The opening weekend of New England D3 college hockey season saw 31 games played with some team’s already enjoying successful starts to their respective campaigns.
Assumption College men’s hockey is off to a quick 2-0 start. They have outscored its opponents, 12-2, including an eight-goal performance to close the weekend.
The Greyhounds were not the only team itching to find the net multiple times this past weekend as UMass Boston scored nine goals in its season-opener, while five other teams finished with five or more tallies.
In terms of my first week of predictions, they need some work as I finished 5-5 in my declarations with the tie coming from Endicott College and Norwich University (the two teams skated to a highly-contested 3-3 tie).
Also, regarding my predictions from last week, I am a bit surprised that the Cadets women’s team was knocked off 4-2 by Elmira College in a rematch of last year’s national championship, but I am holding onto the idea that we will get round three later this season.
I can say that I was spot on with Curry College as the Colonels began their season by winning the Buffalo State Tournament. In the opening round of last week’s two-day tournament, Vilhelm Peltonen netted his first collegiate marker in a 2-2 tie with Nazareth College before the Purple and White scored an exciting 3-2 win over Buffalo State, thanks to a game-winning strike from Viktor Jansson.
One thing I did notice from this past weekend was various men’s teams received multiple points (goals or assists), beginning with Mike Moran, who located the back of the net twice for Worcester State against Becker College (his final goal happened to be the difference in a 3-2 win).
Jack Kelly logged two goals for Suffolk University in a 7-0 rout of Franklin Pierce, while Justin Collins registered two goals and Aaron Clancy dished out three assists in Westfield State’s 6-3 triumph against Western New England.
On Saturday, Nick Rosa’s two goal-outing helped Babson College double up Saint Anselm, 4-2.
Of course, there were more multi-point skaters from this past weekend, but these were a few names that caught my attention.
Let’s highlight some women’s hockey from this past weekend, beginning with Franklin Pierceearning its 100th win in program history.
On Friday, the Ravens knocked off Plymouth State, 2-0, behind 24 saves from Kelly Turney before Nicole Amato’s hat-trick powered the team to a 6-1 win against Becker. The five-goal win over the Hawks lifted the Ravens to their 100th win in program history – congrats, everyone!
UMass Boston interim head coach Dom Lozzi picked up her first career win behind the bench as returners Jane Morrisette and Katie Leffler finished with two goals and two assists, respectively, in a 5-2 win over Stevenson.
Prior to her team’s three-goal win over the Mustangs, Lozzi praised her unit for being prepared for a successful first weekend. She also gave a nod to the program’s former coach Lindsay Berman, too.
“The last three years, coach Berman did an amazing job with them,” said Lozzi. “We are very experienced up front and they are a really great group of leaders. The fact this whole fall has not felt like much of a transition is a testament to that leadership.”
Suffolk University’s women’s hockey team competed in its first two contests in program history against Nichols College, and although the outcomes were not ideal, the effort from a freshmen filled team is certainly commendable.
Against Nichols last Friday, Haley Poloskey netted a pair of goals, including the program’s first goal at 11:32 in the opening frame. Shana Cote and Jesse Kennedy each recorded one assist in the setback, while Kristen Caporusso turned aside 27 of 32 shots.
On Saturday, Payton Dockus potted the first goal for the team’s first lead of the series before Nichols rallied to score a 2-1, thanks to a power play goal late in the third period by Jordyn McGuire.
Suffolk coach Taylor Wasylk knows her team will endure some ups and downs this season, but is confident that the Rams’ effort and dedication will help them become the program they aspire to be down the road.
“If we show up and play our game then I think we can match up with any team on our schedule,” said Wasylk. “It is all about right now. We are a very, very young team so it is about maturing a little bit, we got a little bit of growing up to do on the ice.”
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Football has finally returned to New England – welcome back, we missed you!
And with the return of a brand new football season, it can only mean one thing: 10 Games to Watch has officially returned to Noontime Sports (get excited!).
So – similar to last year – we will highlight 10 New England D3 contests to watch (and follow/attend) this weekend, as well as our predictions for each contest, too. And as always, you can let us know what you think of our predictions by sending us a tweet to @NoontimeSports or @Noontime_FB (our brand new football Twitter handle!).
