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Player Perspective: Nick Ostrowski (WPI)

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Nick Ostrowski will be tasked with leading a talented WPI defense this fall, beginning next Friday, September 6th when the Engineers host Worcester State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

We’re another day closer to a brand new season of New England Division III football – can you feel the excitement in the air?

There is excitement swirling around the WPI Engineers, who enter the upcoming season as a team to watch, both in the region and New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Led by a talented senior class, including linebacker Nick Ostrowski, the Engineers are poised to contend with MIT and Springfield College for the top spot in the conference.

Ostrowski enters his final season with the Engineers with a great deal of optimism – he believes both the offense and defense will be much improved from a year ago after WPI concluded its 2018 campaign with a 6-4 record.

The Charlton, Massachusetts native posted career-highs last fall in total tackles (76.0) and tackles per game (8.4). He credits his success on the gridiron to his coaches and teammates, both past and current, who have inspired him to work even harder this summer, so he can enjoy a successful final season with the Engineers.

What did you do this summer to prepare yourself for a successful (and final) season with the Engineers? 

This summer was a great off-season for the team. Before we left for summer break we challenged each other to come back in the fall bigger, faster, and stronger by religiously following Coach Dan Ross‘s summer program. A lot of guys were working summer jobs around Worcester, so we were able to get a good group of guys together for the lifts and running.

This summer we definitely did more conditioning in order to have more wind for those late game situations. A big focus this summer was also to stay in contact with the team to ensure everyone was doing well and working hard.

You enjoyed one of your best seasons with WPI last fall. What made last season so successful from your perspective? 

It started with some good coaching followed by (a slew of) repetitions in practice last season. I felt like most of the game were slowing down for me, which allowed for better keys and quicker reads.

We have also had a lot of great mentors in (this program) the last couple of years, including Brian Murtagh and Sam Malafronte. Both Brian and Sam were guys we looked up to as younger linebackers, and I hope to replicate their leadership while being a good mentor to the younger guys on our team (this fall). 

We have a great foundation to build off of from one year ago with some younger guys gaining (in-game experience) and reps due to some injuries. I am very excited for this season (and to see) what we can do.

How have preseason practices gone from your perspective? Also, how has the defense looked?

Preseason has been going great with a lot of guys working very hard, but there is still a lot of work to do before our first game. Everyone on the team is focusing on getting better at a few things every day.

Since our team is pretty experienced, we focus on the details and the little things within a practice so we can try and perfect our techniques and movements.

The defense is looking very good (thus far) and we are excited to get on the field (and face future opponents). We are trying some new things out defensively and are being tested both mentally and physically, but we are performing very well under these circumstances.

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Nick Ostrowski (51) is one of many seniors to watch on WPI this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

What are some goals and objectives you have for both yourself and team this fall? 

A big goal for us this fall is just to constantly get better in each practice and each game. We need to focus on one game at a time and treat each week as if we are 0-0.

We look forward to getting out on the field and hopefully our hard work this summer can translate to (our upcoming) games.

You are one of many seniors on this year’s squad, so how do you and your classmates want to end your time with this program? 

Our senior class is extremely talented – we are also a very close group, too.

We were fortunate enough to be part of the WPI football program for three consecutive winning seasons, which is a pretty special thing, especially when looking at our team’s history. A good ending to our time (in Worcester) would be to continue that (recent success) and to win a NEWMAC crown.

We know we have the tools to achieve these goals, so we just need to go out there and execute on the field.

Finally, your team begins its season against Worcester State next Friday. Excited to compete under the lights for the final time? 

September 6th cannot come soon enough, we are very excited to take the field next Friday (against Worcester State).

The guys are fired up to get out there and show how we improved as a team.


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D3 Football: WPI Announces Captains For 2019 Season

WPI_Engineers_Logo_By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

We may be a few months away from a brand new season of New England D3 football, but more news of captains announcements was made earlier this week when WPI unveiled its three student-athletes that will be leading the Engineers in 2019.

As seen on the team’s Instagram account, halfback Sean McAllen, defensive back Sam Casey, and linebacker Nick Ostrowski were each named captain for the 2019 season.

All three were members of the 2018 squad, which finished 6-4 overall, including 4-3 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

Similar to our recent posts about teams’ football captains for the 2019 season, here is some information on all three student-athletes that will be tasked with leading the Engineers next fall.

