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This weekend's New England college football matchups

October 14, 2011

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TONIGHT

MERRIMACK at ASSUMPTION Junior receiver Isaiah Voegeli has three straight 100-yard games for a Warrior attack averaging 46.6 points per game.

TOMORROW

SOUTH FLORIDA at UCONN Skip Holtz and his 4-1 Bulls visit Rentschler to face a reeling Huskies squad that has lost four of its last five games.

NEW HAMPSHIRE at WILLIAM & MARY Senior sackmaster Brian McNally and sixth-ranked Wildcats determined to present Sean McDonnell his first career win against Tribe.

RHODE ISLAND at MAINE How special was it for a kid from Cape Elizabeth to go airborne for the winning conversion in OT at James Madison? Take a bow, Chris Treister.

UMASS at DELAWARE Holy Name product Emil Igwenagu (team-leading 23 catches, 261 yards) has been consistent presence at tight end for Minutemen.

PRINCETON at BROWN Senior safety Stephen Peyton secured Bears’ win against Holy Cross with a late interception, capping a 10-tackle effort.

BUCKNELL at HARVARD Crimson held Cornell to 20 total yards over 21 plays in second-half charge in Ithaca.

DARTMOUTH at HOLY CROSS Crusaders receiving consistent production from wideouts Kyle Toulouse, Mike Fess, and Gerald Mistretta.

YALE at LAFAYETTE Gio Christodoulou is the Elis’ career leader in punt return yardage after his dazzling 53-yard runback for a score vs. Dartmouth.

CENTRAL CONN. at DUQUESNE On a three-game skid, Gunnar Jespersen and Blue Devils can build upon a 207-yard rushing performance against UMass.

SAINT FRANCIS (PA) at SACRED HEART Pioneers coming of age behind sophomore QB Tim Little (33 of 48 last week) and steady freshman kicker Chris Rogers.

MONMOUTH at BRYANT Can Bryant’s Jordan Brown (161.5 yards rushing per game) locate holes against a Hawks front that is rigid against the run?

PACE at STONEHILL After a 23-20 overtime loss to the Setters in September, Robert Talley and his Skyhawks can exact retribution in Easton.

AIC at NEW HAVEN Yellow Jackets will need a maestro performance from three-time NE-10 Rookie of the Week Kevin Arduino to get a ‘W’ on blue turf.

SOUTHERN CONN. at BENTLEY Sandwiched between tilts against NE-10 leaders Merrimack and New Haven, Falcons face star back Rashaad Slowley and Owls.

SAINT ANSELM at STONY BROOK A pair of sophomores, Keith Charles (96 yards rushing) and Eric Feehan (nine catches, 114 yards), stepped up at AIC.

FRAMINGHAM STATE at MAINE MARITIME A triple option in Castine: Rams’ Melikke Van Alstyne (142.3 yards rushing per game) vs. Ian Champeon (128.4) and Matthew Rende (118.2).

PLYMOUTH STATE at ENDICOTT The Magnificent (Christian) Mulcahy has single-handedly lifted Panthers to back-to-back wins, but Gulls have been unstoppable.

SALVE REGINA at CURRY Seahawks (3-3) share conference lead in turnover margin (plus-10); the 3-3 Colonels, uncharacteristically, are last (-13).

NICHOLS at UMASS-DARTMOUTH Corsairs have a trio of surehanded tacklers in linebackers Joe Teixera and John Cordasco and defensive back Ross O’Toole.

MASS. MARTIME at FITCHBURG STATE Bourne-bred linebacker Walter Butler immense in Bucs’ thriller against Worcester State, his forced fumble with 1:34 left a game-changer.

WESTFIELD STATE at COAST GUARD Bears freshman Mike Mercadante broke out with 186 yards and two touchdowns in double-OT loss against Maine Maritime.

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND at MIT The least penalized team in the NEFC, the Engineers have suffered 2- and 3-point losses the last two weeks.

BRIDGEWATER STATE at WORCESTER STATE NEFC rushing leader Marcus Price (156.2 yards per game) has Lancers (37.5 ppg) in overdrive; Bears allowing just 12.2 ppg.

HAMILTON at BOWDOIN Thanks to fleet feet of Joey Cleary and Griffin Cardew, Polar Bears made Division 3 history by returning two picks 99-plus yards in same game.

BATES at WESLEYAN A ball-hawking defense anchored by Brett McAllister and Kyle Starr just one reason the Bobcats are off to their best start since 1982.

AMHERST at COLBY Lord Jeffs offense explosive once again, but Kevin Ferber-led defense forced five turnovers and limited Middlebury to 50 yards rushing.

TRINITY at TUFTS Jay Civetti’s Jumbos face Herculean task against his alma mater: Bantams yielding 7.7 ppg and held Hamilton to 11 yards rushing.

WILLIAMS at MIDDLEBURY North Reading’s Darren Hartwell pacing the NESCAC in all-purpose yards (189.3 per game), but defense remains an issue for Ephs.

GALLAUDET at NORWICH Junior quarterback Kris Sabourin (7.2 yards per carry) and the Cadets back on course after capturing third straight win.

HUSSON at MOUNT IDA Mustangs senior Johrone Bunch (ECFC-leading 160.8 yards rushing per game) churned out 211 in the first half against Anna Maria.

ANNA MARIA at N.Y. MARITIME Privateers pound the ball on the ground; winless AmCats were gouged for 342 yards rushing in loss to Mount Ida.

CASTLETON at BECKER Host Hawks showed had a gritty first half in loss to N.Y. Maritime; they’ll need a full 60 against Spartans’ prolific passing attack.

CORTLAND STATE at WESTERN CONN. Sophomore linebacker Bill Birdsell was a force in loss at Morrisville, racking up a team-best 17 tackles, including 10 solos.

ITHACA at SPRINGFIELD Little time for Pride to review rough second half at unbeaten Salisbury with the formidable Bombers making a visit.

CRAIG LARSON


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