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Noontime’s Teams To Watch In NCAA D-III Region 1

MIT will be one of a few teams to watch in the NEWMAC this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

A brand new season of NCAA Division III football is quickly approaching. And we’re excited about the upcoming season. Are you?

As a part of our early preseason coverage, we will be producing a list of 10 to 12 teams we will be watching this fall in regions one and two — yes, the NCAA has divided 239 teams into six regions for the upcoming season compared to previous years, which saw programs listed in the North, South, East, and West. These changes were highlighted on D3Football.com earlier this month.

So, without further ado, let’s begin our early preseason watch with our teams to watch in Region 1 this fall!

Delaware Valley: As noted last week on our podcast — well, we need to give some credit to James Baker of In The D3FB Huddle — the Aggies will most likely be the top team this fall in this particular region. DelVal did not play last fall or earlier this spring, but posted an 11-2 record in 2019, which included eight conference wins in Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). The Aggies will begin their 2021 campaign at Kean University on Friday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Endicott College: The Gulls improved from 2018 to 2019. And despite not appearing on the gridiron last fall, it is expected the trend will continue this season when coach Paul McGonagle leads the Blue and Green onto the field on Saturday, September 4 against St. Lawrence University.

Framingham State University: Aynsley Rosenbaum will make his head coaching debut on Labor Day Weekend — Saturday, September 4 at 12 p.m., to be exact — when the Rams welcome Brockport to Bowditch Field. Rosenbaum spent 12 seasons with the Black and Gold as the offensive coordinator, and has helped the Rams win nine conference championships.

Merchant Marine: The Mariners competed one last fall — they defeated their rival Coast Guard Academy in the Secretaries Cup. Quarterback Ian Blankenship highlighted his team’s lone win of the 2020 season and will certainly be a player to watch this fall.

Middlebury College: In 2019, the Panthers were perfect, winning all nine New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchups to become just the fourth team in league history to record an undefeated season.

Misericordia University: First-year coach John Davis and the Cougars will be a team you certainly will want to keep your eyes on this fall — Davis arrives in Dallas, Pennsylvania after three successful seasons with The Apprentice School in Newport News, Virginia. Under Davis, the Builders posted back-to-back winning seasons in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, Davis and the Builders beat Oakland University in the NCFA National Championship.

MIT: The Engineers have averaged 7.66 wins in their last three seasons — they have also represented the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. MIT’s previous success should continue this fall, but like previous years, they will face some challenges against two local conference foes: Springfield College and WPI.

Stevenson University: Similar to the Aggies, the Mustangs will also be a team to watch in this particular region — they open their season against Johns Hopkins, which finished its 2019 campaign with an 8-3 record, including a 6-3 mark in the Centennial Conference (CC). Their matchup with the Blue Jays will be followed by two VERY iroad trips at RPI and Delaware Valley.

Trinity College: Look for the Bantams to bounce back this fall after posting a 5-4 record in 2019. Prior to their five-win season, the Bantams produced three eight-win seasons, including a perfect 8-0 mark in 2016.

UMass Dartmouth: Quarterback Stephen Gacioch is back to quarterback the Corsairs for one more season — in 2019, he led the Blue and Gold to a 7-3 season. UMass Dartmouth last recorded seven wins in 2004 when they were a member of the New England Football Conference (NEFC).

Western New England: The Golden Bears have won eight games or more since 2014, and will once again be one of a few teams to watch in New England this fall. And like most teams, they did graduate some talent on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Alec Coleman, but expect Jason Lebeau‘s squad to be ready come week one when they host Springfield College on Saturday, September 4 at 1 p.m.

Wilkes University: Coach Jonathan Drach and the Colonels enjoyed a successful 2019 season, which saw the team post eight wins for the first time since finishing 8-3 in 2005. Despite losing to Susquehanna University in the Centennial/MAC Bowl, the Colonels should be able to continue to their momentum this fall when they kickoff their season at Schmidt Stadium against Keystone College on Saturday, September 4 at 1 p.m.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, February 4, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to Thursday, everyone – we decided to post our Daily Noontime a bit earlier than yesterday, which we hope will bring a smile to your face (and a sense of relief, too – fingers crossed!).

Let’s get after it and make today a great day – isn’t every day awesome? – by sharing some news and links from the sports world.


Enjoy a brand new podcast – today, we welcomed John Avino, who is a Massachusetts based sports broadcaster that is currently announcing games at Boston University, Holy Cross, and Northeastern University.

Listen to today’s show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor – you can visit our Anchor page to also find out where our show is being distributed (and shared!).


Let’s begin with some big news from the NCAA world as the Division III winter championships were canceled for the second-straight year.

As noted on Twitter yesterday – well, more last night, to be exact! – it appears the main reason D-III championships were canceled was due to “low participation numbers.” Spring championships at the D-III level have not been canceled – the hope, according to last night’s release is for teams that compete at the end of the academic year to have a chance to compete for a national championship.

And since we love Twitter, make sure to watch the latest video from our friends at In The (D3FB) HuddleFrank Rossi shares his thoughts on why he believes championships should occur, despite not many teams (or schools) competing this winter.

Speaking of D-III football, the spring season – yes, a spring season! – is set to begin this weekend. And you can find out who is playing by visiting D3Football.com’s scoreboard … now!

In addition to D-III football being played this spring – again, that sounds crazy, right? – there will also be some NCAA D-I Football Championship (FCS) games taking place, beginning next Saturday, February 13 when McNeese State visits Tarleton State for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

And just a quick program note, we will be covering spring football, both here in New England (and the northeast) and around the country, so make sure to stop by over the next few weeks and months for future blog posts. And we’re excited to cover spring football, which again seems strange, but that’s just our “two-cents.”

Let’s switch gears to some quick-hitters:

Finally, Noontime Sports is celebrating Black History Month by producing one post a day on the men and women that have and continue to impact the sports world. Yesterday, we highlighted Bobby Marshall, who was one of the first Africa American’s to play professional football.

D3 Football Spring Games Will Begin In February

By Matt Noonan

Get ready for some NCAA D-III football games this spring.

Bluffton University’s football team will compete a few times this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bluffton University Athletics)

As confirmed yesterday by our friends James Baker and Frank Rossi of In The (D3FB) Huddle, there will be some teams competing this spring – in fact, two games are currently slated to occur next month on Saturday, February 27, according to D3Football.com‘s scoreboard.

Bluffton University, which competed last October against Adrian College, is scheduled to compete in its first spring contest against Rose-Hulman while Mount Saint Joseph University will visit Manchester University. Both contests are scheduled to kickoff at 1:30 p.m. eastern.

Similar to Bluffton, Manchester also competed last fall – the Spartans dropped both contests to Trine University and Adrian College.

More games are expected to occur once the calendar flips from February to March, including the “Bronze Ball Game” between Manchester and Anderson University, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. eastern. The Spartans captured the previous meeting in 2019 by a score of 70-54, thanks to eight rushing touchdowns by Donovan Henderson, Jr.

VIDEO: WNE’s Anthony Service Joins In The (D3FB) Huddle

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

After leading his team to victory last Saturday, while also shattering the Western New England football program’s record for touchdown passes, senior quarterback Anthony Service joined In the (D3FB) Huddle to discuss the Golden Bears’ season thus far, while also providing some insight on this weekend’s marquee match-up against Salve Regina.

Stay connected with In the (D3FB) Huddle on Facebook and Twitter throughout the remainder of the NCAA Division III Football season. Also, make sure to follow co-host Frank Rossi on Twitter (@FrankRossi).

D3 Football Notebook: Husson-SUNY Maritime, A Game To Watch On Saturday

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Husson’s John Smith recorded a career and season-best 301 yards on Saturday against Endicott College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Monty Rand Photography/Husson University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan) 

Following an impressive performance from a week ago against Endicott College, Husson Univeristy senior John Smith and the Eagles will look to continue that momentum this Saturday, October 7th when they host SUNY Maritime in an important Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) clash.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. – fans can follow the game with live stats, as well as through the webcast, too.

Smith, who tallied a career and season-best 301 yards against the Gulls, joined our friends at In The (D3FB) Huddle earlier this week to discuss his performance against the Gulls, but also this Saturday’s conference clash (as seen below!).

