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D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Feb. 8th-10th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Happy Friday, everyone! And welcome to a brand new weekend – let’s go!

In honor of the second Friday of the month – well, every Friday throughout the school year – it is time for our weekly edition of 10 Games to Watch in New England D3 Hoops.

Last week, we struggled. We finished 4-6 to bump our overall record to 52-28.

As always, stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage by following @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter! 


Williams College at Amherst College (WBB) | Friday, February 8th at 7 p.m.: No matter the records, this is one of the best rivalries in the state of Massachusetts. Amherst has a great deal of momentum since falling to Bowdoin College two weeks ago. PREDICTION: Amherst College 

Middlebury College at Hamilton College (WBB) | Friday, February 8th at 7 p.m.: It has been a difficult stretch for the Panthers, who look to return to the win column for the first time since late January. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Springfield College at Babson College (WBB) | Saturday, February 9th at 1 p.m.: The Beavers will attempt to earn a season-sweep after going 1-2 in their last three outings. Springfield is also 1-2 in its last three meetings, so this a big one to help determine seeds for the upcoming conference tournament. PREDICTION: Babson College 

Westfield State at Salem State (MBB) | Saturday, February 9th at 1 p.m.: The Vikings may have secured the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament, but this is certainly not a game they can overlook, especially since they needed overtime to beat the Owls last month. PREDICTION: Salem State 

WPI at Emerson College (MBB) | Saturday, February 9th at 1 p.m.: After falling to Coast Guard last week, the Engineers rebounded with an important win earlier this week over Babson College. That win should be enough momentum to carry the Engineers past the Lions, who lost to the Red and White by two points last month. PREDICTION: WPI 

Smith College at MIT (WBB) | Saturday, February 9th at 2 p.m.: This is a BIG one for both teams with the conference tournament on the horizon. Smith hasn’t lost since falling to Middlebury, while MIT has won three of its last five. If the Pioneers connect from beyond the arc, it could be a LONG day for the Engineers. PREDICTION: Smith College 

Emmanuel College at Colby-Sawyer (MBB) | Saturday, February 9th at 3 p.m.: Last week, we picked the Saints to beat the Monks. This week, we expect them to win their Saturday tilt with Colby-Sawyer, but they better be ready to drain a lot of three’s. PREDICTION: Emmanuel College 

Amherst College at Middlebury College (MBB) | Saturday, February 9th at 3 p.m.: The Panthers have some serious momentum heading into a pair of important conference tilts this weekend, including a mid-to-late afternoon clash with the Mammoths. Pending how things go Friday against Hamilton College, look for a solid effort, along with a late bucket to send the Panthers past the Mammoths. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Salve Regina at Gordon College (MBB) | Saturday, February 9th at 3 p.m.: The Fighting Scots host the Seahawks on Saturday – the Blue and White only beat Salve Regina by nine points last time, so don’t expect one of the region’s best teams to roll past the Green and Blue. PREDICTION: Gordon College 

Trinity College at Tufts University (WBB) | Sunday, February 10th at 2 p.m.: After falling to Amherst last Friday, the Jumbos rebounded with two important wins over Babson College and Hamilton College. Look the Powder Blue and White to cap its regular season slate with a win over the Bantams. PREDICTION: Tufts University 


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D3Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Jan. 11th-13th)

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Kylie Gallagher and the MIT women’s basketball team will look to continue their current momentum on Saturday when they visit Springfield College. (PHOTO COURTESY: DSPics.com)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another weekend has officially arrived, which means it is time for a brand new edition of Noontime Sports‘ 10 Games to Watch in New England D3 Hoops.

Last week, we went 7-3 to bump our overall record to 28-12 overall (the week before we went 9-1, so let’s see if we can match it!).

As always, make sure to stay connected with @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter for news, scores and more!

