D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Week 1)

10 Games to Watch 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

We’re one day closer to a BRAND new season of New England Division III Football, which means its time to unveil our first 10 Games to Watch post for the initial week.

As usual, we will highlight 10 games to watch every week with predictions – similar to last year, we will also keep our record, too. And our weekly post will appear every Friday, however, we decided to unveil our week one picks one-day prior to kickoff, so hopefully, this is OK with you, our fans and friends.

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10 Games to Watch | Week One: Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th

Rankings from our Week One Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

No. 16 Nichols College at No. 18 Dean College (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): This has the making of a high-scoring affair ending with a Terrell Watts touchdown. PREDICTION: Dean 42, Nichols 35 

Worcester State at No. 8 WPI (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): It’s great to have this rivalry back, but in the end, the Engineers will prevail, thanks to its rushing attack. PREDICTION: WPI 30, Worcester State 10 

Anna Maria College at Becker College (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): Coach Dan Mulrooney‘s squad seems pumped-up for their first game of the 2019 season, which should end in favor of the AMCATs. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 21, Becker 14 

No. 4 Framingham State at No. 9 Endicott College (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): Both teams enter the 2019 season with high expectations, but this contest will come down to the battle of the trenches. Keep an eye on Endicott’s o-line versus the Framingham State defensive line. PREDICTION: Framingham State 33, Endicott 24 

Norwich University at No. 12 Salve Regina (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 12 p.m.): Two high-powered offenses are set to square-off in Rhode Island – we could see this game going either way, but in the end, the Seahawks will make one or two additional plays to squeak out an opening day win. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 28, Norwich 20

Morrisville State at No. 7 Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 12 p.m.): The Bears enter the 2019 season with expectations to compete for a conference crown. They should find a way past the Mustangs in week one to gain some momentum heading into their week two clash with St. John FisherPREDICTION: Bridgewater State 29, Morrisville State 21 

Carnegie Mellon at No. 6 MIT (Saturday, September 8th at 12 p.m.): After a successful first season as the head coach of the Engineers, Brian Bubna will attempt to work his magic in year number two, beginning with a week one victory. PREDICTION: MIT 23, Carnegie Mellon 16 

No. 13 Western Connecticut at William Patterson (Saturday, September 8th at 1 p.m.): The Colonials may have graduated some key pieces from last season, but return enough talent to help them get off to a 1-0 start. PREDICTION: West Conn. 35, William Patterson 14 

No. 2 Springfield College at No. 3 Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 1 p.m.): Two of our top five teams square-off in a battle for Springfield – look for a late touchdown (or two) from quarterback Chad Shade to send the Pride past the Golden Bears. PREDICTION: Springfield 35, Western New England 27 

Westfield State at Union College (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 1 p.m.): The Owls could surprise some folks this season, but this is a tough opening day clash with a Dutchmen squad, which won four games last fall against New England opponents. PREDICTION: Union 28, Westfield State 14 


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D3 Football Preseason: Teams On The Rise

D3 Teams On The Rise

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The first day of August usually means one thing: football has officially returned.

We’re a few weeks away from starting up a brand new college football season – are you excited? I am, which is why I am very excited to begin our preseason football coverage with ‘Teams on the Rise’ in New England Division III.

Let me (and Noontime Sports) know if you agree, disagree or think we left a squad out by posting a comment below!


Anna Maria College: Year number three could be a turning point for coach Dan Mulrooney and his AMCATs, who have high aspirations heading into the 2019 season. With a slew of talent back from last year, as well as a wide-open conference race, one should certainly keep an eye on this squad, which faces some serious challenges next month with games against RPI and Union College. Additionally, a home date with Nichols College will be one to keep an eye on, as well.

Colby College: The Mules are my team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this fall. Second-year coach Jack Cosgrove should be able to lead his squad to at least four, possibly five wins this season. Colby finished 3-6 last season – it was the most wins they have recorded since finishing 3-5 in 2016 and 4-4 in 2013.

