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The Early Preseason Outlook: Salve Regina Seahawks

Salve Regina Seahawks

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with the Salve Regina University football team, which begins its 2019 campaign on Saturday, September 7th against Norwich University.

The Seahawks’ 2018 Season: After ending the month of September with a disappointing 41-14 setback to Western New England, the Seahawks rebounded with five-straight wins, including an end of regular-season victory over Endicott College before falling to Bridgewater State in the New England Bowl.

Yet, despite ending the 2018 season with a loss to the Bears, the Seahawks proved they will certainly be a team to watch this fall after ending their previous campaign with a 5-1 record.

Salve Regina did say goodbye to 13 seniors this past spring, including Brandon O’Neill and John Salute, who were spotted on the defensive line, but do return some impressive talent on both sides of the ball, which should help them contend for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown.

The 2019 Outlook: With some key graduation losses to the Seahawks’ defense, look for the squad’s rising seniors and juniors to step-up, including linebacker Matt Messner, who led the unit with 83.0 total tackles last season.

Charlie Connell returns for his final season as the team’s strong safety – he ended the 2018 season with 63.0 total tackles, including 40 solo stops and 4.5 tackles for a loss of 20 yards. Connell also recorded one interception last season, along with a trio of pass breakups, too.

John Goode will also be a player to watch in the secondary, as well, while Drew Balestrieri will be another linebacker to keep your eyes on this fall after tallying a career-high 51.0 total tackles last season.

Halfback Joey Mauriello will look to duplicate his performance from a year ago – he finished his initial season of college football with 1,075 rushing yards on 192 carries and seven touchdowns while catching 29 passes for 278 yards and two scores. Mauriello was named our Noontime Sports Rookie of the Year – he also received the same honor by the CCC.

Quarterback Tyler McGovern returns and will most likely target Brendan Nunes and Danny Hoffman this fall – the duo combined for 93 catches for 1,254 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Tight end Ryan Lawton returns for his final season and should also be a factor for the Seahawks after recording career-bests one year ago in receptions (19), receiving yards (312) and touchdowns (two).

Salve Regina’s offense should continue its success with some key members of the offensive line returning, including Kyle WisniewskiPete Noonan, and Michael Saunders.

Salve Regina’s Schedule: The month of September is a challenging one for the Seahawks, who will compete in back-to-back home games against Norwich and Montclair State before hitting the road for a pair of games against Dean College and Nichols College.

Most likely, the Seahawks will finish the first month with two or three wins – maybe four? – but the schedule gets tougher in October with two important conference games against Endicott and Western New England.

Weeks after their visit to Western New England, the Seahawks will visit Husson University in the second to last week of the 2019 season before hosting Curry College on Saturday, November 16th at 12 p.m.

Players to Watch: Tyler McGovern (Quarterback/Attleboro, Mass.), Joey Mauriello (Halfback/Colts Neck, N.J.), Matt Messner (Linebacker/Midland Park, N.J.), Charlie Connell (Strong Safety/Oradell, N.J.), John Goode (Defensive Back/Rockland, Mass.), Drew Balestrieri (Linebacker/Lynnfield, Mass.), Brendan Nunes (Wide Receiver/Attleboro, Mass.), Danny Hoffman (Trumbull, Conn.), Ryan Lawton (Tight End/Washington Township, N.J.), Kyle Wisniewski (Offensive Line/Harwich, Mass.), Pete Noonan (Offensive Line/Ardmore, Pa.), and Michael Saunders (Offensive Line/Westwood, N.J.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Plymouth State Panthers

PLYMOUTH STATE PANTHERS

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage rolls on with a closer look at Plymouth State, which begins its season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Castleton University for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

The Panthers’ 2018 Season: One year after posting a 9-2 record, the Panthers finished with a 6-4 mark, which included a thrilling 29-28 win over Framingham State, along with a hard-fought 10-7 win against Westfield State.

The Panthers did not compete in the NCAA Tournament last fall but certainly proved their nine-win season from 2017 wasn’t a fluke – this team is certainly capable of competing for the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) every season.

