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Noontime’s NESCAC Football Preview: Can Williams Defend Its 2021 Crown?

Joel Nicholas and the Williams College football team begin their 2022 season on Saturday at Colby College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour)

By Matt Noonan

A brand-new season of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) football returns this Saturday.

As expected, there are some enticing matchups this weekend, including Trinity College at Tufts University, Amherst College entertaining Middlebury College, and Bates College visiting Wesleyan University.

But perhaps the game most fans will be watching – or perhaps following – is Williams College at Colby College.

The Ephs completed their first-ever 9-0 campaign last fall – Williams defeated Trinity, Wesleyan, and Amherst during the final three weeks to clinch its first outright crown since 2010 (the Ephs concluded its 2010 campaign with an 8-0 record, along with some hardware).

Quarterback Bobby Maimaron and wide receiver Frank Stola have graduated so if Williams is going to defend its crown, the Ephs will need to lean on both its returners and newcomers this fall.

Halfback Joel Nicholas returns after leading the NESCAC in scoring last season – the Buffalo, New York native tallied 17 touchdowns in nine contests. In addition to Nicholas, Williams will lean on John Freeman (offensive line), Ian Devine (defensive line), and Rocco Giandomenico (defensive back).  

The biggest question for the Ephs is who will play quarterback?

That remains an unknown, but don’t be surprised if you see Jack Dickinson or Luke Bobo line up under center on Saturday.

“We’ll make our decision on who will start later this week,” coach Mark Raymond said in the Williams College football preview on Ephsports.com. “Both are smart, talented, athletic, and they are good leaders who have taken control of the offense.”

Looking to challenge Williams for the top spot in the standings are Trinity and Wesleyan, which finished second and third, respectively, last season.

The Bantams return some key pieces from its 8-1 squad, including quarterback Spencer Fetter, halfback Will Kirby, and wide receiver DeVante Reid. Additionally, Noah Glantz (defensive line), Brian Casagrande (linebacker), and Aidan Kennedy (defensive back) return to anchor a defense that yielded 13.77 points per game last season.

Trinity concluded its season with back-to-back wins over Amherst (49-7) and Wesleyan (14-7) but saw its six-game winning streak snapped last October against Williams (42-3).  

Wesleyan began its 2021 campaign with six-straight wins before losing its final three contests to Amherst, Williams, and Trinity.

But despite ending its previous season with three-straight losses, there is a sense of optimism surrounding coach Dan DiCenzo’s squad, which will be led this fall by Nick Helbig, who was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year last November.

Helbig was the Co-Rookie of the Year in 2019 with Middlebury College’s Alex Maldjian and finished his junior season with 50 total tackles. He ranked second in the conference in tackles for a loss (11) and tied with Ian Devine in sacks (5.5).

As a unit, the Cardinals surrendered 168 points while the offense produced 197 points, thanks to David Estevez, a dual-threat quarterback that placed fourth in the conference in rushing yards (746). His longest burst was an 88-yard rush against Tufts last October.

Wesleyan shared the conference crown with Amherst and Middlebury in 2013 while finishing as the runner-up to the Panthers in 2019.

Trinity won three-straight titles from 2016 to 2018 and is seeking its 18th crown in program history.

Noontime’s Team to Watch in 2022: Colby College. Coach Jack Cosgrove’s squad has gradually improved over the last few seasons – last fall, the Mules produced its first four-win season since finishing 4-4 in 2013.

Brett Holmes, who represented the Blue and White on the NESCAC First-Team Defense last November, has graduated, which means Colby will need to lean on a few returners, including defensive back Nick Donatio, who led the unit in total tackles (69.0). Donatio also recorded a team-high 47 solo stops to go with six pass breakups.

Linebacker EJ Brister is back after recording 35 total tackles in nine contests, including seven tackles for a loss of 15 yards.

Quarterback Matt Hersch returns after throwing for 1,742 yards – expect him to target wide receiver Jack Sawyer, who led the Colby receiving core with 462 yards on 28 receptions.

Colby may have dropped three of its first four contests last season, but the Mules did score some impressive wins last fall over Amherst (10-7) and Middlebury (28-14). Additionally, they topped Bates and Bowdoin College to claim their third consecutive CBB crown (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin trophy).

