Mass. College Hoops: NE-10 Quarterfinals Roundup


A few local squads competed in today’s Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinals and below is their outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Basketball

St. A’s 79, Bentley 78: Roy Mabrey‘s jumper with 11 seconds remaining provided St. A’s with the lead for good as the Hawks edged the Falcons in Manchester. Tyler McFarland led Bentley with 20 points, as well as recorded eight rebounds, three blocks, two steals and one assist, while Alex Furness registered eight points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

Women’s Basketball

Assumption 61, New Haven 58: Jamie Insel recorded three straight layups during the final four minutes, while Shannon Ray and Caitlin Ackerman combined for the final three points as the Greyhounds defeated the Chargers in Connecticut. Ray recorded a team-best 21 points, while Insel finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Stonehill 75, AIC 60: Tori Faieta recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with four assists and four blocks as the Skyhawks soared past the Yellow Jackets in Easton. Stonehill’s Mary Louise Dixon led all scorers with 22 points, while Alyssa Roach paced AIC with 13 points.

Bentley 77, Le Moyne 51: Lauren Battista and Jacqui Brugliera combined for 25 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block as the Falcons defeated the Dolphins in Waltham.

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday D2 Roundup


Here are the results and game summaries from the various Division 2 contests this afternoon.

Men’s Basketball

St. Michael’s 69, Bentley 66: Jasper Grassa recorded five points during the final 11 seconds, including three free throws, but it wasn’t enough to force overtime as the Purple Knights fended off a late Falcons rally en route to their 17th win of the year, 12th in Northeast-10 Conference play. Grassa led Bentley with 13 points, as well as registered six rebounds, three assists and one steal, while Tyler McFarland netted 12 points.

Assumption 68, Merrimack 63: The Greyhounds rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Warriors in Worcester. Asssumption’s Jimmy Zenevitch finished with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds, along with four assists, one steal and one block. JT Strickland paced Merrimack with 19 points.

So. New Hampshire 73, Stonehill 49: Ryan Logan and Josh Heyliger each netted nine points, while Pierce Cumpstone scored seven points off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to help the Skyhawks top the Penmen.

Women’s Basketball

Stonehill 79, Southern New Hampshire 58: Mary Louise Dixon and Amy Pelletier combined for 30 points, while Asia Ewing added 15 points off the bench as the Skyhawks defeated the Penmen in Manchester, New Hampshire. Dixon finished the contest with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 1 Bentley 84, St. Michael’s 52: Courtney Finn and Lauren Battista combined for 30 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists as the Falcons defeated the Purple Knights and improved to 23-0.

Assumption 67, Merrimack 56: Assumption’s Caitlin Ackerman stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal as the Greyhounds defeated the Warriors in Worcester. Aria Johnson led Merrimack with 12 points.

Mass. College Hoops: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend


With the weather getting cooler (well, not exactly today!) and basketball season in full tilt, it’s time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for this weekend.

Men’s Basketball:

No. 21 UMass vs. BYU: The Minutemen will look to earn their eight win of the season when they host the Cougars for a 1:30 p.m. tip. BYU enters the game having won two of their last three and three of their last four, while UMass junior Cady Lalanne is averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game and 11.4 rebounds.

Harvard at Boston University: The Crimson will attempt to earn their fifth straight victory, along with their ninth overall win when they travel across the Charles River for the second time this week to face the Terriers. Harvard’s Wesley Saunders is averaging a team-best 15.1 points per game, while BU’s Maurice Watson Jr. ranks first on the Terriers in assists per game (5.6). BU, which has won four straight, will look to earn their fifth consecutive victory, along with their seventh overall victory.

Bentley vs. St. Michael’s: After seeing their seven-game winning streak conclude on Wednesday, the Falcons will look to rebound against a 6-2 St. Mike’s squad, which enters the contest having won one of their last three contests. Keep an eye on Bentley’s Tyler McFarland, who ranks fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference in points per game (20.4). He’s also fifth in rebounds (8.9) and three-point percentage (52.6).

Springfield at Williams: After losing to Hampden-Sydney, the Pride has rebounded with back-to-back wins against Penn St.-New Kensington and Trinity (Conn.). They’ll look to earn their sixth win of the season against Williams, which hasn’t lost since their first game of the season. Daniel Wohl leads the Ephs with 17.7 points per game, while Michael Mayer ranks first in rebounds (10.3). Robbie Burke leads Springfield with 80 points and 45 boards, while Alex Garstka ranks second in points with 79.

Eastern Nazarene at Endicott: The Lions, winners of six straight, will look to earn their seventh victory of the season, as well as well as their second Commonwealth Coast Conference win when they travel to Beverley to face Endicott. The Gulls commenced their season with four straight wins before dropping their last two games to Gordon and Rivier. Eastern Nazarene’s Jaylen Owens ranks second in the conference in points per game (18.2), while Endicott’s Taylor Rioux is second in field goal percentage (65.5).

Women’s Basketball:

Harvard vs. Long Beach State @ Phoenix, Ariz.: The Crimson will take their 6-2 record on the road this weekend when they travel to the Grand Canyon to face Long Beach State in the first round of the Arizona State classic. Keep an eye on Christine Clark (19.4 points per game) and Melissa Mullins (9.1 rebounds per game).

Fordham at Holy Cross: The Crusaders will look to earn their seventh straight victory when they host a Rams squad that recently won the Lady Rebel Round-Up tournament against Cincinnati in Las Vegas. Holy Cross’ ‘hot start’ is their best start in over 30 years. Holy Cross has also scored 70 points in every contest this season, including 92 points against UMass Lowell. Alex Smith leads the unit with 98 points.

