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Mulrooney Named The Next Head Coach At Lock Haven University

Dan Mulrooney, who coached Anna Maria College from 2016 to 2021, has been named the next head coach of Lock Haven University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Telegram & Gazette/Michelle Sheppard)

By NoontimeSports.com

Dan Mulrooney promised to start a “new culture” with the Anna Maria College football program when he was hired on December 14, 2016. And indeed, he did.

Mulrooney, a former defensive coordinator with WPI, guided the AMCATs to 11 wins in four seasons, along with its first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title this past fall. Anna Maria competed in the NCAA Division III postseason for the first time in school history last November but saw its bid for a national title conclude with a 62-10 setback to Delaware Valley in the opening round.

Two months after Anna Maria’s best season in program history concluded, Mulrooney accepted the head coaching role with Lock Haven University, an NCAA Division II squad that posted a 1-10 record last fall.

Mulrooney replaces John Kelling, who was let go from the program last month.

“It is with great pride that I accept the head football coaching position at Lock Haven University … I am ready to build LHU football into a program with a championship culture. A culture that our entire university community, alumni, and our entire fanbase will be proud to support,” Mulrooney said, via GoLHU.com.

Mulrooney certainly transformed the Anna Maria program into a squad to watch, especially in his third season when the AMCATs concluded its 2019 campaign by matching the 2013 team with two wins. Anna Maria’s 2-3 conference record resulted in a four-way tie for third place.

Two years later, Anna Maria produced its most wins in program history with seven victories, including five league wins.

Following the conclusion of the 2021 season, Mulrooney was named the ECFC Coach of the Year, while Steve Croce was tabbed the league’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

Croce, who was the team’s offensive coordinator last fall, has been named the next head coach of the AMCATs.  

“It has been an honor of a lifetime to be able to serve as the head football coach at Anna Maria College. Thank you to President Retelle and the administration for giving me the opportunity and resources to lead and positively impact a great group of student-athletes,” Mulrooney said, via GoAMCATs.com.

Noontime’s Final D3 Football Top 20 Poll (Nov. 22, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to believe, but another season of New England NCAA Division III football has officially concluded — that was fast, eh?

Luckily, we still have plenty of end-of-season wrap-up content coming your way, so stay tuned for future posts and podcasts. But in the meantime, enjoy our end-of-season poll, which finds Williams College, Endicott College, and Framingham State in the top three spots.

1. Williams College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC): The only New England team to finish without a setback, the Ephs concluded the 2021 season as the first team in program history to win nine games in a single season.

2. Endicott College (8-3, 5-1 CCC): Despite seeing its season conclude in the opening round of the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament, the future is very bright for a squad that features a slew of rising seniors and juniors.

3. Framingham State (8-3, 6-0 MASCAC): The Rams were a pleasant surprise this fall, rebounding from an 0-2 start to win their third outright conference crown.

4. Trinity College (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC): The Bantams could be the “team to beat” next fall in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) after ending its season with back-to-back wins over Amherst College and Wesleyan University.

5. Western New England (7-4, 5-1 CCC): The Golden Bears may have ended with a difficult setback to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, but this team was resilient, especially after a midseason loss to Endicott College.

6. UMass Dartmouth (9-2, 6-2 MASCAC): The Corsairs matched their win total from 2003 by winning their final six contests, including their first-ever New England Bowl.

7. Husson University (7-3, 4-2 CCC): These Eagles provided a lot of challenges for non-conference and conference foes this fall.

8. Salve Regina University (8-2, 4-2): The 2021 Seahawks looked somewhat like the 2016 Seahawks that won eight games.

9. Springfield College (7-4, 6-0 NEWMAC): “The Brotherhood” bounced back from a 1-3 start with a six-game winning streak that resulted in a conference crown, along with an impressive showing against SUNY Cortland in the opening round of the postseason.

10. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2): The Bears concluded their season with a Cranberry Bowl win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which should provide the Red and White with some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.

11. Anna Maria College (7-3, 5-1 ECFC): The AMCATs were a tremendous story this fall as they not only captured their initial conference crown but also competed in their first national postseason.

12. Wesleyan University (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC): These Cardinals provided a great deal of excitement with some dramatic come-from-behind wins this fall.

