Mass. College Football: 26 Players Earn USA College Football Div. III Preseason All-American Honors

By NoontimeSports.com 

The 26th Annual USA College Football Division III Preseason All-American teams were released today and 26 players were selected to the First, Second and Third Teams.

Below are the 27 players that received preseason honors, along with their school and position.

First Team:

Kemani Jones (Worcester State/RB)

Lucien Cance (Nichols College/ FB)

Keith Rodman (Springfied College /FB)

Kevin Gray (Anna Maria College /OL)

Nick Stanfield (Framingham State/OL)

Marcus Pettigrew (Westfield State/DL)

Luis Feliz (Fitchburg State/LB)

Dean Soucie (Western New England/LB)

Matt Mangano (Framingham State/DB)

Vinny Tavernelli (WPI/P)

Second Team:

Matt Silva (Framingham State/QB)

Chris Bettano (Anna Maria/ RB)

Brian Copeland (MIT/OL)

Joseph Hak (Bridgewater State/OL)

Kyle Regan (Endicott College/PK)

Quentin Jones (Framingham State/DL)

Jaymie Spears (Amherst College/DB)

Sean Murphy (WPI/DB)

Richard Bellizzi (UMass Dartmouth/P)

Third Team:

Ryan Sweeney (Westfield State/FB)

David Digiorgi (Curry College/FB)

Elliot Tobin (MIT/OL)

Joe Hanley (MIT/OL)

Elvis Romero (Bridgewater State/DL)

Derek Tarpey (UMass Dartmouth/LB)

Greg Sheridan (Westfield State/DB)

Mass. College Football: Week 11 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior tailback, who is the current leading rusher in the ACC and No. 2 in the nation among FBS (Football Subdivision) players, rushed for a single-game school record of 295 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-34 win over New Mexico State

Chase Rettig (Boston College) – The senior quarterback passed for 230 yards and tossed three scores.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year signal caller amassed 292 yards of total offense in his team’s setback to Lehigh, along with one touchdown pass.

Matt Pedone (Assumption College) – The senior halfback rushed for a career-high 209 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries, which helped the Hounds defeat LIU Post, 37-27, and finish 5-0 on the road in league play.

Tad Beuchert (Assumption) – The senior placekicker was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals and 4-for-4 in extra-point attempts.

Sterry Codrington (Stonehill) –The junior defensive back helped the Skyhawks hold Merrimack to just 14 points and 359 total yards by registering a career-best 12 tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, a forced fumble, interception and pass breakup.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior quarterback rushed for three scores and passed for 94 yards in his team’s win over So. Connecticut.

Mike Bates (Assumption) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 total tackles, five solo stops, one interception, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.

Jere Brown (Merrimack) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in nine receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – The sophomore halfback recorded a career-high 31 carries for 185 yards in his team’s win over the Warriors.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded a game-best 16 tackles, eight solo stops, one sack for a loss of nine yards and a pass breakup.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver caught seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Taylor Russell (Stonehill) – The junior defensive lineman matched his career-high with five tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one sack, a fumble recovery and an interception.

Robert Baker (Becker) – The senior quarterback amassed 243 yards in the Hawks’ 20-3 win over Castelton State. Baker tossed two touchdowns and rushed for 41 yards on 14 carries.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-high 18 total stops, which included four-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 31 yards and five tackles for a loss of 31 yards.

Zach Grasis (WPI) – The junior tailback rushed for 155 yards and two scores in the Engineers’ 31-21 victory over Rochester.

Sean Murphy (WPI) – The sophomore defensive back recorded five solo tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Rochester.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior running back rushed for a game-best 158 yards and three scores as the Rams defeated the Bears and claimed the inaugural MASCAC crown.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback completed 10-of-19 passes for 117 yards and rushed for 95 yards and three scores on 27 carries.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker finished with 13 total tackles, 10 solo stops and a fumble recovery.

Trevor McNeil (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year linebacker recorded 10 total tackles, five solo stops, which included two tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one sack for a loss of six yards, a forced fumble and fumble recovery against the Falcons of Fitchburg State.

