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D3 Football Roundup: Springfield Tops Endicott In The NCAA D3 Tournament

Arsen Shtefan and the Springfield College football team won its first postseason contests since 2006 as the Pride topped Endicott College.
Arsen Shtefan powered the Springfield College football team to an exciting 17-14 postseason win on Saturday over Endicott College. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second-straight week, Arsen Shtefan eclipsed the century mark, rushing for a season-high 156 yards and one touchdown as Springfield College raced past Endicott College, 17-14, in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Tournament.

With the win, Springfield clinched its first playoff win since beating Curry College in 2006 to secure a second-round date with Ithaca College next Saturday, November 26.

Ithaca advanced to the second round with a 63-20 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Shtefan’s lone touchdown came midway through the opening session before Springfield tacked on two more scores in the second half to provide the Pride with their ninth win of the season.

Blane Hart rushed for a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter before Christian Hutra capped his team’s offensive output with a 33-yard field goal with 7:25 remaining in the final stanza.

Endicott’s Clayton Marengi completed 14 of 25 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns with his final score landing in the arms of Jaeden Baxter. Shane Aylward, who caught Marengi’s first touchdown early in the third quarter, led all receivers with three catches for 68 yards.

Saturday marked the first time Endicott and Springfield have squared off on the gridiron – additionally, the three-point win over the Gulls provided coach Mike Cerasuolo with his initial postseason with his alma mater.

Endicott entered the game riding a 10-game winning streak – the Gulls clinched their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown two weeks earlier with a win over Salve Regina University before concluding their regular season with a come-from-behind win against Western New England.

Ithaca 63, UMass Dartmouth 20: Max Perry completed five of six passes for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with 83 rushing yards and two scores as the Bombers cruised past the Corsairs in the opening round of the postseason.

Dante Aviles-Santos, who has been the player to watch on the Corsairs this fall, tossed two touchdowns while JP Mason tallied a team-high 15 total tackles.

Saturday’s game marked the second time UMass Dartmouth has competed in the NCAA Tournament.

Plymouth State 21, Husson University 20: Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 131 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown as the Panthers rallied to beat the Eagles and win their first-ever New England Bowl.

Husson’s Nic Visser completed 24 of 32 passes for 227 yards to go with a team-high 56 rushing yards and one touchdown. Elijah Garnett rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.

Bridgewater State 34, Catholic University 24: Quarterback James Cahoon completed 24 of 33 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Wright added 120 rushing yards on 23 carries as the Bears topped the Cardinals to clinch their second New England Bowl.

Catholic’s Nico Casares completed 25 of 44 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

Inside The Matchup: Springfield College at Endicott College

Hector Johnson and the Endicott College defense will look to continue their success this fall against Springfield College on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Endicott College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Springfield College has competed against multiple New England football teams but has never squared off against Endicott College.

On Saturday, the Pride will visit the Gulls in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Both teams are making their second-straight appearance in the national postseason – Springfield won the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for the second consecutive season while Endicott claimed another Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown.

Let’s “go inside” this in-state matchup with the victor advancing to next weekend’s second round against the winner of Ithaca College vs. UMass Dartmouth.

Game Time & Location: Springfield will make the trek to Beverly, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 19 to compete against Endicott at 12 p.m.

Endicott College’s 2022 Season Review: The Gulls clinched their first-ever 10-0 season in program history, thanks to a come-from-behind victory last weekend against Western New England.

Endicott has been the team to watch in the CCC this year, thanks to a defense that pitched four shutouts, including a pair at the beginning of the season against St. Lawrence University (27-0) and WPI (24-0).

The Gulls’ defense yielded its first touchdown in week three against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Endicott’s defense has limited opponents to 6.5 points per game with Western New England’s 21 points being the most the Gulls have yielded in 10 contests.

In addition to its defense, the Gulls’ rushing attack has been impressive – five student-athletes have rushed for at least one touchdown this fall, including quarterback Clayton Marengi, who has located the end zone with his feet eight times.

Springfield College’s 2022 Season Review: For the second-straight season, the Pride overcame a slow start – well, more a 1-2 start, to be exact, by winning its last seven contests.

In a way, Springfield has been in “playoff mode” for the last three weeks, needing to beat Merchant Marine, MIT, and Catholic University to secure its third NEWMAC crown since 2017.

