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. 

 

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Nov. 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) 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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Avery LaBarbera averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Holy Cross women’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Soph. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera led the Crusaders in a 2-0 week by averaging 22 points and eight rebounds per game while also totaling 11 assists and seven steals and committing only one foul and one turnover. She went 7-for-12 (.583) from three-point range and shot .552 from the field. In the team’s 87-75 win against Bryant University last Wednesday, she netted 25 points — the second-highest total of her career — on 9-for-12 shooting with five assists, no turnovers, and three steals. In a 68-42 victory over Merrimack College this past Saturday, LaBarbera had the second double-double of her career with a 19-point, 10-rebound showing, along with six assists and four steals. LaBarbera currently ranks seventh in the nation with a 6.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.


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Assumption College’s Monica Spain was instrumental in helping the Greyhounds win their home-opener this past weekend against Southern New Hampshire. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gil Talbot)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Monica Spain (Assumption College | Freshman | Braintree, Mass.): Spain guided the Hounds to an exciting home-opening win this past Saturday against Southern New Hampshire by netting 14 points on five of seven shooting, while sinking all four free throws. She ended the game with six rebounds (three offensive boards), four assists, and four steals. 


WACBA Women’s Basketball Milestone: Congratulations to Kerry Phayre, the coach of Assumption College women’s basketball, who earned her 400th win this past Saturday when the Greyhounds defeated Southern New Hampshire, 61-51.


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

Sienna Johnson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Brockton, Mass.): Johnson tallied 37 points, five rebounds, five steals, and four assists in a 2-1 week for the AMCATs. She began the week with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting in a 66-25 win over Lesley University before netting eight points in a 78-42 victory against Bay Path. She ended the week with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 68-59 setback to Eastern Nazarene. 

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 16.0 points this week while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from beyond the arc. Capacchione recorded seven rebounds and two assists to go along with two steals and one block in her team’s home-opener win against Southern New Hampshire

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Senior | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison scored 11 points with four rebounds and three steals at Emmanuel College on Friday, against one of the top teams in the country.

Samantha Maglione (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Bolton, Mass.): Maglion posted 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field as well as shooting 5-for-9 from beyond the arc with one rebound and one assist in an 87-71 setback to Albertus Magnus on Saturday afternoon.

Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney was nearly perfect last week with a field goal percentage of 92.3 in the 1-1 week for Worcester State. Sweeney shot 6-for-6 for 13 points in a narrow loss to Western New England on Tuesday evening, before going 6-for-7 for 13 points in a come-from-behind victory over Keene State on Saturday.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Sr. | Los Angeles, CA): Vinson posted a pair of double-doubles in two of three contests last week. The center erupted for 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in WPI’s 60-41 road win at Fitchburg State last Thursday before completing her week with a 13-point, 10-rebound performance in a road loss at Regis College on Saturday.  The senior shot 50% from the field in both games.


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

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 2019)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area has officially begun, which means it is time to unveil our initial 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 moved into fifth place on the all-time scoring list at Nichols College this past weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

MBB POW: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 25.0 points, 5.5 assists, and 5.5 rebounds while being named the MVP of the Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament this past weekend at WPI. Bruton netted 17 points in a win over Eastern Connecticut State on Friday, then poured in 33 points to go with seven assists, five boards, and three steals in 40 minutes of action in a win over New England College. In the process, Bruton moved into sole possession of fifth-place on the all-time scoring list at Nichols.


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Isiah Gaiter has enjoyed a successful start to his collegiate career with Assumption College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week: Isiah Gaiter (Assumption College | Fr. | Meriden, Conn.): Gaiter is the Greyhounds’ fourth top scorer after four games this season, averaging 9.5 points per contest. He has recorded 14 rebounds in four games, too, to go along with 13 assists and a team-high seven steals. He is averaging 15.4 points per 40 minutes and is shooting 50 percent (13-26) from the field and 83.3 percent (10-12) from the free-throw line.


Men’s Basketball Milestone: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, MA): Rapoza has enjoyed a successful start to his final season with the AMCATs by recording four consecutive double-doubles, including 22 points and 19 rebounds earlier this month against Salem State University. His impressive effort against the Vikings helped him reach 1,000-points and 1,000 rebounds.

Men’s Basketball Milestone: Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion got off to a quality start to his senior season, averaging 15.3 points per game in the year’s first four contests. Dion’s strongest outing of the week came in the consolation game of the Williams College Tip-Off Tournament when he scored 24 points while reaching the 1,000-point plateau. Dion netted 594 points as a member of the Nichols College men’s basketball program before transferring to Worcester State prior to his junior season.


Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly has scored 82 points in four contests this season while leading the Greyhounds in points per game (20.5). He has contributed 18 assists and has pulled down 16 rebounds. He is currently shooting 45.2 percent (14-31) from behind the arc and 72.7 percent (8-11) from the free-throw line.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro had a strong open to his 2019-2020 season, averaging 16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game over four games. The third-year player shot 49.1 percent from the floor over that stretch, leading the Hawks to a 2-2 record. Ribeiro was named to the All-Tournament team of the Buffalo Wild Wings Classic hosted by Stevenson University for his play this past weekend.

Tyler Davern (Clark University | Jr. | Webster, Mass.): In four contests this season, Davern has averaged 22.5 points and 9.8 rebounds. He recently netted a career-high 36 points to go along with 13 rebounds last Friday in his team’s 80-70 win over the University of Maine at Presque Isle before posting a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-65 setback to Wesleyan University.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Tracy averaged 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, two steals and one block per game in a 3-0 start for the Falcons. Tracy netted 29 points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in an 83-74 season-opening victory against Lasell College. He then added 24 points, seven boards, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in a 90-79 triumph over Clark University on Wednesday before notching 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in an 81-80 victory over Dean College on Saturday.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, Mass.): Stephenson has been the Crimson and Gray’s leading scorer through three contests with 42 points on 18 of 29 shooting (6 of 10 from the charity stripe). He also leads the team with 27 rebounds. Stephenson’s best outing of the season came this past weekend when netted a season-high 20 points on 10 of 12 shooting while adding eight rebounds (two offensive caroms) and two assists in an 88-63 win over Eastern Nazarene.