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Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Sept. 20, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Three weeks of the New England NCAA Division III football season are in the books.

This past weekend featured a slew of upsets, along with some impressive wins by a few teams that are slowly emerging from the pack as potential frontrunners. But luckily, we still have more football left to be played. 

In case you missed it, make sure to check out last week’s poll — click here! — but let’s dish out (below!) this week’s poll. 

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll (Week No. 4 | September 20, 2021)

  1. Western New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 1): Despite suffering their first setback of the 2021 season, the Golden Bears remain in the top spot, but the Blue and Yellow face a real challenge this week against Salisbury University.

  2. Salve Regina University (3-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 8): After rolling past Norwich University in the opening week, these Seahawks have found ways to win games against both MIT and Montclair State – can they keep this momentum going this week against Rowan University?

  3. Williams College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): The Ephs made a statement in the opening week of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season with a BIG win over the defending champions. Look for their momentum to continue this week in Somerville against Tufts University.

  4. Trinity College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 7): Like the Ephs, the Bantams made a statement in their season-opener by defeating the Jumbos of Tufts by a score of 42-28.

  5. Endicott College (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 2): After scoring two dramatic wins at home, the Gulls suffered their first setback of the 2021 season on the road, losing to Catholic University by a score of 32-29. Endicott’s defense caused problems for the Catholic offense – can these Gulls bounce back on Saturday against Norwich University?

  6. Wesleyan University (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): The Cardinals remained in the sixth position for the fourth-straight week, but did take care of business in Maine last Saturday against Colby College.

  7. Middlebury College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): The Panthers dropped two spots following an opening day loss to the Ephs. Middlebury hosts Bates College on Saturday – the Bobcats provided some challenges to Amherst College in their season-opener, so we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on this matchup.

  8. MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 9): Despite being idle, the Engineers were able to move up one spot. This week, they travel to Dean College – will the extra rest pay off against a Bulldogs squad that has dropped two-straight?

  9. Western Connecticut (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): The Colonials returned to the win column last Friday by defeating Westfield State in their initial conference clash. Coach Joe Loth’s squad will look to make it back-to-back wins this Friday when they visit Bridgewater State in an important week four meeting. 

  10. UMass Dartmouth (2-1, 0-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 3): The Corsairs initial conference clash against Framingham State did not go their way. UMass Dartmouth was penalized 10 for 112 yards and only produced 299 yards of total offense. Saturday’s clash with Worcester State is not a “must-win,” but a chance for the Corsairs to regain their early-season momentum.

  11. Coast Guard Academy (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 17): The Bears were hands down one of the biggest movers after scoring an impressive win over Nichols College on their home turf. An interesting test awaits them this weekend against Anna Maria College.

  12. Springfield College (1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): The Pride may have dropped their second game to a top team in NCAA Division III — that would be Union College — but Springfield certainly provided challenges for the Dutchmen, which means one should certainly not overlook this squad on Saturday against Husson University.

  13. WPI (1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) | LW: No. 10): After scoring a come-from-behind win over Worcester State earlier this month, the Engineers of Worcester have struggled recently against Endicott College and RPI. The Engineers of New York — that would be RPI, to be exact — captured the Transit Trophy Game this past weekend by defeating WPI by a score of 24-10. Saturday’s game against Montclair State is somewhat of a must-win.

  14. Husson University (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 14): The Eagles picked-up their second-straight win last Friday by rolling past Dean College by a score of 42-14. Can their early season momentum continue this week against a Springfield College team that is eager to register its second win?

  15. University of New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 16): The Nor’easters enter their bye week with two wins, along with some momentum — they got a bit lucky this past weekend against Alfred State, which almost tied the game with a late field goal. They open conference play one week from Saturday against Nichols College.

  16. Bridgewater State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC | LW: NR): The Bears returned to the poll after a hard-fought win over Plymouth State this past weeked — the victory was the team’s first in conference play after dropping a pair of non-conference meetings to Ithaca College and UNE. A big test is on the horizon this Friday against Western Connecticut.

  17. Framingham State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC | LW: NR): Tom Kelley’s Rams surprised all of us on Saturday with a BIG UPSET against UMass Dartmouth. Let’s see if this win can translate to more success, beginning this weekend against Westfield State.

  18. Tufts University (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 15): The Jumbos lost their season-opener, but did prove they will be a team that will provide challenges in all three phases: offense, defense, and special teams.

  19. Nichols College (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 12): After rallying to beat Anna Maria last weekend, the Bison took a step backwards, falling to Coast Guard Academy on the road. Nichols hosts TCNJ in its final non-conference clash — will they be able to tame the Lions after struggling to contain the Bears?

  20. Amherst College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC | LW: NR): Chad Peterson and the Mammoths commenced their season with an opening day win, which was a bit closer than many, including us, expected.

ON THE RISE: Anna Maria College (1-1, 0-0 ECFC), Colby College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC), Curry College (2-1, 0-0 CCC), Dean College (1-2, 0-0 ECFC), and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC)

Noontime Football: 10 Games to Watch (Week One)

Sam Opont and the Endicott College Gulls begin their 2021 season at home against St. Lawrence University. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10 | Endicott College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the opening week of the New England (and Northeast) college football season — yes, we know some teams have already competed on Wednesday and Thursday, but we’ll highlight (and pick) ten games to watch today and tomorrow (and maybe Sunday?). 

Anywho, we’re excited for a busy slate of games and hope you are, as well — let’s dish out and share some picks! 

Have a great weekend, everyone!


