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

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Another week of college basketball in Worcester is in the books and below is this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell  (WPI) – The junior guard averaged 24 points and 6.5 rebounds as the nationally-ranked Engineers won a pair of contests last week. The junior poured in a career-best 26 points and chipped in with six rebounds as WPI went on the road to defeat Colby-Sawyer 85-66. Longwell then led all players with 22 points, while sharing team-high honors with seven boards, in the Crimson and Gray’s 88-69 victory over Keene State. For the week he shot 65.5% from the floor and 54.5% from 3-point land as he totaled 48 minutes in just 50 minutes of action.

Women’s Player of the Week: Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria) – The junior forward averaged 24 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4 steals and two assists over the seven day span. On the road at Wheelock College the forward poured in 26 points, grabbed 13 boards and made four steals in the 72-55 victory. Versus WPI, Warburton was one rebound shy of a double-double, handling 9 caroms and contributing a team-high 17 points. In the week’s final match-up vs. Elms College, Warburton posted a match-high 29 points and 13 rebounds in a 72-49 whitewashing for the AMCATs, who picked up their fifth win of the season.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Tess Nogueira (WPI) – The first-year forward stuffed the stat sheets with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, a pair of steals and a block in a 51-43 WACBA victory over Anna Maria.

Honor Roll:

Shannon Ray (Assumption) – In a 69-62 win over Southern New Hampshire, the senior guard led the Hounds with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Assumption has now won three of its last four games.

Nick DaPrato (Clark) – The senior guard/forward was magnificent again in the Cougars’ lone contest of the week, racking up 31 points, eight rebounds and five steals as Clark dispatched city rival Worcester State, 63-58. DaPrato shot 50 percent from the field (12-for-24) and a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. During a key stretch in the contest when the Cougars’ took the lead for good midway through the first half, DaPrato scored ten straight points en route to his second game this season with 30 points or more and fifth with 20 or more.

Dani Davis (WPI) – The junior guard paced all scorers with 17 points as WPI defeated Worcester County foe Anna Maria 51-43

Brendan Rios (Worcester State) – The junior averaged 14 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in an 0-2 week for the Lancers, including 10 points, six boards and five assists in a 63-58 setback to Clark University and a game-best 18 points in the 91-49 loss to Springfield College.

Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior averaged 12.5 points in an 0-2 week for the Lancers, including a contest-best 19 points in a 54-40 loss to Springfield College.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Weekly Report (Jan. 7-13)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week of college basketball is in the books. And without further ado, here is this week’s WACBA Rookies of the Week, Players of the Week and Honor Roll.

NOTE: This week’s write-ups courtesy of the college’s sports information director.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cullen Hamilton (Holy Cross) Fr., Guard, Washington, D.C.: Hamilton totaled eight points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in his team’s win against Columbia. Against Lehigh, he added six points and two rebounds. He finished the week 2 of 3 from the charity stripe.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross) Fr., Forward, Ridgewood, New Jersey: The first-year finished the past week with 15 points. She netted 11 points in her team’s win against Brown, and recorded three rebounds, two steals and one assist against Lehigh. Her 11 points were the third most points versus Brown as she connected on 5 of 6 from the free-throw line.

Men’s Player of the Week: Kevin Donahue  (Assumption College) Gr. Student, Guard, Pawcatuck, Conn: Donahue averaged 19 points and knocked down nine three-pointers in a 2-0 week for the Hounds as Assumption improved to 11-2 overall. He began the week with a 25-point effort in a home win over Bentley, knocking down seven three-pointers in the win. In the process, Donahue became the 42nd player in Assumption history to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career. He then ended the week with a 13-point effort, including two three-pointers, to go along with two rebounds and three steals in an overtime road win at Southern New Hampshire.

Women’s Player of the Week: Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) Sr., Center, Warren, Mass: Averaged 17.3 points, 14.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in a 2-1 week for Worcester State including 21 points and 19 boards in a 49-48 triumph over Westfield State before she added 25 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in a 62-46 win over MCLA. Also connected for .500 from the field (20-40) and 46 percent from beyond the arc (6-13).

Honor Roll:

Amy Lepley (Holy Cross) Sr., Forward/Guard, Norfolk, Mass: Lepley finished the past week with 30 points and tied a game-best 17 points and four assists in a loss to Lehigh, while recording a season-best five assists against Brown. Lepley is now the 24th leading scorer in Holy Cross history with 1,033 career points. Through seven games played this season, Lepley ranks second on the team in points (11.9) and leads the squad in rebounds (5.7).

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross) Soph., Forward, Dumfries, Virginia: Burrell tallied 29 points, four assists and three rebounds in a win against Columbia. His 29 points were his second-most this season. Against Lehigh, he led the Crusaders with 16 points. In both games, he connected on 13 of 14 shots from the stripe.

