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

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college hoops 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: Kamali Bey (Assumption, So.) - In a 1-1 week, Bey averaged 21 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 55.9 percent from the field. Bey was 19-for-34 from the field and averaged one assist and 1.5 steals per game. Highlighting his week was a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double at No. 21 Saint Anselm as he connected on 12-of-21 attempts from the field.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Chris Rodgers (WPI, Fr.) – Rogers notched a team-high 13 points to anchor a balanced scoring effort in WPI’s 67-54 home victory over Curry.

Women’s Player of the Week: Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.) - Warburton led the AMCATS to a 3-0 week with three-straight double-double performances. In Anna Maria’s 70-45 win against Salem State, she tallied 26 points and 16 rebounds. Two days later against Becker, she recorded an atypical double-double of 24 points and 12 steals, and on Saturday she returned to a traditional double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. On the week, Warburton averaged 24.3 points per game, 12.0 rebounds per game, and 8.7 steals per game. In addition, she dished out seven assists on the week, including a week-high of four assists against Elms. Warburton shot 49.1 percent from the floor and hit 18-of-24 from the free-throw line (75.0 percent).

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.) – Franklin averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in a 2-1 week for Worcester State, which included 22 points and three boards in a 76-59 victory against Mount Holyoke before she capped the week with 25 points, six caroms and two helpers in a 74-71 win against Misericordia at the Williams Tip-Off Tournament. Connected for .410 from the field for the week (16-39) and .529 from the three-point arc (9-17).

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Stasha Greenalch (WPI, Fr.) – Greenalch tallied all eight of her points, including a pair of 3-poiners, in the Engineers 56-35 road triumph at 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Rhode Island College.

Honor Roll:

Eric Green (Holy Cross, Jr.) – Green led the team in scoring during the victory over Brown with 16 points. He also tied his career high with five steals against Brown. Against Nichols, Green registered 14 points in the win, hitting seven of eight field goal attempts.

Kelly Conley (Assumption, Jr.) – In a 2-0 week for the Hounds, Conley averaged a team-high 13.5 points per game while connecting on 12-of-17 free throws and shooting 36.8 percent from the field. Included in her week was a 13-point showing at home vs. No. 5 Bentley as the Hounds ended the Falcons’ 37-game winning streak.

Terrance Bobb-Jones (Assumption, Jr.) –Bobb-Jones averaged a double-double last week with 13 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field (10-for-20) and adding two assists, two steals and one block per game. Highlighting his week was a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double in a home win over Bentley.

Hugh Daye (Anna Maria, Sr.) - Daye averaged 12.0 points per game on 37.9 percent shooting for the AMCATS this week. In addition to scoring, Daye also added 3.5 rebounds per game, tallied six steals, and dished out six assists while posting a 1.2 assists-to-turnovers ratio. The senior guard scored 16 points and added four rebounds and four assists in Anna Maria’s loss to No. 2 Amherst.

David Maturah (Becker, Jr.) - Maturah went 8-for-11 from the floor, scoring a game high 20 points to lead Becker to a 72-53 win over Anna Maria on Friday evening.  Maturah also pull down five rebounds, as well has three steals.

Keyon Armstrong (Fitchburg St., Jr.) – Armstrong averaged 20 points per game in a 3-0 week for Fitchburg State.The junior guard shot an 60% from the field over the span, while leading the Falcons to the championship in the Rivier Kickoff, and being named tournament MVP. Armstrong also contributed with nine assists and eight steals over the course of the week.

Gustave Koumare (Nichols, Jr.) - Koumare averaged 15.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 2.0 spg as the Bison split a pair of games last week. He rebounded from an eight-point performance against regional power Eastern Connecticut State on Wednesday to post 22 points, four assists, four steals, and three rebounds in a win over Lasell on Saturday.

Amber Litwinko (Nichols, Sr.) - Litwinko poured in a game-high 27 points in Saturday’s 74-61 win at Johnson State. She added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block in 38 minutes of action.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.) - Finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks in a 65-62 setback against Salve Regina.

Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.) – Longwell reached double digits figures in all three games, averaging 15.7 points per game in a 2-1 week for the Engineers.  The senior preseason All-America led all players with 23 points in a loss to No. 20 Cabrini, in a matchup versus the reigning National Player of the Year.

