Noontime Sports Team of the Week (Monday, Oct. 16th)

Noontime Team Week

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Monday! With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive, Defensive and Special Team units of the week, as well as our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, too.

Offensive Player of the Week: Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Germinerio accounted for five touchdowns in his team’s 48-7 win over Morrisville State, along with 298 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles’ signal-caller completed 19 of 23 passes for 288 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores on five carries for 10 yards.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Liam Kenneally (Trinity): Kenneally turned in a monstrous performance against Tufts, tallying eight total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards, one sack for a 14 yard loss and one fumble recovery. Kenneally also registered one quarterback hurry, too.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Jean Gabriel (Husson): Against Castleton, Jean Gabriel stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four solo stops, one sack (seven yards), one interception, one pass break-up, one quarterback hurry and two blocks.

Special Teams Player of the Week: John Rak (Amherst): Rak concluded Saturday’s contest against the Mules with 10 points. He was a perfect four-for-four on extra points, while connecting on a pair of field goals with his longest boot coming from 32 yards out.


Offensive Team of the Week:

Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Bamgbose led the Corsairs with 124 receiving yards on five receptions, while recording a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 24-22 setback to Bridgewater State.

Cory Brandon (Husson): Against Castleton, Brandon completed 15 of 17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

Mike Breuler (Wesleyan): Breuler hauled in a game-high 10 receptions for 164 yards and one touchdown as the Cardinals rallied to defeat Bates, 41-23.

Kiegan Brown (Alfred State): Against Gallaudet, Brown rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries for one score, while recording one catch for five yards.

Max Chipouras (Trinity): Chipouras tallied 165 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown to lead Trinity passed Tufts, 23-16.

Brendan Costa (Bates): Against Wesleyan, Costa tallied 170 yards on 18 carries and one score.

Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime): Creeger amassed 329 yards of total offense, including 212 yards on 26 carries for one score as Maine Maritime topped Coast Guard in NEWMAC play. Creeger ended the game three for seven through the air for two touchdowns and 117 yards.

James Dawson (Salve Regina): Against Nichols, Dawson rushed for a pair of scores on 25 carries for 119 yards as the Seahawks improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.

Brandonn Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers with 10 receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown.

Zach DeNike (Endicott): DeNike led all receivers with five grabs for 96 yards and a touchdown against Western New England.

Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Eglintine tallied four touchdowns – two through the air, two on the ground – as the Pride improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in NEWMAC play. The Pride’s signal-caller completed three of seven passes for 76 yards, while rushing for 79 yards on 15 carries.

Quinn Fleeting (West Conn.): Against Mass. Maritime, Fleeting completed 11 of 21 passes for 208 yards and three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jawad Chisholm.

Maleke Fuentes (Alfred): Fuentes rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries and one score in his team’s initial setback of the season to SUNY Cortland.

Peter Hoff (Western New England): Hoff averaged 7.2 yards per carry, finishing the day with 115 yards on 16 carries for two scores as the Golden Bears picked-up their initial conference win.

Kyle Hoppy (Buffalo State.): Hoppy completed 20 of 39 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 30 yards on 10 carries for one score as the Bengals topped the Saints of St. Lawrence.

Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy led all receivers with seven grabs and 124 yards, while hauling in one touchdown in his team’s 24-22 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Jared Lebowoitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz completed 24 of 37 passes for 304 yards, while tossing a trio of touchdown passes in his team’s 27-26 setback to Williams. The senior signal-caller also rushed for 34 yards on eight carries.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron completed 21 of 29 passes for 195 yards, while tossing two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with no time remaining to lift the Ephs to an exciting 27-26 win over Middlebury. The first-year signal-caller also rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries and one score.

Chris Olberding (SUNY Maritime): Olberding led all rushers with 132 yards on 15 carries, while sprinting for a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 51-15 win over Anna Maria.

Rodrick Payne (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Payne rushed for 99 yards on 21 carries and two scores.

Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Acad.): Phillips led all rushers in his team’s 28-21 setback to West Conn. with 212 yards on 39 carries, while recording one touchdown.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan): Piccirillo helped the Cardinals overcome a two-point (23-21) setback at the break by finishing the game 29 of 42 for 370 yards, while rushing for 84 yards on 11 carries. Piccirillo also concluded the game with three touchdowns, including two through the air.

Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Puzzo completed 18 of 31 passes for 200 yards, while tossing one score – he also rushed for 37 yards on 21 carries.

Anthony Service (Western New England): Service amassed 210 yards of total offense, while account for three touchdowns, including two through the air as the Golden Bears topped Endicott in Springfield, Massachusetts.

John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for a trio of touchdowns on 16 carries for 95 yards in his team’s 49-0 win over Castleton.

Shane Sweeney (Hobart): Sweeney completed 19 of 29 passes for 305 yards and four scores in his team’s 49-27 win over Hartwick.

Koree Reed (Hartwick): Reed hauled in a game-high nine receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the Hawks’s 49-27 setback to Hobart.

Maxwell Rye (Middlebury): Rye led the Panthers’ receiving core with seven grabs for 133 receiving yards and one score.

Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva led all receivers with 118 yards on four receptions, while hauling in a pair of touchdown passes as Curry defeated Becker, 40-0.

Trai Weaver (Anna Maria): Weaver led all Anna Maria receivers Saturday by hauling in nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 169 yards on 25 carries, while rushing for one score in his team’s seven-straight win.

Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright completed 26 of 36 passes for 334 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdowns in his team’s win over Anna Maria. 


Defensive Team of the Week:

Luke Apuzzi (Williams): Against Middlebury, Apuzzi registered 16 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.

Derek Breunig (Maine Maritime): Against Coast Guard, Breunig registered 10 total stops, including four solo tackles, one sack (nine yards) and two tackles for a loss of 25 yards.

Jesse Byorth (Merchant Marine): Byorth led the Mariners with 10 total tackles, including a pair of stops for a loss of six yards and one forced fumble against Springfield.

Joe Esposito (Plymouth State): Esposito concluded Saturday’s 16-13 win over Framingham State with eight total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one forced fumble.

Dylan Ferrari (SUNY Cortland): Ferrari concluded Saturday’s upset win over Alfred with six total stops, including three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 13 yards.

Daniel George (Anna Maria): Against SUNY Maritime, George tallied 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded one forced fumble, too.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded Saturday’s game against Merchant Marine with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 23 yards.

Michael Hall (Anna Maria): Hall matched George for 12 total stops, but concluded Saturday’s game against SUNY Maritime with nine solo tackles, along with one tackle for a loss for four yards and two fumble recoveries (19 yards).

Geno Iozzino (Alfred): Against SUNYCortland, Iozzino recorded six solo stops, including a pair of tackles for a loss (10 yards) and one sack (seven yards).

Paul Krowel (Buffalo State): Krowel tallied seven total stops, including four solo tackles, two quarterback hurries, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss (11 yards) and two sacks (10) in the Bengals’ 24-21 win over St. Lawrence.

Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Against Bridgewater State, Mathurin tallied 15 total stops, including 12 solo tackles and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of six yards.

Brandon Morris (Wesleyan): Against Bates, Morris tallied 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of six yards.

William Rivera (Endicott): Against Western New England, Rivera registered 11 total stops, including five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and one sack for an eight yard loss.

Tylor Scales (Tufts):
Scales completed Tufts’ most recent contest against Trinity with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards, one sack for an eight yard loss and one forced fumble.

Aaron Slodowitz (Middlebury): Against Williams, Slodowitz led all defenders with 18 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards.

Skyler Williamson (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Williamson registered 15 total tackles, including seven solo stops, four tackles for a loss (16 yards) and one sack (eight yards).


Special Teams of the Week:

Jordan D’Onofrio (West Conn.): D’Onofrio punted the ball six times on Saturday with a pair of boots landing inside the Mass. Maritime Academy 20. He also registered two touchbacks, while connecting on all four extra point attempts.

