Mass. College Football: MMA’s Cameron Discusses The Cranberry Bowl


BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – Massachusetts Maritime Academy will look to conclude its regular season slate with a victory against Bridgewater State in tomorrow’s 35th Annual Cranberry Bowl presented by Ocean Spray.

Buccaneers head coach Jeremy Cameron would certainly like to send his seniors, who have tallied 20 wins over the past four seasons, out with a win. And after yesterday’s luncheon concluded, we caught up with Cameron to chat about the game, as well as his team’s season.

On tomorrow’s game: “It would be a big step forward (to end our season with a win). 6-4 would be one of the best years we’ve had here in a long time, but then to beat Bridgewater for the second time in four years or the second time in 17 years would be a big step forward for us going into the offseason. It’s one of our goals and it’s what all of our energy is going toward right now.”

On the senior class: “They have and we have 17 of them, and there are some key players like Mike Stanton, Keith Caruso, Stefan Gustafson, Michael Sylvia, John Bochman, Sheldon Roper, John Moriarty (and) Brandon Rodrigues (are just a few), so I’d like to send those guys off and we just appreciate what that senior class has done to our program for the last four years.

“We start practice off every day by ringing a bell, which means it is time to go to work, so this week our seniors have been ringing the bell prior to practice, so we know what it means to them, while the other guys are pulling in the same direction to get that last win for them.”

On the team’s impressive statistical performances: “Offensively, we do try to push the tempo, so you’re obviously going to put up yards and things of that nature. Defensively, we just haven’t played consistent all year for a variety of reason and we make no excuses. We’ve got young players and we’ve had some guys get banged up, but we think we’ve got a solid plan in place, the kids believe in it, we think we’re going to have our best defensive effort this week and we’re confident that our offense will be consistent like they have all year.”

On the team’s growth this season: “We feel like the future is bright. We want to win and it gives us momentum in the offseason, but going into next year we feel pretty good. We feel we have two quarterbacks that are going to be good next year. Most of the receivers are back except for Keith Caruso, who is a valuable piece, but we do feel like we’ve got some young guys and if they step up a little bit more they could (equal) his contributions. We’ll miss Stefan Gustafson, although we’ve got a couple running backs that can be very good college football players and some of them have already proven that like Austin Pierce and David Yerxa. On the offensive line, we will have to replace John Moriarty, who will be a tough replacement because he’s a very, very good offensive lineman, but we’ve got some younger guys that have been in the system, so we feel good about them. (Finally and) realistically, the entire defense is back with the exception of Michael Sylvia, so what you see tomorrow is what you’ll see next year with a ton of game experience under their belt and we feel like we can put together a pretty solid defense next season.”

On defending BSU quarterback Mike McCarthy: “We’ve seen all of their games and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, but frankly I am just blown away by him. He’s an absolute stud. The way he runs the ball, week after week is amazing. You know you still can’t stop him and then when you allocate too many people to try and stop him he just pulls up and he can make all the throws, so the kid is one of the best football players that I have seen. He’s a competitor, tough and just the total package. We’re looking forward to seeing him play on Saturday, but we just hope to contain him.

“This guy is a legitimate quarterback. This kid can drop back and he can throw a 15-yard dig route, he can throw a 40-yard post (or) the vertical game, but this guy is the real guy.”

Mass. College Football: Takeaways From Framingham State-Mass. Maritime

By Matt Noonan 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Here are a few takeaways from this afternoon’s conference clash between Framingham State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Game Summary: The Rams jumped out to a 27-12 lead and never looked back as Framingham State defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 58-12, at Bowditch Field. With the win, the Rams claimed the ‘Kelley Cup,’ a tradition that began seven years ago. 

Rams quarterback Matthew Silva tossed four touchdowns and completed 15-of-24 passes for 308 yards, while Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for two scores on 25 carries for 228 yards.

The Buccaneers were led by running back Stefan Gustafson, who finished with 98 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Quarterback Mike Stanton completed just five passes for 67 yards and one touchdown.

Inside The Numbers: The Rams finished with 34 first downs and 658 yards of total offense. They also registered their most points of season, too. Framingham State recorded 51 points in two quarters and stopped the Buccaneers on 12 third downs.

Overall, the teams combined for 47 first downs, 150 offensive plays, 509 rushing yards, 276 return yards and 907 total yards of offense.

Framingham State’s Air Attack: One of the keys to victory for the Rams was their passing game, something the squad wanted to establish early on. And against the Buccaneers secondary, Jared Gauthier, Tevin Jones, George Jordan and Travis Hayes combined for 16 catches for 315 yards and four touchdowns.

What’s Next: The Rams, who have won six straight, will travel to Bridgewater State next Saturday, while the Buccaneers return to Buzzards Bay to host Plymouth State. 

Mass. College Football: Week Seven Honor Roll


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

A.J. Doyle (Massachusetts) – The sophomore gunslinger tossed season-bests two touchdowns and 249 passing yards to lead the Minutemen to their first victory of the season.

