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Inside The Matchup: Catholic University at Bridgewater State

Nico Casares and the Catholic University football team will compete against Bridgewater State on Saturday in the New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Catholic University Athletics/Will Stumme)

By NoontimeSports.com

The small college football postseason has officially arrived, which means it is time to “go inside” various local matchups, beginning with Saturday’s New England Bowl meeting between Bridgewater State University and Catholic University.

Game Time & Location: Bridgewater State will host its second New England Bowl in program history on Saturday, November 19 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. (LIVE STATS || VIDEO)

Bridgewater State’s 2022 Season Review: For the third consecutive season, the Bears won six of 10 contests, including six of eight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tilts. The Red and White dropped their first three contests before cracking the win column with a week four victory over Western Connecticut.   

The Bears have won two of their last three contests, including back-to-back home games against Framingham State (20-19) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (10-0).

Catholic’s 2022 Season Review: The Cardinals secured a spot in their first-ever New England Bowl game after concluding the regular season with six wins.

Coach Mike Gutelius’s squad began its season with a 37-27 win over McDaniel College before losing their next three contests. Catholic would bounce back with an impressive 42-7 win over MIT in week five that kept them in the mix for a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Last weekend, Catholic fell to Springfield College in a de-facto NEWMAC title game that provided the Pride with the league crown, along with a spot in the 2022 NCAA Division III postseason.

Bridgewater’s Last New England Bowl Appearance: The Bears leaned on their defense in 2018 to clinch its first-ever New England Bowl with a 34-19 win over Salve Regina University.

Chris Easter was named the Most Valuable Player following an impressive defensive performance that saw the Poughkeepsie, New York native record a pair of interceptions to go with five pass breakups and six solo tackles.

Catholic’s Last Bowl Game: The Cardinals last competed in a bowl game in 2008 when they beat Johns Hopkins University in the ECAC Southeast Bowl by a score of 18-7.

Players to Watch on Bridgewater State: James Cahoon (QB), Adam Couch (RB), Michael Nocera (WR), Kyle Torres (WR), Jack McCarthy (WR), Shane Drake (K/P), Brendan Albert (LB), Steven Silvia (LB), Zachary Souza (DB), and Brian Campagna (DL).    

Players to Watch on Catholic: Nico Casares (QB), Jared Colletti (RB), Kevin Licciardi (RB), Preston Jeffrey (WR), Malachi Hansen (WR), Connor Gill (K/P), Joe Nazzaro (LB), Carson Henry (LB), Dieter Kerat (LB), Mason Stillwell (DB), and Noah Miller (DB).           

Bridgewater State, Plymouth State To Compete In The New England Bowl

James Cahoon and the Bridgewater State football team will compete once more this fall in the New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bridgewater State Athletics/Andrew Turco)

By Matt Noonan

A pair of Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) football teams have been selected to participate in this year’s New England Bowls on Saturday, November 19.

Bridgewater State and Plymouth State will represent the MASCAC with the Bears hosting Catholic University and the Panthers visiting Husson University.

Catholic competes in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and Husson is a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

No team from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) was selected for this year’s games.

Bridgewater State concluded the regular season with back-to-back wins over Framingham State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy to provide the Bears with some additional momentum heading into their final matchup of the season with the Cardinals. The Bears previously competed in the New England Bowl in 2018 when they defeated Salve Regina University, 34-19.

Despite falling to UMass Dartmouth this past weekend, Plymouth State concluded its regular season with eight wins, which is the most the Panthers have recorded since posting a 9-2 overall record in 2017.

Catholic, Husson, and Plymouth State will make their New England Bowl debut this Saturday.

As of late this morning, Husson-Plymouth State is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.

No time has been announced for Bridgewater State-Catholic, but the expectation is the game will commence at either 12 or 1 p.m.

New England D3 Football Roundup: Trinity Finishes 9-0; UMD Tops PSU

Spencer Fetter and the Trinity College football team concluded its season with a 9-0 record. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

It was an exciting ending to the 2022 New England NCAA Division III football regular season.

Three teams captured their respective conference crown this afternoon, including Trinity College, which became the third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) team to finish its season with a 9-0 record.

