Mass. College Lax: Summers Lifts Anna Maria Past Emmanuel, 11-10

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Anna Maria College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse game against Emmanuel College. Chris Summers netted the go-ahead goal for the AMCATS, who captured their first GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference) victory against the Saints:

Paxton, Mass. – Senior Chris Summers (Long Valley, NJ) scored the game-winning goal with 45 ticks on the clock to give the Anna Maria College men’s lacrosse team a hard-fought 11-10 win over visiting Emmanuel College in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action on Tuesday night at AMCAT Field. With the win the AMCATS move to 3-6 and earn their first GNAC win of the season (1-3), while the Saints drop to 2-6 (0-3 GNAC).

Anna Maria received a pair of hat tricks from freshman Lucas Stralka (3goals, 1 assist) and senior Jason Baker (3 goals, 5 groundballs), while Scott Henry had a four point night (2 goals, 2 assists). Sophomore Nathan Batallas (Baldwinville, MA) notched a game-high six groundballs.

The Saints were paced by Jake Jaskolski who had three goals on nine shots on the day. Evan Dolber and Chris Curtis each added a pair and while Jake Pickett and defenseman Andrew Lawson each grabbed 6 ground balls.

The two teams combined for eight goals in the first fifteen minutes of play. Emmanuel found the back of the twine first when sophomore Jake Picket (Statham, NH) notched his first goal of the season. Anna Maria responded with a pair; Lucas Stralka (East Greenwich, RI) converted a pass from teammate Scott Henry and senior Jason Baker (Billerica, MA) added an unassisted goal for a 2-1 AMCAT lead. It was 2-2 just 14 seconds later when Evan Dolber (Malden, MA) scored for the Saints. After the teams traded goals Anna Maria closed out the half with two unanswered goals from senior Rod Henriques (Saugus, MA) and Stralka for a 5-3 advantage.

Emmanuel tightened up their defense in the second stanza, holding the AMCATS to just two shots on goal, while pelting AMCAT rookie netminder Joshua Giarratano (Warwick, RI) with seven. The Saint reeled off five straight goals in the quarter to hold an 8-5 lead at intermission. Sophomores Ryan Sabuda (Indianapolis, Ind.), Jake Jaskolski (St. Clair Shores, MI) and Dolber scored unassisted tallies while midfielder Jack Ruggiero (Manhasset, NY) dished out a duo to Chris Curtis (Ashland, MA).

The AMCATS held strong in the third period, outscoring the Saints 2-0 to cut the lead to 8-7 at the end of three frames. Henriques’ found Scott Henry in the slot at 11:26 and then added an unassisted marker at 5:58 to complete the scoring.

A man-up goal by AMC’s Baker at the 14:39 mark of the fourth period knotted the score at 8-8. Just seconds later Jaskolski would strike for Emmanuel to make it 9-8. Baker and Henry would score back-to-back markers to make it 10-9 Anna Maria with 11:02 to play. Emmanuel would respond one more time, Jaskolski scored at 7:31 off a feed from Chris Curtis to make it 10-10.

The game would remain scoreless over the next six minutes to set up the Summers’ heroics.

AMCAT goaltender Giarratano made 15 saves in the win while his counterpart Austin Lauzier posted five saves in the loss.

Anna Maria is now off for the Easter recess, they will return to action on Tuesday, April 2nd when they travel to Daniel Webster for a GNAC match-up at 4pm. Emmanuel will continue GNAC play on Saturday when they host GNAC foe Rivier University at 3:00 pm.

Mass. College Football: Endicott Defeats WNEC, 50-45 (Press Release)

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of our friends from Endicott College’s athletic department — here is today’s press release pertaining toward the Gulls exciting 50-45 victory against Western New England College.

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BEVERLY, Mass. – The 100th game for the Endicott football program was a memorable one as the Gulls exchanged offensive blows with their NEFC Boyd Division rival Western New England but came out on top 50-45 to improve to 7-2 (5-1 NEFC Boyd) on the season.

For the second week in-a-row, sophomore quarterback Drew Frenette (New Bedford, Mass.) connected with his favorite receiver, senior Mike Murphy (Chelmsford, Mass.), 11 times for 139 yards and a new program record five touchdown receptions under the lights at Endicott Stadium.  When Murphy brushed off his defender and scampered into the end zone 35 yards for his fourth touchdown with 8:58 remaining in the second quarter, not only did he break the single game record for touchdown catches but he also passed Ryan MacLean (’07) for Endicott’s career receiving yards mark.

