If anyone has an answer, please let me know, but in the meantime let’s get ready for another important week of New England D-III Football with our weekly edition of ’10 Games to Watch.’
Last Week: I went 5-5, which is OK, but not great, so my current record heading into the second to last week of the regular season is 60-30. Let’s see if I can at least pick six, seven or eight games correctly this weekend!
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No. 1 Western New England at Becker College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Golden Bears can clinch the CCC title on Saturday with a win on the road. And after watching last week’s win against Endicott College, I think the Golden Bears will certainly be able to score an important win against the Hawks. PREDICTION: WNE 35, Becker 10
Castleton University at No. 20 Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs need just one more win to secure the ECFC crown outright. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Castleton 10
No. 7 Bridgewater State at No. 5 Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): Both teams enter this important clash riding impressive winning streaks, but in the end, the Rams should be able to make a few more plays on both offense and defense to secure a VERY important conference win. PREDICTION: Framingham State 24, Bridgewater State 17
No. 19 Mass. Maritime Academy at No. 9 UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Corsairs looked impressive last week against Western Connecticut and should be able to throw and run the ball against the Buccaneers defense. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 26, Mass. Maritime Academy 14
No. 14 Amherst College at No. 10 Williams College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): Williams enters Saturday’s must-see rivalry clash with an edge – they should be able to bounce back from last week’s setback to Wesleyan University by scoring an exciting season-ending win against the Mammoths. PREDICTION: Williams 25, Amherst 13
No. 13 Wesleyan University at No. 12 Trinity College (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Cardinals are still in contention to share the NESCAC crown, so this is a must-win against their rival. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 24, Trinity 20
No. 16 Coast Guard Academy at No. 2 WPI (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Engineers need to win both this week and next week, but face a stiff test against a solid Bears defense. WPI should be able to squeak out a win, but don’t expect it to be an easy victory. PREDICTION: WPI 23, Coast Guard 16
No. 15 Norwich University at No. 8 MIT (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): The Engineers have some serious momentum following an epic double-overtime win against WPI last week. Look for that momentum to help MIT score an exciting ‘Senior Day’ victory. PREDICTION: MIT 27, Norwich 21
No. 6 Springfield College at Maine Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12 p.m.): With just two games remaining, Springfield knows this is a must-win. They have looked pretty impressive in their last few contests and should continue to their recent success on the road Saturday. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Maine Maritime 7
No. 4 Middlebury College at Tufts University (Saturday, Nov. 9th at 12:30 p.m.): At 8-0, these Panthers need just one more win to finish their nine-game slate undefeated. Tufts will provide the Panthers with some challenges, but in the end, I expect Middlebury to win. PREDICTION: Middlebury 20, Tufts 14
With the ninth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.
Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’ Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, which can be seen (here on our site) every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.
Offensive Players of the Week
Michael Bethune, Jr. (Dean College): Bethune, Jr. rushed for a team-high 213 yards on 21 carries – that is 10.1 yards per rush – while catching three passes for 11 yards against Alfred State.
Errol Breaux (Dean College): Against Alfred State, Breaux caught eight passes for 125 yards and five touchdowns.
Jacob Carroll (Tufts University): Carroll completed 14 of 19 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday to lead the Jumbos to a 35-10 win over Colby College.
Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman completed 18 of 32 passes for two touchdowns against Endicott College while adding 31 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns.
Brendan Costa (Bates College): Costa totaled 275 yards of total offense with 212 passing yards (9 of 17 completions) and 63 rushing yards on eight carries. The third-year signal-caller also tossed three touchdowns as the Bobcats topped the Polar Bears to provide coach Malik Hall with his first win with the program.
Stefano D’Emilia (Bridgewater State): D’Emilia tallied 266 yards of total offense against Plymouth State, including 35 yards on six carries and one touchdown. The senior signal-caller concluded the game 19 of 29 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown.
Luis Gonzalez (UMass Dartmouth): Against Western Connecticut, Gonzalez rushed for 140 yards on 29 carries (4.8 yards) and two touchdowns as the Corsairs captured their sixth contest of the 2019 season.
Tyler Halls (Husson University): Against Nichols College, Halls caught a game-high 11 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
Tanner Kingsley (Anna Maria College): Kingsley completed 26 of 38 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns against Castleton University this past Saturday.
Steven Lawton (Fitchburg State): Lawton rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns as the Falcons soared past the Lancers for their initial conference win last Friday.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Against Wesleyan University, the third-year signal-caller completed 8 of 28 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a game-high 125 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.
Alex Maldjian (Middlebury College): Against Hamilton College, Maldjian rushed for a game-high 145 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns.
Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University): Against the University of New England, Mauriello rushed for 193 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns.
Jacob McCarthy (Castleton University): Against Anna Maria, McCarthy completed 21 of 30 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns.
Tyler McGovern (Salve Regina University): McGovern completed 10 of 20 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns against the University of New England.
Frank Roche (Tufts University): Roche caught a game-high eight catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns as the Jumbos topped Colby College in Maine.