William Holscher (SUNY Cortland): Holscher’s 20 yard field goal in overtime helped the Red Dragons secured an exciting upset over Alfred in Cortland, New York. Holscher completed the game with eight points – he was a perfect two for two on extra points.

Brian McGovern (Hartwick): Against Hobart, McGovern tallied nine points by connecting on a pair of field goals and three extra points.

Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Against Anna Maria, Murphy connected on seven extra point attempts, while tallying 496 yards on eight kickoffs with five kicks resulting in touchbacks.

Springfield Remains No.1 In Fourth Grinold Chapter New England D3 Poll

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 9.25.02 AMBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

For the fourth-straight week, the Springfield College Pride remained atop the Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings after securing their seventh consecutive victory this past Saturday with a 35-13 win over Merchant Marine.

Trinity College and Plymouth State slid into the second and third positions, respectively – the Panthers, who were tied for the sixth position a week ago, secured an exciting 16-13 win over Framingham State to move up three spots.

Framingham State and Salve Regina rounded out the top five – the Seahawks improved to 4-1 and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play with a 45-10 victory against Nichols College. This week, the Seahawks host Endicott College for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

Curry College, Husson University and Western Connecticut checked-in sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, while MIT (ninth) and Williams College (10th) secured the final two spots on this week’s poll.

Middlebury College, Amherst College, Western New England, Wesleyan and WPI are all receiving votes.

Against Merchant Marine, Springfield quarterback Jake Eglintine recorded four touchdowns – two through the air, two on the ground – while Jordan Wilcox led all rushers with 169 yards on 25 carries and one score.

The Pride’s defense collaborated for 10 tackles for a loss of 45 yards, including a quartet of sacks for a loss of 20 yards.

Springfield hosts Catholic University this weekend before heading into a bye week. The Pride will then end their season with a visit to Maine Maritime (11/4) followed by a home date with MIT on Saturday, November 11th.

Trinity continues to be the team to beat in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) as the Bantams managed to pick-up their fifth-straight win by defeating Tufts University, 23-16. Max Chipouras highlighted the Bantams offensive attack by rushing for a game-high 165 yards 29 carries and one score, while the defense registered five tackles for a loss of 24 yards, including a pair of sacks (17 yards).

For more information on the Grinold Chapter of the National Football Foundation, please visit www.grinoldchapter.com.

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week Eight Poll (Monday, Oct. 16th)

NS WK8 POLL

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another week of college football (week seven) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week eight) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (7-0, 4-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Trinity College (5-0, 5-0 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 3
  3. Framingham State (5-1, 3-1 MASCACS) | Last Week No. 2
  4. MIT (5-1, 3-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 5
  5. Plymouth State (6-1, 4-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 9
  6. Williams College (4-1, 4-1 NESCASC) | Last Week: No. 10
  7. Western New England (4-2, 1-0 CCC) | Last Week No. 7
  8. Curry College (5-1, 1-0 CCC) | Last Week: NR
  9. Salve Regina (4-1, 1-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 8
  10. Middlebury College (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 4

On the rise: Amherst College (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC), Husson University (5-1, 3-0 ECFC), Tufts University (3-2, 3-2 NESCAC), Wesleyan (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC), Western Conn. (5-1, 3-1 MASCAC) and WPI (4-2, 2-1 NEWMAC).

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Seven (New England & New York)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s Friday – congrats on making it to this marvelous day!

Let’s get the weekend started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, featuring games in both New England and New York.

Morrisville State at Brockport (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Who is going to slow down these Golden Eagles? Seriously, who? Maybe the Mustangs? We’ll see, but expect another solid performance from Brockport quarterback Joe Germinerio. PREDICTION: Brockport 31, Morrisville State 17

Alfred at SUNY Cortland (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): The Saxons don’t appear to be slowing down as the Purple and Gold currently boast an impressive 5-0 ledger. This week, their momentum from a 21-14 win over St. John Fisher should continue. PREDICTION: Alfred 28, SUNY Cortland 14

