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 NCAA.com, 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 NCAA.com, 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)

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.