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


WORCESTER, Mass. – The fifth week of the college basketball season is officially in the books, and now it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.): Longwell collected double-doubles in both of nationally-ranked WPI’s victories last week.  The forward led all players with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the Engineers 65-53 road victory Monday at Newbury before posting game-highs of 19 points and 10 boards in a 75-61 home triumph over MCLA on Friday. Longwell, who also doled out a game-best four assists in the win versus the Trailblazers, drained all 12 of his free throw attempts on the week.  The senior now has four career double-doubles and moves into 19th place on WPI’s all-time scoring list with 1,156 career points.

Nick DaPrato (Clark, Gr.): In the Cougars’ lone game of the week, DaPrato pumped in a season-best 21 points on an extremely efficient 9-for-13 from the field in Clark’s 70-53 win over city-rival Worcester State. DaPrato added four rebounds, four assists and three steals with no turnovers in his 27 minutes of action. During  key game-altering stretch midway through the second half, DaPrato drained back-to-back, bumping the Scarlet and White lead from five to 11. He has scored double figures in all nine games this season and leads the team with 17.7 points per game.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr.): Scott had an excellent week for Holy Cross as she averaged a double-double with 25.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game to help the Crusaders go 1-1 on the week. Against ACC-rival Boston College, Scott recorded a double-double with game-highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds. She also sank two three-pointers and tied a career-high with four steals, which helped the Crusaders snap a 16-game losing streak versus the Eagles, which dates back to the 1998 season. At UMass, Scott totaled 25 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. She has now scored 25 points (or more) in three straight games, while she has scored over 20 points five times this season. Scott ranks fourth in Holy Cross history with 24 double-doubles in her career.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton recorded back-to-back double-doubles on the week to tally her fifth and sixth of the season. The senior forward averaged 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this week following a 27-point, 12-rebound performance against Western Connecticut and a 12-point, 11-rebound effort against Framingham State. Warburton posted a 34.9 percent shooting effort from the floor on the week.

Honor Roll:

Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross, Sr.): Miller totaled 12 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots against Hartford. He also recorded 17 points, three rebounds and two blocks in the Crusaders’ victory over NJIT. Miller connected on 84.6 percent of his free throws on the week (11 of 13), including a perfect 8-for-8 performance against NJIT.

Kamali Bey (Assumption, So.): In the team’s lone game of the week, Bey posted a 25-point, 13-rebound double-double to go along with three assists and two steals. He was also 11-for-14 at the free throw line as the Hounds mounted a second-half rally at SNHU.

Caitlin Ackerman (Assumption, Sr.): In the team’s lone game of the week, Ackerman posted a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double to go along with three steals and three assists.

Andrew Musler (Clark, Gr.): In his only game of the week, Musler scored 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including going 2-for-3 from behind the arc and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe as Clark topped city-rival, Worcester State, 70-53.

Rebecca Fluet (Fitchburg State, Sr.): Fluet scored a game-high 14 points while shooting 50 percent (5-of-10) in the Falcons’ 51-48 victory over WPI.

Jared Thompson (Nichols, So.): Thompson came off the bench to knock down four three’s en route to a career-high 12 points against Springfield. The secondo-year guard played 14 minutes – all in the second half – and also notched two rebounds, one steal and one assist.

Alexis Wegrzynek (Nichols, Sr.): Wegrzynek notched a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds in a come-from-behind win at Mitchell on December 11.

Bianca Langford (Worcester Stat, Jr.): Registered fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-best 18 boards with five blocks in a 63-57 victory over Springfield. Connected on half of her shots in the win (7-14).

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, So.): Brooks averaged 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in a 0-2 week for Worcester State including 15 points in a 70-53 setback against Clark and 14 points, 13 boards and three blocks in a 95-52 loss against Western Connecticut.

Haili Welton (WPI, Jr.): Welton highlighted a balanced WPI attack in the Engineers’ matchup Tuesday against fellow 6-1 team Fitchburg State with nine points, three assists, three rebounds, a pair of blocks and two steals. The junior has had a breakout season for the Crimson and Gray averaging nearly 30 minutes per contest for coach Cherise Galasso’s squad.

