2011 Bentley University Football News

  • Velasquez Named Assistant Football Coach
    June 22, 2012
    Velasquez Named Assistant Football Coach Rob Velasquez, a 2006 graduate of Endicott College, has been named an assistant football coach at Bentley University, head coach Thom Boerman announced. Velasquez will coach the offensive line and also serve as the Falcons’ Recruiting Coordinator.
  • Six Former Falcons Recognized by National Football Foundation
    June 19, 2012
    Six Former Falcons Recognized by National Football Foundation Six former Bentley University football players have been recognized by the National Football Foundation with selection to the 2012 Hampshire Honor Society. They are punter Mike Brownett (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata HS), wide receiver Wade Critides (Wayland/Wayland HS), quarterback Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS), defensive end Sal Ruffino (Allentown, Pa./Central Catholic HS), H-back Will Spring (Concord/Lawrence Academy) and tight end Bart Stires (Glendale, Ariz./Brophy Prep).
  • 2012 Bentley Football Recruiting Class Announced
    May 22, 2012
    2012 Bentley Football Recruiting Class Announced Nineteen student-athletes, including 14 from Massachusetts, have signed either National Letters of Intent or commitment letters to attend Bentley University and play football for the Falcons, head coach Thom Boerman announced.
  • Johnson, Sideris & Switzer Senior Award Recipients
    May 03, 2012
    Johnson, Sideris & Switzer Senior Award Recipients Three-year starting quarterback Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS) and field hockey All-America Stephanie Sideris (Watertown/Watertown HS) have been named the Outstanding Senior Athletes at Bentley University, and hockey standout Mike Switzer (Calgary, Alberta/ Olds Grizzlys) was selected as the 2011-12 recipient of the Edward J. Powers Award as Bentley’s premier senior student-athlete.
  • Johnson Named Inaugural Recipient of Jack Daly Award
    April 30, 2012
    Johnson Named Inaugural Recipient of Jack Daly Award Former Bentley University quarterback Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS) has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Jack Daly Award for Academics, Citizenship and Football by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
  • Wicked Local/Waltham: 'Mackenzy Bernadeau signs with the Dallas Cowboys"
    March 15, 2012
    Wicked Local/Waltham: 'Mackenzy Bernadeau signs with the Dallas Cowboys" Scott Souza, sports editor of the Waltham News Tribune and Wicked Local Waltham, spoke with former Bentley All-America Mackenzy Bernadeau after the offensive lineman signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Here's this story, which appeared on the website March 14.
  • Bentley Places Four on Academic All-Northeast-10 Football Team
    January 27, 2012
    Bentley Places Four on Academic All-Northeast-10 Football Team Four members of the Bentley University Falcons, including three graduate students, have been selected to the 11-player Academic All-Northeast-10 Conference football team, the conference office announced. Earning the prestigious honor were quarterback Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS), wide receiver Wade Critides (Wayland/Wayland HS), tight end Bart Stires (Glendale, Ariz./Brophy Prep) and the lone undergraduate student recognized, junior placekicker Will Lockwood (Menlo Park, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep).
  • Boston Globe West: 'Bentley’s Bryant Johnson set to switch sports'
    January 05, 2012
    Boston Globe West: 'Bentley’s Bryant Johnson set to switch sports' The college football career for record-setting Bentley QB Bryant Johnson is over, but the winner of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's Swede Nelson Award will still be using his left arm for the Falcons this spring as a pitcher for the baseball team. Here's Marvin Pave's story from the Boston Globe West (www.boston.com, Jan. 5, 2011)
  • Johnson Named Recipient of 66th Swede Nelson Award
    December 28, 2011
    Johnson Named Recipient of 66th Swede Nelson Award Bentley University quarterback Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS), the first three-year captain in Falcon football history, has been selected as the Division II-III recipient of the 66th annual Nils V. Swede Nelson Award by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
  • Halloran, Riker Named to All-Northeast-10 1st-Team; Four Other Falcons Also Recognized
    November 17, 2011
    Halloran, Riker Named to All-Northeast-10 1st-Team; Four Other Falcons Also Recognized Bentley University offensive linemen Nick Halloran (Somerville/BB&N) and A.J. Riker (Haskell, N.J./Lakeland Regional HS) have been selected to the 2011 All-Northeast-10 Conference football first team by the conference’s head coaches.
