A total team effort highlighted by five rushing touchdowns helped Framingham State defeat Bridgewater State, 47-13, and secure the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) outright for the third consecutive season.
The Rams, who have won or shared the conference crown every season except in 2016, improve to 7-2 overall and 7-0 in league play while the Bears dip to 5-4 and 5-2.
Saturday’s win marked the fourth consecutive time the Rams have beaten the Bears since Bridgewater State edged Framingham State in overtime in 2016. The win provided the Bears with their first MASCAC crown since winning it outright in 2008.
Marcus McBean Jr. rushed for a pair of scores, including his team’s initial touchdown on a five-yard carry early in the second quarter while Devaun Ford tallied two scores – one on the ground, one through the air – and led all rushers with 99 yards on 16 carries.
Quarterback Nicolas Goffredo tallied three touchdowns, including one on the ground, and completed 23 of 37 passes for 281 yards.
McBean Jr. and Ford provided the Rams with an early lead before James Cahoon capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive late in the second quarter with an eight-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Hairston, which brought the visitors within one score (14-7) at the break. But that would be the closest the Bears would get as Framingham State capped all three offensive series in the third quarter with touchdowns to secure a 34-7 lead heading into the final session.
The 47 points the Rams produced were the most they have recorded in a single game this season while the offense registered a season-best 530 yards of total offense.
Chase Buono led the Framingham State defense with seven total tackles while Joshua Onujiogu registered four tackles for a loss of 17 yards.
Despite the loss, James Cahoon concluded the game with 234 passing yards while halfback Adam Couch was limited to just 17 yards on six carries.
Framingham State will attempt to win their eighth-straight contest next Saturday, November 13 when they visit Worcester State for a 12 p.m. kickoff. Bridgewater State will visit Massachusetts Maritime Academy for the 42nd Annual Cranberry Bowl, which will also commence at 12 p.m.
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, we head into the tenth week with some exciting conference races to watch in both NCAA Division II and Division III.
As usual, let’s start in Division II and then run through the five Division III conference races.
Northeast-10 Conference (NE10)
The Leaders: Bentley University (8-0, 6-0) and University of New Haven (7-1, 6-0)
Matchup to watch this weekend:
Bentley at New Haven (Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.)
Synopsis: A few weeks ago, I thought this would be the matchup that would determine the conference winner. And indeed, it is.
The Falcons and Chargers enter the tenth week of the 2021 college football season with a great deal of momentum – they both secured spots on the NCAA Division II Super Region One Rankings with Bentley securing the top spot while New Haven checked in sixth.
Saturday’s winner will most likely represent the NE10 in the national postseason later this month, pending they don’t win their final contest next weekend.
Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)
The Leader(s): Endicott College (7-2, 4-1) and Salve Regina University (8-1, 4-1)
In the Hunt: Husson University (6-2, 3-1) and Western New England (5-3, 3-1)
Matchups to watch this weekend:
Salve Regina at Husson (Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.)
Western New England at University of New England (Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.)
Synopsis: The Seahawks will wrap up their regular-season slate with a visit to Maine on Saturday with hopes of returning to Newport, Rhode Island with their ninth victory. A win for Salve Regina would eliminate Husson from the conference championship hunt, but the same could be said for the Eagles if they are able to outlast the Seahawks as it seems unlikely that this year’s league champion will have two conference setbacks on their resume.
Western New England will also be in Maine on Saturday to face a Nor’easters squad that almost edged Endicott last weekend. UNE can play spoiler by beating the Golden Bears, but most likely, Western New England will prevail.
Endicott is idle this weekend but will return to the gridiron next week when they visit Nichols College.
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
The Leader(s): Alfred State (4-4, 3-1), Anna Maria College (5-2, 3-1), Castleton University (5-3, 3-1 ECFC), and Gallaudet University (5-1, 3-1)
Matchups to watch this weekend:
Castleton at Alfred State (Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.)
Gallaudet at Anna Maria (Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.)
Synopsis: This is a “playoff” week with all four contenders competing against each other. And when it concludes, we may have a better gauge of who will represent the conference in the postseason.
For a few weeks, it appeared as if Anna Maria was going to win the league, but now, it could be Castleton, which needs to win its final two contests, as well as get some help from other ECFC members. Anna Maria needs help, along with Alfred State and Gallaudet.
Speaking of Gallaudet, the Bison have been a team to watch this fall, too – can they bounce back from a three-point setback last month to Alfred State this week? I believe they can, but they are facing an Anna Maria squad that is eager to return to the win column after losing to Castleton one week ago.
Don’t rule out Alfred State as they could finish the season on a four-game winning streak to secure their first-ever conference crown. Again, they will need some help to win the league, but I could see them winning the ECFC. Just a hunch.
