D3 Lax: Teams To Watch In New England Women’s Lacrosse This Spring

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With a brand new season of New England D3 lacrosse underway – yes, a few non-New England schools have already competed at least once this season – it is time to dish out our women’s lacrosse teams to watch in each conference.


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott College will certainly be the favorite once again, but don’t sleep on Roger Williams or University of New England – both teams will certainly provide challenges to the Gulls, as well as the entire conference.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): Can Johnson & Wales University continue its impressive run from a year ago? Sure, they may have graduated some key pieces to a historic season, but don’t overlook these Wildcats.

Additionally, keep an eye on Lasell College – the Lasers will certainly be a team that could challenge the Wildcats come late April/early May.


Little East Conference (LEC): Plymouth State secured six of seven first-place votes in this year’s preseason coaches poll, so once again, keep an eye on the Panthers. Additionally, keep an eye on both Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State – two teams that will certainly challenge the Panthers for the top spot in the conference tournament.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Westfield State will again be the team to beat this spring, but what about Bridgewater State and Framingham State? Both teams could be in for an exciting spring and will provide challenges for the Owls, both in conference play and the tournament.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Can Castleton University make it back-to-back conference champions? Or maybe, we will see the Pilgrims of New England College earn a trip to the big dance? Both teams are scheduled to meet in late April – expect this contest to decide the top seed in the NAC Tournament.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Elms College is certainly the favorite, but maybe this is the year Southern Vermont breaks through? Southern Vermont collected a pair of first-place votes on the preseason coaches poll and will certainly be a team to watch this spring.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Colby College will have a target on its back after winning the NESCAC crown last year, but don’t overlook Hamilton CollegeMiddlebury CollegeTrinity College and Tufts University. Additionally, let’s not forget about Amherst College, too – they will provide challenges for all five squads listed above.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Babson College will be the favorite, but keep an eye on MIT and Springfield College – both teams will be in for exciting springs. Additionally, one shouldn’t sleep on Wheaton College or Wellesley College – both teams tied for fourth on the preseason coaches’ poll.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 12 (Wednesday, Feb. 21st)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Britt Herring averaged double-double figures of 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds with an 83.3% shooting percentage (20-of-24) in a 0-2 week for the Blue and Gold. In the setback to Bridgewater State she put up 18 points with 12 boards, three blocks, two assists and two steals. She then wrapped up the regular season with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks in the loss to Westfield State.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Shannon St. Lawrence (Nichols College | Fr. | Milton, N.H.): Shannon St. Lawrence had another strong week for the Bison, averaging 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. St. Lawrence had 12 points, six rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the season with a double-double of 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a 79-48 win over Wentworth.


Women’s Honor Roll

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison came up strong for the Hawks in their final two games of the regular season, averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals in victories over Wheelock and Mitchell. She was also a perfect 15 of 15 from the free throw line. First at home against the Wildcats on Tuesday, Harrison finished with 27 points and four steals as the Hawks won 53-45. Then at the Mariners on Saturday, the sophomore capped off a 24 point performance with a game-winning basket as Becker took with win, 58-56.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged 10.5 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. She netted 14 points four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in a setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding seven points, 14 boards, one assist, one steal and one block in a 62-59 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.): In a pair of games last week, Manis averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She began the week with 19 points and five rebounds in a setback to Army – she was an impressive 11 for 15 from the line. Three days later against Bucknell, she tallied 19 points again, while pulling down seven caroms, including five on defense. She connected on seven of 17 shots, including one of two attempts from beyond the arc, while sinking four of five freebies.

Brooke Packard (Nichols College | Sr. | Dudley, Mass.): Brooke Packard averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Bison. Packard scored five points to go with five rebounds and an assist in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the week on Senior Day with a career-best 28 points and 12 rebounds to go with an assist and three steals.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged 17 points on 14-of-20 shooting (70%) and 6.5 rebounds as WPI claimed a share of the NEWMAC regular season title with wins over Wellesley and Emerson. The senior began the week with 18 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block versus the Blue before a 16-point, nine rebound performance against the Lions. The Engineers (20-5, 13-3) split the title with Babson and Smith for the programs fifth regular season title. It marks the third consecutive 20-plus win season for head coach Cherise Galasso, who owns six of the nine in program history, and the first time it has been done in three straight seasons. The six-game winning streak is the longest of the campaign and the Crimson and Gray head into the NEWMAC tournament having beat all 10 teams for the second consecutive regular season.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 12 (Wednesday, Feb. 21st)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola finished his regular season in dominant fashion, averaging 31 points, 12 rebounds and two steals per game on 53.3 percent shooting in crucial Becker victories against Dean and Mitchell. First at the Bulldogs last Wednesday, Durodola scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half, including two clutch free throws with 16 seconds left as the Hawks rallied for a 75-70 victory. Then at home against the Mariners, Durodola, who currently boasts 1,668 career points, became Becker’s all-time leading scorer for the NCAA era with a 30 point, 16 rebound performance as the Hawks claimed the number two seed in the upcoming NECC Championship Tournament.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Fr. | Leicester, Mass.): Matt Morrow helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week, averaging 11.0 points on 78.6% shooting, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Morrow scored 10 points to go with four rebounds and three assists in a 93-83 win over Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a block in an 81-72 win over Wentworth. For the week, Morrow only missed three shots (11-of-14).


