D3 Lax: Western New England Men’s Lacrosse Picked To Capture The CCC

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was announced today – Wednesday, February 14th – that the Western New England men’s lacrosse team was picked to capture the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown, per the conference’s release.

The Golden Bears collected five of nine first-place votes, while Endicott College, which checked-in second overall, earned a quartet of first-place nods.

Both teams last met in the 2017 CCC title game with the Gulls defeating the Golden Bears, 12-9. Endicott then advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament, but fell to SUNY Cortland in the opening round.

University of New England, Roger Williams and Curry College rounded out the to five, checking-in third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Nichols College, Salve Regina and Wentworth Institute of Technology each slid into the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, while Gordon College earned the final position, checking-in ninth overall.

WNE concluded its 2017 season 8-10 overall, including 7-1 in CCC play. The Golden Bears entered the conference tournament as the second seed and defeated UNE in the semifinals.

Nick Beauchamp and Jared Ward will be counted on to lead the Golden Bears this season, who begin their 2018 campaign on Tuesday, February 27 when they visit Keene State for a 4 p.m. face-off. Four days later, they will host Lasell College on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. before making the short trek to Amherst College the following Tuesday (March 6th) for 6 p.m. face-off.

New England College Hockey: Predicting D3 Contests At Frozen Fenway

Will UMass Boston men's ice compete for a second time in program history at Frozen Fenway?  (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)
Will UMass Boston men’s ice compete for a second time in program history at Frozen Fenway? (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

By Matt Noonan 

A few thoughts – or ideas – on possible Division III hockey contests that could take place in January (2017) at Frozen Fenway …

* I wouldn’t be surprised if we see another round of Babson College and Norwich University. Both teams competed at the historic ballpark in 2012 and 2014, and this game is always a ‘must-see’ contest. Plus, Babson head coach Jamie Rice is an avid Red Sox fan, so you know he would love to lead his Beavers out of the Boston dugout.

* UMass Boston is another team that should skate at the historic ballpark – the Beacons made their Frozen Fenway debut two years ago when they competed against Salem State. Perhaps we see round two of Vikings-Beacons or maybe UMass Boston skates against Suffolk University or Wentworth Institute of Technology? I am sure the Rams or Leopards would love an opportunity to play a game at Fenway Park.

* It would be great to see at least one – perhaps two – women’s Division III games. Why not pit Amherst College against Middlebury College or have Endicott College take on Plymouth State? If Norwich men’s ice hockey competes against Babson, then invite the women’s team to play either before or after against Castleton State.

* A pair of teams represented the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) two years ago with Williams College skating against Trinity College. There should definitely be a NESCAC game at Fenway – again, it could be a men or women’s contest.

* How about a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) game – heck, it is the first year the conference is sponsoring hockey, so why not? Maybe Curry College plays Becker College or Endicott College faces-off against Salve Regina?

Mass. College Hoops: Checking In On The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Nichols' Marcos Echevarria and the Bison host Wentworth on Saturday in a pivotal conference clash. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)
Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria and the Bison host Wentworth on Saturday in a pivotal conference clash. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Yesterday marked the beginning of the final weeks of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) basketball regular season.

On the men’s side, Endicott, Nichols and Wentworth are in a three-way tie for first-place, while University of New England occupies the top spot in the women’s standings.

All four teams return to action on Saturday, including Nichols and Wentworth, which will compete in Dudley at 12 p.m. A win for either team would keep them in first place, while Endicott would set-up a two-way tie with a victory against Eastern Nazarene.

Nichols defeated Wentworth earlier this season, claiming a five-point victory (82-77) on the road. Marcos Echevarria paced all scorers with 25 points, while Kyle Romich led Wentworth with 24 points.

Since their victory against the Leopards, Nichols has won eight of nine, including an 80-74 victory earlier this week against Salve Regina. Wentworth has won three-straight, including a two-point win against Endicott last week. Against Gordon on Tuesday, Jason Ganley netted a program-record 39 points.

Endicott has rebounded since their 77-75 setback to Wentworth, winning back-to-back games against Gordon and University of New England. Against the Nor’Easters, Max Motroni and Kamahl Walker collaborated for 43 points to guide the Gulls to the squad’s 10th win of the season.

