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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Nov. 2nd, 2019)


By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Hello, November – how are you?

Are you ready for another BIG week of New England D-III Football? I know I am, which is why I am ready to dish out my picks for this week’s ’10 Games to Watch.’

Last Week: I predicted seven of ten games correctly for the second-straight week to bump my overall record to 55-25 this season. Let’s see if I can keep my winning trend going this week – fingers crossed! 

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Nine)

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

Husson University at No. 15 Nichols College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Bison entered the week with some serious momentum following an epic four-overtime win against the University of New England. I think their win last week carries them to yet another win against a Maine team. PREDICTION: Nichols 28, Husson 20 

Alfred State at Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs are two wins away from capturing their first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown. I expect their recent wins against Gallaudet University and SUNY-Maritime to provide Dean with enough momentum to beat the Pioneers on their home field. PREDICTION: Dean 30, Alfred State 18 

No. 5 Framingham State at No. 19 Mass. Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Rams are clicking on all cylinders and should certainly be ready to take that so-called ‘next step’ toward winning yet another conference crown by capturing the Kelley Cup. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Mass. Maritime Academy 17 

No. 1 WPI at No. 10 MIT (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): Ah, the battle of the Engineers – who you got? Cambridge or Worcester? While MIT needs this win to keep their conference title hopes alive, I am not sure if they will be able to make enough plays down the stretch, while containing WPI’s Sean McAllen and Connor Field. PREDICTION: WPI 35, MIT 21

No. 14 Norwich University at Catholic University (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Cadets looked pretty impressive last week against Maine Maritime Academy so I expect Matt Dunn, Trevor Chase, and Manni Romero to continue that success one week later. PREDICTION: Norwich 35, Catholic 10 

Hamilton College at No. 4 Middlebury College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12:30 p.m.): The Panthers are two wins away from finishing their season with a 9-0 mark, but Saturday’s tilt with the Continentals won’t be an easy one. Hamilton enters Saturday’s contest with some momentum from recent wins against Amherst College and Tufts University, which should help the Blue and Gold keep this one close. PREDICTION: Middlebury 27, Hamilton 24 

No. 2 Endicott College at No. 3 Western New England (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 1 p.m.): Whoever wins this contest should have the inside track to the conference crown. Endicott beat the Golden Bears last season – they needed quarterback Joe Kalosky to help them secure an exciting win on their home turf. I am expecting Kalosky and the offense to once again be a factor, while the Gulls defense will find ways to contain WNE quarterback Alec ColemanPREDICTION: Endicott 42, WNE 30 

No. 9 Williams College at No. 16 Wesleyan University (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who look to keep pace with Middlebury for the top spot in the conference. Williams scored its first win last Saturday against Trinity College since 2001 and should be able to use that momentum to carry them past the Cardinals in Connecticut. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 20 

No. 18 Plymouth State at No. 8 Bridgewater State (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 2:30 p.m.): With three games remaining, the Bears are still very much alive in their conference race, but need to beat a Panthers squad that somehow outlasted Massachusetts Maritime Academy last weekend by a score of 7-3. Look for BSU’s momentum from two weeks ago to help them score their fifth-straight win. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 30, Plymouth State 14 

No. 11 UMass Dartmouth at No. 7 Western Connecticut (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 6 p.m.): The Corsairs can play spoiler in this one as Western Connecticut looks to bounce back from a 25-point setback to Framingham State one week ago. This is a must-win for the Colonials, who need to keep pace with both the Rams of Framingham and Bears of Bridgewater State. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 28, Western Connecticut 24 

D3 Football: Week Nine Poll (Monday, Oct. 28th, 2019)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to the ninth week of the New England D-III Football season.

Once again, WPI remains our top team – they looked very impressive this past weekend against Merchant Marine – while Endicott College and Western New England remain our second and third teams, respectively. The Gulls and Golden Bears will meet this upcoming weekend in a game that could perhaps decide the winner of the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) conference.

