The New England D-III Lacrosse season concluded abruptly last week due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), but that won’t stop us from highlighting our region’s student-athletes, who have earned spots on our Zelos AthleticsTeam of the Year.
It’s time to unveil our final New England D-III Football Top 20 Poll of the 2019 season.
The 2019 season was an exciting one, filled with some new storylines, along with some teams that will certainly be on our radar next fall.
Thanks for a great season and enjoy our final poll (and breakdown, too).
1. Western New England (9-2, 7-0 CCC): The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) champions may have fallen short to The College of Brockport last Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, but did not lose to a single game to a D-III squad this season.
2. WPI (10-1, 6-1 NEWMAC): The Engineers of Worcester were impressive in all three phases this year, but will certainly miss their senior class next fall.
3. Endicott College (9-2, 6-1 CCC): Despite falling short to the Golden Bears a few weeks ago, these Gulls proved they can compete with some of the best teams, both in and outside the region. Endicott finished its season with nine wins for the first time since 2012.
4. Middlebury College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): These Panthers found ways to win some hard-fought (and dramatic) games this fall and will certainly be on our radar going forward.
5. Framingham State (8-3, 8-0 MASCAC): After starting their season with back-to-back losses, Framingham State ripped off eight-straight wins to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
6. MIT (7-3, 6-1 NEWMAC): The Engineers’ improbable run to the postseason was impressive with some hard-fought (and important) wins over Coast Guard Academy, Springfield College, and WPI.
7. Springfield College (6-4, 5-2 NEWMAC): Losing to MIT was not an ideal way to end a season. Springfield overcame a 1-3 start to position themselves for a potential national playoff run, thanks to some key wins down the stretch.
8. Wesleyan University (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC): The Cardinals were one of the biggest surprises this season. Despite a lopsided loss to Middlebury a few weeks ago, Wesleyan proved they are (and will continue to be) one of the top teams in the conference going forward.
9. UMass Dartmouth (7-3, 5-3 MASCAC): The Corsairs enjoyed one of their best seasons, matching the 2004 squad with seven victories. UMass Dartmouth was impressive from the get-go and should certainly be in the mix for a conference crown in 2020.
10. Western Connecticut (8-3, 6-2 MASCAC): For the second-straight season, the Colonials ended their campaign with eight wins. Western Connecticut may have not been the juggernaut from last season (or past seasons), but should once again be in the mix for a conference title next season.
11. Williams College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC): Despite losing a heartbreaking to Middlebury in their season-opener, Williams proved they are (and will continue to be) one of the top teams in the conference. The squad returns some impressive talent next season, which should help the Ephs contend for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown.
12. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2 MASCAC): The Bears were tough to gauge this season, especially with so many seniors back from last year’s eight-win squad. BSU had a chance to win the conference and compete in the postseason, but saw their playoff hopes dashed with a week ten setback to the Rams of Framingham State.
13. Trinity College (5-4, 5-4 NESCAC): The Bantams’ four-peat never happened, but they did end their season winning three of their final five contests. It will be interesting to see how Trinity rebounds from a five-win season.
14. Nichols College (6-4, 4-3 CCC): The Bison won six games for the first time since 2003. They scored some exciting wins over Salve Regina and the University of New England and should be back in the mix for the conference crown next fall.
15. Amherst College (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Mammoths entered the 2019 season with hopes of winning a conference crown. Instead, they ended their campaign with four-straight setbacks, including a heartbreaking defeat to Hamilton College. Amherst won just four games in 2016 before rebounding with back-to-back winning seasons in 2017 and 2018.
16. Norwich University (5-5, 2-5 NEWMAC): The Cadets began their season with four-straight wins. And for a moment it appeared as if the Maroon and Gold would be the team to beat in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). But unfortunately, the team’s winning ways concluded over the next few weeks as the Cadets mustered just one victory in its final six contests.
17. Husson University (4-6, 4-3 CCC): The Eagles may have finished with four wins – all four victories came against conference opponents – but they looked pretty impressive against Nichols and Salve Regina.
18. Coast Guard Academy (5-5, 2-5 NEWMAC): Afer starting their season with a 4-1 mark, the Bears mustered just one win during their final five contests. The defense was impressive but struggled down the stretch against Merchant Marine and WPI.
19. Mass. Maritime Academy (6-4, 4-4 MASCAC): After a successful start to their 2019 campaign, the Buccaneers struggled to maintain their momentum by seesawing between the win and loss columns. The Bucs lost three of their final four contests but did score an impressive win on the road at UMass Dartmouth.
