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D3 Football: Zelos Athletics’ Players of the Week (Monday, Sept. 16th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the second 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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Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak hauled in five touchdowns last Friday evening to help the Golden Bears beat Westfield State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

Offensive Player of the Week: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England | Wide Receiver | Guilderland, N.Y.): The third-year receiver for the Golden Bears turned in a record-breaking performance last Friday evening to help Western New England defeat Westfield State in the annual Presidents’ Cup Game.

Fedorchak established two new single-game program records with five touchdown receptions and 319 receiving yards.

Through two contests, Fedorchak has recorded 16 catches for 437 yards and six touchdowns. He is currently tied for first in NCAA Division III with Jacolby Maxwell (Aurora University) for touchdown receptions.


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Javien Delgado led the UMass Dartmouth defense last Saturday in a thrilling overtime win over Husson University. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

Defensive Player of the Week: Javien Delgado (UMass Dartmouth | Linebacker | Lynn, Mass.): Against Husson University, Delgado recorded a career and season-high 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards.

The nine solo stops and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss were both season-highs, too.

Through two contests, Delgado has tallied 19 total tackles, including 14 solo stops and five assists. He also has one sack for a loss of 11 yards, which occurred in week one against Alfred State.


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Wesleyan University’s Mason Von Jess enjoyed a successful collegiate debut with the Cardinals last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin)

Defensive Player of the Week: Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University |Kicker | Lakeville, Conn.): The first-year kicker enjoyed a successful collegiate debut with 12 points off three extra points and three field goals.

Von Jess recorded two first-half field goals of 38 and 39 yards before booting a 40-yarder early in the fourth quarter to provide the hosts with a 23-10 lead over Colby College. He would record his final point of the contest minutes later when Wesleyan recorded its final touchdown with 10:14 remaining in the fourth quarter.

New England D3 Football: Week Three Poll (Monday, Sept. 16th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Two weeks of the New England Division III football season are in the books – it has been a fascinating (and exciting) past few weeks.

And as we turn the page to a brand new week, we see some changes in our weekly Noontime Sports New England D-III Top 20 poll, which finds Western New England in the top spot followed by WPI (second) and Endicott College (third).

Amherst College remained in the fourth position, while Trinity College fell four spots to the fifth position after an opening day loss to Tufts University, which moved up four spots this week. Trinity was our top team for the past few weeks.

Rounding out the top ten positions were Coast Guard Academy (seventh), Western Connecticut (eighth), Husson University (nine) and Norwich University (tenth). Both Norwich and Western Connecticut moved-up a few spots following week two victories.

Finally, we welcomed both UMass Dartmouth and Wesleyan University to our poll – both teams scored exciting week two victories and will be two squads to watch both this week and going forward.

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 16th, 2019

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

On the Rise: Becker College, Dean College, Mass. Maritime Academy, and University of New England. 


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


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

 

Player Perspective: Taj Gooden (Wesleyan University)

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Taj Gooden keeps the focus on one day at a time with Wesleyan University’s football team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Taj Gooden has enjoyed a successful two seasons with the Wesleyan University football program.

The Brooklyn, New York native has posted 65.0 total tackles in back-to-back seasons while tallying career-highs in solo stops (25), total tackles (35.0) and sacks (nine) last fall.

Gooden was named a D3Football.com Preseason All-American last month – he was also selected to the Second Team Defense, too, after being named to last year’s All-East Region team.

The 2018 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Team Defense selection is excited for the season to begin – Gooden and the Cardinals host Colby College tomorrow afternoon with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

Noontime Sports recently spoke with Gooden about his preparation for the upcoming season, as well as what the Cardinals must do to enjoy a successful season in the NESCAC.

Tell me about last season. What worked for you from perspective? 

Following the game plan, (every) week played a huge role in my success. My coaches do a good job of putting me in the best situations to be successful.

Also being a student of the game, spending extra hours watching film and workout out, especially over the summer allowed me to excel both on and off the field.

How can you build on last season’s success? Did you do different workouts this offseason to prepare yourself for a successful junior season? 

I spent a lot of hours and weeks in the gym this summer training diligently with my father. I also trained with Gary Gooden, a current track and field coach and former professional football player in the National Football League (NFL).

I’m aware that my success last season may garner me more attention from opposing teams but I have to keep playing my game and be relentless (on every play).

Wesleyan finished 5-4 last fall but ended the 2018 season by winning four of its final six contests. How can you translate that success to this season?

Although we graduated a very impactful senior class (last May), we have a lot of experienced guys returning who are hungry and they have a great understanding of what we’re doing. I believe we will be very successful this season, but we must take it week by week and not look past any opponents.

What are some goals you have for both yourself and the team this season?

Winning the defensive player of the year would be great, but my ultimate goal is to help my team get better every day. Whether that’s leading by example on the field or helping a teammate develop their game during practice. As a team, the goal is to go 1-0 every week and win a championship.

