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Taking Stock of Four Weeks of New England D3 Football

Dante Aviles-Santos and the UMass Dartmouth football team currently sit atop the MASCAC standings after four weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jared Marshall/UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Four weeks of the New England NCAA Division III football season are complete.

The fifth week begins this evening with two teams competing under the lights: Western Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth.

Before we kick off another weekend of college football, let’s check in all five conferences, as well as highlight a few teams (and storylines) to watch, both this weekend and over the next few weeks.  


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Current Leader: Endicott College (4-0, 0-0 CCC)

The surprise team: Nichols College (3-1, 0-0)

Thoughts on the CCC: As of now, Endicott College appears to be the front-runner, but we should know more about this conference after both this weekend and next weekend with league play beginning tomorrow. The Gulls’ defense, which has yielded just 20 points through four contests, will certainly be challenged against Husson University, as well as when they compete against Nichols College and the University of New England in early October. The Bison of Nichols can solidify themselves as a contender by scoring a week five win over Western New England, which is looking to bounce back from a 35-0 setback to Salisbury University. The Golden Bears have not lost to Nichols since 2006 – additionally, Nichols has not beaten Western New England in Springfield since 2003.


Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Current Leaders: Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC) and Gallaudet University (2-1, 0-0 ECFC)

The surprise team: Alfred State (2-2, 0-0 ECFC)

Thoughts on the ECFC: Like the CCC, ECFC play commences this weekend with some enticing matchups, including Anna Maria hosting Alfred State to Gallaudet visiting Keystone College. Anna Maria remains the favorite to win the league crown, despite losing last weekend to Coast Guard Academy. The AMCATs can take a step toward winning its second-straight ECFC title on Saturday by beating Alfred State, a squad they have beaten in back-to-back meetings. The Pioneers enter the contest with two wins and two losses – to be honest, I thought this team would have at least three wins by the fifth week, especially with so many returners back from last season. But while all eyes will be on Alfred State and Anna Maria, don’t overlook Gallaudet, which scored an impressive week three win over UNE, thanks to quarterback Brandon Washington. The Bison did commit eight penalties in their three-point win over the Nor’easters, which is something they cannot do in future contests. Keep your eyes on Dean College this weekend as the Bulldogs will aim to provide first-year coach Andrae Murphy with his first win when they visit Castleton University.    


Willie Lombard and the Plymouth State football team visit Framingham State in an important week five contest. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kim Bownes/Plymouth State University Athletics)

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Current Leader: UMass Dartmouth (3-1, 2-0 MASCAC)

The surprise team: Western Connecticut (2-2, 1-1 MASCAC)

Thoughts on the MASCAC: Following their week one win over Husson, I was ready to anoint the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth as the “team to beat.” One week later, they suffered a disappointing setback to Anna Maria, which provided an opportunity for Framingham State and Western Connecticut to catch up. In week three, UMass Dartmouth scored its first win against the Rams of Framingham since 2016, which was followed by a week four win against Worcester State. Tonight, they can truly solidify themselves as the front-runner with a win over the Wolves of Western Connecticut. The Wolves are looking to bounce back from their week four setback to Bridgewater State. Plymouth State is also a team MASCAC football fans should keep an eye on. They were idol last week after starting their 2022 campaign with three-straight wins. They visit Framingham State tomorrow. A win for the Rams over the Panthers could provide the Black and Gold with some much-needed momentum heading into upcoming contests with Fitchburg State and Western Connecticut. All in all, it’s hard to pick a clear favorite after four weeks.  


