D3 Football: New England Conference Predictions

CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England Division III football is set to commence in two days – there are some very intriguing matchups to follow this week, beginning with some must-see games on Friday, September 6th.

Yet, before any of these games officially begin, allow us – Noontime Sports – to dish out our conference predictions for the 2019 season, including our projected winner, runner-up, and dark-horse.


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Projected Winner: Western New England 

After a successful first season as head coach, Jason LeBeau will once again guide the Golden Bears to a conference title and first-round appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Runner-Up: Endicott College 

The Gulls return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball but face some serious challenges in the first three weeks against Framingham State and Wesley College.

Dark Horse: Husson University.

The Eagles begin a new era under first-year coach Nat Clark, who has prior experience with the program under former head coach Gabby Price. Husson graduated some key pieces of last year’s squad, but do return some talented upperclassmen that will challenge Endicott, Salve Regina, and Western New England for the top spot.


Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Projected Winner: Maritime (N.Y.) 

It is hard to pick against the Privateers, who were picked to capture the ECFC crown, per the league’s preseason coaches poll. Maritime will be led by first-year coach Mickey Rehring, who has some work to do with finding replacements from last year’s squad, including the offense.

Runner-Up: Dean College

The Bulldogs enter the upcoming season with expectations of taking the so-called ‘next-step.’ Dean has the potential to challenge the Privateers for the top spot in the ECFC with a slew of returners from both last season and 2017.

Dark Horse: Castleton University 

Coach Tony Volpone seems focused on watching his team improve and get better this fall – he, along with the coaching staff return a young roster that will certainly be an interesting team to watch as the season progresses.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Projected Winner: Framingham State 

The Rams seem to embrace the so-called ‘target’ on their back – they know they will face challenges from both conference and non-conference foes this fall, but that shouldn’t stop them from winning eight or nine games.

Runner-Up: Bridgewater State 

The Bears graduated some key pieces from last year’s 8-3 squad, including wide receiver Jack Lavanchy. Bridgewater State does return 40 student-athletes from last season, which should help the Bears compete with the Rams for the top spot in the conference.

Dark Horse: Western Connecticut 

Western Connecticut graduated some key pieces from last year’s squad this past spring, including half-back Kyle McKinnon, but do return wide receiver Will Daniels, quarterback David James, and defensive end Jordan Fletcher, which will help the Colonials challenge both the Bears and Rams for a MASCAC title.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Projected Winner: Trinity College 

The Bantams have won the last three conference crowns and should find a way to capture their fourth consecutive title this fall, thanks to some key returners on both sides of the ball, including its defensive line. Trinity will also rely on running back Spencer Lockwood, who was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Connecticut in 2017.

Runner-Up: Amherst College 

The Mammoths return some impressive talent on offense – they will once again be led by quarterback Ollie Eberth, who accounted for 19 touchdowns last fall, including nine on the ground. Amherst does have some graduation holes to fill on defense, but should once again be in the mix for the conference crown.

Dark Horse: Williams College 

The Ephs faced some adversity last fall but still managed to win five of nine contests. This season, Williams should lean heavily on its junior class to keep pace with Amherst and Trinity, as well as Middlebury College, which beat the Ephs last fall in Williamstown.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Projected Winner: Springfield College 

Despite losing some key pieces last September, the Pride still managed to post an eight-win season, which concluded with a New England Bowl victory over Maritime (N.Y.). Springfield returns most of last year’s squad, especially on offense, but will need players like AJ Smith and Jack Pavelchak to step-up on defense.

Runner Up: WPI

For WPI to enjoy another successful season, they will need to rely on their senior class, especially halfbacks Connor Field and Sean McAllen on offense and linebacker Nick Ostrowski on defense. This senior class seems committed to doing whatever is needed to help the Engineers challenge Springfield (and others) for the top spot in the NEWMAC.

Dark Horse: MIT 

After capturing its first-ever NEWMAC crown last fall, coach Brian Bubna and his staff will look to duplicate their 2018 performance this season, despite some key graduation losses on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Udgam Goyal. MIT does return some talent (and leadership), which should help the Engineers be in the hunt for a second-straight conference title.


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Bridgewater State

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ continues today with a closer look at the Bridgewater State University football team, which begins its 2019 season on Saturday, September 7 when they host Morrisville State at 12 p.m.

