New England D3 Hoops Round-Up: Saturday Highlights (LINKS)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Saturday was a crazy day in New England D3 Hoops with upsets, new records and yes, even a coach earning 100 wins – congrats Coach Santa Fe!

Here are the highlights from what was an exciting and busy day of D3 Hoops!

Let’s congratulate (once again) Coach Angela Santa Fe on reaching 100 wins as the Regis College  women’s basketball team defeated Suffolk University in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play.

Johnny McCarthy and the Amherst College men’s basketball team cruised to an impressive win over Hamilton College this afternoon. The win – the Mammoths’ 10th of the season and second in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play – halted the Continentals’ 15-game winning streak, which dates back to last November!

The Amherst College women’s basketball team established a new program for consecutive wins – 51, to be exact – as they also defeated Hamilton this afternoon, too.

Nick Gilpin recorded a layup with 13 seconds remaining, which helped Bates College stun Tufts University, 77-75. The win snapped a three-game losing streak, too.

Abby Kelly scored a team-high 17 points as the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team cruised to a 74-33 win over Colby College to improve to 17-0 overall.

David Reynolds netted a career-high 29 points to lead the Bowdoin men’s basketball team past Colby, 83-77. The Polar Bears led the Mules, 46-33 at the break, but relied on its defense to secure the win as Colby outscored the hosts, 44-37, in the second half.

MIT erased a five-point deficit at the break to defeat Babson College in overtime by a score of 80-78. Bradley Jomard (MIT) recorded a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds in the win – he almost recorded a triple-double, but finished with eight assists.

The UMass Dartmouth women’s basketball team netted 31 points in the third quarter en route to defeating Plymouth State, 78-64.

The UMass Boston women’s basketball team rebounded from a mid-week setback to defeat Keene State this afternoon to secure a season sweep for the second time in program history.

Thanks to 15 points from Alex Goslin, the Springfield College women’s basketball team was able to defeat Babson College for an important New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory.

The WPI men’s basketball team collaborated for 13 trifectas this afternoon to defeat Clark University.

A 28 point third quarter helped the Castleton University women’s basketball team defeat Thomas to improve to 10-0 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play.

Despite a 58-49 setback to Gordon College, Curry College’s Emily Irwin recorded her 1,000th point, while pacing the Colonels with a game-high 20 points.

Olivia Bolden became the third member of the Albertus Magnus women’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points.

Sam Maglione netted six triples and tallied 26 points as Worcester State women’s basketball top Fitchburg State to even its record at 8-8.

A second half surge helped Nichols College men’s basketball rally to defeat Roger Williams (82-79) and extend its current winning streak to five-games.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Five (Weds., Jan. 3rd)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Co-Player of the Week: Cassidy Harrison (Becker | So. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison scored a season-high 22 points in just 16 minutes as Becker moved to 3-0 in conference play with a 66-27 victory over Southern Vermont. Harrison shot four of five from behind the arc and five of seven from inside. The sophomore was also a force at the defensive end with six steals.


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Women’s Co-Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 14.8 points and 10 rebounds, 3.25 assists and 3.25 steals over four games. The senior scored 12 and swiped the ball seven times versus Wells. She then scored 17 and notched a career-high 14 rebounds against SUNY New Paltz after logging 17 and 10 versus Spalding nine days earlier. Biney ended the year with 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal against Ramapo.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Franchesca Hammond (Anna Maria | Fr. | Worcester, Mass.): The local product produced 11 points and two rebounds in a setback to undefeated Bowdoin last week.


Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): Russo netted 14 points with 6 boards against Hunter College.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell was solid for Assumption, averaging 14.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 56.0 percent as team went 1-2 over the holiday break. The junior posted 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a loss to AIC. She followed it up with 14 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in a three-point loss to LIU Post before her 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists propelled Assumption to a 56-50 win over Molloy.

Brianna Hackett (Worcester St. | Sr. | Hollis, N.H.): The senior guard scored a team-high 13 points, going 3-for-5 (60%) from 3-point range, in the Lancers’ setback to Birmingham-Southern Thursday afternoon.

Noontime 2017 Year In Review: Revisiting The New England D3 Football Season

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Earlier this season, we unveiled our Noontime Sports 2017 Team of the Year, but now it is time to re-visit the New England Division III season once more!

That’s right, it’s time for a Noontime 2017 Rewind as we look back on the past few months of coverage, while slowly looking ahead to what we can expect from the New England Division III Football world in 2018.

