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The 2022 All-Noontime D3 New England Football Team

Phil Lutz concluded his team’s 2022 season with 10 receptions for 237 yards and six touchdowns, which helped Tufts University top Middlebury College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tufts University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another New England NCAA Division III football regular season has concluded.

As expected, it was another exciting season that needed 11 weeks to determine conference champions.

Before we turn our attention to tomorrow’s postseason contests, along with both New England Bowls, it is time to unveil our end-of-season team, which includes our offensive, defensive, and special teams’ student-athletes of the year.

Noontime’s End-of-Season Awards

Offensive Player of the Year: Phil Lutz (Tufts University): Lutz concluded his senior season by stuffing the stat sheet with 10 catches for 237 yards and six touchdowns against Middlebury College. He broke the single-game record for yards, touchdown receptions, and total touchdowns, and garnered a slew of weekly honors, including the final New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week award.

The North Caldwell, New Jersey native ended the season by establishing new single-season records in receptions (78), receiving yards (1,221), and touchdowns (14). Lutz’s 1,221 receiving yards is the most any NESCAC receiver has recorded in a single season since Mark Breuler concluded Wesleyan University’s 2017 campaign with 1,172 yards.  

Defensive Player of the Year: Hector Johnson (Endicott College): Johnson concluded his team’s 2022 regular season by tallying a slew of career-highs in solo stops (30), total tackles (46.0), sacks (14.5), and tackles for a loss (21). The 14.5 sacks are the most any Endicott defender has recorded in a single season.  

The Worcester, Massachusetts native was named this year’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year after anchoring an Endicott defense that has limited opponents to 6.5 points per game. Johnson recorded at least one sack in eight of 10 contests this fall with his best performance occurring against WPI in week two. Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four sacks for a loss of 28 yards, and a blocked field goal.

Special Teamer of the Year: Christian Hutra (Springfield College): Hutra concluded the regular season with a career-high 76 points off 10 field goals and 46 extra points while earning his second consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Special Teams Athlete of the Year award.

The Holmes, New York native converted 10 of 11 field goal attempts, including a career and season-best 46-yard boot in a come-from-behind win over MIT earlier this month. Hutra did not miss a single extra point, connecting on all 46 attempts while concluding the regular season as the leading NEWMAC kicker in various categories, including field goal percentage (91%), extra points made, and points. 


All-Noontime First TeamAll-Noontime Second Team
QB: Michael Berluti (Tufts University)QB: Nic Visser (Husson University)
QB: Dante Aviles-Santos (UMass Dartmouth)QB: Spencer Fetter (Trinity College)
RB: Spencer McMillion (Coast Guard Academy)RB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State)
RB: Chad Blaszky (Western Conn.)RB: Montie Quinn (Curry College)
WR/TE: Phil Lutz (Tufts University)WR/TE: Donovan Wood (Middlebury College)
WR/TE: Angel Sanchez (UMass Dartmouth)WR/TE: Devin Tolbert (Anna Maria College)
WR/TE: Trevor Chase (Norwich University)WR/TE: Quintus Reid (Dean College)
WR/TE: Logan Tomlinson (Wesleyan University)WR/TE: Joshua Vitti (Nichols College)
OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University)OL: Brian Callery (Framingham State)
OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College)OL: Eric Langland (University of New England)
OL: Kyle Woodring (Trinity College)OL: John Freeman (Williams College)
OL: Bryan Lawton (Framingham State)OL: Blair Horning (Tufts University)
OL: Teddy Fellows (Plymouth State)OL: Elian Telford (Salve Regina University)
DL: Hector Johnson (Endicott College)DL: Nick Helbig (Wesleyan University)
DL: Hugh Wells (Massachusetts Maritime Academy)DL: Peter Spinale (Westfield State)
DL: Noah Glantz (Trinity College) DL: Josh Lacerte (UMass Dartmouth)
DL: Ian Devine (Williams College)DL: Andrew Genier (Castleton University)
LB: Paul Calvetti (MIT)LB: Julian Young (Colby College)
LB: Tucker Buzzell (Husson University)LB: Zachary Ludemann (Salve Regina University)
LB: Tony Hooks (Bates College)LB: Jake Chiasson (Western New England)  
LB: Steven Silvia (Bridgewater State University)LB: Tyler Cooley (Westfield State)
DB: Derrick Revolus (Nichols College)DB: Noah Peterson (Worcester State)
DB: Finn Muldoon (Middlebury College)DB: Tyler Davis (Endicott College)
DB: Ethan Amburn (Norwich University)DB: Koy Price (Bowdoin College)
DB: Cully Curran (Framingham State)DB: Dre Kidd (Dean College)
K: Christian Hutra (Springfield College)K: Ivan Shuran (Williams College)
P: Loren Diloreto (WPI) P: Jack Mulligan (Mass. Maritime Academy)

Noontime’s NESCAC Football Preview: Can Williams Defend Its 2021 Crown?

