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Mass. College Football: Harvard’s Medes Tabbed To CFPA Linebacker Award Watch List

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Harvard Athletics Communication office, here’s today’s release about linebacker Eric Medes, who has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CPFA) Football Championship Subdivision Linebacker Award Watch List: 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rising junior linebacker Eric Medes of the Harvard football team has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CPFA) Football Championship Subdivision Linebacker Award Watch List.

Medes, who is among 38 linebackers in the FCS vying for this award, led Harvard with 72 tackles last season, helping the Crimson go 9-1 and win a share of the Ivy League title.

“Congratulations to Eric Medes on earning a spot on this year’s watch list,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “After leading Harvard in total tackles last season, Medes will likely play an important defensive role for Harvard in 2014.”

A native of Mt. Laurel, N.J., Medes made two fumble recoveries, had 2.5 tackles for a loss and added an interception and a forced fumble last fall. Medes returned one of his fumble recoveries for a touchdown in the win over Holy Cross Oct. 5.

Three Harvard players have earned CFPA honors. Last season, Zach Hodges shared the CFPA Defensive End Award. Hodges followed fellow CFPA winners Colton Chapple ’13 in 2012 and 2011 recipient Kyle Juszczyk ’13.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.

Mass. College Football: Week Nine Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – The junior signal caller tossed four touchdowns and completed 25-of-47 passes for 307 yards in the Crimson’s triple-overtime setback to Princeton.

Paul Stanton Jr. (Harvard) – Against the Tigers, the sophomore halfback amassed 115 yards on 15 touches. He rushed for two scores on 12 carries for 91 yards and hauled in three passes for 24 yards.

Ricky Zorn (Harvard) – The senior wide receiver recorded season-bests in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (168) against Princeton. He also caught one touchdown, too.

Andrew Flesher (Harvard) – The junior placekicker finished Saturday’s contest with 12 points. He made all six PAT’s and connected on two-of-three field goals.

Eric Medes (Harvard) – The sophomore linebacker tied teammate Norman Hayes with 16 total stops, three of them were solo tackles. He also finished with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards.

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior running back rushed for 172 yards on 26 carries and one score in the Eagles’ loss to North Carolina.

Rob Blanchflower (Massachusetts) – The senior tight end hauled in seven catches for a season-best 131 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Minutemen’s Homecoming loss to Western Michigan.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – Guadagnoli amassed a career-best 433 yards of total offense and accounted for three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 40-34 loss to Merrimack. The senior quarterback completed 23-of-39 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns, as well as ran for 62 yards and one score.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver caught eight passes for 166 yards and two scores.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver caught 10 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns in Stonehill’s come-from-behind victory against LIU Post. Robitaille finished the game with a program record 916 yards through eight contests.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – Against LIU Post, the sophomore tailback rushed for 203 yards on 29 carries and one score. His carries and rushing yards were career-bests.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded double-figures in tackles for the eight straight time this season with 13 total stops.

Nate Morris  (Stonehill) – The junior defensive back recorded two interceptions and career-high nine total tackles. Morris currently leads the Northeast-10 Conference with five interceptions.

Scott Simonson (Assumption) – The senior tight end hauled in four catches for a career-high 99 yards and two scores in the Hounds’ win against Pace.

Matt Tripicchio (Merrimack) – The senior defensive lineman recorded a team-high nine tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and blocked an extra-point attempt.

Chris McNally (Mount Ida) – The junior running back rushed for 142 yards and two scores on 30 carries in the Mustangs’ win over Becker.

Jordan Hyman (Mount Ida) – The senior wide receiver caught six passes for 128 yards and one touchdown.

Kalyn Smithson (Mount Ida) – Against the Hawks, the junior linebacker recorded six stops, four solo tackles, one sack and one tackle for a loss.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker registered a game-best 13 total tackles, which included seven solo stops.

Timothy O’Brien (Springfield College) – In his first career-start under center, the sophomore amassed 170 yards of total offense in the Pride’s come-from-behind win against St. Lawrence.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker finished his team’s contest against Plymouth State with a game-best 15 total tackles, 13 solo stops.

Aaron Owens (Framingham State) – The first-year halfback rushed for 68 yards on seven carries and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 25-yard run.

Michael Sylvia (Mass. Maritime) – The senior defensive back recorded a pair of interceptions, along with seven solo tackles and three pass break-ups in the Buccaneers’ 34-21 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback accounted for four touchdowns against the Owls – three through the air, one on the ground. He finished with 239 yards of total offense.

Dana Valentine (Worcester State) – The junior halfback rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries for three scores in the Lancers’ loss to Western Connecticut.

Quillian Respass (Nichols) – The sophomore gunslinger tallied 536 yards of total offense and accounted for eight touchdowns in the Bison’s loss to Maine Maritime. Respass tossed four scores and passed for 331 yards. He also rushed for 205 yards and a school record tying four touchdowns.