 


Trinity College at Bowdoin College (WBB) | Friday, Jan. 11th at 7 p.m.: This is a good test for the Bantams, who enter tonight’s clash at 11-2 overall. Trinity struggled it seemed against Amherst College last week, so it will be interesting to see how they do against the Polar Bears on the road. PREDICTION: Bowdoin 

Bates College at Middlebury College (WBB) | Friday, Jan. 11th at 7 p.m.: The Panthers look to bounce back from a non-conference setback earlier this week against Westfield State. As for the Bobcats, they should provide challenges on both ends of the court for these Panthers, so look for Middlebury to win this game by two or three points. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Williams College at Tufts University (MBB) | Friday, Jan. 11th at 7 p.m.: The Ephs arrive in Medford as the region’s best team. But can they continue their current momentum against a Jumbos squad, which looked pretty good earlier this week against UMass Boston? PREDICTION: Tufts University 

MIT at Springfield College (WBB) | Saturday, Jan. 12th at 1 p.m. : The Engineers have won eight-straight contest dating back to last month. They went on the road last week and scored an important league win over Smith College. We expect the same result this week against the Pride in Springfield. PREDICTION: MIT 

Rhode Island College at UMass Boston (WBB) | Saturday, Jan. 12th at 1 p.m.: Since falling to Bridgewater State earlier this month, the Beacons have been unstoppable, winning three-straight, including a pair of conference meetings against Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth. Their momentum should certainly continue on Saturday in Boston. PREDICTION: UMass Boston 

Emerson College at Springfield College (MBB) | Saturday, Jan. 12th at 3 p.m.: The Lions have won three-straight, including a recent 84-65 win over MIT. Look for the Lions to make it four-straight on the road with a win in Springfield. PREDICTION: Emerson College 

Westfield State at Bridgewater State (WBB) | Saturday, Jan. 12th at 3 p.m.: The Owls scored an impressive win over Middlebury College earlier this week and should find a way to beat the Bears, who enter Saturday’s meeting on a three-game winning streak. PREDICTION: Westfield State 

Plymouth State at Western Conn. (MBB) | Saturday, Jan. 12th at 3 p.m.: Both teams will look to bounce back from recent conference setbacks with the edge going to the Colonials of Western Connecticut being at home. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 

Brandies University at Case Western (MBB) | Sunday, Jan. 13th at 12 p.m.: The Judges will look to bounce back from a recent setback to Amherst on Friday when they visit Carnegie Mellon. Two days later, they will look to cap the weekend with a win over the Spartans. PREDICTION: Brandeis University

Colby College at Trinity College (MBB) | Sunday, Jan. 13th at 2 p.m.: The Mules are one of our teams to watch going forward, and should find a way to top the Bantams on the road. PREDICTION: Colby College 


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Noontime Sports Stars Of The Week (Week 11) Powered By Zelos Athletics

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week ten!


Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too! 

On Saturday, December 8th, Zelos Athletics will be assisting the Massachusetts Pirates with their open tryout


Our weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


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Tyler McGovern highlighted Salve Regina’s win over Endicott College with three touchdown passes. (PHOTO COURTESY: Alexander “Zan” Carver)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Alec Coleman (WNE): Against Becker College, Coleman completed 11 of 18 passes for 129 yards and four touchdowns, while adding two scores on 10 carries for a team-high 86 yards.

Jacob Duffrene (Nichols College): In his team’s season finale against Curry College, Duffrene rushed for a game-high 137 yards on 15 carries for an average of 9.1 yards per carry and three touchdowns.

Sterlin Garvin (Fitchburg State): In his team’s final game of the 2018 season, Garvin saved his best for last, rushing for a game-high 296 yards on 36 carries (8.2 yards per carry) and four touchdowns against UMass Dartmouth.

Moe Harris (Castleton): In his team’s regular season finale against Alfred State, Harris rushed for a game-high 184 yards on 20 carries, which is an average of 9.2 yards per carry, and one touchdown. He also ended the game with one reception for five yards.

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Holder rushed for a game-high 208 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.

Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy highlighted his team’s Cranberry Bowl win by leading all receivers with five receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, he booted three points on three extra points against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long led the Buccaneers’ rushing attack with 118 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald capped his team’s 2018 campaign by tossing five touchdowns (completed 25 of 31 passes for 262 yards), while adding 23 yards on 10 carries against Middlebury College.

Tyler McGovern (Salve Regina): Against Endicott College, McGovern completed 29 of 44 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns.

Brendan Nunes (Salve Regina): Nunes concluded Saturday’s clash with Endicott College with five grabs for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Nunes averaged 27.6 yards per reception.

