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Anna Maria Captures Its Fourth-Straight Contest, Tops Alfred State, 28-17

Alex Cohen tossed three touchdowns against Alfred State on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

By Matt Noonan

The early-season momentum continued this afternoon for Anna Maria College as the AMCATs returned from their bye week to score their fourth-straight win over Alfred State on Saturday in New York.

The AMCATs, who improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play, defeated the Pioneers, 28-17, thanks to three touchdown passes from Alex Cohen with two of them landing in the hands of Deandre Wallace.

Eric Pino led the AMCATs rushing attack with 45 yards on nine carries while Sam Jakana stuffed the stat sheet on defense with 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, two forced fumbles and one tackle for a loss of nine yards.

Alfred State’s Aaron Jenkins totaled 299 yards of total offense, including 20 passing yards to go with a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Both teams swapped scores throughout the opening three quarters before Alex Cohen put the AMCATs ahead for good by capping a 12-play, 85-yard drive with a two-yard strike to Deandre Wallace with 10:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. The two-yard strike from Cohen to Wallace extended the visitor’s lead from four to 11 points.

Saturday’s win over the Pioneers is the AMCATs’ third in the series history between the two teams – Anna Maria edged Alfred State in its previous meeting in 2019 by a score of 21-20.

Anna Maria will look to extend its winning streak to five games next Saturday, October 23 when they welcome Dean College to Paxton, Massachusetts.

Cohen Leads Anna Maria Past Keystone For Third-Straight Win

Alex Cohen recorded six touchdowns on Saturday in his team’s first-ever win against Keystone College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley/Anna Maria College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Quarterback Alex Cohen completed 21 of 24 passes for 285 yards and five touchdowns while adding 46 yards on nine carries and one score as Anna Maria College opened Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play with a 55-35 victory over Keystone College on Saturday afternoon in La Plume, Pennsylvania.

With the win, the AMCATs improve to 3-1 overall while Keystone falls to 0-5.

Anna Maria has won three straight since its first contest this fall when they lost to Nichols College to establish a new single-season victory mark dating back to the team’s initial campaign in 2009.

Saturday’s win provides Dan Mulrooney with his seventh victory as the team’s head coach — he is now the program’s all-time winningest coach, erasing the six-win mark established by Vince Sinagra, who oversaw the AMCATs from 2012 to 2016.

Marc Klaiman, who was the team’s first coach in program history, won just two games during his three seasons (2009-2011) with the AMCATs.

Cohen tallied three touchdowns in the first half, including his only rushing score with 8:03 remaining in the opening session, before tossing three more touchdowns during the second half.

David Robinson led the Anna Maria receiving core with four catches for 78 yards and three touchdowns while Kristian Sapp rushed for a game-high 150 yards on 18 carries and one score.

Sam Jakana and Alvin Martin led the Anna Maria defense by combining for 19 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards.

Saturday’s six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) are the most recorded in a single game by Alex Cohen, who played high school football for Plymouth South.

Anna Maria will be idle next weekend before returning to the field on Saturday, October 16 against Alfred State at 12 p.m.

Clark’s Paul Phillips To Retire After 2018-19 Season


By Matt Nooonan | @MattNoonan11

Clark University men’s basketball coach Paul Phillips announced late Wednesday evening that he will be retiring at the conclusion of his team’s 2018-19 season.

Phillips, who is in his 21st season with the Cougars, enters his team’s current holiday break with a career record of 438-360, which includes wins from his previous stop at Anna Maria College.

The Cougars’ long-time bench boss has guided the Red and White to 273 wins since arriving on campus prior to the start of the 1996-97 campaign, which is the most wins by any coach in the Clark men’s basketball program history. Additionally, Phillips has led the Cougars to four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and conference tournament championships, along with five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Clark last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

As of Thursday morning, Phillips has guided his current squad to four wins, including a pair of recent victories earlier this month against Framingham State and Regis College.

Clark, which sits at 4-5 overall, is off until Saturday, December 29th when they host Curry College on the opening day of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic.

In a statement last night to the media, which was also seen through the Clark athletic website, Phillips said he has been “contemplating” his retirement for “for quite a while,” but feels its best to walk away after his team’s current season concludes.

