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Noontime’s New England D3 Football Conference Predictions

The early expectation is that Trinity College will begin the 2022 season as the de-facto favorite to win the NESCAC. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

We’re less than 30 days from the start of a brand-new New England NCAA Division III Football season.

Are you excited?

I am, which is why I am ready to share my early predictions for which team will win their respective conference this fall.

Like most of our early season content, these picks are educated guesses. It’s possible these picks will be right while some could be wrong.

Anywho, allow me to share my early predictions for all five New England D-III football conferences.

Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC): From top to bottom, this might be the most competitive conference in the region.

As of early August – and yes, a few weeks back – I was pretty sure Endicott College would be the favorite to win its second-straight title this fall. But from doing some additional research, I will change my mind and go with another team: Salve Regina University.

To me, the Seahawks might be the best team on paper in this conference heading into the upcoming season. They will return some key members of last year’s offense that averaged 199.2 rushing yards per game.

But while Salve Regina might be the squad receiving some early-season praise for its key returners, do not overlook Endicott, along with Husson University, Western New England, and the University of New England. All four squads, along with Curry College and Nichols College will provide the Seahawks with plenty of challenges this season.  

Noontime’s CCC Champion Prediction: Salve Regina University

Noontime’s Surprise CCC Team of 2022: University of New England

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC): A new chapter of Anna Maria College football will begin this fall with first-year coach Steve Croce.

Croce, who was on the staff last year, will be tasked with continuing the squad’s momentum, which saw the AMCATs win their first-ever conference crown, as well as appear in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Like Salve Regina, Anna Maria will return some key members of last year’s squad on both offense and defense, including quarterback Alex Cohen, who concluded the 2021 season with 23 touchdown passes.

While Anna Maria appears to be the team to beat in the ECFC, don’t overlook Alfred State College, a squad that appeared in its first-ever postseason contest last November. Additionally, the Pioneers set a new program record for wins with six victories. For the Blue and Yellow to continue its success this fall, they will need to do it without quarterback Aaron Jenkins, who will be competing for Adrian College this season.

One team to keep an eye on this fall is Keystone College, a squad that concluded its inaugural season winless but could pose problems for both its non-conference and conference foes.

Noontime’s ECFC Champion Prediction: Anna Maria College

Noontime’s Surprise ECFC Team of 2022: Keystone College

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Framingham State has been the team to beat over the last decade or so and should be the squad with a target on its back heading into training camp this month.

But don’t rule out the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth, which concluded the 2021 season with a league-best nine wins (that’s nine wins in 11 contests).

UMass Dartmouth earned some much-needed momentum heading into the postseason by capturing its first-ever New England Bowl Game last November – the Corsairs rolled past Alfred State, 42-16, thanks to a six-touchdown effort (four passing and two rushing scores) by Dante Aviles-Santos.

Aviles-Santos returns this fall hoping to lead the Corsairs to their first-ever conference crown. UMass Dartmouth has never won a MASCAC title and appears to be the team to beat on paper.

While UMass Dartmouth might be equipped to challenge the Rams for the top spot in the conference, don’t overlook Bridgewater State, which finished its 2021 campaign with six wins and a Cranberry Bowl victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Plymouth State, which ended its previous season with a 5-5 overall record, will also be in the mix for the conference crown.

Noontime’s MASCAC Champion Prediction: Framingham State  

Noontime’s Surprise MASCAC Team of 2022: Plymouth State  

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): The Bantams of Trinity College won eight games last season. They also lost one contest to Williams College, which captured the NESCAC crown with a perfect 9-0 record.

The loss to the Ephs should fuel a conference championship run for the Bantams this fall – Trinity, like other New England squads, will welcome back some key members of its 2021 squad, including quarterback Spencer Fetter, halfback Will Kirby, and wide receiver DeVante Reid. Linebacker Brian Casagrande, who led the Bantams’ defense with 46.0 total tackles, is also expected to return.

While Trinity will be the squad to watch in the NESCAC heading into their initial contest, the same could be said for others such as Amherst College, Colby College, Tufts University, and Wesleyan University.

Williams College could also pose threats to Trinity’s title run with the Ephs representing the region on last month’s D3Football Preseason Poll. Williams is one of many teams receiving votes.

Noontime’s NESCAC Champion Prediction: Trinity College  

Noontime’s Surprise CCC Team of 2022: Tufts University  

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): After starting their season with one win and three losses, Springfield College responded with a six-game winning streak that helped the Pride capture its second NEWMAC crown, as well as advance to the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament.

The early expectation is that Springfield will be the de-facto favorite to win the NEWMAC this fall, but don’t overlook Merchant Marine, which finished its 2021 season with a 9-1 overall record.

