Tag: Williams College

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Seven)

Spencer Fetter and the Trinity College Bantams have won four straight contests — this weekend, they host Bates College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

The seventh week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to unveil our 10 Games to Watch!

Last week, we picked eight of ten contests correctly — not bad, eh? — to bump our season total to 43-17 (so we have selected 43 of 60 contests correctly, which is pretty good, right?).

We have some exciting matchups to follow this week, so without further ado, scroll down and see who we think will win their respective matchup!


FEATURED GAME: Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC) at Framingham State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: After losing to Plymouth State one week ago, we expect the Colonials to bounce back with a much-needed road win against the Rams of Framingham State to remain in the mix for the conference crown. PREDICTION: West Conn. 24, Framingham State 16

FEATURED GAME: Bates College (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC) at Trinity College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: Do we smell a potential upset? Trinity is on a roll – they look good! – but Bates is coming to town with some confidence, along with some momentum after scoring their first win of the 2021 season last Saturday against Tufts University. Sure, Trinity is the favorite but maybe Bates finds a way to beat the Bantams for the first time since 1979? PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Bates 21

FEATURED GAME: Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC) at Husson University (4-1, 1-0 CCC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Gulls head to Maine with a lot of momentum after scoring an exciting win one week ago against Western New England. Let’s see if their midseason momentum continues against an Eagle squad that has not lost a game since the first weekend of September. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Husson 17


MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) at United States Merchant Marine Academy (5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The Mariners are hands down the best team in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) – we find it hard to see this team fall to the Engineers at this point of the season. PREDICTION: USMMA 38, MIT 13

Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC) at Alfred State (2-3, 1-0 ECFC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The AMCATs return from their bye week eager to continue their early-season momentum against a Pioneers team that scored an impressive win one week ago against SUNY-Maritime. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 34, Alfred State 27

Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC) at Norwich University (2-4, 1-1 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The Pride produced 60 points one week ago – maybe they put up 30 or 40 this week? PREDICTION: Springfield 35, Norwich 14

Amherst College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC) at Bowdoin College (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Mammoths are one of the biggest surprises of the 2021 season so let’s see if they can continue their early-season momentum against a Polar Bears squad that almost edged the Cardinals of Wesleyan University last week. PREDICTION: Amherst 20, Bowdoin 18

Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC) at Curry College (2-3, 0-2 CCC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Golden Bears should be able to bounce back against a Colonels squad that lost to both Endicott and Husson by a touchdown. PREDICTION: WNE 30, Curry 20

Wesleyan University (4-0, 4-0) at Tufts University (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.: Could the Jumbos hand the Cardinals their first loss of the 2021 season? It’s possible as they have not made it easy on a few teams this fall, including Amherst College and Williams College. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Wesleyan 24

Williams College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC) at Hamilton College (2-2, 2-2 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.: Halfback Joel Nicholas rushed for a pair of touchdowns last week against Colby College last week and will be one of a few players to watch on the Ephs this week against the Continentals. PREDICTION: Williams 34, Hamilton 14  

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Oct. 11, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Six weeks of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season are in the books.

The seventh week officially began yesterday, which means it is time to share a brand-new Top 20 Poll that featured some movement, along with some new members of this week’s list.

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Monday, October 11, 2021

1. Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC | LW: No. 5): Five straight scoring drives to start the game set the tone for an exciting win over Western New England.

2. Trinity College (4-0, 4-0 | LW: No. 2): The Bantams provided coach Jeff Devanney with his 100th win on Saturday as they rolled to their fourth-straight win against Hamilton College.  

3. Williams College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 3): Williams cruised past Colby College, thanks to a complete effort by its offense and defense.

4. Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Golden Bears struggled to contain an Endicott offense that concluded its first four series with touchdowns.

5. Salve Regina University (5-1, 2-0 | LW: No. 6): Salve Regina bounced back with a commanding win over the University of New England to keep pace with Endicott and Husson University (and yes, Western New England, too) for the top spot in the conference.

