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The 2022 All-Noontime D3 New England Football Team

Phil Lutz concluded his team’s 2022 season with 10 receptions for 237 yards and six touchdowns, which helped Tufts University top Middlebury College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tufts University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another New England NCAA Division III football regular season has concluded.

As expected, it was another exciting season that needed 11 weeks to determine conference champions.

Before we turn our attention to tomorrow’s postseason contests, along with both New England Bowls, it is time to unveil our end-of-season team, which includes our offensive, defensive, and special teams’ student-athletes of the year.

Noontime’s End-of-Season Awards

Offensive Player of the Year: Phil Lutz (Tufts University): Lutz concluded his senior season by stuffing the stat sheet with 10 catches for 237 yards and six touchdowns against Middlebury College. He broke the single-game record for yards, touchdown receptions, and total touchdowns, and garnered a slew of weekly honors, including the final New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week award.

The North Caldwell, New Jersey native ended the season by establishing new single-season records in receptions (78), receiving yards (1,221), and touchdowns (14). Lutz’s 1,221 receiving yards is the most any NESCAC receiver has recorded in a single season since Mark Breuler concluded Wesleyan University’s 2017 campaign with 1,172 yards.  

Defensive Player of the Year: Hector Johnson (Endicott College): Johnson concluded his team’s 2022 regular season by tallying a slew of career-highs in solo stops (30), total tackles (46.0), sacks (14.5), and tackles for a loss (21). The 14.5 sacks are the most any Endicott defender has recorded in a single season.  

The Worcester, Massachusetts native was named this year’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year after anchoring an Endicott defense that has limited opponents to 6.5 points per game. Johnson recorded at least one sack in eight of 10 contests this fall with his best performance occurring against WPI in week two. Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four sacks for a loss of 28 yards, and a blocked field goal.

Special Teamer of the Year: Christian Hutra (Springfield College): Hutra concluded the regular season with a career-high 76 points off 10 field goals and 46 extra points while earning his second consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Special Teams Athlete of the Year award.

The Holmes, New York native converted 10 of 11 field goal attempts, including a career and season-best 46-yard boot in a come-from-behind win over MIT earlier this month. Hutra did not miss a single extra point, connecting on all 46 attempts while concluding the regular season as the leading NEWMAC kicker in various categories, including field goal percentage (91%), extra points made, and points. 

All-Noontime First TeamAll-Noontime Second Team
QB: Michael Berluti (Tufts University)QB: Nic Visser (Husson University)
QB: Dante Aviles-Santos (UMass Dartmouth)QB: Spencer Fetter (Trinity College)
RB: Spencer McMillion (Coast Guard Academy)RB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State)
RB: Chad Blaszky (Western Conn.)RB: Montie Quinn (Curry College)
WR/TE: Phil Lutz (Tufts University)WR/TE: Donovan Wood (Middlebury College)
WR/TE: Angel Sanchez (UMass Dartmouth)WR/TE: Devin Tolbert (Anna Maria College)
WR/TE: Trevor Chase (Norwich University)WR/TE: Quintus Reid (Dean College)
WR/TE: Logan Tomlinson (Wesleyan University)WR/TE: Joshua Vitti (Nichols College)
OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University)OL: Brian Callery (Framingham State)
OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College)OL: Eric Langland (University of New England)
OL: Kyle Woodring (Trinity College)OL: John Freeman (Williams College)
OL: Bryan Lawton (Framingham State)OL: Blair Horning (Tufts University)
OL: Teddy Fellows (Plymouth State)OL: Elian Telford (Salve Regina University)
DL: Hector Johnson (Endicott College)DL: Nick Helbig (Wesleyan University)
DL: Hugh Wells (Massachusetts Maritime Academy)DL: Peter Spinale (Westfield State)
DL: Noah Glantz (Trinity College) DL: Josh Lacerte (UMass Dartmouth)
DL: Ian Devine (Williams College)DL: Andrew Genier (Castleton University)
LB: Paul Calvetti (MIT)LB: Julian Young (Colby College)
LB: Tucker Buzzell (Husson University)LB: Zachary Ludemann (Salve Regina University)
LB: Tony Hooks (Bates College)LB: Jake Chiasson (Western New England)  
LB: Steven Silvia (Bridgewater State University)LB: Tyler Cooley (Westfield State)
DB: Derrick Revolus (Nichols College)DB: Noah Peterson (Worcester State)
DB: Finn Muldoon (Middlebury College)DB: Tyler Davis (Endicott College)
DB: Ethan Amburn (Norwich University)DB: Koy Price (Bowdoin College)
DB: Cully Curran (Framingham State)DB: Dre Kidd (Dean College)
K: Christian Hutra (Springfield College)K: Ivan Shuran (Williams College)
P: Loren Diloreto (WPI) P: Jack Mulligan (Mass. Maritime Academy)

