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Sean McDonnell: We Have Some Very Good Football Players Coming Back

Sean McDonnell believes the University of New Hampshire football team has some “very good” players returning this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: UNH.edu/UNH Today)

By NoontimeSports.com

The University of New Hampshire football team played just one game this spring — unfortunately, the Wildcats opted out of their spring season due to Covid-19 issues.

But despite not being able to compete against additional conference foes this spring, coach Sean McDonnell seems excited — perhaps optimistic? — about his team’s upcoming campaign, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 2 when the Wildcats visit Stony Brook for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Speaking with members of the media during this morning’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) virtual media day, the tenured coach noted that the team has some “very good football players coming back.”

One of those players is Evan Horn, a senior safety from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, who was named to the CAA Football Preseason All-Conference Team. Horn recorded four tackles and a pass break-up in his team’s lone spring contest against the University at Albany in March and was selected to the CAA All-Conference Second Team in 2019 when he led the Silver and Blue in solo tackles (51) and total tackles (70).

Niko Kvietkus, who is a junior defensive tackle, received honorable mention — the Southington, Connecticut native, who played football locally at Xavier High School (Conn.) and Deerfield Academy, played in 11 games in 2019 and recorded career-highs in solo stops (24), total tackles (45), tackles for a loss (eight for 36 yards), and 5.5 sacks for a loss of 34 yards.

Horn and Kvietkus are just two student-athletes to watch this fall, but as McDonnell explained, “I feel very good where we are as a program depth-wise.”

New Hampshire was picked to place fifth in the CAA preseason poll — James Madison University was picked to capture the league crown after finishing its spring season with a 5-0 record.

Football Friday Notebook: Friday Night Lights Returns to New England!

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, Noontime Sports fans and friends!

We have some exciting news to share: Friday Night Lights has officially returned to New England – let’s go!

(Special thanks to Coach Eric Taylor for some inspirational words to kick-off the very first Friday Night Lights weekend in New England!). 

So, while we anxiously await for games to kickoff, let’s dish out some links and news from the New England football world.

Friday Night Lights Games to Watch/Follow/Attend Tonight (Friday, Aug. 31st)

WPI at Anna Maria, 7 p.m.
Western New England at Springfield College, 7 p.m.
Nichols at Westfield State, 7 p.m.
Becker at MIT, 7 p.m.
Dean at Curry, 7 p.m. 

News and Notes from the New England Football World 

Ryan Jones enjoyed a successful debut under center last night for the Coast Guard Academy football team – he finished with 411 yards of total offense. He tossed a career-best 336 yards for two scores, while rushing for 75 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

Despite falling to Coast Guard in its first-ever varsity contest, University of New England quarterback Brian Peters said it was “awesome” to be on the gridiron last night.

Despite the distance, the UNE fans made sure to support their Nor’Easters on the road last night when they traveled to New London, Connecticut to face-off against Coast Guard.

Prior to last night’s tilt against UNE, Coast Guard offensive coordinator Ray LaForte told quarterback Ryan Jones the following: “I’m going to make you better.”

University of Maine pounded its rival last night, defeating University of New Hampshire, 35-7, in Orono, Maine. Perhaps this was a statement win?

Last night was the final preseason game for the New England Patriots, so here are 17 thoughts from the great Chad Finn of the Boston Globe!

Finally, an in case you missed it piece from the Washington Post: A California high school football team has chosen to cancel its season after being outscored, 102-0, in its first two contests.

Tweet of the Week 

Did you see Danny Etling‘s 86-yard touchdown run last night against the New York Giants? If not, make sure to watch it now (below!).

Stay connected with Noontime Sports’ football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB!  

Mass. College Lax: Wednesday Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was another busy day in the college lacrosse world and below is a few outcomes and summaries.

Men’s Lacrosse:

Merrimack 11, LIU Post 10: Jamie Shand netted back-to-back goals at 4:58 and 2:43 in the fourth quarter, which provided the Warriors with an 11-8 lead. However, Merrimack’s defense was tested down the stretch as the unit yielded two additional markers before the final horn sounded Shand finished with a hat trick, while Dom Madonna picked up his third win between the pipes.

Women’s Lacrosse:

BC 11, Holy Cross 5: Mikaela Rix paced the Eagles with three goals and one assist (four points) as Boston College defeated Holy Cross in Newton. BC’s Moira Barry also registered a hat trick in the win, while Holy Cross received two tallies from Kate Martino.

BU 19, UNH 9: Elizabeth Morse connected on five of seven shots for five goals as the Terriers defeated the Wildcats in Boston. BU’s Caroline Meegan and Christina Sheridan combined for nine stops, while Kelsey Marafioti and Becca Church each netted hat tricks.

Harvard 12, Vanderbilt 8: Marissa Romeo scored a game-high six goals as the Crimson defeated the Commodores in Cambridge. Harvard’s Kelly Weis finished with 10 stops.

Stonehill 17, Southern New Hampshire 5: Lizzie Lane’s marker at 23:44 in the opening session jumpstarted a 4-0 run for the Skyhawks, which pushed the hosts ahead for good as Stonehill picked up its fifth win of the season. Lane finished with two goals, while Kelsey Shannahan recorded a game-high six tallies.

