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.

 

New England D3 Football: Bridgewater State, Husson & WNE Highlight Week 10 Action

A PAT in overtime proved to be the difference as Bridgewater State knocked off Framingham State en route to capturing the program's first MASCAC Regular Season Crown since 2008. (Photo Credit: Bridgewater State Athletics)

A PAT in overtime proved to be the difference as Bridgewater State knocked off Framingham State en route to capturing the program’s first MASCAC Regular Season Crown since 2008. (Photo Credit: Bridgewater State Athletics)

By Noontime Sports (@NoontimeSports

A trio of New England teams captured their respective conference crowns this afternoon as Bridgewater State defeated Framingham State (28-27 OT), Husson University beat Norwich University (27-13) and Western New England topped Salve Regina University (41-22).

In addition to a trio of big conference ‘championship wins,’ our second best team in New England – Trinity College – won its seventh-straight contest, defeating Amherst College on Senior Day by a score of 24-14.

Below is a roundup from today’s big games – we will have more later this weekend, including links and tweets from Week 10.

Week 10 Highlights:

Bridgewater State 28, Framingham State 27 (OT): Russ Bolarinho’s PAT in the extra session proved to be the difference as the Bears claimed their first MASCAC regular season crown since 2008. Malik Gordon scored the game-tying touchdown in the extra session – a one-yard-plunge – which tied the game at 27-27. Garrett finished the contest with a pair of scores and 124 yards on 23 carries.

Western New England 41, Salve Regina 22: Western New England halfback Nick Connell rushed for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, which helped the Golden Bears secure their second-straight New England Football Conference (NEFC) crown. Connell tallied four scores and rushed for a season-high 170 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s ninth-straight win.

Husson 27, Norwich 13: For the second time in three seasons, the Eagles of Husson are ECFC champs. The Eagles scored an exciting win on Senior Day against the Cadets, while receiving some help from SUNY Maritime – the Privateers defeated Mount Ida College, 17-14 – to secure the conference title. John Smith led Husson’s ground game – and all rushers – with 211 yards and three touchdowns, while Luke Washburn concluded the contest with seven total tackles (two solo), one-and-a-half sacks, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss and a pair of quarterback hurries.

Maritime (N.Y.) 17, Mount Ida 14: Mark Murphy kicked a 23-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Privateers over the Mustangs.

Trinity 24, Amherst 14: A fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by Spencer Donahue along with a pick-six by Paul McCarthy helped the Bantams defeat the Purple and White on Senior Day.

Week 10 Scores

  • Bridgewater State 28, Framingham State 27 (OT)
  • Western New England 41, Salve Regina 22
  • Husson 27, Norwich 13
  • Maritime (N.Y.) 17, Mount Ida 14
  • Trinity 24, Amherst 14
  • Anna Maria 27, Gallaudet 13
  • Castleton 23, Becker 22
  • Nichols 54, Maine Maritime 28
  • Endicott 28, Coast Guard 17
  • MIT 26, Curry 21
  • Worcester State 31, Westfield State 17
  • Plymouth State 28, Mass. Maritime 7
  • Fitchburg State 22, UMass Dartmouth 14
  • Bates 24, Bowdoin 7
  • Tufts 44, Colby 12
  • Wesleyan 59, Williams 14
  • Middlebury 45, Hamilton 10
  • WPI 37, Rochester 34
  • Springfield 24, RPI 7

Catching Up With Trinity College Senior Safety Spencer Donahue

Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue was tabbed this week's NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week following an impressive performance against Middlebury College last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Trinity College Athletics)

Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue was tabbed this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week following an impressive performance against Middlebury College last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Trinity College Athletics | David B. Newman)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Last weekend, Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue turned in an impressive defensive performance, tallying six solo stops, including a pair of sacks, three tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups to help the Bantams secure an important New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win over Middlebury College.

Donahue’s effort last Saturday earned him this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Our defense prepared extremely well for (last weekend’s game) against Middlebury,” said Donahue. “Middlebury had been having success (through the air), so that was definitely a point of emphasis for us during the week, but we couldn’t overlook their running game, too.”

Trinity’s defense limited Middlebury’s air attack to a season-low 126 passing yards, while finishing the game with five interceptions and five sacks.

Earlier this week, we caught up with Donahue to talk about his team’s impressive win against the Panthers, Trinity’s final home game of the season against Amherst College on Saturday, and if he watched the Chicago Cubs break a 108-yard-old curse.

Did you imagine your defense would record five interceptions and five sacks against a talented offense? 

Our coaches prepared a great game plan, so we knew as long as we executed good things would (happen).

You had a big game individually – earned this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors – what worked for you this past week? 

My teammates did an incredible job at executing and making plays when the opportunities arose, so I just tried to follow their lead.

This Saturday marks your final home game as a member of the Bantams’ football program. Care to share a favorite memory/moment of playing in front of the hometown fans? 

Unfortunately, I cannot think of a specific moment (or memory), but the atmosphere here at Trinity on a Saturday is electric. It is something I will really miss once my career is over.

What does your team need to do to be successful this weekend against Amherst? 

We really just need to stay focused. We need to continue to approach each day with the same intensity and energy that we have done throughout season.

A few non-football questions, starting with your major: economics. How did you choose your major and what do you hope to do with it? 

I took an (econ class) my sophomore year and really enjoyed it. Although it was one of the more difficult classes I took here at Trinity, I felt that it taught me more about how the world functioned, as well as how finance and economics impact our society. After graduation, I am hoping to go into commercial real estate.

Being from Illinois, I would presume you’re a Chicago sports fan, so have you been following the Chicago Cubs in the World Series? 

I am actually not a true Chicago sports fan. The Minnesota Vikings are my favorite NFL team, but I do root for the Chicago Cubs. I enjoy going to their games in the summer, but it’s been great for Chicago to have the Cubs back in the World Series and win their first World Series since 1908.

What has been the greatest advice you have received from a football Coach – either past or current?

I would say that the greatest advice any coach has given me is to just have fun and enjoy the game. Football is a tough sport and I have had a lot of ups and downs while playing it, but any time that I get to put my pads on and compete alongside my teammates is truly a blessing. I just try to cherish every moment of it.

Have you always played safety? If not, what other positions have you played? 

I started playing football in third grade – I played running back before transitioning into a receiver and cornerback my freshman year of high school. One year later, I transitioned into a safety and have played the position ever since.

Do you idol your game after a current or past professional football player? 

Yes, I would have to say that my favorite player is Tyrann Mathieu, who is a safety for the Arizona Cardinals. I love the way he plays – I try to do my best to play with the same intensity and fearlessness that he does.

Three favorite movies of all-time? 

Forrest Gump, The Dark Night, and Saving Private Ryan

Finally, your favorite non-football activity? 

Golfing.