Joel Nicholas and the Williams College football team begin their 2022 season on Saturday at Colby College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour)

By Matt Noonan

A brand-new season of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) football returns this Saturday.

As expected, there are some enticing matchups this weekend, including Trinity College at Tufts University, Amherst College entertaining Middlebury College, and Bates College visiting Wesleyan University.

But perhaps the game most fans will be watching – or perhaps following – is Williams College at Colby College.

The Ephs completed their first-ever 9-0 campaign last fall – Williams defeated Trinity, Wesleyan, and Amherst during the final three weeks to clinch its first outright crown since 2010 (the Ephs concluded its 2010 campaign with an 8-0 record, along with some hardware).

Quarterback Bobby Maimaron and wide receiver Frank Stola have graduated so if Williams is going to defend its crown, the Ephs will need to lean on both its returners and newcomers this fall.

Halfback Joel Nicholas returns after leading the NESCAC in scoring last season – the Buffalo, New York native tallied 17 touchdowns in nine contests. In addition to Nicholas, Williams will lean on John Freeman (offensive line), Ian Devine (defensive line), and Rocco Giandomenico (defensive back).  

The biggest question for the Ephs is who will play quarterback?

That remains an unknown, but don’t be surprised if you see Jack Dickinson or Luke Bobo line up under center on Saturday.

“We’ll make our decision on who will start later this week,” coach Mark Raymond said in the Williams College football preview on Ephsports.com. “Both are smart, talented, athletic, and they are good leaders who have taken control of the offense.”

Looking to challenge Williams for the top spot in the standings are Trinity and Wesleyan, which finished second and third, respectively, last season.

The Bantams return some key pieces from its 8-1 squad, including quarterback Spencer Fetter, halfback Will Kirby, and wide receiver DeVante Reid. Additionally, Noah Glantz (defensive line), Brian Casagrande (linebacker), and Aidan Kennedy (defensive back) return to anchor a defense that yielded 13.77 points per game last season.

Trinity concluded its season with back-to-back wins over Amherst (49-7) and Wesleyan (14-7) but saw its six-game winning streak snapped last October against Williams (42-3).  

Wesleyan began its 2021 campaign with six-straight wins before losing its final three contests to Amherst, Williams, and Trinity.

But despite ending its previous season with three-straight losses, there is a sense of optimism surrounding coach Dan DiCenzo’s squad, which will be led this fall by Nick Helbig, who was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year last November.

Helbig was the Co-Rookie of the Year in 2019 with Middlebury College’s Alex Maldjian and finished his junior season with 50 total tackles. He ranked second in the conference in tackles for a loss (11) and tied with Ian Devine in sacks (5.5).

As a unit, the Cardinals surrendered 168 points while the offense produced 197 points, thanks to David Estevez, a dual-threat quarterback that placed fourth in the conference in rushing yards (746). His longest burst was an 88-yard rush against Tufts last October.

Wesleyan shared the conference crown with Amherst and Middlebury in 2013 while finishing as the runner-up to the Panthers in 2019.

Trinity won three-straight titles from 2016 to 2018 and is seeking its 18th crown in program history.

Noontime’s Team to Watch in 2022: Colby College. Coach Jack Cosgrove’s squad has gradually improved over the last few seasons – last fall, the Mules produced its first four-win season since finishing 4-4 in 2013.

Brett Holmes, who represented the Blue and White on the NESCAC First-Team Defense last November, has graduated, which means Colby will need to lean on a few returners, including defensive back Nick Donatio, who led the unit in total tackles (69.0). Donatio also recorded a team-high 47 solo stops to go with six pass breakups.

Linebacker EJ Brister is back after recording 35 total tackles in nine contests, including seven tackles for a loss of 15 yards.

Quarterback Matt Hersch returns after throwing for 1,742 yards – expect him to target wide receiver Jack Sawyer, who led the Colby receiving core with 462 yards on 28 receptions.

Colby may have dropped three of its first four contests last season, but the Mules did score some impressive wins last fall over Amherst (10-7) and Middlebury (28-14). Additionally, they topped Bates and Bowdoin College to claim their third consecutive CBB crown (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin trophy).

Noontime’s Surprise Team in 2022: Middlebury College. The 2022 season will mark the final time coach Bob Ritter will pace the sidelines, so I expect this current group of Panthers to play some inspired football this fall.

Middlebury’s perfect season from 2019 seemed like a distant memory last fall as the Navy Blue and White won just three of nine contests.

For the Panthers to cap Ritter’s time on the sidelines with some hardware, they will need to score wins over Trinity, Wesleyan, and Williams, along with Amherst, Colby, and Tufts. Additionally, they will want to beat Bates, Bowdoin, and Hamilton College.

Linebacker Jack Pistorius has graduated, which means the Middlebury defense will need to lean on Tomas Kenary (defensive line), who was named Co-Rookie of the Year last fall with Andre Eden of Bowdoin, and wide receiver Donovan Wood, who earned a spot on the All-NESCAC Second Offense.

