Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 2)


Worcester, Mass. – The second week of the college basketball season in Worcester came to a close on Sunday, and below is this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including Players and Rookies of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Bilal Shakir (Jr.) Worcester State (Worcester, Mass.): Averaged 22 points in a 2-1 week for the Lancers. He had a game-high 32 points in the 95-89 victory over Wheaton College on Tuesday night while also adding eight rebounds, three assists, and one steal. He went 11-for-19 from the field, and 7-for-9 from the 3-point line. Shakir then scored a team-high 19 points in the 77-64 win over Suffolk, and posted 14 points and nine rebounds in the 97-79 loss to Amherst College at this weekend’s tournament.

Clyde Niba (Sr.), WPI (Atlanta, GA): Niba averaged 20.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as he helped WPI capture the inaugural Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament this past weekend.  The senior forward connected on all nine of his first half shots en route to a season-best 32 points in the Engineers’ 66-62 championship game victory over Staten Island. Niba also contributed nine points and a team-high seven rebounds in limited minutes in the opening contest versus Curry. For the weekend, he shot 59.1% (13-22) from the floor and 66.7% (8-12) from 3-point land.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marco Echevarria (Fr.), Nichols (Lynn, Mass.): He was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for the second-consecutive week. Echevarria averaged 20.3 points per game as the Bison won two of their three games last week. He began the week by draining five 3-pointers en route to a 22-point night in a win over Thomas (ME) on Tuesday. He then netted 18 points in a loss at Daniel Webster two nights later. On Saturday, Echevarria scored a game-high 22 points to help Nichols move to 3-1 with a road win at Lasell. Echevarria shot 45.7 percent for the week (16-of-35), including 14-of-32 from behind the arc (43.8 pct.).He also tied his career-high with seven rebounds against the Lasers and averaged 3.0 for the week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Tricia Byrne (Soph.), Holy Cross (Dunmore, Pa.): Byrne started in both contests last week and put together her best two games of her career. She averaged 11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. In the loss at Boston College, she totaled 10 points and a career-high seven rebounds in a personal-best 39 minutes of action. At Quinnipiac on Saturday, she posted career-highs of 12 points and seven assists, while also hauling in six rebounds. She drained a pair of three-pointers in each game too. On the season, Byrne is averaging 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, while she leads Holy Cross and ranks seventh in the Patriot League with 3.0 assists per game. Her 1.7-to-1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio stands fourth in the conference.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Kaitlyn Berkel (Fr.), Worcester State (Waterford, Conn): Averaged 8.7 points in a 1-2 week for the Lancers. She registered a double-double in the 70-36 win over Mount Holyoke on Wednesday (10 points, 15 rebounds). She then had seven points and eight rebounds in the 51-34 loss to McDaniel, and nine points and 12 rebounds against Newbury College at the York College Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament this past weekend. In the loss to Newbury, Berkel had a game-high six blocks.

Honor Roll:

Allison Stoddard (Jr.), Assumption (East Lyme, Conn.): In a 2-0 week, Stoddard averaged a team-best 17 points per game while adding four assists, 1.5 rebounds and one steal per game. She also shot 50 percent from three, connecting on 8-of-16 attempts. After 18 points and seven assists in a win over No. 9 Stonehill, she posted 21 points that included five three-pointers in a road win at Saint Michael’s.

Kamali Bey (Soph.), Assumption (Springfield, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, Bey averaged a team-high 13.5 points per game to go along with four rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest. He shot 55 percent from the field overall and highlighting his week was a 21-point effort at home vs. Stonehill.

Deja Taitt (Jr.), Anna Maria (Cambia Heights, N.Y.): Taitt led the team in scoring in a 2-1 week, averaging 15.7 points per game on a 54.3 percent shooting effort from the floor. In addition, she dished out 5.3 assists per game as the team’s primary ball handler. She had her best performance in the team’s 83-80 loss to Salem State, in which she finished with a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists.

