D3 Basketball: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Mon. Nov. 20th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With the first official week of a brand new season of New England Division III basketball season in the books, it is time to dish out our initial Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll.

Our weekly poll will be posted every Monday throughout the season and will be put together with the help of a brand new Noontime Sports New England college basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors/sports information directors, coaches and media members.

As always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter, while subscribing to our YouTube channel.

Men’s Basketball Poll (Week One: Monday, November 20th, 2017) 

  1. Williams (7) (2-0)
  2. Middlebury (2-0)
  3. Tufts (1) (1-1)
  4. Endicott (2-0)
  5. Babson (2) 2-1
  6. MIT (2-0)
  7. Nichols (2-0)
  8. Eastern Conn. (2-0)
  9. Amherst (2-0)
  10. Keene State (1-1)

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (0-1), Bowdoin (2-0), Hamilton (2-0), Husson (1-0), Keene State (1-1) Trinity (2-0), Springfield (1-0), Roger Williams (3-0), Southern Vermont (2-0), UMass Dartmouth (2-1), WPI (1-1) and Wesleyan (2-0).

D3 Football: Final Noontime Sports New England Football Top 10 Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another season of New England Division III Football slowly winding down, it is time to dish out our final Noontime Sports Top 10 poll.

We will be wrapping-up the 2017 season later this week, while previewing the Husson-Delaware Valley second round NCAA Tournament match-up, too.

As always, thank you all for staying connected with us over the past few month, as well as all the support, and we will look forward to seeing you all back on the gridiron real soon.

  1. Trinity College (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC) 
  2. Springfield College (10-1, 7-0 NEWMAC) 
  3. Husson University (10-1, 7-0 ECFC) 
  4. Framingham State (10-1, 7-1 MASCAC) 
  5. WPI (9-2, 6-1 NEWMAC) 
  6. Western New England (8-3, 5-0 CCC) 
  7. Plymouth State (9-2, 8-0 MASCAC) 
  8. Curry College (8-3, 4-1 CCC) 
  9. Amherst College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC) 
  10. MIT (7-3, 5-2 NEWMAC) 

On The Rise: Middlebury College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC) and William College (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC)

D3 Football: Noontime Sports Team Of The Week (Monday, Nov. 13th)

Noontime Team Week

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time to announce our weekly Noontime Sports Team of the Week 

PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final installment of the ‘Team of the Week’ – circle back next week for our end of the year awards and teams!

Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 221 yards on 18 carries, while registering a trio of rushing scores. He averaged 12.3 yards per carry against MIT.

Defensive Player of the Week: Wesley Becton (Middlebury): Becton registered 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops, four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 40 yards and three-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 34 yards. 

Special Teams Player of the Week: Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): 
Murphy converted seven of eight kicks, including a pair of field goals for 11 points. 


Offensive Team of the Week

Dante Aiken (WNE): Against Nichols, Aiken rushed for 120 yards on 15 carries (8.0 yards per carry) and one score. 

Brady Berger (Catholic): Berger concluded the season completing 23 of 38 passes for 303 yards and three touchdown passes against Maine Maritime Academy. 

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum concluded his team’s season against Framingham State by completing 24 of 43 passes for 336 yards, while tossing three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jacob Maher. 

Craig Carmilani (Amherst): Carmilani led Amherst with six receptions for 101 yards  (16.8 yards per reception) and one score in his team’s final contest of the season against Williams. 

Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese tossed five touchdowns against Salve Regina, while completing 25 of 33 passes for 347 yards. He also rushed for 31 yards on 13 carries. 

Frank Cosolito (Middlebury): Cosolito led all receivers against Tufts with 100 yards on nine receptions (11.1 yards per reception) and three scores.

Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime Academy): Creeger rushed for 129 yards on 25 carries, while completing 4-of-11 passes for 85 yards and two scores. 

Mark Dietrich (WNE): Dietrich led all receivers with five receptions for 123 yards and three scores in his team’s eighth win of the season. 

Darrion Green (Gallaudet): Against SUNY Maritime, Green rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries for two scores, averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

Richard Harris (Dean): Harris rushed for 212 yards on 27 carries and one score in his team’s season finale against Anna Maria. Harris averaged 7.9 yards per carry. 

