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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: Locals Named To BSN Preseason All-American Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Beyond Sports Network (BSN), a sports media company that features students and student-athletes from various collegiate levels posted their preseason All-American Teams recently for FBS, FCS, D2, D3 and NAIA, and below is a list of local players that earned spots on these units:

Alex Amidon (Boston College) – FBS Second Team WR

Cameron Brate (Harvard) – FCS First Team TE

Zach Hodges (Harvard) – FCS Third Team DL

Jeff Hill (Bentley University) – Third Team WR – Division II

Scott Simonson (Assumption College) – Third Team TE – Division II

Mike Hubbard (Merrimack College) – Third Team OG – Division II

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – First Team RB – Division III

Aaron Ferreira (Framingham State) – Third Team OG – Division III

Max Nacewicz (Springfield College) – Third Team LB/DE – Division III

Eddie Jewel (Bridgewater State) – Third Team S – Division III

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Mass. College Football: Harvard Picked Second In Ivy League Preseason Media Poll

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of the Harvard University sports information department, here’s today’s release about the Crimson football team, which was selected to finish their upcoming season in second place, according to the preseason media poll:

PRINCETON, N.J. – In a vote of Ivy League football media members, Harvard was selected to finish second in the Ancient Eight this season. The media poll was released Tuesday as part of the league’s annual football media day.

Harvard received five of the 17 first-place votes and finished with 121 points, while Penn, who won last year’s conference crown, earned 11 first-place votes and amassed 129 points. Brown also picked up a first-place tally and was chosen third with 88 points.

Dartmouth was fourth with 76 points, followed by Cornell (57 points), Yale (46) and Columbia (22).

Harvard has registered at least seven wins in each of the last 12 seasons, making the Crimson the only team in the history of the Ivy League to post such a string of successful campaigns. In 2007, Harvard became the first Ivy team to put together seven straight seven-win seasons. The Crimson has also reeled off 13 straight wins at home since October 2010.

Entering his 20th season in Cambridge, Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, will look to capture another conference crown in the program’s 140th season of football, despite being significantly younger at most positions than recent Harvard teams.

From last year’s squad, Harvard graduated Colton Chapple, the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year in 2012, as well as tight end Kyle Juszczyk, who was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. The Crimson, which scored an Ivy record 394 points in 2012, will need to replace a good deal of experience on offense, but Harvard does return tight end Cameron Brate, who has garnered several preseason All-America accolades this year.

On defense, Harvard brings back captain and linebacker Joshua Boyd, as well as standouts Nnamdi Obukwelu, Zach Hodges and Jack Dittmer on the defensive line, and defensive backs D.J. Monroe, Norman Hayes and Chris Splinter, among others. The Crimson also returns senior kicker David Mothander, who holds Harvard’s career scoring lead for kickers with 197 points (21 field goals, 134 extra points). Mothander’s 197 points also ranks ninth in Ivy League history.

The Crimson will open the season on the road at San Diego Sept. 21, before hosting Brown under the lights at Harvard Stadium on NBC Sports Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Harvard will play two other games on NBC Sports: vs. Penn at Harvard Stadium Nov. 16 and at Yale in the 130th playing of The Game Nov. 23.

Harvard finished the 2012 season with an 8-2 overall record and a 5-2 mark in Ivy League play.

2013 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll

Rank      School (First-Place Votes)           Points

1.              Penn (11)                                          129

2.              Harvard (5)                                       121

3.              Brown (1)                                          88

4.              Dartmouth                                       76

5.              Princeton                                          73

6.              Cornell                                                57

7.              Yale                                                      46

8.              Columbia                                           22