Corey Pryor (GS), Anna Maria (Whitinsville, Mass.): Pryor scored 28 points on a 66.7 percent shooting effort in Anna Maria’s 95-93 overtime victory against Becker on Wednesday. He hit 12-for-18 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Pryor had a crucial play in the early minutes of overtime–with the AMCATS trailing by three, he finished an old-fashioned three-point play to even the score at 85-85.

Josh Bosworth (Soph.), Fitchburg State (Springfield, Mass.): Averaged 12.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest in a 3-0 week for the Falcons. Registered 14 points, 7 boards, 2 assists and two steals in an 84-77 overtime win over Clark on Tuesday, while adding 10 points, five caroms and four steals in a 77-73 win against RIC on Thursday. Bosworth concluded the week, registering 14 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and one steal in a 74-65 triumph over Becker on Saturday.

Ama Biney (Soph.), WPI (Worcester, Mass.): Biney totaled 28 points, 14 rebounds and five steals as the Engineers split a pair of contests last week against Little East conference foes.  The sophomore guard tallied 11 points and eight rebounds in a 57-43 triumph over Rhode Island College after netting a team-best 17 points and six boards in an overtime loss at UMass Dartmouth.

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


WORCESTER, Mass. – The 2015-16 collegiate basketball season commenced last week with Clark University and Worcester State University competing shortly after midnight on Friday, November 13. And with the initial weekend in the books, it is time to unveil the Worcester Area Collegiate Basketball Association (WACBA) Players and Rookies of the Week, and honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Declan Soukup (Jr.), Assumption (Melbourne, Australia):
In a 2-0 weekend, Soukup led the Hounds with 19.5 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. He posted 20 points in the win over Georgian Court, highlighted by an 11-for-12 showing at the line in that game. He also chipped in 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest as well.

Patrick Bradanese (Sr.), Anna Maria (Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 21.5 points per game on a 47.2 percent shooting effort in the opening weekend for Anna Maria. He scored a game-high 26 points on 61.1 percent shooting in Anna Maria’s 76-67 win against Bridgewater State before adding another 17 points against No. 10 Babson. Seven of Bradanese’s 17 field goals over the weekend were hit from beyond the three-point arc. He also averaged 4.0 assists per game.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Fr.), Nichols College (Peabody, Mass.): Echevarria poured in 33 points in his collegiate debut in a 105-85 win over Becker. Echevarria made 9-of-15 from the field – including 8-of-11 from 3-point range – and also sank 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Echevarria snared seven rebounds and dished out four assists in 37 minutes of action.

Women’s Player of the Week: Allison Stoddard (Jr.), Assumption (East Lyme, Conn.):
In a 2-0 weekend, Stoddard averaged 14 points per game to go along with four rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. Highlighting her weekend was a 21-point performance in a win over Dominican as she earned a spot on the Assumption Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Britt Herring (Fr.), Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring tallied up 36 points in her first collegiate week of basketball at the Worcester City Tournament. She recorded 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and three blocks in the Lancers’ 58-56 setback to Clark University on Friday. She then registered a double-double in the 56-36 win over Becker College, scoring 20 points and notching 14 rebounds. She went 57.1 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. She also had a game-high five blocks against the Hawks.

Honor Roll (Week One)

Robert Champion (Jr.), Holy Cross (Charlotte, N.C.): Champion led the team in scoring with 16 points in the Crusaders’ victory at Marist. He tied his career-high with 16 points scored, and set a new career-high with eight rebounds. With 6.7 left and Holy Cross up 65-64, Champion hit two free throws to give the Crusaders a three-point lead.

Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): In the first game of his collegiate career, Charles totaled six points and four rebounds in the victory at Marist. Additionally, he posted one assist, one block and one steal.

Christina Gauvin (Jr.), Anna Maria (Dudley, Mass.): Gauvin scored 20 points in the team’s season-opening win against Elms. She shot 35.3 percent from the floor with two three-pointers and hit six-of-seven (85.7 percent) from the free-throw line. She also recorded a career-high eight steals in the victory.