Framingham State moved into the top five with a 39-14 win this past Saturday against Western Connecticut, which tumbled two spots to the seventh position, while Springfield College remained our sixth-best team in the region.

MIT moved into the Top 10 with an important win over Coast Guard Academy, while Williams College secured the ninth position with its sixth victory of the 2019 season.

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New England D-III Football Week Nine Poll| October 28th, 2019

1. WPI  7-0, 4-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Endicott College  6-1, 4-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
3. Western New England  6-1, 4-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3
4. Middlebury College  7-0, 7-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Framingham State  5-2, 5-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 7 
6. Springfield College  5-3, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6 
7. Western Connecticut 6-1, 4-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 5
8. Bridgewater State  4-3, 4-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 9 
9. Williams College  6-1, 6-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 11
10. MIT  4-2, 3-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 15 
11. UMass Dartmouth  5-2, 3-2 MASCAC Last Week: No. 10 
12. Amherst College  4-3, 4-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
13. Trinity College  4-3, 4-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 13
14. Norwich University 5-2, 2-2 NEWMAC  Last Week: No. 14
15. Nichols College  5-2, 3-1 CCC Last Week: No. 16 
16. Wesleyan University 6-1, 6-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 17 
17. Coast Guard Academy 5-3, 2-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 12
18. Plymouth State  6-2, 4-2 MASCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
19. Mass. Maritime Acad. 5-2, 3-2 MASCAC Last Week: No. 18
20. Univ. of New England 3-4, 1-3 CCC Last Week: No. 19 

On the Rise: Dean College and Salve Regina

New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll| Week Five Poll|Week Six|Week Seven |Week Eight 

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D3 Football: Nichols Outlasts UNE, Framingham State Tops West Conn.


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

For the second-straight season, Nichols College defeated the University of New England. But on Saturday, they needed not one, but four overtime sessions to outlast the Nor’easters in Biddeford, Maine.

Halfback Joshua Pierre-Charles helped the Bison keep their conference title hopes alive by rushing for a two-yard touchdown in the fourth extra session following a 21-yard field goal by UNE’s Kevin Heintz to clinch the three-point victory.

With the win, the Bison improve to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league play.

Pierre-Charles concluded Saturday’s thriller with three touchdowns and a game-high 82 yards on 22 carries. He also caught three passes for 24 yards.

Nichols quarterback Michael Pina ended the game with 329 passing yards and three scores while adding 53 yards on nine carries.

UNE led Nichols, 21-14, at the break before both offenses swapped touchdowns and field goals over the final 30 minutes.

Quarterback Brian Peters completed 34 of 50 passes in the setback for 343 yards and four touchdowns – he also rushed for three yards on five carries.

Nichols’ Joe Cox led the defense with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops and one tackle for a loss of four yards. He also added one pass break-up, too.

The Bison face Husson University next weekend in another must-win game for Nichols, which needs to beat the Eagles, Curry College, and Endicott College to have a chance to secure the league title. Nicholas did lose earlier this month to Western New England but has scored conference wins over UNE, Becker College and Salve Regina.

Endicott, Salve Regina, and Western New England all scored conference wins this afternoon – the Gulls and Golden Bears are currently tied for the top spot in the conference and will meet next Saturday, November 2nd in Springfield, Massachusetts with the winner securing the inside track to the conference crown.

Adam Wojenski accounted for five touchdowns, including four through the air, which helped Framingham State defeat Western Connecticut, 39-14, and secure the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) with three weeks remaining.

Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards while rushing for a game-high 84 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

The Framingham State defense ended the game with 10 tackles for a loss of 57 yards, including six sacks for a loss of 38 yards. Adeboye Oyaronbi tallied seven total tackles, including four solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 12 yards, while Cully Curran paced the unit with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops.

Western Connecticut’s Will Daniels led all receivers with eight catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.

With today’s win over the Colonials, the Rams have won five-straight contests since starting the season with back-to-back losses. Framingham State visits Massachusetts Maritime Academy next Saturday – the Buccaneers lost to Plymouth State this afternoon by a score of 7-3.

