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.

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

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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.


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Men’s Player of the Week:
Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola averaged 22 points and 13.5 rebounds per game this past week in games against Southern Vermont and Newbury. In Becker’s 108-81 victory over the Nighthawks on Saturday, the senior matched a career-high with 35 points to go along with 16 rebounds, two blocks and two assists in a superb effort. After a slow start, Durodola scored 22 points on nine of ten shooting in the second half as the Hawks pulled away.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.):
Kelly averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while playing all 40 minutes of each game and shooting 52.0 overall with 10 made threes. He opened the week with 16 points, including 4-for-5 from downtown, with two rebounds and two assists as Assumption beat Saint Anselm 70-67. On Saturday, he scored 18 second-half points and finished the game with 26, including a three with nine seconds left to pull his team within two, as the team eventually fell 83-80. Kelly also had six assists and one steal in the contest.


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.


Men’s Honor Roll

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza has been a double-double machine this season – he recently recorded his 20th double-double of the season last Saturday with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the AMCATs’ fourth-straight win over Rivier. The sophomore connected on eight of 10 shots from the field and went five of six from the line. Prior to his team’s win last Saturday, Rapoza registered his 19th double-double with 11 points and a game-high 19 rebounds in a 63-42 win over Suffolk.

John Pisacreta (Clark University | Sr. | Andover, Mass.): Pisacreta posted 47 points and eight rebounds to go along with five assists and seven steals in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. Pisacreta registered a game-high 27 points in an overtime setback at Emerson College before leading Clark to a 97-75 victory over Coast Guard with 20 points on senior day.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He netted 19 points, seven boards, three assists and three steals in a 79-75 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists in an 89-54 triumph over Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 mark last week by averaging 24.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Echevarria scored 20 points and grabbed a rebound with two assists, three steals, and a block in a 93-67 win at Salve Regina. He followed that up with 29 points, five rebounds, and three assists in a 73-61 win at Western New England. For the week, Echevarria shot 50% (18-of-36) from the field.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’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) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


Adrianna Dowdy

Women’s Player of the Week: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Jr. | East Haven, Conn.):  Dowdy demonstrated why she’s one of the best inside players in the NECC this past week, averaging 15 points and 15.3 rebounds per game over three games, while shooting 58.1 percent from the floor. Dowdy also averaged 2.3 assists. Dowdy led the way for the Hawks in their win against the Wildcats of Wheelock with a double-double including 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. Then in Saturday’s home victory over Elms, the junior recorded her eighth double-double of the season and her sixth in the last seven games as she scored 15 points with a game-high 19 rebounds, shooting five of nine from the floor.


Isabella Nerney

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Isabella Nerney (Nichols College | Fr. | Guilford, Conn.): Isabella Nerney averaged 12.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game across three games this week. Nerney had nine points, two rebounds, and an assist in a 76-70 setback at Eastern Nazarene. She followed that up with 15 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 61-48 loss to Coast Guard. She wrapped up the week with 15 points, two rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 62-43 defeat to Roger Williams. For the week she shot 36.4% (12-of-33) from the field, 40% (8-of-20) from beyond the arc, and 85.7% (6-of-7) from the free throw line.


Women’s Honor Roll: 

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma averaged 8.5 points per game last week, while combining for 16 rebounds in two contests – she pulled down a team and game-high 13 caroms in a 57-46 setback to MIT last Saturday. Against Smith, she connected on four of nine shots from the field for 12 points and sank four of five freebies. She also added three defensive rebounds, two assists and one block in the 71-48 setback to the Pioneers. A few days later against MIT, she tallied five points, one assist and one steal.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 18.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game in two contests for the Falcons. She notched 16 points, three boards, and one assist in an 82-53 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding 21 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 74-63 setback to Worcester State on Saturday.

Allison Cerrato (Nichols College | Sr. | Rockland, Mass.): Allison Cerrato averaged 12.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.3 steals per game in three games this week. Cerrato scored 20 points to go with eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in a 76-70 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She followed that up with 12 points, eight rebounds, an assist, and a steal in a 61-48 defeat to Coast Guard, and wrapped up the week with five points, nine rebounds, and two steals in a 62-43 loss to Roger Williams. For the week she shot 46.7% (14-of-30) from the field and 90% (9-of-10) from the free throw line.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney was three assists shy of a triple-double, registering 16 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, and a steal in the Lancers’ 74-63 win over Fitchburg State last week. She shot 77.8% from the floor, making 7-of-9 shots.

Stasha Greenalch (WPI | Sr. | Newington, Conn.): Greenalch averaged 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and 1.5 steals in the Engineers 2-0 week.  The senior came off the bench to score seven points and hand out four assists at Wellesley. Greenalch then poured in 17 points on 58.3 percent shooting (7-of-12) to go with six helpers against Wheaton.