Noontime Sports 2016 Year In Review

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Ah, the final day of 2016 has arrived.

And just like past years, it’s time to revisit some of our favorite stories from the past 12 months.

Yet, unlike past years, this year’s ‘year in review’ is made-up of a variety of stories from ‘Catching Up’ to features on the Amherst College and Endicott College football programs to Wheaton women’s basketball providing Coach Melissa Hodgdon with her 200th win as a head coach.

I also made sure to highlight a few podcasts from the past few months – yes, Noontime Sports the Podcast returned this summer and I am super excited to host the 16th episode, which will be posted later next week.

So, sit back, relax, and re-read or listen to some of our biggest posts from 2016, and have a wonderful and safe Happy New Year!

See you in 2017!

Catching Up With Brittany Stone (Regis College Women’s Basketball)

Brittany Stone guided the Regis College women's basketball team to a trio of wins last week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Regis College Athletics)

Brittany Stone guided the Regis College women’s basketball team to a trio of wins last week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Regis College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports (@NoontimeSports.com

After guiding her team to a trio of conference victories last week, Regis College junior Brittany Stone was tabbed the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) and New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Player of the Week.

Stone recorded a pair of double-doubles in two of three games last week, while leading all scorers with 18 points in her team’s 68-37 win over Wheelock.

Stone currently leads the Pride in points (108), free-throws (24-of-31) and rebounds (52) and less than 100 points away from eclipsing the 1,000-point mark.

Earlier this week, Noontime Sports caught up with Stone to discuss her team’s 4-1 overall start, why she chose to major in nursing, as well as what songs she listens to on a game day.

You enjoyed another successful week (last week), recording a pair of double-doubles, so what worked for you? 

Visualizing is something I’ve started doing (this season) and it’s been working well for me. On the bus ride to games, I think of the opening tip and the ending buzzer, and the feeling of winning (a game). Also, during warm-ups, my team helps me get pumped up by giving high-fives and exhibiting a lot of energy. We are always yelling and cheering each other on, even for the little things.

Tell me about playing Daniel Webster last Saturday – similar to the question above, but how were you able to be so successful, both shooting the ball and pulling down rebounds? 

There are so many things motivating us right now, and that’s what I thought about Saturday. For rebounding specifically, our team had a goal to get at least five offensive rebounds each quarter, and that’s what I was thinking about the whole time. I wanted to get as many boards as I could, both offensively and defensively. Shooting is all about the points, so we always want to score as much as possible.

What do you enjoy more during a game: scoring or rebounding? 

This is a hard question because I love doing both. Scoring is probably my favorite because it gives us a lot of energy on the court and bench, which makes us play better.

Your team has played five games thus far and is currently 4-1 overall and 3-0 in NECC play. How has the season gone thus far from your perspective? 

I think this season has been great (thus) far and we’ve definitely learned a lot from our first five games. It is still early in the season, but I believe we have the potential to go further than we ever have.

Your team heads to Las Vegas in a few weeks to compete in the Las Vegas Hoopla. What does your team need to do to be successful in both contests? 

We are facing two very tough teams, so it will be good tests for us. We need to do what we always do, which is play with a lot of energy and just be ready for anything that comes our way. If we play hard like we have nothing to lose then we will be successful.

What is something many fans don’t know about this particular Regis squad?

We have won 96 consecutive conference games, which is in the NCAA record book.

Tell me about choosing your major. What interested you in studying nursing? 

I was originally interested in exercise science my first-year at Regis, but during my sophomore year I switched to nursing because I was more interested in the medical field. My family had many experiences in hospitals, so I always found the nurses to be the most genuine people in those particular settings. Also after reading The Fault in Our Stars and watching movies like My Sister’s Keeper, I knew I wanted to pursue a nursing career in pediatric oncology.

 Have you held any internships or part-time jobs in the field? If so, where? 

This summer I am hoping to work at one of the hospitals in Boston.

Do you have any family members that work in the medical field? If so, did they inspire you to purse this major? 

I do not have any family members that work in the medical field, but like I said, my family has experienced its share of hospital stays and medical diagnoses, so those experiences inspired me to become a nurse.

Being from New England, I would presume you’re a Boston sports fan, so which of the four major teams (Bruins, Celtics, Patriots or Red Sox) is your favorite? 

The New England Patriots are my favorite Boston sports team. My goal is to actually go to a game next season.

