11 football players earn All-Conference honors with Mauriello, Noonan taking home major awards
The Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) recently announced its 2021 Football All-Conference Teams and major award winners. Salve Regina placed 11 players on the All-Conference team and had two players earn major awards.
Graduate student Pete Noonan was named Offensive Lineman of the Year while running back Joey Mauriello ’22 took home Offensive Player of the Year. Both Mauriello and Noonan have also been named to the All-Region team to represent Salve Regina.
Noonan anchored a Salve Regina offensive line that helped the Seahawks put together the top offense in the league. They led the league in scoring (29.7 ppg) and total offense (4121 yards), while also having the league’s best rushers (199.2 yards/game). Salve Regina also ranked in the top-25 nationally in sacks allowed (0.70/game, 10th) and tackles for loss allowed (3.80/game, 25th).
Mauriello was the top rusher in the league this season and also one of the top runners in all of NCAA Division III. He led CCC Football in rushing touchdowns (11), rushing yards (1407), and rushing yards per game (156.3). His yards per game was more than 50 yards ahead of his closest competitor in the conference. Nationally, he ranked fourth in rushing yards per game, fifth in total rushing yards, and sixth in all-purpose yards (173.56).
In addition to his game on the ground, he also caught 17 passes for 151 yards and another touchdown for Salve Regina. He had three games with over 200 rushing yards, including 279- and 261-yard performances, which both ranked in the top-15 of single game efforts this year. He also had two games where he nearly missed hitting the 200-yard mark at 195 and 197. He was selected as the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award winner the week of Sept. 25. He was also named CCC Football Offensive Player of the Week five times (Week 1, Week 2, Week 4, Week 6, and Week 7).
Joining Mauriello and Noonan on the All-CCC First Team are fullback Nicholas Lane ’22 , tackle Elian Telford ’22, defensive lineman Dylan Budnik ’22, linebacker Zachary Ludemann ’24, defensive back Connor Foley ’23, and receiver Max DeVito ’22 as a return specialist.
DeVito also earned a spot on the All-CCC Second Team as a wide receiver along with guard Blake Guerrieri ’21, a current graduate student, linebacker Zack Catarius ’22, and defensive back Zachary Tucker ’23.
For the complete list of All-CCC honorees and major award winners for football, go here.
Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) is a single-sport football conference operating under the Commonwealth Coast Conference umbrella. The league has been in operation since 1965, formerly as the New England Football Conference (NEFC)). The league consists of seven members – Curry College, Endicott College, Husson University, Nichols College, Salve Regina University, the University of New England, and Western New England.