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.


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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.


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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.

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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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