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

Anna Maria's Patrick Bradanese netted a career and season-high 30 points in the AMCATs' win over Suffolk last Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Anna Maria’s Patrick Bradanese netted a career and season-high 30 points in the AMCATS’ win over Suffolk last Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Maria College Athletics)


WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is 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: Patrick Bradanese (Sr.) Anna Maria (Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 24.5 points and 6.0 assists per game in a 2-0 week for Anna Maria. He scored a career-high 30 points while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor in the AMCATS win against Suffolk on Saturday. Earlier in this week, he scored 19 points and dished out seven assists in Anna Maria’s 87-78 win over Mount Ida. Overall, Bradanese saw a 42.9 percent success rate from the floor.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Karl Charles (Holy Cross) Fr. (Piscataway, N.J.): Charles had 20 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and two assists in the Crusaders’ victory over Army, for his first career double-double. He converted a three-point play with 1:46 left in the Army game to give Holy Cross the lead for good, and added two free throws with 1.3 seconds remaining to put the game away. Charles also scored seven points at Colgate, while making 83.3 percent of his free throws on the week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Kelly Carey (Jr.) Assumption) (Long Beach, N.Y.): In a 1-0 week for the Hounds, Carey posted a team-high 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc as the team defeated Pace for its second straight win. Carey also added one rebound and two assists in the win.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Britt Herring (Fr.) Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 13.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. In the 65-50 setback to Bridgewater State, Herring was just two rebounds shy of a double-double, scoring 10 points and tallying eight boards (four offensively). She also had a game-high five blocks against the Bears. In the 78-51 loss to Framingham, Herring netted a team-high 17 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Overall this week, she shot 45 percent from the field.

Honor Roll:

Malachi Alexander (Holy Cross), Jr. (Bowie, Md.): Alexander finished with a season-high 20 points, six rebounds and three steals in the Crusaders’ victory over Army. He scored 14 of his points against the Black Knights in the second half, as Holy Cross rallied from an eight-point deficit to win. He also added seven points at Colgate, while making 55.6 percent of his field goal attempts on the week.

LK Metz (Fr.) Anna Maria (West Yarmouth, Mass.): Metz averaged 7.5 points per game in just 17.5 minutes per game off the bench in a 2-0 week for Anna Maria. He shot 3-for-4 in both games to shoot at 75.0 percent on the week. In addition, Metz added seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals over the two games.

Gustave Koumare (Sr.) Nichols (Harlem, N.Y.): Koumare led the Bison to a pair of wins last week to keep them on top of the conference. He opened the week with a 23-point, five rebound, four steal, four steal effort in a win over Salve Regina, then racked up 14 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and two steals in a win over Wentworth. For the week, he averaged 18.5 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, 6-0 assists per game, and 3.0 steals per game.

Paul Brooks (Jr.) Worcester State (Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged double-double figures of 15.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He registered a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds in the 69-66 setback to Bridgewater State, and then had another of 18 points and 12 rebounds in the 70-58 victory over Framingham State on Saturday. Overall this week, Brooks went 59.1 percent (13-22) from the field in 56 minutes of play.

Clyde Niba (Sr.), WPI (Atlanta, Ga.): Niba averaged 17 points as the Engineers improved to 15-2 overall with a pair of victories last week. The senior totaled 22 of his game-best 28 points in the first half of WPI’s 79-57 road win at Wheaton. Niba drained 11-of-18 shots from the floor, including a trio of 3-pointers.  Earlier in the week in a dramatic 67-66 win over Clark, he had tallied six points in limit action due to foul trouble but converted a key tradition 3-point play with less than three minutes to go before fouling out.

Ama Biney (Soph.) WPI (Worcester, Mass.): Biney amassed a team-best 12 points while adding six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a hard-earned 63-57 road win Saturday afternoon at Clark.

Mass. College Hoops: Wheaton Provides Coach Hodgdon With Win No. 200

By Matt Noonan

Wheaton College women’s basketball head coach Melissa Hodgdon earned her 200th career victory on the sidelines yesterday when the Lyons defeated Mount Holyoke in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

Hodgdon, who is in her 13th season with the Blue and White, is currently second all-time in wins in program history with 188 victories.

