Noontime 2017 Year In Review: Revisiting The New England D3 Football Season

2017 Football Rewind

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Earlier this season, we unveiled our Noontime Sports 2017 Team of the Year, but now it is time to re-visit the New England Division III season once more!

That’s right, it’s time for a Noontime 2017 Rewind as we look back on the past few months of coverage, while slowly looking ahead to what we can expect from the New England Division III Football world in 2018.

It was a great year of coverage and we certainly look forward to doing it again next season, so stay tuned, New England Division III football fans and friends!

Teams of the YearFor starters, we must begin with Husson University, which was led by senior tailback John Smith, who rushed for 31 touchdowns this season and 2,242 yards on 340 carries.

Smith, who was tabbed our Offensive Player of the Year, guided the Eagles to an exciting postseason victory over Springfield College before putting a scare into Delaware Valley in round two – the win over the Pride was the Eagles’ first-ever playoff win.

Despite falling short to the Aggies, the Eagles left a serious impression on us for the upcoming season and will certainly be one of our top teams to watch in 2018.

Springfield College also enjoyed an impressive 2017 campaign, winning 10-straight regular season contests, as well as the first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. The Pride scored an exciting opening day win against Western New England, which was followed-up with another impressive victory against Kean (28-8) in week two.

The Pride concluded their season with an impressive 435.2 rushing yards per game, while the defense held opponents to roughly 12 points per game. Senior halfback Jordan Wilcox was one of four nominees for this year’s Gagliardi Trophy.

Trinity College and Williams College are two other schools that deserve this particular honor – the Bantams captured another New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown this fall, while the Ephs enjoyed a bounce-back season under second-year coach Mark Raymond. The Ephs received a boost from first-year (and NESCAC Rookie of the Year) quarterback Bobby Maimaron, who led the Purple and Gold past Amherst College in the final game of the year – it was an overtime thriller!

Let’s not forget about Curry College or Framingham State – both teams met in the New England Bowl last month and will certainly be teams to watch in 2018. Additionally, we cannot overlook WPI, which won its first-ever postseason game against SUNY Maritime in the New England Bowl, too. The Engineers could certainly be a team that challenges the Pride for the top seed in the NEWMAC last year, so let the countdown to Springfield-WPI begin! Another team to watch in the NEWMAC next season … MIT!

Finally, a tip of the cap is due to Plymouth State, which again enjoyed another winning season – the Panthers captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown en route to a first-round playoff match-up against Brockport.

The NESCAC Nine Game Schedule was … AWESOMEThe nine-game schedule in the NESCAC this season was awesome … seriously, we really enjoyed it!

Every week was must-see, must-follow and must-watch football – everyone had a chance to contend for the crown and a new storyline always unfolded after the final game concluded.

Trinity College may have been the team to beat again this season, but watching Amherst CollegeMiddlebury College and Williams College compete with them for the top spot was extremely exciting. Additionally, let’s not overlook Tufts University and Wesleyan University, which also provided the Bantams with some challenges along the way to another league crown, too.

Outside the race for the crown, it was awesome to see the Maine triangle (Bates CollegeBowdoin College and Colby College) continue their CBB rivalry.

We are really excited to see what happens next year, but all in all, the nine-game schedule was awesome!

The Football Friday PodcastAs sports media evolves, so does Noontime Sports and it seems like our weekly – and yes, sometimes bi-weekly – podcast on New England Division III football worked, so thank you all for tuning in/listening to our various conversations with coaches, student-athletes and media members.

We’ll continue it again next season, but certainly open to additional ideas or thoughts – maybe we should do a special segment like a ‘lightening round?’ Luckily, we have time to figure out some additional content ideas before a new season kicks-off, so keep your eyes out for season two of Football Friday, which will most likely begin next August.

ESPN D3 Coverage … MORE PLEASE: It was great to see the Coast Guard-Merchant Marine game streamed on ESPN3 last month – we need to see more games like this one on the four-letter network next year and beyond. Perhaps we could see more Division III (and some Division II games, too) on a new streaming service/platform, which ESPN plans to roll out next year? It is possible, so let’s see what happens, but that would be a great place for fans to go to watch and stream games.

