Inside The Matchup: UMass Dartmouth at Ithaca College

Matt DeSimpliciis and the Ithaca College defense will be tasked with slowing down a high-powered UMass Dartmouth offense on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Rich Barnes)

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re two days away from the opening round of the NCAA Division III postseason.

UMass Dartmouth is scheduled to compete against Ithaca College on Saturday, November 19 with the winner advancing to next week’s second round.

Like we did yesterday with our New England Bowl previews, it’s time “go inside” our first NCAA matchup, which could see both teams produce a slew of points in 60 minutes.

Game Time & Location: UMass Dartmouth will make the trek to Ithaca, New York on Saturday, November 19 to compete against the Bombers at Butterfield Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Ithaca’s 2022 Season Review: The Bombers were certainly the team to watch in the Liberty League (LL) this fall.

Ithaca clinched its first perfect season since 1986 last Saturday with a 34-17 win over SUNY Cortland in the 63rd Cortaca Jug Game, which was played at Yankee Stadium.

Prior to their win over the Red Dragons, the Bombers celebrated their first-ever Liberty League championship with a hard-fought 31-28 victory over Union College after scoring a 13-10 win over RPI one week earlier. RPI won the league last fall.

Ithaca boasts an impressive offense that is averaging a little more than five touchdowns per game while its defense is limiting foes to 9.90 points per game.

Saturday will mark the first time Ithaca will host an NCAA Tournament game since 2013.

UMass Dartmouth’s 2022 Season Review: It took the Corsairs 20 years to return to the national postseason.

UMass Dartmouth captured its first-ever Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown last Saturday with a 46-21 victory over Plymouth State.  

The Corsairs return to the postseason with a great deal of momentum – the Blue and Gold have won eight-straight contests since falling to Anna Maria College in early September.

Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos has been one of many players to watch on the Corsairs this fall. The junior signal-caller from Cumberland, Rhode Island turned in an impressive second season by concluding the regular season with a slew of career bests in multiple categories, including passing yards (2,940) and touchdown passes (26).

Like Ithaca, the Corsairs’ offense has produced a slew of points this fall – 423 points, to be exact – to go with 5,458 yards on 722 plays.

The Last Meeting: Ithaca scored its only win against UMass Dartmouth in 2004 when the Bombers beat the Corsairs, 36-19, in the ECAC Northwest Championship.

The game was played in Ithaca and was highlighted by Jamie Donovan, who led the Bombers’ rushing attack with 165 net yards and three touchdowns. Bryan Marion paced the UMass Dartmouth receiving core with seven receptions for 70 yards.

Inside the Numbers: The Corsairs enter the opening round of the NCAA Tournament with an offense that ranks second in total offense (5,458). They are currently 10th in yards per game (7.07), which is one spot below Tufts University (7.10).

Ithaca’s defense is one of the top units in NCAA Division III – they are currently tied for ninth in defensive touchdowns with four scores (three interceptions and one fumble).

Players to Watch on Ithaca: A.J. Wingfield (QB), Jake Williams (RB), Michael Anderson (WR), Julien Deumaga (WR), Michael Roumes (P/DB), Matt DeSimpliciis (LB), and Jason Haber (LB).  

Players to Watch on UMass Dartmouth: Dante Aviles-Santos (QB), Jalyn Aponte (RB), Richarno Hylton (RB), Angel Sanchez (WR), Keenan Little (WR), Javien Delgado (LB), JP Mason (DB), and Sam Alicea (LB).     

Noontime’s New England D3 Football Top 10 Poll (Sept. 19, 2022)

Nick Helbig highlighted Wesleyan University’s defensive effort last Saturday against Bates College by recording seven total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and two forced fumbles. (PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the fourth week of New England NCAA Division III football season, which technically began yesterday – yes, we know we’re one day late (our apologies!).

Like last week, it’s time to share our latest Top 10 Poll, which saw some teams move up and down, as well as welcome a new member: Western New England.

Despite a 1-2 start to its current campaign, the Golden Bears have shown improvement since its opening day loss to Springfield College – this past weekend, Western New England dropped its second non-league tilt of the 2022 season to Utica College. But despite the loss, it seems like the Golden Bears are headed in the right direction.

Plymouth State moved up one spot following its initial conference win against Bridgewater State while Endicott College remained in the top spot after clinching its third-straight victory of the season against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 19, 2022 (Week Four)

1. Endicott College (3-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): The last time an Endicott squad began its campaign with three-straight wins was in 2011 when the Gulls competed in the New England Football Conference (NEFC). Endicott clinched its third-straight win last Saturday by defeating TCNJ, 28-7. They will attempt to win their fourth-straight contest on Saturday against Norwich University.

