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FSU RAMs Football Clinches 2019 MASCAC Championship!

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 4:36 pm on November 9, 2019

Framingham State University (FSU)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham State University RAMs football team clinched the 2019 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship with a 40-20 victory over Bridgewater State University in MASCAC action at Bowditch Field this afternoon.

The Rams have won three straight MASCAC Titles and at least a share of four of the last five MASCAC championships. As the champions, the Rams will receive the MASCAC’s automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Football Championship.

Game Highlights

Freshman Devaun Ford (Mashpee, Mass.) rushed for over 100 yards for the second straight game picking up 135 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. Ford averaged 7.9 yards per carry and also made three catches in the game.

Senior Adam Wojenski (Stratford, Conn.) completed 13-of-21 pass attempts for 203 yards with four touchdowns. Wojenski rushed for 42 yards on 12 carries.

Freshman Elijah Nichols (Burlington, NJ) made five catches for 95 yards with a score, while sophomores Austin Nunn (Bellingham, Mass.) and Emmanuel Exilhomme (Roslindale, Mass.) and senior Jacob Maher (Marshfield, Mass.) all caught touchdown passes in the game.

Nick Santavicca paced the Bears rushing attack rushing for 82 yards on 20 carries with a score.

Stefano D’Emilia completed 20-of-38 passes for 273 yards with a pair of touchdowns. D’Emilia tossed one interception and was sacked three times.

William Watts caught six passes for 74 yards with two scores, while T.J. Hairston caught five balls for 97 yards.

The Rams defense was key in the game forcing two turnovers that led to two touchdowns in the second quarter.

Junior Anthony Behonick (Rutland, Mass.) recorded six tackles in the game including four solo and two for a loss. Behonick recovered a fumble in the second quarter and returned it 14 yards setting up a touchdown and then later in the quarter intercepted D’Emilia and returned it for a score.

Senior Carls Alphonse (Somerville, Mass.) recorded a game-high 11 tackles with a pass breakup, while junior Joshua Onujiogu (Wareham, Mass.) added three tackles including a pair of sacks.

How the Game Was Played

The Bears took the opening kickoff and needed just six plays to go 66 yards for the game’s first score. D’Emilia connected with Watts for a 22- yard touchdown just over three minutes into the game.

The Rams answered with a score on their first possession of the game. A 36-yard pass to Nichols put the ball on the Bears six-yard line. Ford gained four yards on first down and found the end zone from two yards out on second. After both teams failed to convert their PATs, the game was tied 6-6 with 9:07 left in the first.

After the Rams defense forced a three and out, the Rams went 52 yards on 10 plays capped by a three-yard touchdown pass from Wojenski and Maher to go ahead 13-6

The Rams defense was key to a pair of second quarter scores that pushed the lead to 27-6. Onujiogu sacked D’Emilia and forced a fumble that was recovered and return to the 40-yard line by Behonick with 14:49 on the clock in the second. Nunn caught a pair of passes moving the ball down to the Bears 16-yard line setting up a 16-yard touchdown from Wojenski to Nichols.

On the Bears next possession Behonick intercepted D’Emilia, who was under pressure from sophomore Cully Curran (Arlington, Mass.) and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown and a 27-6 lead with 10:20 on the clock before the half.

Bridgewater State answered with a six-play, 55-yard drive capped by an eight-yard touchdown run from Santavicca cutting the deficit to 27-13.

The Rams added a final score with just under three minutes remaining in the half. Ford broke a tackle and scampered 24 yards to the Bears 32-yard line and on the next play Wojenski and Exilhomme connected for the 32-yard touchdown.

The Bears were driving on their final possession of the half and had the ball in Rams territory, but the Rams defense came with a stop on third down and forced the Bears to punt.

The Bears took advantage of a Ram fumble on the first possession of the second half and capitalized on a penalty by the Rams on a 4th and two that kept the scoring drive alive. After the penalty, D’Emilia completed a 39 yard pass to Hairston and then hit Watts for a one-yard score cutting the lead to 33-20 with 12:25 left in the third.

After a Ram punt, the Bears were once again driving and faced a 4th and goal from the two. After a timeout, the Rams defense came up with the stop on fourth down setting up a 13 play, 98 yard scoring drive that took 6:41 off the clock. Ford ripped off a 44-yard run on the drive and Wojenski connected with Nunn, who broke a pair of tackles, for a 24-yard score pushing the lead to 40-20 with just under 12 remaining in the game.

The Rams defense forced the Bears to turn the ball over on downs on their next two possessions to seal the victory.

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Thanks to Kathy Lynch, Assistant Director, Athletics, Sports Information at Framingham State University for contributing this story.


