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D3 Football Roundup: Springfield Tops Endicott In The NCAA D3 Tournament

Arsen Shtefan and the Springfield College football team won its first postseason contests since 2006 as the Pride topped Endicott College.
Arsen Shtefan powered the Springfield College football team to an exciting 17-14 postseason win on Saturday over Endicott College. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second-straight week, Arsen Shtefan eclipsed the century mark, rushing for a season-high 156 yards and one touchdown as Springfield College raced past Endicott College, 17-14, in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Tournament.

With the win, Springfield clinched its first playoff win since beating Curry College in 2006 to secure a second-round date with Ithaca College next Saturday, November 26.

Ithaca advanced to the second round with a 63-20 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Shtefan’s lone touchdown came midway through the opening session before Springfield tacked on two more scores in the second half to provide the Pride with their ninth win of the season.

Blane Hart rushed for a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter before Christian Hutra capped his team’s offensive output with a 33-yard field goal with 7:25 remaining in the final stanza.

Endicott’s Clayton Marengi completed 14 of 25 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns with his final score landing in the arms of Jaeden Baxter. Shane Aylward, who caught Marengi’s first touchdown early in the third quarter, led all receivers with three catches for 68 yards.

Saturday marked the first time Endicott and Springfield have squared off on the gridiron – additionally, the three-point win over the Gulls provided coach Mike Cerasuolo with his initial postseason with his alma mater.

Endicott entered the game riding a 10-game winning streak – the Gulls clinched their second-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown two weeks earlier with a win over Salve Regina University before concluding their regular season with a come-from-behind win against Western New England.

Ithaca 63, UMass Dartmouth 20: Max Perry completed five of six passes for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with 83 rushing yards and two scores as the Bombers cruised past the Corsairs in the opening round of the postseason.

Dante Aviles-Santos, who has been the player to watch on the Corsairs this fall, tossed two touchdowns while JP Mason tallied a team-high 15 total tackles.

Saturday’s game marked the second time UMass Dartmouth has competed in the NCAA Tournament.

Plymouth State 21, Husson University 20: Manny Sanchez rushed for a game-high 131 yards on 30 carries and one touchdown as the Panthers rallied to beat the Eagles and win their first-ever New England Bowl.

Husson’s Nic Visser completed 24 of 32 passes for 227 yards to go with a team-high 56 rushing yards and one touchdown. Elijah Garnett rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.

Bridgewater State 34, Catholic University 24: Quarterback James Cahoon completed 24 of 33 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Wright added 120 rushing yards on 23 carries as the Bears topped the Cardinals to clinch their second New England Bowl.

Catholic’s Nico Casares completed 25 of 44 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

The 2022 All-Noontime D3 New England Football Team

Phil Lutz concluded his team’s 2022 season with 10 receptions for 237 yards and six touchdowns, which helped Tufts University top Middlebury College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tufts University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another New England NCAA Division III football regular season has concluded.

As expected, it was another exciting season that needed 11 weeks to determine conference champions.

Before we turn our attention to tomorrow’s postseason contests, along with both New England Bowls, it is time to unveil our end-of-season team, which includes our offensive, defensive, and special teams’ student-athletes of the year.

Noontime’s End-of-Season Awards

Offensive Player of the Year: Phil Lutz (Tufts University): Lutz concluded his senior season by stuffing the stat sheet with 10 catches for 237 yards and six touchdowns against Middlebury College. He broke the single-game record for yards, touchdown receptions, and total touchdowns, and garnered a slew of weekly honors, including the final New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week award.

The North Caldwell, New Jersey native ended the season by establishing new single-season records in receptions (78), receiving yards (1,221), and touchdowns (14). Lutz’s 1,221 receiving yards is the most any NESCAC receiver has recorded in a single season since Mark Breuler concluded Wesleyan University’s 2017 campaign with 1,172 yards.  

Defensive Player of the Year: Hector Johnson (Endicott College): Johnson concluded his team’s 2022 regular season by tallying a slew of career-highs in solo stops (30), total tackles (46.0), sacks (14.5), and tackles for a loss (21). The 14.5 sacks are the most any Endicott defender has recorded in a single season.  

The Worcester, Massachusetts native was named this year’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year after anchoring an Endicott defense that has limited opponents to 6.5 points per game. Johnson recorded at least one sack in eight of 10 contests this fall with his best performance occurring against WPI in week two. Johnson stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four sacks for a loss of 28 yards, and a blocked field goal.

Special Teamer of the Year: Christian Hutra (Springfield College): Hutra concluded the regular season with a career-high 76 points off 10 field goals and 46 extra points while earning his second consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Special Teams Athlete of the Year award.

The Holmes, New York native converted 10 of 11 field goal attempts, including a career and season-best 46-yard boot in a come-from-behind win over MIT earlier this month. Hutra did not miss a single extra point, connecting on all 46 attempts while concluding the regular season as the leading NEWMAC kicker in various categories, including field goal percentage (91%), extra points made, and points. 


