Three Trailblazers Honored by League
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Three Trailblazers were honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference following a league wide vote of the conference coaches. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts junior John Jones was named first team All-MASCAC, Paul Maurice was selected as the conference's rookie of the year and senior guard Lucy Tremblay was named to the All-MASCAC second team.
Both Jones and Maurice players were integral parts of MCLA's 9-3 mark in MASCAC play.
Jones was a force on both ends of the floor for the Trailblazers. He averaged a double-double of 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, both good enough to lead MCLA. He saved his best stretch of the season for last as he had a stretch of six straight double-doubles. The aggresive Jones was often seen all over the floor diving for loose balls and driving to the hoop. He created havoc for opposing offensive players as well with his tenacious defense.
If Jones was the slasher, Maurice was the sharpshooter. The freshman from Snowden, Mass., quickly earned his stripes knocking down key shots, mainly from behind the arc. He was third in the MASCAC with 43 triples on the season while shooting a respectable 32 percent from three. He averaged just
over nine points a night while also collecting a pair of steals per night. His best showing came in a loss to Bridgewater State in which he scored 14 straight points in almost bringing the Trailblazers back from 22 points down.
Both Jones and Maurice will be on display as the second seeded Trailblazers will host third-seeded Salem State Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the conference semifinals in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.
Tremblay carved her niche in the Trailblazers' record book — she set a single season points-per-game record (18.3), eclipsing a mark that stood for almost 20 years. Tremblay also set a record 39 points in a game against St. Joseph, and eventually cracked the 1,000-point career mark.