It’s hard to believe, but another season of New England NCAA Division III football has officially concluded — that was fast, eh?
Luckily, we still have plenty of end-of-season wrap-up content coming your way, so stay tuned for future posts and podcasts. But in the meantime, enjoy our end-of-season poll, which finds Williams College, Endicott College, and Framingham State in the top three spots.
1. Williams College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): The only New England team to finish without a setback, the Ephs concluded the 2021 season as the first team in program history to win nine games in a single season.
2. Endicott College (8-3, 5-1 CCC): Despite seeing its season conclude in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament, the future is very bright for a squad that features a slew of rising seniors and juniors.
3. Framingham State (8-3, 6-0 MASCAC): The Rams were a pleasant surprise this fall, rebounding from an 0-2 start to win their third outright conference crown.
4. Trinity College (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC): The Bantams could be the “team to beat” next fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) after ending its season with back-to-back wins over Amherst College and Wesleyan University.
5. Western New England (7-4, 5-1 CCC): The Golden Bears may have ended with a difficult setback to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, but this team was resilient, especially after a midseason loss to Endicott College.
6. UMass Dartmouth (9-2, 6-2 MASCAC): The Corsairs matched their win total from 2003 by winning their final six contests, including their first-ever New England Bowl.
7. Husson University (7-3, 4-2 CCC): These Eagles provided a lot of challenges for non-conference and conference foes this fall.
8. Salve Regina University (8-2, 4-2): The 2021 Seahawks looked somewhat like the 2016 Seahawks that won eight games.
9. Springfield College (7-4, 6-0 NEWMAC): “The Brotherhood” bounced back from a 1-3 start with a six-game winning streak that resulted in a conference crown, along with an impressive showing against SUNY Cortland in the opening round of the postseason.
10. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2): The Bears concluded their season with a Cranberry Bowl win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which should provide the Red and White with some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.
11. Anna Maria College (7-3, 5-1 ECFC): The AMCATs were a tremendous story this fall as they not only captured their initial conference crown but also competed in their first national postseason.
12. Wesleyan University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC): These Cardinals provided a great deal of excitement with some dramatic come-from-behind wins this fall.
13. Castleton University (6-4, 4-2 ECFC): The Spartans were a fun team to watch down the stretch as they finished with six wins for the first time since posting an identical 6-4 record in 2017.
14. Plymouth State (5-5, 5-3 MASCAC): These Panthers were a team to watch during the second half of the season, especially mid-October.
15. MIT (5-4, 3-3 NEWMAC): Coach Brian Bubna’s squad ended its 2021 campaign with a much-needed win over the Engineers of WPI.
16. Amherst College (5-4, 5-4 NESCAC): These Mammoths exceeded our expectations and will certainly be a team to keep an eye on next fall.
17. University of New England (4-5, 2-4 CCC): The future is very bright for the Nor’easters, who concluded their season early this month with a dramatic win over Curry College.
18. Western Connecticut (5-5, 4-4 MASCAC): The Colonials head into the offseason with some momentum after ending its campaign with back-to-back wins over Fitchburg State and Worcester State.
19. Tufts University (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Jumbos ended their season with a four-game winning streak – they were certainly competitive with some of the top teams in the NESCAC this fall.
20. Colby College (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Mules concluded their season with the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) crown.
With another week of New England (and Northeast) D3 Football in the books, it is time to dish out our weekly honor roll.
PROGRAM NOTE: We will return to posting our weekly honor roll every Monday, beginning next week, but this week we’re posting it on a Tuesday, so enjoy!
As always, feel free to submit student-athletes for our weekly honor roll by sending us a tweet (@NoontimeSports) or email (NoontimeSports@gmail.com).
Dexter Andrews (Worcester State): Andrews rushed for 134 yards on 21 carries, while hauling in one catch for 21 yards in his team’s 42-26 win over Fitchburg State.
Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Against Westfield State, Bamgbose led all receivers with eight catches for 198 yards and two scores.
Hunter Belzo (Springfield): Belzo rushed for 106 yards on 10 carries and two scores as the Pride defeated Mount Ida last Saturday.
Timel Benton (Gallaudet): Benton completed 12 of 23 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 28 yards on eight carries. His longest pass of the day was a 72-yard touchdown pass to Joell Dixon.
Jevon Brown-Simpson (Fitchburg State): In his team’s initial MASCAC clash of the season, Brown-Simpson tallied 105 yards on 19 carries and one score, while recording one catch for 36 yards against Worcester State.
Mike Breuler (Wesleyan): Breuler was quite impressive in his team’s season-opener, hauling in a game-high 15 receptions for 178 yards and three scores. His longest reception was a 52-yard touchdown.
