D3 Football: UNE Football Unveils 2018 Schedule

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(PHOTO COURTESY: UNE Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Earlier today, the University of New England athletic department unveiled its first-ever varsity football schedule, which will see the Nor’easters compete in five home games next fall, beginning with a September 8th clash against Husson University.

Prior to welcoming the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) champions to Biddeford, Maine, the Nor’easters will make the trek to New London, Connecticut where they’ll compete against Coast Guard Academy in their first-ever varsity contest on Thursday, August 30th.

Two weeks after their first-ever varsity tilt, the Nor’easters will head to Hampden-Sydney for a week three meeting before enjoying a bye week prior to their initial Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) game against Nichols College, which will take place on Saturday, September 29th in Dudley, Massachusetts. One week later, the Nor’easter will entertain Curry College on Saturday, October 6th, which will be their first home conference game in program history.

Weeks after their final CCC meeting against Becker College on Saturday, November 3rd, UNE will conclude its regular season slate with a home date against Alvernia on Saturday, November 10th.

The first round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament will begin a week later on Saturday, November 17th.

Noontime 2017 Year In Review: Revisiting The New England D3 Football Season

2017 Football Rewind

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Earlier this season, we unveiled our Noontime Sports 2017 Team of the Year, but now it is time to re-visit the New England Division III season once more!

That’s right, it’s time for a Noontime 2017 Rewind as we look back on the past few months of coverage, while slowly looking ahead to what we can expect from the New England Division III Football world in 2018.

It was a great year of coverage and we certainly look forward to doing it again next season, so stay tuned, New England Division III football fans and friends!

Teams of the YearFor starters, we must begin with Husson University, which was led by senior tailback John Smith, who rushed for 31 touchdowns this season and 2,242 yards on 340 carries.

Smith, who was tabbed our Offensive Player of the Year, guided the Eagles to an exciting postseason victory over Springfield College before putting a scare into Delaware Valley in round two – the win over the Pride was the Eagles’ first-ever playoff win.

Despite falling short to the Aggies, the Eagles left a serious impression on us for the upcoming season and will certainly be one of our top teams to watch in 2018.

Springfield College also enjoyed an impressive 2017 campaign, winning 10-straight regular season contests, as well as the first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. The Pride scored an exciting opening day win against Western New England, which was followed-up with another impressive victory against Kean (28-8) in week two.

The Pride concluded their season with an impressive 435.2 rushing yards per game, while the defense held opponents to roughly 12 points per game. Senior halfback Jordan Wilcox was one of four nominees for this year’s Gagliardi Trophy.

Trinity College and Williams College are two other schools that deserve this particular honor – the Bantams captured another New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown this fall, while the Ephs enjoyed a bounce-back season under second-year coach Mark Raymond. The Ephs received a boost from first-year (and NESCAC Rookie of the Year) quarterback Bobby Maimaron, who led the Purple and Gold past Amherst College in the final game of the year – it was an overtime thriller!

Let’s not forget about Curry College or Framingham State – both teams met in the New England Bowl last month and will certainly be teams to watch in 2018. Additionally, we cannot overlook WPI, which won its first-ever postseason game against SUNY Maritime in the New England Bowl, too. The Engineers could certainly be a team that challenges the Pride for the top seed in the NEWMAC last year, so let the countdown to Springfield-WPI begin! Another team to watch in the NEWMAC next season … MIT!

Finally, a tip of the cap is due to Plymouth State, which again enjoyed another winning season – the Panthers captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown en route to a first-round playoff match-up against Brockport.

The NESCAC Nine Game Schedule was … AWESOMEThe nine-game schedule in the NESCAC this season was awesome … seriously, we really enjoyed it!

Every week was must-see, must-follow and must-watch football – everyone had a chance to contend for the crown and a new storyline always unfolded after the final game concluded.

Trinity College may have been the team to beat again this season, but watching Amherst CollegeMiddlebury College and Williams College compete with them for the top spot was extremely exciting. Additionally, let’s not overlook Tufts University and Wesleyan University, which also provided the Bantams with some challenges along the way to another league crown, too.

Outside the race for the crown, it was awesome to see the Maine triangle (Bates CollegeBowdoin College and Colby College) continue their CBB rivalry.

We are really excited to see what happens next year, but all in all, the nine-game schedule was awesome!

