New England D3 Report: Week 5
Full slate of action this week with teams on our list literally playing all over the country. This week’s biggest story though has to be the reemergence of Tufts. After losing the first two games of the season with a shorthanded squad because of mass suspensions, The Jumbos got back to full strength and scored a huge victory over #5 in the nation Stevens. The Flower City Coaches vs. Cancer, parity in the NESCAC are just a couple of more things to look at. Springfield takes the plunge eleven places to #16 this week. Bates continues to surprise and jumps seven places to #7. Nobody seems to want the #20 position; Plymouth St is the third team in as many weeks to be upset as soon as they enter the rankings joining Lasell and Wheaton.
Here is this week’s New England D3 Top 20.
1.Tufts (1-2), last week #4. We said last week it was going to tough to get a read on this team until their team reconvenes after suspensions. Well, The Jumbos make a massive statement taking down Stevens 18-14. This is a Stevens team that crushed Springfield, Endicott and ECSU in our rankings by a combined 53-25. They did lose mid-week at Conn College in a rainstorm with a depleted team. However, Tufts appears to be back. This week road games at Stevenson and Colby will continue to challenge. We will see in the long run if these two losses will hurt them come May and selection time.
2.Western New England (2-2) last week #1. All in all not a bad weekend in Rochester. They were the only CCC team notch a win in the Flower City Classic. On Friday fell behind early 5-0 to a strong RIT team and lost 13-4. WNE have only totaled 9 goals total in two games against Stevenson and RIT. Looks like they struggle to score against elite level teams. Golden Bears pulled away in the second half and doubled up Nazareth 12-6 on Sunday. The clear favorite in the CCC
3. Middlebury (3-0), last week #6. The Panthers appear to back after their 4-9, 2012. Two impressive wins this week. Jumped all over Springfield midweek and earn a solid road NESCAC win at Conn College. Freshman Jon Broome is leading the team in scoring in the early going. Panthers travel to St Lawrence of the Liberty Conference midweek and have a NESCAC game home vs. Wesleyan next weekend.
4. Conn College (2-1), last week #2. Beat a shorthanded Tufts 16-15 and lost 11-4 to Middlebury in a couple of home games this week. Camels face Plattsburgh St and Williams upcoming.
5. Hamilton (2-1), last week #10. Impressive home win vs. Colby 10-5. Babson is up next in Baltimore Tuesday. Road game against Middlebury Saturday
6. Colby (2-1), last week #3. Things got off to a good start this week vs. New England College 19-11. Ian Deveau recorded 10 points (7g, 3a) and John Jennings scored 5 more goals. Against Hamilton those two were pretty much held in check combining for 3 goals and 1 assist. A date with Tufts is coming next weekend.
7. Bates (3-2), last week #14. Impressive week for the Bobcats. Pulled away from UNE after a sluggish start winning 14-9, squeak by Wesleyan 7-5 for their second consecutive NESCAC win. They will be tested on the road with games at Bowdoin and Trinity next week.
8. Wesleyan (3-1) last week #9. Slam dunk against Lasell 18-1. NESCAC loss to surprising Bates 7-5. NY Maritime and trip to Middlebury this week.
9. Amherst (1-2), last week #11. Lord Jeff’s rebound with win over Bowdoin 9-6. Two interesting match ups outside of the NESCAC this week against Nazareth and Endicott.
10. Bowdoin (1-2),last week #7. Good news is Polar Bears get in win column against St. Lawrence in a game played at Georgetown in Washington DC, bad news drop second straight NESCAC match up to Amherst 9-6.
11. Keene St. (4-0),last week #13. Traveled to the west coast last week and came away with two more victories to improve to (4-0) as they beat Whittier 10-8 and Swarthmore 12-7. Senior Taylor Jette is leading the Owls. Next week a Little East vs. CCC match up against Roger Williams in Bristol RI. The Owls look to be the team to beat in the Little East.
12. Williams (1-1), last week #15. Very convincing win over Trinity 11-3. Next week Catholic University and Conn College in the NESCAC.
13. Trinity (1-2),last week #8. Tough week in Hartford, lost to WNE 14-11 in a monsoon and pummeled at Williams 11-3. Tough three game stretch next week with away games at Haverford and Roger Williams. Surprising Bates travels to Hartford next weekend
14. Babson (3-2), last week #12. Beavers held to 2 goals dropping a 7-2 decision against Colorado College in a game played at Homewood Field in Baltimore. Face surprising Hamilton at UMBC at Tuesday. Could this be the year the Beaver topple Springfield for Pilgrim AQ?
15. Endicott (3-3), last week #17. Started the week off really well taking down Eastern Ct 16-12, in a game The Gulls led throughout and wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. Once again Sam Ozycz 19/30 at the faceoff x led the way.
Things didn’t go as well at The Flower City Classic. St John Fisher beat The Gulls in a tight contest 13-10 to start the weekend in Rochester. They trailed 7-5 at halftime and could never overtake a solid Fisher team. On Sunday they were outclassed by RIT who led 4-0 after one quarter and 8-3 at half. Looks to me EC and RWU are going to fight it out for 2nd place in the CCC again this year. WNE looks to be on another level.
16. Springfield (1-4), last week #5. Tough week for The Pride. Fell behind early and were never in the game against Middlebury losing 18-12. Also dropped a close one to Union 7-4. This doesn’t look like a vintage Springfield team. Endicott is up next.
17. Eastern Ct (1-3), last week #16. Not as bad as record indicates. Lost this week to an inspired Endicott team 16-12. In action next Saturday against a dangerous Wheaton team that is currently winless. They will still have plenty left to challenge in Little East play
18. Roger Williams (2-2) last week #19. Dropped both of their games at The Flower City Classic. Had a good start against Nazareth jumping out to a 3-1 lead. However faceoff play would dog them all weekend as Naz won 17/29 and pulled away for a 17-9 victory.
St John Fisher won 12/15 draws on Sunday leading to a 9-4 win. Game was tied 2-2 after the first quarter. Fisher controlled the second outshooting The Hawks 13-1. 34% percent for the weekend…ouch. Other than the faceoff issues I thought RWU played ok. Keene St and Trinity are up next for the Hawks.
19. UMass Dartmouth (5-0), last week #18. Two more wins this week 11-4 over MIT and 12-8 over Nichols. The Corsairs need to beef up the out of league schedule. Although, I do believe they can mount a challenge in the Little East if they are not taken seriously by ECSU or Keene St.
20. Curry (5-0), last week NR. Curry’s turn in the #20 spot. They haven’t played elite competition, but they are 5-0 as Salem St and and Anna Maria are upcoming.
3rd Star- Hamilton Defense, held high powered Colby to 5 goals and converted 23/26 clears as The Continentals improve to 2-1 in NESCAC play.
2nd Star- Beau Wood (Tufts) Had 4g, 3a in his season debut for The Jumbos
1st Star- Jon Broome (Middlebury) Had 5g, 3a in two Panther wins against Springfield and Conn College.
Odds and Ends:
After the first two weeks only Middlebury is unbeaten in NESCAC play. Showing once again it is the deepest highest quality league in the nation. Only Trinity has lost to a New England team outside of the NESCAC in their loss to Western New England this past week. The only other out of league loss is Skidmore 12-11 over Bates.
Tufts has a huge game in Maryland at Stevenson on Tuesday. One can only hope The Mustangs won’t have home cookin’ like earlier in the year vs. RIT where nine fouls were called for Tigers (some in second half very dubious). Stevenson had only two for the game.