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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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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Six (Oct. 5-6)

10 Games To Watch Week 6

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The sixth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Six, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Five): We went 8-2 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 33-17 (BIG bounce back week last week, so let’s see if we can keep it rolling this week!)

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Friday Night Lights | Oct. 5th, 2018 

Dean College at Husson Univ. (7 p.m.): The Eagles scored an important win last week against SUNY Maritime, but must find a way to stop an up and coming Bulldogs team that appears to be a contender in the ECFC. PREDICTION: Husson 35, Dean 32 

Plymouth State at Bridgewater State (7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears, who have rebounded since falling to Framingham State in its initial MASCAC clash of the season. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 24, Plymouth State 16 


Saturday Games | Oct. 6th, 2018 

Coast Guard Academy at Springfield College (12 p.m.): The last time the Bears beat the Pride was in 1999. The win was coach Bill George‘s initial victory with Coast Guard Academy. Perhaps he scores his second win against Springfield this week on the road? PREDICTION: Coast Guard 24, Springfield 20 

Fitchburg State at Framingham State (12 p.m.): Framingham State remains the front-runner in the MASCAC, but this is a game they must-win, especially if they want to keep pace with Western Connecticut. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Fitchburg State 20 

Catholic Univ. at WPI (12 p.m.): The Engineers returned to the win column last week with a conference victory over Maine Maritime and should find a way past these Cardinals this week in Worcester. PREDICTION: WPI 28, Catholic 17 

MIT at Maine Maritime (12 p.m.): Its homecoming for coach Brian Bubna, who began his coaching career with the Mariners. MIT scored an impressive win last week and should keep its momentum going this week in Maine. PREDICTION: MIT 28, Maine Maritime 10

Williams College at Bates College (1 p.m.): A friend of our site thinks this could be a trap game for the Ephs, but we think the Purple and Gold will continue their early season momentum. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Bates 14

Trinity College at Hamilton College (1 p.m.): The Continentals scored their first win of the season last week against Wesleyan, thanks Christian Snell‘s blocked punt late in the fourth quarter. Snell pounced on the loose ball in the end zone to record the go-ahead touchdown. Perhaps Snell blocks another punt this week and reaches the end zone against Trinity? PREDICTION: Hamilton 26, Trinity 20 

Amherst College at Middlebury College (1:30 p.m.): The Panthers have rebounded from their week one setback to Wesleyan with back-to-back wins over Bowdoin and Colby, but this is a must-win for the Blue and White against a talented Amherst squad, which has won three-straight. PREDICTION: Amherst 28, Middlebury 21 

Tufts University at Bowdoin College (1:30 p.m.): Ryan McDonald should once again find a way to get the job done, both through the air and on the ground. PREDICTION: Tufts 35, Bowdoin 17 

D3 Football: Catching Up with MIT First-Year Coach Brian Bubna

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Brian Bubna directs both the MIT offense and defense during Tuesday’s morning session at Steinbrenner Stadium. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

Earlier today, I unveiled some takeaways from what I saw from yesterday’s meeting with the MIT football team.

But after practiced concluded, I had a chance to quickly catch-up with first-year coach Brian Bubna, who is eager to lead the Engineers into their first game next Friday, August 31st when they host Becker College at Steinbrenner Stadium (kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.).

Here are some takeaways from my conversation with Coach Bubna, who is no stranger to the Engineers football team. Bubna has spent nine seasons with the program, and was most recently the squad’s defensive and recruiting coordinator before being named the head coach in March.

On creating a fun, but competitive environment: “We try to keep it competitive and fun because these guys have so much academic responsibilities and internships, so when they get out here it has to be fun and it has to be excitable, too. We work hard and have fun doing it, so the guys enjoy it. We go from drill to drill with different stuff. We try to change it up, so it is not the same thing every day, so we can keep them on their toes.”

On what party means to the MIT football team: “Yeah, that is just kind of our definition for how we want to go about working hard or what our intensity level is and just how we want to do things each day. So, it is about going hard and having fun, so that is what party means to us.”

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Udgam Goyal receives some advice from Coach Bubna during Tuesday’s morning session. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan)

On inching closer to the start of a new season: “There is still a lot of work that needs to be done, so as coaches we’re going, ‘oh man, we’ve got to work this situation, these scenarios or work these different special teams’ things,’ so there is so much to work on and so much to practice, and even going through it once (or) twice is not enough. You need to get more reps in, so I think the guys are getting more and more excited for our first game, while the coaches are still thinking about what we need to accomplish between now and then, but that is just part of being a coach.”

On being more involved with the game plan instead of just focusing on defense: “It definitely adds to the amount that you have to look at and worry about when putting together a game plan. So it’s great if the defense looks great, but on the other hand it’s like well, what was the issue offensively that we have to worry about? So, it has to be all offense, defense and special teams – it can’t just be a one-sided plan, so it adds to the amount that you have to look at, but we’ll make it work.”

On more young coaches (or former players) that want to get into coaching: “It is one of these things where if you want to try and get into coaching, you kind of have to do it early on or after you graduate. I started a bit later than most guys, but you have to get in when you’re young. It does take a while to move up, but we have been pretty fortunate here at MIT with a lot of our coaches coming back year after year. Some of them started as volunteers, but are now paid coaches, but I think being a little bit on the younger side helps with relating to the guys because you’re younger, as well. Also, the rule changes you see in the NFL and college shows that every year football is changing and there is new kickoff rules this year, so every year is changing and you have to be adaptable to it. I don’t think any other sport has changed as much as football has in the past 10-to-20 years to make it safer, competitive and entertaining, but these are all good changes.”


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