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 Men’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) Men’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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DeAnte Bruton capped an impressive career with the Bison by placing first in program history in field goals made (863). (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Year: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton capped an impressive career with the Bison by securing the top spot in the program’s history for field goals made (863) while securing the second position in multiple categories, including scoring (2,334 points), three-pointers (226) and steals (226). He currently ranks fourth all-time in free throw (382) while placing sixth in the record book in scoring average (20.6 points per game) and seventh in free throw percentage. Bruton, who became the fourth student-athlete in program history to net 2,000th points, secured multiple first-team honorees at the conclusion of the regular and postseason from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), D3Hoops.com, National Association of Basketball Coaches, and NoontimeSports.com.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Crusaders this past season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr.|Winchendon, Mass.): Named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Pridgen concluded an impressive first season with the Crusaders that culminated in spots on the league’s all-rookie team and third-team. The Winchendon, Massachusetts native averaged 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while hitting 55.8 percent of his field-goal attempts. He led the team in both scoring and rebounding while finishing fourth in the conference in scoring, sixth in field goal percentage, and seventh in rebounding. His 521 total points scored on the year were the second-most in both Holy Cross and Patriot League history.


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WPI men’s basketball coach Chris Bartley guided the Engineers to a 20-8 overall record this season, along with an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year: Chris Bartley (WPI): Bartley guided the Engineers to a 20-win season, the program’s third-straight appearance in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament championship, and a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in his 19-years coaching the WPI men’s basketball team. With a 20-8 overall record, Bartley has now guided the Engineers to 20 wins or more in 14 of 19 seasons.


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

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 9th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Monday – where did this past weekend go?

The good news about today is the weather: it is going to be gorgeous, so make sure to get outside and enjoy the sun.

Let’s kick-start a new week – well, a new work week, to be exact! – with a brand new Daily Noontime. Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile, too.

The Boston Celtics did not play their best basketball on Sunday as the Green and White were edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-104, at the TD GardenGordon Hayward led the Celtics with 24 points while Jayson Tatum added 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Marcus Smart recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston will attempt to return to the win column tomorrow – that would be Tuesday, March 10th, to be exact – when they visit the Indiana Pacers for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

As of this morning, the Celtics remain locked in the third position in the Eastern Conference but need to find their groove down the stretch in order to catch the Toronto Raptors for the second spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Hayward told reporters after his team’s loss to the Thunder that the Celtics were not going to blame the setback on Kemba Walker, who turned the ball over with 8.5 seconds remaining. Instead, Hayward told reporters that the Celtics “lost this game together.”

After a successful road trip down south, the Boston Bruins fell apart at home on Saturday, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-3. Tuukka Rask denied 20 of 24 shots in the setback while Charlie McAvoy tallied one goal and one assist.

Boston will visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Boston Red Sox will play another spring training game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Boston edged the Minnesota Twins on Sunday by a score of 7-6 after splitting two games on Saturday with the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

And just in case you were wondering, we’re roughly two weeks away from the start of a brand new season, which seems crazy, right?

According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Harvard University‘s Seth Towns will compete for another team next season as a grad student – he is considering multiple programs, including KansasVirginia, and Syracuse. Towns has not appeared on the court this winter due to an injury – he also missed last season, too, but was named to the Lou Henson Award watch list, though.

The Holy Cross women’s basketball team will host Lafayette College this evening in the Patriot League quarterfinals. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinals. Holy Cross has won three-straight contests, including its final game of the 2019-20 regular season.

Yale University secured the top seed in this weekend’s Ivy League men’s basketball tournament while Princeton University is the number one seed in the women’s tournament.

The Ivy League tournaments will begin on Friday, March 13th and conclude Sunday, March 15th.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, March 5th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

It’s Thursday, which means we need to work extra hard for another weekend – it will be here tomorrow (rejoice!), so make sure to drink extra water this morning and afternoon.

The Wednesday wind has vanished it seems – I am not hearing the whistling like I did yesterday (outside my office), which is a good sign, right? There may be snow on the horizon – that would be tomorrow, to be exact – but then the warmer weather will return, which certainly makes me happy (and I hope you, as well).

Let’s have another great day by starting it with the Daily Noontime – enjoy, everyone!

Good News: The Boston Celtics snapped their two-game losing streak. Yep, the Boston Celtics returned to their winning ways last night without a good chunk of their marquee players and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 112-106.

