D3 Football: Week 10 Poll (Monday, Nov. 4th, 2019

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Nine weeks of New England D-III Football is officially in the books. And today, the start of the tenth week, we find a new number one team in Western New England, which needs just one more win to clinch the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title.

With a big win this past Saturday against third-ranked Endicott College, the Golden Bears moved into the top spot in our weekly poll with some serious momentum heading into the final two weeks of the season.

WPI, which was our unanimous number one team for the past few weeks, dropped one spot following a heart-breaking defeat to eighth-ranked MIT, which beat the Engineers of Worcester for the first time since 1900. MIT, WPI, and Springfield College (sixth-ranked) are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

Framingham State remains the fifth-best team in New England – they scored a hard-fought 16-6 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy this past weekend. The Rams host Bridgwater State on Saturday with the outcome most likely determining who will represent the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) in the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament later this month.

Finally, fourth-ranked Middlebury College matched its 1972 squad with its eighth-consecutive victory by beating Hamilton College, 14-7, in the “Rocking Chair Classic.” Middlebury can clinch the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown this Saturday with a win against Tufts University. A loss to the Jumbos and a  Wesleyan University victory over Trinity College would result in both programs sharing the 2019 title.

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New England D-III Football Week 10 Poll| November 4th, 2019

1. Western New England  7-1, 5-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3
2. WPI  7-1, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
3. Endicott College  6-2, 4-1 CCC Last Week: No. 2 
4. Middlebury College  8-0, 8-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Framingham State  6-2, 6-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Springfield College 5-3, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
7. Bridgewater State  5-3, 5-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 8
8. MIT  5-2, 4-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
9. UMass Dartmouth  6-2, 4-2 MASCAC Last Week: No. 11
10. Williams College 6-2, 6-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
11. Western Connecticut  6-2, 4-2 MASCAC Last Week: No. 7
12. Trinity College 5-3, 5-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 13
13. Wesleyan University 7-1, 7-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 16
14. Amherst College  4-4, 4-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 12
15. Norwich University 5-3, 2-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 14
16. Coast Guard Academy 5-3, 2-3 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 17
17. Nichols College  5-3, 3-2 CCC Last Week: No. 15
18. Plymouth State  6-3, 4-3 MASCAC Last Week: No. 18 
19. Mass. Maritime Acad. 5-3, 3-3 MASCAC Last Week: No. 19
20. Dean College  4-4, 4-0 ECFC Last Week: Not Ranked

On the Rise: Husson University, Salve Regina University, and Tufts University


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll| Week Five Poll|Week Six|Week Seven |Week Eight |Week Nine 


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Oct. 19th, 2019)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It’s Friday, which means it is time to get ready for another jam-packed Saturday of New England D-III Football.

This week, we have some VERY important conference clashes, including Springfield College at Merchant MarineAnna Maria vs. Dean College, and Middlebury College against Wesleyan University. Of course, there are others, too, so let’s jump into another edition of 10 Games to Watch for week seven.

Last Week: I finished 9-1 – not bad, eh? – to bump my overall record to 41-19 with picks this fall. 

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New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Seven) 

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

Curry College at No. 2 Endicott College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 12 p.m.): The Gulls return from the bye eager to continue their early-season momentum against a Colonels squad that needs a win to keep their conference crown hopes alive. PREDICTION: Endicott 35, Curry 24

Becker College at No. 17 Nichols College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 12 p.m.): The Bison are still in the mix for a conference crown and should be well-rested for this one following a much-needed bye week. PREDICTION: Nichols 30, Becker 17 

University of New England at No. 18 Husson University (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): This has the making for an offensive showcase. The Eagles’ offense has performed well the past two weeks and should continue against the Nor’easters in a battle of two Maine squads.  PREDICTION: Husson 42, UNE 40 

Dean College at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): Last week, the Dean defense registered 10 sacks to beat SUNY Maritime. Look for their defense to duplicate that performance against the AMCATs’ offense. PREDICTION: Dean 19, Anna Maria 14 

No. 10 Framingham State at No. 14 Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who are still in the mix for a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown. Framingham seems to be playing its best football, while the Panthers have quietly produced an impressive 5-1 campaign. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Plymouth State 17 

No. 16 Wesleyan University at No. 5 Middlebury College (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): Somehow, the Panthers, who led by quarterback Will Jernigan, have found ways to win games against Amherst CollegeTrinity College, and Williams College. Additionally, they squeaked past Colby College last week, which makes me think they will once again find a way to beat the Cardinals at home. PREDICTION: Middlebury 23, Wesleyan 16 

