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Football Friday Notebook: UMass Dartmouth, WPI Unveil 2018 Schedules

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you had a great Fourth of July and ready for the first Friday in July.

We’re a few weeks out from the start of another NFL season, which is exciting. Additionally, we are also closing in on the start of college and high school football, too – crazy, right?

Let’s kick-off the first weekend in July with some news from the gridiron world – have an awesome weekend, everyone and enjoy the cooler weather in New England!


Boston College and Syracuse University will square-off late this upcoming college football season. So, while we anxiously await that particular kick-off, check out an early outlook/preview of what Orange fans can expect when they face-off against the Eagles.

If you’re a New England Patriots fan, you probably know by now that wide receiver Julian Edelman saw his four game suspension upheld and will miss the first four games of the 2018 season against the Detroit LionsHouston TexansJacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins.

Yes, it is disappointing that Edelman won’t be on the first for the team’s first four games, but as Pats Pulpits‘ Matthew Rewinski writes, “Time to take the L and move on.”

The UMass Dartmouth football team recently unveiled its 2018 schedule, which features non-conference clashes against Alfred State and Delaware Valley. One week after hosting DelVal, the Corsairs will travel to Westfield State for its first MASCAC tilt of the season on Friday, September 14th.

Also announcing its 2018 slate was the WPI football team – Coach Chris Robertson shared the team’s upcoming schedule in a tweet on Tuesday. The Engineers begin its season with three-straight road contests, including a week two meeting with the RPI Engineers. RPI-WPI is always a game to watch or circle on the calendar.

Finally – just for fun! – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was spotted recently tossing a 66-yard touchdown pass to a Minnesota high school football player. The video of the long heave was seen on the Moorhead Spud Football Twitter handle.


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Syracuse’s Kayla Treanor Set To Join Boston Storm Of UWXL

Former Syracuse women's lacrosse great and recent graduate, Kayla Treanor, will make her professional lacrosse debut Friday evening when she competes for the Boston Storm. (Photo Credit: Syracuse.com)

Former Syracuse women’s lacrosse great and recent graduate, Kayla Treanor, will make her professional lacrosse debut Friday evening when she competes for the Boston Storm. (Photo Credit: Syracuse.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The United Women’s Lacrosse League (UWLX) announced earlier today that six college seniors would join one of the four teams in their league, including the Boston Storm, which welcomed Syracuse University standout Kayla Treanor.

Treanor, who ranks fourth all-time in NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse history in points recorded (393), concluded her four-year career by becoming the fifth student-athlete in program history to earn a quartet of first-team All-America honors. Named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I attacker of the year earlier this week, Treanor garnered a trio of ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors, while establishing a new Division I single-season record with 217 draw controls this spring.

In addition to Treanor, the Baltimore Ride acquired a trio of former student-athletes, including Maryland’s Taylor Cummings, while classmate Alice Mercer and Syracuse alum Halle Majorana joined the Long Island Sound.

Treanor joins a Boston squad that enters its second week of competition with a 1-0 mark. The Storm are in action this evening as they take on Baltimore at Richard F. Garber Field (UMass) in Amherst, Massachusetts with opening draw set for 6 p.m.

For more information on the Boston Storm and UWXL — HOP HERE

Mass. College Lax: NCAA Tournament Weekend Schedule

By Matt Noonan 

Four local teams will be competing this weekend in the NCAA Tournament and below is each squad’s schedule.

Men’s Lacrosse

* Tufts @ RIT, 2 p.m. (Sunday, May 18) – NCAA Div. III semifinal

Women’s Lacrosse

* Boston College @ Syracuse, 1 p.m. (Saturday, May 17) – NCAA Div. I Quarterfinals

* Colby vs. Williams @ Cortland, N.Y., 2:30 p.m. (Saturday, May 17) – NCAA Div. III Third Round – winner advances to Sunday’s quarterfinals against the winner of SUNY Cortland-Redlands

* York (Pa.) @ Amherst, 4 p.m. (Saturday, May 17) NCAA Div. III Third Round – winner advances to Sunday’s quarterfinals against the winner of TCNJ-Washington & Lee

Mass. College Lax: BC, Tufts To Compete In NCAA Quarterfinals

Tufts' Patton Watkins and the Jumbos will return to Bello Field on Wednesday for their NCAA Div. III Quarterfinal contest against SUNY Cortland. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts’ Patton Watkins and the Jumbos will return to Bello Field on Wednesday for their NCAA Div. III Quarterfinal contest against SUNY Cortland. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

With a busy weekend of lacrosse in the books, it’s now time to turn the page to this upcoming week’s quarterfinal matchups.

* Boston College’s women’s lacrosse team earned wins over Bryant and Loyola (Md.) on Friday and Sunday to secure a spot in the quarterfinals against Syracuse. The Eagles have competed against the Orange 11 times in program history with Syracuse winning the last meeting earlier this season, 11-9.  The Eagles led the Orange at the break, 4-3, but Syracuse responded by outscoring the hosts in the second stanza, 8-5.

The winner of this contest will advance to the semifinals next Friday, May 23 against the winner of North Carolina-Virginia.

* Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team edged Endicott College, 10-9, on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.  The Jumbos will return to Bello Field on Wednesday to host SUNY Cortland, who defeated Springfield College, 14-10. The winner advances to Sunday’s (May 18) NCAA Division 3 semifinals against RIT-Union.

The last time both teams met, the Red Dragons defeated the Jumbos, 12-10, in the NCAA semifinals in 2012. Tufts defeated Cortland in the quarterfinals in 2011 and semifinals in 2010, both by a score of 10-9.

Make sure to check back later this week for updates from both contests. Also, you can find updates on both tournaments by visiting the WLAX Div. I Bracket or MLAX Div. III Bracket.