D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week 10 (Nov. 3rd)

10 Games Week 10

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The tenth 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 Ten, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Nine): We went 9-1 for the second-straight week, so let’s see if we can go a perfect 10-0 this week!

Season Predictions Records: 65-25 (we struggled with picks in week seven, so let’s see how we do this weekend!)

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


Western New England at Endicott College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): WNE quarterback Alec Coleman should continue his current success, both through the air and on the ground against the Gulls in Beverly. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Endicott 17 

Castleton Univ. at Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): Dean has a chance to finish its second season as a Division III program at 5-5, so look for first-year signal-caller Terrell Watts to lead the Bulldogs to their fourth victory. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Castleton 13 

WPI at Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): The Engineers of Worcester defeated the Engineers of Cambridge for the third consecutive season one week ago and should continue their late season momentum in New London, Connecticut. PREDICTION: WPI 21, Coast Guard 10 

Nichols College at Salve Regina (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): Since falling to WNE at the end of September, the Seahawks have been on a roll and should continue their winning ways against the Bison at home. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 29, Nichols 14 

Anna Maria at Alfred State (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): A win for the AMCATs would provide the program with two conference wins for the first time since 2011. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 14, Alfred State 13 

Amherst College at Trinity College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): Since falling to Williams, Trinity has been on a roll and should find a way to beat the undefeated Mammoths in Hartford. PREDICTION: Trinity 21, Amherst 17 

Wesleyan University at Williams College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): The Ephs should capture the first of possibly two Little Three contests this week, as long as they can contain Wesleyan quarterback Mark PiccirilloPREDICTION: Williams 21, Wesleyan 17 

Colby College at Tufts University (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald should lead the Jumbos back into the win column with a much-needed bounce-back win for the Powder Blue and White. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Colby 16 

Framingham State at Western Conn. (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 5 p.m.): A win for the Colonials most likely secures the Blue and Orange the conference crown. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 31, Framingham State 21 

Bates College at Bowdoin College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 5:30 p.m.): After falling to Colby College last week in the snow, one should expect coach Malik Hall‘s crew to bounce back against the Polar Bears on the road. PREDICTION: Bates 21, Bowdoin 14 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Nine (Oct. 26th & 27th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The ninth 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 Ninth, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Eight): We went 9-1, so lets see if we can keep our current momentum going this week!

Season Predictions Records: 56-24 (we struggled with picks in week seven, so let’s see how we do this weekend!)

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


UMass Dartmouth at Framingham State (Friday, Oct. 26th at 7 p.m.): Similar to last week, this is a must-win for the Rams, who needed to push their contest with the Corsairs a day earlier due to Mother Nature. Expect the Black and Gold to continue its momentum from last week when they defeated Westfield State, 27-2. PREDICTION: Framingham State 25, UMass Dartmouth 14

Worcester State at Mass. Maritime Academy (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 12 p.m.): Both teams will attempt to return to the win column for the first time in a few weeks, and we think it will be the Buccaneers, which should rely on their ground game for a one-score victory. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 21, Worcester State 14 

Husson University at Castleton University (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 12 p.m.): Since falling to Western New England last month, these Eagles have been on a roll, thanks to some impressive efforts on both sides of the ball. Their momentum should continue this week in Vermont. PREDICTION: Husson 30, Castleton 16 

Western New England at Nichols College (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 12 p.m.): Quarterback Alec Coleman has scored 11 touchdowns in the past two games and should certainly locate the end zone in this game, both through the air and on the ground. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Nichols 13 

Catholic University at Norwich University (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 12 p.m.): Christopher Ward and the Cadets defense highlighted their second win of the season last week against Maine Maritime. Look for the Cadets defense to have another big day when they host the Cardinals for a noontime kickoff. PREDICTION: Norwich 16, Catholic 7 

Tufts University at Amherst College (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1 p.m.): A big win last week over Wesleyan University has provided the Mammoths of Amherst with some serious momentum heading into its seventh game of the season. This is a must-win for both Amherst and Tufts, as both teams look to keep their title hopes alive. PREDICTION: Amherst 21, Tufts 20 

MIT at WPI (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1 p.m.): Bubna-Magic will be tested this week when the Engineers of Cambridge visit the Engineers of Worcester. MIT’s defense stole the show a week ago in their 13-0 win over Coast Guard Academy and will need to find a way to slow down a talented WPI offense. PREDICTION: MIT 20, WPI 14 

Colby College at Bates College (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1 p.m.): The 120th meeting of Bates and Colby will have CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) title implications on the line. Colby enters the contest with some much-needed momentum following their exciting win last week over Hamilton College, while Bates played its best game last Saturday against Middlebury. PREDICTION: Colby 20, Bates 17 

Middlebury College at Trinity College (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 1 p.m.): With rain in the forecast tomorrow, expect a heavy dose of the running game from both sides. And one of the rushers to watch tomorrow will be Trinity College quarterback Seamus Lambert, who led the ground game last week in a 48-6 win over Bowdoin College. PREDICTION: Trinity 28, Middlebury 20 

Western Conn. at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Oct. 27th at 2 p.m.): The Colonials will attempt to win their eighth-straight contest on Saturday when they visit a Falcons squad, which will need to figure out a way to slow down Kyle McKinnon. McKinnon clinched an exciting four-overtime win last week against Bridgewater State and should once again be the focal point of this match-up. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Fitchburg State 13

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Eight (Oct. 20th)

10 Games Week Eight

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The eighth 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 Eight, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Seven): We went 6-4  so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 47-23 (we struggled with picks in week seven, so let’s see how we do this weekend!)

