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Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Sept. 27, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Four weeks of New England NCAA Division III football are in the books — that was fast!

But before we truly turn the page to the fifth week, which technically began yesterday, we need to share our Week Five Poll, which featured a lot of movement.

As usual, make sure to circle back both later today and throughout the week for more New England football coverage (and more topics, too), but in the meantime … let’s share this week’s poll!

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Week Five (Monday, September 27, 2021)

  1. Salve Regina University (4-0, 0-0 CCC) | LW: No. 2): The Seahawks enter conference play with a great deal of momentum after erasing a 19-point deficit at the break last Saturday to defeat Rowan University in their final non-league tilt.

  2. Williams College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 3): After rolling past the defending champions last week in their home-opener, the Ephs found a way to outlast Tufts in overtime for their second-straight win.

  3. Western New England (2-2, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Golden Bears struggled to slow down a Salisbury University squad that is averaging five touchdowns per game. Western New England hosts Salve Regina on Saturday in a very important conference clash.

  4. Trinity College (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): The Bantams have outscored their first two opponents by a score of 80-42, but face an important foe — and yes, test, too — on Saturday: Middlebury College.  

  5. Middlebury College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): Speaking of the Panthers, they check-in fifth overall again after scoring a much-needed bounce-back victory on Saturday, thanks to quarterback Will Jernigan, who finished the game with three touchdowns (one through the air, two on the ground).

  6. Wesleyan University (2-0, 2-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): Through two games, the Cardinals have limited their opponents to 19 points. Wesleyan’s defense recorded two interceptions and two sacks against Hamilton College while Logan Tomlinson caught a team-high two touchdowns.

  7. Endicott College (3-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 5): The Gulls bounced back this past weekend following a surprising setback to Catholic University with a 30-21 victory over Norwich University, thanks to a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Mike Ingraffia. Endicott plays at home on Saturday against a 2-1 Curry College squad.  

  8. MIT (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 8): The Engineers run game and defense shined against Dean College last Saturday.

  9. Husson University (3-1, 0-0 CCC| LW: No. 14): These Eagles are finding ways to win games, so do not overlook them one week from Saturday when they return from their bye week to play Curry in their initial conference tilt of the 2021 season.

  10. Framingham State (2-2, 2-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 17): The Rams are moving up following another big conference win last Saturday against Westfield State. This week, they visit Plymouth State.

  11. Bridgewater State (2-2, 2-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 16): The Bears move up six spots following a come-from-behind win over Western Connecticut. Bridgewater State heads to Fitchburg State on Saturday.  

  12. UMass Dartmouth (3-1, 1-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 11): The Corsairs bounced back from a disappointing setback to Framingham State with a commanding win over Worcester State this past weekend. UMass Dartmouth concluded the game with 546 yards of total offense.

  13. Western Connecticut (2-2, 1-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 9): The Colonials suffered a disappointing setback to Bridgewater State last Friday but will look to bounce back on Saturday when they host UMass Dartmouth in what is a very important game for both teams.

  14. Coast Guard Academy (2-2, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): The Bears dropped three spots following a stunning defeat last Saturday to Anna Maria College. Can they bounce back this week against Norwich?

  15. University of New England (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 15): The Nor’easters were idle this past weekend but will look to continue their momentum from earlier this month on Saturday against Nichols College.

  16. Colby College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC | LW: No. NR): The Mules return to the poll following a hard-fought win over Amherst College last Saturday, which snapped a 22-game losing streak to the Mammoths.

  17. Curry College (2-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: NR): The Colonels join the poll for the first time this season – they were idle this past weekend, but their defense has caused some serious problems for their first three opponents. They will certainly be a unit to watch on Saturday against Endicott.

  18. Springfield College (1-3, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 12): The Pride may only have one win, but their effort from non-league tilts with Husson and Union College should translate into some conference wins. Springfield is one of two NEMWAC squads to have registered 100 points or more through four weeks.

  19. Tufts University (0-2, 0-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 18): The Jumbos have provided some real challenges for its initial foes of the 2021 season – look for that first win to come on Saturday against Amherst College.

  20. Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC | LW: NR): The AMCATs could easily be 3-0, but despite falling to Nichols College in week two, Anna Maria has scored some solid non-conference wins, which should provide Dan Mulrooney’s squad with some momentum heading into this week’s matchup with Keystone College.

On the rise: Amherst College, Nichols College, and WPI

D3 Football Roundup: Middlebury Bounces Back Against Bates

Middlebury College’s Will Jernigan tallied three touchdowns, including two on the ground Saturday in his team’s bounce-back win against Bates College . (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Costello)

By NoontimeSports.com

One week after seeing their nine-game winning streak from 2019 snapped in Williamstown, the Middlebury College football team bounced back with a 24-0 victory over Bates College in their home-opener.

