Noontime Top 5 D2 Poll: Assumption Secures Top Spot (WK 3)

Assumption College secured the top spot in our Noontime D2 Top 5 after an impressive first two contests. (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)
Assumption College secured the top spot in our Noontime D2 Top 5 after an impressive first two contests. (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Noontime Sports is happy to unveil our first regular season (Week Three) D2 Top 5 Poll.

Our D2 Poll is a part of our blog’s new coverage plan, which we are slowly unveiling over the next few days and weeks.

So, without further ado, here is this week’s (Week 3) Noontime D2 Top 5 Poll.

  1. Assumption (2-0) – Bob Chesney’s squad is off to an impressive start. Through two games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 52 points per game. Can they keep this momentum going against Southern Connecticut State on Friday evening? We’ll find out.
  1. Bentley (1-1) – The Falcons enjoyed a bounce-back game against Saint A’s, thanks to a pair of touchdown strikes by quarterback CJ Scarpa, who concluded the contest 14 of 20 for 185 yards. Joey Piatnik did his job on defense, tallying five total tackles, including four solo stops and one sack. Bentley will look to keep things going at home Friday against Merrimack.
  1. Merrimack (1-1) – Following a tough opening day loss to Bryant, the Warriors rebounded with a come-from-behind win over American International. Give the game ball to quarterback Nick Davis, who helped the Warriors erase a 13-0 deficit en route to claiming a 16-13 victory.
  1. So. Connecticut (1-1) –Quarterback Robert Nittolo enjoyed his best game under center, tossing a trio of touchdowns, while completing 17 of 25 passes for 287 yards. Additionally, he rushed for a season-high 41 yards, along with one score.
  1. American International College (0-2) – Give credit to the Yellow Jackets’ defense, which was led by Azeem Cooper, who finished this past week’s contest against Merrimack with 11 total tackles, two sacks and one quarterback hurry. The Yellow Jackets are showing signs that they’ll crack the win column sooner than later.

Mass. College Football: Assumption Announces 2014 Season Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College Athletic Communications office, here’s this morning’s release about the football team’s 2014 regular schedule:

Worcester, Mass. (April 26) — The Assumption College football program has announced its schedule for the 2014 season. The Hounds, who posted a 6-5 record in 2013, open up the season on Thursday, September 4th as the team hosts American International for a 7 p.m. start.

In the team’s lone non-conference game, the Hounds travel to Division I Sacred Heart University for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday, September 13th. This marks the second straight season that Assumption faces a Division I opponent as the Hounds traveled to Bryant University in 2013.

The team also hosts LIU Post on September 27th (1 p.m.), Pace on October 10th (7 p.m.), Saint Anselm on October 24th (7 p.m.) and Bentley on November 1st (1 p.m.).

Assumption, under the direction of second-year head coach Bob Chesney, return a number of Northeast-10 All-Conference and All-Region honorees to the squad in 2014. The Hounds wrap up the spring season on Sunday, April 27th as the team holds its Blue/White Spring Game at the Multi-Sport Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.

2014 Season Schedule
Sep. 4 – American International * – 7 p.m.
Sep. 13 – at Sacred Heart – 1 p.m.
Sep. 20 – at New Haven * – 1 p.m.
Sep. 27 – LIU Post * – 1 p.m. (Homecoming)
Oct. 4 – at Southern Conn. * – TBA
Oct. 10 – Pace * – 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 – at Merrimack * – TBA
Oct. 24 – Saint Anselm * – 7 p.m.
Nov. 1 – Bentley * – 1 p.m. (Senior Day)
Nov. 8 – at Stonehill * – Noon

Mass. College Football: Friday Night Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

The seventh week of the college football season commenced once again under the bright “Friday Night Lights” with Assumption defeating Saint Anselm’s and UMass Dartmouth beating Bridgewater State. Below are the highlights from each contest.

Quick Note: Video above courtesy of Assumption College’s athletic department’s YouTube channel.

Assumption 41, St. A’s 27: Running backs Matt Pedone and Matt Heriveaux combined for four touchdowns, three on the ground, one through the air as well as 165 yards of total offense (136 yards on the ground) as the Hounds defeated the Hawks in Manchester.

Quarterback Bobby Jordan tossed one touchdown and completed 13-of-24 passes for 177 yards, while Scott Simonson hauled in five catches for 79 yards.

Mike Bates and Matt Colangelo, two players that combined for 26 total tackles, two-and-a-half sacks and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss, led Assumption’s defense.

