NCAA D3 Football Tournament: Inside The Brockport-Western New England Matchup

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Alec Coleman and the Western New England football team will host the College of Brockport on Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s time to highlight our final New England D-III football team, which will be competing this weekend in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. And that team is the Western New England Golden Bears, who won their third-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title this fall with late-season wins against Becker College and Endicott College. WNE also defeated Husson University in its season finale to conclude its conference slate without a single blemish.

The Golden Bears will face The College of Brockport in the opening round – the Golden Eagles captured their third-straight Empire 8 Conference (E8) title a few weeks ago with a 16-7 win over Alfred State.

Below are a few notes about Saturday’s match-up, including some stats (and numbers) on both teams, as well as players to watch.


Brockport (8-2) at Western New England (9-1) 

Gametime/Location: Brockport will travel to Western New England on Saturday, November 23rd with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. The game will be played in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Rankings: The Golden Eagles are currently receiving votes in the latest D3Football.com Top 25 Poll. Western New England enters its 11th contest of the season unranked or receiving votes.

Conference Affiliation: Brockport competes in the Empire 8 Conference – they finished 5-1 in league play this season. Western New England is a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The Golden Bears won every conference tilt this fall.

Last Appearance in the NCAA Tournament: Brockport advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season following an opening-round win against Framingham State. The Golden Eagles’ season concluded against RPI, which defeated Brockport, 21-13. The loss to the Engineers was the team’s first of the 2018 season.

Western New England advanced to the first round last season but saw their run toward a national championship conclude with a 42-24 setback to Frostburg State. The Golden Bears’ meeting with the Bobcats was the first NCAA Tournament appearance under the direction of coach Jason Lebeau.

Inside the Numbers with Brockport: The Golden Eagles are averaging 29.60 points per contest while limiting opponents to 13.20 points per game … Brockport has recorded 112 rushing first downs this season while yielding just 22 to opponents … The Brockport defense has limited opposing rushing attacks to just 695 yards, which is an average of 28.3 yards per game … Brockport has recorded 40 offensive touchdowns this season while opponents have scored just 18 … Brockport has held the ball for close to two-thirds of every contest this season. They usually have the ball for 34:18 per contest, while opponents are on offense for an average of 25:41.

Inside the Numbers with Western New England: The Golden Bears are 5-0 at home this season – they were also 5-0 in Springfield, Massachusetts last season, too. WNE’s last home setback came against Springfield College on September 2, 2017. Since falling to the Pride, the Golden Bears have won 15 games at home … WNE is averaging 488.2 yards of total offense this season … The Golden Bears are averaging 40.6 points per game while limiting opponents to just 27.1 points per contest … WNE is averaging 290.0 passing yards per game while rushing for 198.2 yards per contest … The Golden Bears’ opponents have averaged 384.3 yards per game, including 230.8 passing yards.

Players to Watch on Brockport: 

  • Jason Hellwig (QB): Hellwig will be under center Saturday after starting seven games this season. He enters the game with 735 passing yards and one touchdown pass.
  • Jala Coad (RB): Coad led all rushers with 822 rushing yards on 186 carries and 16 touchdowns. Coad is averaging 82.20 rushing yards per game.
  • Imhotep Cromer (WR): Cromer leads the receiving core with 30 receptions for 543 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 60.33 receiving yards per game.
  • DaQuan Hubbard (WR): Hubbard is second on the team in receiving yards (469) and is one of four receivers to catch one touchdown.
  • Alex West (LB): West leads the team with 56 total tackles. He has recorded 33 solo stops, 17.0 tackles for a loss of 71 yards, and six quarterback hurries.
  • Lawrence Jenkins (LB): Jenkins is second on the team in tackles for a loss (10 for 64 yards). He has tallied 42 total tackles, including 23 solo stops, four quarterback hurries, and one interception.

Players to Watch on Western New England: 

  • Alec Coleman (QB): The senior signal-caller has completed 146 of 214 passes for 1,994 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 305 yards and nine touchdowns.
  • Jamyre Soberanis (RB): Soberanis has rushed for a team-high 929 yards on 139 carries and 14 touchdowns. He is averaging 92.9 yards per contest.
  • Steven Fedorchak (WR): The third-year receiver is first on the team in receptions (53), receptions per game (5.9), receiving yards (979) and receiving touchdowns (10).
  • Adam Raza (WR): Razza is second on the team in receptions (39), receiving yards (779) and touchdown receptions (five).
  • Kieran Lombard (K): Lombard has recorded 82 points off 52 extra points and 10 field goals. His longest field goal was a 44-yard kick.
  • Erich Keutmann (LB): Keutmann leads the team with 119.0 total tackles, including 60 solo stops, seven tackles for a loss of 27 yards, and three sacks for a loss of 10 yards. He also recorded three pass break-ups.
  • Joshua Salem (LB): Salem is second on the team in total tackles (85.0). He has produced 54 solo stops and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards while registering two interceptions, one pass break-up, and one block.

