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The 2021 All-Noontime D3 New England Football Team

Bobby Maimaron led the Williams College football team to a 9-0 record this fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/ Williams College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

With the 2021 NCAA New England Division III season slowly winding down, it is time to unveil our end-of-season team that features a slew of student-athletes from all five conferences. Some of these student-athletes appeared on our preseason team — in case you missed it, feel free to jump back in time to see who made our D3 preseason squad! — but in the meantime, congratulations to everyone on another exciting season, and best of luck to the seniors and graduate students that competed for the final time this fall!

Offense

  • QB: Dante Aviles-Santos (UMass Dartmouth)
  • QB: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College)
  • HB/FB: Adam Couch (Bridgewater State)
  • HB/FB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State)
  • HB/FB: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University)
  • HB/FB: Tim Callahan (Springfield College)
  • WR/TE: Errol Breaux (Dean College)
  • WR/TE: Aidan Hogan (Husson University)
  • WR/TE: Philip Lutz (Tufts University)
  • WR/TE: DeVante Reid (Trinity College)
  • WR/TE: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England)
  • WR/TE: Ke’Vaughn Davis (Worcester State)
  • OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University)
  • OL: Bryan Lawton (Framingham State)
  • OL: Pete Noonan (Salve Regina University)
  • OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College)
  • OL: Cade Watkins (Western New England) 
  • OL: John Freeman (Williams College)

Defense

  • DL: Chris Rice (Castleton University)
  • DL: Sam Opont (Endicott College)
  • DL: Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State)
  • DL: Frank Curran (Husson University)
  • DL: Marcus Elysee (UMass Dartmouth)
  • DL: Nick Helbig (Wesleyan University)
  • LB: Tony Hooks (Bates College)
  • LB: Brendan Albert (Bridgewater State)
  • LB: Steven Silvia (Bridgewater State)
  • LB: Tim Russell (Endicott College)
  • LB: Paul Calvetti (MIT)
  • LB: Joshua Salem (Western New England)
  • DB: Armstrong Antoine (Anna Maria College)
  • DB: Dre Kidd (Dean College)
  • DB: Cully Curran (Framingham State)
  • DB: Quinn Girard (Plymouth State)
  • DB: Kyle Niehr (Springfield College)
  • DB: Danny Banks (Wesleyan University)   

Special Teams

  • P: George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy)  
  • P: Zac Christian (Western New England)
  • K: Ryan Smith (Endicott College)
  • K: Christian Hutra (Springfield College)
  • KR: Ryan Milliken (Plymouth State)
  • KR: Adam Razza (Western New England)

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).

Noontime’s D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Trinity Rolls Past Middlebury, 28-0

Trinity College’s Spencer Fetter tossed two touchdowns on Saturday against Middlebury College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Make it three straight wins for Trinity College as the Bantams rolled past Middlebury College, 28-0, in their second home game of the 2021 season to erase memories of a five-point setback to the Panthers two years ago.

Trinity recorded 424 yards of total offense, thanks to quarterback Spencer Fetter, who concluded the game 18 of 31 for 319 yards and two touchdowns.  

Devante Reid led all receivers with eight grabs for 146 yards while Thomas Walsh (one catch, 57 yards) and Jack Barrett (two catches, 21 yards) each recorded one touchdown reception. Halfback William Kirby rushed for a game-high 56 yards and one score.

Trinity’s defense limited the Middlebury passing attack to a season-low 118 yards while recording three interceptions and six sacks.

The Bantams, who led 7-0 at the break, doubled its lead early in the third quarter when Spencer Fetter connected with Thomas Walsh for a 57-yard touchdown pass to cap a two-play, 70-yard drive.

Brian Casagrande would add to the Trinity lead on the initial play of the fourth quarter by intercepting Middlebury quarterback Cole Kennon for an 86-yard touchdown return before William Kirby capped his team’s scoring with an 18-yard rushing score with 4:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Trinity is one of three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams that have won three straight contests as both Wesleyan University and Williams College remained perfected through three weeks by picking up wins against Bates College and Bowdoin College, respectively.

