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The Early Preseason Outlook: Fitchburg State Falcons

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the Fitchburg State Falcons, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Cortland State for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Falcons’ 2018 Season: Fitchburg State capped its season with a 32-29 win over UMass Dartmouth to provide the Green and Gold with some momentum (and optimism) heading into the offseason.

The Falcons mustered just two wins last fall but were competitive in a few conference clashes, including an early-season setback to Worcester State.

The Falcons’ 2018 squad featured 34 first-years and 27 sophomores – the experience these student-athletes gained should help them this upcoming season.

The 2019 Outlook: As noted above, the Falcons were young last year, so the experience the squad gained should help them be more competitive this fall, both in and outside the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The Falcons graduated nine members of the 2018 squad, including halfback Sterlin Garvin, who led the unit with 10 rushing touchdowns along with defensive back Jared Citizen.

But despite the graduation losses, the Falcons return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, including linebacker Melchior Lynch, who led the defense with 58.0 total tackles, and quarterback Brandon Brown. Brown was a first-year quarterback last season – he was spotted under center in all 10 games but did split some reps with Connor Fitzsimons, who could also be counted on to lead the offense this fall, as well.

Brown finished second on the team in rushing – he rushed for 519 yards on 85 carries and four scores – while Jacqua Solomon tallied 498 yards on 109 carries and one touchdown.

Back for his final season is wide-out Jesse Brown, who led the receiving core with 44 receptions for 493 yards and three touchdowns. He, along with Kevin Quinn will most likely be Brown’s go-to targets.

Connor Briggs will be a player to watch on the offensive line, along with Darious Morkeski.

Fitchburg State’s Schedule: Following an opening day meeting with the Red Dragons, the Falcons will host Castleton University before hopping into conference play with games against Bridgewater State and UMass Dartmouth.

The schedule won’t get any easier for the Green and Gold as the calendar turns from September to October with some important conference meetings with Plymouth State and Framingham State.

A late-season meeting with Worcester State on Friday, November 1st will be a game to watch, as well, before the Falcons cap their season with a ‘Senior Day’ clash with Western Connecticut. 

Players to Watch: Brandon Brown (Quarterback/Lake Mary, Fla.), Connor Fitzsimons (Quarterback/Flushing, N.Y.), Jesse Brown (Wide Receiver/ Yonkers, N.Y.), Kevin Quinn (Wide Receiver/Holliston, Mass.), Connor Briggs (Offensive Line/East Taunton, Mass.), Darious Morkeski (Offensive Line/Methuen, Mass.), Melchior Lynch (Linebacker/Roxbury, Mass.), Caleb Gonsalves (Defensive Line/Mashpee, Mass.), Samuel Kenny (Defensive Line/South Yarmouth, Mass.) and Richard Austin (Defensive Back/Wareham, Mass.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Castleton University

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

We continue with our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ by taking a trip to Vermont to profile the Castleton University football team. The Spartans will once again begin a new campaign by entertaining Plymouth State on Saturday, September 7th at 1 p.m.

The Spartans’ 2018 Season: Castleton capped its 2018 campaign with a 21-3 win over Alfred State on ‘Senior Day.’ The game was highlighted by the Green and White’s ground game, which saw three half backs locate the end zone, including Moe Harris, who led all rushers with 184 yards on 20 carries.

The win should provide the Spartans with some momentum heading into the upcoming season.

The 2019 Season Outlook: The Spartans will have some holes to fill due to some key graduation losses, especially at quarterback and running back. Both Harris and Mitchell Caron have graduated, which means we’ll likely see Jacob McCarthy under center and Simon Davis Jr. as the team’s top halfback. Additionally, the team graduated some wideouts, including Ryan Barry, who led the team with 31 receptions but look for rising junior Anthony Martinez to become the go-to receiver.

Chris Rice will be the player to watch on defense – he enjoyed a very successful second season on the line last fall with a team-high 88 total tackles. Rice should receive some help from linebacker Seth Gewanter, who will also be a player to watch on defense, as well.

Castleton should welcome back a slew of offensive linemen this fall, including Tucker Gaudette, who competed in eight games last fall, along with Sam Deacon and Nathaniel Hunt. The Spartans’ offensive line will certainly be the anchor of the team’s offense this season.

Castleton’s Schedule: The Spartans will face some familiar foes from the get-go, including Plymouth State, Fitchburg State, and Norwich University. Additionally, they will square off against the University of New England in week three, which is certainly an intriguing match-up. All four contests should prepare the Green and White for a successful showing in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), which could be wide-open this year with Husson University‘s departure to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Early conference tilts with Gallaudet University and Maritime (N.Y.) will tell us more about this Castleton squad, which hopes to contend for the top spot in the ECFC.

Players to Watch: Jacob McCarthy (Quarterback/West Yarmouth, Mass.), Simon Davis Jr. (Running Back/Warwick, R.I.), Anthony Martinez (Wide Receiver/Brattleboro, Vt.), Tucker Gaudette (Offensive Line/Georgia, Vt.), Sam Deacon (Offensive Line/Canajoharie, N.Y.), Andy Kenosh (Punter/Kicker/Rutland, Vt.), Chris Rice (Defensive Line/Bethel, Conn.) and Seth Gewanter (Linebacker/Deerfield, Mass.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Bridgewater State

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ continues today with a closer look at the Bridgewater State University football team, which begins its 2019 season on Saturday, September 7 when they host Morrisville State at 12 p.m.

The Bears’ 2018 Season: Bridgewater State enjoyed a successful ending to its 2018 season, winning five of their final six contests, including a New England Bowl contest against Salve Regina. They competed in an epic four-overtime clash with Western Connecticut – crazy to think they almost beat the Colonials! – before capping their regular season with a victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl. Their 8-3 mark matched the 2016 squad, which captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown.