So. New Hampshire at Stonehill College: The Skyhawks, winners of two straight, as well as three of their last four, will look to earn their seventh win of the season when they host the Penmen in Easton. Stonehill is 3-1 in NE-10 play this season. On Wednesday, the Skyhawks defeated Assumption, 79-68, thanks to 21 points, five assists and five rebounds from Mary Louis Dixon, as well as 14 points and nine boards from Tori Faieta.

Wesleyan at Williams College: The Ephs haven’t lost a regular season contest since last season when Smith College topped Williams, 53-49. Since then, Williams has won 11 straight, including seven this season. They’ll look to extend their current streak to 12 when they host Wesleyan for an important New England Small College Athletic Conference matchup. Keep an eye on Kellie Macdonald, who’s averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game.

Wheaton College at Clark University: Can the Lyons make it seven in a row? Wheaton, which has been one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far, is coming off a 77-52 win over Emerson College on Wednesday. Wheaton has registered 70 points or more in five contests this season. Clark has won three of the last four meetings, including both games last season. Keep an eye on Wheaton’s Abbie Brickley and Kiley Shoemaker, as well as Clark’s senior trio, which includes Emily Reilly, Ashleigh Condon and Megan Grondin.

Mass. College Hoops Notebook: Recapping The Past Month

By Matt Noonan 

One month of college basketball is in the books. So, let’s recap and get you caught up on the latest news and notes.

* We’ll begin in Division 1 with the UMass Minutemen, who’ve returned to the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll. Massachusetts checked in as the 21st best team in the country on this week’s AP poll and 22nd on the USA Today poll. UMass, which is 6-0, earned its sixth straight win last night against Eastern Michigan.

They’ll look to keep their momentum going on Saturday when they host Brigham Young for a 1:30 p.m. tip-off.

* Harvard, a squad Sports Illustrated pegged as one of their preseason teams to watch, is currently receiving votes in the AP poll.

The Crimson, who have won three straight, return to the hardwood this evening when they travel across the river to face Northeastern University, tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

* Let’s travel down the road to Waltham, where Bentley University’s women’s basketball team will look to keep their perfect record intact when they host Merrimack College this evening. The Falcons are the number one team in this week’s USA Today Sports/WBCA Division II poll, as well as earned 29 of 31 first-place votes. They’ve held the top spot for three straight weeks.

Senior All-America forward Lauren Battista and All-Northeast-10 grad student Courtney Finn lead the Falcons in scoring with Bautista averaging 16.1 points and Finn 15.6. As noted in yesterday’s press release, both players rank second and third on the team in both rebounds and assists.

* Below Bentley in the Northeast Division is Stonehill College, a squad that’s currently 5-2 and has won four of its last six contests. The Skyhawks host Assumption College this evening, their fourth conference match of the season. Stonehill is 2-1 thus far against NE-10 opponents and 1-1 in Easton.

As of today, Mary Louise Dixon and Amy Pelletier lead the squad in scoring as both players are averaging 16.0 points, while Tori Faieta ranks first on the team in rebounds 7.7.

* Switching gears to Division 3, Amherst College’s men’s team, last year’s national champion, is currently the top squad in this week’s men’s Top-25 poll. The Lord Jeffs are currently 4-0 and will look to earn their fifth straight win this evening when they host Anna Maria; tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

* Also on the men’s Top-25 poll is Williams, who sits six spots below their rival and WPI, which checked in as the 14th best team in the country. The Engineers picked up an impressive non-conference win over Tufts last night in Worcester, their 20th straight home court victory.

Through six games, Ryan Kolb leads WPI with 105 points (17.5 per game), while Sam Longwell ranks second with 92 (15.3).

* According to this week’s women’s Top-25 poll, Amherst remains the fourth best team in the country, while Tufts checked in the eighth spot and Williams the 13th.

* Finally, Wheaton College’s women’s basketball team earned an impressive win against Smith College last week, which pushed its overall mark to 5-0, their best start since 1994-95. Abbie Brickley leads the team in points (78), while Kiley Shoemaker ranks first on the squad in rebounds (47).

The Lyons will look to extend their winning streak to six this evening when they entertain Emerson College at 7 p.m. in Norton.

Mass. College Hoops: NCAA D2 Women’s East Regional Quarterfinals Roundup

Mary Louise Dixon tallied 32 points in Stonehill College's first round matchup against Franklin Pierce! (Photo Credit: Wellesley Townsman/Wicked Local)

Mary Louise Dixon tallied 32 points in Stonehill College’s first round matchup against Franklin Pierce! (Photo Credit: Wellesley Townsman/Wicked Local)


The first day of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball East Region quarterfinals are in the books and below are the game summaries.

Stonehill College 78, Franklin Pierce 66 – Trailing the Ravens by eight at the break, the Skyhawks rallied by scoring 51 second half points to earn a first round victory. Mary Louise Dixon netted a game-best 32 points, as well as pulled down 12 boards. Asia Ewing added 19 points, while Abbey Lalime registered nine points off the bench. Stonehill will return to the hardwood tomorrow for a 5:00 p.m. tip-off against Dowling, who defeated NYIT.

Bentley University 68, LIU Post 57 – Lauren Battista netted a game-high 27 points, Jacqui Brugliera added 10 points as the Falcons defeated the Pioneers. With the win Bentley will face Holy Family following Dowling-Stonehill at 7:30 p.m.

Holy Family 68, Assumption College 62 – Katy Howard netted a team-best 17 points, Gabrielle Gibson registered 12 points, but that wasn’t enough to help the Hounds defeat the Tigers. Assumption concludes its season with a 22-7 mark.