New England D3 Report, Week 6
Tufts continues to pour it on, Conference play heats up
Can anyone in the NESCAC slow down Tufts? After an 18-7 midweek win over WNE the Jumbos drop 20 goals in their fourth straight NESCAC game. Once again, Cole Bailey, Beau Wood, John Uppgren and Chris Schoenhut were all over the score sheet.
As the calendar turns into April most teams will be fighting it out for the coveted AQ for their respective leagues. As mentioned above Tufts is looking very strong in the NESCAC, I personally don’t think there is a team that will be able to take them out in 2014.
Most observers would agree that the NESCAC is still the top league in New England, but who is next? This year I would say the CCC is clearly above the Little East, NEWMAC among others.
The CCC for the first time in our ranking place five teams (Endicott, WNE, RWU, Salve) as Gordon enters in at number 20 this week. Endicott is looking like the favorite for the AQ, but don’t count out WNE and RWU is also lurking with a strong 8-2 mark. If Endicott somehow doesn’t get the AQ it is possible for them to gain a Pool C bid. I wouldn’t bank on the though, the quickest path to the dance is with that AQ ticket in hand. Can the Gulls close it out?
The Little East is looking a little down this year. Defending champ EConn has had a rough out of league campaign with a couple of blow out losses, 17-1 at home to Amherst comes to mind. For the Keene St Owls their most memorable game was the shootout loss vs Tufts. Their best win was the opening game win vs WNE. To me UMass Dartmouth has been a pretty big disappointment. They were beaten pretty easily this week by Conn College and Keene St. Can anyone in Little East challenge the big two? Doesn’t look like 2014 will be the year.
The NEWMAC appears to be all Springfield. Babson and Wheaton are both capable teams , but as the season wears on it will be all Pride.
In the Great Northeast, it looks like it will be a two horse race with Lasell Lasers and Emmanuel Saints. The two teams should battle it out for the title. The Saints have won six in row after dropping their first three. The Lasers sit at 4-4, but have played a tougher schedule.
In the North Atlantic I think it will once again come down to New England College and Castleton who took the bid from the Pilgrims last year.
1st Star: Alan Williams, Roger Williams: The Senior Hawk FOFO had a superb week in the CCC going a combined 37/43 86%, added 23 GB’s and 1 goal in wins against Gordon and Wentworth.
2nd Star: Cole Bailey, Tufts: The Junior shot 4/10 added 12 assists in two wins over Western New England and Conn College.
3rd Star: Jack Strain, Bates: The Junior shot 9/20 in two wins over Keene St and NESCAC foe Hamilton.
1. Tufts (7-1), W vs WNE 18-7, W Conn College 21-13
2. Endicott (7-2), W v Middlebury 14-12, W @ Nichols 26-8
3. Springfield (6-2), L v Bowdoin 10-9, W v Wheaton 13-5
4. Wesleyan (7-2), W v Farmingdale 13-2, W @ Colby 14-10
5. Bowdoin (7-2), W 10-9 @ Springfield, W v Trinity 9-5
6. Amherst (6-2), L @ Midd 8-7
7. Conn College (6-3), W v UMassDart 9-2, L @ Tufts 21-13
8. Middlebury (3-5), L Endicott 14-12, W Amherst 8-7
9. Williams (5-3), L Union 8-7, L RIT, 18-10
10. Western New England (3-6), W Wentworth 15-5, W Curry 20-3
11. Bates (4-4), W Keene St 12-9, W Hamilton 11-4
12. Hamilton (3-6), W 12-10 Keene St, L 11-4 Bates
13. Colby (4-4), L 21-4 RIT, L 14-10 Wesleyan
14. Roger Williams (8-2), W Gordon 13-9, W Wentworth 13-8
15. Keene St (2-6), L Bates 12-9, W Umass Dart 15-7
16. Trinity (3-5), W West Ct 14-11, L Bowdoin 9-5
17. EConn (4-4), L Stevens 14-7, W So ME 15-1
18. Babson (5-5), W UNE 5-4, W MMA 11-5
19. Salve Regina (9-1), W 16-5 Curry, W UNE 8-7
20. Gordon (5-5), L RWU 13-9, W Lasell 11-4