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D3 Football Roundup: Springfield Tops Endicott In The NCAA D3 Tournament

Arsen Shtefan and the Springfield College football team won its first postseason contests since 2006 as the Pride topped Endicott College.
Arsen Shtefan powered the Springfield College football team to an exciting 17-14 postseason win on Saturday over Endicott College. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second-straight week, Arsen Shtefan eclipsed the century mark, rushing for a season-high 156 yards and one touchdown as Springfield College raced past Endicott College, 17-14, in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Tournament.

With the win, Springfield clinched its first playoff win since beating Curry College in 2006 to secure a second-round date with Ithaca College next Saturday, November 26.

Ithaca advanced to the second round with a 63-20 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Shtefan’s lone touchdown came midway through the opening session before Springfield tacked on two more scores in the second half to provide the Pride with their ninth win of the season.

Blane Hart rushed for a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter before Christian Hutra capped his team’s offensive output with a 33-yard field goal with 7:25 remaining in the final stanza.

Endicott’s Clayton Marengi completed 14 of 25 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns with his final score landing in the arms of Jaeden Baxter. Shane Aylward, who caught Marengi’s first touchdown early in the third quarter, led all receivers with three catches for 68 yards.

Saturday marked the first time Endicott and Springfield have squared off on the gridiron – additionally, the three-point win over the Gulls provided coach Mike Cerasuolo with his initial postseason with his alma mater.

Endicott entered the game riding a 10-game winning streak – the Gulls clinched their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown two weeks earlier with a win over Salve Regina University before concluding their regular season with a come-from-behind win against Western New England.

Ithaca 63, UMass Dartmouth 20: Max Perry completed five of six passes for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with 83 rushing yards and two scores as the Bombers cruised past the Corsairs in the opening round of the postseason.

Dante Aviles-Santos, who has been the player to watch on the Corsairs this fall, tossed two touchdowns while JP Mason tallied a team-high 15 total tackles.

Saturday’s game marked the second time UMass Dartmouth has competed in the NCAA Tournament.

Plymouth State 21, Husson University 20: Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 131 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown as the Panthers rallied to beat the Eagles and win their first-ever New England Bowl.

Husson’s Nic Visser completed 24 of 32 passes for 227 yards to go with a team-high 56 rushing yards and one touchdown. Elijah Garnett rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.

Bridgewater State 34, Catholic University 24: Quarterback James Cahoon completed 24 of 33 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Wright added 120 rushing yards on 23 carries as the Bears topped the Cardinals to clinch their second New England Bowl.

Catholic’s Nico Casares completed 25 of 44 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

Inside The Matchup: UMass Dartmouth at Ithaca College

Matt DeSimpliciis and the Ithaca College defense will be tasked with slowing down a high-powered UMass Dartmouth offense on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rich Barnes)

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re two days away from the opening round of the NCAA Division III postseason.

UMass Dartmouth is scheduled to compete against Ithaca College on Saturday, November 19 with the winner advancing to next week’s second round.

Like we did yesterday with our New England Bowl previews, it’s time “go inside” our first NCAA matchup, which could see both teams produce a slew of points in 60 minutes.

Game Time & Location: UMass Dartmouth will make the trek to Ithaca, New York on Saturday, November 19 to compete against the Bombers at Butterfield Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Ithaca’s 2022 Season Review: The Bombers were certainly the team to watch in the Liberty League (LL) this fall.

Ithaca clinched its first perfect season since 1986 last Saturday with a 34-17 win over SUNY Cortland in the 63rd Cortaca Jug Game, which was played at Yankee Stadium.

Prior to their win over the Red Dragons, the Bombers celebrated their first-ever Liberty League championship with a hard-fought 31-28 victory over Union College after scoring a 13-10 win over RPI one week earlier. RPI won the league last fall.

Ithaca boasts an impressive offense that is averaging a little more than five touchdowns per game while its defense is limiting foes to 9.90 points per game.

Saturday will mark the first time Ithaca will host an NCAA Tournament game since 2013.

UMass Dartmouth’s 2022 Season Review: It took the Corsairs 20 years to return to the national postseason.

UMass Dartmouth captured its first-ever Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown last Saturday with a 46-21 victory over Plymouth State.  

The Corsairs return to the postseason with a great deal of momentum – the Blue and Gold have won eight-straight contests since falling to Anna Maria College in early September.

Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos has been one of many players to watch on the Corsairs this fall. The junior signal-caller from Cumberland, Rhode Island turned in an impressive second season by concluding the regular season with a slew of career bests in multiple categories, including passing yards (2,940) and touchdown passes (26).

