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Mass. College Football: MMA’s Cameron Discusses The Cranberry Bowl

By NoontimeSports.com 

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – Massachusetts Maritime Academy will look to conclude its regular season slate with a victory against Bridgewater State in tomorrow’s 35th Annual Cranberry Bowl presented by Ocean Spray.

Buccaneers head coach Jeremy Cameron would certainly like to send his seniors, who have tallied 20 wins over the past four seasons, out with a win. And after yesterday’s luncheon concluded, we caught up with Cameron to chat about the game, as well as his team’s season.

On tomorrow’s game: “It would be a big step forward (to end our season with a win). 6-4 would be one of the best years we’ve had here in a long time, but then to beat Bridgewater for the second time in four years or the second time in 17 years would be a big step forward for us going into the offseason. It’s one of our goals and it’s what all of our energy is going toward right now.”

On the senior class: “They have and we have 17 of them, and there are some key players like Mike Stanton, Keith Caruso, Stefan Gustafson, Michael Sylvia, John Bochman, Sheldon Roper, John Moriarty (and) Brandon Rodrigues (are just a few), so I’d like to send those guys off and we just appreciate what that senior class has done to our program for the last four years.

“We start practice off every day by ringing a bell, which means it is time to go to work, so this week our seniors have been ringing the bell prior to practice, so we know what it means to them, while the other guys are pulling in the same direction to get that last win for them.”

On the team’s impressive statistical performances: “Offensively, we do try to push the tempo, so you’re obviously going to put up yards and things of that nature. Defensively, we just haven’t played consistent all year for a variety of reason and we make no excuses. We’ve got young players and we’ve had some guys get banged up, but we think we’ve got a solid plan in place, the kids believe in it, we think we’re going to have our best defensive effort this week and we’re confident that our offense will be consistent like they have all year.”

On the team’s growth this season: “We feel like the future is bright. We want to win and it gives us momentum in the offseason, but going into next year we feel pretty good. We feel we have two quarterbacks that are going to be good next year. Most of the receivers are back except for Keith Caruso, who is a valuable piece, but we do feel like we’ve got some young guys and if they step up a little bit more they could (equal) his contributions. We’ll miss Stefan Gustafson, although we’ve got a couple running backs that can be very good college football players and some of them have already proven that like Austin Pierce and David Yerxa. On the offensive line, we will have to replace John Moriarty, who will be a tough replacement because he’s a very, very good offensive lineman, but we’ve got some younger guys that have been in the system, so we feel good about them. (Finally and) realistically, the entire defense is back with the exception of Michael Sylvia, so what you see tomorrow is what you’ll see next year with a ton of game experience under their belt and we feel like we can put together a pretty solid defense next season.”

On defending BSU quarterback Mike McCarthy: “We’ve seen all of their games and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, but frankly I am just blown away by him. He’s an absolute stud. The way he runs the ball, week after week is amazing. You know you still can’t stop him and then when you allocate too many people to try and stop him he just pulls up and he can make all the throws, so the kid is one of the best football players that I have seen. He’s a competitor, tough and just the total package. We’re looking forward to seeing him play on Saturday, but we just hope to contain him.

“This guy is a legitimate quarterback. This kid can drop back and he can throw a 15-yard dig route, he can throw a 40-yard post (or) the vertical game, but this guy is the real guy.”

Mass. College Football: Week Nine Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – The junior signal caller tossed four touchdowns and completed 25-of-47 passes for 307 yards in the Crimson’s triple-overtime setback to Princeton.

Paul Stanton Jr. (Harvard) – Against the Tigers, the sophomore halfback amassed 115 yards on 15 touches. He rushed for two scores on 12 carries for 91 yards and hauled in three passes for 24 yards.

Ricky Zorn (Harvard) – The senior wide receiver recorded season-bests in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (168) against Princeton. He also caught one touchdown, too.

Andrew Flesher (Harvard) – The junior placekicker finished Saturday’s contest with 12 points. He made all six PAT’s and connected on two-of-three field goals.

Eric Medes (Harvard) – The sophomore linebacker tied teammate Norman Hayes with 16 total stops, three of them were solo tackles. He also finished with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards.

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior running back rushed for 172 yards on 26 carries and one score in the Eagles’ loss to North Carolina.

Rob Blanchflower (Massachusetts) – The senior tight end hauled in seven catches for a season-best 131 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Minutemen’s Homecoming loss to Western Michigan.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – Guadagnoli amassed a career-best 433 yards of total offense and accounted for three touchdowns in the Falcons’ 40-34 loss to Merrimack. The senior quarterback completed 23-of-39 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns, as well as ran for 62 yards and one score.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver caught eight passes for 166 yards and two scores.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver caught 10 passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns in Stonehill’s come-from-behind victory against LIU Post. Robitaille finished the game with a program record 916 yards through eight contests.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – Against LIU Post, the sophomore tailback rushed for 203 yards on 29 carries and one score. His carries and rushing yards were career-bests.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded double-figures in tackles for the eight straight time this season with 13 total stops.

Nate Morris  (Stonehill) – The junior defensive back recorded two interceptions and career-high nine total tackles. Morris currently leads the Northeast-10 Conference with five interceptions.

Scott Simonson (Assumption) – The senior tight end hauled in four catches for a career-high 99 yards and two scores in the Hounds’ win against Pace.

Matt Tripicchio (Merrimack) – The senior defensive lineman recorded a team-high nine tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and blocked an extra-point attempt.

Chris McNally (Mount Ida) – The junior running back rushed for 142 yards and two scores on 30 carries in the Mustangs’ win over Becker.

Jordan Hyman (Mount Ida) – The senior wide receiver caught six passes for 128 yards and one touchdown.

