Tag: Commonwealth Coast Football

Noonan: An Exciting Finish Awaits Numerous Small College Football Teams

Jack Maguire and the Salve Regina University football team scored an important win last weekend against Endicott College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway/TAMMY MCMANAWAY SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

By Matt Noonan

To say the next three weeks of the small college New England football season will be fun – and yes, exciting, too – would be an understatement.

For starters, we have quite a few conference races to watch these next few weeks, including one that currently features four teams in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league.  

Endicott College appeared to be a lock to win their first-ever conference crown since 2013 when they, along with other members of the CCC, competed in the New England Football Conference (NEFC). But unfortunately, things changed this past weekend as their three-game conference winning streak was snapped with a 21-14 setback to Salve Regina University.

Luckily, it is just one loss – Endicott currently holds the head-to-head tiebreakers over Husson University and Western New England, who are also in the mix for the league crown. But to win the conference, the Gulls will need to beat their two remaining foes – Nichols College and the University of New England – as well as get some help from their rivals: Salve Regina and Western New England.

Salve Regina has beaten Nichols and UNE but needs to win their final two contests against Curry College and Husson.

Western New England beat Salve Regina in their first conference meeting of the 2021 season earlier this month before falling to Endicott one week later. The Golden Bears will be idle this weekend but conclude their regular-season slate with back-to-back contests in November against Husson and UNE.

And while all the attention is currently on Salve Regina following an exciting win this past weekend against Endicott, one should certainly not overlook Husson, which has won two of three league matchups, as well as scored some impressive non-league wins against Plymouth State and Springfield College.

As of now, it is hard to project a winner of the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league, but we should have a better gauge this Saturday.

Speaking of Springfield College, they are also in the mix for their conference crown in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) but need to win their remaining three contests, including their matchup this weekend with the University of Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA).

The Mariners have been a great story this fall, winning seven consecutive contests to match their best start in program history. They scored an exciting 44-34 win this past weekend against Catholic University, thanks to both Ian Blankenship and Brian McGovern, who combined for five touchdowns, including three on the ground.

Springfield has beaten USMMA in two of their last three outings, including twice at home in 2017 and 2019.

Like the Mariners, the Pride has also become a team to watch over the last few weeks after rebounding from a 1-3 start by winning their last three contests to bump their overall record to 4-3.

David Wells and Isaiah Cashwell-Doe headlined Springfield’s most recent win against WPI.

Saturday’s matchup between the Pride and Mariners is scheduled for 1 p.m. – the contest will be held in Springfield, Massachusetts.

South of Springfield – West Haven, Connecticut, to be exact – will feature another important matchup to follow as Assumption College visits the University of New Haven on Saturday, October 30 for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Both teams enter the ninth week of the Division II season in contention for the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) crown – UNH has not lost a single conference game this fall while Assumption has won four of five league meetings. Assumption could win the conference, but they need to win their final three outings, including two against the top two squads in the league.

Bentley University was idle this past weekend but has been a great story as they have not lost a game since October 12, 2019, and head into the final three weeks with a great deal of momentum.

The Falcons will be at home this weekend against Franklin Pierce before visiting New Haven next Saturday, November 6. It is possible the Falcons and Chargers could enter the week ten matchup without a single conference loss.  

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Eight

Andrew Boel and the Bowdoin College football team scored their first win against Amherst College last weekend since 2005. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Beard)

By NoontimeSports.com

The eighth week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III college football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to highlight five teams to watch this weekend.

Anna Maria College (4-1, 2-0 ECFC): The AMCATs have been quite a story this fall, winning four straight contests, including a pair of Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) victories to keep them in the hunt with Gallaudet University for the league title.  

This week, the AMCATs return home after three straight road games to host Dean College, which captured the ECFC crown in 2019.

Dean returned to the win column last week with a 39-36 victory over Keystone College – the Bulldogs defense held off a late rally by the Giants, who finished the final frame with three touchdowns.

At 1-2, Dean is not entirely out of the conference mix but would need to win this game to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Quarterback Alex Cohen was instrumental in his team’s last win over Alfred State – expect the veteran signal-caller to continue his success this week against the Bulldogs.

