Mass. College Football: Worcester Area Football Association Announces 23rd Annual Steve “Merc” Morris All-Star Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Worcester Area Football Association, here’s today’s release about the 23rd Annual Steve “Merc” Morris All-Star Team, which was selected by the eight sports information directors of Worcester County:

Worcester, MA — The Worcester Area Football Association has announced the 23rd Annual Steve “Merc” Morris All-Star Team as selected by the eight sports information directors of Worcester County.

The major award winners included senior running back Robert Small (Sleepy Hollow, NY) of Anna Maria as the Offensive Player of the Year and junior defensive end Derek Mann (Sharon, MA) of Assumption who was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Small, who rushed for 1,224 yards and 15 touchdowns, was named the ECFC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in average rushing yards (136.0 YPG) and yards per carry (6.2).

Mann, the Northeast-10 Defensive Lineman of the Year, paced the Greyhounds with 11 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks and a trio of interceptions from his position up front.

Senior placekicker Tad Beuchert (Danvers, MA) earned Special Teams Player of the Year honors while freshmen quarterbacks Garrett Dellechiaie (Leominster, MA) of Fitchburg State and Peter Pujals (Glenview, IL) shared Freshman of the Year laurels.

Beuchert has booted an eye-popping 15 field goals in 11 games for the eighth-highest total in Division II – including seven which have gone for 35 yards or greater. He was also 34-of-35 on PATs and netted 79 points to lead the Northeast-10 in kick scoring.

Dellechiaie and Pujals were both recognized as the Rookie of the Year in their respective conferences.

Dellechiaie led the MASCAC with a school-record breaking 25 passing touchdowns to go with 1930 yards and a .598 completion percentage. Pujals impressed with both the second highest passing yardage total (2,261) and scores through the air (19) in the Patriot League as he converted a remarkable .636 percent of his throws.

Mann and Beuchert were also received Division II/III New England Writers team nods last week.

For his efforts in guiding Fitchburg State to a 6-4 mark, a four win improvement from the 2012 campaign, head coach Pat Haverty was recognized as the Coach of the Year. Haverty, the Champion MASCAC Coach of the Year, guided the Falcons to a 5-3 record which was good for a tie for third in the final season standings and their first winning season since 2005.

The Worcester Area Football Association All-Star Team is named in memory of Steve “Merc” Morris, the longtime Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations and Assumption Hall of Famer. Morris was a 1972 graduate of Assumption and was a member of the athletics staff for 39 years before he passed away in January of 2011.

In addition to being the founder of the Worcester Area Association All-Star Program, Morris was a tireless supporter of collegiate athletics and had a key role in the lives of thousands of student-athletes.

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Mass. College Football: Week 12 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

The 12th week of the college football season came to a close on Saturday and below is this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior halfback, who broke the single-game rushing record that he set last week, concluded Saturday’s contest against North Carolina State with 339 yards on the ground and two scores. His 339 yards set the ACC single-game rushing record, passing John Leach of Wake Forrest, who passed for 329 yards against Maryland in 1993.

Kevin Pierre-Louis (Boston College) – The senior linebacker registered eight total stops, six solo tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 20 yards.

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – The junior signal caller amassed 292 yards of total offense and tossed two touchdowns as the Crimson defeated Penn in Cambridge.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback broke the Bentley single game and season records for both passing yards and total offense, and accounted for six touchdowns, in a 56-41 shootout victory over Saint Anselm as he completed 30-of-43 passes for 510 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for a go-ahead touchdown and 42 yards for a total of 552 on the day.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver set career-bests with 10 catches for 199 yards, with a pair of touchdowns, 77 and 18 yards. The 199 gave him a conference-high 1,225 for the season.

Kendall Dardy-Jones (Assumption) – The sophomore defensive back led the Hounds defense with nine total stops, seven solo tackles, and a pass breakup against New Haven.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior quarterback ended the season with four touchdowns as the Warriors defeated the Owls in North Andover. Clancy finished 33-of-52 for 260 yards.

