D3 Football Returns With Trine Topping Adrian

The Trine University football team returned to the field today for the first NCAA D-III game of 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trine University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

If you’re a fan of NCAA D-III football, then this post is for you as Trine University and Adrian College competed this afternoon with the Thunder scoring a 44-27 victory in Adrian, Michigan

The game marked the official return for D-III football – a majority of the teams remain on the sidelines, but apparently, four teams in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio are playing a “round-robin” format this month, according to D3Football.com. 

Trine’s Xaine Kirby highlighted his team’s initial win of the season by rushing for a game-high 141 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns while Alex Price completed 6 of 16 passes for 129 yards and two scores. 

The Thunder led by at least one score after the first and second quarters before Adrian closed the gap late in the third when Jack Wurzer connected with Jimmie Clark for a 25-yard touchdown pass which brought the Bulldogs within one point (28-27). Trine would counter on the ensuing possession with Price connecting with Michael Chandle on a 42-yard pass before Kirby recorded the team’s final score during the final session. 

Adrian’s Jack Wurzer ended the contest with three touchdown passes and 231 passing yards while James Tow led both the Bulldogs defense and all defenders with a game-high 14 total tackles. 

Trine will return to action next Saturday, October 10 when they host Manchester University for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Adrian will be idle next weekend but will visit Manchester for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, October 17. 

Mass. College Lax: Photos From Adrian-Worcester State

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are some photos from today’s Adrian-Worcester State women’s lacrosse game. The Bulldogs earned the lead and never looked back as they defeated the Lancers, 18-6.

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Mass. College Lax: Adrian 18, Worcester State 6

Adrian's Olivia Duncan recorded a game-best nine points (six goals, three assists) as the Bulldogs defeated Worcester State on Saturday! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Adrian’s Olivia Duncan recorded a game-best nine points (six goals, three assists) as the Bulldogs defeated Worcester State on Saturday! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA – Olivia Duncan recorded a season-best nine points (six goals, three assists), while Maddie Dugan added five points (four goals, one assist) as Adrian College defeated Worcester State University, 18-6.

Jaclyn Lawlor led the Lancers with a team-best two tallies, while Molly Kilday, Jackie Connors, Kalia Chase and Vicki O’Brien recorded one goal apiece in the setback.

“We kind of came out a little bit nervous (and) a little bit flat,” Worcester State coach Deb Draper said. “(We’ll) learn from this one and we’re just going to go into the rest of our games stronger (and) we know what we have to fix.”

The Bulldogs (8-2) jumped out to a three-goal lead before Kilday answered with an unassisted strike at 19:33.

Adrian responded with a pair from Dugan and one strike from Duncan, which prompted the Lancers to call timeout and stop their opponent’s momentum.

Once play resumed, Worcester State (4-1) trimmed the deficit with two free possession goals, which came off the sticks of Connors and Lawlor, but Duncan responded with her team’s seventh tally at 5:01.

Lawlor answered with her second goal of the afternoon roughly four minutes later before the Lancers marched into the break trailing the Bulldogs, 7-4.

Once the second half commenced, Adrian pushed ahead for good by netting eight strikes in a span of 20 minutes, which provided the visitor’s with their eighth non-conference victory.

Worcester State’s Chase and O’Brien each located the back of the net in the second, but neither goal halted Adrian’s offensive onslaught.

“It’s good to play somebody you have no clue of what’s coming (because) you’re getting different styles and all that and when you get into the big tournament, (it) could actually develop more poise (for your squad),” explained Draper.

“Anything that can be thrown at you can be thrown at you, and you can adapt and adjust for it, so being able to (play these) teams makes a big difference for you. It’s not the same old, same old.”

With the loss, Worcester State’s four-game winning streak concludes, but the Lancers will have a chance to return to the win column on Tuesday when they host Becker College at 7 p.m. After their contest against the Hawks, the Lancers will host Colby-Sawyer on Thursday before they travel to Bridgewater on Saturday for their first MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) duel.

“It’s going to be an interesting week,” said Draper. “We have to prepare and right now I’m not even thinking about Colby-Sawyer or Bridgewater State (because) we need to be focused on getting our legs back under us and getting ourselves ready for Becker.”