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D3 Football Preseason: Teams On The Rise

D3 Teams On The Rise

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The first day of August usually means one thing: football has officially returned.

We’re a few weeks away from starting up a brand new college football season – are you excited? I am, which is why I am very excited to begin our preseason football coverage with ‘Teams on the Rise’ in New England Division III.

Let me (and Noontime Sports) know if you agree, disagree or think we left a squad out by posting a comment below!


Anna Maria College: Year number three could be a turning point for coach Dan Mulrooney and his AMCATs, who have high aspirations heading into the 2019 season. With a slew of talent back from last year, as well as a wide-open conference race, one should certainly keep an eye on this squad, which faces some serious challenges next month with games against RPI and Union College. Additionally, a home date with Nichols College will be one to keep an eye on, as well.

Colby College: The Mules are my team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this fall. Second-year coach Jack Cosgrove should be able to lead his squad to at least four, possibly five wins this season. Colby finished 3-6 last season – it was the most wins they have recorded since finishing 3-5 in 2016 and 4-4 in 2013.

Dean College: With just two players gone to graduation, these Bulldogs should be equipped (and prepared) to challenge Maritime (N.Y.) for the top spot in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Coach Steve Tirrell‘s squad has improved each season since becoming a full-time Division III member in 2017.

Middlebury College: The Panthers will once again be in the middle of the NESCAC pack this fall – the Blue and White graduated 17 student-athletes from their 2018 squad, but should return some key pieces from last season. Middlebury finished 5-4 last season after posting six or seven wins in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and could certainly provide some challenges to a few conference early season favorites, including Amherst CollegeTrinity College, and Williams College.

Nichols College: Perhaps this is the year the Bison take that ‘next step’ and challenge Endicott College, Husson University, Salve Regina and Western New England for the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The Bison finished 5-5 last season and seem to have generated some serious momentum this offseason, which should bode well for coach Dale Olmsted‘s squad.

Norwich University: Could the Cadets challenge Springfield College and others for the top spot in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)? I think so. Norwich returns some impressive talent on both sides of the ball, which will make this team hard to beat. I have high hopes for the Cadets, who will attempt to match their 2014 squad, which finished with seven wins.

University of New England: The Nor’easters appeared to get stronger as the 2018 season progressed. Similar to Nichols, they face the daunting task of taking down four solid teams to secure the top spot, but I think UNE should certainly improve on their initial season as a varsity program and finish 2019 with at least three or four wins.


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Catching Up With John Carroll (Nichols College Men’s Lacrosse)

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John Carroll was named the new men’s lacrosse coach at Nichols College earlier this summer. (PHOTO COURTESY: David B. Newman)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

John Carroll had always wanted to coach lacrosse, even as a student-athlete at the University at Albany. And that was exactly what he did after graduating in 2012. 

Carroll honed his coaching skills as an assistant with three collegiate lacrosse programs, including Trinity College where he helped the Bantams reach the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament this past spring. 

“I always wanted to pursue college coaching even while I was attending school and playing at Albany,” said Carrol, who concluded his time with the Great Danes by recording 378 saves between the pipes. 

“I  remember interviewing coach Bill Ralph, who was one of our assistant coaches for my first-year seminar class to (learn more about) the college coaching profession. I certainly got a lot of crazy looks and confused faces when I said, ‘I wanted to coach full time for a living,’ but I think it’s worked out pretty well.”

Indeed, Carroll has enjoyed a great deal of success on the sidelines and will look to continue applying what he has learned as the new men’s lacrosse coach at Nichols College.

Carroll, who becomes the 14th coach in program history, inherits a unit that has won 10 games or more since 2017 and has also competed twice in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament, including this past spring. 

Carroll is excited about his first head coaching role and has visions of leading the Bison to their first-ever league title in program history.

“As a first-time head coach, (I am excited to have) the opportunity to take over a program that has had a lot of success recently,” said Carroll when discussing his excitement for coaching the Bison. 

“I believe Nichols men’s lacrosse can be a top team in the CCC and that is my ultimate goal for the long term vision of the program.” 

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Carroll to discuss his outlook for the upcoming season, but also how his previous roles have shaped him into the coach he has become today.

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John Carroll helped the Trinity College men’s lacrosse team reach the NESCAC Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: David B. Newman)

You have gained a great deal of experience as a coach, both in Division I and III. How will that experience help you with the Bison this upcoming school year?

I have always tried to approach things the same way regardless of being in Division I or Division III. Working for so many different people at different institutions have really helped me absorb and learn new concepts and drills that I can use to run our practices at Nichols. I think all of those experiences will also help me to set a new bar for the guys on the team, and it will set a precedent of what we are expecting as Nichols men’s lacrosse players, both this year and moving forward on and off the field. Coach (Eric) Gobiel has done an outstanding job of (laying the foundation for success) with this program, so my job now is to come in and take the program to the next level, (so we can) compete for and ultimately win the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship. 

What excites you about coaching in the Commonwealth Coast Conference?

