New England D3 Football Roundup: Couch Leads BSU Past Western Conn.

Bridgewater State halfback Adam Couch rushed for a pair of touchdowns on Saturday as the Bears earned their first win of the 2022 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bridgewater State University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Saturday’s matchup with Western Connecticut was a must-win for the Bridgewater State Bears.

The Red and White earned the win, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 40-27 victory.

Halfback Adam Couch concluded the week four meeting with 201 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. The Winchendon, Massachusetts native rushed for a season-high 150 yards on 21 carries while quarterback James Cahoon completed 15 of 24 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns.

Brendan Albert led the Bears’ defense with 10 total tackles, including five solo stops. Steven Silvia tallied nine total tackles, including seven solo stops and one pass breakup.

Bridgewater State’s defense intercepted Western Connecticut’s John Giller four times.

Both teams enter the fifth week of the New England NCAA Division III season tied for third in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASAC). UMass Dartmouth remains the top team in the conference – on Saturday, the Corsairs moved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in league play with a 41-20 victory over Worcester State.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Plymouth State currently boast a 1-0 conference mark, respectively.

Endicott College capped the opening month with a 26-13 win over Norwich University.

With the win, the Gulls improve to 4-0, matching their start from 2011 when Endicott won 10 of 11 contests, including the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl against Mount Ida College.

Tyler Bridge and Clayton Marengi combined for four rushing touchdowns while Matthew Licciardi stuffed the stat sheet on defense with 14 total tackles, including a game-high 10 solo tackles to go with one forced fumble and a pair of quarterback hurries. Tyler Davis concluded the non-league tilt with 11 total tackles.

Endicott is currently the top team in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) – they will begin league play on Saturday when they welcome Husson University.

Nichols College and Salve Regina University are currently tied for second in the CCC – the Bison’s three-game winning streak concluded yesterday with a 28-20 setback to Hartwick College while the Seahawks topped Rowan University, 28-24.  

Curry College won its second-straight contest, defeating Hilbert College, 49-9. Halfback Montie Quinn recorded the game’s first four touchdowns before concluding the non-league clash with a game-high 171 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Springfield College, MIT, and Coast Guard Academy all earned wins on Saturday – perhaps the most impressive victory occurred in Paxton, Massachusetts with the Bears handing Anna Maria College its first setback with a 66-28 victory.

Halfback Spencer McMillion rushed for a game-high 285 yards on 43 carries and five touchdowns while catching three passes for 55 yards.

The Coast Guard defense recorded five sacks, three interceptions, and one fumble recovery. Additionally, they concluded the non-league meeting with 658 yards of total offense.

Anna Maria’s Deandre Wallace led all receivers with three catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns.

Middlebury College improved to 2-0, thanks to a 24-10 victory over Wesleyan University.

Quarterback Ben Tauber tossed three touchdowns in the win while Kieran Sheridan and John McCool combined for 18 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of eight yards and six quarterback hurries.

Trinity College scored its second win of the season by beating Colby College, 19-7. Tyler Dinapoli and Thomas Walsh each caught one touchdown in the win.

New England D-III Football Week Four Scoreboard:

  • Endicott College 26, Norwich University 13
  • Springfield College 49, Husson University 7
  • Salisbury University 35, Western New England 0
  • Curry College 49, Hilbert College 9
  • Salve Regina University 28, Rowan University 24
  • Hartwick College 28, Nichols College 20
  • Coast Guard Academy 66, Anna Maria College 28
  • St. Lawrence University 34, Castleton University 6
  • MIT 35, Dean College 6
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy 38, Fitchburg State 13
  • Framingham State 14, Westfield State 11
  • UMass Dartmouth 41, Worcester State 20
  • Bridgewater State 40, Western Connecticut 27
  • Middlebury College 24, Wesleyan University 10
  • Williams College 24, Bowdoin College 14
  • Hamilton College 24, Amherst College 10
  • Trinity College 19, Colby College 7
  • Tufts University 35, Bates College 7
  • WPI 10, Montclair State 0  

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