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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Week Three)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to the third week of the New England Division III football season – are you ready for kick-off?

Before another busy weekend of games begins, it is time to dish out some picks – we need to improve our prediction record as we enter the third week 6-14 in weekly predictions.

Let’s see if we can go 10-for-10 this week – we have high hopes!

Have a great weekend, everyone, and remember to stay connected with @Noontime_FB on Twitter for in-game updates, scores and more.


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Three)

Rankings for teams are from this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20

No. 11 MIT at Becker College (Friday, Sept. 20th): The Engineers were idle last week but should be ready to combat the Hawks’ rushing attack on Friday evening. PREDICTION: MIT 17, Becker 10

No. 2 WPI at No. 9 Husson University (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Engineers gained some much-needed momentum heading into their final non-conference clash of the season with a hard-fought 6-3 win last week over RPI. PREDICTION: WPI 24, Husson 21 

Wesley College at No. 3 Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Gulls face their toughest test of the season on Saturday against a very talented Wesley squad, which needed overtime to beat Delaware Valley last Saturday. PREDICTION: Wesley 42, Endicott 23

Bowdoin College at No. 5 Trinity College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Can the Polar Bears pull the upset? Maybe, but we think the Bantams will find a way to score their first win of the season, but it certainly won’t be easy. PREDICTION: Trinity 32, Bowdoin 24  

No. 8 Western Connecticut at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 21st): This is a must-win for the Bears, who have lost back-to-back non-conference games. Western Connecticut will arrive at the campus with some momentum from a solid win one week ago against Dean College. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Bridgewater State 21 

No. 15 Middlebury College at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): This game was an instant classic one year ago – the Panthers edged the Bobcats, 35-34. Middlebury enters Saturday’s meeting with some momentum after beating Williams College last Saturday. Bates is seeking its first win under second-year coach Malik HallPREDICTION: Middlebury 20, Bates 13 

No. 7 Coast Guard Academy at No. 10 Norwich University (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Norwich quarterback Matt Dunn and the Cadets offense have been fun to watch this season. The air attack will be on display again Saturday in a battle of 2-0 squads, which should help the Cadets top Coast Guard Academy in the battle for ‘The Mug.’ PREDICTION: Norwich 28, Coast Guard 18

Fitchburg State at No. 13 UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Corsairs enter week three with a ton of momentum from the first two weeks. UMass Dartmouth’s offense has been explosive in their last two games and should continue its success through the air for the third-straight week. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 29, Fitchburg State 14 

Castleton Univesity at University of New England (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Brian Peters and the Nor’easters offense will be ready to combat a talented Spartans defense to secure their second win of the 2019 season. PREDICTION: UNE 28, Castleton 17 

No. 19 Salve Regina at Dean College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Both teams are desperate to crack the win column, so this is what we would call a must-win for both Dean and Salve. The Seahawks have a slight edge entering this contest, but they must control the time of possession and find a way to slow down Dean’s dynamic duo, Julian Burris and Errol BreauxPREDICTION: Salve 20, Dean 16 

New England D3 Football: Week Two Poll (Monday, Sept. 9th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The first official week of the New England Division III Football season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second poll of the 2019 season.

Similar to last week, our poll is comprised of 20 New England teams with Trinity College remaining the top squad in the region followed by Western New EnglandEndicott College, and Amherst College.

Both Endicott and Western New England scored convincing opening day wins – the Gulls soared past Framingham State, while the Golden Bears topped Springfield College.

WPI moved-up after a convincing 51-0 win over Worcester State, while Nichols College also moved – one spot, to be exact – after scoring an impressive opening day win on the road at Dean College.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 


New England D-III Football Preseason Top 20 Poll | Monday, September 9th, 2019

1. Trinity College 

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1 

2. Western New England 

1-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 3 

3. Endicott College 

1-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 9 

4. Amherst College 

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5 

5. Springfield College 

0-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 2 

6. WPI 

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 8

7. Framingham State

0-0, 0-1 MASCAC 

Last Week: No. 4 

8. Husson University

0-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 10 

9. Coast Guard Academy 

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 11 

10. MIT

0-0, 0-1 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 6 

11. Bridgewater State 

0-1, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 7

12. Western Connecticut

1-0, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 13 

13. Salve Regina 

0-1, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 12

14. Williams College 

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 14

15. Nichols College 

1-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 16 

16. Norwich University

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: Not Ranked

17. Middlebury College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 17  

18. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 15

19. Plymouth State 

1-0, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 19

20. Dean College

0-1, 0-0 ECFC 

Last Week: No. 18

On the Rise: Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, and Westfield State


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll  


As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 

New England D3 Football: Week One Poll (Monday, September 2nd, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The first official week of the New England Division III football season has arrived – are you ready for some football?