Cole Crider returns as the team’s punter – he represented Middlebury on the All-NESCAC First team Special Teams.

Noontime’s NESCAC Champion Prediction: Trinity College. As much as I would like to pick Williams to repeat, Trinity seems like the safe pick, as well as the early favorite by many that observe or cover the NESCAC. Sure, you could make the case for Wesleyan, but in the end, coach Jeff Devanney’s squad will score a few late-season wins over Bates, Bowdoin, and Wesleyan to secure the team’s first NESCAC crown in four years.

Noontime’s All-New England D3 Football Preseason Team

Spencer Fetter and the Trinity College football team will be a squad to watch in the NESCAC this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

A brand new season of New England NCAA Division III football is quickly approaching, which means it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports preseason squad, which features a slew of student-athletes from last year’s end-of-season team.

The 2022 NCAA D-III football season begins Thursday, September 1 with a slew of local teams kicking off their respective season on Friday, September 2.

Noontime’s Preseason Offense

QB: Dante Aviles-Santos (UMass Dartmouth)

QB: Spencer Fetter (Trinity College)

RB: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University)

RB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State)

RB: Adam Couch (Bridgewater State)

RB: Andre Eden (Bowdoin College)

WR: Ke’Vaughn Davis (Worcester State)

WR: Phil Lutz (Tufts University)

WR: DeVante Reid (Trinity College)

WR: Logan Tomlinson (Wesleyan University)

OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College)

OL: John Freeman (Williams College)

OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University)

OL: Bryan Lawton (Framingham State)

OL: Kyle Woodring (Trinity College)


Noontime’s Preseason Defense

DL: Nick Helbig (Wesleyan University)

DL: Colin Meropoulos (Endicott College)

DL: Gerell Boyce (Framingham State)

DL: Ian Devine (Williams College)

DL: Mack Brown (Mass. Maritime Academy)

LB: Tony Hooks (Bates College)

LB: Brendan Albert (Bridgewater State)

LB: Steven Silvia (Bridgewater State)

LB: Tucker Buzzell (Husson University)

LB: Paul Calvetti (MIT)

DB: Armstrong Antoine (Anna Maria College)

DB: Dre Kidd (Dean College)

DB: Cully Curran (Framingham State)

DB: Tyler Davis (Endicott College)

DB: Danny Banks (Wesleyan University)


Noontime’s Preseason Special Teams

K: Christian Hutra (Springfield College)

K: Ryan Smith (Endicott College)

P: Quinten Fox (Endicott College)

P: Finnegan Hall (Coast Guard Academy)

KR/PR: Jacob Wagner (Coast Guard Academy)

The 2021 All-Noontime D3 New England Football Team

Bobby Maimaron led the Williams College football team to a 9-0 record this fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/ Williams College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

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!

Offense

  • QB: Dante Aviles-Santos (UMass Dartmouth)
  • QB: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College)
  • HB/FB: Adam Couch (Bridgewater State)
  • HB/FB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State)
  • HB/FB: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University)
  • HB/FB: Tim Callahan (Springfield College)
  • WR/TE: Errol Breaux (Dean College)
  • WR/TE: Aidan Hogan (Husson University)
  • WR/TE: Philip Lutz (Tufts University)
  • WR/TE: DeVante Reid (Trinity College)
  • WR/TE: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England)
  • WR/TE: Ke’Vaughn Davis (Worcester State)
  • OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University)
  • OL: Bryan Lawton (Framingham State)
  • OL: Pete Noonan (Salve Regina University)
  • OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College)
  • OL: Cade Watkins (Western New England) 
  • OL: John Freeman (Williams College)

Defense

  • DL: Chris Rice (Castleton University)
  • DL: Sam Opont (Endicott College)
  • DL: Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State)
  • DL: Frank Curran (Husson University)
  • DL: Marcus Elysee (UMass Dartmouth)
  • DL: Nick Helbig (Wesleyan University)
  • LB: Tony Hooks (Bates College)
  • LB: Brendan Albert (Bridgewater State)
  • LB: Steven Silvia (Bridgewater State)
  • LB: Tim Russell (Endicott College)
  • LB: Paul Calvetti (MIT)
  • LB: Joshua Salem (Western New England)
  • DB: Armstrong Antoine (Anna Maria College)
  • DB: Dre Kidd (Dean College)
  • DB: Cully Curran (Framingham State)
  • DB: Quinn Girard (Plymouth State)
  • DB: Kyle Niehr (Springfield College)
  • DB: Danny Banks (Wesleyan University)   

Special Teams

  • P: George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy)  
  • P: Zac Christian (Western New England)
  • K: Ryan Smith (Endicott College)
  • K: Christian Hutra (Springfield College)
  • KR: Ryan Milliken (Plymouth State)
  • KR: Adam Razza (Western New England)