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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 Football Roundup: Endicott Rallies To Beat WPI, 28-21

The Endicott College football team rallied to beat WPI on Friday night. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com

John Kenney rushed for a team-high 71 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown — his lone score capped an exciting fourth quarter that saw Endicott College rally from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat WPI, 28-21, on Friday evening at Hempstead Stadium.

Friday’s victory marked the second time this season Endicott has needed to rally past their opponent to secure a hard-fought victory — last Saturday, the Gulls overcame an eight-point deficit at the break to defeat St. Lawrence University.

Joe Leonard, Anthony Bracamonte, and Clayton Marengi combined for 161 passing yards while Mehdi Squalli and Tim Russell led the defense with eight total tackles, respectively.

WPI’s Brandon Winn led all rushers with two touchdowns while quarterback Dante Coccagnia completed 12 of 22 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown.

The Engineers led 14-0 at the break and 21-7 after three quarters.

Curtis Cann completed 14 of 25 passes for 213 yards while Kobe Copeland rushed for a game-high 31 yards and one score as Massachusetts Maritime Academy outlasted SUNY-Maritime, 14-6, in their season-opener and the 13th Chowder Bowl.

The Buccaneer’s defense concluded the game with three interceptions and ten tackles for a loss of 22 yards.

In Westfield, Dillon Kohl and Tyler Millerick combined for four rushing touchdowns while Bryce Karstetter and Tyler Millerick each through for one touchdown as Western New England rolled past Westfield State, 48-0.

Noontime’s New England D-III Preseason Team

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone — we’re excited to cap the last Friday without football being played in New England with our final Noontime Sports Preseason D-III Team.

In case you missed it, we unveiled our first-ever NCAA D-I and D-II teams last week, so make sure to stop by and see which local student-athletes made our lists.

Alright, without further ado, here is our first-ever New England NCAA D-III Preseason Team — as usual, please let us know by connecting with us on social media or sending us an email!

Noontime’s New England Preseason Division III Offense

QB: Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth) | Tiverton, R.I.

QB: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College) | Duxbury, Mass.

RB: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina) | Colts Neck, N.J.

RB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State) | Mashpee, Mass.

FB: Tim Callahan (Springfield College) | Enfield, Conn.

WR: T.J. Hairston (Bridgewater State) | Watertown, Mass.

WR: Tyler Halls (Husson University) | Lisbon, Maine

WR: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England) | Guilderland, N.Y.

WR: Will Daniels (Western Conn.) | Bethel, Conn.

WR: Errol Breaux (Dean College) | Marietta, Ga.

WR: Frank Stola (Williams College) | Northport, N.Y.

TE: Aidan Hogan (Husson University) | Morgan, Vt.

OL: Daniel Flores (Bridgewater State) | Hyde Park, Mass.

OL: Cade Watkins (Western New England) | Point Pleasant, N.J.

OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College) | Marstons Mills, Mass.

OL: Jacob Cameron (Husson University) | Conway, N.H.  

OL: Bryce Jenkins (Wesleyan University) | Tampa, Fla.

OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University) | Georgia, Vt.


Noontime’s New England Preseason Division III Defense

DL: Jovan Nenadovic (Tufts University) | Washington, D.C.

DL: Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State) | Wareham, Mass.

DL: Sean Reall (UMass Dartmouth) | North Providence, R.I.

DL: Mekhi Geter (UMass Dartmouth) | West Haven, Conn.

DL: Sam Opont (Endicott College) | Bridgeport, Conn.

DL: Lou Duh (WPI) | Monroe, Conn.

DL: Chris Rice (Castleton University) | Bethel, Conn.

DL: Will Peters (Univ. of New England) | Dracut, Mass.

LB: Joe Cox (Nichols College) | Mansfield, Mass.

LB: Erich Keutmann (Western New England) | Washingtonville, N.Y.

LB: Keegan Stanton-Meas (Univ. of New England) | Portland, Maine

LB: TJ Rothmann (Williams College) | Norwell, Mass.

LB: Jack Pistorius (Middlebury College) | Park Ridge, Ill.

LB: Brian Casagrande (Trinity College) | Madison, Conn.

DB: Jaren Alves (Bridgewater State) | East Providence, R.I.

DB: Bailey Devine-Scott (Western New England) | Wattle Grove, Australia

DB: Tucker Hartmann (Western New England)

DB: Jarius Bailey (Western Conn.) | Cromwell, Conn.

DB: Dylan Kehoe (Nichols College) | Bourne, Mass.  


Noontime’s New England Preseason Division III Special Teams

K/P: Pat Walsh (Tufts University) | Concord, Mass.

K/P: Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University) | Lakeville, Conn.

P: George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy) | Bridgewater, Mass.

P/K: Bryce Wade (WPI) | Modesto, Calif.

The Early Outlook: MASCAC

Stephen Gacioch will be spotted under center this fall for the UMass Dartmouth football team. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Our preseason New England college football coverage rolls on with some early thoughts on the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), which certainly has the making of a multi-team race for the top spot.