20. Salve Regina University (4-6, 3-4 CCC): The Seahawks may have finished with four wins this fall, but proved they are (and will continue to be) a team to watch every season in the CCC. They provided challenges for both Endicott and WNE before ending their season with wins over Curry College and UNE, which should provide the unit with some momentum heading into the 2020 season.
On The Rise: Dean College (4-6, 4-1 ECFC) and University of New England (4-6, 2-5 CCC).
With the ninth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.
Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’ Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, which can be seen (here on our site) every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.
Offensive Players of the Week
Michael Bethune, Jr. (Dean College): Bethune, Jr. rushed for a team-high 213 yards on 21 carries – that is 10.1 yards per rush – while catching three passes for 11 yards against Alfred State.
Errol Breaux (Dean College): Against Alfred State, Breaux caught eight passes for 125 yards and five touchdowns.
Jacob Carroll (Tufts University): Carroll completed 14 of 19 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday to lead the Jumbos to a 35-10 win over Colby College.
Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman completed 18 of 32 passes for two touchdowns against Endicott College while adding 31 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns.
Brendan Costa (Bates College): Costa totaled 275 yards of total offense with 212 passing yards (9 of 17 completions) and 63 rushing yards on eight carries. The third-year signal-caller also tossed three touchdowns as the Bobcats topped the Polar Bears to provide coach Malik Hall with his first win with the program.
Stefano D’Emilia (Bridgewater State): D’Emilia tallied 266 yards of total offense against Plymouth State, including 35 yards on six carries and one touchdown. The senior signal-caller concluded the game 19 of 29 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown.
Luis Gonzalez (UMass Dartmouth): Against Western Connecticut, Gonzalez rushed for 140 yards on 29 carries (4.8 yards) and two touchdowns as the Corsairs captured their sixth contest of the 2019 season.
Tyler Halls (Husson University): Against Nichols College, Halls caught a game-high 11 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
Tanner Kingsley (Anna Maria College): Kingsley completed 26 of 38 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns against Castleton University this past Saturday.
Steven Lawton (Fitchburg State): Lawton rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns as the Falcons soared past the Lancers for their initial conference win last Friday.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Against Wesleyan University, the third-year signal-caller completed 8 of 28 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a game-high 125 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.
Alex Maldjian (Middlebury College): Against Hamilton College, Maldjian rushed for a game-high 145 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns.
Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University): Against the University of New England, Mauriello rushed for 193 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns.
Jacob McCarthy (Castleton University): Against Anna Maria, McCarthy completed 21 of 30 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns.
Tyler McGovern (Salve Regina University): McGovern completed 10 of 20 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns against the University of New England.
Frank Roche (Tufts University): Roche caught a game-high eight catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns as the Jumbos topped Colby College in Maine.
Jamyre Soberanis (Western New England): Soberanis rushed for a game-high 140 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts completed 18 of 29 passes for 260 yards and seven touchdowns while adding six yards on five carries in his team’s exciting win over Alfred State.
Defensive Players of the Week
Hunter Atwood (Curry College): Against Becker College, Atwood recorded nine total tackles, including seven solo stops. Additionally, he recorded one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.
Sam Cantrell (MIT): Cantrell paced the Engineers’ defense against WPI last Saturday with 11 total tackles (Be Delhees also finished with 11 total stops, too). Four the 11 stops were solo tackles, while two were tackles for a loss of eight yards. Cantrell also recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Anthony Casparriello (Worcester State): Against Fitchburg State last Friday evening, Casparriello tallied 12 total tackles, including three solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of six yards. Additionally, he posted one quarterback hurry, too.
Noah Clack (Bowdoin College): Clack stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Bates College with seven total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards. He also recorded one forced fumble.
Chris Gemayel (Bridgewater State): Gemayel tallied seven total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one sack for a loss of three yards, which helped the Bears celebrate Senior Day with a victory against Plymouth State.
Pete Huggins (Middlebury College): Huggins tallied seven total tackles, including three solo stops and one tackle for a loss of seven yards, while recording one pass break-up and one fumble recovery as the Panthers beat Hamilton College, 14-7.
Erich Keutmann (Western New England): Keutmann recorded 23 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one tackle for a loss, along with one pass
Robert Levine (Trinity College): Levine was one of two Bantams that posted 10.0 total tackles against Amherst College. He concluded the game with eight solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of five yards and one quarterback hurry.
Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe recorded 11 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of six yards. McCabe also forced two fumbles, while recovering one fumble during a 16-6 setback to Framingham State.
David Redmond (Husson University): Redmond stuffed the stat sheet against Nichols with six total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one forced fumble. Four of the six stops were solo tackles.