Rob Blanchflower (Massachusetts) – The senior tight end recorded a season-best 98 yards receiving, as well as registered his first score of the Minutemen’s current campaign against Miami (Ohio).

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year quarterback finished Saturday’s game with six touchdowns, three on the ground and three through the air, as the Crusaders cruised to their third victory of the season against Bucknell. Pujals completed 19-of-29 passes for 298 yards and rushed for 80 yards on 13 carries.

Jet Kollie (Bentley) – The junior running back scored two touchdowns and amassed 266 all-purpose yards against Pace on Saturday in just three quarters. Kollie rushed for 181 yards on 12 carries to break the school record for average gain per rush.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback tossed four touchdowns and finished with 323 yards of total offense in three quarters of Saturday’s game. He averaged 12.4 yards per play.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver hauled in two touchdowns in Bentley’s 56-13 win against Pace. Hill finished with four receptions for 108 yards, and was on the receiving end of a 60-yard scoring strike on the Falcons’ first play of the game.

Gordon McLeod (Stonehill) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a career-high 109 receiving yards on five catches to help the Skyhawks rally to victory against Southern Connecticut.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker posted his sixth straight double-figure effort against Southern Connecticut with a game-high 16 total tackles, 11 solo stops, along with a fumble recovery.

Andrew Kibarian (Stonehill) – The first-year defensive end recorded a season-high matching eight tackles, six solo, as well as a season-best two tackles for a loss of five yards.

Matt Pedone (Assumption) – The sophomore halfback registered 131 yards of total offense and two scores on Friday against St. A’s. Pedone rushed for 102 yards on 13 carries and recorded two catches for 29 yards.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior quarterback completed 51-of-71 passes for 538 yards and three touchdowns in Merrimack’s loss to New Haven.

Jere Brown (Merrimack) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a game-best 13 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown.

Melquan Pinkney (Mt. Ida) – The first-year halfback registered 129-yard on 17 carries and two rushing touchdowns in Mount Ida’s first conference win against Castleton State.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 total stops against Westfield State, two solo tackles, along with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards.

Cullen Hanna (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year signal caller recorded season-highs of 179 yards passing and three touchdowns against Bridgewater State.

Abiola Aborishade (UMass Dartmouth) – The sophomore wide receiver, who caught the game-winning touchdown, registered a game-high 10 catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Derek Tarpey (UMass Dartmouth) – The sophomore linebacker finished with 22 total tackles, which was a career-high, 14 solo stops, five tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one sack.

Stefan Gustafson (Mass. Maritime) – The senior running back rushed for career-high 235 yards on 35 carries and tied school record with four rushing touchdowns (including 87 yarder, third longest in school history) in Buccaneers’ wild 54-53 victory at Western Connecticut.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – The senior quarterback completed 22-of-33 passes for 349 yards and two scores in Bucs’ 54-53 win at Western Connecticut.  Stanton set up the game-winning score in closing minutes with 51-yard connection.

Jordan Shairs (Curry) – The junior running back recorded 194 yards of total offense as he rushed for 161 yards on 17 carries for one score, as well as hauled in five catches for 33 yards and one touchdown in the Colonels’ second conference win against Coast Guard.

Kevin Cook (Western New England) – The junior halfback finished Saturday’s game against Salve Regina with 127 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior inside linebacker recorded six solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, a fumble recovery and one pass break-up in his team’s 14-10 win against Colby College.

James Howe (Williams) – The sophomore defensive lineman finished Saturday’s game against Middlebury with eight total tackles, five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss and a half a sack.

Mass. College Football: Saturday Afternoon Roundup


A majority of this week’s contests occurred this afternoon and below is the afternoon roundup.

Vanderbilt 24, UMass 7 – A.J. Doyle’s second quarter touchdown pass to Tajae Sharpe evened the score at 7, but that was the closest the Minutemen got as Vanderbilt answered with a pair of touchdowns and one field goal to win the game. Doyle completed 20-of-28 passes for 133 yards and rushed for 29 yards on eight carries.

Harvard 42, San Diego 20 – Conner Hempel tossed four touchdowns in his first-career start as the Crimson cruised to their first win of the season.

American International 48, Pace 27 – Kevin Arduino tossed four touchdowns and completed 13-of-20 passes for 344 yards, while Terrell Williams rushed for 165 yards on 15 carries for the Yellow Jackets.

Springfield 41, Mount Ida 0 – Jonathan Marrero rushed for three touchdowns on 14 carries for 150 yards, while the Pride’s defense recorded seven sacks, forced three fumbles and got a defensive score.

Norwich 31, WPI 14 – Al Georgio rushed for a game-high 193 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Keyen Foley rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown, as well as completed 12-of-20 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown pass, as the Cadets defeated the Engineers for the second year in a row.

