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Noontime’s Final D3 Football Top 20 Poll (Nov. 22, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to believe, but another season of New England NCAA Division III football has officially concluded — that was fast, eh?

Luckily, we still have plenty of end-of-season wrap-up content coming your way, so stay tuned for future posts and podcasts. But in the meantime, enjoy our end-of-season poll, which finds Williams College, Endicott College, and Framingham State in the top three spots.

1. Williams College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): The only New England team to finish without a setback, the Ephs concluded the 2021 season as the first team in program history to win nine games in a single season.

2. Endicott College (8-3, 5-1 CCC): Despite seeing its season conclude in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament, the future is very bright for a squad that features a slew of rising seniors and juniors.

3. Framingham State (8-3, 6-0 MASCAC): The Rams were a pleasant surprise this fall, rebounding from an 0-2 start to win their third outright conference crown.

4. Trinity College (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC): The Bantams could be the “team to beat” next fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) after ending its season with back-to-back wins over Amherst College and Wesleyan University.

5. Western New England (7-4, 5-1 CCC): The Golden Bears may have ended with a difficult setback to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, but this team was resilient, especially after a midseason loss to Endicott College.

6. UMass Dartmouth (9-2, 6-2 MASCAC): The Corsairs matched their win total from 2003 by winning their final six contests, including their first-ever New England Bowl.

7. Husson University (7-3, 4-2 CCC): These Eagles provided a lot of challenges for non-conference and conference foes this fall.

8. Salve Regina University (8-2, 4-2): The 2021 Seahawks looked somewhat like the 2016 Seahawks that won eight games.

9. Springfield College (7-4, 6-0 NEWMAC): “The Brotherhood” bounced back from a 1-3 start with a six-game winning streak that resulted in a conference crown, along with an impressive showing against SUNY Cortland in the opening round of the postseason.

10. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2): The Bears concluded their season with a Cranberry Bowl win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which should provide the Red and White with some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.

11. Anna Maria College (7-3, 5-1 ECFC): The AMCATs were a tremendous story this fall as they not only captured their initial conference crown but also competed in their first national postseason.

12. Wesleyan University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC): These Cardinals provided a great deal of excitement with some dramatic come-from-behind wins this fall.

13. Castleton University (6-4, 4-2 ECFC): The Spartans were a fun team to watch down the stretch as they finished with six wins for the first time since posting an identical 6-4 record in 2017.

14. Plymouth State (5-5, 5-3 MASCAC): These Panthers were a team to watch during the second half of the season, especially mid-October.

15. MIT (5-4, 3-3 NEWMAC): Coach Brian Bubna’s squad ended its 2021 campaign with a much-needed win over the Engineers of WPI.

16. Amherst College (5-4, 5-4 NESCAC): These Mammoths exceeded our expectations and will certainly be a team to keep an eye on next fall.

17. University of New England (4-5, 2-4 CCC): The future is very bright for the Nor’easters, who concluded their season early this month with a dramatic win over Curry College.

18. Western Connecticut (5-5, 4-4 MASCAC): The Colonials head into the offseason with some momentum after ending its campaign with back-to-back wins over Fitchburg State and Worcester State.

19. Tufts University (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Jumbos ended their season with a four-game winning streak – they were certainly competitive with some of the top teams in the NESCAC this fall.

20. Colby College (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Mules concluded their season with the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) crown.

Noontime’s D3 Football Top 20 Poll (Nov. 7, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to believe, but the final week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season has arrived, which means it is time to unveil our second to last Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll.

We will unveil our final poll for the 2021 season later this month following the conclusion of postseason contests, including local and regional bowl games.

So, without further ado, let’s kick off the final week of the New England D-III college football season with a brand new Top 20 poll, which finds Williams College in the top spot.

1. Williams College (8-0, 8-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 2): The Ephs matched their 8-0 record from 2010 with an impressive win over Wesleyan University.

