Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week One)


WORCESTER, Mass. – The 2015-16 collegiate basketball season commenced last week with Clark University and Worcester State University competing shortly after midnight on Friday, November 13. And with the initial weekend in the books, it is time to unveil the Worcester Area Collegiate Basketball Association (WACBA) Players and Rookies of the Week, and honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Declan Soukup (Jr.), Assumption (Melbourne, Australia):
In a 2-0 weekend, Soukup led the Hounds with 19.5 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. He posted 20 points in the win over Georgian Court, highlighted by an 11-for-12 showing at the line in that game. He also chipped in 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest as well.

Patrick Bradanese (Sr.), Anna Maria (Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 21.5 points per game on a 47.2 percent shooting effort in the opening weekend for Anna Maria. He scored a game-high 26 points on 61.1 percent shooting in Anna Maria’s 76-67 win against Bridgewater State before adding another 17 points against No. 10 Babson. Seven of Bradanese’s 17 field goals over the weekend were hit from beyond the three-point arc. He also averaged 4.0 assists per game.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Fr.), Nichols College (Peabody, Mass.): Echevarria poured in 33 points in his collegiate debut in a 105-85 win over Becker. Echevarria made 9-of-15 from the field – including 8-of-11 from 3-point range – and also sank 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Echevarria snared seven rebounds and dished out four assists in 37 minutes of action.

Women’s Player of the Week: Allison Stoddard (Jr.), Assumption (East Lyme, Conn.):
In a 2-0 weekend, Stoddard averaged 14 points per game to go along with four rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. Highlighting her weekend was a 21-point performance in a win over Dominican as she earned a spot on the Assumption Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Britt Herring (Fr.), Worcester State (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring tallied up 36 points in her first collegiate week of basketball at the Worcester City Tournament. She recorded 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and three blocks in the Lancers’ 58-56 setback to Clark University on Friday. She then registered a double-double in the 56-36 win over Becker College, scoring 20 points and notching 14 rebounds. She went 57.1 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. She also had a game-high five blocks against the Hawks.

Honor Roll (Week One)

Robert Champion (Jr.), Holy Cross (Charlotte, N.C.): Champion led the team in scoring with 16 points in the Crusaders’ victory at Marist. He tied his career-high with 16 points scored, and set a new career-high with eight rebounds. With 6.7 left and Holy Cross up 65-64, Champion hit two free throws to give the Crusaders a three-point lead.

Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): In the first game of his collegiate career, Charles totaled six points and four rebounds in the victory at Marist. Additionally, he posted one assist, one block and one steal.

Christina Gauvin (Jr.), Anna Maria (Dudley, Mass.): Gauvin scored 20 points in the team’s season-opening win against Elms. She shot 35.3 percent from the floor with two three-pointers and hit six-of-seven (85.7 percent) from the free-throw line. She also recorded a career-high eight steals in the victory.

Anthony Muccioli (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Nashua, N.H.): Averaged 14.5 points per game and 3.5 rebound per contest for the Falcons. Posted 14 points, four rebounds and one steal in a 87-76 setback to Springfield College in opening round action of the 2015 Hampton Inn Classic on Friday evening before registering 15 points and three caroms in an 86-82 loss to Mitchell College in the Consolation Round of the 2015 Hampton Inn Classic on Saturday.

Erika Schneider (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Rockland, Mass.): Averaged 12.5 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per contest for the Falcons. Registered a team-best 13 points and three boards in a 95-27 setback to Johnson & Wales University on Saturday before adding 12 points, seven caroms and two steals in a 71-40 setback to Colby-Sawyer on Sunday.

Marquez McKreith-Collins (Jr.), Worcester State (Springfield, Mass.) McKrieth-Collins recorded a double-double in the 83-78 setback to Clark University Friday morning. McKreith-Collins scored 22 points and added in 10 rebounds against the Scarlett and White. In addition, he had two assists, one steal, and shot 63.6 percent from the field.

Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos scored 19 points for the Lancers in the 83-78 loss to Clark University on Friday. He had 15 points in the first half, and then added in another four in the second. Santos led the team in assists with four, and added in two rebounds and one steal on the evening. He shot 50 percent from the field, 37.5 from the three-point range, and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Brianna Hackett (Soph.), Worcester State (Hollis, N.H.): Hackett racked up 31 points in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She totaled 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in the 58-56 setback to Clark on Friday, and then had 23 points in the 56-34 win over Becker College.

Aaron Todd (Soph.), WPI (York, Maine): Todd earned Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors as the Engineers moved to 2-0 for the 13th straight season by claiming the Rick Martin Holiday Inn Tournament at Westfield State University. The sophomore opened the season with his first career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, as the Engineers defeated nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut 60-50.  In Saturday’s title game, Todd totaled a career-high 13 points and gobbled up nine rebounds as WPI defeated the host Owls 59-50.

 Yasmeen Luna (Sr.), WPI (North Providence, R.I.): Luna was tabbed the Most Vaulable Player of the 35th annual Worcester City Tournament. She anchored the Engineers’ defense, which limited opponents to just 27 points per game in the tournament.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 11)


