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Noontime’s Final D3 Football Top 20 Poll (Nov. 22, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to believe, but another season of New England NCAA Division III football has officially concluded — that was fast, eh?

Luckily, we still have plenty of end-of-season wrap-up content coming your way, so stay tuned for future posts and podcasts. But in the meantime, enjoy our end-of-season poll, which finds Williams College, Endicott College, and Framingham State in the top three spots.

1. Williams College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): The only New England team to finish without a setback, the Ephs concluded the 2021 season as the first team in program history to win nine games in a single season.

2. Endicott College (8-3, 5-1 CCC): Despite seeing its season conclude in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament, the future is very bright for a squad that features a slew of rising seniors and juniors.

3. Framingham State (8-3, 6-0 MASCAC): The Rams were a pleasant surprise this fall, rebounding from an 0-2 start to win their third outright conference crown.

4. Trinity College (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC): The Bantams could be the “team to beat” next fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) after ending its season with back-to-back wins over Amherst College and Wesleyan University.

5. Western New England (7-4, 5-1 CCC): The Golden Bears may have ended with a difficult setback to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, but this team was resilient, especially after a midseason loss to Endicott College.

6. UMass Dartmouth (9-2, 6-2 MASCAC): The Corsairs matched their win total from 2003 by winning their final six contests, including their first-ever New England Bowl.

7. Husson University (7-3, 4-2 CCC): These Eagles provided a lot of challenges for non-conference and conference foes this fall.

8. Salve Regina University (8-2, 4-2): The 2021 Seahawks looked somewhat like the 2016 Seahawks that won eight games.

9. Springfield College (7-4, 6-0 NEWMAC): “The Brotherhood” bounced back from a 1-3 start with a six-game winning streak that resulted in a conference crown, along with an impressive showing against SUNY Cortland in the opening round of the postseason.

10. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2): The Bears concluded their season with a Cranberry Bowl win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which should provide the Red and White with some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.

11. Anna Maria College (7-3, 5-1 ECFC): The AMCATs were a tremendous story this fall as they not only captured their initial conference crown but also competed in their first national postseason.

12. Wesleyan University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC): These Cardinals provided a great deal of excitement with some dramatic come-from-behind wins this fall.

13. Castleton University (6-4, 4-2 ECFC): The Spartans were a fun team to watch down the stretch as they finished with six wins for the first time since posting an identical 6-4 record in 2017.

14. Plymouth State (5-5, 5-3 MASCAC): These Panthers were a team to watch during the second half of the season, especially mid-October.

15. MIT (5-4, 3-3 NEWMAC): Coach Brian Bubna’s squad ended its 2021 campaign with a much-needed win over the Engineers of WPI.

16. Amherst College (5-4, 5-4 NESCAC): These Mammoths exceeded our expectations and will certainly be a team to keep an eye on next fall.

17. University of New England (4-5, 2-4 CCC): The future is very bright for the Nor’easters, who concluded their season early this month with a dramatic win over Curry College.

18. Western Connecticut (5-5, 4-4 MASCAC): The Colonials head into the offseason with some momentum after ending its campaign with back-to-back wins over Fitchburg State and Worcester State.

19. Tufts University (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Jumbos ended their season with a four-game winning streak – they were certainly competitive with some of the top teams in the NESCAC this fall.

20. Colby College (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Mules concluded their season with the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) crown.

Williams Captures The NESCAC Crown with a 24-19 win over Amherst

Bobby Maimaron capped his impressive career with Williams College on Saturday by leading the Ephs to a 24-19 win over Amherst College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College)

By Matt Noonan

For the first time in school history, the Williams College football team finished its campaign with a 9-0 record.

The Ephs topped Amherst College, 24-19, this afternoon to clinch its first perfect season since finishing its 2010 campaign with an 8-0 record, which was the last time Williams captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown.  

Saturday’s win marks the third time in five seasons that Williams has beaten Amherst in “The Biggest Little Game in America.”

Bobby Maimaron capped his impressive career with the Purple and Yellow by completing 11 of 14 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns while Mario Fischetti led all rushers with 84 yards on six carries while catching two passes for 31 yards and one score.

Williams dominated the first two quarters, outscoring the hosts, 17-6, thanks to a pair of touchdowns to go with a 23-yard field goal by Ivan Shuran late in the opening stanza.

The Ephs’ 11-point lead would increase to an 18-point advantage (24-6) in the opening minutes of the second half when Bobby Maimaron connected with Justin Burke for a seven-yard touchdown pass to cap a seven-play, 93-yard drive.  

