Noontime’s Senior Salute: Nick Bainter (Springfield College)

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Springfield College center Nick Bainter enjoyed competing for a program that celebrates tradition, commitment, and brotherhood. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

For Nick Bainter, being able to compete for a team that “celebrated tradition, commitment, and brotherhood” is what he will miss the most when he graduates from Springfield College later this spring.

The East Bridgewater, Massachusetts native, who was spotted at the center position, played 39 games for the Pride and helped the team conclude its most recent campaign atop the NCAA National Rankings for Division III in rushing offense. Springfield’s rushing attack averaged 357.4 rushing yards in ten contests last fall, which was the third-highest average among all college football programs (FBS, FCS, D-II, and D-III) behind Harding University (373.0) and Navy (360.5). 

Named a 2019 D3football.com Preseason All-America First Team honoree, Bainter was honored months later by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) for the third time in his career, while being recognized by the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society earlier this month. 

We recently spoke with Bainter, who is studying criminal justice, to discuss his final season with the Pride’s football program.


What will you remember most about your final season with the Pride? 

All the laughs. There are so many different personalities on my team from coaches to players, who made me and my teammates laugh. But in addition to the laughter, there were so many great moments, too, and I consider myself lucky that I was able to surround myself with the best group of men this world has to offer.

As for what I will remember most from this past season is how our team grew from defeat. This team battled every week and we learned that when adversity hits you can either melt or come out like steel.

Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they? 

The first one would be my first season with the program when we played WPI. Both I and quarterback Chad Shade started that particular game. We ended up winning the game and had a lot of fun.

The second game would be beating our local rival Western New England two years ago. We came out of the gates playing fast, physical football, and had a lot of fun. I remember watching the film of the game the next day and being amazed by the physicality we displayed.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for your team/program these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

Competing for a program that celebrates tradition, commitment, and brotherhood. Springfield College is an incredibly special place. We have a character-driven culture at our school and on our football team.

I will miss being around the guys and the coaches. I will forever miss hearing “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money after victories. I will also miss hearing my teammates chant, “Roll Groups, roll.” And of course, I will miss spending time together with this brotherhood.

Do you hope to stay involved with your sport in the future?

I absolutely plan to stay involved in football. This is a special game that has had a massive impact on my life as well as an impact on many other lives.

Chad Shade Named Jerry Nason Award Winner

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Springfield College’s Chad Shade was recently named the Jerry Nason Award winner. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Following an impressive senior season with the Springfield College football team, quarterback Chad Shade was named the Jerry Nason Award winner by the New England Football Writers.

The award, as noted on the NEFW website, “is presented to a graduating senior football player from a college in the New England region who succeeds in football against all odds.”

Shade, who became the second Springfield football player to receive the award, received a media redshirt last fall after sustaining a season-ending injury after his team’s fourth contest.

“I think he’s such a competitive kid, and his nature is that whatever the obstacle, and he’s such a positive influence — not only within the team, but in his own mindset — I don’t think he ever doubted his ability to come back and perform the way he did,” Springfield College coach Mike Cerasuolo said, via The Berkshire Eagle.

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts native concluded his final season with the Pride by recording career-highs in touchdown passes (seven), passing yards (456), rushing yards (771) and rushing touchdowns (eight).

Shade, who competed in all 10 contests this season, helped Springfield have the best rushing offense in Division III college football. Springfield averaged 405.0 yards per game, including 357.4 rushing yards, which was the most since the 2017 squad averaged 435.2 rushing yards per contest.

D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the eighth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, which can be seen (here on our site) every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Players of the Week

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman completed 31 of 41 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns while adding 24 yards on six carries and one score, which helped the Golden Bears beat Curry College.

Trevor Chase (Norwich University): Chase snagged seven catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy.

Leesandro Colon (Westfield State): Colon rush for a team-high 132 yards on 20 carries (6.6 yards) and two touchdowns as the Owls claimed their first win of the 2019 season against Fitchburg State.

Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 20 of 25 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns against Maine Maritime Academy while adding 28 yards on five carries.

Connor Field (WPI): Field rushed for 129 yards on nine carries and three touchdowns, which helped the Engineers defeated Merchant Marine.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Worcester State, Gacioch completed 18 of 31 passes for 292 yards and one touchdown, while adding 39 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Bowdoin College, Jernigan completed 13 of 24 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 53 yards on 12 carries and two scores.

Nick Juvelier (Curry College): Juvelier completed 30 of 54 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns against Western New England while adding 14 yards on nine carries and one touchdown.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University): Mauriello rushed for 202 yards on 27 carries and five touchdowns against Becker College.

Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen tallied 129 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown while catching one pass for 78 yards and one score.

Julian Nyland (WPI): Nyland completed 14 of 18 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns while adding 17 yards on three carries and one score as the Engineers rolled past Merchant Marine in Worcester.

Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters completed 34 of 50 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday against Nichols College.

