#FootballFriday: Best Tweets Of The Week

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Endicott College’s football team highlighted another week of great social media posts!(PHOTO CREDIT: Kiana DelViscovo)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Before you officially go on ‘weekend-mode,’ take a quick break to enjoy some of the best college football tweets of the week. And as seen above, the Endicott College football team highlighted our ‘best tweets of the week’ with an awesome video of their 2017 schedule.

We will certainly pay a visit to ‘the nest’ this season – maybe more than once, Endicott fans! – so stay tuned. For more on the Gulls’ 2017 schedule, HOP HERE.

Our blog’s friend, Logan Hansen, has high hopes for the Dean College Bulldogs this season. This will be the squad’s initial season of NCAA Division III play.

Dean kicks-off its 2017 slate with a visit from Husson on Saturday, September 9. The game will commence at 12 p.m. We certainly look forward to seeing the Bulldogs in-action this season.

Now, let’s dish out some ‘in-case-you-missed-it’ tweets from the past few days …

Finally, this tweet is more than a few days old, but certainly gets us excited for WPI’s upcoming season. Great photo, Coach!

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We’re T-Minus 11 Weeks Away From The Start of the 2017 College Football Season

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

As of today – yes, Thursday, June 15th – we are 11 weeks away from kicking-off a brand new season of college football. And yes … we are psyched to bring you a brand new season of coverage!

11 weeks from tonight (Thursday, August 31st), we’ll have three games to follow. And they are the following:

  • Bentley at West Chester, 6 p.m.
  • Saint Anselm at Wagner, 6 p.m.
  • Coast Guard vs. Alfred State, 7 p.m.

So, mark your calendar for August 31st, the night we return to college football coverage here in New England!

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The Noontime Friday Rewind: June 2nd

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Happy Friday and a happy (early) weekend, everyone!

Noontime Sports is pleased to unveil its first-ever ‘Friday-Rewind,’ a look back at our various posts (and news) from the week.

Consider this a recap of the week’s news – or technically, an in-case-you-missed-it! 

So, what did we blog about this week?

Let’s begin with the Coast Guard Academy football team, which unveiled its 2017 slate earlier this week. The Bears, who are coming off a 3-7 campaign, will look to commence its new season on a high note when they host Alfred State at the end of August.

On Thursday – yesterday, to be exact – we unveiled our very early preseason college football coverage plan, which includes some blogs on team’s schedules and podcasts.

If you have an idea for a possible story or additional ways we can improve our early season coverage of New England Division III football, let us know by sending us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. You can also send me a tweet on Twitter (@MattNoonan11). 

We concluded Thursday with an early look – and yes, a few thoughts – on the Bridgewater State football schedule, which features a pair of non-conference tilts in the first two weeks. The Bears will open its 2017 campaign at Buffalo State before entertaining Endicott College one week later.

Finally – this is a REAL in-case-you-missed-it from last month – but if you want to know what teams we’ll be eyeballing this coming season, then check-out my post on ‘What teams to Watch in 2017?’

That’s a wrap on a fun week of blogging (and coverage), have a great weekend, everyone, and be kind to each other, too!

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Let The #CountdownToKickoff2017 Begin!

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s officially summer – well, not technically, but in 20 days it will be the initial day of summer.

Here at Noontime Sports, though, we have begun the ‘summer-transition’ as we begin to turn the page to the 2017-18 school year.

Yes, we’re already beginning the countdown to another year of coverage, but don’t worry, we’ll enjoy this ‘slow-period’ of news for a bit. And we hope you do, too!

And while we anxiously await the start of camps, we’ll begin producing a few blog posts over the next few weeks (and months) on teams (and players) to watch this season, along with thoughts on schedules, too.  We’ll also produce some podcasts, too – yes, the Noontime Sports Podcast will be returning soon, so stay tuned!

As we get closer to the start of the 2017 season, we’ll unveil our initial Noontime Sports Top 10 Preseason Poll on Twitter, along with our first-ever Top 20 Teams to Watch in 2017. We’ll also post our Noontime Sports Preseason Team in August.

All in all, we’re excited to bring you another season of college football coverage and look forward to staying connected throughout the summer. Remember to follow us on Twitter and become a fan of our blog on Facebook.

Coast Guard Academy Unveils 2017 Football Schedule

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The Coast Guard Academy football team will begin its 2017 campaign on Thursday, August 31 against Alfred State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Coast Guard Academy football team unveiled its 2017 schedule yesterday, which includes six home contests, including the annual battle for the Secretaries’ Cup against Merchant Marine Academy – the game will be broadcasted by the ESPN Family of Networks, according to Tuesday’s release.

This season, the Bears will be competing in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) after spending the past 11 seasons as a member of the New England Football Conference (NEFC).

Coast Guard will officially begin NEWMAC play Saturday, September 23 when they visit Norwich University before hosting Catholic University a week later on Saturday, September 30th (Parents’ Weekend).

