Football Friday Notebook: Welcome Back Football!

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome back, football (and yes, we are officially back, too – no more vacations, folks!).

A brand new NFL season has officially begun with all 32 teams in action as of today.

Per the Washington Post, the Arizona Cardinals Denver BroncosLos Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings kick-off their respective training camps today – these are the final four teams to report to camp after the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears commenced their respective seasons earlier this month. Both Baltimore and Chicago will compete in the Hall of Fame Game next Saturday, August 4th.

The New England Patriots began their preparations for the upcoming season yesterday at Gillette Stadium. Here are a few stories you should read from the first day of camp:

Let’s switch gears to some local college and high school news from the six New England states:

That concludes a new edition of the ‘Football Friday Notebook’ – vacation time is over, so get excited for loads of football content to come for the next six months!

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Mass. College Hockey: Boston College Men’s Picked To Capture Hockey East Crown

Hockey East Pre-Season Coaches Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston College men’s ice hockey team was picked to capture the Hockey East regular season crown this upcoming season, as reported by the league on Monday, September 21.

BC received seven first-place votes, while rival Boston University, which was picked to finish second, earned a trio of first place votes. Providence College – the reigning national champion – was picked to finish third and earned a pair of first-place votes, while UMass Lowell was projected to place fourth and Northeastern University fifth.

New Hampshire, Notre Dame, Vermont and Connecticut rounded out the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth place positions, while Maine was picked to finish 10th. Merrimack College and UMass completed the 12-team poll, earning 11th and 12th place projections, respectively.

Mass. College Lax: Wednesday Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was another busy day in the college lacrosse world and below is a few outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Merrimack 11, LIU Post 10: Jamie Shand netted back-to-back goals at 4:58 and 2:43 in the fourth quarter, which provided the Warriors with an 11-8 lead. However, Merrimack’s defense was tested down the stretch as the unit yielded two additional markers before the final horn sounded Shand finished with a hat trick, while Dom Madonna picked up his third win between the pipes.

Women’s Lacrosse:

BC 11, Holy Cross 5: Mikaela Rix paced the Eagles with three goals and one assist (four points) as Boston College defeated Holy Cross in Newton. BC’s Moira Barry also registered a hat trick in the win, while Holy Cross received two tallies from Kate Martino.

BU 19, UNH 9: Elizabeth Morse connected on five of seven shots for five goals as the Terriers defeated the Wildcats in Boston. BU’s Caroline Meegan and Christina Sheridan combined for nine stops, while Kelsey Marafioti and Becca Church each netted hat tricks.

Harvard 12, Vanderbilt 8: Marissa Romeo scored a game-high six goals as the Crimson defeated the Commodores in Cambridge. Harvard’s Kelly Weis finished with 10 stops.

Stonehill 17, Southern New Hampshire 5: Lizzie Lane’s marker at 23:44 in the opening session jumpstarted a 4-0 run for the Skyhawks, which pushed the hosts ahead for good as Stonehill picked up its fifth win of the season. Lane finished with two goals, while Kelsey Shannahan recorded a game-high six tallies.

Mass. College Hockey: BU Women’s Wins Third Straight Hockey East Championship

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the women’s ice hockey team, which captured its third straight Hockey East crown this afternoon with a 3-2 win over archival Boston College:

HYANNIS, Mass. –  The Boston University women’s ice hockey team won its third straight Hockey East championship after a 3-2 come-from-behind win over fourth-ranked and top-seeded Boston College on Sunday afternoon at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center.

BU (24-12-1) trailed by a goal entering the third period, but a power-play goal by senior captain Louise Warren and freshman Maddie Elia’s game-winner within the first 8:12 of the frame propelled the Terriers back to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year. BU joins New Hampshire as the only schools with four or more conference crowns.

The Terriers will visit No. 1 Minnesota in a rematch of last season’s national championship game. The quarterfinal contest will be played at Ridder Arena at 5 p.m. ET. BC (27-6-3) also advanced to the national tournament with an at-large bid, making it the third straight year that both schools have made the final eight.

Senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season after her second straight 40-plus save performance of the weekend. She stopped 119 of the 125 shots she faced during the three tournament tilt, including all 18 that BC threw at her in the final frame. The North Reading, Mass., native is the second back-to-back MVP honoree in the 12-year tournament history and won her last nine Hockey East tournament starts, which is a league record.

Sophomore Rebecca Russo tallied a goal and assisted on Elia’s winner. Senior Kaleigh Fratkin had an assist, as did sophomore Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga and junior Shannon Stoneburgh. Fratkin, Russo, Sperry and Warren were all chosen for the All-Tournament Team.

Dana Trivigno gave BC a 1-0 lead just 1:15 into the proceedings, but Russo tied the game at the 8:04 mark with her second power-play goal of the weekend. After the Eagles cleared the zone, Stoneburgh retrieved the puck and went indirect off the boards to Russo in the neutral zone. The sophomore forward skated into the BC zone and beat Corinne Boyles (31 saves) with a wrister from the slot for her 11th goal of the season.

Sperry and the Terrier penalty killers were tasked with killing two minutes of a 5-on-3 power play after sophomores Sarah Lefort and Dakota Woodworth each took a penalty on the same shift. They came through in fine style and held the Eagles to just one shot on goal.

BC took a 2-1 lead into the second period thanks to a Taylor Wasylk goal with 26 seconds to play in the first. Sophomore Jordan Juron thought she tied the game early in the second stanza when her shot bounced off Boyles and appeared to cross the goal line. Video replay confirmed that Boyles gloved the puck on the line just in time to keep the Eagles on top. The Terriers outplayed the Eagles in the middle frame, outshooting BC by a 14-5 margin.

Warren tied the game, 2-2, with the Terriers’ second power-play goal of the game at the 2:50 mark of the third period. Sophomore Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga cycled the puck to Fratkin, who fired the perfect pass to Warren in front. She redirected it past Boyles for her 27th strike of the season.

Elia provided the tournament-winner at the 8:12 juncture of the period. Off an offensive-zone draw, Russo’s initial shot was turned aside by Boyles, but Elia collected the rebound, wrapped around the cage and tucked the puck into the back of the net for her 13th goal of the season.

The Eagles pressed in the final five minutes, but Sperry was sharp in turning aside all eight shots she faced within that time frame. Boyles was pulled in favor of an extra attacker with 1:02 remaining in regulation, but the Terriers held BC to just one shot on goal in the final minute.

BU has won all three tournaments decided in Hyannis. The Terriers went 3-1-0 against the WCHA this season, including two wins over Minnesota Duluth.

Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Evening Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

A variety of regular season and conference tournament contests occurred this evening and below is their outcomes.

Men’s Ice Hockey: 

* Notre Dame 2, Boston College 1 (OT)

* UNH 5, Merrimack 2

* BU 4, Northeastern 2

* Vermont 3, UMass Lowell 2

* Bentley 4, AIC 1

* Cornell 3, Harvard 2

* No. 8 Babson 4, No. 13 UMass Boston 2 — Babson advances to next Saturday’s ECAC East Championship vs. Norwich University

* Curry 4, Salve Regina 1 — Curry advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals vs. Nichols College

* Williams 7, Colby 3 — Williams advances to next Saturday’s NESCAC Semifinals against Amherst College.

* Johnson & Wales 7, Suffolk 0 — J&W advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals vs. Wentworth Institute of Technology

* Westfield State 1, Worcester State 0 — Westfield State advances to Tuesday’s MASCAC Semifinals vs. Plymouth State

* Amherst 4, Conn. College 2 — Amherst advances to next Saturday’s NESCAC Semifinals against Williams

* Framingham State 7, Fitchburg State 1 — Framingham State advances to Tuesday’s MASCAC Semifinals against Salem State