D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Jan. 22nd)

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By NoontimeSports.com

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, January 22nd, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past six 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, January 22nd, 2018

1. MIT 

15-2, 5-1 NEWMAC  Last Week: No. 1

2. Eastern Conn. State

15-2, 7-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 3

3. Wesleyan University

13-3, 3-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

4. Middlebury College

14-3, 4-1 NESCAC 

Last Week: No. 5

5. Hamilton College

15-1, 3-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

6. Williams College

13-4, 3-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Salem State 

15-3, 5-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 8 

8. Nichols College

14-2, 8-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 9

9. Keene State 

12-5, 6-1 LEC

Last Week: No. 10

10. Springfield College 11-6, 5-1 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR 

On The Rise: Amherst College (10-6, 2-2 NESCAC), Albertus Magnus (11-4, 8-0 GNAC), Bowdoin College (12-4, 2-2 NESCAC), Endicott College (12-5, 7-3 CCC), Gordon College (11-6, 7-3 CCC), Trinity College (13-4, 2-2 NESCAC), Tufts University (12-5, 3-2 NESCAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Jan. 22nd)

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By NoontimeSports.com

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, January 22nd, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past six 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, January 22nd, 2018

1. Amherst College

18-0, 4-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

18-0, 4-0 NESCAC

Last Week No. 2

3. Tufts University

16-2, 4-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

13-3, 7-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Middlebury College

13-4, 3-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Roger Williams 

14-3, 8-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 5 

7. Univ. of New England

12-3, 8-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 8 

8. St. Joseph’s (ME)

15-1, 8-0 GNAC

Last Week: NR

9. Smith College

12-4, 6-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR 

10. Springfield College

13-5, 7-2 NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (12-6, 8-2 NEWMAC), Brandeis University (9-6, 1-4 UAA), Castleton University (14-2, 10-0 NAC), Conn. College (11-5, 2-3 NESCAC), MIT (11-5, 7-2 NEWMAC), Trinity College (13-5, 1-3 NESCAC), UMass Boston (15-2, 6-1 LEC), Wesleyan University (11-5, 2-3 NESCAC) and WPI (14-4, 7-2 NEWMAC)

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Seven (Weds. Jan. 17th)

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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.


Shaun McCarthy POW

Men’s Player of the Week: Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): The sophomore forward averaged double-double figures of 27.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in an 0-3 week for the Blue and Gold. McCarthy posted a career-high 32 points and 12 rebounds with two assists in the setback to Sage earlier in the week. He then put up 24 points and 12 rebounds in the to Framingham State, and 27 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to MCLA. Overall this week, he shot 57.7% (30-52) from the field.


Matt Morrow ROW

Men’s Rookie of the WeekMatt Morrow (Nichols College | Fr. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow helped lead the Bison to a 3-0 mark this past week, averaging 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. In a 100-68 win at Curry, Morrow notched his first career double-double with a career-high 17 points, 13 rebounds, and an assist. He followed that up with an all-around game of six points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal, and two blocks in a 90-64 win over Salve Regina. He wrapped up the week with five points, two rebounds, an assist, a block, and three steals in a 72-65 come-from-behind win at Wentworth.


Men’s Honor Roll:

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Soph. |Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his 10th double-double of the season last week in Anna Maria’s lone contest against Mount Ida by netting a career-high 29 points, while pulling down a career-best 22 rebounds.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola averaged 24.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game over three games this past week while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor. The senior led Becker to conference wins over Wheelock and Elms.

Tyrell St. John (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Stamford, Conn.): St. John posted 12 points, one rebound, two assists, five steals and one block in an 80-63 setback to Salem State University last Wednesday in the Falcons lone contest of the week.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 3-0-mark last week, averaging 20.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 12 points, but added a pair of rebounds, 10 assists and four steals in a 100-68 win over Curry. He followed that up with 22 points, three rebounds, six assists, and two steals in a 90-64 victory against Salve Regina. He wrapped up the week with 26 points, three rebounds, five assists, and three more steals in a 72-65 come-from-behind win at Wentworth on Saturday. For the week, Echevarria shot 47.6% (20-of-42) from the field and 55% (11-of-20) from beyond the arc, while dishing out 21 assists to just three turnovers in three games.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers paced the Engineers with an average of 18.5 points and eight rebounds, as well as 11 assists and four steals in a 2-0 week. He also clicked for 83.3 percent (10-of-12) free throw shooting at Wheaton. The senior also posted 19 points and seven rebounds versus the Lyons. He then logged game-highs of 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists at Coast Guard.


