Football Notebook: Early Thoughts On What Games To Watch In Week One In D3

NS Football Notebook LogoBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

A few days ago, some of the major sports outlets announced a few marquee college football games they will be broadcasting during weeks one, two and three.

Awful Announcing did a solid breakdown of who has the best and worst games – make sure to check it out!

So, that had me thinking the following question: what games will I be eyeballing come week one of the D3 football season?

Well, here are a few ideas – again, mind you this is a June post, so you can certainly expect more in-depth thought as we inch closer to the start of the 2018 season.


*  Season two of Football Friday the Podcast officially began last week with myself and James Baker discussing some offseason D3 football topics. 

Want more D3 football offseason interviews and analysis? Then check-out the In The (D3fB) Huddle offseason show, featuring Baker and Frank Rossi


Week One Games To Watch 

UNE at Coast Guard Academy (Aug. 30th): UNE will play its first-ever NCAA Division III football game on the road against a Bears squad that will look to be in the mix for a NEWMAC crown this fall.

Frostburg State at Stevenson (Aug. 30th): The Bobcats will attempt to win at least 10 games (or more!) again this season – if they accomplish that feat it would be three-straight seasons of winning 10 games or more. They registered 33 points last year in their opener against Stevenson.

Western New England at Springfield (Aug. 31st): Always a must-see game in the Springfield area. Plus, this year’s rivalry game marks a new era for the Golden Bears, who will be led by first-year coach (and alum) Jason Lebeau.

Delaware Valley at Wesley (Aug. 31st): Two of the best teams in the East Region will meet on a Friday evening to kick-off the season. Make sure to add this game to your calendar now!

Endicott at Framingham State (Sept. 1st): This has always been my ‘welcome back to football’ game every season. I will be on the PA mic for this game and will be keeping an eye on two storylines: Can the Rams get off to a strong start and what does the new era of Gulls football look like under first-year coach Paul McGonagle?

Hobart at Brockport (Sept. 1st): The Golden Eagles will once again be a team to watch this fall – can they make a return trip to the national semifinals? They kick-off their 2018 campaign against a Hobart squad that will be led by an alum named Kevin DeWall.

Plymouth State at Castleton (Sept. 1st): The Panthers captured the MASCAC crown, thanks to a dramatic win over Framingham State. They will look to commence a new campaign with by winning its season-opener for the third-straight year against Castleton.

SUNY Cortland at Fitchburg State (Sept. 1st): The Red Dragons will play back-to-back MASCAC games to start the season – do they begin their 2018 season with a win over the Falcons?

Husson at Union (Sept. 1st): The Eagles made believers out of all of us last season with an impressive win over Springfield in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Their postseason run concluded the following weekend against DelVal, however, they did score 15 points against them. The post-John Smith era will begin in New York – I will be keeping an eye on this game.

McDaniel at Catholic (Sept. 1st): The Cardinals will look to commence its new season with its second win over McDaniel in three years. Last year, Catholic fell to McDaniel, 30-10, but the Cardinals managed to overcome the early setback with back-to-back wins over Randolph-Macon and Utica.

Rochester at Case Western (Sept. 1st): The Yellow Jackets begin a new era as first-year coach Chad Martinovich takes over a Yellow Jackets squad that will look to be in the mix for a Liberty League (LL) crown this fall.

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WACBA Hoops: Holy Cross’ Manis and Nichols’ Echevarria Headline 2018 All-WACBA Awards

WACBABy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore Lauren Manis and Nichols junior Marcos Echevarria headline the All-WACBA scrolls as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association revealed its 2017-18 awards Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column. Voters included sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption, as well as members of the local media.

In a close vote, Manis was named the WACBA Women’s Player of the Year. Fitchburg State’s Mikaela Mitchell claimed Rookie of the Year honors while Becker head coach David Bostick, who shared last year’s accolades, repeated as Coach of the Year. Nichols earned two of the three men’s major awards as Echevarria and head coach Tom Glynn, the recipient of 10 first place votes, repeated as Player and Coach of the Year, respectively. Assumption’s Matthew Kelly was selected as the men’s Rookie of the Year.

