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Wingfield, Ithaca top Springfield in NCAA D3 Second Round

Ithaca College quarterback A.J. Wingfield tallied 256 yards of total offense on Saturday against Springfield College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rich Barnes)

By NoontimeSports.com

An exciting few weeks of Springfield College football have come to an end.

The Pride’s 2022 campaign concluded this afternoon with a 31-20 setback to No. 9/10 Ithaca College in the second round of the NCAA Division III postseason.

Ithaca has now won 18 games against the Pride at Butterfield Stadium, along with 30 of 39 contests, dating back to the initial meeting between the two schools in 1973.

Quarterback A.J. Wingfield tallied 256 yards of total offense, including a team-high 88 yards on 15 carries. Wingfield and Billy Tedeschi combined for two passing touchdowns with both scores landing in the hands of Jalen Leonard-Osbourne, who led all receivers with four receptions for 101 yards.

Leonard-Osbourne’s second touchdown with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter provided Ithaca with a 28-20 lead that expanded by three points with a 19-yard field goal by Nicholas Bahamonde with 4:22 left in the fourth.

Springfield’s Joseph Cannizzaro and Armando Torres combined for 209 rushing yards and one touchdown while Arsen Shtefan added 45 yards on 10 carries.

DJ Brown, who led the Pride’s defense with 14 total tackles, intercepted Wingfield on the game’s fourth play for a 45-yard pick-six.

Christian Hutra recorded eight points off two field goals and two extra points. Hutra’s initial field goal – a 23-yard boot with 8:55 remaining in the opening session – provided the Pride with a 10-7 lead after one quarter.

Springfield secured a date with Ithaca following its first postseason win in 16 years last week when the Pride topped Endicott College, 17-14. One week earlier, the Maroon and White clinched their third New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown in five years.

Ithaca, which has not dropped a game since losing to Cortland last November, will attempt to continue its winning ways next week against No. 1/1 North Central.

The Cardinals earned a quarterfinal date with the Bombers by beating No. 15/19 Carnegie Mellon, 28-7.

Rankings from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and D3Football.com

D3 Football Roundup: Springfield Tops Endicott In The NCAA D3 Tournament

Arsen Shtefan and the Springfield College football team won its first postseason contests since 2006 as the Pride topped Endicott College.
Arsen Shtefan powered the Springfield College football team to an exciting 17-14 postseason win on Saturday over Endicott College. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second-straight week, Arsen Shtefan eclipsed the century mark, rushing for a season-high 156 yards and one touchdown as Springfield College raced past Endicott College, 17-14, in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Tournament.

With the win, Springfield clinched its first playoff win since beating Curry College in 2006 to secure a second-round date with Ithaca College next Saturday, November 26.

Ithaca advanced to the second round with a 63-20 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Shtefan’s lone touchdown came midway through the opening session before Springfield tacked on two more scores in the second half to provide the Pride with their ninth win of the season.

Blane Hart rushed for a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter before Christian Hutra capped his team’s offensive output with a 33-yard field goal with 7:25 remaining in the final stanza.

Endicott’s Clayton Marengi completed 14 of 25 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns with his final score landing in the arms of Jaeden Baxter. Shane Aylward, who caught Marengi’s first touchdown early in the third quarter, led all receivers with three catches for 68 yards.

Saturday marked the first time Endicott and Springfield have squared off on the gridiron – additionally, the three-point win over the Gulls provided coach Mike Cerasuolo with his initial postseason with his alma mater.

Endicott entered the game riding a 10-game winning streak – the Gulls clinched their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown two weeks earlier with a win over Salve Regina University before concluding their regular season with a come-from-behind win against Western New England.

Ithaca 63, UMass Dartmouth 20: Max Perry completed five of six passes for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with 83 rushing yards and two scores as the Bombers cruised past the Corsairs in the opening round of the postseason.

