With the 2021 NCAA New England Division III season slowly winding down, it is time to unveil our end-of-season team that features a slew of student-athletes from all five conferences. Some of these student-athletes appeared on our preseason team — in case you missed it, feel free to jump back in time to see who made our D3 preseason squad! — but in the meantime, congratulations to everyone on another exciting season, and best of luck to the seniors and graduate students that competed for the final time this fall!
The eighth week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III college football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to highlight five teams to watch this weekend.
Anna Maria College (4-1, 2-0 ECFC): The AMCATs have been quite a story this fall, winning four straight contests, including a pair of Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) victories to keep them in the hunt with Gallaudet University for the league title.
This week, the AMCATs return home after three straight road games to host Dean College, which captured the ECFC crown in 2019.
Dean returned to the win column last week with a 39-36 victory over Keystone College – the Bulldogs defense held off a late rally by the Giants, who finished the final frame with three touchdowns.
At 1-2, Dean is not entirely out of the conference mix but would need to win this game to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Quarterback Alex Cohen was instrumental in his team’s last win over Alfred State – expect the veteran signal-caller to continue his success this week against the Bulldogs.
Bowdoin College (1-4, 1-4 NESCAC): Last Saturday was a special day for the Polar Bears as Bowdoin snapped a 14-game losing streak to Amherst College with a 21-14 victory.
The seven-point win over the Mammoths should provide the Polar Bears with some momentum heading into this week’s clash with Tufts University.
Quarterback Andrew Boel has been a player to watch these last two weeks – against Amherst, he completed 22 of 28 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns.
Boel connected with eight different receivers, including Colton Fahey who caught a pair of touchdowns while finishing with a game-high 112 yards on five grabs.
As a team, Bowdoin registered 421 yards of total offense compared to Amherst, which finished with 340. Additionally, they converted seven of 12 third-down attempts.
Bridgewater State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC): The Bears return from their bye with hopes of extending their current winning streak to five games.
In their last outing against Worcester State, the Bears leaned on halfback Adam Couch, who rushed for a game-high 190 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns. Brendan Albert led the defensive with a game-high 13 total tackles, including five solo stops, one pass break-up, and one fumble recovery.
Look for their momentum prior to their bye week to continue Saturday against Westfield State.
MIT (2-3, 0-2 NEWMAC): After starting their season by winning two of three contests, the Engineers have dropped their last two outings, including a 56-34 setback last Saturday against the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USSMA), which saw wide receiver Ben Dwyer record a career-best 224 receiving yards on nine grabs to go with one touchdown.
Dwyer, along with the Engineers will look to avenge their last two conference losses when they host Norwich University on Saturday, October 23 at 1 p.m.
The Cadets will arrive in Cambridge with one conference win, but a victory against Norwich means MIT could gain some much-needed momentum heading into their final three contests against Coast Guard Academy, Springfield College, and WPI.
Salve Regina University (6-1, 2-1 CCC): The Seahawks have rebounded quite well since dropping their initial conference clash with Western New England by scoring back-to-back wins against Nichols College (35-20) and the University of New England (48-6).
This week, their season is somewhat on the line as they must beat Endicott College to remain in the mix for the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown.
Endicott beat Salve Regina in their last meeting in 2019 – the game was held in Newport, Rhode Island – while the Seahawks beat the Gulls on their home turf one year later.
Look for Salve Regina to lean on its ground game like they did last week against Nichols, which saw halfback Joey Mauriello rush for a game-high 203 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns (all three scores occurred in the third quarter last week against the Bison).
Mike Ingraffia completed 18 of 27 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns – his second touchdown to Shane Aylward proved to be the difference as Endicott College topped Husson University, 24-17, to improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.
With the win, the Gulls remain in the top spot in the league for the second-straight week while Husson concludes a four-game winning streak, which began last month with a 10-7 victory over Plymouth State.
Endicott led Husson, 14-10, at the break, thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by Tyler Bridge and a 27-yard strike from Mike Ingraffia to Geoffrey Ingrando before extending its lead midway through the third quarter with a 33-yard field goal by Ryan Smith.
Husson would tie the game on the ensuing possession with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Nic Visser to Tyler Halls, but Endicott would respond late in the session with Ingraffia capping a 14-play, 87-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Aylward.
Endicott will visit Salve Regina University next week – the Seahawks picked-up its sixth win of the season by downing Nichols College by a score of 35-20.
