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Noontime’s Teams To Watch in NCAA D-III Region 2

Michael Hnatkowsky and the Muhlenberg College football team will be a team to watch this fall in NCAA Division III Region 2. (PHOTO COURTESY: Muhlenberg College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Our early preseason college football coverage continues by highlighting 10 teams we will be watching this fall in the NCAA Division III’s second region.

Yesterday — Tuesday, July 20, to be exact — we highlighted the first region, which included teams in our backyard here in New England, along with a few squads in Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

Alright, without further ado, let’s share our list (below) with teams from Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Brockport: Since 2016, Jason Mangone and the Golden Eagles have tallied seven wins or more — they posted a 13-1 record in 2017 and advanced to the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III postseason after edging Western New England, 33-28. Brockport did graduate some key pieces from its 2019 squad, including linebacker Alex West, but should certainly be a team to watch in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference.

Cortland: It’s hard to rule out the Red Dragons on a yearly basis, which have averaged 7.2 wins since 2015. They produced an eight-win season in 2019 but ended with a setback in the New York Bowl to Hobart. The two teams are not scheduled to compete in the regular season, but could perhaps see each other later this year in the postseason.

Franklin & Marshall: The Diplomats have produced seven wins or more since 2016, as well as finished atop the Centennial Conference (CC) in 2017 with a 10-1 overall record. They will look to continue their momentum two years after posting a 7-4 mark in 2019, which was capped by a bowl victory against Misericordia University.

Hobart: After posting a 5-4 record in 2018, the Statesmen bounced back with a nine-win season in 2019, which was capped with a New York Bowl victory. One should expect the Purple and Orange to continue their momentum from two years ago when they commence their 2021 campaign at Alfred University on Friday, September 3 at 7 p.m.

Ithaca College: The Bombers have produced a trio of eight-win seasons in 2017, 2018, and 2019, and will look to continue that momentum this fall when they commence their 2021 campaign against Bridgewater State on Saturday, September 4 at 1 p.m. 2019 was a special season for the Blue and White as they not only won the 60th Cortaca Jug Game against Cortland at MetLife Stadium, but saw Will Gladney become the program’s all-time leading receiver in receptions, yards, and touchdowns.

Johns Hopkins: The Blue Jays capped their 2019 campaign with a 51-28 Centennial-MAC Bowl game victory over Stevenson University — quarterback David Tammaro highlighted the win by completing 22 of 33 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a career-high 101 yards on 11 carries and concluded his career as the program’s record holder in total offense (11,369 yards), touchdown passes (85), 200-yard passing games (34), and 300-yard passing games (13). He also recorded three 400-yard passing games, too — crazy, right? — but this season, fans of the Blue Jays will see someone different under center, but expect the program’s recent success to continue.

Muhlenberg College: Quarterback Michael Hnatkowsky will be spotted under center this fall — the Philadelphia Pennsylvania native, who was named the Centennial Conference (CC) offensive player in the year in 2019, will look to continue his previous success after an impressive third season with the Mules that saw him record career-bests in completions (270), touchdown passes (46), passing yards (3,640), and efficiency (175.81).

Salisbury University: The Sea Gulls competed twice this year, beating Christopher Newport and Wesley College in back-to-back contests in March to gain some momentum heading into their 2021 season-opener at Albright College on Friday, September 3 at 6 p.m. Quarterback Jack Lanham accounted for three touchdowns in both spring games, including a pair of rushing scores, and will once again be a player to watch this fall after being named the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) co-offensive player of the year with Ruhann Peele of Wesley.

Susquehanna University: The River Hawks concluded their 2019 campaign by capturing their third consecutive Centennial-MAC Bowl with a 88-24 win over Wilkes University. Susquehanna was one of two teams in the Centennial Conference to post 10 wins or more in 2019, and will once again be in the hunt for a league title as quarterback Michael Ruisch returns after finishing third in the conference in passing yards per game (215.9). Halfback Da’Avian Ellington is also back this season — the New Jersey native led all CC rushers with 112.3 yards per game in 2019.

Union College: 2019 was a very successful season for Jeff Behrman‘s Dutchmen — the sixth-year head coach guided the Maroon and White to an 11-1 season, which included a 33-0 shutout against RPI in their regular-season finale. Despite not playing last season, Union will once again be a team to watch this fall in the Liberty League (LL) as quarterback William Bellamy returns for his final season — he will be joined by a slew of other key pieces from the 2019 squad, including halfbacks Ike Irabor, who played locally at Xaverian Brothers High School, and Joseph Ferreira, a Rocky Hill, Connecticut native that rushed for a career-high nine touchdowns in 2019.