Katy Howard (Assumption College) Sr., Guard, Medway, Mass: In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Howard averaged 17 points per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 60 percent from three-point land. She also added 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. In a home loss to No. 2 ranked Bentley, Howard posted 16 points, including 4-for-5 from three-point land. She then ended her week with an 18-point effort on 6-for-11 shooting from the field in a 71-51 road win at Southern N.H.

Anthony Click (Anna Maria College) Sr., Forward, Springfield, Mass: Click averaged 29.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in leading the AMCATS to back-to-back overtime GNAC victories.  In a 4 OT thriller vs. Lasell the senior scored a career-high 39 points on 13-for-26 shooting from the field and 13-of-18 from the free-throw line as well as grabbing 11 rebounds and notching 6 blocks. Click had the game winning assist as the AMCATS connected on a last second 3-pointer for the 96-93 win. On the road at Norwich, Click was 6-for-14 from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe for 19 points. With two seconds remaining in the first overtime, Click hit the game-winning layup for the 72-70 victory.

Matt Langadas (Nichols College) Soph., Forward, Casco, Maine: Langadas averaged 17.3 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, as the Bison won their first two Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) games of the season. He began the week by scoring 17 points to go along with four rebounds and three steals as the Bison scored a school-record 130 points in a win over defending conference champion Endicott in Beverly. Following a loss to Eastern Nazarene on Thursday in which he went for 13 points and eight boards, Langadas scored a team-high 22 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists in a road win at UNE on Saturday. He also recorded one steal in each game.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) Jr., Forward, Athol, Mass: Averaged 15.7 points, 9.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in an 0-3 week for Worcester State including 13 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-71 loss to MCLA and 23 points and 10 caroms in an 87-71 setback against nationally-ranked WPI.

Sam Longwell (WPI) Sophomore, Guard, Acton, Mass: Longwell averaged 17 points and 6.3 points and the Engineers remained unbeaten by winning all three of their contest last week.  The guard fell a rebound short of a double-double when he tallied games-bests of 22 points and nine rebounds in a 58-41 road win at Wheaton on Saturday.  Earlier in the week the sophomore registered 18 points in a road triumph at Worcester State and added 11 points as the Crimson and Gray defeated Coast Guard.  For the week Longwell drilled 6-of-14 3-pointers and added six assists and five steals.

Theresa Logan (WPI) Sr., Forward, Southboro, Mass: Logan narrowly missed averaging a double-double last week as she posted averages of 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds during a 2-1 week for WPI.  The senior co-captain began her week by notching 18 points and nine rebounds in a 74-53 victory against crosstown rival Clark.  The forward followed that performance by totaling a team-high 21 points and a game-best 12 boards as the Engineers defeated Mount Holyoke 67-54.  Finally, Logan corralled team-best seven rebounds in a road loss to Wellesley.

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here is this week’s first official WACBA Honor Roll.

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Phil Beans (Holy Cross) – The senior center has been clutch for the Crusaders thus far and against the University of Maine, Beans totaled 19 points (career-high), eight rebounds, one assist and one steal. His eight rebounds was his second-highest total of his collegiate career.

Ronson Quick (Assumption College) – Quick was clearly a factor this past week for the Hounds, who’re currently 3-0 and 1-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The junior averaged 16.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds in three games, and against Caldwell, he scored 20 points (8-of-13 shooting) and pulled down three rebounds.

Katy Howard (Assumption College) – Through three games this season, Howard is averaging 14.7 points per game. In her team’s first game of the season against American International, Howard recorded 17 points, five steals, and two assists. This past weekend, the Medway native was named to the Stonehill College Tip-Off Tournament Team after leading her squad to back-to-back victories.

Kayla Cummings (Anna Maria) – Against Newbury College at the Gordon Invitational, the junior led all players with 14 points and 12 rebounds in her team’s 50-46 setback.

Brad Peterson (Anna Maria) – In two games this season, Peterson has averaged 25.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds. Against Daniel Webster last Friday, Peterson led all scorers with 31 points. He also chipped in 16 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal. Peterson was named to the All-Tournament Team, too.

Lee Brocket (Becker College) – In his team’s second game of the season against Plymouth State, the sophomore led all scorers with 33 points. Brocket also concluded the game with six three-pointers, seven free throws, eight rebounds, and two steals.

Emily Reilly (Clark University) – After two games, the junior from Marlborough is averaging 18 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. Reilly, who was named the Worcester City Tournament’s MVP, paced the Cougars with 24 points and eight rebounds in her team’s Worcester City Tournament championship against WPI. Clark has now won the tournament 20 times.