D3 Football Notebook: Quinn Has Curry Running In The Right Direction

Montie Quinn has enjoyed a successful first season with Curry College, rushing for a team-high 944 yards and 13 touchdowns. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Kaminsky/Curry College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Before a single New England NCAA Division III football game was recorded this fall, many, including myself, did not know who Montie Quinn was or what he could do.

Through eight contests, it’s fair to say Quinn has become the spark for a Curry College football team that has won three games this fall, including a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) victory against Salve Regina University.

Curry’s 37-20 win over Salve Regina was the team’s first victory over the Seahawks in Milton, Massachusetts since 2009.

Quinn has registered 944 rushing yards (fourth in D-III) on 169 carries to go with 13 touchdowns (second in D-III).

His best performance of the season occurred last month when he rushed for both a career and season-high 203 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns against Dean College.

His effort against the Bulldogs helped the Colonels provide first-year coach Todd Parsons with his initial victory.

The 203 rushing yards are the most Quinn has tallied in a single game this season – one week later against Hilbert College, he reached the end zone four times. Had he rushed for five touchdowns against the Hawks, he would have matched Michael Waithe’s single-game record for five scores against Western New England in 1987.

With two games remaining, Quinn has a chance to etch his name in the Curry record book – perhaps he could tie Raphael Zammit with 18 rushing touchdowns, pending he is able to locate the end zone five more times in his team’s final two contests against Endicott College and Nichols College.

Whether he ties or establishes new single-season records, Quinn is certainly a player to watch in Curry’s final two contests.

In addition to Quinn, there are a few more halfbacks to watch in New England, including two Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) student-athletes thank rank in the top 10 in rushing yards in D-III: Chad Blasky (Western Connecticut) and Adam Couch (Bridgewater State).

Like Quinn, Blasky ranks in the top five in Division III with 946 rushing yards on 197 carries and five touchdowns.

All three statistical categories – attempts, yards, and touchdowns – are both career and season-bests for Blasky, who concluded the 2021 season with 713 rushing yards and four touchdowns.  

Blasky recorded four rushing touchdowns in back-to-back games this fall against Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth while locating the end zone three times against Bridgewater State. Additionally, he completed a pair of passing attempts last Saturday for 20 yards and one touchdown. His effort, both through the air and ground, helped the Wolves beat Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 24-3.

Adam Couch enters Saturday’s marquee matchup with UMass Dartmouth with the ninth most rushing yards (841) in Division III. He has located the end zone nine times and is inching closer to matching his rushing totals from last season, which saw the Assumption College transfer record 1,020 yards on 167 carries and 13 touchdowns.

Couch has registered 100 rushing yards or more in his team’s last five outings – additionally, he has located the end zone either once, twice or three times in each contest.

Last week against Westfield State, Couch rushed for a season-high 167 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns, which helped the Bears clinch their fourth-straight win.

With three games remaining, it seems likely that Couch will either match or establish a few career bests in rushing attempts, yards, and touchdowns.

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

Tony Hooks and the Bates College football team seek its second win on Saturday when they welcome Bowdoin College to campus. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bates College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another busy weekend of college football is quickly approaching – in fact, it begins tomorrow for a slew of New England NCAA Division III football teams.