  • Sean McAllen (Halfback | Prospect, Conn.): McAllen concluded the 2018 season with 576 rushing yards on 144 carries (64.0 yards per contest) and nine rushing touchdowns while hauling in a pair of scores on 17 receptions for 223 receiving yards. McAllen ended the season as on the Worcester Area Football Association’s second team, while also earning first-team all-conference from the NEWMAC.
  • Sam Casey (Defensive Back | Winchester, Mass.): The Winchester native posted a career-high 65.0 total tackles last fall, including a career-best 23 assists. He concluded the 10 game schedule with 42 solo stops, seven tackles shy of matching his career-high of 49, which he recorded during the 2017 season. Additionally, Casey recorded three tackles for a loss and a trio of interceptions, along with a pair of pass break-ups. For his effort, Casey was tabbed first-team all-conference by the NEWMAC, while also earning a spot on the Worcester Area Football Association’s first-team defense.
  • Nick Ostrowski (Linebacker | Charlton, Mass.): Ostrowski concluded his team’s 2018 campaign with a career-best 76.0 total tackles, along with a career-high 36 assists. The Charlton native tallied 40 solo stops, while also recording four tackles for a loss for 29 yards and two forced fumbles. Ostrowski was named first-team all-conference by the NEWMAC and earned a first-team nod on defense from the Worcester Area Football Association.

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Noontime Basketball: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 7-9)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Welcome to Friday, everyone – we made it!

Friday’s usually mean 10 Games to Watch on Noontime Sports, so let’s kick-off a brand new weekend with new slate of games we will be watching this weekend (Dec. 7-9).

Last Week: We finished 7-3, which isn’t bad, but we hold ourselves to high standards, so let’s see if we can improve on that mark this weekend and go 10-0! 


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Corey Sherman and the Brandeis Judges host Wesleyan in an important December clash on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sportspix.com / Mike Broglio)

Men’s Basketball: Wesleyan Univ. at Brandeis University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Judges’ starting five has been impressive this season, especially Collin Sawyer, Corey Sherman and Chandler Jones. Look for this trio to carry the Blue and White to an important non-conference win on Saturday. PREDICTION: Brandeis Univ. 

Men’s Basketball: WPI at Salem State (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Engineers scored a hard-fought win earlier this week against Framingham State, thanks to Jake Wisniewski‘s double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Look for the junior to carry the Red and White to their eighth win on Saturday. PREDICTION: WPI 

Men’s Basketball: Pine Manor at St. Joseph’s (Conn.) (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1p.m.): Since falling to Rhode Island College, the Blue Jays have won three-straight, including a 108-63 win over MCLA. Look for Jim Calhoun‘s squad to pick-up their sixth win of the season against the Gators. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (CT)

Men’s Basketball: UMass Boston at Western Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): The Colonials scored an impressive win earlier this week over Eastern Connecticut, which should provide the Blue and Orange with enough momentum to slow down the Beacons. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 

Men’s Basketball: Trinity College at Anna Maria (Saturday, Dec. 9th | 2 p.m.): The Bantams will place twice this weekend, including Sunday when they visit Anna Maria. Trinity has won three-straight, including a 69-52 win over Springfield College. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

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MIT’s Taylor V’Dovec netted a season-best 22 points on Wednesday in her team’s win over WPI. (PHOTO COURTESY: Dave Silverman)

Fitchburg State at So. Vermont (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 12 p.m.): Daniel Nagle‘s Falcons almost defeated Suffolk University on Thursday, but fell short (the Falcons lost to the Rams, 74-71). Look for the Green and Gold to bounce back on Saturday. PREDICTION: Fitchburg State 

Conn. College at Trinity College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): This one won’t count in the NESCAC standings, but it is a BIG one for both teams. The Bantams enter the game with some momentum, while Connecticut College will also enter the important clash with some momentum from a recent win over Roger Williams. PREDICTION: Conn. College 

Framingham State at Suffolk University (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 1 p.m.): These two teams needed an extra session last season to determine a winner, so don’t be surprised if some extra basketball occurs on Saturday in Boston. PREDICTION: Suffolk Univ. 

Skidmore at Middlebury College (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 2 p.m.): The Panthers have certainly been a team to watch thus far and should continue their early season success  against the Thoroughbreds. Keep an eye on Middlebury’s Catherine Harrison in this match-up. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Emmanuel College at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 8th | 3 p.m.): Since falling to Amherst College last month, the Saints have appeared unstoppable, winning three-straight, including a 79-67 win over Connecticut College. They should certainly provide some challenges for the Engineers, who will need big games from Kara Holinski and Taylor V’Dovec to secure an important non-conference win. PREDICTION: MIT 


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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Dec. 4th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means its time to unveil our fourth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Men’s Player of the Week: Matt Morrow (Nichols College | Soph. | Leicester, Mass.):Morrow averaged a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 74 percent from the floor in a pair of conference wins for the Bison last week. He dropped in 18 points and pulled down seven boards in a win over Salve Regina on Wednesday, then posted 18 points and pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds in a win over arch rival Endicott. Morrow is averaging 14.5 points and 11.2 rebounds in six games this season.