Anthony Muccioli (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Nashua, N.H.): Averaged 14.5 points per game and 3.5 rebound per contest for the Falcons. Posted 14 points, four rebounds and one steal in a 87-76 setback to Springfield College in opening round action of the 2015 Hampton Inn Classic on Friday evening before registering 15 points and three caroms in an 86-82 loss to Mitchell College in the Consolation Round of the 2015 Hampton Inn Classic on Saturday.

Erika Schneider (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Rockland, Mass.): Averaged 12.5 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per contest for the Falcons. Registered a team-best 13 points and three boards in a 95-27 setback to Johnson & Wales University on Saturday before adding 12 points, seven caroms and two steals in a 71-40 setback to Colby-Sawyer on Sunday.

Marquez McKreith-Collins (Jr.), Worcester State (Springfield, Mass.) McKrieth-Collins recorded a double-double in the 83-78 setback to Clark University Friday morning. McKreith-Collins scored 22 points and added in 10 rebounds against the Scarlett and White. In addition, he had two assists, one steal, and shot 63.6 percent from the field.

Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos scored 19 points for the Lancers in the 83-78 loss to Clark University on Friday. He had 15 points in the first half, and then added in another four in the second. Santos led the team in assists with four, and added in two rebounds and one steal on the evening. He shot 50 percent from the field, 37.5 from the three-point range, and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Brianna Hackett (Soph.), Worcester State (Hollis, N.H.): Hackett racked up 31 points in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She totaled 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in the 58-56 setback to Clark on Friday, and then had 23 points in the 56-34 win over Becker College.

Aaron Todd (Soph.), WPI (York, Maine): Todd earned Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors as the Engineers moved to 2-0 for the 13th straight season by claiming the Rick Martin Holiday Inn Tournament at Westfield State University. The sophomore opened the season with his first career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, as the Engineers defeated nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut 60-50.  In Saturday’s title game, Todd totaled a career-high 13 points and gobbled up nine rebounds as WPI defeated the host Owls 59-50.

 Yasmeen Luna (Sr.), WPI (North Providence, R.I.): Luna was tabbed the Most Vaulable Player of the 35th annual Worcester City Tournament. She anchored the Engineers’ defense, which limited opponents to just 27 points per game in the tournament.

Mass. College Football: Framingham State’s Silva Earns Golden Helmet Award

Framingham State University senior Matt Silva earned the New England Football Writer's Golden Helmet Award after an impressive showing in week two. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/
Framingham State University senior Matt Silva earned the New England Football Writer’s Golden Helmet Award after an impressive showing in week two. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/

By Matt Noonan 

Framingham State University senior quarterback Matt Silva was the recipient of this week’s New England Football Writer’s Gold Helmet Award for Division II/III players. This is the third time Silva has earned this honor.

In his team’s second contest of the season, Silva set a single-game record for completions (43), attempts (59) and passing yards (510) in the Rams 61-49 setback to SUNY Cortland. Additionally, he tossed five touchdowns for the second consecutive week and rushed for 44 yards on 11 carries and one score.

Through two games this season, Silva has recorded 10 touchdown passes, 771 passing yards and 64 yards on the ground with one score. He leads the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) in yards per game (385.5) and touchdowns (10).

Framingham State opens conference play on Saturday, September 19 when they host Fitchburg State University, winners of its first two games.

“(We’re) onto Fitchburg State,” Framingham State head coach Tom Kelley said at yesterday’s New England Football Writer’s luncheon at Harvard University. “They’re (an) athletic and fast team.”

