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Five Teams That Could Win The CCC This Fall

Quarterback Mike Ingraffia will be a player to watch on offense this fall at Endicott College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway)

By Matt Noonan

Last fall, Endicott College captured its first conference crown in eight seasons by winning the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league with an 8-2 record.

The Gulls, which advanced to the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, saw their run toward a national title conclude with a 20-14 setback to RPI.

Despite ending their season with a six-point setback to the Engineers, Endicott should once again be in the mix for the conference crown. But the same could be said for a few other teams in the CCC, which will be ready to challenge the Gulls for some hardware.

Here are five teams that I believe can win the Commonwealth Coast Football league this year.

Endicott: I believe the Gulls can win their second-straight title, but their path to their fourth conference crown in program history won’t be easy.

For the Gulls to enjoy another successful campaign, they will need a similar effort this fall from quarterback Mike Ingraffia, who capped his sophomore season with career-highs in passing yards (1,531) and touchdowns (15).

Ingraffia is just one of many student-athletes to watch on the Gulls this fall, specifically its offense, but the same could be said for classmate and wide Shane Aylward, who ended the 2021 season as the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Aylward ranked fifth in the conference in receiving yards (712) while finishing tied for sixth with five touchdown receptions.

Colin Meropoulos was named the CCC Defensive Rookie of the Year and will be tasked with leading a defense that limited its opponents to 19.5 points per game.

Husson University: One should never count out coach Nat Clark’s Eagles, which concluded its 2021 campaign with a 7-3 record.

For the Eagles to enjoy another successful campaign, they will need some key members of last year’s squad to step up this year, including wide receiver Jon Bell, who concluded the 2021 season with career-bests in receptions (49), receiving yards (753), and touchdowns (four). Bell will most likely be targeted a few more times this fall by quarterback Nic Visser, who led the conference in passing yards (2,598).

Linebacker Tucker Buzzell will be the player to watch on defense after leading Husson with 85 total tackles last fall.  

Salve Regina University: For the first time since 2016, the Seahawks ended its season with eight wins, thanks to an impressive opening month that saw Salve Regina win four straight non-conference contests, including an epic come-from-behind win over Rowan University.

The team’s early-season momentum came to an end in early October with a 41-3 setback to Western New England.

Salve Regina would bounce back by winning four of their final five contests.

The biggest question facing this year’s squad is who will return this fall? Salve Regina’s roster featured eight graduate students last fall, along with 21 seniors, including halfback Joey Mauriello, but one player that will return this year – and is someone to watch – is linebacker Zachary Ludemann. The Howell, New Jersey native placed 11th in the conference in total tackles (69.0).

Western New England: For the second-straight season, the Golden Bears won five of six conference contests. But their lone setback to Endicott resulted in Western New England missing the national postseason for the first time in two years.

Will the loss to the Gulls be this year’s motivation for the Yellow and Blue?

Endicott and Western New England are scheduled to compete at the end of the season, so perhaps the final game could determine the conference’s winner.

The Golden Bears featured three different quarterbacks last fall, including Bryce Karstetter and Conrad Swanson, who will likely compete for the starting job this summer. But in addition to the team’s quarterback battle, keep an eye on the wide receivers and tight ends. Steven Fedorchak and Adam Razza have graduated, which means we could see Greg Perry and Ryan Larson become the squad’s top two receivers.  

No matter the make-up of this year’s Golden Bears, the expectation is coach Jason Lebeau’s squad will be ready to contend for its fourth CCC title.

University of New England: For the second-straight season, the Nor’easters won four games, including a pair of league tilts.

Can they double that win total this fall?

Perhaps they can, but for UNE to do that, they will need to play some of its best football early on.

UNE ended its 2021 season with a wild victory over Curry College, which highlighted a few players to watch this fall.

One of those players to watch in 2022 is quarterback Jarrett Henault, a Goffstown, New Hampshire native that threw for a career and season-high five touchdowns in his team’s win over the Colonels. Henault appeared in eight contests last season and will be tasked with leading an offense that will feature Mikey Brennan, Jakob Rivers, and Shane LaPorte this fall.