D3 Football Notebook: Brockport, Ithaca Highlight Week 10 Action In New York

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Brockport clinched the Empire 8 title with a 35-25 win over Alfred last Saturday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Brockport Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

An exciting 35-25 win last Saturday over Alfred provided Brockport with the Empire 8 crown.

The Golden Eagles, who checked-in 10th this week on the latest D3Football.com Top 25 Poll, once again received a boost from its defense, specifically Austin Dean, who concluded last Saturday’s till with the Saxons by recording nine total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 18 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

On offense, quarterback Joe Germinerio completed 14 of 17 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, while Christian Hollister clinched the win with a one-yard touchdown run late in the fourth.

The win provided the Golden Eagles with their ninth-straight of the season – they will attempt to finish 10-0 this weekend when they visit St. Lawrence on Saturday, November 11 for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.

Alfred, which falls to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Empire 8, will cap its regular season with a visit from Hartwick on Saturday. Hartwick enters the early afternoon clash on a three-game losing skid – their last win came early last month when they defeated Morrisville State, 52-34.

Ithaca capped its Liberty League slate last weekend with a convincing 20-3 win over Union College, which entered the contest on a seven-game winning streak.

The Bombers held the Dutchmen to a just 188 yards of total offense, thanks to Dan Loizos, who led Ithaca’s defense with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops, one forced fumble and one tackle for a one yard loss.

Ithaca’s David Prudhomme concluded the game with eight points on a pair of field goals and extra points – his longest field goal of the contest was a 33-yard boot.

With the win, the Bombers head into the final week of the regular season with the best record in the Liberty League at 4-1. They’ll face SUNY Cortland this week, which is always a must-see, must-follow contest.

Union will cap its regular season slate with a visit from RPI. Both teams enter this week’s clash with identical 3-1 conference ledgers.

Other news and notes from the Empire State: Matthew Murphy highlighted his team’s come-from-behind win last weekend against Dean by booting a 20-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to help SUNY Maritime edge Dean, 17-14, in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play … the Privateers’ eight wins matches their record from 2011 when they SUNY Maritime won eight of 10 contests, including a 21-14 win over Gallaudet … Merchant Marine’s Brice Moore was tabbed this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive Athlete of the Week after leading the Mariners to a 62-27 win over Catholic University. Moore completed two of three passes for 81 yards, while rushing for a game-high 104 yards on 20 carries and two scores … the Mariners head to Coast Guard Academy this weekend to contend for the Secretaries’ Cup. The game will be streamed ive on ESPN3 at noon … Buffalo State returned to the win column last Saturday with an exciting 24-20 win over Hartwick, thanks to a late touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Hoppy to Had Bryant.

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Seven (New England & New York)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s Friday – congrats on making it to this marvelous day!

Let’s get the weekend started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, featuring games in both New England and New York.

Morrisville State at Brockport (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Who is going to slow down these Golden Eagles? Seriously, who? Maybe the Mustangs? We’ll see, but expect another solid performance from Brockport quarterback Joe Germinerio. PREDICTION: Brockport 31, Morrisville State 17

Alfred at SUNY Cortland (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): The Saxons don’t appear to be slowing down as the Purple and Gold currently boast an impressive 5-0 ledger. This week, their momentum from a 21-14 win over St. John Fisher should continue. PREDICTION: Alfred 28, SUNY Cortland 14

Framingham State at Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Our Noontime Sports Team of the Week will look to find a way to slow down Framingham State’s Quron Wright, while limiting passes toward Jaquan Harris, who finished last week’s game against Fitchburg State with a NCAA Division III record five interceptions. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Plymouth State 17 

Endicott at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Can the Golden Bears’ success from two weeks ago – you know, their big and exciting overtime win over St. Lawrence? – continue this week against Endicott? PREDICTION: WNE 31, Endicott 17

Castleton at Husson (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after a big win over SUNY Maritime, Gabby Price‘s crew will look to earn another important win when they welcome the Spartans to Maine. Look for a big game from both halfbacks, including Moe Harris of Castleton. PREDICTION: Husson 27, Castleton 17 

Hobart at Hartwick (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.):
It seems like Hobart is back to their winning ways following a win a week ago over RPI. This week, the defense must find a way to slow down a Hawks offense that put up 52 points against Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Hobart 31, Hartwick 29 