  • Johnson, Brownett Named to Capital One Academic All-District Team
    November 14, 2011
    Johnson, Brownett Named to Capital One Academic All-District Team Bentley University’s Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS) and Mike Brownett (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata HS) have been selected to the 2011 Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District team for Super Region 1 by the region’s sports information directors. Super Region 1 includes the Northeast-10 Conference, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
  • Coach Boerman Wraps up the Season at Today's New England FB Writers Luncheon
    November 09, 2011
    Coach Boerman Wraps up the Season at Today's New England FB Writers Luncheon Bentley football coach Thom Boerman discussed Saturday’s win over Assumption and offered some final thoughts about the 2011 season when he spoke at today’s New England Football Writers Luncheon at Harvard.
  • Johnson Named Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Week
    November 07, 2011
    Johnson Named Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Week The final week of his collegiate football playing career saw Bentley University graduate student and quarterback Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS) earn Offensive Player of the Week honors in the Northeast-10, the conference announced Monday afternoon. It’s the second time this season he’s received the accolade.
  • Johnson Throws for 3 Scores & Runs for Another as Bentley Closes with 41-26 Win over Assumption
    November 05, 2011
    Johnson Throws for 3 Scores & Runs for Another as Bentley Closes with 41-26 Win over Assumption Graduate student Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS) threw touchdown passes of 38, 7 and 41 yards, and also ran for a score, as Bentley University put the finishing touch on the 2011 football season with a 41-26 Northeast-10 Conference and Senior Day win over visiting Assumption College Saturday afternoon.
  • Bentley to Recognize NE-10 Hall of Fame Inductee Ben Nassar on Saturday
    November 03, 2011
    Bentley to Recognize NE-10 Hall of Fame Inductee Ben Nassar on Saturday At halftime of Saturday’s football game against Assumption College, Bentley University will recognize former defensive stalwart Ben Nassar (North Andover), whose selection into the Northeast-10 Conference Hall of Fame was announced in June.
  • 5-4 Bentley Closes Out 2011 Season Saturday with Senior Day Game vs. Assumption
    November 02, 2011
    5-4 Bentley Closes Out 2011 Season Saturday with Senior Day Game vs. Assumption The final curtain on the 2011 Bentley University football season and the collegiate playing careers of up to 18 players will come down Saturday afternoon after the Falcons take on Assumption College in the annual Senior Day game. Kickoff for Bentley’s sixth home contest of the season is set for 1 pm. Prior to the contest, 14 Bentley seniors and four grad students will be recognized for their contributions to the program over the years.
  • Comments from Coach Walsh from Today's New England FB Writers Luncheon
    November 02, 2011
    Comments from Coach Walsh from Today's New England FB Writers Luncheon Assistant football coach Sean Walsh spoke at today’s New England Football Writers Luncheon at Harvard about last week’s win in the snow at Pace and this Saturday’s season finale against Assumption.
  • Johnson Throws for 3 TDs as Bentley Blanks Pace in the Snow, 28-0
    October 29, 2011
    Johnson Throws for 3 TDs as Bentley Blanks Pace in the Snow, 28-0 Graduate student Bryant Johnson (Hopedale, Mass./Milford HS) threw three first-half touchdown passes and senior Bobby Tarr (Byfield, Mass./Bishop Fenwick HS) ran for 101 yards as Bentley University plowed through the snow for a 28-0 win over Pace University in Northeast-10 Conference football at Pace Field Saturday afternoon.
  • Bentley Looking for Win #5 When Falcons Visit Pace Saturday
    October 26, 2011
    Bentley Looking for Win #5 When Falcons Visit Pace Saturday It’s been a rough stretch for the Bentley University Falcons over the past three games. Losses to 5-2 Merrimack College, 6-2 Southern Connecticut State and most recently, nationally-ranked and once-beaten University of New Haven, all by a total of 11 points, have made their goals of a Northeast-10 Conference championship and an NCAA playoff berth become unattainable in 2011. However, with two games left, Thom Boerman’s team can still achieve a six-win season with a strong finish. Still left on the slate are a trip to Pleasantville, N.Y. for an encounter with Pace University this Saturday (1 pm) and the season-ender at home against Assumption Nov. 5.
  • Johnson Sparkles, but Bentley Comes Up Short at #16 New Haven, 45-38
    October 22, 2011
    Johnson Sparkles, but Bentley Comes Up Short at #16 New Haven, 45-38 Graduate student Bryant Johnson (Hopedale, Mass./Milford HS) turned in a brilliant performance, but his career-best 435 yards of total offense and four touchdowns weren’t quite enough as the Bentley University Falcons dropped a 45-38 decision to nationally-ranked University of New Haven in Northeast-10 Conference football Saturday afternoon at DellaCamera Stadium.
