Mass. College Lax: BU Men’s Lax Announces 2014 Captains


Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the men’s lacrosse team’s captains:

BOSTON – Boston University head men’s lacrosse coach Ryan Polley has named sophomore Elliott Burr (Hamilton, Mass.), freshman Casey Irish (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman Ryan Johnston (Elora, Ont.) captains for the program’s inaugural season.

“I’m very excited to announce Elliot, Casey and Ryan as our captains,” Polley said. “They each bring a different type of leadership individually and they represent the type of student-athlete that we want at BU.”

Burr came to BU after spending last season at national runner-up Syracuse, where he took two faceoffs in four games. He will be one of the Terriers’ key faceoff men, as evidenced by his performance against England on Oct. 23. He won 12 of the 13 draws he took and collected a team-high nine ground balls.

“Elliott is a very vocal leader,” Polley said. “He’s done a tremendous job of bringing a winning culture to our program. He understands the work ethic that is needed to compete at the highest level and he’s done a very good job of coming in and being someone whom the guys can ask questions on how to play at the this level.”

Irish is a 2013 US Lacrosse All-American defenseman who hails from Orlando, Fla. He captained Lake Highland Prep to the 2013 state title and was instrumental in two other trips to the state championship, including a win in his sophomore season.

“Casey brings a tremendous work ethic to BU and I think that’s why his teammates voted him so high and why we selected him as a captain,” Polley said. “He comes to work every day with a blue-collar attitude and is not only doing a very nice job on the field, but his thing is that he leads by example. Everything he does is hard and efficient.”

Johnston is the lone Canadian on the roster and played for Hill Academy in Ontario, helping Hill advance to finals of North American Lacrosse Invitational as a senior, before coming to BU. He had a hat trick and also collected a ground ball in the Terriers’ 11-8 exhibition win over England.

“I don’t think anyone cares more about this program or his teammates than Ryan,” Polley said. “He’s done a tremendous job of being a great player on the field and doing all the right things off it. He’s been a pleasure to coach and work with and he’s done a tremendous job of acting the right way.”

Mass. College Football: Worcester State’s Hippert Receives Nod On Team Of The Week


Courtesy of the Worcester State University athletic department, here’s this afternoon’s release about junior Casey Hippert, who was selected to this week’s Team of the Week as a tight end:

Minneapolis, MN — For the second time this season, junior Casey Hippert (Douglas, MA) has been honored on the Team of the Week as a tight end.

Hippert hauled in a career-best nine passes for 163 yards which included an 81 yard score in the first quarter to help lead the Lancers offensively as they fell to Western Connecticut 55-35 this past weekend.

His 81 yard strike is currently the longest receiving play in the MASCAC on the campaign and it is a distant second among New England to the 88 yard grab by freshman Grant Klimek (Toms River, NJ) of Nichols made on against West Conn on September 13.

Hippert is currently second in the conference with 844 yards receiving with an average of 120.6 yards per game while he is fourth in receptions (49). Both totals are currently seventh in the latest NCAA Division III rankings as he sits at the only tight-end in the nation in the top 50 in both categories.

With his solid game this past weekend against Western Connecticut, Hippert slides into seventh on Worcester State’s all-time list with 93 receptions and with 1,623 career receiving yards he is just 274 off of the top five.

Hippert also earned laurels on September 18 when he caught a then career-best eight passes for 183 yards which included a key reception on third down to help the Lancers set-up the game-winning touchdown in their 15-14 win over WPI.

Worcester State (3-4) makes the trek up to Plymouth State this Saturday for a 1 PM meeting on the road. It marks the first meeting against the Panthers since the 1988 NEFC Championship game.

Mass. College Hockey: Babson, UMass-Boston Earns Spots On Preseason Poll

By Matt Noonan

Both Babson College and UMass-Boston each earned spots on the Men’s Top-15: Preseason Poll, which was released earlier this week

The Beacons were selected as the ninth best team in the country, while Babson checked in as the 12th best team. 

UMass-Boston enters the 2013-14 season following a 19-6-2 overall record and 11-5-2 mark in ECAC East play. Babson ended its 2012-13 slate 18-7-5 and 10-5-3, along with an ECAC East Conference Championship. 

The Beavers defeated the Beacons in the ECAC East semifinals before they edged Norwich University in the conference championship, 2-1. The Cadets, who had lost three games last year to the Beavers, defeated Babson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Both Babson and UMass Boston will commence their seasons on Saturday, November 2, as the Beavers host Curry College, while the Beacons travel to UMass Dartmouth. 

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Mass. College Hockey: Amherst Women’s Earns Spot On Preseason Poll

By Matt Noonan

Earlier this week, released its Women’s Top 10: Preseason Poll and only one Massachusetts women’s ice hockey team earned a spot on the list. Amherst College checked in as the 10th best team in the country.