We are excited to unveil our initial Noontime Sports Top 20 poll of the 2019 season, which finds Trinity College in the top spot followed by Springfield College (second) and Western New England (third). Trinity will be idle this weekend, while both Springfield and Western New England are scheduled to meet Saturday, September 7th for the Pynchon SAW Game.

Framingham State checked-in fourth today – the Rams commence their 2018 conference title defense on Friday, September 6th when they visit ninth-ranked Endicott College. The Rams have won the last six meetings against the Gulls.

Amherst College is also idle this weekend – the Mammoths checked-in fifth overall – while MIT will begin its conference title defense at home on Saturday against Carnegie Mellon. 

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB


New England D-III Football Preseason Top 20 Poll | Monday, September 2nd, 2019

1. Trinity College

Week One: Bye 

2. Springfield College 

Week One: Western New England 

3. Western New England 

Week One: Springfield College 

4. Framingham State 

Week One: Endicott College

5.  Amherst College 

Week One: Bye 

6. MIT 

Week One: Carnegie Mellon 
7. Bridgewater State  Week One: Morrisville State 
8. WPI  Week One: Worcester State 
9. Endicott College  Week One: Framingham State 
10. Husson University  Week One: Bye 
11. Coast Guard Academy  Week One: University of New Eng.
12. Salve Regina  Week One: Norwich University 
13. Western Connecticut Week One: William Patterson 
14. Williams College  Week One: Bye 
15. Tufts University  Week One: Bye 
16. Nichols College  Week One: Dean College 
17. Middlebury College Week One: Bye 
18. Dean College  Week One: Nichols College 
19. Plymouth State  Week One: Castleton University
20. Westfield State  Week One: Union College 

On The Rise: Anna Maria College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, and Curry College. 

 

New England D3 Football Preseason Top 20 Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England Division III football is set to begin in a few days with teams returning to their respective campuses later this week (and month) to prepare for their upcoming campaigns. And with the return of New England D-III football it can only mean one thing: a preseason poll, which features our Top 20 teams from the region.

Similar to last season (and the year before), Noontime Sports will produce a weekly poll, which will appear on Mondays throughout the 2019 season. Fans can expect our next poll to be posted Monday, September 2nd as games will begin later that week on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th, and will feature 20 teams, not 10 like we did previously.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB


New England D-III Football Preseason Top 20 Poll | Monday, August 12th, 2019

1. Trinity College

2018 Record: 8-1, 8-1 NESCAC

2. Western New England 

2018 Record: 8-3, 5-1 CCC

3. Springfield College 

2018 Record: 8-3, 5-2 NEWMAC 

4. Framingham State 

2018 Record: 8-3, 7-1 MASCAC

5. Amherst College 

2018 Record: 8-1, 8-1 NESCAC

6. Bridgewater State 

2018 Record: 8-3, 6-2 MASCAC

7.  Salve Regina University 

2018 Record: 7-4, 5-1 CCC

8. Coast Guard Academy 

2018 Record: 7-3, 5-2 NEWMAC 

9. WPI 

2018 Record: 6-4, 4-3 NEWMAC

10. Endicott College 

2018 Record: 7-4, 5-1 CCC

11. MIT 

2018 Record: 9-2, 6-1 NEWMAC

12. Husson University 

2018 Record: 8-3, 6-0 ECFC

13. Williams College 

2018 Record: 5-4, 5-4 NESCAC 

14. Western Connecticut 

2018 Record: 8-2, 6-2 MASCAC

15. Tufts University

2018 Record: 7-2, 7-2 NESCAC

16. Middlebury College

2018 Record: 5-4, 5-4 NESCAC
17. Nichols College  2018 Record: 5-5, 3-3 CCC
18. Plymouth State  2018 Record: 6-4, 5-3 MASCASC
19. Dean College 2018 Record: 5-5, 4-2 ECFC
20. Colby College  2018 Record: 3-6, 3-6 NESCAC

On The Rise: Anna Maria College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Curry College, and Westfield State. 

Catching Up With Brandon Linton (Nichols College Men’s Basketball)

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Brandon Linton was recently named the 20th men’s basketball coach in Nichols College program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

Last month, Nichols College announced the hiring of Brandon Linton, who becomes the 20th men’s basketball coach in program history.

Linton arrived at the Dudley, Massachusetts campus after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Army West Point where he helped the Cadets with numerous tasks, including scouting reports to working with the wing players at practice to assisting with in-game strategy.

