D3 Football: Zelos Players of The Week

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the eleventh (and final) week of the New England Division III Football regular season in the books, it is time to unveil our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track 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 at least 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 and shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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


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Quarterback Ryan Jones accounted for five touchdowns (three passing and two rushing) in his final game on Saturday with the Coast Guard Academy football team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy | Quarterback | Punxsutawney, Pa.): In his final game with the Bears, Jones completed 12 of 27 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns while adding 36 yards on 16 carries and two scores against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday. Despite the season-ending loss to the Mariners in the Secretaries Cup, Jones rushed for a season-best two touchdowns – he had only rushed for one score in two games earlier this season. Additionally, he threw for 300 yards (or more) for just the second time this fall after throwing for a career-high (and season-best) 353 yards last month in his team’s win over Maine Maritime Academy.


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Tony Slaughter led the Corsairs’ defense with 11.0 total tackles in its season-finale against Westfield State. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

Defensive Player of the Week: Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth |Defensive Back | Springfield, Mass.): In his final game with the Corsairs, Slaughter recorded 11.0 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards, which helped UMass Dartmouth defeat Westfield State, 19-13. Slaughter also recorded two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry, too. The 11.0 total tackles were two stops shy of his season-high of 13.0, which he registered earlier this month in his team’s 28-12 win over Western Connecticut.


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Mark Wright drilled a 36-yard field goal last Saturday, which helped MIT edge Springfield College in its season finale. (PHOTO COURTESY: Robert Krawitz)

Special Teamer of the Week: Mark Wright (MIT | Kicker | Fort Worth, Texas): Wright booted a 36-yard field goal with 33 seconds remaining to send the Engineers past the Pride of Springfield College, 43-40, in a wild season finale that helped MIT clinch its second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. Additionally, Saturday’s win over Springfield secured MIT a spot in this weekend’s NCAA Tournament. MIT will be competing in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season, as well as the third time since its initial appearance in 2014. Wright ended the game with nine points off five kicks, including two field goals.

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Nov. 9th, 2019)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It’s Friday – why do people call it ‘Fri-yay?’

If anyone has an answer, please let me know, but in the meantime let’s get ready for another important week of New England D-III Football with our weekly edition of ’10 Games to Watch.’

Last Week: I went 5-5, which is OK, but not great, so my current record heading into the second to last week of the regular season is 60-30. Let’s see if I can at least pick six, seven or eight games correctly this weekend! 

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB.

Also, subscribe to our podcast on iTunes – you will enjoy our hyperlocal sports chatter!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Ten)

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Top 20 Poll 

No. 1 Western New England at Becker College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Golden Bears can clinch the CCC title on Saturday with a win on the road. And after watching last week’s win against Endicott College, I think the Golden Bears will certainly be able to score an important win against the Hawks. PREDICTION: WNE 35, Becker 10 

Castleton University at No. 20 Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs need just one more win to secure the ECFC crown outright. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Castleton 10 

No. 7 Bridgewater State at No. 5 Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): Both teams enter this important clash riding impressive winning streaks, but in the end, the Rams should be able to make a few more plays on both offense and defense to secure a VERY important conference win. PREDICTION: Framingham State 24, Bridgewater State 17 

No. 19 Mass. Maritime Academy at No. 9 UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Corsairs looked impressive last week against Western Connecticut and should be able to throw and run the ball against the Buccaneers defense. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 26, Mass. Maritime Academy 14 

No. 14 Amherst College at No. 10 Williams College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): Williams enters Saturday’s must-see rivalry clash with an edge – they should be able to bounce back from last week’s setback to Wesleyan University by scoring an exciting season-ending win against the Mammoths. PREDICTION: Williams 25, Amherst 13 

No. 13 Wesleyan University at No. 12 Trinity College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Cardinals are still in contention to share the NESCAC crown, so this is a must-win against their rival. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 24, Trinity 20 

No. 16 Coast Guard Academy at No. 2 WPI (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Engineers need to win both this week and next week, but face a stiff test against a solid Bears defense. WPI should be able to squeak out a win, but don’t expect it to be an easy victory. PREDICTION: WPI 23, Coast Guard 16 

No. 15 Norwich University at No. 8 MIT (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Engineers have some serious momentum following an epic double-overtime win against WPI last week. Look for that momentum to help MIT score an exciting ‘Senior Day’ victory. PREDICTION: MIT 27, Norwich 21 

No. 6 Springfield College at Maine Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): With just two games remaining, Springfield knows this is a must-win. They have looked pretty impressive in their last few contests and should continue to their recent success on the road Saturday. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Maine Maritime 7 

No. 4 Middlebury College at Tufts University (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12:30 p.m.): At 8-0, these Panthers need just one more win to finish their nine-game slate undefeated. Tufts will provide the Panthers with some challenges, but in the end, I expect Middlebury to win. PREDICTION: Middlebury 20, Tufts 14 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Nov. 2nd, 2019)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Hello, November – how are you?

