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D3 Football: Zelos Athletics’ Players of the Week (Monday, Sept. 16th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the second week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our initial players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills.

Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too


This season, Noontime Sports will select one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week.

The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season.


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Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak hauled in five touchdowns last Friday evening to help the Golden Bears beat Westfield State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

Offensive Player of the Week: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England | Wide Receiver | Guilderland, N.Y.): The third-year receiver for the Golden Bears turned in a record-breaking performance last Friday evening to help Western New England defeat Westfield State in the annual Presidents’ Cup Game.

Fedorchak established two new single-game program records with five touchdown receptions and 319 receiving yards.

Through two contests, Fedorchak has recorded 16 catches for 437 yards and six touchdowns. He is currently tied for first in NCAA Division III with Jacolby Maxwell (Aurora University) for touchdown receptions.


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Javien Delgado led the UMass Dartmouth defense last Saturday in a thrilling overtime win over Husson University. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

Defensive Player of the Week: Javien Delgado (UMass Dartmouth | Linebacker | Lynn, Mass.): Against Husson University, Delgado recorded a career and season-high 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards.

The nine solo stops and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss were both season-highs, too.

Through two contests, Delgado has tallied 19 total tackles, including 14 solo stops and five assists. He also has one sack for a loss of 11 yards, which occurred in week one against Alfred State.


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Wesleyan University’s Mason Von Jess enjoyed a successful collegiate debut with the Cardinals last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin)

Special Teamer of the Week: Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University |Kicker | Lakeville, Conn.): The first-year kicker enjoyed a successful collegiate debut with 12 points off three extra points and three field goals.

Von Jess recorded two first-half field goals of 38 and 39 yards before booting a 40-yarder early in the fourth quarter to provide the hosts with a 23-10 lead over Colby College. He would record his final point of the contest minutes later when Wesleyan recorded its final touchdown with 10:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Player Perspective: Taj Gooden (Wesleyan University)

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Taj Gooden keeps the focus on one day at a time with Wesleyan University’s football team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Taj Gooden has enjoyed a successful two seasons with the Wesleyan University football program.

The Brooklyn, New York native has posted 65.0 total tackles in back-to-back seasons while tallying career-highs in solo stops (25), total tackles (35.0) and sacks (nine) last fall.

Gooden was named a D3Football.com Preseason All-American last month – he was also selected to the Second Team Defense, too, after being named to last year’s All-East Region team.

The 2018 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Team Defense selection is excited for the season to begin – Gooden and the Cardinals host Colby College tomorrow afternoon with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

Noontime Sports recently spoke with Gooden about his preparation for the upcoming season, as well as what the Cardinals must do to enjoy a successful season in the NESCAC.

Tell me about last season. What worked for you from perspective? 

Following the game plan, (every) week played a huge role in my success. My coaches do a good job of putting me in the best situations to be successful.

Also being a student of the game, spending extra hours watching film and workout out, especially over the summer allowed me to excel both on and off the field.

How can you build on last season’s success? Did you do different workouts this offseason to prepare yourself for a successful junior season? 

I spent a lot of hours and weeks in the gym this summer training diligently with my father. I also trained with Gary Gooden, a current track and field coach and former professional football player in the National Football League (NFL).

I’m aware that my success last season may garner me more attention from opposing teams but I have to keep playing my game and be relentless (on every play).

Wesleyan finished 5-4 last fall but ended the 2018 season by winning four of its final six contests. How can you translate that success to this season?

Although we graduated a very impactful senior class (last May), we have a lot of experienced guys returning who are hungry and they have a great understanding of what we’re doing. I believe we will be very successful this season, but we must take it week by week and not look past any opponents.

What are some goals you have for both yourself and the team this season?

Winning the defensive player of the year would be great, but my ultimate goal is to help my team get better every day. Whether that’s leading by example on the field or helping a teammate develop their game during practice. As a team, the goal is to go 1-0 every week and win a championship.

Your team opens its season tomorrow against Colby College. What must the team do to secure an opening day win? 

We just have to play our game. We need to stay disciplined and play for one another by doing our part during each play.


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New England D3 Football: Week Two Poll (Monday, Sept. 9th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The first official week of the New England Division III Football season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second poll of the 2019 season.

Similar to last week, our poll is comprised of 20 New England teams with Trinity College remaining the top squad in the region followed by Western New EnglandEndicott College, and Amherst College.

Both Endicott and Western New England scored convincing opening day wins – the Gulls soared past Framingham State, while the Golden Bears topped Springfield College.

