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.