WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 14th, 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 sixth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor 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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Fitchburg State’s Emma Thomson averaged 20 points, six rebounds, and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. (PHOTO COURTESY: Fitchburg State Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Emma Thomson (Fitchburg State | Sr. | York, Maine): Thomson averaged 20 points, six boards and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. She posted 20 points, six rebounds, and two assists in a 70-54 triumph over Pine Manor on Wednesday before adding 20 points, six boards and one steal in a 67-56 victory against Salem State on Saturday.


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Worcester State’s Erin Gallella averaged 8.5 points in two games last week for the Lancers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Erin Gallella (Worcester State | Fr. | Tewksbury, Mass.): Gallella averaged 8.5 points per game in a pair of contests for Worcester State last week. In the Lancers’ win over Saint Joseph’s (Me.) last Tuesday, Gallella recorded eight points with five assists and two rebounds before recording nine points, two rebounds, and one assist in a victory over Anna Maria on Thursday.


Women’s Basketball Milestone: Cherise Galasso (WPI): With a 64-58 win last Tuesday against Williams, WPI coach Cherise Galasso earned her 350th win on the sidelines, including her 315th with the Engineers. Prior to arriving at the Worcester campus, Gallaso won 35 contests during a three-year stint at Regis in Weston, Massachusetts. Two days after their exciting win over the Ephs, WPI provided Galasso with her 351st win with a 70-40 victory against Western New England.


Women’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | New York, N.Y.): Wilson poured in a career and game-high 36 points on 10 of 22 shooting against Worcester State last Thursday. Wilson, who is averaging 20.5 points per game, concluded the non-conference tilt with 14 made freebies (out of 17 attempts), five rebounds (four defensive caroms), and five blocks. 

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this past week while shooting 34.5 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the free-throw line. Against Saint Anselm, Capacchione put up 20 points with five rebounds, one assist, and one block to keep Assumption in the game.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continued to lead the Hawks this past week, averaging 20.5 points and 4.5 steals per game over two games. The senior guard poured in 23 points on Tuesday in Becker’s setback at Mitchell before adding 18 at Eastern Nazarene on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a pair of games for the Crusaders this past week, Manis kicked off the week with a 25-point, 12-rebound, two-steal showing against Lafayette on Wednesday; with 8.6 seconds left, she hit the game-tying layup, was fouled and hit the go-ahead free throw in a 57-56 win over the Leopards. Against Bucknell, she added in a 15-point, five-rebound performance.

Gigi LeMay (Worcester State | Jr. | Grafton, Mass.): LeMay had a breakout week for the Lancers, leading her team to pair of wins off the bench. The junior guard opened the week with a career-high 26 points in a win over Saint Joseph’s (Me.), which included eight rebounds and four steals, before scoring 11 points with eight boards, four assists, and four steals in a win over Anna Maria on Thursday.

Alana Keating (WPI | Sr.| Leominster, Mass.): Keating netted 10 of her game-high 17 points during a game-opening 18-0 run as host WPI defeated Western New England last  Thursday at Harrington Auditorium. The senior guard connected on all four attempts from beyond the arc en route to a career-best point total. She has now reached double digits in five straight games, which has coincided with a five-game winning streak for the Engineers, who improved to 10-4 overall with the victory over the Golden Bears.  Earlier in the week, Keating tallied 10 points, including a trio of three-pointers as the Crimson and Gray knocked off undefeated Williams to deliver head coach Cherise Galasso her 350th career victory.  


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

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 14th, 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 sixth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor 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 averaged 28.3 points in three games last week for the Nichols College men’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 28.3 points (49.2 field goal percentage) as the Bison were a perfect 3-0 in three consecutive conference matchups. Bruton began the week with a 27-point, seven-rebound, three-assist, three steal effort against Endicott to snap the Gulls’ six-game winning streak. Two nights later, he poured in 30 points in just 24 minutes of action in a win over Roger Williams. Bruton capped the week with a 28-point outing at the University of New England on Saturday. He also dished out seven assists and snared five rebounds against the Nor’easters as the Bison moved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.


