D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week 11 (Nov. 10th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The eleventh week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week 11, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week 10): We went 4-6 last week, which wasn’t our finest performance, but hopefully we can rebound this week!

Season Predictions Records: 69-31 (looking to finish strong!).

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Husson University at Plymouth State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): The Eagles are headed back to the NCAA Tournament next week, but cannot overlook this week’s opponent, which should provide the Green and Gold with some challenges on both sides of the ball. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Plymouth State 18 

Mass. Maritime Academy at Bridgewater State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Anyone smell cranberries? We do! The 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl is set to kickoff tomorrow with the Bears looking to cap their season on a high note. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, Mass. Maritime 14 

Framingham State at Worcester State (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Rams would send the Black and Gold back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three seasons. PREDICTION: Framingham State 24, Worcester State 14 

Coast Guard Academy at Merchant Marine (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Merchant Marine currently leads the all-time series, 32-14, but needs a win against the Bears to keep their postseason hopes alive. They should find a way to get past the Bears on ESPN3. PREDICTION: USMMA 22, Coast Guard 13 

Springfield College at MIT (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Springfield enters this week’s contest with some serious momentum following an exciting ‘Senior Day’ win last Saturday over Maine Maritime. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, MIT 14 

Williams College at Amherst College (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Its a bounce-back week for the Mammoths, who will look to cap their season with a rivalry win over Williams on their home turf. PREDICTION: Amherst 27, Williams 14 

Trinity College at Wesleyan University (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Bantams would provide the Blue and Gold with their third-straight conference crown. PREDICTION: Trinity 28, Wesleyan 16 

Anna Maria at Dean College (Nov. 10th at 12 p.m.): Dean needs one more win to cap its second season as a NCAA Division III member with a .500 record. A victory over the AMCATs should certainly provide a boost for the young program heading into the offseason. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Anna Maria 10 

Salve Regina at Endicott College (Nov. 10th at 1 p.m.): The Gulls rallied to score an exciting win last week over Western New England, but now needs to beat Salve Regina for a chance to compete in the NCAA Tournament. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Salve Regina 17 

Bowdoin College at Colby College (Nov. 10th at 1 p.m.): A CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) trophy is on the line this week as both teams beat Bates College earlier this season to set-up a de-facto championship game. Bowdoin won the CBB in 2010, while Colby last celebrated a three-letter victory in 2005. PREDICTION: Colby 24, Bowdoin 14

Noontime Sports D3 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll (Nov. 6th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

A brand new season of New England D3 hoops is set to tip-off next week, which means its time to unveil our first Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 poll of the season.

Similar to last year, our poll will be produced every Monday throughout the season with the help of our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made-up of coaches, athletic communication offices and media members in the six New England states.

So, without further ado, here is our first poll of the 2018-19 season – welcome back, basketball!


Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Basketball Poll | Nov. 6th, 2018 

1. MIT

2. Williams College 

3. Hamilton College

4. Springfield College 

5. Middlebury College

6. Keene State 

7. Endicott College

8. Nichols College

9. Tufts University 

10. Eastern Connecticut

On The Rise: Albertus Magnus, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Johnson & Wales, Salem State, Wesleyan University and WPI 


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Noontime Sports Women’s D3 Hockey New Eng./New York Top 10 (Nov. 4th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck

The second week of the 2018-19 Northeast D3 women’s ice hockey season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second poll of the season.

However, this week’s poll will begin to include not just New England squads, but teams from New York, as well. We’re excited to add an additional state (our seventh, to be exact) to our weekly poll and encourage fans to stay connected with our hockey coverage by following @NoontimePuck on Twitter.

Our weekly hockey polls are produced with the help of coaches and media members from the New England and New York D3 hockey world.

So, without further ado, here is our second poll of the season, highlighting squads from both New England and New York.


Noontime Sports New England/New York Women’s Ice Hockey Poll (Nov. 4th, 2018) 

1. Elmira College 3-0, 2-0 UCHC
2. Norwich University2-1, 2-0 NEHC
3. Plattsburgh State 2-0, 2-0 NEWHL
4. Middlebury College 0-0, 0-0 NESCAC 
5. Amherst College0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
6. Conn. College 0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
7. Bowdoin College0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
8. Manhattanville1-0-1, 1-0-1 UCHC
9. Williams College0-0, 0-0 NESCAC
 10. Endicott College

1-0-1, 0-0 CHC

ON THE RISE:  Morrisville State (3-1, 1-1), Nichols College (3-1, 1-1), University of New England (3-0, 2-0) and Utica College (4-0, 2-0 UCHC)

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week 10 (Nov. 3rd)

10 Games Week 10

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The tenth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Ten, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Nine): We went 9-1 for the second-straight week, so let’s see if we can go a perfect 10-0 this week!

Season Predictions Records: 65-25 (we struggled with picks in week seven, so let’s see how we do this weekend!)

