Beginning today and every Friday going forward, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of our favorite memories of coverage, beginning with a trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts in October of 2012.
Our Flashback Friday visit date: October 24th, 2012
Who did we visit/cover: The MIT football team.
Previewing our visit: What prompted us to visit with the Engineers was an exciting Friday night victory over Salve Regina on October 19th, 2012.
Just six days after falling to Western New England by a score of 36-14, the Engineers regrouped and scored an exciting (and impressive) win over Salve Regina, which entered the contest riding a seven-game winning streak.
MIT, which was celebrating its ‘Senior Day’ on a rainy (and chilly) evening in Cambridge, outscored the hosts, 13-6, in the final session to secure their fourth win of the season.
Brad Goldsberry set-up the go-ahead (and game-winning) score with a 61-yard kick-off return which would be followed by a five-yard rushing touchdown a few plays later by Justin Wallace.
The Seahawks did have a chance to respond but their comeback hopes were dashed when MIT’s Jake Laux intercepted Steven Wilken‘s final throw of the contest.
MIT would take a knee on the ensuing possession before celebrating their biggest win of the 2012 season.
Revisiting MIT’s 2012 Season: The Engineers finished its 2012 campaign with five wins – it was the first time MIT had registered five victories in four years. Additionally, the win over the Seahawks seemed to provide the unit with some momentum that would help them win six games in 2013 and then 10 in 2014.
MIT’s 2014 season was certainly a magical one as the Engineers won their first-ever New England Football Conference (NEFC) crown while capturing the program’s initial NCAA victory, too.
Prior to their opening-round win over the Eagles of Husson University, Goldsberry, Wallace and other members of the 2012 team were featured on Fox Sports.
Welcome to a brand new week here at Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com), which will be highlighting some of our favorite games we have watched or covered, beginning with ten of our favorite games from the D3 Football world last fall.
Our list highlighted ten games from last season in no particular order – we hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane as much as we enjoyed producing it.
Share your thoughts on our list below or send us a tweet to either @NoontimeNation or @NoontimeSports.
Top 10 D3 Football Games from 2019
Joe Kalosky and the Endicott College Gulls began their 2019 season with an opening day win over Framingham State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)
The win – the team’s first since beating the Rams, 34-7, in 2012 – was highlighted by Joe Kalosky‘s five touchdown passes while the defense recorded four interceptions and one sack. Endicott’s Justin McEwen concluded the game with five receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
The opening day win over the Rams certainly provided the Gulls with momentum to finish its 2019 slate with nine wins. And those nine victories matched the 2012 squad, which also finished with an identical record of 9-2.
Framingham State outlasts UMass Dartmouth for a much-needed week five victory. The Corsairs entered their week five meeting with the Rams with a great deal of momentum – they had won four-straight contests leading up to the highly anticipated contest, including an impressive 48-41 win over Husson University.
UMD was certainly ready (and prepared) to go toe-to-toe with the Rams, who needed a second-half rally to beat the Corsairs, 39-33.
Framingham State overcame a 13-point differential at the break by outscoring the visitors, 26-7, thanks to Adam Wojenski, who concluded the game with five touchdown passes, along with 53 yards on 11 carries.
Jernigan, Maldjian leads Middlebury College past Wesleyan University: Both Middlebury and Wesleyan entered their mid-October meeting as the top two teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). And the winner – as both teams knew – would secure sole possession of first place heading into the final three weeks of the regular season.
Middlebury broke open a tie game early in the second quarter with a two-yard touchdown run by Alex Maldjian, which helped the Panthers push ahead for good. Maldjian concluded the marquee matchup with 95 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns while Will Jernigan completed 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns.
As for the Middlebury defense, the unit recorded four sacks for a loss of 27 yards, three pass break-ups, and one interception.
Hamilton College Stuns Amherst College with a last-second field goal. The last time the Continentals beat the Mammoths was more than two decades ago, but on Saturday, October 19th, 2019, the Blue and Gold scored an exciting 31-28 victory, thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Sam Thoreen as time expired. The win evened Hamilton’s mark at the time at 3-3 while Amherst fell to 4-2.
Thoreen finished the game with 11 points off three field goals and two extra points.
Keithen Shepard’s lone touchdown in overtime helped the Engineers of MIT beat the Engineers of WPI in overtime in November 2019. (
Mauck, Shepard lead MIT past WPI in overtime. In a must-win game for the MIT football team, the Engineers of Cambridge found a way to outlast WPI and keep their title hopes alive.
With less than 90 seconds remaining, Chris Mauck drove the Engineers into field goal range where Mark Wright drilled a 41-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.
In the extra session – well, the second additional session, to be exact – the Engineers again relied on Mauck, who connected with Keithen Shepard for a 23-yard game-winning touchdown that provided MIT with its first win over WPI since 1900.
The loss snapped an impressive seven-game winning streak by WPI, which included wins over RPI and Springfield College.
MIT would go onto win their second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title two weeks later against Springfield College.
Kingsley’s Fourth-Quarter Touchdown sends Anna Maria past Alfred State. Trailing Alfred State, 20-6, with 13:18 remaining in the fourth quarter, the AMCATs of Anna Maria needed to score two touchdowns as well as stop the Pioneers’ offense. And that is exactly what they did.
Kingsley concluded the game with 192 passing yards on 12 of 31 pass attempts while Tyshawn Anderson led all defenders with 24 total tackles, including 16 solo stops, three tackles for a loss of seven yards, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Terrell Watts threw for seven touchdowns while completing 18 of 29 passes for 260 yards. Errol Breaux led all receivers with eight catches for 125 yards and five touchdowns.
Two weeks after scoring an exciting four-point win over the Pioneers, the Bulldogs competed in their first-ever New England Bowl game against Endicott.
Fedorchak’s record day highlights Western New England’s win over Westfield State. In an early-season matchup against Westfield State, Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak established a pair of single-game records in the Golden Bears’ 56-35 win.
Fedorchak concluded the game with nine receptions for 319 yards and five touchdowns. He ended the opening frame by breaking the previous records for receiving yards (183) and touchdowns (three).
As a team, Western New England outgained Westfield State 701-354 while converting six of eight third-down attempts.
Quarterback Alec Coleman completed 22 of 27 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns. He also registered 43 yards on the ground and one score.
Bates College rolls past Bowdoin College in its first nighttime contest. The Bobcats halted a seven-game losing streak under the lights in early November with a commanding 30-5 win over Bowdoin College, thanks to a pair of touchdown receptions by Jackson Hayes. Quarterback Brendan Costa completed 9 of 17 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns while Tyler Bridge rushed for a game-high 188 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown.
As for the Bobcats’ defense, they concluded the contest with 56 total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception, and six pass break-ups. They also registered three quarterback hurries.
Michael Pina highlighted the win by scoring three touchdowns, including one through the air to Joshua Pierre-Charles, who also registered two rushing scores. Joe Cox recorded 12 stops in the win – Nichols would go onto finish its season with six wins, which is the most they had recorded since 2016.
Our Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) All-Decade Week continues with a brand new team: The Maine D3 Football Team from 2010-2019.
This was a fun walk down memory lane, highlighting a slew of student-athletes we covered and interviewed over the past ten years that earned a variety of end of season honors, including D3Football.com All-American honors to first or second-team nods to program record-holders to the final Gold Helmet Recipients from the New England Football Writers (NEFW). And as usual, we did our very best to highlight as many student-athletes from across The Pine Tree State.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Offense)
Cory Brandon (QB)
John Smith (RB)
Jim Bower (RB)
Maine Maritime Acad.
South Paris, Maine
Patrick Noone (WR)
North Attleboro, Mass.
Kyle Gaudet (WR)
Tyler Halls (WR)
Alex Young (OL)
Brad Weston (OL)
Nick Steele (OL)
Joe Smith (OL)
Dan Weamer (OL)
Maine Maritime Acad.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Defense)
Ryan Veillette (DE)
Ernest Wiggins (DT)
Wade Mondoux (LB)
Maine Maritime Academy
North Berwick, Maine
Myles Walker (LB)
Joey Cleary (LB)
Mark Upton (LB)
Elvin Suazo (LB)
Kevin Helm (LB)
Quan Soyini (CB)
Andrew Kukesh (DB)
Jean Gabriel (DB)
Lake Worth, Fla.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Special Teams)
Mary Kate O’Day and the Framingham State women’s basketball team will make their NCAA Tournament debut on Friday against Amherst College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)
By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation
We’re just one day away from the start of the 2020 NCAA D-III Women’s Basketball Tournament, which means its time to highlight a few things you need to know about this year’s postseason while also sharing some predictions, too.
Which New England teams will be competing in this year’s NCAA D-III Men’s Basketball Tournament?
This year, there are 12 teams from our region that will begin their respective quests toward Columbus, Ohio tomorrow, including two teams that will be host sites for both the first and second rounds.
Here are the teams that will be representing New England in the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament: Amherst College, Framingham State, Endicott College, Bowdoin College, Emmanuel College, Eastern Connecticut, Smith College, Husson University, New England College, Williams College, Western New England, and Tufts University.
What are the first-round matchups, times and locations?
Here is the schedule for tomorrow’s (Friday, March 6th) first-round schedule:
Tufts University vs. SUNY Poly, 5 p.m. (at Western New England)
Williams College vs. Albright College, 5 p.m. (at Ithaca College)
Eastern Connecticut vs. St. John Fisher, 5 p.m. (at Messiah College)
New York University vs. Emmanuel College, 5 p.m. (at Bowdoin College)
Smith College vs. DeSales University, 5:30 p.m. (at SUNY New Paltz)
SUNY Cortland at Western New England, 7 p.m.
New England College at Ithaca College, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at Bowdoin College, 7 p.m.
Endicott College at University of Scranton, 7 p.m.
Framingham State at Amherst College, 7 p.m.
Husson University at SUNY New Paltz, 7:30 p.m.
Which teams could advance to Saturday’s (March 7th) second round?
Amherst College: The Mammoths are the favorites in their pod as they should be able to top Framingham State tomorrow and then beat either Merchant Marine or Rowan University on Saturday. The Rams should provide some challenges for the Mammoths, so don’t expect Amherst to run away from Framingham State following the opening tip.
Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears could be the favorite on their side of the bracket – they should be able to beat Brooklyn, but could face some challenges against either Emmanuel or New York University. But I think the Polar Bear has what it takes to not just win two games this weekend, but perhaps advance to Ohio and possibly play Tufts in the national semifinals.
Smith College: The Pioneers enter the postseason with a great deal of momentum. They won three straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament games last week, including back-to-back contests against MIT and Springfield College. For the Pioneers to advance to the second round, they will need to slow down a Bulldogs squad that has won 14 consecutive contests. DeSales has four players on their roster that are averaging 10 points or more per contest so for Smith to prevail, they will need big games from Amelia Clairmont and Katelyn Pickunka.
Tufts University: The Jumbos are primed for a deep postseason run – they should be able to get past SUNY Poly, a team they beat earlier this season, and then either SUNY Cortland or Western New England on Saturday. The loss to Bowdoin in the 2020 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) can certainly be used as motivation for games this weekend, as well as future contests later this month.
Williams College: The Ephs should certainly be in the mix for a second-round contest on Saturday, but face a talented Lions squad that fell short of winning their respective conference tournament championship. For Williams to be successful, they will need to find ways to stop Albright’s Dejah Terrell, who is averaging 22.4 points and 3.1 blocks per game. Additionally, they will need to keep their eyes Gabby Boggs, who is averaging 9.4 points and 9.4 rebounds. Williams will need a big game from Maggie Meehan, who enters the postseason clash averaging 13.7 points.
What first-round match-up will I be watching?
SUNY Cortland vs. Western New England: The Golden Bears have not played a game since last month. But one can bet they have been preparing for Friday’ match-up with a Red Dragons squad that is 7-5 on the road this season. SUNY Cortland is making its first tournament appearance since 2010 and will be led by Beth Bonin, who is averaging 18.2 points per game. Western New England should be able to counter with their senior trio of Emily Farrell, Courtney Carlson, and Meghan Orbann.
The road to the NCAA D-III Championship is finally upon us, which means its time to highlight the local teams that will be competing this Friday, March 6th in the opening round of the men and women’s basketball tournaments.