Chris Rice (Castleton University): Against Anna Maria last Saturday, Rice stuffed the stat sheet with five total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one sack for a loss of 12 yards. Additionally, Rice recorded one quarterback hurry and one interception.
Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter total 13 total tackles, including 12 solo stops against Western Connecticut. Three of the 13 tackles for were stops for a loss of 11 yards.
Jack Sullivan (Framingham State): Sullivan paced the Rams defense against Massachusetts Maritime Academy with nine total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards. Seven of the 11 tackles were solo stops.
Special Teamers of the Week
Henry Atkeson (Amherst College): Against Trinity College, Atkeson converted one extra point, while tallying 139 yards on three punts – all three kicks landed inside the Bantams’ 20-yard line. Atkeson also recorded two kickoffs of 111 yards.
Gabriel DeSouza (Curry College): DeSouza recorded four punts against Becker College with three kicks landing inside the Hawks’ 20-yard line.
Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano connected on five kicks against the University of New England, including a 30-yard field goal.
Angelo DiSanto (Salve Regina Univ.): Against the University of New England, DiSanto converted two of three field goals (longest was a 30-yard kick) and five of seven extra points. He recorded one punt for 44-yards, which landed inside the UNE 20-yard line. He also recorded nine kickoffs for 491 yards with one touchback.
Quintus Reid (Dean College): Reid punted the ball four times against Alfred State for 125 yards. One of the punts resulted in a touchback, while another punt landed inside the Pioneers’ 20-yard line. In addition to his punting duties, Reid also caught four passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Mark Wright (MIT): Wright tallied eight points off two extra points and a pair of field goals. He drilled a season-long 43-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, which was followed by a game-tying 41-yard kick that sent the game to overtime.
By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB
With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week ten!
Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars 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!
Our weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.
Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.
Tyler McGovern highlighted Salve Regina’s win over Endicott College with three touchdown passes. (PHOTO COURTESY: Alexander “Zan” Carver)
Offensive Stars of the Week
Alec Coleman (WNE): Against Becker College, Coleman completed 11 of 18 passes for 129 yards and four touchdowns, while adding two scores on 10 carries for a team-high 86 yards.
Jacob Duffrene (Nichols College): In his team’s season finale against Curry College, Duffrene rushed for a game-high 137 yards on 15 carries for an average of 9.1 yards per carry and three touchdowns.
Sterlin Garvin (Fitchburg State): In his team’s final game of the 2018 season, Garvin saved his best for last, rushing for a game-high 296 yards on 36 carries (8.2 yards per carry) and four touchdowns against UMass Dartmouth.
Moe Harris (Castleton): In his team’s regular season finale against Alfred State, Harris rushed for a game-high 184 yards on 20 carries, which is an average of 9.2 yards per carry, and one touchdown. He also ended the game with one reception for five yards.
Travon Holder (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Holder rushed for a game-high 208 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.
Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy highlighted his team’s Cranberry Bowl win by leading all receivers with five receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, he booted three points on three extra points against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long led the Buccaneers’ rushing attack with 118 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald capped his team’s 2018 campaign by tossing five touchdowns (completed 25 of 31 passes for 262 yards), while adding 23 yards on 10 carries against Middlebury College.
Tyler McGovern (Salve Regina): Against Endicott College, McGovern completed 29 of 44 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns.
Brendan Nunes (Salve Regina): Nunes concluded Saturday’s clash with Endicott College with five grabs for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Nunes averaged 27.6 yards per reception.
Jake Schwern (Colby College): Schwern rushed for a game-high 185 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns as the Mules captured their first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) crown since 2005 with a season-ending win over Bowdoin College.
Nick Villanueva (Curry College): Against Nichols College, Villanueva led all receivers with 132 yards on 14 grabs (9.4 yards per reception) and two touchdowns.
Jake Behne (left) highlighted his team’s win over Merchant Marine with a team-high 18 total tackles. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)
Defensive Stars of the Week
Justin Augur (Univ. of New Eng.): In his team’s final contest of the season, Augur recorded six total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards and two sacks for a loss of nine yards, along with one forced fumble against Alvernia.
Hunter Atwood (Curry College): Against Nichols College, Atwood registered 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards, two-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 11 yards and one quarterback hurry.
Jake Behne (Coast Guard Academy): Behne led all tacklers with a team-high 18 stops, including 15 solo tackles, along with one interception for 22 yards and one pass break-up as the Bears upended Merchant Marine in the Secretaries Cup.
Darian Belizaire (Framingham State): Belizaire concluded his team’s regular season contest with five total tackles, one tackle for a loss of two yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery of 25 yards, which resulted in his team’s initial touchdown of the game.
