D3 Football Fan Vote: Plymouth State Tabbed Team of The Week

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

After earning a hard-fought victory on the road last Saturday, the Plymouth State University football team scored an additional win two days later as our Noontime Sports New England D3 Football Team of the Week.

The New England D3 Football Team of the Week is decided by a Twitter poll, which was (and will continue to be) seen throughout the remainder of the season on Sunday and Monday’s through @NoontimeSports.

The Panthers secured a first-place nod in this week’s poll by collecting 57 percent of the votes, while Nichols College placed second with 26 percent. Middlebury College and Coast Guard Academy rounded out the the poll, finishing third (10 percent) and fourth (seven percent), respectively.

Against Framingham State, the Panthers used a late touchdown drive to push ahead, 29-28, before clinching the victory with a fourth down stop on the ensuing possession.

The win was the Panthers’ second-straight regular season victory against the Rams – they defeated Framingham State last season en route to sharing the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown. The win provided the Green and White an opportunity to compete in last year’s NCAA Division III Tournament, too.

Quarterback Zack Edwards concluded this past Saturday’s contest with two touchdowns, including the go-ahead strike to Max Osgood late in the fourth quarter. Halfback David Hamilton rushed for 130 yards on 30 carries (4.3 yards per carry) and one touchdown, while Jacob Szulc caught four passes for 149 yards and one touchdown.

Matt Shea highlighted the Panthers’ defense with a team-high eight total tackles, including six solo stops and one tackle for a loss of three yards. Elijah Bussell ended the game with five total tackles, including four solo stops and one fumble recovery.

Kicker Jeremy Martin tallied nine points in the win on three extra points and two field goals. His longest field goal was a 35-yard boot with 30 second remaining in the second quarter, which provided the Panthers with a 10-7 advantage at the break.

Plymouth State, which is now 3-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play, will look to continue its momentum on Saturday, October 20th when they host Massachusetts Maritime Academy at 1 p.m.

Noontime Sports Stars Of The Week (Week Seven) Powered By Zelos Athletics

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week seven!


Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars 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! 


The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


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Western New England quarterback Alec Coleman recorded five touchdowns last weekend against Curry College.(PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Cory Brandon (Husson University): Brandon completed 17 of 19 passes for 303 yards, while tossing four touchdowns, including a pair of scores to Keyshaun Robinson, who led all Husson receivers, as the Eagles soared past Alfred State.

Leroy Brown (UMass Dartmouth): Brown hauled in a game-high 199 yards on six grabs for three score during his team’s setback to Bridgewater State.

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman concluded last Saturday’s contest with five touchdowns (four through the air, one on the ground) as the Golden Bears rolled past Curry College in Springfield. Coleman completed 19 of 29 passes for 273 yards, while adding 41 yards on five carries.

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Holder rushed for three scores on 24 carries for 173 yards (7.2 yards per carry), while catching one pass for 15 yards in the Owls’ 41-27 win over Fitchburg State.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Jernigan recorded 256 yards of total offense, while reaching the end zone three times (two through the air, one on the ground) as the Panthers defeated Williams College on the road. The Middlebury signal-caller concluded the game with 162 passing yards (18 of 31), while adding 94 yards on 27 carries.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Against University of New England, the Endicott signal-caller accounted for 315 yards of total offense and three scores. He connected on 18 of 32 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 87 yards on five carries for one score.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): Against Trinity College, McDonald completed 25 of 40 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 27 yards on eight carries and one score.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): Piccirillo accounted for 270 total yards of offense, including 185 yards through the air, while recording four touchdowns (three through the air, one on the ground) in his team’s win over Bates College.

Jordan Vazzano (Trinity College): Against Tufts University, Vazzano completed 10 of 19 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for two scores on 11 carries for 71 yards.

Quron Wright (Framingham State): Wright recorded 161 yards of total offense by hauling in a team-high eight grabs for 111 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 50 yards on nine carries.


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Bates College senior Tyler Harrington turned in a very impressive performance last Saturday against Wesleyan University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bates College Athletics)

Defensive Stars of the Week

Michael Bianco (Becker College): Bianco paced the Hawks’ defense last Saturday against Nichols by registering a team-high 12 total tackles, including six solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

Kaleb Caron (Husson University): Against Alfred State, Caron registered four total tackles, two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards, while recording one fumble recovery and one pass break-up.

Samuel Ejiasi (UMass Dartmouth): Ejiasi concluded last Saturday’s contests against Bridgewater State with seven solo tackles, including two tackles for a loss of six yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and one pass break-up.

