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


WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our men’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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Becker College senior Kareem Davis turned in a trio of impressive performances last week for the Hawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week: Kareem Davis (Becker College| Sr.| Lowell, Mass.): Davis continued to demonstrate why he was one of the most dynamic players in the region this past week, as he averaged 35.5 points per game in two games. The senior captain shot 60 percent from the floor, 57.1 percent from behind the arc and 86.7 percent from the free throw line. During last Tuesday’s 107-85 victory at Lesley University, Davis poured in a career-high 40 points with three steals. Facing Eastern Nazarene on Thursday, Davis became Becker’s all-time leading scorer with his 31-point outburst, passing Samuel Durodola, who concluded his career with the Blue and White last winter with 1,699 points.


Matt Morrow averaged a double-double in a pair of conference games last week for Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | So. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow shot 68 percent from the field last week while averaging a double-double with 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds as the Bison went 2-0 and remained atop their conference standings. Morrow collected 10 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a road win at Endicott College last Tuesday before filling the stat sheet with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and two assists in a win at Salve Regina on Saturday.


In a pair of games last week, Cal Connelly averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cal Connelly (Assumption College | Fr. | Rochester, N.H.): Connelly came through for Assumption in a 1-1 week, averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor. The forward posted 16 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in an 11-point win over American International College, before concluding the week with eight points, three rebounds and three assists in a loss to Saint Rose.

Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | So. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): Cardoso averaged 16 points and 6.6 rebounds in a trio of games last week as the Lancers went 1-2 with their lone win coming against Westfield State last Thursday. The sophomore guard tallied 11 points or more in all three games with his biggest output coming against the Owls with 24 points on 8 of 14 shooting while finishing the game with seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal. For the week, Cardoso recorded 48 points, 20 rebounds, nine assists, and five steals.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | So. | Webster, Mass.): In a pair of games last week against MIT and Springfield, the sophomore forward averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Against MIT, Davern tallied nine points and six rebounds before netting 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting in a 61-53 setback to Springfield. Davern concluded his team’s game against the Pride one rebound short of a double-double as he collected nine caroms while tallying one steal and one block.

Andre Ruff (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Chicago, Ill.): Ruff averaged 15.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, three assists and three steals per contest over three games for the Falcons. He posted 20 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals in a 79-77 win over Westfield State on Tuesday before adding 16 points, two boards, six assists and five steals in a 95-90 setback to Bridgewater State on Thursday. The junior concluded the week with nine points, five caroms, two assists and two steals in a 68-67 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): In just one contest last week, the Charlton native poured in a team-high 20 points on 10 of 14 shooting, while also recording a game-high 15 rebounds, including six offensive caroms.

Austin Butler (Holy Cross | So. | Latrobe, Pa.): Butler averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game on the week. After posting 11 points and six rebounds at Army, the sophomore totaled 22 points, three rebounds and three steals in the victory over Navy. He scored 17 of his points against the Midshipmen in the second half and received the Martin J. O’Malley Award as the MVP of Holy Cross’ Winter Homecoming game.

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Soph. | North Potomac, Md.): In a 1-1 week for the Hounds, Kelly averaged 21.0 points with 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 57.7 percent from the floor and making 9 of 14 three-point attempts. The sophomore had 16 points and four rebounds in an 11-point win over American International College before tallying 26 points, seven assists and four steals in a tight seven-point loss to Saint Rose.

Ethan Harrell (WPI | So. | Wexford, Pa.): Harrell averaged 19 points and seven rebounds while totaling three assists, three blocks and a steal in the Engineers’ 2-0 week. After exploding for a career-high 26 points on 10-15 shooting, including 4-6 from beyond the arc, against Springfield College, the sophomore posted 12 points and a career-best nine rebounds at Wheaton College last Saturday.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Two (Nov. 20th)


WORCESTER  A brand new season of college basketball in Worcester has officially begun, which means its time to unveil our second 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 Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Soph.| Oakland, Calif.): Grandison averaged 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists over three games last week. He connected on 42.3 percent of his shots from three-point range (11 of 26). Grandison opened the week with 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals in a narrow loss at Providence College before posting his first career double-double with 21 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a victory over Stony Brook. He ended the week by netting a career-high 24 points in a win over Sienna, while being named to the All-Tournament team at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.