Mass. College Lax: Tuesday Afternoon/Evening Scoreboard

By Matt Noonan 

Here’s this afternoon’s and evening’s scores from the local conference tournaments.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

* Plymouth State 17, UMass Boston 11

* Western Conn. St. 13, UMass Dartmouth 12 (4OT)

Women’s Lacrosse: 

* Fitchburg State 16, Salem State 15 (2OT)

* Worcester State 13, Mass. Maritime 4

New England D3Sports Links


The summertime can be a rather quiet period, especially in the college sports world. However, thanks to our friends from the various D3Sports websites, we’ve decided to compile a few links of press releases and news from the past week, which you may have missed.

Here are some links pertaining toward the various New England Div. III conferences:

* UMass Boston junior Reyn Johnson has something to look forward to after the upcoming 2012-13 school year. The midfielder from Guam will represent his home country as part of the 18-player squad that will compete at the 2013 East Asian Cup in South Korea

* Colby College announced on Thursday that Matt Hanold, who spent the past four seasons with the University of Buffalo, was named as an assistant coach for the Mules football team.

* The NEWMAC reported on Tuesday that MIT and Springfield College women’s volleyball teams were cited for academic success by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

* Nichols College’s Steve Carella, who is a tennis player, was recently featured on page 19 of the Summer 2012 edition of NCAA Champion magazine.

* Fitchburg State announced on Wednesday the hiring of the baseball program’s 10th head coach, Keith Brouillard.

* The Westfield State athletic department announced on Wednesday the resignation of men’s soccer coach Matt Noyes, and promotion of assistant John Edwards, who will lead the Owls this season.

* The Little East announced on Tuesday its Inaugural Hall of Fame Class, which features five athletic administrators, four former student-athletes, and two coaches.

Fitchburg State Women’s Basketball Biggest Surprise of 11-12 Season

By Matt Noonan 

In case you haven’t heard, the Fitchburg State University women’s basketball team is on a roll.

They’re sporting a 10-0 record, and a major reason for their success this season is sophomore Amy Fahey, who leads the team with 265 points, and 13 blocks.

“She’s just flourished from one year to the next immensely, but there’s a lot of areas in the game where she can get better, and she knows that and we’ve talked about that extensively, and she needs to work on those things,” said Falcons head coach Walter Paschal, when asked to describe Fahey’s play this season.

Besides Fahey, the Falcons have also received help from sophomore Meaghan Secino, who has recorded 125 points, 20 assists, and 22 rebounds, and senior Rebecca Goreham, who leads the team with 140 rebounds.

Fitchburg State has earned impressive wins against non-conference foes, such as University of Massachusetts (Boston), Emerson College, Lasell, and Western New England, but will kick-off their 2012 slate with Anna Maria College before facing their first MASCAC, (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) foe, Bridgewater State on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Massachusetts College Basketball: D3Hoops Notebook

Caroline Stedman's Amherst College women's basketball team remains ranked the No. 1 team in D3Hoops! (Photo Credit: Amherst College/Amherst College Athletics)


Catching up on some of the latest Division III college basketball news and notes from the state of Massachusetts…

* released their most recent rankings on Sunday, Dec. 11, and according to their Top-25 poll, Amherst College’s women’s team, who’s [7-0] continues to be the top squad across the country, while Babson College remains locked at No. 16. Fitchburg State University is currently receiving one vote in the category, “others receiving votes.”

* In the men’s poll, MIT is currently ranked No. 4, Amherst College is No. 6, and WPI is No. 20.

* According to reports — Wheelock College’s men’s basketball head coach John Preziosa resigned this past week. He ended his career with [39-74] record, and was the only coach in the school’s five-year history to lead the Wildcats.

* The MIT Engineers can earn their best start in school history on Wednesday, Dec. 14, when they host Wheelock at Rockwell Cage. The men dressed in red and white haven’t lost a game this season, and are coming off a dramatic win against Tufts University from this past weekend. MIT is [11-0], and this particular game also marks their final non-conference tilt of the season.

* Check out our two most recent conversations with Fitchburg State women’s head coach Walter Paschal, and Brandeis University men’s head coach Brian Meehan.