Football Notebook: What Are The Best New England D3 Football Rivalries?

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By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

What are some of the best New England D3 Football rivalries?

That is a tough one, eh?

You know the list includes a fair number of contests, including Amherst-Williams to Framingham State-Bridgewater State to Endicott-WNE.

But are there others? Of course!

Here are some of my favorite New England D3 Football rivalries (below!) – let me know what you think of my list by sending either a tweet to @MattNoonan11 or an email to MattNoonan@NoontimeSports.com.


Amherst vs. Williams: This has to be atop the list, right? This is one of the games to circle, no matter each team’s record. Last season, we saw the Ephs score an exciting win in overtime, thanks to an 11-yard burst by quarterback Bobby Maimaron. Amherst forced the extra session midway through the fourth quarter by scoring a pair of touchdowns in a span of 25 seconds. Both teams enjoyed successful 2017 campaigns, which means this year’s game in Amherst will be one to follow.

Framingham State vs. Endicott: This game has always been my welcome back to college football contest. Sure, they’re two different teams that are headed in different directions at the moment, but you know this is a game both players circle when schedules are released. Framingham State has dominated the series most recently, but this year could be different with Paul McGonagle pacing the Endicott sidelines.

Framingham State vs. Bridgewater State: This is has always been a go-to game in the MASCAC. A lot of the players on both rosters played either with or against each other in high school. So there is some bragging rights on the line. Bridgewater State needed some late heroics in 2016 to beat Framingham State – the win provided the Bears with the conference crown, along with an automatic invite into the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Jaquan Harris clinched the victory for the Rams with a late fourth quarter interception. Framingham State escaped Bridgewater with a six-point (19-13) win.

MIT-WPI: This has become a classic NEWMAC matchup – crazy to think it is a young rivalry, but it keeps getting better every season. Last fall, WPI managed to recover a crucial onside kick with with 20 seconds remaining to secure a 24-21 win over MIT. In 2016, Blaine Bursey kicked a 19-yard game-winning field goal in overtime to send WPI past the Engineers of MIT, 37-34. Bursey was also the difference in 2015 when the two teams met in Worcester as he booted a 26-yard field goal midway through the fourth to provide WPI with a 31-28 win.

Springfield-Western New England: Who will win this year’s Pynchon SAW? Springfield captured it last season, downing Western New England, 35-21. Perhaps this year’s game will be different – it is scheduled for Friday evening of Labor Day Weekend. Both programs are expected to be in the hunt for their respective conference crowns, so this is a great way to begin a new campaign with a solid win against a talented opponent.

Trinity vs. Wesleyan: It’s the battle of Connecticut! These two teams will once again be in the mix for a NESCAC crown this fall, so you know how important this game is, especially since it is the final contest for both squads. Trinity scored a convincing 28-3 victory last fall, so you have to wonder how the Cardinals of Wesleyan will respond this November.


Other Rivalries to Watch in New England D3 Football 

  • Salve Regina-Western New England: This game has often decided the conference championship.
  • Husson-Western New England: The Eagles of Husson proved they are a team to keep an eye on in New England last year with an impressive win over Springfield. These two teams met last year with WNE winning the game by a touchdown (21-14)
  • Becker-Nichols: If you’re looking for another ‘battle of Worcester’ then look no further than Becker-Nichols.
  • Bates-Bowdoin, Bates-Colby & Bowdoin-Colby (CBB Trophy): Bates captured last season’s CBB (Colby, Bates & Bowdoin) trophy with victories over Bowdoin and Colby. Can they do it against this fall?
  • Castleton-Norwich: It’s the battle for the Sap Bucket! Castleton won it last season, so can Norwich win it this year?
  • Coast Guard-Merchant Marine: This game was on ESPN last year and will continue to be a game to circle with both teams playing in the NEWMAC.
  • Fitchburg State-Worcester State: Looking for another Worcester rivalry? Then look no further than Falcons-Lancers.

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D3 Lacrosse: Final Noontime Top 10 Men’s Lax Poll (Wednesday, May 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2018 NCAA Division 3 Men’s Lacrosse season officially concluded this past weekend with Wesleyan University winning its first-ever national title with an 8-6 win over Salisbury University at Gillette Stadium.

With the two-goal win, the Cardinals secured the top spot in our final Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll. Wesleyan began the season as a top team in our poll, but was forced to share the top position with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes Amherst College and Tufts University. The Jumbos secured the second position in our final poll, while the Mammoths slid into the third spot.

Springfield College, which captured this year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown, checked-in fourth overall, while Williams College rounded out the top five, checking-in fifth overall.

Conn. College and Coast Guard Academy – two teams we watched more closely this season – secured the sixth and sevenths positions, respectively. We expect both teams to be back in the mix next spring, despite some key graduation departures.

As always, you can stay connected with @Noontime_Lax on Twitter for lacrosse news, notes, scores and more!

