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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

Catching Up with Coach Chuck Goldstein (Gallaudet University Football)

Brandon Washington and the Gallaudet University football team captured the 2022 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gallaudet University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

It sounds like a simple message that any football coach would preach to his squad: please protect the football, but also, let’s not commit too many penalties.

Through the first five contests of the 2022 season, the Gallaudet University football team averaged at least one fumble per game to go with 96.6 penalty yards. The Buff and Blue racked up more than 100 penalty yards in a pair of early-season meetings, including an early October contest with Castleton University which saw Gallaudet edge the Spartans, 20-17.

The win over the Spartans was an important one, but perhaps a turning point for a squad that needed to reduce the number of fumbles and penalty yards they were tallying on a weekly basis.

Said coach Chuck Goldstein: “The thing that prevented us all year was ourselves.”

Goldstein’s squad made corrections, addressing the little things they needed to do to be more successful. The result: fewer fumbles – in fact, just one fumble during its final four contests – along with fewer penalty yards.

Gallaudet won three of its final four contests, including its regular season finale last weekend against Alfred State to clinch its second Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown in nine years.

“Earlier (in the season), we would put the ball on the ground, and we had too many penalties,” said Goldstein. “But if you look at the last couple of games, we held onto the ball and we had very (few) penalties. And that is the key to success for us.”

Now, Gallaudet must translate its success to its next outing, a postseason contest next Saturday, November 19.

The Bison will be idle this weekend, allowing 70 student-athletes an opportunity to get some additional rest before embarking on what some hope could be a magical run toward a national title next month. But before Gallaudet executes its next play next Saturday, November 19, Goldstein says the focus, for now, is to celebrate the team’s hard work, both this fall and last spring, that resulted in a league championship.

Noontime Sports recently caught up with Coach Goldstein to discuss his team’s exciting season, while learning more about a few student-athletes that have stepped up for the Bison this fall.

On winning the ECFC crown, despite being picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll: Last year, we began our season (with five-straight wins), and then (we lost) three-straight contests. We had a young team (last fall), so I knew coming into this season that we were going to be competitive.

I told our guys when they left in the spring that we had a good football team, which is what I said when they returned (to campus) in August.

Our goal was to compete every day. The motto for our season was to do your job. We had some moments where we fell under the bend, but don’t break philosophy with some comeback wins, but the kids never quit. The players did everything we asked them to do, and good things happen when you do the little things right.

On Gallaudet’s exciting win over Dean College last month: I remember like it was yesterday. The x-factor was playing on grass – it had rained (in Massachusetts prior to our mid-October meeting with the Bulldogs), so we were slipping all over the place, which was one thing we were not prepared for, but we were able to hang on (at the end), thanks to our defense, which kept us in the game.

Special teams have been a strength for us this year with a great kicker and punter in Jonathon Waterman, but what happened was our offense came through at the end – they kept their cool throughout (the entire contest).

On falling to SUNY-Maritime one week after rallying to beat Dean: We really thought going into that game we were the better team and didn’t overlook them, but just didn’t play well. We finally put it together when our backs were against the wall (by producing) 22 points in the fourth quarter and unfortunately missed that two-point conversion at the end (of the game).

At the end of the day, it is what it is – had we won the game, we would have clinched the conference championship (one week later) against Anna Maria College. But (losing to SUNY-Maritime) was a wake-up call – it set the tone heading into the Anna Maria (game) knowing that we were still in (the conference title race), but no one is going to give it to us.

Brandon Washington has rushed for a team-high 950 yards and eight touchdowns in nine contests this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Gallaudet University Athletics)

On beating Alfred State to clinch the program’s second ECFC crown: We played a great game against Alfred. We were able to run the ball, the defense was great, and it was just a complete team win. I had a gut feeling that we were going to come out ready to go and play well, and they did.

On the impact Brandon Washington has made on offense: We started teaching Brandon (how to play quarterback) last spring because he’s a wide receiver. He’s a skill position guy, he’s an athlete, and we were talking (amongst the coaches) about letting him play safety, as well.

When Brandon was in the game (this fall), we were moving the ball more, so in the last two games, as well as the Maritime game in the second half, Brandon was our quarterback and we decided to play to his strengths. We let him run the ball a little bit and he is talented and special.

Our offensive line is a great group of guys and they just really pulled together and paved the way for (Brandon, as well as) Dre’Vaughn Mackall and Mikka Harvey, who have had some big games in the last couple of games, as well.

On the impact Jacob Hartman has made on the defense: We have had some good linebackers come through here, including first-team all-conference players for three or four years in a row, but Jacob Hartman is the best defensive player to (compete for this program). We have had some players in the past that were NFL prospects, but when you put the film on to watch him, you will know (where Jacob is on the field) right away.

An interesting fact: we taught Jacob how to play quarterback this spring – he was a high school quarterback in West Virginia, and he broke so many records at his school, so if we did get into a bind, he may be a guy that we would play quarterback for us.

