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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D3 Lacrosse Mid-Week Notebook: CGA Outlasts Wesleyan, Emerson Off To 3-0 Start

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Anthony Wyler’s game-winning goal in overtime on Tuesday helped the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team top Wesleyan University in an exciting non-conference clash. (Photo Credit: Paul Duddy)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was an exciting finish last night in New London, Connecticut as the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team stunned the second-ranked Wesleyan University Cardinals in overtime by a score of 10-9.

The win was the Bears’ third-straight of the 2018 season. Prior to defeating the Cardinals, CGA topped Eastern Connecticut (15-7) and Norwich University (17-1).

“The guys are pumped,” Coast Guard Academy coach Ray Le Forte said one day after his team’s exciting win. “(And) so is the campus, too.”

Coast Guard led Wesleyan, 9-8, with 5:24 remaining in the final session, but the Cardinals evened the score (9-9) and forced an extra session, thanks to a man-up goal from Christian Barker.

The Bears would counter 32 seconds into the extra session with Anthony Wyler, who rifled a shot from the top of the zone to secure an exciting and impressive one-goal victory.

Wyler concluded the contest with three goals and one assist, while Riley McNulty chipped in four goals and one assist. The game-winning goal was set-up by Matty Johnson, who concluded last night’s contest with one goal and one assist.

Courtesy of Coast Guard Academy Athletics, here is the game-winning goal, which has been a must-see on social media today! 

Tuesday’s win is certainly impressive one for a fourth-year program that has grown tremendously since its initial collegiate season in 2015.

Coast Guard Academy is coming off a 10-6 win season from a year ago, which saw the Bears win a program-best four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games.

The Bears will look to continue its early season momentum on Saturday, March 10 when they face Goucher College at 1 p.m. A few days later, the Bears will take on Ithaca College on Tuesday, March 13th at 1 p.m. with the contest taking place in Virginia Beach.

The Bears will begin conference play later this month when they host Clark University on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.

And one team the Bears will see later this season is Emerson College, which is also off to an impressive 3-0 start.

The Lions began their 2018 campaign with an impressive and hard-fought 13-12 win over Mount Ida College in double-overtime before defeating Lyndon State (7-4) and Albertus Magnus (10-9).

Emerson was initially scheduled to compete against Nichols College tomorrow (Thursday, March 8th), but due to this week’s nor-easter, the game has been postponed.

The Lions will return to action next Tuesday (Mar. 13th) when they host Thomas College at 6 p.m.

“We’re definitely starting to get there,” said Emerson coach Matt Colombini. “We have a lot of young talent and the returners that have been through it for a year now and know what we’re really expecting (of this program) and what being a college lacrosse player is, and they have turned the corner with that stuff.”

Colombini seems quite content about his team’s early season success, but knows his squad must keep the focus on playing a complete 60 minutes.

“I am excited to see in a couple weeks as we keep (working toward our goal of playing a complete game) where we end up and what our final product really looks like,” he said.

So far, Emerson has received some solid contributions from Jared Brush (13 goals, three assists) and Cameron Radenberg (two goals, nine assists). Additionally, a pair of first-years, Joe Meyers and Stevie Powers, have also contributed on the offensive end – the duo has combined for 12 points on seven goals and five assists, while Bailey Kennedy has also performed quite well between the pipes with 24 saves.

Following the team’s contest against Thomas, Emerson will face some challenging non-conference foes in Dean CollegeWentworth and UMass-Dartmouth. All three games – and yes, four, counting Thomas – will be good tests for the Lions, who hope to keep their early season momentum going later this spring.

“I think this year we have made the schedule much more challenging to get ready for NEWMAC games,” said Colombini. “The teams we have played (thus far) have been pretty good, but they have all been close, grind-it-out type of games, so at least we are finding a way to win right now, which is good.”

The team’s initial win over Mount Ida was certainly impressive – perhaps it could be   a game these Lions will look back on as motivation for more success later this season.