6. Framingham State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 7): The Rams moved up after scoring its fourth-straight conference win to keep pace with Bridgewater State for the top spot in the conference.

7. Bridgewater State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC | LW: No 8): The Bears scored another big win last weekend over Worcester State to head into their bye week with some momentum.

8. Husson University (4-1, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles moved up two spots after scoring its fourth-straight win, including its initial league victory over Curry College. Saturday’s matchup with Endicott will certainly be one to watch.

9. Wesleyan University (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): For the second-straight week, the Cardinals escaped with a hard-fought victory against a team from Maine.

10. Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 9): One week after scoring an important conference win against UMass Dartmouth, the Colonials suffered a 16-13 setback to Plymouth State.

11. UMass Dartmouth (4-2, 2-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 14): The Corsairs moved up two spots after scoring a hard-fought win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. This week, the Corsairs visit Westfield State.

12. Curry College (2-3, 0-2 CCC | LW: No. 13): It’s not often that a team moves up after a setback, but these Colonels have provided challenges to both Endicott and Husson, which is why they are switching spots with the University of New England.

13. University of New England (3-2, 1-1 CCC | LW: No. 12): The Nor’easters dropped one spot following a difficult setback to the Seahawks. UNE will be idle this weekend but faces some unique challenges over the next few weeks.

14. Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 18): Springfield flexed its offensive muscles this past weekend with seven rushing touchdowns. Look for this momentum to continue this week against Norwich University.

15. Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC | LW: No. 16): The AMCATs were idle this past weekend, but don’t expect the break to derail their early-season momentum.

16. Norwich University (2-4, 1-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 15): After scoring an important conference win against Coast Guard Academy, the Cadets struggled against the best team in their conference this past weekend.

17. Amherst College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mammoths move up two spots after scoring an important road win against Middlebury College, thanks to quarterback Mike Piazza, who finished with 104 yards of total offense and one touchdown pass.

18. MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): The Engineers were idle this past weekend but face a challenging test this weekend against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

19. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (3-2, 2-1 MASCAC | LW: Not Ranked): Despite suffering their first conference setback last weekend, these Buccaneers did provide some problems for the UMass Dartmouth offense. This week, the Bucs host Worcester State.

20. Bates College (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC | LW: Not Ranked): Quarterback Brendan Costa earned the Gold Helmet award for New England Division II/III student-athletes – it was announced on Sunday! – after recording 367 yards of total offense and four touchdowns against Tufts University. Last Saturday’s win was Bates’ first against the Jumbos since 2013 (and first in Somerville since 2012).

On the Rise: Bowdoin College, Castleton University, Coast Guard Academy, and Nichols College

Noontime’s D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Endicott Rolls Past WNE, 45-21

Kobe Gaudette (84) caught two touchdown passes in Endicott College’s victory Saturday over Western New England. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

Quarterback Mike Ingraffia completed 20 of 25 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns while halfback John Kenney rushed for three scores as Endicott College defeated Western New England, 45-21, to secure the top spot in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league.

Saturday’s win marks the second time in three years that the Gulls have beaten the Golden Bears on their home field.

Endicott capitalized on its first five series, scoring a touchdown on four straight drives before ending their fifth with a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Smith.  

Western New England trimmed the deficit twice in the second quarter with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Karstetter to Steven Fedorchak and a one-yard rushing score by EJ Dudley to pull within 17 points (31-14) at the break.

Ingraffia tossed his final touchdown in the third quarter to Kobe Gaudette – the two connected for a 58-yard strike down the nearside before Kenney registered his final score with 8:08 remaining in the fourth quarter by capping a four-play, 36-yard drive with a 14-yard rushing score.

Tim Russell led the Endicott defense with 10 total tackles to go with one pass breakup while Tyler Davis tallied eight stops, including three solo tackles.

The Gulls, who have won five of six contests this fall, will visit Husson University next Saturday, October 16.

Husson scored its first league victory of the season this afternoon by defeating Curry College, 21-14, thanks to three touchdown passes by Nic Visser, who concluded the game with 271 passing yards.

Adam Couch rushed for a game-high 190 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns while James Cahoon completed 9 of 16 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns as Bridgewater State rolled past Worcester State, 49-13, to improve to 4-2 overall and 4-0 against Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) teams.

Framingham State also won its fourth-straight conference game as the Rams blanked Fitchburg State, 35-0. Devaun Ford recorded 142 yards of total offense, including 92 receiving yards, and three touchdowns (two on the ground, one through the air).

Gavin Moody rushed for the go-ahead (and eventual game-winning) touchdown with 3:17 remaining as Plymouth State outlasted Western Connecticut, 16-13, in Danbury, Connecticut.

Moody concluded the game with 21 yards on two carries while Manny Sanchez led all rushers with 136 yards on 26 carries.

Quin Girard led the Panthers’ defense with nine total tackles, including four solo stops.

Tim Callahan and Patrick Ladas each rushed for two touchdowns as Springfield College rolled past Coast Guard Academy, 60-0, in their first home game of the 2021 season.

Springfield is one of three teams with a perfect mark in conference play, joining the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USSMA) and Catholic University.

Trinity College, Williams College, and Wesleyan University all moved to 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play while Bates College scored their first win against Tufts University since 2013 as the Bobcats roared past the Jumbos by a score of 33-10.

We’ll have more on the sixth week of the New England D-III (and yes, some thoughts on D-II) later this weekend!

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Oct. 4, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Five weeks of New England NCAA Division III football are officially in the books.

But before we truly turn the page to the sixth week of the 2021 season, which technically began yesterday — that would be Sunday, October 3, 2021, to be exact — we need to share our Week Six Poll, which featured a lot of movement, along with some new teams.

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

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Week Six (Monday, October 4, 2021)

1. Western New England (3-2, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 3): The Golden Bears proved they’re once again the team to beat in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league.

2. Trinity College (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): We watched ALL of Saturday’s game against Middlebury College and came away very impressed by the Bantams.

3. Williams College (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 2): Sure, the Ephs dropped one spot, despite winning their third straight on Saturday, but they remain one of the top teams in both their conference and region.

4. Wesleyan University (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): The Cardinals move up after picking up their third-straight win – look for the early-season momentum to continue over the next few weeks.

5. Endicott College (4-1, 1-0 CCC | LW No. 7): The Gulls defended the nest this past weekend by picking up their fourth win against Curry College. This week, Endicott faces the top team in the region.

6. Salve Regina University (4-1, 0-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Seahawks dropped five spots after falling to Western New England, which rolled up 397 yards of total offense, including 232 passing yards. This week, Salve Regina will look to bounce back against the University of New England.

7. Framingham State (3-2, 3-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 10): The Rams have turned things around quite well thus far after dropping a pair of non-league contests.

8. Bridgewater State (3-2, 3-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 11): Like the Rams, conference play has gone quite well for these Bears, who topped Fitchburg State this past weekend by a score of 42-0.   

9. Western Connecticut (3-2, 2-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): One week after dropping their second conference clash to Bridgewater State, the Colonials bounced back with an important win against UMass Dartmouth.

10. Husson University (3-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles were idle this past weekend but jump into conference play this week against Curry College.  

11. MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 8): The Engineers concluded their initial conference game with 319 total yards compared to Catholic University, which produced 23 points off 270 yards. MIT is idle this upcoming weekend but faces a real tough test next week against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

12. University of New England (3-1, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 15): The Nor’easters moved up three spots after scoring their program’s first-ever win against Nichols College last weekend. UNE has not dropped a game since week one and could provide some challenges for Salve Regina this week.

13. Curry College (2-2, 0-1 CCC | LW: No. 17): Despite losing their conference opener to Endicott, the Colonels recorded a season-high 464 yards of total offense, including 189 yards rushing, which was also a season-best. The Purple and White will be a team to watch this week at Husson.

14. UMass Dartmouth (3-2, 1-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 12): The Corsairs have dropped two of their last three contests and will need some help to remain in the mix for the conference crown. This week, they face a Massachusetts Maritime Academy squad that has won three of their last four contests.

15. Norwich University (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC | LW: Not Ranked): This might seem high for a squad that was not ranked one week ago, but the Cadets proved they deserve some attention after registering 492 yards of total offense in their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash on Saturday against Coast Guard Academy.  

16. Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC | LW: No. 20): The AMCATs made history this past weekend by establishing a new single-season mark for wins (currently three), which should increase over the next few weeks.

17. Coast Guard Academy (2-3, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: 14): The Bears dropped their initial conference clash to Norwich, which rallied to beat them in the “Little Army-Navy Game.” Norwich’s defense did not make it easy on the Coast Guard offense as the unit finished the game with three tackles for a loss of 10 yards, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and five pass break-ups.

18. Springfield College (1-3, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 18): The Pride remains in the same spot they were one week ago. This week, Springfield will play its first conference game at home against Coast Guard.

19. Amherst College (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC | LW: Not Ranked): The Mammoths bounced back from a three-point setback to Colby College with a 24-14 win over Tufts University.

20. Middlebury College (1-2, 1-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): The Panthers’ offense struggled mightily against a Trinity College defense that pitched a shutout in Hartford. This week’s game against Amherst is a must-win for the Navy Blue and White.

On the rise: Colby College and Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Noontime’s D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Trinity Rolls Past Middlebury, 28-0

Trinity College’s Spencer Fetter tossed two touchdowns on Saturday against Middlebury College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Make it three straight wins for Trinity College as the Bantams rolled past Middlebury College, 28-0, in their second home game of the 2021 season to erase memories of a five-point setback to the Panthers two years ago.

Trinity recorded 424 yards of total offense, thanks to quarterback Spencer Fetter, who concluded the game 18 of 31 for 319 yards and two touchdowns.  

Devante Reid led all receivers with eight grabs for 146 yards while Thomas Walsh (one catch, 57 yards) and Jack Barrett (two catches, 21 yards) each recorded one touchdown reception. Halfback William Kirby rushed for a game-high 56 yards and one score.

Trinity’s defense limited the Middlebury passing attack to a season-low 118 yards while recording three interceptions and six sacks.

The Bantams, who led 7-0 at the break, doubled its lead early in the third quarter when Spencer Fetter connected with Thomas Walsh for a 57-yard touchdown pass to cap a two-play, 70-yard drive.

Brian Casagrande would add to the Trinity lead on the initial play of the fourth quarter by intercepting Middlebury quarterback Cole Kennon for an 86-yard touchdown return before William Kirby capped his team’s scoring with an 18-yard rushing score with 4:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Trinity is one of three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams that have won three straight contests as both Wesleyan University and Williams College remained perfected through three weeks by picking up wins against Bates College and Bowdoin College, respectively.

The Bantams will visit Hamilton College next Saturday, October 9 for a 1 p.m. kickoff – the Continentals scored their second win of the 2021 season this afternoon by defeating Colby College by a score of 27-14.

Western New England snapped its two-game losing streak with a 41-3 victory over Salve Regina University this afternoon. With the win, the Golden Bears improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

John Kenney rushed for a pair of touchdowns while Sam Opont recorded a game-high 11 total tackles as Endicott College won its first conference game against Curry College, 34-27.

The Colonels entered the game on a two-game winning streak – they were led by quarterback Justin Mullaney, who completed 22 of 38 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns.

Make it three-straight for the University of New England as they scored their first-ever win over Nichols College, 28-19, to improve to 3-1 overall. Next week, the Nor’easters will attempt to win their second consecutive conference game against Salve Regina.

Elsewhere in New England, Framingham State rolled past Plymouth State, 33-0, Massachusetts Maritime Academy topped Westfield State, 16-8, and Norwich University beat Coast Guard Academy, 24-21, in the Little Army-Navy Game for the Mug.  

Stop by later this weekend for an additional blog post (or two) on the fifth week of the New England small college football season.