Framingham State at Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Our Noontime Sports Team of the Week will look to find a way to slow down Framingham State’s Quron Wright, while limiting passes toward Jaquan Harris, who finished last week’s game against Fitchburg State with a NCAA Division III record five interceptions. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Plymouth State 17 

Endicott at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Can the Golden Bears’ success from two weeks ago – you know, their big and exciting overtime win over St. Lawrence? – continue this week against Endicott? PREDICTION: WNE 31, Endicott 17

Castleton at Husson (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after a big win over SUNY Maritime, Gabby Price‘s crew will look to earn another important win when they welcome the Spartans to Maine. Look for a big game from both halfbacks, including Moe Harris of Castleton. PREDICTION: Husson 27, Castleton 17 

Hobart at Hartwick (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.):
It seems like Hobart is back to their winning ways following a win a week ago over RPI. This week, the defense must find a way to slow down a Hawks offense that put up 52 points against Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Hobart 31, Hartwick 29 

Ithaca at RPI (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after being shut-out by the Statesmen, the Engineers will look to bounce back against a Bombers squad that has been victorious in all three Liberty League games this fall. PREDICTION: Ithaca 28, RPI 21 

Trinity at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1:30 p.m.): An early season setback to Wesleyan seems to be a thing of the past for these Jumbos, who have cruised to back-to-back wins recently against Bates and Bowdoin. Can that success continue against a talented Bantams squad that tallied 594 yards of total offense a week ago in their 41-13 win over Hamilton? We’ll find out! PREDICTION: Tufts 31, Trinity 29   

Williams at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can the Panthers continue their early season success against a talented Williams offense, which is led by first-year quarterback Bobby Maimaron and first-year wide-out Frank Stola? We’ll see – the Ephs will also need to find a way to contain Middlebury signal-caller Jared LebowitzPREDICTION: Middlebury 35, Williams 32

Springfield at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can Springfield’s triple-option success, as well as its impressive defensive play continue this week against Merchant Marine? We’ll find out – we could be in for either a high scoring affair or a defensive battle. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, Merchant Marine 13 

Springfield Remains No.1 In Third Grinold Chapter New England D3 Poll

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 9.25.02 AMBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

For the third-straight week, the Springfield College football team earned the top spot in the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Poll, which was released earlier today.

The Pride, who picked-up their sixth-straight win last Saturday over Coast Guard Academy, secured 11 first-place votes.

Prior to checking-in first overall for the third-straight week, the Pride checked-in 25th overall on the latest D3Football.com Top 25 Poll.

Framingham State, which earned its fifth-straight win of the season last Friday against Fitchburg State, checked-in second overall, collecting a trio of first-place votes, while Trinity College, Middlebury College and Salve Regina rounded out the top five.

The Bantams earned one first-place vote following a 41-13 win over Hamilton College.

Curry College and Plymouth State secured a two-way tie in the sixth position, while MIT, Husson University and Western Connecticut checked-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

The Colonels of Curry secured a come-from-behind win over UMass Dartmouth, thanks to a one-yard plunge by quarterback Alex Corvese, who was tabbed this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive Player of the Week. Corvese concluded last Saturday’s game with four touchdowns, including two through the air to Spencer Tyler (five receptions, 106 yards) and Andrew Allen (four receptions, 31 yards).

Curry, which has won four of five contests this fall, will head to Becker College on Saturday, October 14th for 2 p.m. kick-off. This will be both team’s first conference clash of the season.

Plymouth State continued its early season success for the second-straight year by defeating Bridgewater State, 17-7. The Panthers host Framingham State this weekend in an marquee Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) clash.

Husson is coming off a big win over SUNY Maritime, thanks to quarterback Cory Brandon, running back John Smith and defensive lineman Luke Washburn. The win over the Privateers provided the unit with their second Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) win of the season.

This week, the Eagles will host Castleton University, which earned a hard-fought 35-31 win over Mount Ida. The Spartans enter the game with a 2-0 conference record.

Finally, don’t overlook MIT, which heads into a bye week with an impressive 5-1 overall record. Last Saturday, the Engineers earned its third-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win with a 51-6 victory against Maine Maritime Academy.

