WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 14th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our sixth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Fitchburg State’s Emma Thomson averaged 20 points, six rebounds, and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. (PHOTO COURTESY: Fitchburg State Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Emma Thomson (Fitchburg State | Sr. | York, Maine): Thomson averaged 20 points, six boards and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. She posted 20 points, six rebounds, and two assists in a 70-54 triumph over Pine Manor on Wednesday before adding 20 points, six boards and one steal in a 67-56 victory against Salem State on Saturday.


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Worcester State’s Erin Gallella averaged 8.5 points in two games last week for the Lancers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Erin Gallella (Worcester State | Fr. | Tewksbury, Mass.): Gallella averaged 8.5 points per game in a pair of contests for Worcester State last week. In the Lancers’ win over Saint Joseph’s (Me.) last Tuesday, Gallella recorded eight points with five assists and two rebounds before recording nine points, two rebounds, and one assist in a victory over Anna Maria on Thursday.


Women’s Basketball Milestone: Cherise Galasso (WPI): With a 64-58 win last Tuesday against Williams, WPI coach Cherise Galasso earned her 350th win on the sidelines, including her 315th with the Engineers. Prior to arriving at the Worcester campus, Gallaso won 35 contests during a three-year stint at Regis in Weston, Massachusetts. Two days after their exciting win over the Ephs, WPI provided Galasso with her 351st win with a 70-40 victory against Western New England.


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Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | New York, N.Y.): Wilson poured in a career and game-high 36 points on 10 of 22 shooting against Worcester State last Thursday. Wilson, who is averaging 20.5 points per game, concluded the non-conference tilt with 14 made freebies (out of 17 attempts), five rebounds (four defensive caroms), and five blocks. 

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this past week while shooting 34.5 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the free-throw line. Against Saint Anselm, Capacchione put up 20 points with five rebounds, one assist, and one block to keep Assumption in the game.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continued to lead the Hawks this past week, averaging 20.5 points and 4.5 steals per game over two games. The senior guard poured in 23 points on Tuesday in Becker’s setback at Mitchell before adding 18 at Eastern Nazarene on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a pair of games for the Crusaders this past week, Manis kicked off the week with a 25-point, 12-rebound, two-steal showing against Lafayette on Wednesday; with 8.6 seconds left, she hit the game-tying layup, was fouled and hit the go-ahead free throw in a 57-56 win over the Leopards. Against Bucknell, she added in a 15-point, five-rebound performance.

Gigi LeMay (Worcester State | Jr. | Grafton, Mass.): LeMay had a breakout week for the Lancers, leading her team to pair of wins off the bench. The junior guard opened the week with a career-high 26 points in a win over Saint Joseph’s (Me.), which included eight rebounds and four steals, before scoring 11 points with eight boards, four assists, and four steals in a win over Anna Maria on Thursday.

Alana Keating (WPI | Sr.| Leominster, Mass.): Keating netted 10 of her game-high 17 points during a game-opening 18-0 run as host WPI defeated Western New England last  Thursday at Harrington Auditorium. The senior guard connected on all four attempts from beyond the arc en route to a career-best point total. She has now reached double digits in five straight games, which has coincided with a five-game winning streak for the Engineers, who improved to 10-4 overall with the victory over the Golden Bears.  Earlier in the week, Keating tallied 10 points, including a trio of three-pointers as the Crimson and Gray knocked off undefeated Williams to deliver head coach Cherise Galasso her 350th career victory.  


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fourth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final WACBA Honor Roll report until Tuesday, January 7th, 2020! 


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Isabella Nerney netted 51 points in two games last week, including 36 points in her team’s eight-point win over Clark University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Co-Women’s Player of the Week: Isabella Nerney (Nichols College | Jr. | Guilford, Conn.): Nerney scored 51 points last week, which helped the Bison go 2-0 while picking up their first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) win of the season. Last Tuesday, Nerney dropped in 15 points and snared five rebounds in the 69-62 come-from-behind win over conference-rival Wentworth. On Saturday, the Guilford, Connecticut native had a historic game by pouring in 36 points (10-of-20 FG), including a program-record eight three-pointers to go along with eight rebounds in the Bison’s 70-62 win against Clark University. Nerney’s s eight triples broke the program-record, which was held by current head coach MaryLynn Skarzenski. The 36 points scored against the Cougars were the second-most recorded in a game in program history.


