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D3 Lacrosse Notebook: Springfield Gains Momentum With Win Over WNE


By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It was an important non-conference win on Tuesday for the Springfield College men’s lacrosse team, which gained some important momentum heading into it’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash this Saturday against Babson College.

The Pride netted 18 goals – the second most tallies they have recorded in a single game this season – to defeat Western New England (our seventh-ranked team in this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll) for their fourth win of the season.

Cameron Glover netted a season-high five goals in the win, while Zachary Schuette registered a hat trick and two helpers. Additionally, the Pride received a trio of goals from Jack Vail while Patrick Watson added five points on four assists and one goal.

For Springfield, the next few weeks are critical especially after enduring a difficult start to its current season. The Pride struggled in a trio of early March contests but did score an important non-conference win against Endicott College. They concluded the month with a 21-5 win over Emerson College before earning its first win of the new month yesterday against the Golden Bears.

With just seven contests remaining, including one non-conference contest with Middlebury College, every game is important for a unit that has made 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.

As of early today, the Pride is one of four teams with 1-0 marks in NEWMAC play, but their game against Babson certainly won’t be easy as the Beavers will also enter the Saturday meeting with hopes of improving to 2-0 in league play.

Sticking with the NEWMAC, Coast Guard Academy remains the top team with a 7-2 overall record (and 1-0 league mark). The Bears scored a hard-fought 14-13 win last Saturday evening against Clark University.

Coast Guard hosts UMass Dartmouth this evening at 7 p.m. before they visit Wheaton College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. face-off in Norton, Massachusetts.

Switching gears to the women’s game, fans of D3 lacrosse should keep an eye on a tight race in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) with Endicott CollegeRoger Williams, and University of New England locked in a three-way tie for first place.

The Gulls were my pick to win the conference this spring – I won’t change it, I promise! – but Endicott will certainly be challenged over the next few weeks when they take on their remaining conference foes, including Roger Williams and UNE. Both meetings will occur later this month. Wins over the Hawks and Nor’easters would help the Gulls secure the top seed for the conference tournament.

Becker College appears to be in the diver seat in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) with a 5-1 mark. They have rebounded from their lone setback of the season last month with back-to-back wins against Anna Maria College and MCLA. They will face Mitchell College this afternoon with hopes of earning their sixth win, but also their initial conference victory.

Dean College appears to be the front-runner in the NECC, thanks to five wins, including a 19-5 league victory last month against Becker. The Bulldogs are led by Anthony Trasacco, who has recorded 45 points on 30 goals and 15 assists. The Cheshire, Connecticut native has a chance to match his point total from last spring when he recorded 64 points on 45 goals and 19 assists.

Dean has just four games remaining before the NECC Tournament commences – they should be the favorite in their league’s postseason.

Finally, keep an eye on Wentworth‘s Brooke Paradis, who currently ranks 10th in NCAA Division III in goals per game (5.40). The Pelham, New Hampshire native is enjoying another successful season after posting career-highs in goals (62), assists (22) and points (84) one year ago.

This season, Paradis has notched 54 markers in 10 contests, along with 13 assists for 67 points. She has converted 17 free-position goals while snatching 55 draw controls and scooping 29 ground balls.

This past weekend, Paradais she netted her 200th goal in a 21-6 win over Nichols College while also setting a new program record for goals in a single game with 11.

Paradis and the Leopards have won seven of 10 contests this season. They will host Endicott this Saturday – it will be the teams’ ‘Senior Day’ with opening draw set for 2 p.m. A win over the Gulls would be a huge momentum boost for the Leopards heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.

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


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

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


Becker College’s Kareem Davis capped an impressive four-year career last week by averaging 35 points in two games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Kareem Davis (Becker College | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): With the season hanging in the balance, Davis produced his most dominant week of the season, as he averaged 35 points per game with 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 steals and led the Hawks to back-to-back victories. The senior team captain shot 45.7 percent from the floor, 40 percent from behind the arc, and 85.7 percent from the line. In Wednesday’s 85-79 home win over Elms College, Davis set a school record for free throws, going 19 of 22 from the line on his way to 32 points with five assists and four steals as he rallied Becker to victory. Then on Saturday at Newbury College, Becker’s all-time leader in scoring poured in 38 points in a 115-92 route.

Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Jordan Rose-Wheatley (Becker College | Fr.| Bedford, Mass.): Rose-Wheatley posted double-digit performances this past week, scoring 10 points in Becker’s win over Elms College and 11 in their victory at Newbury College on Saturday. For the week, the rookie shot 83.3 percent from the floor with 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | Soph. | Webster, Mass.): Davern finished the week with 40 points and 13 rebounds. He fell short of a double-double by producing 12 points and nine points in his team’s final road contest of the season against MIT before registering 28 points and four rebounds last Saturday in a 78-75 loss to Wheaton College.

