D3 Football Notebook: Brockport, Ithaca Highlight Week 10 Action In New York

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Brockport clinched the Empire 8 title with a 35-25 win over Alfred last Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Brockport Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

An exciting 35-25 win last Saturday over Alfred provided Brockport with the Empire 8 crown.

The Golden Eagles, who checked-in 10th this week on the latest D3Football.com Top 25 Poll, once again received a boost from its defense, specifically Austin Dean, who concluded last Saturday’s till with the Saxons by recording nine total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 18 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

On offense, quarterback Joe Germinerio completed 14 of 17 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, while Christian Hollister clinched the win with a one-yard touchdown run late in the fourth.

The win provided the Golden Eagles with their ninth-straight of the season – they will attempt to finish 10-0 this weekend when they visit St. Lawrence on Saturday, November 11 for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.

Alfred, which falls to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Empire 8, will cap its regular season with a visit from Hartwick on Saturday. Hartwick enters the early afternoon clash on a three-game losing skid – their last win came early last month when they defeated Morrisville State, 52-34.

Ithaca capped its Liberty League slate last weekend with a convincing 20-3 win over Union College, which entered the contest on a seven-game winning streak.

The Bombers held the Dutchmen to a just 188 yards of total offense, thanks to Dan Loizos, who led Ithaca’s defense with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops, one forced fumble and one tackle for a one yard loss.

Ithaca’s David Prudhomme concluded the game with eight points on a pair of field goals and extra points – his longest field goal of the contest was a 33-yard boot.

With the win, the Bombers head into the final week of the regular season with the best record in the Liberty League at 4-1. They’ll face SUNY Cortland this week, which is always a must-see, must-follow contest.

Union will cap its regular season slate with a visit from RPI. Both teams enter this week’s clash with identical 3-1 conference ledgers.

Other news and notes from the Empire State: Matthew Murphy highlighted his team’s come-from-behind win last weekend against Dean by booting a 20-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to help SUNY Maritime edge Dean, 17-14, in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play … the Privateers’ eight wins matches their record from 2011 when they SUNY Maritime won eight of 10 contests, including a 21-14 win over Gallaudet … Merchant Marine’s Brice Moore was tabbed this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive Athlete of the Week after leading the Mariners to a 62-27 win over Catholic University. Moore completed two of three passes for 81 yards, while rushing for a game-high 104 yards on 20 carries and two scores … the Mariners head to Coast Guard Academy this weekend to contend for the Secretaries’ Cup. The game will be streamed ive on ESPN3 at noon … Buffalo State returned to the win column last Saturday with an exciting 24-20 win over Hartwick, thanks to a late touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Hoppy to Had Bryant.

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend (New England & New York)

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Curry College will look to continue its momentum against Western New England this weekend. (PHOTO CREDIT: SportsPix, LLC)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you’re ready for a brand new weekend, as well as an extra hour of sleep, too – don’t forget to turn back your clocks on Saturday!

Let’s kickoff this brand new weekend with our weekly 10 Games to Watch in New England and New York Division III Football!

As always, make sure to stay connected with us throughout the weekend on Facebook and Twitter, as well as our good friends over at In The (D3FB) Huddle, too! 

Springfield at Maine Maritime (Saturday, Nov, 4th at 12 p.m.): The Pride return to the gridiron after a bye week with hopes of securing another win en route to a potential Pool B bid. PREDICTION: Springfield 40, Maine Maritime 7 

Western Connecticut at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): This is a MUST win for the Rams, especially if they want to keep their postseason (and New England Bowl) hopes alive. Look for another big game from Western Connecticut quarterback Quinn Fleeting, who has scored 27 touchdowns this season, including 24 through the air. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Framingham State 20

Catholic at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): An intriguing match-up that pits two teams looking to gain some momentum heading into next week, as well as the off-season, too. The Cardinals scored a hard-fought win a week ago against Norwich (10-7) and should continue that momentum this week. PREDICTION: Catholic 25, Merchant Marine 21 

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Zack Edwards and the Plymouth State Panthers will look to cap their regular season slate with a victory on Saturday at Fitchburg State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Plymouth State University Athletics)

