D3 Football: NCAA & New England Bowl Predictions

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you’re as excited as I am for the upcoming NCAA Tournament games tomorrow, along with two New England Bowls.

As usual, Friday’s mean one thing: games to watch and predictions. So, allow me to dish out my picks for the three NCAA Tournament games with New England teams, along with both New England Bowls.

Have a wonderful weekend, stay warm – it is going to be COLD tomorrow – and I’ll do my very best, as usual, to keep you all updated on social media!


NCAA Tournament Games | Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

Brockport at Western New England (12 p.m.): This is a very evenly matched contest – it is even a game the Golden Bears could (and should) win. I’ll give the edge to WNE since they are playing at home, but they will need a big day from their offense, as well as a stellar performance by their run defense. PREDICTION: WNE 31, Brockport 28 

Framingham State at Wesley College (12 p.m.): The Rams have never won an NCAA Tournament game, so perhaps this is the contest Framingham State wins. FSU’s offense and defense have been rather impressive the past few weeks, especially against some talented conference foes, which should translate to a one-point (or two-point) victory on Saturday. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Wesley 27 

MIT at Muhlenberg College (12 p.m.): This is a tough draw for the Engineers, who are set to face the fourth-best team in the country, per the latest D3 Football Top 25. MIT has been impressive in their last three outings – they needed to win all three to advance to the postseason – but something tells me the Mules will make a few more plays from the get-go to secure an opening-round win. PREDICTION: Muhlenberg 30, MIT 10 


New England Bowl Games | Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

Dean College at Endicott College (12 p.m.): This one is for the seniors. Look for a monstrous game from the seniors on both sides of the ball to send the Gulls into the offseason with some momentum for the 2020 season. PREDICTION: Endicott 35, Dean 16 

Western Connecticut at WPI (1 p.m.): After losing to the Engineers of Cambridge earlier this month, WPI has looked unstoppable, winning back-to-back games against Coast Guard Academy and Norwich University by a combined score of 124-35. Look for the Engineers to continue their recent momentum against the Colonials in Worcester. PREDICTION: WPI 38, Western Conn. 14 

D3 Football: Western Conn., WNE Appear On First NCAA D3 Football Reg. Ranking

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

A pair of New England D3 Football teams earned spots on the initial NCAA Regional Rankings (East), which were released earlier today.

Western Connecticut checked-in seventh overall on the 10 team list while Western New England secured the 10th position.

Brockport was the top team in the East Region followed by Frostburg State and RPI.

The Colonials enter the 10th week of the season with an impressive 8-0 record and will attempt to earn their ninth win against Framingham State, which enters the important conference tilt with a 6-2 mark.

Western Connecticut fell to Framingham State last year on the road, but enter Saturday’s marquee clash with some serious momentum, thanks to the play of senior halfback Kyle McKinnon, who leads the Blue and Orange with 507 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Additionally, senior quarterback David James has helped the offense by tossing 15 touchdowns, while adding an additional two scores on the ground.

Western New England has gained some serious momentum since its opening day, thanks to quarterback Alec Coleman, who has recorded 16 touchdowns in his team’s last three outings, including nine scores on the ground. Coleman’s ability to lead the Golden Bears down the field should continue on Saturday when the Blue and Gold visit Endicott College in a very important conference clash.

A win for the Golden Bears against the Gulls would most likely secure them the conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament. However, an Endicott win would make for a very interesting final week of the 2018 season.,


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Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Four (Sept. 17th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

The fourth week of the New England D3 Football season has arrived, which means it is time to unveil our newest Top 10 poll of the season, as well as our ‘teams are on the rise.’

Trinity College slid into the top spot for the first time this season with a convincing 35-0 win over Colby College, while Wesleyan University moved up two spots to the second position with a monstrous win over Middlebury College. Both teams will look to keep their momentum going this week against Bates College and Tufts University.

