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D3 Football: Week Seven Poll (Monday, Oct. 14th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Six weeks of the New England D-III Football season is officially in the books.

A slew of our top teams was idle this past weekend, including top-ranked WPI, along with Endicott College and Western New England. All three teams return to the gridiron this week, but we did see a few teams make some moves, including Springfield College which scored an important road win against Coast Guard Academy.

Williams College inched closer to the top ten with its fourth win of the season – the Ephs beat Hamilton College – while Wesleyan University moved up one spot after beating Tufts University under the lights last Saturday in Connecticut.

Husson University returned to the poll following a two-point win over Curry College, while Bridgewater State secured the 20th position with an important win over Worcester State last Friday.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 


New England D-III Football Week Seven Poll| October 14th, 2019

1. WPI  5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Endicott College  4-1, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
3. Western New England  4-1, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3
4. Western Connecticut  5-0, 3-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Middlebury College 5-0, 5-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5 
6. Amherst College 4-1, 4-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
7. UMass Dartmouth  4-1, 2-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 9 
8. Norwich University  4-2, 1-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
9. Springfield College 3-3, 2-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 11
10. Framingham State  3-2, 3-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 10 
11. Williams College   4-1, 4-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 12 
12. Coast Guard Academy 4-2, 1-2 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
13. Trinity College  3-2, 3-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 13
14. Plymouth State  5-1, 3-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 14
15. MIT 3-2, 2-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 15
16. Wesleyan University  5-0, 5-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 17
17. Nichols College  3-2, 1-1 CCC Last Week: No. 16 
18. Mass. Maritime Acad. 4-1, 2-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 18
19. Husson University 2-3, 2-0 CCC Last Week: Not Ranked
20. Bridgewater State 3-3, 3-1 MASCAC Last Week: Not Ranked

On the Rise: Anna Maria College, Dean College, Tufts University, and University of New England 


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll| Week Five Poll|Week Six 


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Oct. 11th & 12th)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Happy Friday, everyone!

The sixth week of the New England Division III football season is set to commence this evening when Bridgewater State visits Worcester State for an important conference clash. That game, along with nine other intriguing match-ups are highlighted below in a brand new edition of 10 Games to Watch.

Last week, I picked eight of ten contests correctly to bump my overall picks record to 32-18. Let’s see if I can keep my recent prediction momentum going this week – fingers crossed!

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Have a great weekend, everyone!


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Six) 

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

Bridgewater State at Worcester State (Friday, Oct. 11th at 7 p.m.): The Bears have bounced back after losing to Western Connecticut a few weeks ago. They need to win this game to keep their conference championship hopes alive. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 30, Worcester State 21 

Merchant Marine at No. 7 Norwich University (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): The Mariners pulled out an important extra session win one week ago against MIT, while Norwich suffered its initial setback of the season to Springfield College. Merchant Marine may have the edge in this one – since losing in week one, the Mariners offense has been tough to stop and could provide challenges for the Cadets defense. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 30, Norwich 22 

No. 20 Curry College at Husson University (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): Both teams enter this contest with identical 1-0 conference marks. It is an important game for both teams as they need a win to keep pace with Endicott College and Western New England. Something tells me the Eagles will make a few more plays down the stretch to secure their second conference win. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Curry 21 

SUNY Maritime at Dean College (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): On paper, this has the potential to be a shootout. Both teams have offenses that can put up points, but in the end, look for the Bulldogs defense to make few plays to secure an important conference win. PREDICTION: Dean 28, SUNY Maritime 24 

No. 13 Trinity College at Bates College (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): The Bantams will attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time this season against a Bobcats squad that provided Tufts University with some challenges last weekend. Look for some second-half adjustments to help Trinity score its third win of the season. PREDICTION: Trinity 30, Bates 18 

Colby College at No. 5 Middlebury College (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): This has the feel of a possible let-down game, but don’t expect the Panthers to lose their momentum from a week ago when they snuck past Amherst College in overtime. PREDICTION: Middlebury 28, Colby 14 