Plymouth State had 15 seniors on last year’s squad that will certainly be missed this season – these student-athletes were a big reason why the Green and White won 9 of 11 contests in 2017, so look for the rising seniors and juniors to lead the Panthers this upcoming season.

The 2019 Outlook: Plymouth State will be without some key members of last year’s team, as well as the 2017 squad, especially on defense. Graduation losses to Grant McGregorMitch BanuskevichBrady LaFrance and Malcolm Huesman won’t be easy to replace however, the Panthers do return defensive back Matt Shea, who led the defense with 77.0 total tackles.

Defensive back David Salazar will also be a player to watch in the secondary, too. The rising sophomore averaged 5.3 total tackles per contest one year ago, while also recording 2.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards.

Plymouth State graduated a slew of linebackers, but do return Elijah Bussell and Eric Smith. The duo combined for 53.0 total tackles last season.

On offense, the Panthers must find their replacement for quarterback Zack Edwards, a dual-threat signal-caller that concluded the 2018 season with 15 touchdowns (14 passing touchdowns).

David Hamilton returns for his final season at halfback after rushing for career-highs in yards (911) and touchdowns (eight) one year ago.

Wide receiver Jacob Szulc returns for his third season after leading the team with 26 receptions for 493 yards and seven touchdowns.

Plymouth State will also return a slew of offensive linemen, including Nick Cusano, who competed in all 10 contests one year ago, and Matt Palma, who appeared in nine games.

Plymouth State’s Schedule: We will learn more about this Plymouth State squad by the end of September – the opening month features a pair of non-conference foes, along with back-to-back conference clashes with Worcester State in week three and UMass Dartmouth in week four. Plymouth State beat the Lancers last fall but lost to the Corsairs. Can they win both conference games this season?

The Panthers will travel to Westfield State for an important conference meeting in week six before entertaining Framingham State in week seven for their Hall of Fame Game.

Weeks after their meeting with the Rams, the Panthers travel to Bridgewater State before capping their 2019 campaign with a trip to Western Connecticut on Saturday, November 16.

Players to Watch: David Hamilton (Halfback/ West Deptford, N.J.), Jacob Szulc (Wide Receiver/Concord, N.H.), Terrell Lewis (Wide Receiver/Nashua, N.H.), Jeremy Martin (Kicker/Charlton, Mass.), Nick Cusano (Offensive Line/Wethersfield, Conn.), Matt Palma (Offensive Line/Cheshire, Conn.), Matt Shea (Defensive Back/Windham, N.H.), and David Salazar (Defensive Back/West Newton, Mass.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Norwich University Cadets

Norwich Cadets

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage resumes with a closer look at the Norwich University Cadets, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Salve Regina University for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Cadets’ 2018 Season: Norwich finished with a 3-7 record last year – they scored wins against Castleton University (40-0), Maine Maritime Academy (15-7) and Catholic University (31-0) before ending their season with a difficult 20-17 setback to WPI.

Despite ending the 2018 season with just three wins, the Cadets saw some players on both sides of the ball truly step-up as the season progressed, especially quarterback Matt Dunn, who finished the season with 12 touchdown passes and 1,933 passing yards.

Dunn’s best game was against Coast Guard Academy when he tossed a career and season-high four touchdowns in a 38-35 setback.

Taj-Calvin Johnson and Lavontae Decius enjoyed impressive first seasons, combining for five touchdown receptions and 1,055 receiving yards. Additionally, Manni Romero became the go-to target for Dunn, hauling in a team-high seven touchdowns, while finishing his second season with 35 catches for 566 yards.

Clyde Tamburro connected on 22 of 24 extra points while drilling 8 of 14 field goals for 46 points. He will certainly be a player to watch this fall as he attempts to continue his progression as a special teamer.

Finally, Tavares Ward and Brasean Stewart highlighted the Cadets defense by recording 61.0 and 57.0 total tackles, respectively. Additionally, Martin Bailey added 54.0 total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a six-yard loss.

The 2019 Outlook: Despite graduating 11 student-athletes from last year’s squad, Norwich appears to be a team to keep an eye on this fall, especially with so many juniors and sophomores returning.

