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Football Climbs Into Top-10 Nationally

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 7, 2003 -- Springfield College equaled its highest national ranking ever, climbing to No. 10 in this week's American Football Coaches (AFCA) Division III National Poll, announced today.

This is SC’s loftiest ranking since it finished No. 10 in the final AFCA national poll in 2000. The Pride finished with an 11-2 overall record and reached the East Region Final of the NCAA Division III Tournament that season.

SC, which is 5-0 and 2-0 in the Freedom Football Conference (FFC), moved up four spots from last week’s poll on the strength of Saturday’s 51-22 win over previously No. 13 Ithaca. It was the Pride's ninth consecutive regular-season victory dating back to the ‘02 season, and the eighth time in the last 14 regular-season games that SC eclipsed the 40-point mark.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, the Pride travels to Danbury, Conn., to take on conference-rival Western Connecticut (3-1, 1-0 FFC). Since 1998, the winner of this game has gone onto win at least a share of the FFC championship and has earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Pride and the Colonials are not only the top two teams in the FFC, but also rank first and second, respectively, in this week’s Division III New England Football poll.
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