New England D3 Report, Week 4
There was some movement and a few surprises this week around New England. Here is how this weeks’ list looks:
- Tufts, (4-0): Just another day at the office as the Jumbos win their home opener 16-8 over Colby in NESCAC action.
- Bates, (5-1): Beat Trinity 13-8
- Middlebury, (3-2): Lost a heartbreaking 2OT game at home versus St Lawrence 14-13. Came back on the weekend to win at Wesleyan 9-8 in OT.
- Western New England, (3-2): Pulls off biggest upset of the season so far beating Amherst 10-8. However were beaten soundly by St Lawrence 14-6. Both games were in Florida.
- Amherst, (4-1): See above, upset by Western New England. Followed that up with 13-12 OT win against a one win Cortland team.
- Wesleyan, (3-2): Mixed week with a 13-8 win at Vassar and a heartbreaking OT loss to Middlebury.
- Bowdoin (3-1): Quietly the Polar Bears are off to a solid start. Nice wins over Hamilton, 15-10 and Springfield 13-5 this week.
- Keene St (3-2): Owls drop four places this week after loss to Hamilton 12-11 and lackluster win over Nichols 14-10 on their Florida trip.
- Williams (2-2): The Ephs re- enter to list after a 10-6 win over Conn College.
- Clark (6-0): The Cougars make their debut to the rankings on the heels of an 18-6 thrashing of Salve and 13-9 win over Skidmore. Some will question their schedule, but the rubber will meet the road on Tuesday with a road game at Wesleyan.
Dropped out: Endicott, Springfield
1st Star: Nick Gagnon, Roger Williams: The Senior was on fire in two games this week scoring 7 goals on 12 shots. He also added 6 assists in wins versus Eastern CT and Wheaton. He scored the game tying goal with 4 seconds in RW’s OT win versus Eastern Ct.
2nd Star: Jack Gould, Middlebury: The Freshman has made a huge impact for the Panthers. He scored 3 goals and added an assist in a 2OT loss to St Lawrence. He followed the up with another 3 goal performance including the game winner in OT versus Wesleyan.
3rd Star: Steven Kerr, Western New England: The goalie made 22 saves in a 10-8 upset over Amherst.
Face off Player of the Week:
Tommy Hughes, Endicott: For the third time this season Hughes takes the prize. Although the Gulls were losers in two games this week (14-12 at Lynchburg and 12-11 in OT at Springfield) the junior continues to dominate. His stats were: 43/52, 83%. 3 goals and throw in 22 GB’s. WOW!
Some big midweek match ups that will certainly affect next week’s list.
Bowdoin is 2-0 so far in Florida, they will finish down south versus Stevens (6-1). Stevens’ only loss is to Tufts by one goal and have beaten New Englanders: Endicott (16-15 OT), Trinity (21-8) and Springfield (11-6).
Keene St travels to Bates where the Owls look to take down a NESCAC foe.
Is Clark 6-0 for real? We will have a much better idea when they travel to Wesleyan.
Tufts makes their annual trip to Baltimore to face the Stevenson Mustangs. The Mustangs are having a down year, but are a very capable squad. If you have the chance to watch online you will be treated to the best webcast in D3 lacrosse. The Mustang Sports Network is top notch.
15 Teams rated in Laxpower top 50:
227 D3 teams are rated by Laxpower’s computer, 15 of the Top 50 are New England teams. Every NESCAC school ranks in the Top 50 Nationally.
#21 Conn College
#26 Western New England
#32 Keene St
#49 Roger Williams
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