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D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Nichols, WNE Open Conference Play With Wins

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Saturday was a busy day across New England with some exciting outcomes in the Division III football world.

Nichols College scored its first win over Salve Regina University since 2009 as the Bison outlasted the Seahawks, 25-15, in Dudley, Massachusetts.

Quarterback Michael Pina completed 15 of 30 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown while adding two scores on the ground.

The Bison led 15-12 at the break and held the Seahawks to just three points in the second half.

With the win, Nichols improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play. The Bison visit Western New England next Saturday, October 5th with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Speaking of the Golden Bears, they bounced back from a week three setback with a commanding 50-38 victory against University of New England. Quarterback Brendan Smith tossed three touchdowns in the win, while halfback Jamyre Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three scores.

UNE quarterback Brian Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns.

Erich Keutmann led the Western New England defense with 12 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one sack.

In Vermont, Middlebury College defeated Trinity College, 32-27, to improve to 3-0 for the second time in three seasons. The win over the Bantams was also the Panthers’ first since the 2014 season.

Middlebury’s defense recorded eight tackles for a loss of 44 yards, including five sacks for a loss of 29 yards. Alex Norton concluded the game with seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

Will Jernigan tallied 241 total yards of offense and two scores (one passing and one rushing touchdown).

WPI moved to 4-0 and 1-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 35-21 victory over Springfield College.

Connor Field rushed for 116 yards on 30 carries and for two touchdowns, while Billy Mitchell (five receptions for 104 yards) and Nic Rossi (four receptions for 76 yards) each caught one touchdown pass from Julian Nyland.

Sam Casey and Nick Ostrowski paced the WPI defense with 10 total tackles, respectively.

In Washington, D.C, Chris Mauck tossed two touchdowns, while John Robertson rushed for a game-high 122 yards as MIT topped Catholic University, 32-13.

With the win, the Engineers improve to 2-1 and 1-0 in league play. MIT visits Merchant Marine next week – the Mariners defeated Maine Maritime Academy this afternoon by a score of 62-13.

Western Connecticut erased a two-score deficit at the break with five touchdowns in the second half to defeat Worcester State University, 42-28.

David James tossed four touchdowns in the win, including two to Will Daniels, who led the Colonials receiving core with 157 receiving yards on six catches.

Stephen Gacioch‘s three-yard touchdown strike to Jeremy Jackson with 5:49 remaining in the second quarter helped the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth defeat Plymouth State, 21-14, to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.

Gacioch concluded the contest with 305 passing yards while adding 104 yards on 22 carries.

UMass Dartmouth visits Framingham State next Saturday for an important conference clash, which is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.


New England D-III Football Week Four Scoreboard 

  • Morrisville State 42, Husson University 15
  • Endicott College 58, Becker College 12
  • Nichols College 25, Salve Regina University 15
  • Coast Guard Academy 17, Curry College 7
  • Western New England 50, University of New England 38
  • Kean University 47, Dean College 13
  • RPI 38, Anna Maria College 0
  • Norwich University 35, Castleton University 14
  • Bridgewater State 50, Fitchburg State 6
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy 31, Westfield State 7
  • Western Connecticut 42, Worcester State 28
  • UMass Dartmouth 21, Plymouth State 14
  • Hamilton College 45, Colby College 24
  • Williams College 41, Bowdoin College 10
  • Amherst College 26, Tufts University 16
  • Middlebury College 32, Trinity College 27
  • Wesleyan University 48, Bates College 12
  • Merchant Marine 62, Maine Maritime Academy 13
  • MIT 32, Catholic University 13
  • WPI 35, Springfield College 21

D3 Football: Zelos Athletics’ Players Of The Week (Monday, Sept. 23rd, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the third week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our initial players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills.

Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too


This season, Noontime Sports will select one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week.

The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season.


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Frank Stola established new single-game records last Saturday in touchdown receptions (four) and receiving yards (233). (PHOTO COURTESY: Williams College Athletics)

Offensive Player of the Week: Frank Stola (Williams College | Wide Receiver | Northport, N.Y.): Stola established new single-game records with the Williams football program last Saturday against Tufts University in touchdown receptions (four) and receiving yards (233).

