Mass. College Football: Harvard Picked Second In Ivy League Preseason Media Poll

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of the Harvard University sports information department, here’s today’s release about the Crimson football team, which was selected to finish their upcoming season in second place, according to the preseason media poll:

PRINCETON, N.J. – In a vote of Ivy League football media members, Harvard was selected to finish second in the Ancient Eight this season. The media poll was released Tuesday as part of the league’s annual football media day.

Harvard received five of the 17 first-place votes and finished with 121 points, while Penn, who won last year’s conference crown, earned 11 first-place votes and amassed 129 points. Brown also picked up a first-place tally and was chosen third with 88 points.

Dartmouth was fourth with 76 points, followed by Cornell (57 points), Yale (46) and Columbia (22).

Harvard has registered at least seven wins in each of the last 12 seasons, making the Crimson the only team in the history of the Ivy League to post such a string of successful campaigns. In 2007, Harvard became the first Ivy team to put together seven straight seven-win seasons. The Crimson has also reeled off 13 straight wins at home since October 2010.

Entering his 20th season in Cambridge, Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, will look to capture another conference crown in the program’s 140th season of football, despite being significantly younger at most positions than recent Harvard teams.

From last year’s squad, Harvard graduated Colton Chapple, the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, as well as tight end Kyle Juszczyk, who was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. The Crimson, which scored an Ivy record 394 points in 2012, will need to replace a good deal of experience on offense, but Harvard does return tight end Cameron Brate, who has garnered several preseason All-America accolades this year.

On defense, Harvard brings back captain and linebacker Joshua Boyd, as well as standouts Nnamdi Obukwelu, Zach Hodges and Jack Dittmer on the defensive line, and defensive backs D.J. Monroe, Norman Hayes and Chris Splinter, among others. The Crimson also returns senior kicker David Mothander, who holds Harvard’s career scoring lead for kickers with 197 points (21 field goals, 134 extra points). Mothander’s 197 points also ranks ninth in Ivy League history.

The Crimson will open the season on the road at San Diego Sept. 21, before hosting Brown under the lights at Harvard Stadium on NBC Sports Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Harvard will play two other games on NBC Sports: vs. Penn at Harvard Stadium Nov. 16 and at Yale in the 130th playing of The Game Nov. 23.

Harvard finished the 2012 season with an 8-2 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Ivy League play.

2013 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll

Rank      School (First-Place Votes)           Points

1.              Penn (11)                                          129

2.              Harvard (5)                                       121

3.              Brown (1)                                          88

4.              Dartmouth                                       76

5.              Princeton                                          73

6.              Cornell                                                57

7.              Yale                                                      46

8.              Columbia                                           22

Mass. College Football: Week 8 Honor Roll

Joe Clancy’s seven touchdowns against Saint Anselm helped Merrimack College earn an 81-35 victory! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The eighth week of the college football season concluded on Saturday. And before we move onto week nine, let’s unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Colton Chapple (Harvard): Despite sustaining his team’s first setback of the season against Princeton, the senior quarterback, who was mentioned in this week’s Ivy League Honor Roll, tossed five touchdowns and completed 31-of-45 passes for 448 yards.

Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard): Against the Tigers, the senior tight end led all receivers with 15 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdowns were the most Juszczyk has recorded in a game this season.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross): The senior linebacker recorded nine tackles (eight solo), as well as one tackle for a loss, one breakup and one sack in the Crusaders 30-13 loss to Lafayette.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack College): The senior quarterback from Newburyport, Massachusetts broke the Northeast-10 Conference record for passing yards (553), which was a mark he set earlier this season. Clancy also matched a conference record with seven touchdown passes in his team’s 81-35 victory against Saint Anselm. He was also named this week’s NE-10 Offensive Player of the Week.

Markell Rice (American International College): Against Bentley University, the senior returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and totaled 103 yards in returns. On defense, he recorded two interceptions, three tackles and one pass breakup. Rice was named this week’s NE-10 Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week.

Andrew Sklar (Bentley University): The senior defensive end established a new career-best with eight tackles and three tackles for a loss in the Falcons 27-23 loss to American International College. He also recorded a sack and a forced fumble, too.

Devon Barrett (Assumption College): The sophomore led the Hounds with nine tackles (four solo). One of his tackles was for a loss, and he also recovered a fumble in the end zone for his first career touchdown.

Isaiah Voegeli (Merrimack College): The senior wide receiver from Hyannis, Massachusetts finished Saturday’s contest against Saint Anselm with 10 catches for 269 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdowns matched a school record, while his receiving yards broke his own NE-10 record.

Ryan Hunt (Stonehill College): Against No. 3 New Haven on CBS Sports Network, the senior linebacker tallied a career-high 10 tackles (seven solo) and one tackle for a loss of four yards.

Jake Laux (MIT): In his team’s most exciting victory of the season against Salve Regina, the junior linebacker, who was named this week’s New England Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week, led the Engineers with 12 tackles (six solo). He also recorded an interception with 30 seconds remaining, which secured the upset victory.

Myles Becker (Western New England College): Against Plymouth State on Saturday, the sophomore recorded a team-high 10 tackle in the Golden Bears fifth win of the season.

Gregg Jackson (Westfield State): Jackson led the Owls with a game-high 16 tackles (10 solo), an interception and blocked PAT.

Drew Frenette (Endicott College): The sophomore quarterback, who tossed four touchdowns against UMass Dartmouth, finished his team’s eighth contest with a school-record 450 yards passing. He completed 30-of-40 passes, too.

Brad Goldsberry (MIT): The sophomore running back recorded 141 all-purpose yards in his team’s dramatic win against Salve Regina. Prior to their go-ahead touchdown, Goldsberry set up the game-winning score with a 61-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

AJ Scerra (Worcester State): The junior wide receiver from Marlboro, Massachusetts hauled in a school single-game record 17 receptions for 184 yards, one touchdown and one conversion.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State): The junior halfback sect a school-record with 294 yards rushing on 36 carries with one touchdown.

Michael Aldo (Amherst College): The NESCAC Defensive Co-Player of the Week finished his team’s fifth contest with eight tackles, one forced fumble and an interception. Aldo’s interception with five minutes remaining sealed the Lord Jeffs’ fourth win against Wesleyan.

Bobby Hemmann (Mount Ida College):  For the second time this season, the senior kicker from Newington, Connecticut helped his Mustangs earn a win in the closing seconds against Maritime (N.Y.) on Saturday with a 38-yard field goal, which clinched a 24-21 victory for Mount Ida. The Mustangs have won four of their last five contests, and remain perfect in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.

Shaine Grogan (WPI): Against Merchant Marine, the senior linebacker from Dalton, Massachusetts led the Engineers with 14 tackles (seven solo) and two tackles for a loss.

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.

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.

Mass. College Football: Harvard 35, Bucknell 0 (Third Quarter Recap)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Harvard extended its lead midway through the third when quarterback Colton Chapple rushed 59-yards for his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon, which provided the Crimson a 35-0 advantage.

Through three frames, the Crimson offense tallied 426 yards of total offense, while Bucknell produced 157 yards.

Harvard inserted a majority of their second and third string players following their fifth touchdown of the game, so it’ll be interesting to see what some of the non-starters can do, especially against a Bucknell defense that has struggled immensely today.