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

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

We’re another week closer to kicking-off a brand new season of New England D3 Football, so that means it is time highlight a brand new group of student-athletes that we will be watching this season in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

In case you missed it, Noontime Sports began its countdown to training camp coverage last week with our ‘Players to Watch in the MASCAC in 2017.’ We’ll be highlighting a new conference every week leading-up to our preseason coverage in mid-to-late August, so make sure to stay tuned to both our blog and social channels for updates, news, links and much more!

 

So, without further ado, here are the student-athletes we will be eyeing this upcoming season in the CCC – make sure to use their hashtag (#CCCFB) on social media (Twitter and Instagram)!

OFFENSE 

Zach DeNike

Endicott 

Wide Receiver 

Lavante Wiggins

Endicott

Fullback 

Hakim Fleming

Endicott

Fullback 

Joe Kalosky 

Endicott 

Quarterback 

Mark Dietrich

WNE

Wide Receiver 

Josh Henry 

 WNE 

 Tight End 

Anthony Service

WNE 

 Quarterback 

Dante Aiken

WNE 

Running Back 

James Dawson

Salve Regina 

Running Back

Tommy Seaver 

Salve Regina 

Tight End 

Steve Croce

Salve Regina 

Wide Receiver 

Alex Corvese

Curry 

Quarterback  

 D’Aundray Burcy

Curry 

Running Back 

Tony Martignoli

Nichols 

Wide Receiver 

Chris Mullins

Nichols 

Quarterback 

Michael Caban

Becker 

Wide Receiver 

DEFENSE 

William Rivera

Endicott

Inside Linebacker 

Christian Filonow

Endicott 

Free Safety 

Jesse Simoni

Endicott

Cornerback 

Kurtis Jolicoeur

WNE

Bear 

Sam Olsson

WNE 

Defensive Back 

Sam Edouard

WNE 

Defensive Line 

Kevin McLaughlin 

WNE 

Bear

Angel Flores

Becker 

Linebacker 

Luc Zikianda

Curry 

Defensive Line 

Devin Williams

Curry 

Linebacker 

Steven Grogan

Curry  

Linebacker 

Brandon O’Neill

Salve Regina 

Defensive Line 

Francisco Hardacker

Salve Regina 

Defensive Back 

Tyler D’Errico

Salve Regina 

Linebacker  

John Salute 

Salve Regina 

Defensive Line

Brett McEvoy

Nichols 

Linebacker 

 

#FootballFriday: Best Tweets Of The Week

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Endicott College’s football team highlighted another week of great social media posts!(PHOTO CREDIT: Kiana DelViscovo)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Before you officially go on ‘weekend-mode,’ take a quick break to enjoy some of the best college football tweets of the week. And as seen above, the Endicott College football team highlighted our ‘best tweets of the week’ with an awesome video of their 2017 schedule.

We will certainly pay a visit to ‘the nest’ this season – maybe more than once, Endicott fans! – so stay tuned. For more on the Gulls’ 2017 schedule, HOP HERE.

Our blog’s friend, Logan Hansen, has high hopes for the Dean College Bulldogs this season. This will be the squad’s initial season of NCAA Division III play.

Dean kicks-off its 2017 slate with a visit from Husson on Saturday, September 9. The game will commence at 12 p.m. We certainly look forward to seeing the Bulldogs in-action this season.

Now, let’s dish out some ‘in-case-you-missed-it’ tweets from the past few days …

Finally, this tweet is more than a few days old, but certainly gets us excited for WPI’s upcoming season. Great photo, Coach!

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Curry Football Announces 2017 Captains

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Over the weekend – Saturday, to be exact! – the Curry College football team announced on Twitter its three captains for the upcoming 2017 season.

The captains for this year’s squad are the following:

  • Ryan Boucher (OL | North Reading, Mass.)
  • Alex Corvese (QB | Cranton, R.I.)
  • Steven Grogan (LB | Forestdale, Mass. )

Curry is coming off a 3-6 overall campaign, but will look to bounce back this season when they kick-off their 2017 slate with a visit from Fitchburg State on Friday, September 1 at 7 p.m.

For more on the Colonels’ football team – HOP HERE

Let The #CountdownToKickoff2017 Begin!

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s officially summer – well, not technically, but in 20 days it will be the initial day of summer.

Here at Noontime Sports, though, we have begun the ‘summer-transition’ as we begin to turn the page to the 2017-18 school year.

Yes, we’re already beginning the countdown to another year of coverage, but don’t worry, we’ll enjoy this ‘slow-period’ of news for a bit. And we hope you do, too!

And while we anxiously await the start of camps, we’ll begin producing a few blog posts over the next few weeks (and months) on teams (and players) to watch this season, along with thoughts on schedules, too.  We’ll also produce some podcasts, too – yes, the Noontime Sports Podcast will be returning soon, so stay tuned!

As we get closer to the start of the 2017 season, we’ll unveil our initial Noontime Sports Top 10 Preseason Poll on Twitter, along with our first-ever Top 20 Teams to Watch in 2017. We’ll also post our Noontime Sports Preseason Team in August.