All-Noontime First TeamAll-Noontime Second Team
QB: Michael Berluti (Tufts University)QB: Nic Visser (Husson University)
QB: Dante Aviles-Santos (UMass Dartmouth)QB: Spencer Fetter (Trinity College)
RB: Spencer McMillion (Coast Guard Academy)RB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State)
RB: Chad Blaszky (Western Conn.)RB: Montie Quinn (Curry College)
WR/TE: Phil Lutz (Tufts University)WR/TE: Donovan Wood (Middlebury College)
WR/TE: Angel Sanchez (UMass Dartmouth)WR/TE: Devin Tolbert (Anna Maria College)
WR/TE: Trevor Chase (Norwich University)WR/TE: Quintus Reid (Dean College)
WR/TE: Logan Tomlinson (Wesleyan University)WR/TE: Joshua Vitti (Nichols College)
OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University)OL: Brian Callery (Framingham State)
OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College)OL: Eric Langland (University of New England)
OL: Kyle Woodring (Trinity College)OL: John Freeman (Williams College)
OL: Bryan Lawton (Framingham State)OL: Blair Horning (Tufts University)
OL: Teddy Fellows (Plymouth State)OL: Elian Telford (Salve Regina University)
DL: Hector Johnson (Endicott College)DL: Nick Helbig (Wesleyan University)
DL: Hugh Wells (Massachusetts Maritime Academy)DL: Peter Spinale (Westfield State)
DL: Noah Glantz (Trinity College) DL: Josh Lacerte (UMass Dartmouth)
DL: Ian Devine (Williams College)DL: Andrew Genier (Castleton University)
LB: Paul Calvetti (MIT)LB: Julian Young (Colby College)
LB: Tucker Buzzell (Husson University)LB: Zachary Ludemann (Salve Regina University)
LB: Tony Hooks (Bates College)LB: Jake Chiasson (Western New England)  
LB: Steven Silvia (Bridgewater State University)LB: Tyler Cooley (Westfield State)
DB: Derrick Revolus (Nichols College)DB: Noah Peterson (Worcester State)
DB: Finn Muldoon (Middlebury College)DB: Tyler Davis (Endicott College)
DB: Ethan Amburn (Norwich University)DB: Koy Price (Bowdoin College)
DB: Cully Curran (Framingham State)DB: Dre Kidd (Dean College)
K: Christian Hutra (Springfield College)K: Ivan Shuran (Williams College)
P: Loren Diloreto (WPI) P: Jack Mulligan (Mass. Maritime Academy)

Inside The Matchup: Plymouth State at Husson University

Quarterback Braden Lynn and the Plymouth State Panthers will compete against Husson University on Saturday in the New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Kilmer/Plymouth State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Our small college football postseason coverage rolls on with “going inside” another New England Bowl matchup: Plymouth State at Husson University.

Game Time & Location: Plymouth State will make the trek to Husson for the second time this fall on Saturday, November 19 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. (LIVE STATS || VIDEO)

Husson’s 2022 Season Review: For the third consecutive season, the Eagles won four of six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) contests to go with a non-league win against Alfred State.

Husson concluded its regular season slate with five wins, matching its total from 2013 when the Eagles competed in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

The Eagles scored some exciting wins this fall, including a 27-17 victory over Western New England last month, which provided Husson with its first-ever win against the Golden Bears.  

Quarterback Nic Visser was recently named the CCC Offensive Player of the Year after ending the regular season with 14 passing touchdowns to go with a league-best 2,200 passing yards.

Plymouth State’s 2022 Season Review: The Panthers’ regular season concluded with a disappointing setback last Saturday to UMass Dartmouth in a win-or-go-home matchup.

Despite losing to the Corsairs, Plymouth State enjoyed a successful season, producing eight wins in 10 contests, which was one less than the Green and White produced in 2017 when they shared the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown with Framingham State.

The Panthers began their campaign with four-straight wins, including a week two victory over Husson. Manny Sanchez highlighted the win, rushing for a game-high 131 yards on 21 carries while quarterback Braden Lynn completed 12 of 17 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown.

New England Bowl History (for both teams): Saturday’s clash between the Eagles and Panthers will be the first time either school competed in the New England Bowl.

Series History: Plymouth State has won three of its five meetings with Husson, dating back to the first contest between the Panthers and Eagles in 2004. Husson beat Plymouth State in 2018 and 2021.

Husson’s Last Postseason Appearance: It’s been four years since the Eagles last appeared in a postseason (or a bowl) contest – Husson lost to RPI in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Prior to their meeting with the Engineers, Husson competed in five NCAA Tournament games, along with two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Bowl games.

Their lone postseason win occurred in 2017 when they beat Springfield College in the opening round of the national postseason.

Plymouth State’s Last Postseason Appearance: The Panthers previously advanced to the opening round of the national postseason in 2017 where they lost to Brockport by a score of 66-0.

