WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Two (Nov. 20th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  Another busy week of Worcester area basketball has been recorded, which means its time to unveil our second Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors, of the season.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Women’sPlayer of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis recorded a career-high 30 points to go with nine rebounds against Boston College last Thursday before returning home against Brown University on Sunday, November 18 with a 27-point, 16-rebound performance. Manis also recorded her 1,000th career point in the game against Brown, making her the second-fastest player and 34th overall to reach the milestone. She went 15-for-15 from the foul line in her two most recent games, for a .967 free-throw percentage in the short season.

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Women’s Basketball Honor Roll

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College |Sr. |Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell was dominant in a 1-1 week for the Hounds, averaging 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while playing 28 minutes per contest. She was instrumental in Assumption’s 83-81 overtime win over Merrimack College where she scored 39 points, grabbed eight rebounds and four assists. She scored only two points in the first half but dominated the second half and overtime scoring 37 points for a school-record 39 points overall. O’Donnell also added 12 points, two rebounds and three assists in a tough loss to Saint Anselm on Saturday.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy averaged 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds over two games last week. First against University of New England on Monday, the senior team captain scored 15 points while pulling down eight boards and shooting 50 percent from the floor. Dowdy also tallied a block and an assist against the Nor’easters, as well. Then, at Anna Maria on Wednesday, Dowdy posted her third double-double in just four games this season, pulling down 12 boards with ten points, while tallying a game-high six assists and three steals. This impressive effort propelled the Hawks to a 53-45 victory.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark Univ.| Soph.| Douglas, Mass.): Favaloro posted a pair of double-doubles last week, beginning with 13 points and 14 rebounds in an 80-67 setback to Fitchburg State. She then recorded 17 points and 19 rebounds in a 65-54 victory at Nichols College on Saturday. Favaloro currently leads the Cougars in total points (58) and rebounds (47).

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 19.3 points, six assists, and 3.3 rebounds per contest in a 2-1 week for the Green and Gold. She posted a game-best 25 points, five assists, five rebounds and one steal in an 80-67 victory over Clark University on Wednesday, while netting 17 points, eight assists, one rebound and one block in a 68-55 setback to Wellesley College on Friday Concluded the week with 16 points, five assists, four boards one steal and one block in a 78-49 triumph over Mount Holyoke on Saturday.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Sr. | Waterford, Conn): Berkel reached double-figures three times last week, but started the three-game stretch with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds in her team’s win over Mount Holyoke before ending with 16 points against St. Joseph’s (Long Island).

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Jr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson narrowly missed averaging a double-double for the second consecutive week, this time with 11.0 points to go with nine rebounds in each game, en route to All-Tournament team honors at the Hampton Inn Tip-Off Tournament at University of New England. After netting 14 points in a win versus Bridgewater State, the junior finished the weekend with eight against Connecticut College.


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Noontime Sports Stars Of The Week (Week Ten) Powered By Zelos Athletics

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week ten!


Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too! 


Our weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


Junior Quarterback Joe Kalosky (11), Senior Offensive Lineman Drew Salvo (69)

Joe Kalosky tossed five touchdowns in Endicott College’s come-from-behind win over Western New England last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10/Endicott College Athletics)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Michael Bianco (Becker College): Bianco helped Becker College earn its first win of the season over University of New England by tallying 190 yards of total offense, including 180 on the ground and one score. Bianco averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Last Saturday marked the first time Bianco was spotted at halfback (he has normally been seen over the years on defense).

Cory Brandon (Husson University): Brandon shined in his team’s final home game of the season by completing 15 of 21 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles soared past Gallaudet University.

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Despite being on the losing end, Coleman turned in an impressive performance against Endicott College with 321 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (three on the ground). Coleman ended the game 22 of 39 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown.

Christian Cole (Endicott College): Cole concluded last Saturday’s epic win over Western New England with eight catches for 147 yards (18.4 yards per catch) and two scores.

Max Chipouras (Trinity College): Against Amherst College, Chipouras rushed for a game-high 203 yards on 24 carries (8.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Gacioch tallied 395 yards of total offense, including 368 passing yards. He completed 28 of 48 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns.

Kyle Gaudet (Husson University): Gaudet hauled in a game-high seven grabs for 249 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Gallaudet University.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Hamilton College, Jernigan tallied 278 yards of total offense, including 246 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Against WPI, Jones scored three touchdowns, including two through the air, while completing 30 of 37 passes for 251 yards.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky enjoyed a very successful day against Western New England with five passing touchdowns and 409 yards of total offense. He completed 27 of 52 passes for 321 yards, while adding a team-high 88 yards on eight carries (11.0 yards per carry).

Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald appeared unstoppable against Colby College this past weekend, tallying 274 total yards of offense, including 223 passing yards (19 of 23) and two touchdowns. He led the Jumbos’ rushing attack with 51 yards on 12 carries and two scores.

Nick Santavicca (Bridgewater State): Santavicca recorded a game-high 173 yards on 21 carries for an average of 8.2 yards per carry, while reaching the end zone once during his team’s 32-13 win over Worcester State.