D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the ninth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, which can be seen (here on our site) every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Players of the Week

Michael Bethune, Jr. (Dean College): Bethune, Jr. rushed for a team-high 213 yards on 21 carries – that is 10.1 yards per rush – while catching three passes for 11 yards against Alfred State.

Errol Breaux (Dean College): Against Alfred State, Breaux caught eight passes for 125 yards and five touchdowns.

Jacob Carroll (Tufts University): Carroll completed 14 of 19 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday to lead the Jumbos to a 35-10 win over Colby College.

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman completed 18 of 32 passes for two touchdowns against Endicott College while adding 31 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns.

Brendan Costa (Bates College): Costa totaled 275 yards of total offense with 212 passing yards (9 of 17 completions) and 63 rushing yards on eight carries. The third-year signal-caller also tossed three touchdowns as the Bobcats topped the Polar Bears to provide coach Malik Hall with his first win with the program.

Stefano D’Emilia (Bridgewater State): D’Emilia tallied 266 yards of total offense against Plymouth State, including 35 yards on six carries and one touchdown. The senior signal-caller concluded the game 19 of 29 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown.

Luis Gonzalez (UMass Dartmouth): Against Western Connecticut, Gonzalez rushed for 140 yards on 29 carries (4.8 yards) and two touchdowns as the Corsairs captured their sixth contest of the 2019 season.

Tyler Halls (Husson University): Against Nichols College, Halls caught a game-high 11 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns.

Tanner Kingsley (Anna Maria College): Kingsley completed 26 of 38 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns against Castleton University this past Saturday.

Steven Lawton (Fitchburg State): Lawton rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns as the Falcons soared past the Lancers for their initial conference win last Friday.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Against Wesleyan University, the third-year signal-caller completed 8 of 28 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a game-high 125 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.

Alex Maldjian (Middlebury College): Against Hamilton College, Maldjian rushed for a game-high 145 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University): Against the University of New England, Mauriello rushed for 193 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns.

Jacob McCarthy (Castleton University): Against Anna Maria, McCarthy completed 21 of 30 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns.

Tyler McGovern (Salve Regina University): McGovern completed 10 of 20 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns against the University of New England.

Frank Roche (Tufts University): Roche caught a game-high eight catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns as the Jumbos topped Colby College in Maine.

Jamyre Soberanis (Western New England): Soberanis rushed for a game-high 140 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts completed 18 of 29 passes for 260 yards and seven touchdowns while adding six yards on five carries in his team’s exciting win over Alfred State.


Defensive Players of the Week

Hunter Atwood (Curry College): Against Becker College, Atwood recorded nine total tackles, including seven solo stops. Additionally, he recorded one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.

Sam Cantrell (MIT): Cantrell paced the Engineers’ defense against WPI last Saturday with 11 total tackles (Be Delhees also finished with 11 total stops, too). Four the 11 stops were solo tackles, while two were tackles for a loss of eight yards. Cantrell also recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Anthony Casparriello (Worcester State): Against Fitchburg State last Friday evening, Casparriello tallied 12 total tackles, including three solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of six yards. Additionally, he posted one quarterback hurry, too.

Noah Clack (Bowdoin College): Clack stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Bates College with seven total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards. He also recorded one forced fumble.

Chris Gemayel (Bridgewater State): Gemayel tallied seven total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one sack for a loss of three yards, which helped the Bears celebrate Senior Day with a victory against Plymouth State.

Pete Huggins (Middlebury College): Huggins tallied seven total tackles, including three solo stops and one tackle for a loss of seven yards, while recording one pass break-up and one fumble recovery as the Panthers beat Hamilton College, 14-7.

Erich Keutmann (Western New England): Keutmann recorded 23 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one tackle for a loss, along with one pass

Robert Levine (Trinity College): Levine was one of two Bantams that posted 10.0 total tackles against Amherst College. He concluded the game with eight solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of five yards and one quarterback hurry.

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe recorded 11 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of six yards. McCabe also forced two fumbles, while recovering one fumble during a 16-6 setback to Framingham State.

David Redmond (Husson University): Redmond stuffed the stat sheet against Nichols with six total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one forced fumble. Four of the six stops were solo tackles.

Chris Rice (Castleton University): Against Anna Maria last Saturday, Rice stuffed the stat sheet with five total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one sack for a loss of 12 yards. Additionally, Rice recorded one quarterback hurry and one interception.

Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter total 13 total tackles, including 12 solo stops against Western Connecticut. Three of the 13 tackles for were stops for a loss of 11 yards.

Jack Sullivan (Framingham State): Sullivan paced the Rams defense against Massachusetts Maritime Academy with nine total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards. Seven of the 11 tackles were solo stops.


