WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 11th, 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 tenth 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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Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza averaged a double-double in back-to-back contests for the AMCATs last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza helped the AMCATs win a pair of games last week by averaging a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. The senior forward began the week by netting 20 points on 10 of 14 shooting while recording eight rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) before producing a team-high 38 points on 12 of 15 shooting to go with 16 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal against Johnson & Wales University.


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John Lowther averaged 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in a 2-0 week for WPI men’s basketball. (PHOTO COURTESY: WPI ATHLETICS)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: John Lowther (WPI | Fr.| Hingham MA): Lowther continued his recent strong play, averaging 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the Crimson and Gray won a pair of games last week to improve to 17-4 overall and 8-2 in league play. The first-year center connected on 7-of-11 (63.6%) shots from the floor and drained both of his 3-point attempts.


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Tyler Davern became the 29th player in Clark University men’s basketball program history to net 1,000 points last weekend against Babson College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clark University Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Milestone of the Week: Tyler Davern (Clark University | Jr. |Webster, Mass.): Davern was a player to watch last week for the Cougars, averaging 23.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in back-to-back games while becoming the 29th member of the Clark University men’s basketball program to net 1,000 points. The third-year forward reached 1,000 points this past Saturday against Babson College when he registered 24 points to go with nine rebounds in 35 minutes. Three days earlier against WPI, Davern produced 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, one assist, and one block.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Malik Brown (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Waldorf, Md.): Brown finished the week with a total of 32 points in two games. He started the week with 10 points and five rebounds in a setback to Saint Anselm before leading the Hounds with 22 points and nine rebounds at Southern New Hampshire on Saturday.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued to produce for the Hawks this past week, averaging 11.5 points per game with 8.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals over two games.

Devon Johnson (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Washington, D.C.): Johnson averaged 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals per contest for the Falcons. He totaled a career-best 20 points, ten rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in an 83-80 setback to MCLA on Wednesday before adding six points, two caroms, three assists and four steals in a 72-55 loss to Westfield State on Saturday.

Jaekwon Spencer (Nichols College | Soph. | Bristol, Conn.): Spencer poured in a career-high 26 points on 11-of-12 shooting (.917 FG pct.) in a win over Salve Regina this past Saturday at the Nichols Athletic Center. Spencer was also a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown and also collected five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 28 minutes.

Corey Olivier (Worcester State | So. | Maynard, Mass.): In a 1-1 week for the Lancers, Olivier averaged a team-high 18.5 points per game while averaging 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.6.

Kahleb Downing (WPI | Jr. | Middletown, Conn.): During a 2-0 week for the Engineers, the junior point guard doled out 17 assists while committing just two turnovers. Downing averaged 11.5 points, 8.5 assists, and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 50% from the floor and an eye-popping 54.5% from 3-point land. In a 90-81 victory over Coast Guard Academy this past Saturday, the junior flirted with a triple-double, notching 20 points while dishing out eight assists and hauling in seven rebounds.


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

Massachusetts National Signing Day 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Wednesday was an exciting day for many local student-athletes who signed their national letter of intent to play college football next fall.

Below is a list of the local student-athletes who will be joining the various Massachusetts college football programs in a few months.

American International College (AIC) 

  • Tommy Caracciolo (Agawam, Mass. | Agawam High School | Running Back)

Assumption College 

  • Thomas Chenette (Cohasset, Mass. | Cohasset High School | Offensive Line)
  • Eric Dosenberg (New Bedford, Mass. | New Bedford High School | Offensive Line)
  • James Kernen (Plymouth, Mass. | Plymouth South High School | Offensive Line)
  • Hunter Murphy (Norton, Mass. | Norton High School | Tight End)
  • Tyler Reid (Needham, Mass. | Needham High School | Running Back)
  • Raekwon Washington (Newton, Mass. | Newton South High School | Running Back)

Bentley University 

  • Zach Goodwin (Easton, Mass. | Catholic Memorial | Defensive Line)
  • Vinnie Holmes (Mansfield, Mass. | Mansfield High School | Running Back)
  • Phil Koechling (Wayland, Mass. | Wayland High School | Offensive Line)
  • Nick Marciano (Mansfield, Mass. | Mansfield High School | Wide Receiver)
  • Liam Peck (Dover, Mass. | Xaverian Brothers | Offensive Line)
  • Nick Pucillo (Acton, Mass. | Acton-Boxborough | Linebacker)
  • Brett Pullman (Worcester, Mass. | Holy Name | Quarterback)
  • Joe Rivers (Lunenburg, Mass. | Lunenburg High School | Defensive Line)

