Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 14)

By NoontimeSports.com 

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: Ryan Sheehan (Nichols) – The senior forward averaged 22 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.7 steals per game as the Bison advanced to the CCC Championship for the first time in program history. He began the week with 18 points against Western New England in the quarterfinals, and then scored 24 in both an 83-80 OT win over Salve Regina in the semifinals and in a four-point loss to Gordon in the championship on Saturday. He also became the program’s all-time leading scorer with a first-half layup against the Golden Bears. Last week, Sheehan was named CCC Player of the Year, Senior Student-Athlete of the Year, and CCC First Team.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The freshman guard capped off his rookie season with a 20-point, seven-assist showing in a 71-62 road setback at Southern New Hampshire.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State) – The freshman center averaged 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while connecting on .550 percent of his shots in a 1-1 week for Worcester State which included game highs of 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a 71-51 MASCAC Quarterfinal victory over Framingham State.

Women’s Player of the Week: Shannon Ray (Assumption) –In a 2-0 week that landed the Hounds in the Northeast-10 semifinals, the senior guard averaged 15 points, three rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She shot 45.8 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point land and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Highlighting her week was a game-high 21-point outing in a road win over New Haven in the NE-10 Quarterfinals.

Honor Roll:

Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross) – The junior forward led the team with 20 points and eight rebounds in the victory at Loyola, while hitting four of eight attempts from three-point range. Miller added eight points, seven rebounds and four assists in the narrow loss to Boston University.

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The freshman guard totaled 12 points and four assists in the victory at Loyola. He then added nine points in the narrow loss to Boston University. Four of his points against the Terriers came during a 6-0 Holy Cross run in the final five minutes, as the Crusaders trimmed an eight-point deficit down to two points (63-61). Thompson made all 12 of his free throw attempts on the week.

Julie Frankian (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard sank .571 percent of her attempts for a game high 20 points in addition to four rebounds and three assists in a 75-63 MASCAC Quarterfinal setback to Framingham State.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The senior forward averaged 14 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 15 points, 11 boards and four assists in a 71-51 MASCAC Quarterfinal win over Framingham State before he logged 13 points, 14 caroms and four swipes in a 66-62 MASCAC semifinal setback against Bridgewater State.

Ryan Kolb (WPI) – The senior forward tallied 12 first half points against MIT to become the 25th player in WPI history to reach the 1,000 point milestone.

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Conference Tourney Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

A few local squads punched their ticket to their respective conference championship this weekend and below is this evening’s conference tournament roundup.

Men’s Basketball

No. 14 Albertus Magnus 91, Lasell 72: Trailing 33-19 at the break, the Lasers attempted a comeback by scoring 53 points in the second session, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Falcons, who’ll face St. Joe’s (Maine) on Saturday in the GNAC Championship. Brandon Ganesh scored 17 points in the setback, while Clyde Niba finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Salem State 82, MCLA 76: The Vikings are headed to the MASCAC Championship thanks to 17 points by Bryan Ortiz and 16 points by Andrew White. Salem State led MCLA at intermission, 34-30, before outscoring the Trailblazers 48-46 in the second half. Paul Maurice led MCLA and all scorers with 20 points.

Bridgewater State 66, Worcester State 62: Brendon Monteiro led all players 31 points, while Michael Lofton registered 10 rebounds as the Bears defeated the Lancers in Bridgewater and secured a spot in the MASCAC Championship. Dane Jobst led Worcester State with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Nichols 83, Salve Regina 80 (OT): Sam HorningJalen Hurst and Ryan Sheehan combined for four made free throws during the final 17 seconds, which helped the Bison defeat the Seahawks and earn a spot in the CCC Conference Championship on Saturday. Sheehan paced Nichols with 24 points, while Horning stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, six steals, five rebounds, three assists and one block.

Gordon 66, Wentworth 55: Jason Dempsey netted 18 points, while Hans Miersma recorded eight points and 10 rebounds, as the Fighting Scots defeated the Leopards and advanced to the CCC Conference Championship. Wentworth’s Jherson Colon led all players with 20 points.

