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Five New England D3 Football Teams to Watch In 2022

Alex Cohen and the Anna Maria College football team will be a squad to watch in 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s time to kick off our preseason football coverage – are you ready for some football?

Yes, we know the Boston Celtics are occupying our attention while writing this post, but while we anxiously wait for the fourth game of the NBA Finals to tip off tomorrow evening, let’s highlight five teams New England NCAA Division III football fans should watch this fall.  

Anna Maria College: Quarterback Alex Cohen is back, along with some key members of last year’s squad, which captured its first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title.

Cohen will certainly be a player to watch this fall after concluding the 2021 season with career-highs in passing yards (3,087) and touchdown passes (23).

Wide receiver Hayden Braga returns for another season, as well, along with Alvin Martin (linebacker) and Armstrong Antoine (defensive back) – all three student-athletes, along with Cohen, should help the AMCATs contend for their second-straight conference crown.

Anna Maria is scheduled to face some challenging conference foes in September, beginning with their season-opener against UMass Dartmouth.

Colby College: Coach Jack Cosgrove has the Mules heading in the right direction.

Last year, Colby won four games for the first time since finishing 4-4 in 2013. The Mules scored some important early and mid-season wins over Amherst College and Middlebury College while providing some challenges for Hamilton College and Tufts University.

Halfback Keon Smart will be a player to watch on offense – the sophomore tailback finished his initial season with the Mules last fall with 248 rushing yards on 69 carries and three touchdowns.

Colby will commence its 2022 season at home against Williams College.   

Curry College: A new era of Colonels football has begun with the hiring of first-year coach Todd Parsons.

Parsons, who oversaw the Endicott College offense last fall, inherits a squad that finished 3-6 last season, including 1-5 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC).

Michael Sims will be a player to watch on the Colonels after concluding his initial season with the Purple and White with 49 total tackles, including 26 solo stops to go with one fumble recovery, one interception, and one pass break-up.

Sims played high school football in Connecticut and was a two-way player for Griswold High School. He played fullback on offense and linebacker on defense. Maybe we could see him play fullback this fall?

Curry will begin its 2022 season at home against MIT.

Dean College: Like Curry, Dean will have a new leader of its football program with Andrae Murphy returning to his alma mater to coach a Bulldogs squad that won just two games last fall.

Errol Breaux, the team’s leading wide receiver, was a player to watch last fall as he led the receiving core in catches (75), receiving yards (1,215), and touchdowns (eight). Quintus Reid was also a player to watch on offense as the New Haven, Connecticut native concluded his junior season with 52 receptions and six touchdowns.

It’s likely Murphy’s signal-caller will be David Curry, who was spotted under center every game last fall. He completed 196 of 351 passes for 2,585 yards and 18 touchdowns. Curry also led the rushing attack with 627 yards and six touchdowns.

Dean will travel to Fitchburg State for its season-opener.

University of New England: For the second time in program history, the Nor’easters concluded its campaign with four wins (they won a program-record four wins in 2019 after capping their inaugural campaign one year earlier with just two victories).

Last fall, UNE gained our attention by scoring an impressive early-season win against Bridgewater State, which saw the Blue and White outscore the hosts, 14-0, in the second half to set up a game-winning field goal by Ruelas Villasen in overtime.

In addition to their come-from-behind win against the Bears of Bridgewater, they also provided some challenges for Endicott and Western New England down the stretch. They capped their 2021 campaign with a wild victory over Curry.

The team’s late-season win over the Colonels, which was highlighted by five passing touchdowns by Jarrett Henault should provide the Nor’easters with some momentum heading into four this season in program history.

UNE will begin its season on the road at Coast Guard Academy.

Emerson’s Winning Ways Continue; Colby Snaps Salisbury’s Winning Streak

Skyler Celotto and the Emerson College men’s lacrosse team topped Wheaton College on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Justin Schmalholz)

By NoontimeSports.com

The winning ways continue for Emerson College men’s lacrosse.

The Lions’ current winning streak reached a season-high six games as of yesterday, thanks to an impressive 16-8 victory over Wheaton College.

Saturday’s win marked the second time in program history that Emerson has beaten Wheaton since the school became a full-time member of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for the 2013-14 school year.

Skyler Celotto led the Purple and White with a season-high seven points on six goals and one assist. The six goals are the most Celotto has tallied in 11 contests this season.

