Welcome to the fifth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season.
Additionally, welcome to the final week of September — where has the time gone?
Endicott College remains the top team on this week’s poll following its fourth-straight win this past weekend against Norwich University.
UMass Dartmouth and Springfield College moved up following impressive week four victories while Coast Guard Academy and Middlebury College joined this week’s poll.
Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 26, 2022 (Week Five)
1. Endicott College (4-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): Make it four-straight wins for the Gulls. Endicott is off to its best start since 2011, thanks to its defense, which has yielded 20 points through four weeks. Linebacker Matthew Licciardi leads the Endicott defense with 36.0 total tackles.
2. UMass Dartmouth (3-1, 2-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 4): The Corsairs move up two spots after capturing their second-straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) clash on Saturday. UMass Dartmouth concluded their week four meeting with Worcester State with 675 yards of total offense and nine sacks. Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos has now thrown for 300 yards or more in three straight contests.
3. Springfield College (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 5): Like UMass Dartmouth, Springfield is moving up this week – two spots, to be exact. The Pride capped their non-league schedule with a big win on Saturday over Husson University, thanks to fullbacks Nicholas Raneri, Arsen Shtefan, and Joseph Cannizzaro. The trio combined for 260 yards and four touchdowns.
4. Trinity College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 2): Yes, we know the Bantams scored their first home win of the season, but Colby College did indeed present some challenges for Trinity. Through two contests, Trinity has produced 779 yards of total offense, including 502 passing yards, thanks to Spencer Fetter, who has located three receivers in the end zone. DeVante Reid leads the receiving core with two touchdowns.
5. Salve Regina University (3-1, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 7): The Seahawks concluded their non-conference slate by scoring an impressive win over Rowan University. Salve Regina scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 21 seconds left when quarterback Jake Stack capped a 15-play, 83-yard drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown.
6. Middlebury College (2-0, 2-0 NESCASC) (LW: NR): The Panthers join this week’s poll following an impressive win against the Wesleyan University Cardinals. As a team, Middlebury produced 346 yards of total offense while stopping Wesleyan on three fourth-down attempts. Quarterback Ben Tauber leads all New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) quarterbacks with 561 passing yards.
7. Wesleyan University (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC) (LW: No. 2): After scoring a big opening day win over Bates College, the Cardinals stumbled against the Panthers, which recorded three interceptions and three sacks. Wide receiver Logan Tomlinson led all receivers with nine catches for 146 yards.
8. Plymouth State (3-0, 1-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 8): The Panthers return from their bye week with an important week five matchup with Framingham State. Last season, the Rams rolled past the Panthers, but perhaps this year’s meeting could favor the men dressed in Green and White.
9. Coast Guard Academy (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) (LW: NR): Keep your eyes on halfback Spencer McMillion going forward. The Laurel, Maryland native has produced career-highs in multiple categories this fall, including rushing yards (653) and touchdowns (11). Against Anna Maria College, McMillion rushed for a game-high 285 yards on 43 carries and five touchdowns.
10. Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC) (LW: No. 6): After scoring an impressive week two victory over UMass Dartmouth, the momentum vanished this past weekend with a 66-28 setback to Coast Guard Academy. Through three contests, Anna Maria has produced 114 points while yielding 128.
On the Rise: Bridgewater State (1-3, 1-1 MASCAC), Framingham State (2-2, 1-1 MASCAC), Nichols College (3-1, 0-0 CCC), and the University of New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC)