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Inside The Matchup: Plymouth State at Husson University

Quarterback Braden Lynn and the Plymouth State Panthers will compete against Husson University on Saturday in the New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Kilmer/Plymouth State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Our small college football postseason coverage rolls on with “going inside” another New England Bowl matchup: Plymouth State at Husson University.

Game Time & Location: Plymouth State will make the trek to Husson for the second time this fall on Saturday, November 19 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. (LIVE STATS || VIDEO)

Husson’s 2022 Season Review: For the third consecutive season, the Eagles won four of six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) contests to go with a non-league win against Alfred State.

Husson concluded its regular season slate with five wins, matching its total from 2013 when the Eagles competed in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

The Eagles scored some exciting wins this fall, including a 27-17 victory over Western New England last month, which provided Husson with its first-ever win against the Golden Bears.  

Quarterback Nic Visser was recently named the CCC Offensive Player of the Year after ending the regular season with 14 passing touchdowns to go with a league-best 2,200 passing yards.

Plymouth State’s 2022 Season Review: The Panthers’ regular season concluded with a disappointing setback last Saturday to UMass Dartmouth in a win-or-go-home matchup.

Despite losing to the Corsairs, Plymouth State enjoyed a successful season, producing eight wins in 10 contests, which was one less than the Green and White produced in 2017 when they shared the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown with Framingham State.

The Panthers began their campaign with four-straight wins, including a week two victory over Husson. Manny Sanchez highlighted the win, rushing for a game-high 131 yards on 21 carries while quarterback Braden Lynn completed 12 of 17 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown.

New England Bowl History (for both teams): Saturday’s clash between the Eagles and Panthers will be the first time either school competed in the New England Bowl.

Series History: Plymouth State has won three of its five meetings with Husson, dating back to the first contest between the Panthers and Eagles in 2004. Husson beat Plymouth State in 2018 and 2021.

Husson’s Last Postseason Appearance: It’s been four years since the Eagles last appeared in a postseason (or a bowl) contest – Husson lost to RPI in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Prior to their meeting with the Engineers, Husson competed in five NCAA Tournament games, along with two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Bowl games.

Their lone postseason win occurred in 2017 when they beat Springfield College in the opening round of the national postseason.

Plymouth State’s Last Postseason Appearance: The Panthers previously advanced to the opening round of the national postseason in 2017 where they lost to Brockport by a score of 66-0.

The Green and White have competed in the postseason six times in program history, dating back to their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1984 (Plymouth lost to Union College in the quarterfinals by a score of 26-14).

Plymouth State’s lone postseason win occurred in 1994 when the Panthers edged Merchant Marine, 19-18, in the first round.

Players to Watch on Husson: Nic Visser (QB), Elijah Garnett (RB), Jon Bell (WR), Russ Walker (WR), Tucker Buzzell (LB), Adam Bertrand (LB), Alex Brown (DB), and Sean Savage (LB).       

Players to Watch on Plymouth State: Braden Lynn (QB), Manny Sanchez (RB), Willie Lombard (RB), Jake Donahue (WR), Conner Sheehan (K/P), Evan Wilson (LB), Quinn Girard (DB), Bryce Wronski (LB), and Luc Normandeau (DB).       

Plymouth State Keeps Its Title Hopes Alive; Panthers Top MMA, 21-7

Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 86 yards and one touchdown on Saturday as Plymouth State topped Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 21-7. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kim Bownes/Plymouth State Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

With a 21-7 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Plymouth State has set up a win-or-go-home game next Saturday, November 12 with UMass Dartmouth.

Braden Lynn helped the Panthers clinch their eighth win of the season this afternoon by connecting with Bryan Warren for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 7:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Plymouth State’s final score provided the visitors with a two-touchdown lead that would not be erased.

Manny Sanchez and Matt Griffing combined for 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Warren led the Panthers’ receiving core with four catches for 53 yards and one touchdown.

The Plymouth State defense registered two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception, and four pass breakups. Massachusetts Maritime recorded just one touchdown on 61 plays.

Plymouth State became a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) after winning four-straight contests earlier this season, including a pair of league meetings with Bridgewater State (41-34) and Framingham State (14-9).  

The Panthers’ four-game winning streak concluded in early October with a 34-27 setback to Western Connecticut.

Since falling to the Wolves, Plymouth State has won four-straight contests and will need to beat UMass Dartmouth to secure a spot in the upcoming NCAA Division III postseason.

UMass Dartmouth has also been a team to watch in the MASCAC – the Corsairs rebounded from a week two loss to Anna Maria College by winning their last seven contests.

The Corsairs beat Plymouth State last season, 28-7, before winning its first New England Bowl seven days later against Alfred State. They also beat Plymouth State in 2019 and 2018.

Plymouth State’s last win over UMass Dartmouth occurred in 2017 – the game was played in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

The Panthers shared the MASCAC crown with Framingham State in 2017, but represented the league in the national postseason, thanks to a dramatic 16-13 win over the Rams.

Plymouth State’s 2017 title run concluded in the opening round with a 66-0 setback to Brockport.

