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Noontime’s Teams To Watch In NCAA D-III Region 1

MIT will be one of a few teams to watch in the NEWMAC this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

A brand new season of NCAA Division III football is quickly approaching. And we’re excited about the upcoming season. Are you?

As a part of our early preseason coverage, we will be producing a list of 10 to 12 teams we will be watching this fall in regions one and two — yes, the NCAA has divided 239 teams into six regions for the upcoming season compared to previous years, which saw programs listed in the North, South, East, and West. These changes were highlighted on D3Football.com earlier this month.

So, without further ado, let’s begin our early preseason watch with our teams to watch in Region 1 this fall!

Delaware Valley: As noted last week on our podcast — well, we need to give some credit to James Baker of In The D3FB Huddle — the Aggies will most likely be the top team this fall in this particular region. DelVal did not play last fall or earlier this spring, but posted an 11-2 record in 2019, which included eight conference wins in Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). The Aggies will begin their 2021 campaign at Kean University on Friday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Endicott College: The Gulls improved from 2018 to 2019. And despite not appearing on the gridiron last fall, it is expected the trend will continue this season when coach Paul McGonagle leads the Blue and Green onto the field on Saturday, September 4 against St. Lawrence University.

Framingham State University: Aynsley Rosenbaum will make his head coaching debut on Labor Day Weekend — Saturday, September 4 at 12 p.m., to be exact — when the Rams welcome Brockport to Bowditch Field. Rosenbaum spent 12 seasons with the Black and Gold as the offensive coordinator, and has helped the Rams win nine conference championships.

Merchant Marine: The Mariners competed one last fall — they defeated their rival Coast Guard Academy in the Secretaries Cup. Quarterback Ian Blankenship highlighted his team’s lone win of the 2020 season and will certainly be a player to watch this fall.

Middlebury College: In 2019, the Panthers were perfect, winning all nine New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchups to become just the fourth team in league history to record an undefeated season.

Misericordia University: First-year coach John Davis and the Cougars will be a team you certainly will want to keep your eyes on this fall — Davis arrives in Dallas, Pennsylvania after three successful seasons with The Apprentice School in Newport News, Virginia. Under Davis, the Builders posted back-to-back winning seasons in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, Davis and the Builders beat Oakland University in the NCFA National Championship.

MIT: The Engineers have averaged 7.66 wins in their last three seasons — they have also represented the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. MIT’s previous success should continue this fall, but like previous years, they will face some challenges against two local conference foes: Springfield College and WPI.

Stevenson University: Similar to the Aggies, the Mustangs will also be a team to watch in this particular region — they open their season against Johns Hopkins, which finished its 2019 campaign with an 8-3 record, including a 6-3 mark in the Centennial Conference (CC). Their matchup with the Blue Jays will be followed by two VERY iroad trips at RPI and Delaware Valley.

Trinity College: Look for the Bantams to bounce back this fall after posting a 5-4 record in 2019. Prior to their five-win season, the Bantams produced three eight-win seasons, including a perfect 8-0 mark in 2016.

UMass Dartmouth: Quarterback Stephen Gacioch is back to quarterback the Corsairs for one more season — in 2019, he led the Blue and Gold to a 7-3 season. UMass Dartmouth last recorded seven wins in 2004 when they were a member of the New England Football Conference (NEFC).

Western New England: The Golden Bears have won eight games or more since 2014, and will once again be one of a few teams to watch in New England this fall. And like most teams, they did graduate some talent on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Alec Coleman, but expect Jason Lebeau‘s squad to be ready come week one when they host Springfield College on Saturday, September 4 at 1 p.m.

Wilkes University: Coach Jonathan Drach and the Colonels enjoyed a successful 2019 season, which saw the team post eight wins for the first time since finishing 8-3 in 2005. Despite losing to Susquehanna University in the Centennial/MAC Bowl, the Colonels should be able to continue to their momentum this fall when they kickoff their season at Schmidt Stadium against Keystone College on Saturday, September 4 at 1 p.m.

D3 Football: Zelos Athletics Players Of The Week (Monday, Oct. 14th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the sixth week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our initial players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.

Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too

This season, Noontime Sports will select one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week. The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season.

