Mass. College Football: Week Nine Teams Of The Week


With the ninth week of the college football season in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Massachusetts: After Lorenzo Woodley’s two-yard touchdown run, UMass was one point away from tying Western Michigan and forcing an extra session. Although instead of attempting the PAT, the Minutemen elected to go for two. The conversion was unsuccessful and so was their onside kick, which was recovered by the Broncos with 22 seconds remaining in regulation.

UMass falls to 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the MAC (Mid-American Conference), but will look to earn their second victory next weekend when they host No. 17 Northern Illinois at 12 p.m.

Despite the setback, the Minutemen did finish the contest with some impressive numbers. UMass was 7-of-16 on third down and 2-of-4 on fourth downs. They also recorded 332 total yards of offense and only two penalties. Their opponent finished with 10 penalties for 83 yards.

Quarterback A.J. Doyle tossed one touchdown and completed 15-of-24 passes for 194 yards. Khary Bailey-Smith led all kick returners with 104 yards, while Rob Blanchflower finished with a season-best 137 receiving yards and one touchdown.

The Minutemen’s 30 points is the most they’ve scored this season. UMass hadn’t scored 30 points or more since last year when they lost to Ohio, 37-34.

Division 2 – Assumption College: The Hounds’ winning steak continued on Saturday as Assumption defeated Pace, 55-21. Assumption outscored the hosts, 28-7, in the second half and led at the break, 27-14.

Quarterback Bobby Jordan tossed three touchdowns and completed 16-of-24 passes for 239 yards, while Scott Simonson led all receivers with 99 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

On defense, Erik Abramson recorded five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss and one pass breakup. Kevin Ihlefeld recorded the unit’s only sack, as well as a forced fumble. 

Assumption concluded the month of October with three straight wins and will look to continue their momentum on Saturday when they host Merrimack College on Senior Day.  

Division 3 – Springfield College: Trailing St. Lawrence by two scores, quarterback Tim O’Brien rallied the Pride to victory in his first career start under center.

O’Brien trimmed the deficit with one-yard plunge in the third quarter before Louis Fenaroli scored the game-winning score on a one-yard run with 2:34 remaining in the fourth quarter, which provided Springfield with the win and their first Liberty League victory of the season.

O’Brien concluded the contest with 170 yards of total offense, 88 yards on the ground, while Fenaroli rushed for 37 yards on nine attempts. James Poggio led Springfield’s receiving core with two grabs for 46 yards.

Sam Weiss led Springfield’s defense with six solo stops. Umberto DiMeo recorded the team’s only interception, along with three solo stops.

The win concluded a three-game skid for the Pride, who will return to action in two weeks when they travel to RPI. 

Mass. College Football: Late Afternoon Roundup


There were three late games this afternoon and below are their outcomes and highlights.

Buffalo 32, UMass 3: Blake Lucas‘ 42-yard field goal in the second quarter brought the Minutemen within 10 in the second quarter, but that was the closest they got as the Bulls defeated UMass in Buffalo.

Assumption 17, So. Conn. 7: Bobby Jordan‘s only touchdown pass to Eddy Frazier provided the Hounds with the lead for good as Assumption defeated the Owls on Homecoming Weekend. Frazier led all receivers with three catches for 44 yards, while Jon Wozney recorded a game-best 10 total tackles.

Western Conn. 70, Fitchburg State 14: Octavias McKoy rushed for five touchdowns and 226 yards as the Colonials defeated the Falcons in Connecticut.

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: Friday Night Roundup


Two games occurred this evening and below are their summaries.

Assumption 26, AIC 23: Tad Beuchert kicked a 44-yard field goal with just 3:21 remaining to push the Hounds past the Yellow Jackets in Springfield. Assumption’s Bobby Jordan completed 16 passes for 195 yards and tossed one touchdown, while Erik Abramson finished with 13 total tackles (six solo). AIC’s Kevin Arduino completed 19-of-33 passes for one touchdown, while Maurice Easterling rushed for two scores on 17 carries for 117 yards.

Endicott 42, Curry 27: Drew Frenette completed 20-of-29 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns, Spencer Walsh rushed for two scores on 19 carries for 149 yards as the Gulls defeated the Colonels in Milton. Curry’s Kevin Fruwirth tossed two touchdowns in his team’s third setback.

Mass. College Football: Week Three Honor Roll


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

Kyle Young (Holy Cross) – The first-year linebacker, who made his first career start with the Crusaders, led the Purple and White with 10 total tackles. So far this season he’s recorded 12 total tackles (seven solo).

Logan Meyer (Stonehill College) – This week’s Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Week completed 18-of-33 passes for 332 yards with five touchdowns. Meyer now ranks atop the program’s career passing yardage list with 5,138 yards.

Terrell Williams (American International) – Against Merrimack, the senior half back rushed for 194 yards and three scores on 26 carries.

Bobby Jordan (Assumption College) – The senior gunslinger tossed two touchdowns, including the game winning 42-yard strike in the second half, which lifted the Hounds past Bentley.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack College) – Against AIC, Clancy completed 41-of-71 passes for 437 yards with six touchdowns.

Sterry Codrington (Stonehill College) – The junior linebacker recorded a career-best 10 tackles (eight solo), three and a half tackles for a loss, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against St. A’s.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill College) – The Attleboro native hauled in a career-high 10 receptions for a career-best 157 yards. He also scored a touchdown in the Skyhawks’ first win of the season.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley University) – The Framingham native tossed two touchdowns and rushed 46 yards. He amassed 305 yards of total offense.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – This week’s Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week scored five touchdowns (four on the ground). He rushed for 240 yards on 23 carries and caught one touchdown pass.

Danny Macalena (Springfield College) – The junior linebacker tallied 10 tackles, including four tackles for a loss resulting in 15 yards, to go along with a forced fumble. His tackles for loss were critical, as two came on key third downs and another came on a fourth-down attempt.

Casey Hippert (Worcester State) – The junior tight end hauled in eight catches for a game-high 183 receiving yards.

Kevin Lynch (WPI) – The first-year defensive back finished his team’s second contest with 10 tackles (eight solo), two pass breakups, one tackle for a loss and one blocked punt.

Adam Straughn (Worcester State) – Against WPI, the senior from Rockland recorded a game-best 12 tackles (10 solo), a fumble recovery and a blocked extra point attempt. Straughn was named this week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Peter Williams (MIT) – This week’s New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week amassed for 323 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Williams, who finished the game with 261 passing yards, extended his career-passing yardage over the 2,000-yard mark.

Drew Frenette (Endicott College) – The junior gunslinger connected with eight different receivers and tossed two touchdowns in his team’s first win of the season.

Jake Laux (MIT) – This week’s NEFC Defensive Player of the Week recorded 12 tackles (10 solo). His first tackle of the contest happened to be his 300th career stop.

Dylan Rushe (Endicott College) – This week’s NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week kicked five field goals and four extra points. He was point shy of the NCAA Division III record for points by a kicker.