The Bears’ 2018 Season: Bridgewater State enjoyed a successful ending to its 2018 season, winning five of their final six contests, including a New England Bowl contest against Salve Regina. They competed in an epic four-overtime clash with Western Connecticut – crazy to think they almost beat the Colonials! – before capping their regular season with a victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl. Their 8-3 mark matched the 2016 squad, which captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown.

The 2019 Season Outlook: One of the biggest questions facing the Bears this season is who will replace wide receiver Jack Lavanchy, who led the unit last season in receptions (97), receiving yards (1,236) and touchdown receptions (13)? Additionally, the squad will miss Lavanchy’s classmate, Travis Bassett, who also enjoyed a successful final season with the Bears by catching six touchdowns. Lavanchy and Bassett were just two of the 17 student-athletes that graduated this spring, so finding replacements for them, along with defensive lineman Chris Gemayel will be something this unit must do before they commence their 2019 season.

Luckily, the Bears return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, including defensive back Mark Wilson, linebacker Michael Rosa, and quarterback Stefano D’Emilia. Bridgewater State will certainly be a team to watch this fall, especially in the MASCAC.

Bridgewater State’s Schedule: The Bears will be challenged immediately when they face Morrisville State before traveling to St. John Fisher for an intriguing week two matchup. Both games are winnable – if the Bears beat both teams it would certainly provide the unit with some momentum heading into late September league tilts against Western Connecticut (week three) and Fitchburg State (week four). Weeks after their meeting with the Falcons, the Bears will cap their regular season slate with a home game against Plymouth State followed by an important trip to Framingham State.

Players to Watch: Stefano D’Emilia (Quarterback/Bridgwater, Mass.), Brad Thiltgen (Quarterback/Cumming, Ga.), Nick Santavicca (Running Back/Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), T.J. Hairston (Wide Receiver/Watertown, Mass.), Mark Wilson (Defensive Back/Foxborough, Mass.), Michael Rosa (Linebacker/Uxbridge, Mass.), Steven Silvia (Linebacker/Dighton, Mass.), John MacDermott (Linebacker/Bridgewater, Mass.), Jaren Alves (Defensive Back/Providence, R.I.) and Dimitri Dorinvil (Defensive Line/Brockton, Mass.).


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Noontime Sports Stars Of The Week (Week 11) 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! 

On Saturday, December 8th, Zelos Athletics will be assisting the Massachusetts Pirates with their open tryout


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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Tyler McGovern highlighted Salve Regina’s win over Endicott College with three touchdown passes. (PHOTO COURTESY: Alexander “Zan” Carver)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Alec Coleman (WNE): Against Becker College, Coleman completed 11 of 18 passes for 129 yards and four touchdowns, while adding two scores on 10 carries for a team-high 86 yards.

Jacob Duffrene (Nichols College): In his team’s season finale against Curry College, Duffrene rushed for a game-high 137 yards on 15 carries for an average of 9.1 yards per carry and three touchdowns.

Sterlin Garvin (Fitchburg State): In his team’s final game of the 2018 season, Garvin saved his best for last, rushing for a game-high 296 yards on 36 carries (8.2 yards per carry) and four touchdowns against UMass Dartmouth.

Moe Harris (Castleton): In his team’s regular season finale against Alfred State, Harris rushed for a game-high 184 yards on 20 carries, which is an average of 9.2 yards per carry, and one touchdown. He also ended the game with one reception for five yards.

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Holder rushed for a game-high 208 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.

Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy highlighted his team’s Cranberry Bowl win by leading all receivers with five receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, he booted three points on three extra points against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long led the Buccaneers’ rushing attack with 118 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald capped his team’s 2018 campaign by tossing five touchdowns (completed 25 of 31 passes for 262 yards), while adding 23 yards on 10 carries against Middlebury College.

Tyler McGovern (Salve Regina): Against Endicott College, McGovern completed 29 of 44 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns.

Brendan Nunes (Salve Regina): Nunes concluded Saturday’s clash with Endicott College with five grabs for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Nunes averaged 27.6 yards per reception.

Jake Schwern (Colby College): Schwern rushed for a game-high 185 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns as the Mules captured their first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) crown since 2005 with a season-ending win over Bowdoin College.

Nick Villanueva (Curry College): Against Nichols College, Villanueva led all receivers with 132 yards on 14 grabs (9.4 yards per reception) and two touchdowns.


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Jake Behne (left) highlighted his team’s win over Merchant Marine with a team-high 18 total tackles. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

Defensive Stars of the Week

Justin Augur (Univ. of New Eng.): In his team’s final contest of the season, Augur recorded six total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards and two sacks for a loss of nine yards, along with one forced fumble against Alvernia.

Hunter Atwood (Curry College): Against Nichols College, Atwood registered 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards, two-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 11 yards and one quarterback hurry.

Jake Behne (Coast Guard Academy): Behne led all tacklers with a team-high 18 stops, including 15 solo tackles, along with one interception for 22 yards and one pass break-up as the Bears upended Merchant Marine in the Secretaries Cup.

Darian Belizaire (Framingham State): Belizaire concluded his team’s regular season contest with five total tackles, one tackle for a loss of two yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery of 25 yards, which resulted in his team’s initial touchdown of the game.

Dimitri Dorinvil (Bridgwater State): Against Mass. Maritime Academy last Saturday, Dorinvil recorded a team-high 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

John Goode (Salve Regina): In his team’s final regular season contest of the season against Endicott College, Goode tallied 11 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, two interceptions and two pass break-ups.

Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenney highlighted his team’s final contest of the fall with four total tackles, including two tackles solo stops, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry as the Falcons edged UMass Dartmouth.

Blayne Merchant (WPI): Against Norwich University, Merchant recorded five total tackles, including four solo stops, one quarterback hurry and one pass break-up, along with a 57-yard pick-six.

Devyn Perkins (Trinity College): Against Wesleyan University, Perkins registered five total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 22 yards, two-and-a-half sacks for 19 yards and three solo stops.

Sean Smialek (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Bridgewater State, Smialek registered 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards.

Andrew Sommer (Amherst College): Against Williams College, Sommer registered seven total tackles, including five solo stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery of 50 yards, which resulted in a touchdown, and one quarterback hurry.

Keegan Stanton-Meas (Univ. of New Eng.): In his team’s final contest of the season, Stanton-Meas tallied 17 total tackles, including 13 solo stops and one tackle fo a loss of two yards against Alvernia.

Chris Rice (Castleton): In his team’s season finale against Alfred State, Rice registered 11 total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 25 yards and one sack for a loss of 11 yards.

William Rivera (Endicott College): Against Salve Regina, Rivera led all defenders with a game-high 17 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two tackles for a loss of four yards.

Tyler Robbins (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Robbins recorded a game-high 14 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and one forced fumble.


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WPI’s Spencer Herrington concluded his team’s 2018 campaign with eight points on two extra points and two field goals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Special Team Stars of the Week

Andrew Ferrero (Amherst College): Ferrero concluded his team’s contest against Williams College with nine points on six extra points and a 31-yard field goal.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington concluded his team’s final contest of the season against Norwich University with eight points, including two field goals of 33 and 42 yards.

Walter Thilly (Colby College): Thilly connected on four kicks, including a 29-yard field goal as the Mules defeated Bowdoin College to claim its first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) crown since 2005.

Valentin Wagner (Western New England): Wagner connected on all seven extra points in his team’s bounce back win over Becker College.


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D3 Football Saturday New England & Northeast Round-Up (Week 4)

Saturday RoundUp

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Saturday’s are ALWAYS a busy day, especially in the D3 New England and Northeast college football world, so let’s get you caught-up on some of the games you’ll be talking about, both the rest of this weekend and this upcoming week.

PROGRAM NOTE: We will update some of the late games later this weekend, so make sure to circle back for both game summaries and scores! 

Dean 25, Becker 10: Matt Bethel rushed for a game-high 119 yards on 17 carries and one score, while Justice Taylor tallied five solo stops, including three tackles for a loss as the Bulldogs claimed their first win of the season.

MIT 38, Catholic 21: John Robertson rushed for a career-best 185 yards and three scores as the Engineers overcame a seven-point (21-14) deficit at the break en route to defeat the Cardinals in their initial NEWMAC game of the season.

Merchant Marine 56, Maine Maritime 31: Brice Moore rushed for a game-high 137 yards and four scores, while Joseph Bellomo added two touchdowns on the ground as the Mariners earned its first-ever NEWMAC win in Castine, Maine. Maine Maritime’s Corey Creeger recorded 232 yards of total offense, while recording four scores, including three on the ground.

