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Taking Stock of Four Weeks of New England D3 Football

Dante Aviles-Santos and the UMass Dartmouth football team currently sit atop the MASCAC standings after four weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jared Marshall/UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Four weeks of the New England NCAA Division III football season are complete.

The fifth week begins this evening with two teams competing under the lights: Western Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth.

Before we kick off another weekend of college football, let’s check in all five conferences, as well as highlight a few teams (and storylines) to watch, both this weekend and over the next few weeks.  


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Current Leader: Endicott College (4-0, 0-0 CCC)

The surprise team: Nichols College (3-1, 0-0)

Thoughts on the CCC: As of now, Endicott College appears to be the front-runner, but we should know more about this conference after both this weekend and next weekend with league play beginning tomorrow. The Gulls’ defense, which has yielded just 20 points through four contests, will certainly be challenged against Husson University, as well as when they compete against Nichols College and the University of New England in early October. The Bison of Nichols can solidify themselves as a contender by scoring a week five win over Western New England, which is looking to bounce back from a 35-0 setback to Salisbury University. The Golden Bears have not lost to Nichols since 2006 – additionally, Nichols has not beaten Western New England in Springfield since 2003.


Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Current Leaders: Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC) and Gallaudet University (2-1, 0-0 ECFC)

The surprise team: Alfred State (2-2, 0-0 ECFC)

Thoughts on the ECFC: Like the CCC, ECFC play commences this weekend with some enticing matchups, including Anna Maria hosting Alfred State to Gallaudet visiting Keystone College. Anna Maria remains the favorite to win the league crown, despite losing last weekend to Coast Guard Academy. The AMCATs can take a step toward winning its second-straight ECFC title on Saturday by beating Alfred State, a squad they have beaten in back-to-back meetings. The Pioneers enter the contest with two wins and two losses – to be honest, I thought this team would have at least three wins by the fifth week, especially with so many returners back from last season. But while all eyes will be on Alfred State and Anna Maria, don’t overlook Gallaudet, which scored an impressive week three win over UNE, thanks to quarterback Brandon Washington. The Bison did commit eight penalties in their three-point win over the Nor’easters, which is something they cannot do in future contests. Keep your eyes on Dean College this weekend as the Bulldogs will aim to provide first-year coach Andrae Murphy with his first win when they visit Castleton University.    


Willie Lombard and the Plymouth State football team visit Framingham State in an important week five contest. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kim Bownes/Plymouth State University Athletics)

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Current Leader: UMass Dartmouth (3-1, 2-0 MASCAC)

The surprise team: Western Connecticut (2-2, 1-1 MASCAC)

Thoughts on the MASCAC: Following their week one win over Husson, I was ready to anoint the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth as the “team to beat.” One week later, they suffered a disappointing setback to Anna Maria, which provided an opportunity for Framingham State and Western Connecticut to catch up. In week three, UMass Dartmouth scored its first win against the Rams of Framingham since 2016, which was followed by a week four win against Worcester State. Tonight, they can truly solidify themselves as the front-runner with a win over the Wolves of Western Connecticut. The Wolves are looking to bounce back from their week four setback to Bridgewater State. Plymouth State is also a team MASCAC football fans should keep an eye on. They were idol last week after starting their 2022 campaign with three-straight wins. They visit Framingham State tomorrow. A win for the Rams over the Panthers could provide the Black and Gold with some much-needed momentum heading into upcoming contests with Fitchburg State and Western Connecticut. All in all, it’s hard to pick a clear favorite after four weeks.  


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Current Leaders: Middlebury College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC) and Trinity College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC)

The surprise team: Bowdoin College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC)

Thoughts on the NESCAC: Entering the third week of the NESCAC season, Middlebury and Trinity appear to be the teams to watch – to be honest, I did not anticipate Middlebury being a front-runner after two weeks, but their recent win over Wesleyan University proves we cannot overlook this squad. The Panthers’ defense has allowed the fewest points amongst all NESCAC teams with 16 while Tufts University leads the conference with 58 points scored. Tufts, like Middlebury, is not a team to overlook as they rolled past Bates College last weekend and almost beat Trinity in their season-opener. Bowdoin has been a pleasant surprise – they scored a big opening day win against Hamilton College but suffered its first setback last weekend to Williams College. Bowdoin hosts Middlebury on Saturday – perhaps they bounce back against the Panthers? Through two weeks, Middlebury and Trinity are clearly the teams to beat — or watch? — but don’t overlook Tufts and Colby College. Maybe we shouldn’t rule out Williams?