Justin Bernard of St. A’s led all receivers with 17 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown.

UMD 33, Bridgewater State 29: Cullen Hanna completed 17-of-29 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Abiola Aborishade, which included the go-ahead score with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Corsairs topped the Bears in Dartmouth.

UMD’s Derek Tarpey recorded a career-high 22 total tackles, 14 solo stops, which included five tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one sack. He also registered two forced fumbles.

Bridgewater’s Mike McCarthy finished 18-of-26 for 273 yards and one touchdown, as well as rushed for two scores on 17 carries for 52 yards.

Mass. College Football: Week Three Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the third week of the college football season in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Division 1, 2 and 3 Teams of the Week.

Division 1: Holy Cross – After dropping back-to-back games to start the season, the Crusaders picked up an impressive road victory on Saturday against Central Connecticut. Halfback Reggie Woods rushed for a career-high 153 yards on 24 carries, while quarterback Ryan Laughlin tossed three touchdowns.

Defensively, Kyle Young led the Crusaders with 10 tackles (five solo), while Tyler Zeoli finished with seven tackles (four solo), two tackles for a loss and one sack.

The Crusaders will be in Worcester this weekend as they host Monmouth Saturday, September 21 at 6 p.m.

Division 2: Assumption College – The Hounds snapped a seven-game skid against Bentley University on Friday evening with a 20-14 win in Waltham.

“I thought they did a great job staying poised, believing in one another and being able to come out here and make the game end the way they felt like it should have ended,” first-year head coach Bob Chesney said in the athletic department’s postgame video. “They really did believe in one another.”

Assumption’s defense finished with four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and two sacks.

Quarterback Bobby Jordan tossed two touchdowns and Matt Pedone rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries.

The Hounds, who’re 1-1 overall and 1-0 in Northeast-10 Conference play, will host Stonehill on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m.

Division 3: MIT – The Engineers improved to 4-0 all-time against Becker College on Saturday with a 34-0 win.

Quarterback Peter Williams, who was named this week’s NEFC Offensive Player of the Week, tossed two touchdowns and rushed for one, while Justin Wallace rushed for 109 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown.

On defense, Jake Laux, who was named this week’s NEFC Defensive Player of the Week, recorded a game-high 12 tackles (10 solo) and one forced fumble.

MIT will have a week off before they travel to Salve Regina on Saturday, September 28.

The Engineers are currently 2-0 and off to their best start under head coach Chad Martinovich.

Mass. College Football: Assumption Defeats Bentley, 20-14

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s Friday’s release about the Hounds football team that defeated Bentley University on the road:

Waltham, Mass. (September 13) — Behind four forced turnovers and a pair of touchdown passes from senior quarterback Bobby Jordan (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell), the Assumption College football team picked up a 20-14 win at Bentley University on Friday night in the Northeast-10 Conference opener for both teams. The win snaps a seven-game losing streak for the Hounds vs. Bentley dating back to 2006 and is the first victory at Assumption for first-year head coach Bob Chesney.

On the opening drive of the game, Assumption took the ball 81 yards in nine plays, capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass across the middle to senior Neil Harrington (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) to take a 7-0 edge just 2:56 into the game. On the ensuing kickoff, the Hounds forced a fumble on the return but were unable to capitalize as a field goal attempt soared just wide.

The game stayed that way thru the remainder of the first period before Bentley struck in the second with a three-yard touchdown pass from Dan Guadagnoli to Chad Calvanese to tie the game with 9:12 on the clock.

The Falcons extended their lead to 14-7 with 1:28 left in the opening half as Chris Walsh hauled in a 15-yard over the shoulder touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone. Assumption wasn’t done though as senior kicker Tad Beuchert (Danvers, Mass./St. John’s Prep) converted a 34-yard field goal as time expired in the quarter to pull the Hounds within 14-10 at the break.

On the opening kickoff of the second half, the Hounds forced a second Bentley fumbled and turned that into points as Beuchert knocked in a 39-yard field goal to get the visitors within one at 14-13 just 1:28 into the second half. Assumption took the lead for good late in the third period as Jordan found junior Eddy Frazier (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) down the far sideline for a 42-yard strike and the 20-14 lead. Frazier caught the ball over a defender near the 10-yard line, spun and made his way into the end zone for the score.

Jordan finished 14-for-31 for 183 yards and two touchdowns, while Frazier led the team with four catches for 93 yards. Assumption gained 112 yards on the ground, led by 71 yards from senior Matt Pedone (Holden, Mass./Wachusett).