What To Know About The Final Week of New England D3 Football

Aiden Lewin and the Springfield College football team are one win away from capturing their third NEWMAC title. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

The final week of the New England NCAA Division III football regular season has arrived.

As expected, the final week will feature some important matchups that will determine conference winners, along with which teams will advance to either the national postseason or a regional bowl game.

Let’s check in on all five New England conferences to see where things stand after a busy few weeks of small college football.

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott College clinched its second-straight CCC crown last Saturday with a 42-10 win over Salve Regina University to secure a spot in the upcoming national postseason.

The Gulls will travel to Western New England on Saturday with hopes of completing its regular season slate without a setback.

Endicott beat Western New England last season but lost to the Golden Bears in Springfield in 2019 (WNE won the conference that season, as well as competed in the postseason).

Husson University can possibly secure a spot in the upcoming New England Bowl, pending they beat Salve Regina. The Eagles have won four conference games for the third consecutive season, as well as scored their first-ever victory against Western New England last month.

A loss to Salve Regina could open the door for another CCC squad to appear in a bowl game.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC): For the first time since 2013, Gallaudet University has won the ECFC.

The Bison clinched the conference crown this past weekend by topping Alfred State, 36-22. Brandon Washington, who is a slot receiver and quarterback for the Bison, rushed for a career-high 228 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns in the win.

Gallaudet is idle this weekend but will return to the field next weekend in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament.

Castleton University can secure a spot in the New England Bowl with a win over Anna Maria College on Saturday. But a loss to the AMCATs could open the door for Anna Maria, Alfred State, or another ECFC team to represent the league in an upcoming bowl game.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Saturday is a big day for two MASCAC teams: Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth.

The Panthers set up a de-facto conference title game with the Corsairs this weekend by defeating Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 21-7, last Saturday.

A Plymouth State victory would provide the Green and White an opportunity to compete in the postseason for the first time since 2017.

A Corsairs victory over the Panthers would allow UMass Dartmouth an opportunity to contend for a national title.

No matter the outcome, it’s likely both teams will be competing next weekend with one squad representing the MASCAC in the New England Bowl.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Trinity College is one win away from capturing its first conference crown since 2018.

Additionally, the Bantams are looking to become the third-straight NESCAC team to finish its respective campaign with a 9-0 record.

Middlebury College and Williams College finished 9-0 in 2019 and 2021, respectively.

For Trinity to clinch its first perfect season since concluding its 2016 slate with an 8-0 record, they will need to beat Wesleyan University, which claimed its first Little Three title in three years this past weekend.

Trinity has beaten Wesleyan in four of its last five meetings.

A loss to the Cardinals could pave the way for the Bantams to share the conference crown with Middlebury, pending they beat Tufts University. However, a Trinity win over Wesleyan and a Middlebury victory against Tufts would result in the Bantams winning the crown outright, thanks to its six-point win over the Panthers last month.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Catholic University will entertain Springfield College this weekend in a win-or-go-home contest.

Both teams enter the season finale with identical 5-0 conference records.

Catholic has won all five NEWMAC tilts by a combined score of 206-60.

Springfield beat its first five conference foes by a combined score of 162-92.

Like the MASCAC, the winner of this matchup will represent the NEWMAC in the national playoffs. The team that finishes with a 5-1 conference mark will most likely appear in next weekend’s New England Bowl.

Springfield has won all four meetings with Catholic, dating back to the initial season of NEWMAC football in 2017.  

New England D3 Football Conference Title Watch (Week 10)

David Wells and the Springfield College football team are two wins away from capturing the program’s third NEWMAC crown since 2017. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re slowly approaching the end of another regular season of New England NCAA Division III football.

With two weeks remaining, the five conference races have been whittled down to two or three teams. And by the conclusion of Saturday’s slate, we may have one, two, or possibly three teams celebrating a league title.

Like we have these last few weeks, let’s break down the five conference races, beginning with a two-team race in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

The Leader: Endicott College (8-0, 4-0)

In Contention: Husson University (4-4, 3-1)

Thoughts on the CCC: The Gulls are one win away from capturing its second-straight league crown.

Endicott should be able to win at least one more game, either this week or next week to accomplish this goal.

The Gulls will entertain Salve Regina University on Saturday before ending their regular season with a trip to Western New England.

For Husson to win the CCC crown, they would need to win their final two contests, as well as hope Endicott loses its final two games. Yet, given the way these Gulls are playing these days, it seems likely that Endicott will represent the CCC in the national postseason while Husson will secure a bid to the New England Bowl.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

The Leader: Gallaudet University (6-2, 4-1)

In Contention: Castleton University (5-4, 4-1)

Thoughts on the ECFC: Like Endicott, Gallaudet is inching closer to winning its respective conference crown.

Gallaudet needs to beat Alfred State on Saturday to keep its title hopes alive. A loss to the Pioneers would allow Castleton an opportunity to win the league with an end-of-season victory against Anna Maria College.

The Bison have beaten Anna Maria while the Spartans rolled past the Pioneers last weekend.