Let’s kick-off a BRAND new season with our first installment of 10 Games to Watch in week one!
Univ. of New England at Coast Guard Academy (Thursday, Aug. 30th | 7 p.m.): The Bears open its 2018 campaign against a new opponent (UNE), which will certainly be a team to watch this fall as a first-year varsity program. But tonight, we’ll take the Bears over the Nor’Easters, which will be led by junior quarterback Ryan Jones. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 28, UNE 10
WPI at Anna Maria (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): WPI is one of our teams to watch this fall – as we mentioned earlier this week, they are very determined to challenge Springfield College for the top spot in the NEWMAC – so look for the Engineers to begin their season with a week one win against a non-conference/Worcester area foe. PREDICTION: WPI 35, Anna Maria 14
Western New England at Springfield College (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): Junior Hunter Belzo and the Pride’s offense will look to continue its momentum from last season, which began with an opening day win over their neighbors in the Battle for the Pynchon Saw. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, WNE 21
Dean College at Curry College (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): This will be a good test for the Colonels, who were picked to finish third in the CCC (tied with Endicott College). Sure, they graduated some key pieces from last year’s squad, which advanced to the New England Bowl, but an opening day win against the Bulldogs could provide the Purple and White with some much-needed early season momentum. PREDICTION: Curry 27, Dean 14
Becker College at MIT (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): Coach Brian Bubna and the Engineers will look to begin a new chapter – and yes, a new season, as well! – with a win against a Becker squad they topped last season on the road. PREDICTION: MIT 21, Becker 7
Endicott College at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 12 p.m.): For the past few seasons, the Rams of Framingham State have had their way with the Gulls of Endicott. However, this game has the making for a potential upset, so don’t be surprised if the Blue and Green fly home to Beverly with an opening day win. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Framingham State 20
Buffalo State at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 12 p.m.): Buffalo State should certainly provide some challenges for the Bears of Bridgewater State, which almost defeated the Bengals last season in New York. This game has the makings for an exciting first week contest, which could come down to the final drive. PREDICTION: Buffalo State 26, Bridgewater State 17
Salve Regina at Worcester State (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 12 p.m.): If the Lancers hope to contend for the MASCAC crown this fall they must find a way to get past some of the region’s top teams, including Salve Regina. The Seahawks were picked to finish second the CCC Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Wednesday, and will certainly provide Worcester State with some challenges on both sides of the ball. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 29, Worcester State 24
Husson Univ. at Union College (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 1 p.m.): An opening day win against a talented Union squad would be a tremendous ways to start the post-John Smith era at Husson. The Eagles return some key pieces from last year’s squad, which should certainly help them contend against some of the best teams in both New England and New York this fall. PREDICTION: Husson 17, Union 13
Plymouth State at Castleton Univ. (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 1 p.m.): The Panthers maybe the favorite in this contest, but don’t overlook the Spartans’ offense, which will be led by senior wide-out Ryan Barry and classmate/halfback Moe Harris. PREDICTION: Castleton 21, Plymouth State 20
On offense, quarterback Joe Germinerio completed 14 of 17 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, while Christian Hollister clinched the win with a one-yard touchdown run late in the fourth.
The win provided the Golden Eagles with their ninth-straight of the season – they will attempt to finish 10-0 this weekend when they visit St. Lawrence on Saturday, November 11 for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.
Alfred, which falls to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Empire 8, will cap its regular season with a visit from Hartwick on Saturday. Hartwick enters the early afternoon clash on a three-game losing skid – their last win came early last month when they defeated Morrisville State, 52-34.
The Bombers held the Dutchmen to a just 188 yards of total offense, thanks to Dan Loizos, who led Ithaca’s defense with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops, one forced fumble and one tackle for a one yard loss.
Ithaca’s David Prudhomme concluded the game with eight points on a pair of field goals and extra points – his longest field goal of the contest was a 33-yard boot.
With the win, the Bombers head into the final week of the regular season with the best record in the Liberty League at 4-1. They’ll face SUNY Cortland this week, which is always a must-see, must-follow contest.
