WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, November 26th, 2019)

 

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Nick Tracy was a player to watch this past week with the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Player of the Week: Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 22 points, 8.7 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block per contest in three games for the Falcons. He posted 24 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 94-81 setback to Rhode Island College last Tuesday before adding 24 points, 13 boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks in a 93-87 triumph against Thomas College on Friday. Tracy concluded the week with 18 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in an 84-62 loss to Amherst College on Saturday.


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Xavier Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game last week for the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Xavier Betancourt (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Tampa, Fla.): Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game over two contests for the Falcons. Netted nine points, seven caroms and one block in a 94-81 setback to Rhode Island College on Tuesday before adding nine points, six boards, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in a 93-87 triumph over Thomas College on Friday.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Malik Brown (Assumption College |RS-Jr.| Waldorf, Md.): Brown led the Greyhounds to an 87-86 conference victory over Southern New Hampshire University this past Saturday afternoon. He put up 20 points in the victory, going 8-for-14 from the field and 1-for-3 from three-point range. He added seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 32 minutes of play.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr.| Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continues to lead the Hawks, averaging 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game with 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals. The third-year player shot 51.4 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from behind the arc. In Becker’s 71-70 win at MCLA last Saturday, Ribeiro posted 15 points and 11 rebounds on the day. It was Ribeiro’s fourth double-double through just seven games this season.

Joel Arteaga (Clark University | Soph. | Wyncote, Pa.): In a 2-0 week for the Cougars, the second-year guard averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. In a two-point win over Regis College, Arteaga posted 12 points on three of nine shooting, including six of eight from the charity stripe while tallying seven rebounds (two offensive boards), six assists, and two steals. Against Connecticut College, Arteaga exploded for a season-high 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting, including 7 of 13 from beyond the arc. He sank a pair of freebies while adding six boards, one assist, and one steal.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Tyler Dion was a player to watch last week, averaging 16 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Against Dean College, Dion scored 21 points with five three-pointers, before scoring 11 points with three trifectas in a loss to nationally ranked Nichols  College this past Saturday. 

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 16 points per game while shooting 60.3% from the floor during WPI’s perfect 3-0 week.  The center was named MVP of the Paula Titus Memorial Invitational at UMass Boston after scoring a career-high 28 points in an opening-round victory over Eastern Nazarene and 18 points to along with a team-high eight rebounds in a championship victory over the host Beacons.  On the season, Stephenson is averaging 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 61.3% for the 16th-ranked Crimson and Gray.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Avery LaBarbera averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Holy Cross women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Soph. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera led the Crusaders in a 2-0 week by averaging 22 points and eight rebounds per game while also totaling 11 assists and seven steals and committing only one foul and one turnover. She went 7-for-12 (.583) from three-point range and shot .552 from the field. In the team’s 87-75 win against Bryant University last Wednesday, she netted 25 points — the second-highest total of her career — on 9-for-12 shooting with five assists, no turnovers, and three steals. In a 68-42 victory over Merrimack College this past Saturday, LaBarbera had the second double-double of her career with a 19-point, 10-rebound showing, along with six assists and four steals. LaBarbera currently ranks seventh in the nation with a 6.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.


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Assumption College’s Monica Spain was instrumental in helping the Greyhounds win their home-opener this past weekend against Southern New Hampshire. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Monica Spain (Assumption College | Freshman | Braintree, Mass.): Spain guided the Hounds to an exciting home-opening win this past Saturday against Southern New Hampshire by netting 14 points on five of seven shooting, while sinking all four free throws. She ended the game with six rebounds (three offensive boards), four assists, and four steals. 


WACBA Women’s Basketball Milestone: Congratulations to Kerry Phayre, the coach of Assumption College women’s basketball, who earned her 400th win this past Saturday when the Greyhounds defeated Southern New Hampshire, 61-51.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Sienna Johnson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): Johnson tallied 37 points, five rebounds, five steals, and four assists in a 2-1 week for the AMCATs. She began the week with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting in a 66-25 win over Lesley University before netting eight points in a 78-42 victory against Bay Path. She ended the week with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 68-59 setback to Eastern Nazarene. 

