Mass. College Football: Week 10 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – The junior quarterback amassed 205 yards of total offense in the Crimson’s win over Dartmouth. Hempel completed 18-of-27 passes for 135 yards and rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries and one score.

Andrew Flesher (Harvard) – The junior placekicker connected on 3-of-4 field goals and was 1-for-1 on extra points. His third and final field goal secured the win.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 23-of-28 passes for 238 yards. He also rushed fro 88 yards on 18 carries and one score.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior quarterback recorded his second five-touchdown game of the season, which helped the Yellow Jackets defeat New Haven. Arduino completed 19-of-31 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushed for 166 yards on 22 carries and three scores.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback led Bentley to a 24-19 win over Southern Connecticut by throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for another. He completed 22-of-34 for 337 yard with no interceptions.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver caught nine passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yarder on the third play of the game. It was the fourth straight game he’s eclipsed the century mark and he also became just the fourth player in program history to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards.

Sam McDonald (Bentley) – The first-year safety had two second-half interceptions and five tackles. His first pick came with Southern inside the Bentley 25 in the third quarter and his second, with 2:17 remaining in the fourth, locked up the victory.

Nick McCarthy (Bentley) – The junior had a career-best 12 tackles, including eight solo stops, and a pass break-up.

Tyler Ford (Bentley) – The first-year punter punted five times for an average of 43.8 yards, with a long of 52. It marked the fifth straight game he’s averaged at least 42.

Mike Bates (Assumption) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 tackles along with one sack for a loss of nine yards. He also tipped a pass in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a pick-six.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – The sophomore halfback rushed for 101 yards on 20 carries for a career-best three touchdowns in his team’s 42-14 win over Pace.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver hauled in seven receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown.

Matt Tripicchio (Merrimack) – The senior defensive lineman recorded five tackles, a sack and three tackles for a loss of 13 yards in the Warriors’ win against Assumption.

DeJahn Dawkins (Becker) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a game-best eight catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Hawks’ setback to Gallaudet.  

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker led his unit with 10 total stops, along with two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack.

Carlous Julien (Mount Ida) – The senior linebacker concluded the Mustangs’ setback to Norwich with five solo tackles, which included three tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – The senior half back registered 225 yards on 29 carries and three scores in the AMCATs’ win over Castleton State. He also caught two passes for seven yards.

William Ricard (Anna Maria) – The sophomore wide out led all receivers with six grabs for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

Matt Silva (Framingham State) – The sophomore signal caller tossed four touchdowns and completed 15-of-24 passes for 308 yards in the Rams’ 58-12 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior halfback rushed for 228 yards on 25 carries and two scores.

Phillip Saint-Juste (Fitchburg State) – The junior wide receiver scored two touchdowns and hauled in seven receptions for 166 yards in his team’s win against Westfield State.

Tim Rich (Westfield State) – The senior quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 23-of-37 passes for 312 yards.

Pat Viencek (Worcester State) – The junior quarterback completed 30-of-54 passes for 334 yards and five touchdowns in the Lancers’ loss to Plymouth State.

Spencer Walsh (Endicott) – The sophomore tailback rushed for three scores and 173 yards on 39 carries in the Gulls’ win over MIT.  

Kevin Fruwirth (Curry) – The senior quarterback completed 29-of-57 passes for 390 yards and three touchdowns in the Colonels’ loss to Western New England.

John Krafick (WNE) – The senior signal caller tossed two touchdowns and completed 23-of-36 passes in his team’s win against Curry.

Jimmy Fairfield (Amherst) – The sophomore defensive back recorded 11 total stops, along with an interception and fumble recovery in his team’s 17-16 win over Trinity.

Nate Saffold (Williams) – The senior defensive back recorded team-high 12 total tackles, which included six solo stops against Wesleyan.

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.

Mass. College Football: Week Six Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Paul Stanton Jr. (Harvard) – The sophomore halfback rushed for 103 yards on 21 carries for two touchdowns and led the receiving core with five catches for 55 yards. His second touchdown was the difference in a wild triple-overtime contest against Holy Cross.

Zach Hodges (Harvard) – The junior defensive end turned in a monster performance against the Crusaders as he recorded five total tackles (four solo), one sack, two tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass break-up.

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior running back tied the school record with five rushing touchdowns and came within one yard of the single-game mark against Army on Saturday. His 263 yards on the ground were a career-best.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year gunslinger tossed four touchdowns in his team’s setback to Harvard.

Nick McCarthy (Bentley) – The junior defensive back had a career-best 10 tackles, which included one for a loss, as well as an interception and two pass break-ups in his team’s win against St. A’s. His interception came with 1:26 remaining, which sealed the win.

Michael Baron (Bentley) – The first-year kicker tied a Bentley and Northeast-10 Conference record by kicking four field goals, in five attempts. He also made a pair of extra points for a total of 14 points.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback accounted for 309 yards of total offense, which included his game-winning 13-yard run for a touchdown to lift the Falcons past St. A’s. He completed 24-of-40 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown, as well as rushed for a career-best 80 yards on 13 carries. His 24 completions matched his career-high and he surpassed 4,000 yards in total offense.

Jimmy Holland (Merrimack) – The senior linebacker recorded a team-best 14 stops and recovered a fumble in Merrimack’s win against LIU Post.

Matt Heriveaux (Assumption) – In his first start, the junior tailback rushed for a career-high 125 yards and one score. He also hauled in seven catches for 62 yards in the Hounds’ 21-18 loss to New Haven.

Mike Bates (Assumption) – The senior linebacker recorded 12 total tackles (eight solo), along with two sacks and a forced fumble.

Anthony Masucci (Stonehill) – The sophomore defensive back recorded a game-high matching 10 total tackles (three solo) and a forced fumble against American International.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver posted his fourth straight 100-yard game with seven receptions. He concluded his team’s contest against American International with a game-high 110 yards.

DeAndre Lawrence (Mount Ida) – The sophomore linebacker recorded 13 total tackles (eight solo), one tackle for a loss, one pass break-up and two fumble recoveries in the Mustangs’ 7-6 setback to Gallaudet.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – The senior halfback recorded 173 yards on 21 carries and rushed for two scores, as well as caught seven catches for 52 yards against Maritime (N.Y.).

Chevere Archer (Framingham State) – The senior defensive end recorded 10 solo tackles, including five tackles for a loss, and one sack with a fumble recovery in the Rams’ 21-14 win against UMass Dartmouth.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior halfback rushed for 174 yards on 28 carries and three scores. He also caught one pass for 13 yards.

Tim Rich (Westfield State) – The senior quarterback completed 11-of-13 passes for 245 yards and tossed one touchdown. He also rushed for 11 yards on five carries.

Kevin Cook (Western New England) – The junior halfback rushed for 153 yards on 35 carries and a school record-tying four touchdowns against Coast Guard.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed five touchdowns and recorded 324 passing yards in his team’s win against Maine Maritime.

Marcell Cooper (Endicott) – The senior defensive lineman recorded 13 stops (seven solo), as well as forced two fumbles. He recorded one tackle for a loss and one pass break-up.

Jake Laux (MIT) – The senior linebacker became MIT’s all-time tackle leader with 335 after posting 11 total tackles (six solo) against Curry College.

Landrus Lewis (Amherst) – The senior defensive back concluded his team’s third contest with two interceptions and a fumble recovery, which led to 20 of the 37 points scored by the Lord Jeffs against Middlebury.

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.

Mass. College Football: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

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.