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Mass. College Football: Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the scores and highlights from this afternoon’s contests.

Harvard 34, Yale 7: For the seventh straight season the Crimson capped their campaign with a victory over the Bulldogs. Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for two scores on 27 carries for 118 yards, as well as hauled in two touchdowns, while quarterback Conner Hempel completed 19 of 26 passes for 209 yards. With the win, along with a Princeton loss to Dartmouth, Harvard claimed a share of the 2013 Ivy League title.

Boston College 29, Maryland 26: Nate Freese‘s 52-yard field goal at the end of regulation propelled the Eagles to their seventh victory of the season. Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Chase Rettig completed 6 of 14 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown.

Cent. Michigan 37, UMass 0: The Chippewas earned the lead for good on a three-yard touchdown run by Zurlon Tipton as Central Michigan defeated Massachusetts in Michigan.

Georgetown 28, Holy Cross 21: Peter Pujals tossed two touchdowns and rushed for one more, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Crusaders past the Hoyas.

West Chester 38, AIC 7: Kevin Arduino‘s one-yard touchdown plunge in the opening quarter tied the game, but that was the only score the Yellow Jackets recorded as the Rams defeated AIC in the first round of the Division 2 NCAA tournament.

Springfield 28, Norwich 27: Jonathan Marrero amassed 121 yards on 19 touches (three passes) and rushed for one score as the Pride defeated the Cadets in the ECAC Div. 3 North Atlantic Bowl.

Ithaca 20, Framingham State 17: Trailing 17-3, the Bomber rallied to score 17 unanswered points during the final two quarters, which helped them defeat the Rams in the first round of the NCAA Div. 3 tournament. Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 120 yards and one score in the loss.

Rowan 24, Endicott 0: Darren Dungee’s 46-yard pick-six provided the Profs with the lead for good as Rowan defeated the Gulls in the first round of the NCAA Div. 3 tournament. Jason Silva led Endicott’s defense with 18 total tackles.

Mass. College Football: NCAA Tourney Predictions

By Matt Noonan 

Three local teams will be competing this weekend in the first round of the NCAA Division 2 and 3 tournaments, and below are game previews and predictions.

NCAA Div. 2 Tournament

American International College at West Chester University: The Yellow Jackets, who captured the Northeast-10 Conference crown last weekend with a victory over Stonehill College will look to keep their momentum going against an impressive Rams unit. AIC, which returns to the tournament for the first time since 2008, enters their first round contest with a seven-game winning streak. AIC is headed by junior quarterback Kevin Arduino, who led the NE-10 with 20 rushing scores, while passing for 13 touchdowns.

WCU, who’ll be tomorrow’s host, won 9 of 10 contests this season. Their only loss came against Bloomsburg, the second seed in the region, which will face the winner of this matchup.

Keep an eye on WCU’s running back Rondell White, a senior tailback that rushed for 1,683 yards and 19 touchdowns. Also, don’t overlook quarterback Sean McCartney, who concluded the regular season with 24 touchdowns and 2,483 passing yards.

Prediction: AIC 24, WCU 22 – Stopping Arduino won’t be an easy task. He’s guided the Yellow Jackets to some impressive conference wins this season and will certainly look to beat the Rams with both his legs, as well as his arm. The Rams offense will certainly challenge the Yellow Jackets defense, especially with their ground game, but AIC should pull this out with possibly a late touchdown or defensive stop.

NCAA Div. 3 Tournament:

Endicott College at Rowan University: Both teams earned a spot in the tournament following conference championship wins as the Gulls topped Salve Regina last weekend, while the Profs defeated TCNJ.

Against the Seahawks, the Gulls defense held their opponent to 325 total yards of offense, while quarterback Drew Frenette completed 14 of 30 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Spencer Walsh rushed for 118 yard on 37 carries. Look for both players to step up in this contest, especially Walsh, who will assist with opening up his team’s passing game.

Rowan is averaging 21 points per game, and as a team, they’ve rushed for 1,600 yards and held their opponents to 1,096 total rushing yards. Withler Marcelin leads the unit with 1,174 yards on the ground and 10 touchdowns (nine touchdowns on the ground). Defensively, keep an eye on Chris Alvarez, who’s recorded 14 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks in 10 games.   

