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Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Oct. 11, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Six weeks of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season are in the books.

The seventh week officially began yesterday, which means it is time to share a brand-new Top 20 Poll that featured some movement, along with some new members of this week’s list.

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Monday, October 11, 2021

1. Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC | LW: No. 5): Five straight scoring drives to start the game set the tone for an exciting win over Western New England.

2. Trinity College (4-0, 4-0 | LW: No. 2): The Bantams provided coach Jeff Devanney with his 100th win on Saturday as they rolled to their fourth-straight win against Hamilton College.  

3. Williams College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 3): Williams cruised past Colby College, thanks to a complete effort by its offense and defense.

4. Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Golden Bears struggled to contain an Endicott offense that concluded its first four series with touchdowns.

5. Salve Regina University (5-1, 2-0 | LW: No. 6): Salve Regina bounced back with a commanding win over the University of New England to keep pace with Endicott and Husson University (and yes, Western New England, too) for the top spot in the conference.

6. Framingham State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 7): The Rams moved up after scoring its fourth-straight conference win to keep pace with Bridgewater State for the top spot in the conference.

7. Bridgewater State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC | LW: No 8): The Bears scored another big win last weekend over Worcester State to head into their bye week with some momentum.

8. Husson University (4-1, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles moved up two spots after scoring its fourth-straight win, including its initial league victory over Curry College. Saturday’s matchup with Endicott will certainly be one to watch.

9. Wesleyan University (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): For the second-straight week, the Cardinals escaped with a hard-fought victory against a team from Maine.

10. Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 9): One week after scoring an important conference win against UMass Dartmouth, the Colonials suffered a 16-13 setback to Plymouth State.

11. UMass Dartmouth (4-2, 2-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 14): The Corsairs moved up two spots after scoring a hard-fought win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. This week, the Corsairs visit Westfield State.

12. Curry College (2-3, 0-2 CCC | LW: No. 13): It’s not often that a team moves up after a setback, but these Colonels have provided challenges to both Endicott and Husson, which is why they are switching spots with the University of New England.

13. University of New England (3-2, 1-1 CCC | LW: No. 12): The Nor’easters dropped one spot following a difficult setback to the Seahawks. UNE will be idle this weekend but faces some unique challenges over the next few weeks.

14. Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 18): Springfield flexed its offensive muscles this past weekend with seven rushing touchdowns. Look for this momentum to continue this week against Norwich University.

15. Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC | LW: No. 16): The AMCATs were idle this past weekend, but don’t expect the break to derail their early-season momentum.

16. Norwich University (2-4, 1-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 15): After scoring an important conference win against Coast Guard Academy, the Cadets struggled against the best team in their conference this past weekend.

17. Amherst College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mammoths move up two spots after scoring an important road win against Middlebury College, thanks to quarterback Mike Piazza, who finished with 104 yards of total offense and one touchdown pass.

18. MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): The Engineers were idle this past weekend but face a challenging test this weekend against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

19. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (3-2, 2-1 MASCAC | LW: Not Ranked): Despite suffering their first conference setback last weekend, these Buccaneers did provide some problems for the UMass Dartmouth offense. This week, the Bucs host Worcester State.

20. Bates College (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC | LW: Not Ranked): Quarterback Brendan Costa earned the Gold Helmet award for New England Division II/III student-athletes – it was announced on Sunday! – after recording 367 yards of total offense and four touchdowns against Tufts University. Last Saturday’s win was Bates’ first against the Jumbos since 2013 (and first in Somerville since 2012).

On the Rise: Bowdoin College, Castleton University, Coast Guard Academy, and Nichols College

D3 Football Roundup: Middlebury Bounces Back Against Bates

Middlebury College’s Will Jernigan tallied three touchdowns, including two on the ground Saturday in his team’s bounce-back win against Bates College . (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Costello)

By NoontimeSports.com

One week after seeing their nine-game winning streak from 2019 snapped in Williamstown, the Middlebury College football team bounced back with a 24-0 victory over Bates College in their home-opener.