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Holder rushed for 187 yards on 38 carries and two scores in his team’s 18-0 win. Holder averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

Shaquille Joseph (Framingham State): Joseph hauled in his first two touchdown receptions of the season (and his collegiate career), while concluding the game with two grabs for 37 yards.

Andrew Light (Mount Ida): Light led all receivers 121 yards on two receptions and two scores in his team’s final contest of the season. 

Jacob Maher (Worcester State): Maher led all receivers with 11 receptions for 195 yards (17.7 yards per reception) and two scores. His longest reception was a 42-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. 

Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron capped an impressive first-year with the Ephs by rushing for the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Amherst last Saturday, which provided the Ephs with their first win over the Mammoths since 2010. Maimaron rushed for 133 yards on 33 carries (4.0 yards per carry) and four scores, while completing 23 of 41 passes for 183 yards. 

Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen rushed for a game-high 132 yards on 28 carries and two scores, while hauling in a trio of receptions for 11 yards. McAllen averaged 4.7 yards per carry.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald concluded the season with 145 yards on 29 carries (5.0 yards per carry) and one rushing score, while completing 11 of 25 passes for 121 yards.

Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State): McLaughlin led all rushers with 152 yards on 25 carries and one score in his team’s setback to Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  

Jack Meservy (Middlebury): Against Tufts, Meservy completed 26 of 45 passes for 275 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores one eight carries for three yards. 

Brice Moore (Merchant Marine): Against Coast Guard, Moore rushed for a game-high 207 yards on 40 carries (5.2 yards per carry) and two scores in his team’s 48-23 win, which was seen on ESPN3.

Jace Pena (UMass Dartmouth): Pena capped his team’s season with four touchdown passes, while completing 14 of 28 passes for 234 yards. 

Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Academy): Phillips rushed fro 149 yards on 37 carries for an average of 4.0 yards per carry, along with one score in his team’s 21-18 win over Bridgewater State.

Sonny Puzzo (Trinity):
Against Wesleyan, Puzzo completed 9 of 19 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 48 yards on six carries (8.0 yards per carry) and one score.

Jake Schwern (Colby): Schwern led all rushers with 262 yards on 30 carries (8.7 yards per carry) and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Bowdoin last Saturday.

Anthony Service (WNE): Against Nichols, Service completed 5 of 11 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 50 yards on seven carries (7.1 yards per carry) and one score.

Michael Slaughter, Jr. (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter Jr. ruhed for a game-high 144 yards on 28 carries and one score, while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.   

John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for five scores, while recording 287 yards on 38 carries for an average of 7.6 yards per carry against Mount Ida. 

Connor Sullivan (Salve Regina): Sullivan led all receivers with eight catches for 154 yards and two scores against Curry. Sullivan averaged 19.3 yards per reception. 

Nick Vailas (Bowdoin): Vailas set a single-game for receiving yards (230), while tying a single-game mark with 14 receptions in his team’s setback to Colby. He also concluded the game with one touchdown reception.

Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva hauled in six catches for 90 yards and three scores, while averaging 15.0 yards per reception.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 281 yards, while tossing a trio of scores in his team’s ninth win of the season.


Defensive Team of the Week

Micah Adickes (Tufts): Against Middlebury, Adickes recorded five total tackles, including three solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards, one sack for a loss of three yards, one fumble recover and one quarterback hurry.

Gene Baisden, Jr. (Dean): 
Baisden Jr. concluded the season with seven solo tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 29 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while forcing a fumble. 

Coy Candelario (Bates): Against Hamilton, Candelario tallied six total stops, including five solo stops, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and a half-a-tackle for a loss of 10 yards. 

Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded his team’s final contest of the season with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops, six-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards, two sacks (11 yards) and one pass break-up.

Emmanuel Hans (Anna Maria):
Hans capped his teams season with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 15 yards. 

Corey Jean-Jacques (Trinity): Against Wesleyan, Jean-Jacques registered eight total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of nine yards, one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble.

Shane Libby (Trinity):
Libby turned in a monstrous performance against Wesleyan, tallying 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.  

Francis Lubega (WPI): Against Norwich, Lubega tallied five total tackles, including four solo stops, four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 27 yards, three sacks for a loss of 20 yards, and one forced fumble. 

