Flashback Friday: Our Visit With MIT Football (Oct. 23, 2012)

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By NoontimeSports.com| @NoontimeNation 

Beginning today and every Friday going forward, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of our favorite memories of coverage, beginning with a trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts in October of 2012.

Our Flashback Friday visit date: October 24th, 2012

Who did we visit/cover: The MIT football team.

Previewing our visit: What prompted us to visit with the Engineers was an exciting Friday night victory over Salve Regina on October 19th, 2012.

Just six days after falling to Western New England by a score of 36-14, the Engineers regrouped and scored an exciting (and impressive) win over Salve Regina, which entered the contest riding a seven-game winning streak.

MIT, which was celebrating its ‘Senior Day’ on a rainy (and chilly) evening in Cambridge, outscored the hosts, 13-6, in the final session to secure their fourth win of the season.

Brad Goldsberry set-up the go-ahead (and game-winning) score with a 61-yard kick-off return which would be followed by a five-yard rushing touchdown a few plays later by Justin Wallace.

The Seahawks did have a chance to respond but their comeback hopes were dashed when MIT’s Jake Laux intercepted Steven Wilken‘s final throw of the contest.

MIT would take a knee on the ensuing possession before celebrating their biggest win of the 2012 season.

Revisiting MIT’s 2012 Season: The Engineers finished its 2012 campaign with five wins – it was the first time MIT had registered five victories in four years. Additionally, the win over the Seahawks seemed to provide the unit with some momentum that would help them win six games in 2013 and then 10 in 2014.

MIT’s 2014 season was certainly a magical one as the Engineers won their first-ever New England Football Conference (NEFC) crown while capturing the program’s initial NCAA victory, too.

Prior to their opening-round win over the Eagles of Husson University, Goldsberry, Wallace and other members of the 2012 team were featured on Fox Sports.

D3 Football: Senior Leadership Has MIT Primed For A Successful 2019 Season

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Members of the MIT offensive and defensive line go head-to-head during a situational drill at last Wednesday’s practice. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It was an ideal ending to a mid-week practice for the MIT football team: a long touchdown pass down the far seam that ignited a celebration that would continue following a few words from second-year coach Brian Bubna.

Players departed the field with smiles on their faces – there were even sounds of laughter and high-fives, too.

MIT appeared ready and eager to translate their hard work from this particular preseason practice to a game, which they will have the opportunity to do this Saturday, September 7th when the Engineers welcome Carnegie Mellon to the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Engineers enter the 2019 season as a team to watch in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) after capturing their first-ever league title one year ago but do have some holes to fill from last year’s senior class. But that doesn’t seem to faze this year’s seniors, especially the squad’s four captains, who credit both last year and prior senior classes for teaching them what they must do to help both their classmates and underclassmen continue the program’s previous success.

“It starts with leading by example while also making sure that every one that is younger than us knows what it takes to compete at an elite level and they can follow the lead,” said linebacker Sam Cantrell, who is one of 18 seniors on this year’s MIT football team.

Cantrell says both the offense and defense have competed at an “elite level” throughout the preseason, but have also exhibited a great deal of energy, too, which should translate into some impressive plays this fall by both upperclassmen and first-year players. 

“We bring it on both sides of the ball,” said Cantrell, who finished tied for second on the team last fall with 52 total tackles.

“We strive to be the best on both sides of the ball, so really competing with each other and holding each other to a higher standard is the biggest thing from last year to this year.”

Senior Ben Bennington, who plays defensive line for the Engineers, agreed with his classmate and defensive counterpart, but also added that both the freshmen and sophomore classes have stepped-up and improved since the squad’s initial practice last month.

Said Bennington, “The freshmen and sophomore classes have really stepped up. (They are) playing faster now and everyone has picked-up where they’re supposed to be or where they’re supposed to be going (from studying our plays) and everyone is flying around (out there).”

MIT’s roster features 22 first-year players and 24 sophomores – all 46 student-athletes will certainly be asked to help the team this fall as they attempt to defend their conference crown.