  • Bentley Looks to Get Back on Track & Cool Off #16 New Haven
    October 19, 2011
    Bentley Looks to Get Back on Track & Cool Off #16 New Haven In the two meetings between Bentley University and the University of New Haven since the latter rekindled its football program before the 2009 season, the road team has prevailed each time.The Bentley Falcons will be looking to continue that trend and cool off the 16th-ranked team in Division II when they make the trip to West Haven, Conn. to take on the Chargers Saturday afternoon. Kickoff for New Haven’s Homecoming is slated for 1 pm.
  • Comments from Coach Walsh from Today's New England FB Writers Luncheon
    October 19, 2011
    Comments from Coach Walsh from Today's New England FB Writers Luncheon Assistant football coach Sean Walsh spoke at today’s New England Football Writers Luncheon at Harvard about last week’s loss to Southern Connecticut State and this Saturday’s contest at conference-leading New Haven.
  • Cross & Hill Honored by Northeast-10
    October 17, 2011
    Cross & Hill Honored by Northeast-10 A pair of Bentley University wide receivers, junior Sean Cross (Duxbury/ Duxbury HS) and Jeff Hill (Mansfield/Mansfield HS), have earned weekly recognition from Northeast-10 Conference for their play in Saturday’s 31-29 Homecoming Day loss to Southern Connecticut State.
  • 2 Hail Mary TD Receptions in Final 30 Seconds Not Enough as Bentley Falls to Southern Conn, 31-29
    October 15, 2011
    2 Hail Mary TD Receptions in Final 30 Seconds Not Enough as Bentley Falls to Southern Conn, 31-29 Freshman wide receiver Jeff Hill (Mansfield/Mansfield HS) caught two Hail Mary passes from grad student Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS) in the final 30 seconds, but it wasn’t quite enough as Bentley University fell to Southern Connecticut State University in a wild Northeast-10 Conference football game before a Homecoming crowd of more than 4,000 Saturday afternoon at Bentley.
  • Coach Boerman's Comments from Today's New England Football Writers Luncheon
    October 12, 2011
    Coach Boerman's Comments from Today's New England Football Writers Luncheon Bentley football coach Thom Boerman spoke at today’s New England Football Writers Luncheon at Harvard about last week’s game at Merrimack and this Saturday’s Homecoming contest against Southern Connecticut State.
  • After Loss, Bentley Looks to Bounce Back against Southern Connecticut on Homecoming
    October 12, 2011
    After Loss, Bentley Looks to Bounce Back against Southern Connecticut on Homecoming Prior to this past weekend, there was the potential that when Bentley University and Southern Connecticut State met this coming Saturday in Bentley’s 2011 Homecoming Game, both teams could be undefeated in Northeast-10 Conference play.
  • Merrimack Scores 15 Unanswered in 2nd Half to Overtake Bentley, 33-29
    October 08, 2011
    Merrimack Scores 15 Unanswered in 2nd Half to Overtake Bentley, 33-29 In a battle to stay unbeaten in the Northeast-10 Conference, Merrimack College scored 15 unanswered points in the second half to overcome a 16-point first-half deficit and best Bentley University, 33-29, Saturday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field. The comeback featured an 83-yard pass reception by junior Isaiah Voegeli (Hyannis) for the first points yielded by the Falcon defense in the fourth quarter all season.
  • Bentley Travels to Merrimack Saturday for Battle of Northeast-10 Elite
    October 05, 2011
    Bentley Travels to Merrimack Saturday for Battle of Northeast-10 Elite During the 4-1 start to the season for the Bentley University Falcons, the offense has received most of the notoriety. Graduate student/QB Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS) and senior running back Bobby Tarr (Byfield/Bishop Fenwick HS) have both won weekly Gold Helmet Awards, and the combo of Wade Critides (Wayland/Wayland HS) and Billy Kiley (Quincy/ Boston College HS) have been one of the top receiving duos in the Northeast-10 Conference.
  • Coach Walsh Recaps Friday's Win over AIC and Previews This Week's Game at Merrimack
    October 05, 2011
    Coach Walsh Recaps Friday's Win over AIC and Previews This Week's Game at Merrimack Assistant football coach Sean Walsh spoke at today’s New England Football Writers Luncheon at Harvard about last week’s win over American International and this Saturday’s contest at Merrimack College.