Brian Vayda (Clark University) – After missing 20 games last season with an injury, the graduate student from Sturbridge provided the necessary spark for the Cougars, who captured the Eastern Connecticut State Tip-Off Tournament crown this past weekend. Vayda recorded his team’s final 10 points in the championship game against Bowdoin College, as well as the game-winning three-pointer with four seconds remaining, which provided Clark with their second win of the season.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – After two games, the junior from Athol is averaging 23.5 points per game, seven rebounds and 2.5 steals. Jobst earned all-tournament honors last weekend at the UMass Dartmouth Hampton Inn Classic following two impressive performances against Trinity College and Wheaton College. Against the Bantams, he recorded 29 points and nine rebounds, and against the Lyons he finished with 18 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Meaghan O’Keefe (Worcester State) – The senior from Warren was clutch for the Lancers, especially against Becker College in the Worcester City Tournament’s consolation game where she tallied 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block. O’Keefe earned all-tournament honors, too.

Dani Davis (WPI) – Through two games this season, the sophomore is averaging 15.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. In the Worcester City Tournament’s championship, Davis registered a career-best 18 points, including four three-pointers and nine rebounds in her team’s first loss to Clark.

Mass. College Football: Friday Night Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

The third week of the college football season in Massachusetts kicked off with three intriguing matchups, and below we’ve provided a brief summary of each outcome.

Bentley University 21, Assumption College 14: Trailing the Hounds by two scores entering the second half, Falcons quarterback Danny Guadagnoli rallied the troops with three second half touchdown passes, which helped Bentley escape with a seven point victory. Bentley’s Jeff Hill led all receivers with eight catches for 146 yards and one touchdown.

Stonehill College 35, St. Anselm 20: Quarterbacks Logan Meyer and Jesse Hunt combined for three touchdowns, while Jermetrius Troy rushed for 150 yards and one score, as the Skyhawks defeated the Hawks in the “Battle for the Ol’ Bronze Hawk.”

Mass. Maritime 41, Nichols College 13: The Buccaneers needed roughly five minutes to earn a lead, which they never relinquished, as they defeated the Bison to earn their first victory of the season. Quarterback Mike Stanton rushed for two scores, while the Buccaneers offense tallied 440 yards through the air and on the ground. Massachusetts Maritime’s defense finished the game with three sacks and two interceptions.

Mass. College Football: Weekly Honor Roll

Becker College’s Robert Baker is just one of three quarterbacks that earned a spot on our “Weekly Honor Roll” list! (Photo Credit: Becker College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Our first edition of the “Weekly Honor Roll” kicks-off today with a list of various football players from across the state that made a significant impact in their team’s game this past weekend.

Below is our list, and certainly going forward, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to email player submissions to NoontimeSports@gmail.com or via Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog).

Robert Baker, Becker College: The junior gunslinger finished Saturday’s affair against MIT with a school-record of 32 completions on 56 attempts for 382 yards and two touchdowns.

Scott Drosendahl, Mount Ida College: The senior quarterback completed 11-of-13 passes for 155 yards and tossed one touchdown, as well as ran for two additional scores in the Mustangs second victory of the season. Drosendahl solidified the victory following an interception by junior Jon Pronto late in the fourth quarter with a three yard score.

Matt Green, Bridgewater State: The Easton native and junior wide receiver caught two touchdowns, as well as recorded a career high 112 yards on five receptions against UMass Dartmouth.

Paul Melicharek, Bridgewater State: The Bears defense relied on this particular senior, who concluded the contest with nine solo tackles, and one and a half sacks.

Mike Wheeler, Endicott College: During his team’s record-breaking day of 66 total points, the senior tailback tallied three rushing touchdowns on 19 carries for 154 yards.

Drew Frenette, Endicott College: The sophomore quarterback tossed a career-high four touchdowns to two different receivers in his team’s second win of the season. Frenette concluded the game 12-of-20 for 204 yards.

Melikke Van Alstyne, Framingham State: The junior tailback that earned this week’s honor as the New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week, totaled 222 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns against Nichols College.

Joe Everett, WPI: The senior defensive lineman led the Engineers with a game-high 13 tackles; seven of them were for a loss. Also, he was responsible for one forced fumble against Worcester State, too.

Jaquawne Simpkins, American International College: Despite his team’s outcome, the sophomore linebacker led the Yellow Jackets with a game-high 11 tackles.

Mike Stupiello, Assumption College: Against St. Anselm last Friday, the Hounds relied on their defense, which recorded six team sacks. Stupiello was responsible for three of the six sacks, which resulted in a loss of 25 yards. The junior currently leads his team with four sacks through two games.

Jeff Hill, Bentley University: The former Mansfield Hornet was certainly a sparkplug for Bentley this past Saturday, as the sophomore wide receiver recorded five catches for 196 yards against Western Virginia Wesleyan, which was the most by a Falcons receiver since Dallas Mall recorded 201 yards against CW. Post in November 2001. Hill also caught three touchdowns, too, and now has five touchdowns on the current season.

Artis Holt, Merrimack College: The former All-NE-10 defensive performer recorded a team-high seven tackles, intercepted one pass and broke up another in the Warriors first victory of the season.