On This Date Last Year, UMass Dartmouth Outlasted Husson Football In Overtime

Stephen Gacioch led the Corsairs to an exciting overtime victory one year ago on this exact date. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Yes, I miss New England D-III football, but luckily we have some great memories to revisit this fall, including an exciting overtime clash that occurred on this exact date one year ago between Husson University and UMass Dartmouth

The Corsairs outlasted the Eagles, 48-41, in overtime, thanks to an impressive showing by quarterback Stephen Gacioch, who concluded the contest 26 of 42 for 512 yards and five touchdowns. The Rhode Island native also led the UMass Dartmouth rushing attack with 27 yards on 17 carries. 

Husson led UMass Dartmouth, 21-14, after one quarter of play and held a seven-point advantage at the break (27-20). 

The Corsairs erased the seven-point deficit in the third quarter with a pair of touchdown passes from Gacioch to DJ Machado and Pedro DelToro while Husson kept pace with the hosts by recording a 36-yard touchdown pass late in the frame from David Morrison to Tyler Halls

UMass Dartmouth would push ahead late in the fourth quarter when Olawale Junaid capped a four-play, 36-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown before Husson countered to even the score and send the game into overtime when Morrison connected with Aidan Hogan for a seven-yard touchdown pass. 

Gacioch and the Corsairs would again respond in the extra session when the UMass Dartmouth signal-caller located Abbi Bamgbose for a 23-yard score before the hometown team’s defense denied the Eagles a chance to even the score on its ensuing possession. 

The win – certainly an exciting one for the Blue and Gold – bumped UMass Dartmouth’s overall record to 2-0 while the setback was the first of the season for the Eagles. 

Player Perspective: Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth)

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Stephen Gacioch recorded three touchdowns in his team’s 21-14 win over Plymouth State University to bump UMass Dartmouth’s record to 4-0. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Stephen Gacioch has enjoyed a successful start to his junior season with the UMass Dartmouth football team.

Through four contests, the Tiverton, Rhode Island native has completed 91 of 143 passes for 1,344 yards and 15 touchdowns, while adding 185 yards on 63 rushing attempts and one score.

Earlier this week, Gacioch was tabbed our Offensive Player of the Week – he was also awarded his second Division II/III Gold Helmet Award of the season from the New England Football Writers Association after leading the Corsairs to a 21-14 win last weekend against Plymouth State.

Gacicoch is currently second in Division III in passing yards and is tied for third in touchdown passes with Blaine Hawkins of Central College.

Noontime Sports recently spoke with Gacioch about his team’s impressive start, as well as what he and the team must do this week when they visit Framingham State on Saturday, October 5th.

Your team is off to a 4-0 start. Did you imagine your team would enjoy this much success when you all convened prior to your first game against Alfred State?

Prior to (facing) Alfred State (in week one), we had a feeling that things were different this year. There was a focus and intensity that was buzzing throughout camp, and every day we were making each other better. We knew if we played each game with high intensity, make no mental mistakes, and stayed disciplined that we had the talent to start the way we have (thus far).

From your perspective, what has made this offense click?

We’re a close-knit group. We have a lot of returners at the receiver position and we have four unselfish running backs that rotate and maintain fresh legs throughout the game.

Our offensive line has done a great job of being versatile and overcoming many different situations we’ve been in this year. We like to spread the ball around and give everyone their opportunities to make a play and we thrive off that as a group.

How has the defense, which has allowed just 18.0 points per game, helped the offense during practice?

Our defense does a great job. Playing against them in camp every day was the hardest challenge we’ve faced – the offense became much better because of (facing this unit every day).

Our scout guys right now are doing an amazing job giving us different looks at practice to prepare us every week for a new opponent.

How has your relationship with DJ Machado and Leroy Brown improved from last season to this season?

This year they both came to camp ready to play. They have instilled so much trust in me that there are times when I know pre-snap who the ball should go to based on matchups or defensive alignments.

DJ and Leroy have done an awesome job at winning their routes and I trust them to make the plays.

This week, your team faces Framingham State in an important conference contest. What must the offense do to be successful against the Rams defense?

As an offense, we must win the 12% rule, which is to now allow sacks, drops,  turnovers or foolish penalties. And if we can execute the game plan then we’ll be successful.

Lastly, what do you enjoy most about playing on the road? Do you get a different adrenaline boost being away from your home stadium?