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Current Leaders: Merchant Marine (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) and MIT (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC)

The surprise team: Coast Guard Academy (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Thoughts on the NEWMAC: I’ll be honest, I didn’t think MIT or Merchant Marine would be leading the NEWMAC after four weeks. Yet, they are, which means we should be in for an interesting few weeks of conference play. MIT hosts Catholic University on Saturday – the Cardinals have yet to crack the win column since week one when they beat McDaniel College. Catholic beat MIT last year but fell to the Engineers two years earlier. Both contests were held in Washington, DC. Merchant Marine will attempt to win its third contest of the season against a WPI squad that enters NEWMAC play with two wins and two losses. Maybe we shouldn’t overlook the Engineers of Worcester? Coast Guard Academy appears to be a team to watch, thanks to halfback Spencer McMillion, who leads all D-III rushers with 653 rushing yards through four weeks. McMillion has rushed for 11 touchdowns — I expect his early-season success to continue against Norwich University on Saturday. Springfield College is idol this weekend after concluding its non-conference schedule with a big win over Husson. They won the NEWMAC last year and will certainly be well-rested for next week’s initial conference meeting with the Bears of Coast Guard.

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Five

Hector Johnson and the Endicott College defense have been a unit to watch in New England NCAA Division III football this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway Sports Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another busy weekend of New England NCAA Division III football has arrived – let’s celebrate.

Last week, we picked seven games correctly to bump our overall record to 26-14 through four weeks.

Let’s dish out our 10 Games to Watch (and yes, predictions, too) for another busy weekend of football. As usual, make sure to circle back throughout the weekend for additional blog posts on Massachusetts (and New England) college and high school football.

Enjoy the games, everyone!

Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week Five

Western Connecticut at UMass Dartmouth (Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.): The Corsairs can solidify themselves as the “team to beat” in the MASCAC with a win over the Wolves on Friday evening. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Western Conn.

Plymouth State at Framingham State (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 12 p.m.): The Panthers return to the gridiron following an early bye week with hopes of continuing their early-season momentum against a Rams squad that evened their record at 2-2 last week with a three-point win over Westfield State. PREDICTION: Framingham State over Plymouth State

Husson University at Endicott College (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 12 p.m.): It would be hard to pick against a Gulls squad that is off to its best start since 2011, thanks to its defense. Look for the Endicott defense to shine once again for a fifth-straight week. PREDICTION: Endicott over Husson

Nichols College at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.): Nichols’ impressive start came to a screeching halt last week with an eight-point setback to Hartwick College. Can they rebound this week against a Golden Bears squad that captured just one of its four non-league tilts? We’ll have to see – Nichols has not beaten Western New England since 2006 when they topped the Golden Bears in Dudley. PREDICTION: Nichols over Western New England

Curry College at University of New England (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.): Curry has received a major boost from first-year halfback Montie Quinn, who rushed for a game-high 171 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday in the Colonels’ second win of the season. Quinn faces a UNE defense that struggled to slow down Brandon Washington and Gallaudet University earlier this month. PREDICTION: Curry over UNE

Catholic University at MIT (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.): The Engineers are one of two teams in the NEWMAC with a 2-1 overall record. On Saturday, look for MIT to win its third contest of the season – its first conference game, to be exact, against a Cardinals squad that has lost three-straight contests. PREDICTION: MIT over Catholic

Middlebury College at Bowdoin College (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.): The Panthers have been a pleasant surprise this season, winning back-to-back games over Amherst College and Wesleyan University. Look for the Navy Blue and White’s early-season momentum to continue against the Polar Bears. PREDICTION: Middlebury over Bowdoin

Alfred State at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m.): Conference play begins for the AMCATs after finishing their non-conference slate with two wins and one loss. Their lone setback occurred last Saturday against Coast Guard Academy, which produced 66 points against an Anna Maria squad that had yielded 62 points in its first two contests. PREDICTION: Anna Maria over Alfred State    

Fitchburg State at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.): The Bears snapped their three-game losing streak last week with a much-needed win over Western Connecticut. Look for another big game this week from halfback Adam Couch. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State over Fitchburg State  

Bates College at Colby College (Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.): After dropping its first contest of the 2022 season last Saturday to Trinity College, look for the Mules to bounce back against the Bobcats under the lights on Saturday. PREDICTION: Colby over Bates  

Noontime’s New England D3 Football Top 10 (Sept. 26, 2022)

Ben Tauber and the Middlebury College football team scored an impressive win last Saturday over Wesleyan University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the fifth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season.

Additionally, welcome to the final week of September — where has the time gone?

Endicott College remains the top team on this week’s poll following its fourth-straight win this past weekend against Norwich University.

UMass Dartmouth and Springfield College moved up following impressive week four victories while Coast Guard Academy and Middlebury College joined this week’s poll.

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 26, 2022 (Week Five)

1.  Endicott College (4-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): Make it four-straight wins for the Gulls. Endicott is off to its best start since 2011, thanks to its defense, which has yielded 20 points through four weeks. Linebacker Matthew Licciardi leads the Endicott defense with 36.0 total tackles.  