In case you missed it, make sure to read our previous early-season outlooks for the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), and Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC).

MASCAC Teams

  • Bridgewater State
  • Fitchburg State
  • Framingham State
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Plymouth State
  • UMass Dartmouth
  • Western Connecticut
  • Westfield State
  • Worcester State

2019 Conference Refresh: For the sixth time in seven seasons, Framingham State secured the top spot with an 8-2 overall record, including an 8-0 league record. The Rams advanced to the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament but saw their championship hopes dashed to Wesley College by a score of 58-21.

Western Connecticut also finished its 2019 campaign with an identical 8-2 record — the Colonials, who finished tied for second in the conference with Bridgewater State with a 6-2 record, ended their season against WPI in the New England Bowl (the Engineers won the game by a score of 35-6).

The biggest surprise of the 2019 season was UMass Dartmouth — the Corsairs posted seven wins for the first time since 2004 when they represented the conference in the ECAC Northwest Bowl. Quarterback Stephen Gacioch was named the MASCAC Offensive Player of the Year — the junior signal-caller finished second in the conference in efficiency (143.2) while completing 59.2 percent of his passes.

Additionally, Gacioch competed in eight games and recorded career-highs in passing touchdowns (20), passing yards per game (277.6), rushing yards (356), and rushing touchdowns (six).

Massachusetts Maritime ended its season with six wins, which is the most the Buccaneers have tallied since posting an 8-2 record in 1999.

New Coaches at Fitchburg State and Worcester State: The MASCAC will feature two new coaches at Fitchburg State and Worcester State this fall — Adam Peloquin will lead the Lancers (he was a three-year offensive guard for the blue and gold) while Scott Sperone will lead the Falcons after spending three seasons as a defensive coordinator with WPI.

New Signal-Callers: A majority of the quarterbacks from 2019 have graduated, so the expectation is we will see some new signal-callers this fall for some of the “usual” contenders.

Stephen Gacioch is the only starting quarterback returning (that I know of at this time), but it is expected that we’ll see someone new running the offense at Bridgewater, Fitchburg, and Framingham this fall.

Westfield State excited to be back on the field: Like many teams in our region, getting back to the gridiron after a year away due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is certainly something the Owls of Westfield State were happy to do a few days ago, despite a mini-heatwave. But with cooler weather now arriving to the area, the Blue and White will use this time, as well as the next few days and weeks to prepare for their season-opener against Nichols College on Friday, September 3 at 6 p.m.

Nichols and Westfield last met in the opening week of the 2018 season when the Owls topped the Bison, 25-14, thanks to 205 rushing yards and two touchdowns from halfback R.J. Darby.

Early-Season Favorite(s): It might be easy to pick the Rams of Framingham State, but the Black and Gold enter the upcoming season with some question marks on both sides of the ball, including who will be their starting quarterback. Adam Wojenski has graduated, so it will be interesting to see who coach Tom Kelley selects to lead his offense.

While Framingham State will certainly be a team to watch, the same could be said for these three squads: Bridgewater State, UMass Dartmouth, and Western Connecticut. Like Framingham, all three have some question marks heading into their respective 2021 campaign, but the Colonials will welcome back some key members of its 2019 squad, including wide receiver Will Daniels and cornerback Jarius Bailey.

Don’t rule out Plymouth State, which finished its 2019 campaign with a 6-4 record. The Panthers concluded their 2019 campaign by winning one of their final four contests, but I expect the Green and White to be in the mix this fall.

Daily Noontime (Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone. And welcome to Election Day 2020 – have you voted?

It doesn’t matter who you support – Joe Biden or Donald Trumpwe just want all our fans and friends to rock the vote. Your voice matters so make sure it is heard TODAY!

For information on where and when to vote today, visit Vote.org.

Alright, let’s get to some news and links. And we’ll begin in the college sports world where a few local New England NCAA D-III conferences announced yesterday that they will “suspend” or “cancel” winter sports.

  • The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced they have suspended winter sports, including men’s and women’s basketball and swimming and diving.
  • The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) has “cancelled conference athletic competitions,” which means no basketball, swimming and diving, and track.

While it seems inevitable that more cancelations and postponements will be announced over the next few days and weeks, some local schools, including Clark University and Coast Guard Academy, will explore options for its winter teams. It is possible we could see some local games played, but nothing is official (as of this morning!) so stay tuned.

Let’s switch gears to football – professional football, to be exact – where we could see 16 teams compete in the National Football League’s (NFL) postseason if future games are canceled due to the pandemic.

16 teams may sound crazy, but with frequent reports about players (or members of each team) testing positively for the coronavirus, it certainly could make for an interesting yet exciting postseason.

And here is some more football news and links from the world wide web:

Finally, make sure to tune into a brand new Noontime Sports Podcast today – we welcomed Joe Malkin (Massachusetts Maritime Academy) and Shawn Medeiros (Endicott College) to discuss how sports information directors are creating content when games are not being played.

You can listen to our show on Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Anchor (along with some other channels and platforms, too!).