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

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.


Mrgan ODonnellWomen’s Player of the Week: Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell did a bit of everything in a 1-1 week for Assumption, averaging 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 73.3 percent from the floor. The junior opened the week with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in a tight loss to Saint Anselm. O’Donnell rebounded with a career-high 24 points, ten rebounds, three assists and two blocks in an 11-point win over Saint Michael’s.


MIKAELA MITCHELL ROW1205Women’s Rookie of the WeekMikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Mitchell averaged 13 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. Netted 21 points, seven boards, one steal and one block in an 81-76 win over MCLA on Thursday before adding five points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a 61-54 triumph against Worcester State on Saturday.


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.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria College | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): Russo averaged 16.5 points and six rebounds in a pair of games last week, while tallying three assists, two steals and one block. She began the week with 19 points in a 79-57 setback to Johnson & Wales – she connected on seven of 23 shots from the field, including three of 11 attempts from beyond the arc. A few days later against Rivier, she tallied 14 points, while pulling down seven caroms.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Jr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy had another strong week for the Hawks, averaging 13.7 points and 11.0 rebounds over three games. This performance included a 22-point outburst in Becker’s 50-38 victory over Lesley on Monday.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma put up 30 points in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. She had 11 points to go along with nine rebounds in an overtime win over Springfield on Thursday. She posted 19 points, nine rebounds, and two steals in a setback to WPI on Saturday.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged a double-double of 13 points and 11.5 rebounds as well as 2.5 assists, three steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 2-0 week for the Green and Gold. She posted a double-double of 13 points and 17 boards to go along with four assists, two steals and a block in an 81-76 win over MCLA on Thursday before adding eight points, six boards, one assist and four steals in a 61-54 triumph against Worcester State on Saturday.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Jr. | Waterford, Conn.): Berkel averaged a double-double in the week for the Lancers.  The junior posted a 17 point, 10 rebound effort against regional power UMass Dartmouth in a non-conference action.  In MASCAC play, Berkel paced the Lancers with a 10 point, 13 rebound game against Fitchburg.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged eight points and 5.5 rebounds, but more importantly recorded five blocks and four steals, in a 2-0 week for the Engineers. One of the steals preceded a pair of successful free throws to seal a key 52-43 triumph at Babson. The senior finished with 10 points against the Beavers before notching nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals at Clark.

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)

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

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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 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.

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

1. Amherst College

24-0, 10-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

23-1, 9-1 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

21-3, 8-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

20-3, 12-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

20-3, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 5

6. St. Joseph’s (Maine)

22-1, 14-0 GNAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Smith College 

18-5, 11-3 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

8. Univ. of New England

18-5, 14-2 CCC

Last Week: 8

9. Middlebury College 

17-7, 6-4 NESCAC

Last Week: 10

10. WPI 

18-5, 11-3 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (16-8, 12-3 NEWMAC), Castleton University (19-4, 15-2 NAC), Conn. College (15-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Emmanuel College (17-6, 13-1 GNAC), Springfield College (17-7, 11-4 NEWMAC), UMass Boston (20-3, 10-2 LEC) and Wesleyan University (16-7, 5-5 NESCAC).

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 6th)

WACBABy 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: Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continued to demonstrate her prowess at both the offensive and defensive ends of the court last week, averaging 23.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game and shooting 46.7 percent from behind the three-point arc. Harrison’s 28 points led the Hawks to a 60-42 victory at Southern Vermont on Tuesday in a key win for Becker’s playoff position. She later scored 19 points with seven steals at Regis in non-conference action on Saturday. For the season, Harrison ranks second in the NECC in scoring and third in three-point shooting. 


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): The freshman guard averaged 10 points and 1.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Blue and Gold. She went 4-for-9 from the field and totaled 11 points in the win over Framingham State. She then posted nine points and two boards in the win over MCLA on Saturday.


WACBA Milestone: Congratulation to Worcester State women’s basketball coach Karen Tessmer, who earned her 300th win on the sidelines last Saturday with the Lancers following a 67-48 victory against MCLA.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): In a 2-1 week for the AMCATS, Russo averaged 20 points per game – she netted 20 points in all three games – while concluding the week 20 of 57 from the field, including 14 of 39 from beyond the arc. She began the week by netting 20 points in a 79-57 win over St. Joseph’s (Conn.), while pulling down a pair of caroms. Two nights late against Suffolk, she stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, two rebounds and one steal in a 92-57 setback. Russo concluded the week with 20 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in a one-point (58-57) win over Norwich.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell was solid for the Hounds last week, averaging 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in an 0-2 week. The junior posted 22 points and six boards in a tight 57-53 loss at Merrimack and followed it up with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists against Bentley.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a setback to Emerson College at home, Ezemma scored a team-high 16 points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds to earn her fifth double-double of the season.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State |Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. She collected a team-best 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 77-65 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding 18 points, two boards, five assists and three steals in a 96-77 victory over Pine Manor on Saturday.