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


All Games taking place on Saturday, Oct. 20th 

Coast Guard Academy at MIT (12 p.m.): This is a must-win for both team, who are currently in the hunt for the top spot in the NEWMAC. MIT is coming off the bye and should be well-rested for the second half of their schedule. Expect the Engineers’ offense to be challenged by the Bears’ defense, but eventually find a way to pull out a hard-fought win in the end. PREDICTION: MIT 20, Coast Guard 17 

Gallaudet University at Dean College (12 p.m.): Sure, the Eagles of Husson appear to be the top team in the ECFC, but don’t overlook the Bison of Gallaudet, which could begin a late run toward the top of the conference with a must-needed win on the road. PREDICTION: Gallaudet 27, Dean 16 

Bates College at Middlebury College (1 p.m.): The Panthers stunned the Ephs last week, so can they continue their late season magic against the Bobcats of Bates? PREDICTION: Middlebury 27, Bates 25 

Mass. Maritime Academy at Plymouth State (1 p.m.): Plymouth State scored an impressive come-from-behind win over Framingham State last week – expect that momentum to continue this week against the Buccaneers. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 21, Mass. Maritime 14 

Springfield College at Catholic University (1 p.m.): A disappointing loss to Merchant Marine can quickly be erased with a win on the road this week. Similar to Coast Guard, MIT, Merchant Marine and WPI, Springfield is still in the mix for a NEWMAC title, but needs to win their remaining contests, including Saturday’s tilt against Catholic. PREDICTION: Springfield 24, Catholic 14 

Amherst College at Wesleyan University (1 p.m.): The Mammoths appear to be the front-runner in the NESCAC, but this will be a HUGE test for the Purple and White. Wesleyan is still somewhat in the mix to possibly share the NESCAC crown, but needs this win just as much as Amherst does. PREDICTION: Amherst 20, Wesleyan 17  

WPI at Merchant Marine (1 p.m.): Merchant Marine picked-up some serious momentum last week with an impressive road win against Springfield. That momentum should continue this week against WPI. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 21, WPI 17 

Williams College at Tufts University (1:30 p.m.): Both squads will look to bounce back from week seven setbacks – we expect this game to come down to the final drive. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Williams 21 

Framingham State at Westfield State (2 p.m.): After falling to Plymouth State last week, the Rams must find a way to bounce back, so they can keep their conference title hopes alive. This won’t be an easy test for the Black and Gold, but if FSU is going to return to the win column, they must find a way to slow down the Westfield State rushing attack. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Westfield State 20 

Bridgewater State at Western Conn. (6 p.m.): After posting 40 points or more for the past three weeks, the Colonials mustered just 23 points in a 10 point win over Massachusetts Maritime last Saturday. Expect the Colonials offense to bounce back this week at home. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 30, Bridgewater State 21 

Noontime Sports Stars Of The Week (Week Seven) Powered By Zelos Athletics

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week seven!


Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too! 


The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


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Western New England quarterback Alec Coleman recorded five touchdowns last weekend against Curry College.(PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Cory Brandon (Husson University): Brandon completed 17 of 19 passes for 303 yards, while tossing four touchdowns, including a pair of scores to Keyshaun Robinson, who led all Husson receivers, as the Eagles soared past Alfred State.

Leroy Brown (UMass Dartmouth): Brown hauled in a game-high 199 yards on six grabs for three score during his team’s setback to Bridgewater State.

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman concluded last Saturday’s contest with five touchdowns (four through the air, one on the ground) as the Golden Bears rolled past Curry College in Springfield. Coleman completed 19 of 29 passes for 273 yards, while adding 41 yards on five carries.

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Holder rushed for three scores on 24 carries for 173 yards (7.2 yards per carry), while catching one pass for 15 yards in the Owls’ 41-27 win over Fitchburg State.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Jernigan recorded 256 yards of total offense, while reaching the end zone three times (two through the air, one on the ground) as the Panthers defeated Williams College on the road. The Middlebury signal-caller concluded the game with 162 passing yards (18 of 31), while adding 94 yards on 27 carries.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Against University of New England, the Endicott signal-caller accounted for 315 yards of total offense and three scores. He connected on 18 of 32 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 87 yards on five carries for one score.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): Against Trinity College, McDonald completed 25 of 40 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 27 yards on eight carries and one score.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): Piccirillo accounted for 270 total yards of offense, including 185 yards through the air, while recording four touchdowns (three through the air, one on the ground) in his team’s win over Bates College.

Jordan Vazzano (Trinity College): Against Tufts University, Vazzano completed 10 of 19 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for two scores on 11 carries for 71 yards.

