Mass. College Hockey: Plymouth State Skates Past Worcester State, 3-2

By NoontimeSports.com 

Plymouth State junior Josh Woody netted the game-winning goal this afternoon in the Panthers’ conference clash with Worcester State University.

Below is the recap of the game, courtesy of the Worcester State University Sports Information Department:

Worcester, MA — Plymouth State junior Josh Woody (Suderland, MD/Valley Jr Warriors) netted the eventual game-clinching tally with 3:30 on the clock in the second period as he helped pace the Panthers to a 3-2 victory over Worcester State in MASCAC men’s ice hockey action this evening at the Hart Recreation Center.

With the win the Panthers move to 7-7-3 overall and remain atop the conference standings at 7-2-1. In the setback, the Lancers fall to 3-11-1 and 2-7-1 in league play.

Sophomore Dan Dupell (Collegeville, PA/Port Huron Fighting Falcons) put the visitors on the board first with 12:58 off the clock in the opening frame. His score right in front of the net off of a major penalty was assisted by senior Mike Freitag (Westmont, IL/Valley Jr Warriors) and junior Andrew Wigg (Lantz, Nova Scotia/Yarmouth Mariners).

The Blue and Gold came right back and equalized the score 1-1 just before time expired in the first period. Senior Nathan Stanley (Meridian, ID/Idaho Jr. Steelheads) caught the glance of an initial shot by classmate Vinny Bohn (Spring Hill, FL/El Paso Rhinos) with 37 ticks left in the frame and just two seconds left on a power play.

Plymouth State hit home a pair of goals two minutes apart to take over the 3-1 margin in the latter half of the second period.

Sophomore Tord Thoreson (Oppegard, Norway/New England Wolves) put the Panthers ahead by one goal with a shot from the left dot to the left corner with some help by Wigg and Freitag before Woody slipped one past WSU freshman net minder Tyler Fallica (Coram, NY/Ogden Mustangs) for a key insurance marker.

Sophomore Matt Vermillion (S. Lyon, MI/Baystate Breakers) and sophomore Ian McGilvrey (Omaha, NE/Middlesex Islanders) both assisted on the game-winner for the Panthers.

The Lancers had chances with an extra man on the ice in the beginning and midway through the third, but could not take advantage of the opportunity.

With time winding down in the period, the hosts pulled their goalie and found success with an extra attacker as senior Andrew Bates (Marblehead, MA/Boston Jr Bulldogs) received aid on the play from senior Cody Osburn (Sacramento, CA/Fresno Monsters) and sophomore Michael Dery (Grand Rapids, MI/Ogden Mustangs) with one minute left.

As 32 seconds remained on the clock in regulation in regulation, junior Alex Taddeo (Franklin, MA/Boston Jr. Rangers) fired one in from the top of the point and senior Stephen Rock (Tulsa, OK/Idaho Jr Steelheads) tried again on the ricochet, but they were both turned aside by junior Gordon Ceasar (Oak Park, CA/Utica College).

Ceasar (6-4-3) stopped 17 shots in the victory while Fallica collected 22 saves in 58:57 minutes of action.

Plymouth State was 1-for-6 on power plays while the Lancers only converted 25 percent of their chances (1-for-4). The Panthers led in shots, 25-19.

Both squads return to MASCAC play over the next week. Worcester State will play Salem State on Saturday at 2 PM while Plymouth State entertains Framingham State on Thursday at the Hanaway Rink in a 6 o’clock match-up.

Mass. College Hockey: Late Goal Lifts UMass Boston Over Babson, 4-3

By NoontimeSports.com 

An overtime goal by freshman Colin Larkin – his first collegiate goal – lifted No. 10 UMass Boston over No. 8 Babson College 4-3, on Saturday afternoon in ECAC East conference action.

Courtesy of the UMass Boston Athletics Sports Information Department, here’s this afternoon’s release:

BOSTON, Mass.—Freshman Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) scored his first collegiate game-winning goal 1:47 into overtime to lift #10 UMass Boston Men’s Hockey (15-3-1, 10-2-0) past #7/8 Babson College 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Beacons Ice Arena.

