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The Early Preseason Outlook: Mass. Maritime Buccaneers

MMA Bucs

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage shifts to Buzzards Bay for a closer look at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buccaneers.

The Bucs will begin their 2019 campaign on Friday, September 13th, 2019 when they host Maritime (N.Y.) in the 12th Annual Chowder Bowl.

The Buccaneers’ 2018 Season: The Buccaneers mustered just two wins last fall, defeating Maine Maritime Academy (22-7) and Worcester State (26-0).

They were competitive in a few conference meetings, including a 17-14 setback to Plymouth State last October.

Mass. Maritime concluded its season with a 21-7 setback to Bridgewater State in the 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl but hope to right the ship this upcoming season with perhaps an opening day win against Maritime (N.Y.) followed by victories against Maine Maritime and Westfield State.

The 2019 Outlook: The Buccaneers graduated just five seniors from last year’s squad, including wide receiver Paul Sances, who led the receiving core with 48 receptions for 699 yard, but return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, beginning with linebacker Sean Smialek.

Smialek, along with Jack Fontana, led the defense by combining for 122 total tackles and 7.5 sacks for a loss of 31 yards. Both linebackers will be counted on this upcoming season, along with Kyle Johnston, who will be spotted on the defensive line.

The Bucs return a slew of offensive talent, including quarterback Ty Ebdon, who connected on 74 of 164 passes for a team-high 1,030 passing yards and seven touchdowns. Ebdon will most likely target Will Bennett, who led all receivers with four touchdowns.

Halfbacks Benjamin Sheehan and Matt Long return for their final seasons – both tailbacks reached the end zone five-time last fall, so look for the offense to lean on both student-athletes.

Finally, keep your eyes, Matt Wyzykowski, and James Cooke, who will be asked to anchor the Mass. Maritime offensive line.  

Mass. Maritime’s Schedule: The Bucs begin their season with a pair of trophy games – they will compete for both the Chowder Cup and Admiral’s Cup in the second and third week of September before ending the month with a trip to Westfield State.

Mass. Maritime will host Worcester State in early October before visiting Western Connecticut for a late afternoon tilt on Saturday, October 12th.

Weeks later the Bucs will close out their 2019 campaign with the Kelley Cup against Framingham State before visiting UMass Dartmouth one week later.

The Bucs will host Bridgewater State on Saturday, November 16th for 41st Annual Cranberry Bowl.

Players to Watch: Ty Ebdon (Quarterback/Gales Ferry, Conn.), Benjamin Sheehan (Halfback/Wilbraham, Mass.), Matt Long (Halfback/Weymouth, Mass.), Will Bennett (Wide Receiver/Sandwich, Mass.), George Lampros (Kicker/Punter/Bridgewater, Mass.), Matt Wyzykowski (Offensive Line/Old Saybrook, Conn.), James Cooke (Offensive Line/Wrentham, Mass.), Sean Smialek (Linebacker/South Dartmouth, Mass.), Jack Fontana (Linebacker/Grafton, Mass.), and Kyle Johnston (Defensive Line/Raynham, Mass.)


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The Early Preseason Outlook: MIT Engineers

MIT Engineers

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the MIT Engineers, who will look to capture their second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown this fall.

MIT kicks-offs its 2019 slate on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 when they host Carnegie Mellon at 12 p.m.

The Engineers’ 2018 Season: MIT enjoyed a very successful 2018 campaign by capturing its first-ever NEWMAC championship while making its second appearance in program history in the NCAA Tournament.

Yet, despite ending its season with a first-round setback to Johns Hopkins University, coach Brian Bubna‘s squad proved they can win games with both its offense and defense, as well as its special teams, too.

MIT pitched three shutouts last season, including a pair in October against Coast Guard Academy (13-0) and Maine Maritime Academy (35-0), while limiting Springfield College to just seven points in their regular-season finale.

Quarterback Udgam Goyal enjoyed one of his best seasons under center, tossing a career-high 18 touchdowns, including three to Eddy Garcia-Montes, who led the receiving core with 45 receptions.

Keithen Shepard enjoyed a very successful second season with the Engineers by catching a career-high 39 receptions for 513 yards and six touchdowns. Shepard will certainly be a player to watch this season – it’s possible he could be the team’s go-to receiver.

