October 14, 2013

ECAC Reveals First Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll of 2013

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CENTERVILLE, Mass. -- The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has released the first Lambert Meadowlands football poll of the 2013 season on Monday. Penn State University (4-2) takes the top spot in the Football Bowl Subdivision Lambert Poll, while Fordham University (7-0) took hold of the number one spot in the Football Championship Subdivision poll.  West Chester University and Bloomsburg University (6-0) are tied for the top slot in the Division II poll. In Division III, Hobart College (5-0) gets the nod at number one.


The season took some interesting turns across the board over the weekend and Penn State was one program that made a major statement with a dramatic 43-40 4OT victory over then national No. 18 University of Michigan on Saturday night. Rutgers University (4-2) and University of Pittsburgh (3-3) are tied for number two in the Football Bowl Subdivision Lambert Poll. Boston College (3-3) and Syracuse  University round out the top five.

1. Penn State 4-2 
2. (Tie) Rutgers 4-2 
2. (Tie) Pittsburgh     3-2
4. Boston College  3-3
5. Syracuse  3-3
6. Buffalo  4-2
7. Army  3-4
8. (Tie) Massachusetts  1-5
8. (Tie) Connecticut  0-5 
8. (Tie) Temple  0-6


Fordham remained undefeated with a 34-12 win at Georgetown University, as the Rams have gotten off to their best start since 1930.  Villanova University (4-2) comes in at number two after knocking off previously unbeaten Towson University 45-35. The Tigers (6-1) are number three in the first poll. University of Maine (5-1) comes in at number four, while Lehigh University (5-1) and James Madison University (5-2) are tied for fifth. 

1. Fordham  7-0
2. Villanova  4-2
3. Towson  6-1 
4. Maine  5-1 
5. (Tie) Lehigh  5-1
5. (Tie) James Madison 5-2
7. (Tie) Harvard  4-0 
7. (Tie) Delaware  5-2
9. (Tie) William & Mary 4-2 
9. (Tie) New Hampshire 2-3


In Division II, West Chester scored 24 unanswered points to down East Stroudsburg University (4-2, tied for 8th in the first poll) by a score of 34-20. Bloomsburg dominated Millersville University 45-7 to remain perfect. Slippery Rock University (5-1), University of New Haven (5-1), and Shippensburg University (4-2) complete the top five. 

1. (Tie) West Chester  6-0 
1. (Tie) Bloomsburg  6-0 
3. Slippery Rock  5-1 
4. New Haven  5-1
5. Shippensburg  4-2
6. Indiana (Pa.)  5-1
7. American International  4-2 
8. (Tie) East Stroudsburg  4-2 
8. (Tie) Stonehill  4-2    
8. (Tie) California (Pa.)  4-2
Others Receiving Votes: Gannon  


There are still several undefeated teams in Division III, with Hobart riding a 49-21 victory over Springfield College to edge all others for the top spot in the week one poll.  Johns Hopkins University (5-0) last played on October 5, cruising past Juniata College 65-10 to stay perfect and comes in at number two, while St. John Fisher College (5-0) handled previously unbeaten Hartwick College (4-1, 7th in the first poll) by a score of 37-14 and take third in the initial poll. Lebanon Valley College (5-1) and Ursinus College (5-0) round out the Division III top five. 

1. Hobart  5-0
2. Johns Hopkins  5-0
3. St. John Fisher  5-0 
4. Lebanon Valley  5-1
5. Ursinus  5-0
6. Trinity-Conn.  4-0 
7. Hartwick  4-1
8. Thomas More  4-1
9. Wesleyan  4-0
10. Amherst  4-0
Others Receiving Votes: Salisbury, Framingham, Widener, Delaware Valley, Lycoming, Salve Regina, Ithaca


About the Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll 

Established in 1936 as the Lambert Trophy to recognize supremacy in Eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in the Bowl Subdivision. In 1957, the Lambert Cup was created to recognize non-Division I-A teams, and in 1966 a Division III award was added. In 1983, the Lambert family decided the Meadowlands Sports Complex would be the best organization with a sincere and involved interest in college athletics to sponsor and manage the award, and since that time, the awards have been known as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards.

To be eligible for the Lambert Meadowlands Award, a school must be located in the East or play at least 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 at least half of their schedule features eligible teams. 

Teams in Eastern-based football conferences, regardless of location, qualify if at least half their schedule is against Lambert eligible teams.

About the ECAC

The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with more than 300 Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Colorado. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,500 student-athletes in 23 sports are recognized annually. Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men's and women's ice hockey and men's lacrosse.