All-WACBA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams (Tuesday, March 31st, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

With another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, it is time to unveil our All-Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season All-WACBA Teams for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the Worcester basketball season. 

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


WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Award

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards 


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (First Team)

Mike Rapoza 

Anna Maria College

Charlton, Mass.

Matthew Kelly 

Assumption College

North Potomac, Md.

Joe Pridgen

Holy Cross 

Winchendon, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Tyler Dion

Worcester State 

Barre, Mass.

Garrett Stephenson

WPI

Townsend, Mass.


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (Second Team)

Bobby Perette

Anna Maria College

Marshfield, Mass.

Malik Brown

Assumption College

Waldorf, Md.

Mateus Ribeiro

Becker College

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Biko Gayman 

Clark University

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Matt Morrow

Nichols College

Leicester, Mass.

Chris Cardoso

Worcester State 

Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Jake Wisniewski

WPI

West Brookfield, Mass.


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (First Team)

Amber Wilson

Anna Maria College

New York, N.Y.

Brianna Capacchione

Assumption College

Washington Township, N.J.

Hannah Favaloro

Clark University

Blackstone, Mass.

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross 

Franklin, Mass.

Avery LaBarbera

Holy Cross

Harrison, N.Y.

Mya Mosley 

Worcester State 

Worcester, Mass. 


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (Second Team)

Sierra Johnson

Anna Maria College

Brockton, Mass.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Natasha Pacheco

Becker College

Fairfax, Va. 

Angelina Marazzi

Fitchburg State 

Manchester, N.H. 

Isabella Nerney 

Nichols College

Guilford, Conn.

Catherine Sweeney

Worcester State 

Lowell, Mass.

Spencer Vinson

WPI

Los Angeles, Calif. 

 


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

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards (Tuesday, March 24th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our end of season Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball awards for our coach, player, and rookie of the year.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season WACBA honors for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the college basketball season. 

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


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Lauren Manis is one of just three active Division I players to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis averaged 18.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3 percent from three-point range to posting 69 assists and 27 blocks. She led the Patriot League in scoring and three-point percentage, while also ranking fourth in Division I with 20 double-doubles and fifth in Division I with 344 total rebounds. Manis finished her impressive career with 2,020 career points and 1,188 career rebounds while becoming Holy Cross’ only player in history – men’s or women’s basketball – and one of just three active Division I players to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Additionally, she broke program and league records in career rebounding; her rebound total tied for second in single-season school history. She was named to the All-Patriot League first team, becoming one of just eight players in league history to be named to the first or second-team four times.  


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Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco concluded her first season with the Hawks by averaging 11.7 rebounds per game with 8.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Natasha Pacheco (Becker | Fr.| Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco’s rookie season with the Hawks was extraordinary, as she was voted New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Year. Pacheco averaged 11.7 rebounds per game with 8.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals for the Hawks and was named WACBA Rookie of the Week three times as well as NECC Rookie of the Week on three occasions. The first-year player was further voted All-NECC, and her rebounding numbers were the most by a rookie player in Becker history. Overall, Pacheco led the Hawks in rebounding, assists, field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio. Pacheco is the third Hawk ever to be recognized as NECC Rookie of the Year, joining teammate Cassidy Harrison (after the 2016-2017 season) and former Becker great Tatiana Mojica (after the 2010-2011 season).


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Coach Karen Tessmer guided the Worcester State women’s basketball team to its second-straight MASCAC Tournament Championship this winter. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year: Karen Tessmer (Worcester State): Despite graduating four elite-level seniors from one year ago, coach Karen Tessmer still managed to lead the Worcester State women’s basketball team to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament finals for the second straight season. The Lancers finished one win shy of matching three former teams that won 20 contests but did score two impressive postseason wins over Fitchburg State University and Westfield State.