Amherst would respond with a late third-quarter touchdown pass from Chad Peterson to Joe Masterson before locating the end zone once more early in the fourth quarter when Carson Ochsenhirt capped a six-play, 60-yard drive with a two-yard score. Peterson attempted a two-point conversion, which would have made it a three-score game, but his attempt failed.

The Mammoths’ second touchdown, which brought the hosts within five points, did not spark an additional scoring drive as Amherst’s final three series concluded with a punt, turnover on downs, and an interception.

While Williams concludes its 2021 campaign with a perfect 9-0 record, along with its fifth NESCAC title, including its fourth outright championship, Amherst ends its season with a 5-4 mark.

Trinity College (8-1) finished the season in second place while Wesleyan University (6-3) placed third — the Bantams topped the Cardinals in their season finale by a score of 14-7.

Noontime’s D3 Football Top 20 Poll (Nov. 7, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to believe, but the final week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season has arrived, which means it is time to unveil our second to last Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll.

We will unveil our final poll for the 2021 season later this month following the conclusion of postseason contests, including local and regional bowl games.

So, without further ado, let’s kick off the final week of the New England D-III college football season with a brand new Top 20 poll, which finds Williams College in the top spot.

1. Williams College (8-0, 8-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 2): The Ephs matched their 8-0 record from 2010 with an impressive win over Wesleyan University.

2. Endicott College (7-2, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 3): Despite being on a bye, the Gulls inched closer to winning their conference crown, thanks to a 24-10 victory by Husson University against Salve Regina University.

3. Husson University (7-2, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 7): The Eagles remain in the mix for their conference crown, thanks to a big win on Saturday against the Seahawks.

4. Framingham State (7-2, 7-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 5): Framingham State captured its conference crown on Saturday with an impressive win over Bridgewater State.

5. Western New England (6-3, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 4): The Golden Bears escaped with a hard-fought win this weekend against the University of New England. Next up: Husson at home.

6. UMass Dartmouth (7-2, 5-2 MASCASC | LW: No. 6): The Corsairs were idle this past week but will look to end their season with a win against a Plymouth State squad that enters the last week of the regular season on a five-game winning streak.

7. Salve Regina University (8-2, 4-2 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Seahawks’ regular season concluded with a disappointing 24-10 setback to the Eagles of Husson. Salve Regina is idle this upcoming weekend and will wait to see if they will compete once more in a bowl game later this month.

8. Springfield College (6-3, 5-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 9): The Pride needs one more win to claim their conference crown. 

9. Trinity College (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 9): Spencer Fetter threw five touchdowns on Saturday in a bounce-back win for the Bantams. 

10. Bridgewater State (5-4, 5-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 8): The Bears struggled against the Rams on Saturday but will look to bounce back this week against Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the Cranberry Bowl.

11. Plymouth State (5-4, 5-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): The Panthers head into their final contest with a five-game winning streak.

12. Amherst College (5-3, 5-3 NESCAC | LW: No. 11): The Mammoths struggle to slow down a talented Bantams offense on Saturday.

13. Wesleyan University (6-2, 6-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 12): The Cardinals will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday against the Bantams.

14. Anna Maria College (6-2, 4-1 ECFC | LW: No. 16): The AMCATs are one win away from winning their first-ever conference crown.

15. MIT (4-4, 2-3 NEWMAC | LW: No. 14): Get ready for the Battle of the Cambridge Engineers and Worcester Engineers (WPI) on Saturday.

16. Western Connecticut (5-5, 4-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 18): The Colonials concluded their 2021 campaign with a win. They will be idle this weekend.

17. University of New England (3-5, 1-4 CCC | LW: No. 20): The Nor’easters may have lost their last two contests, but they are proving they can compete with the top teams in their league.

18. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-5, 3-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 17): Like the Bears of Bridgewater State, the Buccaneers will attempt to end their season with a win.

19. Castleton University (5-4, 3-2 ECFC | LW: No. 15): The Spartans will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing loss this week when they host Gallaudet University.

20. Colby College (3-5, 3-5 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mules will attempt to capture the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) on Saturday when they host Bowdoin College.

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week 10)

Framingham State’s football team enters an important conference clash on Saturday with a great deal of momentum. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com

The second to last week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III college football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to unveil our latest installment of 10 Games to Watch with some picks.

Last weekend, we picked seven of ten matchups correctly to bump our season total to 64-26, which is not bad, eh?

Anywho, let’s share this week’s games – and yes, our picks, too!