2. Wesleyan University (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 4): Wesleyan jumped up two spots after scoring a big opening day win against Bates College. Quarterback David Estevez tossed three touchdowns in the win while Nick Helbig stuffed the stat sheet with seven total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and two forced fumbles.   

3. Trinity College (1-0, 1-0, NESCAC) (LW: No. 2): The Bantams scored an opening day win last Saturday but struggled to contain Tufts University in the second half. Tufts outscored the visitors, 20-0, during the final two sessions. This week, Trinity faces a Colby College squad that beat Williams College in its season-opener.

4. UMass Dartmouth (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 7): The Corsairs moved up three spots following an important conference win over Framingham State. With the win, UMass Dartmouth returns to the win column for the second time this season – this week, they visit Worcester State, a team they beat last year by a score of 52-7.  

5. Springfield College (1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 3): The Pride dropped their second-straight non-league tilt last Saturday to a Union College squad that had produced 40 points or more in its previous two contests. Springfield limited the Dutchmen to just three touchdowns while the Pride produced a pair of field goals. Husson University visits Springfield on Saturday.

6. Anna Maria College (2-0, 0-0 ECFC) (LW: No. 6): Following an exciting opening day victory last Saturday, the AMCATs scored its second-straight win on Saturday by defeating Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 23-14. Anna Maria will conclude its non-conference slate on Saturday when they welcome Coast Guard Academy to Paxton, Massachusetts.

7. Salve Regina University (2-1, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 5): The early-season success vanished last Saturday as the Seahawks fell to Montclair State, 31-14. Despite suffering its first loss of the season, Salve Regina finished its non-league tilt with a game-high 313 yards of total offense while its defense registered three sacks.

8. Western New England (1-2, 0-0 CCC) (LW: NR): For the second-straight week, the Golden Bears recorded more than 400 yards of total offense. Against Utica College, the Blue and Gold produced a season-high 425 yards of total offense on 79 plays. Additionally, they converted a game-high 10 of 21 third down conversions. Utica finished 3 of 12 on third down.

9. Plymouth State (3-0, 1-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 10): The Panthers matched their start from 2019 by winning its third-straight contest of the 2022 season. Plymouth State topped Bridgewater State this past weekend, thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Braden Lynn.  

10. University of New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 8): Coach Mike Lichten’s squad saw its early season momentum disappear last Saturday with a 34-31 setback to Gallaudet University. Despite losing by three points, the Nor’easters defense was able to stop the Bison on 10 of 11 third downs. UNE will be idle this weekend before starting conference play next Saturday, October 1 against Curry College.

On the rise: Colby College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC), Husson University (1-2, 0-0 CCC), and Nichols College (3-0, 0-0 CCC).

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 10 Poll (Sept. 12, 2022)

Alex Cohen recorded eight touchdowns on Saturday in Anna Maria College’s season-opening win against UMass Dartmouth. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kyle Prudhomme)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s Monday, which means it is time to share – or produce? – our week three New England NCAA Division III Football Top 10 Poll.

For the second-straight week, Endicott College remains our top team – the Gulls have scored back-to-back non-conference wins over St. Lawrence University (27-0) and WPI (24-0) and will look to continue their early-season momentum at home on Saturday against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Both Trinity College and Wesleyan University moved up while Springfield College remained in the third position for the second-straight week.

Salve Regina University rounded out the top five following a come-from-behind victory over MIT while Anna Maria College moved up three spots following a convincing win over UMass Dartmouth.

Framingham State and Plymouth State joined this week’s poll by securing the final two spots.



Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 12, 2022 (Week Three)

  1. Endicott College (2-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): The Gulls defense pitched its second-straight shutout last Friday, handing WPI its first loss of the 2022 season. This Saturday, expect the early-season momentum to continue against TCNJ.

  2. Trinity College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 4): It’s finally game week for the Bantams – this week, they visit Tufts University, a team they beat last season in their season-opener, thanks to Spencer Fetter (three passing touchdowns) and Will Kirby (three rushing touchdowns).

  3. Springfield College (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 3): Springfield remains in the same position as they were a week ago, despite suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Rowan University. Springfield will be tested this week against an undefeated Union College squad.

  4. Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 5): Like the Bantams, the Cardinals will kick off its season this weekend against Bates College. Wesleyan beat Bates last season, thanks to a late touchdown pass from David Estevez.

  5. Salve Regina University (2-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 6): Somehow, someway, coach Kevin Gilmartin’s squad is finding ways to win games. On Saturday, they needed a late touchdown drive to seal a come-from-behind win against MIT.

  6. Anna Maria College (1-0, 0-0 ECFC) (LW: No. 9): Alex Cohen and the AMCATs were quite impressive on Saturday as Anna Maria stunned UMass Dartmouth, 63-48. Cohen concluded the contest with six passing touchdowns and two scores on the ground.

  7. UMass Dartmouth (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 2): After scoring an impressive opening day win over Husson University, the Corsairs slipped to the seventh spot following a 15-point setback to Anna Maria. This week, the Corsairs will look to bounce back against Framingham State.  

  8. University of New England (2-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 8): For the first time in program history, the Nor’easters have begun their season with back-to-back wins. UNE topped Bridgewater State this past weekend, thanks to Jarrett Henault, who recorded five touchdowns, including a pair on the ground.

  9. Framingham State (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC) (LW: NR): The Rams overcame a two-score deficit to beat St. John Fisher for an important non-conference win. Cully Curran and Michael Brooks combined for 16 total tackles, including one tackle for a loss of 10 yards and four pass breakups.

  10. Plymouth State (2-0, 0-0 MASCAC) (LW: NR): It’s been three years since the Panthers began their season with back-to-back wins – with a victory this weekend against Bridgewater State, the Green and White can match their start from 2019 with a 3-0 record.

On the Rise: MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC), Western Connecticut (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC), and Western New England (1-1, 0-0 CCC).

New England D3 Football Roundup: Salve Regina Rallies To Beat MIT; Rowan Tops Springfield

The Seahawks of Salve Regina University improved to 2-0 on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: George Corrigan ’22/ Salve Regina University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second-straight week, the Salve Regina University football team scored a hard-fought victory.  

The Seahawks rallied to beat MIT this afternoon, 13-10, thanks to a pair of second-half touchdown passes from Jake Stack.

Stack connected with Keith Sutton for a 78-yard strike late in the third quarter before capping a 13-play, 91-yard drive in the final session with a four-yard touchdown pass to Josh Letellier to clinch the Seahawks’ second win of the 2022 season.

With the win, the Seahawks have now scored four-straight wins over the Engineers, dating back to 2015. 

Salve Regina’s early-season momentum will be tested next week against Montclair State, a team the Seahawks defeated last September by a field goal.  

The Engineers will be idle next week, but return to the gridiron on Saturday, September 24 when they welcome Dean College to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Quarterback Mike Husni tossed five touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter to lead Rowan University past Springfield College, 38-35.

Rowan led by one score at the break (21-14) before Springfield rallied to secure a 35-31 advantage with 4:26 remaining. The Profs responded with a 13-play, 75-yard drive which ended with Husni connecting with John Maldonado for the game-winning score.

Maldonado led all receivers with nine catches for 115 yards and three touchdowns while Springfield’s Arsen Shtefan paced all rushers with 97 yards on 10 carries and one score.

Springfield will entertain Union College next Saturday. The Dutchmen defeated Worcester State this afternoon by a score of 76-7.

Plymouth State scored its second-straight win, downing Husson University, 17-0, thanks to a Panthers defense, which limited the Eagles to 261 yards of total offense while stopping the Green and White nine times on third down.

Manny Sanchez led the Panthers with a game-high 131 rushing yards on 21 carries.

Elsewhere in New England, coach Tom Kelley and the Framingham State Rams defeated St. John Fisher for its first win while Anna Maria stunned UMass Dartmouth, 63-48. Quarterback Alex Cohen recorded six touchdowns in the first half for the AMCATs, including two scores on the ground.

Finally, make it back-to-back seasons that the University of New England has defeated Bridgewater State as the Nor’easters topped the Bears in Biddeford, Maine by a score of 38-23.

New England D-III Football Week Two Scoreboard

  • Nichols College 71, Dean College 55
  • Endicott College 24, WPI 0
  • Plymouth State 17, Husson University 0
  • University of New England 38, Bridgewater State 23
  • Salve Regina University 13, MIT 10
  • Western New England 38, Westfield State 14
  • Coast Guard Academy 22, Curry College 16
  • Maritime College 17, Massachusetts Maritime Academy 14
  • Anna Maria College 63, UMass Dartmouth 48
  • Castleton University 48, Fitchburg State 0
  • Framingham State 31, St. John Fisher 20
  • Union College 76, Worcester State 7
  • Western Conn. 28, Albright College 14
  • St. Lawrence University 30, Norwich University 19
  • Rowan University 38, Springfield College 35

10 D-III Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2023

Jane Earley has won two national championships with Middlebury College. (PHOTO Courtesy: Will Costello)

By Matt Noonan

It’s been a few days – OK, a little over a week since the NCAA Division III college lacrosse season concluded, but before we officially say farewell to the 2022 season, I thought I would share a ten teams – five men and five women’s squads – that I believe could contend for a national championship next May.

Men’s D-III Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2023

Bowdoin College: The Polar Bears were a team to watch this spring — hey, I thought they were the team that was going to win the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown last month. Despite ending their season in the quarterfinals against RIT, Bowdoin is certainly a squad to keep an eye on next spring. Coach Bill Mason will welcome back some key members of this year’s team, including Will Byrne (68 goals, 33 assists), Patrick Fitzgerald (53 goals, 16 assists), and Ethan Barnard (342 face-off wins) that will certainly help Bowdoin contend for both a conference and national title.

RIT: Coach Jake Coon and the 2022 Tigers joined an elite group of teams that captured back-to-back titles in NCAA D-III lacrosse history, but could they really contend for a third consecutive crown next spring? I believe they can, despite losing some talented upperclassmen, but if the Tigers are able to win their third-straight title, they would become the first team since Salisbury University to capture three-straight championships (Salisbury won three consecutive NCAA titles in 2003, 2004, and 2005).

Tufts University: The Jumbos’ run toward a national championship was quite exciting with the Powder Blue and Brown scoring two impressive postseason wins against St. John Fisher College and Salisbury. Tufts’ season concluded in the semifinals with a 26-15 setback to RIT. Like Bowdoin, Tufts will return some key pieces from its 19-win squad next spring that will certainly be players to watch, including Jack Boyden and Tommy Swank.

Union College: The Dutchmen’s run toward its first-ever national championship was exciting — can I say entertaining, as well? Union should be in the mix again next spring, despite graduating some key members of its 2022 squad. Dan Donahue will return between the pipes next season after an impressive second year with the squad that saw the Weston, Massachusetts native record a career-best 240 stops and 17 wins.

York College: Despite ending its season in the national semifinals, the Spartans run toward a championship was highlighted by two postseason victories over Christopher Newport and Southern Virginia. They will lose some key veterans that were either graduate students or seniors this spring, but will welcome back Ben Mayer, a first-year attack from Palm Harbor, Florida that led the Green and White with 90 points on 58 goals and 32 assists.

Others to watch: Albion College, Amherst College, Christopher Newport, Denison University, Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, RPI, Salisbury University, St. John Fisher, Wesleyan University, and Western New England

Women’s D-III Lacrosse Teams to Watch in 2023

Middlebury College: After being idle for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Panthers continued their previous momentum from 2019 and their first three matchups in 2020 by winning 22 of 23 contests this spring, including the national title game. Jane Earley guided Middlebury to its second title in three years, as well as its eighth in program history. Earley, who established new single-season records for goals (80) and points (99), will be one of many players to watch next year.

Salisbury University: Despite ending their 2022 campaign without some hardware, the Sea Gulls were once again a team to watch after finishing the 2021 season as national champions. Coach Jim Nestor will welcome back some key pieces from its 2021 and 2022 squads, including Erin Scannell, who led Salisbury with 55 goals, which should help Salisbury be in the mix for its fifth crown in program history.

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ): After scoring two impressive postseason wins over Salisbury University and SUNY Cortland last month, the Lions’ momentum vanished in the national semifinals with an 18-7 setback to Tufts. The loss, however, could help the Lions understand what they must do to contend for the program’s 14th national championship. TCNJ has not won a national championship since 2006.

Tufts University: For the second-straight season, coach Courtney Shute‘s Jumbos fell short of winning the program’s initial title. But perhaps this year’s defeat to Middlebury will be the inspiration to win the crown in 2023? Like every team, the Jumbos will graduate some key pieces from this year’s squad, including goalie Molly Laliberty and midfielder Anna Clarke.

Washington and Lee: The Generals ended their season by matching their program record for wins with 19. Washington and Lee saw its bid toward a national title conclude in the quarterfinals against Gettysburg College, but the loss will certainly fuel the Blue and White next season, which returns some impressive talent that has guided the unit to 33 wins in its last 37 contests.

Others to watch: Capital University, Colby College, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg College, Ithaca College, Kenyon College, Pomona-Pitzer, Rhodes College, Roanoke College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY SUNY Geneseo, University of Chicago, Wesleyan University, and William Smith