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Noontime’s Five D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Six

Keegan Stanton-Meas and the University of New England football team will compete against Husson University on Saturday in the 2nd Annual Lobster Trap Game. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Bates Photo)

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re inching closer to the start of the sixth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season.

Before another busy few days of football begins, let’s highlight five teams to watch (and yes, follow).

Norwich University (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC): After beginning their season with two-straight losses to Salve Regina University and St. Lawrence University, the Cadets have bounced back, winning two of three contests.

Norwich scored its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win last Saturday by defeating Coast Guard Academy, 31-23.

The team’s second win of the 2022 season was highlighted by wide receiver Trevor Chase, who became the program’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions (24) when he cashed in on the team’s initial play with a 71-yard catch-and-run.

Chase concluded his team’s contest with the Bears with 12 catches for 185 yards and three touchdowns. The 185 receiving yards is the most he’s logged in a game this season.

Chase, along with quarterback Mitchell Theal, who tossed four touchdowns last week, will be two players to watch on Saturday when Norwich visits the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Like Norwich, the Mariners won their initial conference meeting by defeating WPI, 41-14.

Salve Regina University (3-1, 0-0 CCC): The Seahawks were idle last weekend but will begin conference play this Saturday when they visit Curry College.

Salve Regina beat Curry last season, but this year’s Colonels squad is one nobody should overlook – the Purple and White were competitive last weekend against the University of New England.

The Seahawks have won three of four non-league tilts, but all four opponents presented unique challenges for coach Kevin Gilmartin’s squad that has had to lean on some players that are not named Joey Mauriello or Jack Maguire.

Jake Stack has been the player to watch under center – he has tossed four touchdowns in three contests while adding two scores on the ground. Justan Luzzi, a first-year tailback, leads the Salve Regina rushing attack with 121 yards on 26 carries. Josh Letellier, who is listed as a quarterback, leads the receiving core with 15 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

Let’s see if the Seahawks’ early-season momentum can continue against Curry.

Springfield College (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC): After a week away from the gridiron, the Pride return to the field this week when they visit Coast Guard Academy.

Springfield concluded its non-league schedule with a 49-7 victory over Husson University – the win was highlighted by three rushing touchdowns by Arsen Shtefan.

Quarterback David Wells was perfect against Husson, completing a pair of passes for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Springfield topped Coast Guard Academy last season by a score of 60-0 en route to winning their second NEWMAC crown since 2017.

The Pride concluded their previous meeting with the Bers by producing 548 yards of total offense on 74 plays. Springfield’s defense limited Coast Guard Academy to just 42 yards on 45 plays.

Tufts University (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC): Let’s not overlook this year’s Jumbos.

Tufts currently resides in a three-way tie for second place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) standings with Colby College and Wesleyan University. They almost beat Trinity College in their season-opener – they kept the Bantams off the scoreboard in the second half – but have scored back-to-back wins over Bates College and Williams College.

Quarterback Michael Berluti tossed three second-half touchdowns against the Ephs to help Tufts edge last year’s conference champions. Berluti connected with Jaden Richardson for two touchdowns before locating Jackson Butler early in the fourth quarter to provide the visitors with a 35-21 lead (Williams did tack on one more score before last Saturday’s contest concluded).

In addition to Berluti’s impressive play, Tufts received a major momentum boost at the end of the first half when Victor Garza returned a blocked field goal.

The Jumbos will go for their third-straight win on Saturday when they host Bowdoin College for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

University of New England (3-1, 1-0 CCC): Like the Seahawks of Salve Regina, the Nor’easters have quietly produced a 3-1 record, including a 1-0 mark in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

UNE bounced back from a 34-31 setback to Gallaudet University last weekend with a 37-21 victory over Curry, thanks to quarterback Jarrett Henault, who tossed a season-best four touchdowns.

Will Peters led a defense that recorded three sacks – additionally, the Nor’easters limited the Colonels to 257 yards (4.4 yards per play) on 59 offensive plays.

In addition to Henault and Peters, UNE has received a major boost from linebacker Keegan Stanton-Meas, who leads the Nor’easters defense with 25.0 total tackles, including 20 solo stops.

UNE will visit Husson this weekend to compete in the 2nd Annual Lobster Trap Game, which the Eagles won last season. The Nor’easters’ last win over Husson came in 2019.

Noontime’s New England D3 Football Top 10 (Oct. 3, 2022)

Michael Berluti and the Tufts University football team have scored back-to-back wins since beginning their season with a 26-23 setback to Trinity College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tufts University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

The fifth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season has concluded, which means it is time to share this week’s Top 10 Poll.

This week, we did not have too much movement, but did, however, welcome two new teams to our weekly 10-team poll: Tufts University and Western New England.

Endicott College remains the top team, thanks to both its rushing attack and defense, while UMass Dartmouth and Springfield College secured the second and third position, respectively, for the second-straight week.

Anna Maria College and Coast Guard Academy left the poll, but remain two teams to watch — the same could be said for Bridgewater State, a squad that has won back-to-back conference games after falling to Plymouth State last month.