Bowdoin College at No. 6 Amherst College (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): The Polar Bears did not make things easy for the Cardinals of Wesleyan last week, so look for Bowdoin to provide similar challenges to Amherst. PREDICTION: Amherst 28, Bowdoin 14 

No. 12 Springfield College at No. 8 Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): The Pride kept their conference title hopes alive last week with an important win against Norwich. Look for that momentum to continue this week against Coast Guard Academy. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, Coast Guard 15 

No. 18 Mass. Maritime at No. 4 Western Connecticut (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 5 p.m.): The Buccaneers enter Saturday’s clash with a lot of momentum – their defense has been fun to watch these past few weeks, but this will be their toughest tests of the season. If the defense from one week ago shows up in Danbury, Connecticut then the Colonials offense could be in for a long day. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 38, Western Conn. 31 

Tufts University at No. 17 Wesleyan University (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 6 p.m.): I love that this game is being played under the lights – it is a great tradition that these two squads started a few years ago. The Cardinals have been an impressive story thus far, thanks to its seniors, who will once again be counted on to lead Wesleyan to an important conference win. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 23, Tufts 17 

D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Oct. 8th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the fifth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, too – these posts (and teams) can be seen every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Team of the Week 

Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 11 of 25 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns against Springfield College.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Framingham State, Gacioch amassed 440 total yards of offense, including 343 passing yards and two touchdowns. The junior signal-caller also rushed for a game-high 97 yards on 20 carries and two scores.

Zach Levy (Curry College): Levy helped the Colonels score their first win of the 2019 season by rushing for a game-high 216 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns last Saturday against the University of New England.

Seamus Lambert (Trinity College): Lambert connected on 15 of 23 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns while adding 41 yards on 14 carries.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long accounted for 232 yards of total offense, including a game-high 160 rushing yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns. He also completed 10 of 19 passes for 72 yards.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina): Mauriello rushed for a game-high 163 yards on 20 carries (8.2) and three touchdowns last Saturday against Endicott College.

Shea McManaway (Endicott College): McManaway led all receivers last Saturday against Salve Regina with 118 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns.

Jacob Maher (Framingham State): Maher hauled in five catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday against UMass Dartmouth.

Alex Maldjian (Middlebury College): Maldjian rushed for a game-high 125 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns against Amherst College.

Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen rushed for 183 yards on nine carries and three touchdowns last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy.

Aaron-Moses Williams (Worcester State): Williams completed 30 of 41 passes for 405 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Nikolas Moquin (Maine Maritime Academy): Moquin completed 22 of 32 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns while adding 19 yards on four carries against WPI.

Randy Morgan (Becker College): The first-year tailback rushed for a team-high 152 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown last Saturday against Husson University.

Brian Peters (Univ. of New England): The third-year signal-caller completed 33 of 49 passes for a game-high 444 yards and three touchdowns against Curry College.

Michael Pina (Nichols College): Pina completed 34 of 50 passes for a game-high 325 passing yards and two touchdowns against Western New England.

Garrett Poussard (Husson University): Against Becker College, Poussard rushed for a game-high 159 yards on 31 carries (5.1 yards) and two touchdowns.

Keithen Shepard (MIT): Shepard caught a game-high seven catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday against Merchant Marine.

Jeremy Soule Jr. (Bridgewater State): Soule Jr. rushed for a game-high 195 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns as the Bears defeated Westfield State last weekend.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 14 of 25 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns last Saturday against UMass Dartmouth while adding 53 yards on 11 carries.


Defensive Team of the Week

Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria College): Anderson registered 14 total tackles, including seven solo stops and one sack for four yards, along with a forced fumble last Saturday against Apprentice.

Zack Catarius (Salve Regina): Catarius stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Endicott College with 12 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 22 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards. Additionally, Catarius scooped one fumble.

