Tag: Bridgewater State

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  

Noontime Football Postgame: UNE Rallies To Beat Bridgewater State, 23-20 (OT)

The University of New England football team rallied to beat Bridgewater State on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Andrew Turco/Bridgewater State Athletics)

By Brian Willwerth


BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Here are five takeaways from the University of New England’s 23-20 overtime victory over Bridgewater State on Saturday afternoon.

  • The Nor’easters came back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force an extra session, and eventually win the game. 

    I talked to coach Mike Lichten and quarterback Matthew Harkins after the game, and they said one of the keys to victory was sticking to the game plan, even when playing from behind in the second half. And It worked.

    UNE dominated the second half, and finally scored the game’s final two touchdowns, including the tying score with six remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • UNE’s defense was exceptional in the second half, and was key part of their victory of the season. 

    After allowing 20 points and 359 yards of offense in the first half, the Nor’easters pitched a shutout and held the Bears to just 52 yards of total offense the rest of the way.
  • Special teams were critical in this one. 

    OK, I’m sure every coach in the country can tell you something about that, but there were five missed kicks in this game, including two that ‘doinked’ off an upright. The only ball that went through the uprights was the field goal in overtime by Abe Ruelas Villasenor.  He’s a freshman offensive lineman in addition to a kicker, and the Nor’easters’ blocking the Bears’ kick on the ensuing possesion resulted in a wild celebration, with UNE players rushing the field.
  • Despite the setback, I was impressed by the Bears’ quarterback James Cahoon, who completed 18 of 31 pases for 308 yards and two touchdowns. And it was also a big game for wide receiver Kyle Torres, who finished with 184 yards and one score.
  • Finally, one other player that was fun to watch — and yes, quite impressive — was halfback Adam Couch, who rushed for a season-high 101 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown. The Winchendon, Massachusetts native reached the end zone once last weekend against Ithaca College, but did not tally 100 yards on the ground. Instead, he finished his team’s season-opener against the Bombers with 68 yards.

Next up: Both teams return to the field next Saturday, September 18 with Bridgewater State hosting Plymouth State at 3 p.m. and UNE traveling to Alfred State for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

Noontime Football Roundup: Maguire, Mauriello Lead Salve Regina Past MIT

Salve Regina University’s Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 195 yards and one touchdown on Saturday against MIT. PHOTO COURTESY: George Corrigan

By NoontimeSports.com

Jack Maguire completed 14 of 28 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns while Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 195 yards and one score as Salve Regina University hung on to defeat MIT, 21-16, in their home opener in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Mauriello’s lone touchdown with 2:58 remaining in the fourth quarter provided the Seahawks with a 12 point (21-9) advantage, which would be reduced to five points during the final minute when Chris Mauck connected with Keithen Shepard for a 13-yard touchdown. 

MIT was unable to recover the onside kick on the ensuing possession — Salve’s Jack Maguire would drain the clock with back-to-back kneel-downs.

Mauck finished with one touchdown — he also completed 14 of 30 passes or 168 yards while Jay Theriault led the Engineers rushing attack with 57 yards on 13 carries. 

MIT led Salve Regina, 9-7, after two frames, but saw their lead disappear early in the fourth quarter when Jack Maguire capped a seven-play, 69-yard drive with an eight-yard toss to Max DeVito, which provided the Seahawks with the lead for good. 

Abe Ruelas Villasenor capped an exciting comeback by the University of New England football team with a game-winning 39-yard field goal in overtime to provide the Nor’easters with a 23-20 road victory at Bridgewater State

Jaymeson Maheux and Matthew Harkins each rushed for a one-yard score in the fourth quarter, which sent the game to a fifth session. 

James Cahoon and the Bears of Bridgewater led UNE, 20-6, at the break, thanks to a pair of second-quarter touchdown strikes to Kyle Torres and Ryan Verria

Cam Mann recorded the Nor’easter’s lone touchdown in the first half when he capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive with a 14-yard score with 9:27 remaining in the second quarter. 

Nichols College also rallied to score its second win of the 2021 season as they erased a 20-7 deficit at the break to secure a hard-fought 27-23 win over Anna Maria College.

Quarterback Logan Sawyer concluded the game 19 of 36 for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Sawyer’s final touchdown strike — a 22-yard pass to Terrance Harris — capped a 20-3 second-half comeback. 

