MIT’s Raman Joins The Memphis Grizzlies As An Assistant Coach

Sonia Raman, who has coached the MIT women’s basketball team for 12 seasons, was named an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies. (PHOTO COURTESY: MIT Athletics/


Sonia Raman, who has guided the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) women’s basketball team for the past 12 seasons, was named an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier today. 

Raman replaces Niele Ivey, who was recently named the head coach of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team back in April. 

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff,” Raman said, via today’s release, which can be found on the team’s website. “I can’t wait to get to Memphis and get started with Taylor (Jennings), his staff, and the team’s emerging young core.”

Added Jennings, “We are beyond excited to welcome Sonia to the Memphis Grizzlies. She has a high basketball IQ and a tremendous ability to teach the game, as well as a strong passion for the game. She is going to be a great addition to our current coaching staff.” 

Memphis concluded its 2019-20 campaign with 34 wins and 39 losses – they fell short of advancing to the opening round of the National Basketball Association‘s (NBA) restarted playoffs in Orlando, Florida by losing to the Portland Trailblazers in a one-game playoff. Portland, which secured the eighth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, saw its championship hopes dashed by the Los Angeles Lakers (LA beat Portland in five contests). 

At MIT, Raman guided the Engineers to a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championships, along with two appearances in the NCAA D-III Tournament. Raman is the winningest coach in program history and led the Engineers to 91 victories in the last five years. 

Prior to being named the head coach of the MIT women’s basketball program, Raman spent time as an assistant at alma mater Tufts University and Wellesley College

“I have been proud to call MIT my home for the last 12 years,” said Raman, via today’s announcement from MIT

Noontime’s Top 10 Women’s Lacrosse Poll (Monday, February 17th, 2020)


By | @NoontimeNation 

Lacrosse season has officially returned to Massachusetts – sure, we’re a few days away from some teams beginning their respective campaigns, while other squads have competed once, twice or three teams.

So, with a brand new season of lacrosse upon us, Noontime Sports is excited to unveil our first Massachusetts D-III Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.

Tufts University, which plays its first game later this month at Colby College, secured the top spot followed by Amherst College second and Springfield College third. Both Tufts and Amherst will be teams to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this spring while the Pride of Springfield were picked to capture the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Endicott College and Babson College rounded out the top five while MITWestern New England, and Williams College each secured the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions.

Wheaton College checked-in ninth overall while Framingham State secured the final spot in our ten team poll.

Mass. D-III Lax Top 10 Poll | Monday, February 17th, 2020 

1. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

2. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

3. Springfield College 0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
4. Endicott College 0-0, 0-0 (CCC)
5. Babson College 0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
6. MIT 0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
7. Western New England  0-0, 0-0 (CCC)
8. Williams College 0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)
9. Wheaton College  0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)
10. Framingham State 0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

On The Rise: Curry College, Regis College, Smith College, Wellesley College, and Westfield State 


D3 Lacrosse: New England D3 Women’s Midseason Team


By | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

The 2019 New England Division III lacrosse season has slowly past the midway point, which means its time to unveil our Noontime Sports Women’s Midseason Teams (first and second).

As always, stay connected with our lacrosse coverage on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax.

New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse | First Team

Claire Dunbar Amherst College  Lutherville, Md. 
Maia Noyes  Amherst College  Lexington, Mass.
Talia Land  Amherst College Larchmont, N.Y. 
Katie Allard  Bates College  Ridgewood, N.J. 
 Margaret Smith  Bates College  Wilton, Conn. 
Katie Miller  Bowdoin College  Rye, N.Y. 
Eliza Denious  Bowdoin College Wilton, Conn.
Jamie Navoni  Conn. College  Natick, Mass.
Dakota Adamec  Tufts University  Katonah, N.Y.
Abby Manning  Wesleyan University  Wilmington, Del. 

New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse | Second Team 

 Lexi Lenaghan  Babson College  Hanover, Mass.  
Fiona Bundy  Bowdoin College  Easthampton, Mass.
Robyn Pirie Colby College  Ipswich, Mass. 
Allison Pazienski Johnson & Wales  New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Emma McDonagh Middlebury College  Reading, Mass. 
Lilianna Khosrowshahi Trinity College Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
Colette Smith  Tufts University  Moorestown, N.J.
Dacia Persky  Wellesley College  Las Vegas, Nev. 
Emily Rogers Wentworth Inst. of Tech. Pembroke, Mass. 
Lauren Bradshaw   Western Conn.  Bethel, Conn. 

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D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Dec. 4th)



With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, December 4th.

This week’s poll – similar to the past two polls – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England. 