Peter Williams (MIT) – The junior signal caller recorded 323 yards of total offense in his team’s win against Western New England.

Nathan Fleming (WNE) – The sophomore linebacker tied his career-high of 17 total tackles against the Engineers, which included five solo stops.

Dylan Rushe (Endicott) – The senior placekicker scored 15 points on four field goals and three PAT’s in the Gulls’ win against Coast Guard.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior linebacker recorded a team-high 10 tackles, seven solo stops, along with three-and-a-half tackles for a loss and two sacks in the Lord Jeffs’ 17-7 victory over Tufts.

Tommy Meade (Tufts) – The junior linebacker recorded 19 total tackles, three shy of the team record of 22. Meade also forced a fumble in his team’s loss to Amherst.

Mass. College Football: Five Games To Watch This Week

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re closing in on the halfway mark of another season of college football. The seventh week, which kicks-off tomorrow, will feature some intriguing, but important conference matchups, so we’ve decided to look ahead to this weekend’s slate in our first installment of the current 2013-14 season with our “Five Games to Watch.”

We started “Five Games to Watch” this past winter during basketball and hockey season to profile a variety of local Division 1, 2, and 3 games. We won’t make predictions, but will provide a quick synopsis of each matchup.

Quick Note: Going forward, we will be continuing our “Five Games to Watch” series during basketball, hockey and lacrosse season. These posts will appear closer to the weekend, though.

So, without further ado, here are five games to watch this weekend.

Harvard at Cornell, 12:30 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): Coming off an exciting triple-overtime win last week against Holy Cross, the Crimson will turn their attention to their second Ivy League foe of the season.

The Big Red, who’re 1-2 overall, are led by quarterback Jeff Matthews, who is the Ancient Eight’s all-time leading passer with 9,303 yards. Matthews and the Big Red struggled last season at Harvard Stadium as the Crimson capped the meeting with a 21-0 run to secure a 45-13 victory.

Paul Stanton Jr. leads Harvard’s ground attack with 258 yards and five rushing touchdowns. He’s averaging 86 yards per game, as well as one touchdown per game, too.

Defensively, keep an eye on Eric Medes, Norman Hayes and Zach Hodges, three players that will want to pressure Matthews.

Harvard has won the last seven meetings and leads the all-time series, 40-32-2.

Stonehill at Southern Conn., 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): The Skyhawks suffered their first Northeast-10 Conference setback last weekend against AIC, which held Stonehill to 189 yards of total offense.

This week, Stonehill will look to rebound against Southern Conn., a squad that has won three straight. The Owls have posted at least 40 points or more in all three of their victories.

Anthony Masucci, Tim Bennett and Brian Harrington each registered 10 total tackles against AIC, as well as combined for one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. Harrington continues to leads the defense with 66 total tackles (31 solo), while Mark Trudeau leads all players with 2.5 sacks.

Stonehill will certainly rely on its defense to stop the Owls, but also look for their offense to bounce back. Quarterback Logan Meyer has tossed 14 touchdowns this season, four of them to Nate Robitaille, who has recorded 100 receiving yards in four-straight contests.

Framingham State at Westfield State, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): Tom Kelley’s squad will play its fifth road contest of the season on Saturday when they travel to Westfield State to face the Owls, who’re on a three-game winning streak.

The Rams are coming off a 21-14 win against UMass Dartmouth last week, which feature three rushing touchdowns from Melikke Van Alstyne. Defensively, Chevere Archer recorded 10 solo tackles, five of them for a loss of 20 yards, as well as one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Westfield recently defeated Plymouth State, 31-0, thanks to another impressive defensive performance, which included seven tackles for a loss of 30 yards; four pass break-ups, three tackles for a loss and two interceptions. Tim Rich completed 11-of-13 passes for 245 yards and one touchdown, while Michael Mercadante rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries for two scores.

Keep an eye on the Westfield defense, which has yielded just seven points in three conference meetings.

Coast Guard at Curry College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12):  The Colonels snapped their three-game skid last weekend with a victory against MIT. This weekend, they’ll turn their attention to an impressive Coast Guard unit, which defeated Western New England last weekend, 41-38. The Bears have won two New England Football Conference contests and currently remain tied for first with Endicott College and Salve Regina.

As always, expect Curry to rely on Kevin Fruwirth’s arm, which produced two touchdowns last week, as well as running backs Phil Bigelow and Trae Weathers, two players that combined for 171 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.

The last time these two squads met, Curry defeated Coast Guard in 2011, 44-21. Bigelow led all rushers with 158 yards on 21 carries for two rushing touchdowns.

WPI at Union, 1:30 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): Coming off a tough loss to Hobart, Chris Robertson’s squad will look to rebound against their third Liberty League foe this season.

