Welcome to a brand new week here at Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com), which will be highlighting some of our favorite games we have watched or covered, beginning with ten of our favorite games from the D3 Football world last fall.
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The win – the team’s first since beating the Rams, 34-7, in 2012 – was highlighted by Joe Kalosky‘s five touchdown passes while the defense recorded four interceptions and one sack. Endicott’s Justin McEwen concluded the game with five receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
The opening day win over the Rams certainly provided the Gulls with momentum to finish its 2019 slate with nine wins. And those nine victories matched the 2012 squad, which also finished with an identical record of 9-2.
Framingham State outlasts UMass Dartmouth for a much-needed week five victory. The Corsairs entered their week five meeting with the Rams with a great deal of momentum – they had won four-straight contests leading up to the highly anticipated contest, including an impressive 48-41 win over Husson University.
UMD was certainly ready (and prepared) to go toe-to-toe with the Rams, who needed a second-half rally to beat the Corsairs, 39-33.
Framingham State overcame a 13-point differential at the break by outscoring the visitors, 26-7, thanks to Adam Wojenski, who concluded the game with five touchdown passes, along with 53 yards on 11 carries.
Jernigan, Maldjian leads Middlebury College past Wesleyan University: Both Middlebury and Wesleyan entered their mid-October meeting as the top two teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). And the winner – as both teams knew – would secure sole possession of first place heading into the final three weeks of the regular season.
Middlebury broke open a tie game early in the second quarter with a two-yard touchdown run by Alex Maldjian, which helped the Panthers push ahead for good. Maldjian concluded the marquee matchup with 95 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns while Will Jernigan completed 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns.
As for the Middlebury defense, the unit recorded four sacks for a loss of 27 yards, three pass break-ups, and one interception.
Hamilton College Stuns Amherst College with a last-second field goal. The last time the Continentals beat the Mammoths was more than two decades ago, but on Saturday, October 19th, 2019, the Blue and Gold scored an exciting 31-28 victory, thanks to a 40-yard field goal by Sam Thoreen as time expired. The win evened Hamilton’s mark at the time at 3-3 while Amherst fell to 4-2.
Thoreen finished the game with 11 points off three field goals and two extra points.
Mauck, Shepard lead MIT past WPI in overtime. In a must-win game for the MIT football team, the Engineers of Cambridge found a way to outlast WPI and keep their title hopes alive.
With less than 90 seconds remaining, Chris Mauck drove the Engineers into field goal range where Mark Wright drilled a 41-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.
In the extra session – well, the second additional session, to be exact – the Engineers again relied on Mauck, who connected with Keithen Shepard for a 23-yard game-winning touchdown that provided MIT with its first win over WPI since 1900.
The loss snapped an impressive seven-game winning streak by WPI, which included wins over RPI and Springfield College.
MIT would go onto win their second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title two weeks later against Springfield College.
Kingsley’s Fourth-Quarter Touchdown sends Anna Maria past Alfred State. Trailing Alfred State, 20-6, with 13:18 remaining in the fourth quarter, the AMCATs of Anna Maria needed to score two touchdowns as well as stop the Pioneers’ offense. And that is exactly what they did.
Kingsley concluded the game with 192 passing yards on 12 of 31 pass attempts while Tyshawn Anderson led all defenders with 24 total tackles, including 16 solo stops, three tackles for a loss of seven yards, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Terrell Watts threw for seven touchdowns while completing 18 of 29 passes for 260 yards. Errol Breaux led all receivers with eight catches for 125 yards and five touchdowns.
Two weeks after scoring an exciting four-point win over the Pioneers, the Bulldogs competed in their first-ever New England Bowl game against Endicott.
Fedorchak’s record day highlights Western New England’s win over Westfield State. In an early-season matchup against Westfield State, Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak established a pair of single-game records in the Golden Bears’ 56-35 win.
Fedorchak concluded the game with nine receptions for 319 yards and five touchdowns. He ended the opening frame by breaking the previous records for receiving yards (183) and touchdowns (three).
As a team, Western New England outgained Westfield State 701-354 while converting six of eight third-down attempts.
Quarterback Alec Coleman completed 22 of 27 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns. He also registered 43 yards on the ground and one score.
Bates College rolls past Bowdoin College in its first nighttime contest. The Bobcats halted a seven-game losing streak under the lights in early November with a commanding 30-5 win over Bowdoin College, thanks to a pair of touchdown receptions by Jackson Hayes. Quarterback Brendan Costa completed 9 of 17 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns while Tyler Bridge rushed for a game-high 188 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown.
As for the Bobcats’ defense, they concluded the contest with 56 total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception, and six pass break-ups. They also registered three quarterback hurries.
