WACBA Honor Roll (Women’s Basketball) Week 11

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Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Worcester State Athletics)

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Women’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Aretha Sullivan (Clark | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): In a 1-1 week, Sullivan averaged an impressive 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. In a loss to MIT, she finished with a team-best 20 points and five boards while shooting 10-for-18 from the field. Then in a must-win over Emerson on Saturday, she pumped in a season-best 24 points on 7-for-15 shooting, including a 4-for-6 effort from three-point land. For the week, she shot a sizzling 51.5 percent from the field (17-for-33).

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Fr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney averaged 10 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. She picked up six points and six rebounds in the win over Fitchburg State and then marked a career-high 14 points and 10 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double in the 70-62 win over Bridgewater State.

Women’s Honor Roll:

Cassidy Harrison (Becker | Fr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison produced a tremendous week for the Hawks, averaging 21 points, four rebounds and 1.7 steals per game over three games while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. Harrison capped off her week scoring a career-high 30 points in Becker’s 71-59 victory over Bay Path on Saturday. In just her first season, Harrison has consistently been Becker’s leading scorer.

Shabeli Villa (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Lawrence, Mass.): Villa averaged 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.5 steals per contests in two games for the Falcons. She registered a new career-high of 21 points, four rebounds and two steals in a 68-52 setback to Worcester State on Wednesday before adding 11 points, three caroms, one assist and one steal in a 64-51 setback to MCLA on Saturday.

Kyra Rose (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Rockland, Mass.): Rose averaged 12.5 points, six rebounds, four assists one steal and one block in two games for the Green and Gold. She collected ten points, five boards, five assists and two steals in a 68-52 setback to Worcester State on Wednesday before adding 15 points, seven caroms, three assists and two blocks in a 64-51 setback to MCLA on Saturday.

Tricia Byrne (Holy Cross | Jr. | Dunmore, Pa.): Byrne posted a career-high 18 points in both games this past week, while notching a new career-best in assists with nine against Lafayette. She netted a career-high four three-pointers in an 80-64 setback to Lehigh.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Fr. | Franklin, Mass.): The first-year forward canned 13 of 27 baskets this past week, netting 17 points against Lafayette and 16 versus Lehigh. Against Lafayette, she pulled down nine rebounds, while finishing the contest with a pair of blocks and one swipe. She concluded the week with a trio of steals and two blocks in an 80-64 setback to Lehigh.

Ama Biney (WPI | Jr | Worcester, Mass.): Biney posted 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in a 1-1 week. After being held to 12 points and four rebounds in the midweek loss to Springfield, Biney put up 19 points and five caroms against Wellesley Saturday.

Britt Herring (Worcester State | Soph. | W. Brookfield, Mass.): Averaged 17.5 points and nine rebounds while shooting 6-of-25 (64%) in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Scored 12 points and picked up seven rebounds in the 68-52 win over Fitchburg State and then registered a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds in the 70-62 win over Bridgewater State.

WACBA Honor Roll (Men’s Basketball) Week Eight

By WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops

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Worcester State’s Paul Brooks netted his 1,000th point last weekend as the Lancers defeated Framingham State on the road. (PHOTO CREDIT: Worcester State University Athletics)

WORCESTER, Mass.  Another week of college basketball is in the books, which means it is time to dish out our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WABCA) Men’s Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Jaleel Bell (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Dorchester, Mass.): Bell averaged 26.5 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 2-1 week for the Falcons. He netted 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 101-66 win over MCLA on Wednesday before adding a game-best 37 points, 11 caroms, two assists, two steals and one block in an 87-83 triumph against Salem State on Saturday.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Fr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals for the Bison last week. Bruton scored 14 points to go with eight boards and five assists in a home win over Salve Regina on Wednesday before netting a team-high 22 points (50.0 pct. shooting) at Wentworth on Saturday.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Paul Brooks (Worcester St. | Sr. | Arlington, Mass.): Not only did the senior center average a double-double of 13.5 points and 11 rebounds this past week, but he also reached his 1,000th career point in the Lancers’ 59-55 win over Framingham State on Saturday. Brooks netted a team-high 18 points, going 8-for-13 from the floor, in his team’s setback to Bridgewater State earlier in the week, and then a game-high 15 rebounds and five blocks in the Framingham win.