Dean College: With just two players gone to graduation, these Bulldogs should be equipped (and prepared) to challenge Maritime (N.Y.) for the top spot in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Coach Steve Tirrell‘s squad has improved each season since becoming a full-time Division III member in 2017.

Middlebury College: The Panthers will once again be in the middle of the NESCAC pack this fall – the Blue and White graduated 17 student-athletes from their 2018 squad, but should return some key pieces from last season. Middlebury finished 5-4 last season after posting six or seven wins in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and could certainly provide some challenges to a few conference early season favorites, including Amherst CollegeTrinity College, and Williams College.

Nichols College: Perhaps this is the year the Bison take that ‘next step’ and challenge Endicott College, Husson University, Salve Regina and Western New England for the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The Bison finished 5-5 last season and seem to have generated some serious momentum this offseason, which should bode well for coach Dale Olmsted‘s squad.

Norwich University: Could the Cadets challenge Springfield College and others for the top spot in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)? I think so. Norwich returns some impressive talent on both sides of the ball, which will make this team hard to beat. I have high hopes for the Cadets, who will attempt to match their 2014 squad, which finished with seven wins.

University of New England: The Nor’easters appeared to get stronger as the 2018 season progressed. Similar to Nichols, they face the daunting task of taking down four solid teams to secure the top spot, but I think UNE should certainly improve on their initial season as a varsity program and finish 2019 with at least three or four wins.


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Anna Maria College

ANNA MARIA OUTLOOK 2019

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Anna Maria College is the first team we will highlight in a brand new summer series called the ‘Early Preseason Outlook.’

The ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ will highlight a New England Division III football team’s past season, as well as look ahead to this season with a quick synopsis on their schedule and players to watch.

The AMCATs 2018 Season: Coach Dan Mulrooney‘s unit finished 1-9 last fall – their lone win came against Castleton University on the first Saturday in October. The AMCATs certainly improved following their win over the Spartans – they were rather competitive in setbacks to Maritime (N.Y.) and Dean College.

The 2019 Season Outlook: The AMCATs offseason has been highlighted through their social media accounts – I am a HUGE fan of what the program is doing to promote their hard work, both on and off the field. The team certainly hopes their offseason momentum will translate into a successful training camp next month, as well as a few more wins this season. Don’t be surprised if the AMCATs finish in the middle of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

Anna Maria’s Schedule: The AMCATs will face some challenges from the get-go when they face a pair of Liberty League (LL) foes in September, including RPI, which advanced to last season’s NCAA quarterfinals. Additionally, they face two Worcester teams – Becker College and Nichols College – before entertaining The Apprentice School in October before diving into conference play. Anna Maria will host three conference games, including two important October match-ups against Dean (10/19) and Maritime (N.Y.) (10/26).

Players to Watch in 2019: Alex Cohen (Quarterback/Plymouth, Mass.), Tyshawn Anderson (Defensive Back/Lynn, Mass.), Marcelino Da Veiga (Wide Receiver/Central Fall, R.I.), Peter Beuttel (Kicker/Plymouth, Mass.) Aiden Folster (Defensive Back/Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and Carl St. Paul (Defensive Back/Brooklyn, N.Y.).


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New England D3 Football: Week One Predictions

10 Games To Watch

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Ah, the first official week of the college football season is here, which means it is time to dish out 10 games to watch, as well as 10 predictions, too.

Let me know what you think – did I choose the right team or score? –  by sending me a tweet to @MattNoonan11 or @NoontimeSports.

Happy College Football season, everyone!

