D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Five (Sept 29th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The fifth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Five, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Four): We went 5-5 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 25-15 (we went 5-5 last week, so let’s see if we can bounce back!)

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Merchant Marine at MIT (11 a.m.): MIT needed a second half rally to top Catholic in their NEWMAC opener last week, but they will need a complete 60-minute effort to top coach Mike Toop’s Mariners this week. PREDICTION: MIT 28, USMMA 27

Western New England at Salve Regina (12 p.m.): After a disappointing week one setback to Springfield, these Golden Bears have found their groove, winning three-straight, including a hard-fought 31-28 victory against Husson. The team’s early season momentum should continue this week on the road against the Seahawks. PREDICTION: WNE 31, Salve Regina 26

Springfield College at Norwich University (1 p.m.): It was a gritty effort last week against WPI, but this brotherhood seems to be in good spirits after claiming an important conference win. They should find a way once again to get past a Cadets squad. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Norwich 10

Univ. of New England at Nichols College (1 p.m.): The Bison have won two of three contests at home this season and should improve that mark with an important conference victory on Saturday against UNE. PREDICTION: Nichols 28, UNE 10

Gallaudet University at Anna Maria College (1 p.m.): Look for this game to come down to perhaps the final drive with the AMCATs scoring with no time left on the clock. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 17, Gallaudet 14

Coast Guard Academy at Catholic University (1 p.m.): Ryan Jones and the Bears squeaked out an important win last Saturday against Norwich. Can they keep this momentum going in our nation’s capital? PREDICTION: Coast Guard 31, Catholic 21

Endicott College at Curry College (1 p.m.): The Gulls have some serious momentum on their side following their week four win over Hobart. PREDICTION: Endicott 31, Curry 17

Husson University at SUNY Maritime (1 p.m.): SUNY Maritime appears to be the team to beat in the ECFC, but can they take that next step this week against the league’s defending champion? Prediction: SUNY Maritime 24, Husson 14

Trinity College at Williams College (1:30 p.m.): Which defense will make the big stop? That is the biggest question heading into this important NESCAC clash. PREDICTION: Williams 35, Trinity 28

UMass Dartmouth at Western Conn. (5 p.m.): The Colonials seem like a team on a mission this fall, but the same could be said for the Corsairs, who have won three of four contests thus far, including an important conference clash last week against Plymouth State. The Corsairs must find a way to slow down the Colonials offense, which is averaging five touchdowns per game this season. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 27, UMass Dartmouth 17

Under The Helmet with Nate Richam (Bowdoin College)

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Bowdoin College tailback Nate Richam broke a 42-year old single-game rushing record with 288 yards and two touchdowns last week against Middlebury College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Bowdoin College junior halfback Nate Richam appeared unstoppable last week on the ground, rushing for a game-high 288 yards and two touchdowns in the Polars Bears’ second contest of the season against Middlebury College.

Richam’s 288 rushing yards shattered a 42-year old single-game record, which was previously held by Jim Soule, who tallied 270 yards on the ground during a Bowdoin football game in 1976.

The third year back’s impressive performance against the Panthers earned him recognition by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) as this week’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Richam shared the honored with Trinity College quarterback Jordan Vazzano).

Through two games this season, Richam has rushed for 366 yards on 48 carries and two touchdowns. He is averaging 183.0 yards per game and has rushed for an additional 20 more yards than he finished with last season when he tallied 346 yards in six games.

Earlier this week, Noontime Sports caught-up with Richam to discuss his impressive performance from a week ago, as well as his outlook on his team’s offense heading into their next few contests, including Amherst College on Saturday.

Following the conclusion of last Saturday’s game, did you know you had broken a Bowdoin single-game rushing record? 

I wasn’t aware that I had broken a Bowdoin’s single-game rushing record once last week’s game concluded. It wasn’t even a thought that crossed my mind during the course of the game, but after the handshakes and our final huddle, a couple of my coaches approached me with the news. My reaction was lackluster, I was not trying to downplay the achievement, but at the time I really wished we had won the game. Looking back on the accomplishment, it’s definitely something that I will cherish, but at the end of the day I am just happy for all of my teammates that were on the field with me that helped me make it happen.