Ithaca at RPI (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after being shut-out by the Statesmen, the Engineers will look to bounce back against a Bombers squad that has been victorious in all three Liberty League games this fall. PREDICTION: Ithaca 28, RPI 21 

Trinity at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1:30 p.m.): An early season setback to Wesleyan seems to be a thing of the past for these Jumbos, who have cruised to back-to-back wins recently against Bates and Bowdoin. Can that success continue against a talented Bantams squad that tallied 594 yards of total offense a week ago in their 41-13 win over Hamilton? We’ll find out! PREDICTION: Tufts 31, Trinity 29   

Williams at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can the Panthers continue their early season success against a talented Williams offense, which is led by first-year quarterback Bobby Maimaron and first-year wide-out Frank Stola? We’ll see – the Ephs will also need to find a way to contain Middlebury signal-caller Jared LebowitzPREDICTION: Middlebury 35, Williams 32

Springfield at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can Springfield’s triple-option success, as well as its impressive defensive play continue this week against Merchant Marine? We’ll find out – we could be in for either a high scoring affair or a defensive battle. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, Merchant Marine 13 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Five (New England & Northeast)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Ah, it’s Friday, which means it’s time to dish out some weekly picks! It also means a brand new weekend of college football (and high school and professional) is upon us, too.

Any who, here are 10 Games to Watch this week in New England and Northeast D3 Football, as always, make sure to stay connected on Facebook and Twitter throughout the weekend for news, scores and updates!

Brockport at Cortland: The Golden Eagles have soared to four-straight wins this season, including an impressive 38-7 win over St. John Fisher two weeks ago. Their momentum should certainly continue this week against the Red Dragons. PREDICTION: Brockport 28, Cortland 21 

Buffalo State at Alfred: This is a big-time test for the Bengals, who are a perfect 1-0 in Empire 8 play this season. Buffalo State scored an impressive win last week, tallying 24 unanswered points over the final two frames to beat RPI. They certainly will need to play their best against a quality Saxons foe, which has yielded at least two touchdowns per game this season. PREDICTION: Alfred 30, Buffalo State 21 

MIT at Merchant Marine: If the Engineers are going to secure another NEWMAC win, their offense will need to match the Mariners’, who have scored 31 points or more in three games this season. Slowing down Brice Moore won’t be an easy task, but this Engineers defense should be up for the challenge. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 38, MIT 26 

Husson at Endicott: Endicott clearly gave Hobart a challenge last week, but can that momentum continue this week, especially against a talented Husson squad that is coming off a disappointing setback to Western New England one week ago? If Endicott is going to win this one, they must find a way to slow down John SmithPREDICTION: Husson 21, Endicott 17 

Williams at Trinity: A pair of 2-0 squads are set to meet in Hartford on Saturday in what should be an interesting NESCAC affair. Trinity’s offense has put up a lot of points in its first two contests, so the Ephs must find a way to slow down their passing and rushing attacks. Keep an eye on Williams quarterback Bobby Maimaron and wide receiver Justin Nelson in this one. PREDICTION: Trinity 30, Williams 20 

Alfred State at SUNY Maritime: Conference play officially begins for the ECFC and this could be an interesting contest to follow, especially since Alfred State did provide a challenge to Rochester a few weeks ago. The Privateers were off last week, but have scored some important wins this season, including a 38-31 win over Merchant Marine. PREDICTION: SUNY Maritime 28, Alfred State 14 

St. Lawrence at Western New England: The Golden Bears returned to the win column last week by defeating the Eagles of Husson, thanks to 21 unanswered points over the final two frames. This week, they must continue that second half momentum against a talented St. Lawrence unit, which provided challenges to Ithaca College two weeks ago. PREDICTION: St. Lawrence 28, Western New England 20 

Hobart at Ithaca: The Bombers were off last week, but return to action this week against a solid Hobart squad that relied on its passing game to defeat Endicott. Ithaca must find a way to slow down Shane Sweeney, who ranks second in the Liberty League in touchdown passes (eight). PREDICTION: Hobart 24, Ithaca 21 

Union at Morrisville State: Since falling to Husson, these Dutchmen have found ways to grind out wins, including last week when they squeaked out an exciting third-straight victory over Curry College. This week, they must rely on all units – offense, defense and special teams – to defeat Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Morrisville State 30, Union 20 

Hartwick at Utica: Can the Pioneers win their initial Empire 8 contest of the season? If they do, it will entail finding a way to slow down an impressive Hartwick passing attack. PREDICTION: Hartwick 31, Utica 22 

Mass. College Football: NCAA Tourney Predictions

By Matt Noonan 

Three local teams will be competing this weekend in the first round of the NCAA Division 2 and 3 tournaments, and below are game previews and predictions.

NCAA Div. 2 Tournament

American International College at West Chester University: The Yellow Jackets, who captured the Northeast-10 Conference crown last weekend with a victory over Stonehill College will look to keep their momentum going against an impressive Rams unit. AIC, which returns to the tournament for the first time since 2008, enters their first round contest with a seven-game winning streak. AIC is headed by junior quarterback Kevin Arduino, who led the NE-10 with 20 rushing scores, while passing for 13 touchdowns.

WCU, who’ll be tomorrow’s host, won 9 of 10 contests this season. Their only loss came against Bloomsburg, the second seed in the region, which will face the winner of this matchup.

Keep an eye on WCU’s running back Rondell White, a senior tailback that rushed for 1,683 yards and 19 touchdowns. Also, don’t overlook quarterback Sean McCartney, who concluded the regular season with 24 touchdowns and 2,483 passing yards.

Prediction: AIC 24, WCU 22 – Stopping Arduino won’t be an easy task. He’s guided the Yellow Jackets to some impressive conference wins this season and will certainly look to beat the Rams with both his legs, as well as his arm. The Rams offense will certainly challenge the Yellow Jackets defense, especially with their ground game, but AIC should pull this out with possibly a late touchdown or defensive stop.

NCAA Div. 3 Tournament:

Endicott College at Rowan University: Both teams earned a spot in the tournament following conference championship wins as the Gulls topped Salve Regina last weekend, while the Profs defeated TCNJ.

Against the Seahawks, the Gulls defense held their opponent to 325 total yards of offense, while quarterback Drew Frenette completed 14 of 30 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Spencer Walsh rushed for 118 yard on 37 carries. Look for both players to step up in this contest, especially Walsh, who will assist with opening up his team’s passing game.

Rowan is averaging 21 points per game, and as a team, they’ve rushed for 1,600 yards and held their opponents to 1,096 total rushing yards. Withler Marcelin leads the unit with 1,174 yards on the ground and 10 touchdowns (nine touchdowns on the ground). Defensively, keep an eye on Chris Alvarez, who’s recorded 14 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks in 10 games.   

Prediction: Endicott 28, Rowan 27 – Both teams can run the ball, but the biggest question will be who can stop it? Obviously Endicott’s defense will look to repeat their performance from a week ago where they stopped one of the better New England offenses, while Rowan will look to their offense, which registered four touchdowns against TCNJ. Similar to AIC-WCU, look for a big defensive stop to shift the momentum to the eventual winner.

Framingham State at Ithaca College: For the second straight season, the Rams are headed back to the postseason after capturing the inaugural MASCAC crown. Yet, their run toward a championship won’t be easy, as they’ll face the winner of the Empire-8.

FSU is led by running back Melikke Van Alstyne, who recently eclipsed the 6,000-yard mark against Worcester State. He also registered three scores against the Lancers, too.

Van Alstyne considers this week’s opponent a mix of Endicott and Westfield State; two teams Framingham State defeated this year.

“I’d say (they’re) like Endicott, but tough like Westfield,” said the senior halfback. “They’re definitely a big and physical team, so we’ve got to bring our A-game.”

Tom Kelley, who is in his seventh year on the sidelines, know his team will need to play its best football of the season in order to advance to the second round.

“We have a lot of guys who remember (losing to in the tournament last year), they remember that feeling,” said Kelley. “The one thing we learned was that we can stand up to the rest of the country and that we can play with the NJAC teams and Empire-8, so we’re going to find that out this week.

“Ithaca is a very good football team. They don’t score a lot, but they don’t give up a lot. They’re very consistent, they don’t make a lot of mistakes, and they have a very good special teams, a very good defense and a very good offense, but our kids (feel) that we can play (with these teams), so we just to play our best game and see what happens.”

As Kelley mentioned, the Bombers defense finished first in their conference in points allowed (151), while their offense ranked seventh in points (220).

Prediction: FSU 21, Ithaca College 14 – This has the possibility of being an upset, especially if the Rams can get their running game going against an impressive defense. FSU’s defense stepped up down the stretch, especially against Bridgewater State. Their win against the Bears maybe their signature victory of the season, so look for a low scoring affair and possibly a late Van Alstyne touchdown to seal the win.