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D3 Football Preseason: The Contenders

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It’s time to highlight some New England Division III football teams that will be ‘the contenders’ this season in their respective conference.

These contenders are teams that could win their respective conference, but also squads that will challenge the top teams (and favorites) this upcoming season.

As usual, let us know if you agree (or disagree) with the teams highlighted below that we consider ‘the contenders’ for the 2019 New England Division III football season. 


Amherst College: After finishing 8-1 last season, the Mammoths enter 2019 as not just a team to watch in New England D-III football, but also a potential contender in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). With 18 players gone to graduation, the Mammoths will need to rely on its upperclassmen, including quarterback Ollie Eberth, wide receiver James O’Regan and defensive back Avery Saffold to lead the Purple and White to victory.

Bridgewater State: The Bears will definitely challenge Framingham State for the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) this fall despite some key graduation losses from last year’s squad, which capped its 2018 campaign with a New England Bowl victory. The New England Bowl win has seemed to provide the Red and White with some much-needed momentum heading into this season.

Coast Guard Academy: The Bears will challenge Springfield College for the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. Coast Guard will lean on its seniors and juniors this fall to continue their momentum from one year ago, which saw the Bears finish 7-3, including 5-2 in conference play.

Endicott College: After finishing with seven wins – the most an Endicott squad has recorded since posting an 8-3 mark in 2013 – the Gulls will attempt to continue that momentum this fall, but it certainly won’t be easy. Western New England should once again be the favorite in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) followed by Salve Regina. The Gulls will need to play their best football against both squads to have a chance to finish the season with some hardware.

Husson University: It will be interesting to see how the Eagles’ transition from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) to the CCC goes this fall – they will certainly be competitive against Endicott, Salve Regina, and Western New England. However, with some key graduation losses, especially at quarterback, I am not sure if the Eagles will finish 2019 with some hardware or an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

MIT: Similar to the Eagles, the Engineers will also need to find a replacement for their quarterback, along with a few new linebackers, too. Coach Brian Bubna‘s squad will certainly be competitive this fall in the NEWMAC, but most likely deal with some challenges when they face Coast Guard, Springfield, and WPI.

Plymouth State: After advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2017, the Panthers took a step back last season, but still finished with a winning record. They almost beat Western Connecticut but did score an exciting win over Framingham State. Despite some key graduation losses, the Panthers should still be competitive in a conference that may be a two-team race for the top spot.

Salve Regina: The Seahawks’ five-game winning streak last fall proved it’s not how you start, but how you finish. Salve Regina did end its season with a setback to the Bears of Bridgewater State in the New England Bowl but do return a majority of last year’s squad that ended its regular-season slate with an exciting win over Endicott. Salve Regina will be tested immediately with early-season tilts against Dean CollegeMontclair State, and Norwich University.

Williams College: Despite somewhat of a down year, these Ephs certainly have what it takes to challenge Amherst and Trinity College for the top spot in the NESCAC. Look for the Ephs to lean heavily on their junior class to lead them to important conference wins. Quarterback Bobby Maimaron, who is a dual-threat signal-caller, will once again be a player to watch this fall for Williams.

WPI: After a down year the Engineers are poised to bounce back this season – they will be led by a very talented senior class, which will hope to cap their time Institute Road in Worcester with a conference championship. WPI will lean heavily on its run game this fall – look for a big year from halfbacks Sean McAllen and Connor Field.


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The Early Preseason Outlook: MIT Engineers

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the MIT Engineers, who will look to capture their second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown this fall.

MIT kicks-offs its 2019 slate on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 when they host Carnegie Mellon at 12 p.m.

The Engineers’ 2018 Season: MIT enjoyed a very successful 2018 campaign by capturing its first-ever NEWMAC championship while making its second appearance in program history in the NCAA Tournament.

Yet, despite ending its season with a first-round setback to Johns Hopkins University, coach Brian Bubna‘s squad proved they can win games with both its offense and defense, as well as its special teams, too.

MIT pitched three shutouts last season, including a pair in October against Coast Guard Academy (13-0) and Maine Maritime Academy (35-0), while limiting Springfield College to just seven points in their regular-season finale.

Quarterback Udgam Goyal enjoyed one of his best seasons under center, tossing a career-high 18 touchdowns, including three to Eddy Garcia-Montes, who led the receiving core with 45 receptions.

Keithen Shepard enjoyed a very successful second season with the Engineers by catching a career-high 39 receptions for 513 yards and six touchdowns. Shepard will certainly be a player to watch this season – it’s possible he could be the team’s go-to receiver.

