Last Second Heroics Sends Endicott Past Bridgewater State

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A last second touchdown pass by Endicott College quarterback Joe Kalosky helped the Gulls score an exciting week two win over Bridgewater State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was a dramatic (and exciting) finish to today’s Bridgewater State-Endicott College football game.

Trailing the Bears by six (28-22) with less than two minutes remaining, Endicott capped its final drive with two impressive catches, including a game-winning touchdown grab by Sheilan Velazquez with no time remaining, which helped the Gulls escape with a one-point (29-28) win.

Prior to Velazquez’s game-winning grab – his first of his career – Endicott quarterback Joe Kalosky extended his team’s final drive with a key fourth down pass over the middle to Brendan Johnson. Johnson’s catch (as seen below) was an impressive one-handed 51-yard snatch.

Bridgewater State and Endicott College swapped leads throughout the contest before the Bears jumped ahead, 28-22, thanks to a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns by Alex McLaughlin (one-yard touchdown run) and Jonathan Marrero touchdown pass to Brandon Giles (19 yard touchdown reception).

Kalosky concluded the contest with four touchdown passes – two of his scores were hauled-in by Riley Shanley, who concluded the contest with six receptions for 99 yards.

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: Week Four Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fourth week of the college football season in the books, it’s time unveil this week’s Division 1, 2 and 3 teams of the week.

Division 1: Harvard University – In their first trip to the west coast since 1949, the Crimson commenced their season with an impressive 42-20 victory against San Diego.

Quarterback Conner Hempel, who made his first-career start, tossed four touchdowns, two of them to Andrew Fischer (six catches, 71 yards). Paul Stanton led the Crimson ground attack with 64 yards on six carries and one touchdown, while Seitu Smith hauled in four catches for 89 yards.

Norman Hayes led the defense with 12 tackles (four solo), as well as registered one-and-a-half tackles for a loss and one interception.

Division 2: Stonehill College – The Skyhawks posted 41 points in a wild Northeast-10 Conference showdown Friday evening against Assumption College to earn their second win of the season, as well as their second conference victory, too.

Logan Meyer accounted for six touchdowns (five through the air, one on the ground), while Nate Robitaille hauled in a career-best 13 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Brian Harrington matched his career-best 16 tackles (eight solo), which included one tackle for a loss. Stonehill’s defense recorded two sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Division 3: Springfield College – Against Mount Ida, the Pride’s defense recorded seven sacks, forced three turnovers and got a defensive score to push Springfield’s overall mark to 3-0. The win was also their second straight shutout of the season.

Quarterback Jonathan Marrero tossed one touchdown and rushed for three more on 14 carries, as he finished the contest with 150 yards on the ground.

According to the Pride’s website, Springfield has now outscored its last two opponents, 77-0. Also, Springfield hadn’t recorded back-to-back shutouts since their 1957 season when they blanked American International and Rhode Island.

Mass. College Football: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

A majority of this week’s contests occurred this afternoon and below is the afternoon roundup.

Vanderbilt 24, UMass 7 – A.J. Doyle’s second quarter touchdown pass to Tajae Sharpe evened the score at 7, but that was the closest the Minutemen got as Vanderbilt answered with a pair of touchdowns and one field goal to win the game. Doyle completed 20-of-28 passes for 133 yards and rushed for 29 yards on eight carries.

Harvard 42, San Diego 20 – Conner Hempel tossed four touchdowns in his first-career start as the Crimson cruised to their first win of the season.

American International 48, Pace 27 – Kevin Arduino tossed four touchdowns and completed 13-of-20 passes for 344 yards, while Terrell Williams rushed for 165 yards on 15 carries for the Yellow Jackets.

Springfield 41, Mount Ida 0 – Jonathan Marrero rushed for three touchdowns on 14 carries for 150 yards, while the Pride’s defense recorded seven sacks, forced three fumbles and got a defensive score.

Norwich 31, WPI 14 – Al Georgio rushed for a game-high 193 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Keyen Foley rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown, as well as completed 12-of-20 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown pass, as the Cadets defeated the Engineers for the second year in a row.

Framingham State 42, Fitchburg State 21 – Matthew Silva tossed four touchdowns; Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 192 yards and one touchdown as the Rams defeated the Falcons in their first home game of the season. Fitchburg quarterback Garrett Dellechiaie finished 15-of-28 for 178 yards with two touchdowns.