All in all, it should be an exciting final two weeks of the ECFC football season.
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)
The Leader: Framingham State (6-2, 6-0)
In the Hunt: Bridgewater State (5-3, 5-1)
Matchup to watch this weekend:
Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.)
Synopsis: Framingham State inched closer to winning the conference crown last week with a 23-14 win against Massachusetts Maritime Academy. But as coach Tom Kelley and the Rams know, for them to win the conference, they must beat a Bridgewater State team that was stunned last weekend by UMass Dartmouth.
Bridgewater State can still win the conference, but they need to win their final two contests, including this Saturday’s tilt in Framingham. Like the Rams, they have beaten some of the league’s top teams, including Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Plymouth State, and Western Connecticut. Framingham State, however, topped UMass Dartmouth in their third game of the season.
If the Rams lose on Saturday, then they will need to beat Worcester State next weekend and hope the Bears get tripped up by the Buccaneers in the Cranberry Bowl.
All in all, Saturday’s contest has the makings of an instant classic – can Bridgewater State bounce back and keep their title hopes alive or will Framingham State’s current momentum carry them to their seventh straight victory?
New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
The Leader: Williams College (7-0, 7-0)
In the Hunt: Amherst College (5-2, 5-2), Trinity College (6-1, 6-1), and Wesleyan University (6-1, 6-1)
Matchups to watch this weekend:
Wesleyan at Williams (Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.)
Amherst at Trinity (Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.)
Synopsis: Following an impressive win last weekend against Trinity, Williams heads into its final two contests with a great deal of momentum, but they will certainly be challenged by Amherst and Wesleyan, who are eager to hand their Little Three rival a loss.
Williams will enter this week’s meeting with the Cardinals as the favorite, but Wesleyan is a resilient squad that seems eager to bounce back from a heartbreaking defeat this past weekend against Amherst in overtime.
And speaking of the Mammoths, they need to win, both this week and next week, to have a shot at sharing the conference crown. Amherst has not beaten Trinity since November 4, 2017, so let’s see if they score an important win this weekend against a squad that will be ready to return to the win column.
New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)
The Leader: Springfield College (5-3, 4-0)
In the Hunt: Catholic University (5-3, 3-1) and United States Merchant Marine Academy (7-1, 4-1)
Matchups to watch this weekend:
Norwich University at Catholic (Saturday, November 6 at 12 p.m.)
Springfield at MIT (Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m.)
Synopsis: With a 28-23 victory last Saturday, Springfield has put itself in a position to win the conference for the first time since 2017. But for Springfield to win the NEWMAC, they must beat their two remaining opponents: Catholic and MIT.
After dropping a pair of league contests, the Engineers of MIT have roared back, winning back-to-back games against Coast Guard Academy and Norwich, so don’t expect the Cambridge football team to lay down to Springfield. But it’s hard to see MIT or Catholic derailing Springfield, which has not lost a game since September.
Despite losing to Springfield last weekend, the Mariners of Merchant Marine Academy are still in contention to win the league, but they need the Pride to lose either this week or next week. Additionally, Catholic is in the mix but needs to beat Norwich and Springfield and have Coast Guard beat Merchant Marine next week.
All in all, it should be an exciting final two weeks of NEWMAC football.
Welcome to the ninth week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III college football season — are you ready for another for a big week of football?
This week, along with the next two, will help us determine what teams will compete in either the national postseason or the New England Bowl(s).
So, without further ado, let’s get excited for another week of football with our latest Top 20 poll.
1. Salve Regina University (7-1, 3-1 CCC | LW: No. 5): The Seahawks return to the top of our poll following a come-from-behind victory against Endicott College.
2. Trinity College (6-0, 6-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 2): A big matchup awaits the Bantams this week against the Ephs of Williams College.
3. Endicott College (6-2, 3-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Gulls drop two spots after seeing their 14-6 lead disappear in the fourth quarter last Saturday to Salve Regina.
4. Western New England (5-3, 3-1 CCC | LW: No. 4): Make it back-to-back wins for the Golden Bears who are still in the mix for their conference crown.
5. Williams College (6-0, 6-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 3): Another week, another victory for the Ephs.
6. Framingham State (5-2, 5-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 6): Are you ready for the Kelley Cup this Saturday?
7. Bridgewater State (5-2, 5-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 7): The Bears rolled past Westfield State this past weekend but face a UMass Dartmouth squad that has won three straight since falling to Western Connecticut earlier this month.
8. Wesleyan University (6-0, 6-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 8): The Cardinals shut out Middlebury College at home and will look to continue their midseason momentum against Amherst College this weekend.
9. UMass Dartmouth (6-2, 4-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 9): Don’t be surprised if these Corsairs hand the Bears of Bridgewater State their initial conference setback of the season on Saturday.
