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Framingham State Captures 2014 MASCAC Volleyball Tournament Championship

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 5:36 pm on November 8, 2014
Framingham State University RAMS Athletics

Framingham State University RAMS Athletics

Framingham, MA - Behind tournament MVP Alycia Rackliffe (Feeding Hills, MA), the Framingham State University volleyball team captured the 2014 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Volleyball Tournament Championship with a 3-0 victory over Worcester State University in the tournament finals at Framingham’s Athletic Center.

With the victory the Rams improve to 23-11 on the season and receive the MASCAC’s automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship with pairings and seedings being announced on Monday.

The top seed Rams opened the day defeating fourth seed Bridgewater State University 3-1 in one semifinal match, while second seed Worcester State defeated third seed Westfield State 3-1 in the other semifinal to reach the championship match against the Rams.

Bridgewater State took the first set from the Rams in thrilling fashion 25-23.  The Rams took the second game 25-23 and rallied from a 20-17 deficit in the third to take that frame 25-21 before closing the match with a 25-22 victory in the fourth set.

Rackliffe led the Rams in the opener with 14 kills on 38 attempts with five blocks and seven digs, while sophomore Julia Wan (South Deerfield, MA) also picked up 14 kills to go along with 10 digs and two blocks.  Junior Danielle Girard (Tivoli, NY) picked up a double double with 12 kills and 14 digs, while senior Maribeth Martin (Barnstable, MA) added 17 set assists.

The Bears were led by 17 kills and 10 digs from sophomore Hannah Maymon (Narragansett, RI).  Freshman Christina Jaros (Plymouth, MA) chipped in with 12 kills and four blocks, while sophomore Charleyne Panner (Gilford, NH) added 21 assists.

The Rams cruised to the victory in the championship match defeating the Lancers 25-7, 25-16 and 25-22.

Rackliffe once again led the attack with 12 kills, two aces and two blocks, while Wan finished with seven kills, 15 digs and three assists.  Girard closed the tournament with a five kill and 14 dig performance, while freshman Molly Meehan (Quincy, MA) chipped in with 14 digs.


The Lancers were led by 10 kills and 11 digs from senior Alyssa Jasper (Rockland, Mass.), while junior Jennifer Cabral (Swansea, Mass.) added 13 defensive digs.

Thanks to Kathy Lynch, Assistant Director of Athletics/Sports Information at Framingham State University for contributing this story. For more FSU RAMS sports info, box scores, calendar of upcoming games and sporting events, visit their website at:


Strong Second Half Leads FSU RAMS Football Past Bridgewater State

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 5:20 pm on November 8, 2014
Framingham State University, home of the RAMS!

Framingham State University, home of the RAMS!

Framingham, MA - The Framingham State University football team scored 33 unanswered points, all in the second half, as the Rams defeated Bridgewater State University 33-10 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action this afternoon at Bowditch Field.

With the win, the Rams clinch the 2014 MASCAC Football Championship as they improve to 8-1 on the year and remain perfect at 7-0 in the MASCAC.  The Rams have won five straight MASCAC Titles.  The loss drops the Bears to 4-5 on the year and 3-4 in the conference.

Bridgewater State’s defense was the story in the first half keeping the Rams offense scoreless despite being inside the Bears one yard line twice.  The Bears defense came up with the stop on a 4th and goal from the one yard line with 1:43 left in the first.  Then the Bears kept the Rams out of the end zone on a third and inches in the early stages of the second quarter forcing a field goal attempt that hit the upright.

The Bears offense took the game’s opening possession and drove 64 yards on 10 plays and capped the drive with a 20 yard field goal from Colin Neri (Upton, MA) to take a 3-0 lead with 10:12 showing in the first.

The game would remain 3-0 until the closing minutes of the half when the Bears took possession with less than a minute remaining and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 37 yard strike from Danny Higgins (Manahawkin, NJ) to Travis Bassett (Littleton, MA) with seven ticks on the clock.

The Rams offense came alive in the second half scoring 33 unanswered ...[read more]

Golf Tournament to Support College Scholarships & Framingham Youth Hockey Oct. 27th

Filed under: Sports,Uncategorized by News Staff at 2:00 pm on October 8, 2014
Charter Oak Country Club, Hudson, MA

Golf Tournament will be held at Charter Oak Country Club, Hudson, MA on Monday, October 27th, 2014.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - As the Boston Bruins drop the puck on a new season, Framingham Youth Hockey is preparing for its 20th Annual Golf Outing. The Tournament is Monday, October 27th at the Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson and features the opportunity for golfers to play on one of the most sought after courses in Massachusetts, a buffet dinner and live and silent auctions.

