Football Notebook: Early Thoughts On What Games To Watch In Week One In D3

NS Football Notebook LogoBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

A few days ago, some of the major sports outlets announced a few marquee college football games they will be broadcasting during weeks one, two and three.

Awful Announcing did a solid breakdown of who has the best and worst games – make sure to check it out!

So, that had me thinking the following question: what games will I be eyeballing come week one of the D3 football season?

Well, here are a few ideas – again, mind you this is a June post, so you can certainly expect more in-depth thought as we inch closer to the start of the 2018 season.


*  Season two of Football Friday the Podcast officially began last week with myself and James Baker discussing some offseason D3 football topics. 

Want more D3 football offseason interviews and analysis? Then check-out the In The (D3fB) Huddle offseason show, featuring Baker and Frank Rossi


Week One Games To Watch 

UNE at Coast Guard Academy (Aug. 30th): UNE will play its first-ever NCAA Division III football game on the road against a Bears squad that will look to be in the mix for a NEWMAC crown this fall.

Frostburg State at Stevenson (Aug. 30th): The Bobcats will attempt to win at least 10 games (or more!) again this season – if they accomplish that feat it would be three-straight seasons of winning 10 games or more. They registered 33 points last year in their opener against Stevenson.

Western New England at Springfield (Aug. 31st): Always a must-see game in the Springfield area. Plus, this year’s rivalry game marks a new era for the Golden Bears, who will be led by first-year coach (and alum) Jason Lebeau.

Delaware Valley at Wesley (Aug. 31st): Two of the best teams in the East Region will meet on a Friday evening to kick-off the season. Make sure to add this game to your calendar now!

Endicott at Framingham State (Sept. 1st): This has always been my ‘welcome back to football’ game every season. I will be on the PA mic for this game and will be keeping an eye on two storylines: Can the Rams get off to a strong start and what does the new era of Gulls football look like under first-year coach Paul McGonagle?

Hobart at Brockport (Sept. 1st): The Golden Eagles will once again be a team to watch this fall – can they make a return trip to the national semifinals? They kick-off their 2018 campaign against a Hobart squad that will be led by an alum named Kevin DeWall.

Plymouth State at Castleton (Sept. 1st): The Panthers captured the MASCAC crown, thanks to a dramatic win over Framingham State. They will look to commence a new campaign with by winning its season-opener for the third-straight year against Castleton.

SUNY Cortland at Fitchburg State (Sept. 1st): The Red Dragons will play back-to-back MASCAC games to start the season – do they begin their 2018 season with a win over the Falcons?

Husson at Union (Sept. 1st): The Eagles made believers out of all of us last season with an impressive win over Springfield in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Their postseason run concluded the following weekend against DelVal, however, they did score 15 points against them. The post-John Smith era will begin in New York – I will be keeping an eye on this game.

McDaniel at Catholic (Sept. 1st): The Cardinals will look to commence its new season with its second win over McDaniel in three years. Last year, Catholic fell to McDaniel, 30-10, but the Cardinals managed to overcome the early setback with back-to-back wins over Randolph-Macon and Utica.

Rochester at Case Western (Sept. 1st): The Yellow Jackets begin a new era as first-year coach Chad Martinovich takes over a Yellow Jackets squad that will look to be in the mix for a Liberty League (LL) crown this fall.

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Endicott Football Announces Captains For 2018 Season

wJ9T-Ymn_400x400By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Endicott College first-year football coach Paul McGonagle announced earlier today his team’s captains for the upcoming season:

As noted in today’s release, McGonagle said the quartet represents “the qualities that we are developing as a team.”

McGonagle and the Gulls commence their 2018 campaign on Saturday, September 1 when they travel to Framingham to face the Rams of Framingham State.

Additional D3 Sports Coverage To Be Produced Through NoontimeSports.com

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

As we slowly close the book on the 2017-18 school year – well, the past nine to 10 months of coverage, to be exact – I thought this would be a good time to dish out some exciting new content news for Noontime Sports!

As seen in our Twitter poll below, it appears you, the fans and friends of our blog, would like to see some additional D3 coverage that includes some non-New England schools. And yes, I oblige!

So, starting in late-June/early-July, we will begin our preseason football coverage with getting to know some non-New England squads, while still continuing to produce blogs and podcasts on teams from our New England/Northeast region.

We may also sprinkle in some soccer coverage, too, so make sure to stay connected with us on social media as we begin the next phase of our content creation journey!

Finally, be on the lookout for some high school coverage going forward, too. We will aim to have some postseason tournament coverage on the site over the next few weeks in Massachusetts as local teams begin their quest for winning the ultimate prize: a state championship.

As always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and SnapChat! 

D3 Football: Lebeau Elevated To Head Coach At WNE

WNE_Circle_logo_small_400x400By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was announced yesterday – Wednesday, May 8th, to be exact – that Jason Lebeau has been elevated to the head coaching position of the Western New England football team.

Lebeau, who has spent the past six seasons as the squad’s offensive coordinator, takes over for Keith Emery, who is stepping aside to relocate with his family. Emery will remain involved with the team as a in an advisory capacity, per Wednesday’s release.

“It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I accept the tremendous opportunity to lead the Western New England Football program,” Lebeau said in the Wednesday release. “It is my honor and privilege to lead a team of student-athletes that remind me of my “why” each and every day while working for an academic institution committed to success both on and off the field.”

Lebeau, who has spent the past eight seasons with the Golden Bears football program, was a three-year starter for the team on the o-line – he also earned the squad’s MVP honor his senior season before graduating in 2010. He would continue his education at WNE, earning his MBA in coaching six years later.

Under Lebeau’s direction, WNE’s offense has been tough to stop – the unit concluded its 2017 campaign second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in points (30.8) and yards (395.5) per game. The Golden Bears registered 300 or more yards in 10 of 11 contests last season, while tallying a season-best 534 yards in a 42-28 win over Curry College. The win over the Colonels helped the Golden Bears capture the inaugural CCC crown.

WNE concluded its 2017 season 8-3 overall, including 5-0 in conference play. The Golden Bears kick-off their 2018 season on Friday, August 31st when they visit Springfield College at 7 p.m.

D3 Hoops: Thursday Night Conference Tournament

CONF TOURN SCOREBOARD

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another evening conference tournament play in the books, it is time to unveil the Thursday Night Conference Tournament scoreboard!


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) 

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Nichols 89, No. 4 Roger Williams 75
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 3 Endicott 86, No. 2 Gordon 70
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Univ. of New England 77, No. 4 Western New England 60
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 Roger Williams 58, No. 3 Endicott 50

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 Albertus Magnus 97, No. 4 Lasell 86
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Johnson & Wales 80, No. 6 Suffolk 74
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 St. Joseph’s (Maine) 78, No. 5 Albertus Magnus 65
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Suffolk 73, No. 2 Emmanuel 68

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 4 Fitchburg State 90, No. 1 Salem State 81 (OT)
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Bridgewater State 102, No. 3 MCLA 93
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Westfield State 105, No. 4 Worcester State 80
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 2 Framingham State 71, No. 3 Bridgewater State 50

New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)

  • Men’s Basketball: No. 1 So. Vermont 71, No. 4 Lesley 51
  • Men’s Basketball: No. 2 Becker 78, No. 3 Mitchell 73
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 1 Newbury 61, No. 4 Elms 53
  • Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Becker 75, No. 2 Mitchell 50