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D3 Hoops: The 2018-19 All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Team

ALL NOONTIME TEAM 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.

This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.

As always, make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Hoops. 


Roger Williams and Nichols College

Nichols College’s Scott Faucher was named our Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding the Bison to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Sectional Finals earlier this month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley/Nichols College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher (Nichols College): In his first season with the Bison, Faucher guided Nichols to a 28-3 mark, as well as the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Division III sectional finals. Additionally, the first-year coach also led Nichols to its third-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title with a 105-90 victory over Gordon College last month.


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Marcos Echevarria capped an impressive four-year career with the Nichols College men’s basketball team by becoming the 16th all-time scorer in Division III history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College): The Lynn, Massachusetts native concluded an impressive four-year career with the Bison by becoming the 16th all-time scorer in Division III history with 2,519 points and third in three-pointers with 479. A three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) first-teamer, Echevarria guided the Bison to the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA sectional finals this month after leading Nichols to postseason victories against Middlebury College, Rowan College, and Amherst College. Echevarria ended the 2018-19 season averaging 20.3 points per game to go along with 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals. He was recently named to the D3Hoops.com All-America Second Team.


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Emerson College’s Zach Waterhouse became the first member of the men’s basketball program to be tabbed NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kate Foultz/Emerson College Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Zach Waterhouse (Emerson College): Waterhouse enjoyed an impressive first season with the Lions, averaging 16.6 points per game to go along with 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He canned 74.5 percent of his free throws while canning 68 trifectas in 28 contests. Waterhouse became the first Emerson men’s basketball player to be named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year last month.


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball First Team 

Kena Gilmour

Hamilton College 

New Paltz, N.Y. 

Ty Nichols 

Keene State 

Springfield, Mass. 

Bradley Jomard

MIT 

Paris, France

AJ Jurko 

MIT

Weston, Fla.

Marcos Echevarria 

Nichols College 

Lynn, Mass. 


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Second Team 

Grant Robinson 

Amherst College 

McLean, Va.

DeAnte Bruton 

Nichols College 

New London, Conn.

Jake Ross 

Springfield College 

Northampton, Mass.

Austin Hutcherson 

Wesleyan University 

Freehold, N.J.

James Heskett 

Williams College 

Cincinnati, Ohio


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Third Team 

Geoffrey Gray

Emerson College 

Newton, Mass. 

Tim Roberts 

MIT 

Oak Bluffs, Mass.

Austin Coene 

Roger Williams 

Tyngsborough, Mass.

Sean Bryan 

Salem State University 

Lowell, Mass. 

Bobby Casey 

Williams College 

Scranton, PA


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Rookie Team 

Devonn Allen 

Amherst College 

Danvers, Mass.

Noah Tyson 

Colby College 

Rutland, Vt.

Zach Waterhouse 

Emerson College

Hampton, N.H.

Mikey Spencer

Salve Regina 

Abington, Mass.

Chris Child

University of Saint Joseph

Bronx, N.Y.

D3 Hoops: Sunday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard

CONF TOURN SCOREBOARD

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The final day of conference tournament madness concluded with a quartet of championship games!


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Men’s Basketball: Williams 69, Wesleyan 58The Ephs are headed back to the NCAA Tournament – they secured the automatic invite with a convincing win over the Cardinals, thanks to a game-high 17 points from James Heskett

Women’s Basketball: Amherst 44, Tufts 40: Madeline Eck recorded 17 points, including a late triple and two freebies during the final three minutes to lift the Mammoths past the Jumbos in the NESCAC championship.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Men’s Basketball: MIT 63, WPI 57MIT overcame a four-point deficit at the break to defeat WPI in Springfield. With the win, the Engineers of Cambridge are headed back to the ‘big dance’ for the second-straight season after capturing yet another NEWMAC crown. AJ Jurko netted 16 points in the win – he also recorded eight rebounds, too.

Women’s Basketball: MIT 54, WPI 50: Kristen Ngan came off the bench and netted 14 points, while Taylor V’Dovec added 13 points as MIT won its first-ever NEWMAC championship. 

D3 Basketball Notebook: Clark-Worcester Set To Tip-Off At Midnight

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

A brand new season of New England Division III basketball is set to tip-off tomorrow morning – in fact, it will be an early morning clash, to be exact, between Clark and Worcester State.

