D3 Football: Brockport, DelVal Advance To NCAA Quarterfinals

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Brockport’s winning way continued on Saturday as they defeated Wesley in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Brockport Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Brockport secured a date with Delaware Valley next weekend in the NCAA Division III Football quarterfinals with a convincing 49-28 victory over Wesley on Saturday afternoon in New York.

Joe Germinerio tossed three touchdowns, while completing 30 of 38 passes for 292 yards, while Tyree Brown hauled in a game-high 118 yards on 11 catches – he also caught a touchdown, too.

Nathaniel Keith III led the Golden Eagles’ defense with 10 total stops, including seven solo tackles, while scooping a fumble. Julius Mizro concluded the contest with one sack for a loss of 21 yards, one forced fumble, one pass break-up, one interception (four yards) and six total tackles (one solo stop).

Brockport’s defense limited Wesley tailback E.J. Lee to just 82 yards on 23 carries – he did rush for a touchdown, though. Alex Kemp recorded three grabs for 94 yards and one touchdown reception, while quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs concluded the afternoon 16 of 35 for 233 yards and one touchdown.

Both teams entered the break tied at 21-21, but a three-score third quarter, jumpstarted by a Joseph Ortiz touchdown reception helped the Golden Eagles push ahead for good.

Brockport led 42-28 after three quarters before scoring their final touchdown midway through the final session with 9:01 remaining.

Wesley concludes its season 10-2 overall, while the Golden Eagles picked-up their 12th consecutive victory of the season.

Delaware Valley 37, Husson 15One week after stunning the NCAA Division III Football world with their first-ever postseason victory, the Husson Eagles saw their run toward the ultimate prize conclude in Pennsylvania as the Aggies rolled to their 12th straight win, thanks to four touchdowns from Dashawn Darden (three through the air, one on the ground).

Darden accounted for three first half touchdowns, which helped the hosts secure a 19-0 advantage at the break, but Husson responded early in the third quarter with a nine-yard touchdown run by John Smith. Smith’s score capped an eight play, 71 yard drive, which brought the visitors with 12 points of the Aggies with 10:50 remaining in the third.

DelVal would counter on the ensuing possession with a two-yard plunge by LaQuille Nesbitt, which helped the Aggies push ahead for good.

Smith concluded the contest with a game-high 161 yards on 32 carries, while Devauntay Ellis led the Aggies’ rushing attack with 100 yards on 18 carries.

Husson concludes its season at 10-2 after claiming its second-straight Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown earlier this month when they defeated Alfred State in Maine.

D3 Football: NCAA Tournament (First Round) & New England Bowl Picks

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Springfield College looks to keep on rolling this weekend when they host Husson University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Roy Chambers)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s PLAYOFF time, which means it is time to dish out some picks for this weekend’s NCAA Division III first-round tournament – all east region games, by the way! – and both New England Bowls.

Best of luck to all teams competing and make sure to circle back throughout the weekend for updates on all six games!


Western New England (8-2) at Delaware Valley (10-0) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 12 p.m. 

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): Tough draw for the Golden Bears against the top seed of the east region. DelVal is one of the top four seeds in the entire tournament, too. DelVal can score on offense and defense, so the Bears will have to be patient and not beat themselves with turnovers. WNE always surprises us, but the Aggies are just too tough to beat. PREDICTION: DelVal 48, WNE 21

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): The win over St. Lawrence weeks ago saved WNE’s season, but against DelVal, the Golden Bears must be patient and protect the ball on offense. PREDICTION: DelVal 45, WNE 25 


Husson (9-1) at Springfield (10-0) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 12 p.m. 

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): Featuring two of the best running backs in the nation, this game will go by fast – bring your track shoes, football fans! Often overlooked, the Pride’s defense has done a great job this season, allowing less than 88 rushing yards per game and 10.9 points per game, too. Husson halfback John Smith will get his carries, but it’ll be Springfield that wins and moves onto the next round. PREDICTION: Springfield 24, Husson 14

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): As James and I have discussed numerous times this season, the Pride’s defense is legit, and yes, this unit has been overlooked by some in the D3 Football world. They’ll have their way against a talented Husson offense led by halfback John Smith, while the Springfield offense will rush by the Eagles’ defense for a few scores. Big game for Jordan WilcoxPREDICTION: Springfield 35, Hudson 16


Plymouth State (9-1) at Brockport (10-0) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 12 p.m. 

