Catching Up with Western New England Coach Jason Lebeau

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Peter Hoff and Western New England have won four-straight contests since falling to Springfield College in their season-opener. (PHOTO COURTESY: Western New England Athletics)

By Brian Willwerth | @BriWillwerth

After dropping their season-opener to Springfield College, the Western New England Golden Bears enter the bye week riding a four-game winning streak.

During their bye week, we caught up with first-year head coach Jason Lebeau to talk about his team’s recent success.

We began our conversation by discussing cornerback Tommy Ganley, who was named to this week’s D3Football.com Team of the Week after recording two interceptions, one pass break-up and three solo stops last week against Salve Regina.

“Tommy’s been fantastic for us (this season),” said Lebeau. “He has really found his role as a corner,” adding that Ganley transitioned nicely from wide receiver to the defensive side of the ball this season.

“He just another guy who’s worked really hard to get where he is,” said Lebeau.

When it comes to players who don’t always light up the stat sheet, Lebeau had high praise for long snapper Jake Salera.

“You watch our return team, and Jake is in the returner’s face every time,” said Lebeau.

On the offensive line, he singled out center Anthony Hale.

“We were struggling at the position, trying to get our five best offensive linemen on the field, (and he’s) moved over from the tackle position and made such a big difference,” said Lebeau. “Now that we’ve moved him there, our communication is so much better.  Our confidence is so much better.”

Coach Lebeau thinks the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) is strong from top to bottom.

“There are a lot of hungry teams (in our conference) that are finding their way,” he said.  “It’s not going to be easy (the rest of the way),” adding that he’s happy to have three of the last five games at home.

It may not be surprising to see the Bears rolling up the yards and the points. Lebeau spent six years as offensive coordinator.  Now, in his first year as head coach, his team is averaging over 36 points game, with a pretty balanced attack.

The Golden Bears return to action next Saturday, October 13th when they host Curry College.


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VIDEO: WNE’s Anthony Service Joins In The (D3FB) Huddle

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

After leading his team to victory last Saturday, while also shattering the Western New England football program’s record for touchdown passes, senior quarterback Anthony Service joined In the (D3FB) Huddle to discuss the Golden Bears’ season thus far, while also providing some insight on this weekend’s marquee match-up against Salve Regina.

Stay connected with In the (D3FB) Huddle on Facebook and Twitter throughout the remainder of the NCAA Division III Football season. Also, make sure to follow co-host Frank Rossi on Twitter (@FrankRossi).

WNE Earns Inaugural Noontime Sports Team of the Week Honor

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Anthony Service and the Western New England Golden Bears earned a hard-fought overtime win last weekend against St. Lawrence. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bill Sharon)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was announced earlier today on Twitter that Western New England was voted this week’s inaugural Noontime Sports Team of the Week following a hard-fought win over St. Lawrence University last Saturday in overtime.

The Noontime Sports Team of the Week is a brand new post that will highlight one of four New England or New York D3 Football teams, which will appear in on a Monday afternoon poll (12 p.m. eastern, to be exact) on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to vote for one of the four teams we select for this weekly honor – we will announce following a 24 hour period the team selected, both on Twitter and NoontimeSports.com.

WNE quarterback Anthony Service, who was named to this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive Team of the Week, guided the Golden Bears to victory with an extra session touchdown strike to Jared Wolfe. The touchdown was Service’s third of the day – he  rushed for a pair of scores in the fourth quarter, including the equalizer with 53 seconds remaining.

In addition to Service, the Golden Bears received a boost on defense from Mark Chirco, who concluded the contest with a season-high 17 total tackles, including a tackle for a loss of one-and-a-half yards.

WNE, which checked-in fourth on this week’s Noontime Top 10 New England Poll, returns to the gridiron in two weeks (Saturday, Oct. 14th) when they host Endicott College in a Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) clash at 1 p.m.

Endicott’s DeWall, Kalosky Appear On SportsCenter AM

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In case you missed it, Endicott College football made an appearance on ESPN‘s SportsCenter AM today – Sunday, September 10th – to discuss their dramatic and exciting 29-28 win over Bridgewater State.

Following a quick recap of the game-winning drive, Endicott coach Kevin DeWall and quarterback Joe Kalsoky joined the SportsCenter AM crew to discuss how the Gulls engineered an improbable comeback with less than a minute remaining.

After appearing on SportsCenter AM, Kalosky was named this week’s Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) Offensive Player of the Week for tossing a career-best four touchdowns, including the game-winning score.

Endicott’s game-winning score also gained attention from other media outlets, including NESN, the Salem News and Saturday Down South.

The Gulls return to action next Saturday, September 16 when they visit MIT for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.

Western New England Picked To Capture Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)

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WNE Quarterback Anthony Service and the Golden Bears should be in for an exciting 2017 campaign. (PHOTO CREDIT: Western New England Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The Western New England Golden Bears’ football team was picked to capture the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league this fall, according to the conference’s release this afternoon.

WNE, which captured the final season of the New England Football Conference (NEFC) last fall, secured five of the six first-place votes. Endicott College, which checked-in third overall in this year’s preseason poll, collected one first-place vote.

Salve Regina, which was the runner-up last season in the NEFC, was picked to finish second, while Curry College, Nichols College and Becker College rounded out the final three spots, checking-in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. The Hawks of Becker spent the past few season competing in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

WNE captured 11 of 12 games last fall, including a pair of important league tilts against Endicott and Salve Regina. They captured the program’s initial NCAA Division III Tournament win with a 44-27 win over Husson University in the opening round before falling to Alfred University one round later.

The Golden Bears welcome back 15 of 24 starters from last season, including all five members of the team’s o-line, along with quarterback Anthony Service. Also back this season for the Blue and Yellow is Dante Aiken (running back), Dillon Martin (o-line), Sam Edouard (d-line) and Sam Olsson (safety).

WNE begins its campaign against cross-town rival Springfield College on Saturday, September 2 before visiting Westfield State six days later on Friday, September 8. The Golden Bears will conclude its non-conference slate with a visit to RPI before hosting Husson and St. Lawrence.

Prior to being picked to capture the first-ever season of CCC Football, the Golden Bears checked-in 24th overall in the D3Football.com Preseason Poll, which was posted earlier this summer.