WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week One (Nov. 13th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  A brand new season of college basketball in Worcester has officially begun, which means its time to unveil our very first Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’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 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Soph. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.):
Cardoso averaged 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and two assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. He scored 12 points with 11 rebounds in a thrilling 87-81 Midnight Madness victory over Clark University before adding a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards in an 88-68 setback to Roger Williams University.

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WACBA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Cal Connelly (Assumption | Fr. | Rochester, New Hampshire): Connelly was the lone Assumption freshman to start both games as the Hounds opened the year 2-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season. He averaged 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 38.5 percent from the floor. In his first game he scored seven points with five rebounds in a 15-point win and followed it up with 11 points and two boards in a 17-point victory.


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Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption College | Jr. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic had a pair of strong performances to help the Hounds start 2-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season. The junior averaged 20.5 points per game while shooting 76.2 percent from the floor and 60 percent from downtown, in addition to 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists per game. In the second-opener he had 23 points, two rebounds and made three triples in a 15-point win. Vujadinovic followed it up with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals with three threes as the Hounds won by 15 points.

Biko Gayman (Clark University | Soph. | Fort Pierce, Fla.): Gayman started the season with 23 points for the Cougars on 60.0 field goal shooting percentage and 66.7 three-point shooting percentage. He also added five assists and two rebounds in the setback at Worcester State on Thursday morning.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week One (Nov. 13th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  A brand new season of college basketball in Worcester has officially begun, which means its time to unveil our very first 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 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Sr. | Waterford, Conn.): Berkel helped the Lancers advance to the Worcester City Tournament championship by averaging 12.5 points, 16 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week. She began her team’s 2018-19 campaign with a double-double of 13 points and 22 rebounds, while adding three blocks and two assists in a 58-49 win over Clark University. She would produce her second double-double of the season one day later with 12 points and 10 boards, while shooting 62.5 percent from the field in the 51-45 setback to WPI on Saturday. She was named to the All-Tournament Team for her impressive performances this past weekend.

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WACBA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, New York): LaBarbera scored 18 points and dished out three assists in her collegiate debut, helping guide the Holy Cross women’s basketball team to a 71-61 season-opening victory over Rider University on Sunday, November 11.


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Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Sr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Despite an 0-2 week for the Cougars, Ezemma collected 29 rebounds (14.5 rebounds per game). She also recorded a block in Clark’s non-conference matchup versus Worcester State on Friday and three steals in the Worcester City Tournament consolation game versus Becker on Saturday. On top of her impressive defensive performance, the All-Tournament selection led the Cougars with 34 points to cap off her first week of the season with two double-doubles.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison opened the season with a red-hot shooting performance at the Worcester City Tournament, leading Becker to a third-place finish. The junior averaged 24 points over two games, shooting 60 percent from the floor, 60 percent from behind the arc and 100 from the free throw line. Facing Clark University on Saturday, Harrison poured in 32 points with three steals to carry the Hawks to a 70-66 win, their first-ever victory over the Cougars. Harrison further opened the season going a perfect 18-of-18 from the free throw line. She was named to the Worcester City All-Tournament Team for the third consecutive year.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis notched 26 points and 10 rebounds, including hitting 14 of her 16 free-throw chances to guide the Holy Cross women’s basketball team to a 71-61 season-opening victory over Rider University. It was the 19th double-double of her career.


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D3 Lacrosse: Clark University To Add Women’s Lacrosse

teamPicThumb11731-4657-ubrd1aBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was announced earlier today that Clark University will be adding women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport, beginning in 2020.

The Cougars will compete in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and become the conference’s newest team since Coast Guard Academy elevated its women’s lacrosse program from club to varsity in 2015.

According to the Friday press release, the school will begin a search for the program’s first-ever head coach this spring with the recruiting process set to begin immediately.

“It is always exciting for an athletic department when we can increase the opportunities for students to participate at the intercollegiate level,” said Clark University Athletic Director Trish Cronin in the release.

“Women’s Lacrosse will be a great addition to our athletic program and we look forward to their inaugural season.”

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, March 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which finds Amherst College in the top position followed by Tufts University and Wesleyan University. The Mammoths secured the top spot for the second-straight week with convincing wins over Endicott College and Hamilton College. This week, Amherst will face-off against both Middlebury College and Springfield College.

