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Inside The Matchup: RPI @ Endicott College

Joe Deptula and the RPI defense will be tasked with slowing down an Endicott College football team that is averaging 28.7 points per game. (PHOTO COURTESY: Perry Laskaris/RPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re another day closer to the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament — 32 small college football teams will be competing for spots in the second round on Saturday, including Endicott College and RPI.

Endicott and RPI will meet for the first time in the postseason — additionally, Saturday’s first round matchup will mark the first time the Gulls and Engineers meet since RPI edged Endicott, 6-3, on September 11, 2010.

Let’s learn more about this particular matchup that features two teams that captured their respective conference crown.


Game Time & Location: Saturday’s matchup between the Gulls and Engineers will take place in Beverly, Massachusetts at Hempstead Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Team Schedules: Endicott College | RPI

Team Statistics: Endicott College | RPI


RPI’s journey to the postseason: It’s been an exciting few weeks for these Engineers, who bounced back from a 10-9 setback to Hobart College with hard-fought wins over Ithaca College, St. Lawrence University, and Union College. Their come-from-behind win over Union last Saturday, which was highlighted by a game-winning field goal from Trevor Bisson, not only provided the squad with the Dutchman Shoes Trophy, but also the opportunity to represent the Liberty League (LL) in the national tournament.

Endicott’s journey to the postseason: After capping its last two seasons with appearances in the New England Bowl, the Gulls returned to the postseason by winning eight of 10 contests, including five of six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) matchups. Endicott rebounded from a late October setback to Salve Regina University with a pair of end-of-season wins over the University of New England and Nichols College to secure its third trip in program history to the NCAA Tournament.

RPI’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament: The Engineers last appeared in the postseason in 2018 when they win a pair of games against Husson University and Brockport. Their quest for a national title would conclude on the first day of December when they lost to Johns Hopkins University by a score of 37-14.

Endicott’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament: Endicott’s last appearance in the national postseason occurred in 2013 — the Gulls won the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Championship against Salve Regina, but los their first postseason contest to Rowan University by a score of 24-0.

RPI’s NCAA Tournament history: The Engineers will be making their seventh appearance in the national postseason in program history with their first trip occurring in 1999. Saturday will mark the third time coach Ralph Isernia has guided RPI to the postseason.

Endicott’s NCAA Tournament history: Endicott is making its third appearance in the national postseason with their first two trips occurring in 2010 and 2013. This particular trip is Paul McGonagle’s first with the Gulls – he last was in the postseason in 2017 as an associate coach with Assumption College.

Players to Watch on RPI:  George Marinopoulos (QB), Vinnie McDonald (WR), Peter Lombardi (WR/ATH), Josh Cohen (DL), Joe Deptula (LB), C.J. Lyons (DB), Zac Montrief (P), Conor Ahern (DL), Francis Perry (DB), and Sterling Walker-Sutton (Return Specialist).

Players to Watch on Endicott: Mike Ingraffia (QB), John Kenney (RB), Shane Aylward (WR | CCC Offensive Rookie of the Year), Colin Meropoulos (DL | CCC Defensive Rookie of the Week), Sam Opont (DL), Tim Russell (LB | CCC Defensive Player of the Week), Tyler Davis (DB) and Ryan Smith (K).

Four New England D3 Football Teams Are Headed To The NCAA Tournament

Endicott College will make its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament this week since 2013. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway Sports Photography)

By Matt Noonan

In just a few hours, we will learn the opening round matchups of the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament with four New England teams scheduled to compete in the opening round.

One of the four teams — Framingham State — is making its third-straight trip to the national postseason while the other three, including Endicott College, are making their first appearance in a few seasons.

Let’s highlight the four local teams that will be competing in the national postseason, as well as how things played out in their previous appearances.

Anna Maria College (7-2, 5-1 ECFC): Coach Dan Mulrooney and his AMCATs made history this fall by winning their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title on Saturday with a 31-7 victory over SUNY-Maritime. The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Privateers, dating back to Anna Maria’s first season as a varsity program, but this particular trip will be the team’s initial appearance in the national tournament.

Endicott College (8-2, 5-1 CCC): Saturday’s 37-3 victory over Nichols College provided the Gulls with their first conference crown since 2013 when they beat Salve Regina in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship game. Endicott secured a matchup with Rowan University but saw their second trip to the playoffs conclude in the opening round with a 24-0 setback. The Gulls’ initial trip to the national tournament came in 2010 — they lost to SUNY Cortland by a score of 49-35 after edging Maine Maritime Academy in the NEFC Championship one week earlier.

In addition to two trips to the NCAA Tournament, the Gulls have appeared in four bowl games, winning a pair of ECAC North Atlantic bowls against Mount Ida College and Norwich University, along with two appearances in the New England Bowl (beat Dean College in 2019, lost to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 2018).

