Noontime’s All-Decade Connecticut & Rhode Island D3 Football Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Our Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) All-Decade Week continues with a brand new team: The Connecticut & Rhode Island D3 Football Team from 2010-2019.

This was a fun walk down memory lane, highlighting a slew of student-athletes we covered and interviewed over the past ten years that earned a variety of end of season honors, including D3Football.com All-American honors to first or second-team nods to program record-holders to the final Gold Helmet Recipients from the New England Football Writers (NEFW).  And as usual, we did our very best to highlight as many student-athletes from across both Connecticut and Rhode Island.


The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Offense)

Will Arndt (QB) Western Connecticut Sandy Hook, Conn.
Octavias McKoy (RB) Western Connecticut Stratford, Conn. 
Max Chipouras (RB) Trinity College Longmeadow, Mass.
Sam Pascale (RB) Salve Regina University Cheshire, Conn. 
Shea Dwyer (RB) Wesleyan University Marlborough, Conn. 
Christopher Hunt (TE) Trinity College Westford, Mass. 
Austin Baiardi (OT) Trinity College Smithtown, N.Y.
Nick Seara (OT) Wesleyan University South Ozone Park, N.Y.
Adam Iskra (OT) Salve Regina University North Haven, Conn.
Floyd Shaffer (OT) Salve Regina University Conshohocken, Pa.
Joe Magardino (OT) Trinity College  Chappaqua, N.Y.


The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Defense)

Hayden Stanton (DL) Salve Regina University Wallingford, Conn.
Taj Gooden (DL) Wesleyan University Brooklyn, N.Y.
John Salute (DL) Salve Regina University Mahwah, N.J.
Walter Fallas (LB) Trinity College Everett, Mass. 
Joe Rizzardi (DB) Coast Guard Academy Ashburn, Va.
Ben Thaw (CB) Wesleyan University Westport, Conn.
Jake Bussani (CB) Wesleyan University Pleasanton, Calif.
Phil Terio (CB) Salve Regina University Trumbull, Conn.
Harry Melendez (CB) Trinity College Holyoke, Mass.
Spencer Donahue (S) Trinity College Naperville, Ill.
Rae Haynes (S) Trinity College  Hartford, Conn. 

The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Special Teams)

Eric Sachse (K) Trinity College Jefferson, Mass. 
Michael Killoran (K) Western Connecticut  West Hartford, Conn. 
Chip Crowley (P) Coast Guard Academy San Marino, Calif.
Kyle Pulek (P) Trinity College Cheshire, Conn.

 

Mass. College Football: NEFW Div. II/III All-New England Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friend Steve Miller Jr., who is the sports information director at Worcester State University, here is today’s release pertaining toward the 2012 New England Football Writers Div. II/III All-New England Team.

The squad, which features 28 players from 18 different institutions, will be honored on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet.

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Twenty-eight players representing 18 different teams have been named to the 2012 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team.

New England Small College Athletic Conference champions Trinity College, Northeast-10 Conference champion University of New Haven, and NESCAC runner-up Middlebury College lead the team with three selections each. New England Football Conference members Framingham State University and Salve Regina University have two picks, as do Merrimack College and Springfield College. Also named to the squad were players from American International College, Amherst College, Bentley University, Castleton State College, Endicott College, Husson College, MIT, Mount Ida College, Stonehill College, and Worcester State University

The Division II Northeast-10 Conference had eight players selected, while from Division III the New England Football Conference and the New England Small College Athletic Conference had seven picks. The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference had three selections. Three players came from teams not affiliated with New England Conferences.

The team will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 6, at the Montvale Plaza, in Stoneham, Mass. People interested in attending should contact Dick Lipe at Bentley University at 781-891-2334.

And here is a list of the players that were named to this team:

Tom Herd (University of New Haven)

James Muirhead (Framingham State University)

Max Nacewicz (Springfield College)

Ernest Wiggins (Husson College)

Brett Cde Baca (Trinity College)

Jake Laux (MIT)

Blaine Hopwood (Bentley University) 

Jaquawane Simpkins (American International College)

Jareed Gaines (Stonehill College)

Rae Haynes (Trinity College)  

Artis Holt (Merrimack College)

Phil Terio (Salve Regina University)   

McCallum Foote (Middlebury College)

 Evan Bunker (Trinity College)

Melikke Van Alstyne  (Framingham State University)

Brandon Boyle (Castleton State University)

 Zach Driscoll (Middlebury College)

Isaiah Voegeli (Merrimack College)

Billy Chapman (Middlebury College)  

Matt Bonomolo (Mount Ida College)

John Ceccio (Amherst College)

Mike D’Attillo (Bridgewater State University)

Duke Ekblom (Springfield College)

Adam Iskra (Salve Regina University)

Dave Stedman (University of New Haven)

Chris Scifo (University of New Haven)

Dylan Rushe (Endicott College)

Graham Asum (Worcester State University

NEFC Championship: Getting To Know Salve Regina

By NoontimeSports.com 

We’re two days away from the New England Football Conference championship between Framingham State and Salve Regina. And while many Massachusetts natives might know a thing or two about the Rams, we thought we’d shift gears and share a few tidbits about the Seahawks.

* Similar to Framingham State, Salve Regina is 9-1 overall. Their only loss came against MIT on Oct. 19.

* Against non-conference foes Montclair State and Union College, Salve Regina won by a combined score, 33-21.

