Local colleges: MCLA's Yearsley is MASCAC men's basketball rookie of the week

The Berkshire Eagle

WESTFIELD — For the second week in a row, the MCLA men's basketball team has given MASCAC it's rookie of the week.

Noah Yearsley, a freshman guard from Averill Park, N.Y., was named the conference's rookie of the week.

Yearsley averaged 20 points and 3.5 rebounds in a pair of losses last week.

Yearsley scored 16 points, had three rebounds and two assists in a lost to Williams College. Then against NYU, the freshman guard had a career-high 24 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block.

The Trailblazers are now 1-3, and will be at home tonight against Sage Colleges at the Amsler Campus Center.

Westfield State women's player Lucy Barrett was named to the MASCAC honor roll.

Barrett, a junior from Williamstown, scored 20 points and registered five steals in 17 minutes of play as the Owls (3-1) beat Regis 196-81. Barrett was 7 of 15 from the floor and 4 for 8 from 3-point range. She made both of her free throws, giving her a school-record streak of 20 straight, dating back to last season.

Williams men still No. 3

WILLIAMSTOWN — The first D3hoops.com regular-season men's basketball poll is out, and Williams sits where it did in the preseason, third in the nation.

The Ephs are 4-0, and travel to Vassar tonight.

The top three teams in the preseason Top 25 remain there. Whitman (3-0) is a unanimous No. 1 pick, getting 625 points and all 25 first-place votes. Augustana (4-0) received 597 points and is second, while Williams is third with 575 points.

From there, things get a little interesting. The No. 4 and 5 teams in the preseason, Hanover and Ramapo, lost in the early season, and dropped to seventh and eighth. Middlebury (4-0) moved up from eighth to fourth, while Wisconsin-whitewater jumped from 11th to fifth.

There are four NESCAC schools in the top 25. Joining Williams and Middlebury are No. 21 Amherst (3-0) and No. 22 Bowdoin (4-0).

Tufts was a preseason No. 6 team, but the Jumbos are 1-2 and dropped out of the Top 25.

Defending national champion Babson came in ranked seventh, but the Beavers (3-2) also dropped out of the Top 25 after losing to Bowdoin and Endicott.

College hockey

WILLIAMSTOWN — The 4-0 Williams men are getting close to cracking the national rankings.

The Ephs just missed out on making the USCHO.com and the D3hockey.com polls for the week ending Nov. 27.

In the USCHO.com poll, Williams had 18 points, and were five behind No. 15 Wisconsin Eau-Claire in what might be a tie for 16th with Concordia (Wisc.).

In the D3hockey.com poll, the Ephs would be 17th with nine points, and 11 behind 15th-ranked Concordia.

St. Norbert (Minn.) is No. 1 in both polls. Williams' NESCAC rival Trinity is ranked third in the D3hockey.com poll and fourth in the USCHO.com poll. Hamilton, another NESCAC school, is fifth in the D3hockey.com poll and eighth in the USCHO.com poll.


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