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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 Northeast College Football Games to Watch (Week Seven)

Rory Sullivan and the FDU-Florham football team will host Delaware Valley on Saturday in an important conference matchup. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sherry Saccoliti)

By Matt Noonan

Sure, we’re a New England sports blog – yes, we’re based right outside of Boston (technically across the river, to be exact in Somerville), but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep our eyes on some college football games outside our region, right?

So, today, we’re going to highlight a few matchups to watch this weekend outside of New England, including one taking place in Madison, New Jersey.

Delaware Valley (5-0, 3-0 MAC) at FDU-Florham (4-1, 3-0 MAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.:  The Devils have been on a roll since losing their season-opener to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USSMA).

Last week, FDU-Florham won its fourth consecutive contest by outlasting Lebanon Valley in double-overtime. Connor Perez, who finished with two touchdown receptions, caught the game-winning score in the second overtime session and quarterback Anthony Caserta concluded the conference clash with four touchdown passes.

The Devils’ momentum will certainly be tested against an Aggies squad that has not lost a game this fall – DelVal has produced 114 points in three-straight conference games and scored their fifth consecutive win last weekend with a 48-15 win over King’s College.

DelVal enters Saturday’s contest having won 32 consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) matchups, dating back to their 2016 campaign. Their 5-0 start is their best since 2017 when they finished 12-1 overall and 9-0 in conference play.

FDU-Florham’s offense will be challenged with scoring points this week as DelVal’s defense is one of six units in NCAA Division III that is limiting opponents to less than 10 points per game. DelVal’s defense has yielded an average of 9.40 points per game.  

Gallaudet University (4-0, 2-0 ECFC) at SUNY-Maritime (1-4, 1-1 ECFC) Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m.: The Bison enter their third conference matchup with a great deal of momentum.

Last week, Timel Benton and the Bison rushed past Keystone College, 34-14, thanks to five rushing touchdowns. Benton rushed for a team-high 167 yards on 19 carries and two scores while D’Mitri Lofton, Mikka Harvey, and Preston Garrett all rushed for one touchdown.

As a team, Gallaudet leads all Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) teams with 17 rushing touchdowns – Alfred State ranks second with 10 – while the Privateers rank fourth in touchdown passes (Anna Maria College and Dean College are tied for first with 10 touchdowns through the air).   

SUNY-Maritime captured its conference opener with a come-from-behind win against Castleton University before falling one week later to Alfred State.

Saturday’s game is an important one for both teams, but especially the Privateers as two conference losses would make it tough for them to win the league title. But anything is possible, of course.

SUNY-Maritime topped Gallaudet in their last meeting in 2019 by a score of 24-13, while the Bison’s last win against the Privateers came in 2012. The win – the Bison’s seventh of the 2012 season – matched their total from 2007, which was when the squad returned to the “NCAA Division III ranks.”  

Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC) at Alfred State (2-3, 1-0 ECFC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.:  The AMCATs have been a great story thus far. But can they continue their early-season momentum one week after they were idle? I think so.

Quarterback Alex Cohen leads the conference in passing yards per game (288.0) and passer rating (151.5) and guided the AMCATs to a thrilling 21-20 victory two years ago against the Pioneers.

Cohen will certainly be a player to watch in this matchup, but the same could be said for Alfred State’s Aaron Jenkins, who registered 317 yards of total offense last week, including a game-high 222 yards on 22 carries and one rushing touchdown against SUNY-Maritime. Jenkins also completed 8 of 18 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns – he located both Ben Ba and Shy’rel Broadwater in the end zone.  

Look for Alfred State to rely on its rushing attack on Saturday, which has held them to back-to-back victories.

Anna Maria has won two of three meetings – Saturday’s contest will mark the fourth meeting between the two schools.  

