Duquesne 26, Merrimack 14 – Warriors’ season ends in NEC title game for 2nd straight year

November 19, 2023

NORTH ANDOVER – For the second year in a row, Merrimack was knocking on the door of to the party, but no one answered the door. In just the fourth year as a Division 1 FCS school, the Warriors hosted a second straight Northeast Conference title game on Saturday, and for the second year in a row, the opponent celebrated on the Duane Stadium field. Duquesne shut out Merrimack in…


Merrimack’s Anthony wins NEC Offensive Player of the Week as Warriors prep for NEC title game

November 13, 2023

In somewhat stunning fashion given how the NEC landscape looked just a few weeks ago, Merrimack can clinch the league title this weekend and an automatic berth into the FCS playoffs for the first time. Thanks to Stonehills’s upset of Duquesne last weekend coupled with the Warriors’ home victory over CCSU, a Merrimack win at home Saturday against the Dukes would give Dan Curran’s squad the title outright and a…


Merrimack 35, CCSU 24 – Warriors keep FCS playoff hopes alive

November 11, 2023

By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent NORTH ANDOVER – On a chilly fall day, the Merrimack Warriors kept themselves afloat in the Northeast Conference title hunt thanks to a 35-24 win over the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils. Merrimack quarterback Malakai Anthony (11-for-15, 190 yards, 3 TD’s,  7 carries, 37 yards) had arguably his best game in a Warrior uniform, providing a spark all afternoon against a stingy Blue Devils defense….


UMass 31, Merrimack 21 – Minutemen win consecutive games for first time in 5 years

November 4, 2023

By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent AMHERST – A beautiful fall day on Saturday for homecoming weekend at UMass provided the backdrop for the Minutemen to pick up a second consecutive win for the first time since 2018. UMass took care of business 31-21 against FCS opponent Merrimack, improving to 3-7 on the year. “Guys just came in, got ready to play and went out and played I thought, a solid…


UMass Four Down Preview: Merrimack Warriors (4-4) @ UMass Minutemen (2-7)

November 3, 2023

Image courtesy of ESPN By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent Kickoff: The UMass Minutemen welcome the Merrimack Warriors to Amherst on Saturday afternoon for their annual homecoming weekend at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The Minutemen look to build on their 21-14 win over Army at West Point last week while the Warriors look to bounce back after a 28-21 loss at Saint Francis. 1st Down: UMass running back Kay’Ron Lynch-Adams (178 carries, 926 yards,…


Merrimack 45, Stonehill 34 – Anthony, Wadley & Edmonds lead Warriors past Skyhawks

October 7, 2023

NORTH ANDOVER – The scoreboard says Stonehill kept it close with Merrimack on Saturday in a big NEC matchup. In reality, the record-setting crowd of 13,647 at Duane Stadium saw a pretty dominant 45-34 Warriors victory on Homecoming Day. Merrimack led 17-6 at halftime and pushed the lead all the way to 31-6 heading to the fourth quarter. To their credit, the Skyhawks battled until the very last whistle, scoring…


NEFJ Division 1 preseason college poll

August 31, 2023

The 2023 season kicks off tonight. The upcoming college football season promises to be one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory. Several programs in the region are conference contenders, bowl game contenders and playoff contenders. It promises to be a fun season and we are here for it. Here is our first poll of the season to kick things off. 1. Holy Cross– Crusaders are our preseason number…


From Germany to North Andover, new addition to Merrimack staff welcomed with open arms

April 20, 2023

Image courtesy of Merrimack Athletics If you were at the Merrimack spring game last Friday night, you may have seen Michelle Hurzeler with a whistle during early stretches. Not many people know her, but they will soon. Hurzeler is making a name for herself and is the newest member of the Warriors’ staff with an official title of Graduate Fellow Strength & Conditioning Coach. Hurzeller has also served in the…


Holy Cross program shines on & off the field at Pro Day

March 23, 2023

WORCESTER – Days like Thursday are becoming the norm at Holy Cross. NFL scouts, media members and coaches from other local schools were all on hand to watch Holy Cross, UNH, Bentley, Brown and New Haven athletes display their talents at the Crusaders’ Pro Day. Peter Oliver, Liam Anderson, John Smith and Derek Ng all had good days while head coach Bob Chesney watched on, smiling from ear-to-ear for virtually…


Breaking down the schedules for Stonehill, CCSU, Merrimack and Sacred Heart

March 21, 2023

The NEC released their 2023 football schedule on Monday. The four New England programs in the conference have some great out of conference match-ups on their respective schedules. So without further ado, let’s jump into it. CCSU: First year coach Adam Lectenberg and his Blue Devils have a competitive schedule in 2023. They open with home games against Division Two AIC on September 2nd and then host Stonehill week two….