WACBA Hoops: Holy Cross’ Manis and Nichols’ Echevarria Headline 2018 All-WACBA Awards


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


Morgan O’Donnell Easton, Mass. Jr.


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.


D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s basketball Final Top 10 (March 20th, 2018)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2017-18 New England D3 Basketball season concluded last weekend with Springfield College competing in the semifinals – a.k.a. the “Final Four.”

The Pride enjoyed an exciting run to Salem, Virginia, scoring a quartet of wins, including a third-round victory over Hamilton College, which earned the third position in our final poll.

MIT checked-in second overall – the Engineers also enjoyed an exciting postseason run as well, but saw their bid for a spot in the semifinals come-up short against Ramapo College in the Sectional Finals.

Middlebury College and Williams College rounded out the top five spots, checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

As always, stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter, and make sure to toss our new basketball Twitter handle (@Noontime_Hoops) a follow, too!

Men’s Basketball Top 10 – Final 2017-18 Poll 

1. Springfield College

22-9, 12-2 NEWMAC

2. MIT

25-6, 10-4 NEWMAC

3. Hamilton College

24-5, 7-3 NESCAC

4. Middlebury College

21-7, 7-3 NESCAC

5. Williams College

23-6, 7-3 NESCAC

6. Eastern Connecticut St. 

26-4, 13-1 LEC

7. Wesleyan University

22-7, 7-3 NESCAC

8. Nichols College

25-4, 16-2 CCC

9. Salem State 

22-4, 12-0 MASCAC

10. Amherst College

17-9, 7-3 NESCAC

ON THE RISE: Johnson & Wales (19-10, 13-3 GNAC) and Southern Vermont (22-6, 12-2 NECC)

D3 Lacrosse Mid-Week Notebook: CGA Outlasts Wesleyan, Emerson Off To 3-0 Start

CGA Lacrosse

Anthony Wyler’s game-winning goal in overtime on Tuesday helped the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team top Wesleyan University in an exciting non-conference clash. (Photo Credit: Paul Duddy)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was an exciting finish last night in New London, Connecticut as the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team stunned the second-ranked Wesleyan University Cardinals in overtime by a score of 10-9.

The win was the Bears’ third-straight of the 2018 season. Prior to defeating the Cardinals, CGA topped Eastern Connecticut (15-7) and Norwich University (17-1).

“The guys are pumped,” Coast Guard Academy coach Ray Le Forte said one day after his team’s exciting win. “(And) so is the campus, too.”

Coast Guard led Wesleyan, 9-8, with 5:24 remaining in the final session, but the Cardinals evened the score (9-9) and forced an extra session, thanks to a man-up goal from Christian Barker.

The Bears would counter 32 seconds into the extra session with Anthony Wyler, who rifled a shot from the top of the zone to secure an exciting and impressive one-goal victory.

Wyler concluded the contest with three goals and one assist, while Riley McNulty chipped in four goals and one assist. The game-winning goal was set-up by Matty Johnson, who concluded last night’s contest with one goal and one assist.

Courtesy of Coast Guard Academy Athletics, here is the game-winning goal, which has been a must-see on social media today! 

Tuesday’s win is certainly impressive one for a fourth-year program that has grown tremendously since its initial collegiate season in 2015.

Coast Guard Academy is coming off a 10-6 win season from a year ago, which saw the Bears win a program-best four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games.

The Bears will look to continue its early season momentum on Saturday, March 10 when they face Goucher College at 1 p.m. A few days later, the Bears will take on Ithaca College on Tuesday, March 13th at 1 p.m. with the contest taking place in Virginia Beach.

The Bears will begin conference play later this month when they host Clark University on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.

And one team the Bears will see later this season is Emerson College, which is also off to an impressive 3-0 start.

The Lions began their 2018 campaign with an impressive and hard-fought 13-12 win over Mount Ida College in double-overtime before defeating Lyndon State (7-4) and Albertus Magnus (10-9).

Emerson was initially scheduled to compete against Nichols College tomorrow (Thursday, March 8th), but due to this week’s nor-easter, the game has been postponed.

The Lions will return to action next Tuesday (Mar. 13th) when they host Thomas College at 6 p.m.

“We’re definitely starting to get there,” said Emerson coach Matt Colombini. “We have a lot of young talent and the returners that have been through it for a year now and know what we’re really expecting (of this program) and what being a college lacrosse player is, and they have turned the corner with that stuff.”

Colombini seems quite content about his team’s early season success, but knows his squad must keep the focus on playing a complete 60 minutes.

“I am excited to see in a couple weeks as we keep (working toward our goal of playing a complete game) where we end up and what our final product really looks like,” he said.