Dante Aviles-Santos, who has been the player to watch on the Corsairs this fall, tossed two touchdowns while JP Mason tallied a team-high 15 total tackles.

Saturday’s game marked the second time UMass Dartmouth has competed in the NCAA Tournament.

Plymouth State 21, Husson University 20: Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 131 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown as the Panthers rallied to beat the Eagles and win their first-ever New England Bowl.

Husson’s Nic Visser completed 24 of 32 passes for 227 yards to go with a team-high 56 rushing yards and one touchdown. Elijah Garnett rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.

Bridgewater State 34, Catholic University 24: Quarterback James Cahoon completed 24 of 33 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Wright added 120 rushing yards on 23 carries as the Bears topped the Cardinals to clinch their second New England Bowl.

Catholic’s Nico Casares completed 25 of 44 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

Inside The Matchup: Springfield College at Endicott College

Hector Johnson and the Endicott College defense will look to continue their success this fall against Springfield College on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Endicott College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Springfield College has competed against multiple New England football teams but has never squared off against Endicott College.

On Saturday, the Pride will visit the Gulls in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Both teams are making their second-straight appearance in the national postseason – Springfield won the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for the second consecutive season while Endicott claimed another Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown.

Let’s “go inside” this in-state matchup with the victor advancing to next weekend’s second round against the winner of Ithaca College vs. UMass Dartmouth.

Game Time & Location: Springfield will make the trek to Beverly, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 19 to compete against Endicott at 12 p.m.

Endicott College’s 2022 Season Review: The Gulls clinched their first-ever 10-0 season in program history, thanks to a come-from-behind victory last weekend against Western New England.

Endicott has been the team to watch in the CCC this year, thanks to a defense that pitched four shutouts, including a pair at the beginning of the season against St. Lawrence University (27-0) and WPI (24-0).

The Gulls’ defense yielded its first touchdown in week three against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Endicott’s defense has limited opponents to 6.5 points per game with Western New England’s 21 points being the most the Gulls have yielded in 10 contests.

In addition to its defense, the Gulls’ rushing attack has been impressive – five student-athletes have rushed for at least one touchdown this fall, including quarterback Clayton Marengi, who has located the end zone with his feet eight times.

Springfield College’s 2022 Season Review: For the second-straight season, the Pride overcame a slow start – well, more a 1-2 start, to be exact, by winning its last seven contests.

In a way, Springfield has been in “playoff mode” for the last three weeks, needing to beat Merchant Marine, MIT, and Catholic University to secure its third NEWMAC crown since 2017.

As expected, the Pride have leaned on its rushing attack to score some important wins this fall, along with senior quarterback Armando Torres, who stepped in for David Wells last week to guide the Pride to an end-of-season win against the Cardinals.

Torres operated the team’s triple-option offense quite well against Catholic – he completed two of three passes for 17 yards and one touchdown to go with 62 rushing yards on seven carries and one score.

Springfield’s win against Catholic, along with their come-from-behind victory against MIT, could provide the Maroon and White with enough momentum to win its first national postseason contest in 16 years (the Pride’s last postseason win came in 2006 when they beat Curry College in the opening round).

Common Foes: Endicott and Springfield both scored wins this fall against Husson University, Norwich University, Western New England, and WPI.

The Matchup within the Matchup: The biggest question heading into Saturday’s contest is will Endicott’s rushing defense be able to stop Springfield’s triple-option offense?

Endicott has limited opposing rushing attacks to 81.9 yards per game but will need to find a way to stop a Springfield rushing attack that is averaging 357 yards per game.

Additionally, Springfield’s offense has been on the field for an average of 35:02, which is something to watch, as well – what happens if the offense is on the field for less than 35 minutes on Saturday? Does that mean Endicott will win this matchup?

With the way Endicott’s defense has been playing these last few weeks, don’t be surprised if this turns into a low-scoring affair.