13. Castleton University (6-4, 4-2 ECFC): The Spartans were a fun team to watch down the stretch as they finished with six wins for the first time since posting an identical 6-4 record in 2017.

14. Plymouth State (5-5, 5-3 MASCAC): These Panthers were a team to watch during the second half of the season, especially mid-October.

15. MIT (5-4, 3-3 NEWMAC): Coach Brian Bubna’s squad ended its 2021 campaign with a much-needed win over the Engineers of WPI.

16. Amherst College (5-4, 5-4 NESCAC): These Mammoths exceeded our expectations and will certainly be a team to keep an eye on next fall.

17. University of New England (4-5, 2-4 CCC): The future is very bright for the Nor’easters, who concluded their season early this month with a dramatic win over Curry College.

18. Western Connecticut (5-5, 4-4 MASCAC): The Colonials head into the offseason with some momentum after ending its campaign with back-to-back wins over Fitchburg State and Worcester State.

19. Tufts University (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Jumbos ended their season with a four-game winning streak – they were certainly competitive with some of the top teams in the NESCAC this fall.

20. Colby College (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC): The Mules concluded their season with the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) crown.

UMass Dartmouth, WNE To Compete In 2021 New England Bowl

Western New England’s football team will compete once more this fall as they, along with UMass Dartmouth secured spots in the 2021 New England Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com

The New England Bowl is back.

This weekend, four teams, including two Massachusetts squads will compete in it as Western New England will host the United States Merchant Marine Academy while UMass Dartmouth will entertain Alfred State.

Both games will be played this Saturday, November 20 with kickoff times to be announced later this week.

Merchant Marine will look to capture its second New England Bowl in program history after beating Endicott College in 2018 by a score of 38-22.  

The Mariners won eight of nine contests this season and finished second in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). This week’s contest will mark the final game for coach Mike Toop, who announced he would be retiring at the conclusion of the 2021 season last Friday. Toop has paced the sidelines for 45 years, including the last 17 in Kings Point, New York.

Alfred State, UMass Dartmouth, and Western New England will all be making their inaugural appearance in the New England Bowl series – all three squads placed second in their respective conferences.

The New England Bowl series began in 2016 with Framingham State and Salve Regina University competing in the inaugural contest, and features teams from the NEWMAC, Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

Endicott, Dean College, WPI, and Western Connecticut were the last four teams to compete in the New England Bowl series in 2019.

Noontime’s D3 Football Top 20 Poll (Nov. 7, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s hard to believe, but the final week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season has arrived, which means it is time to unveil our second to last Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll.

We will unveil our final poll for the 2021 season later this month following the conclusion of postseason contests, including local and regional bowl games.

So, without further ado, let’s kick off the final week of the New England D-III college football season with a brand new Top 20 poll, which finds Williams College in the top spot.

1. Williams College (8-0, 8-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 2): The Ephs matched their 8-0 record from 2010 with an impressive win over Wesleyan University.

2. Endicott College (7-2, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 3): Despite being on a bye, the Gulls inched closer to winning their conference crown, thanks to a 24-10 victory by Husson University against Salve Regina University.

3. Husson University (7-2, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 7): The Eagles remain in the mix for their conference crown, thanks to a big win on Saturday against the Seahawks.

4. Framingham State (7-2, 7-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 5): Framingham State captured its conference crown on Saturday with an impressive win over Bridgewater State.

5. Western New England (6-3, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 4): The Golden Bears escaped with a hard-fought win this weekend against the University of New England. Next up: Husson at home.

6. UMass Dartmouth (7-2, 5-2 MASCASC | LW: No. 6): The Corsairs were idle this past week but will look to end their season with a win against a Plymouth State squad that enters the last week of the regular season on a five-game winning streak.

7. Salve Regina University (8-2, 4-2 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Seahawks’ regular season concluded with a disappointing 24-10 setback to the Eagles of Husson. Salve Regina is idle this upcoming weekend and will wait to see if they will compete once more in a bowl game later this month.

8. Springfield College (6-3, 5-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 9): The Pride needs one more win to claim their conference crown. 

