Once again we go Off the Post to send a shout out to the Assumption Greyhounds’ men’s soccer team as they captured their first =-ever Northeast-10 Championship victory in program history.
Kevin Hernandez and Tyler Moreau scored for Assumption to lead their team in the 2-1 win over Saint Rose. Sebastian Jimenez made seven saves to earn the victory. The Greyhounds are one of the lowest seeds to ever win the NE10 Championship, tying a record set by Southern New Hampshire University (then called New Hampshire College) in 2000. Assumption defeated Le Moyne and American International to get to the conference championship game. The Greyhounds have earned an automatic bid in the NCAA tournament and now await their seeding and opponent in the tournament.
In local results Tuesday, Nov. 12 in women’s college basketball, Becker College prevailed, 64-60, in overtime over visiting Anna Maria College. Senior Cassidy Harrison led the Hawks with 24 points, including seven in the final minutes of regulation. Sarah Ware (Quabbin Regional) finished with eight points, five rebounds and two steals. Freshman forward Natasha Pacheco continued her dominant rookie season with 12 points, 15 rebound and four assists. Amber Wilson led the Amcats with 24 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Franchesca Hammond (Doherty High) pulled down a game-high 15 boards to go along with four assists and a block.
Worcester State University claimed a 65-22 win over Mount Holyoke College. The Lancers opened the contest on a 15-0 run, and would never look back in the victory. Mya Mosley (Wachusett Regional) was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on the evening. Off the bench, freshman Elizabeth Gallella poured in 11 points with three rebounds and three steals in just 13 minutes of action. Worcester State held Mount Holyoke to just 18-percent shooting from the floor on the evening.
In men’s ice hockey, Anna Maria tied with Franklin Pierce University, 1-1. After a scoreless first period the Amcats were able to get on the board on a double deflected power play shot that was finally put in by Sam Cyr-Ledoux. Stephen Jacobs later tied it for the Ravens. Julius Huset (0-0-1) made his first start of the season, coming away with 32 saves of the 33 shots that he faced.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 saw Clark sophomore Ginny Benbow’s 15-point performance lead five Cougars in double-figures as the team held off Fitchburg State, 71-69, in women’s basketball. Emily Sifferlen matched her teammate with 15 points while Hannah Favaloro (Douglas High) and Sarah Zambrano tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively. Sophomore Hallie Johnson (Wachusett Regional) logged her first career double-double, pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds to go with 10 points.
In field hockey, The Little East Conference Champion Worcester State University field hockey team saw its historic 2019 season come to a close, falling, 9-0, to Messiah College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Worcester State sees its season conclude with a mark of 18-5, the most wins in program history.
In men’s soccer, Kevin Hernandez scored the game-winner with less than five minutes left in regulation and the Assumption Greyhounds defeated the American International Yellow Jackets, 3-2, to advance to the program’s first ever Northeast-10 Conference Championship appearance. It was Hernandez’ second goal of the contest, as he connected in the 12th minute to give Assumption the 1-0 lead. Jason Lages’ 66th-minute goal gave the Greyhounds a 2-1 lead. Sebastian Jimenez made nine saves for Assumption.
In men’s basketball, Assumption defeated the Concordia College Clippers on the road, 86-61. Matthew Kelly led the all scorers with 25 points for Greyhounds, and added three steals. Branislav Vujadinovic put up a double-double, with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Malik Brown also posted a double-double, with 11 points and 10 defensive rebounds on the night. Red-shirt senior Jordan White came off the bench with 15 points and six rebounds in 14 minutes of play. Senior Patrick Fleming dished out a game-high seven assists for Assumption.
In men’s ice hockey Thursday, Nov. 14, Worcester State erased a three-goal deficit Thursday night to defeat Umass-Dartmouth, 5-3 The Corsairs got three goals in the game’s first 13 minutes to take the lead. Worcester State got on the board less than a minute after UMass-Dartmouth’s third goal, when Will Ahearn connected from the slot. With less than a minute remaining in the period, Kevin Drevitch batted home a goal on the rebound. Brian Smith found the back of the net twice in the first seven and a half minutes of the second period to give the Lancers their first lead of the night. Just over six minutes into the third, junior Jake Karelas extended Worcester State’s lead to 5-3.
