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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.

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 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

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 15 (Feb. 26th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.

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Catherine Sweeney came close to averaging a triple-double in back-to-back conference tournament games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

WACBA Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney came close to averaging a triple-double in a pair of games last week by tallying 12.5 points, 18.5 rebounds, and eight assists. She recorded her third triple-double of the 2018-19 season during her team’s semifinal win over Framingham State last Thursday with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 caroms before adding 21 rebounds, five points, five assists, and two blocks in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship against Westfield State. As of last Saturday, Sweeney has recorded three triple-doubles, which is the most by any Division III women’s basketball player this winter.

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Avery LaBarbera stuffed the stat sheet this past Saturday in her team’s exciting win over Bucknell University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera had a stellar week in a 1-1 showing for the Crusaders, recording nine points and one steal in a setback to Army last Wednesday before tallying 16 points, two assists, one block and one steal in her team’s win over Bucknell University this past Saturday.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison led the Hawks into the finals of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championships this past week by averaging 14.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.6 steals and 1.6 assists in three games. She had one of her best performances of the season last Tuesday against Newbury College when she scored 20 points with a career-high 10 steals, tying a Becker school record for steals. For her contributions last week, Harrison was named to the NECC All-Tournament Team.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi netted a game-best 27 points, five rebounds and one assist in a setback to Bridgewater State in the MASCAC quarterfinals last Tuesday evening for the Falcons.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 24.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. She started with 14 points, six rebounds and one block in a 16-point win over Franklin Pierce, before going off for 35 points, 12 boards and three blocks in a tough 82-80 loss to Stonehill College this past weekend.

Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Jr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords averaged double figures in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In a loss to Army last Wednesday, she recorded 10 points, four rebounds, and one steal before adding 11 points and eight caroms in a Holy Cross win over Bucknell University.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 14 (Feb. 19th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.

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Brittany Herring netted a career-high 32 points last week against Westfield State while averaging a double-double in a pair of games. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Brittany Herring (Worcester State | Sr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She exploded for a career-high 32 points on 11 of 14 shooting this past Saturday against Westfield State while snatching 15 rebounds (her second-highest total of the current season) in an 82-77 setback. Three days earlier against Bridgewater State, she netted 18 points on 9 of 11 shooting, while recording seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in a 79-54 victory against Bridgewater State.

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Holy Cross first-year Oluchi Ezemma was

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Oluchi Ezemma (Holy Cross) | Fr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma matched her career-high with 10 points off the bench in a 64-61 Turnpike Trophy victory over Boston University this past Saturday, while also chipping in six rebounds. Prior to her impressive showing against the Terriers, she produced eight points and eight rebounds, along with two steals in a three-point win over Navy

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Becker College’s Adrianna Dowdy is now the program’s all-time leader in rebounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Milestone: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy became Becker’s all-time leader in career rebounding this past Saturday, as she pulled down 13 rebounds in a heart-breaking 41-39 loss to Mitchell College. Dowdy, who entered the day with exactly 1000 career rebounds, passed former Becker great Dawn Fitzpatrick as Becker’s all-time leading rebounder. Dowdy pulled down her eighth board of the day off a defensive rebound with 1:11 to go in the second quarter, breaking Fitzpatrick’s old record of 1,007. Dowdy would snag five more caroms to bump her career rebounding total to 1,013.  As of press time, Dowdy is one of only nine active players in the nation with 1000 career points and rebounds.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | Soph. | Blackstone, Mass.): Favaloro led the Cougars offensively with 31 points in a 1-1 week. She began the week with 10 points and three rebounds in a victory over Mount Holyoke last Wednesday before posting a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds in a setback at Springfield College this past weekend.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross) | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis recorded a pair of double-doubles in a 2-0 week for the Crusaders. Against Navy last Wednesday, she chipped in 13 points and 14 rebounds before posting 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 64-61 win over Boston University.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 13.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, five assists and 1.3 steals per contest in three games for the Falcons this past week. She collected ten points, six assists and one steal in a 66-39 setback to Keene State on Monday before adding 15 points, eight boards, four assists and three steals in an 89-61 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday. Marazzi concluded the week with 16 points, two caroms, and five assists in an 89-61 setback to Bridgewater State on Saturday.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 13 (Feb. 12th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.

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Morgan O’Donnell became the 24th player in Assumption College women’s basketball program history to reach 1,000 points this past week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 20.0 points 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 33.3 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the foul line last week. Against Merrimack College, O’Donnell was the leading scorer with 30 points along with seven rebounds and two assists. On Saturday, O’Donnell scored the first six points of the game for the Hounds to earn her 1,000th career point. She ended the game with 10 points and six rebounds to bump her career total to 1,004 points. O’Donnell is the 24th player in Assumption women’s basketball history to reach this milestone.

