WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 2019)

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 second Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor 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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Avery LaBarbera averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Holy Cross women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Soph. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera led the Crusaders in a 2-0 week by averaging 22 points and eight rebounds per game while also totaling 11 assists and seven steals and committing only one foul and one turnover. She went 7-for-12 (.583) from three-point range and shot .552 from the field. In the team’s 87-75 win against Bryant University last Wednesday, she netted 25 points — the second-highest total of her career — on 9-for-12 shooting with five assists, no turnovers, and three steals. In a 68-42 victory over Merrimack College this past Saturday, LaBarbera had the second double-double of her career with a 19-point, 10-rebound showing, along with six assists and four steals. LaBarbera currently ranks seventh in the nation with a 6.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.


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Assumption College’s Monica Spain was instrumental in helping the Greyhounds win their home-opener this past weekend against Southern New Hampshire. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Monica Spain (Assumption College | Freshman | Braintree, Mass.): Spain guided the Hounds to an exciting home-opening win this past Saturday against Southern New Hampshire by netting 14 points on five of seven shooting, while sinking all four free throws. She ended the game with six rebounds (three offensive boards), four assists, and four steals. 


WACBA Women’s Basketball Milestone: Congratulations to Kerry Phayre, the coach of Assumption College women’s basketball, who earned her 400th win this past Saturday when the Greyhounds defeated Southern New Hampshire, 61-51.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Sienna Johnson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): Johnson tallied 37 points, five rebounds, five steals, and four assists in a 2-1 week for the AMCATs. She began the week with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting in a 66-25 win over Lesley University before netting eight points in a 78-42 victory against Bay Path. She ended the week with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 68-59 setback to Eastern Nazarene. 

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 16.0 points this week while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from beyond the arc. Capacchione recorded seven rebounds and two assists to go along with two steals and one block in her team’s home-opener win against Southern New Hampshire

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Senior | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison scored 11 points with four rebounds and three steals at Emmanuel College on Friday, against one of the top teams in the country.

Samantha Maglione (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Bolton, Mass.): Maglion posted 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field as well as shooting 5-for-9 from beyond the arc with one rebound and one assist in an 87-71 setback to Albertus Magnus on Saturday afternoon.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney was nearly perfect last week with a field goal percentage of 92.3 in the 1-1 week for Worcester State. Sweeney shot 6-for-6 for 13 points in a narrow loss to Western New England on Tuesday evening, before going 6-for-7 for 13 points in a come-from-behind victory over Keene State on Saturday.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, CA): Vinson posted a pair of double-doubles in two of three contests last week. The center erupted for 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in WPI’s 60-41 road win at Fitchburg State last Thursday before completing her week with a 13-point, 10-rebound performance in a road loss at Regis College on Saturday.  The senior shot 50% from the field in both games.


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WACBA Reveals 2018-19 All-Star Selections

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By WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Nichols College senior Marcos Echevarria and Holy Cross junior Lauren Manis have repeated as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Players of the Year, as revealed on Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column.

The announcement also features the annual All-Stars, Rookies of the Year and Coaches of the Year as voted upon by sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption College, as well as members of the local media.

Echevarria claimed the hardware for the third consecutive year while it was also a threepeat for the Bison with first-year head coach Scott Faucher earning Coach of the Year accolades. Assumption’s Cal Connelly, meanwhile, became the second Greyhound in as many years to secure Rookie of the Year honors. For the women, Manis narrowly missed out on a perfect ballot while fellow Crusader Avery LaBarbera was named as the Rookie of the Year, and Worcester State’s Karen Tessmer was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Nichols’ DeAnte Bruton and Matt Morrow joined Echevarria on the first team, as did Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Jehyve Floyd. The second team was comprised of Fitchburg State’s Nicholas Tracy, Worcester State’s Tyler Dion, Assumption’s Matthew Kelley, Clark’s Tyler Davern, and WPI’s Jake Wisniewski and Reid Walker.

Manis and LaBarbera along with Worcester State’s Brittany Herring, Assumption’s Morgan O’Donnell, Fitchburg State’s Angelina Marazzi, and Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy were named to the first team. Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Anna Maria’s Amber Wilson, Becker’s Cassidy Harrison, Fitchburg State’s Catherine Coppinger, as well as, Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney and Kaitlyn Berkel landed on the second team.

This year’s Paul N. Johnson and Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipients will be announced at a later date.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 programs plus sports information directors and media members to foster friendships and camaraderie along with promoting the GREAT GAME OF BASKETBALL throughout the TRADITION RICH Worcester County Area.

