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Terrell Watts tossed a program-record seven touchdowns which helped the Bulldogs of Dean College outlast Alfred State, 50-46. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)
Offensive Player of the Week: Terrell Watts (Dean College | Quarterback | New Haven, Conn.): The second-year signal-caller tossed a program-record seven touchdown passes last Saturday to lead the Bulldogs to an important (and thrilling) conference win over Alfred State.
Watts’ seven touchdown passes places him third in touchdowns thrown in a single game this season. Evan Lewandowski of the University ofWisconsin-La Crosse tossed nine touchdowns earlier this season against University of Wisconsin-Platteville, while Wyatt Smith of Linfield College threw for eight scores against University of Puget Sound last month.
In eight games this season, Watts has completed 152 of 247 passes for a career-high 2,012 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Tony Slaughter established a new single-season record for tackles for a loss last Saturday against Western Connecticut. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth | Defensive Back | Springfield, Mass.): Slaughter concluded last Saturday’s win against Western Connecticut with 13 total tackles, including 12 solo stops. Additionally, he recorded two sacks and three tackles for a loss of 11 yards to establish a new single-season record for tackles for losses.
As noted in Sunday’s release about Slaughter being named this week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Defensive Player of the Week, Slaughter erased Marvey Mathurin‘s single-season record by bumping his total to 18 tackles for a loss of 70 yards. Mathurin posted 17.5 tackles for a loss of 65 yards in 2017, which was his final season with the Corsairs.
Through eight contests this season, Slaughter has registered 50.0 total tackles, including 36 solo stops, six sacks for a loss of 38 yards, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two pass breakups. He has also tallied two blocks.
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Jack Sullivan (Framingham State | Linebacker | Dartmouth, Mass.): Sullivan paced the Rams defense last Saturday against Massachusetts Maritime Academy with nine total tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 14 yards. One of his tackles was a sack for a loss of nine yards.
The seven solo stops is a season-best for the senior, while the four tackles for a loss were also a season-best. Sullivan’s lone sack was the senior’s first of the season.
Sullivan has competed in six games this season, logging 21.0 total tackles, including 12 solo stops and four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards.
Mark Wright drilled a season-long 43-yard field goal last Saturday, which helped MIT tie the game and eventually win it in double-overtime. (PHOTO COURTESY: Robert Krawitz)
Special Teamer of the Week: Mark Wright (MIT | Kicker | Fort Worth, Texas): Wright drilled a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter, including a 41-yard kick as time expired to send last Saturday’s game to overtime and help MIT defeat WPI, 28-22.
Wright posted a season-high eight points off two field goals, including a season-long 43-yarder, along with two extra points to bump his season total to 27 points. The third-year kicker has converted four of seven field goals while kicking 15 of 19 extra points.
Happy Monday! With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive, Defensive and Special Team units of the week, as well as our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, too.
Offensive Player of the Week: Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Germinerio accounted for five touchdowns in his team’s 48-7 win over Morrisville State, along with 298 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles’ signal-caller completed 19 of 23 passes for 288 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores on five carries for 10 yards.
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Liam Kenneally (Trinity): Kenneally turned in a monstrous performance against Tufts, tallying eight total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards, one sack for a 14 yard loss and one fumble recovery. Kenneally also registered one quarterback hurry, too.
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Jean Gabriel (Husson): Against Castleton, Jean Gabriel stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four solo stops, one sack (seven yards), one interception, one pass break-up, one quarterback hurry and two blocks.
Special Teams Player of the Week: John Rak (Amherst): Rak concluded Saturday’s contest against the Mules with 10 points. He was a perfect four-for-four on extra points, while connecting on a pair of field goals with his longest boot coming from 32 yards out.
Offensive Team of the Week:
Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Bamgbose led the Corsairs with 124 receiving yards on five receptions, while recording a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 24-22 setback to Bridgewater State.
Cory Brandon (Husson): Against Castleton, Brandon completed 15 of 17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.
Mike Breuler (Wesleyan): Breuler hauled in a game-high 10 receptions for 164 yards and one touchdown as the Cardinals rallied to defeat Bates, 41-23.
Kiegan Brown (Alfred State): Against Gallaudet, Brown rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries for one score, while recording one catch for five yards.
Max Chipouras (Trinity): Chipouras tallied 165 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown to lead Trinity passed Tufts, 23-16.
Brendan Costa (Bates): Against Wesleyan, Costa tallied 170 yards on 18 carries and one score.
Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime): Creeger amassed 329 yards of total offense, including 212 yards on 26 carries for one score as Maine Maritime topped Coast Guard in NEWMAC play. Creeger ended the game three for seven through the air for two touchdowns and 117 yards.
James Dawson (Salve Regina): Against Nichols, Dawson rushed for a pair of scores on 25 carries for 119 yards as the Seahawks improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.
