Harvard, Yale Set To Renew Rivalry At Fenway Park

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Members of Fenway Sports Management pose with both Harvard and Yale Football captains, and Coach Tim Murphy on Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Harvard University and Yale University are set to renew their historic football rivalry later this fall at historic Fenway Park as the 135th playing of “The Game” is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th.

Both teams meet in the final week of the regular season annually, but this year’s game will mark the first time “The Game” will be played on the same playing surface as the Boston Red Sox.

“This year, it is our distinct privilege to host what is arguably one of the most celebrated rivalries and marry one of college football’s most classic games with one of America’s most classic venues,” said Fenway Sports Management Managing Director Mark Lev.

Harvard is no stranger to Fenway Park – in fact, the baseball team was the first athletic program to compete at the historic ballpark 106 years ago when the Crimson faced the Red Sox on a rainy-snowy day. The game marked the first-ever contest at Fenway Park.

Additionally, Harvard’s George “Iron” Davis, who pitched for the Boston Braves, was the first-ever ballplayer to toss a no-hitter at Fenway Park on September 9, 1914. Six years later, the Crimson baseball team beat the Bulldogs at the park by a score of 6-3, thanks to pitcher Babe Felton, who quarterbacked the Harvard football team earlier in the school year.

Yale currently leads the all-time football series (67-59-8), but has tied the Crimson eight times over the past 134 years, including in 1968 when Harvard rallied to even the score at 29-29. Those eight ties, according to Harvard Athletic Director Bob Scalise, are considered wins around the Cambridge campus.

“We think (this game at Fenway Park) will be a terrific experience for our student-athletes and fans,” said Scalise.

“We hope that this rendition of ‘The Game’ will be an instant classic to add to the rivalry and rich tradition,” he added.

This year’s contest certainly has a special meaning to Harvard coach Tim Murphy, who grew up in Kingston, Massachusetts and idolized Rico Petrocelli, who played shortstop for the Red Sox for 13 seasons.

“It’s such an iconic place whether we come here for Red Sox games or concerts it’s always an amazing experience,” said Murphy. “I think it is going to be a great event for any of the alumni fans or players who were involved (with this rivalry).”

Added Harvard captain Zach Miller, “To be able to (have the game played) here (is) awesome, it’s so amazing for us.”

Miller said he and his team had a chance to watch Brown University and Dartmouth College compete at Fenway Park last season under the lights on a chilly Friday evening in November. Harvard-Yale will most likely be an afternoon game, however, the start time of this year’s game has yet to be announced.

“It was very cool (seeing Brown-Dartmouth) on tv and just knowing we were going to be playing there next year was very cool,” said Miller, who was elected the program’s 145th captain. “Just the opportunity to be at Fenway, this historical park, our team – it’s huge for Harvard football, Yale football and this rivalry. It means a lot to us.”

Similar to Miller, Yale captain Kyle Mullen is also excited about competing this fall at Fenway Park. “I’m really excited for the game,” said Mullen, who hails from New Jersey and roots for the New York Mets, not the Red Sox.

Yale captured last year’s meeting, defeating Harvard, 24-3, in New Haven, Connecticut. Mullen, who plays defensive end for the Bulldogs, recorded a trio of solo stops in the win, including a pair of tackles for a loss of six yards.

The senior captain of the Bulldogs said he was looking forward to beating the Crimson at Harvard Stadium this fall, but said Fenway Park works for him as well.

“I was looking forward to beating Harvard at their home stadium, but I guess I will have to settle for this,” he said with a big smile.

Both Harvard and Yale will begin their respective seasons on Saturday, September 15th with the Crimson hosting San Diego and Bulldogs visiting Holy Cross.

Noontime’s 2018 MLB Season Predictions

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Ah, the return of baseball – welcome back, Major League Baseball (MLB) … you have been missed!

In anticipation of a brand new season, which gets underway tomorrow with the Chicago Cubs visiting the Miami Marlins, here are my picks for the 2018 year, including who will win the World Series – or at least an attempt. Please be kind on social media, everyone! 🙄

Make sure to follow our brand new baseball Twitter handle: @Noontime_BSB


American League Predictions 

New York Yankees

American League East

Cleveland Indians 

American League Central

Houston Astros

American League West

Boston Red Sox 

American League Wild Card (1)

Minnesota Twins

American League Wild Card (2)


National League Predictions 

Washington Nationals

National League East

Chicago Cubs 

National League Central 

Los Angeles Dodgers 

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks

National League Wild Card (1)

New York Mets 

National League Wild Card (2)


American League Postseason Predictions

Boston over Minnesota 

AL Wild Card 

New York over Boston

AL Divisional Round 

Cleveland over Houston 

AL Divisional Round 

New York over Cleveland 

AL Championship Series 


National League Postseason Predictions

Arizona over New York

NL Wild Card 

Washington over Arizona 

NL Divisional Round

Los Angeles over Chicago Cubs 

NL Divisional Round 

Los Angeles over Washington

NL Championship Series 


World Series Prediction

New York over Los Angeles

Six Game Series: 4-2 Yankees 

Mass. College Sports: Mid-Week Notebook (LINKS)

By Matt Noonan 

Happy July 1st, everyone!

