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New England D3 Football: Week Four Poll (Monday, Sept. 23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another week of New England D-III football is in the books. And we had some exciting (and interesting) outcomes from this past weekend.

WPI became our new number one team following an impressive 31-12 win over Husson University, which entered the previous week as our ninth-ranked team in the region before falling to 18th this week.

The Engineers have outscored their opponents, 88-15, through three contests and will open conference play on Saturday, September 28th when they visit ninth-ranked Springfield College, which lost to Union College last Saturday.

Endicott College moved-up one spot after checking in third one week ago. The Gulls came close to beating Wesley College this past weekend but ended up losing 20-17. Despite the setback, the Gulls appear to be a team to watch in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) – they begin league play on Saturday when they host Becker College.

Western Connecticut and Norwich University moved-up following important conference wins, while MIT returned to the Top 10 with a victory last Friday over Becker.

UMass Dartmouth moved-up – they are now 3-0 – and University of New England joined our poll after defeating Castleton University.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 


New England D-III Football Preseason Top 20 Poll | Monday, September 23rd, 2019

1. WPI  3-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 2 
2. Endicott College  2-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3 
3. Amherst College 2-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4 
4. Western New England  2-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 1 
5. Trinity College  1-1, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Western Connecticut 3-0, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 8
7. Norwich University 3-0, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
8. Coast Guard Academy 2-1, 0-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
9. Springfield College  1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
10. MIT  1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 11
11. UMass Dartmouth 3-0, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 13
12. Framingham State  1-2, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 12
13. Middlebury College  2-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 15
14. Williams College  1-1, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 18 
15. Salve Regina Univ. 1-2, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 19
16. Plymouth State  3-0, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 16
17. Nichols College  2-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 17 
18. Husson University 0-2, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 9
19. Univ. of New Eng. 2-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week Not Ranked
20. Wesleyan University 2-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 20

On the Rise: Mass. Maritime Academy and Tufts University


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll


As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 

 

D3 Football: Coast Guard Academy Prepares To Contend For ‘The Mug’

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Coast Guard Academy senior Mark Wicke (32) is ready to lead the Bears into Saturday’s contest against Norwich University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

For Coast Guard Academy, Saturday’s meeting with Norwich University is not just a typical football game. It is a rivalry game that has been played 73 times with the Bears winning 40 meetings.

Coast Guard won last year’s meeting with the Cadets, thanks to a late three-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ryan Jones that provided the hosts with their second-straight win, as well as a third consecutive victory against Norwich dating back to 2005.

Both Coast Guard and Norwich enter Saturday’s must-see (and must-watch) clash with identical 2-0 records. Coast Guard has scored wins thus far over Nichols College (24-23 OT) and University of New England (27-17), while Norwich has beaten Salve Regina (22-19) and St. Lawrence University (30-24).

Norwich’s most recent win against the Saints last Saturday provided the Cadets with their first ‘Hoffman Cup,’ a trophy that St. Lawrence and Merchant Marine previously competed for when the two teams met regularly on the gridiron.

The winner of Saturday’s contest will remain in first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) – it’s possible Coast Guard Academy or Norwich could be tied for first with WPI, which looks to extend its current unbeaten streak against Husson University.

In anticipation of Saturday’s must-see (and must-watch) contest between two local rivalries, we caught up with the Coast Guard Academy captains, Scott Pierce, R.J. Robiskie, and Mark Wicke to learn more about this match-up, but also how they and the team are preparing to contend for ‘The Mug.’


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Coast Guard Academy senior R.J. Robiskie enters Saturday’s contest with 15.0 total tackles through two games, including 2.5 sacks for a loss of 14 yards. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

What makes this game/rivalry so special and unique from your perspective?  

Scott Pierce: “It’s the intensity of this game in particular that makes it unique. It’s always a packed stadium, everyone tends to play a little harder, and raising that mug up at the end makes it feel more special.”

R.J. Robiskie: “I think what makes this rivalry so great is that you are playing for something more than just football. You are playing for that mug and the alumni that came before you whom you would like to make proud and remember their good days when they battled Norwich.

“And of course, the fact that it was titled the ‘Little Army-Navy Game’ adds a little bit more hype to it, as well.”

Mark Wicke: “The longstanding traditions of each program paired with the excitement surrounding a game involving two service academies make this game special.”

What are a few memories you have from playing in this contest?  

Robiskie: “This will be my third time playing the Cadets. We are currently 2-0 against them (since I joined the Bears’ program), but my favorite memory was my sophomore year when we went up to Norwich and played on a day that was 95 degrees. It was an absolute dogfight.  My favorite play was when my roommate, Kane Alletzhauser, ran about 80 yards down the field and made a touchdown-saving tackle and then we went on to hold them to a field goal and beat Norwich 13-9.

