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!)

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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 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Three (Sept 14-15th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The third 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 Three, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

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

Season Predictions: Through two weeks, our prediction record stands at 13-7.

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


Coast Guard Academy at Nichols College (Friday, Sept. 14th at 7 p.m.): The Bears put up a fight against Union last week and should carry that momentum (despite losing to the Dutchmen) into this week’s tilt against the Bison. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy 28, Nichols 21 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): This one will come down to the final drive. We think quarterback Adam Wojenski will win it for the Rams on a QB-keeper. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Bridgewater State 17 

MIT at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): The Brian Bubna era is off to a great start and we certainly believe it will continue on Saturday in Beverly. PREDICTION: MIT 17, Endicott 10 

Middlebury at Wesleyan (Saturday, Sept. 15th at1 p.m.): There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding both teams entering the initial week of NESCAC football, but we expect the home team (Wesleyan) to win this important match-up. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 33, Middlebury 24 

Western Conn. at Plymouth State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who have aspirations of winning the MASCAC this fall. We’ll give the edge to the Panthers (home field advantage). PREDICTION: Plymouth State 30, Western Conn. 28 

Amherst College at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): A new era of Bates football will begin on Saturday under the direction of first-year coach Malik Hall. This is a tough opening day match-up for the Bobcats, but they should certainly keep it close with their new offense. PREDICTION: Amherst 35, Bates 24 

Trinity College at Colby College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): The Bantams open their season against a new-look Colby squad, which will be led by the former UMaine sideline boss Jack Cosgrove. Similar to Bates, this is a tough season-opener for the Mules, who will need to find a way to slow down Trinity halfback Max ChipourasPREDICTION: Trinity 28, Colby 10 

Tufts University at Hamilton College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald highlighted his team’s opening day win last year, so can he do it again this year on the road? PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Hamilton 20 

Western New England at Husson University (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Husson will lean on first-year running back Soloman Hassen, who was tabbed this week’s ECFC Rookie of the Week. The California native has rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. PREDICTION: Husson 27, WNE 21 

Union College at No. 25 Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 2 p.m.): Chad Shade did not rush for six scores last week, but did help his team score an important road win over Kean. This week, Shade and the defense will be tested, but we expect them to find a way past the Dutchmen. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Union 21 

New England D3 Football Players of The Week (Sept. 10th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the second week of the New England D3 football season in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Players of the Week for offense, defense and special teams.

Each week, we will be choosing one player for each category – fans, coaches, players and athletic communication offices are welcome to nominate student-athletes for our weekly honor by sending an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com following the conclusion of their team’s contest.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week and make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB!

Patterson WEB2Offensive Player of the Week: Khalil Patterson (Western Conn. | Hartford, Conn.): Patterson paced the Colonials offense by rushing for a game-high 124 yards on 22 carries for two touchdowns as Western Connecticut scored its first win of the season against Dean College. Patterson, who averaged 5.6 yard per carry, put Western Connecticut on the board first with a two-yard plunge in the second quarter before adding a second rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Patterson was tabbed this week’s MASCAC Offensive Player of the Week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Western Conn. Athletics) 
Chris Rice WEBDefensive Player of the Week: Chris Rice (Castleton University | Bethel, Conn.): Rice led the Spartans defense with 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards as Castleton University topped Fitchburg State on the road. Additionally, the second-year player recorded an 80-yard pick-six at the end of the third quarter, which helped Castleton push ahead for good. The 12.0 tackles is currently a season-best for Rice, who leads all ECFC defenders in tackles (23.0) and tackles per game (11.5) through two contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: CASTLETON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS) 
DiCairano WEBSpecial Teamer of the Week: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Trumbull, Conn.): DiCairano tallied five points during his team’s first-ever Friday evening contest last week, including a 25-yard field goal in the opening session, which helped Endicott top Bridgewater State. The junior booted his first extra point at the end of the opening session before registering his second and final kick late in the third quarter. Tabbed this week’s CCC Special Teamer of the Week, DiCairano has connected on all three extra points and field goals this season through two contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10) 

 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Two (Sept. 7th-8th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The second week of the New England D3 football season is upon us – let’s go!

