Four weeks of New England NCAA Division III football are in the books — that was fast!
But before we truly turn the page to the fifth week, which technically began yesterday, we need to share our Week Five Poll, which featured a lot of movement.
As usual, make sure to circle back both later today and throughout the week for more New England football coverage (and more topics, too), but in the meantime … let’s share this week’s poll!
Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Week Five (Monday, September 27, 2021)
- Salve Regina University (4-0, 0-0 CCC) | LW: No. 2): The Seahawks enter conference play with a great deal of momentum after erasing a 19-point deficit at the break last Saturday to defeat Rowan University in their final non-league tilt.
- Williams College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 3): After rolling past the defending champions last week in their home-opener, the Ephs found a way to outlast Tufts in overtime for their second-straight win.
- Western New England (2-2, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Golden Bears struggled to slow down a Salisbury University squad that is averaging five touchdowns per game. Western New England hosts Salve Regina on Saturday in a very important conference clash.
- Trinity College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): The Bantams have outscored their first two opponents by a score of 80-42, but face an important foe — and yes, test, too — on Saturday: Middlebury College.
- Middlebury College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): Speaking of the Panthers, they check-in fifth overall again after scoring a much-needed bounce-back victory on Saturday, thanks to quarterback Will Jernigan, who finished the game with three touchdowns (one through the air, two on the ground).
- Wesleyan University (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): Through two games, the Cardinals have limited their opponents to 19 points. Wesleyan’s defense recorded two interceptions and two sacks against Hamilton College while Logan Tomlinson caught a team-high two touchdowns.
- Endicott College (3-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 5): The Gulls bounced back this past weekend following a surprising setback to Catholic University with a 30-21 victory over Norwich University, thanks to a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Mike Ingraffia. Endicott plays at home on Saturday against a 2-1 Curry College squad.
- MIT (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 8): The Engineers run game and defense shined against Dean College last Saturday.
- Husson University (3-1, 0-0 CCC| LW: No. 14): These Eagles are finding ways to win games, so do not overlook them one week from Saturday when they return from their bye week to play Curry in their initial conference tilt of the 2021 season.
- Framingham State (2-2, 2-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 17): The Rams are moving up following another big conference win last Saturday against Westfield State. This week, they visit Plymouth State.
- Bridgewater State (2-2, 2-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 16): The Bears move up six spots following a come-from-behind win over Western Connecticut. Bridgewater State heads to Fitchburg State on Saturday.
- UMass Dartmouth (3-1, 1-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 11): The Corsairs bounced back from a disappointing setback to Framingham State with a commanding win over Worcester State this past weekend. UMass Dartmouth concluded the game with 546 yards of total offense.
- Western Connecticut (2-2, 1-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 9): The Colonials suffered a disappointing setback to Bridgewater State last Friday but will look to bounce back on Saturday when they host UMass Dartmouth in what is a very important game for both teams.
- Coast Guard Academy (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): The Bears dropped three spots following a stunning defeat last Saturday to Anna Maria College. Can they bounce back this week against Norwich?
- University of New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 15): The Nor’easters were idle this past weekend but will look to continue their momentum from earlier this month on Saturday against Nichols College.
- Colby College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC | LW: No. NR): The Mules return to the poll following a hard-fought win over Amherst College last Saturday, which snapped a 22-game losing streak to the Mammoths.
- Curry College (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: NR): The Colonels join the poll for the first time this season – they were idle this past weekend, but their defense has caused some serious problems for their first three opponents. They will certainly be a unit to watch on Saturday against Endicott.
- Springfield College (1-3, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 12): The Pride may only have one win, but their effort from non-league tilts with Husson and Union College should translate into some conference wins. Springfield is one of two NEMWAC squads to have registered 100 points or more through four weeks.
- Tufts University (0-2, 0-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 18): The Jumbos have provided some real challenges for its initial foes of the 2021 season – look for that first win to come on Saturday against Amherst College.
- Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC | LW: NR): The AMCATs could easily be 3-0, but despite falling to Nichols College in week two, Anna Maria has scored some solid non-conference wins, which should provide Dan Mulrooney’s squad with some momentum heading into this week’s matchup with Keystone College.
On the rise: Amherst College, Nichols College, and WPI