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Player Perspective: Jacob Burke (Norwich University) On Saturday’s Game Against Coast Guard Academy

Jacob Burke

Jacob Burke (45) and the Norwich University football team look to continue their winning ways on Saturday against Coast Guard Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Norwich University Athletics)

By | @NoontimeSports 

Saturday will be an exciting day at Norwich University.

The campus will be celebrating the institution’s 200th anniversary and will host Coast Guard Academy in a must-see, must-watch New England Division III football game, which is scheduled to commence at 2:00 p.m. (eastern time).

Both Coast Guard Academy and Norwich enter Saturday’s clash with identical 2-0 records and know a win would keep them atop the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) standings, as well as possibly tied with WPI, which also enters the third week with the same record.

One of the players that certainly hopes to continue the Cadets’ recent momentum is Jacob Burke. The senior linebacker, who has tallied 14 total tackles this fall, is hoping to help the Cadets snap a two-game losing streak to the Bears since the rivalry resumed in 2017.

Noontime Sports caught-up with Burke to discuss Saturday’s game against the Bears, as well as what he enjoys most about being a part of this rivalry.

What makes this game (and rivalry) so special and unique from your perspective?  

This game (and) rivalry are extremely special and unique because it is steeped in tradition. This year is especially important for a number of reasons.

This year, both teams are 2-0 and have a chance to start the season 3-0 and move into first place in the conference.

2019 marks Norwich’s Bicentennial and it is a privilege to be able to be a part of this game during homecoming (and) alumni weekend.

The winner of Norwich-Coast Guard also is awarded ‘The Mug,’ too, which is arguably the most important trophy to win throughout the season.

Finally, this is not just any college football game. This rivalry is known as the ‘Little Army-Navy Game’ and the name speaks for itself.  The singing of each team’s alma mater after the game concludes is the culmination of a very special college football Saturday.

This game is second to none and it is an honor to be involved with such a storied tradition.

What are a few memories you have from playing in this contest? 

My two most influential memories about this game include the excitement and anticipation during the week of this game last year. The week was more intense, and the entire program was more focused. The same can be said for this year, too.

My second memory of this game was losing on the final play to the Bears last year. That is a feeling you never want to repeat and that is exactly what our program promised each other.

What is the build-up to this game like on campus? Do people talk about this game outside the practice field?  

The build-up to this game is always exciting. Considering it is (our) alumni/homecoming weekend, the campus is quickly filling up and the buzz around the school is extremely high. Professors and peers are (also) there to support the team, too.

When preparing for this contest, does it have a different feel than other weeks of the season? 

We prepare for this week just like any other week. However, everyone in the program understands just how important this game is and how much this rivalry means so this week is more intense.

The team remains really focused despite all the distractions which allow us to prepare well.

What must your team do to be successful/score a win on Saturday? 

We must play together and stick together throughout the game. We must limit mistakes and be ready to adjust on the fly while still being able to play fast and tough. We can’t beat ourselves.

What do you imagine this year’s game day atmosphere to be like? Do you anticipate a big crowd? 

The game-day atmosphere is going to be awesome. The school expects a huge crowd so extra seating has been placed around Sabine Field. The entire team is looking forward to a crazy and loud atmosphere on Saturday.

D3 Football Preseason: The Favorites


By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Happy Monday!

We’re another day closer to a brand new season of New England Division III football, which means its time to highlight our preseason favorites.

As usual, let us know if you agree (or disagree) with our preseason predictions by posting a comment below!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Western New England: The Golden Bears are poised to capture yet another conference crown this fall, but they certainly will be challenged by Endicott CollegeHusson University, and Salve Regina. Expect a big season from quarterback Alec Coleman, who was tabbed our Noontime Sports Offensive Player of the Year last November.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC): Maritime (N.Y.): While I certainly think Dean College will be in the mix for the top spot, in the end, the Privateers will prevail. Both teams will meet in mid-October in what could be a de-facto regular-season championship clash.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Framingham State: The Rams enter the upcoming season with some holes to fill, especially at wide receiver and in the secondary, but expect coach Tom Kelley to find the right pieces to fill those voids before Framingham makes the trek to Endicott for a must-see week one clash.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Trinity College: The Bantams enter the 2019 season with hopes of capturing their fourth-straight conference crown. Trinity can certainly accomplish this task but will need to do it without halfback Max Chipouras, who graduated this past spring. The Bantams should return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, which will help them contend for a conference crown.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Springfield College: The Pride should capture their second NEWMAC title in three seasons, but they certainly will be challenged by Coast Guard AcademyMIT, and WPI. I also think Norwich University could provide some match-up issues, too, but again, I am expecting Springfield to finish atop the NEWMAC standings in late November.

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Noontime Sports D3 Women’s New England/New York Hockey Top 10 (Dec. 3rd) Powered by Zelos Athletics


By | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The sixth week of the 2018-19 Northeast (New England/New York) D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our sixth poll of the season.