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week One)

Connor Degenhardt and the New Haven Chargers face Bowie State hoping to win their first game against the Bulldogs since 1995. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clarus Studios)

By NoontimeSports.com

A brand new season of college football has arrived — let’s celebrate!

In honor of the opening weekend of college football, it’s time to share our first installment of Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch.

This season, we will pick games from all three levels, including New England FCS and Division II schools for our weekly post. Last year — and yes, previously — we focused on Division III football, not D-I or D-II.

So, before a busy weekend of games begins, allow us to share our initial picks for the 2022 college football season.

Noontime’s Games to Watch for Week One (Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3)

Bentley at West Chester (Friday, Sept. 2 @ 6 p.m.): A new era of Falcons football begins this evening with first-year coach Alvin Reynolds guiding Bentley against a Golden Rams squad they beat last year by a score of 41-17. PREDICTION: Bentley over West Chester

Holy Cross at Merrimack (Friday, Sept. 2 @ 7 p.m.): Last year, Dan Curran’s Warriors scored an upset win, defeating the Crusaders on the road, thanks to a three-score effort in the second quarter. Can they duplicate their effort this evening in from of their home crowd? PREDICTION: Holy Cross over Merrimack  

Western New England at Springfield (Friday, Sept. 2 @ 7 p.m.): Springfield was picked to capture its third conference crown this fall – tonight, look for the Pride’s defense to lead them past the Golden Bears in the “Battle of Springfield.” PREDICTION: Springfield over Western New England

Framingham State at Brockport (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12 p.m.): The Rams’ conference title defense begins with some challenging foes, including tomorrow’s foe, which beat Framingham State last season, 31-0. PREDICTION: Brockport over Framingham State

Husson at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12 p.m.): This is truly a toss-up – I can see both teams winning this contest. But in the end, Husson’s Nic Visser will throw one more touchdown than UMass Dartmouth’s Dante Aviles-Santos to lead the Eagles to a thrilling opening day win. PREDICTION: Husson over UMass Dartmouth

Endicott at St. Lawrence (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12 p.m.): The Gulls overcame a slow start to beat the Saints last season. They’ll use a faster start to score an opening-day win this year. PREDICTION: Endicott over St. Lawrence

Ithaca at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12 p.m.): A challenging opening day matchup awaits the Bears of Bridgewater, which should be in the mix for the MASCAC crown this fall. PREDICTION: Ithaca over Bridgewater State

Sacred Heart at Lafayette (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12:30 p.m.): The Pioneers have been quite successful against the Leopards in previous meetings with Sacred Heart winning their last five meetings. PREDICTION: Sacred Heart over Lafayette   

New Haven at Bowie State (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 1 p.m.): If the Chargers want to advance deep in the NCAA Division II postseason, they will need to beat teams like Bowie State, which advanced to the quarterfinals last fall for the first time in program history. New Haven has won three of four meetings with Bowie State – last year, the Bulldogs outlasted the Chargers, 21-13. PREDICTION: Bowie State over New Haven  

Stonehill at Bloomsburg (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 2 p.m.): A new chapter of Stonehill football begins on Saturday – the Skyhawks moved up to Division I this year and will compete in the Northeast Conference. But before they compete against any conference foe, they should be able to score their initial win as an FCS program against a squad they defeated last year by a score of 35-13.

Noontime’s D3 Lacrosse Games to Watch (March 5-6)

Dylan Wolfe and the Lynchburg men’s lacrosse team will compete against Salisbury University on Saturday. (Please credit Erin Farina/LynchburgSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the first official weekend of March lacrosse.

As usual, we have some great matchups to watch (and follow, of course) so let’s share the games we will be watching, beginning with the University of Lynchburg visiting Salisbury University (men’s lacrosse).

The Sea Gulls enter a postseason preview with the Hornets riding a three-game winning streak, which includes recent wins against Gettysburg College and Stevens Institute of Technology. Logan Posner highlighted his team’s win against the Ducks by recording a career-high six goals to go with an assist.

Posner is one of many Sea Gulls to watch tomorrow — the same could be said for Cross Ferrara, a graduate student that has recorded 12 goals and four assists in three contests to go with seven ground balls and two caused turnovers.

As a team, Salisbury is averaging 17.00 goals per game while its defense has limited its last two opponents to six goals or less.

Lynchburg captured last season’s meeting with a 10-8 win, thanks to Brett Rogers, who led the Hornets with four points on two goals and two assists to go with a pair of ground balls. Riley Mitchell and Kyle Lewis concluded the non-conference meeting with two goals apiece.

All three student-athletes will be spotted on the field tomorrow for Lynchburg, along with Dylan Wolfe, who recorded a season-high six points on four goals and two assists last weekend against Cabrini University.

Wolfe described Saturday’s matchup as “two tough teams” that have split the last two meetings.

Lynchburg has won just five contests against Salisbury dating back to their initial meeting in 1980 when the Sea Gulls soared past the Hornets by a score of 27-5.

While Salisbury-Lynchburg will certainly garner the attention, there are some other games to watch, including Middlebury College women’s lacrosse hosting Bowdoin College on Saturday.