Dimitri Dorinvil (Bridgwater State): Against Mass. Maritime Academy last Saturday, Dorinvil recorded a team-high 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.
John Goode (Salve Regina): In his team’s final regular season contest of the season against Endicott College, Goode tallied 11 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, two interceptions and two pass break-ups.
Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenney highlighted his team’s final contest of the fall with four total tackles, including two tackles solo stops, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry as the Falcons edged UMass Dartmouth.
Blayne Merchant (WPI): Against Norwich University, Merchant recorded five total tackles, including four solo stops, one quarterback hurry and one pass break-up, along with a 57-yard pick-six.
Devyn Perkins (Trinity College): Against Wesleyan University, Perkins registered five total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 22 yards, two-and-a-half sacks for 19 yards and three solo stops.
Sean Smialek (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Bridgewater State, Smialek registered 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards.
Andrew Sommer (Amherst College): Against Williams College, Sommer registered seven total tackles, including five solo stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery of 50 yards, which resulted in a touchdown, and one quarterback hurry.
Keegan Stanton-Meas (Univ. of New Eng.): In his team’s final contest of the season, Stanton-Meas tallied 17 total tackles, including 13 solo stops and one tackle fo a loss of two yards against Alvernia.
Chris Rice (Castleton): In his team’s season finale against Alfred State, Rice registered 11 total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 25 yards and one sack for a loss of 11 yards.
William Rivera (Endicott College): Against Salve Regina, Rivera led all defenders with a game-high 17 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two tackles for a loss of four yards.
Tyler Robbins (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Robbins recorded a game-high 14 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and one forced fumble.
WPI’s Spencer Herrington concluded his team’s 2018 campaign with eight points on two extra points and two field goals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)
Special Team Stars of the Week
Andrew Ferrero (Amherst College): Ferrero concluded his team’s contest against Williams College with nine points on six extra points and a 31-yard field goal.
Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington concluded his team’s final contest of the season against Norwich University with eight points, including two field goals of 33 and 42 yards.
Walter Thilly (Colby College): Thilly connected on four kicks, including a 29-yard field goal as the Mules defeated Bowdoin College to claim its first CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) crown since 2005.
Valentin Wagner (Western New England): Wagner connected on all seven extra points in his team’s bounce back win over Becker College.
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It’s the final week of the regular season, D3 Football fans, so let’s get it started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post!
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Western Connecticut State at Westfield State (Friday, Nov. 10th at 7 p.m.): After coming-up short against the Rams last week, look for quarterback Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials to cap their season with a win on the road. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 27, Westfield State 14
Curry at Salve Regina (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Colonels would match their win total from 2009 (eight), but also provide the Purple and White with some serious momentum heading into the offseason and next season.PREDICTION: Curry 28, Salve Regina 20
MIT at Springfield (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): A Pool B bid is on the line for the Pride, while MIT will look to end its season with a seventh win. Look for another solid defensive performance from Springfield in this game. PREDICTION: Springfield 30, MIT 21
Mount Ida at Husson (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): John Smith and the Eagles are headed back to the postseason, but a game against the Mustangs will be a must-see (or must-follow) – Mount Ida will certainly provide Husson with a good test before the tournament begins next weekend. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Mount Ida 22
Worcester State at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Lancers’ offense has put up some serious points this season, but will certainly be challenged by a Rams’ defense that managed to slow down Western Connecticut for most of last week’s game. Expect another big day on the ground from Framingham State tailback Quron Wright. PREDICTION: Framingham State 35, Worcester State 31
Merchant Marine at Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): We spoke with Coach Bill George and Cam Cecchini about this game on this week’s podcast, and both are excited for this must-see rivalry game, which will be seen on ESPN 3. The Bears want to end their season on a high note, but must find a way to slow down the Mariners’ rushing attack, which will once again be led by quarterback Brice Moore. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 34, Coast Guard 27
Amherst at Williams (Saturday, November 11th at 12 p.m.): Amherst enters the contest with a great deal of momentum following wins over Wesleyan, Tufts and Trinity. Can they continue it against Coach Mark Raymond‘s squad, which is searching for its first Amherst-Williams win since 2010? PREDICTION: Amherst 25, Williams 17
Bridgewater State at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): Who will capture the Cranberry Bowl this season? The Buccaneers will look to rebound from a 37-14 setback a week ago to UMass Dartmouth, while the Bears will look to cap their season with a win after falling to Worcester State last weekend.PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, Mass. Maritime 14.
Middlebury at Tufts (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12:30 p.m.): The Jumbos are focused on concluding their season with a win and received some solid advice at practice this week from New Hampshire’s own Chip Kelly. PREDICTION: Tufts 29, Middlebury 24