Alfred State at Coast Guard (Thursday, August 31st): Quarterback Ethan Goldcamp should have a solid debut under center, which will help the Bears commence its season with a win. Coast Guard 28, Alfred State 10 

Mount Ida at UMass Dartmouth (Friday, September 1st): The Mustangs are one of my teams to watch in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) this season, and I think they will pull this one out by at least a touchdown (maybe six points?). Keep an eye on quarterback Mike Pina, who will certainly be a player to watch this fall. Mount Ida 24, UMass Dartmouth 17 

Anna Maria at WPI (Friday, September 1st): Welcome back, Coach Dan Mulrooney! Mulrooney and the AMCATs will be a fun program to follow this fall – Coach joined me on the initial Football Friday Podcast and will do great things for the Anna Maria Football program – but I am going to take the Engineers in this one. Expect a big game from tailback Sean McAllen and linebacker Sam MalafronteWPI 30, Anna Maria 14 

Westfield State at Nichols (Friday, September 1st): Coming off an impressive season, the Bison of Nichols will look to continue its momentum from a year ago when they host the Owls on Friday evening. My player to watch in this one is Nichols linebacker Brett McEvoy, who is refereed to as the ‘Tom Brady‘ of the defense. Nichols 21, Westfield State 13  

Fitchburg State at Curry (Friday, September 1st): I picked against the Colonels last season in their opener, so I will take them this time. Curry will need some new wide-outs to step-up this season – the squad graduated some key receivers last spring. Curry 21, Fitchburg State 14 

Framingham State at Endicott (Saturday, September 2nd): This is always a must-see, must-attend game in the opening week. One of the match-ups I am interested in watching is Endicott fullback Lavante Wiggins against the Framingham State front seven. Additionally, keep an eye on both quarterbacks, too. Framingham State 28, Endicott 14 

Springfield at Western New England (Saturday, September 2nd): It’s the Battle of Springfield this weekend as the Pride make a short trek to the Golden Bears’ home field. As I said on today’s season-preview podcast with James Baker, I will take the ‘underdog’ in this game: Springfield. Springfield 28, WNE 27 

Union at Husson (Saturday, September 2nd): John Smith‘s senior season should be a fun one to follow. He’s coming off his best year with the Eagles and will certainly be a student-athlete to watch in this contest. Additionally, keep an eye on Coach Gabby Price‘s defense – seven starters are back from last year’s unit. Husson 28, Union 17 

Castleton at Plymouth State (Saturday, September 2nd): The Panthers enjoyed perhaps their best season in years last fall, but can they continue that momentum this season? PSU welcomes back eight starters on offense, while the defense will be looking for a few new student-athletes to step-up – the unit returns just five starters. Castleton will receive a big boost in this contest from wide-out Ryan BarryCastleton 22, Plymouth State 21 

Bridgewater State at Buffalo State (Saturday, September 2nd): The Bears were picked to capture the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), but can they make claim their second-straight league crown without some key members of last year’s defense? This will be a difficult test for the Bears, but certainly one that could help them once they hop into conference play in two weeks. Buffalo State 24, Bridgewater State 14 

Dan Mulrooney Tabbed Anna Maria College Football Coach

Former WPI defensive coordinator Dan Mulrooney was recently named the next Anna Maria football coach. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics)
Former WPI defensive coordinator Dan Mulrooney was recently named the next Anna Maria football coach. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

A “new culture” is set to begin at Anna Maria College as Athletic Director Serge DeBari announced yesterday that Dan Mulrooney would become the next football coach of the AMCATs football program.

“He is a hardworking football coach with a great attitude looking for an opportunity to develop high character student-athletes on and off the field,” DeBari said in the athletic department’s release.

Mulrooney comes to Paxton, Massachusetts following an impressive three-year stint with the WPI football team as the defensive coordinator. Mulrooney helped the Engineers enjoy a pair of winning seasons (2015 & 2016), while improving the defense every year.

A Division I safety and tailback, Mulrooney competed for both Boston College and Stony Brook – he concluded his career as Seawolves’ leading tackler in 2011, while earning Big South Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

Mulrooney hails from Waterbury, Connecticut and competed for Holy Cross High School where he earned a pair of all-state accolades, while guiding his squad to two state titles.

Said Mulrooney, “I am an enthusiastic, dedicated, hardworking coach, who strives to develop student-athletes to reach their maximum potential.”