2. Endicott College (7-2, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 3): Despite being on a bye, the Gulls inched closer to winning their conference crown, thanks to a 24-10 victory by Husson University against Salve Regina University.

3. Husson University (7-2, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 7): The Eagles remain in the mix for their conference crown, thanks to a big win on Saturday against the Seahawks.

4. Framingham State (7-2, 7-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 5): Framingham State captured its conference crown on Saturday with an impressive win over Bridgewater State.

5. Western New England (6-3, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 4): The Golden Bears escaped with a hard-fought win this weekend against the University of New England. Next up: Husson at home.

6. UMass Dartmouth (7-2, 5-2 MASCASC | LW: No. 6): The Corsairs were idle this past week but will look to end their season with a win against a Plymouth State squad that enters the last week of the regular season on a five-game winning streak.

7. Salve Regina University (8-2, 4-2 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Seahawks’ regular season concluded with a disappointing 24-10 setback to the Eagles of Husson. Salve Regina is idle this upcoming weekend and will wait to see if they will compete once more in a bowl game later this month.

8. Springfield College (6-3, 5-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 9): The Pride needs one more win to claim their conference crown. 

9. Trinity College (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 9): Spencer Fetter threw five touchdowns on Saturday in a bounce-back win for the Bantams. 

10. Bridgewater State (5-4, 5-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 8): The Bears struggled against the Rams on Saturday but will look to bounce back this week against Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the Cranberry Bowl.

11. Plymouth State (5-4, 5-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): The Panthers head into their final contest with a five-game winning streak.

12. Amherst College (5-3, 5-3 NESCAC | LW: No. 11): The Mammoths struggle to slow down a talented Bantams offense on Saturday.

13. Wesleyan University (6-2, 6-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 12): The Cardinals will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday against the Bantams.

14. Anna Maria College (6-2, 4-1 ECFC | LW: No. 16): The AMCATs are one win away from winning their first-ever conference crown.

15. MIT (4-4, 2-3 NEWMAC | LW: No. 14): Get ready for the Battle of the Cambridge Engineers and Worcester Engineers (WPI) on Saturday.

16. Western Connecticut (5-5, 4-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 18): The Colonials concluded their 2021 campaign with a win. They will be idle this weekend.

17. University of New England (3-5, 1-4 CCC | LW: No. 20): The Nor’easters may have lost their last two contests, but they are proving they can compete with the top teams in their league.

18. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-5, 3-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 17): Like the Bears of Bridgewater State, the Buccaneers will attempt to end their season with a win.

19. Castleton University (5-4, 3-2 ECFC | LW: No. 15): The Spartans will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing loss this week when they host Gallaudet University.

20. Colby College (3-5, 3-5 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mules will attempt to capture the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) on Saturday when they host Bowdoin College.

Anna Maria Is One Win Away From An ECFC Title

Alex Cohen and the Anna Maria College football team are one win away from winning their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football (ECFC) title. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

By Matt Noonan

One week after seeing their five-game winning streak snapped to Castleton University, Anna Maria College bounced back and scored a much-needed victory on Saturday against Gallaudet University.

The AMCATs erased an eight-point (21-13) deficit at the break to defeat the Bison, 37-21, and position themselves for a chance to win their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown next Saturday, November 13 when they host SUNY-Maritime.

Gallaudet was eliminated from the conference crown mix with its second league setback and so was Castleton, which lost to Alfred State by a score of 35-24. But while Alfred State holds head-to-head wins over Castleton and Gallaudet, they did suffer a 28-17 setback last month to Anna Maria, which needs to beat SUNY-Maritime to win the conference.

Of course, things could change if Anna Maria and Alfred State both lose next week — the Pioneers will be at Dean College next Saturday and beat SUNY-Maritime earlier this season by a score of 35-20 — but we’ll make it easy by saying an AMCATs victory next weekend would allow them to represent the league in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.