Quarterback Will Jernigan completed 11 of 24 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown while adding two score on the ground to go with 56 rushing yards.

Middlebury’s Peter Scibilia led all rushers with 81 yards on 18 carries while Kwesi Adu-Diawuo and Gordon Pollock combined for 14 total tackles, including one sack and one interception.   

Brendan Costa led Bates with 150 yards of total offense, including 35 yards on 14 carries.

In Somerville, Joel Nicholas rushed for the game-winning touchdown in overtime as Williams College edged Tufts University, 32-29.

Nicholas rushed for two scores and a team-high 94 yards on 22 carries while Bobby Maimaron tallied two scores, including one on the ground, which provided Williams with an early 7-6 advantage after one quarter.

Tufts led the Ephs, 12-7, at the break, while Williams outscored the hosts, 19-14, in the second half.

Ivan Shuran, who finished the game with eight points, sent the game to overtime by booting a 43-yard field goal with 43 seconds remaining. Tufts attempted to ice the first-year kicker with a timeout before he converted his second field goal.

The Jumbos scored first in overtime with a 40-yard field goal by Patrick Walsh before the Ephs countered with Nicholas, who found an open hole to his left.

Tufts’ Tyler Johnson led all rushers with 100 yards on 21 carries while rushing for one touchdown. Philip Lutz led the Jumbos receiving core with three grabs for 104 yards and one touchdown.

Moises Celaya tallied four points, including three points on a go-ahead and eventual game-winning field goal with 8:45 remaining in the fourth quarter as Colby College edged Amherst College, 10-7, for its first win of the 2021 season.

In Framingham, Nicolas Goffredo completed 9 of 23 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns to go with 38 yards on seven carries while Joshua Onujiogu stuffed the stat sheet with nine total tackles, including five tackles for a loss of 26 yards and one interception for a 47-yard return as the Rams won their second-straight game, defeating Westfield State, 41-6.  

In Franklin, MIT leaned on its ground game to defeat Dean College by a score of 27-0.

Brady Klein, Ashton Robinson, and Jay Theriault each recorded one rushing touchdown in the Engineers’ second win while Dean’s Errol Breaux led all receivers with six receptions for 109 yards.

In Newport, Rhode Island, Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 309 yards and two touchdowns while Jack Maguire completed 26 of 32 passes for 298 yards and five touchdowns as Salve Regina erased a 35-16 deficit at the break to defeat Rowan, 50-35.

Husson University won its third-straight contest by defeating Springfield College, 26-21, in Bangor, Maine. Quarterback Nic Visser threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the win while Tucker Buzzell tallied 13 total tackles.

Springfield trailed, 26-7, at the break, but closed the gap with two second half touchdowns from Aiden Lewin and Isaiah Cashwell.

Elsewhere in New England, Endicott topped Norwich, 30-21, UMass Dartmouth beat Worcester State, 52-7, and Wesleyan rolled past Hamilton, 30-14.

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Three)

Middlebury College’s Will Jernigan will quarterback the Panthers this fall, including this weekend against Williams College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Costello)

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re posting a bit earlier than usual — maybe we will start producing (and sharing) our 10 Games to Watch every Thursday throughout the New England NCAA Division III football season? 

Either way, we’re excited for another busy weekend — this Saturday, ten new teams will join the fun as the 2021 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season kicks off in various parts of our region. 

Last week, we finished 8-2 to bump our overall record to 18-2 thus far — not bad, eh? Let’s see if we can continue this momentum, both tomorrow (Friday, September 17) and Saturday, September, 18. 

Enjoy the games, everyone, and make sure to circle back throughout the weekend for roundups and insight!