Anna Maria’s Alex Cohen concluded the non-conference tilt with 306 yards of total offense, including 270 yards through the air. 

Also this afternoon, UMass Dartmouth topped Dean College, 48-29, while Springfield College secured its first win of the 2021 season by defeating Rowan University by a score of 46-24.

Noontime Football: 10 Games to Watch (Week Two)

Keegan Stanton-Meas led the University of New England defense with 12 total tackles last week and will be a player to watch on Saturday when the Nor’easters visit Bridgewater State. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Bates Photo/UNE Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the second week of the New England (and northeast) college football season — that first week went by fast, but with games quickly approaching, both tonight and tomorrow, it can only mean one thing: it is time to dish out some picks!

Last week, we were a perfect 10-for-10 — wow! — so let’s see if we can do that again for the second straight week.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to stop by later (and throughout the weekend) for more New England football content from both the colleges and high schools.


FEATURED GAME: Dean College (1-0) at UMass Dartmouth (1-0) (Saturday, Sept. 11 at 12 p.m.): This is a big test for the Bulldogs — yes, they checked in for the second straight week in the 18th position on our Top 20 poll, but they could certainly move up with a big road win. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 21, Dean College 14 

FEATURED GAME: University of New England (0-1) at Bridgewater State (0-1) (Saturday, September 11 at 1 p.m.): Both teams are looking to bounce back from week one setbacks. The Nor’easters defense limited Coast Guard Academy to just 16 points last week and could provide some challenges for Joe Verria’s offense. But in the end, the Bears should prevail on their home turf. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, UNE 16 

FEATURED GAME: MIT (1-0) at Salve Regina (1-0) (Saturday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.): Both teams lit up their respective scoreboard last week, but for the Engineers to be successful, they must find a way to slow down Salve Regina halfback Joey Mauriello, who rushed for a game-high 261 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns last Friday against Norwich University. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 35, MIT 30 


WPI (1-0) at Endicott College (1-0) (Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m.): Both the Gulls and Engineers utilized second-half adjustments to score opening day wins last weekend. This evening, the Gulls defense, which provided some challenges last week to St. Lawrence University during the final two frames of last Saturday’s outing, will once again be the reason why Endicott prevails and scores its first win in program history against WPI. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, WPI 21

Western New England (1-0) at Westfield State (0-1) (Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m.): Erich Keutmann and Bailey Devine-Scott highlighted a defensive effort against Springfield College, which will once again be on display this evening against the Owls. PREDICTION: WNE 35, Westfield State 13

Maritime (N.Y.) (0-0) at Mass. Maritime Academy (0-0) (Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m.): Coach Jeremy Cameron joined us this week to discuss the Buccaneers season-opener against a Privateers squad that lost to the Buccaneers in 2019 by a score of 31-14. The Buccaneers have some new faces on both sides of the ball, along with a slew of signal-callers that will help the home team secure an opening win under the lights. PREDICTION: MMA 28, Maritime (N.Y.) 20

Union College (1-0) at Worcester State (0-1) (Saturday, September 11 at 12 p.m.): The Lancers surprised us last week — they certainly did not make things easy for the Engineers of WPI — but this will be quite a challenge for the Blue and Gold against a very talented Dutchmen squad. PREDICTION: Union 40, Worcester State 20

Nichols College (1-0) at Anna Maria College (0-0) (Saturday, September 11 at 12:30 p.m.): Coach Dan Mulrooney‘s squad faces a tough test in their first contest of the season against a Bison squad that tallied four sacks for a loss of 50 yards last week against Westfield State. Halfback Joshua Pierre-Charles will be a player to watch in this matchup. PREDICTION: Nichols 28, Anna Maria 14

Husson University (0-1) at Plymouth State (0-1) (Saturday, September 11 at 1 p.m.): The Eagles did not make things easy on the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth last week, which leads us to think this is a game they will win. PREDICTION: Husson 20, Plymouth State 13

Albright College (0-1) at Western Connecticut (1-0) (Saturday, September 11 at 5 p.m.): Despite being outscored in the second half, the Colonials were still able to beat William Paterson by a score of 24-21. This week, they should be able to get by an Albright squad that struggled against Salisbury University. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 30, Albright 14

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Sept. 6, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first official week of the 2021 New England (and yes, NCAA Division III) football season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second Top 20 Poll.