Noontime Sports Team of the Week (Monday, Oct. 9th)

Noontime Team Week

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Monday! With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive, Defensive and Special Team units of the week, as well as our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, too.


Offensive Player of the Week: Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese concluded last Saturday’s  contest against UMass Dartmouth with four touchdowns, including the game-winning score on a one-yard scamper that helped the Colonels erase a three-point (27-24) deficit. Corvese completed 29 of 44 for 377 yards and two scores, while rushing for 18 yards on 13 carries and two scores.

Defensive Player of the Week: Jaquan Harris (Framingham State): Harris recorded five interceptions last Friday in his team’s 32-16 win over Fitchburg State. The five picks tied a NCAA Division III record. Additionally, Harris established a new single-game program record with five interceptions, while tying the single-season mark for picks in a season with eight (currently).

Special Teams Player of the Week: Mark Wright (MIT): Wright connected on all nine kicks, including a trio of field goals with his longest boot coming from 35-yards out. He concluded last Saturday’s contest against Maine Maritime with 15 points. 


Offensive Team of the Week:

Darius Adams (Coast Guard Academy): Facing a talented Springfield defense, Adams recorded a game-high four receptions for 74 yards and one score. 

Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Bamgbose concluded last Saturday’s contest against Curry College with 158 receiving yards and two touchdowns. 

Mitch Banuskevich (Plymouth State): Banuskevich tallied 162 yards on 31 carries, while recording six receptions for 40 yards and one score as the Panthers defeated Bridgewater State, 17-7. 

Timel Benton (Gallaudet): Sophomore quarterback Timel Benton ran for 128 yards on four carries and scored two touchdowns in the opening half for Gallaudet in its 73-23 rout of Anna Maria for its first win of the season. Benton completed 3 of 6 passes for 140 yards before he was lifted in the second half. He completed a 94-yard pass to Joell Dixon, which would of been a touchdown if not for an unsportsmanlike penalty on Dixon for showboating at the end of the play before he got into the end zone.

Jake Bonheyo (Gallaudet): Bonheyo, Gallaudet’s back-up quarterback came in for one quarter and ran the ball four times for a team best 131 yards and three touchdowns. On his first play under center, Bonheyo ran 45 yards for a touchdown. On the next two Gallaudet possessions, Bonheyo scored from 36 and 47 yards out as the Bison led 67-17 midway through the third quarter.

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum completed 22 of 36 passes for 217 yards and three touchdown, while rushing for 12 yards on three carries.

Cory Brandon (Husson): Brandon completed 15 of 24 passes for 234 yards, while tossing three touchdowns as the Eagles defeated the Privateers in a marquee Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) clash. 

Mitchell Caron (Castleton): Caron completed 12 of 16 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 15 yards on eight carries and one score against Mount Ida. 

Brandonn Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers last Saturday with six receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown in his team’s setback to Husson. 

Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Against Coast Guard Academy, Eglintine rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries and one score, while completing two of five passes for 30 yards. 

Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn.): Fleeting accounted for three touchdowns, including two through the air in his team’s bounce-back win over Worcester State. Fleeting completed 13 of 17 passes for 218 yards and two scores, while rushing for 15 yards on four carries and one touchdown.

De’Andre Goldson-Fisher (Mount Ida): Against Castleton, Goldson-Fisher rushed for 163 yards on 23 carries and two scores, while hauling in one reception for 15 yards. 

Udgam Goyal (MIT): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Goyal completed 17 of 20 passes for 135 yards, while tossing two touchdowns. He also rushed for 76 yards on nine carries and two scores. 

Moe Harris (Castleton): Against Mount Ida, Harrs recorded 126 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns, while hauling in one catch for 10 yards.

Stephen Johnson (Buffalo State): Against SUNY Cortland, Johnson led all receivers with five receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown. 

Jared Lebowitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz completed 22 of 39 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers captured its fourth consecutive contest of the season.

