In the Division 1 women’s NCAA tourney, fifth-seeded Michigan State pulled away to beat 12th-seeded Marist, 55-47, yesterday in first-round action.
Sophomore guard Natalie Gomez-Martinez of Andover had an assist and a rebound in nine minutes off the bench for Marist (26-7). She started 11 games this season and averaged 1.8 points and 1.6 assists.
It was a tough day for Harvard last night.
After stunning third-seeded New Mexico in the Round of 64, the 14th-seeded Crimson were no match for Arizona (74-51). This was the second straight year reserve 6-9 junior forward Tom Hamel of Methuen and Phillips Academy made the Big Dance. Harvard’s last previous appearance? 1946.
Andover native Hunter Lochmann is a happy man. Michigan drubbed VCU yesterday. He’s chief marketing officer of Michigan athletics.
Here is a look at the large group of local basketball players who have played in NCAA tourneys this winter.
Division 2 men: Jones, Cosgrove march on
In the Division 2 men’s tourney, Franklin Pierce has advanced to the Elite 8.
Senior guard Josh Jones of Salem (7 appearances this winter) and assistant coach Casey Cosgrove of Andover are riding high as the 23-8 Ravens will be playing in the national quarterfinals Thursday at Freedom Hall in Louisville.
Sophomore center Jimmy Zenevitch of Methuen and Central averaged 3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds for 21-8 Assumption, which advanced to the second round of the tourney. Timberlane grad Andrew Papaefthemiou is a Greyhound assistant coach.
Senior guard Billy Marsden of Pelham and Central appeared in 11 games off the bench for 19-11 SNHU. Freshman swingman Ryan Hartung of Haverhill and Phillips saw action in seven games for 23-6 St. Anselm, which like SNHU was ousted in the first round.
Division 2 women: Saab stars for Ravens
Senior tri-captain Amanda Saab, a 6-foot forward from Windham and Salem High, helped Franklin Pierce qualify for the Division 2 NCAAs. She averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 points for the Ravens, who were ousted in the first round. Former North Andover and Merrimack star Amanda Shannon was an assistant for Stonehill (24-5), which also lost in the first round.
Division 3 women: Sachem connection
Junior guard Erin McNamara from West Newbury (7.5 points, 3.0 assists) helped Southern Maine go 27-2 and make the NCAAs, where the Huskies were ousted in the first round. Freshman guard Jill Madden of North Andover added 3.2 points a game.
Freshman reserve guard Sarah Higgins from Groveland (3.5 points, 2.4 rebounds) and junior starting forward Jenn Bujnowski of Salem (9.0 points, 7.0 rebounds) helped 23-6 Emmanuel into the tourney.
Like McNamara, Higgins starred at Pentucket.
Senior forward Haley Gisonno of Georgetown started five games and averaged 1.9 rebounds for 23-6 Colby-Sawyer.
Associate head coach Dave Canan of North Reading helped guide Babson to the second round of the Division 3 women’s NCAAs.
Division 3 men: Finals for Amherst?
Late last night (8:30 tip) Amherst was playing in the Division 3 Final 4.
The Lord Jeffs beat North Central 52-44 to advance to the finals on April 7.
Legendary coach Dave Hixon of Andover has guided the Lord Jeffs to a 29-2 record and bruising 6-8 big man Peter Kaasila of Plaistow (13.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, .644 shooting) has fashioned an impressive senior campaign.
It was another big year for coach Chris Bartley, the Andover native, and his WPI men.
The Engineers went 26-3 and advanced to the Division 3 NCAA second round.
Local players were: impact freshman 6-3 Zach Karalis of North Andover (10.1 points), 6-5 freshman Mike Moroney of North Andover (15 appearances) and 6-4 sophomore Domenick Mastascusa of North Reading (5.3 ppg).
James Costello, a 6-3 freshman from Andover, missed the season due to injury.
Senior 6-foot forward Jesus Moore of Lawrence averaged 2.3 points for Fitchburg State (16-11) which won its league tourney to make the Division 3 NCAAs.