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WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, November 19th, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area has officially begun, which means it is time to unveil our initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Megan Swords recorded a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds last week in her team’s impressive win over Boston College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Player of the Week: Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Sr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords led a tremendous team effort as the Crusaders beat local rival Boston College, 80-71, on Wednesday, Nov. 13. She recorded a career-high 21 points to go with 14 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. She led the team in both points and rebounds as she notched her eighth career double-double.


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Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco has averaged 12.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game in five contests this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Natasha Pacheco (Becker College | Fr. | Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco has had a stellar start to her collegiate career, averaging 12.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game over five games, while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor. The first-year Hawk was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Worcester City Tournament to start off her season. As of press time, Pacheco ranks first in the nation in double-doubles with four in five games, first in total rebounds, first in minutes played and third in total free-throw attempts.


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Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Jr. | New York, NY): In just three contests this season, Wilson has netted 74 points to go along with 30 rebounds, eight assists, and two swipes. Her best outing came against Catholic University when the junior guard led all scorers with 28 points while adding nine rebounds, five blocks, and one assist. Wilson also produced a double-double against Becker College with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while also recording four blocks and two assists.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 16.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals per contest over four games for the Falcons. She posted 19 points, one rebound, one assist and five steals in a 57-40 setback to Eastern Nazarene in the season opener before adding 12 points, nine assists, two boards, and two steals in a 71-69 loss to Clark University on Wednesday. Marazzi concluded with a combined 36 points in a pair of games over the weekend at the 2019 Colby-Sawyer Tip-Off Tournament.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr.| Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison has averaged 16.8 points per game through five games this season, shooting 37.5 percent from behind the arc. The senior team captain scored a season-high 24 points in Becker’s 64-60 overtime win over Anna Maria College.

Mya Mosley (Worcester State | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Mosley had a huge start to her Worcester State career since transferring in from Franklin Pierce by averaging 17.0 points per game in her first five contests. Mosley was named to the All-Worcester City Tournament Team after averaging 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the opening weekend, before averaging 16.0 points per game in week two.

Alana Keating (WPI | Sr.| Leominster, MA): Keating was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Worcester City Tournament as the Engineers took home the title for the sixth straight year.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

Around The Rim With Bob Whitney: Welcome Back College Hoops

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Former Braintree High and Kimball Union star Nic Timberlake in action last year for Towson University. Timberlake is now a redshirt freshman for Towson this winter after last season’s injury-riddled campaign. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bob Whitney)

By Bob Whitney | @WhitneyBob

In case you haven’t noticed the 2019-20 college basketball season is off and running, highlighted by a nationally-televised doubleheader last evening featuring the top four teams in the men’s basketball preseason rankings: Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas.

For all of us veteran purists, it was hoop heaven, the talent was amazing but the quality of play was spotty at best given such a huge stage on opening night.

That aside, it is my pleasure to pen a weekly hoop column for the hard-working Matt Noonan and his many followers here at Noontime Sports.

I have covered one of the Power Five conferences – the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), to be exact – for the last eight seasons, but this year I will focus on a little bit of everything but the primary focus will remain on all that is happening in New England – and that is a lot!

First of all, check out the Noontime Sports Men and Women’s New England D-III Basketball Preseason Top 10 Polls: (Men’s Basketball | Women’s Basketball)

A few thoughts from the basketball polls.

  • No surprise that Amherst College is perched at the top of both rankings. They have been the gold-standard regionally and a regular participant in the NCAA D-III Tournaments for years.
  • Speaking of Amherst, the men’s program suffered a sudden jolt in September when legendary coach David Hixon (after 42 seasons at the helm) opted to take a non-health sabbatical to deal with some family issues. The big question is can the program move on without Hixon’s leadership?

    Those close to the program feel that with the elevation of trusted assistant Aaron Toomey, who played under Hixon and helped win NCAA titles in 2012 and 2013, the transition should be seamless.

  • A game to watch (and to gauge how Toomey and his squad are managing the transition) is on January 10 when New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Middlebury College travels to Amherst.

ODDS AND ENDS

  • There have been a number of rule changes introduced with the most important one being the extension of the 3-point arc from 17 inches to the international standard of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches. Although testing of this change in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) last year found little change in shooting percentage, it was felt by the officiating honchos that it would alleviate congestion in the paint by forcing defenders to guard shooters further away from the basket. Stay tuned on this change.
  • All eyes will be pointing to Cambridge, Mass this season to see if the Harvard University celebrated senior class, led by awesome point guard Bryce Aiken, can finally win an Ivy League title, as well as earn an automatic tournament bid to the NCAA Tournament.

    Better yet, the Crimson will have some home-cooking help in March as this year’s conference tournament moves from the storied The Palestra to Lavietes Pavilion, March 14-15.

    The Ivy poo-bahs move to a conference tournament for men and women was a no-brainer – the atmosphere is pulsating and the quality of play is as good as it gets.

  • A shoutout to former Marquette University assistant Brett Nelson who assumes the reins at Holy Cross after Bill Carmody‘s decision to retire from the coaching ranks.
  • Did you know that we have a number of the top coaches in the women’s college game led by the legendary Barbara Stevens, who ranks fourth in wins among college coaches at Bentley University, Harvard’s Kathy Delaney-Smith, Stonehill College‘s Trisha Brown, Springfield College‘s Naomi Graves, and Babson College‘s Judy Blinstrub. If any of you have a daughter that may be destined to play at the college level the price of admission to catch one of these coaches in action will help with a final decision.
  • In my eight years following ACC men’s basketball, I had the privilege to hear firsthand from some of the great coaches in the game, including Coach Mike KrzyseskiRoy Williams, Jim Boeheim, Rick Pitino, and Mike Brey. Buzz Williams was a real stitch in the press room. But most impressive among this elite group of coaches was the University of Virginia‘s, Tony Bennett.

    Obviously, Bennett’s run to the national title was the big news last year but most noteworthy was his recent decision to forego a well-deserved a big raise. Bennett felt that his family was blessed and thankful for what they have and felt that the money would be better spent in funding a program to help athletes transition to careers after basketball. Bennett is destined to be the voice of the ACC once Coach K and Roy retire.

A FINAL THOUGHT

Best wishes to Kristen McDonnell who left the Braintree high school girls basketball program after a ten-year run which included four D-1 state titles and a bunch of sectional crowns. McDonnell is seeking a new challenge as the Norwood high school boys head coach.

Keep shooting. See you next week!

WACBA Reveals 2018-19 All-Star Selections

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By WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Nichols College senior Marcos Echevarria and Holy Cross junior Lauren Manis have repeated as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Players of the Year, as revealed on Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column.

The announcement also features the annual All-Stars, Rookies of the Year and Coaches of the Year as voted upon by 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 College, as well as members of the local media.

Echevarria claimed the hardware for the third consecutive year while it was also a threepeat for the Bison with first-year head coach Scott Faucher earning Coach of the Year accolades. Assumption’s Cal Connelly, meanwhile, became the second Greyhound in as many years to secure Rookie of the Year honors. For the women, Manis narrowly missed out on a perfect ballot while fellow Crusader Avery LaBarbera was named as the Rookie of the Year, and Worcester State’s Karen Tessmer was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Nichols’ DeAnte Bruton and Matt Morrow joined Echevarria on the first team, as did Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Jehyve Floyd. The second team was comprised of Fitchburg State’s Nicholas Tracy, Worcester State’s Tyler Dion, Assumption’s Matthew Kelley, Clark’s Tyler Davern, and WPI’s Jake Wisniewski and Reid Walker.

Manis and LaBarbera along with Worcester State’s Brittany Herring, Assumption’s Morgan O’Donnell, Fitchburg State’s Angelina Marazzi, and Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy were named to the first team. Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Anna Maria’s Amber Wilson, Becker’s Cassidy Harrison, Fitchburg State’s Catherine Coppinger, as well as, Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney and Kaitlyn Berkel landed on the second team.

This year’s Paul N. Johnson and Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipients will be announced at a later date.

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 County Area.

Follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter | Regular Season Stats and Standings

 MEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols (third consecutive)
Rookie of the Year: Cal Connelly (Rochester, N.H.), Assumption (back-to-back for Greyhounds)
Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher, Nichols (third consecutive for a Bison head coach)

First Team
Nichols College Marcos Echevarria*# Lynn, Mass. Sr.
Nichols College DeAnte Bruton*# New London, Conn. Jr.
Anna Maria Mike Rapoza*# Charlton, Mass Jr.
Becker College Kareem Davis^# Lowell, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd# Sayreville, N.J. Sr.
Nichols College Matt Morrow Leicester, Mass. So.
Second Team
Fitchburg State Nicholas Tracy Indianapolis, Ind. Jr.
Worcester State Tyler Dion Barre, Mass. Jr.
WPI Jake Wisniewski West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Reid Walker Lithia, Fla. So.
Assumption College Matthew Kelly& No. Potomac, Md. So.
Clark University Tyler Davern Webster, Mass. So.

 WOMEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross (back-to-back)
Rookie of the Year:
 Avery LaBarbera, Holy Cross
Coach of the Year: 
Karen Tessmer, Worcester State

First Team
Holy Cross Lauren Manis*# Franklin, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Brittany Herring*# West Brookfield, Mass. Sr.
Assumption College Morgan O’Donnell# Easton, Mass. Sr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi& Manchester, N.H. Jr.
Holy Cross Avery LaBarbera Harrison, N.Y. Fr.
Becker College Adrianna Dowdy& East Haven, Conn. Sr.
Second Team
Clark University Ogechi Ezemma*& Hope Valley, R.I. Sr.
Anna Maria Amber Wilson New York, N.Y. So.
Becker College Cassidy Harrison*# Foxborough, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney& Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Kaitlyn Berkel Waterford, Conn. Sr.
Fitchburg State Catherine Coppinger Boston, Mass. Jr.

* 2017 First Team
^ 2017 Second Team
# 2018 First Team
& 2018 Second Team

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’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) 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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