Noontime Sports: Football Stars of the Week (Monday, Oct. 8th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week six!

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will appear every Monday on our site throughout the remainder of the college football season. The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


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Travon Holder enjoyed a successful day on the ground, rushing a season-high 203 yards and three touchdowns against Mass. Maritime Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Westfield State Athletics)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Hunter Belzo (Springfield College): Against Coast Guard Academy, Belzo scored three touchdowns, including two on the ground. Belzo rushed for 207 yards on 31 carries, while tossing two passes (five attempts) for 39 yards and one touchdown.

Errol Breaux (Dean College): Breaux turned in an impressive performance against Husson University last Friday evening by leading all receivers with 229 yards on six catches (38. 2 yards per reception), while hauling in a pair of touchdown receptions.

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum concluded his team’s conference clash against Western Connecticut by completing 28 of 47 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns.

Alex Cohen (Anna Maria College): Cohen helped Anna Maria erase a 17-0 deficit by completing 26-of-38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 32 yards on 12 carries and one score as the AMCATs topped Castleton University on the road.

Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 23-of-52 passes for a career-high 407 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdowns during his team’s contest against Merchant Marine.

Ryan Gaboury (University of New England): Gaboury hauled in a game-high 10 grabs for 192 yards and three touchdowns with his longest reception being a 41-yard touchdown in the first half.

Moe Harris (Castleton University): Harris reached the end zone three times, including two times on the ground as he finished last Saturday’s contest against Anna Maria with 204 yards on 31 carries. His lone catch was a 44-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, which evened the score at 24-24.

Matt Hersch (Colby College): Hersch had his hand in all three scores for the Mules as he finished the contest 23-of-40 for 277 yards, while tossing a trio of touchdown passes against Wesleyan University.

Nick Juvelier (Curry College): Juvelier recorded five touchdowns last week against University of New England, including four through the air. He finished 35-of-49 for 369 yards, while rushing for 51 yards on 10 carries and one score.

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Holder rushed for a season-best 203 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Owls past Massachusetts Maritime Academy on the road.

Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters helped the Nor’easters win their first-ever game in program history by completing 25-of-33 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday against Curry College.

Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero hauled in a season-best 10 catches for 272 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday during the Cadets’ conference setback to Merchant Marine.


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Andrew Yamin and the Amherst College defense registered six sacks last week in a shutout win over Middlebury College. (PHOTO COURTESY:

Defensive Stars of the Week

Taj Gooden (Wesleyan University): Gooden turned in an impressive showing against Colby College, registering nine total stops, including five solo tackles, four tackles for a loss of 13 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

Blayne Merchant (WPI): Against Catholic University, Merchant tallied a team-high seven solo stops and eight total tackles – he matched Nick Ostrowski with the same number of total tackles. Additionally, he recorded two tackles for a loss of 14 yards, one sack for a loss of 11 yards and one quarterback hurry.

Chris Rice (Castleton University): Rice stuffed the stat sheet with eight total stops, including five solo tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards against Anna Maria.

Keegan Stanton-Meas (University of New England):  Stanton-Meas helped the Nor’easters claim their first-ever win in program history against Curry College by finishing the game with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of three yards and one sack. He also registered a pair of pass break-ups, too.

Andrew Yamin (Amherst College): Yamin registered a season-high 3.5 sacks for a loss 22 yards, while leading the Amherst College defense with 11 total tackles (four solo stops) as the Mammoths shutout Middlebury College last Saturday.


Special Team Stars of the Week

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano registered nine points on seven kicks, including six extra points in the Gulls’ fourth win of the season last Saturday.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington connected on all four kicks, including a 26-yard field gaol for six points, while recording six punts with three of them landing inside the Catholic University’s 20-yard yard line. One of his boots resulted in a touchback.

Robert Inniss, Jr. (University of New England): Inniss Jr.’s game-winning field goal (38 yards) with five seconds remaining helped the Nor’easters claim their first-ever win in program history against Curry College last Saturday. Inniss Jr. concluded the game with eight points (one field goals and five extra points).

