All-Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Team Of The Year

All-Noontime Team

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Noontime Sports and NoontimeSports.com is pleased to unveil our first-ever All-Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Teams!

Women’s Coach of the Year: G.P.Gromacki (Amherst College)

Women’s C0-Players of the Year: Michela North (Tufts University) & Ali Doswell (Amherst College)    

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State)

All-Noontime First Team 

Ali Doswell

Amherst College

Richmond, Va.

Michela North

Tufts University

Duxbury, Mass.

Giovanna Pickering

Babson College

Hull, Mass.

Meredith Doswell

Amherst College

Richmond, Va.

Melissa Baptista

Tufts University

Somerville, Mass.

All-Noontime Second Team 

Ama Biney 

WPI

Worcester, Mass.

Kate Kerrigan

Bowdoin College

Wellesley Hills, Mass.

Bridget Quilty

Roger Williams Univ.

Duxbury, Mass.

Jill Valley 

Westfield State

Orange, Mass.

Nakira Examond

UMass Dartmouth

New Bedford, Mass.

All-Noontime Third Team 

Chandler Guerrette

Husson University

Presque Isle, Maine

Kara Holinski

MIT

Livonia, Mich.

Ava Adamopoulos

Springfield College

Ludlow, Mass.

Kelsi McNamara

Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

West Newbury, Mass.

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg State

Rockland, Mass.

WACBAHoops Reveals First Wave of Postseason Accolades

wacba-logoBy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER – Nichols swept the men’s major awards while Assumption, Becker, Fitchburg State and WPI took top billing for the women as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) resumed its postseason awards program. Additionally, 12 student-athletes from each gender were tabbed All-WACBA. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, as well as three members representing the local media.

Nichols’ Marcos Echevarria was named Player of the Year while teammate DeAnte Bruton was tabbed the Rookie of the Year and head coach Tom Glynn was recognized as the Coach of the Year. WPI’s Ama Biney was unanimously selected as the Women’s Player of the Year as Fitchburg State’s Kyra Rose took home another Rookie of the Year nod. Assumption’s Kerry Phayre and Becker’s David Bostick were chosen as Co-Coaches of the Year.

Echevarria and Becker’s Samuel Durodola earned first team votes on all 12 ballots. Fitchburg State’s Jaleel Bell, Becker’s Kyle Credle, Bruton and Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza also earned high praise from the voters. WPI bookended the second team with Ian Converse and Sean Doncaster. Joining the Engineer duo was Worcester State’s Paul Brooks, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Malachi Alexander and Robert Champion.

Biney was the lone consensus first teamer on the women’s ballot.  She was followed by Rose, Worcester State’s Britt Herring, Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Holy Cross’ Lauren Manis and Becker’s Cassidy Harrison. The women’s second team was the only one to feature student from each NCAA division. DII Assumption’s Jo Impellizeri led the way as WPI’s Priscilla Dunphy, Worcester State’s Kaitlin Berkel, Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy, DI Holy Cross’ Infinti Thomas-Waheed and Anna Maria’s Deja Taitt comprised the rest of the list.

The coaches group is in the midst of voting for the next Paul N. Johnson Award winner and the inaugural Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipient.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring 10 colleges, 20 programs plus sports information directors and media members to foster friendships and camaraderie along with promoting the GREAT GAME OF BASKETBALL throughout the TRADITION RICH Worcester Country Area.

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Men’s Player of the Year

Nichols sophomore Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.)

Women’s Player of the Year

WPI junior Ama Biney (Worcester, Mass,)

Men’s Rookie of the Year

Nichols freshman DeAnte Bruton (New London, Conn.)

Women’s Rookie of the Year

Fitchburg State freshman Kyra Rose (Rockland, Mass.)

Men’s Coach of the Year

Tom Glynn, Nichols

Women’s Co-Coaches of the Year

Kerry Phayre, Assumption and David Bostick, Becker

ALL-WACBA TEAMS 

MEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Marcos Echevarria

Nichols

So

Lynn, Mass.

7

Samuel Durodola

Becker

Jr

Rosedale, N.Y.

1

Jaleel Bell

Fitchburg St.

Sr

Dorchester, Mass.

1

Kyle Credle

Becker

Sr

Queens, N.Y.

1

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols

Fr

New London, Conn.

Mike Rapoza

Anna Maria

Fr

Charlton, Mass.

2

 

 

 

 

 

MEN’S SECOND

 

Ian Converse

WPI

Sr

Woodstock, Conn.

Paul Brooks

Worcester St.

