By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
For the third-straight week, the Springfield College football team earned the top spot in the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Poll, which was released earlier today.
The Pride, who picked-up their sixth-straight win last Saturday over Coast Guard Academy, secured 11 first-place votes.
Prior to checking-in first overall for the third-straight week, the Pride checked-in 25th overall on the latest D3Football.com Top 25 Poll.
Framingham State, which earned its fifth-straight win of the season last Friday against Fitchburg State, checked-in second overall, collecting a trio of first-place votes, while Trinity College, Middlebury College and Salve Regina rounded out the top five.
The Bantams earned one first-place vote following a 41-13 win over Hamilton College.
Curry College and Plymouth State secured a two-way tie in the sixth position, while MIT, Husson University and Western Connecticut checked-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.
The Colonels of Curry secured a come-from-behind win over UMass Dartmouth, thanks to a one-yard plunge by quarterback Alex Corvese, who was tabbed this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive Player of the Week. Corvese concluded last Saturday’s game with four touchdowns, including two through the air to Spencer Tyler (five receptions, 106 yards) and Andrew Allen (four receptions, 31 yards).
Curry, which has won four of five contests this fall, will head to Becker College on Saturday, October 14th for 2 p.m. kick-off. This will be both team’s first conference clash of the season.
Plymouth State continued its early season success for the second-straight year by defeating Bridgewater State, 17-7. The Panthers host Framingham State this weekend in an marquee Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) clash.
Husson is coming off a big win over SUNY Maritime, thanks to quarterback Cory Brandon, running back John Smith and defensive lineman Luke Washburn. The win over the Privateers provided the unit with their second Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) win of the season.
This week, the Eagles will host Castleton University, which earned a hard-fought 35-31 win over Mount Ida. The Spartans enter the game with a 2-0 conference record.
Finally, don’t overlook MIT, which heads into a bye week with an impressive 5-1 overall record. Last Saturday, the Engineers earned its third-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win with a 51-6 victory against Maine Maritime Academy.