Framingham State 42, Fitchburg State 21 – Matthew Silva tossed four touchdowns; Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 192 yards and one touchdown as the Rams defeated the Falcons in their first home game of the season. Fitchburg quarterback Garrett Dellechiaie finished 15-of-28 for 178 yards with two touchdowns.

Mass. Maritime 52, Maine Maritime 18 – Mike Stanton tossed two touchdowns, Stefan Gustafson rushed for a career-best 201 yards and one touchdown as the Buccaneers defeated the Mariners and claimed the 41st Annual Admiral’s Cup.

Westfield State 36, UMass Dartmouth 7 – Tim Rich and Erik Washburn combined for two passing touchdowns and 178 passing yards, while Troy Cutter finished with nine tackles (eight solo), one tackle for a loss, one interception and one pass breakup as the Owls earned their second win of the season.

Kean 24, Endicott 17 – Despite two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half, the Gulls fell short of defeating Kean in their first ever meeting with a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) program. Alec Matys led Endicott’s receiving core with seven catches for 106 yards.

Amherst 23, Hamilton 7 – The Lord Jeffs defense recorded five interceptions, while kicker Phillip Nwosu kicked three field goals and two extra points in Amherst’s first win of the season.

Colby 31, Williams 8 – Tom Murphy’s one-yard touchdown run was all the Ephs could muster as Williams fell in its opener to the Mules.

Mass. College Football: The View From Mass. Maritime

Stefan Gustafson will lead the Mass. Maritime Buccaneers into the Thursday's contest against Maritime (N.Y.)! (Photo Credit: Mass. Maritime Academy Athletics)

Stefan Gustafson will lead the Mass. Maritime Buccaneers into the Thursday’s contest against Maritime (N.Y.)! (Photo Credit: Mass. Maritime Academy Athletics)


Massachusetts Maritime Academy begins their 2013 campaign on Thursday when they host Maritime (N.Y.) for the Sixth Annual Chowder Cup at 7 p.m.

Noontime Sports caught up with Head Coach Jeremy Cameron to chat about the Buccaneers season and below are highlights from the conversation.

On going into the team’s first game: “The guys are practicing well, they’re really focused and we’ve got a number of upperclassmen (back), so they seem to be really locked in and moving in the right direction.”

On quarterback Mike Stanton’s final year under center: “He’s done a really good job. He’s improved every year and we expect him to take another step this year and then behind him we have two other quarterbacks that are pushing him every day in practice, so we’re real fortunate. What we need him to do is be a little bit quicker with decisions this year and know where to put the ball. We’re going to do a few more things where the ball remains in his hands and he’ll be able to make a decision at the line of scrimmage and that’s where we’re basically looking for him to make the jump.”

On a growing moment for Stanton: “He has steadily improved, but I think where he kind of came into his own was last year against Coast Guard Academy. We were down I think 28-9 at the half and he came back and was able to really put up some impressive numbers and he did some impressive things in the pocket by standing in there and taking hits. He’s really tough, so he’s not your typical quarterback, he does play banged up at times and he’s a real football player. He has the respect of his teammates and that’s what I think was his defining moment last year.”

On building on past experience: “All of our receivers are back, so we’ve been able to do some things this year that we didn’t even get to last year just in terms of executing wise and being able to be on the same page as the quarterback. Our tight ends are also back. The tailback situation – our starting tailback is back, so we’re breaking in two or three other guys behind Stefan Gustafson. Our biggest challenge is replacing Bryan Norberg at center, so we’ve got three guys that are working (as our center) and we’re replacing our left tackle from last year, but we’ve got some pretty capable guys to take those roles over, so I don’t think we’ll be too far off offensively.

“On defense, we’ve got some pretty good experience coming back with (Robert) Gratzer and (Zachary) Ryan, so I think we could be pretty strong up there. We’ve got a few others coming along and can help. Then at linebacker we’ve got some experience with (Reynard) Ortiz, (Victor) Andrade and Brian Liamos, so we feel like we’re reasonably experienced there. Then in the back end with Kevin Stanton and Sheldon Roper coming back we feel like we’re pretty decent in the secondary. We’ve got a couple other guys that we need round out the other positions, but we’ve got a couple guys like Mike Williams and Ted Mello, so we’re going to be fine.”

On competing in games with significance: “I think our kids take the two Maritime games personal because we’re really similar schools, so it’s a really good measuring stick. If we were able to beat New York and Maine that would mean a lot because we’re similar schools and the kids have similar aspirations, they go through similar experiences while they’re here, so those two games are huge. Bridgewater is right up the street, so there’s a lot of guys on our team that have friends that play for them, there’s a lot of history there and our guys certainly get up for that game as well. Then there’s the Framingham game. Tom Kelley’s son works on our staff and that’s another big game as well, but they’re all big games, though. Those four certainly stand out on our schedule”

On season objectives: “We want to get better every week. It doesn’t matter what happens because we’re looking for the guys to stick together. We’re looking for everyone to play as a team. Our guys are working toward that goal and we’re excited about the season.”