Mass. College Football: Week Five Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Paul Stanton (Harvard) – Against Brown, the sophomore tailback rushed for two scores on 16 carries for 91 yards. His 91-yards on the ground were the most he’s recorded this season.

Norman Hayes (Harvard) – The junior registered four tackles (two solo), one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one interception and one pass breakup against Brown.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – Against Dartmouth, the first-year quarterback scored four touchdowns (two through the air, two on the ground), which helped the Crusaders earn their second win of the season. He completed 25-of-37 passes for 290 yards and rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross) – The senior linebacker led all defenders with 12 total tackles (eight solo) and one tackle for a loss.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior gunslinger tied his previous career high of seven touchdown passes last week in the Warriors win against Pace. Clancy completed 26-of-41 passes for 434 yards.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – For the fourth straight week, the junior linebacker recorded double-figures in total tackles. He finished with six solo stops against Bentley.

Tad Beuchert (Assumption) – His 44-yard field goal with just over three minute remaining in regulation secured an impressive road victory for the Hounds on Friday against AIC. The Danvers kicker also kicked a 28-yard field goal and was 2-of-3 on extra points.

Artis Holt (Merrimack) – The senior from Baltimore recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) and three pass breakups in his team’s win against Pace.

Jamal Johnson (Stonehill) – The Brockton native rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries and a career-high matching two scores against the Falcons.

Jordan Koehler (Anna Maria) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-high 18 total tackles (10 solo), as well as two tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery against Catholic.

Ehab Hamdan (WPI) – Against RPI, the senior wide out posted a season-best 117 receiving yards with one touchdown in the opening session, which propelled the Engineers to their first conference victory.

Eric Lacroix (WPI) – The sophomore defensive back recorded eight tackles (five solo), one tackle for a loss and a 33-yard interception in the second quarter.

Jonathan Marrero (Springfield) – Against Union, the sophomore signal caller accounted for four scores – three on the ground, one through the air. Marrero rushed for 167 yards in 22 carries and completed 4-of-14 passes for 43 yards.

Kevin Bumpus (Worcester State) – The junior gunslinger went 22-for-33 with 333 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for a score in his team’s bounce back effort against Massachusetts Maritime.

Brian Gencarelli (Worcester State) – Against the Buccaneers, the sophomore defensive back recorded 11 total tackles (eight solo), as well as a pair of interceptions and pass deflections.

Matthew Green (Bridgewater State) – The junior wide out finished with nine grabs for 136 yards and two touchdowns against Fitchburg State.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed four touchdowns and rushed for 21 yards on five carries to lead the Gulls to their second victory of the season against Curry.

Jake Cox (Endicott) – Against Curry, the junior defensive back finished with 10 total stops (eight solo), one interception and one pass breakup.

Jake Laux (MIT) – Despite falling to Salve Regina, the senior linebacker recorded 15 total tackles (10 solo), one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Max Dietz (Amherst) – The senior defensive back recorded four tackles, four pass breakups and an interception against Bowdoin, a game Amherst claimed, 27-11.

Adam Datema (Williams) – The junior defensive end recorded a team-high 10 tackles and one sack against Trinity.

Jackson Bockhorst (Tufts) – The first-year kicker kicked three field goals, including a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter, which provided the Jumbos with a two-point lead.

Mass. College Football: NEFW Div. II/III All-New England Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friend Steve Miller Jr., who is the sports information director at Worcester State University, here is today’s release pertaining toward the 2012 New England Football Writers Div. II/III All-New England Team.

The squad, which features 28 players from 18 different institutions, will be honored on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet.

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Twenty-eight players representing 18 different teams have been named to the 2012 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team.

New England Small College Athletic Conference champions Trinity College, Northeast-10 Conference champion University of New Haven, and NESCAC runner-up Middlebury College lead the team with three selections each. New England Football Conference members Framingham State University and Salve Regina University have two picks, as do Merrimack College and Springfield College. Also named to the squad were players from American International College, Amherst College, Bentley University, Castleton State College, Endicott College, Husson College, MIT, Mount Ida College, Stonehill College, and Worcester State University

The Division II Northeast-10 Conference had eight players selected, while from Division III the New England Football Conference and the New England Small College Athletic Conference had seven picks. The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference had three selections. Three players came from teams not affiliated with New England Conferences.

