Four New England Teams Secure Spots In The Regional Rankings

Endicott College was one of four New England NCAA Division III football teams to appear in Wednesday’s Regional Rankings. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tammy McManaway)

By Matt Noonan

Four New England NCAA Division III football teams secured spots on the initial regional rankings, which were unveiled yesterday through NCAA.com and D3Football.com.

The NCAA divided the D-III football landscape into six regions, beginning last season with New England squads competing in Region I, along with teams from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.

Endicott College was one of two teams in this week’s Region I rankings with a perfect record – Delaware Valley is also 8-0 through nine weeks.

Plymouth State, Springfield College, and UMass Dartmouth also secured spots in yesterday’s Region I rankings.

Endicott can clinch the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown on Saturday with a win over Salve Regina University. The Gulls’ defense has been the unit to watch this season, pitching four shutouts, including a pair in September against St. Lawrence University and WPI.  

UMass Dartmouth is closing in on capturing the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title – the Corsairs have won their last seven contests, including a week nine meeting with Bridgewater State, which needed a win to remain in the conference title mix.

Despite losing to Western Connecticut last month, Plymouth State is also in the mix for the MASCAC crown. The Panthers will visit Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday. Plymouth State needs to beat the Buccaneers to set up a de-facto title game next Saturday, November 12 with the Corsairs.

Springfield is closing in on capturing its second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown, along with its third league title since 2017. The Pride has won four-straight conference matchups, as well as their last 10 league meetings dating back to last season.  

The Pride will entertain MIT on Saturday knowing a win is needed to keep them in the conference title race with Catholic University.

A new regional ranking will be unveiled next Wednesday, November 9.  

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