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): The ‘Mountain Men’ have a long trip to Western New York to face off against a Golden Eagles team that dominated the Empire 8 most of this season. This game should be relatively low scoring to start, and will depend on how well the Panthers o-line handles Brockport’s 3-3 stack, one of the tougher defenses to block. The first half should be competitive, but the athletes on the Golden Eagles will pull away in the second half. PREDICTION: Brockport 35, Plymouth State 13

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): The ‘Mountain Men’ have been a great story, both this year and last year, but their storybook campaign will sadly concludes in Western New York on Saturday. The Golden Eagles are just too good and will certainly be a team to watch in this particular region going forward. Maybe they have what it takes to make the ‘Final Four?’ PREDICTION: Brockport 31, Plymouth State 17


RPI (8-2) at Wesley (9-1) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 12 p.m.

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): The Wolverines have been slow starters and RPI likes to grind, leaning on their defense to force the opposition into making mistakes. Wesley’s EJ Lee could be the difference in this one. PREDICTION: Wesley 35, RPI 24

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): Sure, I would love to say RPI’s season will continue beyond this weekend, but not against a talented and tough Wolverines squad, which won’t be an easy out in this particular region of the bracket. PREDICTION: Wesley 41, RPI 22


Curry College (8-2) at Framingham State (9-1) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 12 p.m.

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): Curry’s Alex Corvese was recently named the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) Offensive Player of the Year, and his team will need both his arm and legs to get past a tough (and talented) Rams defense. Framingham has a strong quarterback in Adam Wojenski, so expect a lot of offense in this particular contest. The Rams will benefit from home field advantage, and perhaps kicker Ryan Clifford may be the student-athlete that decides this particular outcome. PREDICTION: Framingham State 38, Curry 35

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): Framingham State running back Quron Wright is going to be the difference in this one. Wright’s o-line should have their way with Curry’s front four (and may front seven) en route to a second-straight New England Bowl victory. PREDICTION: Framingham State 35, Curry 28


SUNY Maritime (9-1) at WPI (8-2) | Saturday, Nov. 18th at 6 p.m. 

James Baker (In The D3FB Huddle): Thomas Wright and the Privateers have enjoyed a 9-1 run this season, but they haven’t faced a team as strong as the Engineers this fall.  Dereck Pacheco and the WPI defense will give Wright some trouble, while the Engineers’ two-headed running attack of Sean McAllen and Connor Field will be tough for SUNY-Maritime to slow down. PREDICTION: WPI 42, SUNY Maritime 21

Matt Noonan (Noontime Sports): SUNY Maritime has been another great story this fall, but this will be perhaps their biggest challenge of the season. WPI’s defense has rebounded since their setback to Springfield and will provide Thomas Wright and the Privateers’ offense with a lot of challenges. Expect another big game from WPI halfback Sean McAllen, who will score at least two touchdowns in this one. PREDICTION: WPI 45, SUNY Maritime 21

Matt Falkenbury (Play-By-Play Voice of SUNY Maritime): The Privateers are a vastly different team on the road this season than they were at home. Playing this game on the road – considering they either had to come-from-behind to win or lost in all five of those games – is a bit concerning. Quarterback Thomas Wright struggled on the road the last three games and it’s something to watch for in this one. The defense will have to come up big for them to pull this out. My heart says Maritime wins, but my head says WPI wins it on a late field goal. PREDICTION: WPI 31, SUNY Maritime 28.  

Endicott’s Tommy Hughes Keeps The Focus On ‘Getting Better’ Everyday

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Endicott College senior Tommy Hughes has been dominant at the face-off X this season, winning a league-best 260 face-offs. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Le)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Endicott College senior Tommy Hughes prides himself in one thing: to get better every day.

Getting better every day is a tribute to both past and current coaches, including Eric Hagarty, who have preached those words to Hughes, who has become a stand-out face-off specialist with the Gulls.

“All season, Coach has harped to (my teammates and I) that it’s all about getting better,” said Hughes, who was tabbed this week’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Specialist of the Week for the sixth time this season.

“If you better yourself every day then the proof will just show itself,” he added.

Since arriving to campus in the fall of 2013, Hughes has been an integral part to the men’s lacrosse program, capturing an impressive 1,142 face-offs, while scooping 719 ground balls. This season, he led all all CCC face-off specialists with 260 face-off victories, while scooping a league-high 184 ground balls.

Hughes’ success at the face-off X helped the Gulls capture eight league games this spring, along with a regular season crown. The eight wins provided Endicott with the top seed in this year’s CCC Tournament, which began this past weekend with a pair of first-round contests.

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Endicott College’s Tommy Hughes keeps his focus on ‘getting better’ each day. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Le)

Endicott, which returns to the field tomorrow evening, will host Curry College in a semifinal match-up with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The Gulls and Colonels met earlier this season with Endicott claiming a 20-11 victory.

Hughes highlighted his team’s win over Curry, tallying a season-best 24 face-off victories. He also recorded 24 face-off wins in his team’s 15-10 win over Roger Williams.

And due to his squad earning a first-round bye, he, along with his teammates, were able to keep the focus on ‘getting better’ with additional practices the past few days.

