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New England D3 Football: 11 Games To Watch In Week 11

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

Saturday marks the final day of the NCAA Division III regular season. So, in honor of the 11th week of college football here in New England, I present 11 Games to Watch in Week 11.

Trinity at Wesleyan: The Bantams flexed their muscles a few weeks ago, proving they’re the team to beat in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a convincing win over Middlebury. Can they finish their campaign unbeaten? It won’t be easy, but expect a big day from sophomore tailback Max Chipouras, who will lead the Bantams to a conference crown. Prediction: Trinity 27, Wesleyan 20

Williams at Amherst: This is the biggest D3 game in the country tomorrow, hands down. Williams has shown improvement under first-year head coach Mark Raymond, and I think this is the game they finally break through. Prediction: Williams 20, Amherst 14

The Bobcats' defense held the Polar Bears to just one score last weekend, so expect the unit to have another big day against Hamilton. (Photo Credit: Bates College Athletics/Brian Foley)

The Bobcats’ defense held the Polar Bears to just one score last weekend, so expect the unit to have another big day against Hamilton. (Photo Credit: Bates College Athletics/Brian Foley)

Hamilton at Bates: Winners of two-straight, the Bobcats will look to cap their 2016 campaign with a season-finale win over the Continentals of Hamilton. Bates’ defense was impressive last week, holding Bowdoin to just one score, while tallying three interceptions and two sacks. Prediction: Bates 21, Hamilton 7

Tufts at Middlebury: Jay Civetti’s squad has enjoyed another impressive season, winning six of seven contests thus far. The Jumbos have a chance to share the NESCAC crown with a win – they would also need Wesleyan to defeat Trinity. I think Chance Brady caps his impressive career with the Powder Blue and White by scoring the game-winning touchdown to send Tufts past Middlebury for the second-straight season. Prediction: Tufts 31, Middlebury 24

Husson at Mount Ida: The Eagles provided an early season scare to perhaps the best team in the East Region – that would be Alfred. Since then, Coach Gabby Price’s squad has been on a roll, winning eight-straight contests. Can they make it nine in a row? It won’t be easy, especially against an up and coming Mount Ida squad, but look for halfback John Smith and quarterback Cory Brandon to lead the Eagles to their ninth-straight victory. Prediction: Husson 27, Mount Ida 14

Castleton at Norwich: The annual Maple Sap Bucket Trophy is on the line. The Spartans have won the last two meetings, but I think this year the Cadets will find a way to secure the coveted trophy for the first time since 2013. Prediction: Norwich 21, Castleton 17

Endicott at Curry: For the second-straight season, Coach Kevin DeWall’s Gulls have a chance to end their campaign at 5-5. Don’t expect this clash with the Colonels to be easy – last season both teams needed four extra sessions to determine the eventual winner. Let’s go with a late touchdown by the Gulls to send Endicott past Curry on the road. Prediction: Endicott 28, Curry 21

Coast Guard Academy at Western New England: Can the Bears slow down the Golden Bears? It’s possible, but expect Western New England to finish their season with a win, along with some additional momentum heading into the NCAA Tournament. Prediction: WNE 30, CGA 14

Expect another big day from Salve Regina halfback Sam Pascale. (Photo Credit: Salve Regina Athletics)

Expect another big day from Salve Regina halfback Sam Pascale. (Photo Credit: Salve Regina Athletics)

Salve Regina at Maine Maritime Academy: Despite a disappointing outcome last week, the Seahawks can cap their season by finishing undefeated on the road. Halfback Sam Pascale will be guide the ground attack – and his squad – to their eight win of the season. Prediction: Salve Regina 28. MMA 14

Mass. Maritime Academy at Bridgewater State: The Bears clinched the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown last weekend with an impressive road win over Framingham State. Expect this squad – now winners of seven-straight – to cap their regular season campaign with not only an eight consecutive win, but also winners of the Annual Cranberry Bowl, too. Prediction: Bridgewater State 28, MMA 14

St. Lawrence at WPI: Last weekend, the Engineers engineered a dramatic comeback to defeat Rochester on the road. Can they cap their respective campaign with a win over St. Lawrence? It won’t be easy, but how about a last minute field goal to send WPI past the Saints? Prediction: WPI 30, St. Lawrence 28

New England D3 Football: Mass. Maritime Academy Is Ready To Contend For The Ninth Annual Chowder Cup


The Buccaneers kick-off their 2016 slate with SUNY Maritime (N.Y.) on Friday in the Ninth Annual Chowder Bowl. (Photo Credit: Mass. Maritime Academy Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Jeremy Cameron and his Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buccaneers are set to embark on another football journey, beginning tomorrow evening when they travel to SUNY Maritime (N.Y.) for the Ninth Annual Chowder Cup.

Mass. Maritime Academy defeated SUNY Maritime (N.Y.) last season, 48-13, behind a school-record five touchdown passes from quarterback Brad Skeffington.

“There is a lot to play for in the first two weeks of the season,” said Cameron. “It’s almost like two different seasons … its kind of the measuring stick for us, so it’s a great game to open up with.”

