D3 Hockey: Conference Championship Weekend Primer

NS CONF CHAMP WEEKEND

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s a BIG weekend in New England, especially in the D3 hockey world with a slew of conference semifinals and championships taking place. The winners of each conference championship will secure an automatic berth for the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which will begin next weekend.

Here is this weekend’s schedule of games, including links to the video feeds.


Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) 

  • CHC Women’s Ice Hockey Preview
  • Dates/Location: The 2019 CHC Women’s Ice Hockey Championship will take place this Saturday, March 2nd (semifinals) and Sunday, March 3rd (finals) at Endicott College.
  • Match-Ups: Endicott College vs. University of New England (1 p.m.) and Nichols College vs. Morrisville State (4 p.m.)
  • VIDEO 

Commonwealth Coast Conference Men’s Ice Hockey Championship

  • CCC Men’s Ice Hockey Preview
  • Date/Location: The 2019 CCC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship will take place Saturday, March 2nd at 7 p.m. The game, as noted on the conference’s website, has been moved to University of Rhode Island’s Boss Ice Arena.
  • Match-up: University of New England vs. Salve Regina (7 p.m.)
  • VIDEO

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Men’s Championship

  • MASCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Preview
  • Date/Location: The 2019 MASCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship will take place Saturday, March 2nd at Plymouth State. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.
  • Match-up: Salem State vs. Plymouth State (7 p.m.)
  • VIDEO

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament

  • NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Preview
  • Dates/Location: The 2019 NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship weekend will be held at Trinity College with the semifinals being played Saturday, March 2nd and championship Sunday, March 3rd.
  • Match-ups: Amherst College vs. Wesleyan University (1 p.m.) & Hamilton College vs. Trinity College (4:30 p.m.)
  • VIDEO

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament

  • NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey Preview
  • Dates/Location: The 2019 NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey Championship weekend will take place at Williams College. The semifinals will be held Saturday, March 2nd, while the championship will be played on Sunday, March 3rd.
  • Match-ups: Amherst College vs. Williams College (1 p.m.) and Hamilton College vs. Middlebury College (4 p.m.)
  • VIDEO

New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Men’s Championship 

  • NEHC Men’s Ice Hockey Preview
  • Date/Location: The 2019 NEHC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship will take place at Norwich University in Vermont.
  • Match-up: Hobart vs. Norwich University (7 p.m.)
  • VIDEO

New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Women’s Championship 

  • NECH Women’s Ice Hockey Preview
  • Date/Location: The 2019 NEHC Women’s Ice Hockey Championship will take place at Norwich University in Vermont.
  • Match-up: Castleton University vs. Norwich University (3 p.m.)
  • VIDEO 

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Mass. High Schools: Matignon Advances To MIAA D2 First Round, Tops Central Catholic

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Matignon’s Dana Smullen recorded 10 saves on Tuesday in her team’s preliminary win over Central Catholic. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anthony Cornacchia)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The Matignon girl’s ice hockey team enjoyed a successful start to the postseason yesterday, defeating Central Catholic 7-0 in the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) D2 state tournament.

With the win, the Warriors advance to the first round, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd, to face the winner of CambridgePembroke, which will compete this evening in at 6:40 p.m. at the Hobomock Arena.

Lexie Turner netted a hat-trick in the win for the Warriors, while Brynn MacPherson recorded three assists and one goal. Dana Smullen recorded her 11th shutout with 10 saves.

“(It) was a good win, but bigger games ahead,” said Matignon coach Anthony Cornacchia, who has guided the Warriors to a 14-5-2 record this winter.

Yesterday’s win extends the Green and Gold’s winning streak to five games, dating back to a 7-0 win earlier this month over St. Joseph Prep/Mt. Alvernia.

Matignon is now 2-1 in preliminary rounds, dating back to the 2016-17 season. They last won a first-round game in 2016 when they edged Milton, 5-4, before advancing two more rounds to the D2 semifinals where they would fall to Notre Dame Academy by a score of 9-3. NDA would advance to the championship round where they would defeat Wellesley, 3-1, at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mass. High Schools: Boston Latin Tops Somerville In MIAA D2 North First Round

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Somerville’ Austin Pacheco netted the Highlanders’ lone goal on Tuesday in a 4-1 setback to Boston Latin. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Austin Pacheco netted Somerville‘s lone goal of Tuesday evening’s tilt with Boston Latin late in the third period, but the late marker didn’t ignite a comeback, as the Highlanders fell to the Wolf Pack, 4-1, in the opening round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) D2 North Tournament at Ryan Rink in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Tuesday’s loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Highlanders, which included a Mulloy Tournament championship six days ago when Somerville beat Essex Tech in Everett.

Boston Latin secured an early lead in the first period before Jeff Monahan and Frank Linso padded the Purple and White’s advantage with back-to-back tallies late in the second to provide the Wolf Pack with a 3-0 lead.