Jamyre Soberanis (Western New England): Soberanis rushed for a game-high 140 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts completed 18 of 29 passes for 260 yards and seven touchdowns while adding six yards on five carries in his team’s exciting win over Alfred State.
Defensive Players of the Week
Hunter Atwood (Curry College): Against Becker College, Atwood recorded nine total tackles, including seven solo stops. Additionally, he recorded one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.
Sam Cantrell (MIT): Cantrell paced the Engineers’ defense against WPI last Saturday with 11 total tackles (Be Delhees also finished with 11 total stops, too). Four the 11 stops were solo tackles, while two were tackles for a loss of eight yards. Cantrell also recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Anthony Casparriello (Worcester State): Against Fitchburg State last Friday evening, Casparriello tallied 12 total tackles, including three solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of six yards. Additionally, he posted one quarterback hurry, too.
Noah Clack (Bowdoin College): Clack stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Bates College with seven total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards. He also recorded one forced fumble.
Chris Gemayel (Bridgewater State): Gemayel tallied seven total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one sack for a loss of three yards, which helped the Bears celebrate Senior Day with a victory against Plymouth State.
Pete Huggins (Middlebury College): Huggins tallied seven total tackles, including three solo stops and one tackle for a loss of seven yards, while recording one pass break-up and one fumble recovery as the Panthers beat Hamilton College, 14-7.
Erich Keutmann (Western New England): Keutmann recorded 23 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one tackle for a loss, along with one pass
Robert Levine (Trinity College): Levine was one of two Bantams that posted 10.0 total tackles against Amherst College. He concluded the game with eight solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of five yards and one quarterback hurry.
Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe recorded 11 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of six yards. McCabe also forced two fumbles, while recovering one fumble during a 16-6 setback to Framingham State.
David Redmond (Husson University): Redmond stuffed the stat sheet against Nichols with six total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one forced fumble. Four of the six stops were solo tackles.
Chris Rice (Castleton University): Against Anna Maria last Saturday, Rice stuffed the stat sheet with five total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one sack for a loss of 12 yards. Additionally, Rice recorded one quarterback hurry and one interception.
Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter total 13 total tackles, including 12 solo stops against Western Connecticut. Three of the 13 tackles for were stops for a loss of 11 yards.
Jack Sullivan (Framingham State): Sullivan paced the Rams defense against Massachusetts Maritime Academy with nine total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards. Seven of the 11 tackles were solo stops.
Special Teamers of the Week
Henry Atkeson (Amherst College): Against Trinity College, Atkeson converted one extra point, while tallying 139 yards on three punts – all three kicks landed inside the Bantams’ 20-yard line. Atkeson also recorded two kickoffs of 111 yards.
Gabriel DeSouza (Curry College): DeSouza recorded four punts against Becker College with three kicks landing inside the Hawks’ 20-yard line.
Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano connected on five kicks against the University of New England, including a 30-yard field goal.
Angelo DiSanto (Salve Regina Univ.): Against the University of New England, DiSanto converted two of three field goals (longest was a 30-yard kick) and five of seven extra points. He recorded one punt for 44-yards, which landed inside the UNE 20-yard line. He also recorded nine kickoffs for 491 yards with one touchback.
Quintus Reid (Dean College): Reid punted the ball four times against Alfred State for 125 yards. One of the punts resulted in a touchback, while another punt landed inside the Pioneers’ 20-yard line. In addition to his punting duties, Reid also caught four passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Mark Wright (MIT): Wright tallied eight points off two extra points and a pair of field goals. He drilled a season-long 43-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, which was followed by a game-tying 41-yard kick that sent the game to overtime.
A brand new season of New England D-III basketball is set to tip-off this week (and weekend, as well as next week, too), which means it is time to unveil our first Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 20 Poll.
Our weekly poll will be posted every Tuesday this month but will transition to Mondays in December once our New England D-III Football coverage concludes.
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New England D-III Basketball Women’s Top 10 Preseason Poll | Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019
1. Amherst College
2018-19 Record: 25-4, 9-1 NESCAC
2. Tufts University
2018-19 Record: 28-3, 8-2 NESCAC
3. Bowdoin College
2018-19 Record: 31-2, 10-0 NESCAC
4. Middlebury College
2018-19 Record: 20-8, 5-5 NESCAC
5. Eastern Connecticut
2018-19 Record: 19-9, 12-4 LEC
6. Emmanuel College
2018-19 Record: 24-6, 11-1 GNAC
7. Babson College
2018-19 Record: 21-5, 14-2 NEWMAC
8. Smith College
2018-19 Record: 22-7, 13-3 NEWMAC
9. Springfield College
2018-19 Record: 18-10, 12-4 NEWMAC
2018-19 Record: 21-8, 12-4 NEWMAC
On The Rise: Brandeis University, Conn. College, Saint Joseph’s (Maine), Trinity College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Wesleyan University, and Western New England
With the ninth week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our offensive, defensive and special teams 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 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 at least 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 and shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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Terrell Watts tossed a program-record seven touchdowns which helped the Bulldogs of Dean College outlast Alfred State, 50-46. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)
Offensive Player of the Week: Terrell Watts (Dean College | Quarterback | New Haven, Conn.): The second-year signal-caller tossed a program-record seven touchdown passes last Saturday to lead the Bulldogs to an important (and thrilling) conference win over Alfred State.
Watts’ seven touchdown passes places him third in touchdowns thrown in a single game this season. Evan Lewandowski of the University ofWisconsin-La Crosse tossed nine touchdowns earlier this season against University of Wisconsin-Platteville, while Wyatt Smith of Linfield College threw for eight scores against University of Puget Sound last month.
In eight games this season, Watts has completed 152 of 247 passes for a career-high 2,012 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Tony Slaughter established a new single-season record for tackles for a loss last Saturday against Western Connecticut. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth | Defensive Back | Springfield, Mass.): Slaughter concluded last Saturday’s win against Western Connecticut with 13 total tackles, including 12 solo stops. Additionally, he recorded two sacks and three tackles for a loss of 11 yards to establish a new single-season record for tackles for losses.
As noted in Sunday’s release about Slaughter being named this week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Defensive Player of the Week, Slaughter erased Marvey Mathurin‘s single-season record by bumping his total to 18 tackles for a loss of 70 yards. Mathurin posted 17.5 tackles for a loss of 65 yards in 2017, which was his final season with the Corsairs.
Through eight contests this season, Slaughter has registered 50.0 total tackles, including 36 solo stops, six sacks for a loss of 38 yards, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two pass breakups. He has also tallied two blocks.
Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Jack Sullivan (Framingham State | Linebacker | Dartmouth, Mass.): Sullivan paced the Rams defense last Saturday against Massachusetts Maritime Academy with nine total tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 14 yards. One of his tackles was a sack for a loss of nine yards.
The seven solo stops is a season-best for the senior, while the four tackles for a loss were also a season-best. Sullivan’s lone sack was the senior’s first of the season.
Sullivan has competed in six games this season, logging 21.0 total tackles, including 12 solo stops and four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards.
Mark Wright drilled a season-long 43-yard field goal last Saturday, which helped MIT tie the game and eventually win it in double-overtime. (PHOTO COURTESY: Robert Krawitz)
Special Teamer of the Week: Mark Wright (MIT | Kicker | Fort Worth, Texas): Wright drilled a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter, including a 41-yard kick as time expired to send last Saturday’s game to overtime and help MIT defeat WPI, 28-22.
Wright posted a season-high eight points off two field goals, including a season-long 43-yarder, along with two extra points to bump his season total to 27 points. The third-year kicker has converted four of seven field goals while kicking 15 of 19 extra points.
Nine weeks of New England D-III Football is officially in the books. And today, the start of the tenth week, we find a new number one team in Western New England, which needs just one more win to clinch the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title.
With a big win this past Saturday against third-ranked Endicott College, the Golden Bears moved into the top spot in our weekly poll with some serious momentum heading into the final two weeks of the season.
WPI, which was our unanimous number one team for the past few weeks, dropped one spot following a heart-breaking defeat to eighth-ranked MIT, which beat the Engineers of Worcester for the first time since 1900. MIT, WPI, and Springfield College (sixth-ranked) are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Framingham State remains the fifth-best team in New England – they scored a hard-fought 16-6 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy this past weekend. The Rams host Bridgwater State on Saturday with the outcome most likely determining who will represent the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) in the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament later this month.
Finally, fourth-ranked Middlebury College matched its 1972 squad with its eighth-consecutive victory by beating Hamilton College, 14-7, in the “Rocking Chair Classic.” Middlebury can clinch the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown this Saturday with a win against Tufts University. A loss to the Jumbos and a Wesleyan University victory over Trinity College would result in both programs sharing the 2019 title.
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New England D-III Football Week 10 Poll| November 4th, 2019
1. Western New England
7-1, 5-0 CCC
Last Week: No. 3
7-1, 4-1 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 1
3. Endicott College
6-2, 4-1 CCC
Last Week: No. 2
4. Middlebury College
8-0, 8-0 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 4
5. Framingham State
6-2, 6-0 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 5
6. Springfield College
5-3, 4-1 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 6
7. Bridgewater State
5-3, 5-1 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 8
5-2, 4-1 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 10
9. UMass Dartmouth
6-2, 4-2 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 11
10. Williams College
6-2, 6-2 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 9
11. Western Connecticut
6-2, 4-2 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 7
12. Trinity College
5-3, 5-3 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 13
13. Wesleyan University
7-1, 7-1 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 16
14. Amherst College
4-4, 4-4 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 12
15. Norwich University
5-3, 2-3 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 14
16. Coast Guard Academy
5-3, 2-3 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 17
17. Nichols College
5-3, 3-2 CCC
Last Week: No. 15
18. Plymouth State
6-3, 4-3 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 18
19. Mass. Maritime Acad.
5-3, 3-3 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 19
20. Dean College
4-4, 4-0 ECFC
Last Week: Not Ranked
On the Rise: Husson University, Salve Regina University, and Tufts University