Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Eight (Oct. 15th, 2018)

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By | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 


It was another crazy week of New England football, but Amherst College managed to remain at the top for another week with a convincing win over Colby College. The Mammoths not only occupy the top spot in our weekly poll for the third-straight week, but also remain the top team in the NESCAC heading into an important week eight meeting with Wesleyan University (the Cardinals are back on our radar at 3-2 overall).

Western Connecticut and MIT each moved up, rounding out the top three positions, while Williams College fell to two spots to the fourth position following a tough setback to Middlebury College.

The Ephs have a huge match-up this week against Tufts University, which also tumbled a few spots in this week’s poll following a loss to Trinity College. Both Williams and Tufts need a win Saturday to keep their regular season title hopes alive.

Endicott College and Western New England moved up this week – let the countdown begin for their important meeting in a few weeks – while Coast Guard Academy joined the list following an impressive showing last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 

New England D3 Football: Week Eight Poll| Monday, October 15th, 2018 

1. Amherst College 

5-0 (5-0) | Last Week: No. 1Week Eight: Wesleyan

2. Western Conn. 

6-0 (4-0) | Last Week: No. 2

Week Eight: Bridgewater St.

3. MIT 

6-0 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 5

Week Eight: Coast Guard

 4. Williams College

4-1 (4-1) | Last Week: No.  2

Week Eight: Tufts

5. Trinity College 4-1 (4-1) | Last Week: No. 7

Week Eight: Bowdoin

6. Western New England

5-1 (2-0) | Last Week: No. 8

Week Eight: Univ. of New Eng.

7. Endicott College 

5-2 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 10

Week Eight: Becker

8. Tufts Univ. 

4-1 (4-1) | Last Week: No. 6

Week Eight: Williams

9. Springfield College

5-2 (3-1) | Last Week: No. 4

Week Eight: Catholic

10. Coast Guard Acad. 

5-2 (3-1) | Last Week: NRWeek Eight: MIT

ON THE RISE: Bridgewater State (5-2, 4-1), Framingham State (4-2, 3-1), Husson University (4-2, 3-0), Middlebury College (3-2, 3-2), Wesleyan University (3-2, 3-2) and WPI (4-2, 2-1) 

2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

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Catching Up with Coach Brian Bubna and the MIT Engineers

Udgam Goyal (PHOTO COURTESY: David Silverman/

By Brian Willwerth | @BriWillwerth 

It’s been an exciting few weeks for the MIT football team, which entered its bye week with an impressive 6-0 record, including a 3-0 mark in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) standings.

The Engineers, who were tabbed once again the top team in the New England in the D3 Coaches Poll earlier this week, seem to be enjoying some much-needed downtime before they return to the gridiron next week for an important four-game stretch, beginning with a home date against Coast Guard Academy.

Earlier this week, we caught-up with first-year coach (and former defensive coordinator) Brian Bubna to discuss his team’s impressive play through six weeks.

On the team limiting opponents to roughly 14 points per game: “We have some pretty good talent at three spots: defensive line, linebacker and defensive back. I think the big part of (our success on defense) is a mix of older guys and younger guys, but also the way they play, too.”

On the play of senior quarterback Udgam Goyal: “He kind of got put in there at a young age. He played like a freshman (his first year) and a sophomore (his second season, but now, as a senior) he’s put it all together, and become what we’ve hoped for.”

On Miguel Wagner’s running game: “As a runner, he’s very physical. He can take a one or two-yard run, and turn it into three or four, and keep the offensive moving.”

On the team’s final four contests: “To win the conference, you have to go undefeated throughout conference play. Even if you lose one, you’re hoping that someone else loses one. You gotta win ‘em all in conference.”

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Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Seven (Oct. 8th, 2018)

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By | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 


Once again, we had some movement this past week following an exciting sixth week of the 2018 season.

Amherst College and Williams College remained the top two teams in New England, while Western Connecticut shot up two spots to the third position following another convincing conference win. The Colonials have scored 40 points or more in their last three outings, which bumps their season average up to 37.8 points per game.

MIT moved into the top five after winning their six-straight, while Tufts University and Trinity College also moved up, checking-in sixth and seventh, respectively. Both teams meet this week in an important conference clash.

Finally, Framingham State and Endicott College appeared in the final two positions – yes, the Rams were higher last week, but needed a grind-it-out effort to get past Fitchburg State this past weekend.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 

New England D3 Football: Week Seven Poll | Monday, October 8th, 2018 

1. Amherst College 

4-0 (4-0) | Last Week: No. 1Week Seven: Colby

2. Williams College

4-0 (4-0) | Last Week: No. 2

Week Seven: Middlebury

3. Western Conn. 

5-0 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 5

Week Seven: Mass. Maritime

4. Springfield College   

 5-1 (3-0) | Last Week No. 3

Week Seven: Merchant Marine

5. MIT 6-0 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 6

Week Seven: Bye

  6. Tufts Univ. 

4-0 (4-0) | Last Week: No. 8

Week Seven: Trinity

7. Trinity College 

3-1 (3-1) | Last Week: No. 9

Week Seven: Tufts

8. Western New Eng. 

4-1 (1-0) | Last Week: No. 7

Week Seven: Curry

9. Framingham State 

4-1 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 4

Week Seven: Plymouth St.

10. Endicott College 

4-2 (2-0) | Last Week: No. 10Week Seven: UNE

ON THE RISE: Coast Guard Academy (4-2, 2-1), Husson University (3-2, 2-0) and WPI (4-2, 2-1) 

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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Six (Oct. 5-6)

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By | @NoontimeSports 

The sixth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Six, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Five): We went 8-2 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 33-17 (BIG bounce back week last week, so let’s see if we can keep it rolling this week!)

