Football Notebook: Early Thoughts On What Games To Watch In Week One In D3

NS Football Notebook LogoBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

A few days ago, some of the major sports outlets announced a few marquee college football games they will be broadcasting during weeks one, two and three.

Awful Announcing did a solid breakdown of who has the best and worst games – make sure to check it out!

So, that had me thinking the following question: what games will I be eyeballing come week one of the D3 football season?

Well, here are a few ideas – again, mind you this is a June post, so you can certainly expect more in-depth thought as we inch closer to the start of the 2018 season.


*  Season two of Football Friday the Podcast officially began last week with myself and James Baker discussing some offseason D3 football topics. 

Want more D3 football offseason interviews and analysis? Then check-out the In The (D3fB) Huddle offseason show, featuring Baker and Frank Rossi


Week One Games To Watch 

UNE at Coast Guard Academy (Aug. 30th): UNE will play its first-ever NCAA Division III football game on the road against a Bears squad that will look to be in the mix for a NEWMAC crown this fall.

Frostburg State at Stevenson (Aug. 30th): The Bobcats will attempt to win at least 10 games (or more!) again this season – if they accomplish that feat it would be three-straight seasons of winning 10 games or more. They registered 33 points last year in their opener against Stevenson.

Western New England at Springfield (Aug. 31st): Always a must-see game in the Springfield area. Plus, this year’s rivalry game marks a new era for the Golden Bears, who will be led by first-year coach (and alum) Jason Lebeau.

Delaware Valley at Wesley (Aug. 31st): Two of the best teams in the East Region will meet on a Friday evening to kick-off the season. Make sure to add this game to your calendar now!

Endicott at Framingham State (Sept. 1st): This has always been my ‘welcome back to football’ game every season. I will be on the PA mic for this game and will be keeping an eye on two storylines: Can the Rams get off to a strong start and what does the new era of Gulls football look like under first-year coach Paul McGonagle?

Hobart at Brockport (Sept. 1st): The Golden Eagles will once again be a team to watch this fall – can they make a return trip to the national semifinals? They kick-off their 2018 campaign against a Hobart squad that will be led by an alum named Kevin DeWall.

Plymouth State at Castleton (Sept. 1st): The Panthers captured the MASCAC crown, thanks to a dramatic win over Framingham State. They will look to commence a new campaign with by winning its season-opener for the third-straight year against Castleton.

SUNY Cortland at Fitchburg State (Sept. 1st): The Red Dragons will play back-to-back MASCAC games to start the season – do they begin their 2018 season with a win over the Falcons?

Husson at Union (Sept. 1st): The Eagles made believers out of all of us last season with an impressive win over Springfield in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Their postseason run concluded the following weekend against DelVal, however, they did score 15 points against them. The post-John Smith era will begin in New York – I will be keeping an eye on this game.

McDaniel at Catholic (Sept. 1st): The Cardinals will look to commence its new season with its second win over McDaniel in three years. Last year, Catholic fell to McDaniel, 30-10, but the Cardinals managed to overcome the early setback with back-to-back wins over Randolph-Macon and Utica.

Rochester at Case Western (Sept. 1st): The Yellow Jackets begin a new era as first-year coach Chad Martinovich takes over a Yellow Jackets squad that will look to be in the mix for a Liberty League (LL) crown this fall.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports Football by following us at @Noontime_FB on Twitter! 

D3 Lacrosse: Final Noontime Top 10 Men’s Lax Poll (Wednesday, May 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2018 NCAA Division 3 Men’s Lacrosse season officially concluded this past weekend with Wesleyan University winning its first-ever national title with an 8-6 win over Salisbury University at Gillette Stadium.

With the two-goal win, the Cardinals secured the top spot in our final Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll. Wesleyan began the season as a top team in our poll, but was forced to share the top position with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes Amherst College and Tufts University. The Jumbos secured the second position in our final poll, while the Mammoths slid into the third spot.

Springfield College, which captured this year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown, checked-in fourth overall, while Williams College rounded out the top five, checking-in fifth overall.

Conn. College and Coast Guard Academy – two teams we watched more closely this season – secured the sixth and sevenths positions, respectively. We expect both teams to be back in the mix next spring, despite some key graduation departures.

As always, you can stay connected with @Noontime_Lax on Twitter for lacrosse news, notes, scores and more!

Men’s D3 New England Top 10 Poll | Weds. May 30th, 2018 

1. Wesleyan University 

19-3, 10-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University 

18-2, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Amherst College 

15-4, 9-1 NESCAC

4. Springfield College 

13-6, 6-1 NEWMAC 
5. Williams College 

9-8, 6-4 NESCAC

6. Conn. College 

10-6, 5-5 NESCAC

7. Coast Guard Academy 

14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC

8. Middlebury College 

9-7, 5-5 NESCAC

9. Bowdoin College 

8-7, 4-6 NESCAC

10.   Western New England 

13-7, 8-0 CCC

ON THE RISE: Babson College (9-7, 6-1 NEWMAC), Bates College (8-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (9-12, 5-4 GNAC), Keene State (12-5, 7-0 LEC) and New England College (16-5, 7-0 NAC)

D3 Football: MIT Unveils 2018 Schedule

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Udgam Goyal will look to quarterback the Engineers to their first NEWMAC title this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: MIT Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was announced just a short time ago the MIT football schedule for the 2018 season.

The Engineers, who concluded their 2017 campaign 7-3 overall, will kick-off their new season on Friday, August 31st when they host Becker College at 7 p.m. before traveling to Curry College one week later for a 7 p.m. kick-off on Friday, September 7th.

