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Noontime’s D3 Football Teams To Watch Heading Into Week Three

Trinity College’s Seamus Lambert has the Bantams in position for another NESCAC crown. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Another week of New England NCAA Division III football is quickly approaching, which means it is time to highlight five teams to watch this week (and yes, this weekend, too).

In case you missed it, make sure to check out this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 New England D-III Poll, which found Western New England in the top spot followed by Endicott College (second) and UMass Dartmouth (third).

Middlebury College: The Panthers’ title defense officially begins this Saturday, September 18 when they visit Williams College in what might be the game of the weekend. 

A slew of players from the 2019 squad is back, including quarterback Will Jernigan, halfback LeeCharles McNeil, wide receiver Greg Livingston, and linebacker Jack Pistorius.

Of course, there are others, as well, along with 26 first-years that should help coach Bob Ritter’s squad contend for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown. 

Two years ago, the Panthers scored an opening day win over the Ephs — the game was played in Vermont — but a win on Saturday would certainly be the ideal start for Middlebury’s title defense.  

Trinity College: Two years after producing just five wins, many, including myself, believe these Bantams will bounce back and be in the mix for the NESCAC crown this fall. 

Yet, for Trinity to begin its quest for its initial title since 2018, they must find a way to top — or outlast — Tufts University, which also enters the 2021 season with hopes of contending for a league title, too.

The Jumbos topped the Bantams in 2019 while Trinity beat Tufts, 38-24, on their home turf in 2018. 

Keep your eyes on quarterback Seamus Lambert, who was the 2018 Co-NESCAC Rookie of the Year, and linebacker Brian Casagrande, who led the Bantams in tackles during the 2019 season. 

Coast Guard Academy: After starting its season with a 16-0 victory over the University of New England, the Bears took a step back last Saturday, falling to Curry College by a score of 21-18.

Saturday’s clash against Nichols College will mark the Bears’ first home game in 672 days — crazy, right? — so scoring a win in New London would certainly help the team regain its week one momentum. 

The Bears defense has been a unit to watch thus far, limiting opponents to just 10.5 points per game, along with 297 yards of total offense.

Coast Guard’s defense will be tasked with slowing down an offense that is led by quarterback Logan Sawyer, who tossed three touchdowns last Saturday in the Bison’s come-from-behind win over Anna Maria College

A player to watch on Saturday is linebacker Connor Healy, who leads the Coast Guard defense with 20 total tackles, including 16 solo stops. He has also recorded one sack (for a loss of two yards), and one pass breakup this season. 

Anna Maria College: Credit is due to Dan Mulrooney’s AMCATs, who almost knocked Nichols College last Saturday in their 2021 season-opener. 

For most of last Saturday’s non-conference clash, Anna Maria was in control. However, they struggled to stop a Bison’s offense during the second half, which rallied to beat the AMCATs for a hard-fought win.  

While the setback might still sting (or be on the team’s mind?), Anna Maria proved they are a team to watch this fall, including this weekend in another non-conference clash with Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

From a quick look at last Saturday’s box score, Anna Maria finished the game with 353 total yards of offense, which was 23 yards more than Nichols. Additionally, quarterback Alex Cohen threw for a game-high 270 yards while Swavaughn Small paced the defense with nine total tackles, including eight solo stops and two tackles for a loss of seven yards. 

Husson University: The Eagles will host Dean College on Friday evening — both teams enter the non-conference clash with identical 1-1 records.

Husson enters the third week of the season as an interesting team to watch — sure, they could be 2-0, but the Eagles’ one-point advantage disappeared down the stretch against UMass Dartmouth in their season-opener. 

Last week, they needed a late touchdown drive to beat Plymouth State in a hard-fought — and yes, somewhat of a throwback — 10-7 win. 

A win over the Bulldogs is certainly possible, but the Eagles defense will need to slow down a passing attack led by quarterback David Curry, who has thrown 607 yards and eight touchdowns.

Husson’s Tucker Buzzell and Kaleb Caron will be players to watch on defense. 

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Sept. 13, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Two weeks of New England NCAA Division III football are in the books, which means it is time to share our third Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll of the 2021 season.

This upcoming weekend will be an even busier weekend with teams from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) kicking off their respective campaign on Saturday, September 18.

Did you see our poll last week? If not, make sure to check out our Top 20 for the second week of the 2021 season!

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll (Week No. 1 | September 13, 2021)

  1. Western New England (2-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Golden Bears cruised past Westfield State last Friday for their second straight win and should be the favorite this weekend in a non-conference clash against Utica College.

  2. Endicott College (2-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 2): For the second straight week, the Gulls rallied in the second half to score an exciting victory against WPI. Will this trend continue this week against Catholic University?

  3. UMass Dartmouth (2-0, 0-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 3): Once again, the Corsairs were challenged, but found a way to pull out a hard-fought victory against the Bulldogs of Dean College in their home opener.

  4. Williams College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): The wait is over. The Ephs will take the field this Saturday against Middlebury College in a VERY important conference clash.

  5. Middlebury College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): The Panthers 2019 title defense officially begins Saturday, September 18 in Williamstown.

  6. Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): The Cardinals open their 2021 campaign on the road at Colby College, a team we believe will challenge the top teams like Wesleyan this fall.