After the win was recorded, numerous tweets were sent out to congratulate Coach Hodgdon on the impressive feat:





In addition to Hodgdon’s victory, the Lyons collaborated for 56 rebounds (33 defensive caroms), 23 assists and 12 steals. Kiley Shoemaker, who shattered a 28-year-old program record for rebounds last week, concluded the contest with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Oppie Morris finished with 13 points and 11 boards.

Wheaton – currently sixth in conference play – will look to extend their current winning streak to three-straight when they visit Clark on Wednesday, January 27.

Mass. College Lax: Trio Of D3 Men’s Lax Players Selected In 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft

Conor Helfrich was one of three Massachusetts Division III lacrosse players selected in Friday's MLL Collegiate Draft. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/

Conor Helfrich was one of three Massachusetts Division III lacrosse players selected in Friday’s MLL Collegiate Draft. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/


A trio of Massachusetts Division III men’s lacrosse players was selected yesterday in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft.

Tufts University seniors John Uppgren and Connor Helfrich were selected by Boston and Denver, respectively. Endicott College’s Cameron Bell was also selected by Boston, too.

Tufts head coach Mike Daly congratulated his two players, tweeting, ‘Congrats to our guys drafted today. Well earned!’

Uppgren has paced all Division III players in scoring the past two seasons, while Helfrich is considered one of the top face-off specialists in the country.

Prior to yesterday’s draft, four members of the Tufts men’s lacrosse program were selected in the MLL Supplementary draft, including Beau Wood, who assisted the Powder and Blue in capturing their second national title in four seasons with a 12-9 win against Salisbury in May 2014.

Bell was the final selection of the Cannons, being picked 67th overall. Tabbed a Preseason All-

American by Inside Lacrosse, Bell won 16 of 20 games last spring, boasting a 9.57 goals against average (GAA) and a .560 save percentage. He also registered a career-high 209 saves, which helped the Gulls go onto capture their eighth Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown.

Mass. College Hoops: Checking In On The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Nichols' Marcos Echevarria and the Bison host Wentworth on Saturday in a pivotal conference clash. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria and the Bison host Wentworth on Saturday in a pivotal conference clash. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Yesterday marked the beginning of the final weeks of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) basketball regular season.

On the men’s side, Endicott, Nichols and Wentworth are in a three-way tie for first-place, while University of New England occupies the top spot in the women’s standings.

All four teams return to action on Saturday, including Nichols and Wentworth, which will compete in Dudley at 12 p.m. A win for either team would keep them in first place, while Endicott would set-up a two-way tie with a victory against Eastern Nazarene.

Nichols defeated Wentworth earlier this season, claiming a five-point victory (82-77) on the road. Marcos Echevarria paced all scorers with 25 points, while Kyle Romich led Wentworth with 24 points.

Since their victory against the Leopards, Nichols has won eight of nine, including an 80-74 victory earlier this week against Salve Regina. Wentworth has won three-straight, including a two-point win against Endicott last week. Against Gordon on Tuesday, Jason Ganley netted a program-record 39 points.

Endicott has rebounded since their 77-75 setback to Wentworth, winning back-to-back games against Gordon and University of New England. Against the Nor’Easters, Max Motroni and Kamahl Walker collaborated for 43 points to guide the Gulls to the squad’s 10th win of the season.

UNE women’s basketball enters this weekend’s matchup against Western New England on a seven-game winning streak. On Tuesday against the Gulls, Olivia Shaw and Alicia Brown registered double-figures, tallying 18 and 16 points, respectively. As a team, they collaborated for 15 of 22 free throws, while converting four of six trifectas.

