Mass. College Soccer: WPI Provides Schafer Her First Collegiate Win

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of WPI’s sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the Engineers’ women’s soccer team, which provided their head coach, Steph Schafer, her first collegiate win:

Northfield, VT — Eight different players notched goals as the WPI Women’s Soccer team provided head coach Steph Schafer her first collegiate victory with 9-0 shutout of Johnson State on Saturday afternoon.  The Engineers are now 1-0 on the season and complete competition in the three-team tournament on Sunday at 1pm against host Norwich (0-1).

WPI wasted no time denting the scoring column when Megan Forti (Lynn, MA) tallied her 21st career marker just 30 seconds into the match. Natalie McMillan (Acton, MA) added to the advantage 1:59 into the game when she buried a rebound following a corner. Courtney Langley (Fairfield, ME) concluded the early scoring barrage early in the 11th minute when she knocked home a pass by Jaime Espinola (Greensboro, NC) to give the Crimson and Gray a 3-0 advantage they would take into the locker room at intermission.

The Engineers posted another scoring spurt in the opening minutes of the second half, registering four goals in a 4:08 span.  Freshman Lindsay Schneider (East Lyme, CT) got it started when she planted a feed from Abbie McIninch (New Kent, VA) at 51:53.  Emily Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA) connected on a goal from just outside the 18 following a Emma Turton (Poland, ME) pass at 53:40 and then just 25 seconds later Julia Macleod (Medway, MA) netted a goal off a helper by Espinola.  McIninch concluded the run of goals at 56:01 when she deposited a rebound into the back of the net.

WPI added a pair of goals in the final 15 minutes with Turton heading home a goal at 75:27 and Macleod collecting her second of the day after a nifty cross by Turton at 86:06.

Goalkeepers Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) and Sarah Monteith (Charlotte, VT) shared a clean sheet.  Neither was called on to record a save while Willer, who worked the opening 56:06, was credited with her 18th career victory.

Amber McCullock (Morrisville, VT) totaled 12 saves in net for the Hornets (1-1) while Briana Stadler (Cornwall, NY) was credited with a shot.

WPI enjoyed a 31-1 bulge in shots and attempted nine of the game’s 10 corner kicks.

Mass. College Field Hockey: Anna Maria’s Lowe Sets Career Record

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about Nicole Lowe, who set the new AMCAT record for career assists in field hockey’s program history:

NEW LONDON, N.H. – August 31, 2013 – Junior Nicole Lowe (Saugus, Mass.) delivered three assists and sophomore Kylie Dalbec (Portland, Maine) notched two goals as the Anna Maria College field hockey team captured a 4-0 victory over host Colby-Sawyer College in a season opener for both teams.

With the three helpers Lowe set the new AMCAT record for career assists. Lowe’s 21 assists bested the record of 19 set by Jen Hurley (2003-05).

The AMCATS, who were picked to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) this season, received three goals in the first half and added another early in the second.

Sophomore Kayla Lapierre (Worcester, Mass.) put Anna Maria on top 1-0 at 8:48 when she found the back of the cage off a feed from Lowe.

Seven minutes later, the AMCATS doubled the lead on a goal from sophomore Kylie Dalbec.

Dalbec added her second tally of the game at 29:52 on an assist from Lowe.

Anna Maria put the game away early in the second half after junior Luigina Cerro (Beverly, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season. Lowe was credited with her third assist of the game.

Sophomore goalie Mary Kate Breen (Londonderry, N.H.) made three stops to earn the shutout victory. Colby-Sawyer sophomore Jodi Dumayne (Claremont, N.H.) had ten saves, which included stopping a penalty stroke.

Colby-Sawyer travels to Becker tomorrow for a 1:00 pm start. Anna Maria will host Wheaton on Tuesday at 3:00 pm.

Mass. College Football: Week One Rundown

Boston College QB Chase Rettig tossed two touchdowns in the Eagles opening day victory against Villanova! (Photo Credit: Zimbo.com)

Boston College QB Chase Rettig tossed two touchdowns in the Eagles opening day victory against Villanova! (Photo Credit: Zimbo.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The first official weekend of college football is in the books and below are the scores and highlights from this afternoon’s contests.

Boston College 24 , Villanova 14Chase Rettig completed 23-of-30 passes for 285 yards and tossed two touchdowns, while Alex Amidon hauled in 13 catches for 146 yards and one touchdown, as the Eagles provided first-year head coach Steve Addazio his first win in maroon and gold.

No. 23 Wisconsin 45, UMass 0The Badgers ballooned a 17-0 halftime lead into a 38-0 advantage after three quarters as Wisconsin rolled past the Minutemen.

Bryant University 17, Holy Cross 16: Tom Alberti‘s 30-yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining in regulation secured an opening day win for the Bulldogs. Holy Cross’ Steve Elder completed 23-of-41 passes for 309 yards and tossed one touchdown with three interceptions.

Mass. College Football: The First Weekend Is Finally Here!

Steve Addazio will make his Boston College debut on the sidelines this afternoon against Villanova! (Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated)

Steve Addazio will make his Boston College debut on the sidelines this afternoon against Villanova! (Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated)

By Matt Noonan 

It took a few months, but the first official weekend of college football is finally here!

This afternoon, Boston College, Holy Cross and UMass will return to the gridiron. Below is this week’s schedule. Make sure to check back later for scores/updates. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @NoonSportsBlog).

Week One Schedule: 

* UMass at Wisconsin, 11 a.m. (Game Information)

* Villanova at Boston College, 12 p.m. (Game Information)

* Holy Cross at Bryant University, 3 p.m. (Game Information)

Mass. College Football: NEFC Coaches Select Endicott as Preseason Favorite

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of Endicott College’s sports information department, here’s today’s release about the Gulls football team being tabbed the favorite in the 2013 New England Football Conference (NEFC) Preseason Poll:

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Following a 9-2 season in 2012 and a third straight conference championship winning year, two ECAC North Atlantic Bowl wins (2011, 2012) and a NEFC Championship in 2010, the Endicott Football team has been selected by the head coaches of the NEFC to finish first in 2013.

Five of the eight head coaches of newly organized NEFC gave the Gulls a first place vote as Endicott earned 59 of a possible 64 points.  Endicott finished six points ahead of last year’s NEFC Boyd Division championSalve Regina (53) who received three first place votes.  Curry (43), Western New England (43), and MIT (34), who received the final first place vote, rounded out the top five.

The NEFC will have a new look this fall, ditching the two-division set up that had been in place since the 1997 season, as members of the Bogan Division from MASCAC departed to create their own league.  Former Bogan Division members Coast Guard (28) and Maine Maritime (14) remained in the NEFC.   Nichols (14) tied with Maine Maritime at the bottom of the preseason poll.

Endicott continues their preseason and will prepare for their week one opponent, Framingham State.  The Gulls kick off their NEFC schedule, as do other members of the league, on September 26th with a road game against Curry at Walter M. Katz Field.

Each team with the exception of Maine Maritime will begin the season the weekend of September 6.  Conference play begins for all teams the weekend of on September 26.

2013 New England Football Conference Preseason Poll

1. Endicott 59 points four first place votes
2. Salve Regina 53 points three first place votes
3. Curry 43 points
Western New England 43 points
5. MIT 34 points one first place vote
6. Coast Guard 28 points
7. Maine Maritime 14 points
Nichols 14 points