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Noontime’s New England D3 Top 10 Poll (Nov. 21, 2022)

The Springfield College football team clinched its first postseason win in 16 years this past weekend against Endicott College. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another season of New England small college football is slowly winding down.

Springfield College highlighted the 12th week of the season, winning its first NCAA Division III playoff game since 2006 with a hard-fought 17-14 win over Endicott College.

The Pride secured a spot in the second round of this year’s national playoffs. Springfield will travel to Ithaca College on Saturday, November 26 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m.

Springfield and Endicott secured the top two spots in our end-of-season poll followed by Trinity College, which checked-in third with a 9-0 record.

UMass Dartmouth and Plymouth State rounded out the top five.

Noontime’s End of Season Top 10 Poll: Monday, November 21, 2022

1. Springfield College (9-2, 6-0 NEWMAC): The Pride clinched their second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown with a 6-0 record, as well as won their first postseason contest in 16 years this past weekend against Endicott. Springfield will compete in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament this Saturday, November 26 against Ithaca.

2. Endicott College (10-1, 6-0 CCC): Despite ending its season with an opening-round postseason setback, the Gulls were the team to watch this fall. Endicott produced its first perfect season (10-0) in program history, as well as claimed its second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown. Additionally, Endicott’s defense limited opposing offenses to just 6.5 points per game in 10 contests.

3. Trinity College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): The Bantams became the third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) squad to clinch a perfect 9-0 season. Trinity’s defense was a unit to watch this season, yielding just 98 points in nine games while the Bantams’ offense ranked second in touchdowns (40) and points (301).  

4. UMass Dartmouth (9-2, 8-0 MASCAC): UMass Dartmouth made its first appearance in the national tournament in 20 years by winning its first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown earlier this month. The Corsairs have won 14 of their last 16 conference tilts, dating back to last season’s initial league clash with Worcester State.

5. Plymouth State (9-2, 6-2 MASCAC): The Panthers concluded their 2022 campaign by winning their first-ever New England Bowl on Saturday with a come-from-behind victory over Husson University. Plymouth State won nine games for the first time since sharing the MASCAC crown in 2017 with Framingham State.

6. Middlebury College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC): Coach Bob Ritter’s tenure may have concluded with a setback to Tufts University, but the Panthers exceeded our expectations, winning seven of nine contests, including an impressive late September win over Wesleyan University. Middlebury has recorded five wins or more in its last five seasons, including a 9-0 campaign in 2019.

7. Western Connecticut (7-3, 6-2 MASCAC): The Wolves were the biggest surprise of the 2022 season, winning seven games after concluding the 2021 season with five wins. Western Connecticut was one of the top three offenses in the MASCAC, averaging 383.7 yards per contest.

8. Tufts University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC): Like Western Connecticut, Tufts was a pleasant surprise, as well, thanks to an impressive quarterback-wide receiver duo of Michael Berluti and Phil Lutz that helped the Jumbos offense conclude its nine-game season with a league-best 306 points.

9. Wesleyan University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC): The Cardinals’ season ended with a difficult setback to rival Trinity – Wesleyan did lead Trinity, 14-10, at the break before the momentum shifted to the Bantams in the second half. Wesleyan’s biggest victory of the season occurred in mid-October when they beat Tufts under the lights by a score of 26-24.

10. Bridgewater State University (7-4, 6-2 MASCAC): The Bears closed out their 2022 campaign with a three-game winning streak, which culminated with their second New England Bowl victory in program history this past weekend. Bridgewater State was one of three MASCAC teams to post a 6-2 conference record – additionally, the Red and White ranked second in the conference in yards per game (415.1).

D3 Football Roundup: Springfield Tops Endicott In The NCAA D3 Tournament

Arsen Shtefan and the Springfield College football team won its first postseason contests since 2006 as the Pride topped Endicott College.
Arsen Shtefan powered the Springfield College football team to an exciting 17-14 postseason win on Saturday over Endicott College. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second-straight week, Arsen Shtefan eclipsed the century mark, rushing for a season-high 156 yards and one touchdown as Springfield College raced past Endicott College, 17-14, in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Tournament.

