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 Dunn. PREDICTION: 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
Happy Friday, everyone – hope you’re ready for a great weekend of New England Division III football!
Last week, I went a perfect 10-for-10 in picks – yes, I picked all 10 contests correct to bump my overall picks record to 16-14.
My hope is to continue this trend in week four – we have some intriguing match-ups to follow, so make sure to get out and enjoy one of these 10 games highlighted below because it sounds like Saturday is going to be a gorgeous day (weather-wise) in New England.
New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Four)
Bridgewater State at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 12 p.m.): The Bears were competitive last week against Western Connecticut, but struggled to make the necessary plays down the stretch to squeak out what would have been an important conference win. Bridgewater must play a complete 60 minutes this week to take down a 1-2 Falcons squads. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 23, Fitchburg State 16
No. 15 Salve Regina at No. 17 Nichols College (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): The Seahawks finally cracked the win column last week with an important win against Dean College. Look for Salve to deploy its rushing attack again this week against the Bison. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 27, Nichols 20
No. 4 Western New England at No. 19 University of New England (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): UNE quarterback Brian Peters believes his team has played well through three games, but said, “I think we have yet to play our best game.” Perhaps Saturday is the day the Nor’easters play their best game of the 2019 season. PREDICTION: UNE 20, Western New England 17
No. 5 Trinity College at No. 13 Middlebury College (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): Middlebury quarterback Will Jernigan feels more comfortable running the Panthers offense this season but knows the unit will be tested by a defense that allowed just seven points last week. Trinity rebounded from a six-point setback to Tufts University with an offensive showcase against Bowdoin College. PREDICTION: Middlebury 21, Trinity 18
Bates College at No. 20 Wesleyan University (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): As we learned this week on a brand new ‘Football Friday Podcast,’ it has been the senior leadership of the Cardinals, which has helped Wesleyan enjoy its first 2-0 start in five seasons. Look for the seniors to once again lead the Cardinals past the Bobcats on Saturday afternoon. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 28, Bates 10
Curry College at No. 8 Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1:30 p.m.): The Bears defense recorded four interceptions last week against Norwich despite falling to the Cadets, 17-14. Look for the defense to jumpstart the Bears offense against Curry on Saturday. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 25, Curry 14
No. 16 Plymouth State at No. 11 UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 2 p.m.): The Corsairs relied on its air attack in the first two weeks before turning to its defense to help them beat Fitchburg State last week. Tony Slaughter and the UMass Dartmouth defense will be tasked with slowing down Plymouth State halfback David Hamilton on Saturday afternoon. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 28, Plymouth State 24
Mass. Maritime at Westfield State (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 2 p.m.): The Buccaneers will look to improve to 3-0 on Saturday when they visit an Owls team that struggled to contain Framingham State’s offense and defense one week ago. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 30, Westfield State 14
No. 7 Norwich University at Castleton University (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 3 p.m.): After capturing the ‘Mug’ last week against Coast Guard Academy, the Cadets look to win the ‘Battle for the Maple Sap Bucket’ against the Spartans. PREDICTION: Norwich 28, Castleton 14
No. 1 WPI at No. 9 Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 3 p.m.): The Engineers enter Saturday’s conference clash with a great deal of momentum, but certainly know the Pride’s offense will challenge the WPI defense. In the end, look for this game to be decided by a touchdown or maybe a field goal. PREDICTION: WPI 20, Springfield 14
With the second week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.
Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’ Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week for the entire football season.
Offensive Team of the Week
Julian Burris (Dean College): Against Western Connecticut, Burris led all receivers with nine catches for 158 yards. He averaged 17.6 yards per reception.
Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman tuned in an impressive performance last Friday evening against Westfield State. The senior signal-caller completed 22 of 27 passes for 403 yards and five touchdowns while adding 43 yards on eight carries (5.4 yards) and one score.
Ryan Deguire (Springfield College): Deguire helped the Pride score their first win of the season by capping an 18-play, 85-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown. Deguire concluded his team’s contest with a game and team-high 100 yards on 11 carries.
Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 34-of-49 pass attempts for 399 yards and two touchdowns as Norwich topped St. Lawrence University in Vermont.
Ollie Eberth (Amherst College): In his team’s season-opener against Bates College, Eberth accounted for 304 yards of total offense, including a team-high 68 rushing yards on 12 carries. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns.
Steven Fedorchak (Western New England): The junior wide receiver hauled in nine receptions for 319 yards and five touchdowns last Friday evening in Western New England’s big win over Westfield State.