FEATURED GAME: St. Lawrence Univ. at Endicott College (Saturday, September 4 @ 12 p.m.): We’ll be in Beverly tomorrow to see the Gulls and Saints square-off in what should be an exciting week one tilt — make sure to check out our preview of the game, which was posted earlier today. We think Endicott will find a way to squeak out an exciting win with a last-minute touchdown drive. Prediction: Endicott 28, St. Lawrence 27


Westfield State at Nichols College (Friday, September 3 @ 6 p.m.): The Bison are a team to watch this fall, both in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) and New England, and should be able to pick up an opening night win against an Owls squad that might surprise some this fall. Prediction: Nichols 30, Westfield State 13 

Salve Regina at Norwich University (Friday, September 3 @ 6 p.m.): Both teams are expected to be in the mix for their respective conference crown, but look for the Seahawks to lean on its running game — well, hand the ball off to Joey Mauriello a few times to squeak out an important road win. Prediction: Salve Regina 24, Norwich 20

Worcester State at WPI (Friday, September 3 @ 7 p.m.): When we last saw the Engineers of Worcester, they produced a 10 win season, which is the most wins they have tallied since winning nine games in 2017. This squad is a mix of first-years and veterans but look for Lou Duh (defensive line) and Phillip Durgin (fullback) to lead WPI to an opening night win. Prediction: WPI 24, Worcester State 10    

Merchant Marine at FDU-Florham (Friday, September 3 @ 7 p.m.): The Mariners won their only game of 2020 — they beat their rival Coast Guard Academy last November — and returned some key pieces from that squad, including quarterback Ian Blankenship, who will be a player to watch this fall. Prediction: USMMA 28, FDU-Florham 14  

Brockport at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 4 @ 12 p.m.): The Golden Eagles are 2-0 all-time against the Rams — they enter the 2021 season as one of the best teams in NCAA Division III and will certainly provide some challenges for Tom Kelley’s unit. Prediction: Brockport 35, Framingham State 14

Fitchburg State at Dean College (Saturday, September 4 @ 12 p.m.): Scott Sperone has waited quite some time to coach his first game since being named the new head coach at Fitchburg State in 2020. So Saturday’s contest with the Bulldogs will be a special day for the second-year coach, who is keeping the focus on building a culture with the Falcons. Dean is the favorite in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) and may have the edge being at home. PREDICTION: Dean 29, Fitchburg State 26

Springfield College at Western New England (Saturday, September 4 @ 1 p.m.): Bragging rights for the City of Springfield are on the lines when these two local rivals square off on Saturday. The Golden Bears return some key pieces from its 2019 squad, including wide receivers Steven Fedorchak and Adam Razza while Bailey Devine-Scott and Erich Keutmann are back to oversee a defensive unit that limited the Pride to 17 points in their previous meeting. Prediction: WNE 30, Springfield 16

Bridgewater State at Ithaca College (Saturday, September 4 @ 1 p.m.): The Bears are one of four teams — maybe five? — that we expect will be in the mix for the conference crown. And the same could be said for the Bombers of Ithaca, who compete in the Liberty League (LL). Both squads welcome some new members to their offense, defense, and special teams, which makes this contest a toss-up. Prediction: Ithaca 29, Bridgewater State 24

UMass Dartmouth at Husson (Saturday, September 4 @ 1 p.m.): On paper, this has the making for a really intriguing non-conference clash that should result in a back and forth affair. We believe the Corsairs have the edge in this one, but don’t be surprised if the Eagles score an exciting opening day victory. Prediction: UMass Dartmouth 30, Husson 28

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.

Podcast: Lu Robinson-Griggs (MIT Women’s Basketball)

By NoontimeSports.com

On Monday, May 24, 2021, we welcomed Lu Robinson-Griggs to the podcast — Robinson-Griggs was recently named the new head coach of the MIT women’s basketball program.

Robinson-Griggs returns to Cambridge, Massachusetts after spending the past two seasons as the women’s basketball coach at Vassar College. During her first season with the Brewers, she led the team to the Liberty League (LL) championship against Ithaca College. Vassar concluded the 2019-20 campaign with a 19-8 record.

In addition to discussing her time at Vassar, Lu Robinson-Griggs and host/producer Matt Noonan discussed additional topics, including attending the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame induction, playing and learning from Barbara Stevens at Bentley University, and how she grew as a coach, both as an assistant and associate with MIT, and the head coach at Lesley University.

Listen to our interview below, courtesy of our Spotify channel or through Anchor and Apple Podcasts.

NCAA Unveils D-III Women’s Lacrosse Championship Bracket

Messiah College, which captured the MAC Conference crown last Saturday, May 1, enters the national postseason with a 16-0 record. (Messiah College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

The road to Kerr Stadium in Salem, Virginia will begin for 37 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse teams this weekend with 10 teams competing in first-round matchups on Saturday, May 8.

All five opening-round contests will take place at Colby College, along with eight second-round tilts, which will be played on either Saturday, May 8, or Sunday, May 9. Regionals – semifinals and finals – will also take place in Waterville, Maine on May 15 and 16 while additional matchups – second-round meetings, along with regional semifinals and finals – will occur on the campus of Washington and Lee.

33 teams secured automatic qualifiers for the 2021 NCAA D-III Women’s Lacrosse Championship while four squads – the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Carroll University (Wisconsin), Illinois Wesleyan, and Ithaca College – earned at-large bids. 14 teams enter the national postseason with perfect records, including Messiah College, which boasts an impressive 16-0 ledger.

The 37-team playoff will occur over the next three weekends with a champion being crowned on Sunday, May 23.

The 2020 NCAA D-III Women’s Lacrosse Championship was canceled last March due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Middlebury College captured the 2019 championship with a 14-9 win over Salisbury University, while Gettysburg College claimed the 2017 and 2018 titles.