Mass. College Hoops: Wednesday Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Below are results and game summaries from various men’s and women’s contests this evening.

Men’s Basketball

BC 62, No. 1 Syracuse 59 (OT): The Eagles outscored the Orangemen, 45-34 during the final two sessions, including overtime as Boston College handed Syracuse its first setback of the season. Olivier Hanlan paced the Maroon and Gold with 20 points, while Ryan Anderson stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, 14 rebounds (11 on defense), four assists, two blocks and one steal. The win snapped a five-game skid for BC.

BU 71, American 62: Dom Morris scored a game-high 16 points, while Maurice Watson Jr. added 13 points as the Terriers defeated Eagles and improved to 20-8 overall and 13-2 in Patriot League Play.

No. 12 WPI 58, Wheaton 46: Sam Longwell scored 13 points, Domenick Mastascusa recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench as the Engineers defeated the Lyons and secured its ninth conference regular season title in the last 11 years. Agyei Gregory paced Wheaton with 13 points.

Elms 94, Mitchell 84: Andre French recorded a game-best 23 points, along with nine rebounds as the Blazers capped the regular season with their 14th overall win, 12th in NECC play.

Endicott 85, Wentworth 67: Lachlan Magee scored a game-best 16 points, while John Henault added 11 points as the Gulls defeated the Leopards. Ray Bessette paced Wentworth with 16 points.

Mount Ida 70, Norwich 66 (OT): Michael Joseph scored 15 points off the bench, including a triple at the end of regulation that forced an extra session, along with a free-throw in overtime, which lifted the Mustangs over the Cadets.

Wheelock 71, Regis 65: Paul Coucci scored 20 points and grabbed eight boards, Anthony Williams registered 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal as the Wildcats concluded their season with a victory over the Pride. Osanto Marc Jr. led Regis with 20 points.

Women’s Basketball

Holy Cross 90, Lafayette 76: Brisje Malone tallied 15 points and a game-best six rebounds, as well as became the program’s 30th player to net 1,000 career points as the Crusaders defeated the Leopards.

No. 1 Bentley 95, So. New Hampshire 55: Lauren Battista netted 16 points and recorded eight rebounds, three assists and two steals as the Falcons soared to their 24th straight victory. Courtney Finn registered 13 points, eight boards and six assists in the win.

Emmanuel 68, Johnson & Wales 59: Jennifer Bujnowski paced the Saints with 12 points, while Vanessa Bramante and Sarah Higgins each scored 11 points, respective, as Emmanuel defeated Johnson & Wales and improved to 9-0 in conference play.

MIT 57, Babson 56: Osheiza Otori recorded a layup with 41 seconds remaining, which provided the Engineers the lead for good as MIT defeated Babson in Babson Park. MIT’s Mari Kordell led all scorers with 23 points, while Linnett Graber paced the Beavers with 13 points. Jennifer Narle and Briana Hunt each netted 11 points in the setback.

Wellesley 54, Wheaton 52: Kendall Bianchi‘s layup with eight seconds remaining pushed the Blue ahead for good as Wellesley defeated Wheaton for the second time this season. Wellesley’s Leslie Leong led all scorers with 20 points, while Kiley Shoemaker and Laura Pierce combined for 22 points, 20 rebounds and five assists for Wheaton.

Suffolk 56, Anna Maria 51: Iliana Quadri scored 19 points, as well as recorded five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals, which helped the Rams defeat the AMCATs. Trafficia Warburton paced Anna Maria with 16 points.

Mass. College Hoops: Saturday D2 Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the results and game summaries from the various Division 2 contests this afternoon.

Men’s Basketball

St. Michael’s 69, Bentley 66: Jasper Grassa recorded five points during the final 11 seconds, including three free throws, but it wasn’t enough to force overtime as the Purple Knights fended off a late Falcons rally en route to their 17th win of the year, 12th in Northeast-10 Conference play. Grassa led Bentley with 13 points, as well as registered six rebounds, three assists and one steal, while Tyler McFarland netted 12 points.

Assumption 68, Merrimack 63: The Greyhounds rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Warriors in Worcester. Asssumption’s Jimmy Zenevitch finished with a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds, along with four assists, one steal and one block. JT Strickland paced Merrimack with 19 points.