2. UMass Dartmouth (3-1, 2-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 4): The Corsairs move up two spots after capturing their second-straight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) clash on Saturday. UMass Dartmouth concluded their week four meeting with Worcester State with 675 yards of total offense and nine sacks. Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos has now thrown for 300 yards or more in three straight contests.

3. Springfield College (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 5): Like UMass Dartmouth, Springfield is moving up this week – two spots, to be exact. The Pride capped their non-league schedule with a big win on Saturday over Husson University, thanks to fullbacks Nicholas Raneri, Arsen Shtefan, and Joseph Cannizzaro. The trio combined for 260 yards and four touchdowns.

4. Trinity College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 2): Yes, we know the Bantams scored their first home win of the season, but Colby College did indeed present some challenges for Trinity. Through two contests, Trinity has produced 779 yards of total offense, including 502 passing yards, thanks to Spencer Fetter, who has located three receivers in the end zone. DeVante Reid leads the receiving core with two touchdowns.

5. Salve Regina University (3-1, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 7): The Seahawks concluded their non-conference slate by scoring an impressive win over Rowan University. Salve Regina scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 21 seconds left when quarterback Jake Stack capped a 15-play, 83-yard drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown.

6. Middlebury College (2-0, 2-0 NESCASC) (LW: NR): The Panthers join this week’s poll following an impressive win against the Wesleyan University Cardinals. As a team, Middlebury produced 346 yards of total offense while stopping Wesleyan on three fourth-down attempts. Quarterback Ben Tauber leads all New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) quarterbacks with 561 passing yards.

7. Wesleyan University (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC) (LW: No. 2): After scoring a big opening day win over Bates College, the Cardinals stumbled against the Panthers, which recorded three interceptions and three sacks. Wide receiver Logan Tomlinson led all receivers with nine catches for 146 yards.

8. Plymouth State (3-0, 1-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 8): The Panthers return from their bye week with an important week five matchup with Framingham State. Last season, the Rams rolled past the Panthers, but perhaps this year’s meeting could favor the men dressed in Green and White.

9. Coast Guard Academy (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) (LW: NR): Keep your eyes on halfback Spencer McMillion going forward. The Laurel, Maryland native has produced career-highs in multiple categories this fall, including rushing yards (653) and touchdowns (11). Against Anna Maria College, McMillion rushed for a game-high 285 yards on 43 carries and five touchdowns.

10. Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC) (LW: No. 6): After scoring an impressive week two victory over UMass Dartmouth, the momentum vanished this past weekend with a 66-28 setback to Coast Guard Academy. Through three contests, Anna Maria has produced 114 points while yielding 128.

On the Rise: Bridgewater State (1-3, 1-1 MASCAC), Framingham State (2-2, 1-1 MASCAC), Nichols College (3-1, 0-0 CCC), and the University of New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC)

New England D3 Football Roundup: Couch Leads BSU Past Western Conn.

Bridgewater State halfback Adam Couch rushed for a pair of touchdowns on Saturday as the Bears earned their first win of the 2022 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bridgewater State University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Saturday’s matchup with Western Connecticut was a must-win for the Bridgewater State Bears.

The Red and White earned the win, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 40-27 victory.

Halfback Adam Couch concluded the week four meeting with 201 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. The Winchendon, Massachusetts native rushed for a season-high 150 yards on 21 carries while quarterback James Cahoon completed 15 of 24 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns.

Brendan Albert led the Bears’ defense with 10 total tackles, including five solo stops. Steven Silvia tallied nine total tackles, including seven solo stops and one pass breakup.

Bridgewater State’s defense intercepted Western Connecticut’s John Giller four times.

Both teams enter the fifth week of the New England NCAA Division III season tied for third in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASAC). UMass Dartmouth remains the top team in the conference – on Saturday, the Corsairs moved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in league play with a 41-20 victory over Worcester State.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Plymouth State currently boast a 1-0 conference mark, respectively.

Endicott College capped the opening month with a 26-13 win over Norwich University.

With the win, the Gulls improve to 4-0, matching their start from 2011 when Endicott won 10 of 11 contests, including the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl against Mount Ida College.

Tyler Bridge and Clayton Marengi combined for four rushing touchdowns while Matthew Licciardi stuffed the stat sheet on defense with 14 total tackles, including a game-high 10 solo tackles to go with one forced fumble and a pair of quarterback hurries. Tyler Davis concluded the non-league tilt with 11 total tackles.

Endicott is currently the top team in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) – they will begin league play on Saturday when they welcome Husson University.

Nichols College and Salve Regina University are currently tied for second in the CCC – the Bison’s three-game winning streak concluded yesterday with a 28-20 setback to Hartwick College while the Seahawks topped Rowan University, 28-24.  