So far, Emerson has received some solid contributions from Jared Brush (13 goals, three assists) and Cameron Radenberg (two goals, nine assists). Additionally, a pair of first-years, Joe Meyers and Stevie Powers, have also contributed on the offensive end – the duo has combined for 12 points on seven goals and five assists, while Bailey Kennedy has also performed quite well between the pipes with 24 saves.

Following the team’s contest against Thomas, Emerson will face some challenging non-conference foes in Dean CollegeWentworth and UMass-Dartmouth. All three games – and yes, four, counting Thomas – will be good tests for the Lions, who hope to keep their early season momentum going later this spring.

“I think this year we have made the schedule much more challenging to get ready for NEWMAC games,” said Colombini. “The teams we have played (thus far) have been pretty good, but they have all been close, grind-it-out type of games, so at least we are finding a way to win right now, which is good.”

The team’s initial win over Mount Ida was certainly impressive – perhaps it could be   a game these Lions will look back on as motivation for more success later this season.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 13 (Tues., Feb. 27th)

WACBABy 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.


Men’s Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Soph. | New London, Conn.): DeAnte Bruton helped lead the Bison to their second-straight CCC Championship, averaging 25.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game over three games. Bruton scored 15 points to go with five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in a 100-68 win over Western New England. He followed that up with 34 points, including 25 in the second half, 10 rebounds, an assist, and three steals in an 89-75 win over Roger Williams. In the Championship game, Bruton scored 18 points in the first half before finishing with 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 98-89 win over Endicott. For the week, Bruton shot 57.1% (32-of-56) from the field and 47.1% (8-of-17) from beyond the arc.

Jacob Grandison

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Fr. | Oakland, Calif.): Grandison led the team in both games last week. He totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists in the victory over American before adding 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists at Colgate. For the week, he averaged 16.0 points 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals on the week, while hitting 55.0 percent of his field goal attempts and 87.5 percent of his free throws.


Honorable Mention: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to their second-straight CCC crown, averaging 24.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game over three contests. Echevarria recorded 21 points, one rebound, six assists, and two steals in a 100-68 win over Western New England. He followed that up with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in an 89-75 win over Roger Williams. In the Championship game, he scored 33 points, including 25 in the second half, to go with four rebounds, an assist and three steals in a 98-89 win over Endicott. For the week, Echevarria shot 45.3% (24-of-53) from the field and 41.7% (15-of-36) from beyond the arc.

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 26th)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III men’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 26th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past 11 polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 26th, 2018

1. Williams College 

22-5 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

2. Eastern Conn. St.

25-3 | LEC

Last Week: No. 1

3. Wesleyan University

21-6 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

4. Hamilton College

22-4 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 4

5. MIT

22-5 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 10

6. Nichols College

25-3 | CCC

Last Week: 8

7. Middlebury College 

19-6 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 9

8. Amherst College

17-9 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 6

9. Springfield College

18-8 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 7

10. Salem State 

22-4 | MASCAC

Last Week: No. 5 

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus (21-6|GNAC), Johnson & Wales (19-9 |GNAC), Keene State (19-9|LEC), New England College (NAC) and Tufts University (17-8|NESCAC)

D3 Hoops: Saturday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

A C-R-A-Z-Y day of conference tournament play is in the books – yes, we had some SERIOUS upsets and exciting finishes – and below are the various outcomes!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) 

Men’s Basketball: Nichols 98, Endicott 89For the second-straight year, the Bison of Nichols College captured the CCC title thanks to team-high 33 points from Marcos Echevarria.

Women’s Basketball: UNE 59, Roger Williams 40UNE jumped out to 23-9 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Hawks in the CCC championship. Four different UNE players netted double-figures, including Sam MacDonald, who scored a team-high 17 points.

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) 

Men’s Basketball: Johnson & Wales 84, Albertus Magnus 80The Wildcats erased a five-point deficit at the break to defeat the Falcons in Connecticut. Jarell Lawson (JWU) paced all scorers with 25 points, while pulling down eight caroms (two offensive rebounds, six defensive rebounds).

Women’s Basketball: St. Joseph’s 73, Suffolk 59A 25-6 run in the third quarter helped the Monks erase a one-point deficit at the break to defeat the Rams in the GNAC championship. Kelsi McNamara paced the Monks with 24 points. 

Little East Conference (LEC)

Men’s Basketball: Eastern Conn. 79, Keene State 62: Tarchee Brown poured in a game-high 21 points, while Carlos Gonzalez chipped in 19 points as the Warriors defeated the Owls to claim the LEC conference crown.