While Western Connecticut sees its six-game winning streak conclude, they still have a chance to win the MASCAC crown, pending how the final three weeks play out. The Colonials have already beaten Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime, two teams the Rams will face the next two weeks.

Westfield State scored its first win of the season with a 26-7 victory against Fitchburg State. Leesandro Colon rushed for a pair of touchdowns while finishing the game with 132 yards on 20 carries.

Westfield’s Joseph Mazzotta led the Owls defense with 14 total tackles, while George Cole added 12 total stops.

Terrell Watts accounted for five touchdowns – three through the air, two on the ground – while Saquan Kelly rushed for a game-high 80 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown as Dean College defeated Gallaudet University, 56-35, to secure the top spot in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 3-4 overall and 3-0 in conference play with just two games remaining. Dean needs to beat Alfred State and Castleton University the next two weeks in order to secure the program’s first-ever ECFC title.

Quick Hitters 

  • The Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title race is down to just three teams: Endicott, Nichols, and Western New England. The Golden Bears currently have the edge with a win over the Bison earlier this month, but the Gulls can secure their first-ever CCC title with a victory next Saturday against the Golden Bears, along with a win over the Bison two weeks later. Endicott will also need to beat UNE, too – both Nichols and WNE have beaten the Nor’easters this season.
  • With today’s win over Western Connecticut, Framingham State controls its own destiny with three weeks remaining. They need to beat Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy, along with Worcester State in week 11. The Rams defense (and its offense, too) seem to be peaking at the right time, but their next two matchups against the Bears and Buccaneers are no gimmes.

  • Middlebury College remains the frontrunner in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), but cannot overlook its next two foes, Hamilton College and Tufts University. Hamilton beat Tufts this afternoon in Somerville, Massachusetts – they also scored an exciting win last week against Amherst College, which lost to Wesleyan University in double-overtime earlier today. If the Panthers can get past the Continentals next Saturday, then they should be able to find a way to beat the Jumbos in their season finale.
  • Both Wesleyan and Williams College are both in a position to still win the NESCAC, thanks to wins earlier this fall against Hamilton and Tufts. The Ephs and Cardinals will meet next week in Middletown, Connecticut with second place on the line.
  • WPI appears destined to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The Engineers defeated Merchant Marine, 66-13, to secure their seventh win of the season. WPI will face MIT next weekend in a game the Engineers of Cambridge need to win in order to keep their title hopes alive.

Saturday’s Scoreboard 

  • Endicott College 41, Husson University 16
  • Nichols College 51, University of New England 48 (4OT)
  • Western New England 49, Curry College 27
  • Salve Regina 45, Becker College 0
  • Alfred State 21, Castleton University 15
  • Dean College 56, Gallaudet University 35
  • SUNY-Maritime 13, Anna Maria College 10 (OT)
  • Framingham State 39, Western Connecticut 14
  • Plymouth State 7, Mass. Maritime Academy 3
  • Westfield State 26, Fitchburg State 7
  • UMass Dartmouth 46, Worcester State  8
  • Colby College 23, Bates College 20
  • Hamilton College 36, Tufts University 21
  • Williams College 29, Trinity College 15
  • Wesleyan University 31, Amherst College (2OT)
  • Middlebury College 47, Bowdoin College 29
  • Norwich University 51, Maine Maritime Academy 10
  • MIT 22, Coast Guard Academy 16
  • WPI 66, Merchant Marine 13
  • Springfield College 49, Catholic University 21

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Oct. 26th, 2019)


By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Hello, Friday – how are you?

It is time to dish out our weekly picks for ’10 Games to Watch’ for week eight. Are you ready for a jam-packed Saturday of football? I know I am!

Last Week: I predicted seven of ten games correctly to bump my overall record to 48-22 this season. Let’s see if I can keep my winning trend going this week – fingers crossed! 

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB.