Jeremy Martin (Plymouth State): Martin connected on a trio of kicks last Friday evening against Bridgewater State, including two field goals with his longest boot coming from 44-yards out. He also recorded four punts for 150 yards with one kick landing inside the Bears’ 20-yard line. Additionally, he booted four kickoffs for 258 yards with three resulting in touchbacks.


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Noontime Sports: Football Stars of the Week (Monday, Oct. 1st, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week five!

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will appear every Monday on our site throughout the remainder of the college football season. The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


Offensive Stars of the Week

Brandon Brown (Fitchburg State): Brown accounted for four touchdowns, including two on the ground as the Falcons soared past Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Brown rushed for 63 yards on 11 carries, while completing 15 of 19 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Udgam Goyal (MIT): Completed 25 of 43 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns in MIT’s fifth-straight win of the season over Merchant Marine.

Peter Hoff (WNE): Hoff led all rushers with 204 yards on 23 carries, while rushing for one touchdown in his team’s 41-14 win over Salve Regina.  

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky completed 19 of 29 passes for 245 yards and five touchdowns as Endicott cruised past Curry College.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts Univ.): McDonald led the Jumbos to their third-straight win by completing 15 of 36 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a game-high 161 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.

Kyle McKinnon (Western Conn.): Rushed for a trio of touchdowns on 15 carries for 75 yards in the Colonials 40-27 win over UMass Dartmouth. McKinnon’s final touchdown late in the fourth quarter sealed the win.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): Piccirillo completed 20 of 36 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 64 yards on 20 carries and one score against Hamilton College.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts concluded last Saturday’s game 19 of 27 for 268 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 45 yards on 20 carries in his team’s first conference win over Alfred State.


Defensive Stars of the Week

Derek Breunig (Maine Maritime): Breunig concluded last Saturday’s clash with WPI by tallying seven total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 16 yards and one sack for 10 yards.

Antonio Rocha (Husson Univ.): Rocha tallied six total tackles, including five solo stops and one sack for a loss of 10 yards in his team’s win over SUNY Maritime. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

William Rivera (Endicott College): Rivera paced the Gulls defense with 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops, one sack and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one pass break-up against Curry College.

T.J. Rothmann (Williams College): Rothmann led the Ephs defense with 15 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards. He also recorded one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass break-up in Williams’ 21-16 win over Trinity College.

AJ Smith (Springfield College): Against Norwich, Smith tallied eight total tackles, including seven solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.


Special Team Stars of the Week

Cole Austin (Coast Guard Academy): Austin connected on all four kicks in his team’s 20-9 win over Catholic University, including both field goals

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano connected on all eight kicks, including a 45-yard field goal early in the first quarter against Curry College.  

Kevin Heintz (Univ. of New England): Against Nichols College, Heintz recorded eight punts for 273 yards with three boots landing inside the Bisons’ 20-yard line. Additionally, one of his eight kicks resulted in a touchdback.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington connected on all six kicks, including a trio of field goals in his team’s bounce-back win over Maine Maritime. Additionally, he punted the ball four times for 132 yards with two kicks landing inside the Mariners’ 20-yard line.


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Football Friday Notebook: Pats Trump The Eagles, News From D3 Football

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Friday … Let’s Go!

We kickstart a brand new weekend with another edition of the Football Friday Notebook with loads of links from around the web about the New England Patriots to local high school football starting today/this weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to circle back for more local football content over the next few days because football is officially back!


Noontime Rewind: What we posted this week

*  We caught-up earlier this week with WPI place kicker and punter Spencer Herrington to chat about kicking, last season’s success and his all-time favorite kicker, who happens to be Robbie Gould

* We recently posted a brand new Football Friday Podcast with Dan Mulrooney of Anna Maria College. Coach Mulrooney is eager to ‘Ring the Bell’ with a young group that is excited to get after it this season! 


New England Patriots & Pro Football Links 

* From the New York PostTom Brady looks ready to go for the upcoming season. And we think so, too! 

It took only six months, but Tom Brady and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles finally shook hands

* From Pro Football Talk: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed content with his lone preseason series drive.  

