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The Early Outlook: New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference

Brian Bubna and the MIT football team have represented the NEWMAC in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2018 and 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY: Paul Rutherford)

By NoontimeSports.com

Our early season/preseason college football coverage has begun — you may have seen our initial post on the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), but now, it is time to turn our attention to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

NEWMAC Teams:

  • Catholic
  • Coast Guard Academy
  • Merchant Marine Academy
  • MIT
  • Norwich
  • Springfield
  • WPI

2019 Conference Refresh: For the second-straight season, Brian Bubna and the MIT Engineers secured the league crown — the Engineers of Cambridge shared the title with the Engineers of Worcester (WPI).

MIT represented the conference in the NCAA Division III playoffs, but saw their bid for a national title conclude in the opening round against Muhlenberg College, which advanced to the national semifinals against North Central. The Cardinals edged the Mules before rolling past University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to secure the national championship.

WPI ended its 2019 campaign with a 9-1 record, along with a 35-6 victory over Western Connecticut in the New England Bowl.

Both teams are expected to be in the mix for the conference crown this fall — the same could be said for Merchant Marine and Springfield College. And perhaps a few more?

Merchant Marine outlasts Coast Guard in lone 2020 contest: The Mariners captured their 16th Secretaries Cup last November with a 24-14 win over Coast Guard, thanks to a game-high 151 rushing yards and one touchdown from Ian Blakenship.

Blakenship will be back under center this fall when the Mariners begin their 2021 campaign at FDU-Florham on Friday, September 3 at 7 p.m. The senior signal-caller from McRae, Georgia has rushed for six touchdowns in three seasons, including four during his team’s 2019 campaign, and has tallied 451 rushing yards in 11 contests. He will certainly be a player to watch for the Mariners this fall — the same could be said fullback Ceaser Gonzalez (103 rushing yards and one touchdowns against Coast Guard last November), Eric Davidson (linebacker) and Joshua King (linebacker).

Last November’s contest also provided us a glimpse of a few Coast Guard players to watch this year, which include Jared Colletti (wide receiver), Finnegan Hall (kicker), and Michael Palermo (linebacker).

Catholic will play six home games this fall: For the first time since 2014, the Catholic Cardinals will compete on their home turf six this time this season, including three times in September against McDaniel College (Sept. 4), Endicott College (Sept. 18), and Christopher Newport (Sept. 25).

Coach Mike Gutelius and the Cardinals did compete once this spring when Catholic outlasted Wilkes University, 27-22. The game was highlighted by an impressive 65-yard touchdown pass from Brady Berger to Preston Jeffrey.

Berger graduated this past spring after being named the Jone Dowd Role Model Award Winner. Jeffrey will be back for his final season with the Cardinals after recording career-highs in games played (eight), receptions (12), receiving yards (205), and touchdown receptions (two) during the 2019 season.

From a local angle, keep your eyes on three Massachusetts natives that will be competing this fall for the Cardinals: Mark Cheffers (wide receiver/Winchendon), Austin Haggerty (defensive back/Westford), and Griffin Renzella (linebacker/Wellesley).

Our Early-Season Favorite(s): It was just one game last November, but the Mariners of Merchant Marine should certainly be in the mix for the NEWMAC title — the same could be said for MIT, Springfield, and WPI.

There are certainly some unknowns when it comes to MIT, Springfield, and WPI, but all three programs have been in the mix in the past, which makes us think it could be a four or possibly five-team race for the top spot.

Coast Guard and Catholic could also be in the mix, and perhaps the dark horse is Norwich, which will begin its 2021 campaign against Salve Regina University, a team that should certainly content for the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown.

Similar to the ECFC, there are some early-season favorites, but also some teams that could surprise us.

D3 Football: Castleton Unveils 2018 Schedule

NS Schedule Breakdown

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

As we inch closer to a brand new D3 Football season, more teams are beginning to unveil their 2018 schedules, including the Castleton Spartans, which kick-off its season on Saturday, September 1st when they host Plymouth State at 1 p.m.

