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Player Perspective: Michael Pina (Nichols College)

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Michael Pina threw for a career-best 329 yards this past weekend, along with three touchdowns, which helped Nichols College outlast the University of New England in four-overtimes. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jill Souza)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

For quarterback Michael Pina, last Saturday’s four-overtime win against the University of New England had the feel of a dramatic movie – it seemed as if it would never end.

“It was wild to be a part of a game like that,” said Pina. “It felt like we were in a movie.”

But eventually, the game would conclude with Pina’s team scoring the game-winning touchdown – a two-yard plunge by junior halfback Joshua Pierre-Charles – which helped Nichols College escape with a 51-48 victory.

Pina concluded the game by throwing for a career-best 329 yards, while also rushing for a season-high 53 yards on nine carries. He tossed three touchdowns, too, which helped the Bison move to 5-2 for the first time since 2001.

For his effort against UNE, Pina was named this week’s recipient of the New England Football Writers Association Gold Helmet Award for Division II/III, which is presented by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Pina, as noted in Monday’s release about the Gold Helmet award, is currently second all-time in program history in touchdown passes (30) and fourth in passing yards (3,442).

Following Saturday’s exciting win, Noontime Sports caught-up with Pina to discuss what it was like to be a part of a four-overtime contest and what his team’s outlook is for this upcoming week’s contest against Husson University.

Tell me about this past week’s effort from your offense and defense. What was the takeaway from both you and your teammates following an exciting four-overtime win against UNE? 

This past week’s game was the most exciting game most of us have ever played in. We fought through a lot of adversity on both sides of the ball to come out with the win.

No matter what I can always count on the guy to my left and right to give it (their best) effort. Our offensive line was huge in the run game and that all starts with the great leadership from senior captain Sam Gallant. We were able to rush the ball for four touchdowns.

You threw for a career-high 329 yards in the win. Did you imagine you would throw the ball that much against the Nor’easters? 

I wouldn’t say that I imagined (I was going to throw that much against UNE), however, I am always ready to do whatever our coaches ask of me. Whether it is throwing the ball, running the ball or even blocking a defender, (I’ll do what is needed to help our team win).

Your team is still in contention for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title, so what is the mindset heading into another game week this week?  

The mindset heading into another game is to go 1-0 this week. That has been our goal every week this season. Whatever week it is, we must give full attention to that opponent.

Do you think the offense and defense are peaking at the right time? 

Yes, I do believe the offense and defense are peaking at the right time. I also believe our special teams are peaking at the right time, too.

I feel as if all three units can attack the opponent in multiple ways, which makes us dangerous (heading into the final three weeks of the regular season).

Finally – and I know it is only Wednesday – but what must you (and your teammates) do to be successful again this Saturday against Husson?

We have to have the best week of practice we’ve had all year long. Husson University is a team that won multiple championships in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). They will be extremely well-coached and will want to come to our home field and beat us.

The Early Preseason Outlook: Nichols College Bison

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ college football coverage resumes with a closer look at the Nichols College Bison, who begin their season on Friday, September 6th when they visit Dean College for a 7 p.m. kick-off.

The Bison’s 2018 Season: Nichols enjoyed its best season since 2016 by finishing with a 5-5 mark, including a 4-2 record in Dudley, Massachusetts.

The Bison won three of six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) games while scoring non-conference wins against Anna Maria College and Alfred State.

Nichols ended its campaign with a 39-29 win over Curry College, which seemed to provide the unit with some momentum and excitement for the upcoming season.

Hunter Ferreira, who was a first-year wide-out last season, ended the season by recording a career-high 109 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his team’s win over Curry. His impressive effort resulted in him being tabbed the conference’s offensive player of the week.

Coach Dale Olmsted was named the Worcester Area Football Association Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons, while seven Bison were named to the 2018 squad.

The 2019 Outlook: The Bison graduated 11 student-athletes from last year’s squad, including halfback Jacob Duffrene, who led the rushing attack with 794 yards on 103 carries and nine touchdowns.

McCoy Scott also graduated after enjoying an impressive final season with the Bison by tallying 99.0 total tackles, including 14.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. Scott also forced two fumbles, recovering one, while recording one interception.

But despite some graduation losses, the Bison will return some key pieces of last year’s squad, including quarterback Michael Pina, wide receiver Hunter Ferreira, and linebackers Christopher LawrenceMichael Spraulding, and Sean McGuigan.

Additionally, Jared Abbruzzese returns in the secondary, while Patrick Porter will be spotted up front on the defensive line.

Sam Gallant returns to the offensive line for his final season – he was named to Worcester Area Football Association team last fall, while also being honored by the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Gallant has been a leader for the Bison’s offense the past few seasons and will certainly be counted on this fall with helping the team continue its winning ways.

Nichols’ Schedule: The Bison will be challenged immediately by a trio of non-conference squads, including Dean, a team to keep an eye on in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Games against Coast Guard Academy and Anna Maria won’t be easy, as well.

Nichols hops into conference play during the final weekend of September when they host Salve Regina before traveling to Western New England.

Weeks later, the Bison will close out their schedule with two marquee contests against Husson University (November 2nd) and Endicott College (November 16th).

