Mass. College Football: Stonehill 30, Bentley 3

By Brian Willwerth 

EASTON, MA – Stonehill College is sending a message that it is a force to be reckoned with in the Northeast-10.

Thanks to a stellar defensive effort, the Skyhawks dominated Bentley University on Saturday night, 30-3. They forced four turnovers (two fumble recoveries and two interceptions) and sacked the Falcons quarterbacks six times. They also stopped Bentley four times on 4th down.

“They moved the ball a little bit, they got in the red zone and we didn’t budge,” said Stonehill head coach Rob Talley, whose team improved to 3-0 in the conference. “Our kids just did a really good job.”

Stonehill struck first in this one, and would never trail. The Skyhawks went 70 yards in 11 plays, with quarterback Logan Meyer hitting Corey White over the middle for a 20-yard touchdown pass. The missed PAT made the score 6-0.

The Falcons had their best chance to score later in the quarter.  After recovering a fumble on a punt return, Bentley quarterback Danny Guadagnoli found Chris Walsh, who appeared to be going into the end zone.  But Walsh fumbled at the 1-yard line, and the Skyhawks recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

The home team broke the game open in the second quarter. Jamal Johnson’s 19-yard run made it 13-0. The Skyhawks made it 20-0 when Meyer found Nate Robitaille open down the left sideline for a 35-yard scoring pass.  Robitaille had 8 catches for 116 yards.  They made it 23-0 just before halftime on Stephen Grzywacz’s 25-yard field goal.

In the fourth quarter, Johnson found the end zone for the second time, this time from three yards out.  He finished with 31 carries for 151 yards.

“I really feel like this is a special team,” said Johnson.  “We’re playing with so much momentum (and) so much more confidence.”

Meyer completed just over half of his passes (17-of-32) for 256 yards. Guadagnoli was 20-of-31 for 217 yards, and was the recipient of five of Stonehill’s six sacks.

Bentley came into this game having won 21 of the previous 27 meetings with Stonehill. But Saturday night was a different story.

“To me, it doesn’t matter what the score is…or what you’re doing…you’re playing Bentley….our kids are hungry,” said Talley.

Both teams are home next Saturday. Stonehill hosts American International, while Bentley takes on Saint Anselm.

Mass. College Football: Week Four Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – In his first-career start with the Crimson, the junior quarterback tossed four touchdowns in his team’s win against San Diego.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross) – Against Monmouth, SanDoval led the Crusaders with a game-best 11 tackles (nine solo).

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – This week’s Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, led the Skyhawks defense with 17 total tackles (nine solo), one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior gunslinger finished his team’s contest with five touchdowns, four through the air, one on the ground against Pace on Saturday.

Matt Pedone (Assumption College) – The senior halfback from Holden, posted a career-high 187 rushing yards on 26 carries. He rushed for two scores in his team’s setback to Stonehill on Friday.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – Against LIU Post, the Framingham native threw for four touchdowns and 381 yards, both career-bests.

Logan Meyer (Stonehill) – The senior gunslinger helped the Skyhawks to their second victory of the season by completing 27-of-49 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The Attleboro native hauled in a career-best 13 passes for a career-high 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Chris Walsh (Bentley) – The sophomore wide receiver had his best game in a Falcons uniform as he caught five passes for 136 yards, which included a 65-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 24.

Andrew Holfinger (Endicott) – This week’s New England Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week recorded a team-best 11 tackles, four tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one-and-a-half sacks.  

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – Against Worcester State on Friday evening, the Martha’s Vineyard native accounted for six touchdowns (five passing, one running). He led all rushers with 98 yards on 22 carries.

Matthew Green (Bridgewater State) – This week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week hauled six passes for a career-high 202 yards and a school-record five touchdowns.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior halfback rushed for 192 yards on 30 carries for one score, as well as hauled in three catches for 23 yards and one touchdown.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – Completed 22-of-28 passes for 357 yards and pair of touchdowns of 36 and 33 yards as Buccaneers claimed third straight Admiral’s Cup with 52-18 victory at Maine Maritime.

Phillip Nwosu (Amherst College) – The senior kicker recorded 11 points, three field goals and two extra points in the Lord Jeffs’ first win of the season against Hamilton.

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.