Mass. College Football: Week 12 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

The 12th week of the college football season came to a close on Saturday and below is this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior halfback, who broke the single-game rushing record that he set last week, concluded Saturday’s contest against North Carolina State with 339 yards on the ground and two scores. His 339 yards set the ACC single-game rushing record, passing John Leach of Wake Forrest, who passed for 329 yards against Maryland in 1993.

Kevin Pierre-Louis (Boston College) – The senior linebacker registered eight total stops, six solo tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 20 yards.

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – The junior signal caller amassed 292 yards of total offense and tossed two touchdowns as the Crimson defeated Penn in Cambridge.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback broke the Bentley single game and season records for both passing yards and total offense, and accounted for six touchdowns, in a 56-41 shootout victory over Saint Anselm as he completed 30-of-43 passes for 510 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for a go-ahead touchdown and 42 yards for a total of 552 on the day.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver set career-bests with 10 catches for 199 yards, with a pair of touchdowns, 77 and 18 yards. The 199 gave him a conference-high 1,225 for the season.

Kendall Dardy-Jones (Assumption) – The sophomore defensive back led the Hounds defense with nine total stops, seven solo tackles, and a pass breakup against New Haven.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior quarterback ended the season with four touchdowns as the Warriors defeated the Owls in North Andover. Clancy finished 33-of-52 for 260 yards.

Kristian Jackson (Merrimack) – The sophomore linebacker recorded a game-high 13 total stops, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver led all receivers with six catches for 84 yards and one touchdown in the Northeast-10 Conference championship against American International College.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded a game-best 17 total tackles, 11 solo stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards.

Kevin Arduino (AIC) – The junior quarterback registered 304 yards of total offense, including 101 yards on the ground and three scores, which helped the Yellow Jackets defeat the Skyhawks in the NE-10 Championship.

Jordan Thompson (AIC) – The senior defensive lineman recorded two total tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and a fumble recovery.

Carlous Julien (Mount Ida) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-high 14 total stops, including two tackles for a loss of eight yards, one sack for a loss of six yards and a forced fumble. The Mustangs finished their season with a 6-0 victory over Husson.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – The senior tailback rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s finale against Becker College.

Kevin Card (Anna Maria) – The junior linebacker finished the season with a game-best 12 total stops, 11 solo tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards.

Robert Baker (Becker) – The senior quarterback amassed 248 yards of total offense, which included 220 yards through the air as the Hawks defeated the AMCATs in their final contest. Baker tossed three touchdowns, two to DeJahn Dawkins.

DeJahn Dawkins (Becker) – The sophomore wide receiver finished with a game-best 106 yards and two touchdown receptions.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker led the Hawks defense with 10 total stops including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.

Ehab Hamdan (WPI) – The senior wide receiver finished with 10 catches for 131 yards and one touchdown in his team’s setback to Springfield College.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior halfback rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns, as well as hauled in one reception for 22 yards in the Rams’ 36-0 victory over Worcester State.

Travis Hayes (Framingham State) – The sophomore wide receiver caught seven passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

Jeff Touron (Framingham State) – The senior defensive end recorded five total tackles, four solo stops, including three sacks for a loss of 14 yards.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback capped his career with the Bears by completing 20-of-30 passes for one touchdown and rushing for 119 yards and two scores as Bridgewater State defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the 35th Annual Cranberry Bowl.

Matt Green (Bridgewater State) – The junior wide receiver led all receivers with 12 catches for 181 yards and one touchdown.

Garrett Dellechiaie (Fitchburg State) – The first-year quarterback finished his season completing 10-of-19 attempts for 188 yards and five touchdowns as the Falcons soared past the Panthers.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 14-of-30 passes for 250 yards as the Gulls defeated Salve Regina in the New England Football Conference championship.

Justin Wallace (MIT) – The junior running back rushed for 217 yards and two scores as the Engineers defeated Coast Guard in their final game.

Kevin Fruwirth (Curry) – The senior quarterback ended his career with the Colonels by passing for six touchdowns and rushing for 42 yards on five carries. Fruwirth finished with a total of 370 yards of total offense in his team’s win against Maine Maritime.

