Mass. College Football: Week Eight Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Michael Pruneau (Harvard) – In his second straight start, the sophomore signal caller tossed three touchdowns and finished 17-of-29 for 263 yards.

Paul Stanton Jr. (Harvard) – The sophomore tailback rushed for 113 yards on 21 carries and two scores, as well as caught one pass for six yards in Harvard’s 35-16 win against Lafayette.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year signal caller amassed 287 yards of total offense against Colgate. He finished 25-of-40 for 232 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 55 yards on 14 carries.

Kevin Arduino (AIC) – Against Bentley, the junior quarterback rushed for four touchdowns and tossed another in the Yellow Jackets’ 42-14 victory. Ardunio finished with 222 yards through the air and 129 yards on the ground.

Sterry Codrington (Stonehill) – The junior defensive back matched his career-high with 10 tackles, seven solo stops, blocked two kicks and had a sack for a loss of 12 yards. He also recorded a pass break-up in the Skyhawks’ dramatic 29-26 victory against New Haven.

Jon Wozney (Assumption) – The senior linebacker registered 10 total tackles in his team’s win against Southern Connecticut.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver hauled in a career-best nine receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown against AIC.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior gunslinger completed 38-of-56 passes for 441 yards and six touchdowns, which helped the Warriors top St. A’s.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded a career-high 17 total tackles and eight solo stops against New Haven.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – It was a career day for the sophomore halfback, who finished Saturday’s game with a career-high 255 all-purpose yards. He rushed for a career-best 172 yards on a career-high 23 carries and one score. Markus also caught the two-point conversion at the end of the game, which pushed Stonehill ahead by three points.

Logan Meyer (Stonehill) – The senior quarterback tossed two of his three touchdowns during the final 15 minutes, which helped Stonehill defeat New Haven. Meyer completed 22-of-41 passes for 288 yards.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – The senior halfback rushed for a game-best 136 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns against Mount Ida.

William Ricard (Anna Maria) – The sophomore wide receiver recorded a season-best 199 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Mount Ida.

EJ Isom (Mount Ida) – The first-year running back rushed for 108 yards on nine carries and two scores in the Mustangs’ 56-34 win against Anna Maria.

Jordan Hyman (Mount Ida) – The senior wide-out caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Kalyn Smithson (Mount Ida) – The junior linebacker registered eight total stops, five solo tackles, three tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one sack for a loss of five yards, one block and one pass break-up.

Robert Baker (Becker) – The senior quarterback tossed two touchdowns and completed 17-of-33 passes for 210 yards against Husson.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker registered a game-best 14 total tackles, seven solo tackles, and half a tackle for a loss.

E.J. Bennett (Mass. Maritime) – The junior wide receiver shattered the single game receiving record with 274 receiving yards. Bennett hauled in 15 passes and scored three touchdowns against Westfield State.

Richard Ford (Mass. Maritime) – The junior linebacker finish his team’s contest against the Owls with seven total tackles, four solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 12 yards.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback recorded 386 yards of total offense and registered seven touchdowns in the Bears’ 56-28 victory against Plymouth State. McCarthy completed 18-of-29 passes for a career-high 276 yards and tied the school record with five touchdown passes.

Davon Fuller (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year defensive back recorded four interceptions, one shy of the NCAA Division III record, which helped the Corsairs top Worcester State. Fuller also had four tackles and three solo stops.

Tucker Cheyne (MIT) – The first-year kicker broke his own school record for points in a game by a kicker with 12 points against Nichols College.

John Krafick (WNE) – The senior co-captain recorded a season-high 304 passing yards, as well as tossed three touchdowns in the Golden Bears’ double-overtime win against Union College.

Justin Wallace (MIT) – The junior running back rushed for 167 yards and a career-best tying three touchdowns.

Alex Snyder (Tufts) – The first-year quarterback led the Jumbos to its most points since November 2010, according to Sunday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Football Weekly Release. Snyder completed 22-of-46 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdowns were the most by a Tufts quarterback since November 2010.

Mass. College Football: Week Eight Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the eighth 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 – Harvard University: The Crimson’s current winning streak extended to five games on Saturday as Harvard defeated Lafayette to improve to 5-0 for the second straight season.

Cameron Brate and Paul Stanton Jr. each scored touchdowns to start the game, which provided the hosts with the lead for good.

Quarterback Michael Pruneau, who started for the second straight week, finished the contest with three touchdowns and 263 yards through the air.

Defensively, Joshua Boyd finished with seven total stops, two solo tackles and one sack, while D.J. Monroe matched his teammate with seven total stops, along with one interception and one pass break-up.

Harvard returns to Ancient Eight play this weekend when they host the Tigers of Princeton for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Division 2 – Stonehill College: For the second week in a row, the Skyhawks earned this particular honor following another dramatic comeback, this time against New Haven.

Stonehill overcame a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter with two touchdown passes from Logan Meyer, who finished the game with three touchdowns and 288 passing yards. Meyer’s second touchdown, which was hauled in by Gordon McLeod, brought the visitors within five, while his third and final strike to the end zone, a seven-yard toss to Corey White, sealed the victory.

Brian Harrington led the Skyhawks defense with 17 total tackles, eight solo stops and a forced fumble, while Sterry Codrington finished with 10 total stops, seven solo tackles, one sack for a loss of 12 yards and a pass break-up.

Stonehill is now 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10). They’re currently in a three-way tie for first place with American International College and New Haven.

The Skyhawks will be at home this weekend against LIU Post. 

Division 3 – Mount Ida College: After a 1-3 start, the Mustangs have turned the corner with back-to-back wins.

This past weekend, they improved to 2-1 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) with a 56-34 victory against Anna Maria. Mount Ida is now tied for second in the conference with Norwich, a team they’ll face in Newton in two weeks.

Against the AMCATs, EJ Isom rushed for two scores on nine carries for 108 yards, while Jordan Hyman hauled in both touchdown passes from Jawad Yatim. Hyman finished the contest with eight catches for 154 yards.

Defensively, Jovan Wilkins led the Green and White with 10 total stops, along with one interceptions, while Kalyn Smithson registered eight total stops, five solo tackles, three tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one sack for a loss of five yards and one pass break-up.

Mount Ida will attempt to pickup their third conference win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Becker College to face the Hawks at 1 p.m.  

Mass. College Football: Afternoon News & Notes

By Matt Noonan 

There were some interesting outcomes this afternoon and below are a few news and notes from the day.

* Harvard’s perfect record remained intact as the Crimson defeated Lafayette, 35-16, at Harvard Stadium. Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for two scores and 113 yards on 21 carries, while Ricky Zorn hauled in four catches for a game-high 103 receiving yards.

* After earning an exciting first win a week ago, UMass struggled to continue its momentum as Buffalo defeated the Minutemen, 32-3.

* Stonehill rallied for one of its biggest wins in program history as the Skyhawks defeated New Haven, 29-26. Quarterback Logan Meyer capped a 12-point rally with a touchdown pass to Corey White with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Stonehill is now tied for first place in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) with American International College and New Haven.

* As we highlighted in our last post, AIC’s Kevin Arduino accounted for five touchdowns this afternoon — four on the ground, one through the air, which helped the Yellow Jackets defeat Bentley.The junior signal caller ran for 129 yards on 13 carries and threw for 222 yards.

As noted in the press release, this was AIC’s first win on Bentley’s home turf since 1999.

* Merrimack’s Joe Clancy tossed six touchdowns and completed 38-of-56 passes for 441 yards in the Warriors’ 51-9 victory against St. A’s. Through seven games, Clancy has recorded 34 touchdowns and completed 268-of-410 passes for 2,950 yards.

* Mount Ida is on a two-game winning streak and is currently tied for second in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Jordan Hyman led the Mustangs’ receiving core with eight grabs for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Jovan Wilkins matched a game-high 10 total stops.

Despite the loss, Anna Maria’s Robert Small rushed for 136 yards and three scores.

Mass. College Football: Week Seven Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another weekend of college football has come to an end. And with the seventh week in the books it is time to announce this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Massachusetts: The monkey is finally off their backs. The Minutemen, who entered Saturday’s contest on a six-game losing skid, relied on a second half touchdown pass from A.J. Doyle and a 25-yard field goal by Blake Lucas to seal their first victory of the season. Doyle had his best game, tossing two touchdowns, the most he’s recorded in a game this season, and a season-best 249 passing yards.

UMass finished the contest with 23 first downs and 376 yards of total offense. The Minutemen also won the time of possession battle as they held the ball for 34:28.

Charley Molnar’s squad returns to the gridiron next week when they travel to Buffalo. Last season, the Bulls topped the Minutemen at Gillette Stadium, 29-19.

Division 2 – Stonehill College: Quarterback Logan Meyer tossed two of his three touchdowns in the second half, as he connected with Colin Markus and Paul Piccirillo, while Steve Grzywacz kicked a 38-yard field goal as the Skyhawks outscored the Owls, 16-0, during the final two frames en route to a 23-21 victory against Southern Connecticut.

Stonehill’s Brian Harrington finished another game this season with more than 10 total tackles as he registered 16, 11 solo, while teammate Andrew Kibarian recorded eight total tackles, six solo and two tackles for a loss.

Gordon McLeod hauled in five receptions for a career-high 109 yards, while Nate Robitaille finished with 10 catches for 85 yards.

The Skyhawks will be on the road again next weekend as they travel to New Haven for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Division 3 – UMass Dartmouth: For the first time since 2008, the Corsairs defeated the Bears of Bridgewater State on Friday in a wild conference clash. UMass Dartmouth rallied from a 22-point deficit to seal the win.

DaVon Fuller helped his team earn their second win of the season when he intercepted Bridgewater State’s Mike McCarthy on his team’s two-yard line with seven seconds remaining in regulation.

Quarterback Cullen Hanna recorded season-highs of 179 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 26 yards and one score on six carries. Wide receiver Abiola Aborishade, who caught the game-winning touchdown, registered a game-high 10 catches for 111 yards, while running back Charles Ruffin produced his first 100-yard rushing game with 101 yards on the ground.

Defensively, UMass Dartmouth was led by Derek Tarpey, who finished with 22 stops, which was a career-high, 14 solo tackles, five tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one sack.

The Corsairs, who’re now 2-3 overall and 2-2 in their conference will be back on their home field Saturday when they host Worcester State for a 12 p.m. contest.

Mass. College Football: Five Games To Watch This Week

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re closing in on the halfway mark of another season of college football. The seventh week, which kicks-off tomorrow, will feature some intriguing, but important conference matchups, so we’ve decided to look ahead to this weekend’s slate in our first installment of the current 2013-14 season with our “Five Games to Watch.”

We started “Five Games to Watch” this past winter during basketball and hockey season to profile a variety of local Division 1, 2, and 3 games. We won’t make predictions, but will provide a quick synopsis of each matchup.

Quick Note: Going forward, we will be continuing our “Five Games to Watch” series during basketball, hockey and lacrosse season. These posts will appear closer to the weekend, though.

So, without further ado, here are five games to watch this weekend.

Harvard at Cornell, 12:30 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): Coming off an exciting triple-overtime win last week against Holy Cross, the Crimson will turn their attention to their second Ivy League foe of the season.

The Big Red, who’re 1-2 overall, are led by quarterback Jeff Matthews, who is the Ancient Eight’s all-time leading passer with 9,303 yards. Matthews and the Big Red struggled last season at Harvard Stadium as the Crimson capped the meeting with a 21-0 run to secure a 45-13 victory.

Paul Stanton Jr. leads Harvard’s ground attack with 258 yards and five rushing touchdowns. He’s averaging 86 yards per game, as well as one touchdown per game, too.

Defensively, keep an eye on Eric Medes, Norman Hayes and Zach Hodges, three players that will want to pressure Matthews.

Harvard has won the last seven meetings and leads the all-time series, 40-32-2.

Stonehill at Southern Conn., 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): The Skyhawks suffered their first Northeast-10 Conference setback last weekend against AIC, which held Stonehill to 189 yards of total offense.

This week, Stonehill will look to rebound against Southern Conn., a squad that has won three straight. The Owls have posted at least 40 points or more in all three of their victories.

Anthony Masucci, Tim Bennett and Brian Harrington each registered 10 total tackles against AIC, as well as combined for one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. Harrington continues to leads the defense with 66 total tackles (31 solo), while Mark Trudeau leads all players with 2.5 sacks.

Stonehill will certainly rely on its defense to stop the Owls, but also look for their offense to bounce back. Quarterback Logan Meyer has tossed 14 touchdowns this season, four of them to Nate Robitaille, who has recorded 100 receiving yards in four-straight contests.

Framingham State at Westfield State, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): Tom Kelley’s squad will play its fifth road contest of the season on Saturday when they travel to Westfield State to face the Owls, who’re on a three-game winning streak.

The Rams are coming off a 21-14 win against UMass Dartmouth last week, which feature three rushing touchdowns from Melikke Van Alstyne. Defensively, Chevere Archer recorded 10 solo tackles, five of them for a loss of 20 yards, as well as one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Westfield recently defeated Plymouth State, 31-0, thanks to another impressive defensive performance, which included seven tackles for a loss of 30 yards; four pass break-ups, three tackles for a loss and two interceptions. Tim Rich completed 11-of-13 passes for 245 yards and one touchdown, while Michael Mercadante rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries for two scores.

Keep an eye on the Westfield defense, which has yielded just seven points in three conference meetings.

Coast Guard at Curry College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12):  The Colonels snapped their three-game skid last weekend with a victory against MIT. This weekend, they’ll turn their attention to an impressive Coast Guard unit, which defeated Western New England last weekend, 41-38. The Bears have won two New England Football Conference contests and currently remain tied for first with Endicott College and Salve Regina.

As always, expect Curry to rely on Kevin Fruwirth’s arm, which produced two touchdowns last week, as well as running backs Phil Bigelow and Trae Weathers, two players that combined for 171 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.

The last time these two squads met, Curry defeated Coast Guard in 2011, 44-21. Bigelow led all rushers with 158 yards on 21 carries for two rushing touchdowns.

WPI at Union, 1:30 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): Coming off a tough loss to Hobart, Chris Robertson’s squad will look to rebound against their third Liberty League foe this season.

Against Union a year ago, Chris Turner brought WPI within one point following a 17-yard touchdown run in the second quarter before the Dutchmen answered with a pair of touchdowns.

Expect the Engineers to rely on their ground game. Zach Grasis finished last week’s contest with 93 yards on 23 carries. Also, look for quarterbacks John Antonopoulos and Jacob Grills to air it out to either Larry McGillicuddy or Ehab Hamdan.

Defensively, the Engineers finished their contest against Hobart with three pass break-ups and two tackles for a loss. Sean Murphy, Brian Murtagh, Robert Harasimo and Jack Downey each recorded six total tackles in the loss.