Birk Swan added eight points on four goals and four assists while Malcolm McGrath turned aside a season-best 20 shots.  

Emerson jumped out to a 5-3 lead but would use a 6-1 run in the second quarter to push ahead for good.

Wheaton trimmed the deficit with four fourth-quarter tallies.

With the win, Emerson becomes the first New England NCAA D-III men’s lacrosse team to win 10 games this season – they are currently one of three squads in the NEWMAC that have yet to lose a league meeting (MIT and Coast Guard Academy have also won at least one league contest).

Emerson will be idle for the next few days before returning to the field for three consecutive home games in a span of seven days. They will welcome Clark University to campus on Saturday, April 2 for a 7 p.m. face-off followed by Emmanuel College next Wednesday, April 6, and Springfield College on Saturday, April 9.

The Lions have never beaten Clark or Springfield, but perhaps that trend could change next month.

Emerson is scheduled to compete six more times this spring and will certainly be a squad to watch over the next few weeks.

Speaking of teams to watch, keep your eyes on the Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse team.

The Polar Bears scored a big win on Saturday as they defeated Wesleyan University, 16-10, to secure their seventh consecutive victory, including their fourth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win.

Bowdoin raced out to a 5-1 lead, which turned into an 11-4 advantage at the break.

Jason Lach concluded the contest with five goals and an assist while Will Byrne produced seven points off two goals and five helpers. Robert Hobbs, the team’s goalie, turned aside 18 shots.

Bowdoin is off to its best start since 1989 when they began their campaign with seven-straight victories. The Polar Bears would conclude this particular season with a 15-1 record.

Saturday was an exciting day for the Colby College women’s lacrosse team, which snapped Salisbury University’s 29-game winning streak.

The Mules edged the Sea Gulls, 14-13, in overtime, thanks to Annie Eddy, who netted the game-winner. Eddy concluded the non-conference meeting with four goals, two assists, two ground balls, and one caused turnover. Ally Franz contributed a hat trick to go with four ground balls, two caused turnovers, and one helper.

Colby, which returns to the field on Saturday against Connecticut College, ends the month with a great deal of momentum – the Blue and White have won their last five contests, including a pair of NESCAC games against Hamilton College (10-9) and Wesleyan University (15-7).

Noontime’s D3 Lacrosse Weekend Watch (March 18-20)

Caleb Holdridge and the Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse team have won three-straight contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brad Clift/CGA Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Happy Friday, everyone – if you’re in Massachusetts (or some part of New England), hopefully, you’re taking advantage of the gorgeous spring weather today.

While March Madness might be the focus of many, both today and this weekend, I do want to share (and highlight) a few New England NCAA Division III lacrosse games to follow this weekend, beginning with an important conference meeting in Babson Park.

Babson College will host Coast Guard Academy on Saturday with the two teams meeting for the first time since last season’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament final (the Beavers beat the Bears to secure their first-ever conference tournament crown).

The Beavers enter Saturday’s meeting with some momentum from last week’s overtime win against Endicott CollegeLee Sipes scored the game-winner while finishing the non-league tilt with two goals and one assist to go with one ground ball.

Prior to their exciting win against the Gulls, Babson won two of three contests, including a season-opening win against Roger Williams University.  

Coast Guard Academy has rebounded from an 0-2 start, winning three-straight non-league tilts this month, including an 18-7 victory on Wednesday against Maritime College (N.Y.). Caleb Holdridge, a junior attack from Waterford, Connecticut, highlighted his team’s win over the Privateers with four goals and four assists to go with one ground ball and one caused turnover.  

Holdridge has been a player to watch on the Bears this season, tallying 28 points on 11 goals and 17 helpers in five contests.

Babson is 4-2 all-time against Coast Guard with the series between the two programs beginning in 2015. They have won one of two meetings with the Bears at MacDowell Field.

If the Beavers are going to be victorious, they will need to win most of the face-offs and scoop more ground balls. So far this season, the Green and White are 2-0 when they win both categories.

Another NEWMAC game to watch tomorrow features Wheaton College, the team that currently sits atop the league standings with a 7-0 record. The Lyons will visit Springfield College, which has won one of four meetings thus far – they recently lost a heartbreaker to Endicott on Tuesday in overtime.