* Interesting story, but it seems like Madonna will open a a football academy in Malawi


New England College and High School Links

From the Lynn ItemPaul McGonagle is ready to lead Endicott College football this fall. 

From the Salem NewsErik Bell becomes the newest members of the Endicott football program as the team forms a partnership with Team IMPACT

* From the Worcester T&G: Nick Ostrowski has translated his hard work to the gridiron with the WPI Engineers’ football team. 

Earlier this week, veteran sports reporter Tom Haley shared some notes on the Castleton University football program

Husson University will have some coaches on its staff this fall that have some familiarity with the Eagles’ football program. 

* Finally, in honor of the start of high school football here in Massachusetts, check out the Boston Heralds‘ 13th Annual Preseason All-Star Team


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Under The Helmet with WPI Place Kicker & Punter Spencer Herrington

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Spencer Herrington lines-up to attempt a kick last season against Anna Maria College. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Spencer Herrington has just one goal heading into a brand-new college football season: “just be perfect.”

The WPI senior kicker was pretty close to perfect last fall, connecting on 10 of 12 field goals and 44 of 44 extra points for a career-best 74 points, which resulted in numerous postseason accolades, including NEWMAC Special Teams Athlete of the Year and D3Football.com’s All-East First Team Kicker.

But heading into the Engineers’ upcoming campaign, Herrington, who hails from Clearfield, Pennsylvania, seems confident that last season’s success could translate into even more this year – he certainly would like to cap his four-years with the WPI football program by being perfect in both extra points and field goals.

“I would like to see my stats (at the end of the season read) 15 for 15 or 16 for 16 on field goals and 40 for 40 on extra points,” said Herrington.

Herrington has the right attitude to accomplish his preseason goal, but plans to take it “game-by-game” this fall – he doesn’t seem interested in thinking about his kicks in October or November.

Prior to his team’s preseason practice on Monday, Noontime Sports caught-up with the senior place kicker and punter to chat about his personal goals heading into the upcoming season, as well as some important advice he received as a camper years ago from Robbie Gould, who is currently kicking field goals for the San Francisco 49ers.


What’s the biggest goal for you heading into a brand-new season?

“I think there is a lot of expectations (for me). Obviously last year, I didn’t have a lot of expectations because I had never started before, but I think my biggest goal is to put (any preseason expectations) aside and take it game-by-game.”

What helped you enjoy a successful season last year?

“I think it was confidence. I know for me, as long as I go out there with the mentality that I am going to make the field goal or extra point or I am going to punt well – it usually happens, but like for me it is all about keeping my form. I do watch some of my film to make sure some of my mechanics are the same every time, but honestly it is just like confidence. This summer I worked on (improving) my power by lifting.”

You connected on 10 of 12 field goals last fall. Do you ever think about those two kicks that missed?

“Yeah, both (attempts that missed) hit off the upright, so it’s kind of frustrating that I missed them by inches, but I still need to make those. Obviously, you want to get every kick back, but you can’t think about them too long (because) you have to move onto the next (kick) and make it.”

What was the biggest kick you made last year?

“I would say the field goal I made against MIT last year, which helped us win by three points.”

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The MIT-WPI football games seem to come down to field goals or have been decided by three points. And one of those games happened to be the 2016 overtime win over MIT. 

“Yeah, when Blaine Bursey made that (19-yard-field goal in overtime) to beat MIT, I was there for it. I thought it was cool, but it is kind of funny (how the games have been decided by three points the past few years). Last year it didn’t come down to me. There wasn’t that much pressure (on me) because I kicked a field goal (before they came back). I don’t think I really had too many pressure kicks (last fall).”

Do you enjoy being a part the MIT-WPI rivalry?

“I think MIT and RPI – well, I guess there is something a little bit more with RPI because of the (transit trophy), but all three schools’ mascots are the Engineers, so there is a little bit of a rivalry there (with MIT, as well). But I think everybody goes into every game with the same mentality, but maybe just a little bit more juice with those games.”

Do you think special teams gets overlooked when offenses or defenses makes big plays?

