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UMass Dartmouth, USMMA Capture New England Bowls

Dante Aviles-Santos tossed four touchdowns on Saturday in his team’s first-ever New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eric Ogden)

By Matt Noonan

Three days after being named the 2021 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Offensive Rookie of the Year, Dante Aviles-Santos concluded his sophomore season by recording six touchdowns, including two rushing scores as UMass Dartmouth rolled past Alfred State in one of two New England Bowls this afternoon.

The Corsairs, who beat the Pioneers by a score of 42-16, ended their season on a six-game winning streak to finish 9-2 for the first time since 2003.

Aviles-Santos, who recorded 339 yards of total offense, scored two of his six touchdowns in the opening frame, including a three-yard rushing score with 11:56 remaining that provided UMass Dartmouth with a lead that would eventually grow to 22-3 at the break.

Both teams would trade touchdowns throughout the third quarter – Alfred State did pull within three scores (34-16) when Jake Palmer capped a four-play, 58-yard drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown, but that would be the closest they would get. UMass Dartmouth would tack on one more score in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Aviles-Santos to Winston DeLeon.

Alfred State’s Aaron Jenkins, who was named the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Year, ended the game with 287 yards of total offense, including 215 yards passing and one touchdown. Mike Nushar led the Pioneers’ defense with a game-high 21 total tackles, including 12 solo stops to go with one forced fumble.

Despite the loss, the Pioneers concluded the season with six wins, which is the most they have recorded in a single season since their initial campaign in 2013.

Merchant Marine 63, Western New England 35: Coach Mike Toop won his final game on the sidelines as the Mariners jumped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back as the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) capped its season with a New England Bowl against the Golden Bears of Western New England.

Ian Blankenship recorded seven touchdowns in the win – he rushed for a game-high 137 yards on 30 carries for four scores while completing 4 of 11 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Talsen Smith caught both touchdown passes while finishing the contest with three catches for 120 yards.

Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak led all receivers with 130 yards on six grabs and caught three touchdowns.

As a team, USMMA recorded 579 yards of total offense on 83 plays compared to 412 yards on 85 plays for Western New England.

The Mariners end their season with a 9-1 record while setting a program record for points in a game with 63.

UMass Dartmouth, WNE To Compete In 2021 New England Bowl

Western New England’s football team will compete once more this fall as they, along with UMass Dartmouth secured spots in the 2021 New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com

The New England Bowl is back.

This weekend, four teams, including two Massachusetts squads will compete in it as Western New England will host the United States Merchant Marine Academy while UMass Dartmouth will entertain Alfred State.

Both games will be played this Saturday, November 20 with kickoff times to be announced later this week.

Merchant Marine will look to capture its second New England Bowl in program history after beating Endicott College in 2018 by a score of 38-22.  

The Mariners won eight of nine contests this season and finished second in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). This week’s contest will mark the final game for coach Mike Toop, who announced he would be retiring at the conclusion of the 2021 season last Friday. Toop has paced the sidelines for 45 years, including the last 17 in Kings Point, New York.

Alfred State, UMass Dartmouth, and Western New England will all be making their inaugural appearance in the New England Bowl series – all three squads placed second in their respective conferences.

The New England Bowl series began in 2016 with Framingham State and Salve Regina University competing in the inaugural contest, and features teams from the NEWMAC, Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

Endicott, Dean College, WPI, and Western Connecticut were the last four teams to compete in the New England Bowl series in 2019.

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week 11)

Joel Nicholas and the Williams College football team will look to cap their 2021 campaign with a win over Amherst College on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to believe, but somehow, we made it to the final week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III college football season – where did the time go?

The final week pits some real intriguing matchups that will determine conference winners. Others feature teams looking to gain some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.

We’ll have plenty of time over the next few weeks to look back on the regular season, but for now, let’s get ready for the final jam-packed Saturday with 10 Games to Watch (and yes, our picks, too).

And just for those keeping track at home, we enter the final week with a 71-29 record when it comes to selecting games. Not bad, eh?

