Our Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) All-Decade Week continues with a brand new team: The Maine D3 Football Team from 2010-2019.
This was a fun walk down memory lane, highlighting a slew of student-athletes we covered and interviewed over the past ten years that earned a variety of end of season honors, including D3Football.com All-American honors to first or second-team nods to program record-holders to the final Gold Helmet Recipients from the New England Football Writers (NEFW). And as usual, we did our very best to highlight as many student-athletes from across The Pine Tree State.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Offense)
Cory Brandon (QB)
John Smith (RB)
Jim Bower (RB)
Maine Maritime Acad.
South Paris, Maine
Patrick Noone (WR)
North Attleboro, Mass.
Kyle Gaudet (WR)
Tyler Halls (WR)
Alex Young (OL)
Brad Weston (OL)
Nick Steele (OL)
Joe Smith (OL)
Dan Weamer (OL)
Maine Maritime Acad.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Defense)
Ryan Veillette (DE)
Ernest Wiggins (DT)
Wade Mondoux (LB)
Maine Maritime Academy
North Berwick, Maine
Myles Walker (LB)
Joey Cleary (LB)
Mark Upton (LB)
Elvin Suazo (LB)
Kevin Helm (LB)
Quan Soyini (CB)
Andrew Kukesh (DB)
Jean Gabriel (DB)
Lake Worth, Fla.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Special Teams)
Happy Sunday, everyone! And welcome back for yet another Noontime Sports rewind post where we reflect on coverage from both the current year and decade (the twenty-tens!).
This particular post will highlight some of the best teams we covered in New England D-III football – let the debate and conversations begin.
As usual, if you have any thoughts (or inputs) please comment below, but again, thanks for stopping by and reading a brand new rewind – let’s go!
The 2010 Williams College Ephs: Williams secured its third outright title with a perfect 8-0 mark which was capped by an end of season win over Amherst College. Additionally, the Purple and Gold captured the Little Three crown while producing their seventh perfect season in program history.
The 2011 Endicott College Gulls: In 2011, the Gulls captured 10 of 11 contests while averaging 40.5 points per game. The offense, led by quarterback Phil Konopka, was impressive, but the same could be said for the Endicott defense, which limited opponents to 16.5 points per contest. Kevin Eagan, who played just one season for the Gulls at defensive line, tallied 104.0 total tackles in 11 contests, including 55 solo stops and 23 tackles for a loss of 87 yards. Endicott finished the season with back-to-back wins, including an ECAC North Atlantic Bowl victory over Mount Ida College.
The 2012 Framingham State Rams: After finishing their 2011 campaign with a 7-4 mark, these Rams flipped the switch following an opening day loss to Endicott College by winning ten-straight contests, including a New England Football Conference (NEFC) Championship against Salve Regina University. Salve Regina was projected to win this particular meeting, but the Seahawks struggled to contain FSU halfback Melikke Van Alstyne, who rushed for 96 yards and two scores. James Muirhead concluded the contest with eight total tackles, including six solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one forced fumble. FSU would advance to the NCAA D-III Tournament but see their bid toward a national title conclude at Cortland State.
The 2013 Endicott College Gulls: Drew Frenette, Spencer Walsh, and Nate Lewis, along with the Endicott defense highlighted an exciting end of season win over Salve Regina to secure the program’s second NEFC crown in four seasons, along with a spot in the NCAA D-III Tournament. Endicott recorded its first shutout of the season and finished 2013 with an 8-3 record. The Gulls entered the postseason with a seven-game winning streak after starting its 2013 campaign with a 2-2 record.
The 2014 MIT Engineers: MIT advanced to the postseason for the first time in school history and won an exciting opening round contest against Husson University before falling to Wesley College in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. The Engineers finished 10-1 in 2014 – they scored some exciting wins over Western New England, Endicott College, and Coast Guard Academy to secure their initial New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship in program history. MIT averaged 446.8 yards of total offense and 35.5 points per contest.
The 2015 Western New England Golden Bears: Western New England captured 10 of 11 contests in 2015, including a pair of conference victories against Endicott and Salve Regina. The Golden Bears produced 40 points or more in five contests and secured a spot in the NCAA D-III Tournament in late November.
The 2016 Western New England Golden Bears: Despite ending their season with a six-point setback to Alfred in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament, the 2016 Golden Bears were very impressive, winning 11 of 12 contests by an average score of 39.8 to 19.0. WNE averaged 460.1 yards of total offense in 12 contests and limited opposing offenses to just 110.1 yards on the ground per game. They scored impressive wins over Springfield College, Union College, and Endicott College before beating Husson University in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament.
