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

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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’Donnell Easton, Mass. Jr.

Becker

Cassidy Harrison Foxborough, Mass. So.
Holy Cross Infiniti Thomas-Waheed Newton, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Lauren Manis Franklin, Mass. So.
Worcester State Britt Herring West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Ama Biney Worcester, Mass. Sr.

Second Team

Anna Maria Kristina Russo South Windsor, Conn. Sr.
Becker Adrianna Dowdy East Haven Conn. Jr.
Clark Ogechi Ezemma Hope Valley, R.I. Jr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi Manchester, N.H. So.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney Lowell, Mass. So.
WPI Madison Beck Syracuse, 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 Maria Mike Rapoza Charlton, Mass. So.
Becker Kareem Davis Lowell, Mass Jr.
Becker Samuel Durodola Rosedale, N.Y. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd Sayreville, N.J. Jr.
Nichols DeAnte Bruton New London, Conn. So.
Nichols Marcos Echevarria Lynn, Mass. Jr.

Second Team

Assumption Matthew Kelly North Potomac, Md. Fr.
Clark Luca McCormick Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Jr.
Fitchburg State Jonathan Perez Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Nichols Jerome Cunningham Westbury, N.Y. So.
Worcester State Shaun McCarthy Oxford, Mass. So.
WPI Chris Rodgers Franklin, Mass. Sr.

 

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 13 (Tues., Feb. 27th)

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.


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Men’s Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Soph. | New London, Conn.): DeAnte Bruton helped lead the Bison to their second-straight CCC Championship, averaging 25.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game over three games. Bruton scored 15 points to go with five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in a 100-68 win over Western New England. He followed that up with 34 points, including 25 in the second half, 10 rebounds, an assist, and three steals in an 89-75 win over Roger Williams. In the Championship game, Bruton scored 18 points in the first half before finishing with 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 98-89 win over Endicott. For the week, Bruton shot 57.1% (32-of-56) from the field and 47.1% (8-of-17) from beyond the arc.


Jacob Grandison

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison led the team in both games last week. He totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists in the victory over American before adding 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists at Colgate. For the week, he averaged 16.0 points 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals on the week, while hitting 55.0 percent of his field goal attempts and 87.5 percent of his free throws.


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Honorable Mention: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to their second-straight CCC crown, averaging 24.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game over three contests. Echevarria recorded 21 points, one rebound, six assists, and two steals in a 100-68 win over Western New England. He followed that up with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in an 89-75 win over Roger Williams. In the Championship game, he scored 33 points, including 25 in the second half, to go with four rebounds, an assist and three steals in a 98-89 win over Endicott. For the week, Echevarria shot 45.3% (24-of-53) from the field and 41.7% (15-of-36) from beyond the arc.

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

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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.


Shannon StLawrence

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.

Lax Notebook: MLL Announces New Commissioner, College News & Notes

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Lacrosse season has officially begun – well, technically it started in December with the National Lacrosse League (NLL) – but below are some news and notes from the Lax World, which you should know about or may want to know now that one of my favorite sports is back in action!

Let’s begin with some exciting news from Major League Lacrosse (MLL), which announced earlier this week that Alexander P. “Sandy” Brown has been named the second commissioner. Brown replaces Dave Gross, who was the league’s initial commissioner.

Marissa Ingemi has a great piece about the new MLL commissioner from US Lacrosse Magazine about his plans to increase the league’s brand through Digital Media, while collaborating with other leagues.

Keep an eye on Massachusetts’ Jake Horwath this season, who will look to guide the Bobcats of Frostburg State to a Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) crown. The Bobcats will certainly be a team to watch in Division III this season – great read from Ed Lee of the Baltimore Sun. Lee also had a great preview on the St. Mary’s (Md.) Seahawks, who will also look to contend for a CAC title, too.

The Boston College women’s lacrosse team was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Preseason Coaches Poll – North Carolina was picked to place first followed by Syracuse University. A pair of New England student-athletes – Dempsey Arsenault (New Hampton, N.H.) and Elizabeth Miller (New Canaan, Conn.) – were named to the Preseason All-ACC Team.

The Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team will look to continue its success from a year ago – the Crusaders won its first-ever Patriot League tournament game last spring – when they begin its 2018 campaign on Saturday, February 10 against Providence College.

Yale University was tabbed the favorite in the Ivy League, while Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania rounded out the top three spots.

Per US Lacrosse Magazine, the Division III women’s lacrosse game will be sped-up this season, thanks to some new rules, which will make the game faster.

Syracuse women’s lacrosse will open its season against the University of Connecticut – get excited, Big East fans!


In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)! 

Earlier this month, Hendrix University captured its season-opener against Southwestern (Texas), thanks to a pair of goals and one ground ball from Lexington, Massachusetts native Garrett Brown.

The Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) unveiled its preseason coaches poll, which found Merrimack College atop the men’s poll and Adelphi atop the women’s poll.

Taylor Bastien was tabbed the new head coach of the Bentley University women’s lacrosse team last Friday. Bastien was recently the coach of the Simmons College women’s lacrosse team, but competed for the Falcons as a student-athlete at Bentley.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 10 (Tuesday, Feb. 6th)

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.


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Co-Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): In a 2-0 week for the AMCATS, Rapoza led the charge by averaging 18.5 points and 19 rebounds, while tallying eight blocks and three assists. He also finished the week 13 of 23 from the field, while netting 11 of 17 freebies. He began the week with 15 points and 17 rebounds in a 75-69 win over Suffolk before tallying 22 points and 21 rebounds in a road win over Emmanuel. In addition to his double-double against the Saints, he also concluded the game with three blocks and three assists.


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Co-Men’s Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another outstanding week, averaging 27.5 points with 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 53.7 percent shooting. The senior came up huge in Becker’s 74-60 win over Lesley with 31 points, ten rebounds and two blocks. The reigning NECC Player of the Year shot 52 percent inside the three-point arc and 50 percent from beyond the line. Then at Wheelock on Saturday, Durodola finished with 24 points and ten boards. For the season, Durodola leads the NECC in scoring at 22.7 points per game.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Fr. | Leicester, Mass.): Matt Morrow helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 mark this week, averaging 11.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 2.0 blocks per game. In a 94-69 win over Curry, Morrow recorded a double-double of 16 points, on 8-of-9 shooting, and 14 rebounds to go with three blocks. He followed that up with six points, seven rebounds, one block, and one steal in a 116-85 win over UNE. For the week, he shot 76.9% (10-of-13) from the field.


Men’s Honor Roll

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly was extremely impressive last week, averaging 24.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while connecting on 19 of 30 attempts from the field, including 9 of 18 shots from beyond the arc. He netted a career and season-best 36 points in a five-point setback to Bentley, while netting 13 points against Merrimack. Against the Warriors, he converted five of eight attempts, including three of six shots from three-point land before netting a season-best 14 field goals against the Falcons. Kelly played the full 40 minutes in both games and ended the week with a trio of steals and assists.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He registered a team-best 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 93-85 setback to Salem State on Wednesday before adding 24 points, three boards and two assists in an 88-86 triumph over Pine Manor on Saturday.

Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd totaled 15 points, nine rebounds, six blocks, four assists and two steals in the Lehigh game before adding 14 points, six rebounds, five blocks and two assists in the victory at Loyola. For the week, he averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 3.0 assists per game on the week, while hitting 12 of 13 field goal attempts (92.3 percent). Additionally, he had a school-record streak of 20 consecutive field goals made snapped in the second half of the Loyola game.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week, averaging 21.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 3.5 steals per game. Echevarria scored 22 points to go with five rebounds, seven assists, and four steals in a 94-69 win over Curry. He followed that up with 20 points, six assists, three steals and a rebound in a 116-85 win over UNE. For the week, he shot 41.7% (15-of-36) from the field and 37.9% (11-of-29) from beyond the arc. He has scored 20+ points in four-straight games and has eclipsed the mark in eight of his last nine times out.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): The sophomore forward averaged 18 points (13-for-21 from the field), seven rebounds, and an assist in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. He tallied 21 points with six rebounds, two assists, and a block in the Lancers’ first home win against Framingham State. He then totaled 15 points with eight rebounds in Saturday’s setback to MCLA.