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, October 3, 2022 (Week Six)

1. Endicott College (5-0, 1-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): For the third time this season, the Gulls pitched a shutout, thanks to a defensive unit that is tied with Washington & Jefferson for second in NCAA Division III with 22.0 total sacks.

2. UMass Dartmouth (4-1, 3-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 2): Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos was the player to watch last Friday as the junior signal-caller tossed six touchdowns against Western Connecticut. He enters the sixth week of the season ranked second in NCAA Division III with 19 touchdown passes.

3. Springfield College (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 3): Springfield was idle this past weekend ahead but should be well-rested for their initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash with Coast Guard Academy.

4. Trinity College (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 4): The Bantams remain in the fourth position for the second-straight week after securing its third-straight win over Amherst College. Brian Casagrande and Noah Glantz highlighted the team’s third win as the duo combined for eight solo tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 15 yards.

5. Salve Regina University (3-1, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 5): Coach Kevin Gilmartin’s squad returns from its bye week with a challenging stretch of games, beginning this weekend against Curry College.

6. Middlebury College (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 6): Middlebury erased an early 10-0 setback by scoring 20-straight points, including 14 in the second quarter to score a hard-fought win over Bowdoin College. Donovan Wood highlighted the team’s third win by catching four passes for a game-high 88 yards.

7. Wesleyan University (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC) (LW: No. 7): The Cardinals returned to the win column last Saturday with a 49-14 win over Hamilton College. Wesleyan hosts Colby College on Saturday in a battle of 2-1 teams.

8. Plymouth State (4-0, 2-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 8): Manny Sanchez’s six-yard touchdown in the third quarter helped the Panthers score an important road win last Saturday against Framingham State. Plymouth State is off to its best start since beginning its 2016 campaign with four-straight wins.

9. Western New England (2-3, 1-0 CCC) (LW: NR): The Golden Bears return to the poll after scoring its first conference win of the season. Despite losing three of four non-league tilts, it’s hard to overlook Western New England, which should be in the mix for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown.   

10. Tufts University (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC) (LW: NR): The Jumbos earned the final spot on this week’s poll after clinching an exciting seven-point (35-28) win over Williams College last Saturday. Quarterback Michael Berluti was quite impressive against the Ephs, completing 28 of 33 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns.

On the Rise: Anna Maria College (2-2, 0-1 ECFC), Bridgewater State (2-3, 2-1 MASCAC), Colby College (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC), Norwich University (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC), and University of New England (3-1, 1-0 CCC)

Noontime’s Five D3 Football Teams to Watch In Week Five

Spencer McMillion has been the player to watch on Coast Guard Academy for four weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brad Clift)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s that time of the week where we highlight five teams – yes, five, to be exact – to watch this weekend in New England NCAA Division III football.

Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC): After beginning their season with a convincing win over UMass Dartmouth, along with a hard-fought victory against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the AMCATs suffered a 66-28 setback last weekend to Coast Guard Academy.

One year earlier, Anna Maria beat Coast Guard, 29-24, thanks to a late touchdown drive that saw quarterback Alex Cohen find Deandre Wallace for a 27-yard score.   

This week, Anna Maria will look to bounce back against an Alfred State squad that was projected to be in the mix for the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown this fall. The two teams have combined for four wins and three losses through four weeks.

In a way, Saturday’s conference tilt is an important game for Anna Maria. But a loss to the Pioneers would not derail their hopes of winning the league for a second-straight season.

Anna Maria has beaten Alfred State in its last two meetings – in 2019, quarterback Tanner Kingsley led the team on back-to-back scoring drives during the final two minutes to clinch a thrilling come-from-behind win in Alfred, New York.  

Bridgewater State (1-3, 1-1 MASCAC): Don’t sleep on the Bears of Bridgewater State.

After beginning their current campaign with three-straight losses, coach Joe Verria’s squad leaned on its rushing attack to score a much-needed win last Saturday over Western Connecticut. Halfback Adam Couch scored three touchdowns in the win, including two on the ground. He led all rushers with 150 yards on 21 carries.

Bridgewater State’s win over Western Connecticut should provide the Red and White with a boost heading into Saturday’s meeting with Fitchburg State.

The Falcons currently boast a 1-3 record, but a 0-2 mark against Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) foes.

Despite falling to Plymouth State earlier this month, the Bears remain in the mix for a league crown.

Coast Guard Academy (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC): The Bears concluded their non-league schedule with an impressive win over Anna Maria.

Halfback Spencer McMillion registered 340 yards of total offense in Coast Guard’s recent win, including a game-high 285 rushing yards on 43 carries and five touchdowns.

McMillion currently leads all NCAA Division III rushers with 653 rushing yards – he is also tied for first place in touchdowns with 11.

Coast Guard will begin conference play this weekend when they visit Norwich University on Saturday.

Endicott College (4-0, 0-0 CCC): The Gulls are off to their best start since 2011.

Endicott clinched its fourth-straight win last Saturday by beating Norwich University, 26-13.

The game was highlighted by Endicott’s rushing attack, which saw Yavier Cosme-Diaz lead all rushers with 107 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Clayton Marengi rushed for two scores and 46 yards on eight carries while Tyler Bridge added 68 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns.