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for week two, as well as our predicted winners for each contest.

Last week, we went 6-4 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week (fingers crossed for a perfect 10)!

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


Bridgwater State at Endicott College (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): The Bears fended off a late rally by Buffalo State to secure an opening day win last weekend, as well as some momentum heading into Endicott’s first-ever Friday Night Lights home contest. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 24, Endicott 14

Mass. Maritime at SUNY Maritime (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): Who wants some chowder? Perhaps the Privateers? SUNY Maritime captured the Chowder Bowl last year and should win it again this evening. PREDICTION: SUNY Maritime 37, Mass. Maritime 35 

MIT at Curry College (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): Coach Brian Bubna earned his first win on the sidelines as a head coach last Friday evening. Can he win his second game against a Curry squad, which produced 44 points in its opener last week? PREDICTION: MIT 28, Curry 21 

Salve Regina University at Montclair State (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): The Seahawks soared back to beat Worcester State last Saturday, so can they do it again on against a team they topped last year by a touchdown? PREDICTION: Salve Regina 24, Montclair State 20 

Western Conn. at Dean College (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs put up 41 points last week – is this a sign of things to come? Maybe, but can they do it against a solid West Conn. team? PREDICTION: Dean 35, West Conn. 31 

WPI at No. 25 RPI (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): This is almost a ‘must-win’ for the Engineers of Worcester, who have aspirations of winning its first-ever NEWMAC crown this fall. As usual, RPI-WPI is a must-see, must-watch game, so this is a big early season test for coach Chris Robertson‘s squad. PREDICTION: RPI 28, WPI 20 

Framingham State at SUNY Cortland (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): This is a big test for coach Tom Kelley and the Rams, who will look to slow down a Red Dragons squad, which rolled past Fitchburg State last Saturday. Framingham State has the offense to keep-up with the Red Dragons, but can their defense make the big stop when needed? PREDICTION: SUNY Cortland 38, Framingham State 28 

Springfield College at Kean University (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 1 p.m.): Junior quarterback Chad Shade stole the show last week, rushing for a career-best six scores in his team’s first-ever win at home against Western New England. He’ll probably have another big game this week against a solid Kean squad. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Kean 21 

Westfield State at Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Golden Bears will attempt to provide first-year coach Jason Lebeau with his first win on the sideline when they host Westfield State, which captured its first game of the season last Friday over Nichols. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Westfield State 21 

Castleton University at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 2 p.m.): Both teams will look to bounce back after week one setbacks. Our thought is Castleton will find a way to beat the Falcons on the road. PREDICTION: Castleton 24, Fitchburg State 17 

New England D3 Football Players of The Week (Sept. 4th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the first week of the New England D3 football season in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Players of the Week for offense, defense and special teams.

Each week, we will be choosing one player for each category – fans, coaches, players and athletic communication offices are welcome to nominate student-athletes for our weekly honor by sending an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com following the conclusion of their team’s contest.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week and make sure to stay connected with our football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today!

Shade WebOffensive Player of the Week: Chad Shade (Springfield College | Pittsfield, Mass.) The junior signal-caller enjoyed a successful debut last Friday, rushing for a career-best six touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Western New England, which helped Springfield defeat the Golden Bears at home for the first time in school history. Shade led all rushers with 247 yards on 22 carries, which was an average of 11.2 yards per carry. Both the 22 carries and 247 yards were career-best for the Pittsfield native. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics) 
William Rivera WebDefensive Player of the Week: William Rivera (Endicott College | Orangeburg, N.Y.) The senior linebacker led the Gulls defense last Saturday in their season-opener against Framingham State with eight total tackles, including a team-best seven solo stops. Rivera also recorded three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, including one sack for a loss of six yards. (Photo Credit: David Le ’10, Endicott College Athletics) 
Jake Wood WebSpecial Teamer of the Week: Jake Wood (Nichols College |Whitinsville, Mass.) Wood set a program-record with a pair of kickoff returns last Friday evening against Westfield State, beginning with an 84-yard return in the second quarter followed by a 90-yard sprint in the final session. Wood’s 90-yard return is the fourth-longest scamper in program history. The junior concluded his team’s contest with 174 total return yards. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)