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

Springfield College quarterback David Wells and the Pride host Rowan University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the second week of the New England NCAA Division III football season.

Like last week, we have a few games to watch (and follow) this evening before a busy slate begins tomorrow at noontime.

Last week, we picked seven of ten games correctly – that’s not a bad start, eh? – so let’s see if our early-season momentum can continue this week.

Enjoy the games this weekend – make sure to stop by on Saturday for our week two roundup!

Dean College at Nichols College (Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.): The Bison overcame a 20-3 deficit at the break to score an opening day win last Friday over Westfield State. Tonight, their second-half momentum continues – look for a big game from halfback Zahir Booker, who concluded last week’s meeting with the Owls with 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns. PREDICTION: Nichols over Dean

Endicott College at WPI (Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.): Last year, the Gulls scored three touchdowns in the final session to secure a hard-fought 28-21 victory over the Engineers. Tonight, look for Endicott to lean on its ground game – last week, the ground attack powered the Gulls to a 27-0 victory against St. Lawrence University. PREDICTION: Endicott over WPI

Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Maritime College (Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.): Does anyone want some chowder? The Mariners captured the 13th Annual Chowder Bowl last September, thanks to its defense that intercepted quarterback David Keogh. Let’s see if the MMA defense can have another big game this evening against a Privateers squad that dropped its season-opener last week to Hartwick College. PREDICTION: Massachusetts Maritime over Maritime (N.Y.)   

UMass Dartmouth at Anna Maria (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): I was pretty impressed by the Corsairs last week – quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns in his team’s 35-14 win over Husson University. This week, the Corsairs will once again rely on Aviles-Santos’ arm, but also lean on halfback Marvens Jean, who is currently the second leading rusher in NCAA Division III with 254 yards. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Anna Maria

Rowan University at Springfield College (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): As expected, the Springfield rushing attack shined last Friday evening in their season-opening win against Western New England. Expect another big day from this offense – I’ll say quarterback David Wells will finish the game with two touchdowns. PREDICTION: Springfield over Rowan

St. John Fisher at Framingham State (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): If the Rams are to score their first win of the 2022 season, they will need to stop Malachi Duvall, who concluded St. John Fisher’s season-opener with four rushing touchdowns. PREDICTION: St. John Fisher over Framingham State

Salve Regina University at MIT (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): It’s hard to get a gauge on both squads after one week. But I have a hunch that coach Kevin Gilmartin’s unit will score more than one touchdown this week against the Engineers. PREDICTION: Salve Regina over MIT

Bridgewater State at University of New England (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): Last week, the Nor’easters scored their first-ever win over Coast Guard Academy. And last year in week two, UNE stunned Bridgewater State by erasing a 14-point deficit at the break to secure a hard-fought 23-20 overtime win. PREDICTION: UNE over Bridgewater State

Westfield State at Western New England (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): Cameron Danahy helped the Owls’ defense keep the Bison at bay for 30 minutes but struggled to stop the Nichols offense in the second half. If the Owls are going to be victorious on Saturday, they will need their entire defense to find a way to slow down a Golden Bears squad that was held to just 14 points last week. PREDICTION: WNE over Westfield State  

Curry College at Coast Guard Academy (Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m.): Quarterback Justin Mullaney threw three touchdowns last week in Curry’s season-opener against MIT with two of them landing in the hands of Gabe DeSouza. Look for the duo to connect a few times on Saturday so coach Todd Parsons can score his initial win with the Colonels. PREDICTION: Curry over Coast Guard Academy

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 10 Poll (Sept. 5, 2022)

Anthony Caggianelli and the Endicott College football team scored an opening day win over St. Lawrence University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway Sports Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com

With the first week of the New England NCAA Division III football season in the books, it is time to unveil a brand-new poll.

Previously, we shared our way too early Top 20 Poll in June — as we noted, both here on the blog and on social media, the poll would change.

And indeed, it has changed — do you notice the difference?

This year, we’re going back in time to produce a weekly 10-team poll, which is something we did previously before expanding our list to 20 teams in 2019 (we also did a Top 20 poll last fall).