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WPI’s Alex Scariati averaged 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Engineers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Scariati (WPI | Fr. | Scotch Plains, N.J.): Scariati averaged 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to go with 10 assists and five steals in a 2-0 week. After establishing a new career-high of 13 points to go with six rebounds and three helpers versus Wheaton College, the freshman notched six points, seven rebounds and a career-best seven assists at Mount Holyoke College.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | Soph. | Blackstone, Mass.): Favaloro led Clark defensively in a 1-1 week with 20 rebounds, including 14 on the defensive end, along with nine steals. She started the week with 11 points and nine rebounds in an important conference win over Coast Guard Academy before putting up a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in a two-point setback to Emerson College.

Sam Maglione (Worcester State | So. | Lancaster, Mass.): In her team’s lone contest of the week, Maglione netted 22 points on 7 of 15 off the bench, while adding three rebounds and three assists in the Lancers’ 96-73 win over Fitchburg State.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 24 points, four rebounds, 1.5 assists and two steals per contest in two games for the Falcons. She collected 19 points, five rebounds, one assist and three steals in a 74-56 setback to MCLA on Wednesday before adding a game-leading 29 points, three caroms, two assists and one steal in a setback to Worcester State on Saturday.

Madalyn Smith (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sussex, N.J.): Smith was perfect from the field last Saturday in her team’s 58-48 win over Loyola. She netted 15 points on 5 of 5 shooting, including four trifectas, while dishing out a trio of assists.

Sarah Ware (Becker College | Jr. | Oakham, Mass.): Ware averaged 9.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game over three games this past week, all of which proved to be wins for the Hawks. The junior shot 68.8 percent from the floor and 80 percent from behind the arc. The biggest moment of her season came last Tuesday evening when she scored a career-high 21 points in Becker’s 53-49 victory over Eastern Nazarene, a critical win that has the Hawks in the driver’s seat for the number one overall seed in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) standings.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Jr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson averaged a double-double with 11.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week. After notching eight points and 11 rebounds against Wheaton College, the junior led all student-athletes with 15 points and 13 boards at Mount Holyoke College.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 12 (Feb. 5th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.

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Lauren Manis was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week after a pair of solid performances last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis recorded a pair of double-doubles in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In a loss to American last Wednesday, she recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds, along with four assists and two blocks. In a home victory on Saturday over Lafayette, she had 19 points and 11 rebounds and also scored the go-ahead basket in overtime. Mannis now has 16 double-doubles on the year – she is now tied for fifth-most in single-season program history.

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Bailey Savage secured her first WACBA Rookie of the Week honor after leading WPI to a 1-1 week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Bailey Savage (WPI | Fr. | Charlton, Mass.): Savage shot 59.1 percent (13-22) from the field, including 57.1 (8-14) from beyond the arc, in a 1-1 week. After tying her career high of 15 points at Coast Guard, the rookie went off for 20 in a setback to Babson College. In 34 minutes against the NEWMAC-leading Beavers, Savage was 7-10 (70%) and 5-8 (62.5%) with five 3-pointers.

Brittany Herring (Worcester State | Sr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): In a pair of wins last week for the Lancers, the senior forward averaged 17 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. She began the week netting eight points of 4 of 7 shooting while recording five rebounds and one block in an exciting 56-55 win over Framingham State. Three days later against the Trailblazers of MCLA, Herring finished 10 of 10 from the field, while sinking six of seven attempts at the charity stripe for a game-high 26 points. Additionally, she totaled nine rebounds, three blocks, one assist, and one steal.

Sienna Johnson (Anna Maria College| Jr. | Brockton, Mass): In a pair of games last week for the AMCATs, Johnson averaged 14 points, two assists, one-and-a-half rebounds, and one steal. She netted 11 points or more in both games, including 17 points against St. Joseph’s (Conn.) last Saturday, while finishing the week four of eight from the charity stripe.

Maya Kerstetter (Clark University | Sr. | Northampton, Mass.): In her team’s lone contest last Wednesday against Mount Holyoke, Kerstetter recorded 17 points on 5 of 6 shooting, along with six rebounds (two offensive caroms), five steals and two assists in 32 minutes. Her impressive effort helped the Cougars race past Mount Holyoke College for an important league win.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 28 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal per contests in two games for the Falcons last week.  She netted a game-best 30 points, two rebounds and one assist in a 76-60 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding game-leading 26 points, five boards, four assists, and two steals in a 65-62 triumph over Pine Manor on Saturday.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game this week while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the foul line. She was the leading scorer for the Hounds in their 76-71 victory over Southern Connecticut with 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and a block in the game. O’Donnell then contributed 21 points and eight rebounds in Assumption’s matchup with Le Moyne on Saturday.

Sarah Ware (Becker College | Jr. | Oakham, Mass.): In Becker’s sole game of the week, Ware led the team to a 65-52 victory over Elms College on Saturday. She finished with 15 points while shooting six-of-seven from the floor, with two rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

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