2016 Football News

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    January 17, 2017
    Western New England Places 32 on NEFC Academic All-Conference Team SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (January 17, 2017) – The 2016 New England Football Conference (NEFC) champion Western New England University football team has placed 32 student-athletes on the NEFC’s Academic All-Conference Team, the league announced today.
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    December 19, 2016
    Golden Bears Ranked No. 21 in Final AFCA Poll SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (December 19, 2016) – For the second consecutive season, Western New England University is ranked in the final edition of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches Poll, which was released today.
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    December 16, 2016
    Obi Etuka Named Honorable Mention All-American by D3football.com SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (December 16, 2016) – Senior cornerback Obi Etuka (Middletown, Conn.) of the Western New England University football team has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by D3football.com, it was announced this evening.
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    December 12, 2016
    Obi Etuka Recognized as AFCA Second Team All-American SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (December 12, 2016) – After earning various honors at the conference and regional level, senior cornerback Obi Etuka (Middletown, Conn.) of the Western New England University football team has received national recognition with his selection as an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Second Team All-American, it was announced this morning.
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    December 06, 2016
    Program Record Four Golden Bears Named to D3football.com All-East Region Team SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (December 6, 2016) – A program record four members of the Western New England University football team have been named to the D3football.com All-East Region Team, it was announced last night.
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    November 28, 2016
    Emery, Etuka & Service Earn New England Football Writers Awards SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 28, 2016) – After leading Western New England University to its most successful season in program history, Keith Emery has been named the Division II/Division III Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers (NEFW). Additionally, senior cornerback Obi Etuka (Middletown, Conn.) and junior quarterback Anthony Service (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) earned spots on the NEFW DII/DIII All-New England Team for their efforts this fall.
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    November 26, 2016
    NCAA Tournament: Second Half Comeback Falls Just Short as Saxons Hold off Golden Bears, 30-24 ALFRED, N.Y. (November 26, 2016) – Western New England University’s valiant second half comeback effort fell just short as Alfred University held off the Golden Bears to earn a 30-24 victory this afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Tournament at Yunevich Stadium.
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    November 25, 2016
    NCAA Preview: Quarterfinal Berth on the Line as Golden Bears Travel to Alfred on Saturday SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 25, 2016) – A berth in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Football Tournament will be on the line Saturday afternoon when Western New England University travels to Alfred University for a second round matchup at Yunevich Stadium.
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    November 22, 2016
    Jolicoeur Earns Final Gold Helmet Award of 2016 Season SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 23, 2016) – Western New England University sophomore Kurtis Jolicoeur (Windham, Maine) has been selected as the Division II/III Gold Helmet award winner by the New England Football Writers Association, it was announced yesterday.
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    November 19, 2016
    No. 23 Western New England Earns First Ever NCAA Tournament Win, Defeating Husson 44-27 in First Round SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 19, 2016) – The No. 23 ranked Western New England University football team earned its first ever NCAA Tournament win with a 44-27 victory over Husson (Maine) University this afternoon in first round action at Golden Bear Stadium.
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    November 18, 2016
    NCAA Preview: Golden Bears Set to Host Husson in First Round Matchup SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 18, 2016) – Western New England University is set to make its third appearance in the NCAA Tournament in program history and first at home tomorrow at 12 p.m. when Husson (Maine) University visits Golden Bear Stadium for a first round matchup.
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    November 17, 2016
    Lebeau Named New England DIII Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 17, 2016) – Western New England University offensive coordinator Jason Lebeau has been recognized as the New England Division III Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, the organization announced today.
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    November 14, 2016
    Edouard & Emery Earn Major Awards as Western New England Dominates All-NEFC Honors SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 15, 2016) – Junior defensive lineman Sam Edouard (Roosevelt, N.Y.) and 12th year head coach Keith Emery earned major yearly awards from the New England Football Conference (NEFC), highlighting Western New England University’s impressive haul of All-NEFC accolades, which were announced today by the league office.
