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The Early Preseason Outlook: Springfield College Pride

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the Springfield College Pride, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Western New England at 1 p.m. The winner of this week one clash will claim Pynchon SAW trophy.

The Pride’s 2018 Season: Springfield concluded ist 2018 campaign with an 8-3 record, along with its first-ever New England Bowl victory, too.

The Pride’s win over Maritime (N.Y.) in the New England Bowl was highlighted by a pair of rushing touchdowns by Hunter Belzo, three interceptions by Jonny Bianchi and a team-hight 12 total tackles from Nick Giorgio.

Prior to scoring an exciting end of season win, Springfield scored early-season victories against Western New England and Kean University, as well as a gritty conference victory at WPI.

Springfield bid farewell to 24 student-athletes from last year’s squad this spring, including Bianchi, Giorgio, and linebacker Tom Casey, but do return a slew of talent that will keep them in the mix for their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship this season.

The 2019 Outlook: While the Pride’s defense will look a bit different this season with some key graduation losses, the unit does return linebacker AJ Smith, who posted career-highs last fall in total tackles (68.0), tackles per game (6.2), sacks (four), and tackles for a loss (nine).

Smith, along Jack Pavelchak (linebacker) and Grayson Heyward (defensive line), will be the leaders of the defense, which yielded 16.3 points per game one year ago.

Quarterback Chad Shade and halfback Hunter Belzo will be the focal points of the Pride’s offense – the duo combined for 23 touchdowns last season and should receive some help fullback Tim Callahan, who finished 2018 with 642 rushing yards on 146 carries and three scores.

Nick Bainter returns to anchor an offensive line that helped the offense rush for 295.2 yards per game last fall. Bainter will receive some help upfront from Jeremy Lipsky, who appeared in 10 games last season, along with John Cox.

Springfield is certainly a team to watch this season – they will definitely contend for the NEWMAC crown – but one of the biggest questions facing this unit is their defense. The offense should have no problem continuing its success on the ground from one year ago.

Springfield’s Schedule: As usual, the Pride will challenge themselves immediately with a trio of non-conference games in the first three weeks before hosting WPI on Saturday, September 28th for a 3 p.m. kick-off. All four September contests are winnable, but they certainly aren’t easy.

A week three match-up with Union College is one to circle – the Pride lost to the Dutchmen last season before rebounding one week later with a hard-fought conference win over WPI.

Springfield will entertain Norwich University in the first week of October before hitting the road for two more important conference meetings with Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine.

Weeks after their visit to Merchant Marine, the Pride will cap their 2019 campaign with a visit from MIT, which defeated Springfield last fall to secure their initial NEWMAC crown.

Players to Watch: Chad Shade (Quarterback/Pittsfield, Mass.), Hunter Belzo (Halfback/Middletown, Conn.), Tim Callahan (Fullback/Enfield, Conn.), Ryan Deguire (Halfback/Schenectady, N.Y.), Nick Bainter (Offensive Line/East Bridgewater, Mass.), Jeremy Lipsky (Offensive Line/Glen Rock, N.J),  John Cox (Offensive Line/Stratford, Conn.), AJ Smith (Linebacker/Rahway, N.J.), Jack Pavelchak (Linebacker/Patchogue, N.Y.), and Grayson Heyward (Defensive End/Albany, N.Y.).


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Springfield’s Giorgio Earns Invite To New Orleans Saints’ Rookie Minicamp

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Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio (94) has been invited to the New Orleans Saints’ minicamp. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Tuesday was an exciting day for the soon-to-be Springfield College alum as Nick Giorgio received an invitation to the New Orleans Saints’ Rookie Minicamp, which will be held this weekend (May 10th-12th).

Giorgio is the most recent member of the Springfield football program to earn a tryout with a National Football League (NFL) team since Fran Papasedero competed for a spot with the New York Jets in 1994.

The Cumberland, Rhode Island native gained attention from 12 NFL franchises back in March during his workout at the Harvard University Pro Day, as well as through his agent Paul Sheehy of ProStar Sports Agency.

Giorgio, who was tabbed our Noontime Sports New England Division III Player of the Year, enjoyed his best season with the Pride, recording season-bests in tackles (50), total tackles (82.0), tackles per game (7.5), sacks (14), and tackles for a loss (29). In his team’s final game – a New England Bowl victory over Maritime (N.Y.) – he tallied a season-best 12.0 total tackles, along with one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 10 yards and four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 19 yards, while also recording one pass break-up.

