Ivy League Football Notebook: Harvard Finds Its Groove Against Brown

Harvard Crimson Logo By Bob Whitney (@WhitneyBob) 

Harvard found its groove last week in a 45-28 win over the Brown Bears at Harvard Stadium last Saturday. The win was the Crimson’s first Ivy League victory of the season, while the contest marked the first league game for both teams.

The Crimson (1-1, 1-0 Ivy) used a dominating defensive effort, while receiving another solid rushing performance by Charlie Booker III (77 yards, 2 touchdowns) to turn back the Bears (1-1, 0-1). Booker was named to this week’s Ivy Weekly Honor Roll.

Harvard coach Tim Murphy made a sudden change at quarterback when he gave first-year Jake Smith the starting nod over veteran Joe Viviano. Murphy was looking to jump-start his offense after a sluggish performance in his team’s week one setback to URI and the move paid dividends for the Crimson.

Smith looked good in his first start, completing five of seven passes for 72 yards, but faltered near the end of the half. Murphy would turn to Viviano in a relief role, with the Crimson holding a 14-2 lead late in the opening session.

Viviano (11-of-13, 150 yards) was up to the challenge and the Murphy wake-up call as he directed the offense for 31 points.

This week the Crimson will travel to Washington, D.C. where they will face Georgetown (1-2, 0-0 Patriot) at RFK Stadium (2 p.m.). It will be the fourth meeting between the two schools. Harvard won last year’s tilt by a score of 31-17.

Georgetown enters the non-league clash after suffering a 35-14 loss to Columbia last week. Hoya QB Clay Norris showed a strong arm, completing 10-of-19 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, however, the Hoyas managed a paltry net 2 yards on the ground.

The Hoyas lone win of the season thus far was a 16-10 win over Campbell on Sept. 9.

Harvard’s defense will be tested by Norris, but my guess is that the unit will control the line of scrimmage and with that dominance the final score.

All in all, it will be interesting to see how Murphy manages his quarterbacks this week.

Bob’s Prediction: Harvard, with another week of practice to fine tune the offense, should cruise to a non-league win at RFK. RFK Stadium is named after Harvard graduate Robert F. Kennedy ’48, who played for the Crimson in 1946 and 1947, and went on to become United States Attorney General and U.S. Senator from New York. PREDICTION: Harvard 45, Georgetown 10

Up Next: Harvard travels to Ithaca, New York for a date with the Cornell Big Red on Saturday, Oct. 7th. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Around the Ancient Eight (Extra, Extra): An Ivy League-record seven football standouts were named semifinalists for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy, which annually recognizes the top football scholar-athlete in the nation.

Brown senior defensive end Richard Jarvis, Columbia senior quarterback Anders Hill, Dartmouth senior quarterback Jack Heneghan, Harvard senior defensive back Tanner Lee, Penn senior wide receiver Justin Watson, Princeton senior quarterback Chad Kanoff and Yale senior offensive lineman Karl Marback have been nominated.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the award must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

The 2017 award winner will be announced at the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5.

The Ivy League is off to its best non-conference start (10-2) since 1970, when the teams went 12-0 in non-conference play … Smith became the first freshman since Ryan Fitzpatrick to start a game for Harvard during his rookie season … Princeton and Yale are receiving votes in both the FCS Coaches and STATS FCS polls, while Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn are receiving votes in the STATS FCS ranking … Things will heat up this week in the Ivy League title chase with two games featuring a battle of the unbeaten. The Penn Quakers (2-0) host Dartmouth (2-0) this evening (NBCSN), followed by Columbia (2-0) at Princeton (2-0) on Saturday.

Bob’s weekly report on Ivy League football was compiled from various Ivy League media sources. Stay connected with Bob Whitney on social media by following him on Twitter @WhitneyBob, while becoming a fan of him on Facebook and Instagram. 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Five (New England & Northeast)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Ah, it’s Friday, which means it’s time to dish out some weekly picks! It also means a brand new weekend of college football (and high school and professional) is upon us, too.

Any who, here are 10 Games to Watch this week in New England and Northeast D3 Football, as always, make sure to stay connected on Facebook and Twitter throughout the weekend for news, scores and updates!