The 2019 Season Outlook: One of the biggest questions facing the Bears this season is who will replace wide receiver Jack Lavanchy, who led the unit last season in receptions (97), receiving yards (1,236) and touchdown receptions (13)? Additionally, the squad will miss Lavanchy’s classmate, Travis Bassett, who also enjoyed a successful final season with the Bears by catching six touchdowns. Lavanchy and Bassett were just two of the 17 student-athletes that graduated this spring, so finding replacements for them, along with defensive lineman Chris Gemayel will be something this unit must do before they commence their 2019 season.

Luckily, the Bears return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, including defensive back Mark Wilson, linebacker Michael Rosa, and quarterback Stefano D’Emilia. Bridgewater State will certainly be a team to watch this fall, especially in the MASCAC.

Bridgewater State’s Schedule: The Bears will be challenged immediately when they face Morrisville State before traveling to St. John Fisher for an intriguing week two matchup. Both games are winnable – if the Bears beat both teams it would certainly provide the unit with some momentum heading into late September league tilts against Western Connecticut (week three) and Fitchburg State (week four). Weeks after their meeting with the Falcons, the Bears will cap their regular season slate with a home game against Plymouth State followed by an important trip to Framingham State.

Players to Watch: Stefano D’Emilia (Quarterback/Bridgwater, Mass.), Brad Thiltgen (Quarterback/Cumming, Ga.), Nick Santavicca (Running Back/Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), T.J. Hairston (Wide Receiver/Watertown, Mass.), Mark Wilson (Defensive Back/Foxborough, Mass.), Michael Rosa (Linebacker/Uxbridge, Mass.), Steven Silvia (Linebacker/Dighton, Mass.), John MacDermott (Linebacker/Bridgewater, Mass.), Jaren Alves (Defensive Back/Providence, R.I.) and Dimitri Dorinvil (Defensive Line/Brockton, Mass.).


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 15 (Feb. 26th)

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WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’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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Catherine Sweeney came close to averaging a triple-double in back-to-back conference tournament games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

WACBA Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney came close to averaging a triple-double in a pair of games last week by tallying 12.5 points, 18.5 rebounds, and eight assists. She recorded her third triple-double of the 2018-19 season during her team’s semifinal win over Framingham State last Thursday with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 caroms before adding 21 rebounds, five points, five assists, and two blocks in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship against Westfield State. As of last Saturday, Sweeney has recorded three triple-doubles, which is the most by any Division III women’s basketball player this winter.

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Avery LaBarbera stuffed the stat sheet this past Saturday in her team’s exciting win over Bucknell University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera had a stellar week in a 1-1 showing for the Crusaders, recording nine points and one steal in a setback to Army last Wednesday before tallying 16 points, two assists, one block and one steal in her team’s win over Bucknell University this past Saturday.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison led the Hawks into the finals of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championships this past week by averaging 14.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.6 steals and 1.6 assists in three games. She had one of her best performances of the season last Tuesday against Newbury College when she scored 20 points with a career-high 10 steals, tying a Becker school record for steals. For her contributions last week, Harrison was named to the NECC All-Tournament Team.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi netted a game-best 27 points, five rebounds and one assist in a setback to Bridgewater State in the MASCAC quarterfinals last Tuesday evening for the Falcons.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 24.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. She started with 14 points, six rebounds and one block in a 16-point win over Franklin Pierce, before going off for 35 points, 12 boards and three blocks in a tough 82-80 loss to Stonehill College this past weekend.

Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Jr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords averaged double figures in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In a loss to Army last Wednesday, she recorded 10 points, four rebounds, and one steal before adding 11 points and eight caroms in a Holy Cross win over Bucknell University.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 15 (Feb. 26th)

 WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

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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Echevarria averaged 26.0 points in back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

WACBA Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 26.0 points in back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament games as the Bison became the fourth team in conference history to capture its third-straight league title. The Lynn, Massachusetts native scored 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting in a come-from-behind win over Western New England last Thursday in the semifinals before stuffing the stat sheet with 31 points, nine assists, and five rebounds in a 105-90 championship win over Gordon College last Saturday at the Hart Center. Echevarria drained seven trifectas to become the all-time leading scorers in the CCC with 2,240 points.

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WACBA Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd averaged 17.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.5 blocked shots last week while hitting 88.2 percent of his field goal attempts (15 of 17). He posted 18 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocked shots against Boston University before tallying 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and two steals in the 73-71 win at Lehigh University. Against Lehigh, Floyd converted a three-point play with 41.9 seconds left to give the Crusaders the lead for good.

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Jaekwon Spencer posted career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (10) in a come-from-behind win over Western New England last Thursday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jaekwon Spencer (Nichols College | Fr. | Bristol, Conn.): Against the Golden Bears, Spencer came off the bench and posted career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (10) to help the Bison rally from a 19-point deficit to advance to the conference championship. The Bristol, Connecticut native was a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, while also recording a blocked shot. He played seven minutes against the Fighting Scots in the CCC Championship and picked up three points, two rebounds, two steals, and one assist in seven minutes.

Colin McNamara (WPI | Soph. | Arlington, Mass.): McNamara led the Engineers in scoring last week while sinking the game-winning bucket with no time left to edge MIT, 55-53, in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals last Thursday. The sophomore shared game-high honors with 20 points at Babson before doing the same with 13 at MIT. McNamara finished the week with 16 points in a NEWMAC championship setback to Emerson College last Saturday.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals per contest in two games for the Falcons. He posted 11 points, seven boards, six assists and one steal in a 67-55 victory over Worcester State on Tuesday before adding 13 points, two caroms, two assists and one steal in a 78-72 setback to Westfield State on Thursday.


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