All-WACBA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams (Tuesday, March 31st, 2020)

WACBABy | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

With another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, it is time to unveil our All-Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season All-WACBA Teams for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the Worcester basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.

WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Award

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards 

All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (First Team)

Mike Rapoza 

Anna Maria College

Charlton, Mass.

Matthew Kelly 

Assumption College

North Potomac, Md.

Joe Pridgen

Holy Cross 

Winchendon, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Tyler Dion

Worcester State 

Barre, Mass.

Garrett Stephenson


Townsend, Mass.

All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (Second Team)

Bobby Perette

Anna Maria College

Marshfield, Mass.

Malik Brown

Assumption College

Waldorf, Md.

Mateus Ribeiro

Becker College

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Biko Gayman 

Clark University

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Matt Morrow

Nichols College

Leicester, Mass.

Chris Cardoso

Worcester State 

Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Jake Wisniewski


West Brookfield, Mass.

All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (First Team)

Amber Wilson

Anna Maria College

New York, N.Y.

Brianna Capacchione

Assumption College

Washington Township, N.J.

Hannah Favaloro

Clark University

Blackstone, Mass.

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross 

Franklin, Mass.

Avery LaBarbera

Holy Cross

Harrison, N.Y.

Mya Mosley 

Worcester State 

Worcester, Mass. 

All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (Second Team)

Sierra Johnson

Anna Maria College

Brockton, Mass.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Natasha Pacheco

Becker College

Fairfax, Va. 

Angelina Marazzi

Fitchburg State 

Manchester, N.H. 

Isabella Nerney 

Nichols College

Guilford, Conn.

Catherine Sweeney

Worcester State 

Lowell, Mass.

Spencer Vinson


Los Angeles, Calif. 


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.

D3 Women’s Lacrosse Team of the Year


By | @NoontimeNation 

The New England D-III Lacrosse season concluded abruptly last week due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), but that won’t stop us from highlighting our region’s student-athletes, who have earned spots on our Zelos Athletics Team of the Year.

All-Noontime Women’s Lacrosse First Team

Talia Land 

Amherst College

Larchmont, N.Y.

Gianna Bruno

Colby College New Canaan, Conn.

Annie Eddy 

Colby College

 Cheshire, Conn. 

Taylor Moore

Colby College 

Weston, Conn. 

Clara Bisson

Connecticut College

Sudbury, Mass.

Emily Barnard 

Middlebury College

Wayland, Mass. 

Abby Manning

Wesleyan University

Wilmington, Del.

Sam Donohoe

Westfield State 

Pepperell, Mass.

Molly Covarrubias 

Wheaton College

Framingham, Mass. 

Kyra Schwartzman

Wheaton College 

Kennebunk, Maine

All-Noontime Women’s Lacrosse Second Team 

Erin Jayne

Babson College  

Merrimac, Mass. 

Fiona Bundy 

Bowdoin College

Easthampton, Mass. 

Morgan Derosia 

Castleton University

Vernon, Vt. 

Erin Shuttle

Castleton University

Georgia, Vt.

Morgan Pike

Endicott College

Shapleigh, Maine

Grace Gamache

 Framingham State

Dartmouth, Mass.

Dani Lydecker

Johnson & Wales

Valley Cottage, N.Y.

Jane Earley

Middlebury College

North Falmouth, Mass.

Allegra Grant

Wesleyan University

Winnetka, Ill.

Claire Fitzpatrick

Williams College 

Longmeadow, Mass.

All-Noontime Women’s Lacrosse Third Team 

Margaret Smith

Bates College

Wilton, Conn. 

Victoria McDonough

Bridgewater State 

Marshfield, Mass. 

Elysia Hall

Clark University

Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Tristan Kijak

Eastern Connecticut 

Windsor, Conn. 

Alyssa Blumenthal

Mass. Maritime Academy

Braintree, Mass.

Abigail Kolyer


Manhasset, N.Y. 

Logan Champlin

Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

Alfred, Maine

Catherine Lawliss

Tufts University

Portland, Ore.

Bella Mancini

UMass Dartmouth

Bellingham, Mass.

Molly Camelo

Univ. of New England

Melrose, Mass. 


D3 Lacrosse: New England Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll (Monday, March 2nd, 2020)


By | @NoontimeNation

A brand new D-III lacrosse season has officially arrived – it actually started for some New England teams last month, but as of this past weekend, most teams have now played at least once, twice or three times.

And with a brand new season comes a new Noontime Sports & Zelos Athletics New England D-III Lacrosse Men’s Poll, which finds Amherst College in the top spot followed by Williams College (second) and Tufts University (third).

