Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Oct. 4, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Five weeks of New England NCAA Division III football are officially in the books.

But before we truly turn the page to the sixth week of the 2021 season, which technically began yesterday — that would be Sunday, October 3, 2021, to be exact — we need to share our Week Six Poll, which featured a lot of movement, along with some new teams.

As usual, make sure to circle back both later today and throughout the week for more New England football coverage, but in the meantime … let’s share this week’s poll!

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Week Six (Monday, October 4, 2021)

1. Western New England (3-2, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 3): The Golden Bears proved they’re once again the team to beat in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league.

2. Trinity College (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): We watched ALL of Saturday’s game against Middlebury College and came away very impressed by the Bantams.

3. Williams College (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 2): Sure, the Ephs dropped one spot, despite winning their third straight on Saturday, but they remain one of the top teams in both their conference and region.

4. Wesleyan University (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): The Cardinals move up after picking up their third-straight win – look for the early-season momentum to continue over the next few weeks.

5. Endicott College (4-1, 1-0 CCC | LW No. 7): The Gulls defended the nest this past weekend by picking up their fourth win against Curry College. This week, Endicott faces the top team in the region.

6. Salve Regina University (4-1, 0-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Seahawks dropped five spots after falling to Western New England, which rolled up 397 yards of total offense, including 232 passing yards. This week, Salve Regina will look to bounce back against the University of New England.

7. Framingham State (3-2, 3-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 10): The Rams have turned things around quite well thus far after dropping a pair of non-league contests.

8. Bridgewater State (3-2, 3-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 11): Like the Rams, conference play has gone quite well for these Bears, who topped Fitchburg State this past weekend by a score of 42-0.   

9. Western Connecticut (3-2, 2-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): One week after dropping their second conference clash to Bridgewater State, the Colonials bounced back with an important win against UMass Dartmouth.

10. Husson University (3-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles were idle this past weekend but jump into conference play this week against Curry College.  

11. MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 8): The Engineers concluded their initial conference game with 319 total yards compared to Catholic University, which produced 23 points off 270 yards. MIT is idle this upcoming weekend but faces a real tough test next week against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

12. University of New England (3-1, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 15): The Nor’easters moved up three spots after scoring their program’s first-ever win against Nichols College last weekend. UNE has not dropped a game since week one and could provide some challenges for Salve Regina this week.

13. Curry College (2-2, 0-1 CCC | LW: No. 17): Despite losing their conference opener to Endicott, the Colonels recorded a season-high 464 yards of total offense, including 189 yards rushing, which was also a season-best. The Purple and White will be a team to watch this week at Husson.

14. UMass Dartmouth (3-2, 1-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 12): The Corsairs have dropped two of their last three contests and will need some help to remain in the mix for the conference crown. This week, they face a Massachusetts Maritime Academy squad that has won three of their last four contests.

15. Norwich University (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC | LW: Not Ranked): This might seem high for a squad that was not ranked one week ago, but the Cadets proved they deserve some attention after registering 492 yards of total offense in their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash on Saturday against Coast Guard Academy.  

16. Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC | LW: No. 20): The AMCATs made history this past weekend by establishing a new single-season mark for wins (currently three), which should increase over the next few weeks.

17. Coast Guard Academy (2-3, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: 14): The Bears dropped their initial conference clash to Norwich, which rallied to beat them in the “Little Army-Navy Game.” Norwich’s defense did not make it easy on the Coast Guard offense as the unit finished the game with three tackles for a loss of 10 yards, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and five pass break-ups.

18. Springfield College (1-3, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 18): The Pride remains in the same spot they were one week ago. This week, Springfield will play its first conference game at home against Coast Guard.

19. Amherst College (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC | LW: Not Ranked): The Mammoths bounced back from a three-point setback to Colby College with a 24-14 win over Tufts University.

20. Middlebury College (1-2, 1-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): The Panthers’ offense struggled mightily against a Trinity College defense that pitched a shutout in Hartford. This week’s game against Amherst is a must-win for the Navy Blue and White.

On the rise: Colby College and Massachusetts Maritime Academy

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