Our Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) All-Decade Week continues with a brand new team: The Connecticut & Rhode Island D3 Football Team from 2010-2019.
This was a fun walk down memory lane, highlighting a slew of student-athletes we covered and interviewed over the past ten years that earned a variety of end of season honors, including D3Football.com All-American honors to first or second-team nods to program record-holders to the final Gold Helmet Recipients from the New England Football Writers (NEFW). And as usual, we did our very best to highlight as many student-athletes from across both Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Offense)
Will Arndt (QB)
Sandy Hook, Conn.
Octavias McKoy (RB)
Max Chipouras (RB)
Sam Pascale (RB)
Salve Regina University
Shea Dwyer (RB)
Christopher Hunt (TE)
Austin Baiardi (OT)
Nick Seara (OT)
South Ozone Park, N.Y.
Adam Iskra (OT)
Salve Regina University
North Haven, Conn.
Floyd Shaffer (OT)
Salve Regina University
Joe Magardino (OT)
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Defense)
Hayden Stanton (DL)
Salve Regina University
Taj Gooden (DL)
John Salute (DL)
Salve Regina University
Walter Fallas (LB)
Joe Rizzardi (DB)
Coast Guard Academy
Ben Thaw (CB)
Jake Bussani (CB)
Phil Terio (CB)
Salve Regina University
Harry Melendez (CB)
Spencer Donahue (S)
Rae Haynes (S)
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Special Teams)
We’re another day closer to a brand new season of New England Division III football, which means its time to highlight our preseason favorites.
As usual, let us know if you agree (or disagree) with our preseason predictions by posting a comment below!
Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Western New England: The Golden Bears are poised to capture yet another conference crown this fall, but they certainly will be challenged by Endicott College, Husson University, and Salve Regina. Expect a big season from quarterback Alec Coleman, who was tabbed our Noontime Sports Offensive Player of the Year last November.
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC): Maritime (N.Y.): While I certainly think Dean College will be in the mix for the top spot, in the end, the Privateers will prevail. Both teams will meet in mid-October in what could be a de-facto regular-season championship clash.
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Framingham State: The Rams enter the upcoming season with some holes to fill, especially at wide receiver and in the secondary, but expect coach Tom Kelley to find the right pieces to fill those voids before Framingham makes the trek to Endicott for a must-see week one clash.
New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Trinity College: The Bantams enter the 2019 season with hopes of capturing their fourth-straight conference crown. Trinity can certainly accomplish this task but will need to do it without halfback Max Chipouras, who graduated this past spring. The Bantams should return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, which will help them contend for a conference crown.
New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Springfield College: The Pride should capture their second NEWMAC title in three seasons, but they certainly will be challenged by Coast Guard Academy, MIT, and WPI. I also think Norwich University could provide some match-up issues, too, but again, I am expecting Springfield to finish atop the NEWMAC standings in late November.
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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!
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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.
Joe Kalosky tossed five touchdowns in Endicott College’s come-from-behind win over Western New England last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10/Endicott College Athletics)
Offensive Stars of the Week
Michael Bianco (Becker College): Bianco helped Becker College earn its first win of the season over University of New England by tallying 190 yards of total offense, including 180 on the ground and one score. Bianco averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Last Saturday marked the first time Bianco was spotted at halfback (he has normally been seen over the years on defense).
Cory Brandon (Husson University): Brandon shined in his team’s final home game of the season by completing 15 of 21 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles soared past Gallaudet University.
Alec Coleman (Western New England): Despite being on the losing end, Coleman turned in an impressive performance against Endicott College with 321 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (three on the ground). Coleman ended the game 22 of 39 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown.
Christian Cole (Endicott College): Cole concluded last Saturday’s epic win over Western New England with eight catches for 147 yards (18.4 yards per catch) and two scores.
Max Chipouras (Trinity College): Against Amherst College, Chipouras rushed for a game-high 203 yards on 24 carries (8.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Gacioch tallied 395 yards of total offense, including 368 passing yards. He completed 28 of 48 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns.
Kyle Gaudet (Husson University): Gaudet hauled in a game-high seven grabs for 249 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Gallaudet University.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Hamilton College, Jernigan tallied 278 yards of total offense, including 246 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Against WPI, Jones scored three touchdowns, including two through the air, while completing 30 of 37 passes for 251 yards.
Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky enjoyed a very successful day against Western New England with five passing touchdowns and 409 yards of total offense. He completed 27 of 52 passes for 321 yards, while adding a team-high 88 yards on eight carries (11.0 yards per carry).
Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald appeared unstoppable against Colby College this past weekend, tallying 274 total yards of offense, including 223 passing yards (19 of 23) and two touchdowns. He led the Jumbos’ rushing attack with 51 yards on 12 carries and two scores.
Nick Santavicca (Bridgewater State): Santavicca recorded a game-high 173 yards on 21 carries for an average of 8.2 yards per carry, while reaching the end zone once during his team’s 32-13 win over Worcester State.
Riley Shanley (Endicott College): Shanley matched Christian Cole with eight grabs, but finished last Saturday’s tilt against Western New England with 106 yards and two touchdowns.
Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio (No. 94) powered the Pride’s defense against Maine Maritime Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)
Defensive Stars of the Week
Gene Baisden (Dean College): Against Castleton University, Baisden registered six solo stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss of 21 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards as the Bulldogs scored an exciting 19-17 win.
Sam Casey (WPI): Against Coast Guard Academy, Casey recorded 13 total tackles, including a game-high 10 total tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards and one interception for a 32 yard return.
James Christiano (Trinity College): In a huge win over Amherst College, Christiano registered six total tackles, including four solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 25 yards, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards and one forced fumble.
Jackson Eighmy (Wesleyan University): Against Williams College, Eighmy tallied five tackles for a loss of 31 yards and three sacks for a loss of 25 yards as the Cardinals scored a Little Three win on the road.
Nick Giorgio (Springfield College): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Giorgio recorded five solo stops (and total tackles), including four tackles for a loss of 15 yards, two sacks for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Kurtis Jolicoeur (Western New England): Against Endicott College, Jolicoeur matched Joshua Salem with a game-high 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, while adding four tackles for a loss of seven yards, one forced fumble and two blocks.
Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenny paced the Falcons defense against Plymouth State with 11 total tackles, including seven solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and three sacks for a loss of seven yards.
Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against UMass Dartmouth, McCabe stuffed the stat sheet with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, five tackles for a loss of 18, one-and-a-half sacks for five yards and one forced fumble.
Chris Rice (Castleton University.): Rice recorded a game-high 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one pass break-up against Dean College.
Franny Rose (Bowdoin College): Against Bates College, Rose registered a game-high 12 total tackles, including eight solo tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 13 yards, one sack for a loss of eight yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Joshua Smiley (Framingham State): Against Western Connecticut, Smiley recorded seven total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 26 yards, two sacks for a loss of 16 yards and two forced fumbles.
Tarik Smith (Husson University): Smith turned in an impressive performance against Gallaudet University by tallying five total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 10 yards, two solo stops, two quarterback hurries and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards.
Elvin Suazo (Husson University): Against Gallaudet University, Suazo recorded a game-high nine total tackles, including seven solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards.
Andrew Verre was just one of many players that shined for the Salve Regina Seahawks last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)
Special Team Stars of the Week
Michael Chen (Bowdoin College): Chen was a perfect five-for-five against Bates College, including one-for-one on field goals (31 yard boot). He also recorded four punts for 165 yards (41.3 yards per boot) with one kick landing inside the Bates’ 20-yard line.
Mac Kimball (Becker College): Kimball connected on five of six kicks (all four extra points), including a 32 yard field goal in his team’s first win of the season against University of New England.
Andrew Verre (Salve Regina): Against Nichols College, Verre tallied 11 points on a pair of field goals, including a 36 yard boot, along with five extra points.
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For the second-straight week, the Springfield College Pride secured the top spot in this week’s Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings.
The news of this week’s poll was announced earlier this afternoon.
The Pride, who improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, secured 10 first-place votes, while Framingham State, which checked-in second on this week’s poll, earned five first-place votes. The Rams were idle this past weekend weekend, but entered their bye week winners of four-straight.
Trinity College, Amherst College and Middlebury College rounded out the top five – the Mammoths of Amherst secured one first-place vote. All three teams head into the fourth week of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play undefeated.
Salve Regina and Curry College checked-in sixth and seventh, respectively, while MIT, Plymouth State and Husson University secured the final positions.
Springfield’s ground game highlighted their 42-3 win over Norwich this past weekend as both Jordan Wilcox (111 yards) and Chad Shade (101 yards) each found the end zone, while the defense registered five sacks. This week, the Pride head to Coast Guard Academy for a 1:30 p.m. kick-off.