New England D-III Men’s Lax Top 10 Poll | Monday, March 2nd, 2020 

1. Amherst College

2-0, 1-0 NESCAC

2. Williams College

1-0, 1-0 NESCAC

3. Tufts University 1-0, 1-0 NESCAC
4. Wesleyan University  1-0, 1-0 NESCAC
5. Babson College 2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC
6. Middlebury College 1-0, 1-0 NESCAC
7. Western New England  2-1, 0-0 CCC
8. Coast Guard Academy 2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC
9. Bates College  0-3, 0-1 NESCAC
10. Springfield College 0-2, 0-0 NEWMAC

On The Rise: Clark University, Endicott College, Keene State, and MIT


Noontime’s Top 10 Men’s Lacrosse Poll (Monday, February 17th, 2020)


By | @NoontimeNation 

A brand new Massachusetts D-III Lacrosse season began this past weekend with Clark University competing against Salve Regina University in an overtime clash, which saw the Seahawks edge the Cougars, 14-13.

Yet, despite falling to the Seahawks last Saturday, the Cougars still secured a spot in our initial Noontime Sports Massachusetts D-III Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.

Amherst CollegeWilliams College, and Tufts University secured the top three spots – all three teams will begin their respective campaigns later this month. Amherst was the national runner-up from one year ago, while Williams saw its national postseason run conclude against the Mammoths in the semifinals of the D-III Tournament.

Springfield College and Western New England rounded out the top five, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively, while Endicott CollegeMIT, and Babson College secured the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions.

Curry College earned the final spot on this week’s poll – the Colonels, who were picked to finish fourth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) will commence their 2020 campaign at the end of the month against Norwich University.

Mass. D-III Lax Top 10 Poll | Monday, February 17th, 2020 

1. Amherst College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

2. Williams College

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

3. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

4. Springfield College 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

5. Western New England 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

6. Endicott College 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

7. MIT 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

8. Babson College 

0-0, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

9. Clark University 

0-1, 0-0 (NEWMAC)

10. Curry College 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

On The Rise: Lasell University, Mass. Maritime Academy, Nichols College, UMass Boston, and Wheaton College

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 11th, 2020)

WACBABy | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our tenth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner 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. 

Amherst at Anna Maria

Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza averaged a double-double in back-to-back contests for the AMCATs last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza helped the AMCATs win a pair of games last week by averaging a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. The senior forward began the week by netting 20 points on 10 of 14 shooting while recording eight rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and one steal against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) before producing a team-high 38 points on 12 of 15 shooting to go with 16 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal against Johnson & Wales University.

John Lowther Web WPI

John Lowther averaged 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in a 2-0 week for WPI men’s basketball. (PHOTO COURTESY: WPI ATHLETICS)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: John Lowther (WPI | Fr.| Hingham MA): Lowther continued his recent strong play, averaging 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the Crimson and Gray won a pair of games last week to improve to 17-4 overall and 8-2 in league play. The first-year center connected on 7-of-11 (63.6%) shots from the floor and drained both of his 3-point attempts.

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Tyler Davern became the 29th player in Clark University men’s basketball program history to net 1,000 points last weekend against Babson College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clark University Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Milestone of the Week: Tyler Davern (Clark University | Jr. |Webster, Mass.): Davern was a player to watch last week for the Cougars, averaging 23.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in back-to-back games while becoming the 29th member of the Clark University men’s basketball program to net 1,000 points. The third-year forward reached 1,000 points this past Saturday against Babson College when he registered 24 points to go with nine rebounds in 35 minutes. Three days earlier against WPI, Davern produced 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, one assist, and one block.

Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Malik Brown (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Waldorf, Md.): Brown finished the week with a total of 32 points in two games. He started the week with 10 points and five rebounds in a setback to Saint Anselm before leading the Hounds with 22 points and nine rebounds at Southern New Hampshire on Saturday.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued to produce for the Hawks this past week, averaging 11.5 points per game with 8.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals over two games.

Devon Johnson (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Washington, D.C.): Johnson averaged 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals per contest for the Falcons. He totaled a career-best 20 points, ten rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in an 83-80 setback to MCLA on Wednesday before adding six points, two caroms, three assists and four steals in a 72-55 loss to Westfield State on Saturday.

Jaekwon Spencer (Nichols College | Soph. | Bristol, Conn.): Spencer poured in a career-high 26 points on 11-of-12 shooting (.917 FG pct.) in a win over Salve Regina this past Saturday at the Nichols Athletic Center. Spencer was also a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown and also collected five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 28 minutes.

Corey Olivier (Worcester State | So. | Maynard, Mass.): In a 1-1 week for the Lancers, Olivier averaged a team-high 18.5 points per game while averaging 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.6.

Kahleb Downing (WPI | Jr. | Middletown, Conn.): During a 2-0 week for the Engineers, the junior point guard doled out 17 assists while committing just two turnovers. Downing averaged 11.5 points, 8.5 assists, and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 50% from the floor and an eye-popping 54.5% from 3-point land. In a 90-81 victory over Coast Guard Academy this past Saturday, the junior flirted with a triple-double, notching 20 points while dishing out eight assists and hauling in seven rebounds.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.