Sr

Arlington, Mass.

Kareem Davis

Becker

So

Lowell, Mass.

Malachi Alexander

Holy Cross

Sr

Bowie, Md.

Robert Champion

Holy Cross

Sr

Charlotte, N.C.

Sean Doncaster

WPI

Sr

Medford, Mass.

 

WOMEN’S FIRST

 

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1stPl

Ama Biney

WPI

Jr

Worcester, Mass.

        9

Kyra Rose

Fitchburg St.

Fr

Rockland, Mass.

        1

Britt Herring

Worcester St.

So

W. Brookfield, Mass.

         

Ogechi Ezemma

Clark

So

Hope Valley, R.I.

        2

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross

Fr

Franklin, Mass.

       

Cassidy Harrison

Becker

Fr

Foxborough, Mass.

         

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S SECOND

 

Jo Impellizeri

Assumption

Sr

Seaford, N.Y.

          

Priscilla Dunphy

WPI

Sr

Barrington, R.I.

          

Kaitlyn Berkel

Worcester St.

So

Waterford, Conn.

          

Adriana Dowdy

Becker

So

East Haven, Conn.

          

I. Thomas-Waheed

Holy Cross

Jr

Newton, Mass.

          

Deja Taitt

Anna Maria

Sr

Cambia Heights, N.Y.

          

 

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 13

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Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney wrapped up her third campaign by averaging 15.7 points and 5.7 rebound to go with 10 steals, six assists and three blocks in a 2-1 week. She totaled 18 points in each of the first two games of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament before adding 11 points in the championship against Babson. In the semifinal versus Clark, Biney amassed seven rebounds and seven steals.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, the first-year forward averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, while sinking 8 of 10 freebies. Against Loyola – a 59-58 win for the Crusaders – Manis tallied a new career-best with five steals, while posting her fourth 20-point game of the season. She concluded the contest with 22 points, seven rebounds, five steals, three blocks and one assist. Against Boston University, she netted 13 points, sank a pair of free throws, while recording six caroms and two assists.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): The first-year guard tallied a career-high 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one block in the Lancers’ Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal setback to MCLA. Sweeney went 4-for-5 (80%) from the field and made 8-of-8 (100%) free throws to total the 16 points.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 12

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Fitchburg State’s Kyra Rose was tabbed this week’s WACBA Rookie of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / Ashley Green)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops) 

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ciara McKissick (Becker | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game this past week, all while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor as the Hawks of Becker went 2-1. First, in Monday’s 73-69 win over Fitchburg State, McKissick led the Hawks with 21 points, nine rebounds, a career-high seven steals and four assists. McKissick shot 10 of 13 from the floor, which was good for 77 percent. Then, in Thursday’s 63-55 win at Daniel Webster, the sophomore scored 16 points with 16 rebounds as Becker clinched the third seed in the upcoming NECC playoffs. Finally, against Mitchell on Saturday, McKissick pulled down 14 rebounds (team-best) with eight points in a narrow 60-56 setback.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, two steals and 2.3 blocks in a trio of games last week. She registered 14 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals and one block in a 73-69 setback at Becker before adding a game-best 20 points, seven caroms, three assists, three steals and three blocks in a 71-67 setback to Salem State on Wednesday. Rose concluded the week with a team-best 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in a 77-52 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Allison Stoddard (Assumption | Sr. | East Lyme, Conn.): Stoddard came through in the clutch in a pair of Assumption wins last week, averaging 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while making 11 of 12 free throws. She recorded 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in a 14-point win over Merrimack. Stoddard followed it up with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists, and was part of a 24-4 run in the fourth quarter to grab the lead from St. Michael’s on the way to victory.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 15 points and 2.1 steals this past week, while shooting 35 percent from behind the three-point arc. First, in her team’s 73-69 win over Fitchburg State, Harrison posted a game-high 23 points with four rebounds and three steals. Then, facing Mitchell on Saturday, Harrison put the Hawks on her back, scoring a game-high 22 points with four steals and shooting 11 of 13 from the foul line.

Madalyn Smith (Holy Cross | Fr. | Sussex, N.J.): Smith posted a career-high 16 points, while playing a crucial role in the Crusaders’ fourth quarter comeback win over American. The first-year helped the Crusaders secure a 51-46 win over American by converting a quartet of three-pointers and two freebies, while pulling down a trio of caroms.  Prior to her team’s win over American, she registered two points and two rebounds in a 60-41 setback to Army.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Soph. | Waterford, Conn.): The sophomore forward averaged 18.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She scored a team-high 16 points, collected eight rebounds and three blocks in the Blue and Gold’s 62-55 win over Framingham State – helping the Lancers snap the Rams’ eight-game winning streak. She then registered a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in the setback to Westfield State in the regular season finale. She shot 60% from the field against the Owls.

Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 16.5 points in an important 2-0 week for the Engineers. She also averaged six rebounds to go with five steals and a block. Biney helped key a victory over regular season champion Babson with a dozen points, five boards, three steals and a pair of assists. On Saturday the junior led all players with 21 points and seven rebounds against MIT. As a result, the Engineers secured the third seed in the upcoming NEWMAC tournament.

Saturday Roundup: Babson Sinks MIT, Colby Stuns Middlebury In NESCAC Quarterfinals

By Brian Willwerth (@BriWillwerth) 

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Babson’s Nick Comenale’s go-ahead triple with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted the top-ranked Beavers past MIT. (PHOTO CREDIT: Babson College Athletics)

It was a BUSY Saturday of college hoops and below are recaps from some important contests, including the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) quarterfinals.

MEN

No. 1 Babson 70, MIT 67: Nick Comenale drained a three-pointer with one second left as the top-ranked team in the country stayed undefeated in conference play. It was the second time this season the Beavers rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to beat the Engineers.

No. 10 Middlebury 88, Bates 84: Behind 34 points from Matt St. Amour, the Panthers defeated the visiting Bobcats in a quarterfinal of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament. Second-seeded Middlebury advances to next weekend’s semifinals.

No. 13 Tufts 81, Hamilton 63: The top-seeded Jumbos held serve on their home court to advance to next weekend’s NESCAC semifinals. Vincent Pace scored 18 points to lead four Tufts’ players in double figures.

Williams 76, No. 18 Amherst 69:  Daniel Aronowitz scored 22 points as the Ephs knocked off their rivals in Amherst. Williams is the No. 6 seed in the NESCAC tournament, and lives to see the semifinals next Saturday.

Trinity 51, No. 24 Wesleyan 49:  The fourth semifinalist in the NESCAC tourney is Trinity. Ed Ogundeko hit a jumper with two seconds left to give the Bantams the victory on the road. Ogundeko also pulled down 13 rebounds.

WOMEN

Babson 59, Springfield 35: Giovanna Pickering led all scorers with 17 points, and the Beavers broke open a tight game by outscoring the Pride 20-3 in the third quarter. Babson improves to 14-2, and holds on to the top seed in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

WPI 72, MIT 47: WPI followed up its victory over Babson with a win over MIT, to create a three-way tie for second in the NEWMAC. Ama Biney scored 21 points and Priscilla Dunphy added 17.

Bowdoin 72, Connecticut College 47. In this NESCAC quarterfinal, the hosts broke open a close game in the second half. Marle Curle led the Polar Bears with 13 points.

No. 3 Tufts 58, Williams 40: The Jumbos had a 26-6 advantage in points off turnovers in this one. Tufts advances to next week’s semifinals.

No. 1 Amherst 76, Bates 35. Undefeated Amherst jumped out to a big lead early on and never looked back. Emma McCarthy had 19 points and nine rebounds.

Colby 48 Middlebury 39: The Mules were the only road team to advance in the NESCAC tournament. MK Caverly had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead fourth-seed Colby to victory.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 11

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Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Worcester State Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Aretha Sullivan (Clark | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, Sullivan averaged an impressive 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. In a loss to MIT, she finished with a team-best 20 points and five boards while shooting 10-for-18 from the field. Then in a must-win over Emerson on Saturday, she pumped in a season-best 24 points on 7-for-15 shooting, including a 4-for-6 effort from three-point land. For the week, she shot a sizzling 51.5 percent from the field (17-for-33).

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney averaged 10 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. She picked up six points and six rebounds in the win over Fitchburg State and then marked a career-high 14 points and 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double in the 70-62 win over Bridgewater State.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison produced a tremendous week for the Hawks, averaging 21 points, four rebounds and 1.7 steals per game over three games while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. Harrison capped off her week scoring a career-high 30 points in Becker’s 71-59 victory over Bay Path on Saturday. In just her first season, Harrison has consistently been Becker’s leading scorer.

