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Five Teams That Could Win The CCC This Fall

Quarterback Mike Ingraffia will be a player to watch on offense this fall at Endicott College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway)

By Matt Noonan

Last fall, Endicott College captured its first conference crown in eight seasons by winning the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league with an 8-2 record.

The Gulls, which advanced to the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, saw their run toward a national title conclude with a 20-14 setback to RPI.

Despite ending their season with a six-point setback to the Engineers, Endicott should once again be in the mix for the conference crown. But the same could be said for a few other teams in the CCC, which will be ready to challenge the Gulls for some hardware.

Here are five teams that I believe can win the Commonwealth Coast Football league this year.

Endicott: I believe the Gulls can win their second-straight title, but their path to their fourth conference crown in program history won’t be easy.

For the Gulls to enjoy another successful campaign, they will need a similar effort this fall from quarterback Mike Ingraffia, who capped his sophomore season with career-highs in passing yards (1,531) and touchdowns (15).

Ingraffia is just one of many student-athletes to watch on the Gulls this fall, specifically its offense, but the same could be said for classmate and wide Shane Aylward, who ended the 2021 season as the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Aylward ranked fifth in the conference in receiving yards (712) while finishing tied for sixth with five touchdown receptions.

Colin Meropoulos was named the CCC Defensive Rookie of the Year and will be tasked with leading a defense that limited its opponents to 19.5 points per game.

Husson University: One should never count out coach Nat Clark’s Eagles, which concluded its 2021 campaign with a 7-3 record.

For the Eagles to enjoy another successful campaign, they will need some key members of last year’s squad to step up this year, including wide receiver Jon Bell, who concluded the 2021 season with career-bests in receptions (49), receiving yards (753), and touchdowns (four). Bell will most likely be targeted a few more times this fall by quarterback Nic Visser, who led the conference in passing yards (2,598).

Linebacker Tucker Buzzell will be the player to watch on defense after leading Husson with 85 total tackles last fall.  

Salve Regina University: For the first time since 2016, the Seahawks ended its season with eight wins, thanks to an impressive opening month that saw Salve Regina win four straight non-conference contests, including an epic come-from-behind win over Rowan University.

The team’s early-season momentum came to an end in early October with a 41-3 setback to Western New England.

Salve Regina would bounce back by winning four of their final five contests.

The biggest question facing this year’s squad is who will return this fall? Salve Regina’s roster featured eight graduate students last fall, along with 21 seniors, including halfback Joey Mauriello, but one player that will return this year – and is someone to watch – is linebacker Zachary Ludemann. The Howell, New Jersey native placed 11th in the conference in total tackles (69.0).

Western New England: For the second-straight season, the Golden Bears won five of six conference contests. But their lone setback to Endicott resulted in Western New England missing the national postseason for the first time in two years.

Will the loss to the Gulls be this year’s motivation for the Yellow and Blue?

Endicott and Western New England are scheduled to compete at the end of the season, so perhaps the final game could determine the conference’s winner.

The Golden Bears featured three different quarterbacks last fall, including Bryce Karstetter and Conrad Swanson, who will likely compete for the starting job this summer. But in addition to the team’s quarterback battle, keep an eye on the wide receivers and tight ends. Steven Fedorchak and Adam Razza have graduated, which means we could see Greg Perry and Ryan Larson become the squad’s top two receivers.  

No matter the make-up of this year’s Golden Bears, the expectation is coach Jason Lebeau’s squad will be ready to contend for its fourth CCC title.

University of New England: For the second-straight season, the Nor’easters won four games, including a pair of league tilts.

Can they double that win total this fall?

Perhaps they can, but for UNE to do that, they will need to play some of its best football early on.

UNE ended its 2021 season with a wild victory over Curry College, which highlighted a few players to watch this fall.

One of those players to watch in 2022 is quarterback Jarrett Henault, a Goffstown, New Hampshire native that threw for a career and season-high five touchdowns in his team’s win over the Colonels. Henault appeared in eight contests last season and will be tasked with leading an offense that will feature Mikey Brennan, Jakob Rivers, and Shane LaPorte this fall.

