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Noontime’s Five D3 Football Teams to Watch In Week Five

Spencer McMillion has been the player to watch on Coast Guard Academy for four weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brad Clift)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s that time of the week where we highlight five teams – yes, five, to be exact – to watch this weekend in New England NCAA Division III football.

Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC): After beginning their season with a convincing win over UMass Dartmouth, along with a hard-fought victory against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the AMCATs suffered a 66-28 setback last weekend to Coast Guard Academy.

One year earlier, Anna Maria beat Coast Guard, 29-24, thanks to a late touchdown drive that saw quarterback Alex Cohen find Deandre Wallace for a 27-yard score.   

This week, Anna Maria will look to bounce back against an Alfred State squad that was projected to be in the mix for the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown this fall. The two teams have combined for four wins and three losses through four weeks.

In a way, Saturday’s conference tilt is an important game for Anna Maria. But a loss to the Pioneers would not derail their hopes of winning the league for a second-straight season.

Anna Maria has beaten Alfred State in its last two meetings – in 2019, quarterback Tanner Kingsley led the team on back-to-back scoring drives during the final two minutes to clinch a thrilling come-from-behind win in Alfred, New York.  

Bridgewater State (1-3, 1-1 MASCAC): Don’t sleep on the Bears of Bridgewater State.

After beginning their current campaign with three-straight losses, coach Joe Verria’s squad leaned on its rushing attack to score a much-needed win last Saturday over Western Connecticut. Halfback Adam Couch scored three touchdowns in the win, including two on the ground. He led all rushers with 150 yards on 21 carries.

Bridgewater State’s win over Western Connecticut should provide the Red and White with a boost heading into Saturday’s meeting with Fitchburg State.

The Falcons currently boast a 1-3 record, but a 0-2 mark against Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) foes.

Despite falling to Plymouth State earlier this month, the Bears remain in the mix for a league crown.

Coast Guard Academy (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC): The Bears concluded their non-league schedule with an impressive win over Anna Maria.

Halfback Spencer McMillion registered 340 yards of total offense in Coast Guard’s recent win, including a game-high 285 rushing yards on 43 carries and five touchdowns.

McMillion currently leads all NCAA Division III rushers with 653 rushing yards – he is also tied for first place in touchdowns with 11.

Coast Guard will begin conference play this weekend when they visit Norwich University on Saturday.

Endicott College (4-0, 0-0 CCC): The Gulls are off to their best start since 2011.

Endicott clinched its fourth-straight win last Saturday by beating Norwich University, 26-13.

The game was highlighted by Endicott’s rushing attack, which saw Yavier Cosme-Diaz lead all rushers with 107 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Clayton Marengi rushed for two scores and 46 yards on eight carries while Tyler Bridge added 68 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns.

While the rushing attack has been one of Endicott’s strengths through four weeks, the same could be said about its defensive unit, which has held its first four opponents to just 20 points.

This week, Endicott will play its first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) game when the Gulls welcome Husson University to campus on Saturday.  

Tufts University (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC): Keep your eyes on the Jumbos this week.

Tufts earned its first win of the 2022 season last Saturday when they beat Bates College, 35-7.

Quarterback Michael Berluti completed 18 of 21 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns – he also added 35 rushing yards on six carries and one score.

Phil Lutz, who is one of a few wide receivers to watch on the Jumbos this fall, caught seven passes for 79 yards and one touchdown. Cade Moore led all receivers with 81 yards on six receptions.  

Tufts’ defense recorded two sacks and one interception.

The Jumbos visit Williams College this week – we believe it’s a game the Powder Blue and Brown should win, especially after what we have witnessed these last two weeks.

Noontime’s Five D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Three

Willie Lombard and the Plymouth State Panthers will attempt to continue their early-season momentum on Saturday against Bridgewater State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kim Bownes/Plymouth State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

It may be Tuesday, but it’s never too early to look ahead to this weekend’s slate of small college football games.

Like we did last week – and yes, last season, too – it is time to highlight this week’s five New England NCAA Division III football teams to watch on Friday and Saturday.

Anna Maria College: Quarterback Alex Cohen highlighted his team’s season-opener by recording eight touchdowns.

No, the “eight touchdowns” was not a typo.

The AMCATs’ win over UMass Dartmouth certainly proves this squad can defend its Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title from last fall.

While it’s only one game, Cohen has been a player to watch on Anna Maria, dating back to his initial season with the Maroon and White in 2018 when he recorded 13 touchdowns, including five scores on the ground. The veteran signal-caller has thrown for 5,562 yards and 43 touchdowns in 30 contests with Anna Maria – expect his impressive debut from last week to continue this weekend against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Endicott College: The Gulls’ defense has been the story through two contests.

Entering this week’s non-conference matchup with The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Endicott’s defense has limited its first two opponents – St. Lawrence University and WPI – to zero points. Additionally, the unit is yielding 61.0 rushing yards per game.

Hector Johnson was named to this week’s D3Football.com Team of the Week after establishing a career-high for tackles (six), sacks (four), and tackles for a loss (four) last Friday against WPI. Johnson is currently third on the team in total tackles (11.0) and has complemented linebacker Matthew Licciardi (15 total tackles) and defensive back Tyler Davis (13.0 total tackles).

