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

WACBABy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

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

Assumption

Morgan O’DonnellEaston, Mass.Jr.

Becker

Cassidy HarrisonFoxborough, Mass.So.
Holy CrossInfiniti Thomas-WaheedNewton, Mass.Sr.
Holy CrossLauren ManisFranklin, Mass.So.
Worcester StateBritt HerringWest Brookfield, Mass.Jr.
WPIAma BineyWorcester, Mass.Sr.

Second Team

Anna MariaKristina RussoSouth Windsor, Conn.Sr.
BeckerAdrianna DowdyEast Haven Conn.Jr.
ClarkOgechi EzemmaHope Valley, R.I.Jr.
Fitchburg StateAngelina MarazziManchester, N.H.So.
Worcester StateCatherine SweeneyLowell, Mass.So.
WPIMadison BeckSyracuse, 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 MariaMike RapozaCharlton, Mass.So.
BeckerKareem DavisLowell, MassJr.
BeckerSamuel DurodolaRosedale, N.Y.Sr.
Holy CrossJehyve FloydSayreville, N.J.Jr.
NicholsDeAnte BrutonNew London, Conn.So.
NicholsMarcos EchevarriaLynn, Mass.Jr.

Second Team

AssumptionMatthew KellyNorth Potomac, Md.Fr.
ClarkLuca McCormickFort Lauderdale, Fla.Jr.
Fitchburg StateJonathan PerezLowell, Mass.Jr.
NicholsJerome CunninghamWestbury, N.Y.So.
Worcester StateShaun McCarthyOxford, Mass.So.
WPIChris RodgersFranklin, Mass.Sr.

 

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Nine (Tuesday, Jan. 30th)

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.


JFLOYDMen’s Basketball Player of the Week: Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd led the team with a career-high 22 points, six blocked shots, five rebounds and two assists in the Crusaders’ victory against American. He totaled 17 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists in the win over Lafayette. He hit all eight of his field goal attempts against the Leopards, becoming only the third player in school history to make 100.0 percent of his shots from the floor with at least eight attempts. For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.0 assists on the week, while hitting 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts.


Austin Butler ROW
Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week:
Austin Butler (Holy Cross | Fr. | Latrobe, Pa.): Butler led the team with a career-high 28 points and four rebounds in the Crusaders’ victory over Lafayette. He hit 11 of 15 field goal attempts and five of eight three-pointers against the Leopards. Butler pulled down four rebounds in the victory at American. For the week, he averaged 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on the week, while hitting 64.7 percent of his field goal attempts and 55.6 percent of his three-pointers.


Men’s Honor Roll

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Mike Rapoza averaged 17.7 points in three games last week with his highest total of 21 points coming against Norwich University. He also averaged 13.7 rebounds per game last week, too, while adding three blocked shots against Albertus Magnus – he almost recorded a triple-double against the Falcons, but was two assist shy of the mark.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola posted another dominant week for the Hawks, averaging 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds with 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals and shooting 58.3 percent from the floor. Durodola was at his best in Becker’s 83-63 victory at Elms, scoring 34 points with ten boards on 64 percent shooting.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 14.7 points, seven rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.7 steals and one block per game over three contests for the Green and Gold. He notched 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a 65-63 win over Westfield State on Tuesday before adding 23 points, seven boards, four steals and one block in a 68-58 setback to Bridgewater State on Thursday. Tracy concluded the week with seven points, eight caroms, one assist, three steals and one block in a 64-56 setback to Framingham State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Marcos Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 2-1 mark this week, averaging 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.7 steals per game. Echevarria scored 15 points to go with four rebounds, six assists, and three steals in a 99-85 setback to UNE. He followed that up with 35 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals in an 83-63 win at Endicott. He wrapped up the week with 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a 97-74 win at Gordon. For the week, he shot 41.1% (23-of-56) from the field, 40% (12-of-30) from beyond the arc, and 93.3% (14-of-15) at the free throw line.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Jr.| Southbridge, Mass.): The sophomore Southbridge, Mass. native averaged 19.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 assists in a 1-2 week for the Blue and Gold. Overall this week, he shot 54.5% (23-43) from the field, 50% (11-22) from 3-point range, and 100% (2-2) from the charity stripe. He racked up 31 points, going 7-for-11 (63.6%) from beyond the arc, with three rebounds and two steals in the setback to Bridgewater State. He then was one rebound shy of a double-double with 22 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Lancers’ first conference win over Westfield State. He then wrapped up the week with six points and seven boards in the loss to Salem State.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Nine (Tuesday, Jan. 30th)

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) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


LManis POW
Women’s Player of the Week
: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.):
This week’s Patriot League Player of the Week averaged a double-double of 22.50 points and 10.00 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In an overtime loss to American, the sophomore forward recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She also had a big impact in the Crusaders’ victory against Lafayette on Saturday as she netted 27 points, while pulling down nine rebounds. Per Monday’s release, Manis ranks first in the conference in scoring with an average of 18.5 points per game and fifth in rebounding with 8.4 boards per game. In her career, Manis has tallied 788 points (15.5 per game) and totaled 402 rebounds (7.9 per game).