Boston College

  • Kevin Pyne (Milford, Mass. | Milford High School | Offensive Line)
  • Ozzy Trapilo (Norwell, Mass. | Boston College High School | Offensive Line)

Holy Cross 

  • Dante Bolden (Springfield, Mass. | Springfield Central | Linebacker)
  • Matthew Duchemin (Haverhill, Mass. | St. John’s Prep | Defensive Back)
  • Martin Laham (Westwood, Mass. | Williston Northampton | Defensive Back)
  • Hunter Lane (Georgetown, Mass. | Georgetown | Tight End)
  • Bryan Pacific (Winchester, Mass. | Dexter South | Offensive Line)
  • Joe Rivers (Wakefield, Mass. | Bishop Fenwick | Defensive Back)

Merrimack College 

  • Nolan Gunning (King Phillip | Offensive Line)
  • Matt Sokol (Catholic Memorial | Kicker)

Stonehill Football

  • Gardner Cousins (Governor’s Academy | Linebacker)
  • Devin Fortes (Brockton High School | Defensive Back)


UMass 

  • Josh Atwood (Natick, Mass. | Natick High School | Defensive Line)
  • Ethan Mottinger (North Attleboro, Mass. | North Attleboro | Offensive Line)

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 4th, 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 ninth 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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Megan Swords averaged a double-double for the Crusaders in a pair of games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Sr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords averaged a double-double for the Crusaders in a pair of games against Navy and Colgate. She tallied 12 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks against Navy before recording a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday at Colgate, her eighth double-double of the year. Swords continues to lead the Patriot League with a field goal percentage of .559 this season.  


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Natasha Pacheco average d7.7 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals in back-to-back games last week for Becker College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Natasha Pacheco (Becker College | Fr. | Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco continued to demonstrate her prowess in the paint this past week, averaging 13.0 rebounds per game with 7.7 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals, all while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor. Pacheco turned in a dominant performance in Becker’s 70-58 upset over Eastern Nazarene on Saturday, pulling down a career-high 20 rebounds to go along with seven points, four assists, three steals, and a block.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Sierra Johnson (Anna Maria | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): In a pair of games last week for the AMCATs, Johnson averaged 16.5 points and five rebounds. She began the past week netting 12 points while recording five rebounds and two steals against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) before tallying 21 points, five caroms, one assist, and one steal against Colby-Sawyer. 

Emme Poulin (Assumption College | Soph. | South Portland, Maine): Poulin averaged 14.5 points per game this week while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from three. In Assumption’s win over Southern Connecticut, Poulin scored 16 points and went 6-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 beyond the arc. Against Le Moyne, Poulin led the Hounds with 13 points and went 5-for-10 from the field and 3-for-7 from three-point land.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison posted another outstanding week for the Hawks, averaging 17.0 points per game with 4.7 steals and 2.0 rebounds per game over three games. Harrison was at her best in Saturday’s stunning 70-58 upset over top-seeded Eastern Nazarene, scoring 20 points with five steals.

Mya Mosley (Worcester State | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Senior Mya Mosley led the Lancers with 19 points in Worcester State 74-62 victory over Bridgewater State. Mosley also recorded six rebounds along with two blocks and two steals in the win. 

Melanie Presseau (WPI | Jr. | Manchester, NH):  Presseau registered a team-best 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor as the Engineers collected an important 75-59 NEWMAC home victory over Coast Guard on Saturday afternoon. The junior dished out three assists, added a pair of steals and drained two 3-pointers in the triumph.


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

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 28th, 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 eighth 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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Anna Maria College’s Amber Wilson was named the WACBA Women’s Player of the Week for the second-straight week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Jr. | New York, N.Y.): In a pair of games last week for the AMCATs, Wilson averaged a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds to go with four-and-a-half assists and two blocks. She began the week by scoring a team-high 25 points against Suffolk University of 8 of 17 shooting to go with seven rebounds (all defensive caroms), one assist, and one block. Four days later against Lasell University, the third-year forward came close to recording a triple-double with 31 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists while recording three blocks and two steals.


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Nichols College first-year Alexis Finnerty averaged 19.5 points in a pair of games last week for the Bison. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Alexis Finnerty (Nichols College | Fr. | Chester, Conn.): Finnerty averaged 19.5 points per game this past week as the Bison went 1-1 in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action. Finnerty started the week off strong with a 17-point effort against Salve Regina to go along with five assists and four rebounds. The Chester, Connecticut native followed that performance up with a 22-point effort against Wentworth as the Bison took the season sweep with a 78-62 final. Finnerty added six assists and four rebounds in the game. She is now averaging a team-best 15.9 points per game this season.