In case you missed it, make sure to check out last week’s poll, which found Western New England, Endicott College, and UMass Dartmouth in the top three spots.

Stay tuned for more college football (and soon, high school football) coverage later this week, but for now, it is time to unveil our second poll of the 2021 season!

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll (Week No. 1 | September 6, 2021)

  1. Western New England (1-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 1): They say defense wins championships and last Saturday, the Golden Bears defensive unit shined in a crosstown rivalry against Springfield College.

  2. Endicott College (1-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 2): Second half adjustments were key for Paul McGonagle‘s squad last Saturday in a 27-14 victory over St. Lawrence University.

  3. UMass Dartmouth (1-0, 0-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 3): Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos‘s second touchdown pass with 1:48 remaining in the final session proved to be the difference in a hard fought victory for the Corsairs.

  4. Williams College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): The Ephs were idle this past weekend and will be off again this upcoming weekend, but an opening day clash with Middlebury College is quickly approaching.

  5. Middlebury College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): It’s almost game week for the defending New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) champions — after an upcoming bye week, the Blue and White will begin final preparation for their opening day foe: Williams.

  6. Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): Game week for the Cardinals will be here soon — an opening clash with Colby College will certainly be a game worth watching next Saturday, September 18.

  7. Trinity College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 8): Despite being idle, both last weekend and this upcoming weekend, the Bantams switched places with Western Connecticut.

  8. Western Connecticut (1-0, 0-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 7): The Colonials squeaked out a three-point win last Saturday over William Paterson University — can they keep their early season momentum going this week against Albright College?

  9. MIT (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 12): The Engineers moved-up three spots after outscoring Curry College, 27-0, in the second half. We’ll certainly learn more about MIT this week when they travel to Salve Regina University.

  10. WPI (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 13): Despite a slow start, the Engineers of Worcester looked pretty good against Worcester State in the second half — a big challenge awaits coach Chris Robertson‘s squad on Friday against Endicott College.

  11. Nichols College (1-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 11): The Bison opened their season with a victory over Westfield State — they will look to continue this early-season momentum on Saturday against Anna Maria College.

  12. Salve Regina University (1-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 16): Salve Regina opened its season with a 38-0 win over Norwich University, thanks to an impressive rushing attack led by halfback Joey Mauriello.

  13. Husson University (0-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 15): Despite losing to the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth last Saturday, these Eagles certainly proved they’re going to provide some serious challenges for future opponents.

  14. Tufts University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 14): The Jumbos were idle last week and will be this week, but an opening day clash with the Bantams of Trinity will be here soon.

  15. Springfield College (0-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 9): It wasn’t an ideal start for the Pride, which dropped their season-opener to Western New England — Jack Duignan and DJ Brown highlighted a defensive effort that limited the Golden Bears to just 24 points.

  16. Coast Guard Academy (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 20): The Bears pitched a shutout in their season-opener, topping the University of New England by a score of 16-0. Sure, it wasn’t a flawless game, but we should learn more about the Bears over the next weeks when they face-off against Curry, Nichols, and Anna Maria.

  17. Bridgewater State (0-1, 0-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 10): The Ithaca College defense did not make things easy on the Bears, who slid down our poll seven spots following an opening day loss to the Bombers. Let’s see if they can bounce back on Saturday against UNE.

  18. Dean College (1-0, 0-0 ECFC | LW: No. 18): Quarterback David Curry tossed five touchdowns to Errol Breaux in an exciting opening day win against Fitchburg State. A big test awaits the Bulldogs this Saturday against UMass Dartmouth.

  19. Colby College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): Like their NESCAC foes, the Mules were idle this past weekend and will be so this weekend, but we’re anxious to watch their season-opener against Wesleyan on Saturday, September 18.

  20. University of New England (0-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: Not Ranked): Keegan Stanton-Meas led a Nor’easters defense that combined for eight tackles for a loss of 20 yards, two quarterback hurries, one interception, and one pass-breakup against the Bears of Coast Guard.

ON THE RISE: Amherst College, Anna Maria College, Castleton University, Framingham State, and Worcester State