Noontime Sports: Football Stars of the Week (Monday, Oct. 8th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week six!

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will appear every Monday on our site throughout the remainder of the college football season. The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


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Travon Holder enjoyed a successful day on the ground, rushing a season-high 203 yards and three touchdowns against Mass. Maritime Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Westfield State Athletics)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Hunter Belzo (Springfield College): Against Coast Guard Academy, Belzo scored three touchdowns, including two on the ground. Belzo rushed for 207 yards on 31 carries, while tossing two passes (five attempts) for 39 yards and one touchdown.

Errol Breaux (Dean College): Breaux turned in an impressive performance against Husson University last Friday evening by leading all receivers with 229 yards on six catches (38. 2 yards per reception), while hauling in a pair of touchdown receptions.

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum concluded his team’s conference clash against Western Connecticut by completing 28 of 47 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns.

Alex Cohen (Anna Maria College): Cohen helped Anna Maria erase a 17-0 deficit by completing 26-of-38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 32 yards on 12 carries and one score as the AMCATs topped Castleton University on the road.

Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 23-of-52 passes for a career-high 407 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdowns during his team’s contest against Merchant Marine.

Ryan Gaboury (University of New England): Gaboury hauled in a game-high 10 grabs for 192 yards and three touchdowns with his longest reception being a 41-yard touchdown in the first half.

Moe Harris (Castleton University): Harris reached the end zone three times, including two times on the ground as he finished last Saturday’s contest against Anna Maria with 204 yards on 31 carries. His lone catch was a 44-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, which evened the score at 24-24.

Matt Hersch (Colby College): Hersch had his hand in all three scores for the Mules as he finished the contest 23-of-40 for 277 yards, while tossing a trio of touchdown passes against Wesleyan University.

Nick Juvelier (Curry College): Juvelier recorded five touchdowns last week against University of New England, including four through the air. He finished 35-of-49 for 369 yards, while rushing for 51 yards on 10 carries and one score.

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Holder rushed for a season-best 203 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Owls past Massachusetts Maritime Academy on the road.

Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters helped the Nor’easters win their first-ever game in program history by completing 25-of-33 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday against Curry College.

Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero hauled in a season-best 10 catches for 272 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday during the Cadets’ conference setback to Merchant Marine.


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Andrew Yamin and the Amherst College defense registered six sacks last week in a shutout win over Middlebury College. (PHOTO COURTESY:

Defensive Stars of the Week

Taj Gooden (Wesleyan University): Gooden turned in an impressive showing against Colby College, registering nine total stops, including five solo tackles, four tackles for a loss of 13 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

Blayne Merchant (WPI): Against Catholic University, Merchant tallied a team-high seven solo stops and eight total tackles – he matched Nick Ostrowski with the same number of total tackles. Additionally, he recorded two tackles for a loss of 14 yards, one sack for a loss of 11 yards and one quarterback hurry.

Chris Rice (Castleton University): Rice stuffed the stat sheet with eight total stops, including five solo tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards against Anna Maria.

Keegan Stanton-Meas (University of New England):  Stanton-Meas helped the Nor’easters claim their first-ever win in program history against Curry College by finishing the game with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of three yards and one sack. He also registered a pair of pass break-ups, too.

Andrew Yamin (Amherst College): Yamin registered a season-high 3.5 sacks for a loss 22 yards, while leading the Amherst College defense with 11 total tackles (four solo stops) as the Mammoths shutout Middlebury College last Saturday.


Special Team Stars of the Week

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano registered nine points on seven kicks, including six extra points in the Gulls’ fourth win of the season last Saturday.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington connected on all four kicks, including a 26-yard field gaol for six points, while recording six punts with three of them landing inside the Catholic University’s 20-yard yard line. One of his boots resulted in a touchback.

Robert Inniss, Jr. (University of New England): Inniss Jr.’s game-winning field goal (38 yards) with five seconds remaining helped the Nor’easters claim their first-ever win in program history against Curry College last Saturday. Inniss Jr. concluded the game with eight points (one field goals and five extra points).

Jeremy Martin (Plymouth State): Martin connected on a trio of kicks last Friday evening against Bridgewater State, including two field goals with his longest boot coming from 44-yards out. He also recorded four punts for 150 yards with one kick landing inside the Bears’ 20-yard line. Additionally, he booted four kickoffs for 258 yards with three resulting in touchbacks.


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Six (Oct. 5-6)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The sixth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Six, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Five): We went 8-2 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 33-17 (BIG bounce back week last week, so let’s see if we can keep it rolling this week!)

