Noontime Sports Team of the Week (Monday, Oct. 16th)

Noontime Team Week

By (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Monday! With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive, Defensive and Special Team units of the week, as well as our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, too.

Offensive Player of the Week: Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Germinerio accounted for five touchdowns in his team’s 48-7 win over Morrisville State, along with 298 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles’ signal-caller completed 19 of 23 passes for 288 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores on five carries for 10 yards.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Liam Kenneally (Trinity): Kenneally turned in a monstrous performance against Tufts, tallying eight total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards, one sack for a 14 yard loss and one fumble recovery. Kenneally also registered one quarterback hurry, too.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Jean Gabriel (Husson): Against Castleton, Jean Gabriel stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four solo stops, one sack (seven yards), one interception, one pass break-up, one quarterback hurry and two blocks.

Special Teams Player of the Week: John Rak (Amherst): Rak concluded Saturday’s contest against the Mules with 10 points. He was a perfect four-for-four on extra points, while connecting on a pair of field goals with his longest boot coming from 32 yards out.

Offensive Team of the Week:

Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Bamgbose led the Corsairs with 124 receiving yards on five receptions, while recording a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 24-22 setback to Bridgewater State.

Cory Brandon (Husson): Against Castleton, Brandon completed 15 of 17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

Mike Breuler (Wesleyan): Breuler hauled in a game-high 10 receptions for 164 yards and one touchdown as the Cardinals rallied to defeat Bates, 41-23.

Kiegan Brown (Alfred State): Against Gallaudet, Brown rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries for one score, while recording one catch for five yards.

Max Chipouras (Trinity): Chipouras tallied 165 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown to lead Trinity passed Tufts, 23-16.

Brendan Costa (Bates): Against Wesleyan, Costa tallied 170 yards on 18 carries and one score.

Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime): Creeger amassed 329 yards of total offense, including 212 yards on 26 carries for one score as Maine Maritime topped Coast Guard in NEWMAC play. Creeger ended the game three for seven through the air for two touchdowns and 117 yards.

James Dawson (Salve Regina): Against Nichols, Dawson rushed for a pair of scores on 25 carries for 119 yards as the Seahawks improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.

Brandonn Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers with 10 receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown.

Zach DeNike (Endicott): DeNike led all receivers with five grabs for 96 yards and a touchdown against Western New England.

Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Eglintine tallied four touchdowns – two through the air, two on the ground – as the Pride improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in NEWMAC play. The Pride’s signal-caller completed three of seven passes for 76 yards, while rushing for 79 yards on 15 carries.

Quinn Fleeting (West Conn.): Against Mass. Maritime, Fleeting completed 11 of 21 passes for 208 yards and three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jawad Chisholm.

Maleke Fuentes (Alfred): Fuentes rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries and one score in his team’s initial setback of the season to SUNY Cortland.

Peter Hoff (Western New England): Hoff averaged 7.2 yards per carry, finishing the day with 115 yards on 16 carries for two scores as the Golden Bears picked-up their initial conference win.

Kyle Hoppy (Buffalo State.): Hoppy completed 20 of 39 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 30 yards on 10 carries for one score as the Bengals topped the Saints of St. Lawrence.

Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy led all receivers with seven grabs and 124 yards, while hauling in one touchdown in his team’s 24-22 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Jared Lebowoitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz completed 24 of 37 passes for 304 yards, while tossing a trio of touchdown passes in his team’s 27-26 setback to Williams. The senior signal-caller also rushed for 34 yards on eight carries.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron completed 21 of 29 passes for 195 yards, while tossing two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with no time remaining to lift the Ephs to an exciting 27-26 win over Middlebury. The first-year signal-caller also rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries and one score.

Chris Olberding (SUNY Maritime): Olberding led all rushers with 132 yards on 15 carries, while sprinting for a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 51-15 win over Anna Maria.

Rodrick Payne (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Payne rushed for 99 yards on 21 carries and two scores.

Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Acad.): Phillips led all rushers in his team’s 28-21 setback to West Conn. with 212 yards on 39 carries, while recording one touchdown.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan): Piccirillo helped the Cardinals overcome a two-point (23-21) setback at the break by finishing the game 29 of 42 for 370 yards, while rushing for 84 yards on 11 carries. Piccirillo also concluded the game with three touchdowns, including two through the air.

Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Puzzo completed 18 of 31 passes for 200 yards, while tossing one score – he also rushed for 37 yards on 21 carries.

Anthony Service (Western New England): Service amassed 210 yards of total offense, while account for three touchdowns, including two through the air as the Golden Bears topped Endicott in Springfield, Massachusetts.

John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for a trio of touchdowns on 16 carries for 95 yards in his team’s 49-0 win over Castleton.