More Games to Watch:

  • Wilkes University at Widener University (10/16 at 1 p.m.): A pair of five-win teams will tangle in Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • Utica College (4-1, 1-0 E8) at Brockport (3-2, 1-1 E8) (10/16 at 6 p.m.): The Golden Eagles look to bounce back against the Pioneers, who needed to rally past Hartwick to score their first conference win.
  • RPI (6-0, 2-0 LL) at Hobart College (4-1, 0-1 LL) (10/16 at 1 p.m.): The Statesmen look to bounce back against an Engineers team that continues to find ways to win games.

Player Perspective: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England)

Steven Fedorchak became the all-time leader in touchdown receptions last weekend during the Golden Bears’ first conference clash of the 2021 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com

Last Saturday was an exciting day for wide receiver Steven Fedorchak.

The Guilderland, New York native became the all-time leader in Western New England’s football program history in touchdown receptions during the Golden Bear’s 41-3 victory over Salve Regina University.

It means a lot to me,” said Fedorchak, who has caught 23 touchdowns in four seasons with the Golden Bears. “But ultimately, it shows how successful our offense has been since my first season with the team in 2017.

“The coaches have done a great job with putting me in the best position to be successful – we also have another great receiver, Adam Razza, who helps us challenge opposing defensive secondaries.”

Fedorchak concluded last week’s initial conference tilt with the Seahawks by catching six passes for 87 yards and one touchdown. He has caught one touchdown in four of five contests this season while producing a season-high seven receptions for 90 yards in a non-conference setback to Utica College last month (he also caught seven passes for 89 yards two weeks ago against Salisbury University).

This week, Fedorchak and the Golden Bears will look to earn their second conference win of the 2021 season when they visit Endicott College on Saturday, October 9 with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m.

Noontime Sports recently caught up with Steven Fedorchak to discuss his record-breaking day against the Seahawks, as well as what he and the team must do to win their second-straight league tilt against the Gulls.

Did you ever imagine when you joined the Western New England football program that you would break the touchdown reception record?

I had the opportunity to play under Mark Dietrich as a freshman and watch him break the original record with 22 touchdowns in 2017. I learned a lot from him and strive to be the best receiver I can be so I can match his effort with what he did with the Western New England football program.

It sounds cliché, but you have been fortunate to compete with some talented quarterbacks over the past few seasons. How have each of the previous (and yes, current) signal-callers helped you improve as a wide receiver?

Anthony Service, Alec Coleman, and Bryce Karstetter are all talented quarterbacks. I credit Anthony for helping me during my sophomore season as the receiver’s coach. I had always thought about my routes from the perspective of a receiver, but he opened my eyes and taught both myself and other receivers how to think like a quarterback.

Alec was the best leader I have ever had the honor of playing with – he always made the right read and put us in the best position to be successful. He set the standard in my eyes for what a leader should be.

Bryce is quickly developing into a great quarterback. We have developed a good rapport, and his calm demeanor has helped both me and my teammates in various situations this season. Additionally, he has improved every week and has done a great job with overseeing our offense.

I know it has been a few days, but how important was it for you and the team to score that first conference win last weekend against Salve Regina?

Earning our first conference win was a great way to begin Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play, but we have a big game tomorrow against Endicott College. Our goal as a team is always to win the conference, but to achieve that goal we are always looking ahead to what’s next and not becoming complacent with our past wins.

What must the offense do to continue its recent success on Saturday against Endicott College?

We have to keep running the ball and giving Bryce the time he needs to go through his progressions so he can be successful in the passing game. Every week we continue to grow as an offense, but also find ways to put points on the board.

Outside of football, you are majoring in accounting. What interested you in pursuing an accounting degree? Also, what do you plan to do with it after graduation?

Currently, I am attempting to get my Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Western New England and am working at Complete Payroll Solutions in the tax department. The company’s atmosphere is a great one, and I have really enjoyed my time with this company thus far.

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Five

Devin Marrocco and the Colby College football team will attempt to earn their second win on Saturday against Hamilton College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eileen Sawyer/Colby College)

By NoontimeSports.com

The fifth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to highlight five teams to watch this weekend.

Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC): The AMCATs have been a great story this fall, winning two of three contests, including an exciting 29-24 victory last weekend against Coast Guard Academy.

This week, Anna Maria will visit Keystone College in its first-ever meeting with the Giants — Keystone has yet to win a game this fall, but Saturday’s clash with the AMCATs will be their first as a member of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

Quarterback Alex Cohen will be a player to watch in this game as the senior signal-caller has thrown for 852 yards through three contests, as well as connected with wide receiver for three of his four touchdowns.

On defense, keep your eyes on Sam Jakana, who finished last week’s game against the Bears with 10 total tackles — all solo stops! — including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards.

Colby College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC): The Mules snapped a 22-game losing streak to Amherst College last weekend by outlasting the Mammoths, 10-7.  

Colby’s defense highlighted the win while halfback Devin Marrocco provided the Blue and White with an early lead mid-way through the opening quarter by capping a 13-play, 71-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run.

Moises Celaya booted a season-long 38-yard field goal midway through the final session to provide the visitors with a few more points that helped them depart Amherst with a much-needed win after losing their season-opener to Wesleyan University one week earlier by a score of 21-5.  

This week, the Mules face-off against a 1-1 Hamilton College squad that won its season-opener against Bowdoin College but lost its second matchup to Wesleyan.

Last week’s win against Amherst should provide the Mules with some much-needed momentum against a Hamilton squad that beat them in 2019 by a score of 45-24.

In 2018, the Mules topped the Continentals at home by a score of 23-21, thanks to a pair of fourth quarter field goals by Walter Thilly.

Curry College (2-1, 0-0 CCC): After starting their season with a 41-7 setback to MIT, the Colonels have bounced back, defeating Coast Guard Academy (21-18) and Hartwick College (14-7) to enter conference play with some momentum.

Curry was idle this past weekend, but its defense was a unit to watch two weeks ago against Hartwick — Curry’s defense finished the game with two sacks, six tackles for a loss, one interception, and seven pass break-ups. Gregory Silvia and James Nyamwaya each recorded 10 total tackles.

Quarterback Justin Mullaney threw for a season-high 301 yards in the win – he also completed 24 of 37 passes and tossed one touchdown.

Mullaney’s go-to targets through three games are Maxx Bell (18 receptions for 141 yards) and Gabe DeSouza (15 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns) – both receivers will be players to watch on Saturday against Endicott College.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC): The Buccaneers returned to the win column last week after falling to Anna Maria College one week earlier by a score of 23-13.

Massachusetts Maritime’s defense was the story of last week’s conference win against Fitchburg State as the unit tallied 72 total tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss of 47 yards, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and one interception returned for 30 yards.

Hugh Wells was one of many members of the Buccaneers defense to watch last week – the West Hartford, Connecticut native registered three total tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one forced fumble.

Jonah Mitchell and Colbe Andrews powered the offense by combining for 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

This week, the Buccaneers visit Westfield State for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. A win over the Owls will keep Massachusetts Maritime in the mix for the top spot in the conference with Bridgewater State and Framingham State, along with UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut.

Salve Regina (4-0, 0-0 CCC): The Seahawks have been a great story this fall.

The team’s most recent win against Rowan University was very exciting – Salve Regina trailed, 35-16, at the break, but stormed back during the final two sessions to cap its non-conference slate with a 50-35 victory.

Halfback Joey Mauriello has been the players to watch on the Seahawks – the Colts Neck, New Jersey native was named this week’s New England Football Writers (NEFW) Gold Helmet recipient for Division II/III after rushing for a school-record 279 yards and three fourth quarter touchdowns. Mauriello concluded the contest with 332 all-purpose yards.

Mauriellio and the Seahawks face a challenging test this weekend against Western New England, a squad that has dropped two-straight to Salisbury University and Utica College.

Salve Regina has not beaten Western New England since 2013 – the victory occurred in Newport, Rhode Island. Their last victory against the Golden Bears on the road came in 2012 when Salve Regina topped Western New England, 43-0.