Players to Watch: Michael Pina (Quarterback/Brockton, Mass.), Hunter Ferreira (Wide Receiver/Mansfield, Mass.), Daniel Espinosa (Kicker/Tamarac, Fla.), Sam Gallant (Offensive Line/Gardner, Mass.), Christopher Lawrence (Linebacker/Newport, N.H.), Michael Spraulding (Linebacker/Lithonia, Ga.), Sean McGuigan (Linebacker/Charlton, Mass.), Jared Abbruzzese (Defensive Back/Natick, Mass.), and Patrick Porter (Defensive Line/Natick, Mass.).


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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Dec. 4th)

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WORCESTER  Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means its time to unveil our fourth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Men’s Player of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Soph. | Leicester, Mass.):Morrow averaged a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 74 percent from the floor in a pair of conference wins for the Bison last week. He dropped in 18 points and pulled down seven boards in a win over Salve Regina on Wednesday, then posted 18 points and pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds in a win over arch rival Endicott. Morrow is averaging 14.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in six games this season.

Hassell WEB WACBA WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Eddie Hassell (Worcester State | Fr. | Milton, Mass.): The two-time reigning MASCAC Rookie of the Week helped the Lancers score back-to-back wins over Lasell College and Connecticut College by averaging seven points and four rebounds. Against the Lasers, Hassell netted eight points on 3 of 7 shooting, while adding two points at the free throw line. Additionally, he recorded four rebounds and one block in the win, too. Against the Camels, he stuffed the stat sheet with six points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one assist.

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Kareem Davis (Becker College | Sr.| Lowell, Mass.): Davis averaged 24.3 points per game over three games this past week, with 5.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals. The senior team captain shot 45 percent from the floor and 32 percent from behind the arc. Unquestionably the highlight of his season so far came on Tuesday as the Hawks hosted Springfield College, who had been ranked #7 in the country the week before. Davis scored a career-high 34 points to lead Becker to the upset victory, their first of the season.

Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Soph.|Oakland, Calif.): Led the team with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals at Harvard. He also made all five of his three-point attempts at Harvard, to tie the school single-game record for three-point percentage. He then totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. For the week, Grandison averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals on the week, while hitting 54.5 percent from three-point range.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Jr.|West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski narrowly missed a double-double with 9.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as the 6-0 Engineers went 2-0 last week. He began with 11 points and a game-best 10 rebounds at Tufts on Tuesday. The local product then scored eight points and hauled in 11 boards in a WACBA showdown Saturday at Fitchburg State.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Jr.|Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy averaged 15 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as the Lancers went 2-0 on the week. McCarthy opened the week with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double in a win over Lasell College on Thursday, before putting up 14 points in a win over Connecticut College on Saturday. McCarthy currently ranks second on the Lancers with 13.1 points per game.


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ICYMI: Marcos Echevarria Netted His 2,000th Point In Nichols’ 85-64 Win Over Endicott

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Marcos Echevarria netted his 2,000th point on Saturday, Dec. 1st in his team’s big win over Endicott College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

Marcos Echevarria netted 22 points last night, including his 2,000th point of his collegiate career as Nichols College defeated Endicott College, 85-64.

Echevarria became the third student-athlete in program to net 2,000 points when he connected on a made three-point attempt late in the second half.

The made three-point attempt allowed Echevarria to become the third student-athlete in program history to net 2,000 points or more in a four-year career – he currently trails Ryan Sheehan (2,106) and Bills Collins (2,014) on the all-time list.

Through six games this season, Echevarria leads all scorers with 127 points. He has sunk 25 of 64 three-point attempts and has averaged 21.2 points per game. He scored a season-high 29 points in his team’s win over Trinity College last month, while registering his first double-double of the season on 23 points and 10 rebounds last week against Salve Regina.

Echevarria and the Bison are 6-0 for the first time since Nichols began its 1959-60 season with seven-straight wins. Nichols will have a chance to match that start when they travel to Curry College on Tuesday, December 4th. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Three (Nov. 27th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means its time to unveil our third Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr.| Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 24 points and shot 52 percent from the field as the Bison took down a pair of NESCAC opponents and remained perfect on the season (4-0) – their best start since the 1959-60 campaign. He dropped in 19 points to go with six boards and three steals against Wesleyan University on Tuesday before netting 23 of his game-high 29 points in the second half of Sunday’s win over Trinity College. Echevarria also averaged 39 minutes and shot 50 percent from behind the arc (11-of-21).

CONNLEY WEB WACBA WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Cal Connelly (Assumption College | Fr. | Rochester, N.H.):Connelly had a strong week for the Hounds, averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.6 percent overall and 58.3 percent from downtown. The first-year scored 16 points with four triples, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a tight loss at Georgian Court. Connelly followed it up with a career-high 17 points, including three triples and four rebounds in a 23-point win over NYIT.

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Tyler Davern (Clark University | Soph. | Webster, Mass.): In an overtime setback to Anna Maria College last week, the second year forward netted a team-high 25 points on 10 of 18 shooting, while adding eight rebounds (four offensive caroms), three assists and one steal.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Jr. | Southbridge, Mass.): Watkins Jr. was the Lancers’ leading scorer last week when Worcester State travel to WPI for a non-conference pre-Thanksgiving Day clash. The junior tallied 16 points, four rebounds, including a pair of offensive carroms, along with one assist and one steal.

Reid Walker (WPI | Soph. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker, the first-ever NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Defensive Athlete of the Week, notched 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in Tuesday’s successful meeting with Worcester State. The sophomore also handed out three assists and recorded a block. On the season, Walker leads the Engineers in both scoring (13.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.8 rebounds), and second on the team in assists with 15.


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