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The Early Preseason Outlook: Fitchburg State Falcons

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the Fitchburg State Falcons, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Cortland State for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Falcons’ 2018 Season: Fitchburg State capped its season with a 32-29 win over UMass Dartmouth to provide the Green and Gold with some momentum (and optimism) heading into the offseason.

The Falcons mustered just two wins last fall but were competitive in a few conference clashes, including an early-season setback to Worcester State.

The Falcons’ 2018 squad featured 34 first-years and 27 sophomores – the experience these student-athletes gained should help them this upcoming season.

The 2019 Outlook: As noted above, the Falcons were young last year, so the experience the squad gained should help them be more competitive this fall, both in and outside the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The Falcons graduated nine members of the 2018 squad, including halfback Sterlin Garvin, who led the unit with 10 rushing touchdowns along with defensive back Jared Citizen.

But despite the graduation losses, the Falcons return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, including linebacker Melchior Lynch, who led the defense with 58.0 total tackles, and quarterback Brandon Brown. Brown was a first-year quarterback last season – he was spotted under center in all 10 games but did split some reps with Connor Fitzsimons, who could also be counted on to lead the offense this fall, as well.

Brown finished second on the team in rushing – he rushed for 519 yards on 85 carries and four scores – while Jacqua Solomon tallied 498 yards on 109 carries and one touchdown.

Back for his final season is wide-out Jesse Brown, who led the receiving core with 44 receptions for 493 yards and three touchdowns. He, along with Kevin Quinn will most likely be Brown’s go-to targets.

Connor Briggs will be a player to watch on the offensive line, along with Darious Morkeski.

Fitchburg State’s Schedule: Following an opening day meeting with the Red Dragons, the Falcons will host Castleton University before hopping into conference play with games against Bridgewater State and UMass Dartmouth.

The schedule won’t get any easier for the Green and Gold as the calendar turns from September to October with some important conference meetings with Plymouth State and Framingham State.

A late-season meeting with Worcester State on Friday, November 1st will be a game to watch, as well, before the Falcons cap their season with a ‘Senior Day’ clash with Western Connecticut. 

Players to Watch: Brandon Brown (Quarterback/Lake Mary, Fla.), Connor Fitzsimons (Quarterback/Flushing, N.Y.), Jesse Brown (Wide Receiver/ Yonkers, N.Y.), Kevin Quinn (Wide Receiver/Holliston, Mass.), Connor Briggs (Offensive Line/East Taunton, Mass.), Darious Morkeski (Offensive Line/Methuen, Mass.), Melchior Lynch (Linebacker/Roxbury, Mass.), Caleb Gonsalves (Defensive Line/Mashpee, Mass.), Samuel Kenny (Defensive Line/South Yarmouth, Mass.) and Richard Austin (Defensive Back/Wareham, Mass.).


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The Way Too Early New England D3 Football Top 20 Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Sure, it may not be September or October, but football is on our minds – yes, football, especially in late June when we should be watching baseball or enjoying some downtime at the beach.

But with football on our minds, we thought why not unveil a WAY TOO EARLY New England D3 Football Top 20 Poll to get you excited for the upcoming season.

This fall, we will be expanding our weekly poll to 20 teams instead of the usual 10, which will allow us to provide more coverage (and publicity) to teams in all six New England states. And we are excited to add 10 more teams to our weekly poll – hopefully, this excites you, too.

So, enjoy the unofficial start to our New England football coverage – we will have more blogs and tweets to come between now and the first weekend of the 2019 season, so get excited, everyone!


