D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Framingham State Rallies To Beat UMass Dartmouth

SATURDAY ROUNDUP

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Second-half adjustments seemed to be the difference Saturday afternoon for Framingham State, which overcame a 13-point deficit at the break to defeat UMass Dartmouth, 39-33, at Bowditch Field.

Quarterback Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns in the win, while halfback Devaun Ford sealed the victory by capping a six-play, 50-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run with 5:37 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Corsairs attempted to answer on its next three series but saw their drives conclude with a punt, turnover on downs and fumble.

UMass Dartmouth quarterback Stephen Gacioch concluded Saturday’s contest with 343 passing yards and two touchdowns while adding two more scores on the ground. Gacoich led all rushers with 97 yards on 20 carries, while Wojenski rushed for a team-high 53 yards.

Wojenski connected with Jacob Maher for three touchdowns, including a pair of scores in the second half. Maher led all receivers with 215 yards on five catches (43.0 yards per reception).

With the win, the Rams improve to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.

The Corsairs, who entered the contest on a four-game winning streak, suffered their first setback of the 2019 season after scoring a pair of important conference wins the past two weeks against Fitchburg State and Plymouth State.

Middlebury College 34, Amherst College 31 (2OT)Quarterback Will Jernigan tossed three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the second overtime, which helped the Panthers score an impressive road win.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 4-0, while the Mammoths slipped to 3-1.

Jernigan concluded the contest 17 of 36 for 306 yards, while halfback Alex Maldjian rushed for a game-high 125 yards on 30 carries and two scores.

Middlebury led by two scores (21-6) at the break, but the Mammoths clawed back in the second half with three touchdowns, including a pair in the third quarter before Jernigan sent the game to overtime with a 54-yard strike to Greg Livingston with 6:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Conor Kennelly booted a 31-yard field goal in the second overtime to provide Amherst with a three-point (31-28) lead before Jernigan connected with Maxwell Rye on a nine-yard scoring play to secure the win.

Endicott College 30, Salve Regina 24: Joe Kalosky and Dylan Bonfilio combined for three touchdown passes, including the eventual go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter as the Gulls improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.

Salve Regina’s Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 163 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns, including his team’s final score, which brought the Seahawks within six points with 2:47 remaining.

Kalosky concluded the game 31 of 39 for 286 yards and two touchdowns, while Bonfilio finished one of one with a six-yard touchdown pass to Riley Shanley early in the fourth quarter.

Endicott’s Nick DiCairano tallied 12 points off six kicks, including a 47-yard field goal.

Springfield College 21, Norwich University 17: Chad Shade and Tim Callahan each recorded second-half touchdowns, which helped the Pride defeat the Cadets and claim their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season.

Shade concluded Saturday’s tilt with 169 yards on 31 carries, while Callahan added 140 yards on 27 carries.

Norwich’s Matt Dunn completed 11 of 25 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, including one score to Manni Romero, who led all receivers with 128 yards on three catches.

WPI 51, Maine Maritime Academy 20Sean McAllen and Connor Field combined for 285 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while Nick Ostrowski led the WPI defense with10 total tackles, including eight solo stops as the Engineers defeated the Mariners of Maine Maritime in Worcester this afternoon.

Maine Maritime quarterback Nikolas Moquin completed 22 of 32 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns while adding 15 yards on four carries.


New England D-III Football Scoreboard | Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019

  • Husson University 28, Becker College 12
  • Curry College 34, University of New England 31
  • Western New England 30, Nichols College 19
  • Endicott College 30, Salve Regina 24
  • Merchant Marine 35, MIT 29 (OT)
  • Springfield College 21, Norwich University 17
  • WPI 51, Maine Maritime Academy 20
  • Coast Guard Academy 20, Catholic University 14 (OT)
  • Williams College 17, Colby College 0
  • Tufts University 33, Bates College 28
  • Trinity College 31, Hamilton College 24
  • Middlebury College 34, Amherst College 31 (2OT)
  • Wesleyan University 20, Bowdoin College 13
  • Bridgewater State 41, Westfield State 17
  • Plymouth State 42, Fitchburg State 0
  • Mass. Maritime Academy 28, Worcester State 13
  • Framingham State 39, UMass Dartmouth 33
  • Apprentice 35, Anna Maria College 20

D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Nichols, WNE Open Conference Play With Wins

SATURDAY ROUNDUP

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

D3 Football: New England Conference Predictions

CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England Division III football is set to commence in two days – there are some very intriguing matchups to follow this week, beginning with some must-see games on Friday, September 6th.

Yet, before any of these games officially begin, allow us – Noontime Sports – to dish out our conference predictions for the 2019 season, including our projected winner, runner-up, and dark-horse.