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 16.0 points this week while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from beyond the arc. Capacchione recorded seven rebounds and two assists to go along with two steals and one block in her team’s home-opener win against Southern New Hampshire

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Senior | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison scored 11 points with four rebounds and three steals at Emmanuel College on Friday, against one of the top teams in the country.

Samantha Maglione (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Bolton, Mass.): Maglion posted 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field as well as shooting 5-for-9 from beyond the arc with one rebound and one assist in an 87-71 setback to Albertus Magnus on Saturday afternoon.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney was nearly perfect last week with a field goal percentage of 92.3 in the 1-1 week for Worcester State. Sweeney shot 6-for-6 for 13 points in a narrow loss to Western New England on Tuesday evening, before going 6-for-7 for 13 points in a come-from-behind victory over Keene State on Saturday.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, CA): Vinson posted a pair of double-doubles in two of three contests last week. The center erupted for 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in WPI’s 60-41 road win at Fitchburg State last Thursday before completing her week with a 13-point, 10-rebound performance in a road loss at Regis College on Saturday.  The senior shot 50% from the field in both games.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

D3 Basketball: Men’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Amherst College remained our top team in our latest Noontime Sports Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll, while Hamilton College and Middlebury College each moved-up.

Nichols College remains a team to watch – the Bison, who checked-in second last week, moved down two spots, but remain a squad to keep an eye on heading into next month’s contest against Trinity College.

Colby College and WPI joined our poll this week, checking-in eighth and ninth, respectively. Colby has scored some impressive wins thus far and will certainly be a squad to watch this weekend when the Mules tip-off against New Jersey City and Kean.


New England D-III Basketball Men’s Top 10 Week Three Poll| Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019

1. Amherst College

3-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Middlebury College 5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
3. Hamilton College 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
4. Nichols College  4-0, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
5. Springfield College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Tufts University 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7 
7. Babson College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9 
8. Colby College 5-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
9. WPI  5-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. Williams College 3-1, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8 

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus, Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams, and UMass Dartmouth


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week One| Week Two 

D3 Basketball: Women’s Top 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

For the fourth-straight week, Amherst College has secured the top spot in our weekly Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll. but we did see Western New England move-up following some impressive wins over Babson College and Eastern Connecticut.

Williams College joined our poll for the first time this season, checking-in ninth overall with a 4-0 record. The Ephs have scored two impressive wins thus far over Endicott College and Vassar College. Williams faces Springfield College on Tuesday, November 26th.


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1. Amherst College

2-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Bowdoin College

4-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Western New England 5-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 7 
5. Middlebury College  3-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4 
6. Eastern Connecticut 2-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 5
7. Babson College 2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9 
8. Smith College 5-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
9. Williams College 4-0, 0-0 NESCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
10. UMass Dartmouth 5-1, 0-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Brandeis University, Hamilton College, Rhode Island College, Springfield College, Trinity College, University of New England, UMass Boston, and Wesleyan University


Previous Polls: Preseason Poll |Week OneWeek Two

 

D3 Football: The Final Noontime Top 20 Poll (Nov. 25th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s time to unveil our final New England D-III Football Top 20 Poll of the 2019 season.

The 2019 season was an exciting one, filled with some new storylines, along with some teams that will certainly be on our radar next fall.

Thanks for a great season and enjoy our final poll (and breakdown, too).


1. Western New England (9-2, 7-0 CCC): The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) champions may have fallen short to The College of Brockport last Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, but did not lose to a single game to a D-III squad this season.

2. WPI (10-1, 6-1 NEWMAC): The Engineers of Worcester were impressive in all three phases this year, but will certainly miss their senior class next fall.

3. Endicott College (9-2, 6-1 CCC): Despite falling short to the Golden Bears a few weeks ago, these Gulls proved they can compete with some of the best teams, both in and outside the region. Endicott finished its season with nine wins for the first time since 2012.