As expected, the Pride have leaned on its rushing attack to score some important wins this fall, along with senior quarterback Armando Torres, who stepped in for David Wells last week to guide the Pride to an end-of-season win against the Cardinals.

Torres operated the team’s triple-option offense quite well against Catholic – he completed two of three passes for 17 yards and one touchdown to go with 62 rushing yards on seven carries and one score.

Springfield’s win against Catholic, along with their come-from-behind victory against MIT, could provide the Maroon and White with enough momentum to win its first national postseason contest in 16 years (the Pride’s last postseason win came in 2006 when they beat Curry College in the opening round).

Common Foes: Endicott and Springfield both scored wins this fall against Husson University, Norwich University, Western New England, and WPI.

The Matchup within the Matchup: The biggest question heading into Saturday’s contest is will Endicott’s rushing defense be able to stop Springfield’s triple-option offense?

Endicott has limited opposing rushing attacks to 81.9 yards per game but will need to find a way to stop a Springfield rushing attack that is averaging 357 yards per game.

Additionally, Springfield’s offense has been on the field for an average of 35:02, which is something to watch, as well – what happens if the offense is on the field for less than 35 minutes on Saturday? Does that mean Endicott will win this matchup?

With the way Endicott’s defense has been playing these last few weeks, don’t be surprised if this turns into a low-scoring affair.

Players to Watch on Endicott: Clayton Marengi (QB), Tyler Bridge (RB), Anthony Caggianelli (RB), Yavier Cosme-Diaz (RB), Anthony Bracamonte (WR), Shane Aylward (WR), Everett Knowlton III (TE), Quinten Fox (P), Matthew Licciardi (LB), Jackson DeAngelo (LB), Tyler Davis (DB), Colin Meropoulos (DL), and Hector Johnson (DL).      

Players to Watch on Springfield: David Wells (QB), Armando Torres (QB), Joseph Cannizzaro (FB), Arsen Shtefan (FB), Dante Vasquez (HB), Jacob Silvester (HB), Noah Wagnblas (WR), Christian Hutra (K), DJ Brown (LB), Tyler Pohlman (DB), Billy Carr (LB), and Aiden Lewin (LB).         

Inside The Matchup: Catholic University at Bridgewater State

Nico Casares and the Catholic University football team will compete against Bridgewater State on Saturday in the New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Catholic University Athletics/Will Stumme)

By NoontimeSports.com

The small college football postseason has officially arrived, which means it is time to “go inside” various local matchups, beginning with Saturday’s New England Bowl meeting between Bridgewater State University and Catholic University.

Game Time & Location: Bridgewater State will host its second New England Bowl in program history on Saturday, November 19 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. (LIVE STATS || VIDEO)

Bridgewater State’s 2022 Season Review: For the third consecutive season, the Bears won six of 10 contests, including six of eight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tilts. The Red and White dropped their first three contests before cracking the win column with a week four victory over Western Connecticut.   

The Bears have won two of their last three contests, including back-to-back home games against Framingham State (20-19) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (10-0).

Catholic’s 2022 Season Review: The Cardinals secured a spot in their first-ever New England Bowl game after concluding the regular season with six wins.

Coach Mike Gutelius’s squad began its season with a 37-27 win over McDaniel College before losing their next three contests. Catholic would bounce back with an impressive 42-7 win over MIT in week five that kept them in the mix for a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Last weekend, Catholic fell to Springfield College in a de-facto NEWMAC title game that provided the Pride with the league crown, along with a spot in the 2022 NCAA Division III postseason.

Bridgewater’s Last New England Bowl Appearance: The Bears leaned on their defense in 2018 to clinch its first-ever New England Bowl with a 34-19 win over Salve Regina University.

Chris Easter was named the Most Valuable Player following an impressive defensive performance that saw the Poughkeepsie, New York native record a pair of interceptions to go with five pass breakups and six solo tackles.

Catholic’s Last Bowl Game: The Cardinals last competed in a bowl game in 2008 when they beat Johns Hopkins University in the ECAC Southeast Bowl by a score of 18-7.

Players to Watch on Bridgewater State: James Cahoon (QB), Adam Couch (RB), Michael Nocera (WR), Kyle Torres (WR), Jack McCarthy (WR), Shane Drake (K/P), Brendan Albert (LB), Steven Silvia (LB), Zachary Souza (DB), and Brian Campagna (DL).    

