D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Three (Sept 14-15th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The third week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Three, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Two): We went 7-3 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week.

Season Predictions: Through two weeks, our prediction record stands at 13-7.

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Coast Guard Academy at Nichols College (Friday, Sept. 14th at 7 p.m.): The Bears put up a fight against Union last week and should carry that momentum (despite losing to the Dutchmen) into this week’s tilt against the Bison. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy 28, Nichols 21 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): This one will come down to the final drive. We think quarterback Adam Wojenski will win it for the Rams on a QB-keeper. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Bridgewater State 17 

MIT at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): The Brian Bubna era is off to a great start and we certainly believe it will continue on Saturday in Beverly. PREDICTION: MIT 17, Endicott 10 

Middlebury at Wesleyan (Saturday, Sept. 15th at1 p.m.): There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding both teams entering the initial week of NESCAC football, but we expect the home team (Wesleyan) to win this important match-up. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 33, Middlebury 24 

Western Conn. at Plymouth State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who have aspirations of winning the MASCAC this fall. We’ll give the edge to the Panthers (home field advantage). PREDICTION: Plymouth State 30, Western Conn. 28 

Amherst College at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): A new era of Bates football will begin on Saturday under the direction of first-year coach Malik Hall. This is a tough opening day match-up for the Bobcats, but they should certainly keep it close with their new offense. PREDICTION: Amherst 35, Bates 24 

Trinity College at Colby College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): The Bantams open their season against a new-look Colby squad, which will be led by the former UMaine sideline boss Jack Cosgrove. Similar to Bates, this is a tough season-opener for the Mules, who will need to find a way to slow down Trinity halfback Max ChipourasPREDICTION: Trinity 28, Colby 10 

Tufts University at Hamilton College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald highlighted his team’s opening day win last year, so can he do it again this year on the road? PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Hamilton 20 

Western New England at Husson University (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Husson will lean on first-year running back Soloman Hassen, who was tabbed this week’s ECFC Rookie of the Week. The California native has rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. PREDICTION: Husson 27, WNE 21 

Union College at No. 25 Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 2 p.m.): Chad Shade did not rush for six scores last week, but did help his team score an important road win over Kean. This week, Shade and the defense will be tested, but we expect them to find a way past the Dutchmen. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Union 21 

New England Football: Players To Watch In 2018 Coming Soon!

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By Noontime Sports | @NoontimeSports 

It maybe early July, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about football, right?

As we inch closer toward a brand new season of New England college football, Noontime Sports will begin to generate a list of players and teams to watch for the upcoming season, as well as our first of many Top 10 polls, too (our first poll will be a preseason poll, which will be posted later next month).

So, consider this an early plug for our 2018 preseason football coverage – yes, we are eager for football to return, but are enjoying some down time before camps and games officially commence.

If you do crave some football then make sure to check out our Football Friday Podcast – we do have a few new podcast interviews, including a recent conversation with the new Bates College coach Malik Hall and Western New England‘s Jason Lebeau.

Additionally, you can click FOLLOW to our new football Twitter handle, as well: @Noontime_FB. Trust us, you will want to follow this handle as we inch closer to football season – we will be producing some fun content that you won’t want to miss.

Our preseason football coverage will officially begin in a few weeks, but in the meantime, enjoy these long, summer days – the weather is pretty nice today in Boston!

D3 Football: Malik Hall Tabbed Bates College Football Coach

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Malik Hall was named the new head football coach at Bates College on Monday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Monday was an exciting day for Malik Hall, who was tabbed the 20th head coach of the Bates College football program.

Hall arrives in Lewiston, Maine after spending the past three seasons with the Penn Quakers football team, serving as the defensive line coach. He helped Penn secure back-to-back Ivy League championships in 2015 and 2016. Penn finished its 2017 campaign 6-4 by winning its final four contests, including a pair of wins over Harvard and Princeton.

In addition to his time with the Quakers, Hall has also served as an assistant at Central Connecticut StateFordhamHofstra, UMass Amherst and Wagner.

Hall graduated from UMass in 2003 and was a two-year letterman and starter for the Minutemen, helping them capture the Atlantic 10 Championship his senior season. He would return to Amherst eight years later to assist former head coach Kevin Morris as the team’s defensive line coach.

“We are delighted to welcome Malik Hall to the Bobcat family,” Bates Athletic Director Jason Fein said in a statement. “Once we interviewed him, it was crystal clear that Coach Hall has both the experience and vision to take Bates football to the next level. We’re excited to see what happens on the field.”

“It’s my great honor to accept the head coaching position at Bates,” said Hall via yesterday’s press release. “I am very much looking forward to building upon Bates’ traditions of academic excellence and relentlessness on the field. The Hall family can’t wait to join the Bates family.”

Hall takes over a program that was guided by Mark Harriman for the past 20 seasons. Harriman, who recently stepped down in April, guided the Bobcats to seven Colby-Bates-Bowdoin titles, including his final one last fall when Bates topped the Polar Bears, 24-17.

Bates opens its season on September 15th when they host Amherst College at 1 p.m.

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D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Amherst College once again remains the top team in New England after a few important wins last week, including a 7-3 victory this past Saturday against Bates College. The Mammoths’ defense has been extremely impressive over the past few weeks, while the offense has provided multiple problems for opposing units. Amherst is averaging close to 14 goals per game.

Middlebury College swapped spots with Tufts University, checking-in second overall this week after appearing in the third position a week ago. The Panthers scored back-to-back wins this weekend over the Jumbos and Hamilton College – they will be the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which officially begins on Saturday, April 28th.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 23rd 2018

1. Amherst College13-1, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
2. Middlebury College12-2, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
3. Tufts University11-3, 7-2 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
4. Trinity College10-4, 6-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
5. Bowdoin College11-3, 6-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
6. Wesleyan University9-5, 5-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
7. Colby College8-6, 3-6 NESCACLast Week: No. 7
8. Bates College7-7, 2-7 NESCACLast Week: No. 8
9. Williams College6-8, 2-7, NESCACLast Week: No. 9
10. Springfield College11-5, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (8-7, 5-1 NEWMAC), Endicott College (11-3, 7-0 CCC), Framingham State (12-2, 4-1 MASCAC), Hamilton College (5-9, 3-7 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (12-2, 9-0 GNAC), MIT (9-5, 5-1 NEWMAC) and Roger Williams (12-3, 7-1 CCC).

D3 Lacrosse: NCAA North & South Regional Rankings (Thursday, Apr. 19th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The NCAA unveiled its initial Regional Rankings for Division III lacrosse and below are both the North and South rankings:

NORTH

  1. RIT
  2. Amherst College
  3. Tufts University
  4. Wesleyan University
  5. RPI
  6. Ithaca College
  7. Stevens
  8. Connecticut College
  9. Coast Guard Academy
  10. Bowdoin College
  11. Middlebury College
  12. Springfield College
  13. Union College
  14. Williams College
  15. Bates College
  16. St. Lawrence

South 

  1. Gettysburg College
  2. York College (Pa.)
  3. Ohio Wesleyan
  4. Salisbury University
  5. Denison University
  6. Washington & Lee
  7. Cabrini University
  8. Roanoke College
  9. Christopher Newport
  10. Dickinson College
  11. Franklin & Marshall
  12. Hampden-Sydney
  13. Colorado College
  14. Lynchburg College
  15. Muhlenberg College
  16. Rhodes College
  17. Berry College
  18. Aurora University
  19. Stevenson
  20. Illinois Wesleyan
  21. Washington College