For the third-straight season, the Cougars and Lancers will meet a minute after midnight to compete for that initial win of the season.

Last year, the Cougars edged the Lancers, 77-74, thanks to a late triple from Luca McCormick, who concluded the contest three of eight from beyond the arc.

McCormick returns this season – he is a junior small forward – and will certainly be one of many players to watch on the Cougars this season. Additionally, keep an eye on senior John Pisacreta, who led the Red and White with 12.2 points per game.

Clark graduated a trio of seniors that paced the teams in rebounds, but perhaps McCormick will be a player to watch on the glass this winter.

Worcester State, which was chosen to finish fifth in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) this season, will be led by Cal Howes, who was honored four times last season as rookie of the week. Howes competed in 27 games last year (stared in seven) and averaged nine points per contest. He tallied 244 points, while pulling down 59 rebounds (51 defensive caroms).

Following their early morning meeting, Worcester State will head to Babson College this weekend for the Babson Invite – will include Babson, Endicott and Regis – while Clark will  compete in the NYU Tournament in New York City. The Cougars’ initial game of the tournament will be against Haverford on Saturday, November 18th at 9:30 p.m.

Larry Anderson and the MIT men’s basketball season begin their New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title defense later tomorrow – 7 p.m., to be exact – when they welcome Bridgewater State to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Engineers competed in the annual MIT-Harvard game last Friday, but came up short against Tommy Amaker‘s Crimson. Harvard defeated MIT, 73-64, but the Engineers provided the Crimson offense and defense with some challenges in both halves.

“They beat us,” Anderson said shortly after his team’s nine-point setback to Harvard. “It’s an exhibition game for us and a regular season game for them, but I just thought in some areas we competed well, (while) other areas we were disappointed in … I was hoping we would (have) done a little bit better (from looking at the post-game stats).”

Harvard’s Seth Towns netted a game-high 20 points, while MIT received 17 points from Bradley Jomard. According to Anderson, Jomard will certainly be a player that will help the Engineers this season, especially in conference games against Babson, Springfield and WPI.

“Brad brings a lot to us. Being a 6’6″ point guard, he can guard one through five on the defensive side of the basketball and (for his height) he is a pretty smooth ball handler,” said Anderson.

“(Brad) fills the stat sheet, but even the things that don’t show up in the stat sheet that we always talk about, getting yourself in the invisible newspaper is doing things that don’t show up in the stat sheet, and he brings that level of calmness that we really covet.”

Look for Jomard to have a big impact on the Engineers this season, who will also receive contributions from AJ JurkoTim RobertsIan Hinkley and Cameron Korb.

Following their opening day tilt with the Bears of Bridgewater State, the Engineers will host Eastern Nazarene on Saturday before visit Tufts University next Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. The Engineers will conclude the month of November with games against Keene State, Salem State and UMass Boston. Keene State and Salem State both advanced to last season’s NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Husson women’s basketball team was picked to captured the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), while Castleton and Colby-Sawyer checked in second and third, respectively.

Husson, which is led by coach Kissy Walker, is optimistic about the upcoming season, but also believes they have what it takes to contend for a conference crown, especially after capturing it the past two seasons.

“We have high expectations,” Walker explained in her team’s season-preview video.

The Eagles collected six first-place votes in the NAC preseason poll, while Castleton garnered a trio of votes. Colby-Sawyer earned one first-place nod.

Kenzie Worcester will certainly be one of many Husson players to watch on this year’s squad.

The Eagles will head to Williamstown this weekend to compete against St. Lawrence on Saturday (Nov. 18th) before facing Williams on Sunday, November 19th. The Eagles’ home-opener is set for Tuesday, November 28th when they host Thomas (Maine) at 5:30 p.m.


Games to Watch on Opening Day: If you’re up early – or perhaps late – make sure to check-out Clark-Worcester State at 12:01 a.m., but here are a few games I’ll be keeping an eye on tomorrow evening.