Men’s Rookie of the Week: Keegan Sharp (Fitchburg State | Fr. |Townsend, Mass.): Sharp averaged 14.0 points and eight rebounds per game for the Falcons over three games last week. The first-year posted seven points, five rebounds and one assist in a 78-55 setback to Williams College on Monday before adding a double-double of 19 points and ten caroms as well as one steal and two blocks in an 83-80 loss to Regis College on Thursday. Sharp concluded the week with 16 points and nine rebounds in a 79-61 triumph against Salem State on Saturday.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): In his team’s lone contest of the week, the senior forward recorded his 14th straight double-double with 25 points and 18 rebounds as the AMCATs defeated Norwich University in an early January conference matchup. Rapoza netted 15 of his 25 points in the second half – he finished 11 of 13 from the field. 

Jordan White (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Prince Frederick, Md.): White put up double figures in two games for the Hounds last week. He started the week with 16 points off the bench in a setback at Saint Anselm. He went 7-for-9 from the field and added six rebounds in his 16 minutes of play. White put up 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Saint Rose on Saturday. He came up with two steals and a block in the setback.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued to lead the Hawks this past week, averaging 15.7 points per game on 47.4 percent shooting over three games. The junior also averaged 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Facing the Bulldogs of Dean College on Saturday, Ribeiro nearly carried Becker to victory with 21 points and eight boards before the Hawks came up just short. As of press time, Ribeiro ranks fourth in the nation in total minutes.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion was impressive in a come-from-behind win for Worcester State over Becker last Monday evening. The senior scored 23 points with five three-pointers, while also grabbing three rebounds, one steal, and one assist.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Garrett Stephenson shot an eye-popping 80% during a 1-1 week for the Engineers. The junior center collected 12 points in WPI’s 68-52 conference-opening win over MIT before pouring in 22 points in a 93-81 setback to Babson in a match-up of nationally-ranked teams. Stephenson connected on 16-of-20 shots from the field and added six assists and five rebounds in the two contests. 


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

D3 Football: Maher, Johnston Secure Spots On AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Teams

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Framingham State’s Jacob Maher concluded his initial season with the Rams as an AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America First Teamer. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

A pair of New England D-III Football student-athletes were recently named to the 2019 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America Teams.

Jacob Maher of Framingham State secured a spot on the first team, while Kyle Johnston of Massachusetts Maritime Academy earned a spot on the second team.

Maher wrapped up his first and final season of college football with the Rams this fall by catching a team-high 56 receptions for 819 yards and eight touchdowns. The senior tight end from Marshfield, Massachusetts averaged 5.1 receptions and 74.5 yards per contest. He caught a season-high three touchdowns in his team’s 39-33 win over UMass Dartmouth in October before hauling in two touchdowns in his team’s regular-season finale against Worcester State.

Prior to earning an end of season honor from the AFCA, Maher earned and All-Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) first-team honor and a spot on the New England Football Writers (NEFW) Division II/III team.

Johnston, who also appeared on the NEFW D-II/III team, enjoyed his best season with the Buccaneers by recording a career-best 57.0 total tackles, including 37 solo stops and 20 assists in 10 contests. The defensive lineman from Raynham, Massachusetts tallied career-highs in sacks (12.5), tackles for a loss (19.5), and forced fumbles (three) in 10 games this fall and was also named to the All-MASCAC first team. 

In four seasons with the Buccaneers, Johnston tallied 164.0 total tackles, including 121 solo stops to go along with 49.5 tackles for a loss and 25.5 sacks. He also recorded eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and seven pass breakups, including three last season.

Western New England Secures Our New England D-III Women’s Team of the Month

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Emily Farrell and Meghan Orbann have been two players to watch on Western New England this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Western New England has enjoyed a very successful start to its 2019-20 season.

The Golden Bears have won six of seven contests and head into their final week of the semester with some serious momentum. And that momentum, as well as their impressive play has earned WNE our Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Team of the Month honor for November.

WNE secured the fourth spot in our weekly Top 10 New England D-III Women’s Basketball Poll yesterday for the second-straight week following a post-Thanksgiving Day win over Roger Williams.

