Jala Coad scored two second-half touchdowns while converting a key fourth down late in the fourth quarter, which helped The College of Brockport hang onto defeat Western New England, 33-28, in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Football Tournament.
With the win, the Golden Eagles advance to next Saturday’s (Nov. 30th) second-round where they will face Muhlenberg College, which defeated MIT in its opening-round contest.
Coad concluded Saturday’s affair between the Golden Eagles and Golden Bears with a game-high 152 yards on 29 carries, while quarterback Freddy June completed 16 of 26 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns while adding 64 yards on 16 carries and one score. June’s lone rushing score came late in the fourth quarter following a fake handoff, which provided the visitors with a 33-21 advantage.
Western New England countered on its ensuing possession with a two-yard touchdown strike from Brendan Smith to Adam Razza to bring the hosts within five points (33-28).
Brockport would run out the clock on the ensuing possession and rely on Coad to extend the drive with a two-yard rush on a fourth down play that helped the visitors secure their ninth win of the season.
Western New England led Brockport, 14-12, at the break, thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Smith to Steven Fedorchak.
The Golden Bears, who hosted their first postseason contest since 2016, conclude their 2019 campaign with a 9-2 record, including a 7-0 conference mark. WNE captured its third-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown this fall, thanks to late-season wins over Endicott College and Becker College.
Muhlenberg 38, MIT 0: Michael Hnatkowsky threw for three touchdowns, while Nick DeLucas and Mark Riggio each rushed for one score as the Mules of Muhlenberg defeated the Engineers of MIT in their opening-round contest. Will Exson paced the MIT defense with 10 total tackles.
Wesley College 58, Framingham State 21: The Wolverines jumped out to a 27-7 lead after one quarter and never looked back as Wesley rolled past the Rams of Framingham State in their opening-round contest. Drew Fry completed 24 of 28 passes for 345 yards and five touchdowns in the win, while Framingham State’s Elijah Nichols concluded the game with seven receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown. FSU quarterback Adam Wojenski completed 15 of 42 passes for 295 yards and one touchdown.
With the fourth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.
Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’ Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, too – these posts (and teams) can be seen every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.
Offensive Team of the Week
Maurice Ashley (Bridgewater State): Ashley hauled in game-high 107 receiving yards on four grabs and three touchdowns as the Bears rolled past Fitchburg State.
David Collins (Becker College): Collins rushed for a game-high 101 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown in his team’s initial conference meeting of the 2019 season against Endicott College.
Will Daniels (Western Connecticut): Daniels hauled in a game-high 157 receiving yards on six receptions and two touchdowns against Worcester State.
Brendan Dolan (Tufts University): Dolan recorded a game-high 104 receiving yards on five catches and one touchdown against Amherst College.
Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 25 of 40 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns which helped the Cadets defeat Castleton University last Saturday.
Ollie Eberth (Amherst College): Eberth accounted for 247 yards of total offense against Tufts University. He completed 11 of 23 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns while adding 56 yards on 10 carries.
Connor Field (WPI): Field rushed for a game-high 116 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns to lead WPI past Springfield College last Saturday.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): The third-year signal-caller guided the Corsairs to their fourth win of the season by completing 32 of 45 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 104 yards on 22 carries and one score.
David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 23 of 38 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns against Worcester State.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Trinity College, Jernigan completed 13 of 29 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 44 yards on 12 carries and one score.
Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long racked up 197 total yards of offense, including 48 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. He completed 10 of 19 passes for 149 yards.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Maimaron accounted for 218 total yards of offense last Saturday against Bowdoin College. He rushed for a game-high 127 yards on eight carries and one touchdown while completing four of ten passes for 91 yards and one score.
Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday in his team’s conference opener against Western New England.
Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero hauled in a team-high 151 yards on four catches and one touchdown against Castleton University.
Ashton Scott (Wesleyan University): Scott tallied 223 yards of total offense against Bates College, including 31 yards on seven carries. Scott completed 14 of 20 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
Brendan Smith (Western New England): Smith completed 16 of 28 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Bears returned to the win column with a 50-38 victory against University of New England.
Jamyre Soberanis (Western New England): Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns last Saturday against University of New England.
Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts registered 225 yards of total offense last Saturday against Kean University. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns while adding 15 yards on eight carries.
Defensive Team of the Week
Nick Ashley (Worcester State): Ashley led the Lancers’ defense with 11 total tackles, including three solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded two fumble recoveries, too.