Framingham State: Last season, it took the Rams three weeks to score their first win.

This season, the Rams needed just two weeks to secure a victory as they earned their first non-conference win in four years this past weekend.

Beating St. John Fisher, a team that produced 62 points in its season-opener against Buffalo State, should provide coach Tom Kelley’s squad with some much-needed momentum heading into Saturday’s conference clash with UMass Dartmouth. Framingham State has won its last four meetings with UMass Dartmouth while averaging 40.5 points.

The Corsairs’ last win over the Rams came in 2016 in overtime.

For the Rams to score its initial conference win, they will need to lean on their defense, specifically Cully Curran, Michael Brooks, and Chase Buono, to slow down a high-powered UMass Dartmouth offense that is led by quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos and halfback Marvens Jean.

Plymouth State: It’s been a good start for coach Paul Castonia’s Panthers.

Plymouth State has won back-to-back games over Castleton University (20-7) and Husson University (17-0), thanks to both its rushing attack and defense.

Manny Sanchez and Willie Lombard have been two players to watch on offense this fall with the duo combining for 325 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Lombard has been Braden Lynn’s go-to receiver with five catches for a team-high 66 receiving yards.

Lombard, along with Sanchez and Lynn, will be players to watch against a Bridgewater State squad that appears eager to snap its two-game losing streak. The Bears beat the Panthers last season, thanks to halfback Adam Couch, who rushed for a game-high 150 yards and one touchdown.

Couch will be on the field Saturday and will certainly be a player the Panthers’ defense will need to stop if the Green and White would like to extend its current winning streak.

Trinity College: The wait for a brand-new season of Trinity College football has concluded.

The Bantams return to the gridiron this Saturday with hopes of continuing its previous success from a year ago when the Blue and Gold concluded their campaign with eight wins and one loss.

The Bantams return some key members of last year’s squad, including quarterback Spencer Fetter, halfback Will Kirby, wide receiver DeVante Reid, and linebacker Brian Casagrande. Of course, other first and second-team all-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) players return with hopes of winning its first conference crown since 2018.

Trinity will visit Tufts University on Saturday – last year, the Bantams beat the Jumbos in their season-opener, thanks to Spencer Fetter and Will Kirby, who combined for six touchdowns.

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 10 Poll (Sept. 12, 2022)

Alex Cohen recorded eight touchdowns on Saturday in Anna Maria College’s season-opening win against UMass Dartmouth. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kyle Prudhomme)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s Monday, which means it is time to share – or produce? – our week three New England NCAA Division III Football Top 10 Poll.

For the second-straight week, Endicott College remains our top team – the Gulls have scored back-to-back non-conference wins over St. Lawrence University (27-0) and WPI (24-0) and will look to continue their early-season momentum at home on Saturday against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Both Trinity College and Wesleyan University moved up while Springfield College remained in the third position for the second-straight week.

Salve Regina University rounded out the top five following a come-from-behind victory over MIT while Anna Maria College moved up three spots following a convincing win over UMass Dartmouth.

Framingham State and Plymouth State joined this week’s poll by securing the final two spots.



Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 12, 2022 (Week Three)

  1. Endicott College (2-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): The Gulls defense pitched its second-straight shutout last Friday, handing WPI its first loss of the 2022 season. This Saturday, expect the early-season momentum to continue against TCNJ.

  2. Trinity College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 4): It’s finally game week for the Bantams – this week, they visit Tufts University, a team they beat last season in their season-opener, thanks to Spencer Fetter (three passing touchdowns) and Will Kirby (three rushing touchdowns).

  3. Springfield College (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 3): Springfield remains in the same position as they were a week ago, despite suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Rowan University. Springfield will be tested this week against an undefeated Union College squad.

  4. Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 5): Like the Bantams, the Cardinals will kick off its season this weekend against Bates College. Wesleyan beat Bates last season, thanks to a late touchdown pass from David Estevez.

  5. Salve Regina University (2-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 6): Somehow, someway, coach Kevin Gilmartin’s squad is finding ways to win games. On Saturday, they needed a late touchdown drive to seal a come-from-behind win against MIT.

  6. Anna Maria College (1-0, 0-0 ECFC) (LW: No. 9): Alex Cohen and the AMCATs were quite impressive on Saturday as Anna Maria stunned UMass Dartmouth, 63-48. Cohen concluded the contest with six passing touchdowns and two scores on the ground.

  7. UMass Dartmouth (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 2): After scoring an impressive opening day win over Husson University, the Corsairs slipped to the seventh spot following a 15-point setback to Anna Maria. This week, the Corsairs will look to bounce back against Framingham State.  

  8. University of New England (2-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 8): For the first time in program history, the Nor’easters have begun their season with back-to-back wins. UNE topped Bridgewater State this past weekend, thanks to Jarrett Henault, who recorded five touchdowns, including a pair on the ground.