Saturday’s meeting between the Lyons and Pride will be a good test for coach Kyle Hart’s squad, which has edged its last two opponents by one goal.

While Wheaton has been an exciting story this spring, the same could be said for Emerson College, a team that has won seven of eight contests this season. The Lions will host Eastern Connecticut State tomorrow with a face-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Finally, don’t overlook MIT – the Engineers have won all five of its early-season contests and will attempt to claim its first league win tomorrow when they welcome Clark University to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ryan Gebhardt has been the player to watch on MIT this spring as the graduate student has scored 30 goals in five contests while tallying 10 assists. He currently leads the conference in goals but is second in points behind Emerson’s Birk Swan, who has produced 43 points on 19 goals and 24 helpers.  

A few other men’s lacrosse games to watch this weekend:

Williams College at Bowdoin College on Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Polar Bears have won four-straight contests, including two New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) meetings. They will look to win their fifth game against an Ephs squad that lost to Union College last Thursday.  

Wesleyan University at Colby College on Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Cardinals have produced 22 goals or more in all four contests this season. Can they continue their early-season momentum against a Mules squad that is seeking its first conference win? We’ll have to wait and see.

Curry College at Western Connecticut on Sunday at 2 p.m.: The Continentals saw their four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday against The College of Wooster. Keep an eye on Kai Bruneau, the first-year attack from West Haven, Connecticut, who could help the home team return to the win column on Sunday.    

Noontime’s D3 Men’s Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2022

By NoontimeSports.com

Yesterday, we unveiled a few NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse teams to keep an eye on this upcoming season.

Now, let’s switch gears to the men’s side, however, let’s highlight some teams that are starting to take that “next step” in their journey to competing with RIT, Salisbury University, and Tufts University for the national crown.  

All three teams (listed above) will once again be in the mix of the 2022 national championship — the same being be said for Christopher Newport, York College, Cabrini University, and the University of Lynchburg — but there is a slew of other programs that could certainly surprise some small college lacrosse fans in 2022.


Babson College: The Beavers’ 2021 season concluded in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament – the Green and White entered their postseason match with Tufts riding a five-game winning streak, which included a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship.

Babson averaged 15.17 goals per game and should once again be the favorite in the NEWMAC — sure, they will be challenged by Clark University, Coast Guard Academy, and Springfield College, but coach Rocky Batty will welcome back some key members of the 2021 squad next spring, including goalie Mac Mowat and Ryan Donovan, who led the squad in assists (eight) and points (18).


Centre College: The Colonels enjoyed perhaps their best season in program history, capturing both the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) regular season and tournament crown while winning the program’s initial national postseason win with a 12-11 victory over Denison University.

Can Centre continue its success in 2022? That is the question, but perhaps they can, especially with some key members of its 2021 squad returning, including goalie Wills McCutcheon and Will Hubbs. Both student-athletes received end-of-year honors from the SAA while coach Grant Zimmerman was tabbed the SAA’s Coach of the Year.


Colorado College: Coach Sean Woods and the Tigers came close to advancing to the NCAA Division III semifinals this past May but lost to RIT in the quarterfinals.

Despite the setback, CC was a team to watch (and yes, follow) in 2021 as they ended their season with 13 victories, which is tied for the fourth-most in a single season. The Tigers earned its eighth trip in program history to the national tournament and scored a pair of wins against Centre (19-6) and Transylvania University (20-12). 

This season, Woods won’t be pacing the sidelines as he accepted the head coaching role at Amherst College, but CC will be in good hands with Mike Horowitz, who played lacrosse at Muhlenberg College, but recently spent time as an assistant with Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Anders Erickson returns for his senior season — the Lone Tree, Colorado native led the team last spring with 86 points on 42 goals and 44 assists to go with 105 shots and 23 ground balls. Winston Chodnicki is also back and will be spotted at midfield taking faceoffs.


Denison University: A new era of Big Red lacrosse will begin next spring with Eric Koch being named the new head coach – the former Washington & Lee assistant head coach replaces Mike Caravana, who this past May that he would be stepping down and departing a program he oversaw for 28 seasons.  

Denison captured its 19th North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) crown with a 12-10 win over Kenyon College but saw their run toward a national title conclude in the opening round with a 12-11 setback to Centre.

The Big Red produced eight wins in 10 games this past spring but will once again be in the mix for not just an NCAC crown, but also a deep playoff run.