The 2017 Husson University Eagles: Coach Gabby Price led the Eagles to not just an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown in 2017, but also an upset win over Springfield College in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. Husson beat a very impressive Springfield team, which entered the postseason on a ten-game winning streak. Halfback John Smith rushed for a game-high 164 yards on 43 carries and two touchdowns while Elvin Suazo and the defense limited the Pride to a season-low 264 yards of total offense.
The 2018 Trinity College Bantams: The Bantams concluded their 2018 campaign not just with a 9-0 win over rival Wesleyan University, but also with their third consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship. Trinity won eight of nine contests and was able to win their ninth conference crown due to a 27-16 win earlier in the season against Amherst College. Trinity averaged 464.3 yards of total offense and 36.0 points per game while limiting opposing defenses to 67.7 rushing yards and 10.0 points.
The 2019 Middlebury College Panthers: Coach Bob Ritter led the Panthers to their first-ever 9-0 season in program history, along with a 2019 NESCACchampionship. The team averaged 410.6 yards of total offense, including 227.4 passing yards while limiting opponents to 108.0 rushing yards per game. Middlebury scored some exciting wins this fall, along with some nail-bitters against Amherst College and Colby College. They scored 45 points against Wesleyan University in late October before producing 47 points one week later against Bowdoin College.
Gabby Price will not be coaching the Husson University football team this fall.
The tenured coach, who has guided the Eagles for 12 seasons, including the past six campaigns, announced his retirement this morning after guiding the Green and Gold to an 8-3 record this past season, as well as the program’s fifth Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) conference title.
“I am honored to have had the job and have appreciated every minute that I have had working with so many outstanding people,” Price said in this morning’s release, which was seen on the Husson athletics website.
“I love coaching because of the players playing and those who have played. I am and have been proud of our players in so many ways. They have won some games and also been great to each other. Everyone has a story and many of our players have had an incredible journey in so many different directions. The greatest teachers in my life have been our players and for that I love them and will always be indebted to them.”
Price departs the Bangor, Maine campus as the winningest coach in program history. He has compiled a 72-45 mark in 12 seasons (2002-08 and 2013-18), while leading the Eagles to four NCAA Tournaments (2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018) and two ECAC Bowl Games in 2008 and 2015.
In 2017, Price guided the Eagles to a school record 10 wins, along with its first-ever NCAA Tournament win over heavily-favored Springfield College. The win extended the Eagles’ season to end of November 2017 where they faced No. 5/7 Delaware Valley.
2017 was also the final year Price coached halfback John Smith, who ended his time in Maine with 7,205 rushing yards (fourth most rushing yards by a Division III tailback), 81 rushing touchdowns (31 scores in 2017) and 370 receiving yards on 34 receptions.
As noted in today’s release, Price has coached 78 student-athletes that have earned all-conference honors, along with 11 players that collected major end of the year awards.
Price was tabbed the ECFC Coach of the Year three times at Husson, including this past season, while being named New England DII/DIII Coach of the Year in 2017. He has coached 15 All-Americans and 61 student-athletes that earned ECFC All-Academic awards.
Said Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi, “It has been an honor and our privilege to work with Coach Price during these past six football seasons. His commitment to Husson University and to the students in our football program has been outstanding. His priority has consistently been the health and welfare of each of our student-athletes. They are fortunate to have had the opportunity to have been coached by him.”
That’s right, it’s time for a Noontime 2017 Rewind as we look back on the past few months of coverage, while slowly looking ahead to what we can expect from the New England Division III Football world in 2018.
It was a great year of coverage and we certainly look forward to doing it again next season, so stay tuned, New England Division III football fans and friends!
Teams of the Year: For starters, we must begin with Husson University, which was led by senior tailback John Smith, who rushed for 31 touchdowns this season and 2,242 yards on 340 carries.
Smith, who was tabbed our Offensive Player of the Year, guided the Eagles to an exciting postseason victory over Springfield College before putting a scare into Delaware Valley in round two – the win over the Pride was the Eagles’ first-ever playoff win.
Despite falling short to the Aggies, the Eagles left a serious impression on us for the upcoming season and will certainly be one of our top teams to watch in 2018.
Springfield College also enjoyed an impressive 2017 campaign, winning 10-straight regular season contests, as well as the first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. The Pride scored an exciting opening day win against Western New England, which was followed-up with another impressive victory against Kean (28-8) in week two.
