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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.

Inside The Matchup: Catholic University at Bridgewater State

Nico Casares and the Catholic University football team will compete against Bridgewater State on Saturday in the New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Catholic University Athletics/Will Stumme)

By NoontimeSports.com

The small college football postseason has officially arrived, which means it is time to “go inside” various local matchups, beginning with Saturday’s New England Bowl meeting between Bridgewater State University and Catholic University.

Game Time & Location: Bridgewater State will host its second New England Bowl in program history on Saturday, November 19 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. (LIVE STATS || VIDEO)

Bridgewater State’s 2022 Season Review: For the third consecutive season, the Bears won six of 10 contests, including six of eight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tilts. The Red and White dropped their first three contests before cracking the win column with a week four victory over Western Connecticut.   

The Bears have won two of their last three contests, including back-to-back home games against Framingham State (20-19) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (10-0).

Catholic’s 2022 Season Review: The Cardinals secured a spot in their first-ever New England Bowl game after concluding the regular season with six wins.

Coach Mike Gutelius’s squad began its season with a 37-27 win over McDaniel College before losing their next three contests. Catholic would bounce back with an impressive 42-7 win over MIT in week five that kept them in the mix for a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Last weekend, Catholic fell to Springfield College in a de-facto NEWMAC title game that provided the Pride with the league crown, along with a spot in the 2022 NCAA Division III postseason.

Bridgewater’s Last New England Bowl Appearance: The Bears leaned on their defense in 2018 to clinch its first-ever New England Bowl with a 34-19 win over Salve Regina University.

Chris Easter was named the Most Valuable Player following an impressive defensive performance that saw the Poughkeepsie, New York native record a pair of interceptions to go with five pass breakups and six solo tackles.

Catholic’s Last Bowl Game: The Cardinals last competed in a bowl game in 2008 when they beat Johns Hopkins University in the ECAC Southeast Bowl by a score of 18-7.

Players to Watch on Bridgewater State: James Cahoon (QB), Adam Couch (RB), Michael Nocera (WR), Kyle Torres (WR), Jack McCarthy (WR), Shane Drake (K/P), Brendan Albert (LB), Steven Silvia (LB), Zachary Souza (DB), and Brian Campagna (DL).    

Players to Watch on Catholic: Nico Casares (QB), Jared Colletti (RB), Kevin Licciardi (RB), Preston Jeffrey (WR), Malachi Hansen (WR), Connor Gill (K/P), Joe Nazzaro (LB), Carson Henry (LB), Dieter Kerat (LB), Mason Stillwell (DB), and Noah Miller (DB).