  9. Framingham State (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC) (LW: NR): The Rams overcame a two-score deficit to beat St. John Fisher for an important non-conference win. Cully Curran and Michael Brooks combined for 16 total tackles, including one tackle for a loss of 10 yards and four pass breakups.

  10. Plymouth State (2-0, 0-0 MASCAC) (LW: NR): It’s been three years since the Panthers began their season with back-to-back wins – with a victory this weekend against Bridgewater State, the Green and White can match their start from 2019 with a 3-0 record.

On the Rise: MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC), Western Connecticut (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC), and Western New England (1-1, 0-0 CCC).

New England D3 Football Roundup: Salve Regina Rallies To Beat MIT; Rowan Tops Springfield

The Seahawks of Salve Regina University improved to 2-0 on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: George Corrigan ’22/ Salve Regina University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second-straight week, the Salve Regina University football team scored a hard-fought victory.  

The Seahawks rallied to beat MIT this afternoon, 13-10, thanks to a pair of second-half touchdown passes from Jake Stack.

Stack connected with Keith Sutton for a 78-yard strike late in the third quarter before capping a 13-play, 91-yard drive in the final session with a four-yard touchdown pass to Josh Letellier to clinch the Seahawks’ second win of the 2022 season.

With the win, the Seahawks have now scored four-straight wins over the Engineers, dating back to 2015. 

Salve Regina’s early-season momentum will be tested next week against Montclair State, a team the Seahawks defeated last September by a field goal.  

The Engineers will be idle next week, but return to the gridiron on Saturday, September 24 when they welcome Dean College to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Quarterback Mike Husni tossed five touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter to lead Rowan University past Springfield College, 38-35.

Rowan led by one score at the break (21-14) before Springfield rallied to secure a 35-31 advantage with 4:26 remaining. The Profs responded with a 13-play, 75-yard drive which ended with Husni connecting with John Maldonado for the game-winning score.

Maldonado led all receivers with nine catches for 115 yards and three touchdowns while Springfield’s Arsen Shtefan paced all rushers with 97 yards on 10 carries and one score.

Springfield will entertain Union College next Saturday. The Dutchmen defeated Worcester State this afternoon by a score of 76-7.

Plymouth State scored its second-straight win, downing Husson University, 17-0, thanks to a Panthers defense, which limited the Eagles to 261 yards of total offense while stopping the Green and White nine times on third down.

Manny Sanchez led the Panthers with a game-high 131 rushing yards on 21 carries.

Elsewhere in New England, coach Tom Kelley and the Framingham State Rams defeated St. John Fisher for its first win while Anna Maria stunned UMass Dartmouth, 63-48. Quarterback Alex Cohen recorded six touchdowns in the first half for the AMCATs, including two scores on the ground.

Finally, make it back-to-back seasons that the University of New England has defeated Bridgewater State as the Nor’easters topped the Bears in Biddeford, Maine by a score of 38-23.

New England D-III Football Week Two Scoreboard

  • Nichols College 71, Dean College 55
  • Endicott College 24, WPI 0
  • Plymouth State 17, Husson University 0
  • University of New England 38, Bridgewater State 23
  • Salve Regina University 13, MIT 10
  • Western New England 38, Westfield State 14
  • Coast Guard Academy 22, Curry College 16
  • Maritime College 17, Massachusetts Maritime Academy 14
  • Anna Maria College 63, UMass Dartmouth 48
  • Castleton University 48, Fitchburg State 0
  • Framingham State 31, St. John Fisher 20
  • Union College 76, Worcester State 7
  • Western Conn. 28, Albright College 14
  • St. Lawrence University 30, Norwich University 19
  • Rowan University 38, Springfield College 35

Anna Maria Picked To Win The ECFC Crown

Alex Cohen will be one of many players to watch on Anna Maria College’s football team this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

By NoontimeSports.com

After capturing its first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown last fall, Anna Maria College was picked to win its second league title this season.

The AMCATs secured the top spot in today’s preseason poll – Anna Maria collected five of seven first-place votes while Alfred State and Dean College secured one vote, respectively.

Alfred State was picked to finish second this season after concluding the 2021 season in the same spot in the standings with a 6-4 overall record. The six wins were the most any Pioneers squad recorded in a single season – they also represented the ECFC in the New England Bowl against UMass Dartmouth.

Castleton University was picked to finish third followed by Dean fourth and Gallaudet University fifth. Maritime College and Keystone College secured the final two placements, checking in sixth and seventh, respectively.

Anna Maria returns some key members from last year’s squad that produced seven wins, including quarterback Alex Cohen, who will be tasked with leading the 12th-ranked passing offense in NCAA Division III that registered 3,198 yards and 24 touchdowns in 10 contests.  

Armstrong Antoine will be the player to watch on Anna Maria’s defense after tallying 74.0 total tackles, including 48 solo stops to go with one forced fumble and one interception.

Anna Maria will be idle during the opening week of the season but will begin its title defense on Saturday, September 10 when they welcome UMass Dartmouth the Paxton, Massachusetts.

Six ECFC squads will begin their respective campaign next week, beginning with Dean College visiting Fitchburg State on Friday, September 2.