Plymouth State at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): The Panthers, who will be idle next weekend, will look to cap their regular season slate with a win, so they can keep their postseason (or New England Bowl) hopes alive. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 24, Fitchburg State 14

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Frank Williams and the Bates Bobcats will attempt to capture the CBB crown this weekend when they host Bowdoin. (PHOTO CREDIT: (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Bowdoin at Bates (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12:30 p.m.): A win for the Bobcats would provide the program (and its seniors) with a fourth-straight CBB crown (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin). It would also be the first-time in program history that a senior class has beaten both Bowdoin and Colby in all four years. PREDICTION: Bates 27, Bowdoin 13 

Alfred at Brockport (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Who is going to score on this Golden Eagles’ defense? Seriously, who? For the past two weeks, the Brockport defense has appeared unstoppable, and this week, they must find a way to slow down a quality Saxons offense. PREDICTION: Brockport 28, Alfred 17 

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Andrew Yamin and the Amherst College defense will look to contain the Trinity College offense on Saturday in a big NESCAC tilt. (PHOTO CREDIT: Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios Inc.)

Trinity at Amherst (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Consider this a de-facto New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship game. A win for Amherst would set-up an exciting final week in the conference (next week), while a victory for the Bantams would provide the program with their seven title in the 21st century. Look for a late touchdown (or field goal) to decide this cosntest. PREDICTION: Amherst 24, Trinity 21

Western New England at Curry (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Don’t count out these Curry Colonels, who enter the game on a four-game winning streak. Despite a 17-14 setback at home this fall, Curry has been rather impressive at home and will look to continue that momentum on Saturday against a very talented Golden Bears squad. PREDICTION: Curry 21, WNE 20

Williams at Wesleyan (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): The Ephs returned to the win column last week, defeating Hamilton, 24-6, but this week, they must find a way to slow down a talented Cardinals offense that has put up 17 points or more in every game this season. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 21 

Norwich at MIT (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 5:30 p.m.): Following a tough setback to WPI, MIT will look to bounce back against the Cadets in Cambridge. PREDICTION: MIT 27, Norwich 14 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Seven (New England & New York)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s Friday – congrats on making it to this marvelous day!

Let’s get the weekend started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, featuring games in both New England and New York.

Morrisville State at Brockport (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Who is going to slow down these Golden Eagles? Seriously, who? Maybe the Mustangs? We’ll see, but expect another solid performance from Brockport quarterback Joe Germinerio. PREDICTION: Brockport 31, Morrisville State 17

Alfred at SUNY Cortland (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): The Saxons don’t appear to be slowing down as the Purple and Gold currently boast an impressive 5-0 ledger. This week, their momentum from a 21-14 win over St. John Fisher should continue. PREDICTION: Alfred 28, SUNY Cortland 14

Framingham State at Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Our Noontime Sports Team of the Week will look to find a way to slow down Framingham State’s Quron Wright, while limiting passes toward Jaquan Harris, who finished last week’s game against Fitchburg State with a NCAA Division III record five interceptions. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Plymouth State 17 

Endicott at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Can the Golden Bears’ success from two weeks ago – you know, their big and exciting overtime win over St. Lawrence? – continue this week against Endicott? PREDICTION: WNE 31, Endicott 17

Castleton at Husson (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after a big win over SUNY Maritime, Gabby Price‘s crew will look to earn another important win when they welcome the Spartans to Maine. Look for a big game from both halfbacks, including Moe Harris of Castleton. PREDICTION: Husson 27, Castleton 17 

Hobart at Hartwick (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.):
It seems like Hobart is back to their winning ways following a win a week ago over RPI. This week, the defense must find a way to slow down a Hawks offense that put up 52 points against Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Hobart 31, Hartwick 29 

Ithaca at RPI (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after being shut-out by the Statesmen, the Engineers will look to bounce back against a Bombers squad that has been victorious in all three Liberty League games this fall. PREDICTION: Ithaca 28, RPI 21 

