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D3 Football: Endicott Enters The 2019 Season With Some Additional Motivation

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Endicott College senior Andrew Tudino prepares to snap the ball in practice. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nicholas Grace/Endicott College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

In the words of coach Paul McGonagle, last season was “good, but not great” for the Endicott College football team.

The Gulls posted their first winning season since 2013 but struggled to maintain their mid-to-late season momentum down the stretch when they lost back-to-back contests to Merchant Marine and Salve Regina.

Both setbacks, according to McGonagle, provided the unit with some additional motivation heading into the offseason.

“It’s given us some good drive in the offseason, spring ball, winter, and for the guys in the summertime,” said McGonagle, who is entering his second season with the Endicott football program.

That extra motivation will be put to the test this Friday, September 6th when the Gulls entertain Framingham State in their season-opener at 7 p.m.

Endicott has high hopes for this season and hopes last year’s ending will provide the squad with the motivation it needs to capture its first conference crown en route to a national postseason appearance.


What you should know about the 2019 Endicott Gulls 

The Gulls’ schedule2019 will present some unique challenges for the Gulls, who are scheduled to compete against a trio of NCAA Tournament teams from last season, including Husson University and Western New England, two teams that compete against Endicott in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

McGonagle considers the 2019 schedule “a challenge,” but also a “very competitive schedule” that will certainly test his returners and newcomers.

“We play three NCAA playoff teams (from a year ago),” said McGonagle when discussing the team’s schedule.

“We have Husson joining our conference this year, which will make it more competitive, and then we have Framingham and Wesley (College) coming up from Delaware, so it is a great challenge for our guys and hopefully they will be ready for it.”

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Senior quarterback Joe Kalosky will once again be a focal point of the Endicott College offense. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols Grace/Endicott College Athletics)

The second year of Endicott’s new offenseLast season, the Gulls implemented a new offense that seemed identical to what the Philadelphia Eagles ran during their 2017 march toward their first-ever Super Bowl championship in franchise history. And that was a run-pass option (RPO) offense, a scheme the Gulls used frequently with moving the ball up and down the field.

Operating an RPO offense was something quarterback Joe Kalosky seemed to like – he is excited to apply what he learned in the offseason from studying his team’s game film – but as McGonagle said, “we are a whatever it takes” offense.

“Football is a copycat (game), so we do RPO’s, but we also do other stuff, too,” said McGonagle.

“(Last season), there were three games where we rushed for over 300 yards and there were games where we threw for over 300 yards, so we are not one dimensional. There are RPO’s, there are regular old school dropbacks, play action, three-step drops (and much more), so I think it helps us out when it is a sunny game or a rainy game.”

McGonagle praised Kalosky’s effort to improve his game this past spring and summer and believes “the sky is the limit” for the Plymouth, Connecticut native, who did run some RPO plays in high school.

Kalosky enjoyed his best season with the Gulls last fall, recording career-bests in competition percentage (56.5%) and touchdown passes (24). He also rushed for a career-high 365 yards on 40 carries for two touchdowns.

Last season’s ending has motivated Endicott’s defenseFor junior linebacker Kevin O’Brien, last year’s final two contests against Merchant Marine and Salve Regina has become the motivation for this year’s defense.

“The defense would like to have those last two games back,” said O’Brien, who played high school football at Braintree High School.

“The two games were high-scoring and we were one or two stops away from a different outcome, so we’re going to focus on putting all four quarters together, putting the whole season together and having to not rely on Joe and this offense to put up big numbers for us to win.”

O’Brien will be one of many returners to lead a unit that limited opposing offenses to 27.5 points per game last season. Endicott graduated some key pieces from last year’s defense, including linebacker William Rivera, who recorded 114.0 total tackles in 11 contests.

Replicating Rivera’s production won’t be easy, but as O’Brien said of this year’s linebacking core, “it will be more of a group effort.”

In addition to O’Brien, Endicott will certainly rely on defensive back Steven Abbott, who recorded a career-high 61.0 total tackles last fall, as well as Tim Russell, who transferred from Hamilton College after posting 74.0 tackles in two seasons with the Continentals.

