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Football Ranked Eighth In Lambert Poll

CAPE COD, Mass., October 29, 2002 – Springfield College is ranked eighth in the first ECAC Lambert Division III Football Poll of the 2002 season. The Pride is one of just two New England teams ranked in the poll.

In the latest Division III New England Poll, SC is ranked second behind undefeated Westfield State (7-0). Williams (6-0), UMass-Dartmouth (8-0) and Worcester State (7-10 round out the top five in the New England poll.

The Pride (6-1) clinched a share of the Freedom Football Conference (FFC) title and wrapped up a berth in the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday with a 31-22 win at WPI. SC earned the FFC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament because it would win all conference tie-breaker scenarios. The Pride can capture its fourth conference championship since 1996 outright with a win at Norwich on Sat., November 9.

Established in 1936 as the "Lambert Trophy" to recognize supremacy in eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best teams in the East in Divisions I-A, I-AA, II and III. To be eligible for the Lambert Meadowlands Awards, a school must be located in the East or play half of its schedule against eligible Lambert teams. The territory includes New York, New Jersey, New England and Pennsylvania while teams in the bordering states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia qualify if half of their schedule features eligible teams.

This year, 159 schools are eligible in the three divisions including 13 in Division I-A, 44 in Division I-AA, 28 in Division II and 74 in Division III. Four separate panels of media, one in each division, participate in a weekly poll and the final poll determines the winners. Playoffs and bowl games are including in the polling. The poll results are based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale and first place votes are listed in parenthesis.

ECAC Lambert Division III Poll (Oct. 29)
1. Rowan (6): 7-0, 69 points
2. Wash. & Jeff.: 6-1, 38 points
3. Ithaca: 6-1, 36 points
t4. Brockport and Widener: 6-1, 33 points
t6. McDaniel: 6-1, 30 points
and King's: 5-2, 30 points
8. Springfield: 6-1, 17 points
t9. Williams: 6-0, 14 points
and Lycoming: 5-2, 14 points

Others receiving votes: Westfield State 13, Salisbury 9, Union 8, Hobart 7, UMass-Dartmouth 7, Western Connecticut 7, King's Point 5, Grove City 4, Muhlenberg 4, Susquehanna 3, Wesleyan 3, Johns Hopkins 1
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