Curry College won its second-straight contest, defeating Hilbert College, 49-9. Halfback Montie Quinn recorded the game’s first four touchdowns before concluding the non-league clash with a game-high 171 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Springfield College, MIT, and Coast Guard Academy all earned wins on Saturday – perhaps the most impressive victory occurred in Paxton, Massachusetts with the Bears handing Anna Maria College its first setback with a 66-28 victory.

Halfback Spencer McMillion rushed for a game-high 285 yards on 43 carries and five touchdowns while catching three passes for 55 yards.

The Coast Guard defense recorded five sacks, three interceptions, and one fumble recovery. Additionally, they concluded the non-league meeting with 658 yards of total offense.

Anna Maria’s Deandre Wallace led all receivers with three catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns.

Middlebury College improved to 2-0, thanks to a 24-10 victory over Wesleyan University.

Quarterback Ben Tauber tossed three touchdowns in the win while Kieran Sheridan and John McCool combined for 18 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of eight yards and six quarterback hurries.

Trinity College scored its second win of the season by beating Colby College, 19-7. Tyler Dinapoli and Thomas Walsh each caught one touchdown in the win.

New England D-III Football Week Four Scoreboard:

  • Endicott College 26, Norwich University 13
  • Springfield College 49, Husson University 7
  • Salisbury University 35, Western New England 0
  • Curry College 49, Hilbert College 9
  • Salve Regina University 28, Rowan University 24
  • Hartwick College 28, Nichols College 20
  • Coast Guard Academy 66, Anna Maria College 28
  • St. Lawrence University 34, Castleton University 6
  • MIT 35, Dean College 6
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy 38, Fitchburg State 13
  • Framingham State 14, Westfield State 11
  • UMass Dartmouth 41, Worcester State 20
  • Bridgewater State 40, Western Connecticut 27
  • Middlebury College 24, Wesleyan University 10
  • Williams College 24, Bowdoin College 14
  • Hamilton College 24, Amherst College 10
  • Trinity College 19, Colby College 7
  • Tufts University 35, Bates College 7
  • WPI 10, Montclair State 0  

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Four

Dante Aviles-Santos has recorded 12 touchdown passes through three contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jared Marshall/UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Friday has officially arrived, which means one thing: we need to dish out our picks for New England NCAA Division III football games.

Last week, we didn’t do too bad as we selected seven games correctly to bump our season total to 19-11.

This week, let’s see if we can at least pick seven games correctly – maybe eight or nine?

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and enjoy the games, along with the amazing fall weather (can I get a hot coffee please?)

Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week Four

Norwich University at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): Last week, the Gulls defense yielded its first touchdown of the season – so much for a third-straight shutout. Expect the Endicott defense to provide a few problems for a Cadets squad that has lost two-straight meetings with the Gulls, dating back to a late November contest in 2012. PREDICTION: Endicott over Norwich

Salisbury University at Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): The Golden Bears will cap their non-league schedule against a challenging foe that is looking to keep pace with Rowan University and Montclair State in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). PREDICTION: Salisbury over Western New England

Coast Guard Academy at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): The AMCATs are seeking some additional momentum heading into conference play next week. On Saturday, look for another big game from quarterback Alex Cohen. PREDICTION: Anna Maria over Coast Guard Academy

Husson University at Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): Springfield’s four-game homestand concludes with an important non-league clash with an Eagles squad that recently snapped its two-game losing streak. If Springfield is going to be victorious, they will need a big game from quarterback David Wells. PREDICTION: Springfield over Husson

Wesleyan University at Middlebury College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.): Both teams won their respective season-opener last week, but can this year’s Panthers squad slow down a high-powered Cardinals offense that produced 41 points last week? PREDICTION: Wesleyan over Middlebury

Tufts University at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m.): The Jumbos’ comeback against Trinity College fell short last week – it was impressive, though. Expect another big game from wide receiver Phil Lutz. PREDICTION: Tufts over Bates

Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Rams, which dropped their initial conference clash with UMass Dartmouth last week. PREDICTION: Framingham State over Westfield State

UMass Dartmouth at Worcester State (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m.): Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos has been the player to watch on the Corsairs this fall – he has recorded 12 touchdown passes through three games and will certainly continue his early-season success against the Lancers’ secondary. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Worcester State  

Nichols College at Hartwick College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m.): The Bison are off to a 3-0 start – last week, they needed everyone on their roster to score a hard-fought win over Coast Guard Academy. This week, Nichols’ early-season momentum should continue against the Hawks in New York. PREDICTION: Nichols over Hartwick  

Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut (Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears as they have yet to crack the win column this season. Halfback Adam Couch has been the player to watch thus far on Bridgewater State. Last week against Plymouth State, he rushed for a game-high 111 yards and one touchdown. He also caught four passes for 64 yards. Western Connecticut’s John Giller is the player to watch on the Wolves after throwing for a season-high 305 yards in week three. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State over Western Conn.