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Sept. 13, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Two weeks of New England NCAA Division III football are in the books, which means it is time to share our third Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll of the 2021 season.

This upcoming weekend will be an even busier weekend with teams from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) kicking off their respective campaign on Saturday, September 18.

Did you see our poll last week? If not, make sure to check out our Top 20 for the second week of the 2021 season!

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll (Week No. 1 | September 13, 2021)

  1. Western New England (2-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Golden Bears cruised past Westfield State last Friday for their second straight win and should be the favorite this weekend in a non-conference clash against Utica College.

  2. Endicott College (2-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 2): For the second straight week, the Gulls rallied in the second half to score an exciting victory against WPI. Will this trend continue this week against Catholic University?

  3. UMass Dartmouth (2-0, 0-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 3): Once again, the Corsairs were challenged, but found a way to pull out a hard-fought victory against the Bulldogs of Dean College in their home opener.

  4. Williams College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): The wait is over. The Ephs will take the field this Saturday against Middlebury College in a VERY important conference clash.

  5. Middlebury College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): The Panthers 2019 title defense officially begins Saturday, September 18 in Williamstown.

  6. Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): The Cardinals open their 2021 campaign on the road at Colby College, a team we believe will challenge the top teams like Wesleyan this fall.

  7. Trinity College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 7): The Bantams begin their season Saturday against Tufts University — this is an important conference clash for both squads that are eager to contend for the league crown.

  8. Salve Regina University (2-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 12): Once again, the Seahawks leaned on its rushing attack down the stretch to beat MIT at home, as well as its defense, which concluded the game with three sacks for 21 yards, seven tackles for a loss of 25 yards and one interception.

  9. MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 9): The Engineers remain in the ninth position despite dropping their first game to Salve Regina. MIT finished with 303 yards of total offense and will have an extra week to prepare for Dean College.

  10. WPI (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 10): Similar to the Engineers of Cambridge, the Engineers of Worcester suffered their initial setback of the 2021 season, however, last Friday’s loss was certainly a heartbreaker for WPI, which led Endicott, 21-7, heading into the final session.

  11. Springfield College (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 15): The Pride moved up four spots after scoring their initial victory on the road last Saturday at Rowan University. A real tough test is on the horizon for Springfield this weekend against Union College.

  12. Nichols College (2-0, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 12): The Bison scored their second win of the 2021 season last Saturday, however, it wasn’t easy as quarterback Logan Sawyer needed to engineer a second half comeback to lead Nichols past Anna Maria College on the road.

  13. Western Connecticut (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC | LW No. 8): After checking-in eighth last week, the Colonials tumbled to the 13th position after a dissapointing setback to an Albright College squad that struggled last week against Salisbury University.

  14. Husson University (1-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 13): The Eagles scored their initial win of the 2021 season last weekend, however, it wasn’t an easy three-point victory against Plymouth State.

  15. Tufts University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 14): The Jumbos have high hopes for 2021 — can they kick off their respective campaign with a win in Hartford, Connecticut this Saturday?

  16. University of New England (1-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 20): The Nor’easters overcame a 14 point deficit at the break to score an exciting overtime win on the road at Bridgewater State.

  17. Dean College (1-1, 0-0 ECFC | LW: No. 18): The Bulldogs endured their first setback of the season to UMass Dartmouth, but certainly proved their a team to watch this season.

  18. Coast Guard Academy (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 16): After scoring an opening day win, the Bears offense struggled against a Colonels defense that tallied four interceptions, five pass-breakups, three quarterback hurries, and seven tackles for a loss of 22 yards.

  19. Colby College (0-0, 0-0 | LW: No. 19): The Mules are the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this fall.

  20. Mass. Maritime Academy (1-0, 0-0 MASCAC | LW: Not Ranked): The Buccaneers defense shined last Friday night against SUNY-Maritime in the 13th Chowder Bowl.


    On The Rise: Amherst College, Anna Maria College, Bridgewater State, Castleton University, Curry College, and Plymouth State