Brockport at Cortland: The Golden Eagles have soared to four-straight wins this season, including an impressive 38-7 win over St. John Fisher two weeks ago. Their momentum should certainly continue this week against the Red Dragons. PREDICTION: Brockport 28, Cortland 21 

Buffalo State at Alfred: This is a big-time test for the Bengals, who are a perfect 1-0 in Empire 8 play this season. Buffalo State scored an impressive win last week, tallying 24 unanswered points over the final two frames to beat RPI. They certainly will need to play their best against a quality Saxons foe, which has yielded at least two touchdowns per game this season. PREDICTION: Alfred 30, Buffalo State 21 

MIT at Merchant Marine: If the Engineers are going to secure another NEWMAC win, their offense will need to match the Mariners’, who have scored 31 points or more in three games this season. Slowing down Brice Moore won’t be an easy task, but this Engineers defense should be up for the challenge. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 38, MIT 26 

Husson at Endicott: Endicott clearly gave Hobart a challenge last week, but can that momentum continue this week, especially against a talented Husson squad that is coming off a disappointing setback to Western New England one week ago? If Endicott is going to win this one, they must find a way to slow down John SmithPREDICTION: Husson 21, Endicott 17 

Williams at Trinity: A pair of 2-0 squads are set to meet in Hartford on Saturday in what should be an interesting NESCAC affair. Trinity’s offense has put up a lot of points in its first two contests, so the Ephs must find a way to slow down their passing and rushing attacks. Keep an eye on Williams quarterback Bobby Maimaron and wide receiver Justin Nelson in this one. PREDICTION: Trinity 30, Williams 20 

Alfred State at SUNY Maritime: Conference play officially begins for the ECFC and this could be an interesting contest to follow, especially since Alfred State did provide a challenge to Rochester a few weeks ago. The Privateers were off last week, but have scored some important wins this season, including a 38-31 win over Merchant Marine. PREDICTION: SUNY Maritime 28, Alfred State 14 

St. Lawrence at Western New England: The Golden Bears returned to the win column last week by defeating the Eagles of Husson, thanks to 21 unanswered points over the final two frames. This week, they must continue that second half momentum against a talented St. Lawrence unit, which provided challenges to Ithaca College two weeks ago. PREDICTION: St. Lawrence 28, Western New England 20 

Hobart at Ithaca: The Bombers were off last week, but return to action this week against a solid Hobart squad that relied on its passing game to defeat Endicott. Ithaca must find a way to slow down Shane Sweeney, who ranks second in the Liberty League in touchdown passes (eight). PREDICTION: Hobart 24, Ithaca 21 

Union at Morrisville State: Since falling to Husson, these Dutchmen have found ways to grind out wins, including last week when they squeaked out an exciting third-straight victory over Curry College. This week, they must rely on all units – offense, defense and special teams – to defeat Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Morrisville State 30, Union 20 

Hartwick at Utica: Can the Pioneers win their initial Empire 8 contest of the season? If they do, it will entail finding a way to slow down an impressive Hartwick passing attack. PREDICTION: Hartwick 31, Utica 22 

Jim Calhoun To Assist Univ. of St. Joseph’s (CT) Men’s Basketball Program

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It was announced on Thursday that former University of Connecticut (UConn) Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Calhoun will serve as a consultant to the Univ. of St. Joseph’s men’s basketball team. (PHOTO CREDIT: MassLive)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was recently announced by multiple sources, including the Hartford Courant that Hall-of-Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun will serve as a consultant to the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball program.

The University of St. Joseph’s will play its first men’s basketball game in school history next year during the 2018-19 school year.

Calhoun, who retired from coaching in 2012 after winning 873 games during a 40-year coaching career, guided the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team to trio of national championships, including a 2011 title against Butler. The former UConn bench boss is still under contract until March of 2018.

When introduced to the media on Thursday, Calhoun told reporters he’s a “part-time employee for now.” However, Calhoun doesn’t consider his new position with the Blue Jays as part-time because his main focus going forward is finding student-athletes to compete for the program next season.

The University of St. Joseph’s announced earlier this summer that they would be admitting men, beginning in the fall of 2018. According to the school’s release, which was seen on the athletic department’s website earlier this summer, this was a unanimous decision made by the Board of Trustees.

Springfield Secures Top Spot In First Grinold Chapter New England D3 Poll

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 9.25.02 AMBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Springfield College Pride secured the top spot in the first Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings, which was announced yesterday. 

Framingham State checked-in second, followed by Trinity College, Western Connecticut State and Salve Regina.

Amherst College checked-in sixth overall, while Middlebury College and Curry College were selected seventh and eighth, respectively. Coast Guard Academy and Williams College secured the final two spots, checking-in ninth and 10th overall.

Springfield collected nine first-place votes after securing its fourth-straight win of the season last Saturday, including the program’s initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC ) victory over WPI. Marlowe Scott was tabbed this week’s NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week in his team’s 42-10 win over the Engineers – he recorded two interceptions, one pass break up and four unassisted tackles.

