New England D3 Football: WNE Moves Up In Regional Rankings

94693_fullBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

After scoring an impressive win last weekend over Salve Regina, the Western New England Golden Bears moved up two spots in this week’s NCAA Division III Regional Rankings.

WNE, which was eighth last week in the East Region, moved up  to the sixth position. The Golden Bears are one of two teams in the region (East) with a perfect 9-0 record.

Alfred – also 9-0 overall – is number one in the East, while St. John Fisher is second and Hobart is third. Wesley and Stevenson round out the top five, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Golden Bears – this year’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) champions – wrap up their regular season on Saturday, November 12th when they host Coast Guard Academy with kickoff slated for 1:00 p.m.

New England D3 Football: Week 10 Social Media Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Before we officially turn the page to the 11th week of the NCAA Division III Football season – really, the 11th week of the season? Crazy! – let’s take a look back on this past weekend’s action with some of the best in-game and post-game tweets.

Let’s start with Bates-Bowdoin, always a must-see or must-watch game.

 

 

Let’s switch gears to Tufts-Colby …. the Jumbos scored an enormous win over the Mules and after the game tweeted this post-game video. Anyone know what the team is doing in this video?

 

Staying in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), we now take a look at this quality tweet from Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth, who congratulated the Cardinals for winning the Little Three Crown.

 

Following an exciting win over Norwich, Husson celebrated its second Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown in three seasons. The Eagles clinched the conference title with a win over the Cadets, along with a Mount Ida setback.

 

Another champion was crowned on Saturday as Golden Bears of Western New England – our number one team in New England – defeated Salve Regina to claim the New England Football Conference (NEFC) crown.

 

In addition to WNE and Husson, another championship was earned yesterday as Bridgewater State defeated Framingham State on a dramatic overtime PAT. The 28-27 (OT) win provided the Bears with their first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season crown since 2008.

 

Let’s not sleep on the Bison of Nichols College anymore! The Green and Black scored another exciting win, defeating Maine Maritime. The win secured Nichols its first .500-or-better season since 2007.

 

 

 

 

And finally … drum roll please … Anna Maria celebrated its first win of the season yesterday, defeating Gallaudet! Congrats to AMCAT Nation on an exciting win!

 

 

 

 

Noontime Sports Team Of The Month: Salve Regina University

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the second time this football season, Noontime Sports is pleased to announce our Team of the Month (October): Salve Regina University.

Currently 7-0 overall and 5-0 in New England Football Conference (NEFC) play, the Seahawks capped the month of October with a convincing road win over Endicott College this past weekend, winning by a score of 41-20. Quarterback Brandon Basil tossed two touchdowns in the win, halfback Sam Pascale rushed for three scores on 29 carries for 178 yards, while the defense registered one sack, one interception and four tackles for a loss.

Prior to their victory against the Gulls, Salve Regina earned wins over Curry College, Nichols College and MIT.

The Seahawks currently lead the NEFC in rushing yards (2,050) and yards per game (510.6) – they are second in total offense (3,574). Pascale and tailback James Dawson rank first (158.7) and second (97.4), respectively, in yards per game, while Basil is fourth in yards per game (216.0) and tied for fourth with 14 touchdowns (through the air).

Brandon O’Neill and John Salute are currently tied for first in the conference with three sacks – Endicott’s Craig Anderson has also registered a trio of sacks this season too.

The Seahawks return to the gridiron this weekend for an extremely important conference game as they host Western New England for a 12 p.m. kickoff. Similar to Salve Regina, the Golden Bears are undefeated.

Last season, the Golden Bears defeated the Seahawks, 28-21, to secure the NEFC crown. The Seahawks’ last victory over the Golden Bears came in 2013, thanks to a trio of touchdown passes from quarterback Steve Wilken and a pair of rushing scores by halfback Richie Edwards.

New England D3 Football: Nichols, Mount Ida & Tufts Highlight Week 8 (LINKS)

The Nichols College Bison earned their first-ever win over Coast Guard Academy on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

The Nichols College Bison earned their first-ever win over Coast Guard Academy on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The eighth week of the New England D3 Football season is in the books.

We saw some exciting outcomes yesterday, including a dramatic come-from-behind win by Mount Ida College, Nichols College claiming their initial win over Coast Guard Academy, Tufts University’s Chance Brady re-writing the record book and much more.

Endicott Football Continues To Grow And Develop Under Coach DeWall

Coach DeWall's Endicott Gulls enter this weekend's clash with WNE riding a three-game winning streak. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kiana DelViscovo)

Coach DeWall’s Endicott Gulls enter this weekend’s clash with WNE riding a three-game winning streak. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kiana DelViscovo)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s a big week for the Endicott College football team as the Gulls host undefeated Western New England tomorrow (Saturday, October 22) in a pivotal New England Football Conference (NEFC) clash.

“We will be playing a very good Western New England team this Saturday,” said Endicott head coach Kevin DeWall.

“Both teams are currently undefeated in conference play, so both teams have goals and aspirations of winning our conference and advancing to the NCAA Playoffs.”

Endicott enters the contest on three-game winning streak following a pair of road wins, including a victory last weekend at Maine Maritime Academy. Quarterback Joe Kalosky highlighted his team’s performance, tossing a career-best three touchdowns, while Lavante Wiggins rumbled for 65 yards on 11 carries and one score.

In addition to their win over the Mariners, Endicott also earned a pair of conference victories against Nichols College (37-0) and MIT (21-9).

“We have made some very good progress since day one, so the 3-0 start in conference play is exciting,” said DeWall. “It is also the standard and expectation we have set for our program. We know we have many areas that we still need to improve on, and the guys are eager to grow and develop together.”