You are less than 100 points away from reaching 1,000 points as a member of the Regis women’s basketball team – was that a goal you had heading into Regis? 

It was a goal I have had since my first season and even before  I committed to play college basketball. Since I reached the mark my junior year of high school, I wanted to do the same in college.

You eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in high school – how challenging is it to reach this particular milestone? 

In high school, I thought it would be impossible and I never thought I would reach that milestone. It was definitely a long journey, but it took a lot of hard work and perseverance.

Three songs you listen to on a game day? 

‘Famous’ by Kanye West,

‘Five More Hours’ by Chris Brown,

‘Under Control’ by Calvin Harris

Favorite television show these days? 

When I’m not watching ‘25 Days of Christmas,’ I am probably watching any reality television show.

The last book you read was …? 

The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

Finally, what do you love most about being a student-athlete at Regis? 

I love how  student-athletes are well integrated within the institution’s community. I also like how you are encouraged to pursue both athletics and education when applying to Regis.

Mass. College Lax: Wheelock Makes History, Wins First Game In Program History

The Wheelock College men's lacrosse team made history on Thursday, earning the program's first win in a 6-3 victory against Anna Maria. (Photo Credit: Wheelock College Athletics)

The Wheelock College men’s lacrosse team made history on Thursday, earning the program’s first win in a 6-3 victory against Anna Maria. (Photo Credit: Wheelock College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Wheelock College men’s lacrosse head coach Eric Small was beaming after his team pulled out a hard-fought 6-3 victory on Thursday against Anna Maria College.

The win marked the program’s first-ever victory for the Wildcats, who improve to 1-1 overall.

“It was a truly unbelievable night for our Wheelock Men’s Lacrosse program,” said Small, who is in his second season with the Wildcats.

“The coaching staff did a great job all week instilling a positive mindset in our guys to believe in themselves. (We knew if) we executed our game plan, we would go out and get our first win. They bought in right from the start and the rest is history.”

Entering the second quarter tied at 2-2, Wheelock’s Eddie Romero jumpstarted a four-goal run, spanning the second and third sessions to push the Wildcats ahead for good.

Romero, along with five other players located the back of the Anna Maria net, while Noah Horning earned his first collegiate win between the pipes.

Wheelock, which is in the middle of a six-game road trip, returns to action next Tuesday, March 8 when they visit Curry College for a 3:30 p.m. face-off.

Said Small, “Moving forward, I really think the sky is the limit with this group. To go out and get six goals from six different players really shows them that any one of them can step up at any given time. They have confidence in one another. When it comes to team sports that is everything a coach could ask for.”

Mass. College Lax: D3 Conference Semifinals Roundup (#d3lax)

By NoontimeSports.com

There were a few Division 3 conference tournament semifinals that took place this afternoon and below are their outcomes and game summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Endicott 25, Salve Regina 5: Kyle Weber and Nick Pinciaro combined for eight goals and five helpers as the Gulls soared past the Seahawks and punched their ticket to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship on Saturday.

Western New England 16, Roger Williams 12: Leading the Hawks by seven goals after three quarters, the Golden Bears were forced to fend off a late rally, which secured them a spot in Saturday’s conference championship against the Gulls. Keegan Dudeck paced Western New England with seven points on four assists and three tallies.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Endicott 15, Gordon 7: Callie Murphy registered six points on three goals and three helpers as the Gulls defeated the Fighting Scots and secured a spot in the CCC Championship on Saturday. Anna Blomberg led Gordon with four points on three goals and one assist.

Roger Williams 19, Western New England 11: Deven Machette recorded seven points on five goals and two assists, as the Hawks defeat the Golden Bears in the CCC semifinals and punched its ticket to the conference finals on Saturday. Western New England’s Jessica Scannapieco and Taylor Scialdone combined for seven goals and one helper.

Regis 20, Elms 8: Teresa Busiek recorded four goals and one assist as the Pride defeated the Blazers in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) semifinals. Elms’ Jillian Pirog and Kayla Narey each netted hat tricks in the setback. With the win, Regis advances to the conference championship on Saturday.

Becker 13, Wheelock 7: Ashley Mossey jumpstarted a 5-0 run at 18:26 in the second half, which helped the Hawks go onto defeat the Wildcats in NECC semifinal action. Victoria Belcher led Becker with a hat trick, while Wheelock’s Molly Centore led all scorers with four tallies.

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: Monday Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Below are scores and highlights from this evening’s men’s and women’s basketball games.