So, without further ado, allow us to share this week’s poll, which finds Endicott College in the top spot followed by UMass Dartmouth (second) and Springfield College (third).

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 5, 2022 (Week Two)

1. Endicott College (1-0, 0-0 CCC): An impressive ground game highlighted the Gulls’ season-opening win over the Saints of St. Lawrence. Let’s see if it can continue against a WPI defense that yielded 139 rushing yards last Friday to Worcester State.

2. UMass Dartmouth (1-0, 0-0 MASCAC): Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win, including one score on the ground. His impressive play should continue this week against Anna Maria.

3. Springfield College (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): Six members of the Pride reached the end zone on the ground against Western New England last Friday. Look for Springfield’s impressive rushing attack to continue this week against Rowan University.

4. Trinity College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC): The Bantams will be idle for one more week — they will begin their 2022 campaign at Tufts University on Saturday, September 17.

5. Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC): The Cardinals will be idle for one more week — Wesleyan begins its 2022 campaign at home on Saturday, September 17 against Bates College.

6.  Salve Regina University (1-0, 0-0 CCC): One touchdown was all the Seahawks needed to beat Norwich University, but one has to think that this offense will produce a few more points on Saturday against MIT.

7.  MIT (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): Coach Brian Bubna‘s squad took care of business last Friday with a season-opening win against Curry College. On Saturday, they face a challenging foe in Salve Regina, which has scored three-straight wins against the Engineers, dating back to 2015.

8.  University of New England (1-0, 0-0 CCC): The Nor’easters scored their first win over Coast Guard Academy this past weekend, snapping a three-game skid in the series with the Bears that began in 2018.

9.  Anna Maria College (0-0, 0-0 ECFC): The wait is finally over. We’ll finally see the AMCATs for the first time this weekend when they welcome the Corsairs to Paxton.

10. WPI (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): The Engineers began their season with a win over Worcester State, but face a challenging test on Friday against the Gulls of Endicott.

ON THE RISE: Husson University (0-1, 0-0 CCC), Western New England (0-1, 0-0 CCC), and Williams College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC)

New England D3 Football Roundup: Aviles-Santos Leads UMD Past Husson; PSU Tops Castleton

Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns on Saturday afternoon as UMass Dartmouth topped Husson University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eric Ogden)

By NoontimeSports.com

Dante Aviles-Santos enjoyed an impressive start to his second season under center with the UMass Dartmouth football team.

Against Husson University, the junior signal-caller threw four touchdown passes while adding an additional score on the ground to lead the Corsairs to a 35-14 victory this afternoon at Cressy Field.

Aviles-Santos, who was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Offensive Rookie of the Year last fall, concluded the game with 214 yards of total offense, including 36 yards on six carries.

Antonio Brown hauled in two of Aviles-Santos’ four touchdown passes while Trell Best and Easten Coleman each caught one touchdown. Marvens Jean rushed for a game-high 254 yards on 26 carries and caught four passes.

UMass Dartmouth led by one score at the break before tacking on three more touchdowns in the second half, including a pair in the fourth quarter that helped the Corsairs push ahead for good.

As a team, UMass Dartmouth finished with 558 yards of total offense. The defense recorded one sack and one interception.

Husson’s Elijah Garnett led the team with 103 rushing yards on 15 carries and one score. Quarterback Nic Visser completed 10 of 26 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown.

With today’s win, UMass Dartmouth has won three-straight meetings with the Eagles dating back to their first contest in 2019.

UMass Dartmouth will visit Anna Maria next Saturday while Husson will host Plymouth State.  

Plymouth State scored its initial win of the 2022 season by defeating Castleton University, 20-7.

Willie Lombard highlighted the Panthers’ win by rushing for a game-high 98 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Evan Wilson led the Plymouth State defense with seven total tackles, including four solo stops.

Endicott College began its conference title defense with a 27-0 victory over St. Lawrence.

Anthony Caggianelli rushed for a game-high 80 yards on 23 carriers and two touchdowns while Matthew Licciardi led the Gulls’ defense with eight total tackles.