Kristian Jackson (Merrimack) – The sophomore linebacker recorded a game-high 13 total stops, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver led all receivers with six catches for 84 yards and one touchdown in the Northeast-10 Conference championship against American International College.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded a game-best 17 total tackles, 11 solo stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards.

Kevin Arduino (AIC) – The junior quarterback registered 304 yards of total offense, including 101 yards on the ground and three scores, which helped the Yellow Jackets defeat the Skyhawks in the NE-10 Championship.

Jordan Thompson (AIC) – The senior defensive lineman recorded two total tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and a fumble recovery.

Carlous Julien (Mount Ida) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-high 14 total stops, including two tackles for a loss of eight yards, one sack for a loss of six yards and a forced fumble. The Mustangs finished their season with a 6-0 victory over Husson.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – The senior tailback rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s finale against Becker College.

Kevin Card (Anna Maria) – The junior linebacker finished the season with a game-best 12 total stops, 11 solo tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards.

Robert Baker (Becker) – The senior quarterback amassed 248 yards of total offense, which included 220 yards through the air as the Hawks defeated the AMCATs in their final contest. Baker tossed three touchdowns, two to DeJahn Dawkins.

DeJahn Dawkins (Becker) – The sophomore wide receiver finished with a game-best 106 yards and two touchdown receptions.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker led the Hawks defense with 10 total stops including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.

Ehab Hamdan (WPI) – The senior wide receiver finished with 10 catches for 131 yards and one touchdown in his team’s setback to Springfield College.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior halfback rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns, as well as hauled in one reception for 22 yards in the Rams’ 36-0 victory over Worcester State.

Travis Hayes (Framingham State) – The sophomore wide receiver caught seven passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

Jeff Touron (Framingham State) – The senior defensive end recorded five total tackles, four solo stops, including three sacks for a loss of 14 yards.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback capped his career with the Bears by completing 20-of-30 passes for one touchdown and rushing for 119 yards and two scores as Bridgewater State defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the 35th Annual Cranberry Bowl.

Matt Green (Bridgewater State) – The junior wide receiver led all receivers with 12 catches for 181 yards and one touchdown.

Garrett Dellechiaie (Fitchburg State) – The first-year quarterback finished his season completing 10-of-19 attempts for 188 yards and five touchdowns as the Falcons soared past the Panthers.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 14-of-30 passes for 250 yards as the Gulls defeated Salve Regina in the New England Football Conference championship.

Justin Wallace (MIT) – The junior running back rushed for 217 yards and two scores as the Engineers defeated Coast Guard in their final game.

Kevin Fruwirth (Curry) – The senior quarterback ended his career with the Colonels by passing for six touchdowns and rushing for 42 yards on five carries. Fruwirth finished with a total of 370 yards of total offense in his team’s win against Maine Maritime.

Kevin Cook (Western New England) – The junior half back rushed for three scores and 189 yards as the Golden Bears concluded their season with a win against Nichols.

Mass. College Football: Week 10 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – The junior quarterback amassed 205 yards of total offense in the Crimson’s win over Dartmouth. Hempel completed 18-of-27 passes for 135 yards and rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries and one score.

Andrew Flesher (Harvard) – The junior placekicker connected on 3-of-4 field goals and was 1-for-1 on extra points. His third and final field goal secured the win.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 23-of-28 passes for 238 yards. He also rushed fro 88 yards on 18 carries and one score.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior quarterback recorded his second five-touchdown game of the season, which helped the Yellow Jackets defeat New Haven. Arduino completed 19-of-31 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushed for 166 yards on 22 carries and three scores.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback led Bentley to a 24-19 win over Southern Connecticut by throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for another. He completed 22-of-34 for 337 yard with no interceptions.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver caught nine passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yarder on the third play of the game. It was the fourth straight game he’s eclipsed the century mark and he also became just the fourth player in program history to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards.

Sam McDonald (Bentley) – The first-year safety had two second-half interceptions and five tackles. His first pick came with Southern inside the Bentley 25 in the third quarter and his second, with 2:17 remaining in the fourth, locked up the victory.

Nick McCarthy (Bentley) – The junior had a career-best 12 tackles, including eight solo stops, and a pass break-up.