The Football Friday PodcastAs sports media evolves, so does Noontime Sports and it seems like our weekly – and yes, sometimes bi-weekly – podcast on New England Division III football worked, so thank you all for tuning in/listening to our various conversations with coaches, student-athletes and media members.

We’ll continue it again next season, but certainly open to additional ideas or thoughts – maybe we should do a special segment like a ‘lightening round?’ Luckily, we have time to figure out some additional content ideas before a new season kicks-off, so keep your eyes out for season two of Football Friday, which will most likely begin next August.

ESPN D3 Coverage … MORE PLEASE: It was great to see the Coast Guard-Merchant Marine game streamed on ESPN3 last month – we need to see more games like this one on the four-letter network next year and beyond. Perhaps we could see more Division III (and some Division II games, too) on a new streaming service/platform, which ESPN plans to roll out next year? It is possible, so let’s see what happens, but that would be a great place for fans to go to watch and stream games.

Closing ThoughtsIt was a great season – seriously, it was a tremendous year with some great stories and outcomes, which means 2018 should be even more exciting. We’re counting down the days to camp – yep, the clock is ticking in our office – and will look forward to bringing you coverage of New England Division III Football in 2018, so see you all on the gridiron soon!

D3 Football: Renzi’s Late Boot Sends Brockport To NCAA D3 Semifinals

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The Brockport Golden Eagles is headed to the NCAA Division III Football Semifinals! (PHOTO CREDIT: Brockport Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Brett Renzi connected on five of six kicks this afternoon, including the game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired, which helped Brockport defeat Delaware Valley, 31-28, in the 2017 NCAA Division III Football Tournament Quarterfinals at James Work Memorial Stadium in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon.

The win – the Golden Eagles’ 13th straight – secures the Green and Gold a spot in next weekend’s national semifinals against top-ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Mary Hardin-Baylor, which has also won 13 consecutive games this season, defeated St. Thomas, 24-10, in its quarterfinal match-up earlier today. Mount Union and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh also clinched spots in next weekend’s semifinals by capturing their respective contests, too.

Per the Brockport Athletics’ Twitter handle, this is the first-time in program history that the Golden Eagles have reached the national semifinals.

Brockport quarterback Joe Germinerio accounted for a trio of scores, including two rushing touchdowns, while Tyree Brown concluded the contest with 23 yards on five carries and one score, along with a reception for 16 yards.

The Golden Eagles led the Aggies, 21-7, at the break and 28-7 after three quarters before DelVal rallied with three consecutive fourth quarter touchdowns, including a pair of strikes from Dashawn Darden to Marquis Ellis, which evened the score at 28-28.

DelVal attempted to take the lead on its next two possessions, but saw both drives conclude with a punt from Stephen Adams.

Brockport would take over with 55 seconds remaining – they started their drive at the DelVal 48 – and would reach the 16 before sending in Renzi for the game-winning boot.

The loss snaps DelVal’s 12-game winning streak, which included a pair of postseason victories over Husson University and Western New England.

Brockport has now won three-straight postseason games, including a second round victory over Wesley. The Golden Eagles began their quest for a national championship by defeating Plymouth State, 66-0, in the opening round.

D3 Football: Brockport, DelVal Advance To NCAA Quarterfinals

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Brockport’s winning way continued on Saturday as they defeated Wesley in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Brockport Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Brockport secured a date with Delaware Valley next weekend in the NCAA Division III Football quarterfinals with a convincing 49-28 victory over Wesley on Saturday afternoon in New York.

Joe Germinerio tossed three touchdowns, while completing 30 of 38 passes for 292 yards, while Tyree Brown hauled in a game-high 118 yards on 11 catches – he also caught a touchdown, too.

Nathaniel Keith III led the Golden Eagles’ defense with 10 total stops, including seven solo tackles, while scooping a fumble. Julius Mizro concluded the contest with one sack for a loss of 21 yards, one forced fumble, one pass break-up, one interception (four yards) and six total tackles (one solo stop).

Brockport’s defense limited Wesley tailback E.J. Lee to just 82 yards on 23 carries – he did rush for a touchdown, though. Alex Kemp recorded three grabs for 94 yards and one touchdown reception, while quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs concluded the afternoon 16 of 35 for 233 yards and one touchdown.