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    November 14, 2016
    Western New England Breaks into AFCA DIII Coaches’ Poll at No. 23 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 14, 2016) – Two days after completing its second consecutive undefeated regular season, Western New England University has earned its first national ranking of 2016, debuting at No. 23 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches’ Poll.
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    November 13, 2016
    Western New England Headed Back to NCAA Tournament with Third Bid in Program History SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 13, 2016) –2016 New England Football Conference (NEFC) champion Western New England University is headed back to the NCAA Division III Tournament, as the Golden Bears received their third bid in program history when the NCAA announced its field of 32 during the selection show this evening.
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    November 12, 2016
    Western New England Completes Second Straight Undefeated Regular Season with 36-29 Victory over Coast Guard SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 12, 2016) – Senior running back Nick Connell (East Marion, N.Y.) scored the go-ahead touchdown from three yards out with 11 seconds remaining in regulation as Western New England University completed its second consecutive undefeated regular season with a 36-29 victory over the United States Coast Guard Academy this afternoon in New England Football Conference (NEFC) action at Golden Bear Stadium.
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    November 09, 2016
    Connell Becomes Tenth NEFWA Gold Helmet Award Winner in Program History SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 9, 2016) – Senior running back Nick Connell (East Marion, N.Y.) of the Western New England University football team was presented with his New England Football Writers Association (NEFWA) Division II/Division III Gold Helmet award earlier today at Dillon Fieldhouse on the campus of Harvard University.
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    November 07, 2016
    Connell & Etuka Honored by NEFC Following Title-Clinching Victory at Salve Regina on Saturday SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 7, 2016) – Senior running back Nick Connell (East Marion, N.Y.) and senior cornerback Obi Etuka (Middletown, Conn.) of the Western New England University football team have both received weekly honors from the New England Football Conference (NEFC) following the Golden Bears’ NEFC title-clinching victory at Salve Regina on Saturday.
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    November 07, 2016
    Golden Bears Ranked No. 1 in New England, Closing in on National Rankings SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 8, 2016) – For the seventh straight week, Western New England University is the No. 1 ranked team in the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Poll, which was released on Monday.
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    November 05, 2016
    Back-to-Back Champions: Golden Bears Capture Second Straight NEFC Title with 41-22 Triumph at Salve Regina MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (November 5, 2016) – Western New England University captured its second consecutive New England Football Conference (NEFC) title and third in program history with a 41-22 victory over Salve Regina University this afternoon at Gaudet Field.
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    November 01, 2016
    Jolicoeur Receives National Recognition with Selection to D3football.com Team of the Week SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 1, 2016) – Three days after being named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Defensive Player of the Week, Western New England University sophomore Kurtis Jolicoeur (Windham, N.H.) has received national recognition with his selection to the D3football.com Team of the Week.
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    October 31, 2016
    Jolicoeur Named NEFC Defensive Player of the Week SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 31, 2016) – Sophomore Kurtis Jolicoeur (Windham, Mass.) of the Western New England University football team has been named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Defensive Player of the Week following the Golden Bears’ 48-25 win over Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday.
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    October 31, 2016
    Golden Bears Still Ranked No. 1 in New England Heading into Saturday’s Showdown at Salve Regina SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 31, 2016) – The sixth edition of the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Poll was released this morning, with Western New England University holding the top spot for the sixth straight week.
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    October 29, 2016
    Fast Start Propels Western New England to 48-25 Triumph over Maine Maritime SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 29, 2016) – Western New England University opened up a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter on its way to a 48-25 victory over Maine Maritime Academy this afternoon in New England Football Conference (NEFC) action at Golden Bear Stadium.
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    October 24, 2016
    Golden Bears Receive 11 of 12 First Place Votes, Still Ranked No. 1 in New England Poll SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 24, 2016) – For the fifth consecutive week, Western New England University is ranked No. 1 in the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Weekly Poll, which was released this afternoon.
