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D3 Football: Week Seven Poll (Monday, Oct. 14th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Six weeks of the New England D-III Football season is officially in the books.

A slew of our top teams was idle this past weekend, including top-ranked WPI, along with Endicott College and Western New England. All three teams return to the gridiron this week, but we did see a few teams make some moves, including Springfield College which scored an important road win against Coast Guard Academy.

Williams College inched closer to the top ten with its fourth win of the season – the Ephs beat Hamilton College – while Wesleyan University moved up one spot after beating Tufts University under the lights last Saturday in Connecticut.

Husson University returned to the poll following a two-point win over Curry College, while Bridgewater State secured the 20th position with an important win over Worcester State last Friday.

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 Week Seven Poll| October 14th, 2019

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

On the Rise: Anna Maria College, Dean College, Tufts University, and University of New England 


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll| Week Five Poll|Week Six 


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Oct. 11th & 12th)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Happy Friday, everyone!

The sixth week of the New England Division III football season is set to commence this evening when Bridgewater State visits Worcester State for an important conference clash. That game, along with nine other intriguing match-ups are highlighted below in a brand new edition of 10 Games to Watch.

Last week, I picked eight of ten contests correctly to bump my overall picks record to 32-18. Let’s see if I can keep my recent prediction momentum going this week – fingers crossed!

As usual, make sure to stay connected with @Noontime_FB for updates, news, scores, and more, and don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes to hear my weekly Sunday breakdown.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Six) 

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

Bridgewater State at Worcester State (Friday, Oct. 11th at 7 p.m.): The Bears have bounced back after losing to Western Connecticut a few weeks ago. They need to win this game to keep their conference championship hopes alive. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 30, Worcester State 21 

Merchant Marine at No. 7 Norwich University (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): The Mariners pulled out an important extra session win one week ago against MIT, while Norwich suffered its initial setback of the season to Springfield College. Merchant Marine may have the edge in this one – since losing in week one, the Mariners offense has been tough to stop and could provide challenges for the Cadets defense. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 30, Norwich 22 

No. 20 Curry College at Husson University (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): Both teams enter this contest with identical 1-0 conference marks. It is an important game for both teams as they need a win to keep pace with Endicott College and Western New England. Something tells me the Eagles will make a few more plays down the stretch to secure their second conference win. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Curry 21 

SUNY Maritime at Dean College (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): On paper, this has the potential to be a shootout. Both teams have offenses that can put up points, but in the end, look for the Bulldogs defense to make few plays to secure an important conference win. PREDICTION: Dean 28, SUNY Maritime 24 

No. 13 Trinity College at Bates College (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): The Bantams will attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time this season against a Bobcats squad that provided Tufts University with some challenges last weekend. Look for some second-half adjustments to help Trinity score its third win of the season. PREDICTION: Trinity 30, Bates 18 

Colby College at No. 5 Middlebury College (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): This has the feel of a possible let-down game, but don’t expect the Panthers to lose their momentum from a week ago when they snuck past Amherst College in overtime. PREDICTION: Middlebury 28, Colby 14 

Bowdoin College at No. 6 Amherst College (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): The Polar Bears did not make things easy for the Cardinals of Wesleyan last week, so look for Bowdoin to provide similar challenges to Amherst. PREDICTION: Amherst 28, Bowdoin 14 

No. 12 Springfield College at No. 8 Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 1 p.m.): The Pride kept their conference title hopes alive last week with an important win against Norwich. Look for that momentum to continue this week against Coast Guard Academy. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, Coast Guard 15 

No. 18 Mass. Maritime at No. 4 Western Connecticut (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 5 p.m.): The Buccaneers enter Saturday’s clash with a lot of momentum – their defense has been fun to watch these past few weeks, but this will be their toughest tests of the season. If the defense from one week ago shows up in Danbury, Connecticut then the Colonials offense could be in for a long day. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 38, Western Conn. 31 

Tufts University at No. 17 Wesleyan University (Saturday, Oct. 12th at 6 p.m.): I love that this game is being played under the lights – it is a great tradition that these two squads started a few years ago. The Cardinals have been an impressive story thus far, thanks to its seniors, who will once again be counted on to lead Wesleyan to an important conference win. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 23, Tufts 17 

D3 Football: Mass. Maritime’s Fontana, McCabe Set To Lead The Buccaneers Defense On Saturday

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Colin McCabe and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy defense combined for 14 tackles for a loss of 75 yards against Worcester State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Massachusetts Maritime Academy Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

After securing just two wins one year ago, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy football team has doubled their win total this season, thanks to some impressive efforts on both sides of the ball.