FSU RAMs Football Bests Western Connecticut 39-14

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 5:45 pm on October 26, 2019
Framingham State University RAMS Athletics

Framingham State University RAMS Athletics

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham State University football team received four turnovers and six sacks from the defense while senior quarterback Adam Wojenski (Stratford, Conn.) accounted for five touchdowns as the Rams defeated previously unbeaten Western Connecticut State 39-14 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at Bowditch Field this afternoon.

The Rams defense held the high scoring offense of Western Connecticut to just 14 points in the game well below their league leading scoring average of 39.5 points per game. The Rams defense allowed 347 yards of total offense including 319 passing, but came up with four turnovers and six sacks.

Senior Dwayne Hunter-Parker (Waterbury, Conn.) recorded a pair of interceptions for the Rams to go along with six tackles, while classmate Carls Alphonse (Somerville, Mass.) added an interception with a 55-yard return and five tackles.  Junior Joshua Smiley (Springfield, Mass.) recorded five solo stops with three sacks including a sack-fumble. Sophomore Adeboye Oyaronbi (Revere, Mass.) added seven tackles and a pair of sacks, while junior Joshua Onujiogu (Wareham, Mass.) added four tackles and the Rams final sack.  Sophomore Cully Curran (Arlington, Mass.) paced the defense with 10 tackles including eight solo.

The Rams balanced offense recorded 341 total yards in the game including 176 yards passing and 165 yards on the ground.  Wojenski completed 15 of 25 for 176 yards with four touchdowns, while rushing for 84 yards on 16 carries with a score.  Freshman Devaun Ford (Mashpee, Mass.) rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries and scored on an 88 yard kickoff return.

Senior Jacob Maher (Marshfield, Mass.) recorded six catches for 69 yards, while junior Emmanuel Exilhomme (Roslindale, Mass.) added three catches for 54 yards and a pair of scores.  Freshman Elijah Nichols (Burlington, NJ) had a pair of catches in the game including a touchdown.

David James completed 21 of 42 passes for 319 yards for the Colonials with two touchdowns and three interceptions while being sacked six times. Will Daniels was James’ favorite target catching eight balls for 149 yards with a score, while Chris Pascall had five catches for 92 yards.

Anthony Via was the Colonials leading rusher with 50 yards on 13 carries. The Colonials defense was led by nine tackles including on for a loss from Austin Thornberg, while Vincent Scancarello added eight.

The Colonials had a chance to get on the board on their first possession of the day on a 29-yard field goal attempt from Jordon D’Onofrio, but the kick was short.

The Rams went 80 yards on 11 plays on their next possession taking the lead for good when Wojenski capped the drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Exilhomme. Wojenski picked up a pair of key runs on the drive to keep the chains moving. After the kick was blocked, the Rams led 6-0 with under a minute in the first.

Alphonse’s interception on the Colonials ensuing possession and 55-yard return with added yardage for a penalty set up the Rams second score of the game. Wojenski hit Exilhomme on the sideline and Exilhomme dove for the pylon for a 14-yard touchdown reception. The PAT failed and the Rams led 12-0 with 12:08 on the clock in the second.

Western Connecticut responded with a touchdown on their next possession of the game. James connected with Pascall for a 47-yard pass giving the Colonials the ball on the Rams 10-yard line. Three plays later James hit Daniels in the corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown. After the PAT, the Colonials trailed 12-7.

Late in the second quarter a short punt by the Colonials gave the Rams the ball on the 32-yard line. A nine-yard rush from Wojenski and seven yards from Ford put the ball on the 16-yard line. Wojenski completed two straight passes an 11-yard gain to Maher and a five yard scoring strike to Nichols. After the PAT was blocked, the Rams led 18-7 with 1:30 on the clock before the half.

The Colonials moved the ball into Ram territory on their final possession of the half, but a sack by Smiley and a pair of incompletions kept the Colonials out of the end zone.

The Rams defense stopped the Colonials on the first possession of the second half before Wojenski tossed a four-yard touchdown to William Jean on the Rams first possession of the half. The Rams went for two and converted leading 26-7 with 8:17 left in the third.

The Colonials defense forced a fumble and came up with the recovery on the Rams 19-yard line with 2:36 on the clock in the third. On the first play from scrimmage Jams tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Devon Smith. After the PAT, the Rams led 26-14. Ford returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown extending the lead to 32-14. A muffed snap on a punt by the Colonials set up the Rams final touchdown of the game. A one-yard quarterback sneak from Wojsenski with 11:07 left in the fourth. The Rams defense came up with an interception and a sack-fumble in the fourth to seal the victory.

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As Massachusetts' premier state college, Framingham State University offers prepared and motivated students a wide range of challenging undergraduate and graduate programs. Located just 20 miles from Boston, the university offers many options for students to engage in real-world learning both on its quintessential New England campus and in Boston and its thriving MetroWest region.

Thanks to Kathy Lynch, Assistant Director, Athletics, Sports Information at Framingham State University for contributing this story.

