D3 Football: Wojenski Leads Framingham State To Second-Straight New England Bowl Win

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Framingham State quarterback Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns in his team’s New England Football Bowl victory against Curry College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Framingham State quarterback Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns, while completing 19 of 28 passes for 246 yards as the Rams topped Curry College, 48-14, in the 2017 New England Football Bowl this afternoon at Bowditch Field.

With the win, Framingham State has now won a pair of New England Football Bowls, including the inaugural game last year when they defeated Salve Regina in Newport, Rhode Island.

All five of Wojenski’s touchdowns were recorded in the first half as he connected with Khaneil Bruce and Quron Wright for a pair of strikes, respectively, while locating Shaquille Joseph on his team’s initial drive for a 24-yard score.

Wojenski would toss his next four touchdowns in the second quarter, which provided the hosts with a 34-7 advantage at the break.

Napoleon Miller and Sebastein Robert extended Framingham State’s advantage with rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, while Curry mustered just one score in the third quarter when quarterback Alex Corvese hauled in a two-yard score on the far side from wide receiver Spencer Tyler.

The Rams conclude their 2017 season at 10-1 overall, while Wojenski ended his second season with the Black and Gold by tossing 19 touchdowns in eight contests.

D3 Football: Noontime Sports Team Of The Week (Monday, Nov. 13th)

Noontime Team Week

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time to announce our weekly Noontime Sports Team of the Week 

PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final installment of the ‘Team of the Week’ – circle back next week for our end of the year awards and teams!

Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 221 yards on 18 carries, while registering a trio of rushing scores. He averaged 12.3 yards per carry against MIT.

Defensive Player of the Week: Wesley Becton (Middlebury): Becton registered 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops, four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 40 yards and three-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 34 yards. 

Special Teams Player of the Week: Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): 
Murphy converted seven of eight kicks, including a pair of field goals for 11 points. 


Offensive Team of the Week

Dante Aiken (WNE): Against Nichols, Aiken rushed for 120 yards on 15 carries (8.0 yards per carry) and one score. 

Brady Berger (Catholic): Berger concluded the season completing 23 of 38 passes for 303 yards and three touchdown passes against Maine Maritime Academy. 

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum concluded his team’s season against Framingham State by completing 24 of 43 passes for 336 yards, while tossing three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jacob Maher. 

Craig Carmilani (Amherst): Carmilani led Amherst with six receptions for 101 yards  (16.8 yards per reception) and one score in his team’s final contest of the season against Williams. 

Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese tossed five touchdowns against Salve Regina, while completing 25 of 33 passes for 347 yards. He also rushed for 31 yards on 13 carries. 

Frank Cosolito (Middlebury): Cosolito led all receivers against Tufts with 100 yards on nine receptions (11.1 yards per reception) and three scores.

Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime Academy): Creeger rushed for 129 yards on 25 carries, while completing 4-of-11 passes for 85 yards and two scores. 

Mark Dietrich (WNE): Dietrich led all receivers with five receptions for 123 yards and three scores in his team’s eighth win of the season. 

Darrion Green (Gallaudet): Against SUNY Maritime, Green rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries for two scores, averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

Richard Harris (Dean): Harris rushed for 212 yards on 27 carries and one score in his team’s season finale against Anna Maria. Harris averaged 7.9 yards per carry. 

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Holder rushed for 187 yards on 38 carries and two scores in his team’s 18-0 win. Holder averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

Shaquille Joseph (Framingham State): Joseph hauled in his first two touchdown receptions of the season (and his collegiate career), while concluding the game with two grabs for 37 yards.

Andrew Light (Mount Ida): Light led all receivers 121 yards on two receptions and two scores in his team’s final contest of the season. 

Jacob Maher (Worcester State): Maher led all receivers with 11 receptions for 195 yards (17.7 yards per reception) and two scores. His longest reception was a 42-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. 

Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron capped an impressive first-year with the Ephs by rushing for the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Amherst last Saturday, which provided the Ephs with their first win over the Mammoths since 2010. Maimaron rushed for 133 yards on 33 carries (4.0 yards per carry) and four scores, while completing 23 of 41 passes for 183 yards. 

Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen rushed for a game-high 132 yards on 28 carries and two scores, while hauling in a trio of receptions for 11 yards. McAllen averaged 4.7 yards per carry.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald concluded the season with 145 yards on 29 carries (5.0 yards per carry) and one rushing score, while completing 11 of 25 passes for 121 yards.

Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State): McLaughlin led all rushers with 152 yards on 25 carries and one score in his team’s setback to Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  

Jack Meservy (Middlebury): Against Tufts, Meservy completed 26 of 45 passes for 275 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores one eight carries for three yards. 

Brice Moore (Merchant Marine): Against Coast Guard, Moore rushed for a game-high 207 yards on 40 carries (5.2 yards per carry) and two scores in his team’s 48-23 win, which was seen on ESPN3.

Jace Pena (UMass Dartmouth): Pena capped his team’s season with four touchdown passes, while completing 14 of 28 passes for 234 yards. 

Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Academy): Phillips rushed fro 149 yards on 37 carries for an average of 4.0 yards per carry, along with one score in his team’s 21-18 win over Bridgewater State.

Sonny Puzzo (Trinity):
Against Wesleyan, Puzzo completed 9 of 19 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 48 yards on six carries (8.0 yards per carry) and one score.

Jake Schwern (Colby): Schwern led all rushers with 262 yards on 30 carries (8.7 yards per carry) and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Bowdoin last Saturday.

Anthony Service (WNE): Against Nichols, Service completed 5 of 11 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 50 yards on seven carries (7.1 yards per carry) and one score.

Michael Slaughter, Jr. (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter Jr. ruhed for a game-high 144 yards on 28 carries and one score, while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.   

John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for five scores, while recording 287 yards on 38 carries for an average of 7.6 yards per carry against Mount Ida. 

Connor Sullivan (Salve Regina): Sullivan led all receivers with eight catches for 154 yards and two scores against Curry. Sullivan averaged 19.3 yards per reception. 

Nick Vailas (Bowdoin): Vailas set a single-game for receiving yards (230), while tying a single-game mark with 14 receptions in his team’s setback to Colby. He also concluded the game with one touchdown reception.

Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva hauled in six catches for 90 yards and three scores, while averaging 15.0 yards per reception.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 281 yards, while tossing a trio of scores in his team’s ninth win of the season.


Defensive Team of the Week

Micah Adickes (Tufts): Against Middlebury, Adickes recorded five total tackles, including three solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards, one sack for a loss of three yards, one fumble recover and one quarterback hurry.

Gene Baisden, Jr. (Dean): 
Baisden Jr. concluded the season with seven solo tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 29 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while forcing a fumble. 

Coy Candelario (Bates): Against Hamilton, Candelario tallied six total stops, including five solo stops, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and a half-a-tackle for a loss of 10 yards. 

Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded his team’s final contest of the season with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops, six-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards, two sacks (11 yards) and one pass break-up.

Emmanuel Hans (Anna Maria):
Hans capped his teams season with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 15 yards. 

Corey Jean-Jacques (Trinity): Against Wesleyan, Jean-Jacques registered eight total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of nine yards, one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble.

Shane Libby (Trinity):
Libby turned in a monstrous performance against Wesleyan, tallying 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.  

Francis Lubega (WPI): Against Norwich, Lubega tallied five total tackles, including four solo stops, four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 27 yards, three sacks for a loss of 20 yards, and one forced fumble. 

Ricky Montalvo (WNE): Montalvo registered 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 15 yards. 

Geoffrey Paige (Endicott): In his team’s final contest of the season, Paige tallied nine total tackles, along with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble. 

Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Parker turned in an impressive performance in the Privateers’ final contest of the season by tallying 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and a fumble recovery for two yards. He also registered a sack for a loss of seven yards, too.

Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter recorded eight total tackles, including four solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards. 

Craig Strand (Colby): Strand helped his team capture the 129th meeting between Colby and Bowdoin by registering 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 17 yards, two sacks for a loss of 14 yards and one forced fumble.

Elvin Suazo, Jr. (Husson): Suazo, Jr. recorded nine total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards in his team’s regular season finale against Mount Ida.

Andrew Yamin (Amherst):
Yamin recorded nine solo tackles in his team’s season finale against Williams, including a pair of tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.


Special Teams of the Week

John Baron (Colby): Baron connected on all five kicks, including a 38-yard field goal for seven points against Bowdoin. 

John Glaser (Endicott): Against Becker, Glaser connected on all six kicks, including a 25-yard field goal for eight points.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): In his team’s season finale against Norwich, Herrington connected on all six extra points.

Andrew Sisti (Bowdoin): Sisti connected on all four kicks. including a pair of field goals for eight points.

James Tooker (UMass Dartmouth): Tooker connected on all six kicks, including a 31-yard field goal for eight points.

Valentin Wagner (WNE): Wagner connected on all seven kicks in his team’s big win over Nichols last Saturday.   

D3 Football: New England Bowl Pairings

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Nasir Thomas (23) and the Framingham State Rams will look to capture their second-straight New England Bowl title on Saturday, November 18th when they host Curry College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports)

 By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was announced on Monday, November 13th that four NCAA Division III football teams will be competing this year’s New England Bowl, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 18th.

Framingham State, last year’s victor, will entertain Curry College at 12 p.m., while SUNY Maritime will visit WPI for a 6 p.m. kick-off.

Last year’s New England Bowl featured just two teams – Framingham State and Salve Regina – while this year’s bowl features a pair of match-ups with each team representing the following conferences: Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC), Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) and New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Framingham State, which defeated Salve Regina last season, capped its season with a 48-20 win, thanks to pair of touchdown receptions from first-year wide receiver Shaq Joseph.

Curry College rebounded from a disappointing setback against Western New England by defeating Salve Regina, 37-20, while SUNY Maritime and WPI both won their respective season finales.

According to this mornings release about both games, tickets can be purchased the day of each contest. Tickets for adults are $10, while students and children is $5. Children under the age of six will be admitted free.

D3 Football: NCAA Tournament First Round Pairings (New England & N. Y.)

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Springfield College will host Husson University in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament next Saturday, November 18th. (PHOTO CREDIT: Roy Chambers)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Welcome to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, New England and New York Division III Football fans! Below are the squads from both New England and New York that will be competing in this year’s national tournament.

  • Brockport (10-0, 7-0 E8)
  • Husson University (9-1, 7-0 ECFC)
  • Plymouth State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC)
  • RPI (8-2, 4-1 LL)
  • Springfield College (10-, 7-0 NEWMAC)
  • Western New England (8-2, 5-0 CCC)

What are the match-ups?

  • Western New England (8-2) at Delaware Valley (10-0) |
  • Husson (9-1) at Springfield (10-0)
  • Plymouth State (9-1) at Brockport (10-0)
  • RPI (8-2) at Wesley (9-1)

NCAA Tournament coverage this week – what can you expect?

  • Game information and stats
  • Players to Watch in the postseason in all four match-ups
  • Podcasts – you can expect an extra Football Friday Podcast to two this week on all four match-ups
  • Friday predictions (who wins and why?)

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week 10 Poll (Sunday, Nov. 11th)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football (week 11) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week 12) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (10-0, 7-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Trinity College (8-1, 8-1 NESCASC) | Last Week: No. 3
  3. Plymouth State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 2
  4. Framingham State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 5
  5. WPI (8-2, 6-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 6
  6. Western New England (8-2, 5-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 4
  7. Curry College (8-2, 4-1 CCC) | Last Week: No. 9
  8. Husson University (9-1, 7-0 ECFC) | Last Week: NR
  9. Amherst College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC) | Last Week: No. 8
  10. Williams College (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC) | Last Week: No. NR

ON THE RISE: Middlebury College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC), MIT (7-3, 5-2 NEWMAC) and Wesleyan University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC)

D3 Football: New England NCAA Postseason Predictions

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Plymouth State, this year’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) winner, will most likely be on the road next weekend in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Plymouth State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

With the final week of the regular season in the books, its time to turn our attention to the postseason, which officially begins next weekend.