In addition to being recognized through our site, Giorgio earned additional postseason accolades, including the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston‘s Division II/III New England Defensive Player of the Year and the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year. Giorgio was also a semifinalist for the Gagliardi National Player of the Year Trophy, too.

Giorgio becomes the second Massachusetts college football player to gain attention from the Saints as Assumption College‘s Deonte Harris recently inked a three-year deal with the team as an undrafted rookie.

Noontime Sports End of The Year New England D3 Football Awards

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

It maybe hard to fathom, but another season of New England D3 Football has officially concluded with eight teams capping an exciting few months of coverage this past weekend by participating in NCAA Tournament contests and New England Bowl games.

And with another season of coverage officially over, it is time to say goodbye to the 2018 season by honoring five individuals for our end of the year Noontime Sports Football Awards.


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Western New England’s Alec Coleman enjoyed a very successful season under center for the Golden Bears. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

Offensive Player of the YearAlec Coleman (Western New Eng. | Junior | Arlington, Massachusetts): Coleman enjoyed a very successful third season with the Golden Bears, leading WNE to both a Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title and appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Coleman concluded the season with 40 touchdowns, including 19 on the ground. He recorded 1,964 passing yards in 11 contests, while adding 867 yards on the ground. Coleman was named the CCC Offensive Player of the Year.


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Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio was a player to watch on defense this fall for the Pride. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Defensive Player of the Year: Nick Giorgio (Springfield College | Senior | Cumberland, Rhode Island): Giorgio capped a very successful four-year career with the Pride by tallying career-highs 50 tackles, 32 assists and 82.0 total tackles. In 11 games this fall, the Rhode Island native averaged 7.5 tackles per contest, which was the most he has averaged in 37 games with the Pride. Additionally, he tallied a career-high 14 sacks for a loss of 83 yards, along with 29 tackles for a loss of 123 yards. Giorgio also forced four fumbles – he recover two of them – while finishing the season with three pass break-ups. Giorgio’s impressive effort resulted in him earning his second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year award.


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Endicott College’s Nick DiCairano enjoyed a very successful first season with the Gulls. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10)

Special Teams Player of the Year: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Junior | Trumbull, Connecticut):  In his first season with the Gulls, DiCairano connected on 12 of 13 field goals and 44 of 46 extra points for 80 points, which earned him a spot on the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) First Team. DiCairano posted double-digits in three games this fall, while booting a season-long 45-yard field goal in his team’s 55-22 win over Curry College.

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Salve Regina’s Joey Mauriello enjoyed a very successful first season with the Seahawks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)

Rookie of the Year: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina | Freshman | Colts Neck, New Jersey): Named the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) Offensive Rookie of the Year, Mauriello enjoyed a very successful first season with the Seahawks, rushing for 1,075 yards in 11 contests and seven touchdowns. He averaged close to 100 yards per game (finished the season with 97.7 rushing yards per contest), while adding 278 receiving yards on 29 grabs and two touchdowns. He averaged 25.3 yards per reception. Mauriello rushed for two touchdowns in three games, while tallying a season-best 177 yards on 14 carries in his team’s 33-10 win over University of New England.


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Brian Bubna led MIT’s football team to both a conference crown and NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season as head coach. (PHOTO COURTESY: Paul Rutherford)

Coach of the Year: Brian Bubna (MIT): In his first season as head coach of the Engineers, Bubna led MIT to its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown with an impressive 9-2 overall record, which included a seven-game winning streak that began with an opening night win over Becker College. MIT’s impressive play earned them an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Bubna was tabbed the NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while 15 MIT players earned recognition from the conference, including senior quarterback Udgam Goyal, who was named the Offensive Athlete of the Year.


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Noontime Sports Stars Of The Week (Week Ten) 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 ten!


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! 


Our 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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Joe Kalosky tossed five touchdowns in Endicott College’s come-from-behind win over Western New England last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10/Endicott College Athletics)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Michael Bianco (Becker College): Bianco helped Becker College earn its first win of the season over University of New England by tallying 190 yards of total offense, including 180 on the ground and one score. Bianco averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Last Saturday marked the first time Bianco was spotted at halfback (he has normally been seen over the years on defense).

Cory Brandon (Husson University): Brandon shined in his team’s final home game of the season by completing 15 of 21 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles soared past Gallaudet University.