#ICYMIKareem Davis (Becker | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis became the 19th player in school history to reach the celebrated thousand point plateau for his career, and the ninth player to do so under head coach Brian Gorman, on January 3rd versus UMass Dartmouth. Davis was fouled on a three-point attempt just 2:58 into the game and buried the first two shots to reach the hallowed mark. He would finish the game with 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Seven (Weds. Jan. 17th)

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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.


Catherine Sweeney POW

Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Worcester State University’s sophomore guard capped off a 1-2 week for the Lancers with a triple-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists with three blocks and a steal in a 63-52 win over MCLA on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Sweeney put up six points with 15 rebounds, four steals and three assists against one of the top teams in the country, Tufts, and chipped in five points with 10 rebounds and six assists in the setback to Framingham State. Overall this week, Sweeney averaged eight points, 12.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks. She shot 60% (9-15) from the field and 75% (6-8) from the charity stripe.


MIKAELA MITCHELL ROW1205

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Mikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Averaged 9.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Netted seven points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in an 84-53 win over Anna Maria on Monday before adding a double-double of 12 points and 13 boards as well as one assist and four steals in a 69-45 setback against Salem State on Wednesday.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria College | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn): In a trio of games last week, Russo averaged 13.3 points. Her best performance of the week came against Fitchburg State when she netted a team-high 17 points. Three days later against Suffolk University, she scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds. She concluded the week with 13 points in a setback to St. Joe’s (Conn).

Shannon Hofmiller (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Oxford, Conn): Hoffmiller scored a career-high 15 points against Fitchburg State last week while also pulling down eight rebounds. She also recorded a trio of blocks in the setback, as well, while concluding the game with four assists. Against Suffolk and St. Joe’s, she recorded six rebounds in each contest, while scoring four and seven points, respectively.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): Morgan O’Donnell led Assumption to a 2-0 week, averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, one steal and one block per game. The junior scored 13 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks as the Hounds upset No. 17/23 St. Thomas Aquinas, 72-60. O’Donnell followed that up with 14 points, five rebounds and two assists in just 21 minutes, as Assumption outlasted Pace by a score of 67-50.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 22.7 points and 4.0 steals per game over three games this past week, leading Becker to an overtime win over MCLA and carrying the Hawks in narrow losses to Dean and Newbury.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Averaged 16.5 points, five rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals per contest in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Posted 21 points, three boards, three assists and three steals in an 84-53 win over Anna Maria on Monday before adding 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals in a 69-45 setback to Salem State on Wednesday

Allison Cerrato (Nichols College | Sr. | Rockland, Mass.): Cerrato averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 2.3 steals per game this week. Cerrato had six points, four rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 64-38 setback to Curry. She followed that up with 11 points, three rebounds, and assist, and five steals as the Bison fell to Salve Regina, 71-57. She wrapped up the week with a career-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds and an assist in a 72-71 defeat at Wentworth.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 21 points, nine rebounds to go with 14 assists, 13 steals, and three blocks in a 2-1 week. The local product began with 20 points and six boards versus Clark and narrowly missed her career-high with 27 points and 10 rebounds against Coast Guard. In Saturday’s OT setback at MIT, Biney netted 16 points and 11 rebounds. Her week was bookended with five assists while the first two games featured five steals apiece.


#ICYMI: Ciara McKissick (Becker | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick finished with her first career triple-double as the Becker College women’s basketball team prevailed 78-72 over visiting Mount Ida College on Tuesday, January 2nd. McKissick scored 12 points with 14 rebounds and ten assists, the latter two totals representing game-highs for the Hawks of Becker (6-4). The junior also recorded two steals and a block on the defensive end while shooting 54 percent from the floor.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Tuesday, Jan. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

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 January 16th, 2018.