Also, subscribe to our podcast on iTunes – you will enjoy our hyperlocal sports chatter!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Eight) 

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

No. 2 Endicott College at No. 20 Husson University (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 12 p.m.): The Gulls offense has been really impressive this season, especially against conference foes and should continue its air attack against a talented Eagles squad, which needs to win this game to keep their conference title hopes alive. PREDICTION: Endicott 42, Husson 28 

No. 5 Western Connecticut at No. 7 Framingham State (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 12 p.m.): This has the making for a high-scoring game but in the end, I think the Rams will march down the field in the minutes to score the game-winning touchdown. PREDICTION: Framingham State 40, Western Conn. 35 

No. 16 Nichols College at No. 19 University of New England (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bison, who remain in the mix for the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title. UNE was rather impressive last weekend and has the potential to play spoiler in this matchup. PREDICTION: UNE 30, Nichols 24 

Dean College at Gallaudet University (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): First place in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) is on the line, but I expect the Bulldogs defense and offense to make a few more plays down the stretch to beat the Bison on the road. PREDICTION: Dean 33, Gallaudet 25

No. 18 Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): Can the Panthers bounce back after registering just 53 yards of total offense? I don’t think so. But I do think Matt Long and the Buccaneers offense will have their way against a Plymouth State defense that yielded four passing touchdowns last weekend to Framingham State. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 31, Plymouth State 17 

Hamilton College at Tufts University (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): Hamilton enters Saturday’s contest with some momentum following an exciting win over Amherst College one week ago. But can that momentum carry them past a Tufts squad that played perhaps its best game of the season one-week ago? We’ll have to wait and see but look for a big game from linebacker Greg HoltPREDICTION: Tufts 28, Hamilton 20 

No. 15 MIT at No. 12 Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1:30 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Engineers, who begin a crucial four-game stretch against a team that played its best game of the season last Saturday. The Coast Guard defense won’t make things easy for the MIT offense, but in the end, look for coach Brian Bubna‘s squad to make a few extra plays down the stretch and squeak out an important road win. PREDICTION: MIT 26, Coast Guard Academy 20 

SUNY-Maritime at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 2 p.m.): I picked against the Privateers last week – they proved me wrong and scored an important bounce-back win against Castleton University. I expect the Privateers to keep their title hopes alive with an important road victory in Paxton, Massachusetts. PREDICTION: SUNY-Maritime 28, Anna Maria 13 

Merchant Marine at No. 1 WPI (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 3 p.m.): The Engineers looked pretty impressive last week against Catholic University, but will need their defense to slow down a very talented offense. Additionally, WPI will need to lean on its ground attack to score an important win in Worcester. PREDICTION: WPI 23, Merchant Marine 17 

D3 Football: Conference Race Watch (Week Eight)


By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

We’re just two days away from kicking off the eighth week of the 2019 New England D-III football season – crazy to think we only have four more weeks remaining, right?

As we inch closer to the end of the regular season, we’ll be posting a weekly ‘Conference Race Watch’ for all five New England conference, along with some analysis (and input) on what teams are still alive to win their respective league title.

As usual, you can follow our New England D-III Football coverage, as well as other regional updates (and news) at @Noontime_FB on Twitter.

Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)

Current Leaders: Endicott College and Western New England 

In The Hunt: Husson University and Nichols College 

Analysis: As of now, it appears as if next Saturday’s (Nov. 2nd) meeting between Endicott and Western New England could decide this conference’s outright champion, but an Endicott loss this weekend to Husson or a Western New England setback to Curry College would make the final three weeks very interesting.

Endicott’s next four opponents will certainly provide them with challenges – games against Husson, Western New England and Nichols are must-wins, but the same could be said for the University of New England, too, which scored its first-ever win over the Eagles last Saturday.

If Husson and Nichols both lose this weekend then their chances of winning the CCC will would become rather slim. They would both need to win their final three games and hope one of their conference foes could trip-up Endicott and Western New England.

