D3 Football: Zelos Athletics’ Players Of The Week (Monday, Sept. 30th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the fourth week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our four players of the week post, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills.

Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too


This season, Noontime Sports will select one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week.

The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season.


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Stephen Gacioch recorded three touchdowns in his team’s 21-14 win over Plymouth State University to bump

Offensive Player of the Week: Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth | Quarterback | Tiverton, R.I.): The Rhode Island native recorded 409 yards of total offense last Saturday in the Corsairs’ 21-14 win over Plymouth State.

Gacioch completed 32 of 45 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a game-high 104 yards on 22 carries and one score.

For his effort, the third-year quarterback received his second Division II/III Gold Helmet Award of the season from the New England Football Writers Association. He earned his initial Golde Helmet of the 2019 season one day after leading UMass Dartmouth to a 54-7 win over Alfred State in week one.

Through four contests, Gacioch has completed 91 of 143 passes for 1,344 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 185 yards on 63 carries and one touchdown.


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Coast Guard Academy senior R.J. Robiskie recorded a trio of sacks against Curry College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

Defensive Player of the Week: R.J. Robiskie (Coast Guard Academy | Linebacker | Murrieta, Calif.): Against Curry College last Saturday, Robiskie tallied five total tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 18 yards. Additionally, the senior linebacker recorded one forced fumble and one pass break-up as he and the Bears defense helped Coast Guard Academy return to the win column with a 17-7 victory against the Colonels.

Robiskie has been a player to watch on the Bears’ defense this fall – he has recorded a team-high six sacks in four contests while tallying 25.0 total tackles and three pass break-ups.

Coast Guard’s defense has limited opposing offenses to just 48.0 rushing yards per game, as well as 16 points per contest.


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Wesleyan University’s Mason Von Jess was one of many players to watch last Saturday in the Cardinals’ win over Bates College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin)

Special Teamer of the Week: Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University | Kicker | Lakeville, Conn.): For the second time in three contests, Von Jess recorded 12 points, which helped Wesleyan University defeat Bates College last Saturday by a score of 48-12.

Von Jess concluded his team’s third contest of the season with six extra points and two field goals. He booted a career and season-best 42-yard field goal in the win, while also tallying four touchbacks off nine kickoffs.

Through three contests, the first-year kicker has recorded 24 points off 13 extra points and five field goals.

D3 Football: Week Five Poll (Monday, Sept. 30th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another week of New England D-III football is in the books, which means its time to unveil our Noontime Sports Week Five Top 20 Poll.

Similar to last week, we saw some movement, beginning Western New England and Amherst College switching places – both teams checked in third and fourth, respectively.

Western ConnecticutNorwich University and Coast Guard Academy all moved-up, while MITMiddlebury College, and UMass Dartmouth rounded out the top ten, checking-in eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.

WPI remained our top team for a second-straight week after defeating Springfield College, which fell from ninth to the 13th position.

Nichols College moved up after scoring an impressive win over Salve Regina University, while Massachusetts Maritime Academy joined the poll after clinching its third-straight victory of the 2019 season.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 


New England D-III Football Week Five Poll| September 30th, 2019

1. WPI  4-0, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Endicott College  3-1, 1-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
3. Western New England  3-1, 1-0 CCC Last Week: No. 4 
4. Amherst College  3-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
5. Western Connecticut 4-0, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 6 
6. Norwich University 4-0, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
7. Coast Guard Academy 3-1, 0-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
8. MIT 2-1, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10 
9. Middlebury College 3-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 13
10.  UMass Dartmouth 4-0, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 11
11. Trinity College  1-2, 1-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
12. Framingham State  1-2, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 12
13. Springfield College 1-3, 0-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9 
14. Williams College  2-1, 2-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 14
15. Nichols College  3-1, 1-0 CCC Last Week: No. 17 
16. Plymouth State  3-1, 1-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 16 
17. Univ. of New England 2-2, 0-1 CCC Last Week: No. 19
18. Wesleyan University 3-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 20 
19. Mass. Maritime Acad. 3-0, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
20. Salve Regina Univ. 1-3, 0-1 CCC Last Week: No. 15

On the Rise: Husson University and Tufts University


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll


As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 

 

D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Nichols, WNE Open Conference Play With Wins

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Saturday was a busy day across New England with some exciting outcomes in the Division III football world.

Nichols College scored its first win over Salve Regina University since 2009 as the Bison outlasted the Seahawks, 25-15, in Dudley, Massachusetts.

Quarterback Michael Pina completed 15 of 30 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown while adding two scores on the ground.

The Bison led 15-12 at the break and held the Seahawks to just three points in the second half.