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Projected Winner: Western New England 

After a successful first season as head coach, Jason LeBeau will once again guide the Golden Bears to a conference title and first-round appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Runner-Up: Endicott College 

The Gulls return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball but face some serious challenges in the first three weeks against Framingham State and Wesley College.

Dark Horse: Husson University.

The Eagles begin a new era under first-year coach Nat Clark, who has prior experience with the program under former head coach Gabby Price. Husson graduated some key pieces of last year’s squad, but do return some talented upperclassmen that will challenge Endicott, Salve Regina, and Western New England for the top spot.


Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Projected Winner: Maritime (N.Y.) 

It is hard to pick against the Privateers, who were picked to capture the ECFC crown, per the league’s preseason coaches poll. Maritime will be led by first-year coach Mickey Rehring, who has some work to do with finding replacements from last year’s squad, including the offense.

Runner-Up: Dean College

The Bulldogs enter the upcoming season with expectations of taking the so-called ‘next-step.’ Dean has the potential to challenge the Privateers for the top spot in the ECFC with a slew of returners from both last season and 2017.

Dark Horse: Castleton University 

Coach Tony Volpone seems focused on watching his team improve and get better this fall – he, along with the coaching staff return a young roster that will certainly be an interesting team to watch as the season progresses.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Projected Winner: Framingham State 

The Rams seem to embrace the so-called ‘target’ on their back – they know they will face challenges from both conference and non-conference foes this fall, but that shouldn’t stop them from winning eight or nine games.

Runner-Up: Bridgewater State 

The Bears graduated some key pieces from last year’s 8-3 squad, including wide receiver Jack Lavanchy. Bridgewater State does return 40 student-athletes from last season, which should help the Bears compete with the Rams for the top spot in the conference.

Dark Horse: Western Connecticut 

Western Connecticut graduated some key pieces from last year’s squad this past spring, including half-back Kyle McKinnon, but do return wide receiver Will Daniels, quarterback David James, and defensive end Jordan Fletcher, which will help the Colonials challenge both the Bears and Rams for a MASCAC title.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Projected Winner: Trinity College 

The Bantams have won the last three conference crowns and should find a way to capture their fourth consecutive title this fall, thanks to some key returners on both sides of the ball, including its defensive line. Trinity will also rely on running back Spencer Lockwood, who was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Connecticut in 2017.

Runner-Up: Amherst College 

The Mammoths return some impressive talent on offense – they will once again be led by quarterback Ollie Eberth, who accounted for 19 touchdowns last fall, including nine on the ground. Amherst does have some graduation holes to fill on defense, but should once again be in the mix for the conference crown.

Dark Horse: Williams College 

The Ephs faced some adversity last fall but still managed to win five of nine contests. This season, Williams should lean heavily on its junior class to keep pace with Amherst and Trinity, as well as Middlebury College, which beat the Ephs last fall in Williamstown.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Projected Winner: Springfield College 

Despite losing some key pieces last September, the Pride still managed to post an eight-win season, which concluded with a New England Bowl victory over Maritime (N.Y.). Springfield returns most of last year’s squad, especially on offense, but will need players like AJ Smith and Jack Pavelchak to step-up on defense.

Runner Up: WPI

For WPI to enjoy another successful season, they will need to rely on their senior class, especially halfbacks Connor Field and Sean McAllen on offense and linebacker Nick Ostrowski on defense. This senior class seems committed to doing whatever is needed to help the Engineers challenge Springfield (and others) for the top spot in the NEWMAC.

Dark Horse: MIT 

After capturing its first-ever NEWMAC crown last fall, coach Brian Bubna and his staff will look to duplicate their 2018 performance this season, despite some key graduation losses on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Udgam Goyal. MIT does return some talent (and leadership), which should help the Engineers be in the hunt for a second-straight conference title.


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Player Perspective: Nick Ostrowski (WPI)

Nick Ostrowski

Nick Ostrowski will be tasked with leading a talented WPI defense this fall, beginning next Friday, September 6th when the Engineers host Worcester State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

We’re another day closer to a brand new season of New England Division III football – can you feel the excitement in the air?

There is excitement swirling around the WPI Engineers, who enter the upcoming season as a team to watch, both in the region and New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Led by a talented senior class, including linebacker Nick Ostrowski, the Engineers are poised to contend with MIT and Springfield College for the top spot in the conference.

Ostrowski enters his final season with the Engineers with a great deal of optimism – he believes both the offense and defense will be much improved from a year ago after WPI concluded its 2018 campaign with a 6-4 record.

The Charlton, Massachusetts native posted career-highs last fall in total tackles (76.0) and tackles per game (8.4). He credits his success on the gridiron to his coaches and teammates, both past and current, who have inspired him to work even harder this summer, so he can enjoy a successful final season with the Engineers.