Amaia Gritsko (WPI, Sr.) – Gritsko was a rebounding machine during a 1-1 week for the Crimson and Gray.  The senior gobbled up a career-best 16 boards in a tough double overtime loss to UMass Dartmouth before corralling a game-best in a 21-point victory over host Rhode Island College. Gritsko added 10 points versus UMD to registered her second career double-double.

Mass. College Football: Harvard Captures ‘The Game,’ MIT Wins First Postseason Contest

By Matt Noonan 

A late touchdown pass from Conner Hempel to Andrew Fischer sealed a 31-24 victory for Harvard University against Yale University on Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium in the 131st meeting between the Crimson and Bulldogs.

Trailing 7-3 in the third quarter, Harvard responded with three consecutive touchdowns to earn a 24-7 advantage. Paul Stanton Jr.’s one-yard scamper with 10:06 remaining in the session provided the hosts with their second lead of the afternoon.

Yale’s Tyler Varga jumpstarted a fourth quarter rally with a one-yard TD run with 12:35 remaining. Varga located Morgan Roberts roughly four minutes after his rushing score for an eight-yard touchdown pass before Kyle Cazzetta tied the game at 24-24 with a 33-yard field goal.

With less than a minute remaining, Harvard responded for the final time as Fischer hauled in the game-winning touchdown pass with 55 seconds remaining. Fischer led all receivers with eight receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Harvard finished their 2014 campaign 10-0 and Ivy League champions.

MIT 27, Husson 20 (OT): The perfect season remains intact as the Engineers’ defense denied a potential game-tying touchdown in overtime to secure their initial postseason victory in program history.

Quarterback Peter Williams completed 20 of 29 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns, while Justin Wallace rushed for 144 yards and one score.

MIT trailed Husson, 14-10, in the third quarter, but Brad Goldsberry pushed the Engineers ahead, 17-14, with a six-yard touchdown reception with 3:54 remaining in the session.

The Eagles jumped ahead, 20-14, on a 14-yard touchdown reception from Joe Seccareccia to Cody Williams with 5:37 remaining. MIT evened the score at 20-20 with a 38-yard field goal by Tucker Cheyne, forcing an extra session.

In overtime, Williams hooked up with Seve Esparrago for a 13-yard touchdown strike, capping an 11-play, 49-yard drive. On the ensuing possession, Husson drove to the MIT nine-yard line, but came up short on a 4th-and-4 when Seccarecia’s pass fell incomplete.

MIT advances to the second round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament and will play Wesley College next Saturday, November 29.

Framingham State 42, RPI 36: Matthew Silva’s one-yard touchdown run in overtime proved to be the difference as the Rams defeated the Engineers in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl.

Silva finished the afternoon completing 17 of 34 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 16 yards on three carries.

Framingham State’s Kevin Donahue was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player after making a game-saving tackle in overtime that secure the win for the Rams.

Mass. College Hoops: Caveney Leads No. 15 Williams Past Worcester State

By NoontimeSports.com 

Williams College sophomore Devon Caveney poured in a game-high 17 points with seven rebounds and three assists as the No. 15 Ephs defeated Worcester State University, 64-40. Here is the release from this evening’s contest from the Worcester State University Sports Information Department:

Williamstown, MA — Williams sophomore Devon Caveney (Andover, MA) notched a game-best 17 points with seven rebounds and three assists to help lead the Ephs to a 64-40 victory over Worcester State in the Williams Tip-Off Tournament this evening.

The Ephs, who are ranked 15th in the latest USA Today/WCBA Division III National Poll and 17th in this week’sD3hoops.com Top 25, improve to 4-0. The Lancers fall to 2-2 in the loss.

Senior Ellen Cook (Eugene, OR) and sophomore Lauren McCall (Natick, MA) also chipped in with nine points each while freshman Amanni Fernandez (Queens, NY) pitched in with eight points and a trio of steals.

Senior Shannen El-Qasem (Rutland, MA) netted 16 points and she finished with a game-best nine boards.

Freshman Nani Perez (Worcester, MA/Holy Name) added eight points, five rebounds and two assists as senior Julie Frankian (Millbury, MA) and classmate Keisha Jones (Worcester, MA/Doherty) both pulled down seven boards each.

Williams opened the game with the early 19-8 edge on the back of a Thompson three-pointer with 11:38 left in the opening frame and led 29-18 at the intermission.