The juniors and sophomores will certainly be the reason why the Cadets will be competitive this fall, both in and out of conference play.

Norwich’s defense returns a slew of seniors, including Ward, Steward, and Bailey, but does welcome back junior Christopher Ward (defensive line) and sophomore Isaiah Williams (Outside Linebacker). Both student-athletes should help the veterans – juniors and seniors – on defense this season.

While Dunn will have some familiar targets from a year ago, fans should also keep an eye on halfbacks Aaron Conner and Connor Bourque. Both running backs will look to cap their senior seasons with the Maroon and Gold with a winning record. Additionally, the duo should combine for 10 touchdowns this season, too.

Jacob Barr also returns for his senior season and will be a player to watch on the Norwich offensive line. Barr competed in 10 games last season after appearing in just six one year earlier and should receive some help from Tom Emery, who appeared in nine games last season a first-year.

Norwich’s Schedule: The month of September is not an easy one for the Cadets, who will face Salve Regina in week one followed by St. Lawrence University in week two and Coast Guard Academy in week three. Norwich will cap the opening month with a visit to Castleton.

Norwich will visit Springfield College in the first week of October before returning home for contests against Maine Maritime Academy and Merchant Marine.

November features three contests, including an end of season match-up with the Engineers of WPI.

Players to Watch: Matt Dunn (Quarterback/Rockland, Mass.), Aaron Conner (Running Back/Daytona Beach, Fla.), Connor Bourque (Halfback/Goffstown, N.H.), Taj-Calvin Johnson (Wide Receiver/Avenel, N.J.), Manni Romero (Wide Receiver/Phillipsburg, N.J.), Lavontae Decius (Wide Reciever/North Lauderdale, Fla.), Jacob Barr (Offensive Line/Walpole, Mass.), Tom Emery (Offensive Line/St. Johnsbury, Vt.), Clyde Tamburro (Kicker/Elizabethtown, Pa.), Tavares Ward (Defensive Back/Sunrise, Fla.), Brasean Stewart (Defensive Back/Bronx, N.Y.), and Martin Bailey (Defensive Line/Bedford Corners, N.Y.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Nichols College Bison

Nichols Bison

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ college football coverage resumes with a closer look at the Nichols College Bison, who begin their season on Friday, September 6th when they visit Dean College for a 7 p.m. kick-off.

The Bison’s 2018 Season: Nichols enjoyed its best season since 2016 by finishing with a 5-5 mark, including a 4-2 record in Dudley, Massachusetts.

The Bison won three of six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) games while scoring non-conference wins against Anna Maria College and Alfred State.

Nichols ended its campaign with a 39-29 win over Curry College, which seemed to provide the unit with some momentum and excitement for the upcoming season.

Hunter Ferreira, who was a first-year wide-out last season, ended the season by recording a career-high 109 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his team’s win over Curry. His impressive effort resulted in him being tabbed the conference’s offensive player of the week.

Coach Dale Olmsted was named the Worcester Area Football Association Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons, while seven Bison were named to the 2018 squad.

The 2019 Outlook: The Bison graduated 11 student-athletes from last year’s squad, including halfback Jacob Duffrene, who led the rushing attack with 794 yards on 103 carries and nine touchdowns.

McCoy Scott also graduated after enjoying an impressive final season with the Bison by tallying 99.0 total tackles, including 14.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. Scott also forced two fumbles, recovering one, while recording one interception.

But despite some graduation losses, the Bison will return some key pieces of last year’s squad, including quarterback Michael Pina, wide receiver Hunter Ferreira, and linebackers Christopher LawrenceMichael Spraulding, and Sean McGuigan.

Additionally, Jared Abbruzzese returns in the secondary, while Patrick Porter will be spotted up front on the defensive line.

Sam Gallant returns to the offensive line for his final season – he was named to Worcester Area Football Association team last fall, while also being honored by the Commonwealth Coast Conference. Gallant has been a leader for the Bison’s offense the past few seasons and will certainly be counted on this fall with helping the team continue its winning ways.