What did you do this summer to prepare yourself for a successful (and final) season with the Engineers? 

This summer was a great off-season for the team. Before we left for summer break we challenged each other to come back in the fall bigger, faster, and stronger by religiously following Coach Dan Ross‘s summer program. A lot of guys were working summer jobs around Worcester, so we were able to get a good group of guys together for the lifts and running.

This summer we definitely did more conditioning in order to have more wind for those late game situations. A big focus this summer was also to stay in contact with the team to ensure everyone was doing well and working hard.

You enjoyed one of your best seasons with WPI last fall. What made last season so successful from your perspective? 

It started with some good coaching followed by (a slew of) repetitions in practice last season. I felt like most of the game were slowing down for me, which allowed for better keys and quicker reads.

We have also had a lot of great mentors in (this program) the last couple of years, including Brian Murtagh and Sam Malafronte. Both Brian and Sam were guys we looked up to as younger linebackers, and I hope to replicate their leadership while being a good mentor to the younger guys on our team (this fall). 

We have a great foundation to build off of from one year ago with some younger guys gaining (in-game experience) and reps due to some injuries. I am very excited for this season (and to see) what we can do.

How have preseason practices gone from your perspective? Also, how has the defense looked?

Preseason has been going great with a lot of guys working very hard, but there is still a lot of work to do before our first game. Everyone on the team is focusing on getting better at a few things every day.

Since our team is pretty experienced, we focus on the details and the little things within a practice so we can try and perfect our techniques and movements.

The defense is looking very good (thus far) and we are excited to get on the field (and face future opponents). We are trying some new things out defensively and are being tested both mentally and physically, but we are performing very well under these circumstances.

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Nick Ostrowski (51) is one of many seniors to watch on WPI this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

What are some goals and objectives you have for both yourself and team this fall? 

A big goal for us this fall is just to constantly get better in each practice and each game. We need to focus on one game at a time and treat each week as if we are 0-0.

We look forward to getting out on the field and hopefully our hard work this summer can translate to (our upcoming) games.

You are one of many seniors on this year’s squad, so how do you and your classmates want to end your time with this program? 

Our senior class is extremely talented – we are also a very close group, too.

We were fortunate enough to be part of the WPI football program for three consecutive winning seasons, which is a pretty special thing, especially when looking at our team’s history. A good ending to our time (in Worcester) would be to continue that (recent success) and to win a NEWMAC crown.

We know we have the tools to achieve these goals, so we just need to go out there and execute on the field.

Finally, your team begins its season against Worcester State next Friday. Excited to compete under the lights for the final time? 

September 6th cannot come soon enough, we are very excited to take the field next Friday (against Worcester State).

The guys are fired up to get out there and show how we improved as a team.


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D3 Football: WPI Announces Captains For 2019 Season

WPI_Engineers_Logo_By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

We may be a few months away from a brand new season of New England D3 football, but more news of captains announcements was made earlier this week when WPI unveiled its three student-athletes that will be leading the Engineers in 2019.

As seen on the team’s Instagram account, halfback Sean McAllen, defensive back Sam Casey, and linebacker Nick Ostrowski were each named captain for the 2019 season.

All three were members of the 2018 squad, which finished 6-4 overall, including 4-3 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

Similar to our recent posts about teams’ football captains for the 2019 season, here is some information on all three student-athletes that will be tasked with leading the Engineers next fall.

  • Sean McAllen (Halfback | Prospect, Conn.): McAllen concluded the 2018 season with 576 rushing yards on 144 carries (64.0 yards per contest) and nine rushing touchdowns while hauling in a pair of scores on 17 receptions for 223 receiving yards. McAllen ended the season as on the Worcester Area Football Association’s second team, while also earning first-team all-conference from the NEWMAC.
  • Sam Casey (Defensive Back | Winchester, Mass.): The Winchester native posted a career-high 65.0 total tackles last fall, including a career-best 23 assists. He concluded the 10 game schedule with 42 solo stops, seven tackles shy of matching his career-high of 49, which he recorded during the 2017 season. Additionally, Casey recorded three tackles for a loss and a trio of interceptions, along with a pair of pass break-ups. For his effort, Casey was tabbed first-team all-conference by the NEWMAC, while also earning a spot on the Worcester Area Football Association’s first-team defense.
  • Nick Ostrowski (Linebacker | Charlton, Mass.): Ostrowski concluded his team’s 2018 campaign with a career-best 76.0 total tackles, along with a career-high 36 assists. The Charlton native tallied 40 solo stops, while also recording four tackles for a loss for 29 yards and two forced fumbles. Ostrowski was named first-team all-conference by the NEWMAC and earned a first-team nod on defense from the Worcester Area Football Association.

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