Flashback Friday: Our Visit With MIT Football (Oct. 23, 2012)

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By NoontimeSports.com| @NoontimeNation 

Beginning today and every Friday going forward, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of our favorite memories of coverage, beginning with a trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts in October of 2012.

Our Flashback Friday visit date: October 24th, 2012

Who did we visit/cover: The MIT football team.

Previewing our visit: What prompted us to visit with the Engineers was an exciting Friday night victory over Salve Regina on October 19th, 2012.

Just six days after falling to Western New England by a score of 36-14, the Engineers regrouped and scored an exciting (and impressive) win over Salve Regina, which entered the contest riding a seven-game winning streak.

MIT, which was celebrating its ‘Senior Day’ on a rainy (and chilly) evening in Cambridge, outscored the hosts, 13-6, in the final session to secure their fourth win of the season.

Brad Goldsberry set-up the go-ahead (and game-winning) score with a 61-yard kick-off return which would be followed by a five-yard rushing touchdown a few plays later by Justin Wallace.

The Seahawks did have a chance to respond but their comeback hopes were dashed when MIT’s Jake Laux intercepted Steven Wilken‘s final throw of the contest.

MIT would take a knee on the ensuing possession before celebrating their biggest win of the 2012 season.

Revisiting MIT’s 2012 Season: The Engineers finished its 2012 campaign with five wins – it was the first time MIT had registered five victories in four years. Additionally, the win over the Seahawks seemed to provide the unit with some momentum that would help them win six games in 2013 and then 10 in 2014.

MIT’s 2014 season was certainly a magical one as the Engineers won their first-ever New England Football Conference (NEFC) crown while capturing the program’s initial NCAA victory, too.

Prior to their opening-round win over the Eagles of Husson University, Goldsberry, Wallace and other members of the 2012 team were featured on Fox Sports.

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.

Mass. College Football: Afternoon Roundup

By Brian Willwerth 

Here’s this afternoon’s roundup.

Merrimack 26, LIU Post 21Joe Clancy was 39-of-66 for 381 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors won on the road. Jere Brown had nine catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

American International 31, Stonehill 10 – It was a dominant defensive performance for the visiting Yellow Jackets, who held the Skyhawks to 189 yards of total offense. Maurice Easterling rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown for AIC.

Bentley 32, St. Anselm 27 – In Waltham, Falcons’ QB Danny Guadagnoli scored on a 13-yard run with under three minutes remaining to seal the victory. He also threw a touchdown pass. Keith Charles rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Knights.

Framingham State 21, UMass-Dartmouth 14 – Melikke Van Alstyne ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams earned their third conference win.

Western Connecticut 49, Bridgewater State 26 – Bears quarterback Mike McCarthy accounted for 250 yards of total offense, but it wasn’t enough as the visiting Colonels jumped out to a big early lead, and never looked back.

Fitchburg State 40, Mass. Maritime 17 – Steph’fon Teague had 29 carries for 175 yards and one of his team’s five rushing touchdowns as the Falcons won on the road.

Westfield State 31, Plymouth State 0 – Westfield quarterback Tim Rich threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, and Michael Mercadante rushed for two more scores, as the Owls rolled to a win.

Bowdoin 13, Tufts 10 – Jack Doll threw for 259 yards, but it wasn’t enough for the Jumbos as they fell at home.

Bates 14, Williams 10 – The Ephs also lost on their home turf, despite 112 yards rushing from Alex Scyocurka.

Amherst 37, Middlebury 16 – The Lord Jeffs’ Max Lippe and Jake O’Malley hooked up twice on scoring passes as Amherst remained in first place in the NESCAC.

Curry 26, MIT 21 – The Colonels picked up their first win of the season, as quarterback Kevin Fruwirth threw two touchdown passes.

Endicott 53, Maine Maritime 28 – The Gulls’ Drew Frenette threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns. Spencer Walsh rushed for 191 yards and two scores.

Salve Regina 32, Nichols 0 – The home-standing Bison were held to under 100 yards of total offense.  Steven Wilken threw three touchdown passes for the visiting Seahawks.

Coast Guard 41, Western New England 38 – Tyler Henning kicked the game-winning field goal with less than a minute remaining as the Bears won at home.

Galludet 7, Mount Ida 6 – Jawad Yatim threw for 284 yards and a touchdown, but a missed PAT doomed the Mustangs in a low-scoring battle.

SUNY-Maritime 35, Anna Maria 24 – The AMCATS fell on the road, despite a brilliant rushing performance by Robert Small (21 carries, 173 yards and two touchdowns).

Norwich 20, Becker 9 – Neither team amassed 200 yards of total offense.  Becker’s lone touchdown came on a pass from Robert Baker to Dejahn Dawkins.

NEFC Championship: Getting To Know Salve Regina

By NoontimeSports.com 

We’re two days away from the New England Football Conference championship between Framingham State and Salve Regina. And while many Massachusetts natives might know a thing or two about the Rams, we thought we’d shift gears and share a few tidbits about the Seahawks.

* Similar to Framingham State, Salve Regina is 9-1 overall. Their only loss came against MIT on Oct. 19.

* Against non-conference foes Montclair State and Union College, Salve Regina won by a combined score, 33-21.

* The Seahawk’s biggest win of the season came against Western New England College where they defeated the Golden Bears in Springfield, 43-0.

* The most points the Seahawks have tallied this year is 57, which came in a game against UMass Dartmouth.

* Salve Regina began their season on a seven-game winning streak. After the MIT game, they rebounded with two back-to-back wins against Nichols College and Plymouth State.

* The Seahawks rank third in the conference in scoring offense (340 points), second in scoring defense (133 points), fourth in rushing defense, second in sacks (28 sacks), second in the red zone (33-of-41 for 27 touchdowns) and second in red zone defense (12 touchdowns allowed).

* Sophomore Phil Terio is one of two players in the conference that recorded seven interceptions. Four of those picks were returned for touchdowns.

* Sophomore quarterback Steven Wilken has tossed 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He’s tallied 1,981 yards through the air, too. His best game came against Endicott College where he tossed four touchdowns in his team’s 41-24 victory.

* Wilken is also the team’s leading rusher with 386 yards. He’s rushed 97 times and scored four touchdowns.

* Senior Connor Kelly leads the team in rushing touchdowns with five.

* Sophomore Matthew Traynor is the squad’s leading receiver with 39 receptions for 756 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior Trey Scales has hauled in 17 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

* Senior linebacker Anthony Hannon leads the team with 78 tackles. He’s also recorded three sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

* Senior Matthew Markese leads the team with 12.5 tackles for a loss.

SERIES HISTORY: Salve Regina is 1-1 against Framingham State. They lost to the Rams in Framingham in 2010, but defeated them at home in 2011.

Last Championship Visit: The last time the Seahawks were in the title game was in 2000. Bridgewater State defeated Salve Regina, 27-24 at Worcester State.

Highlights: Below is a highlight package from their last game against Nichols College, which was produced for the Salve Regina YouTube page.