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Current Leaders: Middlebury College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC) and Trinity College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC)

The surprise team: Bowdoin College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC)

Thoughts on the NESCAC: Entering the third week of the NESCAC season, Middlebury and Trinity appear to be the teams to watch – to be honest, I did not anticipate Middlebury being a front-runner after two weeks, but their recent win over Wesleyan University proves we cannot overlook this squad. The Panthers’ defense has allowed the fewest points amongst all NESCAC teams with 16 while Tufts University leads the conference with 58 points scored. Tufts, like Middlebury, is not a team to overlook as they rolled past Bates College last weekend and almost beat Trinity in their season-opener. Bowdoin has been a pleasant surprise – they scored a big opening day win against Hamilton College but suffered its first setback last weekend to Williams College. Bowdoin hosts Middlebury on Saturday – perhaps they bounce back against the Panthers? Through two weeks, Middlebury and Trinity are clearly the teams to beat — or watch? — but don’t overlook Tufts and Colby College. Maybe we shouldn’t rule out Williams?


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Current Leaders: Merchant Marine (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) and MIT (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC)

The surprise team: Coast Guard Academy (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Thoughts on the NEWMAC: I’ll be honest, I didn’t think MIT or Merchant Marine would be leading the NEWMAC after four weeks. Yet, they are, which means we should be in for an interesting few weeks of conference play. MIT hosts Catholic University on Saturday – the Cardinals have yet to crack the win column since week one when they beat McDaniel College. Catholic beat MIT last year but fell to the Engineers two years earlier. Both contests were held in Washington, DC. Merchant Marine will attempt to win its third contest of the season against a WPI squad that enters NEWMAC play with two wins and two losses. Maybe we shouldn’t overlook the Engineers of Worcester? Coast Guard Academy appears to be a team to watch, thanks to halfback Spencer McMillion, who leads all D-III rushers with 653 rushing yards through four weeks. McMillion has rushed for 11 touchdowns — I expect his early-season success to continue against Norwich University on Saturday. Springfield College is idol this weekend after concluding its non-conference schedule with a big win over Husson. They won the NEWMAC last year and will certainly be well-rested for next week’s initial conference meeting with the Bears of Coast Guard.

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Five

Hector Johnson and the Endicott College defense have been a unit to watch in New England NCAA Division III football this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway Sports Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another busy weekend of New England NCAA Division III football has arrived – let’s celebrate.

Last week, we picked seven games correctly to bump our overall record to 26-14 through four weeks.

Let’s dish out our 10 Games to Watch (and yes, predictions, too) for another busy weekend of football. As usual, make sure to circle back throughout the weekend for additional blog posts on Massachusetts (and New England) college and high school football.

Enjoy the games, everyone!

Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week Five

Western Connecticut at UMass Dartmouth (Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.): The Corsairs can solidify themselves as the “team to beat” in the MASCAC with a win over the Wolves on Friday evening. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Western Conn.

Plymouth State at Framingham State (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 12 p.m.): The Panthers return to the gridiron following an early bye week with hopes of continuing their early-season momentum against a Rams squad that evened their record at 2-2 last week with a three-point win over Westfield State. PREDICTION: Framingham State over Plymouth State

Husson University at Endicott College (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 12 p.m.): It would be hard to pick against a Gulls squad that is off to its best start since 2011, thanks to its defense. Look for the Endicott defense to shine once again for a fifth-straight week. PREDICTION: Endicott over Husson

Nichols College at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.): Nichols’ impressive start came to a screeching halt last week with an eight-point setback to Hartwick College. Can they rebound this week against a Golden Bears squad that captured just one of its four non-league tilts? We’ll have to see – Nichols has not beaten Western New England since 2006 when they topped the Golden Bears in Dudley. PREDICTION: Nichols over Western New England

Curry College at University of New England (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.): Curry has received a major boost from first-year halfback Montie Quinn, who rushed for a game-high 171 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday in the Colonels’ second win of the season. Quinn faces a UNE defense that struggled to slow down Brandon Washington and Gallaudet University earlier this month. PREDICTION: Curry over UNE

Catholic University at MIT (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.): The Engineers are one of two teams in the NEWMAC with a 2-1 overall record. On Saturday, look for MIT to win its third contest of the season – its first conference game, to be exact, against a Cardinals squad that has lost three-straight contests. PREDICTION: MIT over Catholic