“I truly appreciate everything that Clark has done for me and everything that the institution has allowed me to do,” Phillips said in last night’s press release. “I will miss the student-athletes the most, but will also miss the action and camaraderie that is developed on and off the court.”

Paul Phillips is currently the all-time winningest coach in Clark University men’s basketball program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Phillips was tabbed the 1999-2000 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while earning the Paul N. Johnson Memorial Award from Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) in 2016.

Prior to his arrival at Clark, Phillips enjoyed a successful 10-year stint (1986-96) with the Anna Maria men’s basketball program, which included six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crowns, along an appearance in the 1995-96 NCAA Division III Tournament’s ‘Sweet Sixteen.’

Phillips’ 1995-96 AMCATs squad set the program’s current record for most wins (25) in a singles-season, which was almost matched by the 2012-13 squad that finished its season with 21 victories.

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D3 Football Fan Vote: Anna Maria Tabbed Team of The Week


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

After earning an exciting 31-24 victory over Castleton University last Saturday, the Anna Maria College football team picked up an additional win on Monday when they were selected as this week’s Noontime Sports New England D3 Football Team of the Week.

The New England D3 Football Team of the Week is decided by a Twitter poll, which was (and will continue to be) seen on Sunday and Monday through @NoontimeSports.

Anna Maria was one of four teams nominated for this week’s honor, along with Amherst College, University of New England and Westfield State. The AMCATs edged the Nor’easters by four points as they collected 38 percent of the vote, while UNE earned 34 percent. Amherst earned (24 percent), while Westfield State (four percent) finished last. 361 people voted in this week’s poll.

Following a disappointing setback one week earlier to Gallaudet University, the AMCATs rebounded by erasing a 17-0 deficit in the opening frame, thanks to four touchdowns from first-year quarterback Alex Cohen. Cohen tossed three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:24 remaining in the final session.

Castleton attempted to answer on the ensuing possession, but saw their drive conclude at the Anna Maria 38-yard line. Cohen and the offense would return to the field to take a knee before celebrating their initial victory of the season.

Cohen concluded the game with a career and season-best 26 completions, 314 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Additionally, he also rushed for a career-best 32 yards on 12 carries, while recording his first rushing touchdown, as well.

In addition to Cohen, Anna Maria received contributions from sophomore defensive back Swavaugh Smalls (eight total tackles, including six solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards) and classmate Marcelino Da Veiga, a wide receiver, that finished the game with a team-high six grabs for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Anna Maria is off this week, but returns to action next Saturday, October 20th when they visit Husson University for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.

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Football Friday Notebook: Pats Trump The Eagles, News From D3 Football

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Friday … Let’s Go!

We kickstart a brand new weekend with another edition of the Football Friday Notebook with loads of links from around the web about the New England Patriots to local high school football starting today/this weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to circle back for more local football content over the next few days because football is officially back!

Noontime Rewind: What we posted this week

*  We caught-up earlier this week with WPI place kicker and punter Spencer Herrington to chat about kicking, last season’s success and his all-time favorite kicker, who happens to be Robbie Gould

* We recently posted a brand new Football Friday Podcast with Dan Mulrooney of Anna Maria College. Coach Mulrooney is eager to ‘Ring the Bell’ with a young group that is excited to get after it this season! 

New England Patriots & Pro Football Links 

* From the New York PostTom Brady looks ready to go for the upcoming season. And we think so, too! 

It took only six months, but Tom Brady and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles finally shook hands

* From Pro Football Talk: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed content with his lone preseason series drive.  

* Interesting story, but it seems like Madonna will open a a football academy in Malawi

New England College and High School Links

From the Lynn ItemPaul McGonagle is ready to lead Endicott College football this fall. 

From the Salem NewsErik Bell becomes the newest members of the Endicott football program as the team forms a partnership with Team IMPACT

* From the Worcester T&G: Nick Ostrowski has translated his hard work to the gridiron with the WPI Engineers’ football team. 

Earlier this week, veteran sports reporter Tom Haley shared some notes on the Castleton University football program

Husson University will have some coaches on its staff this fall that have some familiarity with the Eagles’ football program. 

* Finally, in honor of the start of high school football here in Massachusetts, check out the Boston Heralds‘ 13th Annual Preseason All-Star Team

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