Mass. College Football: Assumption Lands Four Players on BSN Super Region 1 All-Region Teams


After a successful college football campaign this past fall, four members of the Assumption College Greyhounds squad were named to the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Super Region 1 All-Region Teams. Below is the release about the four members of the Assumption football team receiving this honor, courtesy of the Assumption Athletics Communication Department:

Worcester, Mass. (December 15) — Four members of the Assumption College football team have been named to the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Super Region 1 All-Region Teams, as voted by the region’s head coaches and athletic communications directors. Seniors Derrick Mann (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) and De’Ontray Johnson (San Diego, Calif./Hoover) were named to the First Team, while sophomore Bakari Blunt (Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Burke) earned a spot on the Second Team and senior Jack Dustin (Foxboro, Mass./Foxboro) was an Honorable Mention selection.

Mann has earned a number of awards, including being named as the Worcester Area Football Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, along with Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the first time. Now a two-time Northeast-10 Conference First Team All-Conference selection and a New England Football Writers Association (NEFWA) All-New England player, he led the Northeast-10 in sacks with 14.5 and tackles for loss with 19.5 stops for 99 yards. This season, Mann piled up 68 tackles on 43 solo stops and 25 assisted tackles while also adding seven quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries for 80 yards. Two of those fumble recoveries were taken back for touchdowns, which led the Northeast-10 Conference. He is also a Daktronics Super Region 1 First Team All-Region selection and last week, he was named as a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, which is awarded to the “nation’s top small college defensive player.”

Johnson, a Daktronics Second Team All-Region honoree and Worcester Area First Team All-Star, was a Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team return specialist for the first time as well after picking up a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns this season. In 14 kick returns this season, Johnson averaged a league-best 30.8 yards per return for a total of 431 yards on the season. His kickoff return touchdowns were from 91 and 95 yards, including the 95-yard return that came in the regular-season finale at Stonehill.

In addition to his play in the return game, he was the second-leading rusher on the team with 503 yards and four touchdowns in nine games. Johnson ended the season with 971 all-purpose yards, averaging a team-best 107.9 yards per contest.

Blunt, a First Team Worcester All-Star, was also a Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference honoree as he finished the season with a team-best four interceptions for 55 yards, including a 52-yard INT return for touchdown in a road win at Merrimack. Blunt finished fifth on the team in total tackles with 68 stops, including 43 solo tackles which tied for the team high. The cornerback also picked up one tackle for loss and a team-high 13 pass breakups, which tied for the Northeast-10 Conference lead.

Dustin was an All-Worcester First Team All-Star and a Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference honoree as he started all 11 games for the Hounds. He helped block for the top rushing attack in the Northeast-10 as the Hounds gained an average of 159.7 yards per game on the ground. The Hounds averaged 331.1 yards of total offense per contest and 423.6 all-purpose yards.

Mass. College Hoops: Holy Cross Women’s Basketball To Host Fourth Annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders”


For the fourth straight year, the Holy Cross women’s basketball team will host “Get Fit with the Crusaders.”

Courtesy of the Holy Cross Athletics of Media Relations Office, here is today’s release:

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s basketball program will host its fourth annual “Get Fit with the Crusaders” game on Monday, December 22 versus UMass Lowell at 11:15 a.m. in the Hart Center.

Over 2,300 students representing 16 Worcester-area schools will be in attendance to cheer on the Crusaders and learn about nutrition and physical activity.

“We are very excited about our fourth annual game,” said Holy Cross women’s basketball head coach Bill Gibbons. I would like to thanks Mark Berthiaume and Phil Giarusso from the Worcester Public Schools for all of their help with this event. This will be out biggest crowd ever and I’m looking forward to seeing the energy and enthusiasm from the students on Monday morning!”

The students will watch the Crusaders take on the River Hawks, and then at halftime Holy Cross head strength and conditioning coach Jeff Oliver and dietitian Kathy Egan will give a presentation about eating right and exercising.

Mass. College Football: Bentley’s Hill & Guadagnoli Receive All-Super Region 1 Recognition from Beyond Sports Network


Courtesy of the Bentley Sports Information Department, here’s today’s release about senior Jeff Hill and graduate student Danny Guadagnoli receiving All-Super Region 1 Recognition from Beyond Sports Network:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University senior wide receiver Jeff Hill (Mansfield/Mansfield HD) was named to the Beyond Sports Network All-Super Region 1 first team, and his quarterback, graduate student Danny Guadagnoli (Framingham/Framingham HS), received second-team All-Region recognition.