Trinity at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1:30 p.m.): An early season setback to Wesleyan seems to be a thing of the past for these Jumbos, who have cruised to back-to-back wins recently against Bates and Bowdoin. Can that success continue against a talented Bantams squad that tallied 594 yards of total offense a week ago in their 41-13 win over Hamilton? We’ll find out! PREDICTION: Tufts 31, Trinity 29   

Williams at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can the Panthers continue their early season success against a talented Williams offense, which is led by first-year quarterback Bobby Maimaron and first-year wide-out Frank Stola? We’ll see – the Ephs will also need to find a way to contain Middlebury signal-caller Jared LebowitzPREDICTION: Middlebury 35, Williams 32

Springfield at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can Springfield’s triple-option success, as well as its impressive defensive play continue this week against Merchant Marine? We’ll find out – we could be in for either a high scoring affair or a defensive battle. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, Merchant Marine 13 

10 Games To Watch In Week Six (New England & Northeast)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Happy Friday, everyone!

We have a busy weekend of games on tap, including a Friday Night Lights clash between Framingham State and Fitchburg State, so let’s get started with our weekly edition of 10 Games to Watch (in week six)!

As always, let us know what you think of our picks – send us a tweet to @NoontimeSports or @MattNoonan11. 

Framingham State at Fitchburg State, 7 p.m. (Friday, Oct. 6th): Last season, the Rams’ defense highlighted a 14-0 win. They’ll certainly need that unit to step-up against a talented Falcons offense. PREDICTION: Framingham State 17, Fitchburg State 10 

RPI at Hobart, 12 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): The Statesmen are looking for a bounce back game, while the Engineers will also look to return to the win column after falling to Buffalo State two weeks ago. PREDICTION: Hobart 28, RPI 24 

SUNY Maritime at Husson, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Our fans are pumped-up for this game – this is an important Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) clash that could determine the ultimate winner of the conference. The Privateers must find a way to slow down John Smith, while the Eagles defense will need to find a way to slow down quarterback Thomas WrightPREDICTION: Husson 28, SUNY Maritime 24

Dean at Alfred State, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Ricco Aaron was a big reason why Dean secured a hard-fought 10-3 win last week over Nichols College. He finished the contest with 20 total tackles, including a pair of tackles for a loss. Aaron will be needed again this week as the Bulldogs attempt to earn their first-ever ECFC victory. PREDICTION: Dean 17, Alfred State 13 

WPI at Catholic, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Both teams picked-up their first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win, but now the question is who will earn its second-straight conference win? Catholic’s defense was a big reason the Cardinals secured a 20-14 win over Coast Guard Academy, while WPI’s offense received a boost from Sean McAllen – he recorded three touchdowns, including two on the ground during the Engineers’ win over Maine Maritime Academy. PREDICTION: WPI 28, Catholic 21 

Bridgewater State at Plymouth State, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Coach Paul Castonia‘s squad is quietly putting together another successful campaign. Last week, they defeated Worcester State, 16-6. The win was a true team victory – look at the box score, everyone contributed. Bridgewater State is coming off its initial win of the season, but will that momentum continue this week in New Hampshire? PREDICTION: Plymouth State 21, Bridgewater State 14 

UMass Dartmouth at Curry College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Coach Mark Robichaud‘s squad scored an impressive, as well as shocking win a week ago when the Corsairs sailed by Western Connecticut, 17-13. Do they have more upset magic in them this week against a talented Curry squad that almost knocked-off Union College two weeks ago? PREDICTION: Curry 25, UMass Dartmouth 17 

Middlebury at Amherst, 2 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): The winner of this contest will most likely have the inside track toward a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title, but the biggest question is which defense will step-up/slow down the opposing offense? We could be in for an offensive showcase on Saturday!  PREDICTION: Amherst 35, Middlebury 34 

Alfred at St. John Fisher, 4 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Defense was the key for the Saxons last week, so can they continue that theme this week against the Cardinals? This is a must-win for St. John Fisher, which has yet to capture a single Empire 8 clash this season. PREDICTION: Alfred 28, St. John Fisher 17 

Worcester State at Western Connecticut, 6 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): The Colonials struggled a week ago, falling to UMass Dartmouth, 17-13. Can they bounce back, as well as slow down Worcester State quarterback Noah BrumPREDICTION: Western Conn. 23, Worcester State 16 

Noontime Sports: Team of the Week (Oct. 2nd) New England & Northeast

Noontime Team Week

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Another week of College Football, specifically D3 Football (New England and Northeast) is in the books, and now it is time to highlight this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week with players from offense, defense and special teams.