Scoring 11 points – including nine alone on three trifectas – Caveney led the charge in the second stanza as she sparked a 15-6 surge to help the hosts open up a 46-24 margin at the midway point of the final peirod.

The Lancers never threatened as the Ephs maintained double-digits and earned their first home win of the campaign.

Williams held the slight rebounding advantage (41-38) while also leading in second chance points (17-7), baskets off of turnovers (18-10) and bench scoring (18-8) as points in the paint were even (22-22).

The Blue and Gold were limited to 29 percent shooting for the contest (16-for-56) and WSU sank just two of their 14 attempts from beyond the arc. Williams connected for a 42 shooting percentage (25-for-60) as one third of their total offense came off of a six-for-19 effort from three point land.

The tournament continues when Worcester State takes on Misericordia tomorrow at 1 PM while the Ephs entertain Babson at 3.

Mass. College Hoops: Wheaton Picks Up Fourth Straight Win, Tops Colorado College, 84-68

By NoontimeSports.com

The Wheaton College women’s basketball team extended their current winning streak to four games, defeating Colorado College in Emerson Gymnasium this evening. Here is the release, courtesy of the Wheaton College Sports Information Department:

NORTON, Mass. – Fueled by a career-high 33 points from senior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline), the Wheaton College women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to four-straight games with an 84-68 non-conference triumph over Colorado College on Friday night inside Emerson Gymnasium.

Brickley poured in her career-high 33 points on 14-for-19 shooting, which included a 5-for-6 performance at the free throw line, and also hauled in a game-high 14 rebounds to pace the Lyons. Brickley’s 33 points against the Tigers tonight ranks third all-time in a single game in program history. Terri Salinetti ’92 holds the school record with 35 points against Wesleyan on January 25, 1992, while current volunteer assistant coach Bri Smith ’09 ranks second with 34 points, which occurred on December 7, 2005 versus Salem State.

Wheaton junior forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) posted 17 points, eight rebounds, a career-high six blocks, two assists and one steal. Senior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) collected four points, a game-high eight assists, three points and one steal, while classmate Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary’s) registered six points, five rebounds, four assists and two swipes.

Colorado College had three student-athletes in double-figures highlight by junior forward Danielle Davis (Boxford, Mass.) who notched a team-high 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. First-year guard Malia Shappell (Lakewood, Colo.) contributed 14 points, five boards, and a pair of blocks, assists and steals, while sophomore forward Korbyn Ukasick (Windsor, Colo.) chipped in with 11 points and three rebounds.

The Lyons shot 48.5-percent (32-for-66) from the field, 31.3-percent (5-for-16) from beyond the arc, 78.9-percent (15-for-19) at the free throw line, assisted on 22 made baskets and won the rebounding matchup 47-33. Wheaton also held a 52-32 differential in points in the paint and a 19-14 margin in bench points. Colorado College tallied a slight 19-17 edge in points off of turnovers.

Tied 12-12 at the 15:48 mark of the contest, Wheaton used a 33-18 run to close out the remainder of the half and take a 45-30 advantage into the break. Brickley led the charge with 12 points, which included two old-fashioned three-point plays, and Shoemaker turned in eight points to aid the offense. The Lyons also received five points from junior guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell), a trey by Ferrari, a layup from first-year Oppie Morris (Ware, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) and another three-point by classmate Emily Cuthbertson (Hudson, N.H./New Hampton School) that capped the run with 52-seconds left to go in the stanza.

Wheaton led by as many as 28 points with 7:09 remaining in the final half of play. Colorado College kept the game under ten points until the 3:01 mark of the first stanza when Brickley slipped by her defender and canned Pierce’s feed home for her final points of the opening 20 minutes of action.

Wheaton (4-0) hosts Tufts University on Monday, December 1 inside Emerson Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The Lyons, who are receiving votes in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today Division III Preseason Poll, will face a Tufts University that is coming off of a NCAA Tournament Final Four appearance from a season ago next month. Colorado College (0-3) continues its East Coast swing with a non-conference game against Bridgewater State University tomorrow at 6 p.m.

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

By NoontimeSports.com

WORCESTER, Mass. – With the first week of the college basketball season (Div. I, II and III) 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.

EDITORS NOTE: Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will once again be the home to WACBA this winter, and will post the weekly awards every Tuesday morning. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @NoonSportsBlog), while also keeping up with WACBA (@WACBAHoops), too.

Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.): Longwell became the 26th player in WPI history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone in the Engineers’ 66-55 season-opening victory against RPI. The senior tallied a game-best 20 points and reached the mark on a rare dunk early in the first half. Longwell is now 25th all-time on the Crimson and Gray scoring-list with 1,017 points.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr.): Obiora burst onto the collegiate scene with 12 points and five rebounds as WPI kicked off the 2014-15 campaign with a 66-55 home triumph over RPI.

Women’s Player of the Week: Kate Gillespie (Holy Cross, Jr.): Gillespie recorded career highs in points (23), rebounds (5), assists (5) and tied her career high in three pointers made (5) in the loss to Manhattan. She connected on a career-best 9-of-16 from the field (56.3%) and drained 5-of-9 from downtown (55.6%). Gillespie played in a career-high 35 minutes.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney stuffed the stat sheets with six points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists in her season debut against Worcester State on Saturday. The freshman collected a defensive rebound and took it coast-to-coast and then drew a key charge – all in the final 1:15 of WPI’s 55-48 victory over the Lancers

Honor Roll:

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross, Sr.): Burrell led the team with 16 points, four assists and three steals in the Crusaders’ victory over No. 25 Harvard. He scored eight of the Crusaders’ final 15 points in the last eight minutes, as Holy Cross rallied from a 48-43 deficit to win. Burrell hit a pair of free throws with 2:01 remaining to give the Crusaders the lead for good (56-55).

Kate Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): In her first collegiate game, Doherty earned the start, playing 31 minutes and recording six points, three rebounds and an assist. Her six points came on a pair of three-pointers.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton tallied a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds in the AMCATS’ first outing of 2014-15. The senior forward shot 47.1 percent from the floor (8-for-17) with a three-pointer and hit three free throws while also adding  three steals and a block.

Pat Bradanese (Anna Maria, Jr.): Bradanese opened the 2014-15 season with back-to-back team-leading performances, as he scored 24 points in the team’s 86-83 win against Southern Maine on Saturday and added 19 points in the Conn. College Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament championship game on Sunday. Bradanese shot 61.5 percent from the floor (16-26), including an impressive 9-for-14 performance from three-point range (64.3 percent). The junior guard also added 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game en route to All-Tournament team honors.

Kwame Lee (Fitchburg State, Fr.): Lee averaged 18 points per game while leading Fitchburg State to a 2-0 opening weekend. The first-year Falcon led all scorers with 25 points and eight rebounds in the Green & Gold’s win over Suffolk on Saturday, while tying for a team-high 11 points with six boards on Sunday in Fitchburg State’s win over Roger Williams. Lee was named tournament MVP as the Falcons took top honors in the RWU/Courtyard by Marriott Tipoff.

Matt Langadas (Nichols College, Sr.): Langadas averaged 19 points to help the Bison open the season 1-1 at the Babson Invitational. He led the Bison with 27 points – including six triples – in a blowout win over Salve Regina on Sunday, less than 24 hours after scoring 11 against Bates.

Amber Litwinko (Nichols College, Sr.): Senior captain Amber Litwinko scored 14 of her team-high 19 points in the second half – including knocking down the tying and go-ahead free throws with two seconds remaining – and also grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bison. She scored eight of the final 11 points for the Bison. Litwinko also registered five assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

Brendan Rios (Worcester State, Sr.): Averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers and was named to the All-Tournament team at the Wesleyan Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament Scored 11 points and added five rebounds in a 69-51 victory over Becker College while also adding 21 points and eight rebounds in a 61-60 setback to Wesleyan College.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.): Averaged 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers while earning All-Worcester City Tournament Team accolades which included 20 points and four rebounds in a 55-48 setback to WPI to go with 15 points in the 80-24 victory over Becker College.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr.): Davis was named MVP of the Worcester City Tournament after averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Engineers nabbed their sixth city tournament crown, their first since 2011.  The senior poured in 18 points in a championship game – a 75-59 victory over NEWMAC rival Clark, a day after leading the way with 17 points in a 55-48 triumph against Worcester State in the first round.

Back To Blogging: Quick Update & WACBA Returns

By NoontimeSports.com 

Hello, Friends!

Sure, it has been a while since we last posted – however, if you’re on Facebook and Twitter then you’ve probably seen some posts, including articles about various collegiate football teams.