Damon Alexander extended Boston Latin’s lead to four goals early in the third period before Pacheco buried a feed from Chris DeSousa and Dylan Zracket with 2:30 remaining.

With the win, the Wolf Pack secured a date with Stoneham on Friday, March 1st in the quarterfinals. The game will be a rematch of last year’s D2 North championship, which saw Stoneham edge Boston Latin, 2-1.

Stoneham secured a rematch with the Wolf Pack by defeating Winthrop this evening in the opening round by a score of 6-2.

Somerville concludes its season with nine wins, which matches the Highlander squad from the 2014-15 that advanced to the postseason, but fell to Marblehead in the opening round.

Additionally, the Highlanders concluded its second season in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) with a 4-2-3 mark, which was good enough for 11 points.

“The boys played hard all game,” said Somerville coach Kevin Wilson shortly after his team’s 2018-19 season concluded. “(They) never gave up … I am proud of them for not giving up. It was a great learning experience.

“Latin played a good system, so hats off to them … again, it was a great learning experience.”

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 15 (Feb. 26th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.

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Catherine Sweeney came close to averaging a triple-double in back-to-back conference tournament games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

WACBA Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney came close to averaging a triple-double in a pair of games last week by tallying 12.5 points, 18.5 rebounds, and eight assists. She recorded her third triple-double of the 2018-19 season during her team’s semifinal win over Framingham State last Thursday with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 caroms before adding 21 rebounds, five points, five assists, and two blocks in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship against Westfield State. As of last Saturday, Sweeney has recorded three triple-doubles, which is the most by any Division III women’s basketball player this winter.

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Avery LaBarbera stuffed the stat sheet this past Saturday in her team’s exciting win over Bucknell University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera had a stellar week in a 1-1 showing for the Crusaders, recording nine points and one steal in a setback to Army last Wednesday before tallying 16 points, two assists, one block and one steal in her team’s win over Bucknell University this past Saturday.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison led the Hawks into the finals of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championships this past week by averaging 14.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.6 steals and 1.6 assists in three games. She had one of her best performances of the season last Tuesday against Newbury College when she scored 20 points with a career-high 10 steals, tying a Becker school record for steals. For her contributions last week, Harrison was named to the NECC All-Tournament Team.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi netted a game-best 27 points, five rebounds and one assist in a setback to Bridgewater State in the MASCAC quarterfinals last Tuesday evening for the Falcons.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 24.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. She started with 14 points, six rebounds and one block in a 16-point win over Franklin Pierce, before going off for 35 points, 12 boards and three blocks in a tough 82-80 loss to Stonehill College this past weekend.

Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Jr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords averaged double figures in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In a loss to Army last Wednesday, she recorded 10 points, four rebounds, and one steal before adding 11 points and eight caroms in a Holy Cross win over Bucknell University.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 15 (Feb. 26th)

 WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our men’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.

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Echevarria averaged 26.0 points in back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

WACBA Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 26.0 points in back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament games as the Bison became the fourth team in conference history to capture its third-straight league title. The Lynn, Massachusetts native scored 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting in a come-from-behind win over Western New England last Thursday in the semifinals before stuffing the stat sheet with 31 points, nine assists, and five rebounds in a 105-90 championship win over Gordon College last Saturday at the Hart Center. Echevarria drained seven trifectas to become the all-time leading scorers in the CCC with 2,240 points.

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WACBA Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd averaged 17.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.5 blocked shots last week while hitting 88.2 percent of his field goal attempts (15 of 17). He posted 18 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocked shots against Boston University before tallying 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and two steals in the 73-71 win at Lehigh University. Against Lehigh, Floyd converted a three-point play with 41.9 seconds left to give the Crusaders the lead for good.

Roger Williams and Nichols College

Jaekwon Spencer posted career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (10) in a come-from-behind win over Western New England last Thursday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jaekwon Spencer (Nichols College | Fr. | Bristol, Conn.): Against the Golden Bears, Spencer came off the bench and posted career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (10) to help the Bison rally from a 19-point deficit to advance to the conference championship. The Bristol, Connecticut native was a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, while also recording a blocked shot. He played seven minutes against the Fighting Scots in the CCC Championship and picked up three points, two rebounds, two steals, and one assist in seven minutes.

Colin McNamara (WPI | Soph. | Arlington, Mass.): McNamara led the Engineers in scoring last week while sinking the game-winning bucket with no time left to edge MIT, 55-53, in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals last Thursday. The sophomore shared game-high honors with 20 points at Babson before doing the same with 13 at MIT. McNamara finished the week with 16 points in a NEWMAC championship setback to Emerson College last Saturday.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals per contest in two games for the Falcons. He posted 11 points, seven boards, six assists and one steal in a 67-55 victory over Worcester State on Tuesday before adding 13 points, two caroms, two assists and one steal in a 78-72 setback to Westfield State on Thursday.


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