“(Special teams) is a part of the game that needs to be there because games are won through special teams. Whether it is a mistake on special teams or whether it is winning a game with special teams, games can be won or lost through special teams, but I think (the kicking game) can be overlooked by fans. It is certainly not overlooked by coaches or players because they understand how much special teams means to winning games and being competitive in games.”

Do you have an all-time favorite kicker? If so, who?

“Robbie Gould, who is currently with the San Francisco 49ers. He’s been in the league a longtime and he is so consistent. When he played for the Chicago Bears, I went to his camp and met him, and he is just so consistent and may not have the biggest leg – I don’t have the biggest leg either. He is someone that I try to base my game off of and that is what the coaches are looking for, which is me making field goals.”

When you went to Robbie Gould’s camp, what advice did he give you as a young kicker?

“I asked him how he has stayed in the league so long and he said the biggest thing for him is that he doesn’t kick that often during practices. He said that he kicks roughly 10 to 20 balls each day and then does an ice bath followed by lots of resting and recovery. He (also) said that as long as he is doing (this routine) then he will be fine.”


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D3 Football: Noontime Sports New England Team Of The Year

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another New England Division III football season slowly winding down, it is time to dish out our Noontime Sports Team of the Year, including our Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams student-athletes of the year, as well as our Coach and Rookie of the Year, too.


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In his final season with the Eagles, Husson’s John Smith guided the squad to a 10-win season, as well as the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win. (Photo Courtesy: Monty Rand)

Offensive Player of the Year: John Smith (Husson University)Smith collected his third consecutive Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Year award earlier this month before leading the Eagles of Husson to their first-ever postseason victory against Springfield College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament last weekend. Smith helped the Eagles conclude the regular season with nine wins, including seven conference victories. Smith currently leads all Division III rushers with 2,081 yards. Through 11 games this season, including his team’s recent postseason victory over the Pride, Smith has rushed for 30 touchdowns, while averaging close to 200 yards per game (189.2 yards per contest).


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Andrew Yamin led all NESCAC defenders in sacks and tackles for a loss this fall. (Photo Courtesy: Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios Inc.)

Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Yamin (Amherst College)Named the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Year, Yamin concluded his third season with the Mammoths by tallying 21.5 tackles for a loss of 109 yards and 13.5 sacks for a loss of 88 yards. Additionally, he registered a career-best 38 tackles in nine games, while finishing his team’s nine game schedule with a pair of forced fumbles. Yamin becomes the second Mammoth in three seasons to earn this award, as well as the fourth student-athlete in program history to secure this particular honor (Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn earned the award in 2015). Per both the conference and Amherst releases, Yamin’s 13.5 sacks is second among the all-time NESCAC single season records.


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Spencer Herrington connected on all 44 extra points this season for the Engineers. (Photo Courtesy: WPI Athletics)

Special Teams Player of the Year: Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington helped the Engineers clinch their first postseason victory last Saturday in the New England Bowl against SUNY Maritime by connecting on all three kicks, including a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, which provided the host Engineers with the lead for good. Named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Special Teams Athlete of the Year, Herrington concluded the 2017 season with 74 points on 44 extra points and 10 field goals. His longest field goal of the season – a 41-yard boot – came in his team’s 45-0 win in September against Maine Maritime.


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Coach Raymond and Williams College concluded their 2017 campaign with an exciting overtime win over Amherst College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Mark Raymond (Williams College)Named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year, Raymond guided the Ephs from an 0-8 campaign last season to a 6-3 finish this fall. Additionally, he guided Williams to their first win over Amherst since 2010, which provided the Ephs with a share of the Little Three crown.


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Bobby Maimaron enjoyed a successful and impressive first season with the Williams College Ephs. (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College)The former Duxbury Dragon enjoyed an impressive first season with the Ephs, finishing his team’s nine game schedule with 12 touchdown passes and seven rushing scores. He tossed a season-high three touchdowns in a 47-14 win over Bates, while rushing for a season-best four scores in his team’s overtime win against Amherst, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Maimaron was also honored by the NESCAC as this year’s Rookie of the Year.


