Get Read For FCS New England Football This Spring

Most FCS New England football teams will compete in a few contests this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Visualhunt.com)

By Matt Noonan

The thought of seeing spring football in New England is slowly becoming a reality, especially for a handful of NCAA Division I FCS programs.

Yesterday, the Patriot League announced plans to play a shortened season this spring, which means Holy Cross will have a chance to compete for its second-straight league title after securing the conference crown in 2019.

Maine and New Hampshire will also compete this spring – the two teams will compete against members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) North Division. The CAA’s spring season is slated to begin on Saturday, February 20 with Davidson visiting Elon and James Madison hosting Morehead State.

Rhode Island, which is one of seven teams that makes-up the CAA’s North Division, will also be in action this spring – the Rams are currently scheduled to compete against Bryant on Saturday, February 27.

The CAA will not have a championship game like the Patriot League. Instead, the team with “the best overcall conference record” will secure the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Football Championship, which will begin Saturday, April 24.

The Northeastern Conference (NEC) plans to play a four-game conference schedule, which is good news for fans of Bryant, Central Connecticut, Merrimack, and Sacred Heart. Games will be played on Sundays or midweek with a conference championship expected to take place on either Friday, April 16 or Saturday, April 17.

As noted on Twitter, by Brett McMurphy of Stadium, the FCS national title game will be played Sunday, May 16 in Frisco, Texas.

New England High School Notebook: Highlighting Four State Championships

NE HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOKS

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was an exciting weekend for a few New England high school lacrosse teams that captured their respective division or class championships.

Here is a recap with some links of what you missed from this past weekend’s finales in ConnecticutNew Hampshire, and Vermont, as well as what occurred earlier this month when Rhode Island crowned six state champions.

Connecticut Boy’s Lacrosse 

Connecticut Girl’s Lacrosse 

New Hampshire Boy’s Lacrosse 

  • In Division I, Pinkerton Academy scored its second-straight two-goal championship win over Bishop Guertin this past Saturday at Bill Ball Stadium. The Cardinals of Bishop Guertin defeated the Astros earlier this season when the two teams met in mid-April. After losing to Hingham in mid-May, the Astros returned to the win column to finish their 2019 campaign on a 10-game winning streak.
  • In Division II, Derryfield finished its 2019 campaign with some hardware by defeating Winnacunnet, 9-1. The two teams met earlier this season with the Cougars claiming a hard-fought 9-8 win. Derryfield lost just once this season but finished its season on a seven-game winning streak.
  • In Division III, Hopkinton capped its season with a 15-5 championship over top-seed Pelham. The Hawks fell to Pelham earlier this season by a score of 9-5. Hopkinton would rebound, though, finishing their regular season slate on a five-game winning streak.

New Hampshire Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • In Division I, the third-seed Bishop Guertin outlasted Pinkerton, 12-11, to claim their second-straight championship (BG needed overtime to beat Bedford last June). Prior to edging the Astros, the Cardinals beat both Bedford (10-9) and Merrimack (19-6).
  • In Division II, Portsmouth, the top seed in this year’s tournament, defeated Winnacunnet, 10-5, to claim its third-straight championship. The win was also Portsmouth’s second victory against Winnacunnet in the title round in three seasons.
  • In Division III, Hopkinton celebrated its first-ever championship in program history with a 12-11 win over Derryfield. The win erased memories of last season, which saw Hopkinton fall to Laconia, 10-6.

Rhode Island Boy’s Lacrosse (Championships occurred earlier this month)

  • In Division I, top-seed La Salle finished its season with a 7-6 championship win over Moses Brown, which entered the postseason as the second seed. Prior to beating Moses Brown, La Salle knocked-off Bishop Hendricken, 17-7, in the semifinals.
  • In Division II, second-seed South Kingstown needed to score a trio of wins, including a title round victory over top-seed Portsmouth to secure a 12-10 championship win. Curtis Rasmussen highlighted his team’s win with 17 saves, while Max Willette added seven points on five goals and two assists. The championship victory was the first for SK.
  • In Division III, fourth-seed Westerly outlasted second-seed Narragansett, 8-7, to cap its season with a 16-3 record. Prior to beating Narragansett, the Bulldogs scored wins over PCD/SRA Co-op (15-3) and Burrillville (11-10).

Rhode Island Girl’s Lacrosse (Championships occurred earlier this month

Vermont Boy’s Lacrosse 

Vermont Girl’s Lacrosse


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Noontime Top 5 D2 Poll: Assumption Secures Top Spot (WK 3)

Assumption College secured the top spot in our Noontime D2 Top 5 after an impressive first two contests. (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)

Assumption College secured the top spot in our Noontime D2 Top 5 after an impressive first two contests. (Photo Credit: Assumption College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Noontime Sports is happy to unveil our first regular season (Week Three) D2 Top 5 Poll.