Framingham State (8-2, 8-0 MASCAC): The Rams are heading back to the postseason for the third consecutive season after winning eight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchups this fall.

Framingham State is seeking its initial postseason win — the Black and Gold have competed in the national tournament five times in the last nine years. They made their first appearance in 2012 after beating Salve Regina in the New England Football Conference championship — Framingham State lost to SUNY Cortland by a score of 20-19.

In addition to competing in the NCAA Tournament, coach Tom Kelley‘s Rams have won two New England Bowls in 2016 and 2017 to go with a pair of ECAC Bowl games.

Springfield College (7-3, 6-0 NEWMAC): The Pride punched their ticket to the postseason with a 28-14 victory on Saturday over Catholic University.

Springfield will represent the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in the postseason for the second time in program history — they captured the conference crown in 2017 with a 10-0 overall record but lost their opening-round matchup to Husson University.

The Pride’s initial appearance in the national postseason came in 1998 when coach Mike DeLong‘s squad lost its opening-round contest to Buffalo State by a score of 38-35. They would return two years later, winning back-to-back contests against Montclair State (first round) and Brockport (second round) before losing to Widener University in the NCAA East Regional Final.

Springfield’s 2000 postseason run was the furthest any Pride team would advance in the national tournament — they did advance to the second round in 2006 but lost to St. John Fisher by a score of 27-21. One round earlier, Springfield rolled past Curry College, 42-14.

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Nine

Husson University is one of five New England NCAA Division III football teams to watch this week after their big win last weekend against the University of New England. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eric Ogden)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s that time of the week when we highlight five teams to watch this weekend in New England NCAA Division III football.

So, without further ado … let’s get after it!

Castleton University (4-3, 2-1 ECFC): The Spartans are in the mix for the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown after winning back-to-back league matchups against Dean College (21-13) and Keystone College (41-0).

Against the Giants, Evan Smith threw three touchdowns, Simon Davis Jr. rushed for a pair of scores, and the Spartans defense tallied 10 tackles for a loss of 50 yards and three interceptions.  

This week, the Spartans face an Anna Maria College squad that has won five consecutive matchups, as well as sits atop the ECFC standings. Saturday’s game could be considered a playoff game for the Spartans, who need to win their final three contests to remain in position to snatch their first-ever league crown.

Castleton has split its last two matchups with Anna Maria, falling to the AMCATs in 2018 before beating them one year later in 2019.  

Husson University (5-2, 2-1 CCC): Despite a week seven setback to Endicott College, the Eagles of Husson are very much in the mix for the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown. However, they will need to win their final three contests and get some help.

This week, the Eagles will fly south to Dudley, Massachusetts to compete against a Nichols College squad that has yet to win a conference matchup this fall. The Bison lost their previous matchup with Husson in 2019 by a score of 31-7.

A win for the Eagles would certainly provide the Green and Gold with some much-needed momentum heading into a pair of important end-of-season matchups with Salve Regina University and Western New England. Both teams, along with Endicott are in the mix for the league title.

On Saturday, keep your eyes on Husson quarterback Nic Visser, who completed 25 of 39 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday against the University of New England.

Salve Regina University (7-1, 3-1 CCC): Like the Eagles of Husson, the Seahawks of Salve Regina are very much in the mix for their conference crown, thanks to a come-from-behind win last Saturday against Endicott.

But the biggest question facing the Seahawks heading into their final two contests of the 2021 season with Curry College and Husson is can last week’s big win carry them to two more victories?  

Salve Regina entered conference play with a great deal of momentum after rallying to beat Rowan University by a score of 50-35. But one week later, the Seahawks saw their five-game winning streak snapped by Western New England, which beat the Blue and Grey by a score of 41-3.

Since losing to the Golden Bears, the Seahawks have rebounded, winning three-straight while averaging five touchdowns per game. They will certainly need to score a few touchdowns, both this weekend and next weekend, especially if they want to finish with nine wins.

Trinity College (6-0, 6-0 NESCAC): The Bantams are one of three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams that have yet to lose a single game this season – the same could be said for Wesleyan University and Williams College. But can they find a way to finish the season with three more wins?

Last week, the Bantams fell behind early, but were able to rally and beat Colby College, 35-12, thanks to four touchdown passes from Spencer Fetter and a 139 rushing yards by William Kirby, who also located the end zone once at the end of the third quarter.

Perhaps the slow start against the Mules could be a blueprint for one of its three remaining foes – Amherst College, Wesleyan, and Williams – to beat the Blue and Gold, but it could also be a valuable learning lesson for a squad that has already won more games than they did in 2019.