As usual, it is time to dish out – well, more share and predict our “games to watch” this week after selecting seven games correctly one week ago.

Heading into week seven, we have picked 38 games correctly. Additionally, we have picked 22 games incorrectly.

Let’s see if we can continue our recent success of picking games this week (fingers crossed!).

Have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to circle back throughout the weekend for additional content, both here on the blog and on social media!  

Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week Seven

Western New England at Salve Regina University (Saturday, Oct. 15 at 12 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Seahawks, which dropped their conference opener last Saturday to Curry College. The Golden Bears return from a mid-season bye eager to score their second league victory. PREDICTION: Western New England over Salve Regina

Gallaudet University at Dean College (Saturday, Oct. 15 at 12 p.m.): Coach Chuck Goldstein’s Bison are on a roll, winning four-straight contests, including back-to-back leagues win over Castleton University (20-17) and Keystone College (52-44). Expect the early-to-mid-season momentum to continue Saturday against the Bulldogs. PREDICTION: Gallaudet over Dean

Keystone College at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Oct. 15 at 12 p.m.): Quarterback Alex Cohen registered five touchdowns last week in an important conference tilt with SUNY-Maritime. Look for Cohen to lead the AMCATs to another league win on Saturday so Anna Maria can keep pace with Gallaudet for the league title. PREDICTION: Anna Maria over Keystone   

Norwich University at Springfield College (Saturday, Oct. 15 at 12 p.m.): Springfield has registered seven touchdowns in back-to-back contests – will they record 49 points on Saturday against the Cadets? It’s possible. PREDICTION: Springfield over Norwich

Merchant Marine at MIT (Saturday, Oct. 15 at 12 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Engineers, which are looking to bounce back from their initial conference setback to Catholic University earlier this month. Merchant Marine has not lost a game since falling to FDU-Florham in the opening week. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine over MIT

Husson University at Curry College (Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.): Halfback Montie Quinn has become the player to watch on the Colonels over the last few weeks – he is currently one of the top rushers in NCAA Division III. Look for Quinn to locate the end zone a few times on Saturday. PREDICTION: Curry over Husson

Trinity College at Middlebury College (Saturday, Oct. 15 a 1 p.m.): The Bantams’ offense, defense, and special teams appear to be in midseason form just in time for an important conference meeting with the Panthers. Look for Trinity to rely on its rushing attack to score its fifth-straight win of the 2022 season. PREDICTION: Trinity over Middlebury

Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Worcester State (Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m.): The Buccaneers were competitive with UMass Dartmouth last week – yes, we know they lost by two touchdowns, but the week six setback should provide MMA with enough motivation to score an important road win. PREDICTION: MMA over Worcester State

Bowdoin College at Bates College (Saturday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m.): Coach Matt Coyne’s initial win with the Bobcats should translate into a second win under the lights in Lewiston on Saturday. PREDICTION: Bates over Bowdoin

Tufts University at Wesleyan University (Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.): This is a toss-up. Both teams enter this important week seven meeting looking to keep pace with Middlebury and Trinity for the NESCAC crown. Tufts enters the contest with a great deal of momentum after scoring three-straight wins. PREDICTION: Tufts over Wesleyan  

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

Curry College’s Montie Quinn is currently tied for second in NCAA Division III with 12 rushing touchdowns. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s Wednesday, which means we’re just a few days away from another busy weekend of New England NCAA Division III football.

As usual, it is time to highlight five teams to watch this week, including two that will square off in an important Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) meeting.

Bates College (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC): It took the Bobcats nearly two decades to snap a losing streak to Amherst College after beating the Mammoths in 1999.

Last Saturday’s win was the first for coach Matt Coyne, who was named the 22nd head coach in program history in February.

Quarterback Colton Bosselait highlighted the win by tossing three touchdowns while George Hawkins III led the Bates defense with a game-high 10 total tackles, including a pair of stops for a loss of three yards. Additionally, Johnny Walker recorded two tackles to go with a pair of forced fumbles and the Bobcats registered a little more than 300 yards of total offense for the second-straight week.

The win over Amherst snapped a three-game losing streak, which included a season-opening setback to Wesleyan University.

