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Teams To Watch In 2017: Salve Regina Seahawks

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The Salve Regina Seahawks will be one of many teams to watch this season in New England. (PHOTO CREDIT: Salve Regina Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Our Noontime Sports Preseason New England D3 Football coverage officially begins TODAY with a look at the Salve Regina Seahawks, who will certainly be one of many teams to watch this season. 

Team Name: Salve Regina University Seahawks

Noontime Sports Preseason Ranking: The Seahawks checked-in No. 9 on our preseason poll, which was posted Monday, July 31st.

2016 Season Recap: The Seahawks concluded last season by winning eight of 10 contests. And despite coming-up short in the inaugural New England Bowl game to Framingham State, the Seahawks gained a great deal of experience on both sides of the ball that should help them contend for the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown.

Key Losses: Brandon Basil (Quarterback), Sam Pascale (Running Back), Ethan Gambale (Linebacker) and Joey Farrar (Defensive Back).

Players to Watch in 2017: Danny McDermott (Quarterback), James Dawson (Running Back), Robert Askew (Running Back), Tommy Seaver (Tight End), Tyler D’Errico (Linebacker), Nathan Gonzalez (Defensive Back), John Salute (D-Line), Brandon O’Neill (D-Line), Nico Aronson (O-Line) and Connor Russo (Defensive Back).

2017 SchedulePrior to their initial CCC contest, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th against Nichols College, the Seahawks will look to earn some early-season momentum, beginning with a pair of home games against Worcester State (Sept. 2nd) and Montclair State (Sept. 9th). Their next two games – both on the road – could tell us a great deal about this squad before they begin league play. Two October dates to circle on your calendar: a visit from Endicott College (Saturday, Oct. 21st) and a trip to Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 28th).

Season Outlook: With a great deal of talent (and depth) back from last season’s squad, one should not overlook a Seahawks squad that certainly has potential to challenge the Golden Bears for the top spot in the CCC. All four non-conference games should prepare this unit for a successful first season of CCC football. Keep an eye on quarterback Danny McDermott and Tommy Seaver on offense – both seniors will be key for the unit’s success. On defense, expect another solid season from linebacker Tyler D’Errico. Both units did graduate some key pieces to last year’s 8-2 team, but the returners should be to step-up and continue their momentum from a year ago.

Noontime Sports Team Of The Month: Salve Regina University

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the second time this football season, Noontime Sports is pleased to announce our Team of the Month (October): Salve Regina University.

Currently 7-0 overall and 5-0 in New England Football Conference (NEFC) play, the Seahawks capped the month of October with a convincing road win over Endicott College this past weekend, winning by a score of 41-20. Quarterback Brandon Basil tossed two touchdowns in the win, halfback Sam Pascale rushed for three scores on 29 carries for 178 yards, while the defense registered one sack, one interception and four tackles for a loss.

Prior to their victory against the Gulls, Salve Regina earned wins over Curry College, Nichols College and MIT.

The Seahawks currently lead the NEFC in rushing yards (2,050) and yards per game (510.6) – they are second in total offense (3,574). Pascale and tailback James Dawson rank first (158.7) and second (97.4), respectively, in yards per game, while Basil is fourth in yards per game (216.0) and tied for fourth with 14 touchdowns (through the air).

Brandon O’Neill and John Salute are currently tied for first in the conference with three sacks – Endicott’s Craig Anderson has also registered a trio of sacks this season too.

The Seahawks return to the gridiron this weekend for an extremely important conference game as they host Western New England for a 12 p.m. kickoff. Similar to Salve Regina, the Golden Bears are undefeated.

Last season, the Golden Bears defeated the Seahawks, 28-21, to secure the NEFC crown. The Seahawks’ last victory over the Golden Bears came in 2013, thanks to a trio of touchdown passes from quarterback Steve Wilken and a pair of rushing scores by halfback Richie Edwards.

