Our Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) All-Decade Week continues with a brand new team: The Maine D3 Football Team from 2010-2019.
This was a fun walk down memory lane, highlighting a slew of student-athletes we covered and interviewed over the past ten years that earned a variety of end of season honors, including D3Football.com All-American honors to first or second-team nods to program record-holders to the final Gold Helmet Recipients from the New England Football Writers (NEFW). And as usual, we did our very best to highlight as many student-athletes from across The Pine Tree State.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Offense)
Cory Brandon (QB)
John Smith (RB)
Jim Bower (RB)
Maine Maritime Acad.
South Paris, Maine
Patrick Noone (WR)
North Attleboro, Mass.
Kyle Gaudet (WR)
Tyler Halls (WR)
Alex Young (OL)
Brad Weston (OL)
Nick Steele (OL)
Joe Smith (OL)
Dan Weamer (OL)
Maine Maritime Acad.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Defense)
Ryan Veillette (DE)
Ernest Wiggins (DT)
Wade Mondoux (LB)
Maine Maritime Academy
North Berwick, Maine
Myles Walker (LB)
Joey Cleary (LB)
Mark Upton (LB)
Elvin Suazo (LB)
Kevin Helm (LB)
Quan Soyini (CB)
Andrew Kukesh (DB)
Jean Gabriel (DB)
Lake Worth, Fla.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Special Teams)
Happy Sunday, everyone! And welcome back for yet another Noontime Sports rewind post where we reflect on coverage from both the current year and decade (the twenty-tens!).
This particular post will highlight some of the best teams we covered in New England D-III football – let the debate and conversations begin.
As usual, if you have any thoughts (or inputs) please comment below, but again, thanks for stopping by and reading a brand new rewind – let’s go!
The 2010 Williams College Ephs: Williams secured its third outright title with a perfect 8-0 mark which was capped by an end of season win over Amherst College. Additionally, the Purple and Gold captured the Little Three crown while producing their seventh perfect season in program history.
The 2011 Endicott College Gulls: In 2011, the Gulls captured 10 of 11 contests while averaging 40.5 points per game. The offense, led by quarterback Phil Konopka, was impressive, but the same could be said for the Endicott defense, which limited opponents to 16.5 points per contest. Kevin Eagan, who played just one season for the Gulls at defensive line, tallied 104.0 total tackles in 11 contests, including 55 solo stops and 23 tackles for a loss of 87 yards. Endicott finished the season with back-to-back wins, including an ECAC North Atlantic Bowl victory over Mount Ida College.
The 2012 Framingham State Rams: After finishing their 2011 campaign with a 7-4 mark, these Rams flipped the switch following an opening day loss to Endicott College by winning ten-straight contests, including a New England Football Conference (NEFC) Championship against Salve Regina University. Salve Regina was projected to win this particular meeting, but the Seahawks struggled to contain FSU halfback Melikke Van Alstyne, who rushed for 96 yards and two scores. James Muirhead concluded the contest with eight total tackles, including six solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one forced fumble. FSU would advance to the NCAA D-III Tournament but see their bid toward a national title conclude at Cortland State.
The 2013 Endicott College Gulls: Drew Frenette, Spencer Walsh, and Nate Lewis, along with the Endicott defense highlighted an exciting end of season win over Salve Regina to secure the program’s second NEFC crown in four seasons, along with a spot in the NCAA D-III Tournament. Endicott recorded its first shutout of the season and finished 2013 with an 8-3 record. The Gulls entered the postseason with a seven-game winning streak after starting its 2013 campaign with a 2-2 record.
The 2014 MIT Engineers: MIT advanced to the postseason for the first time in school history and won an exciting opening round contest against Husson University before falling to Wesley College in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. The Engineers finished 10-1 in 2014 – they scored some exciting wins over Western New England, Endicott College, and Coast Guard Academy to secure their initial New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship in program history. MIT averaged 446.8 yards of total offense and 35.5 points per contest.
The 2015 Western New England Golden Bears: Western New England captured 10 of 11 contests in 2015, including a pair of conference victories against Endicott and Salve Regina. The Golden Bears produced 40 points or more in five contests and secured a spot in the NCAA D-III Tournament in late November.
The 2016 Western New England Golden Bears: Despite ending their season with a six-point setback to Alfred in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament, the 2016 Golden Bears were very impressive, winning 11 of 12 contests by an average score of 39.8 to 19.0. WNE averaged 460.1 yards of total offense in 12 contests and limited opposing offenses to just 110.1 yards on the ground per game. They scored impressive wins over Springfield College, Union College, and Endicott College before beating Husson University in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament.