Manis also made the All-WACBA First Team for the second consecutive year, as did Becker sophomore Cassidy Harrison, Worcester State junior Britt Herring and WPI senior Ama Biney. Fellow Crusader, senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed was upgraded from last year’s second team while Assumption junior Morgan O’Donnell made her debut on the scroll. Clark junior Ogechi Ezemma and Becker junior Adrianna Dowdy headlined the second team. They were joined by Anna Maria senior Kristina Russo, Fitchburg State sophomore Angelina Marazzi, Worcester State sophomore Catherine Sweeney and WPI senior Madison Beck.

Echevarria, who was on the top half of all 12 ballots, and sophomore teammate DeAnte Bruton, as well as Anna Maria sophomore Mike Rapoza and Becker senior Samuel Durodola were all named to the All-WACBA First Team for the second year in-a-row. Becker junior Kareem Davis moved up to the first team while Holy Cross junior Jehyve Floyd also earned top billing. WPI senior Chris Rodgers led the second team that also featured Kelly, Clark junior Luca McCormick, Fitchburg State junior Jonathan Perez, Nichols sophomore Jerome Cunningham and Worcester State sophomore Shaun McCarthy.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 programs plus sports information directors and media members to foster friendships and camaraderie along with promoting the GREAT GAME OF BASKETBALL throughout the TRADITION RICH Worcester Country Area.


WACBA Women’s Basketball End of The Year Awards

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross

Rookie of the Year: Mikaela Mitchell (Millbury, Mass.), Fitchburg State

Coach of the Year: David Bostick, Becker

First Team

Assumption

Morgan O’DonnellEaston, Mass.Jr.

Becker

Cassidy HarrisonFoxborough, Mass.So.
Holy CrossInfiniti Thomas-WaheedNewton, Mass.Sr.
Holy CrossLauren ManisFranklin, Mass.So.
Worcester StateBritt HerringWest Brookfield, Mass.Jr.
WPIAma BineyWorcester, Mass.Sr.

Second Team

Anna MariaKristina RussoSouth Windsor, Conn.Sr.
BeckerAdrianna DowdyEast Haven Conn.Jr.
ClarkOgechi EzemmaHope Valley, R.I.Jr.
Fitchburg StateAngelina MarazziManchester, N.H.So.
Worcester StateCatherine SweeneyLowell, Mass.So.
WPIMadison BeckSyracuse, N.Y.Sr.

WACBA Men’s Basketball End of The Year Awards

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols

Rookie of the Year: Matthew Kelly (North Potomac, Md.), Assumption

Coach of the Year:
Tom Glynn, Nichols

First Team

Anna MariaMike RapozaCharlton, Mass.So.
BeckerKareem DavisLowell, MassJr.
BeckerSamuel DurodolaRosedale, N.Y.Sr.
Holy CrossJehyve FloydSayreville, N.J.Jr.
NicholsDeAnte BrutonNew London, Conn.So.
NicholsMarcos EchevarriaLynn, Mass.Jr.

Second Team

AssumptionMatthew KellyNorth Potomac, Md.Fr.
ClarkLuca McCormickFort Lauderdale, Fla.Jr.
Fitchburg StateJonathan PerezLowell, Mass.Jr.
NicholsJerome CunninghamWestbury, N.Y.So.
Worcester StateShaun McCarthyOxford, Mass.So.
WPIChris RodgersFranklin, Mass.Sr.

 

D3 Hoops: Thursday Night Conference Tournament

CONF TOURN SCOREBOARD

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another evening conference tournament play in the books, it is time to unveil the Thursday Night Conference Tournament scoreboard!


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) 

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Nichols 89, No. 4 Roger Williams 75
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 3 Endicott 86, No. 2 Gordon 70
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Univ. of New England 77, No. 4 Western New England 60
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 Roger Williams 58, No. 3 Endicott 50

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Albertus Magnus 97, No. 4 Lasell 86
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Johnson & Wales 80, No. 6 Suffolk 74
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 St. Joseph’s (Maine) 78, No. 5 Albertus Magnus 65
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Suffolk 73, No. 2 Emmanuel 68

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 4 Fitchburg State 90, No. 1 Salem State 81 (OT)
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Bridgewater State 102, No. 3 MCLA 93
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Westfield State 105, No. 4 Worcester State 80
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 Framingham State 71, No. 3 Bridgewater State 50

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 So. Vermont 71, No. 4 Lesley 51
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Becker 78, No. 3 Mitchell 73
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Newbury 61, No. 4 Elms 53
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Becker 75, No. 2 Mitchell 50

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 12 (Wednesday, Feb. 21st)

WACBA

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


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Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Britt Herring averaged double-double figures of 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds with an 83.3% shooting percentage (20-of-24) in a 0-2 week for the Blue and Gold. In the setback to Bridgewater State she put up 18 points with 12 boards, three blocks, two assists and two steals. She then wrapped up the regular season with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks in the loss to Westfield State.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Shannon St. Lawrence (Nichols College | Fr. | Milton, N.H.): Shannon St. Lawrence had another strong week for the Bison, averaging 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. St. Lawrence had 12 points, six rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the season with a double-double of 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a 79-48 win over Wentworth.