Michael Pina highlighted the win by scoring three touchdowns, including one through the air to Joshua Pierre-Charles, who also registered two rushing scores. Joe Cox recorded 12 stops in the win – Nichols would go onto finish its season with six wins, which is the most they had recorded since 2016.
For the second-straight season, Nichols College defeated the University of New England. But on Saturday, they needed not one, but four overtime sessions to outlast the Nor’easters in Biddeford, Maine.
Halfback Joshua Pierre-Charles helped the Bison keep their conference title hopes alive by rushing for a two-yard touchdown in the fourth extra session following a 21-yard field goal by UNE’s Kevin Heintz to clinch the three-point victory.
With the win, the Bison improve to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league play.
Pierre-Charles concluded Saturday’s thriller with three touchdowns and a game-high 82 yards on 22 carries. He also caught three passes for 24 yards.
Nichols quarterback Michael Pina ended the game with 329 passing yards and three scores while adding 53 yards on nine carries.
UNE led Nichols, 21-14, at the break before both offenses swapped touchdowns and field goals over the final 30 minutes.
Quarterback Brian Peters completed 34 of 50 passes in the setback for 343 yards and four touchdowns – he also rushed for three yards on five carries.
Nichols’ Joe Cox led the defense with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops and one tackle for a loss of four yards. He also added one pass break-up, too.
The Bison face Husson University next weekend in another must-win game for Nichols, which needs to beat the Eagles, Curry College, and Endicott College to have a chance to secure the league title. Nicholas did lose earlier this month to Western New England but has scored conference wins over UNE, Becker College and Salve Regina.
Endicott, Salve Regina, and Western New England all scored conference wins this afternoon – the Gulls and Golden Bears are currently tied for the top spot in the conference and will meet next Saturday, November 2nd in Springfield, Massachusetts with the winner securing the inside track to the conference crown.
Adam Wojenski accounted for five touchdowns, including four through the air, which helped Framingham State defeat Western Connecticut, 39-14, and secure the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) with three weeks remaining.
Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards while rushing for a game-high 84 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.
The Framingham State defense ended the game with 10 tackles for a loss of 57 yards, including six sacks for a loss of 38 yards. Adeboye Oyaronbi tallied seven total tackles, including four solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 12 yards, while Cully Curran paced the unit with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops.
Western Connecticut’s Will Daniels led all receivers with eight catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.
With today’s win over the Colonials, the Rams have won five-straight contests since starting the season with back-to-back losses. Framingham State visits Massachusetts Maritime Academy next Saturday – the Buccaneers lost to Plymouth State this afternoon by a score of 7-3.
While Western Connecticut sees its six-game winning streak conclude, they still have a chance to win the MASCAC crown, pending how the final three weeks play out. The Colonials have already beaten Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime, two teams the Rams will face the next two weeks.
Westfield State scored its first win of the season with a 26-7 victory against Fitchburg State. Leesandro Colon rushed for a pair of touchdowns while finishing the game with 132 yards on 20 carries.
Westfield’s Joseph Mazzotta led the Owls defense with 14 total tackles, while George Cole added 12 total stops.
Terrell Watts accounted for five touchdowns – three through the air, two on the ground – while Saquan Kelly rushed for a game-high 80 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown as Dean College defeated Gallaudet University, 56-35, to secure the top spot in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 3-4 overall and 3-0 in conference play with just two games remaining. Dean needs to beat Alfred State and Castleton University the next two weeks in order to secure the program’s first-ever ECFC title.
The Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title race is down to just three teams: Endicott, Nichols, and Western New England. The Golden Bears currently have the edge with a win over the Bison earlier this month, but the Gulls can secure their first-ever CCC title with a victory next Saturday against the Golden Bears, along with a win over the Bison two weeks later. Endicott will also need to beat UNE, too – both Nichols and WNE have beaten the Nor’easters this season.
With today’s win over Western Connecticut, Framingham State controls its own destiny with three weeks remaining. They need to beat Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy, along with Worcester State in week 11. The Rams defense (and its offense, too) seem to be peaking at the right time, but their next two matchups against the Bears and Buccaneers are no gimmes.
Middlebury College remains the frontrunner in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), but cannot overlook its next two foes, Hamilton College and Tufts University. Hamilton beat Tufts this afternoon in Somerville, Massachusetts – they also scored an exciting win last week against Amherst College, which lost to Wesleyan University in double-overtime earlier today. If the Panthers can get past the Continentals next Saturday, then they should be able to find a way to beat the Jumbos in their season finale.
Both Wesleyan and Williams College are both in a position to still win the NESCAC, thanks to wins earlier this fall against Hamilton and Tufts. The Ephs and Cardinals will meet next week in Middletown, Connecticut with second place on the line.
WPI appears destined to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The Engineers defeated Merchant Marine, 66-13, to secure their seventh win of the season. WPI will face MIT next weekend in a game the Engineers of Cambridge need to win in order to keep their title hopes alive.