Trinity secured its third-straight win of the season by defeating Williams College, 17-9. Quarterback Sonny Puzzo and tailback Max Chipouras combined for two scores, while the Bantams’ defense recorded a pair of sacks and interceptions.
Ollie Eberth highlighted Amherst’s third win of the season as the second-year signal-caller recorded a pair of scores, including a 23-yard score on the ground in the final session to secure a 31-14 win over Bowdoin College. Quarterback Jared Lebowitz completed 28 of 52 passes for 389 yards, while tossing three touchdowns in Middlebury’s 37-6 win over Colby College.
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Saturday marks the final day of the NCAA Division III regular season. So, in honor of the 11th week of college football here in New England, I present 11 Games to Watch in Week 11.
Trinity at Wesleyan: The Bantams flexed their muscles a few weeks ago, proving they’re the team to beat in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a convincing win over Middlebury. Can they finish their campaign unbeaten? It won’t be easy, but expect a big day from sophomore tailback Max Chipouras, who will lead the Bantams to a conference crown. Prediction: Trinity 27, Wesleyan 20
Williams at Amherst: This is the biggest D3 game in the country tomorrow, hands down. Williams has shown improvement under first-year head coach Mark Raymond, and I think this is the game they finally break through. Prediction: Williams 20, Amherst 14
The Bobcats’ defense held the Polar Bears to just one score last weekend, so expect the unit to have another big day against Hamilton. (Photo Credit: Bates College Athletics/Brian Foley)
Hamilton at Bates: Winners of two-straight, the Bobcats will look to cap their 2016 campaign with a season-finale win over the Continentals of Hamilton. Bates’ defense was impressive last week, holding Bowdoin to just one score, while tallying three interceptions and two sacks. Prediction: Bates 21, Hamilton 7
Tufts at Middlebury: Jay Civetti’s squad has enjoyed another impressive season, winning six of seven contests thus far. The Jumbos have a chance to share the NESCAC crown with a win – they would also need Wesleyan to defeat Trinity. I think Chance Brady caps his impressive career with the Powder Blue and White by scoring the game-winning touchdown to send Tufts past Middlebury for the second-straight season. Prediction: Tufts 31, Middlebury 24
Husson at Mount Ida: The Eagles provided an early season scare to perhaps the best team in the East Region – that would be Alfred. Since then, Coach Gabby Price’s squad has been on a roll, winning eight-straight contests. Can they make it nine in a row? It won’t be easy, especially against an up and coming Mount Ida squad, but look for halfback John Smith and quarterback Cory Brandon to lead the Eagles to their ninth-straight victory. Prediction: Husson 27, Mount Ida 14
Castleton at Norwich: The annual Maple Sap Bucket Trophy is on the line. The Spartans have won the last two meetings, but I think this year the Cadets will find a way to secure the coveted trophy for the first time since 2013. Prediction: Norwich 21, Castleton 17
Endicott at Curry: For the second-straight season, Coach Kevin DeWall’s Gulls have a chance to end their campaign at 5-5. Don’t expect this clash with the Colonels to be easy – last season both teams needed four extra sessions to determine the eventual winner. Let’s go with a late touchdown by the Gulls to send Endicott past Curry on the road. Prediction: Endicott 28, Curry 21
Coast Guard Academy at Western New England: Can the Bears slow down the Golden Bears? It’s possible, but expect Western New England to finish their season with a win, along with some additional momentum heading into the NCAA Tournament. Prediction: WNE 30, CGA 14
Expect another big day from Salve Regina halfback Sam Pascale. (Photo Credit: Salve Regina Athletics)
Salve Regina at Maine Maritime Academy: Despite a disappointing outcome last week, the Seahawks can cap their season by finishing undefeated on the road. Halfback Sam Pascale will be guide the ground attack – and his squad – to their eight win of the season. Prediction: Salve Regina 28. MMA 14
Mass. Maritime Academy at Bridgewater State: The Bears clinched the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown last weekend with an impressive road win over Framingham State. Expect this squad – now winners of seven-straight – to cap their regular season campaign with not only an eight consecutive win, but also winners of the Annual Cranberry Bowl, too. Prediction: Bridgewater State 28, MMA 14
St. Lawrence at WPI: Last weekend, the Engineers engineered a dramatic comeback to defeat Rochester on the road. Can they cap their respective campaign with a win over St. Lawrence? It won’t be easy, but how about a last minute field goal to send WPI past the Saints? Prediction: WPI 30, St. Lawrence 28