Quarterback Will Jernigan completed 11 of 24 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown while adding two score on the ground to go with 56 rushing yards.

Middlebury’s Peter Scibilia led all rushers with 81 yards on 18 carries while Kwesi Adu-Diawuo and Gordon Pollock combined for 14 total tackles, including one sack and one interception.   

Brendan Costa led Bates with 150 yards of total offense, including 35 yards on 14 carries.

In Somerville, Joel Nicholas rushed for the game-winning touchdown in overtime as Williams College edged Tufts University, 32-29.

Nicholas rushed for two scores and a team-high 94 yards on 22 carries while Bobby Maimaron tallied two scores, including one on the ground, which provided Williams with an early 7-6 advantage after one quarter.

Tufts led the Ephs, 12-7, at the break, while Williams outscored the hosts, 19-14, in the second half.

Ivan Shuran, who finished the game with eight points, sent the game to overtime by booting a 43-yard field goal with 43 seconds remaining. Tufts attempted to ice the first-year kicker with a timeout before he converted his second field goal.

The Jumbos scored first in overtime with a 40-yard field goal by Patrick Walsh before the Ephs countered with Nicholas, who found an open hole to his left.

Tufts’ Tyler Johnson led all rushers with 100 yards on 21 carries while rushing for one touchdown. Philip Lutz led the Jumbos receiving core with three grabs for 104 yards and one touchdown.

Moises Celaya tallied four points, including three points on a go-ahead and eventual game-winning field goal with 8:45 remaining in the fourth quarter as Colby College edged Amherst College, 10-7, for its first win of the 2021 season.

In Framingham, Nicolas Goffredo completed 9 of 23 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns to go with 38 yards on seven carries while Joshua Onujiogu stuffed the stat sheet with nine total tackles, including five tackles for a loss of 26 yards and one interception for a 47-yard return as the Rams won their second-straight game, defeating Westfield State, 41-6.  

In Franklin, MIT leaned on its ground game to defeat Dean College by a score of 27-0.

Brady Klein, Ashton Robinson, and Jay Theriault each recorded one rushing touchdown in the Engineers’ second win while Dean’s Errol Breaux led all receivers with six receptions for 109 yards.

In Newport, Rhode Island, Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 309 yards and two touchdowns while Jack Maguire completed 26 of 32 passes for 298 yards and five touchdowns as Salve Regina erased a 35-16 deficit at the break to defeat Rowan, 50-35.

Husson University won its third-straight contest by defeating Springfield College, 26-21, in Bangor, Maine. Quarterback Nic Visser threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the win while Tucker Buzzell tallied 13 total tackles.

Springfield trailed, 26-7, at the break, but closed the gap with two second half touchdowns from Aiden Lewin and Isaiah Cashwell.

Elsewhere in New England, Endicott topped Norwich, 30-21, UMass Dartmouth beat Worcester State, 52-7, and Wesleyan rolled past Hamilton, 30-14.

College Football Roundup: Goffredo, Framingham Upset UMass Dartmouth

Joshua Onujiogu (91) led the Framingham State defense on Saturday against UMass Dartmouth. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By NoontimeSports.com

Framingham State has officially registered its initial win of the 2021 college football season. 

Nicolas Goffredo quarterbacked the Rams to a Homecoming victory over UMass Dartmouth — the former Catholic Memorial signal-caller completed 14 of 26 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns while adding a game-high 82 yards rushing on seven carries and one score. 

Halfback Devaun Ford rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown — he also caught three passes for 18 yards — while Joshua Onujiogu led the Rams defense with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops. 

For his impressive efforts on offense, Goffredo was named the 2021 Calder Award on Homecoming Day at Framingham State. 

Across the state in Williamstown, Bobby Maimaron completed 9 of 17 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown while rushing for a game-high 162 yards on 19 carries and two scores as Williams College defeated Middlebury College, 41-13, in their 2021 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener. 

Williams defense intercepted Middlebury quarterback Will Jernigan three times, however, the 2019 NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year did throw for 215 yards and two touchdowns while halfback Peter Scibilia rushed for a team-high 67 yards on 10 carries. 

In Hartford, Connecticut, Spencer Fetter completed 21 of 24 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns while William Kirby rushed for a game-high 96 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns to power Trinity College to an impressive 42-28 opening day win over Tufts University

Despite the loss, Tufts quarterback Matt Crowley, who previously competed for St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts, concluded the game 9 of 13 for 213 yards and three touchdowns.  

John Kenney and Clayton Marengi combined for 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns but it wasn’t enough to list Endicott College past Catholic University, which edged the Gulls by a score of 32-29 in Washington, D.C.

In Worcester, RPI captured the Transit Trophy Game by defeating WPI, 24-10. 

RPI quarterback George Marinopoulos completed 21 of 28 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns in the win for the Engineers while Austin Charles paced the defense with seven total tackles, including six solo stops.  

