Mass. College Football: Week 10 Teams Of The Week


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


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: Week 11 Honor Roll


For the final time this season, here is our Week 11 Noontime Sports Weekly Honor Roll.

Alex Amidon (Boston College) – Against Notre Dame on Saturday evening, the junior wide receiver set the single-season record for receiving yards with 84 yards against the Fighting Irish. Amidon’s total receiving yards is now 1,156 yards, which surpasses Brian Brennan’s record of 1,149 yards (original record was set in 1983).

Erik Wachter (Holy Cross) – Despite being apart of a heartbreaking loss to Wagner, the senior linebacker led the Crusaders with 20 tackles (18 solo). He finished the game with one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Ryan Delaire (Massachusetts) – The sophomore defensive lineman secured the Minutemen’s first win of the season by sacking Akron’s quarterback Dalton Williams with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. The sack was his only tackle in the contest, but he also registered a forced a fumble, too.

Jaquawne Simpkins (American International) – In the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference Football Championship against New Haven, the sophomore linebacker led the Yellow Jackets with 15 tackles (nine solo). After the game concluded, Simpkins was named to the All-Championship team.

Rudolph Lewis (Mount Ida College) – Before his team claimed the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference crown, the freshman from Roslindale recorded three tackles (two solo), 1.5 sacks, and 2.5 tackles for a loss. He also hurried his opponent’s quarterback twice.

Sean Wilson (Amherst College) – The freshman running back played an enormous role in his team’s 23-20 victory against Williams College last Saturday. And even though he didn’t reach the end zone, he recorded 127 yards on 21 carries.

John Dodds (Tufts University) – In his final collegiate football game against Middlebury College, the senior quarterback completed 23-of-41 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown.

Alex Scyocurka (Williams College) – Similar to Wilson, Scyocurka didn’t reach the end zone, but managed to tally 135 yards on 25 carries in his team’s final game of the season.

Alex Torti (Framingham State) – In the final New England Football Conference Championship against Salve Regina, the junior defensive end from Hopkinton recorded three solo tackles and two fumble recoveries. Torti’s second fumble recovery was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, which sealed the victory for the Rams.

James Muirhead (Framingham State) – The senior from Middleboro led the Rams defense with eight tackles (six solo). He also recorded one sack, three tackles for a loss and one forced fumble. Muirhead was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, too.

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


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 ( or via email (

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.

Mass. College Football: Weekly Honor Roll

Becker College’s Robert Baker is just one of three quarterbacks that earned a spot on our “Weekly Honor Roll” list! (Photo Credit: Becker College Athletics)


Our first edition of the “Weekly Honor Roll” kicks-off today with a list of various football players from across the state that made a significant impact in their team’s game this past weekend.

Below is our list, and certainly going forward, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to email player submissions to or via Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog).

Robert Baker, Becker College: The junior gunslinger finished Saturday’s affair against MIT with a school-record of 32 completions on 56 attempts for 382 yards and two touchdowns.

Scott Drosendahl, Mount Ida College: The senior quarterback completed 11-of-13 passes for 155 yards and tossed one touchdown, as well as ran for two additional scores in the Mustangs second victory of the season. Drosendahl solidified the victory following an interception by junior Jon Pronto late in the fourth quarter with a three yard score.

Matt Green, Bridgewater State: The Easton native and junior wide receiver caught two touchdowns, as well as recorded a career high 112 yards on five receptions against UMass Dartmouth.

Paul Melicharek, Bridgewater State: The Bears defense relied on this particular senior, who concluded the contest with nine solo tackles, and one and a half sacks.

Mike Wheeler, Endicott College: During his team’s record-breaking day of 66 total points, the senior tailback tallied three rushing touchdowns on 19 carries for 154 yards.

Drew Frenette, Endicott College: The sophomore quarterback tossed a career-high four touchdowns to two different receivers in his team’s second win of the season. Frenette concluded the game 12-of-20 for 204 yards.

Melikke Van Alstyne, Framingham State: The junior tailback that earned this week’s honor as the New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week, totaled 222 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns against Nichols College.

Joe Everett, WPI: The senior defensive lineman led the Engineers with a game-high 13 tackles; seven of them were for a loss. Also, he was responsible for one forced fumble against Worcester State, too.

Jaquawne Simpkins, American International College: Despite his team’s outcome, the sophomore linebacker led the Yellow Jackets with a game-high 11 tackles.

Mike Stupiello, Assumption College: Against St. Anselm last Friday, the Hounds relied on their defense, which recorded six team sacks. Stupiello was responsible for three of the six sacks, which resulted in a loss of 25 yards. The junior currently leads his team with four sacks through two games.

Jeff Hill, Bentley University: The former Mansfield Hornet was certainly a sparkplug for Bentley this past Saturday, as the sophomore wide receiver recorded five catches for 196 yards against Western Virginia Wesleyan, which was the most by a Falcons receiver since Dallas Mall recorded 201 yards against CW. Post in November 2001. Hill also caught three touchdowns, too, and now has five touchdowns on the current season.

Artis Holt, Merrimack College: The former All-NE-10 defensive performer recorded a team-high seven tackles, intercepted one pass and broke up another in the Warriors first victory of the season.