Another weekend of college football has come to an end. And with the seventh week in the books it is time to announce this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.
Division 1 – Massachusetts: The monkey is finally off their backs. The Minutemen, who entered Saturday’s contest on a six-game losing skid, relied on a second half touchdown pass from A.J. Doyle and a 25-yard field goal by Blake Lucas to seal their first victory of the season. Doyle had his best game, tossing two touchdowns, the most he’s recorded in a game this season, and a season-best 249 passing yards.
UMass finished the contest with 23 first downs and 376 yards of total offense. The Minutemen also won the time of possession battle as they held the ball for 34:28.
Charley Molnar’s squad returns to the gridiron next week when they travel to Buffalo. Last season, the Bulls topped the Minutemen at Gillette Stadium, 29-19.
Division 2 – Stonehill College: Quarterback Logan Meyer tossed two of his three touchdowns in the second half, as he connected with Colin Markus and Paul Piccirillo, while Steve Grzywacz kicked a 38-yard field goal as the Skyhawks outscored the Owls, 16-0, during the final two frames en route to a 23-21 victory against Southern Connecticut.
Stonehill’s Brian Harrington finished another game this season with more than 10 total tackles as he registered 16, 11 solo, while teammate Andrew Kibarian recorded eight total tackles, six solo and two tackles for a loss.
Gordon McLeod hauled in five receptions for a career-high 109 yards, while Nate Robitaille finished with 10 catches for 85 yards.
The Skyhawks will be on the road again next weekend as they travel to New Haven for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Division 3 – UMass Dartmouth: For the first time since 2008, the Corsairs defeated the Bears of Bridgewater State on Friday in a wild conference clash. UMass Dartmouth rallied from a 22-point deficit to seal the win.
DaVon Fuller helped his team earn their second win of the season when he intercepted Bridgewater State’s Mike McCarthy on his team’s two-yard line with seven seconds remaining in regulation.
Quarterback Cullen Hanna recorded season-highs of 179 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 26 yards and one score on six carries. Wide receiver Abiola Aborishade, who caught the game-winning touchdown, registered a game-high 10 catches for 111 yards, while running back Charles Ruffin produced his first 100-yard rushing game with 101 yards on the ground.
Defensively, UMass Dartmouth was led by Derek Tarpey, who finished with 22 stops, which was a career-high, 14 solo tackles, five tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one sack.
The Corsairs, who’re now 2-3 overall and 2-2 in their conference will be back on their home field Saturday when they host Worcester State for a 12 p.m. contest.