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Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State| Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. He registered a  double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three assists in a 77-76 win over Westfield State on Wednesday before adding a game-best 27 points, six boards, one assist, one steal and one block in an 89-76 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a pair of conference wins to end the season, averaging 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 26 points, including 6-of-13 three-pointers, to go with four rebounds and four assists in a 93-83 win over Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, including 14-of-15 free throws, four rebounds, two assists, and four steals in an 81-72 victory over Wentworth. For the week, Echevarria shot 40.7% (11-of-27) from the field, 38.1% (8-of-21) from beyond the arc, and 94.7% (18-of-19) from the free throw line.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): The sophomore forward averaged 28.5 points, shooting 63.5% (21-33) from the field, with eight rebounds and two assists in an 0-2 week for the Blue and Gold. He posted a career-high 34 points, going 13-for-23 from the field and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe with eight rebounds and an assist in the setback to Bridgewater State. He then put up 23 points and eight boards with three assists and a steal in the season finale against Westfield State.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 20th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Tuesday, February 20th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past 10 polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

1. Amherst College

25-0 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

24-1 | NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

22-3 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

22-3 | LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

24-1 | GNAC

Last Week: No. 6

6. Smith College 

20-5 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

7. Univ. of New Eng. 

20-5 | CCC

Last Week: No. 8

8. Roger Williams 

21-4 | CCC

Last Week: No. 5

9. Wesleyan University 

17-7 | NESCAC

Last Week: NR

10. WPI 

20-5 | MEWMAC 

Last Week: 10

On The Rise: Babson College (17-8 | NEWMAC), Castleton University (21-4 |NAC), Emmanuel College (19-6 | GNAC), Middlebury College (17-8 | NESCAC), Springfield College (18-7 | NEWMAC) and UMass Boston (22-3 | LEC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 20th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Tuesday, February 20th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past 10 polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

1. Eastern Conn. State

22-3 | LEC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Williams College 

20-5 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Wesleyan University

20-5 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College 

22-3 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Salem State Univ. 

22-3 | MASCAC

Last Week: No. 5

6. Amherst College

17-8 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 8

7. Springfield College

18-7 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Nichols College

22-3 | CCC

Last Week: No. 7 

9. Middlebury College

19-6 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

10. MIT 

20-5 | NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (19-5 | GNAC), Keene State (17-8 | LEC), Tufts University and Wheaton College (16-9 | NEWMAC)

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 11 (Tuesday, Feb. 13th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week:
Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola averaged 22 points and 13.5 rebounds per game this past week in games against Southern Vermont and Newbury. In Becker’s 108-81 victory over the Nighthawks on Saturday, the senior matched a career-high with 35 points to go along with 16 rebounds, two blocks and two assists in a superb effort. After a slow start, Durodola scored 22 points on nine of ten shooting in the second half as the Hawks pulled away.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.):
Kelly averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while playing all 40 minutes of each game and shooting 52.0 overall with 10 made threes. He opened the week with 16 points, including 4-for-5 from downtown, with two rebounds and two assists as Assumption beat Saint Anselm 70-67. On Saturday, he scored 18 second-half points and finished the game with 26, including a three with nine seconds left to pull his team within two, as the team eventually fell 83-80. Kelly also had six assists and one steal in the contest.


In The News

Clark University recently dedicated a bench outside the Kneller Center in honor of Pat Oroszko ’03 on Saturday – more information from last year’s fundraising kickoff

Kathy Cushing, a Worcester State University grad, as well as the wife of Don Cushing (WSU ’66), the former Nichols Coach, sadly passed away.


Men’s Honor Roll

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza has been a double-double machine this season – he recently recorded his 20th double-double of the season last Saturday with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the AMCATs’ fourth-straight win over Rivier. The sophomore connected on eight of 10 shots from the field and went five of six from the line. Prior to his team’s win last Saturday, Rapoza registered his 19th double-double with 11 points and a game-high 19 rebounds in a 63-42 win over Suffolk.

John Pisacreta (Clark University | Sr. | Andover, Mass.): Pisacreta posted 47 points and eight rebounds to go along with five assists and seven steals in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. Pisacreta registered a game-high 27 points in an overtime setback at Emerson College before leading Clark to a 97-75 victory over Coast Guard with 20 points on senior day.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He netted 19 points, seven boards, three assists and three steals in a 79-75 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists in an 89-54 triumph over Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 mark last week by averaging 24.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Echevarria scored 20 points and grabbed a rebound with two assists, three steals, and a block in a 93-67 win at Salve Regina. He followed that up with 29 points, five rebounds, and three assists in a 73-61 win at Western New England. For the week, Echevarria shot 50% (18-of-36) from the field.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 12th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 12th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past nine polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 12th, 2018

1. Eastern Conn. State

20-3, 11-1 LEC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Williams College 

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

3. Wesleyan University

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College 

20-3, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Salem State Univ. 

21-3, 11-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

6. Middlebury College

19-5, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

7. Nichols College

20-3, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 9 

8. Amherst College

16-8, 7-3 NESCAC

Last Week: NR

9. Springfield College

16-7, 10-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

10. Albertus Magnus 

18-4, 15-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Babson College (14-9, 9-3 NEWMAC), Keene State (16-7, 10-2 LEC), MIT (18-5, 8-4 NEWMAC), Tufts University (17-7, 6-4 NESCAC) and Wheaton College (14-9, 6-6 NEWMAC)