Springfield College junior quarterback Chad Shade was honored by the New England Football Writers (NEFW) on Wednesday as this week’s D2/D3 Golden Helmet Recipient. (PHOTO CREDIT: Springfield College Athletics)
Shade shattered multiple career-bests last Friday, including a career-high six rushing touchdowns and 247 yards on the ground. He accounted for 32 of his team’s 42 points – also a career-high, too – while ripping off a career-best 75 yard burst in the third quarter, which helped the Pride push ahead for good.
Springfield (1-0) will look to continue its week one momentum this Saturday, September 8th when they visit Kean for a 1 p.m. kick-off. The Cougars were idle this past weekend, but lost to the Pride last season, 28-8, in Springfield.
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It’s Monday, which means it is time to announce our weekly Noontime Sports Team of theWeek!
PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final installment of the ‘Team of the Week’ – circle back next week for our end of the year awards and teams!
Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 221 yards on 18 carries, while registering a trio of rushing scores. He averaged 12.3 yards per carry against MIT.
Defensive Player of the Week: Wesley Becton (Middlebury): Becton registered 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops, four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 40 yards and three-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 34 yards.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Murphy converted seven of eight kicks, including a pair of field goals for 11 points.
Offensive Team of the Week
Dante Aiken (WNE): Against Nichols, Aiken rushed for 120 yards on 15 carries (8.0 yards per carry) and one score.
Brady Berger (Catholic): Berger concluded the season completing 23 of 38 passes for 303 yards and three touchdown passes against Maine Maritime Academy.
Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum concluded his team’s season against Framingham State by completing 24 of 43 passes for 336 yards, while tossing three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jacob Maher.
Craig Carmilani (Amherst): Carmilani led Amherst with six receptions for 101 yards (16.8 yards per reception) and one score in his team’s final contest of the season against Williams.
Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese tossed five touchdowns against Salve Regina, while completing 25 of 33 passes for 347 yards. He also rushed for 31 yards on 13 carries.
Frank Cosolito (Middlebury): Cosolito led all receivers against Tufts with 100 yards on nine receptions (11.1 yards per reception) and three scores.
Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime Academy): Creeger rushed for 129 yards on 25 carries, while completing 4-of-11 passes for 85 yards and two scores.
Mark Dietrich (WNE): Dietrich led all receivers with five receptions for 123 yards and three scores in his team’s eighth win of the season.
Darrion Green (Gallaudet): Against SUNY Maritime, Green rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries for two scores, averaging 8.1 yards per carry.
Richard Harris (Dean): Harris rushed for 212 yards on 27 carries and one score in his team’s season finale against Anna Maria. Harris averaged 7.9 yards per carry.
Travon Holder (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Holder rushed for 187 yards on 38 carries and two scores in his team’s 18-0 win. Holder averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
Shaquille Joseph (Framingham State): Joseph hauled in his first two touchdown receptions of the season (and his collegiate career), while concluding the game with two grabs for 37 yards.
Andrew Light (Mount Ida): Light led all receivers 121 yards on two receptions and two scores in his team’s final contest of the season.
Jacob Maher (Worcester State): Maher led all receivers with 11 receptions for 195 yards (17.7 yards per reception) and two scores. His longest reception was a 42-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron capped an impressive first-year with the Ephs by rushing for the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Amherst last Saturday, which provided the Ephs with their first win over the Mammoths since 2010. Maimaron rushed for 133 yards on 33 carries (4.0 yards per carry) and four scores, while completing 23 of 41 passes for 183 yards.
Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen rushed for a game-high 132 yards on 28 carries and two scores, while hauling in a trio of receptions for 11 yards. McAllen averaged 4.7 yards per carry.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald concluded the season with 145 yards on 29 carries (5.0 yards per carry) and one rushing score, while completing 11 of 25 passes for 121 yards.
Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State): McLaughlin led all rushers with 152 yards on 25 carries and one score in his team’s setback to Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Jack Meservy (Middlebury): Against Tufts, Meservy completed 26 of 45 passes for 275 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores one eight carries for three yards.
Brice Moore (Merchant Marine): Against Coast Guard, Moore rushed for a game-high 207 yards on 40 carries (5.2 yards per carry) and two scores in his team’s 48-23 win, which was seen on ESPN3.