Union will cap its regular season slate with a visit from RPI. Both teams enter this week’s clash with identical 3-1 conference ledgers.
Other news and notes from the Empire State: Matthew Murphy highlighted his team’s come-from-behind win last weekend against Dean by booting a 20-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to help SUNY Maritime edge Dean, 17-14, in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play … the Privateers’ eight wins matches their record from 2011 when they SUNY Maritime won eight of 10 contests, including a 21-14 win over Gallaudet … Merchant Marine’s Brice Moore was tabbed this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive Athlete of the Week after leading the Mariners to a 62-27 win over Catholic University. Moore completed two of three passes for 81 yards, while rushing for a game-high 104 yards on 20 carries and two scores … the Mariners head to Coast Guard Academy this weekend to contend for the Secretaries’ Cup. The game will be streamed ive on ESPN3 at noon … Buffalo State returned to the win column last Saturday with an exciting 24-20 win over Hartwick, thanks to a late touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Hoppy to Had Bryant.
Ah, it’s Friday, which means a brand new weekend of New England and New York D3 Football is on the horizon – wahoo!
Let’s dish out this week’s (week nine) 10 Games to Watch in D3 Football (New England an New York) – as always, make sure to stay connected with us on social media throughout the weekend for news, notes and scores.
Fitchburg State at Western Connecticut (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): As of this week, Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials are in the driver seat for the MASCAC crown. However, they certainly should not overlook this Falcons squad, which beat them last season, 17-14. PREDICTION: West Conn. 27, Fitchburg State 17
WPI at MIT (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): This is a big one for both teams, which will look to keep the pressure on Springfield – the Pride currently remain atop the NEWMAC with an impressive 8-0 record. A win for the Engineers of WPI would keep their regular season title hopes alive, while a victory for the Engineers of MIT could set-up a potential de-facto championship game in two weeks. PREDICTION: WPI 28, MIT 25
Framingham State at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): Last season, the Corsairs defeated the Rams, but can they do its again this season? We’ll see – the Rams need a win to keep their conference championship hopes alive! PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, UMass Dartmouth 21
Becker at Nichols (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): We have a unique Worcester rivalry in the making here, especially after a hard-fought win by the Bison last fall (16-13). Can the Bison make it back-to-back seasons with a win over the Hawks or will Becker soar past Nichols in this meeting? PREDICTION: Nichols 30, Becker 20
Trinity at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Can the Bantams’ momentum continue this weekend against a solid Panther squad that has rebounded from a last-second setback to Williams College? We’ll find out – the Panthers must find a way to slow down the Bantams’ rushing attack, specifically Max Chipouras, who has rushed for nine touchdowns this season. PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Middlebury 24
Salve Regina at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): The Golden Bears appear to have found their groove, but can they continue their current momentum against a Seahawks squad that appears eager to snatch the inaugural Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 26, Western New England 21
Ithaca at Utica (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): A convincing 34-12 win over Buffalo State last week has us thinking this Pioneers squad will provide some serious challenges for these Bombers.PREDICTION: Utica 30, Ithaca 25
Brockport at Buffalo State (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Defense wins championships, and as of now, the Golden Eagles’ defense is legit. This will be a tough test for the Bengals’ offense! PREDICTION: Brockport 34, Buffalo State 14
Amherst at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1:30 p.m.): Despite a loss to Middlebury, these Mammoths still remain in the hunt for a NESCAC crown. And to remain in the hunt, they’ll need to defeat a Tufts squad, which is flying high after an exciting win a week ago in Williamstown. PREDICTION: Tufts 21, Amherst 20
SUNY Cortland at St. John Fisher (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 2 p.m.): Since falling to Brockport last month, these Red Dragons have been on a roll, winning three consecutive contests. Can they keep this momentum going, especially against a St. John Fisher? PREDICTION: Cortland 27, St. John Fisher 15
Happy Monday! With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive, Defensive and Special Team units of the week, as well as our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, too.
Offensive Player of the Week: Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Germinerio accounted for five touchdowns in his team’s 48-7 win over Morrisville State, along with 298 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles’ signal-caller completed 19 of 23 passes for 288 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores on five carries for 10 yards.
