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Noontime’s Five D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Three

Willie Lombard and the Plymouth State Panthers will attempt to continue their early-season momentum on Saturday against Bridgewater State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kim Bownes/Plymouth State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

It may be Tuesday, but it’s never too early to look ahead to this weekend’s slate of small college football games.

Like we did last week – and yes, last season, too – it is time to highlight this week’s five New England NCAA Division III football teams to watch on Friday and Saturday.

Anna Maria College: Quarterback Alex Cohen highlighted his team’s season-opener by recording eight touchdowns.

No, the “eight touchdowns” was not a typo.

The AMCATs’ win over UMass Dartmouth certainly proves this squad can defend its Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title from last fall.

While it’s only one game, Cohen has been a player to watch on Anna Maria, dating back to his initial season with the Maroon and White in 2018 when he recorded 13 touchdowns, including five scores on the ground. The veteran signal-caller has thrown for 5,562 yards and 43 touchdowns in 30 contests with Anna Maria – expect his impressive debut from last week to continue this weekend against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Endicott College: The Gulls’ defense has been the story through two contests.

Entering this week’s non-conference matchup with The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Endicott’s defense has limited its first two opponents – St. Lawrence University and WPI – to zero points. Additionally, the unit is yielding 61.0 rushing yards per game.

Hector Johnson was named to this week’s D3Football.com Team of the Week after establishing a career-high for tackles (six), sacks (four), and tackles for a loss (four) last Friday against WPI. Johnson is currently third on the team in total tackles (11.0) and has complemented linebacker Matthew Licciardi (15 total tackles) and defensive back Tyler Davis (13.0 total tackles).

Framingham State: Last season, it took the Rams three weeks to score their first win.

This season, the Rams needed just two weeks to secure a victory as they earned their first non-conference win in four years this past weekend.

Beating St. John Fisher, a team that produced 62 points in its season-opener against Buffalo State, should provide coach Tom Kelley’s squad with some much-needed momentum heading into Saturday’s conference clash with UMass Dartmouth. Framingham State has won its last four meetings with UMass Dartmouth while averaging 40.5 points.

The Corsairs’ last win over the Rams came in 2016 in overtime.

For the Rams to score its initial conference win, they will need to lean on their defense, specifically Cully Curran, Michael Brooks, and Chase Buono, to slow down a high-powered UMass Dartmouth offense that is led by quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos and halfback Marvens Jean.

Plymouth State: It’s been a good start for coach Paul Castonia’s Panthers.

Plymouth State has won back-to-back games over Castleton University (20-7) and Husson University (17-0), thanks to both its rushing attack and defense.

Manny Sanchez and Willie Lombard have been two players to watch on offense this fall with the duo combining for 325 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Lombard has been Braden Lynn’s go-to receiver with five catches for a team-high 66 receiving yards.

Lombard, along with Sanchez and Lynn, will be players to watch against a Bridgewater State squad that appears eager to snap its two-game losing streak. The Bears beat the Panthers last season, thanks to halfback Adam Couch, who rushed for a game-high 150 yards and one touchdown.

Couch will be on the field Saturday and will certainly be a player the Panthers’ defense will need to stop if the Green and White would like to extend its current winning streak.

Trinity College: The wait for a brand-new season of Trinity College football has concluded.

The Bantams return to the gridiron this Saturday with hopes of continuing its previous success from a year ago when the Blue and Gold concluded their campaign with eight wins and one loss.

The Bantams return some key members of last year’s squad, including quarterback Spencer Fetter, halfback Will Kirby, wide receiver DeVante Reid, and linebacker Brian Casagrande. Of course, other first and second-team all-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) players return with hopes of winning its first conference crown since 2018.

Trinity will visit Tufts University on Saturday – last year, the Bantams beat the Jumbos in their season-opener, thanks to Spencer Fetter and Will Kirby, who combined for six touchdowns.

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 10 Poll (Sept. 12, 2022)

Alex Cohen recorded eight touchdowns on Saturday in Anna Maria College’s season-opening win against UMass Dartmouth. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kyle Prudhomme)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s Monday, which means it is time to share – or produce? – our week three New England NCAA Division III Football Top 10 Poll.

For the second-straight week, Endicott College remains our top team – the Gulls have scored back-to-back non-conference wins over St. Lawrence University (27-0) and WPI (24-0) and will look to continue their early-season momentum at home on Saturday against The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Both Trinity College and Wesleyan University moved up while Springfield College remained in the third position for the second-straight week.

Salve Regina University rounded out the top five following a come-from-behind victory over MIT while Anna Maria College moved up three spots following a convincing win over UMass Dartmouth.

Framingham State and Plymouth State joined this week’s poll by securing the final two spots.



Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 12, 2022 (Week Three)

  1. Endicott College (2-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 1): The Gulls defense pitched its second-straight shutout last Friday, handing WPI its first loss of the 2022 season. This Saturday, expect the early-season momentum to continue against TCNJ.

