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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: Framingham State 35, Bridgewater State 28

Framingham State celebrated a conference title on Saturday by defeating Bridgewater State. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

Framingham State celebrated a conference title on Saturday by defeating Bridgewater State. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

By Brian Willwerth

BRIDGEWATER, MA – The Framingham State Rams are celebrating a championship in the inaugural season of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

They wrapped up the title on Saturday afternoon with a thrilling, 35-28 victory over Bridgewater State. The decisive score came when Melikke Van Alstyne ran it in from nine yards out with just 29 seconds remaining.

“I’m elated,” said Rams’ head coach Tom Kelley. “I’m happy for our seniors.

“We won our first MASCAC championship, and the first time in history we’ve beat Bridgewater four years in a row.”

For a game that featured nine touchdowns in all, it started out as a defensive battle. The Rams got on the board first when Van Alstyne scored his first touchdown of the game from one yard out. The Rams led 6-0 after the PAT was blocked.

The Bears responded with a 65-yard drive, capped off by quarterback Mike McCarthy’s five-yard run. The score remained 7-6 until the final minute of the half.

That’s when the game turned into a shootout.

Rams quarterback Matthew Silva found Jared Gauthier from 14-yards out.  Gauthier out-jumped the defender, and Framingham State was back on top, 13-7, but not for long.

The Bears got a good kickoff return, a personal foul on the Rams, a long pass play from McCarthy to Matthew Green, followed by McCarthy’s one-yard run, his second score of the afternoon. Bridgewater State took a 14-13 lead into the locker room.

In third quarter, McCarthy was picked off by Tyllor McDonald, and the Rams capitalized on the turnover, with Van Alstyne scoring from a yard out to make it 20-14.

Then, after McDonald intercepted McCarthy again, Gauthier’s 4-yard reception made it 27-14.

“Our defense has come up big all year long, and they came up big again,” said Kelley.

But McCarthy and the Bears would not fold. Playing in his final home game, he led his team 79 yards in 11 plays, and once again called his own number for his third rushing touchdown of the game. That made it 27-21.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Rams appeared to stop the Bears on 4th and goal, but a pass interference penalty gave BSU new life. On the ensuing play, McCarthy appeared to be going into the end zone, but fumbled. Fortunately for the Bears, offensive lineman Mike Duran was in the right place at the right time, and fell on the ball for the touchdown. With 3:51 left, the Bears had re-taken the lead, 28-27.  The difference in the game was the blocked PAT in the first quarter.

But FSU would not panic. Silva calmly led his team 55 yards in seven plays, with Van Alstyne scoring the winning touchdown – his third of the game – in the final minute. The senior finished with 158 yards on 24 carries. Silva was 22-of-36 for 230 yards. The Rams celebrated the conference title on the field afterward.

“We’ve been a second half team all year long,” said Kelley. “When we got the ball with a couple of minutes to go, I was real confident that we were going to at least kick a field goal.”

It was a heartbreaking Senior Day for McCarthy and the rest of his teammates.  He rushed for a team-high 95 yards and threw for 117.

Framingham State closes out the regular season at Worcester State, while Bridgewater State travels to Mass. Maritime for the 35th Annual Cranberry Cup.

Mass. College Football: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another weekend of college football is set to commence tomorrow afternoon and below is 10 Games to Watch.

Harvard at Columbia: The Crimson needed a late field goal to defeat Dartmouth last weekend, but don’t expect that to be the case this weekend. Harvard, which enters the contest 6-1 overall, will look to earn its seventh win against a winless Columbia unit.

Boston College at New Mexico State: After an exciting win against Virginia Tech, the Eagles will look to build on their momentum this weekend against a 1-8 New Mexico squad.

Assumption at LIU Post: The Hounds will look to conclude their regular season with a victory against an offense that ranks fourth in the conference in yards per game (465.9). Assumption is 4-1 on the road this season, while LIU Post is 2-1 at home.

Bentley at New Haven: The Falcons will look to end their slate on a two-game winning streak as they travel to New Haven to face a Chargers squad that’s 1-2 in their last three games. Quarterback Danny Guadagnoli ranks second in the Northeast-10 Conference in passing yards per game (282.0) and fifth in touchdown passes (17).

Stonehill at Merrimack: The Skyhawks will look to conclude their regular season with a win against a talented offensive unit, which is led by quarterback Joe Clancy. A win for Stonehill could result in a home championship game next weekend.