Sam Opont will also be a player to watch on defense, too – the Bridgeport, Connecticut native tallied a career-high 53.0 total tackles last fall as a defensive lineman, including 6.5 tackles for a loss.

Nick DiCairano is focused on “consistency” this fall: Heading into his second and final season with the Gulls, Nick DiCairano, who began his collegiate career kicking for Pace University in the Northeast-10 Conference, seems focused on being more consistent this fall after tallying 80 points on 44 extra points and 12 field goals.

“I think this year (I am) mostly focusing on cosistency, ” said DiCairano, who was tabbed our Noontime Sports Special Teamer of 2018.

“Whatever happened last year, happened last year. I am not even thinking about it. The coaches and even everyone on the team have really helped me get into the mindset of one kick at a time (and) focus on what I can control.

“I am fortunate enough to have an amazing snapper and holder, which takes the weight off my shoulders, and helps me be more consistent, too. But I think just going into the year I have been really focusing on being consistent and taking every kick one at a time.”

While DiCairano has certainly been a player to watch on extra points and field goals, he is also someone McGonagle can rely on for opening kickoffs, too.

“Nick is a very valuable player to this program,” said McGonagle.


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Springfield College Pride

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the Springfield College Pride, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Western New England at 1 p.m. The winner of this week one clash will claim Pynchon SAW trophy.

The Pride’s 2018 Season: Springfield concluded ist 2018 campaign with an 8-3 record, along with its first-ever New England Bowl victory, too.

The Pride’s win over Maritime (N.Y.) in the New England Bowl was highlighted by a pair of rushing touchdowns by Hunter Belzo, three interceptions by Jonny Bianchi and a team-hight 12 total tackles from Nick Giorgio.

Prior to scoring an exciting end of season win, Springfield scored early-season victories against Western New England and Kean University, as well as a gritty conference victory at WPI.

Springfield bid farewell to 24 student-athletes from last year’s squad this spring, including Bianchi, Giorgio, and linebacker Tom Casey, but do return a slew of talent that will keep them in the mix for their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship this season.

The 2019 Outlook: While the Pride’s defense will look a bit different this season with some key graduation losses, the unit does return linebacker AJ Smith, who posted career-highs last fall in total tackles (68.0), tackles per game (6.2), sacks (four), and tackles for a loss (nine).

Smith, along Jack Pavelchak (linebacker) and Grayson Heyward (defensive line), will be the leaders of the defense, which yielded 16.3 points per game one year ago.

Quarterback Chad Shade and halfback Hunter Belzo will be the focal points of the Pride’s offense – the duo combined for 23 touchdowns last season and should receive some help fullback Tim Callahan, who finished 2018 with 642 rushing yards on 146 carries and three scores.

Nick Bainter returns to anchor an offensive line that helped the offense rush for 295.2 yards per game last fall. Bainter will receive some help upfront from Jeremy Lipsky, who appeared in 10 games last season, along with John Cox.

Springfield is certainly a team to watch this season – they will definitely contend for the NEWMAC crown – but one of the biggest questions facing this unit is their defense. The offense should have no problem continuing its success on the ground from one year ago.

Springfield’s Schedule: As usual, the Pride will challenge themselves immediately with a trio of non-conference games in the first three weeks before hosting WPI on Saturday, September 28th for a 3 p.m. kick-off. All four September contests are winnable, but they certainly aren’t easy.

A week three match-up with Union College is one to circle – the Pride lost to the Dutchmen last season before rebounding one week later with a hard-fought conference win over WPI.

Springfield will entertain Norwich University in the first week of October before hitting the road for two more important conference meetings with Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine.

Weeks after their visit to Merchant Marine, the Pride will cap their 2019 campaign with a visit from MIT, which defeated Springfield last fall to secure their initial NEWMAC crown.