Kevin Cook (Western New England) – The junior half back rushed for three scores and 189 yards as the Golden Bears concluded their season with a win against Nichols.

Mass. College Football: Week 10 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – The junior quarterback amassed 205 yards of total offense in the Crimson’s win over Dartmouth. Hempel completed 18-of-27 passes for 135 yards and rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries and one score.

Andrew Flesher (Harvard) – The junior placekicker connected on 3-of-4 field goals and was 1-for-1 on extra points. His third and final field goal secured the win.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 23-of-28 passes for 238 yards. He also rushed fro 88 yards on 18 carries and one score.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior quarterback recorded his second five-touchdown game of the season, which helped the Yellow Jackets defeat New Haven. 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.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback led Bentley to a 24-19 win over Southern Connecticut by throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for another. He completed 22-of-34 for 337 yard with no interceptions.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver caught nine passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yarder on the third play of the game. It was the fourth straight game he’s eclipsed the century mark and he also became just the fourth player in program history to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards.

Sam McDonald (Bentley) – The first-year safety had two second-half interceptions and five tackles. His first pick came with Southern inside the Bentley 25 in the third quarter and his second, with 2:17 remaining in the fourth, locked up the victory.

Nick McCarthy (Bentley) – The junior had a career-best 12 tackles, including eight solo stops, and a pass break-up.

Tyler Ford (Bentley) – The first-year punter punted five times for an average of 43.8 yards, with a long of 52. It marked the fifth straight game he’s averaged at least 42.

Mike Bates (Assumption) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 tackles along with one sack for a loss of nine yards. He also tipped a pass in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a pick-six.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – The sophomore halfback rushed for 101 yards on 20 carries for a career-best three touchdowns in his team’s 42-14 win over Pace.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver hauled in seven receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown.

Matt Tripicchio (Merrimack) – The senior defensive lineman recorded five tackles, a sack and three tackles for a loss of 13 yards in the Warriors’ win against Assumption.

DeJahn Dawkins (Becker) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a game-best eight catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Hawks’ setback to Gallaudet.  

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker led his unit with 10 total stops, along with two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack.

Carlous Julien (Mount Ida) – The senior linebacker concluded the Mustangs’ setback to Norwich with five solo tackles, which included three tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – The senior half back registered 225 yards on 29 carries and three scores in the AMCATs’ win over Castleton State. He also caught two passes for seven yards.

William Ricard (Anna Maria) – The sophomore wide out led all receivers with six grabs for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

Matt Silva (Framingham State) – The sophomore signal caller tossed four touchdowns and completed 15-of-24 passes for 308 yards in the Rams’ 58-12 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior halfback rushed for 228 yards on 25 carries and two scores.

Phillip Saint-Juste (Fitchburg State) – The junior wide receiver scored two touchdowns and hauled in seven receptions for 166 yards in his team’s win against Westfield State.

Tim Rich (Westfield State) – The senior quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 23-of-37 passes for 312 yards.

Pat Viencek (Worcester State) – The junior quarterback completed 30-of-54 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns in the Lancers’ loss to Plymouth State.

Spencer Walsh (Endicott) – The sophomore tailback rushed for three scores and 173 yards on 39 carries in the Gulls’ win over MIT.  

Kevin Fruwirth (Curry) – The senior quarterback completed 29-of-57 passes for 390 yards and three touchdowns in the Colonels’ loss to Western New England.

John Krafick (WNE) – The senior signal caller tossed two touchdowns and completed 23-of-36 passes in his team’s win against Curry.

Jimmy Fairfield (Amherst) – The sophomore defensive back recorded 11 total stops, along with an interception and fumble recovery in his team’s 17-16 win over Trinity.

Nate Saffold (Williams) – The senior defensive back recorded team-high 12 total tackles, which included six solo stops against Wesleyan.

Mass. College Football: MIT, Salve Regina Earn Week 8 Victories

By Matt Noonan 

MIT and Salve Regina commenced the eighth week of the college football season with victories and below are their game summaries.

Salve Regina 43, Curry 10: The Seahawks soared to a two score lead and never looked back as they defeated the Colonels and extended their current winning streak to four games. Curry’s Kevin Fruwirth completed 22-of-43 passes for 268 yards, while Jordan Shairs rushed eight times for 44 yards and hauled in five catches for 57 yards.

