Get Read For FCS New England Football This Spring

Most FCS New England football teams will compete in a few contests this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Visualhunt.com)

By Matt Noonan

The thought of seeing spring football in New England is slowly becoming a reality, especially for a handful of NCAA Division I FCS programs.

Yesterday, the Patriot League announced plans to play a shortened season this spring, which means Holy Cross will have a chance to compete for its second-straight league title after securing the conference crown in 2019.

Maine and New Hampshire will also compete this spring – the two teams will compete against members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) North Division. The CAA’s spring season is slated to begin on Saturday, February 20 with Davidson visiting Elon and James Madison hosting Morehead State.

Rhode Island, which is one of seven teams that makes-up the CAA’s North Division, will also be in action this spring – the Rams are currently scheduled to compete against Bryant on Saturday, February 27.

The CAA will not have a championship game like the Patriot League. Instead, the team with “the best overcall conference record” will secure the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Football Championship, which will begin Saturday, April 24.

The Northeastern Conference (NEC) plans to play a four-game conference schedule, which is good news for fans of Bryant, Central Connecticut, Merrimack, and Sacred Heart. Games will be played on Sundays or midweek with a conference championship expected to take place on either Friday, April 16 or Saturday, April 17.

As noted on Twitter, by Brett McMurphy of Stadium, the FCS national title game will be played Sunday, May 16 in Frisco, Texas.

New England Football: Undrafted Free Agent Signings

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A slew of New England college football players signed unrestricted free agent contracts with various NFL teams. (PHOTO COURTESY: Visualunt.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the 2020 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, it is time to turn our attention to the various New England college football players that have recently signed with teams as undrafted free agents.

Here is a current list of student-athletes that will be competing for roster spots with various teams for the upcoming season. We will be updating this list as more signings are announced.

Boston College

  • Jake Burt (TE): The Lynnfield, Massachusetts native, who was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List as a graduate student with the Eagles this past fall, signed with the New England Patriots on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown University

Dartmouth College

Harvard University

Holy Cross 

  • Jackson Dennis (OL): The Odessa, Florida native signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals following the conclusion of the NFL Draft. Dennis started 12 games last fall for the Crusaders, who advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs for the first time since 2009.

University of Maine

University of New Hampshire

  • Prince Smith Jr. (CB): The Pennsylvania native is headed back home to compete for a spot with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles announced Smith Jr. was one of 12 players that signed unrestricted free agent contracts last night after the NFL Draft concluded.

University of Rhode Island 

  • Kyle Murphy (OL): The Attleboro, Massachusetts native announced on Twitter that he is “officially a (New York) Giant.”
  • Aaron Parker (WR): Parker inked his name on a contract with the Dallas Cowboys after his cousin, Isaiah Coulter, was selected yesterday by the Houston Texans with the 171st pick.

Yale University

  • Dieter Eiselen (OL): The Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) alum, who is from Stellenbosch, South Africa, signed with the Chicago Bears shortly after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Mass. College Lax: UMass Advances To CAA Tournament

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By Matt Noonan 

After earning a 16-8 win against Delaware last night, UMass’ men’s lacrosse team needed some help in order to secure a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament. And due to two losses this evening — one to Hofstra and one to St. Joseph’s — the Minutemen have earned the fourth and final spot in their conference’s tournament.

UMass will face-off against Penn State on Wednesday, but no time has been announced.

For more information on the men’s lacrosse team — HOP HERE

Mass. College Lax: Locals Earn Spots In This Week’s USILA Poll

By Matt Noonan 

The USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) unveiled its most recent coaches poll today and a few local squads earned spots.

Division I Breakdown: No Massachusetts team appeared on this week’s list, but UMass was mentioned as one of five teams that’s currently receiving votes. The Minutemen, who haven’t appeared in the win column since defeating Harvard on Feb. 23, have dropped their last four contests, which included its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener this past weekend against Penn State. UMass can even its record with a win against Lehigh tomorrow.

Division II Breakdown: Merrimack College, who is ranked seventh, evened its record at 1-1 with a victory this past weekend against Lake Erie. Jamie Shand netted the game-winning strike against with 4:18 remaining, while teammate Corey Lunney led all scorers with four goals. Merrimack opens Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday when they travel to American International.

Division III: Tufts University snapped their two-game skid with an 18-14 victory against Stevens this past weekend. The Jumbos, who are ranked ninth this week, will attempt to continue their momentum against the Mustangs of Stevenson, who’re riding a six-game winning streak.

The 15th ranked Western New England Golden Bears picked up an impressive win against Nazareth on Sunday thanks to four goals from Corbett Corrigan Harreys. WNEC will have a few days off before they travel to Medford to face-off against Tufts.

Mass. College Hoops: Northeastern Falls In CAA Championship

Jonathan Lee, who netted his team-best 14 points, all in the second half, couldn't help the Huskies rally past James Madison in the CAA tournament championship! (Photo Credit: MassLive.com)

Jonathan Lee, who netted his team-best 14 points, couldn’t help the Huskies rally past James Madison in the CAA tournament championship! (Photo Credit: MassLive.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The Northeastern University men’s basketball season came to a halt Monday evening as the Huskies fell to James Madison, 70-57 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship.

The win provided the Dukes with their first conference tournament crown, as well as their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1994.

James Madison jumped out to 22-6 advantage that ballooned into a 40-18 halftime lad. Northeastern stormed back and trailed the visitors, 51-43 with 8:23 remaining before James Madison answered with a 10-3 run that sealed the victory.

A.J. Davis (James Madison) led all players with 26 points, while Northeastern received 14 points from Jonathan Lee.

David Walker and Marco Banegas-Flores tallied 10 points, respectively, while Derrico Peck recorded eight points, four rebounds, one block and one steal.

Northeastern concludes their season with a 20-12 mark and CAA regular season title. The Huskies won 14 of their 18 conference contests and will await Sunday’s announcement regarding the March Madness pairings.

For more information on this evening’s game — HOP HERE

For more information on the Northeastern men’s basketball team — HOP HERE