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Brendan Kittredge (Clark Univ. | Jr.| Clinton, Mass.): Kittredge was named the NEWMAC Co-Defensive Athlete of the week on Monday after posting 43 points and 27 rebounds in a 1-2 week for the Cougars. The junior shined against Newbury College and Lehman College, posting a pair of double-doubles in each contest for a combined 33 points and 22 rebounds.

Kameron Jimenez-Fox (Fitchburg State | Jr.| Boston, Mass.): Jimenez-Fox averaged 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in each contest last week, while also registering one assist and one steal per game, as well. He posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 boards in a 117-102 setback to University of New England on Friday before adding another double-double of 24 points and ten caroms to go along with two assists and three steals in a 99-84 setback to Husson University on Saturday. He ended the weekend by earning all-tournament team honors at the 2018 Holiday Inn Jim Beaudry Classic Tip-Off Classic, which was hosted by UNE.

Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Soph. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow posted back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Fitchburg State and Lasell College last week. He posted 12 points and 10 boards against the Falcons before filling the stat sheet with 21 points (10-of-12 field goals) and 10 boards against the Lasers. The 83.3 percent shooting against Lasell tied Morrow for the fifth-best single game mark in program history.

Tyler Dion (Worcester St. | Jr.| Barre, Mass.): Dion averaged 14.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last week in a 1-2 week for the Lancers. The junior opened the week with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds as Worcester State rallied to beat Baruch in overtime before netting 23 points in a Friday evening setback to Western Connecticut State.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | So.| Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 13.3 points and eight rebounds, and was named the MVP of the fourth annual Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament, in a 3-0 week. He began with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds against Albertus Magnus in the season-opener on Tuesday. For the weekend, Stephenson totaled 12 points, eight boards and seven assists in the semifinal win over SUNY Potsdam and 15 points and six rebounds in the title game versus William Paterson. He also notched a pair of blocks versus Albertus Magnus and SUNY Potsdam.

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Noontime Sports Men’s D3 Hockey New England Top 10 (Monday, Oct. 29th)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

A brand new season of New England D3 Hockey has officially begun, which means its time for Noontime Sports to dish out our first official Men’s Top 10 Poll of the season.

Our Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Top 10 Poll, which is produced with the help of coaches and media members throughout the region, will appear every Monday on our site throughout the season, as well as seen on social media, as well.

Fans of New England D3 Hockey are encouraged to click FOLLOW to our Noontime Sports Hockey Twitter handle (@NoontimePuck) for updates on the various teams, coaches and student-athletes we will be covering and highlighting this winter.

So, without further ado, here is our initial poll of the New England D3 men’s ice hockey season!

Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Monday, Oct. 29th, 2018) 

1. Salve Regina 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

2. UMass Boston 

1-0, 0-0 (NEHC)

3. University of New England 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

4. Colby College 

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

5. Trinity College 

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

6. Norwich University

0-0-1, 0-0 (NEH)

7. Nichols College

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

8. Endicott College

0-0-1, 0-0 (CCC)

9. Curry College 

1-0-1, 0-0-0 (CCC)

10. Babson College 

1-0, 0-0 (NEHC)

ON THE RISE: Fitchburg State (0-1, 0-0), New England College (1-0, 0-0) and Plymouth State (1-0, 0-0)

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


Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged a double-double of 21.3 points and 15 rebounds in a trio of games last week as Anna Maria went 1-2 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play. He netted 22 points and pulled down 19 rebounds in a 105-87 victory over Rivier before tallying 19 points and 11 caroms in a 64-55 setback to Lasell. Two days later against St. Joseph’s (Maine), the sophomore recorded 23 points and 15 rebounds in a five-point setback to the Monks. Rapoza has now recorded 13 double-doubles this season.

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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison scored nine points in the victory over Army last week, including a pair of three-pointers in the final two minutes to bring Holy Cross back from a two-point deficit for the win. He tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists at Bucknell and tied his career-high for rebounds in the same game, while coming up just one point short of his career high in scoring. For the week, he averaged 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the week, while hitting five of 11 three-pointers.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another stellar week for the Hawks, averaging 24.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over three games. The senior shot 57.7 percent from the floor and averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals on the defensive end. The highlight of his week came on Thursday at Newbury, when he went the distance playing 55 minutes and scoring 32 points as Becker prevailed in triple overtime.