Austin Calamita (Western Conn. State): Against Plymouth State, Calamita hauled in a game-high six receptions for 132 yards and one score.
Max Chipouras (Trinity): In his team’s season-opener against Colby, Chipouras rushed for 131 yards on 15 carries for two scores. His longest run of the day was an 82 yard burst.
Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese amassed 274 yards through the air and on the ground, while recording a pair of scores with his feet and arm, which helped Curry defeat Anna Maria to improve to 3-0. Corvese completed nine of 14 passes for 183 yards, while rushing for 91 yards on six carries.
Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime Academy): Creeger amassed 369 yards through the air and on the ground in his team’s setback to Massachusetts Maritime Academy last Saturday. Creeger rushed for 209 yards on 41 carries for three scores, while completing six of 12 passes for 160 yards.
James Dawson (Salve Regina): Dawson enjoyed another solid day on the ground, rushing for 117 yards on 26 carries and two scores as the Seahawks soared past Dean College for its third-straight win.
Joel Dixon (Gallaudet): Dixon led all receiver last Saturday in his team’s setback to Union College with 132 yards on three receptions and one score. His longest reception of the day was a 72 yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.
Brandon Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers last Saturday in his team’s game against USMMA by hauling in 13 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Ollie Eberth (Amherst): Against Bates, Eberth completed nine of 16 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns. His longest pass was a 75 yard touchdown strike to Craig Carmilani in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
Zack Edwards (Plymouth State): Edwards accounted for four scores, including three through the air as the Panthers suffered their initial setback of the season against Western Connecticut State. Edwards completed 18 of 43 passes for 205 yards, while rushing for 28 yards on two carries.
Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn. State): Fleeting completed 30 of 39 passes for 411 yards and three touchdowns as the Colonials moved to 2-0 on the season.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Gacioch was quite impressive last Saturday against Westfield State as he tossed four touchdown passes, while competing 14 of 21 passes for 264 yards.
Kenny Gray (Hamilton): Against Tufts, Gray completed 22 of 44 passes for 365 yards and four scores in last weekend’s season-opening setback. Gray’s final touchdown with 4:20 remaining in the fourth helped the Continentals extend the contest to overtime.
Udgam Goyal (MIT): Against Endicott, Goyal racked-up 327 yards of total offense, including 248 yards through the air. Goyal completed 16 of 27 passes and tossed two touchdowns, while rushing for 79 yards on six carries and one score.
Moe Harris (Castleton): Harris helped the Spartans capture the Maple Sap Bucket last Saturday by rushing for 149 yards on 35 carries and two scores, while hauling in one catch for 16 yards. Harris also completed one pass for 11 yards, too.
Chris Haggerty (Mass. Maritime Academy): Haggerty completed 20 of 39 passes for 226 yards and three scores, while rushing for 16 yards on two carries, which helped the Buccaneers claim their initial win of the season over Maine Maritime Academy.
Connor Harris (Williams): Harris was quite impressive against Bowdoin, rushing for 103 yards on 12 carries and one score as the Ephs won its season-opener against the Polar Bears.
Travon Holder (Westfield State): Holder highlighted the Owls’ outing against UMass Dartmouth by rushing for 156 yards on 27 carries and three scores.
Jared Lebowitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz and the Panthers scored an impressive opening day win over the Cardinals, thanks to his three touchdowns and 352 passing yards (22 of 44).
Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron enjoyed an impressive collegiate debut by completing 17 of 30 passes for 283 yards and two scores as Williams defeated Bowdoin, 28-14.
Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen was impressive against Becker, rushing for 119 yards on 25 carries for a pair of scores, while leading the receiving core with three catches for 85 yards and one touchdown in a 38-0 win over the Hawks.
Marcus Mcbean (Mount Ida): Mcbean led the Mustangs’ rushing attack against Springfield by tallying 76 yards on 22 carries and two scores.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald enjoyed a solid start to the season, completing 26 of 35 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 92 yards on 20 carries and one score.
Brice Moore (USMMA): Moore recorded 315 yards of total offense, including 173 yards through the air in his team’s setback to SUNY Maritime. Moore completed 13 of 29 passes, while rushing for a game-high 142 yards on 24 carries and one score.
Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Academy): Phillips was explosive on the ground against Maine Maritime Academy, rushing for 146 yards on 25 carries for one score. He also recorded one reception for 31 yards and one touchdown in the Buccaneers’ initial win of the season.
Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan): Piccirillo completed a 39 of 53 passes for 432 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s season-opener against Middlebury.