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Liam Kenneally (Trinity): Kenneally turned in a monstrous performance against Tufts, tallying eight total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards, one sack for a 14 yard loss and one fumble recovery. Kenneally also registered one quarterback hurry, too.
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Jean Gabriel (Husson): Against Castleton, Jean Gabriel stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four solo stops, one sack (seven yards), one interception, one pass break-up, one quarterback hurry and two blocks.
Special Teams Player of the Week: John Rak (Amherst): Rak concluded Saturday’s contest against the Mules with 10 points. He was a perfect four-for-four on extra points, while connecting on a pair of field goals with his longest boot coming from 32 yards out.
Offensive Team of the Week:
Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Bamgbose led the Corsairs with 124 receiving yards on five receptions, while recording a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 24-22 setback to Bridgewater State.
Cory Brandon (Husson): Against Castleton, Brandon completed 15 of 17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.
Mike Breuler (Wesleyan): Breuler hauled in a game-high 10 receptions for 164 yards and one touchdown as the Cardinals rallied to defeat Bates, 41-23.
Kiegan Brown (Alfred State): Against Gallaudet, Brown rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries for one score, while recording one catch for five yards.
Max Chipouras (Trinity): Chipouras tallied 165 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown to lead Trinity passed Tufts, 23-16.
Brendan Costa (Bates): Against Wesleyan, Costa tallied 170 yards on 18 carries and one score.
Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime): Creeger amassed 329 yards of total offense, including 212 yards on 26 carries for one score as Maine Maritime topped Coast Guard in NEWMAC play. Creeger ended the game three for seven through the air for two touchdowns and 117 yards.
James Dawson (Salve Regina): Against Nichols, Dawson rushed for a pair of scores on 25 carries for 119 yards as the Seahawks improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.
Brandonn Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers with 10 receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown.
Zach DeNike (Endicott): DeNike led all receivers with five grabs for 96 yards and a touchdown against Western New England.
Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Eglintine tallied four touchdowns – two through the air, two on the ground – as the Pride improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in NEWMAC play. The Pride’s signal-caller completed three of seven passes for 76 yards, while rushing for 79 yards on 15 carries.
Quinn Fleeting (West Conn.): Against Mass. Maritime, Fleeting completed 11 of 21 passes for 208 yards and three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jawad Chisholm.
Maleke Fuentes (Alfred): Fuentes rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries and one score in his team’s initial setback of the season to SUNY Cortland.
Peter Hoff (Western New England): Hoff averaged 7.2 yards per carry, finishing the day with 115 yards on 16 carries for two scores as the Golden Bears picked-up their initial conference win.
Kyle Hoppy (Buffalo State.): Hoppy completed 20 of 39 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 30 yards on 10 carries for one score as the Bengals topped the Saints of St. Lawrence.
Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy led all receivers with seven grabs and 124 yards, while hauling in one touchdown in his team’s 24-22 win over UMass Dartmouth.
Jared Lebowoitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz completed 24 of 37 passes for 304 yards, while tossing a trio of touchdown passes in his team’s 27-26 setback to Williams. The senior signal-caller also rushed for 34 yards on eight carries.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron completed 21 of 29 passes for 195 yards, while tossing two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with no time remaining to lift the Ephs to an exciting 27-26 win over Middlebury. The first-year signal-caller also rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries and one score.
Chris Olberding (SUNY Maritime): Olberding led all rushers with 132 yards on 15 carries, while sprinting for a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 51-15 win over Anna Maria.
Rodrick Payne (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Payne rushed for 99 yards on 21 carries and two scores.
Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Acad.): Phillips led all rushers in his team’s 28-21 setback to West Conn. with 212 yards on 39 carries, while recording one touchdown.
Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan): Piccirillo helped the Cardinals overcome a two-point (23-21) setback at the break by finishing the game 29 of 42 for 370 yards, while rushing for 84 yards on 11 carries. Piccirillo also concluded the game with three touchdowns, including two through the air.
Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Puzzo completed 18 of 31 passes for 200 yards, while tossing one score – he also rushed for 37 yards on 21 carries.
