Ivy League Football Notebook: It’s Crunch Time For Harvard, Princeton

496202By Bob Whitney (@WhitneyBob) 

It is crunch time in the Ivy League and over the next month teams will battle for a chance to be crowned 2017 Ivy football champions.

Harvard and Princeton, preseason picks to finish at the top of the Ivy heap, will kick off the weekend with a clash under the lights this evening at Harvard Stadium.

Both squads have one loss in the league and it is one of those games that can be filed as “must have.”

Harvard 3-2 (1-1 Ivy) prepped for the Tigers with a solid 38-10 non-league victory over Lafayette which featured a breakout effort by Crimson running back Charles Booker III (159 yards, 1 TD).

Harvard’s All-Ivy performer Justice Shelton-Moseley returned a punt 85 yards to open the scoring. Shelton-Moseley’s performance earned him Ivy Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.

The Crimson defense turned in a stellar effort, limiting the Leopards to just 12 rushing yards.

Freshman quarterback Jake Smith looked sharp and is improving with each snap.

The Harvard offense, defense and special teams look ready to face Princeton 4-1 (1-1) who tuned-up for the big showdown with a 53-0 victory at Brown.

Tiger running back Charlie Volker scored 4 touchdowns, including a 96-yard run which set a new school record.

The Tigers offense netted 538 total yards in the one-sided contest while the defense limited Brown to 170.

Princeton quarterback Chad Kanoff was very efficient as he completed 21-of-27 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns.

On the other side, the Tigers are firing on all eight cylinders which should make for an exciting evening of football.

The game will be nationally-televised on the NBC Sports Network starting at 7:30 p.m.

Bob’s Prediction: Both teams are ready with the home team getting the edge in this one – it should be an Ivy League Classic! Harvard 24, Princeton 23

Next week: Dartmouth will invade Harvard Stadium on Oct. 28 (12 p.m. NESN).

Around the Ancient Eight: The other big game this weekend pits a battle of the unbeaten when Dartmouth 5-0 (2-0) hosts Coach Al Bagnoli’s surprising Columbia Lions 5-0 (2-0) on Saturday (Eleven Sports, ILN).

Bagnoli’s Lions were picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. Columbia will look to continue their best start since 1996.

The Ivy League registered its best non-conference record since 1994, finishing 18-6 in out-of-conference play in 2017.

Princeton’s Volker 96-yard touchdown run from scrimmage broke a 65-year record for the longest rushing score in Tiger history; the previous record was a 93-yard touchdown by Homer Smith, set against Yale on Nov. 15, 1952.

Friday night’s game in Cambridge will be the first Ivy League road night contest ever for Princeton.

Dartmouth’s upcoming matchup with Brown on Friday, Nov. 10, will be held in historic Fenway Park.

The Ivy League published results of their experimental kickoff rule, which has produced tangible results, including a significant drop in injuries and concussions throughout the 2016 season. After averaging six concussions per year during the Ivy League conference slate the previous three seasons, athletes suffered zero concussions on kickoff plays in 2016.

(Report compiled from various Ivy League media sources).

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New England Hockey Notebook: Endicott Picked To Capture Comm. Coast Conf.

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John Carricato and the Endicott College men’s ice hockey team were picked to capture the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) this winter. (Photo Credit: David Le ’10)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

One year after securing the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title, the Endicott College men’s ice hockey team was picked to capture their second consecutive  conference crown this winter, according to this afternoon’s release.

The Gulls collected nine first-place votes for 99 points, while Salve Regina (78 points) earned one first-place vote – the Seahawks checked-in third on the preseason poll. University of New England tallied 85 points for a second-place projection, while Nichols College (74 points) and Curry College (55 points) rounded out the top five.

Wentworth Institute of Technology and Johnson & Wales were tied for sixth in the poll, while Western New England, Suffolk University and Becker College checked-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

Last season, the Gulls made their initial appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament after defeating University of New England in the conference tournament finals by a score of 5-4. The Gulls defeated Hobart, 4-3, in the opening round, but fell to Trinity College in the second round, 2-1 (OT).