With the win, Springfield clinched its first playoff win since beating Curry College in 2006 to secure a second-round date with Ithaca College next Saturday, November 26.

Ithaca advanced to the second round with a 63-20 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Shtefan’s lone touchdown came midway through the opening session before Springfield tacked on two more scores in the second half to provide the Pride with their ninth win of the season.

Blane Hart rushed for a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter before Christian Hutra capped his team’s offensive output with a 33-yard field goal with 7:25 remaining in the final stanza.

Endicott’s Clayton Marengi completed 14 of 25 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns with his final score landing in the arms of Jaeden Baxter. Shane Aylward, who caught Marengi’s first touchdown early in the third quarter, led all receivers with three catches for 68 yards.

Saturday marked the first time Endicott and Springfield have squared off on the gridiron – additionally, the three-point win over the Gulls provided coach Mike Cerasuolo with his initial postseason with his alma mater.

Endicott entered the game riding a 10-game winning streak – the Gulls clinched their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown two weeks earlier with a win over Salve Regina University before concluding their regular season with a come-from-behind win against Western New England.

Ithaca 63, UMass Dartmouth 20: Max Perry completed five of six passes for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with 83 rushing yards and two scores as the Bombers cruised past the Corsairs in the opening round of the postseason.

Dante Aviles-Santos, who has been the player to watch on the Corsairs this fall, tossed two touchdowns while JP Mason tallied a team-high 15 total tackles.

Saturday’s game marked the second time UMass Dartmouth has competed in the NCAA Tournament.

Plymouth State 21, Husson University 20: Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 131 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown as the Panthers rallied to beat the Eagles and win their first-ever New England Bowl.

Husson’s Nic Visser completed 24 of 32 passes for 227 yards to go with a team-high 56 rushing yards and one touchdown. Elijah Garnett rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.

Bridgewater State 34, Catholic University 24: Quarterback James Cahoon completed 24 of 33 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Wright added 120 rushing yards on 23 carries as the Bears topped the Cardinals to clinch their second New England Bowl.

Catholic’s Nico Casares completed 25 of 44 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

Inside The Matchup: Catholic University at Bridgewater State

Nico Casares and the Catholic University football team will compete against Bridgewater State on Saturday in the New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Catholic University Athletics/Will Stumme)

By NoontimeSports.com

The small college football postseason has officially arrived, which means it is time to “go inside” various local matchups, beginning with Saturday’s New England Bowl meeting between Bridgewater State University and Catholic University.

Game Time & Location: Bridgewater State will host its second New England Bowl in program history on Saturday, November 19 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. (LIVE STATS || VIDEO)

Bridgewater State’s 2022 Season Review: For the third consecutive season, the Bears won six of 10 contests, including six of eight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tilts. The Red and White dropped their first three contests before cracking the win column with a week four victory over Western Connecticut.   

The Bears have won two of their last three contests, including back-to-back home games against Framingham State (20-19) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (10-0).

Catholic’s 2022 Season Review: The Cardinals secured a spot in their first-ever New England Bowl game after concluding the regular season with six wins.

Coach Mike Gutelius’s squad began its season with a 37-27 win over McDaniel College before losing their next three contests. Catholic would bounce back with an impressive 42-7 win over MIT in week five that kept them in the mix for a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Last weekend, Catholic fell to Springfield College in a de-facto NEWMAC title game that provided the Pride with the league crown, along with a spot in the 2022 NCAA Division III postseason.

Bridgewater’s Last New England Bowl Appearance: The Bears leaned on their defense in 2018 to clinch its first-ever New England Bowl with a 34-19 win over Salve Regina University.

Chris Easter was named the Most Valuable Player following an impressive defensive performance that saw the Poughkeepsie, New York native record a pair of interceptions to go with five pass breakups and six solo tackles.

Catholic’s Last Bowl Game: The Cardinals last competed in a bowl game in 2008 when they beat Johns Hopkins University in the ECAC Southeast Bowl by a score of 18-7.

