New England D3 Report: Week 1

The season is off and running and there were some great early season matchups. The NESCAC will start conference play this weekend. Keene St has come out early and has put up a couple of statement wins to get out of the gate quickly. Endicott has stumbled losing their first two albeit to quality opposition. This week our Top 10 looks like:

  1. Tufts– The Jumbos have will open their season on the road in Hoboken on Saturday against Stevens. No doubt they got a good look at the Ducks beating Endicott in OT on Sunday. Also, if you have never checked out JumboLaxTV on Youtube. Without question the best collection of team videos.
  2. Amherst– The Lord Jeff’s open up at Bowdoin this Saturday
  3. Bates (2-0) – The Bobcats were the only NESCAC in action this week against two CCC foes, at Endicott and at Roger Williams. The Bobcats fell behind early in both contests before putting nice runs together to win both. Looking very much like a top 10 team.
  4. Middlebury- The Panthers open up Saturday at home versus Conn College.
  5. Keene St (2-0)- Great week for the Owls as they pick up two key OOC home wins against tough opposition. They opened midweek versus Western New England and beat the CCC power 19-11. They followed up that beating RPI 14-12, after falling behind 7-0 in the early going. Their next game will be against Tufts, The Owls have given Tufts and good run the last couple of seasons.
  6. Williams- The Ephs open on the road Saturday versus Trinity
  7. Springfield (1-1)- The Pride enter the ranking after having a mixed week. The opened with Gordon, dumping the Scots 22-5. The followed that with a loss at Nazareth, 12-10. They trailed throughout the game, but there are a lot of new faces leading the way on offense.
  8. Wesleyan- The Cards open up Saturday at home versus Bates.
  9. Western New England (0-1)- Lost a big match up at Keene St. They couldn’t handle the speed of the Keene offense. FO Man David Cedrone was an impressive 24-32 against the Owls. Things won’t get easier as they travel to Baltimore to face #7 Stevenson.
  10. Roger Williams (0-1)/Endicott (0-2)- After seeing both teams this week lose to Bates I can’t decide who has an edge here.

3 Stars For the Week:

1st Star- Bryan Rotatori, Keene St- The Jr had a huge week leading the Owls to a 2-0 record. Western New England had no answer for him. He was able to get to the goal at will scoring 5 goals and dishing 4 assists on 11 shots. He followed that up 3 goals, 3 assists on 10 shots versus RPI.

2nd Star- Charlie Fay, Bates– The 6’4 midfielder followed a 1/6 shooting day versus Endicott with a monster performance against Roger Williams. He shot 5/9 against the Hawks and led his team to the victory.

3rd Star- Andrew Melvin, Bates– The Medfield Mass product had an efficient week for the Bobcats. In their Endicott win he shot 3/5 and handed out 5 assists. Against Roger Williams he had chipped in with 2 goals on 3 shots.

Faceoff player of the week:

Tommy Hughes, Endicott– It was a tough week to be a Gull, but don’t blame the Long Islander. He was a tour de force in both of his games. In the opener against Bates he finished 19/28 with 13 GB’s, OBTW he added a goal. Without his efforts this game may have been a much bigger margin. In game 2 the Gulls fell 16-15 in OT versus Stevens, Hughes finished with 23/34 with 18 GB’s. Also, had a goal and an assist on 3 shots. Not a bad week!