Men’s Honor Roll:

Samuel Durodola (Becker | Jr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola recorded a pair of impressive performances last week, averaging 22.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks with 1.5 assists, while shooting 60 percent from the parquet. Against Daniel Webster last Thursday – a 67-62 win for the Hawks – the Rosedale, New York native posted a double-double of 18 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Then on Saturday, Durodola finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and three blocks as the Hawks topped Mitchell, 80-67. Durodola, the NECC’s leading rebounder, has Becker in first place in the standings.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers had a career week for the Engineers, beginning with a career-best 21 points and a team-best seven rebounds to go with two assists, one steal and one block at Clark last Wednesday. On Saturday, Rodgers added 16 more points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block against Wheaton. In all, the junior averaged 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds to go with seven helpers, two blocks and two assists on the week.

 

New England D3 Hoops: Clark, Worcester State To Compete In Midnight Madness

Clark University and Worcester State will commence their respective 2016-17 basketball seasons on Tuesday, November 15th at 12:01 a.m.
Clark University and Worcester State will commence their respective 2016-17 basketball seasons on Tuesday, November 15th at 12:01 a.m.

By Matt Noonan 

For the second-straight season, Clark and Worcester State will compete in a Midnight Madness basketball game as the two teams will commence their respective 2016-17 campaigns on Tuesday, November 15th with tip-off scheduled for 12:01 a.m.

Clark and Worcester State headlined the 2015-16 NCAA Division III basketball season, as both teams competed in front of a ‘packed house’ last November that saw the Cougars prevail, 83-78.

This year’s game will take place in Worcester State’s new Wellness Center with Midnight Madness festivities beginning at 10:30 p.m. on Monday, November 14th. The game will be the Lancers’ initial contest in the new Lancer Gymnasium.

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Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week 10)

Molly Hourigan was tabbed WACBA Women's Player of the Week after netting a career-high 18 points in her team's win over Navy. (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)
Molly Hourigan was tabbed WACBA Women’s Player of the Week after netting a career-high 18 points in her team’s win over Navy. (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Bilal Shakir (Jr.) Worcester State (Worcester, Mass.): Shakir averaged 29.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Shakir swished a three-pointer from two steps inside half court as time expired, vaulting Worcester State past Westfield State, 89-88, in MASCAC action last Wednesday evening. Not only did he win the game for the Lancers, but he also scored a career-high 34 points against the Owls. He went 12-for-21 (57.1%) from the field, 5-for-12 (41.6%) from beyond the arc, and a perfect 5-for-5 (100%) from the free throw line. In Worcester State’s 104-96 overtime win over MCLA on Saturday, Shakir netted 25 points and went 9-for-10 from the free throw line to help edge the Lancers over the Trailblazers.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Santos (Fr.) Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos averaged 26.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in a 2-0 week for Worcester State. Santos scored 23 points in the 89-88 victory over Westfield State, draining a huge 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining to keep the Lancers tied up with Westfield. Santos then scored a team-high 30 points in a 104-94 overtime win against MCLA, connecting at the free throw line going 15-for-21 (71.4%).

Women’s Player of the Week: Molly Hourigan (Sr.) Holy Cross (Memphis, N.Y.): Hourigan had a great week both offensively and defensively for Holy Cross, as she averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game … in the victory over American on Tuesday, Hourigan totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and a trio of steals in just under 40 minutes of action … at Navy on Saturday, she scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with 10 boards, two steals and a pair of blocks.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Fr.) Clark (Hope Valley, R.I.): In what might be considered her best stretch of games in her early career, Ezemma averaged 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field. In a 65-52 loss to Wheaton, Ezemma totaled a career-high 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals shooting a career-best 10-for-12 from the charity stripe. Then in the Scarlet and White’s 71-55 win over Wellesley on Saturday, Ezemma was at it again, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Honor Roll:

Malachi Alexander (Jr.) Holy Cross (Bowie, Md.): Totaled a career-high 26 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in the victory over Navy. Alexander converted a three-point play with 2:33 left in overtime against Navy to give the Crusaders the lead for good. He then made seven of eight free throws in the final minute to secure the win. Alexander also had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals against Loyola.

Karl Charles (Fr.) Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Charles led the team with 17 points and eight rebounds in the Loyola game. He also added four points, three rebounds and a career-high seven assists in the victory over Navy.

Declan Soukup (Jr.) Assumption (Melbourne, Australia): In two games last week, Soukup led the team with 15 points per game as he shot 47.4 percent from the field, was 6-for-10 from three-point land and shot 85.7 percent from the free throw line. He also added three rebounds, three steals and two assists per game.

Jo Impellizeri (Jr.) Assumption (Seaford, N.Y.): In two games, Impellizeri nearly averaged a double-double with 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest to go along with two blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. She was 11-for-14 at the free throw line and shot 46.7 percent from the field.

