Mass. College Football: Assumption Places 11 On NE-10 Football All-Conference Teams

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about 11 football players that earned sports on the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Football All-Conference Teams:

Easton, Mass. (November 20) — The Northeast-10 Conference has announced the 2013 Football All-Conference Teams as 11 members of the Assumption College football team have earned All-Conference recognition on either the First or Second Teams. Leading the way is junior defensive end Derrick Mann (Sharon, Mass./Sharon), who was named as the league’s Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Mann, a First Team All-Conference selection as well, was one of six Hounds to earn a spot on the First Team. Tied for the team lead in interceptions with three, Mann becomes the first Assumption player to earn Defensive Lineman of the Year honors. He led the team with 11 tackles for loss for a total of 53 yards, including 5.5 sacks for 39 yards that tied him for the team lead in that category. In addition to the three picks, he added one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries. Mann ranks fifth in the league in tackles for loss and tied for second in total sacks.

Senior All-American tight end Scott Simonson (Red Bank, N.J./Middletown South) earned First Team All-Conference honors for the first time after leading the Hounds with 39 receptions for 604 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 54.9 yards per game and 15.5 yards per reception, including a season-long of 56 yards. A Second Team All-American selection and an All-Region honoree in 2012, Simonson was named as a Preseason All-American this season by a number of publications and media outlets. He has also attracted substantial NFL interest from nearly every team in the league throughout the season.

Senior linebacker Matt Colangelo (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell) earned First Team honors for the first time in his career after finishing third on the team with 69 total tackles. He added 5.5 tackles for loss for 14 yards, two interceptions, one pass breakup, three quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.

Senior defensive back Mike Bates (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) capped off his career with his third All-Conference honor and second as a First Team honoree. Ranking fourth in the league at 8.7 tackles per game, Bates finished the season with a team-best 96 tackles while tying for the team lead in sacks with 5.5 as a defensive back. He added eight tackles for loss of 35 yards, 5.5 sacks for 28 yards and three interceptions for 26 yards. He ranked second on the team in pass breakups with six, was tied for the team lead in quarterback hurries with five and led the team with two forced fumbles.

Senior defensive lineman Khalid Pitts (Clifton, N.J./Clifton) has been named to the First Team for the first time as he picks up All-Conference honors for the third straight season. Pitts posted 49 total tackles, including 27 solo stops, to go along with 10.5 tackles for loss to rank second on the team in that category. He also added a half sack and was tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries.

Senior kicker Tad Beuchert (Danvers, Mass./St. John’s Prep) is a First Team selection this season after leading the league in field goals made with 15 and in points scored among kickers with 79 in 11 games. A Second Team All-Conference honoree in 2012, Beuchert earned a pair of Northeast-10 Special Teams Player of the Week awards this season. Connecting on four field goals of 40 yards or better, Beuchert nailed a 48-yard field goal at Saint Anselm in mid-October that was the longest in the Northeast-10 this season.

Senior running back Matt Pedone (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) earns All-Conference honors for the second time in his career as he was named to the Second Team. Posting 917 yards on 176 rushing attempts, he ranked second in the league at 91.7 yards per game to go along with six rushing touchdowns on the season. In a road win at LIU Post in the regular-season finale, Pedone rushed for a career-high 209 yards, which was the single-game high in the Northeast-10 this season.

Senior Mike Stuppiello (Forked River, N.J./Lacey Township) picks up Second Team honors as he is an All-Conference selection for the second straight season. Starting all 11 games, he finished the season with 25 total tackles, six tackles for loss for 31 yards, four sacks for 27 yards and four quarterback hurries. He also had a 14-yard fumble recovery in a road win at eventual league champion American International, as well as a team-best two blocked kicks.

Senior Emanuel Riggins (Dorchester, Mass./Boston College HS) was named to the Second Team after posting 22 tackles as he earns All-Conference honors for the first time. He added 2.5 tackles for loss for eight yards, one sack, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.

Senior safety Erik Abramson (Deerfield, Mass./Frontier Regional) was selected to the All-Conference Second Team as he also earned league recognition for the first time in his career this season. He ranked second on the team in total tackles with 75, including 41 solo stops. Abramson added 3.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, one interception, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.

Senior offensive lineman Jack Dustin (Foxboro, Mass./Xaverian) was chosen as a member of the Second Team as well, earning All-Conference honors for the first time. Dustin started all 11 games at left guard for the Hounds in 2013 as the team averaged 152.7 yards on the ground and 332 yards of total offense per contest.

