Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Team News - Second 2014 Lambert Poll

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has released the second Lambert Meadowlands football poll of the 2014 season. West Chester University remains #1 on the list. The Golden Rams take on #2 Bloomsburg on Saturday at 2:00 pm. The Lambert Meadowlands Trophy recognizes supremacy in Eastern college football.

Ranking
School
Overall Record
1.
West Chester
7-0
2.
Bloomsburg
7-0
3.
California
6-1
4.
East Stroudsburg
6-1
5.
LIU Post
5-2
6.
American International
5-2
7.
Indiana
5-2
8.
Slippery Rock
5-2
9.
Gannon
5-2
10.
St Anselm
5-2

Monday, October 20, 2014

Team News - Golden Rams Rise to #7 in AFCA Poll

After West Chester's 55-28 homecoming win over Shippensburg, the Golden Rams (7-0, 6-0) rose to #7 in the most recent coaches' poll. Previous #1 Northwest Missouri St, #7 Ohio Dominican, #8 Shepherd and #9 Delta St all lost clearing room among the top ten. However, Ferris St, which is the team that defeated Ohio Dominican, jumped from #11 to #6.

Quarterback Sean McCartney is now third in the country in passing efficiency with a 175.8 rating and the Golden Ram team passing efficiency is also third at 177.9. Team total offense is 11th with 513 yards per game, 12th in passing with 333 yards per game and 13th in scoring with 43.6 points per game. The offense is sixth in third down conversions at a rate of 52.1% and the line has yielded only 1.14 sacks per game which is 21st in the nation.

The team defense continues to be highly ranked in several categories - 19th in scoring at 16.0 points per game, 12th in passing efficiency at 95.3, 27th in total yardage with 311 yards per game, and first in fourth down conversions at 11.8%. Defensive end Andrew Cohen is 15th in the country in sacks with 1.0 sack per game and cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz is 27th in passes defended with 1.4 per game.

The team is 23rd in the country in net punting at 36.6 yards per punt, but just like last season, punter Rich Bruno is not listed among the individual leaders as he is three punts shy of consideration.

West Chester's next action is Saturday at 2:00pm when they travel to take on #8 Bloomsburg (7-0, 6-0).

American Football Coaches Association - Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Player News - McCartney Selected as PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Week

After his huge effort in West Chester's 55-28 victory over Shippensburg, sixth-year senior quarterback Sean McCartney has been named PSAC Eastern Division Offensive Athlete of the Week. McCartney was 17 of 29 for 393 yards and five touchdowns for a 229.4 efficiency rating. He was 13 of 23 for 259 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone. West Chester did not attempt a pass in the last 14 minutes of the game.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Alumni News - DePalma in CFL Update

Despite former Golden Ram wide receiver Dan DePalma's two catches for 22 yards on Monday, the Montreal Alouettes throttled the Saskatchewan Riders 40-9. DePalma also logged a tackle after an interception. Although he only has six receptions in three games this season, DePalma is seventh on the team in receiving yards with 161 for an average of 26.8 yards per reception. The Riders' next action is Sunday, October 19th at 4:00 pm when they host Edmonton.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Game Preview - Shippensburg

It's homecoming for the #10 Golden Rams (6-0, 5-0) when they host Shippensburg (3-3, 2-3) on Saturday at 2:00 pm in Farrell Stadium.

Series History:

West Chester leads the overall series 24-10-1. In his 11 years at West Chester, Bill Zwaan is 9-3 against the Raiders. In the final regular season game of the 2004 season, Shippensburg knocked off the Golden Rams at Farrell Stadium in overtime. But two weeks later in the second round of the NCAA playoffs, West Chester avenged that loss in Shippensburg. West Chester took the next four contests during the Golden Rams' run of qualifying for the NCAA playoffs from 2005-2008. Shippensburg won in 2009 and went on to win the PSAC championship that season.

In one of the most memorable games in West Chester football history, current Golden Ram quarterback Sean McCartney made his first collegiate start and threw for 444 yards and five touchdowns to lead West Chester to a 44-43 victory in two overtimes in a nationally televised Thursday night game in 2010. The following year, West Chester laid a 52-17 loss on the Raiders, but Shippensburg returned the favor in 2012, beating West Chester 42-24 on homecoming at Farrell Stadium and continued on the PSAC championship game and the NCAA playoffs that year. Last year was the Golden Rams' turn again as they won a thrilling contest and advanced to the NCAA Division II semi-finals.

Last 10 Meetings:

Year
H/A
W/L
Score
Year
H/A
W/L
Score
2004
Away
Win
33-28
2009
Away
Loss
24-19
2005
Away
Win
24-16
2010
Home
Win
44-43 2OT
2006
Home
Win
24-0
2011
Away
Win
52-17
2007
Away
Win
34-29
2012
Home
Loss
42-24
2008
Home
Win
25-7
2013
Away
Win
32-29

Last Meeting:


10/26/2013 West Chester 32 - Shippensburg 29

Fans have experienced some great games between these two teams in recent years, and last year was no exception. Leading the fourth quarter comeback was quarterback Andrew Derr who tossed a touchdown pass to Adam Dempsey and then Shannon Mayer threw the game-tying two-point conversion to Jared Bonacquisti with seven minutes left. After each team had a turnover and a missed field goal, Shawn Leo kicked the game winning 26-yard field goal into a stiff wind with one second left. Ronell Williams had ten tackles and Brandon Pepper had seven tackles and an interception which he returned 34 yards.