Noontime’s Surprise Team in 2022: Middlebury College. The 2022 season will mark the final time coach Bob Ritter will pace the sidelines, so I expect this current group of Panthers to play some inspired football this fall.

Middlebury’s perfect season from 2019 seemed like a distant memory last fall as the Navy Blue and White won just three of nine contests.

For the Panthers to cap Ritter’s time on the sidelines with some hardware, they will need to score wins over Trinity, Wesleyan, and Williams, along with Amherst, Colby, and Tufts. Additionally, they will want to beat Bates, Bowdoin, and Hamilton College.

Linebacker Jack Pistorius has graduated, which means the Middlebury defense will need to lean on Tomas Kenary (defensive line), who was named Co-Rookie of the Year last fall with Andre Eden of Bowdoin, and wide receiver Donovan Wood, who earned a spot on the All-NESCAC Second Offense.

Cole Crider returns as the team’s punter – he represented Middlebury on the All-NESCAC First team Special Teams.

Noontime’s NESCAC Champion Prediction: Trinity College. As much as I would like to pick Williams to repeat, Trinity seems like the safe pick, as well as the early favorite by many that observe or cover the NESCAC. Sure, you could make the case for Wesleyan, but in the end, coach Jeff Devanney’s squad will score a few late-season wins over Bates, Bowdoin, and Wesleyan to secure the team’s first NESCAC crown in four years.

The 2021 All-Noontime D3 New England Football Team

Bobby Maimaron led the Williams College football team to a 9-0 record this fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/ Williams College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

With the 2021 NCAA New England Division III season slowly winding down, it is time to unveil our end-of-season team that features a slew of student-athletes from all five conferences. Some of these student-athletes appeared on our preseason team — in case you missed it, feel free to jump back in time to see who made our D3 preseason squad! — but in the meantime, congratulations to everyone on another exciting season, and best of luck to the seniors and graduate students that competed for the final time this fall!

Offense

  • QB: Dante Aviles-Santos (UMass Dartmouth)
  • QB: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College)
  • HB/FB: Adam Couch (Bridgewater State)
  • HB/FB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State)
  • HB/FB: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University)
  • HB/FB: Tim Callahan (Springfield College)
  • WR/TE: Errol Breaux (Dean College)
  • WR/TE: Aidan Hogan (Husson University)
  • WR/TE: Philip Lutz (Tufts University)
  • WR/TE: DeVante Reid (Trinity College)
  • WR/TE: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England)
  • WR/TE: Ke’Vaughn Davis (Worcester State)
  • OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University)
  • OL: Bryan Lawton (Framingham State)
  • OL: Pete Noonan (Salve Regina University)
  • OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College)
  • OL: Cade Watkins (Western New England) 
  • OL: John Freeman (Williams College)

Defense

  • DL: Chris Rice (Castleton University)
  • DL: Sam Opont (Endicott College)
  • DL: Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State)
  • DL: Frank Curran (Husson University)
  • DL: Marcus Elysee (UMass Dartmouth)
  • DL: Nick Helbig (Wesleyan University)
  • LB: Tony Hooks (Bates College)
  • LB: Brendan Albert (Bridgewater State)
  • LB: Steven Silvia (Bridgewater State)
  • LB: Tim Russell (Endicott College)
  • LB: Paul Calvetti (MIT)
  • LB: Joshua Salem (Western New England)
  • DB: Armstrong Antoine (Anna Maria College)
  • DB: Dre Kidd (Dean College)
  • DB: Cully Curran (Framingham State)
  • DB: Quinn Girard (Plymouth State)
  • DB: Kyle Niehr (Springfield College)
  • DB: Danny Banks (Wesleyan University)   

Special Teams

  • P: George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy)  
  • P: Zac Christian (Western New England)
  • K: Ryan Smith (Endicott College)
  • K: Christian Hutra (Springfield College)
  • KR: Ryan Milliken (Plymouth State)
  • KR: Adam Razza (Western New England)

Player Perspective: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College)

Bobby Maimaron and the Williams College Ephs capped a perfect season last Saturday, November 13 with a 24-19 win over Amherst College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Last Saturday was a special day for the Williams College football team.