WPI moved-up after a convincing 51-0 win over Worcester State, while Nichols College also moved – one spot, to be exact – after scoring an impressive opening day win on the road at Dean College.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 


New England D-III Football Preseason Top 20 Poll | Monday, September 9th, 2019

1. Trinity College 

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1 

2. Western New England 

1-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 3 

3. Endicott College 

1-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 9 

4. Amherst College 

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 5 

5. Springfield College 

0-1, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 2 

6. WPI 

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 8

7. Framingham State

0-0, 0-1 MASCAC 

Last Week: No. 4 

8. Husson University

0-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 10 

9. Coast Guard Academy 

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 11 

10. MIT

0-0, 0-1 NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 6 

11. Bridgewater State 

0-1, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 7

12. Western Connecticut

1-0, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 13 

13. Salve Regina 

0-1, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 12

14. Williams College 

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 14

15. Nichols College 

1-0, 0-0 CCC

Last Week: No. 16 

16. Norwich University

1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC

Last Week: Not Ranked

17. Middlebury College

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 17  

18. Tufts University

0-0, 0-0 NESCAC

Last Week: No. 15

19. Plymouth State 

1-0, 0-0 MASCAC

Last Week: No. 19

20. Dean College

0-1, 0-0 ECFC 

Last Week: No. 18

On the Rise: Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, and Westfield State


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll  


As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 

New England D3 Football: Week One Poll (Monday, September 2nd, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The first official week of the New England Division III football season has arrived – are you ready for some football?

We are excited to unveil our initial Noontime Sports Top 20 poll of the 2019 season, which finds Trinity College in the top spot followed by Springfield College (second) and Western New England (third). Trinity will be idle this weekend, while both Springfield and Western New England are scheduled to meet Saturday, September 7th for the Pynchon SAW Game.

Framingham State checked-in fourth today – the Rams commence their 2018 conference title defense on Friday, September 6th when they visit ninth-ranked Endicott College. The Rams have won the last six meetings against the Gulls.

Amherst College is also idle this weekend – the Mammoths checked-in fifth overall – while MIT will begin its conference title defense at home on Saturday against Carnegie Mellon. 

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB


New England D-III Football Preseason Top 20 Poll | Monday, September 2nd, 2019

1. Trinity College

Week One: Bye 

2. Springfield College 

Week One: Western New England 

3. Western New England 

Week One: Springfield College 

4. Framingham State 

Week One: Endicott College

5.  Amherst College 

Week One: Bye 

6. MIT 

Week One: Carnegie Mellon 
7. Bridgewater State  Week One: Morrisville State 
8. WPI  Week One: Worcester State 
9. Endicott College  Week One: Framingham State 
10. Husson University  Week One: Bye 
11. Coast Guard Academy  Week One: University of New Eng.
12. Salve Regina  Week One: Norwich University 
13. Western Connecticut Week One: William Patterson 
14. Williams College  Week One: Bye 
15. Tufts University  Week One: Bye 
16. Nichols College  Week One: Dean College 
17. Middlebury College Week One: Bye 
18. Dean College  Week One: Nichols College 
19. Plymouth State  Week One: Castleton University
20. Westfield State  Week One: Union College 

On The Rise: Anna Maria College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, and Curry College. 

 

New England D3 Football Preseason Top 20 Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England Division III football is set to begin in a few days with teams returning to their respective campuses later this week (and month) to prepare for their upcoming campaigns. And with the return of New England D-III football it can only mean one thing: a preseason poll, which features our Top 20 teams from the region.

Similar to last season (and the year before), Noontime Sports will produce a weekly poll, which will appear on Mondays throughout the 2019 season. Fans can expect our next poll to be posted Monday, September 2nd as games will begin later that week on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th, and will feature 20 teams, not 10 like we did previously.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB


New England D-III Football Preseason Top 20 Poll | Monday, August 12th, 2019

1. Trinity College

2018 Record: 8-1, 8-1 NESCAC

2. Western New England 

2018 Record: 8-3, 5-1 CCC

3. Springfield College 

2018 Record: 8-3, 5-2 NEWMAC 

4. Framingham State 

2018 Record: 8-3, 7-1 MASCAC

5. Amherst College 

2018 Record: 8-1, 8-1 NESCAC

6. Bridgewater State 

2018 Record: 8-3, 6-2 MASCAC

7.  Salve Regina University 

2018 Record: 7-4, 5-1 CCC

8. Coast Guard Academy 

2018 Record: 7-3, 5-2 NEWMAC 

9. WPI 

2018 Record: 6-4, 4-3 NEWMAC

10. Endicott College 

2018 Record: 7-4, 5-1 CCC

11. MIT 

2018 Record: 9-2, 6-1 NEWMAC

12. Husson University 

2018 Record: 8-3, 6-0 ECFC

13. Williams College 

2018 Record: 5-4, 5-4 NESCAC 

14. Western Connecticut 

2018 Record: 8-2, 6-2 MASCAC

15. Tufts University

2018 Record: 7-2, 7-2 NESCAC

16. Middlebury College

2018 Record: 5-4, 5-4 NESCAC
17. Nichols College  2018 Record: 5-5, 3-3 CCC
18. Plymouth State  2018 Record: 6-4, 5-3 MASCASC
19. Dean College 2018 Record: 5-5, 4-2 ECFC
20. Colby College  2018 Record: 3-6, 3-6 NESCAC

On The Rise: Anna Maria College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Curry College, and Westfield State. 

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