The six-foot-four Hill led the Northeast-10 in receiving yards (1,113) and TD receptions (12) during a season that saw him average 6.2 yards per game and 16.4 per reception (16.4). He had five 100-yard games and tied for 12th in Division II in touchdown catches.

Hill, Bentley’s first three-time first-team All-Northeast-10 honoree since current Dallas Cowboy lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau from 2005-07, finished his career as the third most prolific receiver in program history. He caught 200 passes as a Falcon, good for 3,489 yards and 37 TDs. Among football players who were active in 2014, only eight had more career touchdown receptions.

Second-team All-Region is latest honor for Guadagnoli, who has been chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year in the Northeast-10, the recipient of the Agganis Award from the New England Football Writers and the Division II Swede Nelson Award Winner by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.

The three-year starting QB and two-year captain concluded his career number two in most of Bentley’s passing rankings with his totals including 9,175 passing yards, 69 TD passes and 9,702 yards of total offense. This past season, he broke the school record for passing yards for the second straight campaign, finishing with 3,443 along with 31 TDs.

Bentley won four of its last five in 2014 to finish at 5-6 overall.

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


WORCESTER, Mass. – The fourth week of the college basketball season is officially in the books, and now it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Matt Langadas (Nichols, Sr.): Langadas led a pair of second-half comebacks for the Bison last week. He scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half as the Bison rallied from a 15-point deficit to defeat Roger Williams on Wednesday. Three days later, he scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as Nichols rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat Salve Regina and move to 2-0 in the conference. Langadas is averaging a career-high 16.0 points per game this season.

Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.): Longwell averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the 13th-ranked Engineers won a pair of road games last week to improve to 6-1 on the season. The senior poured in 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists in a 68-65 victory at Tufts. Later in the week he tallied 23 points, including 4-of-5 from 3-point land and pitched in with eight rebounds in a 75-61 win at 7-2 Fitchburg State. Longwell shot well for the week, connecting on 57.1% (12-21) of his shots from the field.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Mitchell Hahn (Holy Cross, Fr.): Hahn scored a career-high 22 points in the victory at Albany. He added nine points in the Sacred Heart game and made 83.3 percent of his field goal attempts and 85.7 percent of his three-pointers on the week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr.): Scott recorded her third double-double of the season and the 22nd of her career with game-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds at Bryant. She shot 50.0 percent from the field on 11-of-22 shooting and canned 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Scott also dished out a team-high four assists, and her points, rebounds and assists totals all were season highs. It was Scott’s third 20-point game this season and the 11th of her career.

Gabrielle Gibson (Assumption, Sr.): In a 2-0 week for the Hounds, Gibson averaged 16.5 points, four rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 44 percent from the field. After a 12-point, three-steal, two-assist showing on ‘Senior Night’ vs. AIC, Gibson posted a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in a league semifinal win over New Haven. Gibson, who lifted the Hounds into their eighth all-time league semifinal, is third on the Assumption scoring list with 1,562 points and 50 points behind second-place Kelly Meredith ’12.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): Doherty was the only other Crusader besides Scott to record double-digit points against Bryant, as she tallied 10 points and three assists in 33 minutes versus the Bulldogs. She connected on 4-of-5 from the field and went 1-of-2 from behind the arc, and it was her third double-digit scoring game of the season and the second in a row for the freshman.

Honor Roll:

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross, So.): Thomas scored 15 points in the victory at Albany, while hitting all five of his three-point field goal attempts. He is tied for the team lead with 16 points in the Sacred Heart game.

Jessy Michaud (Becker, Jr.): Michaud helped lift the Hawks to a 3-0 record this past week with wins over Brandeis, Clark and Newbury. Michaud averaged 16.3 points per game, while earning nine steals and nine assists.  Michaud was 20 of 32 from the field, while pulling down 3.7 boards per game. Michaud scored 24 points in an 81-62 victory over Newbury in the Hawks NECC opener.

