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Four New England D3 Football Teams Are Headed To The NCAA Tournament

Endicott College will make its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament this week since 2013. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway Sports Photography)

By Matt Noonan

In just a few hours, we will learn the opening round matchups of the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament with four New England teams scheduled to compete in the opening round.

One of the four teams — Framingham State — is making its third-straight trip to the national postseason while the other three, including Endicott College, are making their first appearance in a few seasons.

Let’s highlight the four local teams that will be competing in the national postseason, as well as how things played out in their previous appearances.

Anna Maria College (7-2, 5-1 ECFC): Coach Dan Mulrooney and his AMCATs made history this fall by winning their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title on Saturday with a 31-7 victory over SUNY-Maritime. The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Privateers, dating back to Anna Maria’s first season as a varsity program, but this particular trip will be the team’s initial appearance in the national tournament.

Endicott College (8-2, 5-1 CCC): Saturday’s 37-3 victory over Nichols College provided the Gulls with their first conference crown since 2013 when they beat Salve Regina in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship game. Endicott secured a matchup with Rowan University but saw their second trip to the playoffs conclude in the opening round with a 24-0 setback. The Gulls’ initial trip to the national tournament came in 2010 — they lost to SUNY Cortland by a score of 49-35 after edging Maine Maritime Academy in the NEFC Championship one week earlier.

In addition to two trips to the NCAA Tournament, the Gulls have appeared in four bowl games, winning a pair of ECAC North Atlantic bowls against Mount Ida College and Norwich University, along with two appearances in the New England Bowl (beat Dean College in 2019, lost to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 2018).

Framingham State (8-2, 8-0 MASCAC): The Rams are heading back to the postseason for the third consecutive season after winning eight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchups this fall.

Framingham State is seeking its initial postseason win — the Black and Gold have competed in the national tournament five times in the last nine years. They made their first appearance in 2012 after beating Salve Regina in the New England Football Conference championship — Framingham State lost to SUNY Cortland by a score of 20-19.

In addition to competing in the NCAA Tournament, coach Tom Kelley‘s Rams have won two New England Bowls in 2016 and 2017 to go with a pair of ECAC Bowl games.

Springfield College (7-3, 6-0 NEWMAC): The Pride punched their ticket to the postseason with a 28-14 victory on Saturday over Catholic University.

Springfield will represent the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in the postseason for the second time in program history — they captured the conference crown in 2017 with a 10-0 overall record but lost their opening-round matchup to Husson University.

The Pride’s initial appearance in the national postseason came in 1998 when coach Mike DeLong‘s squad lost its opening-round contest to Buffalo State by a score of 38-35. They would return two years later, winning back-to-back contests against Montclair State (first round) and Brockport (second round) before losing to Widener University in the NCAA East Regional Final.

Springfield’s 2000 postseason run was the furthest any Pride team would advance in the national tournament — they did advance to the second round in 2006 but lost to St. John Fisher by a score of 27-21. One round earlier, Springfield rolled past Curry College, 42-14.

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Four)

Bobby Maimaron and the Williams College Ephs will visit Tufts University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second straight week, we’re unveiling our 10 Games to Watch in New England NCAA Division III on Thursday — did you know there is a game tomorrow evening in Bridgewater, Massachusetts?

Last week, we picked four of our ten games correctly to bump our overall record for picks to 22-8, which is not bad, but let’s see if we can bounce back, both tomorrow and Saturday.

As usual, enjoy the games this weekend, everyone, and make sure to stop by over the next few days for roundups and highlights from both the college and high school football world!