The 2019 Outlook: MIT graduated 13 student-athletes from last year’s team, including Udgam Goyal, who was the team’s primary quarterback for the past three seasons, and their top wide-out Eddy Garcia-Montes. Additionally, the Engineers bid farewell to halfback/wide receiver Miguel Wagner, linebacker Andrew DeNucci and defensive back Mitch Maisel.

Replacing all five student-athletes, along with other members of the Class of 2019 won’t be an easy task for Buban and his staff, but they do return some key pieces from last year’s squad, including halfback John Robertson, wide receiver Eric Bradford, and linebacker Sam Cantrell.

The Engineers did graduate a pair of offensive linemen but do return Will Roberts, who will be the anchor of MIT’s line this fall. The Sacramento, California native appeared in 11 contest last season and was named NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference.

The biggest question facing the Engineers is can they repeat their success from a year ago? We’ll find out once a new season of MIT football commences in a few weeks.

MIT’s Schedule: The Engineers commence their title defense with a home date against Carnegie Mellon before embarking on a three-game road trip, beginning Saturday, September 21st at Becker College. MIT will then visit Catholic University before heading to U.S. Merchant Marine in early October.

The schedule gets more challenging in late October when MIT visits Coast Guard before entertaining Norwich University and WPI in early November.

A mid-to-late November clash with Springfield could possibly determine the conference’s representative in the NCAA Tournament.

Players to Watch: John Robertson (Halfback/Brentwood, Tenn.), Keithen Shepard (Wide Receiver/Vancouver, Wash.), Eric Bradford (Wide Receiver/Dublin, Ohio), Jack Montinaro (Wide Receiver/Riverside, Conn.), Will Roberts (Offensive Line/Sacramento, Calif.), Mark Wright (Kicker/Fort Worth, Texas), Sam Cantrell (Linebacker/Seattle, Wash.), Tyler Ray (Defensive Back/Suwanee, Ga.), Ben Wolz (Defensive Line/College Station, Texas), and AJ Iversen (Defensive Back/Kansas City, Mo.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Maine Maritime Mariners

Maine Maritime Mariners

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage rolls on with a closer look at the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Maritime (N.Y.) for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Mariners’ 2018 Season: Despite finishing 0-9 last fall, the Mariners seemed to play their best football late in the season, especially against Coast Guard AcademyNorwich University and Catholic University. Those three games can be used as valuable teaching tools, but also motivation for the Blue and Gold heading into the upcoming season.

Terrell Thomas enjoyed a very successful first season with the Mariners, leading the defense in total tackles (83.0), solo stops (47), and tackles per game (11.9). The Auburn, Maine native also recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss and three pass break-ups en route to being named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Co-Rookie of the Year.

On offense, Dominic Casale enjoyed a successful second season by leading the receiving core with 550 receiving yards on 41 grabs and seven touchdowns. Casale’s 550 receiving yards were the most recorded by any Mariner wide receiver in a single-season since Chris Pelletier registered 567 yards on 22 grabs in 1997.

Additionally, Casale’s seven touchdowns were the most recorded by a wide-out since John Guss in 1989.

The 2019 Outlook: The Mariners graduated five seniors from their 2018 squad, including outside linebacker Derek Breunig, and offensive linemen Kyle Miller and Jacob Doyon, but do return Casale and Thomas, who will certainly be the focal point of the team’s offense and defense, respectively.

Additionally, Maine Maritime returns a slew of offensive linemen, including Mahlon Glidden and Josh Reed, along with quarterbacks Bailey Sawyer and Zackery Brannon.

Halfback Cooper Chiasson returns for his second season after leading the unit in rushing last fall, while Mason Kaserman should be a go-to target for both Sawyer and Brannon.

While Thomas will be a linebacker to watch on defense, the same could be said for defensive back Maxwell Horton, who finished the season with 67.0 total tackles, including 5.5 solo stops for a loss of 15. Additionally, Horton was one of four defenders to record two interceptions.

Fans of the Mariners should also keep their eyes on inside linebacker Justin Pinard, who finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 61.0. He also recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss of three yards, while registering one pass break-up.