It sounds cliche, but what worked for you and the o-line this past week against Middlebury? 

I think it was our shift to more downhill running plays. A major part of our offensive momentum was within the attitude of our plays. It was very clear what we were going to run the ball. It didn’t matter if the defense knew what was happening because we were going be more physical, and we also knew our plays were going to work.

How can you and the offense continue this ground success this week against Amherst, as well as the rest of the season?

We have to remain level headed going forward, but also remain confident about the progress we made last week. We had a very poor start to the season, but our ability to bounce back was impressive last week. Additionally, we can’t be complacent with our offensive success because there are far too many things that we will be improving on as the season progresses.

Have you ever rushed for 288 yards in a single-game before or possibly more? If so, when and where did it happen?

During my final home game of my senior year I rushed for 503 yards against my high school’s rival, which we had not beaten in four years. My offensive line beat up their front seven and from there I was off to the races.

Do you have a favorite current or past running back that you look up/have shaped your game after? If so, who is it and what makes them a great running back? 

I am a huge fan of LaDainian Tomlinson and Le’Veon Bell. Tomlinson had an iconic stiff arm that would knock helmets off of unsuspecting defenders, while Bell has ridiculous patience in the hole and trusts his blockers. Bell also has a certain explosiveness to his game when he breaks free. My running style is a mix of those two players.

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Nate Richam was tabbed Co-NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week earlier this week after breaking a 42-year old Bowdoin College football record. (PHOTO CREDIT:

Have you always been a running back or have you played other positions in the past? What made you interested in being a running back? 

I’ve played running back since youth league. Honestly, I just wanted the ball. I also knew  no six year-olds were going to pass it, so I made sure I was in the position to carry the ball as much as possible.

What are you currently studying at Bowdoin and do you know what you like to do with that major after graduation? 

I’m an economics major and would like do something in finance in the future. At this moment I’m looking into asset management.

Finally, what is a game day atmosphere like at Bowdoin? What do you enjoy most about playing in front of your hometown fans and friends? 

The atmosphere on a game day here at Bowdoin is very unique. It starts with the walk bordering our campus through the pines and between towering iron gates. There is nothing like it. My favorite moments of playing here are at the end of the season when it’s very cold, but our fans are in full-form regardless of the weather. But playing at home in front of our fans is just a bonus. I love it.

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Fan Vote: Noontime Sports Team Of The Week (Week Four)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

After earning an impressive and exciting win last Saturday over Hobart, the Endicott College football team was selected as our first Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

The Gulls, who were one of four nominees in our weekly Noontime Sports Twitter Poll, collected the most votes (59 percent) to secure the initial weekly honor.

Springfield College placed second in the poll, while UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut finished third and fourth, respectively. 205 voters participated in this week’s initial Noontime Sports Team of the Week poll.

Endicott scored its first win in program history against Hobart, thanks to third quarter touchdown by Anthony Whiteley and a career-high 10 total tackles (six solo stops) by George Balian. Balian and the defense limited the Statesmen’s offense to just 313 yards of total offense, including 19 yards on the ground.

Additionally, John Kenney rushed for a career-high 128 yards on 25 carries, while rushing for one touchdown. Endicott’s Shea McManaway led all receivers with 120 yards on seven grabs (17.1 yards per reception).

Endicott also received a boost from its kicker Nick DiCairano, who connected on all five of his attempts, including a season-long 41-yard field goal.

The Gulls return to action on Saturday, September 29th when they visit Curry College for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

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Noontime Sports: Football Stars of the Week (Monday, Sept. 24th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week four!

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will appear every Monday on our site throughout the remainder of the college football season. The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.

Offensive Stars of the Week

Hunter Belzo (Springfield College): Belzo (113 rushing yards, two touchdowns) accounted for a pair of touchdowns against WPI last Saturday, including the go-ahead touchdown midway through the final quarter to lead the Pride to a hard-fought 17-14 win.

Errol Breaux (Dean College): Breaux concluded his team’s fourth game of the season by hauling in four catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 33.8 yards per reception.

