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Noontime Sports Team of the Week (Monday, Oct. 9th)

Noontime Team Week

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Monday! With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive, Defensive and Special Team units of the week, as well as our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, too.


Offensive Player of the Week: Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese concluded last Saturday’s  contest against UMass Dartmouth with four touchdowns, including the game-winning score on a one-yard scamper that helped the Colonels erase a three-point (27-24) deficit. Corvese completed 29 of 44 for 377 yards and two scores, while rushing for 18 yards on 13 carries and two scores.

Defensive Player of the Week: Jaquan Harris (Framingham State): Harris recorded five interceptions last Friday in his team’s 32-16 win over Fitchburg State. The five picks tied a NCAA Division III record. Additionally, Harris established a new single-game program record with five interceptions, while tying the single-season mark for picks in a season with eight (currently).

Special Teams Player of the Week: Mark Wright (MIT): Wright connected on all nine kicks, including a trio of field goals with his longest boot coming from 35-yards out. He concluded last Saturday’s contest against Maine Maritime with 15 points. 


Offensive Team of the Week:

Darius Adams (Coast Guard Academy): Facing a talented Springfield defense, Adams recorded a game-high four receptions for 74 yards and one score. 

Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Bamgbose concluded last Saturday’s contest against Curry College with 158 receiving yards and two touchdowns. 

Mitch Banuskevich (Plymouth State): Banuskevich tallied 162 yards on 31 carries, while recording six receptions for 40 yards and one score as the Panthers defeated Bridgewater State, 17-7. 

Timel Benton (Gallaudet): Sophomore quarterback Timel Benton ran for 128 yards on four carries and scored two touchdowns in the opening half for Gallaudet in its 73-23 rout of Anna Maria for its first win of the season. Benton completed 3 of 6 passes for 140 yards before he was lifted in the second half. He completed a 94-yard pass to Joell Dixon, which would of been a touchdown if not for an unsportsmanlike penalty on Dixon for showboating at the end of the play before he got into the end zone.

Jake Bonheyo (Gallaudet): Bonheyo, Gallaudet’s back-up quarterback came in for one quarter and ran the ball four times for a team best 131 yards and three touchdowns. On his first play under center, Bonheyo ran 45 yards for a touchdown. On the next two Gallaudet possessions, Bonheyo scored from 36 and 47 yards out as the Bison led 67-17 midway through the third quarter.

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum completed 22 of 36 passes for 217 yards and three touchdown, while rushing for 12 yards on three carries.

Cory Brandon (Husson): Brandon completed 15 of 24 passes for 234 yards, while tossing three touchdowns as the Eagles defeated the Privateers in a marquee Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) clash. 

Mitchell Caron (Castleton): Caron completed 12 of 16 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 15 yards on eight carries and one score against Mount Ida. 

Brandonn Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers last Saturday with six receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown in his team’s setback to Husson. 

Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Against Coast Guard Academy, Eglintine rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries and one score, while completing two of five passes for 30 yards. 

Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn.): Fleeting accounted for three touchdowns, including two through the air in his team’s bounce-back win over Worcester State. Fleeting completed 13 of 17 passes for 218 yards and two scores, while rushing for 15 yards on four carries and one touchdown.

De’Andre Goldson-Fisher (Mount Ida): Against Castleton, Goldson-Fisher rushed for 163 yards on 23 carries and two scores, while hauling in one reception for 15 yards. 

Udgam Goyal (MIT): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Goyal completed 17 of 20 passes for 135 yards, while tossing two touchdowns. He also rushed for 76 yards on nine carries and two scores. 

Moe Harris (Castleton): Against Mount Ida, Harrs recorded 126 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns, while hauling in one catch for 10 yards.

Stephen Johnson (Buffalo State): Against SUNY Cortland, Johnson led all receivers with five receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown. 

Jared Lebowitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz completed 22 of 39 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers captured its fourth consecutive contest of the season.

