New England Division 3 Report Week 3

Team Last week’s Results Up Next Comment
1 Tufts (0-0) Idle 3/9 Hamilton NESCAC play opens this weekend…finally
2 Western New England (0-1) L ( 5-9) Stevenson 3/9 Salve fell behind 6-1 in 1st, lost face off battle
3 Bowdoin (0-0) Idle 3/9 Conn College NESCAC play opens this weekend…finally
4 Amherst (0-0) Idle 3/9 @ Colby NESCAC play opens this weekend…finally
5 Springfield (1-2) L (8-16) Stevens 3/13 @ Middlebury Latest NE team to get drilled by Stevens
6 Middlebury (0-0) Idle 3/9 @ Bates NESCAC play opens this weekend…finally
7 Trinity (0-0) Idle 3/9 @ Skidmore NESCAC play opens this weekend…finally
8 Wesleyan (0-0) Idle 3/9 Williams NESCAC play opens this weekend…finally
9 Colby (0-0) Idle 3/9 Amherst NESCAC play opens this weekend…finally
10 Hamilton (0-0) Idle 3/9 @Tufts NESCAC play opens this weekend…finally
11 Conn College (0-0) Idle 3/9 @ Bowdoin NESCAC play opens this weekend…finally
12 Babson (2-0) W(17-8) New England Coll 3/5 ECSU, 3/9 @ Union Impressive so far, big week coming up
13 Keene St (1-0) W (11-9) RPI 3/11 @ Whittier Nice opener, enjoy the flight to Cali
14 Eastern CT (1-1) W (11-4) Gordon 3/5 @ Babson, 3/9 Endicott Key games vs Pilgrim and CCC foes
15 Williams (0-0) Idle 3/9 @ Wesleyan NESCAC play opens this weekend…finally
16 Endicott (1-1) W (14-3) Gordon 3/6 Skidmore, 3/9 @ ECSU Gulls back on track, difficult week ahead
17 Bates (0-1) L (11-12) Skidmore 3/9 Middlebury Very tough team to get a handle on!
18 Umass Dartmouth (1-0) W (11-4) Norwich 3/6 Wheaton, 3/9 @ Mt Ida Can they compete w Keene and ECSU in LEC?
19 Roger Williams (0-0) Idle 3/6 @ Lasell Contenders or Pretenders?
20 Lasell (1-0) W 17-13 Salve 3/6 RWU RWU will provide a bigger challenge
Dropped out: Wheaton
New Teams: Lasell
Biggest Jump: Babson (14th to 12th)
Biggest Drop: Springfield (3rd to 5th), ECSU (12th to 14th)

Thoughts from the week:

Babson has made some early noise with two impressive wins.  Alex Patinkin had nine points against New England College and the Beavers have shown  scoring depth in the early season.  Will they provide a serious challenge to Springfield in the Pilgrim League this season?

Speaking of Springfield, The Pride is only 1-2 to start.  We’ll cut them some slack, they have a ton of new starters and have played a tough schedule.  They were the latest team to lose to Stevens by a large margin.

In the CCC, Western New England started off a little slowly and lost to Stevenson.  They lost 7 of 8 first quarter face offs and trailed 6-1. The Mustangs coasted from there.  The Golden Bears still maybe the best team in New England at this point.  Although Tufts may have something to say about that.

It looks like it’s going to be a long season at Gordon and Salve Regina both are (0-3).  Salve’s next two are at Western New England and Keene St.  No doubt they will be (0-5).  Gordon’s early schedule was murder (Springfield, ECSU and Endicott), It gets a little easier from here.  Also, have to mention UNew England and Curry won their openers against Wheaton and Mt Ida respectively.  Keep an eye on O’Gorman from UNE, fantastic player under the radar.

Keene St fell behind early, then rallied to get the win over RPI.  The Owls fly to the west coast to take on a strong Whittier team next week. ECSU bounced back vs a young Gordon team.  This week will be a huge test and have a huge impact playing both Endicott and Babson for CCC, LEC and Pilgrim bragging rights.

Umass Dartmouth also has two games that should provide a challenge. Wheaton was upset against UNew England and MT Ida isn’t a cupcake.  I think the Corsairs will be 3-0 after the weekend.  Still a little early for me to give a solid opinion on the likes of West Ct, Salem St, So Maine etc.

This week  NESCAC play will heat up  this weeks New England Top 20.  To me the game of the week is two NCAA tourney teams a year ago hooking up in Maine with Bowdoin playing Conn College.

Stars of the Week

3rd Star: Rob Holden- Clark (4g, 4a) in Clark’s 19-7 win over Anna Maria

2nd Star: Dylan Fernandes- Lasell (5g, 1a) in 17-13 win over Salve Regina

1st star: Alex Patinkin- Babson (6g, 3a) in 17-8 romp over New England College,