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New Haven Picked To Win The NE10; Ranked 16th in the AFCA D-II Top 25

Connor Degenhardt and the University of New Haven football team will be a squad to watch this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clarus Studios

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s been a busy news day for the University of New Haven football team.

For starters, the Chargers were picked to finish atop the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) this fall after completing an undefeated season last November. New Haven won all eight of its league tilts before scoring an opening-round NCAA Division II postseason victory against Bentley University.

Seven of the eight NE10 coaches voted for New Haven to secure the top spot in today’s preseason poll while Assumption College collected one first-place vote in the second position.

Bentley, Pace University, and Saint Anselm College rounded out the top five, checking-in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

The eight-team poll concluded with Southern Connecticut State University (sixth), American International College (seventh), and Franklin Pierce University (eighth).

In addition to being named the preseason favorite in the NE10, New Haven was slotted 16th in today’s American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NCAA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 FCS Poll.

Bentley also received attention from the AFCA with the Falcons joining a slew of teams that are currently receiving votes.

New Haven will return some key members of last year’s squad, including quarterback Connor Degenhardt and wide receiver Dev Holmes. Khyon Fitzpatrick will be the player to watch on defense after leading the Blue and Gold with 68 tackles.

New Haven will kick off its 2022 slate with a visit to eighth-ranked Bowie State on Saturday, September 3. The Chargers currently lead the all-time series, 3-1.

Bentley, New Haven To Meet In Opening Round Of NCAA D2 Tournament

New Haven captured the NE10 crown earlier this month by beating Bentley. (PHOTO COURTESY: University of New Haven Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

University of New Haven’s football team beat Bentley University earlier this month, but can they do it again in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Division II Tournament?

The two Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) teams will square off for the second time in three weeks on Saturday, November 20 with the winner advancing to the second round to compete against Kutztown University.

All three teams appeared in the most recent Super Region One rankings, which were released last Monday, November 8.  

Bentley and UNH will enter their first-round postseason contest with an identical 9-1 overall record. The Falcons concluded the regular season with a 48-23 victory over Assumption College while the Chargers beat Franklin Pierce University by a score of 34-20.  

The Falcons, who previously captured the NE10 crown in 2019, have not competed in the NCAA Division II Tournament since 2004 when they lost to Edinboro University by a score of 47-43. One year earlier, Bentley made its first trip to the national postseason but saw their bid toward a national championship dashed in the opening round by Grand Valley State.

New Haven competed in the national tournament three years ago when they advanced to the second round after beating West Chester by a score of 35-28 (the Chargers’ postseason run concluded against Slippery Rock one week later).

The 2021 NCAA Division II Tournament features 28 teams with 12 first-round matchups. Four teams, including Kutztown, earned an opening-round bye.

Saturday’s kickoff between Bentley and New Haven is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Noontime’s Small College Football Roundup: Springfield Edges USMMA, 28-23

DJ Brown and the Springfield College football team outlasted the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) on Saturday to keep their conference title hopes alive. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Tim Callahan rushed for a team-high 137 yards and one score – his lone touchdown with 10:39 remaining in the third quarter proved to be the difference as Springfield College outlasted the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), 28-23, to secure the inside track to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title.

Springfield, which moves to 5-3 overall and 4-0 against league foes, snapped the Mariners’ seven-game winning streak that included some impressive conference victories against Catholic University and MIT, two teams the Pride will face next month.  

USMMA’s Ian Blankenship produced 313 yards of total offense, including 178 yards on the ground on 23 carries.

Springfield’s Patrick Ladas and David Wells combined for 148 yards and three rushing touchdowns while DJ Brown led the Pride’s defense with 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one fumble recovery.

The Pride will visit MIT next Saturday, November 6 – the Engineers will enter the game on a two-game winning streak, thanks to a 21-7 victory against Coast Guard Academy.

WPI snapped a six-game losing streak with a 28-2 victory over Norwich University for the team’s first conference win since November 16, 2019 (their last conference win was also against the Cadets).

Brendan Olexa completed 15 of 25 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns while Brandon Winn and Zachary Levy each located the end zone once while combining for 90 yards rushing.

UMass Dartmouth snapped a six-game losing streak to Bridgewater State with a 26-20 victory to become the first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) squad to win seven games this season.

Dante Aviles-Santos tossed four touchdowns in the win, including the go-head score with 13:58 remaining in the final stanza when he located Douglas Machado for an 18-yard strike.

Bridgewater State led UMass Dartmouth, 20-14, at the break, thanks to a 25-yard touchdown run by Adam Couch, who became the ninth halfback in program history to record 1,000 yards or more in a single-season.

Despite the loss, the Bears remain in contention for the conference crown, but need to win their final two contests, including next week’s matchup with Framingham State.

The Rams inched closer to securing the conference crown by defeating Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 23-14, in Buzzards Bay. Devaun Ford recorded two touchdowns in the win, including a 75-yard rushing touchdown with 8:55 remaining in the third quarter that provided the visitors with the lead for good.

Amherst College forced overtime and then beat Wesleyan University in the fourth extra session, 16-14, thanks Brad Breckenridge, who threw for 170 yards and one touchdown.

Breckenridge’s lone touchdown pass to PJ Clementi with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter sent the game to extra sessions where the Mammoths were able to convert a two-point conversion in the fourth overtime.

Wesleyan entered the ninth week of the season with a perfect record – the same could be said for Trinity College and Williams College. The Ephs rolled past the Bantams, 42-3, in Williamstown to secure the top spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with two weeks remaining in the regular season.  

Other outcomes to note from a very busy Saturday: Castleton University outlasted Anna Maria College, 38-31, Colby College beat Bates College, 10-2, and Plymouth State topped Westfield State, 17-7.  

Bentley University and the University of New Haven both scored important Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) wins this afternoon as the Falcons soared past Franklin Pierce University while the Chargers topped Assumption College, 16-10.

Both teams will meet next weekend in New Haven, Connecticut with the top spot in the NE10 up for grabs.  

Noontime’s New England D2 Top Five Poll (Aug. 30, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first week of the New England NCAA D-II college football season has officially arrived, which means it is time to unveil our first-ever Top Five Poll, which features teams from the Northeast-10 Conference. And speaking of the NE10, make sure to check out our New England D-II preseason team — there are quite a few Massachusetts and New England natives on our squad.

Best of luck to all teams competing, both later this week and weekend, and make sure to stop by for more New England college football content over the next few days.

Noontime’s New England D-II Top Five Poll (Week No. 1 | August 30, 2021)

  1. Univ. of New Haven (7-3, 6-2 in 2019): Picked to finish first in the preseason coaches poll, the Chargers, who begin their 2021 campaign at home against Franklin Pierce University on Saturday, will certainly be a team to watch in the conference this fall — keep your eyes on halfback Shamar Logan, who was one of two running backs named to our inagural preseason team, along with a defense that won’t make things easy on opposing offenses.

  2. Bentley University (6-4, 6-2 in 2019): The defending conference champions from 2019 will open their title defense against a West Chester University Rams squad that was picked to finish second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) preseason poll on Friday in Waltham. Quarterback Stephen Sturm returns for his final season with the Falcons — he was certainly a player to watch in 2019, recording career-bests in passing yards (2,221), touchdown passes (14), rushing yards (297), and rushing touchdowns (four).

  3. Stonehill College (6-4, 5-3 in 2019): Halfback Justin Felder is back — the Springfield Gardens, New York native garnered a slew of postseason honors in 2019, including the NE10’s MVP award, and will certainly provide some challenges for Bloomsburg University on Saturday.

  4. Assumption College (6-4, 5-3 in 2019): The Greyhounds offense was explosive in 2019, averaging 34.3 points per game, which was the most by any NE10 squad, along with 202.4 rushing yards. Assumption will be led by a few Massachusetts natives this fall, including defensive end Trenton Wright, who enjoyed his best season on defese.

  5. Saint Anselm College (4-7, 4-4 in 2019): Despite finishing with just four wins in 2019, the Hawks provided some serious challenges for some of the top teams in the league, including New Haven and Southern Connecticut State. The Hawks return some key pieces from their squad two years ago, including two members of the o-line — Michael Boucher and Brian Kosicki — that appeared on our preseason squad.

Noontime’s New England D-II Preseason Team

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re another day closer to the start of a brand new season of New England college football, which means it is time to share our first-ever NCAA Division II Preseason Team just two days after unveiling our Division I squad.

Without further ado, here is our first-ever New England Preseason D-I Team — offense, defense, and special teams — and as usual, please let us know your thoughts by engaging with us on social media!

Noontime’s New England Preseason Division II Offense

QB: Stephen Sturm (Bentley University) | Collegeville, Pa.

QB: Anton Stoneking (Stonehill College) | Clayton, N.C.

RB: Shamar Logan (University of New Haven) | Brooklyn, N.Y.

RB: Justin Felder (Stonehill College) | Springfield Gardens, N.Y.   

WR: Anthony Brown (Saint Anselm College) | Belton, Texas

WR: Izaiah Sanders (So. Connecticut State) | Stamford, Conn.

WR: Tyvarius Daniels (Franklin Pierce University) | Springfield, Mass.

WR: Samad Davila (American International College) | New Brunswick, N.J.

TE: Tighe Beck (Assumption College) | Wakefield, Mass.

OL: Mike Zecchin (University of New Haven) | Thiells, N.Y.

OL: Tim Leonard (Bentley University) | Rumson, N.J.

OL: Michael Boucher (Saint Anselm College) | Milford, N.H.

OL: Joe Bastante (Stonehill College)| Bloomingdale, N.J. 

OL: David Brown (American International College) | Vauxhall, N.J.

OL: Brian Kosicki (Saint Anselm College) | Franklin, Mass.


Noontime’s New England Preseason Division II Defense

DL: Affiz Din-Gabisi (University of New Haven) | Somerset, N.J.

DL: Cedric Dashiell II (Bentley University) | Buena Park, Calif.

DL: Nate Bresson (Stonehill College) | Torrington, Conn.

DL: Trenton Wright (Assumption College) | Natick, Mass.

DL: Isiah Tolbert (American International College) | Paterson, N.J.

LB: Khalim Cisse (University of New Haven) | Willingboro, N.J.

LB: Ryan Hodgins (University of New Haven) | Flanders, N.J.

LB: Damien Williams (Saint Anselm College) | Oxon, Md.

LB: Jaysen Thompson (American International College) | South Hackensack, N.J.

LB: Ishmael Johnson (Franklin Pierce University) | Lynn, Mass.

DB: Sam Athy (Stonehill College) | Holliston, Mass.

DB: Ryan Sullivan (Saint Anselm College) | Stoughton, Mass.

DB: Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre (So. Connecticut State) | Hamden, Conn.

DB: Shawn Tafe (University of New Haven) | Bronx, N.Y.

DB: Jailen Branch (Bentley University) | Randolph, Mass.


Noontime’s New England Preseason Division II Special Teamers

K: Patrick May (Assumption College) | Boylston, Mass.

K: Morgan Smith (Franklin Pierce University) | South Glens Falls, N.Y.

P: Rady Rojas-Portilla (American International College) | Cienfuegos, Cuba