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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Football Friday Notebook: UMass Dartmouth, WPI Unveil 2018 Schedules

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you had a great Fourth of July and ready for the first Friday in July.

We’re a few weeks out from the start of another NFL season, which is exciting. Additionally, we are also closing in on the start of college and high school football, too – crazy, right?

Let’s kick-off the first weekend in July with some news from the gridiron world – have an awesome weekend, everyone and enjoy the cooler weather in New England!


Boston College and Syracuse University will square-off late this upcoming college football season. So, while we anxiously await that particular kick-off, check out an early outlook/preview of what Orange fans can expect when they face-off against the Eagles.

If you’re a New England Patriots fan, you probably know by now that wide receiver Julian Edelman saw his four game suspension upheld and will miss the first four games of the 2018 season against the Detroit LionsHouston TexansJacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins.

Yes, it is disappointing that Edelman won’t be on the first for the team’s first four games, but as Pats Pulpits‘ Matthew Rewinski writes, “Time to take the L and move on.”

The UMass Dartmouth football team recently unveiled its 2018 schedule, which features non-conference clashes against Alfred State and Delaware Valley. One week after hosting DelVal, the Corsairs will travel to Westfield State for its first MASCAC tilt of the season on Friday, September 14th.

Also announcing its 2018 slate was the WPI football team – Coach Chris Robertson shared the team’s upcoming schedule in a tweet on Tuesday. The Engineers begin its season with three-straight road contests, including a week two meeting with the RPI Engineers. RPI-WPI is always a game to watch or circle on the calendar.

Finally – just for fun! – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was spotted recently tossing a 66-yard touchdown pass to a Minnesota high school football player. The video of the long heave was seen on the Moorhead Spud Football Twitter handle.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 13 (Tues., Feb. 27th)

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WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.):
The junior center scored her 1,000th career point and finished with a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds with a game-high seven blocks and a team-high five assists in the Lancers’ Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal overtime win over Salem State. She wrapped up the season with seven points and eight rebounds with four assists, three blocks and two steals in the MASCAC semifinal two days later in a setback to Westfield State. Overall, she averaged 12 points, 11.5 rebounds, five blocks and 4.5 assists during the MASCAC women’s basketball tournament. She shot 62.5% from the floor this past week.


Sam Maglione WACBA ROWWomen’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): Worcester State’s rookie Sam Maglione was a game-changer in the Lancers’ 74-69 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quarterfinal win over Salem State. Maglione recorded an important offensive rebound with five seconds remaining before sinking a pair of freebies that sent the game to overtime. In the extra session, she recorded a key defensive carom that sparked a 12-6 run that helped the Lancers secure an exciting tournament win. Maglione concluded the contest with seven points, including a trifecta in the extra session, while tallying four rebounds. Against Westfield State, she tallied three points in a 105-80 setback.


In the news: A congratulations is due to Coach Bill Gibbons of Holy Cross, who recently earned his 600th win on the sidelines when the Crusaders downed Colgate last Saturday on ‘Senior Day.’


Honor Roll

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. |Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison had an incredible week for the Hawks, as she led Becker to three-straight wins and their first New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) title. The sophomore averaged 19.7 points and four steals per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 45 percent from behind the arc. At Mitchell last Thursday, Harrison led the upset of the second-seeded Mariners, pouring in 23 points to lift the Hawks to a 75-50 win. Then, playing at Newbury last Saturday in the Championship final, Harrison again scored 23 points as the Hawks punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): The senior helped sent the Engineers to the program’s third consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) final with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds versus Babson. She also averaged three steals per game for the tournament.

Stasha Greenalch (WPI | Sr. | Newington, Conn.): Greenalch registered double digits in all three rounds of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament. The senior began with 10 points against Coast Guard before dropping a dozen in the semifinal versus Babson. She finished with 11 against MIT in the championship on Sunday. Greenalch scored four points in the overtime session with Babson and had the final say with a three-pointer in the title game.

D3 Hoops: Wednesday Night Conference Tournament Scoreboard

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Four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament games took place this evening and below are this evening’s outcomes.