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

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 18th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

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

Noontime Sports is proud to partner 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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Temi Falayi averaged a double-double of 10.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week for Assumption College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Player of the Week: Temi Falayi (Assumption College | Jr. | Peabody, Mass.): Falayi averaged a double-double this week with 10.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game while shooting 40.9 percent from the floor. Falayi helped lead her team to a 53-40 win over Saint Michael’s on Tuesday where the junior forward contributed her seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and 20 rebounds. Falayi then went into Saturday against Stonehill and recorded 10 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for her eighth double-double.


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Becker College’s Natasha Pacheco averaged a double-double last week for the Hawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Natasha Pacheco (Becker College | Fr. | Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco once again showed her dominance in the paint as she averaged a double-double for the week with 11.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in Becker victories over Elms (68-63) and Dean (60-45). The rookie further averaged 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest, all while shooting an incredible 72.7 percent from the floor. At press time, Pacheco was leading the WACBA in rebounding while ranking seventh in assists per game.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxboro, Mass.): Harrison continued her outstanding senior season, averaging 27.5 points per game for the Hawks in two Becker victories, leading her team to wins over Elms College (68-63) and Dean College (60-45). The senior team captain shot 45.2 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from behind the arc, all while averaging 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.0 assists per contest.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, two assists and one steal per contest for the Falcons in two games. She notched a season-best 30 points, four boards, two assists, and two steals in a 79-67 triumph over Dean on Tuesday before adding 17 points, five caroms and two assists in an 86-58 setback to Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Mya Mosley (Worcester State | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Mosley went off for 22 points per game this week as the Lancers went a perfect 2-0 in league contests. Mosley opened the week with 16 points, six assists, and five rebounds in a win over Salem State on Wednesday, before scoring 28 points with four assists, three steals, and two rebounds against MCLA on Saturday.

Melanie Presseau  (WPI | Soph.|Manchester, NH): Presseau netted a team-best 14 points off the bench, shooting 5-7 from the field, including 4-6 from behind the three-point line to boost the Engineers’ postseason aspirations with a solid 65-33 victory over visiting Wheaton this past Saturday. The sophomore spearheaded a WPI bench effort that outscored their Lyon counterparts by a jaw-dropping 41-0 margin.


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

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 4th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

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

Noontime Sports is proud to partner 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 averaged a double-double for the Crusaders in a pair of games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Sr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords averaged a double-double for the Crusaders in a pair of games against Navy and Colgate. She tallied 12 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks against Navy before recording a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday at Colgate, her eighth double-double of the year. Swords continues to lead the Patriot League with a field goal percentage of .559 this season.  


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Natasha Pacheco average d7.7 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals in back-to-back games last week for Becker College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Natasha Pacheco (Becker College | Fr. | Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco continued to demonstrate her prowess in the paint this past week, averaging 13.0 rebounds per game with 7.7 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals, all while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor. Pacheco turned in a dominant performance in Becker’s 70-58 upset over Eastern Nazarene on Saturday, pulling down a career-high 20 rebounds to go along with seven points, four assists, three steals, and a block.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Sierra Johnson (Anna Maria | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): In a pair of games last week for the AMCATs, Johnson averaged 16.5 points and five rebounds. She began the past week netting 12 points while recording five rebounds and two steals against Saint Joseph’s (Maine) before tallying 21 points, five caroms, one assist, and one steal against Colby-Sawyer. 

Emme Poulin (Assumption College | Soph. | South Portland, Maine): Poulin averaged 14.5 points per game this week while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from three. In Assumption’s win over Southern Connecticut, Poulin scored 16 points and went 6-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 beyond the arc. Against Le Moyne, Poulin led the Hounds with 13 points and went 5-for-10 from the field and 3-for-7 from three-point land.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison posted another outstanding week for the Hawks, averaging 17.0 points per game with 4.7 steals and 2.0 rebounds per game over three games. Harrison was at her best in Saturday’s stunning 70-58 upset over top-seeded Eastern Nazarene, scoring 20 points with five steals.

