College Football Notebook: Welcome To Week One

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By Matt Noonan 

The first official Saturday of the 2020 college football season is less than 24 hours away – crazy, right?

For the past few days, weeks, and months, both I and others, have debated if and how a season could be played, especially during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But somehow, some teams have found a way to keep everyone safe, including coaches, too.

And we already have a few games in the books, including a Week 0 affair between the Austin Peay State University and the University of Central Arkansas, which saw the Bears win by a score of 24-17.

Last night – Thursday, September 3, to be exact – the Bears suffered their first setback of the season, falling to the University of Alabama at Birmingham by a score of 45-35. 

UAB jumped out to a 28-21 advantage by the break while holding the Bears to just two touchdowns in the second half.

According to UCA coach Nathan Brown, UAB may be the “the best team we play all year.”

Next week the Bears will be idle before returning to the gridiron on Saturday, September 19 for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Arkansas State.

South Alabama was also victorious last night as the Jaguars topped the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi by a score of 32-21.

Southern Alabama’s Desmond Trotter and Chance Lovertich combined for three touchdown passes and 363 yards of total offense while Carlos Davis rushed for a game-high 85 yards on 15 carries.


Clemson secures top spot in ACC Preseason Poll: By no surprise, the Tigers of Clemson secured the top spot in this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) media poll while Notre Dame and North Carolina checked-in second and third, respectively.

Louisville and Virginia rounded out the top five, securing the fourth and fifth positions, respectively, while Boston College – yes, our local connection to the ACC – secured the 13th spot out of 15 teams.

Syracuse and Georgia Tech rounded out the final two spots in the 15 team poll, checking-in 14th, and 15th, respectively.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was picked to win the ACC Player of the Year award.


Noontime’s Game of the Week: Army over Middle Tennessee State University: The Black Knights have enjoyed a great deal of success over the past few years in their home stadium – in fact, they’re 17-2 in West Point, New York, according to Saturday’s preview, dating back to the 2016 season.

Army ended its 2019 campaign with back-to-back losses, including a 31-7 setback to Navy, along with just five wins, but for the Black Knights to be successful, both tomorrow and this fall, they will need their quarterbacks – Jabari Laws and Christian Anderson – to play their best football.

While I know Middle Tennessee may be the favorite in this game, I’m going with an early-season upset alert with the Army edging the Blue Raiders on the final drive.

Noontime’s Game of the Week Prediction: Army 24, Middle Tennessee 22 


Noontime’s Week One Predictions 

  • Marshall over Eastern Kentucky 
  • Army over Middle Tennessee 
  • Southern Methodist University (SMU) over Texas State 
  • North Texas over Houston Baptist 
  • Memphis over Arkansas State 
  • Stephen F. Austin over the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  • Navy over Brigham Young University (BYU) (the game will be played on Monday, September 7 at 8 p.m.) 

Noontime’s Senior Salute: Nick Bainter (Springfield College)

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Springfield College center Nick Bainter enjoyed competing for a program that celebrates tradition, commitment, and brotherhood. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

For Nick Bainter, being able to compete for a team that “celebrated tradition, commitment, and brotherhood” is what he will miss the most when he graduates from Springfield College later this spring.

The East Bridgewater, Massachusetts native, who was spotted at the center position, played 39 games for the Pride and helped the team conclude its most recent campaign atop the NCAA National Rankings for Division III in rushing offense. Springfield’s rushing attack averaged 357.4 rushing yards in ten contests last fall, which was the third-highest average among all college football programs (FBS, FCS, D-II, and D-III) behind Harding University (373.0) and Navy (360.5). 

Named a 2019 D3football.com Preseason All-America First Team honoree, Bainter was honored months later by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) for the third time in his career, while being recognized by the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society earlier this month. 

We recently spoke with Bainter, who is studying criminal justice, to discuss his final season with the Pride’s football program.


What will you remember most about your final season with the Pride? 

All the laughs. There are so many different personalities on my team from coaches to players, who made me and my teammates laugh. But in addition to the laughter, there were so many great moments, too, and I consider myself lucky that I was able to surround myself with the best group of men this world has to offer.

As for what I will remember most from this past season is how our team grew from defeat. This team battled every week and we learned that when adversity hits you can either melt or come out like steel.

Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they? 

The first one would be my first season with the program when we played WPI. Both I and quarterback Chad Shade started that particular game. We ended up winning the game and had a lot of fun.