MReen ROWWomen’s Rookie of the Week: Meghan Reen (Assumption College | Fr. | Norwood, Mass.): Reen was impressive in an 0-2 week, averaging 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor. She had nine points and four assists in a loss to Southern Conn. but followed it up with a career-high 21 points with four rebounds and two assists as the Hounds were edged by Le Moyne.


Women’s Honor Roll

Hailey Moore (Anna Maria College | Soph. |Worcester, Mass.): Moore averaged 9.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and four blocks in a pair of games last week. Against Lasell College, she scored a career-high 12 points, while pulling down a career-best 14 caroms. She also recorded a career-best six blocks en route to her first-ever double-double. Later against Albertus Magnus, she tallied seven points, while pulling down nine rebounds.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College |Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 56.5 percent from the floor in an 0-2 week. The junior tied her career high with 23 points, four rebounds and two steals in a tight loss to Southern Connecticut. O’Donnell finished the week with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals as Assumption was edged by Le Moyne.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Jr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy led Becker to a 2-0 week, averaging 11 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, and shooting 75 percent from the floor.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 1-1 week for Clark, Ezemma posted 20 points including 15 in a conference win over Mount Holyoke on January 24th. She collected 25 rebounds to go along with four steals and a block.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 17.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.7 steals per contest in three games for the Green and Gold. She posted 12 points, seven boards and three steals in a setback to Westfield State on Tuesday before adding ten points, three rebounds and one steal in a 75-55 setback to Bridgewater State on Thursday. She finished off the week with 31 points, four caroms, four assists and one steal in an 88-78 setback to Framingham State on Saturday.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): The junior center averaged 14 points, nine rebounds, 2.3 blocks and two assists in a 2-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks in the early-week win over Bridgewater State before putting-up 18 points with eight boards and three blocks in her team’s setback to Westfield State. She wrapped up the week with double-double figures of 12 points and 12 rebounds with three assists and a block in the win over Salem State. Overall, she shot 59.4% (19-32) from the field.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Seven (Weds. Jan. 17th)

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.


Shaun McCarthy POW

Men’s Player of the Week: Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Soph. | Oxford, Mass.): The sophomore forward averaged double-double figures of 27.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in an 0-3 week for the Blue and Gold. McCarthy posted a career-high 32 points and 12 rebounds with two assists in the setback to Sage earlier in the week. He then put up 24 points and 12 rebounds in the to Framingham State, and 27 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to MCLA. Overall this week, he shot 57.7% (30-52) from the field.


Matt Morrow ROW

Men’s Rookie of the WeekMatt Morrow (Nichols College | Fr. | Leicester, Mass.): Morrow helped lead the Bison to a 3-0 mark this past week, averaging 9.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. In a 100-68 win at Curry, Morrow notched his first career double-double with a career-high 17 points, 13 rebounds, and an assist. He followed that up with an all-around game of six points, five rebounds, three assists, a steal, and two blocks in a 90-64 win over Salve Regina. He wrapped up the week with five points, two rebounds, an assist, a block, and three steals in a 72-65 come-from-behind win at Wentworth.


Men’s Honor Roll:

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Soph. |Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his 10th double-double of the season last week in Anna Maria’s lone contest against Mount Ida by netting a career-high 29 points, while pulling down a career-best 22 rebounds.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola averaged 24.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game over three games this past week while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor. The senior led Becker to conference wins over Wheelock and Elms.

Tyrell St. John (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Stamford, Conn.): St. John posted 12 points, one rebound, two assists, five steals and one block in an 80-63 setback to Salem State University last Wednesday in the Falcons lone contest of the week.

Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 3-0-mark last week, averaging 20.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. Echevarria scored 12 points, but added a pair of rebounds, 10 assists and four steals in a 100-68 win over Curry. He followed that up with 22 points, three rebounds, six assists, and two steals in a 90-64 victory against Salve Regina. He wrapped up the week with 26 points, three rebounds, five assists, and three more steals in a 72-65 come-from-behind win at Wentworth on Saturday. For the week, Echevarria shot 47.6% (20-of-42) from the field and 55% (11-of-20) from beyond the arc, while dishing out 21 assists to just three turnovers in three games.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers paced the Engineers with an average of 18.5 points and eight rebounds, as well as 11 assists and four steals in a 2-0 week. He also clicked for 83.3 percent (10-of-12) free throw shooting at Wheaton. The senior also posted 19 points and seven rebounds versus the Lyons. He then logged game-highs of 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists at Coast Guard.


#ICYMIKareem Davis (Becker | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis became the 19th player in school history to reach the celebrated thousand point plateau for his career, and the ninth player to do so under head coach Brian Gorman, on January 3rd versus UMass Dartmouth. Davis was fouled on a three-point attempt just 2:58 into the game and buried the first two shots to reach the hallowed mark. He would finish the game with 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Seven (Weds. Jan. 17th)

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) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


Catherine Sweeney POW

Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Soph. | Lowell, Mass.): Worcester State University’s sophomore guard capped off a 1-2 week for the Lancers with a triple-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists with three blocks and a steal in a 63-52 win over MCLA on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Sweeney put up six points with 15 rebounds, four steals and three assists against one of the top teams in the country, Tufts, and chipped in five points with 10 rebounds and six assists in the setback to Framingham State. Overall this week, Sweeney averaged eight points, 12.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks. She shot 60% (9-15) from the field and 75% (6-8) from the charity stripe.


MIKAELA MITCHELL ROW1205

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Mikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Averaged 9.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Netted seven points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in an 84-53 win over Anna Maria on Monday before adding a double-double of 12 points and 13 boards as well as one assist and four steals in a 69-45 setback against Salem State on Wednesday.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria College | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn): In a trio of games last week, Russo averaged 13.3 points. Her best performance of the week came against Fitchburg State when she netted a team-high 17 points. Three days later against Suffolk University, she scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds. She concluded the week with 13 points in a setback to St. Joe’s (Conn).

Shannon Hofmiller (Anna Maria College | Jr. | Oxford, Conn): Hoffmiller scored a career-high 15 points against Fitchburg State last week while also pulling down eight rebounds. She also recorded a trio of blocks in the setback, as well, while concluding the game with four assists. Against Suffolk and St. Joe’s, she recorded six rebounds in each contest, while scoring four and seven points, respectively.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): Morgan O’Donnell led Assumption to a 2-0 week, averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, one steal and one block per game. The junior scored 13 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks as the Hounds upset No. 17/23 St. Thomas Aquinas, 72-60. O’Donnell followed that up with 14 points, five rebounds and two assists in just 21 minutes, as Assumption outlasted Pace by a score of 67-50.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison averaged 22.7 points and 4.0 steals per game over three games this past week, leading Becker to an overtime win over MCLA and carrying the Hawks in narrow losses to Dean and Newbury.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Averaged 16.5 points, five rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals per contest in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Posted 21 points, three boards, three assists and three steals in an 84-53 win over Anna Maria on Monday before adding 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals in a 69-45 setback to Salem State on Wednesday

Allison Cerrato (Nichols College | Sr. | Rockland, Mass.): Cerrato averaged 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 2.3 steals per game this week. Cerrato had six points, four rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 64-38 setback to Curry. She followed that up with 11 points, three rebounds, and assist, and five steals as the Bison fell to Salve Regina, 71-57. She wrapped up the week with a career-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds and an assist in a 72-71 defeat at Wentworth.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 21 points, nine rebounds to go with 14 assists, 13 steals, and three blocks in a 2-1 week. The local product began with 20 points and six boards versus Clark and narrowly missed her career-high with 27 points and 10 rebounds against Coast Guard. In Saturday’s OT setback at MIT, Biney netted 16 points and 11 rebounds. Her week was bookended with five assists while the first two games featured five steals apiece.


#ICYMI: Ciara McKissick (Becker | Jr. | Charlton, Mass.): McKissick finished with her first career triple-double as the Becker College women’s basketball team prevailed 78-72 over visiting Mount Ida College on Tuesday, January 2nd. McKissick scored 12 points with 14 rebounds and ten assists, the latter two totals representing game-highs for the Hawks of Becker (6-4). The junior also recorded two steals and a block on the defensive end while shooting 54 percent from the floor.