Middlebury College at Bowdoin College (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.): The Panthers have been a pleasant surprise this season, winning back-to-back games over Amherst College and Wesleyan University. Look for the Navy Blue and White’s early-season momentum to continue against the Polar Bears. PREDICTION: Middlebury over Bowdoin

Alfred State at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m.): Conference play begins for the AMCATs after finishing their non-conference slate with two wins and one loss. Their lone setback occurred last Saturday against Coast Guard Academy, which produced 66 points against an Anna Maria squad that had yielded 62 points in its first two contests. PREDICTION: Anna Maria over Alfred State    

Fitchburg State at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.): The Bears snapped their three-game losing streak last week with a much-needed win over Western Connecticut. Look for another big game this week from halfback Adam Couch. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State over Fitchburg State  

Bates College at Colby College (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.): After dropping its first contest of the 2022 season last Saturday to Trinity College, look for the Mules to bounce back against the Bobcats under the lights on Saturday. PREDICTION: Colby over Bates  

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

Matt Hersch and the Colby College football team will attempt to win its second-straight contest on Saturday against Trinity College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Colby Athletics and Peter Li)

By NoontimeSports.com

The fourth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means its time to highlight five squads to watch this week, including the Mules of Colby College, which scored its first opening day win in six years last weekend.

Colby College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC): For the first time since 2016, the Mules scored an opening day win.

Colby topped Williams College last Saturday by a score of 24-14, which erased memories of last year’s meeting between the two squads that saw the Ephs beat the Mules, 42-0.  

Quarterback Matt Hersch highlighted his team’s win by completing 14 of 23 passes for two touchdowns while adding 46 yards on six carries and one score. Halfback Keon Smart led all rushers with 129 yards on 21 carries.

Colby’s defense intercepted quarterback Jack Dickinson twice while recording three sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

The Mules outgained the Ephs, 357-264, and will attempt to win their second-straight contest on Saturday against a Trinity College squad that was able to squeak past Tufts University last weekend.

Trinity has won its last five meetings with the Mules.

Dean College (0-3, 0-0 ECFC): Coach Andrae Murphy’s Bulldogs have produced the most points amongst all Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) squads through three weeks.

Yet, despite producing 108 points in three contests, the Bulldogs have surrendered 137 points, including 77 points earlier this month in a crazy setback to Nichols College.

Dean is inching closer to its first win – perhaps it occurs this weekend when the Bulldogs visit MIT?  

Wide receiver Quintus Reid has been a player to watch this fall – he currently ranks third in the ECFC in receiving yards (266) and is tied for second in touchdown receptions (four) with Anna Maria College’s Justin McMillian.

Reid’s teammate, Mozes Mooney, leads all ECFC receivers with five touchdown receptions.

In addition to Reid and Mooney, fans of New England small college football should keep their eyes on quarterback Nathan Cisco, who previously competed for the University of Idaho. Cisco has tossed eight touchdowns this season.

Framingham State (1-2, 0-1 MASCAC): This is an important week for the Rams.

Coming off its first loss to UMass Dartmouth since 2016, the Rams will look to bounce back against Westfield State on Saturday.

A win against the Owls would even their overall record, but also provide the Black and Gold with some much-needed momentum heading into an important matchup in week five with Plymouth State. The Panthers are idle this weekend, but currently sit atop the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) standings with a 3-0 record.

Halfback Devaun Ford will be one of many players to watch on Saturday – the Mashpee, Massachusetts native has rushed for a team-high 264 yards and two touchdowns this season. He led all rushers with 143 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown last week against UMass Dartmouth.

In addition to Ford, the Rams will need some key members of its defense to have a big game. Keep your eyes on Dylan DeWolfe, Gerell Boyce, and Cully Curran.

Nichols College (3-0, 0-0 CCC): In the words of coach Dale Olmsted, last Saturday’s win against Coast Guard Academy was a “team effort.”