We’ll know a little bit more after Saturday’s slate concludes as to which teams will remain in the mix to win the CCC.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Current Leaders: Gallaudet University and Dean College

In The Hunt: Anna Maria College and SUNY-Maritime 

Analysis: Saturday’s match-up between Dean and Gallaudet should help us identify a potential league champion. Dean has scored two impressive conference wins the past two weeks, beating SUNY-Maritime at home before rolling past the AMCATs of Anna Maria on the road last Saturday. This is their final road contest of the season – they have only won one game away from campus this season, while Gallaudet has captured just one home victory.

Gallaudet played its best game of the season last weekend when they beat Alfred State on their home turf – they looked like a much different team than the one that needed an extra session (and extra point) to defeat Castleton University on the road.

A win for either Dean or Gallaudet most likely puts them in the driver’s seat heading into the final two weeks of conference play.

SUNY-Maritime and Anna Maria are both alive for the conference crown but need to win their final three remaining contests in order to have a chance to secure a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Privateers and AMCATs both lost to Dean College but can keep pace with the Bulldogs and Bison by scoring wins this weekend.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Current Leaders: Framingham State and Western Connecticut 

In The Hunt: Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

Analysis: Saturday’s matchup between Framingham State and Western Connecticut is a must-win for both squads who have yet to drop a single conference game this fall. The winner will certainly have the inside track to the conference crown, while a loss would not diminish the chance to share the league crown.

Framingham State’s defense was very impressive last week against Plymouth State while the offense seems to be finding its groove at the right time. Western Connecticut has looked rather impressive these past few weeks but did struggle against Bridgewater State. The Colonials beat the Bears back in week three, but Bridgewater State has rebounded quite nicely since the one-score setback, winning four-straight league contests, including a 56-20 win this past Saturday against UMass Dartmouth.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is still very much alive despite losing to Western Connecticut a few weeks ago. Like the Bears of Bridgewater State, who are idle this weekend, the Buccaneers need to win out and hope Framingham State and Western Connecticut get tripped-up down the stretch.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Current Leader: Middlebury College

In The Hunt: Amherst College, Trinity CollegeWesleyan University, and Williams College 

Analysis: Coach Bob Ritter‘s squad has scored some impressive (and dramatic) wins this fall but could endure some challenges in the final three weeks, especially against Hamilton College (week 10) and Tufts University (week 11). Middlebury played its best game of the 2019 season last Saturday when they beat Wesleyan to secure their sixth-straight win, as well as four victories against four of the top five teams in the NESCAC.

Wesleyan and Williams both lost to Middlebury, but need to win out and hope the Panthers get tripped up down the stretch. Both teams will face each other next weekend in what should be an exciting matchup.

Amherst and Trinity are also in play to share the conference crown, too, but need to win out and hope Middlebury loses one of its final three contests. Additionally, they both need to beat Wesleyan and Williams, too, which won’t be an easy task.

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

Current Leader: WPI 

In The Hunt: Merchant Marine, Springfield College, and MIT 

Analysis: The Engineers remain the top team in the NEWMAC thanks to their perfect mark. But that perfect record will be tested these next four weeks, beginning with Saturday’s matchup with Merchant Marine. The Mariners suffered their first conference loss to Springfield College last Saturday – the Engineers beat the Pride last month – so this is somewhat of a must-win for Merchant Marine. If WPI does get tripped-up by Merchant Marine, they still remain the team to beat over the final few weeks.

After starting their season 1-3, Springfield has rebounded with three-straight wins, including two hard-fought victories against Coast Guard Academy and Norwich University. Their win last Saturday against Merchant Marine was by far their most impressive win of the 2019 season. Springfield hosts Catholic University this weekend before enjoying a bye week ahead of their final two contests of the season. Springfield is still very much alive despite losing to WPI but needs to win its final three contests in order to have a chance to share the conference title.

Finally, last year’s NEWMAC champions – that would be MIT – are still in the mix to capture their second-straight title, but also needs to win its final four contests. Upcoming games against Coast Guard, Norwich, Springfield, and WPI won’t be easy, but if coach Brian Bubna‘s squad can pull out a win this Saturday in New London, Connecticut against the Bears it would provide the Engineers of Cambridge with a great deal of momentum heading into their final three contests.

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