Ricky Montalvo (WNE): Montalvo registered 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 15 yards. 

Geoffrey Paige (Endicott): In his team’s final contest of the season, Paige tallied nine total tackles, along with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble. 

Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Parker turned in an impressive performance in the Privateers’ final contest of the season by tallying 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and a fumble recovery for two yards. He also registered a sack for a loss of seven yards, too.

Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter recorded eight total tackles, including four solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards. 

Craig Strand (Colby): Strand helped his team capture the 129th meeting between Colby and Bowdoin by registering 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 17 yards, two sacks for a loss of 14 yards and one forced fumble.

Elvin Suazo, Jr. (Husson): Suazo, Jr. recorded nine total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards in his team’s regular season finale against Mount Ida.

Andrew Yamin (Amherst):
Yamin recorded nine solo tackles in his team’s season finale against Williams, including a pair of tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.


Special Teams of the Week

John Baron (Colby): Baron connected on all five kicks, including a 38-yard field goal for seven points against Bowdoin. 

John Glaser (Endicott): Against Becker, Glaser connected on all six kicks, including a 25-yard field goal for eight points.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): In his team’s season finale against Norwich, Herrington connected on all six extra points.

Andrew Sisti (Bowdoin): Sisti connected on all four kicks. including a pair of field goals for eight points.

James Tooker (UMass Dartmouth): Tooker connected on all six kicks, including a 31-yard field goal for eight points.

Valentin Wagner (WNE): Wagner connected on all seven kicks in his team’s big win over Nichols last Saturday.   

D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch In Week 11 in New England

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s the final week of the regular season, D3 Football fans, so let’s get it started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post!

As always, make sure to stay connected with us on social media (Facebook and Twitter), while following our friends from In The (D3fb) Huddle, too (@D3FBHuddle).

Western Connecticut State at Westfield State (Friday, Nov. 10th at 7 p.m.): After coming-up short against the Rams last week, look for quarterback Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials to cap their season with a win on the road. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 27, Westfield State 14

Curry at Salve Regina (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Colonels would match their win total from 2009 (eight), but also provide the Purple and White with some serious momentum heading into the offseason and next season. PREDICTION: Curry 28, Salve Regina 20 

MIT at Springfield (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): A Pool B bid is on the line for the Pride, while MIT will look to end its season with a seventh win. Look for another solid defensive performance from Springfield in this game. PREDICTION: Springfield 30, MIT 21

Mount Ida at Husson (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): John Smith and the Eagles are headed back to the postseason, but a game against the Mustangs will be a must-see (or must-follow) – Mount Ida will certainly provide Husson with a good test before the tournament begins next weekend. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Mount Ida 22 

Worcester State at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Lancers’ offense has put up some serious points this season, but will certainly be challenged by a Rams’ defense that managed to slow down Western Connecticut for most of last week’s game. Expect another big day on the ground from Framingham State tailback Quron WrightPREDICTION: Framingham State 35, Worcester State 31 

Merchant Marine at Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): We spoke with Coach Bill George and Cam Cecchini about this game on this week’s podcast, and both are excited for this must-see rivalry game, which will be seen on ESPN 3. The Bears want to end their season on a high note, but must find a way to slow down the Mariners’ rushing attack, which will once again be led by quarterback Brice MoorePREDICTION: Merchant Marine 34, Coast Guard 27

Amherst at Williams (Saturday, November 11th at 12 p.m.): Amherst enters the contest with a great deal of momentum following wins over Wesleyan, Tufts and Trinity. Can they continue it against Coach Mark Raymond‘s squad, which is searching for its first Amherst-Williams win since 2010? PREDICTION: Amherst 25, Williams 17

Bridgewater State at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): Who will capture the Cranberry Bowl this season? The Buccaneers will look to rebound from a 37-14 setback a week ago to UMass Dartmouth, while the Bears will look to cap their season with a win after falling to Worcester State last weekend. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, Mass. Maritime 14. 

