on their initial foe of the 2021 season: Cal Lutheran University.

  • US Lacrosse Magazine republished a must-read from Lindsey Farrell, a former student-athlete with the McDaniel College women’s lacrosse team, about how the school made her who she is today.

  • Congrats to Kat Walton of Capital University, who recently recorded her 256th career point in the Crusaders’ recent win over Ohio Northern.