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Noontime’s New England D3 Football Top 10 (Sept. 26, 2022)

Ben Tauber and the Middlebury College football team scored an impressive win last Saturday over Wesleyan University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

By NoontimeSports.com

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)

Noontime’s Five D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Three

Willie Lombard and the Plymouth State Panthers will attempt to continue their early-season momentum on Saturday against Bridgewater State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kim Bownes/Plymouth State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

It may be Tuesday, but it’s never too early to look ahead to this weekend’s slate of small college football games.

Like we did last week – and yes, last season, too – it is time to highlight this week’s five New England NCAA Division III football teams to watch on Friday and Saturday.

Anna Maria College: Quarterback Alex Cohen highlighted his team’s season-opener by recording eight touchdowns.

No, the “eight touchdowns” was not a typo.

The AMCATs’ win over UMass Dartmouth certainly proves this squad can defend its Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title from last fall.

While it’s only one game, Cohen has been a player to watch on Anna Maria, dating back to his initial season with the Maroon and White in 2018 when he recorded 13 touchdowns, including five scores on the ground. The veteran signal-caller has thrown for 5,562 yards and 43 touchdowns in 30 contests with Anna Maria – expect his impressive debut from last week to continue this weekend against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Endicott College: The Gulls’ defense has been the story through two contests.

Entering this week’s non-conference matchup with The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Endicott’s defense has limited its first two opponents – St. Lawrence University and WPI – to zero points. Additionally, the unit is yielding 61.0 rushing yards per game.

Hector Johnson was named to this week’s D3Football.com Team of the Week after establishing a career-high for tackles (six), sacks (four), and tackles for a loss (four) last Friday against WPI. Johnson is currently third on the team in total tackles (11.0) and has complemented linebacker Matthew Licciardi (15 total tackles) and defensive back Tyler Davis (13.0 total tackles).

Framingham State: Last season, it took the Rams three weeks to score their first win.

This season, the Rams needed just two weeks to secure a victory as they earned their first non-conference win in four years this past weekend.

Beating St. John Fisher, a team that produced 62 points in its season-opener against Buffalo State, should provide coach Tom Kelley’s squad with some much-needed momentum heading into Saturday’s conference clash with UMass Dartmouth. Framingham State has won its last four meetings with UMass Dartmouth while averaging 40.5 points.

The Corsairs’ last win over the Rams came in 2016 in overtime.

For the Rams to score its initial conference win, they will need to lean on their defense, specifically Cully Curran, Michael Brooks, and Chase Buono, to slow down a high-powered UMass Dartmouth offense that is led by quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos and halfback Marvens Jean.

Plymouth State: It’s been a good start for coach Paul Castonia’s Panthers.

Plymouth State has won back-to-back games over Castleton University (20-7) and Husson University (17-0), thanks to both its rushing attack and defense.

Manny Sanchez and Willie Lombard have been two players to watch on offense this fall with the duo combining for 325 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Lombard has been Braden Lynn’s go-to receiver with five catches for a team-high 66 receiving yards.

Lombard, along with Sanchez and Lynn, will be players to watch against a Bridgewater State squad that appears eager to snap its two-game losing streak. The Bears beat the Panthers last season, thanks to halfback Adam Couch, who rushed for a game-high 150 yards and one touchdown.

Couch will be on the field Saturday and will certainly be a player the Panthers’ defense will need to stop if the Green and White would like to extend its current winning streak.

Trinity College: The wait for a brand-new season of Trinity College football has concluded.

The Bantams return to the gridiron this Saturday with hopes of continuing its previous success from a year ago when the Blue and Gold concluded their campaign with eight wins and one loss.

The Bantams return some key members of last year’s squad, including quarterback Spencer Fetter, halfback Will Kirby, wide receiver DeVante Reid, and linebacker Brian Casagrande. Of course, other first and second-team all-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) players return with hopes of winning its first conference crown since 2018.

Trinity will visit Tufts University on Saturday – last year, the Bantams beat the Jumbos in their season-opener, thanks to Spencer Fetter and Will Kirby, who combined for six touchdowns.

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Two

Springfield College quarterback David Wells and the Pride host Rowan University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the second week of the New England NCAA Division III football season.

Like last week, we have a few games to watch (and follow) this evening before a busy slate begins tomorrow at noontime.

Last week, we picked seven of ten games correctly – that’s not a bad start, eh? – so let’s see if our early-season momentum can continue this week.

Enjoy the games this weekend – make sure to stop by on Saturday for our week two roundup!