Quron Wright (Framingham State): Wright recorded 161 yards of total offense by hauling in a team-high eight grabs for 111 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 50 yards on nine carries.


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Bates College senior Tyler Harrington turned in a very impressive performance last Saturday against Wesleyan University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bates College Athletics)

Defensive Stars of the Week

Michael Bianco (Becker College): Bianco paced the Hawks’ defense last Saturday against Nichols by registering a team-high 12 total tackles, including six solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

Kaleb Caron (Husson University): Against Alfred State, Caron registered four total tackles, two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards, while recording one fumble recovery and one pass break-up.

Samuel Ejiasi (UMass Dartmouth): Ejiasi concluded last Saturday’s contests against Bridgewater State with seven solo tackles, including two tackles for a loss of six yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and one pass break-up.

Michael Goldsworthy (Coast Guard Academy): Goldsworthy concluded his team’s clash with Maine Maritime by registering four total tackles, including three solo stops, while recording a trio of interceptions for 32 yards.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield College): Against Merchant Marine last Saturday, Giorgio registered eight total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 13 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards, while recording one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for seven yards.

Tyler Harrington (Bates College): Against Wesleyan University, Harrington stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards, while adding two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.

Chris Lawrence (Nichols College): Lawrence led the Bison’s defense with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of 17 yards. Additionally, he recorded two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his team’s win over Becker College.

Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime): Johnston concluded last Saturday’s tilt with Western Connecticut by tallying eight total tackles, including five solo stops, one tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry.

Derek Jones (Western Conn.): Jones paced the Western Connecticut defense with 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards, while recording one quarterback hurry against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.


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Wesleyan University kicker Patrick Wolff was clutch this past weekend against Bates College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Patrick Wolff)

Special Team Stars of the Week

Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Conn.): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, D’Onofrio connected on all three extra points, while recording 248 punting yards (41.3 yards per punt) with two kicks landing inside the Buccaneers’ 20-yard line.

Nick DiCairano (Endicott): DiCairano tallied 12 points last Saturday against University of New England by connecting on 10 of 11 kicks, including all nine extra points. He also registered 609 yards on 11 kickoffs (55.4 yards per kick) with one boot resulting in a touchback.

Robert Innis, Jr. (Univ. of New Eng.): The UNE kicker was a perfect six-for-six against Endicott College last Saturday, including all five-for-five on extra points.

Patrick Wolff (Wesleyan University): Wolff connected on all six kicks during his team’s win against Bates College, including a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter, which capped a five-play, 32-yard drive.


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Seven (Oct. 13th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The seventh 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 Seven as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Six): We went 8-2 for the second-straight week last week, so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 41-19 (can we make it three-straight weeks of 8-2?)

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


All Games taking place on Saturday, Oct. 13th 

Plymouth State at Framingham State (12 p.m.): It wasn’t pretty, but Tom Kelley‘s Rams found a way past Fitchburg State last week. Expect another grind-it-out effort from the Black and Gold this week against the Panthers of Plymouth State. PREDICTION: Framingham State 26, Plymouth State 14 

Nichols College at Becker College (12 p.m.): Nichols looks to bounce back after falling to Endicott last week and they should be able to against the Hawks of Becker. PREDICTION: Nichols 21, Becker 7 

Wesleyan University at Bates College (1 p.m.): At 2-2, every game is a must-win for these Cardinals, especially if they would like to secure a share of NESCAC crown. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 28, Bates 21 

Curry College at Western New England (1 p.m.): The Golden Bears return from the bye and should begin their second half of the season with an important conference win against the Colonels of Curry College. PREDICTION: Western New England 35, Curry 20

Maine Maritime at Coast Guard (1:30 p.m.): After falling short to the Pride last week, the Bears look to bounce back and return to the win column on Homecoming Weekend. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 27, Maine Maritime 8 

Tufts University at Trinity College (1:30 p.m.): The Jumbos are currently in the drivers seat with Amherst and Williams, so this is a must-win for the Powder Blue and White, especially if they want to keep pace with the Mammoths and Ephs for a NESCAC title. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Trinity 27 

Middlebury College at Williams College (2 p.m.): The Ephs picked-up their fourth win of the season last week at Bates and should find a way past the Panthers on their home turf. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Middlebury 10 

Merchant Marine at Springfield College (2 p.m.): Its another big week for the Pride, who will once again need everyone to step-up, especially against a former Liberty League (LL) rival. Expect this one to be close with the Pride pulling out yet another hard-fought win at home. PREDICTION: Springfield 26, Merchant Marine 21 

Endicott College at Univ. of New England (2 p.m.): Endicott has not lost since falling to MIT last month and should continue their winning ways on Saturday against an up and coming Nor’easters squad. PREDICTION: Endicott 28, UNE 14 

UMass Dartmouth at Bridgewater State (4 p.m.): The Bears are still in contention for a conference crown, but must find a way to defeat a Corsairs squad, which has won two of three contests this season on the road. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 20, UMass Dartmouth 14