This particular game has produced some exciting outcomes over the past few seasons, including a handful of hard-fought victories by both teams.

One of Cameron’s favorite memories of the Chowder Cup occurred last season when he watched Skeffington etch his name in the program’s record book by tossing five touchdown passes, including a pair of scores to Cody Stahmer and Kevin Healy.

Said Cameron, “It was a pretty special moment for our quarterback Bred Skeffington, who had a career night.”

Skeffington won’t be the focus of tomorrow’s contest – he graduated this past spring – so the Buccaneers will count on their upperclassmen to step-up and lead, including senior tailback Kenny Pierce, who rushed for 200 or more yards three times last season.

As noted in this week’s game notes, Pierce registered a career-best 240 yards on the ground during his team’s 48-27 win over Plymouth State.

In addition to Pierce, keep an eye on junior halfback Richie Phillips, who capped his sophomore season with 496 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Phillips ripped off his longest run of the season – a 27-yard rush – during his team’s conference clash last October against Western Connecticut State.

“They’re kind of the workhorses of the offense,” Cameron said of his two halfbacks. “I really think we have a one-two tandem at tailback.”

On defense, the Buccaneers welcome back a slew of seniors, including linebacker Marshall McCarthy, who tallied a team-high 100 total tackles last season, including 71 solo stops. Marshall also registered four sacks and one interception.

“He is just reliable,” Cameron said of Marshall. “He played close to 900 plays last year and he just leads by example.”

Following tomorrow’s contest, the Buccaneers with host the 44th Annual Admiral’s Cup next Saturday, September 17th when they welcome Maine Maritime Academy to Buzzards Bay. One week later, the Buccaneers will commence conference play with 12 p.m. kick-off against Worcester State on Saturday, September 24th – that game will also take place in Buzzards Bay.

Said Cameron about his team’s outlook, “If we’re on our game, I do think believe we have an opportunity to play with anybody.”

Mass. College Lax: Mass. Maritime Captures 2nd Annual Maritime Cup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy junior Reed McLean scored the game-winning goal – a man-up strike – with 1:08 remaining in the second overtime that lifted the Buccaneers to a 10-9 win over SUNY-Maritime in the Second Annual Maritime Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Sports Information Department, here is this afternoon’s release from the championship match:

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. —  Junior Reed McLean’s (Wilbraham, Mass.) man-up goal with 1:08 remaining in the second overtime lifted Massachusetts Maritime to a 10-9 college men’s lacrosse victory over SUNY-Maritime in the championship match of the Second Annual Maritime Cup played Sunday afternoon at Reinhart Field.

McLean’s golden goal came on a feed from senior Dylan Freudenberg (Islip, N.Y.) that gave the visiting Buccaneers their second straight Maritime Cup title and the best start (4-0) in program history.  In a contest that saw eight lead changes and six ties, Massachusetts Maritime came back from a two-goal third quarter deficit to take a 9-8 lead on sophomore Ryan McNeill’s (Burlington, Mass.) marker with 1:41 remaining in regulation, but the host Privateers (2-3) evened matters just 36 seconds later on a tally by sophomore Joe Fusco (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.).  McLean was stopped on a pair of point blank chances in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter, and both teams had two solid scoring changes each in the extra sessions that were denied prior to the game-winner.

The Buccaneers jumped out to a 2-1 cushion after the opening 15 minutes of play on goals by McNeill and McLean, but SUNY-Maritime overcame a 3-2 deficit with three unanswered scores, including two off the stick of senior Paul Grubb (Merrick, N.Y.) in the final 3:01 of the half, to take a 5-3 edge at the break.  Grubb completed his hat trick midway through the third stanza to give the Privateers a 6-4 advantage, but tallies by McLean and Freudenberg (man-up) in a 2:12 span evened matters once again at 6-6.  Freshman Nick Pellegrino’s (Melville, N.Y.) man-up goal gave the hosts the lead back at 8-7 with 10:55 remaining, but junior Anthony Kurylak’s (Exeter, N.H.) 12th tally of the season with 5:33 to play squared the match for Massachusetts Maritime, setting up the frantic finish to regulation and McLean’s heroics in the second overtime period that enabled the Buccaneers to defend their Maritime Cup title less than 24 hours after claiming their fourth straight Admiral’s Cup victory over rival Maine Maritime in a 16-8 opening round triumph.

McLean, McNeill and Kurylak netted hat tricks and a single assist to finish with four points each in the win for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received a marker and two helpers from Freudenberg as well as single assists off the sticks of sophomores Steven Anderson (Crownsville, Md.), Kevin Collins (Hampden, Mass.) and Alec Plotnikiewicz (South Hadley, Mass.).  Grubb added a pair of assists to his hat trick to finish with five points in the setback for SUNY-Maritime, which also received a hat trick and helper from Pellegrino on the afternoon.  Freshman Julius Diaz (Freeport, N.Y.) tallied as well for the Privateers, who received a single assist off the stick of senior Robert Lalena (Bellmore, N.Y.).

