Mass. College Football: NEFW Div. II/III All-New England Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friend Steve Miller Jr., who is the sports information director at Worcester State University, here is today’s release pertaining toward the 2012 New England Football Writers Div. II/III All-New England Team.

The squad, which features 28 players from 18 different institutions, will be honored on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet.

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Twenty-eight players representing 18 different teams have been named to the 2012 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team.

New England Small College Athletic Conference champions Trinity College, Northeast-10 Conference champion University of New Haven, and NESCAC runner-up Middlebury College lead the team with three selections each. New England Football Conference members Framingham State University and Salve Regina University have two picks, as do Merrimack College and Springfield College. Also named to the squad were players from American International College, Amherst College, Bentley University, Castleton State College, Endicott College, Husson College, MIT, Mount Ida College, Stonehill College, and Worcester State University

The Division II Northeast-10 Conference had eight players selected, while from Division III the New England Football Conference and the New England Small College Athletic Conference had seven picks. The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference had three selections. Three players came from teams not affiliated with New England Conferences.

The team will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 6, at the Montvale Plaza, in Stoneham, Mass. People interested in attending should contact Dick Lipe at Bentley University at 781-891-2334.

And here is a list of the players that were named to this team:

Tom Herd (University of New Haven)

James Muirhead (Framingham State University)

Max Nacewicz (Springfield College)

Ernest Wiggins (Husson College)

Brett Cde Baca (Trinity College)

Jake Laux (MIT)

Blaine Hopwood (Bentley University) 

Jaquawane Simpkins (American International College)

Jareed Gaines (Stonehill College)

Rae Haynes (Trinity College)  

Artis Holt (Merrimack College)

Phil Terio (Salve Regina University)   

McCallum Foote (Middlebury College)

 Evan Bunker (Trinity College)

Melikke Van Alstyne  (Framingham State University)

Brandon Boyle (Castleton State University)

 Zach Driscoll (Middlebury College)

Isaiah Voegeli (Merrimack College)

Billy Chapman (Middlebury College)  

Matt Bonomolo (Mount Ida College)

John Ceccio (Amherst College)

Mike D’Attillo (Bridgewater State University)

Duke Ekblom (Springfield College)

Adam Iskra (Salve Regina University)

Dave Stedman (University of New Haven)

Chris Scifo (University of New Haven)

Dylan Rushe (Endicott College)

Graham Asum (Worcester State University

Mass. College Football: Bentley 38, Merrimack 21

Bentley University’s football team celebrated its Homecoming Weekend with a victory against rival Merrimack College on Saturday! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

By Brian Willwerth 

WALTHAM, MA – After back-to-back losses to the top two teams in the Northeast-10 Conference, Bentley University bounced back in a big way on Saturday.

Behind an impressive defensive effort, and an outstanding performance from quarterback Danny Guadagnoli, the Falcons dominated Merrimack, 38-21, in front of a Homecoming Weekend crowd of 3,491.

The junior quarterback from Framingham did it with his arm, and his legs. He threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 76 yards and two more scores on the ground. He was the Falcons’ leading rusher on the day.

“He really showed me some maturity today,” said Bentley head coach Thom Boerman, whose team improved to 6-2 on the year. “He ran when he needed to run, and he put the ball where it needed to be put [it and] I’m very, very proud of him.”

In the first quarter, Guadagnoli capped off an 11-play, 68-yard drive with a 14-yard scamper. Guadagnoli kept that drive alive with a completion on 4th-and-5. On the ensuing Merrimack possession, the Warriors marched down the field and had 1st-and-goal at the Falcons’ 4. But Bentley’s defense stiffened, and kept Merrimack off the scoreboard.

After a field goal by Will Lockwood put the Falcons up by 10, Merrimack got on the board. Joe Clancy threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Voegeli. The 2-point conversion failed. Clancy, who broke many conference records in last week’s 81-point outburst against Saint Anselm, threw for 321 yards against Bentley, but was picked off three times.

Bentley delivered the equivalent of a knockout punch late in the first half with two touchdowns in less than a minute. Guadagnoli’s second rushing touchdown of the game made it 17-6. Then, following a Steve Hopkins interception, Bentley found the end zone again on Lorenzo Warren’s one-yard run. It was 24-6 at halftime, and the Warriors never got the deficit under double-digits the rest of the way.