Brice Moore (Merchant Marine): Moore turned in an impressive performance against Norwich, rushing for 229 yards on 32 carries and one score, while completing three of seven passes for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Jacob Maher (Worcester State): Maher led all receivers with 93 yards on six catches, while hauling in a trio of touchdown passes.   

Bobby Maimaron (Williams): The first-year signal-caller completed 17 of 24 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 52 yards on 10 carries and one score as the Ephs defeated Bowdoin in Williamstown. 

Ryan McDonald (Tufts): Against Bowdoin, McDonald completed 18 of 25 passes for 215 yards, while tossing one touchdown. He also rushed for 72 yards on 13 carries and one score.

Canton Meadows (Gallaudet): 
Sophomore super back Canton Meadows had a strong first half as he ran nine times for 84 yards and three touchdowns. Meadows scored the game’s first, second and seventh touchdown in the first 22 minutes of play. Meadows third and final score came on a 25-yard run up the middle as the Bison lead grew to 31, 41-10.

James O’Regan (Amherst): O’Regan led all receivers last Saturday with 151 yards on seven receptions and one touchdown. His longest reception was an 81-yard touchdown, which occurred midway through the fourth quarter.  

Jace Pena (UMass Dartmouth): Pena completed 12 of 27 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns, including a 61-yard touchdown strike to Abbi Bamgbose.

Michael Pina (Mount Ida): Pina completed 18 of 32 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s setback to Castleton.

Blake Rice (WPI): Against Catholic, Rice completed 18 of 28 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries.

Koby Schofer (Trinity): Schofer concluded his team’s contest with a game-high 10 receptions and 202 receiving yards, while registering a pair of touchdown receptions.

John Smith (Husson):
Smith rushed for 217 yards on 30 carries and one score, while recording a pair of receptions for 41 yards in his team’s big win over SUNY Maritime. 

Frank Stola (Williams): Stola led all receivers with seven receptions for 172 yards and two scores. His longest reception was a 77-yard touchdown, which occurred early in the fourth quarter.

Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva led all receivers last Saturday with 152 yards on 11 receptions – he averaged 13.8 yards per reception.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox rushed for 187 yards on 21 carries and one score in his team’s sixth-straight win of the season. 

Quron Wright (Framingham State):Against Fitchburg State, Wright rushed for 145 yards on 24 carries and two scores, while hauling in 34 yards on reception.


Defensive Team of the Week:

Louie Akuffo (Gallaudet): Akuffo was all over the field for the Bison on defense last Saturday as he made play after play against Anna Maria College. The junior linebacker led the team with nine tackles, made one interception and returned it 14 yards, forced one fumble and had one pass break-up. Akuffo’s interception took place at the start of the second half and set up GU’s first touchdown in the third quarter. He was also part of a huge defensive stand for the Bison in the first half. The highlight for the Bison defense was denying the AMCATS the end zone after they got 1st and goal from the Gallaudet 1 late in the first quarter. Four straight rushes, up the middle, were stuffed by the Bison defense led by a trio of linebackers Tristan Boren, Louie Akuffo and Tony Libit. The Bison scored four plays later to completely sway the momentum in GU’s favor up 27-10.

David Bednarz (Fitchburg State): Facing a talented Framingham State offense, Bednarz came-up with 10 total stops, including four solo tackles and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards.

Luca Cerasani (WPI): Cerasani was a big part of the Engineers’ win over the Cardinals by tallying seven total tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 20 yards, two forced fumbles and five solo stops.  

Almamy Conde (Hobart): Conde stuffed the stat sheet with four total stops, three solo tackles, including a sack for an eight yard loss, along with a fumble recovery (two yards) and interception (six yards).

Prince Gbaley (Plymouth State): Against Bridgewater State, Gbaley turned in a solid outing with seven solo tackles (and total tackles). He also recorded a quartet of pass  break-ups and a pair of interceptions (18 yards).