“I took more and more face-offs every day (to prepare for this week’s game), while our offense kept shooting more and more every single day,” said Hughes.

Hughes, who hopes to guide his squad to this Saturday’s championship game, knows he and his teammates will have to play their best lacrosse tomorrow evening to extend their season for a few more days.

Of course, Hughes would love to end his career with some hardware – a CCC crown and NCAA Tournament – but instead of thinking about hoisting a trophy, he is keeping the focus on ‘getting better’ every day.

“My focus is to keep getting better and bettering myself, so I can be prepared for upcoming games,” said Hughes.

 

 

 

 

 

Babson’s Brennan Reflects On An Exciting National Championship Victory

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It was a special moment for Babson College coach Stephen Brennan and the Beavers when they captured the program’s first-ever NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship. (PHOTO CREDIT: Keith Lucas)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s been a few days since Babson College captured its fist-ever NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship and coach Stephen Brennan’s phone is still buzzing with text messages, phone calls and emails.

“I think that night after the game I had about 120 text messages,” said Brennan, who guided the Beavers to an exciting 79-78 victory over Augustana (Ill.) last Saturday in Salem, Virginia.

Everyone wanted to congratulate Brennan and the team, including past and current Babson presidents, friends from Bates College and current Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

Learn more about the connection between Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens and the Babson College Beavers, via MassLive.com

Even the New England Patriots expressed their excitement, tweeting out a congratulatory tweet to both Babson and Amherst College, which captured the women’s national title game last Saturday, too.

“When the Patriots sent a congratulator tweet, I was like ‘what’s that?’” said Brennan. “You don’t really expect that.”

The Beavers were also congratulated by Massachusetts Mayor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey.

Babson’s win provided a great deal of excitement to both Massachusetts and New England college basketball fans. They all feel touched by this particular victory, according to Brennan, including Babson’s conference foes and regional opponents.

“(This win) has touched multiple members of our community from alums to our opponents (in the northeast),” said Brennan, “so it’s certainly nice to touch so many people and share it with our friends and friends of our program.”

The win also touched a quartet of Babson alums – David MackTravis SheldonEric Dean and John Wickey – that positioned the Beavers over the past few years for a potential national title-run. And despite coming-up short two years ago in the national semifinals, Babson was able to avenge its disappointing setback with a dramatic one-point victory.

“The key for success is you have to pay the rent,” said Brennan, “and this team (especially the seniors) put in the time.”

The senior class certainly put in the time, they will depart Babson Park with 103 victories, which is the most wins in program history.

Joey Flannery, who was certainly a catalyst behind the Beavers’ run toward the program’s initial national crown, concluded his career with 2,620 points, which positions him eighth all-time in Division III history. Additionally – and as noted in the game’s release – he also scored 167 points in six NCAA Tournament games this season.

Brennan and the Beavers will continue to enjoy this special accomplishment, but know a new season will be here soon. And in order to continue their current success, the tenured coach knows his team will need to ‘pay the rent’ every day.

“Everyone will have to grow,” said Brennan. “We’ll need to continue our current work ethic and culture (moving forward, while continuing) our toughness and work ethic, too.”

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 24 (John Cabral | Play-By-Play Broadcaster)

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By Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports)

Just days after the NCAA Division III men’s basketball championship concluded, Noontime Sports the Podcast host Matt Noonan caught-up with Babson College play-by-play broadcaster John Cabral to discuss and highlight the Beavers’ (men’s basketball) first-ever national championship.

Cabral and Noonan recap a pair of exciting contests, and yes, slowly look ahead (at the end of the podcast) to what teams could be in the mix for a title-run next season.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 23 (John Cabral | Play-By-Play Broadcaster)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

In just three days, the Babson College men’s basketball team will compete in the program’s second semifinal in three seasons.

And if you’re fortunate to tune into Friday’s tilt, then you best listen to our friend John Cabral, who is the voice of the Babson men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with the UMass Dartmouth men’s and women’s basketball teams, too.

Cabral, who is play-by-play veteran, especially in the NCAA Division III world, joined Noontime Sports the Podcast to preview this week’s semifinal between Babson and Whitman.

Additionally, Cabral provided his insight into the other semifinal clashes, too.

Men’s Division III Basketball Bracket

Women’s Division III Basketball Bracket

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Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 22 (Howard Herman | Berkshire Eagle)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

In anticipation of this week’s NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball semifinals and finals, Noontime Sports the Podcast welcomed back Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle to preview and predict the various outcomes of this week’s contests.

Babson College and Williams College each advanced to the men’s semifinals, while Amherst College and Tufts University secured spots in the women’s semifinals.

Men’s Division III Basketball Bracket

Women’s Division III Basketball Bracket

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