Mass. College Football: Stanfield, Tobin Lands on D3football.com Preseason All-America Team

By Matt Noonan 

Framingham State University’s Nick Stanfield and MIT’s Elliot Tobin were each honored by D3Football.com on Friday, earning preseason All-American honors. Both Stanfield and Tobin were selected to the second team.

Stanfield is a three-year starter for the Rams, coming off a solid junior season, which saw the Everett native collect multiple post-season awards. He was recognized by the New England Football Writers as a Division II/III All-New England selection, while being named the Massachusetts Sate Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Offensive Lineman of the Year. Stanfield was a first-year all-conference selection and helped the Rams offensive line yield just eight sacks.

Tobin claimed the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Lineman of the Year award and was named a first-team all-conference selection and honorable mention All-American. Tobin assisted the Engineers’ offense in re-writing the MIT record book, guiding the Cardinal and Gray to the program’s first-ever conference crown. MIT captured its initial NCAA Tournament game, defeating Husson College in overtime.

Salem State’s Fecteau Highlights 2015 Futures Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game

By Matt Noonan

LYNN, Mass. – Salem State University’s Richard Fecteau highlighted an exciting Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBl) All-Star Game on Tuesday evening at Frasier Field, driving home Stonehill College’s Brian Campbell for the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Eastern All-Stars over the Western All-Stars, 4-3.

With the score tied, 3-3, heading into the final half frame, Campbell, who pinched-hit for University of Hartford sophomore Erik Ostberg, reached first base after slicing a pitch by University of Maine pitcher Charlie Butler down the leftfield line. Campbell advanced to second base during his team’s next at-bat before reaching third following a fly-out to right field by Williams College junior Jack Roberts.

Campbell would cross home plate during his team’s next at-bat as Fecteau connected on a 3-2 pitch down the right field line that initiated an enormous celebration by the Eastern All-Stars.

“When I got down 0-2, I figured – I just looked straight for fastballs and adjusted (for pitches that were) off-speed. (Butler) threw a couple fastballs that were tough in spots and I tried to get a piece of them and hopefully hang in there,” Fecteau said of his final at-bat. “(His) final pitch was a curveball, so I just tried to sit back and get something – get a good piece on it.”

Fecteau, who competes for the North Shore Navigators in the FCBL, concluded the All-Star Game with trio of at-bats, but just one hit and one RBI.

“(When Jack Roberts) moved (Campbell) over to third base, I was like ‘alright, here’s my shot. I guess I have to take advantage of it’ and I went out and tried to do as best (as I could during my final at-bat),” said Fecteau.

The East and West teams swapped leads throughout the opening innings before St. Thomas Aquinas junior Brandon Fischer pushed the hosts (Eastern All-Stars) ahead, 3-2, in the bottom of the fifth after racing home from third base during an infield ground-out by University of Maine junior Tyler Schwanz.

In the top of the sixth, St. Mary’s senior Davis Strong evened the score with a solo home run to left field, but that would be the West’s final run of the evening.

Three innings later, Fecteau secured the win, providing the East with its first win since the league switched from New England vs. Massachusetts last season. The West captured the initial East-West battle last year with a 4-1 victory.

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton’s Matt Colombini Named Interim Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

Wheaton College named Colombini the interim men’s lacrosse head coach on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Wheaton College named Colombini the interim men’s lacrosse head coach on Thursday. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Thursday, the Wheaton College Athletic department announced that Matt Colombini has been elevated from assistant to interim head coach of the men’s lacrosse program.

Jamie Lockard – the program’s most recent head coach – was recently named the head coach of the men’s lacrosse program at Albright College, according to the department’s website.

“I will be forever grateful towards Jamie Lockard for giving me an opportunity straight out of college to come work at Wheaton,” Colombini said in a statement. “(Jamie) has been an incredible mentor for me over the past three years and helped me develop greatly in this position.”

A three-year assistant under Lockard, Colombini concentrated on the team’s goalkeepers and defense, while assisting with recruiting. As noted in Thursday’s release, “Under Colombini’s steady watch, the Lyons have etched their names in the program record books top-10 list nine times, which was highlighted by this past season’s achievement of compiling the most ground balls in program history with a total of 697 (41 per game). “

Additionally, the Lyons finished in the top-3 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in goals against twice, including first overall in 2013. He also coached a trio of goalies and quartet of defenders that garnered All-Conference honors, too.

“(I am) looking forward to continue working with the great student-athletes at Wheaton,” said Colombini.

Wheaton posted its third 10-win season in program history this past spring, but saw their campaign conclude in the NEWMAC semifinal with an 11-5 setback to Babson College.

Mass. College Football: Amherst, Framingham State & MIT ‘Receive Votes’ in D3Football.com Preseason Poll

By Matt Noonan 

Amherst College, Framingham State and MIT each appeared in the ‘receiving votes’ category in this week’s D3Football.com preseason poll.

All three teams captured their respective conferences last fall, while MIT won its first-ever NCAA Division III postseason contest against Husson, while Framingham State rallied to defeat RPI in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl.