Guadagnoli had two favorite targets on this day. Jeff Hill caught eight passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, while Sean Cross also broke the 100-yard plateau (107.)

Merrimack, which was coming off an 81-point performance last week, came into this game averaging 40 points a game, and led the conference in total yards per game. But the Falcons’ defense limited the Warriors to 21 points, and 370 total yards – far below the 534 Merrimack had been averaging.

“Coach Boyle [defensive coordinator Scott Boyle] did a tremendous job preparing his people,” said Boerman. “When we scored early, that forced them [Merrimack] out a little of what they wanted to do.”

Bentley travels to Southern Connecticut State next weekend, while Merrimack returns home to take on Assumption College.

Mass. College Football: Week 8 Honor Roll

Joe Clancy’s seven touchdowns against Saint Anselm helped Merrimack College earn an 81-35 victory! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The eighth week of the college football season concluded on Saturday. And before we move onto week nine, let’s unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Colton Chapple (Harvard): Despite sustaining his team’s first setback of the season against Princeton, the senior quarterback, who was mentioned in this week’s Ivy League Honor Roll, tossed five touchdowns and completed 31-of-45 passes for 448 yards.

Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard): Against the Tigers, the senior tight end led all receivers with 15 catches for 192 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdowns were the most Juszczyk has recorded in a game this season.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross): The senior linebacker recorded nine tackles (eight solo), as well as one tackle for a loss, one breakup and one sack in the Crusaders 30-13 loss to Lafayette.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack College): The senior quarterback from Newburyport, Massachusetts broke the Northeast-10 Conference record for passing yards (553), which was a mark he set earlier this season. Clancy also matched a conference record with seven touchdown passes in his team’s 81-35 victory against Saint Anselm. He was also named this week’s NE-10 Offensive Player of the Week.

Markell Rice (American International College): Against Bentley University, the senior returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and totaled 103 yards in returns. On defense, he recorded two interceptions, three tackles and one pass breakup. Rice was named this week’s NE-10 Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week.

Andrew Sklar (Bentley University): The senior defensive end established a new career-best with eight tackles and three tackles for a loss in the Falcons 27-23 loss to American International College. He also recorded a sack and a forced fumble, too.

Devon Barrett (Assumption College): The sophomore led the Hounds with nine tackles (four solo). One of his tackles was for a loss, and he also recovered a fumble in the end zone for his first career touchdown.

Isaiah Voegeli (Merrimack College): The senior wide receiver from Hyannis, Massachusetts finished Saturday’s contest against Saint Anselm with 10 catches for 269 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdowns matched a school record, while his receiving yards broke his own NE-10 record.

Ryan Hunt (Stonehill College): Against No. 3 New Haven on CBS Sports Network, the senior linebacker tallied a career-high 10 tackles (seven solo) and one tackle for a loss of four yards.

Jake Laux (MIT): In his team’s most exciting victory of the season against Salve Regina, the junior linebacker, who was named this week’s New England Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week, led the Engineers with 12 tackles (six solo). He also recorded an interception with 30 seconds remaining, which secured the upset victory.

Myles Becker (Western New England College): Against Plymouth State on Saturday, the sophomore recorded a team-high 10 tackle in the Golden Bears fifth win of the season.

Gregg Jackson (Westfield State): Jackson led the Owls with a game-high 16 tackles (10 solo), an interception and blocked PAT.

Drew Frenette (Endicott College): The sophomore quarterback, who tossed four touchdowns against UMass Dartmouth, finished his team’s eighth contest with a school-record 450 yards passing. He completed 30-of-40 passes, too.

Brad Goldsberry (MIT): The sophomore running back recorded 141 all-purpose yards in his team’s dramatic win against Salve Regina. Prior to their go-ahead touchdown, Goldsberry set up the game-winning score with a 61-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

AJ Scerra (Worcester State): The junior wide receiver from Marlboro, Massachusetts hauled in a school single-game record 17 receptions for 184 yards, one touchdown and one conversion.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State): The junior halfback sect a school-record with 294 yards rushing on 36 carries with one touchdown.

Michael Aldo (Amherst College): The NESCAC Defensive Co-Player of the Week finished his team’s fifth contest with eight tackles, one forced fumble and an interception. Aldo’s interception with five minutes remaining sealed the Lord Jeffs’ fourth win against Wesleyan.