Closing ThoughtsIt was a great season – seriously, it was a tremendous year with some great stories and outcomes, which means 2018 should be even more exciting. We’re counting down the days to camp – yep, the clock is ticking in our office – and will look forward to bringing you coverage of New England Division III Football in 2018, so see you all on the gridiron soon!

D3 Football: Husson Stuns Springfield, Brockport Rolls Past Plymouth State

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John Smith and the Husson Eagles defeated Springfield in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Monty Rand Photography/Husson University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

John Smith rushed for a game-high 164 yards on 43 carries (3.8 yards per carry) and two scores as Husson stunned Springfield, 23-21, in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field.

Smith reached the end zone twice – once in the second quarter and once in the third – while quarterback Cory Brandon got the visitors on the board with a second quarter touchdown strike to Kyle Gaudet (36-yard reception).

Husson led Springfield, 14-6, at the break, and 20-14 after three quarters of play before Devin Pickett extended the visitors’ advantage to 23-14 with a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Springfield trimmed the deficit with a Hunter Belzo 52-yard touchdown run to pull within two-points (23-21), but that would be the closest the Pride would get to the Eagles.

Brandon completed the contest with 209 yards and one touchdown pass, connecting on 20 of 30 passes, while Kyree Calli led all receivers with 64 yards on seven reception.

Husson’s defense limited the top-ranked rushing offense to just 264 yards. Belzo paced the Pride’s rushing attack by tallying 113 yards on nine carries, while Jordan Wilcox rushed for 111 yards on 22 carries and two scores.

The win extends the Eagles’ campaign to next weekend where they’ll face Delaware Valley in the second round, while Springfield concludes a historic season at 10-1 overall.

Husson, which captured the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown this fall, will face Delaware Valley next weekend in the second round of the tournament. The Aggies secured a date with the Eagles by defeating Western New England, 35-0.

Saturday’s win marked the first time an ECFC team has won a postseason contest.

Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0: Sammy Mohr clinched an opening round win for the Aggies with a 100-yard interception returned for a touchdown in the final session as DelVal earned its 11th consecutive win of the season. Aaron Nelson led DelVal and all receivers with 121 yards on two receptions and one score, while WNE’s Dante Aiken rushed for a game-high 98 yards on 21 carries. WNE concludes its season at 8-3 – the Golden Bears captured the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown a few weeks ago when they defeated Curry College, 42-28.

Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0: Joe Germinerio accounted for four touchdowns, including three through the air, as the Golden Eagles soared past the ‘Mountain Men’ of Plymouth State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Germinerio completed 19 of 27 passes for 316 yards, while Tyree Brown rushed for a game-high 156 yards on eight carries and one score. The Panthers conclude their season with a 9-2 overall record – Plymouth State also captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown this year, too.

Framingham State 48, Curry 14: Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns, while completing 19 of 28 passes for 246 yards as the Rams won their second New England Bowl at Bowditch Field in Framingham. Quron Wright led all rushers with 60 yards on 16 carries, while Curry’s Nick Villanueva hauled in a game-high 92 yards on four receptions. Framingham State’s Joshua Onujiogu led all defenders with a pair of sacks for 13 yards, while concluding the game with a pass break-up and four total tackles, including a trio of solo stops. The Rams conclude their season with a 10-1 overall ledger, while Curry finished 8-3.

WPI 17, SUNY Maritime 3Sean McAllen and Lain Zembekeach rushed for one touchdown, while Spencer Herrington booted a 22-yard field goal early in the second quarter, which helped WPI defeat SUNY Maritime, 17-3, in the New England Bowl on Saturday evening at Alumni Stadium in Worcester. SUNY Maritime’s Matthew Murphy trimmed the deficit mid-way through the fourth with a field goal, but that was the closest the Privateers would get to the Engineers. WPI concludes its season on a seven-game winning streak, while matching the 1992 team for nine wins, which is the most victories recorded by any Engineers squad in a single-season. SUNY Maritime ends its season with a 9-2 overall ledger, too.

D3 Football: Noontime Sports Team Of The Week (Monday, Nov. 13th)

Noontime Team Week

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time to announce our weekly Noontime Sports Team of the Week 

PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final installment of the ‘Team of the Week’ – circle back next week for our end of the year awards and teams!

Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 221 yards on 18 carries, while registering a trio of rushing scores. He averaged 12.3 yards per carry against MIT.