Endicott completed its second season with a program-best 24 wins, which included a 12-game winning streak, spanning January to March. The Gulls never lost a game in February, winning seven games, including a conference tournament quarterfinal clash against Western New England.

In addition to winning 24 games one year ago, the Gulls concluded their 2016-17 campaign in the top 10 in multiple statistical categories, including first in scoring offense (4.83 goals per game) and scoring margin (2.87).

Additionally, Endicott was one of the top power play teams in the country. They were third on the power play (28.1 percent, 43/153) and 12th in penalty kill (86.5 percent, 147/170).

Endicott begins its season next Friday, October 27th when they host Plymouth State at 7 p.m. Following their season-opener against the Panthers, Endicott will visit Wentworth on Thursday, November 2nd for a 7 p.m. face-off before entertaining the Leopards on Saturday, November 4th at 2 p.m.

Harvard, Yale Highlight Ivy League Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

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Harvard’s Bryce Aiken will be one of many players to watch on the Crimson this season. (PHOTO CREDIT: Boston Globe)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Harvard men’s basketball team was chosen to finish first in the Ivy League this winter, according to yesterday’s release.

Harvard, which collected six first-place votes, edged Yale by two points – the Bulldogs earned eight first-place votes, while tallying 118 points.

Princeton University, which is projected to finish third, garnered a trio of first-place votes for 114 points, while Penn and Columbia rounded out the top five.

Cornell, Dartmouth and Brown were projected to finish sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Harvard welcomes back a quartet of its leading scorers from a year ago, including sophomore Bryce Aiken, who was tabbed the Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season.

Aiken, a first-team All-Conference selection, paced the Crimson with 14.5 points per game last season, while tallying a career and season-best 28 points against Yale. As noted in his player bio, Aiken became the second first-year since Siyani Chambers to earn first team All-Ivy League honors.

Yale will certainly be a team to watch this season and should receive a boost from senior Makai Mason, who has been selected as the Ivy League preseason player of the year, per various outlets, including NBCSports.com.

Mason earned first-team All-Conference honors during his sophomore season (2015-16) – he became the fourth sophomore in program history to earn a spot on the conference’s first-team.

Against Baylor in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Mason netted a career and game-high 31 points, including 11 free throws to lift the Bulldogs to an exciting first round win.

Both teams will commence their respective 2017-18 campaigns on Friday, November 10 with Harvard hosting MIT and Yale facing Creighton at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

Husson University Tabbed The Noontime Sports Team Of The Week

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Husson University’s Quan Soyini and the Eagles pitched a shutout last week against Castleton. (PHOTO CREDIT: Monty Rand)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Following their fifth win of the season last Saturday against Castleton University, Husson University’s football team was selected as this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

The Eagles garnered 47 percent of the vote as seen on our Twitter poll, while Springfield College finished second (39 percent). Williams College (10 percent) and Wesleyan University (four percent) placed third and fourth, respectively.

This week’s poll included 206 votes – the most votes recorded since our weekly poll began  two weeks ago.

Western New England earned our initial honor two weeks ago following an exciting win over St. Lawrence University, while Plymouth State was tabbed the Team of the Week last week after defeating Bridgewater State, 17-7.

Husson’s win over Castleton was highlighted by a trio of rushing touchdowns by John Smith, who concluded the contest with 95 yards on 16 carries.

According to the game’s release, Smith became the first member of the program to rush for more than 6,000 yards and total offense mark in one’s career.

Quarterback Cory Brandon completed 15 of 17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

Brandon’s completion percentage (88.2%) established a new single-game record, shattering the original mark of 84.6%, which was held by David Chase against Becker College on October 30, 2005.