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Cassidy Harrison became the second Becker College women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 points last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: BECKER COLLEGE ATHLETICS)

Women’s Basketball Milestone: Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison had a week for the ages, averaging 23.3 points per game on 46.4 percent shooting over three games with 4.7 steals, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. The senior captain opened the week by leading the Hawks to a 70-56 win at Elms College. Then on Thursday, Harrison exploded for 32 points (matching a career-high) in Becker’s upset-bid at New England College. During the game, Harrison became just the second Hawk in the history of the program to reach 1,500 career points, reaching the milestone on a two-point jumper with 6:06 to go in the second quarter. Finally, on Saturday, Harrison led the Hawks with 24 points as the team cruised to a 78-49 win over Bay Path. At press time, Harrison ranked eighth in the nation among all active players in career points.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Senior | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione was influential for Assumption last week averaging 19.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, 52.9 percent from three and 100.0 percent from the foul line. At Adelphi, Capacchione led the Hounds with 13 points and six rebounds and went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. In Assumption’s win over New Haven, the senior tied her career-high 26 points and went 9-for-18 from the floor and 6-for-11 from beyond the arc.

Sarah Blomgren (Worcester State | So.| Lunenburg, Mass.): Worcester State sophomore Sarah Blomgren averaged 13 points per game last week as the Lancers went 2-0 in conference play. Blomgren shot lights out 9-for-11 (82 percent) from the floor in both games while averaging seven rebounds per game.


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

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 28th, 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 eighth 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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Biko Gayman became the 28th player in Clark University men’s basketball program history to reach 1,000 points last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clark University Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Biko Gayman (Clark University | Jr. | Fort Pierce, Fla.): Despite being a part of two setbacks last week against Coast Guard Academy and WPI, Gayman was a player to watch for the Cougars last week, averaging 20 points per game to go with four-and-a-half assists, three rebounds, and two steals. The junior guard began the week by netting 22 points on 9 of 19 shooting against the Bears to become the 28th member of the Clark men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points. Three days later against the Engineers of WPI, he tallied 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting along with four assists, three rebounds, and one steal. As of press deadline, Gayman is averaging a team-best 19.6 points per game. 


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John Lowther averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for WPI men’s basketball. (PHOTO COURTESY: WPI ATHLETICS)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: John Lowther (WPI | Fr. | Hingham MA): Lowther shot an eye-popping 68.4% (13-of-19) from the floor as the Crimson and Gray tallied a pair of road victories last week.  The freshman registered 15 points, six rebounds and four assists as the Engineers bested Emerson before narrowly missing a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds in a road triumph as Clark.  For the week, Lowther averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. 


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Bobby Perette (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Marshfield, Mass.): In a pair of wins for the AMCATs last week, the senior guard from Marshfield, Massachusetts averaged 25.5 points, three-and-a-half assists, and two-and-a-half rebounds. Against Rivier University, he matched classmate Mike Rapoza with a game and team-high 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting, including five three-pointers to go with three assists, three steals, and two rebounds. Three days later against Regis College, Perette scored 25 points on 8 of 19 shooting, including 7 of 12 from beyond the arc. 

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr.|North Potomac, Md.): Kelly finished the week with 31 points in two games for the Hounds. He put up 17 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and three steals in a setback at Adelphi on Wednesday. He added 14 points, five assists, and three steals in a setback to New Haven at home on Saturday.

Jamir Carr (Becker College | Jr. | Philadelphia, Penn.): Carr averaged 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the week over two games for the Hawks this past week, to go along with 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals. The junior forward helped spark Becker to a 72-67 win at Elms College last Wednesday before posting his first double-double of the season on Saturday of 18 points and 10 rebounds in a near-upset of New England College.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Tyler Dion enjoyed another successful week, averaging 18.5 points and 5.0 assists per game. In an overtime defeat against MCLA last Wednesday, Dion scored 13 points with seven assists while going 50 percent from long distance, which was followed up with a 24-point performance in a win over Fitchburg State. Dion went six-for-eight from three-point land in the win.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Sr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski was WPI’s leading scorer as the Engineers notched a pair of road wins last week, extending their win streak to four, all away from Harrington Auditorium. The senior averaged 17.5 points on 56.5% shooting from the floor and 5.5 rebounds per game in the two contests. Wisniewski established a new career-high with 21 points in a rematch of last year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship game with Emerson College before pouring in 14 points in a road win at Clark University. The returning NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year also anchored a defensive effort that limited opponents to less than 40% (38.7%) shooting from the floor.   


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