Noontime’s Senior Salute: Spencer Vinson (WPI)

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WPI’s Spencer Vinson averaged 10.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this past season for the Engineers. (PHOTO COURTESY: WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

WPI‘s Spencer Vinson enjoyed one of her best seasons with the Engineers this past winter.

The Los Angeles, California native, who started all 26 contests, averaged a career-best 10.3 points per game. Additionally, Vinson registered career-bests in points (267), rebounds (187), blocks (38), and steals (17) while dishing out 23 assists.

Vinson scored 10 points or more in 17 games while netting a season-high 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting during her team’s 60-45 win over Cal Tech. The senior center scored the game’s first six points before finishing with 10 rebounds and one block.

Named to the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) second team, Vinson, who started 39 of 69 contests, concluded her four-year career with 524 points, 382 rebounds, 67 blocks, 50 assists, and 38 steals.

We recently caught-up with Vinson to discuss her playing career with the Engineers, as well as her future plans beyond graduation.


What will you remember most about your final season with the Engineers? 

There were a lot of memories I had this past year. I’d say my most memorable one was  our ‘Senior Day.’

Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they? 

One of the games I’ll remember was from this past year when we played Williams College at home. It was such a fun and competitive game from the start to finish, and we really came together as a team that evening, which provided us with some momentum for our next few games.

Another game I will remember is our New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinal contest against Babson College. It was such an exciting game that  I will never forget because of it going into overtime.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for the WPI women’s basketball program these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation?

I’m going to miss the sisterhood my teammates and I established, as well as the drive our team had, both this season and the past few years. I am so appreciative of how close our team has always been, especially during a time when so many of us are at home and not together on campus. We have established a sense of community and love within this team (and program) that I appreciate and adore.

Do you hope to stay involved with your sport in the future? Any interest in being a coach? 

Being removed from the basketball world these past few weeks has made me miss the sport so much, so yes, I would be interested in staying involved with this game in some way in the future. I am not sure about coaching at this particular moment, but it is something I am certainly open to doing.

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it and what do you plan to do with it after graduation? 

I am currently majoring in mechanical engineering. It’s very interesting. I enjoy it because it’s a very open field with different focuses and possibilities. After graduation, I am going to pursue a master’s in management. My hope is to pick up some new skillsets and become an even better communicator. Beyond my studies, both currently and in the future, I do hope to land a job with an athletic company.

All-WACBA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams (Tuesday, March 31st, 2020)

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With another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, it is time to unveil our All-Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season All-WACBA Teams for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the Worcester basketball season. 

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


WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Award

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards 


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (First Team)

Mike Rapoza 

Anna Maria College

Charlton, Mass.

Matthew Kelly 

Assumption College

North Potomac, Md.

Joe Pridgen

Holy Cross 

Winchendon, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Tyler Dion

Worcester State 

Barre, Mass.

Garrett Stephenson

WPI

Townsend, Mass.


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (Second Team)

Bobby Perette

Anna Maria College

Marshfield, Mass.

Malik Brown

Assumption College

Waldorf, Md.

Mateus Ribeiro

Becker College

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Biko Gayman 

Clark University

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Matt Morrow

Nichols College

Leicester, Mass.

Chris Cardoso

Worcester State 

Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Jake Wisniewski

WPI

West Brookfield, Mass.


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (First Team)

Amber Wilson

Anna Maria College

New York, N.Y.

Brianna Capacchione

Assumption College

Washington Township, N.J.

Hannah Favaloro

Clark University

Blackstone, Mass.

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross 

Franklin, Mass.

Avery LaBarbera

Holy Cross

Harrison, N.Y.

Mya Mosley 

Worcester State 

Worcester, Mass. 


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (Second Team)

Sierra Johnson

Anna Maria College

Brockton, Mass.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Natasha Pacheco

Becker College

Fairfax, Va. 

Angelina Marazzi

Fitchburg State 

Manchester, N.H. 

Isabella Nerney 

Nichols College

Guilford, Conn.