The junior wide-out hauled in a trio of touchdowns in the first half of three, 35 and 44-yards before catching his final score in the third quarter on a 24-yard pass.

Stola concluded his team’s second game of the 2019 season with 13 catches.

Tabbed this week’s Co-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week, Stola currently leads the league in receptions (19), receiving yards (384), and touchdown receptions (six).


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Eugene Bizer paced the Coast Guard Academy’s football team last Saturday with 13.0 total tackles and five solo stops. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

Defensive Player of the Week: Eugene Bizer (Coast Guard Academy | Linebacker | The Woodlands, Texas): Against Norwich University, Bizer led the Bears’ defense with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops.

Additionally, Bizer recorded one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and one interception for a 16-yard return.

Through three contests, Bizer leads the Coast Guard Academy defense with 30.0 total tackles and 10.0 tackles per game. He has also recorded 14 solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 23 yards and one sack for a loss of 14 yards.


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Andrew Schreibstein connected on all eight kick attempts last Saturday against Tufts University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Williams College Athletics)

Special Teamer of the Week: Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College | Kicker | Longmeadow, Mass.): Against Tufts, Schreibstein connected on eight kicks, including three field goals with his longest kick being a 30-yard field goal.

The second-year placekicker tallied 14 of his team’s 44 points while recording four punts for 167 yards with two boots landing inside the Jumbos’ 20-yard line. Schreibstein also recorded three touchbacks off nine kick-offs.

Through two contests, Schreibstein, who was named this week’s NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week, has recorded 15 points off six extra points and three field goals.

Player Perspective: Jacob Burke (Norwich University) On Saturday’s Game Against Coast Guard Academy

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Jacob Burke (45) and the Norwich University football team look to continue their winning ways on Saturday against Coast Guard Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Norwich University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Saturday will be an exciting day at Norwich University.

The campus will be celebrating the institution’s 200th anniversary and will host Coast Guard Academy in a must-see, must-watch New England Division III football game, which is scheduled to commence at 2:00 p.m. (eastern time).

Both Coast Guard Academy and Norwich enter Saturday’s clash with identical 2-0 records and know a win would keep them atop the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) standings, as well as possibly tied with WPI, which also enters the third week with the same record.

One of the players that certainly hopes to continue the Cadets’ recent momentum is Jacob Burke. The senior linebacker, who has tallied 14 total tackles this fall, is hoping to help the Cadets snap a two-game losing streak to the Bears since the rivalry resumed in 2017.

Noontime Sports caught-up with Burke to discuss Saturday’s game against the Bears, as well as what he enjoys most about being a part of this rivalry.

What makes this game (and rivalry) so special and unique from your perspective?  

This game (and) rivalry are extremely special and unique because it is steeped in tradition. This year is especially important for a number of reasons.

This year, both teams are 2-0 and have a chance to start the season 3-0 and move into first place in the conference.

2019 marks Norwich’s Bicentennial and it is a privilege to be able to be a part of this game during homecoming (and) alumni weekend.

The winner of Norwich-Coast Guard also is awarded ‘The Mug,’ too, which is arguably the most important trophy to win throughout the season.

Finally, this is not just any college football game. This rivalry is known as the ‘Little Army-Navy Game’ and the name speaks for itself.  The singing of each team’s alma mater after the game concludes is the culmination of a very special college football Saturday.

This game is second to none and it is an honor to be involved with such a storied tradition.

What are a few memories you have from playing in this contest? 

My two most influential memories about this game include the excitement and anticipation during the week of this game last year. The week was more intense, and the entire program was more focused. The same can be said for this year, too.

My second memory of this game was losing on the final play to the Bears last year. That is a feeling you never want to repeat and that is exactly what our program promised each other.

What is the build-up to this game like on campus? Do people talk about this game outside the practice field?  

The build-up to this game is always exciting. Considering it is (our) alumni/homecoming weekend, the campus is quickly filling up and the buzz around the school is extremely high. Professors and peers are (also) there to support the team, too.

When preparing for this contest, does it have a different feel than other weeks of the season? 

We prepare for this week just like any other week. However, everyone in the program understands just how important this game is and how much this rivalry means so this week is more intense.