Your team opens its season tomorrow against Colby College. What must the team do to secure an opening day win? 

We just have to play our game. We need to stay disciplined and play for one another by doing our part during each play.


Remember to stay connected with our New England Football coverage on Twitter at @Noontime_FB

Catching Up With Laura Pierce (Fitchburg State Women’s Basketball)

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Laura Pierce, who competed and coached at Wheaton College, was recently named the new women’s basketball coach at Fitchburg State University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Fitchburg State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Laura Pierce was ready for that next step in her coaching journey.

She had gained valuable experience at both Wesleyan University and Wheaton College as an assistant for both women’s basketball programs but appeared eager – and ready – to become a head coach.

And that eagerness – and readiness, too – paid off as she was recently named the new women’s basketball coach at Fitchburg State University.

“I am excited to get to work with the young women to create a culture in which our program makes Fitchburg State proud on the court, in the classroom, and in the community,” said Pierce in the press release announcing her hiring.

Pierce inherits a Falcons squad that finished 9-17 a year ago, including 2-10 against Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) foes.

The Falcons did qualify for the MASCAC Tournament last winter but saw their bid for a conference crown conclude in the quarterfinals against Bridgewater State University.

Coaching in the MASCAC is something Pierce is very excited about – she described the conference as “really competitive,” while also noting that “you have to bring your best effort every (single) evening.”

Said Pierce, “My hope is that we enter the gym every day with the mindset of effort, focus, and attitude because it will help us be successful, both this upcoming season and in the future.”

Prior to becoming an assistant for both the Cardinals and Lyons, Pierce enjoyed an impressive career at Wheaton, tallying 622 points, 253 rebounds, 424 assists, and 68 steals in 100 games played. Pierce, who was a three-year captain, also attended “So You Want to be a Coach” Program at the Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Florida in April of 2015 before graduating from Wheaton one month later.

Noontime Sports recently spoke with Pierce about her excitement for leading her own program, but also what she learned as both a student-athlete and assistant from Coach Melissa Hodgdon.

What excites you about coaching your own program?

Being able to teach the game I love while shaping these young women’s lives.

Coaching is about so much more than the X’s & O’s (on a chalkboard). It’s about building relationships and mentoring (your players) to become the best they can be, both on and off the court. I have had many coaches and mentors along the way that I have played for and coached with, and they have all have shaped me into the coach and person I am today.

I think the exciting thing about coaching your own program is having a vision and being able to shape that vision throughout the season. It’s all about the process and we’ve got a lot of work to do, but it’s such an exciting time for the Fitchburg State women’s basketball program.

Do you feel your previous stops as an assistant at Wesleyan and Wheaton have prepared you for a successful first season with Fitchburg State?

Absolutely. Kate Mullen, who is the is the head coach of the Wesleyan women’s basketball team, took a chance on me – she hired me right after I graduated college (in May of 2015) and I will be forever grateful to her for providing me with my first collegiate coaching role.

Coach Mullen gave me the opportunity to coach and prepare to play against teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), which is one of the most competitive Division III women’s basketball conferences in the country. 

I am really fortunate that both Coach Mullen and Melissa Hodgdon gave me an opportunity to learn and grow as a young coach (these past few years). I consider them not just mentors, but great friends, as well.

Tell me about your experience learning and playing for Melissa Hodgdon. How did she help mold you into the current coach you are today? 

I honestly had never heard of Wheaton until Coach Hodgdon began recruiting me. But attending Wheaton and playing for her was the best decision I ever made.

Coach Hodgdon challenged me every day to become the best basketball player I could be so I could reach my highest potential on the court with hopes of leading the Lyons to a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship.

Her biggest impact though is she genuinely cares about each and every one of her players.

I missed my entire sophomore year with a knee injury, but that didn’t stop Coach Hodgdon from including me in team activities. She made sure I was included and kept me engaged throughout the entire season while allowing me to see the game from her perspective. And once my sophomore year concluded at Wheaton, I knew I wanted to become a collegiate basketball coach when I graduated, so I began gaining experience as an intern at the Duke University women’s basketball camp, along with several local camps, too, before I returned to campus for my senior year.

A few years after my final season with the Lyons, I returned to campus after completing my graduate assistantship program at Wesleyan – I knew (deep down that) I wanted to return to Wheaton and assist Coach Hodgdon, who established a program that meant so much to me, both as a student-athlete and assistant coach.

Being able to work (and learn) from Coach Hodgdon as an assistant was an amazing experience. She challenged me to become the best coach while giving me responsibilities that prepared me for my next step in my coaching journey.

Finally, what goals and objectives do you have for the team heading into the upcoming season?