Catholic University (6-3, 4-1 NEWMAC) at Springfield College (6-3, 5-0 NEWMAC) Saturday, November 13 at 12 p.m.: The Pride are on a roll and should be able to conclude their conference slate with a victory, along with a league crown. PREDICTION: Springfield 30, Catholic 22

Merchant Marine Academy (7-1, 4-1 NEWMAC) at Coast Guard Academy (2-7, 0-5 NEWMAC) Saturday, November 13 at 12 p.m.: The Mariners will look to send coach Mike Toop off with one last win in the Secretaries Cup against the Bears.  PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 30, Coast Guard 20

Endicott College (7-2, 4-1 CCC) at Nichols College (2-7, 0-5 CCC) Saturday, November 13 at 12 p.m.: A win for the Gulls over the Bison would most likely secure them a spot in the upcoming postseason. PREDICTION: Endicott 30, Nichols 16  

Williams College (8-0, 8-0 NESCAC) at Amherst College (5-3, 5-3) Saturday, November 13 at 12 p.m.: The Ephs can make history on Saturday by becoming the first team in program history to win nine games in a single season. PREDICTION: Williams 30, Amherst 14

Alfred State (5-4, 4-1 ECFC) at Dean College (2-7, 1-4 ECFC) Saturday, November 13 at 12 p.m.: A win for the Pioneers and an AMCATs loss would provide the Blue and Yellow with their first-ever conference crown, so this is a must-win for Alfred State. PREDICTION: Alfred State 24, Dean 14

Bridgewater State (5-4, 5-2 MASCAC) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-5, 3-4 MASCAC) Saturday, November 13 at 12 p.m.: Mother Nature should cooperate for the 42nd Annual Cranberry Bowl in Buzzards Bay – the rain today should vanish by kickoff tomorrow. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 23, Mass. Maritime 20

Plymouth State (5-4, 5-2 MASCAC) at UMass Dartmouth (7-2, 5-2 MASCAC) Saturday, November 13 at 12 p.m.: Second place in the conference is on the line — of course, Bridgewater State is in the mix for second place, as well, but this outcome could determine who will represent the conference in the New England Bowl. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 28, Plymouth State 20  

Christian Schiavone and the SUNY-Maritime football team will compete against Anna Maria College in a highly anticipated matchup on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Alan Schaefer)

Husson University (7-2, 4-1 CCC) at Western New England (6-3, 4-1 CCC) Saturday, November at 1 p.m.: The Eagles soar into Springfield with a great deal of end-of-season momentum. PREDICTION: Husson 28, WNE 24

SUNY-Maritime (3-5, 3-2 ECFC) at Anna Maria College (6-2, 4-1 ECFC) Saturday, November 13 at 1 p.m.: The AMCATs are one win away from capturing their first-ever conference crown. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 28, SUNY-Maritime 15

Bowdoin College (1-7, 1-7 NESCAC) at Colby College (3-5, 3-5 NESCAC) Saturday, November 13 at 5 p.m.: The Mules can secure their second-straight Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) crown on Saturday with a win over the Polar Bears. PREDICTION: Colby 24, Bowdoin 14

Anna Maria Is One Win Away From An ECFC Title

Alex Cohen and the Anna Maria College football team are one win away from winning their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football (ECFC) title. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

By Matt Noonan

One week after seeing their five-game winning streak snapped to Castleton University, Anna Maria College bounced back and scored a much-needed victory on Saturday against Gallaudet University.

The AMCATs erased an eight-point (21-13) deficit at the break to defeat the Bison, 37-21, and position themselves for a chance to win their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown next Saturday, November 13 when they host SUNY-Maritime.

Gallaudet was eliminated from the conference crown mix with its second league setback and so was Castleton, which lost to Alfred State by a score of 35-24. But while Alfred State holds head-to-head wins over Castleton and Gallaudet, they did suffer a 28-17 setback last month to Anna Maria, which needs to beat SUNY-Maritime to win the conference.

Of course, things could change if Anna Maria and Alfred State both lose next week — the Pioneers will be at Dean College next Saturday and beat SUNY-Maritime earlier this season by a score of 35-20 — but we’ll make it easy by saying an AMCATs victory next weekend would allow them to represent the league in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.