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Despite being on the losing end, Coleman turned in an impressive performance against Endicott College with 321 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (three on the ground). Coleman ended the game 22 of 39 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown.

Christian Cole (Endicott College): Cole concluded last Saturday’s epic win over Western New England with eight catches for 147 yards (18.4 yards per catch) and two scores.

Max Chipouras (Trinity College): Against Amherst College, Chipouras rushed for a game-high 203 yards on 24 carries (8.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Gacioch tallied 395 yards of total offense, including 368 passing yards. He completed 28 of 48 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns.

Kyle Gaudet (Husson University): Gaudet hauled in a game-high seven grabs for 249 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Gallaudet University.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Hamilton College, Jernigan tallied 278 yards of total offense, including 246 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Against WPI, Jones scored three touchdowns, including two through the air, while completing 30 of 37 passes for 251 yards.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky enjoyed a very successful day against Western New England with five passing touchdowns and 409 yards of total offense. He completed 27 of 52 passes for 321 yards, while adding a team-high 88 yards on eight carries (11.0 yards per carry).

Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald appeared unstoppable against Colby College this past weekend, tallying 274 total yards of offense, including 223 passing yards (19 of 23) and two touchdowns. He led the Jumbos’ rushing attack with 51 yards on 12 carries and two scores.

Nick Santavicca (Bridgewater State): Santavicca recorded a game-high 173 yards on 21 carries for an average of 8.2 yards per carry, while reaching the end zone once during his team’s 32-13 win over Worcester State.

Riley Shanley (Endicott College): Shanley matched Christian Cole with eight grabs, but finished last Saturday’s tilt against Western New England with 106 yards and two touchdowns.


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Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio (No. 94) powered the Pride’s defense against Maine Maritime Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Defensive Stars of the Week

Gene Baisden (Dean College): Against Castleton University, Baisden registered six solo stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss of 21 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards as the Bulldogs scored an exciting 19-17 win.

Sam Casey (WPI): Against Coast Guard Academy, Casey recorded 13 total tackles, including a game-high 10 total tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards and one interception for a 32 yard return.

James Christiano (Trinity College): In a huge win over Amherst College, Christiano registered six total tackles, including four solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 25 yards, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards and one forced fumble.

Jackson Eighmy (Wesleyan University): Against Williams College, Eighmy tallied five tackles for a loss of 31 yards and three sacks for a loss of 25 yards as the Cardinals scored a Little Three win on the road.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield College): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Giorgio recorded five solo stops (and total tackles), including four tackles for a loss of 15 yards, two sacks for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Kurtis Jolicoeur (Western New England): Against Endicott College, Jolicoeur matched Joshua Salem with a game-high 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, while adding four tackles for a loss of seven yards, one forced fumble and two blocks.

Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenny paced the Falcons defense against Plymouth State with 11 total tackles, including seven solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and three sacks for a loss of seven yards.

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against UMass Dartmouth, McCabe stuffed the stat sheet with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, five tackles for a loss of 18, one-and-a-half sacks for five yards and one forced fumble.

Chris Rice (Castleton University.): Rice recorded a game-high 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one pass break-up against Dean College.

Franny Rose (Bowdoin College): Against Bates College, Rose registered a game-high 12 total tackles, including eight solo tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 13 yards, one sack for a loss of eight yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Joshua Smiley (Framingham State): Against Western Connecticut, Smiley recorded seven total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 26 yards, two sacks for a loss of 16 yards and two forced fumbles.

Tarik Smith (Husson University): Smith turned in an impressive performance against Gallaudet University by tallying five total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 10 yards, two solo stops, two quarterback hurries and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards.

Elvin Suazo (Husson University): Against Gallaudet University, Suazo recorded a game-high nine total tackles, including seven solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards.


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Andrew Verre was just one of many players that shined for the Salve Regina Seahawks last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)

Special Team Stars of the Week

Michael Chen (Bowdoin College): Chen was a perfect five-for-five against Bates College, including one-for-one on field goals (31 yard boot). He also recorded four punts for 165 yards (41.3 yards per boot) with one kick landing inside the Bates’ 20-yard line.

Mac Kimball (Becker College): Kimball connected on five of six kicks (all four extra points), including a 32 yard field goal in his team’s first win of the season against University of New England.

Andrew Verre (Salve Regina): Against Nichols College, Verre tallied 11 points on a pair of field goals, including a 36 yard boot, along with five extra points.


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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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