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Friday Night Lights | Oct. 5th, 2018 

Dean College at Husson Univ. (7 p.m.): The Eagles scored an important win last week against SUNY Maritime, but must find a way to stop an up and coming Bulldogs team that appears to be a contender in the ECFC. PREDICTION: Husson 35, Dean 32 

Plymouth State at Bridgewater State (7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears, who have rebounded since falling to Framingham State in its initial MASCAC clash of the season. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 24, Plymouth State 16 

Saturday Games | Oct. 6th, 2018 

Coast Guard Academy at Springfield College (12 p.m.): The last time the Bears beat the Pride was in 1999. The win was coach Bill George‘s initial victory with Coast Guard Academy. Perhaps he scores his second win against Springfield this week on the road? PREDICTION: Coast Guard 24, Springfield 20 

Fitchburg State at Framingham State (12 p.m.): Framingham State remains the front-runner in the MASCAC, but this is a game they must-win, especially if they want to keep pace with Western Connecticut. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Fitchburg State 20 

Catholic Univ. at WPI (12 p.m.): The Engineers returned to the win column last week with a conference victory over Maine Maritime and should find a way past these Cardinals this week in Worcester. PREDICTION: WPI 28, Catholic 17 

MIT at Maine Maritime (12 p.m.): Its homecoming for coach Brian Bubna, who began his coaching career with the Mariners. MIT scored an impressive win last week and should keep its momentum going this week in Maine. PREDICTION: MIT 28, Maine Maritime 10

Williams College at Bates College (1 p.m.): A friend of our site thinks this could be a trap game for the Ephs, but we think the Purple and Gold will continue their early season momentum. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Bates 14

Trinity College at Hamilton College (1 p.m.): The Continentals scored their first win of the season last week against Wesleyan, thanks Christian Snell‘s blocked punt late in the fourth quarter. Snell pounced on the loose ball in the end zone to record the go-ahead touchdown. Perhaps Snell blocks another punt this week and reaches the end zone against Trinity? PREDICTION: Hamilton 26, Trinity 20 

Amherst College at Middlebury College (1:30 p.m.): The Panthers have rebounded from their week one setback to Wesleyan with back-to-back wins over Bowdoin and Colby, but this is a must-win for the Blue and White against a talented Amherst squad, which has won three-straight. PREDICTION: Amherst 28, Middlebury 21 

Tufts University at Bowdoin College (1:30 p.m.): Ryan McDonald should once again find a way to get the job done, both through the air and on the ground. PREDICTION: Tufts 35, Bowdoin 17 

Noontime Sports: Football Stars of the Week (Monday, Oct. 1st, 2018)

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By | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week five!

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will appear every Monday on our site throughout the remainder of the college football season. The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.

Offensive Stars of the Week

Brandon Brown (Fitchburg State): Brown accounted for four touchdowns, including two on the ground as the Falcons soared past Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Brown rushed for 63 yards on 11 carries, while completing 15 of 19 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Udgam Goyal (MIT): Completed 25 of 43 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns in MIT’s fifth-straight win of the season over Merchant Marine.

Peter Hoff (WNE): Hoff led all rushers with 204 yards on 23 carries, while rushing for one touchdown in his team’s 41-14 win over Salve Regina.  

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky completed 19 of 29 passes for 245 yards and five touchdowns as Endicott cruised past Curry College.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts Univ.): McDonald led the Jumbos to their third-straight win by completing 15 of 36 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a game-high 161 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.

Kyle McKinnon (Western Conn.): Rushed for a trio of touchdowns on 15 carries for 75 yards in the Colonials 40-27 win over UMass Dartmouth. McKinnon’s final touchdown late in the fourth quarter sealed the win.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): Piccirillo completed 20 of 36 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 64 yards on 20 carries and one score against Hamilton College.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts concluded last Saturday’s game 19 of 27 for 268 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 45 yards on 20 carries in his team’s first conference win over Alfred State.

Defensive Stars of the Week

Derek Breunig (Maine Maritime): Breunig concluded last Saturday’s clash with WPI by tallying seven total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 16 yards and one sack for 10 yards.

Antonio Rocha (Husson Univ.): Rocha tallied six total tackles, including five solo stops and one sack for a loss of 10 yards in his team’s win over SUNY Maritime. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

William Rivera (Endicott College): Rivera paced the Gulls defense with 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops, one sack and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one pass break-up against Curry College.

T.J. Rothmann (Williams College): Rothmann led the Ephs defense with 15 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards. He also recorded one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass break-up in Williams’ 21-16 win over Trinity College.

AJ Smith (Springfield College): Against Norwich, Smith tallied eight total tackles, including seven solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

Special Team Stars of the Week

Cole Austin (Coast Guard Academy): Austin connected on all four kicks in his team’s 20-9 win over Catholic University, including both field goals

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano connected on all eight kicks, including a 45-yard field goal early in the first quarter against Curry College.  

Kevin Heintz (Univ. of New England): Against Nichols College, Heintz recorded eight punts for 273 yards with three boots landing inside the Bisons’ 20-yard line. Additionally, one of his eight kicks resulted in a touchdback.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington connected on all six kicks, including a trio of field goals in his team’s bounce-back win over Maine Maritime. Additionally, he punted the ball four times for 132 yards with two kicks landing inside the Mariners’ 20-yard line.

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