By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)
Our New England D3 Football preseason team previews continue with a look at the 2017 Endicott College Gulls, who certainly will be an interesting team to watch this fall.
Team Name: Endicott College Gulls
Noontime Sports Preseason Ranking: The Gulls were one of eight teams selected (and featured) our ‘Teams on the Rise‘ tweet, which was posted on Monday, July 31st.
2016 Season Recap: The second year was a solid step forward for both Coach Kevin DeWall and the Gulls’ football program that has high hopes heading into a brand new season. The 2016 season was a good step forward for a team that should be one to keep an eye on this fall. Last season, we saw some solid play from various student-athletes on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Joe Kalosky, wide receiver Zach DeNike, fullback Lavante Wiggins and linebacker William Rivera. Endicott gained some solid experience against Hobart, St. Lawrence and Framingham State last September, which helped them conclude the 2016 campaign with back-to-back wins over Coast Guard Academy and Curry College.
Key Losses: Chris Lipscomb (Wide Receiver), Connor Crotty (Wide Receiver), Christian Martinez (Inside Linebacker), Connor McLaughlin (Outside Linebacker) and Craig Anderson (D-Line).
Players to Watch: Joe Kalosky (Quarterback), Lavante Wiggins (Fullback), Hakim Fleming (Fullback), Zach DeNike (Wide Receiver), Christian Filonow (Free Safety), Shane Toland (O-Line), Williams Rivera (Inside Linebacker) and Zachary Poirier (Free Safety).
2017 Schedule: Endicott’s season-opener against Framingham State is always a must-see – this season, the contest will take place in Beverly. Following a visit from the Rams, the Gulls will embark on an important three-week trip, starting with a visit to Bridgewater State followed by games at MIT and Hobart. All four games will certainly provide the squad with some solid experience heading into their final September contest against Husson – the Eagles will join the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) conference in 2019. Following a bye week – one week after a visit from the Eagles, to be exact – the Gulls will hop into league play by visiting Western New England and Salve Regina before returning home to face Curry College on Saturday, October 28th. Their final two contests will be against Becker College and Nichols College.
Season Outlook: There is a great deal of optimism surrounding these Gulls, who have high hopes heading into the 2017 season. Returning a majority of its roster from one year ago, these student-athletes – or technically, Gulls – should be in for a fun season after gaining some important experience last fall. And that experience should help players like quarterback Joe Kalosky and wide receiver Zach DeNike. The duo should connect for a few scores this season – it will be fun to see them both progress in year number two. In addition to Kalosky and DeNike, look for a solid season from fullback Lavante Wiggins, who led the rushing attack with 400 yards on 90 carries. Wiggins rushed for five touchdowns last fall – perhaps he doubles that total this season? On defense, look for William Rivera to quarterback a unit that returns some key members from last year’s unit, including key members of its secondary – Christian Filonow and Zachary Poirier. Both student-athletes finished in the top-five in total tackles last season. They will both be asked to step-up this season. With some experience from a year ago on both sides of the ball, along with some talented recruits, this Endicott squad will certainly be a team to watch this fall.