D3 Hockey: Bailey Returns To His Alma Mater to Coach The Rams

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Ryan McDonough and the Framingham State Rams will keep the focus on building a successful program this winter. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By Kyle Prudhomme | @Kyle_Prudhomme

Mike Bailey’s passion for the sport of ice hockey can be heard through his voice when discussing his new gig with Framingham State University.

If you know his hockey background, then it would be pretty easy to understand why he is very excited to be back at his alma mater coaching the same program he skated for from 1992-96.

“It is a dream job to represent Framingham State, a school that has given me so much,”  said Bailey, who graduated in 1996, but was previously an assistant for the program for the past two seasons.

“I have a lot of pressure from the guys I played with up to the administration to represent the school the best I can, but I would like to return it (to where it was when I was a student-athlete) and guide the players not only in hockey, but with their education and ability to get a good job (after they graduate).”

As a student-athlete, Bailey competed for Guy Angers – the squad’s former bench boss for the past two years, as well as from 1990-96 – and led the Rams to a trio of ECAC Tournament appearances, including a semifinal contest during the 1994-95 season.

Angers, in case you don’t know, ranks second in wins in program history behind Jack Tannar, who was the first coach to guide the Rams from 1971-1980 (1971 marked the program’s first time they skated in a varsity contest). Tannar would lead the Rams to 129 wins in nine seasons, including an ECAC Championship victory over Trinity College in 1979.

Framingham State has not won a championship since stunning the Bantams, 4-3, in Natick in 1979, but perhaps Bailey could enjoy similar success behind the bench, if not this season, very soon.

“The way I see it is we will have some growing pains. There are a lot of kids who it will be their first year (playing college hockey), so I am going to allow them to make mistakes, while providing an atmosphere where they can have the most success without having to worry about being benched,” said Bailey.

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Mike Bailey will be the new bench boss this season for the Framingham State Rams’ ice hockey team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

The Rams maybe a young team on paper, but they should certainly look a lot different than they do currently come next January and February.

In the meantime, the Rams appear focused on doing the best they can against Suffolk University this Saturday, October 20th when the two schools collide in an exhibition match before the Black and Gold host Post University roughly two weeks later for their initial game of the 2017-18 season on Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m.

Bailey’s approach for the upcoming season is cognizant of the bigger picture of the program. Of course, winning immediately would be fantastic, but the first-year coach knows it is a process and is going to take some time to become the program he imagines the Rams will become in the future.

“I like to think (of us) as an up and coming (team),” he said. “We are going have some growing pains, there is no doubt based on all the underclassman in our lineup, but I guarantee every night that the other team will know they are in a game (with us). It’s not going to happen overnight, but we are headed in the right direction.

“We are a very young team, but I feel we are a better team based on the kids we brought in and the maturity shown by our sophomores and juniors, (who were first-years and sophomore last winter).”


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D3 Football Fan Vote: Plymouth State Tabbed Team of The Week

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

After earning a hard-fought victory on the road last Saturday, the Plymouth State University football team scored an additional win two days later as our Noontime Sports New England D3 Football Team of the Week.

The New England D3 Football Team of the Week is decided by a Twitter poll, which was (and will continue to be) seen throughout the remainder of the season on Sunday and Monday’s through @NoontimeSports.

The Panthers secured a first-place nod in this week’s poll by collecting 57 percent of the votes, while Nichols College placed second with 26 percent. Middlebury College and Coast Guard Academy rounded out the the poll, finishing third (10 percent) and fourth (seven percent), respectively.

Against Framingham State, the Panthers used a late touchdown drive to push ahead, 29-28, before clinching the victory with a fourth down stop on the ensuing possession.

The win was the Panthers’ second-straight regular season victory against the Rams – they defeated Framingham State last season en route to sharing the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown. The win provided the Green and White an opportunity to compete in last year’s NCAA Division III Tournament, too.

Quarterback Zack Edwards concluded this past Saturday’s contest with two touchdowns, including the go-ahead strike to Max Osgood late in the fourth quarter. Halfback David Hamilton rushed for 130 yards on 30 carries (4.3 yards per carry) and one touchdown, while Jacob Szulc caught four passes for 149 yards and one touchdown.

Matt Shea highlighted the Panthers’ defense with a team-high eight total tackles, including six solo stops and one tackle for a loss of three yards. Elijah Bussell ended the game with five total tackles, including four solo stops and one fumble recovery.