Noah Clack (Bowdoin College): Against Wesleyan University, Clack tallied a team-high 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops and three tackles for a loss of seven yards.

Jack Fontana (Mass. Maritime Academy): Fontana paced the Buccaneers’ defense last Saturday with 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops. He also recorded one sack for a loss of three yards.

Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Worcester State, Johnston tallied six total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 19 yards and two forced fumbles.

Joe Kelly (Amherst College): Kelly paced the Mammoths’ defense with 11 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and three tackles for a loss of 10 yards. He also recorded five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe tallied eight total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 30 yards and two fumble recoveries last Saturday against Worcester State.

Ricky Montalvo (Western New England): Against Nichols College, Montalvo tallied 11 total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for 15 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for 13 yards.

Philip Orlando (Coast Guard Academy): Orlando stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Catholic University with 13 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and two forced fumbles.


Special Teams of the Week

Matt Alswanger (Tufts University): Alswanger connected on all five kicks, including one field goal for 21-yards against Bates College.

Michael Chen (Bowdoin College): Chen tallied seven points off two field goals and one extra point. His longest field goal was a 40-yarder.

J.P Dallazem (Trinity College): Against Hamilton College, the first-year kicker (and punter) tallied a career and season-high seven points off four extra points and a 31-yard field goal for seven points.

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCiarano tallied 12 points on six kicks, including a trio of field goals. The senior kicker booted a career and season-long 47-yard field goal.

Kieran Lombard (Western New England): Lombard connected on six kicks last Saturday against Nichols College, including three field goals with his longest kick being a 44-yard field goal.

Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade registered nine points off six extra points and a 38-yard field goal last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy.

D3 Football: Week Six Poll (Monday, Oct. 7th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another week of New England D-III football is in the books, which means its time to unveil a brand new Top 20 Poll, which once again finds WPI in the top spot followed by Endicott College (second) and Western New England (third). All three teams scored wins this past Saturday and will be idle this upcoming weekend.

Western Connecticut moved up one spot to the fourth position, while Middlebury College made the leap from ninth to fifth after an impressive overtime win against sixth-ranked Amherst College. With the win, the Panthers moved to 4-0 overall – they have scored some impressive wins this season against Trinity College (13th) and Williams College (12th).

Also on the move, this week was Framingham State and Springfield College, both teams moved-up following important conference wins over Norwich University and UMass Dartmouth. Both the Cadets and Corsairs remain in the Top 10 despite suffering setbacks.

Finally, keep an eye on Plymouth StateWesleyan University and Massachusetts Maritime Academy – all three teams are slowly moving up our poll and will be squads to watch the next few weeks.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 


New England D-III Football Week Six Poll| October 7th, 2019

1. WPI  5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Endicott College  4-1, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
3. Western New England  4-1, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3
4. Western Connecticut  4-0, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 5
5. Middlebury College 4-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 
6. Amherst College 3-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
7. Norwich University 4-1, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
8. Coast Guard Academy 4-1, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7 
9. UMass Dartmouth  4-1, 2-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 9 
10. Framingham State 2-2, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 12
11. Springfield College 2-3, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 13
12. Williams College 3-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 14
13. Trinity College 2-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 11
14. Plymouth State  4-1, 2-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 8
15. MIT 2-2, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
16. Nichols College 3-2, 1-1 CCC Last Week: No. 15
17. Wesleyan University 4-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 18
18. Mass. Maritime Acad. 4-0, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 19
19. Univ. of New Eng. 2-3, 0-2 CCC Last Week: No. 17
20. Curry College 1-3, 1-0 CCC Last Week: Not Ranked

On the Rise: Husson University, Tufts University, and Salve Regina University


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll| Week Five Poll


As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 

D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Framingham State Rallies To Beat UMass Dartmouth

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Second-half adjustments seemed to be the difference Saturday afternoon for Framingham State, which overcame a 13-point deficit at the break to defeat UMass Dartmouth, 39-33, at Bowditch Field.

