D3 Football: Western Conn., WNE Appear On First NCAA D3 Football Reg. Ranking

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

A pair of New England D3 Football teams earned spots on the initial NCAA Regional Rankings (East), which were released earlier today.

Western Connecticut checked-in seventh overall on the 10 team list while Western New England secured the 10th position.

Brockport was the top team in the East Region followed by Frostburg State and RPI.

The Colonials enter the 10th week of the season with an impressive 8-0 record and will attempt to earn their ninth win against Framingham State, which enters the important conference tilt with a 6-2 mark.

Western Connecticut fell to Framingham State last year on the road, but enter Saturday’s marquee clash with some serious momentum, thanks to the play of senior halfback Kyle McKinnon, who leads the Blue and Orange with 507 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Additionally, senior quarterback David James has helped the offense by tossing 15 touchdowns, while adding an additional two scores on the ground.

Western New England has gained some serious momentum since its opening day, thanks to quarterback Alec Coleman, who has recorded 16 touchdowns in his team’s last three outings, including nine scores on the ground. Coleman’s ability to lead the Golden Bears down the field should continue on Saturday when the Blue and Gold visit Endicott College in a very important conference clash.

A win for the Golden Bears against the Gulls would most likely secure them the conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament. However, an Endicott win would make for a very interesting final week of the 2018 season.,


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Noonan: What Quarterbacks Could Have An Impact This Saturday?

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Western New England’s Alec Coleman is just one of many D3 quarterbacks that can lead offenses with both his arm and legs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

Last week, a majority of New England’s D3 quarterbacks were forced to tuck and run – you can thank Mother Nature for last week’s ground and pound attack.

Sure, the weather may have been a factor for some offensive game plans, but watching quarterbacks lead teams down the field this fall with both their arms and legs seems to be the new norm for a position that used to be all about throwing touchdowns or fades.

And with a very important week approaching for some teams, one should expect to see their favorite school’s quarterbacks once again utilize both their arms and legs in must-win contests.

One of those quarterbacks that can pass and run is Alec Coleman of Western New England, who has scored 16 touchdowns in his last three contests, including nine scores on the ground.

Last week against Nichols College, Coleman helped the Bears erase a one-score deficit by finishing the game with five touchdowns, including four on the ground (Coleman’s four rushing scores matched a season-high, which he set one week earlier during his team’s 70-13 win over the University of New England).

Coleman began catching our attention for his passing and rushing abilities last month when he guided his team to impressive wins against Anna Maria College and Salve Regina.

Through eight games this season, Coleman has accounted for 28 touchdowns, including a team-high 13 scores on the ground. He currently leads the Golden Bears’ rushing attack with 652 yards and should certainly enjoy more success this weekend against Endicott College.

Watching the Endicott defense attempt to slow down Coleman will be one of many storylines to follow when the two teams converge on Saturday in Beverly – a win for Coleman’s squad would most likely secure the Blue and Gold their second-straight conference crown.

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Springfield College’s Hunter Belzo has been a player to watch under center the past few weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan)

In Springfield this weekend, one should keep an eye on Hunter Belzo, the running back turned quarterback that has led Springfield College to some exciting wins this fall, including a 17-14 win last month at WPI (that was hands down one of my favorite football games I saw this season).

Belzo, who made his first career start under center against the Engineers last month, will look to keep the Pride in contention for a conference crown when Springfield hosts Maine Maritime Academy.

Similar to his performance two weeks ago against Catholic University, Belzo should have no problems finding the end zone against the Mariners with both his feet and arm.

Amherst College quarterback Ollie Eberth has quietly enjoyed a successful third season with the Mammoths, tossing eight touchdowns, while adding a career-best six scores on the ground.

Eberth recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns in his team’s first two wins of the season, while adding one score on the ground against Colby College and Middlebury College.

Last week against Tufts University, Eberth relied more on his teammates in the rushing game, but did conclude his team’s 19-13 win with 150 passing yards.

This week, Eberth will most likely depend on arm against a Trinity College defense that has surrendered an average of 204.9 yards per game through the air, while holding rushing attacks to roughly 65 yards per contest. But maybe Eberth could locate the end zone with his feet when Amherst’s offense makes it into the red zone on Saturday.

Trinity’s defense managed to slow down Tufts signal-caller Ryan McDonald, a player coach Jay Civetti considers “a runner first,” a few weeks ago, so it will be interesting to see if they can contain Eberth, as well.