Frantz Francois (Worcester State | Jr. | Boston, Mass.):  Francois averaged 10.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. Against Bridgewater State, the Boston native recorded a double-double of 12 rebounds and 11 points, while tallying a trio of assists and swipes in 36 minutes. Three days later against Westfield State, Francois recorded his second double-double for the week with 13 rebounds and 10 points, while also contributing three assists and one block.

Caleb Green (Holy Cross | Soph. | Londonderry, N.H.): Green averaged 16.5 points and 3.5 assists in a pair of games last week, while connecting on 59.1 percent of his field goal attempts and 50.0 percent of his three-pointers. He led the team with 19 points on eight-of-nine shooting from the field against Colgate University before adding 14 points and five assists during the Crusaders’ win over Bucknell University.

Devan Harris (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Danvers, Mass.): Harris averaged 17 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest in two games for the Falcons. He posted a double-double of 18 points and ten boards with one assist and two steals in an 82-77 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding 16 points, seven rebounds and one steal in an 80-68 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Colin McNamara (WPI | So. | Arlington, Mass.): Bolstered by a career-high 27 points Saturday against No. 8 MIT, McNamara averaged 17 points to go with six assists and a steal last week. In the mid-week game at Emerson College, the sophomore notched seven points and five assists.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged 22 points and 11.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the AMCATs. The junior forward began the week with 15 points on 6 of 17 shooting, including three of four from the stripe, while adding 10 rebounds against Emmanuel College before posting 29 points and 13 rebounds in an 89-75 setback to Lasell College.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Eight (Jan. 8th)


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 our 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 month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis had back-to-back double-doubles — her 10th and 11th of the year in 13 games — to open Patriot League play. Against Colgate on Thursday, she recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds; at Lafayette on Sunday, she recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds, including four offensive boards. She has recorded double-digit points in every contest this year

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Avery LaBarbera continues to be a first-year player to watch as she turned in two impressive performances at the end of last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera reached double figures in both contests this past week, recording 17 points, four rebounds and four assists against Colgate on Thursday before posting 10 points, six rebounds and three assists at Lafayette on Sunday. She has been in double figures nine times this year.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Sr. | Waterford, Conn.): Just days after netting 1,000th point in her team’s 60-56 win over UC Santa Cruz, Berkel posted 12 rebounds, four points, two blocks, one steal and one assist in her team’s 54-44 win over Salem State.

Caitlin Boermeester (WPI | So. | Billerica, Mass.): The sophomore notched a game and career-best five steals to go with six points on 3-4 shooting inside the arc, two assists and two rebounds in Saturday’s 49-26 win over Mount Holyoke. The team leader with 1.3 swipes per game played a game-high 33 minutes, the most for an Engineer since her 37 minutes versus UMass Boston during the WPI Holiday Tournament.

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption | So. | Washington Township, N.J. ): Capacchione came up clutch for the Hounds last weekend in helping them taking down AIC 75-65. The junior scored a team-high 16 points, with six rebounds, four assists and one block in a complete performance.

Sierra Johnson (Anna Maria| Jr. | Brockton, Mass.): Against Northern Vermont-Johnson this past weekend, Johnson netted 20 points on 10 of 20 shooting, while adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Johnson has netted 20 points or more four times this season.

Ciara McKissick (Becker College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick continued to fill up the stat line with seven points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals against Regis on Saturday in a 49-37 loss. The Hawks will be back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Eastern Nazarene College for a 5:30 p.m. game in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Seven (Jan. 1st)

By WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  A busy few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our seventh Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for Tuesday, January 1st, 2019.

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


Marcos Echevarria averaged 29 points at the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic this past weekend at Springfield College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 29 points at the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic this past weekend at Springfield College. He dropped in a game-high 30 points in a win over Eastern Connecticut State Saturday before scoring 28 in a loss to No. 22 Salisbury University on Sunday. In the process, he became the college’s all-time leading scorer with his 2,107th point in the first half against Salisbury. Echevarria also averaged four rebounds, 3.5 assists, and two steals while shooting 54 percent from the field – including 46 percent from downtown.


Jacob Grandison averaged 18 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in a trio of games at the end of last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Co-Player of the Week:  Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Soph. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison averaged 18 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in a trio of games late last month. He recorded 15 points and seven rebounds in a 65-63 win of Canisius on Thursday, December 22 before tallying 14 points and seven caroms in a 60-57 victory over Siena two days later. He then led the Crusaders with a career-high 25 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists in a 78-71 win over Iona on Sunday, December 30. In all three games, he made 50.0 percent of field goals, 46.7 percent of his three-pointrs and 81.8 percent of his free throws.