Brandeis at Roger Williams, 5:30 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Southern Maine at University of New England, 5:30 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Western New England at Springfield, 6 p.m. (Women’s Basketball)
Keene State at Southern Vermont, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Brandies at Suffolk, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Bridgewater State at MIT, 7 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Lasell at Babson, 7:30 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)
Western New England at Springfield College, 8 p.m. (Men’s Basketball)


The Noontime Sports Basketball Podcast (Episode One)Matt Noonan chats with John  Cabral on the first-ever edition of the Noontime Sports Basketball Podcast about the upcoming season, as well as what he expects from both Babson College and UMass Dartmouth this winter.

NCAA D3 Basketball Tournament Roundup: Husson, Nichols & UMass Dartmouth Make History

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UMass Dartmouth women’s basketball made history on Friday evening, defeating La Roche en route to the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory! (Photo Credit: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By Elaine Cavalieri (@ElaineCavSports) 

NCAA Div. III Men’s Tournament Bracket 

NCAA Divison III Women’s Tournament Bracket 

The first evening of NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball tournament came to a close late Friday evening, and below is the local first-round roundup.

SUNY New Paltz 62, Bowdoin 61: A late defensive stand helped the Hawks prevail past the Polar Bears and set-up second round match-up against host Ithaca. Abigail Kelly paced the Polar Bears off the bench, tallying 13 points, while recording six rebounds, two steals and one assist. 

SUNY Poly 80, Eastern Connecticut 72:  SUNY Poly’s Stevie Ray highlighted her team’s effort against the Warriors, pouring in 43 points, while tallying five steals, four rebounds and four assists. Eastern Connecticut’s Jordyn Nappi concluded the contest with 19 points.

Amherst 63, Regis 37: A big effort from the Purple & White’s bench helped Amherst defeat the Pride at home. Maeve McNamara led the hosts with 11 points.

Endicott 71, Salisbury 68:  Kamahl Walker scored the game’s biggest layup late in the second session, while tallying a game-high 32 points to carry to the Gulls to an exciting first-round victory.

Babson 59, Messiah 53:  Giovanna Pickering helped the Beavers extend their current winning streak to five-games, thanks to a game-best 20 points. Taylor Russell netted 11 points, while Jennifer Narlee recorded a double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds.  

Eastern Connecticut 86, MIT 70: Hugh Lindo recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds, Tarchee Brown added 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists as the Warriors defeated the Engineers in their first-ever meeting. AJ Jurko paced MIT with 19 points. 

UMass Dartmouth 71, La Roche 64: Nakira Examond recorded his 11 double-double of the season with 23 points (11 of 15 from the field) and 15 rebounds as the Corsairs made history, earning their first-ever NCAA Tournament win over La Roche. 

Babson 92, Husson 76:  Joey Flannery led the Green and White with 28 points, while Isaiah Nelson recorded a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, Babson converted 28 of 35 free throws. Husson’s  Raheem Anderson and Mitch Worcester each netted 17 points.

Nichols 96, Neumann 93:  DeAnte Bruton netted 28 points, while pulling down six rebounds as the Bison captured its first-ever NCAA Tournament contest. Their three-point win set-up a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship re-match in the second round.  

Husson 74, DeSales 72: The Eagles captured their first-ever NCAA Tournament game as they rallied to defeat the Bulldogs at Tufts University. Chandler Guerrette scored a game-high 28 points, including a trio of trifectas and 13 of 16 free throws.

New England D3 Hoops Notebook: MIT Men’s Hoops Focused On Playing The ‘Right Way’

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A young and exciting MIT men’s basketball team, which has won 11 of 14 contests this season, is continuing to learn how to play ‘ the right way,’ according to Coach Larry Anderson. (PHOTO CREDIT: MIT Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

It’s been a learning process for the MIT men’s basketball team this season.

Larry Anderson’s squad is extremely young – six first-years and six sophomores, to be exact – but every player is eager to learn, both through practices and games. And that willingness to be the best has resulted in an impressive 11-3 overall ledger.

Senior co-captain Tim Butala is one of many players that have stepped-up this season for the Cardinal and Gray – he has netted a team-high 200 points, including 18 trifectas.

Sophomores Dakota Pierce, Cameron Korb and AJ Jurko have also contributed to MIT’s recent success on both ends of the court – all three can drive, pull-up and secure important rebounds, especially on defense.

