Under The Helmet with Nate Richam (Bowdoin College)

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Bowdoin College tailback Nate Richam broke a 42-year old single-game rushing record with 288 yards and two touchdowns last week against Middlebury College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Bowdoin College junior halfback Nate Richam appeared unstoppable last week on the ground, rushing for a game-high 288 yards and two touchdowns in the Polars Bears’ second contest of the season against Middlebury College.

Richam’s 288 rushing yards shattered a 42-year old single-game record, which was previously held by Jim Soule, who tallied 270 yards on the ground during a Bowdoin football game in 1976.

The third year back’s impressive performance against the Panthers earned him recognition by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) as this week’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Richam shared the honored with Trinity College quarterback Jordan Vazzano).

Through two games this season, Richam has rushed for 366 yards on 48 carries and two touchdowns. He is averaging 183.0 yards per game and has rushed for an additional 20 more yards than he finished with last season when he tallied 346 yards in six games.

Earlier this week, Noontime Sports caught-up with Richam to discuss his impressive performance from a week ago, as well as his outlook on his team’s offense heading into their next few contests, including Amherst College on Saturday.


Following the conclusion of last Saturday’s game, did you know you had broken a Bowdoin single-game rushing record? 

I wasn’t aware that I had broken a Bowdoin’s single-game rushing record once last week’s game concluded. It wasn’t even a thought that crossed my mind during the course of the game, but after the handshakes and our final huddle, a couple of my coaches approached me with the news. My reaction was lackluster, I was not trying to downplay the achievement, but at the time I really wished we had won the game. Looking back on the accomplishment, it’s definitely something that I will cherish, but at the end of the day I am just happy for all of my teammates that were on the field with me that helped me make it happen.

It sounds cliche, but what worked for you and the o-line this past week against Middlebury? 

I think it was our shift to more downhill running plays. A major part of our offensive momentum was within the attitude of our plays. It was very clear what we were going to run the ball. It didn’t matter if the defense knew what was happening because we were going be more physical, and we also knew our plays were going to work.

How can you and the offense continue this ground success this week against Amherst, as well as the rest of the season?

We have to remain level headed going forward, but also remain confident about the progress we made last week. We had a very poor start to the season, but our ability to bounce back was impressive last week. Additionally, we can’t be complacent with our offensive success because there are far too many things that we will be improving on as the season progresses.

Have you ever rushed for 288 yards in a single-game before or possibly more? If so, when and where did it happen?

During my final home game of my senior year I rushed for 503 yards against my high school’s rival, which we had not beaten in four years. My offensive line beat up their front seven and from there I was off to the races.

Do you have a favorite current or past running back that you look up/have shaped your game after? If so, who is it and what makes them a great running back? 

I am a huge fan of LaDainian Tomlinson and Le’Veon Bell. Tomlinson had an iconic stiff arm that would knock helmets off of unsuspecting defenders, while Bell has ridiculous patience in the hole and trusts his blockers. Bell also has a certain explosiveness to his game when he breaks free. My running style is a mix of those two players.

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Nate Richam was tabbed Co-NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week earlier this week after breaking a 42-year old Bowdoin College football record. (PHOTO CREDIT:

Have you always been a running back or have you played other positions in the past? What made you interested in being a running back? 

I’ve played running back since youth league. Honestly, I just wanted the ball. I also knew  no six year-olds were going to pass it, so I made sure I was in the position to carry the ball as much as possible.

What are you currently studying at Bowdoin and do you know what you like to do with that major after graduation? 

I’m an economics major and would like do something in finance in the future. At this moment I’m looking into asset management.

Finally, what is a game day atmosphere like at Bowdoin? What do you enjoy most about playing in front of your hometown fans and friends? 

The atmosphere on a game day here at Bowdoin is very unique. It starts with the walk bordering our campus through the pines and between towering iron gates. There is nothing like it. My favorite moments of playing here are at the end of the season when it’s very cold, but our fans are in full-form regardless of the weather. But playing at home in front of our fans is just a bonus. I love it.


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D3 Lacrosse: Final Noontime Top 10 Women’s Lax Poll (Wednesday, May 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Mother Nature extended the NCAA Division 3 Women’s Lacrosse season an extra day and fans were treated to an exciting final contest between Gettysburg College and Middlebury College on Monday morning at Kerr Stadium in Salem, Virginia.

Middlebury stormed back to close the gap from a five-goal deficit to two, but Gettysburg managed to halt the rally with its defense to secure its second-straight national crown. Prior to facing Gettysburg in the national championship, Middlebury defeated TCNJ in the semifinals last Saturday.

The Panthers enjoyed an exciting postseason run, which began with a late-second half surge to beat Bowdoin College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) finals before knocking-off Babson CollegeIllinois Wesleyan and York College (Pa.). Middlebury will graduate some key players from this year’s squad, but will certainly be back in the mix next season.

Amherst College provided some serious challenges to this year’s national champion – in fact, it almost appeared as if the Mammoths were going to beat Gettysburg and advance to the national semifinals. Unfortunately, that did not happen, but this young squad will certainly be a team to keep an eye on next spring.

Rounding out the top five positions is Trinity College, Bowdoin and Wesleyan University – all three teams appeared in this year’s national tournament. Bowdoin and Wesleyan were not easy outs in the playoffs, so expect both teams to be back in the mix next year for both a NESCAC and national crown.

