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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Nine (Jan. 15th)

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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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Marcos Echevarria became the Nichols College men’s basketball all-time steals leader last week.(PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 19.7 points and broke the program’s all-time steals record as the Bison went 3-0 last week. He scored 22 points in a road win at Western New England on Tuesday, then collected 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a road win at Wentworth two days later. On Saturday, Echevarria recorded five steals to surpass former teammates Irving Eggleston and Gustave Koumare for the top spot at Nichols in steals. He finished the contest with 21 points, six dimes and three rebounds.

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Worcester State’s Shaun McCarthy averaged in a pair of games last week for the Lancers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week: Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Jr. | Oxford, Mass.): In a pair of conference wins this past week, the Oxford native averaged 17.5 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Against MCLA, McCarthy tallied his second double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 points, while adding a pair of blocks and one assist as the Lancers rolled Framingham State, 77-59. Three days later against MCLA, McCarthy recorded 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists.

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Assumption College’s Cal Connelly was dominant last week in a pair of contest for the Hounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Cal Connelly (Assumption | Fr. | Rochester, N.H.): Connelly was dominant last week, averaging 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 55.0 percent overall and 53.8 percent from downtown in a pair of games. The first-year posted 19 points, four rebounds and three assists in a one-point loss to Adelphi. He followed it up with 14 points and four rebounds at New Haven.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Brian Gorman (Becker College Men’s Basketball Coach): Gorman won his 200th career game last week when the Hawks prevailed 82-66 over visiting Mitchell College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) play – the win occurred on the Becker campus in Leicester. Gorman has coached the Hawks since the 2008-2009 season, and has led the program to unprecedented success. Becker has won two NECC championships under his guidance and has reached the NCAA Tournament three times. Gorman himself has been voted NECC Coach of the Year five times.

Jehve Floyd (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd averaged 23.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game last week, while hitting 82.6 percent of his field goal attempts (19 of 23), as well. He opened the week with 22 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the 99-94 overtime loss to Lehigh before posting a career-high 25 points, six rebounds and six assists in the 77-70 victory over Lafayette.

Matthew Kelly (Assumption | So. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly was dominant for the Hounds last week, averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc. The sophomore had 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a one-point loss to Adelphi and followed it up with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals at New Haven.

Brendan Kittredge (Clark University | Jr. | Clinton, Mass.): Kittredge grabbed 13 rebounds, including 10 defensive rebounds in a 1-1 week for Clark. He added a steal and a block to lead Clark defensively, while putting up 19 points and eight rebounds in the Cougar’s 86-79 conference victory over Springfield on Tuesday.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez registered a team-best 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a 102-96 triumph against Salem State last Wednesday in the Falcons’ lone contest of the week.

Dewayne Thomas (Becker College | Sr. | Lowell): Thomas averaged 14 points and 7.7 rebounds for the week. In Tuesday’s win over Mitchell, the senior scored 18 points with seven boards, four assists and two blocks to lead the Hawks to an 82-66 victory. That would represent the 200th win in Coach Brian Gorman‘s career.

Reid Walker (WPI | So. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker averaged 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds to go with five assists and three steals in a 2-0 week. He followed up a 15-point night against Wheaton with 16 versus Coast Guard.

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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Eight (Jan. 8th)

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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Jehyve Floyd averaged 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds last week in a 1-1 week for Holy Cross men’s basketball. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Week: Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd averaged 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds last week in a pair of games, while hitting 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts. The senior forward led the team with a season-high 20 points and a career-best 15 rebound during the Crusaders’ 80-73 win at Loyola. Against Navy, Floyd, who got into foul trouble in the first half, scored 10 points in the second half against the Midshipmen, including two free throws with 25.7 seconds left to tie the game at 48-48.

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Assumption College first-year Michael Speight netted a career-high 20 points during his team’s lone contest last week against Saint Anselm. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Michael Speight (Assumption College| Fr.|Morningside, Md.): Speight went off for a career-high 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot in the team’s lone game last week, which was a 78-70 loss to No. 4 Saint Anselm.


Erik Bjorn (Worcester State| Soph.| Holden, Mass.): In an exciting MASCAC clash with Salem State last Saturday, Bjorn concluded the contest with 18 points, nine rebounds (six defensive caroms) and one block. Bjorn connected on 9 of 11 field goals for a season-best 81.8 shooting percentage.

Kareem Davis (Becker College| Sr.|Lowell, Mass.): Davis had a superb effort on Saturday to lead Becker’s upset bid at Eastern Nazarene College. The senior team captain scored 28 points and shot 41 percent from behind the three-point line, all while dishing out eight assists with two steals before the Hawks fell short, 77-67. For the week, Davis averaged 16.5 points and 5.0 assists per game. Becker is back on the court on Tuesday night when they host Mitchell College at 6:00 p.m.