Kicker Jeremy Martin tallied nine points in the win on three extra points and two field goals. His longest field goal was a 35-yard boot with 30 second remaining in the second quarter, which provided the Panthers with a 10-7 advantage at the break.

Plymouth State, which is now 3-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play, will look to continue its momentum on Saturday, October 20th when they host Massachusetts Maritime Academy at 1 p.m.

Noontime Sports Stars Of The Week (Week Seven) Powered By Zelos Athletics

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week seven!


Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too! 


The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


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Western New England quarterback Alec Coleman recorded five touchdowns last weekend against Curry College.(PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Cory Brandon (Husson University): Brandon completed 17 of 19 passes for 303 yards, while tossing four touchdowns, including a pair of scores to Keyshaun Robinson, who led all Husson receivers, as the Eagles soared past Alfred State.

Leroy Brown (UMass Dartmouth): Brown hauled in a game-high 199 yards on six grabs for three score during his team’s setback to Bridgewater State.

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman concluded last Saturday’s contest with five touchdowns (four through the air, one on the ground) as the Golden Bears rolled past Curry College in Springfield. Coleman completed 19 of 29 passes for 273 yards, while adding 41 yards on five carries.

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Holder rushed for three scores on 24 carries for 173 yards (7.2 yards per carry), while catching one pass for 15 yards in the Owls’ 41-27 win over Fitchburg State.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Jernigan recorded 256 yards of total offense, while reaching the end zone three times (two through the air, one on the ground) as the Panthers defeated Williams College on the road. The Middlebury signal-caller concluded the game with 162 passing yards (18 of 31), while adding 94 yards on 27 carries.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Against University of New England, the Endicott signal-caller accounted for 315 yards of total offense and three scores. He connected on 18 of 32 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 87 yards on five carries for one score.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): Against Trinity College, McDonald completed 25 of 40 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 27 yards on eight carries and one score.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): Piccirillo accounted for 270 total yards of offense, including 185 yards through the air, while recording four touchdowns (three through the air, one on the ground) in his team’s win over Bates College.

Jordan Vazzano (Trinity College): Against Tufts University, Vazzano completed 10 of 19 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for two scores on 11 carries for 71 yards.

Quron Wright (Framingham State): Wright recorded 161 yards of total offense by hauling in a team-high eight grabs for 111 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 50 yards on nine carries.


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Bates College senior Tyler Harrington turned in a very impressive performance last Saturday against Wesleyan University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bates College Athletics)

Defensive Stars of the Week

Michael Bianco (Becker College): Bianco paced the Hawks’ defense last Saturday against Nichols by registering a team-high 12 total tackles, including six solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

Kaleb Caron (Husson University): Against Alfred State, Caron registered four total tackles, two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards, while recording one fumble recovery and one pass break-up.

Samuel Ejiasi (UMass Dartmouth): Ejiasi concluded last Saturday’s contests against Bridgewater State with seven solo tackles, including two tackles for a loss of six yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and one pass break-up.

Michael Goldsworthy (Coast Guard Academy): Goldsworthy concluded his team’s clash with Maine Maritime by registering four total tackles, including three solo stops, while recording a trio of interceptions for 32 yards.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield College): Against Merchant Marine last Saturday, Giorgio registered eight total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 13 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards, while recording one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for seven yards.

Tyler Harrington (Bates College): Against Wesleyan University, Harrington stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards, while adding two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.

Chris Lawrence (Nichols College): Lawrence led the Bison’s defense with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of 17 yards. Additionally, he recorded two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his team’s win over Becker College.

Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime): Johnston concluded last Saturday’s tilt with Western Connecticut by tallying eight total tackles, including five solo stops, one tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry.

Derek Jones (Western Conn.): Jones paced the Western Connecticut defense with 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards, while recording one quarterback hurry against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.


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Wesleyan University kicker Patrick Wolff was clutch this past weekend against Bates College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Patrick Wolff)

Special Team Stars of the Week

Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Conn.): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, D’Onofrio connected on all three extra points, while recording 248 punting yards (41.3 yards per punt) with two kicks landing inside the Buccaneers’ 20-yard line.

Nick DiCairano (Endicott): DiCairano tallied 12 points last Saturday against University of New England by connecting on 10 of 11 kicks, including all nine extra points. He also registered 609 yards on 11 kickoffs (55.4 yards per kick) with one boot resulting in a touchback.