Growth and development have been the keys to Endicott’s success this season, and despite losing a trio of non-conference games last month, DeWall believes those contests will help the Gulls remain competitive over the next few weeks.

“We did not fair as we wanted the past two years with a handful of young players in these non-conference games,” DeWall said, “but the experience has been great for our team.”

In addition to growth and development, DeWall has also seen numerous players – both upperclassmen and first-years – step-up when needed.

“There are many players who have stepped up their game (over) the last few weeks; too many to truly name,” said DeWall.

“The upperclassmen are now becoming more comfortable in their second year of our offensive and defensive schemes, and our first year players have had half a season to digest everything, and you can physically see them improve with each rep and each week of game experience.”

With players stepping up, while the team continues to grow and develop, you can bet DeWall’s crew will provide challenges, not just for Western New England, but their remaining conference foes.

“Here in our second year with this coaching staff taking over this program, we continue to teach the guys what it takes to improve and win each day, and there has been steady improvement throughout,” said DeWall.

“If our team has continues to grow and develop, we anticipate it will be an exciting game between two good teams (on Saturday).”

Catching Up With Coast Guard Academy Quarterback Derek Victory

Coast Guard Academy quarterback Derek Victory accounted for seven touchdowns last Saturday in the Bears' 56-54 win over Curry College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Coast Guard Academy quarterback Derek Victory accounted for seven touchdowns last Saturday in the Bears’ 56-54 win over Curry College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Derek Victory of Coast Guard Academy enjoyed a career day last Saturday, scoring seven touchdowns, including six through the air, while setting a school record for 525 passing yards. Victory’s six touchdowns through the air matched a school record.

In addition to his passing yards, Victory also rushed for 22 yards and one score to finish the contest with a school record 547 yards of total offense.

“Saturday was definitely a wild game,” Victory said a few days after his team’s exciting 56-54 win over Curry College.

Victory was tabbed this week’s Co-New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week with Curry quarterback Alex Corvese, who finished Saturday’s contest with seven touchdowns through the air.

Noontime Sports caught up with Victory to discuss his team’s dramatic, yet exciting win, as well as what we can expect from the Bears over the next few weeks.

Saturday’s contest against Curry College was quite a game. Tell me what it was like to be a part of it?

It reminded me a lot of my second start at the Academy against Western New England University (in 2013). We jumped out to an early lead and then they came roaring back and we had to just keep throwing the ball to stay in the lead.

Tell me about breaking a pair of school records with 525 passing yards and 547 yards of total offense – what does that mean to you?

It’s still kind of hard to believe. It means a lot, though. A record like that is a team effort. It involves all 11 guys performing in sync the entire game. The o-line played great, allowing zero sacks once again and the receivers made big plays over and over again.

In addition to breaking a pair of school records, you became the Academy’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (44) – care to share what that honor means to you?

It means that we’re putting points on the scoreboard as an offense. Growing up a Miami Dolphins fan and watching old Dan Marino highlights, I remember him saying that exact thing when he was asked about his touchdown records.

Five years from now, what will you remember most about your team’s game against Curry?

I’ll remember what happened after the game. My mom and dad gave me a huge hug and kept saying how proud they were. It was a special moment.

Tell me about winning back-to-back games – would it be fair to say your team is slowly catching its stride?

Offensively, we are firing on all cylinders. The Salve Regina loss was a huge disappointment to the guys so the fact that we’ve bounced back after that loss and two close losses before that speaks volumes about the guys we have on this team. We’re slowly getting healthier as a team, getting guys back from injury and learning the ins-and-outs of our offense. We definitely have caught our stride, but we all realize that we have a lot of areas that we can improve upon.

What is the goal for the team heading into this coming weekend’s game against Nichols? What does your team have to accomplish in order to secure a win?

Our goal is the same heading into every game: we want to go 1-0 every day. That means don’t look ahead or worry about the past. In order to secure a win Saturday (against Nichols), we just need to keep that intensity in practice going from last week.

What’s your all-time favorite Coast Guard Academy football memory?

My favorite memory was winning the Secretaries Cup at home back in 2014 (against Merchant Marine). No better feeling than hoisting that trophy at the end of a great game.

Do you have a favorite quarterback – either current or past – you look up to? If so, who is it and why do you idolize that particular signal-caller?

It’s hard to narrow it down to just one. Growing up in a Dolphins household obviously Marino is up there. Guys like Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are two players I try to emulate because of Peyton’s football mind and the passion that Rivers plays with on a weekly basis.

Tell me about your major. What interested you in pursuing that particular major?

I am majoring in government, focusing on law and public policy.  I was always interested in politics (when I was younger) and how the government operated, so that is what drew me to the government major.

Three songs you are listening to currently?

‘A little more Summertime’ by Jason Aldean

‘Song for Another Time’ by Old Dominion

‘Southern Comfort Zone’ by Brad Paisley.

What is your all-time favorite movie?

My Cousin Vinny.

Favorite TV show?

Breaking Bad.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would love to visit Italy and Ireland, and see where my ancestors came from.

Finally, what’s the best advice you ever received from a coach or teammate?

The best advice I ever received from a coach was from my youth league coach, Bill Washington. His advice was simple, “stay calm.” That advice has helped me slow down the game and relax while dropping back to pass.

Football SNAPSHOTS from MIT-WPI

By NoontimeSports.com 

Last season, WPI needed a Blaine Bursey field goal to defeat MIT at home.

Last night, the Engineers of WPI needed Bursey’s leg again as he booted 19-yard game-winning overtime field goal to lift his squad to an exciting (yet, dramatic) 37-34 overtime win.

We will have more on this game – and other New England games – later, but for now enjoy a few ‘snapshots’ from last night’s game, which were taken by Noontime Sports’ Matt Noonan.

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