Gallaudet has not competed in the national postseason since 2013 when they saw their bid for a championship conclude in the opening round with a 34-7 setback to Hobart.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

The Leader: UMass Dartmouth (8-1, 7-0)

In Contention: Plymouth State (7-1, 5-1)

Thoughts on the MASCAC: It’s possible the Corsairs could secure the conference crown this weekend.

UMass Dartmouth is idle this week but could be handed its first league title in 20 years with a Plymouth State loss. But if the Panthers beat Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday, then next week’s meeting between Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth will become a de-facto championship game.

Yet, one thing to note: UMass Dartmouth did beat Western Connecticut earlier this season while the Wolves outlasted the Panthers early last month. The win over the Wolves could be the tiebreaker that determines which team will head to the playoffs.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

The Leader: Trinity College (7-0, 7-0)

In Contention: Middlebury College (6-1, 6-1) and Wesleyan University (5-2)

Thoughts on the NESCAC: The Bantams are two wins away from becoming the third team in NESCAC history to finish its season without a setback.

Trinity will visit Bates College on Saturday – it is their final road trip of the season – before capping their regular season slate with a visit from Wesleyan.

If Trinity beats its final two opponents, then they will be this year’s champions.

If the Bantams lose this weekend or next week, then Middlebury could possibly share the crown as long as they win their final two contests against Hamilton College and Tufts University.

Wesleyan could share the crown, but they would need to score back-to-back wins over Williams College (week 10) and Trinity (week 11) while hoping Middlebury gets tripped up by Hamilton or Tufts.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

The Leader: Springfield College (6-2, 4-0)

In Contention: Catholic University (5-3, 4-0)

Thoughts on the NEWMAC: Springfield has not lost a conference game since 2019.

The Pride can inch closer to winning its third league crown in five years with a win over MIT. Additionally, a win against the Engineers would help the Pride keep pace with Catholic University, which has won all four of its league meetings this fall.

Catholic will visit Norwich University on Saturday. The Cadets have won two of five league meetings but lost to Springfield last month by a score of 69-20.

Pending both Catholic and Springfield win their respective week 10 matchup, then their week 11 meeting will become a de-facto title game.

Noontime’s New England D3 Football Top 10 (Oct. 31, 2022)

DeVante Reid and the Trinity College football team are two wins away from becoming the third NESCAC team to finish its season with a 9-0 record. (PHOTO COURTESY: Stan Godlewski)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Halloween!

Welcome to the final two weeks of the New England NCAA Division III football season — it should be an exciting finish.

Endicott College remains our top team — can they finish their season with two more wins? — while Western Connecticut (seventh) and the University of New England (eighth) joined after both teams scored week nine wins.

Plymouth State moved up following its third-straight win since falling to the Wolves of Western Connecticut while Salve Regina University tumbled from the sixth to the tenth position after falling to UNE.

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, October 31, 2022

1. Endicott College (8-0, 4-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): The Gulls are inching closer to winning their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown – additionally, they earned a spot on the D3Football.com Top 25 Poll this week.

2. UMass Dartmouth (8-1, 7-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 2): Make it seven-straight wins for the Corsairs, which are one win away from winning its first conference crown since being a member of the New England Football Conference (NEFC).

3. Springfield College (6-2, 4-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 3): The Pride are on a roll and need two more wins to secure its second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown.

4. Trinity College (7-0, 7-0 NESCAC) (No. 4): The Bantams are two wins away from becoming the third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) squad to finish its respective season with a 9-0 record.

5. Middlebury College (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC) (No. 5): The Panthers defense provided some challenges to Colby College quarterback Matt Hersch on Saturday – the unit recorded two interceptions and one sack in their 20-17 win.

6. Plymouth State (7-1, 5-1 MASCAC) (LW: No. 7): The Panthers have won their last three outings since falling to Western Connecticut earlier this month. They need to beat Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday to secure a de-facto title game with UMass Dartmouth in week 11.  

7. Western Connecticut (6-3, 5-2 MASCAC) (LW: Not Ranked): The Wolves have won their last four contests, including a 38-35 victory on Saturday over Worcester State, thanks to quarterback Dennis Riordan, who tossed four touchdowns in the win.

8. University of New England (5-3, 3-2 CCC) (LW: Not Ranked): The Nor’easters scored their first-ever win over Salve Regina University last Saturday to gain some much-needed momentum heading into this week’s clash with Western New England.   

9. Wesleyan University (5-2, 5-2 NESCAC) (LW: No. 8): Charlie McPhee helped the Cardinals edge Amherst College to score its first of hopefully two Little Three wins.

10. Salve Regina University (5-3, 2-2 CCC) (LW: No. 6): The Seahawks tumbled a few spots following a 30-12 setback to UNE. Salve Regina will look to bounce back this week against Endicott.

On the Rise: Castleton University (5-4, 4-1 ECFC), Colby College (4-3, 4-3 NESCAC),  Husson University (4-4, 3-1 CCC), and Tufts University (4-3, 4-3 NESCAC)