The Ephs capped their 2021 campaign with a hard-fought 24-19 victory over Amherst College to clinch a perfect season and become the first squad in program history to win nine contests in a single season.  

Williams has finished previous campaigns with 8-0 records — seven, to be exact — but to win nine New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) games is no easy feat.

“Being the first Williams team to finish 9-0 is a testament to not only how hard our team has worked these last two years, but also to the leadership and growth of our program under coach Mark Raymond,” explained senior quarterback Bobby Maimaron, who completed 11 of 16 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday.

“Coach Raymond is truly one of the greatest coaches I have played for, and I am so happy that my teammates and I were able to clinch a perfect season for both him and the assistant coaches.”

Maimaron, who has played for Raymond since his first season in 2017, has guided the Ephs to at least five wins or more in all four seasons under center. Williams won six games during his initial season in 2017 after concluding their 2016 campaign with an 0-8 record, including their final contest against Amherst in overtime.

We recently caught-up with Maimaron to discuss his final season with the Ephs, as well as what he will remember from his time in Williamstown.

How exciting was it to take a knee and celebrate a hard-fought win against one of your rivals last week?  

I still don’t think it has sunk in yet, but I just couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved. Every single player and coach have worked so hard so I’m just happy we were able to finish it off the right way last weekend. 

We know you (and your teammates) will have time to reflect on this particular season over the next few days, weeks, and months, but what will you remember most from the 2021 season? And we presume it was worth it to come back for one more season to compete with your friends and classmates, right? 

More than anything, I’ll remember all the hard work that went into our championship season. So many people sacrificed a lot for us to win the league and I’ll forever be grateful for that. To work so hard on a goal that’s been in our minds for five years and to finally achieve it is something special. 

From a personal perspective, tell us how you improved from game one against Middlebury College to your team’s final contest against Amherst.

Coach Raymond asked every member of this team to give six seconds of relentless focus and effort at a time. Our focus was on one play — not the next, but the one we were executing — and we never looked past our opponents each week. To go 9-0, you must be at your best every week, and even though our team endured some injuries during the final few weeks, we received some tremendous effort from different players on both sides of the ball that filled those voids by making some important plays when needed.

With this being your final season with the Ephs, tell us one – maybe two? – memories you will always have from competing for Williams since your first season in 2017?  

Talking “The Walk” at the conclusion of my freshman season in 2017 after our team beat Amherst in overtime – the win allowed us to cap the season with a 6-3 record. And my second memory is from last week when I took a knee at the end of the game – again, against Amherst – to complete the 9-0 season. Once the game with Amherst was final, I sprinted to the sidelines, hugged my coach, and thanked him for everything.  

Finally, do you plan to return to campus next fall to support the team as an alum? 

Yes. I can’t wait to come back and see some of my best friends play and coach next season. 

Williams College Rolls Past Trinity, Secures Top Spot in the NESCAC

Bobby Maimaron guided the Williams College football team to an impressive win on Saturday against Trinity College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

A pair of touchdowns in the opening frame provided Williams College with all the momentum they would need to beat Trinity College and secure the top spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on Saturday afternoon Farley-Lamb Field.

The Ephs topped the Bantams, 42-3, to secure their third consecutive win against Trinity while limiting the Blue and Gold to a season-low in points and offensive yards (183).

Trinity has not been held to just three points in a game since falling to Middlebury College, 20-3, on October 28, 2000.

Joel Nicholas, Bobby Maimaron, and Dan Vaughn combined for five rushing touchdowns while the Williams defense concluded its seventh contest of the 2021 season with six tackles for a loss of 40 yards, one forced fumble, one interception, and eight pass breakups. Nicholas led all rushers with 172 yards on 17 carries and three scores.

Maimaron helped Williams secure the lead for good by capping his team’s initial drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown up the middle before locating Vaughn on the ensuing possession for a 33-yard strike. Vaughn would cap the Ephs offensive output with 6:08 remaining in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard burst up the middle.

Trinity capitalized on just one of five offensive series in the first half and struggled to contain the Ephs rushing attack, especially Joel Nicholas, who recorded his first touchdown with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter that provided Williams with a 21-3 lead at the break.