Women’s Basketball

Bridgewater 88, Salem State 62: Jenna Williamson registered a game-best 36 points, along with nine rebounds, six assists and two steals as the Bears defeated the Vikings and punched its ticket to the MASCAC Championship. Salem State’s Rachel Carter finished the contest with 32 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Framingham State 62, Westfield State 53: Kristen Hoffman played all 40 minutes and registered 20 points, while Alycia Rackliffe recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Rams defeated the Owls in Westfield and earned its first trip to the MASCAC Championship since 2001. Westfield’s Jen Ashton and Forbasaw Nkamebo scored 15 points, respectively.

Roger Williams 60, Endicott 57: Angelica Ariola poured in a game-best 21 points, while Kaitlyn Bovee added 20 points as the Hawks rallied from a three-point deficit at the break to defeat the Gulls in the CCC Conference semifinals. Roger Williams will play University of New England in the championship. Endicott’s Samantha Crough matched Ariola with 21 points, too.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 11)

By NoontimeSports.com 

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: Tyler Roberson (Becker) – The senior guard became the 16th men’s basketball player to score 1,000 points at Becker during a 2-1 week for the Hawks. Roberson netted his 1,000-point during his team’s win over Newbury last Tuesday. He finished that contest with a team-high 17 points.

Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The senior forward averaged 16.0 points and 17.5 caroms in a 2-0 week for Worcester State including 22 points, 10 boards and three assists in an 82-76 victory over MCLA before he finished off the week with 10 points and a career-best 25 rebounds in a 53-50 triumph over Salem State. Connected for .444 from the floor (12-27) and .444 from beyond the arc (4-9).

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The freshman guard scored nine points in the victory at Colgate, while adding one assist, one block and one steal. Thompson finished with seven points, four assists, two rebounds and one steals in the win over Bucknell. He finished the week with five assists and no turnovers in 60 minutes played.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State) – The first-year center averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for Worcester State including a game-high 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in a 53-50 victory over Salem State. Drained .667 of his shots from the field on the week (11-16) and registered a season-best sum against the Vikings.

Women’s Player of the Week: Haley Ooms (Becker) – The senior guard became the sixth women’s basketball player at Becker College to score her 1,000th career point this past week. Ooms averaged 26 points, 10.3 rebound, 5.7 assists and 3.7 steals in three wins for the Hawks. To start the week, the senior guard scored 31 points, hitting five of nine from three-point range in a 75-71 victory at home against Southern Vermont. Ooms scored 25 in a rematch with SVC two days later and dropped 22 points and grabbed 11 boards in a 70-67 win over Daniel Webster.

Honor Roll:

Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross) – The junior forward led the team with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists in the victory at Colgate. He hit both ends of a one-and-one with 8.0 seconds left in the Colgate game, to put the Crusaders up 69-65. Miller totaled 14 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the win over Bucknell. He has now scored in double-figures in three straight and eight of his last 10 games.

Marcus Murray 
(Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal per game for the Hounds. Highlighting his week was a team-high 23-point, six-assist effort in a 74-70 road loss at Franklin Pierce.

Shannon Ray (Assumption) – The senior point guard averaged 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in an 0-2 week for the Hounds. She also shot 40 percent from three-point land and was 4-for-4 at the free throw line. She had 16 points in a home loss to No. 1 Bentley, along with 12 points and seven assists in a road setback at Franklin Pierce.

Andrew Musler (Clark) – In a 1-1 week, the senior forward averaged 18.5 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point land and 100 percent from the charity stripe. In a 71-62 win over Coast Guard, Musler recorded 23 points and a career best 16 rebounds on 8-of-14 shooting and a 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line. Then, in a loss at Emerson, Musler totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds. For the week, he shot 13-for-26 from the field, including 5-for-10 from behind the arc. His two double-doubles give him nine for the year.

Meaghan Burns (Worcester State) – The senior guard averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including 16 points, nine boards and a trio of assists in a 59-48 win over MCLA.