Larkin scored the game-tying goal 7:05 into the third period and slipped a rebound past Babson All-American goalie Jamie Murray less than two minutes into overtime, to help the Beacons’ snap a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) against the Beavers.  The freshman forward finished the weekend with three goals and now has eight goals and 10 assists.

Senior forward Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) finished with a goal and an assist and sophomore defenseman Brett Mason (Rowley, Mass.) recorded his second goal of the year, to help the Beacons jump Babson and move into second-place in the ECAC East Conference.

Junior goalie Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) went toe-to-toe with Murray all weekend long, as the junior stopped a season-high 41 shots in the victory. For the weekend, Faust went 1-0 by making 60 saves on 64 shots to improve to 6-0-1 on the season.

Bill Seligman led the Beavers with a goal and assist to cap off a 4-point weekend for the sophomore (three goals and one assist). Jimmy Magrath and Michael Phillips also scored for the Beavers who dropped their third contest in seven games, after starting the season 11-0-1.

Murray took the loss after allowing four or more goals for just the second time this season. The junior netminder stopped 34 of 48 shots to fall to 14-3-2 on the year.

Babson outshot the Beacons 44-38, after earning a 23-6 shot advantage in the first stanza.

A night after controlling the play in two of the three periods before ultimately falling short, UMass Boston overcame a sluggish first period to knock off the Beacons for the first time since 2013.

The Beavers jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:06 into the contest when Seligman slipped a shot through Faust’s five-hole. Jared Wiedemann forced a turnover at the Beacons’ blue line and dumped a shot off the boards behind Faust, only to have the puck slip out past Faust, to an on-rushing Seligman who scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season.

After giving up the early goal, UMass Boston upped the intensity, as the Beacons started increasing the physicality with each shift.

Faust kept the game at 1-0 just under five minutes in, when he robbed Billy Hall from just outside the crease. The junior weathered the storm in the first period, as he made 22 of his 41 stops in the opening 20 minutes.

UMass Boston evened the game at 1-1 at 1:34 of the second period. Sixteen seconds after Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) forced a Babson penalty, Buco ripped a shot from the blue line through traffic that found the twine. Sophomore defenseman Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) picked up the first of his two assists on the play.

Mason gave the Beacons their first lead of the weekend at 4:07, when the sophomore’s hard shot from the point deflected off a defender and past Murray for a 2-1 advantage. Buco and Bishop were credited with assists.

The Beacons would carry their momentum throughout most of the period, before Babson equalized with just 3:04 to play in the second. Tim Searles and Jimmy Magrath came in on a 2-on-1 and Magrath sent a slap shot past Faust off of a perfect stretch pass from Searles. Jake Donahue also picked up an assist on the goal.

UMass Boston added to the Babson momentum when they were whistled for a pair of minor penalties bookending the intermission. The second of the two penalties led to a 5-on-3 Babson power-play for just 11 seconds. Phillips made sure the Beacons would pay for their mistakes, as he rifled home a shot just under the bar with two seconds to go on the 5-on-3 and 19 minutes remaining in regulation.

Babson handed the Beacons a power-play chance of their own at 4:53 of the period. UMass Boston nearly capitalized mid-way through the man-advantage, but Bishop’s shot caromed off the post. The Beacons finally came through 12 seconds after the power-play ended, off some tremendous play in front of the net.

Senior Dan Cornell (Abington, Mass.) sent a shot towards net that Larkin tipped on goal and it fell off the back of Murray and just shy of the goal line. Three Beacons swarmed around the puck before Larkin snuck the puck inside the near post. Junior Mike Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) recorded his first of two assists on the play.

Faust continued to stand on his head, as the junior rushed out of net and made a huge save to deny a wide-open Tim Searles’s with 6:55 to play.

Senior captain Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) came within inches of giving the Beacons a late lead with a minute to play, but his shot dinged off the inside of the post, to the dismay of a rowdy Beacons Ice Arena.

For the period, UMass Boston outshot Babson 17-9.