Kalyn Smithson (Mount Ida) – Against the Hawks, the junior linebacker recorded six stops, four solo tackles, one sack and one tackle for a loss.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker registered a game-best 13 total tackles, which included seven solo stops.

Timothy O’Brien (Springfield College) – In his first career-start under center, the sophomore amassed 170 yards of total offense in the Pride’s come-from-behind win against St. Lawrence.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker finished his team’s contest against Plymouth State with a game-best 15 total tackles, 13 solo stops.

Aaron Owens (Framingham State) – The first-year halfback rushed for 68 yards on seven carries and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 25-yard run.

Michael Sylvia (Mass. Maritime) – The senior defensive back recorded a pair of interceptions, along with seven solo tackles and three pass break-ups in the Buccaneers’ 34-21 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback accounted for four touchdowns against the Owls – three through the air, one on the ground. He finished with 239 yards of total offense.

Dana Valentine (Worcester State) – The junior halfback rushed for 106 yards on 22 carries for three scores in the Lancers’ loss to Western Connecticut.

Quillian Respass (Nichols) – The sophomore gunslinger tallied 536 yards of total offense and accounted for eight touchdowns in the Bison’s loss to Maine Maritime. Respass tossed four scores and passed for 331 yards. He also rushed for 205 yards and a school record tying four touchdowns.

Peter Williams (MIT) – The junior signal caller recorded 323 yards of total offense in his team’s win against Western New England.

Nathan Fleming (WNE) – The sophomore linebacker tied his career-high of 17 total tackles against the Engineers, which included five solo stops.

Dylan Rushe (Endicott) – The senior placekicker scored 15 points on four field goals and three PAT’s in the Gulls’ win against Coast Guard.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior linebacker recorded a team-high 10 tackles, seven solo stops, along with three-and-a-half tackles for a loss and two sacks in the Lord Jeffs’ 17-7 victory over Tufts.

Tommy Meade (Tufts) – The junior linebacker recorded 19 total tackles, three shy of the team record of 22. Meade also forced a fumble in his team’s loss to Amherst.

Mass. College Football: Mass. Maritime’s Sylvia Named MASCAC Defensive Player Of The Week

Michael Sylvia was named this week's MASCAC Defensive Player of the Week! (Photo Credit: Mass. Maritime Athletics)

Michael Sylvia was named this week’s MASCAC Defensive Player of the Week! (Photo Credit: Mass. Maritime Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s sports information department, here’s today’s release about Michael Sylvia, who was named this week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week:

Massachusetts Maritime senior free safety Michael Sylvia was named as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Saturday evening for his performance in the Buccaneers’ 34-21 victory over UMass Dartmouth at Clean Harbors Stadium.

A native of Lincoln, Mass. and a graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury High School, Sylvia recorded a pair of interceptions, including a 16-yard return that set up a touchdown, while adding seven solo tackles and three pass break-ups in the home triumph for Massachusetts Maritime.  On the season, Sylvia ranks fourth on the team in total tackles with 45 (including 37 solo stops), and he also ranks third on the squad with five passes defended.

Head Coach Jeremy Cameron’s Buccaneers, who improved to 4-3 overall with the win, return to action on Saturday, November 2nd when Massachusetts Maritime travels to Framingham, Mass. to take on MASCAC leading Framingham State in a conference clash that kicks off at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Mass. College Football: Mass. Maritime Announces 2013 Captains

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime sports information department, here’s yesterday’s release about the football team’s captains of the upcoming season:

As Massachusetts Maritime Head Football Coach Jeremy Cameron prepares for his ninth campaign in Buzzards Bay this fall, the Buccaneers will look to continue their winning ways under the leadership of four cadets that have been appointed as team captains for the 2013 season.

Seniors John Bochman (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South), Sheldon Roper (Sharpsburg, Ga./Northgate), Michael Sylvia (Lincoln, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) and Stefan Gustafson (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) will serve as co-captains for Massachusetts Maritime, which has posted three straight winning seasons for the first time since 1998-2000 that includes rivalry game victories over Maine Maritime, Coast Guard and Bridgewater State.  The Buccaneers will move into a new conference this fall as well, as after nearly four decades as a member of the New England Football Conference, Cameron’s crew will play a 10-game schedule in the newly formed nine-team Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.

“This group has demonstrated effective leadership by example and commitment both on and off the field throughout their careers at the Academy, and that leadership will be a key component once again during the upcoming season,” Cameron, who has led Massachusetts Maritime to 15 victories over the past three years, says of the quartet.  “They have gained the utmost respect from their teammates by instilling confidence and camaraderie, and they will continue to represent the program with great pride and integrity.”

Gustafson earned all-NEFC Bogan Division honors for the second time in his career in 2012 after rushing for 701 yards in seven contests (100.1 per game), as he was tabbed as the 2010 NEFC Bogan Division Defensive Rookie of the Year as a freshman defensive back. Roper ranked fifth in total tackles for the Buccaneers as a junior with 49 total stops (37 solo) that included three interceptions and six total pass break-ups, while Sylvia was limited to just four contests due to injury but chipped in with 15 total tackles (10 solo) in four outings. Bochman was part of a record-setting offensive line that saw Massachusetts Maritime shatter multiple school records throughout the year last fall, as the Buccaneers amassed 4,686 yards of total offense while finishing sixth nationally in NCAA Division III play in yards per game with average of 520.7.

Massachusetts Maritime begins the 2013 season on Thursday, September 12th when Cameron’s crew entertains SUNY-Maritime in the Sixth Annual Chowder Bowl clash at Clean Harbors Stadium that kicks off at 7:00 p.m. EDT.