Both teams entered the break tied at 21-21, but a three-score third quarter, jumpstarted by a Joseph Ortiz touchdown reception helped the Golden Eagles push ahead for good.

Brockport led 42-28 after three quarters before scoring their final touchdown midway through the final session with 9:01 remaining.

Wesley concludes its season 10-2 overall, while the Golden Eagles picked-up their 12th consecutive victory of the season.

Delaware Valley 37, Husson 15One week after stunning the NCAA Division III Football world with their first-ever postseason victory, the Husson Eagles saw their run toward the ultimate prize conclude in Pennsylvania as the Aggies rolled to their 12th straight win, thanks to four touchdowns from Dashawn Darden (three through the air, one on the ground).

Darden accounted for three first half touchdowns, which helped the hosts secure a 19-0 advantage at the break, but Husson responded early in the third quarter with a nine-yard touchdown run by John Smith. Smith’s score capped an eight play, 71 yard drive, which brought the visitors with 12 points of the Aggies with 10:50 remaining in the third.

DelVal would counter on the ensuing possession with a two-yard plunge by LaQuille Nesbitt, which helped the Aggies push ahead for good.

Smith concluded the contest with a game-high 161 yards on 32 carries, while Devauntay Ellis led the Aggies’ rushing attack with 100 yards on 18 carries.

Husson concludes its season at 10-2 after claiming its second-straight Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown earlier this month when they defeated Alfred State in Maine.

D3 Football: Noontime Sports New England Team Of The Year

Team of the Year

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another New England Division III football season slowly winding down, it is time to dish out our Noontime Sports Team of the Year, including our Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams student-athletes of the year, as well as our Coach and Rookie of the Year, too.


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In his final season with the Eagles, Husson’s John Smith guided the squad to a 10-win season, as well as the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win. (Photo Courtesy: Monty Rand)

Offensive Player of the Year: John Smith (Husson University)Smith collected his third consecutive Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Year award earlier this month before leading the Eagles of Husson to their first-ever postseason victory against Springfield College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament last weekend. Smith helped the Eagles conclude the regular season with nine wins, including seven conference victories. Smith currently leads all Division III rushers with 2,081 yards. Through 11 games this season, including his team’s recent postseason victory over the Pride, Smith has rushed for 30 touchdowns, while averaging close to 200 yards per game (189.2 yards per contest).


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Andrew Yamin led all NESCAC defenders in sacks and tackles for a loss this fall. (Photo Courtesy: Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios Inc.)

Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Yamin (Amherst College)Named the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Year, Yamin concluded his third season with the Mammoths by tallying 21.5 tackles for a loss of 109 yards and 13.5 sacks for a loss of 88 yards. Additionally, he registered a career-best 38 tackles in nine games, while finishing his team’s nine game schedule with a pair of forced fumbles. Yamin becomes the second Mammoth in three seasons to earn this award, as well as the fourth student-athlete in program history to secure this particular honor (Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn earned the award in 2015). Per both the conference and Amherst releases, Yamin’s 13.5 sacks is second among the all-time NESCAC single season records.


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Spencer Herrington connected on all 44 extra points this season for the Engineers. (Photo Courtesy: WPI Athletics)

Special Teams Player of the Year: Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington helped the Engineers clinch their first postseason victory last Saturday in the New England Bowl against SUNY Maritime by connecting on all three kicks, including a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, which provided the host Engineers with the lead for good. Named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Special Teams Athlete of the Year, Herrington concluded the 2017 season with 74 points on 44 extra points and 10 field goals. His longest field goal of the season – a 41-yard boot – came in his team’s 45-0 win in September against Maine Maritime.


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Coach Raymond and Williams College concluded their 2017 campaign with an exciting overtime win over Amherst College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Mark Raymond (Williams College)Named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year, Raymond guided the Ephs from an 0-8 campaign last season to a 6-3 finish this fall. Additionally, he guided Williams to their first win over Amherst since 2010, which provided the Ephs with a share of the Little Three crown.


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Bobby Maimaron enjoyed a successful and impressive first season with the Williams College Ephs. (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College)The former Duxbury Dragon enjoyed an impressive first season with the Ephs, finishing his team’s nine game schedule with 12 touchdown passes and seven rushing scores. He tossed a season-high three touchdowns in a 47-14 win over Bates, while rushing for a season-best four scores in his team’s overtime win against Amherst, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Maimaron was also honored by the NESCAC as this year’s Rookie of the Year.


