By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
The Bridgewater State Bears football team was selected to repeat as Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) champions, according to the conference’s release from earlier today.
The Bears captured the league’s crown last fall after winning eight-straight games, including a dramatic 28-27 overtime victory over Framingham State. BSU’s win over the Rams was followed-up with a 37-14 win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the annual Cranberry Bowl, which is presented by Ocean Spray.
Bridgewater State returns 11 starters from last season’s squad, including tailback Alex McLaughlin and running back/wide receiver Malik Garrett. Fans should also keep an eye on wide-receiver Jack Lavanchy, who led the conference with seven touchdown receptions.
Framingham State and Western Connecticut State checked-in second and third, respectively, while UMass Dartmouth (fourth) and Plymouth State (fifth) rounded out the top five.
The Rams of Framingham captured the inaugural New England Bowl last season by defeating Salve Regina, 37-34. Quarterback Adam Wojenski and halfback Quron Wright combined for four touchdowns in their team’s final game of the season. Both student-athletes will be competing for the Rams this fall.
Fitchburg State, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy checked-in sixth and seventh, respectively, while Worcester State (eighth) and Westfield State (ninth) rounded out the final two spots in the preseason poll.
The New England Division III Football officially begins next week with teams from the MASCAC competing on either Friday or Saturday.