Steph’fon Teague (Fitchburg State) – The junior halfback rushed for 182 yards and one score on 27 carries. He also caught one pass for five yards and one touchdown in the Falcons’ 25-20 victory.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – The senior quarterback completed 15-of-24 passes for 203 yards and tossed four touchdowns, as well as rushed for 57 yards and one score in his team’s 46-44 win over Plymouth State.

Sam Calley (Curry) – The senior defensive lineman finished his team’s contest against Nichols College with nine total tackles, which included six sacks for 21 yards, eight tackles for a loss of 24 yards and two forced fumbles.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 17-of-32 passes for 323 yards in the Gulls’ win over Western New England.

Peter Williams (MIT) – The junior quarterback completed 15-of-18 passes for 264 yards and five touchdowns against Maine Maritime.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior linebacker concluded his team’s season with six solo tackles, which included two tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.

Mass. College Football: Week 11 Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the second to last week of the regular season in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Boston College: The Eagles matched their longest winning streak of the season (two games) with a 48-34 win over New Mexico State. The Eagles outscored the Aggies, 28-17 in the second half to earn their fifth win.

Andre Williams, who is currently the leading rusher in the ACC and No. 2 in the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision), rushed for 295 yards on 30 carries and two scores, while quarterback Chase Rettig tossed three touchdowns.

The Eagles finished with 550 yards of total offense, along with 18 first downs. They converted on 5-of-13 third downs and were 1-for-1 on fourth down.

BC will return to conference play next weekend when they host North Carolina State, which will be their final home game of the 2013 season.

Division 2 – Stonehill College: For the first time since 1996, the Skyhawks won their fifth straight game by defeating Merrimack College, 26-14.

Brian Harrington led Stonehill’s defense with 16 tackles, as well as established a new single-season record with 134 stops.

Colin Markus rushed for 185 yards on 31 carries and Nate Robitaille caught seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Stonehill raced out to a 13-0 lead thanks to two Steve Grzywacz field goals and a touchdown pass from Joe Della Vecchia to Robitaille. Merrimack did comeback in the third, but the Skyhawks padded their lead with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Paul Piccirillo.

The Skyhawk, who earned a share of the Northeast-10 Conference regular season crown, will travel to Springfield on Saturday to face AIC in the title game. A win for the Skyhawks would most likely secure them a spot in the NCAA Division 2 tournament.

Division 3 – WPI: The Engineers snapped a four-game losing streaking on “Senior Day” with a 31-21 victory over Rochester.

Halfback Zach Grasis rushed for 155 yards on 22 carries and two scores, while quarterback John Antonopoulos amassed 179 yards of total offense. He also tossed one touchdown in the opening quarter to Gallagher Hogan, which evened the score at 7-7.

Defensively, Sean Murphy led the unit with two interceptions, along with five solo stops, one fumble recover and two pass break-ups. Brian Murtagh finished with a team-high nine total tackles and two pass break-ups.

The Engineers, who improved to 3-6 overall, will conclude their season on Saturday when they travel to Springfield to face the Pride.

Mass. College Football: WPI-Rochester Postgame Video

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, MA — After earning an impressive 31-21 win on “Senior Day,” WPI head coach Chris Robertson, along with junior Zach Grasis and sophomore Sean Murphy talk about the team’s effort against Rochester.

Grasis rushed for two scores and 155 yards, while Murphy finished with five tackles (all solo tackles), one fumble recovery and one interception. His interception occurred late in the fourth quarter during one of Rochester’s final drives, which sealed the victory for WPI.

WPI will wrap up its 2013 campaign next Saturday when they travel to Springfield to face the Pride, who earned a 35-28 victory this afternoon against RPI.

 

Mass. College Football: Five Games To Watch This Week

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re closing in on the halfway mark of another season of college football. The seventh week, which kicks-off tomorrow, will feature some intriguing, but important conference matchups, so we’ve decided to look ahead to this weekend’s slate in our first installment of the current 2013-14 season with our “Five Games to Watch.”

We started “Five Games to Watch” this past winter during basketball and hockey season to profile a variety of local Division 1, 2, and 3 games. We won’t make predictions, but will provide a quick synopsis of each matchup.

Quick Note: Going forward, we will be continuing our “Five Games to Watch” series during basketball, hockey and lacrosse season. These posts will appear closer to the weekend, though.

So, without further ado, here are five games to watch this weekend.

Harvard at Cornell, 12:30 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): Coming off an exciting triple-overtime win last week against Holy Cross, the Crimson will turn their attention to their second Ivy League foe of the season.

The Big Red, who’re 1-2 overall, are led by quarterback Jeff Matthews, who is the Ancient Eight’s all-time leading passer with 9,303 yards. Matthews and the Big Red struggled last season at Harvard Stadium as the Crimson capped the meeting with a 21-0 run to secure a 45-13 victory.

Paul Stanton Jr. leads Harvard’s ground attack with 258 yards and five rushing touchdowns. He’s averaging 86 yards per game, as well as one touchdown per game, too.

Defensively, keep an eye on Eric Medes, Norman Hayes and Zach Hodges, three players that will want to pressure Matthews.

Harvard has won the last seven meetings and leads the all-time series, 40-32-2.

Stonehill at Southern Conn., 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): The Skyhawks suffered their first Northeast-10 Conference setback last weekend against AIC, which held Stonehill to 189 yards of total offense.

This week, Stonehill will look to rebound against Southern Conn., a squad that has won three straight. The Owls have posted at least 40 points or more in all three of their victories.

Anthony Masucci, Tim Bennett and Brian Harrington each registered 10 total tackles against AIC, as well as combined for one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. Harrington continues to leads the defense with 66 total tackles (31 solo), while Mark Trudeau leads all players with 2.5 sacks.

Stonehill will certainly rely on its defense to stop the Owls, but also look for their offense to bounce back. Quarterback Logan Meyer has tossed 14 touchdowns this season, four of them to Nate Robitaille, who has recorded 100 receiving yards in four-straight contests.

Framingham State at Westfield State, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): Tom Kelley’s squad will play its fifth road contest of the season on Saturday when they travel to Westfield State to face the Owls, who’re on a three-game winning streak.

The Rams are coming off a 21-14 win against UMass Dartmouth last week, which feature three rushing touchdowns from Melikke Van Alstyne. Defensively, Chevere Archer recorded 10 solo tackles, five of them for a loss of 20 yards, as well as one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Westfield recently defeated Plymouth State, 31-0, thanks to another impressive defensive performance, which included seven tackles for a loss of 30 yards; four pass break-ups, three tackles for a loss and two interceptions. Tim Rich completed 11-of-13 passes for 245 yards and one touchdown, while Michael Mercadante rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries for two scores.

Keep an eye on the Westfield defense, which has yielded just seven points in three conference meetings.

Coast Guard at Curry College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12):  The Colonels snapped their three-game skid last weekend with a victory against MIT. This weekend, they’ll turn their attention to an impressive Coast Guard unit, which defeated Western New England last weekend, 41-38. The Bears have won two New England Football Conference contests and currently remain tied for first with Endicott College and Salve Regina.

As always, expect Curry to rely on Kevin Fruwirth’s arm, which produced two touchdowns last week, as well as running backs Phil Bigelow and Trae Weathers, two players that combined for 171 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.

The last time these two squads met, Curry defeated Coast Guard in 2011, 44-21. Bigelow led all rushers with 158 yards on 21 carries for two rushing touchdowns.

WPI at Union, 1:30 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 12): Coming off a tough loss to Hobart, Chris Robertson’s squad will look to rebound against their third Liberty League foe this season.

Against Union a year ago, Chris Turner brought WPI within one point following a 17-yard touchdown run in the second quarter before the Dutchmen answered with a pair of touchdowns.

Expect the Engineers to rely on their ground game. Zach Grasis finished last week’s contest with 93 yards on 23 carries. Also, look for quarterbacks John Antonopoulos and Jacob Grills to air it out to either Larry McGillicuddy or Ehab Hamdan.

Defensively, the Engineers finished their contest against Hobart with three pass break-ups and two tackles for a loss. Sean Murphy, Brian Murtagh, Robert Harasimo and Jack Downey each recorded six total tackles in the loss.