Mya Mosley (Worcester State | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Senior Mya Mosley led the Lancers with 19 points in Worcester State 74-62 victory over Bridgewater State. Mosley also recorded six rebounds along with two blocks and two steals in the win. 

Melanie Presseau (WPI | Jr. | Manchester, NH):  Presseau registered a team-best 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor as the Engineers collected an important 75-59 NEWMAC home victory over Coast Guard on Saturday afternoon. The junior dished out three assists, added a pair of steals and drained two 3-pointers in the triumph.


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

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 7th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Happy New Year!

A few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area are in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth 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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Lauren Manis averaged 18.8 points and 12.0 rebounds in six contests for Holy Cross over the holiday break. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): In six games between Saturday, December 14th, 2019 and Saturday, January 4, 2020, Lauren Manis averaged 18.8 points and 12.0 rebounds as the Crusaders went 5-1. During that six-game stretch, the senior forward chipped in 14 assists, nine steals, and six blocks while shooting .519 from the field and .600 from 3-point range. She had five games with double-doubles, including a 28-point, 11-rebound showing against New Hampshire on Dec. 22; she had four straight games with 20 or more points. She opened conference play at Loyola on Jan. 2 with a 16-rebound, 13-point performance, and with 12 rebounds at Navy on Jan. 4, she became the third player in program history to surpass the 1,000-rebound mark for her career.


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Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco averaged 5.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game over three games for the Hawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Natasha Pacheco (Becker College | Freshman | Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco continued to show why she was one of the best rookies in the region during the holiday break by averaging 5.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game over three games. In Becker’s win at Lesley this past Saturday, the first-year was a dominant force in the paint, pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds while scoring ten points with five assists and a steal. Pacheco’s 19 boards matched the total for the entire Lesley team.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Riley Berry (Becker | Sophomore | Margate, Fla.): Berry averaged 10.3 points per game with 3.3 steals and 3.0 rebounds.  In Becker’s win at Lesley this past Saturday, the sophomore finished with 10 points on the day, including a career-high seven steals.

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Senior | Washington Township, N.J.):  Capacchione has been instrumental to Assumption’s success over the past few weeks, averaging 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in five contests while being the leading scorer in three of them. In the Hounds’ win over Caldwell, Capacchione put up eight points while adding four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Against Saint Michael’s she led the team with 19 points while adding six rebounds, four assists, and one block. She continued her success against District of Columbia where she led the Blue and White with 16 points and added seven rebounds. Capacchione also led the team with 21 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in the Hounds’ victory over Dominican. This past Sunday, Capacchione helped her team to their fifth consecutive victory by stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block.

Sierra Johnson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): Johnson concluded the holiday break by averaging 20.25 points in four contests with her best performance occurring this past weekend against Dean College. Johnson converted 12 of 18 shots against the Bulldogs, including three trifectas for a career-high 37 points. She finished one point shy of matching Meghan DePatsy‘s single-game record of 38 points.

Emily Sifferlen (Clark University | Sophomore | North Andover, Mass.): Since the last WACBA report, Sifferlen has been a player to watch – she averaged 24.75 points in four contests while netting a new career-high of 30 points in a late December setback to Drew. The second-year guard netted 26 points or more in three contests to bump her points per game average to 16.2 through 13 contests this season. Additionally, Sifferlen pulled down 12 rebounds, including a season-best eight caroms against Suffolk on Tuesday, December 10th, while tallying seven assists in all four contests. She is currently averaging 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, CA): Vinson, a Southern California native, had a strong showing in front of family and friends as the Engineers won both games on during their holiday trip.  The senior shared team-high honors with 14 points as the Crimson and Gray began their west coast swing with an 80-61 victory over Occidental.  Vinson then scored the first six points of the game and ended up with a double-double (career-high equaling 20 points and 10 rebounds) in a wire-to-wire in a 60-45 triumph over host Caltech.  Over the four games during break, the center averaged 13.8 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 64.1% from the floor.


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