The second game would be beating our local rival Western New England two years ago. We came out of the gates playing fast, physical football, and had a lot of fun. I remember watching the film of the game the next day and being amazed by the physicality we displayed.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for your team/program these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

Competing for a program that celebrates tradition, commitment, and brotherhood. Springfield College is an incredibly special place. We have a character-driven culture at our school and on our football team.

I will miss being around the guys and the coaches. I will forever miss hearing “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money after victories. I will also miss hearing my teammates chant, “Roll Groups, roll.” And of course, I will miss spending time together with this brotherhood.

Do you hope to stay involved with your sport in the future?

I absolutely plan to stay involved in football. This is a special game that has had a massive impact on my life as well as an impact on many other lives.

Mass. College Lax: Tenney Records A Hat Trick In BU Setback To Navy

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University athletic communication office, here’s this afternoon’s release from the men’s lacrosse contest against Navy:

BOSTON – Redshirt freshman Sam Tenney notched a hat trick and freshman Christian Carson-Banister made 12 saves, but the Boston University men’s lacrosse team dropped a 13-7 decision at Navy on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

Three Terriers combined to provide the BU (1-8, 1-4 PL) goals, as Tenney tallied three while freshmen Ryan Johnston and Cal Dearth each scored a pair. Dearth also added two assists for a four-point afternoon. Freshman Sam Talkow won 11 faceoffs and collected the first two assists of his collegiate career to go along with a game-high eight ground balls. Sophomore Sammy Davis also had an assist, as did freshmen Adam Schaal and Craig Zebrowski.

Navy (4-5, 3-3 PL) outshot BU, 12-2, in the opening quarter but Johnston opened the scoring with 6:05 to play off a feed from Dearth during the first extra-man opportunity of the contest. After Navy scored to tie the game, 1-1, the Terriers regained the lead just seven seconds later with 2:45 remaining in the quarter. Talkow cleanly won a faceoff, raced into the box and quickly dished to Tenney, who fired a shot past John Connors. The Mids scored with eight seconds left in the first quarter to tie the game before getting their first lead of the game, 3-2, 3:20 into the second stanza.

Dearth leveled the score at 3-3 with 7:31 to play in the first half. Schaal was behind the Navy net and sent a pass to Dearth at the top of the box. He fired a shot past Connors for his fifth goal of the year. Carson-Banister then came up with perhaps his best save of the game when he stoned Gabe Voumard from point-blank range while the Terriers were a man-down.

The Mids scored four straight goals to end the quarter and take a 7-3 lead into halftime. Johnston began the third quarter with his team-best 11th goal of the season to make it a 7-4 game. Navy thought it would take a 9-4 lead into the final 15 minutes after scoring with eight seconds left in the third quarter, but Talkow won the ensuing draw and, like in the first quarter, quickly found Tenney for a goal with just three ticks left on the clock.

The Terriers began a comeback attempt with two straight goals to open the fourth quarter. Tenney tallied his 10th marker of the season just 33 seconds in before Zebrowski found Dearth with 10:57 to play to cut the Navy lead to 9-7. That was as close as the Terriers got, however, as the Mids added four more goals to seal the victory.

The teams were nearly even in faceoffs and ground balls, with the Terriers winning 11 of 23 draws and collecting 22 ground balls to Navy’s 24. Freshman Cam Pincus secured a career-high five ground balls while classmate Greg Wozniak secured three ground balls and caused two turnovers.

BU will host Army in the Terriers’ final Patriot League game at Nickerson Field this season. Game time is set for 12 p.m.

Mass. College Lax: 10 Saturday Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Saturday to everyone! In honor of another gorgeous day in Massachusetts, we’ve decided to provide a list of great lacrosse games to attend this afternoon.

Make sure to circle back later this evening for recaps, roundups and releases.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

* No. 2 Cornell at Harvard, 1 p.m. — This is a big game for the Crimson, who almost defeated Duke last weekend. Cornell will provide challenges for Harvard’s defense as the attacks and midfielders for the Big Red can dodge and slide quite well. Harvard will need to stop Rob Pannell, who is the nation’s third leading scorer (5.4 points per game).

* UMass at Towson, 1 p.m. — The Minutemen’s offense has been suspect this season, but in an important conference match it’ll be important for them to locate the back of the net.

* Williams at No. 4 Tufts, 1 p.m. — The Jumbos enter today’s tilt on a six-game winning streak, while the Ephs are coming off a tough quadruple overtime setback to Bowdoin.

* Middlebury at Amherst, 2 p.m. — This is a big one for the Lord Jeffs, who snapped their three-game skid last weekend with a victory against Hamilton. The Panthers, who’re 7-1, started the current month with a 16-8 victory against New England College.