The Beacons would carry the momentum of their late chances in the third into the extra session, as the Beacons’ top line of MacIntyre, Buco and Miller created three great chances on the second shift of the extra session.

After pinning the Beavers in their own end for over 30 seconds, Miller sent a hard shot from down low that Larkin tipped into Murray. With Murray struggling to find the puck, Larkin was able to tuck it past the goalie into the far side of the netting. Junior Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) also registered an assist on the play.

The Beacons will look to carry their momentum into next weekend, when the Beacons travel to Skidmore College Friday at 7 p.m. and Castleton State College Saturday at 4 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Bentley’s Demoulas Drafted by Boston Cannons

By NoontimeSports.com 

Bentley University senior T.A. Demoulas was recently drafted by the Boston Cannons – a member of the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) – on Friday evening in the league’s collegiate draft.

Below is the release from the Bentley University Sports Information Office:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley men’s lacrosse senior midfielder T.A. Demoulas (Lowell, Mass./Middlesex School) was drafted by the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse in its collegiate draft on Friday night.

Demoulas was picked in the 8th round by the Cannons and was one of just three players from a non-Division I program selected.

“The Cannons organization likes his athleticism, character and leadership that he brings to the field as a defensive midfielder,” said Bentley head coach Jim Murphy, who is also an assistant coach for the Cannons.

A team captain for the Falcons last season, Demoulas started 14 games and led the team in ground balls (58). He was also second in caused turnovers (15), and was named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division II All-New England team.

Bentley will open its 2015 season on Feb. 28 with a home game against New York Tech.

Mass. College Hoops: Sam Longwell Records First Career-Triple Double, WPI Tops Wheaton (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan

WPI senior Sam Longwell recorded his first career triple-double as the Engineers – ranked eighth in the latest D3Hoops.com poll – defeated Wheaton College, 92-68, in NEWMAC play on Saturday afternoon at Harrington Auditorium.

Longwell netted 24 points – 22 points in the first half – and registered 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his team’s 15th win of the season, fifth in conference play.

The Engineers led, 51-37, at the break, but added an additional 41 points during the final 20 minutes to seal the win. Junior Aaron Davis registered eight points and eight boards, while senior Domenick Mastascusa stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Wheaton junior Billy Battaglia and senior Mike O’Loughlin netted 18 points, respectively.

Below is a postgame interview with Longwell and Davis, courtesy of WPI’s YouTube Channel.

Mass. College Hockey: No. 8 Babson Skates Past No. 10 UMass Boston, 4-2

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of the Babson College Athletics communication office, here’s this evening’s release from the Beavers’ 4-2 win over UMass Boston:

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) had two goals and one assist, and junior goaltender Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) stopped 39 shots as No. 7 USCHO.com/No. 8 D3hockey.com Babson College defeated No. 10 USCHO.com/No. 10 D3hockey.com UMass-Boston, 4-2, in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East men’s ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.

With its second consecutive victory, Babson is now 14-2-2 overall and 9-1-1 in conference play. UMass-Boston, which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end, drops to 14-3-1 overall and 9-2-0 in the ECAC East.

Junior Max Franklin (Wrentham, Mass.) and sophomore Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) both scored for the Beavers, who struck for three goals in the span of 4:54 early in the second period to build a four-goal lead. Senior Joe DiPietro (Pembroke, Mass.), junior Mike Vollmin (Wilmington, N.C.), and sophomore Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.) all had one assist apiece in the win.

Senior Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) and first-year Mike Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) each scored once for the Beacons. Senior Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) and junior Matt Lemire (Townsend, Mass.) both chipped in with an assist.

UMass-Boston held a 15-11 edge in shots over the opening 20 minutes, but the Green and White went into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead on the strength of Seligman’s power play tally at the 9:41 mark. DiPietro ripped a slapshot from the point after a cross-ice feed from Vollmin, and Seligman redirected the puck past Beacons’ junior goaltender Zach Andrews (Carol Springs, Fla.) from the top of the crease for his ninth goal of the year.

Murray made eight of his 15 first-period saves over the first 6:19 of the stanza, and stopped three shots after Babson took an interference penalty at the 12:56 mark.