FEATURED GAME: Middlebury College (0-0) at Williams College (0-0): This might be the game of the weekend and we’ll be keeping you updated from our Noontime Sports studios — well, more our Noontime Sports desk, to be exact — but this game features the two teams that are expected to contend for the NESCAC crown. Look for a late scoring drive by the Panthers to secure a hard-fought three-point victory. PREDICTION: Middlebury 17, Williams 14 


Dean College (1-1) at Husson University (1-1) (Friday, September 17, 2021 at 6 p.m.): The Eagles enter the weekend as a team to watch, but the same could be said for the Bulldogs, who provided some challenges last weekend when visiting UMass Dartmouth. Look for a big game from quarterback David Curry and wide receiver Errol Breaux. PREDICTION: Dean 27, Husson 17 

Westfield State (0-2) at Western Connecticut (1-1) (Friday, September 17 at 7 p.m.): Both teams enter conference play looking to bounce back after a week two setback. Look for a big game on Friday from quarterback Joshua Bagwell, who recorded 331 yards of total offense last week against Albright College. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 35, Westfield State 13 

Endicott College (2-0) at Catholic University (1-1) (Saturday, September 18 at 12 p.m.): The Gulls have recorded back-to-back second half comebacks to score a pair of wins — will that trend continue in Washington, D.C.? The Cardinals are looking to bounce back after a 62-10 setback to Randolph-Macon. PREDICTION: Endicott 28, Catholic 20 

UMass Dartmouth (2-0) at Framingham State (0-2) (Saturday, September 18 at 12 p.m.): The Corsairs have scored two hard fought wins over Dean and Husson, and can take a BIG step forward in the conference race with a win over the Rams. For Framingham State to secure a much-needed win, they must find a way to slow down UMass Dartmouth quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos, who recorded six touchdowns (five passing, one on the ground) last Saturday against Dean. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 35, Framingham State 14

University of New England (1-1) at Alfred State (0-2) (Saturday, September 18 at 12 p.m.): The Nor’easters moved up our Top 20 Poll on Monday after rallying to beat Bridgewater State last Saturday. Look for the Blue and White’s early season momentum to continue on Saturday against the Pioneers. PREDICTION: UNE 24, Alfred State 14 

Amherst College (0-0) at Bates College (0-0) (Saturday, September 18 at 1 p.m.): Bates quarterback Brendan Costa is back for his final season with the Bobcats, who capped their 2019 season with back-to-back wins over Bowdoin College and Hamilton College. Bates enters the 2021 season with high hopes and optimism, along with a great deal of depth that should help them in their season-opener against the Mammoths. PREDICTION: Bates 21, Amherst 17 

Tufts University (0-0) at Trinity College (0-0) (Saturday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m.): Tufts wide receiver OJ Armstrong will be one of a few Jumbos to watch in this contest — this meeting between Tufts and Trinity is certainly an important one as both squads are expected to be in the mix for the conference crown. Keep your eyes on Trinity linebacker Brian Casagrande, who was named to our New England D-III Football Preseason Team. PREDICTION: Tufts 23, Trinity 21 

Salve Regina (2-0) at Montclair State (0-2) (Saturday, September 18 at 2 p.m.): The Red Hawks are looking for their initial win of the 2021 season — they almost beat RPI in their season-opener, but saw their two-touchdown lead disappear during the final session. They limited Delaware Valley to just 26 points last week, but will certainly have their hands full at stopping Joey Mauriello and the Seahawks offense, which found a way to score a hard fought win last Saturday against MIT. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 25, Montclair State 22

RPI (2-0) at WPI (1-1) (Saturday, September 18 at 2:30 p.m.): The RPI Engineers have been a fun team to watch this fall, winning a pair of dramatic victories against Montclair State and Stevenson University. Will their momentum continue against the Engineers of Worcester, who are looking to bounce back after losing to Endicott? The winner of this game will walk away with the Transit Trophy. PREDICTION: RPI 21, WPI 17  

Revisiting Bates’ Comeback Against Hamilton

Bates College quarterback Brendan Costa was a player to watch on this date one year ago against Hamilton College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brewster Burns for Bates College)

By Matt Noonan

It was exactly one year ago when Brendan Costa and the Bates College football team overcame a 21-point deficit to beat Hamilton College, 26-21.

