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Mass. College Football: Week Nine Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com

With the ninth week of the college football season in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Massachusetts: After Lorenzo Woodley’s two-yard touchdown run, UMass was one point away from tying Western Michigan and forcing an extra session. Although instead of attempting the PAT, the Minutemen elected to go for two. The conversion was unsuccessful and so was their onside kick, which was recovered by the Broncos with 22 seconds remaining in regulation.

UMass falls to 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the MAC (Mid-American Conference), but will look to earn their second victory next weekend when they host No. 17 Northern Illinois at 12 p.m.

Despite the setback, the Minutemen did finish the contest with some impressive numbers. UMass was 7-of-16 on third down and 2-of-4 on fourth downs. They also recorded 332 total yards of offense and only two penalties. Their opponent finished with 10 penalties for 83 yards.

Quarterback A.J. Doyle tossed one touchdown and completed 15-of-24 passes for 194 yards. Khary Bailey-Smith led all kick returners with 104 yards, while Rob Blanchflower finished with a season-best 137 receiving yards and one touchdown.

The Minutemen’s 30 points is the most they’ve scored this season. UMass hadn’t scored 30 points or more since last year when they lost to Ohio, 37-34.

Division 2 – Assumption College: The Hounds’ winning steak continued on Saturday as Assumption defeated Pace, 55-21. Assumption outscored the hosts, 28-7, in the second half and led at the break, 27-14.

Quarterback Bobby Jordan tossed three touchdowns and completed 16-of-24 passes for 239 yards, while Scott Simonson led all receivers with 99 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

On defense, Erik Abramson recorded five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss and one pass breakup. Kevin Ihlefeld recorded the unit’s only sack, as well as a forced fumble. 

Assumption concluded the month of October with three straight wins and will look to continue their momentum on Saturday when they host Merrimack College on Senior Day.  

Division 3 – Springfield College: Trailing St. Lawrence by two scores, quarterback Tim O’Brien rallied the Pride to victory in his first career start under center.

O’Brien trimmed the deficit with one-yard plunge in the third quarter before Louis Fenaroli scored the game-winning score on a one-yard run with 2:34 remaining in the fourth quarter, which provided Springfield with the win and their first Liberty League victory of the season.

O’Brien concluded the contest with 170 yards of total offense, 88 yards on the ground, while Fenaroli rushed for 37 yards on nine attempts. James Poggio led Springfield’s receiving core with two grabs for 46 yards.

Sam Weiss led Springfield’s defense with six solo stops. Umberto DiMeo recorded the team’s only interception, along with three solo stops.

The win concluded a three-game skid for the Pride, who will return to action in two weeks when they travel to RPI. 

Mass. College Football: Week Seven Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

A.J. Doyle (Massachusetts) – The sophomore gunslinger tossed season-bests two touchdowns and 249 passing yards to lead the Minutemen to their first victory of the season.

Rob Blanchflower (Massachusetts) – The senior tight end recorded a season-best 98 yards receiving, as well as registered his first score of the Minutemen’s current campaign against Miami (Ohio).

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year quarterback finished Saturday’s game with six touchdowns, three on the ground and three through the air, as the Crusaders cruised to their third victory of the season against Bucknell. Pujals completed 19-of-29 passes for 298 yards and rushed for 80 yards on 13 carries.

Jet Kollie (Bentley) – The junior running back scored two touchdowns and amassed 266 all-purpose yards against Pace on Saturday in just three quarters. Kollie rushed for 181 yards on 12 carries to break the school record for average gain per rush.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback tossed four touchdowns and finished with 323 yards of total offense in three quarters of Saturday’s game. He averaged 12.4 yards per play.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver hauled in two touchdowns in Bentley’s 56-13 win against Pace. Hill finished with four receptions for 108 yards, and was on the receiving end of a 60-yard scoring strike on the Falcons’ first play of the game.

Gordon McLeod (Stonehill) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a career-high 109 receiving yards on five catches to help the Skyhawks rally to victory against Southern Connecticut.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker posted his sixth straight double-figure effort against Southern Connecticut with a game-high 16 total tackles, 11 solo stops, along with a fumble recovery.

Andrew Kibarian (Stonehill) – The first-year defensive end recorded a season-high matching eight tackles, six solo, as well as a season-best two tackles for a loss of five yards.

Matt Pedone (Assumption) – The sophomore halfback registered 131 yards of total offense and two scores on Friday against St. A’s. Pedone rushed for 102 yards on 13 carries and recorded two catches for 29 yards.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior quarterback completed 51-of-71 passes for 538 yards and three touchdowns in Merrimack’s loss to New Haven.

Jere Brown (Merrimack) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a game-best 13 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown.

Melquan Pinkney (Mt. Ida) – The first-year halfback registered 129-yard on 17 carries and two rushing touchdowns in Mount Ida’s first conference win against Castleton State.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 total stops against Westfield State, two solo tackles, along with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards.

Cullen Hanna (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year signal caller recorded season-highs of 179 yards passing and three touchdowns against Bridgewater State.

