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Noontime’s New England D3 Top 10 Poll (Nov. 21, 2022)

The Springfield College football team clinched its first postseason win in 16 years this past weekend against Endicott College. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another season of New England small college football is slowly winding down.

Springfield College highlighted the 12th week of the season, winning its first NCAA Division III playoff game since 2006 with a hard-fought 17-14 win over Endicott College.

The Pride secured a spot in the second round of this year’s national playoffs. Springfield will travel to Ithaca College on Saturday, November 26 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m.

Springfield and Endicott secured the top two spots in our end-of-season poll followed by Trinity College, which checked-in third with a 9-0 record.

UMass Dartmouth and Plymouth State rounded out the top five.

Noontime’s End of Season Top 10 Poll: Monday, November 21, 2022

1. Springfield College (9-2, 6-0 NEWMAC): The Pride clinched their second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown with a 6-0 record, as well as won their first postseason contest in 16 years this past weekend against Endicott. Springfield will compete in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament this Saturday, November 26 against Ithaca.

2. Endicott College (10-1, 6-0 CCC): Despite ending its season with an opening-round postseason setback, the Gulls were the team to watch this fall. Endicott produced its first perfect season (10-0) in program history, as well as claimed its second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown. Additionally, Endicott’s defense limited opposing offenses to just 6.5 points per game in 10 contests.

3. Trinity College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): The Bantams became the third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) squad to clinch a perfect 9-0 season. Trinity’s defense was a unit to watch this season, yielding just 98 points in nine games while the Bantams’ offense ranked second in touchdowns (40) and points (301).  

4. UMass Dartmouth (9-2, 8-0 MASCAC): UMass Dartmouth made its first appearance in the national tournament in 20 years by winning its first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown earlier this month. The Corsairs have won 14 of their last 16 conference tilts, dating back to last season’s initial league clash with Worcester State.

5. Plymouth State (9-2, 6-2 MASCAC): The Panthers concluded their 2022 campaign by winning their first-ever New England Bowl on Saturday with a come-from-behind victory over Husson University. Plymouth State won nine games for the first time since sharing the MASCAC crown in 2017 with Framingham State.

6. Middlebury College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC): Coach Bob Ritter’s tenure may have concluded with a setback to Tufts University, but the Panthers exceeded our expectations, winning seven of nine contests, including an impressive late September win over Wesleyan University. Middlebury has recorded five wins or more in its last five seasons, including a 9-0 campaign in 2019.

7. Western Connecticut (7-3, 6-2 MASCAC): The Wolves were the biggest surprise of the 2022 season, winning seven games after concluding the 2021 season with five wins. Western Connecticut was one of the top three offenses in the MASCAC, averaging 383.7 yards per contest.

8. Tufts University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC): Like Western Connecticut, Tufts was a pleasant surprise, as well, thanks to an impressive quarterback-wide receiver duo of Michael Berluti and Phil Lutz that helped the Jumbos offense conclude its nine-game season with a league-best 306 points.

9. Wesleyan University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC): The Cardinals’ season ended with a difficult setback to rival Trinity – Wesleyan did lead Trinity, 14-10, at the break before the momentum shifted to the Bantams in the second half. Wesleyan’s biggest victory of the season occurred in mid-October when they beat Tufts under the lights by a score of 26-24.

10. Bridgewater State University (7-4, 6-2 MASCAC): The Bears closed out their 2022 campaign with a three-game winning streak, which culminated with their second New England Bowl victory in program history this past weekend. Bridgewater State was one of three MASCAC teams to post a 6-2 conference record – additionally, the Red and White ranked second in the conference in yards per game (415.1).

D3 Football Roundup: Springfield Tops Endicott In The NCAA D3 Tournament

Arsen Shtefan and the Springfield College football team won its first postseason contests since 2006 as the Pride topped Endicott College.
Arsen Shtefan powered the Springfield College football team to an exciting 17-14 postseason win on Saturday over Endicott College. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second-straight week, Arsen Shtefan eclipsed the century mark, rushing for a season-high 156 yards and one touchdown as Springfield College raced past Endicott College, 17-14, in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Tournament.

With the win, Springfield clinched its first playoff win since beating Curry College in 2006 to secure a second-round date with Ithaca College next Saturday, November 26.

Ithaca advanced to the second round with a 63-20 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Shtefan’s lone touchdown came midway through the opening session before Springfield tacked on two more scores in the second half to provide the Pride with their ninth win of the season.