Defensively, the Hounds were led by eight tackles each from seniors Erik Abramson (Deerfield, Mass./Frontier Regional)Mike Bates (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional) and Matt Colangelo (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell).

Guadagnoli finished with 259 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Jeff Hill posted five catches for 76 yards for the Falcons.

With the win, Assumption evens its record at 1-1 overall and improves to 1-0 in the Northeast-10, while Bentley drops to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Assumption is back in action on Friday, September 20th as the Hounds host Stonehill College for their home opener beginning at 7 p.m. at the Multi-Sport Stadium. The game is also available online with live video at www.assumptiongreyhounds.tv, with Roei Biberstain calling all the action throughout the season.

Mass. College Football: Catching Up With Bob Chesney (Assumption College)

Bob Chesney is very optimistic about his first season with Assumption College! (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)
Bob Chesney is very optimistic about his first season with Assumption College! (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Our preseason college football coverage continues with a conversation with Assumption College first-year head coach Bob Chesney.

Chesney, who spent the past three seasons with Salve Regina, provided some insight on his experience with the Seahawks, while also talking about practices thus far and his relationship with his assistant coach and father, Bob Chesney Sr.

On translating experience from Salve Regina to Assumption College: “I think these situations are so similar. I think about the Salve situation because it was a team that had wanted to win and was ready to win and just couldn’t quite get there and couldn’t quite get over the hump. I think they were 1-9 or 2-8 and 4-6 and 4-6, and I think that last year was supposed to be the year, but it was 4-6. And then as we came in there, we started to talk about starting fast. That was one of the big things we were saying, so we changed the way we practiced. We came out and stretched and then went right into something live right away. When you’re playing a game, you come out and stretch and go into the game, you don’t go to special teams or do something a little relaxed, you go pretty hard at it, so that’s what we tried to simulate.

“The issue was we were in games my first year where we were up by 21 points in the fourth or we were up by (another amount) in the same quarter, but we just couldn’t hold onto the lead, so the finish became a big part of it. We then started talking about starting fast, but finishing strong and making sure that every practice had a start to it and had a finish to it. There was going to be a winner, there was going to be a loser, and we were going to try and figure out how we can get on the winning side of that more often than on the losing side of it and I think it’s very similar to here (at Assumption).

“You look at the amount of guys that graduated last year, there were some great names in that class, they were a phenomenal football team and it was a 4-6 effort, so it’s very similar and I think just changing the way we practice and trying to get them into situations where they’re winning and losing every day and they have to compete at a very high rate of speed (is important).”

On the message of ‘Finishing’: “When you’re a winner and when you’re a team that wins a lot that’s what you do. When you smell the blood in the water you finish or when you’re ahead you finish, and when you’re a 4-6 team or a 2-8 team or a 3-7 team you’re probably a decent team, but you’re not able to finish, so the moral of the story is every single day we come out here and there has to be a finish. You have to start fast and you’ve got to finish strong every day.”

On the opportunity to coach at Assumption: “I was very happy (at Salve). I thought that the kids were excellent kids, I was very happy being there, I had no intention of leaving there whatsoever, but then this opportunity presented itself and I got a call and we began to talk about it and I was just blown away from Nick Smith to the athletic department to the facilities to everything else here and it was something that I felt was necessary for me to be able to do.”

On practices thus far: “I think some of the young guys as freshmen recruits are doing a phenomenal job, but like everything you’re only as strong as your seniors. They’re going to be the heartbeat; they’re going to move you in the direction. They’re not just sitting back and hoping things workout, they’re attacking and making sure that their legacy is different.”

On a potential growing moment thus far: “There’s a quote that I love and we talk about it to our guys all the time, but it basically says that experience is the name that we give to our mistakes. So when you say someone’s not experience, you’re not saying anything other than they hadn’t been out there and made the mistake in the crucial moment because anybody in life – you have to touch the stove to know it’s hot, you can listen to anyone you want, but until you do it yourself you’re not going to learn from it, so I think that’s one thing and there’s been numerous moments where you say this is a giant glowing moment for this particular player.

“As a team as a whole, we’re just installing, so every defense you put in as it’s strengths and it’s weaknesses and there is growing moments within the scheme, within the offensive scheme and there’s growing moments within each individual person as they progress on this journey.”