The Bison scored their third-straight win, thanks to quarterback Xavier Powell, who concluded the non-league matchup with 318 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.  

Derrick Revolus recorded three interceptions to go with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops. Joshua Sayer led the Nichols defense with 13 total tackles – he also recorded one pass breakup.

The squad’s effort from last week will certainly be needed this week as Nichols concludes its non-conference slate with a visit to Hartwick College on Saturday. Hartwick was idle last weekend after dropping its initial contest of the 2022 season earlier this month to King’s College.

Western Connecticut (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC): Quarterback John Giller has the Wolves heading in the right direction.

The sophomore signal-caller has tossed seven touchdowns in three contests while completing 47 of 93 passes for 716 yards.

Last week against Westfield State, Giller recorded a season-high 305 passing yards to go with three touchdowns. Eli Koukoulis caught two touchdowns – he is currently third on the team in receiving yards (117) but tied with Julian Ferguson for touchdown receptions (two).    

WestConn’s defense has received a boost from Jaeden Alexander, Nosa Uzamere, and Stephen Johnson – expect this trio, along with other members of the defensive unit to provide some challenges for Bridgewater State’s offense on Saturday.

New England D3 Football Roundup: Salve Regina Rallies To Beat MIT; Rowan Tops Springfield

The Seahawks of Salve Regina University improved to 2-0 on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: George Corrigan ’22/ Salve Regina University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second-straight week, the Salve Regina University football team scored a hard-fought victory.  

The Seahawks rallied to beat MIT this afternoon, 13-10, thanks to a pair of second-half touchdown passes from Jake Stack.

Stack connected with Keith Sutton for a 78-yard strike late in the third quarter before capping a 13-play, 91-yard drive in the final session with a four-yard touchdown pass to Josh Letellier to clinch the Seahawks’ second win of the 2022 season.

With the win, the Seahawks have now scored four-straight wins over the Engineers, dating back to 2015. 

Salve Regina’s early-season momentum will be tested next week against Montclair State, a team the Seahawks defeated last September by a field goal.  

The Engineers will be idle next week, but return to the gridiron on Saturday, September 24 when they welcome Dean College to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Quarterback Mike Husni tossed five touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter to lead Rowan University past Springfield College, 38-35.

Rowan led by one score at the break (21-14) before Springfield rallied to secure a 35-31 advantage with 4:26 remaining. The Profs responded with a 13-play, 75-yard drive which ended with Husni connecting with John Maldonado for the game-winning score.

Maldonado led all receivers with nine catches for 115 yards and three touchdowns while Springfield’s Arsen Shtefan paced all rushers with 97 yards on 10 carries and one score.

Springfield will entertain Union College next Saturday. The Dutchmen defeated Worcester State this afternoon by a score of 76-7.

Plymouth State scored its second-straight win, downing Husson University, 17-0, thanks to a Panthers defense, which limited the Eagles to 261 yards of total offense while stopping the Green and White nine times on third down.

Manny Sanchez led the Panthers with a game-high 131 rushing yards on 21 carries.

Elsewhere in New England, coach Tom Kelley and the Framingham State Rams defeated St. John Fisher for its first win while Anna Maria stunned UMass Dartmouth, 63-48. Quarterback Alex Cohen recorded six touchdowns in the first half for the AMCATs, including two scores on the ground.

Finally, make it back-to-back seasons that the University of New England has defeated Bridgewater State as the Nor’easters topped the Bears in Biddeford, Maine by a score of 38-23.