Nichols’ Schedule: The Bison will be challenged immediately by a trio of non-conference squads, including Dean, a team to keep an eye on in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Games against Coast Guard Academy and Anna Maria won’t be easy, as well.

Nichols hops into conference play during the final weekend of September when they host Salve Regina before traveling to Western New England.

Weeks later, the Bison will close out their schedule with two marquee contests against Husson University (November 2nd) and Endicott College (November 16th).

Players to Watch: Michael Pina (Quarterback/Brockton, Mass.), Hunter Ferreira (Wide Receiver/Mansfield, Mass.), Daniel Espinosa (Kicker/Tamarac, Fla.), Sam Gallant (Offensive Line/Gardner, Mass.), Christopher Lawrence (Linebacker/Newport, N.H.), Michael Spraulding (Linebacker/Lithonia, Ga.), Sean McGuigan (Linebacker/Charlton, Mass.), Jared Abbruzzese (Defensive Back/Natick, Mass.), and Patrick Porter (Defensive Line/Natick, Mass.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Mass. Maritime Buccaneers

MMA Bucs

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage shifts to Buzzards Bay for a closer look at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buccaneers.

The Bucs will begin their 2019 campaign on Friday, September 13th, 2019 when they host Maritime (N.Y.) in the 12th Annual Chowder Bowl.

The Buccaneers’ 2018 Season: The Buccaneers mustered just two wins last fall, defeating Maine Maritime Academy (22-7) and Worcester State (26-0).

They were competitive in a few conference meetings, including a 17-14 setback to Plymouth State last October.

Mass. Maritime concluded its season with a 21-7 setback to Bridgewater State in the 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl but hope to right the ship this upcoming season with perhaps an opening day win against Maritime (N.Y.) followed by victories against Maine Maritime and Westfield State.

The 2019 Outlook: The Buccaneers graduated just five seniors from last year’s squad, including wide receiver Paul Sances, who led the receiving core with 48 receptions for 699 yard, but return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, beginning with linebacker Sean Smialek.

Smialek, along with Jack Fontana, led the defense by combining for 122 total tackles and 7.5 sacks for a loss of 31 yards. Both linebackers will be counted on this upcoming season, along with Kyle Johnston, who will be spotted on the defensive line.

The Bucs return a slew of offensive talent, including quarterback Ty Ebdon, who connected on 74 of 164 passes for a team-high 1,030 passing yards and seven touchdowns. Ebdon will most likely target Will Bennett, who led all receivers with four touchdowns.

Halfbacks Benjamin Sheehan and Matt Long return for their final seasons – both tailbacks reached the end zone five-time last fall, so look for the offense to lean on both student-athletes.

Finally, keep your eyes, Matt Wyzykowski, and James Cooke, who will be asked to anchor the Mass. Maritime offensive line.  

Mass. Maritime’s Schedule: The Bucs begin their season with a pair of trophy games – they will compete for both the Chowder Cup and Admiral’s Cup in the second and third week of September before ending the month with a trip to Westfield State.

Mass. Maritime will host Worcester State in early October before visiting Western Connecticut for a late afternoon tilt on Saturday, October 12th.

Weeks later the Bucs will close out their 2019 campaign with the Kelley Cup against Framingham State before visiting UMass Dartmouth one week later.

The Bucs will host Bridgewater State on Saturday, November 16th for 41st Annual Cranberry Bowl.

Players to Watch: Ty Ebdon (Quarterback/Gales Ferry, Conn.), Benjamin Sheehan (Halfback/Wilbraham, Mass.), Matt Long (Halfback/Weymouth, Mass.), Will Bennett (Wide Receiver/Sandwich, Mass.), George Lampros (Kicker/Punter/Bridgewater, Mass.), Matt Wyzykowski (Offensive Line/Old Saybrook, Conn.), James Cooke (Offensive Line/Wrentham, Mass.), Sean Smialek (Linebacker/South Dartmouth, Mass.), Jack Fontana (Linebacker/Grafton, Mass.), and Kyle Johnston (Defensive Line/Raynham, Mass.)


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