Mass. College Football: Assumption Places 11 On NE-10 Football All-Conference Teams


Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about 11 football players that earned sports on the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Football All-Conference Teams:

Easton, Mass. (November 20) — The Northeast-10 Conference has announced the 2013 Football All-Conference Teams as 11 members of the Assumption College football team have earned All-Conference recognition on either the First or Second Teams. Leading the way is junior defensive end Derrick Mann (Sharon, Mass./Sharon), who was named as the league’s Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Mann, a First Team All-Conference selection as well, was one of six Hounds to earn a spot on the First Team. Tied for the team lead in interceptions with three, Mann becomes the first Assumption player to earn Defensive Lineman of the Year honors. He led the team with 11 tackles for loss for a total of 53 yards, including 5.5 sacks for 39 yards that tied him for the team lead in that category. In addition to the three picks, he added one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries. Mann ranks fifth in the league in tackles for loss and tied for second in total sacks.

Senior All-American tight end Scott Simonson (Red Bank, N.J./Middletown South) earned First Team All-Conference honors for the first time after leading the Hounds with 39 receptions for 604 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 54.9 yards per game and 15.5 yards per reception, including a season-long of 56 yards. A Second Team All-American selection and an All-Region honoree in 2012, Simonson was named as a Preseason All-American this season by a number of publications and media outlets. He has also attracted substantial NFL interest from nearly every team in the league throughout the season.

Senior linebacker Matt Colangelo (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell) earned First Team honors for the first time in his career after finishing third on the team with 69 total tackles. He added 5.5 tackles for loss for 14 yards, two interceptions, one pass breakup, three quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.

Senior defensive back Mike Bates (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) capped off his career with his third All-Conference honor and second as a First Team honoree. Ranking fourth in the league at 8.7 tackles per game, Bates finished the season with a team-best 96 tackles while tying for the team lead in sacks with 5.5 as a defensive back. He added eight tackles for loss of 35 yards, 5.5 sacks for 28 yards and three interceptions for 26 yards. He ranked second on the team in pass breakups with six, was tied for the team lead in quarterback hurries with five and led the team with two forced fumbles.

Senior defensive lineman Khalid Pitts (Clifton, N.J./Clifton) has been named to the First Team for the first time as he picks up All-Conference honors for the third straight season. Pitts posted 49 total tackles, including 27 solo stops, to go along with 10.5 tackles for loss to rank second on the team in that category. He also added a half sack and was tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries.

Senior kicker Tad Beuchert (Danvers, Mass./St. John’s Prep) is a First Team selection this season after leading the league in field goals made with 15 and in points scored among kickers with 79 in 11 games. A Second Team All-Conference honoree in 2012, Beuchert earned a pair of Northeast-10 Special Teams Player of the Week awards this season. Connecting on four field goals of 40 yards or better, Beuchert nailed a 48-yard field goal at Saint Anselm in mid-October that was the longest in the Northeast-10 this season.

Senior running back Matt Pedone (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) earns All-Conference honors for the second time in his career as he was named to the Second Team. Posting 917 yards on 176 rushing attempts, he ranked second in the league at 91.7 yards per game to go along with six rushing touchdowns on the season. In a road win at LIU Post in the regular-season finale, Pedone rushed for a career-high 209 yards, which was the single-game high in the Northeast-10 this season.

Senior Mike Stuppiello (Forked River, N.J./Lacey Township) picks up Second Team honors as he is an All-Conference selection for the second straight season. Starting all 11 games, he finished the season with 25 total tackles, six tackles for loss for 31 yards, four sacks for 27 yards and four quarterback hurries. He also had a 14-yard fumble recovery in a road win at eventual league champion American International, as well as a team-best two blocked kicks.

Senior Emanuel Riggins (Dorchester, Mass./Boston College HS) was named to the Second Team after posting 22 tackles as he earns All-Conference honors for the first time. He added 2.5 tackles for loss for eight yards, one sack, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.

Senior safety Erik Abramson (Deerfield, Mass./Frontier Regional) was selected to the All-Conference Second Team as he also earned league recognition for the first time in his career this season. He ranked second on the team in total tackles with 75, including 41 solo stops. Abramson added 3.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, one interception, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.

Senior offensive lineman Jack Dustin (Foxboro, Mass./Xaverian) was chosen as a member of the Second Team as well, earning All-Conference honors for the first time. Dustin started all 11 games at left guard for the Hounds in 2013 as the team averaged 152.7 yards on the ground and 332 yards of total offense per contest.

Assumption finished the year at 6-5 overall and 6-3 in Northeast-10 play. The Hounds were picked eighth in the Northeast-10 Preseason Coaches Poll before posting a fourth-place finish in the end behind a 5-0 mark on the road in regular-season league action.

Mass. College Football: Week Nine Teams Of The Week


With the ninth week of the college football season in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Massachusetts: After Lorenzo Woodley’s two-yard touchdown run, UMass was one point away from tying Western Michigan and forcing an extra session. Although instead of attempting the PAT, the Minutemen elected to go for two. The conversion was unsuccessful and so was their onside kick, which was recovered by the Broncos with 22 seconds remaining in regulation.

UMass falls to 1-7 overall and 1-3 in the MAC (Mid-American Conference), but will look to earn their second victory next weekend when they host No. 17 Northern Illinois at 12 p.m.

Despite the setback, the Minutemen did finish the contest with some impressive numbers. UMass was 7-of-16 on third down and 2-of-4 on fourth downs. They also recorded 332 total yards of offense and only two penalties. Their opponent finished with 10 penalties for 83 yards.