While the offense has a chance to improve from one year ago, the same could be said for the Nor’easter defense, which will be led by David Hutchison, a defensive lineman from St Johnsbury, Vermont.

UNE might be a longshot to win the CCC, but they certainly proved last season that they can contend with some of the best teams in the conference.

Noontime’s D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Endicott Rolls Past WNE, 45-21

Kobe Gaudette (84) caught two touchdown passes in Endicott College’s victory Saturday over Western New England. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

Quarterback Mike Ingraffia completed 20 of 25 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns while halfback John Kenney rushed for three scores as Endicott College defeated Western New England, 45-21, to secure the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league.

Saturday’s win marks the second time in three years that the Gulls have beaten the Golden Bears on their home field.

Endicott capitalized on its first five series, scoring a touchdown on four straight drives before ending their fifth with a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Smith.  

Western New England trimmed the deficit twice in the second quarter with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Karstetter to Steven Fedorchak and a one-yard rushing score by EJ Dudley to pull within 17 points (31-14) at the break.

Ingraffia tossed his final touchdown in the third quarter to Kobe Gaudette – the two connected for a 58-yard strike down the nearside before Kenney registered his final score with 8:08 remaining in the fourth quarter by capping a four-play, 36-yard drive with a 14-yard rushing score.

Tim Russell led the Endicott defense with 10 total tackles to go with one pass breakup while Tyler Davis tallied eight stops, including three solo tackles.

The Gulls, who have won five of six contests this fall, will visit Husson University next Saturday, October 16.

Husson scored its first league victory of the season this afternoon by defeating Curry College, 21-14, thanks to three touchdown passes by Nic Visser, who concluded the game with 271 passing yards.

Adam Couch rushed for a game-high 190 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns while James Cahoon completed 9 of 16 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns as Bridgewater State rolled past Worcester State, 49-13, to improve to 4-2 overall and 4-0 against Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) teams.

Framingham State also won its fourth-straight conference game as the Rams blanked Fitchburg State, 35-0. Devaun Ford recorded 142 yards of total offense, including 92 receiving yards, and three touchdowns (two on the ground, one through the air).

Gavin Moody rushed for the go-ahead (and eventual game-winning) touchdown with 3:17 remaining as Plymouth State outlasted Western Connecticut, 16-13, in Danbury, Connecticut.

Moody concluded the game with 21 yards on two carries while Manny Sanchez led all rushers with 136 yards on 26 carries.

Quin Girard led the Panthers’ defense with nine total tackles, including four solo stops.

Tim Callahan and Patrick Ladas each rushed for two touchdowns as Springfield College rolled past Coast Guard Academy, 60-0, in their first home game of the 2021 season.

Springfield is one of three teams with a perfect mark in conference play, joining the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USSMA) and Catholic University.

Trinity College, Williams College, and Wesleyan University all moved to 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play while Bates College scored their first win against Tufts University since 2013 as the Bobcats roared past the Jumbos by a score of 33-10.

We’ll have more on the sixth week of the New England D-III (and yes, some thoughts on D-II) later this weekend!

Player Perspective: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England)

Steven Fedorchak became the all-time leader in touchdown receptions last weekend during the Golden Bears’ first conference clash of the 2021 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com

Last Saturday was an exciting day for wide receiver Steven Fedorchak.

The Guilderland, New York native became the all-time leader in Western New England’s football program history in touchdown receptions during the Golden Bear’s 41-3 victory over Salve Regina University.

It means a lot to me,” said Fedorchak, who has caught 23 touchdowns in four seasons with the Golden Bears. “But ultimately, it shows how successful our offense has been since my first season with the team in 2017.

“The coaches have done a great job with putting me in the best position to be successful – we also have another great receiver, Adam Razza, who helps us challenge opposing defensive secondaries.”