New England D-III Football Week Two Scoreboard

  • Nichols College 71, Dean College 55
  • Endicott College 24, WPI 0
  • Plymouth State 17, Husson University 0
  • University of New England 38, Bridgewater State 23
  • Salve Regina University 13, MIT 10
  • Western New England 38, Westfield State 14
  • Coast Guard Academy 22, Curry College 16
  • Maritime College 17, Massachusetts Maritime Academy 14
  • Anna Maria College 63, UMass Dartmouth 48
  • Castleton University 48, Fitchburg State 0
  • Framingham State 31, St. John Fisher 20
  • Union College 76, Worcester State 7
  • Western Conn. 28, Albright College 14
  • St. Lawrence University 30, Norwich University 19
  • Rowan University 38, Springfield College 35

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Two

Springfield College quarterback David Wells and the Pride host Rowan University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the second week of the New England NCAA Division III football season.

Like last week, we have a few games to watch (and follow) this evening before a busy slate begins tomorrow at noontime.

Last week, we picked seven of ten games correctly – that’s not a bad start, eh? – so let’s see if our early-season momentum can continue this week.

Enjoy the games this weekend – make sure to stop by on Saturday for our week two roundup!

Dean College at Nichols College (Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.): The Bison overcame a 20-3 deficit at the break to score an opening day win last Friday over Westfield State. Tonight, their second-half momentum continues – look for a big game from halfback Zahir Booker, who concluded last week’s meeting with the Owls with 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns. PREDICTION: Nichols over Dean

Endicott College at WPI (Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.): Last year, the Gulls scored three touchdowns in the final session to secure a hard-fought 28-21 victory over the Engineers. Tonight, look for Endicott to lean on its ground game – last week, the ground attack powered the Gulls to a 27-0 victory against St. Lawrence University. PREDICTION: Endicott over WPI

Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Maritime College (Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.): Does anyone want some chowder? The Mariners captured the 13th Annual Chowder Bowl last September, thanks to its defense that intercepted quarterback David Keogh. Let’s see if the MMA defense can have another big game this evening against a Privateers squad that dropped its season-opener last week to Hartwick College. PREDICTION: Massachusetts Maritime over Maritime (N.Y.)   

UMass Dartmouth at Anna Maria (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): I was pretty impressed by the Corsairs last week – quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns in his team’s 35-14 win over Husson University. This week, the Corsairs will once again rely on Aviles-Santos’ arm, but also lean on halfback Marvens Jean, who is currently the second leading rusher in NCAA Division III with 254 yards. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Anna Maria

Rowan University at Springfield College (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): As expected, the Springfield rushing attack shined last Friday evening in their season-opening win against Western New England. Expect another big day from this offense – I’ll say quarterback David Wells will finish the game with two touchdowns. PREDICTION: Springfield over Rowan

St. John Fisher at Framingham State (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): If the Rams are to score their first win of the 2022 season, they will need to stop Malachi Duvall, who concluded St. John Fisher’s season-opener with four rushing touchdowns. PREDICTION: St. John Fisher over Framingham State

Salve Regina University at MIT (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): It’s hard to get a gauge on both squads after one week. But I have a hunch that coach Kevin Gilmartin’s unit will score more than one touchdown this week against the Engineers. PREDICTION: Salve Regina over MIT

Bridgewater State at University of New England (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): Last week, the Nor’easters scored their first-ever win over Coast Guard Academy. And last year in week two, UNE stunned Bridgewater State by erasing a 14-point deficit at the break to secure a hard-fought 23-20 overtime win. PREDICTION: UNE over Bridgewater State

Westfield State at Western New England (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): Cameron Danahy helped the Owls’ defense keep the Bison at bay for 30 minutes but struggled to stop the Nichols offense in the second half. If the Owls are going to be victorious on Saturday, they will need their entire defense to find a way to slow down a Golden Bears squad that was held to just 14 points last week. PREDICTION: WNE over Westfield State  

Curry College at Coast Guard Academy (Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m.): Quarterback Justin Mullaney threw three touchdowns last week in Curry’s season-opener against MIT with two of them landing in the hands of Gabe DeSouza. Look for the duo to connect a few times on Saturday so coach Todd Parsons can score his initial win with the Colonels. PREDICTION: Curry over Coast Guard Academy