Ciara McKissick (Fr.) Becker (Charlton, Mass.): McKissick was named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Week. She led the Hawks to a 1-2 week after averaging 17.3 points and ten rebounds per game. McKissick started her week with a 20 points and nine rebounds against Daniel Webster. She then gathered 13 boards and scored nine points in a loss to Wheelock. McKissick closed out the week with 23 points and eight rebounds in a 58-48 win over Newbury on Saturday.

Sam O’Gara (Soph.) Clark (Worcester, Mass.): O’Gara averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals as the Cougars went 1-1 during the week. In a 65-52 loss to Wheaton, O’Gara posted 11 points, four assists and four steals and then in the win over Wellesley she posted 18 points and a season-best eight assists.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Fr.) Worcester State (Waterford, Conn.): Berkel averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 0-2 week for the Lancers. She registered a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds in the 97-77 setback to Westfield State, and then scored 14 points and collected six rebounds in the 61-58 loss to MCLA on Saturday. Overall, Berkel shot 50 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the free throw line.

Ian Converse (Jr.) WPI (Woodstock, Conn.): Converse had 14 of his career-high 21 points in the first half leading #13 WPI to a 78-58 win over Coast Guard in a NEWMAC game Wednesday evening.  The junior was 8 for 9 from the field and 5 of 6 from the foul line to lead the way as the Engineers helped head coach Chris Bartley became the Engineers all-time wins leader as he picked up the 291st win of his career passing the mark of 290 held by Ken Kaufman.

Priscilla Dunphy (Jr.) WPI (Barrington, R.I.): Dunphy tossed in a career-high 18 points as WPI equaled the best winning streak in school history with a 54-35 over MIT on Saturday evening. The junior canned 8-of-11 shots from the field, grabbed six rebounds and shared game-high honors with four assists as the Engineers equaled the 1982-83 squad for consecutive victories with 16. Earlier in the week, Dunphy totaled seven points and eight rebounds in a road win at Mount Holyoke.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Eight)

WPI's Ama Biney was tabbed this week's WACBA Women's Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)
WPI’s Ama Biney was tabbed this week’s WACBA Women’s Player of the Week. (Photo Credit: WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the WeekIrving Eggleston (Sr.), Nichols (East Lyme, Conn.): Eggleston averaged 18.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 spg, and 2.7 apg as the Bison went a perfect 3-0 last week. He dropped in 20 points in a win over UNE in a rematch of last season quarterfinal round, then made 23 points in a come-from-behind win over Gordon. Eggleston closed the week with 12 points and seven steals at Curry, a game in which the starter did not play long into the second half. He is second in the CCC in scoring at 21.1 ppg.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester St. (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos registered a career-high 32 points and broke a Worcester State all-time record in three point shots made in a single game Saturday afternoon in the 93-81 victory over Fitchburg State.  He drained nine 3-pointers at a 69.2 3-point field goal percentage against the Falcons. The remaining points scored were made from the free-throw line, as he went 5-for-6 (83.3%). He also added in two assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (So.), WPI (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name): Biney averaged 14 points and six rebounds as the Engineers pushed their winning streak to 14 games with conference victories over Smith and Coast Guard last week.  The sophomore posted team-highs of 14 points in both contests, while finishing a rebound short of a double-double in the road victory at Coast Guard.  Biney also chipped in with four steals and a pair of assists on the week.

Women’s Rookie of the Week Britt Herring (Fr.), Worcester St. (W. Brookfield, Mass.): Herring registered a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in the 74-35 MASCAC win Saturday afternoon against Fitchburg State. Against the Falcons, Herring shot 54.5 percent from the field and went 87.5 from the free-throw line. She also recorded three blocks on the defensive end against Fitchburg. Earlier in the week, Herring netted two points, four rebounds, two assists, and one block in the Setback to Keene State.

Honor Roll:

Kamali Bey (So.), Assumption (Springfield, Mass.): Bey averaged 14.5 points, six rebounds and one block per game while shooting 50 percent from the field for the week. Highlighting his week was a 16-point performance at home vs. New Haven on Saturday.

Kelly Conley (Sr.), Assumption (Ellington, Conn.): In a 1-1 week, Conley averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 16-of-20 from the free throw line. Highlighting her week was a team-best 17-point performance in a home win over New Haven on Saturday.

Kareem Davis (Fr.) Becker (Lowell, Mass.): Davis set a Becker record with eight three pointers in a 64-61 victory over Regis College on Thursday. Davis finished with a game-high 28 points for the Hawks, including four crucial free-throws in the final seconds of the game. Davis averaged 14.5 points per game this past week with eight steals and five assists.

