Daily Noontime: Friday, February 28th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today is the final Fri-Yay of February, which might be bittersweet (to some people), but I think it is awesome news because it means we’re another day closer to spring (and warmer weather, of course!).

Make sure to bundle up – I hear it is VERY CHILLY outside today!

The Boston Bruins return to the win column 

  • After a few tough outings, including a six-goal setback to the Vancouver Canucks, our hometown Boston Bruins returned to the win column last night with a 4-3 victory against the Dallas Stars. Four different Bruins lit the lamp, including three that skaters that finished with one goal and one assist.
  • With the win, the Bruins improve to 40-13-12 overall and will be one state over tomorrow afternoon for an important Eastern Conference clash with the New York Islanders. Puck drop is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Boston Celtics set to host the Houston Rockets 

  • The Boston Celtics will entertain the Houston Rockets tomorrow evening at the TD Garden – tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Boston has won its last two outings, including an impressive win earlier this week against the Utah Jazz.

Don’t leave us, Tom Brady! 

  • According to various reports, both yesterday and this week, it doesn’t sound like Tom Brady will be returning to New England this fall. It seems more likely that the six-time Super Bowl champion will leave the area to play for another team next season. But do you really think that will actually happen? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
  • Tom Brady will officially become a free agent on March 16th, so we should know if he will stay or go pretty soon.

Albertus Magnus men’s basketball edges Lasell University to advance to the GNAC Championship 

  • Terry Dawkins recorded a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks of Albertus Magnus edged Lasell, 95-94, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) semifinals last night to secure a spot in Saturday’s conference championship game.
  • EJ Day paced the Lasers with a game-high 38 points while Jonathan Friberg added 13 rebounds and nine points. Lasell earned a trip to New Haven, Connecticut last night by beating Emmanuel College in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Arsenault’s late bucket sends Endicott men’s basketball the CCC Championship 

  • Billy Arseneault netted the game-winning basket during the final seconds of Thursday’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) semifinal which helped the Gulls of Endicott College edge Wentworth Institute of Technology, 63-62.
  • With the win, the Gulls will now host Nichols College in the CCC Championship tomorrow with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. Nichols is seeking its fourth-straight conference crown after beating Gordon College last night in its semifinal contest.

Both Worcester State teams will be competing for a MASCAC crown on Saturday 

  • Saturday will be an exciting day for both Worcester State University basketball teams, who will be competing in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championships.
  • The Worcester State men’s basketball team will visit Westfield State for a 1 p.m. tip-off. The Owls beat Salem State University last night in their semifinal contest while the Lancers topped MCLA.
  • Framingham State women’s basketball will entertain Worcester State – both teams scored convincing wins last night in their respective semifinal contest. Framingham State beat Bridgewater State while Worcester State outlasted Westfield State on the road.

 

New England Basketball Weekend Watch (Jan. 10th-12th)

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Another busy weekend of New England D-III college basketball is set to tip-off this afternoon and evening – hope you are ready for some great games to watch and follow!

Let’s begin with one game to watch in Medford, Massachusetts this evening as the Tufts University women’s basketball team welcomes Wesleyan University to Cousens Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Friday’s clash between the Cardinals and Jumbos marks the official start of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play.

Tufts enters tonight’s contest riding an impressive 13-game winning streak, which has included recent wins over UMass DartmouthSUNYIT, and Wheaton College. Emily Briggs highlighted the Powder and Blue’s effort against the Lyons on Wednesday by connecting on 7 of 10 field goals for 19 points – she also made all three freebies. Erica DeCandido chipped in 13 points on six of eight shooting.

Wesleyan should certainly provide Tufts with some challenges on both ends of the court – the Cardinals have won eight of 11 contests thus far, including an early January clash with Babson College. The Cardinals began their 2019-20 campaign with six-straight wins.

In their last outing against SUNY Geneseo, last weekend, Caleigh Ryan and Katy O’Connor combined for 24 points, while Emma Roush added 10 points off the bench. 

A few other NESCAC women’s games to watch tonight and this weekend include Bowdoin College at Trinity College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), Amherst College at Middlebury College (1/10 at 7 p.m.), and Amherst at Williams College on Saturday, January 11th at 3 p.m.

