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Sacred Heart Picked To Capture NEC Crown

Julius Chestnut and the Sacred Heart football team were picked to win the Northeastern Conference. (PHOTO COURTESY: The College Sports Journal/Chuck Burton)

By NoontimeSports.com

The Pioneers of Sacred Heart University will enter the upcoming fall 2021 football season as the team to beat in the Northeastern Conference (NEC).

Sacred Heart, which finished its spring campaign with a 3-2 record, secured four of seven first-place votes in the league’s preseason poll. Duquesne University (two first-place votes) and Central Connecticut State University (one first-place vote) secured a two-way tie for second place while Bryan University checked in fourth on the poll.

“The NEC is an outstanding conference and any team can win the championship in any given season,” Coach Mark Nofri said in a statement. “Our league is competitive from top to bottom and there are no easy games.”

Sacred Heart, which will begin its upcoming season at home against Bucknell University on Saturday, September 4 at 6 p.m., will be led by halfback Julius Chestnut, who led the country this past spring in rushing-yards, all-purpose yards, and touchdowns. Chestnut was one of eight Pioneers to secure a spot on the conference’s preseason team — joining him on the offensive team were Naseim Brantley (wide receiver), JD DiRenzo (offensive line) and Josh Sokol (offensive line).

Following the team’s season-opener against the Bison, the Pioneers will visit Bryant University on Saturday, September 11 for their initial league tilt, which will then be followed by three consecitive non-conference matchups against Morgan State (Sept. 18), Dartmouth College (Sept. 25), and Howard University (Oct. 2).

“It’s an honor to be picked to win the conference by your peers, but all that matters is who is the top team come the end of November,” said Nofri. “We had a very good spring season, earning the NEC Championship, and we look forward to defending our championship this fall.”

Sacred Heart, which has won the NEC outright twice (2001 and 2020-21), has shared the league crown three times, including twice with Duquesne in 2013 and 2018.

Mass. College Football: Catching Up With Holy Cross QB Peter Pujals

Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals was named this week's Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award winner! (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)
Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals was named this week’s Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award winner! (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals was the recipient of this week’s Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award following an impressive week seven performance against Bucknell University.

The first-year signal caller guided the Crusaders to their first Patriot League victory against the Bison by completing 19-of-29 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 13 times for eight yards and three more scores.

Excluding being named this week’s Division 1 Golden Helmet Award winner, he was also named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the fourth straight week.

After this afternoon’s luncheon at Harvard University concluded, Noontime Sports caught up with Pujals to talk about his effort on the gridiron and his team’s season.

On his six-touchdown effort: “It definitely felt good. Every game I go out and just try to do my job and just try to do my best and whatever the result, but as long as we win in the end that’s the main goal. (However), it was a team effort. I was able to do those things because my teammates did their job, but it was fun, though.”

On moving the ball against Bucknell’s defense: “It’s definitely a confidence builder and you know that we’re able to move the ball and we’re being successful, so I feel like it gives the whole team, (especially) our whole offense an upbeat feeling, so it definitely helps.”

On preparing for Bucknell’s defense: “They’re a great team. They always play really hard on defense and they work very hard. We just knew that right from the beginning we would have to execute and show that we can play with them and execute on every drive. We (didn’t) take any drive for granted, (but our goal) was to score touchdowns and get first downs and I think we did a pretty good job of that, but I still think there are things we need to learn and get better from, but we will (be ready) for Colgate.”

On his first collegiate start against Dartmouth: “I don’t know if it is nervousness or excitement (I was feeling), but after the game (started) I settled in and I got comfortable. Football is football in the end, and I enjoy it.”

On a growing moment this season: “I think the Harvard game where I fumbled four times was a growing a moment. I needed to learn that I need to take care of the ball and not take anything for granted because these players are good and they’ll make you pay, so that was a growing moment for me.”

On building on the team’s first conference win: “It was kind of a new season in a way that we’re starting Patriot League (play). Now we’re 1-0 in that, which is where we want to be, but coming into Colgate we know that every game is a championship game if we want to get to our goal of winning the Patriot League, so we’ve just have to take care of business and move onto our next game.”

Mass. College Lax: Saturday Roundup

Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points, which helped the Bison top the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)
Alyssa Buffis recored a career-best seven goals, two assists and nine points as the Bison topped the Leopards in Boston! (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another Saturday of lacrosse is in the books and below is various game summaries from across the state.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Bucknell 16, Holy Cross 9 – Michael Ortlieb, who is the Crusaders goaltender, scored two goals, but that wasn’t enough to spark the visitors as the seventh-ranked Bison improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot League.

Saint Joseph’s 7, UMass 6 – Matt Whippen and Ryan Izzo netted two goals, respectively, while Will Manny recorded two points (one goal, one assist), but that wasn’t enough to help the Minutemen defeat Hawks in Philadelphia.

Duke 12, Harvard 11 – The Blue Devils sealed the win with a 4-0 run in the fourth as Duke defeated Harvard for the second time three seasons. Murphy Vandervelde recorded a hat trick in the setback, while Peter Schwartz finished with two strikes and two helpers.

Merrimack College 19, Saint Rose 2 – Greg Melaugh recorded a game-best five points (five goals) as the Warriors cruised to their fourth victory of the season.

Pace 9, Bentley University 6 – Jason Knight’s fourth quarter strike brought the Falcons within one with 8:37 remaining, but the Setters responded with two tallies, which secured the win.

Tufts University 16, Trinity College 12 – Andrew Fiamengo recorded five points (three goals, two assists), Beau Wood recorded a hat trick as the Jumbos defeated the Bantams and earned their fifth straight win.