Are you ready for another BIG week of New England D-III Football? I know I am, which is why I am ready to dish out my picks for this week’s ’10 Games to Watch.’

Last Week: I predicted seven of ten games correctly for the second-straight week to bump my overall record to 55-25 this season. Let’s see if I can keep my winning trend going this week – fingers crossed! 

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB.

Also, subscribe to our podcast on iTunes – you will enjoy our hyperlocal sports chatter!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Nine)

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

Husson University at No. 15 Nichols College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Bison entered the week with some serious momentum following an epic four-overtime win against the University of New England. I think their win last week carries them to yet another win against a Maine team. PREDICTION: Nichols 28, Husson 20 

Alfred State at Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs are two wins away from capturing their first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown. I expect their recent wins against Gallaudet University and SUNY-Maritime to provide Dean with enough momentum to beat the Pioneers on their home field. PREDICTION: Dean 30, Alfred State 18 

No. 5 Framingham State at No. 19 Mass. Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Rams are clicking on all cylinders and should certainly be ready to take that so-called ‘next step’ toward winning yet another conference crown by capturing the Kelley Cup. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Mass. Maritime Academy 17 

No. 1 WPI at No. 10 MIT (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): Ah, the battle of the Engineers – who you got? Cambridge or Worcester? While MIT needs this win to keep their conference title hopes alive, I am not sure if they will be able to make enough plays down the stretch, while containing WPI’s Sean McAllen and Connor Field. PREDICTION: WPI 35, MIT 21

No. 14 Norwich University at Catholic University (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Cadets looked pretty impressive last week against Maine Maritime Academy so I expect Matt Dunn, Trevor Chase, and Manni Romero to continue that success one week later. PREDICTION: Norwich 35, Catholic 10 

Hamilton College at No. 4 Middlebury College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12:30 p.m.): The Panthers are two wins away from finishing their season with a 9-0 mark, but Saturday’s tilt with the Continentals won’t be an easy one. Hamilton enters Saturday’s contest with some momentum from recent wins against Amherst College and Tufts University, which should help the Blue and Gold keep this one close. PREDICTION: Middlebury 27, Hamilton 24 

No. 2 Endicott College at No. 3 Western New England (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 1 p.m.): Whoever wins this contest should have the inside track to the conference crown. Endicott beat the Golden Bears last season – they needed quarterback Joe Kalosky to help them secure an exciting win on their home turf. I am expecting Kalosky and the offense to once again be a factor, while the Gulls defense will find ways to contain WNE quarterback Alec ColemanPREDICTION: Endicott 42, WNE 30 

No. 9 Williams College at No. 16 Wesleyan University (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who look to keep pace with Middlebury for the top spot in the conference. Williams scored its first win last Saturday against Trinity College since 2001 and should be able to use that momentum to carry them past the Cardinals in Connecticut. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 20 

No. 18 Plymouth State at No. 8 Bridgewater State (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 2:30 p.m.): With three games remaining, the Bears are still very much alive in their conference race, but need to beat a Panthers squad that somehow outlasted Massachusetts Maritime Academy last weekend by a score of 7-3. Look for BSU’s momentum from two weeks ago to help them score their fifth-straight win. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 30, Plymouth State 14 

No. 11 UMass Dartmouth at No. 7 Western Connecticut (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 6 p.m.): The Corsairs can play spoiler in this one as Western Connecticut looks to bounce back from a 25-point setback to Framingham State one week ago. This is a must-win for the Colonials, who need to keep pace with both the Rams of Framingham and Bears of Bridgewater State. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 28, Western Connecticut 24 

D3 Football: Zelos Athletics Players Of The Week (Monday, Oct. 21st, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the seventh week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track 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 at least 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 and shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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


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Coast Guard Academy quarterback Ryan Jones became the fourth signal-caller in program history to throw for 4,000 yards. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy | Quarterback | Punxatawney, Pa.): Ryan Jones became the fourth signal-caller in academy history to throw for 4,000 yards last Saturday as the Bears defeated Maine Maritime Academy, 33-8.

Jones concluded last Saturday’s game with a career-high 353 passing yards while tossing a season-best three touchdowns, including two scores to Justin Moffatt, which helped Coast Guard bounce back from their second conference setback of the season.