Our D2 Poll is a part of our blog’s new coverage plan, which we are slowly unveiling over the next few days and weeks.

So, without further ado, here is this week’s (Week 3) Noontime D2 Top 5 Poll.

  1. Assumption (2-0) – Bob Chesney’s squad is off to an impressive start. Through two games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 52 points per game. Can they keep this momentum going against Southern Connecticut State on Friday evening? We’ll find out.
  1. Bentley (1-1) – The Falcons enjoyed a bounce-back game against Saint A’s, thanks to a pair of touchdown strikes by quarterback CJ Scarpa, who concluded the contest 14 of 20 for 185 yards. Joey Piatnik did his job on defense, tallying five total tackles, including four solo stops and one sack. Bentley will look to keep things going at home Friday against Merrimack.
  1. Merrimack (1-1) – Following a tough opening day loss to Bryant, the Warriors rebounded with a come-from-behind win over American International. Give the game ball to quarterback Nick Davis, who helped the Warriors erase a 13-0 deficit en route to claiming a 16-13 victory.
  1. So. Connecticut (1-1) –Quarterback Robert Nittolo enjoyed his best game under center, tossing a trio of touchdowns, while completing 17 of 25 passes for 287 yards. Additionally, he rushed for a season-high 41 yards, along with one score.
  1. American International College (0-2) – Give credit to the Yellow Jackets’ defense, which was led by Azeem Cooper, who finished this past week’s contest against Merrimack with 11 total tackles, two sacks and one quarterback hurry. The Yellow Jackets are showing signs that they’ll crack the win column sooner than later.

Mass. College Lax: NEILA Announces 2014 All-New England Teams

By NoontimeSports.com

The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) released its All New England Team for Division 1, 2 and 3 this afternoon, and below are the coaches and players that were honored for either yearly awards or were selected to the First or Second Teams.

Division 1 – Yearend Awards:

Coach of the Year: Chris Wojcik (Harvard)

Rookie of the Year: Nick Mariano (Massachusetts)

Division 1 First Team:

Devin Dwyer (Harvard)

Peter Schwartz (Harvard)

Ryan Izzo (Massachusetts)

Brian Fischer (Harvard)

Stephen Jahelka (Harvard)

Bobby Duvnjak (Harvard)

Division 1 Second Team:

Nick Mariano (Massachusetts)

Connor Mooney (Massachusetts)

 

Division 2 – Yearend Awards:

Player of the Year: Jimmy Holland (Merrimack)

Rookie of the Year: Tucker Schwarz (Merrimack)

Division 2 First Team:

Garrett Smith (Assumption)

Paul Jones (Merrimack)

Mike Perdie (Merrimack)

Nick Guarino (Assumption)

Connor Whittemore(Merrimack)

Jimmy Holland (Merrimack)

Division 2 Second Team:

Cutler Dimond (Bentley)

Ian Mack (Assumption)

T.A. Demoulos (Bentley)

Billy Sweeney (Bentley)

Josh Gagnon (AIC)

Josh Baker (Bentley)

 

Division 3 – Yearend Awards:

Player of the Year: Cole Bailey (Tufts)

Coach of the Year: Sean Quirk (Endicott)

Rookie of the Year: Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Division 3 First Team:

Cole Bailey (Tufts)

Quinn Moroney (Amherst)

Beau Wood (Tufts)

John Uppgren (Tufts)

Harrison Cotter (Endicott)

Aaron Mathias (Amherst)

Bryce Serriello (Springfield College)

Conor Helfrich (Tufts)

Stephen Upton (Williams)

Ryan Cassidy (Amherst)

Matt Giannelli (Springfield)

Cameron Bell (Endicott)

Division 3 Second Team:

Devin Acton (Amherst)

Ryon Lynch (Springfield)

Colin Bannon (Endicott)

Sean Lawton (Western New England)

Brandan Fernandez (Springfield College)

Peter Erickson (Endicott)

Nicky Donovan (Western New England)

Ryan Hamilton (Williams)

Breck Merritt (Endicott)

Jack Liacos (Western New England)

Mass. College Football: Afternoon Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the scores from today’s afternoon contests. 

* Harvard 34, Columbia 0 

* Lehigh 34, Holy Cross 20 

* Assumption 37, LIU Post 27 

* New Haven 54, Bentley 10 

* Stonehill 26, Merrimack 14 

* AIC 33, So. Conn. 14 

* Becker 20, Castleton 3

* Gallaudet 35, Anna Maria 7

* SUNY Maritime 16, Mount Ida 7

* Springfield 35, RPI 28

* WPI 31, Rochester 21 

* Westfield State 38, Worcester State 20 

* Mass. Maritime 46, Plymouth State 44

* Framingham State 35, Bridgewater State 28 

* Fitchburg State 25, UMass Dartmouth 20 

* Curry 34, Nichols 13 

* Amherst 20, Williams 7 

* Middlebury 52, Tufts 10