With the win, Nichols improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play. The Bison visit Western New England next Saturday, October 5th with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Speaking of the Golden Bears, they bounced back from a week three setback with a commanding 50-38 victory against University of New England. Quarterback Brendan Smith tossed three touchdowns in the win, while halfback Jamyre Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three scores.

UNE quarterback Brian Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns.

Erich Keutmann led the Western New England defense with 12 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one sack.

In Vermont, Middlebury College defeated Trinity College, 32-27, to improve to 3-0 for the second time in three seasons. The win over the Bantams was also the Panthers’ first since the 2014 season.

Middlebury’s defense recorded eight tackles for a loss of 44 yards, including five sacks for a loss of 29 yards. Alex Norton concluded the game with seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

Will Jernigan tallied 241 total yards of offense and two scores (one passing and one rushing touchdown).

WPI moved to 4-0 and 1-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 35-21 victory over Springfield College.

Connor Field rushed for 116 yards on 30 carries and for two touchdowns, while Billy Mitchell (five receptions for 104 yards) and Nic Rossi (four receptions for 76 yards) each caught one touchdown pass from Julian Nyland.

Sam Casey and Nick Ostrowski paced the WPI defense with 10 total tackles, respectively.

In Washington, D.C, Chris Mauck tossed two touchdowns, while John Robertson rushed for a game-high 122 yards as MIT topped Catholic University, 32-13.

With the win, the Engineers improve to 2-1 and 1-0 in league play. MIT visits Merchant Marine next week – the Mariners defeated Maine Maritime Academy this afternoon by a score of 62-13.

Western Connecticut erased a two-score deficit at the break with five touchdowns in the second half to defeat Worcester State University, 42-28.

David James tossed four touchdowns in the win, including two to Will Daniels, who led the Colonials receiving core with 157 receiving yards on six catches.

Stephen Gacioch‘s three-yard touchdown strike to Jeremy Jackson with 5:49 remaining in the second quarter helped the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth defeat Plymouth State, 21-14, to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.

Gacioch concluded the contest with 305 passing yards while adding 104 yards on 22 carries.

UMass Dartmouth visits Framingham State next Saturday for an important conference clash, which is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.


New England D-III Football Week Four Scoreboard 

  • Morrisville State 42, Husson University 15
  • Endicott College 58, Becker College 12
  • Nichols College 25, Salve Regina University 15
  • Coast Guard Academy 17, Curry College 7
  • Western New England 50, University of New England 38
  • Kean University 47, Dean College 13
  • RPI 38, Anna Maria College 0
  • Norwich University 35, Castleton University 14
  • Bridgewater State 50, Fitchburg State 6
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy 31, Westfield State 7
  • Western Connecticut 42, Worcester State 28
  • UMass Dartmouth 21, Plymouth State 14
  • Hamilton College 45, Colby College 24
  • Williams College 41, Bowdoin College 10
  • Amherst College 26, Tufts University 16
  • Middlebury College 32, Trinity College 27
  • Wesleyan University 48, Bates College 12
  • Merchant Marine 62, Maine Maritime Academy 13
  • MIT 32, Catholic University 13
  • WPI 35, Springfield College 21

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Sept. 28th, 2019)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Happy Friday, everyone – hope you’re ready for a great weekend of New England Division III football!

Last week, I went a perfect 10-for-10 in picks – yes, I picked all 10 contests correct to bump my overall picks record to 16-14.

My hope is to continue this trend in week four – we have some intriguing match-ups to follow, so make sure to get out and enjoy one of these 10 games highlighted below because it sounds like Saturday is going to be a gorgeous day (weather-wise) in New England.


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Four)

Rankings for teams are from this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll.

Bridgewater State at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 12 p.m.): The Bears were competitive last week against Western Connecticut, but struggled to make the necessary plays down the stretch to squeak out what would have been an important conference win. Bridgewater must play a complete 60 minutes this week to take down a 1-2 Falcons squads. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 23, Fitchburg State 16 

No. 15 Salve Regina at No. 17 Nichols College (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): The Seahawks finally cracked the win column last week with an important win against Dean College. Look for Salve to deploy its rushing attack again this week against the Bison. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 27, Nichols 20 

No. 4 Western New England at No. 19 University of New England (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): UNE quarterback Brian Peters believes his team has played well through three games, but said, “I think we have yet to play our best game.” Perhaps Saturday is the day the Nor’easters play their best game of the 2019 season. PREDICTION: UNE 20, Western New England 17 

No. 5 Trinity College at No. 13 Middlebury College (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): Middlebury quarterback Will Jernigan feels more comfortable running the Panthers offense this season but knows the unit will be tested by a defense that allowed just seven points last week. Trinity rebounded from a six-point setback to Tufts University with an offensive showcase against Bowdoin College. PREDICTION: Middlebury 21, Trinity 18 