Men’s Basketball

Westfield State 84, Newbury 41: Dan Tessier led all scorers with 19 points as the Owls defeated the Nighthawks in Brookline. Eric Watson paced Newbury with 7 points.

Emerson 71, Wheelock 63: Four Lions scorers recorded 12 points or more, including Michael Thorpe, who registered 19 points as Emerson defeated the Wildcats for the third straight season. Wheelock’s Anthony Williams led all scorers with 28 points, while also recording 11 boards.

Women’s Basketball:

Simmons 62, Fisher 50: The Sharks eight-game skid came to an end, thanks to 19 points from Jen Janiak and 15 points off the bench by Ashley McAdams.

Westfield State 67, Suffolk 51: Gabby Felix finished with a double-double of 24 points (game-high) and 10 boards as the Owls defeated the Rams and earned their sixth win of the season. Shelby Santini paced Suffolk with 19 points.

Brandeis 73, UMass Boston 35: Maria Jackson led all players with 18 points, while also two steals and one assist as the Judges evened their overall mark at 5-5. Chantel Jordan led UMB with eight points off the bench.

Framingham State 71, Albertus Magnus 56: Alycia Rackliffe netted a team-high 19 points, while Kristen Hoffman scored 17 points as the Rams defeated the Falcons in Framingham.

Mass. College Hoops: Early Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan

There were more than a handful of contests that took place earlier this afternoon and below are their outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Basketball 

No. 14 WPI 88, Keene State 69: Sam Longwell netted a game-best 22 points, along with seven rebounds, four steals and one assist as the Engineers defeated Keene State in Worcester and improved to 9-1 overall.  Zach Karalis scored 15 points off the bench, while Ryan Kolb and Aaron Davis scored 12 points, respectively.

TCNJ 71, Westfield State 66: Grant Cooper led the Owls with 20 points and 17 rebounds, but that wasn’t enough for Westfield State, which saw its six point lead at the break disappear in the second half.

MIT 81, Wheelock 51: Andrew Acker and Justin Pedley each netted 20 points as the Engineers defeated the Wildcats in Cambridge. Acker also registered 16 rebounds, 12 on defense. Joe Reedy led Wheelock with 14 points.

Elms 73, Framingham State 57: Jerry Buchanon scored a game-high 27 points, as well as recorded seven rebounds, five steals and four assists as the Blazers defeated Framingham State in Chicopee. Charles Collins led the Rams with 17 points.

Women’s Basketball

Marist 76, Boston University 65: The Red Foxes outscored the Terriers, 40-27, in the second half, which helped them earn a non-conference victory in Boston. BU’s Sarah Hope led all players with 19 points, while Melissa Gallo contributed 12 points and Danielle Callahan scored 10 points.    

Anna Maria 72, Elms 49: Trafficia Warburton recorded a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds, along four assists, three steals and one block as the AMCATs defeated the Blazers in Chicopee. Gianna Youngblood led Elms with 20 points, while Denisha Parks registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

St. Joe’s (ME) 69, Framingham State 57: Morgan Cahill recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Mackenzie Dufour scored 15 points as the Monks defeated the Rams in Maine. Kristen Hoffman led Framingham State with 17 points.

Rhode Island College 48, UMass Boston 30: Olivia Murphy and Andrea Suffredini combined for 23 points in the Beacon’s first conference setback of the season.

Southern Maine 63, Salem State 34: Rachel Carter scored 10 points, while Jessica Kuzmickas registered six points off the bench, but that wasn’t enough to spark the Vikings to victory.

Gordon 67, Lesley 31: Fredi Nielsen poured in a game-high 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Fighting Scots picked up their third win of the season. Tara Coleman led Lesley with 15 points.

Lasell 64, Plymouth State 59: Kayla Vincelette, Molly Lauver and Alexis Chappell each scored double figures as the Lasers beat the Panthers in New Hampshire.  

Wentworth 66, Maine-Farmington 61: The Leopards snapped their four-game skid thanks to 19 points from Rachael Camara and a double-double by Carly Rogers, who tallied 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Saint Rose 76, AIC 72: Alyssa Roach tallied 16 points, while Sarah Noble notched 14 points, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Yellow Jackets past Saint Rose.

Merrimack 67, So. New Hampshire 58: Chloe Rothman led the Warriors with 15 points, as well as recorded six assists and five rebounds, as Merrimack defeated Souther New Hampshire on the road.