Prediction: Endicott 28, Rowan 27 – Both teams can run the ball, but the biggest question will be who can stop it? Obviously Endicott’s defense will look to repeat their performance from a week ago where they stopped one of the better New England offenses, while Rowan will look to their offense, which registered four touchdowns against TCNJ. Similar to AIC-WCU, look for a big defensive stop to shift the momentum to the eventual winner.

Framingham State at Ithaca College: For the second straight season, the Rams are headed back to the postseason after capturing the inaugural MASCAC crown. Yet, their run toward a championship won’t be easy, as they’ll face the winner of the Empire-8.

FSU is led by running back Melikke Van Alstyne, who recently eclipsed the 6,000-yard mark against Worcester State. He also registered three scores against the Lancers, too.

Van Alstyne considers this week’s opponent a mix of Endicott and Westfield State; two teams Framingham State defeated this year.

“I’d say (they’re) like Endicott, but tough like Westfield,” said the senior halfback. “They’re definitely a big and physical team, so we’ve got to bring our A-game.”

Tom Kelley, who is in his seventh year on the sidelines, know his team will need to play its best football of the season in order to advance to the second round.

“We have a lot of guys who remember (losing to in the tournament last year), they remember that feeling,” said Kelley. “The one thing we learned was that we can stand up to the rest of the country and that we can play with the NJAC teams and Empire-8, so we’re going to find that out this week.

“Ithaca is a very good football team. They don’t score a lot, but they don’t give up a lot. They’re very consistent, they don’t make a lot of mistakes, and they have a very good special teams, a very good defense and a very good offense, but our kids (feel) that we can play (with these teams), so we just to play our best game and see what happens.”

As Kelley mentioned, the Bombers defense finished first in their conference in points allowed (151), while their offense ranked seventh in points (220).

Prediction: FSU 21, Ithaca College 14 – This has the possibility of being an upset, especially if the Rams can get their running game going against an impressive defense. FSU’s defense stepped up down the stretch, especially against Bridgewater State. Their win against the Bears maybe their signature victory of the season, so look for a low scoring affair and possibly a late Van Alstyne touchdown to seal the win.

Mass. College Football: Week 10 Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the 10th 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 – Boston College: Three touchdowns and two field goals in the second half was what helped the Eagles defeat Virginia Tech in Chestnut Hill.

Kevin Pierre-Louis returned an interception for a touchdown, which provided Boston College with the lead for good before Andre Williams pushed the hosts ahead on a 62-yard rushing touchdown.

Williams led all rushers with 166 yards and two scores, while quarterback Chase Rettig completed 11-of-14 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown.

Alex Amidon led the Eagles’ receiving core with three catches for 53 yards.

The Eagles, who snapped a two-game losing streak, will travel to New Mexico next weekend for their final non-conference contest of the season.

Division 2 – American International: The Yellow Jackets secured a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference championship game this past weekend with a 43-34 win over New Haven.

Kevin Arduino completed 19-of-31 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushed for 166 yards on 22 carries and three scores. Stephan Davis led AIC’s receiving core with six catches for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Jaquawne Simpkins and Darion Chappel each recorded eight total stops. Simpkins finished with one sack for a loss of six yards.

AIC concluded the contest with 29 first downs, six more than New Haven, along with 486 yards of total offense (243 passing yards and 243 rushing yards). The Yellow Jackets also won the time of possession battle, too.

The Yellow Jackets will be at home this weekend for their final regular season contest against Southern Connecticut; kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Division 3 – Framingham State: Tom Kelley’s squad won another “Kelley Cup” on Saturday as the Rams defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 58-12.

Framingham State raced out to a 20-0 lead thanks to three rushing scores, two by quarterback Nick Colson before the Buccaneers closed the gap with two touchdowns.

The Rams pushed ahead for good by outscoring the Bucs in the second quarter, 24-0, which helped them earn their sixth straight win.