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Brendan Kittredge (Clark University | Jr. | Clinton, Mass.): In a pair of Clark Basketball Holiday Classic Tournament games, Kittredge averaged 12.5 points, four rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals. Against Curry College on the opening day of the tournament, the Clinton native came close to posting a double-double with 18 points and seven rebounds, while adding three assists, one swipe and one block. One day later against Wentworth Institute of Technology, Kittredge registered seven points, two steals and one rebound. For his effort in both contests, Kittredge was named two day, four-team tournament team.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Jr. | Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy was instrumental in helping the Lancers score a pair of wins over Curry College and Wentworth Institute of Technology this past weekend – both contests were a part of the Clark University Holiday Tournament. In his team’s 72-67 win over the Leopards, McCarthy netted 12 points on 34 of 8 shooting, while also adding six rebounds (five defensive caroms) and two assists. Against Curry on Sunday, McCarthy scored a season-high 30 points on 10 of 13 shooting, while connecting on 10 of 12 freebies. He also recorded six rebounds (four offensive) and two assists against the Colonels, too.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): In a pair of non-conference tilts this past weekend, the Charlton native averaged 17.5 points and 15.0 rebounds. Against Vassar College last Saturday, Rapoza poured in 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds (10 defensive) in a 78-69 setback. Against Fredonia one day later, the junior forward registered a season-high 19 rebounds, including 15 defensive caroms, along with 15 points, which helped the AMCATs score an exciting 74-62 win.

Reid Walker (WPI | Jr. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker averaged 18.5 points and six rebounds, and was named to the Tampa Bay Shootout All-Tournament team this past week. After narrowly missing a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds versus Maryville (TN), Walker scored a game-high 22 against host DePauw (IN).

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Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 7-9)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Welcome to Friday, everyone – we made it!

Friday’s usually mean 10 Games to Watch on Noontime Sports, so let’s kick-off a brand new weekend with new slate of games we will be watching this weekend (Dec. 7-9).

Last Week: We finished 7-3, which isn’t bad, but we hold ourselves to high standards, so let’s see if we can improve on that mark this weekend and go 10-0! 


Corey Sherman and the Brandeis Judges host Wesleyan in an important December clash on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sportspix.com / Mike Broglio)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan Univ. at Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Judges’ starting five has been impressive this season, especially Collin Sawyer, Corey Sherman and Chandler Jones. Look for this trio to carry the Blue and White to an important non-conference win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Brandeis Univ. 

Men’s Basketball: WPI at Salem State (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Engineers scored a hard-fought win earlier this week against Framingham State, thanks to Jake Wisniewski‘s double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Look for the junior to carry the Red and White to their eighth win on Saturday. PREDICTION: WPI 

Men’s Basketball: Pine Manor at St. Joseph’s (Conn.) (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1p.m.): Since falling to Rhode Island College, the Blue Jays have won three-straight, including a 108-63 win over MCLA. Look for Jim Calhoun‘s squad to pick-up their sixth win of the season against the Gators. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (CT)

Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Western Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): The Colonials scored an impressive win earlier this week over Eastern Connecticut, which should provide the Blue and Orange with enough momentum to slow down the Beacons. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 

Men’s Basketball: Trinity College at Anna Maria (Saturday, Dec. 9th | 2 p.m.): The Bantams will place twice this weekend, including Sunday when they visit Anna Maria. Trinity has won three-straight, including a 69-52 win over Springfield College. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

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MIT’s Taylor V’Dovec netted a season-best 22 points on Wednesday in her team’s win over WPI. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Silverman)

Fitchburg State at So. Vermont (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 12 p.m.): Daniel Nagle‘s Falcons almost defeated Suffolk University on Thursday, but fell short (the Falcons lost to the Rams, 74-71). Look for the Green and Gold to bounce back on Saturday. PREDICTION: Fitchburg State 

Conn. College at Trinity College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): This one won’t count in the NESCAC standings, but it is a BIG one for both teams. The Bantams enter the game with some momentum, while Connecticut College will also enter the important clash with some momentum from a recent win over Roger Williams. PREDICTION: Conn. College 

Framingham State at Suffolk University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): These two teams needed an extra session last season to determine a winner, so don’t be surprised if some extra basketball occurs on Saturday in Boston. PREDICTION: Suffolk Univ. 

Skidmore at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 2 p.m.): The Panthers have certainly been a team to watch thus far and should continue their early season success  against the Thoroughbreds. Keep an eye on Middlebury’s Catherine Harrison in this match-up. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Emmanuel College at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): Since falling to Amherst College last month, the Saints have appeared unstoppable, winning three-straight, including a 79-67 win over Connecticut College. They should certainly provide some challenges for the Engineers, who will need big games from Kara Holinski and Taylor V’Dovec to secure an important non-conference win. PREDICTION: MIT 

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