Hassell WEB WACBA WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Eddie Hassell (Worcester State | Fr. | Milton, Mass.): The two-time reigning MASCAC Rookie of the Week helped the Lancers score back-to-back wins over Lasell College and Connecticut College by averaging seven points and four rebounds. Against the Lasers, Hassell netted eight points on 3 of 7 shooting, while adding two points at the free throw line. Additionally, he recorded four rebounds and one block in the win, too. Against the Camels, he stuffed the stat sheet with six points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one assist.

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Kareem Davis (Becker College | Sr.| Lowell, Mass.): Davis averaged 24.3 points per game over three games this past week, with 5.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals. The senior team captain shot 45 percent from the floor and 32 percent from behind the arc. Unquestionably the highlight of his season so far came on Tuesday as the Hawks hosted Springfield College, who had been ranked #7 in the country the week before. Davis scored a career-high 34 points to lead Becker to the upset victory, their first of the season.

Jacob Grandison (Holy Cross | Soph.|Oakland, Calif.): Led the team with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals at Harvard. He also made all five of his three-point attempts at Harvard, to tie the school single-game record for three-point percentage. He then totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. For the week, Grandison averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals on the week, while hitting 54.5 percent from three-point range.

Jake Wisniewski (WPI | Jr.|West Brookfield, Mass.): Wisniewski narrowly missed a double-double with 9.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as the 6-0 Engineers went 2-0 last week. He began with 11 points and a game-best 10 rebounds at Tufts on Tuesday. The local product then scored eight points and hauled in 11 boards in a WACBA showdown Saturday at Fitchburg State.

Shaun McCarthy (Worcester State | Jr.|Oxford, Mass.): McCarthy averaged 15 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as the Lancers went 2-0 on the week. McCarthy opened the week with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double in a win over Lasell College on Thursday, before putting up 14 points in a win over Connecticut College on Saturday. McCarthy currently ranks second on the Lancers with 13.1 points per game.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Three (Nov. 27th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER  Another busy week of Worcester area basketball has been recorded, which means its time to unveil our third Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Women’sPlayer of the Week: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis continued her impressive start to the season by posting back-to-back double-doubles for the Crusaders in a pair of wins last week. Against the University of Rhode Island, she had 17 points and 15 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. She followed that impressive showing a few days later with 16 points and 12 rebounds against the University at Albany. Manos has now posted four double-doubles in her first five games this year, along with a double-digit point total in all five contests, too.

LaBarbera WACBA WEB NS WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera’s stellar rookie campaign continued as she guided the Crusaders to a 2-0 week. Against the University of Rhode Island, she recorded 12 points – all in the second half – and four assists to guide Holy Cross in a come-from-behind victory. Against the University at Albany on Sunday, she chipped in 11 points, including three 3-pointers, along with a career and season-best seven rebounds. LaBarbera has now recorded double-digits in four of five games this year.

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Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College |Sr. |Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 62.1% from the floor, 66.7% from three and 64.3% from the foul line last week. In Assumption’s close loss against eighth-ranked Bentley University, O’Donnell led the team with 32 points, her second 30-point performance this year, along with three rebounds and one assist. In the Hounds’ victory over Georgian Court, O’Donnell contributed 15 points, five assists, and six rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark Univ.| Soph.| Douglas, Mass.): In her team’s lone outing last week against Anna Maria College, the second year forward posted a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds, while adding four steals, one assist and one block.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi netted a double-double of 25 points and ten rebounds to go along with two assists and five steals in a 67-63 setback to Curry College last Tuesday evening in the Falcons’ lone contest of the week.

Kate Surprenant (Worcester State | Sr. | Pelham, N.H.): Surprenant averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists in a pair of wins last week for the Lancers. The New Hampshire native started the week 12 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 66-54 win over Western New England before netting a season-high 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 2 of 4 from beyond the arc in a 55-36 win over Wellesley College. In addition to 17 points against the Blue, Surprenant also recorded three rebounds and three steals.

Spencer Vinson (WPI | Jr. | Los Angeles, Calif.): Vinson came off the bench to score 11 points and haul in a career-high 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s home win over Nichols College. The junior currently leads the 4-1 Crimson and Gray in scoring (11.8 points per game), rebounding (8.8 rebounds per game) and blocks (4), while checking-in second in steals (5).


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