Costa highlighted his team’s second-straight victory of the 2019 season by tossing a career and season-best four touchdowns, including three in the second half with two scores landing in the hands of Sean Bryant.

Bryant concluded the contest by posting season-bests in receptions (five), receiving yards (93), and touchdowns (three).

Hamilton commenced the game by jumping out to a 21-0 lead, thanks to a pair of Kenny Gray touchdown passes to Sam Robinson and Christian Donahoe, along with a 17-yard rushing score by Joe Park before Bates began mounting its comeback by capping the first half with a 15-yard strike from Brendan Costa to Sean Bryant.

Bates’ comeback would continue on its initial possession of the second half when Bryant hauled in a 15-yard strike from Costa before the Bobcats completed the comeback by scoring twice during the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Costa pulled the visitors within two points (21-19) with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Parker Smith with 2:31 remaining before locating Sean Bryant for a 25-yard score with 1:08 remaining to push the Bobcats ahead by five points (26-21).

Gray and the Continentals attempted respond on their final drive of the contest, but the Hamilton quarterback’s last three passes were incomplete.

The win over the Continentals was the Bobcats’ first since 2014. It was also the program’s biggest comeback in 50 years when Bates rallied to beat Trinity College by the same score in 1969.

In addition to throwing both a career and season-best four touchdowns against Hamilton, Costa established a new program record for total offense in a season with 1,739 yards. The Westport, Massachusetts native recorded 1,402 passing yards last season, along with 337 rushing yards. The new record erased the previous mark of 1,688 yards by Trevor Smith in 2011.

Noontime’s Top 10 D3 Football Games From 2019

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to a brand new week here at Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com), which will be highlighting some of our favorite games we have watched or covered, beginning with ten of our favorite games from the D3 Football world last fall.

Our list highlighted ten games from last season in no particular order – we hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane as much as we enjoyed producing it.

Share your thoughts on our list below or send us a tweet to either @NoontimeNation or @NoontimeSports. 


Top 10 D3 Football Games from 2019

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Joe Kalosky and the Endicott College Gulls began their 2019 season with an opening day win over Framingham State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)

Endicott scores its first win over Framingham State since 2012: The Gulls commenced their 2019 season with an impressive 55-27 win over Framingham State.

The win – the team’s first since beating the Rams, 34-7, in 2012 – was highlighted by Joe Kalosky‘s five touchdown passes while the defense recorded four interceptions and one sack. Endicott’s Justin McEwen concluded the game with five receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns.

The opening day win over the Rams certainly provided the Gulls with momentum to finish its 2019 slate with nine wins. And those nine victories matched the 2012 squad, which also finished with an identical record of 9-2.


Framingham State outlasts UMass Dartmouth for a much-needed week five victory. The Corsairs entered their week five meeting with the Rams with a great deal of momentum – they had won four-straight contests leading up to the highly anticipated contest, including an impressive 48-41 win over Husson University.

UMD was certainly ready (and prepared) to go toe-to-toe with the Rams, who needed a second-half rally to beat the Corsairs, 39-33.

Framingham State overcame a 13-point differential at the break by outscoring the visitors, 26-7, thanks to Adam Wojenski, who concluded the game with five touchdown passes, along with 53 yards on 11 carries.


Jernigan, Maldjian leads Middlebury College past Wesleyan University: Both Middlebury and Wesleyan entered their mid-October meeting as the top two teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). And the winner – as both teams knew – would secure sole possession of first place heading into the final three weeks of the regular season.

So, which team 5-0 squad prevailed? The answer: The Panthers.

Middlebury broke open a tie game early in the second quarter with a two-yard touchdown run by Alex Maldjian, which helped the Panthers push ahead for good. Maldjian concluded the marquee matchup with 95 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns while Will Jernigan completed 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns.

As for the Middlebury defense, the unit recorded four sacks for a loss of 27 yards, three pass break-ups, and one interception.