But from a quick glance from the team’s most recent outing against Worcester State, it appears as if the Buccaneers’ defense has been a big reason why Massachusetts Maritime Academy has won all four of its contests thus far.

Against the Lancers, the defense recorded 14 tackles for a loss of 75 yards. Jack Fontana led the unit with a team-high 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops, while Colin McCabe added eight tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 30 yards and two fumble recoveries.

Through four contests, the Buccaneers’ defense has limited opposing offenses to just 13.8 points per game and 75.8 rushing yards.

This week, the defense will certainly be tested against an undefeated Western Connecticut squad that is averaging 34.3 points per game, along with 337.8 offensive yards.

Noontime Sports caught up with McCabe and Fontana to discuss the team’s defensive performance thus far, as well as what they must do to continue their recent success on Saturday against Western Connecticut.

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Jack Fontana paced the Massachusetts Maritime Academy defense last week against Worcester State with 14 total tackles. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mass. Maritime Academy Athletics)

It sounds cliche, but what has made the defense so successful this season?

Colin McCabe: “I think that last year we were young, but (this year) our defense came back with experience from a year ago. (Last season) we developed the chemistry, (which has helped us be successful) and our coaching staff is always on top of what the (opposing) offense will be doing (every week).”

Jack Fontana: “Everyone is doing what they have to do, and it clearly shows on Saturday. The defensive line is getting to the quarterback, they’re holding up the offensive linemen and giving linebackers like myself and Sean Smialek the opportunity to rush the passer.”

How does facing quarterback Matt Long in practice help the defense prepare for other quarterbacks and offenses you will see throughout the season? 

Jack Fontana: “Going against a great athlete like Matt makes the whole defense so much better. You get to see one of the top athletes in practice (every day).”

Colin McCabe: “It’s tough because he is very shifty, so you have to really time out where he is going to be, so I focus on my footwork when going up against a guy like him.”

This week, your defense faces a talented quarterback in Western Connecticut’s David James. What must the defense do to slow down and contain the Colonials offense? 

Colin McCabe: “We’re probably going to see a lot of passing this week, so our defensive line needs to have a big game. We need to give our cornerbacks and safeties some time with the receivers, and we can’t let the quarterback scramble.

“We also need to make sure we contain (David James) before he throws the ball downfield, so those are a few keys for (the defense) for Saturday.”

Jack Fontana: “We have a good game plan going in right now, but we’re just going to have to follow all the points and insight from our coaches, so we can fly around to the ball and focus on limiting yards after the catch.”

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Colin McCabe has recorded a career-high seven sacks this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mass. Maritime Academy Athletics)

How has the defense been able to limit opposing rushers to less than 100 yards per game? 

Jack Fontana: “I think it is just from working hard every day in practice. The defensive line does a great job of getting tackles (and breaking through opposing o-lines) to making the running back half to bounce (in a different direction).”

Colin McCabe: “I know I sound like (New England Patriots) coach Bill Belichick here, but you have to just do your job, do what the coaches say, fight for your gaps and then swallow up the run game.”

Did you both think your team would enjoy this successful of a start and remain undefeated through five weeks of the season? 

Colin McCabe: “I didn’t think that 4-0 was too far out of the picture (when our preseason practices started two months ago). Pretty much every game last year was close (excluding) a couple, but we basically have all of our players back (from last season) so 4-0 seems pretty good (from my perspective).”

Jack Fontana: “We just try to go into every week (with the mindset) of a win every day in practice. We finished 2-8 last year and I think we were getting sick (of losing), so heading into the offseason and spring ball our focus was that we could do this and change our mindset heading into (this season).”

D3 Football: Week Six Poll (Monday, Oct. 7th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another week of New England D-III football is in the books, which means its time to unveil a brand new Top 20 Poll, which once again finds WPI in the top spot followed by Endicott College (second) and Western New England (third). All three teams scored wins this past Saturday and will be idle this upcoming weekend.