Jack Gray (Gallaudet): 
Freshman strong safety Jack Gray (Atherton, Calif.) picked off Jayson Wallace’s throw at the Gallaudet 5 and returned it 95 yards for the touchdown as Gallaudet led 73-17 at the 3:53 mark in the third quarter. Gray’s 95-yard interception return for a touchdown is tied for the second longest in program history with Neal DiMarco (9/9/2011 vs. Catholic). GU went on to set numerous records in the 73-23 victory over Anna Maria College. Gray now has three interceptions and two forced fumbles for five turnovers this season for the buff and blue.

Joseph Grogan (Curry): Grogan turned in an impressive performance against the Corsairs, recording six solo stops – all six tackles added up for a loss of 26 yards. Two of his six tackles were a pair of sacks for an eight yard loss. He also registered one forced fumble in a 30-27 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Eric Nunez (Worcester State): Nunez concluded last Saturday’s game against Western Connecticut with seven solo stops, including a pair of tackles for a loss of six yards. Additionally, one of his seven stops was a sack for a loss of two yards.

Matt O’Donnell (Coast Guard Academy): Against Springfield, O’Donnell led the Bears defense with 12 total stops, including 10 solo tackles.

Jake O’Donoghue (Catholic): Against WPI, O’Donoghue tallied seven total stops, including three solo tackles, two sacks for a loss of 20 yards, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 21 yards and two forced fumbles. 

Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Against Husson, Parker turned in a monstrous performance on defense, tallying 18 total tackles, including 14 solo stops and a pair of tackles for a loss of eight yards.  

Austin Roberts (Norwich): Against Merchant Marine, Roberts accounted for 22 total stops, including nine solo tackles and 13 assists. 

Jake Tavares (UMass Dartmouth): Against Curry, Tavares tallied 10 total stops, including eight solo tackles, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards, one sack and one pass break-up.

Zach Thomas (Tufts): Thomas highlighted Homecoming Weekend at Tufts with four total stops, including one tackle for a loss of nine yards, one fumble recover, one quarterback hurry and three solo tackles.

Jakob Trautwein (Castleton): Trautwein tallied a game-high 16 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss.

Luke Washburn (Husson):
Washburn registred 11 total stops against SUNY Maritime, including 10 solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one sack (13 yards) and a quartet of quarterback hurries. He also recorded one pass break-up, too.

Trent Waters (Dean):
Against Alfred State, Waters recorded a game-high 13 total tackles, including a team-high nine solo stops, along with two sacks for a loss of 21 yards and one forced fumble.

Rich Williams (Springfield): Williams tallied nine total stops against Coast Guard Academy last Saturday, including seven solo tackles, along with a tackle-and-a-half for a loss of 12 yards, one sack for a loss of 10 yards and an interception (53 yards).


Special Teams of the Week:

Chip Crowley (Coast Guard Academy): Against Springfield College, Chip Crowley recorded eight punts for 304 yards. Three of his boots landed inside the Pride’s 20. 

Christian Humulock (Springfield): Against Coast Guard Academy, Humulock was a perfect five for five on extra points, as well as one for one on field goals. 

Jake McDonough (Merchant Marine): McDonough was a perfect seven for seven on extra points in his team’s big win over Norwich. 

James Tooker (UMass Dartmouth): Tooker connected on all five of his kicks, including a pair of field goals for a total of nine points. His longest boot was a 39-yard field goal, which came midway through the third quarter.

Teams To Watch In 2017: Springfield College Pride

Jordan Wilcox

Springfield College fullback Jordan Wilcox rushed for 174 yards and four touchdowns against Rochester last fall, and will be one of many student-athletes to watch on the Pride this season. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

By James Baker (@ITHuddLLe)

Our New England D3 Football preseason team previews continue with a look at the 2017 Springfield College Pride, a team that will look to snatch the inaugural New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. 

Name: Springfield College Pride

Ranking: The Pride checked-in seventh on our ‘Preseason Top 10’ poll, which was posted on Twitter on Monday, July 31st. 