  2. Trinity College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 4): It’s finally game week for the Bantams – this week, they visit Tufts University, a team they beat last season in their season-opener, thanks to Spencer Fetter (three passing touchdowns) and Will Kirby (three rushing touchdowns).

  3. Springfield College (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) (LW: No. 3): Springfield remains in the same position as they were a week ago, despite suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Rowan University. Springfield will be tested this week against an undefeated Union College squad.

  4. Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC) (LW: No. 5): Like the Bantams, the Cardinals will kick off its season this weekend against Bates College. Wesleyan beat Bates last season, thanks to a late touchdown pass from David Estevez.

  5. Salve Regina University (2-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 6): Somehow, someway, coach Kevin Gilmartin’s squad is finding ways to win games. On Saturday, they needed a late touchdown drive to seal a come-from-behind win against MIT.

  6. Anna Maria College (1-0, 0-0 ECFC) (LW: No. 9): Alex Cohen and the AMCATs were quite impressive on Saturday as Anna Maria stunned UMass Dartmouth, 63-48. Cohen concluded the contest with six passing touchdowns and two scores on the ground.

  7. UMass Dartmouth (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC) (LW: No. 2): After scoring an impressive opening day win over Husson University, the Corsairs slipped to the seventh spot following a 15-point setback to Anna Maria. This week, the Corsairs will look to bounce back against Framingham State.  

  8. University of New England (2-0, 0-0 CCC) (LW: No. 8): For the first time in program history, the Nor’easters have begun their season with back-to-back wins. UNE topped Bridgewater State this past weekend, thanks to Jarrett Henault, who recorded five touchdowns, including a pair on the ground.

  9. Framingham State (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC) (LW: NR): The Rams overcame a two-score deficit to beat St. John Fisher for an important non-conference win. Cully Curran and Michael Brooks combined for 16 total tackles, including one tackle for a loss of 10 yards and four pass breakups.

  10. Plymouth State (2-0, 0-0 MASCAC) (LW: NR): It’s been three years since the Panthers began their season with back-to-back wins – with a victory this weekend against Bridgewater State, the Green and White can match their start from 2019 with a 3-0 record.

On the Rise: MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC), Western Connecticut (1-1, 0-0 MASCAC), and Western New England (1-1, 0-0 CCC).

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Two

Springfield College quarterback David Wells and the Pride host Rowan University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the second week of the New England NCAA Division III football season.

Like last week, we have a few games to watch (and follow) this evening before a busy slate begins tomorrow at noontime.

Last week, we picked seven of ten games correctly – that’s not a bad start, eh? – so let’s see if our early-season momentum can continue this week.

Enjoy the games this weekend – make sure to stop by on Saturday for our week two roundup!

Dean College at Nichols College (Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.): The Bison overcame a 20-3 deficit at the break to score an opening day win last Friday over Westfield State. Tonight, their second-half momentum continues – look for a big game from halfback Zahir Booker, who concluded last week’s meeting with the Owls with 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns. PREDICTION: Nichols over Dean

Endicott College at WPI (Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.): Last year, the Gulls scored three touchdowns in the final session to secure a hard-fought 28-21 victory over the Engineers. Tonight, look for Endicott to lean on its ground game – last week, the ground attack powered the Gulls to a 27-0 victory against St. Lawrence University. PREDICTION: Endicott over WPI

Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Maritime College (Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.): Does anyone want some chowder? The Mariners captured the 13th Annual Chowder Bowl last September, thanks to its defense that intercepted quarterback David Keogh. Let’s see if the MMA defense can have another big game this evening against a Privateers squad that dropped its season-opener last week to Hartwick College. PREDICTION: Massachusetts Maritime over Maritime (N.Y.)   

UMass Dartmouth at Anna Maria (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): I was pretty impressed by the Corsairs last week – quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns in his team’s 35-14 win over Husson University. This week, the Corsairs will once again rely on Aviles-Santos’ arm, but also lean on halfback Marvens Jean, who is currently the second leading rusher in NCAA Division III with 254 yards. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Anna Maria

Rowan University at Springfield College (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): As expected, the Springfield rushing attack shined last Friday evening in their season-opening win against Western New England. Expect another big day from this offense – I’ll say quarterback David Wells will finish the game with two touchdowns. PREDICTION: Springfield over Rowan

St. John Fisher at Framingham State (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): If the Rams are to score their first win of the 2022 season, they will need to stop Malachi Duvall, who concluded St. John Fisher’s season-opener with four rushing touchdowns. PREDICTION: St. John Fisher over Framingham State

Salve Regina University at MIT (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): It’s hard to get a gauge on both squads after one week. But I have a hunch that coach Kevin Gilmartin’s unit will score more than one touchdown this week against the Engineers. PREDICTION: Salve Regina over MIT