The summer is usually a slower period, but also a time where some news and links are shared about the collegiate sports world. So, we have decided to initiate a once a week mid-week notebook to share stories and news. This will be a weekly post for the next few weeks before our fall sports preseason coverage begins.

Thanks again for circling back and remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports & @NoonSportsBlog)!

* In yesterday’s Boston Herald, we learned that UMass Boston honored former Boston State men’s ice hockey head coach, Ed Barry.

* Babson College alum,  Jenn Gottberg, will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. As noted in the release, “She will become the first player in program history to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015 ceremony at the DCU Center on August 8.”

* As noted in the Wheaton College Athletics’ Summer Baseball Update (Week 4), Mike Gibbons, a New York Mets draftee that is pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, picked up his second minor league victory on the bump. Chris Denorfia – also a Wheaton Baseball Alum – went 6-for-14 last week with the Chicago Cubs.

* The Northeast-10 Conference produced its 2014-15 highlight reel, which you certainly will want to check out! Lots of great highlights and moments from the past school year, enjoy!

* Smith College announced the hiring of Katie Moore, who has been named head coach of the lacrosse team for the 2016 season.

* The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) announced Westfield State University has named Colleen Bannister as the new head women’s softball coach.

Holy Cross’ Morrissey Is Excited For The Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic

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The Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team will be competing in the inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic in March 2013. (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Earlier this week, we learned the news from various sources about the upcoming Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, which will be hosted by the New York Mets at Citi Field on March 17, 2013.

One of the teams participating in the inaugural event is Holy Cross, a squad that’s coming off a 5-10 campaign. Jim Morrissey, who is the head coach, provided some insight on the upcoming event, as well as his outlook toward his team’s Patriot League contests against Navy.

Here are the highlights from the interview:

On receiving the news about Holy Cross being a participant: “My immediate reaction was excitement. Knowing you can still feel the butterflies in the belly is always a good thing. Our players will be very excited to play in a pro venue that’s for sure. One thing I stressed to the captains is this game is still a Patriot League game that has major implications on our league standings. We can’t lose focus on that. It is still a conference game despite the pro level excitement and venue that we will be playing in.”

On prior knowledge of the event: “I really did not know much behind the motive of the event, but I do know lacrosse is getting better and better at every level and many pro venues can see lacrosse as being a great way to draw fans and excitement to their venues.”

On how the event will grow the program: “This event will definitely help our program. The Mets organization is first class and these two lacrosse games will be represented by first class programs. We are honored to play the Naval Academy under such a big stage. And yes, I definitely think it will help with recruiting, as long as we play well and at the expectation level that we have set for ourselves.”

On playing at Citi Field: “Playing in the largest media market in the world does not hurt the growth of lacrosse. It definitely helps. Long Island has always and will always be a hotbed for lacrosse, so to be able to play in Long Island’s back yard is definitely important. Holy Cross as a school has always been and always will be an attractive option for Long Island student-athletes. We have 8 Long Island kids on the squad this spring, so it will be great for those kids to be able to play close to home.”

On his team’s outlook toward the game: “It is exciting for the players to be a part of an event like this, but I would not say it adds to their motivation. Navy is a Patriot League opponent, so our guys would be very motivated no matter where we are playing. Once we step on the field and the game starts we will be focused and motivated on the outcome of the game. We plan on going there and giving Navy a battle and will expect to come away from the game with a Patriot League win.”

Holy Cross To Play In Inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic

By Matt Noonan 

According to Inside Lacrosse, Holy Cross’ men’s lacrosse team will be one of four squads competing in the inaugural Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic, which will be hosted by the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

This particular event will feature three members of the Patriot League — Colgate, Holy Cross and Navy, as well as University of Michigan.

As noted in the press release, Colgate and Michigan will tangle at 1:05 p.m. before Holy Cross and Navy take the field at 4:05 p.m.

Tickets for this event will go on sale Wednesday, December 19 at Mets.com/lacrosse, Tickets.com, and (718) 507-TIXX.

The Crusaders are coming off a 5-10 campaign, and will look to rebound this upcoming season with a revamped roster that features 19 freshmen. For more information on the men’s lacrosse team — HOP HERE.