FEATURED GAME: Salve Regina University (8-1, 4-1 CCC) at Husson University (6-2, 3-1 CCC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: This is a “playoff game” for both teams as a loss would derail hopes of winning the league title. As much as the Eagles have looked good at various points this season, it is hard to pick against the Seahawks, who enter the highly anticipated matchup with a great deal of momentum. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 30, Husson 26

FEATURED GAME: Bridgewater State (5-3, 5-1 MASCAC) at Framingham State (6-2, 6-0 MASCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: The Bears need to win, both this week and next week, to keep their conference title hopes alive. Framingham State has won this matchup six times since the conference began sponsoring football in 2013. PREDICTION: Framingham State 27, Bridgewater State 20


Gallaudet University (5-1, 3-1 ECFC) at Anna Maria College (5-2, 3-1 ECFC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: Both teams need to win this game. We’ll give the edge to Anna Maria since they are at home, but the Bison are going to challenge the AMCATs in all three phases. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 40, Gallaudet 38

Castleton University (5-3, 3-1 ECFC) at Alfred State (4-4, 3-1 ECFC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: Both teams are in the mix for the conference crown, but in the end, Castleton’s rushing attack and their defense will be the reason why the Spartans depart New York with a hard-fought win. PREDICTION: Castleton 27, Alfred State 18

Plymouth State (4-4, 4-2 MASCAC) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-4, 3-3 MASCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.: After starting its season 0-4, the Panthers of Plymouth State have won four-straight. We expect that streak to extend to five on Saturday with a win over the Buccaneers. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 24, Mass. Maritime 16

Amherst College (5-2, 5-2 NESCAC) at Trinity College (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Mammoths enter their second to last contest of the season with a great deal of momentum, but something tells us that these Bantams will bounce back after losing 42-3 last weekend to Williams College. PREDICTION: Trinity 31, Amherst 24

Wesleyan University (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC) at Williams College (7-0, 7-0 NESCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Ephs may have sent a message to the conference last weekend with an impressive win over the Bantams. Look for that momentum to continue this weekend. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 21

Western New England (5-3, 3-1 CCC) at University of New England (3-4, 1-3 CCC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Golden Bears return from their bye week needing to win two games. And they should be able to beat the Nor’easters on Saturday to keep them in contention for the conference crown. PREDICTION: Western New England 32, UNE 20

Springfield College (5-3, 4-0 NEWMAC) at MIT (4-3, 2-2 NEWMAC) Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.: The Pride picked up even more momentum last weekend with a hard-fought win over the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), which should help them outlast the Engineers in Cambridge. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, MIT 25  

Bates College (1-6, 1-6 NESCAC) at Bowdoin College (1-6, 1-6 NESCAC) Saturday, November 6 at 5:30 p.m.: The Polar Bears have put up a lot of points over the last few weeks so expect them to light up the scoreboard a few times against the Bobcats. PREDICTION: Bowdoin 35, Bates 25  

New England Small College Football Conference Race Watch (Week 10)

Joel Nicholas and the Williams College football team currently sit atop the NESCAC with a 7-0 record. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, we head into the tenth week with some exciting conference races to watch in both NCAA Division II and Division III.

As usual, let’s start in Division II and then run through the five Division III conference races.


Northeast-10 Conference (NE10)

The Leaders: Bentley University (8-0, 6-0) and University of New Haven (7-1, 6-0)

Matchup to watch this weekend:

  • Bentley at New Haven (Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.)

Synopsis: A few weeks ago, I thought this would be the matchup that would determine the conference winner. And indeed, it is.

The Falcons and Chargers enter the tenth week of the 2021 college football season with a great deal of momentum – they both secured spots on the NCAA Division II Super Region One Rankings with Bentley securing the top spot while New Haven checked in sixth.

Saturday’s winner will most likely represent the NE10 in the national postseason later this month, pending they don’t win their final contest next weekend.


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

The Leader(s): Endicott College (7-2, 4-1) and Salve Regina University (8-1, 4-1)

In the Hunt: Husson University (6-2, 3-1) and Western New England (5-3, 3-1)

Matchups to watch this weekend:

  • Salve Regina at Husson (Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.)
  • Western New England at University of New England (Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.)

Synopsis: The Seahawks will wrap up their regular-season slate with a visit to Maine on Saturday with hopes of returning to Newport, Rhode Island with their ninth victory. A win for Salve Regina would eliminate Husson from the conference championship hunt, but the same could be said for the Eagles if they are able to outlast the Seahawks as it seems unlikely that this year’s league champion will have two conference setbacks on their resume.

