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Four New England D3 Football Teams Are Headed To The NCAA Tournament

Endicott College will make its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament this week since 2013. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway Sports Photography)

By Matt Noonan

In just a few hours, we will learn the opening round matchups of the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament with four New England teams scheduled to compete in the opening round.

One of the four teams — Framingham State — is making its third-straight trip to the national postseason while the other three, including Endicott College, are making their first appearance in a few seasons.

Let’s highlight the four local teams that will be competing in the national postseason, as well as how things played out in their previous appearances.

Anna Maria College (7-2, 5-1 ECFC): Coach Dan Mulrooney and his AMCATs made history this fall by winning their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title on Saturday with a 31-7 victory over SUNY-Maritime. The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Privateers, dating back to Anna Maria’s first season as a varsity program, but this particular trip will be the team’s initial appearance in the national tournament.

Endicott College (8-2, 5-1 CCC): Saturday’s 37-3 victory over Nichols College provided the Gulls with their first conference crown since 2013 when they beat Salve Regina in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship game. Endicott secured a matchup with Rowan University but saw their second trip to the playoffs conclude in the opening round with a 24-0 setback. The Gulls’ initial trip to the national tournament came in 2010 — they lost to SUNY Cortland by a score of 49-35 after edging Maine Maritime Academy in the NEFC Championship one week earlier.

In addition to two trips to the NCAA Tournament, the Gulls have appeared in four bowl games, winning a pair of ECAC North Atlantic bowls against Mount Ida College and Norwich University, along with two appearances in the New England Bowl (beat Dean College in 2019, lost to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 2018).

Framingham State (8-2, 8-0 MASCAC): The Rams are heading back to the postseason for the third consecutive season after winning eight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchups this fall.

Framingham State is seeking its initial postseason win — the Black and Gold have competed in the national tournament five times in the last nine years. They made their first appearance in 2012 after beating Salve Regina in the New England Football Conference championship — Framingham State lost to SUNY Cortland by a score of 20-19.

In addition to competing in the NCAA Tournament, coach Tom Kelley‘s Rams have won two New England Bowls in 2016 and 2017 to go with a pair of ECAC Bowl games.

Springfield College (7-3, 6-0 NEWMAC): The Pride punched their ticket to the postseason with a 28-14 victory on Saturday over Catholic University.

Springfield will represent the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in the postseason for the second time in program history — they captured the conference crown in 2017 with a 10-0 overall record but lost their opening-round matchup to Husson University.

The Pride’s initial appearance in the national postseason came in 1998 when coach Mike DeLong‘s squad lost its opening-round contest to Buffalo State by a score of 38-35. They would return two years later, winning back-to-back contests against Montclair State (first round) and Brockport (second round) before losing to Widener University in the NCAA East Regional Final.

Springfield’s 2000 postseason run was the furthest any Pride team would advance in the national tournament — they did advance to the second round in 2006 but lost to St. John Fisher by a score of 27-21. One round earlier, Springfield rolled past Curry College, 42-14.

Endicott, Husson & WNE Remain In The Mix For the CCC Crown

Husson University kept its conference title hopes alive this afternoon with a 24-10 victory over Salve Regina University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eric Ogden)

By NoontimeSports.com

The Endicott College football team may have been idle this afternoon, but somehow they inched closer to securing the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown with a 24-10 victory by Husson University against Salve Regina University.

With the win, Husson, Endicott, and Western New England head into the final weekend of the 2021 NCAA Division III college football season tied for the top spot in the CCC with identical 4-1 league marks, however, the Gulls hold head-to-head victories against the Eagles and Golden Bears, and will most likely be able to secure the league crown with a win at Nichols College.

Despite losing by two touchdowns, the Seahawks conclude their regular-season slate with eight wins and two losses — their eight wins match their win total from their 2015 and 2016 campaigns.

Nic Visser helped the Eagles pick up their seventh win by recording three touchdowns, including two through the air with his final strike landing in the hands of Cristian Walker with 2:36 remaining in the fourth quarter, which helped the Green and Gold secure an important conference win.

Visser finished the contest with 244 passing yards to go with four rushing yards and one score.

Husson led Salve Regina, 17-0, at the break, but the Seahawks reduced the deficit with a 54-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter from Jack Maguire to Max DeVito and a 20-yard field goal in the final session by Max Ward.

The Eagles will visit Western New England next Saturday – the Golden Bears overcame a three-point deficit (17-14) midway through the third quarter to defeat the University of New England by a score of 24-17. Ian Britt scored the go-ahead (and eventual game-winning) touchdown with 10:52 remaining while Andrew Havens tied the game at 17-17 on a 21-yard field goal with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Curry College snapped a four-game losing streak with a 28-14 victory over Nichols College to secure their first conference win since beating Becker College by eight points (14-6) on November 2, 2019.

Chris Jenkins highlighted the Colonels’ third victory of the season with two rushing touchdowns with his initial score with 56 seconds remaining in the second quarter providing the hosts with the lead for good.