Austin Calamita (Western Conn.): Calamita hauled in three touchdowns, while finishing with a game-high 10 receptions for 150 yards as the Colonials topped Salve Regina on the road.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Gacioch (236 passing yards, two touchdowns) tossed two touchdowns Leroy Brown, while rushing for a team-high 62 yards on 13 carries as the Corsairs edged Plymouth State in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Jones (257 passing yards, two touchdowns) helped the Bears squeak past Norwich University by capping a 16-play, 76 yard drive with a three yard score on the ground with nine seconds remaining in regulation.

Nate Richam (Bowdoin College): Richam led all rushers in last Saturday’s Middlebury-Bowdoin clash with 288 yards on 30 carries (9.6 yards per carry) for two touchdowns.

Jordan Vazzano (Trinity College): Vazzano (353 passing yards) registered six touchdowns this past weekend, including five through the air as the Bantams topped Bates College for their second win of the season.

Defensive Stars of the Week

George Balian (Endicott College): Balian paced the Gulls with a career-high 10 total tackles, including six solo stops and one pass break-up in his team’s exciting 27-24 win over Hobart. The pass break-up occurred at the end of the contest – it dashed a potential comeback by the Statesmen.

John Bennett (Maine Maritime): Bennett recorded 11 total tackles last Saturday against Merchant Marine, including seven solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a five-yard loss. He also registered one fumble recovery.

Tyler D’Errico (Salve Regina): D’Errico paced the Seahawks’ defense with nine total tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of two yards, while recording one pass break-up against Western Connecticut.

Jonathan Hobart (Middlebury): Against Bowdoin College, Hobart turned in an impressive performance, which included nine total tackles (four solo stops), one fumble recover, one interception and one pass break-up.

Brandon Mole (Becker College): Mole concluded his team’s contest against Dean College with seven total tackles (five solo stops), including four tackles for a loss of nine yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Special Teams Stars of the Week

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano was a perfect five-for-five on kicks against Hobart, including two-for-two on field goals. His longest boot happened to be a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Mark Wright (MIT): Wright accounted for 10 points on all four extra points, as well as a pair of field goals as the Engineers rallied to beat Catholic University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Five (Sept. 24th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 


We had some movement this past week following an exciting (and somewhat dramatic) week four.

Trinity College secured the top spot for the second-straight week by defeating Bates College at home this past weekend. Jordan Vazzano led the Bantams with six touchdowns, including five through the air.

Amherst College moved-up two spots with a win over Hamilton College. The Mammoths will attempt to earn their third win on Saturday when they face Bowdoin College.

Western Connecticut and Western New England also moved up this week, as well, while Framingham State and Springfield College remained in their respective positions from last week.

Tufts University and UMass Dartmouth both joined the poll following impressive wins over Wesleyan University and Plymouth State.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 

New England D3 Football: Week Five Poll | Monday, September 24th, 2018 

1. Trinity College 

2-0 (2-0) | Last Week No. 1 Week Five: Williams

2. Amherst College 

2-0 (2-0) | Last Week: No. 4

Week Five: Bowdoin

3. Springfield College

3-1 (1-0) | Last Week: No. 3

Week Five: Norwich

 4. Wesleyan Univ. 

1-1 (1-1) | Last Week: No. 2

Week Five: Hamilton

5. Framingham State 3-1 (2-0) | Last Week: No. 5

Week Five: Bye Week

 6. Western Conn. 

3-0 (1-0) | Last Week: No. 8

Week Five: UMass Dartmouth

7. Western New Eng.

3-1 | Last Week: No. 9

Week Five: Salve Regina

8. Tufts Univ. 

2-0 (2-0) | Last Week: NR

Week Five: Bates College

 9. MIT 

4-0 (1-0) | Last Week: No. 7

Week Five: Merchant Marine

 10. UMass Dartmouth

3-1 (2-0) | Last Week: NR Week Five: Western Conn.

ON THE RISE: Coast Guard Academy (3-1, 1-1), Endicott College (2-2), Middlebury College (1-1, 1-1) Williams College (2-0, 2-0) and WPI (2-2, 0-1)

2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll | Week Three Poll | Week Four Poll

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