Marissa’s Minutes: Feb. 7-13
After a week off, both men and women’s basketball teams return to conference play by traveling to Fitchburg State. Both games against Fitchburg state are part of the Sterling Cup. The Sterling Cup consists of any games between Worcester State and Fitchburg State. The Sterling Cup is awarded to whichever university holds more wins over the course of the school year. The town of Sterling is located directly between Worcester and Fitchburg, which is what the Sterling Cup is named after.
The women’s team picked up another MASCAC win, defeating Fitchburg 47-29. Three Lancers lead the game to capture the win. Britt Herring, freshman, had a game high of 11 points, while another freshman, Kaitlyn Berkel, racked up 14 rebounds, while scoring 12 points; Brianna Hackett recorded four assists. The Lancers were able to capture the win by outscoring the Falcons in each quarter. The strong rebounds and points off turnovers helped the Lancers take the edge as well. They moved to 4-4 in MASCAC play and received the point as part of the Sterling Cup.
The men’s team also took advantage of the Sterling Cup point, defeating the Falcons 73-71. Junior Ryan DiBernardo led the team, scoring a team- and game-high of 20 points, while recording 8 rebounds. Bilal Shakir scored 18 points, while Paul Brooks had a double-double, with 14 points and 17 rebounds. The Lancers 73% free throw average helped them to clinch their two-point win. It was DiBernardo’s free throw that helped the Lancers seal the conference win.
The men’s ice hockey team returned to conference play on Thursday, Feb. 11, hosting Fitchburg State, which is part of the Sterling Cup. The Lancers came up big, clinching a MASCAC win as well as a Sterling Cup win. Just under three minutes into the first period, Fitchburg scored the first goal of the game, but that didn’t ruin the Lancer’s mindset. With two minutes left in the first period, Cody Weaver and Andrew Etheridge passed the puck to Brian Allen who fired a shot into the goal to tie the game. Marcus Mazur scored on a power play in the second period, assisted by Nicholas Drill and Cody Slocum. The Lancer’s senior, Nicholas Drill, started the third period off right scoring right away, assisted by Mike Moran. Their MASCAC record moved to 3-11-1.
On Saturday the 13th, the hockey team traveled to Westfield State for another conference matchup. The Lancers faced a 7-2 conference loss to the Owls. Westfield State scored one goal in the first period, five goals in the second, and two in the third. The Lancers finally rallied back with four minutes to go in the game, when Patrick Germain fired a shot in the net and with just ten seconds left, Cris Villarreal scored with the help from Marcus Mazur and Alex DeWitz. The Lancers used all three goalies in this game and now move to 3-12-1 in the MASCAC. They return to play on Tuesday, Feb. 16, to host Division II, Assumption.
The men and women’s basketball team traveled to Bridgewater State for MASCAC play.
Unfortunately, the Lancers suffered a ten point MASCAC loss, moving their record to 4-5 in the conference. The Lancers kept up with the Bears the first two quarters, outscoring them, but failed to keep their lead in the third quarter, scoring only nine points while the Bears scored 25. The Lancers fought back hard in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to maintain the lead they had in the first half. Britt Herring, freshman, had a double-double scoring a team high of 16 points, with 10 rebounds, while other freshman, Kaitlyn Berkel also had a double-double, scoring 12 points and maintaining 13 rebounds. Brianna Hackett was four for four scoring 12 points just from three-pointers. The Lancers were 73% at the free throw line and had a 61% scoring average. They return to play at Framingham State on Wednesday, the 17th.
The men’s team dropped a conference game match-up, 67-65. The game was tied at 65, with just 22 seconds remaining when Bridgewater anxiously triggered a jumper to capture the win and end the game. Junior Paul Brooks had a game high of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Bilal Shakir also had 11 rebounds, and 17 points. Alex Santos scored 15 points for the Lancers. Worcester State fell to 7-2 in the MASCAC and also return to play on on Wednesday against Framingham State.
For the women’s indoor track and field team, they placed third at the MASCAC Championship, while the men’s team placed second. Those who qualified for the Division III New England’s will travel to Middlebury for their respective championships.