Brandonn Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers with 10 receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown.
Zach DeNike (Endicott): DeNike led all receivers with five grabs for 96 yards and a touchdown against Western New England.
Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Eglintine tallied four touchdowns – two through the air, two on the ground – as the Pride improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in NEWMAC play. The Pride’s signal-caller completed three of seven passes for 76 yards, while rushing for 79 yards on 15 carries.
Quinn Fleeting (West Conn.): Against Mass. Maritime, Fleeting completed 11 of 21 passes for 208 yards and three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jawad Chisholm.
Maleke Fuentes (Alfred): Fuentes rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries and one score in his team’s initial setback of the season to SUNY Cortland.
Peter Hoff (Western New England): Hoff averaged 7.2 yards per carry, finishing the day with 115 yards on 16 carries for two scores as the Golden Bears picked-up their initial conference win.
Kyle Hoppy (Buffalo State.): Hoppy completed 20 of 39 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 30 yards on 10 carries for one score as the Bengals topped the Saints of St. Lawrence.
Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy led all receivers with seven grabs and 124 yards, while hauling in one touchdown in his team’s 24-22 win over UMass Dartmouth.
Jared Lebowoitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz completed 24 of 37 passes for 304 yards, while tossing a trio of touchdown passes in his team’s 27-26 setback to Williams. The senior signal-caller also rushed for 34 yards on eight carries.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron completed 21 of 29 passes for 195 yards, while tossing two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with no time remaining to lift the Ephs to an exciting 27-26 win over Middlebury. The first-year signal-caller also rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries and one score.
Chris Olberding (SUNY Maritime): Olberding led all rushers with 132 yards on 15 carries, while sprinting for a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 51-15 win over Anna Maria.
Rodrick Payne (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Payne rushed for 99 yards on 21 carries and two scores.
Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Acad.): Phillips led all rushers in his team’s 28-21 setback to West Conn. with 212 yards on 39 carries, while recording one touchdown.
Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan): Piccirillo helped the Cardinals overcome a two-point (23-21) setback at the break by finishing the game 29 of 42 for 370 yards, while rushing for 84 yards on 11 carries. Piccirillo also concluded the game with three touchdowns, including two through the air.
Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Puzzo completed 18 of 31 passes for 200 yards, while tossing one score – he also rushed for 37 yards on 21 carries.
Anthony Service (Western New England): Service amassed 210 yards of total offense, while account for three touchdowns, including two through the air as the Golden Bears topped Endicott in Springfield, Massachusetts.
John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for a trio of touchdowns on 16 carries for 95 yards in his team’s 49-0 win over Castleton.
Shane Sweeney (Hobart): Sweeney completed 19 of 29 passes for 305 yards and four scores in his team’s 49-27 win over Hartwick.
Koree Reed (Hartwick): Reed hauled in a game-high nine receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the Hawks’s 49-27 setback to Hobart.
Maxwell Rye (Middlebury): Rye led the Panthers’ receiving core with seven grabs for 133 receiving yards and one score.
Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva led all receivers with 118 yards on four receptions, while hauling in a pair of touchdown passes as Curry defeated Becker, 40-0.
Trai Weaver (Anna Maria): Weaver led all Anna Maria receivers Saturday by hauling in nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.
Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 169 yards on 25 carries, while rushing for one score in his team’s seven-straight win.
Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright completed 26 of 36 passes for 334 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdowns in his team’s win over Anna Maria.
Defensive Team of the Week:
Luke Apuzzi (Williams): Against Middlebury, Apuzzi registered 16 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.
Derek Breunig (Maine Maritime): Against Coast Guard, Breunig registered 10 total stops, including four solo tackles, one sack (nine yards) and two tackles for a loss of 25 yards.
Jesse Byorth (Merchant Marine): Byorth led the Mariners with 10 total tackles, including a pair of stops for a loss of six yards and one forced fumble against Springfield.
Joe Esposito (Plymouth State): Esposito concluded Saturday’s 16-13 win over Framingham State with eight total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one forced fumble.
Dylan Ferrari (SUNY Cortland): Ferrari concluded Saturday’s upset win over Alfred with six total stops, including three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 13 yards.
Daniel George (Anna Maria): Against SUNY Maritime, George tallied 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded one forced fumble, too.
Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded Saturday’s game against Merchant Marine with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 23 yards.
Michael Hall (Anna Maria): Hall matched George for 12 total stops, but concluded Saturday’s game against SUNY Maritime with nine solo tackles, along with one tackle for a loss for four yards and two fumble recoveries (19 yards).
Geno Iozzino (Alfred): Against SUNYCortland, Iozzino recorded six solo stops, including a pair of tackles for a loss (10 yards) and one sack (seven yards).