Connor Fitzsimons (Fitchburg State): Fitzsimons helped the Falcons score their first win of the 2019 season by tossing the game-winning touchdown with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The Fitchburg signal-caller concluded his team’s two-point win over Castleton University with 23 of 37 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
Ryan Gaboury (University of New England): Gaboury led the University of New England receiving core with nine catches for 138 yards and one touchdown.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): For the second-straight week, Gacioch put up some impressive numbers as the Corsairs sailed past the Eagles in an instant thriller. The Corsairs’ signal-caller completed 26 of 42 passes for 512 yards and five touchdowns while adding 27 yards on 17 carries.
Tyler Halls (Husson University): Halls led the Eagles receiving core with 13 catches for 185 yards. He also caught one touchdown, too.
Aidan Hogan (Husson University): In his team’s first contest of the 2019 season, Hogan caught six passes for 105 yards and four touchdowns.
David James (Western Connecticut): James concluded last Saturday’s contest against Dean College with five touchdown passes, including four scores through the air. He completed 14 of 35 passes for 279 yards.
John Kenney (Endicott College): Kenney led the Gulls’ rushing attack with 191 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): The Panthers’ signal-caller racked-up 252 yards of total offense, including a game and team-high 82 yards one 21 carries and one touchdown. Jernigan completed 16 of 33 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown as Middlebury topped Williams College in its season-opener.
Nick Juvelier (Curry College): Against Franklin Pierce, Juvelier accounted for 299 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. He completed 30 of 48 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns while adding 20 yards on nine carries.
Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long enjoyed a successful start to his team’s 2019 campaign last Friday against Maritime (N.Y.). He rushed for 141 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns while adding 114 yards through the air (7 of 11 pass completions).
DJ Machado (UMass Dartmouth): Machado concluded last Saturday’s contest against Husson with six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
Randy Morgan (Becker College): Morgan rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries for one touchdown as the Hawks scored its second-straight win of the 2019 season.
David Morrison (Husson University): Against UMass Dartmouth, Morrison completed 22 of 40 passes for 339 yards and five touchdowns.
Michael Pina (Nichols College): Pina completed 29 of 43 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s week two setback to Coast Guard Academy. He threw three touchdowns to three different receivers.
Ashton Scott (Wesleyan University): Scott recorded 293 yards of total offense, including a team-high 76 yards on 13 carries. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win against Colby College.
Frank Stola (Williams College): Stola recorded a game-high six receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday in the Ephs’ season-opener against Middlebury.
Defensive Team of the Week
Luke Apuzzi (Williams College): Apuzzi turned in an impressive performance against Middlebury with 10 total tackles, including two forced fumbles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one sack for a loss of six yards.
Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe posted 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops, three-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 15 yards and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one fumble recovery in the Buccaneers’ season-opening win last Friday against Maritime (N.Y.).
Javien Delgado (UMass Dartmouth): Against Husson University, Delgado tallied a team-high 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards.
Jack Fontana (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Maritime (N.Y.), Fontana tallied a team-high 16 total tackles, including nine solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 12 yards, and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards. Fontana also recorded one pass break-up in his team’s initial win of the 2019 season.
Pete Huggins (Middlebury College): Huggins led the Panthers’ defense last Saturday against Williams with 13 total tackles, including five tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.
Carlos Riberio (Anna Maria College): Against Union College, Riberio led the AMCATs’ defense with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, along with one forced fumble and one pass break-up.
R.J. Robiskie (Coast Guard Academy): Robiskie led the Bears defense against Nichols College with 10 total tackles (two solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards). Additionally, Robiskie registered one pass break-up and one quarterback hurry.
Tim Russell (Endicott College): Against Rochester last Saturday, Russell recorded a team-high 13 total tackles. He concluded the contest with four solo stops and, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards and half a sack for a loss of four yards.
Matt Schiano (Amherst College): Against Bates College last Saturday, Schiano stuffed the stat sheet with seven total tackles, including four solo stops, two tackles for a loss of three yards, one sack for a loss of one yard, one pass break-up and one interception (eight-yard return).
Keegan Stanton-Meas (University of New England): Stanton-Meas led the Nor’easters’ defense last Saturday with 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops. He also registered half a tackle for a loss of one yard, one pass break-up, and one interception.
