Ian Blakenship rushed for a game-high 151 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown while Ceaser Gonzalez added 103 yards on the ground and one score as the United States Merchant Marine Academy topped Coast Guard Academy, 24-14, to claim the Secretaries’ Cup for the second-straight season.
Saturday’s matchup between the Mariners and Bears capped a three-sport, three-game fall series between the two academies, which saw the Coast Guard Academy men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams secure wins against USMMA last month.
Coast Guard struggled to contain the Merchant Marine rushing attack, which tallied 343 yards on 71 rushing attempts and three touchdowns. Blakenship, Gonzalez, and Matt Restifo each rushed for one score while Jack Ruark tallied six points on three extra points and a 25-yard field goal.
Merchant Marine led Coast Guard, 10-7, at the break and 17-7 after three quarters before Restifo sealed the win with a four-yard touchdown run with 4:48 remaining.
Coast Guard’s Jared Colletti scored twice for the Bears while finishing the contest with 112 yards of total offense, including 88 receiving yards. Eugene Bizer led the Bears defense by recording a game-high 20 total tackles, including 14 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of 10 yards.
John Barbera, who was making his first start at quarterback for the Bears, completed 18 of 34 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown.
With the win, Merchant Marine has now won 34 contests against Coast Guard Academy while the Bears have captured 15 meetings.
Coast Guard Academy will travel to Merchant Marine in November to compete in the annual Secretaries’ Cup clash. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)
There will be at least one New England D-III football game this fall as Coast Guard Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy will meet on Saturday, November 14 to compete for the Secretaries’ Cup. The two teams will compete in Kings Point, New York, according to this evening’s release.
In addition to the two academies competing on the gridiron in November, the CGA and USMMA women’s volleyball teams will square-off in New London, Connecticut on Saturday, October 24 while both men’s soccer teams will compete in a match scheduled for Saturday, October 31. Similar to the football meeting, the men’s soccer match will also take place in New York.
“I am very excited to announce our intention to compete in single game(s) competition with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy this fall in the sports of volleyball, men’s soccer, and football,” Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletics’ Dr. Dan Rose said, via this evening’s release. “This decision was arrived at following close examination of our current safety protocols and a commitment to follow NCAA guidance with regard to testing and other resocialization of sports standards.”
Added Coast Guard Academy first-year football coach C.C.Grant, “I’m just thankful that our seniors get to play at least one game this year, and to have it be against the Merchant Marine Academy makes it all the more special.”
All three contests will count as one point with the academy that garners the most points being rewarded the Superintendents’ Trophy.
With another week of New England (and Northeast) D3 Football in the books, it is time to dish out our weekly honor roll.
PROGRAM NOTE: We will return to posting our weekly honor roll every Monday, beginning next week, but this week we’re posting it on a Tuesday, so enjoy!
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Dexter Andrews (Worcester State): Andrews rushed for 134 yards on 21 carries, while hauling in one catch for 21 yards in his team’s 42-26 win over Fitchburg State.
Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Against Westfield State, Bamgbose led all receivers with eight catches for 198 yards and two scores.
Hunter Belzo (Springfield): Belzo rushed for 106 yards on 10 carries and two scores as the Pride defeated Mount Ida last Saturday.
Timel Benton (Gallaudet): Benton completed 12 of 23 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 28 yards on eight carries. His longest pass of the day was a 72-yard touchdown pass to Joell Dixon.
Jevon Brown-Simpson (Fitchburg State): In his team’s initial MASCAC clash of the season, Brown-Simpson tallied 105 yards on 19 carries and one score, while recording one catch for 36 yards against Worcester State.
Mike Breuler (Wesleyan): Breuler was quite impressive in his team’s season-opener, hauling in a game-high 15 receptions for 178 yards and three scores. His longest reception was a 52-yard touchdown.
Austin Calamita (Western Conn. State): Against Plymouth State, Calamita hauled in a game-high six receptions for 132 yards and one score.
Max Chipouras (Trinity): In his team’s season-opener against Colby, Chipouras rushed for 131 yards on 15 carries for two scores. His longest run of the day was an 82 yard burst.
Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese amassed 274 yards through the air and on the ground, while recording a pair of scores with his feet and arm, which helped Curry defeat Anna Maria to improve to 3-0. Corvese completed nine of 14 passes for 183 yards, while rushing for 91 yards on six carries.
Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime Academy): Creeger amassed 369 yards through the air and on the ground in his team’s setback to Massachusetts Maritime Academy last Saturday. Creeger rushed for 209 yards on 41 carries for three scores, while completing six of 12 passes for 160 yards.
James Dawson (Salve Regina): Dawson enjoyed another solid day on the ground, rushing for 117 yards on 26 carries and two scores as the Seahawks soared past Dean College for its third-straight win.
Joel Dixon (Gallaudet): Dixon led all receiver last Saturday in his team’s setback to Union College with 132 yards on three receptions and one score. His longest reception of the day was a 72 yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.
Brandon Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers last Saturday in his team’s game against USMMA by hauling in 13 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Ollie Eberth (Amherst): Against Bates, Eberth completed nine of 16 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns. His longest pass was a 75 yard touchdown strike to Craig Carmilani in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
Zack Edwards (Plymouth State): Edwards accounted for four scores, including three through the air as the Panthers suffered their initial setback of the season against Western Connecticut State. Edwards completed 18 of 43 passes for 205 yards, while rushing for 28 yards on two carries.
Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn. State): Fleeting completed 30 of 39 passes for 411 yards and three touchdowns as the Colonials moved to 2-0 on the season.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Gacioch was quite impressive last Saturday against Westfield State as he tossed four touchdown passes, while competing 14 of 21 passes for 264 yards.
Kenny Gray (Hamilton): Against Tufts, Gray completed 22 of 44 passes for 365 yards and four scores in last weekend’s season-opening setback. Gray’s final touchdown with 4:20 remaining in the fourth helped the Continentals extend the contest to overtime.
Udgam Goyal (MIT): Against Endicott, Goyal racked-up 327 yards of total offense, including 248 yards through the air. Goyal completed 16 of 27 passes and tossed two touchdowns, while rushing for 79 yards on six carries and one score.
Moe Harris (Castleton): Harris helped the Spartans capture the Maple Sap Bucket last Saturday by rushing for 149 yards on 35 carries and two scores, while hauling in one catch for 16 yards. Harris also completed one pass for 11 yards, too.
Chris Haggerty (Mass. Maritime Academy): Haggerty completed 20 of 39 passes for 226 yards and three scores, while rushing for 16 yards on two carries, which helped the Buccaneers claim their initial win of the season over Maine Maritime Academy.
Connor Harris (Williams): Harris was quite impressive against Bowdoin, rushing for 103 yards on 12 carries and one score as the Ephs won its season-opener against the Polar Bears.
Travon Holder (Westfield State): Holder highlighted the Owls’ outing against UMass Dartmouth by rushing for 156 yards on 27 carries and three scores.
Jared Lebowitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz and the Panthers scored an impressive opening day win over the Cardinals, thanks to his three touchdowns and 352 passing yards (22 of 44).
Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron enjoyed an impressive collegiate debut by completing 17 of 30 passes for 283 yards and two scores as Williams defeated Bowdoin, 28-14.
Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen was impressive against Becker, rushing for 119 yards on 25 carries for a pair of scores, while leading the receiving core with three catches for 85 yards and one touchdown in a 38-0 win over the Hawks.
Marcus Mcbean (Mount Ida): Mcbean led the Mustangs’ rushing attack against Springfield by tallying 76 yards on 22 carries and two scores.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald enjoyed a solid start to the season, completing 26 of 35 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 92 yards on 20 carries and one score.
Brice Moore (USMMA): Moore recorded 315 yards of total offense, including 173 yards through the air in his team’s setback to SUNY Maritime. Moore completed 13 of 29 passes, while rushing for a game-high 142 yards on 24 carries and one score.
Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Academy): Phillips was explosive on the ground against Maine Maritime Academy, rushing for 146 yards on 25 carries for one score. He also recorded one reception for 31 yards and one touchdown in the Buccaneers’ initial win of the season.
Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan): Piccirillo completed a 39 of 53 passes for 432 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s season-opener against Middlebury.
Alejandro Ros (Catholic): In his team’s second win of the season, Ros completed 14 of 31 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 52 yards on six carries.
Joe Schmidt (Hamilton): Schmitd was quite impressive against Tufts’ defense, tallying 214 yards on eight catches, while catching all four touchdown passes from Kenny Gray.
Frank Stola (Williams): Stola was one of two receivers in Saturday’s game to recorded seven receptions – he also registered 168 receiving yards and two scores. His first touchdown was a 93 yard score in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
Tristan Weathers (Norwich): Weathers lead all receivers last Saturday in the battle for the Maple Sap Bucket by recording four catches for 137 yards and one touchdown.
Lavante Wiggins (Endicott): Against MIT, Wiggins rushed for 116 yards on 27 carries and one score.
Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers last week at Mount Ida by tallying 107 yards on 21 carries and three scores.
Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright was quite impressive last Saturday against USMMA, completing 22 of 45 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns. His longest pass of the day was a 43-yard pass to Andrew Geni.
Latif Armiyaw (Bowdoin): Armiyaw paced the Polar Bears’ defense with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, along with a pair of tackles for a loss for 15 yards against Williams last Saturday.
Wesley Becton (Middlebury): Becton led the Panthers’ defense with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 24 yards and a pair of forced fumbles.
Brooks Cannell (USMMA): Against SUNY Maritime last Saturday, Cannell recorded 12 total stops, including six solo tackles, one interception (44 yard return) and two pass break-ups.
Luca Cerasani (WPI): Cerasani was quite impressive last Saturday against Becker as he tallied five solo stops, including two sacks, one forced fumble and quarterback hurry. All five of Cerasani’s tackles were tackles for a loss.
Andrew DeNucci (MIT): DeNucci turned in another impressive effort in his team’s second win of the season against Endicott. DeNucci recorded 13 total stops, including 10 assists and one quarterback hurry.
Chris Gemayel (Bridgewater State): Gemayel led all defenders with 12 total stops, including nine solo tackles in his team’s 19-13 setback to Framingham State. Three of his stops were tackles for a loss.
Tyler Hudson (Hamilton): Hudson paced all defenders with 19 total stops, including 14 solo tackles. One-and-a-half of those tackles were a loss of two yards. He also had one fumble recovery in his team’s overtime setback to Tufts.
Kurtis Jolicoeur (Western New England): Jolicoeur turned in an impressive performance against RPI by tallying eight total tackles, including four solo stops, one sack and one forced fumble.
John Lauretti (Alfred State): Against Rochester, Lauretti recorded a team-high 13 total stops, including 11 solo tackles, along with two tackles for a loss for 20 yards and one forced fumble.
Mike Quinn (Worcester State); Quinn turned in an impressive performance against Fitchburg State last Saturday, recording 10 total stops, including eight solo tackles, three tackles for a loss and two pass break-ups and quarterback hurries.
William Rivera (Endicott): Against MIT, Rivera paced the Gulls’ defense with nine total stops, including seven assists and three tackles for a loss of eight yards.
Jakob Trautwein (Castleton): Trautwein was quite impressive last Saturday against Norwich, tallying 14 total stops, including three tackles for a loss and one sack.
Mitch Turley (MIT): Turley was quite impressive last Saturday against Endicott, tallying 13 total stops, including six solo tackles and one pass break-up.
Patrick Vidal (Catholic): Vidal turned in an impressive performance last week against Randolph-Macon, tallying 11 total tackles, including seven solo stops and three sacks (14 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass break-up.
Christian Humulock (Springfield): Humulock was a perfect 10-for-10 last Saturday against Mount Ida, connecting on nine extra points, while booting a 33-yard field goal.