Michael Pina (Nichols College): Pina tallied 382 total yards of offense last Saturday in an exciting four-overtime win against the University of New England. The Bison signal-caller completed 29 of 48 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns while adding 53 yards on nine carries (5.9 yards).

Frank Roche (Tufts University): Roche hauled in a game-high six receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns against Hamilton College.

Matthew Simco (Wesleyan University): Simco caught five passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday, which helped the Cardinals score a bounce-back win against Amherst College.

Chad Shade (Springfield College): Against Catholic University, Shade completed three of seven passes for 92 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 66 yards on 13 carries and one score.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts racked up 275 yards of total offense against Gallaudet University, including 26 yards on six carries and two touchdowns. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for a game-high 84 yards on 16 carries and one score.


Defensive Players of the Week

Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria): Anderson tallied 13 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards and a pair of forced fumbles against SUNY-Maritime last Saturday.

Ben Anthony (Williams College): Anthony stuffed the stat sheet against Trinity College by posting seven total tackles, including four solo stops and two tackles for a loss of 10 yards. He also recorded one interception (43 yards).

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe posted seven total tackles, including six solo stops and two tackles for a loss of 13 yards against Plymouth State.

Joe Gowetski (Bowdoin College): Gowetski was a player to watch last Saturday as he posted 14 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 22 yards. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble.

Avantaye Salomon (Norwich University): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Salomon tallied four total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 21 yards and one forced fumble. He also finished the game with two sacks for a loss of 18 yards.

Joshua Smiley (Framingham State): Smiley tallied five solo tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 24 yards and one forced fumble which helped the Rams defeat Western Connecticut.

Mehdi Squalli (Endicott College): Against Husson University, Squalli posted seven total tackles, including three solo stops and a half-of-a-tackle for a one-yard loss. Additionally, he recorded an interception for 30 yards while registering one pass break-up.

Brian Tucker (Western Connecticut): Against Framingham State, Tucker posted seven solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of three yards, while recording one fumble recovery.


Special Teamers of the Week

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano tallied 11 points last Saturday against Husson off seven kicks, including two field goals with the longest being a 46-yard kick. Additionally, the senior kicker recorded eight kickoffs for 497 yards with four kicks resulting in a touchback.

Kevin Heintz (University of New England): Heintz concluded Saturday’s four-overtime thriller against Nichols College with 12 points off eight kicks, including two field goals (longest field goal was a 40-yard boot). Additionally, Heintz punted the ball four times with two kicks landing inside the Nichols’ 20-yard-line.

Andy Kenosh (Castleton University): Kenosh was a perfect three-for-three on field goals against Alfred State – his longest kick was a 31-yard field goal.

Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade tallied 10 points off 10 kicks, including a 39-yard field goal as WPI defeated Merchant Marine last Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall.

D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Framingham State Rallies To Beat UMass Dartmouth

SATURDAY ROUNDUP

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Second-half adjustments seemed to be the difference Saturday afternoon for Framingham State, which overcame a 13-point deficit at the break to defeat UMass Dartmouth, 39-33, at Bowditch Field.

Quarterback Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns in the win, while halfback Devaun Ford sealed the victory by capping a six-play, 50-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run with 5:37 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Corsairs attempted to answer on its next three series but saw their drives conclude with a punt, turnover on downs and fumble.

UMass Dartmouth quarterback Stephen Gacioch concluded Saturday’s contest with 343 passing yards and two touchdowns while adding two more scores on the ground. Gacoich led all rushers with 97 yards on 20 carries, while Wojenski rushed for a team-high 53 yards.

Wojenski connected with Jacob Maher for three touchdowns, including a pair of scores in the second half. Maher led all receivers with 215 yards on five catches (43.0 yards per reception).

With the win, the Rams improve to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.

The Corsairs, who entered the contest on a four-game winning streak, suffered their first setback of the 2019 season after scoring a pair of important conference wins the past two weeks against Fitchburg State and Plymouth State.

Middlebury College 34, Amherst College 31 (2OT)Quarterback Will Jernigan tossed three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the second overtime, which helped the Panthers score an impressive road win.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 4-0, while the Mammoths slipped to 3-1.

Jernigan concluded the contest 17 of 36 for 306 yards, while halfback Alex Maldjian rushed for a game-high 125 yards on 30 carries and two scores.

Middlebury led by two scores (21-6) at the break, but the Mammoths clawed back in the second half with three touchdowns, including a pair in the third quarter before Jernigan sent the game to overtime with a 54-yard strike to Greg Livingston with 6:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Conor Kennelly booted a 31-yard field goal in the second overtime to provide Amherst with a three-point (31-28) lead before Jernigan connected with Maxwell Rye on a nine-yard scoring play to secure the win.

Endicott College 30, Salve Regina 24: Joe Kalosky and Dylan Bonfilio combined for three touchdown passes, including the eventual go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter as the Gulls improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.

Salve Regina’s Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 163 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns, including his team’s final score, which brought the Seahawks within six points with 2:47 remaining.