Shane Sweeney (Hobart): Sweeney completed 19 of 29 passes for 305 yards and four scores in his team’s 49-27 win over Hartwick.

Koree Reed (Hartwick): Reed hauled in a game-high nine receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the Hawks’s 49-27 setback to Hobart.

Maxwell Rye (Middlebury): Rye led the Panthers’ receiving core with seven grabs for 133 receiving yards and one score.

Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva led all receivers with 118 yards on four receptions, while hauling in a pair of touchdown passes as Curry defeated Becker, 40-0.

Trai Weaver (Anna Maria): Weaver led all Anna Maria receivers Saturday by hauling in nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 169 yards on 25 carries, while rushing for one score in his team’s seven-straight win.

Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright completed 26 of 36 passes for 334 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdowns in his team’s win over Anna Maria. 

Defensive Team of the Week:

Luke Apuzzi (Williams): Against Middlebury, Apuzzi registered 16 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.

Derek Breunig (Maine Maritime): Against Coast Guard, Breunig registered 10 total stops, including four solo tackles, one sack (nine yards) and two tackles for a loss of 25 yards.

Jesse Byorth (Merchant Marine): Byorth led the Mariners with 10 total tackles, including a pair of stops for a loss of six yards and one forced fumble against Springfield.

Joe Esposito (Plymouth State): Esposito concluded Saturday’s 16-13 win over Framingham State with eight total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one forced fumble.

Dylan Ferrari (SUNY Cortland): Ferrari concluded Saturday’s upset win over Alfred with six total stops, including three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 13 yards.

Daniel George (Anna Maria): Against SUNY Maritime, George tallied 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded one forced fumble, too.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded Saturday’s game against Merchant Marine with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 23 yards.

Michael Hall (Anna Maria): Hall matched George for 12 total stops, but concluded Saturday’s game against SUNY Maritime with nine solo tackles, along with one tackle for a loss for four yards and two fumble recoveries (19 yards).

Geno Iozzino (Alfred): Against SUNYCortland, Iozzino recorded six solo stops, including a pair of tackles for a loss (10 yards) and one sack (seven yards).

Paul Krowel (Buffalo State): Krowel tallied seven total stops, including four solo tackles, two quarterback hurries, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss (11 yards) and two sacks (10) in the Bengals’ 24-21 win over St. Lawrence.

Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Against Bridgewater State, Mathurin tallied 15 total stops, including 12 solo tackles and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of six yards.

Brandon Morris (Wesleyan): Against Bates, Morris tallied 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of six yards.

William Rivera (Endicott): Against Western New England, Rivera registered 11 total stops, including five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and one sack for an eight yard loss.

Tylor Scales (Tufts):
Scales completed Tufts’ most recent contest against Trinity with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards, one sack for an eight yard loss and one forced fumble.

Aaron Slodowitz (Middlebury): Against Williams, Slodowitz led all defenders with 18 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards.

Skyler Williamson (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Williamson registered 15 total tackles, including seven solo stops, four tackles for a loss (16 yards) and one sack (eight yards).

Special Teams of the Week:

Jordan D’Onofrio (West Conn.): D’Onofrio punted the ball six times on Saturday with a pair of boots landing inside the Mass. Maritime Academy 20. He also registered two touchbacks, while connecting on all four extra point attempts.

William Holscher (SUNY Cortland): Holscher’s 20 yard field goal in overtime helped the Red Dragons secured an exciting upset over Alfred in Cortland, New York. Holscher completed the game with eight points – he was a perfect two for two on extra points.

Brian McGovern (Hartwick): Against Hobart, McGovern tallied nine points by connecting on a pair of field goals and three extra points.

Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Against Anna Maria, Murphy connected on seven extra point attempts, while tallying 496 yards on eight kickoffs with five kicks resulting in touchbacks.

Springfield Remains No.1 In Fourth Grinold Chapter New England D3 Poll

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 9.25.02 AMBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

For the fourth-straight week, the Springfield College Pride remained atop the Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings after securing their seventh consecutive victory this past Saturday with a 35-13 win over Merchant Marine.

Trinity College and Plymouth State slid into the second and third positions, respectively – the Panthers, who were tied for the sixth position a week ago, secured an exciting 16-13 win over Framingham State to move up three spots.

Framingham State and Salve Regina rounded out the top five – the Seahawks improved to 4-1 and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play with a 45-10 victory against Nichols College. This week, the Seahawks host Endicott College for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

Curry College, Husson University and Western Connecticut checked-in sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, while MIT (ninth) and Williams College (10th) secured the final two spots on this week’s poll.

Middlebury College, Amherst College, Western New England, Wesleyan and WPI are all receiving votes.

Against Merchant Marine, Springfield quarterback Jake Eglintine recorded four touchdowns – two through the air, two on the ground – while Jordan Wilcox led all rushers with 169 yards on 25 carries and one score.

