Noontime’s All-Decade Connecticut & Rhode Island D3 Football Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Our Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) All-Decade Week continues with a brand new team: The Connecticut & Rhode Island D3 Football Team from 2010-2019.

This was a fun walk down memory lane, highlighting a slew of student-athletes we covered and interviewed over the past ten years that earned a variety of end of season honors, including D3Football.com All-American honors to first or second-team nods to program record-holders to the final Gold Helmet Recipients from the New England Football Writers (NEFW).  And as usual, we did our very best to highlight as many student-athletes from across both Connecticut and Rhode Island.


The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Offense)

Will Arndt (QB) Western Connecticut Sandy Hook, Conn.
Octavias McKoy (RB) Western Connecticut Stratford, Conn. 
Max Chipouras (RB) Trinity College Longmeadow, Mass.
Sam Pascale (RB) Salve Regina University Cheshire, Conn. 
Shea Dwyer (RB) Wesleyan University Marlborough, Conn. 
Christopher Hunt (TE) Trinity College Westford, Mass. 
Austin Baiardi (OT) Trinity College Smithtown, N.Y.
Nick Seara (OT) Wesleyan University South Ozone Park, N.Y.
Adam Iskra (OT) Salve Regina University North Haven, Conn.
Floyd Shaffer (OT) Salve Regina University Conshohocken, Pa.
Joe Magardino (OT) Trinity College  Chappaqua, N.Y.


The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Defense)

Hayden Stanton (DL) Salve Regina University Wallingford, Conn.
Taj Gooden (DL) Wesleyan University Brooklyn, N.Y.
John Salute (DL) Salve Regina University Mahwah, N.J.
Walter Fallas (LB) Trinity College Everett, Mass. 
Joe Rizzardi (DB) Coast Guard Academy Ashburn, Va.
Ben Thaw (CB) Wesleyan University Westport, Conn.
Jake Bussani (CB) Wesleyan University Pleasanton, Calif.
Phil Terio (CB) Salve Regina University Trumbull, Conn.
Harry Melendez (CB) Trinity College Holyoke, Mass.
Spencer Donahue (S) Trinity College Naperville, Ill.
Rae Haynes (S) Trinity College  Hartford, Conn. 

The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Special Teams)

Eric Sachse (K) Trinity College Jefferson, Mass. 
Michael Killoran (K) Western Connecticut  West Hartford, Conn. 
Chip Crowley (P) Coast Guard Academy San Marino, Calif.
Kyle Pulek (P) Trinity College Cheshire, Conn.

 

Teams To Watch In 2017: Salve Regina Seahawks

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The Salve Regina Seahawks will be one of many teams to watch this season in New England. (PHOTO CREDIT: Salve Regina Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Our Noontime Sports Preseason New England D3 Football coverage officially begins TODAY with a look at the Salve Regina Seahawks, who will certainly be one of many teams to watch this season. 

Team Name: Salve Regina University Seahawks

Noontime Sports Preseason Ranking: The Seahawks checked-in No. 9 on our preseason poll, which was posted Monday, July 31st.

2016 Season Recap: The Seahawks concluded last season by winning eight of 10 contests. And despite coming-up short in the inaugural New England Bowl game to Framingham State, the Seahawks gained a great deal of experience on both sides of the ball that should help them contend for the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown.

Key Losses: Brandon Basil (Quarterback), Sam Pascale (Running Back), Ethan Gambale (Linebacker) and Joey Farrar (Defensive Back).

Players to Watch in 2017: Danny McDermott (Quarterback), James Dawson (Running Back), Robert Askew (Running Back), Tommy Seaver (Tight End), Tyler D’Errico (Linebacker), Nathan Gonzalez (Defensive Back), John Salute (D-Line), Brandon O’Neill (D-Line), Nico Aronson (O-Line) and Connor Russo (Defensive Back).

2017 SchedulePrior to their initial CCC contest, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th against Nichols College, the Seahawks will look to earn some early-season momentum, beginning with a pair of home games against Worcester State (Sept. 2nd) and Montclair State (Sept. 9th). Their next two games – both on the road – could tell us a great deal about this squad before they begin league play. Two October dates to circle on your calendar: a visit from Endicott College (Saturday, Oct. 21st) and a trip to Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 28th).