Salve Regina’s Steven Wilken completed 14-of-27 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns, while Richie Edwards tallied 108 yards on the ground. Jiyon Ruffin led the visitors on defense with 10 total tackles, seven solo stops, which included two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.

Salve Regina improves to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the New England Football Conference (NEFC), while Curry falls to 2-4 and 2-2.

MIT 48, Nichols 0: Justin Wallace rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Peter Williams completed 18-of-23 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns as the Engineers snapped their two-game losing streak and earned their first NEFC victory.

The Engineers, who concluded its first three drives with touchdowns finished the contest with a school record 563 total yards of offense.

Samuel Inman led all receivers with eight grabs for 86 yards, while teammate Seve Esparrago registered six catches for 81 yards and one score.

Nichols’ Devon Nelson led all defenders with 12 total tackles. Five of those tackles were solo stops. Orlando Vega finished with nine tackles, while Brian Camacho recorded six tackles, which included one tackles for a loss.

Jake Laux led MIT’s defense with nine total stops, three solo, one tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.

With the win, MIT improves to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Nichols falls to 1-5 and 0-4.

Mass. College Football: Five Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the eighth week of the college football season set to begin this evening, it’s now time to unveil our five games to watch this weekend.

Salve Regina at Curry College (Friday, Oct. 18 @ 7 p.m.): The Colonels three-game skid to commence the season is a thing of the past as Skip Bandini’s squad is on a two-game winning streak.

Keep an eye on Curry’s Jordan Shairs, who has rushed for 316 yards on 50 carries and two scores. Shairs also leads the Colonels’ receiving core with 30 grabs and five touchdowns.

Quarterback Kevin Fruwirth is averaging two touchdowns per contest and 201.2 yards per game, while teammate Stanley Sainterlien leads the defense with 27 total tackles.

Last season, Colonels fell to the Seahawks, 37-33, thanks to a four-yard plunge by Kenneth Woods with 58 seconds remaining in regulation.

Curry’s last win against Salve Regina occurred on their home turf in 2009 when the Colonels claimed a 19-7 victory.

No. 25 Harvard University vs. Lafayette (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 1 p.m.): The Crimson are coming off their second Ivy League victory of the season as Harvard defeated Cornell in Ithaca last weekend, 34-24. This weekend, they’ll take on the Leopards, who enter the contest 1-4 overall.

Harvard leads the all-time series with 13 wins. The Crimson defeated the Leopards in 2010 and 2011, but did not face Lafayette last season.

Entering the game, Harvard’s David Mothander, the team’s kicker, is tied for first in the nation in field-goal percentage (1.000), while quarterback Conner Hempel ranks third in passing efficiency (174.8), sixth in completions (.679) and eighth in passing yards per completion (14.6).

Harvard’s four straight wins to start the year have helped them not only land a spot on the FCS Coaches Poll, but also receive 93 votes in the Sports Network poll. A win against Lafayette would push their overall mark to 5-0, which would match their start from a year ago.

Stonehill College at New Haven (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 1 p.m.): After rallying to their fourth overall and conference victory against Southern Connecticut, Robert Talley’s squad will attempt to keep their momentum going when they travel to New Haven to face the first place Chargers.

Brian Harrington was named this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season following his sixth straight double-figure tackle performance against the Owls. Harrington concluded the game with 16 total tackles, 11 solo stops and recovered a fumble. Teammate Andrew Kibarian was named the Rookie of the Week by registering a season-high matching eight total tackles, six solo and two tackles for a loss of five yards.

New Haven enters the contest on a five-game winning streak and is averaging 466.7 yards per game on offense.

Last season, New Haven’s Jason Thompson caught two fourth quarter touchdowns to help the Chargers rally past the Skyhawks in a game televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Tufts University at Williams College (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 1:30 p.m.): According to the game notes on Williams College’s athletic website, both teams first met in 1885, and since that date, the Ephs are 53-22-7 all-time against the Jumbos, which includes four straight wins dating back to the 2009 season.