Women’s Basketball: UMass Boston 65, UMass Dartmouth 56The Beacons set the tone early, jumping out to a 19-12 lead before holding the Corsairs to just 13 points in the final frame as UMass Boston topped the Corsairs and claimed their first-ever LEC crown. Joie Grassi (UMass Boston) led all scorers with 26 points.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Men’s Basketball: Bridgewater State 77, Fitchburg State 72The Bears constructed a 13-point at the break before fending off a second half surge by the Falcons to secure the conference crown. Bridgewater’s Joseph Carty concluded the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Women’s Basketball: Westfield State 90, Framingham State 75: Lucy Barrett and Kierra McCarthy each netted 15 points as the Owls defeated the Rams for the second-straight year in the MASCAC championship.

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

Men’s Basketball: So. Vermont 67, Becker 62: Mike Pierre netted a game-high 24 points, while Andre Hodo stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block as Southern Vermont topped the Hawks of Becker in the NECC finale.

Women’s Basketball: Becker 60, Newbury 50: Cassidy Harrison netted a game-high 23 points to lead the Hawks past the Nighthawks for a NECC championship win.  

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan 65, Amherst 63: Nathan Krill drilled the game-winning trey with seven seconds remaining as the Cardinals topped the top-seeded Mammoths in Amherst. Krill concluded the contest with a game-high 29 points. The Cardinals will face

Men’s Basketball: Williams 76, Hamilton 73: Four members of the Williams men’s basketball team reached double-figures, including James Heskett, who netted 19 points as the Ephs outlasted the Continentals in the NESCAC semifinals.  

Women’s Basketball: Amherst 58, Wesleyan 31: Jackie Nagle and Madeline Eck combined for 24 points as the Mammoths topped the Cardinals in the NESCAC semis.  

Women’s Basketball: Tufts 60, Bowdoin 48: Erica DeCandido netted a game-high 17 points, while Jac Knapp added 16 points as the Jumbos defeated the Polar Bears in Amherst to set-up a conference and national championship rematch with the Mammoths. 

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 

Men’s Basketball: WPI 84, Springfield 80 (OT): Reid Walker netted a team-high 23 points, including a lay-up and freebie in overtime as the Engineers defeated Springfield in the NEWMAC semifinals. The Engineers will now face MIT, which topped Babson in the other semifinal.

Men’s Basketball: MIT 70, Babson 61: AJ Jurko recorded a double-double of 23 points and 11 assists, while Tim Roberts added 15 points and nine rebounds as the Engineers topped the defending national champions in the NEWMAC semifinal.

Women’s Basketball: WPI 64, Babson 56 (OT)Ama Biney netted netted 14 points, including a pair of freebies and a layup in an extra session as the Engineers topped the Beavers en routes to tomorrow’s conference championship.

Women’s Basketball: MIT 64, Smith 51The Engineers overcame a seven-point deficit at the start, ending the game on a 26-15 run to defeat the top-ranked Pioneers in the NEWMAC semifinals. MIT’s Kara Holinski led all scorers with 25 points.

North Atlantic Conference (NAC)

Men’s Basketball: New England 72, Colby-Sawyer 56: Jason Jones finished a perfect six-for-six from the field with 16 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds as the Pilgrims captured their first-ever NAC crown.

Women’s Basketball: Husson 76, Maine Maritime 58: Sami Ireland was one of five scorers to reach double-figures – she concluded today’s championship with 21 points – as the Hawks soared past the Mariners in the NAC finale.

D3 Hoops: Thursday Night Conference Tournament


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another evening conference tournament play in the books, it is time to unveil the Thursday Night Conference Tournament scoreboard!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) 

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Nichols 89, No. 4 Roger Williams 75
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 3 Endicott 86, No. 2 Gordon 70
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Univ. of New England 77, No. 4 Western New England 60
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 Roger Williams 58, No. 3 Endicott 50

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Albertus Magnus 97, No. 4 Lasell 86
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Johnson & Wales 80, No. 6 Suffolk 74
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 St. Joseph’s (Maine) 78, No. 5 Albertus Magnus 65
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Suffolk 73, No. 2 Emmanuel 68

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 4 Fitchburg State 90, No. 1 Salem State 81 (OT)
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Bridgewater State 102, No. 3 MCLA 93
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Westfield State 105, No. 4 Worcester State 80
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 Framingham State 71, No. 3 Bridgewater State 50

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 So. Vermont 71, No. 4 Lesley 51
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Becker 78, No. 3 Mitchell 73
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Newbury 61, No. 4 Elms 53
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Becker 75, No. 2 Mitchell 50