Players to Watch on Endicott: Clayton Marengi (QB), Tyler Bridge (RB), Anthony Caggianelli (RB), Yavier Cosme-Diaz (RB), Anthony Bracamonte (WR), Shane Aylward (WR), Everett Knowlton III (TE), Quinten Fox (P), Matthew Licciardi (LB), Jackson DeAngelo (LB), Tyler Davis (DB), Colin Meropoulos (DL), and Hector Johnson (DL).      

Players to Watch on Springfield: David Wells (QB), Armando Torres (QB), Joseph Cannizzaro (FB), Arsen Shtefan (FB), Dante Vasquez (HB), Jacob Silvester (HB), Noah Wagnblas (WR), Christian Hutra (K), DJ Brown (LB), Tyler Pohlman (DB), Billy Carr (LB), and Aiden Lewin (LB).         

New England D3 Football Roundup: Trinity Finishes 9-0; UMD Tops PSU

Spencer Fetter and the Trinity College football team concluded its season with a 9-0 record. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

It was an exciting ending to the 2022 New England NCAA Division III football regular season.

Three teams captured their respective conference crown this afternoon, including Trinity College, which became the third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) team to finish its season with a 9-0 record.

Trinity topped Wesleyan University, 31-14, thanks to three touchdown passes from quarterback Spencer Fetter.

Fetter concluded his team’s final contest by completing 21 of 36 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Two touchdown passes landed in the hands of DeVante Reid, who led the Bantams’ receiving core with four catches for 62 yards.

Wesleyan’s Logan Tomlinson led all receivers by hauling in 10 receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Brian Casagrande led the Trinity defense with nine total tackles, including six solo stops.

UMass Dartmouth claimed its first conference crown in 20 years as the Corsairs sailed past Plymouth State, 46-21, to complete its conference slate without a single setback.

Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos completed 26 of 29 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the win while Richarno Hylton paced the UMass Dartmouth rushing attack with 71 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.

Aviles-Santos connected with Angel Sanchez for a pair of second-half touchdowns – Sanchez concluded the game with eight catches for 121 yards.

Plymouth State’s Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 91 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.

In Washington, D.C., the Springfield College football team clinched its second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title with a 35-21 victory over Catholic University.

The Pride finished its conference slate without a setback for the second-straight season while recording its fifth consecutive victory against the Cardinals, dating back to when the two schools began competing in the NEWMAC in 2017.

Arsen Shtefan rushed for a game-high 137 yards while Joseph Cannizzaro and Armando Torres combined for three rushing touchdowns.

Tyler Pohlman clinched the two-score win for Springfield by recording a pick-six with 2:30 remaining in the final stanza.

Endicott College clinched its first-ever 10-0 season in program history with a 26-21 win over Western New England.

The Gulls claimed their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown last week by beating Salve Regina University.

Against the Golden Bears, the Gulls leaned on Yavier Cosme-Diaz, who rushed for a game-high 72 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. He also hailed in three of Clayton Marengi’s 16 passes for 42 yards and one touchdown.

Quarterback Michael Berluti concluded his sophomore season with Tufts University by recording 475 yards of total offense to go with eight touchdowns, including one score on the ground as the Jumbos rolled past Middlebury College, 65-34.

The seven touchdowns are a season-best for Berluti, who also rushed for a season-high 181 yards on 12 carries.

Tufts’ Phil Lutz hauled in 10 receptions for 237 yards and six touchdowns while Jackson Butler added four catches for 41 yards and one touchdown.

Williams College concluded its campaign with a 20-10 victory over Amherst College, and Bridgewater State captured its second-straight Cranberry Bowl by beating Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 10-0.

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

Keegan Stanton-Meas and the University of New England football team will compete against Husson University on Saturday in the 2nd Annual Lobster Trap Game. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Bates Photo)

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re inching closer to the start of the sixth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season.

Before another busy few days of football begins, let’s highlight five teams to watch (and yes, follow).

Norwich University (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC): After beginning their season with two-straight losses to Salve Regina University and St. Lawrence University, the Cadets have bounced back, winning two of three contests.