Assumption finished the year at 6-5 overall and 6-3 in Northeast-10 play. The Hounds were picked eighth in the Northeast-10 Preseason Coaches Poll before posting a fourth-place finish in the end behind a 5-0 mark on the road in regular-season league action.

Mass. College Football: Week 11 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior tailback, who is the current leading rusher in the ACC and No. 2 in the nation among FBS (Football Subdivision) players, rushed for a single-game school record of 295 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-34 win over New Mexico State

Chase Rettig (Boston College) – The senior quarterback passed for 230 yards and tossed three scores.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year signal caller amassed 292 yards of total offense in his team’s setback to Lehigh, along with one touchdown pass.

Matt Pedone (Assumption College) – The senior halfback rushed for a career-high 209 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries, which helped the Hounds defeat LIU Post, 37-27, and finish 5-0 on the road in league play.

Tad Beuchert (Assumption) – The senior placekicker was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals and 4-for-4 in extra-point attempts.

Sterry Codrington (Stonehill) –The junior defensive back helped the Skyhawks hold Merrimack to just 14 points and 359 total yards by registering a career-best 12 tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, a forced fumble, interception and pass breakup.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior quarterback rushed for three scores and passed for 94 yards in his team’s win over So. Connecticut.

Mike Bates (Assumption) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 total tackles, five solo stops, one interception, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.

Jere Brown (Merrimack) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in nine receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – The sophomore halfback recorded a career-high 31 carries for 185 yards in his team’s win over the Warriors.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded a game-best 16 tackles, eight solo stops, one sack for a loss of nine yards and a pass breakup.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver caught seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Taylor Russell (Stonehill) – The junior defensive lineman matched his career-high with five tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one sack, a fumble recovery and an interception.

Robert Baker (Becker) – The senior quarterback amassed 243 yards in the Hawks’ 20-3 win over Castelton State. Baker tossed two touchdowns and rushed for 41 yards on 14 carries.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-high 18 total stops, which included four-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 31 yards and five tackles for a loss of 31 yards.

Zach Grasis (WPI) – The junior tailback rushed for 155 yards and two scores in the Engineers’ 31-21 victory over Rochester.

Sean Murphy (WPI) – The sophomore defensive back recorded five solo tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Rochester.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior running back rushed for a game-best 158 yards and three scores as the Rams defeated the Bears and claimed the inaugural MASCAC crown.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback completed 10-of-19 passes for 117 yards and rushed for 95 yards and three scores on 27 carries.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker finished with 13 total tackles, 10 solo stops and a fumble recovery.

Trevor McNeil (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year linebacker recorded 10 total tackles, five solo stops, which included two tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one sack for a loss of six yards, a forced fumble and fumble recovery against the Falcons of Fitchburg State.

Steph’fon Teague (Fitchburg State) – The junior halfback rushed for 182 yards and one score on 27 carries. He also caught one pass for five yards and one touchdown in the Falcons’ 25-20 victory.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – The senior quarterback completed 15-of-24 passes for 203 yards and tossed four touchdowns, as well as rushed for 57 yards and one score in his team’s 46-44 win over Plymouth State.

Sam Calley (Curry) – The senior defensive lineman finished his team’s contest against Nichols College with nine total tackles, which included six sacks for 21 yards, eight tackles for a loss of 24 yards and two forced fumbles.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 17-of-32 passes for 323 yards in the Gulls’ win over Western New England.

Peter Williams (MIT) – The junior quarterback completed 15-of-18 passes for 264 yards and five touchdowns against Maine Maritime.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior linebacker concluded his team’s season with six solo tackles, which included two tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.

Mass. College Football: Week Seven Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

A.J. Doyle (Massachusetts) – The sophomore gunslinger tossed season-bests two touchdowns and 249 passing yards to lead the Minutemen to their first victory of the season.

Rob Blanchflower (Massachusetts) – The senior tight end recorded a season-best 98 yards receiving, as well as registered his first score of the Minutemen’s current campaign against Miami (Ohio).

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year quarterback finished Saturday’s game with six touchdowns, three on the ground and three through the air, as the Crusaders cruised to their third victory of the season against Bucknell. Pujals completed 19-of-29 passes for 298 yards and rushed for 80 yards on 13 carries.