Plymouth State has won the past two meetings against the Spartans, but a win over the Panthers in three months would be Castleton’s first since 2015.

One week after their annual meeting with the Panthers, Castleton will hit the road for a trio of games, including a visit to Norwich on Saturday, September 15th at 2 p.m. Castleton-Norwich is always a game to watch as both teams compete for the Maple Sap Bucket Trophy. Castleton beat Norwich, 28-14, last season, thanks to a pair of rushing scores by Moe Harris.

Castleton will cap its first month of play with a visit to Misericordia before jumping into Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play on Saturday, October 6th when they host Anna Maria at 6 p.m. The Spartans will travel just once in October to Gallaudet, but host Maritime (N.Y.) and Husson on October 20th and 27th, respectively. 

The Spartans will cap their regular season with a pair of November games against Alfred State and Dean with hopes of competing in either the New England Bowl or NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 17th.

Castleton finished 6-4 overall last season, including 5-2 in league play. Coach Tony Volpone returns some key pieces from last year this fall, including Harris, quarterback Mitchell Caron, wide receiver Adnane Adossama, linebacker Grant Cummings and defensive back Owen Tretter 

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New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The NEWMAC In 2017

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Wednesday, Noontime Sports fans!

Our early preseason New England Division III football coverage continues today with players to watch this season in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on offense and defense.

Prior to today’s post, we highlighted players to watch in the following conferences:

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) 

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Offense 

Darius Adams

Coast Guard Acad.

Wide Receiver 

Jordan Wilcox 

Springfield 

Runningback 

Hunter Belzo 

Springfield 

Runningback 

Jake Eglintine

Springfield 

Quarterback 

Sean McAllen

WPI 

Runningback 

Alex Domond

WPI 

Wide Receiver 

Brice Moore

Merchant Marine Acad.

Quarterback 

Wiley Martin

Merchant Marine Acad.

Fullback 

Luke Tiefenthaler

Merchant Marine Acad.

Fullback 

John Robertson 

MIT 

Runningback 

Eddy Garcia-Montes

MIT

Wide Receiver 

James Ferrar

Maine Maritime Acad.

Fullback 

Corey Creeger

Maine Maritime Acad.

Quarterback 

Patrick Brown 

Norwich 

Runningback 

Quincy Williams 

Norwich 

Runningback 

Dayvon Medina

Norwich 

Wide Receiver 

DEFENSE 

Ryan Robertson

Coast Guard Acad.

Defensive Back 

Dominic Traversa

Springfield 

Linebacker 

Nick Giorgio

Springfield 

Defensive End 

Joel Sodeinde

Springfield

Defensive Tackle 

Sam Malafronte

WPI

Linebacker

Dereck Pacheco

WPI

Defensive Line 

Nick Della Jacono

Catholic 

Linebacker 

Luke Kern

Catholic 

Defensive Back 

Patrick Vidal

Catholic

Defensive Line 

Anthony Santo

Catholic

Linebacker 

Mitch Turley 

MIT 

Linebacker 

Rob Disanto

MIT

Defensive Back 

Brooks Cannell 

Merchant Marine Acad.

Defensive Back

John Bennett

Maine Maritime Acad.

Defensive Back 

Austin Roberts 

Norwich 

Defensive Back 

Brasean Stewart 

Norwich 

Defensive Back 

 

Mass. College Football: Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the scores and highlights from this afternoon’s contests.

Harvard 34, Yale 7: For the seventh straight season the Crimson capped their campaign with a victory over the Bulldogs. Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for two scores on 27 carries for 118 yards, as well as hauled in two touchdowns, while quarterback Conner Hempel completed 19 of 26 passes for 209 yards. With the win, along with a Princeton loss to Dartmouth, Harvard claimed a share of the 2013 Ivy League title.

Boston College 29, Maryland 26: Nate Freese‘s 52-yard field goal at the end of regulation propelled the Eagles to their seventh victory of the season. Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Chase Rettig completed 6 of 14 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown.

Cent. Michigan 37, UMass 0: The Chippewas earned the lead for good on a three-yard touchdown run by Zurlon Tipton as Central Michigan defeated Massachusetts in Michigan.

