New England Sends Four Teams to NCAA D3 Football Tournament

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Framingham State’s Joshua Smiley and the Rams are headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Four New England D3 football teams secured spots in the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament, which officially begins Saturday, November 17th with 16 opening round contests.

32 teams were selected to compete in this year’s tournament, including a trio of local teams (Framingham StateHusson University and Western New England) which captured their respective conference crown.

MIT, which also earned a spot in this year’s tournament, secured an at-large bid following an exciting 22-7 win yesterday over Springfield College to secure the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown (the NEWMAC title was the Engineers’ first in program history).

All four teams will hit the road this week with Framingham State visiting Brockport, Husson traveling to RPI, MIT heading to Johns Hopkins and Frostburg State entertaining Western New England. All four match-ups will commence at 12 p.m. eastern.

Both Husson and WNE advanced to the tournament last year, while Framingham State is making its first appearance in three seasons (the Rams last competed in the national postseason in 2015). MIT is making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history after making an impressive debut four years ago with an opening round win against Husson.

We’ll have more on all four match-ups later this week, but as always, stay connected with @Noontime_FB on Twitter for news, notes and more from the New England football world! 

Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week 12 (Nov. 11th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

THE TWELFTH WEEK OF THE NEW ENGLAND D3 FOOTBALL SEASON HAS ARRIVED, WHICH MEANS IT IS TIME TO UNVEIL OUR NEWEST TOP 10 POLL OF THE SEASON, AS WELL AS OUR ‘TEAMS ARE ON THE RISE.’

MIT moved into the top spot this week with a convincing win on Saturday against Springfield College to claim the program’s conference crown. The Engineers, who moved to 9-1 overall, have positioned themselves for a NCAA Tournament berth.

Trinity College, which checked-in second overall, secured the seconds position by clinching their third-straight conference title, while Framingham State moved-up with a conference title victory, as well.

Amherst College and Western New England rounded out the top five with important week 11 victories, while Coast Guard Academy and Husson University each moved-up this week.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 


New England D3 Football: Week 12 Poll| Sunday, November 11th, 2018 

1. MIT 

9-1 (6-1) | NEWMACLast Week: No. 2

2. Trinity College

8-1 (8-1) | NESCACLast Week: No. 1
3. Framingham State 8-2 (7-1) | MASCACLast Week: No. 4
4. Amherst College 8-1 (8-1) | NESCACLast Week: No. 5
5. Western New England 8-2 (5-1) | CCCLast Week: No. 7
6. Endicott College 8-2 (5-1) | CCCLast Week: No. 3
7. Husson University 8-2 (6-0) | ECFCLast Week: No. 9
8. Coast Guard Academy7-3 (5-2) | NEWMACLast Week: No. 10
9. Tufts University 7-2 (7-2) | NESCACLast Week: NR
10. Springfield College7-3 (5-2) | NEWMACLast Week: No. 8

ON THE RISE: Bridgewater State (7-3, 6-2), Salve Regina (6-3, 5-1) and WPI (6-4, 4-3)


2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll | Week Three Poll | Week Four Poll | Week Five | Week Six | Week Seven | Week Eight | Week Nine | Week Ten | Week Eleven 


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week 11 (Nov. 10th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The eleventh week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week 11, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week 10): We went 4-6 last week, which wasn’t our finest performance, but hopefully we can rebound this week!

Season Predictions Records: 69-31 (looking to finish strong!).

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Husson University at Plymouth State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): The Eagles are headed back to the NCAA Tournament next week, but cannot overlook this week’s opponent, which should provide the Green and Gold with some challenges on both sides of the ball. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Plymouth State 18 

Mass. Maritime Academy at Bridgewater State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Anyone smell cranberries? We do! The 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl is set to kickoff tomorrow with the Bears looking to cap their season on a high note. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, Mass. Maritime 14 

Framingham State at Worcester State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Rams would send the Black and Gold back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three seasons. PREDICTION: Framingham State 24, Worcester State 14 

Coast Guard Academy at Merchant Marine (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Merchant Marine currently leads the all-time series, 32-14, but needs a win against the Bears to keep their postseason hopes alive. They should find a way to get past the Bears on ESPN3. PREDICTION: USMMA 22, Coast Guard 13 