Fedorchak concluded last week’s initial conference tilt with the Seahawks by catching six passes for 87 yards and one touchdown. He has caught one touchdown in four of five contests this season while producing a season-high seven receptions for 90 yards in a non-conference setback to Utica College last month (he also caught seven passes for 89 yards two weeks ago against Salisbury University).

This week, Fedorchak and the Golden Bears will look to earn their second conference win of the 2021 season when they visit Endicott College on Saturday, October 9 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m.

Noontime Sports recently caught up with Steven Fedorchak to discuss his record-breaking day against the Seahawks, as well as what he and the team must do to win their second-straight league tilt against the Gulls.

Did you ever imagine when you joined the Western New England football program that you would break the touchdown reception record?

I had the opportunity to play under Mark Dietrich as a freshman and watch him break the original record with 22 touchdowns in 2017. I learned a lot from him and strive to be the best receiver I can be so I can match his effort with what he did with the Western New England football program.

It sounds cliché, but you have been fortunate to compete with some talented quarterbacks over the past few seasons. How have each of the previous (and yes, current) signal-callers helped you improve as a wide receiver?

Anthony Service, Alec Coleman, and Bryce Karstetter are all talented quarterbacks. I credit Anthony for helping me during my sophomore season as the receiver’s coach. I had always thought about my routes from the perspective of a receiver, but he opened my eyes and taught both myself and other receivers how to think like a quarterback.

Alec was the best leader I have ever had the honor of playing with – he always made the right read and put us in the best position to be successful. He set the standard in my eyes for what a leader should be.

Bryce is quickly developing into a great quarterback. We have developed a good rapport, and his calm demeanor has helped both me and my teammates in various situations this season. Additionally, he has improved every week and has done a great job with overseeing our offense.

I know it has been a few days, but how important was it for you and the team to score that first conference win last weekend against Salve Regina?

Earning our first conference win was a great way to begin Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play, but we have a big game tomorrow against Endicott College. Our goal as a team is always to win the conference, but to achieve that goal we are always looking ahead to what’s next and not becoming complacent with our past wins.

What must the offense do to continue its recent success on Saturday against Endicott College?

We have to keep running the ball and giving Bryce the time he needs to go through his progressions so he can be successful in the passing game. Every week we continue to grow as an offense, but also find ways to put points on the board.

Outside of football, you are majoring in accounting. What interested you in pursuing an accounting degree? Also, what do you plan to do with it after graduation?

Currently, I am attempting to get my Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Western New England and am working at Complete Payroll Solutions in the tax department. The company’s atmosphere is a great one, and I have really enjoyed my time with this company thus far.

Noontime Football Roundup: Endicott Rallies To Beat WPI, 28-21

The Endicott College football team rallied to beat WPI on Friday night. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com

John Kenney rushed for a team-high 71 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown — his lone score capped an exciting fourth quarter that saw Endicott College rally from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat WPI, 28-21, on Friday evening at Hempstead Stadium.

Friday’s victory marked the second time this season Endicott has needed to rally past their opponent to secure a hard-fought victory — last Saturday, the Gulls overcame an eight-point deficit at the break to defeat St. Lawrence University.

Joe Leonard, Anthony Bracamonte, and Clayton Marengi combined for 161 passing yards while Mehdi Squalli and Tim Russell led the defense with eight total tackles, respectively.

WPI’s Brandon Winn led all rushers with two touchdowns while quarterback Dante Coccagnia completed 12 of 22 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown.

The Engineers led 14-0 at the break and 21-7 after three quarters.

Curtis Cann completed 14 of 25 passes for 213 yards while Kobe Copeland rushed for a game-high 31 yards and one score as Massachusetts Maritime Academy outlasted SUNY-Maritime, 14-6, in their season-opener and the 13th Chowder Bowl.

The Buccaneer’s defense concluded the game with three interceptions and ten tackles for a loss of 22 yards.

In Westfield, Dillon Kohl and Tyler Millerick combined for four rushing touchdowns while Bryce Karstetter and Tyler Millerick each through for one touchdown as Western New England rolled past Westfield State, 48-0.