Paul Krowel (Buffalo State): Krowel tallied seven total stops, including four solo tackles, two quarterback hurries, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss (11 yards) and two sacks (10) in the Bengals’ 24-21 win over St. Lawrence.
Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Against Bridgewater State, Mathurin tallied 15 total stops, including 12 solo tackles and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of six yards.
Brandon Morris (Wesleyan): Against Bates, Morris tallied 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of six yards.
William Rivera (Endicott): Against Western New England, Rivera registered 11 total stops, including five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and one sack for an eight yard loss.
Tylor Scales (Tufts): Scales completed Tufts’ most recent contest against Trinity with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards, one sack for an eight yard loss and one forced fumble.
Aaron Slodowitz (Middlebury): Against Williams, Slodowitz led all defenders with 18 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards.
Skyler Williamson (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Williamson registered 15 total tackles, including seven solo stops, four tackles for a loss (16 yards) and one sack (eight yards).
Special Teams of the Week:
Jordan D’Onofrio (West Conn.): D’Onofrio punted the ball six times on Saturday with a pair of boots landing inside the Mass. Maritime Academy 20. He also registered two touchbacks, while connecting on all four extra point attempts.
William Holscher (SUNY Cortland): Holscher’s 20 yard field goal in overtime helped the Red Dragons secured an exciting upset over Alfred in Cortland, New York. Holscher completed the game with eight points – he was a perfect two for two on extra points.
Brian McGovern (Hartwick): Against Hobart, McGovern tallied nine points by connecting on a pair of field goals and three extra points.
Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Against Anna Maria, Murphy connected on seven extra point attempts, while tallying 496 yards on eight kickoffs with five kicks resulting in touchbacks.
Another week of College Football, specifically D3 Football (New England and Northeast) is in the books, and now it is time to highlight this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week with players from offense, defense and special teams.
Players of the Week
Offensive Co-Player of the Week: Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Against SUNY Cortland, Germinerio recorded six touchdowns – three through the air, three on the ground – while registering 360 yards of total offense.
Offensive Co-Player of the Week: John Smith (Husson): Smith tallied a career-best 301 yards, while rushing for two scores as the Eagles soared passed Endicott for a 28-7 win.
Defensive Player of the Week: Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Mathurin, who was tabbed this week’s MASCAC Defensive Player of the Week, recorded 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss and one and a half-sacks. Additionally, he registered a pair of quarterback hurries in his team’s 17-13 win over Western Connecticut.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington booted a career-long 41-yard field goal, while connecting on all four extra points as WPI claimed its initial NEWMAC win over Maine Maritime.
Offensive Team of the Week:
Mitch Banuskevich (Plymouth State): Banuskevich rushed for 157 yards on 22 carries for one score as the Panthers defeated Worcester State, 16-6.
Casey Boston (Alfred): Against Buffalo State, Boston completed 11 of 16 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 42 yards on eight carries and one score.
Tyree Brown (Brockport): Brown led all receivers with 179 yards on six receptions and one score as Brockport defeated SUNY Cortland, 52-38.
Michael Caban (Becker): Caban led all receivers on Saturday with 111 yards on eight receptions and one score.
Emanuel Calmar (Rochester): Calmar totaled 233 yards on 36 carries and two scores to lead Rochester passed Becker. He also recorded four catches for 52 yards.
Brendan Costa (Bates): Costa rushed for 97 yards on 16 carries and one score – he averaged 6.1 yards per carry.
Jack Dolan (Tufts): Dolan concluded Saturday’s game against Bates with three touchdown receptions, along with a game-high 118 yards on eight receptions.
Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Against Norwich, Eglintine amassed 106 yards of total offense, while tossing two touchdowns as the Pride improved to 5-0 on the season.
Steven Ferreira (SUNY Cortland): Ferreira completed 30 of 42 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 52-38 setback.
Duane Gary (Western Conn.):Gary led all receivers with 116 yards on four receptions and one score in his team’s 17-13 setback to UMass Dartmouth.
Eddy Garcia-Montes (MIT): Garcia-Montes hauled in a game-best 119 receiving yards on six catches, while scoring twice in his team’s 35-7 win over Merchant Marine.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Gacioch amassed 280 yards of total offense, including 193 yards through the air as the Corsairs defeated West Conn., 17-13. Gacioch tossed one touchdown, while completing 15 of 26 passes.
Udgam Goyal (MIT): Goyal completed 20 of 30 passes for 217 yards, while tossing three touchdowns as the Engineers claimed its second-straight NEWMAC win with a 35-7 victory against Merchant Marine.
Moe Harris (Castleton): Harris was unstoppable on Saturday against Anna Maria, rushing for a game-high 209 yards on 39 carries and three scores.