On the men’s side of the NESCAC, keep an eye on Friday’s clash between Middlebury and Amherst. The Panthers have won 13-straight contests, including three consecutive 2020 meetings with Colby-SawyerSpringfield College, and Plattsburgh State. This particular outing should be a good test for the Panthers, but also the Mammoths, who began the new year with a 116-44 win over Lesley University before falling to Wesleyan three days later by a score of 79-77.

My prediction for Friday’s Amherst-Middlebury game is the following: The Mammoths will prevail and receive some major contributions from Grant Robinson, Fru Che, and Eric Sellew.

Tomorrow (Saturday, January 11th), WPI will entertain Babson in a very enticing New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. The Engineers began conference play earlier this week against MIT, while the Beavers were edged on Wednesday by Springfield.

It’s too early to say this a must-win for the Beavers (or Engineers) as all eight teams play each other twice in a single-season, but this could be a potential preview of the conference championship game next month.

Other Games to Watch (and Follow) this Weekend: 

  • WBB: Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Rams can begin conference play with a win on the road against an Owls team, which has not won a game since beating Plymouth State in mid-to-late November.
  • WBB: Western New England at Wentworth Inst. of Technology (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): Look for the Golden Bears to bounce back after losing to WPI earlier this week. A win over the Leopards would provide WNE with their fourth conference win and keep them within at least one or two games of the University of New England.
  • WBB: Brandeis University at New York University (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 1 p.m.): The Judges face another 10-1 squad in an important conference meeting. Brandeis has won 10 of 11 contests this season so I expect that momentum will help them against the Violets.
  • MBB: Keene State at Rhode Island College (Saturday, Jan. 11th at 3 p.m.): This is an important meeting for both teams as the Anchormen and Owls are in a three-way tie with Western Connecticut for the top spot in the conference. Look for the Anchormen to bounce back after losing to Western Connecticut earlier this week.

Lax Chat With Wentworth’s Brooke Paradis

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

Last Saturday, Brooke Paradis netted her 200th career goal as Wentworth Institute of Technology defeated Nichols College for their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) victory.

In addition to netting her 200th goal – she currently has netted 207 in her four-year career with the Leopards – she also established a new program record with 11 tallies in a single-contest against the Bison.

Paradis and the Leopards host Endicott College tomorrow in an important conference clash at 2 p.m. Paradis, along with her senior teammates will be honored prior to opening draw as Wentworth will celebrate ‘Senior Day’ in Boston.

Noontime Sports caught-up with Paradis to discuss her 200th goal, as well her team’s current campaign, which finds the Leopards at 7-3 overall with five games remaining.

Tell us about netting your 200th goal last weekend. What was that like? 

After scoring my first goal of the game, a teammate of mine shouted “nine more,” which caught everyone’s attention on my team. Once they found out that I needed nine more goals to reach 200, they all proceeded to inform me the following: let’s get you to 200 (goals) today. Going into the game I did not think I would hit this particular milestone, but with the help and encouragement of my teammates, I got it done. My 200th goal was on a free position shot, which is ironic because I am not the best at them so I couldn’t help but laugh when I hit the back of the net.

In addition to netting your 200th goal, you also established a new single-game record for goals in a game with 11, so what was working for you last Saturday against Nichols? 

Last year I had a few high scoring games that I impressed myself with​, so beating that was never really a thought. My teammates wanted me to get 10 during that game to get me to 200, and I was just lucky enough to put ​an additional one in.

Your team has enjoyed a successful 2019 season thus far, so from your perspective, what has been the difference this season compared the past seasons? 

Every year we have improved, but I think the drastic success this year was having a few more players joining the program. The more numbers we have, the more ​competitive it is to get for a starting spot on the field. Most of us are returners from last year and incorporating the freshmen into the mix was easy. We click as a team, both on and off the field, so the team bonding is naturally there for us. We work hard and have fun together, so the rest has been flowing.

What have you enjoyed most about playing lacrosse for Wentworth? What are a few favorite memories of being a member of the program? 

Working hard for wins is fulfilling. Being the underdog is never fun and that is what most teams view us as, so it is always interesting to go into every game and upset teams (when we can). I have enjoyed the growth of ​the program, and it has been rewarding being a part of it. All my best memories are with my teammates. Whether we win a big game, have an awesome practice, cook team dinners together, or hang out on the weekends I will never forget the good times.

Additionally – and we know it seems like ages ago – but what excited you about attending Wentworth and pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering? What do you hope to do with your degree after graduation?  

