Daily Noontime: Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to April 1st, everyone – how is everyone doing?

We know this is going to be a tough month with the coronavirus (COVID-19), but we will be here providing both relief and some fun content.

And that content, which we deem fun (and enjoyable) begins today with our first ‘Daily Noontime’ for the month of April!


Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 


On this Date in History 

  • 1999: Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown wins his 900th professional game with an 88-84 win over the Miami Heat.
  • 2002: The University of Maryland men’s basketball team won its first-ever national championship in school history with a 64-52 win over Indiana in the 64th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • 2008: The New York Yankees set an MLB record by winning their 11th straight home opener with a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • 2016: The Golden State Warriors‘ home winning streak of 54 games was snapped by the Boston Celtics. Boston won the game by a score of 109-106.

All-WACBA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams (Tuesday, March 31st, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

With another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, it is time to unveil our All-Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season All-WACBA Teams for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the Worcester basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.


WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Award

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards 


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (First Team)

Mike Rapoza 

Anna Maria College

Charlton, Mass.

Matthew Kelly 

Assumption College

North Potomac, Md.

Joe Pridgen

Holy Cross 

Winchendon, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Tyler Dion

Worcester State 

Barre, Mass.

Garrett Stephenson

WPI

Townsend, Mass.


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (Second Team)

Bobby Perette

Anna Maria College

Marshfield, Mass.

Malik Brown

Assumption College

Waldorf, Md.

Mateus Ribeiro

Becker College

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Biko Gayman 

Clark University

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Matt Morrow

Nichols College

Leicester, Mass.

Chris Cardoso

Worcester State 

Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Jake Wisniewski

WPI

West Brookfield, Mass.


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (First Team)

Amber Wilson

Anna Maria College

New York, N.Y.

Brianna Capacchione

Assumption College

Washington Township, N.J.

Hannah Favaloro

Clark University

Blackstone, Mass.

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross 

Franklin, Mass.

Avery LaBarbera

Holy Cross

Harrison, N.Y.

Mya Mosley 

Worcester State 

Worcester, Mass. 


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (Second Team)

Sierra Johnson

Anna Maria College

Brockton, Mass.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Natasha Pacheco

Becker College

Fairfax, Va. 

Angelina Marazzi

Fitchburg State 

Manchester, N.H. 

Isabella Nerney 

Nichols College

Guilford, Conn.

Catherine Sweeney

Worcester State 

Lowell, Mass.

Spencer Vinson

WPI

Los Angeles, Calif. 

 


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our thirteenth and final Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner 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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Lauren Manis averaged 20.5 points and 12 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Crusaders. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr.|Franklin, Mass.): Manis averaged 20.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Crusaders. In a 64-61 victory over Army last Wednesday, Manis totaled 17 points and 15 rebounds. She later added 24 points and nine rebounds in a 73-58 win at American University this past weekend. In the game against Army, Manis became the Patriot League’s all-time leader in career rebounds; she now has 1,161 boards in her career, along with 1,976 career points.


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Monica Spain averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Monica Spain (Assumption College| Fr.|Braintree, Mass.): Spain was instrumental this past week for the Hounds by averaging 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 64.7 percent from the floor. Spain started in Assumption’s first-round Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Tournament game against Pace University and scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds before tallying just nine points in the quarterfinal setback to Stonehill College.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr.|Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione was influential in Assumption’s Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Tournament berth this past week by averaging 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She also shot 34.1 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the foul line. In Assumption’s final regular-season game of the 2019-20 season, Capacchione scored 20 points with four rebounds, three assists, and four steals in a two-point setback to Franklin Pierce. In the first round of the NE-10 Tournament, she led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds against Pace University before tallying five points, five rebounds, and three steals against Stonehill College in the quarterfinals. 

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison concluded her historic collegiate career last week by averaging 24.0 points per game over two New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) playoff games, shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from behind the arc. Harrison further averaged 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 1.0 assists per game over that stretch. First, in the NECC quarterfinals against Dean College on Tuesday evening, Harrison, playing in the final home game of her career, overcame a 1-for-6 shooting start and made nine of her next 11 shots, going 10-for-17 overall and 6-for-11 from behind the arc to finish with 27 points to lead the Hawks to a 82-74 win. Harrison sparked Becker to set a school single-game record in total three-pointers made by the team with 15. Then, on Thursday in the NECC semifinals at top-seeded Eastern Nazarene College, Harrison nearly carried the Hawks to the upset, as she finished with 21 points, nine steals, and seven rebounds before Becker came up short, 54-44.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi finished with a team-best 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Falcons in a 73-44 quarterfinal round setback to the Lancers of Worcester State last Tuesday evening.