Alex Cohen accounted for four touchdowns this afternoon, including three through the air to Justin McMillian, who concluded the contest with 211 receiving yards on eight grabs. Cohen also rushed for 13 yards while Johnathan Gomez led the Anna Maria rushing attack with 46 yards on 10 carries and one score.

Gomez jumpstarted the AMCATs’ second-half rally with a touchdown in the third quarter, which brought the hosts within one point (21-20) of the Bison before Anna Maria tallied 17 unanswered points in the final session off two touchdowns and a 24-yard field goal by Ryan Kent with 8:45 remaining.

Alvin Martin led the Anna Maria defense with eight total tackles while Jude Sampson registered seven total tackles, including three solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week 10)

Framingham State’s football team enters an important conference clash on Saturday with a great deal of momentum. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com

The second to last week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III college football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to unveil our latest installment of 10 Games to Watch with some picks.

Last weekend, we picked seven of ten matchups correctly to bump our season total to 64-26, which is not bad, eh?

Anywho, let’s share this week’s games – and yes, our picks, too!


FEATURED GAME: Salve Regina University (8-1, 4-1 CCC) at Husson University (6-2, 3-1 CCC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: This is a “playoff game” for both teams as a loss would derail hopes of winning the league title. As much as the Eagles have looked good at various points this season, it is hard to pick against the Seahawks, who enter the highly anticipated matchup with a great deal of momentum. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 30, Husson 26

FEATURED GAME: Bridgewater State (5-3, 5-1 MASCAC) at Framingham State (6-2, 6-0 MASCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: The Bears need to win, both this week and next week, to keep their conference title hopes alive. Framingham State has won this matchup six times since the conference began sponsoring football in 2013. PREDICTION: Framingham State 27, Bridgewater State 20


Gallaudet University (5-1, 3-1 ECFC) at Anna Maria College (5-2, 3-1 ECFC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: Both teams need to win this game. We’ll give the edge to Anna Maria since they are at home, but the Bison are going to challenge the AMCATs in all three phases. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 40, Gallaudet 38

Castleton University (5-3, 3-1 ECFC) at Alfred State (4-4, 3-1 ECFC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: Both teams are in the mix for the conference crown, but in the end, Castleton’s rushing attack and their defense will be the reason why the Spartans depart New York with a hard-fought win. PREDICTION: Castleton 27, Alfred State 18

Plymouth State (4-4, 4-2 MASCAC) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-4, 3-3 MASCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: After starting its season 0-4, the Panthers of Plymouth State have won four-straight. We expect that streak to extend to five on Saturday with a win over the Buccaneers. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 24, Mass. Maritime 16

Amherst College (5-2, 5-2 NESCAC) at Trinity College (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Mammoths enter their second to last contest of the season with a great deal of momentum, but something tells us that these Bantams will bounce back after losing 42-3 last weekend to Williams College. PREDICTION: Trinity 31, Amherst 24

Wesleyan University (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC) at Williams College (7-0, 7-0 NESCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Ephs may have sent a message to the conference last weekend with an impressive win over the Bantams. Look for that momentum to continue this weekend. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 21

Western New England (5-3, 3-1 CCC) at University of New England (3-4, 1-3 CCC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Golden Bears return from their bye week needing to win two games. And they should be able to beat the Nor’easters on Saturday to keep them in contention for the conference crown. PREDICTION: Western New England 32, UNE 20

Springfield College (5-3, 4-0 NEWMAC) at MIT (4-3, 2-2 NEWMAC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Pride picked up even more momentum last weekend with a hard-fought win over the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), which should help them outlast the Engineers in Cambridge. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, MIT 25  

Bates College (1-6, 1-6 NESCAC) at Bowdoin College (1-6, 1-6 NESCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 5:30 p.m.: The Polar Bears have put up a lot of points over the last few weeks so expect them to light up the scoreboard a few times against the Bobcats. PREDICTION: Bowdoin 35, Bates 25  

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch In Week 10

Ricky Goodson and the Amherst College football team will look to continue their recent momentum on Saturday against Trinity College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Geoff Botle, Clarus Studios Inc.)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s that time of the week when we highlight five teams to watch this weekend in New England Division III. And with the tenth week quickly approaching, that means we better press the publish button … NOW!

