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New England College Notebook: WNE Starts Women’s Ice Hockey, Nichols Names Linton Men’s Basketball Coach


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

Just hours before the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues squared-off in the seventh game of the 2019 Stanley Cup FinalsWestern New England announced some exciting news that they would be adding women’s ice hockey, the school’s 20th varsity sport, during the 2020-21 school year.

The exciting news of the school adding women’s ice hockey was shared by Matt LaBranche, Western New England’s Director of Athletics, Recreational Sport & Physical Education, who looking forward to seeing the team compete in 2020.

“Interest at the high school and youth levels has never been higher, and we are proud to be providing a new opportunity for those young women to pursue their passion in a highly competitive collegiate program,” said LaBranche in Wednesday’s press release about the women’s ice hockey team.

LaBranche also announced the hiring of Katie Zimmerman, who becomes the first head coach in the program’s history. Zimmerman previously served as an assistant at nearby Amherst College and has prior coaching experience with USA Hockey and SUNY Cortland.

Zimmerman also played Division III hockey for Hamilton College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

According to Wednesday’s release, Western New England will join 66 other colleges that sponsor women’s ice hockey at the Division III level.

Nichols College announced on Thursday that Brandon Linton has been named the 20th men’s basketball coach in program history.

Linton replaces Scott Faucher, who guided the Bison to 28-3 record this past winter, including an appearance in the NCAA Division III sectional finals (elite eight).

Faucher was recently named the new men’s basketball coach at Assumption College.

Linton arrives in Dudley after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Army West Point where he “was responsible for the development of scouting reports on opponents and managing the scout team,” along with additional duties, as well.

“Nichols College is a special institution that offers a world-class experience for our student-athletes both on and off of the court,” said Linton in Thursday’s release. “I cannot wait to begin the process of getting to know our current players and continuing to build on the foundation they have created.”

Linton is no stranger to Division III basketball as he played for Clarkson University in the Liberty League (LL) and spent time as an assistant under coach Tim Gilbride at Bowdoin College.

Finally, congratulations to former Babson College men’s ice hockey assistant coach Chris Zimmerman, who recently celebrated a Stanley Cup championship on Wednesday evening with the St. Louis Blues.

Zimmerman, who President and CEO of Business Operations for the Blues, played hockey at the University of Vermont in the Hockey East before pursuing his MBA at Babson.

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Springfield’s Giorgio Earns Invite To New Orleans Saints’ Rookie Minicamp


Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio (94) has been invited to the New Orleans Saints’ minicamp. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Tuesday was an exciting day for the soon-to-be Springfield College alum as Nick Giorgio received an invitation to the New Orleans Saints’ Rookie Minicamp, which will be held this weekend (May 10th-12th).

Giorgio is the most recent member of the Springfield football program to earn a tryout with a National Football League (NFL) team since Fran Papasedero competed for a spot with the New York Jets in 1994.

The Cumberland, Rhode Island native gained attention from 12 NFL franchises back in March during his workout at the Harvard University Pro Day, as well as through his agent Paul Sheehy of ProStar Sports Agency.

Giorgio, who was tabbed our Noontime Sports New England Division III Player of the Year, enjoyed his best season with the Pride, recording season-bests in tackles (50), total tackles (82.0), tackles per game (7.5), sacks (14), and tackles for a loss (29). In his team’s final game – a New England Bowl victory over Maritime (N.Y.) – he tallied a season-best 12.0 total tackles, along with one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 10 yards and four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 19 yards, while also recording one pass break-up.

In addition to being recognized through our site, Giorgio earned additional postseason accolades, including the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston‘s Division II/III New England Defensive Player of the Year and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year. Giorgio was also a semifinalist for the Gagliardi National Player of the Year Trophy, too.

Giorgio becomes the second Massachusetts college football player to gain attention from the Saints as Assumption College‘s Deonte Harris recently inked a three-year deal with the team as an undrafted rookie.

D2 Lacrosse: New England Top 5 Men’s & Women’s Polls (March 11th, 2019)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

With a new season of New England Division II lacrosse underway, it is time to unveil our first men and women’s top five polls of the season, as well as our teams on the rise, too.

Our weekly lacrosse polls are powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are ready to get you set for a brand new lacrosse season with their FusionSport technology.

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New England Men’s D2 Top Five Poll | Monday, March 11th, 2019 

1. Merrimack College

2-1, 0-0 NE10

2. Saint Anselm 

0-1, 0-0 NE10

3. Bentley University

2-0, 0-0 NE10

4. Assumption College

2-2, 0-1 NE10 

5. Southern New Hampshire 

2-2, 1-0 NE10

On the Rise: Franklin Pierce and Saint Michael’s 

New England Women’s D2 Top Five Poll | Monday, March 11th, 2019 

1. Assumption College

4-0, 1-0 NE10 

2. Bentley University

2-0, 1-0 NE10

3. New Haven 

2-1, 1-0 NE10

4. Merrimack College

1-3, 1-0 NE10

5. Stonehill College 

3-1, 0-1 NE10

On the Rise: Franklin Pierce and Saint Anselm 

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 13 (Feb. 12th)


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.