Luca McCormick (Fr.) Clark (Bradenton, Fla.): McCormick averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds off the bench in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. In a 62-57 win over Emerson on Wednesday, McCormick recorded his third game this season with 20 points or more when he racked up a game-best 20 on 7-for-11 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Then in a 74-63 loss at Coast Guard, he finished with 11 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

Kwame Lee (Sr.) Fitchburg St. (Brockton, Mass.): Lee averaged 15.5 points, ten rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks per contest for the Falcons in a 1-1 week. He registered 18 points, nine caroms, three blocks, two assists and a steal in an 85-77 win over Bridgewater State on Wednesday before adding a double-double of 13 points and 11 boards to go along with five steals, two assists and one block in a 93-81 setback to the Lancers of Worcester State on Saturday.

Marcos Echevarria (Fr.) Nichols (Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 17.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, and 1.3 spg as the Bison went 3-0 last week. He scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half of a win over UNE on Tuesday. Four days later, he scored 21 on 8-of-14 shooting (57 percent) to go with four rebounds, four assists, and two steals at Curry on Saturday. Echevarria is third in the conference in scoring at 18.7 ppg.

Sean Doncaster (Jr.), WPI (Medford, Mass.): Doncaster stuffed the stat sheets totaling 20 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds, four steals and a block as the 12th-ranked Engineers split a pair of NEWMAC contests last week.

Bilal Shakir (Jr.), Worcester St. (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Tech): Shakir netted 25 points and added in five shots from behind the arc in the 93-81 win over Fitchburg State Saturday afternoon. The junior went 10-for-16 (62.5%) overall from the field and registered seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Brianna Hackett (So.), Worcester St. (Hollis, N.H.): Hackett averaged 14.5 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She scored 12 points in the setback to Keene State, and then registered 17 points in the 74-35 victory over Fitchburg State.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Seven)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Led the team with 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals in the victory over Colgate. Charles set new career highs for points, rebounds and blocks against Colgate, while tying his career high for assists. He added 12 points and three rebounds at Bucknell and hit 57.1 percent of his shots, 57.1 percent of his three-pointers and 86.7 percent of his free throws on the week.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Santos scored 12 points and tallied up five assists in the 77-61 victory over MCLA. He then netted a team-high 21 points in the 94-83 loss to Salem State. This week, Santos went a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line and shot 38.9% from behind the 3-point line.

Women’s Player of the Week: Ama Biney (Soph.), WPI (Worcester, Mass.): Biney continued her strong season by averaging 12.5 points and totaling 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocks during a 2-0 week for the 13-1 Engineers. The sophomore posted game-bests of 14 points and eight rebounds as the Crimson and Gray defeated Wellesley 67-35. On Saturday, Biney paced WPI with 11 points and six rebounds as the Engineers rallied from a double-digit second half deficit to defeat visiting Wheaton 56-46. In the comeback the guard netted the game-tying basketball as WPI pushed its winning streak to 11 games.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Morgan O’Donnell (Fr.), Assumption (Easton, Mass): 
O’Donnell averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds and two steals per game as she shot 66.7 percent from the field. Highlighting her week was a 21-point, seven-rebound effort vs. Le Moyne as she was 7-for-10 from the field in the game.

Honor Roll:

Molly Hourigan (Soph.), Holy Cross (Memphis, N.Y.): Hourigan had a strong week defensively for Holy Cross in helping the Crusaders go 1-1. She began the week with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting at Colgate to go along with seven rebounds and eight blocked shots – the eight blocks tied her career-high and are the third-most by a Crusader in Holy Cross single-game history. Against Bucknell on Saturday, Hourigan posted seven points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Tre Owens (Sr.), Assumption (Rota, Spain):
Owens averaged 17 points, three rebounds and one steal per game in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. He also shot 52 percent from the field 46.7 percent from three (7-for-15) and highlighted his week with a 21-point effort in a home win over Le Moyne.

Declan Soukup (Jr.), Assumption (Melbourne, Australia):
Soukup averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists per game in a 1-1 week as he shot 56.3 percent from the field. He also shot 55.6 percent from three, was 8-for-9 at the free throw line and tallied 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field in a home win over Le Moyne.

Patrick Bradanese (Sr.), Anna Maria (Billerica, Mass.): Bradanese averaged 21.7 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds in a 1-2 week for the AMCATS. He scored a week-high 26 points in the AMCATS’ 92-87 win against Emmanuel on Thursday before dishing out a season-best nine assists in a four-point loss at Lasell on Saturday. Bradanese shot 42.0 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the free-throw line this week.