The Mariners won their final two contests against Coast Guard Academy and Western New England – the win over the Golden Bears provided Merchant Marine with its second New England Bowl victory since beating Endicott in 2018. Additionally, the team’s final win was an ideal sendoff for longtime head coach Mike Toop, who guided the Silver and Blue to 70 wins in 17 seasons.

Toop announced he would be retiring last November.

Merchant Marine should be able to compete for the top spot with Springfield – sure, both teams will need to fill some graduation holes, but the same could be said for every team in college football.

A few other teams to watch in the NEWMAC include Catholic University, MIT, and WPI.

Noontime’s NEWMAC Champion Prediction: Springfield College  

Noontime’s Surprise NEWMAC Team of 2022: WPI

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.

D3 Lax Notebook: Make It 22-Straight Wins for Salisbury University

Salisbury University women’s lacrosse has now won 22-straight contests, dating back to their first win of the 2021 season last February. (PHOTO COURTESY: Joey Gardner, FotoJoe Photography)

By Matt Noonan

Another busy Saturday of NCAA Division III lacrosse is in the books.

Salisbury University women’s lacrosse cruised to its 22nd straight win against Catholic University, thanks to Erin Scannell, who registered her second hat trick of the season to go with one ground ball. Meredith Price also recorded three goals against the Cardinals while Mary Claire Hisle registered eight saves on 12 shots.

As a team, Salisbury scooped 23 ground balls and completed 22 of 28 clear attempts while tallying 30 shots, including 21 shots on goal.

Grace Hill highlighted Catholic’s effort with two points on one goal and one assist.

Salisbury, which has not lost a game in two years, will look to continue its early-season momentum on Saturday, February 26 when they welcome Washington and Lee to Sea Gull Stadium for a 12 p.m. opening draw.

Speaking of Washington and Lee, the Generals commenced their 2022 campaign with an exciting one-goal win over Franklin & Marshall.

Allie Schwab scored the game-winner with 11.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to clinch the Generals’ first win against the Diplomats since February 23, 2019.

Hanna Bishop concluded the contest with a team-high four points on three goals and one assist while Katherine Faria added two goals and one helper.

Faria provided the Generals with an early lead, which they did not relinquish, despite the Diplomats pulling within one goal seven times. Washington and Lee finished the game with 31 shots, including 21 on net compared to Franklin & Marshall, which tallied 25 shots.

Franklin & Marshall’s Marissa McGarrey led all players with four goals on eight shots to go with three draw controls. All four of McGarrey’s tallies came on free-position attempts.

Coach Peter Toner earned his initial win with Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse on Saturday as the Bullets defeated Eastern University, 16-4.

Gettysburg, which has beaten Eastern nine times, was led by Kieran Ward (three goals, one assist, and five ground balls) and George Raymond (one goal and four assists).

Saturday’s win marked the first time Toner guided a Division III squad to a regular-season victory since 2008 when Wheaton College beat Babson College, 11-7.  

Other highlights from the third busy Saturday of the 2022 college lacrosse season:

Noontime’s D3 Lacrosse Games to Watch (Feb. 17-18)

Kate Olsen and the Catholic University women’s lacrosse team will begin their 2022 campaign on Saturday against Salisbury University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Stumme)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another busy weekend of lacrosse has arrived — are you ready?

We are, especially with more teams competing for the first (or second) time this season.

Every Friday, we will be highlighting a few games to watch in NCAA Division III, beginning with a possible postseason preview between Catholic University and Salisbury University.


FEATURED GAME: Salisbury University at Catholic University: Saturday, February 19 at 1 p.m. (Women’s Lacrosse): The Sea Gulls head to Washington D.C. with hopes of extending their 21-game winning streak, which dates to their initial win of the 2021 season.

Last weekend, Salisbury began its title defense with a 15-5 win over Stevenson University, thanks to Erin Scannell and Delaney Hill, who combined for six goals and one assist. Mary Claire Hisle concluded the contest with seven saves and was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Defensive Player of the Week.

Catholic will compete for the first time since since their second-round postseason matchup last May with St. John Fisher, which saw an impressive 10-game winning streak snapped.

Prior to an early exit in the national playoffs, the Cardinals captured their seventh-straight Landmark Conference crown before beating Becker College in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Kate Olsen returns for her junior season after leading the Cardinals with 33 goals to go with nine assists, 10 ground balls, and seven caused turnovers. She will be joined on the offensive end by Caroline Beckett (attack) and Clare Richards (midfield).


