WNE will visit the Pride in week one on Friday, August 31st with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Last season, the Pride defeated the Golden Bears in the Fifth Annual Pynchon Saw Game. Quarterback Anthony Service concluded the contest with 235 passing yards – he also rushed for a team-high 49 yards.
The Golden Bears will host their initial home game of the 2018 season one week later when they entertain Westfield State on Saturday, September 8 before making the trek to Husson University on Saturday, September 15th. The Eagles lost to the Golden Bears last season by a touchdown, but did lead at the break by two scores (14-0). Husson was the lone New England squad to advance to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament last fall.
WNE will close out the month of September with back-to-back games against Anna Maria College and Salve Regina.
The Golden Bears will compete in a trio of conference contests in October, including a pair of home games against Curry College and University of New England before closing out its regular season slate with games against Endicott College and Becker College in November.
WNE concluded its 2017 campaign 8-3 overall and 5-0 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The Golden Bears captured the inaugural CCC title with back-to-back wins over Curry and Salve Regina to secure the crown before advancing to the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Delaware Valley.
The Noontime Sports Team of the Week is a brand new post that will highlight one of four New England or New York D3 Football teams, which will appear in on a Monday afternoon poll (12 p.m. eastern, to be exact) on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to vote for one of the four teams we select for this weekly honor – we will announce following a 24 hour period the team selected, both on Twitter and NoontimeSports.com.
WNE quarterback Anthony Service, who was named to this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive Team of the Week, guided the Golden Bears to victory with an extra session touchdown strike to Jared Wolfe. The touchdown was Service’s third of the day – he rushed for a pair of scores in the fourth quarter, including the equalizer with 53 seconds remaining.
In addition to Service, the Golden Bears received a boost on defense from Mark Chirco, who concluded the contest with a season-high 17 total tackles, including a tackle for a loss of one-and-a-half yards.
WNE, which checked-in fourth on this week’s Noontime Top 10 New England Poll, returns to the gridiron in two weeks (Saturday, Oct. 14th) when they host Endicott College in a Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) clash at 1 p.m.
It’s Friday, which means it is time to dish out 10 games to watch this week in New England and Northeast Division III football.
As always, make sure to stay connected with us on Twitter throughout the weekend, as well as our friends at In The D3FB Huddle, too.
Utica at Brockport: Who is going to slow down these Golden Eagles? Seriously, who? The Golden Eagles soared to an impressive third-straight win last week over St. John Fisher and should bump their record to 4-0 after their late afternoon tilt with Utica concludes. PICK: Brockport 30, Utica 10
Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Framingham State: Ah, the Kelley Cup, this is always a fun one. Who will prevail? Father (Tom Kelley of the Framingham State Rams) or son (Mike Kelley of the Mass. Maritime Academy Buccaneers)? We’ll find out tomorrow, but this game pits two of the MASCAC’s best tailbacks in Quron Wright (FSU) and Richie Phillips (MMA). PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Mass. Maritime Academy 17
MIT at Catholic: MIT has found ways to win games this season in all phases (offense, defense and special teams), while the Cardinals have relied on some young talent, including second-year quarterback Alejandro Ros to secure a pair of wins thus far. Don’t expect a high-scoring contest, but perhaps a late touchdown or field to decide this one’s outcome. PREDICTION: Catholic 22, MIT 17
Amherst at Hamilton: This will be an offensive showcase as both offenses looked pretty impressive last week against Bates (Amherst) and Tufts (Hamilton). However, Amherst is the team to watch this season in the NESCAC, so look for perhaps another solid outing from quarterback Ollie Eberth, who tossed four touchdowns a week ago. PICK: Amherst 35, Hamilton 30
Tufts at Wesleyan: For the second-straight year, these two teams will square-off under the lights. It should be a fantastic game, however, this is almost a must-win for both squads that look to remain in the mix for this year’s NESCAC title. Keep an eye on Tufts’ Ryan McDonald, who was able to convert points a week ago with his arm and legs. PREDICTION: Tufts 31, Wesleyan 24
Salve Regina at Western Conn. State: The Seahawks have won some hard-fought contests this season, including a 26-20 win over Montclair State. They secured a third-straight win over Dean a week ago, but must find a way to slow down Western Connecticut quarterback Quinn Fleeting, along with wide receivers Austin Calamita and Duane Gary. Salve Regina’s defense is tied for third in the country in scoring touchdowns (two). PREDICTION: Salve Regina 35, Western Conn. 28