It was a great year of coverage and we certainly look forward to doing it again next season, so stay tuned, New England Division III football fans and friends!

Teams of the YearFor starters, we must begin with Husson University, which was led by senior tailback John Smith, who rushed for 31 touchdowns this season and 2,242 yards on 340 carries.

Smith, who was tabbed our Offensive Player of the Year, guided the Eagles to an exciting postseason victory over Springfield College before putting a scare into Delaware Valley in round two – the win over the Pride was the Eagles’ first-ever playoff win.

Despite falling short to the Aggies, the Eagles left a serious impression on us for the upcoming season and will certainly be one of our top teams to watch in 2018.

Springfield College also enjoyed an impressive 2017 campaign, winning 10-straight regular season contests, as well as the first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. The Pride scored an exciting opening day win against Western New England, which was followed-up with another impressive victory against Kean (28-8) in week two.

The Pride concluded their season with an impressive 435.2 rushing yards per game, while the defense held opponents to roughly 12 points per game. Senior halfback Jordan Wilcox was one of four nominees for this year’s Gagliardi Trophy.

Trinity College and Williams College are two other schools that deserve this particular honor – the Bantams captured another New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown this fall, while the Ephs enjoyed a bounce-back season under second-year coach Mark Raymond. The Ephs received a boost from first-year (and NESCAC Rookie of the Year) quarterback Bobby Maimaron, who led the Purple and Gold past Amherst College in the final game of the year – it was an overtime thriller!

Let’s not forget about Curry College or Framingham State – both teams met in the New England Bowl last month and will certainly be teams to watch in 2018. Additionally, we cannot overlook WPI, which won its first-ever postseason game against SUNY Maritime in the New England Bowl, too. The Engineers could certainly be a team that challenges the Pride for the top seed in the NEWMAC last year, so let the countdown to Springfield-WPI begin! Another team to watch in the NEWMAC next season … MIT!

Finally, a tip of the cap is due to Plymouth State, which again enjoyed another winning season – the Panthers captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown en route to a first-round playoff match-up against Brockport.

The NESCAC Nine Game Schedule was … AWESOMEThe nine-game schedule in the NESCAC this season was awesome … seriously, we really enjoyed it!

Every week was must-see, must-follow and must-watch football – everyone had a chance to contend for the crown and a new storyline always unfolded after the final game concluded.

Trinity College may have been the team to beat again this season, but watching Amherst CollegeMiddlebury College and Williams College compete with them for the top spot was extremely exciting. Additionally, let’s not overlook Tufts University and Wesleyan University, which also provided the Bantams with some challenges along the way to another league crown, too.

Outside the race for the crown, it was awesome to see the Maine triangle (Bates CollegeBowdoin College and Colby College) continue their CBB rivalry.

We are really excited to see what happens next year, but all in all, the nine-game schedule was awesome!

The Football Friday PodcastAs sports media evolves, so does Noontime Sports and it seems like our weekly – and yes, sometimes bi-weekly – podcast on New England Division III football worked, so thank you all for tuning in/listening to our various conversations with coaches, student-athletes and media members.

We’ll continue it again next season, but certainly open to additional ideas or thoughts – maybe we should do a special segment like a ‘lightening round?’ Luckily, we have time to figure out some additional content ideas before a new season kicks-off, so keep your eyes out for season two of Football Friday, which will most likely begin next August.

ESPN D3 Coverage … MORE PLEASE: It was great to see the Coast Guard-Merchant Marine game streamed on ESPN3 last month – we need to see more games like this one on the four-letter network next year and beyond. Perhaps we could see more Division III (and some Division II games, too) on a new streaming service/platform, which ESPN plans to roll out next year? It is possible, so let’s see what happens, but that would be a great place for fans to go to watch and stream games.

Closing ThoughtsIt was a great season – seriously, it was a tremendous year with some great stories and outcomes, which means 2018 should be even more exciting. We’re counting down the days to camp – yep, the clock is ticking in our office – and will look forward to bringing you coverage of New England Division III Football in 2018, so see you all on the gridiron soon!

WACBA HONOR ROLL: Men’s Basketball Week Four (Tuesday, Dec. 12th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the fourth week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week:
 
Marcos Echevarria (Nichols | Jr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria helped the Bison win three-straight games last week, while averaging 26.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. He scored 25 points, including 7-of-14 three-pointers, to go with five rebounds and five assists and a block in a 91-79 win at Roger Williams. He followed that up with 28 points, with 6-of-10 triples, four rebounds and five assists in a 90-77 win over Becker. He wrapped up the week with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 106-76 win at Anna Maria. For the week, Echevarria shot 46.7% (25-of-55) from the field, 50% (18-of-36) from beyond the arc, and 84.6% (11-of-13) from the free throw line.


