Framingham State picked to win inaugural title
WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Framingham State University Rams have been selected as the preseason pick to win the inaugural 2013 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Football championship in a vote of the league's head coaches.
Framingham State, which won the New England Football Conference title last fall, captured seven of the nine first place votes to obtain 77 points. Already garnering attention before the start of the season, the Rams senior running back Melikke Van Alstyne was named to the D3football.com Pre-season All-America team.
Following close behind Framingham is Bridgewater State with one first-place vote for 73 points. Earning the final top vote was Massachussetts Maritime, which is picked to finish third with 62 points.
Rounding out the top five is Worcester State and Westfield State with 46 and 45 points, respectively. Newcomer Western Connecticut lands in sixth with 37 points while Plymouth State is slated to finish seventh with 25 points. Fitchburg State and UMass Dartmouth tied with 20 points for the final spot.
This will be the first season for MASCAC Football. Eight of the nine MASCAC Football institutions played in the New England Football Conference last season and Western Connecticut played in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Kickoff for the 2013 season begins the weekend of September 6-7 with seven of the nine conference teams competing.
2013 MASCAC Football Preseason Coaches Poll
(First Place Votes In Parentheses)
|1. Framingham State (7)||77 points|
|2. Bridgewater State (1)||73 points|
|3. Massachusetts Maritime (1)||62 points|
|4. Worcester State||46 points|
|5. Westfield State||45 points|
|6. Western Connecticut||37 points|
|7. Plymouth State||25 points|
|8. Fitchburg State||20 points|
|UMass Dartmouth||20 points|
(Courtesy of MASCAC Media Relations)
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