While the offense has a chance to improve from one year ago, the same could be said for the Nor’easter defense, which will be led by David Hutchison, a defensive lineman from St Johnsbury, Vermont.

UNE might be a longshot to win the CCC, but they certainly proved last season that they can contend with some of the best teams in the conference.

Endicott, Husson & WNE Remain In The Mix For the CCC Crown

Husson University kept its conference title hopes alive this afternoon with a 24-10 victory over Salve Regina University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eric Ogden)

By NoontimeSports.com

The Endicott College football team may have been idle this afternoon, but somehow they inched closer to securing the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown with a 24-10 victory by Husson University against Salve Regina University.

With the win, Husson, Endicott, and Western New England head into the final weekend of the 2021 NCAA Division III college football season tied for the top spot in the CCC with identical 4-1 league marks, however, the Gulls hold head-to-head victories against the Eagles and Golden Bears, and will most likely be able to secure the league crown with a win at Nichols College.

Despite losing by two touchdowns, the Seahawks conclude their regular-season slate with eight wins and two losses — their eight wins match their win total from their 2015 and 2016 campaigns.

Nic Visser helped the Eagles pick up their seventh win by recording three touchdowns, including two through the air with his final strike landing in the hands of Cristian Walker with 2:36 remaining in the fourth quarter, which helped the Green and Gold secure an important conference win.

Visser finished the contest with 244 passing yards to go with four rushing yards and one score.

Husson led Salve Regina, 17-0, at the break, but the Seahawks reduced the deficit with a 54-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter from Jack Maguire to Max DeVito and a 20-yard field goal in the final session by Max Ward.

The Eagles will visit Western New England next Saturday – the Golden Bears overcame a three-point deficit (17-14) midway through the third quarter to defeat the University of New England by a score of 24-17. Ian Britt scored the go-ahead (and eventual game-winning) touchdown with 10:52 remaining while Andrew Havens tied the game at 17-17 on a 21-yard field goal with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Curry College snapped a four-game losing streak with a 28-14 victory over Nichols College to secure their first conference win since beating Becker College by eight points (14-6) on November 2, 2019.

Chris Jenkins highlighted the Colonels’ third victory of the season with two rushing touchdowns with his initial score with 56 seconds remaining in the second quarter providing the hosts with the lead for good.

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Nine

Husson University is one of five New England NCAA Division III football teams to watch this week after their big win last weekend against the University of New England. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eric Ogden)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s that time of the week when we highlight five teams to watch this weekend in New England NCAA Division III football.

So, without further ado … let’s get after it!

Castleton University (4-3, 2-1 ECFC): The Spartans are in the mix for the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown after winning back-to-back league matchups against Dean College (21-13) and Keystone College (41-0).

Against the Giants, Evan Smith threw three touchdowns, Simon Davis Jr. rushed for a pair of scores, and the Spartans defense tallied 10 tackles for a loss of 50 yards and three interceptions.  

This week, the Spartans face an Anna Maria College squad that has won five consecutive matchups, as well as sits atop the ECFC standings. Saturday’s game could be considered a playoff game for the Spartans, who need to win their final three contests to remain in position to snatch their first-ever league crown.

Castleton has split its last two matchups with Anna Maria, falling to the AMCATs in 2018 before beating them one year later in 2019.  

Husson University (5-2, 2-1 CCC): Despite a week seven setback to Endicott College, the Eagles of Husson are very much in the mix for the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown. However, they will need to win their final three contests and get some help.

This week, the Eagles will fly south to Dudley, Massachusetts to compete against a Nichols College squad that has yet to win a conference matchup this fall. The Bison lost their previous matchup with Husson in 2019 by a score of 31-7.

A win for the Eagles would certainly provide the Green and Gold with some much-needed momentum heading into a pair of important end-of-season matchups with Salve Regina University and Western New England. Both teams, along with Endicott are in the mix for the league title.

On Saturday, keep your eyes on Husson quarterback Nic Visser, who completed 25 of 39 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday against the University of New England.

Salve Regina University (7-1, 3-1 CCC): Like the Eagles of Husson, the Seahawks of Salve Regina are very much in the mix for their conference crown, thanks to a come-from-behind win last Saturday against Endicott.

