Panthers to face SUNY Brockport in NCAA Tournament on Saturday
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University remained in second place in the eighth and final edition of the Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly poll.
The Panthers, who were on a bye week Saturday, will play the College of Brockport of the State University of New York system in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday with kick-off set for noon. Plymouth State Broadcasting will have complete coverage of the game starting at 11:00 a.m. Click here to see the live webstream.
Springfield College (149 points) remained in the top spot as the only remaining undefeated team. The Panthers received one first place vote for 126 points, with Husson moving up one spot to third with 107 points. All three schools will be participating in the NCAA Tournament this weekend.
Trinity (98 points) and Framingham State (92 points) were in the fourth and fifth spots. Western New England (91 points) was in sixth. The Bears will also be playing in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday after winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference's automatic berth. WPI (50 points), Curry (43 points), Amherst (39 points) and Middlebury (27 points) round out the remainder of the poll.
PSU earned its first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title by finishing 7-1 in league play. After a league-opening loss at Western Connecticut the Panthers won seven straight MASCAC games, including a 16-13 overtime thriller over Framingham State. The Rams also finished league play with a 7-1 mark, but PSU earned the conference's automatic berth by virtue of the head-to-head win.
Saturday will mark fifth NCAA Tournament game in the rich tradition of Plymouth State football. PSU has also made appearances in 2008, 1995, 1994 and 1984. The Panthers are 1-4 all-time in the tournament, winning an NCAA Eastern Regional first round game over Kings Point, 19-18, in 1994.
The 32-team tournament will conclude with the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, DIII football's championship game, at Salem Stadium (Salem, Va.) on Dec. 15.
The New England Division III Football Poll is presented by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation, which also serves as the title sponsor of the weekly Gold Helmet Awards presented by the New England Football Writers Association throughout the season.
A 15-member panel representing all five New England Division III playing conferences serves as the voters in this year's poll. For more information on the Grinold Chapter of the National Football Foundation, please visit www.grinoldchapter.com.
GRINOLD CHAPTER NEW ENGLAND DIVISION III FOOTBALL POLL
FINAL – Week #8 – November 13, 2017 (First Place Votes in Parentheses)
|Rank||School (FPV)||Record||Points||Previous Rank|
|2||Plymouth State (1)||9-1||126||2|
|6||Western New England||8-2||91||7|
Also Receiving Votes: MIT (3)
***With contributions from Grinold Chapter of the National Football Foundation***
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