Norwich scored its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win last Saturday by defeating Coast Guard Academy, 31-23.

The team’s second win of the 2022 season was highlighted by wide receiver Trevor Chase, who became the program’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions (24) when he cashed in on the team’s initial play with a 71-yard catch-and-run.

Chase concluded his team’s contest with the Bears with 12 catches for 185 yards and three touchdowns. The 185 receiving yards is the most he’s logged in a game this season.

Chase, along with quarterback Mitchell Theal, who tossed four touchdowns last week, will be two players to watch on Saturday when Norwich visits the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Like Norwich, the Mariners won their initial conference meeting by defeating WPI, 41-14.

Salve Regina University (3-1, 0-0 CCC): The Seahawks were idle last weekend but will begin conference play this Saturday when they visit Curry College.

Salve Regina beat Curry last season, but this year’s Colonels squad is one nobody should overlook – the Purple and White were competitive last weekend against the University of New England.

The Seahawks have won three of four non-league tilts, but all four opponents presented unique challenges for coach Kevin Gilmartin’s squad that has had to lean on some players that are not named Joey Mauriello or Jack Maguire.

Jake Stack has been the player to watch under center – he has tossed four touchdowns in three contests while adding two scores on the ground. Justan Luzzi, a first-year tailback, leads the Salve Regina rushing attack with 121 yards on 26 carries. Josh Letellier, who is listed as a quarterback, leads the receiving core with 15 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

Let’s see if the Seahawks’ early-season momentum can continue against Curry.

Springfield College (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC): After a week away from the gridiron, the Pride return to the field this week when they visit Coast Guard Academy.

Springfield concluded its non-league schedule with a 49-7 victory over Husson University – the win was highlighted by three rushing touchdowns by Arsen Shtefan.

Quarterback David Wells was perfect against Husson, completing a pair of passes for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Springfield topped Coast Guard Academy last season by a score of 60-0 en route to winning their second NEWMAC crown since 2017.

The Pride concluded their previous meeting with the Bers by producing 548 yards of total offense on 74 plays. Springfield’s defense limited Coast Guard Academy to just 42 yards on 45 plays.

Tufts University (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC): Let’s not overlook this year’s Jumbos.

Tufts currently resides in a three-way tie for second place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) standings with Colby College and Wesleyan University. They almost beat Trinity College in their season-opener – they kept the Bantams off the scoreboard in the second half – but have scored back-to-back wins over Bates College and Williams College.

Quarterback Michael Berluti tossed three second-half touchdowns against the Ephs to help Tufts edge last year’s conference champions. Berluti connected with Jaden Richardson for two touchdowns before locating Jackson Butler early in the fourth quarter to provide the visitors with a 35-21 lead (Williams did tack on one more score before last Saturday’s contest concluded).

In addition to Berluti’s impressive play, Tufts received a major momentum boost at the end of the first half when Victor Garza returned a blocked field goal.

The Jumbos will go for their third-straight win on Saturday when they host Bowdoin College for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

University of New England (3-1, 1-0 CCC): Like the Seahawks of Salve Regina, the Nor’easters have quietly produced a 3-1 record, including a 1-0 mark in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

UNE bounced back from a 34-31 setback to Gallaudet University last weekend with a 37-21 victory over Curry, thanks to quarterback Jarrett Henault, who tossed a season-best four touchdowns.

Will Peters led a defense that recorded three sacks – additionally, the Nor’easters limited the Colonels to 257 yards (4.4 yards per play) on 59 offensive plays.

In addition to Henault and Peters, UNE has received a major boost from linebacker Keegan Stanton-Meas, who leads the Nor’easters defense with 25.0 total tackles, including 20 solo stops.

UNE will visit Husson this weekend to compete in the 2nd Annual Lobster Trap Game, which the Eagles won last season. The Nor’easters’ last win over Husson came in 2019.