Players to Watch: Chad Shade (Quarterback/Pittsfield, Mass.), Hunter Belzo (Halfback/Middletown, Conn.), Tim Callahan (Fullback/Enfield, Conn.), Ryan Deguire (Halfback/Schenectady, N.Y.), Nick Bainter (Offensive Line/East Bridgewater, Mass.), Jeremy Lipsky (Offensive Line/Glen Rock, N.J),  John Cox (Offensive Line/Stratford, Conn.), AJ Smith (Linebacker/Rahway, N.J.), Jack Pavelchak (Linebacker/Patchogue, N.Y.), and Grayson Heyward (Defensive End/Albany, N.Y.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Maine Maritime Mariners

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage rolls on with a closer look at the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Maritime (N.Y.) for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Mariners’ 2018 Season: Despite finishing 0-9 last fall, the Mariners seemed to play their best football late in the season, especially against Coast Guard AcademyNorwich University and Catholic University. Those three games can be used as valuable teaching tools, but also motivation for the Blue and Gold heading into the upcoming season.

Terrell Thomas enjoyed a very successful first season with the Mariners, leading the defense in total tackles (83.0), solo stops (47), and tackles per game (11.9). The Auburn, Maine native also recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss and three pass break-ups en route to being named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Co-Rookie of the Year.

On offense, Dominic Casale enjoyed a successful second season by leading the receiving core with 550 receiving yards on 41 grabs and seven touchdowns. Casale’s 550 receiving yards were the most recorded by any Mariner wide receiver in a single-season since Chris Pelletier registered 567 yards on 22 grabs in 1997.

Additionally, Casale’s seven touchdowns were the most recorded by a wide-out since John Guss in 1989.

The 2019 Outlook: The Mariners graduated five seniors from their 2018 squad, including outside linebacker Derek Breunig, and offensive linemen Kyle Miller and Jacob Doyon, but do return Casale and Thomas, who will certainly be the focal point of the team’s offense and defense, respectively.

Additionally, Maine Maritime returns a slew of offensive linemen, including Mahlon Glidden and Josh Reed, along with quarterbacks Bailey Sawyer and Zackery Brannon.

Halfback Cooper Chiasson returns for his second season after leading the unit in rushing last fall, while Mason Kaserman should be a go-to target for both Sawyer and Brannon.

While Thomas will be a linebacker to watch on defense, the same could be said for defensive back Maxwell Horton, who finished the season with 67.0 total tackles, including 5.5 solo stops for a loss of 15. Additionally, Horton was one of four defenders to record two interceptions.

Fans of the Mariners should also keep their eyes on inside linebacker Justin Pinard, who finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 61.0. He also recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss of three yards, while registering one pass break-up.

Maine Maritime’s Schedule: The first month of the season won’t be an easy one for the Mariners, who will travel to Plymouth State after visiting Maritime (N.Y.) before hosting Massachusetts Maritime Academy for the 47th Annual Admiral’s Cup. One week after entertaining the Buccaneers, the Mariners will welcome Merchant Marine for an important week four match-up.

Trips to MIT and WPI highlight the month of October, along with a home date with Coast Guard Academy.

The Mariners will end their season with back-to-back home games against Catholic and Springfield College.

Players to Watch: Dominic Casale (Wide Receiver/Freeport, Maine), Terrell Thomas (Outside Linebacker/Auburn, Maine), Mahlon Glidden (Offensive Lineman/Scarborough, Maine), Maxwell Horton (Defensive Back/Kicker/Eliot, Maine), and Justin Pinard (Inside Linebacker/New Boston, N.H.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Endicott Gulls

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

We continue our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ by highlighting the Endicott College Gulls, who commence their 2019 campaign with a visit from Framingham State on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 7 p.m.

The Gulls’ 2018 Season: Endicott returned to its winning ways last fall, finishing one win shy of the 2013 squad with a 7-4 mark. The Gulls qualified for their first-ever New England Bowl and scored some impressive (and exciting wins) against Bridgewater State, Hobart, and Western New England.

The team’s win over the Golden Bears was highlighted by five touchdown passes from quarterback Joe Kalosky, who also finished the game with 88 yards on eight carries.

Despite ending their season with back-to-back losses to Merchant Marine and Salve Regina, the Gulls entered the offseason with some momentum that should carry into this season when they see familiar foes like Framingham State and Western New England.

The 2019 Outlook: The Gulls graduated 15 student-athletes from last year’s squad, including wide receiver Christian Cole, strong safety Christian Pizzotti and linebacker William Rivera, but do return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball with Kalosky, halfback Hakim Fleming, wide receiver Shea McManaway and linebacker Kevin O’Brien.