Blane Hart rushed for a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter before Christian Hutra capped his team’s offensive output with a 33-yard field goal with 7:25 remaining in the final stanza.

Endicott’s Clayton Marengi completed 14 of 25 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns with his final score landing in the arms of Jaeden Baxter. Shane Aylward, who caught Marengi’s first touchdown early in the third quarter, led all receivers with three catches for 68 yards.

Saturday marked the first time Endicott and Springfield have squared off on the gridiron – additionally, the three-point win over the Gulls provided coach Mike Cerasuolo with his initial postseason with his alma mater.

Endicott entered the game riding a 10-game winning streak – the Gulls clinched their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown two weeks earlier with a win over Salve Regina University before concluding their regular season with a come-from-behind win against Western New England.

Ithaca 63, UMass Dartmouth 20: Max Perry completed five of six passes for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with 83 rushing yards and two scores as the Bombers cruised past the Corsairs in the opening round of the postseason.

Dante Aviles-Santos, who has been the player to watch on the Corsairs this fall, tossed two touchdowns while JP Mason tallied a team-high 15 total tackles.

Saturday’s game marked the second time UMass Dartmouth has competed in the NCAA Tournament.

Plymouth State 21, Husson University 20: Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 131 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown as the Panthers rallied to beat the Eagles and win their first-ever New England Bowl.

Husson’s Nic Visser completed 24 of 32 passes for 227 yards to go with a team-high 56 rushing yards and one touchdown. Elijah Garnett rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.

Bridgewater State 34, Catholic University 24: Quarterback James Cahoon completed 24 of 33 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Wright added 120 rushing yards on 23 carries as the Bears topped the Cardinals to clinch their second New England Bowl.

Catholic’s Nico Casares completed 25 of 44 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

Inside The Matchup: UMass Dartmouth at Ithaca College

Matt DeSimpliciis and the Ithaca College defense will be tasked with slowing down a high-powered UMass Dartmouth offense on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rich Barnes)

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re two days away from the opening round of the NCAA Division III postseason.

UMass Dartmouth is scheduled to compete against Ithaca College on Saturday, November 19 with the winner advancing to next week’s second round.

Like we did yesterday with our New England Bowl previews, it’s time “go inside” our first NCAA matchup, which could see both teams produce a slew of points in 60 minutes.

Game Time & Location: UMass Dartmouth will make the trek to Ithaca, New York on Saturday, November 19 to compete against the Bombers at Butterfield Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Ithaca’s 2022 Season Review: The Bombers were certainly the team to watch in the Liberty League (LL) this fall.

Ithaca clinched its first perfect season since 1986 last Saturday with a 34-17 win over SUNY Cortland in the 63rd Cortaca Jug Game, which was played at Yankee Stadium.

Prior to their win over the Red Dragons, the Bombers celebrated their first-ever Liberty League championship with a hard-fought 31-28 victory over Union College after scoring a 13-10 win over RPI one week earlier. RPI won the league last fall.

Ithaca boasts an impressive offense that is averaging a little more than five touchdowns per game while its defense is limiting foes to 9.90 points per game.

Saturday will mark the first time Ithaca will host an NCAA Tournament game since 2013.

UMass Dartmouth’s 2022 Season Review: It took the Corsairs 20 years to return to the national postseason.

UMass Dartmouth captured its first-ever Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown last Saturday with a 46-21 victory over Plymouth State.  

The Corsairs return to the postseason with a great deal of momentum – the Blue and Gold have won eight-straight contests since falling to Anna Maria College in early September.

Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos has been one of many players to watch on the Corsairs this fall. The junior signal-caller from Cumberland, Rhode Island turned in an impressive second season by concluding the regular season with a slew of career bests in multiple categories, including passing yards (2,940) and touchdown passes (26).

Like Ithaca, the Corsairs’ offense has produced a slew of points this fall – 423 points, to be exact – to go with 5,458 yards on 722 plays.

The Last Meeting: Ithaca scored its only win against UMass Dartmouth in 2004 when the Bombers beat the Corsairs, 36-19, in the ECAC Northwest Championship.

The game was played in Ithaca and was highlighted by Jamie Donovan, who led the Bombers’ rushing attack with 165 net yards and three touchdowns. Bryan Marion paced the UMass Dartmouth receiving core with seven receptions for 70 yards.

Inside the Numbers: The Corsairs enter the opening round of the NCAA Tournament with an offense that ranks second in total offense (5,458). They are currently 10th in yards per game (7.07), which is one spot below Tufts University (7.10).

Ithaca’s defense is one of the top units in NCAA Division III – they are currently tied for ninth in defensive touchdowns with four scores (three interceptions and one fumble).

Players to Watch on Ithaca: A.J. Wingfield (QB), Jake Williams (RB), Michael Anderson (WR), Julien Deumaga (WR), Michael Roumes (P/DB), Matt DeSimpliciis (LB), and Jason Haber (LB).  

Players to Watch on UMass Dartmouth: Dante Aviles-Santos (QB), Jalyn Aponte (RB), Richarno Hylton (RB), Angel Sanchez (WR), Keenan Little (WR), Javien Delgado (LB), JP Mason (DB), and Sam Alicea (LB).     

Three New England D3 Football Teams To Compete In The NCAA Tournament

Endicott College’s football team will compete in the NCAA D-III Tournament for the second-straight season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s time for some playoff football.

The NCAA Division III postseason will kick off Saturday, November 19 with three New England squads set to compete for the ultimate prize: a national championship.

Endicott College and Springfield College will meet in the opening round in Beverly, Massachusetts while UMass Dartmouth will visit Ithaca College.

Both games will commence at 12 p.m. with the winners advancing to the second round.

Endicott and Springfield advanced to the postseason last fall, but neither team advanced past the opening round. The Gulls lost to RPI, 20-14, while the Pride fell to Cortland, 26-21.

All three Massachusetts squads captured their respective conference crown – Endicott and Springfield clinched back-to-back titles while UMass Dartmouth won its first league crown in 20 years.

All three teams have appeared in the regional rankings this fall with Endicott securing the third position after 10 weeks. Springfield checked in fifth in last week’s rankings and UMass Dartmouth secured the sixth position.

RIT Looks To Continue Its Early-Season Momentum Against Stevens

RIT’s Quinn Commandant registered seven points last Saturday against York College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rich Barnes)

By Matt Noonan

It’s been a few months — well, close to a year since RIT men’s lacrosse celebrated its first-ever national championship (the Tigers outlasted Salisbury University in double-overtime last May).

And as expected, the winning ways have continued for the Tigers, who have not lost a game since falling to Williams College in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2019.

RIT’s momentum has continued over the last few weeks with impressive non-conference wins recently against Nazareth College (25-9) and York College (16-9).  

The win over the Spartans — the program’s third-straight since win against the Green and White — was highlighted by a seven-point (three goals and four assists) effort from Quinn Commandant, a senior attack from Rockwood, Ontario, that has tallied 10 points in two contests. Commandant also recorded one caused turnover and a pair of ground balls in his team’s third win of the season while Luke Pilcher led all scorers with five goals.

Drew Hutchison, a senior goaltender from Otonabee, Ontario, turned aside a season-best 16 shots to pick up his third win between the pipes.    

RIT’s win against York was impressive. The Spartans entered the non-conference meeting with some early-season momentum from back-to-back wins against Arcadia University and Washington and Lee. But now, the Tigers will look to continue its early-season momentum against Stevens Institute of Technology on Wednesday, March 9.

The face-off between RIT and Stevens is scheduled for 5 pm. eastern.

RIT and Stevens have only met once with the Tigers beating the Ducks in the NCAA quarterfinals in 2018. A win on Wednesday would provide the Tigers with not just their second win against the Ducks in program history, but their 22nd consecutive victory dating back to a 17-4 win against Ohio Wesleyan University on February 15, 2020.

Following a visit to Stevens, RIT will cap the week with a trip to Collegeville, Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 12 to compete against Ursinus College.  

RIT is one of five Liberty League (LL) squads to win three games thus far — as of early this afternoon, the Tigers are one of four squads to boast a perfect record.

RPI has also enjoyed a successful start to its 2022 campaign with the Engineers winning five-straight contests. RPI will host MIT this Saturday.

Union College has won three games and will look to score their fourth-straight win against a New England foe tomorrow when they visit Williams. The Dutchmen recently beat Springfield College by a score of 14-7.

Ithaca College and William Smith are two of three Liberty League women’s squads to begin their season with back-to-back wins. The same could be said for Clarkson Universitythe Golden Knights recently edged SUNY Cortland this past weekend by a score of 11-10, thanks to Sydney Roderick (two goals and three assists) and Julia Lavarnway (three goals and one assist).

Last Saturday’s win marked the first time the Golden Knights were victorious against the Red Dragons, a team that had won the last four meetings.

Clarkson will attempt to win its third-straight contest on Thursday when they visit SUNY Canton.