Mass. College Hoops: D3 Hoops Games To Watch This Afternoon

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the college hoops regular season slowly winding down, today is certainly an important day for a variety of local Division 3 squads.

Here are a slew of games to keep tabs on as the day progresses. Make sure to check back for a roundup from these contests later this afternoon. Also, make sure to follow Noontime Sports on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog) for updates.

Men’s Basketball:

No. 3 WPI at Babson College (2 p.m.) – Since losing to the Engineers, the Beavers have won five of its last six games, including last weekend’s overtime thriller against Emerson College. Babson’s Joey Flannery has recorded 60 points in his team’s last two outings. He registered game-highs against Emerson College (43 points) and Wheaton College (17). The freshman forward was held to just nine points in 36 minutes against the Engineers, while teammate John Wickey led all players in that contest with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Engineers remain the top squad in the NEWMAC, despite falling to Emerson College on Wednesday. A win for the Beavers could certainly put them back in contention to host the conference tournament, but they’ll need help.

WPI’s Sam Longwell has recorded 34 points in his team’s last two contests. He scored 13 points in the Engineers’ 71-70 victory over Springfield and 21 points against the Lions.

Tufts University at No. 10 Williams College (4 p.m.) – With three games remaining, the Jumbos will look to reposition themselves in the standings with a victory against a talented Ephs squad that hasn’t lost since falling to Amherst in January. Tufts earned its first NESCAC win a few weeks ago when they defeated Bates College followed by a road win at Connecticut College.

With eight teams making the conference tournament, Tufts will need to capture this contest, as well as defeat Bowdoin College and Colby College at home next weekend. Williams would be the second seed if the tournament were to start today.

Duncan Robinson, who is seventh in the conference in points (120 points in NESCAC play), is averaging 16 points per game for Williams. He’s also a 90.9 percent free throw shooter, too. Tufts’ Hunter Sabety is 11th in the conference in points (107) and is averaging 14.6 points per game.

Other Games To Watch:

Nichols College @ Western New England (3 p.m.)  – Curry snapped Nichols’ winning streak (10 games), so can the Bison turn it around against the Golden Bears?

Wentworth @ Eastern Nazarene (3 p.m.) – The Leopards returned to the win column earlier this week by defeating University of New England. Can they earn win number 11 against a Lions squad that’s currently second in the conference? Eastern Nazarene has won five straight since falling to Gordon College on Jan. 18.

Becker at Lesley (2 p.m.) – The Hawks are making a push for first place in the NECC. They’re currently on a six-game winning streak and will look to earn a season sweep against the Lynx.

Salem State at Worcester State (3 p.m.) – Don’t count out the Lancers, who’re riding a four-game winning streak. Worcester State will look to avenge their earlier loss to the Vikings (71-62) and earn its fifth conference victory.

Women’s Basketball:

No. 6 Tufts University at No. 15 Williams College (2 p.m.) – Both teams have combined for 39 wins and two losses this season. Tufts will look to extend its winning streak to 21 games, while Williams, which is 19-2 overall and 5-2 in NESCAC play, will look to extend its current winning streak to eight games.

Similar to the men’s team, Williams hasn’t lost since falling to rival Amherst College. However, the Ephs split the season series with the Lord Jeffs by claiming a victory in Williamstown on January 22. Tufts handed the Lord Jeffs their first setback of the season by defeating Amherst in Medford, 63-56.

Both teams rank in the top three in points per game in the NESCAC as Williams is second with 65.9, while Tufts is third with 64.7. The Jumbos have held opponent to roughly 48-49 points per game, while the Ephs defense has yielded an average of 57-58 points per game.

Keep an eye on Williams College’s Ellen Cook, who is averaging 14.2 points per game. Tufts’ Hannah Foley has connected on 41.8 percent of her shots from three-point land.

Other Games To Watch:

Emmanuel College at St. Joe’s (Conn.) (1 p.m.) – The Saints will look to extend its current winning streak to five games when they travel to Connecticut to take on the Blue Jays, who’ve won three straight. Emmanuel is currently second place in the GNAC, while St. Joe’s is fifth.

Wheaton at WPI (2 p.m.) – The Lyons will look to earn their fourth straight win against the Engineers, which dates back to last season. A win would be back-to-back season sweeps for the Lyons, who recently claimed the top spot in the NEWMAC on Thursday with their win over Coast Guard.