Aaron Kelton, who is in his fourth season with the Ephs, is 3-0 all-time vs. Tufts. He led his Ephs to a 25-7 victory last year in Medford, thanks to an impressive performance by his defense that generated five turnovers.

Keep an eye on Tufts’ Sean Harrington, who finished last week’s outing tied for the game-high in tackles with 11, which included four tackles for a loss. On the other side, Williams’ signal caller, Adam Marske, is coming off a 276 yard passing performance against Middlebury where he tossed one touchdown and rushed for 21 yards on six carries.

Bentley University vs. American International (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 2 p.m.): Coming off an impressive performance against Pace, Bentley will look to extend their current winning streak against a very competitive AIC squad, which also enters the game on a two-game winning streak.

According to this week’s game preview, AIC and Bentley have met nine times since the start of the 2005 season with each squad prevailing on their home turf. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Falcons, 27-23, in Springfield last season, while Bentley topped AIC in Waltham a year earlier, 28-10.

Bentley’s Jet Kollie totaled 266 yards of total offense last week, which included 181 yards on the ground, while quarterback Danny Guadagnoli registered his second four-touchdown game of the season.

AIC is the number one rushing team in the conference. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 236.5 yards per contest, and have rushed for at least 200 yards in five of their six games this season.

Quarterback Kevin Arduino, who was the former Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year, has recorded 4,772 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for roughly 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Mass. College Football: Curry 27, Coast Guard 24

Curry College earned its second win of the season on Saturday against Coast Guard! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)
Curry College earned its second win of the season on Saturday against Coast Guard! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

By Brian Willwerth 

MILTON, MA – After losing three straight games to open the season, the Curry College Colonels are now riding a modest two-game winning streak.

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, they used a 275-yard effort in the running game to hold off Coast Guard Academy, 27-24.

“I think we’re doing some good things there. We’ve got a bunch of young guys.  They’re working their tails off. They’re starting to believe themselves in the team,” said Colonels head coach Skip Bandini, whose team improved to 2-1 in the New England Football Conference (NEFC.)

Curry took the lead on its opening possession with a 13-play, 76-yard drive that took more than seven minutes off the clock. It ended with quarterback Kevin Fruwirth finding Tyran Harrigan in the end zone from nine yards out. The Colonels led 6-0 after the extra point hit the right upright.

In the second quarter, the Bears took advantage of a muffed punt by Curry, and turned it into a 26-yard field goal from Tyler Henning. It stayed 6-3 until the closing seconds of the half, when Fruwirth found a wide-open Jordan Shairs on the right side, and Shairs went untouched into the end zone to give the Colonels a 13-3 lead at the intermission.

In the second half, the rain picked up, and so did both offenses. The third quarter began with a surprise onside kick attempt by Curry that did not fool the Bears.  They marched down the field, and scored their first touchdown of the game on an eight-yard pass from Derek Victory to Nick Fredericksen.

But Curry came right back, with the running game really asserting itself. Shairs broke through the middle of the line, and was off to the races – 59 yards for the touchdown to make put the home team back up by 10. Shairs finished with 17 carries for 161 yards and two scores, one rushing and one receiving.

Yet, the Bears wouldn’t go away. Victory led a 70-yard drive, and capped it off with an eight-yard pass to Blake Thompson to make it 20-17. Victory finished 28-of-50 for 235 yards, but was also intercepted twice, and had two other picks nullified by Curry penalties.

Midway thru the fourth quarter, Phil Bigelow’s two-yard plunge on 4th-and-goal turned out to be the deciding score. With 2:37 to play, Coast Guard scored its own touchdown on a 4th-and-goal, with Jake Wawrzyniak taking the pitch on the option and finding the end zone from two yards out. Curry recovered the ensuing onside kick, picked up a first down, and was able to run out the clock.

Fruwirth finished 15-of-24 for 120 yards, but did not make any mistakes to cost his team. While Curry had 275 yards rushing, Coast Guard had just 38.

“We’re a young team, we got a long way to go,” said Bandini. “We’re making some mistakes, but that’s part of the game…so if they don’t do the right thing, it’s my fault.”

Curry hosts Salve Regina on Friday night – a team Bandini called one of the better teams in New England, not just the NEFC. Coast Guard returns home to face Maine Maritime on Saturday.