Season Outlook: With a great deal of talent (and depth) back from last season’s squad, one should not overlook a Seahawks squad that certainly has potential to challenge the Golden Bears for the top spot in the CCC. All four non-conference games should prepare this unit for a successful first season of CCC football. Keep an eye on quarterback Danny McDermott and Tommy Seaver on offense – both seniors will be key for the unit’s success. On defense, expect another solid season from linebacker Tyler D’Errico. Both units did graduate some key pieces to last year’s 8-2 team, but the returners should be to step-up and continue their momentum from a year ago.

Noontime Sports D3 Football Team Of The Year

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

It’s hard to believe, but another NCAA Division III Football season is slowly coming to a close, so that means it is time to honor the numerous student-athletes we covered and wrote about over the past three-and-a-half months.

So, for the first-time in Noontime Sports history, we are proud to unveil our New England D3 Football Team of the Year!

Quarterbacks

Cory Brandon (Husson)

Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn. St.)

Jared Lebowitz (Middlebury)

Anthony Service (Western New England)

Derek Victory (Coast Guard Academy)

 

Halfbacks/Fullbacks

Chance Brady (Tufts)

Devon Carrillo (Wesleyan)

Nick Connell (Western New England)

Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime Academy)

Malik Garrett (Bridgewater State)

Sean McAllen (WPI)

Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State)

Sam Pascale (Salve Regina)

Eddie Sheridan (UMass Dartmouth)

John Smith (Husson)

 

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Darius Adams (Coast Guard Academy)

Conrado Banky (Middlebury)

Devin Boehm (Amherst)

Jake Cawlina (Curry)

Mark Dietrich (Western New England)

Brandon Eccher (WPI)

Matt Greenman (Mount Ida)

Shane Haggerty (Mass. Maritime Academy)

Tony Martignoli (Nichols)

Soren Pelz-Walsh (Castleton)

 

Offensive Line (team’s full o-line)

Maine Maritime Academy

Middlebury

Springfield

Salve Regina

UMass Dartmouth

 

Defensive Line

Craig Anderson (Endicott)

Kevin Kusch (MIT)

Cam McGhee (Plymouth State)

Brandon O’Neill (Salve Regina)

Emmanuel Omere (Bridgewater State)

John Salute (Salve Regina)

Luke Washburn (Husson)

 

Linebackers

Darren Callan (Castleton)

Joe Gowetski (Bowdoin)

Greg Holt (Tufts)

John Jackson (Middlebury)

Liam Kenneally (Trinity)

Marshall McCarthy (Mass. Maritime Academy)

Matt McEvilly (Nichols)

Brian Murtagh (WPI)

William Rivera (Endicott)

Mark Upton (Bates)

 

Secondary

Trenton J. Bouchard (Maine Maritime Academy)

Rob Disanto (MIT)

Spencer Donahue (Trinity)

Obi Etuka (Western New England)

Prince Gbaley (Plymouth State)

Tim Preston (Tufts)

Ryan Robertson (Coast Guard Academy)

Jakob Trautwein (Castleton)

Jovon White (Fitchburg State)

Blair Zentek (Plymouth State)

 

Kickers/Punters

John Baron (Colby)

Blaine Bursey (WPI)

Tucker Cheyne (MIT)

Francis Cole (Anna Maria)

Willie Holmquist (Tufts)

Eric Sachse (Trinity)

Noonan: Highlighting Four Games To Watch In Week 10

The Mustangs of Mount Ida look to keep their postseason hopes alive tomorrow when they host Maritime (N.Y.). (Photo Credit: Mount Ida College Athletics)

The Mustangs of Mount Ida look to keep their postseason hopes alive tomorrow when they host Maritime (N.Y.). (Photo Credit: Mount Ida College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

An early edition of pick-six … why not?

It is a BIG weekend here in New England, so let’s kickoff Week 10 with some early predictions.

We won’t unveil every ‘pick-six’ prediction – so make sure to tune in tomorrow on Twitter (@NoontimeSports & @MattNoonan11), but in the meantime, here are four predictions on four very, very important games.