Defensive Player of the Week: Wesley Becton (Middlebury): Becton registered 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops, four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 40 yards and three-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 34 yards. 

Special Teams Player of the Week: Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): 
Murphy converted seven of eight kicks, including a pair of field goals for 11 points. 


Offensive Team of the Week

Dante Aiken (WNE): Against Nichols, Aiken rushed for 120 yards on 15 carries (8.0 yards per carry) and one score. 

Brady Berger (Catholic): Berger concluded the season completing 23 of 38 passes for 303 yards and three touchdown passes against Maine Maritime Academy. 

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum concluded his team’s season against Framingham State by completing 24 of 43 passes for 336 yards, while tossing three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jacob Maher. 

Craig Carmilani (Amherst): Carmilani led Amherst with six receptions for 101 yards  (16.8 yards per reception) and one score in his team’s final contest of the season against Williams. 

Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese tossed five touchdowns against Salve Regina, while completing 25 of 33 passes for 347 yards. He also rushed for 31 yards on 13 carries. 

Frank Cosolito (Middlebury): Cosolito led all receivers against Tufts with 100 yards on nine receptions (11.1 yards per reception) and three scores.

Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime Academy): Creeger rushed for 129 yards on 25 carries, while completing 4-of-11 passes for 85 yards and two scores. 

Mark Dietrich (WNE): Dietrich led all receivers with five receptions for 123 yards and three scores in his team’s eighth win of the season. 

Darrion Green (Gallaudet): Against SUNY Maritime, Green rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries for two scores, averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

Richard Harris (Dean): Harris rushed for 212 yards on 27 carries and one score in his team’s season finale against Anna Maria. Harris averaged 7.9 yards per carry. 

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Holder rushed for 187 yards on 38 carries and two scores in his team’s 18-0 win. Holder averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

Shaquille Joseph (Framingham State): Joseph hauled in his first two touchdown receptions of the season (and his collegiate career), while concluding the game with two grabs for 37 yards.

Andrew Light (Mount Ida): Light led all receivers 121 yards on two receptions and two scores in his team’s final contest of the season. 

Jacob Maher (Worcester State): Maher led all receivers with 11 receptions for 195 yards (17.7 yards per reception) and two scores. His longest reception was a 42-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. 

Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron capped an impressive first-year with the Ephs by rushing for the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Amherst last Saturday, which provided the Ephs with their first win over the Mammoths since 2010. Maimaron rushed for 133 yards on 33 carries (4.0 yards per carry) and four scores, while completing 23 of 41 passes for 183 yards. 

Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen rushed for a game-high 132 yards on 28 carries and two scores, while hauling in a trio of receptions for 11 yards. McAllen averaged 4.7 yards per carry.

Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald concluded the season with 145 yards on 29 carries (5.0 yards per carry) and one rushing score, while completing 11 of 25 passes for 121 yards.

Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State): McLaughlin led all rushers with 152 yards on 25 carries and one score in his team’s setback to Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  

Jack Meservy (Middlebury): Against Tufts, Meservy completed 26 of 45 passes for 275 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores one eight carries for three yards. 

Brice Moore (Merchant Marine): Against Coast Guard, Moore rushed for a game-high 207 yards on 40 carries (5.2 yards per carry) and two scores in his team’s 48-23 win, which was seen on ESPN3.

Jace Pena (UMass Dartmouth): Pena capped his team’s season with four touchdown passes, while completing 14 of 28 passes for 234 yards. 

Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Academy): Phillips rushed fro 149 yards on 37 carries for an average of 4.0 yards per carry, along with one score in his team’s 21-18 win over Bridgewater State.

Sonny Puzzo (Trinity):
Against Wesleyan, Puzzo completed 9 of 19 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 48 yards on six carries (8.0 yards per carry) and one score.

Jake Schwern (Colby): Schwern led all rushers with 262 yards on 30 carries (8.7 yards per carry) and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Bowdoin last Saturday.

Anthony Service (WNE): Against Nichols, Service completed 5 of 11 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 50 yards on seven carries (7.1 yards per carry) and one score.

Michael Slaughter, Jr. (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter Jr. ruhed for a game-high 144 yards on 28 carries and one score, while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.   

John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for five scores, while recording 287 yards on 38 carries for an average of 7.6 yards per carry against Mount Ida. 

