D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Five (New England & Northeast)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Ah, it’s Friday, which means it’s time to dish out some weekly picks! It also means a brand new weekend of college football (and high school and professional) is upon us, too.

Any who, here are 10 Games to Watch this week in New England and Northeast D3 Football, as always, make sure to stay connected on Facebook and Twitter throughout the weekend for news, scores and updates!

Brockport at Cortland: The Golden Eagles have soared to four-straight wins this season, including an impressive 38-7 win over St. John Fisher two weeks ago. Their momentum should certainly continue this week against the Red Dragons. PREDICTION: Brockport 28, Cortland 21 

Buffalo State at Alfred: This is a big-time test for the Bengals, who are a perfect 1-0 in Empire 8 play this season. Buffalo State scored an impressive win last week, tallying 24 unanswered points over the final two frames to beat RPI. They certainly will need to play their best against a quality Saxons foe, which has yielded at least two touchdowns per game this season. PREDICTION: Alfred 30, Buffalo State 21 

MIT at Merchant Marine: If the Engineers are going to secure another NEWMAC win, their offense will need to match the Mariners’, who have scored 31 points or more in three games this season. Slowing down Brice Moore won’t be an easy task, but this Engineers defense should be up for the challenge. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 38, MIT 26 

Husson at Endicott: Endicott clearly gave Hobart a challenge last week, but can that momentum continue this week, especially against a talented Husson squad that is coming off a disappointing setback to Western New England one week ago? If Endicott is going to win this one, they must find a way to slow down John SmithPREDICTION: Husson 21, Endicott 17 

Williams at Trinity: A pair of 2-0 squads are set to meet in Hartford on Saturday in what should be an interesting NESCAC affair. Trinity’s offense has put up a lot of points in its first two contests, so the Ephs must find a way to slow down their passing and rushing attacks. Keep an eye on Williams quarterback Bobby Maimaron and wide receiver Justin Nelson in this one. PREDICTION: Trinity 30, Williams 20 

Alfred State at SUNY Maritime: Conference play officially begins for the ECFC and this could be an interesting contest to follow, especially since Alfred State did provide a challenge to Rochester a few weeks ago. The Privateers were off last week, but have scored some important wins this season, including a 38-31 win over Merchant Marine. PREDICTION: SUNY Maritime 28, Alfred State 14 

St. Lawrence at Western New England: The Golden Bears returned to the win column last week by defeating the Eagles of Husson, thanks to 21 unanswered points over the final two frames. This week, they must continue that second half momentum against a talented St. Lawrence unit, which provided challenges to Ithaca College two weeks ago. PREDICTION: St. Lawrence 28, Western New England 20 

Hobart at Ithaca: The Bombers were off last week, but return to action this week against a solid Hobart squad that relied on its passing game to defeat Endicott. Ithaca must find a way to slow down Shane Sweeney, who ranks second in the Liberty League in touchdown passes (eight). PREDICTION: Hobart 24, Ithaca 21 

Union at Morrisville State: Since falling to Husson, these Dutchmen have found ways to grind out wins, including last week when they squeaked out an exciting third-straight victory over Curry College. This week, they must rely on all units – offense, defense and special teams – to defeat Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Morrisville State 30, Union 20 

Hartwick at Utica: Can the Pioneers win their initial Empire 8 contest of the season? If they do, it will entail finding a way to slow down an impressive Hartwick passing attack. PREDICTION: Hartwick 31, Utica 22 

Mass. College Football: NEWMAC To Add Football In 2017

By NoontimeSports.com 

The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced some very exciting news this afternoon that the conference will be sponsoring football, beginning in the fall of 2017.

Courtesy of the NEWMAC Office, here is this afternoon’s release:

Boston, Mass. – The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) is excited to announce that it will begin sponsoring the sport of football starting in the 2017 season. Conference members, the United States Coast Guard Academy, MIT, Springfield College and WPI will be joined by Maine Maritime Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and Norwich University, who enter the NEWMAC as associate members in 2017. Football becomes the 20th conference championship and the league’s ninth men’s offering.

“This is a wonderful moment for the NEWMAC,” said H. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College and chair of the NEWMAC Presidents Council. “This growth is a testament to the continued academic and athletic excellence for which NEWMAC schools are known.”

Springfield, WPI, and Merchant Marine have been participating in the Liberty League, while MIT, Coast Guard, and Maine Maritime were members of the New England Football Conference, and Norwich was a part of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference. In addition to the connection Maine Maritime, Merchant Marine and Norwich have to Coast Guard, MIT, Springfield and WPI in football; they also have long-standing relationships with NEWMAC members in other sports.

Patrick B. Summers, the NEWMAC Executive Director, shared his excitement about the announcement saying, “The NEWMAC’s commitment to academic and athletic excellence was once again first and foremost in the decision to bring football under the conference’s umbrella. The ability to add another sport which our institution’s sponsor under the conference’s jurisdiction allows us to help create the best possible experience for our student-athletes and falls in line with the NEWMAC’s Strategic Plan.”

Norwich, Maine Maritime, and Merchant Marine join the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (men’s lacrosse) and Simmons College (women’s rowing) as associate members in the conference.