Brice Moore (Merchant Marine): Moore turned in an impressive performance against Norwich, rushing for 229 yards on 32 carries and one score, while completing three of seven passes for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Jacob Maher (Worcester State): Maher led all receivers with 93 yards on six catches, while hauling in a trio of touchdown passes.   

Bobby Maimaron (Williams): The first-year signal-caller completed 17 of 24 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 52 yards on 10 carries and one score as the Ephs defeated Bowdoin in Williamstown. 

Ryan McDonald (Tufts): Against Bowdoin, McDonald completed 18 of 25 passes for 215 yards, while tossing one touchdown. He also rushed for 72 yards on 13 carries and one score.

Canton Meadows (Gallaudet): 
Sophomore super back Canton Meadows had a strong first half as he ran nine times for 84 yards and three touchdowns. Meadows scored the game’s first, second and seventh touchdown in the first 22 minutes of play. Meadows third and final score came on a 25-yard run up the middle as the Bison lead grew to 31, 41-10.

James O’Regan (Amherst): O’Regan led all receivers last Saturday with 151 yards on seven receptions and one touchdown. His longest reception was an 81-yard touchdown, which occurred midway through the fourth quarter.  

Jace Pena (UMass Dartmouth): Pena completed 12 of 27 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns, including a 61-yard touchdown strike to Abbi Bamgbose.

Michael Pina (Mount Ida): Pina completed 18 of 32 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s setback to Castleton.

Blake Rice (WPI): Against Catholic, Rice completed 18 of 28 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries.

Koby Schofer (Trinity): Schofer concluded his team’s contest with a game-high 10 receptions and 202 receiving yards, while registering a pair of touchdown receptions.

John Smith (Husson):
Smith rushed for 217 yards on 30 carries and one score, while recording a pair of receptions for 41 yards in his team’s big win over SUNY Maritime. 

Frank Stola (Williams): Stola led all receivers with seven receptions for 172 yards and two scores. His longest reception was a 77-yard touchdown, which occurred early in the fourth quarter.

Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva led all receivers last Saturday with 152 yards on 11 receptions – he averaged 13.8 yards per reception.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox rushed for 187 yards on 21 carries and one score in his team’s sixth-straight win of the season. 

Quron Wright (Framingham State):Against Fitchburg State, Wright rushed for 145 yards on 24 carries and two scores, while hauling in 34 yards on reception.


Defensive Team of the Week:

Louie Akuffo (Gallaudet): Akuffo was all over the field for the Bison on defense last Saturday as he made play after play against Anna Maria College. The junior linebacker led the team with nine tackles, made one interception and returned it 14 yards, forced one fumble and had one pass break-up. Akuffo’s interception took place at the start of the second half and set up GU’s first touchdown in the third quarter. He was also part of a huge defensive stand for the Bison in the first half. The highlight for the Bison defense was denying the AMCATS the end zone after they got 1st and goal from the Gallaudet 1 late in the first quarter. Four straight rushes, up the middle, were stuffed by the Bison defense led by a trio of linebackers Tristan Boren, Louie Akuffo and Tony Libit. The Bison scored four plays later to completely sway the momentum in GU’s favor up 27-10.

David Bednarz (Fitchburg State): Facing a talented Framingham State offense, Bednarz came-up with 10 total stops, including four solo tackles and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards.

Luca Cerasani (WPI): Cerasani was a big part of the Engineers’ win over the Cardinals by tallying seven total tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 20 yards, two forced fumbles and five solo stops.  

Almamy Conde (Hobart): Conde stuffed the stat sheet with four total stops, three solo tackles, including a sack for an eight yard loss, along with a fumble recovery (two yards) and interception (six yards).

Prince Gbaley (Plymouth State): Against Bridgewater State, Gbaley turned in a solid outing with seven solo tackles (and total tackles). He also recorded a quartet of pass  break-ups and a pair of interceptions (18 yards).