Alejandro Ros (Catholic): In his team’s second win of the season, Ros completed 14 of 31 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 52 yards on six carries.
Joe Schmidt (Hamilton): Schmitd was quite impressive against Tufts’ defense, tallying 214 yards on eight catches, while catching all four touchdown passes from Kenny Gray.
Frank Stola (Williams): Stola was one of two receivers in Saturday’s game to recorded seven receptions – he also registered 168 receiving yards and two scores. His first touchdown was a 93 yard score in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
Tristan Weathers (Norwich): Weathers lead all receivers last Saturday in the battle for the Maple Sap Bucket by recording four catches for 137 yards and one touchdown.
Lavante Wiggins (Endicott): Against MIT, Wiggins rushed for 116 yards on 27 carries and one score.
Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers last week at Mount Ida by tallying 107 yards on 21 carries and three scores.
Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright was quite impressive last Saturday against USMMA, completing 22 of 45 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns. His longest pass of the day was a 43-yard pass to Andrew Geni.
Latif Armiyaw (Bowdoin): Armiyaw paced the Polar Bears’ defense with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, along with a pair of tackles for a loss for 15 yards against Williams last Saturday.
Wesley Becton (Middlebury): Becton led the Panthers’ defense with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 24 yards and a pair of forced fumbles.
Brooks Cannell (USMMA): Against SUNY Maritime last Saturday, Cannell recorded 12 total stops, including six solo tackles, one interception (44 yard return) and two pass break-ups.
Luca Cerasani (WPI): Cerasani was quite impressive last Saturday against Becker as he tallied five solo stops, including two sacks, one forced fumble and quarterback hurry. All five of Cerasani’s tackles were tackles for a loss.
Andrew DeNucci (MIT): DeNucci turned in another impressive effort in his team’s second win of the season against Endicott. DeNucci recorded 13 total stops, including 10 assists and one quarterback hurry.
Chris Gemayel (Bridgewater State): Gemayel led all defenders with 12 total stops, including nine solo tackles in his team’s 19-13 setback to Framingham State. Three of his stops were tackles for a loss.
Tyler Hudson (Hamilton): Hudson paced all defenders with 19 total stops, including 14 solo tackles. One-and-a-half of those tackles were a loss of two yards. He also had one fumble recovery in his team’s overtime setback to Tufts.
Kurtis Jolicoeur (Western New England): Jolicoeur turned in an impressive performance against RPI by tallying eight total tackles, including four solo stops, one sack and one forced fumble.
John Lauretti (Alfred State): Against Rochester, Lauretti recorded a team-high 13 total stops, including 11 solo tackles, along with two tackles for a loss for 20 yards and one forced fumble.
Mike Quinn (Worcester State); Quinn turned in an impressive performance against Fitchburg State last Saturday, recording 10 total stops, including eight solo tackles, three tackles for a loss and two pass break-ups and quarterback hurries.
William Rivera (Endicott): Against MIT, Rivera paced the Gulls’ defense with nine total stops, including seven assists and three tackles for a loss of eight yards.
Jakob Trautwein (Castleton): Trautwein was quite impressive last Saturday against Norwich, tallying 14 total stops, including three tackles for a loss and one sack.
Mitch Turley (MIT): Turley was quite impressive last Saturday against Endicott, tallying 13 total stops, including six solo tackles and one pass break-up.
Patrick Vidal (Catholic): Vidal turned in an impressive performance last week against Randolph-Macon, tallying 11 total tackles, including seven solo stops and three sacks (14 yards), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass break-up.
Christian Humulock (Springfield): Humulock was a perfect 10-for-10 last Saturday against Mount Ida, connecting on nine extra points, while booting a 33-yard field goal.
George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy): Lampros connected on six kicks, including four field goals for 10 points, while recording 136 yards on four punts. He tallied 329 yards on six kickoffs for an average of 54.8 yards per kick in his team’s exciting win over Maine Maritime Academy.
Hunter Lechthaler (Dean): Against Salve Regina, Lechthaler recorded nine punts for 312 yards, including a trio of boots that landed inside the Seahawks’ 20. His longest punt was 51-yards and he also recorded one kick-off for 60 yards.
Mike Morgan (Castleton): Morgan recorded nine boots for 320 yards last Saturday in the battle for the Maple Sap Bucket, including a trio of boots that landed inside the Norwich 20.
Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Murphy concluded last Saturday’s clash against USMMA with eight points – five extra points and one field goal (48 yards). Murphy also recorded 186 yards on four punts, including one boot that landed inside the USMMA 20, while tallying 414 yards on seven kickoffs with four of those kicks resulting in touchbacks.
