Noontime Sports Final New England D3 Football Top 10 (Nov. 19th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

Another season of New England D3 football has concluded with Framingham State securing the top spot in our final Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll.

The Rams, who captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown, returned to the postseason for the first time in three years where they provided a slew of challenges to Brockport State. Despite the outcome, the Rams certainly proved they have what it takes to compete with one of the best teams in New York D3 Football and should be back in the same position next fall.

Trinity College and MIT rounded out the top three spots, while Western New England and Amherst College secured the fourth and fifth positions, respectively. MIT made its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in four seasons after capturing its initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown.

The Bantams of Trinity captured their third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown with back-to-back wins over Amherst and Wesleyan University.


Noontime Sports New England D3 Football Top 10 (Nov. 19th, 2018)

1. Framingham State 

8-3 (7-1) | MASCAC

2. Trinity College 

8-1 (8-1) | NESCAC 

3. MIT 

9-2 (6-1) | NEWMAC 

4. Western New England 

8-3 (5-1) | CCC

5. Amherst College 

8-1 (8-1) | NESCAC

6. Husson University 

8-3 (6-0) | ECFC 

7. Endicott College 

7-4 (5-1) | CCC

8. Tufts University 

7-2 (7-2) | NESCAC

9. Springfield College 

8-3 (5-2) | NEWMAC
10. Coast Guard Academy  7-3 (5-2) | NEWMAC 

On The Rise: Bridgewater State (8-3, 6-2) and Salve Regina (7-4, 5-1)


2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll | Week Three Poll | Week Four Poll | Week Five | Week Six | Week Seven | Week Eight | Week Nine | Week Ten | Week Eleven | Week Twelve 


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Noontime Sports End of The Year New England D3 Football Awards

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

It maybe hard to fathom, but another season of New England D3 Football has officially concluded with eight teams capping an exciting few months of coverage this past weekend by participating in NCAA Tournament contests and New England Bowl games.

And with another season of coverage officially over, it is time to say goodbye to the 2018 season by honoring five individuals for our end of the year Noontime Sports Football Awards.


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Western New England’s Alec Coleman enjoyed a very successful season under center for the Golden Bears. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

Offensive Player of the YearAlec Coleman (Western New Eng. | Junior | Arlington, Massachusetts): Coleman enjoyed a very successful third season with the Golden Bears, leading WNE to both a Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title and appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Coleman concluded the season with 40 touchdowns, including 19 on the ground. He recorded 1,964 passing yards in 11 contests, while adding 867 yards on the ground. Coleman was named the CCC Offensive Player of the Year.


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Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio was a player to watch on defense this fall for the Pride. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Defensive Player of the Year: Nick Giorgio (Springfield College | Senior | Cumberland, Rhode Island): Giorgio capped a very successful four-year career with the Pride by tallying career-highs 50 tackles, 32 assists and 82.0 total tackles. In 11 games this fall, the Rhode Island native averaged 7.5 tackles per contest, which was the most he has averaged in 37 games with the Pride. Additionally, he tallied a career-high 14 sacks for a loss of 83 yards, along with 29 tackles for a loss of 123 yards. Giorgio also forced four fumbles – he recover two of them – while finishing the season with three pass break-ups. Giorgio’s impressive effort resulted in him earning his second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year award.


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Endicott College’s Nick DiCairano enjoyed a very successful first season with the Gulls. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10)

Special Teams Player of the Year: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Junior | Trumbull, Connecticut):  In his first season with the Gulls, DiCairano connected on 12 of 13 field goals and 44 of 46 extra points for 80 points, which earned him a spot on the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) First Team. DiCairano posted double-digits in three games this fall, while booting a season-long 45-yard field goal in his team’s 55-22 win over Curry College.

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Salve Regina’s Joey Mauriello enjoyed a very successful first season with the Seahawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)

Rookie of the Year: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina | Freshman | Colts Neck, New Jersey): Named the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) Offensive Rookie of the Year, Mauriello enjoyed a very successful first season with the Seahawks, rushing for 1,075 yards in 11 contests and seven touchdowns. He averaged close to 100 yards per game (finished the season with 97.7 rushing yards per contest), while adding 278 receiving yards on 29 grabs and two touchdowns. He averaged 25.3 yards per reception. Mauriello rushed for two touchdowns in three games, while tallying a season-best 177 yards on 14 carries in his team’s 33-10 win over University of New England.