4. Middlebury College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): These Panthers found ways to win some hard-fought (and dramatic) games this fall and will certainly be on our radar going forward.

5. Framingham State (8-3, 8-0 MASCAC): After starting their season with back-to-back losses, Framingham State ripped off eight-straight wins to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

6. MIT (7-3, 6-1 NEWMAC): The Engineers’ improbable run to the postseason was impressive with some hard-fought (and important) wins over Coast Guard AcademySpringfield College, and WPI.

7. Springfield College (6-4, 5-2 NEWMAC): Losing to MIT was not an ideal way to end a season. Springfield overcame a 1-3 start to position themselves for a potential national playoff run, thanks to some key wins down the stretch.

8. Wesleyan University (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC): The Cardinals were one of the biggest surprises this season. Despite a lopsided loss to Middlebury a few weeks ago, Wesleyan proved they are (and will continue to be) one of the top teams in the conference going forward.

9. UMass Dartmouth (7-3, 5-3 MASCAC): The Corsairs enjoyed one of their best seasons, matching the 2004 squad with seven victories. UMass Dartmouth was impressive from the get-go and should certainly be in the mix for a conference crown in 2020.

10. Western Connecticut (8-3, 6-2 MASCAC): For the second-straight season, the Colonials ended their campaign with eight wins. Western Connecticut may have not been the juggernaut from last season (or past seasons), but should once again be in the mix for a conference title next season.

11. Williams College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC): Despite losing a heartbreaking to Middlebury in their season-opener, Williams proved they are (and will continue to be) one of the top teams in the conference. The squad returns some impressive talent next season, which should help the Ephs contend for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown.

12. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2 MASCAC): The Bears were tough to gauge this season, especially with so many seniors back from last year’s eight-win squad. BSU had a chance to win the conference and compete in the postseason, but saw their playoff hopes dashed with a week ten setback to the Rams of Framingham State.

13. Trinity College (5-4, 5-4 NESCAC): The Bantams’ four-peat never happened, but they did end their season winning three of their final five contests. It will be interesting to see how Trinity rebounds from a five-win season.

14. Nichols College (6-4, 4-3 CCC): The Bison won six games for the first time since 2003. They scored some exciting wins over Salve Regina and the University of New England and should be back in the mix for the conference crown next fall.

15. Amherst College (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Mammoths entered the 2019 season with hopes of winning a conference crown. Instead, they ended their campaign with four-straight setbacks, including a heartbreaking defeat to Hamilton College. Amherst won just four games in 2016 before rebounding with back-to-back winning seasons in 2017 and 2018.

16. Norwich University (5-5, 2-5 NEWMAC): The Cadets began their season with four-straight wins. And for a moment it appeared as if the Maroon and Gold would be the team to beat in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). But unfortunately, the team’s winning ways concluded over the next few weeks as the Cadets mustered just one victory in its final six contests.

17. Husson University (4-6, 4-3 CCC): The Eagles may have finished with four wins – all four victories came against conference opponents – but they looked pretty impressive against Nichols and Salve Regina.

18. Coast Guard Academy (5-5, 2-5 NEWMAC): Afer starting their season with a 4-1 mark, the Bears mustered just one win during their final five contests. The defense was impressive but struggled down the stretch against Merchant Marine and WPI.

19. Mass. Maritime Academy (6-4, 4-4 MASCAC): After a successful start to their 2019 campaign, the Buccaneers struggled to maintain their momentum by seesawing between the win and loss columns. The Bucs lost three of their final four contests but did score an impressive win on the road at UMass Dartmouth.

20. Salve Regina University (4-6, 3-4 CCC): The Seahawks may have finished with four wins this fall, but proved they are (and will continue to be) a team to watch every season in the CCC. They provided challenges for both Endicott and WNE before ending their season with wins over Curry College and UNE, which should provide the unit with some momentum heading into the 2020 season.

On The Rise: Dean College (4-6, 4-1 ECFC) and University of New England (4-6, 2-5 CCC).