On defense, Jean Gabriel, who was tabbed this week’s Noontime Sports Co-Defensive Player, recorded six tackles, including four solo stops, one tackle-for-a-loss, an interception, a pass break-up, two blocked punts and one quarterback hurry.

Two days after the win, both Brandon and Gabriel were honored by the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) as this week’s co-offensive and special teams players of the week.

This week, the Eagles will visit Gallaudet on Saturday, October 21 with kickoff set for 1:00  p.m. Husson defeated Gallaudet last season, 50-16, thanks to Brandon, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

Noontime Sports Team of the Week (Monday, Oct. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Monday! With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive, Defensive and Special Team units of the week, as well as our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, too.

Offensive Player of the Week: Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Germinerio accounted for five touchdowns in his team’s 48-7 win over Morrisville State, along with 298 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles’ signal-caller completed 19 of 23 passes for 288 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores on five carries for 10 yards.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Liam Kenneally (Trinity): Kenneally turned in a monstrous performance against Tufts, tallying eight total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards, one sack for a 14 yard loss and one fumble recovery. Kenneally also registered one quarterback hurry, too.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Jean Gabriel (Husson): Against Castleton, Jean Gabriel stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four solo stops, one sack (seven yards), one interception, one pass break-up, one quarterback hurry and two blocks.

Special Teams Player of the Week: John Rak (Amherst): Rak concluded Saturday’s contest against the Mules with 10 points. He was a perfect four-for-four on extra points, while connecting on a pair of field goals with his longest boot coming from 32 yards out.


Offensive Team of the Week:

Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Bamgbose led the Corsairs with 124 receiving yards on five receptions, while recording a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 24-22 setback to Bridgewater State.

Cory Brandon (Husson): Against Castleton, Brandon completed 15 of 17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

Mike Breuler (Wesleyan): Breuler hauled in a game-high 10 receptions for 164 yards and one touchdown as the Cardinals rallied to defeat Bates, 41-23.

Kiegan Brown (Alfred State): Against Gallaudet, Brown rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries for one score, while recording one catch for five yards.

Max Chipouras (Trinity): Chipouras tallied 165 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown to lead Trinity passed Tufts, 23-16.

Brendan Costa (Bates): Against Wesleyan, Costa tallied 170 yards on 18 carries and one score.

Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime): Creeger amassed 329 yards of total offense, including 212 yards on 26 carries for one score as Maine Maritime topped Coast Guard in NEWMAC play. Creeger ended the game three for seven through the air for two touchdowns and 117 yards.

James Dawson (Salve Regina): Against Nichols, Dawson rushed for a pair of scores on 25 carries for 119 yards as the Seahawks improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.

Brandonn Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers with 10 receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown.

Zach DeNike (Endicott): DeNike led all receivers with five grabs for 96 yards and a touchdown against Western New England.

Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Eglintine tallied four touchdowns – two through the air, two on the ground – as the Pride improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in NEWMAC play. The Pride’s signal-caller completed three of seven passes for 76 yards, while rushing for 79 yards on 15 carries.

Quinn Fleeting (West Conn.): Against Mass. Maritime, Fleeting completed 11 of 21 passes for 208 yards and three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jawad Chisholm.

Maleke Fuentes (Alfred): Fuentes rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries and one score in his team’s initial setback of the season to SUNY Cortland.

Peter Hoff (Western New England): Hoff averaged 7.2 yards per carry, finishing the day with 115 yards on 16 carries for two scores as the Golden Bears picked-up their initial conference win.

Kyle Hoppy (Buffalo State.): Hoppy completed 20 of 39 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 30 yards on 10 carries for one score as the Bengals topped the Saints of St. Lawrence.

Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy led all receivers with seven grabs and 124 yards, while hauling in one touchdown in his team’s 24-22 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Jared Lebowoitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz completed 24 of 37 passes for 304 yards, while tossing a trio of touchdown passes in his team’s 27-26 setback to Williams. The senior signal-caller also rushed for 34 yards on eight carries.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron completed 21 of 29 passes for 195 yards, while tossing two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with no time remaining to lift the Ephs to an exciting 27-26 win over Middlebury. The first-year signal-caller also rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries and one score.