Bowdoin College at Tufts University (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1 p.m.): The Jumbos have been a tricky team to gauge this season due to some key graduation losses from last year, but look for the Powder Blue and White to even their record with a win over the Polar Bears to provide the squad some momentum heading into their final three contests. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Bowdoin 18 

No. 9 Springfield College at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 2 p.m.): After starting their season with a 1-2 mark, the Pride have repositioned themselves for a chance to win their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. This is a must-win for Springfield, which has won two of its last three contests. Look for all three units – offense, defense and special teams – to make one additional play to help the Pride edge the Mariners in New York. PREDICTION: Springfield 26, Merchant Marine 22 

Castleton University at SUNY Maritime (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 2 p.m.): The Spartans came close to edging Gallaudet University last week in Vermont, but fell short in overtime. Last week’s finish will certainly motivate the squad to score an important road win. PREDICTION: Castleton 24, SUNY Maritime 14 

No. 7 UMass Dartmouth at No. 20 Bridgewater State (Saturday, Oct. 19th at 3 p.m.): Similar to most games this weekend, this is a must-win for both teams, who enter Saturday’s mid-day clash with one conference setback. The Bears have bounced back nicely after losing to Western Connecticut in week three, but will certainly have their hands full with containing both the Corsairs’ offense and defense. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 34, Bridgewater State 27 

D3 Football: Week Six Poll (Monday, Oct. 7th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another week of New England D-III football is in the books, which means its time to unveil a brand new Top 20 Poll, which once again finds WPI in the top spot followed by Endicott College (second) and Western New England (third). All three teams scored wins this past Saturday and will be idle this upcoming weekend.

Western Connecticut moved up one spot to the fourth position, while Middlebury College made the leap from ninth to fifth after an impressive overtime win against sixth-ranked Amherst College. With the win, the Panthers moved to 4-0 overall – they have scored some impressive wins this season against Trinity College (13th) and Williams College (12th).

Also on the move, this week was Framingham State and Springfield College, both teams moved-up following important conference wins over Norwich University and UMass Dartmouth. Both the Cadets and Corsairs remain in the Top 10 despite suffering setbacks.

Finally, keep an eye on Plymouth StateWesleyan University and Massachusetts Maritime Academy – all three teams are slowly moving up our poll and will be squads to watch the next few weeks.

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New England D-III Football Week Six Poll| October 7th, 2019

1. WPI  5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Endicott College  4-1, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
3. Western New England  4-1, 2-0 CCC Last Week: No. 3
4. Western Connecticut  4-0, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 5
5. Middlebury College 4-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9 
6. Amherst College 3-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
7. Norwich University 4-1, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
8. Coast Guard Academy 4-1, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7 
9. UMass Dartmouth  4-1, 2-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 9 
10. Framingham State 2-2, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 12
11. Springfield College 2-3, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 13
12. Williams College 3-1, 3-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 14
13. Trinity College 2-2, 2-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 11
14. Plymouth State  4-1, 2-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 8
15. MIT 2-2, 1-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
16. Nichols College 3-2, 1-1 CCC Last Week: No. 15
17. Wesleyan University 4-0, 4-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 18
18. Mass. Maritime Acad. 4-0, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 19
19. Univ. of New Eng. 2-3, 0-2 CCC Last Week: No. 17
20. Curry College 1-3, 1-0 CCC Last Week: Not Ranked

On the Rise: Husson University, Tufts University, and Salve Regina University


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll| Week Five Poll


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D3 Football: Week Five Poll (Monday, Sept. 30th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another week of New England D-III football is in the books, which means its time to unveil our Noontime Sports Week Five Top 20 Poll.

Similar to last week, we saw some movement, beginning Western New England and Amherst College switching places – both teams checked in third and fourth, respectively.

Western ConnecticutNorwich University and Coast Guard Academy all moved-up, while MITMiddlebury College, and UMass Dartmouth rounded out the top ten, checking-in eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.

WPI remained our top team for a second-straight week after defeating Springfield College, which fell from ninth to the 13th position.

Nichols College moved up after scoring an impressive win over Salve Regina University, while Massachusetts Maritime Academy joined the poll after clinching its third-straight victory of the 2019 season.