Kalosky concluded the game 31 of 39 for 286 yards and two touchdowns, while Bonfilio finished one of one with a six-yard touchdown pass to Riley Shanley early in the fourth quarter.

Endicott’s Nick DiCairano tallied 12 points off six kicks, including a 47-yard field goal.

Springfield College 21, Norwich University 17: Chad Shade and Tim Callahan each recorded second-half touchdowns, which helped the Pride defeat the Cadets and claim their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season.

Shade concluded Saturday’s tilt with 169 yards on 31 carries, while Callahan added 140 yards on 27 carries.

Norwich’s Matt Dunn completed 11 of 25 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, including one score to Manni Romero, who led all receivers with 128 yards on three catches.

WPI 51, Maine Maritime Academy 20Sean McAllen and Connor Field combined for 285 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while Nick Ostrowski led the WPI defense with10 total tackles, including eight solo stops as the Engineers defeated the Mariners of Maine Maritime in Worcester this afternoon.

Maine Maritime quarterback Nikolas Moquin completed 22 of 32 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns while adding 15 yards on four carries.


New England D-III Football Scoreboard | Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019

  • Husson University 28, Becker College 12
  • Curry College 34, University of New England 31
  • Western New England 30, Nichols College 19
  • Endicott College 30, Salve Regina 24
  • Merchant Marine 35, MIT 29 (OT)
  • Springfield College 21, Norwich University 17
  • WPI 51, Maine Maritime Academy 20
  • Coast Guard Academy 20, Catholic University 14 (OT)
  • Williams College 17, Colby College 0
  • Tufts University 33, Bates College 28
  • Trinity College 31, Hamilton College 24
  • Middlebury College 34, Amherst College 31 (2OT)
  • Wesleyan University 20, Bowdoin College 13
  • Bridgewater State 41, Westfield State 17
  • Plymouth State 42, Fitchburg State 0
  • Mass. Maritime Academy 28, Worcester State 13
  • Framingham State 39, UMass Dartmouth 33
  • Apprentice 35, Anna Maria College 20

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Week 1)

10 Games to Watch 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

We’re one day closer to a BRAND new season of New England Division III Football, which means its time to unveil our first 10 Games to Watch post for the initial week.

As usual, we will highlight 10 games to watch every week with predictions – similar to last year, we will also keep our record, too. And our weekly post will appear every Friday, however, we decided to unveil our week one picks one-day prior to kickoff, so hopefully, this is OK with you, our fans and friends.

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10 Games to Watch | Week One: Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th

Rankings from our Week One Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

No. 16 Nichols College at No. 18 Dean College (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): This has the making of a high-scoring affair ending with a Terrell Watts touchdown. PREDICTION: Dean 42, Nichols 35 

Worcester State at No. 8 WPI (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): It’s great to have this rivalry back, but in the end, the Engineers will prevail, thanks to its rushing attack. PREDICTION: WPI 30, Worcester State 10 

Anna Maria College at Becker College (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): Coach Dan Mulrooney‘s squad seems pumped-up for their first game of the 2019 season, which should end in favor of the AMCATs. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 21, Becker 14 

No. 4 Framingham State at No. 9 Endicott College (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): Both teams enter the 2019 season with high expectations, but this contest will come down to the battle of the trenches. Keep an eye on Endicott’s o-line versus the Framingham State defensive line. PREDICTION: Framingham State 33, Endicott 24 

Norwich University at No. 12 Salve Regina (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 12 p.m.): Two high-powered offenses are set to square-off in Rhode Island – we could see this game going either way, but in the end, the Seahawks will make one or two additional plays to squeak out an opening day win. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 28, Norwich 20

Morrisville State at No. 7 Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 12 p.m.): The Bears enter the 2019 season with expectations to compete for a conference crown. They should find a way past the Mustangs in week one to gain some momentum heading into their week two clash with St. John FisherPREDICTION: Bridgewater State 29, Morrisville State 21 

Carnegie Mellon at No. 6 MIT (Saturday, September 8th at 12 p.m.): After a successful first season as the head coach of the Engineers, Brian Bubna will attempt to work his magic in year number two, beginning with a week one victory. PREDICTION: MIT 23, Carnegie Mellon 16 

No. 13 Western Connecticut at William Patterson (Saturday, September 8th at 1 p.m.): The Colonials may have graduated some key pieces from last season, but return enough talent to help them get off to a 1-0 start. PREDICTION: West Conn. 35, William Patterson 14 

No. 2 Springfield College at No. 3 Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 1 p.m.): Two of our top five teams square-off in a battle for Springfield – look for a late touchdown (or two) from quarterback Chad Shade to send the Pride past the Golden Bears. PREDICTION: Springfield 35, Western New England 27 

Westfield State at Union College (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 1 p.m.): The Owls could surprise some folks this season, but this is a tough opening day clash with a Dutchmen squad, which won four games last fall against New England opponents. PREDICTION: Union 28, Westfield State 14 


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