The Beavers took command of the game with a three-goal explosion early in the second period. Phillips converted a feed from Casey 2:39 after intermission when he beat Andrews from between the face-off circles for his ninth goal of the year, and fourth on the power play, to make it 2-0. Murray made four consecutive saves to keep UMass-Boston off the board, and Seligman made it a three-goal margin at the 5:41 mark with his team-leding 10th goal of the year. Franklin then extended the lead to 4-0 with his eighth goal of the year, beating Beacons’ junior goaltender Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.), who came on in relief of Andrews, up high at 7:33.

Larkin got UMass-Boston on the board with his sixth tally of the year just 27 seconds later to cut its deficit to 4-1, but Murray stopped the final seven shots he faced in the period, and the Beavers’ defense blocked four others to take a three-goal lead into the intermission.

The Beacons made it a two-goal game when Lemire won a face-off back to Buco, who ripped a slapshot past Murray for his 12th goal of the year at 5:53 of the third period. The Green and White took then took a pair of penalties, but its defense stood tall protecting the lead, allowing just two shots on goal and blocking another to kill both penalties. Murray finished with 11 third-period saves for Babson, including a sprawling save with his shoulder on UMass-Boston junior Peter MacIntyre’s (Norfolk, Mass.) effort from the slot with 3:49 remaining.

Andrews stopped 11 shots and allowed three goals over the first 25:41 for the Beacons, while Faust made 19 saves over the final 33:33.

The Beavers, who were outshot 39-34 on the night, went 2-for-4 on the power play and killed off all four of the Beacons’ extra-man opportunities.

Babson and UMass-Boston will wrap up their home-and-home series on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Beacons Ice Arena.

GAME NOTES: Babson is now 41-13-6 all-time against UMass-Boston and has won five straight in the series going back to 2013…the Beavers are 12-0-1 when scoring first this season…Babson, which is now 10-0-1 at home this season, is unbeaten in its last 20 conference home games going back to the 2013 season…the Beavers are 13-1-1 on the year when allowing two goals or less…with a goal in the victory, Franklin (3-2-5) has at least one point in four of the last five games…Seligman’s three points matched his career high set back on January 9 in a 7-1 win over Saint Michael’s…Phillips (4-4-8) has contributed at least one point in four of the last five games and has scored on the power play in back-to-back contests…Vollmin, the nation’s top-scoring defenseman, has six assists over the last five games.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Eight)

By NoontimeSports.com

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is now time to reveal this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the WeekGustave Koumare (Nichols, Jr.): Koumare sparked the Bison to a pair of wins this week, keeping the Bison unbeaten in conference play (8-0). He poured in a career-high 28 points in a win over Endicott on Thursday, scoring nine unanswered points on three 3-pointers in the second half. He finished the contest shooting 50 percent both from the floor (10-of-20) and three-point land (6-of-12) while recording five assists and four steals. Two days later, Koumare filled the stat sheet with 11 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and three assists in a road win at Wentworth.

Men’s Rookie of the WeekMitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr.): Hahn led the Crusaders in scoring in an 0-2 week, including an outstanding game against Army. The forward dropped 18 points to go with career highs of seven rebounds, five blocks and three assists in the OT setback to the Black Knights. With 2:59 left in regulation, Hahn canned a pair of free throws to give Holy Cross a 59-56 lead. He later hit a 3-pointer with 25.3 seconds remaining in overtime to pull the Crusaders within one. On Saturday, he paced the club with 12 points at Lehigh.

Women’s Player of the WeekKelly Conley (Assumpton, Jr.): In a 1-1 week, Conley averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, one assist and one steal while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and connected on 16-of-21 free throws. Highlighting her week was a career-high 35-point effort, the third-highest single-game scoring total in Assumption history.

Women’s Rookie of the WeekAma Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney shot a sizzling 67.9% from the field to help WPI to a pair of victories in a three-game week.  The freshman guard began her week by draining 6-of-7 shots from the floor and registering 14 points in a home victory over Mount Holyoke.  After stuffing the stat sheets with 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and a block in a loss at Babson, Biney led all scorers with 15 points and pitched in with three steals as the Engineers improved to 3-0 at home in 2015 with a win against city rival Clark.