FEATURED GAME: Williams College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) at Tufts University (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m.): Bobby Maimaron and the Ephs looked impressive last week against Middlebury College, but can they continue this early season success against a Tufts squad that has not lost to Williams on their home turf since 2012? This has the makings of an exciting finish – whoever has the ball last will win this matchup (or at least we think that is how it will go). PREDICTION: Williams 28, Tufts 23


Western Connecticut (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) at Bridgewater State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC) (Friday, September 24 at 6 p.m.): Friday Night Lights returns to Bridgewater for the first time since 2019 – the Bears are coming off their first win of the season and will need a total team effort to slow down a Colonials squad that has scored 24 points or more in three contests this season. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 29, Western Conn. 27

Westfield State (0-3, 0-1 MASCAC) at Framingham State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 12 p.m.): The Rams scored their first win last Saturday by defeating UMass Dartmouth, which entered the game as our third-best team in New England. Last week’s win should certainly provide the Black and Gold with the momentum they need to beat the Owls on their home turf. PREDICTION: Framingham State 30, Westfield State 14

Rowan University (0-2, 0-0 NJAC) at Salve Regina University (3-0, 0-0 CCC) (Saturday, September 25 at 12 p.m.): The Seahawks picked up a hard-fought win last Saturday, defeating Montclair State in New Jersey. A win on Saturday against the Profs would certainly provide them with some additional momentum heading into their first conference clash with Western New England. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 28, Rowan 14

MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) at Dean College (1-2, 0-0 ECFC) (Saturday, September 25 at 12 p.m.): Both the Bulldogs and Engineers are seeking their second win of the 2021 season – the Engineers were idle last weekend while the Bulldogs suffered a disappointing setback to Husson University. Something tells us that these Engineers will be well-rested and ready to roll come kick-off. PREDICTION: MIT 22, Dean 17

Bates College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) at Middlebury College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.): After a disappointing start to its title defense, the Panthers return home eager to score their first win of the 2021 season. But don’t expect these Bobcats to lay down to Middlebury as they certainly provided challenges last week against Amherst College. PREDICTION: Middlebury 24, Bates 21

Hamilton College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) at Wesleyan University (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.): It was a total team effort last week for the Cardinals, which defeated Colby College in its season-opener, and you can bet they will need to duplicate that performance this week against a Hamilton defense that finished their initial contest with 70 total tackles, including six tackles for a loss of 16 yards, three pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 29, Hamilton 10   

Colby College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) at Amherst College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.): “The Chad Peterson Show” returns home to Amherst for the first time this season – the Mammoths tallied 432 yards of total offense against Bates College last week and will certainly put up some yards and points in this one. PREDICTION: Amherst 29, Colby 10  

Anna Maria College (1-1, 0-0 ECFC) at Coast Guard Academy (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m.): Alex Cohen and the AMCATs enter their final non-conference clash with some momentum against a Bears squad that has certainly surprised us thus far. An Anna Maria win is possible, but we also think a Coast Guard victory seems likely. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 20, Anna Maria 16

Endicott College (2-1, 0-0 CCC) at Norwich University (1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m.): The Gulls saw their comeback fall short last week at Catholic University so let’s see if they can bounce back against a Norwich squad, which scored its initial win of the 2021 season last Saturday against Castleton University. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Norwich 17

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Sept. 20, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Three weeks of the New England NCAA Division III football season are in the books.

This past weekend featured a slew of upsets, along with some impressive wins by a few teams that are slowly emerging from the pack as potential frontrunners. But luckily, we still have more football left to be played. 

In case you missed it, make sure to check out last week’s poll — click here! — but let’s dish out (below!) this week’s poll. 

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll (Week No. 4 | September 20, 2021)

  1. Western New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 1): Despite suffering their first setback of the 2021 season, the Golden Bears remain in the top spot, but the Blue and Yellow face a real challenge this week against Salisbury University.

  2. Salve Regina University (3-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 8): After rolling past Norwich University in the opening week, these Seahawks have found ways to win games against both MIT and Montclair State – can they keep this momentum going this week against Rowan University?

  3. Williams College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): The Ephs made a statement in the opening week of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season with a BIG win over the defending champions. Look for their momentum to continue this week in Somerville against Tufts University.