McDonald is always a player to watch on the Jumbos – so far this season, he has scored 17 touchdowns, including seven on the ground. Last week against Amherst, McDonald rushed for a 25-yard touchdown late in the second, which brought the visitors within four points (10-6) of the Mammoths at the break.

A few other quarterbacks to keep an eye on this week:

  • Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): The Decatur, Georgia native has been a quarterback to watch this fall – currently, he has recorded career-bests in touchdown passes (six) and rushes (four). Despite being grounded for much of last week against Trinity, Jernigan has been able to lead a Panthers offense with both his arm and legs. Against Williams College, he rushed for a season-high 94 yards on 27 carries and one score, while tossing two touchdowns. One week later against Bates College, he relied on his arm more than his leg to lead the Blue and White to an exciting 35-34 victory. Look for Jernigan to return his form from earlier this season when the Panthers visit Hamilton College on Saturday.
  • Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Maimaron still has time to establish some new career-highs, both this week and next week, but our Noontime Sports Rookie of the Year has quietly produced a successful second season with the Ephs, which has seen the Duxbury, Massachusetts native toss eight touchdowns, while adding an additional eight scores on the ground. The eight rushing touchdowns shattered his mark of seven from one year ago. 
  • Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): The Shelton, Connecticut native is always a quarterback to watch every week. So far this season, he has accounted for 15 touchdowns, including three on the ground. He needs 29 yards to match last year’s rushing total (474), which he should be able to muster against Williams on Saturday.

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Prudhomme: Recapping An Exciting First Weekend of New England D3 Hockey

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Curry College celebrates a 3-2 victory over Buffalo State last weekend at the Buffalo State Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Buffalo State Sports Information Department)

By Kyle Prudhomme | @KylePrudhomme 

The opening weekend of New England D3 college hockey season saw 31 games played with some team’s already enjoying successful starts to their respective campaigns.

Assumption College men’s hockey is off to a quick 2-0 start. They have outscored its opponents, 12-2, including an eight-goal performance to close the weekend.

The Greyhounds were not the only team itching to find the net multiple times this past weekend as UMass Boston scored nine goals in its season-opener, while five other teams finished with five or more tallies.

In terms of my first week of predictions, they need some work as I finished 5-5 in my declarations with the tie coming from Endicott College and Norwich University (the two teams skated to a highly-contested 3-3 tie).

Also, regarding my predictions from last week, I am a bit surprised that the Cadets women’s team was knocked off 4-2 by Elmira College in a rematch of last year’s national championship, but I am holding onto the idea that we will get round three later this season.

I can say that I was spot on with Curry College as the Colonels began their season by winning the Buffalo State Tournament. In the opening round of last week’s two-day tournament, Vilhelm Peltonen netted his first collegiate marker in a 2-2 tie with Nazareth College before the Purple and White scored an exciting 3-2 win over Buffalo State, thanks to a game-winning strike from Viktor Jansson.

One thing I did notice from this past weekend was various men’s teams received multiple points (goals or assists), beginning with Mike Moran, who located the back of the net twice for Worcester State against Becker College (his final goal happened to be the difference in a 3-2 win).

Jack Kelly logged two goals for Suffolk University in a 7-0 rout of Franklin Pierce, while Justin Collins registered two goals and Aaron Clancy dished out three assists in Westfield State’s 6-3 triumph against Western New England.

On Saturday, Nick Rosa’s two goal-outing helped Babson College double up Saint Anselm, 4-2.

Of course, there were more multi-point skaters from this past weekend, but these were a few names that caught my attention.

Let’s highlight some women’s hockey from this past weekend, beginning with Franklin Pierceearning its 100th win in program history.

On Friday, the Ravens knocked off Plymouth State, 2-0, behind 24 saves from Kelly Turney before Nicole Amato’s hat-trick powered the team to a 6-1 win against Becker. The five-goal win over the Hawks lifted the Ravens to their 100th win in program history – congrats, everyone!

UMass Boston interim head coach Dom Lozzi picked up her first career win behind the bench as returners Jane Morrisette and Katie Leffler finished with two goals and two assists, respectively, in a 5-2 win over Stevenson.

Prior to her team’s three-goal win over the Mustangs, Lozzi praised her unit for being prepared for a successful first weekend. She also gave a nod to the program’s former coach Lindsay Berman, too.