Anthony Service (Western New England): Service amassed 210 yards of total offense, while account for three touchdowns, including two through the air as the Golden Bears topped Endicott in Springfield, Massachusetts.
John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for a trio of touchdowns on 16 carries for 95 yards in his team’s 49-0 win over Castleton.
Shane Sweeney (Hobart): Sweeney completed 19 of 29 passes for 305 yards and four scores in his team’s 49-27 win over Hartwick.
Koree Reed (Hartwick): Reed hauled in a game-high nine receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the Hawks’s 49-27 setback to Hobart.
Maxwell Rye (Middlebury): Rye led the Panthers’ receiving core with seven grabs for 133 receiving yards and one score.
Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva led all receivers with 118 yards on four receptions, while hauling in a pair of touchdown passes as Curry defeated Becker, 40-0.
Trai Weaver (Anna Maria): Weaver led all Anna Maria receivers Saturday by hauling in nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.
Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 169 yards on 25 carries, while rushing for one score in his team’s seven-straight win.
Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright completed 26 of 36 passes for 334 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdowns in his team’s win over Anna Maria.
Defensive Team of the Week:
Luke Apuzzi (Williams): Against Middlebury, Apuzzi registered 16 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.
Derek Breunig (Maine Maritime): Against Coast Guard, Breunig registered 10 total stops, including four solo tackles, one sack (nine yards) and two tackles for a loss of 25 yards.
Jesse Byorth (Merchant Marine): Byorth led the Mariners with 10 total tackles, including a pair of stops for a loss of six yards and one forced fumble against Springfield.
Joe Esposito (Plymouth State): Esposito concluded Saturday’s 16-13 win over Framingham State with eight total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one forced fumble.
Dylan Ferrari (SUNY Cortland): Ferrari concluded Saturday’s upset win over Alfred with six total stops, including three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 13 yards.
Daniel George (Anna Maria): Against SUNY Maritime, George tallied 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded one forced fumble, too.
Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded Saturday’s game against Merchant Marine with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 23 yards.
Michael Hall (Anna Maria): Hall matched George for 12 total stops, but concluded Saturday’s game against SUNY Maritime with nine solo tackles, along with one tackle for a loss for four yards and two fumble recoveries (19 yards).
Geno Iozzino (Alfred): Against SUNYCortland, Iozzino recorded six solo stops, including a pair of tackles for a loss (10 yards) and one sack (seven yards).
Paul Krowel (Buffalo State): Krowel tallied seven total stops, including four solo tackles, two quarterback hurries, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss (11 yards) and two sacks (10) in the Bengals’ 24-21 win over St. Lawrence.
Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Against Bridgewater State, Mathurin tallied 15 total stops, including 12 solo tackles and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of six yards.
Brandon Morris (Wesleyan): Against Bates, Morris tallied 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of six yards.
William Rivera (Endicott): Against Western New England, Rivera registered 11 total stops, including five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and one sack for an eight yard loss.
Tylor Scales (Tufts): Scales completed Tufts’ most recent contest against Trinity with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards, one sack for an eight yard loss and one forced fumble.
Aaron Slodowitz (Middlebury): Against Williams, Slodowitz led all defenders with 18 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards.
Skyler Williamson (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Williamson registered 15 total tackles, including seven solo stops, four tackles for a loss (16 yards) and one sack (eight yards).
Special Teams of the Week:
Jordan D’Onofrio (West Conn.): D’Onofrio punted the ball six times on Saturday with a pair of boots landing inside the Mass. Maritime Academy 20. He also registered two touchbacks, while connecting on all four extra point attempts.
William Holscher (SUNY Cortland): Holscher’s 20 yard field goal in overtime helped the Red Dragons secured an exciting upset over Alfred in Cortland, New York. Holscher completed the game with eight points – he was a perfect two for two on extra points.
Brian McGovern (Hartwick): Against Hobart, McGovern tallied nine points by connecting on a pair of field goals and three extra points.
Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Against Anna Maria, Murphy connected on seven extra point attempts, while tallying 496 yards on eight kickoffs with five kicks resulting in touchbacks.