Riley Shanley (Endicott College): Shanley matched Christian Cole with eight grabs, but finished last Saturday’s tilt against Western New England with 106 yards and two touchdowns.


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Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio (No. 94) powered the Pride’s defense against Maine Maritime Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Defensive Stars of the Week

Gene Baisden (Dean College): Against Castleton University, Baisden registered six solo stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss of 21 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards as the Bulldogs scored an exciting 19-17 win.

Sam Casey (WPI): Against Coast Guard Academy, Casey recorded 13 total tackles, including a game-high 10 total tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards and one interception for a 32 yard return.

James Christiano (Trinity College): In a huge win over Amherst College, Christiano registered six total tackles, including four solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 25 yards, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards and one forced fumble.

Jackson Eighmy (Wesleyan University): Against Williams College, Eighmy tallied five tackles for a loss of 31 yards and three sacks for a loss of 25 yards as the Cardinals scored a Little Three win on the road.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield College): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Giorgio recorded five solo stops (and total tackles), including four tackles for a loss of 15 yards, two sacks for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Kurtis Jolicoeur (Western New England): Against Endicott College, Jolicoeur matched Joshua Salem with a game-high 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, while adding four tackles for a loss of seven yards, one forced fumble and two blocks.

Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenny paced the Falcons defense against Plymouth State with 11 total tackles, including seven solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and three sacks for a loss of seven yards.

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against UMass Dartmouth, McCabe stuffed the stat sheet with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, five tackles for a loss of 18, one-and-a-half sacks for five yards and one forced fumble.

Chris Rice (Castleton University.): Rice recorded a game-high 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one pass break-up against Dean College.

Franny Rose (Bowdoin College): Against Bates College, Rose registered a game-high 12 total tackles, including eight solo tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 13 yards, one sack for a loss of eight yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Joshua Smiley (Framingham State): Against Western Connecticut, Smiley recorded seven total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 26 yards, two sacks for a loss of 16 yards and two forced fumbles.

Tarik Smith (Husson University): Smith turned in an impressive performance against Gallaudet University by tallying five total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 10 yards, two solo stops, two quarterback hurries and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards.

Elvin Suazo (Husson University): Against Gallaudet University, Suazo recorded a game-high nine total tackles, including seven solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards.


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Andrew Verre was just one of many players that shined for the Salve Regina Seahawks last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)

Special Team Stars of the Week

Michael Chen (Bowdoin College): Chen was a perfect five-for-five against Bates College, including one-for-one on field goals (31 yard boot). He also recorded four punts for 165 yards (41.3 yards per boot) with one kick landing inside the Bates’ 20-yard line.

Mac Kimball (Becker College): Kimball connected on five of six kicks (all four extra points), including a 32 yard field goal in his team’s first win of the season against University of New England.

Andrew Verre (Salve Regina): Against Nichols College, Verre tallied 11 points on a pair of field goals, including a 36 yard boot, along with five extra points.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Eight (Tuesday, Jan. 23rd)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged a double-double of 21.3 points and 15 rebounds in a trio of games last week as Anna Maria went 1-2 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. He netted 22 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in a 105-87 victory over Rivier before tallying 19 points and 11 caroms in a 64-55 setback to Lasell. Two days later against St. Joseph’s (Maine), the sophomore recorded 23 points and 15 rebounds in a five-point setback to the Monks. Rapoza has now recorded 13 double-doubles this season.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison scored nine points in the victory over Army last week, including a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes to bring Holy Cross back from a two-point deficit for the win. He tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists at Bucknell and tied his career-high for rebounds in the same game, while coming up just one point short of his career high in scoring. For the week, he averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the week, while hitting five of 11 three-pointers.


Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another stellar week for the Hawks, averaging 24.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over three games. The senior shot 57.7 percent from the floor and averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals on the defensive end. The highlight of his week came on Thursday at Newbury, when he went the distance playing 55 minutes and scoring 32 points as Becker prevailed in triple overtime.

Brandon Harris (Fitchburg State | Jr. | San Bernardino, Calif.): Harris averaged 16.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, three assists and 0.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He posted 13 points, one rebound, one assist and one block in a 77-64 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding a team-best 20 points, two rebounds and five assists in a 91-88 win over Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week by averaging 24.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 26 points to go with a pair of rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 79-76 win at Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two more steals in an 82-79 win over Roger Williams. For the week, he shot 41.4% (12-of-29) from the field, 52.6% (10-of-19) from beyond the arc, and 87.5% (14-of-16) from the charity stripe.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy led all scoring Saturday (Jan. 20) with 32 points, going 12-for-16 (75%) from the field and 8-for-9 (88.9%) from the charity stripe. He also recorded five rebounds and four assists in the setback to Fitchburg State.

New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The CCC In 2017

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

We’re another week closer to kicking-off a brand new season of New England D3 Football, so that means it is time highlight a brand new group of student-athletes that we will be watching this season in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC).

In case you missed it, Noontime Sports began its countdown to training camp coverage last week with our ‘Players to Watch in the MASCAC in 2017.’ We’ll be highlighting a new conference every week leading-up to our preseason coverage in mid-to-late August, so make sure to stay tuned to both our blog and social channels for updates, news, links and much more!

