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Noontime’s Five D3 Football Teams to Watch In Week Five

Spencer McMillion has been the player to watch on Coast Guard Academy for four weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brad Clift)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s that time of the week where we highlight five teams – yes, five, to be exact – to watch this weekend in New England NCAA Division III football.

Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC): After beginning their season with a convincing win over UMass Dartmouth, along with a hard-fought victory against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the AMCATs suffered a 66-28 setback last weekend to Coast Guard Academy.

One year earlier, Anna Maria beat Coast Guard, 29-24, thanks to a late touchdown drive that saw quarterback Alex Cohen find Deandre Wallace for a 27-yard score.   

This week, Anna Maria will look to bounce back against an Alfred State squad that was projected to be in the mix for the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown this fall. The two teams have combined for four wins and three losses through four weeks.

In a way, Saturday’s conference tilt is an important game for Anna Maria. But a loss to the Pioneers would not derail their hopes of winning the league for a second-straight season.

Anna Maria has beaten Alfred State in its last two meetings – in 2019, quarterback Tanner Kingsley led the team on back-to-back scoring drives during the final two minutes to clinch a thrilling come-from-behind win in Alfred, New York.  

Bridgewater State (1-3, 1-1 MASCAC): Don’t sleep on the Bears of Bridgewater State.

After beginning their current campaign with three-straight losses, coach Joe Verria’s squad leaned on its rushing attack to score a much-needed win last Saturday over Western Connecticut. Halfback Adam Couch scored three touchdowns in the win, including two on the ground. He led all rushers with 150 yards on 21 carries.

Bridgewater State’s win over Western Connecticut should provide the Red and White with a boost heading into Saturday’s meeting with Fitchburg State.

The Falcons currently boast a 1-3 record, but a 0-2 mark against Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) foes.

Despite falling to Plymouth State earlier this month, the Bears remain in the mix for a league crown.

Coast Guard Academy (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC): The Bears concluded their non-league schedule with an impressive win over Anna Maria.

Halfback Spencer McMillion registered 340 yards of total offense in Coast Guard’s recent win, including a game-high 285 rushing yards on 43 carries and five touchdowns.

McMillion currently leads all NCAA Division III rushers with 653 rushing yards – he is also tied for first place in touchdowns with 11.

Coast Guard will begin conference play this weekend when they visit Norwich University on Saturday.

Endicott College (4-0, 0-0 CCC): The Gulls are off to their best start since 2011.

Endicott clinched its fourth-straight win last Saturday by beating Norwich University, 26-13.

The game was highlighted by Endicott’s rushing attack, which saw Yavier Cosme-Diaz lead all rushers with 107 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Clayton Marengi rushed for two scores and 46 yards on eight carries while Tyler Bridge added 68 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns.

While the rushing attack has been one of Endicott’s strengths through four weeks, the same could be said about its defensive unit, which has held its first four opponents to just 20 points.

This week, Endicott will play its first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) game when the Gulls welcome Husson University to campus on Saturday.  

Tufts University (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC): Keep your eyes on the Jumbos this week.

Tufts earned its first win of the 2022 season last Saturday when they beat Bates College, 35-7.

Quarterback Michael Berluti completed 18 of 21 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns – he also added 35 rushing yards on six carries and one score.

Phil Lutz, who is one of a few wide receivers to watch on the Jumbos this fall, caught seven passes for 79 yards and one touchdown. Cade Moore led all receivers with 81 yards on six receptions.  

Tufts’ defense recorded two sacks and one interception.

The Jumbos visit Williams College this week – we believe it’s a game the Powder Blue and Brown should win, especially after what we have witnessed these last two weeks.

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Four

Dante Aviles-Santos has recorded 12 touchdown passes through three contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jared Marshall/UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Friday has officially arrived, which means one thing: we need to dish out our picks for New England NCAA Division III football games.

Last week, we didn’t do too bad as we selected seven games correctly to bump our season total to 19-11.

This week, let’s see if we can at least pick seven games correctly – maybe eight or nine?

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and enjoy the games, along with the amazing fall weather (can I get a hot coffee please?)

Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week Four

Norwich University at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): Last week, the Gulls defense yielded its first touchdown of the season – so much for a third-straight shutout. Expect the Endicott defense to provide a few problems for a Cadets squad that has lost two-straight meetings with the Gulls, dating back to a late November contest in 2012. PREDICTION: Endicott over Norwich

Salisbury University at Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): The Golden Bears will cap their non-league schedule against a challenging foe that is looking to keep pace with Rowan University and Montclair State in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). PREDICTION: Salisbury over Western New England

Coast Guard Academy at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): The AMCATs are seeking some additional momentum heading into conference play next week. On Saturday, look for another big game from quarterback Alex Cohen. PREDICTION: Anna Maria over Coast Guard Academy

Husson University at Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): Springfield’s four-game homestand concludes with an important non-league clash with an Eagles squad that recently snapped its two-game losing streak. If Springfield is going to be victorious, they will need a big game from quarterback David Wells. PREDICTION: Springfield over Husson

Wesleyan University at Middlebury College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.): Both teams won their respective season-opener last week, but can this year’s Panthers squad slow down a high-powered Cardinals offense that produced 41 points last week? PREDICTION: Wesleyan over Middlebury

Tufts University at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m.): The Jumbos’ comeback against Trinity College fell short last week – it was impressive, though. Expect another big game from wide receiver Phil Lutz. PREDICTION: Tufts over Bates

Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Rams, which dropped their initial conference clash with UMass Dartmouth last week. PREDICTION: Framingham State over Westfield State

UMass Dartmouth at Worcester State (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m.): Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos has been the player to watch on the Corsairs this fall – he has recorded 12 touchdown passes through three games and will certainly continue his early-season success against the Lancers’ secondary. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Worcester State  

Nichols College at Hartwick College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m.): The Bison are off to a 3-0 start – last week, they needed everyone on their roster to score a hard-fought win over Coast Guard Academy. This week, Nichols’ early-season momentum should continue against the Hawks in New York. PREDICTION: Nichols over Hartwick  

Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut (Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears as they have yet to crack the win column this season. Halfback Adam Couch has been the player to watch thus far on Bridgewater State. Last week against Plymouth State, he rushed for a game-high 111 yards and one touchdown. He also caught four passes for 64 yards. Western Connecticut’s John Giller is the player to watch on the Wolves after throwing for a season-high 305 yards in week three. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State over Western Conn.

Noontime’s New England D3 Football Top 10 Poll (Sept. 19, 2022)

Nick Helbig highlighted Wesleyan University’s defensive effort last Saturday against Bates College by recording seven total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and two forced fumbles. (PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the fourth week of New England NCAA Division III football season, which technically began yesterday – yes, we know we’re one day late (our apologies!).

Like last week, it’s time to share our latest Top 10 Poll, which saw some teams move up and down, as well as welcome a new member: Western New England.

Despite a 1-2 start to its current campaign, the Golden Bears have shown improvement since its opening day loss to Springfield College – this past weekend, Western New England dropped its second non-league tilt of the 2022 season to Utica College. But despite the loss, it seems like the Golden Bears are headed in the right direction.

Plymouth State moved up one spot following its initial conference win against Bridgewater State while Endicott College remained in the top spot after clinching its third-straight victory of the season against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 19, 2022 (Week Four)

1. Endicott College (3-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): The last time an Endicott squad began its campaign with three-straight wins was in 2011 when the Gulls competed in the New England Football Conference (NEFC). Endicott clinched its third-straight win last Saturday by defeating TCNJ, 28-7. They will attempt to win their fourth-straight contest on Saturday against Norwich University.

2. Wesleyan University (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 4): Wesleyan jumped up two spots after scoring a big opening day win against Bates College. Quarterback David Estevez tossed three touchdowns in the win while Nick Helbig stuffed the stat sheet with seven total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and two forced fumbles.   

3. Trinity College (1-0, 1-0, NESCAC) (LW: No. 2): The Bantams scored an opening day win last Saturday but struggled to contain Tufts University in the second half. Tufts outscored the visitors, 20-0, during the final two sessions. This week, Trinity faces a Colby College squad that beat Williams College in its season-opener.

4. UMass Dartmouth (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 7): The Corsairs moved up three spots following an important conference win over Framingham State. With the win, UMass Dartmouth returns to the win column for the second time this season – this week, they visit Worcester State, a team they beat last year by a score of 52-7.  

5. Springfield College (1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 3): The Pride dropped their second-straight non-league tilt last Saturday to a Union College squad that had produced 40 points or more in its previous two contests. Springfield limited the Dutchmen to just three touchdowns while the Pride produced a pair of field goals. Husson University visits Springfield on Saturday.

6. Anna Maria College (2-0, 0-0 ECFC) (LW: No. 6): Following an exciting opening day victory last Saturday, the AMCATs scored its second-straight win on Saturday by defeating Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 23-14. Anna Maria will conclude its non-conference slate on Saturday when they welcome Coast Guard Academy to Paxton, Massachusetts.

7. Salve Regina University (2-1, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 5): The early-season success vanished last Saturday as the Seahawks fell to Montclair State, 31-14. Despite suffering its first loss of the season, Salve Regina finished its non-league tilt with a game-high 313 yards of total offense while its defense registered three sacks.