George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy): Lampros connected on six kicks, including four field goals for 10 points, while recording 136 yards on four punts. He tallied 329 yards on six kickoffs for an average of 54.8 yards per kick in his team’s exciting win over Maine Maritime Academy.
Hunter Lechthaler (Dean): Against Salve Regina, Lechthaler recorded nine punts for 312 yards, including a trio of boots that landed inside the Seahawks’ 20. His longest punt was 51-yards and he also recorded one kick-off for 60 yards.
Mike Morgan (Castleton): Morgan recorded nine boots for 320 yards last Saturday in the battle for the Maple Sap Bucket, including a trio of boots that landed inside the Norwich 20.
Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Murphy concluded last Saturday’s clash against USMMA with eight points – five extra points and one field goal (48 yards). Murphy also recorded 186 yards on four punts, including one boot that landed inside the USMMA 20, while tallying 414 yards on seven kickoffs with four of those kicks resulting in touchbacks.
Merchant Marine’s football team is expected to be one of the top teams in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: USMMA Athletics)
By Jaden Daly (@jadendaly_) & John Kelly, Jr. (@jfkjr24)
Team Name: United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners
Preseason Ranking: The Mariners checked-in sixth on our ‘Preseason Top 10’ poll, which was posted on Twitter on Monday, July 31st.
2016 Season Recap: The Mariners posted their first winning season since 2003, capturing five of nine contests (5-4). They went toe-to-toe with a pair of Top 25 teams – No. 19 Hobart and No. 24 St. Lawrence – but did fall to both squads by single digits. They notched their first conference road win since 2003 by rallying to defeat WPI with a dramatic 45-44 victory. USMMA also beat Springfield for the second-straight season on Senior Day, while the rushing attack (299.9 yards per game) ranked third in NCAA Division III football.
Key Losses: Patrick Keyes (Safety), Ian Stoner (D-Line), Marcus Kitchin (D-Line), Alex Shiber (D-Line), Joshua Woodburn (LB), Parker Johnson (Lineman), Channing Meyer (Dback), and Tyler Sulik (Linebacker)
Players to Watch: Brice Moore (Quarterback), Wiley Martin (Fullback), Joe Bellomo (Running Back), Aaron Rice (Running Back/Wide Receiver), Luke Jamison (Wide Receiver), Joe Vitelli (Wide Receiver), Jake Murphy (O-Line), Isaac Lee (Linebacker), Justin Sydlowski (Linebacker), Brooks Cannell (Defensive Back) and Charles Deegan (D-Line).
2017 Schedule: USMMA Football moves over from the Liberty League to the newly-established New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in head coach Mike Toop’s 13th season. The Mariners went 3-0 against NEWMAC foes last season, defeating rival Coast Guard 31-27, WPI 45-44, and Springfield 15-12. They will face four familiar teams from last season, including SUNY Maritime (Sept. 16- Homecoming Weekend), Springfield, WPI and Coast Guard (Nov. 11th on ESPN). The Mariners will take on three opponents they haven’t faced in a while – those foes include Maine Maritime (first meeting since 1964), Norwich (First Meeting since 2003), and Catholic (first meeting since 1996). They commence the year against two new opponents in MIT (week four) and Misericordia (week one) on Parents Weekend.
Season Outlook: The Mariner defense, which was the biggest reason the squad enjoyed a successful campaign last year, happens to be the unit’s biggest question heading into a new season. The defensive unit does return some quality talent, but will need its first two games – both contests are non-conference match-ups – to gain important experience, which should help them once conference play begins. The NEWMAC will provide favorable match-ups for the Mariners at the beginning of the year before a stern test on the road against Norwich University during the fifth week of the season. The month of October also features some important tests against WPI – the Engineers will host the Mariners, while Springfield will pay a visit to Kings Point, New York. Springfield-USMMA could be a de-facto conference championship game, so make sure to circle that particular meeting on your calendar now. USMMA will end its regular season slate against Coast Guard Academy – the game will be broadcasted on the ESPN Family of Networks. The Mariners could enter the Secretaries’ Cup with a chance to clinch another winning season, so make sure to keep an eye on this game, too.