The league is very competitive with teams like Western New England, and Endicott College at the forefront. I had the chance to coach against Roger Williams and Curry 0- both are very talented teams – and they gave us some trouble while I was at Trinity. I think the CCC can become one of the more competitive leagues in Division III.

The opportunity to play for a conference championship and an automatic qualifier into the NCAA tournament is the ultimate factor, but I see a lot of really good teams in the league and I look forward to learning about all of them, while competing against them, as well. Coach John Klepacki (Western New England) and coach Eric Hagarty (Endicott)  have reached out to me and have been very welcoming. I also know Coach Charlie Burch at the University of New England from working with him in the past at Blue Chip 225 camp.

I think it’s a top-notch league and I’m excited to compete in it.

What are some goals and objectives you hope to accomplish before the team’s initial game next spring?

The number one goal this semester is to (be successful in the classroom). If we can do well in the classroom then that is one less stress for our team when we convene on the practice. 

I also would like to have our base offense, defense, rides, clears, extra-man opportunity, and man-down packages all installed before our first scrimmage in October.

An individual goal for myself is to learn one thing about each player on the team that doesn’t relate to lacrosse. It will be important for me to get to know the guys and build relationships and trust with them (before our first game next spring).

After speaking with most of the team over the phone they have all expressed to me that they are a close-knit group, and I want to gain their trust while getting to know them so we can continue to build upon the culture that has been established (already) by coach Gobeil.

Finally, you were a goalie, both in college and high school. Did you always play goalie growing up? 

I started by playing midfield in second grade and I thought I was pretty good at it. My Dad actually began playing goalie in a local men’s league during that time and bought all of the equipment, including a goalie stick. This led to my older brother (Jimmy) playing goalie first and borrowing my Dad’s gear. After seeing them both playing goalie I said to myself, ‘Hey, I can do that too!’

Once I jumped in net there was no looking back. I would split halves between goalie and midfield for most of my time with Smithtown Youth Lacrosse. I started playing goalie full-time in seventh grade for my middle school team and was told at some point during my high school career to switch to close defense or long-stick middie. I used that as motivation to improve my goalie game, even though a lot of people were trying to compliment me by saying I could play both long pole and goalie.

Playing goalie for a Division I lacrosse program was always my dream and I was lucky enough to live it out at the University of Albany.

Now, coaching is my dream and I couldn’t be happier to get started at Nichols. 


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Endicott Gulls

Endicott Gulls

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

We continue our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ by highlighting the Endicott College Gulls, who commence their 2019 campaign with a visit from Framingham State on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 7 p.m.

The Gulls’ 2018 Season: Endicott returned to its winning ways last fall, finishing one win shy of the 2013 squad with a 7-4 mark. The Gulls qualified for their first-ever New England Bowl and scored some impressive (and exciting wins) against Bridgewater State, Hobart, and Western New England.

The team’s win over the Golden Bears was highlighted by five touchdown passes from quarterback Joe Kalosky, who also finished the game with 88 yards on eight carries.

Despite ending their season with back-to-back losses to Merchant Marine and Salve Regina, the Gulls entered the offseason with some momentum that should carry into this season when they see familiar foes like Framingham State and Western New England.

The 2019 Outlook: The Gulls graduated 15 student-athletes from last year’s squad, including wide receiver Christian Cole, strong safety Christian Pizzotti and linebacker William Rivera, but do return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball with Kalosky, halfback Hakim Fleming, wide receiver Shea McManaway and linebacker Kevin O’Brien.

Additionally, Endicott welcomes back Nick DiCairano, who was our Noontime Sports Special Teamer of the Year. The Trumbull, Connecticut native enjoyed an impressive first season with the Gulls by connecting on 11 of 12 field-goal attempts, including a 45-yard boot in his team’s 52-22 win over Curry College.

Endicott also returns a slew of offensive linemen, including Kha-Lil GoodmanAndrew Tudino and Isaiah Gibbs, which should help the offense find its groove from last season.

Endicott’s Schedule: Endicott begins the season with four-straight home games, including a trio of non-conference clashes with Framingham State, Rochester and Wesley. Additionally, the Gulls will host Becker College at the end of the month before heading to Salve Regina in early October for an important Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) meeting. Weeks after visiting the Seahawks, the Gulls will travel to Husson University and Western New England – both games are must-wins for the Gulls if they want to capture their initial CCC title.

Endicott will end its season with a home date with the University of New England followed by a trip to Dudley, Massachusetts to face Nichols College.

