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.
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.
Bates Football wins their 5th straight CBB Championship!!
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.
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.
BEARS WIN! BEARS WIN!! @BSU_Football_ beats @FSURams 28-27 in OT! MASCAC CHAMPS! Next stop Cranberry Bowl and then the NCAA Tournament!
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.
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.
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).”