“The last three years, coach Berman did an amazing job with them,” said Lozzi. “We are very experienced up front and they are a really great group of leaders. The fact this whole fall has not felt like much of a transition is a testament to that leadership.”

Suffolk University’s women’s hockey team competed in its first two contests in program history against Nichols College, and although the outcomes were not ideal, the effort from a freshmen filled team is certainly commendable.

Against Nichols last Friday, Haley Poloskey netted a pair of goals, including the program’s first goal at 11:32 in the opening frame. Shana Cote and Jesse Kennedy each recorded one assist in the setback, while Kristen Caporusso turned aside 27 of 32 shots.

On Saturday, Payton Dockus potted the first goal for the team’s first lead of the series before Nichols rallied to score a 2-1, thanks to a power play goal late in the third period by Jordyn McGuire.

Prior to the team’s second game of the season, Suffolk President Marisa Kelly dropped a ceremonial puck to celebrate the start of women’s ice hockey.

Suffolk coach Taylor Wasylk knows her team will endure some ups and downs this season, but is confident that the Rams’ effort and dedication will help them become the program they aspire to be down the road.

“If we show up and play our game then I think we can match up with any team on our schedule,” said Wasylk. “It is all about right now. We are a very, very young team so it is about maturing a little bit, we got a little bit of growing up to do on the ice.”


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Noontime Sports Men’s D3 Hockey New England Top 10 (Monday, Oct. 29th)

D3 MENS HOCKEY POLL GRAPHIC

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

A brand new season of New England D3 Hockey has officially begun, which means its time for Noontime Sports to dish out our first official Men’s Top 10 Poll of the season.

Our Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Top 10 Poll, which is produced with the help of coaches and media members throughout the region, will appear every Monday on our site throughout the season, as well as seen on social media, as well.

Fans of New England D3 Hockey are encouraged to click FOLLOW to our Noontime Sports Hockey Twitter handle (@NoontimePuck) for updates on the various teams, coaches and student-athletes we will be covering and highlighting this winter.

So, without further ado, here is our initial poll of the New England D3 men’s ice hockey season!


Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Monday, Oct. 29th, 2018) 

1. Salve Regina 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

2. UMass Boston 

1-0, 0-0 (NEHC)

3. University of New England 

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

4. Colby College 

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

5. Trinity College 

0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)

6. Norwich University

0-0-1, 0-0 (NEH)

7. Nichols College

0-0, 0-0 (CCC)

8. Endicott College

0-0-1, 0-0 (CCC)

9. Curry College 

1-0-1, 0-0-0 (CCC)

10. Babson College 

1-0, 0-0 (NEHC)

ON THE RISE: Fitchburg State (0-1, 0-0), New England College (1-0, 0-0) and Plymouth State (1-0, 0-0)

Noontime Sports Women’s D3 Hockey New England Top 10 (Monday, Oct. 29th)

D3WOMENS HOCKEY POLL GRAPHIC

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

A brand new season of New England D3 Hockey has officially begun, which means its time for Noontime Sports to dish out our first official Women’s Top 10 Poll of the season.

Our Noontime Sports New England D3 Women’s Ice Hockey Top 10 Poll, which is produced with the help of coaches and media members throughout the region, will appear every Monday on our site throughout the season, as well as seen on social media, as well.

Fans of New England D3 Hockey are encouraged to click FOLLOW to our Noontime Sports Hockey Twitter handle (@NoontimePuck) for updates on the various teams, coaches and student-athletes we will be covering and highlighting this winter.

So, without further ado, here is our initial poll of the New England D3 Women’s Ice Hockey season!


Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Monday, Oct. 29th, 2018) 

1. Norwich University 0-1, 0-0 (NEHC)
2. Middlebury College 0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)
3. Amherst College 0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)
4. Conn. College 0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)
5. UMass Boston  1-0, 0-0 (NEHC)
6. Bowdoin College 0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)
7. Endicott College  0-0-1, 0-0 (CHC)
8. Williams College 0-0, 0-0 (NESCAC)
9. Univ. of New England  1-0, 0-0 (NEHC)
 10.  Nichols College 

2-0, 0-0 (CHC)

ON THE RISE: Castleton University (0-2, 0-0), Colby College (0-0, 0-0), Plymouth State (0-2, 0-0), Trinity College (0-0, 0-0) and Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0)