Women’s Lacrosse: 

* Navy at Holy Cross, 12 p.m. — The Crusaders have done quite well in Patriot League play. Yet, can they improve their mark to 3-1 against Navy?

* No. 9 Stonehill at No. 7 Le Moyne, 12 p.m. — The Skyhawks picked up their seventh win on Wednesday and will attempt to conclude their three-game road trip with a win against the Dolphins.

* So. Conn. State at No. 12 Bentley, 12 p.m. — The Falcons defeated AIC on Wednesday, 16-2, which snapped a two-game skid. Can they carry that momentum into this afternoon’s contest against the Owls?

* BU at Vermont, 1 p.m. — The Terriers haven’t won a game away from Nickerson Field this season, so a victory against their America East foe would be huge.

* Duke at BC, 1 p.m. — This is another big game for the Eagles, who defeated Virginia last weekend, 10-7. Duke enters the contest on a one-game losing streak as the Blue Devils lost to North Carolina last Thursday in overtime.

* No. 10 Amherst at No. 3 Middlebury, 1:30 p.m. — Could the Lord Jeffs pull an upset against the third best team in the land? Amherst is 1-1 against Middlebury in the past two seasons, but the Panthers defeated the Lord Jeffs last season, 8-5.

Mass. College Sports: Wednesday Night Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another evening of college basketball and hockey are in the books, and below are their summaries.

Men’s Ice Hockey:

Salve Regina 7, Becker College 1 –Peter Gintoli netted three goals and recorded one assist for the Seahawks, while David Graham scored a power play goal for the Ice Hawks in the second period. The loss drops Becker to 1-10-1 in the ECAC Northeast and 10-12-1 overall.

Nichols College 3, Johnson & Wales 0 – Alex Larson recorded his second shutout of the season with 27 saves, while Frank Butler recorded one goal and one assist. With the win, Nichols improves to 15-7-1 overall, 8-3-1 in ECAC Northeast play.

Men’s Basketball:

Boston College 66, Wake Forest 63 – Joe Rahon sank two free throws with seven seconds left, which capped an 8-0 run and provided the Eagles with their 11th win of the season. Patrick Heckmann paced the Eagles with 14 points, while Rahon and Ryan Anderson netted 12 points, respectively.

Delaware 76, Northeastern University 74 (OT) – The Huskies four-game winning streak concluded with their first setback since January. Jonathan Lee paced Northeastern with 23 points and Quincy Ford added 21 points.

UMass Lowell 74, Stonehill College 63 – The River Hawks secured a 12-point lead and never looked back, as they defeated the Skyhawks in Easton. UMass Lowell’s Akeem Williams registered 22 points, five assists and three rebounds in the win, while Jack Cole and Brian Hamor each netted 16 points for Stonehill.

New Haven 70, Assumption College 64 (OT) – Tim Beinert’s tip-in at the buzzer forced an extra session. However, the additional five minutes didn’t help the Hounds, as the Chargers charged past the visitors for their 15th win. Assumption’s Kevin Donahue led all scorers wit 21 points.

MIT 69, WPI 60 – The Engineers from Cambridge ballooned a six-point lead at the break into a nine-point victory. Mitchell Kates led MIT with 16 points, while Marco Coppola registered a game-high 22 points.

Regis College 79, Newbury College 66 – The Pride extended their current winning streak to five games by defeating the second place Nighthawks at home. Newbury’s Tim Young scored a game-high 21 points, while Regis’ Carlos Bermudez-Glean poured in a team-high 18 points.

Women’s Basketball:

Navy 59, Holy Cross 39 – The Crusaders struggled to contain Navy’s Alix Membreno, who finished the contest with 11 points and 11 rebounds, which helped the Midshipmen to their 15th win of the season. Holy Cross’ Christine Ganser led the unit with nine points and four rebounds.

Stonehill College 103, UMass Lowell 93 – Bianca Simmons scored a game-high 35 points, but that wasn’t enough for the visitors, as the Skyhawks soared to their 19th win of the season. Asia Ewing and Tori Faieta each netted 22 points in the win, while Mary Louise Dixon added 19 points.

Assumption College 78, New Haven 69 –Gabrielle Gibson tallied a career-high 32 points, along with 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Hounds defeated the Chargers in Connecticut.

Babson College 71, Clark University 46 – Sarah Collins matched her career-high with 30 points, Kristen Ferola and Alicia Wilde each netted 10 points and the Beavers extended their current winning streak by beating the Cougars. Clark’s Emily Reilly led her unit with 19 points.