Men’s Basketball: No. 4 WPI 95, No. 5 Wheaton 76: Aaron Todd netted 15 of his 21 points in the second half as the Engineers defeated the Lyons in Worcester to secure a spot in this weekend’s semifinals. WPI’s Jake Wisniewski concluded the game with 17 points – he netted 14 points in the first half – while Wheaton’s Ryan Fogarty matched Todd with a team-high 21 points.

Women’s Basketball: No. 2 WPI 72, No. 7 Coast Guard Academy 42: Meg Donovan came off the bench and netted a team-high 14 points, while Maura Buckley and Stasha Greenalch combine for 21 points – both student-athletes each netted double-figures – as the Engineers defeated the Bears of Coast Guard in Worcester. Coast Guard’s Micaela Martinelli netted a game-high 19 points, including five trifectas.

Women’s Basketball: No. 3 Babson 85, No. 6 Emerson 57: Katherine Tamulionis was one of three Babson players to net double figures – she concluded the game with 19 points – as the Beavers defeated the Lions in Babson Park. Quinn Madden paced Emerson with a team-high 12 points.

Women’s Basketball: No. 5 MIT 66, No. 4 Springfield 55: Dolly Yuan netted a season-best 26 points to lead the Engineers past the Pride in Springfield. MIT secured the lead for good by racing out to a 20-11 advantage after one quarter before securing a 36-27 lead at the break. Springfield’s Alex Goslin concluded the game with a team-high 15 points.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 12 (Wednesday, Feb. 21st)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Britt Herring averaged double-double figures of 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds with an 83.3% shooting percentage (20-of-24) in a 0-2 week for the Blue and Gold. In the setback to Bridgewater State she put up 18 points with 12 boards, three blocks, two assists and two steals. She then wrapped up the regular season with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks in the loss to Westfield State.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Shannon St. Lawrence (Nichols College | Fr. | Milton, N.H.): Shannon St. Lawrence had another strong week for the Bison, averaging 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. St. Lawrence had 12 points, six rebounds, an assist, and two steals in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the season with a double-double of 18 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a 79-48 win over Wentworth.


Women’s Honor Roll

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Soph. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison came up strong for the Hawks in their final two games of the regular season, averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 steals in victories over Wheelock and Mitchell. She was also a perfect 15 of 15 from the free throw line. First at home against the Wildcats on Tuesday, Harrison finished with 27 points and four steals as the Hawks won 53-45. Then at the Mariners on Saturday, the sophomore capped off a 24 point performance with a game-winning basket as Becker took with win, 58-56.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged 10.5 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. She netted 14 points four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in a setback to Westfield State on Wednesday before adding seven points, 14 boards, one assist, one steal and one block in a 62-59 triumph over Bridgewater State on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.): In a pair of games last week, Manis averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She began the week with 19 points and five rebounds in a setback to Army – she was an impressive 11 for 15 from the line. Three days later against Bucknell, she tallied 19 points again, while pulling down seven caroms, including five on defense. She connected on seven of 17 shots, including one of two attempts from beyond the arc, while sinking four of five freebies.

Brooke Packard (Nichols College | Sr. | Dudley, Mass.): Brooke Packard averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in a 1-1 week for the Bison. Packard scored five points to go with five rebounds and an assist in a 71-46 setback to Eastern Nazarene. She wrapped up the week on Senior Day with a career-best 28 points and 12 rebounds to go with an assist and three steals.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged 17 points on 14-of-20 shooting (70%) and 6.5 rebounds as WPI claimed a share of the NEWMAC regular season title with wins over Wellesley and Emerson. The senior began the week with 18 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block versus the Blue before a 16-point, nine rebound performance against the Lions. The Engineers (20-5, 13-3) split the title with Babson and Smith for the programs fifth regular season title. It marks the third consecutive 20-plus win season for head coach Cherise Galasso, who owns six of the nine in program history, and the first time it has been done in three straight seasons. The six-game winning streak is the longest of the campaign and the Crimson and Gray head into the NEWMAC tournament having beat all 10 teams for the second consecutive regular season.