There was a full slate of action again this week around New England in the D3 ranks, highlighted by a matchup of the top two teams in last weeks list as WNE paid a visit to Tufts. The NESCAC was once again very unpredictable, we also had some interesting inter conference games this week. Curry was the only team to drop out from the dreaded #20 spot. Salem St Vikings make their first appearance this week, Keene St makes it into the Top 10 for the first time this season. Here is how this weeks New England D3 Report Top 20 shakes out.
1. Tufts (4-2)- Can a week get any better? Win on the road against unbeaten #2 in the country Stevenson, travel to Maine fall behind 6-1 in 1st quarter and rally to beat Colby. End the week by dropping 20 goals on a solid WNE team. This team is a National title contender.
2. Middlebury (5-0)- Still only unbeaten in NESCAC. Home this weekend vs. Bowdoin and Hamilton
3. Western New England (3-3)-All three losses are against top 10 teams (Stevenson, RIT, Tufts). Open CCC play against Gordon this week and will look to kick Springfield while they are down.
4. Conn College (3-2)- 10-6 over Williams. This week at Trinity and Colby
5. Hamilton (3-2) Continued to roll in Baltimore vs. Babson, 13-5. Lose 11-5 at Bowdoin. The road isn’t kind in NESCAC play. It won’t get easier this week, at Middlebury midweek. Amherst pays a visit on the weekend.
6. Colby (2-2)- Blew 6-0 lead to Tufts, Jon Jennings left game early. Non league games against St Joe’s (ME) and Babson this week.
7. Bates (4-3)- Surprising Bobcats split on the road this week, losing heartbreaker at Bowdoin 12-11 before putting it on Trinity 14-6
8. Wesleyan (4-2)- 15 penalties in controversial loss at Middlebury. Travel to Amherst and home vs. Gordon this week.
9 .Keene St (5-0)- Hard fought win over RWU on the road this week. Clear favorite in Little East. At So. Maine this week.
10. Bowdoin- (3-2)- Two home wins vs. a solid Bates team, 12-11 as well as Hamilton, 11-5. A subpar Springfield team travels to Maine and a trip to Middlebury upcoming.
11 .Endicott (5-3)- Great week for the Gulls picking up two quality wins over Amherst 13-9 and 11-6 over Springfield. Open CCC play against Curry this week.
12.Amherst (1-4)- Lord Jeff’s fall to 1-4 losing non league games to Nazareth and Endicott. Have to travel to Hamilton.
13. Williams (1-3)- Lose two this week to Catholic and Conn College.
14. Trinity (2-4)- Still looking for first NESCAC win
15 Babson (3-3) Looks like Beavers have hit a bit of a wall, only 13 goals in last 3 games all losses. Will host Colby midweek and travel to Mass Maritime to open Pilgrim play.
16. UMass Dartmouth (5-0)- Rare bye week, West Conn upcoming
17. Springfield (1-5)- Pride can’t get things going. Doesn’t get easier as trips to Bowdoin and WNE are coming.
18. Eastern Ct (1-5)-Let’s see how The Warriors rebound in Little East play after dropping a 12-11 game at underrated Wheaton. This is not where they thought they would be at this point in season.
19. Roger Williams (2-4)- Playing just good enough to lose against a couple of quality foes. Lost to Trinity 11-8 in the snow followed by another tight game vs. Keene St. 9-5. Hawks having a hard time scoring goals, only double digits in one game so far. CCC play begins this week with games home to Nichols and at UNE.
20. Salem St Vikings (5-0)- Enter list off impressive win 10-6 at Curry. Little East play starts this week, home vs. Mass Maritime and at ECSU. ECSU game will prove to be a good measuring stick.
3rd Star- Taylor Jette, Keene St. Led the Owls with 2g, 1a in a 9-5 win at Roger Williams
2nd Star- Ben Melaugh, Salem St. Freshman leading Vikings in scoring had 3g, 1a against Curry
1st Star- Beau Wood, Tufts. Continues to lead Tufts with 6g, 4a this week against Stevenson, Colby and WNE
Odds and Ends:
Four of our teams show up in the Laxpower Lax Forum D3 national poll. Tufts #4, Middlebury #11, Western New England #16 and Conn College #20.
Colby’s Jon Jennings went over the 100 goal mark vs. Tufts