The team remains really focused despite all the distractions which allow us to prepare well.

What must your team do to be successful/score a win on Saturday? 

We must play together and stick together throughout the game. We must limit mistakes and be ready to adjust on the fly while still being able to play fast and tough. We can’t beat ourselves.

What do you imagine this year’s game day atmosphere to be like? Do you anticipate a big crowd? 

The game-day atmosphere is going to be awesome. The school expects a huge crowd so extra seating has been placed around Sabine Field. The entire team is looking forward to a crazy and loud atmosphere on Saturday.

D3 Football: Coast Guard Academy Prepares To Contend For ‘The Mug’

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Coast Guard Academy senior Mark Wicke (32) is ready to lead the Bears into Saturday’s contest against Norwich University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

For Coast Guard Academy, Saturday’s meeting with Norwich University is not just a typical football game. It is a rivalry game that has been played 73 times with the Bears winning 40 meetings.

Coast Guard won last year’s meeting with the Cadets, thanks to a late three-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ryan Jones that provided the hosts with their second-straight win, as well as a third consecutive victory against Norwich dating back to 2005.

Both Coast Guard and Norwich enter Saturday’s must-see (and must-watch) clash with identical 2-0 records. Coast Guard has scored wins thus far over Nichols College (24-23 OT) and University of New England (27-17), while Norwich has beaten Salve Regina (22-19) and St. Lawrence University (30-24).

Norwich’s most recent win against the Saints last Saturday provided the Cadets with their first ‘Hoffman Cup,’ a trophy that St. Lawrence and Merchant Marine previously competed for when the two teams met regularly on the gridiron.

The winner of Saturday’s contest will remain in first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) – it’s possible Coast Guard Academy or Norwich could be tied for first with WPI, which looks to extend its current unbeaten streak against Husson University.

In anticipation of Saturday’s must-see (and must-watch) contest between two local rivalries, we caught up with the Coast Guard Academy captains, Scott Pierce, R.J. Robiskie, and Mark Wicke to learn more about this match-up, but also how they and the team are preparing to contend for ‘The Mug.’


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Coast Guard Academy senior R.J. Robiskie enters Saturday’s contest with 15.0 total tackles through two games, including 2.5 sacks for a loss of 14 yards. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

What makes this game/rivalry so special and unique from your perspective?  

Scott Pierce: “It’s the intensity of this game in particular that makes it unique. It’s always a packed stadium, everyone tends to play a little harder, and raising that mug up at the end makes it feel more special.”

R.J. Robiskie: “I think what makes this rivalry so great is that you are playing for something more than just football. You are playing for that mug and the alumni that came before you whom you would like to make proud and remember their good days when they battled Norwich.

“And of course, the fact that it was titled the ‘Little Army-Navy Game’ adds a little bit more hype to it, as well.”

Mark Wicke: “The longstanding traditions of each program paired with the excitement surrounding a game involving two service academies make this game special.”

What are a few memories you have from playing in this contest?  

Robiskie: “This will be my third time playing the Cadets. We are currently 2-0 against them (since I joined the Bears’ program), but my favorite memory was my sophomore year when we went up to Norwich and played on a day that was 95 degrees. It was an absolute dogfight.  My favorite play was when my roommate, Kane Alletzhauser, ran about 80 yards down the field and made a touchdown-saving tackle and then we went on to hold them to a field goal and beat Norwich 13-9.

Wicke: “My favorite memory from this game came two years ago when Kane Alletzhauser saved the game for us by stopping (one of their) wide receivers at the two-yard line. He chased the Norwich wide-out down the field.”

What is the build-up to this game like on campus? Do people talk about this game outside the practice field?  

Pierce: “I think this game is talked about more by (our) alumni rather than the current cadets only because the rivalry returned in 2017. This game brings out great stories from the past and it makes the game mean more.”

Robiskie: “The build-up at the academy is real. Our Admiral is excited for us to go up and compete and a lot of cadets understand the magnitude of this game while playing for that mug to come back to New London for the third year in a row.

Wicke: “There is a different energy that surrounds these rivalry games. We are excited to play in front of their crowd.”