The team will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 6, at the Montvale Plaza, in Stoneham, Mass. People interested in attending should contact Dick Lipe at Bentley University at 781-891-2334.

And here is a list of the players that were named to this team:

Tom Herd (University of New Haven)

James Muirhead (Framingham State University)

Max Nacewicz (Springfield College)

Ernest Wiggins (Husson College)

Brett Cde Baca (Trinity College)

Jake Laux (MIT)

Blaine Hopwood (Bentley University) 

Jaquawane Simpkins (American International College)

Jareed Gaines (Stonehill College)

Rae Haynes (Trinity College)  

Artis Holt (Merrimack College)

Phil Terio (Salve Regina University)   

McCallum Foote (Middlebury College)

 Evan Bunker (Trinity College)

Melikke Van Alstyne  (Framingham State University)

Brandon Boyle (Castleton State University)

 Zach Driscoll (Middlebury College)

Isaiah Voegeli (Merrimack College)

Billy Chapman (Middlebury College)  

Matt Bonomolo (Mount Ida College)

John Ceccio (Amherst College)

Mike D’Attillo (Bridgewater State University)

Duke Ekblom (Springfield College)

Adam Iskra (Salve Regina University)

Dave Stedman (University of New Haven)

Chris Scifo (University of New Haven)

Dylan Rushe (Endicott College)

Graham Asum (Worcester State University

Mass. College Football: Weekly Honor Roll

Becker College’s Robert Baker is just one of three quarterbacks that earned a spot on our “Weekly Honor Roll” list! (Photo Credit: Becker College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Our first edition of the “Weekly Honor Roll” kicks-off today with a list of various football players from across the state that made a significant impact in their team’s game this past weekend.

Below is our list, and certainly going forward, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to email player submissions to NoontimeSports@gmail.com or via Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog).

Robert Baker, Becker College: The junior gunslinger finished Saturday’s affair against MIT with a school-record of 32 completions on 56 attempts for 382 yards and two touchdowns.

Scott Drosendahl, Mount Ida College: The senior quarterback completed 11-of-13 passes for 155 yards and tossed one touchdown, as well as ran for two additional scores in the Mustangs second victory of the season. Drosendahl solidified the victory following an interception by junior Jon Pronto late in the fourth quarter with a three yard score.

Matt Green, Bridgewater State: The Easton native and junior wide receiver caught two touchdowns, as well as recorded a career high 112 yards on five receptions against UMass Dartmouth.

Paul Melicharek, Bridgewater State: The Bears defense relied on this particular senior, who concluded the contest with nine solo tackles, and one and a half sacks.

Mike Wheeler, Endicott College: During his team’s record-breaking day of 66 total points, the senior tailback tallied three rushing touchdowns on 19 carries for 154 yards.

Drew Frenette, Endicott College: The sophomore quarterback tossed a career-high four touchdowns to two different receivers in his team’s second win of the season. Frenette concluded the game 12-of-20 for 204 yards.

Melikke Van Alstyne, Framingham State: The junior tailback that earned this week’s honor as the New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week, totaled 222 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns against Nichols College.

Joe Everett, WPI: The senior defensive lineman led the Engineers with a game-high 13 tackles; seven of them were for a loss. Also, he was responsible for one forced fumble against Worcester State, too.

Jaquawne Simpkins, American International College: Despite his team’s outcome, the sophomore linebacker led the Yellow Jackets with a game-high 11 tackles.

Mike Stupiello, Assumption College: Against St. Anselm last Friday, the Hounds relied on their defense, which recorded six team sacks. Stupiello was responsible for three of the six sacks, which resulted in a loss of 25 yards. The junior currently leads his team with four sacks through two games.

Jeff Hill, Bentley University: The former Mansfield Hornet was certainly a sparkplug for Bentley this past Saturday, as the sophomore wide receiver recorded five catches for 196 yards against Western Virginia Wesleyan, which was the most by a Falcons receiver since Dallas Mall recorded 201 yards against CW. Post in November 2001. Hill also caught three touchdowns, too, and now has five touchdowns on the current season.

