Massachusetts National Signing Day 2020


By | @NoontimeNation 

Wednesday was an exciting day for many local student-athletes who signed their national letter of intent to play college football next fall.

Below is a list of the local student-athletes who will be joining the various Massachusetts college football programs in a few months.

American International College (AIC) 

  • Tommy Caracciolo (Agawam, Mass. | Agawam High School | Running Back)

Assumption College 

  • Thomas Chenette (Cohasset, Mass. | Cohasset High School | Offensive Line)
  • Eric Dosenberg (New Bedford, Mass. | New Bedford High School | Offensive Line)
  • James Kernen (Plymouth, Mass. | Plymouth South High School | Offensive Line)
  • Hunter Murphy (Norton, Mass. | Norton High School | Tight End)
  • Tyler Reid (Needham, Mass. | Needham High School | Running Back)
  • Raekwon Washington (Newton, Mass. | Newton South High School | Running Back)

Bentley University 

  • Zach Goodwin (Easton, Mass. | Catholic Memorial | Defensive Line)
  • Vinnie Holmes (Mansfield, Mass. | Mansfield High School | Running Back)
  • Phil Koechling (Wayland, Mass. | Wayland High School | Offensive Line)
  • Nick Marciano (Mansfield, Mass. | Mansfield High School | Wide Receiver)
  • Liam Peck (Dover, Mass. | Xaverian Brothers | Offensive Line)
  • Nick Pucillo (Acton, Mass. | Acton-Boxborough | Linebacker)
  • Brett Pullman (Worcester, Mass. | Holy Name | Quarterback)
  • Joe Rivers (Lunenburg, Mass. | Lunenburg High School | Defensive Line)

Boston College

  • Kevin Pyne (Milford, Mass. | Milford High School | Offensive Line)
  • Ozzy Trapilo (Norwell, Mass. | Boston College High School | Offensive Line)

Holy Cross 

  • Dante Bolden (Springfield, Mass. | Springfield Central | Linebacker)
  • Matthew Duchemin (Haverhill, Mass. | St. John’s Prep | Defensive Back)
  • Martin Laham (Westwood, Mass. | Williston Northampton | Defensive Back)
  • Hunter Lane (Georgetown, Mass. | Georgetown | Tight End)
  • Bryan Pacific (Winchester, Mass. | Dexter South | Offensive Line)
  • Joe Rivers (Wakefield, Mass. | Bishop Fenwick | Defensive Back)

Merrimack College 

  • Nolan Gunning (King Phillip | Offensive Line)
  • Matt Sokol (Catholic Memorial | Kicker)

Stonehill Football

  • Gardner Cousins (Governor’s Academy | Linebacker)
  • Devin Fortes (Brockton High School | Defensive Back)


  • Josh Atwood (Natick, Mass. | Natick High School | Defensive Line)
  • Ethan Mottinger (North Attleboro, Mass. | North Attleboro | Offensive Line)


Mass. College Lax: Assumption’s Smith, Mack Set Records As Assumption Holds On For 15-14 Win Over AIC


Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s lacrosse game, which saw two player set records in a 15-14 win over AIC:

Springfield, Mass. (April 5) — In a back-and-forth game on Saturday afternoon, the Assumption College men’s lacrosse team held off American International for a 15-14 road win at Abdow Field on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference play. Assumption built a 15-12 lead midway thru the fourth quarter before holding on for the one-goal victory.

In the victory, junior attack Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) became just the fifth player in Assumption history to reach the 100-point plateau for his career. He also became the Assumption College all-time career goals leader as he now has 94 for his career, breaking the previous mark of 91 held by Justin Cecil.