Before we officially turn the page to the 11th week of the NCAA Division III Football season – really, the 11th week of the season? Crazy! – let’s take a look back on this past weekend’s action with some of the best in-game and post-game tweets.
Let’s start with Bates-Bowdoin, always a must-see or must-watch game.
Bates Football wins their 5th straight CBB Championship!!
Staying in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), we now take a look at this quality tweet from Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth, who congratulated the Cardinals for winning the Little Three Crown.
Following an exciting win over Norwich, Husson celebrated its second Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown in three seasons. The Eagles clinched the conference title with a win over the Cadets, along with a Mount Ida setback.
In addition to WNE and Husson, another championship was earned yesterday as Bridgewater State defeated Framingham State on a dramatic overtime PAT. The 28-27 (OT) win provided the Bears with their first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season crown since 2008.
BEARS WIN! BEARS WIN!! @BSU_Football_ beats @FSURams 28-27 in OT! MASCAC CHAMPS! Next stop Cranberry Bowl and then the NCAA Tournament!
It was a busy Saturday in the lacrosse world and below are various outcomes and results.
Towson 6, UMass 5: Joe Seider‘s third quarter tally pushed the Tigers ahead for good. UMass trimmed the deficit with a Jeff George goal roughly five minutes after Seider’s marker, but that was the closest the Minutemen would get.
Army 8, BU 7: Trailing 8-4 in the fourth quarter, the Terriers rallied, but only scored three goals, which wasn’t enough to defeat the Black Knights. Adam Schaal paced the Terriers with two goals and one helper, while Christian Carson turned away six shots.
Merrimack 15, So. N.H. 6: Tim Towler paced the Warriors with four strikes, while Mike Perdie, Corey Davidson and Max Allen each netted two goals as the Warriors cruised to their sixth win of the season.
Tufts 18, Hamilton 3: John Uppgren netted seven goals and dished out one assist, while Cole Bailey recorded five points (two goals, three assists) as the Jumbos cruised to their eighth win of the season.
Amherst 14, Colby 7: Leading at the break, the Lord Jeffs extended their lead by outscoring the Mules, 9-4, in the second half, which helped them earn their eighth win of the season. Amherst’s Quinn Moroney finished with nine points on four goals and five helpers, while Devin Acton netted four goals.
Wesleyan 8, Williams 7: Quentin Dellafera‘s unassisted strike with 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter propelled the Cardinals to a one-point win over the Ephs. Thomas Fowler paced Williams with two goals, while Dan Whittam turned away eight shots.
Springfield 10, MIT 8: Trailing 8-7 with 7:24 remaining in the fourth quarter, Springfield rallied with two goals from Dylan Sheehan and one from Ryon Lynch to secure their second conference win of the season. Lynch and Sheehan each recorded two goals and two helpers, while MIT received two goals and two assists from Harris Stolzenberg.
Regis 14, Johnson & Wales 9: Nicky Rodrigo and Peter Leighton combined for eight goals and five assists as the Pride picked up their eighth win of the season.
Endicott 26, Gordon 6: Kyle Weber recorded nine points on six goals and three assists, while Harrison Cotter and Colin Bannon combined for eight goals and four assists as the Gulls soared past the Fighting Scots in Beverley. Jordan Heckelmann and Roger Evans each scored two goals for Gordon.
BC 13, Duke 11: Sarah Mannelly and Covie Stanwick each netted five goals as the Eagles edged the Blue Devils in North Carolina.
Stonehill 7, Le Moyne 6: Kelsey Shannahan‘s free position strike at 18:08 in the second half pushed the Skyhawks ahead for good. The Dolphins did net two additional tallies after the strike, but were unable to tie the contest. Stonehill’s Lizzie Lane and Mikayla Couch each recorded two goals in the win.
Tufts 9, Hamilton 8: Caroline Ross recorded four points on three goals and one helper, Brigid Bowser recorded two goals and two assists as the Jumbos defeated the Continentals in Medford.
Endicott 10, Gordon 4: The Gulls extended their current winning streak to eight games as they defeated the Fighting Scots in Beverley. Emily Whitney and Kirsten Thor combined for six goals and one assist, while Ryan Socolow turned away eight shots.
Amherst 12, Colby 5: Rachel Passarelli netted a hat trick, while Christy Forrest recorded nine saves as the Jeffs defeated the Mules and extended their current winning streak to nine games.
Williams 13, Wesleyan 5: Nancy Palmer recorded five points on four goals and one assist as the Ephs defeated the Cardinals in Connecticut.