The 2019 Outlook: MIT graduated 13 student-athletes from last year’s team, including Udgam Goyal, who was the team’s primary quarterback for the past three seasons, and their top wide-out Eddy Garcia-Montes. Additionally, the Engineers bid farewell to halfback/wide receiver Miguel Wagner, linebacker Andrew DeNucci and defensive back Mitch Maisel.

Replacing all five student-athletes, along with other members of the Class of 2019 won’t be an easy task for Buban and his staff, but they do return some key pieces from last year’s squad, including halfback John Robertson, wide receiver Eric Bradford, and linebacker Sam Cantrell.

The Engineers did graduate a pair of offensive linemen but do return Will Roberts, who will be the anchor of MIT’s line this fall. The Sacramento, California native appeared in 11 contest last season and was named NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference.

The biggest question facing the Engineers is can they repeat their success from a year ago? We’ll find out once a new season of MIT football commences in a few weeks.

MIT’s Schedule: The Engineers commence their title defense with a home date against Carnegie Mellon before embarking on a three-game road trip, beginning Saturday, September 21st at Becker College. MIT will then visit Catholic University before heading to U.S. Merchant Marine in early October.

The schedule gets more challenging in late October when MIT visits Coast Guard before entertaining Norwich University and WPI in early November.

A mid-to-late November clash with Springfield could possibly determine the conference’s representative in the NCAA Tournament.

Players to Watch: John Robertson (Halfback/Brentwood, Tenn.), Keithen Shepard (Wide Receiver/Vancouver, Wash.), Eric Bradford (Wide Receiver/Dublin, Ohio), Jack Montinaro (Wide Receiver/Riverside, Conn.), Will Roberts (Offensive Line/Sacramento, Calif.), Mark Wright (Kicker/Fort Worth, Texas), Sam Cantrell (Linebacker/Seattle, Wash.), Tyler Ray (Defensive Back/Suwanee, Ga.), Ben Wolz (Defensive Line/College Station, Texas), and AJ Iversen (Defensive Back/Kansas City, Mo.).


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New England D3 Football Teams Of 2018

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By NoontimeSports | @NoontimeSports 

Earlier this week, SB Nation posted its college football ‘Teams of 2018 for all 50 states,’ including six teams that represented our New England region.

MIT was tabbed the team of the year from Massachusetts, while Salve Regina represented Rhode Island and Middlebury College secured the nod for Vermont.

This particular post had us thinking who would we pick as our 2018 New England D3 Football Teams of the Year?

Well, we gave it some thought and have provided the answers below!

Let us know what you think by posting a comment or sending us a tweet to @NoontimeSports or @Noontime_FB. 


Connecticut Team of the Year: Trinity College. Once again, the Bantams captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown with an 8-1 record. They should once again be the team to beat next fall.

Connecticut Honorable Mentions: Coast Guard Academy and Western Connecticut. 

Maine Team of the Year: Husson University. In his final years with the Eagles, coach Gabby Price guided the Green and Gold to an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown, as well as a second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Maine Honorable Mentions: Colby College. 

Massachusetts Team of the Year: MIT. In his first year as head coach, Brian Bubna guided the Engineers to their first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title, as well as an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Engineers finished its 2018 campaign 9-1 and 6-1 in league play.

Massachusetts Honorable Mentions: Amherst College, Bridgewater State, Endicott College, Framingham State, Springfield College, Tufts University and Western New England. 

New Hampshire Team of the Year: Plymouth State. The Panthers are the lone New England D3 team in the Granite State, so they automatically receive our special honor. Plymouth State concluded its past campaign 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). Their signature win of the 2018 season came on a rainy day in Framingham last October.

Rhode Island Team of the Year: Salve Regina. Similar to Plymouth State, Salve Regina is the lone D3 team in the Ocean State, so they get the nod from us as well like they did from SB Nation. Coach Kevin Gilmartin‘s unit overcame a 2-3 start to finish the 2018 season with a 7-4 record. They secured a spot in one of the three New England Bowl games following an exciting win in November over Endicott College.

Vermont Team of the Year: Middlebury College. The Panthers secured the nod from SB Nation and now us, too, after for posting the best record among all three teams in the Green Mountain State. Their biggest win from 2018 came last October when Will Jernigan led the Blue and White to a 21-10 win at Williams College.

Vermont Honorable Mention: Norwich University. 


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Noontime Sports End of The Year New England D3 Football Awards

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

It maybe hard to fathom, but another season of New England D3 Football has officially concluded with eight teams capping an exciting few months of coverage this past weekend by participating in NCAA Tournament contests and New England Bowl games.