Women’s Honor Roll

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison came up strong for the Hawks in their final two games of the regular season, averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals in victories over Wheelock and Mitchell. She was also a perfect 15 of 15 from the free throw line. First at home against the Wildcats on Tuesday, Harrison finished with 27 points and four steals as the Hawks won 53-45. Then at the Mariners on Saturday, the sophomore capped off a 24 point performance with a game-winning basket as Becker took with win, 58-56.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged 10.5 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. She netted 14 points four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in a setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding seven points, 14 boards, one assist, one steal and one block in a 62-59 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.): In a pair of games last week, Manis averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She began the week with 19 points and five rebounds in a setback to Army – she was an impressive 11 for 15 from the line. Three days later against Bucknell, she tallied 19 points again, while pulling down seven caroms, including five on defense. She connected on seven of 17 shots, including one of two attempts from beyond the arc, while sinking four of five freebies.

Brooke Packard (Nichols College | Sr. | Dudley, Mass.): Brooke Packard averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Bison. Packard scored five points to go with five rebounds and an assist in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the week on Senior Day with a career-best 28 points and 12 rebounds to go with an assist and three steals.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged 17 points on 14-of-20 shooting (70%) and 6.5 rebounds as WPI claimed a share of the NEWMAC regular season title with wins over Wellesley and Emerson. The senior began the week with 18 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block versus the Blue before a 16-point, nine rebound performance against the Lions. The Engineers (20-5, 13-3) split the title with Babson and Smith for the programs fifth regular season title. It marks the third consecutive 20-plus win season for head coach Cherise Galasso, who owns six of the nine in program history, and the first time it has been done in three straight seasons. The six-game winning streak is the longest of the campaign and the Crimson and Gray head into the NEWMAC tournament having beat all 10 teams for the second consecutive regular season.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 12 (Wednesday, Feb. 21st)

WACBA

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 finished his regular season in dominant fashion, averaging 31 points, 12 rebounds and two steals per game on 53.3 percent shooting in crucial Becker victories against Dean and Mitchell. First at the Bulldogs last Wednesday, Durodola scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half, including two clutch free throws with 16 seconds left as the Hawks rallied for a 75-70 victory. Then at home against the Mariners, Durodola, who currently boasts 1,668 career points, became Becker’s all-time leading scorer for the NCAA era with a 30 point, 16 rebound performance as the Hawks claimed the number two seed in the upcoming NECC Championship Tournament.


Matt Morrow ROW

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Fr. | Leicester, Mass.): Matt Morrow helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week, averaging 11.0 points on 78.6% shooting, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Morrow scored 10 points to go with four rebounds and three assists in a 93-83 win over Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a block in an 81-72 win over Wentworth. For the week, Morrow only missed three shots (11-of-14).


Men’s Honor Roll

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State| Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. He registered a  double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three assists in a 77-76 win over Westfield State on Wednesday before adding a game-best 27 points, six boards, one assist, one steal and one block in an 89-76 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a pair of conference wins to end the season, averaging 24.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 26 points, including 6-of-13 three-pointers, to go with four rebounds and four assists in a 93-83 win over Eastern Nazarene. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, including 14-of-15 free throws, four rebounds, two assists, and four steals in an 81-72 victory over Wentworth. For the week, Echevarria shot 40.7% (11-of-27) from the field, 38.1% (8-of-21) from beyond the arc, and 94.7% (18-of-19) from the free throw line.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): The sophomore forward averaged 28.5 points, shooting 63.5% (21-33) from the field, with eight rebounds and two assists in an 0-2 week for the Blue and Gold. He posted a career-high 34 points, going 13-for-23 from the field and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe with eight rebounds and an assist in the setback to Bridgewater State. He then put up 23 points and eight boards with three assists and a steal in the season finale against Westfield State.