Additionally, Endicott welcomes back Nick DiCairano, who was our Noontime Sports Special Teamer of the Year. The Trumbull, Connecticut native enjoyed an impressive first season with the Gulls by connecting on 11 of 12 field-goal attempts, including a 45-yard boot in his team’s 52-22 win over Curry College.

Endicott also returns a slew of offensive linemen, including Kha-Lil GoodmanAndrew Tudino and Isaiah Gibbs, which should help the offense find its groove from last season.

Endicott’s Schedule: Endicott begins the season with four-straight home games, including a trio of non-conference clashes with Framingham State, Rochester and Wesley. Additionally, the Gulls will host Becker College at the end of the month before heading to Salve Regina in early October for an important Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) meeting. Weeks after visiting the Seahawks, the Gulls will travel to Husson University and Western New England – both games are must-wins for the Gulls if they want to capture their initial CCC title.

Endicott will end its season with a home date with the University of New England followed by a trip to Dudley, Massachusetts to face Nichols College.

Players to Watch: Joe Kalosky (Quarterback/Plymouth, Conn.), Hakim Fleming (Running Back/Bridgeport, Conn.), Shea McManaway (Wide Receiver/Lisbon, Conn.), Riley Shanley (Tight End/Simsbury, Conn.), Nick DiCairano (Kicker/Trumbull, Conn.), Kevin O’Brien (Linebacker/Braintree, Mass.), Steven Abbott (Defensive Back/Melrose, Mass.), Kha-Lil Goodman (Offensive Line/Bellmore, N.Y.), Andrew Tudino (Orange, Conn.), and Isaiah Gibbs (Offensive Line/Teaneck, N.J.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Coast Guard Bears

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

We continue our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ with a look at the Coast Guard Academy football team, which begins its season on Saturday, September 7 when they visit the University of New England for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

The Bears’ 2018 Season: Coast Guard enjoyed one of its best seasons since 2008 by posting a 7-3 mark, including a 5-2 record in conference play. They capped their 2018 campaign with back-to-back wins over Merchant Marine and WPI while capturing The Mug on Parents’ Weekend with a wild (and dramatic) victory over Norwich University. Additionally, the Bears finished 4-1 at home for the first time since 2015.

The 2019 Season Outlook: The Bears enter the upcoming season as one of the favorites in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). They should certainly challenge MIT and Springfield College for the top spot and automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.

Coast Guard graduated 17 players from last year’s squad, including linebacker Jake Behne, who led the Bears defense with 103 total tackles and Bill Boardman, who was a starting left tackle for the past two seasons. But luckily the Bears return some key members of last year’s 7-3 squad, including quarterback Ryan Jones, halfback Chris Gardner, and wide receiver Justin Moffatt. These three student-athletes will be the focal point of the Bears offense, while linebacker Mark Wicke and defensive back Patrick Crowley will be players to watch on defense.

Coast Guard’s Schedule: Following an opening day visit to the Nor’easters, the Bears will travel to Nichols College and Norwich before hosting Curry College on the final Saturday of September. All four games are winnable, but non-conference meetings with Curry and Nichols won’t be easy. Additionally, their visit to Norwich will be a game to watch, as well, but it is possible that Coast Guard concludes the opening month with a 4-0 record.

We’ll learn a great deal about the Bears in October when they face four conference foes, including MIT and Springfield. Both games are critical for Coast Guard, especially if they want to capture the NEWMAC crown. Their final two games pit the Bears against WPI and Merchant Marine – their game with the Mariners, the Secretaries’ Cup, is always a must-see, must-follow.

Players to Watch: Ryan Jones (Quarterback/ Punxsutawney, Pa.), Chris Gardner (Running Back/Fairfax, Va.), Justin Moffatt (Wide Receiver/Odessa, Fla.), Mark Wicke (Linebacker/San Marino, Calif.), Patrick Crowley (Defensive Back/San Marino, Calif.), Colton Rausch (Offensive Line/Lake Alfred, Fla.), Robert Childress (Offensive Line/Millersville, Md.), and Michael Goldsworthy (Defensive Back/Jamison, Pa.). 


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