Sophomore Jacob Brennan (North Reading, Mass.) came off the bench to record his first career victory in goal for Massachusetts Maritime with 11 saves in 31-plus minutes of play, as junior James Klose (Ellicott City, Md.) made 13 stops in 35-plus minutes of action for the visitors.  Freshman Brendan McNally (Long Beach, N.Y.) made 12 saves in the setback for SUNY-Maritime, as the Privateers outshot the Buccaneers by a 60-40 margin (33-22 on goal) for the contest.  The win was Massachusetts Maritime’s third in the last four meetings with SUNY-Maritime dating back to 2012.

Massachusetts Maritime hosts Plymouth State in a non-league outing on Tuesday evening at Clean Harbors Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m., while SUNY-Maritime heads to Utica, N.Y. on Friday evening to take on SUNY-Polytechnic in a non-league match that also begins at 7:00 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: Mass. Maritime Fends Off Late Regis Rally

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest against Regis College:

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. —  Sophomore Reed McLean (Wilbraham, Mass.) and freshman Sam Jarvis (Laurel Springs, N.J.) each netted a pair of goals to lead Massachusetts Maritime to a 7-5 non-league college men’s lacrosse victory over Regis Tuesday evening at Clean Harbors Stadium.

Jarvis collected both of his tallies in the opening 20 minutes of action to help stake the host Buccaneers (6-3) to an early 3-0 advantage that increased to 4-1 at the break, and after McLean’s man-up marker with 2:45 remaining in the third quarter extended that margin to four, the visiting Pride (6-4) used a pair of goals from sophomore Nicky Rodrigo (Miami, Fla.) and junior Peter Leighton (Wilmington, Mass.), the latter which came on a man-up situation, to close back to within two at 5-3 early in the fourth frame.  McLean and freshman Patrick Kearney (Scituate, Mass.) countered with a pair of tallies in a 1:01 span that restored Massachusetts Maritime’s four goal edge at 7-3 with 8:19 remaining, and a pair of man-up markers from Leighton and senior Chris Campbell (South Hadley, Mass.) in the final 5:57 of action enabled Regis to climb back to within two but get no closer.

Kearney finished with a goal and an assist in the triumph for the Buccaneers, who have now surpassed their entire win total of last season in the first nine contests of the spring. Sophomore Anthony Kurylak (Exeter, N.H.) and freshman Kevin Collins (Hampden, Mass.) also tallied on the night for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received a pair of assists from sophomore Sean Staples (Norwell, Mass.) and a single helper off the stick of freshman Ryan McNeill (Burlington, Mass.). Rodrigo picked up an assist to finish with two points in the setback for Regis, which also received a goal from senior Matt Vogan (Billerica, Mass.).

Senior Paul Painten (Walpole, Mass.) picked up the win in goal with four first half saves for the Buccaneers, who received six second half stops from freshman Keison Cunningham (Weymouth, Mass.). Senior Breandan Crane (Billerica, Mass.) made 19 saves in the setback for the Pride, as Massachusetts Maritime outshot Regis by a 43-25 margin (26-15 on goal) and forced 22 turnovers by the visitors for the match.

Massachusetts Maritime hosts Emerson in a New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference outing on Sunday afternoon at Clean Harbors Stadium beginning at 4:30 p.m., while Regis heads to Nashua, N.H. on Thursday afternoon to take on Daniel Webster in a New England Collegiate Conference match that begins at 4:00 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: MMA Announces Captains For Upcoming 2014 Season

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy sports information department, here’s this morning’s release about the men’s lacrosse team, which named four players captains for the upcoming campaign:

Though Clean Harbors Stadium is covered in snow from the first ‘Noreaster of the New Year, preparations for the 2014 Massachusetts Maritime men’s lacrosse season are well under way, and as those preparations continue, Head Coach Rory Deegan has named his captains for his fourth campaign alongside the Cape Cod Canal.

Deegan, who guided the Buccaneers to five overall triumphs in 2013, has tabbed seniors Paul Painten (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), Stephen Ferro (South Deerfield, Mass./Frontier Regional) and Thomas Flynn (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), along with junior Dylan Freudenberg (Islip, N.Y./St. Anthony’s), to those leadership roles for the 2014 season, as Painten and Freudenberg are returning captains from last spring. Deegan, a former standout at Division I Manhattan College, describes this quartet as “completely committed to the overall success, both on and off the field, of our program.  They are proven leaders by example who will set a high standard for their teammates to emulate.”

Painten played in 850 of a possible 903 minutes in net for Massachusetts Maritime last season, as he posted a 10.93 GAA while making 202 saves for a .566 saves percentage, while Freudenberg was the Buccaneers’ second leading scorer with a team-leading 30 goals and 11 assists for 41 points.  Ferro and Flynn combined for 28 match appearances in 2013, with Ferro netting a marker in 13 contests.

Massachusetts Maritime, which has joined the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference as an affiliate member in men’s lacrosse, begins the 2014 campaign on Saturday, March 8th when the Buccaneers entertain Albertus Magnus in a non-league match at Clean Harbors Stadium beginning at 2:00 p.m. EST.