Dean College at Nichols College (Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.): The Bison overcame a 20-3 deficit at the break to score an opening day win last Friday over Westfield State. Tonight, their second-half momentum continues – look for a big game from halfback Zahir Booker, who concluded last week’s meeting with the Owls with 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns. PREDICTION: Nichols over Dean

Endicott College at WPI (Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.): Last year, the Gulls scored three touchdowns in the final session to secure a hard-fought 28-21 victory over the Engineers. Tonight, look for Endicott to lean on its ground game – last week, the ground attack powered the Gulls to a 27-0 victory against St. Lawrence University. PREDICTION: Endicott over WPI

Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Maritime College (Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.): Does anyone want some chowder? The Mariners captured the 13th Annual Chowder Bowl last September, thanks to its defense that intercepted quarterback David Keogh. Let’s see if the MMA defense can have another big game this evening against a Privateers squad that dropped its season-opener last week to Hartwick College. PREDICTION: Massachusetts Maritime over Maritime (N.Y.)   

UMass Dartmouth at Anna Maria (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): I was pretty impressed by the Corsairs last week – quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns in his team’s 35-14 win over Husson University. This week, the Corsairs will once again rely on Aviles-Santos’ arm, but also lean on halfback Marvens Jean, who is currently the second leading rusher in NCAA Division III with 254 yards. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Anna Maria

Rowan University at Springfield College (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): As expected, the Springfield rushing attack shined last Friday evening in their season-opening win against Western New England. Expect another big day from this offense – I’ll say quarterback David Wells will finish the game with two touchdowns. PREDICTION: Springfield over Rowan

St. John Fisher at Framingham State (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): If the Rams are to score their first win of the 2022 season, they will need to stop Malachi Duvall, who concluded St. John Fisher’s season-opener with four rushing touchdowns. PREDICTION: St. John Fisher over Framingham State

Salve Regina University at MIT (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): It’s hard to get a gauge on both squads after one week. But I have a hunch that coach Kevin Gilmartin’s unit will score more than one touchdown this week against the Engineers. PREDICTION: Salve Regina over MIT

Bridgewater State at University of New England (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): Last week, the Nor’easters scored their first-ever win over Coast Guard Academy. And last year in week two, UNE stunned Bridgewater State by erasing a 14-point deficit at the break to secure a hard-fought 23-20 overtime win. PREDICTION: UNE over Bridgewater State

Westfield State at Western New England (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): Cameron Danahy helped the Owls’ defense keep the Bison at bay for 30 minutes but struggled to stop the Nichols offense in the second half. If the Owls are going to be victorious on Saturday, they will need their entire defense to find a way to slow down a Golden Bears squad that was held to just 14 points last week. PREDICTION: WNE over Westfield State  

Curry College at Coast Guard Academy (Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m.): Quarterback Justin Mullaney threw three touchdowns last week in Curry’s season-opener against MIT with two of them landing in the hands of Gabe DeSouza. Look for the duo to connect a few times on Saturday so coach Todd Parsons can score his initial win with the Colonels. PREDICTION: Curry over Coast Guard Academy

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 10 Poll (Sept. 5, 2022)

Anthony Caggianelli and the Endicott College football team scored an opening day win over St. Lawrence University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway Sports Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com

With the first week of the New England NCAA Division III football season in the books, it is time to unveil a brand-new poll.

Previously, we shared our way too early Top 20 Poll in June — as we noted, both here on the blog and on social media, the poll would change.

And indeed, it has changed — do you notice the difference?

This year, we’re going back in time to produce a weekly 10-team poll, which is something we did previously before expanding our list to 20 teams in 2019 (we also did a Top 20 poll last fall).

So, without further ado, allow us to share this week’s poll, which finds Endicott College in the top spot followed by UMass Dartmouth (second) and Springfield College (third).

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 5, 2022 (Week Two)

1. Endicott College (1-0, 0-0 CCC): An impressive ground game highlighted the Gulls’ season-opening win over the Saints of St. Lawrence. Let’s see if it can continue against a WPI defense that yielded 139 rushing yards last Friday to Worcester State.

2. UMass Dartmouth (1-0, 0-0 MASCAC): Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win, including one score on the ground. His impressive play should continue this week against Anna Maria.

3. Springfield College (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): Six members of the Pride reached the end zone on the ground against Western New England last Friday. Look for Springfield’s impressive rushing attack to continue this week against Rowan University.

4. Trinity College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC): The Bantams will be idle for one more week — they will begin their 2022 campaign at Tufts University on Saturday, September 17.

5. Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC): The Cardinals will be idle for one more week — Wesleyan begins its 2022 campaign at home on Saturday, September 17 against Bates College.

6.  Salve Regina University (1-0, 0-0 CCC): One touchdown was all the Seahawks needed to beat Norwich University, but one has to think that this offense will produce a few more points on Saturday against MIT.

7.  MIT (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): Coach Brian Bubna‘s squad took care of business last Friday with a season-opening win against Curry College. On Saturday, they face a challenging foe in Salve Regina, which has scored three-straight wins against the Engineers, dating back to 2015.

8.  University of New England (1-0, 0-0 CCC): The Nor’easters scored their first win over Coast Guard Academy this past weekend, snapping a three-game skid in the series with the Bears that began in 2018.

9.  Anna Maria College (0-0, 0-0 ECFC): The wait is finally over. We’ll finally see the AMCATs for the first time this weekend when they welcome the Corsairs to Paxton.

10. WPI (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): The Engineers began their season with a win over Worcester State, but face a challenging test on Friday against the Gulls of Endicott.

ON THE RISE: Husson University (0-1, 0-0 CCC), Western New England (0-1, 0-0 CCC), and Williams College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC)

New England D3 Football Roundup: Aviles-Santos Leads UMD Past Husson; PSU Tops Castleton

Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns on Saturday afternoon as UMass Dartmouth topped Husson University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eric Ogden)

By NoontimeSports.com

Dante Aviles-Santos enjoyed an impressive start to his second season under center with the UMass Dartmouth football team.

Against Husson University, the junior signal-caller threw four touchdown passes while adding an additional score on the ground to lead the Corsairs to a 35-14 victory this afternoon at Cressy Field.

Aviles-Santos, who was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Offensive Rookie of the Year last fall, concluded the game with 214 yards of total offense, including 36 yards on six carries.

Antonio Brown hauled in two of Aviles-Santos’ four touchdown passes while Trell Best and Easten Coleman each caught one touchdown. Marvens Jean rushed for a game-high 254 yards on 26 carries and caught four passes.

UMass Dartmouth led by one score at the break before tacking on three more touchdowns in the second half, including a pair in the fourth quarter that helped the Corsairs push ahead for good.

As a team, UMass Dartmouth finished with 558 yards of total offense. The defense recorded one sack and one interception.

Husson’s Elijah Garnett led the team with 103 rushing yards on 15 carries and one score. Quarterback Nic Visser completed 10 of 26 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown.

With today’s win, UMass Dartmouth has won three-straight meetings with the Eagles dating back to their first contest in 2019.

UMass Dartmouth will visit Anna Maria next Saturday while Husson will host Plymouth State.  

Plymouth State scored its initial win of the 2022 season by defeating Castleton University, 20-7.

Willie Lombard highlighted the Panthers’ win by rushing for a game-high 98 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Evan Wilson led the Plymouth State defense with seven total tackles, including four solo stops.

Endicott College began its conference title defense with a 27-0 victory over St. Lawrence.

Anthony Caggianelli rushed for a game-high 80 yards on 23 carriers and two touchdowns while Matthew Licciardi led the Gulls’ defense with eight total tackles.

The Gulls visit WPI next Friday – the Engineers, like Endicott, were victorious in its season-opener last night as they defeated Worcester State, 58-21.  

Jack Maguire’s touchdown pass to John Hannon late in the third quarter proved to be the difference in Salve Regina’s 7-0 victory over Norwich University.  

Norwich’s defense limited the Seahawks’ offense to 277 yards on 71 plays, thanks to Matthew Christe, who recorded a game-high 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops.

Maguire concluded the game 21 of 31 for 152 yards while Hannon led Salve Regina’s receiving core with six catches for 52 yards.

Salve Regina will visit MIT next Saturday and Norwich will welcome St. Lawrence to Northfield, Vermont.

New England D-III Football Week One Scoreboard

  • MIT 35, Curry 20
  • Springfield 42, Western New England 14
  • Nichols 30, Westfield State 29
  • UMass Dartmouth 35, Husson 14
  • Endicott 27, St. Lawrence 0
  • University of New England 17, Coast Guard Academy 10
  • Salve Regina 7, Norwich 0
  • Fitchburg 33, Dean 28
  • Plymouth State 20, Castleton 7
  • WPI 58, Worcester State 21
  • Brockport 27, Framingham State 7
  • Ithaca 51, Bridgewater State 14
  • William Paterson 28, Western Connecticut 7