Mass. College Football: Week 8 Honor Roll

Joe Clancy’s seven touchdowns against Saint Anselm helped Merrimack College earn an 81-35 victory! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The eighth week of the college football season concluded on Saturday. And before we move onto week nine, let’s unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Colton Chapple (Harvard): Despite sustaining his team’s first setback of the season against Princeton, the senior quarterback, who was mentioned in this week’s Ivy League Honor Roll, tossed five touchdowns and completed 31-of-45 passes for 448 yards.

Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard): Against the Tigers, the senior tight end led all receivers with 15 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdowns were the most Juszczyk has recorded in a game this season.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross): The senior linebacker recorded nine tackles (eight solo), as well as one tackle for a loss, one breakup and one sack in the Crusaders 30-13 loss to Lafayette.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack College): The senior quarterback from Newburyport, Massachusetts broke the Northeast-10 Conference record for passing yards (553), which was a mark he set earlier this season. Clancy also matched a conference record with seven touchdown passes in his team’s 81-35 victory against Saint Anselm. He was also named this week’s NE-10 Offensive Player of the Week.

Markell Rice (American International College): Against Bentley University, the senior returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and totaled 103 yards in returns. On defense, he recorded two interceptions, three tackles and one pass breakup. Rice was named this week’s NE-10 Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week.

Andrew Sklar (Bentley University): The senior defensive end established a new career-best with eight tackles and three tackles for a loss in the Falcons 27-23 loss to American International College. He also recorded a sack and a forced fumble, too.

Devon Barrett (Assumption College): The sophomore led the Hounds with nine tackles (four solo). One of his tackles was for a loss, and he also recovered a fumble in the end zone for his first career touchdown.

Isaiah Voegeli (Merrimack College): The senior wide receiver from Hyannis, Massachusetts finished Saturday’s contest against Saint Anselm with 10 catches for 269 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdowns matched a school record, while his receiving yards broke his own NE-10 record.

Ryan Hunt (Stonehill College): Against No. 3 New Haven on CBS Sports Network, the senior linebacker tallied a career-high 10 tackles (seven solo) and one tackle for a loss of four yards.

Jake Laux (MIT): In his team’s most exciting victory of the season against Salve Regina, the junior linebacker, who was named this week’s New England Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week, led the Engineers with 12 tackles (six solo). He also recorded an interception with 30 seconds remaining, which secured the upset victory.

Myles Becker (Western New England College): Against Plymouth State on Saturday, the sophomore recorded a team-high 10 tackle in the Golden Bears fifth win of the season.

Gregg Jackson (Westfield State): Jackson led the Owls with a game-high 16 tackles (10 solo), an interception and blocked PAT.

Drew Frenette (Endicott College): The sophomore quarterback, who tossed four touchdowns against UMass Dartmouth, finished his team’s eighth contest with a school-record 450 yards passing. He completed 30-of-40 passes, too.

Brad Goldsberry (MIT): The sophomore running back recorded 141 all-purpose yards in his team’s dramatic win against Salve Regina. Prior to their go-ahead touchdown, Goldsberry set up the game-winning score with a 61-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

AJ Scerra (Worcester State): The junior wide receiver from Marlboro, Massachusetts hauled in a school single-game record 17 receptions for 184 yards, one touchdown and one conversion.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State): The junior halfback sect a school-record with 294 yards rushing on 36 carries with one touchdown.

Michael Aldo (Amherst College): The NESCAC Defensive Co-Player of the Week finished his team’s fifth contest with eight tackles, one forced fumble and an interception. Aldo’s interception with five minutes remaining sealed the Lord Jeffs’ fourth win against Wesleyan.

Bobby Hemmann (Mount Ida College):  For the second time this season, the senior kicker from Newington, Connecticut helped his Mustangs earn a win in the closing seconds against Maritime (N.Y.) on Saturday with a 38-yard field goal, which clinched a 24-21 victory for Mount Ida. The Mustangs have won four of their last five contests, and remain perfect in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.

Shaine Grogan (WPI): Against Merchant Marine, the senior linebacker from Dalton, Massachusetts led the Engineers with 14 tackles (seven solo) and two tackles for a loss.

Bentley’s Coach Boerman: ‘It’s Time To Strap It Up And Get Busy’

By Matt Noonan 

The dog days of summer are officially over for Bentley University’s football team, as the Falcons will kick-off their 2012 campaign tomorrow evening under the lights against Pace University.

“It’s time to strap it up and get busy,” exclaimed head coach Thom Boerman.

The Falcons exploded out of the gates last season, winning three of their first four contests before the injury bug stung Steve Hopkins, Blaine Hopwood and Anthony “AC” Carter. The three various players, according to Boerman, battled through their individual injuries, while the team cruised to a 6-4 finish.

“Toward the tail end of the season, we had some injuries that caught up with us a little bit,” explained Boerman.

Yet, with 2011 in their rearview mirror, Boerman and his crew have officially turned the page to this season, and seem very excited, as well as optimistic about the upcoming year.

The Falcons will feature five fifth year seniors, which include running back Bobby Tarr, who led all rushers with 860 yard on 136 carries last season.

All-Northeast-10 Conference tackle Nick Halloran, who is also a fifth year senior, returns to the offensive line and will be responsible for protecting the team’s new signal caller, Danny Guadagnoli.

“[Danny’s] been here for a couple years and played behind Bryant Johnson,” said Boerman.

“He had a lot of pedigree as a high school player and a prep school player, but he sat, learned, watched and we changed the offense when I took over as the head coach to go to more with the spread [offense] and Danny is really suited for the spread offense because he runs really well,” added Boerman. “He’s got a good short, accurate arm, and understands the offense.”

Guadagnoli will certainly be asked to target various receivers through the air, but as Boerman noted earlier this week, he expects his offense to also lean on running backs Tarr, Lorenzo Warren, Emmitt Smith and Tyler Coppola.

On the other side of the ball, the Falcons will counter with senior John Aminti, who according to his head coach is one of the best linemen in the NE-10.

“He’s very consistent, strong, quick, and he’s improved every year,” stated Boerman.

Aminti will most likely line up next to Matt Campo and Andrew Sklar on Friday, as well as throughout the course of the season.

At linebacker, Bentley will rely on Blaine Hopwood, who according to Boerman, has had a tremendous camp and is eager to record his first tackle of the season.

Finally, the Falcons secondary should be solid once again, especially with fifth year safeties Don and Steve Hopkins leading the unit.

“I think defensively we’re pretty good,” said Boerman. “I think Scott Boyle, the defensive coordinator and Rusty McKinney,the linebackers coach, have spent a lot of time developing this unit. The thing with a complicated defense is the amount of mistakes that can occur, but I think this camp, I have been pleased that they really minimized those mistakes, so it’s not about effort because they give me a huge effort, and they’re a talented group of kids. They’re a tough bunch of kids and they’ve minimized their mistakes, so I have a lot of high expectations for our defensive unit this year.”

As for their first contest against Pace, Boerman believes his squad should not rely on their experience last year, which featured a battle against the Setters in a foot of snow or the game two years ago that was highlight by a last minute comeback.

“Everyone seems to think that Pace, [a squad] that’s had their struggles over the last few years is going to continue, I don’t buy it. I think we’re going to have our hands full,” said Boerman.

“We’re going to have to play hard, they’re going to be here to play hard and they worry me because they’re a team that could come in here and really give us trouble,” added Boerman. “We’re going to have to coach our rear ends off so that we can give them every bit of a contest that we can.”