The Way Too Early New England D3 Football Top 20 Poll 

1. Trinity College 

8-1, 8-1 NESCAC

2. Western New England 

8-3, 5-1 CCC

3. MIT 

9-2, 6-1 NEWMAC

4. Husson University 

8-3, 6-0 ECFC 

5. Springfield College 

8-3, 5-2 NEWMAC

6. Salve Regina University 

7-4, 5-1 CCC

7. Framingham State 

8-3, 7-1 MASCAC

8. Amherst College 

8-1, 8-1 NESCAC

9. Coast Guard Academy  

7-3, 5-2 NEWMAC

10. Endicott College 

7-4, 5-1 CCC

11. Bridgewater State 

8-3, 6-2 MASCAC

12. Williams College 

5-4, 5-4 NESCAC

13. Tufts University

7-2, 7-2 NESCAC

14.  WPI 

6-4, 4-3 NEWMAC

15. Western Connecticut 

8-2, 6-2 MASCAC

16. Plymouth State 

6-4, 5-3 MASCAC

17. Nichols College 

5-5, 3-3 CCC

18. UMass Dartmouth 5-5, 4-4 MASCAC

 19. Westfield State  

5-5, 4-4 MASCAC

20. Dean College

5-5, 4-2 ECFC

On The Rise: Anna Maria College, Colby College, Curry College, UMass Dartmouth, and Westfield State.  

D3 Lacrosse: New England Women’s Top 10 Poll (March 11th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax

With a new season of New England Division III women’s lacrosse underway, it is time to unveil our first poll of the season, which finds Middlebury College in the top spot followed by Amherst College and Wesleyan University.

Our weekly lacrosse polls are powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics, who are ready to get you set for a brand new lacrosse season with their FusionSport technology.

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New England Women’s D3 Top 10 Poll | Monday, March 11th, 2019 

1. Middlebury College  2-1, 1-1 NESCAC
2. Amherst College 3-1, 1-1 NESCAC
3. Wesleyan University  3-0, 2-0 NESCAC
4. Colby College  3-0, 2-0 NESCAC
5. Tufts University  2-0, 1-0 NESCAC
6. Trinity College  2-0, 1-0 NESCAC
7. Bowdoin College  1-1, 1-1 NESCAC
8. Endicott College  1-1, 0-0 CCC
9. Babson College 2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC
10. Bates College  3-2, 1-1 NESCAC

On the Rise: MIT, Plymouth State, Roger Williams, Springfield College, and Williams College


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D3Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Jan. 11th-13th)

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Kylie Gallagher and the MIT women’s basketball team will look to continue their current momentum on Saturday when they visit Springfield College. (PHOTO COURTESY: DSPics.com)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another weekend has officially arrived, which means it is time for a brand new edition of Noontime Sports‘ 10 Games to Watch in New England D3 Hoops.

Last week, we went 7-3 to bump our overall record to 28-12 overall (the week before we went 9-1, so let’s see if we can match it!).

As always, make sure to stay connected with @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter for news, scores and more!

 


Trinity College at Bowdoin College (WBB) | Friday, Jan. 11th at 7 p.m.: This is a good test for the Bantams, who enter tonight’s clash at 11-2 overall. Trinity struggled it seemed against Amherst College last week, so it will be interesting to see how they do against the Polar Bears on the road. PREDICTION: Bowdoin 

Bates College at Middlebury College (WBB) | Friday, Jan. 11th at 7 p.m.: The Panthers look to bounce back from a non-conference setback earlier this week against Westfield State. As for the Bobcats, they should provide challenges on both ends of the court for these Panthers, so look for Middlebury to win this game by two or three points. PREDICTION: Middlebury College 

Williams College at Tufts University (MBB) | Friday, Jan. 11th at 7 p.m.: The Ephs arrive in Medford as the region’s best team. But can they continue their current momentum against a Jumbos squad, which looked pretty good earlier this week against UMass Boston? PREDICTION: Tufts University 

MIT at Springfield College (WBB) | Saturday, Jan. 12th at 1 p.m. : The Engineers have won eight-straight contest dating back to last month. They went on the road last week and scored an important league win over Smith College. We expect the same result this week against the Pride in Springfield. PREDICTION: MIT 

