Noontime Sports Team Of The Month: Salve Regina University



For the second time this football season, Noontime Sports is pleased to announce our Team of the Month (October): Salve Regina University.

Currently 7-0 overall and 5-0 in New England Football Conference (NEFC) play, the Seahawks capped the month of October with a convincing road win over Endicott College this past weekend, winning by a score of 41-20. Quarterback Brandon Basil tossed two touchdowns in the win, halfback Sam Pascale rushed for three scores on 29 carries for 178 yards, while the defense registered one sack, one interception and four tackles for a loss.

Prior to their victory against the Gulls, Salve Regina earned wins over Curry College, Nichols College and MIT.

The Seahawks currently lead the NEFC in rushing yards (2,050) and yards per game (510.6) – they are second in total offense (3,574). Pascale and tailback James Dawson rank first (158.7) and second (97.4), respectively, in yards per game, while Basil is fourth in yards per game (216.0) and tied for fourth with 14 touchdowns (through the air).

Brandon O’Neill and John Salute are currently tied for first in the conference with three sacks – Endicott’s Craig Anderson has also registered a trio of sacks this season too.

The Seahawks return to the gridiron this weekend for an extremely important conference game as they host Western New England for a 12 p.m. kickoff. Similar to Salve Regina, the Golden Bears are undefeated.

Last season, the Golden Bears defeated the Seahawks, 28-21, to secure the NEFC crown. The Seahawks’ last victory over the Golden Bears came in 2013, thanks to a trio of touchdown passes from quarterback Steve Wilken and a pair of rushing scores by halfback Richie Edwards.

Mass. College Football: MIT, Salve Regina Earn Week 8 Victories

By Matt Noonan 

MIT and Salve Regina commenced the eighth week of the college football season with victories and below are their game summaries.

Salve Regina 43, Curry 10: The Seahawks soared to a two score lead and never looked back as they defeated the Colonels and extended their current winning streak to four games. Curry’s Kevin Fruwirth completed 22-of-43 passes for 268 yards, while Jordan Shairs rushed eight times for 44 yards and hauled in five catches for 57 yards.

Salve Regina’s Steven Wilken completed 14-of-27 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns, while Richie Edwards tallied 108 yards on the ground. Jiyon Ruffin led the visitors on defense with 10 total tackles, seven solo stops, which included two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.

Salve Regina improves to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the New England Football Conference (NEFC), while Curry falls to 2-4 and 2-2.

MIT 48, Nichols 0: Justin Wallace rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Peter Williams completed 18-of-23 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns as the Engineers snapped their two-game losing streak and earned their first NEFC victory.

The Engineers, who concluded its first three drives with touchdowns finished the contest with a school record 563 total yards of offense.

Samuel Inman led all receivers with eight grabs for 86 yards, while teammate Seve Esparrago registered six catches for 81 yards and one score.

Nichols’ Devon Nelson led all defenders with 12 total tackles. Five of those tackles were solo stops. Orlando Vega finished with nine tackles, while Brian Camacho recorded six tackles, which included one tackles for a loss.

Jake Laux led MIT’s defense with nine total stops, three solo, one tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.

With the win, MIT improves to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Nichols falls to 1-5 and 0-4.

Salve Regina Forces Seven Turnovers, Defeats Curry College, 31-6

The Seahawks took advantage of seven Curry turnovers to win their fourth game of the season.

By Brian Willwerth 

MILTON, MA – It’s a basic fact in football that the team that wins the turnover battle usually stands a good chance of winning. That held true to form Saturday afternoon in an NEFC matchup between Salve Regina University and Curry College.

The Colonels [3-4] turned it over six times, while the Seahawks [4-3] played mistake-free football. The end result: a 31-6 victory for the visitors.

In the first quarter, Salve Regina took advantage of the first Curry mistake: the punter could not handle the snap, and was brought down deep in his own territory. 1:45 later, Seahawks running back Richie Edwards scored the first of his two touchdowns from a yard out to make it 7-0.

The Seahawks doubled their lead in the second quarter, again taking advantage of a Curry mistake, but this time on a fumble in its own territory. Edwards capped off the short two-play drive by taking a pitch to the right side, and running into the end zone to make it 14-0 at halftime.

Curry got the ball to start the second half, but quarterback Mark Gilson was sacked, causing another fumble that was recovered by Salve Regina. The Seahawks needed just 1:21 to march 47 yards, as Rob LaRiviere-Tougas scored his team’s third rushing touchdown of the game: a 7-yarder to make it 21-0.

The Seahawks rushed for 214 yards on the day, most of it courtesy of Edwards and LaRiviere-Tougas, (141 combined yards), while quarterback Brad Skeffington added a 4-yard TD run.

It was a rough day all around for the Curry offense: three lost fumbles, three interceptions, a botched punt attempt, and a field goal attempt that bonked off the crossbar. When the Colonels finally did get on the board courtesy of a 10-yard pass from Anthony Carnevale to Jordan Shairs, the extra point was called back because of a delay of game penalty.  After the five-yard march off, the ensuing try was no good.

Skeffington only threw 13 passes all day. He didn’t need to do much through the air, given the success his team was having on the ground.

Salve Regina returns home to play MIT next weekend, while Curry travels to Nichols.

Massachusetts College Football: Saturday Afternoon Scoreboard

Mike Stanton turned in a career day Saturday, as he tossed three touchdowns against MIT! (Photo courtesy of Mass. Maritime Athletics)


With a majority of Saturday’s games in the books, here are the highlights and scores from this afternoon’s college football games.

Mass. Maritime 51 – MIT 13: The Buccaneers improved to [2-0], as quarterback Mike Stanton completed 12-of-18 passes and tossed three touchdowns in the win, while running back Matt White led all rushers with 99-yards on 19 carries, and receiver Jonathan Emond registered six catches for 127 yards. Massachusetts Maritime’s defense smothered the Engineers offensive line, as well as quarterbacks John Wenzel and Peter Williams, who combined for five interceptions in the loss.

WPI 55 – Becker College 0: The Engineers tallied 407 offensive yards against the Hawks, which helped WPI scoop up their second victory of the season. Pat McAuley tossed two touchdowns and rushed for 113 yards on five carries while WPI’s defense intercepted both Eagles quarterbacks twice.

Curry College 44 – Coast Guard 21: The Colonels Anthony Carnevale completed 11-of-18 passes for 139 yards, as well as tossed three touchdowns to Ryan Doherty, Skubie Mageza and Tyran Harrigan. Also, Curry’s Phil Bigelow rushed for 158 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns, while Coast Guard’s Jarrod Owens led the Bears ground game with 46 yards on 13 carries.

Salve Regina 28 – Framingham State 13: The Haws outscored the Rams in the second half, 21-7, as well as picked up their second win of the season Saturday afternoon in Middletown, Rhode Island. Framingham State’s Matthew Silva completed 23-of-39 passes for 300 yards and two interceptions, while Salve Regina’s Richie Edwards rushed for three touchdowns on 31 carries.

Holy Cross 30 – Harvard 22: Crusaders quarterback Ryan Taggard completed 22-of-35 passes for 322 yards and tossed one touchdown, as well as rushed for one score, while Harvard’s Collier Winters tossed two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Crimson’s first game of the season.

Other Scores from Saturday:

* Springfield College 63 – Husson 19

* Merrimack College 63 – Pace 7

* Duke University 20 – Boston College 19

* Endicott College 58 – Fitchburg State 7

* Maine Maritime 21 – UMass Dartmouth 13

* Bridgewater State 10 – Plymouth State 7