Honor Roll:

Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): Doherty started in both games last week and played well for the Crusaders. On Wednesday at Army she totaled two points, four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Later in the week versus Lehigh, Doherty tallied eight points, six rebounds and a career-best four steals. Doherty ranks 11th in the Patriot League and second on Holy Cross with a 32.2 three-point field goal percentage this season (19-59). Through 19 games, she is averaging 5.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest and is tied for third on the team with 16 steals this season.

Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr.): Ziegler averaged 18 points, four rebounds and one assist while shooting 59.1 percent from the field (13-for-22). He also connected on 10 of 11 free throw attempts.

Kamali Bey (Assumption, So.): In a 1-1 week, Bey averaged 17 points, 2.5 rebounds and one steal per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the field and hitting 7-of-9 free throws.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton averaged a double-double of 12.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in a two-game win for Anna Maria. Warburton tallied 14 points and 22 rebounds in Monday’s win against Pine Manor, and added 11 points and eight rebounds against St. Joseph’s on Saturday. She also added 12 steals and nine assists on the week.

Patrick Bradanese (Anna Maria, Jr.): Bradanese was the AMCATS’ leading scorers in both games in a 2-0 week, scoring 17 points against Mount Ida and 23 points against St. Joseph’s. The junior guard shot 51.9 percent from the floor, including a 53.8 percent effort (7-13) from three-point range. On the week, Bradanese averaged 20 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 18 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in an 0-2 week for Worcester State with a .667 effort from the field (18-27) which included 22 points, 14 boards and two rejections in a 71-65 setback to Bridgewater State and 14 points and 11 caroms in a 62-54 loss against Salem State.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.): Frankian averaged 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in a 1-2 week for Worcester State including 11 points, five boards and two helpers in a 63-48 win over Salem State and 16 points in a 70-48 setback to Bridgewater State . Connected for.519 percent from the floor (13-25) and .462 percent from long-range (6-13).

Domenick Mastascusa (WPI, Sr.): Mastascusa shot a blistering 61.9% from the floor while leading the Engineers to a 2-0 week.  On Wednesday the senior posted teams-bests of 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks as WPI defeated host Babson 67-57 in a matchup of nationally-ranked squads. Mastascusa followed that performance up by canning 6-of-8 shots from the floor en route to notching a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds in the Crimson and Gray’s 73-58 triumph over Emerson at Harrington Auditorium.

Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr.): Obiora poured in 12 points and six rebounds in WPI’s 73-58 victory over Emerson on Saturday.  Earlier in the week the freshman pitched in with six points as the 13th ranked Engineers went on the road and defeated No. 15 Babson 67-57.  For the week Obiora connected on 58.3% of his shots from the field.

Mass. College Hockey: Tufts Featured In Boston Herald’s ‘In The Neighborhood’

By Matt Noonan

Happy Monday, everyone!

We kickoff the week with a Division III Hockey notebook from today’s Boston Herald, featuring the connection between Tufts University’s men’s ice hockey team and the town of Arlington.

Seven members of the Jumbos’ hockey team hails from Arlington – the neighboring town to Medford (Tufts’ home) – including head coach Brian Murphy and assistant coach Matt Keating. Shawn Power, Brian Ouellette, Aidan HartiganDan Kelly, and Luke Griffin are the five skaters from Arlington, and have combined for nine goals and seven assists.

“I grew up in Arlington. That’s where I played my youth hockey and it’s where I learned the game of hockey. I’m from the Menotomy Rocks Park section,’’ Murphy told the Herald. “All these kids played at various places but I feel I’m fortunate in that they do a great job in Arlington Youth Hockey. But, it’s certainly an interesting mix.’’