All in all, we’re excited to bring you another season of college football coverage and look forward to staying connected throughout the summer. Remember to follow us on Twitter and become a fan of our blog on Facebook.

New England D3 Football: What Teams To Watch In 2017?

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Sure, football season seems like a ways off, especially with next weekend being Memorial Day Weekend.

Yet, before we know it, another season of New England D3 Football will be back!

As promised – I mentioned it a few times on Twitter this week – below are the teams I will be watching this upcoming season in all five conferences.

Let me know what you think – do you agree or disagree? If so, send me a tweet or email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. And make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports) and Facebook!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Western New England will once again be the favorite, but who challenges the Golden Bears? Three teams: EndicottNichols and Salve Regina. One other team to keep an eye on is Curry College.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)Husson University will be the ‘team-to-beat or watch this fall, however, who challenges the Eagles? My thoughts: Castleton State and SUNY Maritime. One other team to watch would be Dean College.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Bridgewater State should be the favorite, especially after rebounding from a slow start. Yet, who challenges the Bears for the conference crown? My thoughts: Fitchburg StateFramingham StatePlymouth State and UMass Dartmouth.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)This conference produced an exciting final few weeks of football. And now that every team will play each other, it should be interesting to see what squad can take down the favorite, which is Trinity College. And while the Bantams maybe the favorite, don’t overlook the following: Tufts UniversityMiddlebury College and Wesleyan College. One other team that could contend for the crown is Amherst College, which concluded its season with a convincing win over an up-and-coming Williams College squad.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Springfield College has to be the favorite heading into a brand new league, but keep an eye on WPI and Norwich University. All three should be in the mix for the inaugural NEWMAC title, but don’t overlook Merchant Marine Academy.

Endicott’s Tommy Hughes Keeps The Focus On ‘Getting Better’ Everyday

Senior Captain Midfielder Tommy Hughes (12)

Endicott College senior Tommy Hughes has been dominant at the face-off X this season, winning a league-best 260 face-offs. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Le)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Endicott College senior Tommy Hughes prides himself in one thing: to get better every day.

Getting better every day is a tribute to both past and current coaches, including Eric Hagarty, who have preached those words to Hughes, who has become a stand-out face-off specialist with the Gulls.

“All season, Coach has harped to (my teammates and I) that it’s all about getting better,” said Hughes, who was tabbed this week’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Specialist of the Week for the sixth time this season.

“If you better yourself every day then the proof will just show itself,” he added.

Since arriving to campus in the fall of 2013, Hughes has been an integral part to the men’s lacrosse program, capturing an impressive 1,142 face-offs, while scooping 719 ground balls. This season, he led all all CCC face-off specialists with 260 face-off victories, while scooping a league-high 184 ground balls.

Hughes’ success at the face-off X helped the Gulls capture eight league games this spring, along with a regular season crown. The eight wins provided Endicott with the top seed in this year’s CCC Tournament, which began this past weekend with a pair of first-round contests.

Senior Captain Midfielder Tommy Hughes (12)

Endicott College’s Tommy Hughes keeps his focus on ‘getting better’ each day. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Le)

Endicott, which returns to the field tomorrow evening, will host Curry College in a semifinal match-up with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Gulls and Colonels met earlier this season with Endicott claiming a 20-11 victory.

Hughes highlighted his team’s win over Curry, tallying a season-best 24 face-off victories. He also recorded 24 face-off wins in his team’s 15-10 win over Roger Williams.

And due to his squad earning a first-round bye, he, along with his teammates, were able to keep the focus on ‘getting better’ with additional practices the past few days.

“I took more and more face-offs every day (to prepare for this week’s game), while our offense kept shooting more and more every single day,” said Hughes.

Hughes, who hopes to guide his squad to this Saturday’s championship game, knows he and his teammates will have to play their best lacrosse tomorrow evening to extend their season for a few more days.

Of course, Hughes would love to end his career with some hardware – a CCC crown and NCAA Tournament – but instead of thinking about hoisting a trophy, he is keeping the focus on ‘getting better’ every day.

“My focus is to keep getting better and bettering myself, so I can be prepared for upcoming games,” said Hughes.

 

 

 

 

 

Endicott Finishes CCC Play Undefeated, Secures Top Sports In Tournament

c6af2cb0cc48660a79fe3174028eb46dBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Following a 15-4 win this afternoon over Gordon College, the Endicott College men’s lacrosse team capped its regular season with a perfect 8-0 ledger in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play, along with the top spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

The CCC Tournament will commence this Saturday, April 29th with a pair of first-round games with the winners advancing to next Wednesday’s (May 3rd) semifinals.

The championship will occur a week from this Saturday – that would be Saturday, May 6th, to be exact – with the winner securing the conference’s automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Will Jennings highlighted his team’s final regular season outing, netting five goals, while dishing out a pair of assists. Colin Bannon concluded the contest with two goals and two assists, Will Clark recorded a hat trick and Tommy Hughes won 15 of 17 face-offs.

Endicott outshot Gordon, 45-37, while scooping 48 ground balls, including 15 in the second session.

Gordon, which concluded its 2017 season this afternoon, received a team-high two goals from Thor Rasmussen.

For more on Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s lacrosse, HOP HERE

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