Before their win over the Hawks, the Golden Bears picked-up some impressive regional wins against Babson CollegeEastern Connecticut State, UMass Dartmouth, and Worcester State.

WNE’s lone loss of the season came early last month against Springfield College.

This week, the Golden Bears will look to conclude the first semester with two more wins when they host Salve Regina University on Wednesday, December 4th before visiting Endicott College on Saturday, December 7th. Following their visit to Beverly, Massachusetts, the Golden Bears will be off until the first week of January when they host Westfield State.

WNE is currently third in field goal percentage (38.6%) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), but first in free throw percentage (75.9%). Meghan Orbann is seventh in the conference in points per game (13.1), while Emily Farrell is tied for eighth with 13.0 points per game.

Players to Watch on Western New England: 

  • Meghan Orbann: The senior is averaging a career-best 13.1 points per game – she has tallied 92 points in seven games this season on 29 of 69 shooting … Orbann has converted 14 of 31 three-pointers and has pulled down 45 rebounds … Through seven contests, Orbann has recorded 14 steals and 13 assists.
  • Emily Farrell: The senior guard is averaging 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in seven contests this season … Farrell is second on the team in points (91) and third in rebounds (33) … She leads the Golden Bears with 30 assists and is tied for second with eight steals.
  • Courtney Carlson: Carlson is third on the team in points (9.9), rebounds (4.7), and assists (2.0) per game … The senior forward’s 9.9 points per game is currently a career-best … Through seven contests, Carlson has recorded 32 rebounds, 14 assists, and 14 steals.

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, November 26th, 2019)

 

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 second Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor 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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Nick Tracy was a player to watch this past week with the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Player of the Week: Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 22 points, 8.7 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block per contest in three games for the Falcons. He posted 24 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 94-81 setback to Rhode Island College last Tuesday before adding 24 points, 13 boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks in a 93-87 triumph against Thomas College on Friday. Tracy concluded the week with 18 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in an 84-62 loss to Amherst College on Saturday.


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Xavier Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game last week for the Falcons of Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kenzie Ullrich)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Xavier Betancourt (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Tampa, Fla.): Betancourt averaged nine points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal and 1.5 blocks per game over two contests for the Falcons. Netted nine points, seven caroms and one block in a 94-81 setback to Rhode Island College on Tuesday before adding nine points, six boards, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in a 93-87 triumph over Thomas College on Friday.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Malik Brown (Assumption College |RS-Jr.| Waldorf, Md.): Brown led the Greyhounds to an 87-86 conference victory over Southern New Hampshire University this past Saturday afternoon. He put up 20 points in the victory, going 8-for-14 from the field and 1-for-3 from three-point range. He added seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 32 minutes of play.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr.| Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continues to lead the Hawks, averaging 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game with 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals. The third-year player shot 51.4 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from behind the arc. In Becker’s 71-70 win at MCLA last Saturday, Ribeiro posted 15 points and 11 rebounds on the day. It was Ribeiro’s fourth double-double through just seven games this season.

Joel Arteaga (Clark University | Soph. | Wyncote, Pa.): In a 2-0 week for the Cougars, the second-year guard averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. In a two-point win over Regis College, Arteaga posted 12 points on three of nine shooting, including six of eight from the charity stripe while tallying seven rebounds (two offensive boards), six assists, and two steals. Against Connecticut College, Arteaga exploded for a season-high 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting, including 7 of 13 from beyond the arc. He sank a pair of freebies while adding six boards, one assist, and one steal.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Tyler Dion was a player to watch last week, averaging 16 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. Against Dean College, Dion scored 21 points with five three-pointers, before scoring 11 points with three trifectas in a loss to nationally ranked Nichols  College this past Saturday. 

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson averaged 16 points per game while shooting 60.3% from the floor during WPI’s perfect 3-0 week.  The center was named MVP of the Paula Titus Memorial Invitational at UMass Boston after scoring a career-high 28 points in an opening-round victory over Eastern Nazarene and 18 points to along with a team-high eight rebounds in a championship victory over the host Beacons.  On the season, Stephenson is averaging 15.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 61.3% for the 16th-ranked Crimson and Gray.


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