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Nichols College first-year Alexis Finnerty averaged 20 points in a pair of games last week for the Bison. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Alexis Finnerty (Nichols College | Fr. | Chester, Conn.): Finnerty averaged 20 points per game this past week, as the Bison went 2-0 with one of their wins being their first conference victory of the 2019-20 season. Finnerty scored 18 points (6-of-9 FG) and hauled in four rebounds in the 69-62 win against Leopards. She scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half alone to help propel the Bison to the win. On Saturday, the Chester, Connecticut native dropped her second 20-plus point game of the season, scoring 22 in the Bison’s 70-62 win over Clark University. She also added three boards and three assists. And once again, she was very productive in crunch time against the Cougars, scoring 18 of her 22 points in the second half.


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MaryLynn Skarzenski recorded her 100th career win on the sidelines last week when she guided Nichols College to a seven-point win over Wentworth Institute of Technology. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Milestone of the Week: MaryLynn Skarzenski (Nichols College): Skarzenski recorded her 100th career win on the sidelines last Wednesday by leading her Alma mater to a 69-62 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology. A member of the Class of 2009, Skarzenski enjoyed a successful four-year career with the Bison by becoming the program’s all-time leader in games played (115), assists (641), and steals (409). She was named a four-time CCC first-teamer and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, she was named the CCC Player of the Year and Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season. Skarzenski, who is in her third season with the Bison, cut her teeth into the coaching world as an assistant with the University of New England women’s basketball program before becoming the head coach at Daniel Webster College and Mitchell College. 


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Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Jr. | New York, N.Y.): Wilson enjoyed another successful week with the Anna Maria College women’s basketball program, averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.0 steals. She began the week by netting a team-high 23 points in a five-point setback to Gordon College (69-64) to go along with six rebounds (all defensive caroms), five blocks, three assists, and two steals. Three days later against Mitchell College, Wilson tallied 14, while tallying nine defensive rebounds, six assists, six blocks, and two steals. Through eight contests this season, the junior from New York, New York is averaging career-bests in points (19.4) and rebounds (7.9) per game.

Meghan Reen (Assumption College | Jr. | Norwood, Mass.): Reen averaged 12.0 points this past week along with 4.0 assists and shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from beyond the arc. Reen led the Hounds in their match-up against Bentley University this past week with 12.0 points while going 5-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the three.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this past week, including leading the Hawks to their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win at Bay Path on Saturday.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | Jr. | Blackstone, Mass.): Hannah Favaloro led the Cougars this week against Brandeis and Nichols in points, scoring 20 points and 16 points, respectively. The Blackstone, Mass. native, ended the week with an average of 8.5 rebounds per game and 63 minutes on the court. Favaloro is now averaging 13.7 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game for the season.

Madalyn Smith (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sussex, N.J.): The Crusaders’ senior captain recorded a pair of double-figure performances against Rhode Island last Wednesday and UMass on Sunday. Against URI, she shattered her previous career-high of 16 with a 25-point showing, including sinking seven 3-pointers, the second-most in single-game program history. She followed that up with a 12-point, six-assist day at UMass. Smith leads the team with 34 assists this season. 