While the rushing attack has been one of Endicott’s strengths through four weeks, the same could be said about its defensive unit, which has held its first four opponents to just 20 points.

This week, Endicott will play its first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) game when the Gulls welcome Husson University to campus on Saturday.  

Tufts University (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC): Keep your eyes on the Jumbos this week.

Tufts earned its first win of the 2022 season last Saturday when they beat Bates College, 35-7.

Quarterback Michael Berluti completed 18 of 21 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns – he also added 35 rushing yards on six carries and one score.

Phil Lutz, who is one of a few wide receivers to watch on the Jumbos this fall, caught seven passes for 79 yards and one touchdown. Cade Moore led all receivers with 81 yards on six receptions.  

Tufts’ defense recorded two sacks and one interception.

The Jumbos visit Williams College this week – we believe it’s a game the Powder Blue and Brown should win, especially after what we have witnessed these last two weeks.

New England D3 Football Roundup: Estevez Leads Wesleyan To An Opening Day Win

Wesleyan University quarterback David Estevez tossed three touchdowns on Saturday against Bates College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin)

By NoontimeSports.com

David Estevez completed 15 of 20 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns while the Wesleyan University defense recorded three sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one interception as the Cardinals soared past Bates College, 41-10, on Saturday afternoon.

The win – the team’s first of the season – was also highlighted by Nick Helbig, who stuffed the stat sheet with seven total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and two forced fumbles.

Wesleyan was one of five New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) squads to conclude the opening week of their nine-week season with a victory, along with Bowdoin College, Colby College, Middlebury College, and Trinity College.

Trinity fended off a late rally by Tufts University, which erased a 23-point setback at the break to fall short of a week three victory.

Michael Berluti tossed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull the Jumbos within three points with 1:37 remaining.

On the ensuing possession, Tufts committed back-to-back unsportsmanlike conducts, which moved the Bantams to the Jumbos’ 20-yard line. Quarterback Spencer Fetter took three straight kneel-downs to seal the win.

Fetter concluded the game 19 of 33 for 273 yards and two touchdowns. Sean Clapp led the Bantams’ receiving core with four catches for 105 yards while DeVante Reid caught seven passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Tufts’ Phil Lutz led all receivers with nine grabs for 192 yards and one touchdown.

Colby began its 2022 season by beating Williams College, 24-14.

Quarterback Matt Hersch tossed two touchdowns in the win and added an additional score on the ground while Julian Young paced the Mules’ defense with 14 total tackles, including one tackle for a loss and one pass breakup.  

Kieran Sheridan and John McCool combined for 16 total tackles, one sack, and three tackles for a loss to lead Middlebury past Amherst College, 17-6, while Andrew Boel recorded four touchdowns for Bowdoin College as the Polar Bears rolled past Hamilton College, 41-13.

Endicott College scored its third straight win as the Gulls soared past The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), 28-7.

Clayton Marengi tossed two touchdowns in the win while Jackson DeAngelo stuffed the stat sheet on defense with eight total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards to go with a pair of pass breakups and quarterback hurries.

Endicott has won seven of its last eight home contests, dating back to their season-opener one year ago against St. Lawrence University.

Nichols College improved to 3-0, thanks to a three-touchdown (two passing, one rushing) performance by quarterback Xavier Powell. The Bison outlasted Coast Guard Academy, 37-33, and will attempt to conclude the opening month of play with its fourth-straight win when they visit Hartwick College next Saturday.

Braden Lynn tossed two touchdowns and Manny Sanchez rushed for two scores as Plymouth State topped Bridgewater State, 41-34.

Bridgewater State concluded the conference clash with 504 yards of total offense, thanks to quarterback James Cahoon, who completed 28 of 37 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns. Halfback Adam Couch rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown.

UMass Dartmouth bounced back from its week two setback to Anna Maria College with a 46-21 victory over Framingham State.

Dante Aviles-Santos completed 18 of 36 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns.

The Corsairs defense intercepted Framingham State’s Nicolas Goffredo three times while scooping three fumbles.

Finally, Curry College provided coach Todd Parsons with his initial win on the sidelines as the Colonels topped Dean College, 33-25.

New England D-III Football Week Three Scoreboard

  • Husson 23, Alfred State 17
  • Nichols 37, Coast Guard Academy 37
  • Curry 33, Dean 25
  • Gallaudet 34, University of New England 31
  • Endicott 28, TCNJ 7
  • Utica 23, Western New England 21
  • Anna Maria 23, Massachusetts Maritime 14
  • Norwich 26, Castleton 21
  • Plymouth State 41, Bridgewater State 34
  • Worcester State 56, Fitchburg State 10
  • UMass Dartmouth 46, Framingham State 21
  • Bowdoin 41, Hamilton 13
  • Colby 24, Williams 14
  • Wesleyan 41, Bates 10
  • Trinity 26, Tufts 23
  • Middlebury 17, Amherst 6
  • Union 21, Springfield 6
  • RPI 37, WPI 0