UNE women’s basketball enters this weekend’s matchup against Western New England on a seven-game winning streak. On Tuesday against the Gulls, Olivia Shaw and Alicia Brown registered double-figures, tallying 18 and 16 points, respectively. As a team, they collaborated for 15 of 22 free throws, while converting four of six trifectas.

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Afternoon Roundup (#d3lax)

By Matt Noonan 

There were a slew of conference tournament contests that took place this afternoon, along with some regular season finales, and below is their outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

Salve Regina 10, Wentworth 8: Nick LoCicero and Curtis McKeon netted back-to-back tallies in the fourth quarter, which pushed the Seahawks ahead for good. Steve Glover, who recorded four markers for Wentworth, brought the Leopards within one goal with 2:37 remaining, but Salve Regina responded with Chad Hollenshade to seal the win. Salve Regina will continue Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play on Wednesday when they travel to Endicott College for a semifinal matchup. 

Roger Williams 22, Gordon 11: Will Siefert netted six goals, Tim Kelly recorded seven points on four tallies and three helpers as the Hawks defeated the Fighting Scots in the first round of the CCC tournament. Roger Williams advances to the semifinals on Wednesday where they’ll take on Western New England in Springfield. Gordon’s Ryan Utz matched McKeon with seven points on six goals and one assist. 

MIT 8, Mass. Maritime 6: Paul Orrson recorded five points on three tallies and two helpers, Harris Stolzenberg registered two goals and two assists as the Engineers concluded its regular season with a victory over the Buccaneers. MIT will travel to Babson College on Wednesday to face-off against the Beavers in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals. Reed McLean paced Massachusetts Maritime Academy with two markers.

Springfield 14, Babson 3: Ryon Lynch and Dylan Sheehan combined for five goals and seven assists as the Pride defeated the Beavers and claimed the top spot in the NEWMAC. Springfield will host Clark University on Wednesday in the NEWMAC semifinals. John HarrisonAlex Bunick and Spencer Low each scored one goal for Babson.

Tufts 24, Colby 9: Chris Schoenhut and Cole Bailey combined for 12 goals and four assists as the Jumbos cruised to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals, which will take place in Medford next weekend.

Williams 13, Middlebury 9: Jack Lauroesch recorded five points on three goals and two assists as the Ephs defeated the Panthers and advanced to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals.

Amherst 13, Bowdoin 6: Quinn Moroney recorded 10 points on seven helpers and three strikes, while Kane Haffey scored a game-high six goals as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Polar Bears and advanced to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. 

Women’s Lacrosse:

Emmanuel 17, St. Joe’s (Maine) 7: The Saints claimed the GNAC crown thanks to a 7-0 run in the second half that helped the hosts push ahead for good. Kristen Tuleja paced the Saints with nine points on six tallies and three helpers, while Sarah Higgins finished with three goals and one assist. Emmanuel’s Lauren White concluded the championship tilt with 11 saves. Emmanuel, which earned its first-ever conference crown, earned an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division 3 Tournament, but won’t know their opponent until next weekend .

Wheaton 15, MIT 5: Jenna Tewksbury recorded four points on three goals and one assist as the Lyons defeated the Engineers for the first time in the NEWMAC Tournament since 2001. Hannah Levy paced the Engineers with a hat trick. The Lyons will contend for the conference crown tomorrow when they host Babson College at 1 p.m.

Babson 9, Springfield 7: Leading by one goal late in the second half, Babson’s Rachel Secrist secured her team’s NEWMAC semifinals victory with her fourth tally of the contest at 3:08. The Beavers, which led the Pride at halftime 5-2, will compete in its eighth straight conference championship tomorrow against Wheaton. Secrist led Babson with six points on four markers and two helpers, while Springfield’s Connie Nielsen match her opponent with six points on three strikes and three assists.

Amherst 11, Bowdoin 5: Meghan Mils netted a hat trick, Caroline HollidayPriscilla Tyler and Krista Zsitvay each scored two goals as the Jeffs defeated the Polar Bears and advanced to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals next weekend. Amherst will meet archival Williams in the second game, which is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. The site for this year’s NESCAC semifinals is Trinity College.

