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The 2021 All-Noontime D3 New England Football Team

Bobby Maimaron led the Williams College football team to a 9-0 record this fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/ Williams College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

With the 2021 NCAA New England Division III season slowly winding down, it is time to unveil our end-of-season team that features a slew of student-athletes from all five conferences. Some of these student-athletes appeared on our preseason team — in case you missed it, feel free to jump back in time to see who made our D3 preseason squad! — but in the meantime, congratulations to everyone on another exciting season, and best of luck to the seniors and graduate students that competed for the final time this fall!

Offense

  • QB: Dante Aviles-Santos (UMass Dartmouth)
  • QB: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College)
  • HB/FB: Adam Couch (Bridgewater State)
  • HB/FB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State)
  • HB/FB: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University)
  • HB/FB: Tim Callahan (Springfield College)
  • WR/TE: Errol Breaux (Dean College)
  • WR/TE: Aidan Hogan (Husson University)
  • WR/TE: Philip Lutz (Tufts University)
  • WR/TE: DeVante Reid (Trinity College)
  • WR/TE: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England)
  • WR/TE: Ke’Vaughn Davis (Worcester State)
  • OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University)
  • OL: Bryan Lawton (Framingham State)
  • OL: Pete Noonan (Salve Regina University)
  • OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College)
  • OL: Cade Watkins (Western New England) 
  • OL: John Freeman (Williams College)

Defense

  • DL: Chris Rice (Castleton University)
  • DL: Sam Opont (Endicott College)
  • DL: Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State)
  • DL: Frank Curran (Husson University)
  • DL: Marcus Elysee (UMass Dartmouth)
  • DL: Nick Helbig (Wesleyan University)
  • LB: Tony Hooks (Bates College)
  • LB: Brendan Albert (Bridgewater State)
  • LB: Steven Silvia (Bridgewater State)
  • LB: Tim Russell (Endicott College)
  • LB: Paul Calvetti (MIT)
  • LB: Joshua Salem (Western New England)
  • DB: Armstrong Antoine (Anna Maria College)
  • DB: Dre Kidd (Dean College)
  • DB: Cully Curran (Framingham State)
  • DB: Quinn Girard (Plymouth State)
  • DB: Kyle Niehr (Springfield College)
  • DB: Danny Banks (Wesleyan University)   

Special Teams

  • P: George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy)  
  • P: Zac Christian (Western New England)
  • K: Ryan Smith (Endicott College)
  • K: Christian Hutra (Springfield College)
  • KR: Ryan Milliken (Plymouth State)
  • KR: Adam Razza (Western New England)

The Early Outlook: Commonwealth Coast Football

Salve Regina University’s Joey Mauriello will be one of many players to watch on the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league this fall. PHOTO COURTESY: George Corrigan

By Matt Noonan

Our preseason New England college football coverage rolls on with some early-season thoughts on the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC).

In case you missed it, make sure to check out our recent “early outlook” posts on the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) and New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference(NEWMAC).

CCC Teams

  • Curry College
  • Endicott College
  • Husson University
  • Nichols College
  • Salve Regina University
  • University of New England
  • Western New England

2019 Conference Refresh: The Golden Bears of Western New England capped their 2019 campaign with a 9-2 record — the Blue and Gold won seven conference tilts, including a 42-31 victory over Endicott in early November before finishing the regular season with back-to-back wins over Becker College and Husson.

Western New England advanced to the NCAA Division III postseason, but were edged in the opening round by Brockport by a score of 33-28 in the opening round. The Golden Eagles would conclude its “second season” one week later against Muhlenberg College.

Despite missing the national postseason, the Gulls did play one more game — Endicott competed in its second New England Bowl and defeat Dean College, which captured the ECFC. Quarterback Joe Kalosky highlighted his team’s final win by tossing four touchdowns, including two to Shea McManaway, who led the Gulls receiving core with six receptions for 120 yards.

Nichols and Husson secured a two-way tie for third place — the Bison scored six wins in 2019, matching their win total from 2016 when they competed in the New England Football Conference (NEFC).

Finally, UNE doubled its win total from 2018 with four victories while Curry ended its 2019 campaign winning one of its final three contests.

Early-Season Excitement from Salve Regina, Western New England: Like many New England teams, the Western New England football team is “excited” for its 2021 campaign — the Golden Bears will face some unique challenges in the opening weeks against Salisbury University and Springfield College.

“I could not be more excited for the 2021 season,” WNE coach Jason Lebeau said via the team’s schedule release last month.

That excitement to return to the field was echoed by Salve Regina coach Kevin Gilmartin, who recently joined us for a brand new Noontime Sports Podcast (listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Anchor, and Spotify).

“This whole season we’ve got ten games of teams that every game where we can go 0-10 or we could go 10-0, which is exciting, scary, and could put a couple of more gray hairs up there,” said Gilmartin.

Indeed, there is a great deal of excitement from both teams, as well as throughout the league as it does seem as if the CCC could be a real interesting conference to watch and follow this fall — maybe we’ll see Nichols, Husson or UNE challenge Endicott and Western New England for the top spot?

Husson announces its 2021 captains: The Golden Eagles recently announced their captains for the upcoming season.

And they are the following: Frank Curran (defensive line), Jake Cameron (offensive line), Tyler Halls (wide receiver), and Kaleb Caron (linebacker).

Halls will be one of many offensive players to watch on the Golden Eagles this fall — the Lisbon, Maine native recorded career-bests in 2019 in receptions (71), receiving yards (1,057), and touchdown receptions (10).