WPI at Springfield: This is an intriguing match-up that pits the nation’s best rushing attack (411.7 yards per game) against a defensive unit that is tied for third in scoring touchdowns (two). This has the making for a sensational NEWMAC clash and should come down to the final drive. PREDICTION: Springfield 20, WPI 17
RPI at Buffalo State: The Engineers are proving they won’t be an easy team to take down this fall in the Liberty League. And after picking-up a third-straight win last week over Western New England, RPI has appeared to have gained some serious momentum heading into this weekend’s clash with the Bengals. PREDICTION: RPI 28, Buffalo State 20
Husson at Western New England: Coming off the bye week, Gabby Price and the Husson Eagles will be ready for this NCAA Division III Tournament re-match. Look for a big game from the Eagles’ defense – they must contain WNE quarterback Anthony Service – and JohnSmith, who willleads the Husson rushing attack. PREDICTION: Husson 27, WNE 24
Union at Curry: The Colonels enter this non-conference clash riding an impressive three-game winning streak. Skip Bandini told us before the season that everyone needs to step-up this fall, and so far, they have, so look for that trend to continue for another week. PREDICTION: Curry 23, Union 16
With the first week of New England D3 Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our first Noontime Sports Honor Roll of the season.
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Jevon Brown-Simpson (Fitchburg State): Brown-Simpson concluded his team’s opening contest against Curry College with 75 yards on 21 carries and two scores.
Jesse Brown (Fitchburg State): Brown led all receivers with 145 yards and nine catches, while recording one touchdown in a three-point setback to Curry College.
Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 8 of 15 passes for 177 yards and two scores as the Rams commenced its season with an opening day win over Endicott College.
Quron Wright (Framingham State): Wright paced the Rams’ rushing attack against Endicott College with 169 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown. Wright’s longest run of the day was a 55-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
John Smith (Husson): Smith recorded two of his team’s three touchdowns as Husson opened its season with a 20-7 win over Union College. Smith rushed for two scores on 30 carries for 142 yards.
Zack Edwards (Plymouth State): Edward completed 15 of 23 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers commenced its season with a 31-7 victory over Castleton University.
James Dawson (Salve Regina): Dawson ripped off 116 yards and one score on 32 touches in his team’s season-opening win over Worcester State.
Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Against Western New England, Wilcox rumbled for a game and team-high 148 yards on 30 carries.
Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Eglintine rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries and three scores. His final touchdown in the third quarter helped the Pride secure the lead for good against Western New England.
Austin Calamita (Western Connecticut): Calamita hauled in 10 catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns to help the Colonials rally past Hartwick for a dramatic 48-47 win.
Kyle McKinnon (Western Connecticut): McKinnon rushed for a pair of scores, including the game-winning touchdown with 1:46 remaining in the fourth quarter, which helped the Colonials complete their comeback against Hartwick. McKinnon concluded the game with 116 yards on 23 carries. Quinn Fleeting (Western Connecticut): Fleeting completed 32 of 49 passes for 375 yards and five touchdowns as the Colonials rallied to beat Hartwick, 48-47.
Anthony Service (Western New England): Against Springfield College, Service tossed a trio of touchdowns, while concluding the contest with 235 passing yards. Service also rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries.
Noah Brum (Worcester State): Against Salve Regina, Brum completed 30 of 47 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns. He also accounted for four interceptions in his team’s 35-28 setback.
Jacob Maher (Worcester State): Maher paced all receivers with 136 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 35-28 setback to Salve Regina.
Dan Orlando (Worcester State): Orlando hauled in a game-high 10 catches for 118 yards and one score in a 35-28 setback to Salve Regina.
Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen enjoyed an impressive debut, rushing for 246 yards on 15 carries and four scores.
Michael Hall (Anna Maria): Hall paced the AMCATs defense in their season-opener against WPI by leading the unit with 10 solo stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss.
Michael Bianco (Becker): Against MIT, Bianco recorded 22 total tackles, including 11 solo stops, along with a trio of tackles for a loss. Bianco also registered one sack for a three-yard loss.
