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.
The first official weekend of the New England (and northeast) college football season has finally arrived, which means it is time to preview our first “Game of the Week,” which pits Endicott College and Saint Lawrence University.
Before the Gulls and Saints square off on Saturday, September 4 at 12 p.m., let’s learn a bit more about each team, as well as make a prediction for who wins (and why?).
The early outlook for Endicott College: The Gulls enter their first game of the 2021 season as our second-ranked team in this week’s New England Top 20 Poll (for week one) — Endicott is certainly one of many teams I (and others) in the area/region believe will be in the mix for their conference crown.
Coach Paul McGonagle has led the Gulls to eight wins or more in two seasons — in 2019, Endicott matched its win total from 2012 with nine wins while capping their campaign with a New England Bowl victory over Dean College.
The early outlook for Saint Lawrence: After posting a 9-1 record in 2016, the Saints have averaged three wins in their last three seasons — they did, however, finish 5-5 in 2019, including 3-3 in the Liberty League (LL).
When we last saw the Saints compete, they finished their 2019 season with back-to-back wins after starting their campaign with a pair of losses to Norwich University and Utica College.
Quarterback Sean Richardson highlighted his team’s third win by completing 24 of 32 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns while halfback Rodrick Payne rushed for a game-high 114 yards on 21 carries.
The game was played at Hempstead Stadium in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Players to Watch on Endicott: RB John Kenney (Wilmington, Mass), WR Anthony Bracamonte (Saco, Maine), WR Shea McManaway (Lisbon, Conn.), DL Sam Opont (Bridgeport, Conn.), LB Tim Russell (Stoneham, Mass.) and LB Mehdi Squalli (Rochester, N.Y.)
Players to Watch on Saint Lawrence: QB Tyler Grochot (Ottawa, Ontario), RB Jamie Battaglia (Brewerton, N.Y.), WR Andrew Murphy (Glens Falls, N.Y.),OL Max Warden (Potsdam, N.Y.), DL Caleb Null (Carthage, N.Y.),DL Ryan Reinke (Schenectady, N.Y.), LB Kyle Frimel (Cream Ridge, N.J), and DB Max Gilbert (Newburyport, Mass.)
Prediction: Endicott 28, St. Lawrence 27: As I said on this week’s podcast when discussing the first week of games with James Baker, I like the Gulls in this one – I think they will feed off their home crowd to score a late touchdown and squeak out a win. However, I do think the Gulls defense will be challenged by an up-tempo offense led by quarterback Tyler Grochot.
All in all, Saturday will be an exciting day for everyone as we celebrate the return to the field.
With the eighth 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
Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman completed 31 of 41 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns while adding 24 yards on six carries and one score, which helped the Golden Bears beat Curry College.
Trevor Chase (Norwich University): Chase snagged seven catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy.
Leesandro Colon (Westfield State): Colon rush for a team-high 132 yards on 20 carries (6.6 yards) and two touchdowns as the Owls claimed their first win of the 2019 season against Fitchburg State.
Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 20 of 25 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns against Maine Maritime Academy while adding 28 yards on five carries.
Connor Field (WPI): Field rushed for 129 yards on nine carries and three touchdowns, which helped the Engineers defeated Merchant Marine.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Worcester State, Gacioch completed 18 of 31 passes for 292 yards and one touchdown, while adding 39 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Bowdoin College, Jernigan completed 13 of 24 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 53 yards on 12 carries and two scores.
Nick Juvelier (Curry College): Juvelier completed 30 of 54 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns against Western New England while adding 14 yards on nine carries and one touchdown.
Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University): Mauriello rushed for 202 yards on 27 carries and five touchdowns against Becker College.
Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen tallied 129 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown while catching one pass for 78 yards and one score.
Julian Nyland (WPI): Nyland completed 14 of 18 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns while adding 17 yards on three carries and one score as the Engineers rolled past Merchant Marine in Worcester.
Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters completed 34 of 50 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday against Nichols College.
Michael Pina (Nichols College): Pina tallied 382 total yards of offense last Saturday in an exciting four-overtime win against the University of New England. The Bison signal-caller completed 29 of 48 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns while adding 53 yards on nine carries (5.9 yards).
Frank Roche (Tufts University): Roche hauled in a game-high six receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns against Hamilton College.
Matthew Simco (Wesleyan University): Simco caught five passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday, which helped the Cardinals score a bounce-back win against Amherst College.
Chad Shade (Springfield College): Against Catholic University, Shade completed three of seven passes for 92 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 66 yards on 13 carries and one score.
Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts racked up 275 yards of total offense against Gallaudet University, including 26 yards on six carries and two touchdowns. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns.
Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for a game-high 84 yards on 16 carries and one score.
Defensive Players of the Week
Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria): Anderson tallied 13 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards and a pair of forced fumbles against SUNY-Maritime last Saturday.
Ben Anthony (Williams College): Anthony stuffed the stat sheet against Trinity College by posting seven total tackles, including four solo stops and two tackles for a loss of 10 yards. He also recorded one interception (43 yards).
Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe posted seven total tackles, including six solo stops and two tackles for a loss of 13 yards against Plymouth State.
Joe Gowetski (Bowdoin College): Gowetski was a player to watch last Saturday as he posted 14 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 22 yards. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble.
Avantaye Salomon (Norwich University): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Salomon tallied four total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 21 yards and one forced fumble. He also finished the game with two sacks for a loss of 18 yards.
Joshua Smiley (Framingham State): Smiley tallied five solo tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 24 yards and one forced fumble which helped the Rams defeat Western Connecticut.
Mehdi Squalli (Endicott College): Against Husson University, Squalli posted seven total tackles, including three solo stops and a half-of-a-tackle for a one-yard loss. Additionally, he recorded an interception for 30 yards while registering one pass break-up.
Brian Tucker (Western Connecticut): Against Framingham State, Tucker posted seven solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of three yards, while recording one fumble recovery.
Special Teamers of the Week
Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano tallied 11 points last Saturday against Husson off seven kicks, including two field goals with the longest being a 46-yard kick. Additionally, the senior kicker recorded eight kickoffs for 497 yards with four kicks resulting in a touchback.
Kevin Heintz (University of New England): Heintz concluded Saturday’s four-overtime thriller against Nichols College with 12 points off eight kicks, including two field goals (longest field goal was a 40-yard boot). Additionally, Heintz punted the ball four times with two kicks landing inside the Nichols’ 20-yard-line.
Andy Kenosh (Castleton University): Kenosh was a perfect three-for-three on field goals against Alfred State – his longest kick was a 31-yard field goal.
Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade tallied 10 points off 10 kicks, including a 39-yard field goal as WPI defeated Merchant Marine last Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall.