D3 Football: Endicott, WNE Secure Spots On East Regional Rankings

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

For the second-straight week, two New England D-III football teams appeared on the most recent NCAA East Regional Rankings, which were posted (and announced) earlier today.

Western New England, which checked-in fifth one week ago, secured the sixth position in this week’s rankings, while Endicott College checked in tenth overall.

WPI, which secured the ninth position last week, did not appear on the ten-team list.

Salisbury University remained the top team in the East region for a second-straight week, while Wesley College and Delaware Valley checked in second and third, respectively. Union College, which boasts an impressive 9-0 record, slid into the fourth position while the College of Brockport checked-in fifth.

SUNY CortlandHobart, and Stevenson University secured the seventh, eighth, and ninth positions.

Endicott and Western New England conclude their respective regular-season campaigns this Saturday, November 16th with the Golden Bears hosting Husson University and the Gulls visiting Nichols College.

WNE, which defeated Endicott earlier this season, secured the conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament – we will learn who their first-round opponent will be on Sunday, November 17th.

The Gulls of Endicott will most likely represent the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in the New England Bowl. Endicott competed in its initial New England Bowl last fall but lost to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, which competes in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

D3 Football: WNE, WPI Appear On East Regional Rankings

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A pair of New England D-III Football teams appeared on today’s NCAA East Regional Rankings, which were unveiled for the first time this season.

Western New England, which leads the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), checked-in fifth on the ten-team list, while WPI, which is currently in a three-way tie for first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), secured the ninth position.

Salisbury University was the top team – the Sea Gulls boast a 7-0 record heading into the tenth week of the 2019 season, while Wesley College and Delaware Valley checked-in second and third, respectively. Union College, which currently sits atop the Liberty League (LL) with an 8-0 record and 5-0 conference mark, secured the fourth position.

Ithaca College, the College at Brockport, and SUNY Cortland checked-in sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively, while WPI and Wilkes University rounded out the poll.

Western New England, which has won all five conference games this fall, including a 42-31 win last weekend against Endicott College, can clinch its conference crown this Saturday, November 9th with a win over Becker College.

WPI, which saw its seven-game winning streak snapped last Saturday against MIT, will look to rebound on Saturday when they host Coast Guard Academy.

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.

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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.


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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.

New England D3 Football: Week Four Poll (Monday, Sept. 23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another week of New England D-III football is in the books. And we had some exciting (and interesting) outcomes from this past weekend.

WPI became our new number one team following an impressive 31-12 win over Husson University, which entered the previous week as our ninth-ranked team in the region before falling to 18th this week.

The Engineers have outscored their opponents, 88-15, through three contests and will open conference play on Saturday, September 28th when they visit ninth-ranked Springfield College, which lost to Union College last Saturday.

Endicott College moved-up one spot after checking in third one week ago. The Gulls came close to beating Wesley College this past weekend but ended up losing 20-17. Despite the setback, the Gulls appear to be a team to watch in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) – they begin league play on Saturday when they host Becker College.

Western Connecticut and Norwich University moved-up following important conference wins, while MIT returned to the Top 10 with a victory last Friday over Becker.

UMass Dartmouth moved-up – they are now 3-0 – and University of New England joined our poll after defeating Castleton University.

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 


New England D-III Football Preseason Top 20 Poll | Monday, September 23rd, 2019

1. WPI  3-0, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 2 
2. Endicott College  2-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3 
3. Amherst College 2-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4 
4. Western New England  2-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 1 
5. Trinity College  1-1, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Western Connecticut 3-0, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 8
7. Norwich University 3-0, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
8. Coast Guard Academy 2-1, 0-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
9. Springfield College  1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
10. MIT  1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 11
11. UMass Dartmouth 3-0, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 13
12. Framingham State  1-2, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 12
13. Middlebury College  2-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 15
14. Williams College  1-1, 1-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 18 
15. Salve Regina Univ. 1-2, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 19
16. Plymouth State  3-0, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 16
17. Nichols College  2-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 17 
18. Husson University 0-2, 0-0 CCC Last Week: No. 9
19. Univ. of New Eng. 2-1, 0-0 CCC Last Week Not Ranked
20. Wesleyan University 2-0, 2-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 20

On the Rise: Mass. Maritime Academy and Tufts University


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Week 1)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

We’re one day closer to a BRAND new season of New England Division III Football, which means its time to unveil our first 10 Games to Watch post for the initial week.

As usual, we will highlight 10 games to watch every week with predictions – similar to last year, we will also keep our record, too. And our weekly post will appear every Friday, however, we decided to unveil our week one picks one-day prior to kickoff, so hopefully, this is OK with you, our fans and friends.

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10 Games to Watch | Week One: Friday, September 6th & Saturday, September 7th

Rankings from our Week One Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

No. 16 Nichols College at No. 18 Dean College (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): This has the making of a high-scoring affair ending with a Terrell Watts touchdown. PREDICTION: Dean 42, Nichols 35 

Worcester State at No. 8 WPI (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): It’s great to have this rivalry back, but in the end, the Engineers will prevail, thanks to its rushing attack. PREDICTION: WPI 30, Worcester State 10 

Anna Maria College at Becker College (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): Coach Dan Mulrooney‘s squad seems pumped-up for their first game of the 2019 season, which should end in favor of the AMCATs. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 21, Becker 14 

No. 4 Framingham State at No. 9 Endicott College (Friday, Sept. 7th at 7 p.m.): Both teams enter the 2019 season with high expectations, but this contest will come down to the battle of the trenches. Keep an eye on Endicott’s o-line versus the Framingham State defensive line. PREDICTION: Framingham State 33, Endicott 24 

Norwich University at No. 12 Salve Regina (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 12 p.m.): Two high-powered offenses are set to square-off in Rhode Island – we could see this game going either way, but in the end, the Seahawks will make one or two additional plays to squeak out an opening day win. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 28, Norwich 20

Morrisville State at No. 7 Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 12 p.m.): The Bears enter the 2019 season with expectations to compete for a conference crown. They should find a way past the Mustangs in week one to gain some momentum heading into their week two clash with St. John FisherPREDICTION: Bridgewater State 29, Morrisville State 21 

Carnegie Mellon at No. 6 MIT (Saturday, September 8th at 12 p.m.): After a successful first season as the head coach of the Engineers, Brian Bubna will attempt to work his magic in year number two, beginning with a week one victory. PREDICTION: MIT 23, Carnegie Mellon 16 

No. 13 Western Connecticut at William Patterson (Saturday, September 8th at 1 p.m.): The Colonials may have graduated some key pieces from last season, but return enough talent to help them get off to a 1-0 start. PREDICTION: West Conn. 35, William Patterson 14 

No. 2 Springfield College at No. 3 Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 1 p.m.): Two of our top five teams square-off in a battle for Springfield – look for a late touchdown (or two) from quarterback Chad Shade to send the Pride past the Golden Bears. PREDICTION: Springfield 35, Western New England 27 

Westfield State at Union College (Saturday, Sept. 8th at 1 p.m.): The Owls could surprise some folks this season, but this is a tough opening day clash with a Dutchmen squad, which won four games last fall against New England opponents. PREDICTION: Union 28, Westfield State 14 


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