On having younger coaches on the staff: “Well, we’ve got an Endicott guy and we’ve got a UConn guy, so they’re all young guys. We also have Coach (Matt) Sidebottom, who just graduated two years ago from Assumption, so the thing about the younger guys is that it’s a different energy. This is a great opportunity for them and they all want this to be their profession, so I think that’s something you’re obviously excited about. I’m a younger guy myself and I know that there’s nothing wrong with it, but being here in this town where there’s so much great high school football and people grew up listening, watching and playing football that a lot of people like Corey (Brown) in particular (get excited about it), but to find local guys that have had great college careers and want to make an impact (is special).”

On coaching with your father: “My father was a longtime high school football coach in Pennsylvania and when I was still in college he started coaching at Susquehanna University before he went back to high school and then he came with me to Delaware Valley College and King’s College and then when I went to John Hopkins he went back to high school again. When I went to Salve, he came up to Salve and then came over here with us.

“There’s certainly no one you’re going to trust more than one of your family members, though, and that’s a huge piece of it. We can bounce ideas around and I feel like I’ve molded a lot of my style off the way he as coached and the way he’s taught me to coach and just being around him all those years. Also, you’re family members are pretty cheap, so the good news is we’ve got a couch for him, but at the same time it’s phenomenal to have him here, so I think having your family members is just an exciting time to work and spend time with them.”

On a fond father-son football moment: “I definitely remember being in high school and I do remember not necessarily understanding the scheme of things. I was a quarterback and also played defense, so I remember numerous times him waking me up in the middle of the night to show me something he found on film, but those type of things – to wake up in the morning and hear that he was watching film all night long and found something that we could maybe find vulnerable in a defense or an offense that we could take advantage of, so those types of things were always really exciting. However, at that moment, I probably could have used that extra hour of sleep, but I couldn’t have asked for a better relationship.”

On three goals for the season: “Well, I think if you look back over history with any great football team and it’s not always true because you have some other things out there and some other factors, but if you really do look back through history and look at various champions there are three questions that are typically answered and if they’re answered affirmatively, you’re probably going to have a successful year. Number one is can you run the football, meaning when it matters and when the game is on the line and can you run this clock out when you have to? When we get into the red zone, can we punch it in and can we score? The adverse to that is can we stop the run? And number three is can we win the turnover battle? So, can we run the ball, can we stop the run and can we win the turnover battle? Now, sometimes running the ball means you have to throw the ball to loosen it up, so you can go back to running the ball, so it’s not that we’re saying we only want to run the ball, but I think any good team has to be able to run the ball in crucial situations.”

Mass. College Football: Assumption Announces 2013 Football Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the football team’s 2013 schedule:

Worcester, Mass. (March 28) — The Assumption College football team has announced its schedule for the 2013 season, which will feature a 10-game schedule and a nine-game Northeast-10 Conference slate.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Bob Chesney, the Hounds open the season at Division I Bryant University for a 1 p.m. start on September 7th. Assumption last played the Bulldogs, a former member of the Northeast-10 Conference, in 2007 as the Hounds dropped a 38-28 home final.

Assumption opens its four-game home schedule on September 20th as the Stonehill College Skyhawks visit the Multi-Sport Stadium for a 7 p.m. start. Other home games include Family Weekend vs. New Haven on October 4th at 7 p.m., followed by an October 19th matchup with Southern Connecticut for Homecoming beginning at 6 p.m. The Hounds end the home schedule with a Senior Day matchup with Merrimack College, beginning at 1 p.m. on November 2nd.

In addition to the Northeast-10 Conference foes from last season, the league welcomes back former football member LIU Post (formerly C.W. Post). The Pioneers spent the last five years as members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).

Assumption returns five Northeast-10 All-Conference players in 2013, including Honorable Mention All-American tight end Scott Simonson (Red Bank, N.J./Middletown South). He finished his junior season with 36 catches for 558 receiving yards and six touchdowns, including a season-high 75-yard touchdown grab in a home win over Pace.

2013 Schedule
September 7 – at Bryant – 1 p.m.
September 14 – at Bentley * – TBA
September 20 – Stonehill * – 7 p.m.
September 28 – at American International * – TBA
October 4 – New Haven * (Family Weekend) – 7 p.m.
October 12 – at Saint Anselm * – 6 p.m.
October 19 – Southern Connecticut *(Homecoming) – 6 p.m.
October 26 – at Pace * – TBA
November 2 – Merrimack * (Senior Day) – 1 p.m.
November 9 – at LIU Post * – TBA
Bold Indicates Home Game
* Denotes Northeast-10 Conference Game