Shabeli Villa (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Lawrence, Mass.): Villa averaged 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.5 steals per contests in two games for the Falcons. She registered a new career-high of 21 points, four rebounds and two steals in a 68-52 setback to Worcester State on Wednesday before adding 11 points, three caroms, one assist and one steal in a 64-51 setback to MCLA on Saturday.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 12.5 points, six rebounds, four assists one steal and one block in two games for the Green and Gold. She collected ten points, five boards, five assists and two steals in a 68-52 setback to Worcester State on Wednesday before adding 15 points, seven caroms, three assists and two blocks in a 64-51 setback to MCLA on Saturday.

Tricia Byrne (Holy Cross | Jr. | Dunmore, Pa.): Byrne posted a career-high 18 points in both games this past week, while notching a new career-best in assists with nine against Lafayette. She netted a career-high four three-pointers in an 80-64 setback to Lehigh.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): The first-year forward canned 13 of 27 baskets this past week, netting 17 points against Lafayette and 16 versus Lehigh. Against Lafayette, she pulled down nine rebounds, while finishing the contest with a pair of blocks and one swipe. She concluded the week with a trio of steals and two blocks in an 80-64 setback to Lehigh.

Ama Biney (WPI | Jr | Worcester, Mass.): Biney posted 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in a 1-1 week. After being held to 12 points and four rebounds in the midweek loss to Springfield, Biney put up 19 points and five caroms against Wellesley Saturday.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): Averaged 17.5 points and nine rebounds while shooting 6-of-25 (64%) in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Scored 12 points and picked up seven rebounds in the 68-52 win over Fitchburg State and then registered a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds in the 70-62 win over Bridgewater State.

WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week Nine

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An impressive week by Becker first-year Cassidy Harrison earned her this week’s WACBA Rookie of the Week honor. (PHOTO CREDIT: Becker College)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker | Soph. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy had another great week for the Hawks, averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game. First, in Becker’s 68-59 win over Daniel Webster, Dowdy finished with eight points and 12 rebounds. Then, in Becker’s 58-57 come from behind win against Wheelock, Dowdy scored 19 of her 27 points in the second half with 13 rebounds while dishing out four assists and collecting two steals, and hitting a free throw at then end for the win. Finally, hosting Newbury on Saturday, Dowdy contributed seven points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. The three wins keep Becker in second place in the NECC standings, as they enjoy their best season since joining the conference. For her performances, Dowdy was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continues to lead the Hawks in scoring, as she averaged 18.3 points and 2.7 steals this past week in three Becker victories. Harrison posted 21 points and three steals in Becker’s 68-59 win over Daniel Webster on Tuesday. On Thursday, she came up with 12 points in a 58-57 victory over Wheelock. Finally, in Becker’s 61-51 win over Newbury, Harrison finished with 22 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and making all eight of her free throw attempts. For her performances, Harrison was named New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | So. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 1-1 week, Ezemma averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and 3.5 blocks. Her best effort of the week came in a 72-54 win over Wellesley where she totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds and went 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 20.7 points, nine rebounds, three assists, 2.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per contest in three games for the Falcons last week. She posted a double-double of 36 points and 13 rebounds as well as five assists, three steals and two blocks in a 94-89 overtime win over Dean College on Monday before adding nine points, four caroms, two assists and one steal in a 99-44 setback to Framingham State on Wednesday. Rose concluded the week by registering a double-double of 17 points and 10 caroms to go along with two assists, four steals and three blocks in a 108-55 setback to Westfield State on Saturday.

Tricia Byrne (Holy Cross | Jr. | Dunmore, Pa.): Against Navy this past week, the Dunmore, Pennsylvania native connected on 7 of 11 shots, including one trifecta, while draining a pair of free throws. She also tallied six assists, four rebounds and two blocks en route to finishing the two-point setback (73-31) with 17 points. Her 17 points were a career-best and so were the six assists, too.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis notched a new career-high of 25 points despite her team’s two-point setback to Navy. The Franklin, Massachusetts’s native drained 10 of 19 shots from the field, while connecting on four of five free throw attempts. She concluded the contest with seven caroms, two assists and two steals.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Soph. | Waterford , Conn.): The sophomore forward averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Berkel picked up a career-high 26 points as she went 12-for-19 (63.2%) from the field, while registering eight boards, four assists, and one block in the setback to Westfield State last Wednesday. She then scored 16 points and collected seven boards and a steal in the 55-51 win over MCLA on Saturday. 

Ama Biney (WPI | Jr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney narrowly missed a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds in a win over city and conference rival Clark last Saturday. She also recorded four steals and an assist in 34 minutes. The triumph was the sixth in-a-row for the 17-2 Engineers.