The 2017 Husson University Eagles: Coach Gabby Price led the Eagles to not just an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown in 2017, but also an upset win over Springfield College in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. Husson beat a very impressive Springfield team, which entered the postseason on a ten-game winning streak. Halfback John Smith rushed for a game-high 164 yards on 43 carries and two touchdowns while Elvin Suazo and the defense limited the Pride to a season-low 264 yards of total offense.
The 2018 Trinity College Bantams: The Bantams concluded their 2018 campaign not just with a 9-0 win over rival Wesleyan University, but also with their third consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship. Trinity won eight of nine contests and was able to win their ninth conference crown due to a 27-16 win earlier in the season against Amherst College. Trinity averaged 464.3 yards of total offense and 36.0 points per game while limiting opposing defenses to 67.7 rushing yards and 10.0 points.
The 2019 Middlebury College Panthers: Coach Bob Ritter led the Panthers to their first-ever 9-0 season in program history, along with a 2019 NESCACchampionship. The team averaged 410.6 yards of total offense, including 227.4 passing yards while limiting opponents to 108.0 rushing yards per game. Middlebury scored some exciting wins this fall, along with some nail-bitters against Amherst College and Colby College. They scored 45 points against Wesleyan University in late October before producing 47 points one week later against Bowdoin College.
Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage rolls on with a closer look at the Husson University Eagles, who begin a new era in program history this fall as a member of Commonwealth Coast Football.
The Eagles, who previously competed in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), will begin their 2019 season on the second Saturday of September – that would be September 14th, to be exact – when they visit UMass Dartmouth for a 12 p.m. kick-off.
The Eagles’ 2018 Season: Husson commenced its season by winning two of four contests before stringing together six consecutive wins to secure the ECFC title, as well as a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Eagles’ national championship hopes were dashed one week after beating Plymouth State in their season finale with a 38-14 setback to RPI in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Yet, despite the loss, the Eagles again proved they can compete with the best, both in New England and outside the region.
2018 was the final season for coach Gabby Price, who announced months after his team’s final contest that he would be stepping down. Nat Clark was named the program’s new coach roughly two weeks after Price’s announcement.
The 2019 Outlook: As noted above, the Eagles will begin a new chapter in program history this fall as a member of the Commonwealth Coast Football league – Husson will compete against some talented New England squads, including Endicott College, Salve Regina University and Western New England.
Husson will certainly be a team to watch again this year, however, they do have some holes to fill, beginning at quarterback.
Cory Brandon, who was the team’s signal-caller the past few years, has graduated – he was one of 14 student-athletes to graduate this past spring – so perhaps we could see David Morrison under center or Frank Veino. Both student-athletes appeared in games last year, however, Morrison competed in all 10 contests, so it’s likely we will see him against the Corsairs in week two.
In addition to identifying a new starting quarterback, the Eagles will need to find replacements for wide receivers Kyle Gaudet and Ty Bassett, as well as linebacker Elvin Suazo.
Keyshaun Robinson could become the go-to target for Morrison or Veino – the senior tight end finished second on the team with 38 receptions for 526 yards and seven touchdowns. Additionally, Tyler Halls, who transferred from Western New England, could be a wide receiver to watch this fall, as well. Halls enjoyed a successful first season with the Eagles last year, catching 28 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns.
In addition to some new wide-outs and tight ends stepping up, look for the Eagles to rely on its ground game. Husson returns Miece Loureiro and Solomon Hassen, who combined for 1,783 yards and four touchdowns.
Husson returns a slew of offensive linemen, including Collin Spence, Aidan Asher, and Jacob Cameron, which should help the Eagles continue its success from last year, both on the ground and through the air.
Ace Curry should be the player to watch on defense – the Lewiston, Maine native finished second on the team last season in total tackles. Kaleb Caron, who stuffed the stat sheet with 51.0 total tackles, including seven tackles for a loss for 36 yards and 2.5 sacks, will also be a player to watch, too.
Husson’s Schedule: After traveling to UMass Dartmouth in week two, the Eagles will host WPI in their season-opener on September 21st before finishing the month of September with a trip to Morrisville State.
Husson will dive into conference play in the first week of October with a trip to Becker College followed by three consecutive home games, including an important matchup with Endicott on October 26.
Husson will end the regular season with a trio of marquee matchups, beginning with a visit to Nichols College followed by a home date with Salve Regina. The Eagles will visit Western New England on Saturday, November 16th with hopes of competing one week later in either the NCAA Tournament or New England Bowl.
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 ten!
Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too!
Our 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.
Joe Kalosky tossed five touchdowns in Endicott College’s come-from-behind win over Western New England last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10/Endicott College Athletics)
Offensive Stars of the Week
Michael Bianco (Becker College): Bianco helped Becker College earn its first win of the season over University of New England by tallying 190 yards of total offense, including 180 on the ground and one score. Bianco averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Last Saturday marked the first time Bianco was spotted at halfback (he has normally been seen over the years on defense).