We have a great group of young women returning this year as well as a couple of incoming first-year student-athletes that are excited to get to work. We’re going to focus on getting better every day, whether that be in the classroom, weight room, film room or on the court.

We are also going to have this mindset of getting better (every single day). But our number one goal is always going to be to represent the Fitchburg State community with class and pride.


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D3 Lacrosse: 2019 All-Noontime New England D3 Women’s Lacrosse Team

ALL NOONTIME WLAX 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax 

With another season of New England Division III women’s lacrosse in the books – the 2019 season concluded this past weekend with Middlebury College defeating Salisbury University in the championship game in Ashland, Virginia – it is time to unveil our All-Noontime Sports team, including our player, rookie, and coach of the year.


All-Noontime End of Season Awards 

Coach of the Year: Kate Livesay | Middlebury College: Livesay guided the Panthers to their second national championship since leading Middlebury to a title in 2016 when the Blue and White defeated Trinity College, 9-5. Middlebury concluded the 2019 campaign with the nation’s longest winning streak of 22 games, which matched the 2016 team’s mark for most wins in a single-season. Additionally, Livesay’s unit netted 330 goals, including 30 this past weekend in their semifinal and final match-ups, which is the most any Middlebury team has recorded in a single-season. Middlebury also captured its tenth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament crown, too.

Player of the Year: Abby Manning | Wesleyan University: Manning concluded her junior season by establishing a single-season mark in points (84) and goals (69) while tying Caitlin Wood with 16 free position goals. The 84 points and 69 goals were career-highs for the Wilmington, Delaware native – she also recorded a career-best 15 assists, too. Manning also recorded a career-high 79 draw controls, while scooping 16 ground balls. Manning and the Cardinals advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time in program history, thanks to impressive postseason wins over Gettysburg CollegeMary Washington, and Washington and Lee.

Co-Rookie of the Year: Jane Earley | Middlebury College: Earley capped an impressive first season with the Panthers by netting four goals in her team’s 14-9 win over Salisbury in the 2019 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse championship. One day earlier, she tallied three points on two goals and one assist in a 16-8 win over Wesleyan in the semifinals. Earley finished the season with 68 points on 51 goals and 17 assists while earning a spot on the NCAA Division III all-tournament team. Prior to helping Middlebury capture its seventh national championship in program history, she recorded a season-best seven points on four assists and three goals in a 13-9 win over Hamilton College.

Co-Rookie of the Year: Colette Smith | Tufts University: The first-year attack enjoyed an impressive debut with the Jumbos, tallying 63 points on 48 goals and 15 assists. Tabbed the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Smith recorded seven points in a pair of contests this spring, while posting six points in a trio of games. Smith helped the Jumbos reach the NCAA Division III semifinals for the first time in program history, thanks to national postseason victories over Plymouth State UniversityTCNJ, and York College (Pa.). Smith ranked second on the team in points and goals, and third in assists.


All-Noontime First Team

Claire Dunbar Amherst College Lutherville, Md. 
Katie Miller  Bowdoin College  Rye, N.Y.
Eliza Denious  Bowdoin College  Wilton, Conn. 
Emma McDonagh Middlebury College  Reading, Mass. 
Jane Earley  Middlebury College North Falmouth, Mass. 
Emily Barnard  Middlebury College Wayland, Mass. 
Dakota Adamec Tufts University Katonah, N.Y.
Colette Smith Tufts University Moorestown, N.J.
Abby Manning Wesleyan University Wilmington, Del.
Allegra Grant Wesleyan University Winnetka, Ill. 

All-Noontime Second Team

Maia Noise Amherst College Lexington, Mass. 
Kelly Siebert Amherst College Syosset, N.Y.
Lexi Lenaghan  Babson College  Hanover, Mass. 
Eva Then MIT Yarmouth, Maine
Addy Mitchell Middlebury College  Medfield, Mass. 
Erin Nicholas Middlebury College  Scarsdale, N.Y.
Julia Keith  Middlebury College  North Andover, Mass.
Hedy Veith Tufts University  Alexandria, Va.
Emily Games Tufts University  Wayne, Pa.
Abigail Horst Wesleyan University  Pomfret, Conn.

All-Noontime Third Team 

Sabrina Solow Amherst College Madison, N.J.
Georgia Salvatore Babson College Westwood, Mass. 
Kara Finnerty Bowdoin College Hopkinton, Mass.
Caroline Maxwell Bowdoin College Boxborough, Mass.
Jamie Navoni  Connecticut College Natick, Mass. 
Jennifer Lacroix  Endicott College  Wrentham, Mass.
Cecilia McCormick MIT Islip, N.Y
Annie Sullivan  Tufts University  Barrington, R.I.
Brooke Paradis  Wentworth Inst. of Tech.  Pelham, N.H.
Caroline Sgaglione Wesleyan University  Glen Head, N.Y.

 

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