Fitchburg State 31, Bridgewater State 29: Nelson Valerio tossed three touchdowns, Jevon Brown-Simpson rushed for 70 yards and Jovon White recorded a team-high 12 total tackles, including six solo stops as the Falcons picked-up its initial MASCAC win of the season. Bridgewater State’s Jack Lavanchy led all receivers with 166 yards on 10 receptions and two scores.

Buffalo State 33, RPI 21: Antoine Holloman‘s go-ahead touchdown with 31 seconds remaining in the third quarter provided Buffalo State with the lead, which they would not relinquish as the Bengals picked-up their third win of the season. Holloman concluded the game with 24 yards on 11 carries, while quarterback Kyle Hoppy completed 22 of 34 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown. Hoppy also rushed for 46 yards on 13 carries.

Western New England 21, Husson 14: WNE’s Josh Henry hauled in the go-ahead touchdown – a 28-yard reception – with 52 seconds remaining as the Golden Bears squeaked past the Eagles in Springfield. John Smith (Husson) led all rushers with 128 yards on 32 carries.

Hobart 34, Endicott 17: Shane Sweeney completed 22 of 32 passes for 321 yards and tossed four touchdowns, including a 41-yard strike to Ray Conley with 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter to send the Statesmen past the Gulls for their third win of the season. Will Genaway led Endicott’s receiving core with five catches for 74 yards and one touchdown.

Hartwick 24, St. John Fisher 21: Brian McGovern’s 21-yard field goal with three seconds remaining helped the Hawks secure their initial Empire 8 victory of the season. Billy Pine tossed three touchdowns in the win, while completing 26 of 41 passes for 375 yards. James Chambers (St. John Fisher) led all rushers with 173 yards on 18 carries and two scores.

Wesleyan 24, Tufts 17 (OT): Mark Piccirillo tossed three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime – a 14-yard strike to Mike Breuler – which helped the Cardinals defeat the Jumbos in Middletown, Connecticut. Ryan McDonald (Tufts) amassed 277 yards of total offense, including 155 yards through the air.


New England & Northeast Scoreboard

Frostburg State 24, Rowan 10

Springfield 42, WPI 10 

Framingham State 50, Mass. Maritime Acad. 7 

Morrisville State 44, Nichols 22 

Middlebury 41, Bowdoin 14 

Williams 24, Colby 7 

Amherst 36, Hamilton 6 

Trinity 51, Bates 0 

Plymouth State 37, UMass Dartmouth 7 

Worcester State 34, Worcester State 10 

Union 17, Curry 14 

Alfred 45, Rochester 7 

Western Conn. 37, Salve Regina 23

Coast Guard 13, Norwich 9 

Bridgewater State Picked First In MASCAC Preseason Poll

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Malik Garrett and the Bridgewater State Bears will look to defend their 2016 MASCAC crown when they kick-off the 2017 season against Buffalo State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bridgewater State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

The Bridgewater State Bears football team was selected to repeat as Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) champions, according to the conference’s release from earlier today.

The Bears captured the league’s crown last fall after winning eight-straight games, including a dramatic 28-27 overtime victory over Framingham State. BSU’s win over the Rams was followed-up with a 37-14 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the annual Cranberry Bowl, which is presented by Ocean Spray.

Bridgewater State returns 11 starters from last season’s squad, including tailback Alex McLaughlin and running back/wide receiver Malik Garrett. Fans should also keep an eye on wide-receiver Jack Lavanchy, who led the conference with seven touchdown receptions.

Framingham State and Western Connecticut State checked-in second and third, respectively, while UMass Dartmouth (fourth) and Plymouth State (fifth) rounded out the top five.

The Rams of Framingham captured the inaugural New England Bowl last season by defeating Salve Regina, 37-34. Quarterback Adam Wojenski and halfback Quron Wright combined for four touchdowns in their team’s final game of the season. Both student-athletes will be competing for the Rams this fall.

Fitchburg State, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy checked-in sixth and seventh, respectively, while Worcester State (eighth) and Westfield State (ninth) rounded out the final two spots in the preseason poll.

The New England Division III Football officially begins next week with teams from the MASCAC competing on either Friday or Saturday.