The Mammoths checked-in first overall – Amherst is coming off a national championship victory over Tufts – while the Jumbos secured a second position. Amherst finished the 2016-17 season 33-0, while Tufts ended its campaign 30-3.
St. Thomas (Minnesota), Christopher Newport and Thomas More rounded out the top five.
Bowdoin College checked-in 23rd overall in the poll – the Polar Bears concluded last season with a 21-5 ledger. Rochester (New York) and Chicago were the final two teams to earn spots on the poll, checking in 24th and 25th, respectively.
In addition to a trio of New England teams appearing on the poll, a pair of Massachusetts teams earned votes, including UMass Dartmouth, which advanced to the elite eight last spring in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Babson College also received votes as well.
Trinity College and Plymouth State checked-in second and third, respectively, while Husson University and Western Connecticut tied for the fourth position. Both the Bantams and Panthers earned one first-place vote.
Framingham State, Curry College and Amherst College checked-in sixth, seventh and eight, respectively, while Western New England secured the ninth position and WPI the 10th spot. Salve Regina, which fell to the Golden Bears this past weekend, was the lone team to receive votes.
Quarterback Quinn Fleeting highlighted the Colonials seventh win of the season by tossing four touchdown passes, while rushing for one score on the ground. Fleeting and the Colonials head to Framingham State this Saturday for an important conference clash with the Rams.
It’s Monday – and we apologize for taking a week off! – but it’s time to return to our weekly Noontime Sports Team of the Week post, which includes our players of the week, along with our our offense, defense and special teams of the week, too.
Offensive Player of the Week: Nick Vailas (Bowdoin): Against Wesleyan, Vailas hauled in eight catches for a career-high 167 yards,which increased his career reception total to 102 catches. He became the second student-athlete to surpass the 100 career catch mark since Pat Noone hauled in 176 receptions. Vailas also caught one touchdown, an 85-yard reception late in the fourth that brought the Polar Bears within 11 points (21-10) of the Cardinals.
Defensive Player of the Week: Michael Bianco (Becker): Bianco tied the NCAA Division III record for interceptions in a game (five), while recording 11 total tackles, including a quartet of solo stops, along with one pass break-up in his team’s 14-13 win over Nichols College. One of his five interceptions was returned for a touchdown, which evened the game at 7-7 in the third quarter.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Devin Pickett (Husson): Pickett connected on all 10 extra point attempts in his team’s 70-13 win over Anna Maria. The sophomore kicker has now connected on 40 of 42 extra points this season.
Offensive Team of the Week
Connor Bourque (Norwich): Bourque rushed for 103 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, while averaging 4.7 yards per carry against Catholic.
Jevon Brown-Simpson (Fitchburg State): Against Western Connecticut, Brown-Simpson rushed for 166 yards on 24 carries and one score, while averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum completed 28 of 36 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns as the Lancers topped the Buccaneers of Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Coughlin Field.
Nick Cascione (Union): Cascione completed 14 of 24 passes for a season-high 272 yards, while tossing three touchdowns, which helped Union defeat Hobart, 28-23.
Max Chipouras (Trinity): Chipouras rushed for a game-high 182 yards on 33 carries, while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. His longest run of the day was a 51-yard burst.
Brendan Costa (Bates): Costa amassed 291 yards of total offense, including 155 yards on the ground as the Bobcats secured their first win of the season against Colby. Costa rushed for one score, while completing 11 of 20 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown.
Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese helped his team secure a 17-7 win over Endicott with both his arm and legs. He rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries (6.9 yards per carry) and two scores, while connecting on 16 of 22 passes for 120 yards.
Mark Dietrich (WNE): Dietrich led all receivers with 86 yards and two scores, while concluding last Saturday’s clash with five receptions. Dietrich averaged 17.2 yards per reception against Salve Regina.
Ollie Eberth (Amherst): Eberth amassed 301 yards of total offense, including 65 yards on 11 carries and two scores as Amherst picked-up an important win over Tufts.
Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn.): Fleeting completed 15 of 23 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 36 yards on six carries and one score against Fitchburg State.
Maleke Fuentes (Alfred): Fuentes led all rushers with 146 yards on 18 carries and one score, while averaging 8.1 yards per carry.
Jake Gelb (Salve Regina): Gelb amassed 132 yards of total offense, including 106 yards on the ground on 26 carries and one score. Gelb averaged 4.1 yards per carry.
Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Germinerio accounted for four touchdowns, including three through the air as the Golden Eagles soared by Buffalo State last Saturday. Germinerio completed 18 of 26 passes for 226 yards, while rushing for 43 yards (5.4 yards per carry) on eight carries.
DaQuan Hubbard (Brockport): Hubbard led all receivers in the Golden Eagles’ 33-0 win over Buffalo State with four reception of 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen led all rushers with 185 yards on 27 carries, while rushing for one touchdown in his team’s 24-21 win over MIT. McAllen also hauled in a catch for 27 yards, too.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts): Against the Mammoths, McDonald amassed 254 yards of total offense, including 75 yards on 17 carries for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. McDonald connected on 14 of 31 passes for 179 yards, while tossing two touchdowns – both scores landed in the hands of Jack Dolan.
Justin Nelson (Williams): Nelson led all receivers with 125 receiving yards, while recording six receptions and one touchdown in his team’s 24-6 win against Hamilton. Nelson’s longest reception of the day was a 76-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter that provided the Ephs with a 24-0 lead at the break.
James O’Regan (Amherst): O’Regan led all receivers with 132 yards on six receptions, while recording one touchdown in his team’s five-point win over Tufts.
Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime): Phillips recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing performance of the season and sixth of his career by tallying 135 yards on 29 carries.
Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Puzzo amassed 188 yards of total offense, including 76 on the ground on 12 carries and two scores as the Bantams defeated the Panthers to improve to 7-0 in NESCAC play.
Andrew Sanders (Tufts): Sanders rushed for 88 yards and two scores on seven carries against Amherst, while averaging 12.6 yards per carry.
Anthony Service (WNE): Service amassed 247 yards of total offense, including 224 yards through the air as the Golden Bears defeated Salve Regina last Saturday. Service completed 19 of 28 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 23 yards on the ground.
Michael Slaughter, Jr. (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter Jr. led all rushers with 123 yards on 30 carries and on score, while averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
Curtis Smith (SUNY Maritime): Smith led all receivers with 141 yards on six catches and three scores. He averaged 23.5 yards per reception, too.
John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for 247 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns against Anna Maria last weekend, while averaging 17.6 yards per carry.
Trai Weaver (Anna Maria): For the third time this season, Weaver recored a pair of touchdown receptions, while leading all receivers last week with seven grabs for 62 yards. Through eight games this season, Weaver has tallied a career-best 10 touchdown receptions.
Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski helped Framingham State pick-up an important conference win over UMass Dartmouth by completing 14 of 24 passes for 162 yards, while tossing four touchdowns.
Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright accounted for five touchdowns, including four through the air as the Privateers secured a big win over the Spartans of Castleton. Wright concluded the game 19 of 33 for 332 yards and four scores, while rushing for 16 yards on five carries and one score.
Defensive Team of the Week
Ricco Aaron (Dean): Aaron registered nine total tackles, including six solo stops, one fumble recovery and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.
Joe Esposito (Plymouth State): Esposito tallied 10 total tackles, including two solo stops, along with two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for six yards in the Panthers’ 17-0 win over Westfield State.
Nathan Fleming (Framingham State): Fleming registered a team-high 11 solo stops, while concluding last Saturday’s game against UMass Dartmouth with 13 total tackles and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards.
Jean Gabriel (Husson): Against the AMCATs, Gabriel recorded seven solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of eight yards, along with a pair of forced fumbles and one pass break-up.
Zhaire House (Western New England): House stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Salve Regina, tallying seven solo stops, one pass break-up, one interception (two yards) and one fumble recovery.
Corey Jean-Jacques (Trinity): Against Middlebury, Jean-Jacques tallied four total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up, too.
John Lauretti (Alfred State): Lauretti recorded eight total tackles, including five solo stops, three sacks for a loss of 11 yards and four tackles for a loss of 14 yards as Alfred State captured its first game of the season by defeating Mount Ida, 18-8.
Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Mathurin paced the Corsairs defense with eight total tackles, including five solo stops, one tackle for a loss of three yards and a pass break-up.
Nicholas Milgate (Alfred): Milgate registered nine total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, two interceptions (60 yards) and one tackle for a loss of four yards.
Brandon O’Neill (Salve Regina): O’Neill recorded seven total tackles, including five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 24 yards and one forced fumble against Western New England.
Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Onujiogu led the Rams defense with 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards and one quarterback hurry.
Nick Ostrowski (WPI): Ostrowski ended last Saturday’s clash with MIT by registering 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, one forced fumble and one interception returned for a touchdown (55 yards).
Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Parker registered 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards, one fumble recovery and one interception in his team’s big win over Castleton.
Sebastien Philemon (Colby): Philemon led all defenders last week with 19 total tackles and eight solo stops against Bates.
Dago Picon-Roura (Trinity): Picon-Roura paced the Bantams’ defense against Middlebury with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops, two pass break-ups and one interception returned for 19 yards.
Andrew Sommer (Amherst): Against Tufts, Sommer registered a team-high 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one pass break-up.