Springfield College at MIT (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Springfield enters this week’s contest with some serious momentum following an exciting ‘Senior Day’ win last Saturday over Maine Maritime. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, MIT 14 

Williams College at Amherst College (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Its a bounce-back week for the Mammoths, who will look to cap their season with a rivalry win over Williams on their home turf. PREDICTION: Amherst 27, Williams 14 

Trinity College at Wesleyan University (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Bantams would provide the Blue and Gold with their third-straight conference crown. PREDICTION: Trinity 28, Wesleyan 16 

Anna Maria at Dean College (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Dean needs one more win to cap its second season as a NCAA Division III member with a .500 record. A victory over the AMCATs should certainly provide a boost for the young program heading into the offseason. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Anna Maria 10 

Salve Regina at Endicott College (Nov. 10th at 1 p.m.): The Gulls rallied to score an exciting win last week over Western New England, but now needs to beat Salve Regina for a chance to compete in the NCAA Tournament. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Salve Regina 17 

Bowdoin College at Colby College (Nov. 10th at 1 p.m.): A CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) trophy is on the line this week as both teams beat Bates College earlier this season to set-up a de-facto championship game. Bowdoin won the CBB in 2010, while Colby last celebrated a three-letter victory in 2005. PREDICTION: Colby 24, Bowdoin 14

D3 Hoops: Cardoso Leads Worcester State Past Clark In Midnight Meeting

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Chris Cardoso of Worcester State recorded his first double-double of the season as the Lancers defeated Clark University shortly after midnight on Thursday morning. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Chris Cardoso registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as Worcester State commenced its 2018-19 campaign with an 87-81 win earlier this morning against Clark University in the fourth annual Midnight Madness.

The early morning win for the Lancers was the program’s first against the Cougars in the Midnight Madness series, which began in 2015 with Clark scoring an 83-78 win at home that season.

Tyler Dion led the Lancers with a team-high 21 points, while Clark’s Biko Gayman tallied a game-high 23 points. Brendan Kittredge chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Red and White.

Worcester State led Clark, 39-30, at the break, while the Cougars outscored the hosts, 51-48, in the second half.

The Lancers return to the hardwood on Sunday when they visit Roger Williams for a 2 p.m. tip-off, while Clark heads to Newbury College on Monday for a 7 p.m. start.


Games to Watch in New England D3 Hoops (Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2018) 

MBB: Albertus Magnus at Anna Maria, 6 p.m.

WBB: Stevens at Western Connecticut, 6 p.m.

WBB: Bay Path at Mount Holyoke, 6 p.m.

MBB: Springfield College at Western New England, 7 p.m.

WBB: MIT at Simmons College, 7 p.m.

WBB: Fitchburg State at Rivier, 7 p.m.

WBB: Emerson College at Gordon College, 7 p.m.

MBB: Roger Williams at Coast Guard Academy, 7 p.m.

MBB: Fitchburg State at Rhode Island College, 7 p.m.


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D3 Football: MIT Checks-In Seventh In Latest NCAA East Region Rankings

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Tyler Ray and the MIT Engineers checked-in seventh overall on the latest NCAA East Regional Rankings. (PHOTO COURTESY

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

After scoring an important bounce-back win last week over Norwich University, the MIT Engineers secured a spot on the latest NCAA Division III East Regional Rankings, which were posted earlier today.

The Engineers, who were the lone New England squad to appear on the list, checked-in seventh overall, while Brockport secured the top spot for the second-straight week followed by Frostburg State and RPI at second and third, respectively.

Delaware Valley and Ithaca College rounded out the top five by checking-in fourth and fifth, respectively.

MIT enters the final week with an overall record of 8-1 record and needs to beat Springfield College this Saturday (Nov. 10th) for a chance to compete in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which will kick-off next weekend.

Ashton Robinson powered the Engineers to their eighth win of the season last Saturday over Norwich by rushing for 87 yards on 12 carries and one score, while Sam Cantrell and Ben Wolz each tallied seven total tackles, respectively, Wolz also finished the game with two tackles for a loss of six yards and one sack for a five yard loss, while Tyler Ray registered six total tackles, along with a trio of pass break-ups.

Kickoff for Saturday’s must-see meeting between the Pride and Engineers is scheduled for 12 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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