So. New Hampshire 73, Stonehill 49: Ryan Logan and Josh Heyliger each netted nine points, while Pierce Cumpstone scored seven points off the bench, but it wasn’t enough to help the Skyhawks top the Penmen.

Women’s Basketball

Stonehill 79, Southern New Hampshire 58: Mary Louise Dixon and Amy Pelletier combined for 30 points, while Asia Ewing added 15 points off the bench as the Skyhawks defeated the Penmen in Manchester, New Hampshire. Dixon finished the contest with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 1 Bentley 84, St. Michael’s 52: Courtney Finn and Lauren Battista combined for 30 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists as the Falcons defeated the Purple Knights and improved to 23-0.

Assumption 67, Merrimack 56: Assumption’s Caitlin Ackerman stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal as the Greyhounds defeated the Warriors in Worcester. Aria Johnson led Merrimack with 12 points.

Mass. College Hoops: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the weather getting cooler (well, not exactly today!) and basketball season in full tilt, it’s time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for this weekend.

Men’s Basketball:

No. 21 UMass vs. BYU: The Minutemen will look to earn their eight win of the season when they host the Cougars for a 1:30 p.m. tip. BYU enters the game having won two of their last three and three of their last four, while UMass junior Cady Lalanne is averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game and 11.4 rebounds.

Harvard at Boston University: The Crimson will attempt to earn their fifth straight victory, along with their ninth overall win when they travel across the Charles River for the second time this week to face the Terriers. Harvard’s Wesley Saunders is averaging a team-best 15.1 points per game, while BU’s Maurice Watson Jr. ranks first on the Terriers in assists per game (5.6). BU, which has won four straight, will look to earn their fifth consecutive victory, along with their seventh overall victory.

Bentley vs. St. Michael’s: After seeing their seven-game winning streak conclude on Wednesday, the Falcons will look to rebound against a 6-2 St. Mike’s squad, which enters the contest having won one of their last three contests. Keep an eye on Bentley’s Tyler McFarland, who ranks fourth in the Northeast-10 Conference in points per game (20.4). He’s also fifth in rebounds (8.9) and three-point percentage (52.6).

Springfield at Williams: After losing to Hampden-Sydney, the Pride has rebounded with back-to-back wins against Penn St.-New Kensington and Trinity (Conn.). They’ll look to earn their sixth win of the season against Williams, which hasn’t lost since their first game of the season. Daniel Wohl leads the Ephs with 17.7 points per game, while Michael Mayer ranks first in rebounds (10.3). Robbie Burke leads Springfield with 80 points and 45 boards, while Alex Garstka ranks second in points with 79.

Eastern Nazarene at Endicott: The Lions, winners of six straight, will look to earn their seventh victory of the season, as well as well as their second Commonwealth Coast Conference win when they travel to Beverley to face Endicott. The Gulls commenced their season with four straight wins before dropping their last two games to Gordon and Rivier. Eastern Nazarene’s Jaylen Owens ranks second in the conference in points per game (18.2), while Endicott’s Taylor Rioux is second in field goal percentage (65.5).

Women’s Basketball:

Harvard vs. Long Beach State @ Phoenix, Ariz.: The Crimson will take their 6-2 record on the road this weekend when they travel to the Grand Canyon to face Long Beach State in the first round of the Arizona State classic. Keep an eye on Christine Clark (19.4 points per game) and Melissa Mullins (9.1 rebounds per game).

Fordham at Holy Cross: The Crusaders will look to earn their seventh straight victory when they host a Rams squad that recently won the Lady Rebel Round-Up tournament against Cincinnati in Las Vegas. Holy Cross’ ‘hot start’ is their best start in over 30 years. Holy Cross has also scored 70 points in every contest this season, including 92 points against UMass Lowell. Alex Smith leads the unit with 98 points.

So. New Hampshire at Stonehill College: The Skyhawks, winners of two straight, as well as three of their last four, will look to earn their seventh win of the season when they host the Penmen in Easton. Stonehill is 3-1 in NE-10 play this season. On Wednesday, the Skyhawks defeated Assumption, 79-68, thanks to 21 points, five assists and five rebounds from Mary Louis Dixon, as well as 14 points and nine boards from Tori Faieta.

