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


WORCESTER, Mass. – With the first week of the college basketball season (Div. I, II and III) in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

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Men’s Player of the Week: Sam Longwell (WPI, Sr.): Longwell became the 26th player in WPI history to reach the 1,000 career point milestone in the Engineers’ 66-55 season-opening victory against RPI. The senior tallied a game-best 20 points and reached the mark on a rare dunk early in the first half. Longwell is now 25th all-time on the Crimson and Gray scoring-list with 1,017 points.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Obi Obiora (WPI, Fr.): Obiora burst onto the collegiate scene with 12 points and five rebounds as WPI kicked off the 2014-15 campaign with a 66-55 home triumph over RPI.

Women’s Player of the Week: Kate Gillespie (Holy Cross, Jr.): Gillespie recorded career highs in points (23), rebounds (5), assists (5) and tied her career high in three pointers made (5) in the loss to Manhattan. She connected on a career-best 9-of-16 from the field (56.3%) and drained 5-of-9 from downtown (55.6%). Gillespie played in a career-high 35 minutes.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI, Fr.): Biney stuffed the stat sheets with six points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists in her season debut against Worcester State on Saturday. The freshman collected a defensive rebound and took it coast-to-coast and then drew a key charge – all in the final 1:15 of WPI’s 55-48 victory over the Lancers

Honor Roll:

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross, Sr.): Burrell led the team with 16 points, four assists and three steals in the Crusaders’ victory over No. 25 Harvard. He scored eight of the Crusaders’ final 15 points in the last eight minutes, as Holy Cross rallied from a 48-43 deficit to win. Burrell hit a pair of free throws with 2:01 remaining to give the Crusaders the lead for good (56-55).

Kate Doherty (Holy Cross, Fr.): In her first collegiate game, Doherty earned the start, playing 31 minutes and recording six points, three rebounds and an assist. Her six points came on a pair of three-pointers.

Trafficia Warburton (Anna Maria, Sr.): Warburton tallied a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds in the AMCATS’ first outing of 2014-15. The senior forward shot 47.1 percent from the floor (8-for-17) with a three-pointer and hit three free throws while also adding  three steals and a block.

Pat Bradanese (Anna Maria, Jr.): Bradanese opened the 2014-15 season with back-to-back team-leading performances, as he scored 24 points in the team’s 86-83 win against Southern Maine on Saturday and added 19 points in the Conn. College Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament championship game on Sunday. Bradanese shot 61.5 percent from the floor (16-26), including an impressive 9-for-14 performance from three-point range (64.3 percent). The junior guard also added 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game en route to All-Tournament team honors.

Kwame Lee (Fitchburg State, Fr.): Lee averaged 18 points per game while leading Fitchburg State to a 2-0 opening weekend. The first-year Falcon led all scorers with 25 points and eight rebounds in the Green & Gold’s win over Suffolk on Saturday, while tying for a team-high 11 points with six boards on Sunday in Fitchburg State’s win over Roger Williams. Lee was named tournament MVP as the Falcons took top honors in the RWU/Courtyard by Marriott Tipoff.

Matt Langadas (Nichols College, Sr.): Langadas averaged 19 points to help the Bison open the season 1-1 at the Babson Invitational. He led the Bison with 27 points – including six triples – in a blowout win over Salve Regina on Sunday, less than 24 hours after scoring 11 against Bates.

Amber Litwinko (Nichols College, Sr.): Senior captain Amber Litwinko scored 14 of her team-high 19 points in the second half – including knocking down the tying and go-ahead free throws with two seconds remaining – and also grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bison. She scored eight of the final 11 points for the Bison. Litwinko also registered five assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

Brendan Rios (Worcester State, Sr.): Averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers and was named to the All-Tournament team at the Wesleyan Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament Scored 11 points and added five rebounds in a 69-51 victory over Becker College while also adding 21 points and eight rebounds in a 61-60 setback to Wesleyan College.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State, Sr.): Averaged 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers while earning All-Worcester City Tournament Team accolades which included 20 points and four rebounds in a 55-48 setback to WPI to go with 15 points in the 80-24 victory over Becker College.

