Teams To Watch In 2017: Endicott College Gulls

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Endicott College’s football team will certainly be one of many New England squads to watch this season. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kiana DelViscovo)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Our New England D3 Football preseason team previews continue with a look at the 2017 Endicott College Gulls, who certainly will be an interesting team to watch this fall. 

Team Name: Endicott College Gulls

Noontime Sports Preseason Ranking: The Gulls were one of eight teams selected (and featured) our ‘Teams on the Rise‘ tweet, which was posted on Monday, July 31st.

2016 Season Recap: The second year was a solid step forward for both Coach Kevin DeWall and the Gulls’ football program that has high hopes heading into a brand new season. The 2016 season was a good step forward for a team that should be one to keep an eye on this fall. Last season, we saw some solid play from various student-athletes on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Joe Kalosky, wide receiver Zach DeNike, fullback Lavante Wiggins and linebacker William Rivera. Endicott gained some solid experience against Hobart, St. Lawrence and Framingham State last September, which helped them conclude the 2016 campaign with back-to-back wins over Coast Guard Academy and Curry College.

Key Losses: Chris Lipscomb (Wide Receiver), Connor Crotty (Wide Receiver), Christian Martinez (Inside Linebacker), Connor McLaughlin (Outside Linebacker) and Craig Anderson (D-Line).

Players to Watch: Joe Kalosky (Quarterback), Lavante Wiggins (Fullback), Hakim Fleming (Fullback), Zach DeNike (Wide Receiver), Christian Filonow (Free Safety), Shane Toland (O-Line), Williams Rivera (Inside Linebacker) and Zachary Poirier (Free Safety).

2017 ScheduleEndicott’s season-opener against Framingham State is always a must-see – this season, the contest will take place in Beverly. Following a visit from the Rams, the Gulls will embark on an important three-week trip, starting with a visit to Bridgewater State followed by games at MIT and Hobart. All four games will certainly provide the squad with some solid experience heading into their final September contest against Husson – the Eagles will join the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) conference in 2019. Following a bye week – one week after a visit from the Eagles, to be exact – the Gulls will hop into league play by visiting Western New England and Salve Regina before returning home to face Curry College on Saturday, October 28th. Their final two contests will be against Becker College and Nichols College.

Season Outlook: There is a great deal of optimism surrounding these Gulls, who have high hopes heading into the 2017 season. Returning a majority of its roster from one year ago, these student-athletes – or technically, Gulls – should be in for a fun season after gaining some important experience last fall. And that experience should help players like quarterback  Joe Kalosky and wide receiver Zach DeNike. The duo should connect for a few scores this season – it will be fun to see them both progress in year number two. In addition to Kalosky and DeNike, look for a solid season from fullback Lavante Wiggins, who led the rushing attack with 400 yards on 90 carries. Wiggins rushed for five touchdowns last fall – perhaps he doubles that total this season? On defense, look for William Rivera to quarterback a unit that returns some key members from last year’s unit, including key members of its secondary – Christian Filonow and Zachary Poirier. Both student-athletes finished in the top-five in total tackles last season. They will both be asked to step-up this season. With some experience from a year ago on both sides of the ball, along with some talented recruits, this Endicott squad will certainly be a team to watch this fall.

Teams To Watch In 2017: Western New England Golden Bears

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WNE Quarterback Anthony Service and the Golden Bears should be in for an exciting 2017 campaign. (PHOTO CREDIT: Western New England Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

We continue our preseason New England D3 Football coverage with a preview of the Western New England Golden Bears’ football team. 

Team Name: Western New England Golden Bears

Noontime Sports Preseason Ranking: The Golden Bears checked-in as our top team in New England – the poll was posted on Monday, July 31st.

2016 Season Recap: The Golden Bears’ exciting postseason run concluded last fall in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament with a disappointing 30-24 setback to Alfred. Yet, before the season concluded against Alfred, WNE scored 11-straight wins, including a pair of victories over Endicott College and Salve Regina University. Halfback Nick Connell highlighted his team’s important win over the Seahawks by rushing for four scores and 170 yards on 30 carries. Connell was one of many student-athletes that made the 2016 campaign one to remember.

Key Losses: Nick Connell (Running Back), Mohamed Camara (Wing), Trent Vasey (Tight End), Terrence N’Dabian (Wing), Blair Cook (Linebacker) and Obi Etuka (Defensive Back)

Players to Watch: Anthony Service (Quarterback), Dante Aiken (Running Back), Mark Dietrich (Wide Receiver), Josh Henry (Tight End), Justin Townsend (Wing), Dillon Martin (Guard), Kurtis Jolicoeur (Bear), Sam Olsson (Defensive Back), Sam Edouard (D-Line), Tim Huffam (Linebacker), Kevin McLaughlin (Bear) and Sean Stergas (D-Line).