Terrell Thomas (Maine Maritime Academy): Against Plymouth State, Thomas led the Mariners’ defense with 14 total tackles, including 12 solo stops. He also added one quarterback hurry.
Special Teams of the Week
Connor Kennelly (Amherst College): Kennelly connected on a trio of extra points and two field goals for nine points last Saturday against Bates.
George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy): Lampros tallied seven points last Friday evening on four extra points and one field (23-yards).
Kieran Lombard (Western New England): Lombard connected on all eight extra points last Friday in Western New England’s second win of the season.
Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University): Against Colby, Von Jess recorded 12 points on three extra points and three field goals, while tallying 420 yards on seven kickoffs. Five of his seven kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.
Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade connected on a pair of field goals last Saturday, including a 26-yard boot, which helped WPI edge RPI, 6-3. Wade also recorded nine punts for 300 yards with three kicks landing inside the RPI 20-yard line. He also registered a trio of kickoffs for 170 yards with one touchback.
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.
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.
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.
Wesleyan University’s Mason Von Jess enjoyed a successful collegiate debut with the Cardinals last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin)
Special Teamer 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.
Jake Wood and the Nichols College Bison host Coast Guard Academy on Friday, September 13th. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)
By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
Week two is ready to begin this afternoon and evening with some intriguing match-ups.
Last week, we didn’t do so well with our picks. In fact, we finished 2-8 – can we bounce back this week? We certainly hope so – we discussed our not-so-great picks on this week’s Noontime Sports Football Friday Podcast (Week Two Preview).
Anywho, let’s dish out some picks and enjoy another weekend of New England Division III Football.
Week Two | Friday, September 13th & Saturday, September 14th
No. 9 Coast Guard Academy at No. 15 Nichols College (Friday, September 13th @ 5 p.m.): Both teams scored opening-day wins, but the Bison offense was very impressive against Dean College. Look for Jake Wood to add to his touchdown total this afternoon (and evening). PREDICTION: Nichols 28, Coast Guard 21
No. 2 Western New England at Westfield State (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): The Golden Bears scored an impressive opening day win and should continue that momentum against the nearby Owls. PREDICTION: WNE 30, Westfield State 13
SUNY Maritime at Mass. Maritime Academy (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): The Privateers needed a field goal as time expired to defeat Maine Maritime. Will they need a late score to edge the Buccaneers in Buzzards Bay? PREDICTION: Maritime (N.Y.) 21, Mass. Maritime 18
Becker College at Worcester State (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): First-year halfback Randy Morgan will be the player to watch in this Worcester area meeting. PREDICTION: Becker 28, Worcester State 14
Keyshaun Robinson and the Husson University Eagles begin their 2019 season in Dartmouth, Massachusetts against the Corsairs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Monty Rand Photography)
No. 8 Husson University at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 14th @ 12 p.m.): Coach Nat Clark and the Eagles will be tasked with slowing down an air attack that produced six touchdowns last week. Husson’s balanced offense should help the Green and Gold score an opening day win for their first-year head coach. PREDICTION: Husson 28, UMass Dartmouth 24
Bates College at No. 4 Amherst College (Saturday, September 14th @ 1 p.m.): The Bobcats are ready to take the so-called ‘next-step,’ but will need their defense to jumpstart their offense against a tough Mammoths squad. PREDICTION: Amherst 28, Bates 17
No. 1 Trinity College at No. 18 Tufts University (Saturday, Sept. 14th @ 1:30 p.m.): The Bantams begin their title defense and the start of a four-peat with an opening day win against the Jumbos. PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Tufts 14
No. 14 Williams College at No. 17 Middlebury College (Saturday, September 14th @ 2 p.m.): Both teams are expected to challenge Trinity for the top spot in the conference this fall. This is not an easy start for the Ephs, who are determined to return to their 2017 form but look for a late field goal to be the difference in this must-watch NESCAC clash. PREDICTION: Williams 17, Middlebury 14
RPI at No. 6 WPI (Saturday, September 14th at 2:30 p.m.): The Transit Trophy is on the line in this one, so look for both sides to be amped and ready to make an extra play when needed. PREDICTION: RPI 28, WPI 17
No. 20 Dean College at No. 12 Western Connecticut (Saturday, September 14th @ 6 p.m.): The Colonials needed an extra session to edge William Patterson one week ago, while Dean fell to Nichols in its home-opener. This is an important contest for both teams, but in the end, we think the Colonials have a slight edge. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Dean 14