Jake Schwern (Colby College): Schwern rushed for a game-high 185 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns as the Mules captured their first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) crown since 2005 with a season-ending win over Bowdoin College.

Nick Villanueva (Curry College): Against Nichols College, Villanueva led all receivers with 132 yards on 14 grabs (9.4 yards per reception) and two touchdowns.


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Jake Behne (left) highlighted his team’s win over Merchant Marine with a team-high 18 total tackles. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

Defensive Stars of the Week

Justin Augur (Univ. of New Eng.): In his team’s final contest of the season, Augur recorded six total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards and two sacks for a loss of nine yards, along with one forced fumble against Alvernia.

Hunter Atwood (Curry College): Against Nichols College, Atwood registered 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards, two-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 11 yards and one quarterback hurry.

Jake Behne (Coast Guard Academy): Behne led all tacklers with a team-high 18 stops, including 15 solo tackles, along with one interception for 22 yards and one pass break-up as the Bears upended Merchant Marine in the Secretaries Cup.

Darian Belizaire (Framingham State): Belizaire concluded his team’s regular season contest with five total tackles, one tackle for a loss of two yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery of 25 yards, which resulted in his team’s initial touchdown of the game.

Dimitri Dorinvil (Bridgwater State): Against Mass. Maritime Academy last Saturday, Dorinvil recorded a team-high 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

John Goode (Salve Regina): In his team’s final regular season contest of the season against Endicott College, Goode tallied 11 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, two interceptions and two pass break-ups.

Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenney highlighted his team’s final contest of the fall with four total tackles, including two tackles solo stops, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry as the Falcons edged UMass Dartmouth.

Blayne Merchant (WPI): Against Norwich University, Merchant recorded five total tackles, including four solo stops, one quarterback hurry and one pass break-up, along with a 57-yard pick-six.

Devyn Perkins (Trinity College): Against Wesleyan University, Perkins registered five total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 22 yards, two-and-a-half sacks for 19 yards and three solo stops.

Sean Smialek (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Bridgewater State, Smialek registered 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards.

Andrew Sommer (Amherst College): Against Williams College, Sommer registered seven total tackles, including five solo stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery of 50 yards, which resulted in a touchdown, and one quarterback hurry.

Keegan Stanton-Meas (Univ. of New Eng.): In his team’s final contest of the season, Stanton-Meas tallied 17 total tackles, including 13 solo stops and one tackle fo a loss of two yards against Alvernia.

Chris Rice (Castleton): In his team’s season finale against Alfred State, Rice registered 11 total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 25 yards and one sack for a loss of 11 yards.

William Rivera (Endicott College): Against Salve Regina, Rivera led all defenders with a game-high 17 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two tackles for a loss of four yards.

Tyler Robbins (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Robbins recorded a game-high 14 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and one forced fumble.


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WPI’s Spencer Herrington concluded his team’s 2018 campaign with eight points on two extra points and two field goals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Special Team Stars of the Week

Andrew Ferrero (Amherst College): Ferrero concluded his team’s contest against Williams College with nine points on six extra points and a 31-yard field goal.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington concluded his team’s final contest of the season against Norwich University with eight points, including two field goals of 33 and 42 yards.

Walter Thilly (Colby College): Thilly connected on four kicks, including a 29-yard field goal as the Mules defeated Bowdoin College to claim its first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) crown since 2005.

Valentin Wagner (Western New England): Wagner connected on all seven extra points in his team’s bounce back win over Becker College.


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Noontime Sports D3 Women’s Basketball Preseason Top 10 Poll (Nov. 6th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

A brand new season of New England D3 hoops is set to tip-off next week, which means its time to unveil our first Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Basketball Top 10 poll of the season.

Similar to last year, our poll will be produced every Monday throughout the season with the help of our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made-up of coaches, athletic communication offices and media members in the six New England states.

So, without further ado, here is our first poll of the 2018-19 season – welcome back, basketball!


Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Basketball Poll | Nov. 6th, 2018 

1. Amherst College 

2. Bowdoin College 

3. Tufts University 

4. St. Joseph’s Maine 

5. MIT 

6. UMass Dartmouth 

7. Smith College 

8. Middlebury College 

9. UMass Boston 

10. Brandeis University 

On The Rise: Babson College, Framingham State, Roger Williams, Springfield College, Wesleyan University, Westfield State, WPI and University of New England 


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Prudhomme: Recapping An Exciting First Weekend of New England D3 Hockey

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Curry College celebrates a 3-2 victory over Buffalo State last weekend at the Buffalo State Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Buffalo State Sports Information Department)

By Kyle Prudhomme | @KylePrudhomme 

The opening weekend of New England D3 college hockey season saw 31 games played with some team’s already enjoying successful starts to their respective campaigns.

Assumption College men’s hockey is off to a quick 2-0 start. They have outscored its opponents, 12-2, including an eight-goal performance to close the weekend.

The Greyhounds were not the only team itching to find the net multiple times this past weekend as UMass Boston scored nine goals in its season-opener, while five other teams finished with five or more tallies.

In terms of my first week of predictions, they need some work as I finished 5-5 in my declarations with the tie coming from Endicott College and Norwich University (the two teams skated to a highly-contested 3-3 tie).

Also, regarding my predictions from last week, I am a bit surprised that the Cadets women’s team was knocked off 4-2 by Elmira College in a rematch of last year’s national championship, but I am holding onto the idea that we will get round three later this season.

I can say that I was spot on with Curry College as the Colonels began their season by winning the Buffalo State Tournament. In the opening round of last week’s two-day tournament, Vilhelm Peltonen netted his first collegiate marker in a 2-2 tie with Nazareth College before the Purple and White scored an exciting 3-2 win over Buffalo State, thanks to a game-winning strike from Viktor Jansson.

One thing I did notice from this past weekend was various men’s teams received multiple points (goals or assists), beginning with Mike Moran, who located the back of the net twice for Worcester State against Becker College (his final goal happened to be the difference in a 3-2 win).

Jack Kelly logged two goals for Suffolk University in a 7-0 rout of Franklin Pierce, while Justin Collins registered two goals and Aaron Clancy dished out three assists in Westfield State’s 6-3 triumph against Western New England.

On Saturday, Nick Rosa’s two goal-outing helped Babson College double up Saint Anselm, 4-2.

Of course, there were more multi-point skaters from this past weekend, but these were a few names that caught my attention.

Let’s highlight some women’s hockey from this past weekend, beginning with Franklin Pierceearning its 100th win in program history.

On Friday, the Ravens knocked off Plymouth State, 2-0, behind 24 saves from Kelly Turney before Nicole Amato’s hat-trick powered the team to a 6-1 win against Becker. The five-goal win over the Hawks lifted the Ravens to their 100th win in program history – congrats, everyone!

UMass Boston interim head coach Dom Lozzi picked up her first career win behind the bench as returners Jane Morrisette and Katie Leffler finished with two goals and two assists, respectively, in a 5-2 win over Stevenson.

Prior to her team’s three-goal win over the Mustangs, Lozzi praised her unit for being prepared for a successful first weekend. She also gave a nod to the program’s former coach Lindsay Berman, too.

“The last three years, coach Berman did an amazing job with them,” said Lozzi. “We are very experienced up front and they are a really great group of leaders. The fact this whole fall has not felt like much of a transition is a testament to that leadership.”

Suffolk University’s women’s hockey team competed in its first two contests in program history against Nichols College, and although the outcomes were not ideal, the effort from a freshmen filled team is certainly commendable.

Against Nichols last Friday, Haley Poloskey netted a pair of goals, including the program’s first goal at 11:32 in the opening frame. Shana Cote and Jesse Kennedy each recorded one assist in the setback, while Kristen Caporusso turned aside 27 of 32 shots.

On Saturday, Payton Dockus potted the first goal for the team’s first lead of the series before Nichols rallied to score a 2-1, thanks to a power play goal late in the third period by Jordyn McGuire.

Prior to the team’s second game of the season, Suffolk President Marisa Kelly dropped a ceremonial puck to celebrate the start of women’s ice hockey.

Suffolk coach Taylor Wasylk knows her team will endure some ups and downs this season, but is confident that the Rams’ effort and dedication will help them become the program they aspire to be down the road.

“If we show up and play our game then I think we can match up with any team on our schedule,” said Wasylk. “It is all about right now. We are a very, very young team so it is about maturing a little bit, we got a little bit of growing up to do on the ice.”


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