Domenick Mastascusa (WPI) – The junior forward continued his strong play by averaging 18 points and eight rebounds, including his first career double-double against Babson.

Lisa Mendez (WPI) – The sophomore guard established a new career-high with 10 points versus Smith, while netting six points on a pair of 3-pointers against league-leading Wheaton.

Mass. College Hoops: Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 10)

By NoontimeSports.com 

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: Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The junior forward posted his 12th double-double in 18 games with 20 points and a season-best 20 rebounds in a 68-57 triumph over Framingham State. Jobst entered the weekend ranked third in the Division III in rebounding (13.1), fourth in total boards (235) and sixth in double-doubles.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 18.5 points per game, along with 3.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per contest, in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. In addition, Murray finished the week 23-for-26 at the free throw line, shooting 88.5 percent. In the win over Pace, Murray posted 17 points and seven assists while shooting 11-for-12 at the line. He followed that with a team-high 20 points and four assists in a road loss at No. 19 ranked Southern Connecticut. He was 12-for-14 at the free throw line in that game.

Women’s Player of the Week: Alex Smith (Holy Cross) – The senior guard poured in a team-high 15 points against American, which helped her reach the 1,500-point milestone. She converted on 6-of-12 shots from the field and dished out seven assists. Smith became the 11th Holy Cross women’s basketball player to reach the 1,500-point mark, but also the first player to register 1,500 career points and 500 assists. Smith registered a game and team-high 17 points against Loyola Maryland last Wednesday in the Crusaders’ 80-65 win.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Morgan O’Brien (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 14.5 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from three-point land in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. In a home win over Pace, O’Brien posted a career-high 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting from three-point land. The seven three-pointers tied an Assumption single-game school record, while the 87.5 percent shooting from three in the game set the school mark. She added eight points and five rebounds in a road loss at Southern Connecticut.

Honor Roll:

Dave Dudzinski (Holy Cross) – The senior forward posted his fourth double-double of the season in the victory over Loyola, with game highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds. He added six points and a game-high eight rebounds at American. Dudzinski made 61.1 percent of his field goal attempts on the week (11 of 18).

Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard scored eight points in the victory over Loyola, while tying his career highs with six rebounds and four assists. Thompson converted a key three-point play with 2:21 left in the Loyola game to put the Crusaders up by five. He also added 12 points at American, while hitting four of five field goal attempts.

Chris Fitzgerald (Assumption) – The sophomore forward averaged 18.5 points, three rebounds and one block per game in a 1-1 week for Assumption. He also shot 44.4 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from three-point land (8-for-19) and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the line. Highlighting his week was a career-high 26-point effort in the win over Pace as he knocked down five three-pointers and was 5-for-5 at the free throw line. He added 11 points, behind a trio of threes, in the road loss at No. 19 Southern Connecticut.

Andrew Musler (Clark) – In a pair of huge wins over top-flight league opponents that put the Cougars back into the hunt for a playoff spot, the senior forward was fantastic, averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the field (12-for-25), including a sizzling 6-for-11 from behind the arc. In a last second 71-70 win over Babson, Musler finished with seventh double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points and ten rebounds. Then in another last second victory – this one a 56-55 win over MIT – he totaled 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Matt Langadas (Nichols) – The junior guard averaged 16.5 points per game while shooting 71.4 percent from the field as the Bison went 2-0 last week and extended their program-record win streak to nine. He tallied 15 points, five rebounds and two assists at Roger Williams on Wednesday. He added a team-high 18 points against Salve Regina on Saturday. Langadas went 3-for-3 from behind the arc and canned 77 percent of his free throws.