Tyler Ford (Bentley) – The first-year punter punted five times for an average of 43.8 yards, with a long of 52. It marked the fifth straight game he’s averaged at least 42.

Mike Bates (Assumption) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 tackles along with one sack for a loss of nine yards. He also tipped a pass in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a pick-six.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – The sophomore halfback rushed for 101 yards on 20 carries for a career-best three touchdowns in his team’s 42-14 win over Pace.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver hauled in seven receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown.

Matt Tripicchio (Merrimack) – The senior defensive lineman recorded five tackles, a sack and three tackles for a loss of 13 yards in the Warriors’ win against Assumption.

DeJahn Dawkins (Becker) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a game-best eight catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Hawks’ setback to Gallaudet.  

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker led his unit with 10 total stops, along with two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack.

Carlous Julien (Mount Ida) – The senior linebacker concluded the Mustangs’ setback to Norwich with five solo tackles, which included three tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – The senior half back registered 225 yards on 29 carries and three scores in the AMCATs’ win over Castleton State. He also caught two passes for seven yards.

William Ricard (Anna Maria) – The sophomore wide out led all receivers with six grabs for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

Matt Silva (Framingham State) – The sophomore signal caller tossed four touchdowns and completed 15-of-24 passes for 308 yards in the Rams’ 58-12 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior halfback rushed for 228 yards on 25 carries and two scores.

Phillip Saint-Juste (Fitchburg State) – The junior wide receiver scored two touchdowns and hauled in seven receptions for 166 yards in his team’s win against Westfield State.

Tim Rich (Westfield State) – The senior quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 23-of-37 passes for 312 yards.

Pat Viencek (Worcester State) – The junior quarterback completed 30-of-54 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns in the Lancers’ loss to Plymouth State.

Spencer Walsh (Endicott) – The sophomore tailback rushed for three scores and 173 yards on 39 carries in the Gulls’ win over MIT.  

Kevin Fruwirth (Curry) – The senior quarterback completed 29-of-57 passes for 390 yards and three touchdowns in the Colonels’ loss to Western New England.

John Krafick (WNE) – The senior signal caller tossed two touchdowns and completed 23-of-36 passes in his team’s win against Curry.

Jimmy Fairfield (Amherst) – The sophomore defensive back recorded 11 total stops, along with an interception and fumble recovery in his team’s 17-16 win over Trinity.

Nate Saffold (Williams) – The senior defensive back recorded team-high 12 total tackles, which included six solo stops against Wesleyan.

Mass. College Football: Week Eight Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the eighth week of the college football season in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Michael Pruneau (Harvard) – In his second straight start, the sophomore signal caller tossed three touchdowns and finished 17-of-29 for 263 yards.

Paul Stanton Jr. (Harvard) – The sophomore tailback rushed for 113 yards on 21 carries and two scores, as well as caught one pass for six yards in Harvard’s 35-16 win against Lafayette.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year signal caller amassed 287 yards of total offense against Colgate. He finished 25-of-40 for 232 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 55 yards on 14 carries.

Kevin Arduino (AIC) – Against Bentley, the junior quarterback rushed for four touchdowns and tossed another in the Yellow Jackets’ 42-14 victory. Ardunio finished with 222 yards through the air and 129 yards on the ground.

Sterry Codrington (Stonehill) – The junior defensive back matched his career-high with 10 tackles, seven solo stops, blocked two kicks and had a sack for a loss of 12 yards. He also recorded a pass break-up in the Skyhawks’ dramatic 29-26 victory against New Haven.

Jon Wozney (Assumption) – The senior linebacker registered 10 total tackles in his team’s win against Southern Connecticut.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver hauled in a career-best nine receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown against AIC.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior gunslinger completed 38-of-56 passes for 441 yards and six touchdowns, which helped the Warriors top St. A’s.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded a career-high 17 total tackles and eight solo stops against New Haven.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – It was a career day for the sophomore halfback, who finished Saturday’s game with a career-high 255 all-purpose yards. He rushed for a career-best 172 yards on a career-high 23 carries and one score. Markus also caught the two-point conversion at the end of the game, which pushed Stonehill ahead by three points.