Western New England will also be in Maine on Saturday to face a Nor’easters squad that almost edged Endicott last weekend. UNE can play spoiler by beating the Golden Bears, but most likely, Western New England will prevail.

Endicott is idle this weekend but will return to the gridiron next week when they visit Nichols College.   


Eastern Collegiate Football Conference

The Leader(s): Alfred State (4-4, 3-1), Anna Maria College (5-2, 3-1), Castleton University (5-3, 3-1 ECFC), and Gallaudet University (5-1, 3-1)

Matchups to watch this weekend:

  • Castleton at Alfred State (Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.)
  • Gallaudet at Anna Maria (Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.)

Synopsis: This is a “playoff” week with all four contenders competing against each other. And when it concludes, we may have a better gauge of who will represent the conference in the postseason.

For a few weeks, it appeared as if Anna Maria was going to win the league, but now, it could be Castleton, which needs to win its final two contests, as well as get some help from other ECFC members. Anna Maria needs help, along with Alfred State and Gallaudet.

Speaking of Gallaudet, the Bison have been a team to watch this fall, too – can they bounce back from a three-point setback last month to Alfred State this week? I believe they can, but they are facing an Anna Maria squad that is eager to return to the win column after losing to Castleton one week ago.

Don’t rule out Alfred State as they could finish the season on a four-game winning streak to secure their first-ever conference crown. Again, they will need some help to win the league, but I could see them winning the ECFC. Just a hunch.

All in all, it should be an exciting final two weeks of the ECFC football season.  


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

The Leader: Framingham State (6-2, 6-0)

In the Hunt: Bridgewater State (5-3, 5-1)

Matchup to watch this weekend:

  • Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.)

Synopsis: Framingham State inched closer to winning the conference crown last week with a 23-14 win against Massachusetts Maritime Academy. But as coach Tom Kelley and the Rams know, for them to win the conference, they must beat a Bridgewater State team that was stunned last weekend by UMass Dartmouth.

Bridgewater State can still win the conference, but they need to win their final two contests, including this Saturday’s tilt in Framingham. Like the Rams, they have beaten some of the league’s top teams, including Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Plymouth State, and Western Connecticut. Framingham State, however, topped UMass Dartmouth in their third game of the season.

If the Rams lose on Saturday, then they will need to beat Worcester State next weekend and hope the Bears get tripped up by the Buccaneers in the Cranberry Bowl.

All in all, Saturday’s contest has the makings of an instant classic – can Bridgewater State bounce back and keep their title hopes alive or will Framingham State’s current momentum carry them to their seventh straight victory?


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

The Leader: Williams College (7-0, 7-0)

In the Hunt: Amherst College (5-2, 5-2), Trinity College (6-1, 6-1), and Wesleyan University (6-1, 6-1)

Matchups to watch this weekend:

  • Wesleyan at Williams (Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.)
  • Amherst at Trinity (Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.)

Synopsis: Following an impressive win last weekend against Trinity, Williams heads into its final two contests with a great deal of momentum, but they will certainly be challenged by Amherst and Wesleyan, who are eager to hand their Little Three rival a loss.

Williams will enter this week’s meeting with the Cardinals as the favorite, but Wesleyan is a resilient squad that seems eager to bounce back from a heartbreaking defeat this past weekend against Amherst in overtime.

And speaking of the Mammoths, they need to win, both this week and next week, to have a shot at sharing the conference crown. Amherst has not beaten Trinity since November 4, 2017, so let’s see if they score an important win this weekend against a squad that will be ready to return to the win column.   


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

The Leader: Springfield College (5-3, 4-0)

In the Hunt: Catholic University (5-3, 3-1) and United States Merchant Marine Academy (7-1, 4-1)

Matchups to watch this weekend:

  • Norwich University at Catholic (Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.)
  • Springfield at MIT (Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.)

Synopsis: With a 28-23 victory last Saturday, Springfield has put itself in a position to win the conference for the first time since 2017. But for Springfield to win the NEWMAC, they must beat their two remaining opponents: Catholic and MIT.

After dropping a pair of league contests, the Engineers of MIT have roared back, winning back-to-back games against Coast Guard Academy and Norwich, so don’t expect the Cambridge football team to lay down to Springfield. But it’s hard to see MIT or Catholic derailing Springfield, which has not lost a game since September.

Despite losing to Springfield last weekend, the Mariners of Merchant Marine Academy are still in contention to win the league, but they need the Pride to lose either this week or next week. Additionally, Catholic is in the mix but needs to beat Norwich and Springfield and have Coast Guard beat Merchant Marine next week.

All in all, it should be an exciting final two weeks of NEWMAC football.