  • Salem News: 'Flying high for the Falcons'
    October 05, 2011
    Salem News: 'Flying high for the Falcons' Matt Jenkins, sportswriter for the Salem News, recently spoke to Bentley running back Bobby Tarr about his strong first-half of the season. Here's his story, which appeared in the Oct. 4 edition of the paper and online at www.salemnews.com.
  • Lockwood Recognized by Fred Mitchell Award for Performance in September
    October 03, 2011
    Lockwood Recognized by Fred Mitchell Award for Performance in September Bentley University junior Will Lockwood (Menlo Park, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep) is one of 42 placekickers from across college football who have been recognized by the Fred Mitchell Award for excellence on the field and in the community during the month of September.
  • Warren Named Northeast-10 Special Teams Player of the Week
    October 03, 2011
    Warren Named Northeast-10 Special Teams Player of the Week Bentley University sophomore running back/kick returner Lorenzo Warren (Boston/Catholic Memorial HS) has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week in the Northeast-10 Conference following his outstanding performance in Friday night’s 28-10 win over American International College.
  • Tarr, Warren Each Score Twice & Defense Sparkles as Bentley Tops AIC, 28-10
    September 30, 2011
    Tarr, Warren Each Score Twice & Defense Sparkles as Bentley Tops AIC, 28-10 Senior Bobby Tarr (Byfield/Bishop Fenwick HS) and sophomore Lorenzo Warren (Boston/Catholic Memorial HS) both ran for two touchdowns and senior defensive end Sal Ruffino (Allentown, Pa./Central Catholic HS) led a strong defensive effort as Bentley University put up 21 unanswered points in the second half to top American International College, 28-10, in Northeast-10 Conference action Friday night at Bentley.
  • Comments from Coach Boerman at Today's New England FB Writers Luncheon
    September 28, 2011
    Comments from Coach Boerman at Today's New England FB Writers Luncheon Watch Coach Boerman’s comments from today’s New England Football Writers Luncheon at Harvard. He discusses Friday’s win over Saint Anselm, presents the Gold Helmet Award to Bryant Johnson and previews this week’s game against AIC. Johnson’s acceptance speech is also shown.
  • Johnson Earns 3rd Gold Helmet after Throwing for Five Scores
    September 28, 2011
    Johnson Earns 3rd Gold Helmet after Throwing for Five Scores For the third time in his career, Bentley University quarterback Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS) has been earned the prestigious Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award as the week’s top Division II-III player in New England.
  • 3-1 Bentley Hosts 3-1 AIC Friday, Looking to Continue Home Field Success in Series
    September 28, 2011
    3-1 Bentley Hosts 3-1 AIC Friday, Looking to Continue Home Field Success in Series The series between the Bentley University Falcons and American International College Yellow Jackets has been dominated by the home team in recent years. In fact, the club playing on its home field has prevailed in the last seven meetings, including a 17-14 AIC decision a year ago in Springfield.
  • Johnson Named Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Week
    September 26, 2011
    Johnson Named Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Week After throwing a career-best five touchdown passes in Friday night’s 43-16 win over Saint Anselm College, Bentley University grad student Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS) has been named the Offensive Player of the Week in the Northeast-10 Conference. It’s the third time in his career that he has been so honored.
  • 5 TD Passes by Johnson Propels Bentley Past Saint Anselm, 43-16
    September 23, 2011
    5 TD Passes by Johnson Propels Bentley Past Saint Anselm, 43-16 Graduate student Bryant Johnson (Hopedale/Milford HS) threw a career-high five touchdown passes and amassed 333 yards of total offense as Bentley University rolled to a 43-16 win over Saint Anselm College in Northeast-10 Conference play Friday night at Bentley.
  • Comments from Coach Boerman at Wednesday's New England FB Writers Luncheon
    September 22, 2011
    Comments from Coach Boerman at Wednesday's New England FB Writers Luncheon Here is a link to Coach Boerman’s comments from Wednesday’s New England Football Writers Luncheon at Harvard. He discusses Friday’s win over Stonehill, presents the Gold Helmet Award to Bobby Tarr and previews this week’s game against Stonehill. Tarr’s acceptance speech is also shown.
  • Plenty of Offense Should Be On Display When Bentley Hosts Saint Anselm
    September 21, 2011
    Plenty of Offense Should Be On Display When Bentley Hosts Saint Anselm If the last three weeks are any indication, there should be no shortage of offense when the Bentley University Falcons host the Saint Anselm College Hawks this Friday night. Kickoff is slated for 7 pm.
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