The Jumbos own a 5-8-1 mark and are 2-5-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play. They recently fell to Amherst College (ranked 11th in the latest D3Hockey.com poll), 3-2, but will look to rebound on Friday, January 23 when the travel to Wesleyan University for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Seven)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Quantez Franklin (Anna Maria, Sr.): Franklin averaged 17.7 points per game on 79.3 percent shooting from the floor in a 3-0 week for the AMCATS. He tallied a week-best 22 points in a 10-for-13 shooting effort (76.9 percent) on Saturday against Emmanuel, but posted his best shooting percentage, 85.7 percent, by hitting six-of-seven shots from the floor in a 17-point effort against Norwich on Tuesday. The senior forward added 7.3 rebounds per game on the week alongside five steals and four blocks.

Irving Eggleston (Nichols, Jr.): Eggleston averaged 23.0 ppg, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists as the Bison went 3-0 in conference play last week and moved to a perfect 6-0 on the season. After registering 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists in a win over Curry on Tuesday, Eggleston dropped in a career-high 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting (60.0 percent) in a road win at Western New England two nights later. He closed his week with a 22-point effort against UNE on Saturday. Eggleston leads the team and ranks third in the CCC in scoring (18.2 ppg).

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Aaron Todd (WPI, Fr.): Todd headlined four Engineers in double figures in scoring with a career-best 10 points as nationally-ranked WPI opened NEWMAC conference play with a 73-53 victory over visiting Springfield Wednesday evening. The freshman, who connected on 4-of-5 shots from the field and grabbed four rebound against the Pride, also added four points in a road loss Saturday at MIT.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr.): Scott averaged a double-double last week in helping the Crusaders remain at .500 in the Patriot League. During the team’s setback to Colgate, she was one point shy of a double-double with nine points and a game-best 13 rebounds. In the 53-52 road win at Bucknell, Scott recorded her eighth double-double of the season and the 27th of her career with game-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with a team- and season-best five assists. Scott also posted a career-high two blocks in the win over the Bison.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Infiniti Thomas-Waheed (Holy Cross, Fr.): Thomas-Waheed played in both games last week and averaged 25.5 minutes per game off the bench. She totaled two points and three assists versus Colgate. Thomas-Waheed’s best game of the week came in the 53-52 win at Bucknell when she scored 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting, with two three-pointers and a pair of rebounds. She also connected on 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, including three free throws midway through the second half to give the Crusaders a 46-40 lead. She was one point shy of her career-high (16) in points scored versus Bucknell. Thomas-Waheed has averaged 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game in 22.1 minutes per contest. She is 13th in the Patriot League in blocks per game.

Honor Roll:

Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross, Sr.): Miller led the team in scoring in both games last week as he totaled 14 points and three rebounds at Colgate and finished with 14 points and four rebounds in the Crusaders’ win over Bucknell. He connected on 9 of 10 free throws against the Bison, including 7 of 8 in overtime. Two of his free throws came with 5.8 seconds left in overtime, to put Holy Cross up 65-62. Miller made 14 of 15 free throws on the week.

Mitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr.): Hahn scored nine points in the victory over Bucknell, including a key layup with 2:27 left in regulation to trim the Bison’s lead to two points (52-50). With 24.0 seconds left in overtime, he was fouled while driving to the basket and made both free throws to give Holy Cross the lead for good (63-62).

Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr.): 
In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Ziegler led the team with 16.5 points per game. Highlighted by a 20-point effort in a win over Saint Rose, he also added 4.5 rebounds per game and shot 59.1 percent from the field.

Kelly Conley (Assumption, Jr.): Conley averaged 15 points and 2.5 assists per game in two contests for the Hounds. She also added 1.5 rebounds per contest and shot 45.8 percent from the field.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton tallied a game-high 20 points on a 53.8 percent effort from the floor to lead Anna Maria to a 61-59 win against Norwich in the AMCATS’ lone outing of the week. She hit seven-of-13 field goal attempts with a three-pointer and added five foul shots in 32 minutes of action. Her most important basket of the day was the deciding one, scored as time expired in the second half. In addition to her efforts on offense, Warburton added 11 rebounds, posting her league-leading eighth double-double, and tallied five steals.