Local Golf Tournament Raises College Scholarship Dollars; Helps Defray Costs to Allow More Youths to Play Hockey

The proceeds of the golf tournament are used to award up to five scholarships to High School seniors who will be attending college or prep school in the coming year and have played as members of the Framingham Youth Hockey Program for at least three seasons.  Dollars raised also go towards deferring the cost of playing hockey for Framingham Jr. Flyers players.

"Families are struggling with the increasing costs of college – this is one small way we can give back to the community and help out children and their families," said Bob Lewis, President of Framingham Youth Hockey.  "Hockey can be an expensive sport – equipment and ice time.  We don't want kids that want to play this exciting sport unable to do so because of the cost.  The dollars raised from this event are pumped right back into defraying the cost of ice time and making it easier for families to afford."

To date, more than 50 college scholarships have been awarded.  More than 500 boys and girls are a part of Framingham Youth Hockey.  "Hockey is a sport that teaches commitment, sportsmanship, being a team player – these are lessons that last a lifetime and the more kids that have that opportunity the better off we are as a community," added Lewis.

For those interested in playing, the cost is $185 per player which includes lunch, golf, golf cart and dinner.  Dinner only tickets are available for $50 per person. To purchase tickets or submit questions please contact Scott Penrod, Don Trischitta or Dianne Tersoni at


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FSU RAMS Football Opens Season with 20-17 Victory over Endicott

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 5:11 pm on September 6, 2014
Framingham State University RAMS

Framingham State University RAMS

Framingham, MA - The Framingham State University football team had four interceptions including one returned for a touchdown by senior Matt Mangano (Winchester, MA) as the Rams defeated Endicott College 20-17 in non-conference action this afternoon at Bowditch Field.

Framingham State forced five turnovers in the game, four interceptions and one fumble, which they converted into a pair of scores.  Mangano had a pair of interceptions and three tackles, while junior Tyllor McDonald (Springfield, MA) and sophomore Jaquan Harris (Randolph, MA) each had picks in the waning minutes of the game to help secure the victory.

The Rams (1-0) turned the ball over on downs near midfield on the first possession of the game and Endicott (0-1) would need just one play, a 47-yard touchdown toss from senior Drew Frenette (New Bedford, MA) to junior Alec Matys (Woburn, MA), to take the game’s first lead. After Kyle Regan (Nashua, NH) converted the extra point, the Gulls led 7-0 with 11:37 on the clock.

Junior Tyler Calitri (West Hartford, Conn.) intercepted Matt Silva (Dracut, MA) on the Rams ensuing possession.  The Gulls drove deep into Ram territory on the strength of Frenette’s arm, but senior Kevin Donahue (Norfolk, MA) was able to deflect a Frenette pass.  Mangano was right there to make the pick and raced 71 yards to the end zone for the touchdown. After a penalty on the extra point led to ...[read more]

FSU Ram's Field Hockey Opens Season with 3-1 Win Over Regis

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 7:13 pm on September 3, 2014
Framingham State University RAMS

Framingham State University RAMS

Framingham, MA - The Framingham State University field hockey team opened the 2014 season with an impressive 3-1 victory over Regis College this afternoon in non-conference action at Maple Street Field.

Framingham State is now 1-0 on the young season, while Regis, who opened the year this past weekend, evens their record at 1-1.

Framingham State grabbed control in the first half with a pair of goals. Senior Emma Littlefield (Rockport, MA) stuck first when she converted off a feed from classmate Hannah Wilkins (Merrimac, MA) in front of the net.

Wilkins had a hand in the Rams second goal as well when she sent a cross to junior Cady Kelly (Canton, MA) in the circle. Kelly connected for her first of the season with just under 19 minutes remaining in the half giving the Rams a 2-0 lead that they would take into the half.

The game would remain 2-0 in favor of the Rams until the final ten minutes. The Pride cut the Rams lead in half with 7:59 showing on the clock. Junior Lauren DeMars (Maynard, MA) sent a long pass across the circle to freshman Hailee Forest (Amherst, NH). Forest snapped a shot off into the back of the cage pulling the Pride within one.

That was as close as they would get as the Rams tacked on an insurance goal with just over a minute remaining in the game. Kelly found the back of the net for the second time in the contest off a feed from freshman Amie Souza (Taunton, MA).

The Rams outshot the Pride 17-9 in the game and held a 10-1 edge in penalty corners. Junior Rosemary Talbot (Whitinsville, MA) picked up the victory in net making five saves, while junior Raegan Heck (Phillipston, MA) made nine stops for the Pride.

The Rams are back in action on Saturday when they host UMaine Farmington in a non-conference match-up at 4 p.m.

Thanks to Kathy Lynch, Assistant Director of Athletics/Sports Information at Framingham State University for contributing this story. For more FSU RAMS sports info, box scores, calendar of upcoming games and sporting events, visit their website at:



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