Middlebury at Tufts (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12:30 p.m.): The Jumbos are focused on concluding their season with a win and received some solid advice at practice this week from New Hampshire’s own Chip KellyPREDICTION: Tufts 29, Middlebury 24

Colby at Bowdoin (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12:30 p.m): The Mules and Polar Bears are set to compete for the 129th time – that’s a lot of years my friends! PREDICTION: Colby 34, Bowdoin 23

D3 Soccer Notebook: New England Squads Set To Compete In NCAA D3 Tournament

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2017 NCAA Division III soccer tournament is set to begin later this week with various New England squads, both men and women’s, set to compete for the national championship.

On Monday, November 6th, the NCAA unveiled both brackets and below are the New England teams that will be competing in this year’s tournament.


NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament 

* Mitchell vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1 p.m. at Tufts (winner of this match will play host Tufts University on Sunday, Nov. 12th)

* Western Connecticut State at Brandies University | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 5 p.m.

* Bowdoin College vs. Rutgers-Newark (at Brandeis University) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 7:30 p.m.

* Castleton vs. Messiah (at Buffalo State) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 5 p.m.

* Stevens Inst. vs. Middlebury College (at SUNY Cortland) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* WPI at SUNY Oneonta | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Connecticut College vs. Rochester (at SUNY Oneonta) | Saturday, November 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Salem State at Amherst College | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Endicott College vs. Springfield College (at Amherst College) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.


NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament 

* Roger Williams at TCNJ | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Tufts vs. Virginia Wesleyan (at TCNJ) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Westfield State at Messiah | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11:30 a.m.

* Castleton at MIT | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Middlebury College vs. Western Connecticut State (at MIT) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Connecticut College vs. Wilkes (at Johns Hopkins) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Lesley at Williams College | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

* Brandeis University vs. Stevens Inst. (at Williams College) | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 1:30 p.m.

* Lasell College at William Smith | Saturday, Nov. 11th at 11 a.m.

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week 10 Poll (Sunday, Nov. 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football (week 10) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week 11) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (9-0, 6-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Plymouth State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 3
  3. Trinity College  (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 2
  4. Western New England (7-2, 4-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 6
  5. Framingham State (8-1, 6-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 4
  6. WPI (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 8
  7. MIT (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 9
  8. Amherst College (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC) | Last Week: 10
  9. Curry College (7-2, 3-1 CCC) | Last Week: No. 7
  10. Western Connecticut (7-2, 5-2 MASCAC). | Last Week: No. 6

ON THE RISE: Husson University (8-1, 6-0 ECFC), Middlebury College (6-2, 6-2NESCAC), Salve Regina (6-2, 3-1 CCC) and Wesleyan University (6-2, 6-2 NESCAC).

D3Hoops Notebook: Four New England Teams Appear On D3Hoops.com (MBB) Preseason Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

A quartet of New England teams appeared on the initial D3Hoops.com (men’s basketball) Top 25 Preseason Poll, which was posted on Wednesday, November 1st.

Williams College, a squad that appeared in last season’s NCAA Division III semifinals, checked-in third overall, while Whitman and Augustana secured the top two spots, respectively.

The Ephs graduated a pair of seniors from last year’s squad, including Daniel Aronowitz, who led the Purple and Gold with 17.3 points per game. Junior returns after checking-in second on the team in points per game (12.9) last season.

Tufts University, Babson College and Middlebury College slid into the sixth, seventh and eighth positions, respectively, while Washington University and UW-River Falls rounded out the top 10.

Babson captured their first-ever national title last season, edging Augustana, 79-78, in the title game. Joey Flannery led the Beavers with 23 points, while recording seven assists and six caroms in his final game with the Green and White. Look for contributions this season from seniors Chris LowryNick Comenale and Bradley Jacks.

Tufts bid adieu to some key players from last year’s squad, including Tom Palleschi and Tarik Smith, so look for seniors Vincent Pace and Everett Dayton to step-up this winter in both scoring and rebounding.

Middlebury graduated a quartet of seniors from last year’s squad, which captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown, including Matt St. Amour, who averaged 21.8 points per game. This season, the player to watch on the Panthers will be senior Jack Daly.

Outside the Top 25, Nichols College, Keene State, Amherst, MIT and Eastern Connecticut all received votes.

Hamilton College, which competes in the NESCAC, also received votes as well. The Continentals finished their 2016-17 campaign 16-9 overall.