Andrew Musler (Clark, Gr.): In two games last week, Musler averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals as the Cougars went 1-1. He shot 10-for-18 from the field (56 percent), with six of his eight misses coming from behind the three-point line. In a much needed win over Wheaton on Saturday, Musler finished with 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals as the Scarlet and White won their first conference contest of the year.

Keyon Armstrong (Fitchburg State, Jr.): Armstrong averaged 15.3 points per game over three contests this past week for Fitchburg State. The junior guard shot 60% (6-10) from beyond the arc and 50% (16-32) from the field over the three games, while contributing with nine steals, ten assists, and nine rebounds over the span.

Laura Cote (Fitchburg State, Sr.): Cote averaged 14.7 points per game over three contests for Fitchburg State on the week. The senior guard netted double figured in all three games, including 16 points in the Falcons 58-44 setback against Keene State on Tuesday. Cote also contributed with nine steals, nine assists, and seven rebounds over the week span.

Matt Langadas (Nichols, Sr.): Langadas became the 25th student-athlete in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career with a 17-point effort Thursday night at Western New England. He ranks second on the Bison in scoring and fifth in the CCC at 16.7 ppg.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 15.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for Worcester State with a .684 field goal percentage including 18 rebounds, 13 caroms and six blocks in an 81-73 setback to Fisher.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.): Frankian averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists to go with a .400 shooting percentage in a 3-0 week for Worcester State. Her efforts included 20 points in a 60-55 victory over Johnson and Wales and a game-best 16 points in a 60-37 MASCAC triumph over MCLA.

Nani Perez (Worceste State, Fr.): Perez averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds in a 3-0 week for Worcester State including 10 points and four boards in a 60-38 victory over MCLA to go with 10 points and five helpers in a 72-63 win over Suffolk.

Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney led all players with 11 points off the bench in WPI’s 38-35 NEWMAC road loss Saturday at Wellesley. Earlier in the week the guard registered four points in a loss at league-leading Springfield.

Weekend Notebook/Column: Reflecting on the MIT-WPI Rivalry

By Matt Noonan 

This is my very first – and hopefully more will follow, I will do my best, I promise! – of my Weekend Notebook/Column series. My plan is to post a weekly column every Sunday that highlights an event, game or moment from the past week in the world of Massachusetts’s college sports.

So, without further ado, here is my first Weekend Notebook/Column!

And if you would like to critique it, send me a note or possibly pitch an idea for this weekly column or any future blog posts, you can contact me at NoontimeSports@gmail.com.

MIT-WPI, A Great Rivalry: Yesterday, I had the great fortune of PA Announcing MIT-WPI men’s basketball, the first of two meetings this season. Prior to the contest, WPI head coach, Chris Bartley, remarked, “This must be a big game with you announcing.” I laughed and wished him good luck.

MIT-WPI has truly become a marquee matchup or a must-see over the past few seasons. Sure, you have Amherst-Williams and Bentley-Stonehill, two great matchups, too, but there really is something special about these games.

Yesterday’s contest truly demonstrated why this is a must-see matchup. MIT was victorious, claiming a 51-46 win over WPI. The game featured five ties and one lead change. Four players – two from each side – reached double-figures, while MIT and WPI recorded 31 team rebounds, respectively.

MIT and WPI will play their second game on February 11, a game that could determine seeding for the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament. The Engineers of WPI swept the regular season meeting last year, but lost to MIT in the semifinals of the conference tournament last March, 64-46.

“We just had to come out, bring lots of energy (and) make sure we were out there in every play, in the play, both mentally and physically, so we could get it done,” MIT’s Matt Redfield said after last year’s tournament win over their rival.

Who knows, maybe we could see MIT-WPI in the NEWMAC title game later this winter, it certainly is possible!

Since the 2011, MIT or WPI has either won the league and tournament crown. The Engineers of MIT, who have won the conference tournament in three of the last four seasons, have also finished as Regular Season Champions twice since the 2011 campaign. They also shared the regular season crown in 2012 with WPI.

WPI last won the Tournament in 2013, their first tournament victory since beating MIT in the title match, 69-56, in 2006.