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

WPI's Ama Biney was tabbed this week's WACBA Women's Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

WPI’s Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)


WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is 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 WeekIrving Eggleston (Sr.), Nichols (East Lyme, Conn.): Eggleston averaged 18.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 spg, and 2.7 apg as the Bison went a perfect 3-0 last week. He dropped in 20 points in a win over UNE in a rematch of last season quarterfinal round, then made 23 points in a come-from-behind win over Gordon. Eggleston closed the week with 12 points and seven steals at Curry, a game in which the starter did not play long into the second half. He is second in the CCC in scoring at 21.1 ppg.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester St. (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos registered a career-high 32 points and broke a Worcester State all-time record in three point shots made in a single game Saturday afternoon in the 93-81 victory over Fitchburg State.  He drained nine 3-pointers at a 69.2 3-point field goal percentage against the Falcons. The remaining points scored were made from the free-throw line, as he went 5-for-6 (83.3%). He also added in two assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (So.), WPI (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name): Biney averaged 14 points and six rebounds as the Engineers pushed their winning streak to 14 games with conference victories over Smith and Coast Guard last week.  The sophomore posted team-highs of 14 points in both contests, while finishing a rebound short of a double-double in the road victory at Coast Guard.  Biney also chipped in with four steals and a pair of assists on the week.

Women’s Rookie of the Week Britt Herring (Fr.), Worcester St. (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring registered a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in the 74-35 MASCAC win Saturday afternoon against Fitchburg State. Against the Falcons, Herring shot 54.5 percent from the field and went 87.5 from the free-throw line. She also recorded three blocks on the defensive end against Fitchburg. Earlier in the week, Herring netted two points, four rebounds, two assists, and one block in the Setback to Keene State.

Honor Roll:

Kamali Bey (So.), Assumption (Springfield, Mass.): Bey averaged 14.5 points, six rebounds and one block per game while shooting 50 percent from the field for the week. Highlighting his week was a 16-point performance at home vs. New Haven on Saturday.

Kelly Conley (Sr.), Assumption (Ellington, Conn.): In a 1-1 week, Conley averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 16-of-20 from the free throw line. Highlighting her week was a team-best 17-point performance in a home win over New Haven on Saturday.

Kareem Davis (Fr.) Becker (Lowell, Mass.): Davis set a Becker record with eight three pointers in a 64-61 victory over Regis College on Thursday. Davis finished with a game-high 28 points for the Hawks, including four crucial free-throws in the final seconds of the game. Davis averaged 14.5 points per game this past week with eight steals and five assists.

Luca McCormick (Fr.) Clark (Bradenton, Fla.): McCormick averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds off the bench in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. In a 62-57 win over Emerson on Wednesday, McCormick recorded his third game this season with 20 points or more when he racked up a game-best 20 on 7-for-11 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Then in a 74-63 loss at Coast Guard, he finished with 11 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

Kwame Lee (Sr.) Fitchburg St. (Brockton, Mass.): Lee averaged 15.5 points, ten rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks per contest for the Falcons in a 1-1 week. He registered 18 points, nine caroms, three blocks, two assists and a steal in an 85-77 win over Bridgewater State on Wednesday before adding a double-double of 13 points and 11 boards to go along with five steals, two assists and one block in a 93-81 setback to the Lancers of Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Fr.) Nichols (Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 17.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, and 1.3 spg as the Bison went 3-0 last week. He scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half of a win over UNE on Tuesday. Four days later, he scored 21 on 8-of-14 shooting (57 percent) to go with four rebounds, four assists, and two steals at Curry on Saturday. Echevarria is third in the conference in scoring at 18.7 ppg.

Sean Doncaster (Jr.), WPI (Medford, Mass.): Doncaster stuffed the stat sheets totaling 20 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds, four steals and a block as the 12th-ranked Engineers split a pair of NEWMAC contests last week.

Bilal Shakir (Jr.), Worcester St. (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Tech): Shakir netted 25 points and added in five shots from behind the arc in the 93-81 win over Fitchburg State Saturday afternoon. The junior went 10-for-16 (62.5%) overall from the field and registered seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Brianna Hackett (So.), Worcester St. (Hollis, N.H.): Hackett averaged 14.5 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She scored 12 points in the setback to Keene State, and then registered 17 points in the 74-35 victory over Fitchburg State.