Catherine Sweeney

Worcester State 

Lowell, Mass.

Spencer Vinson

WPI

Los Angeles, Calif. 

 


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

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our thirteenth and final Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

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


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Lauren Manis averaged 20.5 points and 12 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Crusaders. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr.|Franklin, Mass.): Manis averaged 20.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Crusaders. In a 64-61 victory over Army last Wednesday, Manis totaled 17 points and 15 rebounds. She later added 24 points and nine rebounds in a 73-58 win at American University this past weekend. In the game against Army, Manis became the Patriot League’s all-time leader in career rebounds; she now has 1,161 boards in her career, along with 1,976 career points.


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Monica Spain averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Monica Spain (Assumption College| Fr.|Braintree, Mass.): Spain was instrumental this past week for the Hounds by averaging 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 64.7 percent from the floor. Spain started in Assumption’s first-round Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Tournament game against Pace University and scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds before tallying just nine points in the quarterfinal setback to Stonehill College.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr.|Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione was influential in Assumption’s Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) Tournament berth this past week by averaging 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She also shot 34.1 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the foul line. In Assumption’s final regular-season game of the 2019-20 season, Capacchione scored 20 points with four rebounds, three assists, and four steals in a two-point setback to Franklin Pierce. In the first round of the NE-10 Tournament, she led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds against Pace University before tallying five points, five rebounds, and three steals against Stonehill College in the quarterfinals. 

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison concluded her historic collegiate career last week by averaging 24.0 points per game over two New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) playoff games, shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from behind the arc. Harrison further averaged 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 1.0 assists per game over that stretch. First, in the NECC quarterfinals against Dean College on Tuesday evening, Harrison, playing in the final home game of her career, overcame a 1-for-6 shooting start and made nine of her next 11 shots, going 10-for-17 overall and 6-for-11 from behind the arc to finish with 27 points to lead the Hawks to a 82-74 win. Harrison sparked Becker to set a school single-game record in total three-pointers made by the team with 15. Then, on Thursday in the NECC semifinals at top-seeded Eastern Nazarene College, Harrison nearly carried the Hawks to the upset, as she finished with 21 points, nine steals, and seven rebounds before Becker came up short, 54-44.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi finished with a team-best 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Falcons in a 73-44 quarterfinal round setback to the Lancers of Worcester State last Tuesday evening.

Mya Mosley (Worcester State | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Mosley closed out her career with the Lancers by averaging 25.7 points per game last week in three Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament games. Additionally, she averaged 3.3 steals, 3.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game, too.  

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson closed out her standout senior campaign with 11 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season and ninth of her career in a 59-49 loss to Springfield in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal contest.


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

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 25th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our twelfth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

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


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Cassidy Harrison became the first Hawk ever to reach 300 steals in a career. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Senior |Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison finished her regular season averaging 24.5 points per game over two games with 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2.5 assists, all while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from behind the arc. First at Mitchell College last Thursday night, the senior team captain scored 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Then on Saturday, hosting Lesley University as part of Becker senior day, the all-time leading scorer in Hawks history led the Hawks with 23 points, eight steals, four rebounds, and four assists, all while shooting four-of-seven from behind the arc. With her first steal of the game with 5:42 left in the first quarter, Harrison, who already held the school record in career steals, became the first Hawk ever to reach 300 steals in a career. As of press time, Harrison was second in the NCAA among all active players in that category.


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Worcester State’s Erin Gallella averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Erin Gallella (Worcester State | Fr. | Tewksbury, Mass.): Gallella averaged 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game last week as the Lancers grabbed a pair of wins to secure the three seed in the upcoming Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 30.0 points per game this week while shooting 38.1 percent from the floor, 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 100.0 percent from the foul line. Against Bentley University this past Wednesday, Capacchione led the Hounds with 30 points and added two rebounds, three assists and four steals in the game where Assumption took Bentley to overtime.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest for the Falcons over two games. She netted 18 points, six boards, three assists, one steal and one block in a 64-44 setback to Worcester State last Wednesday before adding 13 points, five caroms and two assists in an 81-53 loss to Framingham State on Saturday.