Players to Watch: Joe Kalosky (Quarterback/Plymouth, Conn.), Hakim Fleming (Running Back/Bridgeport, Conn.), Shea McManaway (Wide Receiver/Lisbon, Conn.), Riley Shanley (Tight End/Simsbury, Conn.), Nick DiCairano (Kicker/Trumbull, Conn.), Kevin O’Brien (Linebacker/Braintree, Mass.), Steven Abbott (Defensive Back/Melrose, Mass.), Kha-Lil Goodman (Offensive Line/Bellmore, N.Y.), Andrew Tudino (Orange, Conn.), and Isaiah Gibbs (Offensive Line/Teaneck, N.J.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Coast Guard Bears

COAST GUARD BEARS

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

We continue our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ with a look at the Coast Guard Academy football team, which begins its season on Saturday, September 7 when they visit the University of New England for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

The Bears’ 2018 Season: Coast Guard enjoyed one of its best seasons since 2008 by posting a 7-3 mark, including a 5-2 record in conference play. They capped their 2018 campaign with back-to-back wins over Merchant Marine and WPI while capturing The Mug on Parents’ Weekend with a wild (and dramatic) victory over Norwich University. Additionally, the Bears finished 4-1 at home for the first time since 2015.

The 2019 Season Outlook: The Bears enter the upcoming season as one of the favorites in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). They should certainly challenge MIT and Springfield College for the top spot and automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.

Coast Guard graduated 17 players from last year’s squad, including linebacker Jake Behne, who led the Bears defense with 103 total tackles and Bill Boardman, who was a starting left tackle for the past two seasons. But luckily the Bears return some key members of last year’s 7-3 squad, including quarterback Ryan Jones, halfback Chris Gardner, and wide receiver Justin Moffatt. These three student-athletes will be the focal point of the Bears offense, while linebacker Mark Wicke and defensive back Patrick Crowley will be players to watch on defense.

Coast Guard’s Schedule: Following an opening day visit to the Nor’easters, the Bears will travel to Nichols College and Norwich before hosting Curry College on the final Saturday of September. All four games are winnable, but non-conference meetings with Curry and Nichols won’t be easy. Additionally, their visit to Norwich will be a game to watch, as well, but it is possible that Coast Guard concludes the opening month with a 4-0 record.

We’ll learn a great deal about the Bears in October when they face four conference foes, including MIT and Springfield. Both games are critical for Coast Guard, especially if they want to capture the NEWMAC crown. Their final two games pit the Bears against WPI and Merchant Marine – their game with the Mariners, the Secretaries’ Cup, is always a must-see, must-follow.

Players to Watch: Ryan Jones (Quarterback/ Punxsutawney, Pa.), Chris Gardner (Running Back/Fairfax, Va.), Justin Moffatt (Wide Receiver/Odessa, Fla.), Mark Wicke (Linebacker/San Marino, Calif.), Patrick Crowley (Defensive Back/San Marino, Calif.), Colton Rausch (Offensive Line/Lake Alfred, Fla.), Robert Childress (Offensive Line/Millersville, Md.), and Michael Goldsworthy (Defensive Back/Jamison, Pa.). 


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Castleton University

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

We continue with our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ by taking a trip to Vermont to profile the Castleton University football team. The Spartans will once again begin a new campaign by entertaining Plymouth State on Saturday, September 7th at 1 p.m.

The Spartans’ 2018 Season: Castleton capped its 2018 campaign with a 21-3 win over Alfred State on ‘Senior Day.’ The game was highlighted by the Green and White’s ground game, which saw three half backs locate the end zone, including Moe Harris, who led all rushers with 184 yards on 20 carries.

The win should provide the Spartans with some momentum heading into the upcoming season.

The 2019 Season Outlook: The Spartans will have some holes to fill due to some key graduation losses, especially at quarterback and running back. Both Harris and Mitchell Caron have graduated, which means we’ll likely see Jacob McCarthy under center and Simon Davis Jr. as the team’s top halfback. Additionally, the team graduated some wideouts, including Ryan Barry, who led the team with 31 receptions but look for rising junior Anthony Martinez to become the go-to receiver.

Chris Rice will be the player to watch on defense – he enjoyed a very successful second season on the line last fall with a team-high 88 total tackles. Rice should receive some help from linebacker Seth Gewanter, who will also be a player to watch on defense, as well.

Castleton should welcome back a slew of offensive linemen this fall, including Tucker Gaudette, who competed in eight games last fall, along with Sam Deacon and Nathaniel Hunt. The Spartans’ offensive line will certainly be the anchor of the team’s offense this season.

Castleton’s Schedule: The Spartans will face some familiar foes from the get-go, including Plymouth State, Fitchburg State, and Norwich University. Additionally, they will square off against the University of New England in week three, which is certainly an intriguing match-up. All four contests should prepare the Green and White for a successful showing in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), which could be wide-open this year with Husson University‘s departure to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Early conference tilts with Gallaudet University and Maritime (N.Y.) will tell us more about this Castleton squad, which hopes to contend for the top spot in the ECFC.

Players to Watch: Jacob McCarthy (Quarterback/West Yarmouth, Mass.), Simon Davis Jr. (Running Back/Warwick, R.I.), Anthony Martinez (Wide Receiver/Brattleboro, Vt.), Tucker Gaudette (Offensive Line/Georgia, Vt.), Sam Deacon (Offensive Line/Canajoharie, N.Y.), Andy Kenosh (Punter/Kicker/Rutland, Vt.), Chris Rice (Defensive Line/Bethel, Conn.) and Seth Gewanter (Linebacker/Deerfield, Mass.).


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