New England Division 3 Report: Week 1

New England Division 3 Report 2014, Week #1

Springfield and Endicott score wins over ranked opponents

Most of the teams in the region are still getting ready for the season with only a couple of teams in our rankings getting underway in the early going. I must say it is great to see games on TV, but early February is certainly not lacrosse season. It was a very productive week though in OOC action for some teams. Next week the action will really heat up with most teams beginning the 2014 campaign including all of the NESCAC teams.

The Springfield Pride have braved the cold temperatures and have two games in the books. After a relatively easy midweek 20-9 win against Gordon they travelled to Rochester to take on Nazareth on Saturday. The 10th ranked team in the Laxpower Laxforum Poll would prove to be a much tougher test.

However, the Pride jumped out to a 7-2 halftime lead and held on for an 11-10 road victory. Goalie Connor Nash had 18 saves and Bryce Serriello had 3 first half goals. The Pride have a veteran group and should have a very good team this year. They are heavy favorites to win the NEWMAC and gain the AQ.

Meanwhile Springfield’s NEWMAC foe Babson scored early and often against Skidmore and cruised to a 12-5 win. Spencer Low led the way with an impressive 5 goal performance.

Sunday’s action featured Endicott hosting the 16th ranked Stevens Ducks in Beverly. In last season’s matchup Stevens dropped 21 goals on the Gulls, winning easily 21-9 in Hoboken. This year was a different story as Endicott earned a solid 15-11 victory. Freshman Colin Bannon had a great debut scoring 4 goals.

These three big OOC wins get the New England teams off to a great start and may pay big dividends come NCAA selection time.

The Week Ahead

They will be more key early season matchups this coming week. Obviously the opening of the NESCAC season provides us with great match ups, but there are others as well. Here are three games will be keeping an eye on.

  1. Tufts @ Middlebury– Early battle of NESCAC heavyweights in VT. Could be chilly, the Panthers return last year’s freshman sensation Jon Broome. But they have also lost a lot of scoring punch as well.
  2. Stevens @ Springfield– Springfield comes off big win while Stevens comes off big loss. The Empire 8 is 0-2 so far vs New England teams in the early going.
  3. Roger Williams @ Conn College– Can RW run with one of the NESCAC top teams? There is optimism in Bristol with many returning players including Goalie Luke Aubrey. Conn has their own outstanding goalie in Bobby Bleistein, coming off 65% save percentage last year.

Top 20

  1. Tufts Idle
  2. Western New England Idle
  3. Middlebury Idle
  4. Springfield (2-0) W 20-9 @ Gordon, W 11-10 @ Naz
  5. Wesleyan Idle
  6. Conn. College Idle
  7. Endicott (1-0) W 15-11 vs. Stevens
  8. Hamilton Idle
  9. EConn Idle
  10. Bowdoin Idle
  11. Amherst Idle
  12. Keene State Idle
  13. Bates Idle
  14. Williams Idle
  15. Colby Idle
  16. Trinity Idle
  17. Babson (1-0) W 12-5 vs. Skidmore
  18. Roger Williams Idle
  19. U New England Idle
  20. Wheaton Idle

3 STARS Week 1

Connor Nash, Springfield 18 Big saves @ Naz
 Spencer Low, Babson 5 G, 1 A vs Skidmore
Colin Bannon, Endicott 4 G vs Stevens