Players to Watch on Catholic: Nico Casares (QB), Jared Colletti (RB), Kevin Licciardi (RB), Preston Jeffrey (WR), Malachi Hansen (WR), Connor Gill (K/P), Joe Nazzaro (LB), Carson Henry (LB), Dieter Kerat (LB), Mason Stillwell (DB), and Noah Miller (DB).           

Bridgewater State, Plymouth State To Compete In The New England Bowl

James Cahoon and the Bridgewater State football team will compete once more this fall in the New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bridgewater State Athletics/Andrew Turco)

By Matt Noonan

A pair of Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) football teams have been selected to participate in this year’s New England Bowls on Saturday, November 19.

Bridgewater State and Plymouth State will represent the MASCAC with the Bears hosting Catholic University and the Panthers visiting Husson University.

Catholic competes in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and Husson is a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

No team from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) was selected for this year’s games.

Bridgewater State concluded the regular season with back-to-back wins over Framingham State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy to provide the Bears with some additional momentum heading into their final matchup of the season with the Cardinals. The Bears previously competed in the New England Bowl in 2018 when they defeated Salve Regina University, 34-19.

Despite falling to UMass Dartmouth this past weekend, Plymouth State concluded its regular season with eight wins, which is the most the Panthers have recorded since posting a 9-2 overall record in 2017.

Catholic, Husson, and Plymouth State will make their New England Bowl debut this Saturday.

As of late this morning, Husson-Plymouth State is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.

No time has been announced for Bridgewater State-Catholic, but the expectation is the game will commence at either 12 or 1 p.m.

New England D3 Football Roundup: Trinity Finishes 9-0; UMD Tops PSU

Spencer Fetter and the Trinity College football team concluded its season with a 9-0 record. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

It was an exciting ending to the 2022 New England NCAA Division III football regular season.

Three teams captured their respective conference crown this afternoon, including Trinity College, which became the third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) team to finish its season with a 9-0 record.

Trinity topped Wesleyan University, 31-14, thanks to three touchdown passes from quarterback Spencer Fetter.

Fetter concluded his team’s final contest by completing 21 of 36 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Two touchdown passes landed in the hands of DeVante Reid, who led the Bantams’ receiving core with four catches for 62 yards.

Wesleyan’s Logan Tomlinson led all receivers by hauling in 10 receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Brian Casagrande led the Trinity defense with nine total tackles, including six solo stops.

UMass Dartmouth claimed its first conference crown in 20 years as the Corsairs sailed past Plymouth State, 46-21, to complete its conference slate without a single setback.

Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos completed 26 of 29 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the win while Richarno Hylton paced the UMass Dartmouth rushing attack with 71 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.

Aviles-Santos connected with Angel Sanchez for a pair of second-half touchdowns – Sanchez concluded the game with eight catches for 121 yards.

Plymouth State’s Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 91 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.

In Washington, D.C., the Springfield College football team clinched its second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title with a 35-21 victory over Catholic University.

The Pride finished its conference slate without a setback for the second-straight season while recording its fifth consecutive victory against the Cardinals, dating back to when the two schools began competing in the NEWMAC in 2017.

Arsen Shtefan rushed for a game-high 137 yards while Joseph Cannizzaro and Armando Torres combined for three rushing touchdowns.

Tyler Pohlman clinched the two-score win for Springfield by recording a pick-six with 2:30 remaining in the final stanza.

Endicott College clinched its first-ever 10-0 season in program history with a 26-21 win over Western New England.

The Gulls claimed their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown last week by beating Salve Regina University.

Against the Golden Bears, the Gulls leaned on Yavier Cosme-Diaz, who rushed for a game-high 72 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. He also hailed in three of Clayton Marengi’s 16 passes for 42 yards and one touchdown.

Quarterback Michael Berluti concluded his sophomore season with Tufts University by recording 475 yards of total offense to go with eight touchdowns, including one score on the ground as the Jumbos rolled past Middlebury College, 65-34.

The seven touchdowns are a season-best for Berluti, who also rushed for a season-high 181 yards on 12 carries.

Tufts’ Phil Lutz hauled in 10 receptions for 237 yards and six touchdowns while Jackson Butler added four catches for 41 yards and one touchdown.

Williams College concluded its campaign with a 20-10 victory over Amherst College, and Bridgewater State captured its second-straight Cranberry Bowl by beating Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 10-0.