Alex Cohen accounted for four touchdowns this afternoon, including three through the air to Justin McMillian, who concluded the contest with 211 receiving yards on eight grabs. Cohen also rushed for 13 yards while Johnathan Gomez led the Anna Maria rushing attack with 46 yards on 10 carries and one score.

Gomez jumpstarted the AMCATs’ second-half rally with a touchdown in the third quarter, which brought the hosts within one point (21-20) of the Bison before Anna Maria tallied 17 unanswered points in the final session off two touchdowns and a 24-yard field goal by Ryan Kent with 8:45 remaining.

Alvin Martin led the Anna Maria defense with eight total tackles while Jude Sampson registered seven total tackles, including three solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week 10)

Framingham State’s football team enters an important conference clash on Saturday with a great deal of momentum. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com

The second to last week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III college football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to unveil our latest installment of 10 Games to Watch with some picks.

Last weekend, we picked seven of ten matchups correctly to bump our season total to 64-26, which is not bad, eh?

Anywho, let’s share this week’s games – and yes, our picks, too!


FEATURED GAME: Salve Regina University (8-1, 4-1 CCC) at Husson University (6-2, 3-1 CCC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: This is a “playoff game” for both teams as a loss would derail hopes of winning the league title. As much as the Eagles have looked good at various points this season, it is hard to pick against the Seahawks, who enter the highly anticipated matchup with a great deal of momentum. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 30, Husson 26

FEATURED GAME: Bridgewater State (5-3, 5-1 MASCAC) at Framingham State (6-2, 6-0 MASCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: The Bears need to win, both this week and next week, to keep their conference title hopes alive. Framingham State has won this matchup six times since the conference began sponsoring football in 2013. PREDICTION: Framingham State 27, Bridgewater State 20


Gallaudet University (5-1, 3-1 ECFC) at Anna Maria College (5-2, 3-1 ECFC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: Both teams need to win this game. We’ll give the edge to Anna Maria since they are at home, but the Bison are going to challenge the AMCATs in all three phases. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 40, Gallaudet 38

Castleton University (5-3, 3-1 ECFC) at Alfred State (4-4, 3-1 ECFC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: Both teams are in the mix for the conference crown, but in the end, Castleton’s rushing attack and their defense will be the reason why the Spartans depart New York with a hard-fought win. PREDICTION: Castleton 27, Alfred State 18

Plymouth State (4-4, 4-2 MASCAC) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-4, 3-3 MASCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: After starting its season 0-4, the Panthers of Plymouth State have won four-straight. We expect that streak to extend to five on Saturday with a win over the Buccaneers. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 24, Mass. Maritime 16

Amherst College (5-2, 5-2 NESCAC) at Trinity College (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Mammoths enter their second to last contest of the season with a great deal of momentum, but something tells us that these Bantams will bounce back after losing 42-3 last weekend to Williams College. PREDICTION: Trinity 31, Amherst 24

Wesleyan University (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC) at Williams College (7-0, 7-0 NESCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Ephs may have sent a message to the conference last weekend with an impressive win over the Bantams. Look for that momentum to continue this weekend. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 21

Western New England (5-3, 3-1 CCC) at University of New England (3-4, 1-3 CCC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Golden Bears return from their bye week needing to win two games. And they should be able to beat the Nor’easters on Saturday to keep them in contention for the conference crown. PREDICTION: Western New England 32, UNE 20

Springfield College (5-3, 4-0 NEWMAC) at MIT (4-3, 2-2 NEWMAC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Pride picked up even more momentum last weekend with a hard-fought win over the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), which should help them outlast the Engineers in Cambridge. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, MIT 25  

Bates College (1-6, 1-6 NESCAC) at Bowdoin College (1-6, 1-6 NESCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 5:30 p.m.: The Polar Bears have put up a lot of points over the last few weeks so expect them to light up the scoreboard a few times against the Bobcats. PREDICTION: Bowdoin 35, Bates 25