Like Ithaca, the Corsairs’ offense has produced a slew of points this fall – 423 points, to be exact – to go with 5,458 yards on 722 plays.

The Last Meeting: Ithaca scored its only win against UMass Dartmouth in 2004 when the Bombers beat the Corsairs, 36-19, in the ECAC Northwest Championship.

The game was played in Ithaca and was highlighted by Jamie Donovan, who led the Bombers’ rushing attack with 165 net yards and three touchdowns. Bryan Marion paced the UMass Dartmouth receiving core with seven receptions for 70 yards.

Inside the Numbers: The Corsairs enter the opening round of the NCAA Tournament with an offense that ranks second in total offense (5,458). They are currently 10th in yards per game (7.07), which is one spot below Tufts University (7.10).

Ithaca’s defense is one of the top units in NCAA Division III – they are currently tied for ninth in defensive touchdowns with four scores (three interceptions and one fumble).

Players to Watch on Ithaca: A.J. Wingfield (QB), Jake Williams (RB), Michael Anderson (WR), Julien Deumaga (WR), Michael Roumes (P/DB), Matt DeSimpliciis (LB), and Jason Haber (LB).  

Players to Watch on UMass Dartmouth: Dante Aviles-Santos (QB), Jalyn Aponte (RB), Richarno Hylton (RB), Angel Sanchez (WR), Keenan Little (WR), Javien Delgado (LB), JP Mason (DB), and Sam Alicea (LB).     

Noontime’s New England D3 Football Top 10 (Oct. 17, 2022)

Salve Regina’s Joey Mauriello became the Seahawks’ all-time leading rusher on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week of New England NCAA Division III football is in the books.

Heading into the eighth week of the 2022 season, we did not see too much movement from a week ago. However, some teams switched positions, including Salve Regina University, which held off a Western New England comeback in the final seconds.

Tufts University dropped to the eighth position following a difficult setback to Wesleyan University while Plymouth State checked in ninth after a bounce-back win over Fitchburg State.

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, October 17, 2022

1. Endicott College (6-0, 2-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): A challenging four-game stretch begins for the Gulls, which remains the team to beat in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

2. UMass Dartmouth (6-1, 5-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 2): The Corsairs clinched their fifth-straight win on Saturday by defeating Westfield State, 34-7. UMD’s defense concluded its meeting with the Owls by recording four sacks and two interceptions. Additionally, JP Mason scooped one fumble while recording four solo stops.  

3. Springfield College (4-2, 2-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 3): Springfield has outscored its first two conference foes by a combined score of 118-26, thanks to quarterback David Wells, who rushed for a game-high 135 yards and three touchdowns against Norwich University.

4. Trinity College (5-0, 5-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 4): Halfback Colin McCabe halted a Middlebury College comeback by rushing for the go-ahead score with 1:08 remaining. The junior tailback concluded his team’s week seven meeting with the Panthers with 46 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

5. Middlebury College (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC) (LW: No. 5): The Panthers remained in the fifth position for the second-straight week, despite losing to the Bantams on Saturday. Middlebury outgained Trinity in total offensive yards (370-344) while the defense recorded three sacks.

6. Wesleyan University (4-1, 4-1 NESCAC) (LW: No. 6): Wesleyan has won three-straight contests since falling to Middlebury last month. On Saturday, the Cardinals’ defense shined in the final minutes to secure a hard-fought 26-22 win over Tufts University.

7. Salve Regina University (4-2, 1-1 CCC) (LW: No. 9): The Seahawks moved up two spots following a dramatic win over Western New England. Halfback Joey Mauriello highlighted Saturday’s win by becoming the program’s all-time leading rusher.  

8. Tufts University (3-2, 3-2 NESCAC) (LW: No. 7): Tufts dipped one spot after falling short of winning its fourth-straight contest. The Jumbos will look to bounce back later this week against Amherst College, which is seeking its first win of the 2022 season.

9. Plymouth State (5-1, 3-1 MASCAC) (LW: No. 10): The Panthers moved up one spot following a bounce-back win over Fitchburg State. Plymouth State will go for its sixth win of the season on Saturday when they visit Worcester State.  

10. Western New England (2-4, 1-1 CCC) (LW: No. 8): The Golden Bears may have outscored the Seahawks in the second half, but their final touchdown with 47 seconds remaining did not spark an additional score. Western New England will attempt to bounce back Saturday against Curry College.

On the Rise: Bridgewater State (3-3, 3-1 MASCAC), Husson University (3-4, 2-1 CCC), and University of New England (4-2, 2-1 CCC).