Quarterback Matthew Silva completed 15-of-24 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns, while Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 228 yards on 25 carries and two scores. Jared Gauthier led all receivers with five catches for 87 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Patrick McGrath led the unit with nine total stops, while Michael Altavesta recorded six solo tackles and a pass breakup.

The Rams will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to face the Bears, who were on a bye this past weekend.

Mass. College Football: FSU Focused On Playing ‘Old Time Football’

The Framingham State Rams defense is focused on  playing "old time football." (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
The Framingham State Rams defense is focused on playing “old time football.” (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Framingham State’s Tom Kelley knows his team has a lot of work to do, especially with four weeks remaining in the regular season.

Yet, one thing that has made the seven-year head coach quite pleased thus far is the play of his defense.

According to Kelley, the Rams defense has been playing some “old time football,” which has helped Framingham State capture four Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) contests, as well as an opening day victory against Endicott College.

“It’s old time football,” said Kelley. “If you look at some of the scores around New England, we’re winning games like 14-12 or 17-15 or 21-14, so we’re old school football now.”

Their “old school” method helped them edge both Westfield State and Western Connecticut on the road by two-points. It also was a factor against UMass Dartmouth late in the fourth quarter when they forced a fumble, which sealed a 21-14 victory.

“We’ve become more of a bend, but don’t break defense,” said Kelley. “We’ve been a little bit opportunistic by creating some turnovers, not as many as we’d like, but we’re not making a lot of mistakes.

“We need to fix some things and that’s the good news about having a bye week, (which was this past weekend).”

The Rams defense, which has yielded an average of 13 points in their last three games, will try to keep their momentum going this weekend against Plymouth State on Saturday.

Mass. College Football: Framingham State Season Outlook

Coach Tom Kelley will begin his seventh season with the Rams on Saturday!  (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Coach Tom Kelley will begin his seventh season with the Rams on Saturday! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

After concluding last season with a New England Football Conference (NEFC) crown, along with their first trip to the NCAA Division III tournament, Framingham State will attempt to continue their success this season.

The Rams, who were picked to finish first in the MASCAC, (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) will begin their campaign on the road tomorrow against Endicott College, a team that was picked to win the NEFC.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us, but we’re looking forward to it,” said Head Coach Tom Kelley.

Last season, the Gulls defeated the Rams in the opener, 35-7, but Framingham State rebounded with 10 straight victories before Cortland State ended their run in the first round the tournament.

“Depth was what brought us to where we were (last season),” Kelley explained.

Kelley enters his seventh season without wide receivers Alex Avery and Tyrone Figueroa, cornerback Tyrone Notice and defensive lineman James Muirhead, who was the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Defensive Player of the Year and New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award winner, but he does return a senior class with experience and optimism.

“We’ve got a lot of leadership on this team and we want to get it done,” said senior linebacker and co-captain Sam Hill. “I am really excited to see what we can do.”

“I’m very excited (about the upcoming season),” said senior running back and co-captain Melikke Van Alstyne, who rushed for a school record and conference leading 1,790 yards on 311 carries with 18 touchdowns last season. “We’re definitely building off this year and this squad we have now.”

Van Alstyne will definitely get his number called, but Kelley explained, “I’d like to have the best of both worlds. Any offense that we run we need to throw the ball to be successful.”

Sophomore quarterback Matt Silva returns for his second season under center and will be in charge of aerial attack. Expect the Dracut native to target not only Van Alstyne, but also junior receiver Phil Clain and sophomore receiver Tevin Jones.

On defense, the Rams will rely on Hill, along with seniors Pat McGrath, and Michael Altavesta (ranked second on the team in solo tackles (51) and total tackles (75)). In the secondary, look for senior defensive back Brian Castellanos, who recorded team-best six interceptions last season.

After their trip to Beverley, the Rams will travel Rowan to fac a squad that’s coming off a 7-3 campaign and a trip to the tournament. The Rams will then return home for their first conference clash against Fitchburg State before concluding September on the road at Western New England.

With preseason in the books, Hill and his teammates seem ready for the season to commence.

“We’re just really excited to get (the season started),” he said. “I’m really excited to watch us play and see how it pans out.”