Givaughn Jones (Fitchburg State, Jr.): Averaged 12.3 points to go along with six assists, ten rebounds, 11 steals and three blocks in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. He registered nine points, two assists and three steals in a 78-45 win over NEC on Tuesday before adding a game best 20 points, eight boards and five steal in a 91-74 triumph against Wheaton College on Thursday. Jones capped the week with an eight point, three steal and one block effort in a 75-61 setback to WPI on Saturday.

Maurice Greene (Fitchburg State, Fr.): Averaged seven points and 7.7 rebounds per game with three assists, six steals and three block shots in a 2-1 week for the Green and Gold. Posted eight points, 12 caroms and three steals in a 78-45 win over NEC on Tuesday, while adding ten points and seven boards in a 91-74 victory against Wheaton College on Thursday.

Kristen Enright (Fitchburg State, Sr.): Averaged 13.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as well as two steals and three blocks in a 2-1 week for Fitchburg State. Collected a career high 18 points, seven caroms and one block in a 63-60 win over Lasell College on Tuesday evening before posting a double-double of 16 points and a career best 18 caroms to go along with a pair of blocks in a 85-60 triumph against Suffolk University on Thursday.

Alexis Wegrzynek (Nichols, Sr.): Wegrzynek recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards at Roger Williams on Wednesday; they dropped in a career-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds against Salve Regina Saturday. She also recorded four blocks and four steals last week.

Shannen El-Qasem (Worcester State, Sr.): El-Qasem averaged 16.3 points and 6.0 points in a 2-1 week for Worcester State which included 23 points in a 76-66 victory over Mount Saint Vincent, 14 points and five boards in a 76-67 triumph over St Joseph (CT) and 12 points and 10 caroms in a 70-50 setback against UMass Dartmouth. Connected on .576 from the floor (19-33) and .917 of her free throws  (11-12) for the week.

Charles Gunter (Worcester State, Sr.): Gunter averaged 10.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 1-2 week for Worcester State, including 14 points and 11 boards in a 58-51 victory over Coast Guard. He sank .810 of his attempts from the charity stripe (17-21) while also earning a spot on the Conn College/Coast Guard Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr.): Davis averaged 17.5 points and 5.0 rebounds as the Crimson and Gray won its first two NEWMAC contests this past week.  The senior registered 16 of her game-best 21 points in the first half and pitched in with six rebounds, three assists and three steals as WPI knocked off visiting Coast Guard 59-50 on Wednesday.  Davis tallied 14 points, including the game-winning free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining, in the Engineers’ thrilling 63-62 victory Saturday over Babson.

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


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

Men’s Player of the Week: Kwame Lee (Fitchburg State, Jr.): Lee averaged 16 points over two games for Fitchburg State. The junior forward put in a team-high 20 points in the Falcons’ 77-67 loss to UMass Boston on Tuesday, and 12 points on Saturday’s defeat to #16 MIT, 63-58. Over the two games Lee shot 50% from the field, and contributed with 11 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr.): Scott averaged a double-double with 20.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She recorded her first double-double of the week with a season-high 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds and a career-best four steals versus Quinnipiac. In an overtime loss to Harvard, Scotts sank 10-of-12 shots from the field for 23 points and added seven boards. The junior registered her second double-double of the season and the 21st of her career with 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Crusaders’ win over Georgetown. She was named the MVP of the Georgetown game as selected by the Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament committee. Against the Hoyas, Scott recorded her 700th career point and her 500th career rebound as she now has 708 points and 507 rebounds in her three seasons.

Brooke Brennan (Clark, Jr.): In the Cougars’ lone game last week, Brennan registered a career-high 29 points, connecting on a career-best eight three-pointers as the Scarlet and White knocked off Worcester-area rival Anna Maria, 58-49. She was 10-for-18 from the field, including going 8-for-12 from three-point land. In addition to her scoring, Brennan added seven rebounds, two assists and three steals in 36 minutes of action.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): Doherty started in all three games last week and averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She totaled 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting with five rebounds and three assists versus Quinnipiac. Against Georgetown, Doherty scored a season-high 13 points, including a pair of second-half three-pointers to help clinch the win.

Honor Roll:

Terrance Bobb-Jones (Assumption, Jr.): Bobb-Jones posted 11 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks in an overtime loss to Saint Michael’s in the team’s lone game last week. He was 5-for-11 shooting from the field.