Jace Pena (UMass Dartmouth): Pena capped his team’s season with four touchdown passes, while completing 14 of 28 passes for 234 yards.
Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Academy): Phillips rushed fro 149 yards on 37 carries for an average of 4.0 yards per carry, along with one score in his team’s 21-18 win over Bridgewater State.
Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Against Wesleyan, Puzzo completed 9 of 19 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 48 yards on six carries (8.0 yards per carry) and one score.
Jake Schwern (Colby): Schwern led all rushers with 262 yards on 30 carries (8.7 yards per carry) and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Bowdoin last Saturday.
Anthony Service (WNE): Against Nichols, Service completed 5 of 11 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 50 yards on seven carries (7.1 yards per carry) and one score.
Michael Slaughter, Jr. (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter Jr. ruhed for a game-high 144 yards on 28 carries and one score, while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for five scores, while recording 287 yards on 38 carries for an average of 7.6 yards per carry against Mount Ida.
Connor Sullivan (Salve Regina): Sullivan led all receivers with eight catches for 154 yards and two scores against Curry. Sullivan averaged 19.3 yards per reception.
Nick Vailas (Bowdoin): Vailas set a single-game for receiving yards (230), while tying a single-game mark with 14 receptions in his team’s setback to Colby. He also concluded the game with one touchdown reception.
Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva hauled in six catches for 90 yards and three scores, while averaging 15.0 yards per reception.
Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 281 yards, while tossing a trio of scores in his team’s ninth win of the season.
Defensive Team of the Week
Micah Adickes (Tufts): Against Middlebury, Adickes recorded five total tackles, including three solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards, one sack for a loss of three yards, one fumble recover and one quarterback hurry.
Gene Baisden, Jr. (Dean): Baisden Jr. concluded the season with seven solo tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 29 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while forcing a fumble.
Coy Candelario (Bates): Against Hamilton, Candelario tallied six total stops, including five solo stops, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and a half-a-tackle for a loss of 10 yards.
Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded his team’s final contest of the season with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops, six-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards, two sacks (11 yards) and one pass break-up.
Emmanuel Hans (Anna Maria): Hans capped his teams season with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 15 yards.
Corey Jean-Jacques (Trinity): Against Wesleyan, Jean-Jacques registered eight total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of nine yards, one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble.
Shane Libby (Trinity): Libby turned in a monstrous performance against Wesleyan, tallying 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.
Francis Lubega (WPI): Against Norwich, Lubega tallied five total tackles, including four solo stops, four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 27 yards, three sacks for a loss of 20 yards, and one forced fumble.
Ricky Montalvo (WNE): Montalvo registered 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 15 yards.
Geoffrey Paige (Endicott): In his team’s final contest of the season, Paige tallied nine total tackles, along with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble.
Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Parker turned in an impressive performance in the Privateers’ final contest of the season by tallying 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and a fumble recovery for two yards. He also registered a sack for a loss of seven yards, too.
Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter recorded eight total tackles, including four solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.
Craig Strand (Colby): Strand helped his team capture the 129th meeting between Colby and Bowdoin by registering 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 17 yards, two sacks for a loss of 14 yards and one forced fumble.
Elvin Suazo, Jr. (Husson): Suazo, Jr. recorded nine total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards in his team’s regular season finale against Mount Ida.
Andrew Yamin (Amherst): Yamin recorded nine solo tackles in his team’s season finale against Williams, including a pair of tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.
Special Teams of the Week
John Baron (Colby): Baron connected on all five kicks, including a 38-yard field goal for seven points against Bowdoin.
John Glaser (Endicott): Against Becker, Glaser connected on all six kicks, including a 25-yard field goal for eight points.
Spencer Herrington (WPI): In his team’s season finale against Norwich, Herrington connected on all six extra points.
Andrew Sisti (Bowdoin): Sisti connected on all four kicks. including a pair of field goals for eight points.
James Tooker (UMass Dartmouth): Tooker connected on all six kicks, including a 31-yard field goal for eight points.
Valentin Wagner (WNE): Wagner connected on all seven kicks in his team’s big win over Nichols last Saturday.
The Golden Eagles’ defense registered 12 sacks for 110 yards, while recording 16 tackles for a loss of 121 yards.
Matt Szymanski paced the Brockport defense with 10 total stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss of 14 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards, while Julius Mizro recorded a three stops for a loss of 21 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards.