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Coast Guard Academy senior Scott Pierce and the Bears offense have 25.5 points per game through two contests this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

When preparing for this contest, does it have a different feel than other weeks of the season? 

Pierce: “Definitely. Norwich is a great team and we know it’s going to (most likely) come down to the fourth quarter. To get your mind and body ready for that makes it more challenging than other weeks.”

Robiskie: “I think to prepare for this (opponent) is almost like preparing for Merchant Marine. You must completely buy into this week because this is no easy task in which we are about to face. We must bring our A-game if we want to win.

Wicke: “No, it is just another week of preparation. We do our best to approach this week as we would any other (week of the season).”

What must your team do to be successful to score a win on Saturday? 

Pierce: “I would say this game is going to come down to turnovers. It’s always a tight game and every possession matters. We also have stay composed and not let the crowd get to us.”

Robiskie: “We need to mentally and physically prepare (ourselves) and have one of the best weeks of practice we are going to have all year. Then the rest will fall into place.”

Wicke: “We have to correct the mistakes we made against UNE and Nichols. If we remain focused on playing our best football then winning will take care of itself.”

What do you imagine this year’s game day atmosphere to be like? Do you anticipate a big crowd?

Robiskie: “I imagine this year’s crowd and atmosphere will be like (my) sophomore year when we played them. I imagine it to be hostile and absolute chaos. It is their 200th anniversary so they will have alumni and a bunch of people (in attendance) but what can be better than playing football on a Saturday against your rival in a hostile environment and coming away with a win?”

Wicke: “I imagine the game day environment to be loud and packed- the type of atmosphere you’d expect for a game between two long-standing rivals.”

D3 Football: Senior Leadership Has MIT Primed For A Successful 2019 Season

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Members of the MIT offensive and defensive line go head-to-head during a situational drill at last Wednesday’s practice. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It was an ideal ending to a mid-week practice for the MIT football team: a long touchdown pass down the far seam that ignited a celebration that would continue following a few words from second-year coach Brian Bubna.

Players departed the field with smiles on their faces – there were even sounds of laughter and high-fives, too.

MIT appeared ready and eager to translate their hard work from this particular preseason practice to a game, which they will have the opportunity to do this Saturday, September 7th when the Engineers welcome Carnegie Mellon to the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Engineers enter the 2019 season as a team to watch in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) after capturing their first-ever league title one year ago but do have some holes to fill from last year’s senior class. But that doesn’t seem to faze this year’s seniors, especially the squad’s four captains, who credit both last year and prior senior classes for teaching them what they must do to help both their classmates and underclassmen continue the program’s previous success.

“It starts with leading by example while also making sure that every one that is younger than us knows what it takes to compete at an elite level and they can follow the lead,” said linebacker Sam Cantrell, who is one of 18 seniors on this year’s MIT football team.

Cantrell says both the offense and defense have competed at an “elite level” throughout the preseason, but have also exhibited a great deal of energy, too, which should translate into some impressive plays this fall by both upperclassmen and first-year players. 

“We bring it on both sides of the ball,” said Cantrell, who finished tied for second on the team last fall with 52 total tackles.

“We strive to be the best on both sides of the ball, so really competing with each other and holding each other to a higher standard is the biggest thing from last year to this year.”

Senior Ben Bennington, who plays defensive line for the Engineers, agreed with his classmate and defensive counterpart, but also added that both the freshmen and sophomore classes have stepped-up and improved since the squad’s initial practice last month.

Said Bennington, “The freshmen and sophomore classes have really stepped up. (They are) playing faster now and everyone has picked-up where they’re supposed to be or where they’re supposed to be going (from studying our plays) and everyone is flying around (out there).”

MIT’s roster features 22 first-year players and 24 sophomores – all 46 student-athletes will certainly be asked to help the team this fall as they attempt to defend their conference crown.

But no matter if its a first-year or a senior, halfback John Robertson just seems excited to compete with his teammates this fall and continue the program’s recent tradition of competing every day in practice, while “playing for each other.”

“With turnover (every year) there is kind of an identity that is up to the senior class each year, and I think this year we’re really trying to play for each other,” said Robertson.

“We’re trying to play in-between the whistles, go after these guys – (our defense, to be exact) – right here, and then tap each other each play.”


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