Salve Regina and Western Connecticut join the poll this week after each squad secured important week three wins. Western Connecticut scored an important win over Plymouth State and will attempt to win their third-straight contest against the Seahawks on Saturday, who defeated Dean College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Finally, MIT moved up to the seventh position with a 31-29 win over Endicott College on the road last weekend. The Engineers have been an exciting story thus far under first-year coach Brian Bubna, who will attempt to earn his first NEWMAC win as a head coach on Saturday when MIT welcomes Catholic University to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 


New England D3 Football: Week Four Poll | Monday, September 17th, 2018 

1. Trinity College 

1-0 | Last Week No. 2 Week Four: Bates (9/22)

2. Wesleyan Univ. 

1-0 | Last Week No.  4

Week Four: Tufts (9/22)

3. Springfield College 

2-1 | Last Week No. 1

Week Four: WPI (9/22)

 4. Amherst College 

1-0 | Last Week No. 3

Week Four: Hamilton (9/22)

 5. Framingham State 

2-1 | Last Week No. 5

Week Four: Mass. Maritime (9/22)

 6. WPI 

2-1 | Last Week No. 6

Week Four: Springfield (9/22)

7. MIT 

3-0 | Last Week No. 8

Week Four: Catholic

8. Western Conn. 

2-0 | Last Week NR

Week Four: Salve Regina

 9. Western New Eng. 

2-1 | Last Week No. 9

Week Four: Anna Maria

10. Salve Regina 

2-1 | Last Week NR

Week Four: Western Conn.

ON THE RISE: Coast Guard Academy (2-1), Endicott College (1-2), Middlebury College (0-1) Tufts University (1-0), Williams College (1-0) and Worcester State (2-1)


2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll | Week Three Poll


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New England D3 Football Players of The Week (Sept. 10th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the second week of the New England D3 football season in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Players of the Week for offense, defense and special teams.

Each week, we will be choosing one player for each category – fans, coaches, players and athletic communication offices are welcome to nominate student-athletes for our weekly honor by sending an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com following the conclusion of their team’s contest.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week and make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB!

Patterson WEB2 Offensive Player of the Week: Khalil Patterson (Western Conn. | Hartford, Conn.): Patterson paced the Colonials offense by rushing for a game-high 124 yards on 22 carries for two touchdowns as Western Connecticut scored its first win of the season against Dean College. Patterson, who averaged 5.6 yard per carry, put Western Connecticut on the board first with a two-yard plunge in the second quarter before adding a second rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Patterson was tabbed this week’s MASCAC Offensive Player of the Week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Western Conn. Athletics) 
Chris Rice WEB Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Rice (Castleton University | Bethel, Conn.): Rice led the Spartans defense with 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards as Castleton University topped Fitchburg State on the road. Additionally, the second-year player recorded an 80-yard pick-six at the end of the third quarter, which helped Castleton push ahead for good. The 12.0 tackles is currently a season-best for Rice, who leads all ECFC defenders in tackles (23.0) and tackles per game (11.5) through two contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: CASTLETON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS) 
DiCairano WEB Special Teamer of the Week: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Trumbull, Conn.): DiCairano tallied five points during his team’s first-ever Friday evening contest last week, including a 25-yard field goal in the opening session, which helped Endicott top Bridgewater State. The junior booted his first extra point at the end of the opening session before registering his second and final kick late in the third quarter. Tabbed this week’s CCC Special Teamer of the Week, DiCairano has connected on all three extra points and field goals this season through two contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10) 

 

Noontime Sports D3 New England Week 10 Poll (Sunday, Nov. 5th)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

With another week of college football (week 10) in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s (week 11) Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll.

  1. Springfield College (9-0, 6-0 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 1
  2. Plymouth State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 3
  3. Trinity College  (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC) | Last Week No. 2
  4. Western New England (7-2, 4-0 CCC) | Last Week: No. 6
  5. Framingham State (8-1, 6-1 MASCAC) | Last Week: No. 4
  6. WPI (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 8
  7. MIT (7-2, 5-1 NEWMAC) | Last Week: No. 9
  8. Amherst College (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC) | Last Week: 10
  9. Curry College (7-2, 3-1 CCC) | Last Week: No. 7
  10. Western Connecticut (7-2, 5-2 MASCAC). | Last Week: No. 6

ON THE RISE: Husson University (8-1, 6-0 ECFC), Middlebury College (6-2, 6-2NESCAC), Salve Regina (6-2, 3-1 CCC) and Wesleyan University (6-2, 6-2 NESCAC).