Logan Meyer (Stonehill) – The senior quarterback tossed two of his three touchdowns during the final 15 minutes, which helped Stonehill defeat New Haven. Meyer completed 22-of-41 passes for 288 yards.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – The senior halfback rushed for a game-best 136 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns against Mount Ida.

William Ricard (Anna Maria) – The sophomore wide receiver recorded a season-best 199 yards receiving and two touchdowns against Mount Ida.

EJ Isom (Mount Ida) – The first-year running back rushed for 108 yards on nine carries and two scores in the Mustangs’ 56-34 win against Anna Maria.

Jordan Hyman (Mount Ida) – The senior wide-out caught eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Kalyn Smithson (Mount Ida) – The junior linebacker registered eight total stops, five solo tackles, three tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one sack for a loss of five yards, one block and one pass break-up.

Robert Baker (Becker) – The senior quarterback tossed two touchdowns and completed 17-of-33 passes for 210 yards against Husson.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker registered a game-best 14 total tackles, seven solo tackles, and half a tackle for a loss.

E.J. Bennett (Mass. Maritime) – The junior wide receiver shattered the single game receiving record with 274 receiving yards. Bennett hauled in 15 passes and scored three touchdowns against Westfield State.

Richard Ford (Mass. Maritime) – The junior linebacker finish his team’s contest against the Owls with seven total tackles, four solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 12 yards.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback recorded 386 yards of total offense and registered seven touchdowns in the Bears’ 56-28 victory against Plymouth State. McCarthy completed 18-of-29 passes for a career-high 276 yards and tied the school record with five touchdown passes.

Davon Fuller (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year defensive back recorded four interceptions, one shy of the NCAA Division III record, which helped the Corsairs top Worcester State. Fuller also had four tackles and three solo stops.

Tucker Cheyne (MIT) – The first-year kicker broke his own school record for points in a game by a kicker with 12 points against Nichols College.

John Krafick (WNE) – The senior co-captain recorded a season-high 304 passing yards, as well as tossed three touchdowns in the Golden Bears’ double-overtime win against Union College.

Justin Wallace (MIT) – The junior running back rushed for 167 yards and a career-best tying three touchdowns.

Alex Snyder (Tufts) – The first-year quarterback led the Jumbos to its most points since November 2010, according to Sunday’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Football Weekly Release. Snyder completed 22-of-46 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdowns were the most by a Tufts quarterback since November 2010.

Mass. College Football: Afternoon News & Notes

By Matt Noonan 

There were some interesting outcomes this afternoon and below are a few news and notes from the day.

* Harvard’s perfect record remained intact as the Crimson defeated Lafayette, 35-16, at Harvard Stadium. Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for two scores and 113 yards on 21 carries, while Ricky Zorn hauled in four catches for a game-high 103 receiving yards.

* After earning an exciting first win a week ago, UMass struggled to continue its momentum as Buffalo defeated the Minutemen, 32-3.

* Stonehill rallied for one of its biggest wins in program history as the Skyhawks defeated New Haven, 29-26. Quarterback Logan Meyer capped a 12-point rally with a touchdown pass to Corey White with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Stonehill is now tied for first place in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) with American International College and New Haven.

* As we highlighted in our last post, AIC’s Kevin Arduino accounted for five touchdowns this afternoon — four on the ground, one through the air, which helped the Yellow Jackets defeat Bentley.The junior signal caller ran for 129 yards on 13 carries and threw for 222 yards.

As noted in the press release, this was AIC’s first win on Bentley’s home turf since 1999.

* Merrimack’s Joe Clancy tossed six touchdowns and completed 38-of-56 passes for 441 yards in the Warriors’ 51-9 victory against St. A’s. Through seven games, Clancy has recorded 34 touchdowns and completed 268-of-410 passes for 2,950 yards.

* Mount Ida is on a two-game winning streak and is currently tied for second in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Jordan Hyman led the Mustangs’ receiving core with eight grabs for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Jovan Wilkins matched a game-high 10 total stops.

Despite the loss, Anna Maria’s Robert Small rushed for 136 yards and three scores.