But the biggest question facing the Seahawks heading into their final two contests of the 2021 season with Curry College and Husson is can last week’s big win carry them to two more victories?  

Salve Regina entered conference play with a great deal of momentum after rallying to beat Rowan University by a score of 50-35. But one week later, the Seahawks saw their five-game winning streak snapped by Western New England, which beat the Blue and Grey by a score of 41-3.

Since losing to the Golden Bears, the Seahawks have rebounded, winning three-straight while averaging five touchdowns per game. They will certainly need to score a few touchdowns, both this weekend and next weekend, especially if they want to finish with nine wins.

Trinity College (6-0, 6-0 NESCAC): The Bantams are one of three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams that have yet to lose a single game this season – the same could be said for Wesleyan University and Williams College. But can they find a way to finish the season with three more wins?

Last week, the Bantams fell behind early, but were able to rally and beat Colby College, 35-12, thanks to four touchdown passes from Spencer Fetter and a 139 rushing yards by William Kirby, who also located the end zone once at the end of the third quarter.

Perhaps the slow start against the Mules could be a blueprint for one of its three remaining foes – Amherst College, Wesleyan, and Williams – to beat the Blue and Gold, but it could also be a valuable learning lesson for a squad that has already won more games than they did in 2019.

Trinity will certainly be challenged these next three weeks but seem determined to finish their season without a single setback like they did in 2016.

UMass Dartmouth (6-2, 4-2 MASCAC): The Corsairs might be on the outside of the two-team race for the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown, but they certainly can make things interesting by beating Bridgewater State this weekend.  

The Bears are one of two teams that have yet to lose a conference matchup this fall – the same could be said for Framingham State, which beat UMass Dartmouth in week three.

UMass Dartmouth has not beaten the Bears since 2014 when they beat Bridgewater State on their home turf by a score of 37-10.

Since their 27-point victory against the Bears, the Corsairs have lost five straight, including their most recent outing in 2019 when Bridgewater State registered 56 points, which was the most the Red and White produced in a single-game that season.

Since falling to Western Connecticut earlier this month, the Corsairs have won three consecutive matchups to gain some much-needed momentum heading into the final three weeks of the 2021 season.

Noontime’s D3 Football Roundup: Ingraffia, Aylward Lead Endicott Past Husson

Shane Aylward caught the go-ahead/game-winning touchdown on Saturday in Endicott College’s 24-17 win over Husson University. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Mike Ingraffia completed 18 of 27 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns – his second touchdown to Shane Aylward proved to be the difference as Endicott College topped Husson University, 24-17, to improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.  

With the win, the Gulls remain in the top spot in the league for the second-straight week while Husson concludes a four-game winning streak, which began last month with a 10-7 victory over Plymouth State.

Endicott led Husson, 14-10, at the break, thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by Tyler Bridge and a 27-yard strike from Mike Ingraffia to Geoffrey Ingrando before extending its lead midway through the third quarter with a 33-yard field goal by Ryan Smith.

Husson would tie the game on the ensuing possession with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Nic Visser to Tyler Halls, but Endicott would respond late in the session with Ingraffia capping a 14-play, 87-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Aylward.



Endicott will visit Salve Regina University next week – the Seahawks picked-up its sixth win of the season by downing Nichols College by a score of 35-20.

Joey Mauriello rushed for 203 yards and 30 carries and three touchdowns against the Bison while quarterback Jack Maguire completed 17 of 29 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Logan Sawyer led the Bison with 294 passing yards and one touchdown pass to Cameron Bowden.

Salve Regina led Nichols, 14-6, at the break before pushing ahead for good by scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter.

Western New England bounced back from last week’s setback to Endicott by beating Curry College, 23-10. Wide receiver Steven Fedorchak concluded the contest with seven grabs for 103 yards and one touchdown.

The Golden Bears will be at home next weekend – they will welcome Nichols to Springfield, Massachusetts for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

One week after scoring an impressive 60-0 victory over Coast Guard Academy, the Springfield College Pride scored another big win as they defeated Norwich University, 56-7, in Vermont.