Bridgewater State at University of New England (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): Last week, the Nor’easters scored their first-ever win over Coast Guard Academy. And last year in week two, UNE stunned Bridgewater State by erasing a 14-point deficit at the break to secure a hard-fought 23-20 overtime win. PREDICTION: UNE over Bridgewater State

Westfield State at Western New England (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): Cameron Danahy helped the Owls’ defense keep the Bison at bay for 30 minutes but struggled to stop the Nichols offense in the second half. If the Owls are going to be victorious on Saturday, they will need their entire defense to find a way to slow down a Golden Bears squad that was held to just 14 points last week. PREDICTION: WNE over Westfield State  

Curry College at Coast Guard Academy (Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m.): Quarterback Justin Mullaney threw three touchdowns last week in Curry’s season-opener against MIT with two of them landing in the hands of Gabe DeSouza. Look for the duo to connect a few times on Saturday so coach Todd Parsons can score his initial win with the Colonels. PREDICTION: Curry over Coast Guard Academy

New England D3 Football Week Two Schedule

DJ Brown and the Springfield College football team will host Rowan University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Yes, know the National Football League (NFL) begins its 2022 season this evening, but tomorrow marks the beginning of the second week of the New England NCAA Division III season.

Like we did last week, allow us to share this week’s D-III schedule, which features some enticing non-conference matchups.

New England D-III Football Week Two Schedule

Friday, September 9

  • Dean College at Nichols College at 6 p.m.
  • Massachusetts Maritime at SUNY-Maritime at 7 p.m.
  • Endicott College at WPI at 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 10

  • Plymouth State at Husson University at 12 p.m.
  • UMass Dartmouth at Anna Maria at 12 p.m.
  • St. John Fisher at Framingham State at 12 p.m.
  • St. Lawrence University at Norwich University at 12 p.m.
  • Rowan University at Springfield College at 12 p.m.
  • Salve Regina University at MIT at 1 p.m.
  • Worcester State at Union College at 1 p.m.
  • Bridgewater State at University of New England at 1 p.m.
  • Westfield State at Western New England at 1 p.m.
  • Curry College at Coast Guard Academy at 1:30 p.m.
  • Fitchburg State at Castleton University at 2 p.m.
  • Western Connecticut at Albright College at 3 p.m.

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 10 Poll (Sept. 5, 2022)

Anthony Caggianelli and the Endicott College football team scored an opening day win over St. Lawrence University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway Sports Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com

With the first week of the New England NCAA Division III football season in the books, it is time to unveil a brand-new poll.

Previously, we shared our way too early Top 20 Poll in June — as we noted, both here on the blog and on social media, the poll would change.

And indeed, it has changed — do you notice the difference?

This year, we’re going back in time to produce a weekly 10-team poll, which is something we did previously before expanding our list to 20 teams in 2019 (we also did a Top 20 poll last fall).

So, without further ado, allow us to share this week’s poll, which finds Endicott College in the top spot followed by UMass Dartmouth (second) and Springfield College (third).

Noontime’s Top 10 Poll: Monday, September 5, 2022 (Week Two)

1. Endicott College (1-0, 0-0 CCC): An impressive ground game highlighted the Gulls’ season-opening win over the Saints of St. Lawrence. Let’s see if it can continue against a WPI defense that yielded 139 rushing yards last Friday to Worcester State.

2. UMass Dartmouth (1-0, 0-0 MASCAC): Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win, including one score on the ground. His impressive play should continue this week against Anna Maria.

3. Springfield College (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): Six members of the Pride reached the end zone on the ground against Western New England last Friday. Look for Springfield’s impressive rushing attack to continue this week against Rowan University.

4. Trinity College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC): The Bantams will be idle for one more week — they will begin their 2022 campaign at Tufts University on Saturday, September 17.

5. Wesleyan University (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC): The Cardinals will be idle for one more week — Wesleyan begins its 2022 campaign at home on Saturday, September 17 against Bates College.

6.  Salve Regina University (1-0, 0-0 CCC): One touchdown was all the Seahawks needed to beat Norwich University, but one has to think that this offense will produce a few more points on Saturday against MIT.

7.  MIT (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): Coach Brian Bubna‘s squad took care of business last Friday with a season-opening win against Curry College. On Saturday, they face a challenging foe in Salve Regina, which has scored three-straight wins against the Engineers, dating back to 2015.

8.  University of New England (1-0, 0-0 CCC): The Nor’easters scored their first win over Coast Guard Academy this past weekend, snapping a three-game skid in the series with the Bears that began in 2018.

9.  Anna Maria College (0-0, 0-0 ECFC): The wait is finally over. We’ll finally see the AMCATs for the first time this weekend when they welcome the Corsairs to Paxton.

10. WPI (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC): The Engineers began their season with a win over Worcester State, but face a challenging test on Friday against the Gulls of Endicott.

ON THE RISE: Husson University (0-1, 0-0 CCC), Western New England (0-1, 0-0 CCC), and Williams College (0-0, 0-0 NESCAC)