Bobby Hemmann (Mount Ida College):  For the second time this season, the senior kicker from Newington, Connecticut helped his Mustangs earn a win in the closing seconds against Maritime (N.Y.) on Saturday with a 38-yard field goal, which clinched a 24-21 victory for Mount Ida. The Mustangs have won four of their last five contests, and remain perfect in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.

Shaine Grogan (WPI): Against Merchant Marine, the senior linebacker from Dalton, Massachusetts led the Engineers with 14 tackles (seven solo) and two tackles for a loss.

Mass. College Football: Highlights From Merrimack-St. Anselm (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Merrimack Warriors scored the most amount of points any Northeast-10 Conference team has recorded this season, as they defeat Saint Anselm on Saturday in North Andover, 81-35.

During the game, quarterback Joe Clancy broke two conference records — passing yards  (553) and total yards (561). He also matched the conference’s touchdown record with seven touchdown passes. All seven of his touchdowns occurred in the first three quarters.

Wide receiver Isaiah Voegeli matched a school record with four touchdown receptions and broke his own conference record with 269 receiving yards.

Merrimack finished the game with 801 yards of total offense, 248 yards on the ground, five sacks, two interceptions and 11 pass break-ups.

Courtesy of the Merrimack athletic’s YouTube page — below is a highlight package from Saturday’s tilt.

Mass. College Football: Week 5 Honor Roll

Worcester State’s Corey Spencer recorded a season-best 298 passing yards last weekend against Maine Maritime! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The fifth week of the college football season is in the books. And below we’ve provided this week’s Honor Roll members.

Remember to submit players every Sunday and Monday on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog), Facebook (Facebook.com/NoonSports) or via email (NoontimeSports@gmail.com).

Corey Spencer (Worcester State) – The former Arlington Catholic quarterback led the Lancers this past weekend to their fourth victory against Maine Maritime. And in that particular contest, Spencer recorded a season-best 298 passing yards with four touchdowns. He rushed for a score, too, and is now ranked 13th Nationally in pass efficiency and second in New England among Div. III schools with a rating of 154.09

Colton Chapple (Harvard) – The senior gunslinger completed 13-of-18 passes for 260 yards with five touchdowns (four throwing, one passing) in two quarters. Harvard scored on its first seven possessions to earn a convincing 52-3 victory against Holy Cross last Friday at Harvard Stadium.

Alex Amidon (Boston College) – The Eagles junior wide receiver earned this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Receiver of the Week honors after he hauled in eight catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns against No. 17 Clemson University. Amidon’s receiving yards marked the most by an Eagle receiver since Gerard Phelan’s 226 receiving yards against Miami on November 23, 1984. His receiving yardage is also the third-highest receiving total in the program’s history.

Jaquawne Simpkins (American International College) – Simpkin’s was a spark for the Yellow Jackets defense against Assumption College, as he recorded a game-high 16 tackle (six solo) in his team’s third Northeast-10 Conference victory.

Tad Beuchert (Assumption College) – Beuchert is the second kicker to make our list and against AIC he was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, as well as a 2-for-2 on PAT attempts.

Isaiah Voegeli (Merrimack College) – The senior wide receiver set a Northeast-10 Conference receiving yards record with 264 yards. Voegeli caught 17 passes and registered three touchdowns in his team’s big win against Pace University.

Max Lippe (Amherst College) – Against Bowdoin College, the sophomore quarterback finished the afternoon 18-of-22 for 141 yards with one touchdown. He also rushed for 33 yards and two scores in the Lord Jeffs second victory of the season.

Marcel Pitre (Tufts University) – The Jumbos junior halfback rushed for three scores in Tufts’ second loss of the season against Bates College. Pitre’s three scores marked the most by a Tufts running back since the 2001, according to the NESCAC Football Weekly Release.

Robert Baker (Becker College) – Against Husson College, the junior quarterback tossed a school record 491 yards in his team’s 34-7 victory. Baker threw for four touchdowns, while he ran for one score. Finally, he led the Hawks with 43 rushing yards, too.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The junior halfback has been clutch for the Rams over the past few weeks, but was an enormous asset last Saturday with two fourth quarter touchdowns, as well as the game-winning score in overtime against Massachusetts Maritime. The win propelled the Rams to 4-1 on the season.