D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Sept. 10, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Before we officially turn our attention (and the page) to week two, let’s unveil our first New England Divison III Football Team of the Week, which is powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics.

Our Noontime Sports teams of the week will appear every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.

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Offensive Players of the Week | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Against Springfield College, Coleman completed 28 of 36 passes for 305 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 46 yards on 12 carries for one score.

Connor Field (WPI): Field rushed for 117 yards on 13 carries for two touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win over Worcester State.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Alfred State, Gacioch completed 19 of 28 passes for 338 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 14 yards, too.

David Hamilton (Plymouth State): Hamilton capped a 10-play, 51-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown with 6:46 remaining in the fourth quarter which helped Plymouth State edge Castleton University. The PSU halfback concluded the contest with 146 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky completed 21 of 28 passes for 374 yards while tossing five touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win against Framingham State.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina): Mauriello led the Seahawks’ rushing attack with 140 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown.

Randy Morgan (Becker College): Morgan led the Hawks rushing attack with 133 yards on 29 carries while scoring two touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win over Anna Maria College.

Justin McEwen (Endicott College): McEwen hauled in five receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns against Framingham State.

Michael Pina (Nichols College): Against Dean College, Pina completed 20 of 33 passes for 242 yards while tossing four touchdowns in an opening day win for the Bison.

Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero led the Cadets’ receiving core with six catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Jake Wood (Nichols College): Wood hauled in six catches for 111 yards and three touchdowns in Nichols’ season-opening win over Dean.


Defensive Players of the Week | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria College): Anderson led the AMCATs’ defense with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops in his team’s season-opener against Becker College.

Spencer Baron (Maine Maritime Academy): Against SUNY Maritime, Baron tallied 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops, one pass break-up, one fumble recovery, and a half a tackle for a loss for two yards.

Bailey Devine-Scott (Western New England): Against Springfield College, Devine-Scott posted 12 total tackles, including nine solo stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and four pass break-ups.

Alijah Ellis (Westfield State): Ellis led all defenders last Saturday with 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops in the Owls’ season-opener against Union College.

Jordan Fletcher (Western Connecticut): In his team’s season-opener against William Patterson, Fletcher led the Colonials defense with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 19 yards.

Matt Messner (Salve Regina): In his team’s season-opener against Norwich University, Messner registered 12 total tackles, including six solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for four yards.

Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Onujiogu led the Rams’ defense with 12 total tackles, including nine assists and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.

Steven Silvia (Bridgewater State): Silvia led the Bears’ defense with eight total tackles against Morrisville State, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of seven yards and one sack for five yards.

Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter led the Corsairs’ defense against Alfred State with seven total tackles, including four solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one pass break-up.

Adam Zimmerman (MIT): Zimmerman led the Engineers’ defense with 12 total tackles, including a pair of solo stops against Carnegie Mellon.


Special Team Players of the Week | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): Against Framingham State last Friday, DiCairano recorded 13 points on seven extra points and two field goals. DiCairano’s longest field goal was a 47-yard boot.

Kieran Lombard (Western New England): Lombard recorded 15 points on seven kicks last Saturday against Springfield College, including four field goals.


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D3 Football: Zelos Athletics’ Players of the Week (Monday, Sept. 9th, 2019)

ZELOS WK1 PLAYERS WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the first week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our initial players of the week, which will once again be powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players 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


This season, Noontime Sports will select one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week. The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season.

As usual, stay connected with our Noontime Sports New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB


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Endicott College quarterback Joe Kalosky tossed five touchdown passes in his team’s season-opener against Framingham State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)

Offensive Player of the Week: Joe Kalosky (Endicott College | Quarterback | Plymouth, Conn.): In his first game of the 2019 season, the Endicott signal-caller connected on 21 of 28 passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns. The five touchdown passes matched a career-high for Kalosky, who was also tabbed this week’s Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) Offensive Player of the Week.


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Western Connecticut’s Jordan Fletcher helped the Colonials squeak past William Patterson on Saturday in the team’s season-opener. (PHOTO COURTESY: Peggy H. Stewart/Western Connecticut State University)

Defensive Player of the Week: Jordan Fletcher (Western Connecticut | Defensive End | Manchester, Conn.): Against William Patterson this past Saturday, Fletcher led the Colonials defense with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 19 yards. For his effort, Fletcher was also tabbed this week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Defensive Player of the Week.


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Western New England’s Kieran Lombard recorded 15 points in his team’s season-opener against Springfield College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rachael Margossian)

Special Teamer of the Week: Kieran Lombard (Western New England | Kicker | Dover, New Hampshire): Lombard commenced his senior season by converting seven kicks, including four field goals. The 15 points are the most Lombard has recorded in a Golden Bears uniform – he tallied 12 points both last season and the year before. Lombard’s longest field goal on Saturday was a 31-yard boot. For his effort, he was named the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) Special Teams Player of the Week.


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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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