Tufts scored a pair of weekend victories, including an exciting overtime win on Sunday against SUNY Cortland, while Wesleyan secured a pair of non-conference wins over Roanoke and Skidmore. The Cardinals will cap their initial month of play in Maine this Saturday, March 31 when they take on Colby College at 1 p.m.

Coast Guard Academy was this week’s biggest mover as they leaped three spots to the fifth position, while Springfield College moved up one spot to the sixth position. Both teams are scheduled to face-off next month.

Clark University is the newest member of the poll – the Cougars have been idle since their 8-7 win over Western New England last weekend, but return to the field this week with a pair of road contests against Bowdoin College and Coast Guard Academy.

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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, March 26th, 2018

1. Amherst College 6-1, 3-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University6-0, 3-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
3. Wesleyan University 6-1, 3-0 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
4. Conn. College6-1, 3-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 4 
5. Coast Guard Academy5-1, 0-0 NEWMACLast Week: No. 8
6. Springfield College5-2, 0-0 NEWMACLast Week: No. 7
7. Williams College3-3, 3-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 9
8. Middlebury College3-3, 1-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
9. Bates College4-4, 1-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
10. Clark University4-2, 0-0 NEWMACLast Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Bowdoin College (4-2, 2-2 NESCAC), Keene State (3-3, 0-0 LEC), MIT (4-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) and Western New England (3-5, 0-0 CCC).

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 11 (Tuesday, Feb. 13th)

By 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.


Mrgan ODonnellWomen’s Player of the Week: Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell did a bit of everything in a 1-1 week for Assumption, averaging 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 73.3 percent from the floor. The junior opened the week with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in a tight loss to Saint Anselm. O’Donnell rebounded with a career-high 24 points, ten rebounds, three assists and two blocks in an 11-point win over Saint Michael’s.


MIKAELA MITCHELL ROW1205Women’s Rookie of the WeekMikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Mitchell averaged 13 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. Netted 21 points, seven boards, one steal and one block in an 81-76 win over MCLA on Thursday before adding five points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a 61-54 triumph against Worcester State on Saturday.


In The News

Clark University recently dedicated a bench outside the Kneller Center in honor of Pat Oroszko ’03 on Saturday – more information from last year’s fundraising kickoff

Kathy Cushing, a Worcester State University grad, as well as the wife of Don Cushing (WSU ’66), the former Nichols Coach, sadly passed away.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria College | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): Russo averaged 16.5 points and six rebounds in a pair of games last week, while tallying three assists, two steals and one block. She began the week with 19 points in a 79-57 setback to Johnson & Wales – she connected on seven of 23 shots from the field, including three of 11 attempts from beyond the arc. A few days later against Rivier, she tallied 14 points, while pulling down seven caroms.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Jr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy had another strong week for the Hawks, averaging 13.7 points and 11.0 rebounds over three games. This performance included a 22-point outburst in Becker’s 50-38 victory over Lesley on Monday.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma put up 30 points in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. She had 11 points to go along with nine rebounds in an overtime win over Springfield on Thursday. She posted 19 points, nine rebounds, and two steals in a setback to WPI on Saturday.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged a double-double of 13 points and 11.5 rebounds as well as 2.5 assists, three steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 2-0 week for the Green and Gold. She posted a double-double of 13 points and 17 boards to go along with four assists, two steals and a block in an 81-76 win over MCLA on Thursday before adding eight points, six boards, one assist and four steals in a 61-54 triumph against Worcester State on Saturday.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Jr. | Waterford, Conn.): Berkel averaged a double-double in the week for the Lancers.  The junior posted a 17 point, 10 rebound effort against regional power UMass Dartmouth in a non-conference action.  In MASCAC play, Berkel paced the Lancers with a 10 point, 13 rebound game against Fitchburg.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged eight points and 5.5 rebounds, but more importantly recorded five blocks and four steals, in a 2-0 week for the Engineers. One of the steals preceded a pair of successful free throws to seal a key 52-43 triumph at Babson. The senior finished with 10 points against the Beavers before notching nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals at Clark.