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Framingham State Volleyball Blanks Mount Holyoke 3-0

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 8:21 pm on October 2, 2018
Framingham State University RAMS Athletics

Framingham State University RAMS Athletics

Framingham, MA- The Framingham State University volleyball team compiled a .240 attack percentage as the Rams defeated Mount Holyoke College 3-0 this evening in non-conference action at the Athletic Center.

THE BASICS:

  • Score: Framingham State 3, Mount Holyoke 0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-19)
  • Records: Framingham State (11-7), Mount Holyoke (6-8)
  • Location: Athletic Center - Framingham, Mass.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • The Rams took a 9-3 lead in the opening set before the Lyons came back to pull within one at 10-9.  The Rams pushed the lead back to 18-13 before taking the first set 25-22.
  • After falling behind 3-0, the Rams rattled off a 10-0 run to take a seven point lead in the second frame.  The Lyons closed the gap, but the Rams pulled away again to lead 18-10 before taking the set 25-15.
  • Mount Holyoke jumped out to a 10-6 lead in the third set. The Rams came back and took the lead 14-13 on a kill from sophomore Brandey Rodriguez (Lawrence, Mass.).  The Rams scored seven straight to take a 20-13 edge before closing the frame and securing the three set victory.
  • Freshman Brandee Thomas (North Kingstown, RI) paced the Rams on the attack with a match-high 11 kills on 33 attempts to go along with tow digs.  Rodriguez finished the match with 10 kills on 17 attempts with just to errors and added a dig and a block.
  • Senior Mackenzie Whalen (Norton, Mass.) added 29 set assists and six digs, while freshman Alyssa Cafarelli (Peoria, AZ) led the defensive effort with a match-best 12 defensive digs.
  • The Lyons were led by a team-high 10 kills, nine digs and three service aces from senior Sarah Caggiano.  Freshman Sarah Bishop added seven kills, an ace and two digs.
  • The Lyons back row was led by a team-high 11 defensive digs from senior Isabell Linde, while sophomore Brayden Walden added 20 set assists and seven digs.

UP NEXT:

FSU Rams Volleyball is back in action Thursday night when they host Suffolk University at 7 p.m., while the Lyons host Western New England on Friday night at 6 p.m.

Thanks to  KATHY LYNCH, Assistant Director, Athletics at Framingham State University for contributing this article.

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FSU RAMS Football 29-14 Victory over Worcester State in Season Closer

Filed under: Sports by News Staff at 1:17 am on November 16, 2014
Framingham State University RAMS

Framingham State University RAMS

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham State University football team once again overcame a slow start to score 19 fourth quarter points as they defeated Worcester State University 29-14 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season finale for both squads this afternoon at Bowditch Field.

With the win, the Rams improve to 9-1 on the season and finish the year a perfect 8-0 in the conference. They await word on a possible at-large berth in the NCAA Division III Football Tournament when pairings and seedings are announced tomorrow night at 6 p.m. by the NCAA.  The Lancers see their regular season end at 7-3 overall and 5-3 in the MASCAC.

Sophomore Jalen Green (Brockton, MA) led the Rams with 104 yards rushing on 27 attempts, while quarterback Matt Silva (Dracut, MA) had seven rushes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Silva struggled throwing the ball completing just 15 of 42 for 201 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.  Senior Randall Kelleher (Swampscott, MA) had three catches for 40 yards and a touchdown, while ...[read more]


Retiring Framingham Elementary School Teacher Receives Educator's Award

Filed under: Schools & Education by News Staff at 2:00 pm on June 24, 2014
Pat Towle and Deb Cleveland

Retiring Framingham Elementary School Teacher Pat Towle and Deb Cleveland, Executive Director, Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni, (IAFSA)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Retiring McCarthy Elementary School teacher Patricia Towle of Framingham was honored with this year's Touch the Future Award from the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA), Adams Road, Framingham. The award's name is inspired by Framingham State alum Christa McAuliffe's oft quoted, "I touch the future, I teach." as well as Christa's innovation and enthusiasm in teaching.

Towle, a 1964 Framingham State graduate, joined the Peace Corps before beginning her teaching career, most of which has been at the Miriam McCarthy Elementary School in Framingham. She opened her classroom to student teachers and maintained a collaborative and creative classroom environment. She inspired students to reach beyond the classroom door and become involved in the community. They witnessed her work on faculty committees to improve curriculum, school climate, and teacher morale. They saw her organize school fundraisers such as fashion or talent shows.

Towle lives and works in Framingham and participated in the Newcomers Club and the Framingham History Center. For several years she served as an enthusiastic IAFSA Board member. She showed her students that a teacher's impact can go far beyond an individual classroom.

She is retiring this June and hopes to spend more time in Maine.

The purpose of this award is to honor and acknowledge teachers who teach teachers; especially those who have contributed to advancing knowledge in a ...[read more]


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