Hamilton College Stuns Amherst College with a last-second field goal. The last time the Continentals beat the Mammoths was more than two decades ago, but on Saturday, October 19th, 2019, the Blue and Gold scored an exciting 31-28 victory, thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Sam Thoreen as time expired. The win evened Hamilton’s mark at the time at 3-3 while Amherst fell to 4-2.

Thoreen finished the game with 11 points off three field goals and two extra points.


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Keithen Shepard’s lone touchdown in overtime helped the Engineers of MIT beat the Engineers of WPI in overtime in November 2019. (

Mauck, Shepard lead MIT past WPI in overtime. In a must-win game for the MIT football team, the Engineers of Cambridge found a way to outlast WPI and keep their title hopes alive.

With less than 90 seconds remaining, Chris Mauck drove the Engineers into field goal range where Mark Wright drilled a 41-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.

In the extra session – well, the second additional session, to be exact – the Engineers again relied on Mauck, who connected with Keithen Shepard for a 23-yard game-winning touchdown that provided MIT with its first win over WPI since 1900.

The loss snapped an impressive seven-game winning streak by WPI, which included wins over RPI and Springfield College.

MIT would go onto win their second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title two weeks later against Springfield College.


Kingsley’s Fourth-Quarter Touchdown sends Anna Maria past Alfred State. Trailing Alfred State, 20-6, with 13:18 remaining in the fourth quarter, the AMCATs of Anna Maria needed to score two touchdowns as well as stop the Pioneers’ offense. And that is exactly what they did.

Tanner Kingsley led the comeback by throwing two touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score to Hayden Braga, while the defense sacked Alfred State quarterback Anthony Allen to secure Anna Maria’s first win of the 2019 season.

Kingsley concluded the game with 192 passing yards on 12 of 31 pass attempts while Tyshawn Anderson led all defenders with 24 total tackles, including 16 solo stops, three tackles for a loss of seven yards, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.


Dean’s historic day against Alfred State. In a game that featured more than 1,000 yards, the Bulldogs of Dean found a way to beat the Pioneers of Alfred State and secure (at the time) a share of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

Terrell Watts threw for seven touchdowns while completing 18 of 29 passes for 260 yards. Errol Breaux led all receivers with eight catches for 125 yards and five touchdowns.

Two weeks after scoring an exciting four-point win over the Pioneers, the Bulldogs competed in their first-ever New England Bowl game against Endicott.


Fedorchak’s record day highlights Western New England’s win over Westfield State. In an early-season matchup against Westfield State, Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak established a pair of single-game records in the Golden Bears’ 56-35 win.

Fedorchak concluded the game with nine receptions for 319 yards and five touchdowns. He ended the opening frame by breaking the previous records for receiving yards (183) and touchdowns (three).

As a team, Western New England outgained Westfield State 701-354 while converting six of eight third-down attempts.

Quarterback Alec Coleman completed 22 of 27 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns. He also registered 43 yards on the ground and one score.


Bates College rolls past Bowdoin College in its first nighttime contest. The Bobcats halted a seven-game losing streak under the lights in early November with a commanding 30-5 win over Bowdoin College, thanks to a pair of touchdown receptions by Jackson Hayes. Quarterback Brendan Costa completed 9 of 17 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns while Tyler Bridge rushed for a game-high 188 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown.

As for the Bobcats’ defense, they concluded the contest with 56 total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception, and six pass break-ups. They also registered three quarterback hurries.


Nichols College shines on Homecoming Weekend against Salve Regina. The Bison celebrated their first win over the Seahawks in 10 years while their defense surrendered just three second-half points. The win – the team’s third of the season – matched the program’s start from 2007.

Michael Pina highlighted the win by scoring three touchdowns, including one through the air to Joshua Pierre-Charles, who also registered two rushing scores. Joe Cox recorded 12 stops in the win – Nichols would go onto finish its season with six wins, which is the most they had recorded since 2016.