Brandon Harris (Fitchburg State | Jr. | San Bernardino, Calif.): Harris averaged 16.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, three assists and 0.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He posted 13 points, one rebound, one assist and one block in a 77-64 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding a team-best 20 points, two rebounds and five assists in a 91-88 win over Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week by averaging 24.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 26 points to go with a pair of rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 79-76 win at Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two more steals in an 82-79 win over Roger Williams. For the week, he shot 41.4% (12-of-29) from the field, 52.6% (10-of-19) from beyond the arc, and 87.5% (14-of-16) from the charity stripe.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy led all scoring Saturday (Jan. 20) with 32 points, going 12-for-16 (75%) from the field and 8-for-9 (88.9%) from the charity stripe. He also recorded five rebounds and four assists in the setback to Fitchburg State.

10 Games To Watch In D3 Football This Weekend (New England & New York)

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Trinity’s Max Chipouras and the Bantams travel to Middlebury for a big-time NESCAC clash on Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Trinity College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s Friday, which means a brand new weekend of New England and New York D3 Football is on the horizon – wahoo!

Let’s dish out this week’s (week nine) 10 Games to Watch in D3 Football (New England an New York) – as always, make sure to stay connected with us on social media throughout the weekend for news, notes and scores.

Also, make sure to follow our friends at In The (D3FB) Huddle, too!

Fitchburg State at Western Connecticut (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): As of this week, Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials are in the driver seat for the MASCAC crown. However, they certainly should not overlook this Falcons squad, which beat them last season, 17-14PREDICTION: West Conn. 27, Fitchburg State 17 

WPI at MIT (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): This is a big one for both teams, which will look to keep the pressure on Springfield – the Pride currently remain atop the NEWMAC with an impressive 8-0 record. A win for the Engineers of WPI would keep their regular season title hopes alive, while a victory for the Engineers of MIT could set-up a potential de-facto championship game in two weeks. PREDICTION: WPI 28, MIT 25 

Framingham State at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): Last season, the Corsairs defeated the Rams, but can they do its again this season? We’ll see – the Rams need a win to keep their conference championship hopes alive! PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, UMass Dartmouth 21

Becker at Nichols (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): We have a unique Worcester rivalry in the making here, especially after a hard-fought win by the Bison last fall (16-13). Can the Bison make it back-to-back seasons with a win over the Hawks or will Becker soar past Nichols in this meeting? PREDICTION: Nichols 30, Becker 20 

Trinity at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Can the Bantams’ momentum continue this weekend against a solid Panther squad that has rebounded from a last-second setback to Williams College? We’ll find out – the Panthers must find a way to slow down the Bantams’ rushing attack, specifically Max Chipouras, who has rushed for nine touchdowns this season. PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Middlebury 24 


Brandon O’Neill and Salve Regina will invade Western New England on Saturday for a big Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) clash. (PHOTO CREDIT: Zan Carver)

Salve Regina at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): The Golden Bears appear to have found their groove, but can they continue their current momentum against a Seahawks squad that appears eager to snatch the inaugural Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 26, Western New England 21

Ithaca at Utica (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.):  A convincing 34-12 win over Buffalo State last week has us thinking this Pioneers squad will provide some serious challenges for these Bombers. PREDICTION: Utica 30, Ithaca 25

Brockport at Buffalo State (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Defense wins championships, and as of now, the Golden Eagles’ defense is legit. This will be a tough test for the Bengals’ offense! PREDICTION: Brockport 34, Buffalo State 14 

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Andrew Yamin and Amherst travel to Tufts this weekend for an important NESCAC clash. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amherst College Athletics)

Amherst at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1:30 p.m.):
Despite a loss to Middlebury, these Mammoths still remain in the hunt for a NESCAC crown. And to remain in the hunt, they’ll need to defeat a Tufts squad, which is flying high after an exciting win a week ago in Williamstown.  PREDICTION: Tufts 21, Amherst 20 

SUNY Cortland at St. John Fisher (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 2 p.m.): Since falling to Brockport last month, these Red Dragons have been on a roll, winning three consecutive contests. Can they keep this momentum going, especially against a St. John Fisher? PREDICTION: Cortland 27, St. John Fisher 15 

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