D3 Football Fan Vote: Anna Maria Tabbed Team of The Week

Anna Maria TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

After earning an exciting 31-24 victory over Castleton University last Saturday, the Anna Maria College football team picked up an additional win on Monday when they were selected as this week’s Noontime Sports New England D3 Football Team of the Week.

The New England D3 Football Team of the Week is decided by a Twitter poll, which was (and will continue to be) seen on Sunday and Monday through @NoontimeSports.

Anna Maria was one of four teams nominated for this week’s honor, along with Amherst College, University of New England and Westfield State. The AMCATs edged the Nor’easters by four points as they collected 38 percent of the vote, while UNE earned 34 percent. Amherst earned (24 percent), while Westfield State (four percent) finished last. 361 people voted in this week’s poll.

Following a disappointing setback one week earlier to Gallaudet University, the AMCATs rebounded by erasing a 17-0 deficit in the opening frame, thanks to four touchdowns from first-year quarterback Alex Cohen. Cohen tossed three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:24 remaining in the final session.

Castleton attempted to answer on the ensuing possession, but saw their drive conclude at the Anna Maria 38-yard line. Cohen and the offense would return to the field to take a knee before celebrating their initial victory of the season.

Cohen concluded the game with a career and season-best 26 completions, 314 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Additionally, he also rushed for a career-best 32 yards on 12 carries, while recording his first rushing touchdown, as well.

In addition to Cohen, Anna Maria received contributions from sophomore defensive back Swavaugh Smalls (eight total tackles, including six solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards) and classmate Marcelino Da Veiga, a wide receiver, that finished the game with a team-high six grabs for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Anna Maria is off this week, but returns to action next Saturday, October 20th when they visit Husson University for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.


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D3 Football: Castleton Unveils 2018 Schedule

NS Schedule Breakdown

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

As we inch closer to a brand new D3 Football season, more teams are beginning to unveil their 2018 schedules, including the Castleton Spartans, which kick-off its season on Saturday, September 1st when they host Plymouth State at 1 p.m.

Plymouth State has won the past two meetings against the Spartans, but a win over the Panthers in three months would be Castleton’s first since 2015.

One week after their annual meeting with the Panthers, Castleton will hit the road for a trio of games, including a visit to Norwich on Saturday, September 15th at 2 p.m. Castleton-Norwich is always a game to watch as both teams compete for the Maple Sap Bucket Trophy. Castleton beat Norwich, 28-14, last season, thanks to a pair of rushing scores by Moe Harris.

Castleton will cap its first month of play with a visit to Misericordia before jumping into Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play on Saturday, October 6th when they host Anna Maria at 6 p.m. The Spartans will travel just once in October to Gallaudet, but host Maritime (N.Y.) and Husson on October 20th and 27th, respectively. 

The Spartans will cap their regular season with a pair of November games against Alfred State and Dean with hopes of competing in either the New England Bowl or NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 17th.

Castleton finished 6-4 overall last season, including 5-2 in league play. Coach Tony Volpone returns some key pieces from last year this fall, including Harris, quarterback Mitchell Caron, wide receiver Adnane Adossama, linebacker Grant Cummings and defensive back Owen Tretter 

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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 6th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continued to demonstrate her prowess at both the offensive and defensive ends of the court last week, averaging 23.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game and shooting 46.7 percent from behind the three-point arc. Harrison’s 28 points led the Hawks to a 60-42 victory at Southern Vermont on Tuesday in a key win for Becker’s playoff position. She later scored 19 points with seven steals at Regis in non-conference action on Saturday. For the season, Harrison ranks second in the NECC in scoring and third in three-point shooting. 


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): The freshman guard averaged 10 points and 1.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Blue and Gold. She went 4-for-9 from the field and totaled 11 points in the win over Framingham State. She then posted nine points and two boards in the win over MCLA on Saturday.


WACBA Milestone: Congratulation to Worcester State women’s basketball coach Karen Tessmer, who earned her 300th win on the sidelines last Saturday with the Lancers following a 67-48 victory against MCLA.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): In a 2-1 week for the AMCATS, Russo averaged 20 points per game – she netted 20 points in all three games – while concluding the week 20 of 57 from the field, including 14 of 39 from beyond the arc. She began the week by netting 20 points in a 79-57 win over St. Joseph’s (Conn.), while pulling down a pair of caroms. Two nights late against Suffolk, she stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, two rebounds and one steal in a 92-57 setback. Russo concluded the week with 20 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in a one-point (58-57) win over Norwich.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell was solid for the Hounds last week, averaging 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in an 0-2 week. The junior posted 22 points and six boards in a tight 57-53 loss at Merrimack and followed it up with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists against Bentley.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a setback to Emerson College at home, Ezemma scored a team-high 16 points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds to earn her fifth double-double of the season.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State |Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. She collected a team-best 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a 77-65 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding 18 points, two boards, five assists and three steals in a 96-77 victory over Pine Manor on Saturday.

