October 28, 2013

ECAC Unveils Third Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll of 2013

CENTERVILLE, Mass. -- The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has released the third Lambert Meadowlands football poll of the 2013 season today. University at Buffalo (6-2) has joined Penn State University (4-3) atop the Football Bowl Subdivision Lambert Poll, while Fordham University (8-0) has retained the overall lead in the Football Championship Subdivision poll. For the second consecutive week, Bloomsburg University (8-0) is the top ranked team in Division II and in Division III, Hobart College (6-0) remains the consensus No. 1.


Buffalo moves up four spots this week to tie Penn State after the Bulls knocked off Kent State 41-21 on Saturday and the Nittany Lions dropped its game against National No. 4 Ohio State University. Rutgers University (4-3) is the third ranked team in the Football Bowl Sudivision Lambert Poll after dropping a 49-14 decision to the University of Houston. University of Pittsburgh (4-3) comes in at No. 4 after a 24-21 loss at the hands of the United States Naval Academy, and Boston College (3-4) rounds out this week’s top five

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


Fordham is still the top team in the Football Championship Subdivision Poll after being idle this past weekend. The undefeated Rams return to action November 2, hosting the College of the Holy Cross at Jack Coffey Field. Towson University (8-1) and the University of Maine (7-1) stay deadlocked in second place after both the Tigers and Blackbears recorded victories Saturday. With a double-digit win over Stony Brook, the University of New Hampshire (4-3) is fourth this week, its highest ranking of the season. Princeton University (5-1) is fifth after a thrilling 51-48 triple overtime road victory over Harvard University.

Team Record
1. Fordham 8-0
2. (Tie) Towson 8-1
2. (Tie) Maine 7-1
4. New Hampshire 4-3
5. Princeton 5-1
6. Delaware 6-2
7. William & Mary 5-3
8. Villanova 4-4
9. (Tie) Harvard 5-1
9. (Tie) James Madison 5-3


Bloomsburg is again tops in the Division II poll after a four-touchdown win against Cheyney University. West Chester University (8-0) stays in second-place for the second straight week after a last second field goal lifted the Golden Rams to a 32-29 victory over Shippensburg University (seventh in this week’s poll). Slippery Rock University (7-1) sits in third after dispatching Edinboro University 44-20 and American International College (6-2) is fourth after beating Saint Anselm College 41-21. Stonehill College (6-2) and California University of Pennsylvania (6-2) are tied for fifth place.

Team Record
1. Bloomsburg 8-0
2. West Chester 8-0
3. Slippery Rock 7-1
4. American International 6-2
5. (Tie) Stonehill 6-2
5. (Tie) California (Pa.) 6-2
7. (Tie) New Haven 6-2
7. (Tie) Shippensburg 5-3
9. Indiana (Pa.) 6-2
10. East Stroudsburg 5-3


The Hobart College Statesmen used a 35-13 win against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to remain perfect and stay on top in the Division III poll. Johns Hopkins University (7-0) is once again No. 2 after a 34-16 win at Gettysburg College. Lebanon Valley College (6-1) checks in this week at No. 3, cruising past Misericordia University 31-14 on Saturday. Ithaca College (6-1) and  Wesleyan University (6-0) complete the top five in the this week’s poll.

Team Record
1. Hobart 6-0
2. Johns Hopkins 7-0
3. Lebanon Valley 6-1
4. Ithaca 6-1
5. Wesleyan 6-0
6. (Tie) Salisbury 5-2
6. (Tie) Thomas More 6-1
8. (Tie) Gallaudet 7-0
8. (Tie) Framingham 6-1
8. (Tie) Ursinus 6-1


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.