Murphy ended up catching five of Frenette’s six touchdown passes, also a new Endicott record.  The sophomore signal-caller finished 27-of-39 for 342 yards, six touchdowns, and one pick.  His sixth touchdown of the game came with 3:47 remaining in the third quarter as he found tight end Greg Dellorco (Franklin, Mass.) wide open for 42 yards up the middle of the field to put the Blue and Green ahead 45-31.

Not to be outdone, Endicott senior running back Mike Wheeler (Hanover, Mass.) provided an effective all-around game as well as he surpassed Mike Lane’s (’12) single-game all-purpose yards record with 288 total yards against Western New England on Saturday evening.   Wheeler rushed 23 times for 123 yards, returned six kickoffs a total of 161 yards and caught one pass for four yards.

Despite numerous offensive records being broken for the second straight week, Western New England amassed 579 total yards of offense in the game. Sophomore tailback Kevin Cook (Hamburg, N.J.) took the ball 31 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns while junior quarterback John Krafick (New Milford, Conn.) threw for 323 yards and four scores through the air.

The Golden Bears started the game with an 14-play, 79-yard opening drive that resulted in a 16-yard touchdown reception by junior tight end Mike Uszakiewicz (Prospect, Conn.) from Krafick. Endicott answered on their first drive as Murphy kept one foot in the corner of the end zone to complete a 13-yard touchdown pass from Frenette.

Later in the first quarter with great field position to start their drive, Murphy caught touchdown number two from nine  yards out to put Endicott ahead 14-7.  The Gulls defense forced Western New England to punt to start the second quarter and five plays into their first drive of the new period, Murphy was back in the end zone after another near sideline grab from 24 yards out.

The Golden Bears fired back with a 10-play, 83-yard drive that saw Uszakiewicz catch his second touchdown of the game from Krafick, a 19-yard reception to pull within seven at 21-14.

Murphy’s record-breaking, 35-yard touchdown catch put the Blue and Green back up by two scores but Cook pounded the ball into the end zone from three yards out to make it 28-21 with 3:02 left in opening half. Endicott would go into halftime up 31-21 after junior Dylan Rushe (Palos Verdes, Calif.) drilled a 24-yard field goal with only seconds remaining in the half.

Momentum shifted Western New England’s way at the start of the third quarter after Endicott’s first play from scrimmage was a fumble that was recovered by the Golden Bears at the Gulls 32 yard line. The very next play, Krafick found sophomore wide out Andrew Walz (Groton, Conn.) for a 32-yard touchdown to pull within three at 31-28.

Murphy’s final touchdown, a Golden Bears field goal, then Dellorco’s 42-yard touchdown reception put the Blue and Green on top 45-31 with 3:47 remaining in the third quarter. Cook scored his second touchdown, a hard-fought eight-yard score to trim Endicott’s lead down to seven points heading into the final 15 minutes of the game.

Early in the fourth quarter, Wheeler got Endicott down to the Western New England 15-yard line after a 26-yard rush. The Gulls settled for Rushe’s second field goal of the game but Endicott held a 48-38 lead with 11:51 to go.

After Rushe pinned the Golden Bears deep into their own territory courtesy of an Endicott record 69-yard punt, the Gulls defense forced a fumble in the backfield inside the five yard line.  Western New England recovered in their won end zone, resulting in a safety and two points for Endicott. Junior defensive lineman Marcell Cooper(Dorchester, Mass.) forced the fumble in the backfield.

Western New England would score one more time on Walz’ second TD catch of the game as the sophomore finished with six catches, 135 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Endicott squashed Western New England’s hopes for a final drive touchdown as senior linebacker Peter Kallas (Beverly, Mass.) made a diving interception on a Krafick pass to effectively end the game.

The defense was led by Cooper who had a team-high 13 tackles, eight of which were solo, one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.  Junior defensive back Jason Silva (Palatine, Ill.) had 10 tackles with a pass breakup and three other players, PJ Bandini (Waltham, Mass.), Kallas, and Andrew Holfinger (Sterling, Mass.) all added nine tackles each. Junior defensive back Andrew Lawson (Framingham, Mass.) had three pass breakups to lead all players.

For the Golden Bears, junior linebacker Nathan Fleming (Willimantic, Conn.) had a game-high 16 takedowns, nine of which were solo, while forcing and recovering a fumble. Andrew Imperatore (Wyckoff, N.J.) added 11 tackles in the loss. Senior defensive back Corey Brown (Worcester, Mass.) had Western New England’s lone interception with a 15-yard return.

Endicott will close out the regular season on Saturday, November 3rd at home for Senior Day as the Gulls will honor 15 seniors on the roster.  Endicott hosts MIT at 5:00 pm at Endicott Stadium.  Western New England closes out their regular season at home against UMass Dartmouth at 1:00 pm next Saturday.