The Bantams will visit Hamilton College next Saturday, October 9 for a 1 p.m. kickoff – the Continentals scored their second win of the 2021 season this afternoon by defeating Colby College by a score of 27-14.

Western New England snapped its two-game losing streak with a 41-3 victory over Salve Regina University this afternoon. With the win, the Golden Bears improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

John Kenney rushed for a pair of touchdowns while Sam Opont recorded a game-high 11 total tackles as Endicott College won its first conference game against Curry College, 34-27.

The Colonels entered the game on a two-game winning streak – they were led by quarterback Justin Mullaney, who completed 22 of 38 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns.

Make it three-straight for the University of New England as they scored their first-ever win over Nichols College, 28-19, to improve to 3-1 overall. Next week, the Nor’easters will attempt to win their second consecutive conference game against Salve Regina.

Elsewhere in New England, Framingham State rolled past Plymouth State, 33-0, Massachusetts Maritime Academy topped Westfield State, 16-8, and Norwich University beat Coast Guard Academy, 24-21, in the Little Army-Navy Game for the Mug.  

Stop by later this weekend for an additional blog post (or two) on the fifth week of the New England small college football season.

Game of the Week Preview: St. Lawrence at Endicott (Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021)

Jamie Battaglia and the Saint Lawrence football team begin their 2021 season on the road Saturday, September 4 against Endicott College. (Tara Freeman – St. Lawrence University)

By Matt Noonan

The first official weekend of the New England (and northeast) college football season has finally arrived, which means it is time to preview our first “Game of the Week,” which pits Endicott College and Saint Lawrence University.

Before the Gulls and Saints square off on Saturday, September 4 at 12 p.m., let’s learn a bit more about each team, as well as make a prediction for who wins (and why?).

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The early outlook for Endicott College: The Gulls enter their first game of the 2021 season as our second-ranked team in this week’s New England Top 20 Poll (for week one) — Endicott is certainly one of many teams I (and others) in the area/region believe will be in the mix for their conference crown.

Coach Paul McGonagle has led the Gulls to eight wins or more in two seasons — in 2019, Endicott matched its win total from 2012 with nine wins while capping their campaign with a New England Bowl victory over Dean College.

The early outlook for Saint Lawrence: After posting a 9-1 record in 2016, the Saints have averaged three wins in their last three seasons — they did, however, finish 5-5 in 2019, including 3-3 in the Liberty League (LL).

When we last saw the Saints compete, they finished their 2019 season with back-to-back wins after starting their campaign with a pair of losses to Norwich University and Utica College.

Like the Gulls, the Saints enter 2021 with some believing they can challenge the top teams in the conference, including Union College, which checked in 15th in the most recent D3Football.com poll.

The Last Meeting (September 17, 2016): The Saints defeated the Gulls, 38-0 to clinch their third win of the 2016 season.

Quarterback Sean Richardson highlighted his team’s third win by completing 24 of 32 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns while halfback Rodrick Payne rushed for a game-high 114 yards on 21 carries.

The game was played at Hempstead Stadium in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Players to Watch on Endicott: RB John Kenney (Wilmington, Mass), WR Anthony Bracamonte (Saco, Maine), WR Shea McManaway (Lisbon, Conn.), DL Sam Opont (Bridgeport, Conn.), LB Tim Russell (Stoneham, Mass.) and LB Mehdi Squalli (Rochester, N.Y.)

Players to Watch on Saint Lawrence: QB Tyler Grochot (Ottawa, Ontario), RB Jamie Battaglia (Brewerton, N.Y.), WR Andrew Murphy (Glens Falls, N.Y.), OL Max Warden (Potsdam, N.Y.), DL Caleb Null (Carthage, N.Y.), DL Ryan Reinke (Schenectady, N.Y.), LB Kyle Frimel (Cream Ridge, N.J), and DB Max Gilbert (Newburyport, Mass.)

Prediction: Endicott 28, St. Lawrence 27: As I said on this week’s podcast when discussing the first week of games with James Baker, I like the Gulls in this one – I think they will feed off their home crowd to score a late touchdown and squeak out a win. However, I do think the Gulls defense will be challenged by an up-tempo offense led by quarterback Tyler Grochot.

All in all, Saturday will be an exciting day for everyone as we celebrate the return to the field.

Noontime’s New England D-III Preseason Team

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone — we’re excited to cap the last Friday without football being played in New England with our final Noontime Sports Preseason D-III Team.

In case you missed it, we unveiled our first-ever NCAA D-I and D-II teams last week, so make sure to stop by and see which local student-athletes made our lists.

Alright, without further ado, here is our first-ever New England NCAA D-III Preseason Team — as usual, please let us know by connecting with us on social media or sending us an email!

Noontime’s New England Preseason Division III Offense

QB: Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth) | Tiverton, R.I.

QB: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College) | Duxbury, Mass.

RB: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina) | Colts Neck, N.J.

RB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State) | Mashpee, Mass.

FB: Tim Callahan (Springfield College) | Enfield, Conn.

WR: T.J. Hairston (Bridgewater State) | Watertown, Mass.

WR: Tyler Halls (Husson University) | Lisbon, Maine

WR: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England) | Guilderland, N.Y.

WR: Will Daniels (Western Conn.) | Bethel, Conn.

WR: Errol Breaux (Dean College) | Marietta, Ga.

WR: Frank Stola (Williams College) | Northport, N.Y.

TE: Aidan Hogan (Husson University) | Morgan, Vt.

OL: Daniel Flores (Bridgewater State) | Hyde Park, Mass.

OL: Cade Watkins (Western New England) | Point Pleasant, N.J.

OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College) | Marstons Mills, Mass.

OL: Jacob Cameron (Husson University) | Conway, N.H.  

OL: Bryce Jenkins (Wesleyan University) | Tampa, Fla.

OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University) | Georgia, Vt.


Noontime’s New England Preseason Division III Defense

DL: Jovan Nenadovic (Tufts University) | Washington, D.C.

DL: Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State) | Wareham, Mass.

DL: Sean Reall (UMass Dartmouth) | North Providence, R.I.

DL: Mekhi Geter (UMass Dartmouth) | West Haven, Conn.

DL: Sam Opont (Endicott College) | Bridgeport, Conn.

DL: Lou Duh (WPI) | Monroe, Conn.

DL: Chris Rice (Castleton University) | Bethel, Conn.

DL: Will Peters (Univ. of New England) | Dracut, Mass.

LB: Joe Cox (Nichols College) | Mansfield, Mass.

LB: Erich Keutmann (Western New England) | Washingtonville, N.Y.

LB: Keegan Stanton-Meas (Univ. of New England) | Portland, Maine

LB: TJ Rothmann (Williams College) | Norwell, Mass.

LB: Jack Pistorius (Middlebury College) | Park Ridge, Ill.

LB: Brian Casagrande (Trinity College) | Madison, Conn.

DB: Jaren Alves (Bridgewater State) | East Providence, R.I.

DB: Bailey Devine-Scott (Western New England) | Wattle Grove, Australia

DB: Tucker Hartmann (Western New England)

DB: Jarius Bailey (Western Conn.) | Cromwell, Conn.

DB: Dylan Kehoe (Nichols College) | Bourne, Mass.  


Noontime’s New England Preseason Division III Special Teams

K/P: Pat Walsh (Tufts University) | Concord, Mass.

K/P: Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University) | Lakeville, Conn.

P: George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy) | Bridgewater, Mass.

P/K: Bryce Wade (WPI) | Modesto, Calif.