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, Calf.): Vinson registered a season-best and team-high 18 points and five rebounds in WPI’s 56-44 setback this past Saturday to Tufts University. The senior was 8-of-14 from the floor and added three blocks and an assist in 29 minutes of action. She scored six of her points in the first half, which closed with WPI trailing by three, 21-18.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our third Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Assumption College’s Brianna Capacchion averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last week for the Greyhounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Player of the Week: Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Senior | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione was influential for Assumption College this past week, averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 30.8 percent from the floor, 31.6 percent from three and 87.5 percent from the foul line. Against Franklin Pierce, Capacchione led her team with 20 points while adding six rebounds, two assists, and one steal. She then recorded 13 rebounds and nine points against Stonehill College. Capacchione concluded her team’s contest against the Skyhawks as the second-leading scorer. 


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Angelina Marazzi became the 12th player in Fitchburg State women’s basketball program history to net 1,000 points last week against Regis College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jamie Rogers/Fitchburg State Athletics)

Women’s Milestone of the Week: Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 16.5 points, three rebounds and 1.5 steals per game over two contests for the Green and Gold last week. She notched 14 points, three rebounds and two steals, including her 1,000th career point in a 67-43 setback to Regis College on Tuesday before adding a game-best 19 points, three caroms and one steal in a 71-46 loss to Keene State on Saturday.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Jr. | New York, N.Y.): Against Clark University last week, Wilson stuffed the stat sheet with a team-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds (six defensive caroms), six blocks, three assists, and three steals. 

Ginny Benbow (Clark University | Soph. | Durham, Conn): In a victory over Anna Maria College, Benbow tallied a career-high 24 points in 28 minutes on 69.2% shooting, including going three-for-four from the three-point line. The sophomore led all players in scoring while adding one assist, two rebounds, and one steal.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis led the Crusaders to an 83-71 win over Brown University on Sunday, recording 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting, which was the most points by any Holy Cross player in a single game this season. With 12 rebounds, Manis also had her third double-double of the season, too, and moved into second place in program history with 41 career double-doubles. She currently ranks second in Division I with 13.0 rebounds per game and leads the nation in defensive rebounds with 10.2 per game.

Victoria Mirecki (WPI, So, Rock Tavern, NY): Mirecki exploded for a career-best 17 points as the Engineers overwhelmed Nichols College, 63-36, last Tuesday evening. The second and third quarters were Mirecki’s to shine as the sophomore more than tripled her season scoring total in the middle 20 minutes, shooting a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers and a conventional 3-point play.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, November 19th, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area has officially begun, which means it is time to unveil our initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Megan Swords recorded a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds last week in her team’s impressive win over Boston College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Player of the Week: Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Sr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords led a tremendous team effort as the Crusaders beat local rival Boston College, 80-71, on Wednesday, Nov. 13. She recorded a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. She led the team in both points and rebounds as she notched her eighth career double-double.


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Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco has averaged 12.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game in five contests this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Natasha Pacheco (Becker College | Fr. | Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco has had a stellar start to her collegiate career, averaging 12.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game over five games, while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor. The first-year Hawk was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Worcester City Tournament to start off her season. As of press time, Pacheco ranks first in the nation in double-doubles with four in five games, first in total rebounds, first in minutes played and third in total free-throw attempts.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Jr. | New York, NY): In just three contests this season, Wilson has netted 74 points to go along with 30 rebounds, eight assists, and two swipes. Her best outing came against Catholic University when the junior guard led all scorers with 28 points while adding nine rebounds, five blocks, and one assist. Wilson also produced a double-double against Becker College with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while also recording four blocks and two assists.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 16.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals per contest over four games for the Falcons. She posted 19 points, one rebound, one assist and five steals in a 57-40 setback to Eastern Nazarene in the season opener before adding 12 points, nine assists, two boards, and two steals in a 71-69 loss to Clark University on Wednesday. Marazzi concluded with a combined 36 points in a pair of games over the weekend at the 2019 Colby-Sawyer Tip-Off Tournament.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr.| Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison has averaged 16.8 points per game through five games this season, shooting 37.5 percent from behind the arc. The senior team captain scored a season-high 24 points in Becker’s 64-60 overtime win over Anna Maria College.