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Rookie of the Week
: Biko Gayman (Clark University | Fr. | Port Pierce, Fla.): Clark rookie, Biko Gayman has an impressive week for the Cougars boasting 23.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.5 steals per game as they split their two games on the week. In a tough set back to Fitchburg State the Port Pierce native scored 11 points to go with his four assists and two steals before lifting Clark to victory over Newbury with 36 points, seven steals and six assists adding six boards.


Honorable Mentions

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday against Nichols, while tallying 10 points against Amherst College and 17 against Nichols College.

Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola stepped up this week for the Hawks of Becker College, averaging 21.7 points, 9.3 rebounds 2.7 assists and one block per game. After standout performances against Worcester State and regional powerhouse Nichols, Durodola had a monster performance against Gordon on Saturday, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds as the Hawks outlasted the Scots in overtime, 79-75. For the season, the junior ranks top six in the NECC in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 17.7 points, six rebounds, 0.3 assists and one steal per contest over three games for the Falcons. He notched a game-best 28 points, eight boards, one assist and one steal in a 90-70 triumph over Clark on Tuesday before adding ten points, five caroms and two steals in a setback to Williams on Thursday. Perez concluded the week with 15 points and five boards in an 85-63 loss to MIT on Saturday.

Will Watkins Jr. (Worcester State | Soph. | Southbridge, Mass.): Will Watkins Jr. averaged 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a block in an 0-3 week for Worcester State. He was one rebound short of a double-double in the setback to Becker as he posted 20 points, shooting 53.3% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range, collected nine boards and two blocks. In the loss to Mount Ida he recorded 16 points and seven rebounds, and put up 12 points with six rebounds and two assists in the loss to Salve Regina. Overall this week, he shot 45.2% from the field.

Chris Rodgers (WPI | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Rodgers averaged 20.5 points, on 17 of 29 shooting (58.6%) and five rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Engineers. He began with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes as the Engineers avenged their opening weekend loss in the Coghlin tournament final, and handed No. 20 Eastern Connecticut its first loss, with a 75-70 victory in Willimantic. The local product then pumped in a career and game-high 31 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in an OT setback to Salem State.

D3 Hoops Notebook: NEWMAC Squads Highlight First Few Weeks Of Play

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

We’re just a few weeks into a brand new season of New England Division III basketball – maybe I shouldn’t say a ‘new season’ since a few weeks of hoops have already been recorded!

While we are starting to see certain teams emerge from the pack, we are also seeing some of the usual squads like Babson and WPI begin to pick-up momentum at the right time.

Last night – Thursday, December 7th, to be exact – the Beavers and Engineers scored impressive regional wins by knocking off Amherst and Eastern Connecticut State.

Both Amherst and Eastern Connecticut State are Top 25 teams, per the latest D3Hoops.com Men’s Basketball Poll.

For Babson, it was clutch free throw shooting down the stretch – the Beavers concluded the game eight of nine as a team from the stripe, while Amherst finished four of six. Babson’s Shyheim Ulrickson connected on all three freebies, while Nick Comenale was a perfect two-for-two. 

WPI had five players net double-figures in their 75-70 win over Eastern Connecticut, including Kahleb Downing, who added 15 points off the bench. Downing concluded the game four-of-seven from beyond the arc, while also recording seven assists, six boards and one block.

The win was WPI’s fifth of the season, while the loss halted Eastern Connecticut’s seven-game winning streak.

WPI is back in action tomorrow – that would be Saturday, December 9th, to be exact – when they host Salem State at 2 p.m. The Vikings are coming off their initial New England Big 4 Challenge win this past weekend, which included wins over Babson and Tufts.

In addition to solid wins by Babson and WPI, the NEWMAC saw a few other teams pick-up some impressive non-conference victories last night as Wheaton defeated Lasell, 65-60, while MIT topped Rhode Island College, 76-63, thanks to a career-high 32 points from Cameron Korb, who connected on 10 of 16 shots, including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. 

As of today, MIT and Wheaton sit atop the NEWMAC with eight wins, respectively, while Babson, Coast Guard, Emerson and WPI have captured five games apiece.

News and Notes from New EnglandAs mentioned above, the Salem State men’s basketball team captured its first-ever New England Big 4 Challenge this past weekend when they defeated Babson and Tufts. I had a chance to PA Announce the game last weekend and wrote a few words about the Vikings’ win for D3Hoops.com.