Assumption jumped out to an early 3-1 lead midway thru the first quarter as sophomore Connor Munisteri (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) had a pair of goals that included a man-up score with 7:49 left in the opening period. The Yellow jackets answered with a 5-0 scoring run however, led by a pair of goals each from both Bobby Spano and Eric Overdahl, to seize the 6-3 edge early in the second. The Hounds put together a 5-1 spurt of its own though to regain the lead at 8-7 on a goal by Munisteri that was assisted on by senior Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon). Mack ended the game with seven assists, setting the Assumption College single-game record for assists as the previous mark of six had stood for nearly two decades.

Overdahl capped the first-half scoring with his third goal of the period as the teams headed into the halftime break tied up at 8-8. Justin Bard gave the Jackets a two-goal lead early in the third quarter and the hosts continued to lead at 12-11 with 4:19 remaining in the period after the 27th goal of the season from Bard.

Smith scored a man-up goal with just 1:10 left in the third that was assisted on by junior Paul Curran (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) as he sparked a 4-0 run that seemingly put the Hounds in control at 15-12 with 8:35 remaining in the game. Overdahl cut the deficit to two with 5:53 remaining, followed by a goal by Nick Amendt to make it a one-goal game with just 2:11 left. The Hounds hung on however to even their record at 5-5 overall with the team’s second straight win.

Junior Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) made 11 saves to pick up the victory, while Le Moyne’s Perry Booker had 15 stops in the loss.

Smith led the offense with four goals, along with three from Munisteri, two goals and three assists by Curran and the record-setting seven-assist game by Mack. Overdahl led the Yellow Jackets with five goals, along with four by Bard and three from Spano.

For the game, Assumption held a slight 38-36 edge in overall shots while forcing 17 American International turnovers. The Hounds were also very efficient in man-up offense and man-down defense in a game that featured 17 total penalties. Assumption converted 6-of-10 man-up chances, while holding the Yellow Jackets to just one goal in seven opportunities.

Assumption also held a 19-12 edge in faceoffs won as sophomore Nick Guarino (Avon, Conn./Avon) won 19-of-31 attempts. The Yellow Jackets had the 16-12 advantage in ground balls in the game, including 8-4 in the first half of play.

With the win, Assumption is now 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the Northeast-10, while American International falls to 1-11 overall and 1-8 in league play.

Assumption is back in action on Tuesday, April 8th as the team hosts Adelphi University for a 7 p.m. start. The game is also the Wounded Warrior Project game for the Hounds as the team looks to raise money for this worthy cause.

Mass. College Lax: Brown Leads Bentley Past AIC, 17-5


Courtesy of Bentley University’s sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s lacrosse game against American International College:

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior attack Jackie Brown (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) had a seven-point day in leading the Bentley women’s lacrosse team to a 17-5 victory over American International in Northeast-10 play Wednesday afternoon.

Brown had four goals and three assists for a career-high seven points. Senior midfielder Carolyn Knyoch (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) and Taylor Bastien (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) each had two goals and two assists. While Hannah Lindgren (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin)Erin O’Connor (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Amy Ernst (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) all had two goals.

AIC’s Brittany Flynn opened the scoring 2:43 into the contest to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead, but Bentley responded by scoring seven unanswered over the next 20 minutes of game time. Brown had three goals during the run and Kynoch had two.

The Yellow Jackets got to within 7-2 on a goal by freshman Jessica Lawler at the 7:03 mark. But Bentley closed the half with goals from O’Connor, freshman Ellie Shuman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) and Lindgren to lead 10-2 at halftime.

Bentley continued to pile it on in the second half, building a lead as large as 13 goals at 17-4 after a strike by Ernst with 6:15 left in the game.

With the win, the Falcons improve to 2-3 in NE-10 play and 3-6 overall. They’ll take the field again on Saturday afternoon when they visit Southern Connecticut. Game time is 12:00.

Mass. College Lax: Assumption Improves To 3-0, Tops AIC On The Road


Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the women’s lacrosse team, which defeated AIC and improved to 3-0 overall:

North Andover, Mass. (March 12) — Junior attack Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) posted three goals and three assists to lead a balanced attack as the Assumption College women’s lacrosse team pulled away for a 10-5 road win at Merrimack College on Wednesday afternoon. The win keeps the Hounds unbeaten at 3-0 overall, the second straight 3-0 start for Assumption.

