Mass. College Sports Stories From Around The Web (LINKS)


One of the new things we’ll be providing in January 2013 is links to stories from around the web pertaining toward the various colleges in Massachusetts, as well as updates on former high school athletes.

If you have a story that you’d like our blog to feature or link, please send it to You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog), too.

Here is our first installment of “stories from around the web.”

* The New England Hockey Journal recently profiled former Northeastern University women’s ice hockey player Dani Rylan, who opened a coffee shop on Dec. 17 in East Harlem, New York. Rylan, who reported for, had her dream opportunity of working for the NHL Network dashed due to the lockout. So while the professional hockey world remains at a standstill, Rylan has focused her attention on growing her new business.

* According to the New England Hockey Journal, the ECAC East Div. III men’s ice hockey conference has featured some interesting results over the past few weeks. And while most teams remain below Norwich University (10-0) in the standings, their are at least six teams on the Cadets tail.

* On Wednesday, the Boston Globe noted on its college blog that Boston College Eagles football head coach Steve Addazio named Don Brown and Ryan Day coordinators for the upcoming season. Brown, who spent the past two seasons at the University of Connecticut, will control the defense, while Day will operate the offense.

* The Globe also published two interesting profiles — one about about Nichols College senior Hayley Zophinwho has anchored the Bison this season at the center position, and the other about Scituate High graduates Andrew and Sean McCarthy, who’re each playing Div. I basketball.

* The Boston Herald profiled Dartmouth College’s Abbey D’Agostino, who hails from Topsfield, and her pursuit toward landing a spot as a runner in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. According to the article, “the former Masconomet High star has positioned herself among the U.S. women’s running hierarchy, winning the 2012 NCAA outdoor title in the 5,000 meters in a Dartmouth record of 16:11.34, becoming the first Big Green woman to capture an individual national championship.” 

* Could UMass’ men’s basketball team be joining the Mid-American Conference? It’s not likely, but possible, according to

Noontime Favorite: Earlier this week we learned that Holy Cross’ men’s lacrosse team will be competing in the inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, and on Wednesday we caught up with head coach Jim Morrissey to discuss the event.

Mass. College Football: Weekly Honor Roll Submissions


It’s Monday, which means our Noontime Sports Weekly Honor Roll submissions are due by 6PM this evening.

Nominate the players from your school that deserves a spot on this week’s list via email (, Facebook ( or Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog).

We’ll unveil our list as usual tomorrow, so make sure you submit the stars of week eight sooner rather than later!

Mass. College Football: Week 7 Honor Roll Submissions


Good Monday to everyone!

It’s time to put together this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll, which means we need your help! Nominate your school’s players and tell us why they deserve to be mentioned on this week’s list.

Submissions are due by 6PM this evening, and you can submit your picks via email (, Facebook ( or Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog). Also, you can submit picks using the following hashtag: #NoontimeSports

Mass. College Football: Weekly Honor Roll Submissions


The fourth week of the college football season has officially concluded. So, with that being the case, we’d like to ask you, fans, coaches, players, die-hards, to submit your picks for this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Please send picks to or contact us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog). We’ll be unveiling our list on Tuesday, September 25.


Highlight Of The Night: UMass Football’s Defense


Thursday marked the first time UMass’ football team participated in a FBS game. And despite losing their first contest of the season to UConn, 37-0, the Minutemen did leave a lasting impression of their defense, as safety Darren Thellen redirected a pass from the Huskies quarterback into the hands of teammate Tom Brandt

The pass, which was heading for the sidelines, ended up being tapped to Brandt by Thellen. Brandt then collected the tipped pass and raced up the field for a 20-yard dash before he was tackled at the UMass 37.

The Thellen-to-Brandt pass happened to the be biggest play for UMass in the first half, and we have provided the video of this particular sequence below.