Noontime Sports will return to blogging tomorrow – yes, we’re back! – with the first installment of the WACBA Honor Roll. We are pleased to announce that we’ll be teaming up with the good folks from WACBA to provide the weekly honor roll, including players and rookies of the week.

Outside of WACBA, we will also be keeping tabs on the local college basketball scene, along with the college hockey world, too.

So, circle back tomorrow for our “return to blogging” with WACBA, and we’ll also have a few fun pieces later this week highlighting the two Division III football teams (Framingham State and MIT) that’ll be competing in postseason games this weekend.

Mass. College Sports: Assumption Announces The Addition of Women’s Golf For 2015-16 Season

By NoontimeSports.com 

Assumption College’s athletic communication office announced today in a release that the department will be adding a women’s golf program for the 2015-16 academic year, as announced by director of athletics and recreation Nick Smith. We have attached this afternoon’s release below:

Worcester, Mass. (September 30) — Assumption College will be adding a women’s golf program for the 2015-2016 academic year, as announced by Nick Smith, director of athletics and recreation. The addition of women’s golf now brings the college’s total number of varsity athletic programs to 24, which is ranked second among Northeast-10 Conference institutions.

“We are excited about the addition of women’s golf to our varsity athletic programs beginning in the 2015-2016 season,” said Smith. “With 24 varsity sports, I feel like we offer one of the most comprehensive athletic programs in the Northeast-10 and the region and will continue to grow and improve as a whole.”

The addition of women’s golf marks the first varsity sport added at Assumption since the women’s swimming and diving program was established in 2007. In 2014, the Northeast-10 Conference has begun sponsoring a women’s golf championship as the two-day event will take place in April at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown, N.H. Assumption will become the sixth Northeast-10 Conference institution to sponsor women’s golf.

“We feel that being located in a strong golfing area in Central Mass. will be a major benefit to this program from a recruiting standpoint,” said Smith. “With 13 intercollegiate women’s sports offerings, including 12 that compete in the Northeast-10, I think we have positioned ourselves for increased success on the conference, regional and national level.”

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols Adds Janecyk To Men’s Ice Hockey Staff

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Nichols College men’s ice hockey team announced the addition of Adam Janecyk to the Bisons’ coaching staff today, as announced in the release below courtesy of the sports information department:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College head men’s ice hockey coach Kevin Swallow has announced the addition of Adam Janecyk to his coaching staff.

Janecyk graduated from the University of Michigan this past May, where he majored in American Culture in the school of Literature, Science and Arts. Janecyk appeared in 18 games over parts of four seasons with the Wolverines, helping them to the NCAA Tournament in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, as well as the CCHA Finals in 2012-13. Michigan posted a combined record of 89-56-15 during Janecyk’s time with the squad. As a freshman, Janecyk – who picked up his first collegiate win on December 15, 2012 against Western Michigan – received the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award.

“We are extremely lucky to have Adam join our staff this season,” said Swallow. “He had a tremendous playing career and played for one of the greatest hockey college hockey coaches of all time, Red Berenson.”

Janecyk – who will assist primary with recruiting, defense and the goaltenders – has previously worked at Red Berenson’s hockey camp, the Michigan Goalie Academy, and LEGACY Global Sports tournaments. His father, Bob Janecyk, is a former goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks (1983-84) and the Los Angeles Kings (1984-89), winning 43 games – including a career-high 22 with the Kings during the 1984-85 campaign.

The Bison begin defense of their Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast crown on November 1 at Franklin Pierce.

Mass. College Football: Harvard Football Mic’d Up (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan 

Harvard’s football team will be kicking off their 2014 campaign in a few weeks when they host Holy Cross on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Harvard Stadium.

Yesterday, the athletic communication department released a behind the scenes video of the Crimsons’ practice, which features assistant coaches Jeremy Bandy and Chris Batti mic’d up. We’ve provided the video below – it can also be found on the athletic department’s YouTube channel too.

For more information on Harvard’s football team – HOP HERE

Mass. College Football: Welcome To Week One (Game Matchup Links)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The college football season, which technically commenced earlier this week, officially kicks off this afternoon with a slew of games, including two local contests.

Boston College and UMass – “Battle for the Bay State” – will square off at 3 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, while Holy Cross travels to Albany at 6 p.m.

Below are a few links about these contests, so enjoy. Also, make sure to circle back later on Facebook and Twitter for posts about each game: