New England Sends Four Teams to NCAA D3 Football Tournament

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Framingham State’s Joshua Smiley and the Rams are headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Four New England D3 football teams secured spots in the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament, which officially begins Saturday, November 17th with 16 opening round contests.

32 teams were selected to compete in this year’s tournament, including a trio of local teams (Framingham StateHusson University and Western New England) which captured their respective conference crown.

MIT, which also earned a spot in this year’s tournament, secured an at-large bid following an exciting 22-7 win yesterday over Springfield College to secure the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown (the NEWMAC title was the Engineers’ first in program history).

All four teams will hit the road this week with Framingham State visiting Brockport, Husson traveling to RPI, MIT heading to Johns Hopkins and Frostburg State entertaining Western New England. All four match-ups will commence at 12 p.m. eastern.

Both Husson and WNE advanced to the tournament last year, while Framingham State is making its first appearance in three seasons (the Rams last competed in the national postseason in 2015). MIT is making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history after making an impressive debut four years ago with an opening round win against Husson.

We’ll have more on all four match-ups later this week, but as always, stay connected with @Noontime_FB on Twitter for news, notes and more from the New England football world! 

Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week 12 (Nov. 11th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

THE TWELFTH WEEK OF THE NEW ENGLAND D3 FOOTBALL SEASON HAS ARRIVED, WHICH MEANS IT IS TIME TO UNVEIL OUR NEWEST TOP 10 POLL OF THE SEASON, AS WELL AS OUR ‘TEAMS ARE ON THE RISE.’

MIT moved into the top spot this week with a convincing win on Saturday against Springfield College to claim the program’s conference crown. The Engineers, who moved to 9-1 overall, have positioned themselves for a NCAA Tournament berth.

Trinity College, which checked-in second overall, secured the seconds position by clinching their third-straight conference title, while Framingham State moved-up with a conference title victory, as well.

Amherst College and Western New England rounded out the top five with important week 11 victories, while Coast Guard Academy and Husson University each moved-up this week.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 


New England D3 Football: Week 12 Poll| Sunday, November 11th, 2018 

1. MIT 

9-1 (6-1) | NEWMACLast Week: No. 2

2. Trinity College

8-1 (8-1) | NESCACLast Week: No. 1
3. Framingham State 8-2 (7-1) | MASCACLast Week: No. 4
4. Amherst College 8-1 (8-1) | NESCACLast Week: No. 5
5. Western New England 8-2 (5-1) | CCCLast Week: No. 7
6. Endicott College 8-2 (5-1) | CCCLast Week: No. 3
7. Husson University 8-2 (6-0) | ECFCLast Week: No. 9
8. Coast Guard Academy7-3 (5-2) | NEWMACLast Week: No. 10
9. Tufts University 7-2 (7-2) | NESCACLast Week: NR
10. Springfield College7-3 (5-2) | NEWMACLast Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Bridgewater State (7-3, 6-2), Salve Regina (6-3, 5-1) and WPI (6-4, 4-3)


2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week 11 (Nov. 10th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The eleventh week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week 11, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week 10): We went 4-6 last week, which wasn’t our finest performance, but hopefully we can rebound this week!

Season Predictions Records: 69-31 (looking to finish strong!).

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


Husson University at Plymouth State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): The Eagles are headed back to the NCAA Tournament next week, but cannot overlook this week’s opponent, which should provide the Green and Gold with some challenges on both sides of the ball. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Plymouth State 18 

Mass. Maritime Academy at Bridgewater State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Anyone smell cranberries? We do! The 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl is set to kickoff tomorrow with the Bears looking to cap their season on a high note. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, Mass. Maritime 14 

Framingham State at Worcester State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Rams would send the Black and Gold back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three seasons. PREDICTION: Framingham State 24, Worcester State 14 

Coast Guard Academy at Merchant Marine (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Merchant Marine currently leads the all-time series, 32-14, but needs a win against the Bears to keep their postseason hopes alive. They should find a way to get past the Bears on ESPN3. PREDICTION: USMMA 22, Coast Guard 13 

Springfield College at MIT (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Springfield enters this week’s contest with some serious momentum following an exciting ‘Senior Day’ win last Saturday over Maine Maritime. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, MIT 14 

Williams College at Amherst College (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Its a bounce-back week for the Mammoths, who will look to cap their season with a rivalry win over Williams on their home turf. PREDICTION: Amherst 27, Williams 14 

Trinity College at Wesleyan University (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Bantams would provide the Blue and Gold with their third-straight conference crown. PREDICTION: Trinity 28, Wesleyan 16 

Anna Maria at Dean College (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Dean needs one more win to cap its second season as a NCAA Division III member with a .500 record. A victory over the AMCATs should certainly provide a boost for the young program heading into the offseason. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Anna Maria 10 

Salve Regina at Endicott College (Nov. 10th at 1 p.m.): The Gulls rallied to score an exciting win last week over Western New England, but now needs to beat Salve Regina for a chance to compete in the NCAA Tournament. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Salve Regina 17 

Bowdoin College at Colby College (Nov. 10th at 1 p.m.): A CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) trophy is on the line this week as both teams beat Bates College earlier this season to set-up a de-facto championship game. Bowdoin won the CBB in 2010, while Colby last celebrated a three-letter victory in 2005. PREDICTION: Colby 24, Bowdoin 14

Noontime Sports Stars Of The Week (Week Ten) Powered By Zelos Athletics

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week ten!


Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars 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! 


Our weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


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Joe Kalosky tossed five touchdowns in Endicott College’s come-from-behind win over Western New England last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10/Endicott College Athletics)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Michael Bianco (Becker College): Bianco helped Becker College earn its first win of the season over University of New England by tallying 190 yards of total offense, including 180 on the ground and one score. Bianco averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Last Saturday marked the first time Bianco was spotted at halfback (he has normally been seen over the years on defense).

Cory Brandon (Husson University): Brandon shined in his team’s final home game of the season by completing 15 of 21 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles soared past Gallaudet University.

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Despite being on the losing end, Coleman turned in an impressive performance against Endicott College with 321 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (three on the ground). Coleman ended the game 22 of 39 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown.

Christian Cole (Endicott College): Cole concluded last Saturday’s epic win over Western New England with eight catches for 147 yards (18.4 yards per catch) and two scores.

Max Chipouras (Trinity College): Against Amherst College, Chipouras rushed for a game-high 203 yards on 24 carries (8.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Gacioch tallied 395 yards of total offense, including 368 passing yards. He completed 28 of 48 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns.

Kyle Gaudet (Husson University): Gaudet hauled in a game-high seven grabs for 249 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Gallaudet University.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Hamilton College, Jernigan tallied 278 yards of total offense, including 246 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Against WPI, Jones scored three touchdowns, including two through the air, while completing 30 of 37 passes for 251 yards.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky enjoyed a very successful day against Western New England with five passing touchdowns and 409 yards of total offense. He completed 27 of 52 passes for 321 yards, while adding a team-high 88 yards on eight carries (11.0 yards per carry).

Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald appeared unstoppable against Colby College this past weekend, tallying 274 total yards of offense, including 223 passing yards (19 of 23) and two touchdowns. He led the Jumbos’ rushing attack with 51 yards on 12 carries and two scores.

Nick Santavicca (Bridgewater State): Santavicca recorded a game-high 173 yards on 21 carries for an average of 8.2 yards per carry, while reaching the end zone once during his team’s 32-13 win over Worcester State.

Riley Shanley (Endicott College): Shanley matched Christian Cole with eight grabs, but finished last Saturday’s tilt against Western New England with 106 yards and two touchdowns.


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Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio (No. 94) powered the Pride’s defense against Maine Maritime Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Defensive Stars of the Week

Gene Baisden (Dean College): Against Castleton University, Baisden registered six solo stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss of 21 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards as the Bulldogs scored an exciting 19-17 win.

Sam Casey (WPI): Against Coast Guard Academy, Casey recorded 13 total tackles, including a game-high 10 total tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards and one interception for a 32 yard return.

James Christiano (Trinity College): In a huge win over Amherst College, Christiano registered six total tackles, including four solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 25 yards, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards and one forced fumble.

Jackson Eighmy (Wesleyan University): Against Williams College, Eighmy tallied five tackles for a loss of 31 yards and three sacks for a loss of 25 yards as the Cardinals scored a Little Three win on the road.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield College): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Giorgio recorded five solo stops (and total tackles), including four tackles for a loss of 15 yards, two sacks for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Kurtis Jolicoeur (Western New England): Against Endicott College, Jolicoeur matched Joshua Salem with a game-high 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, while adding four tackles for a loss of seven yards, one forced fumble and two blocks.

Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenny paced the Falcons defense against Plymouth State with 11 total tackles, including seven solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and three sacks for a loss of seven yards.

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against UMass Dartmouth, McCabe stuffed the stat sheet with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, five tackles for a loss of 18, one-and-a-half sacks for five yards and one forced fumble.

Chris Rice (Castleton University.): Rice recorded a game-high 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one pass break-up against Dean College.

Franny Rose (Bowdoin College): Against Bates College, Rose registered a game-high 12 total tackles, including eight solo tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 13 yards, one sack for a loss of eight yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Joshua Smiley (Framingham State): Against Western Connecticut, Smiley recorded seven total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 26 yards, two sacks for a loss of 16 yards and two forced fumbles.

Tarik Smith (Husson University): Smith turned in an impressive performance against Gallaudet University by tallying five total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 10 yards, two solo stops, two quarterback hurries and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards.

Elvin Suazo (Husson University): Against Gallaudet University, Suazo recorded a game-high nine total tackles, including seven solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards.


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Andrew Verre was just one of many players that shined for the Salve Regina Seahawks last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)

Special Team Stars of the Week

Michael Chen (Bowdoin College): Chen was a perfect five-for-five against Bates College, including one-for-one on field goals (31 yard boot). He also recorded four punts for 165 yards (41.3 yards per boot) with one kick landing inside the Bates’ 20-yard line.

Mac Kimball (Becker College): Kimball connected on five of six kicks (all four extra points), including a 32 yard field goal in his team’s first win of the season against University of New England.

Andrew Verre (Salve Regina): Against Nichols College, Verre tallied 11 points on a pair of field goals, including a 36 yard boot, along with five extra points.


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Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week 11 (Nov. 4th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

THE ELEVENTH WEEK OF THE NEW ENGLAND D3 FOOTBALL SEASON HAS ARRIVED, WHICH MEANS IT IS TIME TO UNVEIL OUR NEWEST TOP 10 POLL OF THE SEASON, AS WELL AS OUR ‘TEAMS ARE ON THE RISE.’

With an important win over fifth-ranked Amherst College on Saturday, Trinity College jumped two spots to the top position of our New England D3 Top 10 Poll heading into the final week of the regular season. The Bantams can capture their conference’s crown for the third-straight season with a win this Saturday against Wesleyan University.

MIT bounced back following its initial setback of the season with a much-needed 20-0 win over Norwich University to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. A win over Springfield College could help their chances, but a lot also hinges out the outcome of Coast Guard AcademyMerchant Marine.

Endicott College scored an exciting win over Western New England to move up two spots, while Framingham State jumped four positions to the fourth spot. Both teams are still in contention for NCAA Tournament bids.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 


New England D3 Football: Week 11 Poll| Sunday, November 4th, 2018 

1. Trinity College 

7-1 (7-1) | Last Week: No. 3Week 11: Wesleyan

2. MIT

8-1 (5-1) | Last Week: No. 6Week 11: Springfield
3. Endicott College 7-2 (5-0) | Last Week: No. 5Week 11: Salve Regina
4. Framingham State 7-2 (6-1) | Last Week: No. 8Week 11: Worcester St.
5. Amherst College 7-1 (7-1) | Last Week: No. 1Week 11: Williams
6. Western Conn.  8-1 (6-1) | Last Week: No.  2Week 11: Westfield St.
7. Western New England 7-2 (4-1) | Last Week: No. 4Week 11: Becker
8. Springfield College 7-2 (5-1) | Last Week: No. 7Week 11: MIT
9. Husson Univ. 7-2 (6-0) | Last Week: No. 9Week 11: Plymouth St.
10. Coast Guard Acad. 6-3 (4-2) | Last Week: NRWeek 11: USMMA

ON THE RISE: Bridgewater State (6-3, 5-2) and Tufts University (6-2, 6-2) 


2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll | Week Three Poll | Week Four Poll | Week Five | Week Six | Week Seven | Week Eight | Week Nine | Week Ten 


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