Western Connecticut moved up one spot to the fourth position, while Middlebury College made the leap from ninth to fifth after an impressive overtime win against sixth-ranked Amherst College. With the win, the Panthers moved to 4-0 overall – they have scored some impressive wins this season against Trinity College (13th) and Williams College (12th).

Also on the move, this week was Framingham State and Springfield College, both teams moved-up following important conference wins over Norwich University and UMass Dartmouth. Both the Cadets and Corsairs remain in the Top 10 despite suffering setbacks.

Finally, keep an eye on Plymouth StateWesleyan University and Massachusetts Maritime Academy – all three teams are slowly moving up our poll and will be squads to watch the next few weeks.

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 Week Six Poll| October 7th, 2019

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

On the Rise: Husson University, Tufts University, and Salve Regina University


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


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

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Oct. 5th)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The fifth week of the New England Division III football season has arrived. And it is an important week with conference races heating up.

Two weeks ago, I predicted all ten games I highlighted correctly. Last week, I picked eight of ten contests correct to bump my overall mark to 24-16 overall.

Let’s see if my recent momentum with these weekly picks continues tomorrow.

As usual, best of luck to all teams competing this week and make sure to stay connected with @Noontime_FB for updates, scores and more.


New England D-III Week Five | Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Top 20 Poll

No. 2 Endicott College at No. 20 Salve Regina (12 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Seahawks, who fell to Nichols College one week ago. Endicott seems to be clicking on all cylinders after falling to Wesley College two weeks ago. PREDICTION: Endicott 30, Salve Regina 18 

No. 10 UMass Dartmouth at No. 12 Framingham State (12 p.m.): The Corsairs have scored some hard-fought wins thus far – both the offense and defense have been clicking the past two weeks. Both units have been fun to watch, too. This is a must-win for the Rams, who were idle one week ago after providing coach Tom Kelley with his 100th win on the sidelines last month with a big win over Westfield State. PREDICTION: Framingham State 20, UMass Dartmouth 17 

Worcester State at No. 19 Mass. Maritime Academy (12 p.m.): The Buccaneers have been impressive the past three weeks, but face a squad that provided Western Connecticut with some challenges. Look for a second-half surge to help the Buccaneers defeat the Lancers in Buzzards Bay. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 31, Worcester State 17 

No. 8 MIT at Merchant Marine (12 p.m.): The Engineers have won back-to-back games since starting their title defense with a loss, but will need their offense to play its best game of the season in order to keep pace with a Mariners squad that has put up some impressive points this season. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 42, MIT 34

No. 6 Norwich University at No. 13 Springfield College (12 p.m.): Norwich will arrive in Springfield with a great deal of momentum from the past four weeks. Look for a big day from quarterback Matt DunnPREDICTION: Norwich 33, Springfield 22 

No. 15 Nichols College at No. 3 Western New England (1 p.m.): The Bison have been perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the season – yes, we know they have been competitive the past few seasons, but a win against the Golden Bears won’t be easy as Western New England seemed to find its grove in Maine one week ago. PREDICTION: Western New England 35, Nichols 28 

Hamilton College at No. 11 Trinity College (1 p.m.): At 1-2, this is a must-win for the Bantams if they want to keep their four-peat hopes alive. Hamilton enters Saturday’s contest with some momentum from their recent wins against Bowdoin College and Colby College. PREDICTION: Trinity 30, Hamilton 22

University of New England at Curry College (1 p.m.): Look for the Nor’easters to return to the win column this week after suffering their initial conference loss of the season. Expect a big day from the UNE offense on Saturday. PREDICTION: UNE  30, Curry 15 

Catholic University at No. 7 Coast Guard Academy (1:30 p.m.): The Bears defense has been fun to watch this season. They were a big part of last week’s win over Curry College and should continue their impressive play this week against the Cardinals. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy 24, Catholic 10 

No. 9 Middlebury College at No. 4 Amherst College (2 p.m.): The Panthers have enjoyed a successful start to their 2019 season, but face a difficult road test against a very good Mammoths squad. Both Middlebury and Amherst enter Saturday’s must-see, must-follow tilt with identical 3-0 records, but I see this game coming down to a late field goal. PREDICTION: Middlebury 24, Amherst 21 

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