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


Friday Night Lights | Oct. 5th, 2018 

Dean College at Husson Univ. (7 p.m.): The Eagles scored an important win last week against SUNY Maritime, but must find a way to stop an up and coming Bulldogs team that appears to be a contender in the ECFC. PREDICTION: Husson 35, Dean 32 

Plymouth State at Bridgewater State (7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears, who have rebounded since falling to Framingham State in its initial MASCAC clash of the season. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 24, Plymouth State 16 


Saturday Games | Oct. 6th, 2018 

Coast Guard Academy at Springfield College (12 p.m.): The last time the Bears beat the Pride was in 1999. The win was coach Bill George‘s initial victory with Coast Guard Academy. Perhaps he scores his second win against Springfield this week on the road? PREDICTION: Coast Guard 24, Springfield 20 

Fitchburg State at Framingham State (12 p.m.): Framingham State remains the front-runner in the MASCAC, but this is a game they must-win, especially if they want to keep pace with Western Connecticut. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Fitchburg State 20 

Catholic Univ. at WPI (12 p.m.): The Engineers returned to the win column last week with a conference victory over Maine Maritime and should find a way past these Cardinals this week in Worcester. PREDICTION: WPI 28, Catholic 17 

MIT at Maine Maritime (12 p.m.): Its homecoming for coach Brian Bubna, who began his coaching career with the Mariners. MIT scored an impressive win last week and should keep its momentum going this week in Maine. PREDICTION: MIT 28, Maine Maritime 10

Williams College at Bates College (1 p.m.): A friend of our site thinks this could be a trap game for the Ephs, but we think the Purple and Gold will continue their early season momentum. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Bates 14

Trinity College at Hamilton College (1 p.m.): The Continentals scored their first win of the season last week against Wesleyan, thanks Christian Snell‘s blocked punt late in the fourth quarter. Snell pounced on the loose ball in the end zone to record the go-ahead touchdown. Perhaps Snell blocks another punt this week and reaches the end zone against Trinity? PREDICTION: Hamilton 26, Trinity 20 

Amherst College at Middlebury College (1:30 p.m.): The Panthers have rebounded from their week one setback to Wesleyan with back-to-back wins over Bowdoin and Colby, but this is a must-win for the Blue and White against a talented Amherst squad, which has won three-straight. PREDICTION: Amherst 28, Middlebury 21 

Tufts University at Bowdoin College (1:30 p.m.): Ryan McDonald should once again find a way to get the job done, both through the air and on the ground. PREDICTION: Tufts 35, Bowdoin 17 

Noontime Sports: Football Stars of the Week (Monday, Oct. 1st, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week five!

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will appear every Monday on our site throughout the remainder of the college football season. The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


Offensive Stars of the Week

Brandon Brown (Fitchburg State): Brown accounted for four touchdowns, including two on the ground as the Falcons soared past Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Brown rushed for 63 yards on 11 carries, while completing 15 of 19 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Udgam Goyal (MIT): Completed 25 of 43 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns in MIT’s fifth-straight win of the season over Merchant Marine.

Peter Hoff (WNE): Hoff led all rushers with 204 yards on 23 carries, while rushing for one touchdown in his team’s 41-14 win over Salve Regina.  

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky completed 19 of 29 passes for 245 yards and five touchdowns as Endicott cruised past Curry College.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts Univ.): McDonald led the Jumbos to their third-straight win by completing 15 of 36 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a game-high 161 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.

Kyle McKinnon (Western Conn.): Rushed for a trio of touchdowns on 15 carries for 75 yards in the Colonials 40-27 win over UMass Dartmouth. McKinnon’s final touchdown late in the fourth quarter sealed the win.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): Piccirillo completed 20 of 36 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 64 yards on 20 carries and one score against Hamilton College.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts concluded last Saturday’s game 19 of 27 for 268 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 45 yards on 20 carries in his team’s first conference win over Alfred State.


Defensive Stars of the Week

Derek Breunig (Maine Maritime): Breunig concluded last Saturday’s clash with WPI by tallying seven total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 16 yards and one sack for 10 yards.

Antonio Rocha (Husson Univ.): Rocha tallied six total tackles, including five solo stops and one sack for a loss of 10 yards in his team’s win over SUNY Maritime. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

William Rivera (Endicott College): Rivera paced the Gulls defense with 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops, one sack and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one pass break-up against Curry College.

T.J. Rothmann (Williams College): Rothmann led the Ephs defense with 15 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards. He also recorded one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass break-up in Williams’ 21-16 win over Trinity College.

AJ Smith (Springfield College): Against Norwich, Smith tallied eight total tackles, including seven solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.


Special Team Stars of the Week

Cole Austin (Coast Guard Academy): Austin connected on all four kicks in his team’s 20-9 win over Catholic University, including both field goals

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano connected on all eight kicks, including a 45-yard field goal early in the first quarter against Curry College.  

Kevin Heintz (Univ. of New England): Against Nichols College, Heintz recorded eight punts for 273 yards with three boots landing inside the Bisons’ 20-yard line. Additionally, one of his eight kicks resulted in a touchdback.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington connected on all six kicks, including a trio of field goals in his team’s bounce-back win over Maine Maritime. Additionally, he punted the ball four times for 132 yards with two kicks landing inside the Mariners’ 20-yard line.


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Noontime Sports: Football Stars of the Week (Monday, Sept. 24th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week four!