Endicott College 41, Husson University 16
Nichols College 51, University of New England 48 (4OT)
With the seventh week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.
Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’ Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, which can be seen (here on our site) every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.
Offensive Team of the Week
OJ Armstrong (Tufts University): Armstrong led the Tufts receiving core with six catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns as the Jumbos rolled past Bowdoin College in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Tim Callahan (Springfield College): Callahan led all rushers with 161 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns as Springfield topped Merchant Marine on the road.
Stefano D’Emilia (Bridgewater State): D’Emilia accounted for eight touchdowns and 398 yards of total offense last Saturday in his team’s big win against UMass Dartmouth. The senior signal-caller completed 15 of 27 passes for 345 yards and five touchdowns while adding a game-high 53 rushing yards on 12 carries and three scores.
Tijani Harris (Trinity College): Harris rushed for a game-high 158 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns which helped the Bantams top Colby College at home.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Wesleyan University, Jernigan completed 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 36 yards on 12 carries.
Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Jones completed 26 of 34 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns which helped the Bears of Coast Guard Academy top Maine Maritime Academy.
Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky was impressive against Curry College, completing 19 of 23 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns.
Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Fitchburg State, Long amassed 245 yards of total offense, while recording four touchdowns. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown while adding 100 yards on 15 carries and three scores.
Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina): Mauriello rushed for 265 yards on 33 carries and three touchdowns against Western New England.
Justin Moffatt (Coast Guard Academy): Moffatt caught a game-high 13 catches for 256 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears topped Maine Maritime Academy on the road.
Randy Morgan (Becker College): Morgan rushed for a game-high 188 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns while catching one pass for 11 yards against Nichols College.
David Morrison (Husson University): Against the University of New England, Morrison completed 25 of 39 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 16 yards on six carries.
Julian Nyland (WPI): Nyland accounted for 209 yards of total offense against Catholic University by completing 10 of 13 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 19 yards on four carries and one score.
Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts completed 20 of 27 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs topped Anna Maria College on the road.
Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): The senior signal-caller was close to perfect last Saturday, completing 35 of 38 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns as the Rams topped Plymouth State on the road.
Defensive Team of the Week
Brett Bates (Amherst College): Against Hamilton College, Bates tallied seven total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 26 yards, along with one forced fumble and one pass break-up.
Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison defense with 16 total tackles, including 13 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of three yards against Becker College.
Desmond Dias (Dean College): Dias led the Dean defense against Anna Maria with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards. He also recorded one sack for a loss of 13 yards.
Seth Gewanter (Castleton University): Against SUNY-Maritime, Gewanter stuffed the stat sheet with 12 total tackles, including six solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards and one forced fumble.
Joe Gowetski (Bowdoin College): Gowetski stuffed the stat sheet against Tufts University with 11 total tackles, including four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 14 yards.
Will Kearney (Wesleyan University): Against Middlebury College, Kearney posted a team-high 18 total tackles, including seven solo stops.
Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Onujiogu helped the Rams defense limit Plymouth State to just 53 yards of total offense and five first downs. The defensive end concluded the game with six total tackles (five solo stops), including three tackles for a loss of 19 yards.
Sean Reall (UMass Dartmouth): Reall led the Corsairs’ defense against Bridgewater State with 14 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards. He also recorded one block, too.
Special Teams of the Week
Patrick Crowley (Coast Guard Academy): Crowley posted nine points against Maine Maritime Academy off two field goals, including a 44-yard field goal, and three extra points.
Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano posted 11 points on eight extra points and a 47-yard field goal against Curry College while recording 10 kickoffs for 613 yards with three touchbacks.
Christian Hutra (Springfield College): Hutra drilled a career-long 32-yard field goal while connecting on six extra points as the Pride of Springfield College stretched their winning streak to three games with an important road victory over Merchant Marine.
Jeremy Jackson (UMass Dartmouth): Jackson punted the ball six times for 232 yards against Bridgewater State with two kicks landing inside the Bears’ 20-yard line.
Carter Massengill (Middlebury College): Massengill tallied nine points off seven kicks, including a 20-yard field goal as the Panthers topped Wesleyan University in a battle of undefeated teams.
Alex Santiago (Nichols College): Santiago connected on all six kicks last Saturday against Becker College, including a 33-yard field goal. He finished the game with eight points.
Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade concluded last Saturday’s game with 10 points off seven extra points and one field goal (27-yards) as the Engineers rolled past Catholic University.
With the fourth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.
Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’ Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, too – these posts (and teams) can be seen every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.
Offensive Team of the Week
Maurice Ashley (Bridgewater State): Ashley hauled in game-high 107 receiving yards on four grabs and three touchdowns as the Bears rolled past Fitchburg State.