Norwich at Husson (Saturday, 12 p.m.): This is a critical game for both teams, especially with the Cadets of Norwich still in contention to snatch the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Norwich will be challenged on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. Slowing down junior tailback John Smith and sophomore quarterback Cory Brandon won’t be easy. Brandon has tossed 17 touchdowns this season, including 13 in ECFC play. Smith has rumbled for 12 touchdowns – he registered a trio of scores last week in his team’s big win over Becker College.

Expect Norwich to lean its senior leadership, especially kicker Wesley Medeiros, wide receiver Pierre Noel, inside linebacker Benjamin Hummer, outside linebacker Derek Lotito and inside linebacker Cody Lindell. Prediction: Husson 28, Norwich 21

Maritime (N.Y.) at Mount Ida College (Saturday, 12 p.m.): Winners of three-straight, the Mustangs of Mount Ida need a win to keep their ECFC title hopes alive. And to do that, they will need to defeat a solid Privateers squad, which sent last weekend’s contest against Norwich into overtime (the Cadets won that game by a score of 17-14). Despite a big win over Anna Maria, the Mustangs have had to grind out wins this season, including a pair of back-to-back wins over Gallaudet and Becker. Prediction: Mount Ida 19, Maritime (N.Y.) 14.

Salve Regina senior tailback Sam Pascale will be one of many players to watch on Saturday versus Western New England. (Photo Credit: Salve Regina Athletics/Alexander Carver)

Salve Regina senior tailback Sam Pascale will be one of many players to watch on Saturday versus Western New England. (Photo Credit: Salve Regina Athletics/Alexander Carver)

Western New England at Salve Regina (Saturday, 12 p.m.): People – well, fans to be exact – have been counting down the days, weeks and months for this game, but the good news is it is finally here!

A couple match-ups to watch/keep an eye on include Salve Regina’s running game – led by senior tailback Sam Pascale – against a stout Western New England defense and the Golden Bears’ signal caller – junior Anthony Service – against a solid Seahawks secondary. Something tells me this game could be high scoring affair, but I expect it to be somewhere in the 20’s for both teams. Prediction: Salve Regina 27, Western New England 23

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, 12 p.m.): This is always a must-see, must-watch and must-follow game. And the best part is this game usually determines the winner of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

Both teams enter the contest on winning streaks – Framingham State has won three-in-a-row, while Bridgewater State has won six-in-a-row.

Don’t expect a blowout, but how about a late third or fourth quarter touchdown by the Rams, which helps the Black and Gold preserve their postseason hopes. Prediction: Framingham State 20, Bridgewater State 14.

Noontime Sports Team Of The Month: Salve Regina University

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the second time this football season, Noontime Sports is pleased to announce our Team of the Month (October): Salve Regina University.

Currently 7-0 overall and 5-0 in New England Football Conference (NEFC) play, the Seahawks capped the month of October with a convincing road win over Endicott College this past weekend, winning by a score of 41-20. Quarterback Brandon Basil tossed two touchdowns in the win, halfback Sam Pascale rushed for three scores on 29 carries for 178 yards, while the defense registered one sack, one interception and four tackles for a loss.

Prior to their victory against the Gulls, Salve Regina earned wins over Curry College, Nichols College and MIT.

The Seahawks currently lead the NEFC in rushing yards (2,050) and yards per game (510.6) – they are second in total offense (3,574). Pascale and tailback James Dawson rank first (158.7) and second (97.4), respectively, in yards per game, while Basil is fourth in yards per game (216.0) and tied for fourth with 14 touchdowns (through the air).

Brandon O’Neill and John Salute are currently tied for first in the conference with three sacks – Endicott’s Craig Anderson has also registered a trio of sacks this season too.

The Seahawks return to the gridiron this weekend for an extremely important conference game as they host Western New England for a 12 p.m. kickoff. Similar to Salve Regina, the Golden Bears are undefeated.

Last season, the Golden Bears defeated the Seahawks, 28-21, to secure the NEFC crown. The Seahawks’ last victory over the Golden Bears came in 2013, thanks to a trio of touchdown passes from quarterback Steve Wilken and a pair of rushing scores by halfback Richie Edwards.