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch In Week 10

Ricky Goodson and the Amherst College football team will look to continue their recent momentum on Saturday against Trinity College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Geoff Botle, Clarus Studios Inc.)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s that time of the week when we highlight five teams to watch this weekend in New England Division III. And with the tenth week quickly approaching, that means we better press the publish button … NOW!

Amherst College (5-2, 5-2 NESCAC): The Mammoths head into their final road game of the 2021 season with a great deal of momentum.

Last weekend, Amherst overcame a two-score deficit to edge Wesleyan University in four overtimes.

Can they continue that momentum this week against Trinity College? We think so.

Amherst has won two of their last five meetings with the Bantams, who have captured back-to-back contests in 2018 (27-16) and 2019 (21-7). When Amherst has beaten Trinity, it has been by at least a touchdown — in some games, it has been eight or nine points.

Like Wesleyan, Amherst is a resilient bunch — they bounced back from a 21-14 setback last month to Bowdoin College by scoring a pair of wins over Hamilton College and Wesleyan to put themselves in a position to conclude their 2021 campaign with possibly six or seven wins.

Trinity will enter Saturday’s contest looking to bounce back from a 42-3 setback to Williams College.

Anna Maria College (5-2, 3-1 ECFC): For the past few weeks, the AMCATs of Anna Maria appeared destined to win their first-ever conference crown. But after seeing their five-game winning streak was snapped last weekend to Castleton University, their hopes of winning an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title were somewhat derailed — well, at least for one day.

The AMCATs head into the final two weeks of the regular season in a four-way tie for first place in the conference. And this week’s contest with Gallaudet University is an important one as the Bison are also in the position to win the ECFC crown.

Under the direction of coach Dan Mulrooney, the AMCATs have beaten the Bison once when they ended their 2019 campaign with a 53-14 victory.

A win against the Bison would keep the team’s conference title hopes alive while a loss would result in some scoreboard watching next weekend.

Bridgewater State (5-3, 5-1 MASCAC): Despite losing to UMass Dartmouth last weekend, the Bears of Bridgewater State are still in the mix for the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown. However, for the Red and White to win their first title since 2016, they will need to score two more wins against Framingham State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Wins against the Rams and Buccaneers are possible, but coach Joe Verria’s squad needs to play their best football, both this week and next week. Additionally, the Bears will need to lean on halfback Adam Couch, who leads the conference with 125.4 rushing yards per game.

Couch recently became the ninth running back in Bridgewater State’s program history to eclipse 1,000 yards last weekend — he has currently rushed for 1,003 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight contests.

Bridgewater State has won four of six contests this fall when Couch rushes for 100 yards or more.

Castleton University (5-3, 3-1 ECFC): The Spartans head into their final two contests with a great deal of momentum, thanks to three-straight wins, including an impressive 38-31 victory last Saturday against Anna Maria.

Like the AMCATs, the Spartans are one of four teams in first place with hopes of winning the conference crown.

This week, the Green and White will head to New York to compete against an Alfred State squad that has also won three of four conference matchups this season. For Castleton to be successful, they will need to find a way to slow down quarterback Aaron Jenkins, who rushed for three touchdowns last weekend against Keystone College while completing 8 of 12 passes for 126 yards.  

Castleton should be able to come away with a hard-fought win to keep momentum on their side for next week’s home date with Gallaudet.

Salve Regina University (8-1, 4-1 CCC): The Seahawks are one win away from matching their 9-2 record from 2012 when they captured the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Boyd Division crown and competed in the league’s final championship game against Framingham State.  

If the Seahawks are going to enter their upcoming bye week with nine wins, then they must play perhaps their best football of the season against a Husson University squad that outlasted them in their previous meeting in 2019.

Like Salve Regina, Husson is in the mix for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title but needs to win their last two contests against the Seahawks and Western New England. Neither matchup is going to be easy, but these Eagles must find a way to contain an impressive Salve Regina passing attack that produced five touchdowns last weekend against Curry College. In addition to an impressive showing by quarterback Jack Maguire, Nicholas Lane rushed for a season-high 102 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.

Noontime’s New England D3 Football Top 20 Poll (Week 10)

By NoontimeSports.com

The ninth week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season was quite exciting — there were some really interesting outcomes, including Williams College rolling past Trinity College and Springfield College outlasting the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

With today (Sunday, October 31) marking the official start of the tenth week of the season, allow us to share a brand new New England Top 20 Poll, which finds Salve Regina University in the top spot for the second straight week.

A quick program note: our New England Division III Top 20 Poll will be posted for the remainder of the season on Sundays due to our New England Division III Basketball Polls — our week one poll will be posted tomorrow, Monday, November 1, 2021.

1. Salve Regina University (8-1, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Seahawks flew past Curry College on Saturday, thanks to five touchdown passes from Jack Maguire.  