2017 ScheduleFor the fifth-straight season, the Golden Bears will begin its campaign against Springfield College – kickoff for this game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 2 (at WNE). WNE has won the last three meetings against the Pride, while Springfield captured the 2013 contest by a score of 49-40. WNE will then host Westfield State (one week later) before embarking on an important three week stretch, which includes contests against Husson, RPI, and St. Lawrence. Those three games should tell us a great deal about a squad that should once again be in position to capture its conference’s crown (Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)). Of course, games against Endicott (Oct. 14th) and Salve Regina (Oct. 28th) will be important tests as well – one should also not overlook the team’s final two regular season foes: Curry College and Nichols College. Both teams will be ready to challenge the Golden Bears.

Season Outlook: Last season’s setback to Alfred in the NCAA Tournament should provide this squad with some motivation as they attempt to return to the postseason for the second-straight season. WNE returns 15 of 24 starters from last season’s squad, but there are some question marks surrounding its running game and secondary. Halfback Dante Aiken, who rushed for 617 yards and seven touchdowns last fall, will most likely be the lead-back – he will be asked to fill the void left by Nick Connell, who rushed for 13 touchdowns last fall, along with 1,231 yards. Connell is back, however, but as an assistant coach – he could certainly help Aiken become one of the best backs in the league. The other question mark: the team’s secondary. Defensive back Obi Etuka graduated last spring, but luckily the team does return a good chunk of secondary players that should be able to step-up when needed. Coach Keith Emery and his staff seem optimistic about their team’s secondary. Excluding the two question marks, WNE does return a great deal of talent that will make them ‘the team to watch’ this fall.

Teams To Watch In 2017: Salve Regina Seahawks

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The Salve Regina Seahawks will be one of many teams to watch this season in New England. (PHOTO CREDIT: Salve Regina Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Our Noontime Sports Preseason New England D3 Football coverage officially begins TODAY with a look at the Salve Regina Seahawks, who will certainly be one of many teams to watch this season. 

Team Name: Salve Regina University Seahawks

Noontime Sports Preseason Ranking: The Seahawks checked-in No. 9 on our preseason poll, which was posted Monday, July 31st.

2016 Season Recap: The Seahawks concluded last season by winning eight of 10 contests. And despite coming-up short in the inaugural New England Bowl game to Framingham State, the Seahawks gained a great deal of experience on both sides of the ball that should help them contend for the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown.

Key Losses: Brandon Basil (Quarterback), Sam Pascale (Running Back), Ethan Gambale (Linebacker) and Joey Farrar (Defensive Back).

Players to Watch in 2017: Danny McDermott (Quarterback), James Dawson (Running Back), Robert Askew (Running Back), Tommy Seaver (Tight End), Tyler D’Errico (Linebacker), Nathan Gonzalez (Defensive Back), John Salute (D-Line), Brandon O’Neill (D-Line), Nico Aronson (O-Line) and Connor Russo (Defensive Back).

2017 SchedulePrior to their initial CCC contest, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th against Nichols College, the Seahawks will look to earn some early-season momentum, beginning with a pair of home games against Worcester State (Sept. 2nd) and Montclair State (Sept. 9th). Their next two games – both on the road – could tell us a great deal about this squad before they begin league play. Two October dates to circle on your calendar: a visit from Endicott College (Saturday, Oct. 21st) and a trip to Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 28th).

Season Outlook: With a great deal of talent (and depth) back from last season’s squad, one should not overlook a Seahawks squad that certainly has potential to challenge the Golden Bears for the top spot in the CCC. All four non-conference games should prepare this unit for a successful first season of CCC football. Keep an eye on quarterback Danny McDermott and Tommy Seaver on offense – both seniors will be key for the unit’s success. On defense, expect another solid season from linebacker Tyler D’Errico. Both units did graduate some key pieces to last year’s 8-2 team, but the returners should be to step-up and continue their momentum from a year ago.

Get In The Game: What You Can Expect From Our Noontime Coverage This Fall

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Happy Wednesday, Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) fans!

It’s an exciting time these days – not just because football has returned – but our site has been updated with some new features, including an easy way to join our email list (you can sign-up on the right side of the screen if you’re on a laptop or tablet or at the bottom of the page on mobile).

Additionally, we have introduced a brand-new podcast for the upcoming football season – Football Friday – which has been a great addition to our New England D3 coverage. We have had some great guests thus far – thank you to those that have taken the time to join us! – and will have more interviews with coaches, student-athletes and media members before, during and after the season, so make sure to circle back every Friday for a new show.

Quick ‘Football Friday’ Plug for this week (Aug. 9th): There will be now show this week, but we will return next week after a quick (and brief) one-week hiatus! 