On Friday, Nov. 15 in men’s basketball, Izaiah Winston-Brooks highlighted a late, 6-0, New England College run as the visiting Pilgrims upset No. 16 WPI, 78-73, in the opening round of the fifth annual Ted Coghlin Memorial Men’s Basketball Tournament. Junior Dakota Wheeler had a career night with 18 points and 17 rebounds, achieving his first career double-double before intermission. Reid Walker had a game-high 20 points, and Colin McNamara and Garrett Stephenson who both chipped in with 11. Drew Plante contributed eight of WPI’s 10 bench points, while Stephenson shared game-high assist honors with four.
The Nichols College Bison held off the Eastern Connecticut Warriors in a 74-56 victory in the other opening-round match-up. DeAnte Bruton led the Bison with 17 points, followed by teammates Jaekwon Spencer and Matt Morrow (Leicester High) with 12 apiece. Morrow added a game-high 12 rebounds.
Also in men’s basketball, Becker prevailed, 56-53, over McDaniel College in the first game of the Buffalo Wild Wings Classic. Sophomore guard Mekhi Chester led the Hawks with a career-high 16 points, shooting four of five from behind the arc with four rebounds and two assists. Jamir Carr shot six-of-seven from the floor for 14 points, with four assists and three steals. Mateus Ribeiro filled the stat line with 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Guard Jordan Rose-Wheatley added 11 points and dished out three assists. Clark earned their first win of the season as junior Tyler Davern (Bartlett High) scored a career-high 36 points on five three-pointers to power the Cougars to an 80-70 win over the University of Maine at Presque Isle in opening round action of the Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament. It was head coach Tyler Simms’ first win at the helm of the program. Junior Biko Gayman scored 20 points while also dishing out a game-high six assists.
In men’s ice hockey Anna Maria defeated the Suffolk University Rams, 3-2. Gavin Proeh started the scoring off for the AmCats in the first period with just under 10 minutes to go. Suffolk answered back in the second period on a power play goal by Jack Kelly, who then gave the Rams the lead in the third period with his second goal of the contest. With 13 minutes left in the third, Jack Sitzman tied it up for Anna Maria on an unassisted goal to send it into overtime. Assumption would start the extra period on a power play, and it only took 1:09 for Sam Cyr-Ladoux’s to give the Amcats the win. Julius Huset (1-0-1) saved 25 of the 27 shots he faced.
On Saturday in women’s basketball, Clark fell in opening-round action of the Dean Tip-Off Tournament as host Dean College held off the Cougars to collect a 75-66 victory. Junior Hannah Favaloro (Douglas High) corralled a new career-high of 24 rebounds while tallying a game-high 18 points to pick up her 12th career double-double and second of the year. Emily Sifferlen had a 16-point outing which included a season-high 10-of-17 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Hallie Johnson (Wachusett Regional) contributed 10 points.
Melanie Presseau scored 11 points, all in the second half, and had five steals to help lead WPI past Emerson College 56-45. Spencer Vinson had 10 points and five rebounds for the Engineers. The WPI bench accounted for 27 of the 56 points, led by Lisa Cristiano who had nine points and a team-high nine rebounds. Alex Scariati contributed eight rebounds and six assists for WPI, who improves to 3-0.
Anna Maria bested Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 66-53. Amber Wilson was the top scorer with 22 points, 5 assists and 10 rebounds. Sienna Johnson finished with 15 points and 5 steals. Alexis Levels finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. Franchesca Hammond (Doherty High) dished out a game-high seven assists.
In men’s basketball, Clark lost to Wesleyan, 75-65, in the championship round of the Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament. Junior Tyler Davern (Bartlett High) picked up his second consecutive double-double, as the forward posted game-highs with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Antonio Lapeyrolerie chipped in with 10 points in 14 minutes the bench, including a pair of three-pointers, while Anthony Grzembski (Bartlett High) added six with a pair of threes. DeAnte Bruton poured in a team-high 33 points, had seven assists and pulled down five rebounds to lead No. 10 Nichols past New England College, 107-104, in the championship game of the fifth annual Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament. For his efforts, Bruton was named tournament MVP. Matt Morrow (Leicester High) had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Jason O’Regan (Shephard Hill) added 25 points, including 22 in the second half, and Jaekwon Spencer had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Bison, who improved to 2-0.