Trinity will certainly be challenged these next three weeks but seem determined to finish their season without a single setback like they did in 2016.

UMass Dartmouth (6-2, 4-2 MASCAC): The Corsairs might be on the outside of the two-team race for the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown, but they certainly can make things interesting by beating Bridgewater State this weekend.  

The Bears are one of two teams that have yet to lose a conference matchup this fall – the same could be said for Framingham State, which beat UMass Dartmouth in week three.

UMass Dartmouth has not beaten the Bears since 2014 when they beat Bridgewater State on their home turf by a score of 37-10.

Since their 27-point victory against the Bears, the Corsairs have lost five straight, including their most recent outing in 2019 when Bridgewater State registered 56 points, which was the most the Red and White produced in a single-game that season.

Since falling to Western Connecticut earlier this month, the Corsairs have won three consecutive matchups to gain some much-needed momentum heading into the final three weeks of the 2021 season.

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Five

Devin Marrocco and the Colby College football team will attempt to earn their second win on Saturday against Hamilton College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eileen Sawyer/Colby College)

By NoontimeSports.com

The fifth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to highlight five teams to watch this weekend.

Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC): The AMCATs have been a great story this fall, winning two of three contests, including an exciting 29-24 victory last weekend against Coast Guard Academy.

This week, Anna Maria will visit Keystone College in its first-ever meeting with the Giants — Keystone has yet to win a game this fall, but Saturday’s clash with the AMCATs will be their first as a member of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

Quarterback Alex Cohen will be a player to watch in this game as the senior signal-caller has thrown for 852 yards through three contests, as well as connected with wide receiver for three of his four touchdowns.

On defense, keep your eyes on Sam Jakana, who finished last week’s game against the Bears with 10 total tackles — all solo stops! — including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards.

Colby College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC): The Mules snapped a 22-game losing streak to Amherst College last weekend by outlasting the Mammoths, 10-7.  

Colby’s defense highlighted the win while halfback Devin Marrocco provided the Blue and White with an early lead mid-way through the opening quarter by capping a 13-play, 71-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run.

Moises Celaya booted a season-long 38-yard field goal midway through the final session to provide the visitors with a few more points that helped them depart Amherst with a much-needed win after losing their season-opener to Wesleyan University one week earlier by a score of 21-5.  

This week, the Mules face-off against a 1-1 Hamilton College squad that won its season-opener against Bowdoin College but lost its second matchup to Wesleyan.

Last week’s win against Amherst should provide the Mules with some much-needed momentum against a Hamilton squad that beat them in 2019 by a score of 45-24.

In 2018, the Mules topped the Continentals at home by a score of 23-21, thanks to a pair of fourth quarter field goals by Walter Thilly.

Curry College (2-1, 0-0 CCC): After starting their season with a 41-7 setback to MIT, the Colonels have bounced back, defeating Coast Guard Academy (21-18) and Hartwick College (14-7) to enter conference play with some momentum.

Curry was idle this past weekend, but its defense was a unit to watch two weeks ago against Hartwick — Curry’s defense finished the game with two sacks, six tackles for a loss, one interception, and seven pass break-ups. Gregory Silvia and James Nyamwaya each recorded 10 total tackles.

Quarterback Justin Mullaney threw for a season-high 301 yards in the win – he also completed 24 of 37 passes and tossed one touchdown.

Mullaney’s go-to targets through three games are Maxx Bell (18 receptions for 141 yards) and Gabe DeSouza (15 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns) – both receivers will be players to watch on Saturday against Endicott College.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC): The Buccaneers returned to the win column last week after falling to Anna Maria College one week earlier by a score of 23-13.

Massachusetts Maritime’s defense was the story of last week’s conference win against Fitchburg State as the unit tallied 72 total tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss of 47 yards, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and one interception returned for 30 yards.

Hugh Wells was one of many members of the Buccaneers defense to watch last week – the West Hartford, Connecticut native registered three total tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one forced fumble.

Jonah Mitchell and Colbe Andrews powered the offense by combining for 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

This week, the Buccaneers visit Westfield State for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. A win over the Owls will keep Massachusetts Maritime in the mix for the top spot in the conference with Bridgewater State and Framingham State, along with UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut.

Salve Regina (4-0, 0-0 CCC): The Seahawks have been a great story this fall.

The team’s most recent win against Rowan University was very exciting – Salve Regina trailed, 35-16, at the break, but stormed back during the final two sessions to cap its non-conference slate with a 50-35 victory.

Halfback Joey Mauriello has been the players to watch on the Seahawks – the Colts Neck, New Jersey native was named this week’s New England Football Writers (NEFW) Gold Helmet recipient for Division II/III after rushing for a school-record 279 yards and three fourth quarter touchdowns. Mauriello concluded the contest with 332 all-purpose yards.