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 MEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols (third consecutive)
Rookie of the Year: Cal Connelly (Rochester, N.H.), Assumption (back-to-back for Greyhounds)
Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher, Nichols (third consecutive for a Bison head coach)

First Team
Nichols College Marcos Echevarria*# Lynn, Mass. Sr.
Nichols College DeAnte Bruton*# New London, Conn. Jr.
Anna Maria Mike Rapoza*# Charlton, Mass Jr.
Becker College Kareem Davis^# Lowell, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd# Sayreville, N.J. Sr.
Nichols College Matt Morrow Leicester, Mass. So.
Second Team
Fitchburg State Nicholas Tracy Indianapolis, Ind. Jr.
Worcester State Tyler Dion Barre, Mass. Jr.
WPI Jake Wisniewski West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Reid Walker Lithia, Fla. So.
Assumption College Matthew Kelly& No. Potomac, Md. So.
Clark University Tyler Davern Webster, Mass. So.

 WOMEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross (back-to-back)
Rookie of the Year:
 Avery LaBarbera, Holy Cross
Coach of the Year: 
Karen Tessmer, Worcester State

First Team
Holy Cross Lauren Manis*# Franklin, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Brittany Herring*# West Brookfield, Mass. Sr.
Assumption College Morgan O’Donnell# Easton, Mass. Sr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi& Manchester, N.H. Jr.
Holy Cross Avery LaBarbera Harrison, N.Y. Fr.
Becker College Adrianna Dowdy& East Haven, Conn. Sr.
Second Team
Clark University Ogechi Ezemma*& Hope Valley, R.I. Sr.
Anna Maria Amber Wilson New York, N.Y. So.
Becker College Cassidy Harrison*# Foxborough, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney& Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Kaitlyn Berkel Waterford, Conn. Sr.
Fitchburg State Catherine Coppinger Boston, Mass. Jr.

* 2017 First Team
^ 2017 Second Team
# 2018 First Team
& 2018 Second Team

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 15 (Feb. 26th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

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.

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Catherine Sweeney came close to averaging a triple-double in back-to-back conference tournament games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

WACBA Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney came close to averaging a triple-double in a pair of games last week by tallying 12.5 points, 18.5 rebounds, and eight assists. She recorded her third triple-double of the 2018-19 season during her team’s semifinal win over Framingham State last Thursday with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 caroms before adding 21 rebounds, five points, five assists, and two blocks in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship against Westfield State. As of last Saturday, Sweeney has recorded three triple-doubles, which is the most by any Division III women’s basketball player this winter.

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Avery LaBarbera stuffed the stat sheet this past Saturday in her team’s exciting win over Bucknell University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera had a stellar week in a 1-1 showing for the Crusaders, recording nine points and one steal in a setback to Army last Wednesday before tallying 16 points, two assists, one block and one steal in her team’s win over Bucknell University this past Saturday.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison led the Hawks into the finals of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championships this past week by averaging 14.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.6 steals and 1.6 assists in three games. She had one of her best performances of the season last Tuesday against Newbury College when she scored 20 points with a career-high 10 steals, tying a Becker school record for steals. For her contributions last week, Harrison was named to the NECC All-Tournament Team.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi netted a game-best 27 points, five rebounds and one assist in a setback to Bridgewater State in the MASCAC quarterfinals last Tuesday evening for the Falcons.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 24.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. She started with 14 points, six rebounds and one block in a 16-point win over Franklin Pierce, before going off for 35 points, 12 boards and three blocks in a tough 82-80 loss to Stonehill College this past weekend.

Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Jr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords averaged double figures in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In a loss to Army last Wednesday, she recorded 10 points, four rebounds, and one steal before adding 11 points and eight caroms in a Holy Cross win over Bucknell University.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 11 (Jan. 29th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

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.

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Catherine Coppinger averaged a double-double last week for the Fitchburg State women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Fitchburg State Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Coppinger (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Boston, Mass.): Coppinger averaged a double-double of 14.7 points and 13.3 rebounds per contest as well as one assist and 3.7 steals per game for the Falcons. The junior posted a double-double of 18 points and 14 boards in addition to one assist and three steals in a 99-68 setback to Westfield State on Tuesday before adding another double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to go along with two assists and six steals in a 71-65 loss to Bridgewater State on Thursday. She finished the week with eight points, 12 rebounds and two steals in a 90-63 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

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Emily Sifferlen enjoyed a successful week for the Clark University women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clark University Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Emily Sifferlen (Clark University | Fr.| North Andover, Mass.): In a 1-1 week for the Cougars, Sifferlen averaged 18 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Sifferlen matched her career-high of 23 points in an 81-61 setback to Wheaton College last Saturday before pouring in a team-high 13 points off the bench in Clark’s 60-56 win over Wellesley College. Head into the new week, Sifferlen ranks third on the team in points per game (10.7) but leads the Red and White in three-pointers made (32) and three-point percentage (37.2).