Offense of the Year

DJ Allen | Husson University | Tight End

Sean Amaru | Curry College | Running Back

Abbi Bamgbose | UMass Dartmouth | Wide Receiver

Conrado Banky | Middlebury College | Wide Receiver

Hunter Belzo | Springfield College | Running Back

Cory Brandon | Husson University | Quarterback

Mike Breuler | Wesleyan University | Wide Receiver

Noah Brum | Worcester State | Quarterback

Max Chipouras | Trinity College | Running Back

Alex Corvese | Curry College | Quarterback

Frank Cosolito | Middlebury College | Tight End

Jake Eglintine | Springfield College | Quarterback

Quinn Fleeting | Western Connecticut | Quarterback

Moe Harris | Castleton University | Running Back

Nick Hewitt | Mount Ida College | Wide Receiver

Jack Hickey | Amherst College | Running Back

Travon Holder
| Westfield State | Running Back

Jack Lavanchy | Bridgewater State | Wide Receiver

Jared Lebowitz | Middlebury College | Quarterback

Jacob Maher | Worcester State | Tight End

Bobby Maimaron
| Williams College | Quarterback

Sean McAllen | WPI | Running Back

Mark Piccirillo | Wesleyan University | Quarterback

Sonny Puzzo | Trinity College | Quarterback

John Robertson | MIT | Running Back

Robenson Saintard | Husson University | Wide Receiver

Anthony Service | Western New England | Quarterback

John Smith | Husson University | Running Back

Jacob Szulc | Plymouth State | Wide Receiver

Trai Weaver | Anna Maria College | Wide Receiver

Jordan Wilcox | Springfield College| Running Back

Adam Wojenski | Framingham State | Quarterback

Quron Wright | Framingham State | Running Back


Offensive Lines of the Year

Framingham State Rams

Husson University Eagles

Springfield College Pride

Trinity College

Western New England


Defense of the Year

Micah Adickes | Tufts University | D-Line

Rico Aaron | Dean College | Linebacker

Wesley Becton | Middlebury College | Linebacker

Michael Bianco | Becker College | Linebacker

Luca Cerasani | WPI | D-Line

Sam Edouard | Western New England | D-Line

Joe Esposito | Plymouth State | D-Line

Nathan Fleming | Framingham State | Linebacker

Jean Gabriel | Husson University | Defensive Back

Nick Giorgio | Springfield | D-Line

Steven Grogan | Curry College | Linebacker

Chris Hattar | Williams College | D-Line

Greg Holt | Tufts University | Linebacker

Kevin Hopsicker | Middlebury College | Defensive Back

Zhaire House | Western New England | Defensive Back

Corey Jean-Jacques | Trinity College | D-Line

Kurtis Jolicoeur | Western New England | Linebacker

Sam Malafronte | WPI | Linebacker

Marvey Mathurin | UMass Dartmouth | Linebacker

Brett McEvoy | Nichols College | Linebacker

Brandon Morris | Wesleyan University | Linebacker

Brandon O’Neill | Salve Regina University | D-Line

Joshua Onujiogu | Framingham State | D-Line

Dereck Pacheco | WPI | D-Line

Marlowe Scott | Springfield College | Defensive Back

Dominique Seagears | Trinity College | Défensive Back

Quan Soyini | Husson University | Defensive Back

Joe Surace | Curry College | D-Line

Elvin Suazo, Jr. | Husson University | Linebacker

Dominic Traversa | Springfield | Linebacker

Luke Washburn | Husson University | D-Line

Andrew Yamin | Amherst College | D-Line

Zach Ziemba | Plymouth State | Defensive Back

Christian Zotti | Springfield College | Linebacker


Special Teams of the Year

Brett Fox | Endicott College | Punter 

Spencer Herrington | WPI | Kicker & Punter

Christian Humulock 
| Springfield College | Kicker

Marc Mrozek
| Curry College | Kicker 

Eric Sachse | Trinity College | Kicker


Coaches of the Year

Skip Bandini | Curry College | Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)

Mike Cerasuolo | Springfield College | New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Tom Kelley | Framingham State | Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Gabby Price | Husson University | Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Mark Raymond | Williams College | New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)