Georgetown 28, Holy Cross 21: Peter Pujals tossed two touchdowns and rushed for one more, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Crusaders past the Hoyas.

West Chester 38, AIC 7: Kevin Arduino‘s one-yard touchdown plunge in the opening quarter tied the game, but that was the only score the Yellow Jackets recorded as the Rams defeated AIC in the first round of the Division 2 NCAA tournament.

Springfield 28, Norwich 27: Jonathan Marrero amassed 121 yards on 19 touches (three passes) and rushed for one score as the Pride defeated the Cadets in the ECAC Div. 3 North Atlantic Bowl.

Ithaca 20, Framingham State 17: Trailing 17-3, the Bomber rallied to score 17 unanswered points during the final two quarters, which helped them defeat the Rams in the first round of the NCAA Div. 3 tournament. Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 120 yards and one score in the loss.

Rowan 24, Endicott 0: Darren Dungee’s 46-yard pick-six provided the Profs with the lead for good as Rowan defeated the Gulls in the first round of the NCAA Div. 3 tournament. Jason Silva led Endicott’s defense with 18 total tackles.

Mass. College Football: Afternoon Roundup

By Brian Willwerth 

Here’s this afternoon’s roundup.

Merrimack 26, LIU Post 21Joe Clancy was 39-of-66 for 381 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors won on the road. Jere Brown had nine catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

American International 31, Stonehill 10 – It was a dominant defensive performance for the visiting Yellow Jackets, who held the Skyhawks to 189 yards of total offense. Maurice Easterling rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown for AIC.

Bentley 32, St. Anselm 27 – In Waltham, Falcons’ QB Danny Guadagnoli scored on a 13-yard run with under three minutes remaining to seal the victory. He also threw a touchdown pass. Keith Charles rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Knights.

Framingham State 21, UMass-Dartmouth 14 – Melikke Van Alstyne ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams earned their third conference win.

Western Connecticut 49, Bridgewater State 26 – Bears quarterback Mike McCarthy accounted for 250 yards of total offense, but it wasn’t enough as the visiting Colonels jumped out to a big early lead, and never looked back.

Fitchburg State 40, Mass. Maritime 17 – Steph’fon Teague had 29 carries for 175 yards and one of his team’s five rushing touchdowns as the Falcons won on the road.

Westfield State 31, Plymouth State 0 – Westfield quarterback Tim Rich threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, and Michael Mercadante rushed for two more scores, as the Owls rolled to a win.

Bowdoin 13, Tufts 10 – Jack Doll threw for 259 yards, but it wasn’t enough for the Jumbos as they fell at home.

Bates 14, Williams 10 – The Ephs also lost on their home turf, despite 112 yards rushing from Alex Scyocurka.

Amherst 37, Middlebury 16 – The Lord Jeffs’ Max Lippe and Jake O’Malley hooked up twice on scoring passes as Amherst remained in first place in the NESCAC.

Curry 26, MIT 21 – The Colonels picked up their first win of the season, as quarterback Kevin Fruwirth threw two touchdown passes.

Endicott 53, Maine Maritime 28 – The Gulls’ Drew Frenette threw for 324 yards and five touchdowns. Spencer Walsh rushed for 191 yards and two scores.

Salve Regina 32, Nichols 0 – The home-standing Bison were held to under 100 yards of total offense.  Steven Wilken threw three touchdown passes for the visiting Seahawks.

Coast Guard 41, Western New England 38 – Tyler Henning kicked the game-winning field goal with less than a minute remaining as the Bears won at home.

Galludet 7, Mount Ida 6 – Jawad Yatim threw for 284 yards and a touchdown, but a missed PAT doomed the Mustangs in a low-scoring battle.

SUNY-Maritime 35, Anna Maria 24 – The AMCATS fell on the road, despite a brilliant rushing performance by Robert Small (21 carries, 173 yards and two touchdowns).

Norwich 20, Becker 9 – Neither team amassed 200 yards of total offense.  Becker’s lone touchdown came on a pass from Robert Baker to Dejahn Dawkins.