Mya Mosley (Worcester State | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Mosley closed out her career with the Lancers by averaging 25.7 points per game last week in three Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament games. Additionally, she averaged 3.3 steals, 3.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game, too.  

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson closed out her standout senior campaign with 11 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and ninth of her career in a 59-49 loss to Springfield in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal contest.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 25th, 2020)

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 twelfth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner 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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Cassidy Harrison became the first Hawk ever to reach 300 steals in a career. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Senior |Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison finished her regular season averaging 24.5 points per game over two games with 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2.5 assists, all while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from behind the arc. First at Mitchell College last Thursday night, the senior team captain scored 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Then on Saturday, hosting Lesley University as part of Becker senior day, the all-time leading scorer in Hawks history led the Hawks with 23 points, eight steals, four rebounds, and four assists, all while shooting four-of-seven from behind the arc. With her first steal of the game with 5:42 left in the first quarter, Harrison, who already held the school record in career steals, became the first Hawk ever to reach 300 steals in a career. As of press time, Harrison was second in the NCAA among all active players in that category.


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Worcester State’s Erin Gallella averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Erin Gallella (Worcester State | Fr. | Tewksbury, Mass.): Gallella averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game last week as the Lancers grabbed a pair of wins to secure the three seed in the upcoming Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 30.0 points per game this week while shooting 38.1 percent from the floor, 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 100.0 percent from the foul line. Against Bentley University this past Wednesday, Capacchione led the Hounds with 30 points and added two rebounds, three assists and four steals in the game where Assumption took Bentley to overtime.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest for the Falcons over two games. She netted 18 points, six boards, three assists, one steal and one block in a 64-44 setback to Worcester State last Wednesday before adding 13 points, five caroms and two assists in an 81-53 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

Mya Mosley (Worcester State | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Mosley finished off the final week of the regular season with a pair of huge performances in wins over Fitchburg State and Bridgewater State. Mosley averaged 24.5 points per game to lead the Lancers, while also averaging 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 3.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr.| Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson tallied team-highs of 12 points and eight points, along with a game-best three blocks en route to helping the Engineers defeat Mount Holyoke on the road last week and clinch a spot in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 25th, 2020)

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 twelfth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner 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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Jaekwon Spencer helped the Bison secure the second seed in this week’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Jaekwon Spencer (Nichols College | Soph. | Bristol, Conn.): Spencer averaged 27 points while shooting 64 percent from the field to lead the Bison to a pair of wins and help secure the second seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament. He opened the week with a 29-point, five-rebound, four-steal, three-assist effort at Roger Williams on Wednesday before falling one rebound shy of a double-double with 25 points and nine boards against Gordon College this past Saturday. Over his last six games – all Nichols wins – Spencer is averaging 21.8 points per game.


Men’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Dion (Worcester State | Fr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion helped the Lancers secure a share of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown last week for the first time in 20 seasons. The first-year guard averaged 19 points per game in two contests last week while converting 6-of-12 three-point attempts. He also averaged 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 2.5 assists per game.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Bobby Perette (Anna Maria College| Sr.| Marshfield, Mass.): Perette etched his name in the Anna Maria College men’s basketball record book this past weekend by becoming the program’s all-time three-point field goal leader with 217 made trifectas while averaging 20 points in a pair of games. The senior guard, who has connected on 217 of 596 three-point attempts in four seasons with the AMCATs, edged Jeff Padula (214 made three-pointers) for the top spot in the category by sinking four trifectas against Albertus Magnus. Perette concluded his team’s outing against the Falcons with 25 points after netting just 15 four days earlier in a setback to St. Joseph (Conn.).

Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption College | Sr. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic hit two three-pointers in the last minute of regulation to force an overtime period at Bentley University last Wednesday evening. The Hounds came out victorious, thanks to Vujadinovic, who concluded the conference clash with 19 points, five assists and a pair of steals.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro led Becker to a 79-70 win over Lesley on Saturday, scoring 18 points with seven rebounds, four assists, and a steal. The junior team captain has led the Hawks this season in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal per contest for the Falcons over two games. He notched 22 points, six boards, two assists and one steal in a 79-77 setback to Worcester State on Thursday before adding 19 points, nine caroms, three assists, one steal and one block in a 93-72 triumph over Framingham State on Saturday.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, Mass.): Stephenson was a rebound away from averaging a double-double as he totaled 37 points and 19 rebounds on 58.6 % shooting from the floor in a pair of games last week.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.