Matthew Kelly (Assumption College| So.| North Potomac, Md.): In Assumption’s only contest last week, Kelly was dynamic against No. Saint Anselm. He finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists in an eight-point loss to the Hawks.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists, 1.5 steals and two blocks per contest over two games for the Green and Gold last week. He netted a team best 21 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a 90-82 win over Regis College last Wednesday before adding a team-leading 22 points, six caroms, three assists, one steal and two blocks in a 73-71 setback to Framingham State on Saturday.

Reid Walker (WPI | So.|Lithia, Fla.): Walker averaged 13.5 points in a pair of tough tests to open NEWMAC play. The sophomore netted 10 points at MIT before scoring a game-high 17 at Babson College.


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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’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 11 (Tuesday, Feb. 13th)

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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) 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 averaged 22 points and 13.5 rebounds per game this past week in games against Southern Vermont and Newbury. In Becker’s 108-81 victory over the Nighthawks on Saturday, the senior matched a career-high with 35 points to go along with 16 rebounds, two blocks and two assists in a superb effort. After a slow start, Durodola scored 22 points on nine of ten shooting in the second half as the Hawks pulled away.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.):
Kelly averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while playing all 40 minutes of each game and shooting 52.0 overall with 10 made threes. He opened the week with 16 points, including 4-for-5 from downtown, with two rebounds and two assists as Assumption beat Saint Anselm 70-67. On Saturday, he scored 18 second-half points and finished the game with 26, including a three with nine seconds left to pull his team within two, as the team eventually fell 83-80. Kelly also had six assists and one steal in the contest.


In The News

Clark University recently dedicated a bench outside the Kneller Center in honor of Pat Oroszko ’03 on Saturday – more information from last year’s fundraising kickoff

Kathy Cushing, a Worcester State University grad, as well as the wife of Don Cushing (WSU ’66), the former Nichols Coach, sadly passed away.


Men’s Honor Roll

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza has been a double-double machine this season – he recently recorded his 20th double-double of the season last Saturday with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the AMCATs’ fourth-straight win over Rivier. The sophomore connected on eight of 10 shots from the field and went five of six from the line. Prior to his team’s win last Saturday, Rapoza registered his 19th double-double with 11 points and a game-high 19 rebounds in a 63-42 win over Suffolk.

John Pisacreta (Clark University | Sr. | Andover, Mass.): Pisacreta posted 47 points and eight rebounds to go along with five assists and seven steals in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. Pisacreta registered a game-high 27 points in an overtime setback at Emerson College before leading Clark to a 97-75 victory over Coast Guard with 20 points on senior day.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He netted 19 points, seven boards, three assists and three steals in a 79-75 setback to MCLA on Thursday before adding 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists in an 89-54 triumph over Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 mark last week by averaging 24.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. Echevarria scored 20 points and grabbed a rebound with two assists, three steals, and a block in a 93-67 win at Salve Regina. He followed that up with 29 points, five rebounds, and three assists in a 73-61 win at Western New England. For the week, Echevarria shot 50% (18-of-36) from the field.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Two (Tuesday, Nov. 28th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the second week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola demonstrated his inside dominance this past week in strong performances against both 7th ranked Babson and Western New England. First, against the Beavers, Durodola posted 22 points with nine rebounds with two blocks. Then, in a 72-68 win over Western New England, the senior posted 23 points and eight rebounds. For the week, Durodola shot 46.7 percent from the floor. As of press time, Durodola ranks second in the NECC in scoring at 21.3 points per game through four games.


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Rookie of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.)Kelly averaged 15.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in a 1-1 week. The freshman led the Hounds to a 79-70 victory with a career-high 21 points, including 13 in the second half while missing just a single shot as Assumption outscored Molloy by 12 in the period. He also dished off four assists in the game. In Kelly’s first action of the week he scored nine points with three steals and two assists in a loss to Bentley.


Honorable Mentions

Karl Charles (Holy Cross | Jr. | Roselle, N.J.): Totaled 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in the Fairleigh Dickinson game. Charles led the team with 16 points and two assists against Albany. He connected on 50.0 percent of his three-pointers and 80.0 percent of his free throws on the week.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Soph. | Maynard, Mass.): The sophomore guard recorded 19 points in the Lancers’ 88-72 setback to WPI on Tuesday. He also collected three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will once again be the home to WACBA this winter, and will post the weekly awards every Tuesday morning. Selections will also be published in the Telegram & Gazette each Wednesday as part of Jen Toland’s Campus Notes. Make sure to keep up with WACBA (@WACBAHoops) for up-to-date news, notes, scores and more, while also following Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11).