“I am proud of my guys,” Anderson said following his team’s 84-59 win over Fitchburg State on Monday. “They’re finding a way to compete and figuring out how to play basketball the right way.”

Playing basketball the ‘right way,’ according to Anderson, starts with defense followed by success at the free-throw line. And the Engineers defense certainly did its job against the Falcons, forcing 15 turnovers that resulted in 20 points.

Additionally, the Engineers were successful at the stripe, converting 20 of 28 free throws, while locating quality shots, both inside and outside the half circle.

The game also featured glimpses of what this squad could become – again, the Engineers are young, but constantly learning from Anderson and the coaching staff on how to play basketball ‘the right way.’

“I saw a few plays that we made on both ends that I was pleased with,” said Anderson.

Those few plays Anderson highlighted will be needed throughout the remainder of the season, especially over the next few weeks.

MIT, currently 3-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, is set to host Springfield College on Saturday before entertaining top-ranked Babson College on Wednesday.

“We’re 0-0 right now. That is the way we have always approached it,” said Anderson. “Our guys understand that each game is different, each matchup is different and we try to prepare that way, so we’ll see what we can do.”

Extra, Extra: Earlier this week, I saw an exciting Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) clash between Mount Ida College and Lasell College (men’s basketball).

The game was billed as a must-see contest and it lived up to the hype.

Lasell captured the game, improving to 6-0 in league play and 9-4 overall. Their win snapped Mount Ida’s longest win-streak in league play of six-games.

Senior Armin Omanovic was quite impressive; netting a game-high 35 points, while sophomore Tim Blair sank a season-best eight three-pointers. Blair was on a roll after his initial trifecta in the opening session, knocking down three-pointer after three-pointer. He finished the game 8 of 14 from beyond the arc.

Mount Ida did not back down after the opening tip, receiving contributions on both ends from senior Ethan Dujon and juniors Jayson Clark and Errald Jordine.

Both teams will play again later this month, so if you’re looking for a quality mid-week clash, head over to Mount Ida on Wednesday, January 25.

* The Endicott College men’s basketball bounced back from a 74-70 setback to Western New England with an 82-66 win over Salve Regina on Wednesday. The Gulls will host Nichols College on Saturday – if you’re around, head to campus to watch a very important Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) clash. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

* The Roger Williams University women’s basketball secured the top spot in the CCC with a 57-47 win over Western New England on Wednesday. Both teams entered the game undefeated.

Senior Bridget Quilty led the Hawks with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Anna Walther netted 15 points and dished out a trio of assists. Roger Williams visits Gordon on Saturday.

* The Eastern Connecticut State University men’s basketball captured its sixth-straight contest last night by defeating UMass Dartmouth to bump its conference ledger to 4-0. Both teams last met in the Little East Conference (LEC) semifinal last season, a game the Corsairs captured en route to the league championship.

The Warriors of Eastern Connecticut return to the hardwood on Saturday when they visit UMass Boston. The Beacons have won three-straight, including a double-overtime win last night against Plymouth State.

* New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play just started, but I have a few teams – or technically thoughts on some squads worth keeping an eye on over the next few weeks.

The Bates College men’s basketball team could be a tough out in the league tournament; they’re off to their best start in league play since 2011 (the Bobcats are currently 2-0). The Bobcats have a challenging weekend ahead – they will face Hamilton tomorrow (Friday, January 13) and Middlebury College on Saturday.

Middlebury visit Tufts University on Friday evening – that game should be a must-watch or attend if you’re in the area. Could this game be perhaps a semifinal or championship preview? Possibly, but I also think we shouldn’t overlook Williams College, too.

As for some women’s NESCAC teams to watch, keep an eye on Bowdoin College, Connecticut College and Middlebury. All three will challenge Amherst College and Tufts for the top spot.

* The Husson University women’s basketball team has been unstoppable this season, winning nine of ten games, including six North Atlantic Conference (NAC) tilts. They could distance themselves in the standings this weekend with wins over Johnson State and Lyndon State.

Keep an eye on Lyndon State junior Mikayla Hodge, who was tabbed this week’s conference player of the week after posting a three double-doubles last week. She averaged 16.7 points per game, 14.7 caroms and 1.3 blocks.