Quarterback A.J. Doyle tossed one touchdown and completed 15-of-24 passes for 194 yards. Khary Bailey-Smith led all kick returners with 104 yards, while Rob Blanchflower finished with a season-best 137 receiving yards and one touchdown.

The Minutemen’s 30 points is the most they’ve scored this season. UMass hadn’t scored 30 points or more since last year when they lost to Ohio, 37-34.

Division 2 – Assumption College: The Hounds’ winning steak continued on Saturday as Assumption defeated Pace, 55-21. Assumption outscored the hosts, 28-7, in the second half and led at the break, 27-14.

Quarterback Bobby Jordan tossed three touchdowns and completed 16-of-24 passes for 239 yards, while Scott Simonson led all receivers with 99 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

On defense, Erik Abramson recorded five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss and one pass breakup. Kevin Ihlefeld recorded the unit’s only sack, as well as a forced fumble. 

Assumption concluded the month of October with three straight wins and will look to continue their momentum on Saturday when they host Merrimack College on Senior Day.  

Division 3 – Springfield College: Trailing St. Lawrence by two scores, quarterback Tim O’Brien rallied the Pride to victory in his first career start under center.

O’Brien trimmed the deficit with one-yard plunge in the third quarter before Louis Fenaroli scored the game-winning score on a one-yard run with 2:34 remaining in the fourth quarter, which provided Springfield with the win and their first Liberty League victory of the season.

O’Brien concluded the contest with 170 yards of total offense, 88 yards on the ground, while Fenaroli rushed for 37 yards on nine attempts. James Poggio led Springfield’s receiving core with two grabs for 46 yards.

Sam Weiss led Springfield’s defense with six solo stops. Umberto DiMeo recorded the team’s only interception, along with three solo stops.

The win concluded a three-game skid for the Pride, who will return to action in two weeks when they travel to RPI. 

Mass. College Football: Friday Night Roundup


Two games occurred this evening and below are their summaries.

Assumption 26, AIC 23: Tad Beuchert kicked a 44-yard field goal with just 3:21 remaining to push the Hounds past the Yellow Jackets in Springfield. Assumption’s Bobby Jordan completed 16 passes for 195 yards and tossed one touchdown, while Erik Abramson finished with 13 total tackles (six solo). AIC’s Kevin Arduino completed 19-of-33 passes for one touchdown, while Maurice Easterling rushed for two scores on 17 carries for 117 yards.

Endicott 42, Curry 27: Drew Frenette completed 20-of-29 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns, Spencer Walsh rushed for two scores on 19 carries for 149 yards as the Gulls defeated the Colonels in Milton. Curry’s Kevin Fruwirth tossed two touchdowns in his team’s third setback.

Mass. College Football: Assumption Defeats Bentley, 20-14


Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s Friday’s release about the Hounds football team that defeated Bentley University on the road:

Waltham, Mass. (September 13) — Behind four forced turnovers and a pair of touchdown passes from senior quarterback Bobby Jordan (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell), the Assumption College football team picked up a 20-14 win at Bentley University on Friday night in the Northeast-10 Conference opener for both teams. The win snaps a seven-game losing streak for the Hounds vs. Bentley dating back to 2006 and is the first victory at Assumption for first-year head coach Bob Chesney.

On the opening drive of the game, Assumption took the ball 81 yards in nine plays, capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass across the middle to senior Neil Harrington (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) to take a 7-0 edge just 2:56 into the game. On the ensuing kickoff, the Hounds forced a fumble on the return but were unable to capitalize as a field goal attempt soared just wide.

The game stayed that way thru the remainder of the first period before Bentley struck in the second with a three-yard touchdown pass from Dan Guadagnoli to Chad Calvanese to tie the game with 9:12 on the clock.

The Falcons extended their lead to 14-7 with 1:28 left in the opening half as Chris Walsh hauled in a 15-yard over the shoulder touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone. Assumption wasn’t done though as senior kicker Tad Beuchert (Danvers, Mass./St. John’s Prep) converted a 34-yard field goal as time expired in the quarter to pull the Hounds within 14-10 at the break.

On the opening kickoff of the second half, the Hounds forced a second Bentley fumbled and turned that into points as Beuchert knocked in a 39-yard field goal to get the visitors within one at 14-13 just 1:28 into the second half. Assumption took the lead for good late in the third period as Jordan found junior Eddy Frazier (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) down the far sideline for a 42-yard strike and the 20-14 lead. Frazier caught the ball over a defender near the 10-yard line, spun and made his way into the end zone for the score.

Jordan finished 14-for-31 for 183 yards and two touchdowns, while Frazier led the team with four catches for 93 yards. Assumption gained 112 yards on the ground, led by 71 yards from senior Matt Pedone (Holden, Mass./Wachusett).

Defensively, the Hounds were led by eight tackles each from seniors Erik Abramson (Deerfield, Mass./Frontier Regional)Mike Bates (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional) and Matt Colangelo (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell).

Guadagnoli finished with 259 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Jeff Hill posted five catches for 76 yards for the Falcons.

With the win, Assumption evens its record at 1-1 overall and improves to 1-0 in the Northeast-10, while Bentley drops to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Assumption is back in action on Friday, September 20th as the Hounds host Stonehill College for their home opener beginning at 7 p.m. at the Multi-Sport Stadium. The game is also available online with live video at, with Roei Biberstain calling all the action throughout the season.