New England D3 Report: Week 3

New England D3 Report, Week 3

There were a bevy of top midweek OOC matchups to start the week in the NED3 top 10 last week.

Tufts traveled to Keene St last week to face the high flying Owls. Most expected a high scoring game, and that’s just what they got. Tufts with their 2 MLL draft picks (Uppgren and Helfrich) led the way in the 21-13 Jumbo win. Once again Bryan Rotatori (3g, 6a) as predicted had a big game in defeat for Keene.

Middlebury broke open a close game at the half against Endicott to prevail 16-10 in Beverly. Jon Broome led the Panthers with 2g and 4a.

Like Endicott, CCC compadre Roger Williams played a close 1st half with a NESCAC opponent. Wesleyan outscored the Hawks 6-1 in the 3rd quarter and cruised to a 13-7 win. The Cardinals outshot the Hawks 58-30 for the game.

The weekend also gave us some exciting games. Headlining was Tufts traveling to Vermont to face Middlebury. The two teams were tied with 9 minutes to play before The Jumbos scored the final two markers. Tufts goalie Alex Salazar came up big down the stretch and ended the game with 18 saves. Tufts is now 3-0 on the season, all three wins on the road against Top 20 teams.

Staying in the NESCAC a battle of two teams ranked in the Top 10 Nationally with Bates playing at Amherst. Amherst went on a decisive 5-0 run in the 3rd en route to a 14-9 win. Quinn Maroney and Kane Haffey led the way, no surprise there.

Springfield lost its third in a row Saturday at Union in OT 13-12. Midweek The Pride dropped an 11-6 decision to Stevens in Hoboken.

Wesleyan picked up its second win of the week by defeating Hamilton 9-6, like their win against Roger Williams The Cards used a 5-0 run to take control of the game. Harry Stanton had 4 goals for the winners.

Top 10:

  1. Tufts (3-0) This week the Jumbos host Colby in their home opener Saturday.
  2. Amherst (2-0) The Jeff’s are on spring break and will play Western New England and Cortland St in Florida.
  3. Bates (4-1) The Bobcats are home to Trinity on Saturday
  4. Keene St (2-1) The Owls will also be in Florida this week facing Hamilton and Nichols.
  5. Middlebury (2-1) Big week for the Panthers as they face St Lawrence and travel to Wesleyan.
  6. Wesleyan (2-1) The Cardinals travel to Vassar midweek and host Middlebury on Saturday.
  7. Western New England (2-1) Also in Florida with two big match ups with St Lawrence and Amherst .
  8. Bowdoin (2-1) The Polar Bears enter the rankings off a 15-9 win over Williams
  9. Endicott (2-3) The Gulls came from behind to beat a scrappy Salve Regina Team 15-11. Road games this week at Lynchburg and Springfield.
  10. Springfield (1-3) The Pride look to end a 3 game losing streak, it won’t be easy as Bowdoin and Endicott are this weeks opponents.

3 Stars:

1st Star: Alex Salazar, Tufts: The senior net minder was the difference for The Jumbos down the stretch as they defeated Middlebury, he finished with 18 saves on the day. That was coming off a 13 save effort against Keene St.

2nd Star: Quinn Maroney, Amherst: Shot 5/11 and handed out 10 assists in the Amherst ‘s wins versus Skidmore and Bates

3rd Star: Will Mandraccia, Clark: Shot 8/15 and handed out 5 assists in two Cougar wins this week against DeSales and Cazenovia.

Face off Player of the Week:

Conor Helfrich, Tufts: The All American was the difference in the Jumbo win at Keene St. He was 19/30 with a goal and assist to go along with 15 GB’s. Followed that up with a 10/25 day versus Middlebury.

Worth Mentioning:

Spencer Lowe scored his 100th career goal for Babson against Gordon in the Beavers 22-3 win.

Clark (4-0), UMass Boston (6-0) and Salve Regina (6-1) all off to fast starts. I don’t see too many quality wins on their resumes, but all seem to be improved and are worth keeping an eye on.

Matthew Howe had a school record 25 saves for Keene St. in a losing effort versus Tufts.

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