2016 Recap: The first year of head coach Mike Cerasuolo regime was mixed as the Pride struggled with injuries in a couple of key positions and a tough out-of-conference schedule. While Springfield did end the year at 5-5, they would have broken the .500 mark if they didn’t fall in a couple of close contests, including 12-7 and 15-12 losses to Hobart and Merchant Marine in Weeks 9 and 11, respectively. The Pride had their moments, hanging 70 points on Rochester and besting now fellow-NEWMAC members WPI, 28-23, after trailing 17-0 at the half. Springfield saw some new players step-up on both sides of the ball, so they have a lot to be optimistic about heading into the 2017 season.

Key Losses: Bobby Bozym (O-Line), Kenny Calaj (Linebacker), Joe Festo (Specialist / Receiver), Nick Welsh (Free Safety) and Taumeras Howard (Defensive Back)

Players to Watch: Jake Eglintine (Quarterback), Chad Shade (Quarterback), Jordan Wilcox (Fullback), Chris Hayden (O-Line), Josh Thomas (Fullback), Hunter Belzo (Running Back), Dom Traversa (Linebacker), Christian Zotti (Linebacker), Nick Giorgio (Defensive end), Rich Williams (Linebacker), Marlowe Scott (Free Safety), Jonny Bianchi (Cornerback) and Whit DeVaux (Specialist)

2017 Schedule: A new conference means a return of sorts to Springfield’s days in the Freedom Football Conference (FFC), which closed up shop in 2003. The battle for the Pynchon Saw against Western New England opens the slate, and the Pride haven’t defeated their cross-town rivals since 2013. Week Two has Kean (pronounced like “Cane”) University coming up from the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) for another tough out-of-conference game. The Cougars finished last season with a 7-4 mark, including a four-game winning streak and 30-27 ECAC Bowl game victory over Cortland State. Kane senior quarterback Charles App is a mobile and dangerous offensive weapon that will test the Springfield defense. The long-standing non-conference game against Mount Ida will be the final tune up before the Pride open up NEWMAC play against WPI and then Norwich at Stagg Field. Springfield will hit the road to take on Coast Guard and Merchant Marine (which many believe could be a de-facto title game), before coming home to entertain Catholic. After a bye week, the Pride will wrap the regular season on the road against Maine Maritime before hosting MIT in its season finale. 

Season Outlook:  The Pride may have the most to gain from the NEWMAC starting-up football, as they are returning several key players, including a total of 17 starters that should help them contend for the inaugural league crown. The Pride’s defense returns eight student-athletes that helped the unit finish as one of the premiere units in the Northeast. Traversa and Zotti are both three-year starters, while Giorgio had a big sophomore season – he is expected to continue improve this season on the defensive line. While players like Nick Welsh will certainly be missed in the secondary, keep an eye on Scott, who should be able to continue his production from a year ago. Jonny Bianchi is also back in the mix, but not as a halfback, which he played in 2015. Bianchi will be spotted in the Pride’s secondary as a defensive back – he will also be a player to watch this season. The strength of the Pride’s offense will once again be their halfbacks and fullbacks. Wilcox and Thomas made a potent one-two punch for Springfield last fall and will look to lead the ground attack again. All three halfbacks that return should provide the unit with depth and explosive play-making ability. Belzo led the Pride with an impressive 9.8 yards per carry last season – he also broke off touchdown runs of 91, 80 and 44 yards as a first-year. Helping clear the way again for Belzo and the running back corps is David Mikos at tight end. Christian Humulock should handle a majority of the kicking duties – he secured the starting placekicker job during spring practices. The team’s punter Whit DeVaux is also back this fall after averaging  37.4 yards per punt last fall, including 14 drops inside the opposition’s 20-yard line. The Pride will certainly be a squad to watch this season – they kick-off their 2017 campaign against a very talented Western New England squad. That will certainly be a game to follow next weekend.