#FootballFriday: Recapping Our Weekly Poll (Week One Games to Watch!)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Friday, Noontime Sports Fans! And a happy (first-ever) Football Friday to you all, too.

In honor of the upcoming football season – professional, college and high school – Noontime Sports will get you set for a weekend of football (or no football, in this case!) with a blog post and podcast on some news and notes from the New England football world.

This week, our initial ‘news and notes’ post revolves around our Twitter poll from earlier this week, which asked you, the fans, the following question: What week one D3 Football game are you most excited for?

The four options were the following:

  • Castleton at Plymouth State
  • Framingham State at Endicott
  • Union at Husson
  • Springfield at Western New England

Here are the results from our blog’s Twitter handle (@NoontimeSports) poll:

So, as you can see from our poll (ABOVE!), fans are quite excited for the Castleton-Plymouth State game, which will take place this season in New Hampshire. The game is scheduled to commence at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 2.

Last year, the Panthers defeated the Spartans for the first time since September 2010. It was also the Green and White’s initial opening day win since September 2011.

Quarterback Zach Edwards highlighted his team’s opening day outing, tossing one touchdown, while concluding the game with 157 passing yards. Blair Zentek recorded a pair of interceptions in the win. Plymouth State overcame a one-point (7-6) deficit at the break en route to their fist of six wins last season.

Prior to last season’s opening victory, Castleton had defeated Plymouth State in its 2015 season-opener, 21-10.

We will certainly have more on both teams closer to the start of the 2017 season, along with more polls on Twitter, too.

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The Noontime Friday Rewind: June 2nd

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Happy Friday and a happy (early) weekend, everyone!

Noontime Sports is pleased to unveil its first-ever ‘Friday-Rewind,’ a look back at our various posts (and news) from the week.

Consider this a recap of the week’s news – or technically, an in-case-you-missed-it! 

So, what did we blog about this week?

Let’s begin with the Coast Guard Academy football team, which unveiled its 2017 slate earlier this week. The Bears, who are coming off a 3-7 campaign, will look to commence its new season on a high note when they host Alfred State at the end of August.

On Thursday – yesterday, to be exact – we unveiled our very early preseason college football coverage plan, which includes some blogs on team’s schedules and podcasts.

If you have an idea for a possible story or additional ways we can improve our early season coverage of New England Division III football, let us know by sending us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. You can also send me a tweet on Twitter (@MattNoonan11). 

We concluded Thursday with an early look – and yes, a few thoughts – on the Bridgewater State football schedule, which features a pair of non-conference tilts in the first two weeks. The Bears will open its 2017 campaign at Buffalo State before entertaining Endicott College one week later.

Finally – this is a REAL in-case-you-missed-it from last month – but if you want to know what teams we’ll be eyeballing this coming season, then check-out my post on ‘What teams to Watch in 2017?’

That’s a wrap on a fun week of blogging (and coverage), have a great weekend, everyone, and be kind to each other, too!

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Previewing The 2017 Bridgewater State Football Schedule

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Bridgewater State head coach Joe Verria and the Bears will begin their 2017 campaign on Saturday, September 2nd at Buffalo State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bridgewater State University Office of Sports Information)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The defending Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) champions will host five games this season at Bridgewater State University, while making the trek to five institutions, including Buffalo State in week one.

Bridgewater State, which has unveiled its 2017 slate on its athletic department’s website, will play its initial home game on Saturday, September 9th when the Bears entertain Endicott College with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

The Gulls and Bears last met in 2012 with Bridgewater State claiming a 20-14 win in BridgewaterMike McCarthy highlighted the contest with a pair of rushing scores – he concluded the game with 144 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Bridgewater State won nine games in 2012 and competed in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament against Widener.

Following a pair of non-conference clashes, the Bears will hop into league play with a ‘Friday Night’ clash with Framingham State University. Last season, Malik Garrett highlighted his team’s dramatic (and exciting) win over the Rams as he rushed for a pair of scores, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime, which helped the Bears lock-up the conference crown.

Bridgewater State will close out the opening month with a visit to Fitchburg State (Saturday, September 23rd) and a home date against Westfield State (Saturday, September 30th).

The Bears will visit a pair of squads in October, beginning with Plymouth State on Saturday, October 7th followed by a trip to UMass Dartmouth (Oct. 13th). Bridgewater State beat both squads last season, but needed two overtimes to top the Panthers in Bridgewater.

Bridgewater State will host Western Connecticut on Saturday, October 21st as part of the school’s ‘Homecoming Weekend’ before capping its regular season with back-to-back November tilts against Worcester State (Nov. 4th) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Nov. 11th).

For more on the Bears’ football team/program — HOP HERE

PROGRAM NOTE: We’ll have more on the Bears as we get closer to the start of the 2017 football season. 

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.

Bishop Fenwick Boys Lacrosse Eager To Contend For CCL Title

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The Bishop Fenwick boy’s varsity lacrosse team is just a few days away from its season-opener against Archbishop Williams. And the excitement for the 2017 season is certainly growing, according to head coach Steve Driscoll.

“We are looking to qualify for the (MIAA) tournament (this season) and compete for the Catholic Central League title,” said Driscol.

“We’re also looking to claim the Danish Cup from Peabody this year, too.”

The Crusaders finished its 2016 campaign 8-10 overall and were edged by Peabody, 9-8 (OT). They captured just one of their final three contests despite commencing the season with three consecutive wins, but will look to rebound this season, beginning next Monday when they host Archbishop Williams in their season-opener.

Following their initial home-date against the Bishops, Bishop Fenwick will visit St. Mary’s Lynn on Wednesday (Apr. 5th) before returning home Friday for an afternoon clash with Pentucket.

Make sure to follow @Mass_LaxHS on Twitter for updates, news and scores from around the Massachusetts High School Lacrosse world, while visiting NoontimeSports.com for game stories and features on various high school lacrosse teams. 

What Teams To Watch In New England D3 Basketball In 2017-18

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Sure, the 2016-17 Division III basketball season concluded last weekend with a pair of Massachusetts champions – congratulations again to Amherst College and Babson College! – but it is never too early to think about next season, the 2017-18 season, to be exact.

Below are some teams we’re already eye-balling for next season (2017-18) – let us know what teams you’re going to be keeping an eye on by sending us a tweet on Twitter (@NoontimeSports).

Men’s Basketball Teams to Watch in 2017-18

Amherst College

Babson College

Becker College

Eastern Connecticut

Gordon College

Husson University

Keene State

UMass Dartmouth

Middlebury College

MIT

Nichols College

Roger Williams

Springfield College

Tufts University

Wesleyan

Williams

WPI

Women’s Basketball Teams to Watch in 2017-18 

Amherst College

Babson College

Becker College

Bowdoin

Colby College

Eastern Connecticut

Emmanuel College

Endicott College

Keene State

UMass Dartmouth

Middlebury College

MIT

New England College

Regis College

Roger Williams

Springfield College

St. Joseph’s (Maine)

Tufts University

Univ. of New England

Western New England

Westfield State

Worcester State

WPI