New England Division 3 Report: Week 3

New England Division 3 Report: Week 3

Keene St. takes Tufts to the Wire

Keene St. was coming off their second consecutive loss at the hands of Bowdoin when the #1 team in our ranking (#3 in Laxforum National Poll), Tufts came calling. Things looked to be going according to form as the Jumbos built a comfortable 10-4, 2nd quarter lead. The Owls then went on a 9-0 run led by Tyler McKelvie who pumped in 9 goals on 13 shots for the game.

The Owls took their 13-10 lead into the 4th, when the Jumbos outscored them 7-3.

After McKelvie put Keene up by one with 7 minutes left, last week’s 1st Star Chris Shoenhut scored the next two to propel Tufts. John Uppgren led the Jumbos with 3g and 7a. The Jumbos got more than they bargained for, but showed their championship pedigree at the end of the day.

Pride takes down Golden Bears in Battle of Springfield

Springfield continued their winning ways by taking down a scrappy WNE team 9-7 at Springfield College in front of an announced crowd of 1,500. The Golden Bears have been a bit of a disappointment early on with a 0-2 mark.

Brandon Body (19 saves) was sensational in goal leading WNE to a 5-2 halftime lead. But the Pride proved to be the better squad outscoring WNE 7-2 in the 2nd half. Branden Fernandez was 15-19 at the faceoff X, and the balanced Pride offense outshot WNE 49-32.

The Pride has risen to #9 in the Laxforum Poll as well. Must be pointed out the quality of the Pride webcast, quality commentary, and three different cameras. Well done!

Endicott Chokes Out EConn

Endicott made their second trip to Connecticut in a week with the same result, a win. Eastern Ct came into the game with a lot of expectations, but they were easily beaten 10-3 by the Gulls in this CCC/Little East matchup.

Endicott used a familiar formula: great faceoff play plus solid goaltending equal victory. Freshman Tommy Hughes is looking like he is the next great faceoff man for Endicott after Ortolani and Ozycz. He followed up his Conn College performance with a 14/17, 82% outing. Cameron Bell saved 13 of 16, 81%.

Look for Endicott to move up the national polls this week; they were 18th in the Laxforum Poll last week.

Midweek games to watch:

1.  Nazareth @ Bowdoin– The Polar Bears are off to a 3-0 start and look to be a strong NESCAC contender. Nazareth will be looking to gain an important OOC win. Expect a high scoring game.
2.  Amherst @ EConn- The Lord Jeff’s come in 1-1 after losing to Bowdoin, while EConn looking to bounce back after disaster against Endicott.
3.  Middlebury @ Springfield– The Pride looks to stay unbeaten against the offensively challenged Panthers. In three games Middlebury has yet to crack the 10 goal mark and are (1-2)

 

3 Stars for the week

1.  John Uppgren, Tufts– The Sophomore scored 3 goals and dished out 7 assists as the Jumbos were taken to the limit by Keene St.
2.  Tyler McKelvie, Keene St- The former Top GunFighting Clam continued his torrid shooting for Keene St. In games vs. Bowdoin and Tufts he scored 11 goals on 23 shots, 48%.
3.  Tommy Hughes, Endicott- Controlled possession all week for the Gulls in wins over Conn College and EConn. He was a combined 28/36, 78%.

 

Week#3

1

Tufts (2-0) W 17-16 @ Keene St.

2

Springfield (4-0) W v WNE 9-7

3

Wesleyan (3-0) W 9-3 @ RPI, W 10-6 v Bates

4

Endicott (3-0) W 9-6 @ Conn Coll, W 10-3 @ Econn

5

Bowdoin (3-0) W 13-7 v Keene St, W 17-15 v Amherst

6

Amherst (1-1) L 17-15 @ Bowdoin

7

Conn College (2-1) L 9-6 v Endicott, W 6-3 @Middlebury

8

Colby (2-0) W 10-9 v Hamilton

9

Middlebury (1-2) W 9-7 @ Plattsburgh, L 6-3 v Conn College

10

Keene St (1-3) L 13-7 @ Bowdoin, L 17-16 v Tufts

11

Williams (2-1) W 9-5 @ Skidmore, W 9-8 @Trinity

12

Western New England (0-3) L 9-7 @ Springfield

13

EConn (2-1) W 9-6 v Babson, L 10-3 v Endicott

14

Hamilton (0-3) L 16-11 @ Naz, L 10-9 @ Colby

15

Roger Williams (3-1) W 12-4 v Lasell, W 11-7 v Wheaton

16

Bates (0-2) L 10-6 @ Wesleyan

17

Trinity (0-2) L 9-8 v Williams

18

Babson (1-3) L 9-6 @ Econn, L 9-5 v Union

19

Umass Dartmouth (3-0) W 13-7 @ Wheaton, W 11-2 v Mt Ida

20

Clark (3-0) W 10-9 v DeSales, W 12-7 v Misconcordia

New: UMass Dartmouth

Dropped Out: Wheaton

Photo courtesy Keene State Athletics