Connor Sullivan (Salve Regina): Sullivan led all receivers with eight catches for 154 yards and two scores against Curry. Sullivan averaged 19.3 yards per reception. 

Nick Vailas (Bowdoin): Vailas set a single-game for receiving yards (230), while tying a single-game mark with 14 receptions in his team’s setback to Colby. He also concluded the game with one touchdown reception.

Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva hauled in six catches for 90 yards and three scores, while averaging 15.0 yards per reception.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 281 yards, while tossing a trio of scores in his team’s ninth win of the season.


Defensive Team of the Week

Micah Adickes (Tufts): Against Middlebury, Adickes recorded five total tackles, including three solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards, one sack for a loss of three yards, one fumble recover and one quarterback hurry.

Gene Baisden, Jr. (Dean): 
Baisden Jr. concluded the season with seven solo tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 29 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while forcing a fumble. 

Coy Candelario (Bates): Against Hamilton, Candelario tallied six total stops, including five solo stops, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and a half-a-tackle for a loss of 10 yards. 

Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded his team’s final contest of the season with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops, six-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards, two sacks (11 yards) and one pass break-up.

Emmanuel Hans (Anna Maria):
Hans capped his teams season with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 15 yards. 

Corey Jean-Jacques (Trinity): Against Wesleyan, Jean-Jacques registered eight total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of nine yards, one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble.

Shane Libby (Trinity):
Libby turned in a monstrous performance against Wesleyan, tallying 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.  

Francis Lubega (WPI): Against Norwich, Lubega tallied five total tackles, including four solo stops, four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 27 yards, three sacks for a loss of 20 yards, and one forced fumble. 

Ricky Montalvo (WNE): Montalvo registered 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 15 yards. 

Geoffrey Paige (Endicott): In his team’s final contest of the season, Paige tallied nine total tackles, along with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble. 

Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Parker turned in an impressive performance in the Privateers’ final contest of the season by tallying 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and a fumble recovery for two yards. He also registered a sack for a loss of seven yards, too.

Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter recorded eight total tackles, including four solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards. 

Craig Strand (Colby): Strand helped his team capture the 129th meeting between Colby and Bowdoin by registering 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 17 yards, two sacks for a loss of 14 yards and one forced fumble.

Elvin Suazo, Jr. (Husson): Suazo, Jr. recorded nine total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards in his team’s regular season finale against Mount Ida.

Andrew Yamin (Amherst):
Yamin recorded nine solo tackles in his team’s season finale against Williams, including a pair of tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.


Special Teams of the Week

John Baron (Colby): Baron connected on all five kicks, including a 38-yard field goal for seven points against Bowdoin. 

John Glaser (Endicott): Against Becker, Glaser connected on all six kicks, including a 25-yard field goal for eight points.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): In his team’s season finale against Norwich, Herrington connected on all six extra points.

Andrew Sisti (Bowdoin): Sisti connected on all four kicks. including a pair of field goals for eight points.

James Tooker (UMass Dartmouth): Tooker connected on all six kicks, including a 31-yard field goal for eight points.

Valentin Wagner (WNE): Wagner connected on all seven kicks in his team’s big win over Nichols last Saturday.   

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week 10 Poll (Sunday, Nov. 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football (week 10) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week 11) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (9-0, 6-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Plymouth State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 3
  3. Trinity College  (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 2
  4. Western New England (7-2, 4-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 6
  5. Framingham State (8-1, 6-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 4
  6. WPI (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 8
  7. MIT (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 9
  8. Amherst College (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC) | Last Week: 10
  9. Curry College (7-2, 3-1 CCC) | Last Week: No. 7
  10. Western Connecticut (7-2, 5-2 MASCAC). | Last Week: No. 6

ON THE RISE: Husson University (8-1, 6-0 ECFC), Middlebury College (6-2, 6-2NESCAC), Salve Regina (6-2, 3-1 CCC) and Wesleyan University (6-2, 6-2 NESCAC).

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend (New England & New York)

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Curry College will look to continue its momentum against Western New England this weekend. (PHOTO CREDIT: SportsPix, LLC)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you’re ready for a brand new weekend, as well as an extra hour of sleep, too – don’t forget to turn back your clocks on Saturday!