* The Seahawk’s biggest win of the season came against Western New England College where they defeated the Golden Bears in Springfield, 43-0.

* The most points the Seahawks have tallied this year is 57, which came in a game against UMass Dartmouth.

* Salve Regina began their season on a seven-game winning streak. After the MIT game, they rebounded with two back-to-back wins against Nichols College and Plymouth State.

* The Seahawks rank third in the conference in scoring offense (340 points), second in scoring defense (133 points), fourth in rushing defense, second in sacks (28 sacks), second in the red zone (33-of-41 for 27 touchdowns) and second in red zone defense (12 touchdowns allowed).

* Sophomore Phil Terio is one of two players in the conference that recorded seven interceptions. Four of those picks were returned for touchdowns.

* Sophomore quarterback Steven Wilken has tossed 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He’s tallied 1,981 yards through the air, too. His best game came against Endicott College where he tossed four touchdowns in his team’s 41-24 victory.

* Wilken is also the team’s leading rusher with 386 yards. He’s rushed 97 times and scored four touchdowns.

* Senior Connor Kelly leads the team in rushing touchdowns with five.

* Sophomore Matthew Traynor is the squad’s leading receiver with 39 receptions for 756 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior Trey Scales has hauled in 17 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

* Senior linebacker Anthony Hannon leads the team with 78 tackles. He’s also recorded three sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

* Senior Matthew Markese leads the team with 12.5 tackles for a loss.

SERIES HISTORY: Salve Regina is 1-1 against Framingham State. They lost to the Rams in Framingham in 2010, but defeated them at home in 2011.

Last Championship Visit: The last time the Seahawks were in the title game was in 2000. Bridgewater State defeated Salve Regina, 27-24 at Worcester State.

Highlights: Below is a highlight package from their last game against Nichols College, which was produced for the Salve Regina YouTube page.

Curry College’s Rob Bambini Earns First Golden Helmet Award

Rob Bambini collected his first Golden Helmet Award on Wednesday at Harvard University! (Photo Credit: Curry College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – On Wednesday, Curry College wide receiver Rob Bambini was named this week’s Div. II/III Golden Helmet Award winner at the weekly New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Luncheon at Harvard University.

Bambini caught four touchdowns last weekend against Western New England, which included the game-winning score with one second remaining that lifted the Colonels past the Golden Bears for their third win of the season.

The former Westwood Wolverine has been clutch this year for the Colonels, and following his team’s most recent tilt against WNEC, the athletic department and New England Football Conference reported that Bambini set program records in the following categories: receptions (181), receiving yards (2,537) and touchdowns (32).

Noontime Sports caught up with the wide receiver following the luncheon to talk about the award, as well as the season thus far.

Talk about this award. What does it mean to you?

“It means a lot to me. It’s definitely a big honor to accept this award, but I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates, especially my quarterback Kevin Fruwirth, who is fighting through a couple of injuries and he’s a warrior and threw for almost 400 yards [last week against Western New England College], five touchdowns, so he could easily be getting interviewed by you right now.”

What has been the key to your success over the past four seasons?

“Maturity. I only played one year [at Westwood High School], my senior year, so just learning about the game through every practice and just being around football every day, just [continuing to learn] life lessons, responsibility, and just being around the guys.”

Looking back to your senior year with Westwood, what did you learn the most from that one season?

“Coach Paul Hallion was a great coach, and he sped up the process of learning the game number wise and becoming a man on the field.”

Following your only season with the Wolverines, did you consider playing college football? 

“I wanted to go to a bigger division, but Curry was the only school I got into except Framingham State, and I came here and fell in love with the coaches because they treat you like your own and fell in love with the program, so I stayed.”

Do you recall one moment or game that has helped with your maturity process?

“[During my] freshmen year we made the NEFC Championship, [but] we lost double-overtime to a Hail Mary pass, and this program has been a winning program from ’03-’07, they’ve won championships four years in a row, so I’m just trying to do my part for the alums and trying to get back to a championship to get them another one.”

Talk about your connection with Kevin. How has it improved since training camp?

“This is Kevin’s first year starting. I got hurt in preseason, so I didn’t play in the first two games, so we were unsure about how our connection would be, but it’s been good. He’s got a rocket arm, he’s got a great arm and he’s just tough. We get along on and off the field, we eat lunch and dinner together and just trying to get another championship for the Curry College program.”

From a receiving perspective, what do you have to do to help your offense earn a win on the road against Salve Regina?

“They have two great corners [Ryan Mannion and Phil Terio] and one of them leads the league in interceptions, two great safeties [Maxwell Shubert and Joshua Burnett], their front seven is tough, they’re a real good team and that’s why they’re 6-0, but we’re going to do in there and just play one play at a time and see by the end of the game what the score is.”

You aren’t the first NEFC player to win this award, so what does that say about the league?  

“I feel the league is getting stronger, more people are getting recruited into this league that have serious talent and its fun. It’s fun to play against people that are serious about their talent and I’m glad I play for Curry College.”

Finally, what would it mean to you to end your college career with a championship?

“It would mean a lot for me. It’s my main goal. Awards are find, but to see the alums at every game cheering for me and seeing what they did in the past, some of them won four championships in four years, and I haven’t got one and this is my senior year, so I’m really going to try and bring another championship back to Curry.”