Hempel and Van Alstyne Earn Gold Helmet

Hempel and Van Alstyne Earn Gold Helmet

Hempel picked up his second Gold Helmet award of the 2013 season (photo courtesy Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard quarterback Conner Hempel and Framingham State running back Melikke Van Alstyne have been named receipients of the Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers' Gridiron Club of Great Boston Golden Helmet Awards for week 9 of the 2013 season.

Hempel completed his first 11 passes of the game, finishing 21-of-25 for 227 yards and three scores as the Crimson outlasted Penn, 38-30, at Harvard Stadium. The Union, Ky., product led all rushers with 65 rushing yards on 12 carries, while adding a two-yard TD run in the second quarter. The junior garnered Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week accolades for his performance against the Quakers. With the win, the Crimson enters the final weekend of the regular season at 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League as the team travels down to New Haven, Conn., for the 130th playing of The Game Saturday at noon.

Van Alstyne eclipsed the 6,000 yard mark in his career as he helped lead the Rams to a 36-0 victory over Worcester State. The senior rushed for 138 yards on 35 carries. The Salem, Mass., native now has 6,017 career rushing yards and joins former Maine Maritime running backs Steve Tardif (6,093 yards) and Jim Bower (6,060 yards) as the only New England Division III backs to surpass the milestone. Framingham State closes out the regular season 9-1 overall and finished a perfect 8-0 in MASCAC play. The Rams received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Football Championship and will travel to Ithaca College for a first round game Saturday at noon.

2013 Ray Gallant Insurance Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Weekly Winners



Division I


Division II/III

Nov. 17


Conner Hempel, QB, Harvard


Melikke Van Alstyne, RB, Framingham State

Nov. 13


R.J. Harris, WR, New Hampshire


Yianni Gavalas, QB, Saint Anselm

Nov. 6


John Spooney, RB, Brown


McCallum Foote, QB, Middlebury

Oct. 30


Will McNamara, LB, Dartmouth


Octavias McKoy, RB, Western Connecticut

Oct. 23


Sean Goldrich, QB, New Hampshire


DaVon Fuller, UMass Dartmouth

Oct. 16


Peter Pujals, QB, Holy Cross


Octavias McKoy, RB, Western Connecticut

Oct. 9


Cole Champion, S, Yale


Drew Frennette, QB, Endicott

Oct. 2


Deon Randall, WR, Yale


Joe Rizzardi, S, Coast Guard

Sept. 25


Connor Hempel, QB, Harvard


Logan Meyer, QB, Stonehill

Sept. 18


Marcus Wasilewski, QB, Maine


Robert Small, RB, Anna Maria

Sept. 11


Rob Holloman, RB, Central Connecticut


Kevin Bumpus, QB, Worcester State

Sept. 4


R. J. Noel, QB, Sacred Heart