Jack Gray (Gallaudet): 
Freshman strong safety Jack Gray (Atherton, Calif.) picked off Jayson Wallace’s throw at the Gallaudet 5 and returned it 95 yards for the touchdown as Gallaudet led 73-17 at the 3:53 mark in the third quarter. Gray’s 95-yard interception return for a touchdown is tied for the second longest in program history with Neal DiMarco (9/9/2011 vs. Catholic). GU went on to set numerous records in the 73-23 victory over Anna Maria College. Gray now has three interceptions and two forced fumbles for five turnovers this season for the buff and blue.

Joseph Grogan (Curry): Grogan turned in an impressive performance against the Corsairs, recording six solo stops – all six tackles added up for a loss of 26 yards. Two of his six tackles were a pair of sacks for an eight yard loss. He also registered one forced fumble in a 30-27 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Eric Nunez (Worcester State): Nunez concluded last Saturday’s game against Western Connecticut with seven solo stops, including a pair of tackles for a loss of six yards. Additionally, one of his seven stops was a sack for a loss of two yards.

Matt O’Donnell (Coast Guard Academy): Against Springfield, O’Donnell led the Bears defense with 12 total stops, including 10 solo tackles.

Jake O’Donoghue (Catholic): Against WPI, O’Donoghue tallied seven total stops, including three solo tackles, two sacks for a loss of 20 yards, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 21 yards and two forced fumbles. 

Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Against Husson, Parker turned in a monstrous performance on defense, tallying 18 total tackles, including 14 solo stops and a pair of tackles for a loss of eight yards.  

Austin Roberts (Norwich): Against Merchant Marine, Roberts accounted for 22 total stops, including nine solo tackles and 13 assists. 

Jake Tavares (UMass Dartmouth): Against Curry, Tavares tallied 10 total stops, including eight solo tackles, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards, one sack and one pass break-up.

Zach Thomas (Tufts): Thomas highlighted Homecoming Weekend at Tufts with four total stops, including one tackle for a loss of nine yards, one fumble recover, one quarterback hurry and three solo tackles.

Jakob Trautwein (Castleton): Trautwein tallied a game-high 16 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss.

Luke Washburn (Husson):
Washburn registred 11 total stops against SUNY Maritime, including 10 solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one sack (13 yards) and a quartet of quarterback hurries. He also recorded one pass break-up, too.

Trent Waters (Dean):
Against Alfred State, Waters recorded a game-high 13 total tackles, including a team-high nine solo stops, along with two sacks for a loss of 21 yards and one forced fumble.

Rich Williams (Springfield): Williams tallied nine total stops against Coast Guard Academy last Saturday, including seven solo tackles, along with a tackle-and-a-half for a loss of 12 yards, one sack for a loss of 10 yards and an interception (53 yards).


Special Teams of the Week:

Chip Crowley (Coast Guard Academy): Against Springfield College, Chip Crowley recorded eight punts for 304 yards. Three of his boots landed inside the Pride’s 20. 

Christian Humulock (Springfield): Against Coast Guard Academy, Humulock was a perfect five for five on extra points, as well as one for one on field goals. 

Jake McDonough (Merchant Marine): McDonough was a perfect seven for seven on extra points in his team’s big win over Norwich. 

James Tooker (UMass Dartmouth): Tooker connected on all five of his kicks, including a pair of field goals for a total of nine points. His longest boot was a 39-yard field goal, which came midway through the third quarter.

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week Seven Poll (Monday, Oct. 9th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another week of college football (week six) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week seven) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (6-0, 3-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Framingham State (5-0, 3-0 MASCAC)  | Last Week: No. 2
  3. Trinity College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC)  | Last Week: No. 3
  4. Middlebury College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC) | Last Week: No. 9
  5. MIT (5-1, 3-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 8
  6. Husson University (4-1, 2-0 ECFC) | Last Week: No. 7
  7. Western New England (3-2, 0-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 4
  8. Salve Regina (3-1, 0-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 6
  9. Plymouth State (5-1, 3-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: NR
  10. Williams College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC) | Last Week: No. 10

On the rise: Amherst College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC), Curry College (4-1, 0-0 CCC), Tufts University (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC), Wesleyan (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC), Western Conn. (4-1, 2-1 MASCAC) and WPI (4-2, 2-1 NEWMAC).