Scouting the Opponent:
Shippensburg puts up a lot of points, but they also give up a lot of points. Their lowest offensive output of the season was 30 points and that was in a loss to undefeated Bloomsburg. The offense is more balanced than it has been in recent years as running back Blair Brooks is averaging 100 yards per game and rushed for 155 yards in last year's game against West Chester. Quarterback Chris Lawshe has great passing numbers due in large part to All-American wide receiver Trevor Harman who holds the PSAC record for career receptions. And Harman has gashed West Chester in his previous three meetings: 18 catches, 274 yards and 6 touchdowns. But also key is speedy 5'7" wide receiver Sheldon Mayer, brother of Golden Ram receiver Shannon Mayer. Mayer, Sheldon that is, also returns punts for the Raiders and was All-PSAC East as both a receiver and return specialist. Tight end Alex Kuljian was All-PSAC East last season, but hasn't significantly factored into the offensive statistics in 2014. Michael Lloyd handles the punting duties better than the place kicking tasks.

All-PSAC East linebacker Brian Sourber is the Raiders' leader on defense. He is among Shippensburg's leading tacklers and already has a pick six and a blocked kick this season. Fellow linebacker James Brennan leads the Raiders in tackles. Cornerback Phil Boyd was All-PSAC East last season, but was injured during the California game and has not returned. Defensive end Sean Sadosky is the most likely to get into the Golden Ram backfield.

Analysis:
These two teams have faced each other on homecoming each of the past two years with the visiting team winning each time. Saturday is West Chester's homecoming. And don't be fooled by the three losses on the Raiders' record as they've faced much competition losing to California, Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg.

The Shippensburg pass defense is last in the conference. And although they've faced some of the most pass-oriented offenses in the conference in East Stroudsburg, California, Seton Hill and Edinboro, even Bloomsburg doubled their season passing average with over 250 yards in their win over the Raiders. The Golden Ram defense will be tested, however, and must do so honestly. The Raiders are among the PSAC's best in both rushing yards and passing yards as well as points. If the West Chester D can figure out how to stop Lawshe, Harman, Mayer and Brooks, it will go a long way to success. But that's a tall order.

Game Coverage:


D2football - PSAC Columnist - Week 7 PSAC Preview

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Club News - October 16 Meeting

The Golden Ram Football Club will be meeting on Thursday at 7:45pm at Timothy's in the Parkway Shopping Center in West Chester. The meeting will begin immediately following the Bill Zwaan Football Show which is also held at Timothy's starting at 7:00pm. Golden Ram fans unable to attend the show can listen to it live on WCHE1520AM.COM. The meeting will not be broadcast.

According to the Bill Zwaan Football Show facebook page, junior running back Brandon Monk and sophomore defensive tackle Shaquil Ryder will be the special guests on Coach Zwaan's show. In West Chester's 29-7 win over Kutztown on Thursday, Monk had 21 carries for 129 yards and two catches for eight yards. The Golden Rams' leading rusher ranks fifth in the PSAC with 563 yards on the ground. Also in Thursday's game, Ryder logged ten tackles including a sack and a fumble recovery. He now has 26 tackles on the season including three sacks.












Come out to Timothy's at 7:00pm to participate in the show live.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Team News - First 2014 Lambert Poll

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has released the first Lambert Meadowlands football poll of the 2014 season. The West Chester University Golden Rams appear #1 on the list. The Lambert Meadowlands Trophy recognizes supremacy in Eastern college football.

Ranking
School
Overall Record
1.
West Chester
6-0
2.
Bloomsburg
6-0
3.
California
5-1
4.
American International
5-1
5.
Slippery Rock
5-1
6.
East Stroudsburg
5-1
7.
Indiana
5-1
8.
St Anselm
5-1
9.
LIU Post
4-2
10.
Gannon
4-2

Monday, October 13, 2014

Team News - Golden Rams Remain #10 in AFCA Poll

After defeating Kutztown 29-7 on Thursday, the Golden Rams (6-0, 5-0) remain #10 in the most recent coaches' poll. Although Fort Lewis nipped then #2 Colorado State-Pueblo, tumbling the ThunderWolves to #14, Delta State jumped West Chester after beating Shorter 35-20. West Chester rose to #8 in the D2football.com poll, however.

West Chester's next action is Saturday at 2:00pm when they face Shippensburg (3-3, 2-3) on homecoming at Farrell Stadium.

American Football Coaches Association - Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 13, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Player News - Ryder Honored as PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Week

For his efforts in West Chester's 29-7 win at Kutztown, sophomore defensive tackle Shaquil Ryder has been named PSAC Eastern Division Defensive Athlete of the Week. Ryder logged ten tackles including a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery.