D3 Football: WNE Unveils Its 2018 Schedule

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Western New England unveiled its 2018 schedule. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rachael Margossian | WNE Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

The Western New England Golden Bears recently unveiled its 2018 schedule, which includes five home dates, as well as their annual rivalry game with Springfield College.

WNE will visit the Pride in week one on Friday, August 31st with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Last season, the Pride defeated the Golden Bears in the Fifth Annual Pynchon Saw Game. Quarterback Anthony Service concluded the contest with 235 passing yards – he also rushed for a team-high 49 yards.

The Golden Bears will host their initial home game of the 2018 season one week later when they entertain Westfield State on Saturday, September 8 before making the trek to Husson University on Saturday, September 15th. The Eagles lost to the Golden Bears last season by a touchdown, but did lead at the break by two scores (14-0). Husson was the lone New England squad to advance to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament last fall.

WNE will close out the month of September with back-to-back games against Anna Maria College and Salve Regina.

The Golden Bears will compete in a trio of conference contests in October, including a pair of home games against Curry College and University of New England before closing out its regular season slate with games against Endicott College and Becker College in November.

WNE concluded its 2017 campaign 8-3 overall and 5-0 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The Golden Bears captured the inaugural CCC title with back-to-back wins over Curry and Salve Regina to secure the crown before advancing to the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Delaware Valley.

D3 Lacrosse: 2018 Men’s Midseason Report

NS D3Lax Midseason Report

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to April, New England D3 Lax fans! We have officially made it to the mid-way point of the 2018 season – crazy, right?

With just a few weeks remaining before conference tournaments begin, let’s take a spin around the New England landscape and check-in on every conference.

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Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): It should come as no surprise that Endicott College and Western New England remain the top two teams in the CCC. Both squads will meet on Saturday (Apr. 7th) in a pivotal regular season match-up. The winner will most likely be the top seed in the upcoming postseason tournament.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Western New England. The Golden Bears seem to be the team to beat in the CCC this spring and should take care of business on Saturday against the Gulls. Maybe they get tripped up down the stretch by Roger Williams or Salve Regina, but the Golden Bears are my pick to win the regular season crown and host the 2018 CCC Tournament.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): This is an interesting conference to watch – there really isn’t a favorite. Lasell College captured the GNAC crown last season, but appears to have rebounded from a difficult start. The Lasers boast a 2-0 ledger in league play and can really push ahead for good with a win this weekend over Mount Ida College. The Mustangs are certainly in contention for the regular season crown, as well as Johnson & WalesNorwich University and Rivier University.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Despite a slow start, I still like Lasell College, especially if they can find a way past Mount Ida this weekend.


Little East Conference (LEC): Keene State will remain the favorite in the LEC, but it will be interesting to watch a few teams over the next few weeks, including UMass Dartmouth, which is riding a three-game winning streak. The Corsairs will meet the Owls this weekend in New Hampshire.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Let’s go with … Keene State! The Owls will secure the top seed. Sure, they may get tripped up once (or twice?) down the stretch, but they will be the team to beat in the LEC postseason.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Dean College appears to be the team to beat in the NECC. They currently boast a 5-3 overall ledger and will begin conference play this Saturday, April 7 when they host Mitchell College at 1 p.m.

All three NECC teams will qualify for the tournament later this month, but as of now, it appears the Bulldogs have the upper hand against Mitchell and Becker College.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): The Dean Bulldogs should most likely be the team that hosts the championship game on Saturday, April 28.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): As expected, the NESCAC has been a fun conference to follow this season – a majority of their team’s have continued to appear in our weekly Top 10 poll.

My guess, as of now, is Amherst College will find a way to secure the top seed, but I wouldn’t rule out Tufts University or Wesleyan University. All three teams will meet over the next few weeks, which will help determine the regular season champion.

Keep an eye on Bowdoin CollegeConnecticut College and Williams College over the next few weeks, as well.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): I think Amherst College is the team to beat in the NESCAC this season. They remain our top team in the latest Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll and will most likely be the squad that hosts the semifinals and championships next month.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Coast Guard Academy has been the team to watch – can they continue their March momentum this month against MIT and Springfield College? Their mid-week match against the Pride in two weeks will most likely determine the top seed in the NEWMAC.

Springfield has enjoyed another successful regular season campaign, as well. They boast a solid 6-3 ledger, which includes some non-conference wins over SUNY CortlandNazareth and Union College.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): I think Coast Guard Academy will find a way to get past Springfield to secure the top seed in the NEWMAC.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Once again, New England College appears to be the favorite – I am not sure if Castleton University will catch the Pilgrims, but we shall see.

NEC has rebounded from an 0-4 start with seven-straight wins, including some non-league victories over University of New EnglandMount Ida and Norwich University.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): The New England College Pilgrims will finish its conference slate undefeated and secure the top spot in the NAC playoffs.

D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch In Week 11 in New England

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s the final week of the regular season, D3 Football fans, so let’s get it started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post!

As always, make sure to stay connected with us on social media (Facebook and Twitter), while following our friends from In The (D3fb) Huddle, too (@D3FBHuddle).

Western Connecticut State at Westfield State (Friday, Nov. 10th at 7 p.m.): After coming-up short against the Rams last week, look for quarterback Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials to cap their season with a win on the road. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 27, Westfield State 14

Curry at Salve Regina (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Colonels would match their win total from 2009 (eight), but also provide the Purple and White with some serious momentum heading into the offseason and next season. PREDICTION: Curry 28, Salve Regina 20 

MIT at Springfield (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): A Pool B bid is on the line for the Pride, while MIT will look to end its season with a seventh win. Look for another solid defensive performance from Springfield in this game. PREDICTION: Springfield 30, MIT 21

Mount Ida at Husson (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): John Smith and the Eagles are headed back to the postseason, but a game against the Mustangs will be a must-see (or must-follow) – Mount Ida will certainly provide Husson with a good test before the tournament begins next weekend. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Mount Ida 22 

Worcester State at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Lancers’ offense has put up some serious points this season, but will certainly be challenged by a Rams’ defense that managed to slow down Western Connecticut for most of last week’s game. Expect another big day on the ground from Framingham State tailback Quron WrightPREDICTION: Framingham State 35, Worcester State 31 

Merchant Marine at Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): We spoke with Coach Bill George and Cam Cecchini about this game on this week’s podcast, and both are excited for this must-see rivalry game, which will be seen on ESPN 3. The Bears want to end their season on a high note, but must find a way to slow down the Mariners’ rushing attack, which will once again be led by quarterback Brice MoorePREDICTION: Merchant Marine 34, Coast Guard 27

Amherst at Williams (Saturday, November 11th at 12 p.m.): Amherst enters the contest with a great deal of momentum following wins over Wesleyan, Tufts and Trinity. Can they continue it against Coach Mark Raymond‘s squad, which is searching for its first Amherst-Williams win since 2010? PREDICTION: Amherst 25, Williams 17

Bridgewater State at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): Who will capture the Cranberry Bowl this season? The Buccaneers will look to rebound from a 37-14 setback a week ago to UMass Dartmouth, while the Bears will look to cap their season with a win after falling to Worcester State last weekend. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, Mass. Maritime 14. 

Middlebury at Tufts (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12:30 p.m.): The Jumbos are focused on concluding their season with a win and received some solid advice at practice this week from New Hampshire’s own Chip KellyPREDICTION: Tufts 29, Middlebury 24

Colby at Bowdoin (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12:30 p.m): The Mules and Polar Bears are set to compete for the 129th time – that’s a lot of years my friends! PREDICTION: Colby 34, Bowdoin 23

Springfield Remains Atop Sixth Grinold Chapter New England D3 Weekly Rankings

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 9.25.02 AMBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Springfield College remained the top team in the latest Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings, as announced via email earlier today (Monday, Oct. 30th).

The Pride, who received 13 first-place votes this week, was idle this past weekend, but returns to the gridiron this Saturday, November 4 when they travel to Maine Maritime for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

In addition to checking-in first on this week’s poll, Springfield also remained the 22nd best team in the country, per the latest D3Football.com poll.

Trinity College and Plymouth State checked-in second and third, respectively, while Husson University and Western Connecticut tied for the fourth position. Both the Bantams and Panthers earned one first-place vote.

Framingham State, Curry College and Amherst College checked-in sixth, seventh and eight, respectively, while Western New England secured the ninth position and WPI the 10th spot. Salve Regina, which fell to the Golden Bears this past weekend, was the lone team to receive votes.

Trinity, which secured an impressive 27-5 win over Middlebury College, improved to 7-0 on the season, while Plymouth State improved to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the MASCAC with a 17-0 win over Westfield State.

Quarterback Quinn Fleeting highlighted the Colonials seventh win of the season by tossing four touchdown passes, while rushing for one score on the ground. Fleeting and the Colonials head to Framingham State this Saturday for an important conference clash with the Rams.

Husson University defeated Anna Maria this past weekend, while Framingham State rolled by UMass Dartmouth, 34-13. The Rams’ defense highlighted their exciting win over the Corsairs.

For more information on the Grinold Chapter of the National Football Foundation, please visit www.grinoldchapter.com.

Noontime Sports Team of the Week (Monday, Oct. 30th)

Noontime Team Week

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday – and we apologize for taking a week off! – but it’s time to return to our weekly Noontime Sports Team of the Week post, which includes our players of the week, along with our our offense, defense and special teams of the week, too.

Offensive Player of the Week: Nick Vailas (Bowdoin): Against Wesleyan, Vailas hauled in eight catches for a career-high 167 yards,which increased his career reception total to 102 catches. He became the second student-athlete to surpass the 100 career catch mark since Pat Noone hauled in 176 receptions. Vailas also caught one touchdown, an 85-yard reception late in the fourth that brought the Polar Bears within 11 points (21-10) of the Cardinals. 

Defensive Player of the Week: Michael Bianco (Becker): Bianco tied the NCAA Division III record for interceptions in a game (five), while recording 11 total tackles, including a quartet of solo stops, along with one pass break-up in his team’s 14-13 win over Nichols College. One of his five interceptions was returned for a touchdown, which evened the game at 7-7 in the third quarter. 

Special Teams Player of the Week: Devin Pickett (Husson): Pickett connected on all 10 extra point attempts in his team’s 70-13 win over Anna Maria. The sophomore kicker has now connected on 40 of 42 extra points this season.


Offensive Team of the Week

Connor Bourque (Norwich): Bourque rushed for 103 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, while averaging 4.7 yards per carry against Catholic. 

Jevon Brown-Simpson (Fitchburg State): Against Western Connecticut, Brown-Simpson rushed for 166 yards on 24 carries and one score, while averaging 6.9 yards per carry.

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum completed 28 of 36 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns as the Lancers topped the Buccaneers of Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Coughlin Field. 

Nick Cascione (Union): Cascione completed 14 of 24 passes for a season-high 272 yards, while tossing three touchdowns, which helped Union defeat Hobart, 28-23. 

Max Chipouras (Trinity): Chipouras rushed for a game-high 182 yards on 33 carries, while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. His longest run of the day was a 51-yard burst. 

Brendan Costa (Bates): Costa amassed 291 yards of total offense, including 155 yards on the ground as the Bobcats secured their first win of the season against Colby. Costa rushed for one score, while completing 11 of 20 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown.

Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese helped his team secure a 17-7 win over Endicott with both his arm and legs. He rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries (6.9 yards per carry) and two scores, while connecting on 16 of 22 passes for 120 yards. 

Mark Dietrich (WNE): Dietrich led all receivers with 86 yards and two scores, while concluding last Saturday’s clash with five receptions. Dietrich averaged 17.2 yards per reception against Salve Regina.

Ollie Eberth (Amherst): Eberth amassed 301 yards of total offense, including 65 yards on 11 carries and two scores as Amherst picked-up an important win over Tufts. 

Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn.): Fleeting completed 15 of 23 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 36 yards on six carries and one score against Fitchburg State.

Maleke Fuentes (Alfred):
Fuentes led all rushers with 146 yards on 18 carries and one score, while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. 

Jake Gelb (Salve Regina): Gelb amassed 132 yards of total offense, including 106 yards on the ground on 26 carries and one score. Gelb averaged 4.1 yards per carry.

Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Germinerio accounted for four touchdowns, including three through the air as the Golden Eagles soared by Buffalo State last Saturday. Germinerio completed 18 of 26 passes for 226 yards, while rushing for 43 yards (5.4 yards per carry) on eight carries. 

DaQuan Hubbard (Brockport): Hubbard led all receivers in the Golden Eagles’ 33-0 win over Buffalo State with four reception of 112 yards and two touchdowns. 

Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen led all rushers with 185 yards on 27 carries, while rushing for one touchdown in his team’s 24-21 win over MIT. McAllen also hauled in a catch for 27 yards, too. 

Ryan McDonald (Tufts): Against the Mammoths, McDonald amassed 254 yards of total offense, including 75 yards on 17 carries for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. McDonald connected on 14 of 31 passes for 179 yards, while tossing two touchdowns – both scores landed in the hands of Jack Dolan.

Justin Nelson (Williams): Nelson led all receivers with 125 receiving yards, while recording six receptions and one touchdown in his team’s 24-6 win against Hamilton. Nelson’s longest reception of the day was a 76-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter that provided the Ephs with a 24-0 lead at the break. 

James O’Regan (Amherst): O’Regan led all receivers with 132 yards on six receptions, while recording one touchdown in his team’s five-point win over Tufts. 

Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime): Phillips recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing performance of the season and sixth of his career by tallying 135 yards on 29 carries. 

Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Puzzo amassed 188 yards of total offense, including 76 on the ground on 12 carries and two scores as the Bantams defeated the Panthers to improve to 7-0 in NESCAC play.

Andrew Sanders (Tufts): Sanders rushed for 88 yards and two scores on seven carries against Amherst, while averaging 12.6 yards per carry. 

Anthony Service (WNE): Service amassed 247 yards of total offense, including 224 yards through the air as the Golden Bears defeated Salve Regina last Saturday. Service completed 19 of 28 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 23 yards on the ground. 

Michael Slaughter, Jr. (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter Jr. led all rushers with 123 yards on 30 carries and on score, while averaging 4.1 yards per carry. 

Curtis Smith (SUNY Maritime): Smith led all receivers with 141 yards on six catches and three scores. He averaged 23.5 yards per reception, too.

John Smith (Husson): 
Smith rushed for 247 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns against Anna Maria last weekend, while averaging 17.6 yards per carry.

Trai Weaver (Anna Maria): For the third time this season, Weaver recored a pair of touchdown receptions, while leading all receivers last week with seven grabs for 62 yards. Through eight games this season, Weaver has tallied a career-best 10 touchdown receptions.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski helped Framingham State pick-up an important conference win over UMass Dartmouth by completing 14 of 24 passes for 162 yards, while tossing four touchdowns. 

Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright accounted for five touchdowns, including four through the air as the Privateers secured a big win over the Spartans of Castleton. Wright concluded the game 19 of 33 for 332 yards and four scores, while rushing for 16 yards on five carries and one score.


Defensive Team of the Week

Ricco Aaron (Dean): Aaron registered nine total tackles, including six solo stops, one fumble recovery and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.

Joe Esposito (Plymouth State): Esposito tallied 10 total tackles, including two solo stops, along with two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for six yards in the Panthers’ 17-0 win over Westfield State. 

Nathan Fleming (Framingham State): Fleming registered a team-high 11 solo stops, while concluding last Saturday’s game against UMass Dartmouth with 13 total tackles and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards. 

Jean Gabriel (Husson): Against the AMCATs, Gabriel recorded seven solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of eight yards, along with a pair of forced fumbles and one pass break-up.

Zhaire House (Western New England): House stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Salve Regina, tallying seven solo stops, one pass break-up, one interception (two yards) and one fumble recovery. 

Corey Jean-Jacques (Trinity): Against Middlebury, Jean-Jacques tallied four total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up, too. 

John Lauretti (Alfred State): Lauretti recorded eight total tackles, including five solo stops, three sacks for a loss of 11 yards and four tackles for a loss of 14 yards as Alfred State captured its first game of the season by defeating Mount Ida, 18-8. 

Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Mathurin paced the Corsairs defense with eight total tackles, including five solo stops, one tackle for a loss of three yards and a pass break-up. 

Nicholas Milgate (Alfred): Milgate registered nine total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, two interceptions (60 yards) and one tackle for a loss of four yards.

Brandon O’Neill (Salve Regina): O’Neill recorded seven total tackles, including five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 24 yards and one forced fumble against Western New England. 

Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Onujiogu led the Rams defense with 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards and one quarterback hurry. 

Nick Ostrowski (WPI): Ostrowski ended last Saturday’s clash with MIT by registering 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, one forced fumble and one interception returned for a touchdown (55 yards).  

Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Parker registered 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards, one fumble recovery and one interception in his team’s big win over Castleton. 

Sebastien Philemon (Colby): Philemon led all defenders last week with 19 total tackles and eight solo stops against Bates. 

Dago Picon-Roura (Trinity): Picon-Roura paced the Bantams’ defense against Middlebury with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops, two pass break-ups and one interception returned for 19 yards. 

Andrew Sommer (Amherst): Against Tufts, Sommer registered a team-high 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one pass break-up.

Patrick Vidal (Catholic):
Vidal concluded last Saturday’s contest with 12 total tackles, including six solo stops, along with three tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards. 

Alex West (Brockport): West tallied nine total stops, including three-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 16 yards, along with one interception (14 yards) and one fumble recovery in the Golden Eagles’ 33-0 win over Buffalo State.


Special Teams of the Week

Grant DeWald (Bates): DeWald connected on all five kicks, including all three extra point attempts in his team’s 27-24 win over Colby. 

Brett Fox (Endicott): Against Curry, Fox punted the ball five times for 240 yards. Two of his boots landed inside the Curry 20-yard line.

Markiesh Harmon (Worcester State): Harmon registered four punts for a total of 149 yards – three of those boots landed inside the Massachusetts Maritime 20-yard line. 

Patrick Lehane (Worcester State): On eight kickoffs, Lehane registered 447 yards, an average of 55.9 yards per kick, with two kicks resulting in touch backs.

Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Murphy connected on all seven kicks, including a field goal from 25-yards out, which helped SUNY Maritime defeat Castleton.

Eric Sachse (Trinity): Saches connected on all five kicks, including a trio of extra points and two field goals – his longest boot was a 33-yard field goal in the fourth, which capped his team’s scoring for the game.

Andrew Verre (Salve Regina): Verre connected on all four kicks (two extra points, two field goals), including a 42-yard field goal. Verre concluded the game with eight points.