WPI’s Brendan Olexa concluded the game 13 of 24 for 109 yards and one touchdown while adding 24 yards on five carries. 

Joey Mauriello’s lone touchdown with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter proved to be the difference during a non-conference clash between Montclair State and Salve Regina

The Seahawks, who improve to 3-0 overall, edged the Red Hawks, 24-21, in Montclair, New Jersey, thanks to Mauriello, who rushed for a game-high 100 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown, along with Jack Maguire, who finished the game 13 of 31 for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

Michael Palermo tallied a game-high 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards while Jared Colletti and Spencer McMillion combined for 276 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Coast Guard Academy rolled past Nichols College, 33-6, in their first game in New London, Connecticut since November 16, 2019. 

In Paxton, Alex Cohen completed 25 of 36 passes for 355 yards and one touchdown — he also added two additional scores on the ground to lead Anna Maria College past Massachusetts Maritime Academy by a score of 23-13. 

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams To Watch Heading Into Week Three

Trinity College’s Seamus Lambert has the Bantams in position for another NESCAC crown. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Another week of New England NCAA Division III football is quickly approaching, which means it is time to highlight five teams to watch this week (and yes, this weekend, too).

In case you missed it, make sure to check out this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 New England D-III Poll, which found Western New England in the top spot followed by Endicott College (second) and UMass Dartmouth (third).

Middlebury College: The Panthers’ title defense officially begins this Saturday, September 18 when they visit Williams College in what might be the game of the weekend. 

A slew of players from the 2019 squad is back, including quarterback Will Jernigan, halfback LeeCharles McNeil, wide receiver Greg Livingston, and linebacker Jack Pistorius.

Of course, there are others, as well, along with 26 first-years that should help coach Bob Ritter’s squad contend for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown. 

Two years ago, the Panthers scored an opening day win over the Ephs — the game was played in Vermont — but a win on Saturday would certainly be the ideal start for Middlebury’s title defense.  

Trinity College: Two years after producing just five wins, many, including myself, believe these Bantams will bounce back and be in the mix for the NESCAC crown this fall. 

Yet, for Trinity to begin its quest for its initial title since 2018, they must find a way to top — or outlast — Tufts University, which also enters the 2021 season with hopes of contending for a league title, too.

The Jumbos topped the Bantams in 2019 while Trinity beat Tufts, 38-24, on their home turf in 2018. 

Keep your eyes on quarterback Seamus Lambert, who was the 2018 Co-NESCAC Rookie of the Year, and linebacker Brian Casagrande, who led the Bantams in tackles during the 2019 season. 

Coast Guard Academy: After starting its season with a 16-0 victory over the University of New England, the Bears took a step back last Saturday, falling to Curry College by a score of 21-18.

Saturday’s clash against Nichols College will mark the Bears’ first home game in 672 days — crazy, right? — so scoring a win in New London would certainly help the team regain its week one momentum. 

The Bears defense has been a unit to watch thus far, limiting opponents to just 10.5 points per game, along with 297 yards of total offense.

Coast Guard’s defense will be tasked with slowing down an offense that is led by quarterback Logan Sawyer, who tossed three touchdowns last Saturday in the Bison’s come-from-behind win over Anna Maria College

A player to watch on Saturday is linebacker Connor Healy, who leads the Coast Guard defense with 20 total tackles, including 16 solo stops. He has also recorded one sack (for a loss of two yards), and one pass breakup this season. 

Anna Maria College: Credit is due to Dan Mulrooney’s AMCATs, who almost knocked Nichols College last Saturday in their 2021 season-opener. 

For most of last Saturday’s non-conference clash, Anna Maria was in control. However, they struggled to stop a Bison’s offense during the second half, which rallied to beat the AMCATs for a hard-fought win.  

While the setback might still sting (or be on the team’s mind?), Anna Maria proved they are a team to watch this fall, including this weekend in another non-conference clash with Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

From a quick look at last Saturday’s box score, Anna Maria finished the game with 353 total yards of offense, which was 23 yards more than Nichols. Additionally, quarterback Alex Cohen threw for a game-high 270 yards while Swavaughn Small paced the defense with nine total tackles, including eight solo stops and two tackles for a loss of seven yards. 

Husson University: The Eagles will host Dean College on Friday evening — both teams enter the non-conference clash with identical 1-1 records.

Husson enters the third week of the season as an interesting team to watch — sure, they could be 2-0, but the Eagles’ one-point advantage disappeared down the stretch against UMass Dartmouth in their season-opener. 

Last week, they needed a late touchdown drive to beat Plymouth State in a hard-fought — and yes, somewhat of a throwback — 10-7 win. 

A win over the Bulldogs is certainly possible, but the Eagles defense will need to slow down a passing attack led by quarterback David Curry, who has thrown 607 yards and eight touchdowns.

