Mass. College Football: Week 9 Honor Roll

Mr. 4,000! On Saturday, Framingham State’s Melikke Van Alstyne eclipsed the 4,000 rushing yard mark! (Photo Credit: Matt Nooann for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The ninth week of the college football season is in the books. And now it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Weekly Honor Roll.

Treavor Scales (Harvard) – The senior tailback returns to the list following an impressive outing against Dartmouth where he rushed for 89 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.

Joshua Boyd (Harvard) – Against the Big Green, the senior from Hyde Park recorded seven tackles (five solo), one sack and a tackle for a loss.

Nick Clancy (Boston College) – In one of the more exhilarating contests of the season, the senior linebacker finished his team’s contest against Maryland with nine tackles (four solo), a tackle for a loss and three pass breakups.

Mike Fess (Holy Cross) – Despite his team’s heartbreaking defeat to Fordham, the junior wide receiver hauled in eight catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Jeff Hill (Bentley University) – Against Merrimack College, the Mansfield native caught eight passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s sixth victory of the season. All eight of the receptions resulted in a touchdown or first down, and five of the receptions came on third-down plays. Hill was named this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Markell Rice (American International College) – This week’s NE-10 Defensive Player/Special Teams Player of the Week recorded a game-high 12 tackles (six solo), along with two interceptions and a pass breakup in his team’s 37-34 win against Saint Anselm.

Sonny Dillinger (Assumption College) – On Senior Day, the senior safety recorded 10 tackles (six solo), a half tackle for a loss, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his team’s win against Pace University.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley University) – The junior quarterback from Framingham tallied four touchdowns and accumulated 417 yards of total offense. Guadagnoli completed 19-of-34 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a team-high 76 yards on 10 carries and two scores.

Mitch McClune (WPI) – Against St. Lawrence, the Pembroke native set a school record with four interceptions in his team’s first Liberty League win of the season. McClune was named this week’s Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week.

John Antonopoulos (WPI) – The junior from Cambridge, who was mentioned on this week’s Liberty League Honor Roll, accounted for four touchdowns (three through the air, one on the ground) and recorded a career-best 347 yards in WPI’s 36-17 victory against St. Lawrence.

Kayln Smithson (Mount Ida College) – In his team’s epic win against Becker College, the sophomore linebacker accounted for five tackles (four solo), one sack, one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass breakup.

Darren Hartwell (Williams College) – Against Hamilton College, the senior wide receiver from North Reading registered 297 all-purpose yards (138 yards on three kick returns, 73 yards on four punt returns). He electrified the crowd from the start with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which provided the Ephs with all the momentum. He also caught six passes for 86 yards and one touchdown (38-yard score). Hartwell’s touchdown reception marked his 19th of his career, a new school record.

Mike Murphy (Endicott College) – In his team’s 50-45 win against Western New England College, the senior receiver from Chelmsford hauled in 11 catches for 139 yards and a single game school record five touchdowns. Murphy was named this week’s New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Corey Spencer (Worcester State) – The former Arlington Catholic gunslinger completed 38-of-47 passes for a school record 421 yards and three touchdowns.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The junior tailback from Salem eclipsed the 4,000 rushing yard mark with 126 yards and one score in his team’s victory against Coast Guard.

Dan Dowling (Westfield State) – The senior linebacker/punter, who was this week’s NEFC Defensive Player of the Week, tallied a game-high 15 tackles (14 solo) and forced fumble in his team’s loss to Massachusetts Maritime.

Mass. College Football: NEFC Week 9 Awards

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Saturday evening, the New England Football Conference unveiled its weekly offensive and defensive players of the week. And below we’ve provided brief summaries on both players, who’re both from Massachusetts schools.

Offensive Player of the WeekMike Murphy (Endicott College) hauled in 11 catches for 139 yards and recorded a single game school-record five touchdowns against Western New England College. Also, the Chelmsford native broke the Gulls receiving yardage record, which was established in 2007 with a 35-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

Defensive Player of the WeekDan Dowling (Westfield State) was one of two players to finish with a game-high 15 tackles (14 solo). He forced a fumble, as well as punted the ball seven times against Massachusetts Maritime for a 43.7 average and placed the ball inside the Buccaneers 20 five times.

Mass. College Football: Endicott Defeats WNEC, 50-45 (Press Release)

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of our friends from Endicott College’s athletic department — here is today’s press release pertaining toward the Gulls exciting 50-45 victory against Western New England College.

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BEVERLY, Mass. – The 100th game for the Endicott football program was a memorable one as the Gulls exchanged offensive blows with their NEFC Boyd Division rival Western New England but came out on top 50-45 to improve to 7-2 (5-1 NEFC Boyd) on the season.