Special Teamers of the Week

Henry Atkeson (Amherst College): Against Trinity College, Atkeson converted one extra point, while tallying 139 yards on three punts – all three kicks landed inside the Bantams’ 20-yard line. Atkeson also recorded two kickoffs of 111 yards.

Gabriel DeSouza (Curry College): DeSouza recorded four punts against Becker College with three kicks landing inside the Hawks’ 20-yard line.

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano connected on five kicks against the University of New England, including a 30-yard field goal.

Angelo DiSanto (Salve Regina Univ.): Against the University of New England, DiSanto converted two of three field goals (longest was a 30-yard kick) and five of seven extra points. He recorded one punt for 44-yards, which landed inside the UNE 20-yard line. He also recorded nine kickoffs for 491 yards with one touchback.

Quintus Reid (Dean College): Reid punted the ball four times against Alfred State for 125 yards. One of the punts resulted in a touchback, while another punt landed inside the Pioneers’ 20-yard line. In addition to his punting duties, Reid also caught four passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Mark Wright (MIT): Wright tallied eight points off two extra points and a pair of field goals. He drilled a season-long 43-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, which was followed by a game-tying 41-yard kick that sent the game to overtime.

D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Nichols, WNE Open Conference Play With Wins

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Saturday was a busy day across New England with some exciting outcomes in the Division III football world.

Nichols College scored its first win over Salve Regina University since 2009 as the Bison outlasted the Seahawks, 25-15, in Dudley, Massachusetts.

Quarterback Michael Pina completed 15 of 30 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown while adding two scores on the ground.

The Bison led 15-12 at the break and held the Seahawks to just three points in the second half.

With the win, Nichols improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play. The Bison visit Western New England next Saturday, October 5th with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Speaking of the Golden Bears, they bounced back from a week three setback with a commanding 50-38 victory against University of New England. Quarterback Brendan Smith tossed three touchdowns in the win, while halfback Jamyre Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three scores.

UNE quarterback Brian Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns.

Erich Keutmann led the Western New England defense with 12 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one sack.

In Vermont, Middlebury College defeated Trinity College, 32-27, to improve to 3-0 for the second time in three seasons. The win over the Bantams was also the Panthers’ first since the 2014 season.

Middlebury’s defense recorded eight tackles for a loss of 44 yards, including five sacks for a loss of 29 yards. Alex Norton concluded the game with seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

Will Jernigan tallied 241 total yards of offense and two scores (one passing and one rushing touchdown).

WPI moved to 4-0 and 1-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 35-21 victory over Springfield College.

Connor Field rushed for 116 yards on 30 carries and for two touchdowns, while Billy Mitchell (five receptions for 104 yards) and Nic Rossi (four receptions for 76 yards) each caught one touchdown pass from Julian Nyland.

Sam Casey and Nick Ostrowski paced the WPI defense with 10 total tackles, respectively.

In Washington, D.C, Chris Mauck tossed two touchdowns, while John Robertson rushed for a game-high 122 yards as MIT topped Catholic University, 32-13.

With the win, the Engineers improve to 2-1 and 1-0 in league play. MIT visits Merchant Marine next week – the Mariners defeated Maine Maritime Academy this afternoon by a score of 62-13.

Western Connecticut erased a two-score deficit at the break with five touchdowns in the second half to defeat Worcester State University, 42-28.

David James tossed four touchdowns in the win, including two to Will Daniels, who led the Colonials receiving core with 157 receiving yards on six catches.

Stephen Gacioch‘s three-yard touchdown strike to Jeremy Jackson with 5:49 remaining in the second quarter helped the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth defeat Plymouth State, 21-14, to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.

Gacioch concluded the contest with 305 passing yards while adding 104 yards on 22 carries.

UMass Dartmouth visits Framingham State next Saturday for an important conference clash, which is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.


New England D-III Football Week Four Scoreboard 

  • Morrisville State 42, Husson University 15
  • Endicott College 58, Becker College 12
  • Nichols College 25, Salve Regina University 15
  • Coast Guard Academy 17, Curry College 7
  • Western New England 50, University of New England 38
  • Kean University 47, Dean College 13
  • RPI 38, Anna Maria College 0
  • Norwich University 35, Castleton University 14
  • Bridgewater State 50, Fitchburg State 6
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy 31, Westfield State 7
  • Western Connecticut 42, Worcester State 28
  • UMass Dartmouth 21, Plymouth State 14
  • Hamilton College 45, Colby College 24
  • Williams College 41, Bowdoin College 10
  • Amherst College 26, Tufts University 16
  • Middlebury College 32, Trinity College 27
  • Wesleyan University 48, Bates College 12
  • Merchant Marine 62, Maine Maritime Academy 13
  • MIT 32, Catholic University 13
  • WPI 35, Springfield College 21