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 7 Honor Roll


The seventh week of the college football season is in the books. And with that being the case, here is this week’s Noontime Sports Weekly Honor Roll.

Colton Chapple (Harvard): Once again, the Harvard senior quarterback earned a spot on this particular list, as he amassed 309 yards of total offense and recorded four touchdowns in the Crimson’s fifth win of the season against Bucknell University. Chapple completed 11-of-18 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushed for 120 yards on eight carries for two scores.

Steven Elder (Holy Cross): The sophomore quarterback completed 24-of-39 passes for a career-high 313 yards and two touchdowns in the Crusaders 51-35 loss to Colgate. Elder also totaled 42 yards on 15 carries for two scores, too.

Gerald Mistretta (Holy Cross): Against Colgate, the senior wide receiver hauled in eight passes for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Kevin Arduino (American International College): The sophomore quarterback completed his Saturday contest against Southern Connecticuit State University 12-of-22 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 71 yards and one score in his team’s 34-7 victory. Arduino was named this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Jareed Gaines (Stonehill College): Against Merrimack College, the senior defensive back helped his defense hold the Warriors offense to roughly 200 yards of total offense in Stonehill’s 22-20 victory. Gaines concluded the contest with 11 tackles (nine solo); three pass breakups and a forced fumble that secured the win for the Skyhawks.

Blaine Hopwood (Bentley University): The junior linebacker recorded 13 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss in Bentley’s 17-13 loss to New Haven. The Falcons defense held the Chargers offense to just 288 yards. Hopwood also punted eight times for a 36.9 average and placed four punts inside the 20.

Jonathan Marrero (Springfield College): The freshman quarterback exploded for seven touchdowns – four through the air, three on the ground – in his team’s 66-13 route against Merchant Maritime. Marrero’s four touchdowns matched a school record set by quarterback Kevin Cahill in 2000 against UMass Dartmouth. Finally, Marrero was named this week’s Liberty League Offensive Player of the Week.

Robbie Heflin (Amherst College): The senior defensive back recorded three interceptions (one for a touchdown) in the Lord Jeff’s 23-3 victory on Saturday against Colby College. He was named this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Joe Mallock (Williams College): The junior kicker hasn’t missed a beat this season, as he recorded two field goals – 24 and 21 yards – in his team’s third loss of the season to Middlebury. According to the NESCAC weekly release, he has made 11 straight field goals dating back to the 2011 season.

Wesley Williams (Nichols College): The sophomore defensive back completed Saturday’s contest against UMass Dartmouth with three interceptions – two in the fourth quarter, which sealed the Bison’s first victory of the season. The win snapped the Bison’s 17-game losing streak, too. Williams’ three picks and 59 return yards are the second-highest single game total in program history.

Michael Altavesta (Framingham State): The Tewksbury native and junior linebacker finished the game with 13 tackles (10 solo), 3.5 for a loss and a pair of forced and recovered fumbles in the Rams sixth victory of the season.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime): The junior quarterback from Quincy amassed 359 yards of total offense and recorded four touchdowns in his team’s 56-32 victory against Fitchburg State. Stanton also broke the school’s single-season passing yardage record on his first completion of the contest. He has now 1,823 yards through six games.

Rob Bambini (Curry College): The Westwood native and senior wide receiver was a threat against Salve Regina on Saturday, as he hauled in 13 catches for 192 yards and tallied two scores in Curry’s fourth loss of the season.

Brad Goldsberry (MIT): The sophomore running back tallied 238 all-purpose yards with a career-high 51 rushing, 88 receiving and 99 in kick returns.