By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)
For the final time this season, Noontime Sports has released its New England Division III Football ‘Noontime Top 10’ Poll with Western New England, Trinity College and Salve Regina University earning the top three spots.
The Golden Bears – this year’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) regular season champions – finished their 10-game slate undefeated. WNE is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season and will host fourth-ranked Husson University on Saturday, November 19th in the first round.
Husson captured the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown for the second time in three seasons after ending their campaign with a convincing win over Mount Ida College. The Eagles head into the NCAA Tournament riding a nine-game winning streak.
Trinity – the second-best team in the region – captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown with an impressive 45-21 victory over Wesleyan University. The win provided the Bantams with their seventh conference crown since the league began recognizing champions in 2000.
Salve Regina checked-in third overall – the Seahawks’ season will conclude this weekend when they host the inaugural New England Bowl against seventh-ranked Framingham State.
Bridgewater State rounded out the top five and will be in action this weekend when they visit Alfred University in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title by defeating the Rams of Framingham State two weeks ago on the road in overtime.
Tufts University secured the sixth position after capping their season with an impressive win over ninth-ranked Middlebury College. The Jumbos, who were led by senior tailback Chance Brady, capped their season with seven wins. The seven wins are the most a Tufts team has accumulated since winning six of eight contests in 1998.
Wesleyan, Middlebury and WPI secured the final three positions, checking in eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively. The Engineers, who commenced the season ranked eighth in our poll, provided challenges to every Liberty League squad, including Hobart and St. Lawrence University.