Robert Innis, Jr. (Univ. of New Eng.): The UNE kicker was a perfect six-for-six against Endicott College last Saturday, including all five-for-five on extra points.

Patrick Wolff (Wesleyan University): Wolff connected on all six kicks during his team’s win against Bates College, including a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter, which capped a five-play, 32-yard drive.


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Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Eight (Oct. 15th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

THE EIGHTH WEEK OF THE NEW ENGLAND D3 FOOTBALL SEASON HAS ARRIVED, WHICH MEANS IT IS TIME TO UNVEIL OUR NEWEST TOP 10 POLL OF THE SEASON, AS WELL AS OUR ‘TEAMS ARE ON THE RISE.’

It was another crazy week of New England football, but Amherst College managed to remain at the top for another week with a convincing win over Colby College. The Mammoths not only occupy the top spot in our weekly poll for the third-straight week, but also remain the top team in the NESCAC heading into an important week eight meeting with Wesleyan University (the Cardinals are back on our radar at 3-2 overall).

Western Connecticut and MIT each moved up, rounding out the top three positions, while Williams College fell to two spots to the fourth position following a tough setback to Middlebury College.

The Ephs have a huge match-up this week against Tufts University, which also tumbled a few spots in this week’s poll following a loss to Trinity College. Both Williams and Tufts need a win Saturday to keep their regular season title hopes alive.

Endicott College and Western New England moved up this week – let the countdown begin for their important meeting in a few weeks – while Coast Guard Academy joined the list following an impressive showing last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 


New England D3 Football: Week Eight Poll| Monday, October 15th, 2018 

1. Amherst College 

5-0 (5-0) | Last Week: No. 1Week Eight: Wesleyan

2. Western Conn. 

6-0 (4-0) | Last Week: No. 2

Week Eight: Bridgewater St.

3. MIT 

6-0 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 5

Week Eight: Coast Guard

 4. Williams College

4-1 (4-1) | Last Week: No.  2

Week Eight: Tufts

5. Trinity College 4-1 (4-1) | Last Week: No. 7

Week Eight: Bowdoin

6. Western New England

5-1 (2-0) | Last Week: No. 8

Week Eight: Univ. of New Eng.

7. Endicott College 

5-2 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 10

Week Eight: Becker

8. Tufts Univ. 

4-1 (4-1) | Last Week: No. 6

Week Eight: Williams

9. Springfield College

5-2 (3-1) | Last Week: No. 4

Week Eight: Catholic

10. Coast Guard Acad. 

5-2 (3-1) | Last Week: NRWeek Eight: MIT

ON THE RISE: Bridgewater State (5-2, 4-1), Framingham State (4-2, 3-1), Husson University (4-2, 3-0), Middlebury College (3-2, 3-2), Wesleyan University (3-2, 3-2) and WPI (4-2, 2-1) 


2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll | Week Three Poll | Week Four Poll | Week Five | Week Six | Week Seven 


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Catching Up with Coach Brian Bubna and the MIT Engineers

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Udgam Goyal (PHOTO COURTESY: David Silverman/DSPics.net)

By Brian Willwerth | @BriWillwerth 

It’s been an exciting few weeks for the MIT football team, which entered its bye week with an impressive 6-0 record, including a 3-0 mark in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) standings.

The Engineers, who were tabbed once again the top team in the New England in the D3 Coaches Poll earlier this week, seem to be enjoying some much-needed downtime before they return to the gridiron next week for an important four-game stretch, beginning with a home date against Coast Guard Academy.

Earlier this week, we caught-up with first-year coach (and former defensive coordinator) Brian Bubna to discuss his team’s impressive play through six weeks.

On the team limiting opponents to roughly 14 points per game: “We have some pretty good talent at three spots: defensive line, linebacker and defensive back. I think the big part of (our success on defense) is a mix of older guys and younger guys, but also the way they play, too.”

On the play of senior quarterback Udgam Goyal: “He kind of got put in there at a young age. He played like a freshman (his first year) and a sophomore (his second season, but now, as a senior) he’s put it all together, and become what we’ve hoped for.”

On Miguel Wagner’s running game: “As a runner, he’s very physical. He can take a one or two-yard run, and turn it into three or four, and keep the offensive moving.”

On the team’s final four contests: “To win the conference, you have to go undefeated throughout conference play. Even if you lose one, you’re hoping that someone else loses one. You gotta win ‘em all in conference.”


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