Husson’s Tucker Buzzell and Kaleb Caron will be players to watch on defense. 

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Aug. 30, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

A brand new season of New England D-III football has officially arrived — welcome to week one, by the way! — which means it is time to unveil our first Top 20 Poll of the 2021 season.

In addition to reading/seeing which teams made today’s poll, make sure to check out our first-ever New England D-III preseason team, which was posted last Friday.

Best of luck to everyone competing, both later this week and weekend (or later in September!), and make sure to stop by later this week for future New England football content and coverage!

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll (Week No. 1 | August 30, 2021)

  1. Western New England (9-2, 7-0 CCC in 2019): The Golden Bears begin a brand new season as our initial favorite — WNE welcomes back some key pieces from both side of the ball from 2019, including wide receiver Steven Fedorchak and linebacker Erich Keutmann.

  2. Endicott College (9-2, 6-1 CCC in 2019): When we last saw the Gulls, they were celebrating a New England Bowl victory in November 2019. Expect that end-of-season momentum to continue two years later when Endicott begins its 2021 campaign on Saturday against St. Lawrence University.

  3. UMass Dartmouth (7-3, 5-3 MASCAC in 2019): Quarterback Stephen Gacioch returns for his final season with the Corsairs — UMD enjoyed one of their best seasons in program history in 2019, and should be able to duplicate that success this fall.

  4. Williams College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC in 2019): The Ephs return some key pieces from its 2019 squad, including wide receiver Frank Stola, who “almost rewrote the entire Williams record book” two years ago.

  5. Middlebury College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC in 2019): Similar to the Ephs, the Panthers welcome back some key pieces from their 2019 squad, including quarterback Will Jernigan, who was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Year.

  6. Wesleyan University (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC in 2019): The Cardinals return some impressive talent on both sides of the ball — Bryce Jenkins, who was named to our preseason team, will anchor an offensive line that will be ready to provide quarterback Ashton Scott with plenty of time to go through his progressions.

  7. Western Connecticut (8-3, 6-2 MASCAC in 2019): Look for wide receiver Will Daniels to lead the offense while Jarius Bailey to quarterback a defense that will provide some challenges for William Paterson University on Saturday.

  8. Trinity College (5-4 5-4 MASCAC in 2019): The Bantams are poised to bounce back this fall after producing just five wins two years ago.

  9. Springfield College (6-4, 5-2 NEWMAC in 2019): Fullback Tim Callahan will be tasked with leading one of the best rushing attacks in Division III two years ago.

  10. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2 MASCAC in 2019): Coach Joe Verria and the Bears enter the 2021 season “excited,” but also optimistic about their chances to compete for a conference crown.

  11. Nichols College (6-4, 4-3 CCC in 2019): The Bison enter the 2021 season as a squad to watch — look for them to challenge Endicott and WNE later this fall.

  12. MIT (7-3, 6-1 NEWMAC in 2019): The Engineers were a bit higher in our “Way Too Early” preseason poll earlier this summer, but we expect them to move up as the 2021 season progresses.

  13. WPI (10-1, 6-1 NEWMAC in 2019): Similar to the Engineers of Cambridge, the Engineers of Worcester should make the climb on this list — yes, they graduated some key pieces from their 2019 squad, but this unit appears “pumped” to be back on the field together.

  14. Tufts University (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC in 2019): Like the Bantams of Trinity, the Jumbos are expcted to bounce back this fall — both teams will meet in the conference’s season-opener in a few weeks, so let the countdown begin for Saturday, September 18.

  15. Husson University (4-6, 2-5 CCC in 2019): Coach Nat Clark and the Eagles are excited to be back on the field — the Eagles were picked to finish fourth in the conference preseason poll, but have potential to surprise some New England fans this fall.

  16. Salve Regina University (4-6, 3-4 CCC in 2019): The Seahawks will begin their 2021 campaign with a challenging test against Norwich University.

  17. Framingham State (8-3, 8-0 MASCAC in 2019): This placing may come as a surprise for many, but the Rams enter the 2021 season with some question marks on both sides of the ball. However, some members of the 2019 squad is back, including Joshua Onujiogu.

  18. Dean College (4-6, 4-1 ECFC in 2019): The Bulldogs were picked to capture the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) this fall — Dean won the league two years ago and will face some challenging tests in September.

  19. Colby College (2-7, 2-7 NESCAC in 2019): We mentioned this on our early summer poll, but keep your eyes on the Mules this fall.

  20. Coast Guard Academy (5-5, 2-5 NEWMAC in 2019): The Bears return some pieces from last year’s squad that competed against Merchant Marine Academy — they were picked to finish fifth in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conferece (NEWMAC) preseason poll.

On The Rise: Amherst College, Anna Maria College, Norwich University, and University of New England