New England D3 Football Notebook: Quick Takes And Thoughts On 2016 Season

Another season of New England D3 Football is right around the corner. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Another season of New England D3 Football is right around the corner. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

It is never too early to start thinking about New England Division III football.

The countdown to training camp – and the first game – is on!

Below are some quick pre-season takes on each conference. As the season gets closer, we’ll have team and conference previews, so stay tuned!

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC): After a successful 7-3 campaign last season, Becker will be a team to watch this fall. Can they continue their success under first-year head coach Frank Forcucci?

Absolutely, but they will need to play their best football against Husson, Norwich and Castleton State.

Keep an eye on Castleton State – the Spartans ended their season by capturing the Maple Sap Bucket Trophy with a 31-13 win over the Cadets. Rising sophomore Moe Harris will be one of many players to watch this season after he concluded his initial season with the Green and White by leading the rushing attack in yards (1,065), touchdowns (14) and yards per game (106.5).

Liberty League (Springfield & WPI): The Engineers of WPI enjoyed one of their best seasons under head coach Chris Robertson, finishing 7-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

WPI earned some impressive wins, defeating MIT (31-28), Norwich (27-10) and Springfield (19-17). They will look to keep their momentum going this season, but the biggest question facing the squad is who will be their number one halfback? Zach Grasis graduated, so that could open the door for rising sophomore Connor Sakowich.

Springfield will have a new head coach this season as Mike Cerasuolo was tabbed the program’s head coach earlier this year. A former player, Cerasuolo will look to continue his former head coach Mike DeLong’s success. DeLong retired last fall after an impressive 32-year run with the Pride.

Cerasuolo has been the program’s offensive coordinator for the past 15 seasons.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Framingham State will remain the favorite, but don’t overlook Bridgewater State and Fitchburg State.

The Bears won five of their final seven contests last season, including a 64-42 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the 37th Annual Cranberry Bowl. Rising junior Alex McLaughlin will look lead the rushing attack – he rushed for 16 touchdowns last season – while rising senior Danny Higgins should navigate the unit’s air attack after tossing 13 touchdowns.

Fitchburg State graduated some key defensive players, but return rising seniors Mamour Samb (linebacker) and Ousame Samb (cornerback). Mamour Samb finished second on the team in total tackles (67) and tackles per game (7.4), while Ousame Samb led the unit with eight pass breakups. Rising senior Garrett Dellechiaie is back under center after an impressive junior season, which saw him toss 26 touchdowns. He also rushed for a career-high four touchdowns, too.

Framingham State graduates some key pieces, including quarterback Matt Silva, but again, don’t overlook a Rams team that has depth on both sides of the ball.

 New England Football Conference (NEFC): The Golden Bears won 10 consecutive regular season games last fall thanks to an impressive defensive unit that registered 22 sacks (third in NEFC), 15 interceptions (first in NEFC) and 282.2 yards per game (first in NEFC).

The Golden Bears maybe the favorite heading into the 2016 season, but don’t overlook Endicott, MIT, Salve Regina or U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The Seahawks capped their season by defeating Husson in the ECAC Clayton Chapman Bowl Championship thanks to an impressive performance by quarterback Brandon Basil, who tossed five touchdowns, while completing 25 of 49 passes for 421 yards.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Amherst College will certainly be the favorite heading into the 2016 season, but let’s not forget about Tufts, which finished its 2015 campaign 6-2 following a 31-28 win over Middlebury.

The Jumbos return a pair of rising seniors – quarterback Alex Snyder and running back Chance Brady – while rising junior Steve DiCenzo and rising senior Shane Thomas should lead the defense.

Other teams to watch in the NESCAC include Middlebury and Trinity – the Bantams finished second last season and yielded the second fewest points in the conference (81 points).

Amherst’s 17-7 win last fall over Williams marked the second straight season the Purple and White finished their campaign undefeated (8-0). Can they make it three years in a row? We’ll find out!