Patrick Vidal (Catholic): Vidal concluded last Saturday’s contest with 12 total tackles, including six solo stops, along with three tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.
Alex West (Brockport): West tallied nine total stops, including three-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 16 yards, along with one interception (14 yards) and one fumble recovery in the Golden Eagles’ 33-0 win over Buffalo State.
Special Teams of the Week
Grant DeWald (Bates): DeWald connected on all five kicks, including all three extra point attempts in his team’s 27-24 win over Colby.
Brett Fox (Endicott): Against Curry, Fox punted the ball five times for 240 yards. Two of his boots landed inside the Curry 20-yard line.
Markiesh Harmon (Worcester State): Harmon registered four punts for a total of 149 yards – three of those boots landed inside the Massachusetts Maritime 20-yard line.
Patrick Lehane (Worcester State): On eight kickoffs, Lehane registered 447 yards, an average of 55.9 yards per kick, with two kicks resulting in touch backs.
Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Murphy connected on all seven kicks, including a field goal from 25-yards out, which helped SUNY Maritime defeat Castleton.
Eric Sachse (Trinity): Saches connected on all five kicks, including a trio of extra points and two field goals – his longest boot was a 33-yard field goal in the fourth, which capped his team’s scoring for the game.
Andrew Verre (Salve Regina): Verre connected on all four kicks (two extra points, two field goals), including a 42-yard field goal. Verre concluded the game with eight points.
Trinity’s Max Chipouras and the Bantams travel to Middlebury for a big-time NESCAC clash on Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Trinity College Athletics)
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Ah, it’s Friday, which means a brand new weekend of New England and New York D3 Football is on the horizon – wahoo!
Let’s dish out this week’s (week nine) 10 Games to Watch in D3 Football (New England an New York) – as always, make sure to stay connected with us on social media throughout the weekend for news, notes and scores.
Fitchburg State at Western Connecticut (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): As of this week, Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials are in the driver seat for the MASCAC crown. However, they certainly should not overlook this Falcons squad, which beat them last season, 17-14. PREDICTION: West Conn. 27, Fitchburg State 17
WPI at MIT (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): This is a big one for both teams, which will look to keep the pressure on Springfield – the Pride currently remain atop the NEWMAC with an impressive 8-0 record. A win for the Engineers of WPI would keep their regular season title hopes alive, while a victory for the Engineers of MIT could set-up a potential de-facto championship game in two weeks. PREDICTION: WPI 28, MIT 25
Framingham State at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): Last season, the Corsairs defeated the Rams, but can they do its again this season? We’ll see – the Rams need a win to keep their conference championship hopes alive! PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, UMass Dartmouth 21
Becker at Nichols (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): We have a unique Worcester rivalry in the making here, especially after a hard-fought win by the Bison last fall (16-13). Can the Bison make it back-to-back seasons with a win over the Hawks or will Becker soar past Nichols in this meeting? PREDICTION: Nichols 30, Becker 20
Trinity at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Can the Bantams’ momentum continue this weekend against a solid Panther squad that has rebounded from a last-second setback to Williams College? We’ll find out – the Panthers must find a way to slow down the Bantams’ rushing attack, specifically Max Chipouras, who has rushed for nine touchdowns this season. PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Middlebury 24
Brandon O’Neill and Salve Regina will invade Western New England on Saturday for a big Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) clash. (PHOTO CREDIT: Zan Carver)
Salve Regina at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): The Golden Bears appear to have found their groove, but can they continue their current momentum against a Seahawks squad that appears eager to snatch the inaugural Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 26, Western New England 21
Ithaca at Utica (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): A convincing 34-12 win over Buffalo State last week has us thinking this Pioneers squad will provide some serious challenges for these Bombers.PREDICTION: Utica 30, Ithaca 25
Brockport at Buffalo State (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Defense wins championships, and as of now, the Golden Eagles’ defense is legit. This will be a tough test for the Bengals’ offense! PREDICTION: Brockport 34, Buffalo State 14
Andrew Yamin and Amherst travel to Tufts this weekend for an important NESCAC clash. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amherst College Athletics)
Amherst at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1:30 p.m.): Despite a loss to Middlebury, these Mammoths still remain in the hunt for a NESCAC crown. And to remain in the hunt, they’ll need to defeat a Tufts squad, which is flying high after an exciting win a week ago in Williamstown. PREDICTION: Tufts 21, Amherst 20
SUNY Cortland at St. John Fisher (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 2 p.m.): Since falling to Brockport last month, these Red Dragons have been on a roll, winning three consecutive contests. Can they keep this momentum going, especially against a St. John Fisher? PREDICTION: Cortland 27, St. John Fisher 15