Joey Mauriello rushed for 203 yards and 30 carries and three touchdowns against the Bison while quarterback Jack Maguire completed 17 of 29 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Logan Sawyer led the Bison with 294 passing yards and one touchdown pass to Cameron Bowden.
Salve Regina led Nichols, 14-6, at the break before pushing ahead for good by scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter.
Western New England bounced back from last week’s setback to Endicott by beating Curry College, 23-10. Wide receiver Steven Fedorchak concluded the contest with seven grabs for 103 yards and one touchdown.
The Golden Bears will be at home next weekend – they will welcome Nichols to Springfield, Massachusetts for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
One week after scoring an impressive 60-0 victory over Coast Guard Academy, the Springfield College Pride scored another big win as they defeated Norwich University, 56-7, in Vermont.
Isaiah Cashwell-Doe rushed for a game-high 144 yards on five carries and two touchdowns while Patrick Ladas added 59 yards on five carries and one rushing score.
Springfield concluded the game with 576 yards of total offense while its defense registered five tackles for a loss of 25 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two interceptions.
The Pride remain one of three teams with perfect records against New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foes – Merchant Marine improved to 3-0 in league play with a 56-34 win over MIT while Catholic University topped Coast Guard Academy, 30-7.
Aaron-Moses Williams completed 30 of 45 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns – his final touchdown pass to Ke’Vaughn Davis (13 catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns) proved to be the difference as the Worcester State Lancers rallied to beat Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 28-24.
Worcester State will visit Plymouth State next weekend – the Panthers scored their second straight win by defeating Fitchburg State this afternoon by a score of 36-0. Tyler Kayo and Manny Sanchez combined for three rushing touchdowns against the Falcons.
One week after almost beating Wesleyan University, Bowdoin College snapped a 14-game losing streak to Amherst College by defeating the Mammoths in Maine by a score of 21-14.
Quarterback Andrew Boel tossed three touchdowns in the win while Andre Eden rushed for 105 yards on 31 carries.
Amherst is now 1-2 against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams from Maine.
Trinity College and Williams College remained perfect through five weeks of NESCAC play as the Bantams rolled past Bates College, 45-7, while the Ephs topped Hamilton College, 35-7.
Make it three straight wins for Trinity College as the Bantams rolled past Middlebury College, 28-0, in their second home game of the 2021 season to erase memories of a five-point setback to the Panthers two years ago.
Trinity recorded 424 yards of total offense, thanks to quarterback Spencer Fetter, who concluded the game 18 of 31 for 319 yards and two touchdowns.
Devante Reid led all receivers with eight grabs for 146 yards while Thomas Walsh (one catch, 57 yards) and Jack Barrett (two catches, 21 yards) each recorded one touchdown reception. Halfback William Kirby rushed for a game-high 56 yards and one score.
Trinity’s defense limited the Middlebury passing attack to a season-low 118 yards while recording three interceptions and six sacks.
The Bantams, who led 7-0 at the break, doubled its lead early in the third quarter when Spencer Fetter connected with Thomas Walsh for a 57-yard touchdown pass to cap a two-play, 70-yard drive.
Brian Casagrande would add to the Trinity lead on the initial play of the fourth quarter by intercepting Middlebury quarterback Cole Kennon for an 86-yard touchdown return before William Kirby capped his team’s scoring with an 18-yard rushing score with 4:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Trinity is one of three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams that have won three straight contests as both Wesleyan University and Williams College remained perfected through three weeks by picking up wins against Bates College and Bowdoin College, respectively.
The Bantams will visit Hamilton College next Saturday, October 9 for a 1 p.m. kickoff – the Continentals scored their second win of the 2021 season this afternoon by defeating Colby College by a score of 27-14.
Western New England snapped its two-game losing streak with a 41-3 victory over Salve Regina University this afternoon. With the win, the Golden Bears improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
John Kenney rushed for a pair of touchdowns while Sam Opont recorded a game-high 11 total tackles as Endicott College won its first conference game against Curry College, 34-27.
The Colonels entered the game on a two-game winning streak – they were led by quarterback Justin Mullaney, who completed 22 of 38 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns.
Make it three-straight for the University of New England as they scored their first-ever win over Nichols College, 28-19, to improve to 3-1 overall. Next week, the Nor’easters will attempt to win their second consecutive conference game against Salve Regina.