The senior signal-caller posted his highest completion rate (76.5 percent) of the 2019 season by completing 26 of 34 passes. The three touchdown passes were the most he has thrown in a single-game fall.

Through seven contests, Jones has completed 125 of 223 passes for 1,382 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 10 touchdowns are the most he has tossed in a single-season with the Bears.


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Becker College halfback Randy Morgan established a new single-season rushing record last Saturday in his team’s conference meeting with Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Randy Morgan (Becker College | Halfback | Spring Hill, Fla.): Randy Morgan broke the Becker College single-season rushing record this past weekend by tallying 188 yards on 27 carries while scoring two touchdowns.

The 188 yards bumped Morgan’s total to 733 rushing yards through six games this season, which shattered the original mark of 674 yards, which was established by Jacob Holmes in 2015.

Morgan, who is averaging 122.2 rushing yards per game, has rushed for 100 yards or more in four games this season. The 188 rushing yards from this past weekend against Nichols College is the most he has accumulated in a single-game this fall. Last week, he rushed for 152 yards against Husson University.

The first-year tailback leads the Hawks with seven rushing touchdowns.


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Dean College’s Desmond Dias (12) has enjoyed a very successful first season with the Bulldogs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nathan Minese Photography)

Defensive Player of the Week: Desmond Dias (Dean College | Linebacker | Rochester, Mass.): Desmond Dias has become a player to watch on the Dean College defense this season, especially the past two weeks.

Against Anna Maria College last Saturday, the first-year linebacker posted a season-high 12.0 total tackles which helped the Bulldogs score an important conference win in Paxton, Massachusetts. Dias ended the game with five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one sack for a loss of 13 yards.

In five games this season, Dias has tallied 32.0 total tackles, including 15 solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 35 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up, which occurred this past weekend against Anna Maria.


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Nick DiCairano tallied 11 points last Saturday which helped Endicott College top Curry College in Beverly, Massachusetts. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace ’20)

Special Teamer of the Week: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Kicker | Trumbull, Conn.) Against Curry College this past weekend, Nick DiCairano posted 11 points off eight extra points and a 47-yard field goal which helped the Gulls of Endicott College pick-up their fifth win of the season.

DiCairano has tallied 11 points or more three times this fall – he has also booted a 47-yard field goal in three games this season, including in his team’s season-opener against Framingham State.

Through six contests this season, DiCairano has tallied 52 points off 31 extra points and seven field goals.

Noonan: Seven Things We Learned From Week Seven of the New England D-III Football Season

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Joe Kalosky and the Endicott College Gulls began their stretch run with an impressive win over Curry College on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11 

The seventh week of the New England D-III Football season is in the books. There were some interesting outcomes, as well as some surprises, too.

Week seven also helped me (and others) identify which teams are still in the mix for their respective conference crowns and what squads will play spoiler over the final four weeks of the 2019 season.

Here are seven thoughts (and takeaways) from what I learned from this past weekend.

1. Endicott College looks primed for a successful stretch run. The Gulls entered their bye week with a 4-1 record – I thought prior to their first game of the season against Framingham State that they would be 3-2 entering week seven – but between the play of their offense and defense, as well as kicker Nick DiCairano, I just can’t imagine any of their four remaining opponents halting their current momentum which they have gained over the past few weeks.

Endicott almost beat Wesley College last month, which would have been a huge feather in their cap but have rebounded quite well since the setback with three-straight Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) wins, including a hard-fought victory on the road against Salve Regina University.

iQuarterback Joe Kalosky has looked very comfortable behind an offensive line that has allowed him to go through his motions and find open receivers either over the middle or down the field. Additionally, first-year wideout Anthony Bracamonte has become a go-to target for the senior signal-caller – look for the former Thornton Academy receiver to help the Gulls continue their recent momentum this upcoming week against Husson University.

2. Middlebury College seems to be a lock for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). I picked the Panthers to beat the Cardinals of Wesleyan University this past weekend, but I didn’t expect the Blue and White to produce 45 points in 60 minutes.

Quarterback Will Jernigan had his best game of the season (in my opinion) by tossing four touchdowns in the win while completing 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards.

Maxwell Rye was also instrumental in his team’s sixth win of the season, too – the senior wide receiver from Longmeadow, Massachusetts has enjoyed his best season with the Panthers, catching 26 passes for 493 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdown receptions are the most Rye has recorded in a single-season.