Let’s kickoff this brand new weekend with our weekly 10 Games to Watch in New England and New York Division III Football!

As always, make sure to stay connected with us throughout the weekend on Facebook and Twitter, as well as our good friends over at In The (D3FB) Huddle, too! 

Springfield at Maine Maritime (Saturday, Nov, 4th at 12 p.m.): The Pride return to the gridiron after a bye week with hopes of securing another win en route to a potential Pool B bid. PREDICTION: Springfield 40, Maine Maritime 7 

Western Connecticut at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): This is a MUST win for the Rams, especially if they want to keep their postseason (and New England Bowl) hopes alive. Look for another big game from Western Connecticut quarterback Quinn Fleeting, who has scored 27 touchdowns this season, including 24 through the air. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Framingham State 20

Catholic at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): An intriguing match-up that pits two teams looking to gain some momentum heading into next week, as well as the off-season, too. The Cardinals scored a hard-fought win a week ago against Norwich (10-7) and should continue that momentum this week. PREDICTION: Catholic 25, Merchant Marine 21 

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Zack Edwards and the Plymouth State Panthers will look to cap their regular season slate with a victory on Saturday at Fitchburg State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Plymouth State University Athletics)

Plymouth State at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m.): The Panthers, who will be idle next weekend, will look to cap their regular season slate with a win, so they can keep their postseason (or New England Bowl) hopes alive. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 24, Fitchburg State 14

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Frank Williams and the Bates Bobcats will attempt to capture the CBB crown this weekend when they host Bowdoin. (PHOTO CREDIT: (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Bowdoin at Bates (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 12:30 p.m.): A win for the Bobcats would provide the program (and its seniors) with a fourth-straight CBB crown (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin). It would also be the first-time in program history that a senior class has beaten both Bowdoin and Colby in all four years. PREDICTION: Bates 27, Bowdoin 13 

Alfred at Brockport (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Who is going to score on this Golden Eagles’ defense? Seriously, who? For the past two weeks, the Brockport defense has appeared unstoppable, and this week, they must find a way to slow down a quality Saxons offense. PREDICTION: Brockport 28, Alfred 17 

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Andrew Yamin and the Amherst College defense will look to contain the Trinity College offense on Saturday in a big NESCAC tilt. (PHOTO CREDIT: Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios Inc.)

Trinity at Amherst (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Consider this a de-facto New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship game. A win for Amherst would set-up an exciting final week in the conference (next week), while a victory for the Bantams would provide the program with their seven title in the 21st century. Look for a late touchdown (or field goal) to decide this cosntest. PREDICTION: Amherst 24, Trinity 21

Western New England at Curry (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): Don’t count out these Curry Colonels, who enter the game on a four-game winning streak. Despite a 17-14 setback at home this fall, Curry has been rather impressive at home and will look to continue that momentum on Saturday against a very talented Golden Bears squad. PREDICTION: Curry 21, WNE 20

Williams at Wesleyan (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 1 p.m.): The Ephs returned to the win column last week, defeating Hamilton, 24-6, but this week, they must find a way to slow down a talented Cardinals offense that has put up 17 points or more in every game this season. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 21 

Norwich at MIT (Saturday, Nov. 4th at 5:30 p.m.): Following a tough setback to WPI, MIT will look to bounce back against the Cadets in Cambridge. PREDICTION: MIT 27, Norwich 14 

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 D3 New England Week Nine Poll (Monday, Oct. 23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football (week eight) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week nine) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (8-0, 5-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Trinity College  (6-0, 6-0 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 2
  3. Plymouth State (7-1, 5-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 5
  4. MIT (6-1, 4-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 4
  5. Framingham State (6-1, 4-1 MASCACS) | Last Week No. 3
  6. Western New England (5-2, 2-0 CCC) | Last Week No. 7
  7. Western Conn. State (6-1, 4-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: NR
  8. Curry College (6-1, 2-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 8
  9. Salve Regina (5-1, 2-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 9
  10. Middlebury College (5-1, 5-1 NESCAC) | Last Week: NR

On the rise: Amherst College (5-1, 5-1 NESCAC), Husson University (6-1, 4-0 ECFC), Tufts University (4-2, 4-2 NESCAC), Williams College (4-2, 4-2 NESCAC) and WPI (5-2, 3-1 NEWMAC).