Before assisting the Army West Point men’s basketball program, Linton spent time as an assistant at both his alma mater, Clarkson University, and Bowdoin College.

Coaching a program like Nichols certainly intrigued Linton, who is excited “to continue building on what has already been established” with the Nichols men’s basketball program.

“The chance to take over a program that represents excellence, both on and off of the basketball court was important to me,” said Linton when asked about becoming the new men’s basketball coach at Nichols. “Also, the growth potential of the program was equally intriguing, (as well).”

Nichols concluded its 2018-19 season with an impressive 28-3 mark. The Bison advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament earlier this year, thanks to postseason victories against Amherst CollegeMiddlebury College, and Rowan University.

Additionally, Nichols also captured the 2019 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title with a 105-90 victory over Gordon College.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Coach Linton to discuss his excitement for the upcoming season.

As a former Division III, men’s basketball player did you always want to coach or become a head coach at this particular level? 

Absolutely.  I had the great fortune to play for Adam Stockwell during my first three years at Clarkson. I remember sitting in his office as a freshman and sophomore, and him telling me that I would be a college basketball coach one day.  Prior to that, I had casually thought about the idea of it, but after (those conversations) I began to own that reality. Everything I’ve done since was aimed at this goal of becoming a Division III head coach.

What do you know about the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)? Are you excited to coach in a very competitive league? 

I’m extremely excited to coach in this league.  I know that it is made up of high-level coaches that have built some of the best and most competitive programs in New England.  The talent across the board is impressive and something that I notice has improved since my departure from Division III.  This is a conference that I believe should be a multiple bid league to the NCAA tournament (every season). I look forward to the challenge of being in that mix.

How did your experience with Army West Point shape you into the coach you are today? 

I couldn’t be more grateful for my time at Army.  The development that I was able to take part in both on and off of the basketball court was truly remarkable.  It is the preeminent leadership development institution in the world. From the faculty to the cadets and all the variety of guest speakers that came through West Point, it truly was a hub for leadership development.

Basketball-wise, being able to coach at the Division I level just provides an amazing amount of time that you get to spend coaching and teaching the game to your players.  We also fielded a junior varsity team at West Point, which allowed us as (to gain experience) being a head coach as assistants to the varsity. More than anything, being around the people day in and day out was the number one takeaway that I believe will shape me into the coach I am and hope to be.

Great coaches are great leaders. And great leaders are great people first.

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Coach Brandon Linton inherits a Nichols College men’s basketball team that finished the 2018-19 season with an impressive 28-3 record. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

What are some of the biggest goals/objectives you (and the men’s basketball program) hope to accomplish between now and the team’s first practice? 

The biggest thing will be developing the framework for meaningful relationships with each other. That is from new staff to players and vice versa. It will also be amongst the current players as well. Acclimating the newcomers into the fold, while also continuing to develop even stronger bonds with your returning teammates (will be a must, as well). That will be our biggest focus prior to our first practice on October 15th.

A few quick-hitters, beginning with your all-time favorite memory of playing basketball. 

Without a doubt, it has to be back in 2008 when I was a part of Clarkson’s first-ever Liberty League (LL) championship. We advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a fourth-seed in our conference’s tournament, which made it even sweeter.

Legitimately, no one believed we could get it done because there was honestly no prior reason to think so, but only the individuals in our locker room believed (we could win a conference championship) and that’s all that mattered. It’s something that has stuck with me ever since (and proves what) the power of belief can accomplish.

Who was a player you idolized growing up? 

Tracy McGrady. Unfortunately for me, my teammates and coaches, however, I played nothing like McGrady, but when I got to college, I really enjoyed watching Rajon Rondo when he first started playing for the Boston Celtics. I enjoyed watching Rondo as a student-athlete with the Celtics – he was a big part of their resurgence. I played the point for Clarkson and I really respected how he played that position. And that’s probably why my three-point percentage was what it was, too.

Finally, if you could coach any basketball player, both current or past, who would it be and why? 

Growing up in New York City, I was and still am a big fan of the New York Knicks. We’ve fallen on hard times for a good 15-20 years, however, as a kid, there were some awesome teams for me to follow.

I fell in love with basketball by watching John Starks play.  I would always wear his number (three) whenever I could in youth tournaments and recreational leagues.  The passion and swag that he played with was everything to me. He embodied what it meant to be a New Yorker, as well. He was hard-nosed, did whatever it took for the greater good of the team, and took the challenge of guarding the best players on the other team. He also jacked three-pointers, too, which was still a newer thing for the game during the 1990s.

John Starks is definitely someone I would love to coach.


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