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Adrianna Dowdy became the eighth player in Becker College women’s basketball history to net 1,000 points. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Milestone: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Adrianna Dowdy became the eighth player in Becker College women’s basketball history last week to reach 1000 points for her career in the Hawks’ 66-54 win over Newbury College. Dowdy entered the game with exactly 999 career points but reached the milestone on a jumper with 3:31 remaining in the first quarter. Dowdy would finish the game with 15 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | So. | Blackstone, Mass.): In a 1-1 week for the Cougars, Favaloro registered averaged 11.5 rebounds and 9.5 points. Against Wellesley College last Wednesday, Favaloro recorded a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Cougars to an important conference win over Wellesley College. Three days later against Wheaton College, the sophomore forward produced eight points on 3 of 11 shooting, while snatching a team-high 10 rebounds in an 81-61 setback.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 16 points this past week, along with 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds. The junior scored 12 points in Becker’s 66-54 win over Newbury College before pouring in 20 in a 75-50 setback to New England College last Saturday.

Isabella Nerney (Nichols College | So.| Guilford, Conn.): Nerney averaged 19 points in a pair of conference tilts last week, as the Bison concluded the seven-day stretch 1-1. She dropped in a career-high 31 points against Salve Regina on Saturday afternoon, including seven triples. The 31 points are tied for second most all-time in a game for the Bison. Meanwhile, her seven three-pointers on Saturday is tied for the most all-time in a game for Nichols with current head coach MaryLynn Skarzenski. Nerney recorded 38 points, seven rebounds and three assists across the two games, including an early week match-up with Endicott College.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 17.0 points this past week, while shooting 55.0% from the floor, 66.7% from beyond the arc and 83.3% from the foul line. She was leading scorer for the Hounds with 22 points, two rebounds and three assists against American International College and added 12 points and three rebounds against Saint Rose.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney averaged 11.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in a trio of games last week. Sweeney’s strongest outing occurred last Thursday when she recorded her second career triple-double with 17 points, 19 rebounds, and 11 assists as the Lancers defeated Westfield State, 94-79.

Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Jr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords was a key contributor in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In a tight defensive battle against Army on Wednesday, Swords had 11 points, six rebounds and a block in a 58-39 victory. In a close 75-71 loss to Patriot League-leading Bucknell on Saturday, Swords had a team-high 17 points and added in eight rebounds (including five offensive boards) while shooting 6-for-9 from the field.

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Soph. | New York, NY): In a 1-1 week for the AMCATs, Wilson averaged 16.5 points, six rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 blocks. She began the week netting 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting while recording six rebounds (two offensive), five blocks, two assists and one steal in an 87-61 setback to Suffolk University. Two days later against Lasell College, she netted 20 points on 5 of 8 shootings, while also adding six rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes. Wilson has netted 20 points or more twice this winter – she scored a season-high 25 points in her team’s two-point win earlier this month against Rivier University.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 10 (Jan. 23rd)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

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.

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Adrianna Dowdy was certainly a player to watch last week for Becker College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Player of the Week: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College| Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy posted one of the most dominant weeks of her storied career this past week, leading the Hawks to a 3-0 week. The senior team captain averaged 17.3 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 63.6 percent from the floor. Against Southern Vermont last Tuesday, Dowdy scored 21 points with 16 rebounds in a 55-45 victory. Then, against Mitchell College, in a battle for first place in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), Dowdy scored 14 points while pulling down nine boards in a 63-49 win. Finally, on Saturday against Mitchell College, Dowdy posted another double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds in a 72-58 win.

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Emily Sifferlen enjoyed a successful week for the Clark University women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clark University Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Emily Sifferlen (Clark University| Fr.| North Andover, Mass.): Sifferlen came off the bench and scored a team-high 23 points in a setback last week to Coast Guard Academy before adding a game-high 19 points on Saturday at home against MIT. Sifferlen was 7-for-15 from the field, including a 3-for-9 effort from behind the arc against Coast Guard. She was 6-for-11 and a near perfect 4-for-5 from three-point range at home on Saturday against the Engineers.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross| Jr.|Franklin, Mass.): Manis posted a convincing double-double against Boston University last Saturday to give the Crusaders a Turnpike Trophy victory over the Terriers with 20 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. In a loss to Navy last Wednesday, she led the Crusaders with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg St. | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 17.5 points, two rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals per contest in two games for the Green and Gold. The junior registered a game-best 22 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in a 73-64 triumph against MCLA on Wednesday before adding 13 points, two boards, three assists and one steal in a setback to Worcester State on Saturday.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney averaged 9.3 points, 6.0 points, and 5.0 rebounds in a trio of games last week with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 7.5. Her strongest outing came last Saturday when she recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in her team’s win against Fitchburg State.

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria | So. | New York, N.Y.):  In a pair of games last week, Wilson averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, while connecting on seven of eight freebies, including four free throws in a 63-42 win over Regis College. Wilson netted a week-high 18 points against the Pride, while tallying six rebounds and six steals. Two days later against Saint Joseph’s (Maine), Wilson recorded 13 points on 5 of 10 field goals, while adding five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

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