Chris Olberding (SUNY Maritime): Olberding led all rushers with 132 yards on 15 carries, while sprinting for a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 51-15 win over Anna Maria.

Rodrick Payne (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Payne rushed for 99 yards on 21 carries and two scores.

Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Acad.): Phillips led all rushers in his team’s 28-21 setback to West Conn. with 212 yards on 39 carries, while recording one touchdown.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan): Piccirillo helped the Cardinals overcome a two-point (23-21) setback at the break by finishing the game 29 of 42 for 370 yards, while rushing for 84 yards on 11 carries. Piccirillo also concluded the game with three touchdowns, including two through the air.

Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Puzzo completed 18 of 31 passes for 200 yards, while tossing one score – he also rushed for 37 yards on 21 carries.

Anthony Service (Western New England): Service amassed 210 yards of total offense, while account for three touchdowns, including two through the air as the Golden Bears topped Endicott in Springfield, Massachusetts.

John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for a trio of touchdowns on 16 carries for 95 yards in his team’s 49-0 win over Castleton.

Shane Sweeney (Hobart): Sweeney completed 19 of 29 passes for 305 yards and four scores in his team’s 49-27 win over Hartwick.

Koree Reed (Hartwick): Reed hauled in a game-high nine receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the Hawks’s 49-27 setback to Hobart.

Maxwell Rye (Middlebury): Rye led the Panthers’ receiving core with seven grabs for 133 receiving yards and one score.

Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva led all receivers with 118 yards on four receptions, while hauling in a pair of touchdown passes as Curry defeated Becker, 40-0.

Trai Weaver (Anna Maria): Weaver led all Anna Maria receivers Saturday by hauling in nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 169 yards on 25 carries, while rushing for one score in his team’s seven-straight win.

Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright completed 26 of 36 passes for 334 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdowns in his team’s win over Anna Maria. 


Defensive Team of the Week:

Luke Apuzzi (Williams): Against Middlebury, Apuzzi registered 16 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.

Derek Breunig (Maine Maritime): Against Coast Guard, Breunig registered 10 total stops, including four solo tackles, one sack (nine yards) and two tackles for a loss of 25 yards.

Jesse Byorth (Merchant Marine): Byorth led the Mariners with 10 total tackles, including a pair of stops for a loss of six yards and one forced fumble against Springfield.

Joe Esposito (Plymouth State): Esposito concluded Saturday’s 16-13 win over Framingham State with eight total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one forced fumble.

Dylan Ferrari (SUNY Cortland): Ferrari concluded Saturday’s upset win over Alfred with six total stops, including three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 13 yards.

Daniel George (Anna Maria): Against SUNY Maritime, George tallied 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded one forced fumble, too.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded Saturday’s game against Merchant Marine with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 23 yards.

Michael Hall (Anna Maria): Hall matched George for 12 total stops, but concluded Saturday’s game against SUNY Maritime with nine solo tackles, along with one tackle for a loss for four yards and two fumble recoveries (19 yards).

Geno Iozzino (Alfred): Against SUNYCortland, Iozzino recorded six solo stops, including a pair of tackles for a loss (10 yards) and one sack (seven yards).

Paul Krowel (Buffalo State): Krowel tallied seven total stops, including four solo tackles, two quarterback hurries, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss (11 yards) and two sacks (10) in the Bengals’ 24-21 win over St. Lawrence.

Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Against Bridgewater State, Mathurin tallied 15 total stops, including 12 solo tackles and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of six yards.

Brandon Morris (Wesleyan): Against Bates, Morris tallied 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of six yards.

William Rivera (Endicott): Against Western New England, Rivera registered 11 total stops, including five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and one sack for an eight yard loss.