As usual, stay connected with our Noontime Sports New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB

Bobby Maimaron tossed five touchdowns last Saturday as Williams College defeated Hamilton College for an important conference win. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College)

Offensive Player of the Week: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College | Quarterback | Duxbury, Mass.): The third-year signal-caller tossed a season-high five touchdowns last Saturday to lead the Ephs to their fourth-straight win of the season against Hamilton College.

The five touchdown passes tied an Ephs single-game record. Maimaron joined David Sullivan (Class of 2004) and Sean Keenan (Class of 2000) who each threw for five touchdowns in a single-game against Hamilton and Bowdoin College, respectively.

Maimaron completed 11 of 19 passes 191 yards while adding 80 yards on 11 carries. Eight of Maimaron’s passes landed in the hands of classmate Frank Stola, who concluded the game with four touchdowns. Stola became the first receiver in Ephs program history to record 2,000 receiving yards in a career while establishing a new single-season record for touchdown receptions with 12.

Through five games this season, the Duxbury, Massachusetts native has completed 55 of 103 passes for 901 yards and a career-best 13 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 380 yards on 58 carries and two scores.

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Tyshawn Anderson (2) and the Anna Maria College football team scored an important conference win last Saturday against Alfred State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Defensive Player of the Week: Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria College | Defensive Back | Lynn, Mass.): The second-year defensive back enjoyed perhaps his most successful day on the gridiron last Saturday against Alfred State. Anderson tallied 24.0 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Anderson’s 24 total stops were the most he has recorded in a single game this season. He posted 14.0 total tackles a week ago against The Apprentice School, which at the time were the most tackles he recorded in a game. 16 of his 24 stops were solo tackles, which was is also a season-best for the Lynn, Massachusetts native.

Through six-game this season, Anderson has registered a career-best 75.0 total tackles, including 40 solo stops, and five-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 18 yards. He has also tallied three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one pass break-up.

Christian Hutra tallied a season-high eight points off two field goals and two extra points last Saturday against Coast Guard Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Roy Chambers)

Special Teamer of the Week: Christian Hutra (Springfield College | Kicker | Holmes, N.Y.): Hutra enjoyed a career day against Coast Guard Academy last Saturday, posting eight points off two field goals and two extra points, which helped the Pride score an important conference win in New London, Connecticut.

The first-year kicker’s 27-yard field goal with 6:04 remaining in the second quarter was his longest kick of the season. He converted a 26-yarder against Union College last month, which became his second-longest mark after kicking a 21-yard field goal in his team’s season-opener against Western New England.

In four contests this season, Hutra has connected on all 19 kicks, including four field goals.

The Early Preseason Outlook: Anna Maria College


By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Anna Maria College is the first team we will highlight in a brand new summer series called the ‘Early Preseason Outlook.’

The ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ will highlight a New England Division III football team’s past season, as well as look ahead to this season with a quick synopsis on their schedule and players to watch.

The AMCATs 2018 Season: Coach Dan Mulrooney‘s unit finished 1-9 last fall – their lone win came against Castleton University on the first Saturday in October. The AMCATs certainly improved following their win over the Spartans – they were rather competitive in setbacks to Maritime (N.Y.) and Dean College.

The 2019 Season Outlook: The AMCATs offseason has been highlighted through their social media accounts – I am a HUGE fan of what the program is doing to promote their hard work, both on and off the field. The team certainly hopes their offseason momentum will translate into a successful training camp next month, as well as a few more wins this season. Don’t be surprised if the AMCATs finish in the middle of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

Anna Maria’s Schedule: The AMCATs will face some challenges from the get-go when they face a pair of Liberty League (LL) foes in September, including RPI, which advanced to last season’s NCAA quarterfinals. Additionally, they face two Worcester teams – Becker College and Nichols College – before entertaining The Apprentice School in October before diving into conference play. Anna Maria will host three conference games, including two important October match-ups against Dean (10/19) and Maritime (N.Y.) (10/26).

Players to Watch in 2019: Alex Cohen (Quarterback/Plymouth, Mass.), Tyshawn Anderson (Defensive Back/Lynn, Mass.), Marcelino Da Veiga (Wide Receiver/Central Fall, R.I.), Peter Beuttel (Kicker/Plymouth, Mass.) Aiden Folster (Defensive Back/Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and Carl St. Paul (Defensive Back/Brooklyn, N.Y.).

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