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Travis Hayes and the Framingham State Rams will open their 2015 regular season on the road at Endicott College on Saturday, September 5. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

MIT will begin its New England Football Conference (NEFC) title defense on Friday, September 4 when they travel to Worcester for a non-conference clash with WPI with kick-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Engineers of Cambridge are 6-5-1 all-time against the Engineers of Worcester, however, MIT’s last victory against WPI occurred during their 1900 campaign.

One day after MIT-WPI, Framingham State will begin its Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title defense with a non-conference visit to Beverly as the Rams will play Endicott College with kick-off scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Last season, the Rams edged the Gulls in Framingham, 20-17.

Amherst, which captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title last year, will begin its eight-game slate on Saturday, September 26 when the Lord Jeffs visit Bates College for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off. The Jeffs registered a pair of touchdowns against the Bobcats to claim a 14-6 opening week victory last September in Amherst.

Mass. College Hockey: Former BC Right-Wing Hayes Inks 3-Year Deal With Boston Bruins

By Matt Noonan 

Former Boston College men’s ice hockey right-wing Jimmy Hayes inked his name on a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins this afternoon, which was confirmed through a press release by the team.

Hayes was traded to Boston last Wednesday in a deal that sent Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract to the Florida Panthers.

Former Boston College men's ice hockey right wing Jimmy Hayes inked his name on a three-year deal with the Boston Bruins. (Photo Credit: Sun-Sentinel.com)
Former Boston College men’s ice hockey right wing Jimmy Hayes inked his name on a three-year deal with the Boston Bruins. (Photo Credit: Sun-Sentinel.com)

A Dorchester native, Hayes was a second round pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008. He was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and skated in part of three seasons – 43 games to be exact – before he was dealt to the Florida Panthers during the 2013-14 campaign. With the Panthers, Hayes appeared in 125 games and recorded 30 goals and 23 assists. His best season as a pro was this past year where he registered 19 goals and 16 assists (35 points) in 72 games.

Hayes spent three seasons with Boston College, tallying 42 goals and 39 assists for 81 points. His best season with the Eagles occurred during the 2010-11 season when he netted a career-best 21 goals, along with 12 assists. Boston College captured the Boston Beanpot and Hockey East regular season and tournament crowns before concluding their campaign in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2010, Hayes and the Eagles defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Championship game, 5-0, to claim the program’s fourth national championship.

Mass. College Hockey: BU’s Eichel Signs With Buffalo Sabres

Boston University's Jack Eichel became the first skaters from this past weekend's NHL Drat to ink his name on a three-year, entry level contract with Buffalo on Wednesday.  (Photo Courtesy NESN.com)
Boston University’s Jack Eichel became the first skaters from this past weekend’s NHL Drat to ink his name on a three-year, entry level contract with Buffalo on Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy NESN.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Boston University rising sophomore Jack Eichel became the first skaters from this past weekend’s NHL Draft to ink his name on a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Eichel, who hails from Chelmsford, was the second round pick in this year’s draft. His decision to sign with Buffalo ended his collegiate career with the BU men’s ice hockey team.

“I’m super excited to be a part of this organization,” Eichel told NHL.com. “I signed today and that makes it official that I’ll be leaving school and pursuing my career in professional hockey, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.”

As a member of the BU Terriers men’s ice hockey team, Eichel claimed the Hobey Baker Award (second freshman to earn the award since Maine’s Paul Kariya won it in 1993) and netted 26 goals and 45 assists in 40 games. Eichel guided the Terriers to a Hockey East regular-season and tournament crown, and helped the Terriers reach the NCAA Championship contest.

Mass. College Sports: Mid-Week Notebook (LINKS)

By Matt Noonan 

Happy July 1st, everyone!

The summer is usually a slower period, but also a time where some news and links are shared about the collegiate sports world. So, we have decided to initiate a once a week mid-week notebook to share stories and news. This will be a weekly post for the next few weeks before our fall sports preseason coverage begins.

Thanks again for circling back and remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports & @NoonSportsBlog)!

* In yesterday’s Boston Herald, we learned that UMass Boston honored former Boston State men’s ice hockey head coach, Ed Barry.

* Babson College alum,  Jenn Gottberg, will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. As noted in the release, “She will become the first player in program history to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015 ceremony at the DCU Center on August 8.”

* As noted in the Wheaton College Athletics’ Summer Baseball Update (Week 4), Mike Gibbons, a New York Mets draftee that is pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, picked up his second minor league victory on the bump. Chris Denorfia – also a Wheaton Baseball Alum – went 6-for-14 last week with the Chicago Cubs.

* The Northeast-10 Conference produced its 2014-15 highlight reel, which you certainly will want to check out! Lots of great highlights and moments from the past school year, enjoy!

* Smith College announced the hiring of Katie Moore, who has been named head coach of the lacrosse team for the 2016 season.

* The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) announced Westfield State University has named Colleen Bannister as the new head women’s softball coach.