Dani Davis (WPI, Sr.): Davis was named MVP of the Worcester City Tournament after averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Engineers nabbed their sixth city tournament crown, their first since 2011.  The senior poured in 18 points in a championship game – a 75-59 victory over NEWMAC rival Clark, a day after leading the way with 17 points in a 55-48 triumph against Worcester State in the first round.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 12)


WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the Worcester area in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jimmy Zenevitch (Assumption) – The junior forward averaged 29.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and one block per game in a 2-0 week for the Hounds. He also shot 63.9 percent from the field, hitting 23-of-36. He began the week with a 25-point, seven-rebound effort in a home win over Stonehill. In a comeback home win over Merrimack, Zenevitch erupted for a career-high 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds as he hit 13-of-20 field goal attempts. Trailing by 10 at the half, he posted 23 points in the second half alone as he also hit 8-of-11 free throw tries.

Ryan Sheehan (Nichols) – The senior forward averaged 23.0 points per game, as the Bison went 2-0 last week and established a program-record for wins in a season with 18. He dropped in 21 points in a win over Endicott on Wednesday, then poured in 24 first-half points en route to a 25-point night against UNE on Saturday. The captain is now 20 points shy of becoming the second student-athlete in school history to reach the 2,000-point plateau and 35 shy of becoming the all-time scoring leader.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) –
In a 2-0 week for the Hounds, the freshman guard averaged 12.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. He shot 40 percent from the field and 9-of-10 at the free throw line in the two games. After a 13-point, four-assist effort vs. Stonehill, Murray capped his week with a 12-point, five-assist outing in a comeback win over Merrimack.

Women’s Player of the Week: Caitlin Ackerman (Assumption) – 
In a 2-0 week, the junior forward averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assist and one steal per game while also shooting 57.1 percent from the field. She was also 5-for-6 at the free throw line. In a win over Stonehill, she posted 15 points, six rebounds, and four assists and was 5-for-6 at the line. In the win over Merrimack, she led the team with 14 points and seven rebounds while adding three assists and shooting 7-for-10 from the field.

Honor Roll:

Dave Dudzinski (Holy Cross) – The senior forward totaled 26 points, seven rebounds and three steals in the victory over Army. He added 10 points and six rebounds in the win at Lehigh. His 26 points against Army tied his season high, and were the most he has scored in regulation this year. Dudzinski hit three of six shots (50.0 percent) from three-point range on the week.

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The freshman guard totaled 13 points, two rebounds and two assists in the victory at Lehigh. He posted six points and four assists in the win over Army. Thomas hit 83.3 percent of his three-point attempts (five of six) on the week, and 100.0 percent of his free throws (100.0 percent).

Amber Litwinko (Nichols) – The junior guard averaged 15.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 3.0 apg in a pair of games for Nichols last week. The junior transfer tallied 12 points, seven boards and three dimes against Endicott on Wednesday, then recorded her seventh double-double of the season and third in four games with 19 points and 12 boards against nationally-ranked UNE on Saturday. Litwinko also handed out three assists as the Bison nearly upset the No. 24 team in the country.

Brendan Rios (Worcester State) – The junior guard averaged 22 points, 5.5 rebounds and three assists in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including a game-best 24 points and four boards in a 62-58 victory over Westfield State and 20 points, seven caroms and four helpers in a 75-70 setback against Bridgewater State. Connected on .472 percent from the field (17-36) and .353 from beyond the arc (6-17).

Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior guard averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in an 0-2 week for Worcester State, including 19 points and eight caroms in a 79-62 setback against Bridgewater State before she added 14 points and three boards in a 62-51 loss against Westfield State. Burns shot .452 from the field on the week (14-31).

Domenick Mastascusa (WPI) –The junior forward came off the bench to share top scoring honors with his 18-point effort in a key road win at MIT. He combined with his younger brother John (career high on 4-for-4 shooting) for 27 points on the night. Mastascusa came back and tossed in 15 points in a home victory against Coast Guard.  For the week, the junior forward averaged 16.5 points and four rebounds on 52.0% shooting from the floor.