Artis Holt, Merrimack College: The former All-NE-10 defensive performer recorded a team-high seven tackles, intercepted one pass and broke up another in the Warriors first victory of the season.

Merrimack’s Coach Perry Is Confident In His Warriors

Merrimack’s Head Coach John Perry is confident that his team is ready for a successful campaign in the NE-10! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Merrimack College is scheduled to kick-off their season next Saturday, September 1, when they make the trek to New Haven to face the Chargers.

The Warriors enter the upcoming season pegged as the fourth best team in the Northeast-10 Conference, according to the preseason coaches’ poll. Bentley University was also mentioned as the fourth best team in that poll, too.

Here are a few notes and tidbits that one should know about Coach John Perry’s squad this year.

* Last season, the Warriors tallied 24 points or more in nine of their ten games. When I asked Coach Perry about that particular stat, he not only smiled, but replied by saying, “We have has a great tradition here, and we’re just raising the bar all the time. Two years ago, we were [averaging] 34 points a game and then last year we average 39 points a game, so I think the kids just look at [as a way] to continue to raise the bar, and as long as we can do that – it’s nice to be able to compete against yourself, which is what we’re doing, been pretty prolific – so we’re always competing against ourselves because that’s the first thing we’ve got to do if we’re going to have any success.”

* Perry continued to commend his players for working hard and attempting to improve by saying, “They have a standard in their minds and that’s what we play at.”

* In regards to the Warriors offense, which recorded 2,836 yards through the air and 1,910 on the ground last season, Merrimack is expected to once again display a balanced attack. Look for their unit to rely on seniors Jimon Hill and Isaiah Voegeli, who shouldered the load for the Warriors last season.  

* Sticking with offense, Perry believes his team can be the “best offense” in the country. Yet, how will that unit be the best? His answer was the following: “We’ve got great players, but it’s just a matter of if we show up [and perform]. We’ll be the best offense in the country, there’s no doubt about that in my mind, but it’s just a matter of [showing up]. When we show up there’s nobody better. We feel like when we play our best we’re as good as anybody if not better, so we’re just really excited about.”

* When asked about what unit will be one of the strongest this season, Perry responded by saying, “I’m really excited about our secondary because [we] return guys like Jesse Fowler and Artis Holt. Artis was an [All-Conference First-Team selection] last year, so you feel confident when you’ve got guys in the secondary that can cover people and I really think those two guys can and they’ve risen to the challenge, so that’s exciting.”

* One of the biggest challenges facing Merrimack this season will be replacing linebacker Shawn Loiseau, who is currently with the Houston Texans. Although, despite his departure, along with Tony Johnson, Perry is confident that the new guys will step up when needed. “We’ve got guys who have been waiting for their opportunities, and I really, really believe obviously that you don’t just turn into those guys over night, but those in the line backing core and [defensive line], I think there’s guys that are capable of stepping up to that level if they want to take on the challenges and the hard work that it takes that those guys put in.”

* Joe Clancy will be the team’s starting signal caller this year. Last year, he appeared in all 10 games and tossed seven touchdowns. However, he did have a great tutor in front of him, James Suozzo, who concluded his final year under center with 2,055 passing yards and 16 touchdowns.

* I asked Coach Perry if the team has begun to rally around their new quarterback and he responded by stating, “You could really see him in spring practice really take the reigns, and Joe knows my style is that he’s got to earn the job every day just like James did, and he does that. So, the kids the really respond to him, but you kind of saw that emerging in spring ball. I think he’s picked up the ball from here and done great a job in fall camp. He’s a natural leader, so I think that’ll be good. And he knows that if he stays focused, he’s going to have a lot of great weapons to go to [when needed].”

*Finally, I asked one of my favorite questions, which was… what are three goals for a successful season? His answer was the following: “It’s basically like real estate [because] there’s three keys and that’s execution, execution, [and] execution. We’ve got to know our assignments and we’ve got to execute them. We’ve got the talent, there’s no doubt in my mind that we have the talent, so we’ve got to execute, execute and execute. If we do that we’ll be great. That’s both on defense, offense, and special teams, so if we execute, execute, and execute, we’ll be as good as anybody in our conference and anybody in the country.”