The Green and White have competed in the postseason six times in program history, dating back to their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1984 (Plymouth lost to Union College in the quarterfinals by a score of 26-14).

Plymouth State’s lone postseason win occurred in 1994 when the Panthers edged Merchant Marine, 19-18, in the first round.

Players to Watch on Husson: Nic Visser (QB), Elijah Garnett (RB), Jon Bell (WR), Russ Walker (WR), Tucker Buzzell (LB), Adam Bertrand (LB), Alex Brown (DB), and Sean Savage (LB).       

Players to Watch on Plymouth State: Braden Lynn (QB), Manny Sanchez (RB), Willie Lombard (RB), Jake Donahue (WR), Conner Sheehan (K/P), Evan Wilson (LB), Quinn Girard (DB), Bryce Wronski (LB), and Luc Normandeau (DB).       

Noontime’s Five D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Eight

Jon Bell and Nic Visser will be two players to watch on Saturday when Husson University hosts Western New England in an important Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) next Saturday (Oct. 29). (PHOTO COURTESY: Eric Ogden)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s Wednesday, which means we’re just a few days away from yet another busy weekend of New England NCAA Division III football.

As usual, it is time to highlight five teams to watch this week, including a pair of Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) squads that are looking to keep pace with Endicott College.

Castleton University (3-4, 2-1 ECFC): Despite losing to Gallaudet University earlier this month, the Spartans of Castleton remain in the mix for an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown.

The Green and White have scored league wins against Dean College (39-0) and SUNY-Maritime (36-33) and almost topped the Bison.

Gallaudet outscored the Spartans, 17-10, in the second half of their week six meeting, while Castleton concluded the contest with a game-high 233 yards of total offense.   

Castleton bounced back last week, scoring its second conference win against SUNY-Maritime, thanks to four touchdowns in the final quarter. Quarterback Evan Smith capped the dramatic comeback by tossing his only touchdown of the game to Jackson Brand with 48 seconds remaining.

This week, Castleton will need both Smith and Brand, along with Kevin McDonough, Jacob Griggs, and Jordan Wright to score yet another league win against Keystone College.

Colby College (3-2, 3-2 NESCAC): The Mules have a chance to match their win total from last season if they can find a way to beat Hamilton College this weekend.

Colby topped Amherst College for the second-straight season last Saturday, thanks to quarterback Matt Hersch, who completed 20 of 34 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown. Hersch added a team-high 58 rushing yards on seven carries while Keon Smart tallied 16 carries for 35 yards and one touchdown.

Amherst may have registered more offensive yards than Colby (337-239), but the Mules’ defense provided some challenges for quarterback Mike Piazza.

Colby’s last win over Hamilton came in 2018 when they edged the Continentals, 23-21.

Husson University (3-4, 2-1 CCC): The Eagles have flown back into the Commonwealth Coast Conference title race.

Husson rebounded from a 20-0 setback to Endicott College by scoring back-to-back wins over Curry College (38-26) and the University of New England (31-14) to bump its league record to 2-1.

Quarterback Nic Visser has recorded six touchdown passes and 611 passing yards in his last two outings to go with one rushing score — he will certainly be a player to watch next weekend as the Eagles will be idle this Saturday.

Husson will host Western New England next Saturday, October 29 at 12 p.m.

Like Husson, Western New England is in the mix for a league crown, despite seeing its comeback fall short a few days ago to Salve Regina University.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (3-3, 3-1 MASCAC): After starting its season with two-straight losses, the Buccaneers have stormed back, winning three of their last four contests.

On Saturday, coach Jeremy Cameron’s squad will go for its fourth win of the season when they welcome Western Connecticut to Buzzards Bay.

The Navy Blue and Gold are one of four Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) squads in the mix for the conference crown. But unlike UMass Dartmouth, Massachusetts Maritime, along with Bridgewater State and Plymouth State have each lost one league game.

Massachusetts Maritime topped Western Connecticut last fall, thanks to George Lampros, who converted a 46-yard field goal with 2:44 remaining in the fourth quarter to provide the visiting Buccaneers with a two-point lead that they would not relinquish.

Lampros has graduated, so the Buccaneers will need to lean on someone else – perhaps more than just one player, to be exact – to clinch an important win against the Wolves.

University of New England (4-2, 2-1 CCC): It’s a big week for the Nor’easters.

UNE will entertain Endicott College on Saturday in a must-win for the Blue and White so they can keep their conference title hopes alive.

Endicott has won all three meetings with UNE but needed a Ryan Smith field goal last season to edge the Nor’easters, 19-17.

Quarterback Jarrett Henault accounted for 220 yards of total offense last week as the Nor’easters topped Nichols College, 31-12.  The Goffstown, New Hampshire native tossed three touchdowns in the win with all three scores landing in the hands of Mikey Brennan.

In his last three contests, Brennan has caught 14 passes for 282 yards and five touchdowns.

Look for Henault to locate Brennan a few times on Saturday against the Gulls.

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