MIT topped Becker last season, but fell to Curry at home by a score of 15-7. The Engineers will play their final non-conference game the following Saturday – that would be September, 15th, to be exact – when they visit Endicott College for a 1 p.m. start.

One week later, the Engineers will hop into New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, beginning with back-to-back home dates against Catholic University and Merchant Marine. The Engineers scored wins over both squads last season – both games occurred on the road.

MIT will compete in just a trio of games in October before closing out their regular season slate with a pair of early November tilts against Norwich University and Springfield College. The game against Springfield will be the team’s ‘Senior Day.’

The Engineers are slated to compete against Coast Guard AcademyMaine Maritime and WPI in October.

This season will mark a new era for the Engineers as they will be led by first-year coach Brian Bubna. Bubna is entering his ninth season with the program – he was previously the squad’s defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

Who will we be watching this season on MIT’s Football? 

  • Udgam Goyal (QB): Goyal enjoyed one of his better seasons under center last fall, completing 63 percent of his passes for 1,922 yards. He tossed 14 touchdowns, while rushing for a career-best 337 yards on 58 carries for five scores.
  • John Roberts (RB): The soon-to-be junior led the Engineers’ rushing attack with 882 yards on 166 carries for 11 touchdowns.
  • Andrew DeNucci (LB): DeNucci was always on our radar last fall, finishings econd on the team in total tackles (70.0). He registered 7.5 tackles for a loss of 25 yards and 2.5 sacks for a loss of 10 yards. He recorded 37 solo tackles, while assisting on 36 stops.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports Football on Twitter: @Noontime_FB – we will have various updates on the Twitter handle on college, high school and professional football as we get closer to a brand new season. 

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Amherst College secured the top spot yet again – the Mammoths began the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament with an impressive win over ninth-ranked Bowdoin College. Amherst will take on second-ranked Tufts University this Saturday, May 5th in the conference semifinals, while third-ranked Wesleyan University will face-off against fourth-ranked Williams College. The winners of both semifinal match-ups will meet the following day – Sunday, May 6th – in the NESCAC championship with the winner securing the conference’s automatic qualifier for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Coast Guard Academy moved up two spots this week after finishing its regular season with a solid win over Babson College. The Beavers remained the 10th best team in the region for the second-straight week. Coast Guard will be the top seed in this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament.

Stay connected with New England Professional, College and High School coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Lax

Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 30th, 2018

1. Amherst College14-2, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University14-1, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
3. Wesleyan University13-2, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
4. Williams College9-7, 6-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
5. Conn. College10-6, 5-5 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
6. Middlebury College9-7, 5-5 NESCACLast Week: No. 7
7. Coast Guard Academy13-3, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 9
8. Springfield College11-5, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 8
9. Bowdoin College8-7, 4-6 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
10. Babson College9-6, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Eastern Conn. State (9-6, 5-2 LEC), Endicott College (6-10, 6-2 CCC), Keene State (14-4, 7-0 LEC), MIT (8-7, 4-3 NEWMAC), Norwich University (12-5, 8-1 GNAC), Salve Regina (11-6, 4-4 CCC), Western New England (11-6, 8-0 CCC)

Lax Notebook: D3 Games To Watch This Week

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s the final week of the NCAA D3 Lacrosse regular season, so let’s dish out some games to watch, follow or attend this week in New England, which you know I will be tweeting about @MattNoonan11!

Men’s Lacrosse: Salve Regina at Curry College (Tues., Apr. 24th at 7 p.m.): Both teams enter tonight’s contest in a two-way tie for third place. This game could go either way, but I think Curry will find a way late in the game to pull out the W! PICK: Curry 

Men’s Lacrosse: Mitchell College at Becker College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4 p.m.): One goal by Becker in the fourth quarter was the difference in the initial meeting, but look for Mitchell to bounce back. The winner of this game advances to Dean College this weekend to contend for the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) crown. PICK: Mitchell 

Women’s Lacrosse: MIT at Coast Guard Academy (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4 p.m.): The Bears have enjoyed a VERY successful fourth season, but this maybe a tough one for them to snag – the Engineers enter the contest with a lot of momentum. PICK: MIT 

Men’s Lacrosse: Conn. College at Wesleyan University (Weds., Apr. 25th at 4:30 p.m.): The Cardinals will be a team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, but don’t expect the Red and Black to soar past a solid Conn. College squad, which has been an exciting story this spring. PICK: Wesleyan

Women’s Lacrosse: Amherst College at Trinity College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 6:30 p.m.): My pick is the Mammoths in this one. Their defense is legit and should be able to slow down the Bantams’ offense. PICK: Amherst 

Men’s Lacrosse: Bowdoin College at Tufts University (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): The Jumbos will look to cap their regular season slate with a solid win over a Polar Bears squad, which fell to Williams College this past weekend. PICK: Tufts 

Men’s Lacrosse: MIT at Babson College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): The Beavers’ final week of the regular season is certainly not an easy one, so expect the Engineers to provide some challenges for the Green and White in all four quarters. PICK: Babson 

Men’s Lacrosse: Clark University at Springfield College (Weds., Apr. 25th at 7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Cougars, who will look to secure a spot in the upcoming New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament. The race for the final four spots will be fun to watch! PICK: Clark 

Women’s Lacrosse: Salve Regina at Framingham State (Thurs., Apr. 26th): The Rams appeared in last week’s regional rankings and will be a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). PICK: Framingham State 

Men’s Lacrosse: Coast Guard Academy at Babson College (Sat., Apr. 28th at 12 p.m.): The Bears will attempt to cap its regular season slate with a win over the Beavers, who appear to be the front-runner for the top seed in the NEWMAC Tournament. Pick: Coast Guard Academy