Tylor Scales (Tufts):
Scales completed Tufts’ most recent contest against Trinity with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards, one sack for an eight yard loss and one forced fumble.

Aaron Slodowitz (Middlebury): Against Williams, Slodowitz led all defenders with 18 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards.

Skyler Williamson (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Williamson registered 15 total tackles, including seven solo stops, four tackles for a loss (16 yards) and one sack (eight yards).


Special Teams of the Week:

Jordan D’Onofrio (West Conn.): D’Onofrio punted the ball six times on Saturday with a pair of boots landing inside the Mass. Maritime Academy 20. He also registered two touchbacks, while connecting on all four extra point attempts.

William Holscher (SUNY Cortland): Holscher’s 20 yard field goal in overtime helped the Red Dragons secured an exciting upset over Alfred in Cortland, New York. Holscher completed the game with eight points – he was a perfect two for two on extra points.

Brian McGovern (Hartwick): Against Hobart, McGovern tallied nine points by connecting on a pair of field goals and three extra points.

Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Against Anna Maria, Murphy connected on seven extra point attempts, while tallying 496 yards on eight kickoffs with five kicks resulting in touchbacks.

Springfield Remains No.1 In Fourth Grinold Chapter New England D3 Poll

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

For the fourth-straight week, the Springfield College Pride remained atop the Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings after securing their seventh consecutive victory this past Saturday with a 35-13 win over Merchant Marine.

Trinity College and Plymouth State slid into the second and third positions, respectively – the Panthers, who were tied for the sixth position a week ago, secured an exciting 16-13 win over Framingham State to move up three spots.

Framingham State and Salve Regina rounded out the top five – the Seahawks improved to 4-1 and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play with a 45-10 victory against Nichols College. This week, the Seahawks host Endicott College for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

Curry College, Husson University and Western Connecticut checked-in sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, while MIT (ninth) and Williams College (10th) secured the final two spots on this week’s poll.

Middlebury College, Amherst College, Western New England, Wesleyan and WPI are all receiving votes.

Against Merchant Marine, Springfield quarterback Jake Eglintine recorded four touchdowns – two through the air, two on the ground – while Jordan Wilcox led all rushers with 169 yards on 25 carries and one score.

The Pride’s defense collaborated for 10 tackles for a loss of 45 yards, including a quartet of sacks for a loss of 20 yards.

Springfield hosts Catholic University this weekend before heading into a bye week. The Pride will then end their season with a visit to Maine Maritime (11/4) followed by a home date with MIT on Saturday, November 11th.

Trinity continues to be the team to beat in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) as the Bantams managed to pick-up their fifth-straight win by defeating Tufts University, 23-16. Max Chipouras highlighted the Bantams offensive attack by rushing for a game-high 165 yards 29 carries and one score, while the defense registered five tackles for a loss of 24 yards, including a pair of sacks (17 yards).

For more information on the Grinold Chapter of the National Football Foundation, please visit www.grinoldchapter.com.

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week Eight Poll (Monday, Oct. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another week of college football (week seven) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week eight) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (7-0, 4-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Trinity College (5-0, 5-0 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 3
  3. Framingham State (5-1, 3-1 MASCACS) | Last Week No. 2
  4. MIT (5-1, 3-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 5
  5. Plymouth State (6-1, 4-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 9
  6. Williams College (4-1, 4-1 NESCASC) | Last Week: No. 10
  7. Western New England (4-2, 1-0 CCC) | Last Week No. 7
  8. Curry College (5-1, 1-0 CCC) | Last Week: NR
  9. Salve Regina (4-1, 1-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 8
  10. Middlebury College (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 4

On the rise: Amherst College (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC), Husson University (5-1, 3-0 ECFC), Tufts University (3-2, 3-2 NESCAC), Wesleyan (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC), Western Conn. (5-1, 3-1 MASCAC) and WPI (4-2, 2-1 NEWMAC).