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, December 4th, 2017 

1. Middlebury College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

2. Wesleyan University

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

3. Eastern Connecticut 

6-0, 1-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Williams College 

5-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1 

5. MIT 

6-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Hamilton College 

6-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

7. Nichols College 

5-1, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Amherst College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

9. Bowdoin College 

6-1, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

10. Roger Williams 

7-0, 2-0 CCC

Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (3-1, 1-0 GNAC), Babson College (4-4, 0-0 NEWMAC), Colby College (6-1, 0-0 NESCAC), Endicott College (3-2, 1-1 CCC), Husson University (4-0, 2-0 NAC), Keene State (5-2, 1-0 LEC), Salem State (6-2, 0-0 MASCAC), Springfield College (4-0, 0-0 NEWMAC), Southern Vermont (5-0, 0-0 NECC) and Tufts University (4-3, 0-0 NESCAC)

Lesley Women’s Soccer Looks To Turn NECC Winning Streak Into NCAA Tournament Success

Lesley University women's soccer has not dropped a single New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) match since October 2008. (Photo Credit: Lesley University Athletics)

Lesley University women’s soccer has not dropped a single New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) match since October 2008. (Photo Credit: Lesley University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Since joining the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) in 2008, the Lesley University women’s soccer team has posted a 63-1-1 ledger, capturing a quartet of conference tournament championships, while making three straight NCAA tournament appearances since 2012.

Currently, the Lynx find themselves atop the NECC standings with a perfect 5-0 mark in league play. Their most recent win – an 8-0 victory over Wheelock College – marked the program’s 57th straight match they haven’t lost since October 2008.

“I am not a big follower of this whole (winning) streak to begin with,” said Lesley head coach Paul Vasconcelos. “This is a rarity, so we should appreciate it, but we’re just focused on winning as many games as we can.”

Creating a winning culture was the goal for Vasconcelos, who inherited a 2-15-2 squad heading into the 2007 season. Since his initial match on the sidelines, Lesley has posted nine consecutive double-digit win seasons, along with a pair of 18-win campaigns in 2013 and 2014.

Additionally, Vasconcelos has scheduled strong non-conference foes, including Brandeis University – currently ranked 12th in the country – Babson College, MIT, Tufts University and Wellesley College, which has helped the program continue to get stronger.

“We’re not fazed anymore by playing (tough non-conference foes) because we face top-10 teams in the country every season,” said Vasconcelos. “Playing these teams has helped us know we can compete with the best.”

Lesley University celebrates following its exciting overtime win over Tufts University last month. (Photo Credit: Lesley University Athletics).

Lesley University celebrates following its exciting overtime win over Tufts University last month. (Photo Credit: Lesley University Athletics)

Strong competition is also been the reason Lesley hasn’t dropped a game since their two-goal setback to Emerson College last month. Lesley is currently riding a seven-game winning streak and will attempt to capture its eighth straight match when they host Mitchell College tomorrow evening at 8:00 p.m.

Lesley is led by freshman Jordan Mitchell, who has registered seven goals and eight assists. She is currently in a two-way tie for fourth place in the conference in points (22) with with Becker College freshman Lindsey Keith.

Senior Hayley Wirth and junior Julie Essick have each contributed five goals, while sophomore Sarah Pochobradsky has tallied a trio of markers.

In net, Lesley has relied on senior Jackie Berard and sophomore Lilly Donovan – the pair has combined for 42 stops and one shutout.

“This team wants to compete and we couldn’t be more pleased with our freshman class, along with our returning players that worked very hard during the offseason because they knew their was a void being left by our graduating players,” said Vasconcelos.

With four matches remaining, along with the conference tournament, Lesley will look to continue the program’s success and hopefully capture their initial NCAA tournament game next month. Lesley fell to eighth-ranked Montclair State last season in the opening round by one goal, but suffered a 5-1 setback a year earlier to Williams College and 2-0 loss to Misericordia in 2012.

“When your first game is against either Williams or Montclair State that can be tough, however, last year we felt that we were prepared and it showed because our girls played phenomenal,” said Vasconcelos. “We felt we played toe-to-toe with them, we gave them some problems and obviously they’re a really, really talented team, but we’re really pleased (by the effort).”

Vasconcelos knows NCAA tournament success will come, however, he and the Lynx remain focused on their next opponent and will let the outcomes determine whether this is the year Lesley will finally clinch their initial national postseason tournament match.

“I would say that our team is not conscious about the conference winning streak, but instead they are very conscious about the fact that they have been one-and-out the last three years,” said Vasconcelos.

“If we’re able to capture (that NCAA victory), it would be a very rewarding and celebratory time for us. If we’re fortunate enough to go back to NCAA’s this year, we’ll do what we did last year, which is compete and hope for the best.”