Sam Casey (WPI): Casey paced the Engineers’ defense against Springfield College with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for a loss of one yard. He also forced one fumble and recorded one interception for 46 yards.
Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison’s defense with 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards.
Jackson DeAngelo (Endicott College): Against Becker College, DeAngelo stuffed the stat sheet with five total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one sack for a loss of 14 yards, as well as one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Ahmeir Funderburke (Dean College): Against Kean University, Funderburke stuffed the stat sheet with 11 total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and three solo stops.
Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime Academy): Johnston tallied eight total tackles, including three solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards against Westfield State last Saturday.
Joe Kelley (Amherst College): Kelly tallied a team-high 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half sacks for nine yards against Tufts University. He also recorded four quarterback hurries, too.
Alex Norton (Middlebury College): Norton recorded seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up in his team’s win over Trinity College.
Chris Rice (Castleton University): Against Norwich University, Rice stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 24 yards and three sacks for a loss of 21 yards. Additionally, Rice recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a 32-yard return, along with one quarterback hurry.
R.J. Robiskie (Coast Guard Academy): Robiskie helped the Bears defense return to the win column last Saturday against Curry College by tallying five solo tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while recording one forced fumble and one pass break-up.
Vincent Scancarello (Western Connecticut): Scancarello stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Worcester State with eight total tackles, including four solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for eight yards. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
AJ Smith (Springfield College): Smith led the Pride’s defense against WPI with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for a loss of one yard. Smith also recorded two interceptions for 25 yards.
Special Teams of the Week
Angelo DiSanto (Salve Regina): DiSanto accounted for seven of his team’s 15 points off two field goals and one extra point last Saturday against Nichols College. DiSanto’s longest field goal was a 39-yard kick.
Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Connecticut): D’Onofrio connected on all five extra points last Saturday against Worcester State while recording a pair of punts that landed inside the host’s 20-yard line.
George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Westfield State, Lampros connected on five kicks, including a 32-yard field goal, while recording two touchbacks on a pair of kickoffs.
Carter Massengill (Middlebury College): Massengill tallied 12 points off three field goals and three extra points against Trinity College. His longest field goal was a 32-yard kick.
Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College): Schreibstein converted five of six extra points while recording two punts inside the Bowdoin College 20-yard line. Additionally, he recorded three touchbacks, too.
Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University): Against Bates College, Von Jess tallied 12 points off six extra points and two field goals – his longest boot was a 42-yard kick. He also recorded four touchbacks, too.
Patrick Walsh (Tufts University): Walsh punted the ball fives for 244 yards against Amherst College with four kicks landing inside the Mammoths’ 20-yard line. His longest punt was a 61-yard kick.
Saturday was a busy day across New England with some exciting outcomes in the Division III football world.
Nichols College scored its first win over Salve Regina University since 2009 as the Bison outlasted the Seahawks, 25-15, in Dudley, Massachusetts.
Quarterback Michael Pina completed 15 of 30 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown while adding two scores on the ground.
The Bison led 15-12 at the break and held the Seahawks to just three points in the second half.
With the win, Nichols improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play. The Bison visit Western New England next Saturday, October 5th with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m.
Speaking of the Golden Bears, they bounced back from a week three setback with a commanding 50-38 victory against University of New England. Quarterback Brendan Smith tossed three touchdowns in the win, while halfback Jamyre Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three scores.
UNE quarterback Brian Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns.
Erich Keutmann led the Western New England defense with 12 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one sack.
In Vermont, Middlebury College defeated Trinity College, 32-27, to improve to 3-0 for the second time in three seasons. The win over the Bantams was also the Panthers’ first since the 2014 season.
Middlebury’s defense recorded eight tackles for a loss of 44 yards, including five sacks for a loss of 29 yards. Alex Norton concluded the game with seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.
Will Jernigan tallied 241 total yards of offense and two scores (one passing and one rushing touchdown).
WPI moved to 4-0 and 1-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 35-21 victory over Springfield College.
Connor Field rushed for 116 yards on 30 carries and for two touchdowns, while Billy Mitchell (five receptions for 104 yards) and Nic Rossi (four receptions for 76 yards) each caught one touchdown pass from Julian Nyland.
Sam Casey and Nick Ostrowski paced the WPI defense with 10 total tackles, respectively.