Wicke: “My favorite memory from this game came two years ago when Kane Alletzhauser saved the game for us by stopping (one of their) wide receivers at the two-yard line. He chased the Norwich wide-out down the field.”

What is the build-up to this game like on campus? Do people talk about this game outside the practice field?  

Pierce: “I think this game is talked about more by (our) alumni rather than the current cadets only because the rivalry returned in 2017. This game brings out great stories from the past and it makes the game mean more.”

Robiskie: “The build-up at the academy is real. Our Admiral is excited for us to go up and compete and a lot of cadets understand the magnitude of this game while playing for that mug to come back to New London for the third year in a row.

Wicke: “There is a different energy that surrounds these rivalry games. We are excited to play in front of their crowd.”

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Coast Guard Academy senior Scott Pierce and the Bears offense have 25.5 points per game through two contests this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

When preparing for this contest, does it have a different feel than other weeks of the season? 

Pierce: “Definitely. Norwich is a great team and we know it’s going to (most likely) come down to the fourth quarter. To get your mind and body ready for that makes it more challenging than other weeks.”

Robiskie: “I think to prepare for this (opponent) is almost like preparing for Merchant Marine. You must completely buy into this week because this is no easy task in which we are about to face. We must bring our A-game if we want to win.

Wicke: “No, it is just another week of preparation. We do our best to approach this week as we would any other (week of the season).”

What must your team do to be successful to score a win on Saturday? 

Pierce: “I would say this game is going to come down to turnovers. It’s always a tight game and every possession matters. We also have stay composed and not let the crowd get to us.”

Robiskie: “We need to mentally and physically prepare (ourselves) and have one of the best weeks of practice we are going to have all year. Then the rest will fall into place.”

Wicke: “We have to correct the mistakes we made against UNE and Nichols. If we remain focused on playing our best football then winning will take care of itself.”

What do you imagine this year’s game day atmosphere to be like? Do you anticipate a big crowd?

Robiskie: “I imagine this year’s crowd and atmosphere will be like (my) sophomore year when we played them. I imagine it to be hostile and absolute chaos. It is their 200th anniversary so they will have alumni and a bunch of people (in attendance) but what can be better than playing football on a Saturday against your rival in a hostile environment and coming away with a win?”

Wicke: “I imagine the game day environment to be loud and packed- the type of atmosphere you’d expect for a game between two long-standing rivals.”

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Week Three)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to the third week of the New England Division III football season – are you ready for kick-off?

Before another busy weekend of games begins, it is time to dish out some picks – we need to improve our prediction record as we enter the third week 6-14 in weekly predictions.

Let’s see if we can go 10-for-10 this week – we have high hopes!

Have a great weekend, everyone, and remember to stay connected with @Noontime_FB on Twitter for in-game updates, scores and more.


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Three)

Rankings for teams are from this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20

No. 11 MIT at Becker College (Friday, Sept. 20th): The Engineers were idle last week but should be ready to combat the Hawks’ rushing attack on Friday evening. PREDICTION: MIT 17, Becker 10

No. 2 WPI at No. 9 Husson University (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Engineers gained some much-needed momentum heading into their final non-conference clash of the season with a hard-fought 6-3 win last week over RPI. PREDICTION: WPI 24, Husson 21 

Wesley College at No. 3 Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Gulls face their toughest test of the season on Saturday against a very talented Wesley squad, which needed overtime to beat Delaware Valley last Saturday. PREDICTION: Wesley 42, Endicott 23

Bowdoin College at No. 5 Trinity College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Can the Polar Bears pull the upset? Maybe, but we think the Bantams will find a way to score their first win of the season, but it certainly won’t be easy. PREDICTION: Trinity 32, Bowdoin 24  

No. 8 Western Connecticut at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 21st): This is a must-win for the Bears, who have lost back-to-back non-conference games. Western Connecticut will arrive at the campus with some momentum from a solid win one week ago against Dean College. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Bridgewater State 21 

No. 15 Middlebury College at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): This game was an instant classic one year ago – the Panthers edged the Bobcats, 35-34. Middlebury enters Saturday’s meeting with some momentum after beating Williams College last Saturday. Bates is seeking its first win under second-year coach Malik HallPREDICTION: Middlebury 20, Bates 13 

No. 7 Coast Guard Academy at No. 10 Norwich University (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Norwich quarterback Matt Dunn and the Cadets offense have been fun to watch this season. The air attack will be on display again Saturday in a battle of 2-0 squads, which should help the Cadets top Coast Guard Academy in the battle for ‘The Mug.’ PREDICTION: Norwich 28, Coast Guard 18

Fitchburg State at No. 13 UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Corsairs enter week three with a ton of momentum from the first two weeks. UMass Dartmouth’s offense has been explosive in their last two games and should continue its success through the air for the third-straight week. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 29, Fitchburg State 14 

Castleton Univesity at University of New England (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Brian Peters and the Nor’easters offense will be ready to combat a talented Spartans defense to secure their second win of the 2019 season. PREDICTION: UNE 28, Castleton 17 

No. 19 Salve Regina at Dean College (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Both teams are desperate to crack the win column, so this is what we would call a must-win for both Dean and Salve. The Seahawks have a slight edge entering this contest, but they must control the time of possession and find a way to slow down Dean’s dynamic duo, Julian Burris and Errol BreauxPREDICTION: Salve 20, Dean 16 

D3 Football: Team of the Week (Sept. 17th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the second 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 for the entire football season.


Offensive Team of the Week 

Julian Burris (Dean College): Against Western Connecticut, Burris led all receivers with nine catches for 158 yards. He averaged 17.6 yards per reception.

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman tuned in an impressive performance last Friday evening against Westfield State. The senior signal-caller completed 22 of 27 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns while adding 43 yards on eight carries (5.4 yards) and one score.

Ryan Deguire (Springfield College): Deguire helped the Pride score their first win of the season by capping an 18-play, 85-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown. Deguire concluded his team’s contest with a game and team-high 100 yards on 11 carries.

Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 34-of-49 pass attempts for 399 yards and two touchdowns as Norwich topped St. Lawrence University in Vermont.

Ollie Eberth (Amherst College): In his team’s season-opener against Bates College, Eberth accounted for 304 yards of total offense, including a team-high 68 rushing yards on 12 carries. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns.

Steven Fedorchak (Western New England): The junior wide receiver hauled in nine receptions for 319 yards and five touchdowns last Friday evening in Western New England’s big win over Westfield State.

Connor Fitzsimons (Fitchburg State): Fitzsimons helped the Falcons score their first win of the 2019 season by tossing the game-winning touchdown with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The Fitchburg signal-caller concluded his team’s two-point win over Castleton University with 23 of 37 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns.

Ryan Gaboury (University of New England): Gaboury led the University of New England receiving core with nine catches for 138 yards and one touchdown.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): For the second-straight week, Gacioch put up some impressive numbers as the Corsairs sailed past the Eagles in an instant thriller. The Corsairs’ signal-caller completed 26 of 42 passes for 512 yards and five touchdowns while adding 27 yards on 17 carries.

Tyler Halls (Husson University): Halls led the Eagles receiving core with 13 catches for 185 yards. He also caught one touchdown, too.

Aidan Hogan (Husson University): In his team’s first contest of the 2019 season, Hogan caught six passes for 105 yards and four touchdowns.

David James (Western Connecticut): James concluded last Saturday’s contest against Dean College with five touchdown passes, including four scores through the air. He completed 14 of 35 passes for 279 yards.

John Kenney (Endicott College): Kenney led the Gulls’ rushing attack with 191 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): The Panthers’ signal-caller racked-up 252 yards of total offense, including a game and team-high 82 yards one 21 carries and one touchdown. Jernigan completed 16 of 33 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown as Middlebury topped Williams College in its season-opener.

Nick Juvelier (Curry College): Against Franklin Pierce, Juvelier accounted for 299 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. He completed 30 of 48 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns while adding 20 yards on nine carries.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long enjoyed a successful start to his team’s 2019 campaign last Friday against Maritime (N.Y.). He rushed for 141 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns while adding 114 yards through the air (7 of 11 pass completions).

DJ Machado (UMass Dartmouth): Machado concluded last Saturday’s contest against Husson with six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

Randy Morgan (Becker College): Morgan rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries for one touchdown as the Hawks scored its second-straight win of the 2019 season.

David Morrison (Husson University): Against UMass Dartmouth, Morrison completed 22 of 40 passes for 339 yards and five touchdowns.

Michael Pina (Nichols College): Pina completed 29 of 43 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s week two setback to Coast Guard Academy. He threw three touchdowns to three different receivers.

Ashton Scott (Wesleyan University): Scott recorded 293 yards of total offense, including a team-high 76 yards on 13 carries. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win against Colby College.

Frank Stola (Williams College): Stola recorded a game-high six receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday in the Ephs’ season-opener against Middlebury.


Defensive Team of the Week

Luke Apuzzi (Williams College): Apuzzi turned in an impressive performance against Middlebury with 10 total tackles, including two forced fumbles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one sack for a loss of six yards.

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe posted 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops, three-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 15 yards and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one fumble recovery in the Buccaneers’ season-opening win last Friday against Maritime (N.Y.).

Javien Delgado (UMass Dartmouth): Against Husson University, Delgado tallied a team-high 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards.

Jack Fontana (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Maritime (N.Y.), Fontana tallied a team-high 16 total tackles, including nine solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 12 yards, and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards. Fontana also recorded one pass break-up in his team’s initial win of the 2019 season.

Pete Huggins (Middlebury College): Huggins led the Panthers’ defense last Saturday against Williams with 13 total tackles, including five tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

Carlos Riberio (Anna Maria College): Against Union College, Riberio led the AMCATs’ defense with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, along with one forced fumble and one pass break-up.

R.J. Robiskie (Coast Guard Academy): Robiskie led the Bears defense against Nichols College with 10 total tackles (two solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards). Additionally, Robiskie registered one pass break-up and one quarterback hurry.

Tim Russell (Endicott College): Against Rochester last Saturday, Russell recorded a team-high 13 total tackles. He concluded the contest with four solo stops and, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards and half a sack for a loss of four yards.

Matt Schiano (Amherst College): Against Bates College last Saturday, Schiano stuffed the stat sheet with seven total tackles, including four solo stops, two tackles for a loss of three yards, one sack for a loss of one yard, one pass break-up and one interception (eight-yard return).

Keegan Stanton-Meas (University of New England): Stanton-Meas led the Nor’easters’ defense last Saturday with 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops. He also registered half a tackle for a loss of one yard, one pass break-up, and one interception.

Terrell Thomas (Maine Maritime Academy): Against Plymouth State, Thomas led the Mariners’ defense with 14 total tackles, including 12 solo stops. He also added one quarterback hurry.


Special Teams of the Week

Connor Kennelly (Amherst College): Kennelly connected on a trio of extra points and two field goals for nine points last Saturday against Bates.

George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy): Lampros tallied seven points last Friday evening on four extra points and one field (23-yards).

Kieran Lombard (Western New England): Lombard connected on all eight extra points last Friday in Western New England’s second win of the season.

Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University): Against Colby, Von Jess recorded 12 points on three extra points and three field goals, while tallying 420 yards on seven kickoffs. Five of his seven kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade connected on a pair of field goals last Saturday, including a 26-yard boot, which helped WPI edge RPI, 6-3. Wade also recorded nine punts for 300 yards with three kicks landing inside the RPI 20-yard line. He also registered a trio of kickoffs for 170 yards with one touchback.

D3 Football: Zelos Athletics’ Players of the Week (Monday, Sept. 16th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the second week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our initial players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players 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


This season, Noontime Sports will select one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week.

The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season.


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Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak hauled in five touchdowns last Friday evening to help the Golden Bears beat Westfield State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

Offensive Player of the Week: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England | Wide Receiver | Guilderland, N.Y.): The third-year receiver for the Golden Bears turned in a record-breaking performance last Friday evening to help Western New England defeat Westfield State in the annual Presidents’ Cup Game.

Fedorchak established two new single-game program records with five touchdown receptions and 319 receiving yards.

Through two contests, Fedorchak has recorded 16 catches for 437 yards and six touchdowns. He is currently tied for first in NCAA Division III with Jacolby Maxwell (Aurora University) for touchdown receptions.


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Javien Delgado led the UMass Dartmouth defense last Saturday in a thrilling overtime win over Husson University. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

Defensive Player of the Week: Javien Delgado (UMass Dartmouth | Linebacker | Lynn, Mass.): Against Husson University, Delgado recorded a career and season-high 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards.

The nine solo stops and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss were both season-highs, too.

Through two contests, Delgado has tallied 19 total tackles, including 14 solo stops and five assists. He also has one sack for a loss of 11 yards, which occurred in week one against Alfred State.


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Wesleyan University’s Mason Von Jess enjoyed a successful collegiate debut with the Cardinals last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin)

Special Teamer of the Week: Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University |Kicker | Lakeville, Conn.): The first-year kicker enjoyed a successful collegiate debut with 12 points off three extra points and three field goals.

Von Jess recorded two first-half field goals of 38 and 39 yards before booting a 40-yarder early in the fourth quarter to provide the hosts with a 23-10 lead over Colby College. He would record his final point of the contest minutes later when Wesleyan recorded its final touchdown with 10:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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