Jet Kollie (Bentley) – The junior running back scored two touchdowns and amassed 266 all-purpose yards against Pace on Saturday in just three quarters. Kollie rushed for 181 yards on 12 carries to break the school record for average gain per rush.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback tossed four touchdowns and finished with 323 yards of total offense in three quarters of Saturday’s game. He averaged 12.4 yards per play.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver hauled in two touchdowns in Bentley’s 56-13 win against Pace. Hill finished with four receptions for 108 yards, and was on the receiving end of a 60-yard scoring strike on the Falcons’ first play of the game.

Gordon McLeod (Stonehill) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a career-high 109 receiving yards on five catches to help the Skyhawks rally to victory against Southern Connecticut.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker posted his sixth straight double-figure effort against Southern Connecticut with a game-high 16 total tackles, 11 solo stops, along with a fumble recovery.

Andrew Kibarian (Stonehill) – The first-year defensive end recorded a season-high matching eight tackles, six solo, as well as a season-best two tackles for a loss of five yards.

Matt Pedone (Assumption) – The sophomore halfback registered 131 yards of total offense and two scores on Friday against St. A’s. Pedone rushed for 102 yards on 13 carries and recorded two catches for 29 yards.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior quarterback completed 51-of-71 passes for 538 yards and three touchdowns in Merrimack’s loss to New Haven.

Jere Brown (Merrimack) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a game-best 13 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown.

Melquan Pinkney (Mt. Ida) – The first-year halfback registered 129-yard on 17 carries and two rushing touchdowns in Mount Ida’s first conference win against Castleton State.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 total stops against Westfield State, two solo tackles, along with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards.

Cullen Hanna (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year signal caller recorded season-highs of 179 yards passing and three touchdowns against Bridgewater State.

Abiola Aborishade (UMass Dartmouth) – The sophomore wide receiver, who caught the game-winning touchdown, registered a game-high 10 catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Derek Tarpey (UMass Dartmouth) – The sophomore linebacker finished with 22 total tackles, which was a career-high, 14 solo stops, five tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one sack.

Stefan Gustafson (Mass. Maritime) – The senior running back rushed for career-high 235 yards on 35 carries and tied school record with four rushing touchdowns (including 87 yarder, third longest in school history) in Buccaneers’ wild 54-53 victory at Western Connecticut.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – The senior quarterback completed 22-of-33 passes for 349 yards and two scores in Bucs’ 54-53 win at Western Connecticut.  Stanton set up the game-winning score in closing minutes with 51-yard connection.

Jordan Shairs (Curry) – The junior running back recorded 194 yards of total offense as he rushed for 161 yards on 17 carries for one score, as well as hauled in five catches for 33 yards and one touchdown in the Colonels’ second conference win against Coast Guard.

Kevin Cook (Western New England) – The junior halfback finished Saturday’s game against Salve Regina with 127 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior inside linebacker recorded six solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, a fumble recovery and one pass break-up in his team’s 14-10 win against Colby College.

James Howe (Williams) – The sophomore defensive lineman finished Saturday’s game against Middlebury with eight total tackles, five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss and a half a sack.

Mass. College Football: Friday Night Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

The seventh week of the college football season commenced once again under the bright “Friday Night Lights” with Assumption defeating Saint Anselm’s and UMass Dartmouth beating Bridgewater State. Below are the highlights from each contest.

Quick Note: Video above courtesy of Assumption College’s athletic department’s YouTube channel.

Assumption 41, St. A’s 27: Running backs Matt Pedone and Matt Heriveaux combined for four touchdowns, three on the ground, one through the air as well as 165 yards of total offense (136 yards on the ground) as the Hounds defeated the Hawks in Manchester.

Quarterback Bobby Jordan tossed one touchdown and completed 13-of-24 passes for 177 yards, while Scott Simonson hauled in five catches for 79 yards.

Mike Bates and Matt Colangelo, two players that combined for 26 total tackles, two-and-a-half sacks and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss, led Assumption’s defense.

Justin Bernard of St. A’s led all receivers with 17 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown.

UMD 33, Bridgewater State 29: Cullen Hanna completed 17-of-29 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Abiola Aborishade, which included the go-ahead score with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Corsairs topped the Bears in Dartmouth.

UMD’s Derek Tarpey recorded a career-high 22 total tackles, 14 solo stops, which included five tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one sack. He also registered two forced fumbles.

Bridgewater’s Mike McCarthy finished 18-of-26 for 273 yards and one touchdown, as well as rushed for two scores on 17 carries for 52 yards.