Players of the Week

Offensive Co-Player of the Week: Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Against SUNY Cortland, Germinerio recorded six touchdowns – three through the air, three on the ground – while registering 360 yards of total offense. 

Offensive Co-Player of the Week: John Smith (Husson): Smith tallied a career-best 301 yards, while rushing for two scores as the Eagles soared passed Endicott for a 28-7 win.

Defensive Player of the Week: Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Mathurin, who was tabbed this week’s MASCAC Defensive Player of the Week, recorded 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss and one and a half-sacks. Additionally, he registered a pair of quarterback hurries in his team’s 17-13 win over Western Connecticut.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington booted a career-long 41-yard field goal, while connecting on all four extra points as WPI claimed its initial NEWMAC win over Maine Maritime.


Offensive Team of the Week:

Mitch Banuskevich (Plymouth State): Banuskevich rushed for 157 yards on 22 carries for one score as the Panthers defeated Worcester State, 16-6. 

Casey Boston (Alfred): Against Buffalo State, Boston completed 11 of 16 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 42 yards on eight carries and one score. 

Tyree Brown (Brockport): Brown led all receivers with 179 yards on six receptions and one score as Brockport defeated SUNY Cortland, 52-38. 

Michael Caban (Becker): Caban led all receivers on Saturday with 111 yards on eight receptions and one score. 

Emanuel Calmar (Rochester): Calmar totaled 233 yards on 36 carries and two scores to lead Rochester passed Becker. He also recorded four catches for 52 yards.

Brendan Costa (Bates): Costa rushed for 97 yards on 16 carries and one score – he averaged 6.1 yards per carry. 

Jack Dolan (Tufts): Dolan concluded Saturday’s game against Bates with three touchdown receptions, along with a game-high 118 yards on eight receptions. 

Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Against Norwich, Eglintine amassed 106 yards of total offense, while tossing two touchdowns as the Pride improved to 5-0 on the season. 

Steven Ferreira (SUNY Cortland): Ferreira completed 30 of 42 passes for 385 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 52-38 setback. 

Duane Gary (Western Conn.):Gary led all receivers with 116 yards on four receptions and one score in his team’s 17-13 setback to UMass Dartmouth.

Eddy Garcia-Montes (MIT): Garcia-Montes hauled in a game-best 119 receiving yards on six catches, while scoring twice in his team’s 35-7 win over Merchant Marine.    

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Gacioch amassed 280 yards of total offense, including 193 yards through the air as the Corsairs defeated West Conn., 17-13. Gacioch tossed one touchdown, while completing 15 of 26 passes.

Udgam Goyal (MIT): Goyal completed 20 of 30 passes for 217 yards, while tossing three touchdowns as the Engineers claimed its second-straight NEWMAC win with a 35-7 victory against Merchant Marine. 

Moe Harris (Castleton): Harris was unstoppable on Saturday against Anna Maria, rushing for a game-high 209 yards on 39 carries and three scores.

Dario Highsmith (Wesleyan): Highsmith rushed for a pair of scores and 95 yards on 15 carries as the Cardinals soared 

Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen rushed for 182 yards and two scores, while hauling in a pair of receptions for 11 yards and one touchdown, as the Engineers defeated Maine Maritime at Alumni Stadium.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald turned in an impressive outing against Bates, tossing four touchdowns, while rushing for 81 yards on 21 carries and one score. McDonald completed 21 of 36 passes for 245 yards.

Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State): McLaughlin did it all against Westfield State, rushing for three scores on 23 carries for 176 yards, while completing one of two passes for seven yards.

Sean Richardson (St. Lawrence): Against Western New England, Richardson completed 18 of 30 passes for 274 yards, while tossing three touchdowns.