Trinity topped Wesleyan University, 31-14, thanks to three touchdown passes from quarterback Spencer Fetter.

Fetter concluded his team’s final contest by completing 21 of 36 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Two touchdown passes landed in the hands of DeVante Reid, who led the Bantams’ receiving core with four catches for 62 yards.

Wesleyan’s Logan Tomlinson led all receivers by hauling in 10 receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Brian Casagrande led the Trinity defense with nine total tackles, including six solo stops.

UMass Dartmouth claimed its first conference crown in 20 years as the Corsairs sailed past Plymouth State, 46-21, to complete its conference slate without a single setback.

Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos completed 26 of 29 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the win while Richarno Hylton paced the UMass Dartmouth rushing attack with 71 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown.

Aviles-Santos connected with Angel Sanchez for a pair of second-half touchdowns – Sanchez concluded the game with eight catches for 121 yards.

Plymouth State’s Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 91 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.

In Washington, D.C., the Springfield College football team clinched its second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title with a 35-21 victory over Catholic University.

The Pride finished its conference slate without a setback for the second-straight season while recording its fifth consecutive victory against the Cardinals, dating back to when the two schools began competing in the NEWMAC in 2017.

Arsen Shtefan rushed for a game-high 137 yards while Joseph Cannizzaro and Armando Torres combined for three rushing touchdowns.

Tyler Pohlman clinched the two-score win for Springfield by recording a pick-six with 2:30 remaining in the final stanza.

Endicott College clinched its first-ever 10-0 season in program history with a 26-21 win over Western New England.

The Gulls claimed their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown last week by beating Salve Regina University.

Against the Golden Bears, the Gulls leaned on Yavier Cosme-Diaz, who rushed for a game-high 72 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns. He also hailed in three of Clayton Marengi’s 16 passes for 42 yards and one touchdown.

Quarterback Michael Berluti concluded his sophomore season with Tufts University by recording 475 yards of total offense to go with eight touchdowns, including one score on the ground as the Jumbos rolled past Middlebury College, 65-34.

The seven touchdowns are a season-best for Berluti, who also rushed for a season-high 181 yards on 12 carries.

Tufts’ Phil Lutz hauled in 10 receptions for 237 yards and six touchdowns while Jackson Butler added four catches for 41 yards and one touchdown.

Williams College concluded its campaign with a 20-10 victory over Amherst College, and Bridgewater State captured its second-straight Cranberry Bowl by beating Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 10-0.

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week 11

Joseph Cannizzaro and the Springfield College football team are one win away from capturing its third NEWMAC title in program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the final week of the regular season – that was fast, eh?

Like we have done every Friday throughout the New England NCAA Division III football season, it is time to predict not one, but 10 contests.

Last week, we predicted nine games correctly – wow, that may have been our best week of the season! And hopefully this week, we can pick at least nine, maybe all 10 games correctly.

Here is our record after 10 weeks of predictions: 66-34.

As usual, have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to circle back tomorrow and Sunday for some additional small college football content.

Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week 11

Worcester State at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.): The Rams can even their conference and overall record with a win over the Lancers. PREDICTION: Framingham State over Worcester State

Husson University at Salve Regina University (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): A win over the Seahawks would most likely provide the Eagles with a spot in the upcoming New England Bowl next weekend. PREDICTION: Husson over Salve Regina

UMass Dartmouth at Plymouth State (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): The Corsairs return from a late bye week well-rested and ready to sail past the Panthers in New Hampshire. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Plymouth State   

Springfield College at Catholic University (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): Springfield has won its last four meetings with the Cardinals, dating back to their first NEWMAC clash in 2017. PREDICTION: Springfield over Catholic

Coast Guard Academy at Merchant Marine Academy (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): The Secretaries Cup has been won by the Mariners the last three years – can that trend continue Saturday in Kings Point, New York? PREDICTION: Merchant Marine over Coast Guard Academy

Wesleyan University at Trinity College (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): The Bantams need one more win to clinch its first-ever 9-0 season. PREDICTION: Trinity over Wesleyan