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New England D-III Football Week Five Poll| September 30th, 2019

1. WPI  4-0, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 1
2. Endicott College  3-1, 1-0 CCC Last Week: No. 2
3. Western New England  3-1, 1-0 CCC Last Week: No. 4 
4. Amherst College  3-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3 
5. Western Connecticut 4-0, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 6 
6. Norwich University 4-0, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 7
7. Coast Guard Academy 3-1, 0-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 8 
8. MIT 2-1, 1-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10 
9. Middlebury College 3-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 13
10.  UMass Dartmouth 4-0, 2-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 11
11. Trinity College  1-2, 1-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
12. Framingham State  1-2, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: No. 12
13. Springfield College 1-3, 0-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 9 
14. Williams College  2-1, 2-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 14
15. Nichols College  3-1, 1-0 CCC Last Week: No. 17 
16. Plymouth State  3-1, 1-1 MASCAC Last Week: No. 16 
17. Univ. of New England 2-2, 0-1 CCC Last Week: No. 19
18. Wesleyan University 3-0, 3-0 NESCAC Last Week: No. 20 
19. Mass. Maritime Acad. 3-0, 1-0 MASCAC Last Week: Not Ranked
20. Salve Regina Univ. 1-3, 0-1 CCC Last Week: No. 15

On the Rise: Husson University and Tufts University


New England D-III Top 20 Polls: Preseason Poll | Week One Poll |Week Two Poll| Week Three Poll |Week Four Poll


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D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Nichols, WNE Open Conference Play With Wins

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Saturday was a busy day across New England with some exciting outcomes in the Division III football world.

Nichols College scored its first win over Salve Regina University since 2009 as the Bison outlasted the Seahawks, 25-15, in Dudley, Massachusetts.

Quarterback Michael Pina completed 15 of 30 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown while adding two scores on the ground.

The Bison led 15-12 at the break and held the Seahawks to just three points in the second half.

With the win, Nichols improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play. The Bison visit Western New England next Saturday, October 5th with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Speaking of the Golden Bears, they bounced back from a week three setback with a commanding 50-38 victory against University of New England. Quarterback Brendan Smith tossed three touchdowns in the win, while halfback Jamyre Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three scores.

UNE quarterback Brian Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns.

Erich Keutmann led the Western New England defense with 12 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one sack.

In Vermont, Middlebury College defeated Trinity College, 32-27, to improve to 3-0 for the second time in three seasons. The win over the Bantams was also the Panthers’ first since the 2014 season.

Middlebury’s defense recorded eight tackles for a loss of 44 yards, including five sacks for a loss of 29 yards. Alex Norton concluded the game with seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

Will Jernigan tallied 241 total yards of offense and two scores (one passing and one rushing touchdown).

WPI moved to 4-0 and 1-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 35-21 victory over Springfield College.

Connor Field rushed for 116 yards on 30 carries and for two touchdowns, while Billy Mitchell (five receptions for 104 yards) and Nic Rossi (four receptions for 76 yards) each caught one touchdown pass from Julian Nyland.

Sam Casey and Nick Ostrowski paced the WPI defense with 10 total tackles, respectively.

In Washington, D.C, Chris Mauck tossed two touchdowns, while John Robertson rushed for a game-high 122 yards as MIT topped Catholic University, 32-13.

With the win, the Engineers improve to 2-1 and 1-0 in league play. MIT visits Merchant Marine next week – the Mariners defeated Maine Maritime Academy this afternoon by a score of 62-13.

Western Connecticut erased a two-score deficit at the break with five touchdowns in the second half to defeat Worcester State University, 42-28.

David James tossed four touchdowns in the win, including two to Will Daniels, who led the Colonials receiving core with 157 receiving yards on six catches.

Stephen Gacioch‘s three-yard touchdown strike to Jeremy Jackson with 5:49 remaining in the second quarter helped the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth defeat Plymouth State, 21-14, to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.

Gacioch concluded the contest with 305 passing yards while adding 104 yards on 22 carries.

UMass Dartmouth visits Framingham State next Saturday for an important conference clash, which is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.


New England D-III Football Week Four Scoreboard 

  • Morrisville State 42, Husson University 15
  • Endicott College 58, Becker College 12
  • Nichols College 25, Salve Regina University 15
  • Coast Guard Academy 17, Curry College 7
  • Western New England 50, University of New England 38
  • Kean University 47, Dean College 13
  • RPI 38, Anna Maria College 0
  • Norwich University 35, Castleton University 14
  • Bridgewater State 50, Fitchburg State 6
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy 31, Westfield State 7
  • Western Connecticut 42, Worcester State 28
  • UMass Dartmouth 21, Plymouth State 14
  • Hamilton College 45, Colby College 24
  • Williams College 41, Bowdoin College 10
  • Amherst College 26, Tufts University 16
  • Middlebury College 32, Trinity College 27
  • Wesleyan University 48, Bates College 12
  • Merchant Marine 62, Maine Maritime Academy 13
  • MIT 32, Catholic University 13
  • WPI 35, Springfield College 21