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Brian Bubna led MIT’s football team to both a conference crown and NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season as head coach. (PHOTO COURTESY: Paul Rutherford)

Coach of the Year: Brian Bubna (MIT): In his first season as head coach of the Engineers, Bubna led MIT to its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown with an impressive 9-2 overall record, which included a seven-game winning streak that began with an opening night win over Becker College. MIT’s impressive play earned them an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Bubna was tabbed the NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while 15 MIT players earned recognition from the conference, including senior quarterback Udgam Goyal, who was named the Offensive Athlete of the Year.


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Noontime Sports Stars Of The Week (Week 11) Powered By Zelos Athletics

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week ten!


Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too! 

On Saturday, December 8th, Zelos Athletics will be assisting the Massachusetts Pirates with their open tryout


Our weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


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Tyler McGovern highlighted Salve Regina’s win over Endicott College with three touchdown passes. (PHOTO COURTESY: Alexander “Zan” Carver)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Alec Coleman (WNE): Against Becker College, Coleman completed 11 of 18 passes for 129 yards and four touchdowns, while adding two scores on 10 carries for a team-high 86 yards.

Jacob Duffrene (Nichols College): In his team’s season finale against Curry College, Duffrene rushed for a game-high 137 yards on 15 carries for an average of 9.1 yards per carry and three touchdowns.

Sterlin Garvin (Fitchburg State): In his team’s final game of the 2018 season, Garvin saved his best for last, rushing for a game-high 296 yards on 36 carries (8.2 yards per carry) and four touchdowns against UMass Dartmouth.

Moe Harris (Castleton): In his team’s regular season finale against Alfred State, Harris rushed for a game-high 184 yards on 20 carries, which is an average of 9.2 yards per carry, and one touchdown. He also ended the game with one reception for five yards.

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Holder rushed for a game-high 208 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.

Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy highlighted his team’s Cranberry Bowl win by leading all receivers with five receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, he booted three points on three extra points against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long led the Buccaneers’ rushing attack with 118 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald capped his team’s 2018 campaign by tossing five touchdowns (completed 25 of 31 passes for 262 yards), while adding 23 yards on 10 carries against Middlebury College.

Tyler McGovern (Salve Regina): Against Endicott College, McGovern completed 29 of 44 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns.

Brendan Nunes (Salve Regina): Nunes concluded Saturday’s clash with Endicott College with five grabs for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Nunes averaged 27.6 yards per reception.

Jake Schwern (Colby College): Schwern rushed for a game-high 185 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns as the Mules captured their first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) crown since 2005 with a season-ending win over Bowdoin College.

Nick Villanueva (Curry College): Against Nichols College, Villanueva led all receivers with 132 yards on 14 grabs (9.4 yards per reception) and two touchdowns.


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Jake Behne (left) highlighted his team’s win over Merchant Marine with a team-high 18 total tackles. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

Defensive Stars of the Week

Justin Augur (Univ. of New Eng.): In his team’s final contest of the season, Augur recorded six total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards and two sacks for a loss of nine yards, along with one forced fumble against Alvernia.

Hunter Atwood (Curry College): Against Nichols College, Atwood registered 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards, two-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 11 yards and one quarterback hurry.

Jake Behne (Coast Guard Academy): Behne led all tacklers with a team-high 18 stops, including 15 solo tackles, along with one interception for 22 yards and one pass break-up as the Bears upended Merchant Marine in the Secretaries Cup.

Darian Belizaire (Framingham State): Belizaire concluded his team’s regular season contest with five total tackles, one tackle for a loss of two yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery of 25 yards, which resulted in his team’s initial touchdown of the game.

Dimitri Dorinvil (Bridgwater State): Against Mass. Maritime Academy last Saturday, Dorinvil recorded a team-high 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

John Goode (Salve Regina): In his team’s final regular season contest of the season against Endicott College, Goode tallied 11 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, two interceptions and two pass break-ups.

Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenney highlighted his team’s final contest of the fall with four total tackles, including two tackles solo stops, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry as the Falcons edged UMass Dartmouth.

Blayne Merchant (WPI): Against Norwich University, Merchant recorded five total tackles, including four solo stops, one quarterback hurry and one pass break-up, along with a 57-yard pick-six.