MIT at Smith College (2 p.m.) – Since falling to Williams, the Pioneers have rebounded with three consecutive victories, including a 56-51 win over Wellesley last weekend. They’ll look to keep pace with the Blue, Coast Guard and Wheaton by attempting to earn their fourth straight victory against a talented MIT squad.

Eastern Connecticut at UMass Boston (1 p.m.) – The Beacons will attempt to close out the week with back-to-back wins. UMB lost earlier this season to Eastern Connecticut, 67-47.

Framingham State at Bridgewater State (1 p.m.) – The Rams, who’re currently second in the MASCAC, will look to earn an important win against a Bears squad that’s won four straight. Bridgewater defeated Framingham earlier this season, 81-76, thanks to 29 points from Jenna Williamson.

Mass. College Sports: Thursday Evening Roundup

Olivier Hanlan's 41 points carried the Eagles to a first round victory! (Photo Credit: Boston Globe/Boston.com)
Olivier Hanlan’s 41 points carried the Eagles to a first round victory! (Photo Credit: Boston Globe/Boston.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Another day of college sports are in the books and below are Thursday’s summaries.

Men’s Basketball

Boston College 84, Georgia Tech 64 – The Eagles outscored the Yellow Jackets, 46-31 in the second to earn a first round win in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) tournament. BC’s Olivier Hanlan set a conference record with 41 points, which broke the old mark of 40 by North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes.

UMass 77, George Washington 72 – Chaz Williams‘ jumper with 35 seconds remaining secured a first round win the A-10 (Atlantic-10) tournament. Williams paced UMass with 16 points, while Terrell Vinson and Trey Davis finished with 14 points, respectively.

Men’s Ice Hockey

UMass Lowell 4, Maine 2 – Scott Wilson‘s second goal in the third frame provided the River Hawks with the lead for good as UMass Lowell defeated Maine and earned their first quarterfinal victory.

Men’s Lacrosse

Anna Maria College 7, Nichols College 5 – Chris Summers and Jason Baker each netted two strikes to help the AMCATS improve to 2-2 overall. Nichols’ Brian Hancock led all scorers with four goals.

Wentworth 10, UMass Boston 9 – Ryan Coakley (three goals, three assists) scored his team’s final three goals in the fourth, which helped the Leopards defeat the Beacons at Sweeney Field. Ryan McGoff paced UMass Boston with four points (three goals, one assist), while Henry Bristol recorded a season-best 22 saves between the pipes.

Women’s Lacrosse

Washington College 14, Wheaton College 7 – Charlotte DeSantis (three goals, one assist) and Leila Mills (four goals) each recorded four points, but that wasn’t enough to lead the Lyons past the Shorewomen.

Curry College 11, Fitchburg State 2 – Haley Carey and Mel Brickey each recorded four goals, Ana Bottary registered five points (three goals, two assists) as the Colonels defeated the Falcons and improved to 3-1 overal.

Mass. College Lax: Wednesday Afternoon/Evening Roundup

Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three goals and an assist on Wednesday against Vermont! (Photo Credit: Lacrosse Magazine)
Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three goals and an assist on Wednesday against Vermont! (Photo Credit: Lacrosse Magazine)

By Matt Noonan 

Another day of college lacrosse is in the books and below are the game summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse

Amherst College 13, Eastern Conn. 9 – Devon Acton netted two of his four goals during the final frame, which helped the Lord Jeffs earn their first victory of the season. Danny Gold recorded a hat trick in the win, while Rob Dickinson recorded six saves.

Colorado College 9, Wheaton College 4 – Colorado College tallied five second quarter goals that helped them cruise past Wheaton at Washburn Field. Alex Keiver paced the Lyons with two goals, while Billy McNamara and Matthew Hillman each finished with one strike.

Curry College 8, Manhattanville 5 – Joseph Natale and Ronald Jensen each recorded four points (three goals, one assist) as the Colonels improved to 4-0 overall.

Women’s Lacrosse

UMass 16, Vermont 5 – Behind a second half surge of seven goals the Minutewoman defeated the Catamounts in Amherst. Sam Rush led all players with four goals and an assit, while teammate Katie Ferris eclipsed the 200-point barrier with three strikes and an assist. She now has 203 career points.  UMass will look to extend its current winning streak to four on Saturday when they travel to Connecticut to face-off against Sacred Heart.