The Gulls visit WPI next Friday – the Engineers, like Endicott, were victorious in its season-opener last night as they defeated Worcester State, 58-21.  

Jack Maguire’s touchdown pass to John Hannon late in the third quarter proved to be the difference in Salve Regina’s 7-0 victory over Norwich University.  

Norwich’s defense limited the Seahawks’ offense to 277 yards on 71 plays, thanks to Matthew Christe, who recorded a game-high 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops.

Maguire concluded the game 21 of 31 for 152 yards while Hannon led Salve Regina’s receiving core with six catches for 52 yards.

Salve Regina will visit MIT next Saturday and Norwich will welcome St. Lawrence to Northfield, Vermont.

New England D-III Football Week One Scoreboard

  • MIT 35, Curry 20
  • Springfield 42, Western New England 14
  • Nichols 30, Westfield State 29
  • UMass Dartmouth 35, Husson 14
  • Endicott 27, St. Lawrence 0
  • University of New England 17, Coast Guard Academy 10
  • Salve Regina 7, Norwich 0
  • Fitchburg 33, Dean 28
  • Plymouth State 20, Castleton 7
  • WPI 58, Worcester State 21
  • Brockport 27, Framingham State 7
  • Ithaca 51, Bridgewater State 14
  • William Paterson 28, Western Connecticut 7

New England D2 & D3 Football Week One Schedule

Drew Willoughby and the Saint Anselm College football team will begin its 2022 season at home on Thursday against Millersville. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jim Stankiewicz)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s time to play some football.

A brand new season of small college football has returned to the New England region with teams scheduled to compete later this week.

Starting today — and every Monday (or Tuesday) of the 2022 college football season — will be posting the weekly schedule so you will know where your favorite team is playing.

Consider this a weekly post that is the equivalent of a calendar reminder — insert smiling emoji, along with a wink!

New England D2 & D3 Football Week One Schedule

Thursday, September 1, 2022

  • Shepherd at So. Connecticut at 5:30 p.m.
  • Millersville at Saint Anselm at 7 p.m.
  • American International College (AIC) at Frostburg State at 7 p.m.

Friday, September 2, 2022

  • Bentley at West Chester at 6 p.m.
  • MIT at Curry at 7 p.m.
  • Nichols at Westfield State at 7 p.m.
  • Western New England at Springfield at 7 p.m.
  • Dean at Fitchburg State at 7 p.m.
  • WPI at Worcester State

Saturday, September 3, 2022

  • Kutztown at Assumption at 12 p.m.
  • Husson at UMass Dartmouth at 12 p.m.
  • Norwich at Salve Regina at 12 p.m.
  • Endicott at St. Lawrence at 12 p.m.
  • Castleton at Plymouth State at 12 p.m.
  • Framingham State at Brockport at 12 p.m.
  • Ithaca at Bridgewater State at 12 p.m.
  • Lock Haven at Post at 1 p.m.
  • Edinboro at Franklin Pierce at 1 p.m.
  • New Haven at Bowie State at 1 p.m.
  • Western Conn. at William Paterson at 1 p.m.
  • University of New England at Coast Guard Academy at 1:30 p.m.

Harvard-New Hampshire Announce Home-And-Home Football Series for 2024 & 2026

Harvard Stadium will be the site of Harvard-New Hampshire football in 2024. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

Harvard University and the University of New Hampshire last met on the gridiron in 1939.

In two years, the two schools will square off in a home-and-home series, which will see the Wildcats visit Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 5, 2024, followed by the Crimson visiting to Durham, New Hampshire on September 19, 2026.

“Renewing this series is important for the UNH program and for New England college football at the FCS level,” New Hampshire coach Rick Santos said in a statement this afternoon.

“We have a great deal of respect for coach Tim Murphy and the success he’s built at Harvard, and we always embrace the challenge of facing strong competition.”

Harvard and New Hampshire met regularly in the 1920s and 1930’s with the Crimson winning every matchup by a combined score of 282-3.

In their last matchup on November 18, 1939, the Crimson cruised past the Wildcats by a score of 46-0.