Against Union a year ago, Chris Turner brought WPI within one point following a 17-yard touchdown run in the second quarter before the Dutchmen answered with a pair of touchdowns.

Expect the Engineers to rely on their ground game. Zach Grasis finished last week’s contest with 93 yards on 23 carries. Also, look for quarterbacks John Antonopoulos and Jacob Grills to air it out to either Larry McGillicuddy or Ehab Hamdan.

Defensively, the Engineers finished their contest against Hobart with three pass break-ups and two tackles for a loss. Sean Murphy, Brian Murtagh, Robert Harasimo and Jack Downey each recorded six total tackles in the loss.

Mass. College Football: Week Six Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Six weeks of the college football season are in the books. And as usual, before we turn the page to the seventh week (hard to believe!), it is time to announce this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Harvard University: For the third straight week, the Crimson earned our Division 1 honor after an exciting victory in Worcester against Holy Cross.

Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for the game-winning score in the third overtime as the sophomore halfback galloped 17 yards into the end zone to preserve Harvard’s perfect mark. Stanton finished the game with two touchdowns and 103 yards on 21 carries. He also led the receiving core with five catches for 55 yards.

Quarterback Conner Hempel tossed two touchdowns and finished 14-of-25 for 162 yards.

Eric Medes led the Crimson defense with 11 total tackles, all solo tackles. He also recovered a fumble, too.

Harvard travels to Ithaca, New York next week to face the Big Red of Cornell, their second Ivy League foe of the season.

Division 2 – Bentley University: Trailing St. A’s, 27-26, with 5:52 remaining, quarterback Danny Guadagnoli led the Falcons on a six-play, 66-yard drive to win the game on a 13-yard touchdown run.

The Framingham native concluded the game 24-of-40 with one touchdown and 229 passing yards, along with 80 yards on 13 carries and one score. His only touchdown pass came in the second when he hooked up with Chris Malonis for a 23-yard score.

Kicker Michael Baron converted on four-of-five field goals, along with two extra points.

On defense, Nick McCarthy led the Falcons with 10 total tackles, four solo, two pass breakups, one tackle for a loss and one interception.

Bentley will look to build on this win next week when they travel to Pace University.

Division 3 – Endicott College: After a 1-2 start, the Gulls have rattled off two straight victories against Curry College and Maine Maritime. Endicott outscored both opponents by a combined score of 95-55.

Quarterback Drew Frenette tossed a season-high five touchdowns on Homecoming Weekend against the Mariners, while Spencer Walsh rushed for two scores on 24 carries for 191 yards.

Endicott’s defense was led by Nick Kozlowski and Marcell Cooper, two players that combined for 26 total tackles, one tackle for a loss, two forced fumbles and pass breakup. Cooper was named this week’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) Defensive Player of the Week.

The Gulls, who’re currently in a three-way tie for first place with Coast Guard and Salve Regina, will return to the gridiron on Saturday when they travel to Nichols College.

Mass. College Football: Week Five Teams Of The Week

Stonehill captured their third win of the season by defeating Bentley on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)

Stonehill captured their third win of the season by defeating Bentley on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fifth week of the college football season in the books, as well as the first month, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Harvard University: For the second straight week, the Crimson earned our Division 1 Team of the Week following an impressive performance by quarterback Conner Hempel, who scored two touchdowns (one through the air, one on the ground). Running back Paul Stanton rushed for two scores against Brown, while Ricky Zorn led all receivers with four catches for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Eric Medes led Harvard’s defense with 10 total tackles (seven solo) and Norman Hayes recorded four total tackles (two solo), one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, one interception and one pass breakup.

Harvard improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Ancient Eight. They head to Worcester next week to face Holy Cross, who is coming off a win against Dartmouth.   

Division 2 – Assumption College & Stonehill College: Both the Hounds and Skyhawks each earned a share of this week’s Division 2 honor for their effort on Friday and Saturday evening.

Assumption rallied to defeat AIC, while Stonehill earned an early lead against Bentley and never looked back.

Tad Beuchert kicked two field goals and converted two of three extra points for the Hounds. His second field goal with 3:21 remaining sealed the win for Assumption, who hadn’t beaten AIC since the 2009 season.

The Skyhawks relied on their ground attack against Bentley as Jamal Johnson rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries and two scores. Brian Harrington recorded 13 total tackles (six solo) and one tackle for a loss in the team’s third win of the season.

Division 3 – Worcester State: Coming off a loss to Bridgewater State, Worcester State rebounded with a 64-63 win against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Quarterback Kevin Bumpus completed 22-of-33 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. His final strike to the end zone came at the end of the contest when he connected with Aaron Witkus for the game-winning score.

Bumpus also found the end zone with his feet as he rushed for nine yards and one score on two carries. Running back Dana Valentine recorded 126 yards on 29 carries for one score, while Dana Barry hauled in seven catches for 158 yards and two scores.