But no matter if its a first-year or a senior, halfback John Robertson just seems excited to compete with his teammates this fall and continue the program’s recent tradition of competing every day in practice, while “playing for each other.”

“With turnover (every year) there is kind of an identity that is up to the senior class each year, and I think this year we’re really trying to play for each other,” said Robertson.

“We’re trying to play in-between the whistles, go after these guys – (our defense, to be exact) – right here, and then tap each other each play.”


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Noontime Sports End of The Year New England D3 Football Awards

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

It maybe hard to fathom, but another season of New England D3 Football has officially concluded with eight teams capping an exciting few months of coverage this past weekend by participating in NCAA Tournament contests and New England Bowl games.

And with another season of coverage officially over, it is time to say goodbye to the 2018 season by honoring five individuals for our end of the year Noontime Sports Football Awards.


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Western New England’s Alec Coleman enjoyed a very successful season under center for the Golden Bears. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

Offensive Player of the YearAlec Coleman (Western New Eng. | Junior | Arlington, Massachusetts): Coleman enjoyed a very successful third season with the Golden Bears, leading WNE to both a Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title and appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Coleman concluded the season with 40 touchdowns, including 19 on the ground. He recorded 1,964 passing yards in 11 contests, while adding 867 yards on the ground. Coleman was named the CCC Offensive Player of the Year.


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Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio was a player to watch on defense this fall for the Pride. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Defensive Player of the Year: Nick Giorgio (Springfield College | Senior | Cumberland, Rhode Island): Giorgio capped a very successful four-year career with the Pride by tallying career-highs 50 tackles, 32 assists and 82.0 total tackles. In 11 games this fall, the Rhode Island native averaged 7.5 tackles per contest, which was the most he has averaged in 37 games with the Pride. Additionally, he tallied a career-high 14 sacks for a loss of 83 yards, along with 29 tackles for a loss of 123 yards. Giorgio also forced four fumbles – he recover two of them – while finishing the season with three pass break-ups. Giorgio’s impressive effort resulted in him earning his second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year award.


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Endicott College’s Nick DiCairano enjoyed a very successful first season with the Gulls. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10)

Special Teams Player of the Year: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Junior | Trumbull, Connecticut):  In his first season with the Gulls, DiCairano connected on 12 of 13 field goals and 44 of 46 extra points for 80 points, which earned him a spot on the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) First Team. DiCairano posted double-digits in three games this fall, while booting a season-long 45-yard field goal in his team’s 55-22 win over Curry College.

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Salve Regina’s Joey Mauriello enjoyed a very successful first season with the Seahawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)

Rookie of the Year: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina | Freshman | Colts Neck, New Jersey): Named the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) Offensive Rookie of the Year, Mauriello enjoyed a very successful first season with the Seahawks, rushing for 1,075 yards in 11 contests and seven touchdowns. He averaged close to 100 yards per game (finished the season with 97.7 rushing yards per contest), while adding 278 receiving yards on 29 grabs and two touchdowns. He averaged 25.3 yards per reception. Mauriello rushed for two touchdowns in three games, while tallying a season-best 177 yards on 14 carries in his team’s 33-10 win over University of New England.


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Brian Bubna led MIT’s football team to both a conference crown and NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season as head coach. (PHOTO COURTESY: Paul Rutherford)

Coach of the Year: Brian Bubna (MIT): In his first season as head coach of the Engineers, Bubna led MIT to its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown with an impressive 9-2 overall record, which included a seven-game winning streak that began with an opening night win over Becker College. MIT’s impressive play earned them an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Bubna was tabbed the NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while 15 MIT players earned recognition from the conference, including senior quarterback Udgam Goyal, who was named the Offensive Athlete of the Year.


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D3 Football: MIT Checks-In Seventh In Latest NCAA East Region Rankings

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Tyler Ray and the MIT Engineers checked-in seventh overall on the latest NCAA East Regional Rankings. (PHOTO COURTESY

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

After scoring an important bounce-back win last week over Norwich University, the MIT Engineers secured a spot on the latest NCAA Division III East Regional Rankings, which were posted earlier today.