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Western New England at Endicott College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): WNE quarterback Alec Coleman should continue his current success, both through the air and on the ground against the Gulls in Beverly. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Endicott 17 

Castleton Univ. at Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): Dean has a chance to finish its second season as a Division III program at 5-5, so look for first-year signal-caller Terrell Watts to lead the Bulldogs to their fourth victory. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Castleton 13 

WPI at Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): The Engineers of Worcester defeated the Engineers of Cambridge for the third consecutive season one week ago and should continue their late season momentum in New London, Connecticut. PREDICTION: WPI 21, Coast Guard 10 

Nichols College at Salve Regina (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): Since falling to WNE at the end of September, the Seahawks have been on a roll and should continue their winning ways against the Bison at home. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 29, Nichols 14 

Anna Maria at Alfred State (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): A win for the AMCATs would provide the program with two conference wins for the first time since 2011. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 14, Alfred State 13 

Amherst College at Trinity College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): Since falling to Williams, Trinity has been on a roll and should find a way to beat the undefeated Mammoths in Hartford. PREDICTION: Trinity 21, Amherst 17 

Wesleyan University at Williams College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): The Ephs should capture the first of possibly two Little Three contests this week, as long as they can contain Wesleyan quarterback Mark PiccirilloPREDICTION: Williams 21, Wesleyan 17 

Colby College at Tufts University (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald should lead the Jumbos back into the win column with a much-needed bounce-back win for the Powder Blue and White. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Colby 16 

Framingham State at Western Conn. (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 5 p.m.): A win for the Colonials most likely secures the Blue and Orange the conference crown. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 31, Framingham State 21 

Bates College at Bowdoin College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 5:30 p.m.): After falling to Colby College last week in the snow, one should expect coach Malik Hall‘s crew to bounce back against the Polar Bears on the road. PREDICTION: Bates 21, Bowdoin 14 

Noonan: What Quarterbacks Could Have An Impact This Saturday?

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Western New England’s Alec Coleman is just one of many D3 quarterbacks that can lead offenses with both his arm and legs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

Last week, a majority of New England’s D3 quarterbacks were forced to tuck and run – you can thank Mother Nature for last week’s ground and pound attack.

Sure, the weather may have been a factor for some offensive game plans, but watching quarterbacks lead teams down the field this fall with both their arms and legs seems to be the new norm for a position that used to be all about throwing touchdowns or fades.

And with a very important week approaching for some teams, one should expect to see their favorite school’s quarterbacks once again utilize both their arms and legs in must-win contests.

One of those quarterbacks that can pass and run is Alec Coleman of Western New England, who has scored 16 touchdowns in his last three contests, including nine scores on the ground.

Last week against Nichols College, Coleman helped the Bears erase a one-score deficit by finishing the game with five touchdowns, including four on the ground (Coleman’s four rushing scores matched a season-high, which he set one week earlier during his team’s 70-13 win over the University of New England).

Coleman began catching our attention for his passing and rushing abilities last month when he guided his team to impressive wins against Anna Maria College and Salve Regina.

Through eight games this season, Coleman has accounted for 28 touchdowns, including a team-high 13 scores on the ground. He currently leads the Golden Bears’ rushing attack with 652 yards and should certainly enjoy more success this weekend against Endicott College.

Watching the Endicott defense attempt to slow down Coleman will be one of many storylines to follow when the two teams converge on Saturday in Beverly – a win for Coleman’s squad would most likely secure the Blue and Gold their second-straight conference crown.

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Springfield College’s Hunter Belzo has been a player to watch under center the past few weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan)

In Springfield this weekend, one should keep an eye on Hunter Belzo, the running back turned quarterback that has led Springfield College to some exciting wins this fall, including a 17-14 win last month at WPI (that was hands down one of my favorite football games I saw this season).

Belzo, who made his first career start under center against the Engineers last month, will look to keep the Pride in contention for a conference crown when Springfield hosts Maine Maritime Academy.

Similar to his performance two weeks ago against Catholic University, Belzo should have no problems finding the end zone against the Mariners with both his feet and arm.

Amherst College quarterback Ollie Eberth has quietly enjoyed a successful third season with the Mammoths, tossing eight touchdowns, while adding a career-best six scores on the ground.

Eberth recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns in his team’s first two wins of the season, while adding one score on the ground against Colby College and Middlebury College.

Last week against Tufts University, Eberth relied more on his teammates in the rushing game, but did conclude his team’s 19-13 win with 150 passing yards.

This week, Eberth will most likely depend on arm against a Trinity College defense that has surrendered an average of 204.9 yards per game through the air, while holding rushing attacks to roughly 65 yards per contest. But maybe Eberth could locate the end zone with his feet when Amherst’s offense makes it into the red zone on Saturday.

Trinity’s defense managed to slow down Tufts signal-caller Ryan McDonald, a player coach Jay Civetti considers “a runner first,” a few weeks ago, so it will be interesting to see if they can contain Eberth, as well.

McDonald is always a player to watch on the Jumbos – so far this season, he has scored 17 touchdowns, including seven on the ground. Last week against Amherst, McDonald rushed for a 25-yard touchdown late in the second, which brought the visitors within four points (10-6) of the Mammoths at the break.

A few other quarterbacks to keep an eye on this week:

  • Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): The Decatur, Georgia native has been a quarterback to watch this fall – currently, he has recorded career-bests in touchdown passes (six) and rushes (four). Despite being grounded for much of last week against Trinity, Jernigan has been able to lead a Panthers offense with both his arm and legs. Against Williams College, he rushed for a season-high 94 yards on 27 carries and one score, while tossing two touchdowns. One week later against Bates College, he relied on his arm more than his leg to lead the Blue and White to an exciting 35-34 victory. Look for Jernigan to return his form from earlier this season when the Panthers visit Hamilton College on Saturday.
  • Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Maimaron still has time to establish some new career-highs, both this week and next week, but our Noontime Sports Rookie of the Year has quietly produced a successful second season with the Ephs, which has seen the Duxbury, Massachusetts native toss eight touchdowns, while adding an additional eight scores on the ground. The eight rushing touchdowns shattered his mark of seven from one year ago. 
  • Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): The Shelton, Connecticut native is always a quarterback to watch every week. So far this season, he has accounted for 15 touchdowns, including three on the ground. He needs 29 yards to match last year’s rushing total (474), which he should be able to muster against Williams on Saturday.

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