Bates College at No. 20 Wesleyan University (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): As we learned this week on a brand new ‘Football Friday Podcast,’ it has been the senior leadership of the Cardinals, which has helped Wesleyan enjoy its first 2-0 start in five seasons. Look for the seniors to once again lead the Cardinals past the Bobcats on Saturday afternoon. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 28, Bates 10 

Curry College at No. 8 Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1:30 p.m.): The Bears defense recorded four interceptions last week against Norwich despite falling to the Cadets, 17-14. Look for the defense to jumpstart the Bears offense against Curry on Saturday. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 25, Curry 14 

No. 16 Plymouth State at No. 11 UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 2 p.m.): The Corsairs relied on its air attack in the first two weeks before turning to its defense to help them beat Fitchburg State last week. Tony Slaughter and the UMass Dartmouth defense will be tasked with slowing down Plymouth State halfback David Hamilton on Saturday afternoon. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 28, Plymouth State 24 

Mass. Maritime at Westfield State (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 2 p.m.): The Buccaneers will look to improve to 3-0 on Saturday when they visit an Owls team that struggled to contain Framingham State’s offense and defense one week ago. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 30, Westfield State 14 

No. 7 Norwich University at Castleton University (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 3 p.m.): After capturing the ‘Mug’ last week against Coast Guard Academy, the Cadets look to win the ‘Battle for the Maple Sap Bucket’ against the Spartans. PREDICTION: Norwich 28, Castleton 14 

No. 1 WPI at No. 9 Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 3 p.m.): The Engineers enter Saturday’s conference clash with a great deal of momentum, but certainly know the Pride’s offense will challenge the WPI defense. In the end, look for this game to be decided by a touchdown or maybe a field goal. PREDICTION: WPI 20, Springfield 14

Player Perspective: Brian Peters (University of New England)

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Brian Peters and the University of New England football team have enjoyed a successful start to their 2019 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Bates)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

For Brian Peters and the University of New England football team, 2019 has been a successful season thus far.

The Nor’easters, who are in their second season as a Division III football program, have won two of three contests and will attempt to win a third on Saturday, September 28th when they welcome Western New England to Biddeford, Maine.

For UNE to be successful against its Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) foe, they will need both its offense and defense, as well as its special teams, too, to continue its recent play from a week ago when the Nor’easters defeated Castleton University, 31-21.

Against the Spartans, Peters threw for a career-high 354 yards and three touchdowns, while Joe Kucky led the defense with eight total tackles.

In addition to a career day for Peters, the third-year signal-caller also connected with Cobey Johnson for an 89-yard pass late in the first quarter, which was the longest play from scrimmage in program history.

Noontime Sports recently spoke with Peters about the 89-yard connection between him and Johnson, but also how he feels the team has done thus far through three games.

Your team is off to a 2-1 start. How has the season gone from your perspective? 

I think this season has gone well so far, but I think we have yet to play our best game.

The games we have won we have left a lot of points on the board. If we play a complete game on both sides of the ball you will notice how far this program has progressed (since our first game as a Division III program last September).

This past weekend, you threw for a career-high 354 passing yards. Did you expect to throw the ball that much against Castleton?

I expected to throw the ball a little more in that game, but I am glad we didn’t. We had a great day rushing the football – we finished the game with more than 500 yards of total offense. If we can continue to have a balanced attack like (we did against Castleton) then we can be a lethal offensive unit.

Tell me about the 89-yard touchdown pass from you to Cobey Johnson. How did the play develop and when Cobey caught the ball did you think he was going to score a touchdown? 

Cobey made a heck of a play on that ball. Basically, he took it from one high safety.

Looking back I should not have thrown that ball (in a different direction), but Cobey saved me with his athleticism. He is a great player and is probably our most improved player on offense.

How do you feel the past three games will help the team be successful in conference play, beginning this Saturday against Western New England? 

The first three games of the season showed how competitive we are as a team.

When we face adversity we may bend but we will not break. This is something that coach (Mike) Lichten instills in us. We try to be the toughest team, but also a team that will never quit. If we continue to play with that passion we will be competitive in every conference game.

Do you feel your experience from last season, especially down the stretch has helped you understand the Nor’easters offense and feel more comfortable under center/in the pocket this fall? 

Absolutely. Having a year under my belt has helped me get comfortable with the speed and physicality of college football.

The coaching staff and my experience from last year have taught me to control what I can control, and to not try to make the hero play all the time. I just have to do a better job of taking care of the football and trusting my offensive line and playmakers on the outside.

Finally, with this week’s game being a home contest, tell me what a game-day atmosphere is like at the University of New England. 

For this being the second year of varsity football at the University of New England, I think the game-day atmosphere is incredible. The fans are passionate and they make sure that they are a factor in the game for all four