Cory Brandon (Husson University): Brandon shined in his team’s final home game of the season by completing 15 of 21 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles soared past Gallaudet University.
Alec Coleman (Western New England): Despite being on the losing end, Coleman turned in an impressive performance against Endicott College with 321 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (three on the ground). Coleman ended the game 22 of 39 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown.
Christian Cole (Endicott College): Cole concluded last Saturday’s epic win over Western New England with eight catches for 147 yards (18.4 yards per catch) and two scores.
Max Chipouras (Trinity College): Against Amherst College, Chipouras rushed for a game-high 203 yards on 24 carries (8.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Gacioch tallied 395 yards of total offense, including 368 passing yards. He completed 28 of 48 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns.
Kyle Gaudet (Husson University): Gaudet hauled in a game-high seven grabs for 249 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Gallaudet University.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Hamilton College, Jernigan tallied 278 yards of total offense, including 246 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Against WPI, Jones scored three touchdowns, including two through the air, while completing 30 of 37 passes for 251 yards.
Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky enjoyed a very successful day against Western New England with five passing touchdowns and 409 yards of total offense. He completed 27 of 52 passes for 321 yards, while adding a team-high 88 yards on eight carries (11.0 yards per carry).
Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald appeared unstoppable against Colby College this past weekend, tallying 274 total yards of offense, including 223 passing yards (19 of 23) and two touchdowns. He led the Jumbos’ rushing attack with 51 yards on 12 carries and two scores.
Nick Santavicca (Bridgewater State): Santavicca recorded a game-high 173 yards on 21 carries for an average of 8.2 yards per carry, while reaching the end zone once during his team’s 32-13 win over Worcester State.
Riley Shanley (Endicott College): Shanley matched Christian Cole with eight grabs, but finished last Saturday’s tilt against Western New England with 106 yards and two touchdowns.
Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio (No. 94) powered the Pride’s defense against Maine Maritime Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)
Defensive Stars of the Week
Gene Baisden (Dean College): Against Castleton University, Baisden registered six solo stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss of 21 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards as the Bulldogs scored an exciting 19-17 win.
Sam Casey (WPI): Against Coast Guard Academy, Casey recorded 13 total tackles, including a game-high 10 total tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards and one interception for a 32 yard return.
James Christiano (Trinity College): In a huge win over Amherst College, Christiano registered six total tackles, including four solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 25 yards, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards and one forced fumble.
Jackson Eighmy (Wesleyan University): Against Williams College, Eighmy tallied five tackles for a loss of 31 yards and three sacks for a loss of 25 yards as the Cardinals scored a Little Three win on the road.
Nick Giorgio (Springfield College): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Giorgio recorded five solo stops (and total tackles), including four tackles for a loss of 15 yards, two sacks for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Kurtis Jolicoeur (Western New England): Against Endicott College, Jolicoeur matched Joshua Salem with a game-high 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, while adding four tackles for a loss of seven yards, one forced fumble and two blocks.
Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenny paced the Falcons defense against Plymouth State with 11 total tackles, including seven solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and three sacks for a loss of seven yards.
Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against UMass Dartmouth, McCabe stuffed the stat sheet with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, five tackles for a loss of 18, one-and-a-half sacks for five yards and one forced fumble.
Chris Rice (Castleton University.): Rice recorded a game-high 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one pass break-up against Dean College.
Franny Rose (Bowdoin College): Against Bates College, Rose registered a game-high 12 total tackles, including eight solo tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 13 yards, one sack for a loss of eight yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Joshua Smiley (Framingham State): Against Western Connecticut, Smiley recorded seven total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 26 yards, two sacks for a loss of 16 yards and two forced fumbles.
Tarik Smith (Husson University): Smith turned in an impressive performance against Gallaudet University by tallying five total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 10 yards, two solo stops, two quarterback hurries and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards.
Elvin Suazo (Husson University): Against Gallaudet University, Suazo recorded a game-high nine total tackles, including seven solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards.
Andrew Verre was just one of many players that shined for the Salve Regina Seahawks last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)
Special Team Stars of the Week
Michael Chen (Bowdoin College): Chen was a perfect five-for-five against Bates College, including one-for-one on field goals (31 yard boot). He also recorded four punts for 165 yards (41.3 yards per boot) with one kick landing inside the Bates’ 20-yard line.
Mac Kimball (Becker College): Kimball connected on five of six kicks (all four extra points), including a 32 yard field goal in his team’s first win of the season against University of New England.
Andrew Verre (Salve Regina): Against Nichols College, Verre tallied 11 points on a pair of field goals, including a 36 yard boot, along with five extra points.
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