Summers went on to say “It gives me great pleasure to officially welcome Maine Maritime, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Norwich University to the NEWMAC as associate members in the sport. It has been a pleasure working with these institutions and the NEWMAC administrators to establish NEWMAC football. It was clear that their desire to uphold the NEWMAC’s dedication to both academic and athletic excellence was sincere and made them ideal fit as pioneering members of this sport.”

The NEWMAC will not immediately receive an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Football Championship but institutions will be eligible to qualify for the Division III NCAA Football Championship through an at-large selection. Per NCAA bylaws, there is a two-year waiting period, and the conference should receive an AQ for the 2019-2020 academic year.  The seven football-playing members of the NEWMAC have combined to go to 13 NCAA Tournaments and have played in 22 ECAC Championship Bowl Games. The NEWMAC will continue to evaluate the need for an eighth member.

Mass. College Football: Springfield Represented In Super Bowl XLVIII In a Variety of Ways

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College sports information department, below is this afternoon’s release about three alums that’ll be represented in the Super Bowl on Sunday:

Three Springfield College alums will be representing the Pride on Sunday at Super Bowl XLVIII. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

Three Springfield College alums will be representing the Pride on Sunday at Super Bowl XLVIII. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics)

Springfield, Mass. – January 27, 2014 – When Super Bowl XLVIII takes place this Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J., there will be several Springfield College alums who will be involved, whether it be on the field, in the stadium, or in the television studio.

Dave Magazu ‘80 is in his third season as the Denver Broncos offensive line coach —a position in which he owns six years of NFL experience and 29 years overall. Denver’s offense has put together a record-setting year thanks to the efforts of quarterback Peyton Manning, as the Broncos set new NFL records for offensive points in a season, passing touchdowns, and passing yards gained. Under Magazu’s watch, the offensive line has allowed the fewest sacks (20) and the third-fewest quarterback hurries (54) among the 32 NFL teams. Magazu earned a degree in Physical Education and was a four-year starter as a defensive tackle and a member of both the 1976 and 1978 teams that allowed the fewest points (128) in the past 45 years of Springfield College football program.

Jessamyn McIntyre ‘04 has a multitude of media roles dealing directly with the Seattle Seahawks. In addition to being an Executive Producer at 710 ESPN Seattle, McIntyre is a co-host of the Fone Zone at Northwest Cable News. The ‘Fone Zone’ is a popular Seahawks post-game call-in show and airs directly after the Seahawks network broadcast. McIntyre graduated with a degree in Communications/Sports Journalism and was a four-year member of the women’s volleyball program at Springfield College.

Ron VanDeVeen ’89 is the current Senior Vice President of Events for MetLife Stadium, which is set to host the first-ever Super Bowl in the New York metropolitan area. VanDeVeen graduated from Springfield with a degree in Business.

Mass. College Football: WPI’s Hamdan Tabbed A Football Academic All-American

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the WPI sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about Ehab Hamdan, who has been selected as a Capital One Division III Football All-America by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA):

Worcester, MA — WPI student-athlete Ehab Hamdan (Revere, MA) has been selected as a Capital One Division III Football All-America by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). The senior wide receiver earned second team honors and joins Aaron Champagne (2009 and 2010) as the only WPI football players to be named Academic All-America.

Hamdan becomes the 25th different Crimson and Gray student-athlete to earn Academic All-America accolades and it marks the 50th time an Engineer has been honored.

The senior wideout had a career season for the Engineers, leading the Liberty League in receptions (56), receiving yards (650) and touchdowns (8).  His 56 catches were fifth all-time at WPI, just a one away from a three-way tie for second place.  For his accomplishments, he was named second team All-Liberty League.

Hamdan touts an impressive 3.78 GPA as a civil engineering major.  He is a repeat Academic All-Liberty League selection a Dean’s List member and a Charles O. Thompson scholar. Hamdan’s IQP Project studied the Growth of the Life Science Economy in Worcester while his sufficiency was in Spanish.  The senior is a member of Sigma Phi Espilon fraternity.

It has been a busy month of awards for Hamdan, as he was joined by classmates Tim Grupp (Highland Mills, NY) and Paul Monahan (Randolph, MA) on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District I first team and in addition to the All-Liberty League second team honors, was named to the conference’s All-Academic team.

Hamdan is joined as an Academic All-America by Michael Green (first team – offensive line) of Liberty League member Hobart and fellow New England student-athletes William Sadik-Khan (first team – tight end) of Middlebury, Joel Santisteban (second team – defensive line) of MIT and John Moriarty (second team offensive line) and Brandon Rodrigues (second team – kicker) of Mass Maritime.

Mass. College Football: WPI-Rochester Postgame Video

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, MA — After earning an impressive 31-21 win on “Senior Day,” WPI head coach Chris Robertson, along with junior Zach Grasis and sophomore Sean Murphy talk about the team’s effort against Rochester.

Grasis rushed for two scores and 155 yards, while Murphy finished with five tackles (all solo tackles), one fumble recovery and one interception. His interception occurred late in the fourth quarter during one of Rochester’s final drives, which sealed the victory for WPI.

WPI will wrap up its 2013 campaign next Saturday when they travel to Springfield to face the Pride, who earned a 35-28 victory this afternoon against RPI.