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Women’s D3 New England Top 10 Poll | Weds. May 30th, 2018 

1. Middlebury College

20-3, 9-1 NESCAC

2. Amherst College 

17-3, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Trinity College 

13-7, 6-4 NESCAC

4. Bowdoin College 

14-6, 6-4 NESCAC

5. Wesleyan University

12-7, 6-4 NESCAC

6. Tufts University 

13-5, 8-2 NESCAC

7. Babson College  

13-8, 7-1 NEWMAC

8.  Springfield College 

15-7, 7-1 NEWMAC

9.  Endicott College 

14-4, 8-0 CCC

10. Westfield State 

18-3, 7-0 MASCAC

ON THE RISE: Castleton (11-7, 7-0 NAC), Johnson & Wales (17-3, 10-0 GNAC), Plymouth State (14-0, 6-0 LEC)

D3 Lacrosse: Final Noontime Top 10 Men’s Lax Poll (Wednesday, May 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2018 NCAA Division 3 Men’s Lacrosse season officially concluded this past weekend with Wesleyan University winning its first-ever national title with an 8-6 win over Salisbury University at Gillette Stadium.

With the two-goal win, the Cardinals secured the top spot in our final Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll. Wesleyan began the season as a top team in our poll, but was forced to share the top position with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes Amherst College and Tufts University. The Jumbos secured the second position in our final poll, while the Mammoths slid into the third spot.

Springfield College, which captured this year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown, checked-in fourth overall, while Williams College rounded out the top five, checking-in fifth overall.

Conn. College and Coast Guard Academy – two teams we watched more closely this season – secured the sixth and sevenths positions, respectively. We expect both teams to be back in the mix next spring, despite some key graduation departures.

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Men’s D3 New England Top 10 Poll | Weds. May 30th, 2018 

1. Wesleyan University 

19-3, 10-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University 

18-2, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Amherst College 

15-4, 9-1 NESCAC

4. Springfield College 

13-6, 6-1 NEWMAC 
5. Williams College 

9-8, 6-4 NESCAC

6. Conn. College 

10-6, 5-5 NESCAC

7. Coast Guard Academy 

14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC

8. Middlebury College 

9-7, 5-5 NESCAC

9. Bowdoin College 

8-7, 4-6 NESCAC

10.   Western New England 

13-7, 8-0 CCC

ON THE RISE: Babson College (9-7, 6-1 NEWMAC), Bates College (8-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (9-12, 5-4 GNAC), Keene State (12-5, 7-0 LEC) and New England College (16-5, 7-0 NAC)

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 30th)

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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.

Middlebury College takes over as our top team in the region following an opening round win this past weekend in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament. The Panthers will take on third-ranked Trinity College this Saturday, May 5th in one of two semifinals – second-ranked Amherst College will take on fifth-ranked Bowdoin College. Both semifinals will occur in Middlebury, Vermont with each winner advancing to Sunday’s (May 6th) championship. The winner will secure the NESCAC’s automatic qualifier for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Springfield College was the biggest mover, jumping up three spots to the seven position after previously checking-in 10th one week ago. The Pride enter the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament as a third-seed, but will certainly be a team to watch. They will face Smith College in the opening round on Wednesday, May 6th.

Finally, Endicott CollegeMIT and Westfield State made their initial debut on our weekly Top 10 Poll – all three teams will certainly be squads to keep an eye on this week in their respective conference tournaments.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 30th, 2018

1. Middlebury College14-2, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
2. Amherst College15-1, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
3. Trinity College11-5, 6-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
4. Tufts University12-4, 8-2 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
5. Bowdoin College12-4, 6-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
6. Wesleyan University10-6, 6-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
7. Springfield College12-5, 7-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 10
8.  Endicott College12-3, 8-0 CCCLast Week: NR
9. MIT11-5, 7-1 NEWMACLast Week: NR
10. Westfield State15-2, 7-0 MASCACLast Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Babson College (10-7, 7-1 NEWMAC), Framingham State (15-2, 6-1 MASCAC) and Johnson & Wales University (15-2, 10-0 GNAC).

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 30th)

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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 secured the top spot yet again – the Mammoths began the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament with an impressive win over ninth-ranked Bowdoin College. Amherst will take on second-ranked Tufts University this Saturday, May 5th in the conference semifinals, while third-ranked Wesleyan University will face-off against fourth-ranked Williams College. The winners of both semifinal match-ups will meet the following day – Sunday, May 6th – in the NESCAC championship with the winner securing the conference’s automatic qualifier for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Coast Guard Academy moved up two spots this week after finishing its regular season with a solid win over Babson College. The Beavers remained the 10th best team in the region for the second-straight week. Coast Guard will be the top seed in this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament.

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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 30th, 2018

1. Amherst College14-2, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University14-1, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
3. Wesleyan University13-2, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
4. Williams College9-7, 6-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
5. Conn. College10-6, 5-5 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
6. Middlebury College9-7, 5-5 NESCACLast Week: No. 7
7. Coast Guard Academy13-3, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 9
8. Springfield College11-5, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 8
9. Bowdoin College8-7, 4-6 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
10. Babson College9-6, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Eastern Conn. State (9-6, 5-2 LEC), Endicott College (6-10, 6-2 CCC), Keene State (14-4, 7-0 LEC), MIT (8-7, 4-3 NEWMAC), Norwich University (12-5, 8-1 GNAC), Salve Regina (11-6, 4-4 CCC), Western New England (11-6, 8-0 CCC)