Our poll – similar to our New England D3 Football Top 10 from earlier this season – is now powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are using FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performances metrics during speed, agility and plyometric drills. Additionally, Zelos Athletics provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength and conditioning training, too.

Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Dec. 3rd, 2018) 

1. Plattsburgh State  8-1, 6-0 NEWHL
2. Norwich University  7-2, 7-0 NECH 
3. Elmira College  5-1-1, 4-0 UCHC
4. Middlebury College  3-1-2, 3-0-1 NESCAC
5. Conn. College 3-1-2, 1-1-2 NESCAC
6. Utica College 9-1, 6-0 UCHC
7. Manhattanville 7-0-1, 5-0-1 UCHC
8. Oswego State  5-2-1, 3-2-1 NEWHL 
9. Williams College 4-2, 2-2 NESCAC
10. Hamilton College 4-2, 3-1 NESCAC

On the Rise: Amherst College (2-2-1), Endicott College (4-2-2), Nazareth (10-0), University of New England (9-1-1) and Wesleyan University (3-2)

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Noontime Sports D3 Women’s New England/New York Hockey Top 10 (Nov. 26th)


By | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The fifth week of the 2018-19 Northeast (New England/New York) D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth poll of the season.

Plattsburgh State secured the top spot following an impressive 4-1 win on Sunday over Elmira College in Middlebury, Vermont. The three-goal win erased a 1-0 setback one day earlier to Adrian College, which defeated fourth-ranked Middlebury College by a score of 4-1.

The Cardinals’ impressive win over Elmira bumps their overall record to 6-1 – the win should certainly provide the Red and White with some momentum heading into an important weekend series with ninth-ranked Oswego State.

Despite falling to eighth-ranked Utica College on Sunday, the Continentals of Hamilton College joined this week’s poll following recent wins over tenth-ranked Williams College and Morrisville State. The Blue and Gold visit Colby College for an important conference series on Friday and Saturday.

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Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 26th, 2018) 

1. Plattsburgh State  6-1, 4-0 NEWHL
2. Elmira College 5-1-1, 4-0-0 UCHC
3. Norwich University 5-2, 5-0 NEHC
4. Middlebury College  2-1-1, 2-0
5. Hamilton College 2-2, 1-1 NESCAC
6. Conn. College 2-0-1, 1-0-1
7. Manhattanville 5-0-1, 3-0-1 UCHC
8. Utica College  9-0, 6-0 UCHC
9. Oswego State  5-0-1, 3-0-1 NEWHL
 10. Williams College 2-1-1, 1-1 NESCAC

ON THE RISE: Amherst College (1-1-1, 0-1-1),  Colby College (2-0, 2-0) Endicott College (3-2-2, 2-1-1 CHC) and University of New England (7-1-1, 4-1-1 CHC)


Noontime Sports D3 Women’s New England/New York Hockey Top 10 (Nov. 19th)


By | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The fourth week of the 2018-19 Northeast (New England/New York) D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fourth poll of the season.

Once again, Elmira College remains the top team in this week’s poll, but don’t overlook Connecticut College, which secured the fifth position after checking-in the sixth spot one week ago. The Camels opened their 2019-18 campaign with a win and tie against Amherst College, which checked-in sixth this week.

Against Amherst, senior Jordan Cross registered three points in two games, including one goal and one assist in her team’s 2-1 win last Saturday. Cross and the Camels and will attempt to continue its early season success on Tuesday when they host Castleton University.

Oswego State entered the Thanksgiving break with a win and tie against Cortland State. The two teams skated to a 1-1 tie last Friday before the Lakers scored a 3-1 win on Saturday, thanks to a pair of goals from Leah Czerwinski and two assists from Philomena Teggart.

Finally, Endicott College secured the 10th and final position with a win and tie against Salve Regina. The Gulls visit Williams College this week before ending the second month with an important road match-up against Bowdoin College.

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Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 19th, 2018) 

1. Elmira College  5-0, 4-0 UCHC
2. Plattsburgh State  5-0, 4-0 NEWHL
3. Norwich University 5-2, 5-0 NEHC
4. Middlebury College  2-0, 2-0 NESCAC
5. Conn. College 1-0-1, 1-0-1 NESCAC
6. Amherst College 0-1-1, 0-1-1 NESCAC
7. Oswego State  5-0-1, 3-0-1 NEWHL
8. Colby College 2-0, 2-0 NESCAC
9. Bowdoin College 0-2, 0-2 NESCAC
 10. Endicott College 3-1-2, 2-1-1 CHC

ON THE RISE:  Hamilton College (1-1, 1-1), Manhattanville (3-0-1, 3-0-1 UCHC), Morrisville State (5-2-1, 3-2-1) Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0), Williams College (1-1, 1-1), University of New England (5-1-1, 4-1-1)


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