The Pride’s defense collaborated for 10 tackles for a loss of 45 yards, including a quartet of sacks for a loss of 20 yards.

Springfield hosts Catholic University this weekend before heading into a bye week. The Pride will then end their season with a visit to Maine Maritime (11/4) followed by a home date with MIT on Saturday, November 11th.

Trinity continues to be the team to beat in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) as the Bantams managed to pick-up their fifth-straight win by defeating Tufts University, 23-16. Max Chipouras highlighted the Bantams offensive attack by rushing for a game-high 165 yards 29 carries and one score, while the defense registered five tackles for a loss of 24 yards, including a pair of sacks (17 yards).

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Noontime Sports D3 New England Week Eight Poll (Monday, Oct. 16th)


By (@NoontimeSports) 

With another week of college football (week seven) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week eight) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (7-0, 4-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Trinity College (5-0, 5-0 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 3
  3. Framingham State (5-1, 3-1 MASCACS) | Last Week No. 2
  4. MIT (5-1, 3-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 5
  5. Plymouth State (6-1, 4-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 9
  6. Williams College (4-1, 4-1 NESCASC) | Last Week: No. 10
  7. Western New England (4-2, 1-0 CCC) | Last Week No. 7
  8. Curry College (5-1, 1-0 CCC) | Last Week: NR
  9. Salve Regina (4-1, 1-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 8
  10. Middlebury College (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 4

On the rise: Amherst College (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC), Husson University (5-1, 3-0 ECFC), Tufts University (3-2, 3-2 NESCAC), Wesleyan (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC), Western Conn. (5-1, 3-1 MASCAC) and WPI (4-2, 2-1 NEWMAC).

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Seven (New England & New York)

10 Games To Watch

By (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s Friday – congrats on making it to this marvelous day!

Let’s get the weekend started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, featuring games in both New England and New York.

Morrisville State at Brockport (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Who is going to slow down these Golden Eagles? Seriously, who? Maybe the Mustangs? We’ll see, but expect another solid performance from Brockport quarterback Joe Germinerio. PREDICTION: Brockport 31, Morrisville State 17

Alfred at SUNY Cortland (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): The Saxons don’t appear to be slowing down as the Purple and Gold currently boast an impressive 5-0 ledger. This week, their momentum from a 21-14 win over St. John Fisher should continue. PREDICTION: Alfred 28, SUNY Cortland 14

Framingham State at Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Our Noontime Sports Team of the Week will look to find a way to slow down Framingham State’s Quron Wright, while limiting passes toward Jaquan Harris, who finished last week’s game against Fitchburg State with a NCAA Division III record five interceptions. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Plymouth State 17 

Endicott at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Can the Golden Bears’ success from two weeks ago – you know, their big and exciting overtime win over St. Lawrence? – continue this week against Endicott? PREDICTION: WNE 31, Endicott 17

Castleton at Husson (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after a big win over SUNY Maritime, Gabby Price‘s crew will look to earn another important win when they welcome the Spartans to Maine. Look for a big game from both halfbacks, including Moe Harris of Castleton. PREDICTION: Husson 27, Castleton 17 

Hobart at Hartwick (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.):
It seems like Hobart is back to their winning ways following a win a week ago over RPI. This week, the defense must find a way to slow down a Hawks offense that put up 52 points against Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Hobart 31, Hartwick 29 

Ithaca at RPI (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after being shut-out by the Statesmen, the Engineers will look to bounce back against a Bombers squad that has been victorious in all three Liberty League games this fall. PREDICTION: Ithaca 28, RPI 21 

Trinity at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1:30 p.m.): An early season setback to Wesleyan seems to be a thing of the past for these Jumbos, who have cruised to back-to-back wins recently against Bates and Bowdoin. Can that success continue against a talented Bantams squad that tallied 594 yards of total offense a week ago in their 41-13 win over Hamilton? We’ll find out! PREDICTION: Tufts 31, Trinity 29   

Williams at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can the Panthers continue their early season success against a talented Williams offense, which is led by first-year quarterback Bobby Maimaron and first-year wide-out Frank Stola? We’ll see – the Ephs will also need to find a way to contain Middlebury signal-caller Jared LebowitzPREDICTION: Middlebury 35, Williams 32

Springfield at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can Springfield’s triple-option success, as well as its impressive defensive play continue this week against Merchant Marine? We’ll find out – we could be in for either a high scoring affair or a defensive battle. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, Merchant Marine 13 

Fram. State’s Harris Earns NEFW/Grinold Chapter DII/DIII Gold Helmet Award

Framingham State senior Jaquan Harris (right) earned this week’s NEFW/Grinold Chapter Gold Helmet Award. (PHOTO CREDIT: Framingham State Univ. Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

After recording a NCAA Division III record five interceptions last Friday evening in his team’s 32-16 win over Fitchburg State, Framingham State senior Jaquan Harris earned this week’s New England Football Writers’ Grinold Chapter DII/DIII Gold Helmet Award.