Kwame Lee (Sr.), Fitchburg State (Brockton, Mass.): Registered a team-best 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to go along with three rebounds, one steal and one block in an 88-67 win over Westfield State University on Wednesday evening.

Bilal Shakir (Jr.), Worcester State (Worcester, Mass.): Shakir averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.0 steals in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Shakir netted a game-high 21 points in the 77-61 win over MCLA on Wednesday. He then registered 14 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steal in the 94-83 setback to Salem State on Saturday. Overall this week, Shakir shot 46.7 percent from the field and 37.5 from behind the 3-point arc.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Fr.), Worcester State (Waterford, Conn.): Berkel averaged 11.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks and assists in a 2-1 week for the Lancers. Berkel registered a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Suffolk on Monday. She then was one rebound shy of a double-double in Wednesday’s MASCAC opener against MCLA, netting 11 points and nine rebounds with the addition of three assists and two steals. In Saturday’s setback to Salem State, she recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds. Overall, Berkel shot 34.4 percent from the field and 66.7 from the line.

Ian Converse (Jr.), WPI (Woodstock, Conn.): Converse missed averaging a double-double by a single rebound as nationally-ranked WPI defeated Springfield and MIT during the opening week of NEWMAC play.  The junior netted a career-high-equaling 19 points and was one off his career-best rebounding total with 14, including eight offensive caroms in the Crimson and Gray’s 70-62 triumph Saturday over MIT.  Converse, who shot 58.8% for the week and added three assists and three steals in the wins, began the week by stuffing the stat sheet with six points and five rebounds in a 69-56 road win at Springfield.

Mass. College Hoops: WACBA Honor Roll (Week Five)

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, Mass. – With five weeks of college basketball officially in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) honor roll, including our players and rookies of the week.

Men’s Player of the Week: Paul Brooks (Jr.), Worcester State (Arlington, Mass.): Brooks averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Brooks was just one rebound shy of a double-double in the loss to UNH in cross-divisional play, scoring 10 points and recording nine rebounds. In the 96-93 win over Western Connecticut, Brooks marked a career-high 28 points and had a stunning-19 rebounds on the evening for his third double-double of the season. Brooks also had a game-high four blocks in the Western Connecticut matchup. Overall, Brooks shots 63 percent from the field for the week.

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Karl Charles (Fr.), Holy Cross (Piscataway, N.J.): Scored a team-high 12 points against second-ranked Kansas, while posting a career-high four steals. He added 13 points, three assists and two steals in the victory over Hartford.

Women’s Player of the Week: Priscilla Dunphy (Jr.), WPI (Barrington, R.I.):Dunphy paced all scorers with 11 points as the Engineers continued their best start in program history win a road triumph at Fitchburg State.  The junior connected on 5-of-10 of her shots from the floor and added four rebounds, a steal and a block while anchoring a defensive effort that yielded just six Falcon field goals on the night.

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Kaitlyn Berkel (Fr.), Worcester State (Waterford, Conn.): Berkel led the Lancers in the 63-51 loss to Springfield Friday evening. She recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds (two offensively). Berkel went 50 percent from the field.

Honor Roll:

Robert Champion (Jr.), Holy Cross (Charlotte, N.C.): Scored a career-high 22 points in the victory over Hartford, to go along with four rebounds and three steals. Also had seven points and two rebounds in only 11 minutes against second-ranked Kansas. He made 56.3 percent of his field goals and 55.6 percent of his three-pointers on the week

Declan Soukup (Jr.), Assumption (Melbourne, Australia):
In the team’s lone game of the week, Soukup posted a career-high 26 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. He finished the game 6-for-9 from the field, 4-for-5 from three and a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line.

Leonny Burgos (Jr.) Fitchburg State (Lawrence, Mass.): Averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contests in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. Posted 22 points, three boards, and two assists in a 91-85 win over Albertus Magnus on Monday evening before adding 17 points, four caroms, three assists and a steal in a 77-70 setback to Fisher College on Wednesday.

Ian Converse (Jr.), WPI (Woodstock, Conn.): Converse was one of five players in double figures as he came off the bench to toss in 16 points in nationally-ranked WPI’s 84-69 road win at MCLA. The junior grabbed 15 rebounds on his way to recording his second double-double of the season and equaled the most boards in a game since the first contest of the 2007-08 season.

Alex Santos (Fr.), Worcester State (Lawrence, Mass.): Santos averaged 18.5 points in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Santos scored a team-high 18 points in the 100-66 loss to UNH. He then scored 19 points in the 96-93 victory over Western Connecticut on Thursday evening. Overall, Santos shot 38.2 percent from the field, and 81.8 percent (9-11) from the free-throw line.