The Engineers, who were the lone New England squad to appear on the list, checked-in seventh overall, while Brockport secured the top spot for the second-straight week followed by Frostburg State and RPI at second and third, respectively.

Delaware Valley and Ithaca College rounded out the top five by checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

MIT enters the final week with an overall record of 8-1 record and needs to beat Springfield College this Saturday (Nov. 10th) for a chance to compete in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which will kick-off next weekend.

Ashton Robinson powered the Engineers to their eighth win of the season last Saturday over Norwich by rushing for 87 yards on 12 carries and one score, while Sam Cantrell and Ben Wolz each tallied seven total tackles, respectively, Wolz also finished the game with two tackles for a loss of six yards and one sack for a five yard loss, while Tyler Ray registered six total tackles, along with a trio of pass break-ups.

Kickoff for Saturday’s must-see meeting between the Pride and Engineers is scheduled for 12 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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D3 Football: Catching Up with MIT First-Year Coach Brian Bubna

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Brian Bubna directs both the MIT offense and defense during Tuesday’s morning session at Steinbrenner Stadium. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

Earlier today, I unveiled some takeaways from what I saw from yesterday’s meeting with the MIT football team.

But after practiced concluded, I had a chance to quickly catch-up with first-year coach Brian Bubna, who is eager to lead the Engineers into their first game next Friday, August 31st when they host Becker College at Steinbrenner Stadium (kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.).

Here are some takeaways from my conversation with Coach Bubna, who is no stranger to the Engineers football team. Bubna has spent nine seasons with the program, and was most recently the squad’s defensive and recruiting coordinator before being named the head coach in March.

On creating a fun, but competitive environment: “We try to keep it competitive and fun because these guys have so much academic responsibilities and internships, so when they get out here it has to be fun and it has to be excitable, too. We work hard and have fun doing it, so the guys enjoy it. We go from drill to drill with different stuff. We try to change it up, so it is not the same thing every day, so we can keep them on their toes.”

On what party means to the MIT football team: “Yeah, that is just kind of our definition for how we want to go about working hard or what our intensity level is and just how we want to do things each day. So, it is about going hard and having fun, so that is what party means to us.”

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Udgam Goyal receives some advice from Coach Bubna during Tuesday’s morning session. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan)

On inching closer to the start of a new season: “There is still a lot of work that needs to be done, so as coaches we’re going, ‘oh man, we’ve got to work this situation, these scenarios or work these different special teams’ things,’ so there is so much to work on and so much to practice, and even going through it once (or) twice is not enough. You need to get more reps in, so I think the guys are getting more and more excited for our first game, while the coaches are still thinking about what we need to accomplish between now and then, but that is just part of being a coach.”

On being more involved with the game plan instead of just focusing on defense: “It definitely adds to the amount that you have to look at and worry about when putting together a game plan. So it’s great if the defense looks great, but on the other hand it’s like well, what was the issue offensively that we have to worry about? So, it has to be all offense, defense and special teams – it can’t just be a one-sided plan, so it adds to the amount that you have to look at, but we’ll make it work.”

On more young coaches (or former players) that want to get into coaching: “It is one of these things where if you want to try and get into coaching, you kind of have to do it early on or after you graduate. I started a bit later than most guys, but you have to get in when you’re young. It does take a while to move up, but we have been pretty fortunate here at MIT with a lot of our coaches coming back year after year. Some of them started as volunteers, but are now paid coaches, but I think being a little bit on the younger side helps with relating to the guys because you’re younger, as well. Also, the rule changes you see in the NFL and college shows that every year football is changing and there is new kickoff rules this year, so every year is changing and you have to be adaptable to it. I don’t think any other sport has changed as much as football has in the past 10-to-20 years to make it safer, competitive and entertaining, but these are all good changes.”


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