John Mastascusa (WPI) – The freshman forward recorded a career-best nine points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting performance from the floor, in a key road victory against MIT.

Siena Mamayek (WPI) – The senior forward averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 bounds and the Engineers bolstered their playoffs chances with a pair of victories. The senior forward notched her first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in a triumph against Wellesley on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Mamayek, who shot 55.6% from the floor and drained all seven of her free throws, amassed 13 points and five rebounds in a road win at Emerson.

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


WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the Worcester area in the books, it’s time to unveil 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 fifth-ranked Engineers won a pair of contests last week. The junior set a career-high with 31 points as WPI in a 81-69 victory over Clark before compiling 17 points, six rebounds and three assists is a come-from-behind 83-69 road win at Wheaton. For the week, Longwell shot 61.5% from the floor and 85.7 from the free throw line while playing in 71 out of 80 possible minutes.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The first-year guard posted a team-high 17 points in the team’s lone game of the week, shooting 6-for-13 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He added six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Women’s Player of the Week: Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior guard averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3 steals in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 21 points and nine boards in a 69-62 setback against Westfield State and 21 points, six boards and four steals in a 56-47 victory over Fitchburg State. Became 18th WSU student-athlete to reach 1,000-point milestone in their setback against the Owls, but scored a game-high to help head coach Karen Tessmer claim her 250th career coaching win against the Falcons.

Honor Roll:

Justin Burrell (Holy Cross) – The junior guard led the team in scoring in both games this week. He totaled 15 points in the victory at Lafayette, including a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left to put Holy Cross up 59-56. Burrell added 17 points in the win at Navy, as well as made all seven of his free throw attempts on the week, while committing only one turnover.

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard had five points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in the victory at Lafayette. He totaled 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in the win at Navy and made 77.8 percent of his free throw attempts on the week.

Alex Smith (Holy Cross) – The senior guard Smith had a strong week for Holy Cross, as she helped end the Crusaders’ three-game losing streak with a win over Lafayette. Against the Leopards, Smith totaled a team-best 22 points to go along with five assists. She went 9 of 15 from the field (.600 FG%) and canned four of nine from behind the arc (.444 3P%). Against Navy, Smith tallied 11 points and a game-best six assists. During the contest versus the Mids, Smith passed the 500 assist milestone and now has 503 in her career, which ranks fifth in Holy Cross history and seventh in the Patriot League record book. Smith is one of six current division one women’s basketball players to have over 1,400 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds during their career. She is the only Crusader ever to have totaled over 1,400 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds in a Holy Cross uniform. She is also 32 points away from 1,500 in her career.

Jamie Insel (Assumption) – The senior forward posted her seventh double-double of the season in Assumption’s lone game of the week as she finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds in a comeback 55-47 win over American International as the Hounds improved to 8-1 at home this year. Insel was 6-for-10 from the field while adding three assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

Esther Cohn (Clark) – In a 1-1 week, the senior forward was immense on the glass and defensively. In the win over WPI, she hauled in 11 rebounds handed out two assists and blocked three shots to surpass the 100-block plateau for her career. Then, in a last second loss to Mount Holyoke, Cohn she finished with a career-high 16 points and 14 rebounds. In the two games, she shot a sizzling 64 percent from the field (7-for-11) averaged 9.5 points and 12.5 rebounds.

Brendan Rios (Worcester State) – The junior guard averaged 19 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 assists in a 2-0 week for Worcester State, including 18 points, eight boards and three helpers in a 69-66 triumph over Westfield State and a game-best 20 points with five caroms in a 70-53 victory over Fitchburg State. Rios connected for .483 from the field (14-29) and .500 percent from beyond the arc (7-14).

Noris Cuevas-Nova (Worcester State) – The first-year guard averaged 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for Worcester State including 16 points and seven boards in a 69-66 win over Westfield State and 15 points in a 70-53 triumph over Fitchburg State. He connected for .556 from the field (11-18) as 25 of his 31 points came in the second half to help spark come-from-behind wins.