Rhode Island College at UMass Boston (WBB) | Saturday, Jan. 12th at 1 p.m.: Since falling to Bridgewater State earlier this month, the Beacons have been unstoppable, winning three-straight, including a pair of conference meetings against Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth. Their momentum should certainly continue on Saturday in Boston. PREDICTION: UMass Boston 

Emerson College at Springfield College (MBB) | Saturday, Jan. 12th at 3 p.m.: The Lions have won three-straight, including a recent 84-65 win over MIT. Look for the Lions to make it four-straight on the road with a win in Springfield. PREDICTION: Emerson College 

Westfield State at Bridgewater State (WBB) | Saturday, Jan. 12th at 3 p.m.: The Owls scored an impressive win over Middlebury College earlier this week and should find a way to beat the Bears, who enter Saturday’s meeting on a three-game winning streak. PREDICTION: Westfield State 

Plymouth State at Western Conn. (MBB) | Saturday, Jan. 12th at 3 p.m.: Both teams will look to bounce back from recent conference setbacks with the edge going to the Colonials of Western Connecticut being at home. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 

Brandies University at Case Western (MBB) | Sunday, Jan. 13th at 12 p.m.: The Judges will look to bounce back from a recent setback to Amherst on Friday when they visit Carnegie Mellon. Two days later, they will look to cap the weekend with a win over the Spartans. PREDICTION: Brandeis University

Colby College at Trinity College (MBB) | Sunday, Jan. 13th at 2 p.m.: The Mules are one of our teams to watch going forward, and should find a way to top the Bantams on the road. PREDICTION: Colby College 


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week 11 (Nov. 10th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The eleventh week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week 11, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week 10): We went 4-6 last week, which wasn’t our finest performance, but hopefully we can rebound this week!

Season Predictions Records: 69-31 (looking to finish strong!).

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Husson University at Plymouth State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): The Eagles are headed back to the NCAA Tournament next week, but cannot overlook this week’s opponent, which should provide the Green and Gold with some challenges on both sides of the ball. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Plymouth State 18 

Mass. Maritime Academy at Bridgewater State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Anyone smell cranberries? We do! The 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl is set to kickoff tomorrow with the Bears looking to cap their season on a high note. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, Mass. Maritime 14 

Framingham State at Worcester State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Rams would send the Black and Gold back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three seasons. PREDICTION: Framingham State 24, Worcester State 14 

Coast Guard Academy at Merchant Marine (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Merchant Marine currently leads the all-time series, 32-14, but needs a win against the Bears to keep their postseason hopes alive. They should find a way to get past the Bears on ESPN3. PREDICTION: USMMA 22, Coast Guard 13 

Springfield College at MIT (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Springfield enters this week’s contest with some serious momentum following an exciting ‘Senior Day’ win last Saturday over Maine Maritime. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, MIT 14 

Williams College at Amherst College (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Its a bounce-back week for the Mammoths, who will look to cap their season with a rivalry win over Williams on their home turf. PREDICTION: Amherst 27, Williams 14 

Trinity College at Wesleyan University (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Bantams would provide the Blue and Gold with their third-straight conference crown. PREDICTION: Trinity 28, Wesleyan 16 

Anna Maria at Dean College (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Dean needs one more win to cap its second season as a NCAA Division III member with a .500 record. A victory over the AMCATs should certainly provide a boost for the young program heading into the offseason. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Anna Maria 10 

Salve Regina at Endicott College (Nov. 10th at 1 p.m.): The Gulls rallied to score an exciting win last week over Western New England, but now needs to beat Salve Regina for a chance to compete in the NCAA Tournament. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Salve Regina 17 

Bowdoin College at Colby College (Nov. 10th at 1 p.m.): A CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) trophy is on the line this week as both teams beat Bates College earlier this season to set-up a de-facto championship game. Bowdoin won the CBB in 2010, while Colby last celebrated a three-letter victory in 2005. PREDICTION: Colby 24, Bowdoin 14

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