By Matt Noonan
It was an exciting ending to the 2022 New England NCAA Division III football regular season.
Three teams captured their respective conference crown this afternoon, including Trinity College, which became the third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) team to finish its season with a 9-0 record.
Trinity topped Wesleyan University, 31-14, thanks to three touchdown passes from quarterback Spencer Fetter.
Fetter concluded his team’s final contest by completing 21 of 36 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Two touchdown passes landed in the hands of DeVante Reid, who led the Bantams’ receiving core with four catches for 62 yards.
Wesleyan’s Logan Tomlinson led all receivers by hauling in 10 receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown.
Brian Casagrande led the Trinity defense with nine total tackles, including six solo stops.
UMass Dartmouth claimed its first conference crown in 20 years as the Corsairs sailed past Plymouth State, 46-21, to complete its conference slate without a single setback.
Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos completed 26 of 29 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the win while Richarno Hylton paced the UMass Dartmouth rushing attack with 71 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.
Aviles-Santos connected with Angel Sanchez for a pair of second-half touchdowns – Sanchez concluded the game with eight catches for 121 yards.
Plymouth State’s Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 91 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.
In Washington, D.C., the Springfield College football team clinched its second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title with a 35-21 victory over Catholic University.
The Pride finished its conference slate without a setback for the second-straight season while recording its fifth consecutive victory against the Cardinals, dating back to when the two schools began competing in the NEWMAC in 2017.
Arsen Shtefan rushed for a game-high 137 yards while Joseph Cannizzaro and Armando Torres combined for three rushing touchdowns.
Tyler Pohlman clinched the two-score win for Springfield by recording a pick-six with 2:30 remaining in the final stanza.
Endicott College clinched its first-ever 10-0 season in program history with a 26-21 win over Western New England.
The Gulls claimed their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown last week by beating Salve Regina University.
Against the Golden Bears, the Gulls leaned on Yavier Cosme-Diaz, who rushed for a game-high 72 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. He also hailed in three of Clayton Marengi’s 16 passes for 42 yards and one touchdown.
Quarterback Michael Berluti concluded his sophomore season with Tufts University by recording 475 yards of total offense to go with eight touchdowns, including one score on the ground as the Jumbos rolled past Middlebury College, 65-34.
The seven touchdowns are a season-best for Berluti, who also rushed for a season-high 181 yards on 12 carries.
Tufts’ Phil Lutz hauled in 10 receptions for 237 yards and six touchdowns while Jackson Butler added four catches for 41 yards and one touchdown.
Williams College concluded its campaign with a 20-10 victory over Amherst College, and Bridgewater State captured its second-straight Cranberry Bowl by beating Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 10-0.