New England D3 Report, March 22nd

The weather remained quite cold this week and there were some more postponements to deal with, but many teams flew down South for some spring break action. Tufts continue to lead the pack and we have a new team in our six pack with Bowdoin dropping out..

  1. Tufts (5-0) This team just continues to roll despite graduation, injuries etc. Had a closer than expected 10-7 win at Colby. I have been really impressed with senior LSM/FO Tucker Mathers. He is stuffing the stat sheet with 2g, 2 a, 18GBs and 11/23 from the faceoff spot on the year.
  2. Bates (5-0) Bobcats win on the road against Trinity 14-7
  3. Wesleyan (4-1) Huge 17-15 road win at Middlebury. The Cardinals offense remains on fire. They are a blistering 44% shooting team. Harry Stanton shot 6/11, Taylor Ghesquire shot 4/6 at Middlebury. Also, love the way they are upping their highlight video game! Watch out Jumbo TV. I would expect to see them in the Top 20 this week.
  4. Middlebury (2-3) Have now lost 3 in a row, albeit against top flight competition.
  5. Springfield (2-1) Lose tight one to Cortland 9-8 that was played in Virginia Beach. Seem to be flying under the radar having not played many New England opponents. They did travel to Endicott Sunday and came out with an impressive 11-6 victory. Once again Jake Reynolds shut the door making 21 saves on 27 SHOG for a 78% Save %. Western New England & Amherst this week.
  6. Amherst (3-2)Had a good Mustang Classic in Baltimore this weekend splitting with #2 RIT and #16 Lynchburg. Friday night fell behind RIT in the 2nd half after leading throughout the 1st, but Amherst rallied and made it very close at the end. Colin Minicus scored three goals and was very impressive in 10-8 win over Lynchburg.

Elsewhere…

Many teams were in Florida over the spring break. Here are some results:

Keene St 14 Hamilton 7: The Owls pick up quality win over NESCAC competition in Florida.

Ithaca 17 Bowdoin 7: Polar Bears were losing 13-1 early on against the #4 Ithaca Bombers

Bowdoin 17 Hamilton 7: Turn the tables on NESCAC foe Hamilton.

Nazareth 17 Western New England 10: Game played in Carrier Dome, Naz jumped out to a 10-3 halftime lead and cruised to the win.

Ithaca 19 Western New England 3: Ithaca made quick work of their New England foes, Western New England drops to 0-6.

St Lawrence 10 Babson 9: St Lawrence scored the game winner with 2:20 left on the clock. Babson comes close against another Top 10 team.

Berry College of GA easily beat two CCC teams in Florida taking care of Salve Regina (17-8) and Nichols (16-7)

Freshmen at the X

We have seen quite a few freshmen emerge at the faceoff position this year. Been very impressed with Jake Madnick(Middlebury) and Dylan Finazzo (Amherst) who have done well against some top competition. Next week we’ll look at top freshmen scorers.

3 Stars

1st Star: Colin Minicus, Amherst: The freshman had a great weekend at the Mustang Classic in Baltimore as Amherst split the two games against RIT & Lynchburg. Shot 5/12 with an assist against tough competition.

2nd Star: Scott Whear, Wheaton: The lefty was an impressive 8/11 shooting in two games this week versus Christopher Newport and Eastern CT. Netted six against ECSU.

3rd Star: Jake Reynolds, Springfield: Was a brick wall against Endicott in victory with 21 saves.

Face off player of the week: Tommy Hughes Endicott: For the second time this season Hughes is the FO player of the week. Went 17/21 in a losing effort against Springfield with 16 GBs

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