Coach Bill George will lead the Bears into action on Thursday, August 31st when they host Alfred State with kick-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Bears will then travel to Union College on Saturday, September 9 for a 1:00 p.m. start before hosting Nichols College on Saturday, September 16th at 1:30 p.m.

Last season, the Bison defeated the Bears in Dudley, Massachusetts by a score of 24-14.

Weeks after their final non-conference tilt against Nichols, the Bears will compete in a trio of games in October, beginning with a Saturday, October 7th clash with Springfield College. The Bears will then visit Maine Maritime Academy (Oct. 14th) before closing out the month with a ‘Homecoming Game’ against MIT on Saturday, October 21st.

Coast Guard will conclude its regular season slate with a pair of November tilts against WPI (Nov, 4th) and Merchant Marine (Nov. 11th).

Last season, the Bears finished 3-7 overall and 2-5 in league play.

We’ll have more on the Bears’ 2017 outlook once the season gets closer! 

New England D3 Football: What Teams To Watch In 2017?

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Sure, football season seems like a ways off, especially with next weekend being Memorial Day Weekend.

Yet, before we know it, another season of New England D3 Football will be back!

As promised – I mentioned it a few times on Twitter this week – below are the teams I will be watching this upcoming season in all five conferences.

Let me know what you think – do you agree or disagree? If so, send me a tweet or email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. And make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports) and Facebook!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Western New England will once again be the favorite, but who challenges the Golden Bears? Three teams: EndicottNichols and Salve Regina. One other team to keep an eye on is Curry College.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)Husson University will be the ‘team-to-beat or watch this fall, however, who challenges the Eagles? My thoughts: Castleton State and SUNY Maritime. One other team to watch would be Dean College.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Bridgewater State should be the favorite, especially after rebounding from a slow start. Yet, who challenges the Bears for the conference crown? My thoughts: Fitchburg StateFramingham StatePlymouth State and UMass Dartmouth.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)This conference produced an exciting final few weeks of football. And now that every team will play each other, it should be interesting to see what squad can take down the favorite, which is Trinity College. And while the Bantams maybe the favorite, don’t overlook the following: Tufts UniversityMiddlebury College and Wesleyan College. One other team that could contend for the crown is Amherst College, which concluded its season with a convincing win over an up-and-coming Williams College squad.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Springfield College has to be the favorite heading into a brand new league, but keep an eye on WPI and Norwich University. All three should be in the mix for the inaugural NEWMAC title, but don’t overlook Merchant Marine Academy.

King’s Five Goals Sends Clark Past Babson, 14-9

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Clark University sophomore Brandon Kings celebrates one of his five goals against Babson College on Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

BABSON PARK – Clark University sophomore Brandon King has been a tough match-up this season for his team’s opponents, according to his head coach Jeff Cohen.

And against Babson College (6-7, 2-3) on Saturday, King continued his impressive play, netting five goals, including four in the second half, which helped the Cougars (11-3, 5-0) claim an important 14-9 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory.

“In league (play), he is a tough match-up,” Cohen said of King following his team’s 11th win of the season. “He’s a tough match-up.”

King, who deposited his team’s initial goal of the contest, appeared unstoppable in the second half, netting a pair of goals in the third and fourth quarter, including a diving strike late in the final session, which was set-up by junior Will Mandracchia.

King’s final goal sewed-up an impressive victory for the Cougars, who snapped a 20-game losing streak to the Beavers, dating back to their initial meeting in 1994.

Babson and Clark swapped goals throughout the opening two stanzas with neither team pushing ahead by more than one or two goals. And despite a one-goal (7-6) lead at the break by Clark, the trend continued for a majority of the third quarter before senior Isaac Bass jumpstarted a three-goal run that helped the visitors push ahead for good.

Clark would tack on three more goals in the fourth, while Babson deposited just one strike during the final 10 minutes.

“I thought we really started clicking and things were going our way in the third,” said Cohen. “I thought early on, maybe nerves, maybe teams playing each other out, but the second half saw (the game) get more competitive and we were fortunate enough that the ball bounced our way at times.”

The win extends Clark’s current winning-streak to six games, which dates back a late March victory over Plymouth State. It also keeps the Cougars atop of the NEWMAC standings with two games remaining.

Clark, which returns home for its final two contests of the regular season, will host Springfield College on Wednesday (Apr. 26th) and Emerson College on Saturday (Apr. 29th).

Springfield trails Clark by half a game for the top spot. This afternoon, they scored a hard-fought 7-6 win over Wheaton College.

Cohen, who is in his eighth season with the Cougars, credits his senior class for the position the Cougars are currently in. A win over the Pride would most likely provide Clark with the top-seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament.

“We’re fortunate the ball is bouncing our way, but we give credit to the seniors, they’re working their tails off,” said Cohen. “They’re an extremely dedicated group and all I do is ask more of them, so I am glad things are working out and good things are happening for them.”