For the second week in-a-row, sophomore quarterback Drew Frenette (New Bedford, Mass.) connected with his favorite receiver, senior Mike Murphy (Chelmsford, Mass.), 11 times for 139 yards and a new program record five touchdown receptions under the lights at Endicott Stadium.  When Murphy brushed off his defender and scampered into the end zone 35 yards for his fourth touchdown with 8:58 remaining in the second quarter, not only did he break the single game record for touchdown catches but he also passed Ryan MacLean (’07) for Endicott’s career receiving yards mark.

Murphy ended up catching five of Frenette’s six touchdown passes, also a new Endicott record.  The sophomore signal-caller finished 27-of-39 for 342 yards, six touchdowns, and one pick.  His sixth touchdown of the game came with 3:47 remaining in the third quarter as he found tight end Greg Dellorco (Franklin, Mass.) wide open for 42 yards up the middle of the field to put the Blue and Green ahead 45-31.

Not to be outdone, Endicott senior running back Mike Wheeler (Hanover, Mass.) provided an effective all-around game as well as he surpassed Mike Lane’s (’12) single-game all-purpose yards record with 288 total yards against Western New England on Saturday evening.   Wheeler rushed 23 times for 123 yards, returned six kickoffs a total of 161 yards and caught one pass for four yards.

Despite numerous offensive records being broken for the second straight week, Western New England amassed 579 total yards of offense in the game. Sophomore tailback Kevin Cook (Hamburg, N.J.) took the ball 31 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns while junior quarterback John Krafick (New Milford, Conn.) threw for 323 yards and four scores through the air.

The Golden Bears started the game with an 14-play, 79-yard opening drive that resulted in a 16-yard touchdown reception by junior tight end Mike Uszakiewicz (Prospect, Conn.) from Krafick. Endicott answered on their first drive as Murphy kept one foot in the corner of the end zone to complete a 13-yard touchdown pass from Frenette.

Later in the first quarter with great field position to start their drive, Murphy caught touchdown number two from nine  yards out to put Endicott ahead 14-7.  The Gulls defense forced Western New England to punt to start the second quarter and five plays into their first drive of the new period, Murphy was back in the end zone after another near sideline grab from 24 yards out.

The Golden Bears fired back with a 10-play, 83-yard drive that saw Uszakiewicz catch his second touchdown of the game from Krafick, a 19-yard reception to pull within seven at 21-14.

Murphy’s record-breaking, 35-yard touchdown catch put the Blue and Green back up by two scores but Cook pounded the ball into the end zone from three yards out to make it 28-21 with 3:02 left in opening half. Endicott would go into halftime up 31-21 after junior Dylan Rushe (Palos Verdes, Calif.) drilled a 24-yard field goal with only seconds remaining in the half.

Momentum shifted Western New England’s way at the start of the third quarter after Endicott’s first play from scrimmage was a fumble that was recovered by the Golden Bears at the Gulls 32 yard line. The very next play, Krafick found sophomore wide out Andrew Walz (Groton, Conn.) for a 32-yard touchdown to pull within three at 31-28.

Murphy’s final touchdown, a Golden Bears field goal, then Dellorco’s 42-yard touchdown reception put the Blue and Green on top 45-31 with 3:47 remaining in the third quarter. Cook scored his second touchdown, a hard-fought eight-yard score to trim Endicott’s lead down to seven points heading into the final 15 minutes of the game.

Early in the fourth quarter, Wheeler got Endicott down to the Western New England 15-yard line after a 26-yard rush. The Gulls settled for Rushe’s second field goal of the game but Endicott held a 48-38 lead with 11:51 to go.

After Rushe pinned the Golden Bears deep into their own territory courtesy of an Endicott record 69-yard punt, the Gulls defense forced a fumble in the backfield inside the five yard line.  Western New England recovered in their won end zone, resulting in a safety and two points for Endicott. Junior defensive lineman Marcell Cooper(Dorchester, Mass.) forced the fumble in the backfield.

Western New England would score one more time on Walz’ second TD catch of the game as the sophomore finished with six catches, 135 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Endicott squashed Western New England’s hopes for a final drive touchdown as senior linebacker Peter Kallas (Beverly, Mass.) made a diving interception on a Krafick pass to effectively end the game.

The defense was led by Cooper who had a team-high 13 tackles, eight of which were solo, one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.  Junior defensive back Jason Silva (Palatine, Ill.) had 10 tackles with a pass breakup and three other players, PJ Bandini (Waltham, Mass.), Kallas, and Andrew Holfinger (Sterling, Mass.) all added nine tackles each. Junior defensive back Andrew Lawson (Framingham, Mass.) had three pass breakups to lead all players.

For the Golden Bears, junior linebacker Nathan Fleming (Willimantic, Conn.) had a game-high 16 takedowns, nine of which were solo, while forcing and recovering a fumble. Andrew Imperatore (Wyckoff, N.J.) added 11 tackles in the loss. Senior defensive back Corey Brown (Worcester, Mass.) had Western New England’s lone interception with a 15-yard return.