  4. Trinity College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 7): Like the Ephs, the Bantams made a statement in their season-opener by defeating the Jumbos of Tufts by a score of 42-28.

  5. Endicott College (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 2): After scoring two dramatic wins at home, the Gulls suffered their first setback of the 2021 season on the road, losing to Catholic University by a score of 32-29. Endicott’s defense caused problems for the Catholic offense – can these Gulls bounce back on Saturday against Norwich University?

  6. Wesleyan University (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): The Cardinals remained in the sixth position for the fourth-straight week, but did take care of business in Maine last Saturday against Colby College.

  7. Middlebury College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): The Panthers dropped two spots following an opening day loss to the Ephs. Middlebury hosts Bates College on Saturday – the Bobcats provided some challenges to Amherst College in their season-opener, so we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on this matchup.

  8. MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 9): Despite being idle, the Engineers were able to move up one spot. This week, they travel to Dean College – will the extra rest pay off against a Bulldogs squad that has dropped two-straight?

  9. Western Connecticut (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): The Colonials returned to the win column last Friday by defeating Westfield State in their initial conference clash. Coach Joe Loth’s squad will look to make it back-to-back wins this Friday when they visit Bridgewater State in an important week four meeting. 

  10. UMass Dartmouth (2-1, 0-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 3): The Corsairs initial conference clash against Framingham State did not go their way. UMass Dartmouth was penalized 10 for 112 yards and only produced 299 yards of total offense. Saturday’s clash with Worcester State is not a “must-win,” but a chance for the Corsairs to regain their early-season momentum.

  11. Coast Guard Academy (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 17): The Bears were hands down one of the biggest movers after scoring an impressive win over Nichols College on their home turf. An interesting test awaits them this weekend against Anna Maria College.

  12. Springfield College (1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): The Pride may have dropped their second game to a top team in NCAA Division III — that would be Union College — but Springfield certainly provided challenges for the Dutchmen, which means one should certainly not overlook this squad on Saturday against Husson University.

  13. WPI (1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) | LW: No. 10): After scoring a come-from-behind win over Worcester State earlier this month, the Engineers of Worcester have struggled recently against Endicott College and RPI. The Engineers of New York — that would be RPI, to be exact — captured the Transit Trophy Game this past weekend by defeating WPI by a score of 24-10. Saturday’s game against Montclair State is somewhat of a must-win.

  14. Husson University (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 14): The Eagles picked-up their second-straight win last Friday by rolling past Dean College by a score of 42-14. Can their early season momentum continue this week against a Springfield College team that is eager to register its second win?

  15. University of New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 16): The Nor’easters enter their bye week with two wins, along with some momentum — they got a bit lucky this past weekend against Alfred State, which almost tied the game with a late field goal. They open conference play one week from Saturday against Nichols College.

  16. Bridgewater State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC | LW: NR): The Bears returned to the poll after a hard-fought win over Plymouth State this past weeked — the victory was the team’s first in conference play after dropping a pair of non-conference meetings to Ithaca College and UNE. A big test is on the horizon this Friday against Western Connecticut.

  17. Framingham State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC | LW: NR): Tom Kelley’s Rams surprised all of us on Saturday with a BIG UPSET against UMass Dartmouth. Let’s see if this win can translate to more success, beginning this weekend against Westfield State.

  18. Tufts University (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 15): The Jumbos lost their season-opener, but did prove they will be a team that will provide challenges in all three phases: offense, defense, and special teams.

  19. Nichols College (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 12): After rallying to beat Anna Maria last weekend, the Bison took a step backwards, falling to Coast Guard Academy on the road. Nichols hosts TCNJ in its final non-conference clash — will they be able to tame the Lions after struggling to contain the Bears?

  20. Amherst College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC | LW: NR): Chad Peterson and the Mammoths commenced their season with an opening day win, which was a bit closer than many, including us, expected.

