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Congrats to Kareem Davis of BeckerCollege, who became the men’s basketball program’s all-time leading scorer last night. The Lowell, Massachusetts native has now tallied 1,726 points in 102 games. This season, Davis, who is a guard for the Hawks, is averaging a career-best 21.0 points per game.
In addition to McFadden, other reporters, including Rob Dauster and Tim Murrayhave also confirmed via their sources that Engelstad will become the program’s next head coach, too.
Since taking over the Southern Vermont College men’s basketball program five years ago, Engelstad has compiled an impressive record of 104-34. He guided the Mountaineers this past season to a 22-6 ledger, which included a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament and a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Tournament crown.
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.
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
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.