Noontime’s Senior Salute: Mary Kate O’Day (Framingham State)

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Mary Kate O’Day and the Framingham State women’s basketball team competed in their first-ever NCAA Tournament game last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

For Mary Kate O’Day, her senior season with the Framingham State University women’s basketball team was one both she and fans will certainly remember for quite some time.

The Berlin, Massachusetts native averaged a career-bests in points per game (17.9), rebounds (8.5), and assists (3.1) while leading the Rams to their first-ever Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament Championship with a 66-51 win over Worcester State.

Framingham State would make its initial appearance in the NCAA D-III Tournament days later and conclude its 2019-20 campaign with a school-record 22 wins in a single-season.

Named the MASCAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career, O’Day netted 20 points or more in 12 contests this past season while scoring a season-high 31 points in her team’s 101-91 victory over Westfield State in January. O’Day was honored by both the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) and D3Hoops.com (All-Northeast Region) last month, securing spots on the first and second teams, respectively.

O’Day scored 1,557 points in 102 games with the Rams to go with 621 rebounds, 234 assists, and 127 steals. She also recorded 38 blocks, including a career-best 16 this past winter.

We recently caught up with Mary Kate O’Day to discuss her final season with the Rams, as well as her future plans beyond graduation later this spring.


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

I will remember winning the MASCAC championship. We came up short twice in the past, so to finally win it my senior year was something special.

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?

I think the game that I will remember most (from this past year) was when we beat Westfield State on the road. We had only beaten them once in my four years with the Framingham State women’s basketball program, so earning a win against the Owls was (an important step toward eventually winning our conference tournament title on the final day of February).

In addition to our win over the Owls, it has been great seeing both former and current teammates reach certain milestones. I have vivid memories of watching Alycia Rackliffe, Raegan Mulherin, and Emily Velozo score their 1,000th point, respectively, to Lauren Donahue becoming the program’s all-time assists leader. Those are games (and memories) I will never forget. 

What have you enjoyed most about competing for your team (and program) these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

Meeting so many amazing people. I have become so close with my teammates over the past four years. We have shared some amazing memories together, including two trips to Florida and celebrating New Years’ at Universal Studios. Those were some of my favorite memories with my teammates (and friends).

I will miss most hanging out with my teammates and being apart of a team. Whether we were hanging out in someone’s dorm room, grabbing food off-campus to shooting around before practices, the times we spent together, both on and off the court is something I will miss.

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it and what do you hope to do beyond graduation? 

I am a sociology major. I went into college undeclared but during my sophomore year, I took a sociology class and really enjoyed it. My goal is to get a job with the Special Olympics.

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 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. 

Noontime’s All-Decade Massachusetts D3 Football Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Yesterday, we kicked off our Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) All-Decade Week, and it continues today with our Massachusetts D3 Football Team from 2010-2019.

This was a fun walk down memory lane, highlighting a slew of student-athletes we covered and interviewed over the past ten years that earned a variety of end of season honors, including D3Football.com All-American honors to first or second-team nods to program record-holders to the final Gold Helmet Recipients from the New England Football Writers (NEFW).  And as usual, we did our very best to highlight as many student-athletes from across the Bay State.


The All-Decade Noontime Sports Massachusetts D3 Football Team (Offense)

Pat Moffitt (QB)

Williams College

Turnersville, N.J.

Melikke Van Alstyne (RB)

Framingham State 

Salem, Mass. 

Chance Brady (RB)

Tufts University

Haverhill, Mass. 

Jordan Wilcox (FB)

Springfield College

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Jack Lavanchy (WR)

Bridgewater State

Walpole, Mass. 

Jacob Maher (TE)

Framingham State/Worcester State

Marshfield, Mass. 

Elliot Tobin (OL)

MIT

Minnetonka, Minn.

Pat Sullivan (OL)

UMass Dartmouth

Everett, Mass. 

Nick Bainter (OL)

Springfield College

East Bridgewater, Mass. 

Nick Stanfield (OL)

Framingham State 

Everett, Mass. 

Ken Vollaro (OL)

Western New England

Springfield, Mass. 



The All-Decade Noontime Sports Massachusetts D3 Football Team (Defense)

James Muirhead (DL)

Framingham State 

Middleboro, Mass. 

Nick Giorgio (DE)

Springfield College

Cumberland, R.I.

Kevin Eagan

Endicott College

West Hartford, Conn. 

Bryan Narcisse (DE)

Worcester State

Medway, Mass. 

Max Nacewicz (LB)

Springfield College

Sandy Hook, Conn. 

Brian Murtagh (LB)

WPI

Wayland, Mass. 

Erich Keutmann (LB)

Western New England

Washingtonville, N.Y.

Obi Etuka (DB)

Western New England

Middletown, Conn. 

Clifford Oratokhai (DB)

Worcester State 

Worcester, Mass. 

Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn (S)

Amherst College 

Old Lyme, Conn. 

Sam Casey (S)

WPI

Winchester, Mass.


The All-Decade Noontime Sports Massachusetts D3 Football Team (Special Teams)

Dylan Rushe (K)

Endicott College

Palos Verdes, Calif.

Nick DiCairano (K)

Endicott College

Trumbull, Conn.

Spencer Herrington (K/P)

WPI

Clearfield, Pa.

Ernie Mello (ST)

WPI

Wilmington, Mass. 

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

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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.