Charles McCarthy (Bridgewater State): McCarthy paced the Bears’ defense with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops against Buffalo State.
Bubba Collins (Castleton): Collins concluded his team’s initial game of the season with eight total tackles, including four stops. Two of those eight total tackles were tackles for a loss.
Ryan Robertson (Coast Guard Academy): Robertson paced the Bears’ defense in a season-opening win over Alfred State by tallying 11 total tackles. He also recorded six solo stops, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Joe Surace (Curry College): Against Fitchburg State, Surace recorded eight total tackles, including six solo stops, along with a pair of sacks.
William Rivera (Endicott College): Rivera paced the Gulls’ defense in solo stops (five) and total tackles (15) against Framingham State.
Nathan Fleming (Framingham State): Fleming paced the Rams’ defense with seven solo stops and 10 total tackles. Two of those tops were tackles for a loss. Fleming also forced a fumble in his team’s first win of the season against Endicott College.
Jean Gabriel (Husson): Gabriel paced the Eagles’ defense with six solo stops, while assisting on three tackles. Two of his nine total tackles were for a loss for five yards – he also forced a fumble and recorded one pass break-up in a 20-7 win over Union.
Andrew DeNucci (MIT): Against Becker last Friday, DeNucci recorded nine solo stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss and one sack.
Dwayne Hunter-Parker (Mount Ida): In his team’s hard-fought 12-10 win over UMass Dartmouth, Hunter-Parker registered a team-high seven solo stops, including one tackle for a loss and one pass break-up.
Brett McEvoy (Nichols): In his team’s initial game of the season, McEvoy turned in an impressive performance, accounting for 15 total tackles, including 10 assists, while recording one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Brandon O’Neill (Salve Regina): Against Worcester State, O’Neill registered six total tackles, including a quartet of four solo stops as the Seahawks commenced its season with a 35-28 victory over Worcester State. In addition to recording one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, O’Neill also registered one interception, too.
Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Against a potent Western New England offense, Giorgio recorded six total tackles, including four solo stops and sack and a half. He also recorded one tackle for a loss of three yards.
Mike Chirco (Western New England): Chirco was one of two Golden Bears to finish Saturday’s tilt against the Pride with seven solo stops. Chirco recorded a team-high 14 total tackles.
Zach Howard (Westfield State): Howard concluded last Friday’s contest against Nichols College with four solo stops and eight total tackles. He also registered two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack.
Theo Bryant (Worcester State): Bryant recorded nine total tackles, including six solo stops, along with one tackle for a loss and one interception in a 35-28 setback to Salve Regina.
Dereck Pacheco (WPI): Against Anna Maria, Pacheco recorded six solo stops, including a quartet of tackles for a loss. He also registered a pair of sacks, too.
Connor Russ (UMass Dartmouth): Against Mount Ida, Russ paced the Corsairs’ defense with nine solo stops and 13 total tackles. Three of his tackles were for a loss – he also registered one sack, too.
Cole Austin (Coast Guard Academy): Austin recorded 10 points in the Bears’ season-opening win over Alfred State. He booted a pair of field goals, while connecting on four extra-points.
Jeff Madden (Plymouth State): Madded connected on all five of his kicks, including a 21-yard field goal to conclude his team’s initial game with seven points.
Danny McDermott (Salve Regina): McDermott booted the ball three times for a total of 84 yards. All three punts landed inside the Worcester State 20.
Pat Tuohy (Worcester State): Tuohy punted the ball five times for a total of 172 yards in his team’s 35-28 setback to Salve Regina. His longest boot was a 56 yard punt. He also recorded one punt that landed inside the Salve Regina 20.
WNE, which captured the final season of the New England Football Conference (NEFC) last fall, secured five of the six first-place votes. Endicott College, which checked-in third overall in this year’s preseason poll, collected one first-place vote.
Salve Regina, which was the runner-up last season in the NEFC, was picked to finish second, while Curry College, Nichols College and Becker College rounded out the final three spots, checking-in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. The Hawks of Becker spent the past few season competing in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).
The Golden Bears welcome back 15 of 24 starters from last season, including all five members of the team’s o-line, along with quarterback AnthonyService. Also back this season for the Blue and Yellow is Dante Aiken (running back), Dillon Martin (o-line), Sam Edouard (d-line) and Sam Olsson (safety).