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