Michael Goldsworthy (Coast Guard Academy): Goldsworthy concluded his team’s clash with Maine Maritime by registering four total tackles, including three solo stops, while recording a trio of interceptions for 32 yards.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield College): Against Merchant Marine last Saturday, Giorgio registered eight total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 13 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards, while recording one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for seven yards.

Tyler Harrington (Bates College): Against Wesleyan University, Harrington stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards, while adding two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.

Chris Lawrence (Nichols College): Lawrence led the Bison’s defense with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of 17 yards. Additionally, he recorded two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his team’s win over Becker College.

Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime): Johnston concluded last Saturday’s tilt with Western Connecticut by tallying eight total tackles, including five solo stops, one tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry.

Derek Jones (Western Conn.): Jones paced the Western Connecticut defense with 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards, while recording one quarterback hurry against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.


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Wesleyan University kicker Patrick Wolff was clutch this past weekend against Bates College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Patrick Wolff)

Special Team Stars of the Week

Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Conn.): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, D’Onofrio connected on all three extra points, while recording 248 punting yards (41.3 yards per punt) with two kicks landing inside the Buccaneers’ 20-yard line.

Nick DiCairano (Endicott): DiCairano tallied 12 points last Saturday against University of New England by connecting on 10 of 11 kicks, including all nine extra points. He also registered 609 yards on 11 kickoffs (55.4 yards per kick) with one boot resulting in a touchback.

Robert Innis, Jr. (Univ. of New Eng.): The UNE kicker was a perfect six-for-six against Endicott College last Saturday, including all five-for-five on extra points.

Patrick Wolff (Wesleyan University): Wolff connected on all six kicks during his team’s win against Bates College, including a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter, which capped a five-play, 32-yard drive.


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Seven (Oct. 13th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The seventh week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Six, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Six): We went 8-2 for the second-straight week last week, so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 41-19 (can we make it three-straight weeks of 8-2?)

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


All Games taking place on Saturday, Oct. 13th 

Plymouth State at Framingham State (12 p.m.): It wasn’t pretty, but Tom Kelley‘s Rams found a way past Fitchburg State last week. Expect another grind-it-out effort from the Black and Gold this week against the Panthers of Plymouth State. PREDICTION: Framingham State 26, Plymouth State 14 

Nichols College at Becker College (12 p.m.): Nichols looks to bounce back after falling to Endicott last week and they should be able to against the Hawks of Becker. PREDICTION: Nichols 21, Becker 7 

Wesleyan University at Bates College (1 p.m.): At 2-2, every game is a must-win for these Cardinals, especially if they would like to secure a share of NESCAC crown. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 28, Bates 21 

Curry College at Western New England (1 p.m.): The Golden Bears return from the bye and should begin their second half of the season with an important conference win against the Colonels of Curry College. PREDICTION: Western New England 35, Curry 20

Maine Maritime at Coast Guard (1:30 p.m.): After falling short to the Pride last week, the Bears look to bounce back and return to the win column on Homecoming Weekend. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 27, Maine Maritime 8 

Tufts University at Trinity College (1:30 p.m.): The Jumbos are currently in the drivers seat with Amherst and Williams, so this is a must-win for the Powder Blue and White, especially if they want to keep pace with the Mammoths and Ephs for a NESCAC title. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Trinity 27 

Middlebury College at Williams College (2 p.m.): The Ephs picked-up their fourth win of the season last week at Bates and should find a way past the Panthers on their home turf. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Middlebury 10 

Merchant Marine at Springfield College (2 p.m.): Its another big week for the Pride, who will once again need everyone to step-up, especially against a former Liberty League (LL) rival. Expect this one to be close with the Pride pulling out yet another hard-fought win at home. PREDICTION: Springfield 26, Merchant Marine 21 

Endicott College at Univ. of New England (2 p.m.): Endicott has not lost since falling to MIT last month and should continue their winning ways on Saturday against an up and coming Nor’easters squad. PREDICTION: Endicott 28, UNE 14 

UMass Dartmouth at Bridgewater State (4 p.m.): The Bears are still in contention for a conference crown, but must find a way to defeat a Corsairs squad, which has won two of three contests this season on the road. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 20, UMass Dartmouth 14 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Five (Sept 29th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The fifth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Five, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Four): We went 5-5 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 25-15 (we went 5-5 last week, so let’s see if we can bounce back!)