In the consolation game, Garrett Stephenson netted 20 points and Colin McNamara chipped in 18 as host WPI knocked Eastern Connecticut, 88-63. Jake Wisniewski (Quaboag Regional) came off the bench to add 12 points and five assists. Reid Walker dished out five assists, and Stephenson led all players with eight boards.
Becker lost, 84-65, to host Stevenson University in the championship game of the Buffalo Wild Wings Classic. Hawks junior forward Mateus Ribeiro led Becker with 16 points, five assists, and three rebounds. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.
In men’s soccer, Mark Calnan and David Lapointe netted second-half goals as WPI madvanced to the second round in the NCAA Division III Championships with a 2-0 shutout of Nazareth-New York. Rufus Adams recorded his 10th clean sheet of the season.
In women’s soccer, Worcester State saw its 2019 season come to a close, falling, 2-0, to No. 7 Christopher Newport University in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. With the loss, the Lancers end their campaign with an overall record of 11-8-2.
In men’s ice hockey, Assumption’s Michael Zampanti put up a hat trick, but that wasn’t enough as the Greyhounds lost to the Saint Michael’s Purple Knights, 4-3, in overtime. Thomas Flack had the game winner for the visitors nine seconds into the extra session. David Zulauf made 30 saves for Assumption.
Worcester State stayed perfect in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference play, defeating Framingham State University, 5-0. Evan Schieber and Nick Pennucci (St. Peter-Marian) each scored goals on the man advantage in the second period to help Worcester State take a 3-0 lead through two periods. Petr Staif was the beneficiary of a goal of a Ram defenseman’s skate early in the third period, and junior Tim Drevitch capped the scoring. In net, sophomore Ryan Hoff recorded his first shutout of the season with a 30-save effort
On Sunday in women’s basketball, Clark fell in the consolation round of the Dean Tip-Off Tournament as Regis College received point contributions from 11 different players en route to a 72-52 final. Ginny Benbow and Hallie Johnson (Wachusett Regional) did their part for the Cougars as the duo matched one another for the game-high in points with 16 apiece while also combining for 13 rebounds. Sophomore Emily Sifferlen continued her hot start to the season, tallying 11 points to round out the Cougars’ scorers in double-figures. Hannah Favaloro (Douglas High) set the tone down low with a team-high nine rebounds, while Cam Richey (Whitinsville Christian) and Benbow aided the effort on the glass with five and four rebounds respectively.
Tanner Jameson delivered a goal in the final minute of regulation to provide defending national champion and fifth-ranked Tufts a thrilling 2-1 triumph over visiting WPI in a NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament second-round contest. Jivan Purutyan had the goal for the Engineers, his first collegiate goal. Rufus Adams recorded four saves in net for WPI, who finishes their season with a 13-4-4 record.
NO SURE BETT ON MOOKIE
And now on to today’s subject, I’ve had enough of the Mookie Betts guesses. There are only a handful of possibilities in the situation, ranging from the Red Sox trading him to them signing Betts to a long-term deal. You can make great arguments for a bunch of the possibilities, and some not-so-great ones for a few others. But in the end there is one absolute fact: There isn’t a single person out there that knows what’s going to happen.
Every time Betts name comes up, be it after winning an award or some writer putting stuff out there about Betts to generate clicks, the “experts” on social media will try to convince you their point of view is going to happen, with no real evidence to back up those opinions. They just want to be able to bask n the glory of being right, while quickly moving on to other subjects when they’re incorrect.
I know what I’d like to have happen, I like the Red Sox to sign Betts to a long-term deal. But that flies in the face of John Henry saying they’re going to cut payroll. I’m not going to give Henry any guff for wanting to cut the payroll, it’s his money after all and he gets to decide how he wants to spend it.
One thing that makes me wonder why they’d do it is trading Betts for prospects. Why would you trade one of the top-five players in the game today for a chance that one of those prospects turns into a top major leaguer? You already have a guy that turned into a top ball player, and I don’t understand why you’d trade him away hoping that lightning strikes twice.
It’s a lot like buying a $2 scratch ticket, winning $20, and then buying a $20 ticket with the winnings. You’d already turned your money into a big win, why risk it for a bigger win when the odds are against you?