Mya Mosley (Worcester State | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Mosley had a huge start to her Worcester State career since transferring in from Franklin Pierce by averaging 17.0 points per game in her first five contests. Mosley was named to the All-Worcester City Tournament Team after averaging 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the opening weekend, before averaging 16.0 points per game in week two.

Alana Keating (WPI | Sr.| Leominster, MA): Keating was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Worcester City Tournament as the Engineers took home the title for the sixth straight year.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Reveals 2018-19 All-Star Selections

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By WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Nichols College senior Marcos Echevarria and Holy Cross junior Lauren Manis have repeated as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Players of the Year, as revealed on Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column.

The announcement also features the annual All-Stars, Rookies of the Year and Coaches of the Year as voted upon by sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption College, as well as members of the local media.

Echevarria claimed the hardware for the third consecutive year while it was also a threepeat for the Bison with first-year head coach Scott Faucher earning Coach of the Year accolades. Assumption’s Cal Connelly, meanwhile, became the second Greyhound in as many years to secure Rookie of the Year honors. For the women, Manis narrowly missed out on a perfect ballot while fellow Crusader Avery LaBarbera was named as the Rookie of the Year, and Worcester State’s Karen Tessmer was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Nichols’ DeAnte Bruton and Matt Morrow joined Echevarria on the first team, as did Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Jehyve Floyd. The second team was comprised of Fitchburg State’s Nicholas Tracy, Worcester State’s Tyler Dion, Assumption’s Matthew Kelley, Clark’s Tyler Davern, and WPI’s Jake Wisniewski and Reid Walker.

Manis and LaBarbera along with Worcester State’s Brittany Herring, Assumption’s Morgan O’Donnell, Fitchburg State’s Angelina Marazzi, and Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy were named to the first team. Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Anna Maria’s Amber Wilson, Becker’s Cassidy Harrison, Fitchburg State’s Catherine Coppinger, as well as, Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney and Kaitlyn Berkel landed on the second team.

This year’s Paul N. Johnson and Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipients will be announced at a later date.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 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 County Area.

Follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter | Regular Season Stats and Standings

 MEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols (third consecutive)
Rookie of the Year: Cal Connelly (Rochester, N.H.), Assumption (back-to-back for Greyhounds)
Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher, Nichols (third consecutive for a Bison head coach)

First Team
Nichols College Marcos Echevarria*# Lynn, Mass. Sr.
Nichols College DeAnte Bruton*# New London, Conn. Jr.
Anna Maria Mike Rapoza*# Charlton, Mass Jr.
Becker College Kareem Davis^# Lowell, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd# Sayreville, N.J. Sr.
Nichols College Matt Morrow Leicester, Mass. So.
Second Team
Fitchburg State Nicholas Tracy Indianapolis, Ind. Jr.
Worcester State Tyler Dion Barre, Mass. Jr.
WPI Jake Wisniewski West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Reid Walker Lithia, Fla. So.
Assumption College Matthew Kelly& No. Potomac, Md. So.
Clark University Tyler Davern Webster, Mass. So.

 WOMEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross (back-to-back)
Rookie of the Year:
 Avery LaBarbera, Holy Cross
Coach of the Year: 
Karen Tessmer, Worcester State

First Team
Holy Cross Lauren Manis*# Franklin, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Brittany Herring*# West Brookfield, Mass. Sr.
Assumption College Morgan O’Donnell# Easton, Mass. Sr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi& Manchester, N.H. Jr.
Holy Cross Avery LaBarbera Harrison, N.Y. Fr.
Becker College Adrianna Dowdy& East Haven, Conn. Sr.
Second Team
Clark University Ogechi Ezemma*& Hope Valley, R.I. Sr.
Anna Maria Amber Wilson New York, N.Y. So.
Becker College Cassidy Harrison*# Foxborough, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney& Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Kaitlyn Berkel Waterford, Conn. Sr.
Fitchburg State Catherine Coppinger Boston, Mass. Jr.

* 2017 First Team
^ 2017 Second Team
# 2018 First Team
& 2018 Second Team