The teams started off slow as neither found the back of the net over the opening 11 minutes of the game. The Warriors got on the board first at the 11:07 mark as Aubrie Stouffer scored her fourth goal of the season for the 1-0 lead.  McNeil’s fifth goal of the season with 17 minutes left in the first sparked a 5-0 Assumption run that was capped by a goal from junior Camille Auger (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) for the 5-1 advantage with 6:10 remaining in the opening half. McNeil converted a free-position shot during the five-goal run, along with two goals from senior Lindsay Hagerman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough). Merrimack cut the lead down to 5-3 in the final minutes of the half as Megan Fero scored twice in a span of 23 seconds, but the Assumption defense hung tough as the Hounds took the 5-3 lead into the halftime break.

Auger struck for her sixth goal of the season just 3:07 into the second half off a pass from McNeil, the second time they connected on the afternoon. The Warriors cut the lead back down to two at 6-4 following the fifth goal of the season from Danielle Riley with 23:48 left in the game. McNeil completed the hat trick off an assist from Hagerman, followed by an unassisted score from senior Kathryn Beall (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) to stretch things out to 8-4 midway thru the half.

Merrimack’s Christine Keenan scored her third goal of the season to cut the lead to 8-5 before the Hounds held the Warriors scoreless over the final 13 minutes to come away with the five-goal win. Freshman Tori Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) notched her second career goal off an assist from McNeil, followed by the fourth goal of the season from sophomore Tess Anketell (Southborough, Mass./Marian) to close out the scoring.

In addition to McNeil’s six-point day, Auger and Hagerman each posted two goals and one assist to go along with a goal and an assist from Anketell. Defensively, the Hounds had nine different players with caused turnovers as senior Mary Guinee (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet) led the team with two. Guinee and Beall also led the team with three draw controls each.

Fero led the Warriors with two goals as four different Merrimack players scored.

In goal, freshman Jaclyn Chirco (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) made three saves to pick up her third win of the season, while Inna Hedden had 10 stops to drop to 1-3 overall.

Assumption held a 23-13 edge in shots and converted 1-of-5 free-position opportunities in the win. The Hounds held a 16-8 edge in ground balls, forced 13 Merrimack turnovers and converted 7-of-9 clear attempts compared to 9-of-11 for the Warriors. The Hounds also held a 10-7 edge in draw controls, including 5-3 in the second half.

Assumption is now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in Northeast-10 play, while Merrimack drops to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Assumption is back in action on Saturday, March 15th as the Hounds host American International for a Noon start at the Multi-Sport Stadium.

Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Evening Scoreboard


A variety of regular season and conference tournament contests occurred this evening and below is their outcomes.

Men’s Ice Hockey: 

* Notre Dame 2, Boston College 1 (OT)

* UNH 5, Merrimack 2

* BU 4, Northeastern 2

* Vermont 3, UMass Lowell 2

* Bentley 4, AIC 1

* Cornell 3, Harvard 2

* No. 8 Babson 4, No. 13 UMass Boston 2 — Babson advances to next Saturday’s ECAC East Championship vs. Norwich University

* Curry 4, Salve Regina 1 — Curry advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals vs. Nichols College

* Williams 7, Colby 3 — Williams advances to next Saturday’s NESCAC Semifinals against Amherst College.

* Johnson & Wales 7, Suffolk 0 — J&W advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals vs. Wentworth Institute of Technology

* Westfield State 1, Worcester State 0 — Westfield State advances to Tuesday’s MASCAC Semifinals vs. Plymouth State

* Amherst 4, Conn. College 2 — Amherst advances to next Saturday’s NESCAC Semifinals against Williams

* Framingham State 7, Fitchburg State 1 — Framingham State advances to Tuesday’s MASCAC Semifinals against Salem State