Maine Maritime’s Schedule: The first month of the season won’t be an easy one for the Mariners, who will travel to Plymouth State after visiting Maritime (N.Y.) before hosting Massachusetts Maritime Academy for the 47th Annual Admiral’s Cup. One week after entertaining the Buccaneers, the Mariners will welcome Merchant Marine for an important week four match-up.

Trips to MIT and WPI highlight the month of October, along with a home date with Coast Guard Academy.

The Mariners will end their season with back-to-back home games against Catholic and Springfield College.

Players to Watch: Dominic Casale (Wide Receiver/Freeport, Maine), Terrell Thomas (Outside Linebacker/Auburn, Maine), Mahlon Glidden (Offensive Lineman/Scarborough, Maine), Maxwell Horton (Defensive Back/Kicker/Eliot, Maine), and Justin Pinard (Inside Linebacker/New Boston, N.H.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Husson Eagles

Jacob HUSSON EAGLES

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage rolls on with a closer look at the Husson University Eagles, who begin a new era in program history this fall as a member of Commonwealth Coast Football.

The Eagles, who previously competed in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), will begin their 2019 season on the second Saturday of September – that would be September 14th, to be exact – when they visit UMass Dartmouth for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Eagles’ 2018 Season: Husson commenced its season by winning two of four contests before stringing together six consecutive wins to secure the ECFC title, as well as a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Eagles’ national championship hopes were dashed one week after beating Plymouth State in their season finale with a 38-14 setback to RPI in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Yet, despite the loss, the Eagles again proved they can compete with the best, both in New England and outside the region.

2018 was the final season for coach Gabby Price, who announced months after his team’s final contest that he would be stepping down. Nat Clark was named the program’s new coach roughly two weeks after Price’s announcement.

The 2019 Outlook: As noted above, the Eagles will begin a new chapter in program history this fall as a member of the Commonwealth Coast Football league – Husson will compete against some talented New England squads, including Endicott CollegeSalve Regina University and Western New England.

Husson will certainly be a team to watch again this year, however, they do have some holes to fill, beginning at quarterback.

Cory Brandon, who was the team’s signal-caller the past few years, has graduated – he was one of 14 student-athletes to graduate this past spring – so perhaps we could see David Morrison under center or Frank Veino. Both student-athletes appeared in games last year, however, Morrison competed in all 10 contests, so it’s likely we will see him against the Corsairs in week two.

In addition to identifying a new starting quarterback, the Eagles will need to find replacements for wide receivers Kyle Gaudet and Ty Bassett, as well as linebacker Elvin Suazo.

Keyshaun Robinson could become the go-to target for Morrison or Veino – the senior tight end finished second on the team with 38 receptions for 526 yards and seven touchdowns. Additionally, Tyler Halls, who transferred from Western New England, could be a wide receiver to watch this fall, as well. Halls enjoyed a successful first season with the Eagles last year, catching 28 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

In addition to some new wide-outs and tight ends stepping up, look for the Eagles to rely on its ground game. Husson returns Miece Loureiro and Solomon Hassen, who combined for 1,783 yards and four touchdowns.

Husson returns a slew of offensive linemen, including Collin SpenceAidan Asher, and Jacob Cameron, which should help the Eagles continue its success from last year, both on the ground and through the air.

Ace Curry should be the player to watch on defense – the Lewiston, Maine native finished second on the team last season in total tackles. Kaleb Caron, who stuffed the stat sheet with 51.0 total tackles, including seven tackles for a loss for 36 yards and 2.5 sacks, will also be a player to watch, too.

Husson’s Schedule: After traveling to UMass Dartmouth in week two, the Eagles will host WPI in their season-opener on September 21st before finishing the month of September with a trip to Morrisville State.

Husson will dive into conference play in the first week of October with a trip to Becker College followed by three consecutive home games, including an important matchup with Endicott on October 26.

Husson will end the regular season with a trio of marquee matchups, beginning with a visit to Nichols College followed by a home date with Salve Regina. The Eagles will visit Western New England on Saturday, November 16th with hopes of competing one week later in either the NCAA Tournament or New England Bowl.