Bowdoin College (1-4, 1-4 NESCAC): Last Saturday was a special day for the Polar Bears as Bowdoin snapped a 14-game losing streak to Amherst College with a 21-14 victory.

The seven-point win over the Mammoths should provide the Polar Bears with some momentum heading into this week’s clash with Tufts University.

Quarterback Andrew Boel has been a player to watch these last two weeks – against Amherst, he completed 22 of 28 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

Boel connected with eight different receivers, including Colton Fahey who caught a pair of touchdowns while finishing with a game-high 112 yards on five grabs.

As a team, Bowdoin registered 421 yards of total offense compared to Amherst, which finished with 340. Additionally, they converted seven of 12 third-down attempts.

Bridgewater State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC): The Bears return from their bye with hopes of extending their current winning streak to five games.

Like Framingham State, Bridgewater State rebounded from an 0-2 start with four straight wins, including a pair against two squads that earned spots on this week’s Top 20 Poll: Plymouth State and Western Connecticut.

In their last outing against Worcester State, the Bears leaned on halfback Adam Couch, who rushed for a game-high 190 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns. Brendan Albert led the defensive with a game-high 13 total tackles, including five solo stops, one pass break-up, and one fumble recovery.

Look for their momentum prior to their bye week to continue Saturday against Westfield State.

MIT (2-3, 0-2 NEWMAC): After starting their season by winning two of three contests, the Engineers have dropped their last two outings, including a 56-34 setback last Saturday against the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USSMA), which saw wide receiver Ben Dwyer record a career-best 224 receiving yards on nine grabs to go with one touchdown.

Dwyer was named to this week’s D3Football.com Team of the Week and was one yard shy of matching the MIT single-game record for receiving yards, which was set 33 years ago.

Dwyer, along with the Engineers will look to avenge their last two conference losses when they host Norwich University on Saturday, October 23 at 1 p.m.

The Cadets will arrive in Cambridge with one conference win, but a victory against Norwich means MIT could gain some much-needed momentum heading into their final three contests against Coast Guard Academy, Springfield College, and WPI.

Salve Regina University (6-1, 2-1 CCC): The Seahawks have rebounded quite well since dropping their initial conference clash with Western New England by scoring back-to-back wins against Nichols College (35-20) and the University of New England (48-6).

This week, their season is somewhat on the line as they must beat Endicott College to remain in the mix for the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown.

Endicott beat Salve Regina in their last meeting in 2019 – the game was held in Newport, Rhode Island – while the Seahawks beat the Gulls on their home turf one year later.

Look for Salve Regina to lean on its ground game like they did last week against Nichols, which saw halfback Joey Mauriello rush for a game-high 203 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns (all three scores occurred in the third quarter last week against the Bison).

Noontime’s D3 Football Roundup: Ingraffia, Aylward Lead Endicott Past Husson

Shane Aylward caught the go-ahead/game-winning touchdown on Saturday in Endicott College’s 24-17 win over Husson University. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Mike Ingraffia completed 18 of 27 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns – his second touchdown to Shane Aylward proved to be the difference as Endicott College topped Husson University, 24-17, to improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.  

With the win, the Gulls remain in the top spot in the league for the second-straight week while Husson concludes a four-game winning streak, which began last month with a 10-7 victory over Plymouth State.

Endicott led Husson, 14-10, at the break, thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by Tyler Bridge and a 27-yard strike from Mike Ingraffia to Geoffrey Ingrando before extending its lead midway through the third quarter with a 33-yard field goal by Ryan Smith.

Husson would tie the game on the ensuing possession with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Nic Visser to Tyler Halls, but Endicott would respond late in the session with Ingraffia capping a 14-play, 87-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Aylward.



Endicott will visit Salve Regina University next week – the Seahawks picked-up its sixth win of the season by downing Nichols College by a score of 35-20.

Joey Mauriello rushed for 203 yards and 30 carries and three touchdowns against the Bison while quarterback Jack Maguire completed 17 of 29 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Logan Sawyer led the Bison with 294 passing yards and one touchdown pass to Cameron Bowden.

Salve Regina led Nichols, 14-6, at the break before pushing ahead for good by scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter.

Western New England bounced back from last week’s setback to Endicott by beating Curry College, 23-10. Wide receiver Steven Fedorchak concluded the contest with seven grabs for 103 yards and one touchdown.

The Golden Bears will be at home next weekend – they will welcome Nichols to Springfield, Massachusetts for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

One week after scoring an impressive 60-0 victory over Coast Guard Academy, the Springfield College Pride scored another big win as they defeated Norwich University, 56-7, in Vermont.

Isaiah Cashwell-Doe rushed for a game-high 144 yards on five carries and two touchdowns while Patrick Ladas added 59 yards on five carries and one rushing score.

Springfield concluded the game with 576 yards of total offense while its defense registered five tackles for a loss of 25 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two interceptions.

The Pride remain one of three teams with perfect records against New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foes – Merchant Marine improved to 3-0 in league play with a 56-34 win over MIT while Catholic University topped Coast Guard Academy, 30-7.

Aaron-Moses Williams completed 30 of 45 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns – his final touchdown pass to Ke’Vaughn Davis (13 catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns) proved to be the difference as the Worcester State Lancers rallied to beat Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 28-24.

Worcester State will visit Plymouth State next weekend – the Panthers scored their second straight win by defeating Fitchburg State this afternoon by a score of 36-0. Tyler Kayo and Manny Sanchez combined for three rushing touchdowns against the Falcons.

One week after almost beating Wesleyan University, Bowdoin College snapped a 14-game losing streak to Amherst College by defeating the Mammoths in Maine by a score of 21-14.

Quarterback Andrew Boel tossed three touchdowns in the win while Andre Eden rushed for 105 yards on 31 carries.

Amherst is now 1-2 against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams from Maine.

Trinity College and Williams College remained perfect through five weeks of NESCAC play as the Bantams rolled past Bates College, 45-7, while the Ephs topped Hamilton College, 35-7.

Noontime’s D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Endicott Rolls Past WNE, 45-21

Kobe Gaudette (84) caught two touchdown passes in Endicott College’s victory Saturday over Western New England. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

Quarterback Mike Ingraffia completed 20 of 25 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns while halfback John Kenney rushed for three scores as Endicott College defeated Western New England, 45-21, to secure the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league.

Saturday’s win marks the second time in three years that the Gulls have beaten the Golden Bears on their home field.

Endicott capitalized on its first five series, scoring a touchdown on four straight drives before ending their fifth with a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Smith.  

Western New England trimmed the deficit twice in the second quarter with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Karstetter to Steven Fedorchak and a one-yard rushing score by EJ Dudley to pull within 17 points (31-14) at the break.

Ingraffia tossed his final touchdown in the third quarter to Kobe Gaudette – the two connected for a 58-yard strike down the nearside before Kenney registered his final score with 8:08 remaining in the fourth quarter by capping a four-play, 36-yard drive with a 14-yard rushing score.

Tim Russell led the Endicott defense with 10 total tackles to go with one pass breakup while Tyler Davis tallied eight stops, including three solo tackles.

The Gulls, who have won five of six contests this fall, will visit Husson University next Saturday, October 16.

Husson scored its first league victory of the season this afternoon by defeating Curry College, 21-14, thanks to three touchdown passes by Nic Visser, who concluded the game with 271 passing yards.

Adam Couch rushed for a game-high 190 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns while James Cahoon completed 9 of 16 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns as Bridgewater State rolled past Worcester State, 49-13, to improve to 4-2 overall and 4-0 against Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) teams.

Framingham State also won its fourth-straight conference game as the Rams blanked Fitchburg State, 35-0. Devaun Ford recorded 142 yards of total offense, including 92 receiving yards, and three touchdowns (two on the ground, one through the air).

Gavin Moody rushed for the go-ahead (and eventual game-winning) touchdown with 3:17 remaining as Plymouth State outlasted Western Connecticut, 16-13, in Danbury, Connecticut.

