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)


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


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


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


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, with Roei Biberstain calling all the action throughout the season.