Devyn Perkins (Trinity College): Against Wesleyan University, Perkins registered five total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 22 yards, two-and-a-half sacks for 19 yards and three solo stops.

Sean Smialek (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Bridgewater State, Smialek registered 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards.

Andrew Sommer (Amherst College): Against Williams College, Sommer registered seven total tackles, including five solo stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery of 50 yards, which resulted in a touchdown, and one quarterback hurry.

Keegan Stanton-Meas (Univ. of New Eng.): In his team’s final contest of the season, Stanton-Meas tallied 17 total tackles, including 13 solo stops and one tackle fo a loss of two yards against Alvernia.

Chris Rice (Castleton): In his team’s season finale against Alfred State, Rice registered 11 total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 25 yards and one sack for a loss of 11 yards.

William Rivera (Endicott College): Against Salve Regina, Rivera led all defenders with a game-high 17 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two tackles for a loss of four yards.

Tyler Robbins (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Robbins recorded a game-high 14 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and one forced fumble.


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WPI’s Spencer Herrington concluded his team’s 2018 campaign with eight points on two extra points and two field goals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Special Team Stars of the Week

Andrew Ferrero (Amherst College): Ferrero concluded his team’s contest against Williams College with nine points on six extra points and a 31-yard field goal.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington concluded his team’s final contest of the season against Norwich University with eight points, including two field goals of 33 and 42 yards.

Walter Thilly (Colby College): Thilly connected on four kicks, including a 29-yard field goal as the Mules defeated Bowdoin College to claim its first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) crown since 2005.

Valentin Wagner (Western New England): Wagner connected on all seven extra points in his team’s bounce back win over Becker College.


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New England Sends Four Teams to NCAA D3 Football Tournament

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Framingham State’s Joshua Smiley and the Rams are headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Four New England D3 football teams secured spots in the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament, which officially begins Saturday, November 17th with 16 opening round contests.

32 teams were selected to compete in this year’s tournament, including a trio of local teams (Framingham StateHusson University and Western New England) which captured their respective conference crown.

MIT, which also earned a spot in this year’s tournament, secured an at-large bid following an exciting 22-7 win yesterday over Springfield College to secure the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown (the NEWMAC title was the Engineers’ first in program history).

All four teams will hit the road this week with Framingham State visiting Brockport, Husson traveling to RPI, MIT heading to Johns Hopkins and Frostburg State entertaining Western New England. All four match-ups will commence at 12 p.m. eastern.

Both Husson and WNE advanced to the tournament last year, while Framingham State is making its first appearance in three seasons (the Rams last competed in the national postseason in 2015). MIT is making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history after making an impressive debut four years ago with an opening round win against Husson.

We’ll have more on all four match-ups later this week, but as always, stay connected with @Noontime_FB on Twitter for news, notes and more from the New England football world! 

Noontime Sports D3 Men’s New England Hockey Top 10 Poll (Nov. 11th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The third week of the New England D3 Hockey season has officially concluded, which means it is time for us to dish out our latest Men’s Top 10 Poll!

UMass Boston remains our top team for the second week by scoring important league wins over Castleton University (6-1) and Norwich University (4-2).

The Beacons will look to continue their early season momentum later this week when they visit Johnson & Wales on Friday and Suffolk University on Saturday.

Salve Regina and University of New England secured the second and third positions, respectively, while Colby College and Norwich University switched spots.

Babson College remained the ninth best team in our poll following an impressive win over Norwich, while Curry College finished its weekend series with Salve Regina 0-1-1. The Colonels and Seahawks tied 4-4 on Friday before John McLean (three goals) and Matthew Dillon (three assists and one goal) powered Salve Regina to an 8-5 win.


Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 11th, 2018) 

1. UMass Boston

5-0, 4-0 NEHC

2. Salve Regina 

2-1-1, 2-1-1 CCC

3. University of New England

3-1, 3-1 CCC

4. Colby College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

5. Norwich University

2-2-1, 2-2 NEHC

6. Nichols College

3-1, 3-1 CCC

7. Endicott College

3-1-1, 3-1 CCC

8. Trinity College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

9. Babson College

4-0-1, 3-0-1, NEHC

10. Curry College

3-1-2, 2-1-1 CCC

ON THE RISE: New England College (3-1-1, 2-1-1 NEHC) and Plymouth State (4-0-1, 2-0-1 MASCAC).