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


Merchant Marine at MIT (11 a.m.): MIT needed a second half rally to top Catholic in their NEWMAC opener last week, but they will need a complete 60-minute effort to top coach Mike Toop’s Mariners this week. PREDICTION: MIT 28, USMMA 27

Western New England at Salve Regina (12 p.m.): After a disappointing week one setback to Springfield, these Golden Bears have found their groove, winning three-straight, including a hard-fought 31-28 victory against Husson. The team’s early season momentum should continue this week on the road against the Seahawks. PREDICTION: WNE 31, Salve Regina 26

Springfield College at Norwich University (1 p.m.): It was a gritty effort last week against WPI, but this brotherhood seems to be in good spirits after claiming an important conference win. They should find a way once again to get past a Cadets squad. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Norwich 10

Univ. of New England at Nichols College (1 p.m.): The Bison have won two of three contests at home this season and should improve that mark with an important conference victory on Saturday against UNE. PREDICTION: Nichols 28, UNE 10

Gallaudet University at Anna Maria College (1 p.m.): Look for this game to come down to perhaps the final drive with the AMCATs scoring with no time left on the clock. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 17, Gallaudet 14

Coast Guard Academy at Catholic University (1 p.m.): Ryan Jones and the Bears squeaked out an important win last Saturday against Norwich. Can they keep this momentum going in our nation’s capital? PREDICTION: Coast Guard 31, Catholic 21

Endicott College at Curry College (1 p.m.): The Gulls have some serious momentum on their side following their week four win over Hobart. PREDICTION: Endicott 31, Curry 17

Husson University at SUNY Maritime (1 p.m.): SUNY Maritime appears to be the team to beat in the ECFC, but can they take that next step this week against the league’s defending champion? Prediction: SUNY Maritime 24, Husson 14

Trinity College at Williams College (1:30 p.m.): Which defense will make the big stop? That is the biggest question heading into this important NESCAC clash. PREDICTION: Williams 35, Trinity 28

UMass Dartmouth at Western Conn. (5 p.m.): The Colonials seem like a team on a mission this fall, but the same could be said for the Corsairs, who have won three of four contests thus far, including an important conference clash last week against Plymouth State. The Corsairs must find a way to slow down the Colonials offense, which is averaging five touchdowns per game this season. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 27, UMass Dartmouth 17

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Three (Sept 14-15th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The third week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Three, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Two): We went 7-3 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week.

Season Predictions: Through two weeks, our prediction record stands at 13-7.

Make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports Football coverage by following @Noontime_FB on Twitter today


Coast Guard Academy at Nichols College (Friday, Sept. 14th at 7 p.m.): The Bears put up a fight against Union last week and should carry that momentum (despite losing to the Dutchmen) into this week’s tilt against the Bison. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy 28, Nichols 21 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): This one will come down to the final drive. We think quarterback Adam Wojenski will win it for the Rams on a QB-keeper. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Bridgewater State 17 

MIT at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): The Brian Bubna era is off to a great start and we certainly believe it will continue on Saturday in Beverly. PREDICTION: MIT 17, Endicott 10 

Middlebury at Wesleyan (Saturday, Sept. 15th at1 p.m.): There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding both teams entering the initial week of NESCAC football, but we expect the home team (Wesleyan) to win this important match-up. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 33, Middlebury 24 

Western Conn. at Plymouth State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who have aspirations of winning the MASCAC this fall. We’ll give the edge to the Panthers (home field advantage). PREDICTION: Plymouth State 30, Western Conn. 28 

Amherst College at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): A new era of Bates football will begin on Saturday under the direction of first-year coach Malik Hall. This is a tough opening day match-up for the Bobcats, but they should certainly keep it close with their new offense. PREDICTION: Amherst 35, Bates 24 

Trinity College at Colby College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): The Bantams open their season against a new-look Colby squad, which will be led by the former UMaine sideline boss Jack Cosgrove. Similar to Bates, this is a tough season-opener for the Mules, who will need to find a way to slow down Trinity halfback Max ChipourasPREDICTION: Trinity 28, Colby 10 

Tufts University at Hamilton College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald highlighted his team’s opening day win last year, so can he do it again this year on the road? PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Hamilton 20 

Western New England at Husson University (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Husson will lean on first-year running back Soloman Hassen, who was tabbed this week’s ECFC Rookie of the Week. The California native has rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. PREDICTION: Husson 27, WNE 21 

Union College at No. 25 Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 2 p.m.): Chad Shade did not rush for six scores last week, but did help his team score an important road win over Kean. This week, Shade and the defense will be tested, but we expect them to find a way past the Dutchmen. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Union 21