Sean Doncaster (WPI) – The first-year guard recorded career-best seven assists in an 81-69 NEWMAC and WACBA victory over Clark.

Siena Mamayek (WPI) – The sophomore forward recorded a career-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, along with five rebounds in a tight loss at Clark

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


WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the Worcester area in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Domenick Mastascusa (WPI) – The junior forward came off the bench to spark WPI by shooting an eye-popping 84.6% from the floor in a pair of victories last week. Mastascusa tallied 15 points in both contests, a 66-62 home win against Babson and a 64-50 road victory at Emerson. For the week, Mastascusa drained 11-of-13 field goals and added five rebounds and a pair of steals.

Men’s Rookie of the WeekMarcus Murray (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 12.5 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in a 1-1 week. Murray posted 20 points in a 60-42-road win at Adelphi.

Women’s Player of the Week: Raquel Scott (Holy Cross) – The sophomore forward led the Crusaders last week by averaging a double-double of 19.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She began the week with 15 points, five rebounds and three steals versus Army. Scott followed that up with her Patriot League-leading eighth double-double of the season versus Lehigh as she had game-highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds (ties a career-best). She shot 50.0 percent from the field (14 of 28) and drained 77.0 percent from the free throw line (10 of 13).

Honor Roll:

Kelly Conley (Assumption) – In a 1-1 week, the sophomore guard averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. She shot 64.3 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the free throw line. Conley posted 12 points in a one-point home win over Le Moyne, along with 19 points and a 9-for-9 showing from the free throw line in a 95-93 road loss at No. 21 Adelphi.

Devon Spirka (Nichols) – The senior guard averaged 17.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg in a pair of games last week for the Bison. After scoring 12 points at Endicott on Wednesday, Spirka poured in a career-high 23 points in Saturday’s win over Wentworth. The senior captain knocked down four 3-pointers and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in 38 minutes.

Jalen Hurst (Nichols) – The sophomore guard shot 56 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point lead as the Bison went 3-0 last week. He scored 14 points on 6-of-8 from the field to go along with three steals and two rebounds in a win at Endicott. Three days later, he knocked down three 3’s en route to 13 points in a win over Wentworth. He also had four rebounds and two assists as the Bison snapped a six-game losing streak to the Leopards. Nichols has now won seven-straight games for the first time since the 1965-66 season.

Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior guard averaged 16.7 points and nine rebounds in a 2-1 week for Worcester State and connected for .400 percent from the field (20-40). She tallied 17 points, nine boards and added a trio of assists in a 74-62 victory over Salem State before registering a double-double effort of 19 points and 14 caroms, including the game-winning basket with 15 seconds left in a 49-46 triumph over Johnson & Wales.

Brendan Rios (Worcester State) – The junior guard averaged 20.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in an 0-2 week for Worcester State, which included a contest highs of 23 points in a 71-62 setback against Salem State and 18 points in a 78-65 loss against Bridgewater State.

Amaia Gritsko (WPI) – The junior forward registered her first career double-double (10 points and 11 rebounds) in a 51-49 home win against MIT

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday Roundup


Here are scores and highlight from some of today’s men’s and women’s basketball contests.

Men’s Basketball:

UNC 82, Boston College 71: The Tar Heels ballooned a four-point lead at intermission into an 11-point victory, their 11th overall win of the season. Ryan Anderson registered a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Olivier Hanlan led the Eagles with 16 points.

Holy Cross 61, Lehigh 42: Malcolm Miller registered 14 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes as the Crusaders defeated Lehigh and improved to 3-3 in Patriot League play. David Dudzinski netted 10 points, while Justin Burrell added 11 points and two assists.

Bentley 78, AIC 64: Tyler McFarland was a perfect 12-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc as the sophomore forward netted 32 points in the Falcons’ 13th win of the season.

No. 5 WPI 64, Emerson 50: Sam Longwell netted a game-best 17 points, while Zach Karalis and Sean Doncaster scored nine points, respectively, as the Engineers defeated the Lions and earned their 11th straight win. Michael Thorpe led Emerson with 15 points.

