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Football Plays Host To Fitchburg State In ECAC Championship

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 15, 2004 – Springfield College will take on Fitchburg State in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Atlantic Championship this Sat., Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. on Benedum Field, announced today.

This is the Pride's third-consecutive post-season berth, a first in the program's 111-year history. SC competed in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2002 and '03. The Pride last played in an ECAC Championship in 1995, a 49-26 win over Cortland (N.Y.).

Saturday's game is the first meeting ever between the schools.

“This is great for New England college football,” said SC head coach Mike DeLong. “We have 23 seniors that are looking forward to another chance to play, and Fitchburg has had a very good season.”

The Pride (7-2, 4-2 Empire 8) is 15-1 on Benedum Field since the ‘02 season, including a 5-0 mark this season. In five wins in ‘04, SC averages 42.4 points and 415.6 yards rushing.

This is Fitchburg State's first post-season appearance. The Falcons (8-3 overall) were runner-up in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) after dropping a 17-7 decision to Curry in the conference championship game on Sat., Nov. 13. Prior to Saturday's loss to Curry, they had won eight games in row.

The only common opponent is Western Connecticut. The Pride defeated Western Conn., 56-27, on Oct. 9 in Danbury, Conn., while the Falcons lost 31-17 on the road to the Colonials on Sept. 3

Pride In the Postseason
1995:
ECAC Division III Championship- SC 49, Cortland (N.Y.) 26
1998:
NCAA Div. III Tour., 1st rd.- Buffalo State 38, SC 35
2000:
NCAA Div. III Tour., 1st rd.-SC 31, Montclair (N.J.) St. 29
NCAA Div. III Tour,, 2nd rd.-SC 10, Brockport (N.Y.) 6
NCAA Div. III Tour., East Regional Final-Widener 61, SC 27
2002:
NCAA Div. III Tour., 1st rd.-Brockport 16, SC 0
2003:
NCAA Div. III Tour., 2nd.- RPI 40, SC 34
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Head Coach Mike DeLong Mike DeLong enters his 32nd season as a head football coach in the fall of 2013, including his 30th year as the head coach at his alma mater, Springfield College. To date, DeLong currently has the second-most career wins of any active Division III football coach. Read more.

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