Below is a breakdown of what we know at the moment heading into today’s selection show. We’ll have more later tonight once the brackets are released.

As of now, we know the following New England teams are in this year’s tournament:

  • Husson University (Eastern Collegiate Football Conference)
  • Plymouth State (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference)
  • Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Football)

Who else will most likely represent New England in this year’s tournament?

  • Springfield College (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletics Conference) – should get a Pool B Bid

Will any other New England team received a Pool C bid?

  • Not likely. There was a possible chance that Framingham State could get a nod entering this week’s games, but due to certain outcomes its most likely that the Rams will be competing for a second-straight New England Bowl crown.

Possible first-round match-ups?

  • Per D3Football.com, Springfield could host Husson in the opening round, while Plymouth State will head to Brockport and Western New England will visit Delaware Valley.
  • The winner of Springfield-Husson and Brockport-Plymouth State would meet in the second round, again, per D3Football.com, while Western New England or Delaware Valley would advance to play the winner of Frostburg State vs. Johns Hopkins.

 

Friday Night Round-Up: Harvard Edges MIT Basketball, Westfield State Upends Western Conn. in Season Finale

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Bradley Jomard paced the Engineers in an exhibition setback against Harvard University. (PHOTO CREDI: MIT Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Harvard’s Seth Towns netted a game-high 20 points, while Chris Lewis recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Crimson defeated MIT, 73-64, in their season-opener on Friday evening at Lavietes Pavilion.

MIT, which was led by Bradley Jomard (17 points, six rebounds), trailed Harvard, 39-32, at the break, but used an 11-2 run minutes into the second half to pull within two-points (49-47) of the hosts with 11:02 remaining.

Harvard (1-0) counted with a six-point spurt, highlighted by a Rio Haskett jumper with 8:52 remaining to secure a 55-49 lead, but MIT clawed back, thanks to a pair of free throws from Nacho Nwana and a layup from Jomard to bring the visitors within four-points (57-53).

The Crimson would respond again with a pair of dunks, including one down the middle by Lewis, which provided the hosts with enough momentum to secure their initial win of the season.

MIT did close the gap late in the session with a pair of freebies from Ian Hinkley with 1:33 remaining, but Harvard dashed the Engineers’ comeback hopes with two free throws from Towns, along with a trifecta from Bryce Aiken.

Harvard concluded the game 21 of 51 from the floor, including 5 of 18 from beyond the arc. The Crimson also connected on 26 of 36 free-throws, too. MIT was 22 of 54 from the floor, but converted just 13 of 21 free-throw attempts.

Hinkley and Hamilton Forsythe each concluded the contest with 13 points apiece, while  Nwana added eight points, seven rebounds, three swipes and one assist off the bench.

The Crimson return to action Sunday, November 12 when they host UMass at 2 p.m., while the Engineers will officially begin their 2017-18 campaign next Wednesday, November 15 when they host Bridgewater State for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Westfield State capped its 2017 football season with a convincing 17-0 win over Western Connecticut at Alumni Field.

Travon Holder, who led all rushers with 187 yards on 38 carries, rushed for a pair of touchdowns, while Jake Cassidy rushed for another score, along with 53 yards on 14 carries.

On defense, Tyler Robbins highlighted the Owls’ effort with four total tackles, two interceptions, one pass break-up and one fumble recovery.

Western Connecticut quarterback Quinn Fleeting finished the game 11 of 21 for 107 yards.

Cassidy scored the game’s initial touchdown with 3:46 remaining in the first quarter before Holder located the end zone twice in the second quarter.

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