Ceppi fuels Bentley women to NE-10 hoop title – Lowell Sun

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Northeast-10 Commissioner Julie Ruppert, left, presents the Most Outstanding Player and a first-team All-Northeast-10 selection award to Autumn Ceppi. The postgraduate averaged 14.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks during the championship run, earning the Most Outstanding Player award. The Dana Hall School graduate finished with a game-high 17 points, 13 boards and three rejections. Courtesy photo Bentley University Athletics

Autumn Ceppi was simply unstoppable, Sunday.

The Bedford native and Dana Hall School grad posted her fifth double-double over her last six games, as the Bentley University captured the Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship with a 56-49 victory over Stonehill College, March 6 at the Dana Center.

A first-team All-Northeast-10 selection, Ceppi averaged 14.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks during the championship run, earning the Most Outstanding Player award. The Dana Hall School graduate finished with a game-high 17 points, 13 boards and three rejections.

The championship was the Falcons’ 21st all-time, first since 2018 and the first under the guidance of head coach C White. Bentley (19-8) earned the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division II Championships, which begin Friday.

Ceppi spearheaded the attack scoring the first basket of the second quarter, but Stonehill followed with seven straight, sparked by a three-pointer from Chelmsford’s Emily Bramanti, to grab its first 10-point lead, 21-11. A Westford Academy product, Bramanti netted nine points. The senior guard also earned two rebounds, two assists and a steal in the contest, enroute to All-Tournament honors.

Down by as many as 10 during the first three minutes of the third quarter, Bentley managed to close the gap with Stonehill entering the fourth holding a 45-41 edge. The Falcons erased the deficit going on a 16-10 surge. Bentley ran off eight in a row to claim its first lead since the opening quarter, 48-47, with 5:04 to play. The run featured several offensive fouls, including one drawn by Wilmington freshman Kylie DuCharme.

During the fateful fourth quarter, Bentley limited the Skyhawks (16-9) to one basket in 14 attempts, while forcing six turnovers, one more than White’s team had in total. Meanwhile, the Falcons, who led for only 3:44, scored 15 in the final stanza.

Raymond tabbed WLAX Rookie of the Week

Tewksbury native and Fitchburg State freshman Alexis Raymond was tabbed Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week, Monday.

The first-year Falcon earned her first weekly accolade of the year after collecting 10 points on four goals and six assists as well as 12 draw controls, seven ground balls and two caused turnovers in a 2-1 week for the Green and Gold.

The 5-foot-3 criminal justice major notched two goals and one assist to go along with two ground balls, four draw controls and one caused turnover in a 22-11 triumph over Dean College, March 1, before adding two goals and two helpers as well as one ground ball and four draw controls in a 14-9 victory against Rivier University, March 10. She concluded the week with three assists, four ground balls, four draw controls and one caused turnover in a 15-12 setback Colby-Sawyer, March 12.

A two-sport athlete, Raymond is fresh off an impressive rookie season with the Fitchburg State field hockey team, where she earned the Little East Conference 12th Player Award. The freshman forward posting a team-best 16 points on seven goals and two helpers, including a game-winning goal, during a 2-16 campaign.

Walsh named NE-10 Coach of the Year

Tewksbury native and Southern New Hampshire University men’s hockey coach Sean Walsh was named Coach of the Year as the NE10 handed out ice hockey awards, March 2.
Walsh was named the Coach of the Year by his peers for the second time in three seasons.  The Tewksbury native and SNHU alum took over the program prior to the 2017-18 season, and led the team to an NE10 Championship in 2018-19.  SNHU finished the 2021-22 with a 16-8 record, earning the first regular season title in program history.  The Penmen fell 3-2 to Post University in overtime in Tuesday night’s conference semifinal.

A native of Tewksbury, Walsh graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2006 with a degree in communications. He remains heavily involved with USA Hockey as a talent evaluator and coach, and is also an instructor at Elite Skills and Stop It Goaltending.

Rooney ignites FPU lax

Wilmington native Conor Rooney and Franklin Pierce University men’s lacrosse team opened its 2022 campaign with a convincing 14-4 victory over Dominican College, defeating the Chargers on home turf, March 5.

The Ravens wasted no time in the first quarter, getting straight to work by scoring six total goals. A sophomore midfielder, Rooney ignited the offense for the Ravens at the 1:24 mark of the opening frame. After an aggressive move to the middle of the offensive zone provided him time and space, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound, Shawsheen Valley grad scored off a low corner shot to get the offense going.

An Emergency Medical Services major. Rooney is fresh off a solid freshman season, where he netted 15 goals and 19 points in 12 games.

Velez, Falcons succumb to Blue Streaks

Lowell native Jamie Velez, and the Fitchburg State University baseball team dropped an 11-1, eight innings decision to the Blue Streaks of John Carroll University in non-conference action at Lake Myrtle Field number 3.

Trailing 5-0, Velez tried to rally the troops ripping his first collegiate triple to deep centerfield in the top of the sixth. The 6-foot, 180-pound infielder headed home off a sac fly by Connor Morehouse, accounting for the team’s lone run in the loss.

In his third season with the team, Velez entered the week with a career batting average of .287, while sporting an on base percentage of .406.

Northeast-10 Commissioner Julie Ruppert, left, presents an All-Tournament Award to Chelmsford native and Stonehill senior guard Emily Bramanti, March 6. Bramanti netted nine points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal, while competing in the Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championships. Lewis Glass/SportsPix/Stonehill Athletics
Chelmsford native and Stonehill sharpshooter Emily Bramanti netted nine points, but it wasn’t enough as Bentley University captured the Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship with a 56-49 victory over Stonehill College, March 6 at the Dana Center. Lewis Glass/SportsPix/Stonehill Athletics
Wilmington native and freshman Kylie DuCharme drew a key foul, as the Bentley University captured the Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Basketball Championship with a 56-49 victory over Stonehill College, March 6 at the Dana Center. Courtesy photo Bentley University Athletics
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