Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ continues today with a closer look at the Bridgewater State University football team, which begins its 2019 season on Saturday, September 7 when they host Morrisville State at 12 p.m.
The Bears’ 2018 Season: Bridgewater State enjoyed a successful ending to its 2018 season, winning five of their final six contests, including a New England Bowl contest against Salve Regina. They competed in an epic four-overtime clash with Western Connecticut – crazy to think they almost beat the Colonials! – before capping their regular season with a victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl. Their 8-3 mark matched the 2016 squad, which captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown.
The 2019 Season Outlook: One of the biggest questions facing the Bears this season is who will replace wide receiver Jack Lavanchy, who led the unit last season in receptions (97), receiving yards (1,236) and touchdown receptions (13)? Additionally, the squad will miss Lavanchy’s classmate, Travis Bassett, who also enjoyed a successful final season with the Bears by catching six touchdowns. Lavanchy and Bassett were just two of the 17 student-athletes that graduated this spring, so finding replacements for them, along with defensive lineman Chris Gemayel will be something this unit must do before they commence their 2019 season.
Luckily, the Bears return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, including defensive back Mark Wilson, linebacker Michael Rosa, and quarterback Stefano D’Emilia. Bridgewater State will certainly be a team to watch this fall, especially in the MASCAC.
Bridgewater State’s Schedule: The Bears will be challenged immediately when they face Morrisville State before traveling to St. John Fisher for an intriguing week two matchup. Both games are winnable – if the Bears beat both teams it would certainly provide the unit with some momentum heading into late September league tilts against Western Connecticut (week three) and Fitchburg State (week four). Weeks after their meeting with the Falcons, the Bears will cap their regular season slate with a home game against Plymouth State followed by an important trip to Framingham State.
Players to Watch: Stefano D’Emilia (Quarterback/Bridgwater, Mass.), Brad Thiltgen (Quarterback/Cumming, Ga.), Nick Santavicca (Running Back/Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), T.J. Hairston (Wide Receiver/Watertown, Mass.), Mark Wilson (Defensive Back/Foxborough, Mass.), Michael Rosa (Linebacker/Uxbridge, Mass.), Steven Silvia (Linebacker/Dighton, Mass.), John MacDermott (Linebacker/Bridgewater, Mass.), Jaren Alves (Defensive Back/Providence, R.I.) and Dimitri Dorinvil (Defensive Line/Brockton, Mass.).
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With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week ten!
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Our weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.
Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.
Tyler McGovern highlighted Salve Regina’s win over Endicott College with three touchdown passes. (PHOTO COURTESY: Alexander “Zan” Carver)
Offensive Stars of the Week
Alec Coleman (WNE): Against Becker College, Coleman completed 11 of 18 passes for 129 yards and four touchdowns, while adding two scores on 10 carries for a team-high 86 yards.
Jacob Duffrene (Nichols College): In his team’s season finale against Curry College, Duffrene rushed for a game-high 137 yards on 15 carries for an average of 9.1 yards per carry and three touchdowns.
Sterlin Garvin (Fitchburg State): In his team’s final game of the 2018 season, Garvin saved his best for last, rushing for a game-high 296 yards on 36 carries (8.2 yards per carry) and four touchdowns against UMass Dartmouth.
Moe Harris (Castleton): In his team’s regular season finale against Alfred State, Harris rushed for a game-high 184 yards on 20 carries, which is an average of 9.2 yards per carry, and one touchdown. He also ended the game with one reception for five yards.
Travon Holder (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Holder rushed for a game-high 208 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.
Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy highlighted his team’s Cranberry Bowl win by leading all receivers with five receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, he booted three points on three extra points against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long led the Buccaneers’ rushing attack with 118 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald capped his team’s 2018 campaign by tossing five touchdowns (completed 25 of 31 passes for 262 yards), while adding 23 yards on 10 carries against Middlebury College.
Tyler McGovern (Salve Regina): Against Endicott College, McGovern completed 29 of 44 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns.
Brendan Nunes (Salve Regina): Nunes concluded Saturday’s clash with Endicott College with five grabs for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Nunes averaged 27.6 yards per reception.
Jake Schwern (Colby College): Schwern rushed for a game-high 185 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns as the Mules captured their first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) crown since 2005 with a season-ending win over Bowdoin College.
Nick Villanueva (Curry College): Against Nichols College, Villanueva led all receivers with 132 yards on 14 grabs (9.4 yards per reception) and two touchdowns.
Jake Behne (left) highlighted his team’s win over Merchant Marine with a team-high 18 total tackles. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)
Defensive Stars of the Week
Justin Augur (Univ. of New Eng.): In his team’s final contest of the season, Augur recorded six total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards and two sacks for a loss of nine yards, along with one forced fumble against Alvernia.
Hunter Atwood (Curry College): Against Nichols College, Atwood registered 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards, two-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 11 yards and one quarterback hurry.
Jake Behne (Coast Guard Academy): Behne led all tacklers with a team-high 18 stops, including 15 solo tackles, along with one interception for 22 yards and one pass break-up as the Bears upended Merchant Marine in the Secretaries Cup.
Darian Belizaire (Framingham State): Belizaire concluded his team’s regular season contest with five total tackles, one tackle for a loss of two yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery of 25 yards, which resulted in his team’s initial touchdown of the game.
Dimitri Dorinvil (Bridgwater State): Against Mass. Maritime Academy last Saturday, Dorinvil recorded a team-high 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.
John Goode (Salve Regina): In his team’s final regular season contest of the season against Endicott College, Goode tallied 11 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, two interceptions and two pass break-ups.
Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenney highlighted his team’s final contest of the fall with four total tackles, including two tackles solo stops, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry as the Falcons edged UMass Dartmouth.
Blayne Merchant (WPI): Against Norwich University, Merchant recorded five total tackles, including four solo stops, one quarterback hurry and one pass break-up, along with a 57-yard pick-six.
Devyn Perkins (Trinity College): Against Wesleyan University, Perkins registered five total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 22 yards, two-and-a-half sacks for 19 yards and three solo stops.
Sean Smialek (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Bridgewater State, Smialek registered 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards.
Andrew Sommer (Amherst College): Against Williams College, Sommer registered seven total tackles, including five solo stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery of 50 yards, which resulted in a touchdown, and one quarterback hurry.
Keegan Stanton-Meas (Univ. of New Eng.): In his team’s final contest of the season, Stanton-Meas tallied 17 total tackles, including 13 solo stops and one tackle fo a loss of two yards against Alvernia.
Chris Rice (Castleton): In his team’s season finale against Alfred State, Rice registered 11 total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 25 yards and one sack for a loss of 11 yards.
William Rivera (Endicott College): Against Salve Regina, Rivera led all defenders with a game-high 17 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two tackles for a loss of four yards.
Tyler Robbins (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Robbins recorded a game-high 14 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and one forced fumble.
WPI’s Spencer Herrington concluded his team’s 2018 campaign with eight points on two extra points and two field goals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)
Special Team Stars of the Week
Andrew Ferrero (Amherst College): Ferrero concluded his team’s contest against Williams College with nine points on six extra points and a 31-yard field goal.
Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington concluded his team’s final contest of the season against Norwich University with eight points, including two field goals of 33 and 42 yards.
Walter Thilly (Colby College): Thilly connected on four kicks, including a 29-yard field goal as the Mules defeated Bowdoin College to claim its first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) crown since 2005.
Valentin Wagner (Western New England): Wagner connected on all seven extra points in his team’s bounce back win over Becker College.
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