In Washington, D.C, Chris Mauck tossed two touchdowns, while John Robertson rushed for a game-high 122 yards as MIT topped Catholic University, 32-13.
With the win, the Engineers improve to 2-1 and 1-0 in league play. MIT visits Merchant Marine next week – the Mariners defeated Maine Maritime Academy this afternoon by a score of 62-13.
Western Connecticut erased a two-score deficit at the break with five touchdowns in the second half to defeat Worcester State University, 42-28.
David James tossed four touchdowns in the win, including two to Will Daniels, who led the Colonials receiving core with 157 receiving yards on six catches.
Stephen Gacioch‘s three-yard touchdown strike to Jeremy Jackson with 5:49 remaining in the second quarter helped the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth defeat Plymouth State, 21-14, to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.
Gacioch concluded the contest with 305 passing yards while adding 104 yards on 22 carries.
UMass Dartmouth visits Framingham State next Saturday for an important conference clash, which is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.
New England D-III Football Week Four Scoreboard
Morrisville State 42, Husson University 15
Endicott College 58, Becker College 12
Nichols College 25, Salve Regina University 15
Coast Guard Academy 17, Curry College 7
Western New England 50, University of New England 38
Kean University 47, Dean College 13
RPI 38, Anna Maria College 0
Norwich University 35, Castleton University 14
Bridgewater State 50, Fitchburg State 6
Massachusetts Maritime Academy 31, Westfield State 7
Alec Coleman is ready to lead the Western New England Golden Bears this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY:
By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
We’re another day closer to a brand new season of New England Division III football, which means it’s time for our second preseason ‘Player Perspective’ post featuring Alec Coleman of Western New England.
The Arlington, Massachusetts native enjoyed a very successful junior season last fall, tallying 40 touchdowns in 11 games, including 21 on the ground.
Coleman rushed for 867 yards on 113 carries for an average of 78.8 yards per contest while completing 167 of 286 passes for 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns.
The veteran signal-caller is optimistic about his final season with the Golden Bears, who commence their 2019 campaign with a visit from Springfield College on Saturday, September 7th at 1 p.m. Coleman loves the local rivalry between both schools and considers each meeting a “battle for every inch on the field.”
What did you do this summer to prepare yourself for a successful final season with the Golden Bears?
I trained seven days a week – I followed our summer workout program, which focused on two things: weight-lifting and conditioning. Additionally, I trained multiple times a week with my quarterback coach, too, while watching game film and studying the playbook.
Lastly, I tried to do my best to stay in contact with my coaches and teammates to make sure we kept a bond that will continue into the (upcoming) season.
You enjoyed your best season with WNE last fall, so how did your first two seasons prepare you for a successful junior year?
Our head coach, Jason Lebeau, was our team’s offensive coordinator my first two seasons – he focused not just on our offense, but quarterbacks, too, so this allowed me to (build a relationship) with him.
Additionally, I was lucky enough to sit behind (and learn from) Anthony Service, who was our team’s quarterback my first two seasons. Anthony was an unbelievable resource for me. I learned a lot from simply watching him play, but also asking him questions about plays or reads, too.
I also want to credit the other two quarterbacks in my class (Brendan Smith and Jack Priester), who have competed with me every day. The competition between the three of us has made us better. We all have a love for each other and want the best for one another.
What do you feel was your most productive (and successful) game last season?
The Nichols College game (last October). I received the New England Football Writers (NEFW) Golden Helmet Award for Division II/III (following our team’s 49-14 win). I finished the game with five touchdowns (four rushing scores) and 306 total yards of offense.
How will the Frostburg State contest from last November in the NCAA Division III Tournament help both you and the team this upcoming season?
Frostburg State is an unbelievable football program. Playing against a team of that caliber certainly made us better. We gave them a good game that provided us with the confidence that we can play against any team.
However, (the loss) left a sour taste in our mouths, which will (certainly) motivate this team to be bigger and better than one year ago.
Finally, being a senior, how do you want to end your time with the Golden Bears? I presume winning a championship, right?
Of course, I would like to end my time (in Springfield) with a championship, but I have learned over time it is better to leave a place in a better situation than when you found it (or arrived at it. So, my biggest goal) is to make sure I help my teammates, who will be the future of this program, by coaching them and making sure they are ready to continue the tradition of this program, both next season and beyond.
The Western New England football program has given more to me than I could have asked for, so I want to make sure I do everything I can to give back to this program.
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