Morgan O’Donnell became the 24th player in Assumption College women’s basketball program history to reach 1,000 points this past week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 20.0 points 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 33.3 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the foul line last week. Against Merrimack College, O’Donnell was the leading scorer with 30 points along with seven rebounds and two assists. On Saturday, O’Donnell scored the first six points of the game for the Hounds to earn her 1,000th career point. She ended the game with 10 points and six rebounds to bump her career total to 1,004 points. O’Donnell is the 24th player in Assumption women’s basketball history to reach this milestone.

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WPI’s Alex Scariati averaged 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Engineers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Scariati (WPI | Fr. | Scotch Plains, N.J.): Scariati averaged 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to go with 10 assists and five steals in a 2-0 week. After establishing a new career-high of 13 points to go with six rebounds and three helpers versus Wheaton College, the freshman notched six points, seven rebounds and a career-best seven assists at Mount Holyoke College.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | Soph. | Blackstone, Mass.): Favaloro led Clark defensively in a 1-1 week with 20 rebounds, including 14 on the defensive end, along with nine steals. She started the week with 11 points and nine rebounds in an important conference win over Coast Guard Academy before putting up a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in a two-point setback to Emerson College.

Sam Maglione (Worcester State | So. | Lancaster, Mass.): In her team’s lone contest of the week, Maglione netted 22 points on 7 of 15 off the bench, while adding three rebounds and three assists in the Lancers’ 96-73 win over Fitchburg State.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 24 points, four rebounds, 1.5 assists and two steals per contest in two games for the Falcons. She collected 19 points, five rebounds, one assist and three steals in a 74-56 setback to MCLA on Wednesday before adding a game-leading 29 points, three caroms, two assists and one steal in a setback to Worcester State on Saturday.

Madalyn Smith (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sussex, N.J.): Smith was perfect from the field last Saturday in her team’s 58-48 win over Loyola. She netted 15 points on 5 of 5 shooting, including four trifectas, while dishing out a trio of assists.

Sarah Ware (Becker College | Jr. | Oakham, Mass.): Ware averaged 9.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game over three games this past week, all of which proved to be wins for the Hawks. The junior shot 68.8 percent from the floor and 80 percent from behind the arc. The biggest moment of her season came last Tuesday evening when she scored a career-high 21 points in Becker’s 53-49 victory over Eastern Nazarene, a critical win that has the Hawks in the driver’s seat for the number one overall seed in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) standings.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Jr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson averaged a double-double with 11.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week. After notching eight points and 11 rebounds against Wheaton College, the junior led all student-athletes with 15 points and 13 boards at Mount Holyoke College.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 12 (Feb. 5th)


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.


Fitchburg State’s Nicholas Tracy came close to averaging a double-double last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Fitchburg State Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Week: Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 23.5 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in two games for the Falcons. He posted 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and four blocks in an 81-71 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding a game-best 27 points, eight caroms, seven assists and one steal in an 82-69 triumph over Pine Manor on Saturday.

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Logan O’Donnell enjoyed a successful week for the Engineers to earn his initial WACBA Rookie of the Week honor. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Logan O’Donnell (WPI | Fr.| Fishkill, N.Y.): O’Donnell averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and a steal for the Engineers last week. After scoring four points and collecting a trio of caroms in 10 minutes against Clark University, the rookie netted a career-high 15 points to go with four boards in 20 minutes at Coast Guard.

Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Soph. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): Cardoso scored 17 points while grabbing five boards and dishing four assists in a win over Framingham State on Wednesday, before recording 27 points with six boards and two steals in a loss to MCLA on Saturday.

Kahleb Downing (WPI | Soph. | Middletown, Conn.): Downing averaged 18 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a 1-1 week. He began by netting 17 of his career-high 19 points in the second half of the Engineers win over Clark University. He also notched six helpers and four swipes versus the Cougars. On Saturday, the sophomore paced the Crimson and Gray with 17 points and six boards at Coast Guard.

Anthony Grzembski (Clark University | Soph.| Webster, Mass.): In a pair of games last week, the sophomore guard averaged 14 points, while tallying three rebounds (two in a setback to WPI) and six assists. He netted 14 points in back-to-back contests while recording a week-high four assists and two caroms (one offensive) in a 79-55 setback to WPI before tallying two assists and one rebound in a 102-65 loss to Babson College.

Damien Rance (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Melbourne, Australia): Rance had his best two games of the year, averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.5 percent from the floor in a 0-2 week. Rance posted 23 points, nine rebounds, and one assist in a loss to Southern Conn. before finishing the week with 16 points and eight rebounds at Le Moyne.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): In just one game last week, Rapoza registered a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, while adding four assists and three blocks in a 78-73 setback to St. Joseph’s (Conn.).

Antonio White Jr. (Becker College | Jr. | Middletown, Conn.): White emerged as a strong inside presence for the Hawks this past week, averaging 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.5 steals per game over two games, all while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. In Becker’s near upset bid against Southern Vermont on Saturday, the junior posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 boards. The Hawks will be back on the court on Wednesday when they head to Dean College for a 7:00 p.m. game.

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