EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 20, 2013

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By Burt Burt
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Clancy, Cyr football honorees in NESCAC

Andover resident Connor Clancy and Kingston, N.H. resident Nathan Cyr of Colby College and Trinity College, respectively, were named to the second-team All-NESCAC football squad.

Clancy, a junior, is an offensive lineman for the 4-4 Mules, while Cyr is a defensive tackle for Trinity, which finished 6-2 and has won 51 straight home games. In other NESCAC honors, Olivia King, a senior soccer player from Georgetown, was named to the second team as a midfielder.

Enter Feaster Five on-line

Families and runners who want to fit one of New England’s largest and most festive running events into their Thanksgiving Day schedule can still register online for the Feaster Five through Monday (Nov. 25) at www.feasterfive.com.

Runner and walkers can register from Tuesday and Wednesday at the North Andover/Andover YMCA and at Woodworth Chevrolet Cadillac at the intersection of Rtes. 133 and 28 on race day morning, Thanksgiving Day, in Andover.

With the pace of online registration well ahead of last year, race organizers said the best way to guarantee a race T-shirt — available to the first 9,000 registered runners — is to sign up online.

Notre Dame comes East

After Merrimack College traveled to South Bend, Ind. last weekend, the Notre Dame hockey team will come to the Merrimack Valley to play UMass Lowell Friday and Saturday night.

Notre Dame hockey will be making their first-ever East Coast trip this weekend.

In the two-game set — Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Tsongas Center in Lowell — UMass Lowell is coming off a successful 3-0 road trip last week while Notre Dame went 1-0-1 last weekend against Merrimack.

Talk about homerism

You have to love sports fans. An ESPN poll on the last play of the Patriots-Panthers Monday Night Football game, which ended in controversy, was a topic on the sports communications empire’s poll on Tuesday.

It asked: Should a penalty have been called in the end zone on the final play of Monday’s game? While 46,970 fans voted overwhelmingly (79 percent to 21 percent) that a penalty should have been called, voters in Massachusetts and North Carolina didn’t see it the same. Massachusetts voters had it a 93 percent to 7 percent that a penalty should have been called, voters in N.C. had 55 percent “no penalty” to 45 percent the other way. You can check out the poll here at espn.go.com/sportsnation/poll/conversation/_/id/4060739.

Brady’s mom knows best?

On a similar note to ESPN’s poll question, at yesterday’s weekly Wednesday press conference with the media, Tom Brady was asked about the controversial play against the Panthers.

Q: Any final thoughts on it?

TB: No final thoughts. My mom thought it was a penalty, does that count?

Q: Did she call the league?

TB: No more thoughts, we’re moving on to Denver.

We’re guessing Brady will receive only a minor reprimand from his head coach for joking about the incident.

UMass Lowel signs 5

UMass Lowell men’s basketball Coach Pat Duquette, in the midst of his first season, announced the signing of five players during the early signing period to play for the now-Div. 1 River Hawks beginning the 2014-15 season.

Joining the River Hawks next season is Jordan Shea, a 6-foot-4 guard from Lodi, Wis., Matthew Harris, a 6-2 guard from Erie, Pa. (Cathedral Prep); Dontavious Smith, a 6-9 forward from Springhill, La., Josh Gantz, a 6-6 forward from Grove City, Ohio,and Brad Shaub, a 6-5 guard/forward from Marlette, Mich. (Marlette H.S.).