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Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.
This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.
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Nichols College’s Scott Faucher was named our Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding the Bison to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Sectional Finals earlier this month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley/Nichols College Athletics)
Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher (Nichols College): In his first season with the Bison, Faucher guided Nichols to a 28-3 mark, as well as the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Division III sectional finals. Additionally, the first-year coach also led Nichols to its third-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title with a 105-90 victory over Gordon College last month.
Marcos Echevarria capped an impressive four-year career with the Nichols College men’s basketball team by becoming the 16th all-time scorer in Division III history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)
Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College): The Lynn, Massachusetts native concluded an impressive four-year career with the Bison by becoming the 16th all-time scorer in Division III history with 2,519 points and third in three-pointers with 479. A three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) first-teamer, Echevarria guided the Bison to the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA sectional finals this month after leading Nichols to postseason victories against Middlebury College, Rowan College, and Amherst College. Echevarria ended the 2018-19 season averaging 20.3 points per game to go along with 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals. He was recently named to the D3Hoops.com All-America Second Team.
Emerson College’s Zach Waterhouse became the first member of the men’s basketball program to be tabbed NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kate Foultz/Emerson College Athletics)
Rookie of the Year: Zach Waterhouse (Emerson College): Waterhouse enjoyed an impressive first season with the Lions, averaging 16.6 points per game to go along with 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He canned 74.5 percent of his free throws while canning 68 trifectas in 28 contests. Waterhouse became the first Emerson men’s basketball player to be named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year last month.
With another season of New England D3 Basketball in the books, it is time to dish out our end of the year Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball awards, including our Coach, Player and Rookie of the Year, along with our first, second and third teams.
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Men’s Player of the Year:Jake Ross (Springfield College): Jake Rossenjoyed an impressive sophomore season with the Pride, earning a slew of postseason accolades, including the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to earning a spot on the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, Ross also received recognition from D3Hoops.com as the Northeast Player of the Year. He also earned a spot on the All-Northeast Region First Team, too. Ross concluded his second season by averaging 24.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He netted a career-high 39 points earlier this season against Wheaton College (Jan. 24th, 2018), while also recorded a career-best 10 assists against Coast Guard Academy seven days later (Jan. 31st, 2018).
Men’s Rookie of the Year: Austin Hutcherson (Wesleyan University): Tabbed the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year, Austin Hutcherson enjoyed an impressive debut with the Cardinals by averaging 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game. He was recently selected as the 2018 D3hoops.com Northeast Co-Rookie of the Year alongside Hamilton Forsythe of MIT. Hutcherson started in 26 of 29 contests this season, netting double-figures in 16 of 29 contests. Hutcherson’s play helped Wesleyan enjoy a very successful campaign, which saw the Cardinals conclude the 2017-18 season with a program-record 22 wins. The Cardinals secured the Little Three title with key regular season victories over Amherst College and Williams College, while earning appearances in both the NESCAC championships and NCAA Tournament.
Men’s Coach of the Year: Charlie Brock (Springfield College): Coach Charlie Brock led the Pride on an exciting postseason journey this month, which included a quartet of playoff victories, including three against nationally-ranked opponents. Brock guided the Pride to a first place finish in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season, while earning his initial D3Hoops.com Northeast Coach of the Year honor seven days ago.
The second day of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament saw some exciting outcomes, including a third quarter rally in Amherst, Massachusetts, which helped the Mammoths top St. Joseph’s (Maine). With the win, Amherst College will advance to the third round of the women’s tournament where they will face Montclair State, which defeated Gettysburg College earlier this evening by a score of 70-45.
Kelsi McNamara (St. Joseph’s) led all scorers with 30 points, while Amherst received a boost from Hannah Fox, who concluded the contest with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Bowdoin College and Tufts University will also join Amherst in the third round as both teams earned second round wind this evening. The Polar Bears topped FDU-Florham, 79-57, in Maine, while the Jumbos rolled past Ithaca College, 61-39, in Medford, Massachusetts.
Kate Kerrigan (Bowdoin) was a big part of tonight’s win for the Polar Bears as she concluded the contest with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Melissa Baptista (Tufts) tallied a game-high 19 points – she also chipped in six rebounds, four blocks and two assists.
Bowdoin will face Scranton in the third round, while Tufts will take on Messiah.
On the men’s side: Springfield College extended its season to next Friday with an impressive 96-88 win over Cabrini. Jake Ross stuffed the stat sheet for the Pride with 31 points (game-high), nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Andy McNulty chipped in 19 points, while Cam Earle added 17 points.
The Pride will face Hamilton College, which defeated York College (Pa.) this evening, thanks to Kena Gilmour, who tallied 20 points in the win. The Continentals trailed the Spartans, 40-39, at the break, but rallied to edge York by a score of 69-66. Andrew Groll clinched the win with a late freebie with seven seconds remaining.
Middlebury College also punched its ticket to the third round with a convincing 83-58 victory over Eastern Connecticut State. Jack Daly almost recorded a second-straight triple-double as he concluded the game with 12 rebounds, 11 points and seven assists.
The Panthers will tip-off against MIT, which earned a hard-fought 62-54 win over Johns Hopkins.
Ramapo concluded Williams College‘s season with a 66-62 win in Williamstown, Massachusetts, while Swarthmore outlasted Wesleyan University by a score of 97-75, in Connecticut.
NCAA D3 Tournament: Third Round Schedule
Men’s Basketball: Middlebury vs. Johns Hopkins/MIT
The NCAA Division III basketball tournament commenced today with some pretty exciting outcomes as St. Joseph’s (Maine) and Hamilton College each began the day with opening round wins. The Monks scored an exciting five-point (61-56) victory over UMass Boston women’s basketball team in Amherst, while the Continentals defeated Nazareth, 86-72, thanks to a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds from Kena Gilmour.
The Monks of St. Joseph’s played some impressive defense down the stretch, holding the Beacons just nine points in the third and fourth quarters. Julia Champagne led the Monks with 16 points – she also stuffed the stat sheet with six caroms, three steals and one one assist.
Joining the Monks in the second round of the women’s tournament is Amherst College, Bowdoin College and Tufts University. The Jumbos scored an opening round win over Westfield State, thanks to 17 points off the bench from Cailin Harrington, along with 15 points from Jac Knapp and Melissa Baptista.
On the men’s side: MIT scored an opening round win as the Engineers defeated Brockport, 81-67. Tim Roberts recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Middlebury College topped Lebanon Valley, 83-63, behind a triple-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists from Jack Daly.
Joining MIT and Middlebury in the second round is Springfield College, Wesleyan University, Eastern Connecticut and Williams College. The Pride scored an exciting opening round win as they edged Albright, 88-86, thanks to a pair of freebies from Jake Ross, along with a late free throw from Heath Post.
Bobby Casey helped the Ephs break-open a one-point (21-20) lead at the break to defeat the Bears of Bridgewater State, 56-45. James Heskett concluded the game with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Saturday’s Schedule | Round Two
Women’s Basketball: St. Joseph’s (Maine) at Amherst College, 6 p.m.
Women’s Basketball: FDU-Florham at Bowdoin College, 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball: Ithaca at Tufts University, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: Ramapo at Williams College, 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: Middlebury College at Eastern Connecticut St., 7 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: MIT at Johns Hopkins, 8 p.m.
Men’s Basketball: Hamilton College at York (Pa), 7 p.m.