Endicott’s Lawson Earns Defensive Player Of The Week Honors By BSN

Endicott’s Brian Lawson (25) was named a Defensive Player of the Week by Beyond College Sports Network! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Thanks to our friends from Endicott College’s athletic department — here is a press release announcing that Andrew Lawson was named a Defensive Player of the Week by Beyond College Sports Network.

Against Framingham State on Saturday, Lawson accounted for three interceptions, as well as a pick-six. The Gulls defeated the Rams, 34-7.

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BEVERLY, Mass. – Junior defensive back Andrew Lawson (Framingham, Mass.) added to his week one accolades by being named a Defensive Player of the Week by the Beyond College Sports Network.

After being named the NEFC Defensive Player of the Week, Lawson received national recognition from BSN for his three-interception game against Framingham State on Saturday.  The junior recorded a pick in the first and two in the fourth quarter, including one for a 50-yard touchdown return, in a 34-7 Gulls season opening victory.

Each week, BSN selects athletes of the week from FCS, DII, DIII, and NAIA for the offensive line of the week, defense of the week, offensive players of the week, defensive players of the week, and special teams players of the week.

Endicott will now prepare for their week two opponent, Castleton State, for their home opener on Saturday, September 8th at noon.

Mass. College Football Game Summary: Endicott College 34, Framingham State 7

Framingham State’s Melikke Van Alstyne chases Endicott College’s PJ Bandini after an interception in the second half! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – It’s often said that defenses wins championships, and on Saturday afternoon, Endicott College’s defensive unit exhibited why they were one of the best defenses in the New England Football Conference last season, as the Gulls picked off both Framingham State quarterbacks five times and recorded two touchdowns en route to a 34-7 victory.

Senior Andrew Lawson collected three of the five interceptions, and raced past the Rams offense for a 50-yard score in the final frame, while junior Andrew Holfinger accounted for one fumble recovery and one touchdown in the first half.

“Really it was all about those first downs,” Holfinger said of his team’s defensive performance. “We stuffed them on first down, forced them long second down [and] that really got them out of their groove.”

“[They] couldn’t really get anything going, which was good for us because then we could just sit back and wait on it and that’s exactly what we did,” added Holfinger.

Besides taking away Framingham State’s air attack, Endicott’s defense also honed in on the conference’s leading rusher from a year ago, Melikke Van Alstyne, who tallied 66 yards on 23 carries.

“Our game plan was to force them to beat us with the pass, and I thought we did a pretty good job [of executing it],” said Endicott head coach JB Wells. “I think both defensive teams probably had the same game plan, [but] ours worked out a little better.”

“What I’ve always said is this defense has a huge chip on their shoulder,” Wells added. “They’ve heard all along how they can’t be any good now that we don’t have Kevin Eagan, and I think that’s really good fuel for the fire over the course of the year and they’ve got a huge chip on their shoulder right now and they’re playing that way.”

Framingham State needed two offensive series before they reached the end zone, as the Rams capped off a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Matthew Silva to senior Alexander Avery.

Endicott responded with two back-to-back scores during the final minute of the opening quarter, as junior Dylan Rushe kicked a 30-yard field goal before sophomore quarterback Drew Frenette connected with senior Mike Wheeler for a 21-yard strike following a Holfinger fumble recovery.

The Gulls then pushed ahead for good, as Rushe nailed a 50-yard field goal before Holfinger returned a 32-yard interception for a touchdown, which gave Endicott a 20-7 lead at the break.

“I’ve got the best kicker in America, so if I can line up and hit a 50-yarder, if Dylan tells me before the game, ‘Coach I’m good for 50-55 if we’re going this way,’ I’m going to pull the trigger,” Wells said of his kicker.

Entering the second half, Framingham State attempted to rally, but the Rams offense couldn’t convert a single point off a third quarter interception by junior Michael Altavesta or a fourth quarter fumble recovery by junior Brian Castellanos, which allowed Endicott the opportunity to muster two more touchdowns that secured the win.

“We’re going to have to look at [those sequences on film], we’re going to have to assess what our offensive line was doing, although I think it’ll be a combination of a lot of things,” explained Framingham State head coach Tom Kelley. “We have faith that we can run the ball, they did a nice job in shutting down our run today, but we’ve also got to be able to throw the ball. We’ve got to throw the ball to open up the run, [and] we weren’t able to do that.”

Saturday’s win also marked the second consecutive year that the Gulls have defeated the Rams in their season opener.

“I told the guys I’m proud of them, 34-7 is a great win, 3-0 is a great win, but to win and win the way that we did was good, but it would have been a lot better if we had done some of the things that we can control, so I’m looking forward to seeing how much we can improve from week one to week two,” said Wells.