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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.

Noontime’s D-III Lacrosse Championship Predictions

Middlebury College’s Emma White and the Panthers defense has been a unit to watch this postseason. (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Costello)

By Matt Noonan

The time has come to crown not one, but two NCAA Division III lacrosse champions.

This weekend, six teams – four women’s and two men’s – will contend for the ultimate prize of a national championship.

But before the games commence, it is time to share my picks – well, more my thoughts, to exact, as to who I think will win this year’s titles.

Let’s begin with the four teams competing for the women’s national championship in Salem, Virginia.

NCAA D-III Women’s Semifinals & Championship Predictions

Middlebury College over Gettysburg College: It’s too bad this matchup had to occur in the semifinals – it would have been great to see both teams square off on Sunday in the championship.  

This weekend will be the last time Carol Cantele and Barb Jordan will pace the Gettysburg sidelines – the Bullets enter the last weekend of the season with a 13-game winning streak.

Cantele credits the opponents her team faced two months ago to prepare her squad for a challenging postseason run, which began with an extra session win over Roanoke College in the second round.

Jordan Basso is the player to watch on Gettysburg – the sophomore attack from Rye, New York leads the Orange and Blue in goals (65) and points (101).

Middlebury was idle last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but their championship momentum from 2019 has remained with the Navy Blue and White, which is seeking its eighth title in program history, as well as its third crown since 2016.

The Panthers’ defense has been a unit to watch this postseason. They have limited its three postseason foes to six goals or less, and have received a major boost from goalie Annie Enrietto, who has turned aside 21 shots in her team’s last three contests. She denied 11 shots on Sunday during her team’s second meeting of the season with Colby College.  

Jennifer LaRocca and the TCNJ women’s lacrosse team scored back-to-back wins last weekend over Salisbury University and SUNY Cortland. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jimmy Alagna/TCNJ Athletics)

Tufts University over The College of New Jersey (TCNJ): TCNJ’s path to championship weekend wasn’t an easy one.

The Lions had to beat three teams, including Salisbury University and SUNY Cortland in back-to-back games last weekend, which is not an easy task. But perhaps their wins over the Red Dragons and Sea Gulls will provide TCNJ with enough momentum to beat Tufts, a squad that has ended the Lions’ last two postseason trips.

Like TCNJ, Tufts enters its semifinal matchup with a great deal of momentum, which began after the team’s last setback to Amherst College in April. After losing to the Mammoths in overtime, the Jumbos have been on a roll, winning their second-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament crown while scoring three impressive postseason wins.

Perhaps the Jumbos’ most impressive win of the postseason came on Sunday evening as Tufts converted seven of 12 free position goals against Franklin & Marshall to clinch its third trip to the semifinals since 2019.

Last season, the Jumbos came close to winning their first-ever national title but saw their hopes dashed by an extra Salisbury tally by Delaney Hill. Tufts would respond, netting three-straight goals in less than two minutes, but its final marker by Caroline Walter concluded the Jumbos’ comeback.

The loss to Salisbury, along with an extra session defeat to Amherst might be enough motivation for Tufts to find a way to beat TCNJ for the fourth time in the last three years.

Middlebury over Tufts in the 2022 NCAA D-III Title Game: Get ready for an all-NESCAC championship.

Middlebury and Tufts almost met in the title round three years ago when both teams appeared in the national semifinals. But Tufts saw its season conclude against Salisbury, which would then fall to Middlebury in the championship.

So, let’s try this again.

Middlebury beat Tufts earlier this spring by seven goals, thanks to a four-point (three goals, one assist) effort from Jane Earley, along with a hat trick by Susan Rowley.

Tufts would win the next meeting by one goal when the two teams met in the NESCAC Championship earlier this month. The Jumbos’ defense highlighted the win, especially at the very end as the unit denied a pair of free-position attempts by Hope Shue.

The Jumbos’ 9-8 win over the Panthers snapped Middlebury’s 42-game winning streak, which began with a 16-1 victory over Springfield College on March 8, 2019.

Since falling to Tufts, Middlebury has looked impressive. They tallied 22 goals in back-to-back games against SUNY Geneseo and the University of Chicago, before relying on its defense to slow down a Colby squad that had produced 33 goals in back-to-back postseason contests.  

While Tufts’ run to the national semifinals has been exciting – and yes, impressive, too – it just seems like their luck or momentum will disappear in the third meeting with Middlebury, which seems determined to conclude its current campaign with some hardware.


NCAA D-III Men’s Championship Predictions

Ryan Puglisi and the Union College defense shined last Sunday against York College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clara Lodice)

Union College over Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT): Who doesn’t like an underdog story?

Union may not be the favorite, but it seems as if many within the D-III world are pulling for the Dutchmen to win their initial national championship.

The Dutchmen have enjoyed an impressive season, winning 18 of 20 contests with perhaps their most exciting wins occurring last weekend over Gettysburg College and York College. Both wins were exciting but also proved this year’s Dutchmen can win a championship.

For Union to complete its storybook season with a title, they will need to find a way to slow down an RIT squad that has produced 20 goals or more in four postseason contests this spring.