Players to Watch on Bridgewater State: James Cahoon (QB), Adam Couch (RB), Michael Nocera (WR), Kyle Torres (WR), Jack McCarthy (WR), Shane Drake (K/P), Brendan Albert (LB), Steven Silvia (LB), Zachary Souza (DB), and Brian Campagna (DL).    

Players to Watch on Catholic: Nico Casares (QB), Jared Colletti (RB), Kevin Licciardi (RB), Preston Jeffrey (WR), Malachi Hansen (WR), Connor Gill (K/P), Joe Nazzaro (LB), Carson Henry (LB), Dieter Kerat (LB), Mason Stillwell (DB), and Noah Miller (DB).           

Bridgewater State, Plymouth State To Compete In The New England Bowl

James Cahoon and the Bridgewater State football team will compete once more this fall in the New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bridgewater State Athletics/Andrew Turco)

By Matt Noonan

A pair of Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) football teams have been selected to participate in this year’s New England Bowls on Saturday, November 19.

Bridgewater State and Plymouth State will represent the MASCAC with the Bears hosting Catholic University and the Panthers visiting Husson University.

Catholic competes in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and Husson is a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

No team from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) was selected for this year’s games.

Bridgewater State concluded the regular season with back-to-back wins over Framingham State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy to provide the Bears with some additional momentum heading into their final matchup of the season with the Cardinals. The Bears previously competed in the New England Bowl in 2018 when they defeated Salve Regina University, 34-19.

Despite falling to UMass Dartmouth this past weekend, Plymouth State concluded its regular season with eight wins, which is the most the Panthers have recorded since posting a 9-2 overall record in 2017.

Catholic, Husson, and Plymouth State will make their New England Bowl debut this Saturday.

As of late this morning, Husson-Plymouth State is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.

No time has been announced for Bridgewater State-Catholic, but the expectation is the game will commence at either 12 or 1 p.m.

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week 11

Joseph Cannizzaro and the Springfield College football team are one win away from capturing its third NEWMAC title in program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the final week of the regular season – that was fast, eh?

Like we have done every Friday throughout the New England NCAA Division III football season, it is time to predict not one, but 10 contests.

Last week, we predicted nine games correctly – wow, that may have been our best week of the season! And hopefully this week, we can pick at least nine, maybe all 10 games correctly.

Here is our record after 10 weeks of predictions: 66-34.

As usual, have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to circle back tomorrow and Sunday for some additional small college football content.

Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week 11

Worcester State at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.): The Rams can even their conference and overall record with a win over the Lancers. PREDICTION: Framingham State over Worcester State

Husson University at Salve Regina University (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): A win over the Seahawks would most likely provide the Eagles with a spot in the upcoming New England Bowl next weekend. PREDICTION: Husson over Salve Regina

UMass Dartmouth at Plymouth State (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): The Corsairs return from a late bye week well-rested and ready to sail past the Panthers in New Hampshire. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Plymouth State   

Springfield College at Catholic University (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): Springfield has won its last four meetings with the Cardinals, dating back to their first NEWMAC clash in 2017. PREDICTION: Springfield over Catholic

Coast Guard Academy at Merchant Marine Academy (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): The Secretaries Cup has been won by the Mariners the last three years – can that trend continue Saturday in Kings Point, New York? PREDICTION: Merchant Marine over Coast Guard Academy

Wesleyan University at Trinity College (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): The Bantams need one more win to clinch its first-ever 9-0 season. PREDICTION: Trinity over Wesleyan

Amherst College at Williams College (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): This is a toss-up – both teams can win this matchup. But in the end, coach E.J. Mills’ squad will end its season with a win over their rival. PREDICTION: Amherst over Williams

Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): The Bears can end their season on a high note by beating the Buccaneers in the 43rd Annual Cranberry Bowl. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State over MMA  

Endicott College at Western New England (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.): The Gulls are one win away from clinching a perfect regular season, as well as gaining some much-needed momentum for the upcoming national postseason. PREDICTION: Endicott over Western New England  

Castleton University at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.): A win for the Spartans would most likely send the Green and White to the New England Bowl next weekend. PREDICTION: Castleton over Anna Maria