Camden Bowdy returns for his team’s 2022 campaign and will certainly be a player to watch after leading the team with 23 assists. He established a new single-game record in April by tallying 12 assists in his team’s 29-2 win over Wabash College.


Hope College: The Flying Dutchmen captured their second Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) this past spring to go with their first-ever NCAA Tournament win (Hope defeated Benedictine University in the opening round).

Hope has become a team to watch in the Midwest as they have won at least 10 games or more in four of their last five seasons.

Jack Radzville will be the player to watch in 2022 after producing a career-best 104 points on 56 goals and 48 assists to go with 39 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.


Illinois Wesleyan: Last season, the Spartans did what no team in program history has done: advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Illinois Wesleyan saw it’s impressive 2021 campaign conclude with a 30-5 setback to Salisbury, but their momentum should continue next spring, especially with some key members of their 15-win squad returning, including Rick Smith, who led the unit with 74 points on 49 goals and 25 assists.

Connor Kiichle returns, as well — the Vancouver, Washington native placed second on the team in points with 66 while Blake Muschewske is back after finishing second on the team with 21 caused turnovers (Jesse Prettner also recorded 21 caused turnovers last season but has graduated).

Illinois Wesleyan concluded its previous campaign one win shy of matching their program record for wins in a single season with 16 (the Green and White won 16 games in three consecutive seasons: 2017, 2018, and 2019).


UMass Boston: The 2021 season was one to remember for the Beacons, which not only captured their first-ever Little East Conference (LEC) crown but also made their debut in the NCAA Tournament.

Gavin Admirand recently became the program’s first student-athlete to secure preseason All-American honors from Lacrosse Magazine — the Mansfield, Massachusetts native led UMass Boston last spring with 54 goals and 68 points while placing second on the team with 23 assists.

Admirand will be one of a few Beacons to watch in 2022, but the biggest question facing UMass Boston heading into a new season is can they repeat as conference champions?

Other teams to watch: Endicott College, Wesleyan University, Western New England, Transylvania University, Union College, Babson College, Coast Guard Academy, SUNY Cortland, John Carroll, Gettysburg College, and St. John Fisher

Noonan: The 2021 Small College Football Season Was Worth The Wait

The first ten week of the small college (NCAA Division II and Division III) college football season have been very exciting. But what will happen in the 11th week? We’ll just have to wait and find out. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan

We have reached the final week of the small college football regular season – that went by fast!

And while there is still more football to be played after the final whistle sounds for most contests tomorrow, I thought I would take a few moments to reflect on the last 10 weeks.

To say the 2021 New England Division II and Division III college football season has been fun would be an understatement. It has been a blast – can I say incredible?

Many fields, bleachers and press boxes sat quietly at this time one year ago – yes, Coast Guard Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy did compete in the Secretaries Cup, but that was the closest we would get to a small college football experience due to the Covid-19 pandemic (other teams outside our region did compete once, twice or a few times last fall or this spring).

Tomorrow, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine will meet again – the contest will mark coach Mike Toop’s final regular season game with the Mariners while a slew of other teams, including Amherst College, Anna Maria College, Husson University, Bentley University, and the University of New Haven will also be in action.

There will be games that will decide conference champions.

There will be contests pitting two rivalries.

And there will be matchups between two teams – excuse me, two programs – looking to gain some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.

But no matter the outcome of every small college football game tomorrow, both locally and around the country, a celebration should be in store for everyone as this will be a season we should all remember five, ten and yes, 50 years from now.

The 2021 small college football season provided us with a sense of joy and excitement that maybe we did not have before the pandemic. But it also provided us with some new (and exciting) storylines like Anna Maria winning its most games in a single season with six victories as of this evening to New Haven capturing its first Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) crown since 2012 with an impressive win one week ago against Bentley.  

Framingham State won another Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown after starting 0-2 for the second consecutive season, and American International College was one of a handful of teams to watch from the get-go, especially when they were winning dramatic road games, including a come-from-behind 40-33 victory in week two against Pace University.

Of course, there were others – and yes, there are still more stories being written as I type this somewhat “ode-to-the 2021 small college football season.” But no matter what, it has been so much fun seeing the local teams back on the gridiron this fall – enjoy the final day of the regular season, everyone, and make sure to stop by for a few blog posts throughout the weekend.