Make sure to follow In the (D3FB) Huddle on Twitter at @D3FBHuddle for updates, news and scores on both New England and Northeast D3 Football. 

Last season, Smith recorded his 11th-straight 100 yard game as the Eagles soared passed the Privateers, 33-12. Smith registered a pair of touchdowns, while the defense limited SUNY Maritime to 230 yards of total offense, including 29 net yards rushing.

Both teams enter the contest 1-0 in league play – Husson defeated Dean College earlier this season, while SUNY Maritime topped Alfred State last weekend.

Inside the Numbers (SUNY Maritime vs. Husson): Saturday’s conference clash between the Eagles and Privateers will feature two of the top ECFC quarterbacks. SUNY Maritime’s junior quarterback Thomas Wright ranks first in the conference in passing yards per game (282.8), while Husson’s junior signal-caller Cory Brandon is fourth (129.5). Wright leads all ECFC quarterbacks with eight touchdowns, while Brandon is tied for third (four TD’s) with Anna Maria College first-year Jayson Wallace.

Smith is currently the conference’s leading rusher when it comes to yards per game (183.0) – he has currently tallied 732 yards on 129 carries, while rushing for eight scores.

SUNY Maritime junior Brandonn Drumgole leads the ECFC in touchdown receptions (five) and yards per game (114.5), while classmate Curtis Smith is second in receiving yards per game (63.8).

Brandon has targeted three different receivers this season for touchdowns, including senior tight end DJ Allen, who leads the Eagles with two touchdown receptions. Allen is second on the team in receptions (10) – he has accumulated 60 yards through four games – while first-year Kyree Calli leads the unit with 14 receptions for 218 yards.

One of the players to watch in this game will be SUNY Maritime senior kicker Matthew Murphy, who has converted six of seven field goals this season, including a 48-yard boot. Murphy has also been clutch on extra points, connecting on all 22 attempts.

Finally, Husson’s defense has yielded the fewest points to opponents this season (11.8), while SUNY Maritime has surrendered 20.5 points per game.

Framingham State-Fitchburg State to meet on Friday: If you’re looking for some ‘Friday Night Lights’ tomorrow – and are nearby Fitchburg, Massachusetts – then consider stopping by for this one as the Falcons host Framingham State in an important Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tilt.

Framingham State, which was idle last weekend, has won four-straight games this season, including a 19-13 win over Bridgewater State two weeks ago. The win over the Bears has provided the Rams with an inside track to the conference crown.

Fitchburg State enters tomorrow’s contest winners of two-straight – they recently beat Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 24-17, but also Bridgewater State, 31-29. Sophomore Nelson Valerio highlighted his team’s win over the Buccaneers with a touchdown pass, as well as 193 passing yards. Valerio will certainly be a player to watch in this contest.

Last season, the Rams scored a 14-0 victory, thanks to its defense, which recorded seven sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Framingham State also pounced on a pair of fumbles, while recording two interceptions.

Amherst-Middlebury, the Game to Watch this week in the NESCAC: Both Amherst and Middlebury have been rather impressive this season, combining for six wins.

However, come Saturday, one team will improve to 4-0, while the other will fall to 3-1.

Amherst concluded last week’s tilt against Bowdoin College with 464 yards of total offense, including 210 yards on the ground. Junior tailback Jack Hickey led the Mammoth’s rushing attack by recording 118 yards on 13 carries, while rushing for one score. Sophomore Biafra Okoronkwo recorded a season-best 41 yards on five carries, including a burst of 16-yards.

Sophomore James O’Regan recorded a career-best 136 receiving yards on six catches – he also scored a touchdown. Classmate Justin Berry hauled in his initial collegiate catch for 20 yards, which was followed by a 23-yard touchdown run by sophomore Ollie Eberth.

In addition to the Mammoth’s offense, the defense was impressive, tallying eight tackles for a loss of 59 yards, while also accounting for five sacks.

As for Middlebury, the player to watch will be senior quarterback Jared Lebowitz, who completed 28 of 52 yards for 389 yards and three touchdowns. Lebowitz and the Panthers’ offense is currently fifth in NCAA Division III 368.7 yards of offense per game.

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