ON THE RISE: Anna Maria College (1-1, 0-0 ECFC), Colby College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC), Curry College (2-1, 0-0 CCC), Dean College (1-2, 0-0 ECFC), and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC)

College Football Roundup: Goffredo, Framingham Upset UMass Dartmouth

Joshua Onujiogu (91) led the Framingham State defense on Saturday against UMass Dartmouth. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By NoontimeSports.com

Framingham State has officially registered its initial win of the 2021 college football season. 

Nicolas Goffredo quarterbacked the Rams to a Homecoming victory over UMass Dartmouth — the former Catholic Memorial signal-caller completed 14 of 26 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns while adding a game-high 82 yards rushing on seven carries and one score. 

Halfback Devaun Ford rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown — he also caught three passes for 18 yards — while Joshua Onujiogu led the Rams defense with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops. 

For his impressive efforts on offense, Goffredo was named the 2021 Calder Award on Homecoming Day at Framingham State. 

Across the state in Williamstown, Bobby Maimaron completed 9 of 17 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown while rushing for a game-high 162 yards on 19 carries and two scores as Williams College defeated Middlebury College, 41-13, in their 2021 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener. 

Williams defense intercepted Middlebury quarterback Will Jernigan three times, however, the 2019 NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year did throw for 215 yards and two touchdowns while halfback Peter Scibilia rushed for a team-high 67 yards on 10 carries. 

In Hartford, Connecticut, Spencer Fetter completed 21 of 24 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns while William Kirby rushed for a game-high 96 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns to power Trinity College to an impressive 42-28 opening day win over Tufts University

Despite the loss, Tufts quarterback Matt Crowley, who previously competed for St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts, concluded the game 9 of 13 for 213 yards and three touchdowns.  

John Kenney and Clayton Marengi combined for 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns but it wasn’t enough to list Endicott College past Catholic University, which edged the Gulls by a score of 32-29 in Washington, D.C.

In Worcester, RPI captured the Transit Trophy Game by defeating WPI, 24-10. 

RPI quarterback George Marinopoulos completed 21 of 28 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns in the win for the Engineers while Austin Charles paced the defense with seven total tackles, including six solo stops.  

WPI’s Brendan Olexa concluded the game 13 of 24 for 109 yards and one touchdown while adding 24 yards on five carries. 

Joey Mauriello’s lone touchdown with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter proved to be the difference during a non-conference clash between Montclair State and Salve Regina

The Seahawks, who improve to 3-0 overall, edged the Red Hawks, 24-21, in Montclair, New Jersey, thanks to Mauriello, who rushed for a game-high 100 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown, along with Jack Maguire, who finished the game 13 of 31 for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

Michael Palermo tallied a game-high 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards while Jared Colletti and Spencer McMillion combined for 276 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Coast Guard Academy rolled past Nichols College, 33-6, in their first game in New London, Connecticut since November 16, 2019. 

In Paxton, Alex Cohen completed 25 of 36 passes for 355 yards and one touchdown — he also added two additional scores on the ground to lead Anna Maria College past Massachusetts Maritime Academy by a score of 23-13. 

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Three)

Middlebury College’s Will Jernigan will quarterback the Panthers this fall, including this weekend against Williams College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Costello)

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re posting a bit earlier than usual — maybe we will start producing (and sharing) our 10 Games to Watch every Thursday throughout the New England NCAA Division III football season? 

Either way, we’re excited for another busy weekend — this Saturday, ten new teams will join the fun as the 2021 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season kicks off in various parts of our region. 

Last week, we finished 8-2 to bump our overall record to 18-2 thus far — not bad, eh? Let’s see if we can continue this momentum, both tomorrow (Friday, September 17) and Saturday, September, 18. 

Enjoy the games, everyone, and make sure to circle back throughout the weekend for roundups and insight!