Emily Carens (Worcester State | Jr. | Northborough, Mass.): The junior forward was key to the Lancers’ 73-56 win over Framingham State on Wednesday, registering a double-double of a career-high 17 points and 11 boards with three assists, two steals and a block. She then put up eight points with three steals, two assists, and a rebound in the win over MCLA. Overall, she averaged 12.5 points, going 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field, with six rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week for the Blue and Gold.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck led all scorers with 18 points, on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent), and added a key steal in the waning seconds as WPI collected a hard-earned 61-54 victory Saturday over visiting MIT. As a team, the Engineers secured season splits with three of the four other NEWMAC teams that are above .500 in league play and represent the top five in the standings. WPI has a chance to earn season split with league-leading Babson on Wednesday.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 6th)

WACBABy 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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Co-Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): In a 2-0 week for the AMCATS, Rapoza led the charge by averaging 18.5 points and 19 rebounds, while tallying eight blocks and three assists. He also finished the week 13 of 23 from the field, while netting 11 of 17 freebies. He began the week with 15 points and 17 rebounds in a 75-69 win over Suffolk before tallying 22 points and 21 rebounds in a road win over Emmanuel. In addition to his double-double against the Saints, he also concluded the game with three blocks and three assists.


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Co-Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another outstanding week, averaging 27.5 points with 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 53.7 percent shooting. The senior came up huge in Becker’s 74-60 win over Lesley with 31 points, ten rebounds and two blocks. The reigning NECC Player of the Year shot 52 percent inside the three-point arc and 50 percent from beyond the line. Then at Wheelock on Saturday, Durodola finished with 24 points and ten boards. For the season, Durodola leads the NECC in scoring at 22.7 points per game.


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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 mark this week, averaging 11.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 2.0 blocks per game. In a 94-69 win over Curry, Morrow recorded a double-double of 16 points, on 8-of-9 shooting, and 14 rebounds to go with three blocks. He followed that up with six points, seven rebounds, one block, and one steal in a 116-85 win over UNE. For the week, he shot 76.9% (10-of-13) from the field.


Men’s Honor Roll

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly was extremely impressive last week, averaging 24.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while connecting on 19 of 30 attempts from the field, including 9 of 18 shots from beyond the arc. He netted a career and season-best 36 points in a five-point setback to Bentley, while netting 13 points against Merrimack. Against the Warriors, he converted five of eight attempts, including three of six shots from three-point land before netting a season-best 14 field goals against the Falcons. Kelly played the full 40 minutes in both games and ended the week with a trio of steals and assists.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He registered a team-best 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 93-85 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding 24 points, three boards and two assists in an 88-86 triumph over Pine Manor on Saturday.

Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd totaled 15 points, nine rebounds, six blocks, four assists and two steals in the Lehigh game before adding 14 points, six rebounds, five blocks and two assists in the victory at Loyola. For the week, he averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 3.0 assists per game on the week, while hitting 12 of 13 field goal attempts (92.3 percent). Additionally, he had a school-record streak of 20 consecutive field goals made snapped in the second half of the Loyola game.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week, averaging 21.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 3.5 steals per game. Echevarria scored 22 points to go with five rebounds, seven assists, and four steals in a 94-69 win over Curry. He followed that up with 20 points, six assists, three steals and a rebound in a 116-85 win over UNE. For the week, he shot 41.7% (15-of-36) from the field and 37.9% (11-of-29) from beyond the arc. He has scored 20+ points in four-straight games and has eclipsed the mark in eight of his last nine times out.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): The sophomore forward averaged 18 points (13-for-21 from the field), seven rebounds, and an assist in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. He tallied 21 points with six rebounds, two assists, and a block in the Lancers’ first home win against Framingham State. He then totaled 15 points with eight rebounds in Saturday’s setback to MCLA.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 5th)

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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 5th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past eight 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 5th, 2018

1. Eastern Conn. State 

19-2, 10-0 LEC Last Week: No. 2

2. Middlebury College

18-3, 7-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

3. Hamilton College 

19-2, 6-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6 

4. Williams College

18-4, 6-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4

5. MIT 

18-3, 8-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 1

6. Salem State

19-3, 9-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 7

7. Springfield College 

15-6, 9-1 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 8 

8. Wesleyan University

16-5, 5-3 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5 

9. Nichols College

18-3, 12-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 9

10. Albertus Magnus  16-4, 13-0 GNAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Amherst College (14-7, 5-3 NESCAC), Babson College (13-8, 8-2 NEWMAC), Endicott College (15-6, 10-4 CCC), Keene State (15-6, 9-1 LEC) and Tufts University (16-7, 5-4 NESCAC)