Amherst College at Williams College (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): This is a toss-up – both teams can win this matchup. But in the end, coach E.J. Mills’ squad will end its season with a win over their rival. PREDICTION: Amherst over Williams

Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 12 p.m.): The Bears can end their season on a high note by beating the Buccaneers in the 43rd Annual Cranberry Bowl. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State over MMA  

Endicott College at Western New England (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.): The Gulls are one win away from clinching a perfect regular season, as well as gaining some much-needed momentum for the upcoming national postseason. PREDICTION: Endicott over Western New England  

Castleton University at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.): A win for the Spartans would most likely send the Green and White to the New England Bowl next weekend. PREDICTION: Castleton over Anna Maria

What To Know About The Final Week of New England D3 Football

Aiden Lewin and the Springfield College football team are one win away from capturing their third NEWMAC title. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

The final week of the New England NCAA Division III football regular season has arrived.

As expected, the final week will feature some important matchups that will determine conference winners, along with which teams will advance to either the national postseason or a regional bowl game.

Let’s check in on all five New England conferences to see where things stand after a busy few weeks of small college football.

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Endicott College clinched its second-straight CCC crown last Saturday with a 42-10 win over Salve Regina University to secure a spot in the upcoming national postseason.

The Gulls will travel to Western New England on Saturday with hopes of completing its regular season slate without a setback.

Endicott beat Western New England last season but lost to the Golden Bears in Springfield in 2019 (WNE won the conference that season, as well as competed in the postseason).

Husson University can possibly secure a spot in the upcoming New England Bowl, pending they beat Salve Regina. The Eagles have won four conference games for the third consecutive season, as well as scored their first-ever victory against Western New England last month.

A loss to Salve Regina could open the door for another CCC squad to appear in a bowl game.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC): For the first time since 2013, Gallaudet University has won the ECFC.

The Bison clinched the conference crown this past weekend by topping Alfred State, 36-22. Brandon Washington, who is a slot receiver and quarterback for the Bison, rushed for a career-high 228 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns in the win.

Gallaudet is idle this weekend but will return to the field next weekend in the opening round of the NCAA D-III Tournament.

Castleton University can secure a spot in the New England Bowl with a win over Anna Maria College on Saturday. But a loss to the AMCATs could open the door for Anna Maria, Alfred State, or another ECFC team to represent the league in an upcoming bowl game.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Saturday is a big day for two MASCAC teams: Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth.

The Panthers set up a de-facto conference title game with the Corsairs this weekend by defeating Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 21-7, last Saturday.

A Plymouth State victory would provide the Green and White an opportunity to compete in the postseason for the first time since 2017.

A Corsairs victory over the Panthers would allow UMass Dartmouth an opportunity to contend for a national title.

No matter the outcome, it’s likely both teams will be competing next weekend with one squad representing the MASCAC in the New England Bowl.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Trinity College is one win away from capturing its first conference crown since 2018.

Additionally, the Bantams are looking to become the third-straight NESCAC team to finish its respective campaign with a 9-0 record.

Middlebury College and Williams College finished 9-0 in 2019 and 2021, respectively.

For Trinity to clinch its first perfect season since concluding its 2016 slate with an 8-0 record, they will need to beat Wesleyan University, which claimed its first Little Three title in three years this past weekend.

Trinity has beaten Wesleyan in four of its last five meetings.

A loss to the Cardinals could pave the way for the Bantams to share the conference crown with Middlebury, pending they beat Tufts University. However, a Trinity win over Wesleyan and a Middlebury victory against Tufts would result in the Bantams winning the crown outright, thanks to its six-point win over the Panthers last month.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Catholic University will entertain Springfield College this weekend in a win-or-go-home contest.

Both teams enter the season finale with identical 5-0 conference records.

Catholic has won all five NEWMAC tilts by a combined score of 206-60.

Springfield beat its first five conference foes by a combined score of 162-92.

Like the MASCAC, the winner of this matchup will represent the NEWMAC in the national playoffs. The team that finishes with a 5-1 conference mark will most likely appear in next weekend’s New England Bowl.

Springfield has won all four meetings with Catholic, dating back to the initial season of NEWMAC football in 2017.