So. Connecticut at AIC: As of now, the Yellow Jackets are expected to host Stonehill next weekend for the conference championship, but a loss to the Owls and a Skyhawks win could result in a trip to Easton. AIC’s offense ranks third in the conference in points (311).

Framingham State at Bridgewater State: The Bears haven’t defeated the Rams since 2009, a game they won in Bridgewater. Tomorrow’s key matchup will be BSU quarterback Mike McCarthy versus the Rams defense.

UMass Dartmouth at Fitchburg State: Both teams have been pleasant surprises this season, so expect a good battle between the Corsairs and Falcons. A win for Fitchburg would keep them above .500, while a victory for UMass Dartmouth snaps a two-game skid.

Western New England at Endicott: The Golden Bears, who have won two of their last three games, recorded 563 yards of total offense last weekend against Curry College. Endicott enters tomorrow’s contest on a five-game winning streak and remains undefeated in New England Football Conference play.

Amherst at Williams: Tomorrow’s matchup isn’t just the 128th meeting between these two schools, but also the final contest at Weston Field. Amherst won last season’s meeting, 23-20.

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: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

Before the first score of any game this weekend is recorded, let’s roll out our 10 Games To Watch!

Princeton at Harvard: This is a big game for the Crimson, who enters the contest 5-0 for the second year in a row. Harvard, Princeton and Pennsylvania (Penn) are in a three-way tie for first place in the Ancient Eight, so the winner will most likely be in the drivers seat for the rest of the season. Keep an eye on running back Paul Stanton Jr., who rushed for 113 yards last weekend and two touchdowns.

Boston College at North Carolina: This is certainly a winnable game for the Eagles, who’re coming off their bye week, as well as a 24-14 loss two weeks ago to No. 3 Clemson. First-year head coach Steve Addazio told reporters recently that he expects his offensive line to step up.

Western Michigan at Massachusetts: Consider this a winnable game for the Minutemen, who will celebrate their homecoming for the second year at Gillette Stadium. A win would not only improve UMass to 2-6 overall, but 2-2 in the MAC.

LIU Post at Stonehill: After earning two impressive wins on the road, which included a victory last weekend against New Haven, Robert Talley’s Skyhawks will look to keep their momentum going against a talented Post squad, which defeated Pace last weekend, 58-0. Stonehill enters the game 5-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference and is currently in a three-way tie for first place with AIC and New Haven.

Bentley at Merrimack: The Falcons will look to rebound this weekend on the road in North Andover against quarterback Joe Clancy, who leads the conference in touchdown passes (34) and passing yards per game (421.4). Bentley quarterback Danny Guadagnoli ranks third in passing yards per game (261.4), and has tossed 13 touchdowns this season.

Mount Ida at Becker: The Mustangs will take their two-game winning streak on the road this weekend against a Hawks squad that’s hungry for their first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) victory. A win would help Mount Ida in its quest toward capturing its second conference title. Yet, they do need help, though, and luckily there are a few more weeks of the season remaining.

Westfield State at Bridgewater State: Both teams need this victory to keep their conference championship hopes alive. The Owls defense has performed quite well over the past few weeks and even shut down the Massachusetts Maritime offense last weekend, which did manage to score 27 points. This weekend, Westfield State’s defense will need to contain quarterback Mike McCarthy, who finished last weekend’s contest with seven touchdowns.

UMass Dartmouth at Mass. Maritime: The Corsairs have strung together two impressive victories and will attempt to earn their third straight win, something they haven’t accomplished since the 2008 season. That third consecutive victory won’t come easy, as they’ll have to contain Mike Stanton and the Buccaneers offense, which has tallied 237 points in six games.

Merchant Marine at WPI: It’s back to football for the Mariners, who will look to earn their first Liberty League victory of the season against WPI, a team they defeated last year, 28-13. The Engineers will look to snap a two-game skid and even their mark in conference play.

Amherst at Tufts: Going out on a limb here, but this has the making of a possible upset. The Jumbos recorded 35 points last week in a loss to Williams. It was the most points they’ve totaled this season. Tufts has also lost five straight to Amherst, but did defeat the Lord Jeffs at home in 2007. A win for the Jumbos would snap their 28-game losing streak and provide the Powder Blue and White with their first victory since September 2010.

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