In addition to a brand new looking site and podcast, we will also unveil some new content this season (and school year). Most of this content you may or may not have seen in the past, but it will include longer-form features on student-athletes, coaches and teams, more videos, including a weekly Facebook Live Show, and new guests for Noontime Sports the Podcast. 

We will also expand our reach (or audience, technically), adding some Division I and II coverage in New England, and we may even sprinkle in some high school stories, too.

All in all, the biggest goal going forward for our site (and social network channels) is to produce unique and engaging content for you, the reader (and fan). We want to shed a different light on a player, and perhaps a play or series from a game. We want to take you inside the minds of some of your favorite programs – perhaps some film studies or a day in a life? – while producing content that you won’t always see on national or local site.

And as we begin to embark on an exciting new chapter, we want to hear from you, the fans and readers. We want to know what you think, as well as what you want to read and view, both here on our site and social media channels, too. Send us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com or connect with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube).

All in all, this is an exciting time for our site and I am really looking forward to providing unique and engaging content this upcoming school year!

Stay connected with Matt Noonan on social media, follow him on Twitter (@MattNoonan11) and Instagram (@MattNoonan11). Matt is also on Snapchat, you can add him by typing in the following username: NoontimeSports. And if you want to email Matt, you can reach him at MatthewJNoonan@gmail.com. 

Former Bates Quarterback Matt Bazirgan Named New York Jets New College Scouting Director

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Former Bates College quarterback Matt Bazirgan was recently named the new College Scouting Director of the New York Jets.

The news of Bazigran’s new gig was confirmed today, Friday, July 28th by multiple reports, including Jets Wire of the USA Today

Bazigran began working for the Jets in 2004 as a College Scout Assistant, and spent the past two seasons as the organization’s Director of Pro Personnel. Bazigran replaces Rex Hogan, who accepted a front office position with the Indianapolis Colts last month.

A former quarterback (and intern coach) for the Bobcats, Bazigran, who concluded his senior year with eight touchdown passes, graduated from Bates in 2000. He would earn his Masters in Sports Management from Springfield College in 2004.

New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The NESCAC In 2017

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Wednesday, New England D3 Football fans, which means it’s time to unveil a brand new team to watch this season.

This week – in case you haven’t seen our tweets – we’re highlight the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Below are the various student-athletes we will be watching this season, both on offense and defense.

Prior to this week’s NESCAC ‘Players to Watch’ list, we highlighted four other conferences:

Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football)

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) 

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

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OFFENSE 

Sonny Puzzo

Trinity

Quarterback 

Max Chipouras

Trinity

Runningback 

Bryan Vieira

Trinity

Wide Receiver 

Ryan McDonald 

Tufts 

Quarterback

Jared Lebowitz

Middlebury

Quarterback 

Conrado Banky

Middlebury

Wide Receiver 

Diego Meritus

Middlebury 

Runningback 

Mike Breuler

Wesleyan 

Wide Receiver 

Mark Piccirillo

Wesleyan 

Quarterback 

Frank Williams

Bates 

Wide Receiver 

Nick Morales

Amherst 

Quarterback

Jack Hickey

Amherst 

Runningback 

Sebastian Ferrell

Colby 

Wide Receiver 

Marcus Gutierrez

Hamilton

Runningback

Joe Schmidt

Hamilton

Wide Receiver 

Bryan Porter 

Bowdoin

Tight End 

DEFENSE 

Liam Kenneally

Trinity

Linebacker 

Shane Libby

Trinity

Linebacker

Doug Harrison

Tufts 

Defensive Line 

Greg Holt

Tufts 

Linebacker 

Tim Preston

Tufts 

Defensive Back

John Jackson

Middlebury 

Linebacker

Shayne Kaminski

Wesleyan 

Linebacker 

Brandon Morris 

Wesleyan 

Linebacker

Nate Taylor 

Wesleyan

Defensive Back

Grant Williams

Wesleyan

Defensive Line

Andrew Yamin

Amherst 

Linebacker

Ben Anthony

Williams

Cornerback 

Max Breschi 

Bates 

Linebacker

Joe Gowetski

Bowdoin

Linebacker

Don Vivian

Colby 

Defensive Back

Mickey Keating

Hamilton 

Linebacker

 

Introducing The Football Friday Podcast

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

As we inch closer toward a brand new season of New England Division III football, I am excited to announce some new content for our site called Football Friday, a weekly podcast that will feature interviews with coaches and student-athletes, as well as local media members, too.

These weekly podcasts will be posted on our site’s newest page – that would be the Football Friday page, to be exact!

Football Friday officially kicked-off today as I was joined by Dan Mulrooney, who is a first-year head coach at Anna Maria College. Mulrooney and I discussed his initial head coaching gig, as well as his football journey, which began in Connecticut.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports by following us on Twitter, becoming a fan on Facebook and subscribing to our YouTube Channel TODAY!