2017 MASCAC Fall Recap

For the second time in three years, the Fitchburg State Falcons claimed the MASCAC Men's Cross Country Championship with 30 points over second place finisher Bridgewater State who finished with 34 points.

Brian Amaral of Fitchburg State took home MASCAC Runner of the Year accolades after crossing the line in 25:41 over the 8k course. Gilley Kabamba was named MASCAC Rookie of the Year as the top first time performer with an 8k time of 27:21 for 10th overall and a spot on the All-Conference team. Jim Jellison was named Champion's Choice Coach of the Year.

For the first time in MASCAC Women's Cross Country history, Worcester State claimed the overall team title with 30 points, beating out second place Westfield State who had 53 points.

Jessie Cardin of Westfield State set a new mark in MASCAC Cross Country with her fourth straight WXC Runner of the Year honor with a 5k time of 18:19. Helping the Lancers to their first team title was Shaylee Puleo, the 2017 MASCAC WXC Rookie of the Year with a time of 20:06. Bill Devine of Westfield State was named the Champion's Choice Coach of the Year.

After finishing 15th at the New England Regional Championships, Jessie Cardin qualified for the NCAA DIII Women's Cross Country Championship. She covered the 6k course in 21:33 for 36th place to earn All-American accolades for the second time in her career.

Fitchburg State and Worcester State earned a share of the 2017 MASCAC Field Hockey regular season championship after going 4-1 against fellow MASCAC opponents.

Salem State claimed the 2017 MASCAC Men's Golf Championship. The Vikings turned in a team score of 305 to outdistance Westfield State by seven shots.

Viking senior Chad Alibozek took home medalist honors with a one over par score of 73.

After winning their first MASCAC regular season championship, Worcester State claimed their first-ever MASCAC Tournament title with a 3-1 win over Framingham State. With the win, Worcester State advanced to the NCAA Tournament and a first round match-up with Emory.

Worcester State's Allie Nolan was named the Tournament MVP after averaging 39.5 assists (11.29 per set) with 15 digs, four block assists, three kills and three service aces during the MASCAC Tournament

Amari King of Worcester State earned MASCAC Volleyball Player of the Year honors while Kelly Brinkman of Framingham State was Rookie of the Year. Bernie Chase of Worcester State was named Champion's Choice Coach of the Year.

Salem State was a dual champion in the MASCAC this season, taking home the regular season and tournament titles. Westfield State took Salem State to penalty kicks with the Vikings coming out victorious and advancing to the NCAA Tournament against Amherst.

Salem State goalie Chris Jimenez was named the Tournament MVP after making 11 saves with a 0.90 GAA and .846 save percentage during the MASCAC Tournament and decisive stop on PKs during the title game.

Salem State's Mayele Malango took home both the MASCAC Men's Soccer Player and Rookie of the Year honors. The Vikings Matt Correia was voted Champion's Choice Coach of the Year.

Malango also earned United Soccer Coaches DIII All-New England Region Second Team honors after finishing the season with 17 goals and nine assists, leading the conference in goals scored and points.

Westfield State claimed the 2017 MASCAC Women's Soccer Tournament title with a come-from-behind win over top seed Worcester State, 2-1. The Owls punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament and a match up with Messiah.

Westfield State's Casey Rotti earned Tournament MVP honors after she netted the game-tying goal in the Owls’ Tournament championship victory.

The Westfield State duo of Bella Eduardo and Lydia Kinsman were voted MASCAC Women's Soccer Player and Rookie of the Year. Nicolle Wood of Salem State was named the Champion's Choice Coach of the Year.

Justine Butler of Worcester State was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for women's soccer. She currently holds a 3.78 cumulative GPA as a nursing major.

Plymouth State earned the MASCAC's automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament by way of the tiebreaker after finishing the season as co-regular season champions with Framingham State with a 7-1 league record. Finding themselves in the tournament for the first time since 2008, the Panthers faced Brockport in the opening round.

Quinn Fleeting of Western Connecticut State (Off. POY), Zach Ziemba of Plymouth State (Def. POY), Joe Wilder of Framingham State (Off. Lineman OY), Stephen Gacioch of UMass Dartmouth (Off. ROY) and Jacob Burkhead of UMass Dartmouth (Def. ROY) were the major award winners for football.

Framingham State earned a bid into the DIII New England Bowl series for the second straight year. The Rams faced off with Curry and came out victorious, 48-14.

Rams' quarterback Adam Wojenski was named the Bowl Game MVP after throwing for 246 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for 54 yards on 4 carries. He threw touchdown passes of 24, 13, 61, 21 and three yards in the win.

Four MASCAC student-athletes earned D3football.com All-East Region honors. Jacob Maher of Worcester State was named to the first team offense, Jaquan Harris of Framingham State on the second team defense while Zach Ziemba of Plymouth State and Marvey Mathurin of UMass Dartmouth earned third team honors.

Jack Lavanchy of Bridgewater State, Joshua Onujiogu, Joe Wilder of Framingham State, Zach Ziemba of Plymouth State, Marvey Mathurin of UMass Dartmouth and Jacob Maher of Worcester State were named to the New England Football Writers DII/DIII Football All-New England team.

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