Emily Carens (Worcester State | Jr. | Northborough, Mass.): The junior forward was key to the Lancers’ 73-56 win over Framingham State on Wednesday, registering a double-double of a career-high 17 points and 11 boards with three assists, two steals and a block. She then put up eight points with three steals, two assists, and a rebound in the win over MCLA. Overall, she averaged 12.5 points, going 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field, with six rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 2-0 week for the Blue and Gold.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck led all scorers with 18 points, on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent), and added a key steal in the waning seconds as WPI collected a hard-earned 61-54 victory Saturday over visiting MIT. As a team, the Engineers secured season splits with three of the four other NEWMAC teams that are above .500 in league play and represent the top five in the standings. WPI has a chance to earn season split with league-leading Babson on Wednesday.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 6th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Co-Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): In a 2-0 week for the AMCATS, Rapoza led the charge by averaging 18.5 points and 19 rebounds, while tallying eight blocks and three assists. He also finished the week 13 of 23 from the field, while netting 11 of 17 freebies. He began the week with 15 points and 17 rebounds in a 75-69 win over Suffolk before tallying 22 points and 21 rebounds in a road win over Emmanuel. In addition to his double-double against the Saints, he also concluded the game with three blocks and three assists.


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Co-Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another outstanding week, averaging 27.5 points with 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 53.7 percent shooting. The senior came up huge in Becker’s 74-60 win over Lesley with 31 points, ten rebounds and two blocks. The reigning NECC Player of the Year shot 52 percent inside the three-point arc and 50 percent from beyond the line. Then at Wheelock on Saturday, Durodola finished with 24 points and ten boards. For the season, Durodola leads the NECC in scoring at 22.7 points per game.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Fr. | Leicester, Mass.): Matt Morrow helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 mark this week, averaging 11.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 2.0 blocks per game. In a 94-69 win over Curry, Morrow recorded a double-double of 16 points, on 8-of-9 shooting, and 14 rebounds to go with three blocks. He followed that up with six points, seven rebounds, one block, and one steal in a 116-85 win over UNE. For the week, he shot 76.9% (10-of-13) from the field.


Men’s Honor Roll

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly was extremely impressive last week, averaging 24.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while connecting on 19 of 30 attempts from the field, including 9 of 18 shots from beyond the arc. He netted a career and season-best 36 points in a five-point setback to Bentley, while netting 13 points against Merrimack. Against the Warriors, he converted five of eight attempts, including three of six shots from three-point land before netting a season-best 14 field goals against the Falcons. Kelly played the full 40 minutes in both games and ended the week with a trio of steals and assists.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He registered a team-best 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 93-85 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding 24 points, three boards and two assists in an 88-86 triumph over Pine Manor on Saturday.

Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd totaled 15 points, nine rebounds, six blocks, four assists and two steals in the Lehigh game before adding 14 points, six rebounds, five blocks and two assists in the victory at Loyola. For the week, he averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 3.0 assists per game on the week, while hitting 12 of 13 field goal attempts (92.3 percent). Additionally, he had a school-record streak of 20 consecutive field goals made snapped in the second half of the Loyola game.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week, averaging 21.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 3.5 steals per game. Echevarria scored 22 points to go with five rebounds, seven assists, and four steals in a 94-69 win over Curry. He followed that up with 20 points, six assists, three steals and a rebound in a 116-85 win over UNE. For the week, he shot 41.7% (15-of-36) from the field and 37.9% (11-of-29) from beyond the arc. He has scored 20+ points in four-straight games and has eclipsed the mark in eight of his last nine times out.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): The sophomore forward averaged 18 points (13-for-21 from the field), seven rebounds, and an assist in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. He tallied 21 points with six rebounds, two assists, and a block in the Lancers’ first home win against Framingham State. He then totaled 15 points with eight rebounds in Saturday’s setback to MCLA.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Eight (Tuesday, Jan. 23rd)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged a double-double of 21.3 points and 15 rebounds in a trio of games last week as Anna Maria went 1-2 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. He netted 22 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in a 105-87 victory over Rivier before tallying 19 points and 11 caroms in a 64-55 setback to Lasell. Two days later against St. Joseph’s (Maine), the sophomore recorded 23 points and 15 rebounds in a five-point setback to the Monks. Rapoza has now recorded 13 double-doubles this season.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison scored nine points in the victory over Army last week, including a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes to bring Holy Cross back from a two-point deficit for the win. He tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists at Bucknell and tied his career-high for rebounds in the same game, while coming up just one point short of his career high in scoring. For the week, he averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the week, while hitting five of 11 three-pointers.


Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another stellar week for the Hawks, averaging 24.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over three games. The senior shot 57.7 percent from the floor and averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals on the defensive end. The highlight of his week came on Thursday at Newbury, when he went the distance playing 55 minutes and scoring 32 points as Becker prevailed in triple overtime.

Brandon Harris (Fitchburg State | Jr. | San Bernardino, Calif.): Harris averaged 16.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, three assists and 0.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He posted 13 points, one rebound, one assist and one block in a 77-64 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding a team-best 20 points, two rebounds and five assists in a 91-88 win over Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week by averaging 24.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 26 points to go with a pair of rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 79-76 win at Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two more steals in an 82-79 win over Roger Williams. For the week, he shot 41.4% (12-of-29) from the field, 52.6% (10-of-19) from beyond the arc, and 87.5% (14-of-16) from the charity stripe.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy led all scoring Saturday (Jan. 20) with 32 points, going 12-for-16 (75%) from the field and 8-for-9 (88.9%) from the charity stripe. He also recorded five rebounds and four assists in the setback to Fitchburg State.