Middlebury has not competed in two years but is expected to contend for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown, along with Tufts University, Colby College, Wesleyan University, Hamilton College, Amherst College, Trinity College, and Bowdoin.

The Panthers enter the 2022 season as a young squad with a few members of its championship squad back, including midfielder Erin Nicholas, who guided Middlebury to a field hockey championship last November.

Middlebury enters Saturday’s meeting with Bowdoin riding a 25-game winning streak and beat the Polar Bears in their initial contest of 2020 by a score of 16-12.


Here are a few more games to watch this weekend (times are eastern standard time):

Colby College at Tufts University (men’s lacrosse) Saturday, March 5 at 12 p.m.: The Jumbos will kick-off their 2022 campaign with a visit from the Mules, a team they beat last April by a score of 29-11, thanks to Bryce Adam, who recorded a career-high nine points.  

Rhodes College at Birmingham-Southern College (women’s lacrosse) Saturday, March 5 at 12 p.m.: Two of the top teams in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) will meet on Saturday with BSC looking to bounce back from a setback last weekend against Reinhardt University.

Cornell College at Illinois Tech (men’s lacrosse) Saturday, March 5 at 12 p.m.: The Rams have won two of three contests this season with hopes of winning their second-straight contest on Saturday against the Scarlet Hawks.  

Brockport at Denison University (women’s lacrosse) Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m.: The Golden Eagles will play their first game of the season after their previous two meetings with Ithaca College and the University of Rochester were postponed.

St. John Fisher at St. Lawrence University (men’s lacrosse) Saturday at 2 p.m.: The Cardinals will enter Saturday’s non-conference meeting with a great deal of momentum following back-to-back wins against Ithaca and SUNY Cortland.

Kenyon College at Catholic University (women’s lacrosse) Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. eastern: Catholic will host Kenyon in its first-ever matchup on Sunday with hopes of capturing its second-straight win.

Marymount University at Whittier College (men’s lacrosse) Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m.: The Poets have won four-straight contests and will attempt to stretch their current winning streak to five against a Saints squad that is looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

Inside The Matchup: Springfield College @ SUNY Cortland

Aiden Lewin and the Springfield College defense will be tasked with slowing down an impressive SUNY Cortland offense. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Springfield College and SUNY Cortland first met on the gridiron in 1946 with the Red Dragons securing a hard-fought 14-12 victory over the Pride.

Since then, the two teams have met 32 times with both squads winning 16 contests and tying once.

On Saturday, the two squads will meet again in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Let’s learn more about this particular matchup like we have earlier this week with a few other local squads.


Game Time & Location: Saturday’s clash between Springfield and Cortland will take place in New York at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Team Schedules: Springfield | Cortland

Team Statistics: Springfield | Cortland


Springfield’s journey to the postseason: After ending its initial month of play with just one win, the Pride rebounded with six straight wins, including three consecutive hard-fought wins during the final three weeks against Catholic University, MIT, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Their end-of-season win over the Cardinals allowed the Pride to secure their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown since capturing it in 2017.

Cortland’s journey to the postseason: After beginning their season with an opening day win over Wittenberg University, the Red Dragons ripped off nine straight wins, including six Empire 8 victories that saw just two teams – Brockport and SUNY Morrisville – score at least one touchdown against a Red Dragons squad that is yielding an average of 8.4 points per game this season.

Springfield’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament: The Pride competed in the opening round of the 2017 postseason but saw their 10-game winning streak snapped to a Husson University squad that had captured its second-straight Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown one week earlier against Mount Ida College.

Cortland’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament: The Red Dragons last appeared in the postseason in 2015 where they won an opening round contest against Salisbury University by a score of 45-21. Linfield University defeated Cortland in the second round before losing to St. Thomas in the semifinals.

Springfield’s NCAA Tournament history: The Pride are making their seventh trip to the postseason with their first appearance coming in 1998 when Springfield lost to Buffalo State in the opening round by a score of 38-35. Two years later, Springfield returned to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the East Regional Finals where they lost to Widener University.

Cortland’s NCAA Tournament history Saturday will mark the 10th time in program history that the Red Dragons have competed in the national postseason. Cortland first appeared in the postseason in 1988. They beat Hofstra University in the opening round at home before falling to Ithaca College in the quarterfinals.

Players to Watch on Springfield: Tim Callahan (FB), Isaiah Cashwell-Doe (RB), Christian Hutra (K | NEWMAC Special Teamer of the Year), Kyle Niehr (DB), Ronald Beard (DB), DJ Brown (LB), Aiden Lewin (LB), David Wells (QB), and Patrick Tuohy (P)

Players to Watch on Cortland: Brees Segala (QB | Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Year), Jaden Alfanostjohn (RB), Derek Cruz (WR), JJ Laap (WR), Nick Lardaro (DL | Empire 8 Rookie of the Year), Devin Smith (DL), Dylan Dubuque (LB | Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Year), Joshua Cordero (DB), Christian Legagneur (DB), Stone Murray (DB), Patrick Luby (K), and Liam Casey (P)