So, without further ado, here are the student-athletes we will be eyeing this upcoming season in CCC Football – make sure to use their hashtag (#CCCFB) on social media (Twitter and Instagram)!

OFFENSE 

Zach DeNike

Endicott 

Wide Receiver 

Lavante Wiggins

Endicott

Fullback 

Hakim Fleming

Endicott

Fullback 

Joe Kalosky 

Endicott 

Quarterback 

Mark Dietrich

WNE

Wide Receiver 

Josh Henry 

 WNE 

 Tight End 

Anthony Service

WNE 

 Quarterback 

Dante Aiken

WNE 

Running Back 

James Dawson

Salve Regina 

Running Back

Tommy Seaver 

Salve Regina 

Tight End 

Steve Croce

Salve Regina 

Wide Receiver 

Alex Corvese

Curry 

Quarterback  

 D’Aundray Burcy

Curry 

Running Back 

Tony Martignoli

Nichols 

Wide Receiver 

Chris Mullins

Nichols 

Quarterback 

Michael Caban

Becker 

Wide Receiver 

DEFENSE 

William Rivera

Endicott

Inside Linebacker 

Christian Filonow

Endicott 

Free Safety 

Jesse Simoni

Endicott

Cornerback 

Kurtis Jolicoeur

WNE

Bear 

Sam Olsson

WNE 

Defensive Back 

Sam Edouard

WNE 

Defensive Line 

Kevin McLaughlin 

WNE 

Bear

Angel Flores

Becker 

Linebacker 

Luc Zikianda

Curry 

Defensive Line 

Devin Williams

Curry 

Linebacker 

Steven Grogan

Curry  

Linebacker 

Brandon O’Neill

Salve Regina 

Defensive Line 

Francisco Hardacker

Salve Regina 

Defensive Back 

Tyler D’Errico

Salve Regina 

Linebacker  

John Salute 

Salve Regina 

Defensive Line

Brett McEvoy

Nichols 

Linebacker 

 

Catching Up With Brian Gorman (Becker College Men’s Basketball)

Becker College men's basketball head coach Brian Gorman is optimistic about his team's success for the remainder of the season! (Photo Credit: Becker College Athletics)

Becker College men’s basketball head coach Brian Gorman is optimistic about his team’s success for the remainder of the season! (Photo Credit: Becker College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Becker College picked up its third win of the season on Tuesday against Daniel Webster. And while that win happened to extend their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) winning streak to 36 games, it also was an important victory for a Hawks team that was coming off a tough loss to Brandeis University.

On Wednesday head coach Brian Gorman discussed his team’s season thus far in a phone interview and below are highlights from the conversation.

On maintaining success from past seasons: “We’ve made the NCAA tournament [via] an at-large bid, which in our league is not going to happen very often, so we have to focus on our league more so than out of conference because we have the highest seeded team host the final weekend of our tournament, so it is important for us to try and finish first in the league, so we can have that tournament in our gym. This year, we have a whole new group of kids and I am playing a lot of sophomores, who were on the team last year, but they were the complimentary players last year and now they’re the guys that are going to be out there for 35 minutes, so it’s a little bit different for them, but so far we’ve only played one league game, but it’s going to be good once we understand what we have to do.”

On facing competitive non-conference foes: “This year I [scheduled these games] to make us better. In the past couple of years we had kids who were two or three year starters and they were ready to compete against the best New England [teams] and we did. For the past few years, we’ve beaten the Rhode Island College’s on the road, we’ve beaten WPI, we’ve beaten Bridgewater [State] in their place, but we’ve played against the best teams and won. This year we’re not quite there yet, but [these games] get you ready for your season and you’re going to be ready for your league and that’s what I try to do. We don’t duck anyone we play, we play everyone in New England who we can schedule, so it’s just getting you better for the end of the year.”

On losing to Brandeis University: “We were either down one or tied with about 14 minutes to go in the game and I lost a couple kids that I thought I we were going to have [on our team this season], so I am out there starting a 6-foot-5 center, who is really not a true center and then four kids who’re [under 6-feet]. Brandeis comes [into our gymnasium with a variety of tall players] and we just tried to hang in there. We do shoot the ball very well, we try to spread it out and [make opponents] chase us a little bit, but we have such a fine line and small margin of error this year. It was our third game [in a short stint] and they just kind of wore us down physically, but it’s a measuring stick and I think they are as good as anyone in New England, but you have to measure yourself and [in] past years we were right there with them, but this year we were not quite, but hopefully by the end of the year we can close that margin up a little bit.”

On the Hawks remaining December opponents: “It’s kind of strange in that we are in the middle of playing like six games in 12 days or something like that. Then we play a game [next week at Babson College] and then we play another game [before the month concludes], so it’s almost like you’re approaching a playoff game where you really focus on getting yourself ready, but you also have two or three days to get ready for [our next opponent, too]. As far [as our road record, which is currently 0-1], we’ve been good on the road over the years and WPI is our one true road loss [because] the other games were [held at neutral sites], but we compete on the road and I think we will be OK.”