I personally like the feeling of having something to prove. Whenever we’re on the road there are people who doubt us and it gives a little extra adrenaline every-time we’re on the field.

Football Friday Notebook: UMass Dartmouth, WPI Unveil 2018 Schedules

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you had a great Fourth of July and ready for the first Friday in July.

We’re a few weeks out from the start of another NFL season, which is exciting. Additionally, we are also closing in on the start of college and high school football, too – crazy, right?

Let’s kick-off the first weekend in July with some news from the gridiron world – have an awesome weekend, everyone and enjoy the cooler weather in New England!


Boston College and Syracuse University will square-off late this upcoming college football season. So, while we anxiously await that particular kick-off, check out an early outlook/preview of what Orange fans can expect when they face-off against the Eagles.

If you’re a New England Patriots fan, you probably know by now that wide receiver Julian Edelman saw his four game suspension upheld and will miss the first four games of the 2018 season against the Detroit LionsHouston TexansJacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins.

Yes, it is disappointing that Edelman won’t be on the first for the team’s first four games, but as Pats Pulpits‘ Matthew Rewinski writes, “Time to take the L and move on.”

The UMass Dartmouth football team recently unveiled its 2018 schedule, which features non-conference clashes against Alfred State and Delaware Valley. One week after hosting DelVal, the Corsairs will travel to Westfield State for its first MASCAC tilt of the season on Friday, September 14th.

Also announcing its 2018 slate was the WPI football team – Coach Chris Robertson shared the team’s upcoming schedule in a tweet on Tuesday. The Engineers begin its season with three-straight road contests, including a week two meeting with the RPI Engineers. RPI-WPI is always a game to watch or circle on the calendar.

Finally – just for fun! – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was spotted recently tossing a 66-yard touchdown pass to a Minnesota high school football player. The video of the long heave was seen on the Moorhead Spud Football Twitter handle.


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D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Final Top 10 Poll (March 20th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Another season of New England D3 Basketball concluded this past weekend with Amherst College claiming its second-straight NCAA championship as they defeated Bowdoin College in the final game of the 2017-18 season.

The Mammoths concluded their season without a single blemish for the second-straight year – Amherst has not dropped a single contest since March 2016. The Purple and White concluded the year as our top team in our final Noontime Sports poll, while the Polar Bears and Tufts University rounded out the top three positions.

As always, stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter for more New England D3 Basketball news and notes throughout the offseason. Additionally, toss a follow to our new basketball Twitter handle (@Noontime_Hoops), too!


Women’s Basketball Top 10 – Final 2017-18 Poll 

1. Amherst College 

33-0, 10-0 NESCAC

2. Bowdoin College 

29-3, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Tufts University

26-5, 8-2 NESCAC

4. Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

28-2, 16-0 GNAC

5. Univ. of New England 

23-6, 16-2 CCC

6. Roger Williams 

23-6, 15-3 CCC

7. UMass Dartmouth

24-4, 14-0 LEC

8. UMass Boston

25-4, 12-2 LEC 

9. MIT

18-10, 10-6 NEWMAC

10. Smith College 

20-6, 13-3 NEWMAC

ON THE RISE: Springfield College (20-9, 12-4 NEWMAC), Westfield State (19-8, 11-1 MASCAC), and WPI (22-6, 13-3 NEWMAC)

D3 Hoops: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 (Monday, Feb. 26th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With another week of New England Division III women’s basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll for Monday, February 26th, 2018!

This week’s poll – similar to the past 11 polls this season – is produced by the Noontime Sports College Basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors, coaches and media members here in New England.

Women’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, February 26th, 2018

1. Amherst College

27-0 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 1

2. Tufts University

23-4 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 3

3. Bowdoin College 

24-2 | NESCAC

Last Week: No. 2

4. Saint Joseph’s (Maine)

27-1 | GNAC

Last Week: No. 5

5. Univ. of New Eng.

23-5 | CCC

Last Week: No. 7 

6. MIT 

18-9 | NEWMAC

Last Week: NR

7. UMass Dartmouth 

24-4 | LEC

Last Week: No. 4

8. UMass Boston 

25-3 | LEC

Last Week: NR 

9. Roger Williams 

23-5 | CCC

Last Week: No. 8 

10. WPI 

22-6 | NEWMAC

Last Week: No. 10 

On The Rise: Husson Univ. (19-9|NAC), Smith College (20-6 | NEWMAC), Wesleyan University (17-8|NESCAC) and Westfield State (19-7|MASCAC)