This week, Bates will look to score its third-straight win over Bowdoin College – last year, the Bobcats erased a 10-0 deficit at the break by outscoring the Polar Bears, 25-14, in the second half. Quarterback Brendan Costa, who is currently an assistant coach this fall with Williams College, highlighted his team’s come-from-behind win against Bowdoin by tossing a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Colby College (2-2, 2-2 NESCAC): It’s been an up-and-down season for the Mules, which lost their second contest of the season last Saturday to Wesleyan.

Quarterback Matt Hersch was sacked three times by the Cardinals’ defense but was still able to throw one touchdown while leading the Blue and White’s rushing attack with 10 net yards on nine carries.

Hersch’s best game of the 2022 season occurred one week earlier against Bates College when he recorded season-highs in passing yards (194) and touchdowns (two). Colby won the game by a score of 38-17.

This week, Hersch will certainly be a player to watch against Amherst, which is seeking its first win since beating the Cardinals of Wesleyan last October.

Colby beat Amherst last fall, thanks to Hersch, who recorded 146 passing yards in the win. The Mules’ defense recorded three interceptions and four sacks against the Mammoths.

Expect Hersch and the Colby defense to shine against a Mammoths squad that is averaging 10.50 points per game.

Curry College (3-3, 1-1 CCC): The Colonels have been a pleasant surprise this season, winning three contests, including an important conference meeting last Saturday against Salve Regina University.

Curry erased a six-point (20-14) deficit at the break and outscored the visiting Seahawks, 23-0, in the second half.

Halfback Montie Quinn highlighted his team’s third win by rushing for a game-high 124 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries. Two of Quinn’s touchdowns came in the second half.

Quinn is currently tied for second in NCAA Division III with 12 rushing touchdowns. Additionally, he is second in rushing yards with 757.

While Quinn has garnered a great deal of attention over the last few weeks, Curry has received some major contributions from wide receiver Gabe DeSouza (29 catches for 424 yards and six touchdowns, and linebackers Michael Sims and Greg Silvia, who have combined for 94 total tackles.

Curry hosts Husson University on Saturday – both teams enter the contest with an identical 1-1 conference record.

Husson University (2-4, 1-1 CCC): The Eagles soared back into the conference crown race last week with a 31-14 victory over the University of New England.  

Husson’s initial conference win erased memories of a week five setback to Endicott College, which shut out the Eagles, 20-0.

Quarterback Nic Visser enjoyed his best outing of the season against the Nor’easters by finishing the contest with a slew of season-highs in passing touchdowns (two), passing yards (350), and rushing yards (58). The junior signal-caller completed 30 of 40 passes and connected with Tyler Thompson and Cullen Casey for touchdowns.

Husson’s win over UNE may have provided the Eagles with some much-needed momentum heading into Saturday’s meeting with Curry.

The Eagles beat Curry last year by a touchdown (21-14) before outlasting the Purple and White in 2019 by a score of 42-40.

MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC): It’s been hard to get a gauge on this year’s MIT squad.

Like Colby, they have seesawed with two wins and two losses – perhaps they could be entering the seventh week with at least three wins had they been able to hold off a late rally by Salve Regina.

When we last saw MIT, the Engineers suffered a 42-7 setback to Catholic University in their conference opener.

The Engineers yielded a season-high 42 points to a Cardinals squad that finished their week five contest with 530 yards of total offense on 80 plays.

MIT halfback Jay Theriault concluded his team’s meeting with the Cardinals by rushing for a game-high 104 yards on 15 carries. The senior tailback will be needed this week against a Merchant Marine squad that has not lost a game since its season-opener to FDU-Florham.

The Mariners have won back-to-back conference tilts against Norwich University (19-7) and WPI (41-14) after scoring a pair of non-league wins over Kean University and SUNY Maritime.

Merchant Marine topped MIT last year by a score of 56-34, as well as beat the Engineers in 2019. MIT’s last win over the Mariners came in 2018 when the Engineers topped Merchant Marine in Cambridge by a score of 31-24.

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