The Gold Helmet is an additional award this week for Harris, who earned a trio of honors already, including a spot on the Team of the Week. Additionally, he was named the Defensive Player of the Week by both the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) and Noontime Sports.

Harris’ five interceptions established a new single-game record at Framingham State – he now has recorded eight interceptions this fall, which ties the program mark for picks in a season.

Harris and the Rams head to Plymouth State this weekend for a marquee MASCAC clash. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Dartmouth College’s Jack Heneghan earned this week’s Division I (FBS/FCS) Gold Helmet following his team’s exciting 28-27 win over Yale University.

Noontime Sports Team Of The Week: Plymouth State Univ. Panthers

After securing a hard-fought 17-7 win over Bridgewater State last weekend, the Plymouth State football team was voted this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Plymouth State Athletics)

By (@NoontimeSports) 

The Plymouth State University Panthers were selected as this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week following our weekly Fan Poll, which appeared on Twitter yesterday (Monday, October 9th).

One of four teams selected for this week’s honor, the Panthers earned 67 percent of the votes, while MIT and Middlebury College collected 13 percent. Merchant Marine gained just seven percent out of a total of 78 votes.

Last week, the Western New England Golden Bears earned our initial weekly honor following an exciting overtime win over St. Lawrence University.

Plymouth State picked-up its fifth win of the season by defeating Bridgewater State, 17-7, last Saturday, thanks to Mitch Banuskevich, who amassed 208 yards of total offense, including 168 yards on 31 carries.

Banuskevich was selected to this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive team of the Week.

Prior to their win over the Bears, the Panthers defeated Worcester State, 16-6.

Plymouth State enters this week (week seven) with a 5-1 overall recorded and 3-1 ledger in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play. The Panthers will host Framingham State on Saturday, October 14th at 1 p.m.

Framingham State enters the week winners of five-straight, including a recent 32-16 victory over Fitchburg State, which saw senior Jaquan Harris tied the NCAA Division III record with five interceptions.

Extra, Extra: The Plymouth State Panthers appeared in a pair of Top 10 polls this week, including the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Poll where they earned a two-way tie for sixth with Curry College … Prince Gbaley was selected as a nominee by HERO Sports for this week’s Hero of the Week on Defense/Special Teams. Gbaley recorded a pair  of interceptions in his team’s 17-7 win over Bridgewater State, while returning a 35-yard punt for a touchdown in the third quarter. 

Springfield Remains No.1 In Third Grinold Chapter New England D3 Poll

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 9.25.02 AMBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

For the third-straight week, the Springfield College football team earned the top spot in the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Poll, which was released earlier today.

The Pride, who picked-up their sixth-straight win last Saturday over Coast Guard Academy, secured 11 first-place votes.

Prior to checking-in first overall for the third-straight week, the Pride checked-in 25th overall on the latest Top 25 Poll.

Framingham State, which earned its fifth-straight win of the season last Friday against Fitchburg State, checked-in second overall, collecting a trio of first-place votes, while Trinity College, Middlebury College and Salve Regina rounded out the top five.

The Bantams earned one first-place vote following a 41-13 win over Hamilton College.

Curry College and Plymouth State secured a two-way tie in the sixth position, while MIT, Husson University and Western Connecticut checked-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

The Colonels of Curry secured a come-from-behind win over UMass Dartmouth, thanks to a one-yard plunge by quarterback Alex Corvese, who was tabbed this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive Player of the Week. Corvese concluded last Saturday’s game with four touchdowns, including two through the air to Spencer Tyler (five receptions, 106 yards) and Andrew Allen (four receptions, 31 yards).

Curry, which has won four of five contests this fall, will head to Becker College on Saturday, October 14th for 2 p.m. kick-off. This will be both team’s first conference clash of the season.

Plymouth State continued its early season success for the second-straight year by defeating Bridgewater State, 17-7. The Panthers host Framingham State this weekend in an marquee Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) clash.

Husson is coming off a big win over SUNY Maritime, thanks to quarterback Cory Brandon, running back John Smith and defensive lineman Luke Washburn. The win over the Privateers provided the unit with their second Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) win of the season.

This week, the Eagles will host Castleton University, which earned a hard-fought 35-31 win over Mount Ida. The Spartans enter the game with a 2-0 conference record.

Finally, don’t overlook MIT, which heads into a bye week with an impressive 5-1 overall record. Last Saturday, the Engineers earned its third-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win with a 51-6 victory against Maine Maritime Academy.