Amherst College (5-2, 5-2 NESCAC): The Mammoths head into their final road game of the 2021 season with a great deal of momentum.

Last weekend, Amherst overcame a two-score deficit to edge Wesleyan University in four overtimes.

Can they continue that momentum this week against Trinity College? We think so.

Amherst has won two of their last five meetings with the Bantams, who have captured back-to-back contests in 2018 (27-16) and 2019 (21-7). When Amherst has beaten Trinity, it has been by at least a touchdown — in some games, it has been eight or nine points.

Like Wesleyan, Amherst is a resilient bunch — they bounced back from a 21-14 setback last month to Bowdoin College by scoring a pair of wins over Hamilton College and Wesleyan to put themselves in a position to conclude their 2021 campaign with possibly six or seven wins.

Trinity will enter Saturday’s contest looking to bounce back from a 42-3 setback to Williams College.

Anna Maria College (5-2, 3-1 ECFC): For the past few weeks, the AMCATs of Anna Maria appeared destined to win their first-ever conference crown. But after seeing their five-game winning streak was snapped last weekend to Castleton University, their hopes of winning an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title were somewhat derailed — well, at least for one day.

The AMCATs head into the final two weeks of the regular season in a four-way tie for first place in the conference. And this week’s contest with Gallaudet University is an important one as the Bison are also in the position to win the ECFC crown.

Under the direction of coach Dan Mulrooney, the AMCATs have beaten the Bison once when they ended their 2019 campaign with a 53-14 victory.

A win against the Bison would keep the team’s conference title hopes alive while a loss would result in some scoreboard watching next weekend.

Bridgewater State (5-3, 5-1 MASCAC): Despite losing to UMass Dartmouth last weekend, the Bears of Bridgewater State are still in the mix for the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown. However, for the Red and White to win their first title since 2016, they will need to score two more wins against Framingham State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Wins against the Rams and Buccaneers are possible, but coach Joe Verria’s squad needs to play their best football, both this week and next week. Additionally, the Bears will need to lean on halfback Adam Couch, who leads the conference with 125.4 rushing yards per game.

Couch recently became the ninth running back in Bridgewater State’s program history to eclipse 1,000 yards last weekend — he has currently rushed for 1,003 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight contests.

Bridgewater State has won four of six contests this fall when Couch rushes for 100 yards or more.

Castleton University (5-3, 3-1 ECFC): The Spartans head into their final two contests with a great deal of momentum, thanks to three-straight wins, including an impressive 38-31 victory last Saturday against Anna Maria.

Like the AMCATs, the Spartans are one of four teams in first place with hopes of winning the conference crown.

This week, the Green and White will head to New York to compete against an Alfred State squad that has also won three of four conference matchups this season. For Castleton to be successful, they will need to find a way to slow down quarterback Aaron Jenkins, who rushed for three touchdowns last weekend against Keystone College while completing 8 of 12 passes for 126 yards.  

Castleton should be able to come away with a hard-fought win to keep momentum on their side for next week’s home date with Gallaudet.

Salve Regina University (8-1, 4-1 CCC): The Seahawks are one win away from matching their 9-2 record from 2012 when they captured the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Boyd Division crown and competed in the league’s final championship game against Framingham State.  

If the Seahawks are going to enter their upcoming bye week with nine wins, then they must play perhaps their best football of the season against a Husson University squad that outlasted them in their previous meeting in 2019.

Like Salve Regina, Husson is in the mix for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title but needs to win their last two contests against the Seahawks and Western New England. Neither matchup is going to be easy, but these Eagles must find a way to contain an impressive Salve Regina passing attack that produced five touchdowns last weekend against Curry College. In addition to an impressive showing by quarterback Jack Maguire, Nicholas Lane rushed for a season-high 102 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.