The Middlebury women’s basketball team is off to a great start – they captured their eighth-straight contest last night by defeating Sage, 56-50. Middlebury’s Maya Davis led all scorers with 18 points. The Panthers take on Skidmore this evening at 8 p.m

As of this morning, Middlebury is one of five NESCAC women’s basketball teams that have yet to drop a single contest this season. Amherst, Bowdoin, Hamilton and Tufts remain undefeated as well, while Connecticut College and Williams have won six games, respectively.

Since falling to Wesleyan a few weeks ago, the Nichols men’s basketball team has won five-straight, including a 91-79 victory earlier this week against Roger Williams. The win against the Hawks was the team’s third-straight conference victory of the season. The two teams will meet again in January.

Games to Watch this WeekendAs always, Friday and Saturday will be busy days here in New England, so make sure to stay connected with both myself (@MattNoonan11) and (@NoontimeSports) on Twitter for scores and updates. Here are a few games I’ll be watching this weekend:

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Middlebury at No. 16 Skidmore | Friday, Dec. 8th at 6 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Middlebury at Skidmore | Friday, Dec. 8th at 8 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Brandeis at No. 18 Wesleyan | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Springfield at Worcester State | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: West Conn. at UMass Dartmouth | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 1 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Springfield at No. 2 Williams | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Salem State at WPI | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: UNE at Tufts | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 2 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball: Western Conn. at UMass Dartmouth | Saturday, Dec. 9th at 3 p.m.
  • Women’s Basketball: Conn. College at Roger Williams | Sunday, Dec. 10th at 2 p.m.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Two (Tuesday, Nov. 28th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER With the second week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week: Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): As Biney became the 18th WPI women’s basketball player to reach the 1,000-point milestone on Saturday, the local product tallied her third career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, to go with two blocks and a swipe as the Engineers defeated Bates 60-42. On Tuesday, Biney scored a game-best 22 points for the second consecutive game against Central Mass. opponents as WPI defeated Nichols, 60-33. She also racked up nine boards, six steals and four assists in Dudley.


CUTTING ROW 1128Rookie of the Week: Colleen Cutting (Worcester State | Fr. | Auburn, Mass.): The rookie averaged seven points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She recorded four points and three rebounds in the setback to Western New England earlier in the week. On Sunday, she went a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor with two triples, totaling 10 points with four rebounds and two assists in the win over Wellesley.


Honorable Mention: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): The junior center averaged 11 points and 11.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She posted eight points and seven rebounds with an assist and block in the Lancers’ 67-54 setback to Western New England on Tuesday. She then marked a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds, going 7-for-8 from the field with four assists and four blocks in the Lancers’ 64-47 win over Wellesley.

Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will once again be the home to WACBA this winter, and will post the weekly awards every Tuesday morning. Selections will also be published in the Telegram & Gazette each Wednesday as part of Jen Toland’s Campus Notes.
Make sure to keep up with WACBA (@WACBAHoops) for up-to-date news, notes, scores and more, while also following Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11).

D3 Basketball: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Mon. Nov. 27th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England NCAA Division III Basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll (Week Two: Monday, November 27th), as well as our teams on the rise.

Women’s Basketball Poll (Week One: Monday, November 27th, 2017) 

1. Tufts University (8)

Last Week: No. 1

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

2. Amherst College (3)

Last Week: No. 2

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

3. Bowdoin College 

Last Week: No. 3

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

4. Williams College 

Last Week: NR

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

5. Roger Williams 

Last Week: No. 9

Record: 4-1 (CCC)

6. Conn. College 

Last Week: NR

Record: 3-1 (NESCAC)

7. Middlebury College

Last Week: NR

Record: 4-0 (NESCAC)

8. UMass Dartmouth

Last Week: No. 4

Record: 2-1 (LEC)

9. WPI 

Last Week: NR

Record: 4-0 (NEWMAC)

10. Babson College

Last Week: No. 5

Record: 2-1 (NEWMAC)

ON THE RISE: Castleton University (4-0), Hamilton College (3-0), MIT (1-2), Smith College (4-1), St. Joseph’s (Maine) (4-1), Trinity College (3-0), University of New England (3-1), Westfield State (3-1)

PROGRAM NOTE: The NoontimeSports.com Top 10 New England Poll is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball Committee, which is made-up of athletic communications directors, coaches and media members. Stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter, while subscribing to our YouTube Channel!