Isaiah Cashwell-Doe rushed for a game-high 144 yards on five carries and two touchdowns while Patrick Ladas added 59 yards on five carries and one rushing score.

Springfield concluded the game with 576 yards of total offense while its defense registered five tackles for a loss of 25 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two interceptions.

The Pride remain one of three teams with perfect records against New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foes – Merchant Marine improved to 3-0 in league play with a 56-34 win over MIT while Catholic University topped Coast Guard Academy, 30-7.

Aaron-Moses Williams completed 30 of 45 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns – his final touchdown pass to Ke’Vaughn Davis (13 catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns) proved to be the difference as the Worcester State Lancers rallied to beat Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 28-24.

Worcester State will visit Plymouth State next weekend – the Panthers scored their second straight win by defeating Fitchburg State this afternoon by a score of 36-0. Tyler Kayo and Manny Sanchez combined for three rushing touchdowns against the Falcons.

One week after almost beating Wesleyan University, Bowdoin College snapped a 14-game losing streak to Amherst College by defeating the Mammoths in Maine by a score of 21-14.

Quarterback Andrew Boel tossed three touchdowns in the win while Andre Eden rushed for 105 yards on 31 carries.

Amherst is now 1-2 against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams from Maine.

Trinity College and Williams College remained perfect through five weeks of NESCAC play as the Bantams rolled past Bates College, 45-7, while the Ephs topped Hamilton College, 35-7.

Noontime’s D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Endicott Rolls Past WNE, 45-21

Kobe Gaudette (84) caught two touchdown passes in Endicott College’s victory Saturday over Western New England. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

Quarterback Mike Ingraffia completed 20 of 25 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns while halfback John Kenney rushed for three scores as Endicott College defeated Western New England, 45-21, to secure the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league.

Saturday’s win marks the second time in three years that the Gulls have beaten the Golden Bears on their home field.

Endicott capitalized on its first five series, scoring a touchdown on four straight drives before ending their fifth with a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Smith.  

Western New England trimmed the deficit twice in the second quarter with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Karstetter to Steven Fedorchak and a one-yard rushing score by EJ Dudley to pull within 17 points (31-14) at the break.

Ingraffia tossed his final touchdown in the third quarter to Kobe Gaudette – the two connected for a 58-yard strike down the nearside before Kenney registered his final score with 8:08 remaining in the fourth quarter by capping a four-play, 36-yard drive with a 14-yard rushing score.

Tim Russell led the Endicott defense with 10 total tackles to go with one pass breakup while Tyler Davis tallied eight stops, including three solo tackles.

The Gulls, who have won five of six contests this fall, will visit Husson University next Saturday, October 16.

Husson scored its first league victory of the season this afternoon by defeating Curry College, 21-14, thanks to three touchdown passes by Nic Visser, who concluded the game with 271 passing yards.

Adam Couch rushed for a game-high 190 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns while James Cahoon completed 9 of 16 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns as Bridgewater State rolled past Worcester State, 49-13, to improve to 4-2 overall and 4-0 against Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) teams.

Framingham State also won its fourth-straight conference game as the Rams blanked Fitchburg State, 35-0. Devaun Ford recorded 142 yards of total offense, including 92 receiving yards, and three touchdowns (two on the ground, one through the air).

Gavin Moody rushed for the go-ahead (and eventual game-winning) touchdown with 3:17 remaining as Plymouth State outlasted Western Connecticut, 16-13, in Danbury, Connecticut.

Moody concluded the game with 21 yards on two carries while Manny Sanchez led all rushers with 136 yards on 26 carries.

Quin Girard led the Panthers’ defense with nine total tackles, including four solo stops.

Tim Callahan and Patrick Ladas each rushed for two touchdowns as Springfield College rolled past Coast Guard Academy, 60-0, in their first home game of the 2021 season.

Springfield is one of three teams with a perfect mark in conference play, joining the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USSMA) and Catholic University.

Trinity College, Williams College, and Wesleyan University all moved to 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play while Bates College scored their first win against Tufts University since 2013 as the Bobcats roared past the Jumbos by a score of 33-10.

We’ll have more on the sixth week of the New England D-III (and yes, some thoughts on D-II) later this weekend!