Elsewhere in New England, Framingham State rolled past Plymouth State, 33-0, Massachusetts Maritime Academy topped Westfield State, 16-8, and Norwich University beat Coast Guard Academy, 24-21, in the Little Army-Navy Game for the Mug.
Stop by later this weekend for an additional blog post (or two) on the fifth week of the New England small college football season.
The fifth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to highlight five teams to watch this weekend.
Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC): The AMCATs have been a great story this fall, winning two of three contests, including an exciting 29-24 victory last weekend against Coast Guard Academy.
This week, Anna Maria will visit Keystone College in its first-ever meeting with the Giants — Keystone has yet to win a game this fall, but Saturday’s clash with the AMCATs will be their first as a member of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).
Quarterback Alex Cohen will be a player to watch in this game as the senior signal-caller has thrown for 852 yards through three contests, as well as connected with wide receiver for three of his four touchdowns.
On defense, keep your eyes on Sam Jakana, who finished last week’s game against the Bears with 10 total tackles — all solo stops! — including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards.
Colby College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC): The Mules snapped a 22-game losing streak to Amherst College last weekend by outlasting the Mammoths, 10-7.
Colby’s defense highlighted the win while halfback Devin Marrocco provided the Blue and White with an early lead mid-way through the opening quarter by capping a 13-play, 71-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run.
Moises Celaya booted a season-long 38-yard field goal midway through the final session to provide the visitors with a few more points that helped them depart Amherst with a much-needed win after losing their season-opener to Wesleyan University one week earlier by a score of 21-5.
This week, the Mules face-off against a 1-1 Hamilton College squad that won its season-opener against Bowdoin College but lost its second matchup to Wesleyan.
Last week’s win against Amherst should provide the Mules with some much-needed momentum against a Hamilton squad that beat them in 2019 by a score of 45-24.
In 2018, the Mules topped the Continentals at home by a score of 23-21, thanks to a pair of fourth quarter field goals by Walter Thilly.
Curry College (2-1, 0-0 CCC): After starting their season with a 41-7 setback to MIT, the Colonels have bounced back, defeating Coast Guard Academy (21-18) and Hartwick College (14-7) to enter conference play with some momentum.
Curry was idle this past weekend, but its defense was a unit to watch two weeks ago against Hartwick — Curry’s defense finished the game with two sacks, six tackles for a loss, one interception, and seven pass break-ups. Gregory Silvia and James Nyamwaya each recorded 10 total tackles.
Quarterback Justin Mullaney threw for a season-high 301 yards in the win – he also completed 24 of 37 passes and tossed one touchdown.
Mullaney’s go-to targets through three games are Maxx Bell (18 receptions for 141 yards) and Gabe DeSouza (15 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns) – both receivers will be players to watch on Saturday against Endicott College.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC): The Buccaneers returned to the win column last week after falling to Anna Maria College one week earlier by a score of 23-13.
Massachusetts Maritime’s defense was the story of last week’s conference win against Fitchburg State as the unit tallied 72 total tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss of 47 yards, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and one interception returned for 30 yards.
Hugh Wells was one of many members of the Buccaneers defense to watch last week – the West Hartford, Connecticut native registered three total tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one forced fumble.
Jonah Mitchell and Colbe Andrews powered the offense by combining for 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
This week, the Buccaneers visit Westfield State for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. A win over the Owls will keep Massachusetts Maritime in the mix for the top spot in the conference with Bridgewater State and Framingham State, along with UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut.
Salve Regina (4-0, 0-0 CCC): The Seahawks have been a great story this fall.
The team’s most recent win against Rowan University was very exciting – Salve Regina trailed, 35-16, at the break, but stormed back during the final two sessions to cap its non-conference slate with a 50-35 victory.
Halfback Joey Mauriello has been the players to watch on the Seahawks – the Colts Neck, New Jersey native was named this week’s New England Football Writers (NEFW) Gold Helmet recipient for Division II/III after rushing for a school-record 279 yards and three fourth quarter touchdowns. Mauriello concluded the contest with 332 all-purpose yards.
Mauriellio and the Seahawks face a challenging test this weekend against Western New England, a squad that has dropped two-straight to Salisbury University and Utica College.
Salve Regina has not beaten Western New England since 2013 – the victory occurred in Newport, Rhode Island. Their last victory against the Golden Bears on the road came in 2012 when Salve Regina topped Western New England, 43-0.