Endicott will close out the regular season on Saturday, November 3rd at home for Senior Day as the Gulls will honor 15 seniors on the roster.  Endicott hosts MIT at 5:00 pm at Endicott Stadium.  Western New England closes out their regular season at home against UMass Dartmouth at 1:00 pm next Saturday.

Endicott’s Murphy Earns Recognition In This Week’s BCSN DIII Athletes Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from Endicott College’s athletic department — here is today’s press release pertaining toward wide receiver Mike Murphy, who was mentioned in this week’s Beyond College Sports Network Div. III Athletes of the Week column.

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BEVERLY, Mass. – The Beyond College Sports Network recognized Endicott senior wide receiver Mike Murphy (Chelmsford, Mass.) in their weekly national players of the week column for his outstanding performance in a 61-15 Gulls victory over UMass Dartmouth over the weekend.

Murphy broke his own school record for receiving yards in a game after hauling in 12 catches for 210 yards on the road at UMass Dartmouth.  The previous record of 202 set on October 1st, 2011 by Murphy in a 55-7 rout at Curry.  Murphy had touchdown receptions of 45 yards and 47 yards and his 12 receptions tied 2012 graduate Mike Fimiani’s record set on October 29th, 2011 at Western New England.

Murphy now has 38 catches for 579 yards (15.2 yards per reception) with seven touchdowns on the season.

Endicott hosts NEFC Boyd Division rival Western New England on Saturday evening at 5:00 pm at Endicott Stadium. The Gulls are 6-2 (4-1 NEFC Boyd) while the Golden Bears are 5-3 (3-2 NEFC Boyd) and are coming off a 23-3 road win over Plymouth State.

Mass. College Football: Endicott Defeats UMass Dartmouth, Breaks Offensive Records (Press Release)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from the Endicott College athletic department — here is today’s press release pertaining toward the Gulls football victory against UMass Dartmouth.

The Gulls have won four of their last six contests and currently reside in second place in the New England Football Conference Boyd Division.

For more information on the football team — HOP HERE.

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Endicott football broke numerous offensive records on Saturday in a 61-15 Gulls victory over UMass Dartmouth including team offensive yardage, individual passing yards, and individual receiving yards.  The Gulls improved to 6-2 (4-1 NEFC Boyd) and will next take on rival Western New England on Saturday, October 27th at 5:00 pm at Endicott Stadium.

Endicott raced out to a 47-6 halftime lead and never looked back as sophomore Drew Frenette (New Bedford, Mass.) threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns and senior receiver Mike Murphy (Chelmsford, Mass.) caught 12 balls for 210 yards and two touchdowns.  Overall, the Gulls totaled 709 yards of offense which eclipsed Endicott’s historic game last season versus Curry (652 yards).

The Corsairs stopped Endicott on their first possession, but the Gulls downed junior kicker Dylan Rushe‘s (Palos Verders, Calif.) punt at the UMD one yard line, and freshman quarterback Mario Rigali (Agawam, Mass.) was sacked on the first play for a safety. On the ensuing possession, Frenette connected with Murphy for a 45-yard touchdown.

Endicott made it 16-0 on a 12 yard scoring run by senior running back Mike Wheeler (Hanover, Mass.) midway through the first quarter before the Corsairs came back. They drove 49 yards in eight plays after senior defensive back Joune Fraser (Barnstable, Mass.) intercepted a Frenette pass and returned it 31 yards to the Gull 49, and scored when Rigali lofted a 31-yard scoring pass to senior wide receiver Brendan McNeish (Springfield, Mass.) with 1:44 left in the first quarter.

The Gulls put up the next five scores, with Frenette hitting junior tight end Greg Dellorco (Franklin, Mass.) and Wheeler on scoring passes, senior running back Jared DiBiase (Cranston, R.I.) scoring on a two-yard run, sophomore defensive back Jake Cox (Wrentham, Mass.) returning an interception 32 yards for a touchdown, and Rushe kicking a 22 yard field goal.

Frenette hit Murphy with a 47-yard scoring pass early in the third quarter.  UMD came back and got a safety when sophomore defensive end Kevin Roche (Mendon, Mass.) forced an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone. Rigali hit senior wide receiver Romario Berneche (Everett, Mass.) with a 14 yard scoring pass midway through the fourth quarter to account for the rest of the UMD points.

Endicott also put up 267 yards on the ground thanks to 76 yards from wheeler, 70 yards from Andrew Cummings (Springfield, Mass.), 60 from Cody Sinnott (Ricky Point, N.Y.), and another 46 yards from DiBiase.  Wheeler, Cummings, and DiBiase each had a touchdown run.

Sophomore defensive back Mike Lago (Newtown, Conn.) led the Gulls with six stops, including four solos, an interception and a pass break-up. Kevin Pressey (Fairfield, Maine), Marcell Cooper (Dorchester, Mass.), and Andrew Holfinger (Sterling, Mass.) each added five tackles.

The Gulls defense totaled five sacks in the game and now have 23 sacks on the season.