Players to Watch: David Morrison (Quarterback/Ashland, Mass.), Frank Veino (Sanford, Maine), Keyshaun Robinson (Tight End/Brooklyn, N.Y.), Tyler Halls (Wide Receiver/Lisbon, Maine), Miece Loureiro (Halfback/Westbrook, Maine), Solomon Hassen (Halfback/Los Angeles, Calif.), Collin Spence (Offensive Line/Windsor, Conn.), Aidan Asher (Offensive Line/Portsmouth, R.I.), Jacob Cameron (Offensive Line/Conway, N.H.), Ace Curry (Defensive Back/Lewiston, Maine), Kaleb Caron (Linebacker/West Gardiner, Maine), and Devin Pickett (Kicker/Sidney, Maine).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Framingham State Rams

FSU RAMS

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

We continue with our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ by highlighting the Framingham State University Rams, who will begin their conference title defense on Friday, September 6th when they visit Endicott College.

The Rams’ 2018 Season: It was another successful season for coach Tom Kelley‘s crew, which captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown with an 8-3 mark. Framingham State returned to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2015 but saw their national championship hopes dashed in the opening round against Brockport State.

Yet, despite falling to the Golden Eagles, the Rams remained one of New England’s top programs last fall, as well as the team to beat in the MASCAC. The Rams played their best football late in the season when they scored wins against UMass DartmouthWestern Connecticut, and Worcester State.

The 2019 Outlook: Framingham State graduated 19 student-athletes from last year’s unit, including halfbacks Quron Wright and Sebastein Robert, and wide receivers Mike Calicchio and Napoleon Miller. Additionally, the Rams bid farewell to some key members of their defense, too, so this season is all about the squad’s rising seniors, juniors and sophomores, who will be tasked with attempting to guide the Rams back to the national postseason for the second-straight season.

Quarterback Adam Wojenski returns for his final season and will most likely target Shaquille Joseph, who enjoyed a very successful second season with the Rams. Joseph ranked third on the team in receptions (27) while finishing second in touchdown receptions (6).

Fullback Rufus Rushins could be tasked with being more than just a third-down back for the Rams after finishing third on the team in rushing yards (235 yards). The Rams may also rely on Chris Jenkins or Nick Caliri, too.

Anthony Behonick and Joshua Smiley will be tasked with leading the Rams’ defense this fall – the duo combined for 115 total tackles last season, including five stops for a loss of 17 yards. Additionally, keep an eye on Joshua Onujiogu, who will join Smiley on the defensive line.

The Rams will need some help in the secondary as defensive back Rashaun Rivers graduated this past spring, along with DeSean Hart and Kenny SullivanCully Curran will be the defensive back to watch heading into camp in a few weeks.

Framingham State’s Schedule: The Rams will be tested immediately with trips to Brockport and Endicott before welcoming Westfield State to Framingham on Saturday, September 21st for a 12 p.m. kick-off in week three.

Framingham will enjoy an early bye week during the final weekend of September before entertaining UMass Dartmouth on Friday, October 4th.

Framingham State closes the month of October with two key contests against Plymouth State and Western Connecticut before heading to Massachusetts Maritime Academy to compete in the annual Kelley Cup game.

After the Kelley Cup, the Rams will play their final home game against Bridgewater State. The game could decide this year’s MASCAC champion, so make sure to circle Saturday, November 9th on your calendar.

Players to Watch: Joshua Onujiogu (Defensive End/Wareham, MA), Adam Wojenski (Quarterback/Stratford, Conn.), Shaquille Joseph (Wide Receiver/Somerville, Mass.), Rufus Rushins (Fullback/Defensive Line/Lynn, Mass.), Henrique DeBoni (Kicker/Rio Claro, Brazil), Jared Archer (Offensive Line/Mansfield, Mass.), Andrew Fennelly (Offensive Tackle/Wayland, Mass.), Anthony Behonick (Linebacker/Rutland, Mass.), Joshua Smiley (Defensive Line/Springfield, Mass.), Jack Sullivan (Linebacker/Dartmouth, Mass.), and Cully Curran (Defensive Back/Arlington, Mass.).


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