FEATURED GAME: Middlebury College (0-0) at Williams College (0-0): This might be the game of the weekend and we’ll be keeping you updated from our Noontime Sports studios — well, more our Noontime Sports desk, to be exact — but this game features the two teams that are expected to contend for the NESCAC crown. Look for a late scoring drive by the Panthers to secure a hard-fought three-point victory. PREDICTION: Middlebury 17, Williams 14 


Dean College (1-1) at Husson University (1-1) (Friday, September 17, 2021 at 6 p.m.): The Eagles enter the weekend as a team to watch, but the same could be said for the Bulldogs, who provided some challenges last weekend when visiting UMass Dartmouth. Look for a big game from quarterback David Curry and wide receiver Errol Breaux. PREDICTION: Dean 27, Husson 17 

Westfield State (0-2) at Western Connecticut (1-1) (Friday, September 17 at 7 p.m.): Both teams enter conference play looking to bounce back after a week two setback. Look for a big game on Friday from quarterback Joshua Bagwell, who recorded 331 yards of total offense last week against Albright College. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 35, Westfield State 13 

Endicott College (2-0) at Catholic University (1-1) (Saturday, September 18 at 12 p.m.): The Gulls have recorded back-to-back second half comebacks to score a pair of wins — will that trend continue in Washington, D.C.? The Cardinals are looking to bounce back after a 62-10 setback to Randolph-Macon. PREDICTION: Endicott 28, Catholic 20 

UMass Dartmouth (2-0) at Framingham State (0-2) (Saturday, September 18 at 12 p.m.): The Corsairs have scored two hard fought wins over Dean and Husson, and can take a BIG step forward in the conference race with a win over the Rams. For Framingham State to secure a much-needed win, they must find a way to slow down UMass Dartmouth quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos, who recorded six touchdowns (five passing, one on the ground) last Saturday against Dean. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 35, Framingham State 14

University of New England (1-1) at Alfred State (0-2) (Saturday, September 18 at 12 p.m.): The Nor’easters moved up our Top 20 Poll on Monday after rallying to beat Bridgewater State last Saturday. Look for the Blue and White’s early season momentum to continue on Saturday against the Pioneers. PREDICTION: UNE 24, Alfred State 14 

Amherst College (0-0) at Bates College (0-0) (Saturday, September 18 at 1 p.m.): Bates quarterback Brendan Costa is back for his final season with the Bobcats, who capped their 2019 season with back-to-back wins over Bowdoin College and Hamilton College. Bates enters the 2021 season with high hopes and optimism, along with a great deal of depth that should help them in their season-opener against the Mammoths. PREDICTION: Bates 21, Amherst 17 

Tufts University (0-0) at Trinity College (0-0) (Saturday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m.): Tufts wide receiver OJ Armstrong will be one of a few Jumbos to watch in this contest — this meeting between Tufts and Trinity is certainly an important one as both squads are expected to be in the mix for the conference crown. Keep your eyes on Trinity linebacker Brian Casagrande, who was named to our New England D-III Football Preseason Team. PREDICTION: Tufts 23, Trinity 21 

Salve Regina (2-0) at Montclair State (0-2) (Saturday, September 18 at 2 p.m.): The Red Hawks are looking for their initial win of the 2021 season — they almost beat RPI in their season-opener, but saw their two-touchdown lead disappear during the final session. They limited Delaware Valley to just 26 points last week, but will certainly have their hands full at stopping Joey Mauriello and the Seahawks offense, which found a way to score a hard fought win last Saturday against MIT. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 25, Montclair State 22

RPI (2-0) at WPI (1-1) (Saturday, September 18 at 2:30 p.m.): The RPI Engineers have been a fun team to watch this fall, winning a pair of dramatic victories against Montclair State and Stevenson University. Will their momentum continue against the Engineers of Worcester, who are looking to bounce back after losing to Endicott? The winner of this game will walk away with the Transit Trophy. PREDICTION: RPI 21, WPI 17