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. 

WACBA Men’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) Men’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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DeAnte Bruton’s double-double helped Nichols College beat Endicott College in Saturday’s CCC Tournament Finals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 38 points in three games while netting 114 points for the week as the Bison clinched their fourth-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title this past weekend against Endicott College. Bruton scored the game-winning basket with 1.3 seconds remaining in last Tuesday in a quarterfinal win over Roger Williams, poured in a career-high 40 points in his team’s semifinal match-up against Gordon College, and then finished the week with a 38-point, 14-rebounds effort against Endicott. Bruton knocked down 12-of-14 freebies on Saturday in the CCC Championship and finished the tournament with 11.3 rebounds per game while going 27-of-31 from the charity stripe.


Men’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Dion (Worcester State | Fr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion averaged 14.0 points per game in Worcester State’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament run last week, which included a 24-point performance against MCLA in the semifinals last Thursday. His four-point play in the final minute of the MASCAC Championship against Westfield State cut Worcester’s deficit from five points to one point with 58 seconds remaining in the second half.


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Nicholas Tracy (Nichols College | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy posted a game-best 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in an 80-78 quarterfinal round setback last Tuesday to the Trailblazers for MCLA.

Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Jr. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): Cardoso recorded a pair of double-doubles in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament last week, which helped the Lancers secure a spot in the title game for the first time in four seasons. Cardoso averaged 20.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 60 percent from the floor and 57 percent from three.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. |Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 21 points and eight rebounds during a 1-1 week for the Crimson and Gray. The junior center posted 16 points and five rebounds in a semifinal victory over Babson College before delivering a double-double with 26 points and 11 boards in the championship game against Coast Guard.


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.


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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 Men’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) Men’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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Jaekwon Spencer helped the Bison secure the second seed in this week’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Jaekwon Spencer (Nichols College | Soph. | Bristol, Conn.): Spencer averaged 27 points while shooting 64 percent from the field to lead the Bison to a pair of wins and help secure the second seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament. He opened the week with a 29-point, five-rebound, four-steal, three-assist effort at Roger Williams on Wednesday before falling one rebound shy of a double-double with 25 points and nine boards against Gordon College this past Saturday. Over his last six games – all Nichols wins – Spencer is averaging 21.8 points per game.


Men’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Dion (Worcester State | Fr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion helped the Lancers secure a share of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown last week for the first time in 20 seasons. The first-year guard averaged 19 points per game in two contests last week while converting 6-of-12 three-point attempts. He also averaged 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 2.5 assists per game.


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

Bobby Perette (Anna Maria College| Sr.| Marshfield, Mass.): Perette etched his name in the Anna Maria College men’s basketball record book this past weekend by becoming the program’s all-time three-point field goal leader with 217 made trifectas while averaging 20 points in a pair of games. The senior guard, who has connected on 217 of 596 three-point attempts in four seasons with the AMCATs, edged Jeff Padula (214 made three-pointers) for the top spot in the category by sinking four trifectas against Albertus Magnus. Perette concluded his team’s outing against the Falcons with 25 points after netting just 15 four days earlier in a setback to St. Joseph (Conn.).

Branislav Vujadinovic (Assumption College | Sr. | Belgrade, Serbia): Vujadinovic hit two three-pointers in the last minute of regulation to force an overtime period at Bentley University last Wednesday evening. The Hounds came out victorious, thanks to Vujadinovic, who concluded the conference clash with 19 points, five assists and a pair of steals.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro led Becker to a 79-70 win over Lesley on Saturday, scoring 18 points with seven rebounds, four assists, and a steal. The junior team captain has led the Hawks this season in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 20.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal per contest for the Falcons over two games. He notched 22 points, six boards, two assists and one steal in a 79-77 setback to Worcester State on Thursday before adding 19 points, nine caroms, three assists, one steal and one block in a 93-72 triumph over Framingham State on Saturday.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, Mass.): Stephenson was a rebound away from averaging a double-double as he totaled 37 points and 19 rebounds on 58.6 % shooting from the floor in a pair of games last week.


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