Jo Impellizeri (Assumption, So.): In a 2-0 week, Impellizeri averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 11-for-16 from the free throw line. Highlighting her week was a 16-point, seven-rebound outing in a home win over LIU Post.

Kelly Conley (Assumption, Jr.): In a 2-0 week, Conley averaged 13.5 points, three assists, 2.5 rebounds and one steal per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 10-for-14 at the free throw line. Highlighting her week was a 17-point effort in a home win over Saint Michael’s.

Quantez Franklin (Anna Maria, Sr.): Franklin tallied 18 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two assists to lead the AMCATS to an 80-77 win against Clark in the team’s lone outing of the week. Franklin’s best statistic of the week was his field-goal percentage, as he tallied his 18 points on a 9-for-11 shooting effort (81.8 percent).

Nick DaPrato (Clark, Gr.): In Clark’s lone game of the week, an 80-77 loss to Anna Maria, the DaPrato pumped in a game-high 19 points on an efficient 7-for-14 shooting while collecting five steals. He was 3-for-5 from behind the arc as well and now leads the team with 17.2 points per game average.

Megan Wodzinski (Fitchburg State, Sr.): Wodzinski netted 14 points in the Falcons’ 60-57 overtime win over UMass Boston on Tuesday. The senior forward shot 58.3% from the field, while contributing with two steals and four rebounds in the Falcons victory.

Domenick Mastascusa (WPI, Sr.): Mastascusa led all players with 17 points and shared game-high honors with eight rebounds to help lift WPI to a 70-52 triumph over city rival Worcester.  The senior forward drained 7-of-8 of his field goal attempts and all three of his free throw tries.  Mastascusa notched his 17 points in just 19 minutes of work.

Haili Welton (WPI, Jr.): Welton narrowly missed a double-double in WPI’s 69-48 road victory over Nichols on Tuesday evening.  The junior forward led all scorers with 12 points to go with nine rebounds and three steals as helped the Engineers hand head coach Cherise Galasso her 250th career victory..

D3 Notebook: MIT, Tufts, Williams Looks To Continue Their Postseason Success

By Matt Noonan 

It’s been a busy fall for numerous Massachusetts college teams, especially those that extended their campaigns beyond their regular season slates.

As of today, three local Division III squads remain in the hunt for some NCAA championship hardware and below is an update on where each squads stands.

Football: MIT’s football team – perhaps the story of the 2014 fall collegiate season? – won their first-ever postseason contest (in program history!) last weekend with a 27-20 overtime victory against Husson College (the winner of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference). The Engineers advanced to tomorrow’s second round game against Wesley College, kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. If the Engineers can squeak out a victory against the fourth-ranked Wolverines, they’ll extend their season into December and compete against the winner of Hobart-Johns Hopkins on Saturday, December 6.

Men’s Soccer: The Jumbos of Tufts University punched their ticket to the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer semifinals with a 1-0 victory against Messiah. Prior to their quarterfinal win, the Powder Blue and White defeated Dickinson, Wheaton (Mass.) and Muhlenberg. The Jumbos have outscored all four of their opponents by a score of 9-0.

Tufts returns to action on Friday, December 5 when they compete against Ohio Wesleyan. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The game will take place at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri. If the Jumbos prevail, they’d face the winner of Oneonta State-Wheaton (Ill.) on Saturday, December 6 at 2:30 p.m. in the finals.

According to, the Jumbos have never appeared or competed in a national championship match.

Women’s Soccer: The second NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) squad to extend their fall season into December is the Williams College women’s soccer team. The Ephs, who’ll face Johns Hopkins on Friday, December 5 at 8:30 p.m., secured a spot in the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament semifinals with four consecutive victories. Williams topped Lasell and Ithaca in the first and second rounds before claiming wins against Roger Williams and TCNJ in the third round and quarterfinals. Their last two wins against the Hawks and Lions were decided by one goal.

A win against the Blue Jays would pit Williams against Lynchburg or Illinois Wesleyan – the other two semifinalists. This year’s championship and semifinal matches will occur at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri. The finals – scheduled for Saturday, December 6 – would occur at 6:30 p.m.

According to, the Ephs have never competed in a national championship match. However, Williams did host a finals match in 1999, but the game featured UC San Diego and Macalester.

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


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


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’ 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.