Mass. College Hockey: Five Games To Watch This Weekend (Jan. 25-27)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, which means it’s officially time to unveil our five hockey games to watch this weekend. As usual, make sure to check back throughout the weekend for recaps and roundups.

Also don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog) for news, notes and scores throughout the weekend.

Men’s Ice Hockey:

Merrimack College vs. New Hampshire (Friday, 7:30 p.m./ Saturday, 5:00 p.m.) – This is a critical matchup for the Warriors, but also for the Wildcats, too. Merrimack is 5-3-1 in their last nine meetings with the Wildcats, which includes a 1-1-1 season series from last season.

If Merrimack is going to tally one or two wins, they’ll have to stop UNH’s John Henrion, who has registered at least one goal or assist in his team’s last four outings. Against Providence College last week, the senior forward recorded one goal and one assist in a 6-5 loss.

The Warriors penalty kill has been impressive over the past few weeks, according to the latest Hockey East release, and ranks third in the conference, while the Wildcats are number one. New Hampshire is second in scoring and is averaging 3.14 goals per game.

Boston University vs. Providence College (Friday, 7:00 p.m./ Saturday 7:00 p.m.) – It was somewhat surprising to hear that the Terriers lost to Northeastern last weekend, but they can definitely put that nightmare to rest with a win against Providence College, a squad that’s 3-1 in their last four outings.

BU’s offense is averaging 3.13 goals per game, while their defense is yielding 2.50 goals. The Friars defense, which is ranked fourth in the Hockey East, has allowed 2.53 goals, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can fend off the BU skaters.

Look for Providence junior forward Derek Army to continue his point streak. He recorded two goals last weekend against New Hampshire, as well as netted two strikes against UMass two weeks ago.

Babson College vs. UMass Boston (Friday, 7:00 p.m./ Saturday 4:00 p.m.) – We discussed this game earlier this week, but seriously… these two games are very important for the Beavers and Beacons, especially if they’d like to extend their past February.

UMass Boston enters the weekend series having won four consecutive matches, while Babson is coming off a 3-2 setback against St. Anselm.

The Beavers went 1-0-1 against the Beacons in a weekend series last year, but know this year will be different. UMass Boston hasn’t just won more games this season, but has kept pace with Babson, Castleton State and Norwich.

Babson will need to pay special attention to Peter MacIntyre, who was this week’s ECAC East Rookie of the Week following three goals and two assists in his team’s three contests. Jamie Murray, though, went 1-1 for Babson between the pipes last week and racked up 61 saves.

Women’s Ice Hockey:

Harvard at Clarkson (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) – Harvard is 16-1-1 overall, 13-0 in the ECAC Hockey Conference, and on a seven game winning streak. They haven’t lost a game since falling to Boston University in November.

If Harvard wants to keep their perfect mark intact, they’ll need to stop Clarkson’s Jamie Lee Rattray, who’s led her offense this season with 16 goals and 17 assists. However, she’ll be firing shots against Laura Bellamy, who has been the nation’s top goaltender in goals against and save percentages. Harvard’s defense was the focal point in their last win, so hopefully that effort will translate into this particular match.

Amherst College vs. Connecticut College (Saturday, 7:00 p.m./ Sunday, 3:00 p.m.)The Lord Jeffs haven’t registered a win since the first weekend of 2013, which was when they defeated Colby College in back-to-back games. Their two home matches against the Camels are critical, especially if they’d like to keep pace with Bowdoin College and Middlebury College.

Through 14 games this season, Amherst ranks fourth in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) in goals (39). Conn. College’s scoring defense ranks fifth. The Camels have yielded 1.75 goals per game this season, so the Lord Jeffs will have their work cut out for them.

Mass. College Hoops: Div. I Weekend Notes

By Brian Willwerth 

With conference play in full force, we begin our weekly look at the Division 1 schools in Massachusetts.

Men’s Hoops:

* Let’s start with Northeastern. They’re not just the Huskies; they’re the first-place Huskies. NU is a perfect 6-0 in the CAA, with four of those wins coming away from Matthews Arena. What’s more: their next four games are all at home. Joel Smith, averaging nearly 16 points per game, leads the Huskies. Is this the year Northeastern goes dancing for the first time since 1991?

* Speaking of teams dreaming about going to the Big Dance, that’s what they’re doing in Amherst. UMass is 12-5 on the year, and off to a 2-2 start in a loaded Atlantic-10 that now includes ranked powerhouses Butler and VCU. The Minutemen get the Bulldogs at home, but have to travel to Richmond to take on the Rams. You’d have to think UMass needs to win at least one of those games to get one of those so-called “quality wins” on its resume.

Women’s Hoops:

* At Boston University, the Terriers are ineligible for the NCAA tournament because they’re jumping to the Patriot League next year. So it’s easy to overlook the fact that the women’s hoops team is on a serious roll. With a comeback victory over UNH on Saturday, BU has won 13 in a row, and is 16-3 overall. The Terriers have a first place showdown coming up against Albany on Wednesday night at The Roof.