8. Western New England (1-2, 0-0 CCC) (LW: NR): For the second-straight week, the Golden Bears recorded more than 400 yards of total offense. Against Utica College, the Blue and Gold produced a season-high 425 yards of total offense on 79 plays. Additionally, they converted a game-high 10 of 21 third down conversions. Utica finished 3 of 12 on third down.

9. Plymouth State (3-0, 1-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 10): The Panthers matched their start from 2019 by winning its third-straight contest of the 2022 season. Plymouth State topped Bridgewater State this past weekend, thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Braden Lynn.  

10. University of New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 8): Coach Mike Lichten’s squad saw its early season momentum disappear last Saturday with a 34-31 setback to Gallaudet University. Despite losing by three points, the Nor’easters defense was able to stop the Bison on 10 of 11 third downs. UNE will be idle this weekend before starting conference play next Saturday, October 1 against Curry College.

On the rise: Colby College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC), Husson University (1-2, 0-0 CCC), and Nichols College (3-0, 0-0 CCC).

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 10 Poll (Sept. 5, 2022)

Anthony Caggianelli and the Endicott College football team scored an opening day win over St. Lawrence University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway Sports Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com

With the first week of the New England NCAA Division III football season in the books, it is time to unveil a brand-new poll.

Previously, we shared our way too early Top 20 Poll in June — as we noted, both here on the blog and on social media, the poll would change.

And indeed, it has changed — do you notice the difference?

This year, we’re going back in time to produce a weekly 10-team poll, which is something we did previously before expanding our list to 20 teams in 2019 (we also did a Top 20 poll last fall).

So, without further ado, allow us to share this week’s poll, which finds Endicott College in the top spot followed by UMass Dartmouth (second) and Springfield College (third).

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 5, 2022 (Week Two)

1. Endicott College (1-0, 0-0 CCC): An impressive ground game highlighted the Gulls’ season-opening win over the Saints of St. Lawrence. Let’s see if it can continue against a WPI defense that yielded 139 rushing yards last Friday to Worcester State.

2. UMass Dartmouth (1-0, 0-0 MASCAC): Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win, including one score on the ground. His impressive play should continue this week against Anna Maria.

3. Springfield College (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): Six members of the Pride reached the end zone on the ground against Western New England last Friday. Look for Springfield’s impressive rushing attack to continue this week against Rowan University.

4. Trinity College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC): The Bantams will be idle for one more week — they will begin their 2022 campaign at Tufts University on Saturday, September 17.

5. Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC): The Cardinals will be idle for one more week — Wesleyan begins its 2022 campaign at home on Saturday, September 17 against Bates College.

6.  Salve Regina University (1-0, 0-0 CCC): One touchdown was all the Seahawks needed to beat Norwich University, but one has to think that this offense will produce a few more points on Saturday against MIT.

7.  MIT (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): Coach Brian Bubna‘s squad took care of business last Friday with a season-opening win against Curry College. On Saturday, they face a challenging foe in Salve Regina, which has scored three-straight wins against the Engineers, dating back to 2015.

8.  University of New England (1-0, 0-0 CCC): The Nor’easters scored their first win over Coast Guard Academy this past weekend, snapping a three-game skid in the series with the Bears that began in 2018.

9.  Anna Maria College (0-0, 0-0 ECFC): The wait is finally over. We’ll finally see the AMCATs for the first time this weekend when they welcome the Corsairs to Paxton.

10. WPI (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): The Engineers began their season with a win over Worcester State, but face a challenging test on Friday against the Gulls of Endicott.

ON THE RISE: Husson University (0-1, 0-0 CCC), Western New England (0-1, 0-0 CCC), and Williams College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC)

Springfield Picked To Repeat As NEWMAC Football Champions

Aiden Lewin and the Springfield College football team were picked to win their second-straight NEWMAC crown this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

After capturing its second league crown in four seasons, the Springfield College football team was picked to win its third New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title this fall.

The Pride earned six of seven first-place votes in today’s preseason poll while Merchant Marine earned the final tally, along with a second-place projection.

Catholic University, MIT, and WPI rounded out the top five spots, checking-in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

The seven-team poll concluded with Norwich University in the sixth position and Coast Guard Academy in the seventh.

Springfield’s path to its second league crown culminated in a six-game winning streak, along with its first NCAA Division III Tournament berth since 2017.

For Springfield to win its third NEWMAC title, they will need to lean on some key members of last year’s squad, including linebackers Aiden Lewin and DJ Brown, along with Lou Cocozza (o-line), Christian Hutra (kicker), and quarterback David Wells.  

Four of the league’s seven squads will be in action on Friday, September 2, including Springfield, which is scheduled to host Western New England in the Pynchon SAW Game.