2. Williams College (7-0, 7-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): The Ephs scored a statement win against Trinity College this past weekend.

3. Endicott College (7-2, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 3): Ryan Smith’s game-winning field goal helped the Gulls edge the University of New England.

4. Western New England (5-3, 3-1 CCC | LW: No. 4): The Golden Bears return from their bye as a team to watch in the final two weeks.

5. Framingham State (6-2, 6-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 6): The Rams moved up two spots after winning the Kelley Cup against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

6. UMass Dartmouth (7-2, 5-2 MASCAC | No. 9): The Corsairs won their first game against Bridgewater State this past weekend since 2014.

7. Husson University (6-2, 3-1 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles head into the final two weeks of the 2021 regular season with some momentum, which will be tested against Salve Regina and Western New England.

8. Bridgewater State (5-3, 5-1 MASCAC | No. 7): The Bears tumble one spot after seeing their five-game winning streak snapped at home. Despite the loss to the Corsairs, Bridgewater State is still in the mix for the conference crown.

9. Springfield College (5-3, 4-0 NEWMAC | No. 11): The Pride head into their final two contests with a great deal of momentum following a big win against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

10. Trinity College (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 2): The Bantams were held to just three points last Saturday against Williams but will attempt to bounce back this week against Amherst College, which handed Wesleyan University its first loss of the 2021 season.

11. Amherst College (5-2, 5-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 15): The Mammoths moved up four spots after outlasting Wesleyan University in overtime.

12. Wesleyan University (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 8): The Cardinals tumble four spots following a difficult setback to Amherst College in the pouring rain. This week, they head to Williamstown.

13. Plymouth State (4-4, 4-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): Make it four straight wins for the Green and White as the Panthers topped Westfield State on the road.

14. MIT (4-3, 2-2 NEWMAC | LW: No. 14): The Engineers scored their second straight conference win with a 21-7 victory over Coast Guard Academy.

15. Castleton University (5-3, 3-1 ECFC | LW: Not Ranked): The Spartans make their initial appearance on the poll this week after a big win over Anna Maria College this past weekend. Like the AMCATs, the Spartans are in the mix for their conference crown.

16. Anna Maria College (5-2, 3-1 ECFC | LW: No. 12): The AMCATs saw their five-game winning streak snapped this past weekend but will look to bounce back this Saturday in Paxton when they host Gallaudet University.

17. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-4, 3-3 MASCAC | LW: No.16): The Buccaneers lost the Kelley Cup but will attempt to bounce back with a win on the road this week at Plymouth State.

18. Western Connecticut (4-5, 3-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 18): The Colonials snapped a three-game losing streak with a big win against Worcester State.  

19. Colby College (3-4, 3-4 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mules are one win away from winning the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) trophy.

20. University of New England (3-4, 1-3 CCC | LW: No. 17): The Nor’easters came close to upsetting Endicott this past weekend.

Endicott, Salve Regina Keep Their CCC Title Hopes Alive

Jack Maguire tossed five touchdowns on Saturday in Salve Regina’s big win against Curry College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway Sports Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com

One week after rallying to beat Endicott College, the Salve Regina University football team scored a big win over Curry College this afternoon to keep its conference championship hopes alive.

The Seahawks cruised past the Colonels, 47-14, thanks to five touchdown passes from Jack Maguire, who completed 18 of 32 passes for 244 yards. Nicholas Lane rushed for a game-high 102 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown, while Max DeVito led all receivers with seven grabs for 103 yards and three scores.

Salve Regina will play its final regular-season contest next Saturday, November 6 against Husson University, which edged Nichols College this afternoon by a score of 14-12. The game will be played in Bangor, Maine with kick-off scheduled for 12 p.m.

Like the Seahawks, the Eagles have lost just once when competing against Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) foes – both teams need to win their remaining contests and get some help to secure the conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division III postseason.

Nic Viser recorded two touchdowns against the Bison – his three-yard rushing score with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter provided the Eagles with the lead for good, but their advantage would be reduced late in the fourth quarter when Alpha Barry connected with Archie Killian for a six-yard touchdown pass.  

Despite the loss, Hunter Ferreira became the all-time receptions leader at Nichols College by concluding the contest with two catches for 64 yards. Ferreira, a senior wide receiver from Mansfield, Massachusetts, has now caught 144 passes in a Bison uniform.   

Endicott College bounced back from last week’s setback to Salve Regina with a come-from-behind win against the University of New England, thanks to a last-minute field goal by Ryan Smith.

The Gulls, who edged the Nor’easters, 19-17, received five points (one field goal, two extra points) from Smith while Mike Ingraffia completed 20 of 35 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown.

Jarrett Henault led the UNE rushing attack with a game-high 76 yards on 20 carries and two scores.

As of this evening, Endicott and Salve Regina remain locked in a two-way tie atop the CCC with identical 4-1 conference marks followed by Husson and Western New England, who have both won three of four league tilts.