Moody concluded the game with 21 yards on two carries while Manny Sanchez led all rushers with 136 yards on 26 carries.

Quin Girard led the Panthers’ defense with nine total tackles, including four solo stops.

Tim Callahan and Patrick Ladas each rushed for two touchdowns as Springfield College rolled past Coast Guard Academy, 60-0, in their first home game of the 2021 season.

Springfield is one of three teams with a perfect mark in conference play, joining the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USSMA) and Catholic University.

Trinity College, Williams College, and Wesleyan University all moved to 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play while Bates College scored their first win against Tufts University since 2013 as the Bobcats roared past the Jumbos by a score of 33-10.

We’ll have more on the sixth week of the New England D-III (and yes, some thoughts on D-II) later this weekend!

Player Perspective: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England)

Steven Fedorchak became the all-time leader in touchdown receptions last weekend during the Golden Bears’ first conference clash of the 2021 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com

Last Saturday was an exciting day for wide receiver Steven Fedorchak.

The Guilderland, New York native became the all-time leader in Western New England’s football program history in touchdown receptions during the Golden Bear’s 41-3 victory over Salve Regina University.

It means a lot to me,” said Fedorchak, who has caught 23 touchdowns in four seasons with the Golden Bears. “But ultimately, it shows how successful our offense has been since my first season with the team in 2017.

“The coaches have done a great job with putting me in the best position to be successful – we also have another great receiver, Adam Razza, who helps us challenge opposing defensive secondaries.”

Fedorchak concluded last week’s initial conference tilt with the Seahawks by catching six passes for 87 yards and one touchdown. He has caught one touchdown in four of five contests this season while producing a season-high seven receptions for 90 yards in a non-conference setback to Utica College last month (he also caught seven passes for 89 yards two weeks ago against Salisbury University).

This week, Fedorchak and the Golden Bears will look to earn their second conference win of the 2021 season when they visit Endicott College on Saturday, October 9 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m.

Noontime Sports recently caught up with Steven Fedorchak to discuss his record-breaking day against the Seahawks, as well as what he and the team must do to win their second-straight league tilt against the Gulls.

Did you ever imagine when you joined the Western New England football program that you would break the touchdown reception record?

I had the opportunity to play under Mark Dietrich as a freshman and watch him break the original record with 22 touchdowns in 2017. I learned a lot from him and strive to be the best receiver I can be so I can match his effort with what he did with the Western New England football program.

It sounds cliché, but you have been fortunate to compete with some talented quarterbacks over the past few seasons. How have each of the previous (and yes, current) signal-callers helped you improve as a wide receiver?

Anthony Service, Alec Coleman, and Bryce Karstetter are all talented quarterbacks. I credit Anthony for helping me during my sophomore season as the receiver’s coach. I had always thought about my routes from the perspective of a receiver, but he opened my eyes and taught both myself and other receivers how to think like a quarterback.

Alec was the best leader I have ever had the honor of playing with – he always made the right read and put us in the best position to be successful. He set the standard in my eyes for what a leader should be.

Bryce is quickly developing into a great quarterback. We have developed a good rapport, and his calm demeanor has helped both me and my teammates in various situations this season. Additionally, he has improved every week and has done a great job with overseeing our offense.

I know it has been a few days, but how important was it for you and the team to score that first conference win last weekend against Salve Regina?

Earning our first conference win was a great way to begin Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play, but we have a big game tomorrow against Endicott College. Our goal as a team is always to win the conference, but to achieve that goal we are always looking ahead to what’s next and not becoming complacent with our past wins.

What must the offense do to continue its recent success on Saturday against Endicott College?

We have to keep running the ball and giving Bryce the time he needs to go through his progressions so he can be successful in the passing game. Every week we continue to grow as an offense, but also find ways to put points on the board.

Outside of football, you are majoring in accounting. What interested you in pursuing an accounting degree? Also, what do you plan to do with it after graduation?

Currently, I am attempting to get my Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Western New England and am working at Complete Payroll Solutions in the tax department. The company’s atmosphere is a great one, and I have really enjoyed my time with this company thus far.