Wesleyan at Williams College: The Ephs haven’t lost a regular season contest since last season when Smith College topped Williams, 53-49. Since then, Williams has won 11 straight, including seven this season. They’ll look to extend their current streak to 12 when they host Wesleyan for an important New England Small College Athletic Conference matchup. Keep an eye on Kellie Macdonald, who’s averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game.

Wheaton College at Clark University: Can the Lyons make it seven in a row? Wheaton, which has been one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far, is coming off a 77-52 win over Emerson College on Wednesday. Wheaton has registered 70 points or more in five contests this season. Clark has won three of the last four meetings, including both games last season. Keep an eye on Wheaton’s Abbie Brickley and Kiley Shoemaker, as well as Clark’s senior trio, which includes Emily Reilly, Ashleigh Condon and Megan Grondin.

Mass. College Soccer: Updated NCAA Soccer Brackets

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Div. II and III NCAA soccer tournaments kicked off last weekend, and some Massachusetts teams managed to advance to this weekend’s third round.

Here is a look at the remaining squads in each division.

Div. II Men’s Soccer

* UMass Lowell earned back-to-back wins against Post and LIU Post in the first and second round, which earned them a date with Northeast-10 Conference foe Southern New Hampshire on Friday, Nov. 16 in the third round.

Div. III Men’s Soccer

* Following a first round bye, Amherst College defeated Dickinson, 4-0. The Lord Jeffs will remain at home for their third round matchup against Swarthmore College on Saturday, Nov. 17.

* Brandies University and Williams College will tangle in the third round in Amherst on Nov. 17, too, and the winner will meet Amherst or Swarthmore in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Div. III Women’s Soccer

* Brandies University earned a spot in the third round following wins against Lasell and Union. The Judges will face-off against SUNY Cortland on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Ithaca, New York.

* MIT will take on Messiah on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Grantham, Pennsylvania. The Engineers first two wins came against Haverford and TCNJ.

* Wheaton College will face Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Lyons secured a spot in the third round with wins against Westfield State and Williams College.

Mass. College Soccer: Quarterfinals/Semi-Finals Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The soccer quarterfinals and semi-finals for some conferences will either commence today, tomorrow or Saturday. So, here is the updated schedule.

A-10: UMass’ women’s soccer team secured the seventh seed in this year’s conference tournament and will play their first match this evening against Dayton at 5PM.

ACC: Boston College’s men’s soccer team will be one of nine teams competing for Atlantic Coast Conference glory beginning on Monday, Nov. 5. The Eagles currently reside in fourth place with an 8-4-4 record (3-1-3 conference).

CCC: Men’s Soccer Semifinals (Gordon College at Salve Regina, 2PM/ Nichols College at Roger Williams, 4PM)

Women’s Soccer Semifinals (Eastern Nazarene at Gordon College, 2PM/ Endicott at Roger Williams, 7PM)

GNAC: Women’s Soccer Semifinals (Simmons College at St. Joseph (CT) 1PM/ Emmanuel College at Lasell College, 1:30PM @ Boston University’s Nickerson Field)

Ivy League: Both Harvard soccer teams still have a few regular season games remaining and will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Little East Conference: Men’s Soccer Semifinals (UMass Dartmouth at Keene State, 6PM)

MASCAC: Men’s Soccer Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 (Westfield State at Framingham State, 2PM/ Bridgewater State at Salem State, 7PM)

Women’s Soccer Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 (Salem State at Westfield State, 7PM/ Bridgewater State at Worcester State 7PM)

NE-10: Men’s Soccer Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 (Franklin Pierce at Merrimack College, 7PM/ UMass Lowell at So. New Hampshire, 7PM)

Women’s Soccer Semifinals on Friday Nov. 2 (Adelphi at Merrimack College, 4PM)

NESCAC: Men’s Soccer Semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Williams College (Tufts vs. Williams College, 11AM/ Wesleyan vs. Amherst College, 1:30PM)

Women’s Soccer Semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Williams College (Wesleyan at Williams College, 11AM/ Bowdoin College vs. Amherst College, 1:30PM)

NEWMAC: Men’s Soccer Semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Babson College (Babson College vs. MIT, 10:30AM/ Coast Guard vs. Springfield College, 1:30PM)

Women’s Soccer Semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Springfield College (Babson College vs. Springfield College, 12PM/ MIT vs. Wheaton College, 3PM)