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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.

Daily Noontime: Friday, February 5, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone – we made it!

And welcome to the first Friday of February – let’s celebrate.

It’s a BIG weekend for so many of us as the final game of the 2020 National Football League (NFL) is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Can you believe it?

Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will compete in Super Bowl on Sunday, which is one of many subjects – and yes, topics, too – discussed on today’s Football Friday Podcast (listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor).

Alright, let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – as usual, be well, stay safe, and hold the line, everyone!


Friday’s Headlines for February 5, 2021

Finally, our Black History Month celebration on the men and women that have and continue to make an impact on the sports world continued yesterday with getting to know Paul Robeson, who starred as a defensive end with the Rutgers University football team.

Boston Cannons Select Five Players In 2018 MLL Collegiate Draft

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Trevor Baptiste, who is a current senior at the University of Denver, was selected first overall by the Boston Cannons in the 2018 MLL Collegiate Draft. (PHOTO COURTESY: US Lacrosse Magazine/Trevor Brown)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

With the number one pick in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft last night, the Boston Cannons selected Trevor Baptiste from the University of Denver.

Baptiste becomes the first-ever face-off specialist to be taken first overall in the collegiate draft – he is also the first top-three selection for the Pioneers, according to yesterday’s press release from the University of Denver.

“He’s a dominant face-off guy,” Boston Cannons coach Sean Quirk said via Matt McGuirk of BostonCannons.com.

“We’ve certainly been watching him closely,” Quirk added.

Considered one of the best face-off specialist in the collegiate game, Baptiste enters his team’s second-to-last weekend second in NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse history in face-off wins (1,076) and ground balls (594). He needs 41 face-off wins to match Kevin Massa (Bryant University), who currently holds the record of 1,117 face-off wins. Massa also holds the record for ground balls in a career with 753.

This season, Baptiste has won 197 of 254 face-offs, while scooping a team-high 113 ground balls.

In addition to Baptiste, Boston also selected Will Sands (Bucknell University), Tom Kennedy (Bryan University), Kevin McGeary (University of Pennsylvania) and Anthony Johnson (Bryant University).

All five selections will certainly be counted on when they join the Cannons later this season – Boston officially begins it 2018 campaign this Saturday, April 21st when they visit the Charlotte Hounds. Face-off between the Cannons and Hounds is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Stay connected with Noontime_Lax on Twitter for New England professional, college and high school lacrosse news and scores! 

Mass. College Lax: Afternoon Roundup

Taylor Zebrowski recorded a game-best five tallies that helped the Crusaders get past Lafayette! (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)
Taylor Zebrowski recorded a game-best five tallies that helped the Crusaders get past Lafayette! (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

A variety of lacrosse games occurred this afternoon and below are their summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

Bucknell University 7, UMass 4 – Kyle Smith netted a hat trick Zach Oliveri recorded 13 saves, but that wasn’t enough for the Minutemen, who dropped their third straight to the Bison in Pennsylvania.

Harvard 8, Georgetown University 6 – Peter Schwartz‘s fourth quarter strike secured the Crimson their second win of the season. Schwartz and Carl Zimmerman finished with two goals, respectively, while Harry Krieger turned away 12 of 18 shots between the pipes.

Colgate University 14, Holy Cross 6 – The Raiders padded their four-goal lead at the break with five tallies in the third as Colgate defeated Holy Cross in their Patriot League opener. Clay Haarmann and John Hannan each recorded two goals in the setback.

Limestone 13, Merrimack College 10 – Greg MeLaugh recorded four goals, Corey Lunney finished with a hat trick, but that wasn’t enough as the Warriors fell in their opener to the Saints in Baltimore.

Roger Williams 9, Wheaton College 8 – Alex Keiver‘s first collegiate hat trick wasn’t enough to lift the Lyons past the Hawks as Roger Williams handed Wheaton its third loss of the season.  

Colby College 11, Amherst College 10 (OT) – Chip Grossman forced overtime with a strike with 1:02 remaining in the fourth before he connected with Ian Deveau for the game-winner in overtime as the Mules defeated the Lord Jeffs in their season-opener.

Hamilton College 10, Tufts University 9 – Down four with 13:20 remaining the Jumbos attempted to rally, but came up short as the Continentals departed Medford with a one-goal victory. Tufts’ Chris Sawyer, Connor Bilby and Ben Saperstein each registered one goal during the final frame.

Women’s Lacrosse:

Holy Cross 20, Lafayette 10 – Taylor Zebrowski recorded a game-high 5 goals, Maddie Carrellas netted four goals and the Crusaders improved to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League.

Hamilton College 11, Tufts University 7 – Caroline Ross recorded her first collegiate hat trick, while four other Jumbos recorded one tally in the team’s first setback of the season.

Trinity College 17, Babson College 6 – The Bantams raced out to an 8-2 advantage and never looked back as they defeated the Beavers in their season-opener. Babson’s Misha Beatty recorded her first hat trick of the season, while Rachel Secrist finished the contest with two tallies.

Colby College 10, Amherst College 7 – Priscilla Tyler connected on all four of her shots, but that wasn’t enough for the Lord Jeffs as the Mules handed Amherst its first setback of the season.

Mass. College Football: Harvard 35, Bucknell 7 (Game Summary)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Harvard tallied five touchdowns in three quarters and never looked back, as the Crimson claimed its fifth victory of the season against Bucknell University, 35-0.

Senior quarterback Colton Chapple tossed two touchdowns and rushed for two scores, while freshman Andrew Fischer registered his first collegiate touchdown in the second quarter.

Bucknell junior quarterback Brandon Wesley was sacked six times, as well as tossed one interception in the loss, while the Bison offense tallied 212-yards of total offense.

Chapple put Harvard on the board at 3:01 in the first when he capped a four-play, 27-yard drive with a six-yard score.

Harvard added to its lead midway through the second when Chapple connected with sophomore Cameron Brate for a 14-yard touchdown reception before Fischer made it a three-score game with a 58-yard run on the ensuing possession.

The Crimson scored once more before the first half concluded, as Chapple hooked up with senior Kyle Juszczyk for a 59-yard strike, which provided Harvard with a 28-0 cushion at the break.

Once the second half commenced, Chapple secured the win on the team’s first possession of the second half with a 59-yard touchdown run.

Bucknell’s only score occurred during the final minute of the contest when senior Jeremiah Young capped a nine-play, 91-yard drive with a one-yard score.

Harvard will return to the gridiron next Saturday when they travel to Princeton, while Bucknell will head to Lehigh – both games are slated for 1:00PM starts.