10. Husson University (5-2, 2-1 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles bounced back from a week seven setback to Endicott with a big win against the University of New England.
11. Springfield College (4-3, 3-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): Make it three-straight wins for the Pride, who now face their toughest test of the season: the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USSMA).
12. Anna Maria College (5-1, 3-0 ECFC | LW: No. 12): Did you know the AMCATs are in first place in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)?
13. Plymouth State (3-4, 3-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): Make it three-straight wins for the Panthers, who will look to even their record with a win on Saturday against Westfield State.
14. MIT (3-3, 1-2 NEWMAC | LW: No. 17): A dramatic second-half comeback helped the Engineers outlast Norwich University.
15. Amherst College (4-2, 4-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 20): The Mammoths posted their first shutout of the season last Saturday against Hamilton College. Will this win translate to a big victory this weekend against Wesleyan?
16. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-3, 3-2 MASCAC | LW: Not Ranked): The Buccaneers returned to the poll following an impressive 22-20 win over Western Connecticut.
17. University of New England (3-4, 1-2 CCC | LW: No. 15): A big challenge awaits the Nor’easter this weekend at Endicott.
18. Western Connecticut (3-5, 2-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 14): The Colonials will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak on Saturday at Worcester State.
19. Colby College (2-4, 2-4 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mules will look to bounce back from their week eight setback to Trinity with a CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) victory against Bates College.
20. Bates College (1-5, 1-5 NESCAC | LW: Not Ranked): These Bobcats have provided some challenges to Wesleyan and Williams this fall, so don’t be surprised if they finish their 2021 slate with two – maybe three? – more victories.
Mike Ingraffia completed 18 of 27 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns – his second touchdown to Shane Aylward proved to be the difference as Endicott College topped Husson University, 24-17, to improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.
With the win, the Gulls remain in the top spot in the league for the second-straight week while Husson concludes a four-game winning streak, which began last month with a 10-7 victory over Plymouth State.
Endicott led Husson, 14-10, at the break, thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by Tyler Bridge and a 27-yard strike from Mike Ingraffia to Geoffrey Ingrando before extending its lead midway through the third quarter with a 33-yard field goal by Ryan Smith.
Husson would tie the game on the ensuing possession with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Nic Visser to Tyler Halls, but Endicott would respond late in the session with Ingraffia capping a 14-play, 87-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Aylward.
Endicott will visit Salve Regina University next week – the Seahawks picked-up its sixth win of the season by downing Nichols College by a score of 35-20.
Joey Mauriello rushed for 203 yards and 30 carries and three touchdowns against the Bison while quarterback Jack Maguire completed 17 of 29 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Logan Sawyer led the Bison with 294 passing yards and one touchdown pass to Cameron Bowden.
Salve Regina led Nichols, 14-6, at the break before pushing ahead for good by scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter.
Western New England bounced back from last week’s setback to Endicott by beating Curry College, 23-10. Wide receiver Steven Fedorchak concluded the contest with seven grabs for 103 yards and one touchdown.
The Golden Bears will be at home next weekend – they will welcome Nichols to Springfield, Massachusetts for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
One week after scoring an impressive 60-0 victory over Coast Guard Academy, the Springfield College Pride scored another big win as they defeated Norwich University, 56-7, in Vermont.
Isaiah Cashwell-Doe rushed for a game-high 144 yards on five carries and two touchdowns while Patrick Ladas added 59 yards on five carries and one rushing score.
Springfield concluded the game with 576 yards of total offense while its defense registered five tackles for a loss of 25 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two interceptions.
The Pride remain one of three teams with perfect records against New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foes – Merchant Marine improved to 3-0 in league play with a 56-34 win over MIT while Catholic University topped Coast Guard Academy, 30-7.
Aaron-Moses Williams completed 30 of 45 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns – his final touchdown pass to Ke’Vaughn Davis (13 catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns) proved to be the difference as the Worcester State Lancers rallied to beat Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 28-24.
Worcester State will visit Plymouth State next weekend – the Panthers scored their second straight win by defeating Fitchburg State this afternoon by a score of 36-0. Tyler Kayo and Manny Sanchez combined for three rushing touchdowns against the Falcons.
One week after almost beating Wesleyan University, Bowdoin College snapped a 14-game losing streak to Amherst College by defeating the Mammoths in Maine by a score of 21-14.
Quarterback Andrew Boel tossed three touchdowns in the win while Andre Eden rushed for 105 yards on 31 carries.
Amherst is now 1-2 against New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams from Maine.
Trinity College and Williams College remained perfect through five weeks of NESCAC play as the Bantams rolled past Bates College, 45-7, while the Ephs topped Hamilton College, 35-7.
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