Framingham State garnered five first-place votes after winning its fourth-straight game last Saturday against Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The win provided the Rams with the Kelley Cup. Kicker Ryan Clifford was named this week’s Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Special Teams Player of the Week after converting six-of-six extra point attempts. Clifford also averaged 60.2 yards per kickoff with three touchbacks in the game.

Amherst secured one first-place vote – the Mammoths cruised to an impressive 36-6 win over Hamilton last Saturday, thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns by Jack Hickey. Hickey concluded the day with 113 yards on 15 carries. The 113 yards was the most yards recorded by Hickey this season.

In addition to the Top 10, five teams are receiving votes, including Husson University (24) and WPI (22). Plymouth State (17), MIT (16) and Worcester State (15) are also receiving votes, too.

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D3 Football Saturday New England & Northeast Round-Up (Week 4)

Saturday RoundUp

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Saturday’s are ALWAYS a busy day, especially in the D3 New England and Northeast college football world, so let’s get you caught-up on some of the games you’ll be talking about, both the rest of this weekend and this upcoming week.

PROGRAM NOTE: We will update some of the late games later this weekend, so make sure to circle back for both game summaries and scores! 

Dean 25, Becker 10: Matt Bethel rushed for a game-high 119 yards on 17 carries and one score, while Justice Taylor tallied five solo stops, including three tackles for a loss as the Bulldogs claimed their first win of the season.

MIT 38, Catholic 21: John Robertson rushed for a career-best 185 yards and three scores as the Engineers overcame a seven-point (21-14) deficit at the break en route to defeat the Cardinals in their initial NEWMAC game of the season.

Merchant Marine 56, Maine Maritime 31: Brice Moore rushed for a game-high 137 yards and four scores, while Joseph Bellomo added two touchdowns on the ground as the Mariners earned its first-ever NEWMAC win in Castine, Maine. Maine Maritime’s Corey Creeger recorded 232 yards of total offense, while recording four scores, including three on the ground.

Fitchburg State 31, Bridgewater State 29: Nelson Valerio tossed three touchdowns, Jevon Brown-Simpson rushed for 70 yards and Jovon White recorded a team-high 12 total tackles, including six solo stops as the Falcons picked-up its initial MASCAC win of the season. Bridgewater State’s Jack Lavanchy led all receivers with 166 yards on 10 receptions and two scores.

Buffalo State 33, RPI 21: Antoine Holloman‘s go-ahead touchdown with 31 seconds remaining in the third quarter provided Buffalo State with the lead, which they would not relinquish as the Bengals picked-up their third win of the season. Holloman concluded the game with 24 yards on 11 carries, while quarterback Kyle Hoppy completed 22 of 34 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown. Hoppy also rushed for 46 yards on 13 carries.

Western New England 21, Husson 14: WNE’s Josh Henry hauled in the go-ahead touchdown – a 28-yard reception – with 52 seconds remaining as the Golden Bears squeaked past the Eagles in Springfield. John Smith (Husson) led all rushers with 128 yards on 32 carries.

Hobart 34, Endicott 17: Shane Sweeney completed 22 of 32 passes for 321 yards and tossed four touchdowns, including a 41-yard strike to Ray Conley with 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter to send the Statesmen past the Gulls for their third win of the season. Will Genaway led Endicott’s receiving core with five catches for 74 yards and one touchdown.

Hartwick 24, St. John Fisher 21: Brian McGovern’s 21-yard field goal with three seconds remaining helped the Hawks secure their initial Empire 8 victory of the season. Billy Pine tossed three touchdowns in the win, while completing 26 of 41 passes for 375 yards. James Chambers (St. John Fisher) led all rushers with 173 yards on 18 carries and two scores.

Wesleyan 24, Tufts 17 (OT): Mark Piccirillo tossed three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime – a 14-yard strike to Mike Breuler – which helped the Cardinals defeat the Jumbos in Middletown, Connecticut. Ryan McDonald (Tufts) amassed 277 yards of total offense, including 155 yards through the air.


New England & Northeast Scoreboard

Frostburg State 24, Rowan 10

Springfield 42, WPI 10 

Framingham State 50, Mass. Maritime Acad. 7 

Morrisville State 44, Nichols 22 

Middlebury 41, Bowdoin 14 

Williams 24, Colby 7 

Amherst 36, Hamilton 6 

Trinity 51, Bates 0 

Plymouth State 37, UMass Dartmouth 7 

Worcester State 34, Worcester State 10 

Union 17, Curry 14 

Alfred 45, Rochester 7 

Western Conn. 37, Salve Regina 23

Coast Guard 13, Norwich 9