On defense, Jack Pistorius continues to be a player to watch on Middlebury – he tallied a team-high 10 total tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

The win over the Cardinals was the Panthers’ most impressive performance of the season – yes, they looked good against Amherst College and Trinity College, but Saturday’s effort should translate into three more wins, beginning this Saturday against Bowdoin College.

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Bridgewater State head coach Joe Verria and the Bears have won four-straight contests since starting the season with three-straight losses. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bridgewater State University Office of Sports Information)

3. Bridgewater State remains a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The Bears are still very much alive in the MASCAC with four weeks remaining.

Their 56-20 win over UMass Dartmouth helped the Red and White keep pace for the top spot with Framingham State and Western Connecticut, two teams that enter the eighth week of the 2019 season with identical undefeated conference records. Bridgewater lost to Western Connecticut earlier this season – they had a few chances to win that game – and will visit the Rams in the second week of November in what could determine a possible conference champion.

Bridgewater State quarterback Stefano D’Emilia re-wrote the record book yesterday against the Corsairs with eight touchdowns, including three on the ground. He threw for a school-record 345 yards while becoming the second Bears signal-caller to throw for more than 5,000 yards (Danny Higgins, who was a teammate of D’Emilia, concluded his career with 6,091 passing yards).

D’Emilia’s five touchdowns tied a school record – the former Bridgewater-Raynham Trojan also caught a two-point conversion in his team’s win over the Corsairs.

The Bears will be idle this upcoming weekend but should be able to maintain their recent momentum in two weeks when they host Plymouth State at 4 p.m.

4. Dean College needs three more wins to wrap-up its inaugural Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Title. I was bullish on the Bulldogs prior to their first game of the 2019 season. And I still am after back-to-back wins against Anna Maria College and SUNY-Maritime.

Against the Privateers, the Bulldogs defense recorded 12 tackles for a loss of 60 yards, including 10 sacks for a loss of 58 yards. Tyzohn Poole and Desmond Dias combined for five sacks for 30 yards, while quarterback Terrell Watts threw two touchdowns while adding a third score on the ground.

Yesterday against Anna Maria, Watts tossed four touchdowns, while adding a fifth score on the ground (four carries for one yard). Dias led the defense with 12 total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards.

If the offense and defense can duplicate their performance from the past two weeks then I expect the Bulldogs to win their final road game of the season against Gallaudet University this Saturday. A win over the Bison should provide the squad with enough momentum to cap their regular-season slate with back-to-back wins against Alfred State and Castleton University.

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Randy Morgan established a new single-season record mark with the Becker College football team on Saturday against Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley

5. Randy Morgan continues to be a player to watch at Becker College. First-year tailback Randy Morgan has enjoyed a very successful start to his college career – yesterday against Nichols College, he established a new single-season record for rushing yards in a season by tallying 188 yards on 27 carries.

Morgan broke the program’s old record of 674 rushing yards in a season, which was established by Jacob Holmes in 2015.

Through six games this season, Morgan has rushed for 733 yards on 132 carries and seven touchdowns, while adding four receptions for 48 yards. The seven rushing touchdowns are the most recorded by any member of the Hawks this season.

Morgan has rushed for 100 yards or more in four of six games this season and should have no problem finishing his team’s 2019 season with 1,000 yards or more.

6. Springfield College remains in the hunt for a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. After starting their season 1-3, Springfield has rebounded quite nicely with wins over Coast Guard AcademyMerchant Marine, and Norwich Academy.

The Pride, who were certainly a team expected to contend for their second conference crown this fall, currently sit a spot below WPI, which beat Springfield in week four by a score of 35-21.

WPI is the only undefeated team in the NEWMAC. They host Merchant Marine this weekend in a very important match-up. A loss to the Mariners would help the Pride’s chances of winning the title, but of course, Springfield needs to win its remaining three games, including Saturday’s meeting with Catholic University.

Pending how the next four weeks play out, look for Springfield to play an extra game in November – they will either compete in the NCAA Tournament or a New England Bowl.

7. Coast Guard Academy’s Ryan Jones was a player to watch against Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday. Quarterback Ryan Jones enjoyed his best game of the season with the Bears by completing 26 of 34 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns.

Jones concluded the contest by becoming the fourth signal-caller in Coast Guard Academy football program history to throw for more than 4,000 yards. Currently, Jones has thrown for 4,145 yards, including 1,382 yards through seven contests this season.

Jones connected with Justin Moffatt 13 times in his team’s 33-8 win over Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday. The 13 receptions were a career-best for Moffat, who broke the single-game record for receiving yards (256), which was originally held by Collis Brown, who hauled in 244 yards against Western New England in 2013. Moffat ended the game with two touchdowns.