The Pride concluded their season with an impressive 435.2 rushing yards per game, while the defense held opponents to roughly 12 points per game. Senior halfback Jordan Wilcox was one of four nominees for this year’s Gagliardi Trophy.
Trinity College and Williams College are two other schools that deserve this particular honor – the Bantams captured another New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown this fall, while the Ephs enjoyed a bounce-back season under second-year coach Mark Raymond. The Ephs received a boost from first-year (and NESCAC Rookie of the Year) quarterback Bobby Maimaron, who led the Purple and Gold past Amherst College in the final game of the year – it was an overtime thriller!
Let’s not forget about Curry College or Framingham State – both teams met in the New England Bowl last month and will certainly be teams to watch in 2018. Additionally, we cannot overlook WPI, which won its first-ever postseason game against SUNY Maritime in the New England Bowl, too. The Engineers could certainly be a team that challenges the Pride for the top seed in the NEWMAC last year, so let the countdown to Springfield-WPI begin! Another team to watch in the NEWMAC next season … MIT!
Finally, a tip of the cap is due to Plymouth State, which again enjoyed another winning season – the Panthers captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown en route to a first-round playoff match-up against Brockport.
The NESCAC Nine Game Schedule was … AWESOME: The nine-game schedule in the NESCAC this season was awesome … seriously, we really enjoyed it!
Every week was must-see, must-follow and must-watch football – everyone had a chance to contend for the crown and a new storyline always unfolded after the final game concluded.
Trinity College may have been the team to beat again this season, but watching Amherst College, Middlebury College and Williams College compete with them for the top spot was extremely exciting. Additionally, let’s not overlook Tufts University and Wesleyan University, which also provided the Bantams with some challenges along the way to another league crown, too.
Outside the race for the crown, it was awesome to see the Maine triangle (Bates College, Bowdoin College and Colby College) continue their CBB rivalry.
We are really excited to see what happens next year, but all in all, the nine-game schedule was awesome!
The Football Friday Podcast: As sports media evolves, so does Noontime Sports and it seems like our weekly – and yes, sometimes bi-weekly – podcast on New England Division III football worked, so thank you all for tuning in/listening to our various conversations with coaches, student-athletes and media members.
We’ll continue it again next season, but certainly open to additional ideas or thoughts – maybe we should do a special segment like a ‘lightening round?’ Luckily, we have time to figure out some additional content ideas before a new season kicks-off, so keep your eyes out for season two of Football Friday, which will most likely begin next August.
ESPN D3 Coverage … MORE PLEASE:It was great to see the Coast Guard-Merchant Marine game streamed on ESPN3 last month – we need to see more games like this one on the four-letter network next year and beyond. Perhaps we could see more Division III (and some Division II games, too) on a new streaming service/platform, which ESPN plans to roll out next year? It is possible, so let’s see what happens, but that would be a great place for fans to go to watch and stream games.
Closing Thoughts: It was a great season – seriously, it was a tremendous year with some great stories and outcomes, which means 2018 should be even more exciting. We’re counting down the days to camp – yep, the clock is ticking in our office – and will look forward to bringing you coverage of New England Division III Football in 2018, so see you all on the gridiron soon!
With another New England Division III football season slowly winding down, it is time to dish out our Noontime Sports Team of the Year, including our Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams student-athletes of the year, as well as our Coach and Rookie of the Year, too.
Offensive Player of the Year: John Smith (Husson University): Smith collected his third consecutive Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Year award earlier this month before leading the Eagles of Husson to their first-ever postseason victory against Springfield College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament last weekend. Smith helped the Eagles conclude the regular season with nine wins, including seven conference victories. Smith currently leads all Division III rushers with 2,081 yards. Through 11 games this season, including his team’s recent postseason victory over the Pride, Smith has rushed for 30 touchdowns, while averaging close to 200 yards per game (189.2 yards per contest).
Special Teams Player of the Year: Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington helped the Engineers clinch their first postseason victory last Saturday in the New England Bowl against SUNY Maritime by connecting on all three kicks, including a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, which provided the host Engineers with the lead for good. Named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Special Teams Athlete of the Year, Herrington concluded the 2017 season with 74 points on 44 extra points and 10 field goals. His longest field goal of the season – a 41-yard boot – came in his team’s 45-0 win in September against Maine Maritime.