And with another season of coverage officially over, it is time to say goodbye to the 2018 season by honoring five individuals for our end of the year Noontime Sports Football Awards.


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Western New England’s Alec Coleman enjoyed a very successful season under center for the Golden Bears. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

Offensive Player of the YearAlec Coleman (Western New Eng. | Junior | Arlington, Massachusetts): Coleman enjoyed a very successful third season with the Golden Bears, leading WNE to both a Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title and appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Coleman concluded the season with 40 touchdowns, including 19 on the ground. He recorded 1,964 passing yards in 11 contests, while adding 867 yards on the ground. Coleman was named the CCC Offensive Player of the Year.


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Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio was a player to watch on defense this fall for the Pride. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Defensive Player of the Year: Nick Giorgio (Springfield College | Senior | Cumberland, Rhode Island): Giorgio capped a very successful four-year career with the Pride by tallying career-highs 50 tackles, 32 assists and 82.0 total tackles. In 11 games this fall, the Rhode Island native averaged 7.5 tackles per contest, which was the most he has averaged in 37 games with the Pride. Additionally, he tallied a career-high 14 sacks for a loss of 83 yards, along with 29 tackles for a loss of 123 yards. Giorgio also forced four fumbles – he recover two of them – while finishing the season with three pass break-ups. Giorgio’s impressive effort resulted in him earning his second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year award.


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Endicott College’s Nick DiCairano enjoyed a very successful first season with the Gulls. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10)

Special Teams Player of the Year: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Junior | Trumbull, Connecticut):  In his first season with the Gulls, DiCairano connected on 12 of 13 field goals and 44 of 46 extra points for 80 points, which earned him a spot on the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) First Team. DiCairano posted double-digits in three games this fall, while booting a season-long 45-yard field goal in his team’s 55-22 win over Curry College.

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Salve Regina’s Joey Mauriello enjoyed a very successful first season with the Seahawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)

Rookie of the Year: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina | Freshman | Colts Neck, New Jersey): Named the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) Offensive Rookie of the Year, Mauriello enjoyed a very successful first season with the Seahawks, rushing for 1,075 yards in 11 contests and seven touchdowns. He averaged close to 100 yards per game (finished the season with 97.7 rushing yards per contest), while adding 278 receiving yards on 29 grabs and two touchdowns. He averaged 25.3 yards per reception. Mauriello rushed for two touchdowns in three games, while tallying a season-best 177 yards on 14 carries in his team’s 33-10 win over University of New England.


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Brian Bubna led MIT’s football team to both a conference crown and NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season as head coach. (PHOTO COURTESY: Paul Rutherford)

Coach of the Year: Brian Bubna (MIT): In his first season as head coach of the Engineers, Bubna led MIT to its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown with an impressive 9-2 overall record, which included a seven-game winning streak that began with an opening night win over Becker College. MIT’s impressive play earned them an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Bubna was tabbed the NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while 15 MIT players earned recognition from the conference, including senior quarterback Udgam Goyal, who was named the Offensive Athlete of the Year.


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Catching Up with Coach Brian Bubna and the MIT Engineers

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Udgam Goyal (PHOTO COURTESY: David Silverman/DSPics.net)

By Brian Willwerth | @BriWillwerth 

It’s been an exciting few weeks for the MIT football team, which entered its bye week with an impressive 6-0 record, including a 3-0 mark in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) standings.

The Engineers, who were tabbed once again the top team in the New England in the D3 Coaches Poll earlier this week, seem to be enjoying some much-needed downtime before they return to the gridiron next week for an important four-game stretch, beginning with a home date against Coast Guard Academy.

Earlier this week, we caught-up with first-year coach (and former defensive coordinator) Brian Bubna to discuss his team’s impressive play through six weeks.

On the team limiting opponents to roughly 14 points per game: “We have some pretty good talent at three spots: defensive line, linebacker and defensive back. I think the big part of (our success on defense) is a mix of older guys and younger guys, but also the way they play, too.”

On the play of senior quarterback Udgam Goyal: “He kind of got put in there at a young age. He played like a freshman (his first year) and a sophomore (his second season, but now, as a senior) he’s put it all together, and become what we’ve hoped for.”

On Miguel Wagner’s running game: “As a runner, he’s very physical. He can take a one or two-yard run, and turn it into three or four, and keep the offensive moving.”

On the team’s final four contests: “To win the conference, you have to go undefeated throughout conference play. Even if you lose one, you’re hoping that someone else loses one. You gotta win ‘em all in conference.”


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