David Collins (Becker College): Collins rushed for a game-high 101 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown in his team’s initial conference meeting of the 2019 season against Endicott College.
Will Daniels (Western Connecticut): Daniels hauled in a game-high 157 receiving yards on six receptions and two touchdowns against Worcester State.
Brendan Dolan (Tufts University): Dolan recorded a game-high 104 receiving yards on five catches and one touchdown against Amherst College.
Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 25 of 40 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns which helped the Cadets defeat Castleton University last Saturday.
Ollie Eberth (Amherst College): Eberth accounted for 247 yards of total offense against Tufts University. He completed 11 of 23 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns while adding 56 yards on 10 carries.
Connor Field (WPI): Field rushed for a game-high 116 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns to lead WPI past Springfield College last Saturday.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): The third-year signal-caller guided the Corsairs to their fourth win of the season by completing 32 of 45 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 104 yards on 22 carries and one score.
David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 23 of 38 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns against Worcester State.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Trinity College, Jernigan completed 13 of 29 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 44 yards on 12 carries and one score.
Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long racked up 197 total yards of offense, including 48 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. He completed 10 of 19 passes for 149 yards.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Maimaron accounted for 218 total yards of offense last Saturday against Bowdoin College. He rushed for a game-high 127 yards on eight carries and one touchdown while completing four of ten passes for 91 yards and one score.
Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday in his team’s conference opener against Western New England.
Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero hauled in a team-high 151 yards on four catches and one touchdown against Castleton University.
Ashton Scott (Wesleyan University): Scott tallied 223 yards of total offense against Bates College, including 31 yards on seven carries. Scott completed 14 of 20 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
Brendan Smith (Western New England): Smith completed 16 of 28 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Bears returned to the win column with a 50-38 victory against University of New England.
Jamyre Soberanis (Western New England): Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns last Saturday against University of New England.
Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts registered 225 yards of total offense last Saturday against Kean University. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns while adding 15 yards on eight carries.
Defensive Team of the Week
Nick Ashley (Worcester State): Ashley led the Lancers’ defense with 11 total tackles, including three solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded two fumble recoveries, too.
Sam Casey (WPI): Casey paced the Engineers’ defense against Springfield College with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for a loss of one yard. He also forced one fumble and recorded one interception for 46 yards.
Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison’s defense with 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards.
Jackson DeAngelo (Endicott College): Against Becker College, DeAngelo stuffed the stat sheet with five total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one sack for a loss of 14 yards, as well as one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Ahmeir Funderburke (Dean College): Against Kean University, Funderburke stuffed the stat sheet with 11 total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and three solo stops.
Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime Academy): Johnston tallied eight total tackles, including three solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards against Westfield State last Saturday.
Joe Kelley (Amherst College): Kelly tallied a team-high 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half sacks for nine yards against Tufts University. He also recorded four quarterback hurries, too.
Alex Norton (Middlebury College): Norton recorded seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up in his team’s win over Trinity College.
Chris Rice (Castleton University): Against Norwich University, Rice stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 24 yards and three sacks for a loss of 21 yards. Additionally, Rice recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a 32-yard return, along with one quarterback hurry.
R.J. Robiskie (Coast Guard Academy): Robiskie helped the Bears defense return to the win column last Saturday against Curry College by tallying five solo tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while recording one forced fumble and one pass break-up.
Vincent Scancarello (Western Connecticut): Scancarello stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Worcester State with eight total tackles, including four solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for eight yards. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
AJ Smith (Springfield College): Smith led the Pride’s defense against WPI with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for a loss of one yard. Smith also recorded two interceptions for 25 yards.
Special Teams of the Week
Angelo DiSanto (Salve Regina): DiSanto accounted for seven of his team’s 15 points off two field goals and one extra point last Saturday against Nichols College. DiSanto’s longest field goal was a 39-yard kick.
Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Connecticut): D’Onofrio connected on all five extra points last Saturday against Worcester State while recording a pair of punts that landed inside the host’s 20-yard line.
George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Westfield State, Lampros connected on five kicks, including a 32-yard field goal, while recording two touchbacks on a pair of kickoffs.
Carter Massengill (Middlebury College): Massengill tallied 12 points off three field goals and three extra points against Trinity College. His longest field goal was a 32-yard kick.
Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College): Schreibstein converted five of six extra points while recording two punts inside the Bowdoin College 20-yard line. Additionally, he recorded three touchbacks, too.
Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University): Against Bates College, Von Jess tallied 12 points off six extra points and two field goals – his longest boot was a 42-yard kick. He also recorded four touchbacks, too.
Patrick Walsh (Tufts University): Walsh punted the ball fives for 244 yards against Amherst College with four kicks landing inside the Mammoths’ 20-yard line. His longest punt was a 61-yard kick.