  7. Trinity College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 7): The Bantams begin their season Saturday against Tufts University — this is an important conference clash for both squads that are eager to contend for the league crown.

  8. Salve Regina University (2-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 12): Once again, the Seahawks leaned on its rushing attack down the stretch to beat MIT at home, as well as its defense, which concluded the game with three sacks for 21 yards, seven tackles for a loss of 25 yards and one interception.

  9. MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 9): The Engineers remain in the ninth position despite dropping their first game to Salve Regina. MIT finished with 303 yards of total offense and will have an extra week to prepare for Dean College.

  10. WPI (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 10): Similar to the Engineers of Cambridge, the Engineers of Worcester suffered their initial setback of the 2021 season, however, last Friday’s loss was certainly a heartbreaker for WPI, which led Endicott, 21-7, heading into the final session.

  11. Springfield College (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 15): The Pride moved up four spots after scoring their initial victory on the road last Saturday at Rowan University. A real tough test is on the horizon for Springfield this weekend against Union College.

  12. Nichols College (2-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 12): The Bison scored their second win of the 2021 season last Saturday, however, it wasn’t easy as quarterback Logan Sawyer needed to engineer a second half comeback to lead Nichols past Anna Maria College on the road.

  13. Western Connecticut (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC | LW No. 8): After checking-in eighth last week, the Colonials tumbled to the 13th position after a dissapointing setback to an Albright College squad that struggled last week against Salisbury University.

  14. Husson University (1-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 13): The Eagles scored their initial win of the 2021 season last weekend, however, it wasn’t an easy three-point victory against Plymouth State.

  15. Tufts University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 14): The Jumbos have high hopes for 2021 — can they kick off their respective campaign with a win in Hartford, Connecticut this Saturday?

  16. University of New England (1-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 20): The Nor’easters overcame a 14 point deficit at the break to score an exciting overtime win on the road at Bridgewater State.

  17. Dean College (1-1, 0-0 ECFC | LW: No. 18): The Bulldogs endured their first setback of the season to UMass Dartmouth, but certainly proved their a team to watch this season.

  18. Coast Guard Academy (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 16): After scoring an opening day win, the Bears offense struggled against a Colonels defense that tallied four interceptions, five pass-breakups, three quarterback hurries, and seven tackles for a loss of 22 yards.

  19. Colby College (0-0, 0-0 | LW: No. 19): The Mules are the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this fall.

  20. Mass. Maritime Academy (1-0, 0-0 MASCAC | LW: Not Ranked): The Buccaneers defense shined last Friday night against SUNY-Maritime in the 13th Chowder Bowl.


    On The Rise: Amherst College, Anna Maria College, Bridgewater State, Castleton University, Curry College, and Plymouth State

Noontime Football Roundup: Maguire, Mauriello Lead Salve Regina Past MIT

Salve Regina University’s Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 195 yards and one touchdown on Saturday against MIT. PHOTO COURTESY: George Corrigan

By NoontimeSports.com

Jack Maguire completed 14 of 28 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns while Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 195 yards and one score as Salve Regina University hung on to defeat MIT, 21-16, in their home opener in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Mauriello’s lone touchdown with 2:58 remaining in the fourth quarter provided the Seahawks with a 12 point (21-9) advantage, which would be reduced to five points during the final minute when Chris Mauck connected with Keithen Shepard for a 13-yard touchdown. 

MIT was unable to recover the onside kick on the ensuing possession — Salve’s Jack Maguire would drain the clock with back-to-back kneel-downs.

Mauck finished with one touchdown — he also completed 14 of 30 passes or 168 yards while Jay Theriault led the Engineers rushing attack with 57 yards on 13 carries. 

MIT led Salve Regina, 9-7, after two frames, but saw their lead disappear early in the fourth quarter when Jack Maguire capped a seven-play, 69-yard drive with an eight-yard toss to Max DeVito, which provided the Seahawks with the lead for good. 

Abe Ruelas Villasenor capped an exciting comeback by the University of New England football team with a game-winning 39-yard field goal in overtime to provide the Nor’easters with a 23-20 road victory at Bridgewater State

Jaymeson Maheux and Matthew Harkins each rushed for a one-yard score in the fourth quarter, which sent the game to a fifth session. 

James Cahoon and the Bears of Bridgewater led UNE, 20-6, at the break, thanks to a pair of second-quarter touchdown strikes to Kyle Torres and Ryan Verria

Cam Mann recorded the Nor’easter’s lone touchdown in the first half when he capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive with a 14-yard score with 9:27 remaining in the second quarter. 

Nichols College also rallied to score its second win of the 2021 season as they erased a 20-7 deficit at the break to secure a hard-fought 27-23 win over Anna Maria College.

Quarterback Logan Sawyer concluded the game 19 of 36 for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Sawyer’s final touchdown strike — a 22-yard pass to Terrance Harris — capped a 20-3 second-half comeback. 

Anna Maria’s Alex Cohen concluded the non-conference tilt with 306 yards of total offense, including 270 yards through the air. 

Also this afternoon, UMass Dartmouth topped Dean College, 48-29, while Springfield College secured its first win of the 2021 season by defeating Rowan University by a score of 46-24.