Both of my brothers went to Wentworth and I saw them enjoy successful paths, so it was always on my radar for schools. Many of my family members are engineers so in high school the profession always caught my eye. Being able to play a sport, going ​to school with my brother, and ending up with a great degree brought me to my final decision. After traveling around the world for a few months​, I hope to get a job with a Civil Engineering firm in Boston.

Your team has five games left, including an important conference game on Saturday against Endicott College. What must your team do to finish the regular season strong, so you can head into the CCC Tournament with some momentum? 

Four of our five last games are conference games, so the last few weeks are very important for us. If we all show up together to play, we can beat anyone. If we play like we just played against the University of New England then we are going to have a safe spot in the CCC Tournament, and teams are going to know who we are. I am excited to see what we can do over the next few weeks. I’d love for us to make history.

Finally, do you hope to remain involved with lacrosse after graduation this spring? 

I plan on playing in a summer league with some of my other teammates and hopefully my coaches, as well. I would like to come back next year to help out with the team as much as I can because I am not ready to let go of my teammates yet. I think the next few years for Wentworth women’s lacrosse will be interesting and the other teams in the CCC definitely should not sleep on this team.

D3 Lacrosse: New England D3 Women’s Midseason Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @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: 10 Games to Watch (Feb. 1st-3rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, New England D3 Hoops fans!

Also, happy February, too – we made it through January (rejoice!).

Let’s kickstart another busy weekend of hoops with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, including our predictions, too.

Last week, we finished 9-1 – we probably should have picked Wheaton College over Clark University, but at least we provided the Lyons with some motivation (insert emoji here!). 

Heading into this weekend, we own a marvelous record of 48-22!



Tufts University at Amherst College (MBB) | Friday, February 1st at 7 p.m.: This is a must-win for the Jumbos, who remain locked in the sixth seed for the upcoming conference tournament. Tufts gained a major boost last Saturday with a win over Wesleyan University but needs to maintain its momentum against the Mammoths. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Amherst College at Tufts University (WBB) | Friday, February 1st at 7 p.m.: Since falling to Bowdoin, the Jumbos have won seven-straight to gain some serious momentum heading into a very important game for both teams. Both Amherst and Tufts lost to Bowdoin so a win would most likely provide either the Mammoths or Jumbos with the second seed in the conference tournament. PREDICTION: Tufts University 

UMass Dartmouth at Eastern Connecticut (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: The Corsairs have quietly enjoyed another successful season, which included a win over the Warriors a few weeks ago. If UMD wants to secure the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament then they must win this game. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 

Saint Joseph’s (ME) at Emmanuel College (MBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: The Saints seem destined to secure the top spot in their upcoming conference tournament, but this is a must win against a team that beat the Blue and Gold at the end of December. PREDICTION: Emmanuel College

Wentworth Inst. of Tech. at Endicott College (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: The Gulls continue to be the team to beat in their conference – they have won 10 of 11 league tilts, including their last four. They outlasted the Leopards, 68-63, last month and should find a way to win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Endicott College 

Smith College at Wheaton College (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.: After scoring an exciting win over Springfield, the Pioneers will look to continue their momentum once again on the road. Smith hasn’t lost since falling to Middlebury in the middle of January. PREDICTION: Smith College 

Bridgewater State at Westfield State (WBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 2 p.m.: Days after falling to Worcester State, the Owls rebounded with an 87-62 win over MCLA. Westfield beat Bridgewater earlier this year and needs a win to keep pace with the Lancers for the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

Middlebury College at Colby College (MBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 3 p.m.: The Mules highlighted the final weekend of January with two big wins over Amherst College and Hamilton College. They face Williams on Friday, which won’t be an easy task, but this is a game they could perhaps steal away from the Panthers. PREDICTION: Colby College 

Worcester State at MCLA (MBB) | Saturday, February 2nd at 3 p.m.: The Lancers remain in the hunt for a top seed in their upcoming conference tournament, so a win over the Trailblazers to keep that dream alive is a must. PREDICTION: Worcester State 

Rochester at Brandeis University (MBB) | Sunday, February 3rd at 12 p.m.: The last time we picked against the Judges, they scored an exciting win over Chicago. This week – well, Sunday, to be exact – we will take the Blue and White in a close one against the Yellowjackets. PREDICTION: Brandeis University 


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