Brockport’s defense limited Hartwick’s offense to -50 yards rushing, while recording a trio of picks against Hartwick quarterback Billy Pine.
The Golden Eagles signal-caller, Joe Germinerio, concluded the contest 10 of 18 for 259 yards and four touchdowns – two of those touchdown strikes landed in the hands of DaQuan Hubbard, who ended the game with three receptions for 140 yards.
Springfield’s Chad Shade rushed for a pair of touchdowns last Saturday in his team’s 68-20 win over Catholic University. (PHOTO CREDIT: Roy Chambers)
The Springfield College offense was tabbed this week’s Noontime Sports Offense of the Week after rushing for 10 touchdowns against Catholic University. The win (68-20) bumped the Pride’s overall mark to 8-0 and 5-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
Jordan Wilcox highlighted the Pride’s comeback effort, rushing for a game-high 148 yards on 30 carries, while Jake Eglintine recorded a trio of scores on the ground, including the go-ahead touchdown late in the third.
In addition to the Springfield rushing attack, the team’s defense did its job by recording three sacks and one interception. Christian Zotti also forced and recovered fumble late in the fourth quarter – the recovery resulted in the game’s final touchdown.
This was a game that I picked Springfield to win – a victory over the Golden Bears could result in a new position for the Pride on Monday’s Noontime Top 10 Week Two poll. The Pride entered the week as one of the top five teams in the New England region, according to our week one poll.
Finally, one other statistic to note from this particular contest: Springfield won the time of possession by holding the ball for 40:31. Western New England occupied the ball for 19:29.
Springfield will face Kean next week – the Cougars were idle this weekend, so next week marks their initial contest of the 2017 season. Western New England will visit Westfield State on Friday, September 8. The Owls fell to Nichols College on Friday by a score of 19-13.
John Smith and the Husson University Eagles captured their first season-opener in 10 seasons as they defeated Union College by a score of 20-7. Smith accounted for two of his team’s three touchdowns – both scores occurred during the final frame – while Elvis Suazo Jr. recorded nine total stops, including one tackle for a loss of three yards.
Coach Gabby Price told the Bangor Daily News that Saturday’s win “is a good win.” As noted in the BDN recap, the 13-point victory over the Dutchmen was the program’s first season-opening victory since beating Pace University, 25-13, on August, 31, 2007. Pace is a Division 2 squad that competes in a very competitive Northeast-10 Conference.
Husson will visit Dean College next week for an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) clash – the two teams met last season with the Eagles claiming a 43-23 win over the Bulldogs. John Smith rushed for a season-high four scores in his team’s 20-point victory.
Framingham State picked-up its initial win of the season by defeating Endicott College, 41-10, in Beverly, Massachusetts. Saturday’s win over the Gulls marked the Rams’ fifth-straight season-opening win over Endicott – the Gulls’ last win against Framingham State came in 2012.
Quarterbacks Adam Wojenski and Zakery Walker combined for three touchdown passes and 233 passing yards. Two of those touchdown strikes were received by Michael Calicchio, who concluded the contest with five receptions for 101 yards.
As noted in the Rams’ release from yesterday, Framingham State racked up 502 yards of total offense, while the defense limited the Gulls’ offense to just 262 yards of offense, including 42 net yards rushing. Endicott’s Lavante Wiggins accounted for 22 of those 42 net yards on the ground – he scored his team’s lone touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Said Coach Tom Kelley following his team’s opening day win, “We have a lot to clean up and we certainly have a long way to go, and we’re going to really be tested next week once Cortland (State) comes to (Framingham).
“Defensively I think we got better and offensively we saw that we have some weapons, but we’re certainly going to answer some questions next week.”
One of the big takeaways from yesterday’s win was Framingham State’s defense coming-up with key third and fourth down stops. And one of those big stops occurred early in the contest when the Rams stopped Endicott on its second drive by limiting Wiggins to one yard, not two on a pivotal 4th and 2 from the Framingham State 14.
“I think we were aggressive defensively and I think we went after them, and I think that was the difference in the game,” said Kelley when asked about his team’s third and fourth down stops.
Defense will be the key for the Rams in week two against a talented Cortland squad, which defeated Framingham State last season by a score of 49-21. Endicott will visit Bridgewater State next Saturday. Both games are scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.