Amherst College 11, Hamilton 6 – The Lord Jeffs three-game losing streak is history as Quinn Moroney’s four points (two goals, two assists) lifted the visitors to their third win of the season.

Wheaton College 11, Clark University 4 – Matthew Hillman recorded a game-best five goals as the Lyons defeated the Cougars and earned their first Pilgrim League victory of the season.

Springfield College 11, WNEC 10 – Ryan Murphy netted four goals, while Ryon Lynch and Bryce Serriello recorded two goals, respectively, as the Pride defeated the Golden Bears.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Boston College 10, Virginia 7 – Sarah Mannelly recorded a hat trick, Mikaela Rix netted two strikes as the Eagles soared past the ninth-ranked Cavaliers in Newton.

Holy Cross 15, Colgate 14 (OT) – Sara Hennessey (three goals, one assist) netted the game-winner on a free possession with one second remaining in the extra session as the Crusaders snapped their four-game skid.

UMass 20, La Salle 11 – Cori Murray, who finished with three goals and three assists, recorded her 100th career point as No. 16/11 UMass defeated La Salle and extended their current winning streak to six games.

Adelphi 12, Stonehill College 5 – The Panthers raced out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Skyhawks and improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in NE-10 play. Heather Sullivan and Kelsey Shannahan led Stonehill with two goals apiece.

Trinity College 13, Tufts University 4 – The Bantams ballooned an 8-0 advantage at the break into a nine-point victory against the Jumbos in Connecticut. Trinity, the reigning NCAA Division III champion, extended its winning streak to 15 games. Kerry Eaton led Tufts with three points (two goals, one assist).

Amherst College 15, Hamilton College 6 – Priscilla Tyler recorded a game-best four points (three goals, one assist) as the Lord Jeffs extended their winning streak to four games.

WNEC 16, Castleton State 11 – Kaitlynn Stevens netted four strikes, while Megan Doyle and Jessica Scannapieco each recorded hat tricks as the Golden Bears topped the Spartans in a non-conference clash.

Nichols College 20, Wentworth 17 (OT) – Alyssa Bufis recorded career-highs with seven goals, two assists and nine points, while teammate Erica Antonison recorded a career-best six goals as the Bison defeated the Leopards in overtime.

Mass. College Football: Week 7 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

The seventh week of the college football season is in the books. And with that being the case, here is this week’s Noontime Sports Weekly Honor Roll.

Colton Chapple (Harvard): Once again, the Harvard senior quarterback earned a spot on this particular list, as he amassed 309 yards of total offense and recorded four touchdowns in the Crimson’s fifth win of the season against Bucknell University. Chapple completed 11-of-18 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushed for 120 yards on eight carries for two scores.

Steven Elder (Holy Cross): The sophomore quarterback completed 24-of-39 passes for a career-high 313 yards and two touchdowns in the Crusaders 51-35 loss to Colgate. Elder also totaled 42 yards on 15 carries for two scores, too.

Gerald Mistretta (Holy Cross): Against Colgate, the senior wide receiver hauled in eight passes for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Kevin Arduino (American International College): The sophomore quarterback completed his Saturday contest against Southern Connecticuit State University 12-of-22 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 71 yards and one score in his team’s 34-7 victory. Arduino was named this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Jareed Gaines (Stonehill College): Against Merrimack College, the senior defensive back helped his defense hold the Warriors offense to roughly 200 yards of total offense in Stonehill’s 22-20 victory. Gaines concluded the contest with 11 tackles (nine solo); three pass breakups and a forced fumble that secured the win for the Skyhawks.

Blaine Hopwood (Bentley University): The junior linebacker recorded 13 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss in Bentley’s 17-13 loss to New Haven. The Falcons defense held the Chargers offense to just 288 yards. Hopwood also punted eight times for a 36.9 average and placed four punts inside the 20.

Jonathan Marrero (Springfield College): The freshman quarterback exploded for seven touchdowns – four through the air, three on the ground – in his team’s 66-13 route against Merchant Maritime. Marrero’s four touchdowns matched a school record set by quarterback Kevin Cahill in 2000 against UMass Dartmouth. Finally, Marrero was named this week’s Liberty League Offensive Player of the Week.

Robbie Heflin (Amherst College): The senior defensive back recorded three interceptions (one for a touchdown) in the Lord Jeff’s 23-3 victory on Saturday against Colby College. He was named this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Joe Mallock (Williams College): The junior kicker hasn’t missed a beat this season, as he recorded two field goals – 24 and 21 yards – in his team’s third loss of the season to Middlebury. According to the NESCAC weekly release, he has made 11 straight field goals dating back to the 2011 season.

Wesley Williams (Nichols College): The sophomore defensive back completed Saturday’s contest against UMass Dartmouth with three interceptions – two in the fourth quarter, which sealed the Bison’s first victory of the season. The win snapped the Bison’s 17-game losing streak, too. Williams’ three picks and 59 return yards are the second-highest single game total in program history.

Michael Altavesta (Framingham State): The Tewksbury native and junior linebacker finished the game with 13 tackles (10 solo), 3.5 for a loss and a pair of forced and recovered fumbles in the Rams sixth victory of the season.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime): The junior quarterback from Quincy amassed 359 yards of total offense and recorded four touchdowns in his team’s 56-32 victory against Fitchburg State. Stanton also broke the school’s single-season passing yardage record on his first completion of the contest. He has now 1,823 yards through six games.

Rob Bambini (Curry College): The Westwood native and senior wide receiver was a threat against Salve Regina on Saturday, as he hauled in 13 catches for 192 yards and tallied two scores in Curry’s fourth loss of the season.

Brad Goldsberry (MIT): The sophomore running back tallied 238 all-purpose yards with a career-high 51 rushing, 88 receiving and 99 in kick returns.