Rookie of the Year: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): The former Duxbury Dragon enjoyed an impressive first season with the Ephs, finishing his team’s nine game schedule with 12 touchdown passes and seven rushing scores. He tossed a season-high three touchdowns in a 47-14 win over Bates, while rushing for a season-best four scores in his team’s overtime win against Amherst, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Maimaron was also honored by the NESCAC as this year’s Rookie of the Year.
Offense of the Year
DJ Allen | Husson University | Tight End
Sean Amaru | Curry College | Running Back
Abbi Bamgbose | UMass Dartmouth | Wide Receiver
Conrado Banky | Middlebury College | Wide Receiver
Hunter Belzo | Springfield College | Running Back
Cory Brandon | Husson University | Quarterback
Mike Breuler | Wesleyan University | Wide Receiver
Noah Brum | Worcester State | Quarterback
Max Chipouras | Trinity College | Running Back
Alex Corvese | Curry College | Quarterback
Frank Cosolito | Middlebury College | Tight End
Jake Eglintine | Springfield College | Quarterback
Quinn Fleeting | Western Connecticut | Quarterback
Moe Harris | Castleton University | Running Back
Nick Hewitt | Mount Ida College | Wide Receiver
Jack Hickey | Amherst College | Running Back
Travon Holder | Westfield State | Running Back
Jack Lavanchy | Bridgewater State | Wide Receiver
Jared Lebowitz | Middlebury College | Quarterback
Jacob Maher | Worcester State | Tight End
Bobby Maimaron | Williams College | Quarterback
Sean McAllen | WPI | Running Back
Mark Piccirillo | Wesleyan University | Quarterback
Sonny Puzzo | Trinity College | Quarterback
John Robertson | MIT | Running Back
Robenson Saintard | Husson University | Wide Receiver
Anthony Service | Western New England | Quarterback
John Smith | Husson University | Running Back
Jacob Szulc | Plymouth State | Wide Receiver
Trai Weaver | Anna Maria College | Wide Receiver
Jordan Wilcox | Springfield College| Running Back
Adam Wojenski | Framingham State | Quarterback
Quron Wright | Framingham State | Running Back
Offensive Lines of the Year
Framingham State Rams
Husson University Eagles
Springfield College Pride
Western New England
Defense of the Year
Micah Adickes | Tufts University | D-Line
Rico Aaron | Dean College | Linebacker
Wesley Becton | Middlebury College | Linebacker
Michael Bianco | Becker College | Linebacker
Luca Cerasani | WPI | D-Line
Sam Edouard | Western New England | D-Line
Joe Esposito | Plymouth State | D-Line
Nathan Fleming | Framingham State | Linebacker
Jean Gabriel | Husson University | Defensive Back
Nick Giorgio | Springfield | D-Line
Steven Grogan | Curry College | Linebacker
Chris Hattar | Williams College | D-Line
Greg Holt | Tufts University | Linebacker
Kevin Hopsicker | Middlebury College | Defensive Back
Zhaire House | Western New England | Defensive Back
Corey Jean-Jacques | Trinity College | D-Line
Kurtis Jolicoeur | Western New England | Linebacker
Sam Malafronte | WPI | Linebacker
Marvey Mathurin | UMass Dartmouth | Linebacker
Brett McEvoy | Nichols College | Linebacker
Brandon Morris | Wesleyan University | Linebacker
Brandon O’Neill | Salve Regina University | D-Line
Joshua Onujiogu | Framingham State | D-Line
Dereck Pacheco | WPI | D-Line
Marlowe Scott | Springfield College | Defensive Back
Dominique Seagears | Trinity College | Défensive Back
Quan Soyini | Husson University | Defensive Back
Joe Surace | Curry College | D-Line
Elvin Suazo, Jr. | Husson University | Linebacker
Dominic Traversa | Springfield | Linebacker
Luke Washburn | Husson University | D-Line
Andrew Yamin | Amherst College | D-Line
Zach Ziemba | Plymouth State | Defensive Back
Christian Zotti | Springfield College | Linebacker
Special Teams of the Year
Brett Fox | Endicott College | Punter
Spencer Herrington | WPI | Kicker & Punter
Christian Humulock | Springfield College | Kicker
Marc Mrozek | Curry College | Kicker
Eric Sachse | Trinity College | Kicker
Coaches of the Year
Skip Bandini | Curry College | Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)
Mike Cerasuolo | Springfield College | New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)
Tom Kelley | Framingham State | Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)
Gabby Price | Husson University | Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)
Mark Raymond | Williams College | New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)