Noontime Top 10 D3 Poll: Western New England Secures Top Spot (WK 3)


The second week of the Division III football season is in the books.

So, for the third time this season – now, on our new-look website – it is time to present our Noontime Sports Top 10 Week Three Poll.

  1. Western New England (2-0 | Last Week: No. 2) – Competing in the President’s Cup this past weekend, the Golden Bears not only captured some hardware (they beat Westfield State, 55-7), but also compiled 529 yards of total offense (7.2 yards per play). Expect this offense to keep rolling when they head to Union this weekend.
  1. Amherst College (0-0 | Last Week: No. 3) – The Purple and White one more weekend away from beginning their title defense.
  1. Framingham State (1-1 | Last Week: No. 1) – A big second quarter by the Red Dragons helped Cortland State hand Framingham State its first setback of the season. The Rams have a quick turnaround – they hit the road again for a Friday evening contest in Fitchburg this week.
  1. Salve Regina (1-0 | Last Week: No. 4) – The Seahawks soared past Worcester State in week one, while the defense shined in an exhibition contest against Dean College. Salve Regina wraps up non-conference play Saturday when they head to Castleton.
  1. Trinity College (0-0 | Last Week: No. 5) – Similar to Amherst (and Tufts), the Bantams will kick-off their 2016 slate a week from this coming Saturday.
  1. Fitchburg State (2-0 | Last Week: No. 8) – Fear the Flock! Fitchburg State capped its non-conference slate with a dominating win over Castleton. This week, they’ll look to make it three in a row when they host Framingham State on Friday evening. 
  1. Tufts University (0-0 | Last Week: No. 6) – The Jumbos are one week away from kicking off another season – we’re expecting a big year from the Powder Blue and White. 
  1. WPI (2-0 | Last Week: No. 9) – One week after a dramatic overtime win against MIT, the Engineers offense clicked into gear rather early as senior quarterback Dan Eckler accounted for four touchdowns in WPI’s cross-town victory against Worcester State.
  1. West Conn. State Univ. (1-1 | Last Week No. 10) –Junior signal-caller Quinn Fleeting highlighted the Colonials’ effort against Union with a pair of touchdown strikes. This week, they’ll enter conference play against an undefeated Plymouth State squad.
  1. Becker College (1-1 | Last Week: NR) – The Hawks provided head Frank Forcucci with his first official win as the program’s head coach by holding off MIT, 17-10.

Teams On The Rise: Plymouth State, UMass Dartmouth, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Coast Guard, Curry and Endicott.

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