No. 6 Amherst 82, Bates 71: David Kalema paced the Lord Jeffs with 20 points, while Aaron Toomey netted 19 points as Amherst defeated the Bobcats and improved to 4-0 in NESCAC play.

No. 10 Williams 69, Colby 62: Duncan Robinson scored a game-best 27 points, while Michael Mayer added 15 points and nine boards as the Ephs defeated the Mules and improved to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC play.

Nichols 75, Wentworth 63: Ryan Sheehan recorded 18 points and eight rebound, while Sam Horning registered 11 points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist as the Bison extended their current winning streak to six games. Jherson Colon led Wentworth with 16 points.

Endicott 82, WNE 76: Lachlan Magee and John Henault combined for 35 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals as the Gulls soared past the Golden Bears. Dennis Rinaldi led WNE with 19 points.

Bridgewater State 78, Worcester State 65: Michael Lofton stuffed the stat sheet for the Bears with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, which lifted the Bears over the Lancers. Brendan Rios led Worcester State with 18 points.

Salem State 80, Westfield State 75: Jon Perez recorded 20 points and six boards off the bench, which helped the Vikings edge the Owls in Salem. Grant Cooper led Westfield State with a double-double of 36 points and 14 rebounds.

UMass Dartmouth 103, Keene State 90: Ryan Walsh converted on 12-of-17 shots from the field, including three from beyond the arc as the first-year guard scored a game-best 29 points for the Corsairs.

MIT 55, Springfield 51: Justin Pedley scored a game-best 27 points, while Dakota Pierce netted 12 points as the Engineers defeated the Pride in Cambridge. Nick McKenna led Springfield with 14 points off the bench.

Babson 80, Wheaton 59: John Wickey and Joe Flannery combined for 40 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block as the Beavers defeated the Lyons in Norton. Agyei Gregory led the Lyons with a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards.

Women’s Basketball:

Lehigh 87, Holy Cross 82: Raquel Scott registered a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds (11 on defense), but that wasn’t enough to lift the Crusaders past Lehigh in Pennsylvania. Alex Smith netted 19 points and recorded six boards, five assists and two steals in the setback.

No. 1 Bentley 84, AIC 46: Courtney Finn buried a school record eight triples and finished with a career-high 25 points as the Falcons defeated the Yellow Jackets in Springfield and improved to 16-0.

No. 21 Adelphi 95, Assumption 93: The Greyhounds’ 90+ point effort, which was the most they’ve scored since registering 92 points against Saint Michael’s on January 29, 2003, wasn’t enough to beat the Panthers, who registered 50 points in the second half. Shannon Ray led Assumption with 22 points, while Kelly Conley added 19 points, four boards, three assists and one steal.

No. 3 Amherst 88, Bates 54: Hannah Peterson scored a game-high 30 points, while Ali Doswell finished with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Lord Jeffs defeated the Bobcats in Maine.

No. 7 Tufts 68, Trinity 48: Hayley Kanner poured in 16 points, while Hannah Foley recorded nine points and seven rebounds as the Jumbos defeated the Bantams in Medford.

No. 18 Williams 71, Colby 54: Ellen Cook netted a team-high 15 points, which was also a game-high, while recording six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks, which lifted the Ephs past the Mules in Williamstown.

WNE 53, Endicott 49: Ali Pessolano recorded 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes, which helped the Golden Bears even their overall mark at 7-7. Samantha Crough led the Gulls with 16 points.

Bridgewater State 63, Worcester State 48: Jenna Williamson scored a game-best 29 points, while adding eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, which helped the Bears defeat the Lancers in Worcester. Meghan Burns led the hosts with 14 points.

Wellesley 72. Mount Holyoke 47: The Blue claimed their 10th consecutive victory, 12th of the season, thanks to 17 points from Leslie Leong and 11 points by Morgyne Weaver.

Babson 68, Clark 65: The Beavers won their sixth consecutive NEWMAC contest and improved to 7-7 overall. Linnett Graber scored a team-high and game-high 18 points, while Kristen Ferola stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, eight boards, six assists and two steals. Emily Reilly led Clark with 14 points.