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This weekend’s New England college football games

FRIDAY

Merrimack at Wagner

First-year coach Dan Curran has last year’s Division 2 passing leader, senior Joe Clancy (399.4 yards per game, 31 TDs) back at the controls of an attack that must replace All-America WR Isaiah Voegeli.

Curry at WPI

In his first full season under center for the Colonels, Kevin Fruwirth (27 TDs, 8 interceptions, 2,770 yards) put together one of the better campaigns in program history.

Mount Ida at UMass-Dartmouth

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The preseason favorites in the ECFC, the Mustangs are taking a basic, yet detailed approach under sixth-year head coach Mike Landers: “Go 1-0 every week.”

Westfield State at Nichols

Third-year Bison coach Kevin Loney has a whopping 40 freshmen, who he believes will be able to contribute right away for a program that was 1-9 last season.

Becker at Fitchburg State

A pair of seniors, quarterback Robert Baker (18 TDs passes) and linebacker Melvin Booker (72 tackles), buoy the hopes of a Hawks squad coming off a program-best three-win season.

SATURDAY

Rhode Island at Stony Brook

The Rams were roughed up in their opener at Fordham, 51-26. Friday afternoon at 1:30, full-time students wishing to try out for the team are invited to a meeting in the Ryan Center.

New Hampshire at Central Michigan

Sophomore Andy Vailas pilots a Wildcat attack that averaged 34.1 points per game a year ago. Chippewas lost starting QB Cody Kater (collarbone) in opener at The Big House.

Towson at Holy Cross

Tom Gilmore says fifth-ranked Tigers are best team his Crusaders have faced in his 10 seasons. His Crusaders were stunned in opener at Bryant, 17-16.

Central Connecticut at Lehigh

After tumbling at 15th-ranked James Madison, the Blue Devils hit the road for clash with a Mountain Hawks squad still peeved about NCAA snub despite a 10-1 mark last November.

Sacred Heart at Lafayette

On his first carry as a collegian, Lowell’s RJ Noel took a keeper 21 yards for the Pioneers last week at Marist. He rushed for 103 yards and passed for 201 more.

New Haven at West Chester

Senior Mike DeCaro, who delivered a 97-yard kickoff return in last year’s NE-10 championship game, is a dynamic all-purpose threat for the Chargers, ranked 19th in Division 2 coaches’ poll.

Mercyhurst at Bentley

Just two freshmen in Division 2 ran for more yards than the Lakers’ Brandon Brown-Dukes (1,295) last year. The Falcons have their own speedster in Jet Kollie.

Stonehill at Bloomsburg

After going 5-5 in four of the last six seasons, coach Robert Talley and the Skyhawks have a stiff test against a Bloomsburg program that was 10-2 in 2012.

Indiana (Pa.) at Southern Connecticut

The Owls will ride the broad shoulders of senior back Vaughn Magee, who churned out a NE-10-leading 126.8 yards rushing per game last season.

Assumption at Bryant

After a 23-9 run in three seasons at Salve Regina, Bob Chesney takes command at Assumption.

Bowie State at Saint Anselm

NE-10 Rookie of the Year Andrew Murphy (2,475 yards passing, 26 touchdowns) of Franklin headlines a Hawk attack that returns 10 starters.

Bridgewater State at Salve Regina

Seahawks junior cornerback Phil Terio snared seven interceptions last fall, with a Division 3-record four pick-sixes.

Coast Guard at St. Lawrence

The Bears are putting the offense in the hands of junior Blake Thompson, a wide receiver his first two seasons.

Springfield at Western New England

Pride junior defensive end Max Nacewicz recorded 14.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for losses a year ago.

Framingham State at Endicott

Rams have rattled off the best three-year run (26-8) in program history, but their seniors have never beaten former NEFC rival.

MIT at Pomona-Pitzer

The Engineers have an impressive freshman class that numbers 30, with just two starters lost from a 5-4 squad. Trip to Claremont, Calif., is MIT’s farthest road game.

Worcester State at Anna Maria

Bridgewater-Raynham product Kevin Bumpus, a transfer from Assumption, has a number of talented targets, including Lancer senior AJ Scerra (85 catches, 8 TDs in 2012).

Castleton at Plymouth State

Without graduate Shane Brozowski, who is going to connect with senior All-American Brandon Boyle (96 catches, 1,533 yards, 18 touchdowns) for the defending ECFC co-champion Spartans?

Norwich at Rensselaer

Ethan Hanks, a senior captain from Hull, is a playmaker in the secondary for a Cadet program that aims to “Be One” under the direction of Mark Murnyack.

Husson at Hartwick

Eagles welcome UMaine transfer Ryan Stroud, a quarterback from Foxcroft Academy.

Craig Larson can be reached at clarson@globe.com.
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