Mya Mosley (Worcester State | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Mosley finished off the final week of the regular season with a pair of huge performances in wins over Fitchburg State and Bridgewater State. Mosley averaged 24.5 points per game to lead the Lancers, while also averaging 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 3.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr.| Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson tallied team-highs of 12 points and eight points, along with a game-best three blocks en route to helping the Engineers defeat Mount Holyoke on the road last week and clinch a spot in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament.


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

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 7th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Happy New Year!

A few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area are in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

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


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Lauren Manis averaged 18.8 points and 12.0 rebounds in six contests for Holy Cross over the holiday break. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): In six games between Saturday, December 14th, 2019 and Saturday, January 4, 2020, Lauren Manis averaged 18.8 points and 12.0 rebounds as the Crusaders went 5-1. During that six-game stretch, the senior forward chipped in 14 assists, nine steals, and six blocks while shooting .519 from the field and .600 from 3-point range. She had five games with double-doubles, including a 28-point, 11-rebound showing against New Hampshire on Dec. 22; she had four straight games with 20 or more points. She opened conference play at Loyola on Jan. 2 with a 16-rebound, 13-point performance, and with 12 rebounds at Navy on Jan. 4, she became the third player in program history to surpass the 1,000-rebound mark for her career.


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Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco averaged 5.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game over three games for the Hawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Natasha Pacheco (Becker College | Freshman | Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco continued to show why she was one of the best rookies in the region during the holiday break by averaging 5.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game over three games. In Becker’s win at Lesley this past Saturday, the first-year was a dominant force in the paint, pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds while scoring ten points with five assists and a steal. Pacheco’s 19 boards matched the total for the entire Lesley team.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Riley Berry (Becker | Sophomore | Margate, Fla.): Berry averaged 10.3 points per game with 3.3 steals and 3.0 rebounds.  In Becker’s win at Lesley this past Saturday, the sophomore finished with 10 points on the day, including a career-high seven steals.

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Senior | Washington Township, N.J.):  Capacchione has been instrumental to Assumption’s success over the past few weeks, averaging 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in five contests while being the leading scorer in three of them. In the Hounds’ win over Caldwell, Capacchione put up eight points while adding four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Against Saint Michael’s she led the team with 19 points while adding six rebounds, four assists, and one block. She continued her success against District of Columbia where she led the Blue and White with 16 points and added seven rebounds. Capacchione also led the team with 21 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in the Hounds’ victory over Dominican. This past Sunday, Capacchione helped her team to their fifth consecutive victory by stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block.

Sierra Johnson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): Johnson concluded the holiday break by averaging 20.25 points in four contests with her best performance occurring this past weekend against Dean College. Johnson converted 12 of 18 shots against the Bulldogs, including three trifectas for a career-high 37 points. She finished one point shy of matching Meghan DePatsy‘s single-game record of 38 points.

Emily Sifferlen (Clark University | Sophomore | North Andover, Mass.): Since the last WACBA report, Sifferlen has been a player to watch – she averaged 24.75 points in four contests while netting a new career-high of 30 points in a late December setback to Drew. The second-year guard netted 26 points or more in three contests to bump her points per game average to 16.2 through 13 contests this season. Additionally, Sifferlen pulled down 12 rebounds, including a season-best eight caroms against Suffolk on Tuesday, December 10th, while tallying seven assists in all four contests. She is currently averaging 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, CA): Vinson, a Southern California native, had a strong showing in front of family and friends as the Engineers won both games on during their holiday trip.  The senior shared team-high honors with 14 points as the Crimson and Gray began their west coast swing with an 80-61 victory over Occidental.  Vinson then scored the first six points of the game and ended up with a double-double (career-high equaling 20 points and 10 rebounds) in a wire-to-wire in a 60-45 triumph over host Caltech.  Over the four games during break, the center averaged 13.8 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 64.1% from the floor.


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