Men’s D3 New England Top 10 Poll | Weds. May 30th, 2018 

1. Wesleyan University 

19-3, 10-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University 

18-2, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Amherst College 

15-4, 9-1 NESCAC

4. Springfield College 

13-6, 6-1 NEWMAC 
5. Williams College 

9-8, 6-4 NESCAC

6. Conn. College 

10-6, 5-5 NESCAC

7. Coast Guard Academy 

14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC

8. Middlebury College 

9-7, 5-5 NESCAC

9. Bowdoin College 

8-7, 4-6 NESCAC

10.   Western New England 

13-7, 8-0 CCC

ON THE RISE: Babson College (9-7, 6-1 NEWMAC), Bates College (8-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (9-12, 5-4 GNAC), Keene State (12-5, 7-0 LEC) and New England College (16-5, 7-0 NAC)

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Amherst College secured the top spot yet again – the Mammoths began the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament with an impressive win over ninth-ranked Bowdoin College. Amherst will take on second-ranked Tufts University this Saturday, May 5th in the conference semifinals, while third-ranked Wesleyan University will face-off against fourth-ranked Williams College. The winners of both semifinal match-ups will meet the following day – Sunday, May 6th – in the NESCAC championship with the winner securing the conference’s automatic qualifier for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Coast Guard Academy moved up two spots this week after finishing its regular season with a solid win over Babson College. The Beavers remained the 10th best team in the region for the second-straight week. Coast Guard will be the top seed in this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament.

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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 30th, 2018

1. Amherst College14-2, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University14-1, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
3. Wesleyan University13-2, 9-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
4. Williams College9-7, 6-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
5. Conn. College10-6, 5-5 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
6. Middlebury College9-7, 5-5 NESCACLast Week: No. 7
7. Coast Guard Academy13-3, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 9
8. Springfield College11-5, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 8
9. Bowdoin College8-7, 4-6 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
10. Babson College9-6, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Eastern Conn. State (9-6, 5-2 LEC), Endicott College (6-10, 6-2 CCC), Keene State (14-4, 7-0 LEC), MIT (8-7, 4-3 NEWMAC), Norwich University (12-5, 8-1 GNAC), Salve Regina (11-6, 4-4 CCC), Western New England (11-6, 8-0 CCC)

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Amherst College remains the top team in New England for the second-straight week – this past weekend, the Mammoths scored an impressive win over Bates College, which is currently ‘On the Rise’ this week. The Mammoths appear to be the front-runner for the top seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) – we will know more about what teams are in and where they will be headed later this week.

Tufts University and Wesleyan University remain the second and third best teams in the region, while Williams College moved up four spots following an impressive and important win over Bowdoin College this past weekend.

Williams has been an interesting team to watch this spring, but the question we have is can their late season momentum continue over the next few weeks in the NESCAC Tournament?

Finally, Endicott College returns to our ‘On the Rise’ section – don’t be fooled by the Gulls’ overall record, they have provided some serious challenges to teams on both lists this season. They will be a fun team to follow in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament, which begins this Saturday, April 28th.

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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, April 23rd, 2018

1. Amherst College12-2, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
2. Tufts University12-1, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
3. Wesleyan University11-2, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
4. Williams College8-6, 6-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 8
5. Conn. College10-4, 5-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
6. Bowdoin College8-5, 4-5 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
7. Middlebury College8-6, 4-5 NESCACLast Week: No. 7
8. Springfield College9-5, 4-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 10
9. Coast Guard Acad.11-3, 4-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 5
10. Babson College8-5, 5-0 NEWMACLast Week: No. 9

ON THE RISE: Bates College (7-7, 3-6 NESCAC), Clark University (8-5, 3-2 NEWMAC), Endicott College (5-10, 5-2 CCC), Keene State (8-4, 5-0 LEC), MIT (7-6, 3-2 NEWMAC) and Western New England (10-6, 7-0 CCC).

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 23rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Amherst College once again remains the top team in New England after a few important wins last week, including a 7-3 victory this past Saturday against Bates College. The Mammoths’ defense has been extremely impressive over the past few weeks, while the offense has provided multiple problems for opposing units. Amherst is averaging close to 14 goals per game.

Middlebury College swapped spots with Tufts University, checking-in second overall this week after appearing in the third position a week ago. The Panthers scored back-to-back wins this weekend over the Jumbos and Hamilton College – they will be the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which officially begins on Saturday, April 28th.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 23rd 2018

1. Amherst College13-1, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 1
2. Middlebury College12-2, 8-1 NESCACLast Week: No. 3
3. Tufts University11-3, 7-2 NESCACLast Week: No. 2
4. Trinity College10-4, 6-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 4
5. Bowdoin College11-3, 6-3 NESCACLast Week: No. 6
6. Wesleyan University9-5, 5-4 NESCACLast Week: No. 5
7. Colby College8-6, 3-6 NESCACLast Week: No. 7
8. Bates College7-7, 2-7 NESCACLast Week: No. 8
9. Williams College6-8, 2-7, NESCACLast Week: No. 9
10. Springfield College11-5, 6-1 NEWMACLast Week: No. 10

ON THE RISE: Babson College (8-7, 5-1 NEWMAC), Endicott College (11-3, 7-0 CCC), Framingham State (12-2, 4-1 MASCAC), Hamilton College (5-9, 3-7 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (12-2, 9-0 GNAC), MIT (9-5, 5-1 NEWMAC) and Roger Williams (12-3, 7-1 CCC).