According to D3Football.com, Onujiogu is the only NCAA Division III student-athlete to ink his name on a contract with an NFL team.
The Wareham, Massachusetts native gained attention from the Houston Texans and New England Patriots following an impressive pro day workout earlier this year at Holy Cross. He also visited with the Patriots ahead of this year’s draft.
Onujiogu has been a staple of coach Tom Kelley’s defense since his initial season with the Rams in 2016. He registered 228 total tackles in 47 contests to go with 36 sacks, 67 tackles for a loss, and three forced fumbles.
Prior to his team’s initial NCAA postseason contest against Muhlenberg College, Onujiogu was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the New England Football Writers’ (NEFW) Division II/III All-New England team while securing a spot on the D3Football.com All-Region 1 squad.
Colby College secured the second seed with a 13-2 overall record, including a 9-1 mark against NESCAC opponents, and will host seventh-seed Bowdoin College on Saturday. Tufts University, which is the third seed, will host Trinity while the fourth seed Wesleyan University will entertain Hamilton College.
All three matchups are scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.
Middlebury has appeared in 20 consecutive NESCAC Tournaments, winning 10 titles in 12 championship appearances. They have won two of the last three NESCAC titles with Tufts claiming the league crown last year en route to an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship against Salisbury University (the Sea Gulls edged the Jumbos, 14-13).
Following the conclusion of Saturday’s quarterfinals, the four winning teams will advance to the highest remaining seed, which will host both the semifinals (Saturday, May 7) and championship (Sunday, May 8). The winner of this year’s NESCAC Championship will secure the league’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 14.
Connecticut College enters this year’s NESCAC Tournament as the eighth seed, boasting a 5-8 overall record to go with a 3-7 mark against league foes.
Bowdoin, which secured the second seed, will entertain Hamilton College on Saturday while third-seed Amherst College will host rival Williams. Both games are scheduled for 1 p.m.
Wesleyan University, which earned the fourth seed with an 11-4 overall record, will compete against Middlebury College. This game will also begin at 1 p.m.
Following the conclusion of Saturday’s quarterfinal matchups, the four winning teams will advance to next weekend’s semifinals, which will be played on Saturday, May 7 at the highest remaining seed. The NESCAC Championship will then occur on Sunday, May 8.
Tufts has won 10 NESCAC Championships in 12 appearances. They have won three of the last four conference tournament crowns with Wesleyan capturing its second title in program history in 2017 with a win over Middlebury.
The winner of this year’s NESCAC Championship will secure a spot in next month’s NCAA Division III Tournament, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 11.
A new chapter of Curry College football began today with the hiring of Todd Parsons.
Parsons previously oversaw the Endicott College offense in 2019 and 2021 – he was also an assistant coach with the Gulls last season when they captured the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown.
“I am extremely excited to begin this new chapter,” Parsons said in a statement, via CurryAthletics.com. “I would like to thank President (Kenneth K.) Quigley, Athletic Director Vinnie Eruzione, and the search committee at Curry College for entrusting me with their football program.”
Parsons inherits a Colonels squad that concluded the 2021 season with a 3-6 overall record. Four years earlier, Curry concluded its 2017 campaign by winning eight of 11 contests while representing Commonwealth Coast Football in the New England Bowl.
“With the support of the administration, our student body, and our passionate alumni, we look forward to bringing Curry football back to a position of prominence,” said Parsons.
In his first season with the Gulls, Parsons, who served as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, helped Endicott conclude its 2019 campaign with nine wins, including a New England Bowl victory over Dean College. Quarterback Joe Kalosky enjoyed his best season under center, posting career-bests in multiple categories, including touchdown passes (29), passing yards (2,433), and completion percentage (71.2%).
Last fall, Endicott’s offense finished second in the conference in points (301) and third in points per game (27.4). They averaged 28.8 points against conference foes.
“I want to thank everyone in the Endicott community for a memorable three years,” Parsons said, via ECGulls.com. “I especially want to thank Dr (Brian A.) Wylie and head coach Paul McGonagle for giving me the opportunity to join the Endicott Athletics department and football program. My time here with them, the other coaches, and the student-athletes helped prepare me, more than anything, to be able to take this step in my career.”
The new opportunity with Curry is Parsons’ first head coaching role after serving as a coordinator for multiple New England teams, including Brown University (Pass Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, 2014-17) and Assumption College (Special Teams Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach, 2013-14).
Parsons began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with McDaniel College after graduating in 2007 from Averett University.
Curry’s 2022 season will kick off on Saturday, September 3 when they welcome MIT to Milton, Massachusetts.
We’re a few days into the final month of the regular season for NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse, which seems hard to fathom. But luckily, there is still plenty of lacrosse to be played – don’t worry, the season is not over yet!
However, I believe there are a few teams – may be more than a few? – that we should certainly keep our eyes on down the stretch and possibly next month once the postseason begins.
Yet, before we look too far down the road, allow me to share the five teams I’ll be watching this month.
Salisbury University: I believe the Sea Gulls are the best team in Division III. But that’s my opinion.
Salisbury secured 23 first-place votes for this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) D-III Top 20 Poll after capping the second month with three big wins over Colorado College, Whittier College, and Stevenson University.
The Sea Gulls will certainly be challenged over the next few weeks with upcoming matchups against a pair of ranked teams, including Christopher Newport, which secured the second position on this week’s USILA Top 20 Poll after checking in fourth one week ago. Neither team has dropped a game this spring, so their matchup next Saturday, April 16 could feature a pair of unbeaten squads.
The non-conference meeting with the Ephs was highlighted by a career-high 18 saves by Zac Hanway. Andrew Cook tallied six goals, which is the most any member of the team has recorded against a nationally-ranked opponent.
Christopher Newport will compete later today against Southern Virginia University before turning its attention to Salisbury, along with the University of Mary Washington and Colorado College.
The Captains have scored five wins this season against nationally-ranked foes and will certainly look to continue their momentum over the next few weeks.
Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears head into this evening’s meeting with Bates College riding a nine-game winning streak.
Bowdoin has won five New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchups, along with a pair of regional victories over Babson College and Western New England.
I believe the Polar Bears are the best team in the NESCAC, however, I am interested to see how they do against Tufts University later this month. But given the way they have played these last few weeks; I find it hard to see this team losing its current momentum down the stretch.
Cooper Urban concluded his team’s meeting with the Tigers with three goals and three assists while Joseph Perry recorded 23 saves.
The win over RIT provided RPI with the top spot in the Liberty League (LL) with a 3-0 record (the Engineers currently boast a 9-1 overall record).
RPI has certainly been on my radar this spring by commencing its current campaign with seven-straight wins. They will certainly face some challenges down the stretch, beginning next Saturday with a big matchup with Union College.
Union College: The Dutchmen have scored some impressive wins thus far, including recent victories over Middlebury College, St. Lawrence University, and Tufts.
Their next three matchups will certainly tell us more about a team that I believe can compete for both a conference crown and national championship.
Union will visit St. John Fisher College this afternoon (face-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.) and RIT this Saturday, April 9.