Ryan Kolb (WPI) – The senior forward led all scorers with 23 points to go with his team-high eight rebounds as the fourth-ranked Engineers went on the road and defeated Coast Guard, 71-65, on Wednesday. The senior forward added nine points in WPI’s thrilling 71-70 victory Saturday over Springfield, which was a rematch of last year’s NEWMAC Tournament championship game. For the week, Kolb averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Dani Davis (WPI) – The junior guard was the game’s leading scorer, tallying 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including three trifectas, in WPI’s key 52-49 road win at Springfield on Wednesday evening. The junior was also a top contributor against Babson, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds, along with four blocks in a tight 55-53 loss Saturday to five-time defending conference champion Beavers.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State) – The first-year center matched a season high with 14 points and he finished with five boards and five blocks in a 68-57 victory over Framingham State.

Cheyenne Jennings (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in an 0-2 including 17 points and six helpers in a 65-51 setback against Framingham State and 14 points and six boards in a 56-47 defeat at Suffolk.

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Another week of college basketball in Worcester is in the books and below is this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Players and Rookies of the Week, as well as the honor roll.

Men’s Player of the Week: Dane Jobst (Worcester State) – The senior forward averaged 21.5 points and 17 rebounds in a 1-1 week for Worcester State as he connected for .515 percent from the floor (17-33). Jobst logged game-highs in both games, which included 19 points and 18 boards in a 72-70 victory over Fisher and 24 points and 16 caroms in an 83-77 setback against MCLA.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Anthony Thompson (Holy Cross) – The first-year guard scored 10 points in the victory over Colgate. Thompson also added 10 more points at Bucknell, to go along with career highs of six rebounds and four steals.

Women’s Player of the Week: Julie Frankian (Worcester State) – The sophomore guard averaged 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for Worcester State including game-best 22 points and 13 boards in a 70-57 victory over MCLA and 13 points and eight caroms in a 77-54 loss against MCLA. Also connected for .571 percent from the field (12-21) and .833 percent from the line (10-12). As of this past Thursday, Frankian was 10th in the NCAA Division III in free throw percentage and second in New England (.914 – 32-35).

Honor Roll:

Raquel Scott (Holy Cross) – The sophomore forward had another great week for the Crusaders and averaged a double-double with 16.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. She began the week with her Patriot League leading seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-best 16 rebounds in the win over Colgate. Scott was one assist shy (4) of tying her career-high versus the Raiders. She followed that up with 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds versus Bucknell where Scott accumulated those totals in only 23 minutes of action against the Bison.

Malcolm Miller (Holy Cross) – The junior forward scored 11 points in the victory over Colgate, while tying for the team lead with eight rebounds. Miller led the team with game highs of 19 points and nine rebounds at Bucknell. His 19 points at Bucknell set a new career high, while his nine rebounds tied his season high.

Jimmy Zenevitch (Assumption) – In two games, the junior forward averaged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with 1.5 assists per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. After a nine-point, 11-rebound effort in a road loss at Saint Rose, Zenevitch recorded a 19-point, nine-rebound game at home vs. New Haven.

Marcus Murray (Assumption) – The first-year guard averaged 17.5 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in two games last week. Highlighting his week was a 26-point, four-rebound, five-assist game at Saint Rose. In a home loss to New Haven, Murray had nine points with six rebounds and four assists.

Shannon Ray (Assumption) – The senior guard averaged 15 points, two rebounds, 4.5 assists and one block per game in a 2-0 week. After a 20-point, three-rebound, five-assist game in a road win at Saint Rose, Ray posted 10 points and four assists in a home win over New Haven.

Paul Brooks (Worcester State) – The first-year center averaged 11 points and 8.5 boards in a 1-1 week for Worcester State, including 14 points, 10 caroms and two blocks in an 83-77 loss against MCLA. He scored eight points and registered seven rebounds in a 72-70 win over Fisher.

Sam Longwell (WPI) – The junior guard averaged 19 points and 5.5 rebounds as the sixth-ranked Engineers opened up NEWMAC play with a pair of victories over teams that entered with 9-2 records. He paced all players with 23 points in WPI’s 81-61 road win over Springfield and then stuffed the stat sheets with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a triumph against MIT. Longwell continued his strong shooting, connecting on 55.6% of his shots from the field.

Rachel Pineda (WPI) – The junior guard tallied a career-best 16 points in a 64-46 home victory over Emerson.