Offense of the Year

DJ Allen | Husson University | Tight End

Sean Amaru | Curry College | Running Back

Abbi Bamgbose | UMass Dartmouth | Wide Receiver

Conrado Banky | Middlebury College | Wide Receiver

Hunter Belzo | Springfield College | Running Back

Cory Brandon | Husson University | Quarterback

Mike Breuler | Wesleyan University | Wide Receiver

Noah Brum | Worcester State | Quarterback

Max Chipouras | Trinity College | Running Back

Alex Corvese | Curry College | Quarterback

Frank Cosolito | Middlebury College | Tight End

Jake Eglintine | Springfield College | Quarterback

Quinn Fleeting | Western Connecticut | Quarterback

Moe Harris | Castleton University | Running Back

Nick Hewitt | Mount Ida College | Wide Receiver

Jack Hickey | Amherst College | Running Back

Travon Holder
| Westfield State | Running Back

Jack Lavanchy | Bridgewater State | Wide Receiver

Jared Lebowitz | Middlebury College | Quarterback

Jacob Maher | Worcester State | Tight End

Bobby Maimaron
| Williams College | Quarterback

Sean McAllen | WPI | Running Back

Mark Piccirillo | Wesleyan University | Quarterback

Sonny Puzzo | Trinity College | Quarterback

John Robertson | MIT | Running Back

Robenson Saintard | Husson University | Wide Receiver

Anthony Service | Western New England | Quarterback

John Smith | Husson University | Running Back

Jacob Szulc | Plymouth State | Wide Receiver

Trai Weaver | Anna Maria College | Wide Receiver

Jordan Wilcox | Springfield College| Running Back

Adam Wojenski | Framingham State | Quarterback

Quron Wright | Framingham State | Running Back


Offensive Lines of the Year

Framingham State Rams

Husson University Eagles

Springfield College Pride

Trinity College

Western New England


Defense of the Year

Micah Adickes | Tufts University | D-Line

Rico Aaron | Dean College | Linebacker

Wesley Becton | Middlebury College | Linebacker

Michael Bianco | Becker College | Linebacker

Luca Cerasani | WPI | D-Line

Sam Edouard | Western New England | D-Line

Joe Esposito | Plymouth State | D-Line

Nathan Fleming | Framingham State | Linebacker

Jean Gabriel | Husson University | Defensive Back

Nick Giorgio | Springfield | D-Line

Steven Grogan | Curry College | Linebacker

Chris Hattar | Williams College | D-Line

Greg Holt | Tufts University | Linebacker

Kevin Hopsicker | Middlebury College | Defensive Back

Zhaire House | Western New England | Defensive Back

Corey Jean-Jacques | Trinity College | D-Line

Kurtis Jolicoeur | Western New England | Linebacker

Sam Malafronte | WPI | Linebacker

Marvey Mathurin | UMass Dartmouth | Linebacker

Brett McEvoy | Nichols College | Linebacker

Brandon Morris | Wesleyan University | Linebacker

Brandon O’Neill | Salve Regina University | D-Line

Joshua Onujiogu | Framingham State | D-Line

Dereck Pacheco | WPI | D-Line

Marlowe Scott | Springfield College | Defensive Back

Dominique Seagears | Trinity College | Défensive Back

Quan Soyini | Husson University | Defensive Back

Joe Surace | Curry College | D-Line

Elvin Suazo, Jr. | Husson University | Linebacker

Dominic Traversa | Springfield | Linebacker

Luke Washburn | Husson University | D-Line

Andrew Yamin | Amherst College | D-Line

Zach Ziemba | Plymouth State | Defensive Back

Christian Zotti | Springfield College | Linebacker


Special Teams of the Year

Brett Fox | Endicott College | Punter 

Spencer Herrington | WPI | Kicker & Punter

Christian Humulock 
| Springfield College | Kicker

Marc Mrozek
| Curry College | Kicker 

Eric Sachse | Trinity College | Kicker


Coaches of the Year

Skip Bandini | Curry College | Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)

Mike Cerasuolo | Springfield College | New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Tom Kelley | Framingham State | Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Gabby Price | Husson University | Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Mark Raymond | Williams College | New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)