Noontime’s New England D3 Football Top 10 (Oct. 24, 2022)

Willie Lombard and Manny Sanchez combined for five rushing touchdowns on Saturday against Worcester State. PHOTO COURTESY: Kim Bownes/Plymouth State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week of New England NCAA Division III football has concluded. So that means it is time to unveil this week’s Top 10 teams heading into the ninth week of the season.

Endicott College remains our top team again – the Gulls soared past the University of New England on Saturday, thanks to its defense, which pitched its fourth shutout of the season. Additionally, Endicott’s defense recorded 10 sacks.

Salve Regina University and Plymouth State each moved up as both teams scored week eight victories while Bridgewater State joined the poll ahead of an important week nine tilt with UMass Dartmouth.

Western New England moved up one spot, checking in ninth this week after the Golden Bears cruised past Curry College.  

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, October 24, 2022

1. Endicott College (7-0, 3-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): As noted above, the Gulls’ defense was a unit to watch against UNE on Saturday. Not only did they record their fourth shutout, but also registered 10 sacks.  

2. UMass Dartmouth (7-1, 6-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 2): The Corsairs are inching closer to winning their first conference crown since 2002 but will need to score two important wins to accomplish their goal.   

3. Springfield College (5-2, 3-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 3): Springfield has won nine-straight conference games, dating back to last season’s 60-0 victory over Coast Guard Academy. The Pride will visit Merchant Marine on Saturday with hopes of continuing its recent momentum.  

4. Trinity College (6-0, 6-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 4): The Bantams outscored Williams College, 16-0, in the final session to clinch a 32-13 victory. Trinity will go for its seventh win on Saturday against Bowdoin College.

5. Middlebury College (5-1, 5-1 NESCAC) (LW: No. 5): The Panthers bounced back from their week seven setback with a 40-28 win over Bates College. Halfback LeeCharles McNeil highlighted the Navy Blue and White’s fifth win of the season by rushing for a game-high 115 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown.

6. Salve Regina University (5-2, 2-1 CCC) (LW: No. 7): Make it back-to-back wins for the Seahawks as Salve Regina soared past Nichols College on Saturday to keep its conference title hopes alive.

7. Plymouth State (6-1, 4-1 MASCAC) (LW: No. 9): Manny Sanchez and Willie Lombard combined for five rushing touchdowns on Saturday as the Panthers rolled past Worcester State, 56-21. Plymouth State will go for its third-straight win, along with its seventh victory of the 2022 season on Saturday against Westfield State.

8. Wesleyan University (4-2, 4-2 NESCAC) (LW: No. 6): The Cardinals dipped two spots following a 28-26 setback to Bowdoin. Despite the loss, Wesleyan remains in the conference title race but will need to win its final three contests. Additionally, they will need some help to at least share the league crown.

9. Western New England (3-4, 2-1 CCC) (LW: No. 10): This is a big week for the Golden Bears. Western New England will travel to Husson University with hopes of remaining in the conference title race.

10. Bridgewater State (4-3, 4-1) (LW: Not Ranked): A challenging three-game stretch begins for the Bears on Saturday when they visit second-ranked UMass Dartmouth.

On the Rise: Colby College (4-2, 4-2 NESCAC), Husson University (3-4, 2-1 CCC), Tufts University (3-3, 3-3 NESCAC), and Western Connecticut (5-3, 4-2 MASCAC)

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