Tag: Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

New Haven Looks To Continue Its Early Postseason Momentum Against Kutztown

Connor Degenhardt scored four touchdowns last Saturday as the University of New Haven beat Bentley University in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clarus Studios)

By Matt Noonan

To secure two wins against a team in a span of three weeks is not an easy feat.

But somehow, the University of New Haven football team was able to come away with its second-straight victory over Bentley University this past weekend to secure a spot in the second round of the NCAA Division II postseason.

Connor Degenhardt registered four touchdowns in his team’s 38-13 win over the Falcons, including three rushing scores while finishing the contest with 38 yards on 11 carries. Zach Mauro led all rushers with 119 yards on 33 carries and Dev Holmes caught four passes for 104 yards and one touchdown.

Bentley, which was making its third appearance in the national postseason, secured its first and only lead early in the second quarter when Nathaniel Larkins capped an 18-play, 75-yard drive with a four-yard rushing touchdown.

Larkins’ touchdown, however, did not shift momentum toward the visitors as the Chargers countered with five touchdowns, including a pair of rushing scores in the second quarter by Degenhardt that provided New Haven with a 17-6 advantage that would expand over the next two frames.

While New Haven’s offense headlined an impressive opening round win, its defense did its job, holding Bentley to a season-low 13 points. Two weeks earlier in a game that determined the winner of the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10), Bentley registered 14 points while New Haven tallied 31.

The first-round victory over the Falcons secured New Haven a date with Kutztown University, which captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) title with a 10-1 overall record (the Golden Bears won all seven league matchups).

New Haven has won all three matchups with Kutztown, dating back to their initial meeting in 1994. The Chargers also beat the Golden Bears in the 2011 NCAA Tournament with the 44-37 victory providing New Haven a spot in the quarterfinals.

Kutztown, which secured an opening-round bye, has won nine-straight contests, including six games at Andre Reed Stadium. The Maroon and Gold are averaging 26.55 points per game while limiting opponents to roughly two touchdowns (13.91).

The Golden Bears are led by Eric Nickel, a quarterback from Bridgewater, New Jersey that has recorded 24 touchdowns this fall, including 11 on the ground.

On defense, linebacker Amani Justice is the player to watch – through 11 contests this fall, the redshirt-senior has recorded a team-best 87.0 total tackles, including 37 solo stops, 50 assists, and four quarterback hurries.

Saturday’s game will begin at 12:05 p.m. with the winner advancing to next Saturday’s quarterfinals.  

Noontime’s New England D2 Top Five Poll (Aug. 30, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first week of the New England NCAA D-II college football season has officially arrived, which means it is time to unveil our first-ever Top Five Poll, which features teams from the Northeast-10 Conference. And speaking of the NE10, make sure to check out our New England D-II preseason team — there are quite a few Massachusetts and New England natives on our squad.

Best of luck to all teams competing, both later this week and weekend, and make sure to stop by for more New England college football content over the next few days.

Noontime’s New England D-II Top Five Poll (Week No. 1 | August 30, 2021)

  1. Univ. of New Haven (7-3, 6-2 in 2019): Picked to finish first in the preseason coaches poll, the Chargers, who begin their 2021 campaign at home against Franklin Pierce University on Saturday, will certainly be a team to watch in the conference this fall — keep your eyes on halfback Shamar Logan, who was one of two running backs named to our inagural preseason team, along with a defense that won’t make things easy on opposing offenses.

  2. Bentley University (6-4, 6-2 in 2019): The defending conference champions from 2019 will open their title defense against a West Chester University Rams squad that was picked to finish second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) preseason poll on Friday in Waltham. Quarterback Stephen Sturm returns for his final season with the Falcons — he was certainly a player to watch in 2019, recording career-bests in passing yards (2,221), touchdown passes (14), rushing yards (297), and rushing touchdowns (four).

  3. Stonehill College (6-4, 5-3 in 2019): Halfback Justin Felder is back — the Springfield Gardens, New York native garnered a slew of postseason honors in 2019, including the NE10’s MVP award, and will certainly provide some challenges for Bloomsburg University on Saturday.

  4. Assumption College (6-4, 5-3 in 2019): The Greyhounds offense was explosive in 2019, averaging 34.3 points per game, which was the most by any NE10 squad, along with 202.4 rushing yards. Assumption will be led by a few Massachusetts natives this fall, including defensive end Trenton Wright, who enjoyed his best season on defese.

  5. Saint Anselm College (4-7, 4-4 in 2019): Despite finishing with just four wins in 2019, the Hawks provided some serious challenges for some of the top teams in the league, including New Haven and Southern Connecticut State. The Hawks return some key pieces from their squad two years ago, including two members of the o-line — Michael Boucher and Brian Kosicki — that appeared on our preseason squad.