The Lord Jeffs enter the 2013-14 season following a campaign that concluded in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals against Bowdoin College. Amherst concluded its season with a 13-11-1 overall recorded and 10-5-1 mark in the NESCAC.

Amherst begins its season on Friday, November 15, when they travel to Hamilton College for a 7 p.m. face-off.

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Mass. College Football: Week Nine Honor Roll


With another week of the college football season in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – The junior signal caller tossed four touchdowns and completed 25-of-47 passes for 307 yards in the Crimson’s triple-overtime setback to Princeton.

Paul Stanton Jr. (Harvard) – Against the Tigers, the sophomore halfback amassed 115 yards on 15 touches. He rushed for two scores on 12 carries for 91 yards and hauled in three passes for 24 yards.

Ricky Zorn (Harvard) – The senior wide receiver recorded season-bests in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (168) against Princeton. He also caught one touchdown, too.

Andrew Flesher (Harvard) – The junior placekicker finished Saturday’s contest with 12 points. He made all six PAT’s and connected on two-of-three field goals.

Eric Medes (Harvard) – The sophomore linebacker tied teammate Norman Hayes with 16 total stops, three of them were solo tackles. He also finished with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards.

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior running back rushed for 172 yards on 26 carries and one score in the Eagles’ loss to North Carolina.

Rob Blanchflower (Massachusetts) – The senior tight end hauled in seven catches for a season-best 131 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Minutemen’s Homecoming loss to Western Michigan.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – Guadagnoli amassed a career-best 433 yards of total offense and accounted for three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 40-34 loss to Merrimack. The senior quarterback completed 23-of-39 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns, as well as ran for 62 yards and one score.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver caught eight passes for 166 yards and two scores.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver caught 10 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns in Stonehill’s come-from-behind victory against LIU Post. Robitaille finished the game with a program record 916 yards through eight contests.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – Against LIU Post, the sophomore tailback rushed for 203 yards on 29 carries and one score. His carries and rushing yards were career-bests.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded double-figures in tackles for the eight straight time this season with 13 total stops.

Nate Morris  (Stonehill) – The junior defensive back recorded two interceptions and career-high nine total tackles. Morris currently leads the Northeast-10 Conference with five interceptions.

Scott Simonson (Assumption) – The senior tight end hauled in four catches for a career-high 99 yards and two scores in the Hounds’ win against Pace.

Matt Tripicchio (Merrimack) – The senior defensive lineman recorded a team-high nine tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and blocked an extra-point attempt.

Chris McNally (Mount Ida) – The junior running back rushed for 142 yards and two scores on 30 carries in the Mustangs’ win over Becker.

Jordan Hyman (Mount Ida) – The senior wide receiver caught six passes for 128 yards and one touchdown.

Kalyn Smithson (Mount Ida) – Against the Hawks, the junior linebacker recorded six stops, four solo tackles, one sack and one tackle for a loss.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker registered a game-best 13 total tackles, which included seven solo stops.

Timothy O’Brien (Springfield College) – In his first career-start under center, the sophomore amassed 170 yards of total offense in the Pride’s come-from-behind win against St. Lawrence.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker finished his team’s contest against Plymouth State with a game-best 15 total tackles, 13 solo stops.

Aaron Owens (Framingham State) – The first-year halfback rushed for 68 yards on seven carries and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 25-yard run.

Michael Sylvia (Mass. Maritime) – The senior defensive back recorded a pair of interceptions, along with seven solo tackles and three pass break-ups in the Buccaneers’ 34-21 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback accounted for four touchdowns against the Owls – three through the air, one on the ground. He finished with 239 yards of total offense.

Dana Valentine (Worcester State) – The junior halfback rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries for three scores in the Lancers’ loss to Western Connecticut.

Quillian Respass (Nichols) – The sophomore gunslinger tallied 536 yards of total offense and accounted for eight touchdowns in the Bison’s loss to Maine Maritime. Respass tossed four scores and passed for 331 yards. He also rushed for 205 yards and a school record tying four touchdowns.

Peter Williams (MIT) – The junior signal caller recorded 323 yards of total offense in his team’s win against Western New England.

Nathan Fleming (WNE) – The sophomore linebacker tied his career-high of 17 total tackles against the Engineers, which included five solo stops.

Dylan Rushe (Endicott) – The senior placekicker scored 15 points on four field goals and three PAT’s in the Gulls’ win against Coast Guard.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior linebacker recorded a team-high 10 tackles, seven solo stops, along with three-and-a-half tackles for a loss and two sacks in the Lord Jeffs’ 17-7 victory over Tufts.

Tommy Meade (Tufts) – The junior linebacker recorded 19 total tackles, three shy of the team record of 22. Meade also forced a fumble in his team’s loss to Amherst.