Saturday’s contest marked the first time Trinity quarterback Spencer Fetter did not throw a touchdown this fall – the junior signal-caller leads the NESCAC with 20 touchdown passes.  

Williams will attempt to win its eighth consecutive contest next Saturday, November 6 when the Ephs host Wesleyan University, which saw its six-game winning streak snapped this afternoon in overtime against Amherst College. The Mammoths of Amherst will visit Trinity with both games scheduled to commence at 1 p.m.

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Four)

Bobby Maimaron and the Williams College Ephs will visit Tufts University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second straight week, we’re unveiling our 10 Games to Watch in New England NCAA Division III on Thursday — did you know there is a game tomorrow evening in Bridgewater, Massachusetts?

Last week, we picked four of our ten games correctly to bump our overall record for picks to 22-8, which is not bad, but let’s see if we can bounce back, both tomorrow and Saturday.

As usual, enjoy the games this weekend, everyone, and make sure to stop by over the next few days for roundups and highlights from both the college and high school football world!


FEATURED GAME: Williams College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) at Tufts University (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m.): Bobby Maimaron and the Ephs looked impressive last week against Middlebury College, but can they continue this early season success against a Tufts squad that has not lost to Williams on their home turf since 2012? This has the makings of an exciting finish – whoever has the ball last will win this matchup (or at least we think that is how it will go). PREDICTION: Williams 28, Tufts 23


Western Connecticut (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) at Bridgewater State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC) (Friday, September 24 at 6 p.m.): Friday Night Lights returns to Bridgewater for the first time since 2019 – the Bears are coming off their first win of the season and will need a total team effort to slow down a Colonials squad that has scored 24 points or more in three contests this season. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 29, Western Conn. 27

Westfield State (0-3, 0-1 MASCAC) at Framingham State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 12 p.m.): The Rams scored their first win last Saturday by defeating UMass Dartmouth, which entered the game as our third-best team in New England. Last week’s win should certainly provide the Black and Gold with the momentum they need to beat the Owls on their home turf. PREDICTION: Framingham State 30, Westfield State 14

Rowan University (0-2, 0-0 NJAC) at Salve Regina University (3-0, 0-0 CCC) (Saturday, September 25 at 12 p.m.): The Seahawks picked up a hard-fought win last Saturday, defeating Montclair State in New Jersey. A win on Saturday against the Profs would certainly provide them with some additional momentum heading into their first conference clash with Western New England. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 28, Rowan 14

MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) at Dean College (1-2, 0-0 ECFC) (Saturday, September 25 at 12 p.m.): Both the Bulldogs and Engineers are seeking their second win of the 2021 season – the Engineers were idle last weekend while the Bulldogs suffered a disappointing setback to Husson University. Something tells us that these Engineers will be well-rested and ready to roll come kick-off. PREDICTION: MIT 22, Dean 17

Bates College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) at Middlebury College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.): After a disappointing start to its title defense, the Panthers return home eager to score their first win of the 2021 season. But don’t expect these Bobcats to lay down to Middlebury as they certainly provided challenges last week against Amherst College. PREDICTION: Middlebury 24, Bates 21

Hamilton College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) at Wesleyan University (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.): It was a total team effort last week for the Cardinals, which defeated Colby College in its season-opener, and you can bet they will need to duplicate that performance this week against a Hamilton defense that finished their initial contest with 70 total tackles, including six tackles for a loss of 16 yards, three pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 29, Hamilton 10   

Colby College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) at Amherst College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.): “The Chad Peterson Show” returns home to Amherst for the first time this season – the Mammoths tallied 432 yards of total offense against Bates College last week and will certainly put up some yards and points in this one. PREDICTION: Amherst 29, Colby 10  

Anna Maria College (1-1, 0-0 ECFC) at Coast Guard Academy (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m.): Alex Cohen and the AMCATs enter their final non-conference clash with some momentum against a Bears squad that has certainly surprised us thus far. An Anna Maria win is possible, but we also think a Coast Guard victory seems likely. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 20, Anna Maria 16

Endicott College (2-1, 0-0 CCC) at Norwich University (1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m.): The Gulls saw their comeback fall short last week at Catholic University so let’s see if they can bounce back against a Norwich squad, which scored its initial win of the 2021 season last Saturday against Castleton University. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Norwich 17