Whittier College at Rhodes College: Friday, February 18 at 8 p.m. (Men’s Lacrosse): After dropping a pair of non-conference games last weekend, the Lynx will look to score their first win of the 2022 season against a Poets squad that is returning to the field for the first time in two years. Drew Downes (four goals) and Jonathon Hazlehurst (two goals and two assists) will be two players to watch on Rhodes this evening.

Washington and Lee at Franklin & Marshall: Saturday, February 19 at 12 p.m. (Women’s Lacrosse): A pair of Top 10 teams will square off in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Saturday in what could be a potential postseason preview. Allie Schwab returns for her junior season with the Generals after leading the Blue and White in points (69) last season while placing third in goals (35). Mary Pat McKenna, who was the Centennial Conference (CC) Defensive Player of the Year last season, will be one of many players to watch on the Diplomats this spring.  

Eastern University at Gettysburg College: Saturday, February 19 at 1 p.m. (Men’s Lacrosse): A new chapter of Gettysburg lacrosse begins this weekend with coach Peter Toner leading the Bullets into their initial contest of the 2022 season against an Eagles squad that has lost its last eight meetings with the Blue and Orange. Toner, who spent the last 11 seasons with Penn State, played lacrosse at Springfield College and coached two seasons at Wheaton College (Mass.).  

Babson College at Roger Williams University: Saturday, February 19 at 1 p.m. (Men’s Lacrosse): The Beavers were picked to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and will certainly be a team to watch this spring. Babson beat Roger Williams in its season-opener two years ago by a score of 13-1, thanks to Owen Allen, who tallied six points on four goals and two assists.

The University of Redlands at George Fox: Saturday, February 19 at 8 p.m. (Women’s Lacrosse): Picked to win the Northwest Conference (NWC), the Bruins will look to commence their season with their first-ever win against a Bulldogs squad that has defeated the Navy Blue and White twice. George Fox returns 11 of 12 starters from last year’s squad, including Carleigh DeLapp, who led the squad in goals (58) while placing third in points (61).  

What We Learned From The Second Week of the 2022 NCAA D3 Lacrosse Season

Brett Gladstone recorded nine points in his team’s non-conference clash with Colorado College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Hunter Martin)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first two weeks of the 2022 NCAA Division III lacrosse season are in the books.

Perhaps most exciting story of the young season is the Grove City College men’s lacrosse team, which scored a pair of impressive wins this past weekend against Colorado College and Rhodes College.

Both wins were highlighted by an offense led by Brett Gladstone, who tallied 13 points on eight goals and five assists on 23 shots, including 15 shots on goal.

Zachary Hougan added 11 points on eight goals and three assists while Grant Evans won 28 of 41 face-offs.

Saturday’s opening day win against the Lynx was certainly impressive, but perhaps the Red and White’s best showing of the weekend came one day later with an eight-goal win against a Tigers squad that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals last May.

Gladstone highlighted the Wolverines’ win against Colorado College with nine points on seven goals and two assists while goalie Jack Petit recorded nine saves.

The Wolverines led the Tigers, 13-6, at the break before tacking on nine more goals during the final 30 minutes, including six in the final session.

Grove City entered the 2022 season with high expectations after winning 35 of 51 contests over the last four seasons, including two Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) titles. The Wolverines have competed in the NCAA postseason twice, but have yet to record their first tournament win in program history (Grove City has lost back-to-back opening-round games to Cabrini University and SUNY Maritime).

Following an impressive start to the 2022 season, coach Alec Jernstedt tweeted the following: “This weekend was big for the story of our program and our guys. They’ve had an unrelenting belief and work ethic for (five) seasons now and got their first win over a ranked opponent. I know (it’s) just the start and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Love this team.”

The Wolverines will be idle this week but will return to action next Saturday, February 26 when they visit Baldwin Wallace University.

Salisbury women’s lacrosse extends its winning streak

Make it 21-straight victories for the Salisbury University women’s lacrosse team, which scored an opening day victory over Stevenson University on Saturday.

Salisbury, which won the NCAA Division III championship last May, has not lost a game since falling to Gettysburg College on March 11, 2020.

Erin Scannell and Delaney Hill each recorded hat tricks in the win while Mary Claire Hisle turned aside seven of 12 shots in the Sea Gulls’ ten goals (15-5) victory over the Mustangs.

Caroline Murphy led Stevenson with four goals on eight shots to go with one caused turnover.

As a team, the Sea Gulls registered 10 ground balls, completed 18 of 19 clears, and fired 38 shots.

Salisbury will visit Catholic University on Saturday, February 19. Like the Sea Gulls, the Cardinals secured a spot on 2022 Inside Lacrosse/Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) preseason poll after concluding its 2021 season with a 10-1 record.

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