The Tigers won their first-ever championship last year by outlasting Salisbury in double-overtime.

RIT has beaten Union in its last 20 meetings, including an NCAA Tournament clash in 2019. The Tigers won both meetings last spring, including an 11-9 victory in the Liberty League (LL) semifinals.  

Marley Angus highlighted RIT’s one-goal win over Union last month as the senior midfielder concluded the game with four goals, two assists, and two ground balls. Keaton McCann led Union with five goals on eight shots.

McCann has been a player to watch on Union this postseason. The senior attack from Briarcliff, New York has recorded three goals or more in four contests while netting the game-winner last Saturday against Gettysburg.   


NCAA D-III Championship Weekend Schedule

WLAX D-III Semifinal: Middlebury vs Gettysburg on Saturday, May 28 at 12 p.m.

WLAX D-III Semifinal: Tufts vs. TCNJ on Saturday, May 28 at 3:00 p.m.

MLAX D-III Championship: RIT vs. Union on Sunday, May 29 at 1 p.m.

WLAX D-III Championship: Middlebury/Gettysburg vs. TCNJ/Tufts on Sunday, May 29 at 3:30 p.m.

All three women’s games will occur in Salem, Virginia while the men’s championship will take place in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Middlebury Women’s Lacrosse Secures The Top Spot In This Year’s NESCAC Tournament

Jane Earley and the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team clinched the top spot in this year’s NESCAC Tournament with a 15-5 victory over Williams College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Colin Bourque)

By Matt Noonan

The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team has not lost a game in three years.

On Wednesday, the Panthers concluded its regular season slate by winning its 15th straight contest this season with a 15-5 victory over Williams College.

The 10-goal win is Middlebury’s 40th consecutive victory dating back to a 16-1 victory over Springfield College on March 8, 2019.

Middlebury secured the top spot in this year’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which begins this Saturday, April 30 with four quarterfinal matchups. The Panthers will welcome Amherst College to campus with the opening draw set for 12 p.m.  

Amherst lost to Middlebury last weekend by a score of 15-7 before ending its regular-season slate last night with an 11-9 setback to Trinity College.

Colby College secured the second seed with a 13-2 overall record, including a 9-1 mark against NESCAC opponents, and will host seventh-seed Bowdoin College on Saturday. Tufts University, which is the third seed, will host Trinity while the fourth seed Wesleyan University will entertain Hamilton College.

All three matchups are scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.  

Middlebury has appeared in 20 consecutive NESCAC Tournaments, winning 10 titles in 12 championship appearances.  They have won two of the last three NESCAC titles with Tufts claiming the league crown last year en route to an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship against Salisbury University (the Sea Gulls edged the Jumbos, 14-13).

Following the conclusion of Saturday’s quarterfinals, the four winning teams will advance to the highest remaining seed, which will host both the semifinals (Saturday, May 7) and championship (Sunday, May 8). The winner of this year’s NESCAC Championship will secure the league’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 14.

Colby Heads Into April With A Great Deal Of Momentum

The Colby College women’s lacrosse team scored an impressive overtime win last Saturday against Salisbury University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Cole Burkhart/Colby College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

In case you missed it, the Colby College women’s lacrosse team scored a big win this past weekend against Salisbury University.

The win against the Sea Gulls, which came in overtime, should certainly provide the Royal Blue and White with a great deal of momentum heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.

In addition to snapping Salisbury’s 29-game winning streak, Colby scored a dramatic 10-9 victory last Thursday against Hamilton College. Eliza Dean netted the game-winner at the buzzer after Annie Eddy tied the game at 9 with 18 seconds remaining in the final session.  

Eddy was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week after recording eight points on six goals and two assists in a 2-0 week for the Mules. The Cheshire, Connecticut native currently leads Colby in goals (22) and points (26) through seven contests.

Colby concludes the month of March with a five-game winning streak, which includes victories over Plymouth State, the University of New England, and Wesleyan University.

The Mules’ March momentum will certainly be tested over the next few weeks, including this weekend when they host Connecticut College on Saturday before visiting Endicott College on Sunday. Connecticut College has yet to win a conference game this spring while the Gulls are seeking their fifth non-conference win (Endicott has lost to three NESCAC teams this month).

While Colby is certainly a team to watch going forward, the same could be said for Middlebury College, which secured the top spot in this week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Top 25 Poll today.

The Panthers have won seven contests this spring, including four NESCAC meetings. Additionally, Middlebury boasts a 32-game winning streak, which dates back to its initial victory in 2019 against Springfield College.

Middlebury hosts Plymouth State tomorrow before capping the week with a visit to Tufts University on Saturday. Tufts, which has won two of three league meetings, represented the NESCAC in the national championship last spring against Salisbury, which edged the Jumbos by a score of 14-13.

As a team, Middlebury ranks third in the NESCAC in goals scored with 108. They rank third in caused turnovers (81). Jane Earley and Hope Shue are two of the top goal scorers in the conference with the duo combining for 40 goals. Wesleyan’s Olivia Lai and Bowdoin College’s Sophia Sudano are tied for first in goals scored with 28.

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).