Jayson Tatum returned to the lineup after being sidelined with an illness earlier this week and netted a team-high 32 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists.

With the win, the Celtics improve to 42-19 and will return to action tomorrow night when they host the Utah Jazz for an 8 p.m. tip-off.

Boston caps its two-game Florida trip this evening: The Boston Bruins will look to depart Florida with another win – they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, on Tuesday evening and have a chance to pick up two more points this evening against the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m.

While the Bruins were idle last night, one of their former players, Johnny Boychuk, needed 90 stitches to his “eyelid after being hit in the face with a skate.” Luckily, the current New York Islanders defensemen did not suffer any damage to his eye (sigh of relief!).

The Boston Red Sox received some good news yesterday regarding Chris Sale and that is he will not need Tommy John surgery. This is certainly good news, but it is inevitable that something will have to happen (or at least help the pitcher alleviate the pain or discomfort) going forward.

Will he need surgery in the future? Perhaps, but maybe the Red Sox should consider signing a free agent or two to sure up the pitching staff.

The Babson College men’s lacrosse team scored their first win over Endicott College yesterday since 2003. Babson erased a one-goal deficit at the break to beat the Gulls and improve to 3-1 overall.

Ethan Carpenter matched his career-high with five points on four assists and one goal while Chi Chi Price netted two goals in the win.

As for the Endicott women’s lacrosse team, they scored an impressive win against Trinity College to improve to 2-0 this season. Gabriella Prisco and Maya Feigenbaum each recorded three goals and one assist in the win.

James Santoro scored the game-winning goal for the Engineers in double-overtime yesterday as MIT outlasted UMass Dartmouth to improve to 2-1 overall. Three members of the Engineers finished Wednesday’s epic contest with two goals while Andrew Palleiko turned aside a season-high 10 shots.

Lauren Manis netted her 2,000th career point last night as the Holy Cross women’s basketball team cruised past Loyola (Md.) and secured a home date with Lafayette next Monday, March 9th in the Patriot League Tournament.

Manis is now the third player in program history to net 2,000 points or more – she joins Amy O’Brien (2,075 points) and Sherry Levin (2,253 points).

Finally, we’re one day away from the start of the 2020 NCAA D-III Basketball Tournament and one team you should certainly keep your eyes on is Smith College, which captured its first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown on Sunday.

And one of the players you should watch on Smith tomorrow is first-year Jessie Ruffner, who finished Sunday’s championship game with 15 points and a game-high four steals.

D3 Lacrosse: Batty Tabbed Babson College Men’s Lacrosse Coach

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Rocky Batty, a former volunteer coach at Boston University and high school coach at Wellesley, was recently named the new Babson College men’s lacrosse coach. (PHOTO CREDIT: Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

Rocky Batty is returning to the Wellesley area.

The former Wellesley High School boy’s lacrosse coach was recently named the new men’s lacrosse coach at Babson College, taking over for Brendan Gorman, who spent nine seasons at Babson Park before resigning this past May.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” Batty said in Wednesday’s release via the Babson athletics website.

“Babson is a special place and I wouldn’t be here without the support of my family, my friends, former players and coaches, and all of the great lacrosse people I’ve been lucky to be around through the years. I’m also very thankful to coach Al Brown for giving me my first stick, introducing me to lacrosse, and instilling in me passion and respect for this great game.”

Batty spent this past season as a volunteer coach with the Boston University men’s lacrosse team, assisting head coach Ryan Polley and the Terriers to an appearance in the Patriot League semifinals. He was involved in all facets of the program, including the squad’s face-off unit where he helped rising sophomore Sean Christman go 34-of-49 in his final two contests against Duke University and Loyola Maryland.

Prior to joining the Terriers, Batty oversaw the Wellesley boy’s lacrosse program, coaching the Raiders for 10 seasons (2008-2017). The Raiders concluded their 2011 regular season undefeated, while the 2012 squad advanced to the MIAA East Division 2 finals. Batty concluded his time in Wellesley with a record of 148-63.

Prior to coaching the Raiders, he oversaw the Brookline High School boy’s lacrosse team from 1999-2006.

According to Wednesday’s release from Boston University, Batty becomes the program’s second coach to accept a head coaching role with another program. Drew Kelleher, a former assistant for the Terriers, will begin his fourth season this upcoming school year with Manhattan.


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