St. A’s 17, Merrimack College 16 (OT) – Three second half goals with less than seven minutes remaining helped the Hawks force overtime and setup the game-winning strike by Marissa Daly at 4:00 to seal the victory. Olivia Hule paced Merrimack with six points (five goals, one assist), while Aubrie Stouffer added four tallies.

Assumption College 15, Queens (N.Y.) 14 (2OT) – Amy McNeil‘s fourth goal of the game at 1:53 in the second overtime lifted the Hounds to their fourth consecutive victory of the season. Lindsay Hagerman matched her teammate’s effort with four goals, too.

AIC 15, Post 4 – The Yellow Jackets earned their first win of the season by tallying nine second half goals en route to a 11 point victory. American International’s Cheyenne Carden led all scorers with six goals, while Whitney McKay registered four goals and three helpers.

Bates College 12, Endicott College 7 – The Bobcats secured an 8-5 advantage at the break and never looked back as they snapped their three-game winning streak and handed the Gulls their first setback of the season. Holly Davis and Kelly Tierney each recorded two goals for Endicott.

Emmanuel College 15, Regis College 12 (OT) – The Saints tallied three goals during the extra frame that helped them defeat the Pride and claim their first win of the season. Madeline Leahy led the Saints with eight points (five goals, three assists), while Samantha Salamone led the Pride with seven points (four goals, three assists).

Bridgewater State 18, Wentworth 3 – Riley Cachelin recorded seven points (six goals, one assist), while Shelby Farland and Lauren Geary each recorded hat tricks as the Bears defeated the Leopards in their season opener.

Recap: Endicott College 69, Wentworth 62

By Matt Noonan 

BEVERLY, MA – Trailing Endicott College by 17 points at halftime, Wentworth staged a late rally, but came up short, as the Gulls quietly exited their home gymnasium with a 69-62 victory on Thursday evening.

The win marks Endicott’s eighth overall, as well as third Commonwealth Coast Conference victory, too.

“We had quality possessions in the second half, [but] we rimmed out, we rimmed out, so they got a good quality feel for the game, and they were knocking down the shots that they needed to climb back in,” said Endicott College head coach Phil Rowe.

The head coach continued by saying, “As I told our guys before this game, Wentworth is the best team in the league right now, playing as a team, and they proved it [on Thursday].”

Endicott won the opening tip and built a 9-0 lead before Wentworth responded with a two pointer by junior Corey Therriault, (16 points, four rebounds, five assists) and trifecta from senior Eric Prue.

The Leopards eventually cut the lead to two points around the seven minute mark when Therriault sank a three-pointer before the Gulls defense produced a basket off Prue’s only turnover of the half, which sparked Endicott’s offense to tally 44 points before intermission.

Freshman John Henault (18 points, three rebounds, one steal) was a major contributor to the team’s first half point total, as he recorded nine points from the field, and sank seven baskets from the free throw line.

“He’s been huge,” said Rowe, when asked to describe the play of Henault.

Endicott continued their offensive dominance in the second half, as they earned their largest lead of the contest, 22-points, when sophomore Bennett Knowlton recorded a lay-up with 16 minutes remaining.

Wentworth called a timeout literally two minutes later, and stormed back with five three-pointers, and eight offensive rebounds, which ended up not being enough to defeat the Gulls.

“Sometimes we just lose focus a little a bit, but we stick together as a team, and just encourage each other, ‘play the next play,’ and that’s pretty much what we did [during] this game,” said Endicott College junior Lance Greene.

The Leopards missed back-to-back shots during the final minute, and sent Greene to the line, who would up sinking both free throws to help Endicott secure the win.

“They came back, and it came down to free throws, and obviously you’ve got to focus and hit those, and that’s pretty much what sealed the game,” said Greene.

Both teams will return to the hardwood on Saturday, as Endicott will host Curry College for a 1:00pm tip-off, while Wentworth will welcome Roger Williams for a 3:00pm contest.

“The league is very balanced, and truth be told, our team is pretty talented, but we’re just young, so we have to grow, and hopefully this well help us grow,” said Rowe.