Anthony Service (Western New England): Service completed 14 of 28 passes for 193 yards, while tossing the game-winning strike in overtime to lift the Golden Bears passed  St. Lawrence. Service also rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.

Chad Shade (Springfield): Shade tallied 101 yards on 11 carries and one score in his team’s fifth win against Norwich. Shade tallied the longest burst of the day – a 35-yard run – while averaging 9.2 yards per carry.

Curtis Smith (SUNY Maritime): Against Alfred State, Smith led all receivers with 162 yards on seven receptions and one touchdown.

Nas Sinkfield-Shelton (Becker): Sinkfield-Shelton amassed 310 yards of total offense, including 220 yards through the air in his team’s fifth contest of the season against Rochester. He concluded the game with a touchdown pass to Michael Caban.

Jayson Wallace (Anna Maria): Against Castleton, Wallace completed 14 of 34 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 21 carries and one score to lead the Pride passed Norwich last Saturday.

Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright completed last Saturday’s game with 252 passing yards, along with 50 yards on 10 carries. He completed one touchdown pass to Curtis Smith, while rushing for one score with eight seconds remaining in the first quarter. 


Defensive Team of the Week: 

Ricco Aaron (Dean): Aaron led the Bulldogs’ defense with 20 total stops, including 12 solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of three yards and one quarterback hurry.  

Michael Bianco (Becker): Bianco led the Hawks’ defense with 10 total tackles, including three solo stops in his team’s setback to Rochester. Bicano concluded the contest with one pass break-up and a tackle for a loss of five yards.

Max Breschi (Bates): Breschi concluded Saturday’s game against Tufts with six total stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards, one sack for a loss for 13 yards and one fumble recovery.

Carty Campbell (Trinity): Campbell tallied a team-high seven solo stops, along with one tackle for a loss and one interception returned for 34 yards in his team’s 17-9 win over Williams College. 

Zach Howard (Westfield State): Howard paced the Owls’ defense with eight total tackles (seven solo), two tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one interception returned for 33 yards.

Jake Lombardo (Union): Lombardo led Union’s defense with 15 total tackles, including one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble and four solo stops as the Dutchmen edged Morrisville State, 28-27. 

Nicholas Milgate (Alfred): Milgate led the Saxons’ defense against Buffalo State with 10 total stops, including two tackles for a loss of 16 yards and one interception for seven yards. 

Julius Mizro (Brockport): Mizro concluded Saturday’s contest with eight total tackles (seven solo stops), including two tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one forced fumble and an interception returned for 37 yards.

Brandon Morris (Wesleyan): Morris accounted for seven total tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one forced fumble in his team’s 31-9 win over Hamilton.

Matt Nicolai (MIT): Nicolai paced the Engineers’ defense with 10 total stops, including seven solo stops, two interceptions and one pass break-up.

Austin Parker (Alfred State): Against SUNY Maritime, Parker recorded 12 total stops, including nine solo tackles and one interception.

William Rivera (Endicott): Against Husson, Rivera recorded 15 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, one sack for a nine yard loss and a fumble recovery. 

Justin Warner (Rochester): Warner tallied a team-high 10 total stops, including eight solo tackles, while registering four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 16 yards as Rochester defeated Becker in Leicester, Massachusetts.


Special Teams of the Week: 

Jason Barrientos (Fitchburg State): Barrientos recorded his longest punt of the season of 50 yards, while tallying 131 yards on five boots in his team’s 24-17 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

Jacob Cheney (Brockport): Cheney tallied 506 yards on nine kickoffs, including a pair of touchbacks in his team’s 52-38 win over SUNY Cortland. 

Finn Kearns (UMass Dartmouth): Kearns punted the ball seven times on Saturday for 207 yards with three boots landing inside the West Conn. 20-yard-line.

Vinny Lalumia (Western New England): Against St. Lawrence, Lalumia punted the ball eight times for 298 yards, including three boots that landed inside his opponent’s 20-yard line. One of his eight punts resulted in a touchback.

Brett Renzi (Brockport): Renzi connected on all seven extra points, while converting a 33 yard field goal in his team’s 52-38 win over SUNY Cortland.