Mauriellio and the Seahawks face a challenging test this weekend against Western New England, a squad that has dropped two-straight to Salisbury University and Utica College.

Salve Regina has not beaten Western New England since 2013 – the victory occurred in Newport, Rhode Island. Their last victory against the Golden Bears on the road came in 2012 when Salve Regina topped Western New England, 43-0.

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Sept. 27, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Four weeks of New England NCAA Division III football are in the books — that was fast!

But before we truly turn the page to the fifth week, which technically began yesterday, we need to share our Week Five Poll, which featured a lot of movement.

As usual, make sure to circle back both later today and throughout the week for more New England football coverage (and more topics, too), but in the meantime … let’s share this week’s poll!

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Week Five (Monday, September 27, 2021)

  1. Salve Regina University (4-0, 0-0 CCC) | LW: No. 2): The Seahawks enter conference play with a great deal of momentum after erasing a 19-point deficit at the break last Saturday to defeat Rowan University in their final non-league tilt.

  2. Williams College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 3): After rolling past the defending champions last week in their home-opener, the Ephs found a way to outlast Tufts in overtime for their second-straight win.

  3. Western New England (2-2, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Golden Bears struggled to slow down a Salisbury University squad that is averaging five touchdowns per game. Western New England hosts Salve Regina on Saturday in a very important conference clash.

  4. Trinity College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): The Bantams have outscored their first two opponents by a score of 80-42, but face an important foe — and yes, test, too — on Saturday: Middlebury College.  

  5. Middlebury College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): Speaking of the Panthers, they check-in fifth overall again after scoring a much-needed bounce-back victory on Saturday, thanks to quarterback Will Jernigan, who finished the game with three touchdowns (one through the air, two on the ground).

  6. Wesleyan University (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): Through two games, the Cardinals have limited their opponents to 19 points. Wesleyan’s defense recorded two interceptions and two sacks against Hamilton College while Logan Tomlinson caught a team-high two touchdowns.

  7. Endicott College (3-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 5): The Gulls bounced back this past weekend following a surprising setback to Catholic University with a 30-21 victory over Norwich University, thanks to a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Mike Ingraffia. Endicott plays at home on Saturday against a 2-1 Curry College squad.  

  8. MIT (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 8): The Engineers run game and defense shined against Dean College last Saturday.

  9. Husson University (3-1, 0-0 CCC| LW: No. 14): These Eagles are finding ways to win games, so do not overlook them one week from Saturday when they return from their bye week to play Curry in their initial conference tilt of the 2021 season.

  10. Framingham State (2-2, 2-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 17): The Rams are moving up following another big conference win last Saturday against Westfield State. This week, they visit Plymouth State.

  11. Bridgewater State (2-2, 2-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 16): The Bears move up six spots following a come-from-behind win over Western Connecticut. Bridgewater State heads to Fitchburg State on Saturday.  

  12. UMass Dartmouth (3-1, 1-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 11): The Corsairs bounced back from a disappointing setback to Framingham State with a commanding win over Worcester State this past weekend. UMass Dartmouth concluded the game with 546 yards of total offense.

  13. Western Connecticut (2-2, 1-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 9): The Colonials suffered a disappointing setback to Bridgewater State last Friday but will look to bounce back on Saturday when they host UMass Dartmouth in what is a very important game for both teams.

  14. Coast Guard Academy (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): The Bears dropped three spots following a stunning defeat last Saturday to Anna Maria College. Can they bounce back this week against Norwich?

  15. University of New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 15): The Nor’easters were idle this past weekend but will look to continue their momentum from earlier this month on Saturday against Nichols College.

  16. Colby College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC | LW: No. NR): The Mules return to the poll following a hard-fought win over Amherst College last Saturday, which snapped a 22-game losing streak to the Mammoths.

  17. Curry College (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: NR): The Colonels join the poll for the first time this season – they were idle this past weekend, but their defense has caused some serious problems for their first three opponents. They will certainly be a unit to watch on Saturday against Endicott.

  18. Springfield College (1-3, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 12): The Pride may only have one win, but their effort from non-league tilts with Husson and Union College should translate into some conference wins. Springfield is one of two NEMWAC squads to have registered 100 points or more through four weeks.

  19. Tufts University (0-2, 0-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 18): The Jumbos have provided some real challenges for its initial foes of the 2021 season – look for that first win to come on Saturday against Amherst College.

  20. Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC | LW: NR): The AMCATs could easily be 3-0, but despite falling to Nichols College in week two, Anna Maria has scored some solid non-conference wins, which should provide Dan Mulrooney’s squad with some momentum heading into this week’s matchup with Keystone College.

On the rise: Amherst College, Nichols College, and WPI