Williams 11, Tufts 6: Bridget Malicki registered five points on three helpers and two tallies, while Rebecca McGovern netted a hat trick as the Ephs defeated the Jumbos in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. With the win, the Ephs advance to next Saturday’s conference semifinals. Tufts’ Lindsey Walker finished the contest with four points on three goals and one helper.

Gordon 12, Curry 7: Jane Dietrich recorded four points on three goals and one helper, Jessica Castelline netted a hat trick and the Fighting Scots defeated the Colonels in the CCC Quarterfinals. Haley Carey paced Curry with five points on four goals and one assist. Gordon will travel to Endicott College on Wednesday for the CCC semifinals. 

Mass. College Lax: Glover’s Five Tallies Helps Wentworth Top UNE, 12-10

By NoontimeSports.com 

Steve Glover netted five goals, including the go-ahead marker with 12:37 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Leopards defeated UNE in its final regular season contest. Both teams will meet against in the CCC Tournament, which begins on Saturday. Below is the release from this evening’s clash, courtesy of the Wentworth sports information department:

BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Steve Glover (Marstons Mills, Mass.) scored five goals – including scoring the go-ahead goal with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter – and assisted on three others to help pace the WentworthInstitute of Technology men’s lacrosse team to a 12-10 win over the University of New England.

With the win the Leopards improve to 7-8 overall and finish CCC play with a 4-4 record. Wentworth will travel for a CCC Tournament opening round game on Saturday against an opponent to be determined. The Nor’Easters see their season end with a 5-12 (2-6) record.

Glover broke a six-plus minute scoring drought when he scored with 8:52 left before UNE senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine) tied the score 38 seconds later. Junior Michael Cushera (Waltham, Mass.) gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with 6:51 left, however the Nor’Easters responded with a freshman Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.) goal 1:29 later. Junior Ryan Coakley (Flemington, N.J.), who assisted on Cushera’s goal, scored from Glover with 2:19 left in the quarter to give Wentworth a 3-2 edge.

The Nor’Easters scored the next two goals and took a 4-3 lead with 9:14 left as senior Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and Wolfe scored 2:25 apart. Coakley scored with 8:59 left in the half and assisted on a sophomore Nick Parent (Windham, N.H.) goal 7:13 left to give the Leopards a 5-4 lead. Coakley’s assist was the 85th of his career, which sets the program record for career helpers. With 2:02 left, Wolfe tied the game at 5-all.

Senior Dan O’Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) gave UNE a 6-5 lead with his goal 34 seconds into the second half before the Leopards responded with four straight goals and took a 9-6 lead on a Glover marker with 8:49 left. Glover scored three of the four goals while senior Chris Kipp (Scarborough, Maine) had the other.

UNE battled back to score the next three goals – all coming in a span of 2:09 – to tie the game at 9-all. Freshman Andy Curro (Niskayuna, N.Y.) scored once and Gross added the next two.

Glover broke the tie with an unassisted tally 2:23 into the fourth quarter before, on a clear attempt, freshman Sean Farmer (Billerica, Mass.) carried the ball into the offensive zone and scored his first collegiate goal with 9:22 left.

Coakley scored from Glover with 5:53 left to make it a 12-9 game before Nor’Easter sophomore Sam Cloutier (Lewiston, Maine) rounded out the scoring with a goal with 4:27 left.

Coakley finished with three goals and two assists while Parent also had a multiple-point game with a goal and an assist. Parent also scooped up seven ground balls. Senior Jeff Bathalon (Harvard, Mass.) made the start between the pipes, making one save in 3:54. Classmate Jared Proulx (Nashua, N.H.) made 16 saves over the final 56:06. Proulx also picked up six ground balls.

Wolfe and Gross had three goals apiece for UNE, while Auger and Curro had a goal and an assist each and junior Jeff Bruno (Durham, Conn.) had two assists. O’Gorman and freshman Connor Leggett (Sunderland, Vt.) won nine and eight face-offs, respectively. Leggett had nine ground balls and O’Gorman eight. Cloutier caused three turnovers. Sophomore John Dusel (Wilbraham, N.H.) made 17 saves.

UNE held a 39-36 shot advantage and a 47-40 advantage on ground balls.