9. Trinity College (7-1, 7-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 9): Spencer Fetter threw five touchdowns on Saturday in a bounce-back win for the Bantams. 

10. Bridgewater State (5-4, 5-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 8): The Bears struggled against the Rams on Saturday but will look to bounce back this week against Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the Cranberry Bowl.

11. Plymouth State (5-4, 5-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): The Panthers head into their final contest with a five-game winning streak.

12. Amherst College (5-3, 5-3 NESCAC | LW: No. 11): The Mammoths struggle to slow down a talented Bantams offense on Saturday.

13. Wesleyan University (6-2, 6-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 12): The Cardinals will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday against the Bantams.

14. Anna Maria College (6-2, 4-1 ECFC | LW: No. 16): The AMCATs are one win away from winning their first-ever conference crown.

15. MIT (4-4, 2-3 NEWMAC | LW: No. 14): Get ready for the Battle of the Cambridge Engineers and Worcester Engineers (WPI) on Saturday.

16. Western Connecticut (5-5, 4-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 18): The Colonials concluded their 2021 campaign with a win. They will be idle this weekend.

17. University of New England (3-5, 1-4 CCC | LW: No. 20): The Nor’easters may have lost their last two contests, but they are proving they can compete with the top teams in their league.

18. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-5, 3-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 17): Like the Bears of Bridgewater State, the Buccaneers will attempt to end their season with a win.

19. Castleton University (5-4, 3-2 ECFC | LW: No. 15): The Spartans will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing loss this week when they host Gallaudet University.

20. Colby College (3-5, 3-5 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mules will attempt to capture the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) on Saturday when they host Bowdoin College.

Noontime’s New England D3 Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Nov. 1, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first of November means one thing: college basketball is back!

Indeed, a brand new season of New England NCAA Division III college basketball is set to tip-off this week — are you ready to cheer on your favorite team?

Like we have in the past, Noontime Sports will be producing a weekly New England D-III Top 10 Poll with some help from local media, coaches, and athletic communications offices every Monday throughout the 2021-22 season.

So, without further ado, allow us to share our first New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll, which finds Tufts University in the top spot followed by St. Joseph’s (Conn.) and Brandeis University.

Noontime’s New England D-III Men’s Basketball Top 10 | Monday, November 1, 2021

  1. Tufts University: The Jumbos concluded their 2019-20 season with 23 wins and six losses — they also advanced to the third round of the 2020 NCAA Division III Tournament. They will tip-off their 2021-22 campaign against UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, November 16 at 7 p.m.

  2. St. Joseph’s (Conn.): The Blue Jays won two of four contests last winter after posting a program-best 26 wins one year earlier. St. Joseph’s will open their season on Saturday, November 6 against Maine-Augusta.

  3. Brandeis University: When we last saw the Judges compete, they finished with 17 victories, including nine conference wins. They will tip-off their season next Thursday, November 11 against Rivier University.

  4. WPI: Picked to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), the Engineers will begin their season at home on Friday, November 5 against Worcester State.

  5. Colby College: The Mules won four games last season — they also produced a 24-4 campaign during the 2019-20 season. They will open their season against New England College on Friday, November 12.

  6. Babson College: The Beavers will host the Babson Invitational this weekend — they will compete against UMass Boston on Saturday, November 6 and Suffolk University on Sunday, November 7.

  7. Albertus Magnus: Coach Mitch Oliver and the Falcons will tip-off their season on Tuesday, November 16 against Rutgers-Camden before welcoming Keene State to New Haven, Connecticut on Tuesday, November 23 at 7 p.m.

  8. Amherst College: A new era of Amherst College basketball will begin Sunday, November 14 when first-year coach Marlon Sears leads the Mammoths into their first game at Rosemont College.

  9. Middlebury College: The Panthers will certainly be a team to watch (again) this winter — the Blue and White will open their season in Boston, Massachusetts with a non-conference tilt with Wentworth Institute of Technology on Sunday, November 14.

  10. UMass Dartmouth: After winning the Little East Conference (LEC) crown in March, the Corsairs were picked to win the league again this winter.

Others receiving votes: Emerson College, Endicott College, Keene State, MIT, Nichols College, Springfield College, Western Connecticut, and Williams College