Mass. College Football: Assumption-New Haven Kickoff Week 6

By Matt Noonan 

The first weekend of October marks the sixth week of the college football season and below is a quick look at tonight’s only game.

* New Haven at Assumption, 7 p.m.

Quick Observation: The Hounds are coming off an impressive come-from-behind win against AIC last Friday, while the Chargers are on a three-game winning streak. Quarterback Ronnie Nelson (New Haven) ranks third in the Northeast-10 Conference in touchdown passes (11), while Assumption’s Matt Pedone is third in yards per game (94.0).

Defensively, New Haven leads all defenses with 12 sacks, which is six more than Assumption. The Chargers have also yielded an average of 23.5 points per game, which is second in the conference behind Bentley. Both teams are tied for third in interceptions with five.

For updates on the game, make sure to follow @ACGreyhounds.

Mass. College Football: Week Four Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – In his first-career start with the Crimson, the junior quarterback tossed four touchdowns in his team’s win against San Diego.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross) – Against Monmouth, SanDoval led the Crusaders with a game-best 11 tackles (nine solo).

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – This week’s Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, led the Skyhawks defense with 17 total tackles (nine solo), one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior gunslinger finished his team’s contest with five touchdowns, four through the air, one on the ground against Pace on Saturday.

Matt Pedone (Assumption College) – The senior halfback from Holden, posted a career-high 187 rushing yards on 26 carries. He rushed for two scores in his team’s setback to Stonehill on Friday.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – Against LIU Post, the Framingham native threw for four touchdowns and 381 yards, both career-bests.

Logan Meyer (Stonehill) – The senior gunslinger helped the Skyhawks to their second victory of the season by completing 27-of-49 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The Attleboro native hauled in a career-best 13 passes for a career-high 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Chris Walsh (Bentley) – The sophomore wide receiver had his best game in a Falcons uniform as he caught five passes for 136 yards, which included a 65-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 24.

Andrew Holfinger (Endicott) – This week’s New England Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week recorded a team-best 11 tackles, four tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one-and-a-half sacks.  

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – Against Worcester State on Friday evening, the Martha’s Vineyard native accounted for six touchdowns (five passing, one running). He led all rushers with 98 yards on 22 carries.

Matthew Green (Bridgewater State) – This week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week hauled six passes for a career-high 202 yards and a school-record five touchdowns.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior halfback rushed for 192 yards on 30 carries for one score, as well as hauled in three catches for 23 yards and one touchdown.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – Completed 22-of-28 passes for 357 yards and pair of touchdowns of 36 and 33 yards as Buccaneers claimed third straight Admiral’s Cup with 52-18 victory at Maine Maritime.

Phillip Nwosu (Amherst College) – The senior kicker recorded 11 points, three field goals and two extra points in the Lord Jeffs’ first win of the season against Hamilton.

Mass. College Football: Recapping Assumption-Stonehill

By NoontimeSports.com 

(Recap submitted by Assumption College football broadcaster Roei Biberstain)

WORCESTER, MA – Logan Meyer’s 14-yard overtime touchdown connection to Gordon McLeod gave Stonehill its first and only lead as the Skyhawks defeated Assumption College, 41-38, on Friday evening.

The thriller at Multi-Sports Stadium was the Greyhounds’ 2013 home opener after two straight road games to begin the season.

With the win, Stonehill (2-1, 2-0) extended its winning streak over the Greyhounds (1-2, 1-1) to seven-straight dating back to 2006.

Assumption took a 38-35 lead early in the extra session on a 44-yard field goal by senior Tad Beuchert, but Stonehill responded by scoring the winning touchdown four plays later when Meyer hooked up with McLeod.

Meyer finished the contest 27-of-49 for 367 yards with five touchdown passes. He also rushed for one score on three carries for eight yards.

Stonehill’s Nate Robitaille led all receivers with 185 yards on 13 catches. The Attleboro native also hauled in two touchdowns.

Assumption’s Matt Pedone rushed for a game-high 187 yards on 26 carries for two scores, while tight end Scott Simonson led the Hounds receiving core with five catches for 94 yards and one receiving touchdown.

Defensively, Brian Harrington led Stonehill with 16 tackles (eight solo) and one tackle for a loss, while Ryan Hollis finished with five tackles (four solo), one sack and one forced fumble.  

Matt Bates led Assumption’s defense with nine tackles (five solo), one tackle for a loss and one pass breakup.

Stonehill returns home next Saturday to host Bentley, while Assumption travels to American International on Friday.