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    October 22, 2016
    Big Plays on Defense & Special Teams Fuel Western New England’s 20-7 Win at Endicott BEVERLY, Mass. (October 22, 2016) – Western New England University scored 20 unanswered points and shut out Endicott College over the second half on its way to a 20-7, New England Football Conference (NEFC) victory this afternoon in rainy conditions at Hempstead Stadium.
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    October 21, 2016
    REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN: "Cheshire star turns into a catch for Western New England" SPRINGFIELD (October 20, 2016) - When Cheshire's Mark Dietrich was considering colleges where he could use his football abilities and advanced computer skills, his search came down to one place, Western New England University.
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    October 18, 2016
    Obi Etuka Named to D3football.com Team of the Week SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 18, 2016) – Senior cornerback Obi Etuka (Middletown, Conn.) of the Western New England University football team has been named to the D3football.com Team of the Week, it was announced today.
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    October 17, 2016
    Western New England Retains No. 1 Ranking in New England Poll SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 17, 2016) – The fourth edition of the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Poll was released today, and Western New England University is ranked No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week.
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    October 15, 2016
    Golden Bears Dominate Defensively in 37-0 Shutout Victory over MIT SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 15, 2016) – The Western New England University football team surrendered just 113 yards of total offense to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on its way to a 37-0, shutout victory over the Engineers this afternoon in New England Football Conference (NEFC) action at Golden Bear Stadium.
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    October 10, 2016
    Golden Bears Still Ranked No. 1 in New England Following Bye Week SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 10, 2016) – For the third consecutive week, the Western New England University football team has been voted No. 1 in the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Weekly Rankings.
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    October 03, 2016
    Berrios Smith Named NEFC Defensive Player of the Week SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 3, 2016) – Senior defensive back Isaiah Berrios Smith (Wallkill, N.Y.) of the Western New England University football team has been named the New England Football Conference’s (NEFC) Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in Saturday’s 56-27 victory at Nichols.
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    October 03, 2016
    Golden Bears Ranked No. 1 in New England for Second Straight Week SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (October 3, 2016) – The Western New England University football team maintained its position at the top of this week’s Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Poll, which was released earlier today.
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    October 01, 2016
    Western New England Improves to 5-0 with 56-27 Triumph at Nichols DUDLEY, Mass. (October 1, 2016) – The Western New England University football team piled up 503 yards of total offense in a 56-27 triumph over Nichols College this afternoon in New England Football Conference (NEFC) action at Vendetti Field.
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    September 26, 2016
    Service Named NEFC Co-Offensive Player of the Week Following Record-Breaking Performance SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 26, 2016) – Junior quarterback Anthony Service (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) of the Western New England University football team has been selected as the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Co-Offensive Player of the Week following his record-breaking performance in Saturday’s 59-28 victory over Curry.
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    September 26, 2016
    Western New England Debuts At No. 1 in First New England Football Rankings of 2016 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 26, 2016) – The first edition of the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Weekly Rankings have been released, with Western New England University claiming the top spot in the poll.
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    September 24, 2016
    Service, Dietrich Lead Western New England to 59-28 Victory over Curry in NEFC Opener SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 24, 2016) – The Western New England University football team opened New England Football Conference (NEFC) play with a 59-28 victory over Curry College this afternoon at Golden Bear Stadium.
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    September 19, 2016
    Anthony Service Recognized as NEFC Offensive Player of the Week SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 19, 2016) – Junior quarterback Anthony Service (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) of the Western New England University football team has been named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in Saturday’s 32-16 victory at Union College.
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    September 17, 2016
    Golden Bears Rally Past Union with Dominant Third Quarter, 32-16 SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (September 17, 2016) – The Western New England University football team outscored Union College (N.Y.) 19-0 in the third quarter on its way to a 32-16 victory this afternoon in non-conference action at Frank Bailey Field.
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    September 12, 2016
    Josh Henry Named NEFC Offensive Rookie of the Week SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 12, 2016) – Freshman tight end Josh Henry (Wilbraham, Mass.) of the Western New England University football team has been named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Rookie of the Week following his impressive collegiate debut in Saturday’s 55-7 victory over Westfield State.
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