Quarterback Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns in the win, while halfback Devaun Ford sealed the victory by capping a six-play, 50-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run with 5:37 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Corsairs attempted to answer on its next three series but saw their drives conclude with a punt, turnover on downs and fumble.

UMass Dartmouth quarterback Stephen Gacioch concluded Saturday’s contest with 343 passing yards and two touchdowns while adding two more scores on the ground. Gacoich led all rushers with 97 yards on 20 carries, while Wojenski rushed for a team-high 53 yards.

Wojenski connected with Jacob Maher for three touchdowns, including a pair of scores in the second half. Maher led all receivers with 215 yards on five catches (43.0 yards per reception).

With the win, the Rams improve to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.

The Corsairs, who entered the contest on a four-game winning streak, suffered their first setback of the 2019 season after scoring a pair of important conference wins the past two weeks against Fitchburg State and Plymouth State.

Middlebury College 34, Amherst College 31 (2OT)Quarterback Will Jernigan tossed three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the second overtime, which helped the Panthers score an impressive road win.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 4-0, while the Mammoths slipped to 3-1.

Jernigan concluded the contest 17 of 36 for 306 yards, while halfback Alex Maldjian rushed for a game-high 125 yards on 30 carries and two scores.

Middlebury led by two scores (21-6) at the break, but the Mammoths clawed back in the second half with three touchdowns, including a pair in the third quarter before Jernigan sent the game to overtime with a 54-yard strike to Greg Livingston with 6:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Conor Kennelly booted a 31-yard field goal in the second overtime to provide Amherst with a three-point (31-28) lead before Jernigan connected with Maxwell Rye on a nine-yard scoring play to secure the win.

Endicott College 30, Salve Regina 24: Joe Kalosky and Dylan Bonfilio combined for three touchdown passes, including the eventual go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter as the Gulls improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.

Salve Regina’s Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 163 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns, including his team’s final score, which brought the Seahawks within six points with 2:47 remaining.

Kalosky concluded the game 31 of 39 for 286 yards and two touchdowns, while Bonfilio finished one of one with a six-yard touchdown pass to Riley Shanley early in the fourth quarter.

Endicott’s Nick DiCairano tallied 12 points off six kicks, including a 47-yard field goal.

Springfield College 21, Norwich University 17: Chad Shade and Tim Callahan each recorded second-half touchdowns, which helped the Pride defeat the Cadets and claim their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season.

Shade concluded Saturday’s tilt with 169 yards on 31 carries, while Callahan added 140 yards on 27 carries.

Norwich’s Matt Dunn completed 11 of 25 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, including one score to Manni Romero, who led all receivers with 128 yards on three catches.

WPI 51, Maine Maritime Academy 20Sean McAllen and Connor Field combined for 285 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while Nick Ostrowski led the WPI defense with10 total tackles, including eight solo stops as the Engineers defeated the Mariners of Maine Maritime in Worcester this afternoon.

Maine Maritime quarterback Nikolas Moquin completed 22 of 32 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns while adding 15 yards on four carries.


New England D-III Football Scoreboard | Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019

  • Husson University 28, Becker College 12
  • Curry College 34, University of New England 31
  • Western New England 30, Nichols College 19
  • Endicott College 30, Salve Regina 24
  • Merchant Marine 35, MIT 29 (OT)
  • Springfield College 21, Norwich University 17
  • WPI 51, Maine Maritime Academy 20
  • Coast Guard Academy 20, Catholic University 14 (OT)
  • Williams College 17, Colby College 0
  • Tufts University 33, Bates College 28
  • Trinity College 31, Hamilton College 24
  • Middlebury College 34, Amherst College 31 (2OT)
  • Wesleyan University 20, Bowdoin College 13
  • Bridgewater State 41, Westfield State 17
  • Plymouth State 42, Fitchburg State 0
  • Mass. Maritime Academy 28, Worcester State 13
  • Framingham State 39, UMass Dartmouth 33
  • Apprentice 35, Anna Maria College 20
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