WORCESTER, Mass. – With yet another week of college basketball in Worcester in the books, it is time to dish this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Honor Roll, including players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Irving Eggleston (Nichols, Jr./East Lyme, Conn.): Eggleston averaged 25.0 ppg on 58 percent shooting as the Bison extended their conference-record start to 14-0. After scoring 21 points in a win at Curry on Tuesday, Eggleston dropped in a career-high 33 points in a win over defending conference champion Gordon on Thursday. Two days later, he scored 21 points in 25 minutes of action in a win over Western New England. He also made 13-of-14 from the line (93 percent) and 6-of-11 from behind the arc (55 percent). Eggleston also averaged 3.7 steals and 2.7 assists.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross, Jr./Ridgewood, N.J.): Scott had an excellent week for Holy Cross as she averaged 27.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game to help the Crusaders pick up two wins over Colgate and Bucknell. In the win at Colgate, she posted game-highs of 31 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. She connected on 10-of-19 from the field and hauled in a career-high 17 rebounds. Scott tied a career-high with 31 points scored and recorded her 10th double-double of the season and 29th of her career. Shee also scored her 1000th career point in the win over the Raiders. On Saturday against Bucknell she scored a game-high 24 points and hauled in a team-best eight rebounds, which helped the Crusaders earn the win. Scott canned 3-of-5 from behind the arc during the week (60.0%), and drained 16-of-21 from the free-throw line (76.2%). She currently ranks second in the Patriot League in both points per game (17.7) and rebounds per game (9.7). Scott also became the 31st Holy Cross women’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points and the 12th Crusader to cross the milestone during or before their junior year.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Nani Perez (Worcester State, Fr./Worcester, Mass.): Perez averaged 5.5 points, 7.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals in a 1-1 week which included nine points, nine rebounds and five swipes in a 54-51 setback against Salem State and 10 assists and six steals in a 50-41 triumph against MCLA.

Ama Biney (WPI, Fr./Worcester, Mass.): Biney drained 9-of-15 shots from field as the Crimson and Gray went 1-1 last week in conference play. The freshman posted identical totals of 13 points and six rebounds in both contests (at Clark and vs. Smith) while totaling four assists and two steals for the 14-7 Engineers.

Honor Roll:

Katie Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr./Holbrook, N.Y.): Doherty had another solid week in helping the Crusaders earn two wins over Colgate and Bucknell. In the Crusaders’ win over the Raiders, she posted 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, to go with three assists and two steals. Against Bucknell, she dished out five assists – a career-best – along with three rebounds and two steals. Doherty ranks fourth on the team with 6.3 points per game and is second with 2.2 assists per contest. In Patriot League games, Doherty is averaging 6.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross, Sr./Laytonsville, Md.): Miller led the team with 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks against American. He scored 12 points in the victory over Colgate. He totaled 12 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two assists at Bucknell. Miller Hit 50.0 percent of his shots, 40.0 percent of his three-pointers and 86.7 percent of his free throws on the week.

Caitlin Ackerman (Assumption, Sr./Nashua, N.H.):
 In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Ackerman averaged 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and four steals while shooting 57.7 percent from the field. Highlighting her week was a 21-point, eight-rebound, eight-steal outing at Bentley as the Hounds swept the Falcons for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.

Terrance Bobb-Jones (Assumption, Jr./Wilmington, Del.):
Bobb-Jones averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a pair of games last week. Highlighting his week was a 20-point effort at home vs. Franklin Pierce, along with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double at Bentley.

Laura Cote (Fitchburg State, Sr./Ashby, Mass.): Cote averaged 14 points over three games for Fitchburg State last week. In the Falcons setback to Framingham State, the senior guard scored a game-high 21 points along with 11 rebounds for a double-double, while going 50% (6-12) from the field. Over the three game span, Cote also averaged 6.3 rebounds per game and 4.3 steals per game.

Anthony Muccioli (Fitchburg State, Jr./Nashua, N.H.): Muccioli averaged 15.5 points per game for Fitchburg State over three games last week. The junior guard had a season-high 27 points in the Falcons’ 81-69 victory over Salem State on Thursday. In the win, Muccioli went 8-13 (62%) from the field, while shooting 75% (3-4) from beyond the arc. Over the three games the Nashua native averaged a 56% (14-25) field goal percentage and shot 54% (6-11) from the perimeter.

David Mercier (Clark, Soph./Milford, Mass.): Mercier averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 12-for-18 from the field (66.7 percent) in a 1-1 week for the Cougars who got a much needed win on Saturday courtesy of Mercier’s career afternoon. First, in a tight 67-66 loss at Coast Guard on Wednesday, Mercier finished with seven points, six rebounds and five assists. Then in the win over Emerson, he pumped in a career-high 27 points on an extremely efficient 9-for-14 shooting, including a 3-for-6 effort from behind the arc. In addition to his scoring outburst, Mercier hauled in six boards and rejected a pair of shots.

Nick DaPrato (Clark, Gr./Marshfield, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, DaPrato averaged 21 points on 47 percent shooting as the Cougars dropped a heartbreaker to Coast Guard, 67-66, and then pushed past Emerson, 79-70. In the loss to CGA, he finished with 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting while going 7-for-11 from behind the arc. Then in their huge win over the Lions, DaPrato scored 19 points, going 6-for-14 from the field. In the two games he shot 8-for-15 from three-point land and went 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State, Soph./Arlington, Mass.): Averaged 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in an 0-2 week for Worcester State which included 14 points, nine rebounds and a trio of blocks in a 54-49 setback against Salem State and seven points, eight boards and five rejections in a 55-54 loss against MCLA. Connected for .476 from the field (10-21) and established a new program standard for blocks in a single season as he now has 66 to his credit.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr./Millbury, Mass.): Averaged 11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 10 points and nine boards in a 50-41 victory over MCLA and a team-high 13 points in a 54-51 setback against Salem State.

Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr./Acton, Mass.): Longwell shot over 60% on the week, averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as WPI split a pair of contests.  The senior notched his fourth double-double of the season when he amassed 21 points and 10 boards in a 81-73 overtime victory at Emerson.  Longwell added 22 points in a 59-55 loss to Babson in a matchup of nationally-ranked squads.

Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr./Boston, Mass.): Obiora registered 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Engineers.