Curran ranked second on the defense behind Zach Connolly when it came to total tackles (60.0) while Caron finished third with 51.0 total stops. Both players tallied a team-high seven tackles for a loss.

Joey Mauriello’s final year with Salve Regina: The 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year will be one of many players to watch in the CCC — the Colts Neck, New Jersey native enjoyed a very impressive second season with the Seahawks, which saw him tally career-highs in rushing attempts (195), rushing yards (1,334), rushing yards per game (148.2), and rushing touchdowns (20).

I expected the senior tailback to be a focal part of the Seahawks’ offense this fall — fans of the Seahawks will have a chance to watch him and his teammates compete in the opening week on Friday, September 3 against Norwich University.

Early-Season Favorite(s): We’re still a few days and weeks away from the first week of the 2021 season, but my early-season favorite is Western New England based off their previous success.

However, I do think this might be the year that Paul McGonagle‘s Endicott Gulls capture the conference and make their first national postseason appearance since 2013. I have seen the Gulls a few times since McGonagle was named the head coach of the program ahead of the 2018 season and believe they have taken the steps to get closer to winning their first-ever CCC title.

A few others teams I expect to be in the mix: Husson, Nichols, and Salve Regina. I think all three squads will provide challenges for Endicott and Western New England this fall, and the same could be said for UNE.

Teams To Watch In 2017: Husson University Eagles

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Husson quarterback Cory Brandon and the Eagles will begin its ECFC title defense against Union College on Saturday, September 2nd. (PHOTO CREDIT: Husson University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Name: Husson University Eagles

Preseason Ranking: The Eagles checked-in third overall on our ‘Preseason Top 10’ poll, which was posted on Twitter on Monday, July 31st.

2016 Recap: 2016 was an exciting year for the Eagles, who captured the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown en route to a NCAA Division III first-round match-up against Western New England. Unfortunately, the team’s season concluded in Springfield, Massachusetts, but the loss certainly provided the unit with motivation heading into the off-season, as well as this year, too. Running back John Smith highlighted his team’s 2016 campaign, rushing for 1,822 yards and 17 touchdowns. Smith’s best game occurred in week two when he rushed for a season-high 280 yards and four scores in a 43-23 win over Dean College. In addition to Smith’s effort, the team received boosts from quarterback Cory Brandon, wide receivers Deon Wiggins and Kadeem Edge, and linebacker Ellis Throckmorton. Husson’s initial game of the season against Alfred University – the team that defeated WNE in the second round of the postseason – was an impressive showing by the Eagles. That game – a 35-28 setback – certainly proves this is a team on the rise, as well as a program to watch this season.

Key Losses: Deon Wiggins (Wide Receiver), Kadeem Edge (Wide Receiver), Ellis Throckmorton (Linebacker), Alonzo Connor (Linebacker), Rick Orio (Defensive Back), Logan Steward (Defensive Back), and Jeff Turcotte (D-Line).

Players to Watch: Cory Brandon (Quarterback), John Smith (Running Back), Obie Christmas (Running Back), DJ Allen (Tight End), Robenson Saintard (Slot), Frank Curran (D-Line) and Luke Washburn (D-Line).

2017 ScheduleCoach Gabby Price‘s squad will be tested from the start when they commence their ECFC title defense with a non-conference clash against Union College of the Liberty League next Saturday, September 2. Union may not be the team to beat in the Liberty League this fall, but there is a great deal of optimism surrounding the Dutchmen who will be led by running back Connor Kinzelmann and safety Jason Nelson. Both units – Union’s offense and defense – will provide unique challenges, but this is a game the Eagles certainly will be prepared for once camp concludes. And after a visit from the Dutchmen, Husson will embark on an important three-game road trip, beginning in Franklin, Massachusetts against Dean College – the newest member of the ECFC – followed by visits to Western New England and Endicott College. These four games will be critical for the Eagles’ success this fall – they certainly could go 3-1 during this four-game stretch, which would set them up for an interesting week five match-up against SUNY Maritime, which was picked to finish second in the conference this season. The match-up with the Privateers could be a de-facto championship game, but don’t overlook other match-ups later in the season against Castleton or Mount Ida.

Season Outlook: Husson returns 13 starters from last season, including seven student-athletes on defense. All seven student-athletes will be critical to continuing the unit’s success from a year ago – keep an eye on Luke Washburn and Tarik Smith up front, as well as Quan Soyini, Jake Dobos and Jean Gabriel in the secondary. This unit will certainly provide challenges to opposing offense, not just to its ECFC foes, but also its non-conference foes, too. Games against Endicott, WNE and Union will be fun to watch – it will be interesting to see how running back John Smith does against all three defensive units. The meetings against Endicott and WNE will be a preview for when Husson moves over to the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCF) conference in 2019. While the defense will certainly be a unit to watch, fans should not overlook an offense that will be headed by Smith and tailback Obie Christmas. The two backs combined for 23 touchdowns on the ground – the ground game will certainly open up the air attack for quarterback Cory Brandon, who concluded last season with 27 touchdowns, as well as 2,323 passing yards. Brandon will be targeting a few new wide-outs this season due to graduation losses to Deon Wiggins and Kadeem Edge, but Husson does return a few members from last season’s offense, including tight end DJ Allen and wide receiver Kyle Gaudet. Look for Gaudet to become one of Brandon’s go-to targets this fall. Husson’s first four games won’t be easy, but should set them up for success once conference play begins. Their game against SUNY Maritime will certainly be the game to watch.