The ninth week of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season was quite exciting — there were some really interesting outcomes, including Williams College rolling past Trinity College and Springfield College outlasting the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
With today (Sunday, October 31) marking the official start of the tenth week of the season, allow us to share a brand new New England Top 20 Poll, which finds Salve Regina University in the top spot for the second straight week.
A quick program note: our New England Division III Top 20 Poll will be posted for the remainder of the season on Sundays due to our New England Division III Basketball Polls — our week one poll will be posted tomorrow, Monday, November 1, 2021.
1. Salve Regina University (8-1, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Seahawks flew past Curry College on Saturday, thanks to five touchdown passes from Jack Maguire.
2. Williams College (7-0, 7-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): The Ephs scored a statement win against Trinity College this past weekend.
3. Endicott College (7-2, 4-1 CCC | LW: No. 3): Ryan Smith’s game-winning field goal helped the Gulls edge the University of New England.
4. Western New England (5-3, 3-1 CCC | LW: No. 4): The Golden Bears return from their bye as a team to watch in the final two weeks.
5. Framingham State (6-2, 6-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 6): The Rams moved up two spots after winning the Kelley Cup against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
6. UMass Dartmouth (7-2, 5-2 MASCAC | No. 9): The Corsairs won their first game against Bridgewater State this past weekend since 2014.
7. Husson University (6-2, 3-1 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles head into the final two weeks of the 2021 regular season with some momentum, which will be tested against Salve Regina and Western New England.
8. Bridgewater State (5-3, 5-1 MASCAC | No. 7): The Bears tumble one spot after seeing their five-game winning streak snapped at home. Despite the loss to the Corsairs, Bridgewater State is still in the mix for the conference crown.
9. Springfield College (5-3, 4-0 NEWMAC | No. 11): The Pride head into their final two contests with a great deal of momentum following a big win against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
10. Trinity College (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 2): The Bantams were held to just three points last Saturday against Williams but will attempt to bounce back this week against Amherst College, which handed Wesleyan University its first loss of the 2021 season.
11. Amherst College (5-2, 5-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 15): The Mammoths moved up four spots after outlasting Wesleyan University in overtime.
12. Wesleyan University (6-1, 6-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 8): The Cardinals tumble four spots following a difficult setback to Amherst College in the pouring rain. This week, they head to Williamstown.
13. Plymouth State (4-4, 4-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): Make it four straight wins for the Green and White as the Panthers topped Westfield State on the road.
14. MIT (4-3, 2-2 NEWMAC | LW: No. 14): The Engineers scored their second straight conference win with a 21-7 victory over Coast Guard Academy.
15. Castleton University (5-3, 3-1 ECFC | LW: Not Ranked): The Spartans make their initial appearance on the poll this week after a big win over Anna Maria College this past weekend. Like the AMCATs, the Spartans are in the mix for their conference crown.
16. Anna Maria College (5-2, 3-1 ECFC | LW: No. 12): The AMCATs saw their five-game winning streak snapped this past weekend but will look to bounce back this Saturday in Paxton when they host Gallaudet University.
17. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-4, 3-3 MASCAC | LW: No.16): The Buccaneers lost the Kelley Cup but will attempt to bounce back with a win on the road this week at Plymouth State.
18. Western Connecticut (4-5, 3-4 MASCAC | LW: No. 18): The Colonials snapped a three-game losing streak with a big win against Worcester State.
19. Colby College (3-4, 3-4 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mules are one win away from winning the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) trophy.
20. University of New England (3-4, 1-3 CCC | LW: No. 17): The Nor’easters came close to upsetting Endicott this past weekend.