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will appear every Monday on our site throughout the remainder of the college football season. The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


Offensive Stars of the Week

Hunter Belzo (Springfield College): Belzo (113 rushing yards, two touchdowns) accounted for a pair of touchdowns against WPI last Saturday, including the go-ahead touchdown midway through the final quarter to lead the Pride to a hard-fought 17-14 win.

Errol Breaux (Dean College): Breaux concluded his team’s fourth game of the season by hauling in four catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 33.8 yards per reception.

Austin Calamita (Western Conn.): Calamita hauled in three touchdowns, while finishing with a game-high 10 receptions for 150 yards as the Colonials topped Salve Regina on the road.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Gacioch (236 passing yards, two touchdowns) tossed two touchdowns Leroy Brown, while rushing for a team-high 62 yards on 13 carries as the Corsairs edged Plymouth State in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Jones (257 passing yards, two touchdowns) helped the Bears squeak past Norwich University by capping a 16-play, 76 yard drive with a three yard score on the ground with nine seconds remaining in regulation.

Nate Richam (Bowdoin College): Richam led all rushers in last Saturday’s Middlebury-Bowdoin clash with 288 yards on 30 carries (9.6 yards per carry) for two touchdowns.

Jordan Vazzano (Trinity College): Vazzano (353 passing yards) registered six touchdowns this past weekend, including five through the air as the Bantams topped Bates College for their second win of the season.


Defensive Stars of the Week

George Balian (Endicott College): Balian paced the Gulls with a career-high 10 total tackles, including six solo stops and one pass break-up in his team’s exciting 27-24 win over Hobart. The pass break-up occurred at the end of the contest – it dashed a potential comeback by the Statesmen.

John Bennett (Maine Maritime): Bennett recorded 11 total tackles last Saturday against Merchant Marine, including seven solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a five-yard loss. He also registered one fumble recovery.

Tyler D’Errico (Salve Regina): D’Errico paced the Seahawks’ defense with nine total tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of two yards, while recording one pass break-up against Western Connecticut.

Jonathan Hobart (Middlebury): Against Bowdoin College, Hobart turned in an impressive performance, which included nine total tackles (four solo stops), one fumble recover, one interception and one pass break-up.

Brandon Mole (Becker College): Mole concluded his team’s contest against Dean College with seven total tackles (five solo stops), including four tackles for a loss of nine yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.


Special Teams Stars of the Week

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano was a perfect five-for-five on kicks against Hobart, including two-for-two on field goals. His longest boot happened to be a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Mark Wright (MIT): Wright accounted for 10 points on all four extra points, as well as a pair of field goals as the Engineers rallied to beat Catholic University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Four (Sept 22nd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The fourth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Four, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Three): We went 7-3 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week.

Season Predictions Records: 20-10 (second-straight week of going 7-3!)

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


Springfield College at WPI (12 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who have aspirations of playing football in mid-November. Springfield will look to bounce back from a difficult setback, while WPI’s offense will once again rely on junior tailback Sean McAllenPREDICTION: WPI 24, Springfield 22 

Framingham State at Mass. Maritime Academy (12 p.m.): Ah, the Kelley Cup! Who will be victorious this year? Tom Kelley (FSU) or Mike Kelley (MMA)? PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Mass. Maritime 17 

Hobart at Endicott College (12 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan Hoffman will be a player to watch in this one as he will attempt to guide the Statesmen to their third consecutive win. PREDICTION: Hobart 42, Endicott 27 

Catholic University at MIT (12 p.m.): Coach Brian Bubna and the Engineers return to Cambridge this weekend after winning a pair of games on the road the past two weeks, including a 31-29 victory last weekend at Endicott. The team’s early success should continue this week against the Cardinals. PREDICTION: MIT 28, Catholic 10 

Bates College at Trinity College (1 p.m.): Bates provided some challenges for the Amherst College Mammoths last week, but this might be an even tougher challenge for first-year coach Malik Hall and his Bobcats. PREDICTION: Trinity 35, Bates 7 

Anna Maria at Western New England (1 p.m.): After an opening day loss to Springfield College, WNE has found its groove with back-to-back wins over Husson University and Westfield State. Their early season momentum should continue this week against the AMCATs. PREDICTION: WNE 38, Anna Maria 10 

Dean College at Becker College (2:30 p.m.): Dean has certainly provided challenges for all three of its opponents this season and should find a way to get past Becker with a late touchdown. PREDICTION: Dean 17, Becker 10 

Western Conn. at Salve Regina (4 p.m.): Halfback Joey Mauriello will be the key for the Seahawks in this one – the same could be said for Brandon O’Neill and John Salute. If the Seahawks can lean on its running game and receive help on defense from O’Neill and Salute, then they will find a way to win this contest. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 28, Western Conn. 27 

Plymouth State at UMass Dartmouth (5 p.m.): The Panthers almost beat the Colonials at home last week, but this week they should find a way past a Corsairs squad, which has won two of three contests this fall. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 28, UMass Dartmouth 21 

Wesleyan University at Tufts University (6 p.m.): The Cardinals were dominant in all three phases last week against Middlebury and should once again rely on al three units – offense, defense and special teams – to get past the Jumbos. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 24, Tufts 14