Dario Highsmith (Wesleyan): Highsmith rushed for a pair of scores and 95 yards on 15 carries as the Cardinals soared
Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen rushed for 182 yards and two scores, while hauling in a pair of receptions for 11 yards and one touchdown, as the Engineers defeated Maine Maritime at Alumni Stadium.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald turned in an impressive outing against Bates, tossing four touchdowns, while rushing for 81 yards on 21 carries and one score. McDonald completed 21 of 36 passes for 245 yards.
Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State): McLaughlin did it all against Westfield State, rushing for three scores on 23 carries for 176 yards, while completing one of two passes for seven yards.
Sean Richardson (St. Lawrence): Against Western New England, Richardson completed 18 of 30 passes for 274 yards, while tossing three touchdowns.
Anthony Service (Western New England): Service completed 14 of 28 passes for 193 yards, while tossing the game-winning strike in overtime to lift the Golden Bears passed St. Lawrence. Service also rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.
Chad Shade (Springfield): Shade tallied 101 yards on 11 carries and one score in his team’s fifth win against Norwich. Shade tallied the longest burst of the day – a 35-yard run – while averaging 9.2 yards per carry.
Curtis Smith (SUNY Maritime): Against Alfred State, Smith led all receivers with 162 yards on seven receptions and one touchdown.
Nas Sinkfield-Shelton (Becker): Sinkfield-Shelton amassed 310 yards of total offense, including 220 yards through the air in his team’s fifth contest of the season against Rochester. He concluded the game with a touchdown pass to Michael Caban.
Jayson Wallace (Anna Maria): Against Castleton, Wallace completed 14 of 34 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 21 carries and one score to lead the Pride passed Norwich last Saturday.
Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright completed last Saturday’s game with 252 passing yards, along with 50 yards on 10 carries. He completed one touchdown pass to Curtis Smith, while rushing for one score with eight seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Defensive Team of the Week:
Ricco Aaron (Dean): Aaron led the Bulldogs’ defense with 20 total stops, including 12 solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of three yards and one quarterback hurry.
Michael Bianco (Becker): Bianco led the Hawks’ defense with 10 total tackles, including three solo stops in his team’s setback to Rochester. Bicano concluded the contest with one pass break-up and a tackle for a loss of five yards.
Max Breschi (Bates): Breschi concluded Saturday’s game against Tufts with six total stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards, one sack for a loss for 13 yards and one fumble recovery.
Carty Campbell (Trinity): Campbell tallied a team-high seven solo stops, along with one tackle for a loss and one interception returned for 34 yards in his team’s 17-9 win over Williams College.
Zach Howard (Westfield State): Howard paced the Owls’ defense with eight total tackles (seven solo), two tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one interception returned for 33 yards.
Jake Lombardo (Union): Lombardo led Union’s defense with 15 total tackles, including one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble and four solo stops as the Dutchmen edged Morrisville State, 28-27.
Nicholas Milgate (Alfred): Milgate led the Saxons’ defense against Buffalo State with 10 total stops, including two tackles for a loss of 16 yards and one interception for seven yards.
Julius Mizro (Brockport): Mizro concluded Saturday’s contest with eight total tackles (seven solo stops), including two tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one forced fumble and an interception returned for 37 yards.
Brandon Morris (Wesleyan): Morris accounted for seven total tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one forced fumble in his team’s 31-9 win over Hamilton.
Matt Nicolai (MIT): Nicolai paced the Engineers’ defense with 10 total stops, including seven solo stops, two interceptions and one pass break-up.
Austin Parker (Alfred State): Against SUNY Maritime, Parker recorded 12 total stops, including nine solo tackles and one interception.
William Rivera (Endicott): Against Husson, Rivera recorded 15 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, one sack for a nine yard loss and a fumble recovery.
Justin Warner (Rochester): Warner tallied a team-high 10 total stops, including eight solo tackles, while registering four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 16 yards as Rochester defeated Becker in Leicester, Massachusetts.
Special Teams of the Week:
Jason Barrientos (Fitchburg State): Barrientos recorded his longest punt of the season of 50 yards, while tallying 131 yards on five boots in his team’s 24-17 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Jacob Cheney (Brockport): Cheney tallied 506 yards on nine kickoffs, including a pair of touchbacks in his team’s 52-38 win over SUNY Cortland.
Finn Kearns (UMass Dartmouth): Kearns punted the ball seven times on Saturday for 207 yards with three boots landing inside the West Conn. 20-yard-line.
Vinny Lalumia (Western New England): Against St. Lawrence, Lalumia punted the ball eight times for 298 yards, including three boots that landed inside his opponent’s 20-yard line. One of his eight punts resulted in a touchback.
Brett Renzi (Brockport): Renzi connected on all seven extra points, while converting a 33 yard field goal in his team’s 52-38 win over SUNY Cortland.