Said Bartley after winning the 2013 Tournament Title against Springfield College, “It’s a great feeling because it’s been a long time.”

So, mark your calendar for February 11, the rematch of yesterday’s back-and-forth affair. And I promise you, it will be another great chapter in this rivalry of Engineers.

Links from Around the Web: 

* Stonehill College’s women’s basketball team won their sixth consecutive game yesterday, beating Pace, 63-46. Jamie Panton recorded a season-high 11 points in the win.

* A late three-pointer helped Williams’ men’s basketball team edge Amherst College in Williamstown. Check out the story from the Berkshire Eagle.

* Boston University’s Victoria Bach registered a career-best three points in last night’s 5-3 win over Maine.

Wheaton College’s women’s basketball team halted Springfield’s six-game winning streak yesterday with a 64-53 win. The Lyons are now in a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Babson College and Springfield.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Six)

By NoontimeSports.com

WORCESTER, Mass. – With the holidays officially in the book, we return to our weekly Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, which includes highlights from the past few weeks.

Men’s Player of the Week: Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 11.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in a 1-2 week for Worcester State, which included 12 points and 18 boards in a 70-62 setback against Hood, 12 points, 14 caroms and four blocks in a 64-52 victory over Otterbein before finishing week with 11 points, five rebounds and five blocks in a 67-55 loss against Gordon. He also earned a spot on the Christopher Newport Captains Shootout Tournament team for grabbing 32 boards (a record) over two contests.

Zach Karalis (WPI, Jr.): Karalis was tabbed Most Valuable Player as the Engineers won a pair of contests at the Salem State Classic. The junior drained a three-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining in the second half to provide WPI with a dramatic 73-71 triumph over the 2014 NCAA Tournament finalist Williams College Ephs in the tournament’s opening game. Karalis finished with a team-best 21 points, including 5-of-9 shooting (triples) versus the Ephs, while pitching in with four points and four rebounds in limited action in the Crimson and Gray’s second game victory against FDU-Florham.

Women’s Player of the Week: Kelly Carey (Assumption, So.): In a 3-0 stretch for the No. 22 ranked Greyhounds, Carey averaged 16.7 points while shooting 64 percent from the field and a blistering 70 percent from three-point land (14-for-20). Adding 3.7 rebounds per game and shooting 1.000 from the free throw line, Carey’s performance was highlighted by a career-high 27 points in a road win at Bloomfield.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney – the Tournament MVP – scored 11 of her 17 points in a decisive second half to lead WPI to a 72-48 win over host Westfield State in the championship game Tuesday.  The rookie finished 6-10 from the floor, 3-3 from three point range, and garnered two steals and an assist without a turnover in just 18 minutes of play.  Later in the week, Biney netted nine points in just 11 minutes of action in WPI’s 82-40 home victory over Simmons.

Honor Roll:

Karl Ziegler (Assumption, Jr.): In a 1-2 stretch for the Hounds, Ziegler averaged 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while also shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the free throw line.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton averaged 13.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 5.0 steals per game in a 1-2 week for the AMCATS. She had her best performance, a 16-point, 10-rebound, eight-steal game in Anna Maria’s 43-42 win against Regis on Dec. 31, and followed that up with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven steals in the AMCATS’ overtime defeat to Middlebury on Saturday. She opened the week with nine points and 10 boards against Keene State. The senior forward shot 34.1 percent from the floor on the week.

Rachel Pineda (WPI, Sr.): Pineda was a model of consistency as the Engineers went a perfect 3-0 over the break, including taking home the Westfield State Holiday Tournament. The senior point guard netted nine points each in victories over Southern Maine and host Westfield State in the tourney and then registered 10 points as the Crimson and Gray opened 2015 with a home triumph over Simmons. Pineda stuffed the stat sheets by pitching in with team highs of seven assists and six steals in the three games to go along with seven rebounds.

Bianca Langford (Worcester State, Jr.): Langford netted a season-best 25 points to go with 16 rebounds and three blocks in a 70-65 victory over Salem College.