Abiola Aborishade (UMass Dartmouth) – The sophomore wide receiver, who caught the game-winning touchdown, registered a game-high 10 catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Derek Tarpey (UMass Dartmouth) – The sophomore linebacker finished with 22 total tackles, which was a career-high, 14 solo stops, five tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one sack.

Stefan Gustafson (Mass. Maritime) – The senior running back rushed for career-high 235 yards on 35 carries and tied school record with four rushing touchdowns (including 87 yarder, third longest in school history) in Buccaneers’ wild 54-53 victory at Western Connecticut.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – The senior quarterback completed 22-of-33 passes for 349 yards and two scores in Bucs’ 54-53 win at Western Connecticut.  Stanton set up the game-winning score in closing minutes with 51-yard connection.

Jordan Shairs (Curry) – The junior running back recorded 194 yards of total offense as he rushed for 161 yards on 17 carries for one score, as well as hauled in five catches for 33 yards and one touchdown in the Colonels’ second conference win against Coast Guard.

Kevin Cook (Western New England) – The junior halfback finished Saturday’s game against Salve Regina with 127 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior inside linebacker recorded six solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, a fumble recovery and one pass break-up in his team’s 14-10 win against Colby College.

James Howe (Williams) – The sophomore defensive lineman finished Saturday’s game against Middlebury with eight total tackles, five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss and a half a sack.

Mass. College Football: Week Seven Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

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.

Mass. College Football: Late Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the late afternoon scores and highlights.

No. 3 Clemson 24, Boston College 14: Quarterback Chase Rettig provided the Eagles with a four-point advantage on 69-yard touchdown strike to Alex Amidon in the third before the Tigers responded with two more touchdowns to pull away for good. Rettig completed 13-of-21 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown, while Amidon finished with six grabs for 121 yards and one touchdown.

UMass 17, Miami (Ohio) 10: The Minutemen earned their first victory of the season thanks to a third quarter touchdown pass from A.J. Doyle and a 25-yard field goal by Blake Lucas in the fourth quarter. Doyle tossed two touchdowns and finished 19-of-35 for 249 yards.

Husson 35, Anna Maria 14: Quarterback Gregory McGoldrick tossed two touchdowns and completed 23-of-36 passes for 299 yards, but that wasn’t enough to help the AMCATs rally to victory. Running back Robert Small was held to 17 yards on 14 carries, but did haul in five catches for 98 yards and one touchdown. Small’s teammate, William Ricard, led all receivers with eight grabs for 103 yards and one touchdown.

SUNY Maritime 30, Becker 7: Dejahn Dawkins registered the only touchdown for the Hawks on a 14-yard scamper, which provided Becker with a four-point advantage in the second before the Pioneers retained the lead for good.

Mass. College Football: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

A majority of this week’s contests occurred this afternoon and below is the afternoon roundup.

Vanderbilt 24, UMass 7 – A.J. Doyle’s second quarter touchdown pass to Tajae Sharpe evened the score at 7, but that was the closest the Minutemen got as Vanderbilt answered with a pair of touchdowns and one field goal to win the game. Doyle completed 20-of-28 passes for 133 yards and rushed for 29 yards on eight carries.

Harvard 42, San Diego 20 – Conner Hempel tossed four touchdowns in his first-career start as the Crimson cruised to their first win of the season.

American International 48, Pace 27 – Kevin Arduino tossed four touchdowns and completed 13-of-20 passes for 344 yards, while Terrell Williams rushed for 165 yards on 15 carries for the Yellow Jackets.

Springfield 41, Mount Ida 0 – Jonathan Marrero rushed for three touchdowns on 14 carries for 150 yards, while the Pride’s defense recorded seven sacks, forced three fumbles and got a defensive score.

Norwich 31, WPI 14 – Al Georgio rushed for a game-high 193 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Keyen Foley rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown, as well as completed 12-of-20 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown pass, as the Cadets defeated the Engineers for the second year in a row.

Framingham State 42, Fitchburg State 21 – Matthew Silva tossed four touchdowns; Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 192 yards and one touchdown as the Rams defeated the Falcons in their first home game of the season. Fitchburg quarterback Garrett Dellechiaie finished 15-of-28 for 178 yards with two touchdowns.

Mass. Maritime 52, Maine Maritime 18 – Mike Stanton tossed two touchdowns, Stefan Gustafson rushed for a career-best 201 yards and one touchdown as the Buccaneers defeated the Mariners and claimed the 41st Annual Admiral’s Cup.

Westfield State 36, UMass Dartmouth 7 – Tim Rich and Erik Washburn combined for two passing touchdowns and 178 passing yards, while Troy Cutter finished with nine tackles (eight solo), one tackle for a loss, one interception and one pass breakup as the Owls earned their second win of the season.

Kean 24, Endicott 17 – Despite two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half, the Gulls fell short of defeating Kean in their first ever meeting with a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) program. Alec Matys led Endicott’s receiving core with seven catches for 106 yards.

Amherst 23, Hamilton 7 – The Lord Jeffs defense recorded five interceptions, while kicker Phillip Nwosu kicked three field goals and two extra points in Amherst’s first win of the season.

Colby 31, Williams 8 – Tom Murphy’s one-yard touchdown run was all the Ephs could muster as Williams fell in its opener to the Mules.