Mass. Maritime 52, Maine Maritime 18 – Mike Stanton tossed two touchdowns, Stefan Gustafson rushed for a career-best 201 yards and one touchdown as the Buccaneers defeated the Mariners and claimed the 41st Annual Admiral’s Cup.

Westfield State 36, UMass Dartmouth 7 – Tim Rich and Erik Washburn combined for two passing touchdowns and 178 passing yards, while Troy Cutter finished with nine tackles (eight solo), one tackle for a loss, one interception and one pass breakup as the Owls earned their second win of the season.

Kean 24, Endicott 17 – Despite two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half, the Gulls fell short of defeating Kean in their first ever meeting with a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) program. Alec Matys led Endicott’s receiving core with seven catches for 106 yards.

Amherst 23, Hamilton 7 – The Lord Jeffs defense recorded five interceptions, while kicker Phillip Nwosu kicked three field goals and two extra points in Amherst’s first win of the season.

Colby 31, Williams 8 – Tom Murphy’s one-yard touchdown run was all the Ephs could muster as Williams fell in its opener to the Mules.

Mass. College Football: Springfield Rolls Past Husson, 36-0

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College sports information department, here’s today’s release about the Pride’s second win of the season against Husson: 

Springfield, Mass. – September 14, 2013 – The Springfield College football team posted a shutout in its home opener as it blanked visiting Husson College, 36-0, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference play at Stagg Field.

Springfield now improves to 2-0 on the year, while the Eagles are in search of their first victory and drop to 0-2.

After giving up 40 points in its season-opener last weekend to Western New England, the Springfield defensive unit buckeled down, giving up just 166 total yards for the shutout win. It was the first time that Springfield had held its opponent off the scoreboard since October 2, 2010, when it defeated King’s Point, 64-0.

Jonathan Marrero (Boston, Mass. led Springfield with 122 yards on the ground, while Louis Fenaroli (Newtown, Conn.) found the end zone three times after carrying the ball 21 times for 92 yards. As a team, the Pride totaled 396 yards on the ground on 67 rushing attempts.

Defensively, Danny Macalena (Congers, N.Y.) made 10 tackles, including four tackles-for-loss, and Mike Dublin (Portsmouth, R.I) made eight stops and had one of two Springfield interceptions.

For Husson, Kyle McKinnon (New London, Conn.) totaled 80 yards to highlight the Eagles offense. Ellis Throckmorton (Bangor, Maine) was all over the field on defense, registering a game-high 12 unassisted tackles, while also forcing and recovering a fumble. Teammate Stephan Dance (New London, Conn.) added 10 solo stops of his own.

After the defense forced a Husson three-and-out, the Pride put together a 12-play, 67-yard drive that featured eight rushes from Fenaroli. The second-year fullback put the Pride up 6-0 with a one-yard plunge at the 8:20 mark, only to have Joe Saccereccia (Bangor, Maine) block the extra point.

The Pride added to its lead as it found the end zone with four seconds left in the first. After a 62-yard scamper down the right sideline by Joel Altavesta (Tewksbury, Mass.), the Pride punched in another one-yard score thanks to a gritty run by Blake Joppy (Clarksburg, Md.). Altavesta rushed in for a two-point conversion to give the hosts a 14-0 cushion.

Neither team would score in the second quarter, as the Pride hurt itself with fumbles on back-to-back positions. Fenaroli coughed it up inside the 10 with 2:20 left in the half, and after Springfield forced Husson to punt, Joppy mishandled the ball to thwart any late offensive push.

Springfield wasted little time scoring to start the second half. The Pride took the kickoff and marched 70 yards in five plays, using a Fenaroli score from eight yards out and a James Poggio (East Granby, Conn.) two-point conversion to gain a 22-0 lead just 2:23 into the quarter.

Fenaroli scored another one-yard touchdown 2:54 into the fourth quarter and Michael Mastroianni (Durham, Conn.) added a late three-yard touchdown with 1:49 remaining to complete the scoring.

For the game, Springfield held a slight 30:17-29:43 edge in time of possession, including holding the ball for nearly 12 minutes in the fourth quarter. In addition, the Pride was able to hold the Eagles to 0-for-4 on fourth-down conversions, while going 3-for-3 themselves.

The Pride will hit the road next Saturday to take on Mount Ida for a 1:00 pm kickoff.