This week’s poll – similar to the past five 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, January 16th, 2018 

1. Amherst College 

16-0, 3-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Bowdoin College

15-0, 3-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

3. Tufts University 

15-2, 3-1 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. UMass Dartmouth

11-3, 5-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 4

5. Roger Williams

11-3, 5-2 CCC

Last Week: No. 7

6. Conn. College

11-4, 2-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

7. Middlebury College

12-4, 2-2 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5

8. Univ. of New England

10-3, 6-1 CCC

Last Week: No. 8

9. UMass Boston 

14-1, 5-0 LEC

Last Week: No. 9

10. Brandeis University

9-4, 1-2 UAA

Last Week: NR

On The Rise: Babson College (11-5, 7-1 NEWMAC), Castleton University (11-2, 7-0 NAC), MIT (10-5, 6-2 NEWMAC), Saint Joseph’s (Maine) (13-1, 6-0 GNAC), Smith College (10-4, 4-2 NEWMAC), Springfield College (12-5, 6-3), Williams College (10-6, 2-2 NESCAC) and WPI (12-4, 5-2 NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Tues. Jan. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com

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 January 16th, 2018.

This week’s poll – similar to the past five 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, January 16th, 2018

1. MIT  14-1, 4-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Hamilton College 14-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4 
3. Eastern Conn. 13-2, 5-0 LEC Last Week: No. 5
4. Wesleyan University 11-3, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
5. Middlebury College 11-3, 3-1 NESCAC   Last Week: No. 6 
6. Williams College 12-3, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
7. Tufts University 12-4, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 7 
8. Salem State  13-3, 3-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 8 
9. Nichols College 12-2, 6-1 CCC Last Week: No. 9
10. Keene State  11-4, 5-0 LEC Last Week: No. 10

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (9-3, 6-0 GNAC), Amherst College (9-5, 1-2 NESCAC), Babson College (9-6, 4-0 NEWMAC), Bowdoin College (10-4, 1-2 NESCAC), Endicott College (10-4, 5-2 CCC), Roger Williams (11-3, 5-2 CCC) and Trinity College (11-4, 2-2 NESCAC)

Weekend Watch: Games To Watch In New England D3 Hoops (Jan. 12-14th)

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s kick-off a LONG weekend with another editor of ‘Weekend Watch,’ highlighting New England D3 basketball games to watch over the next few days!

For starters, Wesleyan University men’s basketball will make the trek to upstate New York this evening to face Hamilton College in an important New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) clash. The Continentals enter the game riding a 12-game winning streak – they also secured their initial conference win earlier this week when they defeated Trinity College, 78-55. The Cardinals fell to Williams College in overtime last Friday, but rebounded with a 10-point win over Middlebury College. Against the Panthers, three players recorded 12 points or more, so look for a team effort against the Continentals this evening.

Other games to watch tonight include Tufts University at Williams (men’s basketball) at 7 p.m. and Trinity at Bowdoin College (men’s basketball) at 7 p.m. On the women’s side, keep an eye on Amherst College at Connecticut College at 7 p.m. and Williams at Tufts (also at 7 p.m.).

As of this morning, Bowdoin and Middlebury (women’s basketball) are both 2-0 in conference play, while Amherst and Hamilton are 1-0, respectively.


Turn the page to Saturday and we have a boat-load of games to watch, including UMass Boston at West Conn. – can the Beacons win their fifth-straight Little East Conference (LEC) tilt? UMass Boston has been a tremendous story thus far, thanks to 13 impressive first-year players.

Games to Watch on Saturday, Jan. 13th 

Salem State at Framingham State (WBB) at 1 p.m.
UMass Boston at West Conn. (WBB) at 1 p.m.
Western New England at Univ. of New England  (WBB) at 1 p.m.
WPI at MIT (WBB) at 2 p.m.
Middlebury at Tufts (WBB) at 3 p.m.
Bridgewater State at Westfield State (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Wesleyan at Amherst (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Tufs at Middlebury (MBB) at 3 p.m.
UMass Dartmouth at Keene State (MBB) at 3 p.m.
New England College at Husson (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Roger Williams at Endicott (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Lasell at Johnson & Wales (MBB) at 3 p.m.
Nichols at Wentworth (MBB) at 3 p.m.


Just a few games to watch on Sunday, including Colby College (women’s basketball) at Trinity – the Mules will look to return to the win column after falling to Maine Maritime earlier this week by a score of 67-59. The Bantams will be coming off a Friday evening tilt  against Polar Bears.

Also on Sunday, Colby-Trinity (men’s basketball) will face-off in Maine. The Mules won back-to-back games this weekend, including an 87-79 win over Pine Manor, thanks to 11 points and 12 rebounds from Dean Weiner.

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