Mass. College Football: Week 9 Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve officially reached the ninth week of the college football season. This particular weekend is critical for a few teams, especially if they’d like to make their conference’s championship bout.

As usual, here is this weekend’s slate and remember to report scores via email (NoontimeSports@gmail.com) or Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog).

Friday, October 26:

* American International College at Saint Anselm, 7PM

Saturday, October 27: 

* St. Lawrence at WPI, 12PM

* Curry College at UMass Dartmouth, 12PM

* Maine Maritime at Bridgewater State, 12PM

* Westfield State at Mass. Maritime, 12PM

* Fordham at Holy Cross, 12:30PM

* Maryland at Boston College, 1PM

* Becker College at Mount Ida College, 1PM

* Norwich at Anna Maria College, 1PM

* Tufts University at Amherst College, 1PM

* Williams College at Hamilton College, 1PM

* Framingham State at Coast Guard, 1:30PM

* Fitchburg State at Worcester State, 1:30PM

* Merrimack College at Bentley, 2PM

* MIT at Nichols College, 2:30PM

* Harvard at Dartmouth, 5PM

* Western New England College at Endicott College, 5PM

* UMass at Vanderbilt, 7PM

BU To Join Patriot League Starting In 2013-14

By NoontimeSports.com  

As noted in a press release on Friday, Boston University has accepted an invitation to join the Patriot League on July 1, 2013 for the ’13-’14 season.

The Terriers will join American University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, The College of Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy as full-time members in the league. They’ll also be joined by Fordham University and Georgetown University during football season, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in women’s rowing.

“I am delighted to welcome Boston University to the Patriot League,” Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich said in the press release. “Boston University has a strong tradition of excellence in academics and Division I athletics, both of which reflect the core values of the Patriot League. They will strengthen the League both in the classroom and on the field of play.”

For more information the accepted invitation — CLICK HERE to read the press release courtesy of Boston University Athletics.

Daily Noontime – January 6, 2012

Sources confirmed on Thursday that Bill O'Brien will be coaching the Penn State football team next season! (Photo Credit: NJ.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Friday morning to all, and welcome into another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime!

Here’s some of the latest news, and headlines from the city of Boston, as well as six states of New England, enjoy.

* On Thursday evening, sources confirmed that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien accepted the head coaching position with Penn State. However, ESPNBoston.com provided a rather intriguing blog on Friday morning that stated six “thoughts” on him accepting the position, as well as how it could effect the Patriots next week during the AFC Divisional round.

* The Boston Bruins returned to the Garden, hosted the Calgary, and manhandled the Flames, as the Black and Gold tallied nine goals in three periods. Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton lit the lamp twice, while Tuukka Rask recorded his third shutout of the season. Boston will return to the ice on Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Vancouver Canucks for a 2:00pm face-off.

* University of Massachusetts’s (Amherst) men’s basketball defeated Fordham University, 80-76, and University of Vermont beat Boston University, 83-69.

* The Boston Celtics will return to the parquet on Friday evening when they host the Indiana Pacers. The Green and White are currently on a four-game winning streak, and are hopeful that Ray Allen will be in the lineup, too.

Daily Noontime – January 4, 2012

According to sources -- Tuukka Rask wants to remain in Boston for the foreseeable future! (Photo Credit: ViewFromMySeats.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good morning, and welcome into yet another edition of the newly refurbished Daily Noontime!

Here is some of the latest news swirling around the city of Boston, and six states of New England.

* Boston Bruins backup goaltender Tuukka Rask told the media on Tuesday that he wants to remain with the Black and Gold for the foreseeable future. Rask has played in 13 games this season, and has earned eight wins and two shutout victories. However, he’s expected to become a restricted free agent in July, but according to GM Peter Chiarelli, he believes that his second string goaltender will remain with the organization for the “future.”

* No. 21 Harvard dropped their second contest of the season in New York, as Fordham University defeated the Crimson men’s basketball team, 60-54. Despite the loss, Harvard remains undefeated at home, but has only won five-of-seven contests on the road this season, too.

* The only other basketball score to report is Yale University defeated Holy Cross, 82-67.

* New England Patriots offensive guard Brian Waters expressed to various media outlets that he hopes Gillette Stadium is loud for their first postseason contest on Saturday, Jan. 14, and possibly, Sunday, Jan. 22, too. Gillette Stadium isn’t exactly the most intimidating place to play, but Waters believes the place can be “loud.”

* Games to Watch: The Bruins will face-off against the New Jersey Devils this evening at 7:30pm, while the Celtics will host the New Jersey Nets for a 7:30pm tip-off. Also, Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team will host University of North Carolina Wilmington at the Matthews Arena; tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm.